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I will not disappoint you, Tinubu tells Nigerians




The President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Sunday, returned to Lagos in a blaze of glory, describing his Certificate of Return as a World Cup trophy he had brought home.

Bubbling with excitement and energy, he thanked Nigerians for voting for him, assuring that he will not disappoint them.

Tinubu, who stormed the palace of the Eleko of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, thanked the monarch and other community leaders for their support and prayers.

Speaking in Yoruba, he said: “This certificate that I brought home is our own World Cup.”

Oba Akiolu, who hugged the President-elect, wished him an eventful tenure.

Also in Abuja, elder statesman Alhaji Tanko Yakassai urged Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar and his Labour Party (LP) counterpart, Peter Obi, to support Tinubu.

He said the election has produced a winner and loser, adding that after the exercise, they should cooperate with the president-elect in the task of governance.

Oba Akiolu described him as a special breed “who is destined for leadership at the very top.”

He added: “Asiwaju, Lagos will not forget you. You did all your best to serve Lagos and you served excellently. I know you have enemies; all our ancestors had too. So, were all the prophets…

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“Some are even enemies of God that created us. But, I know that our forefathers will fight your battles. God will grant you victory and Nigeria will be great under you.”

Tinubu arrived to the warm embrace All Progressives Congress (APC) faithful at the presidential wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja in the afternoon.

They were led by Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his Chief of Staff (CoS) Tayo Ayinde, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and other top APC chieftainss.

Tinubu’s first port of call was Iga-Iduganran Palace where Oba Akiolu, other monarchs and white cap chiefs were already waiting.

Addressing the crowd at the palace, Tinubu likened the primary and the general election to a World Cup tournament.

Thanking Lagosians and Nigerians for his eventual victory, he promised to work assiduously for the country.

Tinubu specifically thanked Oba Akiolu and others royal fathers for their advice, support and cooperation.

Other traditional rulers at the palace included: Elegushi of Ikate-Elegushi Kingdom, Oba Saheed Elegushi, and the Oniru of Iruland, Oba Omogbolahan Lawal.

Also at the palace were former Deputy Governor Femi Pedro, former Commissioner for Environment in Lagos Dr. Muiz Banire and Lagos APC Women Leader Jumoke Okoya-Thomas.

Yakassai, grand patron of Northern Alliance Committee, told reporters in Abuja that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducted a successful poll.

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He said: “The aim of the briefing is to publicly convey our congratulations to President-elect Senator Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu on his victory in the just concluded presidential election, reflect on the conduct and outcome of the election whichconsequently declared Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the winner of the election.

“As in any contest under democracy, there is always the winner and the loser. But, at the end of it all, the two will team up to move their country forward in the interest of the nation and its people. The country will move on and people will continue to engage in their various activities and all will march on to the next phase in nation building.”

“Yakassai said the National Alliance Committee was delighted that Tinubu, who became the Candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), was elected president.

“He recalled that the group actively participated in the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Committee and campaigned at the grassroots, ward, local government, state, and national level.

“Yakassai thanked God that the candidate supported by the group won the poll.

He said: “The natural thing for all to do now is to give the president maximum support in the task of tackling many issues bedeviling our country, which need all hands to be on deck in handling these challenges.

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“There are many challenges on ground ranging from the economic, security and social issues. The task ahead of the new president are enormous.”

Yakassai added: “We appreciate the maturity showed by a number of members of opposition parties by conducting themselves responsibly since the declaration of the result. We also thank the people of Nigeria for reposing their confidence in Tinubu.

“We congratulate the Independent National Electoral Commission for successful conduct of the presidential election and we urge the commission to take into consideration suggestions made by members of the public in conducting the next elections.

“The presidential election was very successful and the evidence of that is the acceptance by the people of the country, the evidence is that there was no protest, or disruptions that led to loss of lives or anything.

“Our expectations is that INEC would also conduct the next elections in the same manner it conducted the presidential election and I congratulate them for a job well done.”

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Yusuf Abba: Kwankwaso’s PA, son-in-law who will be governor of Kano





Yusuf Kabir Abba was declared the winner of the 2023 governorship election in Kano state on Monday. The flagbearer of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) beat his arc-rival, Yusuf Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to claim victory in the state.

From personal assistant to governor-elect — who is Yusuf Abba, the man who will become Kano governor?

Abba was born in the year Nigeria became a republic, in 1963. He was born on January 5, 1963 in Gaya LGA of Kano state. He would later attend Sumaila primary school and government secondary school Lautai in the old Kano state.

