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Residents Protest Alleged Plot to Remove Alale of Akungba



Protest in Varsity Town Akungba over alleged plot to remove Monarch

Scores of residents and indigenes of Akungba community in Akoko South West Local Government Area of Ondo State, have stormed the Palace of Alale of Akungba on Monday in solidarity protest, over an alleged plot to illegally remove the newly promoted Grade A Oba Isaac Sunday Adeyeye, Ajimo III, the Alale of Akungba Akoko from the throne, by some elements whom the demonstrators described as “haters of peace and progress.”

The protesters who besieged the Palace of the Monarch around 8:45am on Monday morning, held placard with various inscriptions like, “We say no to illegality in Akungba”

“We love our King”

“No Court ordered removal of our king”
“No to breach of peace in Akungba”, while emphasizing a vote of confidence in Oba Alale.

Expressing their displeasure, the residents said they were surprised over the alleged activities of some Ondo State government officials (not the Bovernor) whom sources claimed “are and abetting the illicit plot ”

The leaders and people of the community hosting, State-owned Adekunle Ajasin University, AAUA, frowned at the the unprovoked interference of the said officials in the affairs of Akungba Kingdom.

“Nobody should fan the embers of conflict or stoke the fire of war in our serene and fast developing community. Akungba, under the leadership of our progressive Oba Alale, has seen a lot of peace, socio-economic development and national prominence in the last five years. No one should throw a spanner in the good works,” a frontline leader stated.

Addressing the people, a retiree and former national labour leader and ex President of Akungba Development Union, Chief Dele Olowogorioye, admomished all parties who were involved in Obaship tussle in the past, to maintain statusquo and allow peace to reign.

Chief Olowogorioye disclosed that there is a pending case at the court on the issue, and therefore people should be careful in their acts.

The Cadbury Pensioner, Olowogorioye noted that “the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN would not allow the existing peace of Akungba and the Sunshine State to be trampled upon by clandestine elements.”

An astonished Chief Olusin of Akungba, Gabriel Olaseni, said: “I cannot comprehend how a disgruntled clique can think they will throw out the People’s popular King,” adding that:

“In my view, security agents should nip in the bud this ugly attempt at breach of peace in our law abiding town.”

Meanwhile, “We are trusting God for a non-violent resolution of this crisis.”

In his royal response, Oba Isaac Adeyeye called for calm and urged the peaceful protesters not to take the laws into their own hands.

The Monarch expressed implicit trust on Gov. Akeredolu and described him as a legal luminary with a wealth of experience and no-nonsense administrator. “Our able Governor would always tow the line of justice and equity asca Senior Advocate and meticulous administrator.”

The Alale thanked Akungba indigenes, home and abroad, for the loyalty to royalty through series of vote of confidence in the throne.

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Sokoto Gov Signs New Chieftaincy Bills, Strips Sultan of Powers




Sokoto State Governor, Ahmed Aliyu, has signed the controversial Local Government and Chieftaincy Amendment Bill, along with five other bills, into law.

The newly enacted law removes the power of the Sultan of Sokoto to appoint district and village heads in the state,

The other bills signed into law are – Sokoto State Tenancy Law, Zakkat and Waqf Law, Discrimination Against People Living with Disability Law and Rural Roads Law.

The Governor, at the signing ceremony, on Thursday, said the changes were intended to enhance governance, not to target any individual or group.

His words: “We note with concern the unnecessary tension created by our proposal to amend some of these laws. Some of the reactions were politically motivated, while others were done ignorantly without care to inquire from the right quarters on the details and intention of the amendment,” Aliyu stated.

The governor asserted that legislative amendments are a common practice aimed at meeting the evolving needs of society and ensuring laws are aligned with current circumstances and the interests of the governed.

“Previous administrations had amended one law or the other in the state to give the state laws the needed touch that would fast-track peace and development.

“Let me make it clear that the just amended laws are not meant to witch-hunt any individual or group but rather to promote good governance and to remove the ambiguity and inconsistency with the nation’s constitution,” Aliyu explained.

He further cautioned Muslim clerics against being used by “lazy politicians” to achieve political ends and assured that his administration remains committed to listening to the needs of the  citizenss.

