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The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has defeated his counterpart from the All Progressives Congress APC, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu in President Muhammadu Buhari home state, Katsina after polling the highest number of votes from the 34 LGA in the state.

The SCOPE/Returning Officer for Katsina State Presidential Election, Prof. Ma’azu Abubakar Gusau, announced the result at about 3:00am today, Monday, at the Collation Centre located inside INEC Headquarters, Katsina.

Atiku polled 489,045 votes to beat his closest contender, Tinubu who scored 482,283.

The NNPP Presidential Candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso came third with 69,385 votes followed by Peter Obi of the Labour Party with 6,376 votes.

Gusau said the state has 3,516,719 registered voters in the state out of which 1,097,663 were successfully accredited to vote.

Gusau said the total number of registered voters in the state as 3,516,719. He also said 1,097,663 registered voters were accredited for the exercise out of which 1,091,187 cast their votes. However, only 1,058,673 votes were valid out of the accredited voters as 32,514 votes were rejected or invalid.

The result for each of the political party that participated in the presidential election as announced by Prof Gusau is as follows:

A 255, AA 523, AAC 234, ADC 1405, ADP 1798, APC 482,283,
APGA 1391, APM 603, APP 269, BP 327, LP 6376, NNPP 69386, NRM 1053, PDP 489,045, PRP 1986, SDP 339,
YPP 1029 and ZLP 371.

The Katsina Returning Officer
however said the elections were canceled in some areas due to insecurity, over voting and thuggery, among other reasons.

Gusau said: “There are certain polling units where elections were cancelled due to over voting, thuggery or issues of insecurity. The LGA affected includes Baure with 1110 total PVC collected in the area.

“In Danmusa,.two polling units results with total registered voters 13435 were also cancelled due to thuggery.

“In Daura also, one polling unit result with total registered voters 665 and total collected PVC of 595 was cancelled.

“In Dutsinma too, one polling unit result with 482 total registered voters and total PVC 486 was cancelled.

“Similarly, in Funtua, 3 polling units results with total votes 1031 with 553 collected PVC were cancelled due to thuggery.

“In Kafur LGA, the number is yet to be given to me but 12 polling units were affected due to thuggery. The actual registered voters and PVC collected are not available.

“In Kankara, AR07, with total registered voters with 603, were cancelled due to violence that occured in the area.

“In Katsina, 7 polling units with total registered votes of 2833 were cancelled due to thuggery. Kurfi LGA also, one polling units with total registered voters 987 and 960 collected PVC were cancelled due to over-voting.

“In Kusada, one polling unit with total registered voters 167 and 160 collected PVC was cancelled due to violence.

“In Maiadua, one polling unit with 367 total registered voters and collected PVC was cancelled due to resistance.

In Malumfashi, 10 polling units results with total registered voters 3409 and 2878 total PVC collected were cancelled due to thuggery.

“In Mashi, three polling units with total registered votes with 2279 and 2235 total PVC collected were cancelled due to over-voting. and obstruction.

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A former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, his wife, Beatrice, have been found guilty of organ trafficking in the United Kingdom.

The duo alongside their daughter, Sonia, and a medical doctor, Dr. Obinna Obeta, were found guilty of facilitating the travel of a young man to Britain with a view to his exploitation after a six-week trial at the Old Bailey.

They criminally conspired to bring the 21-year-old Lagos street trader to London to exploit him for his kidney, the jury found on Thursday.

The judge, Justice Jeremy Johnson, will pass a sentence at a later date, The Guardian UK reports.

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Ekweremadu, Beatrice, Sonia and Obeta had been standing trial at the Old Bailey for organ trafficking.

Their conviction on Thursday was the first verdict of its kind under the Modern Slavery Act.

Ekweremadu and his wife were last year arrested in the United Kingdom for allegedly trafficking a young man into the country to harvest his kidney.

The young man was said to have been falsely presented as Sonia’s cousin in a failed bid to persuade doctors to carry out an £80,000 private procedure at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

The young man was said to have been offered an illegal reward to become a donor for Sonia after kidney disease forced her to drop out of a master’s degree in film at Newcastle University.

The prosecutor, Hugh Davies KC, told the court the Ekweremadus and Obeta had treated the man and other potential donors as “disposable assets – spare parts for reward”.

He said they entered an “emotionally cold commercial transaction” with the man, The Guardian UK report added.

The behaviour of Ekweremadu showed “entitlement, dishonesty and hypocrisy”, Davies told the jury.

He said Ekweremadu “agreed to reward someone for a kidney for his daughter – somebody in circumstances of poverty and from whom he distanced himself and made no inquiries, and with whom, for his own political protection, he wanted no direct contact”.

Davies added, “What he agreed to do was not simply expedient in the clinical interests of his daughter, Sonia, it was exploitation, it was criminal. It is no defence to say he acted out of love for his daughter. Her clinical needs cannot come at the expense of the exploitation of somebody in poverty.”

On March 14, The PUNCH reported that Beatrice denied involvement in the search for an organ donor for their ailing daughter, Sonia.

The PUNCH also reported that Ekweremadu claimed he involved the young man after he was advised by his doctor against seeking a kidney donor from among his family members. 

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Famous Nigerian singer, Folarin Falana, popularly known as Falz the bad guy, has reacted to the Lagos State re-elected Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s appreciation post.

Governor Sanwo-Olu had on Monday, in a post shared on his official Twitter handle, appreciated Lagosians for believing in him.

He wrote: ”I’m deeply humbled and grateful for the overwhelming support and trust of the good people of Lagos State. I’m honored to be re-elected as your governor and pledge to continue to work tirelessly to deliver a better Lagos for all. Thank you for believing in me.”

Reacting to this, Falz, who quoted the tweet, said everyone had seen the electoral irregularities unfold and Sanwo-Olu was only deceiving himself.

”You were not re-elected. You selected yourself. Everybody saw it unfold. You are only deceiving yourselves,” he said.

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The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced a 20 per cent increase in the salaries of civil servants in the mainstream public service.

Others to benefit from the new structure that takes effect from January 1, 2023, include those in local government areas, local council development areas and the State Universal Basic Education Board.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Lagos State Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, on Monday.

The statement read, “Furthermore, kindly note that the arears for month of January 2023 will be paid along with salaries for the month of March, while the arrears for the month of February 2023 will be paid together with the month of April 2023.

“This action further demonstrates the administration’s commitment to staff welfare. Public servants are enjoined to show more commitment and dedication in the delivery of quality service to the citizens of the state.

“Accordingly, all accounting officers are to note the content of this circular and give it the service-wide publicity it deserves.”

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