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Oyo South: Anxiety As Ajimobi, Balogun Know Fate Tomorrow

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Tomorrow is judgment day at the Oyo State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ibadan,  in the Oyo South Senatorial District case filed by former Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the All Progressives Congress (APC), questioning the victory of Sen. Kola Balogun of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23, 2019 National Assembly elections.

Palpable anxiety has gripped the camps of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state due to fear of the unknown, Mega Icon Magazine gathered.

This came as the tribunal in Ibadan, the state capital last Saturday affirmed the electoral victories of Hon. Olaide Musliudeen Akinremi, popularly known as ‘Jagaban’, representing Ibadan North Federal constituency, Hon Tolu Akande Sadipe (Oluyole Federal Constituency) and Hon. Oluyemi Taiwo (Ibarapa East/Ido Federal Constituency) respectively.

Meanwhile, Sen. Balogun at the national assembly election defeated his closest rival, Sen Abiola Ajimobi, with a vote difference of 13,141

The PDP candidate scored a total of 105,720 votes while the candidate of the APC secured 92,579 votes as declared by the Returning Officer, Prof Kolawole Akinsola of the University of Ibadan.

Dissatisfied with the outcome of the election, the APC’s candidate, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi and his party had approached the panel to sought legal redress, contesting the declaration of  Sen. Kola Balogun of the PDP as winner of the polls.

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Ajimobi alleged that there were a number of grievous infractions and established electoral malpractices, calling for cancellation of unlawful votes in some polling units in the senatorial district as well as rerun in these units.

However, the only possible rulings on the matter billed for tomorrow are rerun election outrightly or in specific units/wards challenged or Balogun retaining the mandate.

The tribunal sitting by 9am tomorrow, as gathered, is expected to enjoy tight security.

 

 

 

 

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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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