Osun 2018: APC, PDP, Others In Dilemma?

By Shina Abubakar

With barely four months to the conduct of party primaries ahead of the 2018 governorship election in the state of Osun, political activities among parties in the state is still at its lowest ebb contrary to the expectation of the general public.

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had attempted to lift ban on political activities in the party about two weeks ago thereby creating excitement among members of the party and supporters of potential aspirants, but the excited public were disappointed as the party is yet to lift the ban, making it about the second time to be unsuccessful in its attempt to make the political space lively.

Similarly, the ostensible internal crisis rocking the main opposition party has become an hydra-headed nemesis which is sapping party gladiators of their energy and attention away from the preparation for the guber poll and with no hope of going away any moment soon.

The party has not been able to reach compromise regarding the way to go on the conclusion of its congress as it has failed to bring warring factions to the round table thereby failing to meet the expectations of the people, who rely on them to provide alternatives.

It was gathered that one of the opposition gladiators, Senator Iyiola Omisore holds the party by the jugular because of his political ambition against the resolve of the entire party machinery in the state because he has the ears of the party’s national secretariat.

The popular parlance among members of the PDP in recent times has been “It is Osun PDP vs Omisore”, which seems to be a reflection of the position of the majority of the party members, particularly in the Osun central and west senatorial district with a section of the Ijesa Federal Constituency in support, while Ife Federal Constituency appeared to be solidly behind the former senator.

This stems from a public reaction of a member of House of Representative from Ife, Dr Albert Adeogun that Ife zone is yet to produce a governor since the birth of the state over two decades ago.

However, the ruling APC seems to be the most troubled as party hierarchy is yet to have a common ground over the time it would lift ban on political activities, a position that is not suitable to some prospective aspirants and their supporters.

OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the decision not to lift the ban was not unconnected with the party’s inability to finalise over which district to zone its governorship ticket, as many members of the party favour zoning the ticket to the West Senatorial district.

Information at the medium’s disposal revealed that the voice of the party’s hierarchy is not united on the matter as different chieftains of the party had different stances about it. A former Governor of the State and a chieftain of the APC, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola had at a public function disclosed that it is the turn of the West senatorial district to produce the next governor of the state.

Checks further revealed that the APC is battling with convincing majority of its members to buy into the idea of returning the ticket to Osun central with a view to convincing the electorates to vote for the party later in the year.

Similarly, even while gladiators in the PDP have refused to sheath their swords, the party is also divided on the choice of the district to zone the ticket. The Adagunodo faction, according to reports, has settled for the west senatorial district, but Omisore is said to be hell-bent on having another shot at the ticket.

It was gathered that both parties were confused as to the choice of candidate that would be acceptable to the general public in the poll, this, investigation revealed has hindered both parties from going ahead with political activities so it could curtail fallout of its decisions before the primaries.

Meanwhile, other political parties too seem to have refused to grow out of the shadow of the APC, PDP and their political activities appeared to be dictated by the action of the two major political parties in the state.

Labour Party, Accord Party and NCP seems to have been at lost with regards to political realities in the state as none of the parties is showing any readiness to give the two dominant parties a fight for the guber poll later in the year.


EFCC Interrogates Former PDP Fractional Chairman Ali Modu Sheriff

Former PDP fractional leader  Ali Modu Sheriff is currently on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC’s hot sit.

According to reports Ali Modu SSheriff who was also the former governor of Borno State was under interrogation by the Commission on Monday. Operatives questioned the former factional National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for hours at the agency’s office in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

It was gathered that Sheriff was questioned on how he raised $72million to buy a G650 Gulfstream aircraft after leaving office in 2011.

The politician has at least two private jets. Sheriff is also accused of benefiting from $200million released by the Jonathan administration to facilitate Boko Haram ceasefire in a neighbouring country in 2014.

The operatives also want to establish if the said amount was transmitted by a top presidential aide to a foreign leader, who has a personal relationship with Sheriff.

Aside these, Sheriff was also presented with records of monies shared ahead of the 2015 general election.

