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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Osun Election: Adeleke Approaches Supreme Court Over Oyetola’s Victory

Osun Election: Adeleke Approaches Supreme Court Over Oyetola’s Victory

Osun election: Adeleke approaches Supreme Court over Oyetola’s victory
Senator Ademola Adeleke, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the September 2018 governorship election in Osun state has approached the Supreme Court, demanding a reversal of the decision of the Court of Appeal that declared candidate of All Progressives Congress, Mr Gboyega Oyetola, as the winner of the poll.

Adeleke Campaign Organisation, obtained by our correspondent in Osogbo on Saturday, said Adeleke in his appeal, wants the apex court, to uphold his victory at the tribunal, which nullified Oyetola’s election – Punch news reports.

It will be recalled that Osun state Election Petition Tribunal had ruled that Senator Adeleke was the rightful winner of the 2018 governorship election.

But Appeal Court reversed the ruling and set aside the decision of the tribunal and reinstated Gboyega Oyetola as the winner of the election.

According to the statement, six Senior Advocate of Nigeria, led by Dr Onyeachi Ikpeazu, as well as, 17 other senior lawyers, filed four appeals against each of the four majority judgements of the Appeal Court.

Other Senior Advocates of Nigeria that will appear with Ikpeazu include;  Chief N.O.O Oke, SAN; Dr Paul Ananaba, SAN; Emeka Etiaba, SAN; Emeka Okpoko, SAN; and Kehinde Ogunwuminju, SAN.

Other senior lawyers in the team are Niyi Owolade, L.N.Iheanacho, Edmund Biriomoni, Wole Jimi-Bada and 13 others.

The statement reads,
The appeals were against majority judgement in favour of Gboyega Oyetola, All Progressives Congress, the Independent National Electoral Commission and the striking out of the cross appeals of Senator Adeleke.

“The first Appeal was against the majority lead judgement delivered by Justice J.H.Sankey, it is premised on 13 grounds. Senator Adeleke is seeking the following reliefs from the Supreme court; To allow the appeal, set aside the judgement of the Appeal Court delivered in favour of Oyetola, and dismiss Oyetola’s appeal against the decision of the Tribunal.

“The second appeal is against the judgement delivered in favour of the APC, is premised on 31 grounds of appeal. Senator Adeleke listed particulars of errors committed by the Appeal Court and sought the following reliefs from the Supreme Court: To allow this appeal, set aside the decision of the Appeal Court and dismiss the appeal of the respondent against the judgement of the tribunal.

“The third judgement appealed against was the ruling in favour of INEC, it is based on 17 grounds Senator Adeleke listed particulars of errors committed by the judges of Appeal Court and sought the following: An order of the Supreme Court allowing his appeal,
an order of Supreme Court setting aside judgement of Court of Appeal and restoring the judgement of tribunal delivered on the 22nd of March.

The fourth judgement appealed against was that against the cross appeal based on 13.

While listing particulars of errors committed by the Appeal Court, Senator Adeleke seeks the following reliefs from the Supreme Court namely; an order allowing this appeal and setting aside decision of lower court which dismissed the appeal; an order granting reliefs sought in appellate case in the cross appeal, an order restoring the paragraphs struck out from appellate replies to the 2 and 3 respondents replies; a declaration that the appellant won the election in issue by a wider margin than what was found by the lower tribunal in view of the substantial non compliance with the electoral act 2010 as amended;

 and a declaration that the rerun of 27th was null and void and of no effect as the appellant had already won the election in issue upon conclusion of the 22nd September election – punch news reports
FG To Spend N14b On New Murtala Muhammed International Airport

FG To Spend N14b On New Murtala Muhammed International Airport

FG To Spend N14b On New Murtala Muhammed International Airport
It has been revealed that the Federal Government of Nigeria is looking forward to construct a new Murtala Muhammed International Airport after they might have pulled down the existing one.

Freshreporters News was a ble to gather that the project would be handled by Julius Berger at the cost of N14b.

