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ONDO : CRISES LOOMS AS ARAROMI-OBU INDIGENES REJECT LCDA NOMINEES

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : November 30th, 2023

ONDO : CRISES LOOMS AS ARAROMI-OBU INDIGENES REJECT LCDA NOMINEES

Crises have continued to trail the alleged imposition of non-indigenous people as Chairman and Vice Chairman in the newly created Ifesowapo LCDA which is one of the created 33 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) from the 18 local government areas in Ondo State.

Push News 24 International reports that this comes two days after the state government purportedly released a list of Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen appointed to manage the affairs of the LCDAs.

But yesterday, some youths leaders and key stakeholders from Araromi-Obu Kingdom held a press conference and a peaceful procession to drive home their demands for the appointment of indigenous persons to head the newly created Ifesowapo LCDA.

Stakeholders from Araromi-Obu community have expressed dissatisfaction on how non-indigenes are imposed on an indigenous community like Araromi-Obu without any form of consultation or concensus agreement.

The leaders protested at what they described as an alleged systematic marginalisation by the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Ondo State government, which is unfair to the indigenous people of Araromi-Obu Kingdom.

Adenikiju Decendant Union, Gen. Secretary, Pastor Emmanuel Ojo in his own remarks said “While we appreciate our dear Governor His Excellency, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu for creating LCDAs so that development can come to grassroot, this insidious moves is anti development, we will be glad if Mr Governor can listen to the yearnings of our people before things go sour”.

Another community leader, Prince George Adenikinju, remarked that ” We are pleading with the Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, not to allow this one to end the way other cases affecting Araromi-Obu Kingdom ended. We are passionate about it. It is a fundamental desire that our children unborn have a sense of belonging, short-changing our people is unjust and unfair ”, he appealed.

Pa Oni stressed that “The proposed appointment of 33 LCDAs Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen across the state had sparked widespread concerns and protests from the indigenous people, cutting across the three senatorial districts.

Many individuals and groups have voiced their discontent, alleging that the alleged appointments into the LCDAs is politically motivated and do not reflect the socio-cultural inclinations of the people”.

Prince Francis Adenikinju laid the blame on the Representatives of Araromi-Obu, who according to him have not justified their essence in effectively representing the people.

Meanwhile, Araromi Obu Youth President under the leadership of Com. Dayo Akinro in a world press conference has Stated that it’s not unacceptable to appointed non indigene Hon Olanrewaju Makinde as Caretaker Chairman.

this situation is a slap, embarrassment and insulting to our sensibility as an indigenous community for indegene not to be appointed as the first caretaker chairman of the newly created LCDA

This act will pose a great danger of the future of the LCDA and the future of the generation yet unborn of Araromi Obu community and it will also deepen the conspiration of our adversaries against us in the future” . Com Akinro stressed.

On Saturday, the speaker of the state House of Assembly, Olamide Oladiji, presented the bill to the governor for his assent.

Push News 24 International had reported that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo has signed into law the bill establishing the 33 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state.

Mr Akeredolu’s assent to the bill came after several protests which rocked the creation of the LCDAs.

The speaker of the state House of Assembly, Olamide Oladiji, presented the bill to the governor for his assent.

At the brief ceremony, Mr Akeredolu said the establishment of the LCDAs marked a substantial step towards fulfilling his campaign promises and addressing the people’s aspirations for enhanced grassroots development.

He said the initiative underscored his unwavering commitment to improving public service delivery, as it aims at bringing governance closer to the people, ultimately resulting in more responsive and efficient services.

The governor added that he remained dedicated to delivering impactful projects and innovative initiatives, stressing that he is poised to redouble his efforts in advancing the state’s development.

The 33 LCDAs were created from the statutory 18 local government areas of the state.

The number of local councils in the state will now be 51 by the creation of the new LCDAs.

In July, the government proposed the bill forwarded to the House of Assembly for enactment.

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YOU’VE EARNED PEOPLES CONFIDENCE’ – SANUSI CONGRATULATES RAUF ON APPEAL COURT VICTORY

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : November 17, 2023

‘YOU’VE EARNED PEOPLES CONFIDENCE’ – SANUSI CONGRATULATES RAUF ON APPEAL COURT VICTORY

Prince Lanre A. Sanusi (PLS), 2023 All Progressives Congress (APC), House of Representatives Candidate, has congratulated Hon Sulaiman Wale Rauf, Amuwo Odofin Constituency ll, Lagos State on his victory at the court of appeal.

