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Ex-Osun deputy speaker, others clear air on anti – party allegations

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The immediate – past deputy speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Adegboye Akintunde, has cried out over an alleged orchestrated plan of a person or group, whom were members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to promote disaffection and acrimony between some former members of the assembly and the recently Supreme Court affirmed Governor Gboyega Oyetola.

Hon. Akintunde said  his investigation revealed that the unholy political mission which culminated into a fallacious news story made to go viral sometime last week was the handiwork of political enemies within the party.

The former Deputy Speaker said he saw no reason why some people would just wake up from the wrong side of their bed to deliberately engage in the ulterior business of character assassination.

He explained that a critical examination of those who were unjustifiably being accused of having an unholy alliance with the opposition party- the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before and during the litigation in stages on the Osun governorship election, are the then lawmakers who were with the ex-Speaker Najeem Salaam during the governorship primary election.

It would be recalled that the agents of the devil who are found of being needlessly moody at all times caused a story to be written online where he alleged them of having meetings with the opposition and divulging vital legal information about the governorship litigation to the opposition for future settlement in anticipation of Senator Ademola Adeleke’s victory.

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Akintunde said there was no iota of truth in the fabricated story merely put together to get at the former Speaker and those of us who were with him during the primary.

“We are party men to the core and we believe in the supremacy of the party. Once Oyetola was picked by our party, all other aspirants’ political architectures were dismantled.

“This was the reason why we all played our prominent roles in our various constituencies to ensure the victory of our candidate, Oyetola”, he explained.

Akintunde, however advised the state Governor Oyetola to be wary of characters like this emissary of rift who has been spreading unfounded rumour about other individuals in order to curry undue favour from the current government.

“Who would say that Najeem Salaam did not try his possible best for the victory of Governor Oyetola during the election in Ejigbo just the way all of us tried in our various constituencies?

“Let the peddlers of falsehoods about us come up with the result of various election results of our party from their different Local Government Councils.

The former Deputy Speaker disclosed that his further checks on the last week phony list of Oyetola’s intended cabinet members was the handiwork of these scallywags and political irritants.

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The high calibre members of the APC who were wrongly accused of engaging in anti-party activities through a story made to go viral with its headline as: ‘Supreme Court Judgment: Osun APC in Fresh Crisis’ was published by an online news tabloid- National Insight on July 12 are: Hon Adegboye Akintunde; Hon Yemi Taiwo; Hon. Waseeu Adebayo, Hon Ipoola Binuyo; Hon Johnson Ojo; Hon Mufa; Hon Babatunde Komolafe and the chairman of Osogbo west LCDA Hon Temilade Olokungboye.

Akintunde who said the totality of the content of the fabricated story was hatched in order to unnecessarily cause disaffection between them and the highly respected governor.

According to him, “is it not laughable for someone with his thinking faculty intact to accuse me of presiding over a divisive and rebellious political meeting at a pepper soup joint at Alekunwodo area of Osogbo when I have my home and an office?”, he asked rhetorically.

The immediate-past deputy speaker added  that to the best of his knowledge, the Osun APC has only one Chairman who is Prince Famodun who has since condemned the character assassination of some APC chieftains by some disgruntled elements for selfish reasons.

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Oyo: Makinde to swear in 3 newly confirmed commissioner nominees tomorrow

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Barring any last-minute changes, the Oyo state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde  will tomorrow, Monday, August 26, 2019, swear in the last three designated commissioners, Mega Icon Magazine exclusively gathered.

Confirming this, a close source to Governor Makinde  who confided in our reporter also submitted: ” The last three commissioner nominees screened and confirmed by the State House of Assembly are also from Oyo state. Considering  the  formidable track record and CVs of our nominees, they are successful  individuals in their chosen careers, both  in the private and public sectors.  No doubt, they will assist the governor to deliver on all his promises”.

The governor had earlier sent the  names of the commissioner nominees to the State House of Assembly which was  read at the plenary by the Speaker, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin on Monday.

Contained in a message sent to the State House of Assembly, the commissioner-nominees are Prof. Raphael Afonja, Alhaja Fausat Sanni and a 27 year old  Seun Fakorede.

Meanwhile, the Oyo State House of Assembly on Thursday  screened and unanimously confirmed the three additional commissioner-nominees.

While thanking Governor Makinde for the opportunity which they described as a call to serve the people of Oyo State, the designated commissioners promised to contribute their quota to the advancement of the state.

