I'll Win Election At All Cost, Even By Theft – Binani
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani, has boasted that she would win the 2023 gubernatorial election in Adamawa State by all means.
In a leaked video, Binani who spoked in Fulfulde language was heard saying that she would clinch the governorship seat, even if by theft.
"APC party is prepared for anything, even if it means to steal the ballots or by persuasion; APC must wrest power in Adamawa State.
"No matter what and however it goes, God willing, APC is going to disposes them of power during the 2023 governorship election.
"They've been there for four years, that's why we're battle ready to take over from them for the public to see what we can bring to the table.
"All of us, APC members are prepared, the party is ready, just as me, the party's candidate," Binani said in the video.
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Man dies in Lagos market fire
A yet-to-be identified man has died following a fire outbreak that erupted in the early hours of Wednesday at an auto spare parts market in Ajegunle, Lagos.
Margaret Adeseye, the director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, in a statement on Wednesday said that number of shops and goods affected in the incident could not be immediately determined.
“At about 03:28 Wednesday wee hours, a Fire outbreak was alerted to Akere Spare Parts Market, Kirikiri Road, Akere Bus Stop, Olodi-Apapa, Ajegunle, Lagos that saw the Ajegunle Fire Station of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service as first respondent,” the statement reads.
"Upon arrival, it was discovered that rows of shops that traded in auto spare parts was well alight that led to Sari-Iganmu and Ilupeju Fire Crews of the Agency joining up to subdued the raging Fire and salvage a nearby major market Petroleum Filling Station with a fully loaded 33,000 liters PMS tanker amongst other adjoining buildings.
“However, a male adult was recovered by the Tolu Police Division of the Nigerian Police around the scene while the Lagos Neighborhood and Safety Corps and the Red Cross were also in attendance.”
The agency said that the cause of this could not be immediately ascertained.
Peter Obi Is Winner Of Presidential Election, Says Afenifere
Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has said that it believes the candidate of Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, was the winner of the February 25, 2023 presidential election.
According to the communique jointly signed by Chief Adebanjo and the Secretary General of the group, Chief Sola Ebiseni, Afenifere claimed that judging by the results of the election available to it, it showed that Peter Obi won the election.
It also declared that the election was flawed with all manner of malpractices.
The statement reads inter alia: “That the deliberate non-compliance by the Commission with these mandatory guidelines encouraged electoral brigandage at the polling units which included destruction of ballot papers, snatching of ballot boxes, doctoring of figures and swapping of votes of candidates at the coalition centres by amended and outlawed manual procedures which rendered the 25th February 2023 Presidential and National Assembly elections flawed in several respects as confirmed by local and international observers.
“That the results of the lawful votes at the election available to the Afenifere through credible sources confirm that His Excellency Peter Gregory Obi, the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party won the said election and we thus support his decision challenging the contrary Declaration by the INEC.”
Afenifere further insisted that the presidential slot should go the South-East of the southern part of the federation in line with equity and fairness.
I’ll Negotiate With Bandits If I Become Kaduna Gov – PDP Candidate
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Kaduna State, Isah Ashiru Kudan, has said that to properly tackle banditry and kidnapping in the state, his government will engage the perpetrators in dialogue, noting that they are human beings, and not monsters.
Kudan stated this during a chat with ARISE TV on issues concerning his party’s chances ahead of the March 11 governorship and state house of assembly elections.
The PDP candidate faulted some of the policies of the incumbent governor, Malam Nasiru l-Rufai, including sacking of some traditional rulers, adding that such decision worsened security situation in the state.
Kudan further stated that if he became the governor of the state, he would negotiate with bandits to ensure a long-lasting solution to the state’s security menace.
‘It’s not a contest between Igbo and Yoruba’ — Afenifere backs LP’s Rhodes-Vivour
Afenifere, the Yoruba socio-political group, says the March 11 governorship election in Lagos is not a contest between people of the south-east extraction and Yoruba in the state.
Speaking at a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday, Supo Shonibare, leader of the group in the state, said the election is “a contest of ideas and those who think that we are at a stage where there should be a change in the polity”.
Shonibare called on Lagos residents to avoid provocative comments and urged them to vote for Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, the candidate of the Labour Party (LP).
“Afenifere has noted the brazen desperation of the APC party in Lagos state after all its efforts to create dissension, contrive misunderstanding and thereby foist on the people a situation of mutual hate and destroy have failed,” he said.
Court gives INEC nod to reconfigure BVAS
The Presidential Election Petiton Court, PEPC, sitting at the Court of Appeal in Abuja, on Wednesday, gave the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the nod to reconfigure the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, it used for the presidential election.
The court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of Justices, held that stopping the electoral body from reconfiguring the BVAS would adversely affect the impending Governorship and State Assembly elections.
It dismissed objections that the Labour Party, LP, and its presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, raised against INEC’s move to reconfigure all the BVAS.
According to the court, allowing the objections by Obi and his party, would amount to “tying the hands of the Respondent, INEC”.
Besides, it noted that INEC had in an affidavit it filed before the court, assured that the accreditation data contained in the BVAS could not be tampered with or lost, as they would be stored and easily retrieved from its accredited back-end server.
It further observed that neither Obi nor LP controverted the depositions in INEC’s affidavit, stressing that since such averments were not challenged, it amounted to admission by the Applicants.
Nevertheless, the court ordered INEC to allow the Applicants to inspect and carry out digital forensic examination of all the electoral materials used in the conduct of the elections, as well as to avail them the Certified True Copy, of result of the physical inspection of the BVAS.
The Justice Joseph Ikyegh-led panel faulted Obi and LP for repeating their request to be allowed to scan and make copies of the electoral materials in INEC’s possession.
Noting that the request was earlier granted, the panel held that repeating the prayer amounted to an abuse of court process.
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