My younger brother had no intention to contest the governorship election in the first place—Deji Adeleke.

Deji Adeleke, elder brother to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the September 22, 2018 governorship poll in Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, on Thursday, said many promises made by the PDP before the family accepted the party’s governorship ticket were not kept.
Adeleke, in a statement he signed and obtained in Osogbo on Thursday, declared that his younger brother had no intention to contest the governorship election in the first place.
He, however, added that Senator Ademola Adeleke, was prevailed on by the PDP leadership and elders before the family accepted “most reluctantly after receiving assurances and promises that were never kept.”

 

He said the younger Adeleke should be given a break to take a rest and decide what he would do or not do when the time comes.
He expressed gratitude to those who are concerned about the huge resources committed to execute his younger brother’s participation in the PDP primary and general elections and the payment to lawyers during the litigation period.
Adeleke conselled that money spent on elections should not be considered an investment that would be recouped upon assumption of office through corruption and banditry, but should rather be considered as a grant to help deepen democracy and advance the rule of law.

 

The statement read,

“I am not a card-carrying member of any political party but I am a sympathiser/supporter of the PDP in Osun State. Osun State PDP will be better off and well prepared for the next general election in the state, if internal democracy is encouraged and enforced.

“All elective positions, including the position of governor of the state, should be open to all members of the party to contest in a transparent primary election. Everyone must be given a sense of belonging, in order to grow the party in Osun State.

“The PDP members that are trading blame within the party should be reminded that the PDP won the governorship election held on September 22, 2018, but was not allowed to take office by the powers that be in the ruling party. Members should be proud that the electorate sided with the party against the ruling party in that election and not blame each other for the daylight robbery that deprived the party of the mandate freely given by the good people of Osun State, which has brought shame and disgrace to Nigeria as a country.”

 

He added, “As for the Adeleke family, of which I am one, we will like to remind all the PDP members that Senator Ademola Nurudeen Adeleke had no intention to contest the governorship election in the first place, but was invited and prevailed upon by the party leadership and party elders to contest the governorship election, which he and his family accepted most reluctantly after receiving assurances and promises that were never kept.
“Everything that followed after this, is now history. Senator Adeleke should, therefore, be given a break, to take his well-deserved rest and decide what he will do/not do when the time comes.

“Contributions to an election fund should always be considered a grant, to help deepen our democracy and advance the rule of law, which eventually translates into Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), economic growth and job creation.”

Reacting to the controversies surrounding reported adoption of Senator Adeleke as the PDP consensus governorship candidate of the 2022 poll, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Diran Odeyemi, said a chieftain of the party from Osun West, while addressing a meeting held in Adeleke’s residence in Ede, on Tuesday, suggested that Senator Adeleke should be re-presented by the party in 2022.
Odeyemi said,

“Dr Babalola said in appreciation of the support of the Adelekes to the PDP in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke should be represented in 2022 and everyone seated clapped in appreciation of that motion.

“What I said was that after listening to assurances from Dr Deji Adeleke, who assured us of continuous support, I suggested that he should be made one of the leaders of our party. It happened at a political gathering.”

 

 

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http://www.msn.com/en-xl/africa/nigeria/adeleke-family-alleges-betrayal-rejects-2022-pdp-gov-ticket/ar-AAEcrqD?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartanntp

 

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Senator Elisha Abbo should step down for battering a woman.

The assault was allegedly reported on Tuesday, May 14 at the Maitama Area Command Headquarters in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, but the police reportedly told the victim to go look for Senator Abbo’s telephone number or they would not be able to do anything about it.

Nigerians have now taken to social media asking the 41-year old senator to step down from his position.

Many also called for the federal lawmaker’s prosecution, while others urged the Nigerian Senate to suspend him.

 

Others also called on the PDP to take disciplinary measures against the lawmaker for his conduct in the video.

 

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How PDP mourns.

Former deputy national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Babayo Gamawa, has passed away.

His spokesperson, Isa Gadau, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview that Gamawa died on Friday night in Bauchi, after a brief illness.

“He complained of slight stomach ache and was taken to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), Bauchi, where he was admitted and later passed away.

“I am now heading to his house,” Gadau said.

It would be recalled that Senator Gamawa defected to the ruling APC prior to the 2019 general elections.

 

Born on Feb. 2, 1966, he attended the University of Jos, where he obtained a National Certificate in Purchasing and Supply.

