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You are only competent at looting treasury – Adelek to Oyetola

Ademola Adeleke, candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2018 governorship election in Osun, has accused Gov. Oyetola of beeing a treasury looter.

He said this in response to a statement credited to Gboyega Oyetola, governor of the state, who had said he felt ridiculed contesting against Adeleke in the gubernatorial election.

The former PDP candidate alleged that Oyetola’s administration is geared at “covering up their evil tracks” of the tenure of Rauf Aregbesola, former governor of the state.

“Osun people know that I am not the facilitator and prime partaker in the looting of Osun state’s treasury. For more than eight years, Gboyega Oyetola was the chief enabler of the most corrupt, inept and anti-people administration in the history of Osun state,” he said.

“I dare Oyetola to walk the streets of Osun alongside me and see who will get mobbed and stoned by the embittered citizens of our dear state. The people had voted the honest dancer and rejected the false progressives who had ruined the fortunes of Osun state and sentenced generations unborn to excruciating debt burden.”

He claimed credit for dousing the tension in the state following the loss of the PDP at the supreme court.

“It is shameful for Oyetola to be gloating over daylight electoral robbery which is being roundly condemned as rape of justice across all sectors of Nigerian society and indeed internationally,” he continued.

“Osun people will remember that immediately after the apex court ruling, I issued a press statement congratulating Oyetola and restraining our members and supporters from violence and anti-peace actions. I claim credit for restoring normalcy, peace and stability to Osun state after the protracted governorship battle.

“At a time Oyetola and his band of usurpers were at a loss on how to manage the usurpation and its resultant tension in the land, I deployed diplomacy, putting the safety of our people above all considerations despite the blatant robbery you now call electoral loss.

“Let me remind Oyetola that his records as Chief of Staff to Rauf Aregbesola clearly confirmed his incompetence as an administrator but shows his competence at treasury looting and hardship imposition.

“Osun people fully know his records. They are aware this his stolen tenure is going to be devoted to covering up their evil tracks of the last eight years.”

A “whistleblower” released INEC’s server results – INEC Ofiicial tells Tribunal

Petitioners’ Witness 59, David Njoga, called by the petitioners as an expert witness, told the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Friday that the server results presented by the petitioners as the authentic results of the February 23, 2019 election were released by a “whistleblower” official of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Njoga called by the petitioners -the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar – told the Justice Mohammed Garba-led tribunal of five judges that he never knew the unknown INEC employee.

He described the unknown person as a whistleblower.

The petitioners are challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress at the poll.

Njoga was earlier called to the witness box by the petitioners’ lawyer, Chief Chris Uche (SAN).

Under cross-examination by INEC’s lawyer, Yunus Usman, he said he analysed the results of the election obtained from INEC’s server and published on a website, www.factsdontlie.com.

According to the witness, the website was created on March 12, 2019.

Fielding more questions, he said, “The site does not belong to INEC but the data it contains is from INEC server.”

He confirmed that he had “never worked with INEC before”.

He added, “Normally, websites are designed for different purposes. The information on the website is from an INEC official.”

Asked, the witness said, “The results on the website are from INEC server.

“The name of the INEC official is anonymous. He is a whistleblower.”
Asked if he knew the whistle-blower he said “No”.

Asked if the whistleblower was a robot, he said, “My lords, robots do not create websites.”

Source: Punch Newspapers

Tribunal: PDP presents over 1,300 results sheets as evidence

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has tendered over 1,300 result sheets as evidence at the presidential election petitions tribunal.

During the sitting of the tribunal on Friday, Chris Uche, counsel to the petitioners, explained that the results sheets comprised of EC8As and EC8Bs from 11 states.

Form EC8B is the final result at the ward level while Form EC8A is the final result for a polling unit,

The PDP counsel said the EC8As are 1,266 and the EC8Bs are 87 in number.

“We have EC8As and Bs. The EC8As are 1,266 and the EC8Bs are 87 in number,” he said.

