CVR: Group Urges Eligible Osun Residents To Participate 

By Nofisat Marindoti

A Socio-political Organization, Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation (AGF), State of  Osun chapter, has urged eligible voters in the state to participate effectively in the ongoing continuous voter registration to avoid disenfranchisement during the  September 22 Osun governorship election and the 2019 general elections.

The group gave the charge on Friday in a press statement jointly signed by its coordinator, Comrade Sikiru Tijani and Secretary, Comrade Yahaya Adeniji and made available to newsmen in Osogbo.

The group urged residents from 18 years of age, who have not obtained their PVCs to take advantage of the on-going voters’ registration exercise to register at the INEC designated centre nearest to them.

While emphasizing the need for the residents to take the advantage of the one day public holiday declared by the state government so as to earn them the ample opportunity to participate, the group hinted that the only weapon the electorate can use to selecte their preferred candidate during elections was their  voter cards.

“We want to appeal to residents of the state of Osun on the need to take the advantage of the one day work free day declared by our amiable governor to troop out to the designated INEC office nearest to them to get registered”.

“We are determined to ensure that all eligible voters in Osun, who have not registered with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the on-going voters’ registration exercise do so and collect their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs).

“The essence of the public holiday as we all know  is to provide ample opportunity for eligible voters to participate in the exercise by registering with  INEC and as well collect their Permanent Voter Card (PVC) for them to be able to perform their civic responsibility when election comes.

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

“We are appealing to 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 group added.

It would be recalled that the state government under the leadership of Governor Rauf Aregbesola had earlier declared Monday April 16, a work free day for the formal and informal workers of the state in order to give them the  ample opportunity to participate in the registration exercise.

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

AGF Congratulates Asiwaju Tinubu At 66

A socio-political group, Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation (AGF) Osun state chapter has joined millions of well meaning Nigerians to celebrate the National leader of the ruling All Progress Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his 66th birthday.

The group in a press statement signed by its acting Coordinator, Com. Sikiru Tijani and Secretary, Yahya Adeniji which was made available to newsmen, described the former Lagos governor as a unique leader, determined democrat whose life is committed to the course of the masses.

According to the release, “It is imperative to note that this leader who is filled with patriotic spirit has done well in bringing and building the nation, Nigeria by his ideology.

“We want to join all members of the All Progressives Congress and other people who Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu has affected and influenced positively, to celebrate another milestone in the life of the great leader as he turns 66.

“We are blessed with many gifts in human form and Asiwaju Tinubu is one of such gifts especially in the political terrain which has gone a long way in charting a new possibility for the generation beyond.

“As he turns 66 years, we are of the opinion that Asiwaju has raised the bar for many political leaders across the country and has also bequeathed a style of leadership that completely altered the landscape of the commercial capital.

“Asiwaju Ahmed has without doubts, been a source of joy and inspiration to many. Your selflessness is second to none and of course, you are a desirable leader.

“We ask God in his infinite Mercy to grant you long life in good health, wisdom and happiness in the years to come.”the release added.

AGF Accuses Buhari Of Using Tinubu As Political Tool To His Own Advantage

A socio-political group, the Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation has expressed concern and dissatisfaction with the way President Muhammadu Buhari is treating its Principal; Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as a political tool to his own advantage.

This is contained in a statement made available to OsunDefender by the Foundation’s National Publicity Secretary; Comrade Adeboye Adebayo in Osogbo.

According to him, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu should be treated in a better way especially going by his immense contributions in enthroning Buhari’s government.

“Honestly, we are very concerned and sincerely worried as young people and upcoming politicians about the way President Muhammadu Buhari is relating with our Principal; Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who contributed immensely to the enthronement of this government. Some weeks back after Baba Obasanjo wrote to President Buhari asking him not contest in 2019, our Principal and Baba Akande appeared suddenly for undisclosed discussions and today Asiwaju Tinubu has just been appointed to lead reconciliation efforts. This is a man that had been sidelined by the government he helped since 2015.”

AGF National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Adeboye Adebayo

He noted that Tinubu is more than a political tool in the hands of any President anywhere in the in the World as he himself is a Presidential material.

“It is very sad that after three years that the President has sidelined Tinubu and his ACN allies, after three years when Chief Oyegun has polarised the party like never before due to the actions or inactions of Mr. President, the president now deemed it fit to call him to lead the Reformation and reconciliatory efforts, is that a bait or an antics to use him and dump him again for the interest of Mr. President.”

Adebayo then urged President Buhari to genuinely change his deceitful attitude towards Asiwaju, saying that his style is not encouraging to upcoming politicians.

The AGF National Publiciry Secretary explained that “If Tinubu who sacrificed a lot to put this government in place can be treated like a commoner whom you can be using and dumping as political tools like this, what hope and encouragement signals are you sending to the youths.”

Eid-el-Kabir: Pray Nigeria’s Unity, AGF Charged Muslims

A socio-political Organisation, Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation (AGF), the state of Osun chapter has charged Muslim faithful in the state to pray for the unity of the country as they celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir.

AGF, in a goodwill message jointly signed by the organisation’s Coordinator and Secretary, Comrade Sikiru Tijani and Adeniji Yahaya on Thursday in Osogbo, felicitated with the Muslim community in Nigeria as well as charging them to use the festive period to pray for the peace, unity and progress of the country.

They also charged Muslims to instil the lessons of commitment, dedication and obedience to the Supreme deity, as was demonstrated by Prophet Ibaraheem’s willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to the will of God, which Eid-El-Kabir commemorate.

The organisation expressed confidence that the prayers Nigerians have offered for peace, prosperity and unity of the country had gone a long way in helping the country to survive the current hard times which was brought about by the previous administrations.

“We pray for a very joyful and fulfilling Eid-el-Kabir. We join all Muslims, and indeed all Nigerians, to celebrate the commemoration of the miraculous journey of Allah’s servant Prophet Ibrahim as we celebrate the great faith which culminated in the realisation of God’s family on Earth.

“We enjoin all Nigerians to emulate the faith of Allah’s servant as a beacon of hope for a divine provision for our great country. We believe that with our redoubled efforts and God’s blessings, Nigeria will remain a land of peace and prosperity. May the Almighty Allah accept our prayers.

The foundation however urged the people of the state and Nigeria at large to be moderate in the course of celebration and eschew any act capable of breaching the peace of the state and the country at large.

It also appealed to all the road users to be law abiding, praying that all Nigerians have a joyful eid-el-kabir celebrations.