…as Campaign Council trail moves to Ifelodun Federal Constituency
…welcomes 500 PDP defectors in Boripe
Monarchs in Ifelodun Federal Constituency of Osun have lauded the State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola’s outstanding performance in the last three and half years, saying that he had paid his dues and deserves to be returned to office.
The royal fathers particularly acknowledged how Governor Oyetola has been able to successfully manage the affairs of the State notwithstanding the various challenges, describing it as a mark of genius.
They made the remarks on Monday when the Campaign trail of the governor moved to Boripe and Ifelodun Local Government Areas of the State.
This is even as over 500 supporters of the opposition People’s Democratic Party loyalists defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC in Boripe Local Government Area of the State.
In his remark, the Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Ayotunde Olabomi, declared the town’s firm support for Oyetola, adding that it was not on the basis of sentiment but strictly based on his achievements across sectors.
The revered traditional ruler assured of the readiness of his subjects to vote massively for the Governor, noting that eligible sons and daughters of the town have been largely mobilised for the purpose.
According to Oba Olabomi: “You have contributed greatly to the development of the State. You have paid your dues, and you shall by God’s grace, be returned to office for another term.
“We knew how Osun was when you came on board. We never knew it would be this easy, but with your native intelligence, administrative acumen and corporate intellect, you have successfully galvanised the limited resources and navigated the state through difficult times against all odds.
“We have seen your modest achievements across sectors. As far as our Local Government is concerned, we are firmly ready and determined to ensure your return. You have never undermined us for any reason. And it is time for us to pay you back by voting massively for you in the election. By the grace of God, you will emerge victorious,” Aragbiji said.
Similarly, the Olona of Ada, Oba Oyeyode Olumuyiwa Ojo, and Olororuwo of Ororuwo, Oba Qamarudeen Adeyanju, disclosed that all towns and villages in their domains are committed to reciprocating the kind gestures of Governor Oyetola towards them as evidenced by the different interventions of his administration.
They said they had mobilised their subjects to embrace Oyetola’s re-election as a personal project, saying a win for Oyetola is a victory for the natives of all the towns and villages in the local government.
The traditional rulers who showered encomiums and prayers on the Governor for living up to his constitutional responsibilities since assumption of office, said the time has come to reciprocate the gesture in due course.
In the same vein, the Elende of Eko-Ende, Oba Abdul-Rauf Olaniyan, Eburu of Iba, Oba Adekunle Okunoye, Olobaagun of Obaagun, Oba Jimoh Adebisi Okunade and Eesa of Ikirun, High Chief Kareem Adetoyese Lawal reaffirmed their unalloyed support for the re-election of Governor Oyetola.
Addressing the mammoth crowd at the campaign venues, Oyetola appreciated the people of Osun for their support for his administration, saying the tremendous achievements his government had recorded so far were through the help of God and the support of the people.
He assured that if re-elected, his second term would be more rewarding and resourceful, saying his first term was a foundation for a brighter future.
Oyetola urged citizens who are yet to collect their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) to do so, to enable them exercise their civic duty during the forthcoming governorship election.
The State Chairman, All Progressives Congress, APC, Prince Gboyega Famodun, called on the people of the Councils to troop out en masse and vote for APC come July 16.
He urged the party and community leaders across the federal Constituency to begin a mobilisation exercise and ensure that their indigenes living outside but registered at home are encouraged to come home and vote.
The APC State Chairman who commended the people of the Constituency for their continued support for the Governor all along said it is expected of them to replicate same before, during and after the governorship election.
Similarly, the Director General of Governor Oyetola Re-election Campaign Council, Senator Ajibola Basiru, reeled out some of the achievements of Governor Oyetola and urged the people of the Constituency to get him re-elected.
Speaking on behalf of over 500 defectors across Boripe Local Government Area, Hon. Sola Adejumo popularly known as (Prince O) and Hon. Isa Bello attributed their defection to the convincing way and manner at which Governor Oyetola has been managing the affairs of the State.
