Tuesday, April 16, 2024


Good day! Below are summary of News stories across Nigeria and Abroad:

1. Isaac Balami, the Deputy Campaign Manager of the Obi/Datti Campaign Organization has charged the Independent National Electoral Commission to declare the true results of the Nigerian people and not the alleged fake results being collated at the International Conference Centre, ICC, in Abuja.
Balami said INEC should know that this is not the generation to joke with.

2. NO fewer than four political parties walked out of the collation center of the Presidential election results in Abuja saying that the system was not only compromised, INEC is also compromised and so the entire process should be stalled and cancelled. They took the decision after raising point of orders which were overruled by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu who is the returning officer for the presidential poll. Yakubu said results of the election could only be reviewed after completion of the process.

3. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called on the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Yakubu Mahmoud to declare the election void and inadmissible for election declaration especially election results in polling units where the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) malfunctioned.
Obasanjo specifically called on President Muhammadu Buhari to avert what he termed as the looming danger by ordering cancellation of election results in all elections that do not pass the credibility and transparency test. LEADERSHIP

4. Lionel Messi has won The Best FIFA men’s player prize for 2022 on Monday on the back of his World Cup triumph with Argentina while Spain’s Alexia Putellas retained the women’s award at a ceremony in Paris.
Messi beat his Paris Saint-Germain teammate and World Cup final rival Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema the other contender to claim the prize. It is the second time that Messi has won the honour inaugurated by FIFA in 2016 after football’s world governing body split from Ballon d’Or organisers France Football.

5. A European Union observer mission has faulted the lack of transparency and operational failures in the Nigerian election according to its preliminary findings.
It said there was confidence in the independence and professionalism of the electoral body during preparations for the elections. But public trust waned over lack of efficient planning and effective communication in the process – including on the election day.

6. Several celebrities have taken to social media to express their sentiments regarding the 2023 presidential elections that have seen allegations of tribalism, bigotry, and rigging.Nigerian celebrities including Adekunle Gold, Simi, Adesua Etomi, Harrysong, and several others have expressed their views on the issues of rigging and tribalism surrounding the 2023 elections. In a tweet, Adekunle Gold described the act of tribalism to be a stupid one. He also indicted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the most irresponsible organisation. Actress Adesua Etomi opined via her Twitter account that something fundamental is wrong with anyone engaging in tribalism in this day and age. PULSE

7. The state collation officer for the presidential election in Rivers State, Prof Charles Adias, has adjourned the collation of Saturday’s election results. Adias adjourned the collation of results in the state over alleged threat to his life by unnamed party supporters. The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Otueke, announced the adjournment on Tuesday morning while addressing journalists at the State Collation Centre in Port Harcourt, the state capital. DAILY POST

8. The Federal Government has described the former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s call for the 2023 general elections as self-serving and provocative.  The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this, in a statement by his media aide, Segun Adeyemi. Mohammed urged the former president not to truncate the elections with “his inciting, self-serving and provocative letter on the elections.” VANGUARD

9. French President Emmanuel Macron has unveiled France’s new Africa strategy which will see a reduction in its troops on the continent as more local forces co-run its bases. It comes just weeks after Russia promised more military support and training for countries across West Africa. Macron announced the new strategy ahead of a four-nation Africa visit as more global powers vie for influence on the continent. President Macron described French military bases in Africa as a heritage from the past. BBC

10. A wounded Barcelona face Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg on Thursday hunting for a Clasico win to make coach Xavi Hernandez’s gamble at a critical moment of the season pay off. Despite missing injured duo Pedri and Ousmane Dembele, Xavi rested other important players in the 1-0 defeat by Almeria on Sunday, prioritising the Clasico cup clash and spurning the chance to stretch their league lead to 10 points on Madrid. Adding to Barca’s unease ahead of the Clasico, top scorer Robert Lewandowski has suffered a hamstring strain and is set to miss out, although Ansu Fati is poised to return. PUNCH





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