Hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared winner in the Saturday Senatorial bye-election held in Lagos East district, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu hosted the Senator-elect, Mr. Tokunbo Abiru, at the State House, Marina, to celebrate the victory of All Progressives Congress (APC) at the poll.
The State House erupted in jubilation, as State party chairman, Hon. Tunde Balogun, formally presented the Senator-elect, and the APC candidate who won Kosofe Constituency II bye-election, Hon. Femi Saheed, to the Governor.
Abiru polled 89,204 votes in all the 16 local councils in Lagos East district to defeat his major challenger, Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who got 11,257 votes.
Also, Saheed received 12,494 of the 15,124 total votes cast to win the Kosofe Constituency II seat.
The candidates were accompanied on the meeting with the Governor by chairman of Tokunbo Abiru Campaign Council, Ashipa Kaoli Olusanya, party leader, Chief Bode Oyedele, women leader, Hon. Jumoke Okoya-Thomas, and other party stalwarts from the district. Also, there were members of the House of Representatives from Lagos East district, including Hon. Jimi Benson, and Hon. Rotimi Agunsoye.
Sanwo-Olu described the APC’s triumph in the bye-elections as “two-fold success”, saying the results indicated the party remained the first choice for Lagosians. He said Lagos residents would always reckon with APC, given the party’s progressive credential and responsible leadership.
Sanwo-Olu said the outcome of the elections, should be seen as a result of the huge popularity, which the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu enjoys in Lagos, as well as a demonstration of faith and loyalty to Tinubu’s progressive ideas, which had transformed Lagos in physical development and economy.
He said: “For us a party, we always see our success at the polls as acceptance of our progressive governance. With almost 90 per cent margin in the Senatorial bye-election, it goes to show that APC remains the party of first choice in Lagos State. I thank our leaders and party members for supporting Abiru on this journey and delivering the victory. I particularly congratulate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his vision, his ability to diagnose challenges and pick talented individuals that will efficiently tackle the challenges.
“The victory of our party in both elections is for the people. This is a big deal for all Lagosians because Abiru won’t be a senator for the APC members alone; he is going to do the representational duty for all his Lagos East constituents and by extension, all Lagosians. The same goes for Hon. Femi Saheed. This success goes to show there’s something our party is doing well and for which it is being rewarded by the people. We won’t take this for granted; we will buckle up and show more commitment to programmes that will make Lagos greater.”
Sanwo-Olu praised Tinubu and party elders for the choice of Abiru for the senate seat, pointing out that the lawmaker-elect possessed requisite experience and career profile, which stood him out as a best candidate for the assignment.
The Governor urged the elected lawmakers to see their victory as a call to serve the people and be good ambassadors of the party in the legislative chambers.
Sanwo-Olu hailed all APC members for working together to deliver the victory for the party.
Abiru, the immediate past Managing Director of Polaris Bank, described his victory as an attestation of APC’s acceptance at the grassroots despite the recent occurrence, appreciating Sanwo-Olu for mentoring throughout the electioneering.
He said: “I have accepted this assignment with modest accomplishments both in the public and private sectors. The assurance I want to give the people is that, I will bring my experience to bear performing my roles and giving quality representation. I will always be faithful to the party and make myself accountable to the people.”
Abiru restated his commitment to his campaign promises, pledging to galvanise support for a special status for Lagos and restructuring.
The lawmaker-elect disclosed he would be setting up a personal endowment platform for the empowerment of unemployed youths and aged people in his constituency.
Balogun said APC’s victory demonstrated members’ dedication and loyalty to the party vision. He said Lagos voters used the bye-elections to show their confidence in APC, stressing that the party defeated PDP at every polling unit across areas where the protesters elections were held.
“Gbadamosi’s loss is a rejection of the PDP for supporting hoodlums in the violence at the end of EndSARS protests. Our victory in these bye-elections showed the support people have for our Government in Lagos. We thank you, Governor Sanwo-Olu, for your leadership, support and dedication to cause of the party,” Balogun said.
Breaking… Kogi APC calls for immediate arrest of SDP candidate, Ajaka, over attack on INEC Commissioner’s residence, attempted attack on Govt House, Party Secretariat
Kogi APC calls for immediate arrest of SDP candidate, Ajaka, over attack on INEC Commissioner’s residence, attempted attack on Govt House, Party Secretariat
…says SDP trying desperately to cover ‘heist committed in Kogi East’, corrupt INEC documents
The Kogi State All Progressives Congress Governorship Campaign Council has called on the Police, Department of State Services and other security agencies to immediately arrest what it described as the slide to anarchy in the state by arresting the Governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Muritala Yakubu Ajaka, and his supporters who allegedly masterminded the attack on the residence of the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state in the early hours of Friday.
