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Today's Headlines: I Need 3 Weeks To Call Witnesses Against Tinubu-Atiku, Peace is indispensable for development – Ex-President Jonathan

I need 3 weeks to call 100 witnesses against Tinubu — Atiku tells court.

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A former Vice President and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who is challenging the outcome of the presidential election that was held on February 25, has requested three weeks to call 100 witnesses to prove his case against the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

Atiku and his party, at the resumed proceedings before the Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC, sitting in Abuja, on Saturday, through his legal team led by Chief Chris Uche, SAN, disclosed that among those he has lined up to testify in the matter, would include expert witnesses and those he would ask the court to compel to mount the witness box.

“We may not even exhaust the three weeks because the issues are getting narrower, “Atiku’s lawyer, Uche SAN, added.

Peace is indispensable for development – Ex-President Jonathan

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Nigeria’s former president Goodluck Jonathan has described peace as an indispensable ingredient for development and urged Nigerians to continuously strife for peace at all times and cost.

He made the assertion during a state visit to Taraba where he commission the phase (I) of 22km Jalingo dual carriageway in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.

The former President insisted that the continued breach of peace among citizens contributed 60 per cent in thwarting the development of the state which placed Taraba among least developed state in the country in terms of infrastructure.

Jonathan stated that “peace is generally the responsibility of the citizens and is requisite to attract development, just as development and unity are the responsibility of the government. I commend Governor Darius Ishaku’s efforts in ensuring improve security in the state.

“I am happy to be in Taraba today to celebrate development in infrastructure. This is coming because the citizens have chosen to embrace peace rather than continue breach of the peace.

North resumes bid for Senate Presidency

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Despite the recent announcement regarding the zoning of leadership positions in the 10th National Assembly by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), some members-elect from the North are still pushing for a different agenda.

In the announcement by the APC, the position of the President of the Senate was zoned to the South South, with Godswill Akpabio as the preferred candidate. Barau Jibrin from North West, was favoured to emerge as Deputy President of the Senate.

In the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abass from North West was endorsed by the APC leadership as the preferred candidate for the position of the Speaker. Benjamin Kalu from South East got the nod to emerge as Deputy Speaker of the 10th House of Representatives.

Though there are still dissenting voices on the issue of micro-zoning, stakeholders in the ruling APC and other political parties, have agreed in principles that a Christian from the South should head the 10th Senate.

$2m Bribe’: We Won’t Be Drawn Into Mud Fight, EFCC Tells Matawalle

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said it will not be drawn into a mud fight with Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State.

The commission said this while reacting to the allegation that the governor levelled against Abdulrasheed Bawa, Chairman of the anti-graft agency.

Matawalle, who has been involved in heated exchanges with the EFCC in recent times, had alleged that Baw demanded $2 million bribe from him.

In an interview with BBC Hausa, Matawalle insisted that Bawa could not be trusted.

If he exits office, people will surely know he is not an honest person. I have evidence against him. Let him vacate office, I am telling you within 10 seconds probably more than 200 people will bring evidences of bribe he collected from them. He knows what he requested from me but I declined.

“He requested a bribe of $2 million from me and I have evidence of this. He knows the house we met, he invited me and told me the conditions. He told me governors were going to his office but I did not. If I don’t have evidence, I won’t say this,” Matawalle had said.

But responding in a statement on Friday, Wilson Uwujaren, spokesman of the anti-graft agency, likened Matawalle to a drowning man.

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