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Why Atiku, PDP Withdrew Application To Inspect INEC Documents — Aide

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Paul Ibe, media adviser to Atiku Abubakar, has explained why his principal and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) withdrew a suit against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The PDP and Abubakar had secured leave of the tribunal to have access to all the sensitive materials used by INEC in the elections.

However, Abubakar and his party filed a fresh motion ex-parte, marked: CA/PEC/10M/2023 claiming that INEC refused to grant them access to monitor the sorting of ballot papers.

But on Wednesday when the case was called for hearing, Kyari Gadzama, Abubakar’s counsel, informed the court that he had filed a notice of discontinuance.

In a statement explaining why the case was discontinued, Ibe said the application was withdrawn because it had been “overtaken by events”.

Ibe said Atiku’s lawyers were given access to the election materials on Tuesday, hence there was no need to continue with the case.

“It has become pertinent to make some clarifications following insinuations and mischievous reporting of the withdrawal of the application for the INEC to grant access to the legal team of Abubakar and the PDP on the inspection of the documents related to the February 25 presidential election,” Ibe said.

“The Court of Appeal had granted the request of Atiku and the PDP to be granted unfettered access to the INEC documents used for the presidential election. On the 10th of March, 2023 Atiku and PDP filed a motion (number 12M) ex parte and affidavit of urgency to ensure the implementation of the court order.

“The court, however, asked that they put Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress APC and the INEC on notice. Consequently, they filed a motion on notice (number 13M) and motion ex parte (number 13MA) for substituted service on Bola Tinubu.

“But on Tuesday at a conference meeting between lawyers of the PDP, LP, APC and INEC, access was eventually granted to the legal team of PDP by INEC.

“When the matter came up for hearing on Wednesday, the two motions were withdrawn because they have been overtaken by events since access had already been granted on Tuesday to Atiku and PDP.”

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Seasoned Business Professional Toke Ola-Akinpelu Feeds Over 500 People In Need Through “14 Hour Initiative” Food Outreach [VIDEOS]

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In a remarkable display of compassion and commitment to giving back, seasoned business professional Toke Ola-Akinpelu spearheaded a successful food outreach program dubbed the “14 Hour Initiative.” The initiative, held on March 2nd, 2024, provided meals to over 500 individuals facing food insecurity.

While Toke Ola-Akinpelu is well-respected in the professional world for her expertise in client relations and retention across various industries – banking, consulting, and now information technology – her dedication extends far beyond the boardroom. Recognizing the need within her community, she took the initiative to organize the “14 Hour Initiative” food outreach program.

The day-long event saw tireless efforts from Ms. Ola-Akinpelu and her team, who worked diligently for 14 hours to ensure access to nutritious meals for those in need. Through this initiative, over 500 individuals received nourishing food, offering a critical lifeline during challenging times.

  • About Toke Ola-Akinpelu

Toke Ola-Akinpelu is a seasoned professional with a strong track record in client relations and retention. Throughout her career, she has championed the importance of excellent service experiences and client satisfaction across diverse industries. Her commitment extends beyond the professional realm, as demonstrated by her leadership in the “14 Hour Initiative” food outreach program.

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Ondo State Cabinet: Group Congratulates Governor Lucky Ayedatiwa

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The Grassroots Democratic Innitiatives congratulate the Gov of Ondo state on the quality of members of his newly inaugurated cabinet.

In a Commuinque signed by Comrade Razaq Oladosu, Buska,the Executive Director of the Pro Democray group.

The Group reiterated their trust and belief in the capacity of majority member of the newly formed cabinet to deliver real dividend of democracy to the people of the Sunshine State.

In the Communiques, Dr Kayode Ajulo, the Attorney General was recognized as an embodiment of principle,integrity and love for humanity, a man that is worthy of the trust deserving of that office,whose track record is very impressive and speaks for themselves .

They further Congratulate the Gov Lucky Ayedatiwa for his choice of Comrade Gany Mohammed Ajowa,as a Special Adviser.

Comrade Gany Mohammed Ajowa is one of the footsoldiers of pro democracy movement,and Advocate of progressive and people oriented governance, from his days in the student union movement (NANS),A founding memember of the Committee for the Defence of Human right (CDHR)all through as a Cadre of the National Democratic Coalition,(NADECO,)and a one of the most consistent voice of reason the the labour movement, his record of dedication and commitment is an assurance of what he will represent in the new dispensation.

Comrade Gany Mohammed Ajowa as a bridge builder is an assured asset to the government.

The group further reiterated their commitment and support for the Government of Gov. Lucky Ayedatiwa to deliver on the renewed hope agenda of this Government and our great party.

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Lagos Gives 4-Day Relocation Notice To Squatters On Lagos Coastal Road, Lekki

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The Lagos State Government on Sunday served a four-day notice of displacement to all squatters occupying unlawful shanties near the Lagos coastal route in the Mayegun, Lekki region of Lagos, in response to the indiscriminate emergence of shanties and illegal buildings.

Speaking with newsmen after an inspection tour to Jakande, Elegushi itedo, System 156 and 44 on Orchid Road, HC MOE&WR, Tokunbo Wahab said all such illegal shanties and squatters, close to Regional Road Alignment must vacate the area by Thursday afternoon. He warned that failure to move would invite enforcement operatives from the early hours of Friday morning as all the properties have been served mandatory notices.

The commissioner was accompanied by the SA Environment, Kunle Rotimi-Akodu, PS Drainage Services, Engr Mahmood Adegbite, PS, Environmental Services, Gaji Omobolaji Tajudeen,  Chairman of  Task Force on Special Offences, CSP Sola Jejeloye. The team which also included heads of Agencies inspected System 157 (Orchid Road), System 44 (Lekki to Ikota), Mayegun Area (Jakande), Regional Road Alignment, Dodan Barracks and Obalende and Ilubirin.

Wahab stated that the tour is to ensure that the coastal alignment of the affected areas is secured and illegal settlements along the corridors removed. He added that by next week the spots will be cleared with the Lagos State Building Control  Agency (LABCA) involved in the proper regeneration of the axis.

“The government has cleared  Ijora and Obalende underbridge, Obalende, Apongbon underbridge, and Agege Red rail line amongst others. I would like to say that most of the cleaned places were notorious for harbouring criminals and were threats to residents” he said.

He said the team would also visit Aboru, Command, Abule-Egba to inspect ongoing work in the areas, stressing that the enforcement drive is a state-wide exercise. The Commissioner said enforcement would commence this week on System 157 (Orchid Road) to open the 40 metres drainage adding that this became necessary as people have built on the canal path and narrowed the primary channel thereby causing flooding in the area.

He said the government convened several stakeholder meetings with property owners and the affected residents who were served contravention notices in the last quarter of 2023 adding that since then, they have not seen commitment from the affected community members.

The team also visited  Ilubirin to ascertain the level of the ongoing project to install an underground tank to deflood Lagos Island awarded 3 years ago, with a confirmation from the contractor that the project will be delivered in 90 days. Ilubirin is strategic because the government is set to regenerate Isale Eko and environs and to do that,  there is a need to get the outflow of water through the Ilubirin path” he said.

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