Let the salvage mission begin without delay _ Ex-presidential aspirant charges Tinubu
A former presidential aspirant under the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Salihu Othman Isah has congratulated the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his victory, urging him to begin work in ernest to deliver on his pledge to salvage the nation.
Isah, a former youth advocate, conferred by the National Youth Council of Nigeria(NYCN) as one of the 50 young future leaders in the country,
particularly reminded Tinubu to make good his pledge to the Nigerian youths.
The activist gave the advise in an interview in reaction to the acceptance speech of the President-elect.
“Let me recall that against all odds, that as presidential candidate of the APC, he stood on the side of poor Nigerians by openly criticising the ill conceived and ill-timed Central Bank naira swap policy, saying it was mainly affecting small businesses and further downgrading survival of the masses.
“I place it on record that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was the only presidential candidate who dared the serving government’s naira swap policy as engineered by the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN). By this, it will be correct to say he stood with Nigerians during the hardship caused therefrom by the policy.
Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate and Peter Obi of the Labour Party stood with Federal Government and the CBN thinking the policy was going to frustrate Tinubu’s chances of winning and unknown that the electorates were too sophisticated to be hoodwinked. Despite the policy, Tinubu won.
Isah assured that the President-elect has the pedigree and capacity to re-engineer the nation to higher pedestal of progress and development as he did in Lagos state governor from 1999-2007.
The former Executive Director, Youth Advocates for Better Advancement in Society said, the Tinubu we know will set the ball rolling without delay from Ground Zero. But I must add that he should be careful to assemble a winning team in line with global best practice.
According to the creative arts practitioner and former National Vice President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), “I forsee a President Tinubu putting together a cabinet capable of harnessing the potentials that abound in the six geo-political zones of the country. And he will hit the ground running from day one by announcing his appointees without delay.
Responding on the widespread allegation of rigging, the erstwhile chairman, North West zone of the Civil Liberties Organisation(CLO) opined that, no election in the world is hundred percent faultless. He however insisted the Tinubu victory will stand the test of time.
He explained that the election that heralded Presidents George Bush and Donald Trump in the United States were alleged to be flawed but this didn’t stop them from taking oath of office nor serving out their terms. So Asiwaju, the Jagaban Borgu will be sworn in and he will serve out his term successfully.
The civil rights activist disclosed: “If the 2023 presidential election is flawed, it means most or all the major parties manipulated the system.
“All of the major parties in the country may have manipulated the electoral process, especially going by anticidents.
“We grew up to witness election rigging in the country and I am sure it has not abated. Usually all political parties rig elections but they cannot all be declared winners. Even in the United States, the so called pacesetter of democratic governance, its electoral processes are not fool-proof and they usually move on afterwards. Tales were told how Hillary Clinton was rigged out and with claims of evidences shown to that effect. No street protests, no abuses, they did not denigrate the system or abuse individuals, the institutions handled it adequately. So why is it difficult to do same in Nigeria?”
The politician also commended nations, international institutions and world leaders, especially the United States, United Kingdom and the African Union(AU) among others that have endorsed and commended Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and APC victory.
He equally hailed the President-elect for extending the olive branch to Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi, the PDP and Labour Party candidates who lost the election but acknowledged they helped to deepen our democracy.
Isah is however confident that our democratic evolution will improve substantially in future.
He said, “But let’s be confident we shall get it correctly next time because our democratic governance is still in the learning process.”
“My final words to Asiwaju Tinubu is, remain focused in leadership of the country as you were focused all through the electioneering campaigns in spite of obvious and calculated attempts to provoke and distract you.”
Gov. Sule of Nasarawa State wins second term bid
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), have declared
The incumbent Governor of Nasarawa State, Engr Abdullahi Sule of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) winner of last Saturday’ governorship election in the state.
Governor Sule, who was declared winner on Monday morning, defeated the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, David Umbugadu, by a margin of 64,193 to emerge winner.
While declaring the result, the INEC Collation Officer, Prof. Tanko Ishaya, said Sule scored 347,209 votes to defeat his closest rival David Umbugadu of People’s Democratic party (PDP), who polled a total of 283,016 votes.
Candidate of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) Abdullahi Maidoya came third with 11,726 votes, while that of Social Democratic Party, (SDP) Mohammed Alfa Nyas got 9003 votes.
According to INEC, Sule won seven out of the 13 Local Government Areas in the state.
The state Collation Officer, said the total number of registered voters were 1,899,244, while the number of accredited voters were 668,978
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…
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