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Impeachment: Edo assembly directs CJ to set up 7-man committee to probe deputy Gov

The Edo State House of Assembly has passed a resolution directing the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Daniel Okungbowa, to set up a seven-man committee to investigate the allegations of gross misconduct levelled against the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu.

The House passed the resolution during plenary on Tuesday.

Nineteen out of the 24 members of the House voted in favour of the resolution.

Earlier, the Speaker, Blessing Agbebaku, had notified the House that the seven-day ultimatum granted the deputy governor to respond to the impeachment notice served on him has expired.

Agbebaku said the impeachment notice was served on the deputy governor on March 6, 2024 but due to alleged evasion of service, the House ordered that he be served through substituted means.

He said the substituted service was published in the state owned newspaper The Observer, and the Vanguard Newspaper, on March 12, 2024.

The notice, according to him, expired by March 19.

In a motion, the Majority Leader, Charity Aiguobarueghan, moved that the Chief Judge be directed to set up seven-man committee to investigate the petition against the deputy governor.

Aiguobarueghan averred that the motion was in line with Section 188, Sub-section 3 and 4 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He noted that failure of the deputy governor to respond to the petition at the stipulated time was not a problem as Section 188, Sub-section 3, clearly stated that “whether he responds or not, the House has a duty to perform”.

“That duty was bestowed by Section 188, Sub-section 3 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, that a motion be moved, when it will be resolved that if these allegations are not denied, they are worthy of investigation.

“I am, therefore, moving a motion in pursuant to Section 188, Sub-section 3 and 4 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, that is designed not to be argued.

“That the notice served on the deputy governor alleging gross misconduct be sent for investigation and that the Speaker cause the Chief Judge of the state to set up a seven-man committee to look at the allegations and report its findings to this House as soon as possible,” he said.

In a voice vote, 19 members voted in support of the motion, which was more than two-thirds of members of the House.

The Speaker subsequently directed the Chief Judge to set up a seven-man committee to investigate the petition against the deputy governor.

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DSS arrests El-Rufai’s political ally, Aisha Galadima over post on Gov Sani

Aisha Galadima, a strong political ally of the former governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has been arrested in Kaduna.

The arrest, a source told DAILY POST, was connected to a post on her Facebook page, criticizing Governor Uba Sani.

The female politician was picked up by the operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, from her residence on Sunday afternoon.

The development was confirmed by one of her brothers, who said, “Aisha has just been arrested by DSS at her Tudun Wada residence in Kaduna.”

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Ondo polls: My certificates are genuine and authentic – Ayedatiwa speaks after screening

The Governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa has said that contrary to rumours of fake certificates making the rounds in some quarters, his certificate was genuine and authentic.

Aiyedatiwa disclosed this on Friday at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja after he was cleared by the Screening Committee to contest the primary election.

The governor further declared there was no vacancy at the government’s house.

His words: “Questions were asked and answered and at the end of the day, I have been cleared that there are no issues. Especially the issue that has to do with the certificate that a petition was written, today that has been put to rest.

“My certificates are genuine and authentic. I think it is just a kind of mischief by some other aspirants who find me to be an aspirant to beat, trying to look for a way to discredit my person but that has been verified and put to rest.

“I think the issue really regarding that was a school they claim was established in 1980 and how come I was able to write my WASSCE in 1982. If you are a student of history you will recall that in 1979, when the Governor of Lagos State at the time, Lateef Jakande became Governor of Lagos State, most private schools were taken over and schools were built for the communities. And Ikosi High School that I attended is one of the schools that were built by the regime of Lateef Jakande in 1980. So, it is on record that the school was established in 1980 and at that time I was already in Form ‘3’ in a private school.

“New Nation is in Ikosi while Royal Comprehensive High School is in Ajegunle Ikorodu very close to Ketu. So all of us were moved to both New Nation and Royal Comprehensive High School and some other schools that were affected by flood. We were all moved into Ikosi High School Ketu that was built by the government and that was how we wrote our WASCE in 1982 because we were in the first set. I was in Form ‘3’ at the time, it used to be five years, not now that you have six years for Secondary school.

“So their question, the petitioner is how can a school be established in 1980 and we have a first set in 1982 that the first set was supposed to be in 1985 but he didn’t take time to look at the history. So investigation has been conducted, the schools are still there, WAEC office is there where you can actually verify the subject that I took and the year that I graduated and the school. You just need to buy a scratch card and go to the website of WAEC, it will be there – Ikosi High School Iketu and my name will be there with the subjects that I took and the various grades. So it is clear to everybody that my certificate is authentic and I actually graduated from that school in 1982.”

Asked what his advice was for those trying to pull him down, Aiyedatiwa said there was no vacancy in the Ondo State government house.

The governor added: “I should just advise them to repent and try to go to the field and work. If they are interested in the seat and the seat Is not vacant, that is why they’re trying to do all that they are doing.”

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Stopping Akeredolu’s projects after his demise, unfair– Ondo APC aspirant

Wale Akinterinwa, a governorship aspirant running under the All Progressives Congress, APC, banner, has expressed dismay over the alleged decision to halt the projects initiated by the late Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in his hometown of Owo.

Akinterinwa stated that it was crude and unjust to halt the projects, stressing that they ought to be completed as a way to honour the late governor.

The former Commissioner for Finance stressed this during a campaign tour to Owo, the headquarters of the Owo Local Council Area of the state.

Residents of the community who received the governorship aspirant had expressed their dissatisfaction with the abandoned projects in their town, emphasising the need for them to be completed.

Akinterinwa, however, vowed to ensure that projects would be completed if he became governor.

He also assured the residents that he would prioritize the continuation of the policies initiated by the late Akeredolu, stressing their importance to the state.

“I will continue where Aketi stopped in Owo. Whatever Aketi wanted to do for Owo but couldn’t, we will accomplish it. When a great leader has passed away, the only way to honour him is to continue the work he was doing for his people.

“It’s unfair for someone who claimed to be loyal to him and took over from him to come and halt all projects in Owo.

“We will take Ondo State to the next level and prioritise women and youth development. Our people will enjoy the dividends of good governance under our leadership.”

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