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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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Tribunal sacks Dino Melaye, orders re-election

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The Kogi State National Assembly election tribunal has nullified the election of Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West Senatorial district.

Also, the three-man panel led by Justice A. O. Chijioke on Friday  in a unanimous judgment accepted Smart Adeyemi’s ground and order a reelection

Melaye, a candidate of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was earlier declared the winner of the February election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

His victory was challenged in court by Smart Adeyemi, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The APC Candidate, Adeyemi  challenged Melaye’s victory on three grounds of irregularities, over voting and non-compliance with the electoral acts.

 

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APC Congratulates Buhari, New Ministers

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The ruling  All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and the newly-inaugurated ministers.

APC, also  noted with utmost satisfaction the painstaking efforts the President made in picking the new ministers, their speedy screening and confirmation by the Senate, in addition to the rigorous induction of the new appointees towards acquainting them to the onerous task of assisting the President fulfill his promises of re-positioning the economy, ensuring security of lives and property and fighting corruption.

According to its spokesperson, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the  APC-led administration has recorded remarkable milestones in three areas, adding that the party aligns with the position of the President that there is more work to be done.

“There are challenges to build on the foundations that have been laid in the last four years. To state a few, the APC-led government has an urgent task to lift Nigerians out of poverty, secure lives and property, grow our economy, build infrastructure, bring back discipline to our private and public conducts and mobilize Nigerians through personal examples towards evolving a Nigeria we all can be proud of,” Issa-Onilu said.

The party further urged the new ministers to justify the confidence reposed in them by the President and, indeed, all Nigerians, by settling down to work quickly, and hit the ground running and consolidate on the progress that have been made in the various sectors.

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The APC continued, “We join the President in calling on the newly-inaugurated ministers to ensure teamwork amongst themselves so as to create harmony in the governance system. This is the only way we can achieve synergy in our policy implementation and overall implementation of our Next Level manifesto for the country.

“It is important that our newly-inaugurated ministers understand they are ministers of APC administration, hence, they should reflect the best and progressive ideals of the party in their conduct and actions.

“The Party wishes our newly-inaugurated ministers best of luck as our party through the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari works towards taking our country to the Next Level. We assure the new ministers of the Party’s maximum cooperation and support to make them succeed”.

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Buhari Finally Assigns Portfolios To Ministers (SEE LIST)

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Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated his long-awaited cabinet in Abuja today.

The President also assigned portfolios to the ministers.

The list of ministers and their portfolios are listed below:

1 Uchechukwu Samson Ogah (Abia) – Minister of State Mines And Steel.

2. Muhammadu Bello (Adamawa) – Minister of FCT

3. God’swill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom) – Minister of Niger delta

4. Dr Chris Ngige (Anambra ) – Minister of Labour and Environment

5. Sharon Ikeazu (Anambra) –  Minister of State Environment

6. Adamu Adamu – (Bauchi) – Education

7. Amb Maryam Katagum – (Bauchi) – Industry, Trade and Investment, State

8. Timipre Silva – (Bayelsa) – Petroleum, State

9. Sen. George Akume – Benue, Special Duties

10. Mustapha Baba Shehuri – Borno, Agriculture, State

11. Godwin Jedi-Agba – Cross River, Power, State

12. Festus Keyamo – Delta, Niger Delta, State

13. Ogbonnaya Onu – Ebonyi, Science and Technology

14. Dr. Osagie Ehanire – Edo, Health

15. Clement Ikanade Agba – Edo, Budget and National Planning, State

16. Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo – Ekiti, Industry, Trade and Investment

17. Geoffrey Onyeama – Enugu, Foreign Affairs

18. Dr. Ali Isa Pantami – Gombe, Communication

19. Emeka Nwajuba – Imo, Education, State

20. Suleiman Adamu – Jigawa, Water Resources

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21. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed – Kaduna, Finance, Budget and National Planning

22. Dr. Mohammad Mahmoud – Kaduna, Environment

23. Mohammed Sabo Nanono – Kano, Agriculture

24. Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd) – Kano, Defence

25. Hadi Sirika – Katsina, Aviation

26. Abubakar Malami – Kebbi, HAGF and Minister of Justice

27. Ramatu Tijani Aliyu – Kogi, FCT, State

28. Lai Mohammed – Kwara, Information and Culture

29. Gbemisola Saraki – Kwara, Transportation, State

30. Babatunde Raji Fashola – Lagos, Works and Housing

31. Adeleke Mamora – Lagos, Health, State

32. Mohammed A. Abdullahi – Nasarawa, Science & Tech, State

33. Amb. Zubairu Dada – Niger, Foreign Affairs, State

34. Olamilekan Adegbite – Ogun, Mines & Steel Devpt

35. Sen. Omotayo Alasuadura – Ondo, Labour, State

36. Rauf Aregbesola – Osun, Interior

37.  Sunday Dare – Oyo, Youth and Sports

38. Dame Pauline Tallen – Plateau, Women Affairs

39. Rotimi Amaechi – Rivers, Transportation

40. Mohammed Maigari Dangyadi – Sokoto, Police Affairs

41. Engr. Sale Mamman – Taraba, Power

42. Abubakar D. Aliyu – Yobe, Works and Housing, State

43. Sadiya Umar Faruk – Zamfara, Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

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