The All Progressives Congress flag bearer, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was in the early hours of Wednesday March 1, declared the winner of the February 25 presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

According to the commission, Tinubu polls 8,794,729 and got the required 25 per cent in 30 states to defeat his major opponents, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, who came second with 6,984,520 votes and Peter Obi of the Labour Party who got 6,101,533 votes.

Before the 2023 presidential election, some people predicted the elections will not hold, while many more were disturbed on the possible display of violence and outright breakdown of law and order after announcement of results. 

But in the end, there would only be one winner and going by history, the outcome would be disputed, no matter who won. 

As expected, Obi and Atiku have both rejected the outcome and are already challenging it in court. Interesting times ahead. Some would say it is a waste of time, but that was exactly what people told Obi in 2003 when he believed he was cheated in the Anambra governorship election. He gathered the evidence and went to the tribunal to prove that the final results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were false. It took him a while, but he won.

Tinubu has never hidden his ambition to lead the country. Despite tongues wagging at him, the political hurdles on his way, even during primaries, the cloud of controversies surrounding his birth and education, his rumoured wealth believed to be steeped in corruption, his alleged stranglehold on Lagos politics and finance, public worries over his health and doubts about his fitness for the most demanding job in the land, the ex-Lagos Governor has instead used the bricks and stones thrown at him to build a ladder to his dream job.

Some analysts are of the opinion that the president-elect of Nigeria, surely has to thank the broken opposition for his victory. Perhaps, it would have been more difficult for him if he was facing PDP’s Atiku Abubakar only. Previously, the south-east, south-south and Christian north always came through for the PDP in presidential elections, but this time they had to share their votes and LP’s Peter Obi was the major beneficiary.

This year’s presidential poll was an eye opener. It was full of surprises. Permutations were rubbished predictions never came true in many respects. Some candidates were underrated to opponents’ peril. Results in many districts and constituencies did not align with expectations. There were right and wrong projections.

It is often said that power is never served a la carte, and Asiwaju did not get it on a golden platter. His victory underscores the audacity of hope and power of courage. He is a thoroughbred politician. His lieutenants confirmed that he was not only focused, but planned well and teamed up with the right people across the six geo-political zones to realise his life-long ambition for selfless and higher service to his fatherland.

That the kingmaker has become king is not the end of the matter, hopefully, the president-elect would assemble a solid team, an inclusive, goal-oriented, and accountable administration that will rejuvenate and manage the ailing economy well. Asiwaju’s wealth of experience and visionary leadership must be felt in every aspect of our national life. It is gratifying that he has waved the olive branch and promised a government of national unity. This makes him the real unifier.

The economy is on crutches. Excuses will not be permitted. The problem of Nigeria has become Tinubu’s problem. Graduate unemployment, insecurity and epileptic power supply are among Nigeria’s major challenges. It is noteworthy that the President-elect has acknowledged that if electricity is fully resolved, the nation’s problems would be half-solved and all would be well with the nation. 

The greatest task in the months and years ahead, is the resolution of the national question through restructuring. Nigeria also expects reforms across the various sectors.

In four years time, the incoming administration will be assessed. Nigeria will not remain the same.

On the whole, Nigerians have made the decision that seem best to them. A democrat and statesman has been elected to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29. It is a turning point in national history; the beginning of a new dawn. Those who think otherwise are already in court.


The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, as the president-elect.

The INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, announced Tinubu as the winner at the International Civic Centre in Abuja during the early hours of Wednesday.

Tinubu, a former Lagos State governor, was declared the president-elect after the 70-year-old polled 8,794,726 votes to win the 2023 presidential election.

He won the election ahead of other contenders — the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Atiku Abubakar; the Labour Party candidate, Peter Obi; and the New Nigeria Peoples Party candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso.

The three leading presidential candidates won in 12 states each while Kwankwaso claimed only Kano State.

Tinubu edged Atiku, a former vice president and his closest challenger, with no fewer than 1.8 million votes.

It is worthy of note that the 2023 presidential election is the first time that Tinubu contested for the nation’s top job. The former senator left office as a two-term governor of Lagos State in 2007 and is credited with leading the coalition that ousted the PDP from power in 2015 and has extended his influence beyond the South-West region in recent years.

