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Exclusive: Ex-Oyo Commissioner,  Ayandele, Tegbe , Adelabu May Replace Shittu As Minister

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... as Ajimobi prefers younger person
Barring any last-minute changes, ex- Oyo Finance Commissioner, Mr. Zacchaeus Adedeji Adelabu and two other prominent governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Olusola Ayandele and Engineer Olasunkanmi Tegbe  have been nominated by the immediate past Governor Abiola Ajimobi for ministerial appointment.
 
The party’s  guber nominee, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, also stands a better chance, Mega Icon Magazine exclusively gathered. 

It would be recalled that former Governor Abiola Ajimobi, has reportedly declined the offer to serve as a Minister under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government  to allow the President pick a younger person from the Oyo APC team.

Confirming this development, an APC Chieftain in the state who confided in our reporter, disclosed that former Governor Ajimobi had earlier nominated Zacchaeus Adelabu, Joseph Tegbe and Olusola Ayandele for the ministerial appointment. The faultless source hinted further that though Chief Adelabu was not nominated due to his ongoing election petition at the tribunal, however, the ex-CBN Deputy Governor is currently enjoying support from the National leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“Our leader, Asiwaju  is coordinating the ministerial lists in the Southwest and he has expressed interest in Bayo Adelabu and Eruobodo through his body language. Eruobodo, is also making good use of his contacts, particularly, the connection gained through the former Head of State, Abdulsalam Abubakar.
 
“Zach and Tegbe are also penetrating seriously, because they have the credentials,  strong connections and required experience. Asiwaju, only prefers a  smart, intelligent and surprising political strategist as a rallying point for a stronger, better and more united APC in Oyo state.
 
“Meanwhile, some members and chieftains of our party are drumming support for Zacchaeus , Tegbe and Eruobodo , while others are also clamouring for Adelabu. Honestly, we are proud of these nominees, they are capable of occupying the seat. 
“But, do not  be deceived my brother, Ajimobi is a factor! 
 
“Apart from his political influence and connections,  Ajimobi is  a known hard – core Tinubu’s loyalist, he has a voice in this matter as well”,  the  unnamed source hinted.

Zacchaeus Adedeji Adelabu, a seasoned financial expert from Ogo Oluwa Local Government Area of Oyo state had served as a former commissioner for Finance under former Governor Abiola Ajimobi. In fact, he is a close associate of the governor and his philanthropic gesture seems to be opening doors for him.

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Having worked closely with the ex- finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, and handled several high leveled assignments, he has brilliant ideas towards Nigeria’s  development. Also, Adelabu’s gesture is selfless in that it cuts across the state, he  has impacted people’s lives positively.

Chief Adebayo Adelabu ,who is the Parakoyi of Ibadan land, immediate Past Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria and Oyo APC governorship Candidate in the just concluded election, is also the grand son of late political icon, Alhaji Adegoke Adelabu popularly addressed as ‘Penkelemesi”.

Bayo Adelabu is one of the vibrant youths in the state with his experience in management and banking sector.

The first class graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife , Osun state had also contributed greatly to the development of Oyo State when he was CBN Deputy Governor, Operations and through Bayo Adelabu foundation.

Engr Joseph Olasunkanmi Tegbe, a name that has rocked the political circle in the state within shortest time.

Olasunkanmi Tegbe is an Ibadan born strategist, economic planner, policy formulator and silent philanthropist.

His experience is diverse and varied having provided advisory services to states and federal government in Nigeria and West Africa on good governance, administration, quality assurance, policy formulation and implementation. He has also consulted for multinational organisations and non -governmental organisations. This is informed by his background as a first class civil engineer and a top rated chartered accountant.

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Apart from his intimidating academic profile, Tegbe is  endowed with knowledge, skills and human face. He has successfully contributed positively to KPMG, an international auditing firm.

Dr Olusola Ayandele (Eruobodo) is an Ibarapa born industrialist who has administrative and managerial skills in both public and private sector

The highly cerebral Dr Ayandele had enjoyed warm reception from the leaders and members of the APC which has indeed boosted his morale and energized his then aborted guber aspiration.

Ayandele’s background as a relationship expert and conflict manager has also enhance his acceptability in the party.

 

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Oyo LG Dissolution: AG tells Makinde to reverse decision, orders immediate disbandment of caretaker arrangement {See Letter}

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The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN has directed the Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde to reverse himself over the dissolution of local government administration in the State.

The directive was contained in a letter sent to the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Oyo State, Prof. Oyewo Oyelowo dated 14 January, 2020 with reference HAGF/OYO/2020/Vol.I/I. Entitled; “Unconstitutionality of dissolution of elected local government councils and appointment of caretaker committee: the urgent need for compliance with extant judicial decisions”.

The AGF said in view of the decision of the Supreme Court on the matter that is binding on all 36 States of the Federation, “ the common practice by some State Governors in dissolving elected local government councils is unconstitutional, null and void. So also any system of local government run by Caretaker Committee are outrightly illegal and unconstitutional”.

” To this end, I hereby request all their Excellencies, State Governors and Speakers of State House of Assembly, who are currently acting in breach of the provisions of Section 7(1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and also acting in disobedience of the Supreme Court judgement highlighted above to immediately retrace their step by ensuring compliance with the above in the overall interest of the rule of law and our democracy.

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“The need to immediately disband all caretaker committee and restore democratically elected representatives to man the local governments has therefore become obligatory”, the letter added.

In a related development, Malami requested the Commissioner for Justice to take positive steps to ensure compliance , stressing that, President Buhari and other relevant agencies will be advised further on compliance measures that should be taken in national interest”.