“We have 38 receipts as payments for the documents.”

However, Yunus Usman, counsel of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) objected to admission of the documents as evidence.

Usman said reasons for objecting to the admission of the result sheets would be contained in their final written address.

“We object to the admissibility of these documents. [Reasons] will be in our final address,” he said.

Lateef Fagbemi, counsel of the All Progressives Congress (APC), also objected to the admission of the documents.

“We object and reason for our objection will be till the end of time in this case,” he said.

The tribunal led by Mohammed Garba admitted the documents as evidence.

Source: TheCable

Minimum wage: Labour prepares for strike

The organised Labour is preparing for a nationwide strike in the event that the negotiation on the adjustment from the new national minimum wage breaks down.

The Trade Union side of the Joint National Public Service Negotiation Council (JNPSNC) after her meeting also reviewed downward her demands from 66.66 percent to 30 percent for officers on grade levels 07-14 and 25 percent for officers on grade levels 15-17.

On its part, the government side is insisting on 9.5 percent salary adjustment for officers on grade levels 07-14 and 5 percent for those on grade levels 15-17.

The workers expressed concern that rather than presenting the two positions to technical subcommittee as agreed, but “Surprisingly, when the Technical Sub-Committee reconvened, the Government Side introduced a strange clause to the discussion insisting that the Term of Reference of the Committee was to work out the consequential adjustment of salaries of Public Servants based on the subhead provided for salaries in the 2019 Budget.”

“All efforts by the Trade Union Side to persuade the Government Side to return to the right track of negotiation and agree on a realistic percentage increase proved abortive.” “Thus, the Government Side deliberately created a stalemate and thereafter adjoined the meeting of the Technical Committee sine die.”

According to a communiqué, a copy of which was issued to newsmen, the workers said the downward review by labour was due to a promise by government to undertake a general salary review in no distance time.

The communiqué was jointly signed by the acting chairman and Secretary, Comrades Anchaver Simon and Alade Bashir Lawal.

The communiqué reads in part, “The Trade Union Side of JNPSNC has now resolved that the Federal Government should reconvene the meeting of the Technical Committee on Consequential Adjustment immediately so that it can conclude its deliberations and ensure that all Public Service Employees benefit adequately from the N30,000 new monthly National Minimum Wage signed into Law by Mr. President since April, 2019.”

Source: Daily Trust

PDP, Atiku plead with tribunal for more time

The Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Friday asked for more time from the five-man Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja, to conclude their case.

Friday is the last of the ten days allocated to them to make their case.

They are by their petition challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at February 23, 2019 election.

The petitioners, who only on Thursday received from the Independent National Electoral Commission a heap of documents to be tendered as an exhibit, gave the hint that they would not be able to conclude their case on Friday through their lawyer Chief Chris Uche (SAN).

The documents received from INEC rose from 55 cartons as of when the tribunal closed proceedings on Thursday to 75 as of Friday morning.

Uche couched his request for more time as “a modification of the pre-hearing report” in which 10 days period was allocated to the petitioners to present their case and six days for each of the respondents to present their defence.

He said, “Today may appear to be our last day. But my lords, we are seeking a modification of the pre-hearing report.

“Today should not be construed as our last day.

“We asking if my lords can give us tomorrow, Monday or Tuesday for us to conclude.”

Earlier, Justice Mohammed Garba who heads the five-man tribunal, had said the court would not have the afternoon session of the Friday’s proceedings for undisclosed reasons.

Reacting, Buhari’s lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), insisted that should the court grant the “extension of time” it should be across the board for all the three respondents – INEC, Buhari and the All Progressives Congress.

Olanipekun also suggested that the court could only compensate the petitioners’ time that would be lost since the court would not sit in the afternoon by being allowed to conclude their case in the morning session of the next sitting day.

But the tribunal said that the petitioners had not asked for an extension of time but for a modification of the pre-hearing session.

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