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Today's Headlines: Rivers Played Major Role In My Victory - Tinubu; LP Suspends Kenneth Okonkwo, Others

Rivers played major role in my victory - Tinubu

The President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday, thanked the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, for his contribution to his victory in the February 25 presidential election.

Tinubu, who described Wike as a man of principle, said Rivers State played a major role in his winning.

Wike, who is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, refused to support the presidential candidate of his party, Atiku Abubakar, in the election, a situation which ostensibly gave Tinubu victory in Rivers State.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission, Tinubu won in Rivers State with 231,591 votes, while Atiku came distant third with 88,468 votes, behind Labour Party’s candidate, Peter Obi, who got 175,071 votes.

Tinubu, who was in Rivers State on Wike’s invitation to inaugurate projects, spoke during the unveiling of the Rumuokwuta/Rumuola Flyover Bridge built by the governor.

Speaking at the event, Tinubu said he was in the state to fulfill the pledge he made during the campaigns in Rivers, saying “if you make a promise, you keep it.”

LP Suspends Kenneth Okonkwo

The Labour Party National Executive Council at its meeting on Wednesday suspended 12 members including the Acting National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Obiora Ifo and one of the spokespersons for the Presidential Campaign Council, Kenneth Okonkwo.

The 12 members were suspended for alleged anti-party activities and unruly behaviour against Alhaji Bashiru Lamidi Apapa led-Labour Party leadership, which include issuing a statement without the authority of the party.

Their suspension is contained in a communique issued at the end of its National Executive Council meeting held on Wednesday in Bauchi State, North Central Nigeria.

It partly read, "That the NEC in session also consider the action of twelve (12) of its members namely: Obiora Ifo, Kenneth Okonkwo, Pst. Mrs. Adebayo Ekong, Com. P.G. Igene, Egnr. Adeola Adebanjo, Pst. Funke Awolowo, Sam Emeka Okpala, Barr. Folusho Leigh, Folakemi Collins, Com. Olubunmi Adesanya, Lanre Adenuga and Dr. Olatubosun Oswald for their anti-party activities and unruly behavior against the party leadership which include issuing statement without authority of the party."

"The NEC in session therefore suspended them from the party."

Adamu: Why APC is yet to zone n’assembly leadership positions

Abdullahi Adamu, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says his party is yet to hold meetings to zone the national assembly leadership positions because Bola Tinubu, president-elect, was away.

Tinubu spent about a month abroad and returned to the country last week.

In March, Adamu said the party in collaboration with the president-elect was working on a sharing formula for the positions. More than a month later, the party is yet to reveal how the positions will be zoned.

Speaking with reporters in Abuja on Wednesday after a meeting of the national working committee (NWC) of the APC, the chairman said the party intends to carry everyone along in its decisions.

"When we do the zoning meeting, we don’t just go alone as a party, zoning is to take along the person who has the mandate of this country, the president-elect, Senator Bola Tinibu,” he said.

Zamfara NSCDC intercept 75 drums of water treatment chemicals, arrest driver

Zamfara State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, has intercepted water treatment chemicals worth millions of Naira suspected to be stolen.

Parading the arrested items at the State headquarters of the Command in Gusau, the State capital on Wednesday, the State Commandant, Mohammed Bello Mu’azu explained that the Command acted on intelligence reports and intercepted the alleged stolen chemicals.

Speaking further, he said the suspected stolen chemicals which included ‘Calcium Hypochlorite and Hi clear Calcium Hypochlorite Mixture Dry’ were in 75 drums.

He said they were believed to have been procured by the State Government for water treatment in the State.

“There were no documents at all indicating legal transportation of the items from the State to their targeted destination; the driver could neither defend his contract nor the client that engaged him for the transportation."

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