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Bujumbura: The Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani sent a written message to the President of the Republic of Burundi Evariste Ndayishimiye, pertaining to bilateral relations and means of supporting and developing them.

HE Assistant Foreign Minister for Regional Affairs Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulaziz bin Salih Al Khulaifi handed over the message during a meeting with the President of Burundi in Bujumbura today.

At the outset of the meeting, HE Assistant Foreign Minister for Regional Affairs conveyed the greetings of HH the Amir to the president of Burundi, and His Highness' wishes to the people of Burundi for further progress and prosperity.

The President of Burundi entrusted HE Assistant Foreign Minister for Regional Affairs to convey his greetings to HH the Amir, wishing His Highness good health and happiness and the Qatari people continued development and prosperity.

During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and the latest developments in the region. - The Peninsula

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared presidential flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Bola Tinubu winner of Feb. 25 presidential election.

Tinubu, who was former Governor of Lagos State, garnered a total votes of 8,794,726 to defeat his major rivals; Atiku Abubakar of the People Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 6,984,520 votes , and Peter Obi of Labour Party who secured 6,101,533 votes of the 24,965,218 total vote cast.

Also Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso- of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) came distant fourth with 1,496,687 votes.

The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said that Tinubu is declared returned and elected having satisfied the requirements..

“That Tinubu Bola Ahmed of the APC having satisfied the requirements of the law and scoring the highest votes is hereby declared winner and elected,” Yakubu said.

Yakubu also listed the votes scored by other political parties and their Presidential Candidates as follows: Accord (A), Prof. Christopher Imumulen- 61,014

Action Alliance (AA) Almustapha Hamza-14,542

African Action Congress (AAC) Omoyele Sowore-14,608

African Democratic Congress (ADC) Dumebi Kachikwu-81,919

Action Democratic Party (ADP) Sani Yabagi -43,924

All Progressives Congress (APC) Sen. Bola Tinubu-8,794,726


All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Prof. Peter Umeadi -61,966

Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Princess ChiChi Ojei-25,961

Action Peoples Party (APP) Nnadi Charles Osita-12,839


Boot Party (BP), Adenuga Oluwafemi-16,156

Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi -6,101,533

New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso-1,496,687

National Rescue Movement (NRM) Osakwe Felix Johnson -24,869

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) , Atiku Abubakar-6,984,520

Peoples Redemption Party ( PRP), Kola Abiola-72,144

Social Democratic Party (SDP) Prince Adewole Adebayo-80,2067


Young Progressive Party (YPP) Prince Abdulmalik Ado-Ibrahim-60,600

Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) Nwanyanwu Daberechukwu-77,665

He gave the total number of registered voters in the country as 93,469,008, accredited voters as 25,286,616, valid votes as 24,025,940 and rejected votes as 939,278.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that INEC will present the Certificate of Return to Tinubu at 3 p.m.

NAN also reports that the election result sheets was not signed by PDP, LP, NNPP, and others parties which had earlier on Monday staged a walk out of the national collation centre, alleging the process of the election had been compromised, demanding the election should be cancelled and a fresh poll be conducted.

They also demanded that INEC Chairman should step aside and allow another person conduct the election.

According to Yakubu, Certificate of Return for the president-elect and vice president-elect would be issued on Wednesday at 3pm, while the commission would on Thursday issue a statement on when the Certificate of Return for the senators-elect and House of Representatives members -elect would be issued.(NAN) By Emmanuel Oloniruha and Angela Atabo, News Diary

Olusegun Obasanjo

Let anyone not be deceived by their strategy against national unity and cohesion, the two important pillars of peace and brotherhood in today’s Nigeria.

Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), has berated former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, for trying to instigate violence in the country. 

In a statement signed by the national president of AYCF, Yerima Shettima on Tuesday, the group alleged that there is a grand plan by the elder statesman and some politicians who are afraid of defeat to destabilise the country.

Obasanjo, in a letter addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, advised that in the face of palpable tension building up following the outcome of Saturday’s elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), should step down the collation and redo the exercise where the process was compromised.

Reacting, AYCF accused Mr Obasanjo of working hand-in-hand with politicians who are afraid of defeat in the 2023 elections to overheat the polity and eventually destabilise the nation. 

“We are appalled by the level of incendiary comments, designed to deliberately ignite violence in the name of promoting free and fair elections. Consequent upon this emerging threat, we wish to state for the records that

We have had enough of mindless killings in defence of personal interest of grabbing power by any politician through the back door.

“We are watching very closely, the activities of agent provocateurs, operating from the shadows, with the sole aim of creating regional and religious sentimentalism, meant to lead to massive killings of innocent souls in the name of politics. 

“Let anyone not be deceived by their strategy against national unity and cohesion, the two important pillars of peace and brotherhood in today’s Nigeria,” the group said. 

The group said it was taken aback by the so-called letter of Mr Obasanjo, while condemning him for being the only one taking “dangerous, narrow-minded stance” on any political situation in Nigeria. 

 “Nigerians would by now be disappointed by former President Obasanjo’s decidedly partisan activities,” the group added.  BY , People's Gazette 


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