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Ondo :Jegede Mocks APC Over Supreme Court Ruling Effect

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Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in last year’s governorship election in Ondo state, Eyitayo Jegede, may be enjoying the confusion the Supreme Court ruling on his challenge against the election outcome has thrown the entire APC into. said Caretaker Committee

 

 

Addressing party members over the court ruling in Akure, Jegede said the PDP fought a good fight with its claim vindicated by the outcome of the ruling.

 

 

“You know they said we don’t have a case. They said we jettisoned our 400 witnesses to pursue what is not. But today we have been vindicated by the pronouncement of the Supreme Court.

 

 

“The court agreed with us that there was an actual breach of the Constitution. The judgement has sent jitters into the spines of APC and today cabinet ministers are shouting themselves hoarse over the implication of the judgement.

 

 

“We have fought a good fight and posterity will not fail to place us on the right side of history.

 

 

“We must respect our laws at all times even if heaven will fall. And of course, heaven will not even fall if we all take it upon ourselves to obey our own laws, no matter whose ox is gored.”

 

 

He said the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governor Mai Mala Buni was not joined as a respondent in his petition because of the immunity he (Buni) enjoys.

 

 

Jegede said the tribunal should have struck out the petition at the first hearing if Buni were to be part of the suit.

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Jegede said Nigeria laws forbid Governors to be sued because of the immunity they enjoy.

 

 

“Election matters have laws that govern them, Governor Buni could not have been a respondent. In fact, if we had joined him, our case would have been struck out on the very first day.

 

 

“But the Supreme Court is the highest court in the land and its verdict is final on all matters. I appeal to you to continue to have respect and place hope on our judiciary. Only God is perfect in all things.”

 

 

Jegede urged Ondo PDP leaders and members to give themselves a pat on the back for fighting a good cause aimed at strengthening and deepening the country’s democratic institutions.

 

 

He said posterity would not fail to place him on the right side of history.

 

 

Ondo PDP leaders, who spoke at the meeting, promised never to let Jegede down on all occasions.

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Aregbesola Preaches Compliance As Ijeshaland Students Gets ICT Centre

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The Federal Government has said that it will continue to equip students and citizens with ICT skills such as machine learning and artificial intelligence and facilitate ICT adoption in teaching and learning in order to prepare them for the future that will be strictly driven by technology.
The Federal Government made the pledge at the Commissioning of the Digital Nigeria Centre (DNC) by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who represented President Muhammadu Buahri, GCFR, at the event which held at Ijesa Muslim Grammar School, Ilesa, State of Osun, on Friday.
“I am aware that the programme was conceptualized to promote the availability and utilisation of ICT and resources of the Internet in teaching and learning in public schools in underserved, unserved and rural areas. In order words, this Digital Nigeria Centre has been designed to promote the connection of public secondary schools to broadband internet in Ilesa community, and the goal is to equip beneficiaries with 21st Century skills.
“More concretely, the specific objectives of Digital Nigeria Centre include; increasing ICT literacy among school teachers and students, providing a platform for accessing online educational resources, equiping students with ICT skills, facilitating ICT adoption in teaching and learning and ultimately to increase pass rate in mathematics, English language and other science subjects,” the Minister stated.
In his speech titled, ‘Digital Skills and Literacy for Jobs and Social Inclusion’, the Minister described the thorough and timely execution of the project as significant and commendable, noting that it prepares Nigerians in advance with digital skill and literacy for a future that will soon be driven strictly by technology, saying some major auto makers have decided to stop the production of combustion engines in the next 18 years.
“Interestingly, at least six major automakers, including Ford, Mercedes Benz, General Motors and Volvo joined the governments of 30 countries in November last year to pledge to stop the production and sales of internal combustion engine cars by 2040.
“The implication is that even a mechanic should be ICT compliant. Any mechanic that can’t use ICT tools will find himself out of job. Indeed, in the next 20 years, anyone not ICT compliant may not be part of humanity again, considering that it will be impossible to function and interact with other humans,” Ogbeni Aregbesola stated.
The Minister, also noted that the project is also a testament to the unwavering commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to deploying technology to better the citizens’ quality of life and experience, saying It also goes to emphasise the preeminent role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for improving standards of living as a people.
“I will like to express my profound gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for his relentless commitment in ensuring delivery of gains of democratic order to the generality of Nigerians.
“To him, the welfare of Nigerians, especially our teaming youths remains a top priority for this administration. The continuous benefits the country has been deriving from effectively leveraging ICT to run governance more efficiently has been phenomenal,” the Minister remarked.
The minister said according to a 2018 report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), titled: Digital Skills Critical for Jobs and Social Inclusion, major technology breakthroughs in next 10 years will impact forms of work and the structure of labour markets as well as other aspects of life such as education, health, and agriculture.
“From a skills development perspective, the implications of technological change are expected to be profound, both for the re-skilling and up-skilling of our adults and for the education of the youth and children.
“In this context, developing capacities for anticipating the changing needs for digital skills for work and life is crucial for all countries and that should be of interest to all of us,” the Minister revealed.
In his remarks, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ibrahim Pantami, who was represented by the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Communication Commission, Prof. Adeolu Akande, stated that the DNC centre will no doubt help in fast-tracking the acquisition of digital skills required for the implementation of the digital economy drive of the Federal Government especially to the younger generation.
Prof. Pantami added that the digital skills which are a range of abilities and aptitudes required by users of digital devices, communication applications, and networks to access and manage information will also in-turn boost National Security and enhance National Growth and Progress.
The Governor the State of Osun, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola represented at the event by his Commissioner for Innovation, Science and Technology, Dr. Babatunde Olawale opined that Nigeria cannot be left behind by the digital revolution of the world noting that his administration also focuses on building a sustainable economy through e-government and his government is grateful to the Federal Government for siting the DNC project in Osun.
Responding to the gesture of the Federal Government, the Principal, Ijesa Muslim Grammar School, Mrs. Ramota Ilesanmi, thanked the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government for selecting the school for the project saying it will go a long way in meeting the ICT needs of not only the students, but select residents of the city.
The representative of the president subsequently announced the establishment of President Muhammadu Buhari N100 million Technology Empowerment Fund to create world class technology experts, targeting 2000 youths in the next two years in Ijesaland who will be provided with devices for training in different areas such as software development and design, amongst others.
The Digital Nigeria Centre (DNC) is a project facilitated through the Universal Service Provision Fund of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) under the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

