National leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Sunday finally put the impeachment saga which had dominated the polity in the last one week in Lagos State to rest, declaring that there is no longer a question of impeachment of the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode.
Speaking after a peace meeting brokered by the APC leadership in the State to end the rift between the Governor and lawmakers which was held at Lagos House, Marina, Tinubu said it was gratifying to note that the conflict between the Governor and the members of the State Assembly had been amicably settled.
Tinubu, who spoke on behalf of all the APC leaders in the State, said the executive and the legislative arms of government in the State had resolved to work together in the interest of the State.
“We held a meeting on behalf of Lagos, the entire Lagosians, our party – APC leadership. In the last one week, there has been noise about the conflict between the executive and the State Assembly. It is of great concern to all of us and particularly what Lagos represents across the country.
“We have been able to look into the source of various conflicts which is not uncommon in politics; what is the genesis of those problems? We are one big family and as a big family, you will have some rumples, you will have some disagreement. As leaders of the party, we have looked into that; we have looked into areas where we have to compromise, discuss and build the institutions, encourage the institutions to really do what is right.
“We have resolved there is no question of impeachment in Lagos State. Let the two arms of government communicate and continue to respect one another and build consensus and understanding. That is all about politics. Conflict and conflict resolution mechanism is inbuilt in any political system unless leaders are lacking in their responsibilities,” Tinubu said.
He thanked the Governor, his deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule and the leadership of the House for agreeing to the peaceful resolution of the conflict, saying it was evident that consequences of allowing such conflict to fester would have been dire not just for the State, but the entire country.
“We thank the Speaker and the entire members of the House of Assembly leadership. We thank the Governor and the Deputy Governor who had demonstrated firm respect for the party leadership in Lagos State.
“You know when Lagos sneezes, the rest of the political equation catches cold and we are very happy that we are able to resolve amicably. The Deputy Speaker is also here and all of them put together, we are assured that things will start to run smoothly in Lagos both the House and the government,” he said.
Also speaking, a party chieftain, Prince Tajudeen Olusi corroborated Tinubu’s position, and expressed optimism that the House would soon meet to resolve other grey areas.
“The National Leader (Tinubu) has spoken and mine is just to confirm the decision. Conflict resolution is an essential ingredient of management. We have looked into the problem and the party has directed the two arms of government – the executive and the legislature to work together and very soon, the House will meet and resolve all grey areas,” Olusi said.
The meeting was attended by both the executive and legislative arms represented by Governor Ambode, Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule; Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Mudashiru Obasa; Deputy Speaker, Wasiu Eshinlokun; Majority Leader, Sinai Agunbiade; Chief Whip, Rotimi Abiru, among other principal officers of the Assembly.
Others in attendance were all the members of the Governors’ Advisory Council (GAC), the highest decision making organ of the party in the State; Governorship candidate of the party in the State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Femi Hamzat, among others.
WHY DAPO ABIODUN’S ELECTION WILL STAND….Oladipo
Former Ogun State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Hon. Muyiwa Oladipo has said that the Allied Peoples’ Movement (APM), governorship candidate in the just concluded election, Abdulkabir Adekunle Akinlade, should have submitted to the will of the people of the state, who didn’t see him worthy of leading them and the accept defeat.
He said Akinlade should have “accepted defeat in good faith and submit to the will of the people as the election of Governor-elect Prince Dapo Abiodun by the people stand, and nobody will upturn the election by any means, whether legal or illegal.”
Oladipo explained that the election of Abiodun as Governor of the state was the freest and most rancour-free in the history of Ogun as adjudged by various national and international observers who witnessed the election and gave the appraisal to the electoral body who conducted the election.
In a statement signed by the former Commissioner in reaction to an interview granted a media outfit in Abeokuta, challenging the result of the election at the tribunal by the APM, Oladipo said Akinlade’s reactions by the election indicated that he was still suffering from defeat.
He added that the Allied Peoples’ Movement (APM) and its candidate were yet to advance any concrete argument to discredit the election rated as most peaceful, saying that; “their attempt to heat up the polity and create unnecessary tension through their unguarded utterances days before, during and after the election failed and were now blaming the APC for their failure.”
