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May 29 : Ajimobi inaugurates ‘first joint transition committee’, preaches against politics of bitterness

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The Oyo State Governor, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, on Thursday  inaugurated the first joint transition committee in the history of the state, which is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring a smooth transition from the incumbent to the Governor-elect, Mr Seyi Makinde.

The 27-member committee, comprising 17 from the government and 10 from the incoming administration, was inaugurated at the Executive Council Chambers of the Governor’s Office, Ibadan.

Part of the terms of reference of the committee, as learnt was to evolve a seamless framework for the change of baton, as well as to organize a befitting handing-over ceremony.

Speaking at the historic event, Governor Ajimobi charged  the committee members to place the interest of the state and its citizens above other narrow interests by emulating the existing cordiality between himself and Makinde.

The governor stressed that the event should not be seen as a mere stunt targeted at making history, but should be regarded as a deliberate step to promote the tenets of politics without bitterness.

“We make history today again as the first administration in the history of Oyo State in which the governor will inaugurate a transition committee comprising representatives of the incumbent and incoming administrations.

“Consequently, today’s event is another ‘Koseleri’ (unprecedented) in the annals of the history of our dear state. It is also pertinent to note that for the first time in the history of Oyo State, an incumbent governor formally received in audience a governor-elect (Makinde).

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“These, for us, are not just stunts for making history, but a demonstration of true tenets of democracy, good governance, politics without bitterness and the ‘Ajumose’ spirit of collective responsibility.

“The governor-elect, upon my request, forwarded a list of nominees to government and I have no doubt in my mind that members of his team are men and women capable of implementing a smooth transition from one government to another”, Ajimobi said.

He also  expressed the hope that future administration would take a cue from his gesture by sustaining such a collaborative spirit and not make the event a ‘Koselemo’ (forbidden), urging the incoming administration to raise the bar on delivery of good governance like he successfully did through his administration’s restoration, transformation and repositioning agenda.

He posited that the cutting-edge agenda, which began with the restoration of peace and security to the state, provided a solid foundation for the state’s massive infrastructural revolution, innovative and result-oriented approach to education, empowerment programmes, pragmatic healthcare delivery and improved agro-business and enhanced value-chain addition in agriculture, among others, bore true testimonies to his administration success story.

Representatives of committee from the government include Secretary to the State Government, Mr Olalekan Alli (Chairman); Head of Service, Mrs Hannah Ogunesan, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof Adeniyi Olowofela; Commissioner for Finance, Mr Abimbola Adekanmbi; and Commissioner for Works and Transport, Mr Wasiu Dauda; Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Seun Abimbola; Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun; and Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Chief Isaac Ishola.

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Others are Commissioner for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, Prince Oyewole Oyewumi; Commissioner for Health, Dr Azeez Adeduntan; Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Survey, Mr Isaac Omodewu; Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr Abimbola Kolade.

Continuing, also on the list are the Special Adviser, Economic Planning and Budget, Dr Isiaka Kolawole; Special Adviser, Efficiency Unit, Dr Isaac Ayandele; Special Adviser, Security, Mr Segun Bolarinwa; Executive Assistant, Administration, Mr Soji Eniade; and Permanent Secretary, Civil Service Commission, Mr David Olatunde, who will serve as the Secretary.

Those from the camp of the governor-elect were led by Senator Hosea Agboola, with Chief Bisi Ilaka, Hon Debo Ogundoyin, Miss Lolade Ajibola, Mr Adeniyi Babatunde, Mr Seun Ashamu, Dr Bashir Bello, Mr Wale Adepoju, Hon. Temi Adibi and Mrs Bosede Ayo-Famola, as members.

 

 

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APC blame governors, supports NASS on Edo, Bauchi Assembly crisis

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has reiterated its  support for the decision taken by the National Assembly to resolve the crisis in Edo and Bauchi State Houses of Assembly.

Its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Lanre Issa-Onilu, confirmed this while addressing a news conference on Sunday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Issa-Onilu explained that the real issue at stake is the alleged deliberate violation of the rule of law by the governors of the affected states.

