Ooni, Oluwo Deny Rift, Rancour

Two first class traditional rulers in Yorubaland, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II and the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi,Telu have denied media reports that the two are embattled in a rift.

The duo said the reports are untrue and mere insinuation.

The development came at the heels of a peace meeting of the Osun State Traditional Rulers Council at his palace in Ile-ife on Thursday, where Oba Ogunwusi, who is reportedly not in good terms with the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdukrasheed Akanbi, told the latter that he had not been prevented from attending the council meeting.

Ooni Ogunwusi and Oba Adewale Akanbi

The Oluwo has never attended the meeting since he ascended the throne in 2015.

It was gathered that some Obas of the council had during the last meeting held on July 4, 2017, raised the issue of the Oluwo and they resolved to go to Iwo to go and prevail on him to attend council meeting.

The Ooni of Ife, who arrived at the venue of the meeting went round and greeted all the traditional rulers one after the other while the monarchs stood up to acknowledge his greetings.

Ooni Ogunwusi Arriving The Meeting

The Ooni, who presided on the meeting prayed for the monarchs and the towns each of them presided over.

Oba Ogunwusi said, “It is been long we held this meeting. The meeting is usually held on a monthly basis. This is not the time to point accusing finger at anybody.

“The Timi came to me and told me that he would not be here because he was traveling out and that he had scheduled the trip before the meeting was called. So, also is the Orangun of Ila.

“I greet the Oluwo specially. Like I always say, all of you left here. I am the caretaker here. Unity and the development of our state is very important.

“Some traditional rulers have departed the world since our last meeting the Olubosin of Ifetedo, Salu Edun Abon and Olulamokun of Yakoyo.

“We should portray ourselves the way we should. We should carry ourselves with dignity and royalty. We should unite and stand as one. Our meeting is how to bring about development to our state and the nation.

“I greet the Oluwo special especially being his first time of coming here. Nobody is asking you not to come here. This is your house.”

Speaking, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Olawale said there peace and harmony among the traditional rulers in the state.

The Olojuo of Ido Osun, Oba Aderemi Adedapo, who is the secretary to the Council of Obas and about 70 other traditional rulers were in attendance.

CVR: Osun Declares Monday Work Free

The State Government of Osun has declared Monday April 16, a Work Free Day for the formal and informal workers of the state.

The essence of the public holiday is to provide ample opportunity for eligible voters to participate in the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise by registering with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and as well collect their Permanent Voter Card (PVC) for them to be able to perform their civic responsibility when election comes.

Dr Obawale Samson Adebisi, Commissioner for Home Affairs made this known in a press statement personally signed and made available to newsmen in Osogbo on Thursday

According to Adebisi, “Voter Registration and collection of permanent Voters card (PVC) are important and strategic to electoral process and has capability of strengthening democratic governance.

“Voter registration helps to facilitate the credibility of the electoral process and democratic governance and that is why the government found it imperative to create ample opportunity by declaring Monday a work free day which is the last day for the eligible voters to register.

“Thus, government passionately urge the people to go out and register in the remaining days, while those who have lost or defaced their cards can register afresh but should guard against registering twice as each person is only allowed to register once.

“The Continuous Voter Registration had started on Wednesday, April 11 and will end on Monday, April 16.

“Since the continuous voters registration (CRV) is periodic, the government of the state of Osun, therefore, considers it as imperative to dedicate a day for fresh potential voters to register for their voter card and for those that had registered to collect their PVC to enable them exercise their franchise on election day.

“All residents of the state who are 18 years and above and are enjoined to go to the nearest registration centre in their areas to register their names for voter card.

“A voter that has left his or former residential area should approach INEC office in his or her new area for transfer of voter card to enable him her vote in the new area.

“The government urges stakeholders: political, community and religious leaders, Non Governmental Organisation, political and pressure groups to sensitise other people on the need to register for voter card and collect their PVC.

Parents Aiding Examination Fraud- JAMB

Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), on Wednesday said parents of candidates sitting for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination are the ones responsible for the malpractice of their candidates.

The Registrar made this known during a meeting with the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption in Abuja describing the situation as alarming. He said it was degrading the extent parents would go to ensure that their children get admissions at all cost, irrespective of the consequences involved. Oloyede pointed out that the situation has continued to give the board consistent concern.

”The greatest problem we have is with the parents, I do not have problems with the candidates. But the parents have gone haywire.

