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Oyo South Senatorial District: Ajimobi May Reclaim Mandate As Irregularities Were Made Manifest

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Feelers from Oyo South Senatorial District Election Petition Tribunal showed that it is not yet over, as former Governor Abiola Ajimobi may reclaim mandate.

The former governor of Oyo state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, who was the All Progressives Congress (APC) party’s candidate for Oyo South Senatorial District, lost the senatorial bid to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Dr. Kola Balogun.

Mr Balogun, at the just concluded National Assembly election defeated his closest rival, Sen Abiola Ajimobi, of the All Progressives Congress, 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.

Meanwhile, Ajimobi while congratulating the PDP candidate, Balogun, noted that there were a number of grievous infractions and established electoral malpractices.

However, not satisfied with the outcome of the election, the ex-Oyo state gaffer had approached the Election Petition Tribunal to sought solid legal redress in order to reclaim his mandate.

Interestingly, Chief Akin Olujimi SAN, the leading counsel to Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, during cross examinations, has not only successfully demonstrated; but established before the tribunal panel that the said election was marred with irregularities.

On Monday, 29th July, 2019, the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) closed their cases. While closing its case (PDP), the PDP lawyer, Lekan Ojo SAN observed that there were typographical errors on some paragraphs in his reply to the petition, which include Paragraph II, requesting that the word ‘petitioner’ supposed to read ‘Respondent’, a prayer which was granted by by the Tribunal Panel.

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Shortly after the prayer had been granted by the lordships, it was time for cross examinations which eventually ended in mild drama.

Lekan Ojo SAN led the PDP agent, one Mr. Adebiyi through his submission that the election was properly conducted, free and fair. The party’s counsel, also asked the witness if he agreed that both the voters register and card reader were used for accreditation during the election which he answered in the affirmative, ‘Yes, my lord’

Few minutes after, it was the turn of the Petitioner Counsel, Chief Akin Olujimi SAN to cross examined the PDP witness.

Olujimi SAN : Witness, you said you were the PDP agent in the election

Witness (PDP Agent): Yes, my lord

Olujimi SAN : You also said earlier that voters register and card reader were used.

Witness: Yes, my lord

Olujimi SAN: Now, look at Exhibit P58 (2), (a document which was given to the witness).
The total number of accredited voters is what?

Witness (PDP Agent) : 136. The witness was later referred to Page 74, showing the card reader reports, but replied, “I didn’t see it”

Olujimi SAN: You didn’t see or what? Look at Page 74 properly, the total number of accreditation on the card reader reports is 132.

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Can you see that 136 is higher than 132 ?

Witness (PDP Agent): Yes, my lord

Another PDP witness, an agent named Adebayo Taofeek (NW4/Ogunpa Labaowo, South West Local Government) was led by the party’s lawyer through his submissions in his earlier reply sworn on oath.

Having prayed for the court to adopt it and granted

The witness also testified that the election was properly conducted, and that it was free and fair.

Thereafter, the Petitioner counsel, Chief Akin Olujimi SAN further cross examined him .

Olujimi SAN: Witness, check form EC8A, what is the total number of accredited voters?

Witness: 199

Olujimi SAN: Look at column six, what is the total number of rejected ballot papers?

Witness: 7

Olujimi SAN: Sum up valid votes and rejected ballot papers on Column seven. I.e Valid votes (199) + Rejected Votes (7)

Witness: 206 (Total number of accredited voters)

Olujimi SAN: Witness, look at Exhibit P146 (B) for Voters register. The total number of voters ticked is 227.

You said earlier that the card reader and voters register were used. Now, you can see that the two are not thesame

Though, the PDP lawyer, had earlier promised to present five witnesses to the court, but closed his case after two witnesses had earlier been cross examined .

Having closed their cases, the legal team has discovered and demonstrated plethora of irregularities, over-voting, cancellation, creation of illegal additional polling Units among others. If valid votes are counted as discovered in the Tribunal,  Ajimobi may coast to victory.

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However, there are only possible rulings on the matter and they are :

1. Ajimobi being declared outright Winner

2. Rerun election outrightly or in specific units/wards.

3. Dr. Balogun retaining the mandate.

Time will tell, the tribunal panel has demonstrated great professionalism and clear understanding of the rule of laws and impartiality in handling the matter.

