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The Oyo State High Court in Ibadan, on Wednesday fixed Feb, 21, for a report on the out-of-court settlement or hearing in a suit instituted by the Oyo State Government against the sacked 33 Local Government Chairmen and 35 LCDA in the state.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Oyo State government instituted the case to prevent the chairmen from returning to their offices as ordered by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF).
The respondents in the suit are the AGF, Inspector-General of Police, Oyo State Chairman of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Mr Abass Alesinloye and the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Akin Oke.
Justice Mashud Abas adjourned the suit, after hearing the submission of counsel in the suit on their effort to resolve the matter out-of-court as agreed by the parties at the previously adjourned date.

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Abas held that all the parties in the suit were stakeholders in the state and urged them to still exercise some level of maturity in resolving the matter amicably in the intrest of the state.
“I urge you to still explore means of settlement,” the judge said.
Earlier, counsel to the state government, Akin Onigbide, SAN, told the court that the parties in the suit had a meeting on Feb.8 and 10 in order to resolve the matter out of court.
Onigbide said parties could not conclude on the terms and conditions for possible settlement and agreed to report to the court to seek further accommodation.
In his response, the lead counsel to the respondents, Mr Adeniyi Akintola, SAN, confirmed the meeting, saying no agreement was reached by the parties.
Akintola said that the respondents brought a written proposal to the meetings on their demands while the defendants brought none to both the meetings of Feb.8 and 10.
He said that the claimants’counsel told them at the meeting that the demands of the respondents are absolute.
Akintola said that the respondents are ready to go on with the hearing of the matter.

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Okowa to Nigerians: Support PDP back to power in 2023 for good governance

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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, yesterday, urged Nigerians to support the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, back to power in 2023 to restore good governance, including infrastructural development in the country.
Okowa who stated this at a thanksgiving service, said the PDP would do everything possible with the support of Nigerians to win the 2023 presidential election.
He said the party was working hard to win more states in the country as a precursor to getting back control of the presidency which it lost in 2015.
The governor said with the abysmal performance of the All Progressives Congress, APC, led Federal Government, Nigerians were already convinced on the imperative of voting back PDP to power in 2023.
Thanking leaders, youths and women for their support for the party since inception, Okowa said with such encouragement, PDP would take over the Federal Government in 2023.
He said: “We have come here to give thanks to God because whatever we achieve in life is not the work of any man. Man can try but whatever we do is by the will of God that we triumph and it is only normal that we return all the glory to God.
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“We must learn to work with everybody in the state irrespective of their tribe because everyone matters in building a political party.
“Before the last general election, we assured our members in the state that we will organise free, fair and credible primaries for all aspirants.
“At the end of all the primaries, our party members realised that we meant business when we said we will organise credible primaries for aspirants because some aspirants close to me lost while some that are not close to me also won.”
He solicited support for the party to succeed and urged all political appointees to support their wards to hold meetings.

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Kwara by-election: Tribunal sacks APC lawmaker, declares PDP winner

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The Kwara State House of Assembly Rerun Election Petition Tribunal , on Monday , nullified the victory of Adam Rufai of the All Progressives Congress in the by -election for Patigi Constituency .
The tribunal subsequently declared Salihu Mohammed Gada of the Peoples Democratic Party winner of the by -election held on March 14 , 2020 .
However, the Kwara State chapter of APC rejected the judgment of the tribunal which declared the candidate of PDP the winner of the recent Patigi by -election .
The seat became vacant when Rufai ’s brother , Saidu Ahmed , died in December 2019 after a brief illness .
It explained that the judgment was based on the difference between ‘ Adam ’ and ‘Adama ’ on the certificate of the candidate of the APC .
Kwara APC made the complaint in a press statement by its Publicity Secretary , Folaranmi Aro , on Monday .
The statement was titled , ‘ APC rejects , to appeal Tribunal ’ s judgment on Patigi … Says judgment a judicial subversion of people ’s mandate’.
Aro complained that PDP never called any witness from the examination body to substantiate its claim that APC candidate was not the owner of the certificate he tendered for his election .Part of the statement read, “ The tribunal did not deny that we won the election overwhelmingly . It instead hid under a feeble excuse that the names of our candidate on the two certificates he presented to the electoral body are slightly different from each other to award our mandate to the opposition .
“ It is a sad day for democracy as the judgment is a slap on thousands of the electorate who stood in the sun to make their choices .
“ This judgment is a violent attack on the position of the Supreme Court in many established cases where an alphabet was either omitted or added to a candidate ’ s name. We are definitely going to appeal the judgment because it signals danger for our democracy and amounted to stealing the mandate of the people . The judgment is a judicial subversion of the mandate of the people . ”
Meanwhile, a former senate president , Bukola Saraki , has congratulated Yahaya over the judgment .
The former Kwara State governor tweeted , “ A big congrats to the candidate of our party @OfficialPDPNig for the State Assembly by -election held in Patigi , Kwara State on 14 th March, 2020 . Hon . Salihu Muhammad Yahaya has just been declared the winner by a tribunal. I also congratulate all our stakeholders for their steadfastness .

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