Today’s Headlines:Afenifere Hails Tinubu’s Peace Moves To Bode; Poll Petition; INEC, Tinubu Oppose Live Telecast

Afenifere Hails Tinubu’s Peace Moves To Bode

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Pan-Yoruba sociopolitical organisation, Afenifere, has commended the recent move made by some Yoruba elders to reconcile a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bode George, and the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, by paying a visit to the former.

It was reported that some Yoruba elders, including retired Justice Isola Olorunmibe and the leader of the Governance Advisory Council in Lagos State, Tajudeen Olusi, paid a visit to George in Lagos.

The PDP chieftain said the delegation came to apologise to him over past issues and sought his support for the President-elect.

To this end, the Organising Secretary of the Afenifere, Abagun Kole Omololu, who spoke with our correspondent in Akure, said Afenifere was delighted about the development.

Omololu said the visit to George was commendable and reasonable as it showed the promotion of unity among Yorubas sons and daughters.

According to him, a united Yoruba land, inrespective of political persuations will have a tremedious effect “in achieving the desire goal of a true federation, devolution of power, state police and fiscal federalism.”

INEC, President-Elect Oppose Live Telecast

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The President-elect, Bola Tinubu, and the Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima, have urged the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) to dismiss the application by Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for a live broadcast of proceedings.

Tinubu and Shettma described the application as frivolous and a bid to waste the court’s time.

Besides, they said the court is not a soapbox, stadium or theatre where the public should be entertained.

With much respect to the petitioners, the motion is an abuse of the processes of this honourable court,” the respondents stated.

In a joint response filed on Monday by their team of lawyers, led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), they wondered why a petitioner desirous of a prompt hearing would file an application intended solely to distract the court and waste its precious time.

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Defeating Insurgency, Banditry My Priority_ COAS

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Farooq Yahaya, on Tuesday, declared that the defeat of insurgency, banditry and other acts of criminality remains his top priority.

The COAS stated this during the opening ceremony of a workshop on the ‘Future Improvised Explosive Device Challenges and Threat Mitigation’ held at the Nigerian Army School of Military Engineering, Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

The COAS, who was represented by the Force Commander, tion Whirl Stroke, Maj. Gen. Sunday Igbinomwanhia, said the army had embarked on a massive acquisition of weapons as part of sustained efforts to shore up troops’ morale and fighting spirit.

Yahaya said, “Some of the equipment acquired include vallon handheld detectors, MRAPs, TCVs, Husky vehicles, APCs as well as UAVs, and efforts are ongoing to purchase some Husky vehicle mounted with mine detection systems amongst, several other equipment.

Group Files Affidavit Of Urgency For Tinubu’s Trial

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The Incorporated Trustees of Advocacy for Societal Rights Advancement and Development Initiative has called for the investigation and subsequent prosecution of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, before May 29.

The group made the call in an ‘Affidavit of Urgency’ in support of a motion ex parte filed before the Federal High Court, Abuja.

In its main suit before the court, the group sought the court’s permission to apply for an order compelling the Inspector General of Police to investigate and order Tinubu’s prosecution if found guilty of perjury regarding his alleged Guinean citizenship.

In the motion ex parte with number FHC/ABJ/CS/669/2023 and filed on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, ASRADI claimed that the President-elect lied on oath when he refused to give information regarding his Guinean citizenship in his Form EC9 submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission in aid of his qualification for the 2023 presidential election.

The group said it resorted to the court’s intervention as its request to the police to investigate the matter had not yielded fruit.

The group tendered as exhibit, a May 8 letter by its Executive Director, Adeolu Oyinlola, to the IG.


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