I’ve spent N2bn on constituency projects — Osun lawmaker

Lawmaker representing Osun Central senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Olubiyi Fadeyi, on Tuesday, disclosed that he has spent a total sum of N2 billion on intervention funds, empowerment programmes, and commissioning of various projects for the betterment of people in his constituency.

The lawmaker who dropped the hint at an empowerment programme in Osogbo where he listed his achievements in the last 180 days in office, pledged to do his best in improving his people’s economic status and at the same time make them self-reliant in their different areas of specialisations.

Senator Fadeyi while unveiling the construction of a road in Ikirun, the installation of street lighting system in major communities across the senatorial district, hinted further that, he donated vehicles to the party leadership in each of the 10 local government areas in the Senatorial District.

“In all, we focus on infrastructure that’s why we can say that we are able to commission a road today in five months and our pledge is to do about 3.5 kilometres in two to three years and 7.5 kilometre rural roads,” he stressed.

He stressed, “This is an empowerment program and it is funded by our development partners. We cannot do it all. We can only try our best. Wherever I made a mistake, please call my attention to it. I have started some mini-projects since I was elected in February.

“Today, I’m giving the party a bus each for our local government which will be of benefit to the leaders and excos of our party. Also, our senatorial leader will collect a bus.

“What Osogbo town wanted is a Federal university and I have tabled it at the National Assembly. The bill has already gone through the first reading and I am very sure it will pass the second reading very soon.

“Also, I asked for assistance for Ifon and Ilobu communities due to their loss during the recent communal clash and our Minister, Beta Edu would soon bring relief materials to the communities.

“I am giving out N50 million to over 3,000 people to assist them in their businesses. I have provided five transformers to Osogbo, Olorunda, Odo-Otin and Ila Local Governments. I can promise that I will do more next year.

“The road we are commissioning today costs N80 million naira. In Ikirun, we constructed road and gave them solar light. We are going to start Ajagunla race from next year from Ila to Oke Ila and that would be for our youths.”

Speaking at the event, Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke charged beneficiaries of the initiatives to make good use of whatever they are given.

He said, “If it is cash, they should invest the money, if it is tools they collect, they should use them for the right purpose. They must not sell them. If they make good use of these tools, we will be able to eliminate poverty in our state.”

Represented by his deputy, Kola Adewusi, the governor further remarked, “You can see how joyful the people are because of this empowerment programme. I want to congratulate Senator Fadeyi. He should keep it up because there is no other way you can keep your electoral promises than, through this kind of initiative.

“While the state government is playing its own role, our senators are contributing their own quota and House of Representative members are also expected to organise empowerment initiatives. Before long, dividend of democracy will reach every part of the state.”

He further advised beneficiaries to use money and tools given to them to improve their economic fortune saying, more of such empowerment initiatives should be expected from political officeholders and the government.

Adewusi charged the beneficiaries to use the opportunity to raise their social status and make a decent living.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Hon. Sunday Bisi described PDP administration in the state as second to none.

He commended the efforts of all political office holders under the platform of the party for their humanitarian rendering services and charged them to sustain the tempo.

The party Chairman who affirmed that, the party would never let people of the state down in any way, commended the efforts of the lawmaker in ensuring that, people of his constituent are well put into consideration in his schemes of programmes.

Hon. Bisi who warned against politics of bitterness, segregation, nepotism and other forms of retrogressive attitudes that could draw back the party’s progress, charged members of the public to disregard a cross-section of party members trying to put the name of the party into the mud.

(Tribune)

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Adeleke vows to end ‘japa’ among Osun youths

Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State has said his administration is creating an enabling environment to retain health professionals in the state against the japa syndrome.

Adeleke said this at the inauguration of the Osun Health Insurance Scheme office complex in Abere, Osogbo.

He said, “We have targeted action against the japa syndrome. Our government has approved the full payment of hazard allowances to all our health staff (members) as approved by the Federal Government.

“We also intend to replace all healthcare workers that have left with new ones with improved packages. And this had been adequately appropriated for in the 2024 budget.”

The governor also said that his administration planned to renovate all 332 focal primary health centres and some comprehensive health centres in the state.

He said the OHIS office complex was provided to create an environment conducive to the administration of health insurance policies for better health for Osun citizens.

