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Today's Headlines: Why Peter Obi Is My Hero – Wike, INEC Chair Must Go–Melaye Insists

Why Peter Obi Is My Hero – Wike

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has declared Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) as the hero of the just concluded presidential election.

Wike, who addressed a town hall with Igbo traders in Port Harcourt, the state capital, said despite Obi not having been declared the winner, his participation in the election guaranteed the emergence of a southerner as the President-elect.

According to the governor, the states where Obi recorded victories would have been won by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), thereby retaining power in the North.

He is one of the five aggrieved PDP governors known as G5 who refused to support their party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, over an alleged violation of the party’s constitution on zoning.

“In this election that we just did,” he said, “Obi is my hero, as far as I’m concerned. If he didn’t contest, power would have remained in the North.”

Wike urged the traders to ignore comments by detectors and vote for the PDP in the March 18 governorship and state assembly elections.

The governor also debunked allegations of working against Obi’s presidential bid.

Others in attendance were the governorship candidate of the PDP in the state, Sim Fubara; the South-South Vice Chairman of the PDP, Dan Orbih, among others.

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He told the traders he came to the market because he had heard they were angry with him that he allegedly worked against Obi during the presidential election.

INEC Chair Must Go–Melaye Insists

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One of the spokespersons for Atiku, Okowa Presidential Campaign Council, Senator Dino Melaye has insisted that the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mahmud Yakubu, must resign.

The former lawmaker gave the demand in a post via his Twitter handle on Saturday.

Melaye’s call is coming against the backdrop of threat of lawsuit by Yakubu on the allegation that he rigged the presidential election by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Recall that the party had called for the police and the Department of State Services, DSS, to investigate the INEC boss over alleged manipulation of election results.

The PDP said the call followed further review of the “the widely-condemned infractions, brazen violation of the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022 and criminal manipulation and alteration of election results”.

PDP alleged that INEC subverted the will of Nigerians in the just concluded February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections.

10th Assembly: Six Reps move to Senate

No fewer than six current members of the House of Representatives have been elected to the Senate in the National Assembly Election held on February 25, 2023.

Source: Punch Newspapers

According to the list of winners of the election so far released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, the lawmakers move from representing federal constituencies to senatorial districts. There are also two former members of the House joining the Red Chamber.

They include the current Majority Whip of the House, Mohammed Monguno, who is representing Monguno/Marte/Ganzai Federal Constituency in Borno State at the House. The APC member will represent Borno North Senatorial District in the 10th Assembly. There is also Adeyemi Adaramodu, who will represent Ekiti South Senatorial District on the platform of the APC. He is presently representing Ekiti South-West/Ikere/Ise/Orun Federal Constituency in Ekiti State.

Why Obasanjo is always against Yoruba presidency - Gen. Akinrinade

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Former Chief of Defence Staff, General Alani Akinrinade (Rtd) has said former President, Olusegun Obasanjo is always against Yoruba presidency because he is not comfortable with his people.

Akinrinade, in an interview with New Telegraph, said there had been claims that Obasanjo doesn’t have any form of roots in Yorubaland.

“If he feels otherwise, he needs to go and take a DNA test to ascertain if he is truly a Yorubaman and if not so, he needs to go back to his kith and kin in other areas.

“I don’t think Obasanjo is comfortable with his Yoruba people at all. I’m saying this because each time we have this kind of disaster, he is always at the heart of things, whether it was with late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, or Moshood Abiola and now Bola Tinubu,” he said.

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