Today’s Headlines: Obi makes first statement after Tinubu’s victory, Fire guts popular Kano market
Tinubu’s victory: Peter Obi makes first statement
The Labour Party, LP, candidate in the 2023 presidential election, Peter Obi, will address Nigerians following the declaration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Obi disclosed this on Wednesday afternoon in a post his verified Twitter handle.
He said he would in no short time address Nigerians and the international community.
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“Our Vice presidential candidate Dr. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed is addressing an international press conference at the Labour Party Headquarters in Abuja. I intend to address Nigerians and the international community shortly,” he tweeted.
Fire guts popular Kano market
Over 80 shops at the Kasuwar Kurmi Market in Kano Municipal were razed, according to the Kano State Fire Service.
Alhaji Saminu Abdullahi, the fire service spokesman, stated this in a statement on Wednesday, in Kano.
According to him, the fire started at about 05.23 a.m and the service received a distress call from one Aliyu Alkasim that there was an outbreak of fire at the market.
Six permanent and seventy-four open shops in the market were completely razed by the fire.
No life was lost and no one was injured. He confirmed that the cause of the fire was being investigated.
Abdullahi advised consumers to switch off and disconnect all electrical appliances and avoid careless use of naked fire, especially within the market premises.
Election: APC says Tinubu victory well deserved
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the victory by its presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as well deserved feat.
APC’s publicity secretary, Mr Felix Morka thanked Nigerians for their overwhelming support that resulted in a renewed mandate for the APC-led administration.
“This election was vigorously contested like no other in the history of our democracy, and it witnessed the determined participation of millions of our fellow compatriots,” it noted.
” Our country and democracy are richer and stronger together in this strident onward march into a more vibrant future of opportunities, wholesome and transformative development.
“To the Leader of our Party, President Muhammadu Buhari, we deeply appreciate your remarkable accomplishments in office that provided a formidable springboard for our President-Elect to run a victorious race, and we remain thankful for your intrepid and steady leadership of our Party.
“Your unparalleled program of electoral and democratic reform provided a conducive predicate for the successful conduct of this year’s presidential election. Your legacy will endure through time.
“We commend the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the commendable discharge of its statutory duty to deliver a free and credible presidential election.
“We applaud the armed forces and security agencies for their vigilance, and for keeping the peace, and for maintaining law and order during this important exercise. We are equally thankful to local and international observer missions for their roles in monitoring this process to its conclusion.
Tinubu, Shettima receive certificates of return from INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented certificates of return to Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima, as the president and vice-president-elect.
The event is currently taking place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
Tinubu and Shettima of the All Progressives Congress (APC) won the presidential election held on Saturday.
They secured a total of 8,794,726 votes to defeat Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 6,984,520 votes.
Speaking at the event, Tinubu said the road to his victory has “been long”.
“The road has been long, yet we worked it. The battle has been hard fought, yet we won it,” he said.
Tinubu said his certificate of return symbolises that each Nigerian has the ability to achieve their dreams. He said he would work day and night to ensure the development of the country.
“By taking this sacrifice, I accept a sacred duty. I will work day and night to make Nigeria better. We are committed to the progress and development of Nigeria,” he said.
#NigeriaDecides2023: Police ban celebration rallies in Kaduna
Kaduna State police have announced a ban on all celebration rallies by supporters of political parties following the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections.
In a statement on Wednesday, the spokesperson of the state’s police command, Mohammed Jalige, said the citizens should avoid an act that may incite others.
” The command wishes to notify the general public that all forms of celebrations and rallies by political party supporters for or against winners/losers of the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections have been banned in the state.
”Any deliberate act to violate the ban or cause breakdown of law and order under whatever guise would not be tolerated, as the full wrath of the law would be bought to bear.
Security agencies have been deployed and directed to ensure the full enforcement of the ban
“All persons with intent to violate the order are warned to desist from that, as the command in collaboration with other sister agencies is fully prepared to deal decisively with such persons in accordance with extant laws.
“The command uses this medium to call on the members of the public not to relent in supporting security agencies in delivering their mandates of securing lives and properties of the good people of Kaduna state, “Jalige said.
Nigeria’ll witness more development under Tinubu – Lawan, Oyebanji, Akpabio
Senate President Ahmad Lawan has said that Nigeria will experience more development with Bola Tinubu as president.
Mr Lawan, who made the remarks at the start of plenary on Wednesday, prayed that the country would see more, better development and progress with the leadership of Mr Tinubu.
He also prayed that the 10th Senate would provide the kind of support that the president-elect would need for the betterment of the country.
Mr Lawan said: “Let me invite distinguished senators, particularly the All Progressives Congress (APC) senators to attend if possible, the ceremony for the issuance of Certificate-of-Returns to our President-elect Bola Tinubu at 3 p.m. at the International Conference Centre (ICC).”
The Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the early hours of Wednesday, declared Tinubu the winner of the 25 February presidential election.
Mr Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, got a total vote of 8, 794, 726 to defeat his major rivals; Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 6, 984, 520 votes and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) who secured 6,101,533 votes of the 24, 965, 218 total vote cast.
Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) came a distant fourth with 1,496,687 votes.