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INEC appeals tribunal on Osun governorship election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has appealed the January 27 ruling by the election petitions tribunal on the Osun State governorship election.

A three-member panel led by Justice Tertsea Kume had on that day nullified the victory of Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the July 16, 2022 governorship election in the state.

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The panel declared the immediate past governor of the state, Gboyega Oyetola, as the winner of the election and ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return given to Adeleke and issued the same to the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate.

READ ALSO: INEC admits there was ‘seeming over-voting’ in Osun election

In the Notice of Appeal dated January 30, 2023, filed at the Court of Appeal, Akure, the commission listed 44 grounds of appeal and urged the court to set aside the tribunal’s judgement.

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INEC also asked the appellate court to dismiss Oyetola’s petition for lack of merit.

The notice signed by INEC counsel, Prof. Paul Ananaba (SAN), and 17 others, was seen by journalists on Wednesday.



The commission insisted the tribunal erred by declaring that Adeleke did not score the majority of the lawful votes in the election.

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APC, PDP feud over Adeleke’s 100-day achievements in Osun.

The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State have traded words regarding the achievements of Governor Ademola Adeleke-led since his assumption to power.

Adeleke was sworn in as the State Governor in November last year, after being declared winner in the governorship election held in July of the same year.

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However, Elections Petitions Tribunal in the state had invalidated the election on the ground of over-voting and declared Adegboyega Oyetola of the APC as the authentic winner.

The APC state chairman,Tajudeen Lawal, in a statement in Osogbo on Monday accused the Adeleke administration of plans to loot the state treasury.

He also accused Adeleke-led administration of re-commissioning projects already completed by the Oyetola-led administration.

Lawal said: “We are aware that the current government has concluded plans to fleece the state of its resources through re-commissioning of projects the previous government of the APC had already installed for public use.

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“Specifically, the Adeleke administration is desperate to shore up its hugely kwashiorkored image by repainting some of the legacy public schools and primary health centres built by the Administration of former Governor Gboyega Oyetola.”

However, Director of Media of Osun PDP, Oladele Olabamiji, who reacted to the development, said APC was surprised by the achievements recorded by Adeleke so far.

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Olabamiji accused the opposition of making needless noise having lost its mandate during the polls.

He said, “It is permitted for the party to make noise. They are surprised that an administration can set for itself developmental agenda within 100 days. We are not bothered by their noise. They have been doing this since the 100 days agenda was made public.



“Our major concern is to ensure that our people get value for their mandate which they surrender to Governor Adeleke. The APC is free to embark on their propaganda.”

Court dismisses PDP’s suit against Oyetola’s participation in Osun guber election.

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed an appeal by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, seeking to restore the nullification of the participation of Osun State’s former Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, and his Deputy, Benedict Alabi, in the July 16, 2022 governorship election.

Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court in Abuja had, in a judgment on September 30, 2022, nullified the participation of Oyetola and Alabi in the governorship election on the grounds that their nomination forms were endorsed by an acting Chairman of APC, who was also a serving Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni.

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Justice Nwite’s judgment was set aside by the Court of Appeal, Abuja in a judgment in December last year, a decision the PDP appealed to the Supreme Court.

In a judgment on Thursday morning, a five-member panel of the Supreme Court, led by Justice Centus Nweze, held that the appeal by the PDP was without merit and directed the lawyer to the PDP, Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), to withdraw it.

The court held that the PDP could not, under the law, question the process leading to the emergence of Oyetola and Alabi as candidates of the APC in the election.



Tribunal: Osun voters should sue INEC — Falana.

Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has urged voters in Osun State to sue the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for wasting their votes.

He stated this on Sunday during an interview on Arise TV.

Recall with 𝕹𝖔𝖇𝖑𝖊 𝕽𝖊𝖕𝖔𝖗𝖙𝖊𝖗𝖘 𝕸𝖊𝖉𝖎𝖆 that the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal sacked Governor Ademola Adeleke for overvoting at over 700 polling units in the Governorship election.

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The tribunal asked INEC to give Certificate of Returns to former Governor Gboyega Oyetola.

“What the voters in those areas have to do is to sue INEC for damages that you have wasted my votes,” Mr Falana said.

Mr Falana also said it will be a daunting task by Adeleke’s lawyers to overturn the verdict of the tribunal.

“Looking at the judgement, I believe very strongly that it is going to be a daunting task to impeach the judgement. INEC has to be held completely responsible for what happened.

