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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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Oyo LG Crisis: ALGON condemns Makinde’s proposal, says ‘payoff’ violates anti corruption war

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The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo State chapter has condemned the suggestion by Governor Seyi Makinde to pay them off, describing the idea as antithetical to the war against corruption.

Contained in a letter written to the Counsel to the State Government, Mr Akin Onigbinde SAN by ALGON through its lawyer, Kunle Sobaloju Esq , the sacked elected chairmen said the suggestion is a disservice to the people of their local government and Oyo State to collect financial compensation in lieu of their constitutionally guaranteed tenure.

The Association also expressed appreciation to the government for recognizing and acknowledging their mandate as the democratically elected officials of the 33 Local Council and 35 local development areas respectively by offering to pay them their salaries.

“We refer to your letter dated 20th February, 2020 and have brought the contents of the said letter to the notice of our client which they have considered, and by this letter, we wish to communicate their response to you.

The letter reads, “We have our clients’ instruction to express their appreciation to his Excellency for recognizing and acknowledging our clients’ mandate as the democratically elected Chairmen and Councilors of the 33 Local Government Councils and 35 LCDAs in Oyo State by offering to pay them their salaries and allowances due.

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“However, our clients consider it a disservice to the people of their respective Local Government Areas and the entire people of Oyo State to collect financial compensation as proposed by you in lieu of their constitutionally guaranteed election tenure.

“Our Clients are equally of the view that accepting financial compensation by way of your calculated salary and severance allowance would amount to aiding the breach of the constitution and may also lead to violation of anti-corruption laws by collecting salaries and allowances for a futuristic job tenure yet to be lived out.

“We therefore have our clients’ instruction to inform you that the financial pay off proposed is unacceptable to them.

“We appreciate your efforts towards the amicable settlement of issues between the parties and convey our professional regards of the highest esteem”, the letter concluded.

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Real Reason Why Oyo ALGON Rejected Makinde’s ‘Pay Off Deal’ {Read Full Details}

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The sacked elected Council Chairmen  under the aegis of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo state chapter on Friday said the pay off deal proposed by Governor Seyi Makinde would amount to aiding the breach of the constitution and may also leads to violation of anti – corruption law by collecting salaries and allowances for futuristic job tenure yet to be lived out.

 

While rejecting the ‘Pay Off Deal’, the Council Chairmen reechoed their  resolve to complete their tenure as constitutionally guaranteed, just as they opined that rather than accepting the financial pay off deal,  the Seyi Makinde led government should appoint two additional supervisory councilors and one Liaison officer who will work together with the elected local government officials in all the LGAs and LCDAs.
 

The government’s counsel, Akin Onigbinde SAN had earlier sought for an Out of Court Settlement’  which was adopted by all stakeholders involved in the crisis rocking the local governments in the state.

 

 

ALGON,  in a document dated 21 February, 2020 jointly signed by its Chairman, Prince Abass Aleshinloye and Pastor Jesutoye (Secretary) and obtained by Mega Icon Magazine further considered it a disservice to the people of their respective Local Government Areas and the entire people of Oyo State to collect financial compensation as proposed in lieu of their constitutionally guaranteed tenure

 

“ALGON considers it a disservice to the people of their respective Local Government Areas and the entire people of Oyo State to collect financial compensation as proposed in lieu of our constitutionally guaranteed tenure. ALGON is equally of the view that accepting financial compensation by way of calculated salary and severance allowance would amount to aiding the breach of the constitution and may also leads to violation of anticorruption law by collecting salaries and allowances for futuristic job tenure yet to be lived out .

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“ALGON therefore resolved that the financial pay off proposed in the offers unacceptable to us hence we reiterate our resolve to complete our tenure as constitutionally guaranteed.

“In the overall interest of our dear state and to achieve a robust and participatory governance at the grass root, ALGON opined that the government may appoint additional TWO Supervisory Councilors, and ONE Liason Officer per LGA and LCDA, to the existing and already inaugurated appointed ones, to make government of all inclusive. ALGON believes this is idea”, the document reads

The association , however lauded  Governor Makinde for recognizing and acknowledging the elected chairpersons and councilors by offering to pay them salaries and allowances.

“ALGON express appreciation to His Excellency, for recognizing and acknowledging our mandate as the democratically elected chairmen and councilors of the 33 local government councils and 35 LCDAs in Oyo state by offering to pay us salaries and allowances of due although this was coming from the 16 days after the initiative was moved on the 15th of February, 2020” .

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Oyo: ‘Sycophants Want Me Out Of PDP’ – Olopoenia

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A prominent chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) In Oyo State, Alhaji Adebisi Olopoenia, on Sunday disclosed that some sycophants who have formed cabal around the governor of the state, Engineer Seyi Makinde want him out of the party.

While speaking with Journalists on the heel of the rumour going round that he has perfected plan to leave the PDP,  Olopoenia maintained that despite the fact that he owe nobody any explanation or apology if he wishes to leave the party as founding members of the PDP and one of the few that has in no time left the party, millions of those sycophants cannot move him out of the party.

He explained that these sycophants want him out of the party by all means as a result of his advice to the Governor on the issue surrounding the National Union of Road and Transport Workers (NURTW), noting that the issue of the NURTW was what bastardized the government of former Governor Adebayo Alao Akala when he was in PDP.

And not to let history repeat itself again, he continue to advice Governor Makinde on the issue and others but these sycophants who have formed cabal around him, and who have went into agreement with a faction of NURTW started waging war against him.

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“When the advice wanted to turn to another thing, I have to back out. Some said I want to be the Chairman of the Union, that’s why am against the choice of a factional leader to lead the Union, some said I have interest in another factional leader.

“But my own interest is the peaceful atmosphere in the state and that was the reason I was cautioning the Governor on the issue but when it wanted to turn to another thing entirely to the extent that my life was in danger, I had to back out”.

It would be recalled that few weeks ago Olopoenia raised an alarm of threat to his life, saying a factional leader of the NURTW in the state is planning to assassinate him.

According to him, “some sycophants who have formed themselves as cabal around Governor Makinde wants me out of the PDP but million of them cannot move me out of the party.

“Though if I wish to leave the PDP today, I owe nobody any explanation. I am one of the founding members of the the party, I am one of the few who has never for a leave the party. Those who are carry the rumour that I wanted to leave the party, are those who are looking for what to eat, they have left the party in several occasions but find their way into the government.

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“Why would I leave the party that I build, when Governor Ajimobi was in power in 2012, he invited me to join his party, I refused. When Governor Akala left the PDP to Labour party, despite our closeness, I didn’t followed him.

“I started the reformation of the PDP in 2015, bringing back those who have left, working tirelessly to bring PDP back to power in 2019, why would now leave the party when we are in government.

“But I owe nobody any apology or explanation if I decided to leave but I am not leaving, the rumour is the handiwork of sycophants who have formed cabal around the Governor but they cannot destroy our party neither the government”, he said.

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