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OGD, Bamidele’s Entrance Into Labour Party Forces National Legal Adviser To Resign

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labour partyThe Labour Party has been hit by crisis following the resignation of its National Legal Adviser, Mr. Biodun Fasakin on Wednesday.

Fasakin linked his resignation to what he called the wrongful composition of the State Working Committee of the party and the defection of a member of the House of Representatives, Opeyemi Bamidele, into the party.

Fasakin noted that Bamidele’s acceptance into the party and the imposition of the Akin Omole-led interim executives in Ekiti State flouted the party’s constitution.

Speaking at a press briefing in Ado Ekiti on the recent development in the LP yesterday, Fasakin said the party’s constitution was being flouted in Ekiti and Ogun states.

He argued that the party could have conducted a state congress to elect its executive members rather than imposing candidates.

His letter dated January 6, 2014, and addressed to the National Chairman of the party, Mr. Dan Iwuanyanwu, Fasakin said, “LP is a party that could easily capture power if system is allowed to work in accordance with the constitution of the party without recurrent arbitrary manipulations.

“The latest happenings in the party are aberrations and palpable disregard for due process.

“It is against this backdrop that I, hereby, formally notify you of my resignation as the National Legal Adviser of the Labour Party forthwith”.

He stated further that allowing Bamidele’s men to hijack the party in Ekiti State at the expense of the validly elected members could spell doom for the party.

In apparent reference to the way the former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, hijacked the party, Fasakin said, “There are rules a new entrant must follow before he can be accepted.

“He must declare at the ward and local government levels. But nothing of such happened in the case of Bamidele and Gbenga Daniel and the party ignored my advice which I cannot overlook”, he added.

 

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

Dave Umahi

Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has commended Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, for joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”

Also Read: Gov. Umahi Sacks Political Appointees From Ohaukwu LGA

Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.

He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

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Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

Also Read: Oyetola Bans Sales Of School Uniforms

“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

Mahmood Yakubu

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.

He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.

In the red chambers, when queried for the reason there is always a low turnout of voters during elections, Prof. Yakubu explained that Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns, so they stay home during elections.

He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.

Also Read: Senate Committee Screens Yakubu For INEC Chair Today

“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.

“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’

“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.

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