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Ogun 2019: ‘Buruji Kashamu can’t be PDP guber candidate – Party’s chairman



The Ogun State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), under the Chairmanship of Hon. Sikirulahi Ogundele, has assured the people of the state that Hon. Ladi Adebutu would still be substituted with Senator Kashamu Buruji, representing Ogun East at the senate, as the governorship candidate of the party in the state.
Ogundele said in a statement released and signed on his behalf by the Party’s Publicity Secretary in the state, Alhaji Malik Ibitoye, that Kasahmu Buruji was only rolling in political fantasy by saying that he is the party’s Governorship candidate in Ogun State.
The party chairman added in the statement, which was made available to journalists on Monday, that it was laughable that someone of Buruji’s antecedent and character could be parading himself as a governorship candidate of a respected state like Ogun.
“We are very sure that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would still substitute Buruji with our candidate for the election, Hon. Ladipo Adebutu, a member of the Federal House of Representatives representing Ikenne/Sagamu/Remo North Areas of the state.
“How could someone that is still battling extradition to the United States of America over drug related cases be the governorship candidate of the PDP in Ogun State. The whole shenanigan is nothing but a political comedy that would soon come to an end.
“We are surprised that Buruji could contemplate gunning for a state governorship, when he ought to be in prison by now. He is only buying time with the latest development and our party cannot afford to miss this golden opportunity of ruling Ogun State by presenting an unpopular candidate such as Buruji at the 2019 polls,” Ogundele was quoted to have said in the statement.
Ibitoye quoted Ogundele to have stated that it should be noted that Senator Kasahmu Buruji did not participate in the governorship primaries of the PDP supervised by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party and that the candidate of Buruji in the election, Mr. Leke Shittu, who was said to have withdrawn his candidature for the “controversial politician” was his Personal Assistant” and a stooge of the politician.
The politician added in the statement that it is not a secret that all the candidates produced by Buruji’s faction of the PDP in the state for the 2019 general elections for the state house of assembly seats, house of representatives seats and the senate were made to write withdrawal letters.
He alleged that the candidates would have been substituted by Senator Buruji with those who could offer him huge sums of money, but that this was frustrated by the INEC.
“We are very sure that the truth will prevail on the long run and Hon. Ladi Adebutu would be given the position that rightly belongs to him by a court of competent jurisdiction that is handling the case.
“That is why we are appealing to the people of Ogun State to remain calm as we are sure of victory at the court of law.
“All the facts are there that we are duly recognised by the leaders of the party as the group that has the mandate to present candidates for the various seats in the election from governorship to the house of assembly, house of representatives and the senate.
“The likes of Senator Kashamu Buruji and his supporters are only buying time and wasting their money and resources because they are not even recognized by the national chapter of the party. We have no doubt that we will achieve victory in due course,” the statement read in part.
Ogundele made it clear that the PDP, under his leadership in the state, is set to take over from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), which he accused of bastardizing the state and squandering the resources of the gateway state.
According to him, “Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led government has failed Ogun State and the people of the state are tired of this lack lustre government that has nothing good to offer the state.
“The people of Ogun Stage know that their future is in their hands and they are ready to be delivered from this Pharaoh, who wants them to remain perpetually in Egypt rather than becoming free and moving to Canaanland,” adding that the “Egyptians we see today, we will see them no more from 2019.”
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Ogun: You are frivolous, A’Court tells Labour Party …as Gov Abiodun wins again




The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan yesterday (Friday) dismissed the appeal by the Labour Party against the election of Prince Dapo Abiodun as Governor of Ogun State.

The Court came described the Labour Party’s repeated challenge of the Ogun State Governor as lacking merit and outrightly frivolous.

Court upheld the submission of Abiodun and All Progressives Congress (APC) counsel, Barrister Wale Abeeb Ajayi that the Governor was duly elected and calling for the invalidation of the poll that returned him could not stand legal requirements for nullification of elections.

The LP went on appeal after losing at the Tribunal for the third time in its quest to use the Court to cancel the March 9 gubernatorial election in Ogun State.

