BREAKING: Etteh, Gbadegesin, Diekola, Akere, Salinsile, Others Make Federal Board List

By Kehinde Ayantunji

First Female Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Rt Hon Foluke Etteh who represented Irewola/Ayedade/Isokan Federal Constituency, State of Osun has been appointed as the Board Chairman National Medical Centre Abuja, by President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to the full list of the new appointment release by the presidency, Osun has so far has secured four federal board chairmanship.

Dr Simon Afolayan, former Osun Hospital Management Board Chairman has also been appointed as the Chairman, Nigeria Metro logical Agency, The former State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Barrister Adedeji Gbadegesin is the Chairman National Agency for Great Grean Wall (NAGGW) while Chief Shola Lawal a fomer Senatorial Aspirant from Osun East was appointed as the Chairman, Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authority (ORBDA).

Others who made list includes Alhaji Fatai Diekola, member, Lagos University Teaching Hospital College Board, Chief Mashood Oluawo, Institute for Agricultural Research and Training, Ibadan, Elder Adelowo Adebiyi, Member, National Root Crops Resarch Institute, UMUDIKE and Dr Ademola Onifade, Member, National Steel Raw Material Exploration Agency, Oluomo Sunday Akere, Member, Nigeria Institute of Oceanography and Marine Reasearch (NIOMR), Lagos, Alhaji Rasaq Salinsile, Member, Consumer Protection Council Board among others.

APC Chair Bemoans Party Chieftain Over Comment On Osun West Election

Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state of Osun, Prince Gboyega Famodun has declared that an APC chieftain in the state, Alhaji Fatai Oyedele Diekola has compromised his own integrity by admitting to be instrumental to APC losing Osun West Senatorial seat to the PDP.

The party chairman, in a statement said, “Diekola had boasted on a radio programme in Osogbo on Monday that he was committed to helping the Adeleke brother (Ademola), who had jumped ship to PDP because (he) Diekola and others he did not mention, wanted to secure the late Adeleke’s legacy. So, he had to work against his own party to make the opposition win”.

“If that is not betrayal arising from deep seated disloyalty, what is it?’, Prince Famodun queried.

According to the APC chairman, “Diekola in that radio programme, exposed himself and his co-travellers that their inability to influence the governor’s decision to favour their own ambitions was why he sabotaged the APC.

“Once you have openly admitted to sabotaging your own party, you cannot, in good conscience, still claim to be a member of that same party.

“In the circumstance, it will be patently dishonourable for Diekola to continue to claim that he is still in APC. He doesn’t need the party to tell him to fall out”, the APC Chairman told Diekola.

Prince Famodun further stated that, the party was aware that the question of succession was the basis for a few over-ambitious party men insistent on having one of their own succeed Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

“In the process, desperation has set in for some who are prepared to sabotage the party, even if it resorted in them cutting their nose to spite their face.

“It is a pity that some politicians who one would have thought were matured enough to know better, still exhibit culpable ignorance on this question of succession”, stating that it would be a grave mistake for anybody to think that he could force the governor not to be interested in who succeed him.

“That’s the grave mistake these saboteurs are making’, the APC chairman concluded.

Diekola’s Integrity Compromised – Famodun

Chairman of All Progressives Congress in the state of Osun, Prince Gboyega Famodun has declared that Alhaji Fatai Oyedele Diekola who claimed to be a leader of the APC in the state has seriously compromised his own integrity by admitting to be instrumental to APC losing Osun West Senatorial seat to the PDP.

Diekola had boasted on a radio programme in Osogbo Monday that he was committed to helping the Adeleke brother (Ademola), who had jumped ship to PDP because (he) Diekola and others he did not mention, wanted to secure the late Adeleke’s legacy. So, he had to work against his own party to make the opposition win.

‘If that is not betrayal arising from deep seated disloyalty what is it?’, Prince Famodun asked.

According to the APC chairman, Diekola in that radio programme, exposed himself and his co-travellers that their inability to influence the governor’s decision to favour their own ambitions was why he sabotaged the APC.

