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2023: ADEBULE WINS AS TRIBUNAL DISMISSES OPPOSITION PETITlON

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : August 5th, 2023

The National and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) Lagos has dismissed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s petition seeking to nullify the victory of Senator Adebule Idiat Oluranti in the February 25 senatorial election.

A three-man panel of the Tribunal in a unanimous decision upheld Dr. Oluranti’s argument that the 1st and 2nd petitioners – Segun Adewale and the PDP – abandoned their petition.

The panel comprised Justice Ashua Ewah (Chairman), Justice Abdullahi Ozegya and Justice M. A. Sambo.Adewale, popularly known as “Aero”, was the PDP’s candidate in the election, while Adebule, a former Lagos State Deputy Governor, is of the All Progressives Congress (APC).Adebule polled 361,296 votes to defeat Adewale, who got 248,653 votes.

Dissatisfied, he and his party approached the Tribunal with a petition marked EPT/LAG/SEN/04/2023, seeking to reverse Adebule’s victory as affirmed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He listed Adebule, APC and INEC as the 1st to 3rd respondents.But opposing them, 1st Respondent Adebule, through her team of counsel Bolu Agbaje Akadri with Adetokunbo Davies and Chidiogor Ozokwelu, prayed for “an order deeming this petition as abandoned against all the Respondents and striking it out in limine.”

Adebule, through her counsel, raised seven grounds for her application. They are that:“By virtue of Paragraph 18 (1) of the First Schedule to the Electoral Act 2022 (as amended), the Petitioners are mandated to within seven days alter the filing and service of the Respondent’s reply apply for the issuance of pre-hearing notice in Form TF 007.

“The Applicant herein filed its reply to the petition on the 5th day of May, 2023.“In response to the Applicant’s reply, the Petitioners filed their reply on the 10th of May, 2023 and contemporaneously issued prehearing notice TF007 on the same day.“The Petitioners’ reply was not served on the Applicant until the 25th of May, 2023 when the petition came up before the Tribunal.

“By the clear provision of Paragraph 18 (1) of the First Schedule to the Electoral Act 2022 (as amended), the Petitioner can only issue Form TF007 within seven days after the filing and service of their reply to the Applicant’s reply.

“By issuing Form TF007 contemporaneously with the filing of the reply even before same could be served on the Applicant, the Form TFO07 issued was premature and liable to be struck out and a fortiori, the petition is deemed abandoned.

“That in the circumstances, this Honourable Tribunal lacks the jurisdiction to entertain the Petitioners petition because same is deemed abandoned.”

During proceedings on Friday, August 4, 2023, Anjous Joseph Babatunde, Edmund Z Biriomoni with A.A Egbaereva and Don Akaegbu represented the petitioners.Osasu Isibor with Adebisi Oridate, Karen Eguasa and Similoluwa Sebiomo were for the 2nd Respondent APC, while G.A Daniel represented the 3rd Respondent.The matter was originally slated for adoption of Final Addresses, however, the Tribunal informed parties that having been served with related judgments of the Court of Appeal in CA/LAG/EP/SEN/02/2023 and CA/LAG/EP/SEN/03/2023, it would deliver its composite ruling on the Applications of the 1st and 2nd Respondents.On the issue of abuse of court process and the objection raised by the 1st Respondent that the Petitioners’ written address was improper and against the rules of court as it was more than 10 pages, the Tribunal, in the interest of justice, allowed the petitioners written address and moved on to give its decision on the substantive motion.On the substantive issue, the Tribunal found that the petitioner did not counter germane paragraphs of the Respondents’ affidavit in support of the motion regarding the date of the filling of the application of the Petitioners for issuance of the notice for pre-hearing session.

It held that the argument by the Petitioner that its premature application for Pre-hearing session was not fatal as to cause the petition to be struck out, was not tenable in the light of section 18 (3), (4),& (5) of The Electoral Act 2022.The Tribunal also noted that the Court of Appeal had also concluded that there was no valid Pre-hearing application and set aside the Pre-hearing session, thus the Tribunal was bound by the decision of the Court of appeal.Thus, the Tribunal found in accordance with the appellate court judgment that the Petitioners having failed to apply for the issuance of pre-hearing notice, were deemed to have abandoned the Petition.

“The Applications of the 1st and 2nd Respondents succeed on the merit and the Petition is accordingly dismissed having been abandoned by the Petitioners,” the Tribunal.

