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Oyo 2019: Emergence of Adelabu and fences around him

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ITS no longer news that the immediate past Deputy Governor, Operations of the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), Chief Abdulwaheed Adebayo Adelabu has emerged the standard bearer of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state through the peaceful primary held at the main bowl of the Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Ademasingba, last Sunday.

Any aspirant who is not satisfied with the process can approach the APC National Working Committee or go through the court for further clarifications and justice.

After all judiciary is believed to be the hope of a common man and nobody should be above law.

Besides, the choice of Chief Adelabu came to the people as a surprise because many members of the APC have put their attention on Engineer Joseph Olasunkanmi Tegbe due to his aggressive consultation and pre campaign process.

The electrified and aggressive campaign strategy adopted by the KPMG boss was indeed wonderful in the last three months which indicates that to govern the pace setters’ state is not a joke.

The emergence of Bayo Adelabu was attributed to the role the Ibadan Elders Forum and Business Doyen, Oba Otudeko played, coupled with humble and political background of his grand father, Chief Adegoke Adelabu.

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In Oyo state, the political gladiators always consider the aspirant’s political and leadership experience when its comes to who occupies the Agodi Government House plus the home town or senatorial district the person is coming from, and since 1999, Ibadan is having a smooth ride in this aspect.

Unlike Joseph Tegbe, Dr Azeez Adeduntan, Otunba Alao- Akala, Adeniyi Akintola among others who has no difficult or barrier in moving closer to them, the allies of Chief Bayo Adelabu had built fences around which makes it difficult to have access to him.

As a young vibrant and successful banker, one will expect that accessibility to him should not be a problem but reverse is the case

Prior to the governorship primary of APC, the Ibadan born politician has no connection with the grassroot.

Picking Adelabu is not the problem but those people surrounding him, especially his media managers are not helping the situation.

Although to some people, the selection of Chief Bayo Adelabu is preferable to Engr Joseph Tegbe, the leading aspirant due to the speculations surrounding his identity, but a lot of efforts would be intensified before he can emerge.

To be continued…

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Oyo: Court restrain sacked  LG chairmen, AGF, IGP from forceful takeover of secretariats

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An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan, the State capital on Tuesday restrained the 68 sacked council chairmen and chairmen of Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) from forceful and illegal takeover of the council offices across the state.

The Court, presided over by Justice Moshud A.A Abbas granted the four reliefs sought by the lead counsel to Oyo State Government, Dr. Akin Onigbinde, SAN including an interim injunction restraining the sacked chairmen of from forcefully taking over the Local Government Councils or taking steps capable of causing breach of peace in the State.

The interim orders of injunction, which were granted by the Oyo State High Court followed an ex-parte motion filed by the State Government in Suit No: I/78/2020.

Also restrained were the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, Inspector General of Police Commissioner of Police Muhammed Abubakar Adamu and the Commissioner of Police, , Oyo State Command, Sina Olukolu and Oyo State APC chairman, Akin Oke.

The parties and their agents were restrained from taking any step that could tamper with the pending matters before the Court of Appeal.
According to the Court, the sacked chairmen as well as the four other defendants, their officers, agents, privies or otherwise were restrained from taking steps that would cause breach of peace by embarking on self-help to give effect to a letter dated 14th January, 2020 with reference number HAGF/OYO/2020/VOL.I/1 issued by the Attorney General of the Federation to the sacked chairmen and the Inspector General of Police pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

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LG crisis: We will prosecute those who vandalized LGs properties – Oyo govt

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The government of Oyo State declared on Monday that it will bring the full weight of the law to bear on the alleged criminal and violent takeover of some Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas’ secretariats by the dissolved illegal chairmen loyal to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The state government said reports from different parts of Oyo State confirmed on Monday that the sacked chairmen resorted to break-ins and vandalization of government properties, leading some imposters to seize offices of council Chairmen.

The State Government, in a statement by Honourable Babatunde Oduyoye, the Special Adviser on Strategy and Political Matters to Governor Seyi Makinde, maintained that the action of the sacked chairmen amounted to criminality and unwarranted provocation.

It condemned what it called unwarranted lawlessness and motor-park-like brigandage perpetrated by the sacked chairmen on Monday.
According to the State Government, the imposters broke into council offices, vandalising gates, doors, windows and other properties at the respective local council secretariats.
The government, however, appealed to the teeming people of the State to remain calm, law-abiding and patient, pending the decision of the Court of Appeal on the matter slated for 19 February 2020.

It promised that “a drastic measure “will be taken on the reports of destruction and violence which characterised the actions of the sacked chairmen on Monday.

