Ahmed Lawan Makes First ‘Mistake’ As Senate President
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Ahmed Lawan Makes First ‘Mistake’ As Senate President

The Senate President and Chairman of the 9th National Assembly, Ahmed Lawan, appears to have made his first blunder in office as one of his first appointments has been mired in controversy.
Lawan had recently named Mr Festus Adedayo, a known critic of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, as his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.
Adedayo’s appointment has continued to generate a lot of buzz on social media since it was announced alongside the appointment of the Senate President’s Chief of Staff, Babagana Muhammad Aji, on Tuesday.
Following the appointment, supporters of the ruling APC quickly created a hashtag “#SackFestusAdedayo” on Twitter, demanding for the immediate termination of the appointment.
The Senate President also earned some knocks from a chieftain of the APC and the Senator representing Osun Central, Ajibola Bashiru, who described the appointment as “unfortunate”.
Also criticizing Lawan’s engagement of Adedayo as publicity aide was the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) which expressed shock at Adedayo’s appointment “given his antecedents and his undisguised contempt for the APC and President Buhari.”
Meanwhile, the appointee has said he never lobbied the Senate President for the appointment. He also told reporters that he was never consulted before the appointment was announced.
Adedayo was quoted to have said he was still consulting with his folks on whether to reject the appointment or not.
Many see these negative reactions to Lawan’s first appointment as a failure on the part of the Senate President to carry out due diligence.
Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports say that the Senate President has, however, rescinded the appointment today, Thursday, June 20, 2019 following consultations.

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Dino Melaye speaks on dumping PDP, returning to APC

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Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye, has denied allegation that he was planning to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Melaye made the denial on Monday via his official twitter handle.

According to him, only ‘foolish and stupid’ people will decamp from PDP to APC.

The Senator also stated that APC will be defeated in forthcoming Kogi governorship election.

“Only compound fools and people with degree in stupidity will leave PDP for APC. APC will be defeated in Kogi State,” Melaye tweeted.

Recall that the Senator rejected the party’s appointment as the Director-General of the Kogi State PDP Governorship Campaign Council.

His tweet last Friday rejecting the offer sparked speculations that the Senator might dump the PDP.

He had tweeted, “Let me state categorically that I have turned down the position of the Director-General of the Kogi State Governorship Campaign Council.

“I wish PDP all the best.

“When truth is a casualty, there is chaos.”

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Presidential Tribunal: Gov. Oyetola, Balarabe react to Buhari’s victory

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Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari over his victory at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

Oyetola, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, on Wednesday in Osogbo, said that the judgment had put to rest the tussle over who truly won the February 23 presidential election.

The governor said that all lovers of democracy must salute the resilience of the judiciary in deepening the country’s democracy through sound and lucid judgments.

“On behalf of the people and government of the State of Osun, I congratulate our president, Muhammadu Buhari, on his victory at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

“With this judgement, Mr. President will remain focused on the delivery of good governance to Nigerians.

“It is my hope that the verdict will put an end to the needless bickering, distractions and provocation that greeted the election.

“I congratulate the leadership and all members of our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), on this victory,” Oyetola said.

Also, Speaker of Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi commended the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

Balarabe lauded the judiciary for its fairness in handling the petition.

“I am overwhelmed, happy and delighted again for the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the election petition tribunal.

“My people voted massively for the president and he won his election in Nasarawa State.

“The tribunal judgment has confirmed the earlier victory declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) in which Nigerians has given to the president during the election,” he added.

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