LG Poll: Osun APC Aspirant Promises Adequate Representation, Developmental Programmes If Voted

By Nofisat Marindoti

An All Progressive Congress (APC) aspirant in the January 27 Local Government election in the State of Osun, Comrade Rasheed Raji-Ropo, has promised the people of his ward in Odo-Otin Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of proper and adequate representation if voted.

 

Ropo made the promise while addressing supporters at a rally in Oyan town on Thursday.

 

Vowing to supervise Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s integral action plans if given the chance to serve, The Oyan born politician said he would do everything within his capacity to complement the efforts of the Governor in his bid to move the state to a greater height.

 

Ropo also promised people oriented people programmes in line with the party’s manifesto.

 

He thereby urged the electorate in the LCDA to come out en-mass to vote for him, with a promise that he would serve diligently.

 

 

 

Local Govt. Poll: OSIEC Charges Stakeholders To Shun Malpractices

By Israel Afolabi

Osun Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) has advised the people of the state to shun electoral malpractices during the forthcoming local government election in the state.

The chairman of the commission, Otunba Segun Oladitan gave the charge at a two-day training workshop for electoral officers, Assistant Presiding Officers and OSIEC staff at the Fakunle Unity school Hall, Osogbo.

The workshop was tagged: “Towards Osun State Local Government Election: Updating Knowledge in Treads and Dynamic of Grassroot Election Management and Administration”.

He said the aim of the workshop was to update knowledge in trends for grassroots election, saying the state will hold the most acceptable poll for all stakeholders.

According to him, “by God’s grace local government election shall hold in Osun coming January 27th 2018, because there must be democratically elected people at the grass root in the state”.

He advised the trainees to do things in a proper was for credibility purpose.

He said, “OSIEC is not representing Osun State government but OSIEC is representing the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that is why it is the people that will make it effective”.

He then warned the trainees to shun partisanship because it is a call to duty.

He added that almost 18 political parties will participate in that election and urged people of osun to come out and cast their votes.

According to him, “those who have PVC only should come and participate in the election”.

 

Traders Defy Govt’s Market Relocation Order

By Israel Afolabi and Abdullahi Omotayo

Traders in the Akindeko Market, Alekuwodo Area, Osogbo, Osun State capital have defied the order of the state government, particularly the State House of Assembly that the market should be relocated to a new location.

While the government insisted that the market should be relocated to a new location assigned for it at Awosuru Area, with a view to ensuring the safety of the traders who are trading on the roadside, the traders have insisted that the original location was more preferable.

It would be recalled that the State House of Assembly has issued an order mandating the traders to relocate to the newly established market, latest by December 15, 2017, an ultimatum which has lapsed.

The order of the parliament was in pursuant to a meeting held with market men and women, officials of the state government and representatives of the Osogbo West Local Council Development Area (LCDA) the host local government of the market.

When OSUN DEFENDER team visited the Akindeko market during the week, though, the Executive members of the market, including the Iyaloja declined to speak with the medium, but some of the traders individually said that they were not ready to move to the new location.

A trader, who pleaded anonimity said, the traders were more comfortable in Akindeko, instead of the new location assigned for theny by the government, saying, “We are not moving to anywhere”.

“In fact, we are not aware of any relocation order by the government to Awosuru. There is no reason why we should be asked to move to where there are no commercial activities”.

Another trader also said that though, they are aware that there was an order that they should move to Awosuru, but it would take time for such order to take effect, saying that the traders were already entrenched in the old location.

He said: “If we should move to that market now where there are no structures in place, it would definitely affect our commercial activities, meaning that we will be at the receiving end”.

A member of the State House of Assembly Committee on Commerce, Cooperatives and Empowerment, Israel Aloba in reaction to the traders’ position further appealed that the traders should respect the gentleman agreement reached with the government over the relocation order.

According to him, the traders should understand that the essence of the order for the relocation was to ensure the security of lives and properties of the traders, expand the economic base of the state and make the marketers more comfortable in the course of their business transactions.