“INEC will have to go back to the drawing table so that we will not have this experience. INEC will have to put its house in order, If we have this in a presidential election, where you issue one or two reports, it will have a crisis of monumental proportion,” he said



Adeleke calls for calm as Osun residents protest, reject tribunal judgement.

The Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has expressed satisfaction with the passionate show of love and rejection of the Osun guber election petition tribunal judgment.

Adeleke’s reaction is coming after massive protests demonstrating support for him and the Peoples Democratic Party rocked major towns across the state.

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Since the Friday, January 27, 2023, judgement by Justice Tertsea Kume-led tribunal in favour of former Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and the All Progressives Congress (APC) on July 16, 2022, Osun gubernatorial election, massive protests have rocked the state.

On Saturday, streets in major towns were blocked as protesters trooped out in large numbers to show their disapproval at the judgment.

Expressing delight at the reaffirmation of popular support for his governorship mandate, Adeleke in a personally signed statement assured the people that their mandate will not be stolen by whatever means possible.

In his words, “I have read stories of multiple protests and I have seen many videos from all over the state. From Central, West and East, I am overwhelmed by your open defence of our mandate. I express my appreciation to our people for their show of support. Your love for me is much appreciated.

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“We have not done anything wrong. We won clearly with a wide margin. Local and foreign observers hailed our election as the best in recent Nigerian history. Be rest assured that by God and Man, justice will be done. Our mandate won’t be stolen.”

The governor who cautioned the people against taking laws into their hands also called for calm.

He disclosed that he has already appealed the judgment and was sure of victory.

Meanwhile, the Osun chapter of the PDP has accused the tribunal chairman, Justice Tertsea Kume of bias and sabotage of the new Electoral Act.

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The party is also contemplating reporting the judge to judicial disciplinary bodies.

Addressing a press conference on Saturday in Osogbo, Akindele Adekunle, the party’s caretaker chairman in the state, alleged that the judgement was way billed by the APC as the Tribunal Chairman abandoned legal arguments and submissions to dwell on trivialities as the foundation for his pronouncement.

The party also alleged that the plot by the APC went beyond the Osun guber election of 2022 to the coming general elections.

“For us as a party, we understand the desperation of those behind the jankara judgement. We understand the trap they tried to set against the BVAS innovation in our electoral system. We understand the desperation goes beyond the Osun election or Governor Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke.

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“The evil plot is ultimately against the coming general election where in their usual fraudulent habit, millions of voter cards have either been cloned, registered with ghost names and are being made ready to be deployed especially for the presidential election, in which they could smell their total rejection far ahead of time.

“In this wise and in their fraudulent anticipation, the use of BVAS machine must be discredited and rendered impotent ahead of their planned invasion of the electoral field with their fraudulent antics. However, ladies and gentlemen, this is a battle they cannot win!”

Adekunle, however, called on the residents and citizens of the state and Nigerians to be vigilant



Ademola Adeleke: Oyetola hails INEC amid victory in Osun.

The immediate past governor of Osun state, Gboega Oyetola is celebrating his victory after the Election Tribunal nullified the election of Ademola Adeleke.

He described Friday’s verdict as a collective victory for the country’s democracy.

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Oyetola, who said this while speaking with newsmen in his country home, Iragbiji, said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is the greatest beneficiary of the judgement, adding that there was no victor.

He said, “There is no victor, no vanquished. It’s a collective victory for our State and our nation’s democracy.

“I’m happy that the judgment resolved the controversy of the July 16 2022, governorship election.

“INEC is the greatest beneficiary of the judgment.”

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Oyetola also thanked the people of Osun State and his supporters for their loyalty and for standing by him and the APC



Osun: Tribunal under tremendous pressure – Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has insisted that the Osun Election Petitions Tribunal has been under tremendous pressure.

Sanwo-Olu said this while congratulating the immediate past Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola, on his victory at the Osun State Election Petitions Tribunal on Friday.

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Recall with 𝕹𝖔𝖇𝖑𝖊 𝕽𝖊𝖕𝖔𝖗𝖙𝖊𝖗𝖘 𝕸𝖊𝖉𝖎𝖆 that the Tribunal had sacked Governor Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and declared Oyetola, who is the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the July 16, 2022 election in Osun, as the winner.

The Tribunal, in a 2-1 majority ruling by its Chairman, Justice Tertse Kume, insisted that Oyetola scored the lawful majority votes of 314,931 against Adeleke’s 290,266.

Reacting, Sanwo-Olu, while speaking to journalists at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Friday, said, “I think the Tribunal has taken its time and you can see the outcome.

“I imagine they must have been under tremendous pressure, but I’m sure at the end of the day, they took the right outcome.

