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Rep Drags Ex-Commissioner, INEC To Court Over APC Ticket

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Member representing Ado Odo-Ota Federal Constituency in the House Of Representatives, Jimoh Ojugbele, has dragged the immediate past Ogun State Commissioner for Forestry, Tunji Akinosi, before the Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, over the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket for the constituency.
Also dragged before the Court is the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Tide source reports that the last APC primary held last month to produce candidate for the constituency ended in a fiasco on two occasions.
However, Akinosi’s name appeared as the candidate for the Ado Odo-Ota federal constituency in the list sent to the INEC by the leadership of APC.
Miffed by the development, the lawmaker dragged INEC and Akinosi before the court, insisting that he is the APC candidate for the constituency.
In a motion exparte filed before the court, the lawmaker is seeking the order of the court to restrain the APC and its agents from submitting the name of Akinosi as the candidate of the Party in the Federal Constituency pending the hearing and final determination of the claimant’s motion on notice.
Ojugbele is also seeking an interim order of the court restraining INEC and their agents from receiving Akinosi’s name as the candidate of the APC in Ado-Odo Ota, pending the determination of the substantive suit.
He also prayed the court for an interim injunction to abridge the time within which each defendants are to file their responses to the originating process from 30 days to 7 days.
The suit marked FHC/AB/CS/94/22 was filed on June 15, 2022.
In his affidavit in support of the motion, Ojugbele argued that a primary election was conducted on the 27th of May, 2022 in accordance with the electoral timetable and guideline by the National Working Committee of the APC.
He said further that the primaries was conducted in the presence of the INEC officials and other agents of the parties.
According to him, although there was an attempt to disrupt the election by some disgruntled elements and street urchins allegedly sponsored by another aspirant, the election was concluded and winner announced.
He further argued that the election result was declared in his favour by the assigned Returning Officer, Tunji Ibitokun, having scored 41 out of the 43 accredited delegates, adding that Akinosi came distance second with only two votes.
“The score as declared by the returning officer was inputted into the result sheet and same was duly signed by the returning officer, a copy of which was given to aspirants present at the Center and that signified the end of the exercise,” he said.
The lawmaker said a re-run election was conducted 48 hours after he had been declared winner, maintaining that the re-run though a nullity, was also conducted by an unauthorised persons without the presence of the NWC representative(s), INEC and other agents.
“We most humbly submit that our client was not heard neither was he given an opportunity to defend the election of 27th of May, 2022 before the purported re-run was birthed by interlopers who are ordinarily not saddled with the responsibility to do so.”
“We most respectively submit that the election of 29th of May, 2022 which was not monitored by officers of the INEC is a clear violation of the extant and same amounts to a Nullity.
“No Aspirant had challenged the outcome of the Election conducted on the 27th May, 2022 and therefore there was no basis to conduct a fresh election, a re-run election or Amy other election in any guise,” he added.

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2023: ‘Unknown Persons’ Stole My Academic Certificates, Tinubu Tells INEC

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The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has told the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that his academic certificates were stolen by unknown persons while he was on self exile.
Tinubu, a former Lagos State Governor, was one of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) Chieftains who fled the country under the regime of the late General Sani Abacha.
Abacha had clamped down on academics, activists and other technocrats opposed to his regime.
In his sworn affidavit in support of his nomination form for the office of the president, Tinubu said he “went on self exile from October 1994 to October 1999 (and) when I returned and discovered that my property including all the documents relating to my qualification and my certificates in respect of paragraph 3 above were looted by unknown persons.”
While Tinubu skipped information regarding his primary and secondary education in the INEC form, he, however, said he attended University of Chicago between 1972 and 1976, where he obtained B.Sc in Economics.
He also said he had B.Sc in Business and Administration, as well as certificate in Public Account.
Tinubu’s latest claims appear to contradict his previous election submissions, especially in 1999, when he ran and won the Lagos State governorship election.
He had said then that he attended St Paul Children’s Home School, Ibadan, between 1958 and 1964; while his secondary education was at Government College Ibadan (GCI), between 1965 and 1968.
Following a backlash, the former governor withheld his primary and secondary schools academic records when he recontested in 2003.
He had claimed that from Ibadan, he proceed to Richard Daley College, Chicago, from 1969 to 1971.
He finally said he attended both Chicago State University and the University of Chicago.
All the submissions were, however, challenged as fraudulent by a prominent Nigerian lawyer, late Gani Fawehinmi.
Fawehinmi, who argued the matter up to the Supreme Court, which dismissed the case on technical grounds.
In his forms, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, presented the Master’s degree he obtained in 2021, as his highest educational qualification.

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PDP Chieftain Hails Aduda’s Emergence As Senate Minority Whip

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A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Honourable Hellen Taiwo-Adebakin, has congratulated Senator Philip Tanimu Aduda on his emergence  as Senate Minority Whip
Adebakin, while rejoicing with the Senator said, Aduda’s elevation was a great honour for the good people of the FCT that he represents, who daily yearn for effective inclusion in the affairs of Nigeria.
Hon Adebakin, Secretary of the former and current ex-National ex-officio members of the PDP also described the new feat attained by the Senator as a product of loyalty and consistency to the PDP.
“I am using this opportunity to rejoice with one of our leaders in PDP, Senator Philip Aduda over his emergence as the Senate Minority Whip. Your elevation to this enviable position was a product of hard work, commitment to legislative duties and loyalty to the party. I pray to God Almighty to continue to guide as you assume this position,” Adebakin said.
She, therefore, urged him to continue to be a good ambassador of the party, stressing that the Senator will move to a higher position in the Red Chamber when the PDP returns to power at the centre in 2023.

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Senate Lauds Gbajabiamila’s House Leadership As Speaker Turns 60

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The Senate has lauded House of Representatives’ Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila on his 60th birthday.
The Senate gave the commendation in a statement by its spokesman and Chairman, Media and Public Affairs Committee, Senator Ajibola Basiru in Abuja.
The statement reads: “The upper legislative chamber, Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria wishes to congratulate an outstanding achiever, an astute legal light, a man of exemplary social standing and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Right Honorable Olufemi Hakeem Gbajabiamila on his 60th birthday.
“Achieving this major milestone – a perfect 10, six times, over which you have attained calls for recognition and celebration; especially having achieved so much for yourself, the society and the nation.
“The Senate recognises you as a man of good upbringing and a well-bred personality who had traversed the universe in search of education and had achieved so much in your chosen legal career before making outstanding pursuits in legislative politics.
“Your services as an extraordinary lawmaker have been impeccable rising from being a member of the House of Representatives to becoming the minority leader, majority leader and then holding the prestigious position of the Speaker of the elite Assembly”.
“Your being one of the two longest-serving members of the House of Representatives also calls for all accolades that can be showered on you today.
“You have surely had many adventures in life but we still see you travelling farther to further stabilise the Nation’s polity and we pray for long life and good health for you as all things get better with age for you.
“While we rejoice with you, we hope you will have an amazing birthday. Congratulations!”

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