Osun: Lagos PDP congratulates Gov. Adeleke, wants justice in party’s court cases

The Lagos State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated Gov. Ademola Adeleke of Osun on his Appeal Court’s victory.

The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Friday annulled the Osun Governorship Election Tribunal’s decision and upheld Adeleke as the rightful governor of Osun in a unanimous decision by a three-man panel headed by Justice Mohammed Shuaibu.

It would be recalled that the Osun governorship election tribunal annulled the July 16, 2022 election of Adeleke and declared the incumbent, Gov. Gboyega Oyetola the winner.

Reacting, Lagos PDP Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Hakeem Amode told NAN that the chapter was happy the appellate court affirmed the mandate given to Adeleke at the poll.

“”The entire leadership and members of PDP in Lagos state are elated with this victory. It is heartwarming.

“We are looking forward to getting justice in all our court cases across the country,” Amode said.

Commending the judiciary, Amode said that the judges were expected to be above board without being intimidated or influenced by corrupt politicians in any matter before them.

“The Judiciary is supposed to be the hope of the people but what happens nowadays in our clime worries so many people.

“Where do people run to if judges and justices meant to stand in the gaps and dispense justice now allow themselves to be influenced because of money?

“Our society is what it is today because of the compromise in our justice system.

“The only way our society can be saner and compete favourably with the western world is when evil people, no matter their influence and affluence, power and position, can no longer evade justice in the law court.

“We are happy with this judgment and wish justice will be rightly dispensed in all cases of electoral frauds in the just-concluded general elections,” he said.

According to him, if Nigerian leaders and citizens, have the consciousness that there will be consequences for actions, everyone will sit tight and change negative attitude in the society.

Amode urged the judiciary across levels to rebuild Nigerians’ confidence in the justice system of the country.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Ramadan: Ansar-ud-deen tasks leaders on equality, welfare of citizens

Ansar-ud-deen Society of Nigeria has urged leaders at all levels to fear Allah and ensure equality of all citizens irrespective of their religious, tribal and political affiliations.

The Chairman, Northern States’ Council Missioners of Ansar-ud-deen, Sheikh Muhydeen Ajani-Bello, made the call at the 28th Annual Ramadan lecture and Special Prayer for the nation held at the society’s Mosque, Maitama-Abuja on Saturday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of of the lecture was: “Ramadan: Islam and Good Governance, the Role of Muslim”.

Ajani-Bello, who was the Guest Lecturer at the event, also emphasised the need for leaders to take the issues bordering on the welfare and well-being of the citizens more seriously.

“As a leader, you have to govern well. Everybody is very important to you either being a Muslim or Christian in as much as you are their leader.

“You must look at their welfare, it is very important and you should allow them to advise you because you should have advisers among them those who can advise you constructively and if you listen to their advice it will guide you.”

Earlier, the Chief Imam of Ansar-ud-deen Abuja Mosque, Dr Musa Olaife, enjoined all the newly elected and reelected leaders to fulfill their campaign promises.

“Our leaders, especially the newly elected ones need to be very upright and sincere in their dealings and fulfill all their promises, because we are tired of promised and fail it too much in this country,” he said.

Also, the Co-Chairperson of the Day and daughter of the President-elect, Mrs Folashade Tinubu, appealed to all Nigerians to intensify prayers for the success of the incoming government of Sen. Bola Tinubu and Vice President-elect, Sen Kashim Shettima.

She said: “I appreciate all Nigerians that supported and voted them and it is not over yet, we need to pray for them to do the needful.

“We also need to pray for them to be able to do things that will satisfy the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians.”

Earlier, the Chairman of Abuja branch of the soceity, Alhaji Mohammad Olayiwola implored all Muslims to justify the benevolence of Allah on them by sharing their prosperity with the less privileged among in the society.

He also enjoined Muslims to donate raw food items, cash and other resources to the poor in seeking Allah’s blessings on their lives and assets.

Olayiwola said: “This year’s Ramadan theme reminds us on the emulation of our Islamic leader and role model, Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) in government as a leader and the governed.”

NAN reports that the high point of the event was the offering of special national prayer for an end to the socioeconomic as well as the security challenges facing the country and enhanced peace, progress and development of the land.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

UNIBEN wins Africa outstanding varsity award in Rwanda

The University of Benin has won the Africa Outstanding University Award of the Year for 2023 in Rwanda.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Lilian Salami, was also honoured as Africa Pillar of Education for her impact in education development on the continent.

According to a statement by the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Dr. Benedicta Ehanire on Saturday in Benin, the awards were presented at the 1st Africa Education Summit, held at the University of Rwanda in Kigali.

Ehanire said besides her leadership role in the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Federal Universities, Prof. Salami was also the Vice President of the Association of African Universities with headquarters in Ghana.

This position, the public relations officer said, the vice-chancellor had utilised to project and promote the achievements of many African universities, including the University of Benin.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

APC Support Group backs Yari as 10th Senate President

The Amalgamated All Progressives Congress (APC) Support Groups (AASG) has endorsed Sen. Abdulaziz Yari, as President of the 10th Senate.

The Director-General of the group, Dr Kailani Muhammad, made this known while hosting Yari at a meeting in Abuja, on Saturday.

