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Today's Headlines: Poll Failed To Meet Nigerians’ Expectations–Mary; NPF Neutralise Two Kidnappers

Poll Failed To Meet Nigerians’ Expectations–Mary

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The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, has said that the presidential polls of February 25 failed to meet the expectations of Nigerians.

She disclosed that many Nigerians are angry and frustrated with the process and outcome of the elections.

Leonard, in an op-ed, ‘The Elections of February 25.’ urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to address the challenges that can be resolved ahead of the March 11 gubernatorial elections and to undertake a broader review of the problems that transpired during the last elections and what can be done to fix them.

Police Neutralise Two Kidnappers

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Bauchi State Police Command neutralised two suspected kidnappers at Rafin Gora in Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi State on Friday and rescued their victim.

Police spokesman, SP Ahmed Wakil, stated on Sunday in Bauchi that the gun-wielding assailants invaded the home of a resident at Rafin Gora and attempted to kidnap his 28-year-old son.

“The victim resisted the kidnap attempt and was shot multiple times in his lower abdomen while trying to escape.

“Police operatives in conjunction with a local vigilance group mobilised to the scene to confront the kidnappers who welcomed them with sporadic gunshots,’’ he stated.

He added that the operatives effectively returned fire making the assailants scamper in disarray with possible gunshot wounds.

NNPCL Boasts of 2.1bl Of Petrol Sufficiency For 47 Days

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC) said it has 1.2 billion litres of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) which can last 47 days. 

The assurance was based on fresh scarcity of the product that resurfaced in the Federal Capital Territory at the weekend.

NNPCL Chief Corporate Communications Officer, Garba Deen Muhammad, who made this known in a statement, said the pocket of scarcity was due to restriction of movement during the February 25 elections.

His words: “Latest updates released on Saturday show a total of 2.1 billion litres of PMS stock, representing 0.9 billion litres in all the land depots nationwide and 1.2 billion litres on marine vessels, which is equivalent to 35 days sufficiency as of 4th March 2023.

“We plan to close the month of March 2023 with about 2.8 billion litres, which is equivalent to 47 days of sufficiency.”

How INEC Deficiencies May Mar March 11 Polls

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There are indications that the governorship and State Assembly elections scheduled for Saturday March 11 may be marred by apathy following alleged betrayal of trust by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, during the just concluded elections.

Electorates who are angered by the irregularities allegedly exhibited by some INEC officials at the last Saturday presidential and National Assembly elections, have vowed never to vote again.

DAILY POST recalls that opposition parties particularly, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Labour Party, LP, had alleged that the electoral body was compelled to manipulate the results that produced Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, as president-elect.

According to INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, Mr Tinubu defeated 17 other candidates who took part in the election by scoring a total of 8,794,726 votes, the highest of all the candidates.

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