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Aregbesola breaks silence after losing ward to Oyetola

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Minister of Interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and Osun State Governor Gboyega Oyetola
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The Minister of Interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has broken his silence after losing his ward in the ongoing All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary to Governor Gboyega Oyetola.

Aregbesola, was absent at his Ifofin Ward 8, Ilesa East Local Government for the exercise on Saturday.

Oyetola won in Aregbesola’s ward with 309 votes against 146 recorded for Moshood Adeoti, the candidate anointed by the Minister.

In a statement by his media’s aide, Sola Fasure, Aregbesola claimed results of the governorship primary were “farcically counted in favour of the Governor.”

He said: “On behalf of the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, I will like to thank you most sincerely for heeding the call earlier this morning to participate in our party’s governorship primary and conduct yourselves most peacefully. You adopted a non-violent posture, even in the face of sore provocation.

“You have demonstrated your loyalty to the party and democratic ideals. You have comported yourselves as Omoluabi in the true essence.

“We have received and continue to receive the reports of the shenanigans of the officials who conducted the sham of an election.

“We have been inundated with reports state-wide of how your names were expunged from the party’s voters register, which was not made available until this morning, contrary to the convention of making the list available to the candidates before the election.

“We have heard of how party registration cards were being hawked this morning to the supporters of the state Governor.

We have also received reports of how accreditation was not done at all in many wards and how people without the party identification just participated and queued behind the governor in many polling units.

“We have received the report from our members and independent observers, how government officials and notable supporters of the governor officiated in the election, how votes were farcically counted in favour of the governor and how the votes recorded for him were more than the number of voters accredited ab initio in many units.

“We have heard of the absence of result sheets and other vital documents for recording results and vital data. We note also the absence of INEC officials in most wards, casting serious doubt on the credibility of the election.

“We note with shame and much regret the consternation of local and international observers on what they regard as a travesty of an election.

“I will urge you to maintain your cool and calm. Be not downcast, be not agitated. Hold your head high. We are still receiving and studying all these reports and will take a definitive position on them.

“You are urged not to take laws into your hands. Please leave the rest to the Almighty God and let us explore all peaceful and legal means for addressing the matter in order to obtain justice.

“Please remain committed to peace and the rule of law. Be unflinching in your commitment to the democratic ideals. Democracy is for the long haul.

“As you all know, we never tire and we never give up on the cause we believe in. Be rest assured that victory is ours.”

 

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Ekiti Central 2023 Elections: I will not take my unopposed ticket for granted – Sen. Bamidele

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Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele
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The Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, who also doubles as Chairman of Southern Senators Forum of the 9th Assembly, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, has said that he would never take the decision of the leadership of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ekiti State to return him back to Senate through an unopposed party ticket for granted.

Senator Bamidele in a statement issued by his media office after he was screened by the APC Senatorial Screening Panel in Abuja pledged to do everything humanly possible to ensure that the party emerged victorious at the forthcoming June 18, 2022, Governorship Elections in the State.

He commended the Screening Committee for proper organisation and conduct of the screening process .

Speaking on his unopposed aspiration in Ekiti Central Senatorial District, he said, “I do not take it for granted that I am being returned unopposed as the Flagbearer of our party in the 2023 Ekiti Central Senatorial elections.

” It means so much to me, I am grateful to the leadership of APC in Ekiti State and grateful to the leadership of the party at the National level. I am also grateful to the people of Ekiti Central Senatorial District for this honor. I don’t take it for granted ar all. That no one is running against me in this race for the ticket of the party is an endorsement of my humble efforts in ensuring effective representation in the Senate in the last three years. It is also an acknowledgment by the leadership of the party and members of the party that I could be entrusted with the position of an elected Representative of the people and one of the leaders of our people in this tough time.

“It is not that we don’t have equally qualified people or eligible people who can obtain the form. But the fact that this has not happened and the leadership of the party has done so much to ensure that I am given a smooth ride to be the candidate of the party, is, to me a sincere and profound effort and from whom to whom much is given, much is also expected.

” It is a call to further and greater duty. I will do everything possible to ensure the unity of the party through meaningful reconciliation where it is still necessary to do so and to ensure to drive a process in which there will be integrity and mutual trust.”

On Ekiti Governorship Election, he said, “Going back home, we have an immediate assignment, which is to go and campaign thoroughly and vigorously to ensure the victory of our party in the June 18 Governorship Election in Ekiti and I believe that is the next assignment I am looking forward to and I will put in my best in this regard by the Grace of God.”

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Ekiti Central 2023: Senator Bamidele Submits Re-election forms

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The Chairman of Southern Senators Forum and Senate Committee on Judiciary Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Michael  Opeyemi Bamidele has submitted his Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for All Progressive Congress (APC), Ekiti Central Senatorial District for re-election as Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Ekiti Central Senator, in a statement issued by his media Office in  Abuja, pledged to attract more dividends of democracy to the people of Ekiti Central if re-elected as Senator of Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He also thanked the leadership of APC in Ekiti State and party members for their continuous support towards his re-election.

The statement reads, ”  Today Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele submitted his nomination and expression of interest forms, at the International conference center,  Abuja.

“Bamidele after submitting the nomination and expression of interest form appreciated the leadership of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ekiti State and members of the party for their continuous support towards his re-election to the Red Chamber in 2023.”

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SP Lawan lauds Ajibola Bashiru’s appointment as Oyetola’s Campaign DG 

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The President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, has congratulated the spokesperson of the Senate, Senator Ajibola Bashiru, on his appointment as the Director-General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Campaign Council for the Osun 2022 governorship election.

Bashiru who represents Osun Central at the Senate was last Thursday inaugurated alongside other members of the Campaign Council by the State Chairman of the APC, Prince Gboyega Famodun.

SRJ as he is fondly called is to lead other sub-committees in the nine federal constituencies of Osun to actualize the success of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and the APC in the July 16 governorship election.

In a short message to the Senator, SP Ahmad Lawan congratulated and wished him Allah’s guidance and protection in his new assignment, which he described as onerous.

“Distinguished chairman, congratulations on your appointment as the DG of the Gubernatorial Campaign of your state. I wish you Allah’s guidance and protection in this onerous assignment. Regards,” he said.

 

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