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Adeyemi vs. Melaye: Election Tribunal Adjourns To September 8

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Dino Melaye-Smart AdeyemiThe election petition tribunal sitting in Lokoja on Saturday fixed September 8 for the hearing of a petition filed by Smart Adeyemi against the election of Dino Melaye.

Mr. Melaye of the All Progressives Congress, APC, defeated Mr. Adeyemi of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; to emerge senator representing Kogi West.

The Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Akon Ikpeme, fixed the date while closing pre-hearing in the petition challenging the election of Mr. Melaye.

Before closing the pre-hearing session, the tribunal also granted Mr. Adeyemi’ s prayers to call additional witnesses and admitted the report of the recounted ballot papers in 21 polling units.

The petitioner’s prayer for determination of the primary election of the 1st and 2nd respondents was also granted by the tribunal.

In addition, the tribunal also granted the request of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to withdraw its amended motion of reply to the petition filed by Mr. Adeyemi on April 3.

The INEC‘s oral application to strike out some paragraphs in its motion was similarly granted by the tribunal.

However, in fixing the date for the hearing of petition proper, Mr. Ikpem ruled that Mr. Adeyemi, INEC and Mr. Melaye would only be allowed two days to open and close their cases.

She also ruled that 30 minutes would be given for cross-examination of witnesses; 10 minutes for cross-examination of other counsel’s witnesses; while all documents must be filled before September 7 and shown to other counsels involved.

However, the 2nd respondent, APC, was granted 20 minutes for cross-examination, 30 minutes for examination of expert witnesses and 10 minutes for cross-examination of other counsel’s witnesses.

Mr. Adeyemi is challenging the election of March 28, which brought Mr. Melaye as the senator representing the Kogi West senatorial district, on grounds of irregularities in the results of the election.

He is also asking the tribunal to disqualify Mr. Melaye for being improperly nominated as a candidate for the election by the APC.

In addition, Mr. Adeyemi wants the tribunal to declare him the winner or order fresh elections in the disputed polling.

(NAN)

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

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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

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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.”

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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

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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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