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INEC and President-elect, Bola Tinubu oppose live telecast of Tribunal sitting

Written by on May 17, 2023

The Presidential Election Petition court has today, Wednesday 17th May 2023, refused to recognise any representative of the Labour Party except the 1st petitioner, Peter Obi who was in court.

The court presided over by Justice Haruna Tsammani reached the decision having been possibly intimated that there was a disagreement between two factions of the party before the court resumed proceedings.

When the matter was called, Obi stood up to announce his appearance followed by Dudu Manuga, the National Women’s Leader of the Party who sat close to Obi.

Meanwhile, Before the court could record Manuga on the list, Lamidi Apapa quickly stood up to announce his appearance as the representative of the Labour Party.

However, Justice Haruna interjected and said it appears there was a little disagreement and that the court will not recognizing any representative from the party.

Sticking with the Labour Party, its Lagos State chapter is saying that no fewer than 20 lawyers and legal professionals have volunteered to help the party and its candidates retrieve their allegedly stolen mandates.

The party at a meeting with some of its candidates in the last general election, say a legal team had offered to render services to candidates who felt cheated following the outcome of the February 25 and March 18 general elections in the state.

The Lagos State LP Chairperson, Pastor Dayo Ekong, disclosed this while addressing the frontline candidates and other critical stakeholders at the party’s Secretariat in Ikeja, Lagos.

Ahead of his inauguration later this month, the United States’ Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has told President-elect Bola Tinubu that the Joe Biden administration is committed to strengthening ties with Nigeria.

Mathew Miller, a spokesperson for the US government, disclosed this in a statement.

The statement notes that Blinken spoke with Nigerian President-elect Bola Tinubu to emphasize his continued commitment to further strengthening the U.S.-Nigeria relationship with the incoming administration.

It goes on to say that the U.S.-Nigeria partnership is built on shared interests and strong people-to-people ties and that those links should continue to strengthen under President-elect Tinubu’s tenure.

According to Tunde Rahman, spokesman of the president-elect, the conversation was initiated by the US diplomat. 

The United States Government is saying that no American citizen was affected in a Tuesday attack on its Consulate staff convoy in Anambra State.

The US National Security Council Spokesperson, John Kirby while fielding questions from journalists says, he got informed about a whole lot and it appears that a US convoy vehicle was attacked.

He however, says no US citizens were involved and therefore there was no US citizens hurt.

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