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2019 Elections: Obasanjo Punctures Report, Says He Is Not Neutral

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Ex- President Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday punctured the report which indicated that he is not opposed to or in support of any presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections.

Clarifying this in a statement issued by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, its stated thus,”it is disingenuous, if not malicious, for anyone to suggest that Chief Obasanjo was being neutral when he chose not to use the Owu Convention as a platform for political campaign but instead adopt a communal and familial approach in talking to members of his Owu family,”

Akinyemi said although the former President stated that he would not impress any candidates on the people, Nigerians should vote for credible candidates who would make their lives better.

He noted further that Obasanjo’s statement did not suggest his neutrality and he will not sit on the fence when he needs to be active for people to know where he stands in the nation’s interest.

“In fact, the former President believes that only a fool will sit on the fence or be neutral when his or her country is being destroyed with incompetence, corruption, lack of focus, insecurity, nepotism, brazen impunity and denial of the obvious. Chief Obasanjo is no such fool nor is he so unwise,” Akinyemi added.

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He noted that Obasanjo has reaffirmed that he was on the side of what was best for the country.

The former President, however asked Nigerians to ‘stop complaining and go out to get beneficial change’, stressing that such change would not come if they remain complacent and inactive.

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Oyo minority leader, Alarape empowers 100 women with cash

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No fewer than 100 women from the Atiba State Constituency, Oyo state were on Thursday presented cash assistance to boost their small-scale businesses.

The event, had in attendance, party leaders, party executives, faithfuls and constituents.

Speaking at the ‘Business Women Empowerment Programme’, which was held at Equilibrium Resorts, Ojongbodu in Oyo town, the minority leader, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Asimiyu ‘Niran Alarape said the gesture was in fulfillment of his personal commitment to give back to society and the fulfilment of his campaign promises to affect the lives of the women in the constituency positively. He added that the donation was part of his programmes aimed at empowering and improving the socio-economic development of his  people.

According to him, “I always want to give back to people. During my campaigns, l promised to carry women along. If  you empower women, you have empowered households, because in  traditional Yoruba enclave, it is the women that run the show, that is the truth. They are very industrious with little money. I know my experience while I was growing up and when I was going to school. So I know what transpired, with the meager income from my mother; I was able to go to school.

“Someone made a testimony some few days ago that while she wanted to sit for her final exams that her mother had to sell her goat to pay for the WAEC fee.  If you get to Ilora Baptist Grammar School now,  that  lady built a hall in the name of  the  mother. The mother is still living. She honoured her mother when she is  alive, not when she’s dead; it is indelible .

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 “And as a result, I know what my mother went through  to see me through my education and the preponderant  number of women, when talking about population, they  are more and most of them are more reliable”, the APC lawmaker said.

The former speaker emphasized that the gesture was beyond party affairs as  beneficiaries were also drawn from other groups, associations in the constituency.

“At least  100 people were empowered and we did not limit the gesture to our party members alone , because apart from party  people, we have a lot of groups within the constituency that contributed to the success of our party and you know we are still going back to them. So, if we do not curry their favour now by extending dividends to them, it would  be difficult for us to go back to them, we have to start by now”, Alarape explained.

Also speaking at the event, one of the prominent APC leaders in Oyo state, Chief SM Akindele lauded the lawmaker for the  gesture, assuring those who had yet to benefit that they too would have a bite of the gesture.

 

“Alarape has the knowledge of our problems and he has been addressing them”.

Earlier, in his own remarks, the Senatorial leader, Chief Akin Ojebode enjoined members of the APC to remain committed to the party. He, however urged them to support and cooperate with  the lawmaker.

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“in six months , our representatives are already sowing the seeds and giving back to the society”, he said.

One of the beneficiaries, Rasheed Saidat expressed appreciation to Alarape for supporting their businesses.

“We are very grateful, because we never expect such at this time, but Honourable ‘Enimoju ogun’ has surprised us and we will continue to pray for him”.

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Oyo APC mourns Oreitan, says PDP killer gangs are back in full swing

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The All Progressives Congress (APC ) in Oyo state has expressed deep sadness at the death of  one of its leaders, Alhaji Arasi  Babatunde Oreitan who was assassinated by unknown gunmen in Ibadan on Wednesday. 

