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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: 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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