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Dowen College Shuts Down Over Alleged Killing Of 12-Year-Old Sylvester Oromoni Junior



Dowen College has shut down over controversy surrounding the alleged death of a 12-year-old student, Sylvester Oromoni.

Dowen, in a statement on Friday, said the school will be closed for two days over the current situation.

The statement read: “In view of the situation concerning the school and considering the emotions of our students we have advised that our students stay home tomorrow Friday 3rd and Monday 6th December 2021.

This will also afford the students opportunity to revise for their forthcoming examination starting next week

Oromoni’s death became public knowledge after a family member, identified as Perri, on Thursday posted about the incident on social media.

The family member identified as @PerrisOnoromoni alleged that the Junior Secondary School 2 pupil died from internal injuries he sustained during an assault by fellow students who wanted to initiate him into cultism.

He stated this before his cousin died after he called out five pupils who brutalised him for refusing to join a cult.

However, a statement by Dowen College Principal, Mrs. Adebisi Layiwola, denied any form of bullying or attack on the student.

Part of the statement read, “The whole incident is strange and unbelievable because the school had effective anti-bullying policies and consequences are well spelt out to all the students.”

According to them, the preliminary investigation proved that there was no fighting, bullying or any form of attack on the boy.

“He made no such reports, neither his sister who is also a student or any other students, prefects, house parents, medical staff, or any of the management staff.

“Furthermore, we state categorically Dowen College is built on core values of godliness and excellence and will not tolerate any acts of cultism, which is why there is nothing like that and there have never been such deviant activities as this is a faith-based school and effective policies are in place to prevent such occurrence,” the statement said.

The statement has since stirred outrage on social media as Nigerians have called for justice.

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2023: PFN Distances Self From Northern Bishops’ Meeting With Tinubu As More Disquiet Rocks APC’s List Of Presidential Campaign Council



After a spell of seeming harmony within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), discordant tunes are coming to the fore ahead of a long four-month campaign stretch for 2023 general elections, which officially kicks off on Wednesday, September 28.

Barely two days after the visit to presidential candidate of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has disowned the ‘Pentecostal Bishops’ Forum of Northern Nigeria,’ which met with Tinubu on Friday in Abuja. This is fallout from the uproar over the single faith ticket adopted by the ruling party for next year’s presidential polls.

Denouncing the clerics’ parley yesterday, the Deputy National Secretary of PFN, Bishop David Bakare, said such group does not exist within the PFN, saying, “there is nothing in PFN that is regional based like Southern or Northern Pentecostal Bishops.

“The PFN was not part of the meeting with the presidential candidate that was highly politicised. We are, however, aware of the ripples in the public domain about this matter. I am speaking officially to clarify that PFN has nothing to do with that,” he stated.

Continuing, Bakare said: “The PFN is an arm of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the position of the fellowship on the same faith presidential ticket of the APC has not changed. I am speaking to you officially and authoritatively that the ranks of the Christian community and of course, the PFN, which I represent, is not broken at all.

“The Pentecostal Bishops’ Forum of Northern Nigeria is not known to the PFN. The forum does not have any affiliation or relationship with the PFN that is registered with the government of this nation. The position of the PFN on same faith ticket still stands as it was in the beginning and we have not, for any reason, shifted our position on that matter.

“I looked at the photos and the names. I could recognise about two who are our members, but they speak for themselves. All Pentecostal leaders in Nigeria, from the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Living Faith, Mountain of Fire, House on the Rock, among others, speak with one voice.

“Finally, I wish to let you know that there is nothing in PFN that is regionally based like Southern or Northern Pentecostal Bishops. As a matter of fact, the PFN does not have any settings for Bishops. What we have is PFN, we do not separate Bishops of Pentecostal from other clergies of Pentecostal. PFN is just one body under which all Bishops, Pastors and members are lined up behind Bishop Francis Wale Oke, the President. We stand by our decision, we have not and will not bend to the dictate of any political group.”

Meanwhile, more dispirited reactions are trailing the publication of the APC Presidential Campaign Council released at the weekend. Former aspirants of the ruling party under the auspices of APC360 have urged Tinubu to ensure that all aggrieved members of the party are genuinely reconciled.

According to them, this should start from proper inclusion of the party’s former aspirants in the party’s Presidential Campaign Council.

National Secretary of the group, Chris Enoch, in a statement yesterday, warned that any ‘window dressing’ reconciliation would be counterproductive.

He advised the APC not to ignore such stakeholders of the party, but put efforts in place to ensure that their strength is galvanised to bolster the party’s chances at the polls.

Enoch observed that there are still frayed nerves arising from the 2015, 2018 and 2022 primaries of the party, adding that APC needs the aggrieved members to ensure a successful outing for the party at the presidential, governorship, senatorial, Representatives and Assemblies election.

According to Enoch, in 2018 and 2022, its members spent an estimated N10.226 billion and N18.061 billion respectively on direct purchase of nomination and expression of interest forms alone.

It was also gathered that some APC governors, under the aegis of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), are displeased over failure to nominate their preferred candidates into the presidential campaign council.

On Saturday, Secretary to the APC campaign council, James Faleke, unveiled a list of 422 members, including many who are to work at the regional and state levels for Tinubu’s success in the presidential election in February.

Before then, sources said the party’s leadership had contacted the governors through the PGF secretariat to nominate individuals in their respective states to be members of the presidential campaign council, with the governors requested to nominate five persons each.

It was, however, gathered that the governors were stunned to see that Tinubu and the party ignored their nominations and replaced them with others from their states without consulting them.

