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BREAKING: Police Arrest, Detain Senator Adeleke

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The police have detained Ademola Adeleke, lawmaker representing Osun west senatorial district.

The senator was candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2018 governorship election in Osun state.

In a statement on Monday, the campaign organisation said Adeleke had honoured an invitation at the force headquarters in Abuja before he was detained.

“We alert the public, diplomatic and democracy community worldwide that the Nigerian Police has arrested and detained Senator Ademola Adeleke on old trumped up charges of certificate and testimonial forgery,” the statement read.

“This is after the school principal and school authority have through affidavits denied any forgery and owned up to the school testimonial issued to Senator Adeleke.

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“Senator Adeleke had this morning honoured police invitation at the force headquarters, Abuja. He arrived at the force headquarters at 9am and was not attended to until later this afternoon when he was informed of fresh charges of testimonial forgery. The distinguished Senator was taken to Maitama Police station with plan to arraign him tomorrow at an undisclosed Magistrate court.”

The statement said Adeleke is being victimised over his “pursuit of the retrieval of the governorship mandate freely conferred on him by the people of Osun state”.

The election tribunal had declared him duly elected governor but Gboyega Oyetola, the incumbent governor, field an appeal.

The appeal court has reserved judgement in the case.

Adeleke’s campaign organisation also accused the police of working for Oyetola and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

“Yet, the police in connivance with the appellants have decided to unjustly incarcerate and raised trumped up charges which have been clarified by relevant authorities,” the statement read.

“The principal of the secondary school attended by Senator Adeleke testified through affidavit before Bwari High Court that the school indeed issued the testimonial. WAEC equally testified that the Senator sat for the examination. For the Police to revive this old clarified issue confirms political vendetta.

“We call for urgent intervention of well meaning Nigerians to stop this emerging rape of democracy. The case for which the Police is acting is subjudice. It is sad to note that the Police appears to have become a tool in the hands of enemies of rule of law.”

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BREAKING: Nine Imo Lawmakers Defect To APC

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At least nine members of the Imo state house of assembly have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Colins Chiji, the speaker, read the defection letters of the lawmakers who are from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Action Alliance (AA) on Tuesday.

The house was not in session when the supreme court sacked Emeka Ihedioha as governor, replacing him with Hope Uzodinma.

Ihedioha, who was declared winner of the March election, is of the PDP while Uzodinma is a member of the APC.

The PDP defectors are Chyna Iwuanyanwu (Nwangele), Chidiebere Ogbunikpa(Okigwe), Heclus Okorocha (Ohaji/Egbema), Paul Emeziem (Onuimo).

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Those from AA are Authur Egwim (Ideato north), Obinna Okwara (Nkwerre), Johnson Duru (Ideato South), and Ngozi Obiefule (Isu) while Ekene Nnodimele (Orsu) moved from APGA to APC.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Affirms Ortom’s Election As Benue Gov

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The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Samuel Ortom of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as Benue Governor.

A seven-man panel of the court, led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, dismissed the appeal by Emmanuel Jime, who contested as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, who read the lead judgment, held that the appellants (Jime and APC) failed to present any cogent reason to move the court to tamper with the concurrent decisions of the two lower courts, which both upheld Ortom’s election.

Another member of the panel, Justice Dattijo Mohammed, is reading the judgment in relation to the governorship dispute in Admawa State.

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Buhari Reacts To Supreme Court Verdict On Kano, Plateau

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President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to Supreme Court judgement on governorship tussles in Kano and Plateau states.

President Buhari said it would have been disastrous for the All Progressives Congress (APC) if the party had lost Kano and Plateau states at the Supreme Court.

The president stated this in his congratulatory message to the APC over the apex court judgement that upheld the elections of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and Governor Simon Lalong.

Buhari in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said: “I am glad this tortuous journey has ended in favour of the party and our governors.

“APC won the states and has proved it in court. It would have been a major blow if strategically important states like Kano and Plateau are lost.

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“It has now become standard procedure for the opposition to challenge any poll or judgement that does not return its candidates. Election is good when they win.

“The opposite is the case if someone else emerges. But that is not the way it works. Democracy is not only about who wins or who loses, but also about the process. In disparaging every unfavourable result or judgement, they disparage the entire

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