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“My congratulations go to the APC family in Osun. The judiciary has shown that it was delayed but not denied, so I want to congratulate my brother, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.”



Osun APC condemns violence on members over tribunal judgement.

The Osun chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the indiscriminate act of brigandage exhibited by political hoodlums suspected to be loyal to Governor Ademola Adeleke and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after the governorship election petition tribunal upturned Adeleke’s victory.

The party in a statement signed by its acting Chairman in the State, Tajudeen Lawal also described the destruction of the campaign billboards and posters of the opposition candidates as wicked, primitive and callous.

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The Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had on Friday, January 27, 2023, sacked Governor Adeleke in favour of former Governor Adegboyega Oyetola as the authentic winner of the July 16, 2022, gubernatorial election in the State.

There were reported pockets of violence perpetrated by armed thugs in Osogbo metropolis on Friday immediately after the delivery of the tribunal judgement which nullified the electoral victory of Ademola Adeleke.

𝕹𝖔𝖇𝖑𝖊 𝕽𝖊𝖕𝖔𝖗𝖙𝖊𝖗𝖘 𝕸𝖊𝖉𝖎𝖆 reports that the thugs who were well armed with dangerous weapons went berserk in Osogbo, destroying the billboards and posters of the APC senatorial candidate for the Osun Central Senatorial District, Senator Ajibola Bashir.

Reacting, Lawal urged Adeleke to call the militia arm of his party and government to order so as to prevent the total breakdown of law and order.

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“There could not be any justification for the PDP to be promoting thuggery with a view to unleashing avoidable violence on the members of the opposition and their property.

“I task the leadership of the State police command and other statutory security agencies in the State not to look away while the political hoodlums terrorise the innocent people of the State.

“The sacked Governor Adeleke has an option to appeal the tribunal judgement instead of resorting to self-help from the hoodlums who lack the capacity to influence the tribunal judgement that has been delivered in favour of our candidate, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola.

“If the sacked Governor Adeleke truly has genuine interest in allowing peace to reign in Osun State, he should put on his thinking cap and beat a retreat from his love for violence as such could only lead to an irredeemable perdition,” he stated.

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Meanwhile, the Osun State Governor, Adeleke in a statewide broadcast on Saturday, restated his rejection of the Tribunal judgement and affirmed that he has directed his counsels to appeal to a higher court.

While observing the discrepancies in the judgement of the Tribunal Chairman, Governor Adeleke described the outcome as a miscarriage of justice.

“My good people of Osun State, we have all heard the split judgement of the governorship election tribunal. Two members of the Tribunal delivered two opposing judgments, the Chairman and the member one. The member 2, did not deliver any judgment, she abstained.

“The Chairman’s judgment affirmed the claim of over-voting, while the Member One’s judgment agreed with our position as captured by the BVAS machines which is the primary source of accreditation data of true accreditation on the day of the Election.

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“The reality of my election as the Governor of Osun State is captured in the member one’s judgement. The claim of over-voting in the Chairman’s judgment was unfounded. This was clearly a miscarriage of Justice. Based on the above, there was no majority judgment,” he stated.

Adeleke, who restated his confidence in the judiciary, called on the people to remain calm and go about their business and insisted that he remained the governor of the State



Osun: Oyetola Leads Road Rally To Celebrate Victory Over Adeleke.

To celebrate his victory, Adegboyega Oyetola led a jubilation procession with large number of supporters after he was declared winner of the July 16, 2022 governorship election on Friday.

The Osun Governorship Election Tribunal had earlier in the day nullified the election of Ademola Adeleke as governor of Osun.

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The tribunal nullified the election on the basis of over-voting and violation of the Electoral Act by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Thousands stormed the street in Iragbiji, Oyetola’s hometown to celebrate the tribunal’s verdict. He also joined them in the process as he drove in a convoy in the road procession.



Ademola Adeleke: Protesters Barricade Osun Roads, Block CP’s Convoy. [Video]

Aggrieved protesters blocked some major roads in Osogbo and Ilesa on Saturday to protest the decision of the Election Petition Tribunal that sacked Senator Ademola Adeleke as governor.

The protesters, who prevented vehicular movement along Osogbo/Ikirun road, also blocked Gbongan/Osogbo road to traffic and beat up many commercial motorcyclists that were operating in the town.

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While many commuters were stranded and had to trek long distances to their destinations, many business places did not open to customers over the fear of attack by the hoodlums.

At Igbona Area, the convoy of the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Kehinde Longe, was stopped by some people believed to be members of the transport management committee.

