Month: October 2014
BY SEFIU AYANWALE,OSOGBO
Osun State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal hearing the
petition filed by the Peoples Democratic party(PDP) candidate in the
August 9th,2014 governorship election on Thursday deferred ruling on
application brought before it by Governor Rauf Aregbesola to challenge
the competence of the petition filled by Senator Omisore.
Counsel to Omisore, Dr. Alex Iziyon SAN, told the tribunal that the
application challenging the competence of the petition should be heard
alongside with the substantive petition.
Iziyon said hearing the applications and the petition together would
ensure speedy dispensation of justice in the case.
He said, ” We have already taken two months out of six months. You can take the applications together. I know justice will be done.
Various applications which bother on the jurisdiction of the tribunal
should be taken together with the petition.”
The Senior Advocate cited Paragraph 12 of the first schedule of the
Electoral Act to back up the appropriateness of his prayer.
But Chief Akinlolu Olujinmi SAN, who appeared for Aregbesola said the
tribunal could not go ahead since the application filed before it
bothered on the competence of panel to hear the petition.
Olujinmi said that the objection raised by the petitioner was
challenging the competence of the petition and the petition should not
be heard based on this.
Counsel to the second respondent ( All Progressives Congress), Mr.
Rotimi Akeredolu SAN, aligned himself with the argument of the first
He said going ahead to hear the substantive case while the application
challenging the petition’s competence had not been resolved would be
out of order.
He argued that hearing the application on competence and the petition
could be likened to hearing a petition filed out of time.
Counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commissioner, Mr.
Ayotunde Ogunleye, also adopted the arguments of the respondents in
Iziyon in his reply told the panel to dissapprove the augment of
the respondent describing them as Old Testament.
The chairman of the tribunal, Justice Elizabeth Ikpejime, after
listening to the arguments of counsels to the petitioners and all
the respondents said the panel would deliver its ruling on the
Ikpejime and two other justices, Vincent Ofosi and A. I. kutigi who
are members of the newly reconstituted panel sat on the case and the
tribunal adjourned the ruling to Monday November 3.
Meanwhile,there was tight security around the venue of the tribunal
,the State Judiciary complex in Osogbo and all the roads leading to
the court were cordoned off by anti-bomb experts and officials of
State Security Service(SSS) searched vehicles and individuals going
inside the court.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abubakar Marafa, led other senior
police officers to the venue to ensure that there was no breach of
By SEFIU AYANWALE, OSOGBO
The Chief Medical Director, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology
Teaching Hospital (LAUTECHTH), Osogbo, Professor Solomon Olufemi
Fadiora has advocated for mutual negotiation and true bargaining
between the employers of labour and labour in the country, saying that
only the true mutual agreement between the two bodies could bring
labour development in the land.
Delivering his keynote address at the opening session of the National
Regular meeting of the University Teaching/Specialist Hospital Trade
Group Council hosted by Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) of the
Teaching Hospital in Osogbo recently, Professor Fadiora maintained
that the principle of mutual human rights was the best means to manage
or resolve the conflict of interest emanates from industrial
Fadiora who explained that the principle of mutual human rights
implies that those who benefit from the services rendered by any group
of workers deserve to be taken into consideration before industrial
actions are embarked upon especially in critical services such as
medical care and its ancillaries.
He declared that there should be an alternative to strike in the
health sector because it leaves tales of woes behind for beneficiaries
of health care services who invariably become innocent victims, urging
that the strikes action of the health workers in the nation should be
minimized or prevented if possible.
LAUTECHTH Chief Executive Officer (CEO) then commended the Osun State
Governor; Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for his contribution towards the
transformation of LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, adding that the
success recorded in the areas of accreditation as well as provision of
facilities is a product of the Aregbeosla’s support.
Also speaking at the event, the National General Secretary of the
University Teaching/Specialist Hospital Trade Group Council, Prince
Peters Adeyemi called on the workers to contribute their own quota to
the achievements of their organization goals and shun laziness,
insubordination and lateness.
While welcoming the delegates, the Chairman of NASU, LAUTECH Teaching
Hospital,Osogbo Branch, Comrade Samuel Ibitoye said the relationship
between the union and government of Osun State was cordial, describing
the government of the State as visionary and focused.
Comrade lbitoye then urged the government to fast track the
implementation of the pension scheme for the hospital staff.
Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, on Wednesday promised to overhaul facilities and provide the needed manpower at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), Ado-Ekiti to make it rank well with similar institutions in the country and even globally.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti, the governor decried the current state of facilities at the hospital.
Fayose, who said he had been given a hindsight on the state of the hospital by members of the Transition Committee he put in place before his inauguration, noted that a teaching hospital must not exist in name only.
“A situation whereby a teaching hospital has only one functional ambulance is uncalled for. What happens if there are more than one emergency case to handle at the same time?
“Also, the X-ray machine there has broken down. Patients have to go to private facilities to have x-ray photographs taken and that is a shame. The wards are also not fixed with fans.
“Patients are not treated in comfortable atmosphere and we are not only going to ensure that the place is provided with the necessary facilities, we are going to provide the workers with the tools they need to work with and motivate them appropriately.
“Medical students there have nothing to fear. The Fayose administration, during the first term, started the process of the starting of the College of Medicine and it is unfortunate that eight years after, the medical college is yet to be accredited.
“All efforts to get the College of Medicine run smoothly will be taken and done. Medical students in the hospital have nothing to fear. Our administration will not let them down,” he said.
The governor advised the management of the hospital to also live up to expectation by judicious use of the resources at their disposal.
He warned against any act that could also thwart efforts at re-positioning the hospital for a brighter future.
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I was scheduled to return to Nigeria yesterday from a quick business trip abroad, but could not, due to last minute logistics changes.
This is why I couldn’t attend the APC Special Convention. Apologies to leaders & supporters of our great party, who were expecting me …………………….. APC Presidential aspirant, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar posted on his facebook’s wall
I hereby call on all other like minded Nigerians to join this movement to deliver on the promise of a new Nigeria. I have embraced the APC platform as a veritable instrument for genuine change and enduring national development. We must constantly remind ourselves that Nigerians yearn for true change and APC represents the hope for this change, and a promise of a brightertomorrow………..Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, spoke at the APC’s extraordinary non-elective national convention held at the Old Parade Ground, Abuja Wednesday
The attitude of the political class is the greatest challenge. They want to intimidate, harass and induce.
Security is also a challenge, especially in the three states in the Northeast. We can not put our men and resources at risk. But we are having an inter-agencies security meetings going on frequently……………..INEC Chairman Prof. Attahiru Jega speaking during at the national stakeholders’ forum on election organised by the civil society situation room on achieving the implementation of credible general elections. It was held in Abuja.
“At exactly 10:13p.m. on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, I received a telephone call from one Mr. Government Ekpemupolo (alias Tompolo)… We have been acquaintances in the past, so I know his numbers. After reaffirming that he is Tompolo when I picked his call, he went straight to the point by informing me that he wishes to inform me that he and his ‘boys’ will kill me by beating me to death or shooting me anywhere they can find me. And that the hunt for me is on……………. Lagos-based lawyer, Festus Keyamo, has petitioned the State Security Services, SSS, and the Nigerian Police over an alleged threat to his life by Government Ekpemuopolo, an ex-militant leader, popularly known as Tompolo.
As we continue to strive to attain set objectives, I would want to affirm that if you my people ask me to lay down my life for the growth, sustenance and and stability of democracy and for the creation of Apa state, I will willingly do that, because without you, there is no me……..Senator David who restated his commitment to ensuring the creation of Apa state for the people of Benue south senatorial district.
It was resolved that whoever emerges will be supported by other candidates. If former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala; former Senate Leader Teslim Folarin; former Lagos State military governor Raji Rasaki; Senator Lekan Balogun; former Minister of Power Elder Wole Oyelese and Oloye Akinjide should work for one candidate, I can assure you that that person will win. So, the party is not shopping for a candidate outside its domain…………The Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Oloye Jumoke Akinjide
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose, has promised to restore the lost glory of education in the state, saying his administration will complement good welfare of teachers and students with physical infrastructure and teaching materials in public schools.
Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi,in Ado-Ekiti on Monday, the governor promised a great improvement in the performance of state students in public examinations.
“We have started on the journey to restore the lost glory of education by the meeting Mr Governor held with heads of public primary and secondary schools last weekend. The teachers know that he is a man of his words and that he will take adequate care of them.
“We are not going to forget the students and the need for a conducive environment for teaching and learning. The administration will provide teaching aids and facilities to motivate the students.
“In Ekiti, education is the major industry and we will re-enact what we did between 2004 and 2006 when our state recorded a great leap in exams conducted by WAEC and NECO when we moved to fifth and sixth in the federation and number one in the South-West.