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2023 : ADEBULE FETES AMUWO ODOFIN WOMEN STAKEHOLDERS AS SANUSI ADVOCATES FOR MORE WOMEN REPRESENTATION IN POLITICS

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL: December 3rd, 2022

2023 : ADEBULE FETES AMUWO ODOFIN WOMEN STAKEHOLDERS AS SANUSI ADVOCATES FOR MORE WOMEN REPRESENTATION IN POLITICS

The All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for Lagos West, HE Dr Idiat Adebule in conjuction with the APC Amuwo Odofin Candidates and other stakeholders have flagged off a grassroot victory campaign ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The event which was hosted under the heels of the Conference of 57 Women in both Amuwo Odofin LGA and Oriade LCDA was targeted at mobilizing the entire women folks towards the collection of their PVC and voting enmasse for all APC candidates in Lagos State with Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency as focus.

Addressing the media on the relevance of women in politics, the APC House of Representative candidate for Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency, Prince Lanre A. Sanusi (PLS) said representation is the core basis of democracy. Improved decision-making. Over the years we have found that women’s involvement impacts decision-making in a positive way – with examples including better childcare in Norway and more drinking water projects in India linked which are linked to higher levels of female representation.

“Studies have found that longer exposure to women’s political representation increases women’s overall labour force participation, the share of public employment opportunities and the stabilization of the socio-political pheres of any country”

Despite all efforts to promote the contribution of women in the domain of politics and decision making, women have continued to record low representation at all tiers and levels of governance although they constitute more than half of the electorate”. PLS said.

The US trained financial expert and tax consultant stressed that women’s involvement in government decision making is giving significant political visibility to women’s rights worldwide. Although women are not a homogeneous group, they tend to be supporters of other women and have been instrumental in placing women’s issues and concerns on to the parliamentary agenda.

Explaining why Nigeria ranked low, the PLS said, “The under representation of women in political participation gained root due to the patriarchal practice inherent in our society, much of which were obvious from pre-colonial era till date. Given the several talks, initiatives and policy directions of the APC led Lagos State government, one would expect greater progress in Nigeria’s quest for increased women’s political participation.”

On his mission to the Green Chamber the Awori born Prince stressed –

Having realised that the existing constitutional guarantees are not totally effective in preventing discrimination based on sex, religion, ethnic affiliations, my motions and recommendations will came in light of the need to ensure all-inclusive participation of Nigerians in every sphere of the nation’s endeavour.”

“It is evident today that women still suffer a lot of discrimination, especially in their participation in politics. I, therefore, intend to examine an issue that continues to attract much concern not only from the womenfolk of our great country but also from every Nigerian who is appalled by the limited opportunities afforded women to effectively participate in politics in Nigeria.”

Thanking the leadership of the Party in Lagos West for their mobilization efforts so far he further thanked the women for coming out enmasse to support Dr Idiat Adebule and other Candidates and advising them to vote enmasse for the APC.

Push News 24 International reports that a detailed report by the Gender Strategy Advancement International, GSAI, has disclosed that women political participation in Nigeria falls below the world and African continental standards.

According to the report, the national average of women’s political participation in Nigeria remain at 6.7 percent in elective and appointive positions, which it said, is far below the global average of 22.5 per cent, Africa regional average of 23.4 percent and West African Sub Regional Average of 15 percent.

The report added that Nigeria ranked 181 of 193 countries on the Gender Equality Index, for countries with low women representation in governance.

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2023: LANRE SANUSI CONGRATULATES LAGOS TRIO APC SENATORS-ELECT; ADEBULE, ESHINLOKUN, ABIRU, TASK ON DEEPENING DEMOCRACY

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONL: June 9th, 2022

2023: LANRE SANUSI CONGRATULATES LAGOS APC SENATORS-ELECT, ADEBULE, ESHINLOKUN AND ABIRU, ASK TO HELP DEEPEN OUR DEMOCRACY 

All Progressives Congress (APC) Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency House of Representative – Elect, Prince Lanre Sanusi, has congratulated trio of Mrs. (Dr) Idiat Adebule (Lagos West), Mr Tokunbo Abiru (Lagos East) and Hon Sanni Eshinlokun (Lagos Central) on their primary election victory, urging them to see their election victory as entrusted in them as sacred. 

