Tinubu Reacts As PDP Heads To Court To Seek His Disqualification
The standard bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has berated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over its latest move to seek his disqualification from the 2023 presidential election. Naija News earlier reported that the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation (PCO) through its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said it has taken its case to the court to have Tinubu declared ineligible to contest the February 25 presidential election by virtue of section 137 (1) (d) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
In a chat with reporters in Abuja on Monday, Ologbodiyan said Tinubu’s alleged conviction for narcotic offenses by a United States court makes him ineligible to contest. He said the PDP PCO also wants the court to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately delist Tinubu as the presidential candidate of the APC or any other political party and erase his name from all materials relating to next month’s election.
According to Ologbondiyan, allowing the APC flagbearer to contest in the forthcoming elections is “fundamentally illegal, invalid and must be expunged immediately”, adding that PDP “is filing for accelerated hearing in this case in the interest of the nation.” Reacting in a chat with Vanguard on Monday night, Tinubu, speaking through his Director of Media and Publicity, Bayo Onanuga, said the PDP is trying to divert Nigerians’ attention from the allegations leveled against its flagbearer, Atiku Abubakar.
He challenged Atiku to address the claim that he employed the whistleblower, Michael Achimugu, who revealed that Atiku made a scandalous conservation on how he and former President Olusegun Obasanjo set up Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) to steal public money. The APC chieftain also asked the former Vice President to disclose whether the taped voice was his or not instead of the PDP going on a fruitless mission.
Source: Naija News
Flooding: 662 Killed, 2.4m Displaced In 2022, Says NEMA
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said 662 people lost their lives to flood in 2022 while 2,430,445 were displaced. NEMA’s Director General, Mustapha Ahmed, said another 3,174 people suffered various degrees of injuries during the flood disaster.
Speaking in Abuja at the opening ceremony of a one-week strategic executive seminar for staff of the agency, Ahmed said thousands of houses, hectares of farmlands and several critical national assets were also destroyed by the raging floods. “As we are all aware, this event is taking place in the immediate aftermath of the devastating 2022 flood disaster which is unprecedented in the history of Nigeria. Records indicate that 662 persons have lost their lives,” the NEMA boss said.
“3,174 others have suffered an injury and 2,430,445 individuals have been displaced by the floods. Thousands of houses, hectares of farmlands and several critical national assets were destroyed by the raging floods.” According to him, the agency, alongside the state governments and other partners, was working towards the long-term recovery of impacted communities across the nation.
He said the agency brought in experts with years of experience working both in the United Kingdom and overseas to support governments and multi-national organisations with disaster and crisis preparedness, response and recovery for the seminar. The NEMA boss also advised stakeholders in disaster management to take advantage of capacity development opportunities facilitated by the agency to prepare for emerging disaster challenges in the country for proactive risk management and efficient disaster response.
Ahmed explained that NEMA brought in experts to support governments and multi-national organisations with disaster and crisis preparedness, response and recovery for the seminar.
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