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Oyo ADC, A Party Without Functional Secretariat

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IN an apparent contravention of the statutory requirement of its existence as a political party, the African Democratic Congress (ADC) has no functional secretariat in Oyo State, Mega Icon Magazine exclusively gathered.

The ADC failed to adhere strictly to the constitutional requirements guiding its registration as the party. It finds it difficult to secure an established office for reasonable presence as well as keeping the party’s business running in an efficient, organized way.

Confirming this, top sources, who confided in our reporter disclosed that former Governor Rashidi Ladoja had earlier donated the old Accord Party Secretariat situated at Samonda, Ibadan, to the party, a gesture, which was reportedly rejected by members of Unity Forum, the breakaway faction of the Oyo State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) which joined the ADC.

The sources also hinted further that an ADC guber aspirant, Mr Festus Adegoke, who owns the Old Ife road property where the party was using as its temporary secretariat has ejected the state executives out of the office.

Despite raising several millions of naira through the sales of nomination and expression of interest forms; unfortunately, the INEC forms were distributed to candidates at the Ajorosun House and a club, housed by Cocoa House, according to the sources

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For the governorship category, the nomination form goes for N5 million, and expression of interest, N1million, totalling N6 million. For Senate, nomination form is N2 million, and expression of interest, N500,000. This adds up to N2.5 million. Total expression of Interest and nomination forms for the House of Representatives is N1 million, and for State House of Assembly, N450,000.

However, the stone that the builders rejected could be said to have now become the cornerstone as the party struggles to secure the former Accord Party secretariat donated by Chief Ladoja which was earlier rejected.

Meanwhile, a close source to the former governor on Thursday told our reporter that the Ibadan High Chief Rasidi Ladoja has completed plans to handover the Samonda building to the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Oyo State, as its secretariat.

He added that the building is presently wearing ZLP logo.

 

 

By Idowu Ayodele 

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‘Cooperate with us’, Oyo ALGON tells Makinde

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The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo state chapter on Monday called on Governor Seyi Makinde to cooperate with the elected council chairmen as they announced  plans to resume immediately in obedience to the judgement of the Supreme Court and other Courts.

Oyo ALGON in a statement signed by its Chairman, Prince Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye in Ibadan, the state capital and made available to Mega Icon Magazine also disclosed   that the association was fully aware of the letter the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), sent to the Oyo State Government through the Office of the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, calling the attention of Oyo State Government to its illegal and unconstititional act of dissolving democratically elected local government administration in the state.

He added that the AGF sited and relied on several subsisting court judgements including Supreme Court which is the highest court in the country.

The statement reads, “This has been our own position too in ALGON Oyo State that no governor or House of Assembly has the right to embark on a futile unconstitutional journey to tramp on the law in order to achieve a predetermined illegal act like what Governor Makinde had done.

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“Democracy survives on the rule of law and strict adherence to democratic tenets. Democracy is sustained by rule of law and not rule or caprice of men. As the erudite late Lord Justice Denning posited: “Be ye never so high, the law is above you.

“In view of the latest positive development that definitely complement our resolute struggle to defend democracy and grassroots governance, we want to assure the governor and the good people of Oyo State that we as elected chairmen of local government and local council development areas are always ready to work with the state government to advance our dear state to greater height as soon as we resume duty .

“His Excellency, Governor Makinde has nothing to fear since we have no personal grudge against him or any official of his government beyond our principled stand that the constitution, rule of law and Supreme Court judgement which has a national jurisdiction must be obeyed at all times.

“We once again appreciate all our members who are steadfast to defend our democratically given mandate and grassroots democracy. Now that we are resuming, we appeal to our members including councilors to redouble their efforts in giving their utmost best immediately we resume.

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“To the objective, nonpartisan and conscientious members of the media, we owe our gratitude. Our appreciation to discerning democracy loving Oyo State citizens across political divides for standing firm in support of our resistance to the breach of the Law. I thank you”, the statement concluded .

 

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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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