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Today's Headlines: Obi wins Atiku in Adamawa polling unit, Nigeria decides 2023: INEC extends voting till Sunday

Obi wins Atiku in Adamawa polling unit

Peter Obi, Presidential Candidate of Labour Party, has defeated his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival with 2,660 votes at Muchalla Ward, Mubi North Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Atiku is not just from Adamawa but his party controls the state.

According to results released from the collation centre of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the LGA, Obi polled a total of 4,524 votes while Atiku followed with 1,864 and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 340 votes while Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) trailed with 31 votes.

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Nigeria decides 2023: INEC extends voting till Sunday

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Saturday announced the extension period of voting for the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

The Presidential and National Assembly election was conducted on Saturday but due to the late arrival of voting materials and INEC staff, the Commission decided to extend the polls to February 26, 2023.

INEC said the decision was necessitated due to pockets of violence and ‘tactical disenfranchisement in some areas.

According to INEC, elections will continue in Lagos: Surulere, Ikate, Okota, Eti-Osa, Kosofe and Oshodi and some places in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

Other places include Ebonyi, Rivers. Imo, Anambra, Kano, Edo, Delta, Kogi, Bayelsa, Enugu, Sokoto, Taraba, Abia, Ekiti.

The Commission said that voting in the mentioned areas will commence by 8am till 12pm on Sunday.

EFCC arrests Lecturer with N306,700 to buy votes in Benue

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, monitoring the presidential and national assembly polls made some arrests of suspected vote buyers.

One Dr. Cletus Tyokyaa, a lecturer with the Sarwuan Tarka University (formerly known as the University of Agriculture), Makurdi, Benue State, was arrested at the RCM Polling Unit in Daudu, Guma Local Government Area of the state with the sum of N306, 700 in various denominations stashed in his car.

A statement from EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren said luck ran out on the suspect when he drove to the voting centre which was different from his polling unit and tried to run upon sighting operatives of the Commission.

"When asked about his mission at the center, Dr. Tyokyaa could not provide a coherent explanation, leading to arrest, and the search of his car revealed the money in various denominations.

“He was released after volunteering a statement to the Commission. The EFCC also arrested a man for alleged vote buying with N194,000 at Gidan Zakka polling unit, Goron Dutse area of Kano Municipal Local Government, Kano State,” Uwujaren said.

Kogi: Notorious thug shot dead as electoral violence rocks Dekina LG

A notorious thug simply identified as Akaihaba was shot dead while attempting to snatch ballot boxes at Agwudoko area in the violence rocked Anyigba in Dekina local government area of Kogi State on Saturday.

Sporadic violence broke out in several places in the local government area during elections on Saturday.

Anyigba and Abocho were most affected in the destruction of voting materials.

According to reports, at Udaba-Dekina, ballot boxes were destroyed by gunmen said to be sponsored by a retired woman officer from the area.

Sources claimed that at Tudunwada polling unit in Dekina town, an irate group created panic.

It was gathered that other areas like Egume, Ojikpadala, while Avharu and Abejulo in Omala LG enjoined smooth voting.

Nigeria’s election 2023: INEC can’t change polling unit results – Omokri

There are some reports from the supporters of one of the leading presidential candidates that the INEC was trying to manipulate the system in favour of another candidate.

The former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan believes that there was no way the Commission could change the results when polling agents already have the results that have been publicly declared.

“INEC is NOT trying to change any results. Stop spreading such wicked rumours. It is virtually impossible to alter results under the current system.

“Besides, polling agents have the publicly announced results. Control your mouths. Don’t set Nigeria on fire over #NigeriaDecides2023,” he tweeted.

The 2023 presidential election is keenly contested by the All Progressives Congress, APC, the Labour Party, LP, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Nigeria Decides: Two people killed in Rivers polling unit

Two persons have been reportedly killed in Ward 12, Ubimini community, in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Trouble started when a member of Onelga Security Peace and Advisory Committee, a local security outfit, attempted to apprehend a young man for unknown reasons, but they were resisted by the people.

It was gathered that the members of the local vigilante group started shooting sporadically, which led to the death of a woman.

One of them was, however, apprehended when he attempted to flee, but he was mobbed by the people.

The tension in the community led to the end of the election in unit 6 and 7 of Ward 12.

Voters later re-converged in other polling units to continue with the process.

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Adamawa Adamawa State Independent Obi Peter Obi


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