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Dissolution Of Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission Illegal-ALGON

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The dissolution of the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) by the state government has been criticized by the Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ( ALGON) Oyo state chapter.

In a statement sent to journalists on Sunday, July 7 and signed by its chairman, Prince Abass Aleshinloye, ALGON said the dissolution was illegal, unconstitutional and arbitrary, adding that the commission has a statutory five-year tenure which ends in 2021.

Describing the action of Governor Seyi Makinde as yet another faulty and illegal step in the series of lawlessness and executive rascality the government of Oyo state is now known for, Aleshinloye said the governor’s statement that all the entitlement due to the members of the dissolved commission would be paid in order to absolve the state of any liability is “laughable and humiliating of the commission’s members.”

Further, he said: “We have become an endangered state with Governor Seyi Makinde’s unending assault on all that is legal and constitutional. We woke up to the announcement of the illegal and reckless act of dissolution of the statutory commissions in Oyo state this week by the governor. “In his ill-conceived attempt to avoid the self-inflicted liability occasioned by his lawless act, he made a promise of ‘naira rain’ to members of the illegally dissolved commissions as a ‘compensation’ to members of the bodies.

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Not only is this laughable, humiliating of the distinguished members  of these commissions who he has presented as if they are hungry for gain rather than to serve, it is also embarrassing  and smacks of poor administrative judgement and disregard for all that is hallowed in any sane clime.”

Aleshinloye advised the governor against the planned monetization as, “illegalities cannot be monetized and commercialized,” adding that monetization of lawlessness does not cure its illegality.  He described the action as corruption in its basest form, “morally reprehensible, unconstitutional and cannot stand the test of law.”

He wondered where the governor would source the money from and described the action as a further “plunder of our commonwealth” in a state he has described as bankrupt. Aleshinloye further said the governor would be incapable of demanding prudence and probity from workers if he was also laying bad examples. “If a worker is found collecting two or more person’s salary now, is it different from what Mr Governor is authorizing and doing now? We have had an administration reputed and branded as the, builder of modern Oyo state, but it seems Governor Makinde is gaining notoriety as the initiator of a lawless Oyo state

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“It is our prayer that our people will not follow this example. When President Buhari assumed office in 2015, he worked with the INEC, FJSC,NJC, CBN and other commissions duly constituted till their tenures expired. We thought this introduced a new spirit into governance in Nigeria, but clearly our governor still lives in the unfortunate past,” he said. Aleshinloye called on ALGON members, secretaries, councillors and supervisors to  ignore the directive to a committee set up earlier to probe the accounts of elected local government administration by the governor. He described the committee as another illegality that is  unknown to the Nigerian constitution and an affront on subsisting court judgement.  “We therefore join the good people  of Oyo state to demand a reversal of such poor and reckless executive decision,” he concluded.

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Anniversary: Obasa Congratulates Buhari, Sanwo-Olu

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The Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly and Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, has congratulated both President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on their fifth-year and first-year in office respectively.

Obasa in his congratulatory message to mark May 29, 2020, the day President Buhari and Governor Sanwo-Olu were inaugurated to their respective offices for their fifth and first terms, said both have kept faith with the people.

“The President has been able to pull the country back from precipice that it was almost falling in 2015.

“Today, in the areas of insecurity, economy and war against corruption, the country may not be where it should be, but it has certainly left where it was five years ago.

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“Your purposeful leadership in the last five years has steered the country in the right direction,” the Speaker said.

Obasa also used the occasion of the fifth year anniversary of the president to thank him once again for signing the Executive Order 10, which grants financial autonomy to state legislatures and state judiciaries.

“Let me also use this occasion to congratulate our governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu on his first year anniversary in government.

“You have proved to the doubting Thomases that you are actually the man for the job,” he said.

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Obasa said Governor Sanwo-Olu came prepared for the job with his six-point agenda referred to as THEMES, which is an acronym for, Transportation and Traffic Management; Health and Environment; Education and Technology; Making Lagos a 21st century economy and Entertainment and Tourism.

“Mr. Governor’s handling of COVID-19 pandemic which has been applauded both nationally and internationally is also a true testimony your leadership qualities.

“On behalf of members and staff of Lagos House of Assembly, I wish both President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu a resounding success in their remaining years in office,” Obasa said.

