The Osun state governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, has called on his supporters to be prayerful ahead of the Supreme Court judgement.
The Supreme Court will on Friday, July 5 deliver judgment in the appeal filed he filed following the judgement of the Appeal Court which ruled in favour of Governor Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Adeleke’s Media Aide, Olumide Lawal in a statement said the senator called on his supporters to remain calm and be law-abiding.
He, therefore, expressed hope and confidence that “by the special grace of God and the judicial process,” he would emerge victorious on July 5.
While assuring the people of the state that he will not disappoint them when he eventually, “through the grace of God and instrumentally of the judiciary,” emerge victorious after the Supreme Court judgement, Adeleke urged his supporters to discountenance the utterances of the opposition “in their bid to whip up sentiments and lower their spirits.”
The lawmaker who said he had passed through the crucible and fire and came out untainted, pointed that this has prepared him solidly for the task of serving humanity without bias, ill-wind or grudge towards anybody as a God-fearing man, brought up in total humility and milk of human kindness in his veins to serve the less-privileged and physically disadvantaged people in the society.”
It could be recalled that the PDP candidate won the first round of the poll.
But the difference between void votes and birth candidates were high, prompting a rerun by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which returned Oyetola elected.
As long am the governor, no one will continue to lord over Edo State – Obaseki
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has said as long as he remains governor the state will not be used as a mere pawn in a political game by allowing a certain individual to continue to lord over the state, making all federal appointments and cancelling the elections he had conducted.
Speaking with members of the Benin Community resident in the Federal Capital Territory at Edo State Lodge, Abuja, on Friday, Obaseki said that individuals who were unhappy with his administration’s refusal to share state resources were behind the political crisis in the state.
The group led by Dickson Omoregie.
The governor further stated that he said he was focused on fulfilling his promise to the people of the state and that he would not be deterred even if he would serve for only one term.
Obaseki who also pointed tha5t he is not in office for money or fame insisted the state was peaceful despite the political crisis, adding that the people would have taken to the streets to protest against the decision of the House of Representatives to take over the state House of Assembly if there was no peace in the state.
“I did this (developing the state) silently behind the scenes for eight years before I became governor. The money we are getting from Abuja isn’t enough. So, given my background, I sought to bring investors so that they can engage our people.
“I have gone to great lengths to try to explain; it is about reform to change Edo from what it is to what we hope and pray for it to be.
“I don’t have any future political ambition, but only to finish by the grace of God and go back to my business which is suffering. I didn’t come to make money at Government House, I didn’t come to make a name. By the grace of God, He has given me one.
“Edo is for Edo people, not for individuals, no matter who they think they are, we all will play our own roles and leave, what will remain is our state.
“I have endured so much as governor. As governor, I have not been able to even nominate somebody for a federal appointment. Meanwhile, federal appointments are made every day, I will sit down they will call me from the Senate. Are you aware of this? I keep quiet; I cannot be governor and not be governor.”
Vice President Osinbajo Takes THE PUNCH To Court Over Fake News
Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osibajo will be taking THE PUNCH newspaper in an attempt to clear his name from the Corruption allegations against him.
The popular news outlet, PUNCH is in great difficulty as SimmonsCooper Partners, the law company formerly led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo gave the publishers 72 hours to withdraw a tale stating that Alpha Beta Consultation firm affiliated or engaged the company with an unlawful N100 billion tax.
The firm’s Managing Partner, Dapo Akinosun said;
“SimmonsCooper Partners’ (“the Firm”) attention has been drawn to certain allegations, assertions and other false accusations made against her in the front page of the Punch Newspapers of July 13th 2019, titled “Osinbajo’s firm linked to company fingered in alleged N100bn Alpha Beta scam” (“the Publication”);
“For the record, SimmonsCooper Partners refutes all the false allegations imputed against the firm, her members and persons currently or previously associated with the firm. The Publication singled out, not only SimmonsCooper Partners, but also Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) (GCON), a onetime senior partner and member of the firm, for public opprobrium;”
“The Publication contains untrue and highly defamatory statements towards the firm, some of which contain malicious falsehood. In doing so, defamatory statements are being communicated to millions of people throughout the world, diminishing the firm’s reputation and that of various individuals who have worked at, and continue to work, at SimmonsCooper Partners;”
“SimmonsCooper Partners states that it is not involved, in any shape or form, neither does it have a link with, the alleged tax evasion, money laundering, nor corruption claims alleged against any of the corporations identified in the Publication. For the avoidance of doubt, SimmonsCooper Partners has never retained a physical or correspondent address at “B5 Falomo Shopping Complex, South West Ikoyi, Victoria Island”.
“This address is copiously portrayed in the published CAC Form 2.1, purportedly, as proof of the linkage between the firm and the subject matter of the allegations, whereas, a cursory inquiry by Punch could have shown that this address is neither the firm’s registered address nor its principal office.”
“The firm categorically states that it has never been retained by Ocean Trust Limited to offer secretarial services as alleged by Punch Newspapers or at all. As is custom with filings as Company Secretary, there is no acceptance letter by the firm consenting to the purported appointment, or any other filing undertaken by the firm as Company Secretary at the registry of the Corporate Affairs Commission;”
“The Publication seems designed to damage the reputation of SimmonsCooper Partners and its past and current members rather than have any fair comment basis. The Publication was a false statement of fact, intentionally published in print and on the Internet, to millions of people within Nigeria and around the world. The malicious intent is demonstrated by the fact that a public search at the Corporate Affairs Commission shows that Ocean Trust Limited has a subsisting company secretary that had been appointed since 2011, which fact was curiously left out by the Punch Newspapers in the Publication. We believe that the Punch Newspaper’s admission to “rush to press” with the Publication, was motivated by malice and calculated to cause harm to the firm and its past and current members;”
“Further, the imputation that offering professional services to a company, by itself, creates an association with alleged wrongdoing, is neither customary nor reasonable. We are certain that Punch Newspapers has external legal advisers who will not be taken to be privy to, or actors in, the defamation alleged herein, or indeed in other matters of liability that may arise in the course of running Punch’s business. Offering professional services, by itself, cannot be characterized as wrongdoing.”
“The insinuation that the firm, its past and current members are somehow associated with alleged tax evasion, corruption, the suppression of investigation and obstruction of justice is not only unjustifiable and unreasonable, but also malicious in intent. Without more, the Publication has definitely held the firm up to scorn, ridicule, disgrace, and contempt in the minds of the readers of the Publication;”
“SimmonsCooper Partners, today, is a product of the combination of her members’ intellectual capital, industry and integrity garnered for several years. We are proud that Professor Osinbajo continues to epitomise these values even in public service. In line with international best practices, upon his election as Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Osinbajo resigned his membership of the firm;”
“The firm is aggrieved by the wanton, mischievous and most unprofessional manner in which the Punch Newspapers has published the defamatory statements in the Publication. SimmonsCooper Partners intends to seek redress to the fullest extent available in law and has requested the Punch Newspapers to do all of the following:”
• remove from publication in their entirety the defamatory publication and all online threads to prevent further harm to the Firm’s business;
• produce an apology and a declaration that the allegations referred to are false and defamatory and cause such apology and declaration to be published in each of the forums which have given or could give reason for our complaint (such apology to be approved by us prior to publication);
• provide details of the number of online posts made, together with website addresses;
• make proposals for the payment to us of damages for the harm caused to our reputation; and
• undertake to actively monitor and delete any newly published defamatory content relating to the Firm.
“If the defamatory Publication and threads are not permanently removed and the above undertakings are not complied within the stipulated period, SimmonsCooper Partners reserves the right to undertake further action as appropriate.”
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