Despite signing up to the Paris climate accord Syria has not been invited to a summit on the pact in the French capital in December, the French foreign ministry said Wednesday.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad joins US President Donald Trump in being omitted from the list of around 100 leaders invited to Paris to strengthen the historic pact to curb global warming, clinched in 2013.
At UN climate talks in Bonn on Tuesday, Syria announced it would join the Paris Agreement, leaving the US as the only nation to say it will remain outside the landmark treaty.
Syrian government sources told AFP Wednesday that Assad had already promulgated a bill ratifying the agreement adopted by parliament last month.
Despite the announcement the French foreign ministry said Syria was not invited to the Paris gathering.
“The December 12 summit aims to bring together key players in the world of climate and finance. Syria has not been invited,” the ministry said in a terse statement.
War-torn Syria is the 197th country to sign up to the deal on limiting carbon emissions.
The move leaves the US, which caused an international outcry in June when Trump announced plans to pull out of the pact, the world’s sole hold-out.
The US State Department has attempted to downplay the isolation, saying if the Syrian government really cared about air quality “it wouldn’t be gassing its own people” — a reference to a raft of chemical attacks mostly blamed on government forces.
The US has been invited to send representatives to the Paris summit.
But the French, who are still smarting at Trump’s decision to pull out, have not yet invited the president himself.
Explaining the omission President Emmanuel Macron’s office said the leaders invited were from “those countries that are committed to implementing the deal”.
The newly elected Osun State Chairman of the Accord Party, Olusegun Fanibe has called on party members to embrace the spirit of unity and work for the progress of the party.
Fanibe, the party’s House of Assembly candidate for the April 2016 bye-election in Ife Central State Constituency, made the call when he was unanimously elected as the chairman at a State Congress in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
In his acceptance speech, he thanked his predecessor, Dokun Babarinde for the role he played to stabilise the party in the state.
“A new era has indeed come. The alternate party presently in the state is Accord Party and we are going to make it so, but there is a sacrifice which we must all make. Together, we can move mountains and we must ensure we are united no matter the differences,” the new chairman said.
The Congress was witnessed by officials from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as well as the National Chairman of Accord Party, Mohammad Malado who was represented by Mr Odo Ijere.
The Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, has emerged victorious once again.
The five-man panel of the Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan, on Wednesday, unanimously struck out the petition filed by the Oyo State governorship candidate of the Accord, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, against the election of the Governor.
The former governor had approached the court to challenge the ruling of the governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Ibadan after the tribunal on August 18 struck out an application filed by Ladoja seeking the leave of the court to call in a forensic analyst to tender the report made on the inspection of ballot papers and ballot boxes.
Ladoja then filed a petition challenging the declaration of Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of the APC as the winner of the April 11 governorship election in Oyo State.
In the Court Of Appeal ruling, the Justice Saulawa led panel dismissed the entire case and upheld the ruling of the tribunal.
The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has vowed that peace will not be compromised by any group or persons in the state.
The governor made the promise while reacting to the alleged threat by former Governor Rashidi Ladoja of the Accord Party that there would be reprisal attacks, if members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) continued to harass his people.
Governor Ajimobi added that the victory won by the APC was more than convincing, as the people voted overwhelmingly for him.
Former Governor Ladoja had said he was gathering evidence to enable him come back to the Government House in the next three months through the tribunal.
Ajimobi further stressed that any candidate who feels that the will of the people should be contested, must do so within the ambit of the law. He said any breach of peace would not be tolerated from anyone in the state, no matter how highly placed.
In his address to Accord Party (AP) supporters, former Governor Ladoja had warned that if the governor does not warn his supporters from harassing his people, there would be reprisal attacks. He claimed that the elections results do not represent the will of the people.
Meanwhile, the Oyo State Police Commissioner, Mohammed Katsina, said no group or individual would be allowed to take the law into their hands, advising any aggrieved candidate to seek legal redress.