“Our state-owned tertiary institutions will be adequately funded and courses accredited by relevant bodies. We know that it is only sound education that can help in taking the son of a poor man to the top.
“The people of the state have seen the hypocrisy of those who claimed to be knowledgeable, but whose actions brought setback to education in the state,”he said.
Adelusi assured the people of the state that the Fayose administration would ensure that education is within their reach, adding that it would also empower the people by making them handle projects within their competence.
“Governor Fayose is not the type that will allow for capital flight from the state. He has no godfather that he will hand over the state’s treasury to. Local artisans will handle projects, there will be local content, by so doing, people in the state will be empowered financially and be able to afford basic things,”he added.
By Femi Aribisala
ON Friday, 23rd August, 1985, the military government of Major-General Mohammadu Buhari decided to place me under arrest. My crime was that I wrote, among others, an article entitled: “Counter-trading Nigeria’s Future” in the National Concord, exposing the government’s scam of diverting public funds into private coffers through barter-trade with Brazil. A man by the name of Benson Norman was sent from the State Security Services (SSS) to my office to get me. Not finding me, he left a note that I must present myself unfailingly at the SSS office at 15 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi Lagos the next Monday morning.
However, on Sunday, 25th August, 1985, Lateef Aminu came first thing in the morning to my house to inform me that the government of Buhari/Idiagbon had been overthrown. For this reason, I am fond of telling people that God brought about a change of government in Nigeria just because of me.
Under the Buhari/Idiagbon regime, once you ended up at 15 Awolowo Road, you may never be heard of again. Decree Number 2 of 1984 empowered Tunde Idiagbon to arrest and detain anybody indefinitely without trial and without legal reprieve. After Buhari was overthrown, Mohammadu Gambo opened the prison doors of 15 Awolowo Road on public television, revealing people in various stages of undress and malnutrition that had been kept in the dungeons without trial by Buhari’s hound-dogs.
As self-imposed Head of State, Buhari had no regard for human rights. Immediately he seized power, he announced that he would “tamper with” the press. Soon, the infamous Decree Number 4 was promulgated which made even the publication of the truth a punishable offence. Under this cover, Buhari jailed innocent journalists, including Tunde Thompson and Nduka Irabo. He abolished civil liberties, promulgated retroactive decrees enabling him to kill Nigerians through jungle justice, proscribed civil society organizations and professional groups and exercised “absolute” power.
This same Buhari would now have us believe that he has gone through some metamorphosis and has become a democrat. I am sure you will forgive me if people like me don’t believe him. Buhari is not, has never been, and will never be, a democrat. Only in Nigeria would a man with his track record, who came to power through a military coup that illegally overthrew a democratic government, now be acclaimed as a democrat. It is on record that Buhari’s military regime is the only one in Nigeria’s history that failed to promulgate a programme for return to civilian rule.
Facts and fiction
So what exactly qualifies Buhari as a democrat today? Precious little! There is nothing democratic about forming and joining political parties just in order to be the presidential candidate. Little wonder then that Buhari’s parties have a short shelf-life. Buhari would like to be Nigeria’s head of state once again. He can no longer achieve this through the barrel of a gun. The only route now open to him is through the democratic process. That is the reason he now conveniently fashions himself as a democrat. It is merely a means to an end; no more, no less.
Buhari’s reputation as an anti-corruption crusader is also a myth. As head of state, he did not make any dent in Nigerian corruption. All we got was a cosmetic “war against indiscipline.” The counter-trade scam happened under his watch. Rather than deal with it, he sent his hound-dogs after nonentities like me who dared to expose it. That scam was no different, in scope and scale, from the petroleum subsidy and other corruption scandals that have since plagued Nigeria. The Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) that Buhari headed under Abacha was also a citadel of corruption. While Buhari himself might not have enriched himself, his cronies and those who worked under him did so handsomely.
On three different occasions, Buhari has run for the presidency. On three different occasions he has failed. That should really be enough. If, as seems likely, he were to run for the presidency a fourth time in 2015, there is no question that he would fail yet again. Try as he might again and again, Mohammadu Buhari can never be President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
There is a fundamental reason behind this. Buhari is a bad politician. He is an unbending former military dictator and not a democratic consensus-builder. Like his new ally, Bola Tinubu, Buhari is a regional, sectional politician. Such politicians are practically impossible to package and market nationally in the ethnically-delicate Nigeria of today.
Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Nasir El’Rufai, one of those Northerners who deserve to be serious contenders for the presidency of Nigeria, observed that Buhari remains “perpetually unelectable” as a result of his “insensitivity to Nigeria’s diversity and his parochial focus.” This is an elegant way of saying that politically, Buhari has an uncanny tendency to put his foot in his mouth. He talks before thinking of the political implications of his words. He shoots from the hip.
The strength of Obasanjo, which enabled him to capture the presidency on two different occasions, was that he was perceived as a broadminded politician, not overly partial to his people in the South-West. As a matter of fact, in his first election, his people did not want him. The strength of Goodluck Jonathan, which propelled him to win the presidency, was that he was able to string together a coalition that stretched both north and south of the Niger. The weakness of Buhari is that he is totally unacceptable to people outside his region.
Buhari is a Northern regional champion. As head of state in the 1980s, his government was unapologetically Northern. No attempt was made to balance the ticket at the top. It was the only regime in Nigeria’s history headed by two Northerners. When he seized power, Buhari put Shagari, the Northern head of state he overthrew, under house arrest. But then he jailed Alex Ekwueme, the Southern vice-president. You may well ask what makes Shagari less culpable for the misdeeds of the Second Republic than his number-two man. The simple fact was that Buhari was Fulani as was Shagari; but Ekwueme was Igbo.
At the height of the Sharia debate during the Obasanjo administration, Buhari declared that Muslims should vote only for fellow Muslims. This was politically suicidal for a man seeking national office. He became an advocate for implementation of Sharia all over Nigeria. He protested to the Oyo State governor, in the context of a dispute between Fulani herdsmen and indigenous farmers in the state, that “your people are killing my people.” This turned out to be unfounded and perhaps the reverse.
His threats during the campaign for the 2011 elections incited widespread violence in the North after he lost. His supporters went on a rampage; looting and killing; in spite of the fact that, by all accounts, the elections were adjudged the most free and fair in the history of Nigeria’s current democratic experiment. By the time the mayhem had subsided, over 1000 people had been slaughtered in cold blood and some 65,000 displaced.
Forgetting that a statement made in Hausa would readily be translated into English, Buhari later declared unapologetically in a BBC interview: “If what happened in 2011 should again happen in 2015, by the grace of God, the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood.” These are the tokens of an irresponsible politician, whose ambitions for power supersede the national interest. Who then are the dogs and baboons that Buhari has in mind to soak in blood if and when he loses yet again come 2015? Are they his children or are they those of others?
With the Boko Haram insurgency in the north, Buhari played to the Northern gallery yet again, calling the Jonathan government “the biggest Boko Haram.” Wole Olaniyi was a fly in the wall at a meeting in Kano Government House designed to persuade PDP rebel governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, to decamp to the APC. Assuming that only Northerners were present, Buhari declared the Boko Haram was a “strategic plan” by the government of Goodluck Jonathan to “destroy the North.” When Jonathan declared a state of emergency in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states, Buhari still saw this with Northern goggles, insinuating that the President is waging war on the North.
President of the North
Without a doubt, Buhari has massive support in the North. Indeed, he is the most popular Northern politician in the North today. But that precisely remains his undoing at the centre. The more he has been identified as a Northern champion, the less attractive he has become as a national choice. Even in the North, his support base is limited to the Muslim population. He does not appeal to Northern Christians. Then there is the added factor of the opposition of his implacable opponents among the Northern elite. Men like Babangida and Atiku would rather die than allow Buhari get to Aso Rock.
One thing is certain, the South-South and the South-East will not vote for Buhari in 2015. Not only that; there are no buyers for Buhari’s sectarian politics in the South-West. No matter what Tinubu might be telling him, the people of the South-West will not vote for Buhari in 2015. We already had the template in 2011, when Buhari tried to sell himself, first by balancing his ticket with a Yoruba man; and then by making sure the Yoruba man is a Christian; a pastor no less. But it just did not wash. It will not work in 2015.
The worst thing that can happen to Northern presidential aspirations in 2015 is for Buhari to be on the APC ballot. That is a sure guarantee that the North will not be providing the next president. Buhari would be a shoo-in in an election for president of Northern Nigeria. But in an election encompassing the entire country, the best he can envisage is to be a kingmaker. He cannot be king. The nearest Buhari will get to Aso Rock in 2015 is by attending the Council of State meetings.
Source: Vanguard Newspaper