Attempts To Discredit Presidential Tribunal Outcome Will Fail – BMO

All attempts by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its agents to discredit the judgement of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) will fail,  just like the petition challenging the outcome of the 2019 Presidential election.

According to the Buhari Media  Organisation (BMO), the PEPT was quite clear on the qualification of President Muhammadu Buhari to contest for the position, as well as the outcome of the election as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

BMO said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, that PDP should go ahead with its plan to proceed to the Supreme Court, rather than continue to encourage its minions to cast aspersions on the Tribunal.

 “As expected, PDP has opted to reject the verdict of the five-member panel, but what is baffling is the manner the party is seeking to discredit it by describing it as a ‘barefaced subversion of justice.’

“Even after the painstaking manner that the Tribunal showed that the President was eminently qualified for the job, this party is still claiming that he was not qualified to contest the 2019 election.

“If PDP leaders are still holding on to the jaded claim that Buhari does not have the requisite qualifications, then they were either not paying attention to the points raised by Justice Mohammed Garba who read the lead judgement, or they are just out to continue to malign members of the panel.

“Because the courtroom was thrown open to the media, many Nigerians across the country had the rare privilege of hearing how the verdict was rendered in an unambiguous way, but as usual, opposition elements are twisting it to suit their fancy.

“Or how else would a reasonable party deliberately misquote the Tribunal as saying that ‘one need not provide a copy or certified true copy of educational certificate’, when indeed it held that the fact that President Buhari did not attach his certificate to the form CF001 and the affidavit he submitted to INEC,  did not imply that he did not possess the documents as claimed by the petitioners.

“Everyone who listened to the judgement, probably aside from the PDP, must have heard how the presiding judge then explained that ‘there is evidence before the court that the 2nd respondent (Buhari) went for military training after his secondary school education’.

“The judge also added that ‘the 2nd respondent has more than secondary school certificate having attended further courses while in the Army before concluding that President Buhari was not only qualified but also eminently qualified,” the group said.

BMO also had strong words for PDP elements pushing online memes and jokes about affidavits on the basis of what they claimed the panel said.

“There was nowhere in the judgement that the panel said a person seeking elective positions does not need to tender educational certificates.

“What is clear from the verdict rendered by Justice Garba is that although there is no constitutional requirement for candidates to attach certificates to INEC form, they still have to swear to an affidavit detailing personal information, including academic qualifications and professional attainment.

“We wonder how people who claim to be defenders of the justice system would be making a mockery of an aspect of the system by encouraging others to swear a false affidavit of their qualification.

“For the avoidance of doubt, President Buhari did not only complete his secondary education before joining the Nigerian Army, but his overall educational background is also on a far higher level than that of PDP’s former Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar.

“It is baffling that people questioning the President’s credentials are backing an individual whose Secondary School Certificate was too poor to earn him a place in a Police College, while the man they love to hate not only entered the Army but also underwent officer cadet training at Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot in England after completing preliminary training at the Nigerian Military Training College (NMTC).

“We also know that President Buhari was also at the Defence Service Staff College Wellington, India between 1973 and 1974 as well as US Army War College, Carlisle in 1980.

“It is no longer news that President Buhari eventually had a distinguished army career that saw him attaining the rank of Major General and later Nigeria’s military Head of State”.

The group then urged the PDP and its leaders to consider apologising to all Nigerians for wasting everyone’s time with their frivolous petition

 “This is the best path of honour,  even if the party itself cannot take a cue from one of its key leaders Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state who was quick to break ranks and congratulate the President.

“But instead, they have chosen to subject the country to more insults with their poorly framed reaction to a judgement that some of Nigeria’s best lawyers have hailed.

 “And just like the Information Minister Lai Mohammed has said, ’PDP and its candidate should be thanking their stars that they are not being prosecuted for coming to court with fraudulently-obtained evidence’ which the tribunal easily dismissed,” it added. 

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Culture, Veritable Tool For Peace, Sustainable Development – Minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has
tasked the Director Generals and Chief Executive Officers of agencies
in the Culture Sector to explore culture as a potent tool for
promoting peace and sustainable development in the country.

The Minister gave the challenge in Abuja on Tuesday when he received
the Director Generals and the Chief Executive Officers of the agencies
on a courtesy visit.

