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Oyo 2019: Onigbinde emerges AD guber candidate

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Caretaker committee holds parallel primary

 

FORMER Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Dr Akin Onigbinde has emerged the governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy in the state.

Onigbinde emerged at the party congress which was held on Saturday at A-Three Hotel, Along Iwo Road-Ojoo Expressway, Ibadan.

The primary which was organised by the Michael Akinropo led state executives was witnessed by party national leaderships, southwest leadership, officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission amongst other delegates.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Onigbinde who emerged through the nomination and affirmation by the delegates emerged unopposed alongside three senatorial candidates, 12 house of representative candidates and 32 house of assembly flag bearers.

Meanwhile, another caretaker committee of the party led by Pastor Akin Alamu also held its congress at the Greenspring Hotel, Old Ife Road, Ibadan.

But the National Legal Adviser, Mr Kehinde Aworela who as at the Akinropo’s led primary where Onigbinde emerged said, the party constitution does not in anyway recognise caretaker committee but affirmed Onigbinde and other candidates for other elective positions as duly recognised flagbearers of the party for the 2019 general elections.

Present at the Akinropo’s led primary are delegates from all the 351 wards in the state, state executives and about over 15 national officers of the party.

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The national officers who monitored the exercise include, the National Vice Chairman/Southwest Chairman, Otunba Tayo Onayemi, National Vice Chairman South South, Mr Keneth Brown Ebughe, Chairman Congress and Primary Committee who also doubles as the National Welfare Officer, Mr John Okafor, Assistant National Secretary, Idris Musa Mohammed, National Deputy Legal Adviser, Mr Ken Emekowa, National Auditor, Mr John Onoku, Assistant National Organising Secretary, Mr Abubarkar Germans and National Women Leader, Abigirl Aina.

Others are, National Ex-Officio, Mr Steve Omodogbe, Osun state chairman, Mr Olapade Fakunle, National Legal Adviser, Mr Kehinde Aworela, National Ex-Officio, Hajia Sadatu Bello, National Organising Secretary, Roland Kiente and Deputy Nations Treasurer, Ahmad Sagir amongst others.

The Alamu led caretaker primary, which produces Mr Akeem Alao as the governorship candidate was witnessed by the party National Secretary, Mr Akin Fasogbon, a party chieftain, Mr Ayinla Bello, Ekiti state caretaker committee chairman, Mr Famuseye Charles.

Addressing the delegates at the Akinropo’s primary, the Chairman, National Congress Planning Committee for Oyo state party delegates Congress and party primary, Mr Okafor said the national leadership of the party was shocked at what he described as the private decision of some individuals to set up caretaker committee, noting that any other primary held outside of the one witnessed by the national leaderships is a nullity.

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He said “We are all shocked at the private decision of Mr Joseph Avazi and the National Secretary, Mr Akin Fasogbon to create a caretaker committee to run the affairs of Oyo state.

“Apart from the fact that our party does not know or recognise a caretaker committee structure in our party, it has no place in our constitution and if any decision of such magnitude were to be taken, it cannot be taken by only two persons pretending to be chairman and secretary NWC and NEC all roles into one. The party cannot be greater than the whole. Neither NWC nor NEC was privy to such a decision.”

State chairman, Mr Akinropo noted that the party used to be a united house until Azazi and Fasogbon sowed the seed of discord.

He assured the members that the illegality would soon be resolved by the court, noting that the matter of caretaker committee is already laid before it.

National Legal Adviser, Mr Aworela distance the party of its national leadership from any other purported primary by any individual or group, noting that the party which is known for its integrity and uprightness will not allow any form of illegality in its fold.

Dr Onigbinde in his acceptance speech thanked the national leadership, state executives, local government execñutives and all the delegates for the confidence reposed in him to fly the flag of the party come 2019 governorship election.

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He assured the people of the state that the party still has all that it takes to bring the state back on track and restore its pace setting glory with both human and infrastructural development that would impact on the people.

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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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Prince Aleshinloye

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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Real Reason Why Buhari Joined Partisan Politics After 1985 Coup

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Nigeria’s President,  Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed why he took an interest in politics after ruling the country as a military general.

President Buhari  informed that the decision to join politics was taken after a clean bill on his integrity by those who detained him after the 1985 military coup.

He added  that his record as governor of the North East, Minister of Petroleum, and Head of State was thoroughly checked and nothing incriminating was found.

“After I was released and nothing was found on me, I took interest in politics,” he told a group of youths on Friday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

“This is what pushed me into partisan politics; to serve with integrity. So, I decided to try leadership as a civilian, after taking off the military uniform, Buhari added.

The President while receiving youth leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the six geo-political zones, also advised the younger generation to keep a broader view of the country as one entity, and continuously de-emphasise ethnic and religious backgrounds in nation-building.

He said, “Whether we like it or not, we will someday handover to Nigerian youths. And you have to brace up for leadership.

“Some interest groups will come up with ethnic, religious issues, but you have to look at the broader picture.”

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“We had a civil war that consumed over 2 million Nigerians, and we learned our lessons. Nigeria is one country, and no one should take our firmness for granted,” President Buhari was quoted as saying in a statement by his media adviser, Femi Adesina.

On his second tenure, the President gave the assurance that he would be more firm, focused and relentless in delivering results.

He also promised to ensure the country was secure, stimulate the economy to work for all, and fight corruption.

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