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Court nullifies Dotun Babayemi’s expulsion from Osun PDP

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An Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo has nullified and reversed the expulsion of Dotun Babayemi from the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.

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Besides, the court warned the party and its agents against taking actions contrary to the order till the substantive suit is determined.

The executive members of the PDP from Babayemi’s Otun Balogun Ward 2 in Gbongan, his hometown had announced his expulsion from the party.

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In a counter move on Monday, a faction of the Ward 2 executive committee, while addressing the press, nullified the expulsion and at the same time announced the suspension of those behind the action.

However, on Tuesday, the State High Court sitting in Osogbo and presided over by Justice Jide Falola, ruled against the PDP from expelling Babayemi from the party pending the determination of the substantive suit.

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In the suit HOS/M.212/2022 between Babayemi, PDP, INEC, Bukayo Ogunleye and nine others, an order of interim mandatory injunction was sought by the plaintiff.

In the like manner, the suit sought to restrain the defendants/respondents or their agents from carrying out their purported action as captured in the press conference addressed by some members of the party in Otun Balogun Ward 2 Gbongan.

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The plaintiff sought and was granted a mandatory interim injunction to restrain the defendants/ respondents or their agents from taking any further steps pending the determination of the originating summons and to this effect prayed the court to maintain the status quo until the final determination of the suit.

In its ruling, Justice Falola maintained that going by the Justice Adeyinka Aderibigbe’s pronouncements in the suit HIJ/6/2022 as instituted by Mr Ademola Adedokun and 20 others on behalf of themselves and Ward Executive officers elected on 25th September, 2021 in the Ward election supervised by the then State PDP Chairman, Hon Olasoji Adagunodo, the persons that undertook the expulsion of Babayemi were ordinary members of the party and as such, impostors.

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“In the Press Release by those that purportedly expelled the applicant (exhibit EB11), it was disclosed and or admitted that the so called query that led to the expulsion of the applicant was not served on him personally but allegedly on a private guard in his residence” “By exhibit EB 12, the 11th and 12th defendants, issued the communique which nullified the purported expulsion of the applicant, are insisting that they are the authentic Ward Executive as pronounced by the court of competent jurisdiction , that is exhibits EB 5 and EB 6. They have also issued query on 3rd-10th respondents that purportedly expelled the Applicant,” the injunction read.

According to Justice Falola, the expulsion of Babayemi was questionable; stressing, “the court is there to intervene where there is serious dispute such as we have here. In effect, I find merit in the Motion Exparte for Order of Mandatory Interim Injunction especially as disposed tomorrow in paragraphs 4 I,j,k,l,m,n,ff, hh,ll,jj,kk,ll and nn of the affidavit in support.

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The party has broken into factions in Otun Balogun Ward 2 Gbongan. Based on the above premise, I hereby accede to the prayers of the Applicant.

“To this effect, the Court has decided to reverse and put in abeyance, the purported expulsion of Babayemi, warning that,1st-10 Defendants/Respondents shall suspend all steps taken or are planning to take with a view to giving effect to the purported expulsion of the plaintiff/Applicant, and shall not embark on any punitive against the plaintiff/ Applicant,” the order read.

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Falola further directed that the rights and privileges of Babayemi be restored in the interim as a full fledged member of the PDP in Otun Balogun Ward 2, Gbongan.

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Gridlock as Akwa Ibom youths rally support for Peter Obi

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There was heavy traffic gridlock on major Streets of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital as supporters of the Presidential candidate of Labour Party, LP, Mr Peter Obi embarked on a 2 million- man on Saturday, October 1.

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The supporters, mostly youths who took off from the Water fountain, at Nwaniba, Uyo by 11 am and walked round the major Streets of Uyo metropolis before they converged at the Discovery Park, Udoma Avenue about 2 pm.

Addressing the supporters, State Chairman of LP, Comrade Lincoln Charles said, “This 2 million match will avail all ‘Obedients’ the opportunity to familiarize, synergize and reignite their support base for the presidential flagbearer Mr Peter Obi, for a possible and better Nigeria.

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“This is a reawakening of our consciousness in politics, leadership and governance. Our message is direct, clear and simple. It is all about Hope for Nigerians and all believers of good governance.

“It is about strong grassroots mobilisation to encourage eligible voters to vote for Peter Obi come 2023. Let us all know our PVCs are intact because Peter Obi’s movement is real.

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” The time is now for all Obedients to stand bold and say enough is enough by marching words with action , spread the message across the units, villages, wards and LGAs that a vote for Peter Obi signifies hope, and victory for all Nigerians”

On his part, the Spokesperson of Peter Obi in Akwa Ibom Mr Aniekan Udofia urged the residents to join the Obedient movement for a better Nigeria from 2023.