The APC Campaign Council said the attack was perpetrated days after it alerted the nation of the plans of SDP thugs to attack INEC, adding that “they have finally done their worst by attacking the residence of the Kogi State INEC Commissioner, engaging security agents in a fierce gun battle and eventually burning down some vehicles in the residence and in the area.”
The Director of Media and Publicity/Spokesperson for the Campaign Council, Kingsley Fanwo, who spoke at an emergency press briefing on Friday, said, “The same arsonists also had an attempt to burn down the Kogi State Government House foiled by our eagle-eye security agents. The same attempt was foiled at the State APC Secretariat in Lokoja.”
According to the APC, the SDP in the state and their collaborators are desperate to destroy some documents in INEC to cover the heist they committed in Kogi East where they allegedly killed APC supporters “and drove them out of collation centres to forge the results that were eventually trumped by the massive votes of Kogites for the Governor-Elect.”
The Campaign Council alleged that the SDP candidate and his collaborators were attempting to corrupt certain documents in INEC before handing them to their legal team.
“We have no problem allowing legal teams to access documents and materials. It is the norm. But we won’t allow any desperate blood thirsty politician tamper with the true verdict of the Kogi people,” Fanwo declared.
He noted that “the bold-face criminality being perpetrated by the defeated SDP candidate and his violent gang of criminals was as a result of the lack of consequences over the gruesome killing of an APC supporter, Khadijat, at Kotonkarfe by agents of the SDP,” adding that they had imported thugs from neighbouring states into Kogi.
“They shamelessly came out to say Khadijat was bearing an arm. Till date, Muritala Yakubu Ajaka and his gun welding killers have been moving freely on the streets. If they had been arrested for killing an innocent woman, they wouldn’t have had the gut to attempt to attack the Kogi Resident Electoral Commissioner,” he stressed.
The Campaign Spokesperson stated, “We also told the world of plans by the SDP to burn down the INEC Office in Lokoja. We thank the Police and other security agencies for protecting the INEC Office. Frustrated by the watertight security around INEC, the gun throttling SDP criminals went to the residence of the Kogi State INEC Commissioner in an attempt to kill him. They were engaged in a fierce gun battle and they resorted to burning vehicles and other valuables around the area.
“The reason they are desperate to destroy some documents in INEC is to cover the heist they committed in Kogi East where they killed APC supporters and drove them out of collation centres to forge the results that were eventually trumped by the massive votes of Kogites for the Governor-Elect. They are attempting to corrupt certain documents in INEC before handing them to their legal team. We have no problem allowing legal teams to access documents and materials. It is the norm. But we won’t allow any desperate blood thirsty politician tamper with the true verdict of the Kogi people.
“After their violent protests a few days ago, our people have also moved to Lokoja to ensure their mandate is protected. Resorting to assassination and arson will never help the Social Democratic Party and their confused candidate.
“Now is the time to arrest Muritala Yakubu Ajaka before he throws Kogi into a state of anomie. Democracy is the expression of the wishes of the people. Those wishes have been expressed and no amount of bullets can silence the voice of the ballot. We are calling on the Police, DSS and other security agencies to immediately arrest the slide to anarchy by arresting Muritala Yakubu Ajaka and his co-swimmers in the pool of violence. We have cautioned our supporters to remain calm and the call will be more effective if the anarchists are immediately apprehended and prosecuted.
“The violence witnessed in Kogi East because of the desperation of Muritala Yakubu Ajaka was not witnessed in the West and Central. He turned himself to an outlaw, attacking the opposition, killing opposition members and boasting to go free because of his mouthed connection with certain powerful people. Kogi must not be allowed to become a lawless place and the only solution now is to use Muritala Yakubu Ajaka as a Scape goat. He was not the only one who contested the election. But he is the only one who feels he must kill everything and everyone standing on his path to his irredeemable dream of grabbing power by force. Totalitarianism has no place in a democratic setting.
“Gentlemen of the press, we will continue to preach peace and harmony. Kogi is our project and we will keep the flag flying.”