The anti-graft agency had on June 6, 2016, grilled Mohammed Wakil, who was the PDP campaign coordinator for Borno State.

A statement then by the Head of Media and Publicity at the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren narrated Wakil’s recount.

Wakil was quoted as saying the N450 million allocated to Borno was shared as follows: “Nicholas Msheliya, Peter Biye, Hon. Kudla satumaria, Hon. Ibrahim Birma, all from Southern Borno received the sum of N112,340.000.00.

“Equally Hon. Kangar, through Dr. Kulima A.A received N88, 620.000.00, while Engr Mohammad Baba Kachalla, Hon. Kaamuna Khadi, Hon. Zarma Mustapha and Hon. Abdulrahman Tarab received the sum of 140,860.000.00.

“Similarly, the sum of N40 million was allegedly given to Hon. Kumalia, for onward transmission to Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff for Security”.

Meanwhile, Sheriff was yesterday granted an administrative bail. His interrogation continues today.


Delegates’ List Manipulation Stalls Osun PDP Congress

  • Sharafa Ishola Connection Meets Brickwall

By Kehinde Ayantunji

The crisis rocking Osun chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a new dimension, as the party could not proceed with the local government and state congresses in the state to elect the new executives due to the allegations of delegates, list manipulation, OSUN DEFENDER authoritatively gathered. 

PDP echelons in Senator Iyiola Omisore and Hon. Soji Adagunodo camps have shifted the battle to the national Secretariat of the party in the struggle for the leadership of the party ahead of the September Gubernatorial election in the state.

OSUN DEFENDER during the week learnt that the Adagunodo-led faction rejected the list from the national secretariat over alleged manipulation of delegates’ list that emerged from the last inconclusive ward congress of the party in the state.

The faction alleged the former Caretaker Chairman of the party in the state, Mr Sharafadeen Ishola, a former Minister for Mines and Steel, who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State, of manipulating the list in favour of Dr Bayo Faforijin faction, where Omisore belongs.

A source from the national secretariat of the party told our correspondent that the status of the delegates’ list has stalled further action on the congress and make the reconcilliation efforts to be a deadlock.

The source who pleaded anonymity said, “I can confirm that the national Party Chairman, Chief Uche Secondus met with the leadership of the two factions last week, but there are three main contending issues, first was the withdrawal of the court case instituted by Adagunodo-led faction to validate their leadership which has been done with a demand that the authentic delegates’ list produced through the last congress must be accepted for the local government and state congresses.

“This demand was accepted by the party leadership, but it was discovered later that the list has been doctored by Sharafa Ishola caretaker committee in favour of Senator Omisore/ Faforijin camp and this has in turn triggered another crisis.

“Another contending issue is the conduct of ward congress in the remaining 98 wards that were disrupted during the last ward congress. Adagunodo faction is insisting that the congress must be concluded but Omisore /Faforijin faction is insisting that the list submitted by Sharafa Ishola, the ex-caretaker committee head should be adopted.”

Meanwhile, a party leader from the state who was also part of the meeting confirmed to OSUN DEFENDER that the party national leadership has written the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to produce the Certify True Copy (CTC) of the delegates’ list obtained during the last congress as a neutral agency.

However, it is not certain whether Omisore camp will accept the list from INEC or not, as they are still insisting that the list submitted to the party by the former caretaker chairman should be adopted for the congresses.

As at the time of filing this report, it could not be confirmed if the INEC headquarters has released the list to the party.

It would be recalled that following the reconcilliatory moves made by the national leadership of the party, led by Secondus, the Adagunodo faction last Wednesday withdrew a suit seeking enforcement of judgement against the party.

The litigation before the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo was instituted against the Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee last year with intent to validate the congress of the elected executives of the party under Hon. Adagunodo.

Holding brief for the plaintiffs, Chief Nathaniel Oke (SAN), who confirmed the withdrawal of the case while addressing the court said, “the case was filed during the tenure of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee with intent to validate the congress of the elected executives of the party under Adagunodo.