Muhammad called on all to support the former Governor of Zamfara State to achieve his set goal.

He said that Nigerians should always pray for a better country where development was assured.

The group’s director-general, who is also the National Chairman of the Tinubu/Shettima Network (TSN), said the group acknowledged Yari’s work and would continue to mobilise support for him.

Yari, while speaking at the meeting, promised to perform, if given a chance to become the next Senate President.

He said: “I commended this group that supported the APC in the last election.

“I observed the support of the group nationwide and their commitment to the party and to the President-elect and I believe there are people that have credibility that can take this journey to the promise land.

“The decision that is going to be taken, this group will be of help for better APC in the future.

“I believe that I have versed knowledge of the system and I have the capacity to put everyone together for the purpose of the APC-led government in 2023 to 2027 to succeed.

“My relationship with the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, my relationship with the senators, my relationship with the governors, my relationship with former governors, is very intact.

“Nigerians have confidence in the APC and the party will continue to give good governance to the people.

“The election was not about religion, but about performance.”

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

2023 elections: Democracy and elections in Nigeria

Democracy is said to be a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.

Many democracies that transition into the 21st face challenges in their path of successful consolidation including economy, unemployment, inequality in income and wealth and inflation.

Many challenges facing democracies in Africa and Nigeria can be attributed to the lack of proper enlightenment of citizens to the tenets of democracy and rule of law. The winner is supposed to take all while the loser is expected to resist.

In spite of these challenges to democracy, a system is taking shape in Nigeria to strengthen democracy. The National Peace Committee comprising statesmen and elders have taken it on themselves to forestall after election violence and commit candidates to peace before, during and after elections.

The accord was meant to bind political parties, candidates and their supporters to resort to the constitution if they are not satisfied with the outcome of the elections.

Similarly, local and international observers including the West African Elders Forum, Commonwealth Observer Group and others have made significant contribution towards enshrining democratic ethos in Nigeria. These election monitors have been a part of the various election processes in the country since the return of democratic rule in 1999.

After the Feb. 25 presidential and national assembly elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced Bola Tinubu as the winner with 8,794,736 of the over 24 million votes cast.

The two opposition parties, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the Labour Party (LP) have gone to court to challenge the result. This is the most expected decision that various monitors and observers envisaged. For democracies to thrive, the citizens must imbibe this culture exploring the option of the constitution to resolve issues.

On the outcome of the election, an editorial by Premium Times, states that while some logistics challenges, malpractices and violence in some locations undermined the election, it is excessive and inaccurate to describe the exercise as totally flawed or as the worst in Nigeria’s history, as some want the world to believe. If anything, the election demonstrated appreciable progress in the nation’s electoral process, in comparison to past ones.

In a write up in the Vanguard, Magnus Onyibe, a former commissioner in Delta state, wrote stated that the shortcoming of the 2023 election has laid bare that not enough critical thinking went into organizing the event which is supposed to be so epochal and consequential that it should not have been treated with such levity.

‘’For instance, the election is setting our country back by about N355 billion that was appropriated for INEC to conduct the election. That is just the direct cost of tax payers’ money. When the down time of locking down the country on election days twice are factored in, the cost burden on an economy which is tottering on the brinks of collapse would be much higher.

Similarly, the Washington Post editorial ‘’Nigeria points the way toward democracy in a region in which it is scarce’’, while calling on INEC to assess what went wrong in the 2023 elections, noted that the March 28 governorships and state assembly elections seemed to be much better managed in spite of ‘’some scattered report of violence’’.

It stated that a flawed election in Nigeria can set a standard in a part of Africa where staging a coup is more common than canvassing for votes, adding that ‘’an election in Nigeria won’t turn Africa into a democratic utopia, but it can point the way to a different path’’.

On their observation of the Feb. 25 presidential and national assembly election, the West African Elders Forum (WAEF) gave insights on the way forward.

While the forum notes that some political parties and concerned citizens have raised procedural questions and allegations of infractions of the electoral law in the process of collation of results, it called on all aggrieved parties to document and laid their claims to INEC, in accordance with the Electoral Act 2022.

‘’The Mission notes the imperative of retaining the confidence of Nigerians in the on-going electoral process and, therefore, urges the INEC to thoroughly investigate those concerns and comply with the electoral law and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in the process of collating the election results.

‘’As former leaders who are committed to peace and stability in our sub-region, we have begun a round of consultations with some of the presidential candidates and other key stakeholders, taking to them our message of hope, understanding and peace.

Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, former Nigeria president, also reflected on effective and transparent leadership in the country at a function recently in his home state of Bayelsa.

“As a leader in the country who had the privilege of serving at the state and national level, I can only advise that politics is not about that you must be there. If God wants you to be there, you will be there. If it is not yet your turn to be there, you will not be there.

“So, I advise people who are interested in these offices and their supporters to conduct themselves very well. They want to serve us, not themselves.

“If you want to serve us as people, then you must be humble, and you will not kill us before you serve us. So, people must conduct themselves peacefully, and if God wants them to win their elections, they will win their elections.”

**If used, credit the writer and the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

***This article is with support from Goodluck Jonathan Foundation (GJF), a pro-peace and good governance initiative dedicated to preserving and promoting democratic principles as a prerequisite for peace and prosperity in Africa.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria