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Declare APC, LP’s votes in Lagos ‘wasted,’ PDP tells court *My case against GRV – Jandor



Abdulazeez Olajide Adediran, Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Lagos State Governorship and House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal (LSGHEPT), to declare him winner of the March 18 governorship election on the grounds that both Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of the Labour Party (LP), were not qualified candidates in the exercise.

In the plea, which was the major part of his petition over the conduct of the election, Adediran, popularly known as Jandor, told his hosts while appearing on The Morning Show, a breakfast programme on Arise Television, that having not been qualified to stand the election, their votes should be declared as “wasted.”

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared winner of the election with 762,134 and Rhodes-Vivour, 312,329 votes, while the PDP candidate, got a paltry 62,449 votes, representing less than one percent of the entire votes cast in the exercise.

Stressing on the petition before the tribunal he hinged the demand for the disqualification on his claim that Sanwo-Olu was not validly nominated by the APC and that he lied on oath by failing to upload his West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate in compliance with INEC guidelines.

Jandor, had in the petition marked EPT/LAG/GOV/01/2023 dated April 7, specifically complained that APC did not comply with the INEC timetable and schedule of activities for the 2023 general election, stipulating that all political parties must give 21 days notice to INEC before the conduct of the primary election, and that at the time of the governorship election.

INEC was made the first defendant in the petition, while Sanwo-Olu; Obafemi Hamzat, his deputy governorship candidate; APC; Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, LP governorship candidate, and the LP respectively listed as the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth respondents respectively.

Part of the petition, read: “The 2nd and 3rd respondents, although not duly sponsored and not qualified, contested along with the 1st petitioner and others for the office of governor of Lagos state, the subject matter of this petition,” the petition reads.

“Similarly, the 5th and 6th respondents, although not duly sponsored and not qualified, contested along with the 1th petitioner and others for the office of governor of Lagos state, the subject matter of this petition. The 1st respondent, upon the conclusion of the election, declared the 2nd respondent who was not properly sponsored by the 4th respondent as the winner of the election to the office of governor of Lagos state.

“The 5th respondent who was similarly not properly sponsored by the 6th respondent, was declared by the 1st respondent as having scored the second highest number of votes at the election to the office of governor of Lagos state.”

Stressing that his case, he maintained that the APC also failed to comply with the requirement of the Electoral Act 2022, stating that every political party sponsoring a candidate in the general election shall submit the nomination form of such candidate(s) not later than 180 days before the conduct of the general election in forms EC9.

He spoke of Sanwolu’s certificate thus: “Hear him: “When we requested for Sanwo Olu’s form, AC9, that he submitted to INEC as candidate of the party – because after the primaries, you’re given a Form EC9, where you input all your particulars and there is a declaration page, which is the last page, where you under oath, endorse your declarations, we discovered that in the portion where they have school attended with dates where in bracket they say all claims you’ve made must be attached – he said said he wrote WAEC in 1981 and we discovered that he did not attach that WAEC certificate into that. So, that sparked off curiosity. So, we decided to look wide.

“So, what we did, was to order request for the CTC (Certified True Copy) of his 2019 examination and his 2019 Form CF001 – that’s what it was called then. In that form, we then discovered that he made the same claim of writing WAEC in 1981 and then attached a statement of result from Ijebu Ife community Grammar School. You know that statement of result will have a WAEC number and the seat number. So what we did, was to approach WAEC to say we have this statement of result purported to have emanated from you and we want to verify if this candidate really sat for it.

“WAEC said to us, simplified the issue of result verification, because we can’t continue to have embassies and institutions coming to ask us and that what we now have is a scratchcard and anybody can now buy the scratchcard. Embassies now use the scratchcard and institutions now use the scratchcard to input the numbers – that if you have the scratchcard, you’ll be able open our portal. Just put the examination number as claimed by the candidate, the year and everything and it will pop up and give you the result.

“So, we got the scratchcard and put everything in there and we discovered that the result was null and void. No result was found. Nothing! That was according to INEC report. So, we tried with other cards. I tried with my own and it popped up immediately as those of others. The petition is now a public document. The result is there and the WAEC number is there. So, anybody can buy a scratchcard and begin to check whether or not. That already has said something about him (Sanwo-Olu) lying on oath that he sat for that exam that he didn’t sit for.”

In the case of GRV, he said the LP candidate was also not qualified because his party failed to meet the requirements of the Electoral Act as he was still a member of the PDP as of June 18, 2022 when he claimed under oath to having registered as a member of the LP.

“Documentary evidence and newspaper report establishing his participation in the screening exercise for the running mate to the governorship candidate of the Lagos PDP, Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran (JANDOR), on the June 22, 2022 was provided in the petition. In line with the provision of the Electoral Act, the candidate for the office of governor of Lagos state is not allowed to be a member of more than one political party at the time of being sponsored as a candidate for the general election, therefore his nomination is invalid.”

Dismissing that the argument that he did not make 25 per cent in the two-thirds of the councils in the state, which also disqualified him from being declared winner, he said it was not true because, with the entire votes of the APC and LP candidates declared as “wasted” it meant they did not participate and therefore left him with enough votes to make the numbers.


Imo massacre: Armoured vehicles procured for police used to rig elections – LP



Labour Party, palpably in anguish at the slaughter of eight soldiers in Imo State on Tuesday by some rampaging gunmen, has raised questions over the whereabouts of the nine Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) Athan Achonu, it claimed its governorship candidate for the November 11 election, repaired and donated to the authorities in the state.