“In particular, I want to challenge you to explore and exploit the
possibility of using culture as a tool for peace and sustainable
development in our country. As you are aware, we are presently beset
with a myriad of social vices, including ethno-religious crisis,
banditry, terrorism, kidnapping, drug abuse and child trafficking.

“These problems are not unconnected to the breakdown in moral values
and increasing disregard for our cultural values,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed reminded the DGs and CEOs of the role of culture in
ensuring societal peace and sustainable development, as well as
strengthening international relations, which was at the core of this
year’s World Cultural Day with the theme “Culture for Sustainable
Peace and Development”.

He said that at the moment, the country needs cultural renaissance in
order to inculcate the values that promote peace and unity among the
citizens.

The Minister, who said his reappointment is a mark of the confidence
reposed in him by the President and the appreciation of the modest
successes achieved by the ministry in the first term, urged the heads
of the agencies to gird their loins in readiness for more work, as the
Buhari Administration takes the nation to the Next Level.

In his remarks, the Leader of the delegation and the Director General
of the National Council For Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe,
said the DGs and CEOs came to congratulate the Minister and to thank
the President for re-appointing him as the Minister of Information and
Culture.

“My colleagues from the Culture Sector said it has become necessary to
come and join you in celebrating and thanking God for this
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he said, noting that this is the
first time a minister is being returned to his seat in this sector.

Other members of the delegation are the Acting Director Generals of
the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation, Mrs. Ndidi
Aimienwauu; National Gallery of Art, Dr. Simon Ikpakronyi; National
Institute For Hospitality and Tourism, Alhaji Momoh Kabiru; National
Commission for Museums and Monuments, Mr. Aliyu Abdu and the Acting
Executive Secretary, National Institute For Cultural Orientation, Mr.
Louis Eriomala.

Segun Adeyemi
SA To Hon Minister of Information and Culture

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FG To License Online Radio, TV Stations

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved wide ranging reforms in the
broadcasting industry, including the licensing of online radio and
television stations.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who
disclosed this in Abuja on Friday when he received members of the
Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) on a courtesy visit, was
responding to a request made by BON for the review of the
Broadcasting Code.

“I just want to use this opportunity to inform you that Mr. President
has actually already approved a review of the Broadcast Code that is
going to take care of many of the issues you have already raised here.

“In particular, the President has approved that WebTVs and radio stations,
including foreign broadcasters beaming signals into Nigeria, will be
licensed because we must bring sanity into this industry. Mr.
President has also approved a wide range of reforms in the industry
which, at the appropriate platform, I will let you know,” he said.

The Minister, who promised to carry along members of BON in the review
of the Broadcasting Code, restated the commitment of the present
administration to free media.

“I have said it on many platforms that this administration is not
about to gag the press. No! But we will appeal to the press to please
self-regulate for the sake of this country and also for the sake of
the industry itself,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed also appealed to BON to partner with the government in
the promotion of peaceful co-existence and cohesion in order to
engender progress and national development.

“Today, if anybody listens to what is being said on some radio or
television stations, you will think that this country is at war or that
Christians actually cannot live with Muslims or that there is a
dichotomy between the North and the South. I think we need to appeal
to you to use your platforms for the unity and cohesion of the
country,” he said.

In his remarks, the Acting Chairman of BON, Sir Godfrey Ohuabunwa,
said the re-appointment of the Minister was deserving because he
brought life and great innovation to the broadcast industry during the
first tenure of the administration.

He pledged the readiness of BON to key into the government’s agenda,
especially the fight against fake news.

Segun Adeyemi
SA To Hon. Minister of Information and Culture

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Abuja Lawyer Sues Lai Mohammed Over Alleged ‘False Claims’ Against Onnoghen

An Abuja based lawyer, Johnmary Jideobi, has filed a suit against the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, over an alleged ‘false’ claim he made on the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, that he ran a suspicious transaction running into dollars.

Premium Times reported that the suit, which was filed by the plaintiff has Mr Mohammed as the defendant.

According to Mr Jideobi in the suit, the minister made reckless statements.

