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Ogun APC and Abiodun Face Indictment in Police Report for Electoral Violence and Ballot Box Snatching

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The Ogun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and governor Dapo Abiodun have been indicted by the police of alleged electoral violence and ballot box snatching during the March 18 governorship election in the State

The report, dated Wednesday, August 2 which was obtained by our correspondent also indicted APC and Abiodun of alleged breach of the electoral act 2022.

Recall that the PDP and its governorship candidate, Ladi Adebutu had petitioned the Inspector General of Police to investigate Abiodun and APC of alleged vote buying, electoral violence and voters’ intimidation during the March 18 governorship election.

The petitioners also accused Abiodun of using N3billion of State fund to induce voters and thugs to disrupt elections in several parts of the State.

However, the police in its report after investigation said it arrested some of the suspected thugs allegedly hired by the APC to cause chaos and disrupt elections at polling units where the party was not doing well.

The police in the 35-page report, titled: “Police Investigation Report on Case of Breach of Electoral Act 2022 Through Vote Buying, Snatching And Destruction of Ballot Papers and Boxes, Thuggery And Causing Harm To Voters In Ogun State” said, the suspects confessed their roles in the disruption of the election.

According to the report, one of the suspected thugs, identified as Sanu Jamiu confessed to the police that, he and 15 others were employed by one Efuje, an ally of governor Abiodun from Iperu-Remo area of the State to cause mayhem during the election.

The report further revealed that Jamiu and his gangs were paid N50,000 to disrupt the election.

The police also arrested another suspect, identified as Seun Samuel who also confessed that he was hired by Hon. Damilola Kayode Soneye representing Obafemi Owode Federal constituency to work for APC as a ballot box snatcher during the governorship election.

The police report quoted Jamiu saying: “In the month of February, 2023, one EFUJE a.k.a Alhaji who was once a councilor in ward 5, Iperu-Remo and an APC member, invited him to work as a political thug for Prince (DR) Dapo Abiodun for the period of election and promised a handsome compensation. In addition, he states that he was in a group of about sixteen thugs contracted by the said EFUJE and they were all given fifty thousand naira (#50,000:00k) to share before the presidential elections when he first met with EFUJE.

“The group of 16 was led by one Kehinde a.k.a ALARA. During the 2023 presidential elections, Efuje, on behalf of Governor Dapo Abiodun instructed the thugs that each polling nit should be manned by three thugs such that there will be no incidence of ballot box snatching.

“However, on 18th March 2023, during the Gubernatorial elections, Efuje called at about 7am and instructed the thugs to move around all the polling units and observe the trend of elections.

“At about 3pm of same day, Efuje called back stating that the PDP was winning elections at St. John primary school ward 5 and instructed that they should move there and cause mayhem, snatch the ballot boxes and destroy them which they did immediately.

“He states that they arrived the aforementioned polling unit on motorcycle, caused violence, snatched the ballot box and took it to Ansarudeen primary school, Powerline area of Iperu-Remo where they emptied the ballot papers from the box and also destroyed the ballot box before they left.

“Lastly, Sanu Jamiu states clearly that he knows that Efuje takes directives directly from Governor Dapo Abiodun before passing same to the thugs to act”, the report quoted Jamiu to have said.

However, the report quoted the APC Chairman to have denied allegations of violence, saying he did not know any of the thugs mentioned in the petition.

“Being the Chairman of the party and also mentioned in the petition, he stated that having perused the petition against his person, he doesn’t know anything about the allegations leveled against him by the petitioner. That he voted at Alagbaa village, Orile-ilugun, Odeda local Government Area where he did not give anyone money, there was no ballot box snatching nor were there crises in all the local governments,” it quoted Sanusi as saying.

On alleged vote-buying, the report said “The APC presented witnesses and beneficiaries who received the top-up cards prior to the 2023 General elections as part of the Social Investment Programme, thereby confirming that the top-up cards were utilised for the Ogun State Social Investment program, the PDP in its own strength as well, presented witnesses who claimed that the top-up cards were given to them to canvass for their votes.”

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Asue Ighodalo billboards vandalized across Edo State

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Residents woke up Sunday morning in Benin City to the troubling sight
of widespread defacement and vandalization of billboards belonging to
the PDP Governorship candidate Dr. Asue Ighodalo.

Billboards at Asoro bus stop, UNIBEN Ekenwan Campus, Agboma junction
at Ekenwan road opposite Mat-Ice, and Akenzuwa after stadium road
junction were just a few of the completely seen first hand by this
reporter out of many others seen in photographs.

