Barring any last-minute changes, the Oyo state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde will tomorrow, Monday, August 26, 2019, swear in the last three designated commissioners, Mega Icon Magazine exclusively gathered.
Confirming this, a close source to Governor Makinde who confided in our reporter also submitted: ” The last three commissioner nominees screened and confirmed by the State House of Assembly are also from Oyo state. Considering the formidable track record and CVs of our nominees, they are successful individuals in their chosen careers, both in the private and public sectors. No doubt, they will assist the governor to deliver on all his promises”.
The governor had earlier sent the names of the commissioner nominees to the State House of Assembly which was read at the plenary by the Speaker, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin on Monday.
Contained in a message sent to the State House of Assembly, the commissioner-nominees are Prof. Raphael Afonja, Alhaja Fausat Sanni and a 27 year old Seun Fakorede.
Meanwhile, the Oyo State House of Assembly on Thursday screened and unanimously confirmed the three additional commissioner-nominees.
While thanking Governor Makinde for the opportunity which they described as a call to serve the people of Oyo State, the designated commissioners promised to contribute their quota to the advancement of the state.
Though, the portfolio each commissioner would occupy remains unknown at this time, but the source predicted that, based on the nominees’ backgrounds, antecedents, educational and professional experiences, Prof Afonja is likely to be given charge of the Works and Transport Ministry, Alhaja Sanni (Ministry of Women Affairs and Fakorede (Ministry of Youth and Sports) respectively.
Senator Buhari: People’s Mandate, Confirmed By Law. | By Gbenga Ajani
The National Assembly election petition tribunal sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital on Tuesday, 10th September, 2019 dismissed the petition by former House leader, Hon Mulikat Adeola of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, challenging the re-election of Senator Abdulfatai Buhari, PhD at the last election in Oyo North Senatorial district.
Senator Buhari is the first Federal lawmaker to break the jinx of second term in the Senatorial district
Hon Mulikat who is also from Ogbomoso, the same community with Senator Fatai Buhari did not err by challenging the people’s mandate and overwhelming support for Senator Fatai Buhari during the last election but she ought to have carried out a proper evaluation of her chances before election and the chances of tribunal granting her request before initiating a war she knew she cannot win.
Her quest to overturn the electoral victory of the people’s Senator base on her alleged “Corrupt Practices” during the election cannot be substantiated probably because she was misinformed by her party men who monitored the election proceedings in some of the affected councils she mentioned in her petition or she overrated her level of acceptability by the people hence leading to dissatisfaction of the outcome of the election.
She is someone many people loved and her boldness to even challenge Buhari in the last election pointed out that she is not a pessimist like many of our women who have limited their roles to the kitchen and the other room. Her involvement and achievements in politics are not only encouraging but acts worthy of emulation by women who are also aspiring to contribute to national development.
With that I still believe, challenging Senator Buhari in a contest is a mission that cannot be accomplished till eternity not because of the gender difference but rather their politicial prowress are miles away from each other
Obviously we are moving into an era when election will be about personality and not party, though party influence plays a significant role in the last election but personality comes first and the kind of images and reputation Senator Buhari has built in Oyo north and other parts of the state which cannot be easily trashed. He is accessible, simple and honest.
In the history of Oyo North senatorial district, Dr Buhari is the first senator that is available in term of physical appearance, qualitative representation at the upper chamber of the National assembly, facilitation of federal government projects to his district. His clamour for the establishment of a University in Oke Ogun, reconstruction of roads and repair of the existing ones and other developmental projects in the entire Oyo north senatorial district are what made people appreciated and rewarded him with their votes during the last election.
If what emboldens ‘Alhaja’ to even dare Buhari in a contest is the “perceived solid PDP structure in Ogbomoso and Oke Ogun and financial muscle to tackle him naira for naira, she missed the point though, there is no harm in trying but Senator Buhari’s political movement is far beyond politics, it is more of humanitarian services rendered to the deserving people with a view of fast tracking the development through qualitative representation at the National level which Hon Mulikat and her aides can also attest to.
