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Pius Adesanmi

OBITUARY: Pius Adebola Adesanmi (1972 -2019): Deploring An Untimely Transition

Words were Pius Adesanmi’s weapon of choice, apparently compelled by a conscience stitched to truth, and regularly giving wings to his angst.

Retd. Captain Iniobong Ekong, security aide to Governor Udom Emmanuel

INTERVIEW: How Army unjustly detained me for 13 days so I won’t take part in elections – Governor’s Aide

The former army captain says he was detained because of elections.

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

ANALYSIS: Enugu: Why Governor Ugwuanyi seems poised for easy re-election

A protracted crisis in the Enugu APC has given the PDP an almost unassailable lead.

Rochas Okorocha, Imo state governor

ANALYSIS: How PDP’s Ihedioha may gain from APC’s ‘civil war’ in Imo

Of the four main Imo governorship contestants, three were in the APC up till last year.


ANALYSIS: In Plateau, a retired general plots to unseat an incumbent governor

There are 21 candidates cleared to contest the Plateau governorship election.

INTERVIEW: How we’re handling challenges of conducting violence-free elections – Rivers REC

INTERVIEW: How we’re handling challenges of conducting violence-free elections – Rivers REC

EDO NORTH ETSAKO CENTRAL Ughiogwa ward 1, polling unit 3 Total reg number of voters is 608 The citizens are already voting here, all the officials, party agents and security personnels are around. There was a small argument because preference was given to the elderly people.

10 ways politicians rig elections in Nigeria

From PREMIUM TIMES’ observation of Nigeria’s most recent election, here are ten possible ways politicians have rigged and could rig elections in the country.

Governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje.

ANALYSIS: How Kano governorship election could determine fate of Kwankwaso, Ganduje

The outcome of the elections may not only determine the next governor, but also the fate of the major actors in Kano politics.

Bauch State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar

ANALYSIS: Opposition groundswell in Bauchi threatens to sweep incumbent governor

A virulent ‘ghost’ seems prepared to strip the incumbent governor of his political future. But he has vowed to do whatever it takes to exorcise the belligerent spirit.

The Zimbabwean government recently shutdown the internet by ordering mobile companies to withhold mobile data. [EPA-EFE/STF]

Shutting down the internet doesn’t work — but governments keep doing it

The Zimbabwean government recently shutdown the internet by ordering mobile companies to withhold mobile data.

Rochas Okorocha campaigning. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter handle of Rochas]

ANALYSIS: Inside the politics of religious denomination in Nigeria’s Southeast

It appears that Abia and Ebonyi States are the two Southeast states where the denomination of politicians is not critical to their electoral success.

Chibok schoolgirls freed from Boko Haram captivity shown in Abuja, Nigeria in 2017. [Photo: Olamikan Gbemiga/AP]

Once captives of Boko Haram, these students are finding new meaning in their lives in Pennsylvania

All four students were among the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014.

L-R: Jimi Agbaje of the PDP and Babajide Sanwo-olu of the APC {Thisdaylive}

ANALYSIS: APC, PDP battle for control of Lagos

The contest in Lagos is expected to be between the leading parties.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Usman Nafada

ANALYSIS: Governorship Election: It’s a two-horse race in Gombe

Analysts opine that the APC may now have all it takes to edge out the PDP and produce a governor in the state that defied the Buhari “Tsunami” in 2015.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu (Photo credit: thewillnigeria.com)

ANALYSIS: Abia Governorship: It’s PDP vs ex-PDP

About 29 political parties have fielded candidates to vie for the office of the governor in Abia.

PU 012, Ward 02 Somolu Local Government Lagos East Senatorial District. Voting ends with an unsealed ballot box.

ANALYSIS: Lagos and the problem of low voter turnout in Nigerian elections

Lagos and two other southern states recorded less than 20 per cent voters turnout in the presidential election this year.

Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State [Photo: The Guardian Nigeria]

ANALYSIS: Ogun Polls: How Kashamu may reap from Amosun’s war with APC

Mr Amosun is embroiled in a bitter power tussle with the factional leadership of the APC in the state.

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state.

ANALYSIS: How Ortom, Jime will fare in Benue governorship election

The race will be a straight fight between the two major political parties.

Jimi Agbaje and Haleemat Yemisi Busari, gubernatorial candidate and deputy gubernatorial candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos, at Kosofe LG townhall meeting.

INTERVIEW: How I will solve Lagos traffic, waste problems if elected governor – Jimi Agbaje

Jimi Agbaje of the PDP also speaks on whether he would probe past administrations if elected president.

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai

ANALYSIS: Major factors that will determine Kaduna governorship election

The race is expected to be between APC’s Nasir El-Rufai and PDP’s Isa Ashiru.

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal

ANALYSIS: Sokoto 2019: Tambuwal faces the Wamakko challenge, and moves to survive it

For Mr Tambuwal to return as governor, he must appeal to the “gods” of the seat of the Caliphate and deploy an uncommon political savvy, even if it offers a narrow escape.

Musikiliu Mojeed, Chief Operating Officer, Premium Times; Bisi Koleoshe, Deputy Chief Operating Officer (Technical), Globacom; Bayo Onanuga, and Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria, at the presentation of Globacom’s New Business Direction in Lagos on Friday.

In major investments, Globacom moves to shape Africa’s digital fortune, future

Globacom says its mandate remains the building of Africa’s biggest and best telecommunications network.

Dr. Jean Herskovits (1935-2019)

Obituary: Jean Herskovits, the ‘well-disguised Nigerian’

As a research professor of history at the State University of New York at Purchase, Jean Herskovits taught and published in academic journals.

Voters on voting line

ANALYSIS: Probing ‘the women’s vote in Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Women’s concerns are typically regarded as non-consequential to party and electoral politics in Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari makes his acceptance speech during presentation of Certificate-of-Return to him as winner of 2019 Presidential election, by Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu (L), at the International Conference Centre in Abuja on Wednesday (27/2/19). 01783/27/2/2019/Callistus Ewelike/HB/BJO/NAN Centre in Abuja on Wednesday (27/2/19). 01782/27/2/2019/Callistus Ewelike/HB/BJO/NAN

ANALYSIS: Factors that helped Buhari win second term

Without prejudice to allegations of electoral manipulation that will be decided by the Supreme Court if the PDP makes true its threat, here are some factors that helped Mr Buhari to victory.