“It is not an excuse to say that they will not move because there were no commercial activities there. The truth is that there cannot be since they have not started trading there, it is when they start trading at the new location that they will realise that the government means well for them.

“The traders should realise that they are our mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters and we will not do anything that would jeopardise their commercial activities, hence, the need for them to respect the constituted authority and yield to the order for the benefit of all”, he said.

Osun Needs N10bn Revenue Monthly To Survive

By Kehinde Ayantunji

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has charged the leadership of Ministries, Agencies and Departments (MDAs) and other government parastatals in the state to work hard and raise the revenue needed for the development of the state.

Aregbesola said for the state to survive economically and continue on the ongoing infrastructural development, all hands must be on deck to raise the state’s Internally Generated Revenue from its average N500million to N4.1billion on monthly basis.

The Governor made this disclosure at Royal Park Hotel, Iloko-Ijesa while declaring open, a 5-day Envisioning/Capacity Building Workshop on the Ten Years State Development Plan organised by the State Ministry of Economic Planning, Budget and Development.

Aregbesola called on the people of the state to begin to look inward and imbibe the culture of being truthful to their civic responsibilities of paying tax to government.

He held that  for the 10-year proposed Economic Development Plan to be realised, Osun must earn before the expiration of his administration at least N4.1billion every month.

Aregbesola told the gathering to use the opportunity of the workshop to develop for the state, a development agenda that will make Osun a virile, viable and successful state in Nigeria.

According to him, “In your course of planning in respect of this workshop, Osun must at least target N10billion IGR in the next ten years.

“Osun must earn before the expiration of this administration at least N4.1billion as monthly IGR, it is not as difficult as we think but we must apply our senses to it.

“If we really want to build a prosperous state as we aspired, we must pay our taxes, God doesn’t support idleness, laziness and indolence, so we must work to meet our personal needs and give to government what is due to it.

“So, we must also use the opportunity of this gathering to develop and provide for our state, a development agenda that will make it a virile, viable and successful state in Nigeria.

“If Lagos earned N503.7 billion in 2017 as Internally Generated Revenue, as being claimed by its government, it means that Lagos generated N41.7  billion for every month of the 12 months of 2017, therefore, we must struggle to get IGR capacity of N4.1 billion which is 10 per cent of what Lagos generates every month before we exit.

“So we must henceforth let the people of Osun know that if Lagos could earn N41.7 billion as IGR every month, then it is unthinkable and irresponsible for Osun not to strive to make N4.1billion every month.

“That is what we need. It is the least we can work on. By 2028, if Osun must be modern, thus we must have capacity to generate N10 billion monthly.

“So, the communique of this workshop must develop the capacity to support the state in its quest for development in practical terms and to make Osun one of the best economically viable in Nigeria”, Aregbesola told the gathering.

“We must also be conscious of the future population explosion in whatever economy we are planning by educating the people against the effects of reckless procreation because if we fail to take the bull by the horn, the present population in the country would have risen to 200million with similar effect on each state of the federation in ten years time.

“Thus, we must aggressively pursue local production on our own to overcome unemployment and its consequences, otherwise, we will still be facing challenges.

“In Osun, we have made little infrastructural development and if that doesn’t continue, then it will be difficult to traverse the state. These are the practical issues that we need to bother about regarding worthy successor.

“As we can all see, in ten years time, there will be no allocation from anywhere, thus, we must support our people to develop their potential to work efficiently so as to enrich themselves and key into what to give to government to run the state”.

Earlier in his welcome address, Osun Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budget and Development, Dr. Olalekan Yinusa  said

that the state development plan is expected to be a public document that will enumerate Osun overarching policy position.

He added that the state development plan will go a long way in highlighting the enduring legacies of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s administration which will be leveraged on and sustained by incoming administrations in the state.

He said, ”The preparation process of Osun 10-year State Development Plan will be participatory and inclusive of all relevant stakeholders such as non-governmental organisations (NGOs); Community Based Organisations (CBOs), organised Private sectors (OPS), opposition political parties in the state of Osun amongst others.

