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I’m ready to sacrifice for Nigeria’s survival, says Peter Obi

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The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has reiterated his undying love for Nigeria and his unalterable belief in its indivisibility.

In a virtual interactive session with more than 1,000 members of his foremost support group, the Peter Obi Support Network, Obi expressed confidence that Nigeria can and will come out of the woods of failed political leadership.

He urged everyone, especially those in the diaspora, to contribute to Nigeria’s development in whatever capacity they could.

This is according to a statement signed by the Director, Strategic Communication, Peter Obi Support Network, Onwuasoanya Jones, on Monday.

Emphasising how much he was ready to sacrifice for Nigeria’s survival and progress, Obi shared a story of how he had to relocate from the United Kingdom to Nigeria after spending over 10 years contributing his quota to Nigeria’s economic and social development.

Responding to a question about his plans for Nigerians living in the diaspora by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of POSN, Obi commended the efforts of diaspora Nigerians in developing the country and urged them not to relent because no matter how comfortable they get in another country, Nigeria will always be their home.

He said, “I love Nigeria irrevocably, and I believe no matter how far we travel or how successful we become outside Nigeria, we can never have another country to call our own but Nigeria. This is why I have continued to do whatever I can within my personal and group capabilities to support Nigeria’s march to greatness.”

He told the gathering that even though he has everything he needs to obtain resident permits and citizenship rights in any part of the world he wishes, he has deliberately avoided taking any resident permit from any other country of the world because he believes that Nigeria is the “only country I have.”

Obi said, “When I left the UK after residing there for over 10 years, I returned everything that belonged to them. I have a singular focus on Nigeria, and I do not think I need the citizenship or residence rights of any other country when I haven’t finished exploiting my nature-given rights and privileges as a Nigerian.

“If I am out of Nigeria today and there is a war in Nigeria, I will find a way to return to Nigeria because I will rather die in my country, Nigeria, than live free in another man’s country.”

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Ghana president, Nana Akufo-Addo, disowns post asking Tinubu to ‘give Peter Obi a chance’

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Nana Akufo-Addo, president of Ghana, has disowned a Facebook post claiming he advised Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), to give Peter Obi a chance.

In a Twitter post on Tuesday, Akufo-Addo said the post regarding Tinubu and Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), is false and mischievous.

The Ghana president said he did not author such a post and will never interfere in Nigeria’s internal affairs and politics.

“My attention has been drawn to a disturbing post making the rounds on social media, where it is alleged I have written to the 2023 presidential candidate of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to ‘give Peter Obi a chance and seek treatment for his health’,” Akufo-Addo wrote.

“This is completely false and mischievous, with no iota of truth whatsoever in it.

“I have written no such letter to the APC leader, and it will not occur to me to do so.

“Ghana and Nigeria boast of decades of cordial, strong and brotherly relations, and I am not going to be the one to interfere in the internal affairs and politics of Nigeria.”

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Report claiming Lawan, Akpabio now recognised as senatorial candidates is false, says INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has denied the claim that it has recognised Ahmad Lawan and Godswill Akpabio as senatorial candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In June, INEC had excluded Lawan, senate president, and Akpabio, former minister of Niger Delta affairs, from the list of candidates contesting Yobe north and Akwa Ibom north-west senatorial districts, respectively.

Meanwhile, APC had submitted the names of Lawan and Akpabio as senatorial candidates, despite the controversy that surrounded the primaries of the party.

On Tuesday, an online report had claimed that INEC had “backdated” the certified true copies of its report on the APC primaries to accommodate some aspirants.

Reacting to the report, Festus Okoye, INEC spokesperson, in a statement on Tuesday, said it defies logic for the commission to “doctor” documents to recognise Akpabio and Lawan after it had refused to publish their names.

“Not for the first time, our attention has been drawn to a story published by an online medium that the Commission has doctored, backdated and certified documents to accommodate the nominations emanating from Yobe North and Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial Districts in respect of Senators Ahmad Lawan and Godswill Akpabio,” the statement reads.

“Nothing can be further from the truth. As evidence of the alleged role played by the commission, a certified true copy of form 9C uploaded by their political party and received by the commission on 17th June 2022 when the nomination portal closed was presented.

“For clarity, the form EC9 (submission of names of candidates by political parties) is the form uploaded by parties on the INEC nomination portal.

“This is clearly indicated on the title of the form which was received on 17th June 2022 when the portal closed. What follows is the publication of the personal particulars of nominated candidates which was done a week later.

“The forms of the two personalities in question were not published by the commission. The decision of the commission triggered legal action which is still ongoing.

“It therefore defies logic and common sense to go around and submit doctored documents purportedly recognising the duo as candidates when the matter is clearly sub-judice.

“As part of the ongoing case in Court, a law firm requested the Commission for a Certified True Copy (CTC) of the Form EC9 submitted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) as its candidate for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District which we are duty bound to oblige them under the law.

“The form was certified on 15th July 2022. If minimum care had been exercised by the promoters of the story, they would have seen the two stamps of the Commission bearing different dates on the Form. It is this Form that is now misconstrued as INEC’s endorsement.

“For the record, the commission has not recognised any of the two personalities as a senatorial candidate.”

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JUST IN: Dariye and Nyame released from Kuje prison — 16 weeks after state pardon

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Joshua Dariye, former governor of Plateau, and Jolly Nyame, former governor of Taraba, have been released from the correctional facility in Kuje council area.

The development comes almost four months after the former governors were granted state pardon.

At a council of state meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in April, Dariye and Nyame were among 159 inmates pardoned.

They were granted pardons on the grounds of age and ill health.

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