An eyewitness, who witnessed the incident said operatives that were in the convoy of the CP later cleared the barricade and moved on.

At Ilesa, the popular Roundabout was blocked to traffic, forcing commuters to take alternative routes to their various destinations.

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When contacted for a reaction, Osun Police Command spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, said, “more men have been deployed to the identified spots where roads were blocked to traffic. The situation is under control



Victory of light over darkness – Tinubu reacts to Adeleke’s sack.

Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said the validation of Adegboyega Oyetola as the winner of the July 2022 Osun governorship election by the tribunal is a victory of light over darkness.

𝕹𝖔𝖇𝖑𝖊 𝕽𝖊𝖕𝖔𝖗𝖙𝖊𝖗𝖘 𝕸𝖊𝖉𝖎𝖆 had reported on Friday that the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Osogbo overturned the victory of Governor Ademola Adeleke at the July 16th 2022, governorship polls.

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Reacting, Tinubu, in a statement signed by his Media Aide, Tunde Rahman, insisted that Oyetola’s win was deserving.

The former Lagos State governor described Oyetola’s win over Adeleke as a triumph of perseverance and courage over electoral fraud.

The statement partly read, “I heartily rejoice with Alhaji Adegboyega Oyetola on his much-deserved victory at the election tribunal today.

“It’s the victory of light over darkness, a triumph of perseverance, courage and justice over electoral fraud and democratic perversion. “



PDP Reacts To Sack Of Osun Governor, Ademola Adeleke.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has reacted to a ruling by the Osun Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sacking Ademola Adeleke as Governor of the state.
 
The ruling was delivered on Friday. The party has now vowed to upturn the verdict at the appeal court.
 
The tribunal had, in its judgment, declared former Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola of All Progressives Congress, APC, as the authentic winner of the July 16, 2022 governorship election in the state a 2-1 split decision.
 
However, another member of the three-man panel delivered a minority judgment in which he affirmed Governor Ademola Adeleke of PDP as the winner of the election.
 
But speaking to journalists after the delivery of the judgment, Counsel to PDP, Mr Nathaniel Oke, faulted the tribunal’s verdict.
 
He added that necessary legal step to challenge the judgment would be embarked upon by the PDP in order to get Adeleke’s mandate back.
 
He said that the majority judgment might not be the position of the court, adding, however, that the PDP stood with the minority judgment which, he said, showed the true picture of what transpired at the election.
 
“You will recall that it was only two people who gave judgment in respect of the July 16, 2022 election,” he said.
 
Oke said Adeleke’s mandate would be retrieved at the appellate court



What Oyetola’s Tribunal Victory Means – Akeredolu.

Rotimi Akeredolu, the Ondo State Governor, has reacted to the judgment of the Osun State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Osogbo, which declared Gboyega Oyetola as the winner of the July 16 Osun governorship poll, The PUNCH reports.

The governor said the judgment reflects the will of the people of the state who voted massively for the All Progressives Congress and Oyetola in the election.

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In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, on Friday, Akeredolu said the tribunal judgement restored the hope of the common man and reinforced confidence in the judiciary.

The statement read, “We received with delight, the news of the Osun State Election Petition Tribunal which declared Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola as the winner of the July 16 governorship election in the State.

“This is indeed a victory for democracy. No doubt, the judgment will further consolidate and deepen our country’s democratic values and election petitions jurisprudence. It will also sustain the faith of the people in our democratic process. The will of the people has prevailed.

“I congratulate my dearest brother, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola (Ileri-Oluwa). I also rejoice with the good people of Osun State and the entire APC family. This is a victory for all.

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“While we relish the victory of the moment, I like to assure my dearest brother, Gboyega that we will be with him all the way to the Supreme Court. We shall hold hands together and march on this path of shared conviction. In the end, this victory shall be permanent.

“Evidently, this ruling has put paid to issues surrounding the election. We are confident that this mandate restored will provide a new lease of life for Osun State.

“We urge our party members to savour this victory with joy while also seeing it as a great booster ahead of the forthcoming elections.”



Return official vehicles in your custody – Osun govt tells Oyetola, wife, former appointees.

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The immediate past governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola, his wife, Kafayat Oyetola and other former political appointees have been directed to immediately return official vehicles which are in their possession. (Watch Video Here)

The directive was given by the Asset Recovery Panel of the Osun State Government on Friday in Osogbo.

The directive was made known in a statement signed by Olawale Rasheed, the spokesperson to the Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke and obtained by Noble Reporters Media. (Watch Video Here)

The Asset Recovery Panel headed by Bashiru Tokunbo Salam revealed that the vehicles are valued at N2.9 billion adding that the former officials had gone away with the various models of vehicles without any legal basis for such action.

The statement disclosed that, “As at today, there is no law that authorised any elected or appointed officials to go with state vehicles after completing their tenure of office. (Watch Video Here)(Watch Video Here)

“The Chairman of the Asset Recovery Committee, Dr BT Salami reported that due diligence has been conducted and the committee has concluded that the affected past officials should return government vehicles in their possession. (Watch Video Here)

“This is the first batch of vehicles to be retrieved. We will soon come up with the second batch. All affected officials should return the vehicles in their possession immediately to avoid coercive procedures for recovery of state assets.”

The panel also revealed that, “In the list of affected officials, Governor Oyetola alone has 11 vehicles ranging from Lexus Jeep, Toyota Prado jeeps and assorted models of costly vehicles. The wife, Mrs Kafayat also has in her possession several brand of governments vehicles which were taken away against provisions of the law. (Watch Video Here)

“Other former officials listed include immediate past SPECIAL Adviser on Security, former Chief Details, former Personal Assistant to the Governor, former special assistants to the Governor, former Senior special assistants, former special advisers, former local government caretaker chairmen and members, former board chairmen and members, former Chief of Staff, former Deputy Chief of Staff, former Deputy Governor , former Secretary to the State Government, former commissioners among others. (Watch Video Here)

“The former Deputy Governor has more than seven government vehicles in his custody contrary to the provisions of the law. (Watch Video Here)

“A serving Senator, Oriolowo is also directed to return to the Osun State Agricultural Development Programme five machines namely motor grader, bulldozer, soil compactor machine among others.”

The committee urged that affected former government officials to comply with the directive or risk enforcement procedures. (Watch Video Here)

The Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke on his inauguration day on November 27, 2022 dislcosed that he will issue an Executive Order setting up a committee to recover assets from officials of the outgone administration of Adegboyega Oyetola.

Also, during the inauguration of the committee, the state’s Deputy Governor, Kola Adewusi publicly revealed that the official quarters of the Deputy Governor was nothing to write home about.

Adewusi decried the high level of looting that had occurred in the quarters.

Defending himself, the former Deputy Governor, Benedict Alabi stated that he had moved out of the official quarters months before his tenure expired.

Former officials in the Oyetola administration has also come out to state that the vehicles in their custody were legally signed off to them by the state government under Adegboyega Oyetola.

They also accused the Governor Adeleke of withholding the November salaries of past political appointees who served during the outgone administration.

An allegation which the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on the State House of Assembly to intervent and find a lasting solution to


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Osun Gov’t Asks Oyetola, Others To Return Vehicles Worth N2.9bn

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Osun State Government has asked former governor Gboyega Oyetola and other appointees in the past administration to return government vehicles worth over N2.9 billion. (Watch Video Here)

The government issued the directive to Oyetola, his wife, Kafayat Oyetola and other former appointees through its Assets Recovery Panel. (Watch Video Here)

According to the Chairman of the Asset Recovery Committee, Dr Bashiru Salami, due diligence has been conducted and (Watch Video Here) the committee has concluded that the affected past officials should return government vehicles in their possession. (Watch Video Here)

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“This is the first batch of vehicles to be retrieved. We will soon come up with the second batch. (Watch Video Here) All affected officials should return the vehicles in their possession immediately to avoid coercive procedures for recovery of state assets,” a statement by Governor Ademola Adeleke’s media aide, Olawale Rasheed, quoted Salami as saying. (Watch Video Here)

“In the list of affected officials, Governor Oyetola alone has 11 vehicles ranging from Lexus Jeep, Toyota Prado jeeps and assorted models of costly vehicles. The wife, Mrs Kafayat also has in her possession several brands of government vehicles which were taken away against provisions of the law. (Watch Video Here)

“The former Deputy Governor has more than seven government vehicles in his custody contrary to the provisions of the law.” (Watch Video Here)

Other former officials listed include the immediate past Special Adviser on Security, former Chief Details, former Personal Assistant to the Governor, former Special Assistants to the Governor, former Senior Special Assistants, former Special Advisers, former local government caretaker chairmen and members, former board chairmen and members, former Chief of Staff, former Deputy Chief of Staff, former Deputy Governor, former Secretary to the State Government, former commissioners among others



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Osun 2022: Adeleke accuses Oyetola of looting.

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The Osun State Government has alleged another looting of public properties by the previous administration.

