PHOTONEWS: Osun Govt Pays Condolence Visit To Oyo Over Speaker’s Death

The State Government of Osun on Tuesday paid a condolence visit to the Oyo State Government over the death of the Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Michael Adeyemo who passed on last week.

The government delegation was led by the Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola alongside the Chief of Staff, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola and other members of the State Executive Council.

They were received by Governor Abiola Ajimobi, Former Governor Alao Akala and other dignitaries at the Oyo State Government House, Agodi, Ibadan.

Adejare Taofeek Adebayo who was there sent in the following photos:

Speaker’s Death Saddens Gov. Ajimobi

The death of the Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Michael Adeyemo, has left the Governor Abiola Ajimobi visibly display emotion on Saturday when he led the state’s Executive Council and House of Assembly members on a condolence visit to the deceased country home, Lanlate.

The sudden death of the 47-year-old speaker, early Friday morning, had thrown the entire state into gloom, following which the governor declared three-days of mourning during which flags were expected to be flown at half mast.

Since the incident, the governor had been visibly devastated and had not made any public appearance, except during Saturday’s visit to the late speaker’s parents, monarchs and political leaders in Ibarapa zone, throughout when he fought back tears.

The governor also visited the Arowooje of Lanlate, Oba Lateef Olagoke; the Eleruwa of Eruwaland, Oba Samuel Adegbola, in their palaces to commiserate with the monarchs on the death of their illustrious son.

In his condolence message, the governor said that the death of the speaker was the greatest loss his administration and the All Progressives Congress (APC) family in the state had so far recorded.

Ajimobi wrote, “He was a brilliant, eloquent, intelligent, diligent and most patriotic speaker I ever met. He contributed immensely to the success of this (Ajimobi’s) administration.

“He was a peacemaker, bridge builder and a great son of Lanlate, Oyo State and Nigeria. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.”

Speaking on behalf of the Lanlate monarch, the Osi Lanlate, Chief Adegboye Adelani, described the death of Adeyemo as a tragic loss to the town and the Ibarapa zone, following what he called his monumental contributions to their development.

The Eleruwa of Eruwa, Oba Samuel Adegbola, described Adeyemo as a respnosible and caring son of the land.

The Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola, also described Adeyemo’s death and that of the Special Adviser on Media to the Governor of Sokoto, State, Mallam Imam Imam as colossal tragedies.

Governor Aregbesola, in a statement by his Media Adviser, Mr. Sola Fasure, paid glowing tribute to Honourable Adeyemo, whose sudden death was a rude shock to Oyo State and the country. “He was hale and hearty, full of life, when last I saw him recently. He was his usual self, active, effervescent, exuding infectious enthusiasm. He will be missed.

In the same vain, the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ Oyo State Council has expressed shock over the sudden death of the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Michael Adeyemo.

The NUJ, in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Comrades Adewumi Faniran and Bola Ogunlayi says the Union is particularly disturbed with the death of the speaker at his prime.

“More worrisome is the fact that the death came on the heels of clamour for power shift to the youths from the older generation.”

A former Secretary to Oyo State Government, Chief Michael Adeniyi Koleosho, has described the death of Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly, Honourable Michael Adeyemo, as a tragic loss to the state.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Koleosho said the death was so shocking because the Speaker appeared healthy and agile.

Koleosho said in the statement: “The Speaker was a vibrant young man with a very bright political future. He was one of the young men I had thought would play definite and defining role in shaping the future of our state. So, his death is a huge shock to me.”

Also, a chieftain of the APC in Oyo State, Dr Ismail Adebayo Adewusi, expressed shock at the sudden death of the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Michael Adeyemo.

Oyo Assembly Speaker, Michael Adeyemo, is dead
Adewusi, who hailed from the same Ibarapa zone as the late speaker, described Adeyemo’s death as a huge shock, saying he was taken away at a time he was making great contributions to the political and socio-economic development of Oyo State and Nigeria.

Governorship aspirant of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Osun State, Honourable Femi Kehinde and a former Minority Whip of the House of Representatives, Honourable Babatunde Oduyoye, mourned the untimely death of the Oyo State Speaker.