The terminal in use which was built in 1979 has outlived its usefulness – Hadi Sirika, Minister of state Aviation says

The terminal actually was built to handle 300,000 at the first setup, but the right now there has been a spike in the passengers it handles, grown to 8 million in the past three years.

Also, the government said it will shut the Enugu International Airport for total repair of the runways which is caving in.

Ethiopian Airlines which operates into the airport would be stopped because of the danger the airport pose to flight operations.

Further more, the Minister stated the need to relocate the market located very close to the airport and the free trade zone to make for expansion of the runway and other facilities to international standard, he noted that he had already discussed with the Enugu state governor concerning the prevailing isuue.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The Investigation Of Saraki's Corruption Case Not Personal – Magu

The Investigation Of Saraki's Corruption Case Not Personal – Magu

Mr Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Tuesday said the ongoing investigation of the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, is not personal.
The Investigation Of Saraki's Corruption Case Not Personal – Magu

Magu stressed that contrary to allegations that Saraki was being witch hunted, his investigation was no different from others as the EFCC only “invite people who have committed crime, people who are corrupt”.

He said this while receiving award for Outstanding Leadership in Public Service by Euro Knowledge Group.

The Euro Group Award is a highest recognition for individual achievement and is awarded annually.

The award acknowledges and celebrates exemplary leaders that have made significant contribution and positive impact in their specific industry.

No,  no, it’s not personal. I am not after anybody.

“Please, I don’t want you to personalise this. It is not different from other investigations we are doing,” he said.

When asked to comment on the statement  by Saraki that he was being witch-hunted,  Magu said  “never.

“You invite people who have committed crime, people who are corrupt.
“If you are not corrupt, you are not here.
“We do our homework very

well: sometimes we conduct preliminary investigations for up to six months and such persons won’t even know we are investigating them,”
Magu said.

He described corruption as “a national disaster and mother of all evils.

If you remove disaster (corruption), you have a peaceful country.”

He said banditry, Boko Haram nuisance and other crimes were “caused by corruption and sustained by corruption.

“It is been funded by stolen and laundered funds, that’s why it is being sustained.”

The acting chairman, however, said that if corruption was tackled, banditry and kidnappings would be sorted out.

He called on Nigerians and stakeholders to take ownership of the fight against corruption, saying that it was not a job for one individual alone.

Magu, expressed gratitude for the award saying it would spur him to do more in the fight against corruption.

Mrs Olayinka Fayomi, Chairman, Foreign Investment Network (FIN), who presented the award on behalf of Euro Knowledge, said the award was in recognition of those who had impacted the economy.

“It is also in recognition of those who have impacted the system from which ever sector they are operating from, and the EFCC is one of them.

“Ever since the period Magu had been acting, there has been a tremendous improvement in the fight against corruption,” she said.

She said that with the award,  Magu had become one of the African Change Agents.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Saraki had recently come under pressure from the anti-graft agency.

The EFCC had confirmed reports that it had opened a fresh investigation into Saraki’s stewardship as President of the Senate as well as a probe of his earnings as governor of Kwara from 2003 to 2011.
Tony Orilade, acting spokesman, EFCC,  said in a statement that EFCC was obligated by law to enthrone probity and accountability in the governance space and had supremely pursued this duty without ill-will or malice against anyone.

“It is in the interest of the public and for Saraki’s personal good that he is not only above board, but be seen at all times to be so.

“Indeed, all the instances in which the EFCC have had cause to sleuth into his financial activities either as a former governor or President of the Senate were driven by overarching public interest and due process of the law,’’ he said.

In his reaction, Saraki insisted that the action of the EFCC was a witch-hunt.

