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Following the ongoing crisis rocking the Oyo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a former Governor of the State and its leader, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, on Monday has vowed to leave the party because of the perceived impunity rearing its head again in it.

To underscore the seriousness attached to the move, a committee has been set up to shop for an alternative party by the Ladoja group as the 2019 election gathers momentum.

Three weeks ago, the crisis in the party reared its ugly head following moves by the national secretariat to divide the state executive into two with Ladoja group given 14 slots of the state executive and another group loyal to a gubernatorial aspirant, Seyi Makinde, 12 slots in the 26-member state executive.

Speaking on an interview programme on Splash F.M. Ibadan on Monday, the former governor said he was miffed that the impunity, which drove him away from the PDP in 2010 and which he was promised was over had surfaced again.

Ladoja also used the occasion to reaffirm his decision not to contest governorship election again in the state, stressing that his preoccupation was how to install a people’s government in the state in 2019.

Ladoja stressed that he had no axe to grind with Makinde, declaring that a father-son relationship still subsists between them as well as other gubernatorial aspirants in the party.

He said: “There was only one state congress held as far as I am concerned and Alhaji Kunmi Mustapha emerged as the chairman.

“The issue of the state executive being shared 14 and 12 does not even arise at all.

“There is and there will be nothing like that.

“It was impunity that drove us from the PDP and if they allow the impunity to return, we will leave the party for them.

“We brought Accord less than four months to the 2011 elections and the people of the state accepted the party.

“Wherever there is impunity, you will not find me there.

“How will some people think of going to Abuja to ask them to help to substitute names of their preferred candidates in the list of duly elected officers?

“It is very wrong and we will not accept that.”

On the judgment nullifying the coronation of 21 new obas by Governor Abiola Ajimobi last year, Ladoja said the court made a declarative judgment, which must be complied with, irrespective of the appeal filled by the defendants.

He said: “By the judgment, these people should cease to call themselves oba and should not be wearing their so-called crown or coronet.

“There was a picture of one of them sent to me from Kano State that he wore the coronets.

“I will ask my lawyer to call the attention of the court to the flouting of its judgment.

“They are acting in contempt of court.

“The governor, my aburo, should have called them to order and asked them to desist from illegality.

“They can wear the coronet in their houses, after all they can be kings of their houses, but not outside their homes.

“The court gave a declarative judgment, which means that irrespective of the appeal filed by them, the judgment subsists until set aside by a court of higher jurisdiction.

“The court said the retired Justice Akintunde Boade-led Commission of Inquiry is unknown to law and does not exist.

“These so-called obas too do not exist in the eyes of the law.

“That judgment still stands.”

Ladoja reiterated that he had nothing personal against Governor Ajimobi whom he repeatedly called his brother, adding that he opposed his policies which he considered anti-people.

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Buruji Kashamu Enters Ogun PDP Guber Race

Peter Okunoren

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The senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District at the national assembly, Buruji Kashamu, has replaced Adeleke Shittu as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of next year’s elections in the state.

It was learnt that Shittu whose name was pasted alongside other governorship candidates of 38 political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), “voluntarily withdrew” from the race for Kashamu.

Shittu had emerged the governorship candidate of PDP from the primary conducted by Bayo Dayo-faction in the State.

The other faction of PDP headed by Sikirullahi Ogundele had equally presented Hon Oladipopu Adebutu as the party’s governorship candidate, but the electoral umpire accepted the list submitted by Dayo faction.

In accepting candidates list submitted by Kashamu-backed faction, the INEC cited subsisting court judgments which recognized Dayo-led faction.

Kashamu’s Media Aide, Austin Oniyokor on Sunday, confirmed that his boss had replaced Shittu as governorship candidate.

Oniyokor in a telephone interview said the leaders and elders of the party “prevailed” on Kashamu to throw his hat in the ring in the coming election.

He said: “The party’s stakeholders, leaders, and elders met and decided that it would be better for Senator Buruji Kashamu to run if the PDP wants to win.

“Shittu who was at the stakeholders meeting saw the reason to quit the race for Kashamu.

“I can confirm to you that Shittu had last week Friday intimated the INEC of his voluntary withdrawal from the race.”

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APC Wins Kwara Bye-Election

Gbemileke Ajayi

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The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Raheem Olawuyi, was on Saturday declared the winner of the Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency bye-election held across the four councils in Kwara State.

The Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Abimbola Adesoji, while declaring the result at the Irepodun Local Government Secretariat in Omu-Aran, said Olawuyi polled 21,236 to emerge the winner.

He defeated his closest rival, Saheed Damilare of the Peoples Democratic Party, who polled 18,095.

Abimbola, who is of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, said Olawuyi having scored the highest number of votes in the election was declared the winner.

Other contestants in the election were Femi Ona-Ara of Labour Party, Ajadi Olayemi of Peoples Party of Nigeria as well as Olaniyan Ayorinde of Unity Party of Nigeria.

Abimbola gave the total number of total registered voters as collated as 168,707; accredited voters as 41,185; total valid votes as 39,599; total number of rejected votes as 1,331; and the total number of votes cast as 40,930.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some cancellations arising from snatching of ballot boxes and over voting were reportedly experienced in three polling units in Irepodun Local Government Area.

The affected units as listed by the Presiding Officer in charge of the council included Registration Area 02 of Esie-Ijan Ward, where two ballot boxes were reportedly snatched and 955 number of registered voters lost.

Other areas were Oro Ward 1 RA 02, Polling Unit 01, where a case of ballot snatching was recorded and a total of 297 registered voters were affected and over voting in Oro Ward 2 RA 10 Polling Unit 01 with 474 registered votes lost.

Election cancellation was also recorded in Ile Apaasin RA 04 Polling Unit in Isin Local Government where only 59 voters were accredited but turned in 377 votes.

Some Independent National Electoral Officers were confirmed to have been attacked and had wounds in the process.

NAN reports that the declaration of the results was witnessed by notable officials that included the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Bolaji Fafowora; the Resident Electoral Commissioner from Kwara State, Malam Garuba Madami; as well as his Imo and Lagos States counterparts, Emeka Nzeonu and Sam Olumeko respectively.

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Return Our Stolen Mandates, Declare Akinlade As APC Guber Candidate — Amosun’s Loyalists Gives Condition For Peace

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A Presidential Reconciliatory Committee, Saturday, held a closed-door meeting with the aggrieved candidates of the All Progressives Congress loyal to the Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, in Abeokuta.

The three-man committee, headed by a Zonal Coordinator of the committee, Sandra Oladele met with all the 26 candidates who were declared winners of the October 7 legislative Primary by the National Working Committee but had their names replaced.

Addressing newsmen after the meeting, the state Chairman of the Party, Chief Derin Adebiyi, said the only solution to the crisis is for the National Working Committee to return their alleged stolen mandates.

Adebiyi, who was represented by Ogun Central Chairman of the party, Chief Yomi Ademefun, read the group’s long list of demands for peace.

He said the NWC must “Declare the primary election that produced Hon. Abdulkadir Adekunle Akinlade that took place across Ogun State on October 2 as the authentic APC governorship candidate.

“Declare the result of the State Assembly election that took place in Ogun State, October 7th, that produced the 26 State house of Assembly candidates as authentic APC candidates.

“Submit the names of Hon. Abdulkadir Adekunle who won the 2nd October governorship primary to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

“Submit the names of 26 Ogun State House of Assembly candidates that won the October 7 primary election as announced by the National Working Committee

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