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Today’s Headlines: INEC Fighting Proxy War For Tinubu On Drug, Dual Citizenship Allegations – Atiku; Putin Government Bans Obama, US Senators, Over 400 Other Americans From Entering Russia

INEC fighting proxy war for Tinubu on drug, dual citizenship allegations –Atiku

The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the last election, Atiku Abubakar, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), of fighting a proxy war for the president-elect, Bola Tinubu, on the drug and dual citizenship allegations against him.

Atiku told the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) that, by doing so, the electoral body had abandoned its role as a neutral umpire.

Lead counsel to Atiku, Chief Chris Uche (SAN), was responding to the applications by INEC to dismiss his petition against the return of Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress(APC) as winner of the February 25 election and to strike out some certain paragraphs of the petition.

INEC had, through its counsel at Friday’s proceedings, Mr Kemi Pinhero SAN, moved a motion on notice praying the court to strike out some of the allegations Atiku made against Tinubu in his petition.

Putin’s Government Bans Barack Obama, US Senators, Over 400 Other Americans From Entering Russia

The Russian government said on Friday that it has barred 500 Americans from entering the country, including former President Barack Obama.

This was mentioned by the country’s foreign ministry as a reaction to the anti-Russian sanctions imposed by the current Biden-led US government.

“In response to the anti-Russian sanctions regularly imposed by the Biden administration… entry into the Russian Federation is closed for 500 Americans,” the foreign ministry said, adding that Obama was among those on the list.

Remember that the US added hundreds more organisations and persons to its sanctions blacklist on Friday as it widened its efforts to cut off Russia’s economy over the Ukraine offensive.

“Washington should have learned a long time ago that not a single hostile step against Russia will be left unanswered,” the foreign ministry said.

Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and Seth Meyers were among those named.

In Farewell Broadcast, El-Rufai Knocks ‘Corrupt’ Voters

Governor Nasiru El-Rufai has expressed concern over how some Nigerians exchanged their votes for pecuniary gains during the 2023 general elections.

In his farewell broadcast aired across radio stations in the state, El-Rufai deplored the culture of vote selling witnessed during the 2023 elections.

He said by selling their votes, those individuals effectively handed over the keys to the treasury to politicians who would exploit them.

He emphasized the need for people to reconsider their choices, adding that worthy candidates lost the election solely because voters were given N5,000.

He encouraged voters to prioritize the long-term interests of the people over immediate financial gain.

Governor El-Rufai advised individuals whose primary motivation for entering politics is personal enrichment to steer clear of the political arena.

” What happened in the last election surprised me. My hope is that in the next few years those who do not understand will understand that politics is about leadership not enrichment. Politics is about serving the people so if you are looking for personal enrichment do not go into politics.

Kogi APC Suspends Entire Excos In Igalamela/Odolu LGA For Anti-party Activities

LAGOS – The All Progressives Congress in Kogi State has suspended the entire executive officers of all the wards in the Igalamela/Odolu Local Government Area of the state for alleged anti-party activities.

The suspended executive members were also accused of financial inducement to weaken the party in the state.

Their suspension and dissolution of the executive teams were contained in a statement issued on Saturday and signed by the Kogi APC State Secretary, Joshua Onoja.