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Adeyemi Ikuforiji:The True Face of Controversy

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The political history of Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Speaker Lagos State House of Assembly has always been filled with inconsistency and questions right from his days as Secretary General of the National Union of Nigerian Students to when he served as President of the National Union of Nigerian Students in Romania, between 1980 and 1981.
Not only have posers  been severally thrown his way in relation to his questionable style  of leadership in the house, but in his private life too. Those who have been following Ikuforiji politically would adjudged him Mr. Controversy of the Lagos State House of Assembly, without mincing words.
His role in the attempt to usurp the second term ambition of the incumbent governor Babatunde Fashola, before the latter eventually gained the blessing of his political godfather Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to contest the election can not be overstated, as he was alleged to have personally sponsored majority of the petition written against the governor then.
Years back , specifically 2009, he was also instrumental in kicking out Hon. Funmi Tejuosho from the post of Deputy Speaker, as it was during an unscheduled sitting that the soft-spoken and amiable lady was removed from the office.
As if that is not sad enough, the high level of manipulation with which the man crossed from his Epe constituency 1 from which he was elected to represent the constituency in 2003, to Ikeja 1 constituency in order to be reelected in 2011, remains a painful and indelible mark on the minds of those whose interest and ambitions were sacrificed for his return to office.
Again, earlier this year, sometime in February, Ikuforiji’s name came up again in the radar of controversy when he was accused of an alleged adultery scandal involving him and a lady working in the House of Assembly. Then, the husband of the lady simply identified as Mr. Ogundele, was said to have embarrassed the speaker for his alleged extra marital affairs with his wife. Those who were at the scene said it took the intervention o f some people around to manage the situation.
There is no gain over emphasizing the currents travail which the man and his ex banker aide Oyebode Atoyebi, are facing for accepting about N673 million cash payment from the House of Assembly without going through a financial institution.
According to The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the  accused were first arraigned on March 1, 2012. They were re-arraigned on  an amended 54-count charges, before a 1 billion Naira bail condition was slammed on them which has since been paid with the case adjourned.
Presently, Ikuforiji is even been alleged of always going against the decisions of the party each time they are made and this we were informed has seen him in a face off with the Legal Adviser of their party, Muiz Banire.
Political observers of the downward slide which the Speaker has found himself are insisting that Ikuforiji is a drowning man and it is only a matter of time before he gets caught in the web of politics.
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Breaking: Tribunal Sacks Dino Melaye As Senator Representing Kogi West

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The election that saw Dino Melaye emerging as Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district has been nullified.

Senator Melaye’s election  was cancelled by the Kogi State National Assembly/State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal.

The nullification was announced on Friday, August 23.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission  (INEC), Melaye polled a total of 85,395 votes to defeat his All Progressive Congress (APC) opponent who scored 66,902 votes.

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The result was however contested on the grounds of irregularities, overvoting and non-compliance with the Electoral Act by the APC candidate, Sam Adeyemi.

According to reports, the three-man panel led by Justice A. O. Chijioke, in a unanimous judgment on Friday, accepted Adeyemi’s ground and ordered for another election in the senatorial district.

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Oyo House Of Assembly Finally Confirms Seun Fakorede As Commissioner

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The Oyo State House of Assembly has confirmed 27 year-old Oluwaseun Fakorede as commissioner.

Fakorede was appointed as commissioner for youth and sport despite a protest by party stalwarts earlier today.

Governor Seyi Makinde had sent Fakorede’s name to the Assembly alongside that of Professor Raphael Afonja, and Faosat Joke Sunni in a list of his second batch of cabinet nominees.

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The three were screened and approved on Thursday, August 21.

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Announcing the approval, the  Speaker of the House, Adebo Ogundoyin, praised Governor Makinde for nominating the commissioners-designate.

Hesaid: “The Oyo State House of Assembly has confirmed 27-year-old Fakorede Seun Temidayo of Ibarapaland and two others as commissioners of the Oyo State Government.”

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Governor Makinde In Dilema Over Future Of Oyo’s Youngest Commissioner-nominee

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The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, is currently in a dilema over the future of one of his commissioner-nominees, Oluwaseun Fakorede.

Fokorede’s appointment initially celebrated in Oyo State has now turned controversial leading to a face off between groups.

While a group is opposing the nomination of 27-year-old, the other group is supporting his nomination as a commissioner.

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The anti-Fakorede group is made up of members and leaders of the ruling party who have hinged their protest on claims that Fakore’s father had defected to the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) and worked against the success of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at the elections.

The group, which comprises party leaders, elders and women urge lawmakers not to screen or confirm his nomination adding that his nomination  negates the sharing arrangement by the leaders to cover the interest of all the regions and zones of the area.

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