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Akungba Stool: Akeredolu Can’t Be Misled – Oba Alale’s Counsel

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A prominent lawyer, Barrister Banjo Ayenakin, the lead counsel to the Alale of Akungba, Oba Isaac Sunday Adeyeye, Ajimo III, has revealed that Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, would probably have been led astray to take improper action on the state of Obaship matter in the varsity town, if the Senior Advocate is not a learned member of the noble wig and gown profession.

“He would have been led astray on the legal issue of Obaship Stool of the University community of Akungba Akoko in Akoko South West Local Government Area of Ondo State”, the erudite lawyer declared.

Ayenakin, who spoke against the backdrop of speculations making the rounds that Oba Adeyeye had been deposed by the Supreme Court of Nigeria, disclosed to newsmen that he had written to the Governor on the contentious issue, still pending in court.

He further stated that the Governor has perused his petition and agreed that the Supreme Court must decide the case on its merit, and the Apex Court is yet to determine the matter before it.

The King’s Counsel submitted further that it would amount to gross abuse of court process, or executive recklessness to depose a sitting Oba who has a pending matter at the Supreme Court, or when an application for an injunction is pending.

Ayenakin also referenced the case of Governor of Lagos State VS Ojukwu, saying that: “the Court held that when an application for injunction is pending or appeal is pending in the court, even though it has not been heard or the case has not been fixed for hearing; nothing must be done about the subject matter of the action.”

He added that: “the Supreme Court’s judgment they (opponents of Oba Alale) are talking about is a motion that was filed at the Supreme Court and was struck out. How can anyone expect a Governor to implement a motion that was not upheld?

“If you have an application for a leave of appeal and it was struck out, by virtue of differences in your motion, the position of the law is that you file another one and he (Alale) has filed another one, let them (defendants) bring a judgement of the Supreme Court which states that the case has been heard and it has been dismissed?

“Thank God, we have a Governor who is a lawyer, otherwise he would have been misled. I have written to the Governor and he has read it and agreed that the Supreme Court must decide the case on its merit before it could draw the attention of Government. Governors don’t act on hearsay, on Obaship matter.

“The court has not decided the case yet on its merit. We filed a motion and the motion was struck out, We have gone back to say hear me on the merit. untill the Supreme Court says appeal dismissed, statusquo must be maintained. Our appeal has not been heard, which means the matter is not yet settled.

“The record of appeal is before the Supreme Court. Our brief of argument is before the Supreme Court, our Stay of Execution is before the Supreme Court. I’m surprised that a number of unlearned charlatans are propagating misinformation, making a lot of noise and causing disharmony in a usually serene varsity kingdom.

He added that “I’m also contending that the case was not properly reviewed issues of law were not properly appraised. These are the issues before the Supreme Court.

“There is no cause for alarm or panic in Akungba. I hope the agents behind the campaign of calumny, bent on standing law on its head would do the needful by abiding by the rule of law and principles of separation of powers between the judiciary and the executive. Kabiyesi Alale is sitting comfortably on the Throne and the people of Akungba have confidence in him. There is no tension or chaos in the town; as residents and students are going about their activities peacefully and mutually. Everywhere is cool, calm and prosperous.”

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Adeleke Loses As Tribunal Declares Oyetola Winner of Osun Guber Election

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The Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Osogbo has sacked Governor Ademola Adeleke as the duly elected governor of the state.

The tribunal in a split document of two to one declared that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, should withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Adeleke and issue the same to former Governor Adegboyega Oyetola

The majority judgement which was read by the Chairman, Justice Tertse Kume said Oyetola scored the majority lawful votes of 314,931 against Adeleke’s 219,666

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Katsina Youths Boo, Stone Buhari’s Officials During Visit in Protest to Hardship

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President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, commenced a two-day official visit to his home state of Katsina where he inaugurated some projects executed by the state government.

However, his first day in the state was marked by a protest by youths decrying the hardship in the country.

The youth staged the protest a few minutes after noon, shortly after the President inaugurated the Kofar Kaura Underpass in Katsina.

The protesters caused a commotion at the Kofar Kaura Underpass where they threw stones at the crowd after Buhari left the area.

The boys also set up bonfires along the Yahaya Madaki Way, a few metres from the underpass, while shouting: ‘We don’t need you,’ ‘We no go do,’ in Hausa.

A viral video showed a mass of youths violently denouncing the government as they engaged some policemen on the road.

The development is coming 72 hours after the Presidential standard bearer of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, was stoned by suspected hoodlums at a campaign rally in Katsina.

The thugs reportedly threw stones outside the campaign venue, damaging several vehicles.

“Our candidate had met with women in a town hall and then held a hugely successful rally at the Muhammad Dikko Stadium. However, on his way to the airport, hoodlums attacked the car our candidate was riding in with heavy stones from his driver’s side causing substantial damage to the vehicle,’’ the Head of Media, Obi/Datti Presidential Campaign Council, Diran Onifade, disclosed in a statement.

Buhari had finished the ceremony and left when the youth stormed the underpass and started shouting, ‘Bamuyi,’ ‘Bamuyi’ (We are not interested.)

They also threw stones at the convoy of state government officials departing the project site.

They were subsequently dispersed with tear gas by security personnel.

One of the youth said they were protesting the hardship in the country, adding that they wanted to draw the President’s attention to the situation.

One of the protestants declared,  “ We are suffering; no job; no life…no money…”

But the spokesman for the Katsina police command, Gambo  Isah, said there was no protest.

He noted, ‘’The President was neither booed nor his convoy stoned. I was part of the convoy. The President successfully inaugurated the project. We were at another inauguration when we learnt that hooligans known as kaoraye were fighting one another at Sabwa ungwa area and we went there. We arrested no fewer than 10 of them and an investigation is already going on.”

The Special Adviser to the governor on Security Matters, Ahmad Katsina,  did not respond to inquiries on the youth’s actions.

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Festival of Joy Promo: Ibadan Hosts Another Draw

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Globacom, on Thursday, held a draw in Ibadan, Oyo State capital to pick the winner of another 3-Bedroom apartment in the ongoing Glo Festival of Joy promo.

The event was held at Gloworld, Challenge, in the presence of several Glo subscribers who were in the shop to transact business.

Commenting about the exercise, a walk-in customer, Mr. Matthew Aina, who drew the winning number, commended Globacom on transparency of the draw, while Mrs. Taibat Azeez, who also witnessed the emergence of another house winner, said the exercise was fair enough.

The three-bedroom apartment will be presented to the winner, who was informed by Glo officials after the draw at a presentation ceremony scheduled for Friday, January 27, 2023.

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