Chinese President congratulates Tinubu on his Emergence as President-elect
China’s President Xi Jinping has congratulated President-elect of Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. This was made known by the National Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Iyiola Omisore, who spoke at the party national secretariat, Abuja. He commended the Chinese government for believing in Nigeria as well as the electoral agency and process. He said the letter from Beijing was a testament to the global acceptability of the February 25 presidential and National Assembly election. “On behalf of the National Chairman and the NWC entirely, I want to thank the Chinese government for believing in us, for believing in Nigeria, for believing in INEC, for believing in the process of the electoral campaign. The welcome development is a signpost that the world has accepted this election and equally from the Chinese President Xi Jinping. This is the testimony of the fairness, the freeness and acceptability of the election across the world.” he said The letter was presented by the Directing Officer of the Chinese Embassy, Mr Wu Baocai assisted by the Embassy’s Second Secretary, Mr HE Shurong. The letter dated March 3, 2023, and personally signed by the Chinese President to Tinubu, reads; “I learned with great joy of your election as President of Nigeria, and on behalf of the Chinese Government and the Chinese people, I would like to extend to you my sincere congratulations and best wishes. I am confident that, under your leadership, Nigeria will continue to make new achievements in the cause of national building and development.” Jinping noted that Nigeria is an important strategic partner of China in Africa. “In recent years, the bilateral relations between our two countries enjoy a sound momentum of development, with fruitful cooperation in various fields, mutual support to each other on issues of core interests and major concerns, and close coordination on international and regional affairs.” “I attach great importance to the development of China-Nigeria relations, and stand ready to work with you to take the China-Nigeria Strategic Partnership to new heights.”he said.
Abia APGA rejects Governorship Poll results as Labour Party leads
The results of the March 18 governorship poll in Abia state has been rejected by the All Progressives Grand Alliance. The Independent National Electoral Commission has so far announced results in 10 LGAs. In a statement signed on Monday by the APGA Chairman Abia State, Rev. Augustine Ehiemere, the party said it would not accept an election “marred by irregularities.” It, however, urged supporters to remain calm as they await the conclusion of the process. The statement read partly, “The results so far announced did not in any way reflect the will of the good people of Abia voters as demonstrated at the various polling units.“We are highly disappointed that the votes cast for our candidate, Professor Greg Ibe, were suppressed and not credited to him.“Regrettably too, there were brazen irregularities, including snatching of ballot papers, over-voting, unprecedented manipulation and violence against the opposition.“Most of the results were collated without recourse to BVAS machines, hence, they cannot be relied upon.“We appeal to our members to remain calm and watch things unfold. We firmly believe that light will triumph over darkness, and Abia emancipated from the chains of undemocratic forces.“The election was marred with irregularities in all parts of the state, and APGA cannot accept a highly flawed election.” Only ten local government results have so far been collated, and they include; Ukwa East, Umunneochi, Ukwa West, Bende, Isialangwa North, Isialangwa South, Arochukwu, Ugwunnagbo, Isuikwuato and Ikwuano. So far, the results announced puts the Labour Party in the lead with a margin of 13,132.
BREAKING: INEC Declares PDP’s Mutfwang winner of Plateau Gov Election
The Plateau State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Caleb Mutfwang, has been declared as the winner of Saturday’s governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission.The result declared by the INEC Presiding Officer, Musa Yusuf, after counting the votes scored by parties that participated in the election shows that Mutfwang had the highest votes beating the All Progressives Candidate, Nentawe Yilwatda.Recall that the PDP governorship candidate was reported to be taking an early lead as of 11 am when INEC resumed collations of results from the 17 local government areas of the state.Details later…
Chimaroke Nnamani dumps PDP after losing Senate Re-Election to LP
Chimaroke Nnamani, the senator representing Enugu East Senatorial District, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,He announced his exit from the PDP after he lost his senatorial bid to the Labour Party.Nnamani also expressed appreciation to his constituents for the unalloyed support over the years.The former Enugu State governor’s formal exit from the opposition party was contained in a statement he signed on Monday.The PUNCH reports how the senator was expelled by the PDP on February 10, 2023, alongside some other key party members for alleged anti-party activities. This is also as he lost his bid to return to the Senate to his rival Kelvin Chukwu of the Labour Party.Nnamani stated that he had consulted with his associates and constituents alike and had decided to quit the PDP on account of irreconcilable differences with the national leadership of the party.Speaking further, he noted that he had moved on and hoped that his modest contributions to the development of his constituency would be the building block on which his successors could build on.While reaffirming his acquaintance with the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, he promised to continue to partner him.The former governor also thanked Nigerians especially the Ebeano political family and urged them to remain steadfast in the years ahead.He further expressed optimism that the Tinubu administration would promote good governance, rule of law and human rights for the interest of all Nigerians.
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