Truth Of The Matter With AYEKOOTO: Role Of Opposition In A Democracy And Omisore’s Anti-Climax


The tag, opposition party in Nigeria actually came in the first Republic when the Northern People’s Congress, NPC, and the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons, NCNC, formed the federal government and Chief Obafemi Awolowo of the Action Group left the Western Region as Premier to the centre in the parliament to lead the opposition. That was the period when Nigeria actually felt that the country had an opposition which gave suggestions, and  as well condemned, when necessary to put the Sir Tafawa Balewa-led NPC government on its toes.

Needless, however, it is to say that the opposition is a government in waiting if and when there’s a need to do away with an incumbent. In parliamentary democracies, it is far easier to do away with the government and quickly replace it with the opposition, which in most cases, have proven its mettle in   providing alternative solution through better governance. It is also possible, even though very tough in Presidential system. That was what happened in 2015, when APC replaced the PDP.

This fourth republic democracy started on a very good footing with strong opposition which the then Alliance for Democracy, AD, provided in 1999 and thereafter. The party transmuted to Action Congress, AC, Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, and lastly All Progressives Congress, APC, waxing stronger by the day as it continues to change composition, new entrants and name. Despite criticisms, the party needed to change identity to accommodate new entrants and reflect new outlook. The party was so attractive that it became a rallying point for progressives from diverse backgrounds, even from the then ruling party, the PDP. Nasir El-Rufai, Shehu Sani, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, are but few of these. They provided virile opposition through intellectual and intelligent opposition. They did not just criticize government of the day but proffered solutions to myriad of problems bedeviling the country. The name APC was then, thus synonymous to opposition.

Some sitting governors were not left out in providing strong opposition to the PDP-led federal government. Very prominent among them is the governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and the then governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi. Aregbesola was the first governor to raise the alarm in 2013 on the present financial situation we now found ourselves, even when the then federal government was in denial. The restructuring being mouthed today initially came from Aregbesola, when he picked holes in our faulty federal arrangement, fiscal federalism and unconstitutional bogus office title appropriations.

Subtle opposition came from the then Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, and now the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, his sensitive position in government notwithstanding. Sanusi raised the alarm especially on stolen crude oil revenues.  Aregbesola was smeared with all sort of dirty and unprintable acronyms and even almost labeled a secessionist. He almost lost his second term bid, not because his people wanted him out but because the then Aso Rock landlords couldn’t withstand his regular assaults. All federal arsenals including financial strangulation were deployed to make governance difficult for him. But he didn’t yield ground and, to their surprise, won his reelection bid to Oke Fia Government House and Bola Ige Governor’s Office.

John Kayode Fayemi, then governor of Ekiti State, wasn’t that lucky. The machinery then in Abuja was deployed. He was subtly humiliated, tear-gassed and made to lose seat. Fayemi found favour with the new government and was made a federal minister. Lamido Sanusi Lamido was unceremoniously removed from office as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, but providence gave him the throne to the Emirship of his hometown of Kano as compensation.

Today, and very unfortunately, opposition government has taken a nosedive to the abysmal. It has exposed the level of intelligence, intellect and disrepute to which those men of yesteryears, who held forte in our state and national governments have fallen. The type of opposition we have today is bereft of honesty, patriotism and virility. It is so base that onlookers will be held agape with disbelief. How do you place a former deputy governor, former Senator of the Federal Republic, leader of a major political party throwing caution to the winds by deliberately turning truths upside down such that an international agency, UNESCO, would deem it necessary to refute his claims?

The Workers’ Drive, commissioned last week by the governor, was fully financed through a special fund, approved for use by the state house of assembly. Shortly after, the former deputy governor, who still has cases to answer with anti-graft agents, came up with stories too hard to believe because UNESCO does not release funds for projects. The story was so erratic that the agency had to announce a rebuttal.

If the PDP is a party of people whose integrity matters to them, Iyiola Omisore should have been reprimanded because in wanting to discredit the good works of Rauf Aregbesola’s government, has succeeded in furthering the already battered and tattered images of himself and the party he claims to represent. Osun government and Ogbeni need not ask for any apology because Omisore has also succeeded in announcing to the world, beyond Osun and even Nigeria, the ingenuity and integrity of Ogbeni in funding such a laudable project.


Osun Govt Demands Apology From Omisore For Lying On Workers Drive Project Funding

The State Government of Osun, on Monday, said the former deputy governor of the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore is not competent to rule the people of the state, saying that he has demonstrated lack of understanding on how government runs.

