Osun Guber Ruling: Atiku’s Statement Meant To Influence Ongoing Presidential Tribunal Case

President Muhammadu Buhari, PDP Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

The Presidency has described as “very ridiculous, and even comical,’’ the reaction of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to the Supreme Court ruling affirming the election of Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State.

Atiku, who was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 presidential election, had, in a statement, expressed reservations over Friday’s Supreme Court victory of Oyetola.

In the statement, the former Vice President had stated: “I urge the nation’s judiciary to take a pulse of the nation and reflect it. In their hands, God has placed a great responsibility.

“The duty to ensure that justice is done, irrespective of the pressure to do otherwise, by the powers that be.

“Learned people know that the judiciary comes to conclusions drawing from matters of law placed before it, and not sentiments, or so-called “pulse of the nation.”

However, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja on Friday, frowned at Atiku’s comments, saying, “Many things fly in the face of logic, reason, and legality in this portion of the statement.

“A pertinent question is: how does the judiciary gauge the pulse of the nation? Is it even positioned to do such?

“Is the judiciary established for that purpose, or to dispense justice, even if the heavens fall?”

Adesina observed that there was insinuation of inducement in the statement when the PDP candidate said the judiciary should ensure justice is done, “irrespective of the pressure to do otherwise, by the powers that be.”

“We see this as an attempt to browbeat the judiciary, thus causing it to entertain sentiment in the ongoing petition on the presidential election before the tribunal.

“If anybody has the tendency or proclivity to put pressure on the judiciary, Nigerians know where the finger points, and it is definitely not at President Muhammadu Buhari.

“This was a man who had thrice taken his electoral challenges to the judiciary, up to the Supreme Court. And not once was he accused of trying to influence the process, or put pressure on the courts.

“When the All Progressives Congress lost Zamfara and Rivers states, arising from judicial proclamations, then, there was no “pressure to do otherwise” by the powers that be.

“But now that the victory of the party in Osun was upheld, there is insinuation of pressure from those who have never learnt to play straight,” he said.

Adesina maintained that Buhari had always been committed to fair play, which he said was clearly evident in the last general elections.

According to him, the President remains committed to even-handedness and justice always.


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Camerounian Killer Houseboy Of Lagos Lady Desperate To Send Money To Girlfriend-Police |The Republican News


Afeez Hanafi

The Lagos State Police Command has said that 22-year-old Cameroonian, Joel Ludgo, who killed his boss, Miss Temidayo Adeleke, did so because he was desperate to send money to his girlfriend in Cameroon.

The police stated that Ludguo had vehemently requested his boss to pay part of his December salary so he could send the money to his girlfriend, which led to an altercation and the eventual killing.

Ludguo lived with the victim, whose marriage was slated for early 2017.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Dolapo Badmos, on Saturday said that the suspect was still making useful confessional statements to detectives at the state Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.

She added that Ludguo would be charged with murder among other charges, upon the completion of investigation.

Our correspondent had reported that Ludguo approached the 32-year-old victim around 10.30pm on Tuesday and asked for N15,000 out of his N27,000 salary.

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Adeleke was said to have pleaded with him to be patient, saying she did not have naira notes on her.

But the entreaty fell on the deaf ears as Ludguo left the boss’ living room in anger only to return a few minutes later with a knife and stabbed her in the chest.

The security guard of the Adelekes’ residence, who identified himself simply as Abbah, had told The PUNCH that the suspect was employed about two months ago, adding that he was on drugs.

Badmos, on Saturday, warned residents against employing domestic workers without properly looking at their profiles.

She said, “The victim was found lying on the floor of her living room in a pool of blood. A kitchen knife was found stuck into the left side of her chest. She was rushed to St. Nicholas Hospital on Lagos Island, where a doctor on duty confirmed her dead.

“Some drug substance was found on the suspect and he has made confessional statements. He said he wanted to send money to his girlfriend in Cameroon and that was how an argument ensued between him and the boss.

“Investigation is still ongoing and he will be duly prosecuted. Meanwhile, people should be wary of employing domestic servants on the road. Background checks need to be carried out on them.” (

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