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Outcome Of NGF Elections Signals Dangerous Message of Impunity – Fashola

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Babatunde Raji-FasholaGovernor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) of Lagos State has described the controversial outcome of last month’s Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) election in Abuja as a show of impunity.

He also fingered the country’s law officers as the key promoters of the culture of impunity and cited the example of Ekiti State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, where he alleged that a lawyer filed an application to the Supreme Court even with the fore-knowledge that such cases end at the Court of Appeal.

Fashola, who stated this in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Hakeem Bello, noted that what happened after the NGF election, “sends a very dangerous message, a message of impunity. The message is that in the contest, if we do not win then we must not accept the result.”

The governor said: “With the development, can you now look at the Commissioner of Police in the face and say they have not done their work? But I will respond to the situation the only way I know which is the law court; because I cannot sit down and allow that kind of impunity to sustain.

“We must no longer leave them to it because they are not giving up. For every inch we give they take a quarter and for every quarter we give they take a mile. And then after a time there will be no place for us to yield.

“All of the things we thought could not happen in Nigeria have happened and they will continue to happen unless we put a stop to it. The level of impunity that I see in our country gives me cause for concern.

“I think, as professionals and as leaders of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the time to start doing something was yesterday; because it will consume us if we do not return to the values upon which foundations of this country were laid, the values that demand that what is wrong is stated as wrong.

“If we do not put our feet down, it will be disastrous for our country. We can lead that change. We do not need a multitude to do so. We just need men and women who will not buckle under pressure; men who will not sell their soul for a mess of pottage. That’s all that it takes.”

He, therefore, urged the law officers “to stop accepting briefs that do not uphold the principles and values of integrity and transparency. We must find in us the capacity again to speak the truth to those in authority. We must find capacity also to say no when it is wrong.”

He said the impunity was sustained because those involved found willing hands among the ranks and file of law officers.

“It is a reflection of impunity because there must be a time when contests come to an end and people accept that it is finished. You can imagine what happens in a field of play when a referee says it is finished and one of the teams says ‘no we must continue because we have not yet scored so you cannot call it off,” he said.

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Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory

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Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory

Eyitayo Jegede

Eyitayo Jegede, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the October 10, 2020, governorship election of Ondo State, has challenged the victory of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in the exercise.

Jegede, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, filed a petition at the election petition tribunal sitting in Akure on Friday.

The PDP candidate has also joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress, and the deputy governor-elect, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, in the petition.

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Jegede is challenging the election on four grounds including “That the election was marred by irregularities and pockets of violence and intimidation”.

He also faulted the emergence of Governor Akeredolu as the candidate of the APC during its governorship primary election held on the 20th of July 2020.

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AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George

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AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George

Bode George

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic  Party (PDP) Chief Bode George has described the collection of internally generated revenue in Lagos state by a private firm called AlphaBeta, which earns around N7.5bn ($19 million) monthly as sacrilegious.

The former National Port Authority (NPA) called on the state government to block all forms of revenue leakages.

He made this known while speaking on Arise TV on Friday morning.

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“There are so many leakages in the Lagos State Government purse. Take this AlphaBeta; who owns this AlphaBeta? What is the essence of the AlphaBeta? Where else in the world would you have an Inland Revenue Service, who have their own staff who are supposed to go out and collect the fees, but you have an independent company to be supposedly collecting the internally generated revenue from our state?

“It grosses around N50bn (about $130m) a month and you know how much that company (AlphaBeta) is paid 15% of it, that’s N7.5bn in thirty days going to the company, that is a leakage, that is sacrilegious.”

 

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.

According to reports, the Kano State Governor who had earlier suspended his media aide for condemning President Muhammadu Buhari over #EndSARS protests reinstated the aide without many details.

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Yakasai on his Twitter account had accused Buhari of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians during the #EndSARS protests across the nation.

The development saw Governor Ganduje suspend his aide who was commended by Nigerians for the courage.

Ganduje, however, has ordered the reinstatement of his aide two weeks after his suspension.

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