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The immediate – past deputy speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Adegboye Akintunde, has cried out over an alleged orchestrated plan of a person or group, whom were members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to promote disaffection and acrimony between some former members of the assembly and the recently Supreme Court affirmed Governor Gboyega Oyetola.

Hon. Akintunde said  his investigation revealed that the unholy political mission which culminated into a fallacious news story made to go viral sometime last week was the handiwork of political enemies within the party.

The former Deputy Speaker said he saw no reason why some people would just wake up from the wrong side of their bed to deliberately engage in the ulterior business of character assassination.

He explained that a critical examination of those who were unjustifiably being accused of having an unholy alliance with the opposition party- the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before and during the litigation in stages on the Osun governorship election, are the then lawmakers who were with the ex-Speaker Najeem Salaam during the governorship primary election.

It would be recalled that the agents of the devil who are found of being needlessly moody at all times caused a story to be written online where he alleged them of having meetings with the opposition and divulging vital legal information about the governorship litigation to the opposition for future settlement in anticipation of Senator Ademola Adeleke’s victory.

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Akintunde said there was no iota of truth in the fabricated story merely put together to get at the former Speaker and those of us who were with him during the primary.

“We are party men to the core and we believe in the supremacy of the party. Once Oyetola was picked by our party, all other aspirants’ political architectures were dismantled.

“This was the reason why we all played our prominent roles in our various constituencies to ensure the victory of our candidate, Oyetola”, he explained.

Akintunde, however advised the state Governor Oyetola to be wary of characters like this emissary of rift who has been spreading unfounded rumour about other individuals in order to curry undue favour from the current government.

“Who would say that Najeem Salaam did not try his possible best for the victory of Governor Oyetola during the election in Ejigbo just the way all of us tried in our various constituencies?

“Let the peddlers of falsehoods about us come up with the result of various election results of our party from their different Local Government Councils.

The former Deputy Speaker disclosed that his further checks on the last week phony list of Oyetola’s intended cabinet members was the handiwork of these scallywags and political irritants.

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The high calibre members of the APC who were wrongly accused of engaging in anti-party activities through a story made to go viral with its headline as: ‘Supreme Court Judgment: Osun APC in Fresh Crisis’ was published by an online news tabloid- National Insight on July 12 are: Hon Adegboye Akintunde; Hon Yemi Taiwo; Hon. Waseeu Adebayo, Hon Ipoola Binuyo; Hon Johnson Ojo; Hon Mufa; Hon Babatunde Komolafe and the chairman of Osogbo west LCDA Hon Temilade Olokungboye.

Akintunde who said the totality of the content of the fabricated story was hatched in order to unnecessarily cause disaffection between them and the highly respected governor.

According to him, “is it not laughable for someone with his thinking faculty intact to accuse me of presiding over a divisive and rebellious political meeting at a pepper soup joint at Alekunwodo area of Osogbo when I have my home and an office?”, he asked rhetorically.

The immediate-past deputy speaker added  that to the best of his knowledge, the Osun APC has only one Chairman who is Prince Famodun who has since condemned the character assassination of some APC chieftains by some disgruntled elements for selfish reasons.

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Oyo LG Dissolution: AG tells Makinde to reverse decision, orders immediate disbandment of caretaker arrangement {See Letter}

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The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN has directed the Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde to reverse himself over the dissolution of local government administration in the State.

The directive was contained in a letter sent to the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Oyo State, Prof. Oyewo Oyelowo dated 14 January, 2020 with reference HAGF/OYO/2020/Vol.I/I. Entitled; “Unconstitutionality of dissolution of elected local government councils and appointment of caretaker committee: the urgent need for compliance with extant judicial decisions”.

The AGF said in view of the decision of the Supreme Court on the matter that is binding on all 36 States of the Federation, “ the common practice by some State Governors in dissolving elected local government councils is unconstitutional, null and void. So also any system of local government run by Caretaker Committee are outrightly illegal and unconstitutional”.

” To this end, I hereby request all their Excellencies, State Governors and Speakers of State House of Assembly, who are currently acting in breach of the provisions of Section 7(1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and also acting in disobedience of the Supreme Court judgement highlighted above to immediately retrace their step by ensuring compliance with the above in the overall interest of the rule of law and our democracy.

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“The need to immediately disband all caretaker committee and restore democratically elected representatives to man the local governments has therefore become obligatory”, the letter added.

In a related development, Malami requested the Commissioner for Justice to take positive steps to ensure compliance , stressing that, President Buhari and other relevant agencies will be advised further on compliance measures that should be taken in national interest”.

Copies of the letter were also sent to the IGP, DG, DSS, The Ag. Chairman of EFCC and NFIU.

Reacting to the development, the Chairman. Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo state chapter, Prince Ayodeji Abass – Aleshinloye described the decision as a welcome development as it has confirmed what they had always stood for that it was wrong for constitutionally elected local government chairmen to be so treated.

“We are glad with this latest development. We want to assure the administration that as law abiding citizens, we will work hand in glove with them to ensure even development in Oyo State.

