Category: Nigeria


Thursday July 8, 1999, Pg.5

Olusegun Dawodu and ten others.

Lagos State Governor, Senator Bola Tinubu has pledged that his government will build a democratic hall of fame in Lagos as a lasting monumental gift to Chief death anniversary was marked yesterday. M.K.O. Abiola whose first year Making the pledge at the 1st MKO Abiola Memorial 50 Lecture which hed at the national theatre, Lagos by Alex Ugwukah yesterday, Tinubu said that the site of the monumental edifice was yet to be determined.Tinubu, in his speech, Campaign for Democracy (CD) commended the efforts of organizing such a thoughtful event to mark the passing on of this “hero of democracy”.

He said the occasion further marked acelebration for the triumph of democracy in African’s most populous country.” He noted that the death of Abiola clearly marked a sharp turning point in the history of the country, “given its cause/direction and the eventual precedents and antecedents for the achievement of democracy in Nigeria.”In the main lecture entitled: Abiola and June 12: Nigeria’s Present and Future”Chief Frank Kokori, the guest lecturer, recounted his prison days and incarceration of Abiola, Olisa Agbakoba, Dr Beko Ransome Kuti and others in the struggle during the Babangida/Abachayears.

Kokori pointedout further that, without MKO and the June 12 saga, democracy will still have been unrealised given the evil intention of the looters whom we once counted as our leaders”.

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by Emmanuel Edom


Suit filed at an Ikeja High Court recently against Governor Bola Tinubu of Lagos State by some aggrieved members of Alliance for Democracy (AD) from Ajeromi Ifelodun, Amuwo-Odofin and Ojo Local Government areas, of the State over the constitutionality of the appointment of new commissioners for the state has been discontinued.This was sequel to a notice of discontinuance, filed on behalf of the applicants by their counsel, Mr Adetunji Orisalade,dated July 5 The said notice has also been Wednesday, July 7 1999 Pg. 5served on the attorney-general of the state, on behalf of the governor and other respondents in the suit.Though, the case was initially slated for yesterday, but it was adjourned to July 12, due to official engagements of the State chief judge.

No reason was given in the notice of discontinuance as to why the plaintiffs want to drop the action. The discontinuance is pursuant to Order 24 of the High Court of Lagos, Civil Procedure Law,(CPL) 1994.However, in an interview with the applicants’ solicitors and one of the applicants, Prince SUIT AGAINST TINUBU Tejumade had no choice than to respect the wish Durosinmi, they stated that though, of the party for the overall unity and interest of the entire party. Some AD members had dragged constitutionality of the appointment, Tinubu to court over the alleged non-“We have to bow to the overall interest compliance with sections 14(4) and 192(2) of the 1999 constitution on the there was the desire to have the court make judicial pronouncement on the party”.

According to Orisalade, there has appointment of his commissioners. Also joined in the suit were series of appeals from several respected party leaders, such as Chief Speaker of the State House of M.A. Taiwo, Chief Adeleye, Elder J.B. Assembly, Dr O. Mamowora, Chief Agbaje and Apostle S.A. Akin-Aina Anthony Abiola-Johnson, Mrs Kemi Nelson, Mr Musiliu Obanikoro among others to withdraw the case from court.

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