PDP Governorship Aspirant, Omisore Swims In Troubled Waters Over Assault On Late Senator Adeleke

The State of Osun Police Command has invited Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) governorship aspirant‎ in the state Mr Iyiola Omisore, to respond to allegations of physical assault brought against him by the recently deceased Mr Isiaka Adeleke, a senator and member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

 

The invitation was made via a letter dated 20th October. Signed by Mr Umege Uzochukwu, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in charge of the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, the letter requested Mr Omisore to meet with the DCP on 27 October.

 

The physical attack took place in April 2014 and was reported to the Police by Mr Adeleke the same year, while he was a member of the PDP and a rival to Mr Omisore for the party’s governorship ticket. Mr Adeleke had said that the attack took place during a PDP stakeholders’ meeting at Ideal Nest Hotel, Oshogbo, capital of Osun State. The deceased senator had claimed that he was set upon by Messrs. Omisore, Jelili Adesiyan, then Minister for Police Affairs; and one Mr Sogo Agboola, a PDP stalwart.

 

 

Osun PDP Leadership Crisis Worsen

By Shina Abubakar

The seeming leadership crisis in the State of Osun chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a new dimension, as the party’s chance of achieving peaceful resolution seems impossible, just as the sacked Ali Modu Sheriff faction is hell-bent on holding on to leadership structure in the state.

The recent pronouncement of the Supreme Court on the legal status of the National leadership of the party was expected to put to rest, all issues regarding the crises confronting the opposition party, but the situation further deteriorated in some of the states where Sheriff’s faction hold sway, especially in the SouthWest.

Prior to the court’s pronouncement, the Osun situation was a bit different as the Soji Adagunodo faction has the majority of members of the party which is made up of the young generation of party followers while the Bayo Faforiji faction was in the minority and only enjoyed the support of Senator Iyiola Omisore before the judgment gave them acceptability.

It would be recalled that the Osun PDP crisis was not without the ambition of Senator Omisore to be the Governor of the state while the young breed and some elders in the party strictly opposed, giving room for division in the party prior to the crisis at the national level.

With the acceptability of Makarfi faction, the National leadership of the party recognised Bayo Faforiji as the party chairman in the state at the detriment of the majority members of the party, who were not favourably disposed to the arrangement.

To persuade the majority faction, a committee was set up to resolve the issue, with a view to maintaining unity in the party, in line with the spirit of the efforts to win the recently concluded Osun West Senatorial bye-election, but the National leadership has always given recognition to Dr. Bayo Faforiji as the chairman.

This situation did not go down well with the Adagunodo faction who believed it has the majority of party members and irrespective of the court judgment should enjoy priority in resolving the party crisis.

However, some of the factors working against the faction is the allegation of receiving N150 million from the Adeleke Family to prosecute the last senatorial bye-election, but a close associate of Adagunodo described the allegation as a figment of the imagination of those spreading it.

Another critical issue the faction is contending with is the role played by the former General Secretary of the party, Professor Wale Oladapo in relegating Senator Iyiola Omisore, as the other faction believed that he would have to pay for it now that the court had sacked him from the post.

But the Adagunodo faction also has strong bargaining power at its disposal, especially as the faction enjoyed the support of many of the young breed of the party and also many of the elders who were against the pseudo dominance of the party and is working towards making statement that the party belongs to the members not an individual.

Another stumbling block on the path of the Faforiji faction is the emergence of Senator Buruji Kashamu and others who rose against the leadership of Governor Ayodele Fayose in the region and would stop at nothing to make sure the arrangement never stand.

OSUN DEFENDER however gathered that the PDP in the state, no matter the compromise may not retain a united house, as a faction in the party is looking forward to move to another party ahead of the 2018 governorship election before it is too late to prepare for campaign.