They assured their readiness to support the Governor and vote massively for him in the next governorship election since they have returned home and to the party they belong.
Ogun Labour Party Expels Doyin Okupe, Others
The Ogun State chapter of the Labour Party has expelled the party’s Director General of the Presidential Campaign Council, Dr Doyin Okupe, for failure to perform his financial membership status in the past six months contrary to the dictate of the party’s constitution.
Okupe was dismissed alongside Abayomi Collins, Abel Olaleye, Jagun Lookman, Olori Oluwabukola Soyoye, Gbadebo Fesomade, (former State Treasurer), and Abdulmalik Olaleye (former State Youth Leader). The rest are Jide Amusan( former State Publicity Secretary), Adeshina Wasiu Shojobi (former Asst State Youth Leader), Deborah Adewale, (former Senatorial Women Leader Ogun East), and Olatunde Abolade (former Asst State Secretary).
This was part of the resolutions reached at the end of a meeting held at the party’s secretariat in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Thursday where they called for the emergence of a new director general of Northern extraction to reflect the national character and political balance.
“Article 9(3) iii of our Party’s Constitution states as follows: ‘only members who pay their monthly membership dues at rates prescribed shall be deemed to be bonafide members of the party. Arrears of dues of up to six months shall lead to forfeiture of membership,” the State Chairman of the party Michael Ashade said.
“Despite repeated demands from various meetings I had with Dr. Doyin Okupe in respect of his mandatory constitutional requirements to fulfill membership status, he has failed woefully in this regard with some others to flagrantly disobey the Constitution of Labour party.
“In line with article 19(3) of the Labour Party constitutional provision, we declare that Dr. Doyin Okupe, having failed in the payment of his membership dues for the last six months of joining the party, has forfeited his membership of the party and no longer fit and competent to continue to act as the DG of the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC).
“We hereby notify our National Chairman, Bar Julius Abure and Labour Party Presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, that it’s expedient to obey the Constitution of the party by immediately appointing another DG for the PCC and that should come from the North to reflect Federal Characters and political balance.”
He said their action has become imperative in order to enforce discipline and internal democracy as he accused Okupe of polarising the Labour Party in the South-West state “with his crops of PDP dissidents political liabilities who are only using Labour Party to revive their not only irredeemable dead political and financial lives but has successfully stolen all that is available in LP”.
2023: INEC pledges allegiance, loyalty to Nigerians
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given assurance that its allegiance and loyalty are to Nigerians in 2023 general elections, warning staff against compromise.
The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, gave this assurance at the opening of a two-day Induction Retreat for the commission’s Administrative Secretaries in Lagos on Monday
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the retreat is organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
In his opening remarks, Yakubu, who was represented by Mr Sam Olumekun, the INEC National Commissioner, Election and Party Monitoring Committee (EPMC) said that the retreat was part of the preparation of INEC for the 2023 general elections.
According to him, over the last 23 years since the return of democratic rule, the commission has recorded a steady progress with the nation’s elections getting better and citizens’ confidence in the process increasing.
“Let me repeat once again that the Commission’s allegiance is to Nigeria. Our loyalty is to Nigerians who want free, fair, credible and verifiable elections.
“It is in this respect that I want to warn all members of staff of the commission to be neutral and professional in their conduct during the forth coming election, ” Yakubu said.
He said that since 2011 general elections, the reliance on new knowledge and experience gathered from the conduct of previous elections, enhancing electoral integrity and improving voter experience through innovations, planning and technology had guided INEC through several elections.
“Consequently, our elections have become better, electoral outcomes less contentious and less stressful, ” he added.
Yakubu said that with the first poll in 2023 general elections remaining 88 days, there was the need, more than ever, for the commission to remain focused and deliver a successful general election.
“This retreat, is therefore, an opportunity to not only bring our Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) up to date about preparations, procedures and requirements for a successful election but also get the commitment of our Administrative Secretaries towards attaining the highest level of efficiency in implementing the strategies outlined for a successful 2023 general election.
