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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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Supreme Court Affirms Gaduje’s Election

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The election of Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has been affirmed by the Supreme Court.
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abba Kabir Yusuf, had filed an appeal at the apex court to dispute the March 24 supplementary election held in some electoral wards in Kano State.
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Why PDP’s Nationwide Protest Will Fail-Timi Frank

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Former All Progressive Congress (APC), Deputy National spokesperson, Timi Frank has rubbished a planned nationwide protest by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), to protest the Supreme Court ruling that sacked former Imo governor, Emeka Ihedioha.

Frank revealed that the action by the opposition party is doomed to fail, adding that it should have happened a long time ago but has now lost significance.

Accusing the PDP governors who indulge in anti-party activities of weakening the opposition party, Frank accused them of secretly seeking goodies from the ruling party.

According to Frank, PDP’s move was too little, too late because the party failed to protest when it mattered most such as when for Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Onnoghen was removed from office and Supreme Court ruled against the opposition’s candidate Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 presidential election appeal.

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Frank submitted that PDP’s planned protest is medicine after death, beliving that PDP should have held the nationwide protest a long time ago. “Such action at this time will only fail, ” he said.

To Frank, the opposition party is also bedevilled by anti-party activities among its top executives such as governors.

Apart from Rivers and Benue governors Nyesom Wike and Samuel Ortom, the outspoken Bayelsa-born politician accused PDP governors of lobbying the presidency for goodies despite being in opposition. He also faulted the Abia state governor Okezie Ikpeazu, who is currently on a trip with President Muhammadu Buhari to London, for making such a move at a time his party needed him the most at home for protest against the Ihedioha ruling.

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He accused about 14 of the current PDP governors of working against the party’s interests.

“Apart from the governor of Rivers state Nyesom Wike and sometimes, the Benue state governor Samuel Ortom, other PDP governors are PDP by the day and APC by night; they fraternize with the APC thereby rendering PDP incapacitated and unable to function properly and cannot play the role of effective opposition.”

 

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Ihedioha Launches Attack On Imo State Governor, Uzodinma

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Yet to accept his sack as the Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha has launched an assault on his successor, Governor Hope Uzodinma.

In a meeting with members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at his Abuja residence on Saturday, January 18, Ihedioha stated that he pities those celebrating his loss at the Supreme Court.

According to him, such people celebrating his downfall were not good students of democracy.

The sacked Governor of Imo State also disclosed that he is waiting for answers. He said;

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“The elections in Imo were closely monitored, well advertised and everybody in Nigeria followed it through. The results were very clear, the electoral umpire still has the results.

“It is not about Emeka Ihedioha. It is not about Imo State. It is about the future of our country and democracy. It’s about what do we do tomorrow. .. I am calm and we are calm, and that is why you see in Imo, there is calmness.

“The calmness is coming out of shock, it is coming of disbelief. It is coming out of the fact that people are saying, let us still see, can this be possible? We are waiting for answers and I believe there will be answers.

“This is not the time to celebrate. I pity anyone who is celebrating that sad event. If anyone is celebrating, that person is not a student of democracy.”

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