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Alleged N4.7bn fraud: Alli, Lanlehin, Makinde react as court acquits ex-Oyo Governor, Ladoja

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Court summons Oyo official in Ladoja’s trial

Former Secretary to the Oyo state Government and gubernatorial candidate of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Barrister Sharafadeen Alli and his African Democratic Congress (ADC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterparts, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin and Engineer Seyi Makinde respectively, have reacted to Friday’s acquittal of former governor of the state, Senator Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja.

DAILY POST recalls that a federal high court in Lagos on Friday discharged and acquitted Ladoja and his Finance commissioner Mr. Waheed Akanbi over the N4.7billion case instituted against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Alli, while reacting in a statement issued by his media aide, Comrade Taiwo Ibarahim, said he had know Ladoja for being a trustworthy person for many decades.

He stated that the discharge of Ladoja by the court has shown that Ladoja ran a transparent government.

He said, “I have known my leader, Ladoja over the decades as one who always stand by the truth and would never do anything to soil his image.

“His victory is another testimony that the government he ran in Oyo state between 2003 and 2007, together with those of us, his lieutenants, was that of the people and for the people alone and this is the more reason he stands out as has been clamouring for good governance in the next dispensation”.

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He recalled that his record of putting the people, teachers, civil servants, traders, artisans in the the frontburner of governance has not been rivaled since he left the saddle in 2007 and stressed that as a graduate from his school of political thoughts, he (Ladoja) has reposed that confidence in him to reshape the socio-economic and socio-political system of Oyo State.

Lanlehin, in a statement by his media aide, Damola Adeoye, said, “Senator Ladoja’s integrity has been further advertised, and the orchestrators of the spurious litigation, ostensibly for political motives, put to perpetual shame.

“Senator Lanlehin, therefore, congratulates the Osi Olubadan on this victory over witch hunt, base politics and unfounded allegations, urging him to continue to dedicate his life to the advancement of humanity and promotion of welfarism.”

Makinde, on his part, said that he was relieved to learn that the litigation which lasted over 10 years was finally laid to rest in favour of Senator Ladoja.

According to him, “Ladoja’s comportment throughout the ordeal was a lesson in resilience which the younger ones must learn from.”

Makinde said that Senator Ladoja must now make himself father of all and stand by what will bring maximum progress to a people he once governed.

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APC Congratulates Buhari, New Ministers

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The ruling  All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and the newly-inaugurated ministers.

APC, also  noted with utmost satisfaction the painstaking efforts the President made in picking the new ministers, their speedy screening and confirmation by the Senate, in addition to the rigorous induction of the new appointees towards acquainting them to the onerous task of assisting the President fulfill his promises of re-positioning the economy, ensuring security of lives and property and fighting corruption.

According to its spokesperson, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the  APC-led administration has recorded remarkable milestones in three areas, adding that the party aligns with the position of the President that there is more work to be done.

“There are challenges to build on the foundations that have been laid in the last four years. To state a few, the APC-led government has an urgent task to lift Nigerians out of poverty, secure lives and property, grow our economy, build infrastructure, bring back discipline to our private and public conducts and mobilize Nigerians through personal examples towards evolving a Nigeria we all can be proud of,” Issa-Onilu said.

The party further urged the new ministers to justify the confidence reposed in them by the President and, indeed, all Nigerians, by settling down to work quickly, and hit the ground running and consolidate on the progress that have been made in the various sectors.

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The APC continued, “We join the President in calling on the newly-inaugurated ministers to ensure teamwork amongst themselves so as to create harmony in the governance system. This is the only way we can achieve synergy in our policy implementation and overall implementation of our Next Level manifesto for the country.

“It is important that our newly-inaugurated ministers understand they are ministers of APC administration, hence, they should reflect the best and progressive ideals of the party in their conduct and actions.

“The Party wishes our newly-inaugurated ministers best of luck as our party through the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari works towards taking our country to the Next Level. We assure the new ministers of the Party’s maximum cooperation and support to make them succeed”.

