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.
PDP Ekiti ward executives sworn in for four-year tenure
The Ekiti State Ward Executive Committee members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 155 out of the 177 wards in Ekiti State have taken the mantle of office for a tenure of four years, after they were sworn in yesterday by a Notary Public, Barrister Niyi Idowu in accordance with the party’s constitution as amended in 2017.
In a letter dated April 30, 2020 and addressed to the party through the State Legal Adviser, , Barrister Niyi Idowu said; “Kindly be informed that upon submission of the duly completed Oath of Office and Oath of Allegiance form today Thursday 30th April 2020 by 7:30am and in line with the provisions of Section 65 of the People’s Democratic Party, the newly elected Ward Executive Officers of your party whose names were verified and contained in a letter with reference N0. PDP/DOM/GF.V/VOL.2/20-387B are admitted to Oath and therefore sworn in already to function in their various offices.”
The Notary Public, who admitted Oath on the Ward Executive members, had directed them to fill and sign the oath of office and oath of allegiance as provided in the party constitution.
“It is to be noted that in view of the ravaging pandemic, Covid-19, kindly inform the Concerned Ward Executives to print and fill the Oath of Office and Oath allegiance as it appeared in your Party Constitution.
“Each person must read and understand the Oath of Office and Oath Allegiance to your Party before submitting same.
“That only Ward Executives Officer who submit his/her Oath of Office and Oath Allegiance on or before 7:30 am on Thursday 30th is technically deemed to have sworn before me in view of the various rules, regulation, protocols and laws regulating gathering and social distancing protocol,” Niyi Idowu said in his letter accepting to carry out the responsibility.
In a letter with ref no: PDP/DOM/GF.V/VOL.2/20-387B dated April 25, 2020, and signed by the National Organising Secretary, Col Austin Akobundu (rtd), the NWC had directed the State Chairman of the Party, Chief Barr. Gboyega Oguntuwase “to take necessary and appropriate steps to Inaugurate the new Executive Officers in accordance with the provisions of Section 65 of our Party’s Constitution as amended in 2017.”
In the letter, the NWC had listed names of the Ward Executives for 155 out of the 177 wards in Ekiti State that emerged in the Ward Congresses held on March 7, 2020. The party stated that the Congresses did not hold in Gbonyin and Ekiti East local councils.
“After giving careful consideration of the reports of the Electoral Committee, the Appeal Panel, has, on behalf of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Party, approved the said Congresses and the Executive Committees emerging therefrom. You are therefore by this correspondence, directed to take necessary and appropriate steps to Inaugurate the new Executive Officers in accordance with the provisions of Section 65 of our Party’s Constitution as amended in 2017.
“In doing this, you’re please advised to also take into account the provisions of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Guidelines of COVID-19 as it concerns social distancing and the gathering of people in one place.
“This shall be the new Exco members at the expiration of the current executives, i.e. April 30, 2020, for Ward and shall hold office for a period of four (4) years pursuant to Section 47(1) of our Party’s constitution as amended; (i.e. April 30, 2020 – April 30, 2024, for Ward Executives,” the letter read.
Nass Leadership: NASS retains 2015 Standing Rule for Senate
As the Ninth Assembly inauguration commenced, senators-elect argue on process to adopt in voting.
While some pushed for secret ballot , others wanted open ballot.
“I did not receive any court order directing the use of 2011 Standing Order for the election of presiding officers of the Senate”, says N/Assembly Clerk, Mohammed Sani Omolori. Nass retains 2015 Standing Rule for Senate.
Nass Leadership: PDP Endorses Ali Ndume
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after very extensive consultations with critical stakeholders resolves to support Senator Ali Ndume and Hon. Umar Mohammed Bago for Senate President and Speaker of House of Representatives respectively, ahead of National Assembly inauguration on Tuesday.
The final resolution on Senator Ndume and Hon. Bago was reached at the end of a decisive meeting of members of the National Working Committee, party leaders, state governors as well as senators and members-elect on the platform of the PDP.
This decision is in the best interest of the nation, in line with our party’s determination to deepen democracy, ensure a strong and independent legislature, strict compliance to the principle of separation of powers as well as constitutional checks and balances in the polity.
All senators and members-elect on the platform of the PDP are to be guided accordingly.
Sen. Umaru Ibrahim Tsauri
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