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General News of Thursday, 2 March 2023


2023 Elections: Woman collapses, rushed to hospital over INEC's declaration of Tinubu as president-elect

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An elderly woman, Rebekah Ikeakor, resident in Abubor-Nnewichi, Nnewi, Anambra state, was reportedly rushed to the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, when she collapsed on hearing the news that Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressive Congress (APC), was declared winner of the presidential election held on Saturday, February 25.'s regional reporter in Anambra, Mokwugwo Solomon, reported that the incident took place in the early hours of Wednesday, March 1.

Son of the victim, Uzoma Ikeakor, who spoke to, said his mother almost gave up the ghost when he told her that Peter Obi lost the presidential election.

He said: "My mother is a die-hard supporter of Mr Peter Obi. The place we live in Lagos state, my mother was one of the people that moved from place to place asking people to vote for Obi and Labour Party.

"What she did in Idumota, Lagos state, where we live brought a lot of hatred to her. Infact, a lot of Yoruba women stopped buying things from her shop because they said she hated Tinubu and Yoruba people.

"She received a lot of threats from people, such that she stopped going to her shop five days before the election. And after voting on Saturday, February 25, she insisted that we must come back to Nnewi the following day, until such a time when Lagos would be calm, and Peter Obi shall have been announced the winner.

"My mom prayed a lot - fasted so much, having the belief that Peter Obi would become president of Nigeria, so that suffering and bad governance will end. So, when she heard that Tinubu was declared winner, it took my family members great efforts to revive her, because, she collapsed immediately."