Former Minister of Education Leaves PDP For SDP

Prof. Tunde Adeniran, a former Minister of Education, has said he is leaving the Peoples Democratic Party with his supporters to join the Social Democratic Party.

Adeniran also said Prof. Jerry Gana had agreed to join him in the SDP.

Both Adeniran and Gana were members of the Board of Trustees of the PDP before the defection to the SDP.

While Adeniran was a chairmanship candidate in the December 9 national convention of the PDP, Gana was one of his staunch supporters.

Adeniran has refused to identify with the PDP since he lost the election.

Speaking with our correspondent in Abuja on Saturday, Adeniran said he decided to leave the PDP because of impunity and imposition of candidates.

Adeniran said, “I have left the PDP for the SDP with my supporters. I left because there is no internal democracy in the PDP. It may interest you to know that Prof. Jerry Gana has also left the PDP.”

Asked if Gana would fly the presidential ticket of the SDP in 2019 as being speculated, Adeniran said, “Whoever will be the presidential candidate will emerge from our convention.”

On whether he could realise his chairmanship ambition in his new party, Adeniran said he was not nursing such an ambition.

In his reaction, the National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, described the defection of Adeniran as painful.

He said Adeniran remained one the founding fathers of the party, adding that he had expected him to join hands with him and other leaders of the party to rebuild it in order to be able to wrest power from the ruling All Progressives Congress.

Meanwhile, a former Minister of Niger Delta, Godsday Orubebe, and a former Chief of Staff to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Mike Oghiadomhe, have denied leaving the PDP.

The spokesperson for Orubebe, Mr. Gbenga Giwa, said that while Orubebe could not begrudge people for defecting to any party for whatever reasons, the former minister still remained a member of the PDP.

Also, in a statement he personally signed, Oghiadomhe said it was wicked for anyone to associate him with the SDP.

He said, “For the record, l was never part of any group where a decision was made to dump PDP for SDP. To my great party, the PDP and millions of our members, no one has my mandate to determine or link my name to any political party without my written consent.

“Whoever must have affiliated my name to any political party other than the PDP does not have my mandate and this should be regarded as the handiwork of mischief makers. My membership and loyalty are to the PDP alone which is my party of choice since its formation.”

PDP Should Not Dream Of Returning To Power – Aregbesola

By Kehinde Ayantunji

The governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has advised Nigerians not to reconsider Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at all levels in Nigeria, saying the party has derailed during its 16 years rule as nothing substantial in terms of human and social infrastructure can be referred to.

Aregbesola said if PDP is truly a party of conscience and integrity,  it would not be bragging of coming back to power  with the moral burden of impoverishing Nigerians for the period during which the country earn highest oil revenue in history.

Aregbesola said this during the official launch of the digital switch over of Television Service in Osogbo, Capital, State of Osun.

According to the governor, PDP symbolises failure which reflected in most of the federal government abandoned projects including digital switch over of television services adding that the digitalisation will define broadcast development in Nigeria.

He said: “PDP is a failed party and that is more reason they failed deadline of project delivery, the reign was 16 years of hopelessness. It was that period that Nigeria earned highest revenue in oil and we have no road, no water and other amenities and I am always surprised when they are not ashamed of their failure and still bragging to come back, by the grace of God they will never return to power in Nigeria”.

The governor appreciated the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed’s gesture for making Osun an anchor state for the digital switch over launch in the South-West.

Aregbesola said the digital age has come to stay and that digital broadcasting has made it possible for anybody who has a standard studio, camera and equipment to be seen in the far corners of the world.

He therefore urged the digital signal distribution company, in charge of Osun, to ensure they cover the whole state so the people of the state can enjoy the digital broadcasting experience.

Speaking earlier, The Information minister, Lai Muhammed explained that “Digital Switch Over” of Nigeria from analogue broadcasting to digital broadcasting would create endless opportunities in the television and entertainment sector.

