Osun 2018: Court Adjourns Ruling On Suit Challenging Adeleke’s Candidacy - Naijaray
Connect with us

Politics

Osun 2018: Court Adjourns Ruling On Suit Challenging Adeleke’s Candidacy

Osun 2018: Court Adjourns Ruling On Suit Challenging Adeleke’s Candidacy

 

The Osun State High court sitting in Osogbo, has adjourned ruling on the suit challenging the candidacy of Senator Ademola Adeleke till 6th of August 2018 for consideration of all pending applications.

Justice David Oladimeji who presided over the court on Wednesday Okayed the adjournment in respect of an oral application of Barrister Olufemi Ayandokun, the counsel to the plaintiffs; Rasheed Olabayo and Oluwaseun Idowu.

The judge had earlier adjourned the case to give room for balance and equity, which he said was necessary for the consideration of an ex-parte application and interlocutory injunction that the court was prayed to grant against Ademola Adeleke’s candidacy.

Rasheed Olabayo and Oluwaseun Idowu had asked the court to set aside the election that produced Ademola Adeleke as the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state and stop the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from recognising him as such because he doesn’t possess and provide the minimum certificate as required by Section 177 (d) of the 1999 constitution.

READ ALSO  Ezekwesili speaks on exclusion of Sowore, Duke, others from presidential debate 

The court had slated the case for definite hearing to yesterday but Barrister Olufemi, counsel to the plaintiffs, informed the court that he got instruction for the amicable and out of court settlement of the case.

He sued for adjournment of the case adding that INEC which is a major party to the suit has not been served the notice of the motion before the court and that he was on Tuesday evening served a preliminary objection which he was yet to react to by Adeleke’s counsel.

Biriomini confirmed to have filed a preliminary objection to the suit on Tuesday evening at about 5 pm and after brief arguments consented to the request for the adjournment.

The presiding judge who at the last sitting noted that “it will be inequitable not to allow the respondent to come and show his certificate if he has any but if he is given the opportunity to present his own side of the case, the balance which is necessary for the interlocutory injunction will be adequately considered,” adjourned the case based on shared submission of the lawyers.

READ ALSO  2019 Elections: APC Has No Candidate In Rivers State - Court Of Appeal Rules

“For the singular reason that you just filed preliminary objection yesterday, I will consider the adjournment. It will be unwise for the court to go ahead with the ruling,” justice Oladimeji declared and encouraged the parties to the suit to explore settlement if they wish.

Politics

2019 elections: PDP plotting to operate ‘container economy’ – Tinubu 

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was plotting to operate “container economy” if voted into power in 2019.

Tinubu made the allegation while reacting to the Vice Presidential debate.

Speaking at the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi’s Roundtable entitled: ‘The Imperatives of Building Institutions for Lasting Legacies,’ held at Ibadan, yesterday, Tinubu said the outcome of the debate has shown that the ‘developmental economy’ of APC cannot be compared with the ‘container economy’ of PDP.

The former Governor of Lagos State argued that the developmental economy would take Nigeria to a secured next level of economic prosperity.

READ ALSO  2019 Elections: APC Has No Candidate In Rivers State - Court Of Appeal Rules

He, however, stated that the container economy would return the country to perpetual slavery and poverty.

The former governor also assured that he would support the APC governorship candidate for the 2019 poll in the state, Chief Adebayo Adelabu.

He said: “I saw the debate yesterday, to crown my remarks. You could see the difference between a developmental economy and a container economy.

“Is Oyo State going APC? Oyo State is APC. It is progressive politics. I said in one place before, our Moses has crossed the Red Sea, no going back to Egypt. Success all the way.”

He stated that he did not feel bad if opposition parties in the State associated him with the process that threw Adelabu up as governorship candidate.

READ ALSO  “Lagos Not Under Bondage” – Sanwo-Olu Replies Agbaje

“If we do indirect primary again, I will still vote for your (Governor Ajimobi) choice of successor, because reforms, re-engineering, reinvigoration of the institutions can only continue beyond us. If the foundation is bad, the house will crumble,” he said.