”They compromise the process because while the students are writing the examinations, you see some of the parents seeking for any assistance that can be given to make their children pass.”

Oloyede recalled that during the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Board Examinations (UTME), some parents of candidates who were caught for engaging in malpractices did not play the proper parental role.

According to him, while one mother requested that her daughter’s mark be automatically increased because a Test Centre operator tried to molest her, another mother pushed her eldest son to write the examination for the younger one.

“Some parents go as far as paying huge sums of money into fraudulent accounts online to upgrade their children’s results.

”We have advertised recently, that anybody who pays into such accounts would be tracked and disqualified because these fraudsters openly advertise that if you want help on JAMB pay into certain accounts.

”Parents are paying into these accounts but we have involved the Department of State Services and the Police and some of them have been arrested already.”

The act, he said, has continued to give the board a second view of what transpires outside its domain, through which it is able to monitor the illegal operations.

Oloyede reiterated that the board would continue to give its best in ensuring that its credibility is sustained, despite the challenges at hand.

Speaking on the issue of cut off mark, the Registrar explained that it is necessary to understand that it is the point that allows you to know at what point you are not allowed “into the basket.”

He further explained that the cut off point goes beyond attaining just the UTME scores but includes all the requirements of the admission process.

He explained this varies from one institution to another, adding that people must erase from their minds, the perception that the higher a cut off mark of an institution, the more credible the institution is.

Oloyede said that it was the duty of the board to ensure that it supervises and guarantees that no one is surcharged.

”The Law that established JAMB makes it clear that JAMB will admit in conjunction with the institutions.

According to the registrar, there are 25 countries with similar bodies like JAMB in the world and what they do is conduct the examinations and make the results available to the institutions.

”At what point the institutions intend to cut off is at their discretion.”

Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, Prof. Itse Sagay, said that the purpose of the visit by the Committee was to learn more about how the board has managed its success and challenges, especially on the issue of results and admissions.

Other issues, he said that need attention were those of the cut off marks for admissions as well factors militating against the progress of the system.

Sagay also said that the committee was there to get an update on the issue of JAMB staff who allegedly looted the board’s funds and steps being taken by the board to bring them to book.

Over 15 members of staff of the board and members of the Presidential Committee attended the meeting.

 

Aregbesola Has Done Well, It Would Be Hard For PDP To Take Over From Him – Babatope

By Sodiq Yusuf

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Chief Ebenezer Babatope has lauded Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s achievements in the State of Osun saying it will be hard for the PDP to take over from him in November, 2018.

Babatope stated this on Thursday while featuring on a programme on Rave 91.7fm in Osogbo.

He said the Governor has done well so far; a development that might make it tough for the PDP in Osun to reclaim the state from the APC.

His words “Aregbesola has done well. In everything he has done, he has done it well. It will be very hard for the PDP to take-over from him.”

“As far as am I concerned, Rauf Aregbesola is a performer. The young man has done very well. Anything he touches, he does well. Aregbesola plans well. Go round the state, Osogbo and all other places, kudos to him.  Even if I am opposed to the APC and what Buhari’s federal government has done, I can never discredit Aregbesola and his government, he has done well.”

On the current crisis in Osun PDP, Chief Babatope who is a member of the Board of Trustees of the nation’s opposition party is of the opinion that the party will be reconciled to give other parties a good fight at the polls.

Osun Trains 5,000 Youths On ICT In OYESTECH II {PHOTOS}

A telecommunications company, RLG Adulawo Technology City in Ilesa in the State of Osun has begun the training of about 5,000 Youths of the state in ICT under the phase two of the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme Technology, OYESTECH.

The training organized in conjunction with the State Government and Omoluabi Holdings for free is going on simultaneously across all the nine federal constituencies in the state.

The ICT training covers areas like Digital TV Assemblage and Repairs, Phone Assemblage and Repairs, Computer Assemblage and Repairs which is an entrepreneurship empowerment initiative.

The move according to the organizers is to also empower the Youth of the State of Osun to be self-reliant through applied ICT and entrepreneurial skills development.

 

The state commissioner for finance, Mr Bola Oyebamiji said N320 million was spent on training youths in the first batch of the programme, adding that the training cost was higher than that of the second batch because the beneficiaries were sent to Ghana for internship after their classroom training as the company had not been established at that time.

Here are photos from the training

Osun Govt Assures Residents of Adequate Security of Life, Property

The state Government of Osun has assured the people of the state of adequate security of their lives and properties.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, Adelani Baderinwa said the government has not relented on its efforts to providing maximum security and ensure peace and harmony in the state.

