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Ondo Speaker on the run

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Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly Jumoke Akindele on Wednesday escaped arrest over allega­tions of administering the oath of office on two mem­bers without Certificates of Return.

House Clerk, Bode Ad­eyelu, was however, not so lucky. Police from the Federal Criminal Investiga­tion Department (FCID) in Abuja arrested him.

It was also learnt that the police detectives also ar­rested the two lawmakers, Messes Abayomi Akin­runtan and Malachi Coker representing Ilaje 1 and 11 State Constituencies of the state, who were sworn in without Certificates of Re­turn.

It was gathered that the two lawmakers that were allegedly sworn–in il­legally on June 1, had earli­er been invited to the Force Headquarters for interroga­tion over the matter.

Policemen from the FCID, Abuja, it was gath­ered, had concluded inves­tigation into the alleged fraudulent oath adminis­tered on the two lawmakers by the clerk, last Thursday.

The investigation, sourc­es said had been delayed till last week to enable the clerk make his statement, which he eventually did last Wednesday but failed to ap­pear before the police on Monday as promised.

The state Resident Elec­toral Commissioner of the Independent National Elec­toral Commission (INEC), Mr. Segun Agbaje and the two returning officers for Ilaje I and II in the April 11 House of Assembly elec­tion, Daily Sun gathered, had also been invited by the police for interrogation.

The police were acting on a petition ad­dressed to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) by Ondo State chapter of All Pro­gressives Congress (APC) through its lawyer, Mr. Charles Titiloye, that the speaker and the clerk alleg­edly conspired to fraudu­lently swear in Akinruntan and Coker, without the Cer­tificates of Return by INEC.

Contacted on the devel­opment last night, the Po­lice Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the state Police Command, Mr. Wole Ogo­do, said he was not aware of the development.

 

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2023 Presidency: El-Rufai opens up on why Buhari loves Amaechi

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has disclosed why President Muhammadu Buhari loves Rotimi Amaechi, the outgone Minister of Transportation.

Rufai disclosed that Buhari loves Amaechi due to his decision to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, during the era of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He disclosed this when Amaechi met with APC delegates from Kaduna ahead of the party’s national convention.

El-Rufai recalled wooing Amaechi and some other governors into the APC during the PDP administration.

“Let me tell you my history with Amaechi. When we started discussing with the G-7, the seven governors that wanted to defect to the APC, I was holding nocturnal meetings with Amaechi and Governor Nyako of Adamawa State until we got five of them to move to our party, and that was the game-changer.

“And for you to understand how difficult it is, imagine Amaechi of Rivers State from the same South-South with incumbent President Jonathan.

“He made the sacrifice to move to our party. It was a game-changer. This is part of the reason President Buhari loves Minister Amaechi till tomorrow,” El-Rufai said.

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2023: Amosun denies stepping down for Tinubu

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Amosun denies stepping down for Bola Tinubu

Former Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has denied stepping down from the 2023 presidential election for the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.

Amosun stated that he is not in the presidential race to align with Tinubu or any other aspirant of the APC.

Amosun also denied obtaining the APC senatorial form, saying he did not attend the screening exercise organised for APC senatorial aspirants, as being peddled by some individuals.

There were rumours over the weekend that Amosun had agreed to step down for Tinubu, having been screened and cleared for the Ogun Central senatorial race.

But, in a swift reaction, Amosun debunked the rumour spreading on social media, saying the “two news stories are false.”

According to a statement signed by his media aide, Bola Adeyemi, he said that the Ogun Central Senator “procured only the forms for the presidential ticket of the APC and did not attend the screening exercise for Senatorial aspirants because he is not one.”

While urging Nigerians to dismiss the “false news”, Adeyemi maintained that “Amosun is in the race for the presidential ticket of the APC and has no plans to align with any politician in the race.”

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Women affairs Minister, Pauline Tallen withdraws from senatorial race

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Dame Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs, has dropped her senatorial ambition.

Tallen made this known in a statement she issued on Monday.

The minister had purchased the All Progressives Congress (APC) form to contest the Plateau South Senatorial election.

According to her, after consultations with her constituents, she has decided to withdraw from the race.

The statement read in part: “I remain resolute as I continue to relish the opportunity to serve Nigerian Women in my capacity as Minister of Women Affairs under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Consequently, I wish to inform you all that following broad-based consultations and interventions from critical stakeholders, I have decided to withdraw from running for the senatorial seat, mindful of our accomplishments and the notable progress we have recorded under my stewardship at the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs.”

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