2023 Presidential Election Should Be Cancelled – Labour Party
The Labour Party (LP) has called for the cancellation of the 2023 presidential election based on the controversy regarding the 25% of votes in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Naija News reports that the Chief Spokesman for Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council, Yunusa Tanko, stated this while reacting to the suit seeking to stop the swearing-in of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as the President of Nigeria.
Tanko stated that the party and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, are looking forward to a situation where the court allows the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, to be sworn in until a substantive president is elected. He said, “What I know in order not to sound presumptuous is that there will be a swearing-in on May 29 and if we get to win our case at the election petition tribunal, the swearing-in will only involve the president of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This is by the premises of section 146 (2).
“Our prayer is that the election should be cancelled and declared null and void. This should be the position since the APC candidate did not get 25 percent in Abuja. If defined deeply, it gives the power to section 146 of the Constitutional provision which states that “In the event that there is no president, the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan will take over”. If the present case goes the way we are praying, what it means is that Lawan will take over as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“And if Lawan is not returned in the 10th Assembly, he must hand over to the newly elected president of the Senate on June 10. He will then ask for nine months to conduct a fresh election for the president of the country to emerge. That is how it should be to avoid lacuna anywhere.”
Source: Naija News
37 feared killed, many injured as gunmen attack Plateau community
No fewer than 37 persons, mostly women and children, were reportedly killed in a dawn attack by suspected herders at Kubwat and Fungzai villages of Mangu Local government in Plateau state.
The incident, which occurred around 2 am on Tuesday, left scores of others injured.
Twenty eight persons were said to have been killed in Kubwat and nine in Fungzai villages. A community leader in the area, Dan Mangu, who spoke to The Nation, said: “We received a distress call that herders have invaded two villages of Kubwat and Funzai in the attack massacre many people and burnt down their villages.
We are yet to ascertain the number of deaths. As I speak, I can see herders moving their cows as fast as possible from the attacked village towards Bauchi side. “We are yet to ascertain the number of deaths, but, reports have it that they have burnt down the entire village and about five corpses have been brought Mangu.
“While others have not been ascertained because I’m still gathering reports and whatever happened I promised to give the details later.” Plateau Governor Simon Bako Lalong said: ” I woke up Tuesday 16th May 2023 to distressing news of an overnight attack on Kubat Village in Mangu Local Government where some persons including women and children were reportedly killed.”
He directed security agencies to pursue the attackers and arrest them towards prosecution in a statement by his spokesman Dr. Makut Simon Macham.
Source: The Nation