The states won by Tinubu so far include Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Kwara, Ekiti, Kogi, Benue, Zamfara and Jigawa, while Atiku emerged victorious in Bauchi, Yobe, Gombe, Kaduna, Kebbi, Bayelsa, Adamawa and Akwa Ibom.

On the other hand, Atiku got the highest votes in Katsina, Yobe, Osun, Adamawa, Gombe, Bayelsa, Kaduna, Sokoto, Bauchi, Taraba, Kebbi, Akwa Ibom while Obi has won Lagos, Enugu, Cross River, Nasarawa, Imo, Anambra, Abia, Delta and Plateau states as well as the FCT. 

In the final computation, APC polled 8,794,726 votes, PDP amassed 6,984,520 votes, LP scored 6,101,533 votes and NNPP garnered 1,496,687 votes.

Declaring Tinubu as the winner, the INEC boss said, “That Tinubu Bola Ahmed of the APC, having satisfied the requirements of the law is hereby declared the winner and returned elected.”


The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Abdullahi Adamu, has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission on the Bimodal Verification and Accreditation System.

Adamu gave the commendation in an interview with news men.

“Although the system malfunctioned in some places, it is not overwhelming to question the credibility of the election.“We heard from INEC that some BVAS malfunctioned.

Adamu further disclosed that he is optimistic that the APC presidential candidate, Tinubu will win the presidential election.


The Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike and his team have been meeting with the presidential candidates of the PDP, APC and the Labour party who are seeking alliance with him.

The meeting between the Wike and the PDP presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar came a few hours after the governor met with the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and a few other top politicians in London.

Wike on Wednesday had also met with the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in the British capital.

Although details of the meeting with Atiku have not been made public, the parley was a significant move in the ongoing efforts by the PDP chieftains to resolve the crisis that hit the party after the conclusion of its presidential primary in May.

The last meeting between Atiku and Wike took place on August 4 in Abuja.

Thursday’s meeting was attended by the Adamawa State Governors Ahmed Fintiri (Adamawa), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia

Governor Wike said his team is more interested in a better Nigeria, and they are consulting widely with those who mean well for the country.

He confirmed their meetings with Peoples Democratic Party, presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi and former President, Olusegun Obasanjo in London, and explained that topmost on the agenda is how to make Nigeria better than what is it currently.

The Rivers State governor noted that all is not well with Nigeria and they are seeking remedies that will restore enduring hope for the nation.

“I can confirm that this is the first time as a team that we are meeting with Presidential candidates. We met with the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC and we met with our leader, former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo.

“We met the presidential candidate of the Labour Party. We also met with our Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. For whatever it’s worth, consultation is ongoing. Whatever we are talking about, is for the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians. It is not parochial and tied to one person or group of persons. We believe that with what is going on, it will be for the interest of Nigerians at the end of the day.”


Since the decision of the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to pick Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate, ignoring a selection committee that had recommended Governor Nyesom Wike, the main opposition party has been thrown into crisis.

Supporters of  Wike, Governor of Rivers state are now resolute in  their determination to remove the National Chairman of the  Party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu before they can back the presidential ambition of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

The PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) and National Working Committee (NWC) would meet today,  and reconciliation of aggrieved party members will be at the top of the agenda.

It was gathered that the loyalists of the Rivers State governor have insisted on the demands laid before the party’s leadership for peace.

According to reliable sources, Atiku Abubakar may have to sacrifice the PDP chairman if the Wike camp refuses to shift ground on their demand because of the caliber of individuals backing the Rivers Governor.

A PDP governor in Wike’s camp maintained that Senator Ayu must honour the pact he had with them before he emerged as national chairman.

He said the Rivers state governor’s loyalists  already laid their demands before the BoT and the first condition for peace is that the national chairman must step down.

While he promised that Wike’s supporters will remain in PDP and work for its success, they cannot  campaign alongside Ayu.

He further disclosed that aside praising Aminu Tambuwal as the game changer for stepping down for Atiku at the presidential primaries, Ayu allegedly played partisan role in scheming out Wike as the vice-presidential candidate.

The governor also slammed the former Vice President for granting an interview to Arise Television, which has now escalated tension in the main opposition party.

