Saturday, April 30, 2022

2023: Federal Law Maker, Ex-Makinde Aide, Other Political Bigwigs Dump PDP

A member of the House of Representatives, Hon Ajibola Muraina, Engr. Remi Oseni, 2019 ADC gubernatorial aspirant, Asiwaju Yemi Aderibigbe, former Special Adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde, Hon. Ademola Omotoso – former Executive Chairman of Ibadan North LGA and others have officially joined the All Progressives Congress, (APC) in Oyo state.

According to InsideOyo report, Muraina and others over 30,00p members of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), African Democratic Congress (ADC) and Accord Party into the APC on Saturday in Ibadan, the state capital..

While speaking, Honourable Ajibola Muraina said he was the coordinator that rearranged the PDP in 2016-2018 for victory in election.

He added that he’s bringing the experience into the APC.

His words: “I was the coordinator that re-arranged PDP for 2016-2018 election before we took power from APC. I am bringing that experience as the 3rd term member of House of Representatives.

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“I will also use my electoral value and all God has given me to support APC for the development and growth in the party and the state.”

Also speaking, the senator representing Oyo Central Senatorial District, Senator Teslim Folarin said more people are still coming to join the APC.

He added that the new decampees have equal rights other members of the party have.
He said: “There are still more coming. We just want to stagger it. Look at the quality players we are bringing into ten team. They are real politicians. They are winners. They are not used to losing. These are politicians we have brought into the fold. So, we are very happy.

“The defection was well impressive. Giving the fact of Ramadan that people fasted today, and they are tired, the turnout was very impressive.

“I also want to make a point that in APC today, when you join, you have equally rights and privileges with everyone. So, that is an attraction for them to come. So, there are more coming. These people will guarantee us victory.”

The Chairman of the party in the state, Mr Isaac Omodewu said the PDP signed one player while they signed more than 10.
Omodewu said a time is coming that the APC will also sign Governor Seyi Makinde.

His words: “The defectors of today are first batch. More batches are still coming. Members of Labour Party are still coming. They signed one player, we signed more than 10 or more than 20 players. It is a game. We are working seriously and we are taking that government back.

“A time is coming that we sha also sign Seyi Makinde to APC. This is manifestation of what APC is doing underneath. We are winning.”

Other notable personality who joined the APC are Asiwaju Adekola Adeoye; former Youth Leader of the PDP, Hon Akeem Okedina – former Chairman of Ido LGA; Chief Michael Adegbite – former state chairman PDP and former executive chairman of Kajola LGA; Hon. Wasiu Emiola – former state secretary Oyo PDP and former member, Oyo SUBEB; Hon. Soji Olaojo – former educational secretary and former state chairman of NNPP; Sir Adigun Olawuwo – former Oyo senatorial chairman of PDP; Hon. Hussein Akinlabi – 2019 ADC House of Rep candidate for Ibarapa Central/North; Alhaji Surakat Busari – former leader of PDP in Akinyele LGA and Hon Femi Ajayi Oye – former leader of PDP in Lagelu LGA.

Other parties’ top notchers included Chief Olawuwo Adigun – former vice-chairman (South) PDP Oyo State; Hon. Sabitu Moliki former state Ex Officio of PDP; Asiwaju Adekola Adeoye – former State Youth Leader of both PDP and ADC; Hon. Gbenga Coker – former State Organising Secretary of Accord Party; Hon. Lukman Adeoye – former Secretary of PDP in Ibarapa East LGA and former State Youth Leader of ADC; Hon, Bola Akinyemi – former State administrative secretary Accord Party and former member of Governing Council, The Polytechnic Ibadan; Hon Suleiman Awujoola – former National Southwest Chairman, Atiku Abubakar organization; and Mrs Hannah Olufunke Babarinde – former federal Constituency Women Leader of PDP Ibarapa North/Central.

Other defected PDP leaders from Ibarapa Central LGA where Rt. Hon. Muraina comes from included Alhaji Abiola Azeez – PDP Chairman for Ibarapa Central; Mrs Toyin Afolabi – Women Leader PDP Ibarapa Central; and Hon. Lukmon Uthmon – former PDP state assistant secretary. Other former PDP leaders from the council area that ported to APC are Alhaji Rasaq Olatunde Garai, Chief Segun Adeleye, Chief Isiaka Oladoja, Hon. Olakunle Sunmonu, Mrs Nike Adegoke, Mr. Bayo Okedokun, Alhaji Najeem Afolabi, Mr. Akanni Oyadiran, Mr. Alani Oguntade, Mrs Funmilayo Olabiyi, Pastor Gbadebo, and among others.

Arrest Politicians Buying N100m Forms, 102-Year-Old Presidential Aspirant Tells EFCC, ICPC

A 102-year-old presidential aspirant, Chief (Mrs) Josephine Ezeanyaeche, has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission as well as the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission to arrest and prosecute any politician or group buying N100m nomination form of any political party.

Ezeanyaeche said if the anti-graft agencies were truly independent and alive to their responsibilities, they should not be reminded that no politician would cough up the amount of money without stealing public funds.