Other governorship candidates, who contested with Governor Ajimobi have expressed readiness to work with him, in order to move the state forward.
The governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Abiola Ajimobi, and Accord, Rashidi Ladoja, have disagreed over the conduct of the elections in Oyo State.
While Governor Ajimobi has described the exercise as well organised and commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security operatives and the people for the feat, Senator Ladoja told journalists after getting accredited that the exercise had not been hitch-free as he had received reports of inadequate ballot papers and failed card readers in some areas.
It was gathered that there were acute ballot paper shortages in Ogbomosho South Ward 5 where there are 700 registered voters but only 360 ballot papers were provided.
The situation was not different in Odo Oba ward 4 and 8, Oke Alapata and Oke Ola.
In Ibadan South West ward 9 unit 1, accreditation was said to have suffered a set back for some hours as the card reader also malfunctioned there.
However, in most local governments areas visited by Channels Television in Oyo State, the elections were peaceful, with security presence less seen than was the case during the presidential election.
While the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP ) in Delta State consolidates and relishes the massive win it recorded in the state, the Delta State chapter of the Accord has vowed to contest the result of Delta North senatorial election.
The Accord has alleged that the PDP stole its victory at the polls by manipulating the results.
The Chairman of Accord in the state, David Ashikodi, said that they have proof that the election results in Delta North were manipulated in favour of the PDP to rig out their party’s candidate, Victor Ochei, who the party said was coasting to victory.
According to the result announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr Ochei came second behind the PDP’s candidate, Peter Nwaoboshi.
“Due democratic process was not followed, there were so many anomalies that were anti-democracy,” Ashikodi said.
The Accord, however, added that it is considering contesting the result as announced by INEC.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Oyo State, Ambassador Rufus Akeju, has officially released the results of the National Assembly elections in the state, cautioning political parties who may feel aggrieved.
The REC told Journalists during a Press Conference at the headquarters of INEC in Ibadan that those protesting the results of the elections should seek redress at the Election Petition Tribunal, instead of disturbing public peace.
Mr Akeju added that several measures have been put in place to avoid malpractices during and after voting, condemning the generalised rejection of the result saying, it is a disservice to the electoral system and insult to the voters who made the sacrifice.
Members of the Accord and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had earlier marched to the Oyo State office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as a way of registering their displeasure, chanting songs amidst very tight security.
The Governorship candidate and leader of Accord, Rashidi Ladoja and his PDP counterpart, Teslim Folarin, at separate interviews, condemned the results in its entirety, claiming that the elections were fraught with irregularities
The results of the National Assembly election indicates that all the 3 senatorial seats in Oyo State were won by the APC, 12 of the 14 House of Reps seats also won by APC, while the Labour Party and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won a seat each.
The death toll in the violent attack on members of the Accord party in Oyo State has risen to four as at the early hours of Tuesday.
The Director-General of the Ladoja Campaign Organisation, Adeolu Adeleke, disclosed that one of the two victims rushed to the University College Hospital (UCH) on Monday died at dawn, with the bullet still lodged in his brain.
Trouble started when hoodlums numbering about 50 stormed the venue of the Accord’s ward meeting at Odinjo, Ibadan with sophisticated weapons, unleashing terror.
Adeolu had fingered members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the mastermind of the heinous attack on their members.
The Director-General of the Goodluck Campaign in Oyo State, Kehinde Olaosebikan, also shared the same view that the APC is responsible for the attack.
He condemned it in its entirety and called for serious investigations and prosecution of the murderers.
In a swift reaction, the APC Director of Media and Publicity, Wale Sadare, denied the involvement of his party members, saying it was a case of dogs eating dogs.
Meanwhile, at least seven arrests have been made and the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Katsina, has vowed to fish out the murderers and punish them with the full weight of the law.
A brand new pump action rifle, cartridges and charms have also been seized. The suspects, however, denied any involvement.
The Oyo State Police boss said that investigations were still on, while measures were being taken to forestall future occurrence.
