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Jailed ex-PM Imran Khan’s party wins most seats in Pakistan’s elections

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Candidates backed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the party of Imran Khan, the jailed former prime minister of Pakistan, have won the most seats in the country’s general election.

The results of the polls which were held on Thursday were announced by the country’s electoral commission on Saturday.

According to the commission, independent candidates, mostly backed by PTI, are well ahead with 100 seats.

The Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) party headed by Nawaz Sharif, a former prime minister, which had been favoured to sweep the polls, came second with 73 seats. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was in third place with 54 seats.

Results are still not in for 10 of the 265 seats contested in the election.

However, none of the three major parties of the country will win the necessary 169 seats to have a majority in parliament.

They will be unable to form the government on their own, leaving it unclear who will be picked to be the country’s next prime minister.

Gohar Khan, PTI chairman, who also acts as the former prime minister’s lawyer, called on “all institutions” in Pakistan to respect his party’s mandate.

He said if complete results of the polls were not released by Saturday night, the party would hold peaceful protests on Sunday outside government offices returning election results around the country.
Violent protests had already broken out on Friday over allegations of vote rigging and the slow vote count, leaving at least two people dead and 24 injured.

He admitted that his party did not have the “majority to form a government” and was looking for coalition partners.

In a speech on Friday, an AI-generated version of Khan claimed victory in the election and called on his supporters to “now show the strength of protecting your vote”.

Khan, who has been behind bars on allegations of corruption, had asked his supporters to take revenge for every injustice by their vote while remaining peaceful.

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Azemhe Azena, OFM pastor, wins Edo NNPP guber primary

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Azemhe Azena, the regional pastor of Omega Fire Ministries (OFM), has won the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) primary election for the Edo governorship election.

Azena scored 211 votes to beat three other aspirants in the primary election, which was organised on Friday in Benin city, the Edo state capital.

Kawu Sumaila, a senator representing Kano south senatorial district, who is the returning officer of the committee, announced Azena as the winner of the primary election.

Sumaila said Peter Okieguale polled second with 100 votes; Sebastian Iyere and Balogun Engeyemhe polled 25 votes and 17 votes, respectively.

The senator said Azena fulfilled the requirements of the party’s constitution.

Azena is the regional pastor of OFM in the south-south region.

He was born on December 25, 1979, in Okpella, a town in Edo state.

He hails from Okpekpe in Etsako-east LGA in Edo north senatorial district.

The Edo governorship election has been slated for September 21, 2024.

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Buhari was not a blessing to Nigeria — he took the country back by 50 years, says Fayose

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Ayodele Fayose, ex-governor of Ekiti, says former President Muhammadu Buhari is “not a blessing” to Nigeria.

Speaking in an interview on Channels Television on Sunday, Fayose said the administration of Buhari “drew us back to 50 years of our history”.

Over the past few months, Nigerians have been battling economic hardship as the prices of food and other basic items have skyrocketed.

Protests over the economic hardship have taken place in some parts of the country.

On February 16, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) declared a nationwide mass protest for February 27 and 28, over the economic hardship in the country.

Reacting to the development, Fayose said Tinubu inherited a “dead economy” adding that there is little the president can do to revive the situation within nine months.

The former Ekiti governor accused the Buhari-led administration of destroying the country’s economy.

Fayose said Buhari obtained loans that would be repaid by unborn children.

He asked Tinubu to stop praising Buhari in order not to confuse Nigerians about the “mess” created by the former president.

“Look at the eight years of President Muhammadu Buhari, what will be left of a country like Nigeria as of today?” he asked.

“Even if Tinubu means well, where do you place the debt? Even if Tinubu wants to do the magic, how will he fix the country? There were loans taken in Buhari’s administration, some with 20 to 50 years moratorium.

“Unborn children will face the kind of situation the last administration has plunged this country into.

“The only thing I want to say to President Tinubu is that, without fear or favour, he should stop praising former President Buhari.

“I watched a live television programme of the president telling Nigerians that former President Buhari did well.

“That will cause confusion in the minds of Nigerians. Yes, he is a member of our party and a leader.

“There are so many presentations we can make without celebrating a man who has put Nigerians in this predicament.

“There are things you should not say. You can visit, love, and appreciate him, which is personal to the president.

“With all due respect, do not come to the television to say that former President Buhari was a blessing to Nigeria.

“Buhari is not a blessing to Nigerians, with all due respect. President Buhari is not a blessing to Nigeria, he drew us back to 50 years of our history.”

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Monday Okpebholo wins Edo APC guber rerun primary election

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Monday Okpebholo, senator representing Edo central, has been declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the September 21 governorship election in the state.

Bassey Otu, governor of Cross River and the chairman of the APC supplementary primary election, declared Okpebholo winner of the election on Friday, in Benin.

Otu said the candidate polled 12,433 votes to defeat 11 other aspirants in the contest.

On February 17, Hope Uzodinma, who was the former chairman of the primary election committee, announced Dennis Idahosa, a member of the house of representatives, as the winner of the primary election that took place in Benin.

However, Ojo Babatunde, spokesperson of the returning officers, said Sunday Dekeri, a lawmaker representing Etsako federal constituency in the house of representatives, polled 25,384 votes to defeat Idahosa.

Okpebholo also claimed that he won the election with over 6,000 votes.

Consequently, the APC national working committee (NWC) declared the election inconclusive.

The committee ordered that a supplementary primary be conducted on Thursday, and replaced Uzodinma with Otu as chairman.

Idahosa, who led in the first ballot with 4,483, ended the rerun with 6,541 votes.

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