In his reaction to the petition of Labour Party (LP) Candidate, Mrs Modupeolu Sanyaolu, said it was a tip of iceberg as the party has two factions in the state, saying that both the two factional leaders have congratulated the governor-elect, Prince Dapo Abiodun including their governorship candidate.
He added that he was flabbergasted to hear that LP now head to tribunal to challenge the omission of its party logo on the ballot paper, noting that the party led by Comrade Abayomi Arabambi who double as Chairman of Intra Party Advisory Council (IPAC), has congratulated the leader of the party in the state, Olusegun Osoba and the governor-elect.
He said that the state REC, Prof. AbdulGaniy Raji, also expressed his curiosity and foe play in the petition of Labour Party at the tribunal, adding that it supposed to have pre-empted the process before going to polls, which would have addressed earlier before the proper election.
“You see, there is no moral standing for LP to now fill petition before the tribunal, as it is now, it is very cleared that LP has no locus standi in initiating any petition before the tribunal and all efforts to truncate the election that produced Prince Dapo Abiodun will not stand,” Oladipo quoted.
Oladipo said that the party was once congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its Governor-elect, Prince Dapo Abiodun for their victoriously won the election, but it came to a surprise when the same party filed application at the tribunal, challenging the INEC for its logo’s omission at the polls.
Osun Election: Appeal Court Reaffirms Adeleke As Osun State Governor
A Federal Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, Ondo state has reaffirmed the qualification and eligibility of Osun State PDP Governorship candidate, Ademola Adeleke to hold office.
This apparently put to rest the controversy over his eligibility to contest the Osun governorship election last year.
The latest judgement has also knocked out the judgement of the Bwari High Court and rendered its conclusion ineffective, null and void with no effect on the candidacy of the PDP candidate for the September 2018 governorship election.
The Bwari judgement had contradicted the Osogbo high court verdict by rejecting testimonies of WAEC, an examination body which in a sworn affidavit confirmed that Ademola Adeleke sat for its examination with attached results.
But, the Akure Court of Appeal this Saturday dismissed an appeal against the judgement of Osogbo High court which had confirmed the eligibility of Senator Ademola Adeleke to contest for the governorship of Osun State.
The Osogbo High Court had earlier ruled that Senator Adeleke is qualified to contest for the governorship having been educated up to secondary school level.
The petitioners however proceeded to appeal against the ruling, insisting that the Senator is not qualified and therefore Dr Akin Ogunbiyi who is the second runner up at the governorship primary should be declared the winner of the primary.
The Akure Appeal court in its ruling dismissed the appeal on three grounds ,affirming the judgement of the lower court that confirmed the eligibility of Senator Adeleke.
The first ground was that the court has no jurisdiction to hear the case .The second was that the sponsored petitioner; one Kingsley Awosiyan from Ife Central has no locus standi to file the case and third was that the matter was brought to court outside the stipulated 14 days after the conduct of the Governorship primaries election.
BreakingNews: INEC declares Wike re-elected in Rivers
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday declared Nyesome Wike of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) winner of the March 9th governorship election in Rivers state.
The Returning Officer for River state, Professor Teddy Adias of the Niger Delta University Otuoke, Bayelsa state who declared Wike winner of the election said he polled a total of 886, 264 votes to defeat his closest opponent and candidate of the African Action congress(AAC), Biokpamabo Awara, who scored a total of 173, 859.
According to Prof. Adias, “That I, this day confirm that I am the returning officer for this election and that Nyesom Wike of the PDP having satisfied requirement of the law and scored the highest number of the votes is hereby declared winner and stand elected.”
Earlier, the returning officer had said that a total of 3, 048, 741 voters were registered across the state for the elections, and a total of 1, 130, 445 were accredited, while a total of 1, 123, 840 votes were validated as a total of 249, 324 votes were either cancelled or elections not held.
Also, a total of 1, 123, 840 votes were cast in the exercise.
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