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Uche Secondus emerges PDP National Chairman

Uche Secondus emerges PDP National Chairman

Former acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Uche Secondus, has been elected as the National Chairman of the party. Secondus scored 2,000 votes out of 2,396 votes cast at the party’s national convention, which ended in the early hours of Sunday at the Eagle Square, Abuja. Chairman of the Electoral Sub-Committee of the convention and former ... Read More »

I didn’t enrich myself while in govt –Atiku

I didn’t enrich myself while in govt –Atiku

I assembled Obasanjo’s economic team –Atiku Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Friday said he did not become rich while he was in the government between 1999 and 2007. Atiku, who stated this in a letter to a comedian, Francis Agoda, better known as I Go Dye, also said that he assembled the economic team of the Olusegun Obasanjo-led administration.  The ... Read More »

Bode George withdraws from PDP chairmanship race

Bode George withdraws from PDP chairmanship race

Chief Olabode George has withdrawn from the chairmanship race of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Chief George who announced his withdrawal from the race at his campaign office in Abuja accused Governor Nyesom Wike of undermining the interest of the Yoruba by ganging up with others to impose a candidate on the party. George who is among the nine chairmanship ... Read More »

Gov Okorocha swears in sister as Commissioner for Happiness

Gov Okorocha swears in sister as Commissioner for Happiness

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has sworn in his sister Mrs. Ogechi Ololo (nee Okorocha) as Commissioner for Happiness and Couples’s Fulfillment in the state. Mrs Ololo was among the 28 new commissioners and 27 Transition Committee Chairmen for the 27 local government councils sworn into office by the governor. Ololo is married to Chuks, an engineer. The new ... Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: Real reasons  Gwarzo the DG of SEC was suspended

EXCLUSIVE: Real reasons Gwarzo the DG of SEC was suspended

Just before 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening, selected journalists got mails from the finance ministry of an impending ‘news break.’ “Kindly await a major news break from the Federal Ministry of Finance today at 6.30 p.m.,” Oluyinka Akintunde, the spokesperson of the Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, said; an indication that a decision to be announced to the public about 90 ... Read More »

Mounir Gwarzo, DG Securities and Exchange Commission suspended

Mounir Gwarzo, DG Securities and Exchange Commission suspended

The Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Mounir Gwarzo, has been suspended from office. Mr. Gwarzo was suspended on Wednesday by the finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, “to allow for an unhindered investigation of several allegations of financial impropriety levelled against the Director-General.” According to a statement by Patricia Deworitshe, Deputy Director, Press, Federal Ministry of Finance, “the ... Read More »

Atiku holds meetings with PDP leaders, governors

Atiku holds meetings with PDP leaders, governors

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is presently holding consultations with leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa State and the entire Northeast. Atiku resigned from the APC on Friday following what he called Unconstitutionality actions of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The Adamawa chapter of the APC yesterday confirmed the receipt of Atiku’s resignation letter. State Secretary ... Read More »

Presidential ticket: Atiku won’t disregard Jonathan’s advice on Obasanjo – aide

Presidential ticket: Atiku won’t disregard Jonathan’s advice on Obasanjo – aide

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar says he has not ruled out the possibility of holding talks with his former boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo, in pursuit of his political ambition.  Atiku’s Media Adviser, Mazi Paul Ibe, stated this on behalf of his principal during a telephone interview with one of our correspondents in Abuja on Sunday. Ibe explained that Atiku, a master ... Read More »

President Buhari to attend EU-AU summit in Abidjan

President Buhari to attend EU-AU summit in Abidjan

President Muhammadu Buhari is to attend the 5th European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit holding in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), said in a statement on Monday that summit which would hold from November 28 -29 has as its theme, “Investing in the Youth for a Sustainable Development”. The President will participate ... Read More »

Boko Haram flushed out of Magumeri

Boko Haram flushed out of Magumeri

The Boko Haram insurgents never maintained  a foothold on the Borno town of Magumeri on Saturday. Competent military sources told the News Agency of Nigeria, that the attack on the town was repelled. A competent security source told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the insurgents attacked a military formation at the town, also the headquarters of the local ... Read More »

