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2019: Lanlehin debunks support for Buhari, says its Minister Shittu’s wishful thinking

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THE gubernatorial candidate of the Africa Democratic Congress (ADC) in Oyo state, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin has debunked the claim that he has resolved to collaborate with the APC for President Muhammadu Buhari reelection bid.

The Minister for Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, in an interview had earlier claimed that Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, the Oyo State ADC governorship candidate, has agreed to work, and  support the reelection bid of APC’s President Muhammadu Buhari in the coming 16 February, 2019 presidential poll.

Debunking the claim on Sunday in a press statement written, signed and made available to Mega Icon Magazine by his media assistant, Damola Adeoye, dismissed the minister’s claim, describing it as misleading.

The statement further described the claim as a wishful thinking of Minister Shittu, urging him not to draw Senator Lanlehin into any proxy war with his estranged colleagues in the Oyo APC.

The statement reads, “our attention has been drawn to an interview granted Vanguard Newspapers by Barrister Adebayo Shittu, Honourable Minister for Communications, and reproduced by several online outlets, purporting that Senator Olufemi Lanlehin (SOLAN), Oyo State ADC governorship candidate, has agreed to work, and or support, the reelection bid of APC’s President Muhammadu Buhari in the coming 16 February, 2019 presidential poll.

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“Without dissipating much energy on this expensive joke by the Honourable Minister, we want to quickly place on record, that the statement credited to him is false, and totally misleading on all fronts, hence, stands disregarded.

“At no time, did Minister Shittu and Senator Lanlehin have any discussion as to him supporting President Buhari; and matter of fact, there is even no basis for such, in the first instance.

” We, therefore, take this as a wishful thinking by the Honourable Minister, and in fact, urge him not to draw Senator Lanlehin into any proxy war with his estranged colleagues in the Oyo APC”.

Continuing, Lanlehin, however reassured members of his party, candidates, loyalists and supporters, that his primary focus is on the ADC performing excellently in both the 16 February and 2 March, 2019 elections, and not in the reelection of a member of another party.

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Makinde appoints Owoseni, former Lagos, Benue Commissioner of Police, Special Adviser.

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Former Commissioner of Police in Lagos and Benue States, Mr. Fatai Owoseni has been appointed by the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, as his Special Adviser on Security Matters.

The Governor, according to a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, approved the appointment, which took effect from August 1.

The statement indicated that Owoseni’s appointment falls in line with the recognition of security as one of the four pillars of the Makinde administration in Oyo State.

Governor Makinde had also promised to unveil a new security architecture for the state before his first 100 days in office.

The Governor, in the letter of appointment, wished Mr. Owoseni, who has been working as a security consultant since his retirement from the police after 35 years of meritorious service, success in his new assignment.
Governor Makinde also urged Owoseni to discharge his duties with absolute loyalty and dedication.

The retired Commissioner of Police was born on August 17, 1962. He retired from the Nigeria Police with the enviable rank of Commissioner of Police earlier this year.

Owoseni, a holder of a Bachelor of Arts Bachelor in International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of Benin and a Diploma in Police Management (DPM) from the University of Jos, as well as several certificates in police and professional courses at the local and international levels, began his police career in the early 80s.

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He rose through the ranks as an Inspector of Police and became the Commissioner of Police in charge of General Investigations at the   Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID), Abuja.

He also served as the Commissioner of Police (CP) in Lagos State, the commercial capital/nerve centre of Nigeria, which has a Police strength of over 30,000 personnel, the highest in the country.

He was reputed to have served more than two years on the Lagos hot seat, ranking among the five longest-serving (out of about 35) Commissioners of Police, who had served in the State.

While on his tour of duty in Lagos, he effectively harnessed and utilised the available human and material resources to ensure the safety of lives and properties as well as providing the enabling environment for the social and economic development of the former Nigerian Federal Capital city.

He was subsequently deployed to Benue State at the height of the Herdsmen and Farmers clashes and he was reputed to have recorded remarkable achievements towards quelling the spate of violence in the food basket state.

He equally served as Commissioner of Police (Administration), at the Department of Operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja, where he made immense contributions especially by ensuring the success of the collaborations between the UNDP and the Police towards the successful conduct of the 2015 general elections.
It is also on record that Owoseni contributed immensely to the overall performance of the Nigeria Police Force in the 2015 general elections particularly in the areas of personnel training and writing/production of “Handbook on guidelines for Police Officers deployed on election duties,” (the first time ever in the Police).

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The retired Commissioner of Police also served as an Expert on Mission and Seconded Staff (at managerial level -P5 position) to the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), while he made significant input (UN Police Component) into the United Nations Security Council Resolution on UNAMID, including the different levels of support programmes offered to the African Union by the United Nations, Department of Peacekeeping Operations (UN-DPKO).

The statement indicated that the newly-appointed Special Adviser on Security Matters is expected to bring his wealth of experience garnered over the decades through many local and international assignments to bear on the security situation in the Pacesetter State.

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Sanwo-Olu to Inaugurate Cabinet Tuesday

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Lagos State Executive Council will be fully inaugurated on Tuesday, according to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The Governor said he would not delay the swearing-in of Commissioner- and Special Adviser-designates already cleared by the State House of Assembly. He spoke at the weekend while receiving a body of retired top civil servants under the aegis of the Association of Lagos State Retired Heads of Service and Permanent Secretaries (ALARHOSPS).

Sanwo-Olu assured  that the wheel of governance would be in full gear before the end of the coming week, in fulfillment of his campaign promise to inaugurate his cabinet within 90 days. He added that new Permanent Secretaries would also be sworn in on Monday to complement the activities of Commissioners and Special Advisers.

“Next week, by God’s grace, we are swearing in all other complements of cabinet and also Permanent Secretaries to have the engine of governance on full swing. At that point, we believe that all the campaign promises we made can come to reality and Lagosians can benefit more from the choice they made at the last election”, he added.

The cabinet members are expected to be allocated their individual ministries during the inauguration ceremony, scheduled to start at 9am.

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The Governor described the body of retired civil servants as “valuable assets” to the state, noting that their actions while in service contributed to the “enviable height” Lagos attained among states in the nation.

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See Names Of New Oyo Commissioners And Their Portfolios

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Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde has assigned portfolios for the 14 commissioners screened and cleared by the Oyo State House of Assembly recently.

The inauguration of the commissioner was held on Thursday, at the Exco Chambers of the Governor’s office, Agodi Secretariat,  Ibadan,  the state capital.

Find below the Commissioners’ names and portfolios:

 

1. Hon Barrister Adeniyi John Farinto – Commissioner for Budget & Planning

2. Mr Adeniyi Adebisi – Commissioner for Commerce

3. Hon Muyiwa Jacob Ojekunle – Commissioner for Agriculture

4. Prof Oyelowo Oyewo – Commissioner for Justice

5. Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye – Commissioner for Establishment

6. Barrister Seun Asamu – Commissioner for Energy

7. Mr Rahman Abiodun AbdulRaheem – Commissioner for Land

8. Chief Bayo Lawal – Commissioner for Special Duties

9. Hon Funmilayo Orisadeyi – Commissioner for Local Government & Chieftancy Matters

10. Dr Bashir Bello – Commissioner for Health

11. Hon Wasiu Olatunbosun – Commissioner for Information

12. Prof Daud kehinde Sangodoyin – Commissioner for Education

13. Mr Akinola Ojo – Commissioner for Finance

14. Rt Hon Kehinde Ayoola – Commissioner for Environment.

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