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Oyo Guber Tribunal:Results of parties not correctly recorded, witness tells tribunal

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As the on going Oyo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal is gradually reaching an interesting stage, the All Progressives Congress (APC) prosecution witness Abiola Ashiru has told the tribunal that majority of recorded votes for the parties in the poll were incorrect.

The prosecution witness stated this on Monday while being  examined by the counsel to the Independent Nation Electoral Commission (INEC) Mr Kehinde Akinlolu.

Mr Ashiru, who was the agent of APC in Ward 5 polling unit 4 in Oyo East Local government Area of the state explained that the total number of votes cast was 304 as against 302 recorded in the form.

He stressed that the accredited voters was 309 while votes rejected were five, totalling the number of votes cast by the political parties to be 304 and not 302 recorded by INEC.

Mr Ashiru also told to the tribunal that he disagree with what was recorded in the result sheet as 93 votes was recorded for APC instead of 97 votes counted on election day.

Asking if he signed the result sheet, the prosecution witness said he signed the form in order to collect his copy of the result sheet.

In a related development,  another prosecution witness, Mrs Kafayat Iyiola from Kajola Local Government said that the exercise was marred by violence in some parts of her council area.

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In his response shortly after the tribunal sitting, the Publicity Secretary of APC in Ibadan South East Local Government,  Mr Femi Awogboro said with the evidences from prosecution witnesses there is no doubt that the exercise was not credible.

He added that  the decision of APC to approach the election tribunal was due to sharp practices perpetrated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  in conjunction with INEC.

The election tribunal led by Justice Sirajo Muhammed is expected to receive more prosecution witnesses from Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun area of Oyo state as sitting progresses in its constitutional duty on Tuesday 25th June.

 

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Exclusive: Again, Another PDP Chieftain Rejects Governor Makinde’s Appointment

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Another chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who was a former member of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Abioye Mathew Adegboyega has rejected his appointment by the State  Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde as a member of Agricultural Credit of Oyo State, Mega Icon Magazine exclusively gathered

Our checks also revealed that Hon. Abioye’s appointment was conveyed to him through a letter of appointment addressed to him by the Secretary to the state government, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun dated 1st December, 2020.

A source , very close to the government who confided in our reporter informed that Hon. Abioye returned the letter of appointment given to him at room 20, Governor’s office, Secretariat, Ibadan on Wednesday 2nd December, 2020 without adducing any reason for rejection and left.

However, one of his close associates who did not want his name to be mentioned lamented that Governor Seyi Makinde is only trying to relegate the former lawmaker  politically by given him an appointment that is too demeaning for his personality.

He wondered why Hon. Abioye popularly called ‘Elder’ with such a huge political profile would be relegated by given him a low profile appointment when other candidates who lost election under the PDP like him including Hon. Mojeed Mogbonjubola, Hon. Kunle Yusuff, Hon. Abayomi Oyedeji, Hon. Segun Ogunwuyi and Hon. Afeez Jimoh that had earlier been appointed were given juicy political appointments.

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According to him, “to me the appointment is too demeaning for my leader considering his calibre, political records as a two term member of the Oyo State House of Assembly, former member, Board of Director of Oyo State Finance and Investment in 2006 and his contributions to the emergence of His Excellency, Engr Seyi Makinde as the Governor of Oyo State and the expenses incurred during the election.

“I remember vividly how he used his influence to prevent Sen. Ayoade Adeseun from getting all the candidates from our zone in Ogo Oluwa/Surulere during the primary election that produced Engr Seyi Makinde as our gubernatorial candidate in 2019 election.

“I also remember how a former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja had promised to make him board Chairman and handed over the structure of the party in Ogo Oluwa/Surulere to him in 2004 before he fell apart with late Baba Adedibu which led to his impeachment in 2005. So, I think he deserves something that is better than a mere board member”, he lamented.

When contacted, Hon. Abioye did not state any reason for rejecting the appointment but said that his being in politics is not about holding elected or political appointment alone but to discharge his divine mandate of leading the people and impact positively on their lives.

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He added that though he has not been contacted by either the Governor or any of his aides to ask him reason for rejecting the appointment, he still remains bonafide member and supporter of Engr Seyi Makinde led administration in the State.

It would be recalled that Hon. Abioye Mathew Adegboyega was a two term member of the Oyo State House of Assembly representing Ogo Oluwa/Surulere state constituency between 2007 to 2015. He was a candidate of the PDP for Ogo Oluwa/Surulere Federal constituency in the 2019 election but lost to the candidate of the APC.

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Oyo APC expresses readiness for December 12 membership registration exercise

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As the December 12, 2020 date announced for the commencement of the All Progressives Congress’ membership registration and revalidation exercise approaches, the Oyo state chapter of the party has expressed its readiness and preparedness for the exercise as it called on those “external forces planning to polarize the party in the state for selfish reasons to stay away or be ready to lick their own wounds.

The Yobe State Governor, Mallam Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) had on Monday announced the commencement of the party membership registration and revalidation. According to the Committee, the four weeks exercise has been scheduled to take place simultaneously in all the wards in the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) between December 12, 2020 and January 9, 2021.