His secondary education was in Gumel LGA, which is now in Jigawa State. Upon graduation from government secondary school in 1980, he went on to the federal polytechnic, Mubi, where he obtained his national diploma in civil engineering in 1985.

He went on to specialise in water resources/environmental engineering in 1989 at Kaduna Polytechnic. Upon graduation, he served in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) at Kaduna Environmental Protection Agency from 1989 to 1990.

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QUICK FACT: On May 29, 2023, he will become the second Water Engineer to be governor of Kano state in the fourth republic.


Abba might be the first personal assistant (PA) to a fourth republic governor to become governor. Abba served as PA to Rabiu Kwankwaso, the presidential candidate of the NNPP, while he was governor of Kano state from 1999 to 2003.

He also served in the same capacity and also as special assistant to Kwankwaso, in his role as minister of defence in the Olusegun Obasanjo cabinet from 2003 to 2007.

In a 2019 interview with Daily Trust, Abba said he served as PA to Kwankwaso for 12 years, from 1999 to 2011. In 2011, he served in Kwankwaso’s government as a private secretary to the government and was later appointed commissioner for works, housing and transport.

Abba has been with Kwankwaso for 37 years, serving in different capacities.

“Kwankwaso is my leader. I worked with Kwankwaso even when I was in the civil service in the state. I worked under him and have been with him for almost 33 years,” Abba said in 2019.

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“In all these years, he has been over and above me so I know him to be my leader, my oga! So people shouldn’t be surprised if I give him the utmost respect and utmost trust. I was his PA during his first tenure from 1999 to 2011”.


In 2014, Kwankwaso supported his deputy, Abdullahi Ganduje, in becoming the governor of Kano state. In a few months after the election, both men fell out. Ganduje launched what became a clear attack on Kwankwaso and the Kwankwasiyya movement.

By 2019, Kwankwaso mobilised against Ganduje and supported Yusuf Abba in unseating Ganduje. Abba went on to win the election in the first round, but his victory was not to be as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared a supplementary election in 28 of 44 local government areas in the state.

Following the conduct of the supplementary poll, Ganduje was declared the winner with less than 9,000 votes ahead of Abba, who had initially won with over 26,000 votes.

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Abba, who is also married to Kwankwaso’s niece, moved with Kwankwaso to the New Nigeria Peoples Party, where they both became flagbearers for presidential and gubernatorial elections. Both men won the elections in the state, but Kwankwaso lost the presidential poll.

As Kwankwaso’s loyalist and son-in-law, Abba will be putting an end to Ganduje’s reign in the state, with expectations that he would be avenging the Kwankwasiyya movement.

He has however said he will not be tied to Kwankwaso’s apron, but be a man for himself, stating that he will only take advice from the former governor.

“He will never interfere in my work. Secondly, if he interferes, in terms of advice, I know that where I go correctly he will encourage me to put in more and where I go wrong he will correct me and tell me what to do. But as far as issues of governance are concerned, believe me, sincerely he is not going to interfere,” he had said.

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APC’s Reverend Father Alia wins Benue guber election





Hyacinth Alia, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has won the Benue state governorship election.

Alia, a reverend father, garnered 473,933 votes to defeat Titus Uba, the candidate of the Peoples Democracy Party (PDP), who polled 223,913 votes, to be declared the winner on Monday.

Herman Hembe of the Labour Party (LP) scored 41,881 votes.

Faruk Kuta, vice chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, and the returning officer of the Benue state gubernatorial election, announced the results on Monday at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) collation centre in Makurdi, the state’s capital.

Out of the 23 LGAs in Benue, Alia secured 17, while Uba clinched four and Hembe got one.

TheCable had reported how elections were rescheduled in Kwande LGA over following a mix-up of ballot papers on Saturday.

However, Kuta, said Alia was declared the winner in line with the electoral act and the INEC guidelines.

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The law provides for a winner to be declared if the margin of lead of the candidate surpasses the number of registered voters or those who have collected their permanent voter’s cards (PVCs) in an LGA.

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Breaking: APC’s Otu wins Cross River governorship election





The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Senator Bassey Otu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the governorship election in Cross River State.

He defeated Sandy Ojang Onor of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party.

Otu polled 258,619 votes to emerge winner of the election, while Onor of the PDP scored 179, 636 votes to come second, while Labour Party’s candidate polled 5,957 votes.

Eleven political parties contested the election in Cross River State.

See full results below:

Total registered voters: 1, 766,460

Total Voters Accredited: 466, 294

APC: 258,619

PDP: 179, 636

LP: 5,957

Valid Vote: 451, 933

Rejected votes: 8923

Total valid votes: 460826

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