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Oyo 2019: ‘No alliance, merger can stop my victory’ – Adelabu fires opposition parties



The Gubernatorial candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in Oyo State, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu, has declared that no amount of alliance or merger by the opposition political parties in the state will stop his victory in the election billed to take place on Saturday, 2nd March.

Adelabu made this declaration in a statement signed by the spokesman of Friend’s of Bayo Adelabu (FOBA), Dr. Bayo Busari, a copy which was made available to DAILY POST on Tuesday in Ibadan, the state capital.

DAILY POST recalls that major opposition parties in the state, on Monday while declaring that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is jittery of imminent defeat it will suffer in the elections, promised to work together as one team to defeat all candidates of the ruling party in the elections.

The political parties, among whom are the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Social Democratic Party (SDP), Action Democratic Party (ADP), Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Alliance for Democracy (AD) said recent events have shown the APC to be jittery of the imminent loss staring it in the face.

The opposition parties, in a statement issued under the platform of forum of director’s general of campaign organisations of various opposition political parties in Oyo state, a copy of which was made available to DAILY POST, alleged that series of attacks on opposition parties being perpetrated by agents of the state government in power wers becoming worrisome and can no longer be tolerated.

But, Adelabu while reacting declared that “a merger, as being proposed among the opposition candidates cannot stop his emergence as the next governor of the state”.

Busari in the statement issued on behalf of Adelabu said that it was unfortunate that opposition candidates were busy beating around the bush when Adelabu was traversing the nook and cranny of the state.

He said, “We make bold to say that while members of the opposition in the state were engaging in discussing the person of Chief Adelabu, he has been busy engaging interest groups and the people of the state, intimating them with the major policies that his government was going to embark on immediately he is sworn in, to make live more meaningful for them.

“Members of the opposition, having seen the writing clearly on the wall have now gone into the panic mode, tinkering with an idea of aligning to confront Chief Adelabu.

“Their move is belated as it is coming when the good people of Oyo State have taken a decision to have the APC candidate as the next governor of the state.

“The opposition candidates were busy beating around the bush when Chief Adelabu was traversing the nooks and crannies of the state, day and night working tirelessly to win the confidence of the people, which he has eventually gotten.

“We are patiently watching in amusement to see how the people who could not bow for one another before they became political prostitutes will now sway the electorates whose minds are already made.

“They could not unite when they were seemingly members of two political parties, how will they do that now that their rejection at the polls has become imminent?

“Adelabu’s emergence on the political landscape of Oyo State is God’s own project and we believe that the good Lord who has seen him this far will crown his effort with resounding success, at the polls”.

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Siasia Life Ban: Nigeria Football Federation Comes To Ex-Super Eagles Coach’s Rescue



The Nigeria Football Federation says it is reviewing the life ban imposed on Samson Siasia by the world football governing body, FIFA, while waiting to take action after seeking legal advice.

FIFA had on Friday announced the ban of Siasia, former Super Eagles coach, from any footballing activities both national and international after being found guilty of bribery and match-fixing.

The NFF described the life ban as a “massive sanction”, adding that it is shocked by the decision of the FIFA Ethics Committee.

Acting President of NFF, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, in a statement, said, “The NFF was shocked to learn of the investigation and the subsequent decision by the FIFA Ethics Committee (Adjudicatory Chamber) placing a life ban on Mr. Samson Siasia. But we have, however, now received documents, including one known as the ‘motivated decision’, and we have handed them to our lawyers to study and provide legal advice to the Federation.

“It is a massive sanction on one of our legends. Siasia is a football legend but most importantly he is a Nigerian. We must, therefore, be interested in the matter and be properly advised.”

He added, “While we respect the FIFA processes and appreciate that an investigation was conducted prior to the decision, the least we as a Federation can do is empathize with him at this time, make ourselves available to him and hope that in some way he is able to clear his name as he has promised to do.”

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Sen. Abbo’s trial: What happened in court on Tuesday



The trial of a Senator, Elisha Abbo, who allegedly assaulted a nursing mother, was on Tuesday stalled in a Zuba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Abuja.

At the resumed hearing, the police prosecution counsel, Mr James Idachaba told the court that the defendant was not in court.

Idachaba told the court that he was ready to open his case against the defendant and all his witnesses were in court.

However, Mr Adegbite Adeniyi, counsel to Abbo, told the court that his client was sick.

”My Lord my client is suffering from Acute Febrile (medical term used to describe a sudden fever or elevation in body temperature)”, he said.

Adeniyi, who presented a medical report to the court, added that Abbo was on admission at a hospital in Yola, Adamawa State.

He, however, told the court that his client’s surety was in court.

He explained that the prosecution served him with the proof of evidence in the morning in court.

Adeniyi prayed the court to grant him an adjournment to put his house in other.

However, the prosecution did not oppose the oral application made by Abbo’s counsel.

The Magistrate, Abdullahi Ilelah adjourned the case until Sept. 24 for hearing.

NAN reports that Abbo, who represents Adamawa North senatorial zone, was arraigned on July 8 for allegedly assaulting a nursing mother, Mrs Warmate Osimibibra.

The prosecution alleged that the Senator committed the offence on May 11 at Pleasure Chest Shop FA 45 Located at Bannex Plaza Aminu Kano Crescent Wuse II Abuja.

He also alleged that Abbo slapped the complainant severally on her face and forcefully dragged her shirt without provocation.

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Kogi govt detaining APC delegates in BIR



Coordinator of Usman Jibrin Campaign Organisation in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, Alhaji Nagogo Maiyaki has disclosed on Tuesday that some delegates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have been detained in Kogi State Board of Internal Revenue in Lokoja.

He made the disclosure at a political gathering while hosting the gubernatorial aspirant and former Chief of Naval Staff, Jibrin Usman in Lokoja.

Maiyaki explained that intimidation and harassment of party executives who were perceived not to be loyal to the governor have been heightened ahead of August 29 primaries.

“As I speak, some of our delegates have been detained at the Board of Internal Revenue in Lokoja.

“Yesterday, when I was going round to mobilise party executive for this event, I was informed that some of them were tricked to BIR and have been detained there.”

In an interview after the event, the party chieftain said, the governor did not want any gubernatorial aspirant to access the APC party Executive before the primaries.

He called on security agents to ensure the protection of party delegates and members, adding that it would be a shame for the party to keep losing members simply because they want to exercise their franchise.

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