He had served as the Speaker of Bauchi State House of Assembly and later Deputy Governor following the impeachment of the then Deputy Governor, late Alhaji Mohammed Gadi.

In 2011, he was elected Senator under the platform of the PDP in the 7th National Assembly; where he served as the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation and a member of the Land Transport Committee.

He is married with children. His burial arrangement is yet to be announced by his family.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the European Union (EU) and other international communities to continue to monitor electoral process in Nigeria.

PDP’s deputy national chairman (South), Yemi Akinwonmi, made the call when he received a delegation of EU Elections Observation Mission at the party’s Presidential Campaign Office on Friday, June 14, in Abuja.

 

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How APC lost its gubernatorial seat to PDP in Zamfara State.

A five-member panel of justices, in the Supreme Court on Friday, May 24, nullified all votes cast for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 elections in Zamfara state.

In the court’s ruling, given by Justice Paul Adamu Galinji, the panel said that the APC in the state did not carry out primaries according to the party regulations, Daily Trust reports.

The panel therefore described that all votes cast for the APC as “wasted votes” and declared that all political parties with the second highest votes in the polls are elected to the different offices.

 

In an appeal filed by the APC, the apex court ruled against the apellant and ordered a fine of N10 million against the party.

The Court of Appeal ruled: “Candidate other than the first appellant with the highest vote stand elected. A cost of N10 million is awarded against the appellant.”

Although Mukhtar Idris, the APC’s gubernatorial candidate, was earlier declared winner of the elections, having polled 534,541 votes, Alhaji Bello Matawalle, the PDP’s governorship candidate, who came second in the polls can now be declared as the governor-elect in the state.

 

The Court of Appeal’s decision affected all candidates of the APC in the elective positions of the 2019 general elections.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had promised to obey the Sokoto appeal court ruling on Zamfara election but noted that the Supreme Court will decide fate of the APC primary held in the state.

The INEC national commissioner, Festus Okoye, on Wednesday, March 27, made this known while reacting to the verdict of the appeal court binding on Zamfara poll.

 

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Why did Justice Bulkachuwa bows out of election tribunal?

The presidential candidate of the peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to the ruling by Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa recusing herself from the Presidential Election Tribunal on Wednesday, May 22.
Atiku in a statement sent to Legit.ng said Justice Bulkachuwa has shown courage in her ruling at the tribunal as no man can be a judge in his own case.
He said the call by his legal team for Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa to recuse herself from the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal was predicated on this principle, being that her husband, Alhaji Mohammed Bulkachuwa, is an All Progressives Congress Senator-elect and the case she was expected to adjudicate upon had a bearing on that party.

 

“My legal team’s objection was not a reflection on Justice Bulkachuwa’s character or competence. As a matter of fact, I have great respect for her, being a pioneer and advocate for gender equality and female empowerment,” Atiku said.
Commending the judge, Atiku said Justice Bulkachuwa’s action has increased the confidence the public have for the judiciary.
“Her action showed courage and is an act of patriotism. She has, by this action, increased the confidence the public have for the judiciary.
“Not only do I commend her, I also pray, especially in this holy month of Ramadan, that Justice will be done by the tribunal according to the fear of God and not in keeping with respect for the powers that be.
“May God bless the judiciary and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Atiku concluded.

 

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the president of the Court of Appeal, Zainab Bulkachuwa, has withdrawn from the presidential election petition tribunal.
The PDP in an application had asked Justice Bulkachuwa to recuse herself because she is married to a senator-elect of the APC.
The party is challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February presidential election.

 

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Will Lai Mohammed apologize by lying to PDP?

The Peoples Democratic Party says the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, must apologise for allegedly misleading the nation and heating up the polity
– The opposition party accuses the minister of lying against it and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar
– According to the PDP, Mohammed levelled unfounded security breach allegations against it and Atiku in the February 23 election
An apology has been demanded by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, for allegedly lying against it and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
In a statement by the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, Mohammed was accused levelling unfounded security breach allegations against the opposition party and Atiku in the February 23 election, The Nation reports.