Oyo APC in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Dr AbdulAzeez Olatunde said, “what the public will perceive as trivial was the achievement of 8 years of great success in the provision of SECURITY OF LIFE AND PROPERTIES which was the Number one of all the achievements of the Government of Sen Abiola Ajimobi, as the Governor of Oyo State, between 2011 to 2019.

The party also alleged,  ” that the Government of H. E, Engr SEYI MAKINDE and his Party, PDP has been targeting the leaders of the leading opposition party, APC for some few months of coming to power was carried out today by 3pm, Wednesday 22nd of January 2020, with the heartless manner Alh ARASI Babatunde OREITAN was brutally assassinated”

The statement continued, “that Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sina Olukolu and his Police Squad from the Police headquarters, Eleyele, IBADAN, was at the house of the slained old man is bad enough to witness the gory scene of how the old man was brutally slaughtered in his house, just after observing his 2pm Islamic Prayer today is nothing but dastardly act.

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 “What could be the offence of a 77 years old amiable politician, whom those close to him will attest to the fact that he can’t even hurt a fly?”, the APC questioned.

 Olatunde, however urged the security operatives  to kindly unravel the identity of the heartless Killers gang, who are hell bent to silence the opposition elements in Oyo State.

 “It is on record that Nigeria is running Three tiers of Government, i.e Federal, State and Local Governments.

 “While the APC Federal Government is not irresponsible to refuse working relationships with PDP Government in Oyo State, we are however dismayed that PDP State Government is desperately determined to refuse Elected Local Government Chairmen, turning itself to the Judiciary by interpreting Valid and Invalid Elections, all in a bid to deny them from serving their mandate, freely given to them on May 12th 2018,serving only one of their 3 years mandate.

“A mandate which was truncated on May 29th 2019 by the Executive order recklessness of H. E, Engr SEYI MAKINDE and has been refusing to tow the line of Statemens despite reasonable advice from official quarters.

 “It is bad enough that, it is not yet one year that APC left Government that all these daylight assassination of opposition elements are taking place”, the statement concluded

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Iyiola gives grant to 150 traders, artisans in Ibadan

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A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state, Alhaji Ibraheem Olayode Iyiola has disbursed over N1.5 million grant to no fewer than 150 traders and artisans  in Ibadan North East/South East Federal Constituency, Oyo state.

Beneficiaries of the financial empowerment programme also include the aged and widows.

Speaking during the presentation of the grant on Tuesday at Anlamole Compound, Isale ‘jebu, Oja’ba, Ibadan, the state capital, Iyiola  said that the financial empowerment programme was the third edition , adding that the essence of empowering his people was to complement efforts of the government and also to give back to the society.

 

According to him, this is one of the many programmes lined up to assist his people.

He disclosed further that his foundation –  Ibraheem Iyiola Foundation (IIF) also offers Health care services, educational services,  among others  to the less privileged in the society; promising  not to relent in his efforts to better the lives of the people around.

This is not repayable but a grant for our traders, artisans to support their small scale businesses. One of our promises during the election was to empower our people. Regardless of what has happened, we shall continue to put smiles on the faces of our people. “We started  in 2015 and this is the third one we would do in the space of four years. So its a way of giving back to the community”, he said.

 

Iyiola, however urged the beneficiaries to ensure judicious use of the grant, assuring them of more goodies in the coming months.

 

Earlier in her remarks, the Oyo State APC Women leader, Mrs  Mabel Williams, who was impressed  with the large turnout commended the efforts of the donor.
She said,  “last year, Ibraheem Iyiola  was unable to secure the ticket, yet he never defected to another party like others who benefitted  handsomely from the APC and later left. He keeps putting smiles on the faces of traders, artisans, party members in Ibadan North East/South East Federal Constituency”.
Mrs Williams  maintained that the people would particularly remain grateful. She also called on the people of the federal constituency to massively support Iyiola’s  future political ambition.

One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Rasidatu Elere expressed gratitude to Alhaji Iyiola and prayed for him.

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Also a trader, Mrs Wasiu Monsurat thanked him for providing a better alternative for the traders  instead of seeking for loans.

The event  had in attendance State Executive Council members of APC, Local Government Executives, party members in the federal constituency and community leaders. Other dignitaries at the event included the Chairman  of Ibadan South East Local Government, Hon. Bimbo Omiyale, Mogaji Surajudeen Abiola Iyiola, Alhaji Afeez Suberu among others.

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