“PLS” as he is popularly called urged the APC National Assembly candidates to do all within their powers to not only nurture and deepen the institutions of the Legislature after been elected at the general elections but to also help deepen our promising democracy. Their task when eventually elected, he said, “is to compliment and support the President to deliver on the APC administration’s progressive agenda and to truly take the country to the Next Level with detailed, timely and progressive legislative initiatives that will restore a sense of patriotism to the exalted offices they will be occupying”

Sanusi a US trained financial expert and tax consultant spoke in a congratulatory message issued on Wednesday night by his Media Office and made available to the media. 

In the statement titled “Lagos State on the verge of nurturing & deepening Democracy,” the philanthropist said: 

“I congratulate the Senators-Elects for Lagos East, Lagos West and Lagos Central during the APC primaries as we prepare towards the 2023 general elections.  

“To have been voted by such overwhelming majority by the delegates is a delightful honour and a clear demonstration of the implicit confidence reposed in them as leaders and celebrated party members. The offices these leaders have been entrusted with are sacred and a vote for good representation. 

“Their emergence as Senators-Elect came at a crucial time in our nation’s history, particularly as Lagos State seek more inclusion and special recognition. As we celebrate over 2 decades of uninterrupted democracy and our new National Democracy Day of June 12, we look backwards to recognise the sacrifices and valour of our heroes past. We also look forward with hope for the future of our nation and our democracy. 

“Their elections in a free, fair and transparent manner is therefore a further demonstration of the fact that our internal party democracy may not be perfect but functioning well. It also reaffirms party supremacy because these persons are also the choices of our majority as a party. 

“As Lagos Senators to be, I urge them to do all within their powers to not only nurture and deepen the institutions of the parliament but also our promising democracy. Their task now is to compliment and support the APC President-Elect to deliver on his administration’s progressive agenda and truly take the country to the Next Level. This they must do with detailed, timely and progressive legislative initiatives and restore a sense of patriotism to the exalted offices they intend to occupy. 

“It is imperative that the Senators-Elect departs from any adversarial posture of those that came before and extends hands of fellowship and friendship to the Executive. A convivial and cooperative relationship between the legislative and executive arms of government is our best chance at achieving the progress that we, as Nigerians, deserve and its incumbent on all to make this a reality in this next dispensation. 

“Our system speaks of complimentarity between the Executive and Legislature and does not preclude the Legislature from working harmoniously with the Executive in the service of our people. 

“I also congratulate those who contested the various positions but did not win at present for putting up a gallant fight. However, the time has now come to put aside all differences and rally round the elected Senators to work together. 

“I wish the Senators Elect and the APC a victorious and successful general election, once again – congratulations.” 

Push News 24 International repports, Senator Tokunbo Abiru and former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Idiat Adebule, have emerged winner in the Saturday, East and West Senatorial primaries of the Lagos All Progressives Congress, APC 

Senator Abiru who is the sole candidate in the race scored 344 votes to emerge winner of the primary. According to the returning officer Mr Faoud Oki, a total of 355 delegates were expected from the five local government areas which made up the senatorial zone at the venue, but 344 turned up for accreditation and all the delegates cast their votes for Abiru. 

Abiru, while speaking with newsmen, shortly after the declaration of his victory, expressed appreciation to party leaders and delegates who stood by him. He added that the success he recorded at the Senate by attracting good projects to his constituency was one of the reasons he was the consensus candidate of his constituency. 

Recall, that Abiru was elected Senator in a bye election, held in December 2020 to complete the term of Senator Bayo Osinowo who died as a result of complication from Covid-19. n the Lagos West Senatorial primary election, result showed: Adebule scored- 
424, Musiliu Obanikoro scored- 119, while Kayode Opeifa scored -4 votes, with10 invalid votes. 

Deputy Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, has clinched the APC ticket to contest the Lagos Central Senatorial District seat in the 2023 general elections. 

Mr Eshinlokun-Sanni defeated three other contestants for the ticket currently being held by Oluremi Tinubu, a third-term occupier of the seat who is not seeking re-election. 

Announcing the result on Saturday, Tolani Sule, Chairman of the five-man APC Electoral Committee and Returning Officer for the election, said that Mr Eshinlokun-Sanni scored 185 votes to defeat his closest rival, Demola Seriki, who polled 97 votes. 

According to Mr Sule, the other contestants: Akeem Apatira scored 22 votes while Oyinlomo Danmole polled zero votes. 

The returning officer said that 308 ad hoc delegates were accredited out of 310 ad hoc delegates expected. 

He said the total number of votes cast was 304 without any invalid votes. 

“Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun scored 185 votes,” he said.