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Again, Ondo Amotekun ‘Deports’ 137 Northerners From State
The Ondo State Security Network Agency, codenamed Amotekun has again evicted 137 northerners from the state forest reserve.
Those evicted were occupying the Elegbeka forest reserve along Ifon-Owo Road
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu had in February ordered herdsmen to vacate the state’s forest reserves within seven days.
Apart from ejecting the herdsmen, the governor also banned underage grazing, night grazing, and movement of cattle within the cities and highways.
Speaking with journalists in Akure, the state commander of Amotekun, Chief Adetunji Adeleye described herdsmen’s continued occupation of the forest reserves as a security threat to the state.
Adeleye said all the illegal forest occupants would be escorted out of the state to wherever they came from.
He said, “We got an Intelligence report that very many people bombarded (forests at) Elegbeka–Ifon area in the state.
“We moved in and questioned the majority of them and they said they were from the northern part of the country. We asked for their mission, they were not able to give us a clear-cut (explanation) of what they were here for.
“We brought some of them (to Akure) and their sponsors here to the headquarters (of Amotekun) for proper investigation. We profiled them and found out that they were conniving with some persons in Ose to be given space for settlement in the government’s forest reserve which makes them illegal occupants in the forest reserve.”
The chairman said, “We are sending them back to where they claimed they came from.”
This comes a few days after the government evacuated 42 suspected invaders, who were arrested by Amotekun at Okitipupa, the headquarters of Okitipupa Local Government Area of the state.
The suspected invaders who hailed from Kano and Jigawa states claimed that they were invited to the state by an agent who will engage them as security guards to monitor and guide pipelines in the state.
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ONDO ELECTION: View Full Election Result
The incumbent governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, is currently leading in the October 10 governorship elections in Ondo state.
12 LGA results has been released by Independent national Electoral Commission, INEC, remaining 6.
View full election result by click on the link Below.
APC Wins 14 Chairmanship Positions in Ondo LG Polls
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has won 14 out of the 18 chairmanship positions in the local government election conducted on Saturday in Ondo State.
The results of the election was announced by the Chairman of the Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC), Prof. Yomi Dinakin, after the presentation of results by returning officers for each of the local governments.
As at the time of filling this report, results of polls in four local governments were still been awaited.
The local governments, which results were still been awaited are Akoko North West, Akoko South West, Idanre and Ondo East.
Of the 14 election results released, five local government chairmanship positions were returned unopposed.
The ODIEC chairman said the five APC candidates were returned unopposed, because only APC fielded contestants for the chairmanship positions.
Dinakin said the candidates were declared winners in accordance with the provisions of ODEC law.
The affected council areas are Akoko North East, Ose Local Government, Ifedore Local Government, Odigbo Local Government and Irele Local Government
The Ondo State local government election was held on Saturday without the participation of major opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Thugs Attack PDP Ward Chairman In Ondo During Council Election
Busola Akinro, a ward Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, was on Saturday attacked by armed thugs suspected to be loyal to the All Progressives Congress during the local government election.
Mr Akinro was attacked at the front of his house at Igbara Oke in Ifedore Local Government Area of the state while voting took place.
A source, who witnessed the attack, said the hoodlums loyal to the APC came to challenge Akiro in his house for allegedly influencing electorates to vote for the candidates of African Democratic Party in the election.
"The APC thugs came and began harassing the Chairman because the voting took place directly in front of his house.
"They felt they were not going to win there because of the ADC. In fact, they also assaulted his daughter and cut him with axe on his right arm," the source said.
He explained that the case was immediately reported at Igbara Oke Police Station before the victims were rushed to the hospital for treatment.
A police officer, who was also at the scene, confirmed the attack, noting that some arrests had been made.
Ondo 2020: Social Democratic Party Picks Alhaji Saliu As Governorship Candidate
The Social Democratic Party has chosen Alhaji Adekunle Saliu as its flag bearer for the October 10, 2020, Ondo State governorship election.
Saliu emerged victorious after an indirect primary election was conducted by the party on Thursday.
The 360 delegates of the party all queued behind Saliu to contest in the election.
Speaking after the primary, Saliu expressed gratitude to the party and other aspirants.
He pledged to lead the party to victory and also assured of running a human development based government if elected.
He said, "After getting elected by the grace of God, serious efforts will be geared towards making the party very stable and I will also address the issue of members that have cultivated the habit of selling out SDP during elections.
"We are also very happy that the dissolution of the State Working Committee of our party has been declared an act of nullity today by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of Abuja Federal High Court.
"We are all at peace that our own group has been officially recognized as the authentic faction of SDP with today's court declaration that the status quo should remain.
"I cannot but appreciate Hon. Tajudeen Adefisoye for saving our party from being deregistered by INEC. There wouldn't have been any SDP today if not for the heroic victory of Hon. Adefisoye to represent Idanre/Ifedore Federal Constituency."