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Over 1,000 APC members Defect to PDP in Lagos

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No fewer than 1,000 members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos Mainland Local Government Area (LGA) on Tuesday defected to the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The defectors cited the lack of internal democracy in the ruling party as part of the reasons for their defection.

The defectors, who are from Ward J, Iwaya Area of the LGA, were received into the party at the PDP LGA Secretariat in Alagomeji area of the council.

The leader of the defectors, Mr. Nurudeen Daudu, a former aide to Mr. Olanrewaju Oshun, member representing Lagos Mainland II in the Lagos Assembly, said that more APC loyalists would join them in PDP in batches.

Daudu, who thanked the leaders of the opposition party in the council, said that so many ambitions and aspirations had been allegedly buried in APC because of lack of internal democracy.

“I am very glad that we are at home now. Our friends and family members have been in this party from polling units to ward and local government levels.

“We are happy to be a part of history because we are making history today. It is time to take back our destiny. It is now left in our hands.

“Our coming to PDP is holistic, we have come to contribute our part to the growth of PDP, which is a truly democratic party,” he said.

Daudu said that he was coming into PDP along with some leaders and former aspirants in the ruling party such as Mr. Yusuf Alade, a grassroots mobiliser, and councillorship aspirant.

He listed other leaders including: Daniel Obony, Olumide Aluko, and Tunde Aliu among others.

Daudu said that PDP had opportunity to win the state in the 2023 elections.

Receiving the defectors, Dr. Adetokunbo Pearse, a PDP stalwart and member of the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Council, assured the decampees of fair treatment and level playing ground to pursue any of their aspirations.

Pearse, who prayed to God to help the defectors to achieve their aspirations, said that the party was the most democratic, most effective, and productive in the country.

He said: “You are welcome. With your entry we are surer that PDP will take over Lagos State.

“We have very sellable presidential, governorship, senatorial, house of representatives, and house of assembly candidates.”

According to him, the party is formidable enough to win 2023 elections with the defection of the Lagos4Lagos Movement and other APC loyalists into the party.

He cautioned against infighting and division in the party.

“We must learn to do politics properly. We fight ourselves in PDP all the time and that is why we lose elections. This time around, we are united.

“If we do our job very well in Lagos, we will beat APC. We have been the cause of our recurrent defeats, but this time, we are one,” he said.

Also speaking, Mr. Adelabi Malomo, the PDP Chairman in the council, said: “PDP will give to you all that opportunity to attain your aspirations.

“So, don’t be afraid, by the grace of God, your ambition will be achieved here,” he said.

NAN reports that the defectors, who burnt brooms, their former party symbol, were registered in PDP and presented with party membership cards, umbrella and party flags.

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New Dawn: Gov. Adeleke Appoints Chief of Staff, SSG, CPS

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New Dawn: Gov. Adeleke Appoints Chief of Staff, SSG, CPS

…Directs LGAs Heads to take over from sacked Council Chairmen 

Gov. Ademola Adeleke of Osun announced three appointments a few hours after he was sworn in.

Adeleke, in a statement on Sunday in Osogbo, appointed a former chairman of Osogbo Local Government Council, Mr. Kassim Akinleye, as the Chief of Staff.

He also approved the appointment of Mr. Teslim Igbalaye as Secretary to the State Government while Mr Olawale Rasheed is Chief Press Secretary.

All appointments take immediate effect.

 Adeleke was sworn in as the sixth executive Governor of Osun on Sunday.

The Chief Judge of the state, Justice Adepele Ojo, administered the oath.

In the meantime, Gov. Ademola Adeleke of Osun has directed career heads of Local Government Areas (LGAs) and Area Councils Development Areas (ACDAs) in the state to take control and charge of their councils from the sacked council chairmen and councilors.

The directive is contained in a statement issued by Adeleke’s Spokesperson, Malam Olawale Rasheed.

Adeleke says the directive is with immediate effect.

“Gov. Adeleke also directed the most senior career heads across all the local government areas, to take charge of their councils.

“This is in compliance with the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo that sacked the council d Local Government Chairmen and Councilors,” the government said.

It would be recalled that Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, on Friday, declared the local government election conducted by the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission, OSIEC, as null and void.

Justice Ayo-Emmanuel delivered the judgment based on a PDP suit, asking the court to stop the Osun Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) from conducting the Osun Oct. 15 Local Government election.

The judge, in his judgment, stated that the Local Government election that was subsequently held by OSIEC was held in contravention of Sections 29 and 32 of the Electoral Act, 2022.

Reacting to the ruling, the Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) in Osun, Mr Abiodun Idowu, called on its members to remain calm and peaceful.

Idowu said the leadership of their party- the All Progressives Congress (APC) and all the chairmen across the 69 LGAs, ACDAs had filed a ‘Notice of Appeal and Stay of Execution’ against the ruling.

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OSUN: Court nullifies OSIEC conducted LG election before Adeleke takes over 

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OSUN: Court nullifies OSIEC conducted LG election before Adeleke takes over 

 A Federal High Court in Osun, on Friday, nullified the State Local Governments Election conducted by Osun Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC), even before the outgoing Governor Oyetola hands over to incoming Governor Adeleke.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Ayo-Nathaniel Emmanuel, held that the election conducted by OSIEC on Oct. 15, was illegal, null and void, having not been conducted in consonance with the Electoral Act of 2022.

Emmanuel ordered the Local Government Chairmen and Councillors across the state to vacate all Local Government Secretariats and Offices with immediate Effect.

He said the notice given by OSIEC for the election was not in compliance with Section 28 of the OSIEC  Act 2022. 

”Section 24 of the OSIEC laws gives 360 days notice and also section 25 and section 26 of the OSIEC laws are also insistence with the electoral act in term of submission and publication of names.

The PDP had approached the court praying that the Court stop OSIEC from going ahead with the election.

Other respondents in the matter include the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), All ProgressIve Congress (APC), and its former party Chairman, Oba Adeboyega Famoodun, the Owa of Igbajo. 

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Court Strikes Out Case Against Tinubu, Over Lack of Diligent Prosecution

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OSUN: Court nullifies OSIEC conducted LG election before Adeleke takes over 

A Federal High Court in Abuja has struck out a case filed by the Action Peoples Party (APP) seeking to nullify the candidature of Bola Tinubu as the 2023 presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Director of Media and Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), Bayo Onanuga indicated this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said that the suit FHC/UM/CS/124/2022 was filed by the APP and others against the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) as the first defendant.

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“It had Bola Tinubu as second defendant and the APC as third defendant.

“The plaintiffs had prayed the court to ask INEC, the first defendant to invalidate the nomination of Tinubu, the second defendant who is the presidential candidate of the third defendant.

“The plaintiffs canvassed that the 2nd defendant had allegedly submitted to the 1st defendant false information in his form EC9.

“When he failed to include his primary and secondary education as contained in his form CF001 of 1999 submitted for gubernatorial election pursuant to section 29 of the Electoral Act 2022 and 131 of the 1999 Constitution,” Onanuga said.

He added that counsel to the third defendant, Babatunde Ogala however, filed a notice of preliminary objection on the grounds that the suit was statute-barred, disclosed no cause of action and that the plaintiff had no locus.

Onanuga said Ogala argued that it was frivolous and a waste of the time of the judiciary.

“When the matter came up for determination before Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Monday, Nov. 21, the plaintiff did not make an appearance in court.

“Justice Nwite subsequently struck out the case for lack of diligent prosecution,” the APC PCC Director of Media and Publicity said.

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