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Oyo Coalition: We Remain With Makinde- Bayo Lawal

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The withdrawal of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) governorship candidate, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin from the coalition of parties that worked for the election of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has been described as unilateral, shocking and unexpected.

The standard-bearer of the ADC for the Oyo North Senatorial District and former Commissioner for Justice, Chief Bayo Lawal, made this known in a statement on Wednesday, vowing that he and his supporters would remain with Makinde and support him to deliver his manifesto to the people of the state.

He called on the people of the state to continue to support the governor, while admonishing politicians not to distract the new government.

According to Lawal, Senator Lanlehin did not consult with the leadership of the ADC before making the announcement to withdraw from the coalition, noting that the party had, at a meeting with Lanlehin in attendance, resolved to forge a strong alliance with Makinde with a view to supporting it to deliver good governance to the state.

Lawal dissociated himself from the withdrawal, which he described as unilateral, saying: “Two weeks ago, a meeting was held at Chief Koleoso’s house; a respected, upright and practical man of integrity. In attendance were leaders of ADC, PA Ayo Adebanjo and Governor Seyi Makinde. It was resolved that we would all cooperate with the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde in the interest of good governance and enhancement of good people of Oyo state from abject poverty, embracement of infrastructural development, rehabilitation of health and education facilities which crave for urgent attention, development of Agriculture etc etc.

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“Therefore the new administration needs cooperation and support, not only from coalition political leaders, but also all indigenes of Oyo state, notwithstanding agreement.

“At another meeting held about two days ago in one of the leaders’ house in Ibadan, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin briefed the stakeholders on the number of offices given to ADC and a resolution was passed on sharing the offices based on the tendencies in ADC. It was further agreed that ADC would forge a strong alliance with the new administration to deliver on its avowed manifestoes,” Lawal said.

“I, Barrister Bayo Lawal and my teeming supporters across Oyo state in general and Oyo North Senatorial district in particular disassociate from the unilateral decision of Senator Olufemi Lanlehin to opt out of our coalition agreement

“We also declare our support for the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration in the state to deliver his manifestoes for the good people of Oyo state,” the statement reads.

 

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Appeal Court ruling: ‘No one can snatch the joy of Oyo people’ – Makinde 

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The Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, has deck that the mandate of the people of Oyo State given to him through the March 9, 2019, remains intact following the ruling of the Court of Appeal in Ibadan on Monday.

Governor Makinde, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, also declared that the mandate given to him by the people of Oyo State cannot be taken through the backdoor.

The statement stressed: “There is no ambiguity as to the state of things in our Pacesetter State as far as the election of March 9, 2019, is concerned. Our party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won the election.

The victory was reaffirmed by a ruling of the Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Ibadan, the state capital.

“On Monday, the Court of Appeal, also sitting in Ibadan, delivered its judgement on the appeal by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adebayo Adelabu.

“In its ruling, the Appeal Court refused to grant any of the three key reliefs sought by the APC candidate.

“The Court refused to nullify the election; it refused to order a fresh election and it also refused to order the retrial of the petition.

“With the above being the reality of the outcome of the Appeal Court ruling, the election of Engineer Seyi Makinde as the Governor of Oyo State has just been reaffirmed.

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“There is nothing in the Appeal Court’s ruling that affects the returns made by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and there is nothing that tampers with the mandate freely given to Engineer Seyi Makinde by the people of Oyo State.”

“Governor Makinde hereby urges the good people of Oyo State to remain calm and refuse to be provoked by agents of disruption who are seeking to upturn the truth, which remains constant against all odds.

“We also wish to enjoin the people of Oyo State to ignore the doctored reports in some media outlets, which are merely quoting the judgement of the Court of Appeal out of context.

“With a clear margin of Makinde’s 515,621 votes to Adelabu’s 357,982 votes, the preference of the people of Oyo State is as clear as day and night”, the statement added.

While reassuring the people of Oyo State that he cannot be deterred from taking the state to greater heights through the implementation of his four-point service agenda, Governor Makinde insisted that positive governance and unprecedented development will continue to be the portion of the people of Oyo state through his tenure.