“I know as a fact that the Defendant was extremely reckless in levying an accusation of gargantuan magnitude against the country’s highest judicial office and had no reason to believe in the truth of his assertion of traces of suspicious transactions running into millions of dollars to the suspended CJN’s personal accounts.

“I know as a fact that obvious lies the Defendant peddled against the Honourable Justice Onnoghen Nkanu Walter Samuel was aimed to destroy him thereby making a caricature of the country’s highest judicial office and turning the entire Judiciary of a nation into a laughing stock,” Mr Jideobi added.

The plaintiff wants the court to determine the following:

“Whether or not upon a dispassionate reading and complete understanding of Rule 1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners 2007 [enacted by the General Bar Council pursuant to the Legal Practitioners Act] vis-à-vis the affidavit of the Plaintiff, the Defendant has failed to maintain a high standard of professional conduct and engaged in conducts unbecoming of a legal practitioner.

“Whether or not upon a dispassionate reading and complete understanding of Rule 1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners 2007 [enacted by the General Bar Council pursuant to the Legal Practitioners Act] vis-à-vis the affidavit of the Plaintiff this is not a deserving case for this Honourable Court to refer the Defendant to the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee for disciplinary action?

“Upon the determination of the above question, the plaintiff is, therefore, seeking a court declaration, that upon a dispassionate reading and complete understanding of Rule 1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners 2007 [enacted by the General Bar Council pursuant to the Legal Practitioners Act] vis-à-vis the affidavit of the Plaintiff, the Defendant has failed to maintain a high standard of professional conduct and engaged in conducts unbecoming of a legal practitioner.

“A declaration of this Honourable Court that upon a dispassionate reading and complete understanding of Rule 1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners 2007 [enacted by the General Bar Council pursuant to the Legal Practitioners Act] vis-à-vis the affidavit of the Plaintiff this is a deserving case for this Honourable Court to refer the Defendant to the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee for disciplinary action.”

Consequent upon this, Mr Jideobi is seeking an order of court “committing the Defendant forthwith to the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee [LPDC] for proper disciplinary action”.

He also seeks a public apology from Mr Mohammed.

“An order of this Honourable Court commanding the defendant to write a letter of apology and address same to the Body of Bencher reversing himself on the false allegation he laid against the Honourable Justice Onnoghen Walter Samuel and cause same to be published on two National Dailies within Seven (7) days from the date of the delivery of judgment herein and consequently file [at the Registry of this Court] an affidavit of compliance with the said publication attached.”

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FG Exposes PDP’s Plan To Orchestrate Crisis, Trigger Panic Ahead Of Polls

With just a few days to the Presidential and National Assembly
elections, the Federal Government has alerted the nation to the
last-minute desperate plot by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to
orchestrate a crisis and trigger a sense of panic among the populace,
in furtherance of their plan to discredit the election and cause a
constitutional crisis.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister of Information
and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the plot confirms the alarm
raised by the Federal Government on Jan. 21st and Feb. 3rd 2019 that
the PDP is planning to scuttle the election and, where that fails,
discredit it.

He said in the days ahead, PDP bigwigs, including its presidential
candidate Atiku Abubakar, his running mate Peter Obi, PDP Governors
and others, are planning a world press conference in order to level
frivolous and unfounded allegations against the federal government and
the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Alhaji Mohammed said that part of the false allegations they plan to
make is that the Presidency, in connivance with the APC, is planning
to force the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to
announce presidential election results that are favourable to the
government in power, on the basis of the false premise that the APC’s
intelligence team is worried that the ruling party would lose the elections.

He said the PDP bigwigs also plan to use their world press conference
to further disparage the Buhari Administration as well as the ruling
APC, with a view to painting an unfavourable image of both to
Nigerians and the international community and to put the government on
the defensive in the run-up to the polls.

The Minister said the PDP’s last joker is a two-hour live press
conference to be addressed by the PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola
Ologbodiyan, on Feb. 14th, the last day of electioneering campaign, to
chronicle all their concocted allegations and lies against the ruling
government, cast aspersion on government and ruling party officials
and throw innuendos here and there.

”As electioneering campaign winds down, the PDP has realized that it
cannot possibly win a free, fair and credible polls. It has thus
resorted to engaging in red herring, hauling insults and abuses at
federal government and ruling party officials and making outlandish
allegations with a view to creating a sense of panic and crisis.