Push News 24 International reports that the Court of Appeal, sitting in Lagos state, In a unanimous decision delivered by Hon.Justice A B. Idrees, today the 17th, day of November, 2023, dismissed the six (6) grounds of Appeal instituted by Hon David Olukoya Doherty. Their Lordship declared his appeal was predicated on nothing stating “No one can build something on nothing”.

Sanusi, in a congratulatory message on friday, said the judgement delivered by the Court of Appeal affirms that the rule of law is meant to protect the will of the people in a free and fair electioneering process.

He also urged the lawmaker to continue to work with other candidates for the development of Constituency ll, and Lagos at large.

“The Appeal Court decision stood for the vital proposition that the rule of law serves to protect the sovereign will of the people when expressed in free and honest elections,” Sanusi said.

“Congratulations to Hon Rauf, for the Court of Appeal judgment affirming his overwhelming victory in the general election in the state.

“By this judgement, the appellate court clearly shows that Hon Rauf is the candidate who the people of Amuwo Odofin Constituency ll chose to pilot their affairs for the next four years at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

“The confidence the people repose in the Hon Rauf has been well earned and should be wholly respected.

“It is time to now place partisan politics on the shelf for the moment so that these former political contestants can join hands as much as possible for the good and development of Amuwo Odofin Constituency ll.

“Once again, I rejoice with Hon Rauf, our teeming APC members in Amuwo-Odofin Federal Constituency and, indeed, the good people of Oriade LCDA over this court victory.”

The Awori born Prince also used the occasion to thank his supporters and the PLS Campaign Organization for their contributions towards promoting the activities.

The State Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Lagos has nullified the return of the Labour’s Party (LP) candidate, Deji Doherty as the House of Assembly member for Amuwo-Odofin Constituency II in Lagos State.

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HOUSE RECONSIDERS DIASPORA VOTING

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : November 14th, 2023

The House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora has promised to reintroduce the diaspora voting bill in a bid to accommodate Nigerians living abroad.

Chairman of the Committee and member representing Oluyole federal constituency, Tolulope Shadipe, stated this on Thursday when the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, appeared before the Committee.

Dabiri-Erewa was at the National Assembly to defend the Commission’s 2023 budget and 2022 budget performance in Abuja on Thursday.

According to Shadipe, the National Assembly will reintroduce the diaspora voting bill which was rejected during the constitution amendment exercise. She said the bill for the diaspora voting would pass this time because that is the direction the world is going and Nigeria must not be left behind.

“We would be back with the bill, they are Nigerians and they have the right to vote in Nigerian elections,” she stated.

“The modalities and the issues that were raised the last time would be resolved and we would come back to it.”

The lawmaker noted that the Committee was also looking at the issue of people of Nigerian descent who are currently not Nigerians but want to return home after DNA tests proved they had ties with the country.

In her response, Dabiri-Erewa urged Nigerians to stop migrating to other countries if they did not have jobs there.

According to her, 80 percent of prisoners in Dubai are Nigerians who went there without jobs and got into trouble. The NIDCOM chief said there was a need for stronger multi-sector collaboration to stop the trend.

During the Constitution Amendment by the House of Reps in March, the push for diaspora voting suffered a setback as the lawmakers rejected the bill.

In his own presentation, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, assured Nigerians in the diaspora that the 10th Senate would put in more effort to pass the bill this time.He said, “We will do our best to make sure that this time around, we achieve your desire in this regard.

Push News 24 Internatioonal repirts that there are millions of Nigerians living abroad. These are the top ten countries with Nigerian population. At the top is the USA (380,785), followed by the UK (190,000), Germany (56,000), Italy (71,000), Canada (51,800), France (30,000), South Africa (30,000), Ireland (17,542), China (10,000) and the Netherlands (9,453)

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I WILL “KICK” YOU OUT IF YOU FAIL TO PERFORM, TINUBU CHARGE MINISTERS AT RETREAT

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL: November 1st, 2023

ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT BOLA TINUBU AT THE 2023 CABINET RETREAT FOR MINISTERS, PRESIDENTIAL AIDES, PERMANENT SECRETARIES AND TOP GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONARIES AT THE STATE HOUSE CONFERENCE CENTRE, ABUJA ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2023

PROTOCOLS

It is a great morning in Nigeria and I am humbled and happy to stand before you on this retreat, with forward-looking determination to embark on a very strong, bold endeavour to rebuild our country’s economy and our people’s hope renewed.

