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Ondo: APC, PDP supporters in another bloody clash

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There was violence in Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Sunday, as both supporters of the ruling All Progressive Congress and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party clashed again ahead of the October 10 governorship election in the state.

It was said to be a reprisal for a Saturday night clash at Obanla junction in the state between supporters of the two political parties in which one APC supporter was said have been seriously injured.

At least two people were reportedly shot in the Sunday clash but it was not immediately clear their state of health.

An eye witness said no fewer than 50 supporters of each party were involved in the latest clash.

The clash was said to have taken place a few metres away from the A Division police station in Akure.

The bloody clashes are being witnessed a few days after the announcement by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, of deploying high-powered police team led by the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Research and Planning, Adeleye Oyabade, to the state for maximum security during the governorship election.

Also deployed in the state for the poll are an Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Federal Operations at the force headquarters and 11 Commissioners of Police.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, said, “The Coordinating DIG, Ondo Gubernatorial Elections has been charged by the IGP to bring his wealth of experience to bear by ensuring the due enforcement of all electoral laws throughout the period of the election.”

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Tinubu, in solidarity rally assured of massive votes in Kogi

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Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

The patron of Team Gamji for Asiwaju/Shettima Presidency, Alhaji Sanusi Abubakar, has promised to mobilise massive votes for the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Ahmed Bola Tinubu, in Kogi Central ahead of next year’s polls.

Abubakar, who stated this during a solidarity rally to drum up support for the Asiwaju/Shettima ticket, called on the people of Kogi Central to deliver the APC candidate.

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He said Tinubu worked very hard for the actualisation of democratic rule in Nigeria.

Addressing the crowd, the Chairman of Team Gamji, Alhaji Kent Abubakar, said, “Politics is local, hence the mobilisation and sensitisation from the grassroots.”

Daily Trust

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Osun Assembly dares Adeleke over council administration

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Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Timothy Owoeye

Osun Assembly has challenged the directive of Governor Ademola Adeleke to career heads to take over Local Government Administration.

The Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) conducted the Local Government Election on October 15 with candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winning all the seats.

But the election was challenged by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Federal High Court presided over by Justice Ayoola Emmanuel. The court nullified the election but the chairmen and councilors appealed the case.

However, Adeleke directed the most senior career heads across all Local Government Council Areas, the Area Office, LCDAs and ACDAs in Osun State to take charge of the affairs of their respective Councils with immediate effect.
He hinged the directive on the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo that sacked the elected Local Government Chairmen and Councilors.
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Speaker Timothy Owoeye, in a statement by his press Secretary Kunle Alabi, opposed the directive of Adeleke as he ordered status quo at the local government administration.

According to him: “The legislative arm is saddled with the responsibility of law-making, only disagreed with the Governor on matters of law.

“Owoeye held that the position of the House of Assembly was purely from the point of law and not in anyway antagonizing the Executive arm of government, saying the positions from the point of law was also related to the Governor at the meeting.

“On the issue of LG administration, Rt. Hon. Owoeye informed the plenary of a notice of appeal against the decision of a Federal High Court judgment served on the 7th Assembly.

“The House thereby resolves that the issue of Local Government administration should be left to the court of law, ordering a status quo on all Local Government administration pending the exhaustion on all legal means.

“When Aregbesola took over the mantle of leadership in 2010, the PDP-controlled local government was still in place and the status quo remained. Nobody dissolved the local government until all legal processes were completed.”

The Nation

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I will reveal my presidential candidate soon, says Wike

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday, said he would soon reveal to the people of the state his choice of presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections.

Speaking during the inauguration of Rukpokwu-Rumuapu-Izo-Ogbodo Igwuruta Link Road at Rumuapu, Obio-Akpor Local Government Area, he said, “I will tell you where we will vote. These ones (governorship, senatorial, reps and state assembly candidates) I mentioned, make sure you come and vote for them.

“Very soon, we’ll meet in our houses and take decision where we are going to.

“You will work for a party that has come to your aid; a party that has brought dividends of democracy.

“If the people of Rukpokwu are not happy, will they be here? Governance is all about the happiness of the people.

“When the people are happy, we are happy. So, if I come here to address you everybody will listen to me.”

The governor also spoke on security in Rivers, saying, “Yesterday (Monday), the Inspector General of Police came and we commissioned the Intelligence and Surveillance Centre. I tell all who may be thinking of kidnapping, the time is over.

“As it is now, in that intelligence centre, we will be watching you on screen. Anywhere you are on the road we are seeing you. That period is over when you think you will commit a crime and run away.”

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