“Our attention has been drawn to the fact that the EFCC has marked certain property belonging to President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, obviously under the claim that they are subject of investigation.
“The action of the EFCC only reinforced our earlier stated position that their current investigation is mischievous, contrary to the tenets of the rule of law and only aimed at settling scores.
“The EFCC’s move to investigate him is a mere witch-hunt exercise, aimed at settling scores, laced with malicious and partisan motives,” Saraki’s Media Adviser, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, said in a statement
“PDP” Group Drags Senator Adeleke To Court

“PDP” Group Drags Senator Adeleke To Court



A group called “Concerned PDP Members” have dragged the governorship candidate of the party in Osun State, Sen. Ademola Adeleke, to the Federal High Court in Osogbo, Osun State.

The new case was instituted by Mr. Ajayi Shuaib on behalf of himself and the group urging the court to determine whether the certificate presented by Adeleke to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was genuine.

In the suit, FHC/OS/CS/16/2019, the plaintiffs urged the court to determine the authenticity of Adeleke’s academic qualification, particularly whether the school testimonial he presented met the constitutional requirement of a secondary school certificate.

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Joined in the fresh suit were the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and INEC as 2nd and 3rd respondents respectively.

According to the originating summons, Mr Shuaib, through his Counsel, Barr. Seyi Oyagbile sought for an interpretation of Section 182(1)(J) of the constitution in the case of the documents presented by Adeleke as his academic qualification to INEC.

(NaijaNews)

INEC: Kogi, Bayelsa Guber Elections Scheduled To Hold Nov.16

INEC: Kogi, Bayelsa Guber Elections Scheduled To Hold Nov.16

INEC: Kogi, Bayelsa Guber Elections Scheduled To Hold Nov.16

The Independent National Electoral Commission (lNEC) has shifted the date for the Kogi and Bayelsa States governorship election earlier scheduled for Nov. 2 to Nov. 16.

The Commission disclosed this in a statement issued by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okye on Thursday in Abuja.

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The decision, according to Okoye, was taken at the commission’s regular weekly meeting held on Thursday, following several appeals received by INEC from critical stakeholders from Bayelsa demanding for a change in the earlier fixed date.

“It will be recalled that on April 9, lNEC released the timetable and schedule of activities for the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections. The Commission fixed Nov. 2 for the elections to hold in both states.

“However, the Commission received several appeals from Bayelsa that the election coincided with the state’s Annual Thanksgiving Day which is backed by law.

“After a careful consideration of the appeals, the Commission at its regular weekly meeting held today Thursday May 16 decided to shift the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States to Saturday Nov. 16,’’ he said.

Okoye added that the timelines for all other activities leading to the elections have also been adjusted to align with the new date.

It was reporters that according to the amended timetable and schedule of activities for the elections signed by Secretary to the Commission, Mrs Rose Oriaran-Anthony, the notice for the elections would be released on Aug. 17.

Collection of forms CF001 and CF002 by political parties from INEC for the elections would be on Aug. 18, while the conduct of parties primaries would hold from Aug. 18 to Sept 5, and election campaign would commenced by Aug. 18.

The commission also scheduled Oct. 2 as the last day for the submission of nomination forms by political parties and Nov. 14 as the last day for political campaigns. – NAN reports

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Appointment Of New Emirs Is Null And Void – Kano Court Declares

Appointment Of New Emirs Is Null And Void – Kano Court Declares

5 Days After Installation, Kano Court Declares Ganduje's Appointment Of New Emirs Null And Void

A Kano state high court located at Ungogo has declared the appointment and the installation of four new emirs by the state government as "null and void".

Freshreporters News had reported earlier that a Kano State high court made the declaration on Wednesday, May 15.
The court the ordered a return to status quo pending the hearing of the suit against the appointment of the emirs.

It was further gathered that the state Gov. Abdullah Ganduje had on Friday, May 10, defied the court order and issued appointment letters to the new emirs. It was also gathered that between May 11 and 12, the governor presented the new emirs with their staffs of office.

Also Read:- Kano Governor Ganduje To Emir Sanusi – Resign Or Be Sacked

Ganduje was said to had created four extra emirates with first class emirs in the state on Wednesday(8th of may).
This  action and step was actually targetted towards narrowing-down the relevance of Emir Sanusi.

