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Ondo APC Primary: Oke Faults Use Of “Illegal” Delegates’ List

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Olusola OkeOne of the leading aspirants in the last Saturday’s governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State, Olusola Oke, has alleged irregularities in the process.

Mr. Oke said the governorship primary, which returned a former National President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) as winner, was marred by irregularities.

According to him, over 500 illegal delegates were included in the list of delegates, while authentic voters were denied the opportunity to vote.

Speaking through his Director of Campaign, Bola Fisayo, in Akure, the state capital on Sunday, Mr. Oke said the illegal delegates were not constitutionally elected as delegates of the party.

“The illegal delegates voted because the organizers introduced a delegates manifest with which tags were issued and which admitted the delegates into the centre”, said Mr. Oke, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2012 governorship election in the state.

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The aspirant insisted that the list of delegates used deferred from the authentic list, pointing out that some delegates were deliberately omitted and replaced with those who were not elected as officials of the party.

Mr. Oke, who had an impressive outing by scoring 576 votes to come third behind Olusegun Abraham despite joining the APC in March, 2015, also alleged that the “illegal” voters were used to rig the election after they were given multiple ballot papers to vote for a particular candidate.

“We have made representations to the appeals committee already, hoping that it would look into the process”, he said.

Mr. Oke was reluctant to congratulate Mr. Akeredolu after the latter was declared winner in the early hours of Sunday, saying he would review the exercise and come out with a position.

He also said those insinuating that he would leave the party if he failed to win the primary, were only expressing their personal opinions.

In a swift reaction, the Ondo APC spokesman, Omo’oba Adesanya, said the primary was transparent and devoid of any form of malpractices.

He also countered the argument that the list of delegates used was not the authentic one.

According to the party spokesman, the list earlier available to aspirants was not authentic because it did not have the names of some elected officials who should be there.

“For example, the name of the Woman Leader, South, who has been in that position for the past two years was not in that list of delegates”, Mr. Adesanya said.

“These issues were raised and the Appeals Committee made a recommendation, but congress could not implement that list before the 2015 election and so the faulted list continued to be in use.

“Now that the national body got interested, Kekemeke (state party chairman) had no choice but to submit the authentic list which was used by the organising committee of the primary”.

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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
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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