Following the outcome of the July 16 governorship election in Osun State, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Friday, filed a petition before the State Election Petition Tribunal sitting at the State High Court, Osogbo, the State capital.
The petitioners, who were challenging the results of the Osun State governorship election in some of the Local Government Areas of the State, prayed the Tribunal to upturn the victory of Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and declare Governor Oyetola of the APC as the winner of the poll.
This is even as the first petitioner and governor of the State, Adegboyega Oyetola, was physically present at the Tribunal to sign the petition filed before the Tribunal.
It would be recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday, July 17, 2022 declared Senator Adeleke winner of the July 16 governorship election having polled a total number of 403,271 votes against 375,027 polled by Governor Oyetola.
Addressing journalists shortly after the petition was filed, signed and sealed at the Tribunal, one of the petitioners’ Counsels, Mr. Kunle Adegoke (SAN), expressed confidence in the substance of the petition to ensure victory for Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and the ruling party.
According to him, the legal team of the petitioners have established fundamental grounds to seek justice and ensure victory for them in view of the substance of the case.
Also, the State chairman of the APC, Famodun, while fielding questions from journalists, expressed confidence in the substance of the petition, saying “by the grace of God, we will win the case and come out victorious.
“We are here today to file our election petition to challenge the outcome of the July 16 governorship election in Osun. We just filed it, signed and sealed for the Tribunal to take over from there.
“By the grace of God we are confident of victory. The members of the party are in tune with me, that is why you see many of them here with me. A lot of people are here today believing that we have a good case and by the grace of God we will have a cause to jubilate at the end of the case.”
Appeal court affirms Umahi as Ebonyi south senatorial candidate
A court of appeal in Abuja has affirmed David Umahi, Ebonyi governor, as the validly elected candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Ebonyi south senatorial election.
Ann Agom-Eze had challenged Umahi’s emergence as the APC candidate for the senatorial district.
PDP NWC members return over N90m amid bribery allegation
Some members of the national working committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have returned money reportedly credited to their bank accounts by the party leadership.
In recent weeks, there has been crisis in the PDP over the insistence of allies of Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers, on the resignation of Iyorchia Ayu, the party’s national chairman.
Amid the crisis in the party, there have been allegations of financial misappropriation against the Ayu-led NWC of the party, with claims that funds from sale of nomination forms have not been properly accounted for.
An insider had told newsmen that some of the NWC members also want an audit of about N1 billion that the party got from friends of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the party.
Last Friday, Wike, in a media chat, accused Ayu of receiving N1 billion from one of the presidential hopefuls in the party, while alleging that the national chairman is “very corrupt”.
Meanwhile, in separate letters seen by newsmen on Thursday, some members of the Ayu-led NWC said they have returned money received from the party’s bank accounts.
Stella Effah-Attoe, national women leader; Dan Orbih, national vice-chairman (south-south); and Taofeek Arapaja, deputy national chairman (south), are among the NWC members who said they have returned money to the party’s account.
The duo of Effah-Attoe and Orbih said they returned the sum of N28.8 million each, while Arapaja said he retuned N36 million to the party’s account.
In the letters addressed to the party, Effah-Attoe and Arapaja said the money was allegedly credited to their accounts by the party leadership for “housing allowance”.
In his letter addressed to Ayu, Arapaja cited a report which alleged that members of the PDP NWC were offered “humongous” amount of money to “silence” financial misappropriation in the party.
“This led me to browse through my various alerts, and I discovered a transfer of thirty-six million naira (N36,000,000.00) from the party. I have my reservation about this money transferred into my account and for personal reasons wish to return it accordingly,” Arapaja’s letter reads.
On her part, Effah-Attoe said she didn’t feel comfortable being in possession of the N28.8 million.
“Since after the lodgment of the money into my Bank Account, I have been inundated with many phone calls from party members, friends, family members and the general public, insinuating that the said money has been given as a bribe to bring me and other NWC members on the side of the National Chairman, following the crisis between him on one side and the Governor of Rivers State, H.E. Governor Nyesom Wike/Wike’s Group, on the other side,” her letter reads.
“In addition, some national newspapers/social media platforms have also carried stories accusing the NWC members of being placated with bribe of N28,800,000.00.
“This development has made me very uncomfortable, having found myself in such an embarrassing situation, I am hereby refunding to the Bank Account of our Great Party at the PDP National Secretariat.”
Orbih, who described discovering the money in his account as a “surprise”, said the return followed allegations that NWC members “were offered N28 million to gloss over scandalous financial misappropriation”.
“To my shock and surprise, it has been confirmed to me by my bank that the sum of N28,800,000 (twenty eight million eight hundred thousand Naira) has been credited to my account by the party. I hereby notify you of my decision to pay back the money to the party’s account,” his letter reads.
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The actress, on Wednesday, put out a banner announcing her intention in a now-viral tweet.
“My dear people, I write to apply. Yours obediently,” her tweet, branded with the Labour Party logo, read.
Dokubo has been very open about her support for Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the LP.
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