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Today’s Headlines: Gabon Junta Frees Ousted President Ali Bongo; Tribunal Affirms Tinubu’s Election

Gabon Junta Frees ousted President Ali Bongo

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Gabon’s military coup leaders have freed the deposed President Ali Bongo and allowed him to travel abroad for medical reasons.

The junta spokesperson, Col. Ulrich Manfoumbi made this known in state television on Wednesday, according to CNN.

Bongo has reportedly been held under house arrest since the coup in the Central African nation in late August.

Given his state of health, the former President of the Republic Ali Bongo Ondimba is free to move about. He may, if he wishes, travel abroad to receive medical check-ups,” junta spokesperson Col. Ulrich Manfoumbi said on state television, reading a statement from transitional leader Gen. Brice Oligui Nguema.

The transitional leader Gen Brice Oligui Nguema-led junta also released images showing Bongo greeting Abdou Abarry, head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa, at Bongo’s residence in the capital Libreville.

Tribunal Affirms Tinubu’s Election

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The 2023 Presidential Election Peti­tions Court (PEPC), on Wednesday, dismissed two separate petitions filed by the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and that of Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, challenging the decla­ration of President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the February 25 presidential election.

Also, the PEPC dismissed the peti­tion of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), seeking the disqualification of Tinubu on the ground that his vice presidential candidate, Kashim Shet­tima “unlawfully” allowed himself to be nominated twice for two different positions.

The first petition determined was that of the APM.

Recall that Shettima, ab initio was nominated by the APC as candidate for Borno Central Senatorial district and was later nominated by the same party as vice presidential candidate fol­lowing the withdrawal of one Kabiru Masari, a place holder, who was the ini­tial vice presidential candidate to Tinubu.

In its petition, the APM in­sisted that Shettima was not qualified to have stood election with Tinubu on grounds of dou­ble nomination.

But in his lead judgment, Chairman of the PEPC, Jus­tice Haruna Tsammani, held that the petition of the APM “is devoid of any merit” and consequently dismissed same.

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Tinubu’s Govt Has Impoverished Nigerians – Okparaku

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As the Bola Tinubu admin­istration celebrates its first 100 days in office, Mr. Bon­iface Chukwudi Okparaku, the candidate of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) for Alimosho federal con­stituency in Lagos State in the 2023 election; has said that the administration has failed to deliver on its prom­ises to the people of Nigeria.

Speaking in an interview with Daily Independent on Tuesday in Lagos, he said that the administration has not met the expectations of the generality of Nigerians, adding that the government has inflicted pain and mis­ery on the people.

According to the entre­preneur, the Tinubu admin­istration has increased the poverty level in the country by removing subsidies on prime motor spirit common­ly called petrol.

He argued that the remov­al of subsidy was not wrong per se, but posited that the policies and programmes that were supposed to cush­ion the impact on the people were not to be put in place before the removal and this has led to the pauperization of Nigerians.

“The level of poverty in the country has risen sharp­ly and most of the people who are just surviving have been pushed into the pover­ty bracket. The policy was done without planning and consideration for the reality of Nigerians and that is why the people are suffering. What the government is do­ing is damage control. The harm has already been done and it is difficult to reverse the situation.

Zacharias hails Tribunal judgement, says judiciary remains last hope of common man

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A Member representing Idah Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Rt Hon David Idris Zacharias (APC-Kogi), Wednesday, hailed the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Lokoja, Kogi State, over the dismissal of petitions filed against him by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 National Assembly election, Mr Victor Uchola for lack of merit.

The court ordered Uchola and his party to pay a fine of N200,000 for each of the three count charges and an additional B100,000 fine for wasting the court’s time, totalling N700,000.

Zacharias’ reaction over the judgment by the election tribunal was contained in a statement he signed, where he maintained that the judiciary will always remain the last hope of the common man

Reacting to the judgement, Zacharias in a statement, said that he had confidence in the Judiciary as the last hope of the common man.

According to him, he was confident that the mandate given to him by the constituents and the good people of Kogi will be retained as

the judgement is a reflection of the will and aspirations of the people as expressed at the 2023 polls.

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