The centenarian stated this on Saturday when she presented the nomination form of her party, Africa Action Congress, to her people in Igboukwu in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.

She also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission and every other relevant agency to create laws to peg the amount spent on nomination forms and electioneering as part of measures to reduce corruption.

She lamented that current politicians have run the country aground and as one of the founding members of Nigeria, she cannot continue to keep quiet while the country degenerates further.

She said her joining the 2023 presidential race is to bring a disruptive change as the youths of the country have failed to take up the challenge.

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She noted that many aspirants from the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party are running to the AAC, her party, because of the exorbitant price of their nomination form.

Despite this, she said she was still optimistic about making an appreciable impact in the party’s primaries taking place on June 30.

Ezeanyaeche, who is also the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Voice of the Senior Citizens of Nigeria, pointed out that the huge price some parties place on nomination forms is a means of eliminating good people from participating in politics, as by so doing, throwing up “potential criminals with the tendency to go into offices to steal.”

She said, “I have come to tell my people that I have picked the nomination form of my party, AAC. Although, the party has been flooded by aspirants who ran away from the APC and PDP because of the huge price of their nomination forms.


“But despite this, I am very optimistic that I will make an appreciable impact because the 2023 general elections will bring disruptive change in this country. So, the youths must come out of hiding on social media and take their destinies from the politicians.

“I have never seen a thing like this all over the world that politicians will pay such amount on the nomination form. It shows they are a group of potential criminals with the intention to go and steal because the remuneration of the office they are paying such amount for cannot recoup the money back to them in the four years without them stealing.”

The 102-year-old politician added that an enabling environment should be created for the youths to conveniently come on board in the polity.

“It is also surprising that our anti-graft agencies are watching as politicians will be paying as much as N100m buying nomination forms. This is a deliberate means of excluding the youths. Since 1999, we have never heard of such a thing like this, but Nigerians should be wiser.

“Our votes must count in the 2023 elections, although you can’t have a totally free and fair election anywhere in the world, but Nigerians must demand that their votes count in the next election,” she added.

Two Disqualified PDP Presidential Aspirants Revealed

Facts have emerged on the two presidential aspirants for the 2023 election disqualified by the Presidential Screening Committee of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Chairman of the committee, Sen. David Mark, announced the disqualification after the committee concluded its screening of the party’s 17 aspirants yesterday evening, Friday, April 29, 2023.

Senator Mark refused to disclose the identity of the disqualified candidates but News Express has been able to unmask the two failed aspirants following discreet investigations.

The two disqualified presidential aspirants are Cosmos Ndukwe and Chinwendu Kanu – both, incidentally, from Abia State. While Ndukwe is a former commissioner in Abia, Kanu is a one-time Speaker of the State House of Assembly.

A top-level PDP source described both men as “bogus aspirants” who did not meet up with the requirements for the position they were contesting for, leading to their disqualification and forfeiture of the N40 million each of them paid for the expression of interest and nomination forms.

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The screening exercise focused on the verification of the 17 aspirants’ membership and financial status, academic credentials, and other requirements for a presidential candidate as spelled out in the PDP and Nigerian constitutions.

Those who scaled through the screening exercise include former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; former Senate Presidents, Bukola Saraki and Pius Anyim; former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi; Bauchi and Sokoto State Governors, Bala Mohammed and Aminu Tambuwal.
Others are Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike; OVATION Publisher, Dele Momodu; former banker, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen; pharmacist, Sam Ohabunwa, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Emmanuel Udom; and the only female presidential aspirant, Olivia Tariela.

Equally successfully screened are former governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose; a lawyer, Charles Okwudili"

PDP Congresses: Party clarifies misunderstanding on membership cards

Debo Ologunagba, National Publicity Secretary of the party in a statement on Saturday, said the clarification becomes necessary, following reports of misinterpretation in some chapters, particularly in Lagos State, where some party stakeholders are reportedly demanding that membership cards be authenticated by Ward Chairmen before the holders are eligible to participate in the 3-man Ad-Hoc Congresses.

Ologunagba said the PDP Constitution of 2017 (as amended) in Chapter 2, Part 1, Article 8(7) is clear in providing that “the membership card shall be produced by the National Headquarters and authenticated by the National Chairman and the National Secretary.

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“For emphasis, members holding Membership Cards duly authenticated by the National Chairman and National Secretary do not require any further authentication by Ward Chairmen or any other officer of the Party at any level whatsoever before they can participate in the 3-man Ad-hoc Delegate Congresses and Party Primaries.” The statement said

He said a member with a duly authenticated card by the National Chairman and National Secretary and who is up to date in his financial obligation to the party shall be eligible to participate and vote in the 3-man Ad-Hoc Delegate Congress.

He urged all party leaders, critical stakeholders and members to take note accordingly

2023: PDP Disqualifies Two Presidential Aspirants

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential screening committee led by Senator David Mark has disqualified two of the 17 presidential aspirants seeking to contest the 2023 election on the platform of the party.

Senator David Mark announced the disqualification of the two aspirants to journalists on Friday evening after the conclusion of the process at Legacy House in Abuja.