You are ignorant of Judiciary Jurisprudence’ — Labour Party Blast Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, Julius Abure Over Inpurging On Justice Integrity
‘You are ignorant of Judiciary Jurisprudence’ — Labour Party Blast Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, Julius Abure Over Inpurging On Justice Integrity
The Labour Party, LP has blasted Prof. Chidi Odinkalu and Julius Abure over their umprging of justice integrity today 1st of December, 2023.
According to the statement made available to newsmen, signed by Dr Abayomi Arabambi (FBAU), National Publicity, Secretary Labour Party, Said, “The attention of Labour party was drawn to a disparaging comments credited to the former chairman of Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Prof Chidi Odinkalu, where he allegedly described the Supreme Court’s failure to present a documented judgment on the appeal of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections, Peter Obi, as a “Supreme scandal and height of judicial malefaction.”
He said wouldn’t had bothered to dignify the reckless statement from the Illegal Labour leadership and their co traveler Prof Chidi Odinkalu but because they continue to pretend and mislead members of the public with their intellectual sophistry and claims of winning the 2023 presidential election which is a false narratives that they have the Horn of a horse.
Also, He said with this kind of unexpected expensive insults coming from a man who ought to know , then the remnants Labour party under Julius Abure a man that has been restrained by the FCT high court for Perjury, criminal conspiracy, Forgery and impersonation on April 5th 2023 from parading himself as National Chairman of our party is trying to excel in corrupt tendencies and Setting a record that is yet be beaten by any political party.
“For the benefit of the general public, the Apapa led National Working Committee of our great Party wishes to set the records straight as this political hawks are trying their best to impugn on the credibility of the justices of the supreme Court.”
“The Supreme Court held that the judgment in the appeal filed by Labour Party will abide by the judgment delivered in the PDP case.
The reason for this is very simple. The Supreme Court having carefully considered all the issues raised by both parties in the two appeals saw that they were the same.
The facts were the same and the arguments were even substantially the same. It will serve no utilitarian value for the court to write two judgments on facts and issues that are entirely the same.
The Supreme Court does not have to conduct a special proceedings first to be able to do that. It’s a matter of procedure and having held that the Obi’s appeal will abide by the decision of the Atiku’s case, this implies that the judgment delivered in Atiku also qualify as Obi’s judgment.
There is no need in law for the court to prepare a different judgment for Obi or Labour Party. It will be cosmetic surplusage for the court to prepare a different judgment for LP or Obi.
Please, Peter Obi and his followers should please be guided.” He said.
ON THE BLAND , EMPTY AND BITTERED ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE JUSTICES OF COURT OF APPEAL AND FEDERAL HIGH COURT OVER JUDGEMENT OF ENUGU STATE GOVERNORSHIP QUAGMIRE
Arambambi said, The Apapa led Labour party National Working Committee was shocked by the infantile statement credited to the failed leadership under Former National Chairman Julius Abure where he said that the Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, during the last Governorship Election in Enugu State, Mr Peter Mbah, should be sacked by the court, stating it clearly that Peter Mbah forged his NYSC Certificate.
“Abure committed a judicial somersault and rascality with his conclusions that the Labour Party tendered the evidence that confirmed that the Enugu State governor, Mr Peter Mbah attached a forged NYSC Certificate to his EC9 form and that the Tribunal and the appeal court didn’t consider its evidence because the form EC9 tendered by INEC confirmed the said NYSC Certificate attached was forged
May we remind Julius Abure that his recent characters and comments with respect to various court judgement is worrisome and his legal qualities and qualifications as a lawyer is now in doubt and we called on Nigeria Bar Association to urgently investigate him
In an unanimous decision delivered by the three-member court of Appeal panel led by Tani Yusuf-Hassan dismissed three issues raised by the Labour party candidate
The panel held that the Labour Party (LP) and its governorship candidate failed to provide sufficient evidence to prove that Mbah was not qualified to contest the election.
On the allegation of over-voting, Yusuf-Hassan held that the appellants failed to present the “voters’ register” before the lower tribunal and that the judge noted that failure to submit the voters’ register rendered the appeal inadmissible.
The court also held that the witnesses presented by the appellants did not sufficiently prove the existence of over-voting in the governorship election.
Consequently, the appeal court dismissed the suit for lacking merit and affirmed the judgement of the election tribunal which declared Mbah as the winner of the March 18 governorship election.
In another judgement delivered by Hon Justice Ekwo of the Federal High court ABUJA , the judge held that the certificate presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by Mr Mbah was authentic and validly issued by the NYSC and that evidence before the court showed that the governor, though was mobilised for service in 2001, he only completed his service in 2003.6 Nov 2023
The court this dismissed the allegation of forgery against the Enugu State Governor, Peter Mbah and imposed a fine of N5 million on NYSC for alleging that the corps’ discharge certificate held by Mbah was fake and also held that the certificate was authentic and validly issued by the NYSC were this guilty of misrepresentation of material facts.
