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Ogun APC Youths Protest Against Oshiomole Over Imposition of Candidates

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Ogun State All Progressives Congress Youths, Friday, staged a protest demanding the recognition of their anointed candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, as its flag bearer of the gubernatorial elections.

This is coming few hours after a solidarity rally was held by 276 Councillors of the party, backing the candidature of Dapo Abiodun, on Thursday, at Iperu-Remo.

Akinlade, the anointed candidate of Governor Ibikunle Amosun was defeated in the state’s APC governorship primary.

Prior to the National Working Committee-backed primary, on October 2, the state chapter of the party declared Akinlade, the party exco consensus governorship candidate, as the winner of a primary election.

But the results were not signed by the chairman of the electoral committee and any of the agents of the five other gubernatorial aspirants.

Another election was conducted by the the National Working Committee (NWC) on October 3 throughout the 236 wards across the 20 Local Governments Area of Ogun State.

The chairman of the committee Ndabawa said Abiodun polled 102, 305 votes to emerge winner while Akinlade had 23, 443 votes. Other contestants included Jimi Lawal, who won 51, 153 votes, Abimbola Ashiru with 29, 764 votes, Senator Gbenga Kaka got 17,771 votes and Abayomi Hunye 9,110 votes.

The Muhammad Ndabawa-led electoral committee sent to Ogun State by the party during the primary on October 4 declared Dapo Abiodun winner of the direct governorship primary.

The declaration of Abiodun as the APC candidate led to controversies in the state chapter of the party. It resulted into the protest by the youths that walked from the Cultural Centre, Kuto, through to the Governor’s Office at Oke-Mosan bearing placards with inscriptions like “No to imposition, return our collective mandate to Akinlade”, “Don’t impose unpopular candidate on us”, “We want Akinlade and not Abiodun” among others.

The APC youth leader Yemi Amusa, said the youths are solidly behind Akinlade and would continue to resist any imposition by the leadership of the party until justice is done.

“We are here today so that history will be recorded that youths in the APC fold are protesting against the inaction of the National Working Committee and leadership of the party for denying us our mandate,” Amusa said.

“We are here to express our displeasure on the recognition of Abiodun as the party’s candidate. We will never agree with the decision of both the NWC and Oshiomhole. Abiodun can never and will never be our candidate. We will fight this injustice. This demonstration is just a tip of the iceberg,” he added.

Amusa, therefore, affirmed that the election that pronounced Akinlade as the winner of the October 2 governorship primaries conducted by the leadership of the party in the State was monitored by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and relevant security agencies.

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Tribunal Affirms Ihedioha’s Election As Imo Governor

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The Imo State Election Tribunal has affirmed the election of Emeka Ihedioha as governor of the state.

The chairman of the tribunal, Justice Umar Dogondaji, in his ruling on Saturday, dismissed the petition of Senator Hope Uzodinma because he did not discharge the burden of proof of the allegation that his results were excluded from the final results of the election.

He also dismissed the petition of the All Progressives Grand Alliance and its governorship candidate Senator Ifeanyi Arareume for lacking in merit as well as that of the candidate of the Action Alliance Party, Mr. Uche Nwosu, for incompetence.

The witnesses were discredited under cross-examination.

They all confirmed that there was no signature of the presiding officers on the documents they tendered as the results of the election in the various units in the state.

The judgment was delivered at the FCT High Court in Jabi, Abuja after a briefing in Owerri, the Imo State capital, where it had received and entertained several petitions.

The governorship candidates of the Action Alliance, All Progressives Congress, (APC) and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), had filed petitions at the tribunal asking it to nullify the election of Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on the ground that he was unlawfully declared as the governor of the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

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Ten Wedding Guests Died In Ekiti Road Crash

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An accident involving wedding guest in Ekiti has occurred along Ado-Ikere road of the state which left many dead and several injured

At least 10 wedding guests have died in a motor accident on the Ikere-Ado Road in Ekiti State.

Several others also sustained injuries in the accident. 
The accident involved an 18 seater bus with registration number Ekiti LG 05 MUE.

Eyewitnesses confirmed that the victims were returning from a wedding reception when the tragedy occured.

One witness, Abiodun, told Dammylink that the driver lost control of the vehicle’s wheel. 

He said, “The vehicle was speeding and summasulted several times immediately the driver lost control of the wheel. 

“I counted at least 10 bodies on the road before the arrival of officials of Federal Road Safety Corps.

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Government Grants Amnesty To 13 Armed Bandits

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Niger State Government has granted amnesty to 13 suspected armed bandits that were arrested by security operatives along Kontonkoro axis in Magama Local Government Area of the state.

Gov. Abubakar Bello disclosed this while delivering a keynote address at the 2nd General Abdulsalami Abubakar Foundation Annual Peace Lecture on Saturday in Minna.

He said the bandits were released based on the dialogue and peace deal as well as agreement reached by the government and the bandits from the area in August.

The governor said the peace accord reached had led to a gradual reduction in activities of armed bandits
and kidnappings in the area.

“After hearing them on why they decided to engage themselves in such activities, we had to go into a peace agreement with them in the interest of peace and for them to help us with useful information to tackle spate of insecurity in the state,” he said.

The governor noted that they have been cooperating and helping security agencies with useful information on how to identify unrepentant bandits who were still terrorising the state.

He said the repentant suspects have been engaged into various trade and skill acquisition programmes, adding that the same approach would be applied with bandits in Pandogari, Allawa and Erena areas of the state, NAN reports.

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