The duo, in separate statements, described the news of Adeyemo’s death as shocking and saddening, noting that his exit would leave a vacuum in the House of Assembly, where he has been a major stabilising factor and the state.

A governorship aspirant of the APC the state, Dr Yunus Akintunde, expressed shock at the death of the Speaker.

In his condolence message, Akintunde, who is a former Commissioner for Works, said his death dealt a huge blow to the government and people of the state.

Akintunde, a governorship hopeful, described the deceased as a gentle, humble, affable and purposeful politician who had a brighter future ahead of him but which death cut short.

Ajimobi Inaugurates Multi-Door Courthouse

As a measure of enhancing and facilitate quick administration and resolution of civil disputes as well as boosting the confidence of the organized private sector in the state, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, on Tuesday inaugurated the Multi-Door Courthouse.

Ajimobi while speaking at the inauguration of the special court for the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) at the premises of Oyo State High Court, Ring Road, Ibadan, explained that the Multi-Door Courthouse was one of the steps been taken by his administration to modernize the state and restore its pace setter status.

He noted that in spite of the claim by the state of being a pace setter in the country, the reality is that Lagos State, which is less than three hours drive away, has not only overtaken the capital of the old western region, it is 25 years ahead of Oyo State.

He recounted that since the inception of his administration in 2011, he has “worked assiduously to nip in the bud, the rampant thuggery and hooliganism that characterized the state, by ensuring solid foundation of peace, security and massive infrastructural development”, adding that his administration has also introduced and implemented many initiatives that are gradually restoring the state to its pace setter status.

His words, “We will make sure we make Oyo State a modern state. Look at Lagos State, it takes an average of one to three hours to get there depending on the traffic. Lagos state is 25 years ahead of Oyo State. We pride ourselves in pacesetter status, it has gone. We are no longer the pacesetter, but we are only trying to bring it back and I’m happy that with today’s commissioning, we are bringing back the pacesetter status.”
He, however, stated further that his administration has been working to change some perceived attitudes that are anti-development, saying “we thought we should change the attitude because attitude will determine altitude. We are changing attitude in Oyo State, especially attitude of dependency in order to ensure that we transform this state to a modern state.”

The Chief Judge of the state, Justice Munta Abimbola, in his address a new administration of justice had just begun in the state promising to use same to ease the task of justice system.

He said, “A new dawn begins in the administration of justice in Oyo State. We shall use it to ease the task of justice system.

“We shall make do all the enablements offered us to enhance and bear in justice delivery in Oyo State. We shall partner with Negotiation and Conflict Management Group (NCMG) and the ADR Society to ensure success in the adaptation and use of this alternative.”

Commissioner for Justice in the state, Mr. Seun Abimbola, in an earlier remarks stated that the multi-door court would be a wholesome complement to the Citizen’s Mediation Centre at the Ministry of Justice, “which had been earlier repositioned by this administration, and now on annual basis handle between 700 and 800 cases, with an 80 per cent success rate in resolution.”

The facilitator of Multi-Door Courthouse in Nigeria, Mr. Kehinde Aina, also noted that the special court has capacity to attract the organized private sectors and other investors to the state.

Ajimobi Approves Oyo Workers’ Promotion From 2012 To 2016

The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has approved the immediate release of years 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 promotions in the state Civil/Public Service of Oyo State.

The outgoing Head of Service, Mr Soji Eniade, made this disclosure in a statement on Tuesday in Ibadan.

Mr Eniade said that the governor is greatly committed to the welfare of workers in the state, pledging that the kind gesture would be adequately reciprocated by workers in the state through hard work and commitment while in the service of Oyo State.

The HOS charged workers in the state to be diligent, dedicated, devoted, committed and work assiduously towards ensuring financial sufficiency for the state, stating that the ongoing restructuring exercise in the civil/public service was embarked upon to clean and sanitize the system.

He solicited the support and cooperation of workers for the state government towards achieving desirable results in the ongoing state Public/Civil service reform in order to uplift the system to an enviable height.