“Our government recognises the importance of health insurance and intends to reduce or even eliminate out-of-pocket payment for treatment in the hospitals.

“That is the reason for making it compulsory for all political office holders to enrol in the Osun Health Insurance Scheme, in addition to civil servants who are also compulsorily enrolled.

“I want to use this opportunity to encourage the informal sector, traders, artisans, businessmen, unions, etc to key into the programme,” he added.

(Punch)

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Osun: All inherited projects will be completed — Gov Adeleke

The Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has restated that his administration was committed to completing all inherited projects from previous administrations.

Governor Adeleke made this known on Friday, at the commissioning of the Osun State Health Insurance Agency, OHIA office complex, Osun State Secretariat complex, Abere.

The governor while maintaining that there was a need to ensure that public funds were not wasted due to projects abandoned by succeeding administrations added that he has also decided that more inherited projects would be completed and put to use.

This he insisted is regardless of the differences in political affiliations.

Adeleke also revealed that the challenges confronting the health sector in the state, especially inadequate manpower, had been addressed in the 2024 budget.

“I invite our people to remember that I pledged to complete all abandoned and uncompleted projects inherited from the previous administrations. I remain committed to that obligation.

“Public funds must never be wasted due to political differences. I have completed several of such uncompleted projects. Today, we are commissioning another inherited project to house a very successful state agency, the OHIS. From this new edifice, our administration will continue its drive towards expanded health coverage and access.”

The governor promised to enhance various health initiatives of the administration further and rehabilitate more health facilities to ensure access to quality healthcare services across the state.

(Daily Post)

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Osun: Gov. Adeleke has not appointed new Chief Judge – Commissioner

Osun State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Barrister Kolapo Alimi, said Adeleke had not appointed anyone as acting Chief Judge.

Alimi said Adeleke in his communication to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, only notified him of the current investigation of Osun Chief Judge and made a recommendation to the National Judicial Council for the appointment of an acting Chief Judge.

He said, “The government of Osun State has denied news reports that Governor Ademola Adeleke has removed the Chief Judge and appointed an acting Chief Judge, clarifying that the governor had only forwarded the resolution of the House of Assembly and recommendation for an acting appointment to the Chief Justice of Nigeria for decision and action.

“With all sense of responsibility, it is important to set the records straight that Governor Adeleke has only duly notified the Chief Justice as the Chairman of the National Judicial Council in writing about the resolutions of the House of Assembly following a series of petitions made against the sitting Chief Judge of Osun State.

“In the communication, Mr Governor intimated the CJN of the recommendation of the House that the Chief Judge should step aside and include his own submission for an acting appointment to fill the vacuum while the NJC reviews and decides on the petition.

“To that end, the governor, in the same letter, recommended to the CJN, the appointment of the most senior judicial officer, Hon.Justice Olayinka  Afolabi, for thorough consideration and further processing by the same NJC through the CJN.”

The commissioner said Adeleke was a man of due process and rule of law with a deep level of respect for the Bar and the bench, the NJC and the country’s constitution.

“We assure the public that Mr Governor is fully aware of the limit of his powers as well as the responsibilities of the various agencies of government and will, therefore, not act in any way to violate the constitution and rule of law,” Alimi said.

Meanwhile, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in Osun and the opposition All Progressives Congress traded words on Sunday over the CJ saga.

The Osun APC, in a statement by its chairman, Tajudeen Lawal, berated the governor, saying he was uninformed about the constitutional provisions on the matter of CJ.

“When the blind leads the blind, the fall of all of them will be catastrophic which is what is being witnessed in Osun State today.

“The haphazard handling of the CJ’s suspension by the Osun State lawmakers further confirms the allegation by the public that nothing beneficial to the citizenry can evolve from the Assembly, which 16 of its members are alleged to be Yahoo chieftains?

“One is safe to conclude that the House of Assembly under the speakership of Wale Egbedun has an image problem to contend with before the members of the public can take them seriously that they are not the suckers and lapdogs of Governor Adeleke.”

But responding, the Osun PDP, in a statement by its chairman, Sunday Bisi, declared support for the governor and the House of Assembly on the handling of the CJ’s matter, saying Adeleke demonstrated competence and patriotism in his handling of state matters.

