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Man alledgely kills lover in Ogun over N530,000

 

The Ogun police command said it had arrested a 47-year -old man, Kazeem Adebayo, who allegedly murdered and buried his 30-year-old lover, Abosede Adesanya, over N530,000.

Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, the State Police Public Relations Officer, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abeokuta on Friday.

Oyeyemi said that the suspect, who resides in Ijebu-Igbo area of the state, was arrested following a complaint by the mother of the deceased, Amoke Onasanya.

He said that the mother had lodged a complaint at Ijebu-Igbo divisional headquarters on Jan. 25, that her daughter received a call from her man friend on Jan. 24, who said that he had gotten a plot of land for her to buy for her mother.

According to the police spokesperson, the mother said her daughter left home with the sum of N530,000.

“She stated further that hours after she left home, her cell phone was switched off and she has not been reached since then. “Upon the report, the said man friend, Kazeem Adabayo, was invited by the police at Ijebu-Igbo division, but he denied knowing the where about of the deceased.

“This prompted the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, to order the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Dcp Wale Abbas , to take over the investigation, with the view of discovering the mystery behind the sudden disappearance of the victim .

“The victim was a mother of five. “The technical investigation embarked upon by the detectives from SCIID, led to the discovery of a shallow grave right inside the suspect’s house. “When the grave was dug, the decomposing body of the victim was discovered. “It was at this point that the suspect confessed killing the deceased and took possession of the N530,000 on her.

“He also confessed that he has used N30,000 out of the money he took from the deceased, to settle an outstanding debt, while the remaining N500,000 is being kept with one of his friends,” Oyeyemi said.

Meanwhile, the police spokesman explained that the Corpse of the deceased had been deposited at a General Hospital morgue for post mortem. He said that the state commissioner of police had directed the SCIID to expedite action into the investigation, in order to arraign the suspect before a court of competent jurisdiction as soon as possible.(NAN)

Landlord steals tenant’s jewellery, cash in Abeokuta

A 35-year-old landlord, Sunday Sorinola, has appeared before an Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing jewellery worth N1.8 million and cash amount of his tenant.

The accused, who resides near Coppers Bus Stop, Adigbe, Mango area, Abeokuta, and was docked on Friday is facing a count charge of stealing.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Mattew Famuyiwa, told the court that the Soriola committed the offence on Oct. 11, 2018, at about 8.15p.m at Adigbe area in Abeokuta.

Famuyiwa said that the accused broke into the room of the complainant, his tenant, and stole gold jewellery worth N1.8 million and cash amount of N562, 850.

According to the prosecutor, the complainant left her apartment to purchase recharge card for her mobile phone.

“Before she returned the accused had broke into her room and stole the items,” the prosecutor said.

He said that after the incident, the complainant reported the matter at Adigbe Police Station after which the accused was apprehended.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 390(9) of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun, 2006.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge against him.

The Magistrate, Mr Olalekan Oke, granted the accused bail of N600,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Oke said that one of the sureties must own a landed property and must be gainfully employed, and reside within the court’ s jurisdiction.

The prosecutor said that the sureties must also show evidence of tax payment to the Ogun Government.

He, however, adjourned the case until Feb.5 for hearing.

Protect your votes, Atiku tells youth in Ebonyi

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate in the forthcoming  elections, has urged the youth in Ebonyi State to protect their votes in the forthcoming general elections.

Abubakar made the call on Friday during the Party’s presidential rally in Abakliki.

“You are agile, patriotic and determined, so make sure that you protect your votes.

“Go and vote massively for all the candidates of the party in the forthcoming general elections,” he told the youth.

Abubakar commended the governor of the state, Mr David Umahi, for mobilising massive crowd for the rally, and for his infrastructural strides, especially in road construction.

Abubakar’s running mate, Mr Peter Obi, said the party’s presidential candidate could turn around the economy of the country.

“He will replicate the infrastructural and related strides of your governor at the national level.

“We will ensure adequate security in the country. We will also ensure that our children are in school, because, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike would have been averted.”

The governor said that the state was the mainstay of the PDP in the country, and would massively vote for Abubakar and other candidates of the party in the general elections.

“I warn mischief makers who doubt the authenticity of the state as the headquarters of the party in Nigeria to desist from such.

“They should leave us alone as this is the highest mobilisation of party supporters in the nation ever since, and we are intact for the party.’’

The National Chairman of the party, Chief Uche Secondus, said that the mobilisation proved that the people of the state had actually accepted the party.

“Abubakar will rescue the country from insecurity and poor state of the economy, while enhancing the wellbeing of our youths and women whom he believes in,” he said.

The state Chairman of the party, Mr Onyekachi Nwebonyi, promised that party faithful would vote for all the candidates of the party in the elections.

The Presidential and National Assembly elections are scheduled for Feb. 16, while the governorship and state Houses of Assembly polls come up on March 2.

Strike: FG, ASUU meeting ends in deadlock, adjourns to Feb 7

The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities have again failed to reach a compromise to end the ongoing strike by the university lecturers.

Senator Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment while addressing newsmen after a closed-door meeting with the union on Friday in Abuja said the meeting was protracted.

He said, “The meeting was protracted, but the good news is that we have gotten to the end of the tunnel.

“We met them halfway and we have finished the gray areas and on the issue of N50 billion, we have offered what we have.

“We do not have N50 billion and we cannot do N50 billion, but we have offered them something reasonable.

“So they have to take it back, and go and present to their members”.

Ngige, however, expressed hope that students would return to school soon, saying “We will know when they will go back by Thursday”.

Earlier, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President said the meeting had been adjourned to February 7.

“So, far on the level of progress made so far, I cannot tell you that now until I tell my members.

“It is the feedback of the last meeting we came to present to government today.

“But right now, we have a new set of information that we have to go and present to our members. Until we tell our members, we cannot tell you,” he said.

Ogunyemi noted that progress had been made on the ongoing negotiations.

He added that “We are making progress and the progress we are making is for everybody’s interest and stakeholders will benefit at the end of the day.

“We will be meeting on Thursday, after which, we will address the press.

“We have dealt with all areas, so the progress we have made must first be related to our members.

“So until we tell them, and they tell us what to do that, that is only when we can relate to the press. The meeting is adjourned till Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the strike commenced on November 5, 2018.

The lecturers are demanding for the implementation of some agreements with the Federal Government since November 2009.

NAN also reports that one of their major demands is the implementation of university revitalisation fund.

(NAN)

Onnoghen is shameless … he must resign, says el-Rufai

Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, has described Walter Onnoghen, suspended chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), as a “shameless judge” who has demonstrated that he is no longer fit to continue in office.

He said this when hundreds of supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari marched to the government house, Kaduna, on Friday in solidarity with Buhari.

The governor, who mounted an armoured personnel carrier (APC), stationed in front of the government house, commended them for their solidarity with the president and “for coming together to convey this very clear statement from the people of Kaduna state that in Kaduna we do not support corruption.”

El-Rufai said the time had come for every well-meaning Nigerian to support Buhari in his fight against corruption.

Quoting Usman Dan Fodio, founder of Sokoto caliphate, the governor said corruption in the judiciary is the worst form and no society can survive it.

“In Kaduna state, we do not support injustice, in Kaduna state, we are 100 per cent, behind the integrity of our president,” he said.

“I can assure you that the message you have given to me will be delivered to the president today… The worst form of corruption you can find in any public servant is judicial corruption because when the president is corrupt or the governor is corrupt, it is to the judge that ordinary people can take their case to.

“When the judge himself is corrupt, it is the highest form of corruption and must never be condoned.

“Mr President did not remove Onnoghen from office. He said in honour of the judiciary, he should step aside so that the charges against him can be investigated and prosecuted. The president did the right thing by asking him to step aside pending investigation. It is what is done in every organised and civilised society.

“Unfortunately, some people in Nigeria are trying to make white black and black, white. They are using technicalities to delay bringing this man to justice. The man (Onnoghen) is shameless, he does not want to go, but it is time for Nigerians to come all out and tell him he must go. Our judiciary must be clean. Our judiciary must consist of judges who cannot be bought.”

Taunting Onnoghen, the governor said it is possible that the former CJN is richer that Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man.