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Buhari Finally Assigns Portfolios To Ministers (SEE LIST)

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Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated his long-awaited cabinet in Abuja today.

The President also assigned portfolios to the ministers.

The list of ministers and their portfolios are listed below:

1 Uchechukwu Samson Ogah (Abia) – Minister of State Mines And Steel.

2. Muhammadu Bello (Adamawa) – Minister of FCT

3. God’swill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom) – Minister of Niger delta

4. Dr Chris Ngige (Anambra ) – Minister of Labour and Environment

5. Sharon Ikeazu (Anambra) –  Minister of State Environment

6. Adamu Adamu – (Bauchi) – Education

7. Amb Maryam Katagum – (Bauchi) – Industry, Trade and Investment, State

8. Timipre Silva – (Bayelsa) – Petroleum, State

9. Sen. George Akume – Benue, Special Duties

10. Mustapha Baba Shehuri – Borno, Agriculture, State

11. Godwin Jedi-Agba – Cross River, Power, State

12. Festus Keyamo – Delta, Niger Delta, State

13. Ogbonnaya Onu – Ebonyi, Science and Technology

14. Dr. Osagie Ehanire – Edo, Health

15. Clement Ikanade Agba – Edo, Budget and National Planning, State

16. Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo – Ekiti, Industry, Trade and Investment

17. Geoffrey Onyeama – Enugu, Foreign Affairs

18. Dr. Ali Isa Pantami – Gombe, Communication

19. Emeka Nwajuba – Imo, Education, State

20. Suleiman Adamu – Jigawa, Water Resources

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21. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed – Kaduna, Finance, Budget and National Planning

22. Dr. Mohammad Mahmoud – Kaduna, Environment

23. Mohammed Sabo Nanono – Kano, Agriculture

24. Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd) – Kano, Defence

25. Hadi Sirika – Katsina, Aviation

26. Abubakar Malami – Kebbi, HAGF and Minister of Justice

27. Ramatu Tijani Aliyu – Kogi, FCT, State

28. Lai Mohammed – Kwara, Information and Culture

29. Gbemisola Saraki – Kwara, Transportation, State

30. Babatunde Raji Fashola – Lagos, Works and Housing

31. Adeleke Mamora – Lagos, Health, State

32. Mohammed A. Abdullahi – Nasarawa, Science & Tech, State

33. Amb. Zubairu Dada – Niger, Foreign Affairs, State

34. Olamilekan Adegbite – Ogun, Mines & Steel Devpt

35. Sen. Omotayo Alasuadura – Ondo, Labour, State

36. Rauf Aregbesola – Osun, Interior

37.  Sunday Dare – Oyo, Youth and Sports

38. Dame Pauline Tallen – Plateau, Women Affairs

39. Rotimi Amaechi – Rivers, Transportation

40. Mohammed Maigari Dangyadi – Sokoto, Police Affairs

41. Engr. Sale Mamman – Taraba, Power

42. Abubakar D. Aliyu – Yobe, Works and Housing, State

43. Sadiya Umar Faruk – Zamfara, Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

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Dismiss Atiku’s petition, no law requires me to tender my certificates – Buhari begs Tribunal

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President Muhammadu Buhari, Wednesday, insisted that there is no law in Nigeria that requires him to produce his certificates in a bid to prove his eligibility to run for Presidency.

Buhari argued that that under the 1999 Constitution, he was only required to be educated.

He stated this through his counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN, while adopting his final brief of argument in opposition to the petition the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, filed to nullify Buhari’s 2019 re-election, at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja.

The President also urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition challenging his election and his educational qualifications because it lacked merit and substance.

He said: “The law is well settled and the case-law is crystalized on the point that the 2nd Respondent (Buhari) cannot go beyond provisions of sections 131 and 131(8) of the 1999 Constitution.

“The case-law is replete with decisions of this Court on the subject. We cannot amend the constitution.

“We need to make it very clear at this point that the Constitution and laws of the land do not expect any Certificate to be tendered or attached.”

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