CP Katsina had warned politicians that the old Oyo story of the ‘wild wild west’ was no longer acceptable. He reiterated his command’s commitment to zero tolerance to violence.
The Governorship Candidate of ACCORD in Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja, has revealed that the party is not in support of the postponement of the general elections in Nigeria.
He made this declaration during a conversation on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Sunday, less than 24 hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced a shift in the general elections dates to March 28 and April 11.
The former Oyo State Governor said that there was no valid reason for the INEC to make such decision.
“We felt that Nigeria must start having the possibility of forecasting what is going to happen.
“You cannot just give a date about a year ago and all of a sudden you’re changing the date. Irrespective of what must have been happening we believe that a time has come for Nigerians to start having some measure of reliability,” he said.
Professor Jega had told the media that the commission’s decision was not influenced by any group or individuals but mainly based on the security situation in parts of the country, but Ladoja was of the view that there was more to the shift.
Although he said that his frustration was not directed only at the INEC Chairman but to all Nigerians on the need to have a general change of attitude towards planning and schedule, he insisted that insecurity could not have been the only reason for the postponement.
“Maybe Jega himself is not really ready for the elections,” he said.
He went further to cite the low distribution rate for the Permanent Voter Cards as a pointer to the possibility of the electoral body not being ready.
Ladoja also noted that Professor Jega’s Saturday briefing showed that about one-third of Nigerians could have been disenfranchised with the challenge of PVC distribution.
“What he told us was that he will use the opportunity of the six weeks now to step up the collection of the PVC.
“Why does he have to wait until this postponement? Does it mean that he was expecting that there was going to be a postponement and that was why he wasn’t giving all to the PVC?” he asked.
Ending Insurgency In Six Weeks
The Oyo strong man also believes Nigeria could do better with foreign support in its fight against insurgency.
He said during the conversation that the comments of the international community on the recent election postponement by INEC were not enough.
He would rather want them to offer support in fighting the insecurity upon which INEC based its decision.
While acknowledging that he had no understanding of how wars are fought, he said that no one can predict when a war or insurgency would end.
Therefore, he wondered how the insurgency which has taken the country years to fight would be fought and banished within the six weeks that INEC shifted for.
“Except they are saying now that because the African Union has now come in with multinational forces, maybe they can solve the problem in six weeks,” he said.
The Oyo state Governor, Abiola Ajimobi has charged the public to freely integrate to bring love and fresh ideas for progressive and responsible governance to his administration.
Gov.Ajimobi made the statement at Iwajoba local government in the Oke Ogun axis of the state while receiving decamped members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Accord Party, and Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) parties into the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
In his address which was delivered at Iwere ile, the headquarters of Iwajowa local government by his deputy Mr. Moses Adeyemo, Ajimobi urged the decamped members to come up with fresh ideas that will not only promote unity within the ACN but ultimately elevate the entire state. Spokesman for the decamped members, Alh. Olayanju Moshood who decamped from the PDP said it was the track record of Gov. AjimobI since he became the chief executive of the state and the peace inherent in the ACN that lured them to the party.
The deputy governor could not hide his joy as he danced freely with members of the Iwere Ile community in Iwajowa local government of the state.
In his welcome address to the representatives of the decamped members, Mr Moses Adeyemo, was elated that despite the fact that Ajimobi led administration has not spent 1yr in office, people feel convinced enough to leave their various parties for the ACN.
He charged them to do all possible to ensure that they contribute to stronger ties within the party and more people based policies from the government.
The chairman, Iwajowa local government, Hon. Salami Tajudeen Olawale said most of the decamped members who approached him lauded the youth empowerment scheme and
provision of basic amenities. Olawale added that the on-going free health mission of the government also contributed largely to the decision taken from by the decamped members as most of them benefited despite the fact that they did not belong to the ACN at the time.
The decampees were received at IwereIile and Iganna both in Iwajowa Local Government and according to the caretaker chairman a total of 1,964 people decamped from the PDP,Accord