An international educational administrator and prominent indigene of Oke-Ogun in Oyo State, Professor ‘Dibu Ojerinde has appealed for cautions among leaders and members of the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress over reported protests coming from the camp of an aggrieved group against the recent nomination of Senator Abiola Ajimobi as Deputy National Chairman (South) of the party.
Ojerinde’s call came in the wake of recent media reports which revealed the opposition of some aggrieved Oyo APC chieftains and leaders to the nomination of the former governor to succeed Chief Adeniyi Adebayo from Ekiti state (now the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment) in that party leadership capacity. Notable figures reported to be opposed to Ajimobi’s nomination are former deputy governor, Chief Moses Adeyemo, Alhaji Akin Olajide (former SSG in Ajimobi government), Sen. Adesoji Akanbi, Alh. Fatai Ibikunle among others.
In a statement he personally issued today from his Igboho country home and made available to journalists in Ibadan, Prof. Ojerinde described protests against Sen. Ajimobi’s recommendation for the top party leadership job as unnecessary and ill-conceived “in view of the fact that the idea was a brainchild of eminent APC stakeholders from virtually all the five other south western states as a matter of political exigency.
“The former governor may have inevitably offended some of these people while in office and I understand this was also responsible for the crisis which engulfed Oyo APC in 2018 as it was allowed to drag until the party lost the governorship seat to the PDP in 2019 general election. But these same elders and leaders should find a way of resolving this among themselves once and for all in the interest of their teeming members and the state.
“A situation whereby they allowed such grievances to cost them the coveted governorship seat must not continue in the interest of the party and the society at large. This has always been my position as a leader of thought in the state. I expressed the same opinion yesterday when I had a cause to visit one of these aggrieved leaders in Igboho and again, I am using this medium to appeal to other concerned individuals or groups to bury all the hatchets permanently.
“In the opinion of many political watchers, the seemingly intractable crisis within Oyo APC is inimical to the progress of the state simply because the party can boast of many quality hands who are capable of adding value to the state and Nigeria as a country if afforded the opportunity to work together as a team and not as warring entities.
“My own sincere appeal is to every stakeholder within the party to work towards finding a lasting solution to the internal wrangling and guide against anything capable of causing schism among them again as all hands must be on deck to restore the full confidence of the voting public on the progressive party which was still able to have a comfortable majority in the population of National Assembly members from the state despite all odds in 2019”, the Professor Emeritus of Tests and Measurement stated.
Crisis brews in Oyo APC over alleged plan to expel Shittu
Fresh crisis is brewing in the Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), following alleged moves to expel former Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, from the party.
Leaders of the party in the state loyal to former Governor Abiola Ajimobi, were alleged of mounting pressure on executives of the party in his Ward 2 and Saki West local government area to expel him.
It was gathered that events leading to this began when four APC local government Chairmen representing Forum of APC Local Government Chairmen in Oyo State, paid a visit to the former Minister Shittu about a month ago preaching the need for reconciliation in the party which he did not object to.
A source at the meeting however disclosed that Shittu told the chairmen that to achieve genuine reconciliation there are conditions which must be met in order for the aggrieved members to have a sense of belonging.
The first condition which the former Minister said must be met according to the source was that members of the party particularly those who belonged to the Unity Forum group who purchased nomination forms during the last state congress but not allowed to be part of the party primaries must be refunded their money.
Other condition was the dissolution of the party executives at all levels and to be reconstituted at the ratio of 50/50 between members loyal to Ajimobi called SENACO and the aggrieved members who belonged to Unity Forum which Shittu insisted were the only ones who bought forms during the last state congress.
The former Minister also said the state Chairman of the party must come from the Unity Forum, noting that the SENACO group has continued to produce the Chairman since the formation of the party in the state.
The source added that the party chairmen then assured Shittu that since they had the blessings of the leadership of the party in the state for their meeting with him and that they would deliver his message which they agreed with in totality to the right quarters.
“It was a frank discussions that the former Minister had with the party chairmen who told him that the meeting had the blessings of the leadership of the party in the state and that the conditions he gave were important and necessary for genuine reconciliation in the party.
“They then assured him that they would get back to him after reporting back to the leadership of the party with a promise that the meeting with him was a step in the right direction”, the source explained.
He added that trouble started when the party chairmen reported back to the leadership of the party in the state who accused them of trying to hand over the party to Shittu and his group in Unity Forum with the conditions that they agreed with him at the detriment of members in SENACO group.
” To stop further agitation for genuine reconciliation by Shittu, a marching order was given to the executives of the party in his ward, Ward 2 and Saki West local government area to expel him from the party which the executives resisted, insisting that the former Minister is an important and reliable member who has contributed immensely to the growth and development of the party”.
