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Ogun guber: PDP’s Adebutu heads to Supreme Court

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Oladipupo Adebutu, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, has announced that his legal team has successfully lodged an appeal with the Supreme Court concerning the governorship election held on March 18 in the state. In a Christmas message conveyed by his media aide, Afolabi Orekoya, Adebutu expressed confidence that justice would prevail.

Previously, Adebutu contested the election victory of Governor Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the tribunal, citing various issues such as alleged over-voting, gross misconduct, disenfranchisement, non-compliance with the electoral act, and failure to adhere to the margin of lead principle. Despite his efforts, the court upheld the governor’s election up to the appeal court.

Adebutu, who recently returned to Nigeria from the United Kingdom, shared his Christmas message, stating that he is back home to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with his people. The statement emphasized that all necessary steps in reclaiming the mandate of the people of Ogun State had been completed at the Supreme Court without encountering any successful obstruction.

Reflecting on the spirit of Christmas, Adebutu drew parallels between the teachings of Jesus Christ—centered on love, compassion, and sacrifice—and his commitment to redeeming the mandate of Ogun State. He encouraged residents to pray for the state and expressed optimism that, akin to the victory of Jesus over challenges, their efforts in reclaiming the mandate would ultimately succeed.

Adebutu appreciated the warm reception he received from the people of Ogun State, interpreting it as a strong indication that the people firmly believe in the delivery of true justice at the Supreme Court. He urged the people to celebrate the season moderately with friends and family, expressing hope that victory is imminent in their pursuit of justice.

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Alleged Misappropriation: External auditor will examine LP’s accounts – Peter Obi

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Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 general elections, has announced that an external auditor has been appointed to scrutinize the party’s financial records.

This follows allegations made by Oluchi Opara, the national treasurer of the Labour Party, on Monday, accusing Julius Abure, the national chairman, of misappropriating N3.5 billion. In response, the party suspended Opara, alleging external influence aimed at destabilizing the LP. Abure, in turn, threatened legal action against Opara for defamation.

However, addressing the situation during a press conference on Thursday, Peter Obi stated, “we will account for everything now that we have an independent person who will tell us which way forward.” Obi clarified that he is not directly involved in the party’s management or campaign finances, assuring transparency in the handling of funds received during the election. He urged the public to come forward with any information regarding the whereabouts of the alleged misappropriated funds.

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We spent N744.5m on litigation, received N595.9m from Nigerians – Obi-Datti Campaign gives account

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The Obi/Baba-Ahmed Presidential Campaign Organisation has revealed that it expended more than N744,500,000.00 (seven hundred and forty-four million, five hundred thousand naira) in legal battles in courts concerning the 2023 presidential election. Additionally, the organization disclosed receiving donations amounting to N595,976,994.00 from Nigerian citizens. Aisha Yesufu, Chairperson of the Fundraising Team of the Campaign Organisation, shared these details during a presentation on fundraising reports.

She emphasized the significance of accountability and transparency, underscoring the need to explain how the donated funds were utilized. Yesufu expressed gratitude to all donors, both in monetary and non-monetary contributions. From the donations received from citizens, the organization amassed N595,976,994. The candidate himself, Peter Obi, also contributed N8,000,000.00.

The campaign strategy included channeling support for Peter Obi and Datti Ahmed through various support groups across Nigeria’s 36 states. Media campaigns were deployed, reaching over 11 million individuals through 40 radio stations, community outreach, and social media platforms.

Limited financial resources led to a strategic approach in utilizing funds. Campaign materials worth N258,374,330.00 were procured and distributed nationwide, along with N16,432,867.00 allocated for media and radio broadcasting expenses. Election promotion expenses amounted to N10,808,948.00, while N324,381,700.00 was spent on Polling Unit Agents. Additionally, bank charges of N1,750,544.00 and administrative charges of N477,000.00 were incurred.

A significant portion, N744,500,000.00, was allocated to cover legal expenses, while over N28,500,000.00 was expended on campaign and election activities. Yesufu clarified that the candidate himself contributed N800,000,000.00 specifically for legal fees.

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Peter Obi an opportunist—Bwala

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A former spokesperson for the Atiku-Okowa Presidential Campaign Council, Daniel Bwala, has characterized Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s 2023 presidential candidate, as an opportunist.

In response to a photo of Obi at the Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cote d’Ivoire, Bwala asserted that Obi manipulates religion, ethnicity, natural disasters, and sports to his advantage against Nigerians.

Sharing his thoughts on platform X, Bwala stated, “Obi doesn’t engage in opposition but rather exploits opportunities. He capitalizes on the nation’s and its people’s weaknesses like a predator, utilizing religion, ethnicity, natural calamities, and even sports until members of the NFF supporters’ club told him to ‘F’ off.”

“Peter Obi aims to lead Nigeria with slogans and trendy phrases; shifting from consumption to production; referencing China, Malaysia, Egypt, etc. What does he truly understand about governance? He feigns concern for the impoverished masses; however, one should inquire about the wages he offers his employees across all his businesses, and then return to discuss the genuine implications of contemporary slavery with me.”

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