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Drama As Ogun Assembly Rejects Lawmakers’ Defection From APC

Gbemileke Ajayi

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There was a mild drama at the floor of Ogun State House of Assembly on Tuesday as the assembly set aside planned defection of two of its members from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The lawmakers were said to have failed to prove division in APC, a reason they cited for defecting to another party.

A member representing Remo North constituency, Biyi Adeleye and his counterpart from Ogun Waterside constituency, Harrison Adeyemi had intimated the assembly of their defection from APC to PDP in separate letters read by the Speaker, Suraj Adekunbi on Tuesday.

In his letter, Adeleye cited division and crisis within the ranks of the ruling APC both at the State and National level as the reason for his defection.

However, the Majority Leader of the House, Yinka Mafe while speaking shortly after the Speaker read the letter, urged the assembly to discountenance the reasons given by lawmakers.

Mafe submitted that APC is not divided.

“It will be unfortunate if we allow it to go down that APC has been divided whereas the party has not been divided.

“I want you to tell him to prove to this House that APC is divided. If he cannot prove it, the Speaker should use his office to do the needful,” the House Leader said.

The Speaker also agreed that “there is no crisis or division in APC both at the state and national level.”

“On this note, the matter will be set aside until the lawmakers are able to prove to the House that there is crisis in the party,” Adekunbi said.

Also on Tuesday at the plenary, the Speaker read a letter from another member, Bowale Solaja (Ijebu North constituency), who defected from the PDP to the APC.

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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

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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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