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Today's Headlines: We’ll retrieve our mandate in court, Obi-Datti vow,Lagos guber: Igbo campaign for Sanwo-Olu’s re-election

We’ll retrieve our mandate in court, Obi-Datti vow

The Vice Presidential candidate of Labour Party, Dr. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, has assured Nigerians, especially party supporters, that he and his principal, Mr. Peter Obi, were prepared to pursue and retrieve their mandate through the legal system.

He appealed to Nigerians to continue to exercise their franchise because democracy belonges to those who could practice it.

Baba-Ahmed, who stated this at a briefing at LP Presidential Campaign Secretariat in his first comment after the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu as president-elect, in Abuja yesterday, said: “We ask Nigerians to continue to exercise their civic duties. ”Democracy belongs to the people who can practice it. Nigeria should continue to make efforts to practice it. The only language we understand is peace. Obi and I believe even more in Nigeria and Nigerian people.

“We won election in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, they refused to upload the result, they refused to refer to IREV just for them to defeat us.

“It took a serving government illegality and constitutional breach to defeat Peter Obi and my humble self.

“Nigerian people are winners and Nigerian people are waiting for a day when Peter Obi and myself, through the rigours of legality and constitutionality will get to power somehow, one day.”

While appealing to Nigerians and party supporters to remain calm, he assured them that their labour to build a better Nigeria where the rule of law shall reign supreme would not be in vein.

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Lagos guber: Igbo campaign for Sanwo-Olu’s re-election

Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Drainages, Joe Igbokwe, has appealed to Igbo indigenes in the state to vote en masse for Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and other All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates in the March 11 governorship and House of Assembly elections.

Igbokwe, who leads Ndigbo in Lagos APC, while addressing the press in Lagos, in company of Jude Idimogu, said the Igbo needed to support the president-elect, Bola Tinubu. He warned the Igbo not to allow a repeat of last Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly election result, in which APC lost to Labour Party (LP).

Igbokwe described the outcome of the federal election as appalling, urging improvement in the state elections. On the threat to Igbo in Lagos and their businesses, Igbokwe assured the Igbo that no threat against them would work because the matter was being addressed.

HOWEVER, governorship candidate of LP in Lagos, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, has appealed to Lagosians to repeat the support it gave to its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and other candidates of the party on February 25 at the governorship election next week.

Cross River police arrest notorious kidnap kingpin

Operatives of Cross River State Police Command have arrested a notorious kidnap kingpin, Kufre Ekpo Etim, alias Romance, who has been on the state government and police wanted list for about three years. 

He was arrested by Mr. Ogini Chukwuma-led Anti Cultism and Kidnapping Squad (ACKS), of Cross River State, late on Tuesday in a hideout near University of Cross River in Calabar, after a gun duel that left him seriously injured, but his gang members escaped by the whiskers.

Etim has been terrorising Calabar metropolis and its environs and some parts of Akwa Ibom for quite some time now before he met his waterloo.

The kidnap kingpin and an armed robber, who has killed scores and kidnapped dozens of medical doctors and lecturers, especially from University of Calabar and others were arrested based on credible intelligence by the ACKS that swung into action immediately.

The Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sule Balarabe, who confirmed the arrest, said that it was a big win for the police, the government and the good people of the state. 

He said: “The notorious kidnap kingpin has been terrorising Cross River and parts of neighbouring states for years, we are glad that he has been apprehended, he has been on the wanted list for three years and we finally picked him up.”

Gov. Wike’s son not shot dead in U.S.

Jordan Nyesom, son of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike was not shot dead in the United States.

A trending post on social media alleged that Wike’s son was killed in the US over the governor’s alleged manipulation of the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections in Rivers State.

The report showed the governor’s son in a convocation gown at his graduation from the University of Exeter, UK, last July, flanked by Wike, his wife Justice Suzette, and their daughter, posing for the cameras.

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde and his Abia State counterpart Okezie Ikpeazu, who are part of the aggrieved PDP G5 governors, were present to celebrate with Wike’s family in the UK.

Reacting to the report, Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Chris Finebone, said in a statement on Wednesday that the governor neither has a son nor any child for that matter in the United States.

He said the post was the handiwork of those he described as wicked people who were bent on blackmailing and tarnishing the image of the Rivers State Governor and urged members of the public to discountenance it.

The statement partly read, “This is a big lie by evil people. For the avoidance of doubt, Gov. Nyesom Wike has no son or child in the US. By the special grace of God, the governor’s children are safe and doing well where they are.

Gov. Ikpeazu speaks after losing senatorial bid

Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has said that the peace and security of Abia are more important to him than his senatorial bid.

Ikpeazu said this in a press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Onyebuchi Ememanka.

The governor said: “Our government is resolutely committed to ensuring continuous security and peace that Abia has consistently enjoyed under my watch.

“We are grateful to God that so far there is no single account of any loss of life during the presidential and National Assembly elections. There were also no reports of electoral violence.

“On a personal note, I am a fulfilled man. I have won many battles and elections, including defeating Covid-19. Elections will come and go every four years and just like in any other contest, you win some and lose some.”

Ikpeazu added that the state government was resolute in ensuring that the peace and security which defined the last elections would be replicated in the gubernatorial and state House of Assembly polls.

The Governor called on the people of Abia to remain calm, peaceful and law-abiding as the state prepared for the March 11 polls.

Fayose dumps PDP after Tinubu’s victory, claims Atiku rejected one term

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and also quit partisan politics.

This comes a day after PDP lost the presidential election to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Fayose announced his resignation while appearing as a guest on ARISE TV.

He also revealed that the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar rejected the offer of one term in office to get the G5 governors’ support. Atiku lost the G5 governors’ states to APC candidate Bola Tinubu who won three, and Labour Party candidate Obi won two states.

Announcing his resignation, Fayose said, “From today, I stay off PDP.”

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