A member of the PDP’s Media Directorate in the Edo State Campaign
Council, who insisted on speaking anonymously, stated that the
vandalization had been going on for months.

“They have been damaging Dr. Asue’s billboards since immediately after
he won the PDP Primaries in February, but the man is a very calm man.
They are even destroying cars with AI stickers around Upper Sakponba.
When we wanted to shout to the press he told us to report to the
relevant authorities and replace the billboards. Even now we have been
told not to react so we do not heat up the polity. Dr. Asue only wants
to focus on issues, so that is what we will continue to do.”

Asked who they suspect was behind the vandalization, the source
responded “we have our suspicions but mentioning names will just
heighten tensions in the state. We have reported to the authorities.
Let them investigate and bring the culprits to book.”

When contacted via phone, Dr. Ighodalo declined to speak on the
matter. “I’m on the campaign trail my brother. Let us talk when I get
back to town. My singular focus is on how to move the largest amount
of Edolites into prosperity. All these other things are distractions.
Let me again appeal to everyone – candidates and supporters – not to
destroy our state and institutions because of politics.”

The Edo State governorship election is slated to hold on September 21st 2024.

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Police Invades Ondo PDP Guber Candidate, Agboola Ajayi’s Lagos Home Over Forgery And Perjury (Video)

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The Gubernatorial Candidate of Peoples’ Democratic Party, for the forthcoming Governorship Election in Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi has been alleged of illegally occupying a Building property which is the beneficial property by purchase, of Segzyadet Integrated Ltd.The property is 5-Bedroom Duplex with Boys’ Quarter situate at 14B Abimbola Okulaja close, Lekki Phase1, Lagos Nigeria.

Segzyadet Integrated Ltd claimed it has purchased the said property through public bidding/auction, in 2023 and since then the occupant of the property who is Alfred Agboola Ajayi has refused to vacate the property, thereby inhibiting the occupation of it by the new owner.On Monday 6th of May when Newsmen were visited the premises to access the situation, it was discovered that the said occupant is still living therein. What is more, the staff of Segzyadet Integrated Ltd in the presence of Police Officers, were prevented from entering the Building premises.It took the effort of someone who came over and intervened before Journalists gained access into the premises.Speaking with Newsmen, Segzyadet Integrated Ltd CEO, Adetuwo Oluwasegun said the said Occupant of the building has refused to vacate the premises despite several notifications, in a manner that smacks of impunity.Check the video:https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMMW8ReAbHe said the occupant is leveraging on his connections as a politician to frustrate the Company from having quiet possession and occupation of the property. He called on all relevant Authorities to rise up to the occasion and call Alfred Agboola Ajayi to order.According to a reliable source, AGBOOLA AJAYI was said to have been using his father’s inlaw name as pseudo in most of his dealings including this particular property.The police has gotten confessional statement from the father in-law who denied his involvement in all the deals traced to him including the affidavit he was alledged to have disposed to.

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APC Suspends Mashood Mustapha over campaign against President Tinubu, other anti-party activities

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Kwara State All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended former lawmaker and Saraki’s ally, Mashood Mustapha, for alleged anti-party activities in the 2023 general elections.

Mustapha was accused of pitching his tent with the former Vice President and presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, against the candidate of his party, President Bola Tinubu.

Several pictures featuring the former lawmaker, the former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at Atiku-Okowa campaigns in different states have also emerged on the internet.

But Mashood Mustapha, in December 2023, told his followers that his reason for supporting the former Vice President was personal, adding that he had once helped him and Saraki.

Mr Babatunde Abubakar Tukur, the Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Alanamu Ward of Ilorin West Local Government, where Hon Mustapha hails from, in a recent statement described him as a divisionist whose plans to hijack the party at the grassroots level failed.

Abubakar added that Mustapha was no longer a chieftain of the APC in Alanamu Ward. He described him as an outcast playing the script of his benefactor from the opposition party.

Parts of the statement read, “It is not out of words to say that MM is a divisionary leader for most of his styles are to always finance dissent group that will cause chaos and confusion whenever political scheming is out of his fingers.

“Do we still need to narrate his act of insincerity towards the party he claimed to be a Chieftain of, he flagrantly abandoned his party and pitched a tent with the main opposition party; his appearance at the Kogi State Presidential rally was not a mistake and in its worst form, he instructed his loyalists to vote against the candidates of our party, and despite that, the party recorded impressive results and that shows that you Hon. Moshood Mustapha is just an empty vessel; then how do you want to dubiously eat from the struggle you failed to partake in.”

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