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Tinubu, Peter Obi, NESG, Others Mourn Wigwe, Ogunbanjo, Others



President Bola Tinubu, has expressed deep shock at the sudden death of Herbert Wigwe, group managing director of Access Holdings Plc; Abimbola Ogunbanjo, former group chairman of the Nigerian Exchange Group Plc, and Wigwe’s wife and son.

They died in a helicopter crash in the State of California, in the United States of America, on Saturday.

Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general election, described the death of Wigwe and Ogunbanjo as “devastating”.

Tinubu, in a statement by Ajuri Ngelale Presidential Spokesman, called their deaths “an overwhelming tragedy that is shocking beyond comprehension.”

The President, in his condolence message to their families, the business community, and all those impacted by this harrowing incident, prayed for the peaceful repose of the departed and asks God Almighty to comfort the multitude of Nigerians who are grieving and the families of the deceased at this deeply agonising moment.

Obi said on social media platform X: “I’m deeply saddened by the tragic news of the passing of my dear friend, Mr. Herbert Wigwe, CEO of Access Holdings, along with his wife and son, and another close friend, Abimbola Ogunbanjo, former group chairman of NGX Group. This loss is profoundly felt across the nation.

“I first met Herbert during his early days, on the brink of starting his marital journey. I vividly remember assisting him in preparing for his traditional wedding and being there for the ceremony with his wife, Chizoba, from Achina, Anambra State.

“Since then, I’ve maintained a connection to his endeavors in my own modest ways. Herbert, a determined and forward-thinking individual, led Access Bank to new heights following his brother Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede. His noteworthy contributions extended beyond the professional realm, with commendable philanthropic efforts in health and education, exemplified by the establishment of Wigwe University, showcasing his deep commitment to education as a driver of development.

“The loss of such an exceptional individual reminds us of life’s fleeting nature, encouraging us to live with a purpose that contributes to the betterment of humanity.

“My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Herbert, his beloved wife, his son, and all those who lost their lives in the tragic plane crash. May God grant them eternal rest and provide strength to Herbert’s family, Access Holdings, and all of us mourning this irreplaceable loss.”

Obi lamented that the unfortunate incident meant he would miss the final match of the AFCON cup, between Nigeria and Cote d’ Ivoire.

Tayo Aduloju, chief executive officer of Nigerian Economic Summit Group, said the “painful, sudden, shocking finality overwhelmingly weight of the irreparable and irreplaceable loss” has left the entire country, the African and Nigerian business community and the NESG networks and communities mourning.

He said: “The late Dr Wigwe, CFR epitomised leadership excellence, impact and visionary institutional transformation that took a small bank and transformed it along with a rare crop of business executives into an African financial services giant.

“Ogunbanjo was the former group chairman of the Nigerian Exchange Group. For those who do not know him, he was one of our country’s foremost champions of sustainable corporate governance and financial inclusion. His vision of our six decades of stock exchange was to transform it into one that ‘reduced the number of adult Nigerians who are excluded financially and give them the ability to make well-informed financial decisions’.”

Femi Otedola, chairman of Geregu Power Plc, said he was shocked and saddened to hear of the loss of “a banking genius Herbert Wigwe, his dear wife Chizoba and first son Chizi”.

He said on X: “Exactly two weeks ago, Herbie and his wife hosted myself and Aliko to dinner at his newly built home in Lagos. I will cherish and fondly remember my memories of time spent together with him over the years.

Herbie, we will all miss you. Your leagcy will live on forever. My heartfelt condolences go out to his children Tochi, Hannah and David. I pray God comforts them during this tragic time.”

Tony Elumelu, chairman of United Bank for Africa Plc, described Wigwe and Ogunbanjo as “great lights” and “true patriots”.

He said: “Nigeria, indeed Africa, has lost two of our brightest minds. I admired them both and we all shared the desire to drive Nigeria’s transformation.

“Herbert was an exceptional talent, committed to advancing the banking and financial sector in Nigeria, with Access Holdings. Likewise, Bimbo’s tenure as Group chairman of the NGX group was distinguished by excellence.”

He said their leadership and entrepreneurial drive would continue to serve as shining examples to millions of young people.


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BREAKING: INEC Publishes Report Of 2023 General Election



The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has released its report on the 2023 general election.

The commission said the publication of the report is in keeping with its tradition over the last four electoral cycles and commitment to transparency.

This was made known in a statement by Sam Olumekun, the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee.

Olumekun said the Report showcases the election’s unparalleled diversity in party representation, demonstrating significant democratic progress.

According to him, the 2023 general election saw four political parties winning gubernatorial races, seven parties winning senatorial seats, eight in federal constituencies and nine in State legislatures, illustrating a broad shift in political representation across Nigeria.

He said the document has been made accessible on its website and social media platforms.

“On Thursday, 22nd February 2024, the Commission convened for its weekly meeting, where the 2023 General Election Report was reviewed and approved for publication.

It partly read: “In keeping with our tradition over the last four electoral cycles, and our commitment to transparency, we are pleased to announce the release of the official INEC report on the 2023 General Election.

“This comprehensive 526-page document, structured into 13 chapters and enhanced with 60 tables, 14 boxes and 10 graphs, offers an in-depth analysis of the election’s key processes, achievements, and challenges, alongside valuable lessons learned.

“The Report showcases the election’s unparalleled diversity in party representation, demonstrating significant democratic progress. This election saw four political parties winning gubernatorial races, seven parties winning senatorial seats, eight in federal constituencies and nine in State legislatures, illustrating a broad shift in political representation across Nigeria.

“The Report underscores the pivotal role of technological advancements, particularly the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), in enhancing electoral integrity and reducing fraud. Furthermore, it addresses public concerns about the INEC Result Viewing (IReV) portal, explaining the technical issues encountered during the upload of polling unit results for the presidential election.


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JUST IN: Okpebholo Declared Winner Of Edo APC Gov’ship Primary



Senator Monday Okpebholo has been declared winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election for the September 2024 governorship election in Edo State.

Okpebholo scored 12, 433 votes to emerge winner.

Details later…


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Yoruba Nation: Igboho Accuses Buhari Of Attempting To Assassinate Him



Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Igboho, on Friday, said he came back to Nigeria by the power of God.

Igboho made the remark while accusing former President Muhammadu Buhari of attempting to assassinate him.

He alleged that Buhari sent the Department of State Services, DSS, and soldiers to assassinate him in his house.

Addressing his followers in Oyo State, the freedom fighter claimed that his agitation against Fulani herders killing of farmers in the Southwest was behind the move to assassinate him.

According to Igboho: “Buhari sent his soldiers and DSS to arrest me in my house because I said Yorubas are not slaves to Fulanis, they can’t suppress us in our father’s land.

“Fulanis can’t stop our fathers and mothers from going to their farms. But, I’m back with the power of God and authority not that of man.”

The freedom fighter returned to Nigeria on Thursday, ahead of his mother’s burial in the Saki area of Oyo State.

Igboho has been out of Nigeria since 2021 when he eloped to Benin Republic after he was declared wanted by the DSS.

DSS had invaded his residence in the Soka area of Oyo State but he escaped.

The secret police had declared him wanted over his agitation for Yoruba Nation and attacks on Fulani herders accused of killing farmers in the Southwest.

In Benin Republic, Igboho was arrested and remanded while attempting to travel to Germany.

However, he recently regained his freedom after two years in a Beninoise prison.


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