  1. Thank you very much for your attendance. With strong determination, we are brought together the best brains, the best hands to navigate the future of this country.
  2. We are not looking backwards; we can’t compare and give excuses. This is our country we have to build it; we have to renew the foundation. We have to give hope to the populace, to Nigerians in doubt whether democracy and economic growth will be the pathway to their prosperity.
  3. I’m here to assure you and walk with you the best brains we can put together in civil service, the brain that we can put together in our democratic parliament and have been chosen for us by the public.
  4. It is a good thing that the chairman of our party is here but the President is the president of all, whether affiliated with some political parties, regardless of religious, ethnic or otherwise, we are one.
  5. A great Nigeria is possible, and a greater Nigeria will come under your commitment, guidance, and resolute determination to give the country a direction.
  6. I’m with you. And please be assured that this great country is one family in one house, geographically located, partitioned, and living in different rooms. But we are all one family.
  7. And we are here to make allegiance and give direction to that one family, making sure that relationships can only be stronger if we give hope to our people. We can only achieve our mission with boldness and strong determination with collaboration.
  8. As I’ve stated before, no one succeeds alone. You the civil service, you must not see a minister as he or she will come and go and you will be there. You must make a positive team for the good of this country.
  9. Yes! I admit and accept the asset and liability of my predecessor. It’s part of the definition in my professional background.
  10. But you are in this ship. You will make good of it but not wreck it. You are a member of a great family; don’t see that minister as opportunistic. See, he or she as a partner that we must take the ship forward. Navigate it through turbulence and clear weather.
  11. We are lucky we have a nation; the challenges are all over the world. You can see the chaos all around you. But be focused, like a man driving in the tunnel, don’t see the sky, don’t look up, face your direction. Be committed to the value and principle of results that will affect you, your neighbour, and the entire nation.
  12. We’ve spent the last six months reviewing and evaluating ourselves, we’ve come a long way, but we set the agenda. Healthcare is a priority. Education of our people is a must. There is no other weapon against poverty than education. You have the opportunity to change things.
  13. Recently, three days ago, we received the Chancellor of the Republic of Germany and his delegation of investors. One of their key complaints and the question is whether they can bring their capital, repatriate their dividend, or, if not satisfied, take their capital away. The Minister of Trade and Investment was called upon by me to explain further, that those obstacles are gone, never to come back again. We are open for business.
  14. That is why we established the Result Delivery Unit. At the end of this retreat, you’re going to sign a bond of understanding between you, the ministers, the permanent secretaries, and myself.
  15. If you are performing, nothing to fear; if you miss the objective, we’ll review; if there is no performance, you leave us. No one is an island, and the buck stops on my desk.
  16. I assure you, you have a free hand. You must be intellectually inquisitive to ask how, why, when, and why it must be immediate. You have the responsibility to serve the people.
  17. I’ve taken a young lady very dynamic, Hadiza Balla Usman, to head that delivery unit. If you have any complaints about her, see me. If you’re ready to work with her, stay there. Delivery, yes! we must achieve it for the sake of millions of people.
  18. Yes, we are talking about the population of this country. What do you do with it? Make it an asset or a liability? Focus on its progress and come up with bold endeavours. We are great talents around the world, the biggest intellectually sound country in Horn of Africa.
  19. Yes, we have challenges in the Sahel, we have challenges of climate change, south and north of Nigeria is battered, with ocean surge, we have desert encroachment in the north, but we are still blessed with arable lands. We can do it; we can build our country.
  20. It’s not about theorizing. It’s about practical determination and focused evaluation. Yes, it is our country. We have no other one. Let’s be proud that we are Nigerians. We can do it, we can show leadership, we can fight to make democracy a lasting reference for the rest of Africa.
  21. Don’t be afraid to make decisions, but don’t be antagonistic of your supervisor. If they are wrong, debate it. I stand before you and I’ve claimed on several occasions and I’m saying today again as the president, I can make mistakes, point it to me I would resolve that conflict, that error, perfection is only that of God Almighty. But you are there to help me succeed. Success I must achieve by all means necessary.
  22. We have great minds, great intellectuals, great intellects, and all that we need.
  23. When we were discussing this retreat, I said other than members of diplomatic corps to give us goodwill and inspiration, don’t invite any foreigner to give me a lecture about governance. I’ve been through it, and I believe in Nigeria.
  24. It started from the day I was sworn in, and that bold endeavour is only achieved through courage, determination, and focused leadership.
  25. We are going through the reform, painfully, and we still have other challenges. Don’t be a clog in the wheel of Nigeria’s progress.
  26. Let us look forward. Let us be determined that corruption will go, progress will be achieved, better wages for our workers, and living wages.
  27. We will transform the economy to work for millions of our citizens. We must take 50 million people out of poverty. We must build healthcare that works for all. Look around. Don’t be wicked. Look at the standard of education, look at the classrooms, and look at the roads. We can only spend the money, we will find it, we can not spend the people.
  28. No crime in borrowing. Thank you, World Bank, for being a lending friend. But let your achievement be homegrown. The determination that Nigeria can do it is here.
  29. If it had not started six months ago, we are here to switch off the light, make you included, and make all Nigerians included. Our path for tomorrow is charted for our children and grandchildren. Don’t be selfish about it.
  30. Property is not a shameful thing. It’s only unacceptable. And we have to banish it because it’s unacceptable. Let’s work on other identifiable areas.
  31. Because a memo is submitted to you doesn’t mean that is the end of that matter. Think through it. Be inquisitive. Ask how, when, why.
  32. I’m ready to enjoy the retreat going forward. We are not retreating from progress. We are just to talk to one another and chart a path for progress and prosperity of this nation. I’m honoured to declare this brainstorming session open. Thank you.
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WIKE REGAINS CONTROL OF RIVERS, AMIDST FUBARA’S IMPEACHMENT SAGA

