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Oyo: Adedibu’s widow wants Makinde to immortalize late husband



Wife of the late strongman of Oyo State politics, Alhaji Lamidi Ariyibi Adedibu, Alhaja Modinat Abosede Adedibu on Tuesday announced her plan to encourage the state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde to immortalize her late husband.

Alhaja Adedibu also appealed to those he offended while alive to forgive him, as there is no human being that does not make mistakes.

Adedibu’s widow added that since he is now late, those who offended him too must have been forgiven.

She revealed that Governor Makinde is her godson in politics and that in addition to having a cordial relationship with him, she does offer him invaluable pieces of advice.

Yeyelua Adedibu made these revelations while featuring on a radio programme, Parrot Xtra Hour on Radio, in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

She maintained that her Late husband was a good man, humble, generous and filled with milk of human kindness, so much that he never liked anyone to be cheated but would rather come to the aid of that person.

In her words, “His detractors had so many unfavorable things to say about him. I don’t have any problem with that. You see, for example, most of the time, people would just go and hang a sign post on their landed property, saying ‘this land belongs to Baba Adedibu, my late husband. They were only doing this to protect their property. They knew nobody would dare deprive them of their hard-earned property by doing this. Some of the times, Baba would even assist such people to complete the house.

“Baba would take time to listen to both parties whenever issues were brought to his attention and he would make sure an amicable solution was arrived at. Baba was a good man.

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“He hated cheating. It is just that people do not show appreciation for good deeds in our society. They like going about peddling rumors about Baba. He is no longer with us. I have already asked for the forgiveness from people he may have offended on his behalf. Nobody can walk without his head not shaking. We will all take our turns to die. It is inevitable. We must learn to forgive one another.

“I am working on how the governor will immortalize Baba. I will say it here and always that Baba did his best for the state while alive. I do not see why he should not be immortalized. An estate or something more than that should be named after him”, she submitted.

Speaking on how he met her Late husband, Mrs Adedibu said that Baba was just passing in front of her house one day when he saw her standing outside her parents’ home.

“You see the person Baba sent was one of my brothers. It took almost one and half years for me to agree to his proposal as he mounted pressures through some senior family members.

“I was afraid initially as I did not know him. Eventually we got married. I became his fourth wife”.

Furthermore, she stated that Alhaji Adedibu was a romantic husband who never allowed politics to be in the way of spending quality time with wives and children all together.

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“Our marriage came about because it was ordained by God. It was destined. He was young then. He was a principled man even in politics and in family life and all relationships. He liked to treat people well. But he didn’t like being put under unnecessary pressure”.

When asked about the time some of Adedibu’s followers forcefully dragged a sitting Deputy Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Chief Adeniyi Akintola to the Molete residence of the top politician, she responded “the issue was not like that. Baba needed him to be on his side and he invited him.

“Those people sent were just being overzealous. Adedibu never told them to treat him roughly. And when he eventually got to Baba, did he announce what Baba did for him? In fact, there was a time the then President Ibrahim Babangida invited Baba too. He needed Baba to support what he was doing as President and Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces. We first thought Baba would be killed. But he was returned to us , nothing was done to him.”

Asked about her relationship with Governor Seyi Makinde, she said that it is all cordial.

“I know His Excellency, Engineer Seyi Makinde is doing well for Oyo State. The positive signs are there. Ask the people. I pray for him to achieve two terms as Governor of Oyo State”.

She further confirmed the perception that she is a kind of ‘godmother’ to the governor.

“I am proud to be seen as the godmother of the Governor of Oyo State. Yes, awa ni iyaa Governor”.

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Alhaja Bose Adedibu averred that she is not looking for any political appointment, nor hoping to contest for any public office in the future adding that her children are old and qualified enough to contest and occupy any office in Nigeria.

On her much-reported plan to remarry, she said “that is the work of rumour mongers. And by the way, it is not a bad idea for me to remarry. It is my prerogative but it is not my priority presently. You Baba’s children will have to wait a long time for that to happen.”

She, however called on all politicians to shun do-or-die politics, saying that “I cannot fight them whether they are in APC, PDP or whatever. Many successful politicians in Nigeria passed through Baba and myself. All of us should see each other as brothers and sisters”.



Oyo: Why I am happy I didn’t win 2019 election – Adelabu gives reason



Oyo state governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) In the 2019 election, Chief Adebayo Adelabu on Thursday said he was grateful that he did not win the 2019 election, adding that he would be a better governor in 2023.

Justifying his statement, Adelabu, who spoke during a media parley and lunch with journalists in Ibadan, the state capital stressed that losing the election has afforded him opportunity of knowing more about how progressives in the state operate.


According to the former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN),  unlike before, he has warmed himself into the heart of the grassroots and members of his APC.