According  to the Minister,  the switch over would provide platform for telecommunication companies,  advertisers, content providers and movie producers to maximise profits through digital broadcasting,  a medium of reaching a wider and distance audience.

He also stressed the numerous job opportunities and businesses the digital switch over would create, stating that those in the broadcasting value chain would be engaged in every production stage.

He said local companies engaged to produce setup boxes for receiving digital signals would also employ a lot of Nigerians, thereby reducing unemployment and creating new jobs.

Mallam Is’haq Kawu, the Director-General of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) in his own remarks said the launch of the digital switch over in Osun was unique because the state is the first location in the South-Western part of the country.

Kawu also said Osogbo which is the capital of Osun was strategic to the launch as it is one of the cities that a factory had been setup for the production of setup boxes for digital TV.

He said the launch of the digital switch over in Osun allows for the spread of the service into the South-Western region, and that the choice of Osun was most logical

Decamping  Tsunami Will Strike APC Soon —Secondus

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, says the All Progressives Congress will encounter what he calls “defection tsunami” soon.

He spoke against the decamping members in State like Kogi and Adamawa

For example, a former Special Adviser on Political Matters to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak, had on Saturday led 16 other supporters and chieftains members of the PDP to the APC in Adamawa,

Those who left the PDP with him included Chief Felix  Tangwami,  Chief Medan Teneke, Alhaji Saidu Aliyu and Alhaji Yusuf Dan-Umana.

Gulak had claimed that he and his co-defectors left the main opposition party because of alleged impunity in the party.

“It is time for us to formally register as APC members. It is time to formally bury the PDP in Adamawa State,” Gulak said during the defection.

Though Secondus said the PDP regretted the defection of its members, he said it was better to go into election with people who the party was sure would work for its success.

The national chairman of the PDP, who spoke with our correspondent in an interview in Abuja on Wednesday,  insisted that the national leadership and other stakeholders of the party were working hard to make sure that the party would win the 2019 elections.

PDP Pays Visit To Founding Father, IBB

In less than three weeks after ex-military ruler Ibrahim Babangida ‘s controversial statement vilifying President Muhammadu Buhari, his Minna hill top home became haven to his party’s henchmen.

The members of the National Working Committee of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) visited Babandiga, one of the founding fathers of the party.

The National Chairman of the party, Mr Uche Secondus, led the committee on the courtesy visit to the former military president on Saturday.

Babangida, a retired Nigerian Army General, who was President of Nigeria from 27 August 1985 to 26 August 1993, also welcomed the party leaders.

Meanwhile, as Babangida was receiving the PDP leaders, Chief John Oyegun, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Saturday received 34,826 members of PDP in Niger, who defected.

Among the defectors are the state Deputy Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Aminu Yusuf, former Speaker of the state Assembly, Alhaji Adamu Usman, a former Attorney General, Alhaji Abdullahi Wuse among others.

Oyegun said in Minna at a rally to receive the defectors that Nigerians must shun sentiment and support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to set the nation on a new path of growth and progress.

He said that the country require “people of principle’’ to help fight for the success of the programmes of the APC.

“APC needs sincere soldiers as leaders, people who are ready to join the fight, because God entrusted Buhari to us to salvage the nation and its economy,” he said.

He therefore urged the new APC members to support President Buhari in the efforts to restore the economy through the revitalisation of agriculture and solid minerals sectors.

Oyegun noted that already, government support to agriculture had helped to drastically bring down rice importation.

The APC national chairman stressed that the Buhari administration had also raised power generation to 7,000 megawatts and that the figure would go up by 50 percent after the completion of the Mambila hydro power project.

National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun
National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun: Wants discipline in the party
He noted that the increase in power supply would help boost industrialisation and job creation in the country.

Alhaji Aminu Yusuf, PDP state Deputy Chairman, said they joined the APC to assist in developing the state.

“By the time elections are over, you don’t talk about parties anymore, instead you talk about development of the state.

“The party approached me to come and join them and assist the government build the state. We are coming with our skills and experience to assist the government in developing the state,” he said.

