Senator Olurunnimbe Mamora Rejects Appointment

Former lawmaker, Senator Olurunnimbe Mamora, has rejected his appointment as the Chairman of the Abuja Investment and Infrastructure Centre.

Mamora, who was the Deputy Director-General of the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation during the 2015 presidential election, was nominated for the job by the President.

However, it was learnt that during the inauguration of the board of the AIIC a few weeks ago, a governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress in the 2016 Ondo State governorship election, Mrs. Jumoke Ajasin-Anifowoshe, was named the chairman.

Ajasin-Anifowose, who is the daughter of the first Governor of the old Ondo State, Adekunle Ajasin, was sworn in by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Alhaji Muhammad Bello.

It was discovered that Mamora had met with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and expressed his displeasure with the appointment.

Mamora, a former Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker and senator who represented Lagos-East senatorial district from 2003 to 2011, felt the appointment, which is the equivalent of a state parastatal, was not befitting.

He argued that people who never participated in the process that brought Buhari to power were occupying the front seats of government.

It was added that Mamora was listed to be the Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Ports Authority in 2016 but was edged out by some powerful people in the system. It was also added that Mamora was nominated as an ambassador in late 2016 but his name was suddenly withdrawn for unknown reasons and was not even contacted before his name was dropped.

Aregbesola Has Not Divided Osun APC, Groups Working For Party Success – Osun APYF 

By Ismail Kolapo

The Osun All Progressives Youth Forum, APYF has said that there is no division in Osun APC with all groups working for the interest of the party and Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

The group in a statement by its state Publicity Secretary, Lawal Lukman in Osogbo on Sunday stated that contrary to a reported letter written to the National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun by a concerned group of some leaders, all are pressure groups tailored to move the party forward.

APYF said all the “so-called concerned leaders” are the crop of leaders wanting to destroy the party and financed by some elements that think the forthcoming primaries of the APC in the state will not favour them.

The Osun APC Youth Group said no one is capable of destroying the party that has given Osun unprecedented development in the last 7 and half years.

The All Progressives Youth Forum said the party is indivisible and remains one just as it called on all “aggrieved persons” to come out to the public and register their grievances for amicable solutions.




The attention of the All Progressive Youths Forum Osun state chapter  has been drawn to a false allegation by some members of our party, All Progressives Congress, APC that that Governor Rauf Aregbesola is planning to destroy the party.

Aregbesola has had a good relationship with the party members across the state and enjoyed patronage from all the party leaders in the state.

There is no record of any official complaint or allegation of any veto power since he became the Governor of the State.

Aregbesola has been acknowledged and commended locally and internationally for taking proper care of the party and its members.

To set the records straight, Aregbesola has been taking care of the party members since he took over as the leader of our great party APC in Osun.

For the past seven years, he has also from time to time distributed food items such, as Rice, chicken, cow, and money across Wards and Units in the state.

It is unfair that some self acclaimed group in our party are circulating untrue information on social media that Aregbesola is destroying the party.

APYF uses this medium to challenge the unidentified  group circulating the statement to come out with tangible decument or information that Aregbesola is not taking care of the party.

We use this statement to charge and encourage our party members and for those who like our party to continue supporting our great party for good development in the State of Osun and Nigeria at large.


Lawal Lukman 

State Publicity Secretary, APYF.  


Obiano Sworn-In For Second Term As Anambra Govenor

The Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano; and his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, have been sworn in for a second term in office.

The Chief Judge of the state, Justice Peter Umeadi, led them in the oath of office.

In his speech, the governor vowed to fight criminals in the state to a standstill.

He said he would tighten security to ensure Anambra State remains the safest state in the country.

The governor said he would set up state of the art hospital in the three senatorial districts, while assuring that major roads in Onitsha Nnewi and Awka would be fixed.

The governor said he would encourage small and medium enterprises in the state to boost economic powers of the people, while assuring the completion of the airport project.

Among the dignitaries who attended the swearing-in was President Muhammadu Buhari, the minister of labour and employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who stood in for Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, among others.

