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Call Tinubu to order, Bode George tells Buhari

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LAGOS – FORMER Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Bode George, Wednesday, cautioned National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu against what he described as THE harassment of Igbo residents in Lagos.

L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with National Leader, All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Chairman, APC Lagos, Alhaji Tunde Balogun during the a Stakeholders’ meeting at the Party Secretariat, Acme Road, Ogba, on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

In a statement, George frowned at the recent use of thugs, hired urchins and low-lives allegedly used to harass and unleash mayhem on the people of the South East in Lagos describing it “reprehensible, condemnable, sickening and very dangerous.”

The statement reads: “This clearly ill-advised jungle justice on fellow Nigerians whose offense is basically the fact that they voted according to their conscience is capable of provoking a reprisal attack and a greater cataclysm that may graduate into a fury that no one would be able to control.

“Since yesterday I have been talking to various stakeholders from the South East to be restrained and calm and not to let the unfortunate incident widen into another violent scenario that may consume the nation itself.


“I am appealing to President Buhari to call Bola Tinubu to order lest his reckless penchant of mobilizing thugs against all perceived enemies does not ricochet into the tragedies of 1962 and 1963 which eventually triggered the Nigerian Civil war.

“Lagos is a mini Nigeria. It is the most accommodating and the most friendly entity in the Nigerian space. We welcome everyone with vivid embrace and with sincerity of purpose. We are the Nigerian melting pot, encouraging traders and various merchants to bring their gods for sale.

We do not discriminate. If we had discriminated against Tinubu himself, he could never have risen to the level of relevance which he has achieved today in our Lagos.

“We need peace in Lagos. We do not need hired hands sponsored to disrupt business activities of fellow Nigerians.”

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Just in: PDP demands end to results collation

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to discontinue the ongoing collation of the results of the Presidential election which held on Saturday.

Polling station workers prepare card readers, ballot and boxes to start the Election Day at Unguwar Sarki polling station in Kaduna on February 23, 2019, as Nigeria votes to elect its new president. – Nigerians began voting for a new president on February 23, after a week-long delay that has raised political tempers, sparked conspiracy claims and stoked fears of violence. Some 120,000 polling stations began opening from 0700 GMT, although there were indications of a delay in the delivery of some materials and deployment of staff, AFP reporters said. The presidential contest will see incumbent Muhammadu Buhari (APC) seek to win a second four-year term against former vice president Atiku Abubakar (PDP). (Photo AFP)

This is even as the party called for outright cancellation of the results in Borno, Yobe and Zamfara states.

Briefing newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, Deputy Director General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Tanimu Turaki, said the party’s over 157, 000 votes rendered invalid in Nasarawa state must be restored.

Details later…


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Plateau: Police vow to deal with those celebrating Buhari’s victory in streets

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The Police Command in Plateau state has advised the residents to celebrate the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in last Saturday’s general polls in their homes.

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DSP Terna Tyopev, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, gave the advice in a statement he issued on Wednesday in Jos.

Tyopev warned that the command would not tolerate any form of street procession in the name of celebration in any part of the state.

The PPRO said anyone caught doing so would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

“Mr. Isaac Akinmoyede, the Commissioner of Police in charge of this command has called on the good people of Plateau who are celebrating the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in last Saturday’s election to restrict the celebration to their homes.


“The command will not tolerate any kind of street procession in any part of the state in that regard.

“So, members of the public are advised to be law-abiding and go about their lawful businesses without fear as security agencies are out only to maintain law and order,” he stated.

Tyopev further called on the residents of the state to cooperate with the police and other security agencies to ensure safety of lives and properties. (NAN)

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YPP rejects results of presidential election, cautions against civil disobedience

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“Neither APC nor PDP would have deserved to win the Presidential election as both participated in massive rigging that led to the outrageous figures churned out in their perceived strongholds. Our party would not have had any problem accepting the results if it emanated from a transparent process.”

Egbeola disclosed that the YPP also condemned calls for civil disobedience and berated those urging the PDP candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to run a parallel government.

According to him, this call is ill-conceived and capable of disrupting the fragile peace in the nation, while he enjoined all Nigerians to remain calm, eschew violence and go about their legitimate businesses, especially because the blood of a single Nigerian was not worth the ambition of any politician.

“While the PDP continue to battle with karma for their mis-governance of 16 years due to their deliberate refusal to build strong institutions and strengthen the electoral system when they had the opportunity, we urge the Presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to shun the advice of unpatriotic elements and approach the tribunal in hope that the judiciary will deliver justice.”

The YPP spokesperson said the just concluded elections which ought to have been an improvement on that of 2015, may end up lacking in credibility on account of the widespread irregularities and violence recorded in many parts of Nigeria.