PUSH NEW 24 INTERNATIONAL: October 30th, 2013

About 26 members of the Rivers State House of Assembly have suspended the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Martins Amaehwule.

Also, the House elected and inaugurated the leader of the House, Edison Ehie, as its new Speaker.

The number of pro-Fubara lawmakers increased to 26 after some realigned from the earlier 24 that wanted to impeach him.

This came following the crisis that rocked the assembly, on Monday, over the move by some of the lawmakers to impeach the governor.

The development had resulted in the burning down of the hallowed chambers of the legislative arm of the government on Sunday night.

Following the crisis, the state assembly premises had been cordoned off by fully armed security personnel.

Push News learnt it took the intervention of Minister Wike to save his godson from what may be termed a political failure of his path.

Wike was said to have summond all parties to return to statusquo and those who played key roles can go on punished.

Addressing newsmen after a brief plenary of the house at a chamber within the Government House, Port Harcourt, the new Speaker, Edison, promised to ensure justice and fairness in the process of legislation.

He said: “The House just rose from plenary and with all humility I must thank my colleagues, 26 Assembly members, who have just elected me as the new Speaker of the 10th Rivers State House of Assembly.

“My commitment to Rivers people is that I will be just and fair to all and sundry. And I will ensure that rule of law takes its course.

“I will not betray my colleagues and Rivers people and I will not betray my constituency.

“I will also ensure the independence of the Rivers State House of Assembly is adhered to, with mutual respect to the judiciary and executive arms.

Additional information: @Vanguard

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DALLAS : OBA AKILE PROMISES TO INVOLVE YORUBAS IN REVIEW OF PUBLIC POLICIES

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL: October 29th, 2023

DALLAS : OBA AKILE PROMISES TO INVOLVE YORUBAS IN DIASPORA IN REVIEW OF PUBLIC POLICIES

I believe the new democratically elected government is a Diaspora friendly one which will provide an enabling platform for effective policies for the Diasporans.”

A charismatic Yoruba African Kingdom traditional ruler in Texas, United States, the Oba of Dallas, HRH Oba Abimbola Akile Balogun, Oshiloye joye 1, has advise that he believes the new government in Nigeria will involve Nigerians in Diaspora in the designing, implementation and review of public policies, plans and programmes.

Oba Akile disclosed this on Saturday 28th, October, 2023 while receiving some Yoruba stakeholders in Diaspora who paid him a courtesy visit at his palace in Dallas.

The royal father said he believes the government is not unmindful of the contributions of the Nigerians in Diaspora to the economy of Nigeria, Push News 24 International reports.

Akile said: ” The National Diaspora Policy 2021 prescribes July 25th annually as a day to celebrate Nigerians in the Diaspora by recognizing their contributions to National Development and networking them to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government, State Diaspora Focal Point Officers (SDFPOs) and Civil Society Organzations (CSOs) in Nigeria and if this policy is followed to the latter Diasporans have no reasons to worry”

Consolidating Diaspora Engagement for National Development is apt giving the fact that it births the new dawn in our socio-political journey with the aim of strengthening our development in policies and programmes with our Diaspora Community across the globe for national development”.

