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Echoes From Ido/Ibarapa East Federal Constituency : Fact About Constituency’s Agreement



CONSTITUTION is essentially described as the embodiment of the most fundamental rules, principles and institutions which constitutes the political fabric of a state as well as human society. Meaning that, it entails the document that embodies the steps that determine how we do things in the society.

In essence, constitution helps to bring order and sanity to the society and for the good governance of the generality of the people.

Also, there are various types of constitution which include the following: written, unwritten, rigid and flexible, unitary and federal, confederal, presidential and parliamentary constitutions respectively.

But for the purpose of this discussion, focus shall be on the “Unwritten Constitution”.

Generally, constitutions are said to be “Unwritten” because they have evolved on the basis of custom rather than on written law. The reference point in this regard remains that of Great Britain. This is because it is a combination scattered in several documents and drawn from diverse sources from the 13th century to the present.

It includes Magna Carta of 1215, Petition of Rights, 1628; Bill of Rights, 1689; The Reform Act of 1832, the Parliamentary Act of 1911 and the rest are documents that represent a landmark in British Constitutionalism.

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in conclusion, it entails therefore that they are not products of a single act or authority but a product of tradition and emerging needs.

It was on this background information that a federal constituency, in Oyo state, housing Ido and Ibarapa East Local Governments entered into an agreement that could be regarded as the “unwritten constitution” which has enjoyed almost 20 years without any cessation by jointly presenting a Federal Honourable which will represent the good people of Ido/Ibarapa East Federal Constituency based on zoning arrangement.

The two councils have been enjoying the political turn taking, until 2015 when Ibarapa East Local Government held sway to have undue advantage over her Ido counterpart.

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Meanwhile, the said “Unwritten Constitution” was agreed to, concluded and sealed between the two local governments that each zone shall enjoy two consecutive 4years each (8years) irrespective of any political faith.

In 1999, when Nigeria returned to full blown democracy, Honourable Sodiq Anwo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Alakaso, Ward 9 dusted Engr. Nureni Adisa of the then Alliance for Democracy (AD) both from Ido Local Government.

Following his welfarist programme , Honourable Sodiq Anwo replicated the same victory in 2003 under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as against Dauda Azeez of Alliance for Democracy (AD) of Ward 2, Akufo in Ido Local Government. This exhausted the two terms tenure of the council.

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Continuing, in 2003-2007, the pendulum later swung to Ibarapa East, which Ido Local Government observed. This time around It was the turn of the council when Honourable Oluyemi Taiwo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) contested and emerged as the winner in 2007 thrashing the likes of Honourable Sunday Adeyemi Adepoju of the defunct Action Congress (AC) among others.

Ibarapa East Local Government repeated her tenure in 2011 which produced the incumbent, Honourable Sunday Adepoju of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) emerging with 16,772 votes, as Honourable Oluyemi Taiwo who contested under the platform of the Accord Party (AP) scored 14,394 votes, while Oladapo Olusegun of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had 13,384 votes.

Breaching the agreement, Honourable Sunday Adepoju, having contested against Ido Local Government candidates, the council which houses the largest voting population with the support of his former party – the All Progressives Congress (APC) repeated same victory in 2015.

This indicates that the Ibarapa East Local Government would be spending 12years as Sunday Adepoju completes his uninterrupted 8years.

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Without any breach of agreement, following the laid down tradition of the “Unwritten Constitution”, Ido Local Government, irrespective of Political affiliation must produce the next Federal Honourable that will represent the good people of Ido/Ibarapa East Federal Constituency come 2015.

Interestingly, the stakeholders in Ibarapa East Local Government have conceded the ticket to Ido Local Government considering the zoning arrangement tagged ‘the gentleman’s agreement’

They stressed that the people are presently promoting the “need for a change of baton”

According to the political stakeholders in Ido Local Government who spoke with our reporter, “Ibarapa East Local Government has been in the helm of affairs in the last 12 years. This is a  political turn-taking between the two councils irrespective of any political affiliation as a tradition and it has been helping us to maintain a peaceful political order.

“This tradition has really encouraged the  principles of trust, respect for fairness, equity, and justice as well as ensuring balancing of power”.

However, ahead of the forthcoming general elections, the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) in the federal constituency has unanimously agreed to present a consensus candidate for Ido/Ibarapa East Federal Constituency.

Under the ruling party, the immediate past Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology and ex-council gaffer of Ido Local Government, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela has been adopted by the party. Olowofela was the party Chairman, Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Ido Local Government. He also contested the council’s number seat under the platform of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, (ANPP) in 2007 which he won in the controversial election conducted by former Governor Rashidi Ladoja.

Considering the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and other oppositions in the constituency, major contenders are, the former Chairman of Ido LG and two – term state honourable, Hon. Adeola Adesina along side Comrade Busari Olumuyiwa Samod both from Ido Local Government chapter of the African Democratic Congress (ACD) struggling for the party ticket among others.

