Osun Govt Approves N150m Grant For Health Scheme

Dr Adeniyi Oginni addressing reporters in Osogbo on July 8, 2019.

 

The Osun State government is appealing to residents to take advantage of the Osun Health Insurance Scheme (O’HIS).

It explained that the scheme would give the people access to affordable and good healthcare services at a minimal cost across all parts of the state.

The Executive Secretary of Osun Social Health Insurance Scheme, Dr Adeniyi Oginni, made the plea while addressing reporters in Osogbo, the state capital.

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He briefed journalists on Monday on the level of preparedness by the government for the take-off of the scheme.

Dr Oginni disclosed that the scheme can now commence with the release of take-off grant of N150 million to ensure effectiveness in health insurance operation in the state by the government.

“The grant would be used for the establishment of Osun Health Insurance Business and Zonal offices across the 68 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and the Local Council Development Authorities ( LCDAs),” he said.

The scheme, according to him, covers common ailments including malaria fever, minor injuries, reproductive health services, child delivery, caesarean section, and selected surgical operations.

The executive secretary urged residents to key into the scheme, saying the benefits are many.

He disclosed that the government has given approval for its three per cent contribution to public servants plan, in addition to the 1.5 per cent that was to be deducted from their basic salary to enable them to benefit from the scheme.

“The system would ensure that the cost of using the services does not put people at the risk of financial harm,” Oginni said.

The scheme was launched in Osogbo in April 2019, to protect families from the financial hardship of huge medical bills.

Gunmen Kidnap Two FRSC Officials

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Two officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) have been kidnapped by gunmen in Osun State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Folasade Odoro disclosed on Tuesday that the two regular marshals were kidnapped at Erin-Ijesa area of Akure/Ilesa highway.

According to her, the FRSC staff were kidnapped on Monday night.

She, however, reiterated the determination of the police in rescuing them unhurt, adding that efforts are being intensified to achieve this.

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Meanwhile, the Sector Command of the FRSC in the state has yet to react as at the time of filing this report as efforts made to reach the Sector Commander, Mr Peter Oke proved abortive.

Some of the family members of the victims simply identified as Abioye and Baiyeguni explained that the armed bandits intercepted their vehicles while they were traveling on Monday afternoon.

They lamented that the mobile phones of the kidnapped victims can no longer be reached.

Kidnapping for ransom has been on the rise in Nigeria.

A lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Professor Yinka Adegbehingbe was recently kidnapped.

The professor of orthopaedic surgery was kidnapped along Ife-Ibadan expressway but was later released after ransom was allegedly paid.

‘Supreme Court Will Do Justice’, Osun PDP Tells Supporters

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The Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is hopeful that the Supreme Court will dispense justice in its favour.

In a statement by PDP Chairman in the state, Olasoji Adagunodo, the party said it is shocked by the Appeal Court’s judgement that restated Gboyega Oyetola the winner of the governorship election.

“We received the Appeal Court Judgement of the Osun State Election petition of today with a huge shock.

“We believe that at the end of the day the Supreme Court will do justice to our case and victory will be ours,” Adagunodo said.

The party also urged its supporters to keep the faith, stressing that it is not over until it is over.

While insisting that PDP has hope in the judiciary, the party’s chairman said Senator Adeleke will triumph at the Supreme Court.

“We have hope in the judiciary, that does not mean that once in a while there won’t be some hiccups in the judicial process, it is understandable and expected that all judges are not the same and they don’t think the same.

“We enjoin our people to be peaceful, calm resolute and have high hope, in the next two months, by the grace of God, Senator Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke will be declared as the governor of Osun State and by then the swearing-in of the new governor in Osun State will be the next stage,” he stated.

 

 

Appeal Court Adjourns Senator Adeleke’s Eligibility Case

 

The court of Appeal sitting over the case of eligibility of Senator Ademola Adeleke in the September 2018 governorship election has adjourned till the 2nd of May 2019.

The adjournment is on the request of the counsel to Senator Adeleke, to allow for amendments to observations made by the second respondent over some missing pages in the processes filed, which is responsible for the delay in filing his brief of argument.

Meanwhile, the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has reserved judgment in the election petition filed by the governor of Osun challenging the verdict of the State’s election petition tribunal which nullified his election.

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After taking arguments from parties in the appeals, Justice Jummai Sankey announced that judgment has been reserved and that the parties will be informed as soon as they are ready.

In three separate appeals filed by Governor Oyetola, the All Progressives Congress and the Independent National Electoral Commission, they asked the appellate court to set aside the March 22nd, 2019 judgment of the Osun state election petition tribunal which declared Senator Ademola Adeleke as the winner of the Osun gubernatorial election.

