Nigeria’s ruling APC in crises; factional congresses held across states

Nigeria’s ruling party, APC, held its state congress in several states on Saturday. The congresses were to elect new leaders

Nigeria’s ruling party, APC, held its state congress in several states on Saturday. The congresses were to elect new leaders for the party in Nigeria’s 36 states and Abuja.

The congresses at several states, however, show a party that is unable to resolve its differences as parallel congresses were held in many states.

The parallel congresses occurred both in states governed by the APC and those governed by opposition parties. The split of the party, in many states, also shows the rift among top leaders of the party including those holding sensitive elective and appointive positions in the federal government.

KWARA (Saraki VS Lai Mohammed)

Two parallel state congresses of the APC took place in Ilorin on Saturday, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

While the faction loyal to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, held its congress at the Banquet Hall opposite the Government House, another congress by a faction loyal to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, took place at Arca Santa Event Hall.

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed; APC National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi; a senator, Shaaba Lafiaji; and lawmakers representing the state at the National Assembly and state House of Assembly were present at the congress held at the Banquet Hall.

Mr Saraki, while speaking at the congress, commended members of the party for the peaceful conduct of the ward and local government congresses.

He said most of the executive members at the wards and local government level were youth, adding that this was a sign of good things to come in 2019.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki [Photo: Sahara Reporters]

“In 2019, it will be a test for the youths to demonstrate their ability to take charge in the state,” he said.

Mr Saraki, however, appealed to the delegates to comport themselves in an orderly and peaceful manner.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [Photo: Daily Trust]

The party’s chairman, Ishola Balogun-Fulani, commended members for their conduct during the last two congresses of the party.

The congress, loyal to the information minister, held at Arca Santa Hall. It had Moshood Mustapha, a former Special Assistant to the Senate President on Special Duties and Inter-Parliamentary Affairs in attendance.

Raheem Adedoyin, a former Commissioner for Information under the Saraki administration, was also in attendance.

Also present was a former Secretary to the State Government under the Saraki administration, Ganiyu Cook-Olododo.

NAN reports that executive members of the two factions emerged through consensus arrangement.

While delegates at the Banquet Hall still cast their votes in spite of the fact that the candidates had no opponents, those at the Arca Santa Hall only affirmed the return of candidates.

Moshood Bolarinwa emerged the state chairman of the faction loyal to the minister while Abdullahi Samari was affirmed the deputy chairman.

Others were Abdulganiyu Saka, Secretary; Abegunde Goge, Assistant Secretary; Rahmat Abolaji Women leader; and Samuel Isaac, Youth Leader.

Also included were Olayemi Olabanji, Kwara South Senatorial Chairman; Sulyman Yahaya, Kwara Central Senatorial Chairman; and Raheem Usman, Kwara North Senatorial Chairman.

Kayode Oyin-Zubair emerged Publicity Secretary of the faction while Abiola Nasir was affirmed Financial Secretary, with Wahila Sakariyah becoming the Organising Secretary.

OYO (Ajimobi vs Shittu)

The two Oyo factions are those of Governor Abiola Ajimobi and that of the communications minister, Adebayo Shittu.

In a repeat of the May 13 parallel local government congresses in Oyo State, the state congress of the party also held in two locations in Ibadan metropolis on Saturday.

Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that while Mr Ajimobi attended the congress held at the Lekan Salami Stadium, the Unity Forum of the party held its own at the Liberty Stadium.

Apart from Ajimobi, also present at the Lekan Salami Stadium were former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, Abdulfatai Buhari (APC-Oyo North), Olagunju Ojo, Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly; and Teslim Folarin, a former Senate Leader.

Moses Adeyemo, the Deputy Governor, and his predecessor, Taofeek Arapaja were, however, absent at the congress.

Akin Oke, the APC Chairman in the state and several others were returned through consensus for another four-year term as party executives.

NAN reports that the exercise was conducted by the National Congress Committee led by Abdullahi Gwarzo, a former deputy governor of Kano State, while INEC officials were present.

