APC Leadership Sacks LG Chairman In Delta

The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has sacked the Chairman of the Delta State LGA and Ward Congress Committee, Mr Sani Dododo.

Mr Dododo was on Wednesday sacked for announcing the controversial results from the last Saturday APC ward congresses that held across the state.

He had on Monday announced the results of the ward congress in the state allegedly, without following the approved party guidelines.

He was also accused of announcing the results without the knowledge and input of other members of the congress committee.

Mr Dododo has, therefore, been replaced by Hon. Emmanuel Chindah.

Mr Chindah has been given the responsibility to conduct the LGA congresses in the state on Saturday as well as other duties as stipulated by the party guidelines.

Ekiti : We Will Conduct Better Primary Than APC, Says PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party has vowed to resist any attempt to disrupt or cause crises at the governorship election primary of the party, coming up on Tuesday.

The Vice National Chairman (South-West) of the party, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, who spoke with journalists on Monday in Akure, the Ondo State capital said, all arrangements to have a hitch-free primary had been concluded. He said the party’s candidate would beat any other candidate at the governorship election coming up in July 2018.

On the allegation that the All Progressives Congress was planning to disrupt the exercise, Olafeso said the party had put in place a vigilant mechanism to avert any means to disturb the smooth conduct of the election.

He said, “There is nothing beyond them (APC), if they can disrupt their own primary, they see nothing wrong in coming out there to come and disrupt others but we are waiting.

“The price of liberty is eternal vigilance, we are there and we are watching, we are not going to behave like in the past when we assume that, because we are peace-loving, APC will be peace-loving too. If they attempt it, they will be sorry but the truth is that we will be peaceful in Ekiti State.”

Ekiti 2018: We Need A Marketable Candidate – APC Aspirant, Daramola

By Ismail Kolapo

An aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Hon. Bimbo Daramola, has called on the members of the party to support a credible candidate that has the clout to win the gubernatorial election scheduled for July to pave way for the party’s victory in the Osun State polls billed for September 22.

Daramola who said money could not buy interest and love of the Ekiti people urged the party to present a flag bearer that has good character, integrity and honesty to govern the people if elected.

He stated this while featuring on Rave FM radio program on Monday in Osogbo.

The former Ekiti State House of Representatives stressed that the symbol of good governance by Governor Rauf Aregbesola was a testament that the APC would emerge victorious in the coming gubernatorial election in the state.

On Saturday, the Ekiti APC primary elections was cancelled after the political thugs invaded the venue while the election was still on.

Daramola alleged the former governor of Ekiti state Dr. Kayode Fayemi who is the present Minister of Solid Mineral of compromising with the security and secretary of the working committee Hon. Magaji, a development which he said later degenerated to the crisis .

He said: ” Dr. Fayemi collected the form in 23 April, some weeks ahead of the primaries and he wanted to influence the delegates with money. He promised them huge amount.

However, the aide to Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Mr. Adebisi Adesuwon denied the allegations.

He argued that his boss (Fayemi) did not promise delegates any money as alleged by Daramola.

He said that the people were willing to cast their votes for Fayemi in a peaceful manner but some thugs came and disrupted the process because they felt that Dr. Fayemi would emerge victorious in the election.

He added that even if the party conducted primary election 10 times, his boss would always defeat them.

2019: Ogun Governor, Amosun Visits Osoba

As part of measures for reconciliation ahead of the 2019 general elections, Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, and a former governor and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, met at the latter’s Lagos home on Sunday.

Informed sources at the meeting said they both had a discussion on the Saturday’s ward congresses in the state, which went without violence.

Receiving Amosun, Osoba was quoted to have attributed the success of the ward congresses to the unity and understanding that now existed among party faithfuls.

He added that the settling of the differences between the two camps was a pointer to the victory of the party in the state in 2019.

He said, “The past disagreement among party members is normal in a democratic dispensation. Disagreement is bound to happen in politics, but the resolution of such crisis is a sign of maturity.”

Osoba reportedly commended Amosun for working towards ending the differences that existed between factions of the party in the state, adding that “it is a sure step to protect and sustain the legacies of statesmen like the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.”

Amosun, on his part, said the visit was a sign of respect and appreciation to Osoba, for his role in the unification meeting, recently held in his office, where loyalists of the former governor reunited with Amosun.