“The case of Justice Onnoghen is the case in which somebody who has worked in government for the past 20 years. Suddenly, he has millions of dollars in his account,” he said.

“He has admitted but said he has forgotten about them, which means he has more money than Aliko Dangote because I do not think Dangote will forget $1 million in his account.”

Buhari postpones Zamfara campaign

President Muhammadu Buhari has postponed his campaign rally in Zamfara State, earlier scheduled for Sunday in the state capital.

Presidency sources disclosed this, attributing the development to the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, confirmed the postponement but did not give reasons.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had released the final list of candidates for the March 2 governorship and state house of assembly elections, with the names of those in APC missing.

The electoral body said it decided to maintain its original position that APC was ineligible for the exercise because it did not conduct primaries in the state.

Meanwhile, Kabiru Marafa, a senator in the state, has said there is no need for the president to go to Zamfara for campaign as his “foot soldiers” were really to do so on his behalf.

Speaking to state house correspondents after meeting with Buhari, Marafa, “I am not aware of the cancellation of the APC Zamfara rally; honestly because I was not told. Like I said, I just submitted a proposal which I think will serve the interest of our party, the president and our people.

“We don’t have candidates for now because of the political impasse that characterised Zamfara state in the last few months and the president is billed to be in Zamfara on Sunday, February 3.

“Because of the rumple between disagreeing parties, we felt it is better Mr. President suspends his visit to Zamfara. After all, we are there; we can campaign for him; he knows us; he knows our individual capacities; there is no point bringing all the factions under one umbrella, because once the president is there, if you like the president and you are with him, you will like to show your face.

“However, we feel it is avoidable; but you cannot come to the president with just one single suggestion. So, I just put my opinion across; that if it is a must; maybe the party has fixed February 3rd for the visit, then we want to be excused because there is no way President Muhammad Buhari will go to Zamfara and my face is not seen and people will not ask questions and I think it is not fair just to be absent like that.”

The Economist insists Atiku will win presidential election

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Africa is insisting that Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will win the February 16 presidential election.

On Friday, EIU Africa said the margin of victory is getting narrower as the election approaches, but Atiku and his political party will win the historic election.

 : Less than 2 weeks before ‘s presidential election. Abubakar has floated idea of corruption amnesty. It is arguably an impolitic time for such a delicate proposal,” EIU Africa tweeted.

“Abubakar is hard-pressed to convince voters that he is a clean politician, having been on the receiving end of numerous graft allegations in the past.

“We retain out forecast for  to win, but expected margin of victory is narrowing as the poll approaches.”

The EIU Africa team@TheEIU_Africa

: Less than 2 weeks before ‘s presidential election. Abubakar has floated idea of corruption amnesty. It is arguably an impolitic time for such a delicate proposal.

The EIU Africa team@TheEIU_Africa

Abubakar is hard-pressed to convince voters that he is a clean politician, having been on the receiving end of numerous graft allegations in the past. We retain out forecast for to win, but expected margin of victory is narrowing as the poll approaches.

See The EIU Africa team’s other Tweets

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In 2015, the magazine also predicted victory for Muhammadu Buhari over then-incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, stating that Buhari was “the least awful choice,” which would be chosen “with a heavy heart”.

“Voters have ample cause to send Mr Jonathan packing. In a country where power has often changed through the barrel of a gun, the opposition All Progressives Congress has a real chance of winning through the ballot box,” The Economist said in 2015.

The research unit of London-based The Economist Magazine had said in 2018 that the PDP will win the 2019 election.

“Abubakar’s pledge is to reinvigorate the economy with pro-market reforms. Both candidates are from the northern Nigeria, where Buhari’s support base lies, presaging a fierce contest there,” EIU had said.

“With the vote likely to be split in the North, Abubakar will find it easier to garner support from the country’s south, which has traditionally been a safe haven for the PDP.

“This gives Abubakar an edge, as does popular frustration over the rise in joblessness and poverty (two of the biggest voter concerns) on Mr. Buhari’s watch, as well as growing insecurity in central Nigeria.”

Lai Mohammed, minister for information and culture, had said The Economist’s prediction was nothing but fake news.