 

Legit.ng gathers that PDP accused the minister of desperation to secure acceptance from Nigerians for the Buhari administration.
The statement read: “Moreover, the minister’s claims that he relied on certain alarms fell flat as no agency in the country had ever accused the PDP, as a political party, or our presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, of ‘doing everything possible to sabotage the Buhari administration, generally overheat the polity and make Nigeria seemingly ungovernable’ as claimed by Lai Mohammed.
“We also have fears that Alhaji Lai Mohammed could have made those wild claims in a bid to pave the way to frame, harass, arrest and detain some opposition figures on trump-up charges.
“Such antics have failed as Nigerians have seen through them and are resolute, behind Atiku Abubakar, in the determination to retrieve his mandate in the court…
“By his fabricated claims, the Information Minister only succeeded in further de-marketing our dear nation in the international arena, causing more damage to investors’ confidence in our system and exposing this administration as purveyor of fake news.
“The PDP, therefore, invites Alhaji Mohammed to apologise to the nation and desist from such acts of incitement.”

 

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, raised serious allegation against Muhammadu Buhari, accusing the president of plotting to put him in jail.
Atiku was reacting to a statement by the minister of information, Lai Mohammed, who claimed the former vice president had been making treasonable statements.

 

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Is Lai Mohammed a liar?

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has raised serious allegation against President Muhammadu Buhari accusing the president of plotting to put him in jail.
Atiku was reacting to a statement by the minister of information, Lai Mohammed, who claimed the former vice president has been making treasonable statements.

Atiku said: “My attention has been drawn to accusations by the Muhammadu Buhari led administration against the candidate of the Presidential Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 elections and former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, alleging that he has made treasonable statements.

“It is not surprising that such a despicable lie is emanating from Mr. Lai Mohammed, President Buhari’s aptly named Minister of Information.

“Lai Mohammed is so associated with lies that even Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said, on Monday, May 13, 2019, as follows:

 

“People like Lai Mohammed, Abba Kyari, Adamu Adamu they are usually very well behaved during the Ramadan. But I’m not even sure that that is true anymore.”

“When we have a situation where even those who employed him know that Lai Mohammed is a liar, who will even lie during the holy month of Ramadan, then why should Nigerians be surprised at this latest lie?

“Mr Lai Mohammed is only being clever by half when he says “It beggars belief that a candidate who prides himself as a democrat can so allow desperation to becloud his sense of propriety to such an extent that he will be associating with anti-democratic forces or making inflammatory statements.”

 

The statement described Atiku as a man of peace who would never get involved in undemocratic activities. It however described President Buhari as a desperate man who dined with dictators.

“How can a man who wined and dined with Nigeria’s most brutal dictator, how can a man who overthrew a democratically elected President and held a grudge against him even in death (as evidenced by the empty condolence register he left in Sokoto, last year) accuse a man who has never been as much as associated with such tendencies, of being an anti-democrat?

“We want to know why the desperation on the part of the Muhammadu Buhari government to rope in the Peoples Democratic Party and its Presidential candidate in phantom plots? Obviously, President Buhari wants to replay the Phantom plot saga of his now deceased mentor, who threw former President Olusegun Obasanjo in jail after falsely accusing him of treason in order to perpetuate himself in power.

“Could it be that they are now aware that the electoral fraud they perpetrated during the last Presidential election is about to be exposed beyond a shadow of a doubt?

“If anybody is “beating the drums of war”, it is precisely those who have issued statements threatening Nigerians and foreigners alike with “body bags”.

“For the avoidance of doubt, let me inform the minister of disinformation that Atiku Abubakar resisted the Abacha dictatorship, of which President Muhammadu Buhari was a prominent member, and it is his resistance and the sacrifice of his co-travellers, like chief MKO Abiola and Alex Ekwueme, amongst others, that gave rise to the democracy that the current government is now trampling on.”

Meanwhile, the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu on Wednesday, May 15, said the election of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second-term in office was a clear proof that no man, but God gives power.

Akiolu made the statement when participants of the Senior Executive Course 41 of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, visited him in his palace in Lagos.

 

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Can you imagine AKPABIO fooling Nigerians?

The past Senate minority leader, Godswill Akpabio has asked a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to suspend its judgement on an application seeking to vacate seats of 54 federal lawamkers who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Akpabio also prayed the court to allow him to respond to the suit that was filed by an advocacy group under the aegis of Legal Defence and Assistance Project, LEDAP which has applied for the refund of salaries and allowances of lawmakers who defected after their election into the National Assembly.

In a swift move, the Senator, few days to the judgement date for the suit, filed an application insisting that he was not consulted before any lawyer was appointed to appear for the matter.