Besides, the government in a press released signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa, demanded an apology from Omisore for lying that the United Nation Education Scientific Organisation (UNESCO) committed 70 per cent of fund to the construction of the just commissioned Workers Drive.


Here is the Full Statement:

Omisore should Apologise to Osun Govt, People For Lying on Road Funding

-He is not competent to Rule Osun People

The former Deputy Governor of the State of Osun, Senator Iyiola Omisore should apologise to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, the state government of Osun and the good people of the state for lying on the funding of the recently commissioned Workers Drive in Osogbo.

The Government wishes to remind the people that the embattled Omisore and his cohorts, including some sponsored professionals obviously serving pecuniary interest had last week, lied that UNESCO committed 70 per cent to the funding of the Workers Drive, wrongly claiming that the crisis riddled Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had role in the reconstruction of the road.

However, the UNESCO has denied committing any fund to the reconstruction of the former Olaiya-Odi-Olowo-Ita-Olokan Road, which connects the road that leads to Osun Groove in Osogbo, the state capital.

UNESCO’s Communication Consultant (Regional Office) Mr Olusola Macaulay has said UNESCO is not currently funding any project in the state, and that the state government at no time approached the organization to fund the Workers Drive.

“There was no time the Osun State government or its agencies approached UNESCO to support the project or contribute anything to it. We didn’t pay 70 per cent or any other fraction to the project, as being peddled”, Macaulay said.

The UNESCO statement has confirmed the position of the government on the reconstruction of the road, and reinstated our claim that it was done 100 per cent from the Omoluabi Infrastructure Conservation Fund.

Omisore should eat the humble pie and tow the responsible line with the UNESCO puncturing his blatant lies. He should be bold enough to apologise to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, the state government and the people of the state. Taking this step will help him in redeeming his battered and hogwash image in this matter.

The former deputy governor has demonstrated, by engaging in rumour peddling and spreading falsehood, gross incompetence and lack of understanding to run government. He has exposed his intellectual laziness to think or conduct simple research on how a renowned organization like UNESCO run its affair before embarking on his white lies.

It is crystal clear that Omisore has nothing to offer the people of the state of Osun and it is bad enough that he is a leading governorship aspirant of the opposition PDP which has shown that they lacked requisite person to hold the exalted position of the governor of Osun. This apparent failure is indicative of the fact that Omisore is a failed aspirant whose rabid desire to rule pushes to tell lies with a view to gain relevance, even when that hurts and dis-orients the people.

The government advises Omisore to quickly look around for institution where he could take a course on how government and organisations run as his conduct so far has shown that he might have been impeached as a deputy governor because of his incompetence and misconduct.

Let Omisore and his co-travelers in the journey of tomfoolery know that getting mischievous is not a good trait that endears an aspirant to the electorate, while lying so blatantly makes one to be a reject by God.

The former deputy governor should desist from deliberate efforts at misinforming the people of the state and face his disgraceful and ignoble charges with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

We urged the good people of the state to once again disregard the lies and leave Omisore, and his co-mischief makers to their irresponsibility.


Adelani Baderinwa

Commissioner for Information and Strategy

State of Osun

Osun Govt Says UNESCO Did Not Fund Workers Drive Road Project

The state government of Osun, on Thursday, took on the former deputy governor of the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore for claiming that the newly commissioned N1.6 billion Olaiya-Odi-Olowo- Ita-Olookan reconstructed road project was financed by United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

In a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa, the government contended that the claim by Omisore over alleged counterpart funding of the road, christened “Workers’ Drive” by Governor Rauf Aregbesola was not true.

The statement forwarded to newsmen in Osogbo reads thus “it has come to the attention of the Osun State government that an embattled former governor of the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore and some unscrupulous elements are lying around on the funding of the just commissioned Workers Drive, making attempt to misinform members of the public.”

“To set the record straight, the reconstruction of the Workers Drive was financed by Osun and the fund was sourced from the Omoluabi Infrastructure Conservation Fund. Moreover, the Workers Drive is not Osun groove road; it is the road that leads to Osun groove road.”

“Governor Rauf Aregbesola had in November, 2015 during the flag off of the road construction categorically declared that the fund for the commencement of construction of the road will be sourced from the Omoluabi Infrastructure Conservation Fund, with the help of the state House of Assembly.”

“This is the reason behind the commendation of members of the House of Assembly by Governor Aregbesola during the commissioning of the Workers Drive on Tuesday. He appreciated their legislative role in the finance of the project. UNESCO is not in any way involved in the finance of the project at all. It becomes imperative to state that rather than providing a fund for the road, UNESCO had requested the government to re-work and change the course of the road that leads to Osun groove so as to retain its being a World Heritage Site. UNESCO made some other demands in this regard.”

“As much as the government would not mind fulfilling the UNESCO requests, State Government of Osun does not have the financial wherewithal to so do now for obvious economic reasons. Besides, it is a known fact that UNESCO as an organisation does not give money for any counterpart project funding; rather, such is given in kind and not in cash as the debased personality of the impeached Deputy governor would want the people to believe”.

“It is disturbing that a man who has been a perpetual aspirant to the exalted seat of Governor could lack knowledge of running of an organisation such as UNESCO and what the true situation is with the state he so desperately desired to rule. It is also pitiable and ridiculous that somebody aspiring to rule the people of Osun cannot differentiate between the road leading to Osun Groove and the one that links the road that leads to the Groove. Omisore is likely to turn the progressive march of Osun back if (and God will forbid that) he should mistakenly become Governor with his clear lack of basic knowledge of governance.”

Empowerment Programmes: The Tale Of Two Senators By Adeboye Adebayo


Empowerment programmes, people call it poverty alleviation programmes that is meant to empower the vulnerable class of the society to be self sufficient, self reliant, self confident and live a sustainable life devoid of joblessness and begging for them to be self dependent like it is embedded in the life more abundant policy of the late sage; Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo of blessed memory.


In the present society, empowerment programmes has become a political tool in the hands of politicians, old & young, including myself to seek favour of the classless class of the society to achieve our goals in getting to a political office or to be relevant while in the office.


In as much as some unscrupulous political elements want to bastardize the so called political tool, it has remained a viable way of genuinely getting our people across the poverty line and that has contributed in no small measure to the recent ranking of the State of Osun as the 2nd wealthiest state in the country under the leadership of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola through the numerous empowerment and poverty alleviation programmes & policies of his administration, of many state and federal lawmakers in our great party; APC and many of our Governorship aspirants which has indeed progressively changed the classless class of many of our people in the State of Osun.


But of note is two events that went viral in pictures, testimonies and video last weekend on social media where two Senators had empowerment programmes for their constituents in different qualities, quantities, contents and for different reasons.


Distinguished Senator Babajide Omoworare representing the good people of Osun East Senatorial at the weekend constructively empowered over 100 people from Ijesha land by training them how to manufacture some of our daily used products like soaps, cake, candles, perfumes, deodorants and other daily used products. The over 100 people were trained to manufacture the products, they were given materials needed for the manufacturing of those products, they were given needed kits to start on their own and money to kick start their businesses.


With this, they have become producers of daily needed products within their environment with a very big room for expansion and improvement.  They individually can also become employers of two or three labourers or more each based on how well they can develop themselves and Osun people, trust us, we know how to make fortune from little opportunities since we have all naturally and practically become Omoluabi courtesy Aregbesola.


With this long lasting gestures from Distinguished Senator Babajide Omoworare, these 100 women can feed themselves, buy their cloths without waiting for any politician to give them rice or Ankara, they can pay their rent and send their children to schools.


Also at the weekend, a video become viral on the internet where another “Dinstinguished” Senator Iyiola Omisore; an impeached deputy governor in the then Osun state was distributing a bundle of 5 yards Ankara and 2000 naira to Osun women in the name of empowerment. In as much as I don’t to refer to the past when the same man was sharing “rices” on air, I want to say with high level of responsibility that this is an insult on the personality of women in the State of Osun, they are virtuous women for God’s sake that have dignity and command respect, it is absurd and very irresponsible for “Distinguished” Senator Omisore to be insulting them by taking advantage of their current situation of vulnerability  asking them to line up and be giving them 2000 naira whereas his colleague constructively empowered them and taught them how to fish for the rest of their life.


In comparing the two scenarios, it is deduced that the PDP & its members in Osun have still not learnt their lessons, they lack basic idea of how to govern people by providing critical infrastructures and enabling environment for business to thrive and bring about flourishing home grown economic developments which will encourage our people to contribute willingly to the growth of the state by paying their taxes as it is under the current administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.