‘Once you have openly admitted to sabotaging your own party’, Prince Famodun stated, ‘you cannot, in good conscience, still claim to be a member of that same party.

‘In the circumstance, it will be patently dishonourable for Diekola to continue to claim that he is still in APC.

‘He doesn’t need the party to tell him to fall out’, the APC Chairman told Diekola.

Prince Famodun further stated that, ‘the party was aware that the question of succession was making a few over-ambitious party men insistent on having one of their own succeed Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

‘In the process, desperation has set in for some who are prepared to sabotage the party, even if it resorted in them cutting their nose to spite their face.

‘It is a pity that some politicians who one would have thought were matured enough to know better, still exhibit culpable ignorance on this question of succession, Prince Famodun argued, stating categorically that ‘nobody can force the governor to be uninterested in who succeed him.

Ex-Osogbo Council Boss, Diekola Arrested for Violence, Police Commissioner Reveals

The Osun State Commissioner of Police, CP Fimihan Adeoye has revealed that the arrest of former Osogbo council chairman, Mr Fatai Diekola by the state police command has no political undertone.

He was arrested for violence-related activities and not on the orders of governor Rauf Aregbesola, says Fimihan Adeoye, the state commissioner of police.

He said Diekola was on Monday arrested alongside five others when he showed up at the police headquarters in Osogbo with a convoy of his loyalists.

According to Adeoye, the former council chairman was detained for constituting a nuisance and charged for public disturbance and breach of public peace.

Diekola, he said, had been invited by the police in connection with alleged political violence recorded prior to the Osun west senatorial by-election.

He said the arrest was not in any way politically motivated, and that it was done in accordance with the law.

“It is unfortunate that people are insinuating about political motivation of the arrest relevance and over-flogging this matter. Any arrest made by the police is not for any individual’s interest but rather in the interest of justice and fairness,” he said.

“Any arrest made does not matter about the individual’s socio-economic status, group or political party he or she belongs to.

“People should stop over-flogging this matter. When an individual commits an offence, such person will be dealt with in accordance with the law irrespective of his status or political affiliation.

“Nobody orders the Command to arrest anyone. We are carrying out our statutory responsibility. We should know when an individual commits an offence. The political status of such person does not matter. What matters is to allow the law to take its due course.”

Group Warns Diekola Against Attacking Tinubu, Aregbesola

A socio-political group, ‘I Stand With Tinubu’ has cautioned a leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Osun State, Alhaji Fatai Diekola against disparaging Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

The group said it has been observing Diekola’s political activities in the recent past and could say that the APC chieftain was only interested in smearing Aregbesola and Tinubu’s image to gain the heart of people who want to attack the governor over the 2018 governorship ticket of the party.

According to the group in a press statement signed by its Coordinator and Secretary, Messrs Muraina Lawal and Segun Ogundele respectively berated Diekola for referring to Aregbesola as a district officer sent to oversee the affairs of the state by his boss.

The group claimed that though Diekola did not mention Tinubu in his ‘provocative statement, but he was indirectly attacking Aregbesola and Tinubu at the same time by referring to the governor as a district officer.

Accusing the APC chieftain of embarking on his usual way of creating confusion in the party and making false accusation against notable members of the APC to curry favour from unsuspecting people, the group said Diekola’s attempt to blackmail Aregbesola has failed.

The statement reads: “We are not unaware of the antics and political gimmicks of Alhaji Diekola, we know him to be making false accusation against people to curry favour from people who do not know his character. We know how he blackmails people to collect money from them.

“We would like to remind Alhaji Diekola that he is neither a threat to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, nor the APC in Osun State. We would also like to remind him that he is Aregbesola’s creation because he was a mere member of the party before the governor elevated him.

‘If Alhaji Diekola has decided to join the conspiracies against Aregbesola and Asiwaju Tinubu, he will be disgraced and cut to his political size in Osun. We would tell him that Aregbesola, who is Tinubu’s boy made him who he is today. We will tell him that his political title ‘Jagun’ is an illusion.”