PDP Declared The Face Of Corruption

The Presidency on Wednesday described the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the face of corruption in Nigeria.

This was disclosed by the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, who said Africa’s bid to stem widespread corruption, took a decisive turn on Sunday in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, when the African Union (AU) placed on President Buhari the task of championing the war throughout the continent.

He noted that the choice was not for nothing as the opposition PDP back at home claimed in their deeply disappointing reaction to the inauguration of President Buhari as the continental anti-corruption champion for the year 2018.

“He said, “As a matter of fact, a section of politicians and some economists have been quick to pronounce the war against corruption in Nigeria a failure because those people are the greatest losers wherever the ordinary citizens make a gain.

“The PDP in particular has come to signify the face of corruption in Nigeria and they have not hidden their efforts to shrink the achievements of the Buhari Administration. They are bent, as it clearly seems, on crushing all hopes of ridding this country of the scourge of corruption.

“As the president keeps saying, in sixteen years that the party held sway, we solely relied on oil, the price of which was as high as US$140 per barrel. Government simply squandered oil revenue through personal spending by corrupt leaders, wasteful expenses and salaries.

“This was done rather than growing the economy through capital investment in assets like seaports, airports, power plants, railways, roads and housing as this administration is currently doing. Nigeria did not record a single major infrastructural project in the 10 years preceding the Buhari administration.

“In short, the money was mismanaged, spent largely on what was not needed and no savings were made. They compounded the problem by borrowing heavily and failed woefully to pay contractors and international oil companies”.

Shehu said the last two years of this administration have revealed the massive and unrivalled level of corruption in which the PDP and its leaders at the highest level thrived, adding that it mustn’t surprise anyone that they have chosen their obstructionist role rather than lending a helping hand in the fight against corruption.

The presidential spokesman observed that, by a rough estimate, the amount of money, including the value of estates recovered (or in the process of being recovered) from a single woman (Madam), by virtue of being close to power can pay for the construction and equipping a cancer treatment hospital for each of the six geopolitical zones of the ederation and still counting.

“So, if you have noticed, the barbs came out in the last few weeks ostensibly to cast a pall on this continental honour to President Buhari and to Nigeria, which in terms of added significance had the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Anthony Gutierrez at hand giving full support”, he added.



Aregbesola’s Performance Attracted Us To APC – Ex PDP Members

By Kehinde Ayantunji

Hundreds of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in Boripe North Local Government Development Area (LCDA), State of Osun last Sunday joined the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).

The defectors were received by the APC State Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun, State Secretary, Hon Rasaq Salinsile, and Osun Central Senatorial Leader Hon Adeoye Adelakun during the party local government general meeting held at Salem Primary School, Iree, headquarters of Boripe North LCDA.

Former PDP members led by Alhaji Liad Olaifa, a former Supervising Councillor in the council area said they dumped the PDP as a result of noticeable development in their community and the state at large in the last seven years.

According to Olaifa, the state Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Argbesola has demonstrated uncommon
leadership in the state with massive infrastructural development and provision of social services in the state.

He said: “our philosophy of politics is development and we have found that in the capacity of governor Aregbesola and APC leadership in the state, the social and infrastructural developments are unprecedented in the history of the state”.

“In our local government here, the achievements are visible, we can see global standard schools, good roads while many of our youths were empowered, all these giant strides attracted us to the APC to support the governor and the party leadership.

While receiving the defectors, Famodun said the present government in Nigeria and state will continue to do its best to make life better for the citizens of the state and the country at large.

Famodun said: “our party covenant with the people is to eradicate poverty, create job, enhance security of lives and property to make life more abundant for our people, we are not going to relent on the promises, I can assure, you we are going to deliver”.

Deputy Leader, State House of Assembly, Hon Bello Osuolale in his remarks congratulated the defectors for joining APC and assured them that they will have equal rights and privileges in the party.

Osuolale who is the Chairman APC Elders Forum in the council area announced that the general meeting of the party would be rotating monthly in the four towns that comprises the LCDA and urged the members to rally support for the governor.

