Afenifere Claims Obi Won Presidential Election
Pan Yoruba Socio-political group, Afenifere, has claimed that the candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi, won the Presidential election. Afenifere made the claim in a Commuinique issued after its monthly General Meeting held at the country home of its Leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, at Isanya Ogbo, Ogun State.
In the Commuinique made available to journalists in Akure by the Secretary General of Afenifere, Sola Ebiseni, Afenifere also reiterated its position that the Presidential election held on February 25 was characterised by all forms of primitive manipulations and noncompliance with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Electoral Act 2022 and the guidelines and regulations.
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, won the February 25 election and was declared President-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission. Tinubu polled a total votes of 8,794,726 to defeat his closest rival and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, who scored 6,984,520 votes, and Peter Obi of Labour party who polled 6,101,533 votes. The presidential candidate of New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso came a distant fourth with the total votes of 1,496,687.
But in the commuinique Tuesday, Afenifere said:
“The results of the lawful votes at the Presidential election available to the Afenifere through credible sources confirm that Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, won the said election and we, thus, support his decision challenging the contrary declaration by the INEC. Reassert that for equity, fairness, national cohesion and peaceful corporate existence, the next President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be person of its southern part and specifically the South-East.
“Condemn in the strongest terms, the campaigns of calumny and acts of ethnic violence deployed by some politicians and their hired criminal gangs in several parts of the federation during the gubernatorial election particularly Lagos State where the election was made to appear like an inter-ethnic war between the Yoruba and Igbo which greatly led to voters’ suppression and other forms of deliberate disenfranchisement through brigandage”. The group expressed belief in the judiciary as an integral part of the democratic process and expect that it proves itself in the election litigations pending before it without fear or favour and in accordance with the judicial oaths of its members, in covenant with the Nigerian people.
Afenifere called on President Muhammadu Buhari to restore the patriotic confidence and hope of the Nigerians in the continued corporate existence of the federation which will guaranty their safety throughout Nigeria. It also appreciated the renewed interests of the international community in the security and democratic health of Nigeria and urged that as a prominent member of the global community, the affairs of Nigeria should continue to be of concern to the world.
Fresh crisis looms in APC over NASS leadership
Strong indication of fresh crisis looming in the All Progressives Congress (APC) emerged on Tuesday, as National Working Committee (NWC) member has raised the alarm that they have been reduced to onlookers over the sensitive issue of the 10th National Assembly leadership. The NWC warned of the risks of allowing elected National Assembly members proceeding with the business of constituting the leadership of the 10th Assembly in an unregulated manner posed on the party and the country.
North West Zonal Chairman and NWC member, Salihu Moh Lukman, raised the alarm in a statement he issued on Tuesday in Abuja. He further argued that since the configuration of the presidency to assume office on May 29, 2023 is about the same with that of 1999, the South East stood a better chance of producing the Senate President. Lukman however highlighted the challenges confronting the possibility of a South East Senate President as the nasty experience of the zone to hold the position and the insignificant votes they gave to the APC.
“As a party, it would seem that APC has relapsed back to 2015 mode of allowing elected National Assembly members to proceed with the business of constituting the leadership of the 10th National Assembly in an unregulated manner. This is very risky, not just for APC but for the country. Given that as a party, we contested the 2023 elections with a Muslim-Muslim ticket of Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Kashim Shettima, unregulated contest for the leadership of the 10th Assembly could produce another Muslim as Senate President.
“In fact, there is also the high probability that a Muslim could also emerge as Speaker of the 10th House of Representatives. At a time when irrationality has become overbearingly manifest in the politics of the country, no thanks to the so-called Obidient politicians who thrive in peddling lies and falsehood as a strategy to mobilise support, every care should be taken to manage our diversity,” he warned.
Situating the matter further, Lukman blamed the chairman and secretary of the ruling party, stressing that:
“it is quite frustrating for many members of the APC NWC that as leaders mandated to provide leadership in managing affairs of the party, we have become onlookers in matters that we should be directing. This must be urgently corrected. “The APC NWC led by Abdullahi Adamu need to become more aggressive in driving the process of negotiating leadership of the 10th Assembly. Laidback attitude of the NWC being the administrative organ of the party has produced the embarrassing situations of public disagreement with the National Chairman over the issue of consensus presidential candidate before the party’s presidential primary in June 2022.
Source: The Sun
Lassa Fever: Nigeria records 784 confirmed cases, 142 deaths
The Nigeria Centre for Disease and Control and Prevention (NCDC) says in less than three months, the country has registered 784 confirmed cases of Lassa fever with 142 deaths across 23 states. The NCDC via its official website said on Tuesday that the infections were recorded from Jan. 1 till date.
Recall that Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa virus. The natural reservoir for the virus is the Mastomys natalensis rodent (commonly known as the multimammate rat or the African rat).
Other rodents can also be carriers of the virus which spreads through direct contact with urine, faeces, saliva or blood of infected rats. The virus can also spread through contact with objects, household items and surfaces contaminated with urine, faeces, saliva or blood of infected rats. It said that in Epidemiological Week 11, the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 70 in Week 10 of 2023, to 38 cases.
The agency said that the cases were reported from Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Bauchi, Taraba, Benue, Rivers, Plateau, and Nasarawa States. NCDC said that cumulatively from Epidemiological Week 1 to Week 11, 2023, 142 deaths had been reported with Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 18.1 per cent which was lower than the 18.7 per cent CFR for the same period in 2022. The NCDC said that, in total for 2023, 23 states had recorded at least one confirmed case across 97 local government areas.
The public health institution said that 71 per cent of all new confirmed Lassa fever cases were reported from Ondo, Edo and Bauchi while 29 per cent came from six states. It said that of the 71 per cent, Ondo reported 32 per cent, Edo, 29 and Bauchi, 10. According to the NCDC, the predominant age group affected is 21-30 years with the median age as 32 years. It said that the male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases was 1:0.9. The agency said that the number of suspected cases increased compared to the number reported for the same period in 2022.