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Adeleke cannot ‘go lo lo lo’ and ‘buga won’ as Osun governor, says tribunal

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The Osun governorship election tribunal appears to have taken a swipe at the dancing skills of Ademola Adeleke.

Adeleke, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was declared the winner of the governorship poll held in July 2022.

In August 2022, Gboyega Oyetola, former Osun governor, and the All Progressives Congress (APC) petitioned the tribunal to challenge the victory of Adeleke.

Among several issues, Oyetola contended that there was overvoting in 749 polling units across 10 LGAs of the state.

Delivering judgment on Friday, two out of the three-member panel of the tribunal held that the petitioner was able to prove that there was indeed over-voting in some of the polling units.

Consequently, the majority judgment of the tribunal ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Adeleke and issue a fresh one to Oyetola as the duly-elected governor of Osun.

“For the sake of emphasis, the total lawful votes for each of the candidates after the said deduction of the invalid votes is 314, 931 for the 1st petitioner, and 290,666 for the 2nd respondent,” Tetsea Kume, who read the majority decision said.

“Consequently, the 2nd respondent did not score a majority of lawful votes cast at the election. The declaration and return is hereby declared null and void.

“The 2nd respondent cannot “go lo lo lo lo” and “Buga won” as the duly elected governor of Osun state in the election conducted on the 16th day of July 2022. See Kizz Daniel song, BUGA.

“Rather, we hereby hold that the 1st petitioner scored a majority of lawful votes in the said election and is hereby returned as such.

“The 1st respondent is hereby directed to withdraw the certificate of return issued to the 2nd respondent, and issue it to the 1st petitioner as the duly elected governor of Osun state.”

Meanwhile, the reference to “go lo lo lo” and “buga won” by the tribunal appears to be a reference to Adeleke’s dance to a song by Nigerian artiste, Kizz Daniel in November 2022.

While speaking at the government secretariat on his first day in office as governor, Adeleke had dance to the song while the crowd he was addressing cheered.

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Anyone planning to unseat Tinubu is daydreaming, says Fayose

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Ayodele Fayose, former governor of Ekiti state, says anyone planning to “unseat” President-elect Bola Tinubu is “daydreaming”.

Speaking on Tuesday in an interview with Channels Television, Fayose said the 2023 presidential election has “come and gone”, adding that those aggrieved are at liberty to approach the court.

Fayose said prior to the election, members of Integrity Group — comprising five Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors and other party chieftains — were asked to support a southern presidential candidate in their different states.

The ex-governor said he will not apologise for supporting Tinubu despite the latter being a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“The directive was that we should go and support the southern candidate because this is the position of the governors and the leaders of thought — and the southern candidates were Obi and the president-elect and I have done justice,” he said.

“I’m not desperate for any appointment. I’m somebody who will not cringe because of a piece of meal.

“I’m contented, but for anybody to say he would unseat Ahmed Bola Tinubu, you are daydreaming, it is a nightmare you are putting yourself through. That election has come and gone.

“In America, the former president is still saying he was rigged. He who comes to equity must have clean hands. Today, in Nigeria, that election has come and gone but you are at liberty to go to court.”

On March 1, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Tinubu as the winner of the February 25 presidential election.

However, Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) and Atiku Abubakar of the PDP have approached the election tribunal to challenge the victory of Tinubu.

‘I WILL NEVER JOIN APC’

The former Ekiti governor said he will never join the APC while reiterating that he has withdrawn from partisan politics.

“Many people in Nigeria have been confronted with what they have said at different times and they either recant or say something new. I stand here to tell you that I will never be a member of the APC,” he said.

“I am not in politics for what it is anymore. I have been given a fair opportunity to lead Ekiti two times and defeated two incumbents.

“Nigeria is not a country we now take for granted. You will see that by the outcome of this election that a lot of people were displaced as a result of taking people for granted.”

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‘Tinubu was unqualified’ — Atiku asks tribunal to declare him winner of presidential poll

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Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has filed a petition to challenge the declaration of Bola Tinubu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the winner of the presidential election.

The petition marked CA/PEPC/05/2023 was filed before the presidential election petition tribunal late hours on Tuesday.

In the petition filed through his team of lawyers led by Joe Gazama, Abubakar claimed that Tinubu was not qualified to contest the election.

He submitted that Tinubu’s declaration as the winner of the poll was “invalid by reason of non-compliance with the provisions of the electoral act, 2022”.

“The 2nd respondent (Tinubu) was not duly elected by the majority of lawful votes cast at the election,” the petition reads.

“The 2nd respondent was at the time of the election not qualified to contest the election.”

The PDP candidate wants the tribunal to nullify Tinubu’s victory and withdraw the certificate of return issued to him.

He prayed the court to declare him the winner, having secured the second-highest number of lawful votes at the election.

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It’s my turn to be senate president, says Orji Kalu

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Orji Uzor Kalu, chief whip of the senate, has declared his bid to run for the office of senate president.

Speaking with reporters in Abuja on Tuesday, Kalu, senator representing Abia north, said he would work for “every corner” of the country.

The former governor of Abia said he is willing to continue engaging Nigerians directly even as a presiding officer of the upper legislative chamber, adding that citizens should pray he gets the position because “it is my turn”.

“If I’m elected senate president, I’m going to work for every corner of Nigeria,” he said.

“I schooled in Maiduguri, Borno state. I started my business in Lagos and spread it across all state capitals. My first name will be team Nigeria, my last name will be team Nigeria.

“Remember, I am the only governor who has never changed my phone number, since I became governor 24 years ago. I am willing to still maintain that telephone number to answer all my calls. I am not going to switch off my phones because I became senate president

“I’m hoping that Nigerians will pray for me to become senate president because it’s my turn.”

Bola Tinubu, the president-elect, popularised the “it is my turn” phrase in the build-up to the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary poll in 2022.

The 10th national assembly will be inaugurated in June after the president issues a proclamation.

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