Appeal Court Sacks Kashamu As PDP’s Governorship Candidate In Ogun

The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan has sacked Buruji Kashamu as the Ogun State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

PDP had sued the Adedayo Bayo-led faction to the Court of Appeal to challenge an earlier judgment by a lower court.

Delivering the judgment on Tuesday, the three-man appeal panel, headed by Justice A.B. Bada, set aside the judgment of a Federal High Court in Abeokuta which held that Kashamu and those who emerged from his faction were the PDP candidates for the 2019 general election.

According to the panel, which resolved the issues raised for determination in the appeal in favour of the PDP, the rights of the appellants to a fair hearing were breached as they were not properly served when the case was heard at the lower court.

Justice H.S. Samani read the lead judgment, which also had the support of Justices Bada and N. Okoronkwo.

Pending further action by the Kashamu faction, with the Tuesday judgment, Honourable Oladipupo Adebutu is the governorship candidate of the PDP in Ogun State.

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2019: Why I Closed Buhari’s South West Campaign Office – Adebayo Shittu

The Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, has opened up on why he closed a campaign office he opened for President Muhammadu Buhari in the South West.

There were recent reports that the Minister, who was also a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, stopped campaigning for President Buhari.

The Minister said that the report of him stopping to campaign for Buhari was a mere mischief.

He explained that the campaign office was a rented apartment, which was not his property.

Shittu told journalist that he rented the property for N3 million per annum and simply could not afford to pay that and the landlord was impatient with him, which led to its closure.

His words, “I think that whole idea that I stopped campaigning for Buhari is nonsensical. I was the first cabinet member who started campaigning for Buhari’s reelection.

“I am still part of this government and part of the APC. In fact, I am a foundation member of the APC and my interactions and relationship with Buhari is not just starting.

“I was his party’s governorship candidate in Oyo state in 2011 and President Buhari has continued to earn my respect and adoration because he is one President who was either the first or the second to willingly reduce his salary by half.

“I think the first leader to do that was Murtala Mohammed who is late now.

“If he can reduce his legitimate salary so that the Nigerian state can utilise that second part for the good of this country, why would I do that? I think the story is mere mischief.

“We had a rented apartment which is not my property. We rented it for N3 million per annum and we simply could not afford to pay that and the landlord was impatient with us.

“He said we either pay or get out and we simply took the most sensible option by vacating the place. We are in the process of looking for another office space for the campaign. We hope to get something cheaper.

“So, it is not true that for whatever reason, I would say that I am no longer campaigning for Buhari. It was the handiwork of mischief makers and a section of the media cannot be exonerated from that.

“They started carrying that report without seeking my own side of the story. That is simply not patriotic. It is self serving and politically motivated.”

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Ogun Royal Fathers Shower Blessings On APC Guber Candidate Dapo Abiodun

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has received the blessings of the royal institutions in Remoland led by the Paramount ruler and Akarigbo of Remo Land, Oba Babatunde Ajayi.

The Remo royal fathers including the Ewusi of Makun Sagamu, Oba Timothy Akinsanya, Oludotun of Idotun Ikenne, the Odunayo Solarin  and Onirolu of Irolu – all spoke on behalf of other Obas and blessed the candidate of APC to show support for his ambition and as one competent to govern the state.

Also, the Akarigbo, Oba Ajayi,  prayed for Abiodun’s success in his aspiration to govern the state, advising him to ensure he fulfills the policies he highlighted when the candidate gets the people’s mandate.

Abiodun who reeled out his manifestos during the consultation, highlighted the policies and plans, including free education up to the junior school, provision of standard health care, provision of industrial parks, increase in Internally Generated Revenue(IGR) and even distribution of infrastructures that would be implemented when he becomes the governor of the State.

While pleading for support for himself and his Deputy from the Paramount ruler, Dapo also used the medium to solicit support for President Muhammed Buhari for his second term ambition tagged Next level for Nigeria

While reading his blueprint to the council of Obas, Abiodun said within one year of his administration, he will ensure increase in the IGR of the state, rural development , good governance, women empowerment, educational development, improved health sector, facilitate the availability of constant power supply and infrastructural development among others.