He said the party “is now one big, strong and united family in the state.”

It will be recalled that loyalists of Osoba held a meeting with the governor’s team at Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, last Thursday, where they discussed the modalities for the ward congresses held last Saturday and strategies for the 2019 elections.

Those who attended the meeting with the governor’s team, include Senator Adegbenga Kaka, Senator Gbenga Obadara, a former Social Democratic Party governorship candidate in the state, Senator Akin Odunsi, Adekunle Adeyemi, Abiodun Adudu-Balogun and Bukola Braimoh.

APC Chieftain Okays Ogun Ward Congress

 

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Ogun state, Engr. Mayokun Ilo has described the party’s ward congress elections that took place in the State as a huge success.

Engr. Mayokun Ilo stated this after the conclusion of the exercise in his Eggua ward in Ketu Constituency, Yewa North Local Government Area.

He expressed satisfaction on the conduct of the ward congresses in the State saying, “Governor Amosun is indeed a leader with focus and his policies are conceived primarily for the people.

He commended the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun for providing a peaceful environment through his investment in the state’s security architecture.

“I have seen the good governance in action under SIA because he has without any sense of doubt done so much to affect the lives of people of the state”.

“I commend Mr Governor for making Ogun, APC, and Nigeria proud with his achievements”.

While commending the party structure in the State under the leadership of Alhaji Tajudeen Lemboye, he reaffirmed that APC remains the only viable option for the state considering the landmark achievements recorded by the present administration.

He said, “Nigeria of today under the progressive party, APC has a better plans for the people against the marauders who looted our collective Commonwealth.

Signed:
_______________________
Hon. Mayokun Ilo, M.IoD

Mayokun Ilo Campaign Organisation MICO
Eggua. Yewa North LGA
Ogun State

{The Race & The Runners} Oriolowo: A Technocrat Joins The Race

 

Born on the 25th April 1956 into the family of Late Raheem Akanji and Alhaja Samirat Abidemi Oriolowo of the famous Oriolowo family, Molete, Iwo in Osun. He attended D.C School Oke-Ifa (1962 – 1963) and Baptist Day School Oke-Odo, (1964 – 1970) Iwo for his primary school education. He broke his primary education between 1968 and 1969 to work as a Shop Keeper on Agboville , Ivory Coast, to gather money for his Secondary School education which he had at Baptist High School Iwo (1971- 1975).

Having spent the first eighteen years of his early life in his native land, Iwo, the young lad was enrolled at The Polytechnic Ibadan for a two-year Ordinary Diploma course in Mechanical Engineering which he completed in 1978. From Ibadan, he became a student of the prestigious University of Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University. In 1984, Oriolowo got BSc degree in Agricultural Engineering at Ife.

After his one year service (NYSC) in 1985, Adelere Oriolowo worked briefly as a teacher at Bishop Onabanjo High School, Bodija, Ibadan and Kuta, Ile-ogbo Anglican Church Grammar School before proceeding to the enclave World Bank Assisted, Oyo North Agricultural Development Project (ONADEP) in Saki as Agric Engineer in charge of tractor hiring unit. When the enclave project (ONADEP) in the old Oyo State was expanded into State Wide Agricultural Development Programme (OYSADEP) in 1989, Adelere, the young but promising Engineer became the organization’s Executive Agro Processor (1989 – 1991). His job entailed sourcing for low-cost adaptable agro-processing equipment for crop processing as well as linking farmers in the project area with fabricators, Research Institutions and Organizations.

Having discharged his duties creditably to the admiration of his organization, he was appointed Principal Irrigation Engineer in charge of FADAMA I Coordination in 1991-1992.

It wasn’t long before Oriolowo got promoted into the Directorate cadre of the Public Service becoming Assistant Director in 1997, Deputy Director in 2001, Director in-charge of Engineering Services of Osun State Agricultural Development Programme (OSSADEP) in 2005.

He worked for Nigerian Bottling Company (Coca-cola) Ibadan as Mechanical Supervisor, (1978-1979) where he was able to change the Multinational Company’s production capacity from about 50% below target to over 50% above targeted production capacity in less than four months of his engagement by employing technical and managerial techniques.

