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Good Day! Below is a Summary of News Stories Across Nigeria and Abroad: 

1. The Labour Party LP and its presidential candidate in the February 25 election, Mr Peter Gregory Obi have filed a petition before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja challenging the Independent National Electoral Commission’s declaration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressive Congress, APC, as the winner of the election. Obi and LP are praying the court to hold that at the time of the Presidential election held on 25th February 2023 Tinubu and Kashim Shettima were not qualified to contest the election. In the petition predicated mainly on the alleged double nomination, the Petitioners are asking the tribunal to declare all the votes recorded for Tinubu in the election as wasted votes owing to the non-qualification of Tinubu and Shetima. DAILY POST

2. Kaduna Polytechnic chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) has insisted on the audit of the institution’s property over the alleged plan by some staff and former staff to sell the staff quarters against Federal Government’s order. Branch ASUP chairman, Abubakar Jibrin Abdullahi, said persons of interest had retained their grip on the property, issuing offer documents for occupants while backdating the same documents, despite a pending case in court awaiting a ruling on the matter. He said This renewed call is informed by the latest developments on the contentious sales of the institutional properties, even after the Ministry of Education’s position on the matter was communicated to all stakeholders in a memo signed and circulated by the registrar. DAILY TRUST

3. The Women in Politics Forum, WPF, said Nigerian women will not allow history to repeat itself in the ongoing gubernatorial election in Adamawa State. The WPF, a non partisan Organization for women with membership across the 36 states and FCT, stated this in a statement on Tuesday. The group said Nigerian women are aware that results from 20 local government areas have been collated, giving the APC gubernatorial candidate, Senator Aishatu Binani an early and consistent lead. The WPF advised the Independent National Electoral Commision, INEC to ensure the results are not manipulated and that Senator Binani be given her mandate and declared as the winner of the election. VANGUARD

4. A 75-year-old grandmother, identified as Iforiti Oloro, has allegedly set her son, daughter-inlaw and two grandchildren ablaze in the Aponmu area of Ondo State capital Akure. The grandmother who lives in the same compound as her son reportedly woke up at midnight while the family slept and set the house on fire. Bayo Adegboyega, a resident in the community, explained that the residents noticed the family’s house was on fire on Saturday, about 2:00am and all the family members were at home. DAILY POST

5. Nigerian megastar Davido has announced that his highly anticipated album will be released on 31st March, 2023. He made this announcement via his Instagram account on 21st March, 2023. Davido posted an announcement video in which he touched on the process that has led up to the album and the events that he has experienced in the past year. The album is titled ‘Timeless’ and it will be Davido’s fourth album since he released his debut album ‘Omo Baba Olowo’ in 2013. PULSE

6. Marcus Rashford will miss England’s Euro 2024 qualifiers against Italy and Ukraine this week after picking up an injury in Manchester United’s FA Cup quarterfinal win over Fulham, the English Football Association (FA) said on Monday. Rashford, who scored three goals at the World Cup in Qatar last year, has been in scintillating form this season with 30 goals for club and country. An FA statement released on Monday said: “Marcus Rashford will also miss out on the forthcoming UEFA Euro 2024 qualifiers having picked up a knock during Manchester United’s Emirates FA Cup quarterfinal win over Fulham on Sunday. LEADERSHIP

7. Barely a day after losing the governorship election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Isah Ashiru, says the outcome of the poll does not reflect the people’s wishes. On Monday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Senator Uba Sani of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) the winner of the 2023 governorship election in Kaduna State. But in a statement signed by the Deputy Director of Media and Publicity of his campaign organisation, Rueben Buhari, the PDP candidate urged all his supporters and party members who desire genuine leadership in the state to remain calm and peaceful despite the outcome of the election. CHANNELS

8. The Dutch government on Tuesday advised officials not to install the Chinese-owned video app TikTok or use social media from other countries with “offensive” cyber programmes. Following similar moves by other Western nations, the Dutch eventually want to ban “spy-sensitive” apps from countries like China, Iran, North Korea and Russia altogether from phones used by civil servants. Dutch digital minister Alexandra van Huffelen said the decision followed a recommendation by the country’s secret service (AIVD) which found such apps posed “an inherent espionage risk.” VANGUARD

9. Former Super Eagles player, Jay Jay Okocha has urged Napoli player, Victor Osimhen, to switch to the English Premier League this summer. Premier League clubs, Chelsea and Manchester United are currently eyeing the Napoli player to their side from Serie A. Osimhen had also unveiled his interest to play in the English Premier League. Speaking with the British Broadcasting Corporation, Okocha said playing in the Premier League would be ideal for Osimhen. PUNCH

10. A Florida jury on Monday found three young men guilty in the shooting death of the rising rap star known as XXXTentacion in 2018. The artist, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was 20 when he was shot to death in broad daylight in Deerfield Beach, near Miami. After a week of deliberations, a jury in Fort Lauderdale found three defendants guilty of first-degree murder and armed robbery. They are Dedrick Williams, 26; Trayvon Newsome, 24; and Michael Boatwright, 28. XXXTentacion had hit number one on the album chart in 2018 with “?” but his success proved controversial due to his history of violence. He had been awaiting trial on charges of beating his former girlfriend while she was pregnant. CHANNELS

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