Governor Oyetola’s lawyer, Wole Olanipekun pleaded with the five-man panel of the Appeal Court Justices to void the judgment of the tribunal because it violated the electoral act 2010 and judicial precedence of the supreme court.

INEC in its own appeal argued by Yusuf Ali informed the Appeal Court that the findings of the tribunal were wrong because they were based on uncertified documents dumped on the tribunal by Senator Adeleke and the PDP.

Appeal Court Reserves Judgement On Osun Governorship Case

 

The Court of appeal sitting in Abuja has reserved judgment in the election petition filed by the governor of Osun challenging the verdict of the State’s election petition tribunal which nullified his election.

After taking arguments from parties in the appeals, Justice Jummai Sankey announced that judgement has been reserved and that the parties will be informed as soon as they are ready.

In three separate appeals filed by Governor Oyetola, the All Progressives Congress and the Independent National Electoral Commission, they asked the appellate court to set aside the march 22nd, 2019 judgement of the Osun state election petition tribunal which declared Senator Ademola Adeleke as winner of the osun gubernatorial election.

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Governor Oyetola’s lawyer, Wole Olanipekun pleaded with the five man panel of the Appeal Court Justices to void the judgement of the tribunal because it violated the electoral act 2010 and judicial precedence of the supreme court.

INEC in it’s own appeal argued by Yusuf Ali informed the Appeal Court that the findings of the tribunal were wrong because they were based on uncertified documents dumped on the tribunal by Senator Adeleke and the PDP.

Although counsel to Governor Oyetola declined commenting on the petition, lawyer to Senator Adeleke expressed optimism that the appellate court will uphold the verdict of the tribunal.

Osun Election: Oyetola Asks Appeal Court To Reverse Tribunal’s Decision

 

 

The Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to reverse the majority judgment delivered on March 22nd 2019 by the Osun State election tribunal.

The tribunal had, by a majority judgment given by two of its three members, voided the election of Oyetola, pronounced Senator Ademola Adeleke of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) winner and asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue him a certificate of return.

In a 39-ground notice of appeal filed by his team of lawyers, led by Wole Olanipekun, Governor Oyetola faulted the majority judgment, given by Justices Peter Obiora and Anyinla Gbolagunte, on the grounds that it was perverse, replete with contradictions and not supported by evidence led by the petitioners.
Governor Oyetola wants the Court of Appeal to uphold his appeal, set aside the majority judgment and dismiss the October 16, 2018 petition by PDP and senatir Adeleke.

The governor said his complaint, in the appeal, was against the entire majority judgment, except where the tribunal held that it lacked jurisdiction to set aside INEC Guidelines; that the allegation of over voting was not proved; that the petitioners did not prove voided votes and other parts of the judgment where the tribunal agreed with their arguments.

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The governor is contending, in his first ground of appeal, that the entire of the majority judgment is a nullity, because it was written and delivered by Justice Obiora “who did not participate in all the proceedings of the tribunal and who was not present when all the witnesses gave evidence.”

He noted that Justice Obiora was absent on February 6 this year when the respondents witnesses 12 and 13 testified and tendered exhibits, which the tribunal admitted in evidence.

The appellant argued that, having not attended the tribunal’s siting on February 6, 2019, Justice Obiora could not seen the two witnesses and was unable to examine their demeanour, as required, and therefore, unlawful for the judge to have authored a judgment in which he reviewed the evidence given by the witnesses.

He also argued that the tribunal, in its majority judgment, erred in law and acted without jurisdiction when it accepted the petitioners’ complained of non compliance with the provisions of Electoral Act in relation to the September 22, 2018 governorship election in Osun State and on that basis proceeded to nullify his election.

It was equally the appellant’s contention that the tribunal acted without jurisdiction by basing its decision to uphold the petition and set aside the return of the appellants on the basis of allegation of non-compliance with the Electoral Act, in relation to the September 22 governorship election.

The appellant noted that, no where in the entire petition, did Adeleke and the PDP complained about non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act in relation to the September 22, 2018 election.

He added that the only ground, in the petition, alleging non-compliance with the provision of the Electoral Act was in relation to the rerun election held on September 27, 2018.

The appellant further argued that the tribunal erred in law when it cancelled elections in 17 polling units on the mere allegation of improper ballot accounting and accreditation details.

He argued that since all the witnesses called by Senator Adeleke and the PDP admitted that the voting process was regular; that votes scored by each party were publicly announced after counting and that the announced scores of parties were truly reflected on Forms EC8A tendered by petitioners, the tribunal was wrong to have proceeded to cancel results.