Mr Gwarzo, who read the guidelines for the congress to members, urged them to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship.

He also stated that he was unaware of a parallel congress, urging aggrieved members to channel their petition through the party’s Appeal Committee.

But at the congress of the Unity Forum held at Liberty Stadium, the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, said members must check the impunity that had characterised the running of the party’s affairs in the state.

The Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, [Photo credit: THISDAYLIVE]

He expressed concern over what he called the dictatorial attitude of a few persons running the party without any consideration for those that had worked for its success.

“It is in the course of our efforts to liberate the party from these individuals that we have brought this congress and we will continue to do the wishes of the people so as to bring sanity into the system,’’ he said.

The minister assured all party faithful to remain focused and steadfast, saying the interest of all members would prevail.

Among prominent members of the group apart from Mr Shittu are a senator, Monsurat Sumonu, representing Oyo Central and Adedapo Lam-Adesina as well as some federal and state lawmakers.

The 26 candidates for the state executive positions were elected unopposed by the 2,840 delegates across the 33 local government areas.

Isiaka Alimi emerged as the State chairman while Remi Olalekan was elected the State Secretary.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Alimi pledged to ensure internal democracy prevailed in the conduct of the party’s activities.

He solicited the cooperation of all members to ensure that the party wins all the state and national elections in 2019.

ABIA (Different Supervisors From Abuja)

The APC in Abia on Saturday held parallel state congresses, leading to the emergence of two factional state executive committees.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the two congresses, which held at different venues, under heavy security, were peaceful.

While the Donatus Nwamkpa-led faction held its congress at the Umuahia Township Stadium, the faction loyal to Ikechi Emenike, held its own in a private building on Ossah Road, Umuahia.

While Mr Nwamkpa and Perfect Okorie were returned as Chairman and Secretary, respectively, along with the former executive members, the Emenike-led group elected Emmanuel Ndukwe as the Chairman.

While the congress at the stadium was conducted by a four-member State Congress Committee led by Jonathan Zwingana, the one at Ossah Road was conducted by Rabiu Sulu-Gambari and Garba Sani.

In separate speeches, Ms Sulu-Gambari and Mr Sani said that the national leadership of the party sent them to Abia to conduct the exercise.

They described the congress that produced Mr Ndukwe as the authentic and legally recognised one.

They said that the committee was committed to upholding the rule of law.

NAN reports that all the contestants at the Ossah congress were returned unopposed.

Notable chieftains of the party who attended the exercise at the stadium included a former deputy governor of Abia, Chris Akomas; Nkechi Nwogu and former governorship candidate of the party, Nyerere Anyim.

On the other hand, the congress at Ossah Road was attended by Mr Emenike and Paul Ikonne, two notable chieftains of the party.

In an interview at the end of the congress at Ossah Road, Mr Ndukwe said his leadership would make APC strong and capable of winning the 2019 governorship poll in the state.

“Therefore, I’m inviting everybody who wants a change in Abia to come and join APC right now so that we can salvage Abia.”

He promised a level playing field for all the aspirants, saying “There will be equal opportunity for everybody.”

The party held similar parallel congresses at the ward and local government levels following a protracted leadership tussle between Emenike and Nwamkpa factions.

The parties are currently in court over their disagreement.

LAGOS (Challenging Tinubu)

In Lagos, stronghold of party leader, Bola Tinubu, some members dared him to hold a parallel congress.

APC Chieftain, Bola Tinubu

A faction, led by Fouad Oki, challenged the other faction of the party led by Mr Tinubu.

Mr Oki, until recently a loyalist of Mr Tinubu, was the campaign director for Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s 2015 gubernatorial contest. Mr Oki also acted in that capacity for both Mr Tinubu and former governor Babatunde Fashola.

He had in February, launched the Broom United Movement, a faction of aggrieved party members.

While the faction held its parallel congress at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, the Tinubu faction held its own congress at the party secretariat, Acme Road, Ikeja.

PREMIUM TIMES’ correspondent who was at the congress reports that the faction led by Mr Oki claimed that it would elect officials into the state executive of the party.