”The truth is that President Muhammadu Buhari, a man respected
globally for his integrity, has continuously assured that the
elections will be free, fair, credible and peaceful. He has warmly
welcomed observers, both local and foreign., because he has nothing to
hide, and because he is sure that the achievements of his
Administration will win him re-election.

”We are therefore calling on all Nigerians and the international
community to disregard any attempt to scuttle or discredit the polls.
We urge observers to keep an open mind. There is no cause for alarm,
except in the warped imagination of the PDP, which has entered the
panic mode and is already ruing the loss of another general election
even before it has been held,” he said.

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Buhari Administration’s Achievements Have Rattled Atiku, PDP – Minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the
massive achievements of the Buhari Administration have rattled the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji
Atiku Abubakar.

Reacting to the statement from Abubakar’s media aide, over the
widely-circulated testimony series of the Federal Ministry of
Information and Culture to showcase the Administration’s achievements,
the Minister said the action of the PDP candidate amounts to an
acknowledgement of the Administration’s impressive achievements.

He dismissed as ‘acute paranoia’ the allegation by the former Vice
President that the APC-led federal government is using state resources
for electioneering campaign.

Alhaji Mohammed however said, in a statement issued in Ilorin on
Friday, that it is up to those who made the accusation on the use of
state resources for electioneering campaign to prove it, in line with
the maxim that he who alleges must prove.

”In publicising the activities and achievements of the federal
government, the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture is only
carrying out its statutory role. Long before the elections, the
Ministry has used various platforms, including Town Hall Meetings, to
showcase the activities and achievements of the Administration.

”We understand that the PDP and the Atiku Campaign Organization have
been rattled by the achievements as well as the effectiveness of the
campaign to showcase them. We are sorry we can’t help them,” Alhaji
Mohammed said.

He however expressed surprise that the PDP that said the Buhari
Administration has not achieved anything has now turned around to
admit that the media is awash with video testimonies from Nigerians on
the Administration’s achievements.

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Stop Dancing On The Graves Of Offa Robbery Victims, Minister Warns Saraki

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has
warned the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to stop dancing on the
graves of the innocent souls who died in the April 5, 2018 armed
robbery attack in Offa.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Monday by his media aide, Mr. Segun
Adeyemi, the Minister repeated his earlier warning against playing
politics with the unfortunate incident, after Dr. Saraki said in a
radio interview that he donated 10 million Naira when he visited Offa
to commiserate with the people in the aftermath of the robbery, even
when (he said) the amount that was stolen from the robbed banks’
vaults was 7 million Naira.

The Minister said the overly aggressive and crude response by Dr.
Saraki to that warning has shown that he is not ready to heed the
admonition, hence the need to re-state it, and to condemn any attempt
to denominate human lives in Naira and Kobo.

Alhaji Mohammed said that in the wake of his warning, the apparently
embarrassing radio interview was hurriedly edited to remove all
references to the Offa robbery and then re-aired across Kwara state.

”Instead of stopping at that, which in itself constitutes an
acceptance of wrong-doing, Dr. Saraki went ahead to hurl insults at
me, even when I have been largely restrained in issuing my earlier
warning. Had I not been restrained, I would have gone ahead to divulge
what actually transpired.

”For example, the claim by Dr. Saraki that he donated 10 million
Naira to care for the victims of the Offa robbery is patently false.
He did not! The 10 million he referred to was donated when the Offa
market got burnt, and it was made in Ilorin, not Offa. When Dr Saraki
visited Offa to commiserate with the community in the aftermath of the
robbery, he did not donate a dime! I challenge him to prove me wrong.

”But with politics in the air, the truth becomes the first casualty.
Realizing that he goofed, Dr. Bukola apparently caused the radio
interview in question to be edited to remove the donation reference,
and then re-aired. Is it not an irony that the people who engaged
in this egregious act of dishonesty are the same ones calling others
names?” the Minister queried.

He said he will continue to steer the debate on the political
developments in Kwara State to issues rather than exchange of personal
insults, which he has always been averse to.

