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Nigeria’s Tinubu defends win in disputed presidential vote

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Nigeria’s new president-elect, Bola Tinubu, defended the election he just won as credible on Wednesday but Peter Obi, one of his main opponents, planned to challenge the result in court, according to Obi’s running mate.

The main opposition parties have described the outcome of Saturday’s election as fraudulent after new technology that the electoral commission had promised would make the process more transparent instead malfunctioned, eroding trust.

Voter turnout was also low, even by Nigerian standards. With total votes cast at just under 25 million, out of 87 million people with voter identity cards and eligible to vote, turnout was only 29%. The 2019 election saw a 35% turnout.

“I am very happy I have been elected the president of the federal republic of Nigeria,” Tinubu, 70, who was the ruling party’s candidate, said to cheers in the federal capital Abuja. “This is a serious mandate. I hereby accept it.”

A former governor of Lagos and a veteran power broker at the heart of Nigeria’s political class, Tinubu will take the helm of Africa’s most populous country, the biggest economy and top oil producer as it struggles with overlapping crises.

Those include Islamist insurgencies in the northeast, an epidemic of kidnappings for ransom and conflicts between herders and farmers, as well as shortages of cash and fuel, industrial-scale oil theft, high inflation and deep-rooted poverty.

But for now, the focus is on the election itself, in which Tinubu won 37% of the vote, or 8.79 million votes, according to official results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Nigeria has a population of over 200 million.

“I commend INEC for running a credible election no matter what anybody says,” said Tinubu. “The lapses that were reported, they were relatively few in number and were immaterial to affect the final outcome of the election.”

But Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, Obi’s running mate, said a legal challenge was already being mounted. “We will go to court within the limit of the time. The legal people are putting the papers together,” he said, calling on supporters to remain peaceful.

Nigeria has a long history of political violence, but the atmosphere was calm in the main cities on Wednesday, with many people appearing deflated. In the eyes of God, the man (Tinubu) is not the winner,” trader Mercy Efong said in Awka, in Obi’s home state of Anambra.

Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, a group that monitored the election, said the outcome was not credible because of what it described as severe logistical failures, a lack of transparency, disruption of voting and violent incidents.

“This is all the more disappointing since the elections were held in an atmosphere in which the people showed remarkable commitment to democracy, eagerly engaging in the electoral process and waiting patiently to vote in very difficult circumstances,” the group said in a statement. Some voters were unable to cast their ballots due to malfunctioning voter card reading machines.

INEC said the main opposition challenger, former vice president and political veteran Atiku Abubakar, won 29%, or 6.98 million votes, while outsider Obi won 25% or 6.1 million votes.

To win, a candidate must get more votes than the others and at least 25% of the ballot in at least two–thirds of Nigeria’s 36 states. Tinubu cleared both hurdles.

Source: SABC

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Governor Douye Diri threatens to sack non-performing commissioners

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Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, on Wednesday, warned that he will not hesitate to wield the big stick on any commissioner that does not perform to expectation. Diri, also implored members of the newly constituted cabinet to key into his administration’s vision of providing service to people of the state, while urging them to make service to the state a priority.

Senator Diri handed the warning on Wednesday during the 130th session of the state executive council in Government House, Yenagoa.He said “Any member of the state executive council that does not work in tandem with the policies and vision of this government, we will wield the big stick. You are all men of integrity as you were carefully chosen and we believe that you will perform well. Chief Press Secretary to Governor, Daniel Alabrah, quoted him as saying that his administration’s policies and programmes were having positive impact on people of the state.

He said he was delighted and encouraged that the people appreciated the developmental projects as attested by accolades from Bayelsans.

He particularly mentioned the ongoing construction of the Nembe-Brass road, the completed Sagbama-Ekeremor road, building and equipping of science, technical and vocational schools among other projects and policies in different sectors across the state.

The Bayelsa helmsman expressed the optimism that the new commissioners would perform well as they were carefully chosen based on their pedigrees.