Copies of the letter were also sent to the IGP, DG, DSS, The Ag. Chairman of EFCC and NFIU.

Reacting to the development, the Chairman. Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo state chapter, Prince Ayodeji Abass – Aleshinloye described the decision as a welcome development as it has confirmed what they had always stood for that it was wrong for constitutionally elected local government chairmen to be so treated.

“We are glad with this latest development. We want to assure the administration that as law abiding citizens, we will work hand in glove with them to ensure even development in Oyo State.

“We also want to thank the people of Oyo State for standing with us and being law abiding for the duration of the period that the issue lingered”, Aleshinloye submitted

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I’m looking forward to a peaceful hand over in 2023 – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday disclosed hat he was already looking forward to a peaceful hand over in 2023, stressing that he was morally bound to fulfill that wish.

President Buhari also declared that as a beneficiary of a free and fair election in the country, he would bequeath the same to his successor and the nation in 2023.

The President stated this  at a dinner with members of the legal team for the 2019 presidential election petition in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Speaking further,  President Buhari recounted that the turnout of Nigerians during his presidential campaigns to the 36 states of the Federation in 2019 convinced him that his re-election was not a fluke.

‘‘The number of people that turned out in every state across the country was more than anybody can buy or force.

‘‘This gave me so much confidence and the election proved that with the votes I got.

‘‘That is why I insist that elections must be free and fair because I am a clear successor to a free and fair election.

‘‘Morally I want to have a clear conscience. I swore by the Holy Book that I will abide by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

‘‘I will continue to do my best and I hope that by 2023, I can handover quietly to whoever succeeds me and I wish him the best of luck,’’ he said.

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The President lauded the legal team led by Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN for the outstanding legal successes recorded in the presidential election petition.

He commended the team for the effective legal strategy that thrived in piloting his election litigation.

‘‘You creditably demonstrated a deep understanding of the law and its practices and I am indeed proud of you all.

‘‘I am confident that by securing a convincing and unanimous legal victory at the Supreme Court you have by so doing ensured that the political mandate of the Nigerian electorate is now firmly secured,’’ he said.

The President added that the legal team’s enormous contributions have affirmed the rule of law and further entrenched democratic governance in Nigeria.

‘‘This legal team is an assemblage of some of the most scholarly legal teams ever assembled in this country.

‘‘I must note that the aforesaid legal successes recorded through your excellence have assisted me in fulfilling this government’s desire for a better Nigeria,’’ he said.

On behalf of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the President told the team to accept his commendations and best wishes for their meritorious service.

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‘Look at genuine complaints, suggestions to make Amotekun acceptable’, Oyo ALGON tells S/W governors

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The Association Of Local Government Of Nigeria, (ALGON) Oyo State Chapter on Thursday, urged Southwest governors to  look at all genuine complaints and suggestions to make the newly launched Western Nigeria Security Network  codenamed ‘Operation Amotekun’  generally acceptable so as to achieve its set goal of providing complementary security to all.

The association, while declaring support for the security outfit also appealed to the  governors to subject its operations to democratic control, management of communities and local government authorities as elected representatives of the grassroots for Amotekun not to be abused and misused.

Oyo ALGON  through its Chairman, Prince Ayodeji Abass Aleshinloye stated this at the New Year get together and review of year 2019 activities held at ALGON house, Ibadan, the state capital.

Prince Aleshinloye further disclosed that the association  will  set up a technical committee to study the situation and make recommendations to the governors on it.

“Let me state here that ALGON Oyo State supports Amotekun as we have been doing to create and support any move to address meaningfully the security of life and property as this is the fundamental objective and duty of government at all levels because without security there cannot be governance or development.

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“We however wish to appeal to South west governors to subject the operation of Amotekun to democratic control and management of communities and local government authorities as elected representatives of the grassroots for Amotekun not to be abused and misused”, Prince Alesinloye observed.

Reacting to the recent appointment of Caretaker Chairmen in the state , the ALGON boss  insisted that the continuous disregard of the Supreme Court judgement and High Court judgement that forbid dissolution of democratically elected Local Government functionaries shows clearly a flagrant disobedience and abuse of rule of law by the Seyi Makinde – led government.

Alesinloye, however dared Governor Makinde to produce the ‘Court Order’ he repeatedly claimed restrained the conduct of local government election organized during the tenure of former Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

“In his defense, the State Government said the Local Government election that was conducted by the last dispensation was illegal because it contravened court order. The government run by Engr. Seyi Makinde has been asked since then to produce and give evidence of the so-called “Court Order” they repeatedly claimed restrained the conduct of local government election organized during the tenure of Senator Abiola Ajimobi, but all this was to no avail. The order only exists in their imagination.

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“As if were not enough, the Governor in his usual characteristics, displayed yet another contempt to highest court of the land with the swearing-in of the outlawed caretaker committee to forcefully take over our seats that were not vacant by law.

“We are equally aware that recently, the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation has issued an advisory directive to the Attorneys General of all the 36 states including Oyo state, requesting they all comply with the decision of the Supreme court outlawing illegal dissolution of Local Councils and which set aside caretaker appointments over local councils.

“The HAGF by his letter demanded compliance with the Supreme court by a restoration of democratically elected Council Chairmen and Councillors in all councils in the states.

“Uptill now Governor Makinde and his government have continued to act illegally and contrary to democratic norms. We reiterate that we shall not fail to continue to fight this illegality prone, unjust and deceptive administration until Governor Makinde submits to, and obeys our constitution, court judgments and the rule of law, the continuing despise of which is an impeachable offence against him”, prince Aleshinloye concluded

 

 

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