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Today's Headlines: Obi Not Destined To Be Pres In 2023-Ohanaeze, Protesters hit The Streets Of Abuja

Obi Not Destined To Be President In 2023 – Ohanaeze

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly Worldwide, has said the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, is not destined to win the February 25 presidential election.

In a congratulatory statement to the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday, the Director-General, Implementation and Strategic Planning, Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly Worldwide, Ambassador Tony said Obi can fulfill his presidential ambition later but not in 2023.

“Tinubu is capable, and we have no doubt in his capacity to ensure the continuity of the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari, which are apparent, indisputably correct and will continue to stand as good legacies for generations of leaders to come.

“This Igbo umbrella body will continue to remember Obi, former governor of Anambra State, as one who, despite all odds, laboured hard to actualise a Nigerian president from the Igboland. However, God has not destined it to happen in 2023. It may happen later. God spares the life of everybody.

“It is more to show that the Igbo do not really hate themselves as some Nigerians tend to say. In all, general performances of the candidates across parties have given this group the confidence to agree that the emergence of one of them, who is Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as President-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is well deserved and we say congratulations,” he said.

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PDP Protesters hit The Streets Of Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) embarked on a protest to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja on Monday.

The opposition party, which rejected results of the Presidential election, won by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that the exercise was rigged.

Policeman Shoots Resident For Insisting APC Will Win Plateau Guber Poll

The Plateau State Police Command has arrested a police officer, Solomon Damak for shooting one Mr Nyommena Badapba of Tudun Wada community in Jos North Local Government Area of the state during an argument over which candidate will win the March 11 governorship poll in the state.

Daily Trust reports that the incident occurred on Sunday when the officer argued that the All Progressives Congress would not win the election, a position that Badapba reportedly disagreed with.

Badapba was said to have insisted that APC would win the election.

It was learnt the argument provoked the armed officer to shoot Badapba on his shoulder. The victim is currently receiving treatment at the Bingham University Teaching Hospital Jos.

According to the spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Alabo Alfred, the firearm of the arrested officer had been recovered and the culprit detained for disciplinary actions.

Alfred said, “The circumstance that led to the infliction of the gun injury by the recalcitrant officer does not fit into his professional calling but was done out of vindictiveness which contradicts the attributes of a Nigerian police officer.

“In order to ensure that the officer does not evade justice, the officer had been arrested, his firearm was recovered and he has since been detained for disciplinary action.”

Naira Scarcity: Banks ‘Shut Down’ As Cash-Strapped Customers Besiege Premises

Most banks in Lagos state are currently under lock and key as many customers besieged their premises to make withdrawals.

Daily Trust learnt that the banks decided to close their offices while awaiting further directive from the Central Bank of Nigeria following the Supreme Court’s ruling of Friday.

A seven-member panel of the apex court on Friday held that the old N200, N500 and N1000 notes remain legal tender until December 31. It also nullified the Federal Government’s naira redesign policy, declaring it as an affront to the 1999 Constitution.

Daily Trust observed that many customers who were at their banks to make transaction this morning were disappointed as they were denied access.

A representative of one of the banks, told Daily Trust that they decided to close their gates pending directive from the CBN and availability of cash.

We are waiting further directive from our regulator on the decision of the Supreme Court. We also need cash, either old or new notes to attend to customers.

“One of the major challenges we have faced in recent weeks is that most people have been making withdrawals with little or no deposits. So we need cash from CBN to be able to meet the demand,” he said on condition of anonymity.

Another top bank officials confirmed that their staff are inside the banking halls but they are preventing customers from accessing the premises to prevent a break down of law and order.

“We should be able to get clarity from the CBN very soon. We can’t act on our own without the clarification. Don’t forget that the banks were not part of the suit,” he added.

Many Lagosians were seen queuing at the gates of some commercial banks around Ikeja, Alausa, Surulere and environs.

Buhari Urges Chadian Factions To Back Democratic Transition

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged leaders of the various Chadian political factions to show restraint and patriotism by immersing themselves in the ongoing transition to democracy in their country.

He made the call Sunday while speaking to the country’s transition President and Head of Government, General Mehmet Idris Deby-Itno, when he visited him on the sidelines of the ongoing United Nations programme in Doha, Qatar.

Buhari said: “I watch developments in your country from a safe distance. As a close neighbour, I go to sleep and wake up with the issue on my mind.

“I sympathise with you, not only as a youth, but due to the position of some of the groups operating outside the country including Libya, even though this is a problem you inherited from your father. I am really reduced to praying on this matter. Other groups who think they are strong should be patriotic, settle down and secure their own country.”

Buhari, in a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, thanked the Chadian leader for the visit.

He gave assurances that “as a good neighbour, I am prepared at any time to listen to your representations, political, security or any other matter.”

Deby-Itno said he had come to thank Buhari for the support he provided to him and his country as they undertook the ongoing transition to democracy which he said was going well.

Bandits Abduct Woman, Kids, 9 Others From Kaduna Community

Bandits have again abducted a woman, two of her children and nine other residents of Janjala community in Kagarko LGA of Kaduna State.

City & Crime reports that Janjala had for the past few months suffered several attacks by bandits who abducted residents at gunpoint.

A resident, Dauda Bala, who confirmed the latest abductions through telephone to our reporter on Sunday, gave the names of the abducted woman and her children as Mrs Hauwa Ummi Abubakar, and the children as Sadiya and Idris.

The Madaki of Janjala, Samaila Babangida, who also confirmed the latest abductions, said nine among the victims escaped from their abductors.

There was no response from the spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command on the latest abductions at the time of filing this report.

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