“I want to challenge everybody here present to see himself or herself as being privileged to be part of this historic effort of creating a new future for our state. We must rise to the challenge of contributing ideas, time and other resources towards this all important project of creating a new future that is built on shared prosperity, productivity, efficiency and due process.

“A future where everybody is alive to his or her responsibilities, a future that promotes and celebrates excellence, diligence, commitment, nobility of character and hardwork and a future that guarantees basic needs of life”.

In his remarks, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola,  said the workshop will provide  a platform for equipping the people of Osun with the necessary skills required for the actualisation of sustainable 10-years development plan.

Oyetola held that the Strategic Master Plan through the summit is capable of bequeathing a solid foundation for all round development in the various sectors of the state.

No Litigation Can Stop Osun LG Election – OSIEC

By Nofisat Marindoti

The Chairman of Osun Independent Electoral Commission, OSIEC, Otunba Segun Oladitan has affirmed the commission’s readiness to conduct the Local Government election come January 27 despite the litigations against it.

In a radio programme monitored by Osun Defender, Oladitan stated that the Commission has not been served legally, adding that the ruling of the High Court in Abuja on January 24 can neither disturb nor stop the conduct of the election.

The Chairman who stated that the commission is well prepared for the election, also assured that it would be free and fair.

Stating that the polling units would be tightly secured, Oladitan said there would be no movement from 7am and 2pm to avoid disruption and that the only pass across the units would be the PVC.

Asked when the result would be out, The OSIEC Chairman replied that it would be out almost immediately bearing on the geographical problems of some centres.

Oladitan also revealed that the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is not part of the 18 political parties that would be participating in the election.

Asked why the PDP would not be participating, Oladitan replied that it is not the duty of the commission to necessarily call the opposition to participate.

According to him, “18 political parties without PDP is participating, 36 parties showed interest but we discovered 8 were not registered with INEC. The nomination forms were given to the remaining ones but at the close of forms, only 18 responded and showed up interest to participate.

“It is not the responsibility of commission to call opposition to come and participate. Commission’s responsibility is to call people out to vote for councilors.” Oladitan explained.

Oladitan who also justified the parliamentary system of government to be used, explained that section 7 of the constitution says the mode of conduct has to be democratic but that the state has to make law according to its structure.

Why We Insisted On The Conduct Of LG Election – OSIEC

The Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) has reiterated its stance on the conduct of local government election earlier slated for January 27,2018, in the face of a pending litigation.

The OSIEC’ s Chairman, Mr Segun Oladitan asserted that the decision of the commission to go ahead with the exercise was hinged on the premise that the litigation does not in anyway affect the process of the contest.

It would be recalled that OSIEC, at a press conference late last year had announced its resolve and plan to conduct the councils’ poll on Saturday, January 27, 2018.

It was against the backdrop that a human right activist, Kanmi Ajibola and some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) approached the court, to declare the action as unconstitutional and illegal, arguing that the propose parliamentary system at the local government level is in conflict with electoral law.

However,  at a stakeholders meeting organized by the commission in Osogbo, the state capital, the OSIEC Chairman further opined that  the court injunction, which supposedly sought to halt the process would not prevent  the commission from conducting the poll as earlier announced.

Olaitan who faulted the process through which the injunction was served said, January 27 was sacrosanct.

He said, “when the date for the conduct of local government election was announced, the opposition party approached the court, seeking the conciliation of the process but instead of serving  the commission the notice of injunction in Osogbo, they brought it to liaison office, Abuja, which according to him does not fall under the jurisdiction”.

According to him, ” the local governments election was last held in 2007 and the forthcoming  election would take place on Jan. 27 , despite the court injunction.

“The method at which the injunction was served was questionable and the commission position is simple.

” The injunction served at liaison office in abuja would not bind the commission. We have not submitted our self to the jurisdiction of the federal high court”, he resorted.

While giving the breakdown of the election, Olaitan enunciated that out 389 wards in the state,  only  125 wards have more than one person contesting, while 264 wards have only one candidate contesting without opponent.