ONSA Funds: Omisore Refunds N350m To EFCC

A former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has now paid back N350million of the N1.7billion public funds which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) traced to him.
Omisore first paid N300million and another N50million to the EFCC yesterday.
A top-level source in the EFCC confirmed the development, saying: ”We hope he will pay up the balance as soon as possible.”
“We are determined to retrieve all slush funds for the nation’s use,” the source added.
About N4.685billon was transferred by the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) to Sylva McNamara Limited, a company linked to a former Minister of State for Defence, Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro.
Of the sum, about N3.880billion was allegedly given to Governor Ayodele Fayose and Senator Omisore through cash and bank transfers by Obanikoro.
Omisore’s share was said to be about N1.7billion.
The former Deputy Governor gave the list of companies which benefited from the N1.7billion that was released by the NSA to him.
According to a report by the EFCC, some of the funds were remitted as follows: Fimex Gilt Limited (N160m)-8/8/2014in UBA; Metropolitan Consortium (N350m)—9/7/14 in First Bank; Sawanara (N300m)—1/8/14 in First Bank and Metropolitan Consortium (N350m)-1/8/14 in First Bank.
Meanwhile, there were indications yesterday that the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has approved the release of a former Minister of State for Defence, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro, and Dr. Reuben Abati who was a former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan from custody.
While Obanikoro refunded N100.4million to the EFCC with an undertaking for the return of about N480million, Abati was granted bail to go and source for the N50million allocated to him by the Office of National Security Adviser( ONSA).
A top source said: “Having substantially met his bail conditions, the EFCC has released Obanikoro from custody. Apart from refunding N100million, he also pledged to pay back about N480million.
“Regarding Abati, the EFCC released him on bail to source for the N50million credited to him by ONSA.”

[The Nation]

Failed Osun PDP Guber Aspirant, Omisore, Arrested By EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, who was declared wanted about a month ago.

It was learnt that Omisore was arrested at his Abuja home located at 1 Kainji Crescent, Off Lake Chad Street, Maitama, by a team of EFCC operatives on Sunday morning.

“Upon a thorough search of his apartment, we recovered N1m and $21,000 in cash from him,” a source said.

It was learnt that the suspect was apprehended as part of investigations into the N4.7bn that was siphoned from the imprest account of the Office of the National Security Adviser and allegedly handled by the then Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, and his two sons, Babajide and Gbolahan, in 2014.

The commission had alleged that Omisore received about N1.31bn from the money during the build-up to the August 9, 2014, governorship election in Osun State in which Omisore was the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Omisore had, however, denied the allegations and even sued the EFCC for N10bn, accusing the anti-graft agency of defamation.

The PUNCH had reported last week that the anti-graft agency traced N1.310bn to company accounts allegedly belonging to Omisore.

Omisore was said to have received the money from the Diamond Bank account of Sylvan McNamara, a company in which Obanikoro’s sons are said to be signatories to its bank account.

The ex-deputy governor allegedly received the funds in four tranches from Sylvan McNamara between July and August 2014, a few weeks before the Osun State governorship election which he lost to incumbent Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress.

A document detailing the transaction showed that the money was paid into three company accounts allegedly belonging to Omisore.

A detective in the anti-graft agency explained, “On July 9, 2014, N150m was paid into the bank account of Sawanara at First Bank. On August 1, 2014, N300m was paid into Sawanara Limited.

“On August 8, 2014, about N160m was paid into the bank account of Fimex Gilt Limited domiciled at UBA. On the day of the election, August 9, 2014, N350m was paid into the First Bank account of Metropolitan Consortium.”

The former deputy governor had also sued the EFCC for N10bn and prayed a Federal High Court in Abuja to grant him an order of perpetual injunction restraining the “defendants (EFCC) either by themselves, their agents, officers, servants, privies or otherwise however called from making such or similar defamatory publication of and concerning the plaintiff (Omisore) to any person or persons.”

All the bank accounts traced to Omisore have since been frozen by the EFCC.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the PDP in Osun State, Mr. Diran Odeyemi, described the arrest of Omisore by the EFCC as a violation of court order, which restrained the agency from arresting the former deputy governor of the state.

