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2023 Elections: Tinubu Wins 12 LGs In Ekiti

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has won 12 local government areas (LGAs) in Ekiti State.

In the result of 12 out of 16 LGAs announced so far by the Ekiti State Presiding Officer for INEC, Prof Akeem Lasisi, Tinubu recorded the highest votes in the LGAs ahead of his closest rival, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP).

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Don’t kill ballot box snatchers, HURIWA

Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association Of Nigeria (HURIWA), yesterday, cautioned the security agencies, especially the Army, Police and Department of State Services (DSS) not to commit extralegal execution of citizens including those of ballot box snatchers.

HURIWA said it was concerned about trending videos on the social media in which soldiers were threatening to kill snatchers of ballot boxes during the poll, saying it is unlawful, unconstitutional and a crime against humanity for security forces to disregard their rules of engagements governing all Internal Security Operations and go ahead in trigger happy episodes of extrajudicial killings of Nigerians on the election as a demonstration of the so-called show of strength.

HURIWA also blasted the Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali Baba for infringing on the fundamental Human Rights of freedom of movement of citizens by unilaterally imposing ban to all movements of vehicles during the election when the office of the IGP is not a legislative chamber in line with Section 4 of the Constitution charged with law making.

Don’t throw Nigeria into crisis, Labour Party begs INEC

The Director General of the Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council, Balogun Akin Osuntokun, has implored the Independent National Electoral Commission not to plunge the nation into an avoidable crisis after a largely peaceful election.

Osuntokun said this in a statement early on Sunday.

He expressed the party’s displeasure at the conduct of INEC officials in most parts of Lagos, Imo, Rivers, and Delta States where he said a substantial number of his party members were disenfranchised.

The DG expressed gratitude to Nigerians for maintaining peace in the face of provocation by the status quo politicians working in cahoots with INEC officials in an attempt to subvert their collective will.

Osuntokun said, “INEC Should Not Throw Nigeria into crisis. First, we are grateful to God that the Nigerian election has not become the bloodshed that many enemies of our dear country had predicted."

EndSARS will be like rehearsal – Actor Okon warns against rigging

Popular Nigerian comic actor and comedian, Imeh Bishop Umoh, better called Okon Lagos, has warned politicians not to rig the ongoing February 25 general election.

Okon, who gave the warning in a post on his Instagram page, noted that there is a very thin line between sanity and insanity.

He said it will be very unwise to mess with the collective destinies of frustrated Nigerians.

”Obviously, there is huge intimidation and rigging, but please, in all we do, let us not rig this election with impunity in such a way that it reflects the total opposite of the general will of already frustrated Nigerians. If not, ENDSARS will seem like a dress rehearsal for the real one. Just my 1kobo advice.

”Now that the long-sleeping, docile giant in us is finally wide awake, please let everyone do their part in doing the right thing at all times, especially while collating the results. In this destiny-defining moment in our lives, there is a very thin line between sanity and insanity. It will be very unwise to mess with the collective destinies of frustrated people”, he stated.

Politicians buying votes are behaving like ‘armed robbers’, says Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan says politicians who use violence or vote buying to win elections are like “armed robbers”.

Jonathan spoke with journalists after casting his vote in Bayelsa, his home state, on Saturday evening. 

The former president said the conduct of politicians matters during the elections, noting that politics ought to be seen as a “clean business”.

“My wish for Nigeria is for us to conduct a peaceful election,” he said.

“For us who are politicians, our conduct matters a lot and I always tell politicians that yes, you can win the election through unorthodox means or not. Like using violence to win elections or buying votes and so on but when you do that, you are behaving like an armed robber or a con man. 

“Armed robber makes money through robbery, but everybody knows he is an armed robber. A con man makes money through deceiving people, but everybody knows. They are not decent members of society. 

"Politicians are supposed to be decent members of society. So we must conduct our prayers clearly, and very creatively so that our supporters, relatives, and so on will know that politics is a clean business and allow people to vote who they want at any level of elections. 

PDP will accept outcome in good faith – Tambuwal

Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal has said the party will accept the outcome of elections with good faith.

Tambuwal who doubles as the Director General of the People Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council spoke in his home town in Tambuwal Local Government Area yesterday.

He said the PDP believed in due process.

“We have the belief that the destiny of all mankind is from the Almighty and God gives power to whom He wishes,” he said.

INEC orders re-election in 9 polling units in Kogi

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has ordered re-election in nine polling units at Ganaja Village in Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi.

According to Alhaji Haliru Sule, Kogi INEC Head of Voters Education and Publicity, the order became imperative as scheduled elections couldn’t hold in those units due to some logistic problems.

Sule told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lokoja on Sunday that already election materials and the officials were redeployed to the area early Sunday morning for the election.

“We had some challenges holding the presidential and National Assembly elections in Ganaja Village in Ajaokuta Local Government on Saturday because of some logistic problems.

“We tried to see how it could hold the previous day but we couldn’t, so we have to shift it to Sunday.

“The State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr Hale Longpet, has given the go-ahead for the election to hold this Sunday, February 26.

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