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Oyo govt. bows to pressure, excludes rejected chairmanship nominees.

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Issued letters of appointment to 54 LGA, LCDA chairmen.

OYO State Government on Wednesday issued letters of appointment to 54 Caretaker Chairmen of the Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas claimed to have been sworn-in by Governor Abiola Ajimobi following the firm decision of the state House of Assembly ordering the Divisional Police Officers in charge of Irepo LG, Asabari LCDA and Lagelu West LCDA to arrest and detain anyone parading himself as chairman for those councils.

Meanwhile, the House of Assembly, had earlier screened and cleared 55 nominees but alleged that the executive arm led by Governor Ajimobi went ahead to inaugurate 57 nominees by not taking into consideration of the two nominees who had earlier been dropped for the positions by the house.

Mudasir Agbaje (Irepo LGA) and Taiwo Adeleke (Asabari LCDA) both who had initially been disqualified by the state House of Assembly as a result of their failure to produce the necessary certificates couple with their low performances during the screening exercise.

Also, the Governor was said to have disregarded the order of the state House of Assembly by swearing in one Abiodun Oladeji of Lagelu West LCDA against Akeem Aransi who was earlier nominated, screened and certified by the same State House of Assembly.

According to a point of order raised at the plenary of the house on Tuesday by Hon. Gbenga Oyekola from Atiba State Constituency who drew the attention of the lawmakers to the imminent risk on the inauguration of two (2) rejected nominees and substitution of the screneed nominee for Lagelu West LCDA.

Oyekola, supported by Hon. Olusegun Olaleye and Hon. Olawumi Oladeji recalled that,“the house screened 55 nominees and rejected two, but to my utmost dismay the two were sworn-in.

“Also, we screened Akeem Aransi for Lagelu West LCDA but unfortunately another person was swore-in and assumed office. On that note I want the house to produce the copy of the letter we sent to the executive. We sent the name to the executive and they received it”.

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In a related development, the lawmaker further hinted that there is looming crisis in Lagelu West LCDA over who is the legitimate chairman because the person who was screened has been swapped with another person without the consent of the house.

Interestingly, the Chairman House Committee on Information, Hon. Josuha Oyebamiji corroborated,
“We screened 55 people but to our dismay, the two people we rejected were also swore-in. At Lagelu, the candidate we screened was replaced by another person.  And the house resolved that those people for the 3 councils should stop parading themselves until the committee we set up come up with their report.

“We said that DPOs in those areas should arrest them and hand them over to the Commissioner of Police”.

“The Committee will find out who and those who caused it, you can fell the heat in the house today.

Similarly , Oyebamiji said “The person has been swore-in before screening. It is a belated issue. The house has passed the letter to the committee. But there is no Chairman in these 3 councils”.

Confirming this development, the Chairman, House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Honourable Bolaji Badmus representing Akinyele II state constituency while presenting his report after the screening exercise disclosed that his committee has cleared 55 nominees and dropped two (2) who could not meet up with the required certificates and screening processes.

He hinted further that the house has requested for re-nomination of two new nominees from the State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi to fill the vacuum.

However, the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Olalekan Ali who is in charge of the state correspondences and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mrs Hannah Ogunesan have been called to answer the questions bothering on the swearing in of the rejected nominees and the substitution of names.

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While presenting the appointment letters to the 27 caretaker chairmen of Local governments and 27 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) at a public presentation held at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Ibadan, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr. Bimbo Kolade, who was in company of top government officials, stated that the Executive arm was acting in consonance with the deliberations of the State House of Assembly, warning that any individual not given appointment letter should not parade himself as a caretaker chairman.

The commissioner said, it will be recalled that the Oyo State Government created 35 LCDAs from the existing 33 Local Government areas in the state. The state now has 33 LGAs and 35 LCDAs.

Kolade noted that five LGAs and six LCDAs did not have any nomination due to the ongoing litigation in relation to council delineation and proposed conduct of council polls in the state.

According to him , “We want to put it on record that we have acted in accordance with the clearance we got from the House of Assembly.

“The Executive arm sent 57 names to the state House of Assembly for clearance. It consists of 28 names as Caretaker Chairmen for 28 local government areas and another 29 names for 29 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) recently created by the state. We have given caretaker chairmen of 27 LGAs and 27 LCDAs appointment letters.

“The Caretaker chairmen of Lagelu West LCDA, Asabari LCDA and Irepo LG were not given letters.  Also, the four councils in Oyo, namely Oyo West, Oyo East, Atiba and Afijio, as well as Oriire LG in Ogbomoso zone were exempted as no nominee presented due to the ongoing litigation in relation to council delineation and proposed conduct of council polls. The same thing applied to the six newly created LCDAs in Oyo zone and Oriire Local ‎government of the state”, Kolade reiterated.

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The Commissioner, therefore charged the new caretaker chairmen to see to the development of their councils and communities, noting that no chairman is superior to the other.

However, days after the inauguration, an online news platform obtained photos and videos of the event.

In one of the photos, Taiwo Adeleke of Asabari LCDA was spotted in green ankara, standing beside Alhaji Kareem Adegoke- caretaker chairman of Saki West LG holding the oath form.

Taiwo Adeleke of Asabari LCDA spotted in green ankara, standing beside Alhaji Kareem Adegoke- caretaker chairman of Saki West LG holding the oath form.

Similarly, in one of the video recordings, Mudasir Agbaje (Irepo LGA) was seen in the midst of jubilant crowd been prayed for in the palace of an Oba.