“We also want to thank the people of Oyo State for standing with us and being law abiding for the duration of the period that the issue lingered”, Aleshinloye submitted

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I’m looking forward to a peaceful hand over in 2023 – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday disclosed hat he was already looking forward to a peaceful hand over in 2023, stressing that he was morally bound to fulfill that wish.

President Buhari also declared that as a beneficiary of a free and fair election in the country, he would bequeath the same to his successor and the nation in 2023.

The President stated this  at a dinner with members of the legal team for the 2019 presidential election petition in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Speaking further,  President Buhari recounted that the turnout of Nigerians during his presidential campaigns to the 36 states of the Federation in 2019 convinced him that his re-election was not a fluke.

‘‘The number of people that turned out in every state across the country was more than anybody can buy or force.

‘‘This gave me so much confidence and the election proved that with the votes I got.

‘‘That is why I insist that elections must be free and fair because I am a clear successor to a free and fair election.

‘‘Morally I want to have a clear conscience. I swore by the Holy Book that I will abide by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

‘‘I will continue to do my best and I hope that by 2023, I can handover quietly to whoever succeeds me and I wish him the best of luck,’’ he said.

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The President lauded the legal team led by Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN for the outstanding legal successes recorded in the presidential election petition.

He commended the team for the effective legal strategy that thrived in piloting his election litigation.

‘‘You creditably demonstrated a deep understanding of the law and its practices and I am indeed proud of you all.

‘‘I am confident that by securing a convincing and unanimous legal victory at the Supreme Court you have by so doing ensured that the political mandate of the Nigerian electorate is now firmly secured,’’ he said.

The President added that the legal team’s enormous contributions have affirmed the rule of law and further entrenched democratic governance in Nigeria.

‘‘This legal team is an assemblage of some of the most scholarly legal teams ever assembled in this country.

‘‘I must note that the aforesaid legal successes recorded through your excellence have assisted me in fulfilling this government’s desire for a better Nigeria,’’ he said.

On behalf of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the President told the team to accept his commendations and best wishes for their meritorious service.

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‘Look at genuine complaints, suggestions to make Amotekun acceptable’, Oyo ALGON tells S/W governors

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The Association Of Local Government Of Nigeria, (ALGON) Oyo State Chapter on Thursday, urged Southwest governors to  look at all genuine complaints and suggestions to make the newly launched Western Nigeria Security Network  codenamed ‘Operation Amotekun’  generally acceptable so as to achieve its set goal of providing complementary security to all.

The association, while declaring support for the security outfit also appealed to the  governors to subject its operations to democratic control, management of communities and local government authorities as elected representatives of the grassroots for Amotekun not to be abused and misused.

Oyo ALGON  through its Chairman, Prince Ayodeji Abass Aleshinloye stated this at the New Year get together and review of year 2019 activities held at ALGON house, Ibadan, the state capital.

Prince Aleshinloye further disclosed that the association  will  set up a technical committee to study the situation and make recommendations to the governors on it.

“Let me state here that ALGON Oyo State supports Amotekun as we have been doing to create and support any move to address meaningfully the security of life and property as this is the fundamental objective and duty of government at all levels because without security there cannot be governance or development.

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“We however wish to appeal to South west governors to subject the operation of Amotekun to democratic control and management of communities and local government authorities as elected representatives of the grassroots for Amotekun not to be abused and misused”, Prince Alesinloye observed.

Reacting to the recent appointment of Caretaker Chairmen in the state , the ALGON boss  insisted that the continuous disregard of the Supreme Court judgement and High Court judgement that forbid dissolution of democratically elected Local Government functionaries shows clearly a flagrant disobedience and abuse of rule of law by the Seyi Makinde – led government.

Alesinloye, however dared Governor Makinde to produce the ‘Court Order’ he repeatedly claimed restrained the conduct of local government election organized during the tenure of former Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

“In his defense, the State Government said the Local Government election that was conducted by the last dispensation was illegal because it contravened court order. The government run by Engr. Seyi Makinde has been asked since then to produce and give evidence of the so-called “Court Order” they repeatedly claimed restrained the conduct of local government election organized during the tenure of Senator Abiola Ajimobi, but all this was to no avail. The order only exists in their imagination.

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“As if were not enough, the Governor in his usual characteristics, displayed yet another contempt to highest court of the land with the swearing-in of the outlawed caretaker committee to forcefully take over our seats that were not vacant by law.

“We are equally aware that recently, the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation has issued an advisory directive to the Attorneys General of all the 36 states including Oyo state, requesting they all comply with the decision of the Supreme court outlawing illegal dissolution of Local Councils and which set aside caretaker appointments over local councils.

“The HAGF by his letter demanded compliance with the Supreme court by a restoration of democratically elected Council Chairmen and Councillors in all councils in the states.

“Uptill now Governor Makinde and his government have continued to act illegally and contrary to democratic norms. We reiterate that we shall not fail to continue to fight this illegality prone, unjust and deceptive administration until Governor Makinde submits to, and obeys our constitution, court judgments and the rule of law, the continuing despise of which is an impeachable offence against him”, prince Aleshinloye concluded

 

 

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