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BREAKING: LP rejects Lagos result despite defeating APC *Says figures not credible

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Labour Party (LP) may be heading to court to challenge the result of last Saturday’s presidential election in Lagos State, despite posting a shock defeat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) the party in power in the state, and at the national level.

Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate, trailed Peter Obi, his LP counterpart by 572,606 to 582,354, in the election which was tainted in many areas with allegations of voter suppression, thuggry and outright falsification of results.

A visibly angry Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, while giving the indication on Monday, while appearing on Arise Television, told his host that a lot of votes were deducted from the figures the party scored in Lagos, apart from the violence and other political offences unleashed against its supporters.

He said: “I’m totally disappointed with INEC. INEC had a whole four years to prepare from 2019. But that was not the case. All across Lagos State when uploads were about to be made, the portal was not going. As at about 4.30, the portal was still not going. And INEC had enough time to prepare for all these. They doveoted so much money for the BVAS. We now got to the situation where the election carried on as it had been done in the past without BVAS.

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“So even these results which was showing that the Labour Party was showing an amazing result, our results were significantly reduced. The margins has been significantly truncated. We’re looking at places like Ikeja local government where our calculations showed that we got more than 50,000 votes and they’re announcing 30,000. We’re looking at Alimosho where they declared that we won but they took away more than 50,000 votes. We’re looking at Ojo, where after three polling units they called it inconclusive citing violence. But we won in all the polling units with a margin of 9,600 and they’re saying there that the results for the House of Reps were inconclusive.

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“In Surulere 11, we won there with a margin of 3,000, but INEC is saying that a mistake that our candidate was on the ballot. So, there are all sorts of irregularities that are going on with INEC that is extremely shocking. We’re not going to accept this result. We have all our original polling results and we’re going to see this through to make sure that we’re going to claim the full mandate that our people have given us.”

Alleging a lot of threats to members of the party in Lagos, he said chairman of the party in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of the state, was currently in hiding at the moment as a result, while one of the members who won the election for the House of Representatives was also facing the same problem and that currently, arrangements were being made to arrange security for him to go and pick his certificate of returns from INEC.

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Tough economy: Trouble in APC, as staff plan strike

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A loud grumbling has enveloped the 40 Blantyre Crescent, Wuse, Zone 2, Abuja, headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC), where staff across different departments are threatening to down tools in protest of poor welfare and biting economic hardship.

Daily Trust, is reporting that the staff are specifically asking the party’s top echelon to make provision for their housing and other allowances, stressing that the economic situation of the country had become quite unfavourable to them.

The paper quoted one of the staff, who spoke on condition of anonymity, as saying that the party’s executive members had left them to suffer, while taking home humongous amounts of money as salaries and allowances.

Though Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, National Chairman of the party, is said to have commenced payment of N35,000 provisional wage award to them in January 2024, they argued that the largesse would in June, and they would be back to square one and therefore, they needed more stable welfare packages.

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In a swift riposte, Felix Morka, spokesman of the party, was quoted as dismissing the agitation, saying: “Those matters I don’t really discuss them. As you can see, there are many important things to discuss; at the national level, in Edo State. We are battling with all that. So, any in-house matters are not my focus right now.”

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BREAKING: Davido ups the ante, doles out N300million to orphanages

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David Adeleke Nigerian music sensation, otherwise known as Davido is stamping his giant feet with which he has mesmerised his audience across the world in the arena of philanthropy, with an announcement of a fresh donation of a whopping N300million to some orphanages across the country.

The latest is an increase of N63million up from the N237million the popular singer, who disclosed the largesse in a statement on his social media accounts on Tuesday, dolled out last year as part of the gesture in what is now turning out a yearly programme since it started a few years ago.

The gesture is coming at a time Nigeria is under an intense weather of deprivation and poverty, with the prices of food and other commodities hitting the roof and citizens, unable to afford basic items mostly going to bed on empty stomachs as a result.

In recent weeks, demonstrations had erupted in many parts of the country, including Niger, Kano, Ogun and Oyo States, where residents trooped into the streets to demand an end to the parlous situation, which they blamed on the insensitive policies of the government of Bola Tinubu, the Nigerian President.

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The singer, who first gave out N250m to 292 orphanages in October 2022, said the this year’s donation would be done through The David Adeleke Foundation (DAF), adding: “I and my foundation pledge the sum of 300 million Naira to orphanages around Nigeria … as my yearly contribution to the nation. Details of disbursement tomorrow.”

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BREAKING: Tinubu set to probe Buhari’s N23trillion Ways and Means debt

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At last, President Bola Tinubu, may be going through the N23trillion Ways and Means debt obtained by his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari, with a fine comb to determine what the funds, which is attributed to a major part of the current debt overhang in the country, went into.

The Nation, quoted Wale Edun, Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy as revealing this much to participants at the ongoing Public Wealth Management Conference organised by the Ministry of Finance Incorporated (MoFI).

Besides, the Minister reportedly said the Federal Government would also present a bill to the National Assembly, soon to authorise the removal of “all taxes and levies that constitute nuisance from the country’s tax system, as a measure to wean itself from future Ways and Means indebtedness.

The government, Edun added, will vigorously pursue policies that will allow it harvest revenue in real time from Government Owned Enterprises (GOEs) and Corporate entities.

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It was also on the same day that the Minister explained that Tinubu’s administration inherited a surge in food and general commodity prices from the previous government, but emphasised the government’s commitment to reducing food prices and tackling the nation’s high inflation rate.

Outlining the measures government was taking in tackling the situation, he revealed that, the government had released 42,000 metric tons of grains, with an additional 60,000 metric tons scheduled for release soon.

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