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Makinde’s land grabbing allegation against Ajimobi is ridiculously false, says Oyo APC 

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The  All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has described the allegation of land grabbing against Senator Abiola Ajimobi by the Peoples Democratic Party’s administration of Engr. Oluseyi Makinde as a futile attempt to besmirch the reputation as well as records of achievements set by the former governor.

Makinde’s Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Kehinde Ayoola, had on Monday raised an alarm via a social media platform that he had uncovered a total of 26, 000 hectares of land which, he claimed, the immediate former governor dubiously allocated to himself from the expanse of government land available at a Forest Reserve in an unnamed location.

In its reactions to the development through a statement issued today and made available to journalists in Ibadan by its Assistant Publicity Secretary, Prince Ayobami Adejumo, Oyo APC said “the allegation was another in the series of fake news and decorated lies being employed by the present administration to cover up its lack of promise, incapacitation and incompetence.

“For the record, it is imperative to state here that Ajimobi administration left a solid foundation upon which those coming after it should build developmental policies and programmes since no single government can do everything. Key sectors such as; Security, Infrastructure, Education, Health and Agriculture were prioritized. It was on the basis of recognition of Agriculture as pivotal to employment generation, food security and industrialization which Sen. Ajimobi sought to attract direct local and foreign investment to the state through some ease-of-doing-business such as making land available to genuine prospective large-scale farmers.

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“Without mincing words, such allocation of land was done under the government’s policy called Agro Industrial Zones. The government resorted to this option when it became difficult to access land directly from our communities. The land that was allocated then were the depleted portion of the forest reserves. Depleted in the sense that they had been encroached upon and the trees had been felled illegally without any replacements. At no time did Ajimobi benefitted from such allocation and the records are there.

“The barefaced lies coming from Ayoola this time is an improvement on the numerous ones told against the same Sen. Ajimobi since Governor Makinde came to power on May 29. till date, allegations of contract inflation, treasury looting among others have not been substantiated beyond media subterfuge and idle talks. On this latest allegation, we request the official who raised the dust to either buttress his argument with facts or tender his unreserved apology to the former governor who he had wronged for no just reasons.

“Meanwhile, we are not unmindful of the fact that Gov. Makinde does not possess any blueprint or action plan with which he plans to run the state as governor but rather than waste time on experiments or importation of ideas from a Niger Delta state, he should sit down and study the programmes and policies of his immediate predecessor and run with it since government is a continuum globally.” The statement concluded.

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Bayelsa: PDP’s Douye Diri finally gets certificate of return

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has finally  presented the Certificate of Return to the Bayelsa state PDP candidate, Senator Douye Diri.

Diri’s deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo was also presented his certificate of return.

The electoral commission in a briefing at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja declared the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner of the November 16 Bayelsa governorship election.

According to the INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, Diri was declared the winner after top officials met on Friday morning to review the results of the election, without the votes of the APC which have been voided by the court.

“The total votes cast after excluding those of the APC now stand at 146,999. PDP polled 143,172 and scored 25 percent as required by the law,” Yakubu said during the briefing”.

Supreme Court in its verdict barely 24hours to the swearing in of sacked David Lyon, and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo declared Diri winner of the Bayelsa guber poll.

Justice Ejembi Ekwo, who read the lead judgment on Thursday made the orders after disqualifying the APC’s deputy governorship candidate, Degi-Eremienyo, as a candidate in the election for submitting forged certificates to INEC.

The court ruled that Degi-Eremienyo’s disqualification had infected the joint ticket with which he and the governorship candidate, Lyon, ran for and won November 16, 2019.

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A five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili then ordered the INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to the APC candidate.

 

 

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Apex court sacks Bayelsa governor elect, Lyon declares PDP’s Diri Duoye

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The Supreme Court has sacked the governor-elect of Bayelsa State, David Lyon, and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo.

A five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to the All Progressives Congress’ candidate as the winners of the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.

