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Oyo 2019: Olaniyan picks ADC guber nomination form, amidst mammoth crowd

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A governorship aspirant in Oyo State for 2019 elections on the platform of Africa Democratic Congress (ADC), Engr Raufu Olaniyan on Monday turned the temporary state secretariat of the party into a Mecca of sort as hundreds of his supporters, drawn from all the zones in the state escorted him to pick nomination form.

Olaniyan also expressed confidence in clinching the party’s ticket just as he stated that he is the most qualified aspirant on the party’s platform.

Addressing journalists at the temporary secretariat of the party in Ibadan, the guber hopeful maintained that having served in the Oyo state civil service for 26 years and retiring as a permanent secretary, he has paid his dues and gathered enough experience to make Oyo state an envy of all.

Also, Olaniyan noted that he understands the needs of the people and would use that understanding to run an all inclusive government with a human face if elected in 2019.

The Igboho born politician further hinted that he had gone through difficult times, and thus, appreciates the sufferings of the people. “A man who has never gone through hard times would not be able to empathize with people going through hardships”, he said.

Continuing, the ex- Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency (OYSROMA) boss assured that an ADC administration with him at the helms of affairs, will put smiles on the faces of the people of Oyo state and reclaim the state’s “Pacesetter” status.

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While thanking his supporters, Olaniyan assured them of victory at the primaries, urging them to give their best to the growth, stability and success of the party.

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Oyo APC mourns Oreitan, says PDP killer gangs are back in full swing

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The All Progressives Congress (APC ) in Oyo state has expressed deep sadness at the death of  one of its leaders, Alhaji Arasi  Babatunde Oreitan who was assassinated by unknown gunmen in Ibadan on Wednesday. 

Oyo APC in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Dr AbdulAzeez Olatunde said, “what the public will perceive as trivial was the achievement of 8 years of great success in the provision of SECURITY OF LIFE AND PROPERTIES which was the Number one of all the achievements of the Government of Sen Abiola Ajimobi, as the Governor of Oyo State, between 2011 to 2019.

The party also alleged,  ” that the Government of H. E, Engr SEYI MAKINDE and his Party, PDP has been targeting the leaders of the leading opposition party, APC for some few months of coming to power was carried out today by 3pm, Wednesday 22nd of January 2020, with the heartless manner Alh ARASI Babatunde OREITAN was brutally assassinated”

The statement continued, “that Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sina Olukolu and his Police Squad from the Police headquarters, Eleyele, IBADAN, was at the house of the slained old man is bad enough to witness the gory scene of how the old man was brutally slaughtered in his house, just after observing his 2pm Islamic Prayer today is nothing but dastardly act.

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 “What could be the offence of a 77 years old amiable politician, whom those close to him will attest to the fact that he can’t even hurt a fly?”, the APC questioned.

 Olatunde, however urged the security operatives  to kindly unravel the identity of the heartless Killers gang, who are hell bent to silence the opposition elements in Oyo State.

 “It is on record that Nigeria is running Three tiers of Government, i.e Federal, State and Local Governments.

 “While the APC Federal Government is not irresponsible to refuse working relationships with PDP Government in Oyo State, we are however dismayed that PDP State Government is desperately determined to refuse Elected Local Government Chairmen, turning itself to the Judiciary by interpreting Valid and Invalid Elections, all in a bid to deny them from serving their mandate, freely given to them on May 12th 2018,serving only one of their 3 years mandate.

“A mandate which was truncated on May 29th 2019 by the Executive order recklessness of H. E, Engr SEYI MAKINDE and has been refusing to tow the line of Statemens despite reasonable advice from official quarters.

 “It is bad enough that, it is not yet one year that APC left Government that all these daylight assassination of opposition elements are taking place”, the statement concluded

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Iyiola gives grant to 150 traders, artisans in Ibadan

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A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state, Alhaji Ibraheem Olayode Iyiola has disbursed over N1.5 million grant to no fewer than 150 traders and artisans  in Ibadan North East/South East Federal Constituency, Oyo state.

Beneficiaries of the financial empowerment programme also include the aged and widows.

Speaking during the presentation of the grant on Tuesday at Anlamole Compound, Isale ‘jebu, Oja’ba, Ibadan, the state capital, Iyiola  said that the financial empowerment programme was the third edition , adding that the essence of empowering his people was to complement efforts of the government and also to give back to the society.

 

According to him, this is one of the many programmes lined up to assist his people.

He disclosed further that his foundation –  Ibraheem Iyiola Foundation (IIF) also offers Health care services, educational services,  among others  to the less privileged in the society; promising  not to relent in his efforts to better the lives of the people around.

This is not repayable but a grant for our traders, artisans to support their small scale businesses. One of our promises during the election was to empower our people. Regardless of what has happened, we shall continue to put smiles on the faces of our people. “We started  in 2015 and this is the third one we would do in the space of four years. So its a way of giving back to the community”, he said.