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Amosun Shuns APC Reconciliation Meeting

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun and his loyalists were reportedly absent at the reconciliation meeting in Lagos to pacify aggrieved members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in order to pave way for the party’s victory in next year’s general elections.

It would be recalled that Amosun has been aggrieved that his preferred candidate, Abdulkabir Akinlade was dropped by the APC in favour of Prince Dapo Abiodun. This development led to Amosun’s supporters defecting to the Allied People’s Movement (APM), where Akinlade is now the governorship candidate.

Amosun had made it clear that he would work against Dapo Abiodun and the APC in the governorship election, but that he would work for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election.

However, at the meeting held at the State House, Marina, on Wednesday, APC members in Lagos, Ogun and some other states were present.

At the meeting, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and his Borno State counterpart, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, called on aspirants from Lagos and Ogun States to unite and work for the party’s victory at all levels during the 2019 elections.

Ambode and Shettima, who had earlier met with aggrieved aspirants in Osun, Ondo, Ekiti and Oyo States, said it was important for members of the party in the Southwest to accept the outcome of the primaries and the party’s supremacy in order to approach the general elections with a united front.

The two Governors, who are both members of the National Peace and Reconciliation Committee set up by the APC to pacify aggrieved party members in the Southwest, said those aggrieved should consider making the necessary sacrifice no matter how difficult it is, in the overall interest of the party.

Speaking at the meeting held at Lagos House, Marina, Ambode said while it was gratifying that there was no issue in Lagos largely due to the personal sacrifice made, the same could not be said of Ogun, and thereby urged concerned party members to do the needful to ensure peace.

“More significantly, we can see from the reflection of those here and I can declare that we do not have any issue in Lagos State and that we are one family. But again that is not to say that there is no platform for reconciliation; we do not know whether there are some aspirants in the crowd who are aggrieved but we can say affirmatively as a party that we are one family in Lagos State.

“This is not, however, to create any prejudice to whatever is happening in Ogun State. Without the setting up of this Committee, it is very clear that things are not the same in Ogun State like we have in Lagos State and we do recognise that. That is why this Committee is more or less anxious to see whatever it is that we can use as ingredients in creating peace in Ogun State.

“Whatever happens in Ogun is a reflection of what is happening in the whole of the Southwest and we are ready to make sure that this our Committee brings everybody back into one family fold. So, we have come with open mind and even when closures have been made, the feelings and input here is what we are taking to Abuja tomorrow and also making sure that NWC (National Working Committee) get a very clear picture of how you feel and ultimately if there is a need to let the highest organ of the party intervene in a way that everything that is happening in Ogun State reflects what is happening in Lagos State, we would be very happy to do it and we are committed to making sure that every representation is taken to party headquarters for redress and whatever it is that can be done,” Ambode said.

While emphasising the need for the party to forge a common ground to prosecute the next year’s elections, Governor Ambode encouraged aggrieved members to embrace genuine reconciliation, saying only such could bring about compensation at the end of the day when the party emerge victorious.

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Buhari’s Minister Adebayo Shittu Disassociate Self From Oyo APC Guber Candidate

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, Minister of Communication, Mr Adebayo Shittu, has distanced himself from supporting the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in  Oyo State candidate, Mr Adebayo Adelabu.

Shittu, who spoke to reporters in Abuja, disclosed that his resolve to approach the court to seek justice on his disqualification from contesting the primary election did not amount to indulging in anti-party activities.

It would be recalled that the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led national working committee (NWC) had on the eve of the primaries disqualified Shittu on the pretext that he did not participate in the mandatory national youths service corps (NYSC) scheme.

According to him: “Before you talk of reconciliation you must first talk of restitution. If you violate somebody’s rights, or you seize somebody’s property and you are found out, instead of you to deliver what you had stolen you are now talking of reconciliation. I have is akin o saying that you must have peace even if there is no justice.

“As for me I don’t recognize the candidate of APC, I am in court and I am sure that I would triumph over those who were not as intelligent in foisting a candidate on the party.