Odeyemi, who is also a close ally of Omisore, said this in an interview with one of our correspondents in Osogbo on Sunday following the arrest.

He said, “It is true that the EFCC invaded Otunba’s house in Abuja today and arrested him. This is a gross violation of the order of the court on this matter.

“There is a subsisting court order, restraining the EFCC from arresting him. They ought to have vacated the order before arresting him.”

EFCC Declares Sen. Iyiola Omisore Wanted

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today, May 24, 2016, declared a former deputy governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore wanted.

The former senator is wanted in connection with a case of receiving and misappropriating the sum of over N700, 000,000.00 from the Office of the National Security Adviser, between June and November, 2014.

The EFCC stated that Iyiola Omisore has been elusive and refused to report to the Commission after invitation was extended to him on April 7, 2016requesting him “to come and make clarification on the ongoing investigation”.

Instead of responding to the Commission’s investigation Omisore had approached the Federal Capital Territory High Court for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights. Justice Husseini Baba Yusuf consequently ordered that Iyiola Omisore should only be arrested through a due and legal process.

The EFCC thereafter obtained a warrant to effect the arrest of the politician.‪

Osun PDP In Disarray As Omisore Ejects Party From Secretariat

A former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, may have sacked a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state from its secretariat situated along Osogbo-Gbongan Road.

Omisore, it was learnt, rented the party secretariat and had been the one paying rent on the property located in the heart of Osogbo, the state capital.

The tactical ejection of the faction of the PDP from the secretariat is a direct fallout of the crisis rocking the party in the state over the congresses to elect leaders of the party from ward level to state level.

While a faction of the party which has majority of the party leaders held a congress which produced Mr. Soji Adagunodo-led executives, the Dr. Bayo Faforiji faction which is enjoying the support of Omisore stayed away from the congress.

Omisore’s faction said they had got an injunction restraining the party from holding the congress.

It was gathered on Monday that the faction moved their belongings from the secretariat to a new place around Otaefun area along Ikirun Road.

A source close to Omisore confirmed the development.

He said, “He (Omisore) rented this secretariat and he is the one paying the rent so there is no way those ones (other faction) can come here with what they have done.

“He did not pursue them but they also know that they can no longer come here. They have moved to Otaefun area. They have gone there to form a faction of PDP. But let us wait and see. We are still going to court tomorrow ( Tuesday).”

The newly elected secretary of the PDP in Osun State, Mr. Bola Ajao, when contacted said the party had moved to a new secretariat along Ikirun Road.

Ajao, however, declined to expatiate on the reason for the sudden rotation of the party secretariat.

Many prominent leaders of the party including a member of the Board of Trustee of the party, Alhaji Shuaib Oyedokun; National Secretary of the PDP, Prof. Wale Oladipo and former Chairman of Federal Road Maintenance Agency, Mr. Jide Adeniji, former Deputy Governor Olusola Obada; Senator Olu Alabi and others were present at the congress which produced Adagunodo-led executives.

The congress was supervised by a committee from the national secretariat of the party led by Justice Emmanuel Dodo (retd) and officials of Independent National Electoral Commission.

But Omisore, former Minister of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan; member BoT, Chief Ebenezer Babatope and others shunned the congress.

Ahead Of Ife Re-run Election: PDP Promises Mayhem

…Rivers’ Case‘ ll be Child’s Play – Party Threatens

Weeks before the proposed re-run election to fill the vacant seat of Ife Central State Constituency in the State of Osun House of Assembly, as a result of the demise of the former legislator representing the area, Honourable Oladejo Makinde, who died last December, the main opposition party in the state, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has concluded plans to unleash unprecedented mayhem on the electorate, should it lose the election.

OSUN DEFENDER gathered from authoritative sources that series of clandestine meetings have been held in various locations across the state in the past few weeks since the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) set the date for the re-run election.