He said, “The intimidation, maiming and killings of about forty citizens in some states of the Federation such as Rivers, Lagos, Kaduna and Bayelsa, where we can confirm that there was massive rigging by both the APC and PDP will make the 2019 elections one of the most violent in our recent history.

Plateau: Police vow to deal with those celebrating Buhari’s victory in streets

“The Prof. Yakubu Mahmood-led Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, obviously never learnt anything from the sudden postponement, as the shabbily conducted 2019 general elections saw the flouting of the electoral guidelines on the use of card readers to authenticate voters in many parts of the country especially in states like Kano, Jigawa, Katsina, Gombe and Borno, thereby, giving room for unprecedented manipulations.

“We observed that the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the 2018 Electoral Act Amendment Bill cost him the opportunity to deepen our democracy and his deliberate refusal borne out of his ambition to profit from a flawed electoral system is responsible for the many irregularities and violence that characterized the just concluded elections.

“It is indeed a big shame on the government, on the other hand that failed to reciprocate the patriotic zeal of Nigerians by providing adequate security and a level playing ground for a transparent electoral process that would have reflected the expectations of the people; and just like posterity is currently judging the PDP, it will certainly judge the APC in no distant time.”

The party, he said, also commended all peace-loving Nigerians for their resilience and for exercising their franchise in a peaceful manner in the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections.

“The leadership of the YPP also congratulate our Presidential candidate, Professor Kingsley Moghalu, for his undeniable capacity in disrupting the system and redefining politics in Nigeria; the Senator-elect for Anambra South on the platform of our great party, Mr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, for his doggedness that led to his overwhelming victory; and all our members both at home and in the diaspora for their unrelenting support despite the daunting challenges.”

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Democracy will not be emasculated in Nigeria – Atiku

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I thank the Nigerian people who trooped out in their millions to perform their civic duty this past Saturday. The patriotism of Nigerians is heartwarming and affirms my oft-repeated statement that we are brothers and sisters born from the womb of one mother Nigeria.

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With regards to the Presidential elections that took place on February 23, 2019, it is clear that there were manifest and premeditated malpractices in many states which negate the results announced.

One obvious red flag is the statistical impossibility of states ravaged by the war on terror generating much higher voter turnouts than peaceful states. The suppressed votes in my strongholds are so apparent and amateurish, that I am ashamed as a Nigerian that such could be allowed to happen. How can total votes in Akwa-Ibom, for instance, be 50% less than what they were in 2015?

Another glaring anomaly is the disruption of voting in strongholds of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers and diverse other states, with the authorities doing little or nothing and in some cases facilitating these unfortunate situations.

The militarization of the electoral process is a disservice to our democracy and a throwback to the jackboot era of military dictatorship. In some areas of the country, such as, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Imo states, troops deployed for the elections turned their guns on the very citizens they were meant to protect. This is condemnable and should not be associated with our electoral process in the future.


I am a democrat and there are democratic avenues available to present the truth to the nation and the watching world. Already, many international observers have given their verdicts, which corroborate our observations. I am sure more will come in the coming hours and days.

If I had lost in a free and fair election, I would have called the victor within seconds of my being aware of his victory to offer not just my congratulations, but my services to help unite Nigeria by being a bridge between the North and the South.

However, in my democratic struggles for the past three decades, I have never seen our democracy so debased as it was on Saturday, February 23, 2019. 2007 was a challenge, but President Yar’Adua was remorseful. In 2019, it is sad to see those who trampled on democracy thumping their noses down on the Nigerian people.

Consequently, I hereby reject the result of the February 23, 2019 sham election and will be challenging it in court.

I want to assure my supporters and the entire Nigerian people that together, we will not allow democracy to be emasculated.

I hope and pray Nigerians will someday summon the courage to defend democracy. That is the only way we can move away from being the world headquarters for extreme poverty.

Signed:

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UK reacts to INEC’s declaration of Buhari as winner of presidential election,

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– The British High Commission described itself as a long-standing friend of Nigeria

– The commissioner urged that all allegation of wrongdoing be investigated

The UK Government has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on securing a second term as president.

A statement from the British High Commission in Abuja on Wednesday, quoted the Minister of State for Africa, Harriett Baldwin, as saying “I offer my congratulations to President Buhari on securing a second term as the Nigerian President.

“The UK is a long-standing friend and partner of Nigeria and the Nigerian people and a stable and prosperous Nigeria benefits Africa and the world.”


Baldwin commended Nigerians for their resilience and commitment to democracy.

