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Your Move Unconstitutional, Not Democratic, Obaseki Tells Senate

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Our State is not a colony or a vassal of any person or persons exercising power in Abuja and we shall take all necessary steps within the ambit of the law to defend and validate our position and actions on this matter.”

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has reacted to the one week ultimatum given to him by the Senate to make a fresh proclamation, innugurate a new assembly or the state House of Assembly be taken over.

In a statement sent to www.theoctopusnews.com and signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq., he described the move by the Senate as unconstitutional.

According to him, there is nowhere in the Constitution particularly Section 11(4) which enables the National Assembly to “take over” any House of Assembly or in this respect, the Edo State House of Assembly, adding that the power to issue a proclamation for the Inauguration of a House of Assembly as set out in Section 105(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was duly and completely complied with and it is not within the power of the Governor to recall same once issued or to perform the same act multiple times.

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Stating that the move by the Senate was expected, Obaseki, said it was informed based on the enormous political pressure which had been brought to bear on the Officers and Members of the distinguished Senate by highly placed and powerful persons who are intent on foisting their will and choices on the good people of Edo State.

He therefore called on all persons of goodwill to call the powerful wielders of “power and authority” in Abuja and elsewhere to refrain from acts which are clearly unconstitutional, undemocratic and a flagrant disrespect for the principle of due process and separation of powers, adding that these powerful persons should not be allowed to set Edo state ablaze merely to satisfy their thirst for power and control.

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Obaseki, further described as unfortunate that the Distinguished senate would act in flagrant breach of  various court orders and purport to come to factual and legal conclusions concerning a matter in which the parties are already before the courts and therefore subjudice, adding that it is surprising that members of the Distinguished senate appear to have very scent regards for the principle of separation of powers as enshrined in the constitution which is manifested by their taking over the functions of the judiciary in dispute resolution and giving directives to a Government of a state who is certainly not subject to the supervision of the National Assembly.

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Breaking: Tribunal Sacks Dino Melaye As Senator Representing Kogi West

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Biodun Okeowo

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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Seyi Makinde

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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