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Otunba Ashiru Felicitates with Nigerians on Democracy Day



Ogun State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry and All Progressives Congress (APC) consensus gubernatorial aspirant in Ogun East, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, has felicitated with Nigerians on the occasion of Democracy Day celebration.

In his message, Otunba Ashiru called on all stakeholders in the Nigerian project to safeguard Nigeria’s democracy at all tiers of government by shunning any act that may run counter of modern-day democracy.

In his words: “We should all shun any act that may threaten democracy in all its ramification and collectively work towards entrenchment of democracy which is a true representative of people.

He also appealed to the three arms of government to use their constitutional powers to the betterment of the citizenry by playing by the rules and seeing to the consolidation of democracy in their respective roles.

Commending the media for their ombudsman role, Otunba Ashiru called on the major players in the fourth estate to augment the roles of the executive, legislative and judiciary by being objective in their reports devoid of sensationalism or sentiments.

He then enjoined Nigerians to be steadfast with renewed hope as the present administration is employing all means to return our country to her enviable status.

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Timi Frank Lauds Amaechi for Revealing Who Hired INEC Chairman




A former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, on Sunday, commended the a former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, for revealing those who truly appointed Professor Mahmood Yakubu as chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Amaechi had while responding to questions from reporters after casting his vote in Rivers State on Saturday, disclosed that Professor Yakubu was nominated for appointment by a member of the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s camp.

Amaechi, according to a video of the interview which has gone viral, said: “What advice? I have spoken to everybody concerned on this issue before the election.

“I have spoken especially to those of us who opposed the reappointment of Mahmood as INEC Chairman.

“The person who nominated him for appointment is a member of Tinubu’s camp. So what are you expecting? Success?

“He said, Mahmood worked under Wike as Executive Secretary of TETFUND when Wike was Minister of State for education”.

“So what you are having in Rivers State is that APC, SDP and others are contesting elections not against PDP but against INEC and against the Police.”

Frank, who is the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Ambassador to East Africa and Middle East, in his reaction to the revelation, thanked the former Governor of Rivers state for his boldness and courage in revealing that Yakubu was installed by Tinubu’s cabal to help rig the election in his favour and that of the APC.

He said that as a former top Minister under President Muhammadu Buhari and a chieftain of the APC, Amaechi was competent and credible enough to reveal those who facilitated the INEC’s job for Yakubu.

Frank said: “From day one, it is clear that the INEC Chairman did not have any good intention to give Nigerians a credible election but to just come and handover.

“He decided to deceive Nigerians and that is why he refused to follow the Commission’s own election guidelines because of the hatchet job he was prepared to do for those who facilitated his appointment into office.

“The INEC chairman needs to be arrested for lying and his refusal to follow the template and guidelines put in place by the commission, an act that is tantamount to criminality.

“The first and second elections were massively flawed by rigging and violence in most of the states.

“The last time we witnessed violence in Nigeria was during the 2011 general election. This election as corroborated by Amaechi, was not a contest between PDP and APC, but a contest between PDP and INEC and security agencies.”

He insisted that because the INEC Chairman owed overwhelming allegiance to Tinubu for appointing him to the job, all he did was to reward Tinubu with votes rather than conduct a free, fair and credible elections.

He said: “That is why the INEC chairman did not come out to conduct any election. He only came to reward Tinubu and the cabal that brought him into office.

“Based on Amaechi’s confession, he only came to reward the people that put him there rather than conduct a free and fair election.

“That is why he gave Nigeria to Tinubu and APC. Then gave Rivers state to Wike as there was no election in the state. He only rewarded his benefactor.

“We believe with this kind of evidence and proof that Amaechi has revealed, the INEC chairman lacks integrity and credibility to remain in office.

“With all of this, he needs to resign and go. Apart from immediate resignation, he should be arrested based on all the crimes he has committed and prosecuted for selling the will of the people to reward those who fought for him to be appointed for a second term in office.”