“We have all read that the intelligence unit of The Economist said the PDP will defeat the ruling APC in 2019,” he had said.

“We have also read that the international financial institution HSBC said Nigeria’s economic development will be stunted if President Buhari gets a second term

“Let me state clearly that these reports are based on fake premises and, therefore, qualify as fake news. It is a psychological warfare by those who have been badly hit by our policies.”

Kunle Afolayan releases trailers of new film ‘Mokalik’ .. partners Netflix, Canon

Prolific filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan has unveiled trailers for his most anticipated movie, ‘Mokalik’ (Mechanic).

The two trailers which dropped on February 1, 2019 by 2pm, were accompanied with three posters, setting the pace for another round of media buzz for his latest effort.

“Mokalik’ stars awards-winning singer, Simi, alongside other prominent actors like Femi Adebayo, Charles Okocha, Faithia Williams, Lateef Oladimeji, and comic actors like Wale Akorede (Okunu), Ayo Ogunshina (Papa Lolo) and Dayo Akinpelu (Alabi Yellow).

Mokalik movie trailer

The celebrated director is optimistic that the film will traverse commercial and artistic ends, having been provoked by the expectations of his diverse audience and fan-base across the world.

Afolayan who just returned from a meeting of his company, Golden Effects Pictures with Netflix in Amsterdam, Netherlands, disclosed that he is in talks with the world leading online streaming platform for the acquisition of ‘Mokalik’.

According to him, the deal with Netflix will include other works directed by him, including ‘The Figurine- Araromire’; ‘Irapada’; ‘Phone Swap’; ‘October 1’; ‘The CEO’, ‘The Bridge’ and the yet to released ‘Tenants of the House’.

“We are excited about having our other films, including ‘Mokalik’ on Netflix, as that will assuage our fans who have been sending messages from all over the world, complaining of not having access to our films,” he said.

For ‘Mokalik’ which was shot on EOS C300 Mark II, with Canon Cine lenses, the filmmaker says: “We are very delighted and grateful for the camera support extended to us by Canon Central and North Africa team here in Nigeria,” adding that, “EOS C300 Mark II – Stunning 4K quality and versatility allowed me as a producer to experience the creative vision in stunning cinematic details and provides footages, suitable for extensive post-production work.”

Senior Sales & Marketing Manager – B2C, Canon Central & North Africa, Mr. Amine Djouahra, expressed delight over the partnership, saying: “We are very proud to be part of this esteemed mainstream commercial and artistic movie, ‘Mokalik’, produced in Nigeria , one of the largest growing film industries in the world, and at Canon, we continue to listen to our customers when developing the product range to ensure our innovations meet their needs, enabling story tellers for creative filmmaking.”

Djouahra disclosed that Canon is looking at having a media screening of ‘Mokalik’ in Nigerai between March 19-21, 2019.

As part of the world slating for ‘Mokalik’, Afolayan, an Air France partner plans to have the film on several platforms including the French premium television channel, Canal+, which he said has showed interest in ‘Mokalik’ and ‘Odu’ (Capsule of Tales), a TV series in the works.

As Pavillon Afriques at the Marche du Film, Cannes Film Festival 2019, makes debut this May, Afolayan, on Thursday, was named Ambassador of the pavilion, and will be joining the showcase by other filmmakers from the continent by curating a Kunle Afolayan/Golden Effects Pictures retrospect. This is in addition to plans to get ‘Mokalik’ listed in the official selection of Cannes, among other major film festivals around the world.

A letter sent to the filmmaker reveals that Afolayan, having been listed as Ambassador on Pavillon Afriques – VIP page, is expected to wear a special ambassador’s tag during the event and function as a panelist on content sourcing, distribution and storytelling sessions among other roles.

Happy about the feats attained by the filmmaker, Commercial Director of Air France/KLM, Mr. Remco Bohre said: “Our partnership with Kunle Afolayan is another way of showing how excited we are, at Air France and KLM, about Nollywood and the Nigerian entertainment industry at large.”

‘Mokalik’ follows the career of an 11-year-old boy, Jaiye, from the middle-class suburbs who spends the day as a lowly apprentice at a mechanic workshop in order to view life from the other side of the tracks… When his father arrives to take him home, Jaiye has to make up his mind if he wants to return to school… or take on his apprenticeship full time.