"One Nasiru Sule Gwarzo has filed a suit challenging the creation as well as the installation of four new emirs in the state. Similarly, on Tuesday, May 14, the state’s kingmakers, who are four in number, had approached the court challenging the governor’s decision, saying Ganduje’s action distorted the history of the emirate" – Legit.ng reports

Monday, May 13, 2019

Omoyele Sowore Reacts To The Suspension As National Chairman Of AAC

Omoyele Sowore Reacts To The Suspension As National Chairman Of AAC





Omoyele Sowore Has Reacted To The Suspension As National Chairman Of AAC

Omoyele Sowore Has Reacted To The Suspension As National Chairman Of AAC

 The NEC has announced the suspension Sowore today in Abuja, who also replaced with Leonard Nzenwa as the new National Chairman.

Read the statement :

“Since our party was registered, fellow party men and women, it has failed to hold the constitutional mandatory meetings. Huge monies, millions of naira and dollars have not properly been accounted for, particularly, hundreds of millions of dollars raised for our party’s presidential candidate.

“Allegations of foreign funds which were allowed to flow into the party in contravention of the provision of the 1999 constitution and the Electoral Act and were utilised by the party’s presidential candidate and certain individuals without knowledge of the party have been clearly established by all. We cannot be seen to be doing what the people we’re criticising are doing.”

Now, seeing Sowore's reaction, he revealed in a statement that it is actually the members led by Nzenwa that were suspended.


See Sowore's statement:

These members, led by Leonard Nzenwa, former national secretary, who was suspended for financial impropriety and anti-party activities, have demonstrated by their actions that they have never been, and have never shared, the core beliefs that those of us in the African Action Congress hold.”

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Kano Governor Ganduje To Emir Sanusi – Resign Or Be Sacked

Kano Governor Ganduje To Emir Sanusi – Resign Or Be Sacked

Resign or you will be sacked - Ganduje reportedly tells Emir Sanusi

It's of high possibility that the ongoing probe by the Kano state government’s anti-corruption agency has being the gateway to the charges being filed against the Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II.

Sanusi’s status as the only first class emir in the state was whittled when the state government broke the emirate, carving out four new emirates and appointing first class emirs to rule them – Daily post reports

Freshreporters News gathered that the exercise which lasted only two days, fuelled speculations that the government was going after the emir over his rumoured support for the opposition during the recently concluded governorship election. The fresh investigation by the Kano state public complaints and anti-corruption commission as well as the bid to appoint new first class emirs by the state assembly kick-started almost simultaneously last week.

According legit.ng, the source in the commission, who craved for anonymity, on Saturday, May 11, said that the ongoing probe on by the commission was targeting the emir, noting that, ''it will reach to a point where the commission will transfer the case to court for the emir to defend himself. After our findings, whoever is found wanting in misappropriating the public funds will be dragged before the court.

” It also stated that a government source disclosed that Emir Sanusi, after sensing trouble at the turn of events between the state government and the palace lately, sent business tycoon, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, to beg the governor to have a change of mind.

“I can confidently tell you that when the probe was renewed and the move for creation of four new emirates in the state started, the emir sent the renowned business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, to Ganduje to plead with him to stop the two moves. 

“However, Ganduje in his response told Dangote to go back and tell the emir that he should choose from three alternatives: To resign on his own or be removed from office or the government will create additional emirates in the state.

 “Ganduje assured Dangote that one of the three options must be implemented by government since the emir will not stop playing partisan politics against him. If not for the quick intervention by Dangote, Ganduje would have dethroned the emir,” the source revealed.

However, the source added that even though the governor has spared the emir being removed from office, there is likelihood that after the turbaning ceremony of the four new emirs, Ganduje will transfer the emir to another emirate and replace him with one of the newly appointed emirs. 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Senator Ademola Adeleke Loses As Court Of Appeal Declare Oyetola Winner

Senator Ademola Adeleke Loses As Court Of Appeal Declare Oyetola Winner

Senator Ademola Adeleke Loses As Court Of Appeal Declare Oyetola Winner

A Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has nullified the ruling on the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal which favored Senator Ademola Adeleke.