He explained that 18 political parties out of the 28 that registered would be contesting  in the  3, 018 polling units in the state.

Oladitan sought for the cooperation of the commission , security agencies and political parties to make the contest a success.

Olaitan who called on members of political parties to conduct themselves in a lawful manner in order to ensure itch free polls announced that,  there would be no vehicular movement between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Earlier, the Commissioner of Police (CP) in Osun, Mr Folahanmi Adeoye, enjoined all political parties not to take laws into their hands , adding that election is not a do or die affair.

Adeoye noted that  security agencies would not relent in their efforts to ensure hith-free exercise.

He called on relevant stakeholders to desist from any act capable of destabilizing the election.

Present at the stakeholders meeting are the security heads in the state, political parties, OSIEC staff , among others.

Man Docked For Slapping Another In Osun

By Nofisat Marindoti

A 47-year old man, Osho Adewale has been arraigned before a Magistrate Court in Osogbo, State of Osun capital over alleged assault.

Prosecutor Fagboyinbo Abiodun told the court that the accused on the 11th of January at Lake Side Hotel in Dada Estate, assaulted one Oguntayo Awodele when he (Adewale) slapped him on the face, adding that the offence contravened section 351 of the Criminal Code Cap 34, vol. II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.

The accused however pleaded not guilty of the charge preferred against him.

In his ruling, Magistrate Fatimo Sodamade granted the accused bail of N50,000 with one surety in like sum and adjourned the case till February 5, 2018.

Accord Party Boasts To Win Osun Governorship – Party Secretary

By Sodiq Lawal

Despite its little capacity of membership and political clout, the Accord Party in the State of Osun has boasted that it will provide good leadership if the party takes power from the ruling party in this year’s Governorship Election.

The Secretary of the Accord Party, Ife Central branch, Hon. Adedeji Olayinka disclosed this in an interview our correspondent in Ile Ife.

The Accord Party did not win a single unit, ward, local government or senatorial district in the 2014 elections that produced the sitting Governor Rauf Aregbesola for a second term in office.

The All Progressives Congress APC has also vowed to reclaim the seat and beat all parties hands down in the September, 2018 elections as a testimony to the unprecedented achievements of Governor Aregbesola in his two terms of governing the State of Osun.

Olayinka who opined that residents of the state are tired of both the APC and PDP administration with the Accord party being an alternative.

According to him, “the reformed Accord Party is working assiduously to make life more meaningful for Osun and as you can see all hands are on deck to ensure the party provides the people with good governance rooted in democratic ethos.”

Aregbesola Calls For Robust IGR, Says Osun Needs N10 Billion Revenue Monthly To Thrive

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Monday challenged the leadership of the Ministries, Agencies and Departments (MDAs) and other government parastatals in the state to work hard and raise the revenue of the state.

He said for the state to survive economically, politically and continue on the tempo of ongoing infrastructure development, all hands must be on deck to upsurge the state’s Internally Generated Revenue from its average N500 million to N10 billion on monthly basis through prompt taxation.

Governor Aregbesola made the statement at Royal Park Hotel, Iloko-Ijesa, while declaring open, a 5-day Envisioning/Capacity Building Workshop on the Ten Years State Development Plan (2018-2028) organized by the Osun State Ministry of Economic Planning, Budget and Development.

Aregbesola ‎lamented on the accruable revenue to the state from all sources every month, noting that the state must henceforth do the needful to expand its revenue potentials for the socioeconomic advancement of the state.

He described IGR as the only sustainable economic wheel of progress capable of catalyzing and stimulating prosperous economy in the society, thus informing the need for total rededication to robust socioeconomic drive through taxation.

Governor called on the people in the state to begin to look inward and imbibe the culture of performing one’s civic responsibilities by being faithful to basic tax responsibility.

He said a trait of productivity, hard work and efficiency must be popularized in such a way that the people’s potentials towards the generation of improved and robust revenue for the state would be realized.

Aregbesola posited that the people in the state must begin to see work as the only means of survive through which they can be able to galvanize their potentials to enrich themselves and also take out of surplus to government to run the state.