The congress held at the Event Centre of the Airport Hotel, has in attendance wards and local government delegates from different parts of the state.

A party stalwart told PREMIUM TIMES that officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were expected to monitor the exercise.

Party stalwarts at the factional congress took turns to throw jibes at members of the other faction while addressing the crowd.

At the party secretariat where the faction believed to be loyal to Mr Tinubu held its congress, there were top political office holders in the state in attendance.

At the APC factional congress held at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Mr Oki emerged as the chairman of the APC in the state, while Sanni Oloye and Wole Oshodi became deputy chairman and secretary respectively.

PREMIUM TIMES could not verify if the factional congress at Lagos Airport Hotel was supervised by officials sent by the National secretariat of the APC.

But the congress conducted at the party secretariat on Acme Road was witnessed by the state congress committee headed by Uche Ekwunife.

At the end of the congress, Tunde Balogun, a former commissioner, emerged as chairman at the congress.

Similarly, Sunny Ajose emerged as the deputy chairman; Funsho Ologunde as vice-chairman, West; Kayode Olusanya as vice-chairman, East and Hakeem Bamigbala as vice-chairman, Central.

Others are Wale Ahmed as secretary, Ms Olasunmbo as treasurer, Joana Adebobuyi as assistant treasurer, Joe Igbokwe as publicity secretary, Abiodun Salami as assistant publicity secretary, and Ademola Sadiq as legal adviser.

They new officials emerged as consensus candidates.

In her address, Ms Ekwunife commended the members for the peaceful manner they conducted the congress.

She also promised to market Lagos to other states of the federation on how to organise a rancour-free transition.

She thanked the Henry Ajomale-led exco for leading the party right, adding that his leadership style has engendered growth in the party.

Mr Ajomale, in his address, thanked party members and leaders for their support and cooperation.

The congress at the party secretariat was attended by numerous party chieftains and about 1,500 delegates.

KOGI (Bello, Faleke battle continues)

Two different executive councils on Saturday emerged in the Kogi State chapter of the APC following the holding of two parallel congresses by the two main factions of the party.

A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who monitored the two congresses in Lokoja reports that the two executives emerged by affirmation.

While the faction loyal to the state governor, Yahaya Bello, held its own Congress at the Confluence Stadium, the Audu / Faleke faction held its own at St Peters Primary School, Felele, Lokoja.

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello [Photo Credit: The News Nigeria]

At the Congress held at the Confluence Stadium, Abdulahi Bello emerged as the state chairman of the party, Ibrahim Abdulrahman, Deputy Chairman and Josiah Onoja, Secretary.

Mr Bello was until now a Senior Special Assistant on political affairs to the state governor. Aside from Messrs. Bello, Abdulrahman and Onoja, 34 other persons were elected by affirmation into various positions to make the state executive council of the party.

The congress was attended by Gov. Bello, his deputy, Simon Achuba, the Speaker of the state house of assembly, Mathew Kolawole, the Secretary to the state government, Folashade Ayoade, commissioners, some members of the House of Representatives and members of the state house of assembly.

Maman Magaji, the Chairman of the state Congress Committee from the headquarters of the party conducted the congress while the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, James Apam, led other officials of the Independent National Electoral Commissioner to supervise it.

Mr Bello, the new state chairman, in his acceptance speech promised to run an open door policy and lead the party to victory in the coming elections.

He also thanked the state governor, other members of his cabinet and delegates from the across the 21 local government areas of the state for their peaceful conduct before and during the congress.

However, the Audu / Faleke faction at the congress held at St Peter Primary School Felele, re-elected the outgoing state chairman of the party, Haddy Ametuo, as the new Chairman.

He and 34 other outgoing executive members were elected by affirmation by all delegates that attended the congress.

The Returning Officer for the congress, Theman Saurara, announced the results of the congress.

“Having successfully conducted the state congress, I announced the return of all but two of the former state officers,” Mr Saurara stated.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Ametuo expressed gratitude to the delegates for the confidence reposed in him, promising not to let them down.

