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Coalition of civil society organizations in Osun calls for sack of Buhari’s minister

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Coalition of Civil Society organisations in Osun State has demanded the immediste sack of the minister of interior Rauf Aregbesola over his unguarded utterances that are capable of aggravating the already tensed security situation in the country.

Aregbesola who was a two term commissioner for works in Lagos State also became Governor of Osun State for two terms and is now the minister of interior had taken on his erswhile godfather calling him names.

Although Aregbesola came short of mentioning Tinubu’s name, he launched some verbal attacks at the APC National Leader over his faceoff with Oyetola.

He said that Tinubu abused his leadership and suddenly assumed the god complex.

“We followed and served this leader with all our might. In fact, our loyalty to him had caused some people to start wondering if we were no longer Muslims,” he said.

Apparently piqued by how he had freely embarrassed the APC national leader the spokesperson of the coalition, Dr. wasiu Oyedotun Ali during a press conference in Abuja on Thursday demand that President Muhammadu Buhari, call Mr. Rauf Aregbesola to order and charge him to focus on his official responsibilities instead of going about causing civil unrest.

According to him, failure to do that will embolden him to inflame the otherwise peaceful Osun State. “Where he cannot be cautioned, we demand his outright sack or redeployment if he cannot act responsibly in line with the dictates of the Office he presently holds. 

“A Public Officer must never be seen acting contrary to the spirit and provisions of the Nigerian Constitution.

“Where the Federal Government is unable to act swiftly to caution Mr. Aregbesola, the Senate of the Federal Republic must show capacity by sanctioning his sack and impressing it on the President to effect same. “Failure to do this will obviously bring disrepute to the exalted office of the Honourable Minister.
Dr. Ali also urge the President to withdraw all security agents attached to him, except men of the Nigeria Police, to prevent him from turning them in to agents of criminality, used to undermine not just the the Nigeria Police Force, but also National security efforts, especially in Osun.
Dr Ali quoted Part 1 (Code of Conduct for Public Officers) of the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that clearly provides in Section 1 (General) that “A Public Officer shall not put himself in a position where his personal interest conflicts with his duties and responsibilities.”
Section 9 (Abuse of Powers) of the same Fifth Schedule provides that “A Public Officer shall not do or direct to be done, in abuse of his office, any arbitrary act prejudicial to the rights of any other person knowing that such an act is unlawful or contrary to any government policy.”
He accused the minister of having violated the sections so quoted in his utterances.

“Mr. Rauf Aregbesola in the past one week has engaged in public shows of rascality, encouragement of followers to behave in manners that undermine the superintendence of the present administration in the State, denigration of Elder Statesmen, among many others.

“We reckon that a public officer, expected to act in manners that promote public security, but who is seen making utterances that encourage violence, insubordination and disrespect to constituted authority, is acting a script that can only promote disunity, acrimony and unrest. 
“We state unequivocally that recent utterances of the Minister of Interior, are today heating the polity in Osun State to a point where residents now fear for their lives. 
“While we understand the expediency of political games, we do not see any reason why a government official will be leading a process that is leading to unrest.
“While superintending over Security Agencies under the Ministry of Interior, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has now turned security details attached to him by these Agencies into tools of political warfare, clearly undermining the jurisdiction of the Nigeria Police Force in maintaining security in Osun State.
“We have seen recently how men of the NSCDC, the NIS and the NCS sporadically shot in the air to terrify citizens of the State in Osogbo and other towns within the State. We refer to the official release of the Osun State Police Command, concerning the actions of men of the NSCDC, NIS and NCS. 