Bisi said, “In the case of issues around the Chief Judge, Governor Adeleke has done the right thing by communicating the development to the National Judicial Council for action. The NJC had received the governor’s letter since last Thursday, putting paid to all ambiguities and misinformation.

“The sign of a good leader is the capacity to set records straight in cases of misinformation. This is what Mr Governor has done. The state PDP reaffirmed its confidence in the leadership style of the state governor and that of the state Assembly, chiding the state APC for lacking a deeper understanding of the dynamics of governance.”

Meanwhile, Adeleke’s spokesman dismissed the claim that the CJ’s troubles stemmed from her judgment in the murder case of a  Master’s student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Timothy Adegoke, leading to a death sentence on the owner of Hilton hotels, Ile-Ife, Ramon Adedoyin.

The spokesman said “What is more, throughout the trial, Adedoyin’s legal team was manned by prominent APC lawyers from the beginning to the end. No single PDP lawyer was involved with the Adedoyin team.

“We affirm that the crisis rocking the state judiciary has to do with a series of petitions from judicial officials on alleged misconduct of the Chief Judge. On each occasion, those petitions always ended up unprocessed over deliberate blackmail with the Adedoyin matter until recent action by the state Assembly.

“The governor’s sin is his consistent refusal to accept overtures to protect his kinswoman, the Chief Judge, from probe on alleged corruption. Mr. Governor has always maintained his ground that if as a governor he is not immune from accountability questions, why should he use his office to protect another official because of blood or town kinship?”

But counsel for the CJ,  Oladipo Olasope (SAN), in an exclusive interview with our correspondent on Sunday, said due process was not followed in the purported removal of CJ.

Olasope, who said he was unaware of any pending petitions against the CJ, said it would not be proper for him to comment.

He said, “I wouldn’t know the allegations made against her (Ojo). I am not aware of any allegation against her and if I say I know of any allegation against her, then I am lying.

“I don’t of any allegation against her. All I know is that the governor said he wants to remove the woman (Ojo) and I don’t know they did not follow due process.”

(Punch)

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Osun CJ’s removal illegal, says NJC as acting CJ fails to attend swearing in

The National Judicial Council has berated the Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, and the state House of Assembly for removing the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Oyebola Ojo, saying they lack the power to suspend or discipline any judge.

A member of the council, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the matter, said the NJC was the only body that could investigate and recommend sanctions for judges.

The council member said, “A state government cannot discipline, sanction or sack the chief judge of a state without recourse to the NJC.  This applies to judges.  If they claim they’ve carried the NJC along, they should have waited for the NJC to investigate her.

“The NJC is the only body empowered by the constitution to investigate judges and recommend appropriate sanctions to the President if it is a federal court, and the governor if it is a state. State governors and Houses of Assembly members can’t remove the state Chief Judge. The NJC is the only body that can suspend judges.

“The same situation happened in Sokoto, where the House of Assembly sacked the CJ, Aisha Dahiru, and the Supreme Court nullified it. “

The spokesperson of the NJC, Adesoji Oye could not be reached for comments as calls to his line indicated it was switched off.

NBA slams Osun

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Bar Association has condemned the suspension of the Osun CJ by the state government.

The House of Assembly had during plenary on Thursday ordered Justice Ojo to step aside pending the outcome of investigation into her activities.

Approving the resolution of the assembly, the governor appointed Justice Olayinka Afolabi as the acting Chief Judge.

Ojo’s suspension was, however, in defiance of an order of the National Industrial Court sitting in Ibadan, which restrained Adeleke from removing her.

Condemning the action of the government, the NBA in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Akorede Lawal, said her removal was unlawful.

He described the action of the governor and state lawmakers as an unwarranted assault on the judiciary and aimed at intimidating that arm of government in the state.

The statement read in part, “The NBA unequivocally condemns this unlawful action by the Osun State Government. The action of the state government is an abuse of the rule of law and a desecration of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

“In very vivid terms, the actions of Governor Adeleke and the Osun State House of Assembly are unwarranted assaults on the judiciary and aimed at intimidation.

