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PDP vs APC: Man who drank gutter water after Buhari’s victory speaks out, says ‘I’m not dead’

Aliyu Mohammed Sani, the man who swam and drank drainage water to celebrate President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory has dismissed rumour of his death.

Report went viral on Tuesday that Sani died after swimming in and drinking water from a drainage (gutter) to mark Buhari’s victory over Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Sani, a painter, also waved aside claims that he was taken to hospital over any form of complication.

Sani had vowed to jump into a gutter and drink the drainage water if President Buhari wins re-election.

Sani told Daily Trust on Wednesday that report about his death was a fabrication and fake news relayed on the social media.

Sani kept his promise after INEC announced that President has won the election.

The picture of Sani who did the ‘4+4’ sign after emerging from the gutter went viral.

However, on Tuesday, March 5, he was said to have died after battling with gastrointestinal bleeding in the hospital for days after his public stunt.

He said, “As I am talking to you now, I am on my way back to Bauchi after we finished a painting work somewhere outside Bauchi.

“It is true, I made the promise before the elections and I fulfilled it and I have no regrets.”

PDP vs APC: Don’t set Akwa Ibom on fire – Methodist Prelate warns Akpabio

Prelate of the Methodist Church, Sunday Mbang, has warned Senator Godswill Akpabio against setting on fire the state he once ruled for eight years.

Addressing reporters yesterday in Uyo on behalf of religious leaders and fathers of faith in the state, Prelate Mbang condemned Senator Akpabio for his role in what he called the ‘militarisation’ of Akwa Ibom ahead of the March 9, 2019 elections.

The prelate Emeritus likened the conduct of the former governor to a prodigal son who should refrain from his uncompromising attitude and come back home and work with his people.

Prelate Mbang said although, as an individual, Senator Akpabio reserves the right to freely associate with whatever political party he deems fit for himself, his unguarded utterances have, however, ignited unhealthy rivalry among members of the different political parties in the state.

His words: “As if to confirm the belligerent disposition of Senator Akpabio and his party the APC, the invasion of Akwa Ibom landscape by the military, shortly before and during the last Presidential and National Assembly Elections of February 28, 2019 sent a wrong signal to our people.

“There were reports of harassment, intimidation and physical assault of the electorate in parts of Akwa Ibom State, especially in Ikot Ekpene senatorial district, where Senator Akpabio stood elections.

“As we speak, some of the political actors arrested by men of the Nigerian Police and the military are still held in custody without any charge brought against them in the court of law.

“As we prepare for the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections next Saturday, unfolding events of the last few days have given further reasons for concern, it has been observed that the Akwa Ibom landscape is gradually becoming militarized. Troops have been moved into the state like never before, Men of the Nigerian Police have also become battle-ready.

“This militarisation of our state would have been understandable and apt if we were in a war situation. For God sake, we are not at war, and therefore, we condemn this suspicious deployment of soldiers and men of other security forces to Akwa Ibom State.

“Commanders and other hierarchy of security forces should remember that professionalism is the hallmark of their callings, and they are never expected to turn their guns against a peaceful people, with whose monies the guns are bought”, Mbang admonished.

PDP vs APC: Those angry over Buhari’s victory are trying God – Arch Bishop Ediwe

Renowned cleric, Arch Bishop (Dr) Julius Ediwe, has asked Nigerians to accept the outcome of the February 23 presidential election, noting that President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory is divine.

Ediwe gave this charge yesterday at the second day of the ongoing Inter-Faith Clerics for the celebration of President Buhari’s victory held at the Unity Fountain, Abuja.

He urged critics not to oppose God’s choice but pray for the president.

The event was organized by the National Inter-Faith and Religious Organizations for Peace (NIFROP).

He said, “I won’t say I am surprised at the composition of the audience here. I would instead say I am moved to tears so much that I asked myself, could this be happening in Nigeria? Could a gathering a people from different faiths praying for a common goal happen here in Nigeria?” he asked.

“God is indeed faithful to his word and his people. When it was declared here some months ago that the Lord revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari would emerge victorious at the polls, many doubted us and called us all sort of names. But we preserved.

“I, therefore, ask today been the 2nd day of the Thanksgiving and Salat Al-Shakur service that are we not sharing in the kingdom of light? In the same vein, in Surah Al-Baqara, 153, it is stated that “O ye who believe! seek help with patient perseverance and prayer; for Allah is with those who patiently persevere.

“What does this tell us? It merely tells us on the oneness of God, and that was why we have been able to assemble here together and united in one voice, spirit, body and soul.

“Brothers and Sisters, let me make it clear here about statements coming from some supposed men of God describing the elections as rigged and not in the interest of the people. I am taken aback with such a statement, and in my capacity as the Provost of the South-South College of Bishops, I abhor such statement because God is not a man that he should lie. Those questioning Buhari’s victory are challenging God’s authority.

“My brothers and sisters, I stand before you as a servant of God to say that God is indeed on the throne and for those that think otherwise should have a rethink. I say this with all authority that President Muhammadu Buhari is indeed Gods choice for Nigeria because I prayed and heard him clearly when he stated that Buhari is the chosen one to take Nigeria to greatness.”

Guber poll: SDP chairman, PDP lawmaker, others defect to APC in Jigawa

Few days to the gubernatorial and state assembly elections, members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Social Democratic Party, SDP, have pledged their support to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Jigawa State.

Special Assistant to Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar on New Media, Auwalu D Sankara, confirmed the defection to DAILY POST in Dutse, the state capital on Wednesday.

He explained that the SDP members were led by the former state chairman of the party, Alhaji Sani Haruna Kibori Hadejia.

Sani said they left the SDP for APC for laudable projects the APC government put in place since it came into power in 2015.

Meanwhile, the Former member of the Jigawa State House of Assembly representing Kanya Babba constituency, Alhaji Yaro Hadi Duzau along with PDP executives of Kembo, Gasakole villages and PDP supporters villages in Babura local government area have decamped to the APC.

They also promised to work for the victory of the party in the coming March 9 governorship and state assembly elections.

In his response, Governor Badaru said their return to the ruling party was a testimony of how people have confidence in the APC-led administration.

Champions League: PSG manager, Tuchel reveals why they lost 3-1 to Man United

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Thomas Tuchel, has bemoaned a “cruel decision” going against them, in their loss to Manchester United, but insisted he was still a big supporter of the use of Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

Tuchel’s side are out of the Champions League, after suffering a 3-1 loss at home to United, to bow out on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw.

But it took a contentious 94th-minute penalty to send United through, Marcus Rashford converting after a VAR review led to Presnel Kimpembe being penalised for a handball.

“It was a big decision, a cruel decision… but it’s difficult. There are reasons he can give the decision. It’s always soft facts with hands.

“The shot is not a big, big chance. It’s wide, then suddenly it’s a penalty,” Tuchel told a news conference.

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