He also assured them that their sufferings for the party over the years will not go unrewarded, urging them to remain steadfast.

“We suffer for this party together and we will all reap the fruits of our labour together.

“This same set of APC executives from ward to the state congress we just conducted worked hard to give President Muhammadu Buhari Victory in 2015 and it is us again that will deliver Kogi State come 2019,” he said. (NAN)

KEBBI (Fear of the Unknown)

Haliru Abdu Stadium, Birnin Kebbi, the venue for the state congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was deserted on Saturday by both contestants and delegates.

Anxious journalists waited in vain between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for both the contestants, delegates and the officials from the APC headquarters.

The whereabouts of all were unknown.

Police presence was also visible at race course, another venue, apparently to stop an aggrieved group holding a parallel congress in the state.

A party delegate from Suru Local Government, who spoke to NAN on condition of anonymity, expressed concern over the whole absurdity.

He said that since he came into Birnin Kebbi for the congress, he was yet to see any party official.

“They just dumped us here for hours since morning. Nobody, including party officials, have said anything to us,” he said.

State publicity secretary, Sani Dododo, could not be reached on phone.

However, NAN learnt that party officials and electoral committee members from the national headquarters, party elders and APC Local Government Chairmen were holding a closed-door meeting in an undisclosed place to determine the fate of the exercise.

TARABA (Aisha Alhassan in Control?)

The Taraba State APC Congress was suspended, following crisis that rocked the exercise in the state on Saturday.

Chairman of the Congress Committee, Danjuma Dambazau, while announcing the suspension of the state congress said the committee would sit and look at the issues that led to the protest with a view to resolving them.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that at about 4:45 p.m. when the exercise was about to commence at the Jolly Nyame Stadium in Jalingo, some chieftains of the party stormed the venue demanding the committee to use the list earlier sent to the National Headquarters of the party in Abuja.

The protesters were led by the former acting governor of the state, Abubakar Danladi, a former governorship candidate in the state, David Kente; and the National President of Trade Union Congress, (TUC), Bala Kaigama.

They accused the committee of tampering with the delegates list duly signed by returning officers during the ward and local government congresses.

As they were engaging the Electoral Committee sent from Abuja on how to resolve the issue of delegate list, one of the supporters seized the materials for the election, while others dismantled some items on the high table, causing pandemonium in the hall.

One of the protesters, Mr Kaigama told journalists that the team from Abuja was acting a script in favour of the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, to shortchange other chieftains of the party ahead of 2019 elections.

Aisha Alhassan

According to him the time of manipulation in the party was over.

“We are in the game to correct the rot in the system.

“Tarabans are now wiser and we will not take the manipulation of the five man committee sent to conduct the election in the state in favour of a particular candidate,” he said.

On his part, Mr Kente who noted that they had asked the committee to paste the delegates list at the party secretariat in Jalingo for verification before the delegate election, said the committee members were not fair to all.

“Three of the five-man committee agreed that the list they were using was not from Abuja but from the INEC office in Jalingo and that is where the problem lies.

“The State Congress will not hold here unless we sit down and resolve the issues involved,” he said.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Alhassan, refused to comment on the issue, saying “I don’t know what is happening, I am just coming into the hall.”

Answering questions from journalists, the Chairman of the committee, Mr Dambazau described the action of the protesters as a show of shame.

He explained that the committee discovered that the list sent to Abuja was tampered with and decided to use the list validated by INEC on the directive of the national secretariat of the party.

According to him the action was aimed at ensuring fairness, since INEC were part of the ward and local government Congresses that were held across the country.

“The list that was sent to Abuja was discovered to have been tempered with and the National Secretariat issued a directive for the withdrawal of the list and mandated this committee to use the list from INEC for the conduct of the state congress.

“However, since these people felt disgruntled and prevented us from using the list to screen delegates for the state Congress we will act accordingly.” he said.

ONDO (Akeredolu’s ‘thugs’ on rampage)

Political thugs suspected to be loyal to the Ondo State government on Saturday stormed the BTO Hall, Akure, venue of the state congress of a faction of the All Progressives Congress in the state, disrupting the exercise and inflicting injuries on participants.