She said the results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were consistent with the results obtained through the civil society Parallel Vote Tabulation process.

“Along with our international partners, the UK believes the Nigerian people can have confidence in the result.”

She, however, recognised the concerns expressed by Nigerians on the conduct of the electoral process, in particular logistics and results collation, and reports of intimidation of electoral officers.

The minister urged any party or individual who wished to challenge the process to do so peacefully and through the appropriate legal channel.

“We encourage Nigerian authorities to examine all allegations of wrongdoing carefully, and take the necessary action against individuals found responsible”.

She also condoled with the families and friends of those who lost their lives in election related violence.

“No one should die in the exercise of their democratic rights,” she stated.

She reiterated the continued support of the UK Government to Nigeria and its civil society “in drawing lessons from these elections and strengthening its democracy”.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday declared President Buhari the winner of the 2019 Presidential Elections.

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Breaking: Dino Melaye wins Kogi West senatorial seat

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Senator Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been declared the winner of the Kogi West senatorial election held on February 23.

The returning officer, Professor Emmanuel Bala, announced in the early hours of Monday in Lokoja that Melaye polled 85,395 votes to defeat Senator Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress who scored 66,901 votes.

Also, Alhaji Abdulkarim Isah – Wambai of the APC has been declared winner of the House of Representatives election for Lokoja-Koto federal constituency.;

The returning officer, Prof. Muhammed Suleiman said that Wambai scored 37, 656 votes to beat Mr Shaba Ibrahim of PDP who polled 33,662 votes.

Recall that it was earlier reported that Melaye was in the lead after the returning officer for Kogi West Senatorial district, Prof Bala announced the results of four out of seven local government councils in the district.


The PDP candidate, Senator Dino Melaye, was in a clear lead over Senator Smart Adeyemi of the APC.

Bala who announced the results in Lokoja Sunday evening said Adeyemi polled 18,800 votes in Lokoja local government while Melaye scored 24, 576 votes.

Meanwhile, Senate president, Bukola Saraki, lost his bid for re-election into the Senate from Kwara Central on the platform of the PDP.

It was earlier reported that Saraki lost to Yahaya Oloriegbe of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Saturday’s February 23 senatorial election.

Oloriegbe polled a total of 123, 808 votes to defeat the Senate president who scored 68, 994 votes in the four local governments of Kwara central senatorial district.

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Atiku relying on hidden body cameras to beat Buhari in court

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– Atiku Abubakar is relying on hidden body cameras worn by PDP agents to beat President Muhammadu Buhari in court

– An associate to the presidential candidate said the PDP prepared in advance for the APC’s rigging by sending agents with hidden cameras to the field

– The associate said Atiku is going all out with the legal battle and will head to the Supreme Court

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is reportedly confident that he would be victorious when he formally institutes an election petition case against President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to Sahara Reporters, one major reason for Atiku’s confidence is the wide-ranging availability of video evidence to back up his claims of non-voting, voter intimidation, ballot box snatching and destruction, illegal vote cancellation and deliberate voter disenfranchisement.


Nigerians notes that Atiku had rejected the declaration by the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, that Buhari was the winner of the election.

An associate of the former vice president reportedly stated: “We’re going to court; that’s the major thing we can do now except we’re looking towards chaos, and nobody wants chaos.

“And again, there’s a lot wrong with the election figures. Cancelled votes in Kano were over two million; then the difference between accredited voters and actual voters is over 700,000 there as well, which shows there are a lot of discrepancies in the figures.

“We are still working with some of the documents, and I know that for like three days they’ve been gathering more and more.”

The associate who begged not to be named, reportedly stated that the PDP prepared in advance for the rigging by sending agents with hidden cameras to the field; claiming that there were video tapings to back up a lot of the claims being made by Atiku and the party.

He said: “There are a lot of videos, of course, because there were body cameras on some of the agents that went to the polling units and ward collation centres.

“Those ones will be tendered as evidence; and there are some other ones I won’t want you to be privy to for now.

“Atiku has set forth to go to the Supreme Court, so he is not even thinking of the tribunal. Of course we’ll start with the tribunal but we know that once the tribunal gives a judgement, the president will definitely appeal against it if the judgement is against him.

“The game plan Atiku has given us is for the Supreme Court. He is going all out; he is going totally for it. Atiku is not someone that will start something and will stop halfway without seeing it off till the very end. He’s going all out.”

Chief Olisa Agbakoba have urged Atiku Abubakar not to go to court, following his rejection of the result of the presidential election.

Agbakoba, who is a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), said both parties benefited from primordial voting except in the south-west where voting was based on issues.

He instead urged Atiku to see his lose as an opportunity to develop the third force.

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