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BreakingNews: Court of Appeal nullifies Adeleke’s tribunal victory



The Court of Appeal on Thursday in Abuja nullified the victory of Ademola Adeleke in the Osun State governorship election petition tribunal.

This was after the appeal filed by the Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola, challenging the declaration of Ademola Adeleke as the duly elected governor by the state election petition tribunal.

The appellate court also set aside the judgement of the tribunal of March 22, which declared Mr Adeleke winner of the election.

A five-member panel of the appeal court led by Jummai Sankey delivered the judgement with three members of the panel agreeing with the lead judgement.

A panel member, Justice Mbaba, is currently giving a dissenting judgement.

Mr Adeleke contested the governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Independent National Electoral Commission declared Mr Oyetola winner after a supplementary poll but the tribunal said Mr Oyetola won the election at the first ballot.

Specifically, he faulted the judgment as unknown to the law because Justice Peter Obiorah who prepared and read the lead judgement did not participate fully during the hearing of the petition.

Mr Oyetola whose appeal was first heard by the court of appeal drew the attention of the court to the February 6 proceedings in which Mr Obiorah was absent at the tribunal and did not sign the proceeding of that day.

The appellant contended that what Mr Obiorah did amounted to judicial hear-say because the proceedings of February 6 when he was not in court was copiously copied in his lead judgement.

Insisting that judicial hear-say has no place in law, Mr Oyetola asked the appeal court to quash the judgement, allow the appeal and uphold the governorship election.

On his part, the counsel to APC, Akin Olujinmi, also faulted the judgment of the tribunal led by Ibrahim Sirajo, on the ground that the petition was based on the rerun election of September 27.

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Rivers APC: Court of Appeal Ousts Decision of Justice Omereji’s Court, Orders Stay of Execution



A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress APC in Rivers State has optimism over the Court of Appeal ordered stay of execution of the Judgment of Justice Omereji which installed Hon. Igo Aguma as Chairman of the Rivers APC Caretaker Committee.

Nwuke in a statement circulated to journalists said, ‘it has come to our notice that the Court of Appeal has ordered a stay of execution of the Judgment of Justice Omereji which installed Hon. Igo Aguma as Chairman of the Rivers APC Caretaker Committee.”

According to him, “that pronouncement made by the Court upstairs simply means that under the gaze of the law, Hon. Aguma cannot act or parade as the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee within the pendency of the matter before it.”

Continuing he said, “Statutory members of the Rivers APC are happy with the decision of the Court of Appeal. We believe that their Lordships who are presiding over the matter weighed the issue on a judicial scale before issuing the order to stay the execution of the lower Court”.  

The statement further reads, “It gives us hope as true Democrats that there are still people within the judiciary who are impartial, incorruptible, courageous and upright. While salute their Lordships for standing on the side of justice, we commend members of our great party for their patience, prayers and support.

“Accordingly, we urge all right thinking members of society to ignore whatever may emanate from the desk of Hon. Igo Aguma which he may purport as representing the views or aspirations of the APC in Rivers State. 

“We hope that as a man of honour, Hon Igo Aguma would restrain himself from acting outside the dictates of the law. We recall that Aguma has held the APC in contempt and demonstrated gross disrespect for party directives emanating from NEC.

“Finally, we appeal to Rivers people who have faith in the vision and mission of the APC as well as our teeming party supporters spread across the State to remain calm. We want to assure  you of our collective resolve to ensure that justice is done.” 


Hon. Ogbonna Nwuke

For: Statutory members,

APC , Rivers State.

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Edo APC criticizes PDP’s sponsored protest in Agbede



The Edo State Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as unfortunate the protest allegedly sponsored by the PDP in Agbede, a community in Etsako, Edo North, against its Deputy Governorship candidate, Hon. Mallam Gani Audu.
Mr. John Mayaki, the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Media Campaign Council for the September 19 Edo Governorship election, condemned what he termed as a staged protest allegedly orchestrated by the PDP to misrepresent the people of Agbede who he claims are solidly behind Hon. Gani Audu.
He said: “The sponsored protest, attached to a frivolous claim that the people of Agbede are somewhat dissatisfied with Hon. Gani Audu’s emergence as the running mate to Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu because he was elected to serve as a state legislator, is a violation of all democratic ethics and the disregard of INEC’s regulations prohibiting the staging of such events capable of fomenting trouble and sparking a spread of the COVID-19 disease.”
“The protest is nothing but a continuation of the desperate propaganda of the PDP. For days now, in responsible groups and safe engagement meetings, Hon. Gani Audu has been meeting with his people who remain proud of him and have declared their complete support.
“This has clearly rattled the embattled PDP and they are now responding with the only thing they know how to do: sponsoring confusion and sowing seeds of discord.”
“Their actions further reveal the already known fact that they are not interested in campaigning based on issues because Obaseki has no plan or manifesto.”
“All they want to do is incite Edo people against each other and their own.”
“Hon. Gani Audu is with his people and they are with him. Godwin Obaseki and his agents are targeting him with sponsored protests and all kinds of mischievous attacks because they know his emergence has dealt a fatal blow to their permutations.”
“The Governor is also still hurting from Hon. Gani Audu’s refusal to join his illegal mid-night Assembly condemned by both arms of the National Assembly. He was displeased that the Hon. Gani Audu and other majority members-elect refused to cave to his pressure to reduce the independent legislature to a mere extension of his office as Governor.”
“The illegal Assembly he wants Hon. Gani Audu to join is now in total darkness because they cannot afford electricity bills after the emperor Governor refused to release funds in the bizarre funding arrangement which leaves what ought to be an independent arm of government at his mercy.”
“The people of Edo North are happy that Hon. Gani Audu now has a chance to represent them in a sane and responsible government as the Deputy Governor.”
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Edo 2020: Uromi declares support for Pastor Ize-Iyamu, says his campaign manifesto will move Edo forward



The people of Uromi have assured Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Edo Governorship election, of their support and votes in the election slated for the 19th of September.
They gave this assurance on Monday following a succession of meetings with Pastor Ize-Iyamu at the Assemblies of God Church, Uromi, and the APC Secretariat, Esan North East LGA, where he explained his manifesto, the SIMPLE agenda, and policy plans to engender growth and development in Edo State.
Explaining the importance of politics to governance and why it is wrong to abandon it as the clichéd ‘dirty game’, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu said he is running for Governor to reposition Edo State through a transparent, accessible, and an all-inclusive government that will prioritize the growth of all, including the Esan people.
He criticized Governor Godwin Obaseki over what he described as a grand display of hypocrisy and insincere lip-service to the Esan people whom he had abandoned for years now that he needs their votes.
Rev. Felix Ilelbodiaye, the District Pastor of the Assemblies of God Church, Uromi Branch, commended Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and assured him of the people’s support at the polls.
A special prayer was held for Ize-Iyamu for his victory at the polls before he proceeded to the APC secretariat in Uromi where thousands of party members were at hand to receive him.
The endorsement of the Uromi people, given their population in Esan, is expected to further tilt the scale in favor of Ize-Iyamu who experts in the state already consider the favorite to win the governorship election.
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