Let me reiterate that, as the custodian of the Yoruba Traditional stool in Dallas, Texas, I will lobby to ensure government continues to hold Diasporans in high esteem and will work hard in uplifting diasporans engagements with the government at all levels.”

The Ijebu-born royal father added that: ” It is worthy of note that I and my Oba-in-Council will collaborate with the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) to further celebrate the amazing contributions of our Diaspora Champions with the introduction of initiatives that will not only serve as a morale booster for the Diaspora community but will also encourage Diaspora engagement and participation for national development.

Let me also commend the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) for its dynamic engagements with the Diaspora community especially in coming up with laudable programmes for Nigerians in Diaspora to invest at home. I believe in the years to come, these programmes will impact tremendously on our economy by catalyzing our developmental efforts.

May I also let you know that this new democratically elected government is a Diaspora friendly one, which will provide an enabling platform for effective policies for the Diaspora with the view to galvanizing support for the new administration and concretizing our democracy, setting a good example for other African countries to emulate.

Push News 24 International also reports that Oba Akile advise Nigerians to key into the development agenda as only Nigerians can develop Nigeria. This includes both those at home and those in the Diaspora.”

Unofficial reports states that there are about 15 million Nigerians in the diaspora and majority in the US, With Texas having over 100 thousand Nigerians.

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AMIDST INCURRING HIGH LEGAL FEES, CHICAGO UNIVERSITY TO TURN IN TINUBU’S CERT. BY OCT 3RD

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : October 2nd, 2023

Chicago State University told to turn over documents in Nigerian presidential election battle

A U.S. federal judge has ordered Chicago State University to turn over documents related to Nigerian President Bola Tinubu’s time at the school in the late 1970s.

CSU had found itself at the center of a political dispute between Tinubu and his rivals over the legitimacy of a CSU diploma Tinubu provided before the national election earlier this year.

Deadline set

Judge Nancy Maldonado of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago said the decision of a lower federal magistrate judge to release the documents was correct. She set a deadline of Monday, Oct. 2, to turn over the documents. Depositions with CSU officials must be done by Oct. 3.

Tinubu’s political rival, Atiku Abubakar, claims that documents showing that Tinubu graduated from Chicago State in 1979 are not authentic, and that is grounds to nullify Tinubu’s election victory.

The university says it can confirm the president graduated from CSU. However, it cannot authenticate the diploma because it is a ceremonial document, not part of a student’s official academic file. Abubakar finished second behind Tinubu in February’s vote and has challenged the result in Nigeria’s courts ever since. This legal skirmish in Chicago is part of that challenge.

CSU ready to comply

At the hearing last month, CSU attorney Michael Hayes said the university wants clarity and is ready to provide the requested documents once the legal issues are resolved. “We don’t have a dog in this fight,” said Hayes, adding that the university has amassed significant legal fees and unwarranted bad public relations because of the political fight in a foreign land.

Abubakar wants:

An example of a CSU diploma issued in 1979.

Tinubu’s diploma issued in 1979

Any example of a CSU diploma that “contains the same font, seal, signatures and wording” as Tinubu’s diploma issued in June 1979.

CSU documents certified and produced by Jamar Orr, an associate general counsel at CSU at the time.

Abubakar also wants his lawyers to depose CSU officials about the authenticity of Tinubu’s academic documents.

Additional reports: CBS

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UMUAHIA : TINUBU’S MINISTER WINS, AS LABOUR PARTY OGAH LOSE REPS SIT

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : September 5th, 2023

UMUAHIA : TINUBU MINISTER WINS AS LABOUR PARTY OGAH LOSE REPS SIT

The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, on Wednesday, nullified the election of Amobi Ogah of the Labour Party representing Isiukwuato Umunneochi Federal Constituency on grounds of non-compliance to the Electoral Act.

Delivering Judgement in the Petition tagged EPT/AB/HR/8/2023 on Wednesday in Umuahia, the three-member Panel 1 of the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal said the candidate of the Labour Party did not comply with the provisions of the Electoral Act.

“How a candidate is sponsored by a political party is both pre- and post-election, there is no evidence of giving 21 days’ notice to INEC by the respondent before conducting their primary election.

“No date of primaries was placed before us; no evidence of primaries and the 3rd respondent has always said it’s an internal affair of the party.

“We have tabulated and found out that the results computed by the petition are correct and the results computed by the 1st respondent are dis-countenanced,” the tribunal ruled.