“With all sense of humility I have passed the stage where any party would threaten me. I am in court and if the party is sure that it has a better basis for what they have done, I let us go and meet in court. You don’t start threatening I who feel unfairly treated thinking you can get me out of the justice system.”

Shittu expressed optimism that he would triumph over the antics of his adversaries and that it was unfortunate that Adelabu was foisted by Governor Abiola Ajimobi as the governorship candidate of the party barely two months after joining the party.

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Atiku’s Assent To Peace Pact, An Afterthought – BMO

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has described the belated signing of the Election Peace Pact by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as an afterthought.

Atiku had failed to honour the invitation earlier extended to him by the National Peace Committee led by the former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar. 

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO noted that Atiku had no intention of signing the Peace Pact as he and members of his party intended to push out fake news and hate speeches, promote violence and ultimately disrupt the 2019 elections, threats the Peace Pact was being signed against.

“We recall that in September, Atiku had said that if he did not get the Presidential ticket of his party he would unleash crisis in the party. Before then, his party PDP had in July said that it would boycott the 2019 elections and would reject the results of the elections. This tells us that Atiku and his party already had a mindset of sponsoring chaos during the 2019 elections and were unwilling to have anything to do with peace, not to talk of signing a Peace Pact.” 

The group noted that Atiku Abubakar had come under serious international pressure and chiding hence his signing of the Peace Pact, albeit reluctantly.

The group added that Atiku and the PDP’s excuses were flimsy and unbelievable, as, all over the media, the news of the signing of the Peace Pact was everywhere and his saying that he did not get any invitation was a lie that even a child would not believe.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has shown leadership by signing the peace pact despite the absence of Alhaji Abubakar. We observe that this example shown by the president is consistent with his approach in the previous presidential elections that he had participated, especially in 2015 when he also signed a peace accord with former President Goodluck Jonathan.”

“The president has by signing the peace accord demonstrated that he cherishes peace and that his government is committed to free and credible elections in 2019.”

“We also appeal to the Committee to further extend it good work to the various states as they are critical to the existence of peace in the country. We believe that if different contestants for political offices in states are brought into the peace accord, it will go a long way to promote peace and development in the whole country.”

The Buhari Media Organisation called on the political class to emulate the example of President Muhammadu Buhari who has through his actions demonstrated the need for all Nigerians to work for peaceful coexistence among all Nigerians, especially as we approach the 2019 general elections.

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Katsina APC Rep Defects To PDP

A member of the House of Representatives from Katsina State, Ibrahim Murtala, has defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Murtala, who is representing Matazu/ Musawa Federal Constituency, announced his defection in a letter read by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, on the floor of the house on Tuesday.

In the letter, Murtala said that he wished to inform the house and the general public that he was no longer a card-carrying member of the APC.

The lawmaker said he would from now pursue his political career under the umbrella of the PDP.

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2019: Osun Central Senatorial Candidate Ajibola Basiru Visits Bisi Akande, Receives Endorsement

A Former governor of the State of Osun and leader of All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande received in his country home today, the Osun Central Senatorial District flag bearer of APC, Dr Ajibola Basiru.

Dr Basiru who was on a visit to the national chieftain of APC in continuation of his campaign tour of the central senatorial district paid glowing tributes to Baba Akande for the fatherly roles he has been playing in the affairs of the party since its inception in the year 2014.

The immediate past Attorney General and the Commissioner for Justice in the state used the opportunity of the visit to explain his manifesto to Baba Akande.

The Octogenarian-politican lauded Ajibola Basiru for the lofty programs he has for the people of the district.He assured Ajibola of his unwavering support during and after the election.

The former governor of osun state gave insights on how to promote synergy between various organs of the party in order to give it a good outing at the upcoming elections

Others people with Baba Akande at his residence in Ila-Orangun during the visit were Engr. Sola Akinwumi, and Hon Fakaye Olufemi.

Earlier,in continuation of his efforts to reach the nooks and crannies of osun central senatorial district, senatorial candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2019 general elections Dr. Ajibola Basiru, paid visitations to Baales of communities in Ifedayo local government comprising Alagbede, Ayegun, Oyeadunni, Oyi – Aratumi, Elemo-Ogun, Olotu, Isinmi-Enle, Ajebandele, Olotu and several others.