Obiano was reelected on November 18, 2017.

Melaye’s Recall: We’ll Proceed In Accordance With Appeal Court Judgement – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission says it will proceed with the process for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye in line with the judgement of the Court of Appeal.

INEC’s Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, said this in a telephone interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“For now, all legal hurdles as far as we are aware have been removed so the commission should proceed as if the case did not occur.”

A trio of Judges, led by Justice Tunde Awotoye, of the appellate court on Friday dismissed the appeal filed by Melaye against the judgment delivered by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba at the Federal High Court in 2017, on grounds that there was no cause of action.

Justice Dimgba had on September 11, 2017, dismissed the suit filed by Senator Melaye, seeking to stop INEC from initiating his recall from the National Assembly.

He held that senator Melaye’s complaints were ‘hasty, premature and presumptuous” and therefore ordered INEC to go ahead with its planned verification exercise of the 188,588 registered voters who were said to have signed a petition in support of the recall process.

Unsatisfied with Justice Dimgba’s judgement, Malaye proceeded to the Appeal Court two days later, arguing that the Federal High Court judge “erred in law” when he validated the petition presented to INEC for his recall.

But the Appeal Court in dismissing the suit on Friday held that the Federal High Court ought not to have entertained Melaye’s suit ab initio.

Asked about the specific steps INEC would take in continuing the process based on the judgement, Mr Osaze-Uzzi said the commission would get in touch with Senator Melaye and ask him to give it an agent after which it would conduct a verification exercise for the signatories to the recall petition.

The electoral body will also release a timetable informing Nigerians of every step in the process and the date for each.

“If all the steps are successful, then we will have to go and conduct a referendum,” he said.

Senator Melaye has, however, rejected the ruling of the Appeal Court, and will appeal it at the Supreme Court.

After the judgement, he told Channels TV, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil. The battle to continue to speak the truth and fight for the oppressed civil servants and people of Kogi State is a battle of no retreat, no surrender. Every lie has an expiry date. I shall overcome.”

Suit Against Electoral Act Amendment Not Achieving President Buhari’s Aim – Accord Party

By Ismail Kolapo

The national chairman of Accord party, Mr Muhamed Lawal Lalado has denied insinuations that the party is working for the interest of President Muhammadu Buhari to caution the National Assembly on its amendment of the electoral act.

He said Accord party is demanding for due process as enshrined in the constitution and that the National Assembly has no power to override the independence of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC.

Featuring on a radio programme monitored by our correspondent in Osogbo on Friday, Lawal said that the National Assembly failed to inform the INEC chairman about its plans to change the sequence of the 2019 general elections before its schedule for amendment at the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.

He added among the issues considered before filing the suit against the National Assembly at the Federal High Court in Abuja is the financial aspect of election with the present situation of the Nigerian economy.

The Accord Party Chair said the re-ordering of the election timetable will cost the nation more than N2b when the current state of the economy is nothing to write home about.

Mr Lawal said that the party took the Senate to court for proper interpretation of the constitution to know whether they have constitutional right to amend the electoral act without informing INEC.

In the same vein, a Law Lecturer from of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Mr. Misbau Lateef while reacting on the program urged the people at helm of affairs to put national interest first before reordering elections.

The Legal Practitioner said in-spite the powers of the federal lawmakers to amend the electoral act under section (vi) of the 1999 constitution, the powers does not extend to determine the sequence of the election.

He however charged the National Assembly to follow due process of electoral amendment to the constitution.

INTERVIEW: I’ll Be A Single Term Governor, If Elected – Fajobi


Chief (Engineer) Abiodun Bisi Fajobi is a native of Ode-Omu Ayedaade Local Government area of the state of Osun, a former Permanent Secretary with the Lagos State Ministry of Works, who retired in 2012. A seasoned administrator and an engineer, in this interview with the News Editor, SHINA ABUBAKAR and ABDULLAHI OMOTAYO, he bears his mind on his aspiration to occupy the governorship seat in Osun.

