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Don’t Hand Over Sick Country To Sick Person, Obi Warns Nigerians

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The presidential candidate of Labour Party, LP, Mr Peter Obi, has cautioned Nigerians not to hand over a ‘sick country to a sick person’.

He advised that Nigerians should vote wisely, noting that it would be destructive if a sick person is elected to rule in the next four years.

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Obi made the appeal in an interactive session with students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, Business School, in Enugu on Thursday.

The former governor advised that Nigerians should desist from voting in someone who cannot stand for 30 minutes.

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His words: “This country is sick and should not be handed over to a sick person.

“I am not saying that everyone is sick. We have been here for over two hours, we don’t want people who can’t stand for 30 minutes.

“If you said you will fight corruption, let’s go to the road you have passed and see what is remaining there after you left.

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“This year’s election must be based on competence. This job requires physical and mental energy, it is not a retirement job.”

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2023: Election Results Will Shock El-Rufai – Babachir Lawal

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A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, has said the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi is gaining support in “unexpected areas”.

Lawal stated this while speaking on Friday during an interview with Channels Television.

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He said Labour Party’s growing popularity will shock critics.

Reacting to comments made by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, that Obi cannot win, the former SGF said the outcome of the election will be shocking.

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Every Nigerian is determined to have a say in this election, including those who Nasir el-Rufai claimed are not many. He said northern Christians are not many.

“I want him to wait for February 25 and he’ll see the shock of his life.

“When he goes around bandying about five and six million votes in Kano, he forgets that in the five and six million, Igbos are about one million,” Lawal said.

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Account For N600bn Refund By Buhari Govt, APC Knocks A’Ibom Gov, Emmanuel

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Akwa Ibom has asked Governor Udom Emmanuel to account for the billions refunded by the Buhari administration.

The party asked the government to atone the state over alleged financial recklessness and plundering of resources.

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A statement on Saturday by APC Chairman, Stephen Ntukekpo accused authorities of trying to twist the comments of its presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.

Information Commissioner in Akwa Ibom, Ini Ememobong had alleged that Tinubu called Emmanuel “a boy” and condemned the aspirant’s “unwarranted and uncharitable” attack on Udom at a rally in Uyo.

The government demanded that the former Lagos governor tender a public apology to the Akwa Ibom helmsman and the people.

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On Thursday, a group issued a seven-day ultimatum to the APC co-founder to apologize to the governor or face legal action.

Reacting, however, Ntukekpo noted that Tinubu actually exposed Emmanuel’s “financial mismanagement and Lilliputian performance”.

The politician accused the administration of “mindless looting and brazen embezzlement of pensions, gratuities and other entitlements”.

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Ntukekpo said the situation has plunged the people into poverty and deprivation for nearly eight years of the Peoples Democratic Party leadership.

Only recently, we were made to understand that payments in excess of N600 billion, being refunds from the APC-led Federal Government, were made from the federation account to Akwa Ibom State.”

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The APC told the public that to date, the Emmanuel-led administration has been unable to satisfactorily explain how the funds were used.

The statement further alleged the governor was “plotting to foist a stooge as his successor to cover his tracks”.

Ntukekpo declared the “machinations of the PDP” had failed as Akwa Ibom people “are resolute” to vote for the APC and its candidate, Akanimo Udofia.

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South, Middle Belt Leaders To Resist Derail Of Peaceful Transition

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The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) has vowed to oppose any attempt to foil peaceful transition of power after the 2023 election.

The body chaired by Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clark had on Thursday reaffirmed support for Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate Peter Obi.

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A former Information Minister, John Nwodo warned those who plan to disrupt the general polls fixed for February 25 and March 11.

Nwodo stated that the forum and all well-meaning citizens will not allow those who “try to change the hands of the clock of Nigeria”.

“We will not allow them to derail a peaceful transition to the next civilian government of this country.

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“We shall rise like one-man in defence of the ballot box and that Nigerians must go to vote”, the ex-Ohanaeze President-General asserted.

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Since late 2022, Southern leaders and groups have openly declared support for Obi, a former Anambra governor, insisting power must return to the region.

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Obi enjoys support for the youth demography but faces an herculean task as he seeks to pilot the retirement of the old guards in Nigeria’ politics.

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