Baderinwa attributed the peaceful atmosphere of the state to proactiveness and security consciousness of Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the social justice being rendered by his administration.

He stated this while answering journalists’ questions on Monday while speaking on the recent security breach of multiple bank robberies in Offa, Kwara state that led to several deaths and loss of huge amount of currencies vis-à-vis relative peace been enjoyed the State of Osun.

Baderinwa maintained that the essence of governance is to ensure peace, harmony and security of life and property of the people, stating that Aregbesola had taken the bull by the horn in ensuring that every citizen of the state is protected and people could sleep with their two eyes closed.

According to Baderinwa, Osun is being rated one of the five top most peaceful stated in Nigeria because Aregbesola’s administration has been putting in place adequate security measures that make it difficult for crime perpetrations to thrive.

He said: “Aregbesola was perhaps the most prepared person for governorship position. He had his practical manifestoes for the smooth running of govt.

“One of the Six Integral Action Plan of Aregbesola’s government is Communal Peace and Progress. Essence of government is to ensure peace and harmony and social justice in the land, and that is what Aregbesola is offering the people of the state

“Aregbesola had been proactive on provision of security of life and property of the people in the state. And that is why we are enjoying peace in the state of Osun. He procured and distributed 125 security patrol vehicles and 25 Armoured Personnel Carrier to security agencies in the state to enhance security of the state.”

Baderinwa commiserated with the Kwara state government, the Olofa of Offa, Muftau Gbadamosi and the Nigeria Police Force on the robbery incident that claimed about 30 lives.

The commissioner speakers further: “Provision of security in every society begins with ensuring protection of lives and properties and putting in place social justice and equity that ensure youth engagement. These two aspects of governance are strategic to curtailing crimes in the society, and I am happy that Osun people know that Aregbesola has ensured social justice and engaged the youths positively.

“The Nigeria Peace Index in its report released last Friday rated Osun the most peaceful state in Nigeria based on the level of poverty, crime rate, level of education, rate of human rights abuse and level of Incarceration.

“We cannot deny the fact that Osun is among the top five states with least poverty rate, our education system is second to none in Nigeria and there is almost lack of abuse of human rights in the state.

Besides, the Aregbesola’s administration in 2012 procured and distributed 125 security patrol vehicles and 25 modern Armoured Personnel Carrier to security agencies in the state. This has enhanced security of life and property in the state.”

Baderinwa tasked the people of the state on community policing, saying that security is a collective effort and required the corporation of all stakeholders.

He urged the people to be vigilant and conscious of everybody in their neighbourhood, just as he assured them of adequate security of life and property.

Buhari Declares For 2019

President Muhammadu Buhari has officially declared to contest the 2019 General Elections.

The President made the announcement at the National Executive Committee Meeting of the All Progressives Congress APC on Monday morning in the wake of battles many believe might signal the exit of the incumbent national chairman of the ruling party, John Odigie Oyegun.

The decision of Buhari to re-contest has also been subjected to criticisms after he spent 104 days in the United Kingdom last year on medical leave.

Since his return, he has however remained in the country making several visits to different parts of the country to commission projects and attend to private and official functions.

President Buhari rode to power in 2015 after defeating incumbent Goodluck Jonathan in his fourth attempt to rule the West African nation.

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai was the first to confirm the development on Twitter.

His SSA on New Media, Bashir Ahmad also confirmed the development.

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Nigeria’s number one citizen has been threatened by explosive letters by two former Heads of State, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida as well as threats by the opposition not to contest the 2019 polls but the latter has since resolved to come back again.

Buhari’s second term bid was backed late last month with both Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu during the APC Leader’s 66th birthday colloquium in Lagos with the trio including the President boasting that the former Head of State will rule Nigeria once more in 2019.

Osun, NNPC Move To Estabish Standard Retail Station In Osun

  • As Governor Aregbesola, NNPC GMD Strategize To Actualize Dream

The State Government of Osun and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC are perfecting plans to put in place a state-of-the-art retail filling station that would improve the supply and distribution of petroleum products in the State and the environs.

This was the core of discussions between the Group Managing Director of the corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, when he received Governor Rauf Aregbesola at the NNPC Towers in Abuja on Thursday.

