Ondo Govt Commends Court Of Appeal Judgment On Olanusi’s Impeachment

Man Arraigned For Alleged Assault And Public FightThe Ondo State governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has hailed Friday’s victory of the former Deputy Governor of the state, Ali Olanusi, at the Court of Appeal in Akure.

In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Segun Ajiboye, the 79-page judgement delivered by Justice Muhammed Danjuma was well deserved.

According to him, the judgement is a triumph of democracy and triumph of light over darkness.

The governor added that the judgement would discourage political leaders from arbitrary actions and decisions.

He therefore commended the judiciary for its resolute to ensure that tenets of democracy are promoted.

He said the judgement confirmed that Olanusi was maltreated, abused and humiliated by the crop of the lawmakers who planned and executed the illegal impeachment.

In his judgement, Justice Danjuma said Olanusi’s impeachment did not follow due process of law and cannot stand because the former Deputy Governor was not personally served the originating summon, adding that he was denied to make his presentation before a panel set up to investigate the alleged gross misconduct levelled against him.

The Judge maintained that Mr Olanusi remained the Ondo State Deputy Governor from April 27, 2015, the date he was wrongly impeached by the State House of Assembly till February 24, 2017 when the tenure of the then governor, Olusegun Mimiko expired.

Appeal Court Nullifies Impeachment Of Former Ondo Deputy Governor

Appeal Court Nullifies Impeachment Of Former Ondo Deputy GovernorThe Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital has nullified the impeachment of a former Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Ali Olanusi.

The court held that Honourable Olanusi’s impeachment in 2015 by the Ondo State House of Assembly was not done in accordance with the provisions of the law.

In his ruling, Justice Muhammed Danjuma, said Olanusi was wrongfully impeached, and that he was not accorded fair hearing before he was impeached by the State Assembly.

Justice Danjuma ordered the restoration of all the rights and benefits due to the former Deputy Governor from the time of his impeachment from office to the period his tenure ended.

Speaking to reporters on the ruling, Olanusi’s Counsel, Richard Alade, said the releases sought by his client from the lower court have been granted by the Appellate Court.

He commended the industry and effort put into the judgement which he said resulted in a sound idea.

Mr Alade described the judgment as a fantastic one and a victory for the Nigerian people and the constitutional system of the country.

“The Appellate Court has given judgment and the judgment is sound enough and it’s touching on all aspects of law that bother on constitutionality and means to uphold the tenets of justice and legality. This is what has been in place as the justice system must not be brutalised by the powers that be.

“By the grace of God, all the releases being sought by the appellant from the lower court have been granted. Anybody that has the reason to listen to that judgment will be appreciative of the industry and efforts put into it for it to become a sound idea. I will best refer to it as fantastic and a victory for the Nigerian people and the constitutional system of Nigeria,” he said.

The former Deputy Governor, on his part, thanked God and the judiciary, as well as the people of Ondo State who stood by him during the legal battle.

He noted that despite all the charges brought against him, there was no impeachable offence traceable to him.

“We have cause to thank God and we have to thank the judiciary too, judiciary is improving in Nigeria. In a civilised country, such a thing can never happen. They did not see any file where I committed an impeachable offence.

“At last, the truth has prevailed and I’m happy. I have to thank God, the judiciary and the people of Ondo State, they stood by me,” Olanusi said.

He defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress shortly before the 2015 general elections.

Consequently, Mr Olanusi was impeached as deputy to former Governor Olusegun Mimiko by the Ondo State House of Assembly on allegations of corruption and abuse of office.

We Need Dedication, Hard Work To Win Ondo, Oyegun Tells APC Members

apc-members-at-ondo-rallyThe National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr John Oyegun, has asked members of his party in Ondo State to mobilise for the governorship candidate of the party, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, in the November 26, election in Ondo State.

Mr Oyegun told members of the party on Thursday that wrestling power out of the hands of an incumbent government was not an easy task.

“For the APC to win the poll, dedication and hard work are major requirements needed from its members,” he said.

The Chairman of the APC spoke at the flag-off campaign of Mr Akeredolu held on Thursday in Akure, the State’s Capital, which was attended by prominent chieftains of the party from across Nigeria.

Mr Oyegun explained how important the state was to the Federal Government which it is in control of, emphasising that the state must join the mainstream politics.

