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2023: Adebutu, Akinlade missing as Abiodun, Otegbeye, 10 others make Ogun governorship INEC list



…Omission of Adebutu, Akinlade by INEC is temporary — Spokesman, Adebutu Akinlade Campaign Organisation

Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta

The name of Hon. Ladipupo Adebutu claiming to be the Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state and that of his running mate, Hon. Adekunle Abdulkabir were conspicuously missing on the list of Ogun State 12 governorship candidates released on Tuesday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

However, Gov. Dapo Abiodun and his Deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele seeking second term under the All Progressives Congress (APC) as well as Biyi Otegbeye vying for the plum job of leading the Gateway State made the list.

Others who made the governorship list includes Engr. Anthony Ojesina of SDP, Femi Oguntoyinbo of the New Nigeria Peoples Party  (NNPP), Hon Harrison Adeyemi of African Action Congress (AAC), Sokunbi Kazeem Olanrewaju of Action Democratic Party (ADP), Late David Bamgbose of Peoples Redemptive Party (PRP) who died last month and five others.

It will be recalled that a Federal High Court sitting at Abeokuta as well as an Abuja Appeal Court had last week nullified the primary elections that produced Hon. Ladipupo Adebutu as the party’s governorship candidate for Ogun State.

The Federal High Court presided over by Justice Oguntoyinbo had ordered for a fresh primary elections within 14 days, while it also barred INEC from recognising any PDP candidates from the state.

In one of the court cases, Otunba Jimi Lawal, one of the party’s governorship aspirants had dragged Adebutu and PDP before the Court of Appeal in Abuja, seeking for the nullification of the governorship primary elections, claiming among other things that the delegates who participated in the primary were not those that were elected at the various Ward Congresses for the same purpose.

Meanwhile, the Media Director of Adebutu/Akinlade Campaign Organization, Afolabi Orekoya has said that the omission of the PDP governorship candidate, Hon. Ladipupo Adebutu and his Deputy, Hon Adekunle Abdulkabir Akinlade by INEC was just temporary.

In a statement titled “Ogun PDP candidates remain unstoppable,” Orekoya stated that INEC was only temporarily stepping down publishing of the party’s governorship candidate pending determination of an appeal filed against the last week Tuesday judgement of Justice Oguntoyinbo of Abeokuta Federal High Court nullifying the primary that produced Adebutu.

He said, “Sequel to the recent Court verdicts that pronounced the rerun of all the PDP primaries in Ogun State by Justice Oguntoyinbo of the Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta; the National body of our party in its wisdom decided to appeal the judgements and the appeal actions were immediately taken on Friday, 30th, September, 2022.

“Due to the fact that the Federal High Court Judgements were served on INEC and as a law abiding institution, INEC therefore, needed to temporarily step down the publishing of our candidates pending the determination by the Appeal Court.

“While we urge our teeming supporters to remain calm and determined as ever, we need to inform them and particularly the general public that we had also filed a Stay of Execution and appealed the two judgements respectively, but due to public holiday on Monday ,3rd October, 2022 to mark the 62nd Independence Day Celebration, INEC was unable to receive the notice and act accordingly.

“It is worthy of note, to inform the public that the party resolved to appeal the judgements due to many lacunas  identified in the verdicts delivered which may continue to linger into other legal battles especially when the hands of the opposition are seriously and adamantly involved.

“We thereby appeal to the public that there is no need for panic, they should remain steadfast in the bid to rescue Ogun State from the shackles and maladministration of APC in Ogun State.

“We are hopeful Justice would not only be done but served timely. We urge the Courts to expedite actions through accelerated hearing, so as to restore the hope of the good people of the State.

“Once again, this is an attempt to temporarily distract our numerous supporters from the resoluteness and plans for the general election that will eventually lead to the resumption of PDP to power in Ogun State but we should remain undeterred.”

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Ekiti set to improve traffic management with ring road project



The first Ring Road Project in Ekiti State was launched on Friday by Governor Biodun Oyebanji, who said it will transform the state’s development and traffic management when completed.

The Governor made this remark in Iworoko Ekiti, Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state, during the flag-off ceremony of the Ado Ekiti Ring Road Phase 1.

He said the project, which is the first of its kind in the state’s policy thrust, will connect Iworoko to the Ekiti State International Cargo Airport in Ado Ekiti and the Ekiti Knowledge Zone. The road will pass through Iworoko, Are, Afao, Araromi Obo, Igbogun and end at Aso Ayegunle and Ijan Ekiti area.

He explained that the road will help to ease the congestion in Ado Ekiti metropolis, which is often crowded with heavy trucks travelling on the Lagos-Ibadan-Ado-Lokoja Abuja Highway. This causes traffic jams and serious discomfort for commuters.