Niger governors at APC rally: Buhari accused of undermining national security

The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum, (SMBLF), has accused the rulung All Progressives Congress and President Muhammadu Buhari of underlining national security with the participation of regional governors from Niger Republic  at the APC rally in Kano on Thursday.

In a statement issued on Friday, the forum said their participation was a gross abuse of diplomatic relations capable on compromising the integrity of the 2019 general elections.

Below is the full statement:

The attention of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum, SMBLF, has been drawn to the participation of two serving governors from the Republic of Niger, at the presidential rally of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kano.

Issa Moussa and Zakiri Umar, governors of Zinder and Maradi regions, respectively, were sighted in Kano, fully attired in the garments and colours of the APC and taking photographs with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Coming barely days to the presidential election, this singular action validates the wholesale desperation of the APC to deploy every untoward scheme to impugn the integrity of the forthcoming election, in a macabre reenactment of some evil aspects of the 2015 election. This is an affront to our national sovereignty and a gross abuse of diplomatic relations.

For an administration which recently lampooned Western diplomatic powers and bodies for criticizing the unconstitutional purported suspension of the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen from office, this is the height of duplicity and doublespeak.

Never in our political history has our national security been so endangered in the name of politics and politicking, a situation which calls for immediate investigation by relevant security agencies. The National Intelligence Agency, NIA; the Defence Intelligence Agency, DIA and the Department of State Services, DSS, must move to interrogate this development and report their findings to us Nigerians whose best interests they swore to serve.

In a country which has been in the vice grip of accentuated terrorism, herdsmen killings, banditry and kidnapping in parts of the country especially since the advent of the Buhari administration, the kind of unholy philandering between Buhari and foreign interests from regional neighbours suspected of complicity in our internal security challenges, calls for introspection and inquest.

Only last year, President Buhari prioritized the construction of a rail line from Kano to Maradi in Niger, at a time several aspects of our national infrastructure were and are still begging for attention. Maradi, the third largest city in Niger Republic and Zinder, are two prefectures in the country which are predominantly populated by Fulanis with consanguineal relationship with Daura emirate, Buhari’s birthplace.

As military head of state in 1985, Buhari purportedly favoured Ide Oumarou, a diplomat from Niger, over and above Nigeria’s own Peter Onu, in the race for the position of Secretary-General of the African Union, AU, to underscore his consanguineous relationship and sentiments with and for the Nigerien Oumarou.

We recall that during the 2015 general elections, there were reports of thousands of people, many of whom were underaged voters, crossing from Niger Republic, into Kano through our extremely porous borders to vote in Nigeria’s elections for a particular candidate. Unfortunately, the illegality was acquiesced to by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

In recent weeks, there have been recent reports of seamless human movements between our national neighbours, notably Chad and Niger, into parts of Nigeria of people in open top vehicles, to different parts of the country.

The SMBLF calls for increased vigilance amongst all Nigerians, as we approach the critical last two weeks to the presidential election and draws the attention of the international community to the impairment of our territorial integrity and fragile national security, by the uncanny desperation of the Buhari-led APC to undermine the electoral process, even at the risk of exacerbating our already simmering political situation.

Nigerians must collectively resist any plot to further imperil and destabilize the polity in a desperate bid by some to win the forthcoming election at all costs and by all means possible.

Yinka Odumakin
South West

Prof Chigozie Ogbu
South East

Senator Bassey Henshaw
South South

Dr Isuwa Doguwa
Middle Belt

Why we can’t investigate stealing of pants for juju —Police

The Nigeria Police Force says it cannot investigate the stealing of pants for spiritual reasons because there is no evidence.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mba, said this during a live television programme on NTA, ‘Good Morning Nigeria’, on Friday.

Mba was responding to questions on ritual practices and ‘get rich quick’ schemes.

He said, “Stealing of underwear for whatsoever reason is a recent phenomenon, before now, we had cases of rituals killings but we can’t investigate things that are not empirically verifiable except when there is convergence of the act like cases of murder or an attempt or related crimes.”

Mba said substance abuse fuels crime. He, therefore, asked youths not to delve into it.

