The Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has charged security agencies to unravel the cause of the death of a 27-year-old journalist, Yusuf Mubaarak, who was allegedly murdered in Ilorin, the state capital.
The body of the late journalist was discovered in Ilorin on Saturday.
The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, which was released to newsmen on Saturday evening described as shocking and saddening the death of Mubaarak under hazy circumstances that he said must be investigated by security agencies.
Mubaarak, a news media personality who hails from Ilorin according to a statement from the Government House, went missing on Wednesday night but his remains were eventually found around the Unity road area of the state capital on Saturday.
“He was buried on Saturday evening in Ilorin amid tears by friends, associates and acquaintances,” the statement said.
“The Governor sends his heartfelt condolences to the family of Mubaarak, his friends and all the youth constituencies in the state.
“The Governor, himself a father, strongly condemns the cowardly violence meted to the lad and demands immediate and thorough investigation into the death of the promising chap to arrest and bring his assailants to justice.
“No resources should be spared to get justice for Mubaarak and his family. We charge the security agencies to cast their nets as widely as possible to answer all pending questions about his painful death.
“The Governor prays Allah to grant Mubaarak Al-Jannah Firdaus and comfort his family and everyone who mourns the promising lad,” the statement further said.
Kwara PDP Commiserates with family, and friends over Mubarak’s Death; Decries Resurgence of cult-Killings in Ilorin
In the same vein, the Kwara State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party has described the death of the 27-year-old promising young Kwaran as an irreparable loss to the state and a call for concern over the resurgence of cult killings, hooliganism and violence in the state capital.
This was made known in a statement by the party’s spokesman, Olusegun Olusola, who noted that available records showed that the late Mubaraak, during his lifetime, used his social media skills to fight injustice, advocated good governance and exhibited good conduct as a student and an entrepreneur.
“The PDP, under the chairmanship of Rt. Hon. Tunde Mohammed received with a deep sense of loss, the news of the unfortunate death of Mr. Yusuf Mubarak, a young promising Kwaran, who was declared missing late Wednesday until his remains were said to have been recovered before he was eventually laid to rest yesterday’s evening.
“Our party commiserates with the bereaved family at this trying moment and also mourns with friends, schoolmates and associates while praying to God to grant them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
“In our mourning state, we strongly condemn the unfortunate resurgence of cult killings and gang violence across the city of Ilorin, an issue that had long been forgotten before 2019. This cold-blooded murder of Mubarak by suspected cultists is a sad reminder of the severe damage that this menace is inflicting on our state.”
The statement read further, “In Kwara state, cult killings are on the rise and criminal gangs have become bolder, killing, maiming and destroying property of rival gang members and innocent citizens alike. This is not to even talk of banditry and kidnapping that have put all rural dwellers in Kwara under serious fear and siege and with the government turning deaf ears to public outcry.
“We, therefore appeal to Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to return home from Abuja, where he seems to have relocated to the Kwara state capital, so he can focus more on the serious business of governance that is already suffering serious negligence.”
“Our party is disturbed that the man, on whose palms, the destiny and well-being of over 3 million population of Kwarans are resting will be operating from the diaspora while every sector of government suffers back home. We wish to remind Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq that he is not the first Kwara governor to emerge as the Governors’ Forum chairman.
“Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, (CON) was governor of Kwara between 2003-2011 and made an indelible mark as one of the most resourceful Governor s’ Forum chairmen who did not relocate Kwara Capital to Abuja during his time.
“Instead, he turned Ilorin, the capital city of Kwara into a tourist center for all Nigerian Governors. Virtually most of the Governors who served with Dr. Bukola Saraki had one reason or the other to come to Kwara every week,” the statement said.
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Ondo Assembly Finally Serves Deputy Gov Impeachment Notice
The Ondo State House of Assembly has finally served the embattled deputy governor of the state, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, a with his impeachment notice.
The deputy governor received the notice on Monday, through the spokesperson of the House of Assembly, Olatunji Oshati.
Mr Oshati had claimed last week on a national TV programme that Mr Aiyedatiwa had been served with the impeachment notice.
The notice, PREMIUM TIMES learnt, was signed by 11 out of the 26 lawmakers that make up the assembly.
The ruling party in the state, the All Progressives Congress(APC), has majority seats in the House with 22 seats while the PDP has four seats.
According to the notice signed by the Speaker, Oladiji Adesanmi, the allegations against the deputy governor are gross misconduct and abuse of office with actions likely to bring down the Ondo State government.
Other allegations are financial recklessness and publications in print media by the media aides of the deputy governor maligning the credibility of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
The House said relying on the provision of Section 188(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), the deputy governor should be served a copy of the notice for him to respond to the allegations contained therein.
Meanwhile, the deputy governor, on Monday, sued the House of Assembly on the planned impeachment against him.