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While, one of the children of the famous PDP leader, Alhaji Yekini Adeojo, Sherrif Adeojo from Ido Local Government is currently battling with Honourable Oluyemi Taiwo, a former occupant of the seat from Lanlate in Ibarapa East Local Government to secure the PDP ticket.

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Mega Icon Magazine reliably gathered that the embattled Honourable Sunday Adepoju ( From, Eruwa, in Ibarapa East LG) is still struggling and scheming to return under the platform of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) using all the arsenal within his reach, having defected from the APC, failing his political ‘god father’, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

But, based on strong indications on ground and information gathered, particularly the ‘quest for change of baton’, political parties and gladiators in Ido Local Government are ready to
support ‘Ido candidature’ irrespective of political faith to wrestle power for Ido/Ibarapa East Federal Constituency come 2019.

2019 is around the corner, until then; the game is continuity as event unfolds.


By Idowu Ayodele (Mega Icon Magazine, Political Desk)



Oyo: Makinde’s Plan to Appoint Caretaker Chairmen Is Illegal, Unconstitutional – Ajimobi’s Aide



Prof Olowofela

FORMER  Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in Oyo state, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela has said that the planned imposition of caretaker arrangements in the state by Governor Seyi Makinde to forcefully takeover the local government councils from the democratically elected Council Chairmen and Councillors  is illegal and unconstitutional.

The Don, who insisted that Governor Makinde’s declaration is irrelevant, also noted that the Chairmen and Councilors are not creation of the governor but products of law; because they were elected by the people.

Featuring on Fresh FM Ibadan political circuit programme, monitored by Mega Icon Magazine on Saturday, the ex-Council gaffer of Ido Local Government said the  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) deliberately refused to participate in the local government election, just as he disclosed that it was the government of Governor Seyi Makinde that went to appeal the existing court ruling that the Governor, House of Assembly cannot discharge the mandate given to the elected Local Government Chairmen.


“Why are they in haste? They are already in court. Governor Makinde should allow Appeal Court to determine  the matter. If you had gone to court, the onus is on you for the court to announce a position and is not your own business to say this is how court will rule . The court is not based on sentiments, but to interpret laws.

“The imposition of Caretaker Chairmen cannot work because there is a Supreme Court ruling on the issue of local government now and it said that no Governor or State Assembly can remove any elected Council Chairman, you just want to create a political imbroglio. If your party refused to participate in an election doesn’t make that election invalid. Ab initio, the PDP actually went to court that the local government election should not hold, but the court ruled over . Cases that were in court are all vacated as at today. 

“Why would Seyi Makinde, as an incumbent governor deliberately precipitate crisis, thinking that if you have crisis you can do whatever you like. If you deliberately precipitate crisis you cannot benefit from that crisis because you don’t have the power to remove elected Chairmen. If you commit illegality, it is also illegal to be law abiding, you don’t expect the other party to fold their arms, they will fight it out with the rule of law. Allow the Appeal Court you have gone to, to make a pronouncement. When the court rules, whatever you’re doing will be the product of law and not the product of naked power. We should run away from ‘Jankara Politics’ “, he advised.

Reacting to what he described as illegal dissolution of the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), Olowofela quoted the Supreme Court decision recently held in Oni & Ors V Governor of Ekiti State & Anor (2019) 5NWLR Part 1664,Pg 1-27 that:

“The tenure of the Governor of a State under the 1999 constitution, as well as that of the legislature is 4 years. However, the constitution grants members of a state independent electoral commission a tenure of 5 years. It ought not to escape attention that the deliberate purpose of the constitution is to create an electoral commission, the lifespan of which exceeds those of both the Governor and the  state legislature. This is done  with the view to create continuity and stability in the electoral process and governance. The same is done in relation to the State Civil service commission, and the State Judicial Service Commission. It is not the intendment of the constitution that the membership of the commissions should change with the fortunes of the political parties in a state.
“This remains the law of our land according  to the Supreme court. It means the proclaimed dissolution of Commissions, including OYSIEC, CSC, JSC,etc, cannot stand”.

Continuing, he recalled that:  “during former Governor Ladoja’s era,  Ladoja had OYSIEC, when Governor Akala came on board , Akala disband the OYSIEC and when Ladoja returned, he also  disband the OYSIEC again created by Akala. This is not respecting the rule of law and led to a lot of court litigations. That was what hindered Governor Ajimobi from conducting Local Government Election on a timely basis.

“We had to wait for the series of court cases to be vacated, but it got to a point where by we had to call all the fielding parties, both the OYSIEC of Akala, OYSIEC of Ladoja and they had to withdraw the case from court when we negotiated with them. They did that one before Ajimobi could now constitute new OYSIEC in 2016. Don’t forget that the OYSIEC has a lifespan of five years , so 2016 plus 5 years will give us 2021which will still be in the lifespan of this present government.