 

Iyiola, however urged the beneficiaries to ensure judicious use of the grant, assuring them of more goodies in the coming months.

 

Earlier in her remarks, the Oyo State APC Women leader, Mrs  Mabel Williams, who was impressed  with the large turnout commended the efforts of the donor.
She said,  “last year, Ibraheem Iyiola  was unable to secure the ticket, yet he never defected to another party like others who benefitted  handsomely from the APC and later left. He keeps putting smiles on the faces of traders, artisans, party members in Ibadan North East/South East Federal Constituency”.
Mrs Williams  maintained that the people would particularly remain grateful. She also called on the people of the federal constituency to massively support Iyiola’s  future political ambition.

One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Rasidatu Elere expressed gratitude to Alhaji Iyiola and prayed for him.

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Also a trader, Mrs Wasiu Monsurat thanked him for providing a better alternative for the traders  instead of seeking for loans.

The event  had in attendance State Executive Council members of APC, Local Government Executives, party members in the federal constituency and community leaders. Other dignitaries at the event included the Chairman  of Ibadan South East Local Government, Hon. Bimbo Omiyale, Mogaji Surajudeen Abiola Iyiola, Alhaji Afeez Suberu among others.

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Malami’s letter on Oyo LG’s: matter is subjudice- Makinde’s Political Adviser

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The Special Adviser on Strategy and Political Matters to the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, Honourable Babatunde Oduyoye, said on Tuesday that the letter credited to the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami on the matter of Oyo State Local Governments is sub judice.

Hon. Oduyoye stated that as far as the matter was still before the Court of Appeal, no one is expected to take extra-constitutional measures, except such a person is nursing ulterior motives.

“The matter is in court and as far as we are concerned, it is sub judice,” the Political Adviser said adding that Malami must have committed an obvious blunder by taking a step against the interest of the judiciary and the Constitution he was meant to protect.

 According to Oduyoye, the Government of Oyo State was not oblivious of the intent of some elements in the main opposition party in the State, the All Progressives Congress (APC) to plunge the State into crisis and possibly make it ungovernable.

According to the former Chief Whip of Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the House of Representatives, the purported letter from the office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), was part of the grand plot to frustrate the Makinde Government, thereby preventing him from delivering the dividends of democracy to the people of Oyo State.                                                                                                                                    In a statement he personally signed, the Political Adviser, said that the APC’s plan to fight Makinde to a standstill and create tension in Oyo State, thereby forestalling the monumental developmental objectives of his administration would come to nought because, according to him, the people of Oyo State have seen through it all.

Oduyoye maintained that intelligence reports had already indicated that leaders of the APC had marked Makinde as their public enemy number one due to his soaring public image.

“We are aware that a number of politicians are unhappy with the growing popularity of Governor Makinde and especially the recent launch of the Western Nigeria Security Network popularly known as Amotekun.

“The APC in Oyo State has, ever since it lost the March 9, 2019 governorship election, been hell-bent on retaking the seat through the illegal means. We are aware of the several underhand means and dirty tactics they have deployed and were at a stage christened “Pakute Politics.”

Oduyoye further stated that through the statement made by a serving Senator of the APC, who indicated that his party had set traps for Governor Makinde, it became clear that the desperation of APC elements knows no limits.

He warned the Federal Government and its agents to be wary of their actions especially as they affected the local government debacle in Oyo State, as the matter was still in court.

He said: “We have read a letter being circulated in the social media by elements of the APC in which the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), gave a directive to Governor Seyi Makinde to reverse the House of Assembly’s decision to suspend the 68 illegal chairmen of local governments in Oyo State.

“That directive, apart from being unconstitutional and misplaced, is part of the APC’s grand plot to cause a major crisis in Oyo State in order to destabilise the Government of Governor Makinde and ultimately make the State ungovernable.

 “We have intelligence report over series of meetings held by APC leaders, who now feel threatened by Governor Makinde’s soaring profile. They are worried at the manner in which he defeated the APC at the polls and were ashamed that the Supreme Court thwarted their organised attempt to steal his mandate.

“Makinde’s enemies in the APC have also found it repulsive that his stance on the Western Nigerian Security Network, popularly named Amotekun, was driving the security outfit to success.

“We are really not surprised by the desperation of the APC to destabilise Oyo State, ever since it failed in the Governorship election, it has been employing underhand tactics to steal Makinde’s mandate and one of its senators, Teslim Folarin, had even gone as far as saying that the APC had set two traps for the Makinde Government.

“Let us warn those elements who are pushing to destabilise Oyo State through the unholy resurrection of the sacked Council Chairmen that the people of Oyo State will not be used as a tool by unscrupulous elements.

“The Federal Government also needed to be reminded that Nigeria is a federation, with constitutionally guaranteed democratic systems. We urge the government at the centre to await the decision of the court on the matter of Local Government councils in Oyo State rather than use attempt to resort to illegality and measures that are not backed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic, 1999.”

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