Today’s Headlines: No one can stop Tinubu’s swearing-in – APC; Obasanjo endorses Akpabio

No One Can Stop Tinubu’s Swearing-In–APC

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The Lagos State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress has said that stopping Tinubu’s swear-in will be unconstitutional.

Recall that five residents of the Federal Capital Territory recently approached the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court for an order to halt the ceremony.

They had applied for an order restraining the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, any other judicial officer from swearing in any candidate in the February 25 presidential election as President or Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, until it was judicially determined with finality or in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution that such candidate had fulfilled the requirement of Section 134(2) (b) of the constitution.

Reacting in an interview with Sunday PUNCH, the Lagos State APC spokesman, Seye Oladejo, described their steps as “an exercise in futility”.

He expressed confidence that the swearing-in of Tinubu as president would be held unhindered.

According to him, it is against the provision of the constitution and precedence for a President-elect to emerge and not be sworn in.

Meanwhile, the National Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council, Yabagi Sani, has called for calm ahead of the swearing-in.

Obasanjo endorses Akpabio, Abbas as Senate President, Speaker

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A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Hon. Olujonwo Obasanjo has thrown his weight behind the consensus candidates for the leadership of the 10th National Assembly, describing their choice as the best.

Obasanjo endorsed Godswill Akpabio as the Senate President and Abbas Tajudeen as Speaker.

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the party on Monday announced the consensus zoning arrangement and nominated preferred candidates for the leadership positions of the National Assembly.

Though some aspirants in the two Chambers have called for immediate review of the arrangement, APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu appealed for calm from the aggrieved lawmakers.

He promised that the NWC will look into the zoning arrangement after consultation with the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed when he returned from his working tour of Europe.

PDP declares seven-day fast for Atiku’s tribunal victory

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The Peoples Democratic Party National Chapel has declared a one-week fasting and prayer for its presidential candidate at the just-concluded election, Atiku Abubakar, to come out victorious at the Presidential Election Tribunal which began days ago, Sunday PUNCH reports.

The prayers are to begin from Thursday, May 18 to Wednesday, May 24.

An ‘overcomer’s open-air thanksgiving service’ was also scheduled for May 25.

The events are to hold at the party’s national chapel, PDP National Secretariat, Wadata Plaza, Wuse Zone 5, Abuja, and time is slated at 12 pm daily.

Sunday PUNCH had reported that the Presidential Election Petition Court had adjourned Atiku’s case to May 18 for the continuation of the pre-hearing of the petition by the PDP and Atiku against the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, of the All Progressives Congress.

In the petition marked CA/PEPC/05/2023, the PDP and Atiku are challenging the declaration of Tinubu as the president-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Gunmen kill 33 in Burkina Faso

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No less than 33 people were killed when gunmen opened fire on vegetable farmers in a jihadist-hit region of Burkina Faso, the governor said Saturday, as the country struggles to stem an insurgency.

A state of emergency has been in force in eight of Burkina Faso’s 13 regions since March, including in western Boucle du Mouhoun.

The attack on the farmers happened on Thursday evening around 5:00 pm (1700 GMT), Governor Babo Pierre Bassinga said in a statement.

“The village of Youlou in the department of Cheriba, Mouhoun province suffered a cowardly and barbaric terrorist attack,” he said.

“The gunmen targeted peaceful civilians” who were farming along the river, he said, adding that the “provisional death toll” included 33 people.

Local sources said heavily armed assailants on motorcycles had fired indiscriminately on the farmers.

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