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ATTACK ON ADEOLA aka YAYI: MATTERS ARISING

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Hon. Solomom-Adeola

Hon. Solomom-Adeola

 

Segun Adewale

Segun Adewale

No doubt political violence is a regular but avoidable part of our partisan politics as a result of inability of some politicians to abide by the basic tenets of democratic practice.

 

The incidence of violence is heightened during electoral campaigns when some political candidates for various offices face each other in a frenetic push to capture power. It is employed to intimidate opponents and their supporters when it is clear that a candidate is set to clinch the position or to scare away electorate from exercising their rights.

 

However even in the common occurrence of political violence rarely do we come across an opponent personally leading an attack on another candidate. It is usually done by proxies or hirelings as it is not only uncouth and disgraceful but indicative of such candidate unfitness for any public office.

 

On Saturday January 31, 2015, yet another unique form of violence was introduced to Nigerian politics in Lagos West Senatorial District where Hon. Solomon Adeola  aka Yayi,  the chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts  is in contest under APC against Mr. Segun Adewale aka Aeroland of PDP for the seat of a senator.

 

For a while stories abounds of the unpalatable antecedents of Mr. Adewale, stories that are not helped by his open admission on electronic media of his graduation for good from such unsavoury background. But as the saying goes a leopard can hardly change its spots. As reported in at least one national newspaper, The Nation on Sunday February 1, 2015 and a couple of other electronic media, Mr. Adewale personally led a gun attack on the Adeniyi Jones Campaign office of Hon. Adeola at around 7pm. The volley of shots at the office dented the rod of the office gates, shattered the rear windshield of Hon. Adeola Toyota Land cruiser Jeep, shattered the window of the personal office of Hon. Adeola as well as left over 20 pellets marks on the wall of the office. Thankfully only minor injuries were sustained by supporters of Yayi in the office scampering for safety.

 

From available information on the incidents certain irrefutable facts are undeniable. The first is that Mr. Adewale accepted as per the Nation publication that he was at the scene of the gun attack at the time of the incident. He was reported to have said he came to the office to lay complaints to the Police officer at the gate of the defacement of his posters by Hon. Adeola supporters. He denied shooting even when there were witnesses including a Policeman attached to Hon. Adeola’s office on the incident. While the Nigerian Police continue their painstaking or snail speed investigation as no single arrest has been made on the incident as I write this in the second week of March, certain conclusions can be drawn from the incident. Was Mr. Adewale right as a candidate of a party to visit the office of his major opponent during the campaign period? Assuming we believe his assertion that he only came to his opponent office to lay a complaint, the question to ask is whether that office is the Public Complaint Office or the Police station or similar conflict resolution institution.

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In civilized climes and among cultured humans in a democratic setting, Mr. Adewale should not be seen near his opponent office talk less of leading an armed assault against the office while campaign is ongoing. It is provocative in the extreme and some legal opinions concede that were he to have been killed in a possible counter attack during the incident, the argument of self- defense by Hon. Adeola or his security details would have been sustained in a court of law. Indeed Mr. Adewale should be directed to understudy the Watergate Scandal in USA that led to the resignation of a sitting President. The crime therein are similar to the case under consideration albeit that this is more serious as it involves use of arm and ammunitions (six shotgun cartridges were recovered after the incident) by an opponent against another opponent.

 

But shortly after his self-indicting reaction to the Nation which has not been refuted, Mr. Adewale quickly changed his story through a post on his Facebook Pagehttp://m.facebook.com/segunaeroland/post/1531664527107170. Explaining his presence at Mr. Adeola’s office, Mr. Adewale said his campaign team “was returning from a massive and peaceful rally we held from Ajeromi   Ifelodun to Ikeja where our convoy was passing through Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja was attacked with several gunshots fired by Hon. Olamilekan Solomon’s supporters and security people”. As Hon. Adeola argued in a press conference describing the attack as an assassination attempt, the lie in this is not difficult to see.  Hear him, “A “peaceful rally” from Ajeromi Ifelodun going through Adeniyi Jones after 7pm must have a sinister agenda for the strange route it chooses to pass”. The point of Hon. Adeola is that for those that know the terrain, the Adewale campaign team route to either his office or house after his campaign would not have taken him through Adeniyi Jones except he has a business to transact on that street on a Saturday night in his campaign convoy. For those that do not know the layout, it is like trying to get to Benin City from Lagos by first going to Abuja! Such is the quixotic route Mr. Adewale choses to get to his supposed destination of his own house or campaign office. Certainly he has other mission in mind for passing that route on the fateful evening.

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Not a few expressed disbelieve in this twist to a witnessed violent attack pursuant of democratic competition. Thankfully, the Nigerian Police through its Lagos State Command PPRO, Mr. Kenneth Nwosu in a Punch publication of February 13, 2015 confirmed that the campaign office of Hon. Adeola was attacked on the day in question and investigation is going on. Attacked by who one may ask? But as stated above it is regrettable that so far not a single arrest has been made in this high profile case with credible witnesses including a Police officer.