At the gatherings, Dr. Ajibola Basiru expressed gratitude for the massive supports people of Ifedayo local government gave APC during gubernatorial elections held in the state.

He also unveiled plans to bring significant federal presence to the local government in a bid improve socio- economic activities of the community dwellers.

Speaking on behalf of other Baales, Alhaji Jimoh Adebisi Pidan stated the resolve of people in the villages and communities to vote for Dr. Ajibola Basiru at the upcoming polls. While describing the APC as a truly progressive party, he listed numerous infrastructural projects completed in the local government including access roads which have given farmers in the area quicker access to market thus raising their productivity.

Highlight of the tour was the visitation made to Oke-Ila Government High school in Ifedayo local government where education materials including exercise books and other writing materials were distributed to students of the school.

The Director General of Ajibola Basiru Campaign Organisation ABCO,Hon. Olaide Ajibola, admonished students of the school to exude good behavior and show positive attitudes to learning.

While speaking on behalf of the elated students and staff, the principal of the school expressed profound gratitude to ABCO for the gestures. He lauded the numerous strides in the educational sector recorded by the All Progressives Congress government in the state of Osun.

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2019: Atiku Not A Threat To President Buhari – Lagos Lawmaker

Hon. Victor Akande, lawmaker representing Ojo Constituency 1 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term bid was not threatened by the candidature of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and others in the 2019 presidential election.

Akande, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, said the only opposition APC has is the one against itself.

Akande, who recently defected from PDP to APC on the floor of the House, said that Buhari had nothing to fear.

“We cannot be talking about the people who ruled Nigeria for 16 years and have nothing to show for it. We are talking about somebody who has only ruled for three years and is performing.

“Should we be afraid of those who looted the economy. There is nothing to fear about the judgment is for the masses.

“We cannot be fighting corruption and some people will be complaining.

“Things were spoiled for 16 years and another government now came to revive them,we will have to sacrifice and give them time.”

While carpeting those blaming APC for the harsh economy in the country, he said that the party did not cause the current poverty in the land.

He said APC had its manifestos, agenda, and blueprints, saying that these had to be followed gradually, adding that they could not be done overnight.

“We are not magicians. The United States of America did not get to where they are today overnight. Economy that has been bad for 16 years, we cannot perform magic in four years.

“We had to find the root of the problem and that is what President Muhammadu Buhari has done, that is what APC has done.
“They have tried to get to the root cause of the problem and they found a heavy corruption.

“The whole thing fall in the hands of the bourgeoisie and who now came up with propaganda to run down the government.
“The coming together of unscrupulous elements cannot bring down a working government.”

On the conduct of 2019 general elections, Akande advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) do the needful so that the people would not doubt its integrity.

Akande, who urged the politicians to desist from anything capable of jeorpadising the country’s democracy, advised voters to vote according to their conscience.

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Count Us Out Of Atiku’s Endorsement – GDPN

The Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria (GDPN), has distanced itself from the endorsement of the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).

A statement signed by the Presidential Candidate of GDPN,  Dr. Davidson Isibor Akhimien, said the party was not aware nor in support of the CUPP decision to endorse Atiku.

Akhimien said he was shocked by the CUPP pronouncement, saying at as the time the meeting to endorse Atiku was ongoing in Abuja, he was in Lagos, adding the party’s hierarchy was equally not in any way part of the arrangement.

Akhimien said his party was not part of the negotiation by CUPP and would therefore not abandon his mission to bring solution the nation’s myriads of problem.

According to the GDPN presidential candidate, his party from outset was determined to pursue an agenda that would enthrone a new and better Nigeria where there will be equity and justice for all, adding that, jettisoning the vision, would amount to a betrayal of trust  of his followership.

‘ ‘For him and GDPN to abandon the mission of salvaging the country from the hands of  old and recycled politicians responsible for the country’s total retrogression and stagnation will be a  huge setback for the party”

We can’t take Nigerians back to the dark ages. I want to state that the time to move Nigerian forward is now. We are a new party on a rescue mission. We can’t mortgage the future of our great Nation.

