'Fulani Crooks Put You In Power, You Can't Decide Fate Of 4million Ondo People' - Yoruba Group Tells Akeredolu - IReporteronline
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‘Fulani Crooks Put You In Power, You Can’t Decide Fate Of 4million Ondo People’ – Yoruba Group Tells Akeredolu

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A Pan-Yoruba coalition group, Apapo Oodua Koya, has said the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, cannot stop the struggle for self-determination in the state.

In a statement on Tuesday, the group said the governor cannot determine the fate of Ondo State in the proposed Oduduwa Republic.

Akeredolu had on Monday warned Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, and others agitating for a sovereign Yoruba nation to stay away from the state.

Akeredolu said the Ondo people had elected to stay in the Federal Republic of Nigeria as constituted at present. But in a statement issued by its state coordinator, Mufutau Adetoloye, the group said Akeredolu represents the All Progressives Congress (APC) and “the vested interests of the Fulani caliphate”.

“The APC is not the same as the four million people of Ondo State. There are various logical reasons why you Akeredolu cannot speak on behalf of four million people of Ondo State. You are the elected governor but that does not give you overall legitimacy over the future of the people of Ondo State and their relationship with the greater Yoruba Nation.

“Your mandate is only four years. It does not extend to the right to self-determination of the people of Ondo State as entrenched in international laws,” the group said.

It added, “You, Akeredolu, in 2020 compared with registered voters, you had only 15 percent mandate. Legally speaking, you have no legitimacy over the people of Ondo State. With 292,830 votes out of registered voters’ population of 1,546,081 voters, you, Akeredolu, are a usurper.

“This is against the background that 99 percent of your votes were stained with corruption and the red ink of illicit money. Voters were bribed to secure your mandate. You have a stolen mandate that has no real legitimacy in a genuinely democratic country.

“The fact that 292,830 people voted for you out of 1,546,081 registered voters is a vote of no-confidence in the rogue process that produced your stolen mandate. You represent fraud. You represent shame and dishonour.

“You represent Nigeria, a country where leaders literarily feed on the blood of their people, a country categorised as the axis of evil, a country that murders innovation and produces leaders through violence, treason, stealing, and unparalleled corruption of the voters.”

AOKOYA alleged that Akeredolu is a conscious enemy of Yoruba people who is ready to sell his people to slavery for peanuts.

“One million of you cannot stop an idea whose time has come. You are bragging about a stolen mandate bought with blood money. You sit on a seat stained with the blood of innocent people. You hijacked the legitimacy of the people and you defend it not with the will of the people but with guns and bullets purchased from the sweat of ordinary people.

“The Fulani who funded your campaign have chained you, handcuffed you with fetters of iron, but you cannot equal your fate with the fate of Ondo people. You are a lawyer, educated but you lack common wisdom.

“You are faraway from the fears, aspirations and the resolve of your people to be free. You are in power because the Fulani crooks imposed you on unwilling people. You have no conscience. You know deep in your heart that you paid voters to win the election.

“You should be ashamed of yourself. The fraud you represent is destined to collapse right on your face and you will face the harsh wrath of history at the fullest of time.”

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Court Reinstates Edo Commission Sacked By Oshiomhole 13 Years Ago

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The Court of Appeal, Benin Division, on Tuesday, set aside the dissolution of the Edo State Law Review Commission for the past 13 years over failure to follow due process.

The commission was dissolved in 2008 by the administration of Governor Adams Oshiomhole.

In a unanimous‎ judgment, the court ordered that the commission’s members be reinstated and be allowed to complete their tenure, which should now run from March 25, 2021, to August 25, 2025.

In the judgment delivered by a three-person panel and read by Justice Biobele Abraham Georgewill, with justices Oyebisi Omoleye and Fredrick Oho as members, the appellate court held that Mr Oshiomhole’s government did not follow the laid-down procedure in dissolving the commission.

In the suit (No B/375/OS/2009), the appellants were Jonathan Aghimien (SAN), T. E. Ogbeide-Ihama, and Edward Aigbanbe, while the Edo governor, the attorney general, and the House of Assembly were the respondents.

The appellants challenged the ruling of Justice Nogi Aifuwa Imoukhuede of the state’s high court, which dismissed the appellants’ claims for being statute-barred.

In his ruling, Mr Georgewill declared that “the dissolution of the Edo State Law Review Commission and consequent termination of the appointments of the Appellants on 24/11/2008, without due compliance with the provisions of the Revised Edition Law of Edo state 2001, by the 1st Respondent, the then Executive Governor of Edo state is null, void and of no effect whatsoever.”

The court set aside the letter issued by the then-Secretary to State Government on behalf of the governor, saying it was issued without compliance with the Revised Edition Law of Edo State 2001.

He said, “An order is hereby given reinstating the appellants to their aforesaid position as Chairman and members of the Edo State Law Review Commission to serve out the remainder of their five-year tenure.”

He added, “Thereafter from the date of this judgment being 25/3/2021 to 25/8/2025 totalling five years in line with Section 7 (1) of the Revised Edition Law 2001 of Edo state, excluding the period from 24/11/2008 to 25/3/2021, unless the appellants are removed in line with the provision of the Revised Edition law of Edo State of Nigeria 2001.”

(NAN)

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Some Of IPOB’s Grievances Are Valid. They Should Be Addressed Squarely – Gov Ikpeazu

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The governor of Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu, says some of the grievances of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) are valid and need to be addressed squarely.

Some of IPOB?s grievances are valid. They should be addressed squarely - Gov Ikpeazu

The group has over the years accused successive Nigerian governments of marginalizing the South East region and have called for the creation of the Biafran nation.

 

Speaking on Arise TV on Tuesday, April 12, Ikpeazu said some of the “issues raised” by IPOB should be addressed as they are valid.

 

In his words

 

“I have taken my time to listen to some of these issues raised by IPOB: issues about injustice, issues of marginalisation, issues of trust deficits within the polity called Nigeria as it concerns people from south-eastern Nigeria. And I think some of those are valid issues and they should be addressed and spoken to. They should be addressed squarely. So that everybody and those of us that are in government today can have a foothold within the southeast region to continue to promote the unity of Nigeria.

I do not subscribe to the strategy of IPOB in pursuing their goals. And the reason is because I’m yet to see the end of the tunnel from where I’m standing and I do not like to take a plunge in the dark. We must engage and discuss the issue which is bothering them and everybody and we can’t continue to pretend as if these issues are not valid.

Equal rights and justice is an indelible right of all citizens and if through impunity and carelessness we allow a group of people to begin to feel like they’re not rightly represented within the polity, it creates a lacuna where people are no longer confident in the government to protect them and take care of their interest within the polity. There’s bound to be agitation one way or another. Some of these reactions may extrapolate to levels that may undermine national convention and unity.”

 

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EFCC Arrests Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

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Former Imo state governor cum Senator, Rochas Okorocha, has reportedly been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC.

 

Officials of the Commission laid siege to the former Governor’s private office at Nkwerre Street in the Garki area of Abuja and picked him up shortly after he returned from a trip today April 13.

 

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, who confirmed the arrest to the Nation but did not give reasons for the action.

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