Although the attack was targeted at the factional members of the party, journalists were attacked by the thugs who inflicted varying degrees of injuries on them.

Sunkanmi Elujoba of Adaba FM, Damisi Ojo of The Nation, Bamigbola Gbolagunte of The Sun, Olumide Abudu of Radio Nigeria Positive FM, James Sowole, of Thisday and the chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists in the state were among those injured.

A member of the House of Representatives, representing Idanre/Ifedore federal constituency, Bamidele Baderinwa, Commissioner for Regional Integration in Osun State, Bola Ilori; Idowu Otetubi and Tolu Babaleye; Leye Akinola, were also not spared.

The thugs chased the party members out of the venue using machetes, clubs and other dangerous weapons. They also vented their violence on properties and vehicles within the vicinity.

The presence of men of the National Security and Civil Defence Corps did not deter the thugs from carrying out the acts.

Those injured were rushed to the hospital for medical attention.

Meanwhile, the Governor Rotimi Akeredolu-led APC held its state congress at the International Event Centre, Akure, where Ade Adetimehin was picked as the new chairman of the party.

Rotimi Akeredolu

Mr Adetimehin had been in acting capacity since last year after Isaac Kekemeke was suspended from office.

He was unopposed and was elected through a voice vote.

When PREMIUM TIMES reached the police public relations officer for Ondo State command, Femi Joseph, he said he was not aware of the event, but was only aware of the congress that held at the International Event Centre.

Ajimobi Inaugurates 33 Oyo Local Government Council Chairmen

File photo: Abiola Ajimobi   Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has inaugurated the newly elected local government Chairmen in Oyo

Ajimobi Condoles With Olubadan On Wife’s Death
File photo: Abiola Ajimobi

 

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has inaugurated the newly elected local government Chairmen in Oyo State.

33 local government Chairmen and 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) were ushered into office during the inauguration held on Monday at the House of Chiefs in the secretariat at Ibadan, the state capital.

Governor Ajimobi during the inauguration encouraged the new chairmen to run an encompassing administration and to accommodate everyone within the party, including their political adversaries.

According to him, the hallmark of a good leader is a forgiving spirit. He, therefore, urged the chairmen to imbibe the same spirit.

“Successful politicians are known through their attitude of forgiving. We must be humble in victory and carry those who fight against us along in governance after every political battle. It is in the best interest of our people.

“It is good that we have many people running with us. If you run alone, you will come first and last in the race. But now, we have run with others,” Governor Ajimobi added.

He challenged the chairmen to see their victory as the beginning of greater responsibilities to serve the people at the grassroots, in accordance with the manifesto of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which, he said, focused on welfare and well-being of the people.

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I Fled In Ajimobi’s Car After Governor Watched As Thugs Beat Me Up – Rep

A son of a former governor of Oyo State, who is a member of the House of Representatives, Dapo Lam-Adesina,

A son of a former governor of Oyo State, who is a member of the House of Representatives, Dapo Lam-Adesina, tells Olufemi Atoyebi how thugs beat him up during the recent All Progressives Congress ward congress in Ibadan



Can you tell us your experience in the violence that broke out during the ward congresses of the All Progressives Congress last (penultimate) Saturday in Ibadan?

I don’t think it is possible for anyone, who does not purchase a form for the West Africa School Certificate Examinations or any other examination to sit for it or expect a result. There are two factions in the Oyo State APC today. The Congress Committee came from Abuja and had a stakeholders’ meeting. At the venue, members of the Unity Forum faction of the party, to which I belong, were attacked by thugs. We have been clamouring for internal democracy, justice and fairness in the party for quite some time now. It was obvious that only our members paid for the forms before the deadline on Friday. CONTINUE

You recently cried out that your life was being threatened. What informed this?

Our group was punctual at the stakeholders’ meeting on Saturday but while we were waiting for the event to start, there were sporadic gunshots and broken bottles thrown into the hall. We had to run for dear lives. It was God that delivered us from the hands of the attackers. We were also helped out of the venue by our official security agents.

