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Today's Headlines: Tinubu Wins 2023 Presidential Election, Going To Court Is Waste Of Time- Okonkwo

Tinubu wins 2023 Presidential Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, as the president-elect.

Tinubu, a former Lagos State governor, was declared the president-elect after the 70-year-old polled 8,794,726 votes to win the 2023 presidential election.

The INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, announced Tinubu as the winner at the International Collation Centre in Abuja during the early hours of Wednesday.

Tinubu won the election ahead of other contenders — the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Atiku Abubakar; the Labour Party candidate, Peter Obi; and the New Nigeria Peoples Party candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso.

The three leading presidential candidates won in 12 states each while Kwankwaso claimed only Kano State.

Tinubu edged Atiku, a former vice president and his closest challenger, with no fewer than 1.8 million votes.

The PUNCH reports that the 2023 presidential election is the first time that Tinubu contested for the nation’s top job. The former senator left office as a two-term governor of Lagos State in 2007 and is credited with leading the coalition that ousted the PDP from power in 2015 and has extended his influence beyond the South-West region in recent years.

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Election results: Going to court is waste of time – Okonkwo

Veteran Nigerian actor and spokesperson for the Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council, Kenneth Okonkwo has revealed why going to court to challenge the presidential election results is an absolute waste of time.

Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had tasked parties aggrieved with the presidential election result to go to court to challenge it if they were unsatisfied.

This is coming after the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, agent, Dino Melaye and other parties agents on Monday staged a walkout at the national collation centre in Abuja over INEC’s delay in uploading the election results to the election results viewing portal (IRev).

Reacting to this in a series of tweets on his Twitter handle on Tuesday, Okonkwo said, “Any Nigerian who thinks he will get justice in a court against a Muslim-Muslim ticket forcefully foisted on Nigerians in a country where the President, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, National Chairman of the Party and the Chief Justice of Nigeria were Muslim is ignorant of the Machina treatment.

”This is a government that can’t give poor Muslims like Bashir Machina justice, and some ignorant Christians believe they will receive justice from such a government,” he asked.

Election results: Suspend protests – Ohanaeze youths beg angry Nigerians

Amid the tension in the country over the presidential election results being announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide has appealed for calm.

There is anger in several parts of the country, with voters alleging that the result being announced was different from the outcome at the various polling units.

In a statement made available to journalists on Tuesday, the National President of the Igbo group, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike urged the youths to remain calm and not take actions that could inflame the nation.

He said the remarks credited to Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party, wherein he urged his supporters to remain calm, was reassuring.

Okwu said it was better to explore legal options “than take actions than would set the entire country ablaze.

“We have it on good authority that some people are already waiting for an opportunity to hide under protests and attack some individuals and loot their properties.

“I implore our people not to give such people the chance to carry out their well-orchestrated evil. I’m passionately begging the youths to please remain calm.

“We can feel the anger and the pulse of the masses, but legal options still remain the best way to go. May we not create room for criminals who would hijack such protests.”

He, however, urged the INEC to set up a panel and review all the controversial results in order to assuage the feelings of the citizens.

Panic as tanker explodes near Lagos jetty

A tanker on Tuesday exploded at the Outer Marina area of Lagos State thereby causing panic in the area.

The incident was said to have happened around 11am not too far from the State House in the Marina area of the state.

A combined team of emergency responders from the Lagos State Fire Service, Federal Fire Service and Lagos State Emergency Management Agency were at the scene of the incident to put out the fire.

Police and military officers were also sighted at the location as some of them were controlling the crowd.

An eyewitness, who gave his name only as Kingsley, said the incident happened near the NIWA Jetty.

He said, “Some people were transferring gasoline into the tanker near the NIWA jetty around 11am. It was not too long before I heard an explosion.

“I do not know if it was an illegal job that was going on there, but I discovered that some military officers were the first set of people to arrive at the location before the fire service.”

 The Director, Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Margaret Adeseye, said a diesel-laden truck was fuelling some marine fleets along the corridor when it erupted in fire.

Adeseye, in a statement, said the fire service was alerted at 11.50am, while Ebute Elefun and Sari-Iganmu fire stations arrived at the scene around 12.01pm to stop the spread of the fire before it posed any threat to the blue line rail bridge.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that a peddler truck of about 15,000 litres diesel fuelling some marine fleets along the corridor erupted in fire and contained with complimentary efforts of the Federal Fire Service, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Red Cross, Nigerian Police and Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps.

However, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, in his reaction to the incident, said the fire at Marina started from the generator of the Blue Rail Mass Transit.

Hoodlums attack Abia police station, cart away weapons

Gunmen on Monday attacked the Nkporo Divisional Police Headquarters, in the Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State, and carted away weapons from the police station.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the gunmen stormed the police division in three Toyota Sienna vehicles, attacked policemen on duty, broke into the divisional armoury, and stole one AK-47 riffle with 30 rounds of live ammunition.

The suspects were said to have also made away with two riot gunners and yet-to-be ascertained quantity of ammunition.

It was learnt that the policemen who sustained varying degrees of injury during the invasion, were rushed to a nearby hospital where they had been receiving medical attention.

Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Geoffrey Ogbonna, in a press statement on Tuesday, said the gunmen shot indiscriminately when they attacked the police station.

He explained that the suspects, after dislodging the policemen on duty, gained access to the station and stole the weapons, adding that the command launched a manhunt to track down the suspects behind the attack on the police station.

Ogbonna said, “The criminals broke into the station’s armoury and carted away one AK 47 rifle loaded with 30 rounds of live ammunition, two riot gunners and yet-to-be ascertained quantity of ammunition.

“They also made away with sets of service uniforms kept in the armoury and offices belonging to the armourer and other policemen in the station. Three police constables among those on duty sustained varying degrees of injury.”

According to Ogbonna, the collaborative effort of the police and the military resulted in the recovery of one abandoned Toyota Sienna vehicle with some service uniforms, shoes and personal effects.

He said two of the injured policemen were still receiving treatment in the hospital while one of the injured policemen had been treated and discharged.

Osimhen tops Ten Hag’s summer targets

In--form Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, has emerged among Manchester United manager, Erik Ten Hag’s summer priorities as the club plan to reinforce in the summer.

According to Daily Mail, United will reportedly target at least two major signings this summer to continue their momentum under the Dutch manager.

A centre forward and further reinforcements in midfield will be United’s priority in the next transfer window, with a centre-back also potentially needed if captain Harry Maguire leaves.

United ended their six-year trophy drought by beating Newcastle United 2-0 to win the Carabao Cup at Wembley on Sunday and Ten Hag’s side remain in contention in the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Europa League this season.

But, according to the Manchester Evening News, plans are already taking shape for further strengthening of the United squad in the summer.

United are interested in Osimhen and Tottenham’s Harry Kane, while Ten Hag is an admirer of Benfica and Portugal marksman Goncalo Ramos.

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