Mr Eniade emphasized that the restructuring exercise of the government is not meant to witch-hunt anybody, saying that what the government is doing is a standard periodic self-check which is standard practice throughout the world where quality service delivery is expected.

The outgoing Head of Service commended the state governor for his wise and bold decisions that have kept the state afloat despite the present economic situation in the country, urging that workers should reciprocate the governor’s kind gesture with commitment, efficiency and effectiveness in discharging their duties.

Ajimobi Vows To Appeal Court Verdict On Olubadan Chieftaincy Review

The Oyo State Government says it will appeal the judgment which stated unconstitutional and illegal the Commission of Inquiry recommending the elevation of some Ibadan high chiefs to Obas.

Justice Olajumoke Aiki of Oyo State High Court had on Friday declared the retired Justice Akintunde Boade’s Commission of Inquiry which reviewed the 1957 Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration and other Chieftaincies as unconstitutional and illegal.

The state government had on Aug. 27, 2017 elevated some Ibadan High Chiefs, except one and some district heads (Baales) as obas, an action which pitted them against Oba Saliu Adetunji, the Olubadan.

The Osi Olubadan and former governor of the state, Chief Rashidi Ladoja, had filed a suit to challenge the propriety of the Justice Boade Commission of Inquiry.

Reacting to the judgment of the court on Friday in Ibadan, Gov. Abiola Ajimobi said that the state will appeal the verdict.

The governor made the assertion at the inauguration of a block of classrooms donated by Chief Akin Olujimi (SAN) to Community Secondary School, Ajara in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Olujimi was a former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation and an indigene of Ajara community in Ibadan.

“Today’s judgment on the Olubadan Chieftaincy review will be appealed immediately. We have embarked upon the exercise, not for joke, but for the good of Ibadan and the people.

“We will not relent in making Ibadan great and the greatness shall come from various ways, one of which is the review exercise.

“You should not expect people to accept change and radical policy for that matter, but we shall get there.

“ We will not allow the forces of retrogression to overtake the progress Oyo State is making,’’ Ajimobi said.

Just In: Court Nullifies Ajimobi’s Installation Of 21 Kings

An Oyo State High Court presided over by Justice Olajumoke Aiki on Friday declared the review of the 1957 Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration and other Related Chieftaincies in Ibadan land by the Justice Akintunde Boade Review Commission, which was set up by the Oyo State Government, as unconstitutional, illegal, null, void and of no effect.

The commission had recommended, among others, the creation of several monarchs in Ibadan which led to the installation of 21 kings by the state Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

But the Osi Olubadan of Ibadan land, Rashidi Ladoja, challenged the composition and recommendations of the commission in court, joining Ajimobi as co-defendant.

While delivering judgment, Aiki held that wearing of beaded crowns is beyond the purview of sections 10, 12 and 25 of the Oyo State Chiefs Law, stating that Section 25 of the Chiefs Law could not be treated in isolation to the provisions of Parts Two and Three of the Chiefs Laws.

The court also said provisions of Parts Two and Three of the Chiefs Laws, particularly sections 10, 12 and 25, did not give power to the governor to review the Olubadan chieftaincy declaration, while also restraining the government from accepting and implementing the reports of the commission.

Osun Govt Lauds Osinbajo, Ajimobi Others On Southwest Regional Youth Summit


The Government of the State of Osun on Wednesday eulogized the Nigerian Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, and Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, for exhibiting high sense of commitment towards the actualization of the southwest’s development agenda.

The state also extolled the tremendous impact made by the other southwest governors, the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission, stakeholders, youth associations and individuals on the success of the two-day Southwest Regional Youth Summit, held in Osogbo, the state capital.

The commendation was contained in a statement issued and made available to newsmen by the Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr Sola Fasure, at the end of the weekly State Executive Council’s meeting, held at the Executive Council Chamber, Governor’s office, State Secretariat, Osogbo.

The Council expressed satisfaction on the impressive participatory strength and large turnout of notable personalities within and outside the region, describing the presence of Vice President at the summit as ‘encouraging’

The Council also encouraged individuals and organisations with landed property and business in the state who may not be resident to pay all due taxes on their business and landed property to avoid sanctions

The statement reads in parts: ‎ ‘‎Council received the report of the successful hosting of the Regional Youth Summit in Osogbo by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission and the State Government, between January 9 and 10, which attracted participants from all the states in the region.