He added, “Drug and substance abuses are strong conscience suppressors that influence our youth into these wicked acts of fetish and ritual killings for get-rich-quick. While we’ll continue to fight the menace of drug abuse head-on, we want our youths to desist or be ready to bear the consequences

“We don’t investigate divinations or morality except related acts that constitute a criminal offence. Apart from factors like unemployment etc what we have on home videos, TV programs and messages being sent out.”

Nigerians to pay for national e-ID card as from 2022

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) says Nigerians will begin to pay for the issuance of national identity card in 2022.

Aliyu Aziz, NIMC director-general, made this known at the reform seminar on National Digital Identity Ecosystem Strategic Road Map for enrollment of Nigerians and legal residents into National Identity Database (NIDB) in Abuja on Thursday.

“The National e-ID Card can only be issued to Nigerians registered into the national identity system and legal residents who have attained the age of 16 years and above but the national identification number (NIN) is assignable to Nigerians only,” NAN quoted him to have said.

“As a government, we recognise the huge importance of moving towards a digital government, therefore, we must embrace and harness the potentials inherent in digital identity to build and develop our country.

“Nations all over the world and in particular, developed countries have utilised identity as a foundation to transforming governance and enhancing service delivery in the areas of healthcare, agriculture, voting, transportation, financial inclusion, access to basic service and welfare programmes.”

Aziz assured Nigerians that no one would be denied government services on account of not having the national identity number (NIN).

He said the NIN can be retrieved on all mobile networks using *346# and pressing one if the phone number enrolled for NIN registration is used.

He said the other option would be to dial *346#, press two and input some registered details.

“Note that using this service attracts a N20 fee only deducted from your phone credit balance,” the NIMC boss said.

According to him, the e-ID card will integrate existing identity database into government institutions and enable everyone to also receive a multipurpose ID card.

US imposes visa restrictions on Ghana

The United States, on Thursday, said it has imposed visa restrictions on Ghana.

Mike Pompeo, US secretary of state, said the West African country has not been co-operating in accepting Ghanian citizens to be deported from the US.

“As a result, Secretary of State Pompeo has ordered consular officers in Ghana to implement visa restrictions on certain categories of visa applicants. Without an appropriate response from Ghana, the scope of these sanctions may be expanded to a wider population,” the department of homeland security said in a statement.

“The sanctions will remain in place until the Secretary of Homeland Security notifies Secretary Pompeo that cooperation on removals has improved to an acceptable level.”

Commenting on the development, Kirstjen Nielsen, DHS secretary said: “The United States routinely cooperates with foreign governments in documenting and accepting U.S. citizens when asked, as appropriate, as do the majority of countries in the world, but Ghana has failed to do so in this case.

“We hope the Ghanaian government will work with us to reconcile these deficiencies quickly.”

INEC declares Kashamu PDP guber candidate in Ogun

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced Buruji Kashamu as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun state.

The commission announced this in the final list of governorship candidates released on Thursday.

Ladi Adebutu and Kashamu had been at loggerheads over the governorship ticket of the PDP in the state.

The PDP is backing Adebutu whom it handed over the party’s flag as its candidate last year but Kashamu who belongs to another faction insisted he was the authentic flagbearer of the party and INEC eventually recognised candidates in Kashamu’s camp to participate in the upcoming elections.

The PDP recently called on the commission to drop Kashamu’s name and substitute it with that of Adebutu.

The party made reference to an appeal court ruling which it said identified Adebutu as its authentic candidate in the state.

A statement from the party had read: “The PDP cautions the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to insulate the commission from unnecessary controversies by immediately obeying the judgment of the Court of Appeal of December 18, 2018, and without further delay reflect Hon. Ladi Adebutu’s name on the ballot, in the interest of a hitch free and peaceful election in Ogun state.

“The PDP states that Hon. Ladi Adebutu’s name was duly and statutorily submitted to INEC after he won the governorship primary conducted by the National Working Committee (NWC), the only body empowered by law to conduct such primaries. The PDP has not substituted his nomination with anybody and such is not in our contemplation.”

Reuben Abati, a seasoned journalist, is Kashamu’s running mate.