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Why I am challenging presidential poll result -Obi

Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate Peter Obi yesterday explained that he was challenging the outcome of the February 25 election because the “process was wrongly created by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to serve a particular purpose.”

He said he was doing so to change Nigerians’ recourse to “accepting what is wrong and unacceptable as God’s wish.”

Obi, however, clarified that he had no issues with the declaration of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as the winner of the poll, but the process. 

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The former Anambra State governor, who came third in the election after Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Atiku Abubakar, featured on Arise Television’s Morning Show.

Obi won South-South, South-East over religion, ethnic agitation – Okowa

The vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, says the sweeping victory recorded by the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, during the February 25 poll was due to religious and ethnic sentiments.

The Delta governor stated this on Monday in Asaba while reacting to the outcome the contentious presidential poll.

Obi won in southeastern states of Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo and Anambra.

He also won in Okowa’s state, Delta, as well as Cross River and Edo states.

Speaking on Monday, Okowa said, “A lot of factors contributed to the sweeping victory of Obi in South-South and South-East.

“The agitation that the Presidency should come to the southern part of the country, religion and Igbo presidency are key factors.

“The Obidient movement is a movement that swept across the South-South and South-East. The people wanted Obi as a change. They believe it is the turn of South-East. I believe that people have exercised their rights in a democratic process but INEC did not follow the Electoral Act.”

APC, LP, PDP, others to access all documents, INEC chair assures

PARTIES seeking to examine the materials used during the Presidential and National Assembly elections to prosecute their election petition will have unhindered access to them, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has assured.

The INEC boss said the agency has nothing to hide.

He spoke while hosting the legal team of the Labour Party (LP) and its candidate at the February 25 poll, Mr. Peter Obi at the commission’s Abuja Nataional Headquarters, yesterday.

Besides the LP, the All Progressives Congress (APC), its standard bearer (now President-elect), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, have approached INEC to grant them access to the materials.

Yakubu told the LP counsel that there were two levels of documents to be given to them – those available at the Headquarters of the Commission and those domiciled at its offices in the states.

According to him, the accreditation records for the elections will be printed from the back-up server and certified by the commission before they are given to the parties.

Tinubu supporters warn Atiku, Peter Obi over alleged harrasment of Judiciary, INEC

Scores of protesters under the aegis of The Natives yesterday staged a peaceful protest in Abuja warning the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Labour Party (LP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi, against intimidating and harassment of the judiciary and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over their defeat in the recently held presidential poll.

Led by Mr Smart. Edwards, the group enjoined the duo and their supporters to have faith in the judiciary instead of constituting a threat to democratic rule.

The group, alongside the supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Tinubu, will no longer take lightly the intimidation by the supporters of Peter Obi (Obidients) and supporters of the Atiku Abubakar (Artilators).

The rally which had Representatives of the National Association of the Nigeria Students (NANS) and other various youths groups in attendance temporarily paralyzed the moment of vehicles Federal Secretariat to the Presidential Villa on Monday.

Edward in his address noted: “We also have a message for the PDP candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; Your Excellency, it is your time to test the court and not to intimidate the court. It is your time to retreat and retire or reset and re-contest again if your party is not tired of you.

Edwards, while appealing for cooperation to move Nigeria forward, also called on all Nigerians to give the President-elect Tinubu a chance to reset the country in a way that will benefit all and sundry.

CBN okays N1,000, N500 old notes after Buhari’s rebuke

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday directed banks to comply with the Supreme Court judgment of March 3 on the validity of old naira notes.

The instruction came hours after President Muhammadu Buhari rebuked CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami (SAN) for not obeying the order.

The Supreme Court held that the old N200, N500 and N1,000 banknotes would remain legal tender until December 31 and co-exist with the new notes.

“The CBN has no reason not to comply with court orders on the excuse of waiting for directives from the President,” a statement by the Presidency said.

Soon after, the CBN issued a statement asking banks to comply with the judgment.

The statement, entitled “Old N200, N500, and N1,000 banknotes remain legal tender” was signed by Acting Acting Director of Corporate Communications, Isa AbdulMumin.

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