Hon Oduyoye said: “We have received reports of vandalisation of government property. We have received reports of wanton destruction of doors, windows, and others, and I can tell you that the governor will not sit down and watch while some people decide to be lawless. This is criminal and the government will pursue it to a logical conclusion.

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“So, pending the determination of the cases at the Court of Appeal, I think it is only appropriate for these chairmen to be law-abiding because we had said earlier that it is sub judice and we cannot do anything until these cases are determined in the court.

“For the records, the state government, in a statement yesterday, did say that we are going to ensure we do not allow a breakdown of law and order. As we speak, there are two cases in the Court of Appeal and the cases are coming up on February 19th. I do not know why the Attorney-General of the Federation wrote such a letter that is now being used as excuse by some to act recklessly. We will recall that he did a similar thing on the issue of Amotekun.”

The Special Adviser added that as a law-abiding and peace-loving Government, the 68 caretaker chairmen appointed by Governor Makinde were directed to stay away from the secretariats in order to forestall an outbreak of violence, noting, however, that the chairmen have been charged with keeping peace and order in their respective local councils.

He added: “We in Oyo State are law-abiding citizens. The government directed the chairmen to maintain peace. We have just finished a meeting now and workers in the state under the umbrella of NULGE are on strike, and you now begin to ask why the sacked APC council chairmen went to the local government councils.

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“The issue is, there is industrial action by NULGE. I think they are justified by the level of reports we have received of people macheting PDP members they found around the local government councils’ premises, destroying government properties, forcing doors open and all that. NULGE was right to have taken such a decision. We do not begrudge them for doing that but we have told our people to be law-abiding. We have told the chairmen too to ensure there is no breakdown of law and order within the local government areas.”

Speaking on the situation that led to the current imbroglio, Oduyoye maintained that the Court should be allowed to take its decision on who is right or wrong on the matter on ground, insisting, however, that the government, under the leadership of Governor Makinde, would not sit down and watch some desperate elements destroy the state and create fear in the minds of the people.

“Whether one is right or the other is wrong, it is not for me to decide. The court will decide. This is a very simple matter. An election was held when there was an injunction. Second, elections took place in LCDAs not recognised by the Constitution. These are matters before the court.

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“As I said, the court will decide if you can conduct elections in areas not recognized by the constitution and, if you can go ahead to conduct an election when there was a pending injunction, these are matters for the Court of Appeal to decide upon.

Pending that time, we have appealed to the good people of Oyo State to be calm, law-abiding and we will ensure we do something about the report sent to us on those who have destroyed government property,” Oduyoye said.

 

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Oyo ALGON to Makinde: Accept Our Sympathy, Your Excellency

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The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo State chapter has sympathised with the state governor,  Engr. Seyi Makinde, for what it described as the unnecessary stress and avoidable tension the governor and his government have imposed on themselves because of the illegal dissolution of democratically elected local government.

Oyo ALGON further described it as an arbitrary decision which was imposed on the governor  by the few power hustlers who took advantage of his inexperience on governance issues.

The Association in a press statement signed by its Chairman, Prince Ayodeji Abass Aleshinloye in Ibadan on Monday and made available to Mega Icon Magazine said, “Since he didn’t reject the dangerous decision when he wanted to, then he should blame no one but himself for the stress he is going through particularly within the past 72 hours when the reality of our resumption to duty is dawning on the government”.

Reacting to a press  statement issued and signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa, Prince Aleshinloye said the statement is full of furry and panic signifying nothing beyond “his usual lies, blackmail to confuse the peace loving people of Oyo State”.

Aleshinloye in the statement added, “despite our assurance of peace and adequate police protection to all peace loving citizens in our public statement as we resume our legitimate duty, the CPS to the governor has revealed the government’s plan to foment trouble and return the state to the theatre of political violence and thuggery.

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“When a government that has disobeyed court orders and ignored timely advice by police, whose primary duty is law enforcement and peace keeping, promised to unleash “full wrath of law” on lawful people, then the public should suspect and understand that the government is planning to use thugs not the police or any other security agency to impose its “full wrath of law” as it promised.

“Anyway, the police and other law enforcement agencies have assured ALGON and the general public that trouble makers will not be allowed to perpetuate their violent acts.

“Justice is the first condition of peace, a government that does not respect courts including Supreme Court judgment cannot be trusted to guarantee peace but to unleash violence.

“Once again, we assure all citizens including local government workers of a trouble free resumption, the police as directed by the IGP are fully on ground to enforce law and the Supreme Court judgement. No matter how high anyone is, the Law is above all. Peace be! No cause for Alarm”, the statement concluded

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