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2023 elections: Don’t Truncate Electoral Process – FG Tells Obasanjo

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2023 elections: Don’t Truncate Electoral Process - FG Tells Obasanjo

 

Naijanewsngr reports that former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has been urged by the federal government not to derail the 2023 general elections with his “inciting, self-serving and provocative letter” on the elections that took place last Saturday, February 25.

 

Obasanjo expressed his complaints about the irregularities in the elections last Saturday, February 25, in an open letter to President Buhari on Monday, February 27. According to him, there are claims that some INEC officials have been bought off and bribed to carry out illegal activities. He asserted that doing the right thing must be done to prevent unrest in the nation. He recommended holding fresh polls on March 7 in places where the previous ones were invalid.

 

Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, responded to the former president’s letter by saying that what he “cunningly” disguised as a “call for caution and rectification” was actually an attempt to sabotage the electoral process and a deliberate provocation to violence.

 

“Though masquerading as an unbiased and concerned elder statesman, former President Obasanjo is a known partisan bent on thwarting, by subterfuge, the choice of millions of Nigerian voters” Mohammed said

 

The Minister expressed amazement and disbelief that a previous President could allegedly make outlandish accusations about the electoral process and spread them far and wide. He asserted that the former President is “least qualified” to advise a president “whose determined effort to leave a legacy of free, fair, credible, and transparent election is well acknowledged within and outside Nigeria” because he “perhaps organized the worst elections” since Nigeria’s return to democratic rule in 1999.

 

“As the whole nation waits with bated breath for the result of last Saturday’s national elections, amid unnecessary tension created by professional complainants and political jesters, what is expected from a self-respecting elder statesman are words and actions that douse tension and serve as a soothing balm.

 

Instead, former President Obasanjo used his unsolicited letter to insinuate, or perhaps wish for, an inconclusive election and a descent into anarchy; used his time to cast aspersion on electoral officials who are unable to defend themselves, while surreptitiously seeking to dress his personal choice in the garb of the people’s choice. This is duplicitous,” he said

 

The Minister emphasized to the former President that holding elections in Nigeria is no joke, given that there are 16,742,916 more registered voters in Nigeria (93,469,008) than there are in all 14 West African countries combined (76,726,092).

 

“With a deployment of over 1,265,227 electoral officials, the infusion of technology to enhance the electoral process, and the logistical nightmare of sending election materials across our vast country, INEC seems to be availing itself creditably, going by the preliminary reports of the ECOWAS Electoral Observation Mission and the Commonwealth Observer Group, among other groups that observed the election.

 

Therefore, those arrogating to themselves the power to cancel an election and unilaterally fix a date for a new one, ostensibly to ameliorate perceived electoral infractions, should please exercise restraint and allow the official electoral body to conclude its duty by announcing the results of the 2023 national elections.

 

After that, anyone who is aggrieved must follow the stipulated legal process put in place to adjudicate electoral disputes, instead of threatening fire and conjuring apocalypse,” he said

 

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NNPP Takes Two Assembly Seats in Kano Re-run

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NNPP Takes Two Assembly Seats in Kano Re-run

NNPP Takes Two Assembly Seats in Kano Re-run

The New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP) has won two State House of Assembly seats in the just concluded rerun elections in the state.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Dr. Alhassan Ishaq of the NNPP winner of the election in the Kura/Garun Malam Constituency.
The returning officer of the election, Prof. Shehu Galadanchi, announced that Ishaq of the NNPP polled 37,262 votes to beat Musa Daurawa of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who scored 30,803 votes.

Similarly, INEC declared Bello Butu-Butu of the NNPP the winner of the re-run election held at Rimin Gado/Tofa State Constituency.
According to the returning officer of the election, Prof. Ibrahim Tajo Suraj, Butu-Butu polled 31,135 votes to beat his opponent of the APC, who received 25,577 votes.

However, INEC has suspended the election in Kunchi/Tsanyawa after suspected political thugs hijacked election materials to an unknown location.

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Wike vs Fubara: You are disrespecting Tinubu – APC Chairman blasts Rivers governor

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Wike vs Fubara: You are disrespecting Tinubu—APC Chairman blasts Rivers governor

Wike vs Fubara: You are disrespecting Tinubu—APC Chairman blasts Rivers governor

The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused Governor Sim Fubara of disrespecting President Bola Tinubu amid his rift with the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nyesom Wike.

The APC Caretaker Committee Chairman in the state, Tony Okocha, said Fubara has not fulfilled all the proclamations made by Tinubu at the peace deal with Wike.

He spoke at the party’s secretariat in Port Harcourt while addressing defectors joining the party.

Okocha said: “It will amount to barefaced disobedience for Gov. Siminalayi not to follow all eight indices in the proclamation made by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in response to the Rivers State political crisis.

“His continued refusal to present the Rivers State 2024 budget to a properly constituted Rivers State House of Assembly under Rt Hon Martin Amaewhule (Speaker), as captured in index 6.

“The flagrant cold feet in the conduct of local government elections (see index 8) are signs of disrespect for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The APC Rivers (which is Mr. President‘s Party) stoutly condemns this act of disobedience perpetrated by Gov. Fubara and warns against the likely concomitant fallouts.”

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Paul Agbonze Obazele Addresses Labor Party Leaders in Edo Central Senatorial District

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Mr. Paul Agbonze Obaze Empowers Labor Party in Edo Central Senatorial District

 

In a pivotal moment for the Labor Party, Mr. Paul Agbonze Obazele took the stage to deliver an impassioned speech during a crucial meeting with the party’s Edo Central Senatorial leader, the executive committee members, women leaders, and local government area chairmen.

 

Naijanewsngr reports that this gathering, marked by Mr. Obazele’s insightful address, also saw the presence of fellow Labor Party governorship aspirants, further solidifying the party’s stance in the senatorial district.

 

Gathering by the Edo Senatorial District Leaders

 

 

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