Support Group Promises 30m Votes For Tinubu
A political support group, the National Unity Movement for Bola Ahmed Tinubu (NUMBAT), has promised to deliver 30 million votes for the APC presidential candidate in the 2023 presidential election.
Mr Bamidele Faparisi, Director-General of NUMBAT, made the pledge on Tuesday in Abuja during the inauguration of the National Working Committee, Zonal and State Coordinators of the group.
He said NUMBAT would deliver the 30 million votes through its ‘One United Nigeria Campaign for Asiwaju’.
“We will heighten our commitment from awareness to ownership of Asiwaju’s plans and manifesto for Nigerians.
“We will also provide national support and promote Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the face of unity among the presidential candidates,” he said.
Faparisi said the group would facilitate and champion nationwide support for Tinubu through advocacy, community mobilisation, capacity building, research and policy development.
He described the APC presidential candidate as a unifier,and a politician with impressive pedigree.
Faparisi added that Tinubu was not given to bigotry,saying progressive politics, peace and development were his religion.
According to him, Tinubu is a detribalised Nigerian who places merit and competence above every other considerations.
Some of the zonal and state coordinators who spoke at the event also pledged to contribute their quota to deliver on the promise of the group.
Mr Mohammed Shehu, Northwest Zonal Coordinator of NUMBAT, said he would replicate the inauguration in the zone to ensure effective grassroots mobilisation.
Lagos Archbishop Condemns Ethnic Profiling During Guber Poll
The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins, has condemned all forms of ethnic profiling, utterances, and violence witnessed in some parts of Lagos State, before, during and after the recent elections.
In a statement signed on Wednesday by the Director of Social Communications, Rev. Fr. Anthony Godonu, the prelate urged the state government as a matter of urgency to call all parties to order and to put in place a machinery for the quick restoration of peace and normalcy.
Martins said that if the trend was not urgently checkmated, it could truncate the peaceful co-existence of residents of the state.
He described as unfortunate and unacceptable, the tension, hate speech and violence, especially before, during and after the recent Governorship and House of Assembly elections in some parts of the state.
He implored the law enforcement agencies to safeguard the lives and property of all residents irrespective of tribe, religion, or ethnic groups.
The clergy also urged the residents of Lagos to remain calm and not allow themselves to be divided against their neighbours.
According to him, the ethnic and discriminatory comments making the rounds, particularly on social media, are not a reflection of the true nature of Lagosians, who are known to be peace-loving, accommodating and cosmopolitan, including by promoting inter-tribal marriages for many decades.
“I call on everyone to put a stop to the spread of hate speech and fake news and to shun all forms of rancor.
“The divisive comments and behaviours, particularly along ethnic or tribal line is not conducive to good neigbourliness and peaceful coexistence,” he said.
Martins advised the people of Lagos State not to allow the political class to whip up such divisive sentiments to disrupt their lives and livelihood.
He said that we are equal before God and the only man-made distinction among people was between the poor and the rich, the privileged and the underprivileged.
“We are all equal before God, we are Nigerians and have lived and interacted together as one people for decades in Lagos and other parts of our country.
“With the elections over, we hope that all those who have been fanning the embers of ethnic division will be more circumspect and desist from further heating up the polity.
“We must be law-abiding citizens and not take the law into our hands in any guise,” he said.
Martins commiserated with the families of those who lost their loved ones and whose property were destroyed in the violence in the state and across the country.
He also called on law enforcement agencies to do the needful where offences have been committed, as part of efforts to facilitate a national healing process.
United States Condemn Violence, Intimidation Of Voters During Lagos Guber Poll
The United States says it is deeply troubled by the disturbing acts of violent voter intimidation and suppression that took place during those polls in Lagos, Kano, and other states.
In a statement by the US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria, which was seen by IfakoIjaiyeNews, the government said the use of ethnically charged rhetoric before, during, and after the gubernatorial election in Lagos was particularly concerning.
The statement read: “Nigeria carried out the second round of its electoral process with gubernatorial and state assembly elections on March 18. The United States is deeply troubled by the disturbing acts of violent voter intimidation and suppression that took place during those polls in Lagos, Kano, and other states. Members of the U.S. diplomatic mission observed the elections in Lagos and elsewhere and witnessed some of these incidents first-hand. The use of ethnically charged rhetoric before, during, and after the gubernatorial election in Lagos was particularly concerning. We commend all Nigerian political actors, religious and community leaders, youth, and citizens who have chosen to reject and speak out against such violence and inflammatory language, affirming Nigerians’ commitment to and respect for the democratic process.
“We call on Nigerian authorities to hold accountable and bring to justice any individuals found to have ordered or carried out efforts to intimidate voters and suppress voting during the election process. The United States likewise will consider all available actions, including additional visa restrictions, on individuals believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in Nigeria.
“Following the February 25 national elections, the United States joined other international observers in urging the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to improve voting processes and technical elements that experienced flaws in that voting round. The March 18 elections appear to have had significant operational improvements, as polling stations generally opened on time and most results were visible on an electronic viewing platform in a timely manner.
“The United States renews its call for any challenges to election results to go through established legal processes, which must not be interfered with. We further call for Nigeria’s people to work together as they participate in and continue to strengthen the country’s vibrant democracy.”
Lagos Guber Election: Police, INEC To Prosecute 6 Suspects
The police command in Lagos State says six out of 19 persons arrested during the gubernatorial election would be prosecuted for alleged electoral offences.
The command’s spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin disclosed this on Tuesday in Lagos, while parading the suspects and others at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti-Yaba.
Hundeyin said the suspects arrested were involved in 21 cases which include attacks on INEC officials, vandalism and ballot box snatching.
Others are, possession of fake INEC ID card, conduct likely to cause breach of the peace, assault occasioning harm and illegal possession of firearms.
He said that four of the suspects would be prosecuted by the INEC, while two found with arms and involved in other criminal acts would be prosecuted by the police.
The spokesperson said that the suspects would be transferred to Force Headquarters Abuja where they would hand some over to INEC centrally, and prosecute those whose crimes fall under the police.
Hundeyin said that others paraded include two who were allegedly involved in violence at Abule-Ado in Amuwo-Odofin area of Lagos and a suspected cultist.
He said that three suspected kidnappers, who allegedly confessed to have collected about N20.7 million ransom from victims were also arrested and paraded.
The image maker said that two other suspects allegedly stole a truck parked by its driver, which was carrying a brand new car belonging to the American Embassy in Lagos.
Hundeyin said that the suspects were arrested while trying to sell off the truck with the car at the cost of about N5 million.
“The truck will be handed over to the U.S. Embassy, while the suspects would be charged to court,” he said.
He said that two suspected robbers, using Lagos commercial bus to rob prospective passengers were also being paraded.
The image maker alleged that the suspects stole the victims’ phones with a view to using the SIM Cards to buy credit or transferred the money in the victims’ accounts.
He advised members of the public to always lock their SIM cards, as the suspects confessed that they were unable to use such cards.
Hundeyin said that the suspects would be charged to court at the completion of their investigations.
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