Osun Guber: APC To Lift Ban On Aspirants In 2 Weeks Time – Party Chair

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun state has declared that the ban placed on gubernatorial contestants in the party will be lifted in two weeks’ time.

This was made known by the State Chairman of the APC, Prince Gboyega Famodun while featuring on a live radio programme in Ilesha on Friday.

He said the ban was necessary in order to concentrate on the election leading to the emergence of councillors under a new electoral system.

According to him, ” the introduction of Parliamentary system of government at the local level, Creation of Local Council Development Areas (LCDA) and the conduct of local government elections made the party to strategically place ban on all governorship election activities, and in as much as the APC is a disciplined party, all party members and leaders supported us in ensuring peace and progress in the party”.

Prince Famodun eulogised Aregbesola for converting every challenge to opportunity, saying that in the history of Osun, Ogbeni Aregbesola has performed beyond people’s expectations and his unprecedented developmental achievements are indelible in all nooks and crannies of Osun, adding that no governor had performed up to what Ogbeni has done so far.

“Governor Aregbesola has done very well in construction of roads, bridges, standard schools, poverty alleviation job creations, Agriculture, security, Urban renewal, rural electrification and many that are numerous to mention, the achievements of this government will definitely speak for us and we will win the governorship election convincingly”.

The APC Chairman, therefore enjoined all party members, supporters and sympathizers to continue to give their unalloyed support and cooperation to the government and the APC to ensuring continuity of government so that more of unusual developmental projects will be experienced in the state of Osun after winning September 22 governorship election by our great party, APC.

Stay Away From PDP Primaries, Osun APC Tells Members 

By Toba Adedeji

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) State of Osun chapter, Prince Gboyega Famodun has given stern warning to his party members to stay away from the venues where Peoples Democratic Party will be holding its primaries.

Famodun gave this caution to the party members in a statement made available to OSUN DEFENDER over the weekend.

The party members ‘are to stay away from the venues, and avoid contact with the PDP at the centres at all cost’, he warned.

The ruling party chairman, also implored PDP to choose their party officials on Saturday in a peaceful manner.

He said, “Osun has been peaceful and PDP members should do everything possible to keep it peaceful.

The APC chairman also advised the PDP to ensure that the primaries go without the usual violence witnessed in the past, because it is in the interest of everybody that Osun remain peaceful.

PDP has been enmeshed in leadership crisis both at the national and many states of the federation.

Today’s ward primaries many analysts believe may degenerate into fisticuffs as factions within the state’s party are battle ready to take control of the party structure.

Recall that Dr Faforiji camp loyal to former deputy governor, Chief Iyiola Omisore has repeatedly said that his camp is the authentic while Adagunodo also claimed that the bigwigs in party are all with him.

Lawmaker Empowers Constituents With Vehicles, Other Materials

By Shina Abubakar

The lawmaker representing Olorunda State Constituency, Hon Waseeu Adebayo last Tuesday distributed empowerment materials to members of his constituency as a means of making them self-reliant.

The event was well attended by party leaders and intending aspirants including the Speaker of the state Assembly, Hon. Najeem Salaam; the deputy governor, Mrs Grace TitiLaoye-Tomori; Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti; the State Party Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun; the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Akintunde Adegboye and former Commissioner for Information, Oluomo Sunday Akere among other dignitaries.

Speaking at the gathering, the Deputy Governor commended the lawmaker for deeming it fit to give back to the people, who voted him to represent them at a time the economy of the country suffers setback and people experiencing difficulty.

She added that party members needed such empowerment programme in a bid to make them self-sufficient to provide means of livelihood for their households.

Similarly, the Speaker and SSG in their separate remarks used the opportunity to appeal to party members to remain loyal to the course of the party, stressing that more democratic dividends would be delivered if the party enjoy support of the masses.

The duo also commended the member of the House for making empowerment scheme an annual event for his constituents and urged him to continue the good work for the sake of prosperity.

Prince Famodun, in his address sought cooperation of all party members towards making the APC victorious in future elections including governorship election in 2018, pledging that the party would come up with a choice the people would like.

He charged other elected officials to emulate the good gesture of Hon. Adebayo and give back to those who vote for them before returning to seek for their support again.

The lawmaker, while speaking disclosed that the objective behind the programme is to make sure that the level of poverty among party members is reduced to the barest minimum and to further give opportunity to those with potential to excel.

He added that the mini-bus (korope) is to make sure people get empowered and gradually pay back the actual amount without interest and take over the ownership of the vehicle, while the money when fully returned is recycled into the project so as to provide vehicles for others.

He said in the five years of the programme, over eight vehicles have been given to beneficiaries, while over 50 hairdressing equipment have been given out to women, 50 generating sets, newspaper stands and over 100 women across the eight wards have been given soft loan to support their businesses.

He urged beneficiaries to remain committed to the schemes with a view to making others benefit in the future.

Osun At 26: APC Scores Aregbesola’s Administration High As Party Holds Ratification Congress

As Osun State celebrates 26th anniversary today, the State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congres, (APC) has given thumps up to Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration giant strides, adding that no government has ever done an average of what the governor accomplished within six and half years of his administration in the history of the state.



The party’s Director of Research and Publicity, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi in a statement, stated that at no time in its existence as a state as Osun experienced the level of development that had happened since 2010, saying its anniversary calls for inner reflection than loud celebration.



Describing Aregbesola’s traducers as bunch of political novices that lacked intellectual statistics, APC accused the opposition of conspiracy to destroy everything that the party has achieved adding that the people of Osun State are wiser and will not allow anybody to reverse the gains that have been made by the Aregbesola led government.



Meanwhile, the party has held a ratification Congress for delegates to the forthcoming national convention of the party led by Alhaji Shamsu Giwa.



Leaders of the party across the state converged on the state secretariat of the party situated along Gbongan road in Osogbo where the hitch-free State Congress presided over by Giwa led committee held.



Speaking shortly after the Congress, Alhaji Giwa who expressed satisfaction with the conduct of participants hinted that the panel will resolve objections raised by few individuals from about five local governments over delegate list.



On the chances of APC in future election considering the prevailing economic hardship, Giwa said Nigerians are aware that it was not the fault of APC but that of opposition who according to him bastardized the economy through massive corruption.



According to him it will take time to remove the mess allegedly created by Peoples Democratic Party adding that Nigerians will never vote for a party that milked them dry.



Corroborating his assertion, the state chairman of the party, Prince Gboyega Famodun gave assurance that come 2018, the party will sweep the polls in Osun.



He noted that Osun has never witnessed the unprecedented positive infrastructural turn around it experienced in the last seven years.



On minor objection raised during the ratification Congress, Famodun said it was expected because some changes were carried out at local government level after the initial list had been forwarded to Abuja.



He gave assurance that such objection would be resolved amicably adding that the objections were expected especially in an era of democracy.