State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Eng Kazeem Salami said the priority of the governor at the moment is the completion of all the ongoing projects in the state saying no effort will be spared in ensuring that the present administration delivers on its promises.

Ali Modu Sherif Group In Edo Dumps PDP or F

Edo PDP governorship candidate in the 2016 governorship elections, Matthew Iduoriyekenmwen, the member representing Ikpoba Okha/Egor in the House of Representatives, Johnson Agbonayinma, former member of the State House of Assembly, Blessing Agbebaku have led several others have defected to the APC, saying they left PDP for its impunity.

Iduoriyekenmwen who commended former governor Adams Oshiomole of the APC said “You all know that I resigned from the PDP since September 2017 and I decided to watch and see. I wanted to be governor of the state and if you have somebody that is doing what will do and even doing it better, you have to join him. We believe that our children must have education, government must make life meaningful for the people, I see sincerity in this government, I see sincerity in Governor Obaseki, I see that he doesn’t need distraction, we think that all we can do is to join him ion developing the state. Those of us that will have opposed him, we said we will join him to make the state better so whether you like it or not, Edo state is now a one party state, I want to thank Oshiomhole for providing the leadership”.

The serving Governor Godwin Obaseki welcomed them, “We don’t have new joiners; they are part of us; no difference no demarcation, new comer, everybody is the same.”

PDP Shamed As Aregbesola Vindicated – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the more the People’s Democratic Party struggle to demonise, scandalise and repudiate the person, the policy and the government run by the APC leader in the state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the more acknowledgement, praise and recognition he gets from home and abroad.

This was contained through a statement by the party’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi.

The party said the irony was that Aregbesola is being singled out for those things he has done which the PDP and other critics vehemently deny its existence.

It added that the constant and consistent refrain of the opposition elements in the state is, on the one hand, that Aregbesola has done nothing whatsoever to improve lives, and on the other hand, they shamelessly threaten to either stop, demolish or suspend every project which is supposedly too “sophisticated” for the people of Osun.

“In their hopelessly flawed judgement and pathetic ignorance, they claimed that the State of Osun has been in its “worst” form since the Aregbesola-led APC government came to power in the state seven years ago.

“However, only last Thursday, Yoruba professionals, home and abroad, declared that in their professional judgement, and with the facts on ground available to them for assessment, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola was the “best” performing governor (within the Yoruba area, presumably) for the year 2017.

“This should make the PDP bury its head in shame because the group of people, who are talking, are not simpletons like most of Aregbesola’s critics, but professionals with stable minds, depth of scholarship and a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to adjudge a governor the “best” amongst his colleagues”, the APC said.

The Party said it was not surprised that the PDP has been quiet since this Award was made public because it (PDP) knew what further damage their negative comment would do to their already rotten image as liars, falsifiers of data and people in denial of what stares at them glaringly in the face.

According to the Party, “those who so irrationally condemn Aregbesola may not simply be ignorant, they may actually be intellectually impaired; which is why their situation appears pathetic.

“Anybody who has not read the reasons the Yoruba Professionals gave for awarding the “Best Governor of Year 2017” to Aregbesola will do himself or herself a lot of good to do so and those who already have,  may take a second look at it.

“It was not a sentimental exercise” the APC claimed, arguing that, “the group had a goal in mind to award excellence to who its due, after vigorous assessment of the empirical evidence on ground. As professionals, they acted professionally.

“But critics and opponents of the Osun governor are mainly opposition politicians acting in a politically irresponsible way, without regards for facts and the demonstrable evidence on ground.

“Part of their profession is to deceive, falsify and condemn in order to gain political advantage. For the most part, they are not agents of truth,” the APC declared.

“It will be interesting to read or hear (or both) from the PDP what demonstrable evidence they will advance against the judgement of the Yoruba Professionals.”

“One thing is for sure though; the professionals’ judgement among others,  will certainly lead the debate in the run-up to the governorship election in September,” the APC concluded.