Oriolowo has offered employment to many youths and women, as well as research and IT training to over 2,000 students of higher institutions across the South Western region of Nigeria. He established many agro processing factories and farms.

Engr. Oriolowo had International Development Project experiences when he served as focal point officer with the UNDP (1996 – 1999). He was Facilitator in charge of Water Control in the National Food Security Project, a Federal Government/FAO Assisted Project (2001-2006), Facilitator Agro-Processor for Root & Tuber Expansion Project, an Internation fund for Agric Development IFAD Assisted Project (2001 – 2007) and Coordinator FADAMA I, a World Bank Assisted Project (1991 – 1998).

He has his professional qualification at various places; he became a COREN registered Engineer in 2003 with registration number 9883, member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) in 1992 and member Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineers (NIAE) in 1993. In the area of Project Management, he is a certified International Development Project Manager (IDPM) in 2011, Registered Member of Prestigeous Institute of Strategic Management in 2013, Nigeria Institute of Management in 2014, and Member of Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators in 2017.

Oriolowo is the Project Coordinator of the Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy affairs, Water Resources, Rural Development and Community Affairs in the State of Osun. He is also the current Project Coordinator for World Bank /French Development Agency (AFD) assisted Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP) (2007 to date), to say he has co-ordinated these effectively is to state the obvious, as the State of Osun is leading the other States in RAMP II.

He was also former Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Water Resources, Rural Development and Community Affairs (2013 – 2016). He was the General Manager, Osun State Agricultural Development Corporation in 2007 – 2013.

Engr. Oriolowo also trained by International bodies in different areas to attain many goals in the public service, leadership to maintain and strengthen the Project and achieve changes in team management and integrity. Engr. Oriolowo (OND Mechanical Engineering, BSc Agric Engineering, FNSE, FNIAE, IDPM, MNIM, MISM, ACArb, JP) is a practicing farmer, Agricultural Engineer, a foremost administrator, a father, creative and enterprising professional. Engr. Adelere Adeyemi Oriolowo is a widely travelled professional and administrator. He has undergone trainings in many part of the world.

He is married to Deaconess Felicia Ayanjoju Oriolowo and the union is blessed with children.

Oriolowo is currently being touted as the favourite of some powerful individuals in the All Progressives Congress (APC) who are currently mobilizing for him under a group called “GOP” to secure the party ticket.

 

2018: If PDP Gets Back To Power, Things Will Be Worse In Osun Than Before – Aregbesola

By Nofisat Marindoti

Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has urged the people of the State not to give in to the lies of the opposition party, saying if the People’s Democracy Party, PDP, gets into power again, the situation of the State would be worse than it was during their first administration.

The Governor said this during a visit to Boluwaduro/ Ifedayo/Ila Federal Constituency on Monday.

Aregbesola said the visit was to sensitize the public to the lies of the PDP and to urge party members to start working assiduously towards the fast approaching governorship election.

“The purpose of the visit is to sensitize our party members to the lies of the opposition. They were in power before but didn’t do anything meaningful while our government has achieved lots in social and rural developments. The continuity of our party is essential for the progress of the State.

“The people are starting to forget the PDP’s bad behaviour when they were in power so we shouldn’t relent, we must must not let them in. If the PDP gets into power again, the situation of Osun will be worse than it was when they were first in power.

“During their time then, none of our Party members could walk around with the party’s logo, they ruled with fear, they were even killing one another. We are gone if we relent, so we must not relent, let’s start holding ward meetings and mobilising people. Let’s not give in to PDP.

“Their only excuse is that we owe debts but it is not about owing debts, it is about using the money for something tangible and we used ours to do meaningful things. Also, any business, State or country must borrow to develop.

“They also say we only spend on Osogbo, isn’t Osogbo our State capital? Aren’t we suppose to start from the head?” he asked.

Aregbesola also listed the achievements of his administration in all nooks and crannies of the State, adding that no other government had done what his administration has been able to achieve.

“It is only our administration that has built bridges in Osun, what about the schools, the medical centres, our life changing programmes, what about the security of the State? The road from Iresi to Ila will soon be done. The road from Ila to Oke-Ila is almost done. Has any government done half of what we have done?”

The Governor thereby urged party members to support whoever becomes the party’s candidate, stressing that it is the continuity of the party that matters.