According to a press statement on Monday by Olawale Rasheed, the spokesperson to Governor Ademola Adeleke, the discovery pertained to the Osun State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja.

The statement disclosed that the pillaging of assets in the lodge was uncovered during a physical inspection of the facility during the weekend.

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The government which alleged that the lodge was stripped of all valuables added that the items carted away were acquired with public funds by officials of the Adegboyega Oyetola Administration.

The government noted that the Osun Governor’s Lodge was also in a similar state as the looted Deputy Governor’s quarters at the Government House Oke-Fia, Osogbo.

According to the statement: “On the physical inspection team was the Chairman of State Assets Inventory and Recovery Committee, Dr B.T Salam and other top government functionaries. The lodge was stripped of all valuables acquired with public funds by those officials of the past administration.

“From the main house to the service flats and up to the boys’ quarters, clear indications of valuables removed can be observed. Items such as television sets, chairs, foams, electrical fittings, bed sheets, spoons and cutleries, among other valuables were illegally removed from the lodge. Every utility vehicle procured for use in the lodge was also carted away from the building.

“The lodge was in a terrible state and similar to the way we found the Deputy Governor’s quarters and others at the Government House in Osogbo following the brazen looting of that facility.

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“We are shocked by this lust for materialism as evidenced in the unexplained pilfering of public properties by officials of the past administration. Civil servants in the Abuja lodge confirmed the pillaging of the state’s assets by Mr Oyetola’s men but said they were powerless in stopping them.

“That this happened in the Federal Capital Territory is another peep into the gross abuse of office by officials of the past administration.

“Those who think we were playing politics with the revelation only just need to see the level of theft of public assets that we found on ground.

“This matter, just like those before it, is being looked into by the Assets Inventory and Recovery Committee and we want to assure the public of this government’s firm resolve to recover every stolen asset.”

The statement which revealed that the Assets Recovery Committee is working round the clock to track and recover all looted assets warned individuals in possession of public properties to return them forthwith.

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that the state’s Deputy Governor, Kola Adewusi had alleged that the Deputy Governor’s Quarters in the Government House, Osogbo was looted and valuables carted away before the assumption of office of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration of Ademola Adeleke.

Reacting, former Deputy Governor, Benedict Alabi denied looting the quarters.

Alabi added that he would not be dragged into the matter as he left the quarters long before the handover date of November 27, 2022.

Also, reacting, the spokesperson of the previous governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, Ismail Omipidan added that all properties in the Government House were handed over to security personnel and inventories taken.

Responding, the state government accused Omipidan of dragging security personnel into the matter.

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The government which disclosed that it has video evidence to show the level of looting perpetrated in the Government House insisted that the Government House was stripped of all valuables.

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Adeleke reverses Oyetola’s appointments, dethrones traditional rulers.

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Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun, on Monday, issued six executive orders reversing appointments made by former governor Gboyega Oyetola, including the appointment of workers and installation of traditional rulers.

This is contained in a statement by his Spokesperson, Malam Olawale Rasheed.

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The governor signed the executive orders on Monday, including an order freezing all the State Government accounts in all banks and other financial institutions.

“The six executive orders take immediate effect. “The orders cover chieftaincy matters, appointments issues, setting up of a review panel, staff audit and employment matters,” he said.

Others he said are for the immediate freezing of all the state government accounts in all banks and other financial institutions, order on Staff Audit – All Heads of Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Commissions, Boards and Parastatals of Osun State Government are directed to carry out immediate staff audit of the actual number of workers in their establishments as at July 17, 2022.

The governor said all heads of agencies and parastatals are to file a report to the Office of the Chief of Staff to the Governor stating the full details and position/designation of each of the staff on the forwarded list, within seven working days from the date of the Executive order, using the Oath of Fidelity Template.

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Also nullified is all employment in the service of the Osun State Government made in any capacity into any capacity in all the Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Commissions, Boards and Parastatals after July 17.

The governor also said all appointments in the service of the Osun State Government made in any capacity into any capacity in all the Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Commissions, Boards and Parastatals after July 17, 2022, will be reversed.

He further said all appointments of traditional rulers made by the Osun State Government after July 17, 2022, is to be reviewed to ensure there was strict compliance with due process of chieftaincy declarations and native law, custom and tradition relating to such chieftaincies.

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The governor said in line with executive orders two, three, four and five, the state government has ordered the setting up of review committees on Staff audit/appointments/promotions, State assets inventory and recovery, contractors/MoUs/agreements and d. Chieftaincy matters/appointments of traditional rulers

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Osunites will remove Adeleke ‘just like’ Oyetola if he fails – Adegboruwa SAN.

