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Less than one month to the presidential election, the APC’s presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is still leading other presidential candidates on Google search interest.

The nation goes into a presidential election on 25 February, 2022 and many of the presidential candidates have been trending with Nigerians and others searching for interesting things about them.

Three other main contenders are Dr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

The latest Google search interest on Google Trends has been captured between December 29, 2022 and January 25, 2023.

In the latest ranking, Tinubu has 40 percent search interest on google to lead the others, while Obi came second with 30 percent. Atiku is in third position with 26 percent search while Kwankwaso is fourth with four percent search.

Where are they being searched most?

Tinubu is being searched most in the North, in places like Jigawa, Kebbi, Zamfara, Sokoto, Bauchi and Taraba. Others are Ebonyi, Ondo, Kano, Gombe, Kwara, Plateau, Benue, Borno, FCT and so on. These some of the places he had gone for presidential campaign.

Obi, in second place, is being searched the most in the East and North Central, such as Enugu, Ebonyi, Benue, Benue, Anambra and Plateau. Others are Cross River, Abia, Bauchi, Delta, Zamfara, Taraba, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Imo, FCT and so on.

Atiku, on third position is being searched mostly in Northern places such as Gombe, Jigawa, Kogi, Adamawa, Sokoto, Yobe, Borno, Zamfara, Katsina and Kano. Others are Enugu, Republic of Niger, Nasarawa, Bayelsa, Kaduna and so on.

Kwankwaso, on fourth place is being searched in Adamawa, Kano, Bauchi, Katsina, Kaduna, Borno, Benue, Ekiti, Kogi, Osun and so on.

Vice Presidential candidates:

Among the presidential candidate, the APC’s candidate, Senator Kashim Shettima toppled Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa of the PDP to be in the first position. Okowa had ended 2022 as the most searched vice presidential candidate, but the equation changed in the New Year as Shettima overtook him. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, the Labour Party’s vice presidential candidate is third on the list.

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Operators Kick As Maritime Workers Shut Port Monday




The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria has threatened to embark on an industrial action on Monday over the poor welfare of its members in the shipping sector.

The development has forced some operators in the maritime sector to kick, saying the proposed shutdown would affect their business operations.

However, the President General of MWUN, Adewale Adeyanju, while briefing journalists at its head office in Apapa on Thursday, explained that the group would embark on the strike action over the failure of the management of shipping companies to discuss and negotiate the welfare and condition of service of its members in the shipping sector.

According to Adeyanju, shipping companies have failed to cooperate with the workers’ unions despite several interventions and meetings to have an amicable resolution of the unresolved welfare issues of their members in the shipping sector.

He said that the several meetings culminated in the issuance of a 7-day ultimatum after the expiration of a 14-day ultimatum issued to the shipping companies.

“But the attitude of the Shipping Association of Nigeria is nothing to write home about and that is why we have said there’s a need to inform you. Yesterday, we were at the meeting but it didn’t augur well with the union and we felt it was an embarrassment to the union and even to the Minister of Transport who initiated the idea of having a minimum standard in shipping workers’ remuneration. It’s like the Shipping Association of Nigeria is now running away from their responsibility. So we called this briefing to let you know that the shipping branch of MWUN will be forced to withdraw the services of her members as of Monday 5th of June; because we only suspended the ultimatum. However, we need to renew the ultimatum so we might be forced to withdraw the service of all the shipping workers in the shipping branch.”

The MWUN leader said owing to the unwillingness of the shipping employers to negotiate minimum standards and conditions of service for its members in the shipping sector, the union was left with no option but to resuscitate the earlier 7-day ultimatum issued to the shipping employers in the sector.

He said the former Minister of Transportation, Muazu Sambo, in a bid to ensure a peaceful industrial climate in the shipping sector had directed the management of Nigerian Shippers Council to superintend a collective bargaining agreement meeting between MWUN and all shipping companies in Nigeria.

Adeyanju noted that despite several meetings called at the instance of NSC in their premises, representatives of shipping companies deliberately forestalled the negotiation process.

He said they cited a lack of mandate from their respective principal, insisting on maintaining status-quo.