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“If you have the prerogative to appoint, that is law, but it is tenure based. When something is tenure based, then you must allow them to expend the tenure that has been given to them. OYSIEC has five years, in fact court has also ruled over  this matter. The court did not say go and give them their money but for the status quo to remain. If you ‘dash them money’, that’s your headache. They have their own tenure which is five years and they will spend their tenure.  It is even wrong of Governor Seyi Makinde to spend public money anyhow. Anyhow in the sense that, if you have not done any service, why would you be paid?

“The court has ruled over this matter that the OYSIEC has five years tenure to use. That the government is dissolving the OYSIEC won’t hold water. Law didn’t permit arbitrariness, the fact that you have power to hire a Commission doesn’t mean that you can fire that commission, because it is a tenure matter, the tenure must run, that’s the law. This is different from hiring a messenger for a particular job , so you must look critically before you hire, because once you hire, you must allow tenure to lapse. A pronouncement that is coming from the mouth is just a word if it doesn’t have the force and backing of the law”, the APC chieftain concluded.

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Inside Nigerian Senate:Smart Adeyemi Finally Replaces Dino Melaye {See Photos}




The Senate President,  Ahmed Lawan on Wednesday swore-in Senator Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Adeyemi is replacing Senator Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who lost the rerun in the Kogi West Senatorial District election.

The APC candidate, Adeyemi who emerged victorious at the bye-election concluded last week in the district by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was announced by the Returning Officer of the election, Professor Olajide Lawal that he successfully polled a total of 88,373 votes to defeat his political rival,  Melaye of the PDP who scored 62,133 votes.

The swearing-in was done by the Clerk of the Senate, Nelson Ayewoh, at the start of plenary.

Adeyemi is returning to the Senate about five years after he lost the seat to  Melaye at the 2015 election.


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Makinde appoints Special Adviser on Health, Kano indigene as Special Assistant Community relations




Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has announced the appointment of Dr. Olufunmilayo Salami and a Kano indigene, Alhaji Ahmed Murtala as Special Adviser Health and Special Assistant Community Relations I, Arewa community respectively.

The Governor also approved the appointment of Chief Jacob Adetoro as chairman, Federal Constituencies Liaison Officers, while naming 14 Constituency Liaison Officers, representing each of the State’s 14 Federal Constituencies.

A statement signed by the Special Assistant (Print Media) to Governor Makinde, Moses Alao, indicated that the Governor also approved the appointments of Hon. Femi Josiah as Special Assistant on Community Relations II for other communities.

The Governor charged the new appointees, whose appointments took effect from November 27, to see their appointments as a call to service, charging them to discharge their duties with absolute loyalty, dedication and diligence.

Dr. Salami, who until her appointment as Special Adviser on Health to Governor Makinde, was a Consultant to the Government on Health, is a United States of America-based Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician.

The new Special Assistant on Community Relations for the Arewa Community, Mr. Murtala, hailed from Nasarawa Local Government of Kano State and had his primary and secondary school education at St. Brigid Boys School, Mokola, Ibadan and Community Grammar School, Mokola, Ibadan respectively.

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He will serve as the bridge between the Oyo State Government and the Hausa/Fulani community as well as other Northern groups scattered across the State.

Governor Makinde had, at a recent forum, while receiving a contingent of the Niger State Youths, which were in Ibadan to present him with a white horse and an award in recognition of his excellent service delivery in the first six months in office, promised to appoint a Special Assistant from the Hausa/Fulani community to serve as the link between the Government and the community, especially in the face of farmer-herdsmen crisis.

The appointments were communicated through letters signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun.

The 14 Liaison Officers appointed by the Governor were: Alhaji Ajibike Osuolale Lateef (Iseyin, Itesiwaju, Kajola and Iwajowa); Alhaji Salami Lukman Adisa (Saki East, Saki West and Atisbo); Alhaji Afees Tijani (Orelope, Irepo and Olorunsogo); Hon. Ganiyu Laaro (Oriire, Ogbomoso North and Ogbomoso South);    Mr. Sanjo Akintola    (Ogo-Oluwa and Surulere); Mr. Wale Ogunmola (Afijio, Oyo West, Oyo East and Atiba); Hon. Monsuru Oduola (Ibarapa North and Ibarapa Central).

Others were: Mrs. Julian Nwachukwu (Ibadan North); Mr. Olumide Akinlade (Oluyole); Alhaja Kafilat Olayiwola (Ido and Ibarapa East); Alhaji Labule Ishola (Ibadan South-West &North-West); Alhaja Yahaya Akinbile (Ibadan South-East and North-East); Mrs. Wulemot Ibitoye (Akinyele/Lagelu) and Mr. Adegboyega Akinlolu James (Ona-Ara and Egbeda).

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