On July 13 when the LP went to challenge the outcome of the polls, the Tribunal in Abeokuta led by Justice Ali Halilu dismissed the case on the ground that the tribunal had dismissed the Petition pursuant to the provisions of paragraph 46(3) of the Schedule to the Electoral Act, 2010 as amended.

The Appeal was filed by Mrs Modupe Sanyaolu and Labour Party against the Governor, APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), seeking the leave of the Tribunal to reverse itself by re-listing the Petition.

Wale Habeeb Ajayi, counsel to Governor Dapo Abiodun, described the verdict yesterday as “victory for democracy. The Appeal like the petition was bound to fail. It was dead on arrival”.

The labour Party, Ajayi added, “did not submit the details of the Deputy Governorship candidate to INEC; failed to raise any complaint before the election and failed to sue INEC before election. How can they now bring up a pre-election matter for adjudication when the election had been won and lost? , he stated rhetorically.

He said further, “They also failed to appear at the tribunal on the date fixed for hearing of the frivolous petition on unfounded excuses. The tribunal has done the needful by dismissing the Petition in the first instance. Consequently, the application to relist lacks merits and tribunal rightly refused same.”

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Delta South senate: Tribunal set to determine Senator Manager’s fate



The election Petition Tribunal Panel II, presided over by Justice C. O Onyeabo has reserved judgement in the Petition filed by the Delta south senatorial candidate under the auspices of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, in the 2019 National Assembly (NASS), election against Senator James Manager, of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Dr Uduaghan, the APC candidate Petitioned through his counsel Tomson Okpoko, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) had complained before the tribunal that the election was marred by irregularities and urged the tribunal to do justice to the Petition.

The contention of the Petitioner, are among other things, that the first Respondent PDP, the second Respondent, INEC and third Respondent James Manager connived with each other to allegedly perpetrate electoral malpractices and the tribunal should cancel the election.

Dr Uduaghan, called a number of witnesses to testify on his behalf to support his claims even as the set of respondents did say.

At the adoption of the written addresses, Febude Zimugehan counsel to PDP first Respondent submitted before the tribunal that the Petitioner has not been able to substantiate his claims and that it is unmeritorouse, adding that the Petitioners have not been able to discharge the burden of proof placed on them and urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition.

The third respondent, Senator Manager, represented by Larry Selekeowei equally aligned himself with the position of the first and second Respondents and urged the tribunal to quash the Petition.

Dr Uduaghan’s counsel told the tribunal that the Petitioners have been able to prove their case and urged the tribunal to cancel the senatorial election which declared James Manager the winner.

Justice C. O Onyeabo stated that the parties would be communicated on the date of judgement.

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Lagos speaker, Obasa, sets up 16 man committee to screen Sanwo-Olu’s commissioner-nominees



Speaker Mudashiru Obasa of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday constituted a 16-man ad-hoc committee to screen Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s cabinet nominees.

Obasa, who read the list of the ad-hoc committee members, said it would be headed by Hon Rotimi Abiru, a fourth-term lawmaker, representing Somolu Constituency II.

According to Obasa, members of the screening committee are: Hon. Jimi Mohammed (Ikeja I), Hon. Yinka Ogundimu (Agege II), Hon. Abiodun Tobun (Epe I), Setonji David (Badagry II), Hon. Victor Akande (Ojo I) and Hon. Mosunmola Sangodara (Surulere II).

Others are: Hon. Mojisola Alli-Macaulay (Amuwo-Odofin I), Hon. Rasheed Makinde (Ifako-Ijaiye II), Hon. Lanre Afinni (Lagos Island II), Hon. Noheem Adams (Eti-Osa II), and Hon. Adedamola Kasunmu (Ikeja II)

The rest are: Hon. Suraju Tijani (Ojo II), Hon. Olusola Sokunle (Oshodi/Isolo I), Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh (Apapa II) and Hon. Abdulsobur Olawale (Mushin II).

The speaker directed the ad hoc committee to report back to the House in a week.

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