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BREAKING: NBA GS, Oduah wins as Court Nullifies NEC’s Ratification of Her Suspension from Office

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has nullified the ratification of the the suspension of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA’s General Secretary, Madam Joyce Oduah by the National Executive Council, NEC of the Association.
The NEC had on Sunday at 21st August 2022 at its Pre-AGC meeting ratified the suspension of the NBA GS from office by the EXCO members notwithstanding the fact that Madam Oduah was challenging the suspension in Court.
At the resumed hearing today, the court sets aside the NBA NEC’s decision on the Suspension of Oduah after hearing the arguments Ayotunde Ogunleye Esq leading more than 20 other legal practitioners for Oduah. The Court declared the action of the NBA NEC as Null and Void.
The Court further decried the actions of the NBA President, Olumide Akpata which it described as an affront to the rule of Law.

The Court has adjourned the case to 31st August 2022 for hearing of the Plaintiff’s interlocutory injunction and granted service by substituted means on the 3rd to 11th Defendants.

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Gbenga Daniel clarifies misconceptions about yuletide palliatives from the presidency

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The senator representing the Ogun East District at the national assembly, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has clarified reports regarding the distribution of rice by the presidency to lawmakers during the last yuletide season.

Recall that towards the end of last year, during the yuletide, there were reports that the presidency shipped trailer loads of rice to House of Representatives members and senators as palliatives to be given to their constituents. Some lawmakers denied receiving the items while others said they were supplied.

Addressing the confusion, Daniel explained that the initiative was part of a broader effort to provide constituency support, rather than a direct distribution of trailer loads of rice.

He provided insights into the actual proceedings, stating, “No, that was not what happened. To the best of my knowledge, it is part of the provision for constituency support. I am aware that a vote was announced that would be available for each of the senators. It wasn’t mandated for specific use, but rather to encourage senators to provide some form of relief to their constituents during the challenging period of December and January.”

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Contrary to claims of trailer loads of rice being distributed, the lawmaker emphasized that the process was more bureaucratic and less immediate.

“The process of, let’s say, the bureaucracy, I’m aware that this is May but some people have still not got anything. We got something about two weeks ago,” he noted.

Despite the delays in the distribution process, Daniel highlighted that his office had been proactive in providing palliatives to constituents throughout the period.

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“We have been doing our own palliatives. We’ve done in December, in January. Every month we go and do massive palliatives. So we’re not waiting for it. But if and when it comes, okay, there’s no problem.”

The confusion seems to stem from differing reports on how the palliatives were distributed. Daniel explained, “Finally it was supposed to be worked out with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and I think that some people got consignment from the ministry, others got their own independently.”

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He commended the presidency’s efforts to support lawmakers in their attempts to assist constituents.

“There was a commendable effort to encourage lawmakers to go and do something to add value to what is going on in their various constituencies. That’s the way I’m going to put it.”

While there was an initiative to provide support to lawmakers for their constituents, the former governor clarified that it was not as straightforward or immediate as some reports suggested.

According to him, the aim was to encourage lawmakers to offer tangible support during a challenging period, a goal that he and his team have been actively pursuing independently.

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Otunba Gbenga Daniel clarifies why The Compass Newspaper was established, lists achievements as Ogun governor

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Former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has clarified the motivations behind the establishment of The Compass newspaper, denying any intentions of using the platform to oppose Senator Bola Tinubu.

In an interview the former governor granted a national newspaper, Daniel addressed these misconceptions and highlighted the extensive developmental work undertaken during his tenure, much of which he felt was underreported.

Reflecting on the media landscape during his governance, he stated, “I took over from a newspaper mogul, Chief Olusegun Osoba, and I was not expected to get good press. The sympathy was really not with me; it was with my predecessor. People thought I would crash within a few weeks.”

Facing persistent negative press, Daniel felt compelled to create a media outlet to accurately document and publicize his administration’s achievements.

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He emphasized that the establishment of The Compass was a strategic move to counteract biased media coverage rather than a tool for political vendetta.

“We needed to have a platform to also record what we were doing. We did a lot of work that people still do not know,” he explained.

Daniel lamented the lack of social media at the time, which would have allowed for more direct communication with the public without reliance on traditional media channels.

“Unfortunately, we did not have the level of social media that we have today. If that existed, nobody would need the traditional media.

“But you know, you people at that time, once you blocked us, you blocked us here, you blocked us there, I was finished (laughs). If we were working 24-7, nobody would see this. They would say you are not working because you people have blocked everybody. So that was what happened.