The APC chairman said they would not allow the state to continue to remain in the hands of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, urging the electorates to give 90 per cent votes to his party.

“Are you happy with the present government in Ondo state? Do you want change? It is not easy to change. It is very easy to change and remove the present government but it requires hard work and dedication. I am convinced that the 26th of this month November is a day for us.

“I assure you that we in Abuja will support you to ensure that the APC takes over power in Ondo. Just as we will not let you down, please, pick your PVC and let it be ready. Tell your friends, family and other relatives, you need to vote for the APC, as this is the only party that can give you the desired change you are yearning for,” he told the crowd of supporters.

On his part, Mr Akeredolu boasted that the APC in the state would not miss the opportunity of joining the mainstream politics.

“We are committed to fighting this course. We should work together to ensure victory at the polls come November 26. We have promised that we will create jobs for the youths, through agriculture, entrepreneurship and Industrialisation.

“Our workers have not received their salaries in a long while but we will ensure that that becomes a thing of the past if we are elected into power.

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Members of the All Progressives Congress and supporters at the campaign in Ondo

“We will not frustrate the people but will bring smile to their faces.

“Twice this party has called me and twice I have answered the call. It is a call to serve the people and liberate the people of Ondo State and I believe that together we will triumph, with your support.

“Look at the calibre of governors, ministers and party members here. Let us vote right and vote for the APC, the winning party,” the APC candidate appealed.

He noted that as long as the APC was ruling in Lagos, Osun, Oyo, Ogun and other states in the south-west, the party must take over Ondo State.

Some of the top party members at the rally were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, who represented the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, who represented the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun Governors, Plateau, Simon Lalong, Borno, Kashim Shettima, Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun, Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal and Bauchi, Muhammed Abubakar.

Others were, Ministers of Defence, Mansur Mohammed Dan Ali, Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, Communication, Adebayo Shittu, Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, Niger Delta, Pastor Usani Uguru, Niger Delta (state), and Professor Cladius Daramola.

Also at the rally were Senator Joshua Dariye, Senator Olorumbe Mamora, Sola Iji, Pauline Tallen, and Chief Ayo Akinyelure, Segun Oni, Adeniyi Adebayo, Isaac Kekemeke, Ali Olanusi, Tayo Alasoadura and Ade Adetimehin, Osita Izunaso among others.

Islamic Body In Ondo Demands For Muslim Governor Or Deputy

FCT election -INECThe leadership of the Muslim community in Ondo State have expressed their determination in playing a prominent role in determining who becomes the next governor of the State.

Member of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs ( NSCIA) made the demand on Monday.

Addressing a press conference in Akure, the capital of the state, the Chairman of NSCIA in the state, Iman Habibullah Akinpelumi, said that with over 500,000 eligible Muslim voters in the State they were ready to give their full support to any party that would field a Muslim as candidate or running mate.

He insisted that any party that produced a Christian-Christian ticket would be rejected by Muslims, as they would not compromise their present political height in the State.

He lamented that the political gladiators in the state had always denied Muslims juicy political posts not because of incompetency but because of their religious inclinations.

Also contributing to the demand, the Secretary General of NSCIA in the State, Imam Abdulazeez Folayemi, maintained that all the political parties in the state had Muslims that were aspirants jostling for the number one position in the State.

The present Deputy Governor of the State, Lasisi Oluboyo, ‎as well as his predecessor Ali Olanusi are Muslims.

Before the emergence of Mr Olanusi, Ondo State had, since 1999, been led by Christian governors and deputies.

Ondo Former Deputy Governor Challenges Impeachment In Court

OndoOndo State former Deputy Governor, Ali Olanusi, approached the Federal High Court in Akure, in an attempt to fault the process that led to his impeachment.

Mr olanusi was impeached Monday morning by the state’s lawmakers on Monday.

In a motion exparte filled by his lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, before the judge, Justice Ishaq Sani, Mr Olanusi urged the court to rule that the committee, who sat and recommended his impeachment, was a kangaroo committee.

While referring to the case of Alhaji Danladi against Taraba State House of Assembly, the lawyer noted that the committee had 30 days to sit but chose to sit within three days.

In its ruling, however, the court refused to grant the request to stop the impeachment.

Justice Sani ordered the former Deputy Governor to put the House of Assembly on notice so that all parties would appear in court at the next adjourned date of May 7.

