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Ambode’s commissioner dumps APC, campaigns for Jimi Agbaje

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Ambode's commissioner dumps APC, campaigns for Jimi Agbaje

Lagos state commissioner for energy and mineral resources, Wale Oluwo has suddenly left the All Progressive Congress (APC), vowing to work for Jimi Agbaje, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the next governorship election, TOPNAIJA.NG can confirm.

Oluwo has reached out to the camp of Agbaje ahead of the election.

The aggrieved APC member has also quit the cabinet of Akinwumi Ambode, governor of the state.

In his resignation letter, seen by TOPNAIJA.NG, Oluwo accused the leadership of the ruling party of being anti-democratic in the process through which Babajide Sanwo-Olu emerged as the flagbearer of the APC in the 2019 governorship election.

Sanwo-Olu, who enjoyed the support of Mandate Movement, a group loyal to Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the party, made history by beating a sitting governor to the ticket of the party.

Oluwo said the governorship primary has diminished the reputation of the APC in the state.

He alleged that a powerful group in the APC had been violating the principle of separation of powers and “intimidating critical institutions of democracy in the state”.

Oluwo, like Ambode, is from Epe local government area of the state:

Below is the letter he sent to the chairman of the APC in Lagos:

A few hours ago, I submitted to His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, a letter of resignation of my appointment as the Honourable Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources. Consequently, as a registered member of the All Progressives Congress, I have deemed it necessary to formally notify you of my intention to reconsider my membership status.

My decision to resign is not unconnected with the events of the last few weeks, which have created a heavy moral burden for me. I have found it rather difficult to come to terms or rationalize the party’s conduct of the October 2018 primary elections, which were largely characterized by massive voter disenfranchisement, intimidation, violence, undue influence and non-compliance with all known principles of democracy. In the particular case of the gubernatorial primary, which was conducted using the “open ballot” option in violation of the guidelines of the APC that specified the “open-secret ballot” option, it is clear to me that the core principles of merit, competence, justice and fairness have been sacrificed by the APC on the altar of political expediency.

The integrity-deficient nature of the primary has significantly diminished the hard-earned reputation of our State as a reference point for free and fair democratic practice. Ihave struggled for weeks to understand the rationale for the apparent desperation and brigandage brazenly displayed by the party apparatchik in the various elections. Ihad never thought such vicious attack could be unleashed on the progress that the state had made in its steady democratic journey.

The indifference of the APC to the continued use of an arm of government by a powerful group within the party, to intimidate critical institutions of democracy in the State, undermines the doctrine of separation of powers, creates an atmosphere of uncertainty and impairs government’s ability to implement policies and programmes that will benefit the majority of the people. This is in conflict with my strongly held belief that group interest, no matter how powerful, must be subordinated to the interest of the majority.

I am convinced that the present atmosphere of encirclement will not abate anytime soon. I therefore resign my membership of the All Progressives Congress, immediately.

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DSS finally speaks up on continued detention of Omoyele Sowore

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The Department of State Service has finally spoken up on the continued detention of the convener of the #RevolutionNow protests, Mr. Omoyele Sowore.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday, the spokesman for the Service, Mr. Peter Afunanya, insisted that the appropriate persons have not come for his release.

He claimed that personnel of the service were being threatened and despite that, the DSS has continued to hold the rights of citizens in high standard.

The DSS spokesman explained that those who came for Sowore’s release were protesters and administrative procedures must be followed for him to be released.

He stressed that only the persons who stood as sureties for Sowore can secure his release from the DSS custody.

Sowore has remained in the custody of the Service, weeks after a Federal High Court in Abuja granted him bail along with his co-defendant, Mr. Olawale Bakare, with some conditions.

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Another tanker carrying kerosene has fallen in Onitsha

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Another tanker has fallen at Tarzan area, along Owerri/Onitsha expressway, in Onitsha, Anambra State on Tuesday.

The tanker was loaded with kerosene reports and it would be the tenth tanker to fall around Anambra State, within a space of two months.

In October, two tankers ladened with petroleum products fell in Onitsha, causing loss of lives, wares belonging to traders, houses and cars parked in automobile mechanic workshops.

Tuesday’s incident happened at about 10 am, which showed that the driver defied a previous order given by the state government which banned tankers from carrying petroleum products in the state at day.

The state police command’s public relations officer, SP Haruna Mohammed confirmed the incident, saying that men from the command were on ground to forestall any outbreak of fire.

Governor Willie Obiano, while placing a ban on the movement of Petrol laden tankers a month ago had called on security agencies, including the police to strictly enforce the ban.

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Pastor arrested with coffin, female underwear in Enugu

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A self-acclaimed pastor, Sunday Egbo has been arrested by the Enugu State Police Command and paraded after a small coffin, multiple female pants and braziers were recovered from his house.

Samuel is the General Overseer and founder of Christ Mercy Ministry, Ajuonu, Obukpa, Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State.

The end came for the said pastor after he allegedly raped a female member who had come for prayers.

The development led to his arrest and subsequent recovery of the items.

He told journalists that he procured the coffin and other items from a native doctor in Kogi State, with the hope of making money and attracting favour.

While admitting to raping the female member, the pastor said, “I paid the native doctor N200,000, to get the coffin and the flute. He told me to do certain things, after which I will get a Ghana-Must-Go bag full of money in my room.

“But after two weeks, the money did not come as the native doctor told me.”

He left advice for other men of God.

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10 corpses get burnt in fire outbreak at OAU morgue

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It is double wahala for dead body as ten corpses were burnt in a fire outbreak that occurred at the morgue of the Anatomy Department, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State today November 19th.

