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Court Nullifies Oyetola’s Nomination As APC Governorship Candidate

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A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, nullified the nomination of Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun as the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s candidate in the 16 July governorship election.

 

Justice Emeka Nwite, in a judgment, nullified the candidacy of Mr Oyetola and his deputy, Benedict Alabi, on the grounds that Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe, who submitted their names to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) violated the provisions of Section 183 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Section 82(3) of the Electoral Act, 2022.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had filed the suit against Governor Buni, Governor Oyetola, and others.

 

The PDP, through its counsel, Kehinde Ogunwumiju, SAN, had, on 7 April, commenced the suit, challenging the nomination and sponsorship of Mr Oyetola and his deputy as the duly nominated candidates of the APC for the recently concluded governorship poll, in which Ademola Adeleke was declared the winner by INEC.

 

Challenging the competence of the suit, Kunle Adegoke, SAN, who represented Mr Oyetola, had contended, amongst other grounds, that the PDP did not have the locus to commence the action and that the suit was statute-barred.

 

But Mr Ogunwumiju argued that the plaintiff (PDP) rightly commenced the suit under Section 285(14) (c) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

 

Delivering the judgment, Mr Nwite agreed with the submissions of the PDP counsel and declared as null and void, the nomination of Messrs Oyetola and Alabi by the APC.

The court also held that Mr Buni acted in contravention of the provision of Section 183 of the Constitution when he held dual executive positions as the Governor of Yobe and the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of APC.

The court said the decisions taken by Governor Buni, including forwarding the names of Messrs Oyetola and Alabi to INEC, amounted to a nullity in law.

INEC declared the candidate of the PDP, Mr Adeleke, the winner of the 16th July Osun governorship election.

 

The returning officer for the election and Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, announced that Mr Adeleke got a total of 403,371 votes beating the incumbent, Mr Oyetola of the APC, who got 375,027 votes in a keenly contested race.

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Islamic Cleric Justifies APC Muslim-Muslim Presidential Ticket

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An Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ibrahim Daimagoro, has said that there is nothing wrong in the pairing of a Muslim candidate with another Muslim deputy candidate adopted by the All Progressives Congress in its presidential ticket for the 2023 election.

 

Danmaigoro, while speaking at a prayer session organised in honour of Kwara state governor, AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq, in Ilorin on Monday cited the recent election of two Christians as governor and deputy governor in Osun State, which he noted as an attestation to the propriety of the Muslim- Muslim presidential ticket of the APC.

Danmaigoro noted that the people of Osun State jettisoned religious sentiments by voting for the Peoples Democratic Party’s Christian-Christian ticket in the governorship election.

 

“If there is nothing wrong in the people of Osun State voting for the PDP’s Christian-Christian ticket, then there is nothing wrong in Nigerians supporting the presidential candidate of the APC and his running mate, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and Senator Kassim Shettima who are both Muslims.

“What should be paramount in the minds of Nigerians is the election of capable hand as the nation’s next president and Tinubu has all it takes to make Nigeria great again,” the cleric said.

 

Though the event was meant to mark the birthday of a former Commissioner in the Kwara State Independent Electoral Commision, AlhAbdulHameed Sambo, it was turned to a prayer ground for both Governor AbdulRazaq and Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu.

Dignitaries that graced the event included the special Adviser on Strategy to Kwara State governor, Saadu Salahu; a former state lawmaker, Barr. Bamidele Aluko; the chairman of Kwara State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Dr AbdulKadir Sambaki; APC stalwart, Alh. Baba Adefalu; Brigadier- General Agbabiaka; and a retired permanent secretary in the state, Alhaja Mopelola AbdulRahman; amongst others.

 

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Adeleke Makes First Appointments As Osun Governor

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The newly sworn-in Governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, made his first appointment as he named Rasheed Olawale as his Chief Press Secretary.

Adeleke also approved the appointment of Kazeem Akinleye as his Chief of Staff and Teslim Igbalaye as the Secretary to the State Government.

The appointments, according to the governor, take immediate effect.

Adeleke, who was sworn in on Sunday froze all government accounts and also reversed the state’s name from the State of Osun to Osun State.

The ‘Dancing Senator’ as he is called accused his predecessor Gboyega Oyetola of taking some malicious actions against him including the appointment of permanent secretaries.

Adeleke thus ordered the “immediate freezing of all government accounts in banks and other financial institutions. Immediate establishment of a panel to carry out an inventory and recover all government assets. An immediate establishment of a panel to review all appointments and major decisions of the immediate past administration taken after the 17th of July 2022.

“An immediate reversal to the constitutionally recognised name of our state, Osun State. All government insignia, correspondences, and signages should henceforth reflect Osun State rather than State of Osun which is unknown to the Nigerian constitution.”

 

Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the governorship election in July floored Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who sought reelection as governor. The PDP candidate won 17 of the 30 local government and was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

 

The APC candidate has since dragged the winner to the election tribunal over alleged electoral malfeasance.

 

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BREAKING: Appeal Court Upholds Bwacha, Binani’s Governorship Candidacy

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The Court of Appeal in Yola on Thursday upheld the governorship candidacy of All Progressives Congress candidates, Emmanuel Bwacha and Aisha Binani for Taraba and Adamawa states respectively.

The Appeal Court set aside a ruling by the High Court nullifying their candidacy and ordered that their names be forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission as the APC governorship candidates for both states.

 

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