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Court stops Osun PDP congresses

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An Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo has restrained the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from forging ahead with the conduct of its proposed congresses pending the determination of a substantive suit before it.

In a suit number HOS/M262/2022, Segun Ojo and other PDP members had on Thursday, sought an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the party, and their agents, servants, privies or any other person or persons acting through them from conducting congresses into the 118 outstanding wards in the state.

They also sought the order of the court to restrain the party from conducting congresses to fill all local government areas and states which have already been fixed to commence on March 27, 2023, and April 17, 2023, pending the determination of an originating summon before the court.

The court, presided over by Justice Ayo Oyebiyi, also restrained PDP, its agents, servants and its agents from going ahead with the conduct of the proposed congresses in the state till the determination of the substantive suit.

Consequently, Justice Oyebiyi restrained the party and its agents from conducting any congress as planned until the determination of the substantive suit slated for Monday, 17th April 2023

After the submission of the Counsel to the plaintiffs, Barrister Kehinde Adesiyan, who argued that he was denied access to obtain the party nomination form to contest for the office of Legal Adviser, the court ordered as follows: “17/4/2023 for the hearing of the Motion on Notice. In the meantime, parties are admonished to maintain the status quo as at today pending the hearing and the determination of the Motion on Notice which has been fixed for 17/04/2023”.

The PDP and the Caretaker Chairman, Akindele Adekunle are the defendants in the suit.

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Adeleke warns aides, board chairmen against rivalry, incompetence

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Gov. Ademola Adeleke

Gov. Ademola Adeleke of Osun has warned his newly inaugurated special advisers against engaging in any form of rivalry, incompetence and fraudulent conducts.

Adeleke gave the warning during the inauguration of 47 Special Advisers, board Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen.

”You have to avoid infighting and work harmoniously with commissioners. Also remember that this government does not tolerate inompetence and corruption.

”You have to be above board. Dedicate your time to the service of the people. You must observe the rule of law and due process,” he said.

Adeleke further said that any appointee found formenting trouble would be sacked, saying,” I expect cordial working relationship”.

The governor said that the scorecard of every appointee would be periodically reviewed to ensure optimal performance.

He said the business of governance does not require unnecessary distractions but total commitment to service delivery.

”We have many serious issues to handle. It will be useless to spend time on avoidable distractions,” he said.

Out of the inaugurated serving aides, 10 are in cabinet ranks while the remaining 37 are non-cabinet members.

Adeleke had on July 19, inaugurated 25 commissioners.

The inauguration is coming about eight months after his swearing-in as governor on Nov. 27, 2022.

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Man, 55, docked over alleged N600,000 land fraud

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Man, 55, docked over alleged N600,000 land fraud

A 55-year-old man, Adekunle Micheal, was on Wednesday docked at an Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court, Osun, over an alleged N600,000 land fraud.

The defendant, of no fixed address, is facing a three-count charged of fraud, stealing and breach of public peace.

The prosecutor, ASP Abdullahi Emmanuel, told the court that the defendant committed the offences in October 2021 at Oke-Ogbo Area, Ile-Ife.

Emmanuel said that the defendant obtain the sum of N600,000 from the complainant, Elufisoye Idowu, on the pretence of selling one acre of land to him.

The prosecutor said the defendant who did not sell the land to the complainant, however, converted the money to his personal use.

According to him, the offence contravene Sections 249(d), 390(9) and 419 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty.
The Magistrate, Abosede Sarumi, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Sarumi said that the sureties must swear to affidavit of means and reside within the court jurisdiction.

She also ordered that one of the sureties must be landowner and deposit the land document in the court as part of the bail conditions.

The magistrate directed that the address of the sureties must be verified, while their three recent passport photographs and three years tax clearance certificate must be submitted to the court.

The case was adjourned until Sept. 27, for hearing.

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