Ogah had argued that the acceptance of the ministerial appointment of Hon Nkeiruka Onyejeocha as minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was a sign that she had abandoned her petition. But the tribunal in her ruling dismissed the submission of the lawmaker.

We are of the view that Section 66 is not applicable to this scenario because the petitioner is not a lawmaker of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The scenario prohibited by law is a person being a member of two arms of government,” the court ruled.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had on February 28 declared the Labour Party candidate, Ogah, as the winner of the Isiukwuato Umunneochi Federal Constituency election with a total of 11,769 votes against the current Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, who the commission said scored a total of 8,752 votes.

Not happy with the result, Onyejeocha filed a petition before the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal, seeking the nullification of Ogah’s election in seven reliefs contained in her petition.

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TRIBUNAL JUDGEMENT : ASIWAJU WILL DELIVER ON PROMISES – SANUSI

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : September 5th, 2023

TRIBUNAL JUDGMENT : ASIWAJU WILL DELIVER ON PROMISE – SANUSI

All Progressives Congress (APC) Stalwart in Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency, Prince Lanre A. Sanusi (PLS) has described the judgement of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT) as a “democratic expression of the true intent of Nigeria Constitution ”.

The Tribunal panel, led by Haruna Tsammani, on Wednesday dismissed the petitions of Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party’s Peter Obi and the All Peoples Movement (APM) against the victory of President Bola Tinubu of the APC in the 25 February.

The Tribunal also dismissed the case of double nominations against Vice President Kashim Shettima.

Sanusi, in is reaction after the judgement of the tribunal attributed Asiwaju’s victory to “the favour and grace of God and the magnanimity of the Nigerian electorates”, who he said freely gave him the mandate, adding that “God alone gives power to whosoever He chooses.”

The Awori born Prince of Lagos State commended the tribunal for upholding what he described as a ” freely giving popular mandate ” by Nigerians.

“I commend Nigerians and assure them that, PBAT will deliver on his campaign promises as contained in the Renewed Hope Agenda.”

Speaking on lessons learned, the US trained tax expert said the 2022 Electoral Act as amended would help do away with political gangsterism and rascality.

He said any appearance of political surmansault which relates to the interpretation of the electoral Act had come to an end with the current pronouncements by the PEPT because it has redefined the democratic processes.

PLS, as he is fondly called also expressed optimism on the various economic efforts of PBAT despite the current economic situation.

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AMUWO ODOFIN : GEORGE OLAWANDE’S ELECTION UPHELD AS SANUSI AIMS TO APPEAL TRIBUNAL JUDGEMENT

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL: September 5th, 2023

AMUWO ODOFIN : GEORGE OLAWANDE’S ELECTION UPHELD AS SANUSI AIMS TO APPEAL TRIBUNAL JUDGEMENT

The National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Lagos has dismissed the election petition filed against the member representing Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency, George Olawande of the Labour Party.

Prince Lanre A. Sanusi (PLS) who is the All Progressives Congress (APC), House of Representative Candidate had challenged the declaration of his Labour Party opponent as winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), insisting George and his party did not comply with the provisions of the Electoral Act, hence, do not stand qualified to contest in the election.

Delivering the judgement, the three-man panel did not agree with the petitioner that the candidate of the Labour Party was not qualified to contest the elections.

Members of the panel were Justice A. B. Abdullahi, Justice Okon A. Okon and Justice Esther Nnenna Alukwu.

However, Sanusi in a statement on Wednesday urged his supporters to maintain calm as he vowed to consult his lawyers and exercise his rights to appeal the judgment within the stipulated days.

“While I am waiting for my team of lawyers to give me full details on the judgment, I urge all my supporters to be calm and peaceful, as their mandate is not lost. I verily know that I have the option of appeal at the Court of Appeal, which I shall exercise after due consultation with my lawyers. I urge my supporters not to be disturbed but to believe that we will get it right.”

In similar vein last month, the Lagos State National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Ikeja, sacked Hon Sowunmi, member representing Ojo Federal Constituency replacing him with Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi.

In the case against Olawande, recall that the Labour Party Star Witness , Hon George Olawande was physically present at the Tribunal as a star witness in the ongoing suit filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and two other political party challenging the process which led to emergence of Olawande as LP candidate

The National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party, Mr Abayomi Arabambi has faulted the candidature of the Amuwo-Odofin House of Representatives member-elect, Mr Olawande George, describing the process that churned him out as shambolic.

Arabambi who subpoenaed to unravel some shaddy discovery at th Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ikeja Lagos that was never among the candidates sponsored by the Labour Party for the February 25th election.

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