OSDF: Considering your background, what actually stimulates your interest into seeking the governorship seat of Osun?

It will interest you to note that I am from a politically conscious and progressive family; my late father was a councilor during the Action Group. Also I have a late uncle named Chief Adeniyi Fajobi who was a member of the House of Assembly in the old Oyo state between 1979 and 1983 under UPN, my late mother was a woman leader for the whole of Ayedaade LG under SDP. Because of that background and knowing that the state would require an experienced hand, I was approached by my people to come and “Bail Out” the state. The present governor is doing well, so we need someone who will have the vision of the party to propel the activities or the programmes of the party further, hence, this instigated my coming into the race.

Besides, I want to give back to my state what the country and even the western region gave me, free education or affordable education during Awolowo’s regime. I want to bring back those things that were good in those olden days to Osun. I want to bring succour to our people. I want to remove, God helping me, Poverty from the state. Unless we are deceiving ourselves there is abject poverty and I want to remove it to a level that if not completely eliminated, it will be drastically reduced. Osun in terms of poverty rating in the country is about the 24th out of the 36 states in the federation which shows that we still have a lot to do.

Another thing that also propels me is that our youths, women, physically challenged people and vulnerable members of the society need our attention in terms of empowerment. I want to ensure I bring in a lot of empowerment programmes that will allow our youths to be gainfully employed. I want to teach the people of our state how to fish and not to give them fish.

OSDF: You talked about bringing in programmes that will help the youths to be gainfully employed, are you saying the crops of programmes put in place by the present administration on youths are not good enough?

The programmes the present governor is embarking on are very good, what I will do is to fine-tune some of those programmes which is the reason why I said there should be continuity in government. It is not that any of his programmes will be jettisoned. Wherever I see some lacuna, I will try and improve on such areas.

OSDF: Considering the political consciousness of the people, do you think you are politically entrenched enough to be able to actualise what you are aiming for?

I must confess to you that since the days of the Alliance for Democracy-led government, I have been part and parcel of the political process, even in Osun. There used to be a group called FASUP which is Fajobi Support Group for the incumbent governor. A lot of groups were setup but ours was spread all over the state. We have presence in all the LGs of the state. I have been part and parcel of the programmes of the progressive party in Osun. The programmes I am bringing forward, in any case would be integrated into the party’s programme – APC. The programmes of the party will definitely continue to be progressive to put smile into the faces of our people and that is why my five cardinal points is capped “IDEAL”, meaning, ‘I’ for Industrialisation, ‘D’ Delivery of world class infrastructure including health, education, roads, electricity etc, ‘E’ for Empowerment of youths, women underprivileged, physically challenge people and the vulnerable, ‘A’ for Agriculture and rural development and ‘L’ for Learning made easy through provision of good education system for our children, through training and retraining of our teachers, through teachers’ empowerment both serving and retired. We are still working on the blue print, which I am not ready to discuss now.

OSDF: Tell us the things you’ve done for the people around here which they can use to measure the reliability of your personality?

I have organised lots of training programmes for our people mostly on empowerment and capacity building. I have a company that organises training for the youth, besides; I have facilitated or influenced the employment of indigenes of the state into civil service and other private organisations. There is no place I have worked that I haven’t employed or use my influence to employ indigenes of Osun. Also, I am a chief here in Ode-Omu. I am the Okanlomo of Ode-Omu land. I am also a chief in my church here in Ode-Omu. God has used me in my small way to impact positively on our people. I am also the president of Gbongan/Ode-Omu Anglican Grammar School old student association. I have been president for the past 10 years and I know what God has used me to do to impact positively on the lives of many people. I am not somebody that gives out money because I don’t believe in money sharing. It is temporary when you give out money but you should give people a means of livelihood. And the message I keep passing to them is that I have helped them, they should also help someone else.

OSDF: What is your take on the issue of zoning the next governorship seat to the West or even going back to the Central?