According to him, ”There was supposed to be a proper proclamation of the House of Assembly in Bauchi and Edo and in both cases, what happened has fallen short of the expectation.

“So, do the right thing. You can deal with whoever you think is your problem; that is a different issue.

“Our only concern here is wherever – Edo, Bauchi, anywhere else, rule of law must guide whatever we do. Enough of impunity in the country, and we will not take it,” he added

The APC spokesman said the party has demanded that the governors of Edo and Bauchi states obey the rule of law by ensuring that their State Houses of Assembly were properly inaugurated.

He maintained that the National Assembly was constitutionally empowered to take over the functions of any State House of Assembly found not capable of performing its functions.

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Issa-Onilu averred that the APC aligned itself with the position of the federal lawmakers, stressing that their intervention in the crisis was in line with the Constitution.

“What should happen is the National Assembly is clearly empowered in a situation where it is clear that a particular House of Assembly is incapable of conducting its business.

“The law is clear on what should be done and we are glad to know that the respective chambers are already doing what they need to do”, he concluded.

 

 

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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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Osun: Adeleke replies Oyetola, says ‘dancing better than looting ‘

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The candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2018 governorship election in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has slammed the state governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, accusing him of shortchanging the state.

Adeleke was reacting to a statement credited to the Oyetola, where he berated the former lawmaker of lacking requisite mental and academic strength to stand for an election other than ‘dancing skill’.

In a swift reaction on Thursday, Adeleke declared that it was better for him to dance and exude happiness and joy than “imposing sorrows and untold hardship by looting public treasury”.

He alleged that the governor was instrumental to the economic woes the state had been experiencing, claiming that the people actually preferred him to the governor.

Adeleke said:” There is nothing wrong in dancing especially when praising God, our creator, but everything is wrong with the exploitation of the weak and underprivileged.

“Osun people know that I am not the facilitator and prime partaker in the looting of Osun state’s treasury. For more than eight years, Gboyega Oyetola was the chief enabler of the most corrupt, inept and anti-people administration in the history of Osun state.

“I dare Oyetola to walk the streets of Osun alongside me and see who will get mobbed and stoned by the embittered citizens of our dear state. The people had voted the honest dancer and rejected the false progressives who had ruined the fortunes of Osun state and sentenced generations unborn to excruciating debt burden.

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“It is shameful for Oyetola to be gloating over daylight electoral robbery which is being roundly condemned as rape of justice across all sectors of Nigerian society and indeed internationally. Osun people were denied the supremacy of their will and on them was foisted a Governor they did not elect, a governor they rejected.

“Osun people will remember that immediately after the apex court ruling,I issued a press statement congratulating Oyetola and restraining our members and supporters from violence and anti-peace actions.I claim credit for restoring normalcy, peace and stability to Osun state after the protracted governorship battle. At a time Oyetola and his band of usurpers were at a loss on how to manage the usurpation and its resultant tension in the land, I deployed diplomacy, putting the safety of our people above all considerations despite the blatant robbery you now call electoral loss.

“While top state and national leaders of even his party the All Progressives Congress and other well meaning Nigerians appreciated our sportsmanship, the chief usurper seem to lack the decorum expected of a democratically elected Governor.

“Let me remind Oyetola that his records as Chief of Staff to Rauf Aregbesola clearly confirmed his incompetence as an administrator but shows his competence at treasury looting and hardship imposition.

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“Osun people fully know his records. They are aware this his stolen tenure is going to be devoted to covering up their evil tracks of the last eight years”.

He further accused the government of concealing the total debt owing by the state to the general public, as he said workers in the state are still going through serious economic predicament due to backlog of salaries and other emoluments.

He added that the state infrastructural development in the state is still at the lowest ebb despite billions of naira the government claimed to have expended, citing the failed MKO Abiola Airport located at Ido-Osun, a suburb of Osogbo, the state capital.

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