He berated Atiku Abubakar for stating during the said interview that Ayu can only step down as national chairman if he wins the presidential election.

He insisted Ayu had breached the agreement they had before the national convention where he (Ayu) was elected the national chairman.

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, has announced Senator Kashim Shettima as his running mate in the 2023 general elections.

Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State briefed reporters about the choice at the end of a close-door meeting that lasted about an hour with President Mohammadu Buhari at his residence.

He made the announcement on Sunday in Daura, the hometown of the President in Katsina State.

According to the APC stalwart, Shettima was selected because the former Borno State governor is “competent, capable, reliable and able to be picked as a running mate”.

The APC presidential candidate was accompanied to Daura by Governor Aminu Masari shortly after his aircraft landed at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Airport in Katsina State.

Reacting to the development, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), described Senator Kashim Shetima as a worthy choice of a running mate to Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Mr Keyamo was of the opinion that Tinubu had made a great choice.

The minister who aired his view on Twitter, described Shettima as a “Quintessential banker and economist, suave gentleman and politician,” who is intellectually fertile and economically sound.

He further stated  that the former Borno governor is “inter-generationally mobile (he’s young, yet experienced), fiercely loyal, phenomenally complimentary to Bola Ahmed Tinubu”.

“Kashim Shettima is the perfect choice as VP,” Keyamo declared.

In a chain of reactions to the announcement of Shettima as VP to Tinubu, Mr Ibrahim Masari, who initially was picked as vice presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has resigned.

In a communique on Sunday, Masari, a former National Welfare Secretary of the APC, stated that after much reflection and wider consultations, he is now going to step down.

“I realized that my decision will enable Asiwaju have more latitude to give more accommodation and inclusion that will position our party to win the coming elections, with the support of the people of Nigeria.

“In stepping down, I believe I can still serve our party and the country in several other capacities.

“I wish to confirm that I have submitted my withdrawal letter and affidavit to that effect as the Vice Presidential Candidate to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed TInubu in the coming elections,” Masari disclosed.

Masari thanked Asiwaju Tinubu for the trust vested in him, and promise that he and his family will remain steadfast in their support for the APC presidential flagbearer and the party.

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There was unease in the Kuje area of Abuja on Tuesday night with residents hearing explosions and gunfire around Kuje Prison .

The prison reportedly came under attack when a bomb went off followed by two more explosions.

Gunfire also reportedly lasted for about 20 minutes.

A resident of the area, Joshua Friday, told correspondents that the shootings have been ongoing for the last 20 minutes.

He said, “Currently in Kuje and the shooting has been going on for almost 20 minutes now. I can’t tell you what is happening whether it is a robbery or not but we have been hearing that gunshots repeatedly around the area the prison is located. We are all scared as I speak to you. ”

A staff of the prison reportedly confirmed the attack saying the attackers came from the back of the prison.

The spokesperson of the Custodial Centre,Umar Abubakar, has confirmed the attack , adding that the terrorists were repelled by the security agents.

“I wish to confirm that at about 2200hrs, some yet-to-be-identified gunmen attacked the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje, in the Federal Capital Territory.

“However, men of the Armed Squad of the Nigerian Correctional Service and other security agencies attached to the Custodial Centre have responded and calm has been restored to the facility and the situation is under control.



Seventy seven persons have been reportedly found in an underground apartment of a church in the Valentino Area of Ondo town, Ondo State, on Friday evening.

The victims were rescued by police officers and Amotekun agents who swung into action after making the discovery.

The police said that the victims comprised 23 children and 54 others including teenagers and adults, males and females.

A pastor and members of the church have been apprehended in relation to the incident.

According to a statement issued by the president of Ekimogun Youths Connect, Mr Famakinwa Lucaskakaki,the victims were kept in the custody of the church for over six months.

The statement read in part, “About 14:00hrs of yesterday, Friday 1st of July, 2022, I was reliably informed that a particular Church in Valentino, Ondo City, called ‘Ondo Church’ , locked people up in the church for over six months, telling them that Jesus Christ will come and meet them by September this year.