“The NBA wishes to categorically state that the provisions of the 1999 Constitution are not ambiguous as to the way and manner a chief judge of a state could be removed from office. Certainly, a state House of Assembly resolution for a chief judge to step aside is unknown to the law of our land.”

Citing the case between Nganjiwa and FRN, he said a chief judge could not be removed without the involvement of the National Judicial Council.

The statement added, “Furthermore, the law has since been settled in Nganjiwa v FRN (2017) LPELR-43391 (CA) that any misconduct attached to the office and functions of a judicial officer must first be reported to and determined by the NJC.

“Specifically, the Supreme Court in Elelu-Habeeb & Anor v AG Federation & Ors (2012) 12 NWLR (Pt 1318) 423 has clearly stated that the chief judge of a state cannot be removed under any guise, including the infamous ‘step aside style’ by the Osun State Government without recourse to the NJC.”

The NBA also berated the Osun State Government for disregarding the order of a court restraining it from removing the CJ.

It added, “The NBA is further worried and troubled that in going about its unlawful endeavour, the Osun State Government chose to ignore the lawful order of interim injunction granted by the National Industrial Court sitting in Ibadan, which restrained the governor of Osun State from interfering with the office of the Chief Judge of Osun State.

“This is untoward, coming from a democratically elected state government. All decisions of court must be obeyed and complied with until they are set aside by a superior court of competent jurisdiction.”

Lawal said the NBA had resolved not to recognise Justice Afolabi as the acting CJ of the state.

He vowed that the association would stop at nothing to ensure that the decision of the state government did not stand.

Lawal said, “The NBA’s position is anchored on the constitutional doctrine of separation of power and the independence of the judiciary. The tenure of a judicial officer cannot and should not be subject to the mood of politicians.

“To this extent, the NBA and its members shall not recognise Hon. Justice Olayinka Afolabi as the acting Chief Judge of Osun State, because the provisions of the law must be complied with strictly in the removal of, and/or appointment of the Chief Judge of Osun State.

“The NBA shall take all necessary steps to ensure that this impunity and brazen abuse of office does not stand.”

The spokesperson for the governor, Mallam Olawale Rasheed, had on Thursday, said Adeleke approved the removal of the CJ following a resolution of the state House of Assembly of November 16, 2023, that the Executive arm of government should be informed of the House resolution and that the next in order of seniority to Justice Adepele Ojo be sworn-in immediately to avoid any vacuum in the third arm of government in the State.

The swearing-in of Justice Afolabi as the acting CJ, however, could not hold as scheduled on Friday as he did not show up.

Meanwhile, efforts to get the reaction of the House Committee on Judiciary were not fruitful as at the time of filing this report.

While the Chairman of the committee, Oluwole Oke, who hails from Osun State, neither picked his calls nor respond to messages sent to him via WhatsApp; the Deputy Chairman of the committee and a member of the New Nigeria People’s Party, Mohammed Danjuma, could not be reached as his mobile phone indicated that it was switched off.

Ifedayo Adedipe, SAN,said no provision of the constitution empowered governors to remove CJs.

“I am not aware of anywhere in the constitution where governors or Houses of Assembly can remove a CJ.  What happened in Osun is unconstitutional,” he said.

A senior lawyer, Chief Yomi Aliyu (SAN), said it was unconstitutional for the governor to oust the CJ and appoint another without following due process.

According to him, the embattled CJ is expected to first face a disciplinary panel that would hear the case of alleged misconduct and corruption levelled against her by Adeleke.

He said, “It is unconstitutional for the governor to make any appointment until the case had been brought before the disciplinary panel, which would hear the matter and decide whether or not the CJ was guilty.

“The law is clear on how you can remove a CJ. This has been settled in the case between Habeeb Vs Kwara State Government, where the court emphatically stated that a CJ can only be removed after the CJ has been reported to the National Judiciary Council.

“The incumbent governor of Osun, Ademola Adeleke, has an axe to grind with the CJ, saying that the CJ was too loyal to the former governor, Adegboyega Oyetola. In fact, I learnt that the governor called a meeting of all judges in the state, where he made the allegation.

“The CJ allegedly told the governor that she was neutral and only loyal to the seat. She stressed that her loyalty could not be faulted. But, it was not enough to satisfy the governor, who wanted a change.