Baru reiterated the NNPC’s resolve to ensure that Nigerians enjoy the benefits of steady supply and distribution of petroleum products as well as working assiduously to expand its network of retail stations nationwide.

According to the GMD, Osun State government has completed a modern 26 nozzle retail station and is planning to lease it out to the corporation.

Baru added: “Our strategy for the NNPC Retail is to capture as much of the downstream retail market in the country as possible. A state like Osun is very central to our expansion drive. Having looked at the possibilities, we are committed to taking the discussions further.”

“We have reached an advanced stage in our discussions. Next week, we are expected to further discussions on commercial terms of offer with the state Government’s team,” Baru added.

He explained that the partnership would not only expand the downstream fuel distribution and retail in the state, it would also ensure adequate products availability as well as improve commercial return on investment.

Baru said, over the years, NNPC enjoyed tremendous support from Osun State as a neighboring state that hosts the corporation’s System 2B pipeline segments connecting Mosimi Depot with Ibadan, Ore and Ilorin depots.

“I am happy to inform you that over the years, we hardly record any incident of pipeline vandalism or security breach along our System 2B pipeline network that cuts across Osun State. This is attributable to the efforts of the State Government and the law-abiding people of the state,” he added.

He commended the Governor for his patriotic support during the recent fuel challenges where he constituted a Special State Taskforce to monitor fuel distribution within and across the state, a move that cushioned the effects of the hiccups on Nigerians.

Responding, Governor Aregbesola said he was in the NNPC to commend the corporation for its interest in driving development in Osun State.

“We are here to discuss collaboration on fuel distribution and possible opportunities where NNPC can invest in my state. We are progressing with the talks on the mega station and we are satisfied with the discussions so far,” Governor Aregbesola stated.

He said in order to assist the NNPC to ensure smooth distribution of petroleum products across the state, he has set up a taskforce on fuel distribution, working with the NNPC Depot in Ibadan and the marketers in the state.

“We have mandated them to do everything possible to assist the NNPC achieve its aim of ensuring smooth distribution of petroleum products across the state” he added.

While commending the corporation for getting around the recent fuel situation, Aregbesola said he was aware of the challenges faced by the corporation in its quest to ensure availability of petroleum products nationwide.

“We thank NNPC for its efforts. I am aware that you face lots of challenges. I hope the corporation will overcome those challenges, block all the leakages and ensure Nigerians don’t undergo any stress before they get products,” he concluded.

PDP Crisis: Why Secondus, Wike, Fayose Dumped Omisore

  • Adeleke Guber Ambition Splits Party Leadership

By Kehinde Ayantunji

More facts emerged during the week on why the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Chief Uche Secondus, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and his Ekiti  state’s counterpart Ayodele Fayose dumped the state former deputy governor, Senator Iyiola Omisore over the state PDP crisis.

OSUNDEFENDER  gathered that the three party echelons turned their back on Omisore when it was discovered that the former deputy governor was not ready to make any compromise in the struggle for the control and stability of the party.

Also, the case instituted before an Osun High Court sitting in Ejigbo against the National Working Committee of the party to halt the just-concluded congress infuriated the party leadership to abandon the former senator.

A member of PDP NEC, who spoke with our reporter in confidence said, “Omisore’s camp is out and down, as far as the controlling PDP in Osun is concerned,  he appeared to have overstretched his luck and abused his influence in the party”.

“I can confirm to you that our national chairman and other members of NWC held him in high esteem and are always ready to protect his interest because he stood by Ahmed Makarfi-led PDP when the crisis was rough and tough. In fact, Governor Wike and Ayo Fayose always hang on our neck  not to let him down in the battle for the soul of the party in the state.

“But the reality is that as a responsible party, we cannot allow the crisis to linger on, we must find a lasting solution to the crisis and in the process we directed the conclusion of the state congress but he insisted that the party must accept his own State Executive Committee (SEC) to be chaired by Dr Bayo Faforijin”.

“At the heat of the crisis, Governor Fayose intervened and pleaded with the PDP NEC to mediate and share the positions with 60 to 40 per cent ratio, but Omisore boycotted the meeting held at the PDP National Secretariat and later instituted a case against the party to the extent of securing a court injunction against the party  from proceeding with local and state congresses”.

“What Omisore demonstrated was that he has no confidence in Secondus, Wike and Fayose in protecting his interest in the battle for the party and they were left with no choice than to embrace those who are obedient to the party leadership, and that is why all his appeals were ignored completely because the party has exhausted all available options to pacify him as a major stakeholder.”

Faforijin and others who are loyal to Omisore in March instituted a case to restraint the party from conducting the party congresses but was struck out on March 23 by Justice  Adeyinka  Aderibigbe of Osun High Court sitting in Ejigbo.

The party NEC after the case was struck out directed accelerated conclusion of the congresses from the ward to the state level.  All the congresses were held between Friday and Sunday and Hon. Soji Adagunodo was returned unopposed as the state chairman of the party.

When contacted, Dr Faforijin explained to OSUNDEFENDER that the matter is before the court and the state executives cannot stand in the face of the law, saying the party leadership compromised and violated subsisting court order.

On the recently widespread rumour that Omisore and his camp are moving to another political party, Faforijin said the outcome of the case in the court and the decision of the court will determine whatever decision they are taking.

Meanwhile, the senatorial candidacy of Senator Ademola Adeleke that united the party last year is now a major dividing factor after the last state congress.

Few days after the congress, some of the party leaders are planning another war against Adagunodo-led executive over perceived concession of the party gubernatorial ticket to Senator Ademola Adeleke.

It was learnt that the leading gubernatorial aspirants in the party have initiated a forum to halt the party’s plans in ensuring that Senator Adeleke pick the party gubernatorial ticket, a situation which might eventually portray the party as not serious to take over the governance of the state.

Adagunodo was reported to have been confronted during the week by some aspirants including the former Secretary to the State Government,  Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Adejare Bello and former member of the National Population Commission, Akogun Lere Oyewumi  to warn him against narrowing down the race to Adeleke.

A source at the top party hierarchy meeting on Monday said the aspirants tension rose when the rumoured car gifted to Adagunodo by the Adelekes, spread across the state, as a member of the party trustee was quoted to have warned Adagunodo that “PDP ticket must not be see and bye”.

The development however might have forced Adagunodo to publicly declare on Tuesday at the party stakeholders’ meeting that the party is open to all members that are interested in gubernatorial race and assured them of fair and credible process.

APC Accuses PDP Of Serial Lies

With barely six months to the Osun governorship election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been alleged by the All Progressives Congress (APC) of serial lying in its desperate move to return to power in the state.

The ruling party was reacting to the observation of the National Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (Zone B), Mr. Cosmas Oni, who in company of his other colleagues visited Osogbo recently, as an indication that, “seven years of PDP lying is fading away.”

The APC in a statement signed by its Publicity Director, Kunle Oyatomi and released to the media in Osogbo said that the PDP misrepresentation of facts about happenings in Osun, “has run its full circle of evil, and TRUTH now haunts that party”.

The APC was referencing the contrasting statements of the new PDP Chairman, Dr. Soji Adagunodo with that of the National Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Mr. Oni, both of which were published about the same time.

“Whereas the PDP Chairman, Dr Adagunodo, was lying to the world that APC and the Aregbesola-led government did nothing to improve education in the state;

“The NUJ Vice Chairman, Mr Oni rather expressed pleasant surprise that he was witnessing one of the best accomplishments yet in educational development he and his visiting colleagues to Osogbo had ever seen in the south west!!

And this was in spite of the hopeless impression they had had before coming to Osun that absolutely nothing was happening in the state.

“The PDP lies had poisoned the minds of some unsuspecting Nigerians that were misled by fallacies published in otherwise credible media under the influence of the lying party.

“PDP was and continues to lead the ‘axis of evil’ in Osun. Driven by desperation, envy, jealousy, hatred and mischief, that party’s focus remains purely to access power and will go to the lowest level to disparage, scadalise and demonise the person of the governor to achieve its goal”, the APC added that, “where others have eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to feel, the PDP in Osun has become blind, deaf and heartless”.

“And the pity of it”, said the APC, “is that Dr Adagunodo, who is supposedly educated, personally, propagated PDP’s stupid lies just when the NUJ was declaring Governor Rauf Aregbesola as the ‘best performing governor of the South West in 2017″.

“Perfidy couldn’t be worse than what Dr Adagunodo exhibited in this instance.

“No matter what the axis of evil does in Osun, there is a limit to which their lies can work”, said the APC, arguing further that, ‘the power of truth is already out in force in Osun. It will crush all evil forces and become triumphant in September 2018, by the grace of God”.

 

…Party’s Primaries Fixed For July 14

In preparation for the September 22 Osun governorship election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has fixed its primaries to pick its flagbearer for Saturday, July 14, 2018.