“The National President of the Great Constitutional Rights and Justice Forum, in person of Comrade Omotayo Omolayo, was also briefed and we mobilised down to the venue and we met about 50 people locked up in the church.

“The church has rooms where the pastor locked his members. The process of rescuing these ones with the help of Police officers, Amotekun, Atariajanaku and vigilante group, caused a lot of pandemonium that the people under lock started beating us.

 The state Police Public Relations Officer of the state command, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, has confirmed the incident , adding that the victims have been taken to the Akure headquarters of the command.

“I don’t have the details yet but they are bringing the victims to the headquarters. I will give you the details as soon as I get it from the DPO,” the PPRO stated.


President Muhammadu Buhari has joined the efforts to save the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, from losing its majority hold on the National Assembly by meeting with some aggrieved senators at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

 Buhari, in an audience with some APC senators on the outcome of the party primaries and its implications, noted that complaints were received by some members, and machinery has been put in place by the National Working Committee to address their various concerns.

The president’s call comes on the heels of reports that no fewer than 22 APC senators have concluded plans to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party, Labour Party, New Nigeria Peoples Party and others over grievances arising from the just concluded party primaries.

He urged party members to exercise restraint and continue to demonstrate commitment to the ideals, while the leadership continues to build and develop the APC and the country.

“I have noted your grievances particularly as it concerns the just concluded processes, the cost to the nation, the threat to the majority position held by our party in the legislative chambers, and likely consequent cost to the electoral fortunes of our party as we approach the general elections. We must not allow these dire threats to come to pass,” he said.

“I must acknowledge that in every contest, there must be a level playing ground just as there would be grievances at the end. That is the test of our democratic credentials, systems, and practices. I have since the conclusion of the processes been inundated with various reports and complaints,’’ he added.

According to a statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari assured that the leadership of the APC will sustain the hearing and healing process that it started to ensure fairness, justice, and oneness before the 2023 general elections.

He said “In keeping with our ethos, therefore, I shall continue to address the ensuing challenges and grievances through the party machinery while paying keen attention to the outco

President Buhari told the APC senators that the strength and victory of the party in the election will depend on the unity of members and the ability to prevent injustices or heal them, perceived or real.

He said “As the leader of the party, one of my primary roles is to ensure that our culture of internal democracy and dispute resolution is strengthened by creating the opportunity for members to ventilate their opinions, views and grievances at different levels.

“Notwithstanding the fact that we have accomplished 23 years of uninterrupted democratic governance, our journey is still in a nascent stage and we continue to learn from our challenges and mistakes. Similarly, our party is still evolving in its culture and practices and it is my expectation and hope that we shall attain a mature level in our internal conduct.”

The President assured that “justice shall prevail, aggrieved members shall be assuaged and the interest of the party and the nation shall be protected.”

President Buhari thanked the senators for suggesting a meeting on the issues, which include the future of the party and pursuing solutions to the challenges thrown up by the recent election-related activities, particularly, the primaries.

In his remarks, the leader of the delegation, Chief Whip of the Senate, Sen Orji Uzor Kalu, said at least 22 senators and members of the party were unhappy with the outcome of the primaries in their states, noting that they felt disenfranchised. 

He said the legislators had made sacrifices for the growth of the party and democracy in the country, asking for the President’s kind intervention.


Two suspected kidnappers have been shot dead by Men of Professional Hunters and Local Hunters in Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State.

Two captives were also rescued during the operation namely Mallam Sanni Uwaiti and Ramatu Tukur, both of toll gate areas along Okene and Ajaokuta area.

The Special Adviser , Media and Publicity , Okehi LGA , King Habeeb , said the success of the operation was as a result of credible intelligence reports from men of Okehi LG Joint Task Force.

He disclosed that before now , the hoodlums have been tormenting Okene-Lokoja and Okene-Auchi roads of the state.

According to him, one of the kidnappers was shot dead during exchange of gunshots while one was apprehended, but later died before arriving at the hospital.

“We shall leave no stone unturned in a bid to rid Okehi LGA and our environs of all forms of criminality,”  the Executive Chairman of the local government area, Ohiare, said.

The operation followed an earlier directive by the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, to the Chairman of the LGA to make the area safe following the attack on divisional police headquarter last week, where an inspector on duty was killed.