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Today’s Headlines: I Didn’t Ask For 7 Weeks To Produce Witness At Tribunal – Obi; I Must Be President Of Nigeria – Obi insists



I Didn’t Ask For 7 Weeks To Produce Witnesses At Tribunal – Obi

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, has denied asking for seven weeks to produce 50 witnesses for his petition at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

He said this Sunday in a statement by the Obi-Datti Media Head, Mr Diran Onifade.

Before then, there were reports that Obi had asked the tribunal to give him seven weeks to produce his witnesses at the tribunal, but Onifade said the reports were misleading and a misrepresentation of what Obi’s counsel presented before the tribunal.

The statement reads in part: “Peter Obi did not ask the court to give him seven weeks to bring his witnesses. He only implied he would be through with all 50 of them in seven weeks.

“In proposing his schedule of witnesses, Eme Awa Kalu (SAN), leading the team, had told the court that Peter Obi and the Labour Party would be presenting 50 witnesses and that these 50 witnesses would require seven weeks to present their evidence before the tribunal.

“At no time did the counsel say that he required seven weeks to produce witnesses as misreported by The Punch. The correct interpretation of what our lawyers told the court unambiguously is that the presentation of our witnesses, from start to finish, will take seven weeks.

“We are not asking the court to wait for seven weeks before we bring in the first witness as The Punch story tries to imply.”

I must be president of Nigeria,’ Peter Obi insists

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The Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has said he “must be” the president of Nigeria. Mr. Obi stated this in Awka, the Anambra State capital, on Friday at the presentation of a book entitled: “Peter Obi: Many Voices, one perspective,” according to a report by the Daily Trust newspaper.

Former Governor of Lagos State and candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, was declared winner of the presidential election by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission Mahmood Yakubu, on 1 March. The APC candidate polled a total of 8,794,726 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party who scored a total of 6,984,520 votes. The LP candidate, Mr. Obi, came third with a total of 6,101,533 votes.

However, Mr. Obi and Atiku are currently challenging the victory of Mr. Tinubu at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja. “Anyone who thinks I am in transit is wasting his time. Let me tell you, I must be the president of this country. I am sure of that. If it is not today, it must be tomorrow.

I’m leaving Nigeria in competent hands – Buhari

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As his tenure ends in exactly one week, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Monday, in Lagos, said he is “happy to leave” Nigeria’s economy in competent hands.

He also expressed confidence in President-elect Bola Tinubu who, he said, will strengthen the framework of Nigeria’s public-private partnership policies to accelerate the pace of her economic growth and development.

Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, revealed this in a statement he signed on Monday titled ‘President Buhari inaugurates Dangote Refinery, calls it a game changer for Nigeria’s economy.’

‘‘I am happy to leave our economy in very competent hands. I am confident that my successor, His Excellency Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will sustain the improvement in our economic and business environment,” Buhari said when he inaugurated Dangote Petroleum Refinery in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.

Speaking at the occasion attended by Heads of State from Ghana, Togo, Niger, Senegal and a representative of the President of Chad, Buhari described the feat as a significant milestone for Nigeria’s economy and a game changer for the downstream petroleum products market in the entire African region.

The President said, ‘‘This mega industry we are commissioning today is a clear example of what can be achieved when entrepreneurs are encouraged and supported and when an enabling environment is created for investments and for businesses to thrive.

My Support For Tinubu Almost Cost My Life – Prophet Ikuru

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LAGOS – The founder of Jehovah’s Eye Salvation Ministry, Prophet Godwin Ikuru has recounted the many threats he got for supporting the candidacy of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and how he almost lost his life.

The Ijaw-born Lagos-based cleric described his experience during the electioneering as near-death owing to the many threats to his life from sworn traducers of Tinubu.

According to reports, during the electioneering campaign, the Prophet Ikuru who was popular for his concise prophesies and spiritual support for Tinubu was one of the men of God who went all out to promote Tinubu’s aspiration.

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