Governor Oyetola also faulted the tribunal’s decision to void the rerun election when the petitioners did prove that there were elections in the seven polling units where the rerun election took place and that the results were wrongly cancelled.

He noted that the petitioners did not plead nor adduce evidence that the presiding officers of the affected seven polling units had ab initio approved of the elections at the polling units. He added that the petitioners did not tender the results from the seven polling units.

The appellant also noted that the petitioners did not calling their agents from the affected polling units as witnesses; did not tender documentary evidence to show that it was the returning officer that unilaterally cancelled the elections.

We Believe Oyetola Will Not Drag His Integrity To The Mud – Osun PDP

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State has advised Governor Gboyega Oyetola not to appeal the judgment of the election tribunal that sacked him.

According to a statement by the PDP Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Diran Odeyemi, the party says it believes the governor will not want his integrity to be dragged to the mud.

“By accepting the option of not appealing the judgment, Oyetola would be seen as a hero, the development that may offer him an even bigger political opportunity in the future,” the statement read in part.

The PDP spokesperson also charged the governor not to succumb to the pressure from people who want to use him to have continued access to Osun’s treasury.

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Reacting to the judgment of the State Governorship Election Tribunal that declared its candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, winner of the poll, the party commended the judiciary for standing for the truth.

It, however, warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state against further disrespect for the judiciary and the nation’s constitution by attempting to circumvent the course of justice.

PDP noted that the election that produced Oyetola as the winner of the September 2018 governorship election in the state was marred by irregularities.

“The whole world as represented by International observers knew how INEC and security agencies colluded with the APC to rig the poll including the rerun and we knew it would not stand.

“Oyetola should remember that he will continue to bear the moral burden of sitting on another man’s mandate, he should remember that history will continue to recall him as a beneficiary of a stolen mandate.”

“But the judgment delivered at the Tribunal presently offers him a rare chance to restitute and tow the part of honour as we are aware that INEC is unwilling to appeal the unambiguous conclusion of the judges” Odeyemi added.

Osun Election: Senator Adeleke Lauds Tribunal’s Judgement

The lawmaker representing Osun West senatorial district, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has reacted to his victory at the Osun Election Petition Tribunal.

Senator Adeleke’s reaction came shortly after the Tribunal declared him as the winner of the September 22 governorship election in Osun State.

The three-man panel of judges had declared the victory of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola as null and void and returned Senator Adeleke as the duly elected governor of the state.

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The Tribunal also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Governor Oyetola and present a fresh one to Senator Adeleke.

Osun Election: Senator Adeleke Lauds Tribunal's Judgement
A file photo of Senator Ademola Adeleke. Photo: [email protected]

Senator Adeleke told Channels Television that he hoped that the electoral body would comply with the orders of the court.

He said he would be ready to meet Governor Oyetola at the Court of Appeal should he appeal the judgment of the Tribunal.

While the governor rejected the judgement and vowed to challenge it at the Court of Appeal, the lawmaker took to Twitter to celebrate his victory.

Meanwhile, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun has described the victory of its candidate at the Tribunal as an act of God.

In an interview with Channels Television in Osogbo, the state capital, the state party chairman, Mr Soji Adagunodo, dedicated the victory to God.

He noted that he knew from the onset that the party’s struggle for the mandate would not be in vain, adding that they have gotten justice.

Adagunodo said, “I thank God Almighty for the victory and we dedicate it to him. It is a victory for the people of the state. It is a victory for all,” Adagunodo said.

“I commend the good people of Osun for their faith in the PDP and senator Adeleke.”

The party chairman also commended the judiciary, saying they did a good job by standing on the side of the truth.

He said, “The judgement shows that the people in the judiciary are calibres of people of impeccable character. They are the last hope of the common man and have proved themselves as such. I give kudos to the judiciary.”

Adagunodo, however, said the PDP was ready to defend its victory at the Tribunal should the All Progressives Congress (APC) decide to appeal the Tribunal’s judgement.

Meanwhile, the APC in the state has rejected the judgement and vowed to challenge it at the Court of Appeal.

According to a statement by the party’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, the verdict cannot stand superior legal scrutiny.

Jubilation As Adeleke’s Supporters Flood Osun Streets Over Tribunal Victory

There was jubilation across major parts of Osun State on Friday after the Election Petition Tribunal declared Senator Ademola Adeleke as the winner of the September 22, 2018 governorship election in the state.

Earlier, the Tribunal which sat in Abuja dismissed a preliminary objection against the petition of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Senator Adeleke, challenging the outcome of the governorship election in the state.