Oyo APC, in a statement issued on Wednesday and made available to journalists in Ibadan by its Assistant Publicity Secretary, Prince Ayobami Adejumo, opined that ” the planned exercise was critical to the future of the party as it was necessary for all stakeholders comprising APC leadership at all levels, genuine democrats and patriots to play their part and ensure the exercise record a huge success.

“In Oyo APC, all hands are on deck to deliver on the mandate as we are already putting in place the necessary arrangement to accommodate both the teeming existing and prospective members across the 351 Wards in the state. The Chief Akin Oke-led Executive Committee will leave no stone unturned to make the atmosphere conducive for all stakeholders and supporters of our great party to work together and come up with accurate data bank for party faithful as desired.

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“Meanwhile, it is equally pertinent to make a strong appeal to our Party’s national headquarters not to give any room for saboteurs and divisive elements who might want to compromise the smooth conduct of the exercise in Oyo state. As it stands now, the question of individuals or groups trying to outdo one another is not expected before and during the exercise because the goal of membership registration and revalidation goes beyond self aggrandizement or settling of scores among gladiators.

“This time, we would not close our eyes at the possible incursion of some external forces backed by some over zealous political players within the APC who are still hell bent of sponsoring crisis in Oyo APC for their own selfish ends ahead of the next general elections. As a matter of fact, the national leadership of our great party is being put on notice that we are capable of handling the exercise as one united family because stakeholders are aware of the task before the party in the state.

“What is more important to us is how to ensure that every willing person is captured in the party’s data base regardless of their location and physical status before the end of it all. The situation in Oyo state now indicates that electorate would be willing to return us to power again in 2023 as doing so would afford them the opportunity to have unhindered access to public safety, improved infrastructure, clean environment, prosperity among other basic things which the current PDP administration has shown that it lacked the capacity to provide”, the statement read.

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‘No informed mind would celebrate Makinde over NUC’S ceding of LAUTECH to Oyo’ – APC

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The All Progressives Congress in Oyo state has faulted state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over an alleged shameless attempt to mislead the public on the decision of the National University Commission (NUC) to cede the full control of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso to Oyo state government.

The NUC, had on Friday, announced that the joint ownership of the 30 year-old Ivory Tower had ceased to be following a mutual agreement between the two states who were hitherto responsible for its funding and management.

It is recalled that the University was founded by the military government of the old Oyo state in 1990 while Osun state was carved out of Oyo in 1991 but the Institution was not among the assets shared between the two states as at that time.

Meanwhile, agitation for ceding of the University to Oyo state began to gain momentum from a section of the state when Osun state established its own state University in December 2006 and the then administration of Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola made a multi campus institution. The call was heightened recently when funding became an issue for the Institution even though governments of the two owner states blamed poor utilization of resources by the school management for this.

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In a statement issued at the weekend and made available to journalists in Ibadan by its Assistant Publicity Secretary, Prince Ayobami Adejumo, Oyo APC described the NUC’s proclamation as a welcome development even as the party cautioned that “it ought not to be celebrated by any reasonable person, group or government in view of its unpleasant implications which could be understood by only discerning minds.

“We received the news from the NUC with mixed feelings; on one hand, it could address the issues of buck passing and under funding of the great academic institution but on the other hand, the development underscore the fact that a lot still has to be done to entrench unity, love and brotherliness among the peoples of Oyo and Osun states who have just demonstrated lack of trust and cooperation amongst them over this LAUTECH issue.

“As a matter of fact, Gov. Makinde or Oyo PDP did nothing to actualize the sole ownership desire as what happened last Friday was the completion of a process started by a former governor of the state, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala whose people in Ogbomoso pressurized to pursue the goal for obvious reasons. Late Senator Abiola Ajimobi who governed the state between 2011 and 2019 could not have toed the same line because he probably felt it was reasonable for LAUTECH to remain a joint heritage of Oyo and Osun states.

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“Meanwhile, it is a height of insincerity and immorality for Gov. Makinde and his lackeys to embark on any celebration over the termination of joint ownership of LAUTECH between the two brother states during his own time. And if anything, Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun state deserves kudos for being magnanimous enough to let go since there are no indication that Oyo state government paid any compensation for taking what is seemingly a greater share from the facilities.

“A snap check with NUC would reveal that Makinde did nothing concrete or special to claim the University from Osun as what essentially worked in favour of the Pacesetters state was the location of the University on its soil in Ogbomoso while Osun also claimed the Teaching Hospital located in its own state capital – Osogbo. We, therefore, challenge Gov. Makinde to make public his strategy deployed to defeat Osun state in the last 18 months as he now claims through his bootlickers.

“It is worthy of note that Gov. Makinde would only make a hero if he could replicate the magic which produced LAUTECH in its early days or the one that manifested the first Technical University in Nigeria. And as the whole world waits patiently for the aftermath of the dramatic cutting of ties between two brother states, we urge Oyo state government to take full advantage of whatever opportunity available to them and ensure that the University does not suffer on account of fake promises which is the pastime of the current PDP administration”, APC submitted.

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