The party, all but called out the leadership of the Imo State Police Command, to whom they claimed the equipment were handed over, alleging that the last time they APCs were seen was during the last general elections, where they were used by members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the party in power in the state to snatch ballot boxes for candidates in the national and state assemblies.

The claim, was made when Nick Opara-Ndudu  and Nnaemeka Onyeka Obiareri , chieftains of the party appeared as guests on The Morning Show, a breakfast programme on Arise Television to sell the candidacy of Achonu, whom they said would never have allowed the type of insecurity in the state to endure under his watch.

Both men, who said that Achonu, whose highest political office so far, was his short stint in the Senate, where he served via the 2015 election before he was removed through the courts, remained the only solution not to the insecurity, in the state and even the South East,  but the one to rescue the people from years of underdevelopment from poor leadership.

Obiareri, spokesman of the LP in the state, argued that if the APCs had been in place, Tuesday’s incident in which the military men were killed alongside some policemen and officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), would probably not have happened, said a check on the social media would reveal how they were used by party men of the APC for rigging the 2023 general elections.

He said: “The military men that were killed if they had armoured vehicles patrolling, they wouldn’t have been shot by those criminals. Athan Achonu, go and confirm from Innoson, paid hundreds of millions of naira to Innoson, Innoson is still alive, you people can still go and interview him, to repair nine armoured vehicles for the police. Five were supposed to be in Okigwe zone. Till today, we don’t know where those nine armoured cars are.

“If you go to Youtube, you’ll see Youtube record of members of the House of Assembly in Imo State using those APCs to carry ballot boxes. It’s there on Youtube, you can search it out. What Athan Achonu will do is very simple. Every local government area will have one humvy vehicle for the police. Police stations had been totally burnt in Imo State and Athan repaired most of those police stations.

“Then, there will be community vigilante. We’ll train those 50 youths per community – train them, equip them and arm them. They should guard their communities. When you have over 50,000 hectres of land, reclaimed from the bandits, and you have youths who are not only just farming, but who are trained to protect their communities, they’ll do the job.

“Then, we have to set up a security trust fund. Ndi-Imo are not scared. As at today, there are some communities in Imo State, where bandits – unknown gunmen, are ransacking and collecting levies from the communities. Basically, Athan Achonu will provide training, recruitment for people donated by the communities. Communities know those who are the terrible ones in their midst. And I tell you, in six months, they will flush them out.”

Opara-Ndudu, who dismissed the claim by the state governor, Hope Uzodimma that the carnage and other killings in the state were politically-motivated, blamed the governor for misplacing his priorities and failing to provide jobs for the teeming youth population in the state, questioning why nobody had been arrested and prosecuted fully in the courts if the insecurity in the state was all about politics.

Hear him: “The security problem has to do with objective conditions in the state. The young people are frustrated. The government is not making any investments in the areas that are required. We’re busy pursuing projects that are designs in deception. Look at the roads that are being done in Imo State, you know for you to deal with the problem of poverty and other economic challenges, you have to deal with the problem of infrastructure.

“In Imo State, the government has dedicated all of its time and half of its time to reconstructing federal roads without any attention – little or no attention paid to the rural areas. If you go to length and breadth of Imo State – Ngor Okpala, Ezinifte Mbaise, even in the governor’s local government – everywhere in Imo State, you find that the rural areas are looking desolate and abandoned.”

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Police find body of missing female student dumped in the bush, vow to get killers



Operatives of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), command, have vowed to fish out the killers of a university student, Blessing Karami, whose body was said to have been picked up from the bush days after she was declared missing on September 11.

The FCT police, which released the painful news on Thursday, said in a statement by its spokesman, Josephine Adeh that the remains were found in the woods in the Karimu area of the city.

The police spokesman acknowledged that her disappearance was reported to the police authorities last,  Thursday, September 14 added that 26-year-old Blessing, a student of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), was declared missing after leaving her place of work in Garki, Abuja.

She said in the statement: “The body of Blessing Karami Moses, a 26-year-old woman who had been missing since September 11, 2023, was tragically discovered in a wooded area in Karimo. Her disappearance was reported to the authorities on September 14, 2023,” the statement read.

She said Commissioner of Police, FCT, Haruna Garba, had directed that command should conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident, adding: “While we are working closely with the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) to facilitate the respectful retrieval of the decomposed remains acknowledging the sensitive nature of this task, we will continue to provide updates to the public as our investigation progresses.”

Adeh, a Superintendent of Police (SP), also commiserated with Blessing’s family and loved ones over the incident.

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Ogun cult massacre: DSS raid home, pick up PDP lawmaker, five others



Damilare Bello Mohammed, a serving member of the Ogun State House of Assembly (OGHA), is currently telling operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) his side of the story, after he was picked up over his alleged involvement in the rival secret cult clashes that occurred in Sagamu town.

Mohammed, recently elected on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to represent Sagamu State Constituency 1, was picked up on Wednesday by the agency over the incident in which at least eight persons were killed last weekend during the violent clash in the town, alongside five other suspected cultists allegedly involved in the cult violence.

The five other suspects; Debbo Animashaun, Bamidele Saheed, Ismaila Onitire, Adewale Otesanya and Tobi Owoade, were arrested by the DSS operatives during a sting operation after a tip-off at the early hours of Thursday within the residence of the lawmaker.

Lekan Adeniran, spokesman to Dapo Abiodun, the Ogun State governor, announced the development in a statement on Wednesday, saying the secret police tracked the six suspected cultists to the official residence of the lawmaker.

Accusing the lawmaker of providing shelter to the cultists, Adeniran, said in the statement, that the suspects were presently undergoing interrogation in DSS custody after many dangerous weapons, including guns, were recovered from them.

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