An Ibadan chief led the thugs to the venue. We ran to the state Police Command in Eleiyele for safety but we were told that the Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, was not around. We stayed there because there was nowhere to run to. Even when we were called back and were assured that adequate security had been provided, we were skeptical. Nevertheless, we had to be there to fulfil all righteousness for the sake of the congress.

While we were going in, members of our group were attacked by thugs even when the governor was seated. They removed my cap and used it to hit my head in the full glare of everybody.

The security aides of the governor and members of the Directorate of State Service, who manned the gate, did not allow us to enter even though it was the governor that called us back to the venue. They watched as we were beaten up by the thugs.

We forced our way in but immediately after the meeting, the thugs entered the hall and began to harass me again. I moved to the front of the governor so that he would see what was happening but he pushed me away with his two hands. The security men in the hall did not provide any security; so, I cried out that everyone should see what the governor was doing to me.

That was when he realised that someone might be recording what was happening. I told the governor that I would not allow him to leave me behind so that the thugs would kill me. I said I would go out of the venue with him. I entered one of his cars by force. Even then, the thugs were throwing stones and sticks at me. I alighted somewhere and found my way back home.

If tomorrow, the governor calls you and mends fences with you, how would you react?

He is my father and I cannot fight him forever. I have done a lot for him but he has to change his ways. I have discussed life after his tenure with him as a leader. With the way he is going, he cannot be a leader.

Imagine what is happening with the council poll. His people wrote a list and excluded names of loyalists of other stakeholders. We know how Asiwaju Bola Tinubu runs Lagos as a leader. He will call all groups and tell them to bring their lists. It is not done like that in Oyo State.

Have you reached out to Tinubu on this issue?

A few days ago, I called him and he is not happy with the way things are in Oyo State. He does not believe in injustice. With time, he will wade in. The Unity Forum is in the majority in Oyo APC. That is why it was only the group that held congresses. The President and national headquarters of the party will have to wade in. We will not compromise our position.

PHOTONEWS: Osun Govt Pays Condolence Visit To Oyo Over Speaker’s Death

The State Government of Osun on Tuesday paid a condolence visit to the Oyo State Government over the death of

The State Government of Osun on Tuesday paid a condolence visit to the Oyo State Government over the death of the Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Michael Adeyemo who passed on last week.

The government delegation was led by the Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola alongside the Chief of Staff, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola and other members of the State Executive Council.

They were received by Governor Abiola Ajimobi, Former Governor Alao Akala and other dignitaries at the Oyo State Government House, Agodi, Ibadan.

Adejare Taofeek Adebayo who was there sent in the following photos:

Speaker’s Death Saddens Gov. Ajimobi

The death of the Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Michael Adeyemo, has left the Governor

The death of the Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Michael Adeyemo, has left the Governor Abiola Ajimobi visibly display emotion on Saturday when he led the state’s Executive Council and House of Assembly members on a condolence visit to the deceased country home, Lanlate.

The sudden death of the 47-year-old speaker, early Friday morning, had thrown the entire state into gloom, following which the governor declared three-days of mourning during which flags were expected to be flown at half mast.

Since the incident, the governor had been visibly devastated and had not made any public appearance, except during Saturday’s visit to the late speaker’s parents, monarchs and political leaders in Ibarapa zone, throughout when he fought back tears.

The governor also visited the Arowooje of Lanlate, Oba Lateef Olagoke; the Eleruwa of Eruwaland, Oba Samuel Adegbola, in their palaces to commiserate with the monarchs on the death of their illustrious son.

In his condolence message, the governor said that the death of the speaker was the greatest loss his administration and the All Progressives Congress (APC) family in the state had so far recorded.

Ajimobi wrote, “He was a brilliant, eloquent, intelligent, diligent and most patriotic speaker I ever met. He contributed immensely to the success of this (Ajimobi’s) administration.

“He was a peacemaker, bridge builder and a great son of Lanlate, Oyo State and Nigeria. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.”

