Osun State Governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke, on Wednesday expressed optimism of a favourable judgment as the Supreme Court rules on a suit instituted against his candidature as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Osun July 16 governorship poll on Thursday (today).
The apex court is expected to rule on the case filed against Adeleke’s candidature by a PDP governorship aspirant, Dotun Babayemi, who asked the court to invalidate the primary election that produced the governor-elect, citing non-compliance with a court order.
In his judgment on the matter on May 18, Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of a Federal High Court, sitting in Osogbo, had upheld the governorship primary that produced Adeleke.
Also, the Court of Appeal, Akure Division, in its judgment of July 20 on the appeal filed against the decision of the Federal High Court, Osogbo, aligned with the lower court and dismissed Babayemi’s appeal.
Ahead of the Supreme Court judgment on Thursday, Adeleke in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, said he expected a favourable judgment from the court.
The statement read in part, “There is no tension here. His Excellency calls on his supporters to remain assured of eventual victory because we stand on legality from the beginning of the process to the end.
“Our positive expectation is also borne out of the strong faith Senator Adeleke has in the judiciary as a house of justice and seriousness.
“The judiciary and all stakeholders are fully aware that the primary that produced Senator Adeleke is approved and supervised by the National Executive Committee of the PDP with the electoral commission in attendance and with the right legal candidate participating. So the governor-elect has absolute faith in the judiciary. His message is for our people to be calm as victory is right at our door.”
Efforts to get Babayemi to comment through the spokesperson of this campaign organisation, Kayode Oladeji, failed as calls did not go through to his mobile line and he did not respond to a text message sent to him on the matter
Islamic Cleric Justifies APC Muslim-Muslim Presidential Ticket
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.
Adeleke Makes First Appointments As Osun Governor
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.
BREAKING: Appeal Court Upholds Bwacha, Binani’s Governorship Candidacy
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.