Atiku In Closed-Door Meeting With Ibrahim Babangida In Minna

Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the February 25 elections, has visited former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (retired).
The former vice president arrived at the Minna International airport around 11 am in the morning of Wednesday.
He was received by the former governor of Niger State, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu. He then moved straight to the uphill mansion of the elder statesman in Minna.
Channels Television gathered that the meeting between the duo lasted for over one hour.
According to findings, the visit is not unconnected with the just concluded elections in the country and to make official complaints about the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s inability to conduct a free, fair, and acceptable election sequel to his rejection and calling for the cancellation of the result.
Also, Atiku Abubakar was in Minna to welcome General Babangida after his return from a foreign medical trip.
Atiku lost to his main rival of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu who polled 8,794,726 votes. He came tops in 12 of Nigeria’s 36 states and secured significant numbers in several other states to claim the highest number of votes.
The 76-year-old, who has now run for president six times, got 6,984,520 votes, while the candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, who, in less than a year, galvanised young voters in a manner some have described as unprecedented finished the race with 6,101,533.
Both Atiku and Obi are not happy with the outcome of the election and have approached the court to challenge the result.

Tinubu’s Victory: Accept Defeat – Lawmaker Begs Obi, Atiku

A lawmaker in Ondo State, Mr Sunday Olajide begged former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and his Labour Party counterpart, Mr Peter Obi, to accept defeat.
This is as the duo are contesting the result of the Feb. 25 Presidential election in which INEC declared Bola Tinubu as winner.
Olajide, representing Akure South Constituency 2 in the Ondo State House of Assembly, on Wednesday in Akure, said that though every Nigerian had the constitutional right to seek redress of an injury in court, it would be statesmanship if the duo could let go.
“The duo of Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi should accept the outcome of the election.
“Going to the court will amount to a mere academic exercise and will achieve nothing.
“Sen. Bola Tinubu won the election fair and square, and the results of the presidential election were a true reflection of Nigerians’ sincere votes,” he stated.
Olajide said that Nigerians had elected Tinubu and Sen. Kashim Shettima as their most preferred leaders for the next administration.
The lawmaker also congratulated the President-elect and the Vice President-elect for the hard-fought victory at the just concluded presidential elections.
“The duo has demonstrated once more that they are dogged fighters in our quest for the establishment of a just and egalitarian society.
“I have no doubt that you will ride on the crest of the momentum of this triumph to lead our motherland to greatness and prosperity,” Olajide said.
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PDP Spent Over 400bn On Presidential Election – Dino Melaye

Senator Dino Melaye, the Chief Spokesperson for the Atiku-Okowa presidential council, has made a new revelation.

He said the Peoples Democratic Party presidential campaign council spent over N400billion on their campaigns.

The spokesperson disclosed this in a video obtained by the PUNCH on Monday night.

In the one minute 45 seconds video, the Melaye said that the whole concept of redesigning the naira was a deception.

This is coming hours after the PDP leadership led by Senator Iyorchia Ayu, and other party chieftains stormed the headquarters of INEC to protest the declaration of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, as the president-elect after the February 25, 2023 elections.

The PDP, Labour Party, and the New Nigeria Peoples Party rejected the election results describing the election as being marred by violence, rigging, lacking integrity by the non-uploading of the presidential results on the IRev portal in real time on the election day thereby calling for its cancellation among others.

The PDP had also lamented what it described as the irregularities recorded during the conduct of the elections.

Melaye further remarked that “to make sure that the mandate of the people given freely to Atiku Abubakar is retrieved, we spent over N400bn just for a caricature show. INEC deceived Nigerians.

On the naira redesign, the spokesperson alleged that “because money was given to Bola Tinubu, the APC shared new notes on Election Day across the country and the PDP was starved of funds. Naira redesign was a ploy by INEC to deceive Nigerians.

He also called on all PDP supporters, lovers of democracy all over the country not to allow this to stand.

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Election Result: Allow Cameras At Hearing – Joe Keshi Charges Supreme Court

A retired Nigerian ambassador, Joe Keshi, has made an appeal to the Supreme Court.

He appealed to the Supreme Court to allow cameras into the court for the first time when the hearing for the Presidential election commences.

The Labour Party, LP; the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; and the New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP; have all vowed to approach the court following the outcome of February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, was declared winner of the election amid outcry of rigging, suppression and manipulation of votes by politicians across the country.

Keshi, who had been ambassador to many countries, including Togo, Ethiopia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Namibia, Sierra Leone and the United States, said the Supreme Court should endeavour to make the process transparent this time.

“The Supreme Court should do the right thing and for the Supreme Court to do the right thing, for their own sake,” he said on Arise Television’s The Morning Show.

“For goodness sake, let them allow cameras into the court for the first time so that Nigerian people could follow the process so that at the end of the day whatever judgement they gave, Nigerians would be satisfied that they followed their process and followed all the evidence.

“I’m appealing to the judges to allow cameras into the court for the first time to witness so that Nigerians can listen to the evidence and be convinced that the judges are credible as we want them to be.”


Tinubu’s Win: Why I Want Presidential Election Cancelled – Atiku

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has said the minions of President-elect, Bola Tinubu, unleashed violence during the just concluded elections.

Atiku said he was seeking the cancellation of Saturday’s presidential election because Tinubu’s campaign team admitted the poll was rigged.