Speaking on behalf of the Lanlate monarch, the Osi Lanlate, Chief Adegboye Adelani, described the death of Adeyemo as a tragic loss to the town and the Ibarapa zone, following what he called his monumental contributions to their development.

The Eleruwa of Eruwa, Oba Samuel Adegbola, described Adeyemo as a respnosible and caring son of the land.

The Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola, also described Adeyemo’s death and that of the Special Adviser on Media to the Governor of Sokoto, State, Mallam Imam Imam as colossal tragedies.

Governor Aregbesola, in a statement by his Media Adviser, Mr. Sola Fasure, paid glowing tribute to Honourable Adeyemo, whose sudden death was a rude shock to Oyo State and the country. “He was hale and hearty, full of life, when last I saw him recently. He was his usual self, active, effervescent, exuding infectious enthusiasm. He will be missed.

In the same vain, the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ Oyo State Council has expressed shock over the sudden death of the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Michael Adeyemo.

The NUJ, in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Comrades Adewumi Faniran and Bola Ogunlayi says the Union is particularly disturbed with the death of the speaker at his prime.

“More worrisome is the fact that the death came on the heels of clamour for power shift to the youths from the older generation.”

A former Secretary to Oyo State Government, Chief Michael Adeniyi Koleosho, has described the death of Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly, Honourable Michael Adeyemo, as a tragic loss to the state.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Koleosho said the death was so shocking because the Speaker appeared healthy and agile.

Koleosho said in the statement: “The Speaker was a vibrant young man with a very bright political future. He was one of the young men I had thought would play definite and defining role in shaping the future of our state. So, his death is a huge shock to me.”

Also, a chieftain of the APC in Oyo State, Dr Ismail Adebayo Adewusi, expressed shock at the sudden death of the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Michael Adeyemo.

Oyo Assembly Speaker, Michael Adeyemo, is dead
Adewusi, who hailed from the same Ibarapa zone as the late speaker, described Adeyemo’s death as a huge shock, saying he was taken away at a time he was making great contributions to the political and socio-economic development of Oyo State and Nigeria.

Governorship aspirant of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Osun State, Honourable Femi Kehinde and a former Minority Whip of the House of Representatives, Honourable Babatunde Oduyoye, mourned the untimely death of the Oyo State Speaker.

The duo, in separate statements, described the news of Adeyemo’s death as shocking and saddening, noting that his exit would leave a vacuum in the House of Assembly, where he has been a major stabilising factor and the state.

A governorship aspirant of the APC the state, Dr Yunus Akintunde, expressed shock at the death of the Speaker.

In his condolence message, Akintunde, who is a former Commissioner for Works, said his death dealt a huge blow to the government and people of the state.

Akintunde, a governorship hopeful, described the deceased as a gentle, humble, affable and purposeful politician who had a brighter future ahead of him but which death cut short.

Oyo Governor Directs Butchers To Move To Newly Built Central Abattoir

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has directed butchers in the 11 Local Governments in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital to

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has directed butchers in the 11 Local Governments in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital to relocate to the newly built multi-billion naira central abattoir.

The abattoir is located in Amosun village, Akinyele Local Government, Ibadan.

The governor said the butchers must relocate, latest by the end of April.

He gave the directive during a stakeholders’ meeting held at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Ibadan over the weekend.

The Butchers Association was led to the meeting by the Southwest Coordinator, Alhaji Biliaminu Elesinmeta; and the State Chairman, Alhaji Azeez Alagunfon.

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Apart from its state-of-the-art facilities that would promote the hygiene of the consumers of meat, the governor said the new abattoir is capable of ending the incessant clashes between herders and farmers.

Ajimobi explained that the abattoir was a joint venture among a private establishment, C & E Consulting Limited, the state government, the 11 LGs and 14 Local Council Development Areas in Ibadanland, as well as the butchers.

He stressed that the private partners would have 50 percent share; the LGs and LCDAs would have 36 percent; state government, 10 percent; while the butchers would have four percent in the ownership structure.

“We are sure that the crisis between the farmers and herdsmen will not arise again, because cows will now be transported here directly instead of our towns and villages where grazing on farmlands had been generating tension.