The Panel has further directed the parties involved in the matter to write their final addresses as the adoption of addresses is billed for 19th August, 2019, after which a date would be agreed on for the ruling or judgment.

 

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Fayemi defrays N31bn inherited debt

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Governor Fayemi (Filed Photo)

The Kayode Fayemi led administration in Ekiti State said it had completely offset the 31 billion naira  inherited debts since assumption of office.

Governor Fayemi while making the state of the state address at the state House of Assembly as part of activities marking the first year in office also  assured the civil servants  in the state that salary arrears owed them by the last administration will be paid.

According to him, “Our focus now is how to gradually offset the remaining backlogs of salaries, pensions, subvention arrears and contractual debts. To the civil servants, I want to restate again that your arrears are not bad debts”.

The governor maintained that critics have been proved wrong with the administration’s job creation drive as against the rumours that he was coming back to sack workers.

The Ekiti state governor highlights milestones recorded in his first year in office in the areas of agricultural development, international partnerships and industrial growth which will see the state dairy farm produce nine thousand litres of milk daily.

“Our moribund Ikun dairy farm is coming back to life with plans to produce nine thousand litres of milk daily over the next two years. Over the next one year we expect that there will be at least two major cassava processing plants and two major rice mills assembled in Ekiti ” Fayemi disclosed.

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PHOTOS: Adelabu Moves To Reconcile Aggrieved Oyo APC Members

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Seven months after the conduct of the March 9 Governorship Election in Oyo state, the Candidate of All Progressives Congress, Chief Adebayo Adelabu on Tuesday pledged to champion and support the state executive of the party in reuniting aggrieved members back to the progressive fold

Adelabu made  this pledge during the thank you visit to the people of Ibarapa land for their commitment and support given to him earlier, during and after the poll.

The APC guber nominee said despite the result announced by the electoral body, he felt Ibarapa zone remains one of the political stronghold quarter of the progressive in Oyo state hence the need to appreciate the party members and entire people of Ibarapa for their unflinching support.

According to him, “I believe I am the best candidate for the APC in the last general election and we are committed to general wellbeing of the people of Oyo state but somehow our mandate was diverted.

“We believe our mandate can be restored by the judiciary which is the hope of the masses hence the need to challenge the election results announced by INEC from the election petition tribunal to the Appeal court”.

On the reconciliation of aggrieved APC members,  Adelabu averred that this is the high time committed members should put their individual differences aside and work collectively for the interest of the party.

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The ex- deputy governor, operations of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)/maintained that he believed in Party Supremacy and Ideology which should be strictly adhere to by all members for the advancement of the party.

“I am ready to champion and work harmoniously with state executive for the reconciliation of the aggrieved members in the interest of peace and progress of the party”

He also affirmed  the proposed mega empowerment programmes across the state to the members in Ibarapa, saying empowerment of the people would continue to be his utmost priority.

He said the newly commissioned Adelabu political headquarters will served as administrative and liaison office while efforts are on going to establish 14 liaison offices to cater for the three Senatorial Districts and 14 federal constituency in Oyo State.

Oyo APC chieftains from Ibarapa Zone who spoke on behalf of others include Apostle Aderonmu, Alhaji Jinadu and Elder Aderenle appreciated the visit of  Adelabu to Ibarapa land in this time of need.

They both claimed that his visit was a clear demonstration of the love he has for the people of Ibarapa land.

The meeting had in attendance, Former Commissioner in the last administration, Alhaji M.O Laide Abass, Hon Ojerinde , Alhaji Fatai Adesina,Demola Ojo aka Ijaya, Former Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon Iyiola Ambali, Alhaji Mufu Adisa and Alhaji Laide Akande,

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Other chieftains of APC present include, Elder Dayo Adeola,Chief Babalola,Alhaji Isiaka Asiwaju,Alhaji Tafa SA,Evangelist Olu Abiola,Chief Jimi Agbaje, Samson Dare,Comrade Ojediran Segun,Alhaji Tajudeen,Hon Leke Asela,Hon Olufemi Jacob and former Chairman Ibadan North west Alhaji Adewolu Oluokun among others..