Politics is all about number, it is about integrity, it is about delivering what we call dividends of democracy to our people. Personally, looking at the scenario and the history of the state, I discover that the Central Senatorial District has produced the governor twice, Baba Bisi Akande and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola. The present Governor is from the East Senatorial District. Osun West has produced just once for only 21 months. When you look at the whole geography, it is better and more appropriate to zone the governorship seat to Osun-west.

I am not saying this because I come from the West. I tell people that if this race has been twisted to the central, I wouldn’t have bothered to contest. It is now depends on the hierarchy of the party to give us the direction where the governor should come from. It’s my personal opinion that it is now the turn of the west senatorial district. After all, the west can boast of men and women of timber and calibre, integrity, proven experience, that could steer the ship of the state.

OSDF: There is also this sentiment of home-based candidate being wiped up from some quarters; what’s your take on this?

I also agree that someone who hasn’t shown commitment to his home stead cannot just wake up to contest for governor of the state. Someone who has been working in Lagos for example and not connected to his root, he has not been coming home, people don’t even know him. As far as I am concerned, fortunately, I built my first house and the first in my life here in Ode-Omu even without the thought of contesting for the governorship seat. I later built the one in Lagos where I now reside.

However, in governing this state experience matters a lot. I was reading Oyinlola’s statement about the governorship seat coming to west and he was addressing age, he talked about 50 years and below. I am referring to this because I am combination of analogue and digital. I have worked in a World Bank assisted project and there is no way I won’t be computer literate. Most of my documents are typed by me. Even when I was in service especially the last 15 years of my stay in service which was when computer now really took over the generation, I have always been on my computer doing one thing or the other. People like us are balance between analogue and digital and that is experience. For somebody to now peg our age is unconstitutional. It will debar experience minds who really mean well for the state from participating by cutting down the age. I am presently 65 years but I know I am very young at heart.

OSDF: Reacting to Oyinlola’s statement, in several parts of the world, younger people rule and it works well for them. If the older generations refuse to give the space, when would the younger ones come in?

I started that people like us come in because of the younger ones so that they will know that there is a brighter and rewarding future. We are still there to download our experiences to them so that they can carry on. I was telling somebody that if by the grace of God, I become the governor of Osun, I will not spend more than one term. I told my God that anytime I am 70 years, I will go back home and give it to the younger ones to run. That’s even a way to give it to the younger ones to rule.

OSDF: Are you saying if, God forbid, you are not able to make the governorship seat this time, you won’t try it another time?

No, I will not, forget it, I will not. I am saying this because I want you to hold it on me that I am a man of my word. Whenever I say yes, my yes remains yes and when it’s no, it remains no.

Community: Ilesa East Council Boss Calls For Decentralised Voters’ Registration


The Chairman, Ilesa East Local Government, Otunba Akeem Adesoji has called for more decentralisation of Continuous Voters’ Registration (CVR) to enable more people to partake.

Answering questions from journalists as part of the exercise to sensitise the people of the council on the need to participate, he said the exercise should be taken serious by every citizen that has reached 18 years of age and for those who for one reason or the other could not register in the previous exercises.

He affirmed that every Nigerian has the right to live in any part of the country and exercise his or her civic right, saying an important part of Voter Registration is that an eligible person is advised to register at the centre nearest to his/her residence which is to make it easy for such individual to access the Polling Unit (PU) and vote on Election Day.

Otunba Akeem also noted that voters registration is the only means to fight injustice and entrench democracy, as only registered voter will be eligible to vote during the next general elections in Nigeria.

He thereby pleaded with the INEC officials to decentralise the registration centres to collation centres, so as to allow more people to register, especially the aged, just as he enjoined the people of Ilesa East Local Government to troop out en mass and get registered.

The council boss commended the people of the Local Government and its environ for the love, cooperation and unflinching support since he assumed office, just as he lauded the people for eschewing violence and maintain peace and order.

He then informed the people that the continuous voters’ registration exercise is taking place at the INEC Local Government offices in the council and other designated centres between 9.00am and 3.00pm daily, excluding public holidays.