“So, he engineered the House of Assembly to pass a resolution. Before that resolution was passed, the National Industrial Court issued an order restraining him from taking such a decision. But, the deputy and governor went on to appoint an acting CJ on their own.

“The judges in Osun State are aware of the position of the law. In Ondo State, a judge was ousted for 15 years for accepting that kind of appointment.”

(Punch)

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Adeleke directs Osun officials to wear Adire every Wednesday

Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, has directed all state public officials to start wearing the Adire Osun attire every Wednesday.

The directive which aims to boost the industry and enhance the cultural strengths of the state, bounds on all public servants of the state including the State Executive Council, special advisers; Ministries, Departments and Agencies, amongst others.

The development is made known in a communique issued on Thursday by the state’s Head of Service, Mr. Ayanleye Aina, and signed by the governor’s spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed.

The statement read, “Governor Adeleke noted that the directive affected all categories of public servants across ministries, departments and agencies of government including tertiary institutions, local governments, local development council and area office.

“Consequently, every Wednesday is adopted as Adire Osun Day with all accounting officers and heads of agencies expected to comply with the directive.

“Additionally, all political appointees are also expected to comply with the directive from the State Executive Council to special advisers, and other categories of appointees.”

The statement added that Adeleke had presented the subject at the last SEC meeting with unanimous approval and adoption, while noting, “Adire actually has its source from Osun state.”

The decision will reassert the traditional claim of Osun to the Adire genre.

Also, Adeleke held a meeting with his Ogun State counterpart, Dapo Abiodun, where “both governors resolved to host an annual celebration of Adire Day.”

Adeleke further announced his administration’s plan to create mini-industrial clusters to support the Adire industry and other craft sub-sectors in the state.

“Our administration is working on the creation of SME industrial clusters. The Adire and other craft sub-sectors will be supported to grow and flourish.

“By this decision, we are determined to rebuild the Adire industry that is under threat from foreign mass producers. We are poised to breathe life into our culture with Osun as the cradle of the Yoruba nation”, the governor stated.

(Punch)

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Sting operation: OAU Students’ Union demands apology for unlawful arrest as EFCC deletes posts

Students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife have demanded an apology from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission following the arrest of 69 suspects by the commission in a raid of outside campus hostels in the wee-hours of Wednesday.

The Students’ Union of the university had said the arrested persons were students of the university. The students were driven by the EFCC from the university environment in Ile-Ife, Osun, to the commission’s office in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

But following a protest by the students who stormed the zonal office of the anti-graft agency at Iyaganku, Ibadan on Wednesday, 58 of the students were released.

The OAU Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olanrewaju, while confirming the students’ release to PUNCH Metro Wednesday night said, “Fifty eight of the students were released to us. The remaining 11 of them have cases to answer.”

However, things took a turn on Thursday when checks on the verified Facebook, X (formerly Twitter) and Instagram pages of the EFCC showed that the previous posts on the arrest of the suspects could not be found.

Our correspondent made efforts to reach out to the Head, Media & Publicity Unit of the EFCC, Dele Oyewale, on why the posts were deleted and the fate of the remaining 11 suspects. Oyewale has not answered several calls and a text message sent to him as of the time of filing this report.

In the deleted posts, the EFCC had on Wednesday said, “They (the 69 suspects) were arrested on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at the Oduduwa Estate area of Ile-Ife, Osun State, following actionable intelligence on their suspected involvement in fraudulent Internet-related activities. Credible intelligence linked the Oduduwa Estate with activities of suspected internet fraudsters.”

The agency disclosed further that, “The suspects have made useful statements to the EFCC and will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.”

Meanwhile, on Thursday, a statement signed by the Students’ Union officials which was sent to PUNCH Metro demanded that the EFCC should clear the names of their members, saying efforts were on to seek the release of the remaining 11.

“Also, with the demand for the release of our students, the leadership of the union is making concerted efforts with legal practitioners to guarantee the protection of Great Ife students within and off campus against the decadent actions of these misguided law enforcement agencies.

“We also demand that the EFCC tenders a public release clearing the names of the unlawfully incarcerated (students) of the unfounded allegations published on their media handles and broadcast to the whole country in which the earlier published posts had already been pulled down across all their social media platforms,” the statement jointly signed by the union’s president, Abbas Ojo; Secretary General, Akinboni Opeyemi and PRO, Omisore Elijah, partly said.

