Obasanjo Organised Worst Election In Nigeria - Buhari Govt
The President Muhammadu Buhari-led Nigerian government has scolded former President Olusegun Obasanjo, saying he (Obasanjo) organised the worst election in the history of Nigeria and is hence least qualified to advise Buhari on how to conduct a credible election.
The government, therefore, appealed to him not to truncate the 2023 general elections with “his inciting, self-serving and provocative letter on the elections.”
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed the government’s position in a statement by his media aide, Segun Adeyemi.
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Mohammed alleged that Obasanjo, in his time, “organised perhaps the worst election since Nigeria’s return to democratic rule in 1999, hence he is the least qualified to advise a President whose determined effort to leave a legacy of free, fair, credible and transparent election is well acknowledged within and outside Nigeria.”
Obi wins in Imo with 352,904 votes
The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the Labour Party candidate, Peter Obi, the winner of the presidential election held in Imo State on Saturday.
The returning officer for the state, Charles Esimone, who announced the results on Tuesday in Owerri said that Obi scored 352,904 while Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress scored 66, 171 votes while Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party got 30,044 while Rabiu Kwankwaso got 1,536 votes.
Results were collated in 26 out of the 27 Local Government Areas of the state.
The returning officer said that the result of the Njaba LGA was not collated because of violence
LP, PDP demand resignation of INEC Chair, cancellation of results
The Labour Party, LP, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP and the African Democratic Congress, ADC have demanded the resignation of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The political parties made the demand at a joint press conference in Abuja on Tuesday.
Recall that the agents of major opposition parties at the national collation centre in Abuja, on Monday, walked out of the venue in protest at the exercise.
Dino Melaye and Emeka Ihedioha of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP had accused the INEC of violating the Electoral Act by going ahead with the result collation and announcement despite not uploading the results on the iREV portal.
Gunmen Kill Monarch In Ebonyi
Unknown gunmen suspected to be political thugs have killed the traditional ruler of Umuezeokaoha Community in Ezza North LGA of Ebonyi State, Ezeogo Igboke Ewa.
The gunmen reportedly stormed the deceased’s palace on Monday night and shot him dead.
The State Governor, David Umahi, has confirmed the killing, in a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Barrister Uchenna Orji.
Governor Umahi, in the statement, ordered the whole security agencies in the State to move into Ezza North for a rescue mission.
According to the Governor, anybody whose hand is in the killing of the monarch must be arrested immediately.
The Governor further appealed to all leaders of the State and the candidates who didn’t accept the result of the election to send their petitions to INEC or to security agencies, than making inciting statements that could generate crisis in the State.
2023 Elections: Thugs Disrupt Collation Exercise In Jos
The collation centre for the presidential and National Assembly elections situated in the Jos North Local Government secretariat was invaded by thugs who attempted to scuttle the collation and announcement of the results on Monday.
Reinforcement of security personnel to the venue temporarily prevented the thugs from gaining access to the hall after forcefully entering the premises while sorting and collating for polling units from parts of the local government.
Trouble started after the announcement of results from Bassa and other parts of Jos North were declared by the returning officers but when it was the turn for the presentation of Tudun Wada wards; some party agents resolved to threats and demanded an end to the collation which was not supported by the returning officer.
Presiding officers for the three elections including officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and party agents were evacuated from the venue by security agents after about ten hours that they were under siege.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Plateau State, Oliver Tersoo Agundu told journalists that the commission will take a look at the situation and come to a decision.
Over 200,000 Nigerians sign petition to revoke Wike’s visa
239,864 persons have virtually signed a petition on change.org for the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, and the entirety of the European and Asian continents to cancel the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike’s visa.
The petitioners alleged that Governor Wike was destroying the electoral process in Rivers.
The progenitor of the petition, Onyebuchi Ezeagabu, alleged that Wike was “operating to destroy the electoral process,” adding that the eligibility of the governor’s Visa and that of his family should be revoked.
Ezeagabu wrote, “The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has been operating to destroy the electoral process in the state he governs.
We demand that the visa eligibility for him and his family be revoked immediately.
“He is stirring up violence in Rivers State because he feels can travel out of the country at any time.”
A signee, Amechi Victor said, “He is against democracy in Nigeria. He just manipulated election results.”
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