Governor Aregbesola held that ‎for the 10-year proposed Economic Development Plan to be actualized, thus, Osun must earn before the expiration of his administration at least N4.1billion every month.

He said if Osun and her people really want to build a prosperous state as aspired, there is need for people to change their attitude towards taxation while people must see tax as an obligation that must be fulfilled.

‎Aregbesola told the gathering to use the opportunity of the workshop to develop and provide to the state a development agenda that will make Osun a virile, viable and successful state in Nigeria.

According to him, “In your course of planning in respect of this workshop, Osun must at least target 10 billion IGR in the next 10 years.

“Osun must earn before the expiration of this administration at least N4.1 billion as monthly IGR. It is not as difficult as we feel but we must apply our senses to it.

“If we really want to build a prosperous state as we aspire, we must pay our taxes. God doesn’t support idleness, laziness and indolence, so we must work to meet our personal needs and give to government what is due to it.

“So, we must also use the opportunity of this gathering to develop and provide for our state, a development agenda that will make it a virile, viable and successful state in Nigeria.

“There is no human society without the capacity to build itself, we only need few leaders who will mobilize them to see and do the needful.

“If Lagos earned N503.7 billion in 2017 as Internally Generated Revenue, as being claimed by its government which reflects that Lagos generated N41.7‎ billion for every month of the 12 months of 2017, therefore, we must struggle to get IGR capacity of N4.1 billion which is 10 per cent of what Lagos generates every month before we exit.

‎So we must henceforth let the people of Osun know that if Lagos could earn N41.7 billion as IGR every month, then it will be unthinkable and irresponsible for Osun not to strive to make N4.1 billion every month.

“That is what we need. It is the least we can work on. So by 2028 if Osun must be modern, we must have capacity to generate N10 billion monthly.

‎”So, the communiqué of this workshop must develop the capacity to support the state in its quest for development in practical term that will make Osun one of the best and most economically viable state in Nigeria”, Aregbesola told the gathering.

Proffering ways to economic prosperity, Aregbesola said “in whatever economic planning and programme we are envisioning, this must help to advance a prosperous future economy for this state, and we must bear it strongly at the back of our minds that in 10 years to come, there would be no allocation from Abuja because oil itself would have gone or about to go”.

He added, “The reason for this summit is on how Osun will be in 2028. We must through this summit acquire capacity to be able to fashion out how to survive without oil because one thing we cannot deny is the economy fact that in 10 years to come, there will be no economic value for crude oil.

“We must also be conscious of the future population explosion in whatever economy we are planning by educating the people against the effects of reckless procreation because if we failed to take the bull by the horn, the present population in the country would have risen to 200 million with similar effect on each state of the federation in 10 years time.

“Thus, we must aggressively pursue local production on our own to quash unemployment and the consequences of it; otherwise, we will still be facing challenges.

“In Osun, we have made little infrastructure development and if that doesn’t continue, then it will be difficult to traverse the state. These are the practical issues that we need to bother about regarding worthy successor” he stressed.

Earlier in his welcome address, Osun’s Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budget and Development, Dr. Olalekan Yinusa‎, said the aim of the workshop is to create appropriate awareness in all about what to do at political and bureaucratic levels of various sectors and build champions within the state of Osun bureaucracy such that the capacity to craft State Development Plans, Sector Strategies and multiyear budget framework could be domiciled within the state.

Dr Yinusa said, “Consequently, Mr Governor mandated the ‎Ministry of Economic Planning, Budget and Development to craft a comprehensive 10-year State Development Plan spanning 2018-2028, Medium Term Sector Strategy (MTSS), Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Implementation Plans for the state.

‎”The preparation process of Osun 10-year State Development Plan will be participatory and inclusive of all relevant stakeholders such as non-governmental organizations (NGOs); Community Based Organizations (CBOs), organized Private sectors (OPS) opposition political parties in the state of Osun etc.