Atiku’s exit: Panic in APC as mass defection looms

Atiku’s exit: Panic in APC as mass defection looms

There were fears among the All Progressives Congress chieftains on Friday, following the defection of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar from the ruling party. Saturday PUNCH gathered that although the APC was expecting  Atiku’s exit, it dawned on it on Friday that the former vice-president’s action could lead to mass defection from the ruling party. It was learnt that the fears ... Read More »

Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as Zimbabwe President

Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as Zimbabwe President

Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn in as the President of Zimbabwe. Mr. Mnangagwa was sworn in amidst cheers by thousands who gathered at the stadium. The former president, Robert Mugabe, resigned on Tuesday, ending a 37-year rule that was characterized by political and economic chaos. Mr. Mnangagwa, who was vice president, was earlier sacked by Mr. Mugabe early November for ... Read More »

Attorney General Malami lied on Maina’s recall letters, say Oyo-Ita, Federal Civil Service Commission

Attorney General Malami lied on Maina’s recall letters, say Oyo-Ita, Federal Civil Service Commission

The controversy over the recall of former head of Presidential Task Force on Pension Reform, Abdulrasheed Maina, into service rumbled on on Thursday. At a hearing by the adhoc committee set up by the House of Representatives to probe the matter, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, and the Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission, ... Read More »

Letter For Maina’s Reinstatement Didn’t Come From My Office – AGF

Letter For Maina’s Reinstatement Didn’t Come From My Office – AGF

The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami has denied having any involvement in the reinstatement of the former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina. He said the letter giving clear directives on the reinstatement of the former chairman, couldn’t have genuinely emanated from his office. He made this known when the House of Representatives ... Read More »

Senate approves Buhari’s $5.5 billion external borrowing

Senate approves Buhari’s $5.5 billion external borrowing

The Senate on Tuesday approved the request by President Muhammadu Buhari to secure two external borrowings in the sum of $5.5 billion. The approval followed the adoption of a report by the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts at the plenary on Tuesday. PUNCH reports that Buhari, in a letter dated October 4, 2017, had said the external borrowings ... Read More »

BREAKING: Buhari Arrives Ebonyi, Commences South-East Tour

BREAKING: Buhari Arrives Ebonyi, Commences South-East Tour

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Abakaliki, Ebonyi State in commencement of his 2-day working visit to the South-East region The President was earlier received at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu State. He then proceeded to Abakaliki township stadium in Ebonyi State. President Buhari was received by Enugu, Abia and Ebonyi state governors as well as top security officials. This ... Read More »

My supporters want me to contest for presidency again but…– Jonathan

My supporters want me to contest for presidency again but…– Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan says his supporters have been putting pressure on him to contest the 2019 presidential election. In an interview with Ovation magazine publisher, Dele Momodu, Jonathan said he is moved to tears seeing people shouting “GEJ, we want you back”. Jonathan, who ruled out the possibility of contesting for the presidency again, said reflections on his achievements ... Read More »

Police to probe Wike and Amaechi security detail bloody clash

Police to probe Wike and Amaechi security detail bloody clash

Police Chief Ibrahim Idris has ordered a probe into the  Saturday clash between security detail of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and those of Minister of Transportation Chibuile Amaechi in Port Harcourt. Although nobody died during the clash, many were injured and the rifle of a policeman was snatched at the Trans-Amadi Layout. Both Wike and Amaechi, who are former ... Read More »

Presidency releases full list of Buhari’s appointees

Presidency releases full list of Buhari’s appointees

The Presidency has released a full list of all the appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari since he assumed office on May 29, 2015. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, released the list of 159 appointees on Saturday night, a copy of which his office emailed to PREMIUM TIMES. “Here is an updated table ... Read More »

Maina sought opportunity to say the ‘truth’ in letter to Saraki

Maina sought opportunity to say the ‘truth’ in letter to Saraki

A letter written by former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, to Senate President, Bukola Saraki, urging the Senate to give him an opportunity of fair hearing has surfaced. The letter dated June 19, 2015, one week after the inauguration of the present Senate, indicated that the fugitive ex-pension boss returned to the country shortly after President ... Read More »