He also charged them to work as a team in order to achieve the administration’s agenda. He said: “You have joined this executive council at a moment so much is expected of us. You are our eyes and ears in the ministries. We thank the people of Bayelsa for creating the enabling environment for this government to thrive. Policies and programmes cannot be achieved except the people accept them. We are encouraged because the people appreciate the work we are doing. We do not praise ourselves, but our work is speaking for us.

Source: Dailypost

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Controller Kogi Vigilante Service vows to smoke criminals out of state

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The Controller General, Kogi State Vigilante Service Commander Adinoyi Mariam Abdulrahaman, on Wednesday, assumed office vowing to flush out criminal elements out of the State. Addressing journalists in Lokoja, Abdulrahman disclosed that it will no longer be business as usual for any individual who intends to disturb the peace of Kogi State.

He explained that the command will continue to synergise with other security agencies to make Kogi State safe for investors, adding that criminals planning to cause havoc should relocate from the state. It will no longer be business as usual. I can assure all Kogites that the mandate given to us by His Excellency Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo is to ensure that Kogi State is safe for all. Let this be a note of warning to those who are enemies of Kogi State.

“For your own good, relocate from Kogi State as there will be no hiding place for you. The Kogi State Vigilantes Service in collaboration with other sister security agencies is fully ready to make our State unconducive for criminals. No matter where you are or highly placed, you will be arrested and prosecuted” he stated.

Abdulrahaman, who is a retired Navy Colonel warned against any forms of indiscipline by officers under his command, stressing that, anyone who intends to sabotage his efforts in ensuring peace in Kogi State will be dismissed from office and made to face the full wrath of the law.

Explaining further, he said “The command under my watch will be aggressive in ensuring discipline in the system. If you are not ready to protect Kogi State and we discover that you are undisciplined we won’t spare you. His Excellency is determined to ensure that Kogi is the safest in Nigeria. When any officer intends to compromise this effort for their own selfish interest, he or she will be shown the exit door”.

He commended the immediate past Commandant of Kogi State Vigilante Service, Hassan Saliyu Aliyu for his achievement, stressing that his wealth of experience is still needed to make the security outfit achieve more in curbing crimes and criminalities in the state.

While appreciating Governor Ododo for finding him worthy to serve in Kogi State, the Controller General of the State Vigilante Service promised to improve the welfare of its officers. Earlier in his remarks, the immediate past Controller General, Kogi State Vigilante Service Hassan Saliyu Aliyu charged the officers of the State to give all their maximum support for the present Commander to succeed.

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Bola Tinubu initiates steps to review Public Procurement Act

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The Federal Government has initiated steps to review the existing Public Procurement Act as part of measures to instil discipline in fiscal expenditures. Already, the President, Bola Tinubu has appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi to drive the process of review in combination with a special committee raised at the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.

While the deliberations at FEC lasted, President Tinubu directed that all Ministries Department and Agencies MDAs should review their intended procurements as provided for in the appropriation act.The directive is to ensure that where there are gaps between appropriated sums and the actual amount required to execute the projects, it can be brought to the attention of both the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning and the Federal Ministry of Finance.

The Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Atiku Bagudu who disclosed the information said, “The President Bola Tinubu today in line with the desire to enhance more fiscal discipline and further demonstrate to Nigerians our commitment to serving them better, raised the issue of the reconciliation between the appropriation act, public procurement law and the fiscal responsibility act. FEC has set up a committee under the chairmanship of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice to review the Public Procurement Act.

“After a robust discussion, the President directed that all ministries department and agencies should review their intended procurement as provided for in the appropriation such that where there are gaps between appropriated sums and amounts required to execute the projects, it can be brought to the attention of both the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning and Federal Ministry of Finance, such that the memo that the cabinet secretariat will provide to the FEC, will have clarity of where funding is expected to come from and recommendations, to guide effectively the Federal Executive Council decisions.

Mr President directed that the report of the public procurement committee be provided to him so that he can take decisions accordingly.

Source: Dailypsot

In other news – Children vulnerable as Bauchi records zero doses of immunization in 13 LGAs

Despite efforts to improve immunisation, 13 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Bauchi have recorded zero doses of vaccination, leaving children unprotected.

 

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The disclosure was made by the Executive Chairman of Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Board, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed who is not happy with the development. Read more

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