Ensure Credible Elections Or Resign, Groups Tell INEC Chair
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The Southern and Middle Belt Alliance has asked the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, and senior officials of the commission to resign if he cannot guarantee that Saturday’s governorship and states House of Assembly elections will be free, fair and credible.
SMBA, in a statement on Tuesday by its spokesperson, Rwang Pam Jr., lamented that the alleged failure of INEC, police and Department of State Services to competently perform their constitutional duties during the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections “has not only brought international disgrace to Nigeria, but equally failed to protect the mandate of millions of Nigerians.
It said, “If the Inspector-General of Police feels that he is not well equipped or competent enough to safeguard the public, INEC staff and electoral materials on March 11, then he should resign and let someone else take over.
“If the INEC boss feels that he cannot conduct free, fair and credible elections, he should resign.
Wike’s G-5 Can’t Claim Glory Over Atiku’s Loss – Dino
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Dino Melaye, a former Kogi West Senator, has described the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike-led G-5 group, as irrelevant in the just-concluded presidential election.
Melaye said the Wike-led group can’t claim glory for the loss of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Recall that Wike, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, Samuel Ortom of Benue, Seyi Makinde of Oyo and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Oyo State, all withdrew their support from PDP at a national level following the outcome of the Presidential primary in May 2022.
Wike, who had vowed to support whoever emerged from the primary election, did not keep his promise but instead began to work against Atiku and the PDP through words and action, with four other governors forming the G5.
Your Victory Resounding, Not Surprising, NSCIA Hails Tinubu
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The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has congratulated the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, “on your resounding victory during the presidential election and emergence as the President-elect, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
In a congratulatory message, dated March 2, the NSCIA expressed gratitude “to the Almighty Allah for the victory which is a clear manifestation of His immense favours on you (Tinubu) and His preference that you lead our great people and nation at this point in time.”
The organisation said Tinubu’s “victory did not actually come to us in the council as a surprise.”
“We have followed with keen interest your trajectory in the Nigerian political landscape. We can attest to your track records in public service, your decades of hard work, selflessness, sacrifice, unflagging commitment and dedication to the Nigerian project as well as the excellent interpersonal relationships that you have built across the country over the years,” the NSCIA said in the message signed by its Deputy Secretary-General, Prof. Salisu Shehu.
CBN Should Address Nigerians–Ezekwobi
Following the Supreme Court ruling that the old 200, 500 and 1000 remain legal tender alongside the new currencies until 31st December this year, the Eze Ndigbo Ifako Ijaye, Eze Michael Ezekwobi (Oyiomanatumba Ndigbo Gbaagburugburu). has called on the Central Bank of Nigeria to address Nigerians on its compliance with the apex court’s rulling.
In a statement, the Royal father said such clarification will douse the confusion in the financial sector and end the economic hardship faced by Nigerians who are daily finding it difficult to access their money from banks.
While commending the judiciary for rising to the occasion, Ezekwobi also appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, to also address Nigerians on this crucial matter. “Today, despite the supreme court judgement, people are still rejecting the old 500 and one thousand Naira note because the Federal Government and CBN Governor has refused to confirm if they have complied with the court judgement. While the deadlock lasts, it is the common man that suffers.”, he said.
On the Saturday March 11 election, Ezekwobi called on electorate to exercise their franchise peacefully by voting the candidate of their choice.
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