Not Yet Uhuru As Oyo Speaker Still Under Impeachment Web
In spite of the intervention of former Governor Rashidi Ladoja to douse the impeachment tension in the Oyo State House of Assembly, it is difficult to conclude that plans to remove the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin have been finally laid to rest.
After close to a year that the Speaker, Ogundoyin has been in the saddle of affairs in the state House of Assembly, there had been clandestine moves by some aggrieved members to boot the number three citizen of the state out of the power game.
Very recently, it became clear that there was something more serious to the aggrieved lawmakers than mere dousing tension. The dissatisfied camp are seriously strategizing on how to execute the impeachment process.
It was reliably gathered that the crux of the matter was their loyalty to Governor Seyi Makinde which they claimed was not yielding any ‘fruitful benefits’ as expected.
Sources told Mega Icon Magazine that the lawmakers are silently grumbling as they find it extremely difficult to service the loans they took from financial institutions. The sources revealed that the least loan obtained from these banks was twenty million naira (N20,000,000).
Unfortunately, before they agreed to a 30 per cent cut in their monthly allocation to assist the state government in its bid to pay salaries of workers as COVID-19 affects global economy, their monthly salaries and allowances was over two million naira.
And; the deduction in support of COVID-19 include salaries and other monthly allowances.
“Let me shock you my brother, after deduction for the loans obtained, most of these lawmakers are left with only fifty thousand naira (N50,000) monthly and they have constituents to attend to in their various constituencies. No official car, constituency allowance to even facilitate any meaningful project.
“Now that they have agreed to a 30% cut in their monthly allocation, its really going to be hard. Thus, they feel that the Speaker, Ogundoyin who is aware of their plight has not been protecting their interests before Governor Makinde. They lamented of been sidelined by the Speaker and funny enough, the PDP controls this present House of Assembly conveniently.
“To them, Ogundoyin isn’t fit to lead the Assembly”, one of the sources disclosed.
Speaking further, he continued, “the Speaker is also perceived as an enemy by members whom were believed to be working with some people at the corridors of power. These people are loyal to the governor and are behind the alleged impeachment of the Deputy Governor, Engr. Raufu Olaniyan.
“They believed Ogundoyin is also doing the deputy governor’s bid and showing him the exit door would be the best option “.
Interestingly, the new political twist in the Oyo State House of Assembly was to seek a revenge for the lawmaker representing Ibadan North East State Constituency I, Hon. Olagoke Akinajo, who was unceremoniously removed by the Speaker as the Chairman, House Committee on Public Works and Transport.
His colleagues, particularly, lawmakers from Ibadan land are ready to confront the Speaker on his decision which they considered as embarrassing. Olagoke is an Ibadan Mogaji.
However, other lawmakers that are also loyal to the Speaker, Hon. Ogundoyin are closely monitoring the political trend. Obviously, it is not yet Uhuru as pro and anti Ogundoyin still have an unsettled business to resolve.
But, only time will tell.
Oyo deputy gov. denies rumours of rift, says relationship with Makinde very robust, cordial
The Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan on Sunday denied rumours making the round that he has fallen out with his boss, Governor Seyi Makinde.
The deputy governor maintained that his relationship with Governor Makinde is very robust and cordial.
He stated this in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital during a news conference at his residence.
Olaniyan alleged that such speculation of possible rift between him and his boss was the handiwork of fifth columnists who are hellbent on destabilizing the present administration in the state.
He, also faulted critics on their claims that the Seyi Makinde -led administration has achieved nothing in the last one year, saying the administration had achieved meaningfully.
“Our administration has in the last one year achieved a lot in the area of education, health, security and infrastructure. We have also maintained regular payment of salaries
“Those saying this administration has not achieved anything in the last one year are mischief makers who are hellbent on distracting and destabilising the government,” he said.
Speaking on the administration’s efforts at combating coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic in the state, Olaniyan said that the present administration was leaving no stone unturned to stop further spread of the virus.
According to him, as part of efforts to combat the pandemic in the state, the Makinde led administration had set up functional isolation centres, test centres and upgraded some health facilities across the state.
“We have also identified and distributed palliatives to poor people in the state in a very modest way. We ensured that these palliatives get to the targeted people and government is still doing this,” he added.
The deputy governor assured that the administration would remain focused and committed to the well being of its citizenry.
Olaniyan said that protection of lives and property was a major objective of any government, saying the Makinde led government is not toying with it.
He said that the administration would continue to implement people-oriented policies aimed at transforming the state and uplifting it to greater heights.
Olaniyan congratulated Muslims on the successful completion of Ramadan fasting and the Eid-el-Fitri celebration, calling on the people to continue to live in harmony.
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