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Oyetola floors Aregbesola in own ward, as faction alleges manipulation

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Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has floored his estranged godfather Rauf Aregbesola at his ward 8, Ifofin, Ilesha East in the ongoing primary election of All Progressives Congress (APC).

Aregbesola was not even present to vote at the ward during the exercise.

Arrowhead of the minister’s loyalists of Aregbesola at Ward 8, Ifofin, Ilesha East, Saheed Adegoke, confirmed that the Minister was not around to vote.

At the end of the exercise, the anointed aspirant of Aregbesola, Moshood Adeoti, score 146 votes against Governor Oyetola’s 309votes.

Meanwhile, Oyetola had expressed the optimism of carrying the day in the ongoing governorship primary when he spoke with newsmen shortly after voting at Ward 1 Boripe in Osun State.

The Governor commended the conduct of party members and the massive turnout despite intimidation from some quarters.

His words, “Let me say that the turnout has been meaningful and I thank God that we were able to do it peacefully.

“All the members of the party have the opportunity to decide who will carry the flag of the party… I happened to be one of the aspirants as well and I don’t expect anything less.

“I want to appeal to all our people all over the state to please maintain peace. This election process should not be a battlefield. It’s should not be a do-or-die affair.”

Speaking about the absence of agents of other aspirants in some voting centres, he said: “It is their choice not to be at the ward. We had the stakeholders meeting yesterday, we are all expected to have our agents around here, perhaps for whatever reason to decide not to be part of it, so I’m not bothered at all.

“I’ll win by the grace of God. I want to appeal to all of us to see this issue as a family affair. It’s APC all through.

“We should brace up for the challenge ahead. We are going to face another party in this campaign we don’t know yet.”

However, the faction loyal to Aregbesola has condemned the governorship primary.

In a statement by its spokesman, Abiodun Agboola, the faction alleged widespread irregularities in the exercise conducted by the Osun APC Primary Election Committee led by Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq of Kwara State.

“The Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq led Osun APC Primary Election Committee should know that the primary lacks credibility and fairness,” it said.

“It is necessary and important to inform the general public and Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq led Osun APC Primary Election Committee of the ongoing irregularities in the conduct of the primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State of Osun.

“We strongly condemned the conduct of the primary election because it is nothing but a sham with a fraudulent process to favour Governor Adegboyega Oyetola. Verified information from the agents of Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, our governorship aspirant, has it that there are no record and result sheets in any of the 332 wards of the state.”

The APC conducted the primary election across the 332 wards in the state using the direct mode which allows party members to choose the candidate of their choice.

Oyetola, who is seeking re-election for a second term, fell out recently with his predecessor and political godfather, Aregbesola, who now supports a former Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Moshood Adeoti.

A former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yussuff, is also a contender in Saturday’s exercise.

According to the Aregbesola faction, there was no proper accreditation in a majority of the ward collation centres where voting took place and the accreditation done in some places were skewed in favour of Governor Oyetola as his supporters were allowed to pass through the process without much ado.

It claimed that the names of many members of the APC who wanted to vote for Adeoti were missing in the register of the party, adding that they had envisaged such by calling for the display of the party register before the conduct of the primary.

The faction also alleged that appointees of the governor were used as collation officers, which made the purported rigging plan of Oyetola an easy task.

“Loyalists and supporters of Adeoti are being chased and some were brutally attacked in wards where they have a strong presence,” it said. “Oriade, Olorunda, Osogbo, Odo-Otin, Boripe, and Ile-Ife are the worst of this act of intimidation and disenfranchisement.

“Where results of the election were announced (not recorded), the figure declared for Oyetola was highly inflated in the affected wards. INEC officials were noticeably absent in most of the wards to monitor the election.

“This is unacceptable. It is a shame that a sitting governor could resort to malpractices in his desperate bid to secure a second term ticket.” (Based on reports by The Nation and Channels TV)

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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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