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Today's Headlines: I’ll congratulate Tinubu if… — Bode George; I must be president of Nigeria - Obi

Reconciliation: I’ll congratulate Tinubu if… — Bode George

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The former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olabode George, has explained the reasons that would prompt him to congratulate the President-elect, Bola Tinubu.

A report published by Vanguard said George, a longstanding political adversary of Tinubu, spoke at a peace meeting organised by some senior Lagos State indigenes to broker peace between the two men.

The elders appealed for his support and collaboration with the former Lagos State governor as he assumes office on May 29.

Recall that George had overtime being a critic of the President-elect and in fact, threatened exile should Tinubu win the election and is sworn in as president of the country.

Speaking at the meeting, George said, “They made a request which we are all looking at. They requested that someday we should also congratulate Asiwaju and we said yes, but that I belong to a political party. They are all in the courts now.

“Let us finish the court cases. Whichever way that goes, the issue of congratulating him or not will come to fruition.

“I have nothing personal and nothing happens without the almighty God. As a believer, that is my school of thought.”

I must be president of Nigeria - Peter Obi insists

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The Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has said he “must be” the president of Nigeria.

Mr Obi stated this in Awka, the Anambra State capital, on Friday at the presentation of a book entitled: “Peter Obi: Many voices, one perspective,” according to a report by the Daily Trust newspaper.

Former Governor of Lagos State and candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, was declared winner of the presidential election by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission , Mahmood Yakubu, on 1 March.

The APC candidate polled a total of 8,794,726 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party who scored a total of 6,984,520 votes. The LP candidate, Mr Obi, came third with a total of 6,101,533 votes.

However, Mr Obi and Atiku are currently challenging the victory of Mr Tinubu at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja.

“Anyone who thinks I am on a transit is wasting his time. Let me tell you, I must be the president of this country. I am sure of that. If it is not today, it must be tomorrow.

“Other people who want to be, should come and tell us what they want to do, and how to do it. This is my country; I don’t have dual citizenship. If anyone thinks I am going to run away from Nigeria, they are lying,” Mr Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, said.

The LP candidate stressed that he was not in a hurry to achieve the dream of becoming the country’s president.

“I have three engagements in Anambra and Lagos today. I will be speaking in Lagos tonight. We will not leave Nigeria. I am not in a hurry to become the president, but I know it must happen,” he said.

“For three years I was in court in Anambra to reclaim my governorship (position), just to challenge the process. Many people tried to discourage me, but I said even if the entire four-year tenure elapsed for us to prove a point and correct the process, I will be fulfilled,” Mr Obi added.

The former governor said he was more concerned with the process that brings leaders to an office, and not about who the leader is.

He also said he was committed to the task of achieving a better Nigeria.

No Peace Without Justice, Equity, fairness – Obasanjo

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Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has identified mismanagement of diversity as the bane of Nigeria’s problem, stressing that without justice, equity and fairness, there can be no peace, not only in Nigeria but also anywhere in the world.

Chief Obasanjo noted that having been involved in peacemaking and mediation over the years, he had realised that peace, security, and stability were essential ingredients of development. He also added that without peace, security and stability, there can’t be development, “and of course you will not get performance without development,” he added.

Obasanjo, who stated this at the National Daily Award in Lagos on Saturday, lamented that Nigeria’s problem could also be attributed to the wrong choices that the leaders have made in the past. He noted that at the time when Nigeria was admitted into the United Nations Organisation, it was described as a giant in the Sun, but lamented that the country had not lived up to that tag.

Calls for suspension of Tinubu’s swearing-in unnecessary

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The President, National Patriotic Elders’ Forum of Nigeria, Dr Bature AbdulAziz has dismissed those calling for the suspension of swearing-in of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, saying they are ignorant of the law.

AbdulAziz told journalists in Kano on Saturday that the renewed calls for the suspension of swearing-in of the president-elect could destabilise the country.

He said: “Some people are ignorantly talking about the swearing-in of the president-elect, Bola Tinubu in spite of the provisions of the Nigeria Constitution and the laws. The matter is in court and clearly explained by the law.

“Calling for the suspension of the swearing-in of the president-elect beyond May 29 is like calling for anarchy because Nigeria would be without government.

“I am worried that some people are hellbent in causing uncertainties in the country for reason best known to them.

“Why are you calling for the suspension of the swearing-in? What you are asking for has no position in the law.”

He said the law permitted the president-elect and any governor-elect to proceed with the swearing-in while the case is still in court.

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