On Tuesday, a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Abuja admitted that the PDP’s flag bearer in the 2018 Osun State gubernatorial elections, Senator Ademola Adeleke is to bail himself with the sum of N2m
Senator Ademola Adeleke was earlier arraigned by the Police before Mpape Chief Magistrates’ Court in the Federal Capital Territory on five counts of certificate forgery.
The “Dancing Senator” was charged with alleged false statement of result that he attended Ede Muslim Grammar School in Ede, Osun State, and obtained WASSCE.
The Police also alleged that Adeleke forged the school letter of attestation purported to have been signed by one Mr. Abbas Khalid, the principal of the school.
The Magistrate, Mohammed Zubairu, admitted Adeleke to N2m bail with one surety in like sum.
Zubairu also ordered that the surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.
He also held that the court has jurisdiction to entertain the matter.
Zubairu then adjourned the case until June 24 for further hearing.
Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Simon Lough, told the court that the offence was in contrast with the provisions of sections 164, 164, 362, 362 and 364 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Adeleke pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The defence counsel, Adebeyi Adeyosoye, urged the court to grant his client bail on liberal terms or self recognition.
He assured that his client will not jump bail, saying he is a reliable and well known citizen.
NAN reports that before the arraignment, Adeyosoye raised an objection over the jurisdiction of the court.
His objection was based on grounds that a Higher Court on Monday, May 6, 2019, granted Adeleke leave to travel to the U.S. for medical attention from May 7 to June 9.
Adeyosoye also said that the court gave an order restraining the Police from arresting Adeleke.
He prayed that the court should adjourn the matter sine die, pending the determination of a similar suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Adeyosoye further claimed that the court has no jurisdiction to handle the matter.
He said the arraignment was a ploy to embarrass the defendant and also impracticable to continue with the arraignment.
Adeyosoye also said it will be a breach of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
But the prosecution counsel, Lough, who did not object to the documents, said he was not served.
He opposed the application because, he said, the objection was misplaced and misconceive, the court did not say the defendant should not be arraigned in court.
Lough also said the court has the jurisdiction to handle the matter.
Atiku sues Lauretta Onochie for N500m as PDP reveals reason
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has been reported to have demanded that , Lauretta Onochie, the Social media aide to Nigerian President, ha President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide c, for an apology and N500 million for slanderous statement she made against him.
NIGERIA NEWS report that, this was in wake of the tweet Onochie tweeted of the 7th of May in which she claimed, Atiku was on the watchlist of the United Arab Emirate (UAE).
Onochie who is reputably known for always taking to twitter to take on the PDP’s presidential candidate was at it as she said, “Atiku on UAE watchlist- Security sources,” she went on further to state that, “Security operatives in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are keeping a close tab on a former Nigerian Vice Pres Atiku Abubakar who has been in the Middle East nation for several weeks now What is he doing there?
“Me: Shopping for Terrorists?”
In another tweet, she mocked Atiku over the termination of Intels Pilotage Contract by the Nigeria Port Authority. She said, Nigeria Ports Authority Terminates Intels Pilotage Contract over Failure to Remit $145.84m After about two years of bickering, the NPA has terminated its boats pilotage monitoring and supervision agreement with INTELS Nig. Ltd. (Atikulooted Ltd)
Me: Long overdue? Absolutely.
Meanwhile, Atiku Abubakar in a letter dated May 14 and addressed to Onochie by his lawyer Mike Ozekhome, has threatened to press a charge against her if she did not meet his demands.
Atiku said: “Your odious publication is clearly also aimed at rubbishing our client’s image and reputation,” “It has caused him national and international backlash and embarrassment and done incalculable damage to him.
“Your publication has also caused our client, in the eyes of reasonable members of the public, unspeakable odium, obloquy, hatred, ridicule and psychological trauma.
“He has thereby been subjected to the shame and infamy of being viewed by members of the public as not only corrupt, but as a terrorist and sponsor of terrorism. Numerous telephone calls, emails, visits, letters and private social media chats by his family members, friends, political and business associates, and international statesmen and women in the last few days attest to the alarm and serious concerns generated by your false publication.” the letter read.
How APC hired an Israeli based firm for elections – Frank
Comrade Timi Frank, former assistant National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressive Congress (APC), applauded a press release by a U.S based agency – the Digital Forensic Research Laboratory of the Atlantic Council.
The US firm had revealed ‘Archimedes’, a political consultant firm in Isreal role in spreading fake news through the social media about PDP Presidential Candidate – Atiku Abubakar.
Facebook expelled Archimedes from the network on Thursday due to its “coordinated and deceptive behavior”. The popular network also removed dozens of accounts and thousands of facebook pages that are created to disrupt elections in Countries in Africa, with a few sparse exercise in East asia and South America.
In response to the ban, Mr Frank, through a comment on Saturday, said the world would eventually realize all the lies behind Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s proclamation as the victor during the last election.
One of pages removed by Facebook on Thursday, as revealed by Frank, was loaded with viral false news and targeted attacks on Abubakar, Nigeria’s former vice president.
According to Timi Frank, the report reads:
“that on the overall, the misleading accounts had reached some 2.8 million users, and the pages had engaged over 5,000 followers, according to Facebook’s estimates.”
After praising Facebook, He went on further to say:
“Nigerians ought to be worried about how the APC-led government is spending huge amount of money just to discredit the rightful winner of the 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar.
“I believe that if a lie goes on for 20 years, truth will definitely catchup with it one day. It will not be long before Nigerians will realise how desperate and fake President Muhammadu Buhari is in his bid to hang onto power.”
The political nationalist called on the rest of the world to acknowledge the press release of the Associated Press as well as the resulting damage accomplished in the last election to Nigeria’s second largest party and its presidential nominee.
“The AP’s report has clearly shown the level of lies sponsored against Atiku during and after the last general election. The campaign of calumny has not stopped but Nigerians should henceforth disregard malicious reports in the social media against the former VP,”
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