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Appeal Court dismisses Akinlade’s petition against Abiodun

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Monday, dismissed the petition filed by the governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in Ogun State, Adekunle Akinlade.

Akinlade filed the petition against the victory of the governor of the state and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dapo Abiodun in the March 9, 2019 governorship election in the state.

In a unanimous decision, the Appeal court justices said the appeal “lacks merit and it is therefore struck out.”

Reading the lead judgment, Justice Muhammed Ambi-Usi Danjuma, declared that the 10 grounds filed by the Akinlade and his party challenging the victory of Abiodun have no merits and that the two appellants were overruled because of lack of merit.

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The judgement read inter alia

“The respective objections raised by the two respondents are overruled and the emotions have no remit, answers to them are sustained and the two motions are dismissed.

Reacting to the judgement, the state chairman of the APC, Yemi Sanusi said,

“The judgment says it all, in this part of the world, nobody accepts defeat. We will not be surprised if they move from here to the Supreme Court and we are ready; anytime they want to see us, they will meet us there.”

Reacting to the judgment, counsel to the APC and Abiodun, Habeeb Ajayi, appreciated the court for delivering the judgment in good time, saying that the judgment has shown that  Abiodun is the governor of the state by lawful votes.

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Ajayi added that all the complaints about non-qualification as a result of delivering false affidavit was not applicable and allegations were seen to be frivolous by the court.

He said

“We must appreciate the court for delivering the judgment in good time. Elections have been held and a winner emerged and we must learn to accept defeat in all circumstances.

“There was no reason we should be in this appeal. But thank God the court of appeal has delivered its judgment in favour of the respondent and have equally confirmed that Prince Dapo Abiodun is the governor of Ogun State by lawful votes.

“That all the complaints about non-qualification as a result of delivering false affidavit are not applicable, in other words, those allegations are frivolous and the court has so passed.

The Director General, Dapo Abiodun Campaign Organisation and former deputy governor of Ogun State,  Segun Adesegun disclosed that the election was one that was well fought for by the people.

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Adesegun added that with the court judgment, the governor who has started well will now be more relaxed to do the job of governance better.

 

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Magu worked for his ‘godfathers,’ Tinubu and Osinbajo not Buhari, Fani Kayode alleges

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Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has alleged that Ibrahim Magu, the suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, worked for Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu while in office.

He insisted that Osinbajo and Tinubu are the two godfathers of Magu.

Fani-Kayode also claimed that Magu never worked for President Muhammadu Buhari while in office.

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According to him, what is happening to Magu, who is being held at the Police headquarters, Abuja, over allegations of lack of transparency in managing recovered assets and mismanagement of the EFCC, was planned years ago.

Fani-Kayode said this in a tweet on his official Twitter handle on Sunday night.

He said:

“What is happening to Magu today was planned years ago.

“The real target is not Magu but those he worked for and protected for the last 4 years.

“He NEVER worked for Buhari. He worked for Tinubu & Osinbajo.

“When they finish crushing him, they will move against his two godfathers.”

Magu is expected to reappear before the Justice Ayo Salami probe panel on Monday, to defend himself against several other allegations.

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Meanwhile, Ibrahim Magu has again been accused of allegedly failing to give a proper account of missing 332 out of the 836 recovered real estate property in March 2018.

A report by the Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Assets (PCARA) confirmed the development, indicating that the unaccounted property was worth billions of naira.

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Reno Omokri shares photo of Sanusi, El-Rufai, Sowore, says APC paid to blackmail Jonathan

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Despite it being five years since former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was defeated at the 2015 presidential poll by President Muhammadu Buhari, it seems the narrations and how he was kicked out of office have continuously generated controversy heated by close aides who worked with him while in office.

Reno Omokri, the media aide to the former President Goodluck Jonathan has shared a picture showing Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Malam Nasir El-Rufai Kaduna State Governor alongside former CBN Governor and sacked Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi at an undisclosed location.

According to Reno Omokri, media aide to President Jonathan, the picture is one of the evidence that the ruling party, APC paid Omoyele Sowore, the foremost online journalist to blackmail Jonathan out of office.

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A yet-to-be-identified crew member of Sahara Reporters has reacted to the viral photo, saying he was at the scene where they took the picture and was behind the camera.

The crew member disclosed that the picture was taken at the scene of the Execujet wing at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos where Sowore and his crew (myself included) blocked Sanusi as he arrived with his family from Niger, following news that he had been sacked earlier that morning from office as the CBN Governor by President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

According to the yet-to-be-identified crew member, the promptitude to block him at the airport was part of ethics not to meet people in their private homes or wherever that might be compromising.

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The crew member stressed that they had to block Sanusi at the airport so that they could interview him right there to obtain his reaction to news of his sack earlier on the day.

According to the crew member, Sowore had broken the news of Sanusi’s sack on Saharareporters website while Sanusi himself was not yet aware of it. He was away with his family in Niger Republic.

I learnt that Sanusi was planning to sue Saharareporters for false publication but after he confirmed it by himself, decided to cut his trip and immediately return to Nigeria. As Sowore got wind of it that Sanusi was returning, he alerted me to immediately head straight to the airport by any vehicle available, the crew member disclosed.

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Speaking further on the matter, the staff narrated that as he arrived the Execujet wing, it coincided with Sowore’s arrival too.

“Sowore had possibly suspected a scene pop up right there, so he had another mini camera hung to his neck, ready to capture any spontaneous moment in case I was still setting up the main camera.

Mainly, we were to obtain Sanusi’s reaction to news of his sack as the CBN Governor, whether he stands by allegations he made of missing/non-remitted revenues at NNPC and his next move after his removal from office, among other issues, he added.

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Ondo poll: You can’t dictate mode of primary, APC tells aspirants

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State says no governorship aspirant can dictate the mode of primary to be used for the party’s July 20 governorship primary in the state.

The party said this in a statement by Mr. Alex Kalejaiye, the state’s Publicity Secretary,  on Sunday in Akure.

The statement said in part: ” The attention of the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to an aggressive agitation for a mode of primary ahead of the governorship election in October this year.

“We wish to place it on record that it is inconceivable that aspirants would dictate to the party on which mode to adopt.

“The chapter is duty-bound to underscore a salient point; that it is the prerogative of the national secretariat to decide which of the modes, pelt out in the party constitution should be adopted for each state at any point in time.

“For the sake of emphasis, the party’s constitution approves three modes of primaries to select its candidates for an election: direct, indirect, and consensus.

” Any of these could be chosen at random, depending on the discretion of the supervising authority.

” The supervising authority in this regard is Gov. Mai- Mala Bunni-led Caretaker Committee, and saddled with the responsibility to decide the option for Ondo State 2020.”

Kalejaiye added that the state was disturbed by the inflammatory statements credited to some of the governorship aspirants,  “especially those laden with threats to ensure that the state chapter is brought down where their wish is not granted.”

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According to him, a committed party member would not embark on actions or utterances that would cast aspersions on its leadership at all levels.

“He would rather prefer to work assiduously towards the victory of his party at any election.

“It is imperative for aspirants, like students preparing for the examination, to abide by the rules and guidelines from the national secretariat, so long these rules are not at variance with the contents of the party constitution.

“The efforts to set a terrible precedent for the party by allowing aspirants to dictate what mode to adopt for an election should be invested in quality and decent campaigns to sell their candidacy to party elders, leaders, and members.

“These groups will definitely speak, directly or through the party structures,” he stated.

The spokesman noted that the state secretariat’s concern was to promote all genuine efforts geared  toward a rancour-free primary election and produce a candidate who would retain the state for the party on Oct. 10.

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