The group led by Lanlehin said this in a communiqué issued after its meeting held in Ibadan on Monday.
The communiqué, which was made available to journalists on Tuesday in Ibadan, stated that the meeting was convened by Lanlehin, a former Senator representing Oyo South Senatorial District and governorship candidate of ADC in the 2019 general election.
Earlier, Lanlehin addressed the State Executive Committee of the ADC led by Mr Ezekiel Adeniran, some of the party’s candidates in the 2019 polls and other loyalists on the APC reconciliatory meetings he had attended in Abuja.
“The reconciliation process by the APC National Reconciliation Committee headed by Gov. Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State and supported by four other governors is clearly succeeding in its given task,” Lanlehin said.
Lanlehin assured loyalists drawn from the 33 local government areas of the state that he would continue to prioritise the interest of the common man, adding his actions remained pro-people.
Some speakers at the occasion eulogised Lanlehin for his unselfish and accommodating approach to politics, praying that posterity would be kind to him.
They endorsed the move, describing Lanlehin’s return to the APC as an homecoming.
“Lanlehin began his politics from the progressive camp, from his days in the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), one of the legacy parties of the APC,’’ they said.
Present at the meeting are Chief Sunday Ajadi, Alhaji Rafiu Afuku, Alhaji Adebayo Waheed, Erelu Funke Olayanju, Alhaji Suara Ogunyemi and others.
Edited By: Deji Abdulwahab/Bayo Sekoni
Bye-elections: Lagos East has about 1.4m registered voters -INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)says no fewer than 1.4 million registered voters will participate in the Oct. 31 bye-elections of the Lagos East Senatorial District.
INEC spokesman, Mr Femi Akinbiyi, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Monday.
Akinbiyi added that 280,363 registered voters from Kosofe State Constituency II would participate in the Lagos State House of Assembly’s bye-elections, holding the same day.
According to him, not all the registered voters are, however, in possession of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to participate in the elections.
He said that the registered voters in the Lagos East Senatorial District spread across the five local government areas comprising: Somolu, Kosofe, Ibeju-Lekki, Ikorodu and Epe.
He said that the registered voters for the Kosofe Constituency II bye-election are spread across the six Registration Areas (Wards) located in : Ketu-Alapere, Ikosi/Ketu, Isheri/Olowo-Ora, Agboyi I, Agboyi II and Odo-Ogun/Ajegunle.
NAN reports that candidates from 12 political parties will be contesting in the forthcoming Lagos East Senatorial bye-elections.
Eight candidates from various political parties will also be contesting the Kosofe Constituency II, Lagos State House of Assembly bye-elections.
Others are: Adebowale Ogunlaru, Action Democratic Party (ADP); Adetokunbo Abiru, All Progressives Congress (APC); Olusola Babatope, Allied Peoples Movement (APM); Mrs Florence Trautman, Labour Party (LP) and Ms Adijat Lawal, New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
The rest are: Babatunde Gbadamosi, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Olakunle Adisa, National Rescue Movement (NRM); Saheed Aluko, Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Taiwo Temitope, Young Progressive Party (YPP).
The eight contestants for the Kosofe Constituency II bye-election are: John Akerele, AA; Sadiq Olawale, AAC; Wasiu Saheed, APC; Adekunle Oladapo, LP; Muyideen Agoro, NNPP; Ademorin Adelaja, NRM; Sikiru Alebiosu, PDP and Mrs Mary Abojeh, ADC.
The two bye-elections, slated for Oct. 31, became necessary following the demise of the former occupants.
Edited By: Moses Solanke/Peter Dada
Iseyin monarch appeals for improved security as Oro Festival commences
The Aseyin of Iseyin town in Oyo State, Oba Abdulganiy Adekunle, has appealed to the state government to strengthen the security in the area in order to ward off any form of criminality.
The monarch made the appeal while addressing his subjects during the commencement of the town’s annual Oro Festival.
“We must use this medium to appeal for an improved security in Iseyin land, Oyo State and the country in general, we thank our government for what they are doing, but it’s not enough yet.
“As we commence our annual Oro festival this year, I want to passionately appeal to you to please remain calm and be peaceful in your conduct, please don’t go to other religious centres or cause any trouble as anyone caught fomenting trouble will be handed over to security agencies.
“Let us be as orderly as possible in our conduct, I beg you in the name of our forefathers, please be civil in your conduct,” he appealed.
The News Agency of Nigeria, reports that the annual Oro festival is observed for seven days when women are barred from at specific periods of the day.
NAN reports that there are heavy presence of security men in strategic locations of the ancient town on Monday.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Wale Ojetimi
2 herders in court over illegal farm invasion, malicious damage to crops
The police on Monday arraigned two herders in a Chief Magistrates’ Court, in Iseyin, Oyo State, over alleged farm invasion and malicious damage to crops.
The police charged Yusuf Sadiqu, 43 and Ismaila Tala,49, with illegal invasion and malicious damage.
The Prosecution Counsel, Insp. Shaib Shedrack, told the Court that the defendants committed the offence on Sept,19, in a farm settlement in the suburbs of Iseyin, within the jurisdiction of the Court.
Shedrack alleged that the defendants invaded the farm land belonging to a cooperative group with about 200 cows and destroyed crops and other valuable in the process .
He argued that the defendants maliciously damaged the crops contrary to and punishable under Section 415, Criminal Code Act 38, Laws of the Federation.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the offence.
Defence Counsel, Mr Lanre Bamgbose, prayed the court to admit his clients to bail in the most liberal terms.
Chief Magistrate Maaruff Mudashiru, granted the application, with two responsible sureties each.
Mudashiru adjourned the matter until Oct 19, for hearing .
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Babatope congratulates Obaseki, praises Buhari for free and fair polls
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Chief Ebenezer Babatope, has congratulated Gov Godwin Obaseki on his emergence as winner of Saturday’s governorship election in Edo.
Babatope told the News Agency of Nigeria on telephone that the outcome of Saturday’s governorship election was not only victory for Obaseki and PDP but also for the people of Edo.
“I am excited that Obaseki and the PDP won the election; I am so happy at the outcome and I congratulate Gov.Obaseki and our great party for this sweet victory.
“I also congratulate the good people of Edo state for speaking through their votes .They went to the polls to vote their preferred candidate.
“The conduct of Edo elections is big victory for democracy; It has proven the fact that power truly resides with the people,” he said.
Babatope said that the free and credible conduct of the election was also victory for INEC and the administration of President Mohammadu Buhari.
According to him, Buhari has enriched his democratic credentials by ensuring the votes of Edo people counted in the election.
“I commend President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring that the election in Edo was peaceful, free and fair.
“The election in Edo has inspired hope that elections can actually be done without blood letting or acrimony.The president deserves credit.
“I want the president to do all he can to ensure subsequent elections in Nigeria are peaceful and credible. Once again I commend Buhari.He is also a winner,” he said.
Babatope advised INEC to ensure the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo State was also peaceful and credible
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi