Okonjo-Iweala spent $2.1bn without approval, says FG

The National Economic Council, chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday accused a former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, of spending $2.1bn from the Excess Crude Account without authorisation. “We looked at the numbers for the Excess Crude Account. The last time the former… Read More Okonjo-Iweala spent $2.1bn without approval, says FG

Buhari has not ordered arrest of brother-in-law

Reports that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Department of State Sevice, DSS, to arrest his wife’s younger brother, Musa Yola, over suspicion of fraud, are untrue. PREMIUM TIMES contacted presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, and he categorically denied the reports. “It is definitely not true, there is no iota of truth on this report there… Read More Buhari has not ordered arrest of brother-in-law

Abuja’s biggest barbeque carnival holds July 4th – hosted by Glamour lounge and Blind Shotz

What is the Abuja BBQ Carnival? • The Abuja bbq carnival is a one day exhibition of exquisite grill spots, eateries etc within the FCT scheduled to hold at Tobix gardens opposite Alibert furniture beside Next cash and carry superstores on the 4th of July 2015. It is a carnival of standard which is designed… Read More Abuja’s biggest barbeque carnival holds July 4th – hosted by Glamour lounge and Blind Shotz

FG, states shared N6.21trn from Excess Crude Account in four years

The federal and state governments shared a total of N 6. 21 trillion from the Excess Crude Account in the last four years. According to a report by the Federal Ministry of Finance, yesterday, the Federal Government’s share from the ECA during the period was N3.29 trillion while the 36 states received a total of… Read More FG, states shared N6.21trn from Excess Crude Account in four years

Fuel scarcity, workers’ strike, blackout: Jonathan handing over nation in crisis – APC

ABUJA— Against the background of the pervasive fuel crisis, strike calls, mounting government debts, power outages and other problems, the All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday, accused President Goodluck Jonathan of deliberately sabotaging the incoming APC-led government. President Jonathan, on his part, counted peace and stability as positive isues he would hand over even as he… Read More Fuel scarcity, workers’ strike, blackout: Jonathan handing over nation in crisis – APC

Anxiety as Jonathan, ministers hold last FEC meeting

Anxiety on Tuesday gripped ministers and other top government officials in Abuja ahead of the last meeting of the Federal Executive Council under the Goodluck Jonathan administration scheduled to hold on Wednesday (today). The apprehension was triggered by a report (not by The PUNCH) credited to the Minister of Information, Patricia Akwashiki, that President Goodluck… Read More Anxiety as Jonathan, ministers hold last FEC meeting

Senate Presidency: North East senators threaten Lawan’s chances

Twelve out of the 13 senators elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress from the North East, said in Abuja on Friday that they were not in support of Senator Ahmad Lawan’s emergence as the consensus candidate of the geo-political zone for the post of Senate President, in the incoming Eighth National Assembly.… Read More Senate Presidency: North East senators threaten Lawan’s chances

Jonathan’s rejection of amended constitution shocks Senate

President Goodluck Jonathan’s letter to the National Assembly, rejecting amendments to the 1999 Constitution, was received with shock by some members, who openly expressed surprise at the reasons given by the President to veto the bill. The letter was read on the floor of Senate on Wednesday by the Senate President, David Mark. Consequently, the… Read More Jonathan’s rejection of amended constitution shocks Senate

INEC cancels poll in Ondo towns over violence

The Independent National Electoral Commission in Ondo State has cancelled the House of Assembly election in parts of Ilaje, Ugbo and other parts of the state where polls were disrupted on Saturday. Resident Electoral Commissioner, Olusegun Agbaje, gave the hint as information filtered in that ballot boxes and papers, meant for several units in Ayetoro… Read More INEC cancels poll in Ondo towns over violence

IMPEACHMENT: Fayose Sends Royal Fathers To Beg Tinubu

(OSUN DEFENDER) Embattled Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose has sent two first class traditional rulers to meet the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Sources close to Irohinodua hinted that the traditional rulers who left Ekiti State this morning were mandated to meet with the Oba of… Read More IMPEACHMENT: Fayose Sends Royal Fathers To Beg Tinubu

APC tips Dambazau, Commassie as Buhari’s NSA

The race to get political appointments in the forthcoming Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress government has begun, Saturday PUNCH learnt on Friday. It was learnt in Abuja that although consultations for cabinet and National Assembly positions are still on-going, the manoeuvre among Buhari’s loyalists for political appointments has begun. Saturday PUNCH gathered that for now,… Read More APC tips Dambazau, Commassie as Buhari’s NSA

Alleged polls irregularities: We’re still weighing our options – PDP

ABUJA — The ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, formally congratulated Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) on his election as president-elect of the country even as it affirmed that it was still weighing its options on challenging the elections based on alleged irregularities it claimed characterised the polls. In its first formal reaction to the release… Read More Alleged polls irregularities: We’re still weighing our options – PDP

Ministers, service chiefs pay solidarity visit to Jonathan

The Presidential Villa, Abuja wore a mournful look in the early hours of Wednesday, the morning after President Goodluck Jonathan lost his re-election bid. A few workers who had already closed from work at the time the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, named Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) of the… Read More Ministers, service chiefs pay solidarity visit to Jonathan

Obama calls President-elect, Buhari

US President Barack Obama spoke to Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari and outgoing leader Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday, praising both for their role in the country’s first democratic transfer of power. Obama spoke to the men separately to “commend them for their leadership during Nigeria’s election,” the White House said. Obama’s administration has lavished praise on… Read More Obama calls President-elect, Buhari

Remain calm, peaceful, APC tells supporters

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has appealed to all its members and supporters across Nigeria to remain calm and peaceful, and to resist all acts of provocation as they await the results of the presidential elections. In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the post-election moment, when… Read More Remain calm, peaceful, APC tells supporters