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Legal practitioner, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa has advised Osun governor-elect, Ademola Adeleke to perform well after his swearing in or face rejection later.

The lawyer said if the former Senator failed to deliver, the people would vote him out like they did to Governor Gboyega Oyetola.

Adegboruwa, however, noted that the election produced some disturbing issues that have lessons for Nigeria.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) said the Osun contest was not won on the basis of programmes, policies or ideologies.

He complained that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) imported musicians to sing and dance “as if entertainment is the engine of good governance”.

On the conduct, Adegboruwa said if INEC’s independence is guaranteed, the will of the people will become established in the leadership recruitment process.

Adegboruwa maintained that the deployment of technology is crucial to the success of the electoral process, especially for accreditation, voting, transmission and collation of results.

Demanding that no room be given to riggers to corrupt the electoral system, the SAN said politicians will strive to do better if votes count.

“The reign of godfathers in the political space can and should be terminated and then Nigeria will witness some progress.

“No leader that has emerged through the ballot process will ever take the people for granted if there is a credible process of change”, he added.

Adegboruwa stressed that should Adeleke disappoint after he assumes office, it won’t be difficult “for the people of Osun to reject him as they have done to the incumbent governor”.

He said the only way that the winner can merit commendation is for him to formulate programmes that will ensure development.

“The period of dancing ended on Saturday, we want to see results”, the rights activist told the governor-elect.

The statement hailed the electorate, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), observers, security agencies and the media for their efforts

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Osun Elections: We’re still consulting party stakeholders – Oyetola.

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Less than 24 hours after the declaration of Ademola Adeleke, the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the winner of the 2022 Osun gubernatorial election, the state governor, Adegboyega Oyetola had called on his supporters to remain calm.

This is as the state governor also said he has taken cognisance of the result of Saturday’s guber poll as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In a statement by Ismail Omipidan, his Chief Press Secretary, the governor who was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election, noted that the party would respond appropriately to the guber result.

He also admitted that he would need to consult widely with critical stakeholders in the APC.

“We have taken cognisance of the results of the governorship election in the State as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Sunday.

“The party would be responding appropriately after studying the results and consulting with critical stakeholders of the party,” he said.

While calling on the party members and supporters to remain calm, Governor Oyetola urged the residents to go about their businesses without hindrance.

“We cease this opportunity to call on security operatives to ensure maintenance of law and order,” he added.

The statement also disclosed that the state governor has directed security operatives to take adequate charge so as to prevent break down of law and order in any part of the state.

Recall that Adeleke defeated the incumbent governor, Oyetola by scoring 403,371 while the latter had 375,027 votes to be declared the winner by Professor Oluwatoyin Temitayo Ogundipe, the INEC Returning Officer for the election

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Osun Elections: We kept our word on peaceful election – Police.

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The Nigeria Police has claimed it deserves commendation for its role in the Osun governorship election.

Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi tweeted Saturday morning after the conclusion of the poll.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the results Sunday morning.

Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defeated Governor Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The police spokesman said the security agency kept its promise during the election.

“We promised to protect and secure Osun Gubernatorial Election, in order to have a free, fair, credible, and acceptable election, which we have done.

“I am sure many will join these good Nigerians to command us and other security agencies for a peaceful conduct in Osun”, Adejobi wrote

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Adeleke’s gov’ship emergence leaves mixed reactions.

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There were bursts of reactions in Osogbo following the declaration of Ademola Adeleke, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate as the Osun governor-elect.

In major spots in Osogbo, supporters of Adeleke were seen rejoicing and making merry, celebrating their candidates’ victory.

At Oke-Fia, Olaiya, Old Garage, Markson Junction, elated supporters were seen jubilating and shouting “Imole” which means illumination, the campaign slogan of the governor-elect.

Meanwhile, at his Ede Country home, a crowd gathered to see him and celebrate with him.

Speaking with this platform, Muritala Kayode, a PDP youth leader disclosed that he was expressing joy because the party and Ademola Adeleke has been vindicated.

Muritala said the victory was worth the wait because they have waited for four years.

Recalling that in the 2018 gubernatorial election, the mandate of the party was stolen, he stated that he was optimistic that Adeleke would bring the desired promises to pass in the state.

He stated that the party had become mature and would play politics the way it should have been in the opposition for 12 years.

Recall that Ademola Adeleke of the PDP defeated the incumbent governor, Adegboyega Oyetola of the APC in the Saturday, July 16, 2022, gubernatorial election by scoring 403,371 to 375,027

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Osun Election: Ademola Adeleke defeats Gboyega Oyetola.

