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Tinubu is target of blasphemous campaign, media office alleges

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The media office of the former Lagos governor and the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has alleged of a ‘blasphemous campaign’ orchestrated by some political opponents to provoke anger against the person of the former governor.

It described the campaign as a ploy to portray the APC leader as against some religious persuasions in a poster form.

The allegation was contained in a statement on Tuesday.

It said the office found out that those who created the offensive poster were the same people who created the counter-campaign alleging blasphemy.

It however said their design is to provoke anger against the person and aspiration of Asiwaju Tinubu.

The statement read in full, “The orchestrated set-up of a poster campaign seeking to use a literary application of the Biblical story of Judas Iscariot’s betrayal of Jesus Christ to rope Asiwaju Tinubu into a storm of blasphemy is the most desperate antics of anti-Tinubu propagandists in recent times.

“Our investigations have revealed that those who created the offensive poster were the same people who created the counter-campaign alleging blasphemy. Their design is to use both to provoke anger against the person and aspiration of Asiwaju Tinubu.

“This campaign has failed. This is clearly irresponsible and insensitive political propaganda that seeks to exploit religious sentiments to manipulate public perception against Asiwaju Tinubu, who is ostensibly the most formidable presidential aspirant in this race.

“It is widely known that Asiwaju Tinubu is married to not just a Christian but an ordained pastor, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, and has developed very deep fraternal relationship with Christendom at all levels, a fact acknowledged by many bishops, pastors and parishioners over the years.

“A known Muslim, Asiwaju in words and actions has demonstrated religious tolerance and accommodation. He believes in that cardinal principle of the Nigerian Constitution that no one should suffer discrimination on the basis of creed or opinion. Besides, as a former governor of Lagos, a state that is a microcosm of Nigeria in terms of religious diversity, his matured management of religion as a way of life, ensured inter-religious harmony in Nigeria’s most industrialised state.

“It is therefore impudent to contemplate that a statesman of Asiwaju Tinubu’s standing will condone Biblical allusions that could denigrate his person or status.

“These basic facts were ignored by those desperate to set Muslims against Christians through deliberate disinformation of the general public.

“While we shall continue to appeal to the Nigerian people to ignore such campaigns of calumny, we reiterate our commitment to prioritise our political communication on the exposition of the truth and dissemination of our point of view with decency and regard to the feelings of Nigerians.

“This is an irreducible minimum for us. We urge others to join us in this patriotic mission by shunning desperation and verbal violence in the campaign for the highest office in the land.”

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Just In: Osun poll: Court affirms Adeleke as PDP candidate

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A Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State has affirmed Ademola Adeleke as Peoples Democratic Party candidate for the July 16th governorship election in Osun State.

The suit was filed by Prince Dotun Babayemi.

The court consequently affirmed Senator Ademola Adeleke as the validly elected PDP candidate for the poll.

In his judgement which took over one hour, 30 minutes, Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel held that the primary election conducted at the WOCDIF Centre, Osogbo, on March 8, 2022, which produced Babayemi was null and void.

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Heavy security as judge rules on Adeleke’s eligibility case

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There was an unusually heavy security presence at the entrance and premises of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo on Wednesday.

This is as Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel is expected to rule on the suit challenging the eligibility of Senator Ademola Adeleke as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the July 16 Osun governorship poll.

A chieftain of the party, Prince Dotun Babayemi, had approached the court, asking it to invalidate the primary election that produced Adeleke as the PDP candidate.

At the entrance to the premises of the court, four Hilux vans belonging to the police were manned by heavily armed operatives.

The operatives deployed also had a hectic time controlling heavy human movement into the court.

Besides the courtroom that was filled up, many supporters of the two parties in the matter also sat outside the courtroom.

As of the time of filing this report, Justice Ayo-Emmanuel had commenced reading his judgement.

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