He said, “If someone gives you projects he intends to execute in the next two years; Nigerian companies, having listened to the opportunities, should go back and continue to build their capacities in readiness to actively participate.”

He also challenged relevant agencies to address the worrisome security challenges, particularly oil theft in the Niger Delta, as this would enable the production of hydrocarbons at reasonable costs and profitability.

Reacting to this, the Founder of the National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents, Mr Lucky Amiwero, said, the shutdown would lead to huge demurrage.

He said, “If the shutdown of the ports on Monday happens amid the current fuel crisis, there will be a very serious problem. If they are going to shut down the port you will find out that there would be demurrage on goods, delays in cargo delivery, and a lot of things will go wrong. They are talking about poor welfare, I think that is the reason we need a holistic reform. These ports have been operating for years without reforms. Everyone is operating at cross purposes and it is affecting the economy, once you close down those things, it will boomerang, it is going to be a problem.”

Also speaking, a freight forwarder, Mr Abayomi, Duyile, advised against the shutdown, saying it would affect port operations.

“The problem is that unions will always shut down the port. Shutting down the port for a day or two has terrible consequences. What they are fighting for doesn’t affect agents.

“If you are having issues with the shipping line, you are not supposed to shut down the port. There are others using the ports.”

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Tribunal: I Was Forced To Sign Presidential Poll Result In Kogi – PDP Witness



The first witness of the People Democratic Party on Thursday, Joe Agada, has alleged that BVAS devices were manipulated in the last presidential election and that he was forced to sign the results as the state collation officer in Kogi State.

Agada who is a retired captain stated this during his cross-examination at the Presidential Election Petition Court where the outcome of the February 25 election is being challenged.

The trained pharmacist, who was identified by the counsel for the Independent National Electoral Commission and the cross-examiner, Abdullahi Aliyu SAN as a past witness in 2019 for the petitioners – PDP and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar – informed the court that he had the opportunity of visiting some polling units in some Local Government Areas.

When asked by INEC’s counsel about a purported manipulation of ballot papers and whether it was done in his presence, he answered in the affirmative.

More so, he also alleged that he was present while the BVAS devices were manipulated.

Aliyu had asked, ” You were present while the BVAS devices were also manipulated?”

“Yes, in not less than 20 Polling Units I visited across 2 senatorial districts.”

He disclosed while affirming that he spent between 3 to 5 minutes in the affected areas.

Furthermore, Agada alleged that he was forced to sign the results at the state level by INEC’s officials.

He said he had to sign the forms because failure to do so, he would have been denied a copy to his party.

He said, ” I was forced to sign which I protested because without signing I was going to be denied a copy to my party.”

He, however, admitted that he did not mention the incident in his witness deposition.


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Obi, LP Tender Documents From Six States To Prove Petition Against Tinubu



The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the February 25 presidential election, Mr Peter Obi and his party on Thursday tendered documents from six states of the federation to prove their petitions against the election of President Bola Tinubu.

Although, the petitioners at the resumed hearing on Thursday disclosed that they are challenging the election results in only 18 states of the federation.

The affected states are; Rivers, Benue, Cross River, Niger, Osun, and Ekiti.

Obi and LP had anchored their petitions on grounds that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) violated its own regulations and guidelines in addition to manipulating the process in favour of Tinubu and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The documents mainly Forms EC8A, which are election results from polling units were admitted and marked accordingly as exhibits by the Justice Haruna Tsammani five member panel of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PREPEC).

For Rivers State, the petitioners tendered EC8As from 15 LGAs instead of the initial 21 LGAs that was listed, while the results sheets from polling units in 23 LGAs was tendered from Benue State.

In Cross River State 18 EC8A results were also admitted and marked as Exhibits, while 23 in Niger State, 20 in Osun and 16 in Ekiti Local Government Areas, were also admitted in evidence.

Interestingly, INEC which issued the documents and certified them as genuine, joined other respondents to object to the admissibility of the said documents.

The other respondents are President Tinubu, his Vice, Kashim Shetima and the APC.

Meanwhile, hearing continues on June 2.

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