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“I’m not a newspaper person. But, at that stage, we needed to have a platform to also record what we were doing. We did a lot of work that people still do not know.

“For instance, we are thanking our current governor for now working on the (cargo) airport. But this was part of our master plan, which we decided, we did everything we needed to do, we got all the approvals before we left. But you people (press) will not report it.”

“We secured three free trade zones in Ogun State. The Olokola Free Trade Zone, which is where Dangote Refinery was supposed to be but because you people did what you had to do, we lost that one to Lagos. But I said to people, well, Lagos is still the same. If it’s lost to Lagos, it’s fine.

“In any case, where we wanted to put it is inside Ijebuland. All these places where they are in Lekki is still part of Ijebuland, under Lagos. So we’ve not lost anything.

He also said the Kajola Transportation Free Trade Zone, and the Ogun-Guangdong Free Trade Zone, were all initiatives under his administration. These zones were designed to boost industrialization and economic growth in the region.

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Daniel also pointed out the numerous educational institutions established during his tenure, including the Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic in Ijebu-Igbo, the Gateway Polytechnic in Sapade, the Tai Solarin University of Education, and several others. He stressed the transformative impact these institutions had on the state’s educational landscape.

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“You’ll be shocked if I tell you that in the course of our administration, we established probably about seven tertiary institutions and campuses. I can count for you. We established Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic, Ijebu-Igbo. We established the Gateway Polytechnic in Sapade. We established another one in Igbesa and another one in Itori. We established the Tai Solarin University of Education. We established the School of Nursing in Ilaro. We took the old Tai Solarin College of Education to Omu. It’s now known as Sikiru Adetona College of Education in Omu. We established Gateway Industrial & Petrochemical Institute (GIPI) in Oni. What didn’t we do? But you people didn’t report it.”

In terms of industrialization, Daniel noted the development of the Sagamu Interchange area into a major industrial hub.

“That axis now is probably the biggest industrial zone in the country. Companies like Nestle, Coleman Cables, CTK, and the biggest international breweries are now located there. It is the fastest-growing industrial arena in the entire country,” he said.

Addressing the media directly, Daniel humorously added, “There’s a whole lot that you people refused to report for us.”

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‘My kind of politics is different’ Otunba Daniel speaks on Senate President Akpabio’s candidacy

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Otunba Engr. Olugbenga Daniel, former Governor of Ogun State and current Senator has categorically denied allegations that he did not support Senator Godswill Akpabio’s candidacy for the Senate Presidency in June last year.

Addressing these claims, Daniel described them as baseless fabrications typical of the political landscape.

During an interview, Daniel clarified his longstanding and cordial relationship with Akpabio, stating that he had given his full support to Akpabio’s bid for Senate leadership.

“Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Senate President, is somebody that I have known and have had a first-class relationship with for decades. In fact, he was here in my house and we had discussed, and of course, he had 100% of my support,” he explained.

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Daniel expressed disappointment over the misleading narratives and unfounded accusations that have become a part of political maneuvering in Nigeria.

He emphasized that his political approach is inclusive and that he maintains relationships with various political figures regardless of factional lines.

“People think that, oh, because you are supporting somebody, you cannot talk to somebody else. I don’t think that’s the way it should be,” he noted.

Highlighting his connections with other contenders for the Senate Presidency, Daniel mentioned his affiliations with Orji Kalu and Senator Abdulaziz Yari, both of whom he has known through various political and professional capacities.

“I think the mistake people are making is that my own politics is a bit different and I don’t grandstand maybe because I’ve seen it all. People think that, oh, because you are supporting somebody, you cannot talk to somebody else. I don’t think that’s the way it should be.

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“All the people who wanted to be Senate president were my colleagues in a way. Some of them were governors. Orji Kalu was governor and an ally. I think between 2007 and 2011, we sat at the cabinet together. The other main contestant Senator Abdulaziz Yari from Zamfara, was at some point a Governor. I happened to be the Deputy Chairman of the former Governor’s Forum.”

The former governor of Ogun State pointed out the flawed logic behind the allegations, noting that his interactions with other candidates were misinterpreted.

“When people like that come looking for me, people may say, ah, we saw this man going there, therefore… They don’t even know whether what I was telling them was to support Akpabio. So it is part of the bad politics that our people play. There was absolutely nothing like that,” he remarked.

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