“Whenever we come across any law that does not suit the interests of our people, we will not hesitate to replace it,” he added.

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Anti-Party Activities: PDP Suspends National Vice Chairman, Dan Orbih




The Peoples Democratic Party National Working Committee has suspended its National Vice Chairman (South-South), Dan Orbih, for his alleged involvement in sabotaging the party’s efforts in Edo State.

The PDP Edo State Chapter has been dealing with internal conflicts since the governorship primary election on February 22, 2024, which resulted in Asue Ighodalo becoming the governorship candidate.

As a result, dissatisfied party members took the party to court.

Last week, Justice Inyang Ekwo, invalidated the primary in a judgment for case FHC/ABJ/CS/165/2024, which contested the exclusion of 378 delegates.

On Wednesday, the PDP appealed the judgment.

In a statement released on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, the PDP explained that Orbih’s actions and comments regarding the Edo State Governorship Primary Election are not in line with the party’s constitution.

Ologunagba revealed that the National Working Committee has established a six-member committee, led by Deputy National Chairman (South) Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja, to investigate Orbih.

The statement read in part, “The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at its 588th meeting today, Wednesday, July 10, 2024, considered all issues, including complaints on the activities of the National Vice Chairman (South-South) Chief Dan Orbih concerning the September 21, 2024, Governorship election in Edo State

“The NWC at the meeting unanimously condemned the embarrassing actions and utterances of Chief Dan Orbih relating to the Edo State Governorship Primary Election of our great Party which actions and utterances are inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended in 2017) and the demand of his office as a national officer of the Party.

“Consequently, the NWC has set up a six-member committee headed by the Deputy National Chairman (South) Amb. Taofeek Arapaja, to investigate the issue under the provisions of the Constitution of the Party.

“In the meantime, the NWC forthwith suspends Chief Dan Orbih from participating in all meetings, activities, and programs of the NWC pending the conclusion of an investigation by the Committee.”

The PDP NWC urged all its leaders, key stakeholders, and numerous members in Edo State to remain united, and focused, and to continue working diligently for Ighodalo’s victory in the September 21, 2024, governorship election in Edo State.

It stated, “The NWC acknowledges the support and solidarity of the overwhelming majority of the people of Edo State who are rallying with our Party and Candidate, Dr Asue Ighodalo, whose vision is in tandem with the Will and aspiration of the people for continued massive development of the State on the platform of the PDP.

“The NWC charges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our Party in Edo State to remain united, focused, and continue to work hard for the victory of our Party and Candidate in the September 21, 2024, Governorship election in Edo State.”

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El-Rufai’s Son Throws Shades at Tinubu, Says “Nobody is Too Big to Be Elected Out of Office”




By Eric Elezuo

Bashir El-Rufai, the son of the immediate past Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, has in a veiled reference to President Bola Tinubu, said that no one is too big to be booted out of office.

The younger El-Rufai took to his X account to inform the public that removing the incumbent from office will sure happen, adding that the IMF and World Bank will not be able to come to his rescue.

“Nobody is too big to be elected out of office by the people. It will happen & wallahi nothing will happen. So forget all these intimidations flying up and down. Let us be patient.

“Even IMF & World Bank no go save una that time. Political strategist una. That one na for Lagos,” El-Rufai wrote.

Much as he added that he didn’t mention anyone’s name in the speech, social media users deduced that his mention of Lagos among other things is a clear indication that he was alluding to President Tinubu.
“I didn’t call names o, but due to their guilt, they already know who is being spoken about. Wallahi, none of you will force anyone to support this utter failure of governance disguised as useless, dangerous ethnocentric political strategy,” he said.
Some, among his respondents were quick to tell him that Tinubu will complete eight years in office no matter what, while some others aligned with him.
It will be recalled that Bashir El-Rufai has been a strong follower of Tinubu prior and during the 2023 presidential election. His stance for the administration changed when his father was denied ministerial position, and recognition in the present dispensation.
To compound the travails the senior El-Rufai is passing through, the Kaduna State government has alleged he misappropriated huge sum of money during his stewardship as governor.
Tinubu, has been accused of toeing the path of former President Muhammadu Buhari in ethnocentric politics, where his tribe is considered while others are relegated, and that has prompted El-Rufai’s outburst.

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