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Though, the portfolio each commissioner would occupy remains unknown at this time, but the source  predicted that,  based on the nominees’ backgrounds, antecedents, educational and professional experiences, Prof Afonja is likely to be given charge of the Works and Transport Ministry, Alhaja Sanni  (Ministry of Women Affairs and  Fakorede (Ministry of Youth and Sports) respectively.

 

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Kogi West Senatorial: ‘We Are Not Afraid To Go For A Rerun’, Smart Adeyemi Reacts To Tribunal’s Judgement,

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The Kogi West Senatorial District candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election, Senator Smart Adeyemi, says his party is not afraid of a rerun.

Senator Adeyemi said this while commending the judgement of the Kogi State National Assembly and State Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal which sacked the lawmaker representing Kogi West, Senator Dino Melaye.

On Friday, a three-man panel of the Tribunal led by Justice Anthony Chijioke had in a unanimous judgment ordered a fresh election in the senatorial district.,

Reacting, Senator Adeyemi said  as a student of law, he has always believed that the court is where those who have been cheated get justice.

The APC chieftain  maintained that he would reclaim his mandate in the rerun ordered by the Tribunal, adding  that he has built the image to win the election over the years.

According to Adeyemi,  “We are not afraid to go for a re-run at all because the people can assess the two personalities. They know our antecedents, they know our track records, they know who we are and what we stand for.

“They know our personalities; not only in Kogi West but Nigerians know the two of us. They know I have a track record of getting to where I am, so it is not a question of being on the street and becoming a politician.”

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“No! I was not on the street. I’m proud to say that I was a practicing journalist and I was at a time, two-term National President of the Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ). So I have a track record.

“And I was in the Senate for eight years and the people are there to assess my performance. As to whether I met their needs or their aspirations, I have no doubt that I did my utmost best,” he reiterated.

He lamented that the system was faulty to a point that “it is possible for people from nowhere to become leaders in this country.”

The APC candidate further queried the credibility of the official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that approved the result of the Kogi West senatorial district election.

He alleged that there were several alterations in the result sheet while collation was not done where it was supposed to take place.

 

 

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Stop marginalizing us, we’re tired of junior ministerial status – Ondo community tells Buhari

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Akure community has kicked against the portfolio given to Senator Tayo Alasoadura as the Minister of State for Labour and Employment by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The community, under the body of Akure Community Development Forum, ACDF, berated Buhari for allegedly relegating Ondo State to the level of “junior ministerial status.”

In a statement issued on Friday and signed by Pa Reuben Fasoranti as well as the forum’s General Secretary, Eniola Olusola stated that since the coming on board of Buhari, Ondo had continued to be marginalized going by the recent appointment of Senator Alasoadura.

While appealing to President Buhari
to reconsider the appointment, the community maintained that with intellectual prowess of Alasoadura, he deserved a robust portfolio.

The statement read, “the people of Akure express reservations over the portfolio of Minister of State for Labour and Productivity given to Sen. Tayo Alasoadura and therefore plead with the President to consider a review of this.

“Chief Alasoadura possesses a rich and impressive profile, resume and pedigree and has contributed in no small measures to the development of the country, as attested to by many of his former colleagues in the Senate during his ministerial screening last month.

“Alasoadura was a member of the 8th Senate and Chairman of its Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), which saw to the successful passage of the all-important Petroleum Industry Governance Bill after several years of failed attempts by his predecessors.

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“A Chattered Accountant of decades of professional experience and service, Alasoadura was a Commissioner for Finance in Ondo State for six years and was the Chairman of the Conference of Finance Commissioners of the 36 States of the Federation, working tirelessly with the federal government to streamline allocation of resources to the three tiers of government without much crisis during that period.”

It added that “assigning such a distinguished Nigerian to a junior ministerial status is not only an underutilization of his capacity but a marginalization of the people of Akure in particular and Ondo State in general.

“We observed that Mr. President has retained the status of Minister of State for Ondo State in his administration, having given the same status to the last appointee from the state in his first term in office. Today, Ondo State is the only state in the South West that has no substantive Minister in the cabinet.

“We, therefore, call the attention of Mr. President to this imbalance and urge him to urgently correct it to give the people of Akure and indeed Ondo State a sense of belonging and their rightful place in the federal cabinet.”

Senator Tayo Alasoadura, who represented Ondo Central Senatorial District at the 8th Senate, was among the 43 ministers sworn in by President Buhari on August 21.

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