”The people of Kwara, who are bone-tired of the long years of
‘bolekaja’ governance in the state, are all saying in one voice, ‘O to
ge’ (enough is enough), and will soon have the opportunity to express
their frustration with their votes,” the Minister said.

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Don’t Play Politics With Offa Calamity, Minister Warns

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has chided some political actors in Kwara State for attempting to trivialize the April 5, 2018 robbery attack in Offa that left 33 people dead, saying claims of compensating the victims in monetary terms cannot equate the lives lost in the incident.

The Minister, who made the remarks in Offa, Kwara State, on Saturday at the 2018 Ijakadi Festival, described the efforts to trivialize the dastardly act as indecent, and called on the people to condemn any attempt to play politics with human lives.

“In recent days, there have been attempts by some political desperadoes to trivialize the calamity that befell this community when
those armed robbers attacked banks and the police station, among others. These desperadoes were quoted as saying that when they visited this town to commiserate with the people after the attack, they
donated 10 million Naira, even when what was stolen from the banks’ vault was 7 million Naira.

”Now, let us ask them: How many of those who were killed in that attack have they also been able to bring back? How
can any sane person equate human life with money? No amount of money is worth any human life. And no one should play politics with human life. All people of conscience must condemn this glib comment by a
desperate political warlord,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed commended the resilience of the people of Offa for organizing such an elaborate festival, despite the calamity that befell their community this year, saying it is not surprising because Ijakadi festival itself is a celebration of the Offa virtues of strength and determination, as well as equity, justice and wisdom.

He expressed delight that the people of Offa have resolved that never again will any armed robber, hoodlum or brigand shed the blood of any innocent person in the town by raising 700 million Naira to build an ultra modern Mobile Police Force Barracks in the community.

The Minister said in keeping with the mandate of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture to develop and promote national festivals, a manager of the Ijakadi Festival has been nominated to attend a training on festival management in Ghana.

“In line with our promise during the 2017 Ijakadi Festival, to help train the managers of this festival, I am happy to announce that come January 2019, a manager of the Ijakadi Festival will be travelling to Ghana to attend the training which is being organized by the Ministry in collaboration with the British Council. I congratulate the nominee and I am sure he or she will make the best use
of this opportunity,” he said.

In his remarks, the Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II, said the Ijakadi Festival is aimed at sustaining the cultural heritage of the people and fostering cohesion in Offa community and its environs.

“Today, the Ijakadi Festival has, of course, attracted national attention, corporate bodies and government at all levels. Without any iota of doubt, this festival has brought development and benefits to Offa Community,” he said.

Highlights of the Ijikadi Festival include the traditional wrestling, homage to the Oba by the various districts, horse racing, hairdo and traditional attire display, as well as Moremi showpiece.

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Rid Kwara of Criminals, Minister Charges Police

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has called on the Nigeria Police Force to redouble its effort towards ridding Kwara State of criminals and miscreants.

The Minister, who made the call at the commissioning of an ultra-modern Mobile Police Barracks built by the Offa Community in Kwara State on Thursday, said recent events have shown that hoodlums and miscreants are still very much active in the state.
“With what Offa people have done today, they have given you (the police) the necessary support to rid not just Offa but the entire Kwara State of hoodlums, cultists, armed robbers and all undesirables.

“This is a call to duty and I want to call on the police in Kwara State to redouble their effort in ensuring that Kwara State is safe for all,” he said, adding that this was necessary to create a secure and peaceful atmosphere for development to thrive in the state.

“Those who witnessed what happened a few days ago in the state will agree with me that cultists, hoodlums, hooligans and brigands arestill very much active in Kwara State,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed said it has become expedient for the police to act now and secure the environment, especially in the run-up to the 2019 general elections.

“You must please ensure that every citizen of this state is free to cast his vote and that his vote will not only be counted but his vote will count, and the only way you can assure us of this is by ensuring that you rid the state of all criminal elements before elections,” he The Minister commended the Offa community for providing a befitting
barracks for the Mobile Police Force in the town, in view of the series of robberies in the area, especially the April 5, 2018 attack that left 33 people dead.

In his remarks, the Inspector General of Police, who was represented by the Commissioner of Police in charge of Mobile Police, Mr. Lawal Jimeta, said the Squadron Base was strategically located to check violent crime in Offa and the adjourning states of Ekiti, Osun and Kogi.