Ondo Lawmakers Serve Dep. Governor Impeachment Notice

OndoThe Ondo State House of Assembly has served a notice of impeachment on the state’s Deputy Governor, Ali Olanusi, over allegations of gross misconduct.

The impeachment notice signed by 20 of the 26 lawmakers was announced by the Speaker, Jumoke Akindele, after the clerk read the seven allegations levelled against Olanusi.

The Deputy Governor had defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) two days before the presidential election.

The allegations levelled against him include abuse of office for personal enrichment, absenteeism, action capable of causing breach of peace among cabinet members in the state, among others.

Majority Leader of the House, Ifedayo Akinsoyinu, moved the motion that the notice be served on the Deputy Governor and it was seconded by Adeyinka Banso.

The Speaker then ruled that the Deputy Governor be served the notice personally, through his office, pasted on his residence and through a national daily which got a unanimous approval from all the lawmakers present.

The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Kunle Olujuigbe, promised that the Assembly would follow due process.

The news of the March 26 defection of Ali Olanusi came as a surprise to the Ondo State Government, but the Deputy Governor cited the need to find justice, fairness, equity and democratic liberty as the reason behind his decision.

Olanusi, an indigene of Supare in Akoko South West local government area of the State, became the Deputy Governor of the State in 2009 under the platform of Labour Party before he defected alongside the State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, to the PDP in October, 2014.

 

Ondo Deputy Governor Defects To APC, Gives Reasons

OndoThe Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Ali Olanusi, has resigned his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and declared for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Olanusi gave reasons for his defection in a statement made available to Channels Television on Thursday.

“In the unfolding political development in our country today, and in Ondo State in particular, it is increasingly clear that I need to chart a new course for majority of my followers who look up to me for direction and leadership and who have watched helplessly in the last six (6) years, the untold marginalisation and total exclusion from the government they laboured to put in place.

“While still being in place as the democratically elected Deputy Governor of Ondo State, I have decided to lead my teeming supporters and well wishers in the state into the All Progressives Congress (APC) where we can find justice, fairness, equity and democratic liberty – a party to which majority of our kith and kins in Yorubaland and belong.

“I have taken this decision at this critical time, in the best interest of peace, stability and good governance of our dear state and for the overall development of the South West and the Nation’” the statement read.

Olanusi, an indigene of Supare in Akoko South West local government area of the State, became the Deputy Governor of the State in 2009 under the platform of Labour Party before he defected alongside the State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, to the PDP in October, 2014.

Similarly, the Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Tele Ikuru, on Sunday, announced his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mr Ikuru has been Governor Chibuike Amaechi’s deputy since 2007 and has been campaigning for the APC along with Amaechi until he declared his defection six days to the general elections.

Meanwhile, the Ondo State Government has reacted to news of Mr Olanusi’s defection.

The Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, said, “The State Government just received the news of the defection of Alhaji Ali Olanusi, the Deputy Governor of Ondo State to the All Progressive Congress.

“Though it came as a surprise, government acknowledges his right to determine his political affiliation and wish him well.”

Ondo Govt Flags Off Anti Pneumonia Vaccination

PneumoniaThe Ondo State Government has flagged of the introduction of the Pneumococal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) to combat the spread and occurrence of the pneumonia bacterial infection.

According to the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, the disease which has been discovered to be highly resistant to treatment, kills over 800 thousand children all over the world.

Gathering at the premises of the Ondo State Specialist Hospital, Akure, for the flag off of the anti pneumonia vaccine were stakeholders including top government officials, health personnel and nursing mothers.

The introduction of the Pneumococal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV), according to Dr. Adeyanju, would help to effectively fight pneumonia which has a strong resistance to treatment with drugs.

Having thrown more light on the vaccine, Dr. Adeyanju added that it would be made readily available in all health institutions across the state.

The Chief of Staff to Governor Mimiko, Dr. Kola Ademujimi, reminded the audience that the state had done a lot in reducing maternal and infant mortality.

He noted that these efforts have received many accolades from development partners which include two time award in Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Immunization in Nigeria.

The pneumonia bacterial disease affects mainly children under the age of 5 years and also adults 65 years and above.

The State Deputy Governor, Ali Olanusi, administered the oral vaccine on some of the kids present at the venue to flag off the vaccination.