“I’m also happy that this arrangement will bring about a change in the way butchers handle meat and it will improve the hygiene of the business. The facility is going to have health and sanitary officers that will ensure strict compliance with the basic hygiene of meat handling,” Governor Ajimobi said.

He added that the state had entered into an agreement with the private investors to use the facility for 30 years, after which the total ownership would be transferred to the butchers.

Ajimobi appealed for support and understanding of the butchers to comply with the relocation order, on the premise that the facility had suffered neglect for too long due to unresolved issues among the stakeholders.

The leaders of the butchers expressed gratitude to the governor for allaying their fears about the project, and for the support of the government to the association in the area of financial empowerment and donation of a new bus to members.

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Shippers’ Council Partners Oyo Govt To Set Up $200m Modern Dry Port

  The Nigerian Shippers’ Council has partnered with the Oyo State Government to establish a $200m modern dry port, as

 

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council has partnered with the Oyo State Government to establish a $200m modern dry port, as well as a truck transit park in the state.

This is in collaboration with some Chinese investors.

The secretary and executive officer of the council, Hassan Bello said this over the weekend, during his visit to Governor Abiola Ajimobi, in his office in Ibadan.

“We are here because Oyo State is critical to development in transportation in Nigeria. Since 2006 the Federal Government had taken a decision to establish an inland port in the six geopolitical zones of the country, of which Oyo State is important. We have others in Abia, Jos, Kano, Maiduguri and Funtua.

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“Because of the strategic importance of Ibadan, we have had inquiries from a serious Chinese investor for the project. Five days ago we signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop this very important Ibadan dry port project.

“What we are looking for from the state government is to have, along the railway line that is currently ongoing, a 60,000 hectares of land to develop a modern dry port, while the transport transit park will require 35,000 hectares of land,” Bello said.

Enumerating the advantages of the modern dry port project, he said it would provide job opportunity for 10,000 people, adding that the truck transits park would equally generate 25,000 jobs.

Bello said that the project was heavily dependent on the ongoing Lagos-Kano rail project, which would decongest the heavy traffic on road transportation of goods from the Lagos port to the rest of the country.

He disclosed that the proposed park alone would gulp N4.8billion, through the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP).

When completed, he said that the park would have hotels, motels, resident doctors, restaurants, shopping mall, commercial banks, among other facilities for the convenience of transporters.

In his response, the governor promised the support of the administration and called on the council to hasten the paper works required for the project to commence soonest.

The governor said that the projects would cause a remarkable reduction in road carnage, improvement in economic activities and maximization of employment opportunities, but called for strict enforcement of rules guiding parking of trucks on completion of the park.

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Ajimobi Approves Oyo Workers’ Promotion From 2012 To 2016

The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has approved the immediate release of years 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 promotions

The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has approved the immediate release of years 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 promotions in the state Civil/Public Service of Oyo State.

The outgoing Head of Service, Mr Soji Eniade, made this disclosure in a statement on Tuesday in Ibadan.

Mr Eniade said that the governor is greatly committed to the welfare of workers in the state, pledging that the kind gesture would be adequately reciprocated by workers in the state through hard work and commitment while in the service of Oyo State.

The HOS charged workers in the state to be diligent, dedicated, devoted, committed and work assiduously towards ensuring financial sufficiency for the state, stating that the ongoing restructuring exercise in the civil/public service was embarked upon to clean and sanitize the system.

He solicited the support and cooperation of workers for the state government towards achieving desirable results in the ongoing state Public/Civil service reform in order to uplift the system to an enviable height.

Mr Eniade emphasized that the restructuring exercise of the government is not meant to witch-hunt anybody, saying that what the government is doing is a standard periodic self-check which is standard practice throughout the world where quality service delivery is expected.

The outgoing Head of Service commended the state governor for his wise and bold decisions that have kept the state afloat despite the present economic situation in the country, urging that workers should reciprocate the governor’s kind gesture with commitment, efficiency and effectiveness in discharging their duties.