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Osun update: PDP shocks over Supreme Court ruling

Image result for ademola adelekeThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed shock at the ruling of the Supreme Court on the contentious Osun State Governorship election. The apex court today upheld the election of Gboyega Oyetola as the governor of Osun state in the September 2018 election.

A statement released by the party’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan says the fact that the Supreme Court had a split judgment also speaks volumes on its verdict in this matter.

Our study of the judgment however shows that the Supreme Court did not negate the position of the PDP and millions of Nigerians that our candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke won the election, but based its verdict on reservations over issues of technicalities arising at the election petition tribunal.

Nevertheless, our party stands with overwhelming majority of Nigerians on that undeniable fact that the people of Osun State, by the votes cast at the poll, preferred Senator Adeleke as their governor.

The PDP, as a law-abiding party, however, urges the people of Osun state to remain united, calm and not lose hope in our democratic process and the quest for a government that truly represents their wishes and aspirations.” the statement reads

 

(Fresh News): Oyetola defeats Adeleke at Appeal Court

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 It has been reported that the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal has nullified the judgment of the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which had declared the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, as the winner of the September 2018 poll.

In a dissenting judgment of four-to-one, the five-man panel led by Justice Jummai Sankey, the Court of Appeal upheld the appeal filed by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State challenging the verdict of the tribunal and affirmed him as duly elected

Delievering the lead majority judgment of the four members of the panel, the court resolved 10 out of the 12 issues raised in favour of Oyetola and the two others in favour of Ademola and his PDP.

The Court of Appeal’s majority judgment was primarily anchored on the alleged absence of a member of the tribunal, Justice Peter Obiorah, who read the lead majority verdict of the tribunal, during the February 6, 2018 proceedings of the tribunal.

Justice Sankey held that absence of Justice Obiorah on that date nullified the entire proceedings and the verdict of the tribunal.

Three other members of the panel, Justices Abubakar Yahaya, Isaiah Akeju, and Bitrus Sanga, agreed with Justice Sankey.

But a member of the panel, Justice George Mbaba, dissented from the majority judgment, holding that the alleged absence of Justice Obiorah from the February 6, 2018 proceedings of the tribunal was a mere speculation.

INEC had declared Oyetola and the APC the winner of the Osun State governorship election on the basis of the cumulative results of the September 22, 2018 main election and the September 27, 2018 supplementary poll.

Dissatisfied with the result declared by INEC, the PDP and Adeleke had filed their petition before the three-man Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, contending that they were the true winner of the election as they had already won after the September 22, 2018 poll and that there was no need for the supplementary election held on September 27, 2018.

The tribunal, in its March 22, 2019 split judgment of two-to-one, nullified Oyetola’s victory and declared Adeleke and the PDP the winner of the election.

The tribunal’s chairman, Justice Ibrahim Sirajo, in his minority judgment, dissented from the majority judgment credited to Justices Peter Obiorah and Adegboye Gbolagunte.

Labour Party, INEC at war

Image result for inec chairmanIt has been reported that Labour Party has filed a suit against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over its exclusion from a meeting with the fact-finding committee sent to Rivers State to investigate the irregularities that marred elections in the state.

In a suit filed before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday marked FHC/AB/306/2019, the Labour Party and its governorship candidate in the March 9 governorship and house of assembly elections, Isaac Wonwu, are praying to court to determine whether INEC was right to have excluded them from meeting INEC’s fact-finding team that was sent to the state to look into the disputes arising from the polls.

 

The party is also praying the court to stop the electoral body from proceeding, as it had announced, with the resumption and declaration of the results of the polls until the matter has been determined.

 

INEC has scheduled Wednesday, March 20, 2019, for the announcement of the result of the March 9 elections held in the state.

How Police arrested Suspected killer of Ibadan prominent Politician, Olatoye Sugar

Image result for Olatoye SugarFresh news has it that the Assistant Inspector General of Police in Zone Eleven, Leye Oyebade and Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Shina Olukolu, on Monday, told the Tribune Online that the police have succeeded in arresting one person in connection with the killing of Honourable Temitope Olatoye a.k.a Sugar on Saturday.

