Today’s Headlines: Nothing Can Stop Tinubu’s Inauguration, Buhari Urges Support For Adeleke-led Govt

Nothing Can Stop Tinubu’s Inauguration – Ndoma-Egba

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A legal luminary and ex-Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, has said that the inauguration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on May 29, 2023 remains sacrosanct and therefore cannot be changed.

Ndoma-Egba, a former Chairman of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), stated this in an interview in reaction to the calls by some persons for the suspension of the inauguration of the President-elect, pending the conclusion of the cases filed at the tribunal against his victory in the presidential election.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, wondered why people should be making such a call that has no basis in the country’s Constitution.

His words: “There is no constitutional basis for delaying or stopping the swearing-in of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu as President on the 29th of May 2023. First, if it is on the basis of the cases in court. The constitution is very, very clear on how much time the tribunals have. I think it is 180 days.

Buhari Urges Support For Adeleke-led Govt

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Tuesday, in Abuja, called for inclusion and harmony in Osun State following the Supreme Court’s verdict, which upheld the election of Ademola Adeleke as the Governor of Osun in the July 2022 elections.

He also urged all citizens and residents of the state, particularly her notable sons and daughters, to give the Adeleke administration all the support it needs to ensure that “programmes, policies, plans and aspirations fashioned to make individuals and businesses flourish succeed.”

The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared that Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party polled 403,371 votes to defeat then-incumbent Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, of the All Progressives Congress who got 375,027 votes.

In its lead judgement delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim, the apex court dismissed an appeal lodged against Adeleke’s victory by Oyetola.

It held that although Oyetola alleged that Adeleke won through over-voting in 774 polling units in the state, he failed to produce any Bimodal Voters Accreditation System; a machine used in any of the polling units to prove his claim.

16 killed as cult groups clash in Akwa Ibom

Violent clashes between two rival cult groups in Nsukara Offot, Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State, have left at least 16 people dead and properties worth millions of naira destroyed.

The warring groups, identified as the Klaans and the Black Axe confraternities, are reportedly battling for control of minibus parks in the city and toll collection.

The crisis, which began in the Uruan Local Government Area before spreading to neighbouring communities, has led to the desertion of affected areas.

“Thank God, I finally arrived at my house this morning after my friends called me Monday evening to sleep elsewhere and not to return for fear of being killed by the rampaging armed hoodlums,” lamented Nora Iwang, a resident of the area.

“My wife called me at about 7:50 pm on Monday, that I should not return home because of ongoing killings around my area…I had to take refuge at my sister’s place off Abak Road till this morning, Tuesday,” said Aniefiok Usen, another resident.

Residents of the affected communities, such as Emem Duncan, expressed their dissatisfaction with the police response to the crisis.

Orji Kalu Writes APC NWC, Senators-Elect

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The Senate Chief Whip, Orji Kalu, has written to members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and 108 Senators-elect about his interest to become the Senate president.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Media Office of the Chief Whip of the Senate on Monday in Abuja.

Mr Kalu, however, refuted the report that South east Senators-elect endorsed him.

According to him, the Senators-elect of the South-east only met to make a demand from the President-elect and the party and yet to endorse anyone.

Mr Kalu, in the letters which he personally signed and addressed to each of the NWC members and Senators-elect, said he is offering himself for the position with sincerity of heart, humility and candour.

He explained that his seeming inactiveness in the contest for the senate president was because of the one-month mourning of his late wife, Ifeoma Kalu.

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