Senator Buhari’s unprecedented achievements in his first term registered his name in the minds of his constituents and that was why it was easy for him to penetrate the nooks and crannies of the senatorial district during the campaign, moving from one community to other. His campaign strategy cannot be matched by any politician in Oyo state, he didn’t wake up just few days to election and start relating with people, he has started the journey into another electoral victory few days after he assumed duties with a sustainable economic empowerment program which changed the life of many of his constituents.
In politics, enemies become friends and friends become enemies, but those who claimed to have left him cannot deny the fact that Senator Buhari is a fine politician who always reward loyalty and appreciate support, to him not everybody will have the opportunity of meeting him personally but every member of his constituents must directly or indirectly benefit from whatever he facilitated and that is why he worked hard to facilitate ICT and CBT centers and blocks of clasrooms to schools and some communities in all the local government areas in Oyo North. With the ICT centres, the next generation will not just have access to computers but also connect them to the global world without necessary moving to the city or nearby towns.
The silent achiever is not a noise maker but those who are close to him knows how he influence allocation of funds to Ogbomoso-Oyo road, reconstruction of Iseyin-okeho road, and many others even the Iseyin -Oyo road .
With facilitation of over 30 boreholes across the district, the people of Elekokan, Gaa Olosun mining communities in the remote part of Oke Ogun and other beneficiaries will not forget in a hurry how Solar powered boreholes facilitated by Senator Buhari relieved them of acute water scarcity and the only way to reward the man who positively touched their lives is to vote him again and pray for his success .
In conclusion, Senator Buhari’s relection is an act of God, reward by people for his commitment to the development of the district, therefore his re-election is a mandate that cannot be trashed
Ise rere ntesiwaju.
Gbenga Ajani, writes from Ogbomoso
Melaye Turns Down PDP’s Appointment As DG Kogi Gov Campaign Council
Senator Dino Melaye has turned down his appointment by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the Director-General of the Kogi State Governorship Campaign Council.
Melaye disclosed this on Friday on his verified Twitter handle @dino_melaye.“Let me state categorically that I have turned down the position of Director-General of the PDP Kogi State Governorship Campaign Council.
“I wish PDP all the best. When truth is a casualty there is chaos,” Senator Melaye tweeted.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan had earlier told journalists that Melaye has been appointed the DG of Kogi State Governorship Campaign Council.
Oyo govt. approves 9 aides for Deputy gov., Olaniyan
Oyo state government has approved the appointment of nine aides for the office of the Deputy Governor, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan.
Contained in a statement signed on Thursday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the appointments were conveyed in separate letters signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun.
The appointments, according to the statement took effect on 5th September, 2019.
Mr Omoetan Omolere was appointed as Senior Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor on Media, while Mr Lateef Adebayo Yusuf and Mr Adesola Yaqub were appointed Senior Special Assistant (Political Matters) and Personal Assistant respectively.
The new SSA Media to the Deputy Governor, Mr. Omoetan, an indigene of Ilaje in Ondo State, has many years of experience as a journalist and Public Relations Consultant.
Engr Yusuf, the newly-appointed SSA on Political Matters to the Deputy Governor was a former Executive Director (Finance and Administration) at the Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authority.
The new Personal Assistant to the Deputy Governor, Mr. Yaqub, hails from Igboho in Oorelope Local Government and has about 13 years of field experience in the Nigerian ICT/Telecoms space.
An Information Communication Technology (ICT) expert and leadership development coach, Yaqub holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Jos and a Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology from the National Open University of Nigeria.
Other appointments made were those of Mrs. Aliu Taibat Adetutu (Special Assistant on Domestic); Engr. Lawal Olaniyi Lateef (Special Assistant on Project Monitoring); Mr. Timileyin Badiru (Special Assistant on Photography); Mr. Bukunmi Oyewole (Special Assistant on Online Media); Mrs. Jelila Nike Bidmus (Special Assistant on Administration) and Engr. Salawu Abisola Mariam (Special Assistant on Technical Projects).
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