Commenting on the present administration’s performance,  he said almost two years after Governor Seyi Makinde was inaugurated, nothing concrete could be pointed to as achievement of PDP-led government.

He said,  “Everything this administration promised the people of the state is still on their wish list 16 months after coming on board. With the caliber of people that have returned to APC, no party can stand the way of our party.

“No state needs a governor before salary is paid. When salary is paid through statutory allocations and it goes straight to the Accountant General, they take it to the bank and they pay. Why must that be the major achievement of any governor?

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“And when you embark too much on populist programmes, which, in most cases, are not always giving the state sustainable development, it is more about immediate consumption.

“Populist programmes are short-lived. Within a short period, people will know that this man doesn’t really have so much to offer in terms of sustainable infrastructural development.

“It is going to two years now, can you point at one or two major projects that this government has completed? Everything is still on their wish list and if wishes were horses, beggars would ride,” he concluded.

Adelabu, who was full of thanks to God for sparing his life to reach 50 years, however noted that his grandfather, Adegoke Adelabu and father AbdulRauf Adelabu, both died aged 43 and 33 respectively.

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Oyo: Adepoju dumps ZLP for PDP, describes  Makinde’s achievements as unprecedented



Former House of Representative candidate under the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in 2019 general election in Oyo State, Dr. Adebayo Anthony Adepoju has dumped the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) and joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), describing the achievements of Governor Seyi Makinde as unprecedented

Adepoju, who is currently the Executive Chairman, Water Cooperation of Oyo State, together with other decampees joined PDP on Wednesday in Igboora, the headquarters of Ibarapa Central/Ibarapa North Federal constituency.

According to him, looking at all the achievements of governor Seyi Makinde since his assumption of office, someone will want to joined the success to further take the state to its glorious destination

“Am happy for today’s event because we have in attendance people of great minds in the whole of Ibarapa land who have decided to come together to work for the progress of Oyo State so as to take the state to a greater heights

While answering question on what makes him to dumped his former party and joined PDP, Adepoju noted that the uniqueness of PDP makes it different from other party, saying that what the current administration in the state led by governor Seyi Makinde is doing is worthy to be emulated

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“Governor Makinde has tried in all sector since his inception as the governor of the state, and this are what makes other states across the federation to be following the foot step of the governor.

In his remarks, the speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Debo Ogundoyin described Dr. Adepoju as an exemplary son of Ibarapa land who has been contributing his quota for the development of the state, saying that PDP in the state is ready to meet the yarnings of the people in the state

Ogundoyin however appreciated the support giving to PDP by the people of Ibarapa, calling on them to give necessary support to the reconciliation committee currently going on in the party so that it can yield a meaningful result

Meanwhile,the chiarman of the Oyo South Senatorial District, Sir Samuel Olawuwo said that the PDP government is ready to address all the needs of the people, saying that “We need to unite so that enemy will not divided us, all the party leaders are already in talks with the aggrieved party members so as to beings them into one folds, let us all be in love to move this great party to a greater height

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Dignitaries at the event include: the representative of the Oyo State governor, Mr Seye Makinde, Commissioner for Youth and Sport in Oyo State, Hon. Seun Fakorede, Commissioner for Special Duty, Hon. Funmilayo Orisadeyi, Special Adviser to governor Makinde on disabilities, Barr. Adekanbi, Hon. James Olukunle, Sir, Samuel Olawiwo, and Alhaji Mukaila Lamidi among others.

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‘My loyalty remains with Makinde, PDP’ – Ex- Oyo deputy speaker declares



A former Deputy Speaker and the Chairman, Oyo State House of Assembly Service Commission, Rt Hon (Dr) Musah Abdulwasi on Tuesday declared  that his loyalty remains with the Governor Seyi Makinde and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Abdulwasi said this while answering questions from journalists in Ibadan, the state capital, concerning the returning of some Unity Forum members to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The gubernatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress, ADC, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, some leaders and members of the Unity Forum had returned to the APC recently.

But the Saki-born politician said he had since joined the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP under the leadership of Engineer Seyi Makinde, adding that his people in Saki West local government have been attending the PDP’s meetings and other events.

Abdulwasi who contested to be a member of the House of Representatives for Saki West, Saki East and Atisbo federal constituency under the platform of the ADC said he’s no more a member of the ADC and he has picked a membership card of the PDP in the state.

“Thank you very much for that question. My loyalty remains with our Governor, His Excellency, Engineer Seyi Makinde. My people in Saki West have been attending the People’s Democratic Party meetings and other events.

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“I’m no more a member of the ADC, I don’t know who are those that returned to the All Progressives Congress, APC as you asked. I have nothing to do with the ADC.

“I have picked up my PDP membership card. You know what that means? Engineer Seyi Makinde is my leader and the leader of my people. I’m committed to the success of this administration”, he submitted.

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