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Police: We weren’t involved in attempt to arrest Melaye

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The police have denied being involved in the attempt to arrest Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west.
On Thursday, operatives of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) had laid siege to a high court in Abuja where Melaye was arraigned for allegedly framing Edward Onoja, chief of staff of Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state.
Melaye had accused Onoja of being involved in an attempt to assassinate him in April.
Following a complaint by the senator, the police arrested six suspects, including a local government chairman.
Although Onoja was not arrested, he was interrogated by the police.
However, things took a new turn when Melaye was heard in a leaked audio saying he framed Onoja in the assassination plot.
In a suit filed by the office of the attorney-general of the federation, the federal government said the police found out that Melaye’s claim was false.
When he appeared in court on Thursday, Melayed pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge filed against.
The court granted him a N100,000 bail while the case was adjourned till May, but Melaye could not leave the court premises hours after.
Armed operatives numbering about 30 waited patiently to arrest him.
After waiting for a while, the senator took to Twitter to accuse the police of conniving with Bello “to arrest and poison me on the way to Lokoja(Kogi state capital)”.
After the court refuse the application of the Federal Government to refuse me bail. Governor Yahaya Bello using SARS and policemen from Kogi State Government ho with A O Govt House lokoja have taken ove FCT high Court to arrest and poison me on way to lokoja. SDM
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You will recall that I alerted the Nation 2we ago that plans have been perfected to fram me up with fake charges by Kogi State Govt my resolve is Total. I shall not be intimidate will continue to speak the truth.
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But reacting, the police said they had nothing to do with the attempt to arrest him.
Speaking to TheCable on Friday, William Aya, spokesman of the state command, said: “I don’t know what you are talking about…the police is not involved in the issue.”
When asked why police officers were in court yesterday, Aya replied: “That’s what I am telling you, I am not aware of that. There is nothing like that.”
Jimoh Moshood, spokesman of the Nigeria police force, did not respond to TheCable’s inquiry regarding the allegation.

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‘No perfect election in the world’ — EU speaks on Osun poll

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Ketil Karlsen, head of the European Union delegation to Nigeria, says the union is keeping its eyes on vote-buying in the Osun state governorship election.

At a press conference in Osogbo on Friday, Karlsen said though no perfect election in the world, vote-buying is as fraudulent as rigging.

Flanked by his counterparts from the United States embassy in Abuja and the United Kingdom, he said the EU wants to see free fair and credible election on Saturday.

Ketil added that the union wants to see the participation of people with disability in the election.

“We are not here to promote any party or candidate. We are here to promote democracy which is the only way to promote stability in Nigeria. What we expect to see here is free, fair and peaceful election,” he said.

“INEC is doing an impressive piece of work. It doesn’t mean everything is perfect. There is no perfect election in the world, but we are here to commend them. We want to keep our eyes on core issues like vote-buying as it was in Ekiti. Vote-buying is as fraudulent as rigging. We hope INEC would curb it.

“Then, the privacy of voters. There should be access to voting by people with disabilities. We want to see the political participation of vulnerable groups. Since 1999, we have spent about one hundred million euros on the electoral process in Nigeria.”

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PDP: Nine APC governors currently in Osun to rig Saturday’s election

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says nine All Progressives Congress (APC) governors have invaded Osun state to rig Saturday’s governorship election in favor of the APC.

Ayo Fadaka, south west zonal publicity secretary of the party, said this in a statement on Friday.

He accused the governors of causing disquiet in the state, saying this development is capable of leading to unforeseen developments.

“We wish to bring to the notice of Nigerians that Osun State has again been invaded by nine APC governors who continue to remain the arrow head and catalyst of its rigging machines across the nation,” the statement read.

“They brought into Osun State public funds meant for the development of their individual States to come and buy votes again as done recently in Ekiti State, accompanying them are thugs whose only mission is to cause mayhem in the State during the elections.

“These Governors are led by Alhaji Ganduje and Mr El’Rufai of Kaduna and there nine of them presently on ground. It is sad that the APC continues to pride itself in this malfeasance of wholesale bribery in spite of its so called battle against corruption.

“We however encourage the people of Osun State to take a hard stance against these Governors who have abandoned their duty post with a view to corrupting them.”

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Ambode visits Buhari over ‘plot to stop him in 2019’

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Iyiola Omisore, candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the Osun state governorship election, has accused the All Progressives Congress of planning to use the Osun Youths Empowerment Scheme (OYES) cadets to manipulate the election.

He said this in a press conference in Osogbo, the state capital, on Thursday.

The former deputy governor also alleged that the state government had compromised the management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to use the cadets instead of youth corps members.

He said his party, Action Democratic party (ADP) and the African Democratic Congress (ADC) have signed a protocol to ensure diligence, credible and fair elections come what may.

“Three of the major political parties in Osun state met in the early hours of this morning after we have weighed all the antics, pranks and rigging tendencies of the APC,” he said.

“We’ve heard that they are going to rig the elections. They are going to arrest political leaders. They are bringing thugs from Lagos state. At their rally, they said they are going to use federal power to force Osun state people. We reviewed this issue and have come to tell the people to be ready to defend their votes. We are going to ensure that we have free, fair and credible elections. We are ready for the elections.

“The three parties have signed to a protocol of diligence to credible and fair elections. Our agents will be vigilant at polling units. The ruling APC has come to the extent that they want to use OYES cadets as presiding officers, instead of corps members. They have been able to manipulate NYSC authorities to use OYES cadets to compromise the election. Our agents will resist such. This government is the most corrupt in Nigeria and lacks fiscal discipline.”

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