Continue Reading

Politics

Ogun APC Governorship Candidate, Dapo Abiodun, In Certificate Scandal


Adedapo Abiodun, the APC gubernatorial candidate in Ogun State, has been caught in a messy scandal that could see him disqualified as the flag-bearer of the party in next year’s election.

Dapo Abiodun, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun state, is enmeshed in allegations of perjury over his post-secondary school qualifications, TheCable can report.

According to documents seen by TheCable, Abiodun declared only his West African School Certificate (1978) in the Form CF001 that he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on October 23, 2018, ahead of the 2019 general election.

However, when he ran as the APC senatorial candidate (Ogun east) in 2015, he claimed to have attended the University of Ife, Ile-Ife (graduating in 1986) and Kennesaw State University, Atlanta Georgia, US (1989) in his INEC form CF001, backed by an affidavit he swore to at the high court, Abeokuta, Ogun state.

Curiously, while he listed B.B.A. (hons) accounting as the degree he got in 1986 as at then, he was silent on what he studied at Kennesaw State University.

However, in his official curriculum vitae, he claimed to possess another degree, B.Eng (hons) in civil engineering, presumably received in 1989 from the American university.

Also, on the website of Heyden Petroleum Limited where Abiodun is MD/CEO, underneath his name were listed B.Sc civil engineering and BBA accounting.

READ ALSO  2019 Elections: APC Has No Candidate In Rivers State - Court Of Appeal Rules

If he proceeded immediately to Kennesaw after graduating from Ife in 1986, he would not have finished before 1990 as civil engineering is a four-year course at the university.

There are strong suspicions that he did not do the compulsory national youth service, even though he finished his first degree in 1986 — going by the INEC form CF001 that he filled ahead of the 2015 election, supported by an affidavit.

Abiodun was born on May 29, 1960 and was 26 in 1986 when he claimed to have finished his first degree. The age limit for national service is 30.

Apart from the possibility of having committed perjury either in 2014 or 2018, there is also the possibility that he skipped the compulsory national service, which is punishable under the law.

Section 13 of the NYSC Act states:

(1)Any person (b) who refuses to make himself available for service in the service corps continuously for the period specified in subsection (2) of this section, is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine of N2,000 or to imprisonment for a term of twelve months or to both such fine and imprisonment.

A criminal conviction will also mean the offender is barred from holding public office.

Section 182 of the 1999 constitution states:

  1. (1) No person shall be qualified for election to the office of Governor of a State if – (e) within a period of less than ten years before the date of election to the office of Governor of a State he has been convicted and sentenced for an offence involving dishonesty or he has been found guilty of the contravention of the code of Conduct.
READ ALSO  Buhari group attacks Atiku over policy document, says 'not people-friendly' 

Earlier this year, he was appointed chairman of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In 2012, he was appointed chairman of the Depot and Petroleum Product Marketers Association (DAPPMA), a position he still holds.

Abiodun has been having a running battle with Ibikunle Amosun, governor of the state, and the state working committee of the APC over his endorsement by the national body of the party for the 2019 governorship election, instead of Adekunle Akinlade, the governor’s choice.

The APC candidate had accused Amosun of plotting to upturn the decision of national working committee (NWC) of the ruling party to recognise him as the guber candidate of the state, while accusing the governor of being “desperate to install” Akinlade at all cost.

Continue Reading

Politics

2019: Mohammed Junaid steps down as Donald Duke’s running mate

2019: Mohammed Junaid steps down as Donald Duke

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has substituted the running mate of Donald Duke, its 2019 presidential candidate.  

Shehu Musa Gabam, who is also the National Secretary of the party, replaces Mohammed Junaid, the party announced on Thursday. Alfa Mohammed, SDP national publicity secretary, said the substitution was done long ago.  

He said Junaid’s substitution was subjected to deliberation at the party’s leadership level which he was a member. Mohammed said the consensus was that Junaid should step down as running mate for strategic reasons.  

“Hence, as a genuine party man, he voluntarily stepped down and thereafter signed all the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) forms required to perfect the substitution process.

He remains one of our highly respected leaders the party is proud to have. Meanwhile, the substitution which was done long ago now has Shehu Musa Gabam from the North East as our vice presidential candidate” he said.

READ ALSO  Buhari group attacks Atiku over policy document, says 'not people-friendly' 
Continue Reading

Trending