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Today's Headlines: Accord collapses structure for Obi hours to poll, Kyari loses bail denial appeal

Accord collapses structure for Obi hours to poll

Accord Party has endorsed Peter Obi, the flag-bearer of the Labour Party (LP), for the 2023 presidential election.

This comes a few hours before the Presidential election slated for today, Saturday, February 25.

The party also announced that it would be collapsing its party structure in support of Obi.

In a letter obtained by TRIBUNE ONLINE Friday night, the Accord Party in its address to Obi stated that it was willing to join forces with the LP in delivering the mandate of LP flag-bearer and the party to win the presidential seat.

The party pledged to join the Labour Party’s structure across the 774 local government areas in Nigeria to deliver the constituencies to Obi during the presidential election.

The Accord Party further stated that it would engage in massive mobilisation by deploying its party members, canvassers, and voters nationwide to vote for Peter Gregory Obi.

The party set a target of delivering five million votes to the Labour Party. The endorsement of Peter Gregory Obi by the Accord Party is significant as it brings together two political parties with a long-standing history in Nigerian politics.

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Abba Kyari Loses Bail Denial Appeal

The Court of Appeal, Abuja has rejected the appeal of the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abba Kyari, against the ruling of a Federal High Court, Abuja which last year refused to admit him to bail.

Kyari, who is a former head of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, is standing trial over alleged complicity in hard drugs dealings.

Kyari and four members of the IRT – ACP Sunday J. Ubua, ASP Bawa James, Inspector Simon Agirgba and Inspector John Nuhu were last year arraigned before Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court Abuja.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) had specifically charged them with conspiracy to deal in 17.55kg of cocaine.

Although they pleaded not guilty to the charges however, the court refused to grant their bail application on the grounds that they might tamper with evidence.

Dissatisfied, Kyari then approached the appellate court seeking for an order reversing the decision of the Federal High Court Abuja which had refused to admit him bail.

But in their ruling yesterday, a three-member panel of the Court of Appeal in a unanimous decision declined to grant bail to Kyari.

Soldiers intercept N2m cash being moved for politician in Gombe

One Hassan Ahmad, who was in possession of cash, both old and new notes, amounting to two million naira was arrested on Friday, by the troops of 33 Artillery Brigade Operation Safe Conduct deployed to Alkaleri in Bauchi State.

The suspect was said to have been handed over to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Bauchi State Office.

According to the ICPC, Ahmad confessed the funds, conveyed in a tinted black Hilux vehicle with registration number JMA 85 AZ, was being moved to Gombe for a politician.

The agency disclosed that the suspect was in possession of N900,000 cash in new naira notes and N1.1 million in old naira notes.

The funds, which were packed in a “Ghana Must Go” bag, comprise six bundles of one thousand naira new notes of N600,000; six bundles of five hundred naira new notes of N300,000, and old two hundred naira notes of N1.1 million.”

Buhari Directs Security Agencies to Find Killers of Oyibo Chukwu

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned in strong terms the gruesome killing of the Labour Party senatorial candidate for Enugu East Senatorial District, Chief Oyibo Chukwu and his personal aide.

The President, in a release issued yesterday by his Media Adviser, Femi Adesina, believed the perpetrators of this ignoble act, in Awkunanaw, Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State, have no respect for human life and dignity, and therefore deserve the wrath of natural and divine justice.

The President affirmed his avowed commitment to an election that is devoid of violence and rancour.

He reminded all political actors that it is the choice of the electorate that counts, and therefore all eligible Nigerians should boldly exercise their civic rights without any fear of intimidation.

The President, therefore, directed security agencies to track down the culprits of this heinous crime, just as he commiserated with families of the victims, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the Labour Party.

President Buhari prayed for the repose of the souls of the deceased and comfort for those who mourn.

We are set for Saturday’s elections in FCT – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says all is set for the conduct of the general elections in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), .

Ms Agnes Akpe, Head of Voter Education and Publicity Department INEC FCT, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the non-sensitive materials were distributed weeks ago.

Akpe said that the distribution of sensitive materials began on Feb. 23 and the last batch was distributed to the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) on Feb. 24.

She said that on Feb. 23, the sensitive materials were collected from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN ).

She said that the materials were brought to the six area councils so that stakeholders such as the media, political parties, IPAC and other agents could witness the distribution.

Police arrest 15 young men with laptops in Katsina

The police in Katsina have arrested 15 young men for being in possession of laptops that appear to be used for election-related purposes.

A police source told PREMIUM TIMES that the men were arrested with laptops and were suspected of being in possession of “tracking devices” to be used in a situation room.

They were arrested at different locations in the Katsina metropolis Friday evening following an intelligence report, the source said.

The police command spokesperson, Gambo Isa, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that “some youth” suspected to be hackers were arrested but did not give further details.

“You see, contrary to what some people are telling you people (journalists), those arrested were not with ballot papers as being rumoured,” Mr Isa said. “We had an intelligence report on suspected hackers and our men decided to act on it. We’ve some people in our custody and investigation has started. We’ve every reason to investigate them but it’s only when we have the outcome of the investigation that I’ll update you,” he said.

However, our source, who asked not to be named, provided a few more details.

“We believe they’re working for a political party because all their systems (computer laptops) have the logo of the party on the screens. They are at the CID right now,” our police source said, declining to mention the party.

Although the police investigation is ongoing, all the major political parties in Nigeria have hired young tech-savvy personnel to monitor the elections and results online.

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