“For instance, in a state in North Central, the governor submitted five names, none of them made the list of seven from the state and to make matters worse, all seven of them are from the same local government,” the source said.

Controversies had trailed the release of the party’s campaign council list. There were speculations that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo declined membership of the committee due to his opposition to his party’s Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket.

But the APC campaign spokesperson, Festus Keyamo, said it was President Muhammadu Buhari who advised that Osinbajo be exempted from the campaign council due to his important role in administering the country pending the handover of power.

Also, some Southeast chieftains of the party have lamented their exclusion from the presidential campaign council, saying their flag-bearer may be unwittingly pushing them to campaign for Labour Party (LP)’s candidate, Peter Obi, with their massive exclusion from the list.

Reacting to the exclusion of many prominent members of the party in the Southeast geopolitical zone, a chieftain who spoke on condition of anonymity argued that the few names that made the list and the inconsequential positions assigned to them are confirmation of lack of regard Tinubu has for the party’s members from the zone.

While commenting on the list, the party’s chieftain claimed that the former Lagos State governor has inadvertently facilitated what he described as the possibility of many of them secretly campaigning for the LP presidential candidate, expressing disappointment over Tinubu’s action.

“It is clear that Tinubu has no regard for the Igbo members of this party. Why did I say so? If you divide the composition of the 422-member council into the six geopolitical zones, it should be at least 60 persons each, but how many party members from the South East made the list?

“They are not up to 35 or at most 40 persons. Does that show respect? Again, he reduced the presidential aspirants of Igbo extraction that contested against him to mere observers with the kind of positions he gave to them,” he argued.
SPEAKING on insinuations in some quarters that the President may be working behind the scenes for the emergence of a Northerner as his successor in 2023, National Officer of Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), who doubles as the South-South woman leader, Lauretta Onochie, has dismissed such claims.

Speaking at an enlarged meeting of ward and local government coordinators of the organisation in Asaba at the weekend, Onochie said: “We all know that President Buhari will not be on the ballot in 2023 but he will be in the background. So, the essence of it is to let members know that PMB stands with Tinubu and all members of BSO also stand with Tinubu.

“PMB has no tribal or ethnic or religious bone in his body. He does not do religion, he is spiritual, he does not do tribalism, he is a very fair-minded person. People just think that if they say he is nepotistic, that he is rooting for the North, it will not stick because that is not who he is.

“PMB is a trusted man who follows due diligence and he respects those who have been working with him and have supported him,” she stated.

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Ogun 2023: PDP Replies Group, Says  Adebutu, Akinlade’s MoU Not To Loot



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State has said the Memorandum of Understanding signed by its governorship candidate, Ladi Adebutu and his running mate, Adekunle Akinlade, was not to loot the resources of the State.

Recall that the party had on Friday released a copy of the agreement between Adebutu and Akinlade, highlighting how positions would be shared within the two camps when elected into office.

But, immediately the document surfaced online, it generated reactions from different individuals and groups.

A group had alleged that the PDP leaders were devising strategies on how to part Ogun positions and resources among their cronies.

Reacting in a statement on Saturday, the Media Director of Ladi Adebutu & Akinlade Campaign Organisation, Afolabi Orekoya, described the comments as mischievous, saying “the false claim that there was a verbal agreement made to get kickbacks from contractors and to be shared at certain percentages between Adebutu and Akinlade is nothing but mischievous attempt to cheap blackmail.”

According to Orekoya, there was a desperation to discredit Adebutu and Akinlade ahead of the 2023 elections by people who already felt their aspirations were being threatened by the alignment of the two politicians.

Orekoya maintained that the agreement was purposely released to the public to foster cordial working relationship between the loyalists of Adebutu and his running mate, stating that “it was legally binding to show sincerity of purpose between the two groups.”

The PDP leader said the agreement did not violate any part of the constitution, nor did it encourage stealing of public funds.

“Rather, it is meant for the general public to know that there is nothing hidden as being speculated in some circles,” he said.

It was further stated that the sharing of elective and appointive offices is not new across political spectrums, especially in situations where there are alignments of forces.

“For emphasis, the document in circulation was deliberately made available to the public in good faith and to demonstrate transparency. It is to show the gentleman nature of Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu who is willing and ready to replicate such gestures with the good people of Ogun State.

“Our Governorship and Deputy Governorship candidates are both successful businessmen with unquestionable characters. Their track records at the Green Chamber speak volumes of their achievements.

“We urge members of the public not to allow mischievous characters to misinform and mislead them in a bid to deny them of the right to vote into power our candidates who are the choice of the people,” Orekoya submitted.

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2023: Wike’s Outburst Will Pave Way For Tinubu’s Emergence As President, Says Fani-Kayode



Femi Fani-Kayode, former Aviation Minister and a staunch supporter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, says the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has destroyed the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The human rights lawyer stated this via a post on his social media handles while reacting to Wike’s recent outburst against the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

Wike, during a chat with some selected journalists in Port Harcourt on Friday, vowed not to back down on his demand for the resignation of PDP national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, which is currently threatening the division of the party.

Reacting, FFK said the current crisis in the PDP would pave the way for the former Lagos Governor, Tinubu to win the 2023 presidential poll.

He wrote, “Wike has destroyed PDP. He said Atiku is dishonest, unreliable, untrustworthy, and deceitful. He said Ayu is a corrupt, arrogant, racist, power-hungry, anti-southern bigot.

“He said PDP wants to turn Southerners into slaves. He has smashed their balls. ABAT is our next President!”

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