Mr Aiyedatiwa, in the suit filed by his lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, (SAN) in the High Court of Akure, specifically sought some orders essentially to restrain the House from impeaching him.
The deputy governor is seeking a declaration from the court that the State House of Assembly lacks the competence to proceed with his impeachment, arguing that such proceedings violate his constitutional and fundamental rights to a fair hearing.
The deputy governor said the removal of his media aides and their placement under the Ministry of Information and Orientation led by a Commissioner by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu is a breach of his rights and privileges as the Deputy Governor.
Besides, the deputy governor is also seeking a declaration affirming that his office, tenure, status, rights, and privileges are safeguarded by the Constitution.
Additionally, he is insisting on his entitlement to a fair hearing in the House of Assembly’s determination of his civil rights and obligations as the deputy governor of Ondo State.
In the suit, Mr Aiyedatiwa also raised concerns about potential bias against him in the impeachment process, citing the House of Assembly’s previous statements and actions, including conducting media trials without providing him prior notice of alleged misconduct.
Mr Aiyedatiwa is also seeking an order to stop the Chief Judge of Ondo State from accepting or acting upon any request from the Ondo State House of Assembly to set up any panel to investigate any acts of gross misconduct against him.
Essentially, Mr Aiyedatiwa is requesting the court to intervene by halting the impeachment proceedings until his claims are examined and adjudicated upon, ensuring that his rights and protections under the law are upheld throughout this legal process.
Named as defendants in the suit alongside the Ondo State House of Assembly are the Ondo State government, the Governor of Ondo State, Ondo State House of Assembly, Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Clerk of the Ondo State House of Assembly and the Chief Judge of the state.
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Tribunal Dismisses Rhodes-Vivour’s Petition, Affirms Sanwo-Olu’s Victory
The Lagos State Governorship Election Tribunal has affirmed the re-election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and dismissed the petition of the Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olajide Adediran, popularly known as Jandor, who challenged the return of Sanwo-Olu and his Deputy, Obafemi Hamzat.
Justice Mikhail Abdullahi held that Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Hamzat, were qualified to contest the March 18, 2023, governorship election in the state under section 177 of the Constitution.
The judge noted that they are members of political parties and educated up to school certificate level.
Section 177 of the constitution stipulated that “A person shall be qualified for election to the office of Governor of a State if
(a) he is a citizen of Nigeria by birth;
(b) he has attained the age of thirty-five years;
(c) he is a member of a political party and is sponsored by that political party; and
(d) he has been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent.”
“We have considered the evidence before this court. He has the highest number of votes. This petition is dead on arrival.”
“Given the evidence adduced before the court, the grounds on which the petitioner is seeking disqualification of 2nd and 3rd respondents lack merit.
“I have found Gov Sanwo-Olu and deputy, Dr Hamzat duly elected and therefore declared them winner.”
However, justice Arum Ashom and Justice Igho Braimoh aligned with the judgment
Earlier, the Tribunal had struck out the application of Jandor, who was seeking a disqualification of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s candidature.
Jandor had argued in his motion, alongside his formal petition in which he challenged the return of Sanwo-Olu and his running mate, Obafemi Hamzat in the March 18, 2023 governorship elections in Lagos State.
The petitioner had contended that Mr Sanwo-Olu was not qualified to be elected, and therefore wrongfully nominated and sponsored by his party, the All Progressives Party.
He had replied to section 134(1)(a) of the Electoral Act of 2022 which deals with grounds for instituting an electoral petition.
But, Justice Abdullahi, while reading the Tribunal’s decision on the matter, held that this position didn’t form part of the grounds for disqualification for election into the office of Governor, under sections 177 and 182 of the Nigerian Constitution (as amended).
The tribunal also declared that it has no powers to inquire into the primary election of the APC which produced Sanwo-Olu, saying it is a pre-election matter which doesn’t fall under its jurisdiction.
“Only an aspirant or member of a political party can complain about the outcome of the party’s primary, not a busybody like the petitioner.”
This ruling forms part of the judgment being delivered in Jandor’s petition.
The Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Arum Ashom, earlier on Monday, announced that judgment over the petition of the governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour will be delivered afterwards.
The third judge on the panel is Justice Igho Braimoh.
The tribunal also struck out the names of the Labour Party and its candidate among the list of respondents, saying a petition is contemplated to be filed between the winner and the loser of an election and not between two persons who lost.
The tribunal also expunged from its records all exhibits tendered in evidence by Rhodes-Vivour and the LP in Jandor’s petition, adding that they cannot subsequently go on to challenge any part of the judgment in Jandor’s petition or else will become a meddlesome interloper.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress winner of the governorship election.
He polled 762,134 votes to beat Mr Rhodes-Vivour, who scored 312,329 votes. Jide Adediran came a distant third, polling 62,449 votes.
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