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Today’s Headlines: ‘We’ll Leave Nothing Hanging’ – Tinubu Woos Germany, South Korea, India, To Invest In Nigeria; Ex-President Candidates To Atiku, Obi: Be Gallant In Defeat

Tinubu Woos India, Others To Invest In NG

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President Bola Tinubu has wooed leaders of countries identified as key partners to his economic development to invest in Nigeria.

In a statement by Ajuri Ngelale, the president’s spokesperson, Tinubu met with leaders of Germany, South Korea, and India on the sideline of the G20 summit.

Tinubu was the first head of state to arrive at New Delhi for the G20 summit, following the invitation of Nigeria by Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India.

Modi also invited the African Union (AU), which formally joined the group of 20 top global economies.

Speaking with Olaf Scholz, the German chancellor, at the summit, Tinubu said his administration is designing a financial architecture for an expanded economic partnership with a nation like Germany.

Be Gallant In Defeat–Felix To Atiku, Obi

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Presidential candidate of National Rescue Movement (NRM), Rev. Felix Osakwe, has called on his fellow contestants in the February election to congratulate the winners of “that epic electoral contest.”

He spoke in Abuja on the sidelines of a discussion on building and supporting a new Nigeria, led by President Bola Tinubu.

Osakwe called on candidates of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, and others to respect the judgment of the Presidential Election Petitions Court (PEPC).

He said they should congratulate President Tinubu and his Vice President, Ibrahim Shettima, on their victory. But the candidate urged the President to continue to show magnanimity in victory by embracing those who lost to him.

Tribunals To Decide 400 Cases, End Sittings

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The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunals sitting in several states will end their proceedings this week as they prepare to deliver judgments on no fewer than 400 election petitions.

Though a senior Independent National Electoral Commission official said 552 election petitions were filed by the aggrieved candidates who participated in the National Assembly elections, The PUNCH gathered on Sunday that over 150 of the cases had been decided. It was learnt that some of the cases were withdrawn by the petitioners.

However, about 400 cases are expected to be decides this week as tribunals across the country end their sittings on Saturday 16, 2023.

Some of the leading federal lawmakers whose fate will be decided this week are seven House of Representatives members from Delta State.

Fate of Nigeria Hangs In The Balance — Catholic Bishops

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Amid the lingering controversy over the judgement of the Presidential Elections Petitions Tribunal, PEPT, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, has said Nigeria currently stands on the precipice of uncertainty as the case moves to the Supreme Court.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the 2023 Second Plenary Assembly of the CBCN in Abuja yesterday, the President of the Conference, Archbishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, voiced concerns over the conduct of the elections, which he said fell short of people’s legitimate expectations and moral and legal standards.

He highlighted the dismissive approach of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, PEPT, towards the petitions filed by aggrieved contestants.

The Catholic Bishops stated: “After hearing their petitions, the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, PEPT, delivered its ruling in a marathon judgement on September 6, 2023.

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