 

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Oyo PDP Reacts To Appeal Court Ruling, Says ‘No Vacancy In Agodi Government House’

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo state has  described the judgment of the Election Petition Appeal Panel sitting in Ibadan, the state capital as a test case for the judiciary and nascent democracy, noting that the judgment in one breadth claimed retrial at the lower tribunal is impossible while it did not tamper with the results of the gubernatorial election that ushered in Engr Seyi Makinde as the Governor of Oyo State.

 

Meanwhile, the Court of Appeal had on Monday said  the Judgement of the lower Election Petition Tribunal which dismissed the petition of the APC’s governorship candidate, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, challenging the election of Engr. Oluseyi Makinde, of the Peoples Democratic Party, as the Governor of Oyo State in the election held on 9th March 2019 was perverse and therefore set the Judgement aside.

 

But, the PDP in a statement signed by its publicity secretary, Engr Akeem Olatunji explained that going by the judgment of the Appeal Court, the party’s gubernatorial nominee, Makinde remains the Governor of Oyo State, adding  that the party got her mandate through the March 9th election of which the Judges could not fault its fairness.

 

The statement reads, “the PDP is happy that the tribunal upheld the election in her ruling.

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“Governor Seyi Makinde as the candidate of PDP polled 515,621 votes as against 357,982 votes scored by the APC candidate, Bayo Adelabu, with a wide margin of over 150,000 votes to defeat the APC candidate.

 

“Such a landslide victory freely given by the Oyo State electorates and the entire masses is beyond manipulation or abracadabra.

“Governor Seyi Makinde did not get his mandate through the lower Election Petition Tribunal but in a free, fair and credible election conducted by INEC, hence the mandate is intact and it should be noted that Agodi government house is not vacant for whatever reason until 2023 when INEC will be lifting bans on political aspiration.

“We are not in crisis, the Governor is unruffled and our great party, PDP, views the whole drama as a charade of absurdity.

“If APC feels aggrieved, they are free to continue litigation, while we at PDP will continue with good governance and exemplary political leadership”, the statement concluded

 

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Adelabu Vs Makinde: Oyo APC Commends Appellate Court, Appeals For Calm 

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Following the Monday verdict of the Appellate Court, sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital which decided on the prayers of its gubernatorial candidate in the 2019 general election, the All Progressives Congress in the State has reaffirmed its strong belief in the Judiciary being the pillar of hope for the sustenance of democracy.

The Court of Appeal found that the Judgement of the lower Tribunal which dismissed the petition of the APC’s gubernatorial candidate, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, challenging the election of Engr. Oluseyi Makinde, of the Peoples Democratic Party, as the Governor of Oyo State in the election held on 9th March 2019 was perverse and therefore set the Judgement aside.

While reacting to the development through a statement issued by its Assistant Publicity Secretary, Prince Ayobami Adejumo, Oyo APC lauded the Appellate Court’s Judges for their pronouncement which validated the claims of the plaintiffs in the matter before it but “regretted that the good people of the state would still have to wait for the final adjudication on the case before our candidate could reclaim his mandate.

“The verdict given on Monday was unambiguous, apt and sound enough to convince any informed mind about the genuineness of our claim that Makinde’s declaration as the winner of the March 9 poll was done by INEC in error. The results announced were ridiculously inflated and there is no way such conspiracy could stand the test of proper scrutiny as this was just confirmed by the Appellate Court.

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“While we use this opportunity to salute the court for living up to its responsibility as the last hope of the common man, we are appealing to the good people of the state including Oyo APC faithful and other key stakeholders to remain calm and resist being provoked, in whatever way or form, by the PDP government and its agents who are apparently occupying the Agodi Government House on a borrowed time.

“Obviously, the next line of action is for us as a Party and our gubernatorial hopeful to approach the Supreme Court for perfection of the landmark verdict delivered by the Court of Appeal today and, by the special Grace of God, we shall obtain favorable judgment from the Apex Court as only this would lend credence to the fact Nigeria’s democratic practice is premised on free and fair elections as well as the rule of law.

“In the history of our dear state, we are witnessing another era when the conspiracy of a small clique has slowed down the progress of the majority. All we want to do at this crucial time is to urge our party faithful, other key stakeholders and the good people of the state to be prayerful and watchful as the whole world expects the final determination in our favour at the Apex Court in no distant time to enable the Pacesetter State rise again”, APC added.

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