Senator Dino Melaye pelted with stones in Kogi

Senator Dino Melaye pelted with stones in Kogi

Controversial Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West was saved from being injured by security officials on Saturday during the Kaaba Day celebration when suspected political thugs pelted him with stones and other dangerous objects. The senator was pelted with stones and other dangerous objects at the township stadium, venue of the celebration after announcing a paltry N3m donation. Governor Yahaya ... Read More »

Anambra IGR skyrockets to N1.5bn monthly

Anambra IGR skyrockets to N1.5bn monthly

Mr Michael Okonkwo, the Managing Director, Awka Capital Territory Development Authority, says the monthly internally generated revenue of the state has increased from N500 million to N1.5 billion. Okonkwo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Saturday that the Authority`s revenue profile also increased from N13 million to N20 million monthly. He said that Gov.Willie Obiano`s administration ... Read More »

PDP has hijacked Buhari’s govt, says Hameed Ali

PDP has hijacked Buhari’s govt, says Hameed Ali

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Colonel Hameed Ali (retd.), has said the ruling All Progressives Congress has not fulfilled its promises after two years in government. Ali also said the party is gradually losing its core values, vision and mission, adding that more than fifty percent of the positions in the Buhari government are being held by members ... Read More »

Misau appears before Senate c’ttee, says IGP Idris bought 2 SUVs for Buhari’s wife

Misau appears before Senate c’ttee, says IGP Idris bought 2 SUVs for Buhari’s wife

THERE was a new twist to the lingering crisis between the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mr Ibrahim Idris, and Senator Isah Hamman Misau (APC, Bauchi Central) as the latter, yesterday, alleged that the Police boss purchased two Prado SUVs for wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, for personal use. Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mr Ibrahim Idris and Senator Isah ... Read More »

Malabu Scandal: While two ex-Nigerian ministers remain in hiding, UK returns $85 million to Nigeria

Malabu Scandal: While two ex-Nigerian ministers remain in hiding, UK returns $85 million to Nigeria

On the day the anti-graft agency, EFCC, expressed its frustrations in locating two ex-Nigerian ministers on trial for their alleged roles in the Malabu scandal, the federal government announced that UK authorities returned $85 million (about N30 billion) to Nigeria. The money, frozen at the request of Italian authorities, is part of the $1.092 billion paid by oil giants, Shell ... Read More »

Buhari apologises to NASS principal officers over treatment at Aso Villa gate

Buhari apologises to NASS principal officers over treatment at Aso Villa gate

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday apologised for the way principal officers of the National Assembly were allegedly treated by security officials at the presidential villa. He gave the apology when he met with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, in his official residence after the incident. Mr. Saraki, who also spoke ... Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: INTERPOL speaks on Maina’s ‘arrest warrant’

EXCLUSIVE: INTERPOL speaks on Maina’s ‘arrest warrant’

The International Police organisation, INTERPOL, has responded to an inquiry filed by PREMIUM TIMES on why Abdulrasheed Maina, a man it declared wanted and placed on its red notice was moving around the world without hindrance. Mr. Maina was declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in 2015. He was subsequently placed on INTERPOL’s wanted list by ... Read More »

VP Osinbajo seeks revival of anti-corruption war

VP Osinbajo seeks revival of anti-corruption war

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday declared that the anti-corruption fight in the country must take a new turn for it to succeed. Osinbajo stated this at the opening of a two-day capacity building workshop for justices and judges, organised by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in collaboration with the National Judicial Institute (NJI) in Abuja. He said ... Read More »

Nigeria Still Suffering From Malabu Scandal – Osinbajo

Nigeria Still Suffering From Malabu Scandal – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said yesterday that Nigeria is still suffering from the consequences of the lack of transparency in the award of OPL 245 to Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd in 1998. Osinbajo spoke in Jakarta, Indonesia, yesterday at a conference on beneficial ownership organised by the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). LEADERSHIP recalls that the Malabu oil scam, ... Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: Despite being wanted for alleged fraud, Maina gets SSS, Police protection

EXCLUSIVE: Despite being wanted for alleged fraud, Maina gets SSS, Police protection

Despite being on the run after being declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for alleged corruption, embattled former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reform, Abdulrasheed Maina, was provided federal security cover, PREMIUM TIMES can report today. Investigators have found that for months, Mr. Maina received protection from operatives of the Nigeria Police Force ... Read More »

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