“The State Development Plan is expected to be a public document outlining the state overarching policy position, outcomes and impact of the activities of the present administration and those of other previous administration. It is not about a particular person but about the future of our state and those unborn or still to be born children of Osun; consequently all hands must be on deck to ensure its success.

In his remarks, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, ‎said the workshop will provide‎ a platform for equipping the people of Osun with the necessary skills required for the actualization of sustainable 10 years development plan.

Oyetola held that the Strategic Master Plan through the summit is capable of bequeathing a solid foundation for all round development in the various sectors of the state.

“I congratulate the good people of the state of Osun for this important step towards creating and institutionalizing sustainable development in Osun as Strategic Master Plan is capable of bequeathing a solid foundation for all round development in the various sectors of our state.

“On the approval of Mr Governor, the Economic Team and the Ministry of Economic Planning, Budget and Development met with the Department for International Development (DFID) to kick-start the process of generating a Development Plan and the collaboration had helped to make meaningful achievements”, Oyetola noted.

Tension in Ile Ife As Police Arrest Man For Stealing Laptops, Phones

By Sodiq Lawal

There was a little pandemonium on Tuesday afternoon at the ever busy Mayfair road in Ile Ife, State of Osun as police arrested a 25- year- old man popular identify as Adex for stealing laptops and phones in the area.

According to an eye witness, Mr Adeola Adeleke said the suspect was arrested for stealing seven mobile phones and two laptops belonging to one Mr Ayokunle Oderemi who sells phone and laptop accessories at Mayfair road in the ancient city.

Adeleke said the suspect entered into the shop of the owner of the phones and laptops, beat him to stupor before he was caught by some angry youths in the area when he was running away.

It was learnt that the angry youths stripped the suspect naked and beat him mercilessly before he was hand over to the police.

Also, the angry youths beat a camera man to stupor for trying to snap the incident.

Residents of the area were seen lamenting over incessant stealing of phones, laptops and other valuable items by an unknown individuals.

As at press time, normalcy has been restored to the area as the men of the police force were seen trying to maintain peace.

Osun APC Felicitates With Chief Bisi Akande On 79th Birthday

By Nofisat Marindoti

The All Progressive Congress (APC) in the State of Osun, has congratulated Chief Adebisi Akande on the occasion of his 79th birthday.

In a statement signed by the party’s spokesman, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, APC said the party joined families and friends of the chieftain to honour and celebrate some of his grand achievements.

According to the release, “It was to the credit of Akande that APC was nursed until it was given birth to in 2013. We had to depend on his wisdom and political sagacity in putting together parties of different orientations into one cohesive family that we are today.

“We celebrate his uncommon wisdom, which was not appreciated by some, at the time he was Governor in placing this state on a firm foundation administratively.”

APC said Akande would be treasured for his statesmanship which cuts across party lines and has brought him to the forefront of national leadership.

“Papa turns 79 today, we wish him many more glorious years of selfless service to Osun and the country in general.” the release added.

Meanwhile, the immediate past Honourable Commissioner for Finance and Economic Planning in the State of Osun, Dr. Adewale Bolorunduro, has also felicitated with founding Interim Chairman of the APC, on his Birthday.

In a congratulatory message to mark the birthday of the elder statesman released by his Media Office in Ilesa, Dr. Bolorunduro extolled Chief Akande for his wisdom, sacrifices, forthrightness, patriotism and astute leadership acumen; right from his days of service in the Old Oyo State.

Dr. Bolorunduro described the tenure of Chief Adebisi Akande as Governor of Osun between 1999 and 2003 as one which was “characterized by selfless service and monumental development to mankind leading to a solid foundation for the progressive governance of the Rauf Aregbesola – led Administration.”

“Chief Adebisi Akande, Baba Omo Kekeke himself, has continued to be a bridge between the present and the past with his enormous wealth of experience in public service as a true democrat which has been of immense benefit to many of us who are his political children”, the Former Commissioner added.

He prayed that the Almighty God grant “Chief Akande longer life, more strength, increased wisdom and vitality as his experience is still direly needed especially as Nigeria and the State of Osun moves into another critical electioneering period.’’