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2019: ADC will take over Oyo , Olaniyan vows

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A gubernatorial aspirant under the platform of the Africa Democratic Congress (ADC) in Oyo State, Engr Raufu Olaniyan on Tuesday hinted that the party had perfected plans to capture the state in 2019, just as he reaffirmed that he is still very much a member of the ADC

Olaniyan stated this while addressing journalists at an event to mark the new Islamic calendar Hijra 1440 organised by the National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations ( NACOMYO), at the Lekan Salami sports complex Adamasingba, Ibadan.

The guber hopeful, Olaniyan also noted that the Africa Democratic Congress, (ADC) is a party that he has helped built and there is absolutely no reason why he should leave the party at this point in time. He further observed that one can not expect a party in the mould of ADC not to have some teething problems at the onset, but with the kind of excellent leadership the party is blessed with such issues will be resolved amicably to the satisfaction of all.

The ex- Permanent Secretary in the Oyo state public service urged members of the public to disregard rumors making rounds that he has left the party, stressing that there was never a time he contemplated exiting the Africa Democratic Congress, (ADC). He said the rumor was most likely been peddled by enemies of the party.

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The Igboho born politician assured his numerous supporters that he continues to be a member of the ADC, restating his commitment to seek the party’s ticket to contest as governor of Oyo state in 2019.

In his Hijra message to Muslims, the ADC chieftain advised that love should be given priority among the Islamic community and to ensure that they continue to abide by the dictates of the holy Quran as taught by prophet Muhammad.

He also expressed his appreciation to NACOMYO for hosting a beautiful event and hoped that they continue in that light, while assuring them of his consistent support.

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PhotoNews: Tinubu pays condolence visit to late Governor Ajimobi’s widow

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National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Friday visited Mrs Florence Ajimobi, wife of late former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi at the late governor’s  residence in Lagos to condole with her over the death of her husband.

The APC leader was accompanied by Elegushi of Ikateland, Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi.

Late Ajimobi, an Asiwaju Tinubu’s fanatic loyalist, governed Oyo state between 2011-2019. Until his death, he was the Deputy National Chairman (South) and Acting National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

 

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‘Lebanese Ambassador did not storm out of the Conference room’-  House of Reps’ Diaspora Committee

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The Chairperson, House of Representatives’ Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe on Friday said the informal meeting held with the Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Diab Houssam yesterday was cordial, very constructive and set the stage for more collaboration, adding that the perceived walk-out was misconstrued.

 

The Ambassador, Diab Houssam was said to have arrived at the meeting venue around 11:00 am, but met journalists and some other government officials, including the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada.

 

The chairperson said that the story circulating as to the Lebanese’s Ambassador storming out of the room was wrongfully presented. An executive session was not clearly presented to him by the foreign affairs Liaison officer and he stepped out of the meeting room not slamming any doors, to wait in the hallway till journalists were excused for the executive session.

 

In Hon. Akande-Sadipe’s words, “It was a misunderstanding; it was meant to be an informal meeting and the ambassador was not aware that even when we have our informal meetings it is documented. Because of the law of diplomacy, he wasn’t expecting to have media there and it was immediately resolved that it was going to be an ‘executive session’. The minister apologised on behalf of foreign affairs and the executive session commenced with all in attendance. Under Vienna convention an Ambassador cannot be summoned to a committee hearing and the initial presence of the media made it seem otherwise”.

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She further said, “it was an informal meeting and the ambassador with his interest for long standing cordial relationship between Nigeria and Lebanon joined us to forge a continued progressive association and solutions to the issue of Temitope Ariwolo and the menace of human traficking

 

She appreciated journalists for their coverage, but enjoined them to avoid sensational headlines that are counter-productive.

 

She said, “Some of the headlines were clear distortion of the reality of what happened.”
“The session commenced and ended on a very cordial note, with a resolution to continue efforts to ensure that the long-standing positive relationship between the two nations continues, a stronger collaboration and a stronger resolve and commitment to end human trafficking.”

 

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Makinde pays homage to his late Dad’s burial ground

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Oyo state governor, Engr. Oluseyi Makinde on Friday paid homage to his late father’s burial ground.

 

The governor who made this known via his verified Facebook page posted, “today, I remember my father, friend and mentor, Pa Olatunbosun Makinde, who passed eight years ago in July 2012. His memory remains in my heart now and always.Makinde pays homage to his late Dad burial ground”

 

 

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