Supreme Court yester-
day dashed the hope of Senator Peter Nwaoboshi by refusing to grant his post-conviction bail application.
Nwaoboshi, who is cur- rently representing Delta North Senatorial District at the National Assembly, is the candidate of the All Progres- sives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming election for the seat he currently holds.
While his current where- abouts is said to be unknown, he was sentenced to a Cor- rectional Center in Lagos for money laundering.
The Court of Appeal in Lagos State, had last year handed him a seven-year jail term upon conviction on
money laundering charges. However, while he had from his hideout appealed against his conviction and sentenc- ing, the Senator through his lawyers, led by Chief Kanu Agabi, SAN, brought an ap- plication for bail pending the determination of his appeal. Delivering the ruling panel of the Supreme Court, however, dismissed the ap- plication, just as it described Nwaoboshi’s conduct as a slap on democracy and the
Rule of Law.
The apex court, in the lead
judgment delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim, wondered why Nwaoboshi, who refused to submit himself to the law, was now seeking the indulgence of the law.
Former Minister of Power
and Steel, Elder Wole Oyelese, has said the second term victory of Governor Seyi Makinde, of Oyo state lies in the success of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Abubakar Atiku.
Oyelese, while speaking in Ibadan, the state capital, enjoined Makinde to fully retrace his steps to where he made it to the top in order to realise his second term ambition.
It would be recalled that Governor Makinde, who is one of the governors under the auspices of G-5, had continued to insist that they will not support Atiku unless the National Chairman of the party, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu resigns his position.
Oyelese, who is a chieftain of PDP in the state has, however, revealed that it is Makinde who needs Atiku to win the second term and not the other way round.
While urging Makinde to rescind his decision, he insisted that all PDP members in the state, including more than 95 per cent of Mankinde’s appointees, have been working for months to vote for Atiku in the presidential election.
The former minister described the situation where Makinde was still campaigning without a mention of Atiku as betrayal, especially after the state party chair- man appeared at the Mapo Hall presidential rally ostensibly on his instruction, noting that Makinde really has nothing to offer whoever Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State eventually decides to support in the presidential election.
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Supreme Court yester-