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Today's Headlines: 2023 Elections: How Obi Defeated Tinubu In Rivers — BBC; Osinbajo Presides Over Special FEC Meeting Two Weeks To Handover

2023 elections: How Obi defeated Tinubu in Rivers — BBC

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Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi defeated Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 25 poll, according to British Broadcast Corporation (BBC) report.

Confirming that some results of Nigeria’s 2023 presidential election were altered, the report detailed how anomalies in Rivers contributed to the emergence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu as president-elect.

Accessing results amassed by Tinubu and Peter Obi of Labour Party (LP) in the State, the BBC found that results obtained from polling units across the state differed from what was announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

According to BBC, Tinubu did not garner the most votes in the State.

After reviewing results from over 6,000 polling units, the BBC said, “We found an increase of just over 106,000 in Mr Tinubu’s vote in the official declaration when compared with our polling station tally – almost doubling his total in the State.

“In contrast, Mr Obi’s vote had fallen by over 50,000.”

Osinbajo Presides Over Special FEC Meeting Two Weeks To Handover

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday, presided over a special Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House in Abuja two weeks to the end of the current administration. 

The Vice President chaired the meeting on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari who is still away in London on medical grounds.

The special FEC meeting expected to deliberate on over 30 memos emanating from various ministries and agencies of government is apparently convened to treat a backlog of pending memos as the administration wraps up this week ahead of the May 29 handover date.

Buhari baffled by pervasive level of corruption — Presidency

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THE Presidency said yesterday that President Muhammadu Buhari was baffled by the high-level corruption still prevalent in the country, despite efforts made by his government to fight the malaise.

It, however, noted that the President was above scandal and had no account with corrupt money anywhere in the world.

Special Assistant to the President on Meda and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who stated these in an interview on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, yesterday, said: “If you ask the President this question, (why corruption is still rife in the country), he will equally tell you he is baffled by the fact that people, who otherwise would have been in jail are riding their Rolls-Royce and their aircraft, roaming around.”

He explained that under the constitution, the President or the Executive arm could only investigate and prosecute suspected corrupt persons.

“However, the moment the President or the Executive arm takes these cases to court, his job is done. And it is up to the court to determine whether one is guilty or not,” he noted.

Dual citizenship: Advocacy group seeks Tinubu’s investigation, prosecution before May 29

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A civil group, the Incorporated Trustees of Advocacy for Societal Rights Advancement and Development Initiative (ASRADI), has called for the investigation and subsequent prosecution of the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu before the May 29 swearing-in over alleged perjury regarding his possession of a Guinean Passport.

The position of the group was contained in an ‘Affidavit of Urgency’ in support of a motion exparte filed before the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking the court’s permission to apply for an order compelling the Inspector General (IG) of Police to investigate and recommend Tinubu for prosecution over alleged Guinean citizenship.

ASRADI in the motion exparte numbered, FHC/ABJ/CS/669/2023 and filed on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, is claiming that the president-elect lied on oath when he refused to give information regarding his Guinean citizenship in his Form EC9 submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in aide of his qualification for the 2023 presidential election.

It is the case of the plaintiff/ applicant that, the non-disclosure of Tinubu’s voluntary acquisition of the citizenship of Guinea amounts to Perjury.

While stating that they, “Only became aware of the perjury committed by Tinubu on April 16, 2023 from an online publication, the group pointed out that its request on the police to investigate the matter has not yielded results hence, the resort for the court’s intervention.

Amongst the exhibits attached in support of the application is the group’s letter to the IGP dated May 8 and signed by the Executive Director, Mr Adeolu Oyinlola.

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