 

At any event one would counsel that all candidates should sell their credentials for the post they aspire to. This could be done through reaching out to the electorate with their life history, service to community and advantages over their opponents without recourse to violence. It is the electorate that will decide who represent them at the hallowed chamber of the National Assembly. Recourse to violence and intimidation is completely undemocratic and should not be associated with Lagos State that is ostensibly the most enlightened part of Nigeria. It also shows candidate not enjoying the confidence and support of the people they intends to represent.  All candidates should imbibe and demonstrate their knowledge of democracy to exclude all forms of violence and intimidation. Democratic contest should not be a do or die affair and the earlier candidates to the path of peace, the better for our democracy.

 

Chief Kayode Odunaro is a Public Affairs Analyst

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COVID-19 Relief Package: Pastor Adeboye Donates Another N20 Million To Osun State Government

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The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, (RCCG), Pastor E.A. Adeboye has made another donation of N20million to the government of the State of Osun to support the state government’s effort to cushion the effect of COVID-19 on the Osun residents.

Osun as at today, Friday April 3rd 2020 ranks 3rd amongst the states with confirmed cases of Covid-19 with 20 confirmed cases out of the total 198 confirmed cases in Nigeria as released by the NCDC.

The State no doubt would require all the support that it can get in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic and the Twenty Million Naira (N20m) support which was transferred into the Osun State Government dedicated COVID-19 account domiciled with UBA is considered a timely support in this fight against COVID-19.

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The General Overseer noted that by the donation, the mission “ acknowledge the efforts of the state government in curbing the spread of the Virus in the state and prayed that God would put an end to COVID 19, not just in Nigeria but in the entire world in the mighty name of Jesus”.

This new donation is coming just as Pastor Adeboye made a donation of 8,000 Hand Sanitizers, 8,000 Surgical Face Masks and 200,000 hand gloves to support the efforts of the Lagos state government in equipping the medical staff with necessary protective gears needed to contain the Covid-19 pandemic on Monday, March 31, 2020 at the Yaba Infectious Diseases Centre.

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It’s noteworthy that Pastor Adeboye has always been committed to contributing to the wellbeing of humanity and in particular Nigerians of all tongue, religion and belief.

This has shown in his continuous generous giving in various areas long before the outbreak of COVID-19.

It will be recalled that ahead of the Corona virus pandemic, Pastor Adeboye through the RCCG CSR delivered on the commitment of the church to strengthen and support the health system by donating 11 ICU beds fully fitted with Ventilators in Lagos, Ogun and Plateau States these facilities have immensely contributed to government’s efforts in the care for persons with acute medical needs.

 

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Why I Disregarded President Buhari’s Order On Closure Of Border-Aregbesola

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Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola has revealed why he disregarded the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari as regards the closure of the Nigerian border.

Defending his decision to open the Nigerian border for returnees, Aregbesola said that every citizen has the right to return to his fatherland “at any time”.

The former governor of Osun State also added that it is embarassing to deny citizens entry into their country.

Speaking while answering questions from journalists at the Presidential Taskforce briefing on Thursday, April 2, he revealed that the Nigerian government signed an international treaty “that says no human being is stateless.

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According to him, “Every citizen of every nation has the right to return to his fatherland whenever he or she wishes regardless of the situation, even at war.

“We have signed into an international treaty that says no human being is stateless,” he said. ”We cannot deny our citizens entry into our nation. If we do that it will be embarrassing and not speak well of our nation.

“It is difficult for us to aggregate our responsibility to our nationals who return by land border. When they get to our land border, what the accredited officials of state do is to first determine they are Nigerians.

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“Once the issue of their citizenship is determined, the governments are contacted to find out if they could isolate them in their isolation centres.”

Recall it was reported a few days ago that the number of Coronavirus confirmed cases in Osun State increased from 2 to 14 after 12 persons tested positive in two days. The 12 confirmed cases were among the 127 people that came into the state from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on Saturday, March 28.
 

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Who Is This Lola, Presidential Aide, Bashir Ahmad Ask

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If Lola Omotayo-Okoye had any claim to fame in the past, it has been trashed by presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad.

Following Lola’s outcry about the whereabouts of President Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, she has attracted criticisms from some people including Bashir Ahmad.

Lola Omotayo-Okoye had taken to social media to ask why Nigerians are being kept in the dark regarding the whereabouts of Kyari. She pointed out that there’s so much secrecy surrounding his whereabouts.

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In a video posted on social media, she said:  “Information is key. Do not lie to us. Do not keep away information.”

Reacting to Lola’s outcry, Ahmad reacted thus writing: “Though I really don’t know who this Lola is, but someone close to her should pls tell her to leave Abba Kyari to recuperate in peace, he’s in Lagos & responding well to treatment. If it’s caring she should also use the same energy to ask the whereabouts of other #COVID19 patients.”

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Lola Omotayo-Okoye who is the wife of singer Peter Okoye is also a mother.

President Buhari

 

Below are reactions to Bashir’s tweet.

 

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