He quoted the Command’s Spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, to have accused the Minister of Interior, of moving in a convoy of personnel of NSCDC, Correctional Service, Immigration, as well as some unidentified armed people, suspected to be political thugs along Orisumbare/MFS Road, Osogbo.
“Suddenly, some of the security escorts of the minister started shooting sporadically into the air without any provocation nor attack, thereby causing members of the public to scramble for their safety. Thirteen empty shells of G-3, assault and AK-37 rifle were recovered along the road after the minister’s departure. No casualty, however, was recorded”
“The Osun State Command of the Nigeria Police Force is aware and has expressly stated it, that men of the aforementioned security agencies, in collusion with unidentified armed thugs, terrified innocent citizens in Osogbo and other towns of the State, on Monday, 14th February, 2022. 
“From all intents and purposes, the shooting was aimed at instilling fear in the minds of perceived political opponents and showing to the public that Mr. Aregbesola possesses capacity to set the State on fire if tempted to so do. 
“While it remains illegal to use Officers of Security Agencies who should be protecting the public to terrorize same members of the public, it is criminal for a Public Officer to be the one behind such acts of insurrection and criminality.

“By set structure of governance, men of the Nigeria Police Force are primarily responsible for the maintenance of law and order, while also being directly responsible for prosecution of persons found guilty of crimes. “The NSCDC, also saddled with responsibilities that closely agree with the mandates of the NPF, is required to work with the Police in ensuring a safe society for all.

“However, having had its officers utilized as agents of terror on Monday, 14th February 2022, the NSCDC is today at loggerheads with the Police Force in Osun State. 
“After the Osun State Command of the NPF had released its official position on the shootings that occurred in Osogbo on Monday, the NSCDC immediately went on the defensive, claiming that its men only protected the Minister from an attack from hoodlums, a claim that the Police had since faulted.
“Aregbesola, despite being responsible for coordination of public security, is, by his actions, promoting disunity and insubordination between two key security agencies that should ordinarily be cooperating. This portends grave danger for the maintenance of peace and security within Osun State and indeed, Nigeria.
“It is needless to say, that a political war, orchestrated by a public officer, now culminating in an inter-agency war can only spell doom for maintenance of order in a country that is already battling with several security challenges.”

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LP digs into archives, unearth document that limits NLC power to take party

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In its effort to regain legitimacy the Labour Party (LP) has started digging into its archive to produce historical limitations to the powers of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) over the Labour Party (LP).

According to the letter displayed by the LP, the Nigerian Labour Congress does not have any status conferred by the statute over the Labour Party; instead, it enjoys the status of any member of the Labour Party.

The letter written in 2015, signed by Mrs Augusta C. Ogakwu, Secretary to the Commission, and addressed to the former leader of the Labour Party, Ayuba Wabba, reads: “With reference to your letter on the above subject dated August 5″, 2015, I am directed to inform you that the Commission has reviewed relevant documents and records in its possession in respect of the Labour Party and has established the following:

“Membership of the Labour Party as provided in Articles 1 and 9 of the Labour Party’s Constitution, 2009, does not confer any special or superior status on the Nigeria Labour Congress.”

The letter, INEC/DEPMI/LP/16/T/68, is entitled: Re: request for INEC’s Urgent Intervention To Arrest The Activities Of An Imposter Group In Labour Party

The letter further said, “In accordance with Article 15(7) of the Labour Party Constitution, 2009, the elected National Executive Committee (NEC) has a tenure of four (4) years.”

In a commentary signed by the National Publicity of Labour Party, Pastor Obiora Ifoh, Labour leaders should acquaint themselves with history to avoid unnecessary conflict

The comment reads, in part: “A good student learns from history. If people refuse to learn from history, history will continue to repeat itself. When the Nigeria Labour Congress attempted to crookedly take over the leadership of the Labour Party in 2015 and wrote INEC, INEC replied that they had no locus standi to interfere or change the leadership of the party.

“They have failed to learn from that trajectory, and it is surprising that Joe Ajaero’s NLC is also taking the same line of action and trajectory, and they are expecting a different result.

“A reasonable NLC would have been thinking of how to consolidate with the leadership of the Labour Party having made huge exploits and having achieved great results from the 2023 general election; rather, they have chosen a collision cause that will neither help them nor help Nigerians.

