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Osun Guber Tribunal Verdict:I t’s improper to drag the Judiciary in the mud over INEC’s filing of appeal process

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…Osun APC Cautions Adeleke, PDP Chairman

The Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has carpeted the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over its commendation of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for initiating processes to appeal the judgement of the state governorship election petition tribunal which sacked the state governor, Ademola Adeleke, from the office on January 27, 2023.

In the majority judgement read by the chairman of the governorship election petition tribunal, Justice Tertsea Kumeh, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was expressly ordered to withdraw the certificate of return from Adeleke and be given to the winner of the governorship election, Mr Gboyega Oyetola.

It was observed that since the outcome of the election verdict that displaced Adeleke, the leadership of the PDP in the state led by its loquacious Permanent Caretaker Committee chairman together with some spent forces in the party, have found Justice Tertsea as an article of abuse, calling him unprintable names.

According to the Osun APC Acting Chairman, Sooko Tajudeen Lawal, in a statement issued by the party’s Director of Media and Information, Chief Kola Olabisi, in Osogbo today, there is no point for the state PDP to cast aspersion on the institution of the judiciary as handlers of the PDP at all levels have struggled to do since the tribunal affirmed that their party rigged the July 16 election.

Lawal stated that it defied rational thinking that the judiciary which the rudderless PDP devote their time to lampoon each moment, over the tribunal judgement, is the same temple to which they are running helter skelter to for appelate reliefs.

The state APC chairman remarked that the unjustifiable attack of the PDP on the Chairman of the Osun governorship election petition tribunal only succeeded in portraying the party and Adeleke as bad losers, lacking genuine democratic quality.

He hinted, ” the sit-tight Osun PDP caretaker committee chairman’s resorting to branding Justice Kume as ‘a coupist’ who delivered ‘a Buga judgement’ and whose conduct manifested ‘bias and personal animosity against the person of Governor Adeleke’ is a testament of lack of decorum, exposure, civility and respect for rules of law of the frustrated savage from Ondo State.”

On the alleged move of the electoral umpire to appeal the tribunal judgement, Lawal said: “There’s nothing spectacular in the INEC engaging in the process of appealing any judgement as it’s still within its fundamental right of seeking justice.

“Rolling out of the drums over the national umpire’s willingness to appeal any case against it is an overkill and a superfluity which does not, in any way, confer remediation on Adeleke’s status and his governorship hopelessness,” Lawal explained.

 

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APC Ward suspends Abdullahi Ganduje over alleged corruption

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By Aminu Garko, Kano

National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has been suspended by executives of his ward in Kano State.

The nine executive members of Ganduje ward, in Dawakin-Tofa LGA Monday announced the suspension of Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje from the party.

Malam Haladu Gwanjo, legal Advice of the party at Ganduje ward accused the former Governor of gross misconduct and misappropriation of public fund during his administration in Kano.

Gwanjo revealed that members resolved to pass a vote of no confidence on the acting National Chairman of the party due to his inability to clear his name from wide range of allegation of corruption particularly the widely celebrated dollar video.

The APC leader at Ganduje ward worried that the party is being subjected to unnecessary embarrassment from the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) over unsubstantiated allegations of corruption lebelled on Ganduje’s administration.

Gwanjo emphasized that Ganduje ward leaders deem it fit to suspend the national chairman to enable him concentrate on the litigation and other inquiry where he (Ganduje) would appropriately clear his image and that of his family.

He explained that because of the political commitment demonstrated by President Tinubu in the ongoing fight against corruption and the seeming baggage of corruption hanging on Ganduje, which already denting the reputation of the APC led federal government.

” We the leaders of the APC in Ganduje ward, Dawakin Tofa Local Government, engaged in thorough deliberations and subsequently decided to suspend the erstwhile Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, in light of the allegations of bribery involving foreign currency.

” It has come to our attention that Ganduje has been summoned to court to answer for these accusations, a development that we believe could potentially besmirch the reputation of our esteemed political party.

This resolution was reached collectively on behalf of all executive members of the APC in Ganduje ward, Dawakin Tofa

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Lawmaker grants 1,500 free JAMB forms to indigent students in Ifako-Ijaiye, promises scholarships

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The lawmaker representing Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency 01 at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adewale Temitope Adedeji, demonstrated his commitment to education by distributing 1,500 free JAMB forms to indigent students in the constituency.

The event, held at Fagba Junior Grammar School (Complex), witnessed Hon. Adewale Temitope’s dedication to his vision of elevating Ifako-Ijaiye to Nigeria’s most educated local government by 2037.

Addressing the beneficiaries, Hon. Adewale Temitope reiterated the importance of education, stating, “The goal of the ATA-EI is to ensure our children receive an education. An educated mind is a liberated mind, which is why education is a cornerstone of my administration’s agenda.”

In addition to the free JAMB forms, Hon. Adewale Temitope pledged scholarships for the top 50 students who secure admission into tertiary institutions from the pool of beneficiaries.

Furthermore, he offered an incentive of a trip to the United Arab Emirates for two outstanding students who excel in their fields post-admission, aiming to motivate them to maximize the opportunities provided.

Dr. Kennedy Akudo, a senior lecturer at the Lagos State University Of Education (LASUED), commended Hon. Adewale Temitope for his commitment to education and urged other lawmakers to follow suit.

The event also saw advice from Adebowale Bashir, the Tutor General and Permanent Secretary Education District 1, who encouraged students to focus on their JAMB exams and steer clear of distractions.

Since 2019, Hon. Adewale Temitope has distributed over 4,000 free JAMB forms to indigent students, showcasing his ongoing dedication to educational accessibility.

Attendees at the ceremony included notable figures such as Dr. Jide Johnson from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Dr. Victor Onifade, Leader of Ifako-Ijaiye Legislative House, Ifako-Ijaiye APC chairman Banjo Omole, Hon. (Evang) Funke Olaleye, Assistant Financial Secretary of Lagos State APC, Oba-Elect Iju Ogundinmu, Gbolahan Matthew, councillors, and various political stakeholders.

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Akpabio tasks South-South APC state chairmen on party unity, cohesion

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Senate President Godswill Akpabio has charged state chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-South geo-political zone to work toward uniting the party and gaining more grounds.

Akpabio gave the charge when the APC chairmen paid him a visit in Abuja on Sunday.

While acknowledging the challenges faced by the Chairmen, he assured them that a meeting of critical stakeholders from the region would soon be convened.

“The meeting will work out modalities to support the party at various state chapters to engender unity and understanding among members.

“The major focus is to foster social cohesion between the party and elected/appointed officials in government,” he said.

He commended the APC chiefs for the visit and explained that the President Bola Tinubu-led government was working on an economic prosperity agenda that would return Nigeria to greatness.

Akpabio thanked Tinubu for the Lagos-Calabar coastal road, describing it as very visionary.

In his remarks, Mr Alphonsus Ogar, the APC Chairman in Cross River, commended the harmonious working relationship between the Senate President and the only governor from the zone, Cross River’s Bassey Otu.

Expressing solidarity with the President of the Senate, he recalled that the South-South geo-political zone last held the seat in 1979, 45 years ago.

The chairmen declared total support for Akpabio’s commitment towards the growth of the area, and particularly commended the federal government for the Lagos-Calabar Coastal road and railway line project.

They declared that the completion of the project would imortalise President Tinubu in the hearts of the people of the region.

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