Also speaking, the Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi, said the community spent N700 million to build the Mobile Police Barracks within six months.

The barracks boasts of one 3-bedroom and 44 two-bedroom flats, as well as an Administrative block, an Armoury, a Guard House and a Communication Room, among other facilities.
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FG Urges Police To Protect Citizens In Kwara

The federal government has urged the Nigeria Police Force to redouble their effort and ensure protection of lives and property in Kwara state.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the call at the official inauguration of the Ultra Modern Mobile Police Barrack built by Offa Community and donated to the Nigeria Police, along Ojoku road in Offa Local government area of the state.

The Minister urged the police to ensure better security in the state and environs.

He advised that the robbery incident should not be allowed to occur in the communities.

The governor of Kwara State, Alhaji  Abdulfatah Ahmed who was represented by his special adviser on security , Alhaji  Hamza  Bello assured the people that his administration would continue to provide necessary logistics to ensure adequate security of lives and property.

In a  remarks, the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji  Ibrahim Idris, represented by the CP Mopol, Lawal  Jimeta gave the assurance that the Mobile Police Barracks in Offa would serve the purpose.

 

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FG Tasks Journalists On Professionalism

Minister of Information and cultural, Alhaji Lai Mohammed wants journalists to be critical of their role in ensuring a peaceful society by exhibiting high level professionalism towards a credible 2019 general elections.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed stated this in his message to the opening of the sixth triennial delegate’s conference of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Abeokuta.

The theme for the conference is “Media, Hate Speeches And 2019 General Elections in Nigeria: a Democratic Participant or Democratized Press.”

The triennial delegate conference of members of the Nigeria Union of journalists enables Men of the Pen Profession across the Country to converge again in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital venue of the event to chart the way forward for the journalism profession.

In his Address, the Minister of Information and Culture, represented by a director in the ministry, Mrs Omolara Esan described the theme of conference as apt, noting that Hate Speeches and fake news were highly destructive and must always be avoided to prevent rancor and clashes within the society.

Also speaking Governor of Ogun State, represented by the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga noted that the government is committed to an independence and Unbiased electoral system calling on journalists to collaborate with government so as to have credible General Elections come 2019.

 

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Ignore Jittery PDP, Gear Up For Rerun, APC Charges Osun Voters

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Campaign Council for the Osun Governorship Election has urged
the party’s members in the areas where the state’s election rerun will be held on Thursday to ignore the rantings of the PDP and turn out enmasse to vote for the ruling party.

In a statement in Abuja by the Chairman of the Council’s Media Committee, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Council said the threat by the opposition Peopls Democratic Party (PDP) that it would challenge, in court, INEC’s declaration of last Saturday’s election as inconclusive is nothing but sheer bravado, especially as the opposition party is afraid of losing the rerun.

It said the PDP may also have contrived the court threat as a way of distracting the APC and its members ahead of the rerun, calling that distraction strategy dead on arrival.

”The PDP knows that the so-called court challenge which it has threatened to mount will not fly, especially because the highest court in the land has already pronounced on the issue of whether or not INEC has the powers to declare an election inconclusive

”The PDP is not unaware of the pronouncement of the Supreme Court in the case of James Abiodun Faleke Vs INEC and others, that  INEC has the duty of conducting elections and that, besides the constitutional provisions, it is guided by the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and the Election Guidelines and Manual issued for its officials in
accordance with the Act,” the Council said.

It said that since the PDP had boasted that its candidate will win if the Osun Governorship Election is conducted over and over again, the party should stop being jittery and put its money where its mouth is by willingly participating in the rerun.

The Council said, however, that if the PDP chooses to boycott Thursday’s rerun out of fear, the party’s right to do so will be respected.

”The PDP, after its failed mission to win Saturday’s election at all cost, is shopping for an illegal shortcut to victory by threatening a court action over an issue that has been settled. It’s a sheer waste of time. Let the PDP drop its pretension and get ready to be defeated in Thursday’s rerun. Alternatively, it can withdraw to save face,” the Council said.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed
Chairman
APC Campaign Council Media Committee

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