Whereas Osun APC through the initiative and benevolence of Distinguished Senator Babajide Omoworare has shown that we are really the progressive party that respect people especially women and the vulnerable, we don’t insult them by sharing ” rices” or Ankara or 2000 naira notes but we encourage them, give them necessary infrastructure, create enabling environment, support them with training and necessary facilities to stand on their own and become employers of labour in line with the thought of our father, our leader; Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu when he says “Our vision must be geared towards improving the living conditions of our people and we must encourage them to conquer poverty ”.


Osun APC through Babajide Omoworare has done just that over the weekend while Iyiola Omisore insulted the ever hardworking, diligent and resilient Osun Women.


Adeboye Adebayo is the National Publicity Secretary of Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation; AGF, Leader of Youths and a Raufist to the core.

Osun 2018: Omisore Distributes N2,000, Ankara Materials To Electorate (VIDEO)

Ahead of the September 22, 2018 Governorship Elections in Osun, a former Deputy Governor of the State, Senator Iyiola Omisore in the video below is seen distributing cash sum of N2,000 and Ankara Fabrics to the Electorate.

The programme was said to be an empowerment programme for the Masses by the PDP Governorship Aspirant.

Aregbesola Calls Omisore Lair, Tax Evader

Governor Rauf Aregbesola has described the former deputy governor of the state, Iyiola Omisore, as a shameless liar who cannot be entrusted with position of authorities.

He was reacting, weekend, to some criticisms raised by Omisore of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against his administration.

Aregbesola, who spoke during a colloquium organised by Progressives e-group, a youth group, at Atlantis Hotel, Osogbo, said Omisore as chairman of Senate Committee for Appropriation for eight years had no single record of achievement to point at in the state and in particular his home town, Ile-Ife.

The governor said Omisore and his political party (PDP) were not morally qualified to criticise his government because they had been tested and failed the people of the state.

He also referred to Omisore, who was the PDP candidate in the 2014 governorship election in the state, as a tax defaulter who only paid N25,000 in 2013 as tax and had since failed to file his tax returns.

Omisore had in a statement issued by Jide Fatokun, his media aide, alleged that Aregbesola’s administration plunged the people of the state into a huge debt to the tune of N416 billion and that the 2018 budget recently presented to the House of Assembly was a product of bankruptcy and paucity of knowledge in public finance by the administration.

Omisore also queried why the Aregbesola-led administration would continue to blame the previous administrations for socio-economic challenges of the state, describing it as a reflection of administrative incompetence, adding that
Aregbesola was owing salaries and allowances of workers to the tune of N119 billion.

According to the governor, Omisore, who could not execute a single project for the state and his community throughout his eight years in the Senate, even as chairman of Senate Committee on Appropriation, has no moral justification to rubbish his achievements.

He noted that Esinmirin river in Ile-Ife, which caused death of hundreds of people, was dredged and expanded by his government to save lives, adding that Omisore only paid lip service to the several projects done when he was in office and nothing was done to complete them.

Aregbesola further revealed that the Ifewara road project awarded to Omisore by the Federal Government was abandoned and the huge sum of money paid not returned to government coffers.

He stressed that before Omisore could have the moral justification to criticise his administration, he should first of all refund all the money he was alleged to have looted in office by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Aregbesola cautioned Omisore to stop misleading the people of the state with falsehood about his government

His words: “Omisore is not qualified to rubbish my administration. For the eight years he spent in the Senate and in spite of his position, Omisore did not do anything for our people even the people of Ile-Ife where he hails from.

“Before Omisore could be entitled to condemn my government, he should go to the EFCC and complete the refund of money that he looted from the national treasury.”

Omisore Is Not Qualified To Rubbish My Administration – Aregbesola

By Nofisat Marindoti

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has posited that the former Chairman of Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Iyiola Omisore is unqualified to mock his administration.

Aregbesola said Omisore who could not do anything for the state and his Ile-Ife hometown throughout his 8 years in the Senate even as the Chairman of Senate Committee on Appropriation, has no right to rubbish his achievements in office so far.

He thereby cautioned him to desist from misleading the people of the state with falsehood about the current administration in the state.

The Governor said this at a colloquium organised by a youth group in the state under the auspices of Progressive e-Group in Osogbo, the State capital where his seven years of administering the state was reviewed.

Aregbesola who frowned at the rate at which Omisore that did not do anything for the state and his Ile-Ife hometown with his position in the Senate condemns his government with passion, said he has fulfilled his campaign promises and made positive impact in the lives of people of the state.

“Omisore is not qualified to rubbish my administration. For the 8 years he spent in the state and in spite of his position as the Chairman of Senate Committee on Appropriation, Omisore did not do anything for our people and even the people of Ile-Ife where he hails from.