The Senator said he was not informed by the clerk of the National Assembly or even personally served with the said suit.

Informing the court that he only read about the case in the Newspapers, Akpabio said, the suit was not a class action and he was at liberty to use a counsel of his choice and to personally defend himself.

In his response, the judge over the matter, Justice Okon Abang, said he was minded to accede to Akpabio’s request.

Justice Abang noting that his decision was based on the provisions of Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, said since the matter was not a class action, Akpabio’s right to fair hearing would be affected if the matter was decided without his input.

Furthermore, Akpabio argued that he never defected from the PDP to APC.

 

The Senator said he only moved into the APC after the PDP “was flooded”.

In his reaction, Justice Okon Abang ruled that the matter be adjourned for Tuesday, May 14, to enable the parties involved exchange their addresses.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that 15 senators, including Dino Melaye and Abdul-Azeez Nyako, announced their defection at the Senate plenary on Tuesday, July 24.

The list containing the senators’ names was handed over to Bukola Saraki, the president of the Senate, who managed to get to the plenary after a reported blockade at his residence by Police officers.

 

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MLST ARTICLE: EKITI STATE ELECTION OUTCOME ON MY MIND.–(7 MINUTES READ)

As it is getting to a week now that gubernatorial Election was conducted in Ekiti State, I believed that it is high time I bore my mind on the trend of politics that is becoming a reality in Nigeria presently.
As the wind of gubernatorial electioneering fizzle out accompanied with EKITI State being swept by the victory of change,one needs to critically look at the outcome of the election and what made the tempo of the election to swift against the ruling party in Ekiti.

 

Ekiti State is a civil service state that has her workers denied of their salaries for many months but the incumbent governor was able to construct and commission bridge in Ado Ekiti with pomp and pageantry when the major forces that drives the economy of the state are living in abject poverty. With this reality,one needs to know that the incumbent governor and his party has failed woefully to a large extent. No wonder,it was a reality that the incumbent governor lost his local government to opposition party.

 

In the same vein,the party primary election that saw Professor Eleka through to become a gubernatorial candidate was handled in the Peoples’Democratic Party’s way of selecting a candidate against the wish of the party stalwarts in Ekiti State. A situation whereby the voice of the people was gagged has created a platform for the woeful performance of People Democratic Party in Ekiti State.

 

Personally, it is not that I am against the victory of APC in Ekiti but I hope that the indigenes of Ekiti state will not regret their choice at the end because we have many APC states that are not paying workers’ salary.

 

The choice of Fayemi looks somehow because I could remember that the indigenes of the state complained bitterly about his performance some years ago.

 

Anyway, I heard he had promised to clear the salary arrears and every backlogs of wages without the space of six months. If this can be done,I will be happy with Ekiti people.

 

Digressing a bit,as the state of Osun is preparing for the next gubernatorial election, there is also backlogs of salaries being owned civil servants.

 

With everything being constant,the indigenes of the state of Osun needs to do a critical analysis of where they would pitch their tent.

 

They should take a deeper and a closer look at what would befall their fate in the next four years.

 

What is presently obtainable now should not allow to fester continuously. Infrastructure has been reasonably developed to a large extent with skyrocketing debt for eight years,now the state of Osun needs a governor that can pay full salary not a governor that will not pay or at most pay half salary.

 

Governors in the south-west needs to understand that it is the welfare of the indigenes of a state that drives the economic welfare of the state. Once,the welfare of indigenes are punctured,we should know that the economic welfare of a state will be affected just like what is obtainable in Osun and Ekiti states.

 

May the state of Osun elect the right person in September.

 

In another vein,one need to be bothered about Nigeria becoming a single party state gradually. This might spell doom for a nation that pride herself in diversity. If opposition is murdered totally,the essence of democracy will be lost forever.

 

The level at which caution was thrown into the winds in the course of this election is quite appalling going by the fact that the electorates were wooed with money and the conscience of the electorate was marketed on the altar of few naira. T his is an ugly trend in our political dispensation that makes someone to think along the line of loosing hope about the fate of democracy in this part of the world whereby the electorates are subjected to abject poverty for good four to eight years but when another period of electioneering is around the corner,votes are cast based on who the highest bidder is.

 

This is nothing but degradation of the tenets of democracy.

 

An aberration of the essence of what democracy is all about

 

This might end up denying our nation the beauty of democracy.

 

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