‘No Disagreement In Osun APC Leadership’

The All Progressives Congress in the state of Osun has categorically refuted the story published by the Independent Newspaper which gave the impression that the party leaders and elders were in disagreement with Gov Rauf Aregbesola over the issue of where the governorship candidate should emerge from and when to lift the ban on political activities for the purpose of the next governorship election. 

In response to the publication, the party’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy,  Kunle Oyatomi has described the story in its entirety as a fabrication and that there’s no iota of truth in it.

According to the party chieftain, there was no disagreement whatsoever at that meeting and that the leaders did not even discuss the issues the publication reported.

“What the meeting set out to discuss was a review of the last local government election and measures required to strengthen the party structure throughout the state

“It is rather unfortunate that the newspaper has been misled by unscrupulous individuals who fabricated the story for whatever undue advantage they thought they could gain from it.

“In the process, the newspaper itself has misled the public and tarnished its credibility.

“We hope in the future, this kind of error will not occur and the newspaper should always try to seek information from the appropriate quarters.

Estranged Accord Party Members Accuse Chair Of Threat To Life

It’s A Blackmail – Fanibe

By Sola Jacobs

The internal crisis rocking the state of Osun chapter of the Accord Party has taken another twist as the estranged members of the party alleged that the state chairman, Hon. Segun Fanibe threatened their lives and that of their immediate family members.

In a petition written from the Chambers of Samuel George and Co., counsel to the Vice Chairman of the party, Comrade Olasoji David to the police authority in Ile-Ife, which was made available to OSUN DEFENDER, the petitioner claimed that “Segun Fanibe and his cohorts had on the  March 8, at about 10:00am, tried to eliminate Olasoji David with a car along XELA hotel, Mayfair in Ile-Ife.

The petition further alleged that when the said Fanibe could not succeed with the plan to eliminate him, he started threatening his wife and children, insisting that he must return to Accord Party otherwise his safety is at stake.

The petitioner therefore pleaded with the police authority to use its office for discreet investigation and that Hon. Segun Fanibe should be arrested, investigated and prosecuted for threatening his life and that of his family members.

Reacting to the allegation when contacted, Hon. Fanibe said Comrade Olasoji David and four others are just few among thousands of the party members who went around blackmailing him after leaving the party.

He added that Otunba Iyiola Omisore and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu left Alliance for Democracy, sometimes ago and they did not blackmail their former party, therefore, the petitioner and his cohorts had no right blackmailing him or Accord Party after they had left the party.

He disclosed that the leader of the group (David) went as far as alleging that he (Fanibe) sponsored a malicious “Ewi” against Chief Raheem Adedoyin, the Maye of Ife knowing his closeness with the monarch of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, saying the petitioner was just out to tarnish his personality.

Osun Defender in its investigation contacted a source within Division ‘A’ police station Moore, over the petition against the Accord Party chairman in the state of Osun and the source confirmed that the station received the said petition from the counsel of Mr Olasoji David since March 8th, 2018.

The source added that Fanibe has however not responded to police invitation.

Reps: We Won’t Recognise Fayemi As “Honourable Minister”

The House of Representatives resolved on Thursday that having passed a vote of no confidence in the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, it would no longer accord him the recognition of addressing him as ‘honorable minister.”

The lawmakers also noted that in other climes, passing a vote of no confidence in a minister was enough grounds for the President to sack him, adding that the House did not need to stress it.

In a resolution in Abuja, the House observed that Fayemi’s decision to engage PricewaterhouseCoopers, a “globally discredited” firm, to conduct a technical audit on Ajaokuta Steel Company, meant that he was bent on concessioning the firm.

To stop Fayemi, the House proposed to amend the Privatisation Act immediately by expunging ASC from the list of public assets in the schedule that can be privatised or concessioned by the Federal Government.

It also sought to further amend the Act by removing the powers of the National Council on Privatisation as the authority to decide on which firms should be on the schedule.