“Before Omisore could be entitled to condemn my government, he should go to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and complete the refund of the fund that he looted from national treasury ”

The Governor commended the Progressive e-Group and the entire youths in the state for their genuine interest in the development of the state and urged them to ignore the falsehood and misleading information by Omisore who is bent on rubbishing his government.

The Coordinator of the Progressives e-Group, Mr Mudasir Ayanfe in his address said the group was established 4 years ago to build synergy and fellowship among youths and those who patriotically believed in the administrative style of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

According to him, “We established the group in order to collectively showcase Aregbesola’s laudable programmes to the populace in one hand and extensively engage propagandists with facts and figures on the other hand.

“With sincerity of purpose of promoting good governance across board and continuous belief in the leadership style of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, the group that started in 2014 as a local platform has become an official online media team of All Progressives Congress, State of Osun courtesy of our pragmatic Party Chairman – Prince Gboyega Famodun, a household name in the six States of south west and recently, a media extension at Presidency of Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Mudasir said members of the group are proud of Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s projects and modest achievements in office and that is why they are promoting him.

Dignitaries on the occasion include the Speaker of Osun State of Assembly, Hon Najeem Salaam, the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola and the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Kolapo Alimi among others.

APC Berates Omisore For calling Osun Civil Service State

By Nofisat Adeoye

The All Progressives Congress, APC in the State of Osun has berated a former Deputy Governor of the state, Sen. Iyiola Omisore for tagging the state as a civil service state.

In a statement signed by the party’s spokesperson, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, the party said the statement could only have come from someone with no political experience of government.

“To call Osun a civil service state is absolute nonsense. Any politician with that mentality or attitude or both can never ever develop a state. The civil servants are a fraction of the totality of government and they constitute in most cases, less than 1% of the population.

“They are an important part of government, admittedly but they are not the reason government exists. Government exists for 100% citizens of the state and justice demands that all be treated equally and helped to contribute to the overall development of the state.

The APC added that workers only constitute 5% of the state population and shouldn’t be given priority over other people and sections of the state.

“Only an ignorant politician will be in government as head of the executive and give unequal priority to any section of the state. If the civil servants deserve salaries because they work for it, all other citizens also have right to social services which every citizen, including civil servants enjoy.”

“So, it is clear if Omisore had been governor since 2010, he could never have handled the crisis that hit Nigeria, including Osun since 2013. Ninety per cent of what Aregbesola has done in Osun today would never have seen the light of day because Omisore will be busy using all Osun money to pay salaries and to succeed even at that, he would have needed to take loans to pay workers’ salaries.

“And in the case of Osun, these workers represent only 5% of the population.
You can therefore imagine what state of squalor and underdevelopment Osun would have been today.” the release read in part.