“Let’s stand with the party in respective of the candidate chosen, it’s the continuity we want. Lagos State is progressing today because of the same party continuity. If we want to continue moving forward, our party must remain in power.” he added.

 

{The Race & The Runners} BOA: Bringing Private Experience To Bear

 

A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), BENEDICT OLUGBOYEGA ALABI (BOA), born and nurtured in Ikire, Irewole Local Government, Osun State. He is from a family of nine children whose father was a reputable administrator and mother, a business woman of great repute.

Olugboyega attended Holy Cross Catholic Primary School, Ikire before proceeding to Baptist Grammar School, Ikire, Osun State and Lagos African Church Grammar School, Ifako-Agege. Thereafter, he gained admission to Ibadan Polytechnic to study Banking in 1983.

He later obtained a Bachelor Degree in Banking and Finance from Olabisi Onabanjo University Ogun State and a Masters degree in Economics (with specialization in International Development) from the University of Lagos.

For many years, Olugboyega worked in the financial sector cutting across various institutions and departments, among which are Societe Generale Bank (now Heritage Bank), Neighborhood Building Society Limited, Transnational Building Society Limited and left his last position as General Manager of Sterling Bank Plc.

He later set up his own company, Eliezer Workplace Management Limited, which is into facility management. With a clear vision, he nurtured and grew the company to an award winning entity with certification in compliance from ISO 9001:2008 and BS OHSAS 18001:2007 as well as the British Safety Council.

Olugboyega has attended numerous training and conferences both home and abroad, and has been a recipient of many awards, as the Group President/CEO of Eliezer Workplace Management Limited. He has interest in other areas like agriculture and manufacturing.

Olugboyega is a man of integrity with great passion for Infrastructure and best practice. He has served on the Technical Committee of Federal Government of Nigeria on Development of Green Building Initiative for Nigeria as well as Committee on Establishment of Building Rating System. Both Initiatives of Federal Government of Nigeria are directed towards taming building collapse in Nigeria.

Olugboyega’s hobbies include among others Squash, Golf, interacting with people and above all spending quality time with his loving family.

He is happily married with four children.

Beyond having B.Sc and Masters degree in Economics from Olabisi Onabanjo University and University of Lagos respectively, Olugboyega further in his study both in Nigeria and abroad with professional qualifications. Through his training, experience and contributions, he holds the following certifications; Fellow of Institute for Government Research and Leadership Technology, Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Fellow of Institute of Credits Administration, Associate of Nigerian Institute of Safety Professionals, Member of Environmental Society of Nigeria, International Facility Management Association (IFMA) USA, Sustainability Facility Professional.

He was the first African to be awarded Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) certification by International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Houston, United States of America (the umbrella body of all facility management practitioners worldwide) after passing the three practical modes of the study (Strategy and Alignment for Sustainable Facility Management, Managing a Sustainable Facility and Operating a Sustainable Facility).

If there is anyone who is committed to human emancipation and has dedicated his life to ensuring a better life for his people and the generality of human race through sustainable empowerments and tireless philanthropic gestures, that person is no other than Olugboyega Alabi, popularly known in the political circles as BOA.

Olugboyega co-founded the Osun Ajose Foundation, a non-profit Organization that has since become a vehicle through which succor, economic freedom and emancipation from poverty have been delivered to numerous people that desire them. This is the same group that has been mobilizing support for his ambition under the APC.

 

Ali Modu Sheriff’s PDP Faction Defects to APC

A faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff has formally joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The faction was yesterday led to the APC national secretariat in Abuja by Sheriff’s former factional deputy national chairman, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, who said he was there on behalf of the former Borno State governor who was not yet back from a foreign trip.

They were received by the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; the party’s National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni; governors Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), and Yahaya Bello (Kogi).

The defectors who were at the APC secretariat yesterday included the Borno State PDP gubernatorial candidate, Alhaji Gambo Lawan; all factional PDP chairmen under Sheriff with the exception of those from Borno and Yobe, senators Abubakar Umar Gada, Hope Uzodinma, Teslim Folarin, Gbemi Saraki, and Alhaji Ahmed Gulak among others.