PDP Reconciliation Committee Warns APC, INEC Ahead 2019

The National Reconciliation Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by the Bayelsa State Governor, Hon Henry Seriake Dickson, has submitted its report to the National Working Committee led by the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus at the National Secretariat, Wadata House, Wuse Zone 5, Abuja.

While making the presentation, Governor Dickson thanked the party for the thoughtful and proactive steps taken in setting up the Reconciliation Committee and warned opposition APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, against any attempt to rig the 2019 elections.

He also expressed gratitude to the party for the support the committee received in actualising its mandate.

Governor Dickson equally congratulated the Chairman and the NWC for the mammoth support of the party as witnessed in the just-held rally in Jigawa State; a sign post that Nigerians across the country have accepted the party on the one hand, and issued a quit notice to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) come 2019, on the other.

The Bayelsa Governor stated that the committee started work even before the convention ended and proactively moved round the country; engaged party leaders and members who harboured grievances and complaints in respect of the 2018 National Convention.

He appreciated the leaders of the party across the country for the warm reception, high regard and team spirit they accorded the committee throughout the assignment.

He added that the committee having interacted with a cross section of party leaders, women and youths summarized key issues raised across the country.

The issues include:

1. The committee is of the view that the PDP should lead a broad-based coalition to wrest power from the APC in order to salvage Nigeria form further ruin. It recommended that the party should build alliances and establish inter- personal contacts with everyone, including those that have either left or abandoned the party. This desire for the broad-based coalition should be open to everyone who intends to salvage the country from the present mismanagement of the ruling party.

2. The NWC should as soon as possible constitute all statutory standing committees of the party including a strategy committee for the task ahead. The composition of the leadership and membership of these committees must include women, youth and leaders of our party especially those who feel aggrieved and excluded from party activities.

3. In the course of our engagements across the country, we realized that the South West Geo-political Zone deserves some special attention and thus we recommend close personal interaction between the NWC and the zone.

4. We equally received several complaints that border on the involvement of women. Thus we suggest that the party should deliberately crave the support and involvement of women. As the most women-friendly party in the country, the NWC should deliberately cultivate them and assure them that our doors shall remain open for them at all levels of the party.

5. The most crucial part of our recommendations which the entire country hasreiterated is the party’s respect for the rule of law and internal democracy. Even though, we are adjudged the most Democratic Party in the country today, we must re-examine ourselves and create a level playing field for all aspirants at all times.

Concluding, the Governor once more thanked the party for the honour and privilege to serve and pledged that he and members of the committee are readily available to serve the party in whatever capacity whenever called upon. His words: “I and other members of the committee have pledged to work for the party and the nation until the nation is salvaged.”

In his reply,the National Chairman thanked the committee for the good work done. He stated that the report would serve as a guiding template for the going forward of the party. He added that henceforth, the committee has being designated as a standing committee to guide the party in the build-up to the 2019 elections.

“This is a new PDP, rebranded and repositioned to regain lost power” adding that ‘PDP is open to everyone with particular emphasis on women and youths. We want the party to be open to women and youths to aspire to the highest office in the land so we can jointly rescue our nation”, he said.

Prince Secondus stressed on the fact that even during the years of the Nigerian Civil War, the country was never as divided and disunited as it presently is under the watch of the APC government.

Hear him: “APC government is a threat to the unity of this country and only PDP has the capacity to restore the unity of the country once again”.

While positing that the party’s stands with the National Assembly to make laws for the land and the good of the people and not for any cabal in Aso Rock, the party chairman said, ‘The APC government is broken and we are ready with open doors for all the other parties to join hands and rescue this country from ruin’.

In his conclusion, the chairman said, “We hope to form a government of national unity in 2019 where all Nigerians will have a sense of belonging irrespective of religion, tribe or gender. Let me sound a note of warning, APC and INEC cannot rig the 2019 elections. The election is for Nigerians to decide who would lead them and Nigerians shall resist any attempt to rig the 2019 election at all cost”.