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Today's Headlines: Yakubu Should Face Prosecution - PDP, Obi Visits Slain LP S'Candidate's Family

Mahmood Yakubu should face prosecution, PDP tells police, DSS

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded that security agencies such as the Department of State Services and the Police investigate and prosecute the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu over his alleged complicity in the criminal manipulation and alteration of election results.

This, the PDP said should be a natural follow-up to the INEC chairman’s resignation from office.

National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Hon. Debo Ologunagba, said this at a press conference, at the party’s National Secretariat, Abuja, on Friday.

The PDP Spokesman said, “Prof. Mahmood Yakubu’s exit as Chairman of INEC will be the first step towards sanitizing the Electoral Commission and restoring the confidence of Nigerians especially as the nation prepares for the rescheduled March 18, 2023, Governorship and State Assembly elections.

“Furthermore, the PDP demands that the Inspector General of Police and the Director General of the Directorate of State Services (DSS) immediately commence investigations into the electoral violations and manipulations by INEC with the view to prosecuting Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and other officials of the Commission for electoral offences.”

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Obi visits slain LP senatorial candidate’s family

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, on Friday, assured the family of the slain senatorial candidate for the Enugu East district, Oyibo Chukwu, that those behind his death would be prosecuted.

Obi, who led the national leadership of the LP to Amurri in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu to commiserate with the family of the murdered senatorial candidate, urged them to remain prayerful and look up to God who can never fail.

Chukwu was murdered alongside his personal assistant on February 22, 72 hours to the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections.

Speaking during the visit, Obi urged the people of Enugu East to ensure that they supported Kelvin, the younger brother of late Chukwu, who had been chosen to replace him.

“That is the only way we can ensure that whatever dreams Chukwu had will be achieved,” he said.

While noting that those behind the murder would not go unpunished, he asked the people to also ensure that they come out en masse to vote for other candidates of the party in the forthcoming elections.

On his part, the National Chairman of Labour Party, Julius Abure, said the party was fully behind Chukwu’s family and that was why they accepted the decision to replace him with his younger brother, Kelvin.

13-Year-Old Boy Shoots Girl Dead In Ogun

A 13-year-old boy, Ope Babalola, has allegedly shot dead a three-year-old girl, Esther Samuel, in Ogun state.

The teenage boy reportedly shot dead the minor with a dane gun belonging to one Semiu Adegesin.

The incident happened in Kukudi village in Imasayi, Yewa North Local government area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who disclosed this to journalists on Friday said, Adegesin, the owner of the gun, has been arrested for “contributory negligence.”

Oyeyemi said, the 45-year-old suspect was arrested following a report lodged at Imasayi Divisional headquarters of the police that a 13-year old boy shot and killed the deceased.

“Upon the information, the DPO Imasayi division, SP Arowojeun Michael, quickly led his detectives to the scene where the deceased was met in the pool of her own blood.”

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect Semiu Adegesin loaded his dane gun, and carelessly kept it in an open place at the backyard of the house where children used to play.

“It was there the 13-year old Ope Babalola picked the loaded gun, pointed it at the deceased and pulled the trigger.

“The deceased was quickly taken to General Hospital Ilaro, where she was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty.

“The owner of the dane gun was promptly arrested and taken to the station for interrogation,” Oyeyemi said.

He added that, the Commissioner of Police, Frank Mba, had directed that the case be transferred to Homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation Departments for discreet investigation.

Peter Obi: I will not endanger peace of Nigeria

The candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has promised that he will not endanger the relative peace existing in Nigeria in his challenge of the results of the February 25 presidential election.

Obi said this while reacting to a viral statement in which he was quoted as saying that he never lost an election; that he would fight and “bleed to death until” his mandate is restored; that he would drag “INEC until there will be no life left in them”; that he was “looking forward to jailing all that partook in this scam and fraud called election”, among others.

But Obi who spoke through his Media Adviser, Mr. Valentine Obienyem, said he never uttered or issue any such statement.

He therefore described it as not only false, but also mischievous, misleading and out of character.

The former Anambra State Governor added that insofar as he believed that the election was gravely flawed, as being attested to by everybody that was part of the process, he would continue to pursue the recovery of the stolen mandate through the legal process.

“I have worked through similar paths in the past and was successful. I shall follow the same path without endangering the relative peace in the country, which is actually what those election riggers are striving desperately to upset”, Obi said.

He therefore appealed to members of the “Obidient” family and all men and women of goodwill to remain calm, prayerful and be alert to the events in the country.

Governorship poll: We will defend our votes in Katsina – PDP

Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Katsina State say they are fully ready to defend their votes during the forthcoming governorship and house of assembly elections in the state.

The Atiku/Lado campaign Director General, Dr Mustapha Inuwa, who disclosed this on Friday in Katsina, said they would do that in accordance with the electoral law.

He explained that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has provided that after casting their votes, the electorate can stay around until their votes are counted.

Inuwa explained that during the presidential election, PDP won the state, so they are assuring their supporters that they will still win the next election.

According to him, PDP will not allow any party to manipulate the election results.

He added that democracy has given the electorate the right to vote for the candidate they trust to be their leader, saying that this is what democracy is all about.

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