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Suspects linked to Ekiti bye-election violence remanded

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The police have arraigned no fewer than three suspects for their alleged involvement in the violence that marred the recent State House of Assembly election in Ekiti State.

Authorities had earlier confirmed the killing of two persons in the violence that erupted during the bye-election held last Saturday.

Meanwhile, two days after the ugly incident, three persons arrested by the security agencies in connection with the violence were brought before a Magistrate Court in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital on Monday.

The suspects are Adenijo Olushola, popular known as Solar, Paul Folorunsho, and a lady, Adebayo Sherifat.

In the charge sheet brought by the police, the suspects were charged for conspiracy to murder and attempted murder of Babatunde Adeleye and Bola Adebisi.

However, the trial Chief Magistrate remanded the suspects at the correctional centre in Ado-Ekiti until the commencement of trial scheduled to hold on April 19.

The bye-election for the Ekiti East State Constituency I seat which had been declared vacant turned bloody, leaving several people injured apart from the two persons killed.

As a result of this development, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was forces to suspend the poll with no new date announced yet.

The state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, in his reaction condemned the incident in strong terms, assuring that the state government would not condone any ugly event of such.

Fayemi had also directed the commissioner of Police in the state to arrest all those involved in the violence and ensure that they were prosecuted.

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PDP Governors Forum makes case for restructuring, devolution of power

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Nigerian governors elected on the political platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday called for devolution of power and comprehensive restructuring of the country.

The PDP governors , who met in   Benue State, in a communique jointly signed argued that the call became pertinent seeing that Nigerians have now been sharply divided along lines of ethnic and religious biases.

They noted that many persons are now exploiting the nation’s fault lines.

Chairman of the forum cum governor of Sokoto State, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal briefing journalists at the government house Makurdi, the Benue state capital after a five hours-long closed-door meeting emphasized that insecurity and the value of human life have greatly degenerated under the watch of the APC led government.

The meeting, hosted by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, had in attendance Governor Nyesom Wike of River State, Seyi Makinde of Oyo state, Ahmadu Fintri of Adamawa state, Duoye Diri of Bayelsa state,Darius Ishaku of Taraba state, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state, Godwin Obaseki of Edo state, the national chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus and Senator Wali Jubril, the PDP board of trustees chairman while Bauchi State governor was represented by his deputy.

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2023: Tinubu’s presidential bid receives major boost, as Fasoranti declares support {Video}

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The Presidential bid of former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Tuesday got a major boost, following the decision of a prominent Yoruba leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti to support his candidacy in 2023.

Fasoranti, made the declaration while playing host to the Senator ‘Dayo Adeyeye -led South West Agenda ‘23, SWAGA- a group working for the aspiration of Tinubu, to his Akure home.

The group had earlier visited the elder statesman minutes after arriving from tour of Igbokoda, Ore, Ikale and Ondo towns to inform their monarchs of Tinubu’s ambition.

SWAGA is populated by former lawmakers, politicians, loyalists and supporters of the APC within the six southwest states promoting Tinubu’s presidential ambition.

The ex-Afenifere leader, while addressing the group recalled how almost a year ago he assured Tinubu of his support.

“Almost a year ago, I told him (Tinubu) that he has my total support. Judging from his performances, his activities, there is no other person that can do it except him (Tinubu). My prayer is that God Almighty will grant his request and heart desire, and when he eventually becomes the president, I am confident that he will do what we want. May your journey bear a fruitful outcome,” Pa Fasoranti said.

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The group, during its separate visits to monarchs in Ondo South and Central senatorial districts, had earlier expressed support for power shift to Southwest.

At the palace of the Abodi of Ikale in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oba George Faduyile, said he supported the idea of Bola Tinubu becoming president, stressing that the former Lagos governor is the most qualified and prepared to succeed President Buhari in 2023.

Oba Faduyile further noted that, even though the Southwest is endowed with politicians who could succeed Buhari, Tinubu’s track records stood him out and made him remained the best among the bests.

Also commenting, Osemawe of Ondo Kingdom, Oba Victor Kiladejo advised the SWAGA group to be united to succeed.

The monarch, who spoke through one of his High Chiefs, the Odofin of Ondo Kingdom, High Chief Akinsola Olaniyan, urged the SWAGA team to help Tinubu achieve his ambition.

SWAGA chairman, Senator Adeyeye, said the presidency rotation was between the North and the South and not any geopolitical zones. The former Minister of State for Works, also explained that the Southwest was well placed to produce President Buhari’s successor.

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Tinubu’s loyalists arrive in Ondo to launch SWAGA

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Loyalists to the former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed on Tuesday announced a significant expansion of networks within the Southwest region as all is set for the launch of the South West Agenda ‘23 (SWAGA) in Ondo state.

The group of rainbow coalition of like minded politicians of South West extraction led by former Minister of State for Works, Sen. Dayo Adeyeye is also billed to visit some traditional rulers in the state.

Also , in the train are Sen. Adesoji Akanbi, Sen. Tony Adeniyi, Hon. Oyetunde Ojo, Hon. Rotimi Makinde,Hon. Bosun Oladele, Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde, Alhaja Kafilat Ogbara, Hon. Deji Jakande, Hon. Lanre Odubote, Hon. Ola Ofe and Hon. Akintoye Albert.

According to the group’s Chairman, Adeyeye, “we would be paying a courtesy visit to our amiable Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, as well as visiting our royal fathers and custodians of culture which include, Olugbo of Igbokoda, Abodi of Ikale, Osemawe of Ondo , Olukare of Ikare, Olowo of Owo and Deji of Akure”.

Speaking further, the former AD publicist added that the Ondo state chapter of SWAGA would be inaugurated on Thursday at the Dome Akure.

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