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#SouthernKaduna: ‘I’m Am Not Your Governor-Hadiza El-Rufai Fires Back

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Hadiza El-Rufai, the wife of Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has replied to those who criticised her for celebrating her Twitter followership.

Recall that the woman had been slammed for not commenting on the lingering crisis in Southern Kaduna but coming on Twitter to celebrate having 80, 000 followers.

Reacting to her critics, Mrs. El-Rufai fired a silent, but powerful salvo, telling her critics that she is not their Governor. According to her, she is only married to a governor but is not part of the government.

”Did any of you see “First Lady” in my bio? My TL is for language, humour and other light-hearted issues. I don’t tweet about serious matters like governance and politics. Though I’m married to a governor I’m not a part of government. I swore no oath,”she tweeted

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Edo Women Endorse Gov. Obaseki For Second Term

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Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki has gotten the endorsement of women in the state for a second term in office, ahead of the September 19 gubernatorial election.

Declaring their support for him in a press conference, Market women from the eighteen Local Government Areas of Edo State, a coalition of Professional Women, female teachers from across the eighteen LGAs, Female leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress and Female political office holders all said they are contributing their quota towards the purchase of the 22.5 million naira APC nomination form to enable the governor have a second tenure.

Leader of the market women association in the state, Madam Blacky Ogiamen, disclosed this on Wednesday in Benin City while speaking to journalists, after a meeting of the leadership of market women associates from the 18 local government areas.

According to her, Obaseki has performed more than they expected.

She said: “We want to appreciate Governor Godwin Obaseki, for the job well-done. Before he came into power, our former Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, as the patron of the market women then, told us categorically that if we give our support to Obaseki as Governor, that he will do a lot of projects, of which Obaseki is doing now.

“We are solidly behind him; we are ready to support him for another four years. We will contribute our widow’s mite to buy his form so that he will complete his two tenure as Governor of Edo state.”

On why they decided to join forces to ensure the re-election bid of Obaseki, Ogiamen said Obaseki has performed beyond what former Governor Adams Oshiomhole promised them while introducing him to market women.

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According to her, Obaseki has not in any way disappointed his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole and since he did not disappoint Oshiomhole, God will not disappoint him.

“He is not a noise maker, he is a man of peace. We will support him to win Edo state for APC,” she declared.

Meanwhile at a meeting called at the instance of the State Organising Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State, Dr Mrs Aisosa Amadasun, the APC Woman Leaders from the eighteen LGAs in Edo State and female political office holders also endorsed Governor Godwin Obaseki for a second term in office.

The State Organising Secretary of the Party, Dr Aisosa Amadasun said they represent the interest of all women in the APC in Edo State as well as that of the over 460 female political appointees whom the governor had appointed into office since the inception of his government over three years ago.

The Acting State Woman Leader, Mrs. Maimuna Momodu in her address said that women had never had it this good in Edo State and that like Oliver Twist they want more, and this can only be possible if Governor Godwin Obaseki is given a second tenure.

Also a coalition of Women Professionals among them leaders and members of the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Association of Private School Proprietors, Association of Female Pharmacists, Association of Women Engineers, National Association of Women Journalists NAWOJ, female leaders of the NLC and the TUC in the State, and members of the Idia College Old Students Association addressed a press conference in which they threw their weight behind Governor Obaseki’s second term bid.

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Spokesperson the Coalition, Reverend Mrs. Helen Atekha Odemwingie said they have decided not to be left out in determining who becomes the next governor of Edo State.

She said “we stand up this morning to endorse our Governor Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy Philip Shaibu, we are women and we have feeling and this passion in us for every child, we see him as our own. You see the way he has been honouring us, we have decided to contribute to the purchase of his ticket.

However representatives of female teachers of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) from across the eighteen Local Government Areas, staged a presentation for the governor in which they declared their support for his re-election bid.

Dressed specially for the occasion, bearing A4 size papers indicating each local government represented, the teachers said “on behalf of the extraordinary, 11,000 trained, digital and dynamic teachers of the eighteen local Government areas of Edo State, we like to affirm our support for our amiable and dependable, able and diligent, innovative and trust worthy, dynamic and forward thinking, Governor Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, the wake and see Governor for a second term. As you stand out to represent our people, we the female teachers of Edo state are solidly behind you. Go forward!!!

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