They also stated that aside the suspect linked with Sugar’s case, about 18 persons, six guns, nine live cartridges, axe, knives and other miscellaneous items were recovered, while the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) had been carrying out investigations.

The AIG and the police commissioner, however, said thatSugar’s death was in no way connected with the elections that took place on the day he was killed.

How APC will produce Kwara’s next Governor” – Bukola Saraki’s Sister Gbemisola says

Image may contain: 2 people, hat and closeupOne of the sisters to Senator Bukola Saraki – Nigeria’s Senate President – Senator Gbemisola Saraki has said she would work hard to ensure that the All Progressives Congress (APC) produces the next governor of her home state, Kwara.

Gbemisola is a member of APC while her brother is a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Gbemisola disclosed her position in a statement on Saturday saying, “We can’t stop until progressives lead all states to the next level of our collective prosperity.

So for each and every one of us, we must not relent, we have the elections of next Saturday, March 9 to go. In my state, Kwara, we are all out to ensure that Abdulrahman AbdulRasaq of our party, the APC, emerges the next governor of Kwara State, Insha Allah.”

On President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election for another four years, she added,“As Nigerians, we may indeed share different political leanings but we are united in our love for the greatness of our nation, Nigeria.

To us in the APC and to our supporters, we find in President Buhari and Prof Osinbajo true leaders that have been and are still working selflessly and assiduously to enthrone a nation, where the greatness of our people and our nation remains our primary goal.

It is my solemn belief that the wind of true change that re-elected President Buhari and Prof Osinbajo would blow across our land in our drive to elect governors and leaders that would epitomise our collective pride and aspiration of responsible, selfless and diligent leaders thus raising the bar of our development in Nigeria.”

Politics: Why Atiku Abubakar rejected 2019 presidential election results

Image result for Atiku AbubakarThe presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has released a statement rejecting the 2019 presidential result.

According to him, the election was marred by electoral fraud in many states. He said this is why he has not called President Buhari to congratulate him.

”If I had lost in a free and fair election, I would have called the victory within seconds of my being aware of his victory to offer not just my congratulations, but my services to help unite Nigeria by being a bridge between the North and the South.

“However, in my democratic struggles for the past three decades, I have never seen our democracy so debased as it was on Saturday, February 23, 2019. 2007 was a challenge, but President Yar’Adua was remorseful. In 2019, it is sad to see those who trampled on democracy thumping their noses down on the Nigerian people.

“Consequently, I hereby reject the result of the February 23, 2019 sham election and will be challenging it in court.” the statement in part reads

Read the full statement below.

 

“I thank the Nigerian people who trooped out in their millions to perform their civic duty this past Saturday. The patriotism of Nigerians is heartwarming and affirms my oft-repeated statement that we are brothers and sisters born from the womb of one mother Nigeria.

“With regards to the Presidential elections that took place on February 23, 2019, it is clear that there were manifest and premeditated malpractices in many states which negate the results announced.

“One obvious red flag is the statistical impossibility of states ravaged by the war on terror generating much higher voter turnouts than peaceful states. The suppressed votes in my strongholds are so apparent and amateurish, that I am ashamed as a Nigerian that such could be allowed to happen. How can total votes in Akwa-Ibom, for instance, be 50% less than what they were in 2015?

 

“Another glaring anomaly is the disruption of voting in strongholds of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers and diverse other states, with the authorities doing little or nothing and in some cases facilitating these unfortunate situations. (See attached links to documentary evidences).

“The militarization of the electoral process is a disservice to our democracy and a throwback to the jackboot era of military dictatorship. In some areas of the country, such as, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Imo states, troops deployed for the elections turned their guns on the very citizens they were meant to protect. This is condemnable and should not be associated with our electoral process in the future.

“I am a democrat and there are democratic avenues available to present the truth to the nation and the watching world. Already, many international observers have given their verdicts, which corroborate our observations. I am sure more will come in the coming hours and days.

“If I had lost in a free and fair election, I would have called the victor within seconds of my being aware of his victory to offer not just my congratulations, but my services to help unite Nigeria by being a bridge between the North and the South.