Besides, a comment obtained on social media platform by Mega Icon Magazine on Monday, April 10, 2017 at exactly 6:11pm from a suspected loyalist to the disqualified nominee, Mutalib Adewale reads : “Mega Icon stop crying wolf where there is none, Muda Agbaje has been sworn in by d gov, his emergence was accepted to d pple of Irepo, not only that, there has been a relative peace within Kisi Community”.

Comment made by Mutalib Adewale, a suspected loyalist to Mr Mudasir Agbaje of Irepo LG.

With these startling revelations, the end may not be in sight as political watchers in the state are keenly following the trends.

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Ex-Oyo ALGON boss rejoices with Ibarapa-born billionaire Ayandele at 60

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Former  Chairman, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria )ALGON) in Oyo State, Chief Ademola Ojo  has felicitated with All Progressives Congress (APC) Chieftain, Dr Olusola Ayandele as he clocked 60.

Ojo, described the Ibarapa-born billionaire  as a patriot, politician and leader who have contributed to the advancement of the nation’s democracy as well as nurtured many individuals to greatness.

The ex-council gaffer states this  in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Saturday in Ibadan  the state capital.

Ayandele was an APC governorship aspirant in the 2019 general election and presently a senatorial hopeful.

According to the ex-ALGON Chief, the renowned businessman and philanthropist had brought great political, economic as well as social success to the state and Nigeria.

“I feel inspired and motivated most times by your doggedness, forthrightness and knack for truth at all times. You are leader worthy of emulation.

“I celebrate you my dear brother and leader. Your courage, character, wisdom, strength and simplicity stands you out always. May the Almighty fill your future with blessings, ” he said.

Also, Mr Olusola Adeleke, a Personal Assistant to Ayandele, joined to felicitate his boss whom he described as reliable, dependable and visionary boss.

He   described Ayandele as a renowned businessman, philanthropist, leader and political gargantuan with uncommon sagacity.

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“Your commitment and selfless service to humanity has brought tremendous development to Ibarapaland, Oyo State as well as Nigeria. You are a rare gem boss and you will forever be appreciated.

“I wish you more years of sound health, peace and glory as you celebrate. Happy birthday to my dear boss,” he submitted.

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Oyo APC scribe celebrates Ayandele at 60

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Caretaker Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in Oyo state, Hon.  Mojeed Olaoya, has described the former gubernatorial aspirant of the party in the state, Dr. Olusola Ayandele, as a pride to Nigeria and humanity as a whole.

Olaoya remarked while celebrating the  60th birthday of the Ibarapa-born Ayandele who is a staunch player in the business and political space of the country.

In a statement issued in Ibadan on Friday and which he personally signed, Olaoya expressed his delight about Ayandele being always available to help the cause of the poor and less-privileged in the society.

“For the good people of Ibarapaland, Oyo state and Nigeria in general, the man (Olusola Ayandele) is a rare blessing and he deserves to be celebrated everyday having made a lot of difference as a businessman, politician and philanthropist for a very long time.

“As an academic and scholar, Ayandele made his indelible mark by imparting knowledge on a great population of young people. And more importantly, his positive contribution to the economy of Nigeria cannot be underestimated as he is leading investor and creator of employment opportunities of all time. To crown it all, Dr. Ayandele decided to dabble into partisan politics to enable him do more for the society and he has not disappointed his people.

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“To this end, it is worthwhile to join several thousands of people globally to celebrate the enigma known as Eruobodo on this auspicious occasion of his 60th birthday anniversary as we pray God to grant him the opportunity of long life, sound health and prosperity”, the statement  added.

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Oyo commissioner, Olatunbosun urges citizens to disregard panic messages over ultimatum to herdsmen

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Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun has disclosed that citizens of the State should disregard a voice note message urging people in Ibadan to stay indoors on Friday 22nd of January due to a purported ultimatum issued by some individuals to a Fulani Community in Igangan, Ibarapa area of Oyo State.

Recall that the State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has warned individuals to respect the constitutional rights of any Nigerian to live anywhere in the country in a peaceful manner and condemned the said ultimatum in a state broadcast to the people of the state

A voice note, being circulated on Wednesday by one woman from London simply known as ‘Remi’ has urged residents of Ibadan to stay indoors on Friday so as to avoid any crisis that might arise from the outcome of the ultimatum issued to the Fulani Herdsmen Community in Igangan.

Olatubosun said the message was targeted at causing panic among the people and to tarnish the efforts of the present administration in tackling insecurity in the State.

He said Oyo State indigenes at home and in the diaspora ought to give support to the government and not to cause disaffection and unnecessary panic over an issue that has been adequately addressed by the government and concerned security agencies.

He added that the people of the State, especially in Ibadan should go about their businesses without fear of molestation or attack from any quarter.

“It is funny to hear that somebody was sending voice note from London, warning Ibadan people not to venture out on Friday because of an ultimatum issued to a Fulani Herdsmen Community in Igangan, in Ibarapa area.

“This is an issue that has been addressed by the government that nobody has the power to give such ultimatum, the constitution of Nigeria does not allow for it, especially when the said Community is not constituting security threat to lives and properties of the people.

“The government of Oyo State and security apparatus are working around the clock to give the people of the State the required peaceful atmosphere that will engender economic growth, we therefore urge our people, especially in Ibadan to ignore the voice note message and go about their normal businesses without fear of molestation or attack from any quarter.”

The commissioner called on the residents of the State to be wary of scaremongers who he said could create psychological crisis where such was not in existence.

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