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Oyo: Crossfire as Adeduntan, Adelabu groups spit fire over 2019 APC loss to PDP

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A political group, the Adelabu Solidarity Group (ASG) has fired back at Dr Azeez Adeduntan, the immediate past Commissioner for Health in Oyo state, following a recent statement credited to him, calling the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the March 9 election, Oloye Adebayo Adelabu, a wrong Candidate.

 

The group, loyal to Adelabu has described the statement credited to Dr. Adeduntan as senseless and not expected from any reasonable person who had benefited from the party when APC was in control of the state.

Contained in a statement signed by Comrade Femi Awogboro on behalf of the group, he said Oloye Adelabu will not like to join issues with a political jobber like the former Commissioner for Health, saying it is pertinent for Adelabu Solidarity Group to respond to some of the remarks attributed to Dr. Adeduntan.

“If not for people like Dr Azeez Adeduntan who worked against the APC at the 2019 poll ,despite the hands of love extended to him and Some betrayers by Bayo Adelabu ,the party won’t have temporarily lost the seat of power in Oyo state.

“The former commissioner was quoted as saying, he facilitated one billion naira for Adeoyo Ring Road Hospital out of fifty billion naira which was expected and the self styled “World class Surgeon” bragged with impunity

“Oloye Adelabu who is a silent philanthropist that has contributed a lot to the pace setter state .The Technical University Ibadan, Oyo state ,Security Trust Fund, numerous scholarship awards among countless among others are what chief Adelabu has been shouldering without making needless noise”, the statement added.

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Comrade Awogboro who is the Publicity Secretary of APC in Ibadan South East, also urged Dr Adeduntan to be mindful of his utterances in the public , especially on issues relating to the party and should apologise immediately for his misguided and malicious invectives against the respected Chief .

“What ought to be paramount in the mind of any committed member now is to work harmoniously through prayers and commitment to the party towards ensuring the victory of APC at the Appeal court, not making unnecessary and baseless remarks about the party and its leadership”.

Awogboro asked Dr Adeduntan to learn about APC’s ideology and stop tarnishing the image of the party and its real stalwarts, saying “his type of attitude and arrogance displayed by him (Dr Adeduntan) necessitated the then Labour Party to substitute his name prior to the 2011 Governorship elections”.

But, the Adeduntan Support Group (ASG) in a statement issued in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital on Monday  described former Deputy Governor of Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN) and the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Adebayo Adelabu as a toddler who needs to enroll at the school of Oyo politics for him to excel in his future political endeavour.

The ASG in its reaction to a statement credited to Abiodun Awogboro of Adelabu Solidarity Group also said “the woeful outing of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State during the 2019 general elections was due to the inability to unite and work with his major opponents who jostled with him for the party’s governorship ticket.”

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“Adebayo Adelabu, the defeated candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC)
in the Oyo State governorship election started carrying himself like a governor-in-waiting from the moment he was imposed by Ajimobi as the governorship candidate at a kangaroo primary organized by Ajimobi on September 30th 2018

“Adelabu even after he lost the election passed several insults on the leaders of the party, blaming them for his loss in the election, and how he was involved in fisticuffs with an aide of former Governor Abiola Ajimobi, his main allies who is also a Personal Assistant to the former governor at the Governor’s Oluyole residence.”

The group further advised Adelabu to place his failed ambition in the right perspective, saying the real reason for his thrashing is his aloofness to the party, it’s leaders, co- contestants, and his arrogance.

“On some of the issues raised by Awogboro in his statement, the group disclosed that one of the factors that caused the defeat of APC in the election was also some of the people used during the campaign who have no wherewithal to lead such sensitive and serious business just like Awogboro.

“Awogboro according to our findings is from Ekiti State, as a matter of fact chairman, of recently dissolved Yoruba Youth Council, Ekiti State chapter. In the past eight years with no serious means of survival except politics. He was formerly with Chief Femi Olaore, also a senatorial aspirant of APC and left when the latter can no longer trust him.”

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“The said Awogboro who cannot be described as a professional journalist despite his Diploma certificate in Journalism from Institute of Journalism, Iyaganku, Ibadan due to his inability to be engaged by any media outfit can not be taken serious for whatever reason and his not qualified at all in any issues especially politics in Oyo state”.

The statement, however cautioned Adelabu and his team to engage only professionals in the pursuit of his political career and always warn his sympathisers in getting their facts right to avoid been sued in the court of law for libellous statements.

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