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Below are the headlines found on The Tribune Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 30 January, 2017.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
GOVERNOR Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, on Monday, said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has taken a position that his deputy, Professor Kolapo Olusola, will be the candidate of the party in the July governorship election in the state.

Fayose, who stated this in his speech at a rally organised by Osoko Mass Movement (OMM) a socio-political, grassroots organisation mobilising support for the governor, organised in Ado Ekiti, said he had no apologies rooting for his deputy to succeed him.

Fayose said: “We have come to stay and stay for good. We want to stay with good work, good performance, evidence of service, leadership quality, a governor that is accessible.
“We have taken a position. We have no apology for that position. We are not sorry for that position. We are not going to apologise for that position.

“And I am going to repeat myself, we have taken a position, we are not going to say sorry, that position is Olusola Eleka for Governor.”

“It doesn’t matter how many people are barking. If a dog barks, what can it do with his owner? If they want to join our enemies let them do so. This is the next governor of Ekiti State. We will announce latter and we won’t be taken unaware. The Bible says, in God, we see hope of glory.”

He repeated his criticism of the federal government led by the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying “when a government is failing, it is the leaders and the leadership that has failed. When there is Boko Haram, when there are herdsmen and when the economy is down, the government has failed.”

“They have promised all and did nothing, unlike ours, which is a government that started with nothing, and have delivered on so many fronts.”

Fayose stated that the solidarity rally was only to precede the main rally where Olusola would formally declare his intention to contest the governorship election at a later date.

Addressing the large crowd earlier, Olusola said if Fayose, without any godfather, could achieve so much, he was sure of doing great too with Fayose providing the guidance for him.

He said: “Look at the history of our state, some years back, we were hopeless and lost direction. By June 21, 2014, God brought a saviour to our state in the person of Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose. Under his watch, we have repositioned education and other sectors. The same teachers that would have been sacked are now performing well.

“It is because light has come to our state. We won’t allow retrogression in our state and there must be continuity. We are going to sustain the excellent foundation laid by our leader, Governor Ayodele Fayose.”

Many leaders of the PDP in the state and political office holders graced the occasion.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The coincidental encounter between President Muhammadu Buhari and ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo at the ongoing African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has continued to attract comments in the social media.

Buhari and Obasanjo’s encounter marked the first time both men met since the controversial special press statement by Obasanjo criticising Buhari’s administration and advising him not to seek re-election in 2019.

Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in a pictorial report posted on his Facebook page on Sunday, confirmed the face-to-face meeting between Buhari and Obasanjo.

He posted a group photograph of Buhari, Obasanjo, former Head of State Abdulsalami Abubakar and some serving cabinet ministers who are on Buhari’s entourage during the opening ceremony of the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sunday.

Buhari and Obasanjo met briefly before the opening ceremony of the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU).

Obasanjo first went round to exchange pleasantries with other African leaders attending the summit, before looking out for Buhari among the crowd to also have a word with him.

“Their brief pleasantries became a sensation inside the Nelson Mandela Hall as photojournalists made frantic efforts to capture the moment,” a reporter covering the event stated.

However, some social media commentators expressed mixed feelings over the encounter as Obasanjo had stirred up controversies in Nigeria when he released the 13-page statement accusing Buhari of under-performance and therefore should not seek re-election in 2019.

Aliyu Ahmed said: “Buhari is too busy to allow the likes of OBJ to distract or intimidate him. He is too busy cleaning the mess hipped on Nigeria and Nigerians by the likes of row and unpolished OBJ (Obasanjo).

“Those who are hasty to buy into the project being planned against PMB (President Muhammadu Buhari) will be roundly defeated.”

Eleligbo Nnamdi posted: “OBJ would not have allowed someone who openly criticised him a few days ago to have access to him the way Buhari just did… PMB is my role model and I pray God to extend his reign till 2023. I love him with passion and I owe nobody any apology for that.”

Nnamdi further warned that “PMB should beware of OBJ. He’s a desperate politician and can do anything to have his way come 2019. Pls ooo prevention is better than cure. God pls protect PMB from evil men.amen.’’

Robert Amedu wrote: “One of my late leaders, Engr Andrew Agom, former MD Nigeria Airways once advised me that I should never join issues when all these power brokers are quarreling with themselves politically, if not when they settle, you become the scapegoat. This is the type and people must be very careful.’’

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
AN Ado Ekiti high court has discharged and acquitted Mr Adeniyi Adedipe, a leader of Odua People’s Congress (OPC) in Ekiti State and six others brought to trial by the Ekiti State government following the murder of a former National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Chairman in the state Chief Omolafe Aderiye, in October 2014.
The court, in its judgement on Monday, said Adedipe; Adebayo Aderiye, Sola Durodola, Kayode Ajayi, Oso Farotimi, Sola Adenijo and Rotimi Olanbiwonnu, who are all members of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) were discharged and acquitted all the two counts of conspiracy and murder brought against them.
The trial judge, Justice Lekan Ogunmoye, in his judgement said the prosecution had failed to prove that the accused persons were complicit in the murder of Aderiye, who until his death was a close ally of Governor Ayodele Fayose. 