The court held that with the unchallenged evidence of the plaintiff on how the discharge certificate was issued to him in 2003 by NYSC after serving in a law firm in Lagos and the inability of the Corps to come up with counter-evidence, it was crystal clear that the plaintiff served the mandatory one-year service.
Justice Ekwo held that the onus to prove forgery allegations lies heavily on the NYSC, stating that the organisation failed in that regard.
The court found that Mbah’s evidence was heavier and more believable.” He added .
However, He said the National Working Committee of Labour party under the Leadership of Alh Bashiru Lamidi Apapa therefore urge the general public to dismissed this phantom and baseless Allegations Judgement of court are entirely base on constitutional provisions and has nothing to do with the justices.
It is important to put the record straight that judgement of both courts and their implementations thereof are a function the constitution and not the office or person of the justices
The Honourable justices of the Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal can not therefore be held responsible for the ineptitude , impunity and gross incompetence of Julius Abure led illegal faction of Labour party as it is rightly known.
“It is, therefore, incongruous and antithetical to common sense to think that the Honourable Justices of Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal will relies on public sentiments , speculation or hearsay against constitutional provisions in the 1999 constitution as amended to deliver their judgement
The allegation does not represent the true position of things as far the Constitution of Nigeria is Concerned. He concluded.
Foreign guests trickle in as Nigerians honour Andrew Aganbi in Delta State
Foreign guests trickle in as Nigerians honour Andrew Aganbi in Delta State
The stage is set for the biggest gathering of international faces in Delta State.
December 1-3, 2023, Koko and Sapele will play host to high-ranking personalities.
‘’This is an important rendezvous for the friends, business associates and family members of the late Delta politician, Andrew Aganbi. A memorial golf kitty will take place at the Sapele Athletic Club on Friday, December 1, 2023’’ a statement in Koko, headquarters of Warri North Local Government by the Chief Executive Officer of Akogate Water and Oil, said.
‘’Friends of the late world class caterer, hotel management expert and politician, Andrew Aganbi, will look forward to the memorial concerts at Canaan Land Golf & Country Club, Koko on Saturday, December 2, 2023.’’
All eyes will be in the direction of local and foreign troupes, pop stars and reggae musicians.’’
The statement listed De Pub Night, recitation in English and Itsekiri, cultural displays of traditional dances and modes of dressing as key programmes.
‘’A thanksgiving service will be held on Sunday, December 3, 2023, at the New Birth Baptist Church, Besides Youth Town Hall, New Road Beach, Koko. Farewell party and reception for local and foreign guests will be held in the afternoon at Canaan Land Golf & Country Club, Koko.’’
Andrew Aganbi was buried in London, capital of England on Friday, November 17, 2023.
Death laid his filthy hands on him in September 2023 at the age of 59.
His casket was carried from Church of the Good Shepherd, Downham to Grove Park Cemetery, Marvel Lane.
During the well-attended service of songs and funeral mass at Gateway Chapel, Camp David, and Church of the Good Shepherd, Downham, Bromley, Andrew Aganbi’s sterling qualities, his good deeds, works and thought were emphasized.
The late Delta State politician was the very essence of compassion, duty, pedigree and style. He was overwhelmingly magnanimous and released on friends and relatives his wealth.
His death set up a wave of heartfelt tributes from the numerous lives he touched and the thousands who he inspired in the cause of a highly productive and fulfilled life.
Speaker after speaker stressed Andrew Aganbi’s capacity for love, caring, courage, role in the political development of Delta State and the unique niche he filled in the days of hotel and night club development in Nigeria.
Family members noted his ‘’tireless work, creative thinking, total integrity, discipline and generosity.
They emphasized Andrew Aganbi’s cordial relationship marked by candor, trust and extraordinary understanding.
To his business associates, Andrew Aganbi exemplified the essence of dignity in appearance, in thought, in speech and in action.
’’ Andrew Aganbi, creative, generous and pleasant, left much for us to cherish. He was an epitome of compassion, selflessness and rationality. He was a shining light in the life of Nigerians and lots of people that met him on the journey called life. We shall forever miss his amiable disposition, the very essence of a happy and fulfilled life’’ Business mogul, Felix Aganbi said.
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