“This project will put an end to a long time of pain on some strategic roads in our state. This is a testament to the gains of continuity. It was first awarded by Governor Kayode Fayemi, but the contractor could not mobilise to site due to the outbreak of Coronavirus.

“But the project was made possible today because the electorate voted for our party, so this is the beauty of continuity. If we have been doing this, we would have gone beyond this level. Any state where you witness development, it means they have a government that has the privilege of serving back-to-back and enjoy the opportunity of sustaining their policies like they are doing in Lagos.

“This road will enhance trade and commerce, promote tourism and facilitate easy movement of agricultural products. It is a game changer, so the contractor needs your support. I know that our people are hospitable.

“I appeal to you to join hands with the contractor to deliver a quality job. Don’t disturb them, this could stop them from finishing on time. The beauty of it is that in my discussion with Craneburg Company leadership, they assured that labour will be sourced locally and whoever is employed as a worker should be ready to work.

“The local Contents bill is in the State House of Assembly and when passed into law will mandate all contractors to source their labour locally.

Oyebanji also disclosed his government’s plan to acquire large areas of land at the Ekiti State Cargo Airport area to implement a suburban development plan that will create a replica of Ado Ekiti town to attract investors to the state.

The Commissioner for Works, Mr. Sola Adebayo, highlighted the importance of the project, saying that with the ring road, commuters will not need to pass through Ado Ekiti to reach some destinations in the state. This will reduce the persistent agony of traffic logjam in the state capital.

Adebayo said the government prioritised the project because it will serve the Cargo Airport, Ekiti Knowledge Zone and tertiary institutions like the Federal Polytechnic and Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti.

“This will bring a significant transformation to the development of the state and it is a symbol that Governor Oyebanji places priority on the people by way of reducing traffic hold up to the barest minimum.

“Let me restate that this government is committed to transparency and accountability in the award of projects and this shall be strictly followed in the execution of this project. We will ensure that a quality job is delivered and compliance to standard is followed.”

The General Manager, Corporate Services, Craneburg Construction Company, the contractor handling the project, Mr. Elie Adem, expressed confidence that the company will not disappoint the trust placed in its expertise and technical know-how in delivering the best for the state.

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Ondo APC stakeholders insist on empowering Aiyedatiwa as acting Gov. after Tinubu’s intervention



Hours after the intervention of President Bola Tinubu in the political crisis rocking Ondo State, some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state have insisted that the deputy governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, should be empowered as acting governor.

The APC chieftains, under the aegis of Ondo APC Progressives Stakeholders, in Akure at the weekend insisted that Aiyedatiwa should take over as Acting Governor in accordance with constitutional provisions towards resolving the political imbroglio in the state.

Tinubu had called for the maintenance of the status quo, urging Aiyedatiwa to continue as the deputy governor.

However, the Ondo APC stakeholders, after their meeting in Akure, expressed concerns over the continued absence of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, stating that it has adversely affected the governance and economy of the state.

In a statement issued after the meeting and signed by the Chairman, former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Afe Olowookere, and Secretary, Hon. Raman Rotimi, who was also a former APC Secretary in the state, the urgent need for the House of Assembly to empower Aiyedatiwa to assume the responsibilities of the acting governor was emphasised.

“APC party members should be allowed to participate and determine those to be appointed or elected into political and party offices.

“Elders and leaders of the party must be recognised and given their pride of place in the party, rather than being neglected and ostracised by the party.

“The system of writing the names of party executives and candidates without due process will be objected to and resisted with all political and legal means possible,” the statement said.

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Adeleke jets out to Europe, reiterates commitment on delivering of five-point agenda



By Ismail Azeez, Osogbo

Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has embarked on a short working vacation to Europe and Asia to finalise partnership deals with investors and development partners.

This was contained in a statement signed over the weekend by the Spokesperson to the State Governor, Mallam Olawale Rasheed.

According to the statement, the Governor has not gone on a break since assuming office a year ago and is billed to conclude partnership deals in several sectors with investors who had earlier visited the state.

Adeleke before his departure, said Osun people have the right to know about the movement of their Governor, hence, his public disclosure of his short vacation abroad.

“This is a democracy. My masters are Osun people who elected me into office and to whom I am surely accountable. My trip is however a working one as I will be meeting foreign partners who are eager to join several sectors of our state economy.

“The last year has been rewarding as we have stabilised the state from inherited rot. We are reconstructing and simultaneously delivering good governance. That is why our 2024 budget is tagged budget of reconstruction and recovery.

“In one year, we placed Osun state on a path of sustainable development, upgrading critical sectors like education, health, culture and entertainment, water, sports, digital economy, workers’ welfare, infrastructures, and agriculture. We capped it with a multi-billion naira infrastructure plan now under implementation.

“I thank the Osun people for their continuous support and prayers. At home and abroad, I am committed to delivering on our five-point agenda for a better life for our people,” the Governor was quoted as saying.

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