One of the sources had confided in the medium that most of the meetings were held at the numerous  houses owned by the defeated gubernatorial candidate of the party in the August 14th, 2014 election, Senator Iyiola Omisore, in the state scattered across the ancient town.

At the meetings, several issues reportedly came up for discussion; all tailored on the way to ensure victory for the PDP at whatever cost, as members saw the election as the last saving grace for the party, if it truly determines to stay relevant in the state.

“Our members see the coming re-run election in Ife Central Constituency as a do-or-die affair, as it remains the last stroke that will determine the fate of the party in the state. The election will also determine whether the party will stay afloat of go permanently into oblivion,” the source stressed.

To give teeth to the plan, a major stakeholder and financier of the party, whose penchant for violence is legendary has been gathered to have promised to supply logistics to ensure victory for the party at all cost starting with the provision of some vehicles to ensure smooth operation and mobility for those saddled with one responsibility or the other.

This same financier has also taken it upon himself to use his wide range connection in the police hierarchy to ensure hitch-free operations of the members of the party in the course of carrying out their various assignments. Feelers from the various meetings held mostly in the night have also revealed how a senior security officer, who was called on phone during one of the meetings, professed his allegiance and loyalty to the party, while promising to do all within his power to ensure victory for the party and assist in unleashing mayhem on prominent members of the ruling party in the state, the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the area.

The officer was gathered to have promised a replica of what happened in Rivers State on APC members in the area in particular and the state in general should the need arise.

The grand plan, according to the party source, is to make the state ungovernable for the APC-led administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola as a prelude to the declaration of a state of emergency by the Federal Government.

“What happened in Rivers State would be a child’s play to what we have in store for Aregbesola and his   party in Osun. We are going to use all available resources at our disposal to ensure the state becomes ungovernable for them. It will be a battle to finish,” he threatened.

Osun PDP Factions Battle For Party Control

As the crisis in the political camp of the opposition in the State of Osun heightens, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is preparing the stage for a battle of wits as Soji Adagunodo and members of his caucus are poised on contesting the chairmanship of the party.

Prior to the decision to go to the field to contest for the post, Senator Iyiola Omisore had attempted to impose one of his followers on the party to prepare ground for his 2018 ambition, but a new forum within the party decided to counter the move, believing the party needed fresh ideas.

At a meeting held in Ikire in Irewole Local Government Council Area of the state, it was gathered that the stakeholders at the gathering could not reach a compromise, as the former senator and defeated governorship candidate of the party was told to hands off the chairmanship of the party and allow every aspirant equal access to the post.

Report gathered revealed that a young man from Adagunodo’d camp pointed at Omisore and accused him of impropriety in the ways the affairs of the party was handled when he was contesting for the governorship seat of the state, especially, the manner with which fund was handled.

The young man was said to have told the senator and other chieftains of the party at the gathering that it was time to allow fresh ideas to thrive in the party and sell it to the state electorate ahead of the 2018 gubernatorial election.

It was gathered that the meeting was dismissed without a concrete decision, hence, the platform was set for campaign among the teeming party loyalists.

As at last week, the Adagunodo group had started moving around to keep its members alerted and seek the support of party caucuses towards winning and becoming the party’s number one man in the state.

According to findings, the group enjoyed the slight support of a member of the House of Representatives in the state, whose end game was to seek the ticket of the party in future elections in the state.

Checks further revealed that the other camps have started strategizing for ways to tackle Adagunodo group and their sponsors and it was believed that the group was made up of young members of the party, whose sole slogan is to allow the party have a fresh breadth.

It was also learnt that the Adagunodo group is working towards bringing the Gani-Olaoluwa group into its core operation against the supporters of Omisore, as a means of strengthening their grip on the party members ahead of the polls.

However, some loyalists of the outgoing chairman were said not to be favourably disposed to the idea of joining the new group, saying most of the caucus members are new hands, who might not enjoy the support of the party’s founding fathers in the state.