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Today's Headlines: INEC Chairman Threatens to Sue PDP for Defamation, Why Obi left PDP for LP—Wike

INEC Chair threatens to sue PDP for defamation

Chairman of, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has advised officials of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP to desist from maligning his character in the media or risk being sued for libel.

Source: Vanguard News

Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi who was reacting to calls by the PDP on Prof. Yakubu to step down for his handling of the Presidential and National Assembly Elections, said the PDP should go to court and present the bagful of evidence it claims to have rather than subjecting the process to a media trial.

He said; “The latest call by the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, just like it did previously for the resignation of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC is misplaced. Interestingly, the PDP did not provide any convincing evidence to back up all the spurious allegations it listed as Prof. Yakubu’s ‘infractions’.

Why Peter Obi left PDP for Labour Party — Wike

The Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, has explained that the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, left the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the Labour Party, because of moves by some politicians in the PDP to ensure power remained in the north.

Source: Vanguard News

Wike, who said he feels satisfied that power has moved to the south insisted that he never worked against Obi in the 25th February 2023 presidential election. Wike spoke, Thursday, when he hosted on a courtesy visit, the National Executive Committee of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo Worldwide, at Government House in Port Harcourt, according to a statement by the governor’s assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri.

He said he was a major proponent of a Southern president, explaining Obi’s decision to leave the party when Sule Lamido told him (Obi) that power would remain in the north in 2023. Wike said: “I supported that power must come to the south. When Obi came here, I gave him all the logistics; vehicles, and other support and paid for the stadium, but some other persons applied and I refused. You should know me too well by now.”

PDP demands INEC chair’s resignation, calls for international sanctions

The Peoples Democratic Party has demanded that the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, resigned for violation of the provisions of the Electoral Act and alleged manipulation and alteration of the February 25 presidential election results.

Source: Punch Newspapers

The PDP also demanded that the Inspector General of Police and the Director General of the Directorate of State Services immediately commence investigations into the electoral violations and manipulations by INEC with the view to prosecuting Yakubu and other INEC officials for electoral offenses.

The PDP disclosed this at a press conference held at its headquarters on Friday in Abuja. The PUNCH had reported how INEC declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, President-elect which the opposition PDP and Labour Party rejected over claims of numerous electoral violations.

Aide: Obi did NOT say he’ll fight and bleed to death to claim mandate

Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), says it is not true that he vowed “to fight and bleed to death” to claim his mandate.

Source: The Cable

Valentine Obienyem, the media adviser to Obi, said in a statement on Friday, that the LP candidate urged his supporters to remain calm and be prayerful about the events that are happening in the country. Obienyem said the former governor of Anambra also said his supporters should ignore the news where he was quoted as saying that “he never lost an election; that he would fight and “bleed to death until” his mandate is restored; that he would drag “INEC until there will be no life left in them”; that he was “looking forward to jailing all that partook in this scam and fraud called election, among others”.

He said Obi described “the news as not only false but also mischievous, misleading and out of character”. Obienyem reiterated that the LP candidate “would continue to pursue the recovery of the stolen mandate through the legal process”. “I have worked through similar paths in the past and was successful. I shall follow the same path without endangering the relative peace in the country, which is actually what those election riggers are striving desperately to upset,” Obi was quoted as saying.

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