Speaking further with our correspondent, the union’s PRO, Omisore, said, “We want the EFCC to apologise and clear the names of the students (earlier published).”

He told our correspondent that the leadership of the union and other students were still at the EFCC office in Ibadan, where efforts, including legal ones, were being explored to ensure the release of the 11 detained persons.

(Punch)

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EFCC arrests over 70 OAU students in midnight raid 

Over 70 students of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife Osun State were reportedly arrested by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in a midnight raid on hostels outside the campus.

Multiple sources in Ile-Ife confirmed to our correspondent on Wednesday morning that the officials, around 2 a.m., stormed the Fine Touch and Superb hostels in Oduduwa Estate, Ile-Ife, broke into rooms, and arrested the students.

Reasons for the arrest have not been confirmed as of press time, but the Students’ Union President, Abass Ojo, said the union had details of “72 students picked up from the hostel with phones and cars taken away.”

A former union official, Joy Abiola, told our correspondent that the students were beaten.

“The EFCC officials came between 1:40 a.m and 4:00 a.m. Only students stay in those hostels,” Joy said, adding, “How can you arrest people for owning iPhones, laptops, and cars?”

Another student, identified simply as Ewatee, said, “Female students were among those picked up. Even some fresh students who just went to greet their senior colleagues were arrested. The approach is wrong.”

In a video shared with our correspondent, taken by one of the students, several young persons said to be students of the hostel were seen being marched into a white Hummer Bus with some security officials hitting them and ordering them to move and enter quickly.

In another video, about six vehicles were seen alongside the white Hummer Bus on the move. Students said the officials were leaving the Ile-Ife area and heading to Ibadan.

Contacted, the head of Public Affairs Department of the EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Command, Olumide Egbodofo, said an update would be given on the incident.

“A press statement will be released regarding that soon,” the spokesperson added.

Also, the phone line of the university’s spokesperson, Abiodun Olarewaju, was unreachable as of press time.

(Punch)

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I won’t borrow to run government in Osun — Adeleke

Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has reiterated that his government has resolved never to borrow money from any financial institution to run the state.

Governor Adeleke also revealed that he has devised better means of generating funds internally to continue his works in the state.

The Governor made this known during the first edition of “Ipade Imole”, a quarterly interactive public engagement forum in Osogbo on Thursday.

While listing the achievements of his government, Adeleke also disclosed that he has resolved to spend the N2bn palliative fund from the federal government on major projects among which are: renovation and procurement of more buses for easy and affordable transportation, as well as rehabilitation of health facilities.

“Development of Osun is paramount to me and hence I decided to take huge sacrifice by adding my security vote to fund the project in the state rather keep it to myself like others before me”, he said.

The Governor also disclosed his administration has prioritised projects it intends to finance with the Infrastructure Support Fund of the Federal Government, which include a flyover in the state capital.

“We intend use the N2billion to fund some projects, including dualisation of roads at two per senatorial districts; flyover bridges at Osogbo and some other towns; street lights for newly constructed roads; second stream of 332 boreholes across wards; commencement of Imole transport service; and Imole Housing Estate at 500 units per federal constituency,” he said.

(Daily Post)

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Tribunal sacks Osun PDP lawmaker, orders rerun

The election that brought Awoyeye Jeremiah, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate for Ife Central State Constituency has been nullified.

The election was nullified by the National and State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Osogbo on Saturday.

The tribunal, in its unanimous judgment read by Justice V. O. Eboreime who led the 3-man panel, comprising of Justices, Habibu Mika’ilu and Clara Kataps also ordered a rerun in 26 polling units of Ife-central State constituency.

The tribunal also held that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, erred in declaring Awoyeye Jeremiah winner.

“INEC did not conduct the election in compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022 as amended, Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Elections and the Manual for Election,” it held.

Adejobi Johnson, the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate for Ife Central State Constituency, had after the March 18 election, dragged the Respondents before the election tribunal.

Adejobi also asked the court to nullify the declaration and return made by INEC.

Counsel to INEC, Awoyeye and the PDP said the judgment would be appealed.

(Daily Post)

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