Dropping the hint on Tuesday during a stakeholders’ meeting of the party presided over by Osun state PDP chairman, Hon. Soji Adagunodo, he also said that the Intention Form” for those nursing ambition to fly the party’s flag would be made available before the end of April.

Addressing the meeting held at Biket Junction, Ikirun road party secretariat, and had in attendance stakeholders across the 30 local government areas and Modakeke Area Office, Adagunodo commended the steadfastness displayed by members during the leadership crisis that rocked the party.

He explained that PDP National Working Committee has directed him to inform members that anyone interested in vying for PDP ticket should forward Letter of Intention through the office of the State Chairman to the office of the National Chairman on or before 17th April, 2018.

Adagunodo added: “The Intention Form shall be made available to the aspirants before the end of this month as our gubernatorial primary holds on Saturday July 14, 2018.”

On the efforts to reconcile aggrieved members, Adagunodo said: “Elders and the State Working Committee of the party under my leadership are working tirelessly to set up a powerful reconciliation committee to extend hands of love to members loyal to Dr. Bayo Faforiji. We are very optimistic about this”.

 

BREAKING: Omisore Supporters Burn PDP Flags

By Kehinde Ayantunji 

Loyalists of the Former State Deputy Governor, Otunba Iyiola Omisore on Thursday burned the flags of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at Omisore Campaign office, Gbongan/Ibadan Road, Osogbo.

The action might have signaled the departure of Omisore from the PDP.

Eyewitness at the party secretariat told OsunDefender reporter that, Former Special Adviser, to Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola on Students Affairs, Mr Adeniyi Bamidele popularly known as Sangaruwa led those who burned the flag.

Adeniyi and five others are among those who are currently challenging the last month congress that produced Soji Adagunodo before an Abuja High Court.

The flags burnt to ashes

Four PDP flags at the front of the campaign office was removed and bunt to ashes by the angry supporters of the former senator.

Omisore later arrived at the secretariat in 18 Passengers Toyota  Bus and moved in convoy to the major streets in Osogbo in a show of popularity.

However, the former deputy governor is yet to announce his new political platform as at the time of filling this report.

Members of the Fafoirji group at the secretariat

After the action of the members which Senator Omisore was part of, the former deputy governor declined comments when was approached by newsmen.

A former member of the House of Representative who is the Director General of Faforiji group, Hon. Bade Falade in an interview said, “Today we called a meeting to purposely brief our people concerning the happenings in the party in the light of the congress that was conducted.

Falade who faulted the congress as directed by the National Working Committee said, “When the instruction for the reconvening of the congress was passed, the directive was given to Adagunodo group. They now said they have concluded the outstanding ward congresses so also is the local and the state congress without us  which was supported the the National Working Committee of PDP”.

He stressed that, “there are have been court actions trying to establish a ward congress that was conducted and concluded in Osun State by Markafi before he departed and that base serves as an instrument during the national convention held in Abuja.”

The Leader of the Faforiji group opined that,”On the basis of the court action, we thought there is no need for ward congresses again but in the wisdom of the National Working Committee, they felt it was needed to conduct their own which they did. We did not participate in the congresses.

Falade said “We have come here today to breif our people about the issue because they have been restless since the congresses were held. We thought we could bring them together to let them know the state of affairs but before we uttered anything, they lowered all the flags and billboards were all destroyed.”

He however stated that the action taken by the the members is not from the instance of the Faforiji leaders “All the leaders from Faforiji’s group are still in PDP. Although our people might be aggressive but we will pacify them. By implication Senator Omisore has not exceeded PDP, he is till in PDP. We have litigation pending in some courts and nothing can be done until that is determined.”

Photos Credit: Toba Adedeji

Osun Releases N40m For Fresh Pension Payment

The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has again approved the release of the sum of N40 million for another set of 400 pensioners in the state.

A  statement signed by the Head of Service, Dr Olowogboyega Oyebade, on Tuesday said the sum is meant for the payment of pension of 148 retired secondary school teachers, 250 retired civil servants and 2 retired parastatals workers.

According to Oyebade, a sum of N25m, N14.8m and N200, 000 were to be paid to the retired civil servants, teachers and parastatals workers respectively.

He explained that the beneficiaries of the money are the 3rd batch pensioners, stating that payment of pensioners is an on-going exercise in fulfillment of the government’s promise on payment of gratuities and pensions based on first come first serve criteria.