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Senator Ademola Nurudeen Jackson Adeleke has been declared the winner of the Osun State governorship election.


Adeleke emerged the winner of the election with 403,371 votes.

Announcing the winner on Sunday morning, the returning officer for the Osun governorship election, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe announced that Ademola polled 403,371 votes.

He polled the highest vote to win his major contender, Governor Gboyega Oyetola who pulled 375,027 and Action Democratic Party (ADP) Kehinde Atanda as the second runner-up.

Adeleke won 17 local governments while Governor Oyetola from the ruling party won 13 local governments.

The former lawmaker had in 2018 contested with the incumbent governor and lost the election to him in the rerun.


See results as collated:

Atakunmosa East LG
APC: 7,449
PDP: 6,992
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Atakunmosa West LG
APC: 6,601
PDP: 7,750

RA7
There was an infraction in a polling unit. Corps member was axed and has been hospitalized
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Ayedaade LGA
APC: 14,527
PDP: 13,380
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Ayedire LGA
APC: 7,868
PDP: 7,402
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Boluwaduro LG
APC: 5,649
PDP: 5,860
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Boripe LGA
APC: 21,205
PDP: 7,595
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Ede North LGA
APC: 9,603
PDP: 23,931
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Ede South LGA
APC: 5,704
PDP: 19,438
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Egbedore LGA
APC: 9,228
PDP: 13,230
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Ejigbo LGA
APC: 14,355
PDP: 18,065
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Ife Central LGA
APC: 17,880
PDP: 13,532
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Ifedayo LGA
APC: 5,016
PDP: 4,730

There was overvoting in one of the PU
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Ife East LGA
APC: 19,353
PDP: 18,071
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Ifelodun LGA
APC: 16,068
PDP: 17,107

Overvoting in a polling unit in Ikirun.
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Ife North LGA
APC: 9,964
PDP: 10,359
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Ife South LGA
APC: 12,481
PDP: 9,116
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Ila LGA
APC: 11,1163
PDP: 13,036
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Ilesa East LGA
APC: 13,452
PDP: 10,969

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Ilesa West LGA
APC: 10,777
PDP: 13,769
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Irepodun LGA
APC: 12,122
PDP: 14,369
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Irewole LGA
APC: 18,189
PDP: 14,216
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Isokan LGA
APC: 10,833
PDP: 10,777
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Iwo
APC: 17,421
PDP: 16,914
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Obokun LGA
APC: 9,727
PDP: 13,575
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Odo-Otin LGA
APC: 13,482
PDP: 14,003

Hoodlums invaded RA6 PU2 with guns and snatched the ballot box in Inisa.
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Olaoluwa
APC: 9,123
PDP: 7,205
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Olorunda
APC: 18,709
PDP: 21,350
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Osogbo LGA
APC: 22,952
PDP: 30,402
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Oriade
APC: 14,189
PDP: 15,947
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Orolu LGA
APC: 9,928
PDP: 10,282
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Victory is close, we’ll dance in the rain, don’t move – Davido to voters.

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Nigerian music star, David Adedeji Adeleke, has expressed optimism that his uncle, Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the ongoing governorship election in Osun State, would win the race.

Davido, in a series of tweets, urged voters to remain at the polling unit as counting continues despite heavy downpour.

According to the singer, the stolen mandate of his uncle is being retrieved.

He wrote, “It’s raining. We will dance in the rain! Don’t leave those collation centers ! Victory is close !

“Retrieving the Stolen mandate with full force IMOLE Adeleke is coming”!

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that Davido’s uncle, Adeleke had earlier expressed satisfaction in the ongoing exercise after casting his vote

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Osun Election: Ademola wins polling unit, Gboyega loses.

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The candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, has won his polling unit.

He won with 218 votes.

Senator Adeleke voted at Unit 009, Ward 02, Abogunde/Sagba, Ede North.

His major contender, Governor Gboyega Oyetola polled 23 votes while Dr Akin Ogunbiyi of Accord Party has one vote

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Osun Election: Oyetola wins over 500 votes, defeats Ademola as counting continues.

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Governor Gboyega Oyetola has won the polling unit.

Oyetola, who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the ongoing governorship won with 545 votes.

He voted at Ward 2, Polling Unit 1, Popo Primary School, Boripe Local Government Area, Iragbiji, Osun State.

Ademola Adeleke, who is the major contender in the gubernatorial election polled 69 votes

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