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Osun Community Stool: Contestant Alleges Fraud, Seeks Cancellation Of Govt-ordered Selection Process

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Prince Ali Afolabi, a contestant to the stool of Aree of Iree from the Olubonku ruling house has alleged fraud in the selection process of a new monarch for Iree town.

Recall that in January, the Osun State Government released a White Paper ordering a fresh selection process for the town’s traditional stool.

Specifically on Aree of Iree Chieftaincy, the substantive chiefs are enjoined to withdraw their suit before the Court to allow for the commencement of the selection process in line with due process and tradition,” the White Paper recommended.

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The move has not gone down well with the town’s kingmakers and some stakeholders who insisted that it was an aberration of tradition.

However, Afolabi, through a letter dated February 26, 2024 and addressed to the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Osun, Dosu Babatunde, by his lawyer, Folorunso Apantaku, disclosed that due to the closure of courts, pending cases were yet to be withdrawn in conformity with the dictates of the White Paper.

Afolabi declared that the fresh selection process conducted on February 22, 2024 by the Boripe North local government area of the state, which purportedly produced Prince Ibraheem Oyelakin as the Oba-elect violated the rule of law and was not in line with the chieftaincy laws of Osun State procedure and the tradition of the town.

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While describing the selection procedure as a complete fraud, Afolabi noted that two kingmakers voted in the election that was supposed to have six kingmakers.

Boripe North local government failed in its statutory duty to appoint warrant chiefs to replace the vacant kingmakers.

“Out of the four kingmakers alive, two voted while the two others voted in proxy, a situation that contravenes due process and rendered the exercise illegal and unacceptable,” he claimed.

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Calling on the state government to cancel the fraudulent selection exercise, Afolabi disclosed that there was an injunction restraining the local government and the kingmakers of Iree town from taking any steps in the selection process of Aree of Iree pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.

Contacted, the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Dosu Babatunde, did not respond to a text message sent to him by Daily Post.

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PAP Admin Head Visits Edo/Delta Liaison Office, Harps On Commitment

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Members of staff of the Delta/Edo Liaison Office of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, have been charged to be more committed to the discharge of their statutory duties.

The head of administration, PAP, Mr. Zorab Monday gave the charge when he paid an official visit to the liaison officer in Warri recently.

The head of administration who emphasized the need for the members of staff the liaison office to work in unison, also urged them to establish a mutual working relationship with one another,which, according to him would move the office forward.

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He stressed on the significance of learning from one another, which he said would further enhance the overall productivity and workplace harmony amongst members of staff.

Earlier, the manager of the liaison office, Captain Presley Prebo, while using the opportunity of the visit to appeal to the head of administration for the provision of a larger office space, said due to the increasing number of employees.

He also used the visit to inform the head of administration some of the needs of the liaison office.

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Why We Accepted Tinubu’s New Minimum Wage – Labour

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The leaders of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) announced that they have accepted the N70,000 minimum wage approved for Nigerian workers by President Bola Tinubu.

A statement by Bayo Onanuga, the Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Information and Strategy, indicated that President Tinubu also pledged to find ways to help the private sector and sub-national entities meet the minimum wage requirement.

Following the meeting, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Joe Ajaero, briefed the media and confirmed that the unions had accepted the offer.

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Ajaero, accompanied by Comrade Festus Usifo, President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and other representatives of Nigerian workers, stated that the unions had accepted the offer because there were other incentives attached.

He said that the president’s pledge of a review every three years, as opposed to what had previously been received, was another factor in his decision to accept the offer.

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BREAKING: Tinubu Approves New Minimum Wage

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President Tinubu has finally approved a N70,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers with a promise to review the national minimum wage law every three years.

The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) are at the Presidential Villa, Abuja for a scheduled meeting with President Bola Tinubu.

A statement by Bayo Onanuga, the Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Information and Strategy, said: “President Tinubu also promised to find ways to assist the private sector and the sub-nationals to pay the minimum wage.

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“President Tinubu announced the decisions at the meeting held with leaders of TUC and NLC on Thursday in Abuja, the second time the parties met in 7 days.

“The Labour leaders applauded President Tinubu for the fatherly gesture as the President also promised to use his discretionary powers meet the demands of university unions demanding unpaid 4 months salaries.”

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