The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi has defeated his counterpart in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu in the February 25 poll in Lagos State.
Obi polled 582,454 votes to defeat the former Lagos State governor who scored 572,606 votes.”
Lagos is the base of Tinubu, who was governor of the state from 1999 to 2007. Obi also defeated Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
Of the 87, 209,007 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) collected nationwide for the election, 6,214,970 PVCs were collected in Lagos. This is closely followed by Kano with 5,594,193, and Kaduna with 4,164, 473.
The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC ) building in Igboeze North Local Government Area office in Enugu state has been attacked.
The National Commissioner of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye confirmed the attack.
According to him, no casualties were reported but 748 ballot boxes, 240 voting cubicles and other equipment were destroyed.
In his words, “the arsonists overpowered the security guards, forced their way into the premises, and set the building ablaze”
He revealed that the commission was working to ascertain the status of voter registration machines for the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), as well as uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs), locked up in the fireproof cabinet.
The Commissioner stated that the attack coming in the middle of the voter registration exercise and other preparations for the 2023 general elections is worrisome.
He recalled that on May 23, 2021, the INEC office in the neighboring Igboeze South Local Government Area was attacked in a similar manner by gunmen.
Other onslaughts he recollected were former attacks on the Udenu Local Government Area office on May 13, 2021, and the State Headquarters in Enugu on May 16, 2021.
Okoye revealed that the commission had since substantially recovered from the attacks and resumed normal activities in the places mentioned, including the CVR and collection of PVCs.
He assured that the commission would continue to work with the security agencies and the emergency services to protect the commission’s facilities.
The National Commissioner made it known that in this latest attack, the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Enugu state, Emeka Ononamadu, reported that the office was set ablaze by yet-to-be-identified gunmen at 11.48 pm on Sunday
Thirty-five young girls between the ages of 14 and 17 have been rescued from sex Slavery in Anambra
Confirming the incident, the Spokesperson for the Nigerian Police in Anambra State, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP),Tochukwu Ikenga, disclosed that four out of the rescued girls were already pregnant, adding that the victims were rescued from a hotel in Nkpor, Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.
He further revealed that the girls were used for illicit work such as sex slaves, prostitutes and baby producers.
The DSP said: “The operatives rescued 35 girls and four of them are pregnant; the victims shall be handed to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons for their welfare and rehabilitation.”
The police stated that there were about three suspects connected to the crime noting that three pump action guns, seven cartridges and cash were recovered.
A high court in Akure, Ondo state has sentenced three persons to death for the murder of Funke Olakunrin, daughter of a leader of Afenifere, prominent Yoruba socio-political group, Reuben Fasoranti.
Frank Mba, force public relations officer, had earlier announced that four suspects were arrested over the killing of Olakunrin, namely Mohammed Usman, Mazaje Lawal, Adamu Adamu and Auwalu Abubakar.
These four were arraigned on an eight count charge bordering on conspiracy, kidnapping, murder, armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearms and aiding and abetting.
The Judge, Williams Olamide in delivering judgement convicted three out of the four suspects, Usman, Lawal and Adamu and the three were sentenced to death.
The judge held that the prosecution proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
The fourth suspect, Abubakar who had been made to face trial for aiding and abetting the crime, eventually got discharged and acquitted by the court after the trying of his case.
The deceased Olakunrin, aged 58, was heading for Lagos from Akure, Ondo state capital, when her vehicle was targeted in July 2019. In an attempt to escape, the attackers fired at her, and she died while being taken to hospital.
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has been announced the winner of party’s primary elections.
The former Governor of Lagos garnered half of the total votes to beat his major opponents, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.
About 2,322 delegates from across the country had stormed Eagles Square, Abuja, to elect the flagbearer of the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The Asiwaju of Lagos got 1,299 votes, his major opponents, Amaechi and Osinbajo secured 316 and 235 votes respectively.
The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan got 152 votes while the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, scored 47 votes.
Among all the aspirants who procured the N100 million nomination forms, 23 were successfully screened to participate in the primary.
With the current development, Tinubu will face the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and other party candidates to battle for the top political office in the forthcoming 2023 elections.