According to the Bayelsa-born political activist, Yakubu practically conducted the worst and most fraudulent election in the history of Nigeria because of an obligation he owed those who saw to his appointment.

He said the fraud and rigging perpetrated during the election show clearly that Buhari is not only culpable but a partner to the dirty marriage that culminated in the re-appointment of the INEC chairman.

“We expected Buhari to have left a legacy of free, fair and credible elections which he promised Nigerians but what has happened shows that he equally lacks integrity and honour to keep to his words.

“He came and benefitted from democracy peacefully, but turned around to destroy it.

“With this, we call on the international community to help Nigeria because we don’t have confidence in the government of today under Buhari,” he said.

He further called on the international community to urgently take strong measures against election riggers in the country like the INEC Chairman, security chiefs – police and others – that rigged the elections and fraudulently thwarted the will of the people.

He added: “In all of these, with the amount of rigging, intimidation, violence and allocation of votes that characterised the elections, we believe the nation’s Judiciary at the end of the day will be able to redeem our democracy by doing substantial justice to all petitions that would be brought before the courts.”

He prayed God to repose the souls of those who lost their lives as a result of violent attacks during the elections as well as sympathised with those who were injured and their families.

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IGP Orders Movement Restriction, Bans VIP Escorts, State Security Outfits on Election Day




By Eric Elezuo

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the restriction of all forms of vehicular movement on roads, waterways, and other forms of transportation, from 12am to 6pm on March 18, 2023 in all the states where governorship and states of Assembly elections will be conducted. The directive excludes the Federal Capital Territory, which will not host any electoral process on the day.

The order, according to a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, exempts only those on essential services such as INEC Officials, Electoral Observers, Accredited Media and Observers, Ambulances responding to medical emergencies, firefighters, etc.

Similarly, the IGP reiterated the ban on all security aides to VIPs and escorts from accompanying their principals and politicians to polling booths and collation centres during the election. In the same vein, state-established and owned security outfits/organizations, quasi-security units, and privately-owned guard and security outfits are also barred from participating in election security management.

IGP Baba urged all citizens to be law abiding during and after the elections, assuring that all necessary security arrangements have been put in place to ensure everyone exercises their franchise unhindered. He also urged the general public to contact the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters via 08033440189 (DIG Operations), 08033027731 (AIG FEDOPS), and 08034040439 (CP Elections), the ‘NPF Rescue Me App’ on Android and ios, and via the NPF Rescue Me Emergency Toll-free line on 08031230631, to request emergency security response.

The statement stressed that other election situation room numbers which have been shared on Nigeria Police social media platforms will be repeatedly released by concerned State Police Commands for necessary emergency contact.

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Don’t Use Oro Festival As Ploy to Disenfranchise Voters, Rhode-Vivour Appeals to Organisers




The Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour (GRV), has declared that the commencement of Oro festival in parts of Lagos will not affect his chances of winning the March 18 election.

Media reports say Oba Elegushi of Ikate and Oba of Ijegun have announced the commencement of Oro cult festival from Thursday, March 16, to Saturday, March 18, 2023.

Rhodes-Vivour warned that the festival should not serve as a ploy to prevent voters from exercising their civic rights.

“Traditional rulers know better not to do any festival that will in any way disenfranchise any voter,” he said in a video post shared on Wednesday.

Oro is a traditional Yoruba cult festival, in which women, visitors, and non-members are forbidden from witnessing their activities, and it usually comes with a curfew.

GRV has been tipped by several analysts to defeat the incumbent, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

His Labour Party won the presidential election in the State on February 25 despite reported intimidation by supporters of the APC presidential candidate.

The Labour Party’s governorship candidate insisted that Oro festival should not be used to scare people from coming out to vote, especially in the areas where LP won during the presidential election.

Labour Party defeated APC in Eti-Osa and Alimosho local councils where the festival is reportedly scheduled to take place.

GRV said: “We will come out in force and insist that [there will not be] any form of intimidation or harassment on Saturday, and our votes will count.”


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