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‘Desist from deliberate campaign of calumny’, Ajimobi’s aides advise Makinde

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Former aides of the immediate past Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state on Friday advised the present administration in the state led by Engr. Seyi Makinde to desist from  deliberate campaign of calumny “as this could lead to the breakdown of law and order which the state had hitherto enjoyed in the last eight years”.

They also advised Governor Makinde to squarely face the serious task of governance instead of embarking on the mundane attempt to malign  his predecessor in office and paint him and his aides in bad light, among the populace.

The governor’s aides, led by former Commissioner for Education, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela, gave this advice at a press conference which was held at the premises of the Oyo State council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Iyaganku, Ibadan.

Speaking at the press conference, Prof. Olowofela said “It has come to our notice and our investigation has also revealed that there is deliberate smear campaign against the immediate past administration. This is in order to destroy the legacies of the immediate past administration and to individually and collectively malign us.

“These orchestrated propaganda started a few weeks ago when the former administration was accused of awarding the Iseyin-Oyo road to a faceless contractor at a cost of N2billion  per kilometer which had be debunked.

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“Not only that, the present administration had also revealed that the state has a debt profile of N150b which has been found to be incorrect according to report of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).  Going further, a bulk of the debt is tied to the $200m (N72b) loan from the World Bank which makes up the so -called debt  profile.

“Before its tenure ended on May 29, the Ajimobi administration had not taken up to 30% of that loan. It is a draw down loan whereby payment is released is released for and as projects are executed “, the ex – commissioner explained.

While reacting to the alleged recovered vehicles from some Ajimobi’s aides and political office holders by Governor Makinde, he said, ” these are orchestrated campaigns of calumny and cheap propaganda aimed at rubbishing the well-known giant achievements of the Ajimobi administration which we were part of. We have always challenged the current administration to come up with names of people alleged to have taken vehicles away illegally or without justification. Till date, they have not been able to do so”.

Olowofela, however posed four questions to challenge the present administration as follows:
1) Which mechanic workshop the vehicles were recovered from?
2) Who took such vehicles to mechanic workshop?
3) Were there no documentation given to the mechanic when the vehicles were received? If there were documentations, then they should tell the whole world the circumstances that led to the vehicles being in the workshop?
4) When were the vehicles taken to the workshops?

He specifically alleged one  Olopoeniyan  as one of the prominent government apologists behind the present smear   campaign, adding  that they have been going around mechanic workshops, waylaying and picking up vehicles alleged to have been illegally taken away. “Some of these vehicles have either been boarded or officially taken to mechanic workshops for repairs”.

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Continuing, the aides further alleged that Makinde has embarked on the recruitment of social media personnel to step up this smear campaign, counselling that propaganda and outright falsehood will not benefit his  administration and the generality of the people of  Oyo state.

” Empowering touts into taking pictures from mechanic workshops, car snatching on the street under the guise of retrieving government vehicles could lead to a situation of anarchy where men of the underworld would capitalise on this untoward behaviour, to snatch people’s  vehicles on the road, encouraging brigandage, breakdown of law and order, which had been ceased to exist in the state under the stewardship of Senator Abiola Ajimobi”, the University Don advised.

 

 

 •Idowu Ayodele, Ibadan

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Lagos govt. approves full reopening of churches, mosques

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The Lagos state government on Saturday approved the full reopening of worship centres in the state.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who announced this during a briefing in the state said churches are now allowed to observe their mid-week services, while the mosques are also allowed to carry out their five times a day prayer routine, with strict compliance to COVID-19 safety protocols.

“We must not forget that the coronavirus pandemic is still very much with us, and we must, therefore, strive to prioritize the safety of all our children, teachers, parents, and the entire society,” the governor said.

Before now, the state had allowed for a gradual re-opening of places of worship as lockdowns eased.

With the full re-opening now, the governor has urged Lagosians to continue to act responsibly and maintain the required levels of hygiene.

Some other parts of the world have witnessed a resurgence of COVID-19 infections and rising possibilities of “hard lockdowns”, which according to Governor Sanwo-Olu may become inevitable for Nigerians if caution is not applied.

“Let me make it clear that if we do not continue to maintain our guard, and sustain the adherence to all required protocols and guidelines, we will find ourselves in a situation where fresh lockdowns are inevitable,” he warned.

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“The only way to avoid this is to continue to act responsibly: maintain the required levels of hygiene, through regular handwashing and use of sanitizers, wear masks in all public places, avoid non-essential public gatherings, and maintain the prescribed levels of physical distancing at all times”.

The total infections in the country have now risen to 56,956, with 48,305 patients recovered and 1,094 deaths recorded.

At the onset of the virus in Nigeria, Lagos became the epicenter, gapping other states with its case load despite frantic efforts to curb the spread.

However, in recent times, other states such as Plateau have started to witness a surge with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 stating that it might become the new epicenter in the country.

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Photos: Oyo deputy gov. donates patrol motorcycles to security operatives

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The deputy governor of Oyo state, Engr. Raufu Olaniyan on Friday made a personal donation of patrol motorcycles to security operatives in Oke Ogun area of the state to boost their role of ensuring the safety of lives and properties.

Speaking at the event, Olaniyan noted  that Security is one of the cardinal objectives of the present administration headed by Governor Seyi Makinde, adding that the government has invested massively to provide facilities and equipment for security operatives in the state to perform their roles.

Speaking further, the deputy governor remarked that ” In the light of the security challenges in the country, it is imperative that we support the government in tackling this malady. It was therefore a delight for me to donate patrol motorcycles, from my purse, to the various security outfits operating in the Oke Ogun area of our state.”

He stressed that security matters should be the responsibility of all and not the government alone.

Olaniyan, however , urged well meaning individuals and lovers of peace to support the government in creating a safe and conducive environment for growth.

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Yorubas will resist arrest of proponents of Oodua Republic – Group

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Groups under the aegis  of Yoruba Frontier Movement (YFM) on Thursday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resist from using security agencies to harass, intimidate or arrest proponents of Oodua Republic.

YFM in a statement made available to journalists by its National Coordinator, Comrade Abdulkabir Adesina and National Secretary, Aderemi Adisa condemned the plan by security agencies to arrest proponents of Oodua Republic, saying that such action will only lead to breakdown of law and order.

The statement read, “We have received reports that there are plans by security agencies to arrest proponents of Oodua Republic headed by Chief Sunday Igboho. We are using this medium to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to order security agencies to desist from such attempts because proponents of Oodua Republic are operating within the ambit of the law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The group wondered why proponents of Oodua Republic have become the target of security agencies while Fulani herdsmen and bandits have remained untouchable.

“We should even go down memory lane. President Muhammadu Buhari while desperately seeking to become Nigeria’s president made many inciting statements capable of bringing anachy into the country but ex- President Jonathan never ordered for his arrest. On many occasions northern youths and elders have made similar inciting statements and heaven didn’t come down. As a matter of fact we have been calling for restructuring of Nigeria for a very long time.The failure of government to restructure Nigeria is the reason why we are calling for Oodua Republic. Yorubas have suffered greatly since the amalgamation of the country in 1914 owing to injustice against Yoruba race in Nigeria. As a race we have every right to demand for our right to either stay with Nigeria or go our separate ways”, the statement added.

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It further lauded  Chief Sunday Igboho for taking the bull by the horn, saying that Yorubas are fully in his support.

“We are using this medium to call on traditional rulers, Obas , leaders and all Yoruba sons and daughters to support the proponents of Oodua Republic”, the statement concluded.

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