He noted that Tinubu’s presidential campaign team’s admittance that there was rigging in the southeast was evidence that the election witnessed irregularities.

The PDP flag bearer stated this in a statement by his spokesman, Phrank Shaibu.

He lamented that Tinubu’s campaign team had continued to attack and mock Nigerians despite stealing their mandate.

Atiku stressed that Tinubu’s loss in Lagos was an indication that Nigerians don’t want him.

The statement reads: “Festus Keyamo’s claim that there was massive rigging in the southeast and that the APC will be challenging the votes in that region validates our position that this election was fraught with irregularities.

“Is it not funny that Tinubu claimed he wanted to replicate the developments of Lagos across Nigeria, and yet the same people of Lagos rejected him at the poll?

“He and his minions unleashed thugs on the people of the state and yet still lost.”


Election: I’m Not In Alliance With PDP – Peter Obi

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, (LP) Peter Obi has clarified that the party is not in alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Obi made this known in reaction to the declaration of the presidential election results during the media briefing in Abuja on Thursday.
The former Anambra state governor said he would deploy all legal and peaceful means to challenge the results that brought Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as the President-elect.
When asked if he was in alliance with PDP on any other party, the Labour party candidate said, “I’m not in alliance with PDP.”
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Accept Defeat And Retire To Dubai – Fayose Tells Atiku

A former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has urged the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar to accept defeat in the 2023 presidential election and relocate to Dubai.
Fayose who is a PDP chieftain, made the call in a tweet on Monday night.
He wrote, “Our candidate, H.E. Atiku Abubakar (aka ‘Atiku is coming’) should accept defeat in maturity and retire peacefully to Dubai.
“At this juncture, may I say good night and goodbye to all you represent.”
Fayose is also among the main opposition party aggrieved chieftains asking for the removal of the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, following the emergence of Atiku as the party’s standard bearer in 2022.
Although Atiku has won some states in the already declared results, he is still trailing the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.
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Atiku Wins Katsina State, Defeats Tinubu In Buhari’s State

Atiku Abubakar has won the Katsina State presidential election.
The Peoples Democratic Party flagbearer secured a total of 489,045 to edge out the All Progressives Congress candidate Bola Tinubu who polled 482,283 votes and other candidates.
Candidate of the NNPP, Rabiu Kwankwaso, came in at third with 69,386, followed by Labour Party flagbearer Peter Obi who secured 6,376 votes.
Mr Abubakar was declared winner of the poll by the Returning Officer of the state, Professor Mua’zu Abubakar Gusau, who is also the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University Gusau, at the INEC Presidential Election Collation Centre in Katsina.
The PDP candidate won 13 out of the state’s 34 LGAs with APC’s Tinubu winning 21 LGAs. Despite winning fewer LGAs, Mr Abubakar was able to secure victory in the state which had voted by a landslide in support of President Buhari in 2015 and 2019 and which also has an APC Governor.
To pull off a victory in the state, Mr Abubakar won Batsari, Mashi, Kurfi, Batagarawa, Dutsinma, Kusada, Mani, Kankia, Kankara, Bakori, Jibia, Katsina and Safana LGAs and secured significant votes in the other LGAs.
APGA – 1,391, NNPP – 69,386, Labour Party – 6,376, PRP – 1,986, SDP – 339, YPP – 1,029 and ZLP – and 371 votes, respectively.
The total number of registered voters in the state was 3,516,719 but only about a third of that number, 1,097,663 were accredited to vote.
According to the INEC Returning Officer in the state, elections were cancelled in certain polling units in Baure, Danmusa, Dutsinma, Funtua, Kafur, Kankara, Katsina, Kurfi, Kusada, Mai’adua, Malumfashi, Mashi, Sabuwa and Safana LGAs.
The cancellations were due to thuggery, insecurity, resistance, violence or over voting and obstruction.
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Nigeria Elections: Atiku Has Won 25 Percent Votes In 24 States – PDP Claims

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has claimed that its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has gotten 25 percent of votes in 24 states across all six regions.
PDP made the claim on Monday as the party said Atiku Abubakar is confident of victory.
Director of Strategic Communications, Presidential Campaign Council, PCC, Dele Momodu, addressed reporters in Abuja.
Momodu announced that Atiku had surpassed 25 percent of the votes in 24 states across all six regions.
The PDP charged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to resist the pressure to alter the results.
The party accused the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, of attempting to override the wish of the majority of the electorates.
Momodu noted that the APC has been defeated in the North-West, North-East, while South-East results show Labour Party, LP, is in the lead.
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Nigeria Decides 2023: Atiku Wins 18 LGs In Osun

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has won 18 out of the 23 local governments so far announced in Osun State.

His counterpart, Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, won in five local government areas of the state.

The collation officers across local governments in the state announced the results before the State Returning Officer, Professor Tolulope Ogunsola of the University of Lagos.

Atiku leads in Boluwaduro, Ifedayo, Ila, Odo-Otin, Irepodun, Orolu, Ede-North, Ede-South, Ife-South, Ife-North, Ola-Oluwa, an Ayedire local government council areas.

Other local government areas where the PDP candidate won include: Obokun, Oriade, Atakumosa-East, Atakumosa-West, Egbedore, Ilesa-East and Ilesa-West.

Meanwhile, Tinubu won in Osogbo, Olorunda, Ife-Central, Ife-East and Boripe local government areas with wide margins.

However, the Labour party comes a distant third in the results declared so far.