The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo State chapter on Friday condemned the return of brigandage to the state, disrupting the peaceful atmosphere, foundation of which was laid by the administration of former governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
ALGON, in a statement signed by its chairman, Prince Ayodeji Abass Aleshinloye in Ibadan expressed this sadness while reacting to the invasion of local government headquarters across the state by thugs believed to be loyal to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Council boss of Oluyole Local Government, Prince Aleshinloye said “Earlier today, PDP thugs had unleashed violence in local government headquarters in Ibarapa East, Saki West, Atisbo, Ibadan North East ,Ido, Ogo Oluwa, Surulere South and Ibadan South East local government areas even with the heavy presence of the Police who seemed helpless as the mayhem continued.
” It would be recalled that the governor of Oyo state, Engr Seyi Makinde had met with the Caretaker chairmen yesterday where he assured them of their right to occupy the local councils having said that he did not meet democratically elected chairmen in office when he took over governance”.
Governor Makinde was also alleged to have doled out a sum of N3.5m (three million, five hundred thousand naira) to each of the caretaker chairmen to mobilise their people in readiness for their return to the local councils today. The Governor was also said to have held a private meeting with an official of the Oyo State branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Lamidi Mukaila popularly known as Auxiliary who recently regained freedom from prisons over a charge of murder, where the NURTW chieftain was given an undisclosed amount of money as mobilisation for today’s event.
Prince Ayodeji Abass-Alesinloye further described the invasion of local councils as the height of executive recklessness by Governor Makinde while advising the governor to live true to his responsibility as the chief security officer of the state by respecting the rule of law as pronounced by the Supreme Court on the local government administration.
“It is quite unfortunate that the Governor is now the one promoting chaos with his support for this illegality.”
The ALGON chairman however urged men of the Nigerian Police Force and other security operatives to live up to their responsibility by reining in the political thugs causing mayhem in the State.
“Our fight is legitimate. The Supreme Court has ruled on this that no Governor has the right to dissolve democratically elected local government administration. The constitution is also clear on this”.
Abass- Aleshinloye also warned against the continued tampering of the finances of Local Councils as being done by the Caretaker chairmen.
“ Let me sound a note of warning for the umpteenth time. Tampering with finances of Local government by Caretaker chairmen is the height of illegality. The law will take its course on any of them who does that. We have written to banks on this and we do not expect the banks to be complicity in this illegality “.
2023: Ex -Osun governor, Akande promises to consult Yoruba leaders over Tinubu’s presidency
A former governor of Osun state, Chief Bisi Akande has promised to consult with the Yoruba leaders over the presidential ambition of Mr. Bola Tinubu.
Akande, who receives in courtesy visit delegation of South West Agenda for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (SWAGA) led by Senator Dayo Adeyeye on Sunday lauded the effort of the group.
He promised to deliver SWAGA’s message calling on Tinubu to throw his hat into the ring for the 2023 presidency to all the Yoruba leaders in the region.
According to the elder statesman, it is the turn of South to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, declaring that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu from the South-west, is the best man for the job .
The group later visited Alhaji Adegboyega Oyetola, the Osun state governor.
Coordinators from Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Ogun, Ondo states were also part of the entourage.
LEADERSHIP TUSSLE: Lagos PDP Endorses Makinde As S’ West Leader
The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Saturday, declared that it was endorsing Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State as the leader of the party in the South West.
Lagos PDP leaders, who made the declaration after a meeting with Governor Makinde in Ibadan, the state capital said that they were highly appreciative of the outstanding role the governor has played in the life of the party.
The party leaders also pledged their unflinching loyalty to the leadership of Governor Makinde in the South West PDP, adding that his leadership style was exemplary.
The Deputy Chairman of the PDP in Lagos State, Alhaji Waliu Hassan, and the former House of representative member, Hon Rita Orji, who spoke to journalists shortly after a stakeholders meeting held at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, asked the governor to continue his leadership role and never to relent in showing leadership.
According to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the party leaders informed that members of the PDP in Lagos have agreed to continually resolve their crisis amicably so as to ensure that the party takes over the baton of leadership come 2023.
“The purpose of today’s meeting, to be very precise, is to thank Governor Makinde for standing by the party and to pledge total loyalty to his leadership of the South-West. No more, no less.
“We can tell you that the governor does not want anything from us. He, as the Chief Security Officer of Oyo State, needs nothing from the party, rather we are the ones who came all the way from Lagos, to plead with him to keep leading the party.
“We resolved to, irrespective of any rancor, move the party forward and we will ensure that the party takes its better seat in 2023”, the duo submitted.
They also hinted that all PDP members in Lagos state have restated their commitment to Governor Seyi Makinde and promised to stand by him always.
“We did not come here to discuss who takes anything for zonal congress. The congress will soon come up and for all we care, we have come to restate our commitment to our own governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, and we stand by him anywhere he is going on the issue of the South West.”
They told newsmen that the full structure of the Lagos PDP Executive attended the meeting, adding that 12 executive council members were present out of 19, while all the 17 non -working committee members were also present.
They added: “Yes, it is the full structure of Lagos that is represented here. Out of 19, we have the representation of 12 local government chairmen. And we also have 17 complete non-working committee members of state exco here present. We have the deputy chairman of the party here. We have the secretary, legal adviser and the entire party structure of Lagos State here. This is a complete House of PDP, Lagos State.”
