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Vanguard Newspaper 16 June 2019



Plateau: Lalong is an impostor, render his votes

invalid, Useni tells Tribunal

By Marie-Therese




candidate of the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, in Plateau

State, in the 2019 elections

Senator Jeremiah Useni,

and his party, have asked

the Governorship Election Tribunal

sitting at West of Mines,

Jos to declare the candidate of

the All Progressives Party, APC,

Simon Lalong unqualified to

contest the election in which

Lalong emerged winner.

Useni and the PDP are challenging

Lalong’s victory at the

tribunal and the case also has

the Independent National Electoral

Commission, INEC, and

the APC as 1st and 3rd respondents


Useni and the PDP alleged

that Lalong was ineligible to

assume the position of governor,

having submitted a different

certificate which bears the

name “Simon Sule Bako” to

the electoral umpire (INEC), a

name different from Simon

Bako Lalong which the governor

is known with hence their

prayer that all votes cast for

Lalong be rendered null and


Counsel to the petitioners,

Mike Ozekhome (SAN), argued

that if it is discovered that

the governor did not qualify to

contest the election, then the tribunal

would have no need to

enter further hearing on the

main petitions.

Counsel to the APC, Garba

Pwul (SAN), in his reply, faulted

PDP and Useni’s petition, arguing

that the issue raised is a

pre-election matter which

should not be entertained by the

tribunal and that the same

name was used by the Governor

during his first term without

any problem.

Chairman of the three-man

Tribunal, Justice Halima Salman

said ruling on the matter

will be delivered during the final

judgement and having concluded

pre-hearing session on

governorship petitions said

hearing on the substantive matter

would commence on 26th

June, 2019.

Ogun state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, (r) receiving Vice President Yemi Osibajo at

the burial service for the late Chief Jonathan Adebayo Osipitan, father of Prof Taiwo

Osipitan, at Oru Ijebu on Friday. Credit: Government House, Abeokuta

Makinde targets agric to boost

Oyo’s economic fortunes

yo State Governor Seyi

OMakinde has declared

that his government would

boost the agriculture sector

to achieve accelerated development

of the state in the next

four years.

Governor Makinde, who

was speaking during an event

at Eruwa said that his administration

would revive the

farm settlements and leverage

on the agricultural value

chain to turn the fortunes of

the state around.

Makinde, according to a

statement by his Chief Press

Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, said

that the administration realising

that the state is rich in

farming potential, would use

agriculture as the focal point

of contact for development.

He said: “For accelerated

development of Oyo State in

the next four years, we intend

to use agriculture for economic

prosperity of the state,

with special attention devoted

to areas like Ibarapaland,

where there is a farm settlement.

Here there is about 5,

800 hectares of land. We will

revive it we will give special

attention to reviving the farm


The governor also said that

his government will take full

advantage of the agricultural

value chain so as to bring

the desired benefits to the

government and the people.

While speaking on infrastructure

development, the

Governor assured people of

Ibarapaland that his government

would compete the

Ibadan/Eruwa road, which

was left uncompleted by the

immediate past government.

He said: “On my way here,

I saw that the last administration

had done the road

halfway. We will complete it.

It will not become an abandoned


Governor Makinde said

that he holds Ibarapaland in

high esteem as Eruwa was the

first location he would visit

outside Ibadan since he was

sworn- in as Governor.

“I hold Ibarapaland in very

high esteem and you will discover

that this is the first place

I am visiting outside Ibadan

after I was sworn-in. It shows

the love between me and

Ibarapaland and the love will

keep growing.

“In 2015 when I contested

and of course I lost the election,

it was only in Ibarapa

East that I won a ward. It must

be that Ibarapa land and

Ibarapa people are dear to

my heart. Last Monday, your

son, Debo Ogundoyin

emerged the number three

citizen of Oyo State. I pray he

will use that position for the

good of Ibarapaland and for



alma mater

loses pioneer


•Late James Izah

The pioneer Principal of

St Pius Xth Grammar

School, Onicha-Ugbo, Chief

James I. Izah, is dead, aged


Izah, according to a statement

by the President of the

Old Boys Association of the

school, Sir Richard Asenime,

oversaw the institution from

1960 to 1969 under the auspices

of the Catholic Archdiocese

of Benin of the then

Western Region.

Asenine listed prominent

Nigerians who passed

through St Pius Xth Grammar

School to include the

immediate past Minister of

State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe

Kachikwu; the Chairman, of

UBA, Mr. Tony Elumelu; the

UBA Managing Director,

Mr. Kennedy Uzoka, and Dr.

Augustine Mabatah, “who, in

1967, recorded the unbroken

record of Aggregate 7 in his

West African School Certificate

examination”, and Hon.

Ndudi Elumelu of the House

of Representatives.

He called on all Old Boys

of the school, home and

abroad, to mobilize to ensure

a befitting burial for Izah.

According to him, a valedictory

mass will be held in

honor of the deceased in the

school premises in July.

Asenine said the occasion

offers an opportunity for the

‘Old Boys’ to be re-united.

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