We defer to the CUPP endorsement of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. We are on ground in the whole 36 states of the federation, and the FCT,’’.

He maintained that, the CUPP arrangement is a major setback to democracy, saying the party remains focused and is concentrating on its campaign across the nook and crannies of the country, stating that the news making the rounds would not in anyway deter it.

CUPP,  had few hours after a closed door deliberation at the Yar’ Adua Centre Abuja yesterday announced  Atiku as the consensus candidate of the opposition in the 2019 election.

The Convener of CUPP, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, who made the disclosure while addressing a world press conference held at Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja, said the former Vice President met the criteria used in the choice of a presidential candidate for the coalition. Oyinlola said the CUPP; an umbrella body of 45 registered political parties in the alliance arrived at the decision based on the candidate’s (Atiku) experience in administration, management of economy and politics.

 

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2019: PDP Urges INEC To Conduct Free And Fair Election

National Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), not to compromise the 2019 general elections.

Secondus spoke in Ilorin  during the Northcentral presidential rally of the PDP candidate Atiku Abubakar.

His words: “Let us warn the INEC chair that he should not cause crisis in Nigeria by rigging 2019 elections. If INEC wants peace in Nigeria, elections must be free and fair. If INEC likes, it should ignore the card reader, manipulate the machines to do whatsoever INEC wants it to do but Nigerians will not accept rigged elections. So, you better be warned.

“And we salute the courage of the patriotic security agencies. Our Army is the best in Africa. Our police, some of them are very good, but this time around in 2019, the police and the Army cannot be used. As all voters are Army and Police. So, you must police your votes and be by the side to make sure that your materials are not carried away.”

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2019: APC Will Win Ogun, Deliver Hope Uzodinma In Imo State, Oshiomole Vows

National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomole, has assured party supporters that the ruling party will win all elective positions in Imo and Ogun State.

Oshiomole stated this while receiving APC women leaders from Edo State and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), at his office in Abuja.

Oshiomhole was, however, confident that the APC remains stronger in Imo and Ogun states, despite the grievances of their governors as a result of the outcome of the party’s primaries where their preferred candidates lost.

He said: “The real headline today is that we will win in Ogun State and we will deliver Hope Uzodinma in Imo State.  Our popularity in Imo today is increasing. What we don’t know and Nigerians always make this mistake that once you are a governor, you have electoral value.

“Yes, we have overwhelming majority of APC governors who have electoral values and we also have some few electoral liabilities. I can tell that in Imo State today we will have more votes.

“Politics is about numbers and I am looking at the average Imo voters because on that the governor will have one vote and his son-in-law will also have one vote. Those market women, artisans, mechanics and farmers will also have their vote.

“Those who think our political future is tied to them; they are poor students of their own political history. Some of these people who talk as if they are invincible, they have forgotten that they have run elections in the past and lost until they abandoned their parties and joined us. So if they return back, history will repeat itself.

“In Imo State today, APC will win more votes. My focus is on ordinary Imo voters because on that day, the governor would have only one vote, his son-in-law would have only one vote while his Commissioner for Happiness would have only one vote.

“But artisans, traders, teachers and workers whose salaries are not being paid have the same weight of vote and they are excited about the renewed possibility of a new government coming with fresh ideas free of all the encumbrances of the present system. So, in Imo I’m very confident.

“Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is from Ogun State. The state is one of the most enlightened states in Nigeria. They have a huge history; they are not in a political kingdom headed by one person.

“If they were looking for true reconciliation, they wouldn’t have done what they did (defection of aides). That is not how democracy works. Nigeria must grow beyond this syndrome –  ‘I’m the governor, I will decide.’ You have only one vote. With due respect, I was once a governor. Overall, APC is much stronger now.”

Recall that the primaries in Imo and Ogun states had pitted Governors Ibikunle Amosun and Rochas Okorocha of Ogun and Imo State respectively against the National Chairman as their anointed governorship choices failed to secure the party’s gubernatorial ticket.

While both governors have promised to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid, they also vowed that they would stop at nothing to ensure the victories of their choice candidates in other parties.

Okorocha’s supporters  have defected to the Action Alliance (AA). Amosun’s have joined the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).

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