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APC/Oyetola’s ‘OLULE’ petition and the ‘PEPPER DEM’ replies of INEC, Adeleke and PDP – Hashim Abioye

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Having read the cacophonic legal diatribes and jargon woven together in the lengthy but worthless write-up which is typical of its author, it can not be an overstatement to classify it as a mere academic exercise designed to misinform the unsuspecting members of the public on the ongoing governorship election matter between Governor Gboyega Oyetola and Senator Ademola Adeleke at the state election petition tribunal.

It however, would not be out of tune to classify the write-up that appeals to sentiments and emotions as unreliable which is coming out from an alcohol-soaked mind that could not be legally held responsible for both his actions and inactions but a mere success in the display of absolute nuisance value.

It is a pity that a supposed experienced learned man could, for whatever reason, frivolously and deliberately engage in the use of subterfuge and skullduggery to behave as if he would be sitting in judgement at the tribunal.

Enough of this engagement of the use of legal chicanery and artifice while hiding under the legal profession to arrogate to yourself the qualities that are alien to you.

Why dabbling unnecessarily into an issue before the tribunal instead of giving the court a deserved time and latitude to be focused and work dispassionately with a view to thoroughly perusing, studying and verifying the documents submitted to it by both the applicants and the respondents?

Thank God that the Osun PDP super and plenipotentiary lawyer stated in his general use of harangue that he was leaving all the decisions on the election petition to the tribunal which is a submission that succeeded in consigning his pungently tilted and biased analysis into the thrash can of opinions.

It was however, observedly nauseating and irritating to read Barr Hashim Abioye who said that he has left the petition matter to the tribunal as if he has another choice within the legal framework under the Constitution of The Federal Republic of Nigeria as enshrined in the 2022 Electoral Law as amended.

The ever-loquacious Osun PDP attorney should be told point blank that it would be worthwhile for him to devise other means of unduly impressing the Pathfinder faction of his party and particularly his sponsor from the land of the sword of fire.

In order not to fall victim of being subjudicial, the honourable expectation from any legal practitioner who is glaringly worth his salt is to allow the temple of justice to do its work without any iota of interference and to always have it in mind that sentiment and justice are in no way related.

For the umpteenth time, Barr Abioye should henceforth cease from unnecessarily exhuming and displaying professional arrogance with impunity with reference to the subsisting legal schism on the Osun governorship election that is currently before the tribunal.
In peace I come.
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*OLABISI is the Media Adviser to the Osun State APC Chairman.*

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Ganduje lauds Ododo over Ondo State governorship primaries

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, has lauded Gov. Ahmed Ododo of Kogi over the successful conduct of the Ondo State Governorship primaries of the party.

Ganduje stated this when he received the report of the State Governorship Primary Election Committee from Ododo in Abuja on Tuesday.

He also commended members of the committee for a job well done.

“You have made history because this is your first national assignment outside Kogi, we thank you and your members for giving the assignment your best.

“On our part, we followed the Constitution to ensure that no loophole was observed during the exercise, I followed you and your team closely from our observation room.

“And you followed the procedure from the collation, this report is very important to us, we will study it and there after, a Certificate of Return will be issued to the winner of the primary,” he said.

The National Chairman called on the other aspirants and the party’s stakeholders to join forces with the winner of the primary election, Gov. Lucky Ayedatiwa, to ensure total victory at the Nov. 16 governorship election.

Earlier, Ododo thanked members of the party in the state for their cooperation and support, expressing optimism that the APC would record landslide victory in the election.

He also called on other aspirants to and join forces with Ayedatiwa, to ensure the party’s victory in the election.

“I hereby submit the results confirmed from 18 Local Government Areas of the state, which covered the whole activities that happened during the primaries, the aspirants and their votes.

“I thank the party’s leadership for giving the committee the opportunity to serve, I am ready to perform in any other national assignments in future,” he said.

Aiyedatiwa got 48,569 votes to beat his closest rival Mayowa Akinfolarin, who polled 15,343 votes in the election, while Olusola Oke came third with 14,865 votes.

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Ex-Imo gov, Ihedioha resigns from PDP

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A former governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, has resigned his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

In his resignation letter addressed to the PDP chairman in Mbutu Ward, Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of the state, Ihedioha cited a misalignment between his personal beliefs and the current trajectory of the main opposition party.

The former governor expressed his dedication to the advancement of democracy and good governance in the country despite his decision to step away from PDP.

According to Ihedioha, having been a member of the party since its inception in 1998, he has contributed immensely to the growth and evolution of the party.

The former governor, however, lamented recent developments within the PDP, stating that it has deviated from its core principles.

He voiced concerns over the party’s inability to enact internal reforms, uphold its own regulations, and effectively oppose the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

“Regrettably, in recent times, the party has taken on a path that is at variance with my personal beliefs. Despite my attempt to offer counsel, the party is, sadly, no longer able to carry out internal reforms, enforce its own rules or offer credible opposition to the ruling All Progressives Congress.’

“It is in the light of the foregoing, that I am compelled to offer my resignation from the People’s Democratic Party effective immediately.

“While the decision was difficult to take, I, however, believe that it is the right one. Despite this resignation, I will always be available to offer my services towards the deepening of democracy and good governance in Nigeria”, the letter added.

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We are overhauling our internal democracy against 2027 — Bauchi LP

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By Rauf Oyewole, Bauchi

The Acting Chairman, Bauchi State chapter of the Labour Party (LP), Alhaji Mohammed Sabitu Aliyu has said that the party is poised at overhauling its internal democracy for a formidable outing in 2027.

Sabitu said this in Bauchi on Monday while addressing some supporters, support groups, aspirants who contested for various positions in the 2023 polls and other stakeholders of the party from across the local government areas of the state who gathered for Sallah/Easter get together organised at the party’s secretariat.

He said that, “We are working tirelessly not only to ensure that the Labour Party is united but to brighten its chances in future elections in Bauchi state and in the country in general. LP is a party with so much promise and that is the more reason we are assiduously working to bring everyone on board towards a successful outing come 2027.”

The LP chairman also enjoined all the aggrieved party stakeholders to think of the party above all other interests.

While explaining why he believed the Labour Party is more popular than other political parties in the country, he said the party’s popularity stems from the frustration of Nigerians with other political parties, including the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).

According to him, “The future of the Labour Party is bright. Nigerians have tried PDP and APC and are now more aware, informed and more experienced, and they now know better that the only hope of the common man is the Labour Party.

“I’m assuring Nigerians,we know the problems, challenges and they have been identified, and the modalities and mechanisms are on ground to tackle them if given the opportunity to govern the country.”

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