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He said:;” When we started they said we are making noise, that we are not serious. When we started they said the Labour party does not have a structure. You came out and you gave us structure. Never in history have Nigerians come out to choose their President. In 2023 Nigerians will choose their President, Peter Obi”

Also speaking, the Campaign Director, Peter Obi Integrity Network for Transformation, (POINT) Engr Okon expressed confidence that their Principal would emerge victorious in 2023 given the massive support he is receiving from all parts of the country.

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“Today is the independence day of Nigeria, and I can say that today is the day Nigeria is completely free and independent. As you can see, the revolution is going on and nothing can stop it. Look at the type of people that are coming out to express their love and passion for our principal.

“Everything about today is just dedicated to Peter Obi. We see a divine hand in it, this movement is not ordinary, it started like a joke and it’s growing like a wildfire we are talking of 2m man match and you can see the crowd and these two million people cannot be wrong” Okon said.

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A female youth who identified herself as Mercy Anny decided to join the rally because of her readiness to vote for Obi.

Her words” I came out today to for this rally because I am for Peter Obi. And I can assure you unlike other parties this is not a paid or borrowed crowd. I am here because I want a better Nigeria. I came out today because I want my unborn children to have a better life. And I know Peter Obi has what it takes to give us that better life”,

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Prepare To Accept Outcome Of 2023 Election, UN Peace Commission Tells Atiku, Obi, Tinubu, Others

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As Nigeria celebrates its 62 Independence anniversary, major contenders vying to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, in 2023 have been advised to embrace peace ahead of the presidential elections, even as they are asked to prepare for the outcome in good faith.

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Kano State Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi are the top presidential candidates.

In a goodwill message to mark 62nd Independence Anniversary of Nigeria, released on Saturday in Abuja, Acting Head of Mission and Country Representative, International Peace Commission of the the United Nations, Amb. Hussaini H. Coomassie, said the presidential candidates should prioritise message of peace, unity of Nigeria and her development during this campaign period.

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Dr. Coomassie, who is double as the global vice chairman, Advocacy for Good Governance & Social Justice Network (AGGSJN) also warned supporters of the major presidential candidates against thuggery, hate speeches and fake news during the electioneering campaign.

While congratulating Nigerians home and abroad for the 62nd Independence Anniversary, the UN Representative expressed hope that the country will overcome all the challenges confronting her presently.

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The statement reads: “From the International Peace Commission of the the United Nations we felicitate with Nigerians home and abroad for celebrating the country’s 62nd Anniversary of Independence from the colonial rule. It is our firm believe that Nigeria shall overcome all her challenges and emerge a great Nation that is destined to be.

“As the Nigerians getting ready to elect another leader to succeed the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari next year, it is our hope, however, that the major contenders will prepare their minds and that of their supporters to gladly accept whatever the outcome will be in the sportsmanship spirit.

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“This I emphasise should be registered in their minds that only one of them will emerge victorious at the poll as Nigerian voters will decide.

Therefore, I urge the political gladiators and their supporters to embrace peace, preach peace and practice peace during and after this forthcoming exercise.

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“Nigeria should be seen as a collective project and not a personal project. This Nation is greater than anyone and history will not forget in a hurry whatever said and done either in the country’s favour or against her,” Dr. Coomassie said.

According to Dr. Coomassie, something is now clear that no administration will ever take the country and her youths for granted again based on the current politicial consciousness of Nigerians.

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He also called on the Nigerian youths to actively and peacefully participate in the ongoing process and elect a leader that will protect their future and the generations yet unborn.

“I believe that God in His mercy has magnanimously blessed Nigeria with enormous resources. This nation is only yearning for a right leadership to creatively tap into these resources and turn around her fortune. The forthcoming national election is another opportunity to right the wrong,” Dr. Coomassie stated.

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PDP Crisis: Again, Atiku Breaks Silence, Says ‘We’ve Realised Our Mistakes’

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Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, says Peoples Democratic Party, has realised its mistakes from the past and is working assiduously towards getting its lost glory.

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Atiku, who was in Gombe for a wedding ceremony, briefly opened a campaign office dedicated to the realisation of his 2023 aspiration of becoming the number one citizen.

The PUNCH reports that the office was donated by Jamilu Ishaku, the first runner-up in the 2023 PDP gubernatorial election.

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Also, donated were about 10 space wagon campaign vehicles provided by Ishaku.

Explaining the chances of the PDP in an interview he granted journalists at the Sani Abacha International Airport Gombe, Abubakar described the party’s chances as high due to its impeccable record.

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He acknowledged that the party lost in 2015, following what he termed as mistakes, which the PDP had recovered from.

Abubakar said, “PDP is a very popular party and it is the oldest party in Nigeria. We have realised that we made mistakes.”

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Speaking on the chances of the party in 2023 election amidst the growing internal wranglings in the main opposition party, Abubakar added that talks were still on.

“I’m still talking to aggrieved members of the party and I believe at the end of the day we will work together,” he added.

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