On his part, the Caretaker Zonal Chairman of the party, Dayo Ogungbenro affirmed that Governor Makinde remains the undisputed leader of the party in the zone.
Ogungbenro called on other leaders like Ayodele Fayose and others to rally round Makinde with a view to forming a formidable party for future elections.
The event, according to the statement, had in attendance the former Federal House of Representatives member from Lagos State, Honourable Rita Orji, and a host of other party leaders.
Oyo: Council boss allegedly attack PDP chieftain in Ogbomoso
A CHIEFTAIN of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo state, Mr. Oladosu Akanbi has claimed that the Caretaker Chairman of Ogo Oluwa Local Government Area, Hon. Seun Ojo assaulted him at his Ilu Iwata residence, Ogo Oluwa West Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Ogbomoso.
The financial secretary of the party in the council, Oladosu , who also claimed that he was beaten to a pulp, while his wife and son were inflicted with various degree of injuries on the 29th December, 2020, informed that Hon. Ojo has been arrested by the police.
According to him, Hon. Ojo was arrested by the police at Zone 11, Osogbo, Osun State on the 3rd of January, 2021 following the failure of the Police at Opete police station in Ogo Oluwa West LCDA where the incident had initially been reported to take proactive steps to arrest him and his accomplices for the crime they committed.
Narrating his ordeal to our reporter, the complainant alleged that on that fateful day, the Council Chief, Ojo invaded his house at about 8:24pm with no fewer than eight thugs displaying dangerous weapons like gun, axe and cutlass
He said that on their arrival, the council gaffer, Ojo flashed a touch in his eyes and asked him whether he recognized him or not but before he could utter a word, they had descended on him, dragged him on the floor and beaten him mercilessly with his wife and 30-year-old son, Amos Akanbi who was with him at the time of the incident.
The PDP chieftain further explained that when they were satisfied with beaten him, they took him inside the official vehicle that they brought and drove him to an unknown destination for some minutes before they brought him back to his house that same night.
He added that when they got to his house, Hon. Ojo asked him where he kept bags of rice in his possession and he told him that they were inside his rooms, stressing that he thereafter ordered his ‘boys’ to pack them inside their vehicle and took them away.
He explained that out of the five bags that they carted away, two bags were from Governor Seyi Makinde for party members in his ward, another two from Caretaker Chairman of Ogo Oluwa West LCDA, Hon. Onaolapo Ajala for party members as well while the remaining one bag was giving to be shared by four leaders in each ward among themselves with a Turkey and one gallon of vegetable oil.
“Seun Ojo packed all the rice and while he was leaving, he told me that he had come to show me the power of government and if I dare reporting him to the police, he will still come back and use the full power of government to deal with me again.
“Immediately they left, we went to Opete police station to lodge complaint but the police having seen my condition, suggested that I go to General hospital for treatment first before they could take my statement. However, I could not be admitted that night because the hospital officials complaint that there was no bed where I could be admitted for treatment and asked me to come back the following morning.
“The following morning, I was treated and went back to the Opete police station to write my statement alongside my wife and son. The police invited him for interrogation but he declined to honour their invitation. When I observed that no step was being taken to effect his arrest following his refusal to honour the invitation till 31st December, 2020, I sought the transfer of my case to zone 11, Osogbo”, he narrated further.
Oladosu continued, “He showed up at Zone 11, Osogbo on the 3rd of January, 2021 and the police took him to my house to inspect and took pictures of all items that were vandalized by him during the attack on my house”.
While asked what could have led to the invasion of his house by the council boss, the PDP chieftain explained that he could not fathom the reason for the attack on him because he has never had any misunderstanding or quarrel with the chairman before since they were not in the same council area.
“Seun Ojo is in the main local government, Ogo Oluwa local government while I am in the Ogo Oluwa West local council development area, Odo Oba where Hon. Ajala Onaolapo is the Chairman. So I don’t have any reason to be at loggerhead with him whatsoever”, he submitted.
But, when contacted through his cell phone, the Caretaker Chairman of Ogo Oluwa Local Government, Hon. Seun Ojo denied the allegation, describing it as unfounded, as there was nothing like that.
Speaking with Mega Icon Magazine on Saturday, the council boss stressed that it was a mischievous attempt targeted at destroying his name and that of the state governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde.
He also alleged that Oladosu was sponsored by the opposition APC in the state to carry out the hatchet job.
He said, “There is no matter between me and Mr. Oladosu .
“I don’t have a quarrel with anybody. As the Chief Security officer of my local government, I don’t have a quarrel with him. He’s one of the PDP members and presently romancing with the opposition. I have known him for over 20 years ago, I was once a councilor in that local government, I know all the impacts, what that man caused between me and my chairman then.
“They are planning to leave the party, but before he leaves, he wanted to destroy the party. For somebody to be saying the governor was distributing poisoned rice and palliatives, he has a motive. He was collecting money from me for the Christmas and the new year. When I gave him the money , he said the money was not enough and I gave him another cheque .
“The APC are using them. The opposition gave him N300,000 and that after he successfully destroy the governor’s name, they promised to give him a balance of N200,000.
“The man is just trying to spoil the governor’s name and my name”, the council boss alleged.
When asked if he was arrested by the police, Ojo questioned, “How will a chairman of a local government be arrested on a fake information?”.
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