Ayodele Fayose, former Ekiti State Governor, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to ensure he attends the presidential debate slated for tomorrow. Fayose, factional head of the South West campaign organization of Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), made the call on Friday. Messrs Buhari and Abubakar are major contestants in the presidential election scheduled for February 16. They are expected to participate in the debate. Also, there are insinuations in some quarters that the president who seeks a second term in office will dodge the debate. The media have not been able to confirm if President Buhari would debate his challengers personally or through a proxy.
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Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday, stated that corruption has been the major bane that has hindered the development of the country. Osinbajo, who stated this at Ifon in Ose Local Government during his visit to Ondo State for the house to house campaign ahead of the forthcoming election, emphasized that it was only President Muhammadu Buhari that can fix the country. Osinbajo also visited some royal fathers in the state. He said that for the people to continue to witness more developmental projects, they must give their votes to his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, as well as for President Muhammadu Buhari at the February 16 presidential election.
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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has told voters in Osun State to resist any attempt by politicians to rig elections in their state. Mr. Abubakar, who spoke on Tuesday during his campaign rally in Osogbo, Osun State, expressed displeasure at the current status of Nigeria as the capital of poverty in the world. “Nigeria remains headquarters of poverty in the world,” he said. “This government promised to give you job and security, they promised to turn around the economy, unfortunately, everything has turned out to be deceit.”
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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says he is feeling sad over the trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen, on allegations of false and non-asset declarations. The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) had scheduled Jan. 14 for the arraignment of the CJN. However, the process was stalled as the CJN failed to appear before the CCT; and a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja also ordered the CCT to halt
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The star witness of the petitioners at the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja, Mr. Dele Adeleke took the stand Wednesday and before commencement of cross examination by the defense counsels, pink copies of forms EC8A from most of the local government areas were tendered in evidence and received by the tribunal as exhibits in the resumed proceedings.
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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday night said that if he were to lose the forthcoming presidential election, it will not be strange since it will not be the first experience for him. Appearing in a town hall meeting broadcast live on television from Abuja, he had been asked if he would accept the outcome of the election if he loses.
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A 20-year-old man, Rasaki Azeez, was on Thursday arraigned in an Osogbo Chief Magistrates’ Court in Osun for allegedly assaulting police officers. The defendant pleaded not guilty to a five-count charge bordering on assault, breach of public peace and malicious damage preferred against him. The Prosecutor, Insp. Irewole Jimoh, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Jan. 16, at about 10:05 pm, at Ipetu-Modu area, Osun. Jimoh said that the accused conspired with others at large to assault some police officers including Insp. Salau Ayodeji, Sgt. Irewolede Jimoh, Cpl. Ogudare Aliu, and Constable Joseph Oguntayo. He said the police
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No fewer than 20 accident victims were rescued on Wednesday by the Osun State Deputy Governor Benedict Alabi along Osogbo/Gbongan expressway. The injured victims were rushed to the nearest hospital at about 6:00 pm by vehicles in the Deputy Governor’s entourage. The accident occurred when an eighteen-seater commercial bus with number plate (EDE 593 XA) Osun State, swayed off the road and collided with an oncoming Kia Saloon car (KRD 832 EH) Lagos State.
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