Senator Ademola Adeleke loses as court if appeal declare Oyetola winner
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Few weeks ago, the Tribunal which satsin abuja nullifued the victory of Governor Gboyega Oyetola at the elections and declared Senator Ademola Adeleke as the winner.

However, Governor Gboyega Oyetola head for the Court of Appeal which today nullified the ruling by the tribunal.

The judgment which was delivered by Justice Hannatu Sankey set aside the entire proceedings of the Tribunal because of its “faulty composition”. The judgment was upheld by four justices of the five-man panel.


This is all coming few days after Senator Adeleke was arrested by men of the Nigeria Police Force and taken into custody on the evening of Monday, May 6, 2019.


Police spokesman, Frank Mba said:

Senator Adeleke is currently in police custody. He was taken into custody in the evening of today 6th May 2019 in connection with ongoing criminal investigations touching on his person.


Meanwhile, in the best tradition of natural justice and fair hearing, he has already been served with the relevant charge sheet containing his alleged offences in the presence of his Attorneys. He will be arraigned in a competent court of law tomorrow, 7th May 2019.”


The senator was later released on bail after he appeared befbef a court.

Monday, May 6, 2019

 Senator Ademola Adeleke's Arrest Is A Recipe For Crisis – PDP

Senator Ademola Adeleke's Arrest Is A Recipe For Crisis – PDP

PDP condemns arrest of Senator Ademola Adeleke, says its a recipe for crisis

The Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) has condemned the arrest and detention of its member, Senator Ademola Adeleke.

The party made this declaration in a statement released by Kola Ologbondiyan, the spokeman, thereby saying that the arrest is a recipe for crisis.

Read the full statement below :

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) informs the nation that the police today Monday, May 6, 2019, arrested and detained our victorious candidate in the Osun Governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, in total disregard for the extant order of the Federal High Court.

This is highly provocative, an invitation to anarchy and recipe for a very serious crisis not only in Osun but also in the judiciary and our polity as a nation.
The arrest and detention of Senator Adeleke is a direct act of violence against our laws, the institution of the judiciary and the 1999 Constitution (as amended).



This is part of the grand plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to coerce Senator Adeleke to relinquish the mandate that was freely given to him by the people of Osun state, which was further established by the election petition tribunal.



The plot is to drag Senator Adeleke before an ostensibly compromised magistrate court, over the same issues of alleged forged school testimonial that is already before the Federal High Court, with a view to using such corridor to secure a stampeded trial and hurried conviction, and put him out of circulation, over trump-up charges.



The heinous calculation by the APC is to ensure that Senator Adeleke is not free to be sworn in as governor of Osun state as they know he will surely obtain justice and retrieve his stolen mandate at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.



The police arrested Senator Ademola on the guise of an invitation despite the direct orders of the Federal High Court, restraining it or its agents from arresting and detaining him on account of statement of result and testimonial duly issued by the Ede Muslim Grammar School, Ede, pending the determination of the originating summons pending in the court.



Senator Adeleke, as a law-abiding citizen, honoured an invitation by the police only for him to be arrested and detained in a dingy facility in Maitama, in direct affront to the order of the Federal High Court.

The PDP holds that any arraignment of Senator Adeleke in a magistrate court, for a matter that is already being heard by the Federal High Court, is a calculated plot to cause crisis in the judicial system, enmesh the matter in unnecessary controversy as a pathway to truncate the course of justice in his matter.



The PDP therefore demands forthwith, the immediate and unconditional release of Senator Adeleke by the police.
This demand is predicated on fears already in the public space that there are plots by certain elements to poison him in detention.

The PDP therefore cautions those playing the script of the APC with regard to Senator Adeleke to retrace their steps and allow the people of Osun state to move ahead with their preferred governor. Nothing, not even these heinous plots, will subvert this reality.