Fayose, Omisore Got N3.8bn Cash For Ekiti Election, Obanikoro Reveals

Detained former Minister of State (Defence) Musiliu Obanikoro yesterday made more revelations on how the N4.745billion wired to a company linked to him by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) was shared.
The money comprised N4.685billon transferred to Sylva McNamara Limited and N60million ($5.77m) cash personally given to Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose by the ex-Minister.
Fayose issued a statement yesterday, saying Obanikoro’s return from overseas was planned to nail him. He did not deny receiving money from the former minister.
Obanikoro told Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) detectives that N3.880billion was allocated to Fayose and Sen. Iyiola Omisore out of the cash.
He also said he handed over $5.377m cash to Fayose at Spotless Hotel, Ado-Ekiti in the presence of the former Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Dr. Tope Aluko, and other party stalwarts.
He reportedly demonstrated how Fayose collected the cash and put it “in the room next to where we were seated”.
The ex-minister, who made the disclosures during another round of grilling, said there were heaps of bank transfers to buttress his statement.
He said: “Out of N4.685billon transferred to Sylva McNamara Limited, N3.880billion was transferred to both Ayodele Fayose and Senator Omisore through cash and bank transfers.
“The dollars contents were handed over to Fayose personally by me in the presence of some party leaders and he collected it and took it to the room next to where we were all seated.
“The location where I gave the dollars to him is called Spotless Hotel, Ado-Ekiti. One of the party leaders that was present is Dr. Tope Aluko, who was then the secretary of our party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“I transferred N1.7 billion to Omisore. The money was paid into his account and companies nominated by him. He gave the list of companies for the transfer of the N1.7billion that was released by the NSA to him.
“The funds were therefore transferred as prescribed by Omisore in full. That is to the account of the companies he provided. Details can be obtained from the bank that transferred the money.
“I, Musiliu Obanikoro, did not buy or sell any landed property from Sen. Omisore. The National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd) did not disclose to me what the funds were meant for and neither did I ask or I did not know the source of the funds.”
The former Minister however claimed that the balance of N785milion was used to wage war against Boko Haram in Lagos.
He added: “The balance of N785milion was used to prosecute the following: 1. procurement of souvenirs for the promotion of anti-Boko Haram insurgency in Lagos; 2. N200million for surveillance activities; 3. N200million and other remaining funds were for operations managed by Taiwo Kareem.
“Taiwo Kareem impressed the former NSA with his management of pre and post-election funds. To God be the glory, the two elections were carried out without any loss of life
“When bomb blast occurred in Lagos on the 25th of June 2014, the NSA was disturbed and told me of his commitment to ensure that such doesn’t reoccur.
“He expressed the grave consequence that the reoccurrence will have not only on Lagos but the economy of the entire country. He emphasized the need for local input to complement the activities of security agencies. This is how Sylvan McNamara was introduced.”
The EFCC obtained yesterday a court warrant to detain Obanikoro.
The anti-graft agency has also seized his passport to restrict his movement to the country.
A source said: “We have a valid warrant from the court to detain the ex-minister pending the conclusion of his interrogation by our team. He has a lot to tell us and we are keeping him in safe custody with comfort to enable him respond to the issues we have isolated for him.
“We have also seized his passport to restrict his movement to the country pending the conclusion of the ongoing probe.”
Aluko is believed to have made a statement to the EFCC.
Aluko had last year claimed that Obanikoro and Fayose clashed when the money ferried to Akure Airport was short of N80million.
He said: “The Presidency gave us security and money; the money was sent from a Diamond Bank branch through an account run by Sylvan MacNamara, a company owned by Obanikoro.
“My boss (Fayose) said he wanted to get his own in cash and that was why such a huge amount was ferried by plane. Obanikoro cannot claim not to have brought the money.
“He (Fayose) chose his man, Abiodun Agbele, to keep the money in a bank account. The transaction was not recorded and it got to a stage when it was discovered that the money was short by N80 million.
“This caused a crisis between Fayose and Obanikoro, who brought the money. He (Obanikoro) brought other things, apart from money, which I won’t disclose now..
”The cash carried in the plane was not entered into the manifest. It was delivered to a bank at 4.30 am in Ekiti. The remaining from the cash received for the election was used to buy a house in Abuja and the house belongs to Fayose.”

‘Omisore’s Crown FM Operates Illegally’

The Ile-Ife-based radio station, Crown FM, believed to be owned by the defeated 2014 governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State of Osun, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has been discovered to be operating in the state illegally.

The Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Development, Architect Wale Ojo, dropped the hint at an interactive session with Directors of Lands in the Local Government Councils and House of Assembly Committee on Lands recently.

The revelation was sequel to the concern raised by the Chairman of the House Committee on Lands, Honourable Nurein Adebisi; his deputy, Wasiu Adebayo and other members of the committee over indiscriminate erection of shops at non-permitted areas and conversion of residential buildings to commercial use in various towns across the state.

According to Ojo, the radio station was operating without any permit and payment of necessary dues to the state
government on issues relating to lands and properties.

He said, all efforts to approach the leadership of the organisation for necessary permits from the ministry have been
frustrated, as fierce looking men were stationed to man the station.

Noting that though, a residential building was converted to house the radio station, but before such action could be
taken, the ministry ought to have been approached to get permit.

“One cannot just convert residential buildings to commercial purpose without approaching the ministry for clearance and payment of necessary dues.

“As I am talking to you, as far as we are concerned, the Crown FM is operating illegally. And I must tell you that
they are not approachable because of the fierce looking men that are there,” he said.

Responding, Honourable Adebisi said there might be several of such structures, operating for commercial purposes or otherwise without permit, charging the ministry and local government officials to be proactive enough in doing their jobs.

“I am sure that the management of the radio station would know that they have to get permit and if they have not, it
is your duty to approach them to do the necessary things.

“In the course of approaching them, if you know that your officials are not safe, make provision for security, so that there won’t be any fear,” he said.

Adebisi then charged all the stakeholders to cooperate with the officials of government in the course of doing their
jobs, saying the present economic situation requires  everyone to contribute where necessary.