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Ekiti Crisis: Court Strikes Out 19 APC Lawmakers’ Suit Against Fayose



APC-FayoseA Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday struck out a suit filed by the 19 All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers, challenging the removal of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Adewale Omirin, and his deputy, Adesegun Orisalade.

Justice Saliu Saidu, who gave the ruling, awarded a cost of N100, 000 against Mr. Omirin and 18 other lawmakers.

The judge struck out the suit after listening to the submission of the counsel to the APC lawmakers, Norrison Quackers, represented by Onyeka Ofoegbu.

He had urged the court to strike out the suit without cost.

Counsel to the defendants, Kayode Olufala, urged the court to dismiss the plaintiffs’ suit with a substantial cost.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, lawmakers, while urging the court to dismiss plaintiffs’ suit, supported their application with the provisions of Order 15 Rule 2 (1) of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rules.

Mr. Saidu said: “I have gone through the notice of discountenance and objection filed by the defendants, urging the court to dismiss the plaintiffs’ suit.

“The defendants have taken steps in this case by the processes they filed, saying this case ought to be dismissed and not struck out.

“The issue in a situation like this where the defendants have taken steps is left at the discretion of the court in the case of Rear Admiral Ebi Borpeni Vs Darabella Nigeria Ltd; 2014.

“However, this issue has been well discussed in the case of Abayomi Babatunde Vs Pan Atlantic Shipping and Transport Agency Ltd and others where the court was urged not to close the door of justice.

“In the present democratic setting in this country, I am cautioned to take the path of striking out the case rather than dismissal.

“I hereby strike out this case with a cost of N100, 000 against the plaintiffs in favour of the first to eight and twelve to fourteen defendants”.

The APC lawmakers had challenged the removal of Omirin and his deputy.

The suit which was filed in December 2014, was seeking, among others, an order restraining the factional Speaker of the House, Dele Olugbemi, and his deputy, Olayinka Abeni, from either parading themselves as or executing duties in the capacity of the leaders of the House.

But the lawmakers, through their counsel, Quakers (SAN), had on April 9, filed a notice dated April 7 to discontinue the case.

Though no reason was given in the notice of discontinuance of the suit, the action followed the argument by Fayose that Omirin and Orisalade lacked the locus standi to commence any impeachment proceedings against him since they had been impeached and were currently challenging their impeachment in court.

The defendants in the suit are Olugbemi, Samuel Ajibola, Adeojo Alexander, Adeloye Adeyinka, Isreal Olowo Ajiboye, Fatunbi Olajide, and Olayinka Abeni.

Others are: Gov. Ayodele Fayose, the Department of State Security, (DSS), the Inspector General of Police, Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, Owoseni Ajayi, Kayode Oso, and Toyin Ojo (nine to fourteen defendants respectively). (NAN)


Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism



Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has named the newly built Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.

Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.

He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.

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The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC



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.”

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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



You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

Aregbesola and Oyetola

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.

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“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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