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Mark also said two disqualified aspirants are to forfeit the N40 million paid for the expression of interest and nomination forms as he questioned why they should be refunded their monies while answering questions from newsmen.

The committee chairman also refused to mention the names of those disqualified, saying “don’t ask me those that are involved.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Hon Lamidi Rukayat Balogun Canvasses For Govr Makinde’s Re-Election [PHOTOS, VIDEO]

The aspirant for seat of Oyo state house of Assembly, Hon Lamidi Rukayat Tolani Balogun has commended the Executive Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency Engr Seyi Makinde for giving women the deserved recognition in his administration.
The Akinyele born politician made the commendation at the 2022 international women's day celebrations, organized by the Nigeria Association of women journalist (NAWOJ), Oyo State chapter. 
The event which was held on Thursday 28 of April at Dapo Aderogba Hall, NUJ secretariat, iyaganku, Ibadan was graced by wife of the former Governor of Oyo State, Alhaja Mutiat Ladoja amongst other female aspirants for the 2023 election in Oyo State.

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CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO HERE: International women's day celebrations

With all the achievements of His Excellency Governor Seyi Makinde in the past three years of his administration in Oyo state, He deserved 2nd term and I urged us all to give him support. Hon Rukayat concluded. 

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

FG Declares May 2nd, 3rd Public Holidays

The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd May, 2022 as Public Holidays to mark this year’s Workers Day and EIdul-Fitr Celebrations.

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the announcement on behalf of the Federal Government today Thursday April 28.

According to the FG’s press statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, the Minister congratulated workers across the country on the occasion of this year’s celebration while commending them for their hard work, diligence and sacrifice for the nation.

Speaking further, the minister noted that the workers efforts are largely responsible for the greatness of the country and the respect Nigeria now commands in the comity of nations.

In his words, “Labour is the very essence of humanity. We are alive because we work and only the dead is incapable of working."

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Ogbeni Aregbesola therefore, enjoined workers to continue to imbibe the attitude of productivity, saying “the end of work is productivity.

“It is productivity that leads to satisfactory provision of goods and services and wealth creation. It is therefore, the path to national and individual prosperity”

He urged workers to raise the bar of their trade in line with the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration’s drive to rev up the vehicle of governance and make all the people of Nigeria derive maximum benefit from the nation.

The Minister also congratulated all Muslims for the successful completion of the holy month of Ramadan.

Ogbeni Aregbesola also called on all Muslims across the country to imbibe and practice the virtues of kindness, love, tolerance, peace, self-denial, sacrifice and good neighbourliness, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).

“The self-restrain, self-denial, sacrifice and deep spiritual consciousness that accompanied the fasting period should not end but be maintained and improved upon, in order to be a better person and true worshipper”, the minister advises all Muslims.

The minister expressed confidence that the security challenges in some parts of the country will soon be a thing of the past, noting that the government is putting determined efforts and all necessary measures in place for Nigerians to enjoy unfettered peace all round.

Aregbesola assured Nigerians that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is fully committed to the security of life and property of every citizen and foreigners alike.

The Minister commended all security agencies for the successes recorded in the fight against criminals across the country and the peace that has returned to the formerly embattled places.

He urged Nigerians to be part of the nation’s security architecture by being vigilant and reporting suspicious individuals and activities to law enforcement agencies nearest to them, noting that security is everybody’s responsibility.

Alaafin: The Last Of The Three Lamidis Gone — Lam-Adesina Mourns

The death of Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Alaafin of Oyo, signaled the end of the three influential Lamidis in Oyo State, Adedapo Lam-Adesina has said.

The former house of representatives member, who spoke with journalists shortly after paying a condolence visit to the palace of the late monarch, said the Yorubas have lost a whole encyclopedia in Oba Adeyemi.

“With fondness,” the former commissioner said, “I recall his various interventions. Even if you don’t like him, you wouldn’t but agree with his positions. Till he joined his ancestors, he was influential. Whenever you get to meet or sit down with him, he will always have something important to tell you. 

“This was a man who didn’t allow anything deter him from achieving whatever he sets his eyes on. He was someone who knows little about everything. 

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“They were three in Oyo state and very powerful. The late Alhaji Lamidi Adedibu; my own father and former governor Lamidi Adesina. Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, who just joined his ancestors, is the last of the trio. In their times, they were powerful and influential.

“Yes, he was 83. But nobody would have wanted a king of Oba Adeyemi’s stature to go now. He was the poster-man for everything good about Yoruba monarchical system. He was always there to correct some misconceptions. He was there to fight on the side of the Yorubas. Even if you are his man, the moment you start a war against his people, he will respond appropriately.
“No doubt, Oyo and Yoruba nation would miss him. He was not an ordinary Oba. It was as if God deliberately blessed the Yorubas with him and he reigned longer than any of his forebears. The history of Oyo can never be complete without the mention of his name and time.
“So, I want to condole with the people of Oyo and Yorubas; family and friends, especially my own brother, Hon. Akeem Adeyemi (Skimeh) on the passing on of our beloved father. There is nothing we can do than to pray for the repose of his soul. Baba made his impact and it is being felt beyond here,” he added.

BREAKING: Oyo Lawmaker, Hon Popoola Is Dead

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