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Today's Headlines:Wike Made G-5 Govs Commit Political Suicide- Atiku, Don't Vote blindly - Obi

Wike Made G-5 Governors Commit Political Suicide - Atiku

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar has said Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, deceived four of his colleagues into committing political suicide.

Wike and four other governors united and formed the G-5 following Atiku’s victory at the PDP presidential primary election in 2022.

The G-5 comprises Governors Wike, Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Samuel Ortom (Benue) and Seyi Makinde (Oyo).

Ikpeazu, Ugwuanyi and Ortom all lost their bids to go to the Senate. Makinde is seeking reelection into office on Saturday, March 18.

In a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, Atiku said betrayal, hypocrisy and deception were part of Wike’s DNA.

He added that the governor has lost relevance outside Rivers State and become nothing but a bull in a China shop.

The statement was in response to a statement by the Rivers State Government warning Atiku to “caution his attack dogs”.

Reacting, however, Shaibu said Wike lacked the moral right to caution anyone about decorum.

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Don’t vote blindly, Nigeria needs competent people - Obi to LP supporters

Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), has advised his supporters not to vote blindly in the governorship elections.

 On Saturday, residents of over 20 states will troop out to elect new governors and state assembly lawmakers.

Addressing his supporters dubbed ‘Obidients’ on Thursday, Obi said they should only vote for candidates with proven “character, competence, capacity and compassion”.

The LP standard bearer spoke during an interview on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme.

“I support the Obidients, please do not vote blindly. We have a country and a problem and we have to deal with it. I have said it, please watch out for character competence, capacity and compassion. The country needs to see competent people in positions to serve.

“So, do not vote blindly. We have some states we have some competent people. We have a competent, young, and dynamic man in Lagos that can do the job. We have one in Abia. I have visited those states where I think we have the people that are competent to rule.

“Out of the 28 states where the election for governorship is coming up on the 18th, we have about 6 or 8 where we have participants who can do the job," he said.

Obi on Wednesday visited Plateau state to canvass support for the governorship candidate of the LP.

Presidential Elections: I Remain Confident In Judiciary Despite Recent Flaws – Obi

Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party in the just concluded presidential elections, Peter Obi, on Thursday responded to questions regarding his confidence in the judiciary to deliver justice in his favour over controversies surrounding the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections.

Obi, who appeared on Channels Television Sunrise Programme, as a guest, said that he remained confident in Nigeria’s judiciary despite the controversy around their rulings on some matters.

He explained that his confidence is drawn from the fact that the Justices are Nigerians and are aware of how bad the situation has been in the country and only truth and justice will save this country.

“They, the Justices desire a better Nigeria for themselves and their children and that can only come through doing the right thing and telling the people the truth of any situation.

For me, I have no cause to doubt the courts, it’s we the politicians that are bent on corrupting every aspect of our national life”, he emphasized.

Obi also said that he would be shocked if the country goes on with what he described as “the rascality of criminality” which took place during the poll.

The former Anambra state Governor said it’s disheartening that the giant of Africa cannot deliver a simple election when small nations like Ghana can deliver with a small error margin and big nations like India also deliver with less than a five percent error margin.

Lawyer sues INEC over alleged failure to upload election results on IReV portal

A lawyer, Bob James, has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to court over its alleged refusal to electronically transmit presidential and National Assembly election results from polling units onto its IReV portal.

In the suit filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, 15 March, the plaintiff listed INEC and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) as defendants.

Setting out the sole issue for the court’s determination, James said INEC was under “statutory duty to upload electronically on its portal the results of the presidential and National Assembly elections held on 25 February…immediately” from every polling station across Nigeria.

Citing section 60 of the Electoral Act 2022 and section 38 (1) of INEC regulations, the plaintiff urged the court to determine whether the electoral umpire’s “failure or refusal to upload the results from each polling unit on the day of the election to the INEC IRev portal” does not nullify the polls.

The plaintiff urged the court to declare that INEC was under statutory obligation by virtue of the Electoral Act and its own guidelines to upload results from each polling station “immediately after counting and recording on Form Ec 8A on election day.”

Soludo: My Achievements in Office Enough to Give APGA Candidates Victory 

Anambra State Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, has stated that his achievements in office in less than one year as governor of the state are enough to give victory to House of Assembly candidates on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), his party.

Soludo, who spoke through his Press Secretary, Mr. Christian Aburime, said leaders of Labour Party (LP) in the state are feeling uncomfortable because they know that Anambra State remains APGA land, and that they have slim chances of winning any seat in the Saturday’s election.

Aburime in a chat with journalists said: “Apart from the fact that Anambra remains an APGA state, it will be unfair for any Anambra indigene to see all the good works of the governor and still not vote for APGA in the Saturday’s election.

“The governor will be one year in office on Friday, but you will think he has been here for four years already. Within this one year, he has employed 5,000 teachers for our schools; that is something that has never happened anywhere before.

“When he came to office, there were no doctors in most of the hospitals across the state, but the governor has employed many doctors, nurses and other caregivers, in addition to road projects being flagged off everywhere in the state.

“We are confident that on Saturday, we will win majority seats in the state Assembly. No Anambra indigene who wishes the state well will allow another party to dominate the House of Assembly. That will create distractions in the developmental strides the governor has embarked upon.”

Speaking on allegation of Soludo threatening traditional rulers and presidents-general of communities of blacklisting them if they failed to work for APGA victory, Aburime said such allegation was untrue.

He said: “That is propaganda from the pit of hell, which opposition are using to blackmail the governor because they do not stand a chance on Saturday.

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