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APC Ekiti Crashes As Key Figures Quit Party For ADC

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The political fortunes of the All Progressives Congress (APC), further dwindled Wednesday, as scores of its strong members converged in Ado, Ekiti State capital, to declare loyalty for the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
Deputy National Chairman of the ADC, Dr Bamidele Ajadi, who was on hand to receive the defecting politicians, hailed the move and assured better days of mutual relationship, devoid of greed and aggrandizement.
According to Ajadi, his party, the ADC, has resolved to treat the Ekiti new entrants with honest compassion to ensure that they provide the route for the people to cross to the Oke Ayoba government office, come June this year.
The ADC was formed, first as Alliance for Democratic Change in 2005 but was renamed African Democratic Congress in 2006 at the point of registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The party made a significant impact in the south western Nigeria in 2015 when it cleared five House of Representatives seats in Oyo State.
The gathering today which showcased top-notched members of the APC in Ekiti State comprised majorly members of the South West Agenda for Asiwaju 2023 (SWAGA), a political pressure group which has been agitating for the emergence of APC Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as the presidential choice for 2023.
The former APC members across the 16 local councils of the State, said they were leaving the APC for ADC as a result of leadership ineptitudes and a wanton resolve to dwarf the party by some key party leaders, through applications of lethal therapies in resolving internal crises.
The gathering in Ado Ekiti, represent the state and local councils’ officials in the new party.
They expressed that the lingering political hopelessness in the state and the gloomy chances for the APC to win coming elections, was fulcrum of their decision.

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Buhari Accused Of Pampering Caretaker Chair To Kill APC

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President Mohammadu Buhari has been accused of pampering the caretaker Committe to kill APC. The ruling party in Nigeria, All Progressives Congress ( APC) has been described as undisciplined party trying to destroy the vehicle that took it to the place of rest.
Reacting to the perceived gang up by the leadership of the party, against the National leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, a move which has frustrated the hosting of the party’s convention, Veteran Journalist, Publisher and Political analyst, Rotimi Adebayo said the excessiveness of the APC governors has led to the party’s lack of direction and cohesion.
Adebayo, who was guest on Dux FM 94.7 Morning Show, Panorama, bemoaned what he described as the lack of cohesion and purpose in the party.
He said under President Mohammadu Buhari, the party has degenerated because as the party leader, he allowed governors took overlap the affairs of the party, submitting that if APC continue to allow governors manage the party, it may cost it the 2023 elections.
Adebayo further berated President Buhari for pampering the Party’s Caretaker Chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni.
” I pray the party don’t breakdown before 2023 with the way things are going. The level of indiscipline is much. Look at what happened in Ogun state when Buhari visited the state before the last governorship election.
”Akande or Oshiomole wouldn’t have allowed what happened then. But I guess Buhari allowed it because Amosun is his man.
” Under Oshiomole, the party was well ran,but right now, its a Minister running the party through Buni
” If APC continue to allow governors manage the party, it may cost it the 2023 election”
Further warning about the danger of allowing governors to continue to run the party, Adebayo said any attempt by Buhari to continue to pamper Buni and Fayemi and Co may bring PDP back to power. ”They should stop being childish and gang up against someone” he admonished.
Further amplifying the danger of allowing the governors to continue to hold sway, Adebayo said: most APC states have factions. Who created the crisis that brought about these factions in the first place, is it not the governors.
Marafa created it in Zamfara, Fayemi created it in Ekiti because they feel they should stop somebody who they feel they wont be able to control.
” What the party is trying to do is to destroy the vehicle that took it to its place of rest”
Adebayo said Buhari should be more firm, concluding that without a stable political party, election can not be won.
~~Femi Adepoju

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