“In this regard Administrative Secretaries are expected to be effective coordinators and provide timely progress reports and highlight challenges to proactively addressed without affecting relevant timelines,” he said.
Yakubu said that the Administrative Secretaries were also expected to fully support their respective RECs to ensure the effective coordination and deployment of men and materials focused mainly on delivering expected outcomes.
He urged state offices of INEC to have regular reassessment of preparedness to identify and address possible bottlenecks and update the relevant authorities of the commission.
He added, “Over the last two years, the Commission has increased the deployment of technology in elections in Nigeria.”
Yakubu said INEC had designed systems, portals and developed them to cater for different electoral activities ranging from voter registration and accreditation, result transmission from the polling units.
He said that such portal was also to cater for the nomination of candidates by political parties, accreditation of polling agents, observers among other activities for elections.
“Of these innovations, most Nigerians are now familiar with the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) which doubles as a device for accreditation as well as upload of the Polling Unit level result sheets to the INEC Result Viewing (IReV) portal on election day.
“The combination of the BVAS and the IReV portal have come to stay as a means of voter accreditation and transmission of election results.
“I urge you to thoroughly familiarise yourselves with the election technologies of INEC,” he said.
In his address of welcome, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, INEC Residents Electoral Commissioner, Lagos State said that it was imperative for the electoral umpire to step up its preparation for the conduct of 2023 elections, hence the retreat.
Agbaje noted that INEC must not rest on its oars but re-double efforts to achieve a seamless conduct of the polls.
He said: “There is no gainsaying in the fact that the tasks ahead rests squarely on you all as Accounting Officers whose ingenuity would be relied upon to effectively manage the logistics and indeed all aspects of the conduct of the elections.
“It is therefore incumbent on all participants to bring to bear your wealth of experience and expertise to ensure an efficient and effective management of the entire process of the election with particular attention to the election logistics in your respective states.”
In his goodwill message, Mr Deryck Fritz, the Chief Technical Advisor, UNDP, said that the peaceful transfer of power was inextricably linked to processes and outcomes that were accepted by the political actors, civil society and the population at large.
” INEC, as the constitutionally mandated electoral management body, must be and also be seen to be the impartial and neutral arbiter of the electoral contest.
“In line with SDG 16 on Peace, Justice and strong institutions, UNDP continues to support inclusive, transparent and credible electoral processes for peaceful and cohesive societies,” he said.
Fritz said that the retreat would provide an important opportunity for information-sharing and discussion on the preparations and key aspects of the electoral process, to ensure uniform understanding and consistency of implementation of electoral procedures.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the retreat has in attendance all the INEC Administrative Secretaries nationwide and top management staff of the commission.
Yobe North: Appeal Court Affirms Bashir Machina As APC Candidate
The Court of Appeal in Abuja has affirmed Bashir Sheriff Machina as the authentic All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District.
The court upheld the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Damaturu, Yobe State which held that the President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan, is not the APC candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District in next year’s election into the National Assembly.
The court had submitted that Mr Lawan did not participate in the legally recognized primary election of the APC to select its candidate in the election held on 28th May 2022.
Delivering judgment on the appeal filed by the President of the Senate, a three-member panel of the appellate court led by justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, held that the primary election conducted by the party on 9th June is invalid as it was in breach of the constitution.
The law is settled as to the involvement of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in party primaries, which is to monitor, the primaries of 9th June were not monitored by the electoral commission.
The APC made a case at the appellant court for itself and it preferred candidate Ahmed Lawan but failed to make him a co-appellant.
Mr Lawan appeared in the case as the 2nd respondent indicating that he and the APC were working at cross purposes while trying to achieve a goal.
The appeal is unmeritorious as it fails in its entirety.
The appellant (APC) is to pay the sum of N1 million to the 1st respondent (Bashir Sheriff) as cost.
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