“However, in my democratic struggles for the past three decades, I have never seen our democracy so debased as it was on Saturday, February 23, 2019. 2007 was a challenge, but President Yar’Adua was remorseful. In 2019, it is sad to see those who trampled on democracy thumping their noses down on the Nigerian people.

“Consequently, I hereby reject the result of the February 23, 2019 sham election and will be challenging it in court.

“I want to assure my supporters and the entire Nigerian people that together, we will not allow democracy to be emasculated.

“I hope and pray Nigerians will someday summon the courage to defend democracy. That is the only way we can move away from being the world headquarters for extreme poverty.”

Signed:
Waziri Atiku Abubakar
27th February 2019

Aftermath Senatorial fallout: Governor Ajimobi thanks Oyo people

Image result for governor ajimobiGovernor Ajimobi thanks Oyo people, congratulates victorious NASS Candidates and Dr. Kola Balogun.

Oyo State Governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo South Senatorial district in last Saturday’s Presidential
and National Assembly elections, Senator Abiola Ajimobi has expressed
appreciation to the people of Oyo state for their peaceful conduct and
the large turnout in last Saturday’s election.

A statement by the Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy, Mr
Bolaji Tunji quoted Governor Ajimobi as saying that the people of Oyo
State have shown their love for the APC by voting massively for
President Muhammadu Buhari and the party’s candidates in the
elections, adding that from results released so far nationwide, the
APC is coasting home to victory.

The Governor equally congratulated the Oyo State APC candidates in the
elections which saw the APC picking nine out of the available 14
Federal Constituency seats and two out of the three Senatorial seats
in the State.

“ We appreciate our people for coming out last Saturday which led to
APC winning two out of the three Senatorial and nine out of the 14
Federal Constituency seats in the state. The victory has shown the
unassailable leadership of the APC in Oyo State. It has also shown
that our people are appreciative of the developmental strides of the
APC in the state and the country at large. We have taken Oyo State to
an unprecedented level in terms of massive infrastructural renewal.
Most importantly, we have ensured peace in the state”.

Ajimobi described the loss of the Oyo South Senatorial ticket Seat as
unfortunate, but noted that no sacrifice is too much for a leader to
make.

“The results of the Oyo South Senatorial districts have been released
by INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) indicating that I
lost to the PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) candidate. I hereby accept
the result as announced. Although there were a number of grievous
infractions and established electoral malpractices, I have decided to
let go in the interest of peace. I therefore congratulate the declared
winner, Hon Kola Balogun and our other Senators-elect, Abdulfatai
Buhari and Teslim Folarin.

“If I lose the ticket and the party was able to gain, then it is
nothing to feel sad about. APC has done well but we can always do
better. If out of three Senatorial seats, we won two and out of 14
federal constituency seats, we picked nine, then we should
congratulate ourselves”.

The Governor enjoined all APC members to gird their loins for the
March 9 governorship election as the battle is not over yet, adding
that the loss of the Senatorial seat would not deter his firm resolve
and that of the APC to work for victory in the governorship election.

“To the teeming members of our party and supporters who came out in
their thousands to show their preference for the APC, I thank and urge
you to keep the faith especially as we look forward to the
governorship and the House of Assembly elections. With the impressive
results we currently have, we should proudly go forth with greater
sense of confidence and unity of purpose. Let us work together to
ensure victory for our governorship candidate, Bayo Adelabu and all
our candidates for the House”.


Toye ARULOGUN

Oyo governor, Ajimobi loses senatorial election to Balogun

The Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi of the All Progressives Congress lost in his bid to return to the National Assembly after an eight-year stint as a governor.

Ajimobi was elected governor in 2011 and will be completing his second term in May 29 this year.

He was the senator representing Oyo South Senatorial District in the National Assembly between 2007 and 2011.

Ajimobi lost to a former commissioner for commerce and Coperative during the regime of the former governor of the state, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala.

Announcing the result on Monday, the collation officer, Professor Wole Akinsola said Dr. Kola Balogun of the PDP polled 105, 720 while his close rival, Governor Ajimobi scored 92,218.

The incumbent senator, Soji Akanbi polled 49,437 votes.

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