The preliminary objection was filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the election, Governor Gboyega Oyetola, as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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Following the judgement of the Tribunal, Senator Adeleke’s supporters and well-wishers gathered at the residence of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, to celebrate amid drumming and dancing.

Some supporters were also seen at different strategic locations in Ede celebrating the victory.

Osun Election: Jubilation As Adeleke’s Supporters Flood Osun Streets

In her reaction, Senator Adeleke’s sister, Mrs Dupe Adeleke, dedicated her brother’s victory to their late brother, Isiaka.

She also commended the judiciary for its courage in adjudicating with fear of God, saying it was clear that the judiciary was functioning as it should.

“We are very happy for the judgment; we appreciate the people of Osun, especially Ede for their love, support and steadfastness,” Dupe said.

“Today’s judgement is an indication that judiciary can save the nation from imminent trouble. I know my late brother would be very happy in the grave. I dedicate this victory to God and to my late brother.”

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Osun Election: Jubilation As Adeleke’s Supporters Flood Osun Streets

Osun: ‘Davido’s Uncle Has Danced His Way To Victory’ – Nigerians React

 

Earlier on Friday, March 22, the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, as the winner of the state’s poll.

The tribunal’s verdict stirred various reactions across the nation, as many Nigerian took to social media to air their views on the court’s declaration.

Below are some of the things Nigerians on Twitter are saying about the tribunal’s verdict regarding the governorship election in Osun state.

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Tribunal Declares Ademola Adeleke Winner Of Osun Governorship Election

 

The Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, as the winner of the poll.

The Tribunal made the declaration on Friday after dismissing a preliminary objection against the petition of the PDP and Senator Adeleke, challenging the outcome of the September 2018 governorship election in the state.

The preliminary objection was filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the election, Governor Gboyega Oyetola, as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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The three defendants claimed that the petition of the PDP and its candidate was incompetent and the tribunal lacked jurisdiction to hear it.

Delivering a ruling on the preliminary objection, Justice Peter Obiora who is a member of the three-man Tribunal held that the petition was competent.

He also stated that the Tribunal has the jurisdiction to hear and determine it.

The judge held that there was merit in the appeal filed by the PDP and Senator Adeleke, adding that the declaration and return of Governor Oyetola by INEC was null and void.

He, thereafter, declared Senator Adeleke, who represents Osun West district in the National Assembly, as the winner of the election and duly elected governor of the state.

The judge also held that the Certificate of Return issued to Governor Oyetola be withdrawn and that a fresh one should be issued to Senator Adeleke of the PDP, having fulfilled the conditions of the law.

He said the petitioner scored the lawful majority votes at the election while the rerun held in the seven cancelled units were null and void and of no electoral effect.

In a dissenting judgment, the chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Ibrahim Sirajo, held that the petitioner could not prove substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act in the election.

He noted that an Election Tribunal, under Section 140(3) of the Electoral Act, lacks the powers to declare a winner where such was proved.

Justice Sirajo insisted that they can only declare a supplementary election or a fresh election, and not to make a declaration.

Tribunal Declares Ademola Adeleke Winner Of Osun Governorship Election
(File) Senator Ademola Adeleke// [email protected]

Justice Obiora and Justice Ayinla Gbolagunte, however, entered a majority judgment in favour of Senator Adeleke.

The PDP and Senator Adeleke had approached the Tribunal to challenge the declaration of Adegboyega Oyetola of the APC as the winner of the September 22, 2018, election by the electoral body.

After entertaining final arguments and adoption of written addresses by lawyers to the parties involved on March 7, the Tribunal announced that it would reserve judgment on the matter.

The Tribunal, which was earlier sitting in Osun, was relocated from the High Court of Justice Complex, Osogbo to Abuja in November 2018.

Governor Oyetola Heads To Appeal Court Following Defeat At Osun Tribunal

 

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has said he is heading to the Appeal Court following the verdict by a tribunal in Osun, upturning his victory at the state’s governorship election. 

This is according to a statement by Mr. Wole Oyebamiji, secretary to the State Government of Osun.

In its statement, the Osun State Government informed the people that the judgment of the election tribunal has been put on appeal.

The Government assured the people of Osun that justice will prevail at last, and that the law enforcement agencies have been instructed to maintain law and order across the State.

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The Osun Government in its communique appreciated the support of the majority of the people “in all things essential for mutual progress”.

It further assured all the residents of the state of adequate security of lives and properties, noting that the Government of the State is still the only legitimate government having the authority to govern Osun.

Residents of the state were urged to go about their lawful duties without any hindrance.