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Marwa Escapes Lynching At APC Rally, Receives Beating Of His Life; Rescued By Buhari’s Security Operatives

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A former Military Administrator of Lagos State and stalwart of the All Progressives Congress in Adamawa State, Brigadier General Buba Marwa (retd), escaped lynching during the Thursday presidential campaign rally of the party in Yola.

Marwa was one of the 71 retired Generals that endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for reelection earlier in the week.

Saidu Naira, a former Secretary of the APC in Adamawa State, revealed that Marwa escaped being lynched but received the beating of his life at the rally.

Naira said Marwa was whisked out of the venue of the event by security operatives of the Presidential Villa.

According to Naira, the former Ambassador of Nigeria to South Africa during the regime of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, attracted the wrath of Adamawa youths when he refused to recognize and endorse Governor Muhammadu Umar Jibrilla Bindow for a second term when he mounted the campaign podium to speak.

Naira revealed that Marwa forced the Master of Ceremony to break the protocol of the programme on the ground that he was sent by the First Lady of Nigeria, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, to deliver a message to the people of the state.

He said the offence of Marwa was his refusal to to say: “Adamawa sai Bindo,” because he had supported the candidature of Halilu Modi, younger brother of Hajia Buhari, in the APC primaries against Bindow.

He said: “Marwa is one of the key men playing a major role to stop Bindow from becoming Governor, pushing the state and the party into serious political crisis.

“On being given the opportunity to talk, he should have used the chance to call for unity of purpose for the party to win all coming elections in the state.”

The youths, who were shouting: “Karya ne! Karya ne!! Bama Sonka! Kai muna fiki ne,” meaning they don’t like Marwa because of the hatred he has for Bindow.

It was a sort of a dramatic display before President Muhammadu Buhari delivered his speech in which he promised to continue the good work for the people of Adamawa State and Nigeria as a country in all sectors if they vote him for the second term.

During the APC governorship primaries, Marwa alongside former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal; Engr Marcus Gunduri; Mohammed Halilu (Modi) pitched their political tent against Bindow.

This played out when Buhari visited Adamawa State to continue his campaign on Thursday.

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BREAKING: INEC To Reschedule Elections In Lagos, Rivers, Anambra Over Violence and Ballot Box Snatching Allegations

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, on Saturday, said that it would reschedule elections in some parts of Rivers, Anambra and Lagos States where there were cases of violence and ballot box snatching.

The commission which specifically mentioned the National Assembly elections in Rivers State, also acknowledged the challenges of smart card readers, saying they have been resolved.

INEC Commissioner and chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, while giving an update on the ongoing elections, said where the malfunctioning of smart card readers were not resolved before the closing of elections, voting will continue the next day.

He said, “We received reports of violence and ballot box snatching which took place in Akokotoro and Bonny LGAs in Rivers State; and some parts of Lagos and Anambra states. We are waiting for the reports, we have told the Resident Electoral Commissioners in the states to submit reports. So long as the poll is didn’t commence, it is assumed that there was no voting.

“So, elections in these areas, especially in areas related to the House of Representatives and Senate didn’t take place and the date for the election will be decided later after we receive reports from INEC officials on ground.”

The commission also said that most of the challenges association with smart card readers were resolved on time.

Okoye also threatened that any INEC official who deliberately refused to make use of the smart card readers would be prosecuted because that action contravened the electoral guidelines and provisions of the Electoral Act.

He said, “It was made clear that the use of smart card reader is mandatory. Therefore any official of the commission who will deliberately refuse to use the smart card reader will be subject to prosecution.

“The challenges of smart card readers have been resolved. But where they are not resolved before the closing of elections, the election will continue the next day.”

He also explained that all the unused ballot papers will be cancelled immediately after election.”

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15 Feared Killed By Gunmen In Military Uniform In Rivers #NigeriaDecides2019

Gbemileke Ajayi

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Fifteen persons are reported to have been killed by gunmen in military uniform Abonema area of Rivers State.

The report, filed in by a correspondent of Channels Television during the station’s live transmission of the coverage of the election, makes it the second incident of killing in Rivers State in the ongoing Presidential and National Assembly elections.

An agent of the Peoples Democratic Party was reported killed earlier in the day.

The PDP agent has been allegedly identified as Thywill Dobtubo.

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It’s None Of Your Business What Bullion Vans Are Doing In My House —- Tinubu Tells Nigerians

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The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has frowned at those questioning what bullion vans were doing in his Bourdillon home in Ikoyi, Lagos State a day before the commencement of the 2019 general elections.

Tinubu made his position known to newsmen shortly after casting his vote in Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Tinubu, who voted alongside his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, said since there has been no report that the bullion vans contained electoral materials, he had committed no offence.

He also said he had not stolen government money.

He said he has had no contact with government money in any way in the last five years.

Tinubu told newsmen: “What is your issue with bullion vans in my house?

“I have not done any government business in the last five years.

“So I didn’t steal government money.

“And the bullion van was not said to contain election materials.

“So what offence have I committed.

“I have had no contact with government money in the last five years.

“So I don’t see why that should be anybody’s problem.

“It is my money.

“I decide where to keep it and where to keep it.”

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