‘Council commended the organisers of the summit and thanked the participants, particularly the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, who delivered the keynote address; Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Governor of Oyo State; Ondo State Government ably represented by the state’s deputy governor; Ogun State Government that sent a delegation; and the youth organisations and individuals that attended the programme’.

The Council therefore‎ urged those who have landed property and business in the state, even if they are not resident, to fulfil their tax obligations to the state, so as to avoid running afoul of the state’s tax laws which carry severe consequences.

PHOTONEWS: Osinbajo, Ajimobi, Aregbesola Grace 1st Western Nigeria Youth Summit

Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi alongside Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Tuesday attended the Opening Ceremony of the 1st Western Nigeria Youth Summit.

The summit which seeks to provide the agenda of development of the region till the year 2040 is hosted by the State Government of Osun.

The summit is expected to end tomorrow Wednesday at the WOCDIF Events Centre in Osogbo.

Here are photos from the well attended event as captured by Dolapo Julius.

I Washed Dead Bodies To Survive As A Student Abroad – Ajimobi

Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Tuesday said that he washed dead bodies as a youth to pay his tuition fees while schooling abroad.

Ajimobi said this at a South-West Youths Regional Summit in Osogbo.

The governor, while urging the youth to have a positive mindset toward hard work, said he spent eight years abroad washing dead bodies to survive.

He said his parents only sent him 30 dollars all through his stay abroad, adding that he had to look for a way to survive.

“I left Nigeria in 1963 to study abroad, but throughout my stay there, I was washing dead bodies to support myself to go to school.

“When ever I got home from work, I will be weeping, remembering the number of dead bodies I washed.

“My boss at work then said I should not be afraid or fear, adding that such feeling is normal for first comers.

“He encouraged me to always see those dead bodies as iced fish.

“But against all odds, I survived and that is why I am urging youths to see hard work as the only way to success.

“I am saying this to challenge the youth of our next generation not to give up.

“This is our chance as youths and as Yorubas to come together to chart a successful pathway for the country.’’

Ajimobi, however, urged Yoruba leaders and governors to unite for the progress of the Yoruba race.

Source: NAN

PHOTONEWS: Tinubu, Ajimobi, Aregbesola, Akeredolu Welcome Akala, Folarin To APC

Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Saturday joined Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Governor Abiola Ajimobi and Governor Akeredolu in Ibadan to celebrate Chief Alao Akala and others as they officially decamped to the All Progressives Congress, APC from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Here are photos from the Grand APC Rally that attracted thousands of supporters at the Ancient Mapo Hall in Ibadan captured by Dolapo Julius.

Ajimobi’s Chieftaincy Review Is Reversible- Olubadan

Controversy continues to trail the chieftancy review done by Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi as various lawsuits have been filed challenging the decision.

A statement signed by the media director of The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, said on this note, the review was reversible.

A statement by Adeola Oloko, explained that Olubadan’s statement, was a response to Ajimobi’s declaration that the review had come to stay.

The statement said, “The Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi at last Friday’s Eid-el Maolud celebration at the Remembrance Arcade, Agodi, Ibadan, was quoted as saying that there was no going back on the enthronement of the new kings.

“The legal tussle over the controversial matter between the Oyo State Government and diverse stakeholders in Ibadan land is alive.

“All parties to the dispute are advised to respect the rule of law by giving the court the chance to play its constitutional role of adjudicating in disputes without let or hindrance.

“Some people erroneously believe that the chieftaincy crisis is a personal conflict between Governor Ajimobi and Oba Adetunji. This is wrong.

“There are at least five suits in respect of the chieftaincy crisis in the Oyo State High Court as we speak. What this shows is that the generality of our people believe that the issue at stake is a matter of great public interest as well as the outcome.

“As Olubadan, I am merely a custodian of the tradition and custom of Ibadan people. With an oath before our forebears, I do not see how, as a monarch, I will compromise the tradition and custom of Ibadan people”.