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INEC list doesn’t nullify me as PDP candidate, says Babayemi

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Prince Dotun Babayemi

The factional candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State, Prince Dotun Babayemi, at the weekend reacted to the governorship candidate list released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which carried the name of Senator Ademola Adeleke as the candidate of the party.

Babayemi, in a statement urged his supporters not to be afraid because some of the names on the list were provisional, as substitution and replacement would still be made in some of them as appropriate.

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He said: “In the case of our party, the PDP, this is what will eventually happen, as the matter is sub judice at present. The judiciary, which is the last hope of the common man, will settle the issue about the party’s governorship candidate and I am confident that I will be victorious at the end of the day.

“INEC is a law-abiding agency of the government that respects the rule of law. As such, it will obey valid court decisions. It is not new for INEC to release names and later substitute the same for legal reasons. Most of the names on that list are temporary, including that of PDP.”

Babayemi appealed to the people of the state and in particular, members of PDP across the state, to remain calm, saying he would not only contest on the platform of the party, but would also win the July 16 governorship election to usher in the envisioned new dawn for the people.

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Yobe North: Senate president, Lawan loses at Appeal Court

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Senator Ahmed Lawan

The Abuja division of the Court of Appeal has affirmed the judgment of a Federal High Court in Damaturu, Yobe State, which declared Bashir Machina as the genuine candidate for the All Progressives Congress( APC), Yobe North senatorial district.

In a unanimous judgment delivered by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, the appellate court  dismissed the appeal filed by the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, for lacking in merit.

Justice Dongban-Mensem, who led Justices Haruna Tsammani and Peter Ige resolved all the issues formulated by the appellant against him.

In dismissing the appeal, the court awarded N1 million against the Senate president in favour of the 1st defendant.

It held that the primary election of the APC conducted on June 9 relied upon by the appellant,  contravened the provisions of the Electoral Act, as same was not monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC).

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“Section 84 (5) of the Electoral Act 2010, provides that the 3rd defendant(INEC) must be present at every primary election of a political party seeking to nominate candidate for political offices.

“This section is designed to checkmate political parties who involved in acts of impunity and also to check political parties holding parallel primaries.

“INEC must be in attendance to ensure internal democracy and to identify authentic candidates that emerged from these primaries,” Justice Dongban-Mensem held.

Justice Fadima Aminu of the Federal High Court had in her judgment held that Machina remained the APC authentic candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District.

Machina had emerged as the winner of the primary election supervised by INEC officials where the senate president, Ahmed Lawal did not participate because he was one of the presidential aspirants.

Lawan had contested and lost the APC presidential primaries to a former Lagos State Governor, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

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Adeleke freezes government accounts, reverses state name

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Ademola Adeleke

The newly inaugurated Governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, has frozen all government accounts in the state.

Adeleke directed this in his first executive order upon inauguration on Sunday.

Adeleke, in his speech delivered at the inauguration, alleged that the erstwhile governor of the state, Adegboyega Oyetola, carried out some actions “maliciously” after he (Adeleke) won the July 16 governorship election, including “hurried” employments without provisions to sustain them.

He claimed these actions were roadblocks channeled at making things difficult in his administration.

Adeleke also reversed the state name from ‘State of Osun’ to ‘Osun State’, saying the former was alien to the constitution.

“My good people of Osun, since you elected me as your governor on the July 16, 2022, which the Independent National Electoral Commission announced on July 17, 2022, the former Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, maliciously started putting road blocks to make things difficult and almost impossible for the new administration to serve you.

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“Mass employments were carried out without budgetary provisions for salary payments for the new employees; even when the state was struggling to pay salaries and deliver other services. Various hurried and criminally backdated contracts were awarded and again without budgetary provisions.

“Appointments of several Obas were hurriedly done without following due process, just to mention a few.

 “All efforts to get the governor set up a Transition Committee and submit hand-over notes in line with best practices proved abortive.

“It is therefore my desire to ask for your patience and understanding to give my administration a few weeks to review and sort out all the actions and malicious confusions which the immediate past administration has created since July 17, 2022. Those actions were indeed vindictive measures against the people of Osun State for voting them out of office,” Adeleke said.

Giving new orders, he said, “Consequently, I hereby issue the following directives which will be backed up with appropriate Executive orders:

“Immediate freezing of all government accounts in banks and other financial institutions;

“Immediate establishment of a panel to carry out an inventory and recover all government assets.

“An immediate establishment of a panel to review all appointments and major decisions of the immediate past administration taken after July 17, 2022.

“An immediate reversal to the constitutionally recognised name of our state, ‘Osun State’. All government insignia, correspondences and signages should henceforth reflect Osun State rather than State of Osun which is unknown to the Nigerian constitution.”

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Ebonyi INEC office set on fire, PVCs, ballot boxes burnt

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Hoodlums on Sunday set ablaze the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office at Iboko in the Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

This was disclosed by the National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, in a statement.

He said the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Ebonyi State, Mrs Onyeka Pauline Ugochi, reported that that the incident occurred around 10am.

Although he said no casualties resulted from the attack, the main building and all the movable and immovable items inside it were destroyed.

“These include 340 ballot boxes, 130 voting cubicles, 14 electric power generators, large water storage tanks, assorted office furniture and fixtures and yet to be determined quantities of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs),” Okoye said.

According to him, this is the third attack on INEC local government office in less than three weeks having earlier recorded similar attacks on the commission’s offices in Ogun and Osun states.

He said that the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies had commenced a full investigation into the incident.

 

The statement read, “The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Ebonyi State, Mrs Onyeka Ugochi, reported that our Izzi Local Government Area office located in Iboko, was set ablaze this morning.

“The incident occurred around 10.00am when some unidentified persons set the entire building ablaze.

“Although no casualties resulted from the attack, the main building and all the movable and immovable items inside it were destroyed. These include 340 ballot boxes, 130 voting cubicles, 14 electric power generators, large water storage tanks, assorted office furniture and fixtures and yet to be determined quantities of Permanent Voters’ Cards.

“The attention of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies has been drawn to the incident and have commenced investigation.

“Sadly, this is the third attack on our Local Government office in less than three weeks following similar attacks on our offices in Ogun and Osun States on 10th November 2022.”

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