The corpses were being used by the students of the department for their practicals were kept in the OAU morgue.

 

Confirming the incident, the spokesperson for Osun Police Command, Folasade Odoro, said no life was lost in the incident.  She added that the cause of the fire is being investigated.

 

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62 year old man sentenced for drug trafficking in Lagos

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A Federal High Court in Lagos has sentenced a 62-year-old man, Nurudeen Aremu, to nine years in jail for drug trafficking in cocaine.

Aremu was charged by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on three counts bordering on conspiracy and drug trafficking.

Aremu was first arraigned on March 7, and he pleaded not guilty. However, on Nov. 14, he opted to change his plea and was subsequently re-arraigned. On his re-arraignment, he admitted guilt.

On Nov. 15, the Prosecution counsel, Mrs Juliana Iroabuchi, tendered nine exhibits which were all admitted.

Justice Onyetenu found Aremu guilty of the offence and sentenced him to four years imprisonment on count one, three years’ imprisonment on count two and two years jail term on count three.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel said that Aremu committed the offences on Dec. 27, 2018.

She said that he was arrested at the Gate C, Departure Hall of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, during an outward clearance of passengers on board an Ethiopian Airline flight to India.

Iroabuchi said that Aremu concealed 2.66kg of cocaine in a brown travelling bag.

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“I am not owing workers”, Yahaya Bello claims after election victory

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Newly elected Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, on Tuesday, rubbished claims that he was owing salaries, stressing that such were “lies.”

Bello said his administration met salary backlog owed workers in the state, but insisted that his administration was not owing workers.

The governor-elect, who said this while featuring on Channels Television, also alleged that thugs of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stabbed a resident after he was declared the winner of Saturday’s election.

Bello also alleged that the wife of his deputy was also shot after he emerged winner of the election.

He said:

“All these reports of me owing salaries are lies. Past governors of Kogi State were owning salaries starting from Audu to my immediate predecessor. Kogi state is not owning any dime at the state level, what is left is the ten percent from the previous government.

“As for El-Rufai kneeling, he was begging that Kogi people should forgive Bello for ensuring security and ensuring the state was peaceful and not because he could not pay salaries.”

 

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FUTA suspends 6 over viral assault video

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6 Students of the Federal University Of Technology Akure (FUTA), Ondo State who were involved in assaulting a fellow student have been indefinitely suspended.

The incident which was captured in a viral video showed the victim get beaten up and injured by her attackers in a private hostel.

Confirming the development, the Dean of Students’ Affairs of the University, Prof. Gbenga Onibi disclosed that since the video went viral, the authorities have been working to identify the attackers and achieved success through the cooperation of the students.

“It came as a shock and no one is happy about it, we saw the trending video and we were contacted; since then the university has been working to get all those involved.

“We were lucky enough while working on that and realised that the students were unease because they were not happy at the act. They tried to locate the assaulters; luckily we have been able to identify six of them, even the cameraman that shot the video.”

 

He added that the University has a zero-tolerance for such activities and the students have been immediately suspended.

 

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Court of Appeal upholds Taraba Governor’s election

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Taraba Governor Darius Ishaku

The Court of Appeal has affirmed Mr Darius Ishaku of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), as the duly elected Governor of Taraba state.

A five-man panel of the court that sat in Abuja led by Justice Chidi Uwa held that the current Taraba governor was duly elected.

The court held that the All Progressive Congress (APC) had no candidate in the March 9, 2019 governorship election in Taraba state, by virtue of the disqualification of Mr Abubakar Danladi, by a Federal High Court in Jalingo on the 6th of March 2019.

 

The Taraba State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had on the 20th of September 2019, delivered a judgment that Mr Danladi was not qualified to contest the 2019 election.

The appellants failed to prove their claims that the election was marred by irregularities and failure to comply with the electoral act. It dismissed the appeal for lacking merit.

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Archbishop of Canterbury replies SERAP’s letter on Sowore

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Revd Justin Portal Welby has responded to an open letter by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) concerning the continued detention of Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare

SERAP had urged him to use his good offices and friendship with President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on him to obey court orders most recently involving activists who had remained in arbitrary detention despite a court order for their release.

This development was disclosed in a statement on Tuesday by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare.

Responding on behalf of the Archbishop of Canterbury through an email last night, Dominic Goodall, the Chief Correspondence Officer at the Lambeth Palace, said:

Goodall’s email read in part:

“Thank you for taking the time to share your comments and concerns on this matter, which have been noted. Please be assured that I will communicate your concerns to the Archbishop and his staff team so that they are aware of your concerns. Thank you again for taking the time to write.

“We are very delighted that our letter and the concerns that it raises have caught the attention of the Archbishop. Given his public record for justice and human rights, we have absolutely no doubt that he will prevail on President Buhari to obey not just the court order for the release of Sowore and Bakare but all court orders.

“But it should never have reached this level, as the government ought to have obeyed court orders as a matter of routine”

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“Nigerians deserve Buhari”- Reno Omokri, speaks on Kogi Election

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Reno Omokri, a former aide to ex-president to Goodluck Jonathan claims Nigerian deserve the leadership of President Buhari. He also gave reasons why he has been silent on the outcome of the Kogi election.

Omokri took to Twitter on Monday to announce that his silence was as a result of the attitude of Nigerians towards him and the likes of Femi Fani-Kayode and Dino Melaye.

Describing Nigerians as being ungrateful, the former presidential spokesman further announced that henceforth he will stop criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and concentrate on evangelism.

According to him, Nigerians deserved the Buhari-led government.

Omokri on his Twitter page wrote

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