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Today's Headlines: Otti, Not Sacked By Court—Aide, Obi To US: Wait For Tribunal Verdict On Tinubu

Otti, Not Sacked By Court—Aide

Ferdinand Ekeoma, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Abia Governor-elect, Dr Alex Otti, on Friday, urged the public to disregard the purported sack of his principal by a Federal High Court in Kano.

Ekeoma made the request while reacting to the media report at a news briefing in Umuahia.

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He described the judgment of the court as “baseless, unfounded and misleading”.

He further described the process as a “legal coup”.

Obi to US: Wait for Tribunal Verdict On Tinubu

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, says it is still unclear, the reason for the telephone conversation between Antony Blinken, US secretary of state, and Bola Tinubu, president-elect.

In a series of tweets posted on Friday, Obi said the US should wait for the presidential election tribunal’s verdict before conferring legitimacy.

News Source: Arise TV

Blinken had called Tinubu on Tuesday and pledged to strengthen the relations between the US and Nigeria.

“There is still a lack of clarity on the basis of the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken’s call to APC’s presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu on 16th May 2023. The most fundamental tenet and core value of democracy is the rule of law,” Obi tweeted.

EFCC Chairman, Bawa Begged For $2m – Gov Matawalle

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The governor of Zamfara state, Bello Matawalle, has alleged that the chairperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, begged him for $2million.

On Wednesday, Matawalle asked Bawa to ensure that the EFCC’s probe didn’t only target outgoing governors, but also presidency officials.

Reacting to Matawalle’s comments, the EFCC insisted that it was probing the governor for allegedly diverting N70billion meant for contracts in the state.

Why INEC Can’t Defend Tinubu’s Qualifications — Atiku

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A former Vice President and candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the last presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Friday, berated the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for filing processes to defend the qualifications of the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Atiku maintained that it was wrong for the electoral body to throw its weight behind the president-elect, whose election victory is being challenged in court.

While accusing INEC of fighting a proxy war for Tinubu, the PDP candidate who came second in the presidential election held on February 25, through his team of lawyers led by Chief Chris Uche, SAN, urged the Presidential Election Petition Court sitting in Abuja, to dismiss a counter affidavit and preliminary objection the Commission filed to challenge his petition.

According to Atiku, INEC lacked the legal capacity to defend the controversy surrounding Tinubu’s educational qualifications, his age as well as his alleged indictment in a drug-related case in the United States of America, USA.

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