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Oyo Guber Poll: Makinde, Adelabu Know Fate, Today

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Justice Suraju Muhammadu-led Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Iyaganku, Ibadan, Oyo State capital will, today deliver judgment on the petition filed by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, against Governor Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The tribunal had on August 23 reserved judgment on the petition dated March 29, 2019 following the adoption of final written addresses by the two parties in the petition.
The tribunal also has Justices Musa Bazza and Elizabeth Orji as members.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had returned Governor Makinde as winner of the March 9, 2019 governorship poll, having scored 515,621 votes to defeat Adelabu, who polled 357,982 votes. Adelabu was a deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The results of the election as announced by INEC showed that Makinde won the election in 28 out of the 33 Local Government Areas of the state, while Adelabu won in the remaining five Local Government Areas.
The petitioners in the case with suit number EPT/OY/Gov/01/2019 are: Adelabu and APC, while the respondents are INEC, Makinde and PDP as first, second and third respondents, respectively.
The petitioners during the proceedings called 69 witnesses and tendered 4,166 documents before the panel and the documents were admitted as evidences. The petitioners asked the tribunal to nullify the declaration of Makinde as winner of the election and instead declare them as winner.
The respondents, through their counsel, also told the panel to dismiss the petition in its entirety, and uphold Makinde’s election as declared by INEC, having called evidences and tendered documents.
Adelabu, who was in the court during the adoption of final written addresses, told journalists after the court proceedings: “The petitioners have shown to the whole world that there were lots of infractions during the March 9, 2019 governorship election in the state and victory shall be ours and our party will come back to Adebayo Adelabu and my able deputy (Samuel Egunjobi).”
“We have done all that is required of us to contest the gubernatorial election, and we’re the most popular candidate, and party with the track record because people voted for us,” he said.
Also speaking with journalists, Assistant Organising Secretary of the PDP in the state, Mr Biodun Popoola, said: “I was in court and with the presentation of our counsel, I am optimistic that we will be victorious because you don’t change what God has established.

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PDP Passes Confidence Vote On Wike

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has passed a vote of confidence on the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, because of the high performance of his administration.
The party’s Chairman in the state, Amb Desmond Akawor, announced this, yesterday, during a courtesy visit by the Executive members of the Rivers State chapter of the party to the governor at Government House, Port Harcourt.
Akawor said: “For us as a party, we take our shoulders high when we consider what is going on in the state, especially in terms of infrastructural development”.
According to the PDP chairman, the administration of Governor Wike has not only recovered what were lost by the past government but has changed the landscape of Port Harcourt with five flyovers at a time, a feat that no administration in the state ever accomplished.
He further noted Governor Wike’s landmark achievements in health, Judiciary, traditional institution, among numerous others, and stressed that there was none out of the 23 three local government areas of the state that does not have the governor’s landmark.
The party also rated Governor Wike high in the fight against the ravaging Coronavirus, particularly as the first governor to lockdown the state, including other strategies of his administration which were outstanding.
The party chairman intimated the governor of the plan to move from unit to unit for the reconciliation of aggrieved members to bring them back to the umbrella of the PDP.
He said the state executive arm of the party deemed it necessary to come and thank Governor Wike for organising what he described as the most peaceful state convention, and assured him that they would follow the Constitution of the party to the letter in discharging their duties.
He assured the state chief executive of the party’s maximum support to his administration, including his determination to lead the party to victory in the forthcoming Edo Governorship Election.
In his remarks, the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, congratulated them for their emergence as the new executive members of the party in the state, and charged them to work hard and in unity to sustain the high level achievements recorded by the party.
Remarking that the former leadership of the party under Bro Felix Obuah worked well, the governor charged the new executive to do better, and assured that they would be provided all they need to succeed.

 

By: Chris Oluoh

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Ondo 2020: AAC Alleges Wrong Substitution Of Deputy Guber Candidate

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The African Action Congress (AAC) in Ondo State has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of substituting the name of the running mate to its governorship candidate, Adekunle Adeleye.
Adeleye was elected the party’s flag bearer at the governorship primary election held recently in Akure.
INEC had released the name of Adeleye as the AAC governorship candidate and one Samuel Tope Omotosho as the deputy governorship candidate for the party.
But the AAC kicked against the INEC position, alleging that the name listed by the Commission was different from that of the party’s deputy governorship candidate.
The party said the name of Mrs Mopelola Evelyn Ibrahim was sent to INEC as the Party’s deputy governorship candidate and was therefore surprised to see that her name was replaced by INEC.
The governorship candidate of the party, Mr Adeleye said INEC’s action was unexpected of a corporate organisation of its status
Adeleye said he was suprised to see the name of Omotosho as his running mate, saying that the name listed by INEC was not on the party’s register.
‘We have submitted a letter to INEC notifying them of the error and we want them to replace the unknown with the name of my running mate, Mrs Mopelola Evelyn Ibrahim, I think it is a human error somewhere,’ he said.
Also speaking, the AAC Chairman in the State, Mr Alex Adeniyi, alleged that INEC has distorted the list of names for the election.
He said the party had taken lawful steps to correct the anomaly before the August 18 deadline given to political parties to substitute or correct names of their candidates.

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Gbajabiamila Knocks FG Agencies Over Revenue Diversion

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has revealed that some revenue generating agencies were diverting funds for unnecessary expenditures and forcing government to take loans.
Gbajabiamila revealed this at the commencement of the dialogue session on Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) organised by the Committee on Finance.
The session is for revenue consideration with heads of revenue generating agencies in attendance.
The Speaker in his speech noted that there was, “consistent failure to adhere to the revenue remittance agreements to which many of these agencies have committed.”
He, therefore, criticised the agencies for making government to seek loans to finance infrastructural development.
Gbajabiamila also warned that loans will not be sufficient to finance capital component of the budget.
“We have credible reports that these desperately needed funds have in many cases, been diverted to finance unnecessary trivialities. At the same time, the Government is left scrambling for alternative sources to fund priority projects.
“We recognise that we cannot accomplish these objectives using loans and outside financing alone,” he said.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Committee, James Faleke, said that the focus will be on MTEF which President Muhammadu Buhari sent to the National Assembly before its annual recess.

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