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Makinde Has Reduced Governance To ‘Purchasing And Supply’  – Oyo APC



The All Progressives Congress in Oyo State has lamented what it described as a regrettable downward slide in the fortune of the state as a result of alleged poor handling of its affairs by the Peoples Democratic Party’s administration of  Engr. Oluseyi Makinde over the last 100 days.

Makinde was sworn-in on May 29, 2019 as a successor to Senator Abiola Ajimobi of the APC, who held sway as the executive governor of the state for an unprecedented two terms of eight years. The new administration is currently basking in the euphoria of marking its first 100 days in office as this has become the practice in the nation’s democratic governance.

In a statement issued on Wednesday and made available to journalists in Ibadan, the state capital by its Assistant Publicity Secretary, Prince Ayobami Adejumo, Oyo APC berated Governor  Makinde “for bowing to pressure and allowing his subjects to embark on a comedy show in the name of celebrating fake achievements which cannot even stand the test of public scrutiny.

“Modern ethics of governance or public administration do not give room for experiments as an average prospective leader is expected to be armed with ideal blueprint or roadmap with which he plans to add value or make a positive difference. In the case of Oyo state at the moment, the whole world is worried that we now have a man who still campaigns for election after he had been sworn-in as governor.

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“As a progressive entity, we are deeply concerned about the future of the Pacesetter State in view of the fact that the tempo of purposeful governor went away with the immediate former governor. We now have an administration which does not seem to know what governance entails. Obviously, handlers of the current PDP government are grossly incompetent and the earlier they realize this, the better for the future of our dear state.

“If not a theatre of the absurd; how does a mere plan to purchase pleasure cars amount to a giant stride in enhancing security? How does the rebranding and unveiling of exercise books inherited from the successive administration change the face of education for the better in a state? How does a mere pronouncement change the status of Adeoyo State Hospital to meet up with the value of the University College Hospital, Ibadan?

“On many occasions in the last three months, we have had Governor Makinde speak on probing the administration of Sen. Ajimobi on the spurious allegations of graft in the morning and also come out in the evening of same day to applaud most of his policies while in office. Rather than engaging in bitter politicking and unnecessary grandstanding, we urge him to borrow a leaf from Ajimobi and come up with only programs and policies that could move the state forward in no time.

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“Rather than roll out drums and make noise through media patronage to cover the track, Gov. Makinde should apologize for his failure to deliver on his campaign promises. Basically, people care to know why the governor has not secured sole ownership of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso for Oyo State as promised? Why has the governor refused to pay the 30 thousand naira minimum wage to workers? Why has Governor Makinde not been able to wean the state from being dependent of monthly federal allocations and loans? After all, it is dawned on the people that all he (Makinde) was to take an advantage of the people and make fake promises just to be a governor.

“However, now that Gov. Makinde is preparing to commission most of the Model Schools built by the administration of Sen. Ajimobi, we are appealing to him to monitor and support all the contractors handling various developmental projects across the state and, at the same time, endeavor to give due credit to the APC government since government is a continuum. Since Ajimobi left office, no single pot hole has been fixed on any road anywhere in the state and this is rather unfortunate”, Adejumo added.

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




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




President Buhari

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



Prince Aleshinloye

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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