Dr Ojougboh who fielded questions from journalists, said the decision was taken after embracing the manifesto and programmes of the APC-led government.

He said that he needed to lead the defectors to enable them join the party in view of the ongoing membership registration exercise because Sheriff was not in the country.

He said that the formal reception of the defectors would be held during rallies being slated for Sokoto, Imo and Delta states as soon as Sheriff returned to the country.

Senators Uzodinma and Gada spoke on behalf of the defectors. Sen. Uzodinma who said the visit was to officially announce the decision of the PDP faction to collapse into APC, asked for equal participation and opportunity.

Sen. Gada on his part, said that they were in the APC to work with the party to move the country to the next level.

Chief Odigie-Oyegun, who welcomed them into the party, said the event was a proof that the APC was a living and vigorous party.

He assured them that they would enjoy the same status with other members, and urged them to properly register at ward level, particularly during the ongoing registration exercise.

“Fortunately, you are men and women of quality.We will start process of congresses and primaries in a couple of weeks; those of you who are ambitious and popular will be able to participate as quickly as possible,” said Odigie-Oyegun.

The SGF, who said that the narratives of what would happen in 2019 had been defined with the ceremony, voiced his belief that the defectors would bring their value into the party. Governor Ganduje, who spoke on behalf of other governors, said the occasion was historic because the party had received the most accepted faction of the PDP with weapons that could bring victory.

Earlier in a statement yesterday, the APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, who reacted to the purported planned defection of Sen. Sheriff, said, “While we are aware of such intentions, we wish to restate our earlier position that anyone who wants to join the party should do so at the ward level. We are happy to welcome new members to our party, but membership cards are not issued at the Party National Secretariat.”

APC Plans to shift congresses, convention

The National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, has disclosed that the national convention of earlier scheduled for Monday, May 14 will be moved forward.

 

Abdullahi spoke on the plan to review the timetable for congresses and national convention while briefing journalists on the outcome of a closed door meeting between Chief John Odigie-Oyegun led – National Working Committee (NWC) and APC governors at the party’s national secretariat on Wednesday.

In the timetable earlier released, the party scheduled ward congresses for Wednesday, May 2; local government congresses, Saturday, May 5; and state congresses, Wednesday, May 9, respectively.

The APC spokesman said some of the dates would be adjusted since the NWC had been advised to look at the current timetable again for being too “closely packed” and leaving little room for errors.

“The observation was that the timetable as it is currently constituted or composed was determined because of the Ramadan and we want to be sensitive to the feelings of Muslims who will be fasting in the month of Ramadan. Therefore, we try to avoid conducting any political activities in the month of Ramadan,” he said.

He further explained that the adjustments had no ulterior motive other than the logistic consideration.

Abdullahi said that the meeting underscored the need for governors to give room for free, fair and transparent congresses to avoid rancour that could be generated.

“It was acknowledged that one major way to prevent rancour is to ensure that those congresses are transparent and they are acceptable, at least, to the majority of the people concerned,” he said.

Asked to know whether the meeting discussed the purported endorsement President Muhammadu Buhari gave to a former governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as his candidate for the position of national chairman, he said, “What we were told at the meeting…was that the president had a meeting with some governors and they asked to know whom he wanted to support and I think he told them his preferences. But that has nothing to do with the meeting we had today.”

Asked to speak on the Oyegun’s second term bid, Abdullahi said, “I don’t think that is a fair question to ask me… I am here to represent my position. But what I can tell you is that Chief Odigie-Oyegun will make his position clear within the next couple of days whether he’s going to contest for the chairmanship.”

Governor Abdullahi Umaru Ganduje of Kano State, who also fielded questions from journalists separately on the outcome of the meeting, said the national convention would hold after Eld-el-Fitr celebration. And on replacing Oyegun with Oshiomhole, he said, said the process might be in order if it would ensure stability in the party.

 

SOURCE: DAILYTRUST

PHOTONEWS: Aregbesola Attends APC NWC/Governors Forum Meeting

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the state of Osun on Wednesday joined his colleagues in the All Progressives Congress Governors Forum led by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State in a meeting with the National Working Committee of the party led by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun in a meeting at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.

The meeting had in attendance most of the 24 State Chief Executives of the party.

Dolapo Julius covered the event, these are his photos.