Justice Ogunmoye held that the prosecution failed to prove the charge of conspiracy to kill the late Aderiye and that it also failed to prove the count of murder against all the seven defendants.
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According to Ogunmoye, the case brought against the accused by the prosecution was not helped by what he said was the “contradictory evidence” given by its witnesses, saying that the court would not believe such.
Justice Ogunmoye said: “Inconsistencies in the evidence of the prosecution witnesses has created a doubt.
Where two or more witnesses give contradictory evidence, it will be illogical to believe their testimony.
“None of the alibi raised by the defendants was investigated by the police. The evidence of the prosecution failed to bring down the evidence of the defendants.
“The plea of evidence succeeds that the accused were not at the scene of the crime. The prosecution failed to rebut the evidence of the defendants.
The prosecution has been unable to prove that the death of Chief Omolafe Aderiye was caused by any of the defendants.
“There was nowhere conspiracy can be inferred against any of the defendants. The first to seventh defendants are hereby discharged and acquitted.”
Adetunji Oso, Isaac Omolade and Adeoye Aribasoye, who served as the defence counsel, hailed the court for the judgment, while the prosecution lawyer, Mohammed Alaaya commended the court for “looking at the evidence brought before it.”
Meanwhile, the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Kola Kolade, while reacting to the judgement, said the state would go to the appeal court to challenge the judgement.
The judgment had led to jubilation by supporters, friends and family members of the defendants, who had thronged around the Ekiti State judiciary complex in anticipation of the judgement. 
The state’s chapter of APC, in a reaction to the judgement through its publicity secretary, Chief Taiwo Olatunbosun, said the judiciary was “living to the expectations of Ekiti people in ensuring justice in the murder trial of APC members.”
National deputy chairman of APC, Chief Segun Oni, through his media aide, Mr Steve Alabi, while also reacting to the judgement, said: “the release of the detainees had again proved that judiciary remains the last hope of the common man.”

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The Serving Overseer of Latter Rain Assembly, Lagos, Pastor Tunde Bakare has said that he has no plan to contest against President Muhammadu Buhari in the upcoming presidential election. Bakare said this while featuring on [...]The post I won't run against Buhari 'Tunde Bakare appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
A recent tank farm explosion in the Navy Town area of Ijegun, Lagos State, the third in recent history, left residents of the neighbourhood scurrying to safety. The Ijegun depot reportedly burst into flames after [...]The post The tank farm fires appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
RANCOLONITIS is a new word you will understand as you read along. Sometimes some experiences come to pass which we lack words to describe but which we love to give a name in order to [...]The post Pogrom, ranching and colony appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Ekiti State governor Ayo Fayose, at a PDP rally on Monday in Ado Ekiti, declared that God directed him to support his Deputy, Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, to succeed him. 'Olusola never said he wanted to be [...]The post God directed me to pick my deputy as successor 'Fayose appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, joined by Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, to receive the remains of former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International [...]The post Osinbajo, Saraki, Dogara attend parade of honour for Ekwueme appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
AS artificial intelligence advances at an unprecedented pace, we tend to see its arrival in emotional terms' usually, either excitement or fear. But Noumena, a collective of designers, engineers and architects, is looking at AI [...]The post 'Robotic Habitats' imagines self-sustaining AI ecosystem appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
THE United States government is growing increasingly concerned about China's capability to listen in on phone calls and breach cybersecurity. The National Security Council is considering a number of initiatives to protect against spying, and [...]The post Trump administration might build 5G network to prevent China from listening to citizens calls appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
Amidst controversy being generated over his rivalry with his predecessor, Governor of Kano state, Umar Gandujeon Mondaymet with the Chief of Staff to the president, Abba Kyari for what he said was a private visit. [...]The post Ganduje meets Buhari's Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
TWEAKING genes could be one way of increasing the hardiness of some livestock breeds. By isolating desirable genetics traits from European and African cow breeds, geneticists hope to design a cow that produces high quantities [...]The post Bill Gates working with geneticists to create perfect cow appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, Ambassador Oguntuase, Emmanuel Kayode has called on government agencies to installed scanners at the nations borders in order to checkmate the menace of smuggling along the Seme, [...]The post Smuggling: Nigerian Ambassador to Benin calls for scanners at borders appeared first on Tribune. 

Tue, 30 Jan 2018
A graphic from Bill Gates' blog clearly illustrates that the mosquito causes more deaths per year than any other animal on the planet. This killer insect has a nasty reputation for spreading the disease around [...]The post Mosquitoes can be trained not to bite humans, new study reveals appeared first on Tribune. 

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