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Olusola Oke says, he did not commit crime for marrying an Igbo woman

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Barrister Olusola Oke addressing the media after the submission of his expression of interest and nomination forms for the November Governorship election in Ondo State.
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**Admits he is a polygamist

A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming Ondo State governorship election, Olusola Oke has put to rest the misinformation about his marital status and the politics of the first Lady of the State disclosing he is a polygamist

The Social media had been awashed with tweets from his opponents in Ondo State telling people not to vote for him as his Ibo wife will visit tyranny on the State like the immediate past first Lady, Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu.

Reacting to a poser on the issue with reference to a tweet making the round on social media that reads,
“Say no to Olusola Oke, we don’t want another Igbo tyrant first Lady in our place. The last 8 years had been hell under Mrs Betty-Anyanwu Akeredolu, Olusola should simply go to his wife’s state to contest”
He said, in a contest like this, you don’t expect everybody to be your friend and when they cannot find fault in you, they will look for something.
“First and foremost there is a good population of Igbos in Ondo State who are members of APC, when you say that what you are doing is provoking them to support me.
“In Nigeria, it is unconstitutional for anybody to discriminate against another on the grounds of the circumstances of his birth, his tribe or marriage. So what the person is tweeting is unconstitutional.
“It is not against any law in Nigeria to marry from another section of the country but these people have also forgotten, they keep writing about my junior wife, I am a polygamist.
“They have checked my credentials they know they cannot find fault in terms of relevant requirements, they cannot say that I am not well educated, they cannot question the integrity based on my certificate, they cannot question experience.
“They cannot question my good looks, so they must get something to talk about. Yes the social media is awashed but you will never see me comment. We are talking about competence and the development of the State, you are talking about being married to an Igbo.
“It is a funny story, but the truth of the matter is I married a Yoruba woman first in my life, an Ilaje woman, we have been married for the last 41 years. She is a PhD holder, she has served Ondo State for 35years, even in her right she could be governor of Ondo State, yet when they write, they misinform deliberatly to denigrate my person.
“I haven’t committed any crime and I am happy at the tweet, look at what some said, that the Ibo woman is the most generous woman they had ever seen.
“I have got women, pretty, don’t look at them, they are well mannered women, I have not told anyone who will be my first Lady. Obviously those who write, are not with me.”
The aspirant had visited the Party’s national secretariat to submit his expression of interest and nomination forms on Friday

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LP crisis: Obi drops bombshell, says he will leave if leadership fails to change

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The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party(LP)in the 2023 general elections, Mr. Peter Obi, has taken many Nigerians by surprise when he hinted about the possibility of dumping the party ahead of the 2027 election season if the leadership of the party failed to toe the part of integrity.
This is coming against the backdrop that the Labour Party held what was described by stakeholders as a kangaroo convention that even the Electoral Umpire; the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has discredited.
Obi had advised the leadership of the party to tarry a while for proper consultation before the convention, but the leaders went ahead with the convention.
They also reserved the 2027 presidential ticket of the Party for Peter Obi and that of Abia State for Alex Otti the incumbent Governor who is yet to be 10 months on the saddle even when they decided not to take part in the gathering
Obi gave the hint during an engagement with his supporters on his Verified X space hosted by Parallel Facts, yesterday.

The former Amambra State Governor explained that his primary focus which dedicated members of the Obidient Movement have aligned with; is all about making Nigeria work for all citizens, as such, he refused to be distracted.

According to him, the contrived crisis in the Labour Party was part of a distractive strategy which neither he nor his supporters were willing to fall for.

Obi said, “Our engagement is about Nigeria, they are trying to change our focus what we want to do is not about Labour Party it is about what the Obidients want to do about Nigeria.

“We are thinking about water, we are thinking about power, we are thinking about employment, thinking about security that should be our focus.

“The other matter we will deal with. We were somewhere , we didn’t start with Labour.

“I’m a Christain. Jesus said, when you go into a city try to change them, live with them ,fast with them, if in the end you can’t you come out and even wash the sand that is on your shoes .

“He didn’t say go there and die with them. I tell you, I’m making spirited efforts to change them (LP) but I’m not going to die with them.

“That will not stop what we set out to do, We will try to change them (LP), if we can’t, we will leave them, we will not die with them.” End

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