The Apex Court ordered INEC to issue a fresh certificate of return to the candidate of the party with the next highest votes and with the required constitutional spread of votes in the results of the election, which are the Peoples Democratic Party.

Justice Ejembi Ekwo, who read the lead judgment made the orders after disqualifying the APC’s deputy governorship candidate, Degi-Eremienyo, as a candidate in the election.

The court upheld the November 12, 2019 judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja which had disqualified Degi-Eremienyo in the election for submitting forged certificates to INEC.

The court ruled that Mister Degi-Eremienyo’s disqualification had infected the joint ticket with which he and the governorship candidate, Lyon, ran for and won November 16, 2019.

The five-man panel further held that on the basis of that both candidates and their party, the APC ought to have abstained from participating in the election.

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LG crisis: Court urges Govt, sacked chairmen to explore amicable resolution

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An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan, the state capital, on Wednesday adjourned till 21st February, 2020 the suit filed by the State Government in which it is seeking to restrain the sacked council chairmen from forcefully taking over the council secretariats in the state.

The sacked Council Chairmen under the aegis of Association of Local Government of Nigeria(ALGON) had sought to take control of the council secretariats by relying on a letter written by the Attorney General of the Federation,Abubakar Malami (SAN) and another by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, urging them to put effect to a judgement of the Supreme Court on local government administration in Ekiti State.

The Court presided by Justice Mahmood Abbas, lauded the parties for considering the option of amicable resolution of the matter, urging them to exercise maturity while discussing the option of amicable settlement.

Ruling on the application to allow for the parties to further explore the out-of-court settlement option, Justice Abbas adjourned the matter till February 21, warning all parties to see what they could do to arrive at an amicable resolution.

Oyo State Government and ALGON had, at the last adjourned date on February 5, 2020, declared the readiness to explore an out-of-court settlement, with the Court adjoining till February 12 to allow for that option.

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The parties had, on Wednesday, approached the court to report the outcome of the out-of-court settlement option, which was agreed upon at the February 5, 2020 sitting.

In their presentations, counsels to the claimant/applicant(the State Government), Dr. Akin Onigbinde (SAN) and the counsels to the defendants(ALGON and others), reported on the meetings held to explore the out-of-court settlement option, noting that a settlement could not be reached on the matter so far.

Dr. Onigbinde stated that though the parties could not reach a conclusion on the amicable resolution of the dispute, the process could not be described as having failed, because some proposals were made, which the Government looked at and registered its difficulty in accepting.

“There was no failure of the first attempt. There is always a progression in this type of negotiation. It is not the day you start that you conclude. Actually, we have made some progress because there were certain proposals made, which we have looked at. We have registered our difficulty in accepting them. Now, we have another opportunity to look at those proposals again. So, it cannot be characterised as a failure. I will consider it as a stage in the process of what we are trying to achieve,” he said.

The counsel to the sacked chairmen, Mr. Kunle Sobaloju, maintained that though the parties could not come to an amicable resolution at the two meetings between last Saturday and Monday, his clients were not opposed to the out-of-court-settlement option.

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He added that he would not be opposing the application to further explore that option, because the resolution of the matter would be in the interest of the state.

The Court lauded the parties for considering the option of amicable settlement, urging them to exercise maturity while discussing the option of settlement.

The presiding judge maintained that parties in the matter were stakeholders in the Oyo State project, noting that they would have to take the most valuable decision in the matter with a view to amicably resolving the crisis in the interest of the state.

He added that all parties in the matter must exercise a lot of maturity while discussing amicable resolution, noting that settlement “means a little compromise here and there.

He said: “I did say during the last adjournment that all parties in this case are stakeholders in the Oyo State project… So, all parties must exercise a lot of maturity. The only duty of this court is to listen to all facts as you bring them and apply the law. The law is there, nobody can change it. The court cannot change the law. But the most valuable decision in this case will be taken by the parties.”

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