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Akeredolu: A Leader Who Stood For The Yoruba When We Needed Help

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By Bamidele Ademola-Olateju
When I listened to the voicenote of Mr. Ifedayo Abegunde alias Abena accusing Governor Rotimi Akeredolu alias Aketi of not giving him N5m monthly, I was sad. I was sad to hear him say; he constructed roads, he built and renovated schools…but we are hungry. Hunger in this instance means money. Money from government coffers into people’s pockets. Abena resigned for the sake of his pocket not those he represents. It was not because Aketi was not a good leader, it was because he wasn’t allowing the treasury to be looted.
What a shame! Since 1999, the Yoruba who were represented in the past by their first eleven like Sapara Williams, Adeyemo Alakija, Bode Thomas are now led by destructive reprobates and mercantilist types who are mere day traders with no abiding interests.
When we were being picked one by one like grasshoppers from the highways and our farms in the Southwest, where were they? Akeredolu was the one who stuck his neck out for us. He was unshaken like the Northern star, with the firm knowledge that his second term will be at stake. Now that the time is here, the rumble was not orchestrated away from home. The orchestra of chaos is from within. It is from the Jẹun S’ókè Chorus. What an unbecoming!
Aketi championed Àmọ̀tẹ́kùn. As the chairman of the Southwest Governors forum, he took the lead. He knew there can be no economic progress without security. He faced down fear and led with courage. That is the kind of leaders we need and want. We have seen where the Jẹun S’ókè Chorus has led us. In just a generation, the legacy of Awolowo in education has been wiped off. The Ọmọlúwàbí ethos of enterprise and character has been replaced by begging and sloth. We have witnessed the loss of capital and drive. Shall we allow the Jẹun S’ókè Chorus to destroy our future now that our present is already mortgaged?
No! We need a new song! We need a new set of leaders for the Yoruba. Akeredolu is not perfect but he stood for us when we needed him. I am for him, for a new Yoruba!
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Senator Elisha Abbo Dumps PDP For APC

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Senator Elisha Abbo has announced his defection from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Senator who is representing Adamawa North in the Senate announced his defection in a letter addressed to the House.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan read the letter during Wednesday’s plenary session.

In the letter, Senator Abbo explained that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.

Senator Abbo has been in the news for assaulting a woman in an adult toy shop in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Maitama, earlier in September, awarded N50 million damages against Senator Abbo, to be paid as compensation to Osimibibra Warmate, a female attendant at a sex-toy shop, whom he assaulted.

Justice Samira Bature gave the order in her judgment on the fundamental rights enforcement suit instituted by Warmate against the senator.

Earlier on July 3, 2019, the lawmaker was caught on camera physically assaulting a woman in Abuja, two months after he allegedly committed the act.

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2023 Zoning: Let us respect agreement…Fashola

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Ahead the 2023 general elections, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, has strongly advised the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to respect and honour agreement reached at the formative stage of the party.
He also said that the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) lacks the strength of taking over from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) come 2023.
Fashola who while chatting with newsmen covering the ruling party (APC Press Corps) in Abuja on Tuesday admitted there was an agreement on zoning which he said should be honoured.
When asked on the zoning arrangement, the former Lagos State governor said, “the truth is that what makes an agreement spectacular is the honour in which it is made not whether it is written. If it was written there would be no Court cases of breach of contract because it’s document that is written and signed that go to court. But the private agreement you make with your brother and sister should not be breached, it must be honoured.”
Though he argued that zoning may not feature in the party’s constitution but noted that party leaders at the formative stage entered into agreement which must be honoured.
According to the Minister, “All political parties are clubs where you write agreements just like a social club and we can decide that it is the youngest person who will be the Chairman of the Club or we can decide that it is the oldest person or the next female or the next male, that is the matter of agreement between people.”
On whether the ruling party can still retain its governing status come 2023, Fashola vehemently dismissed the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as no match to APC, arguing that they will have to think better to unseat the ruling party come 2023.
“Our opposition (PDP) has to think better than us in order to defeat us, right now they are not doing that. When it’s election time they should come and meet us.
“Some governors have joined us, from where we think we could not get voters before. To retain power in 2023, certainly if we keep our promises, people will vote for us. It is that simple, that is politics. If you do what you said you will do even if you don’t do 100 percent and they see that you are making progress, they will even want you to finish somewhat you started.”
He also called for support for the Governor Mai Mala Buni led Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Committee (CECPC) noting that the Committee was a product of necessity following the leadership crisis that engulfed the party.
“It was a crisis that led us to have a caretaker committee, we must respect the caretaker committee, let it do its job. Those of us who didn’t contest party positions, let’s focus on our jobs too and stop getting in each other’s way.
“Let’s be ready to support one another, every support that the caretaker committee requires, we will provide if it is within our means to do so. At the end of the day, we are governed by rules.
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Fayose: At 60, I have forgiven those who betrayed me, I wish to be closer to God

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Former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has used the occasion of his 60th birthday to forgive all those who might have
betrayed him in the course of his political journey,  especially after he left office in 2018.

Fayose, who urged all politicians in Ekiti State to forget politics of bitterness for the interest and progress of the state, added that at
60, his desire was to be closer to God and be a preacher of His words.

The former governor made this known yesterday while speaking on a radio programme to commemorate his birthday on Our People’s FM, 104.1,
Ado-Ekiti.

Fayose thanked God for what He has used him to achieve in the last sixty years, especially what he was able to do when he was the
governor of Ekiti State.

He charged all politicians to start embarking upon what will make people to remember them after leaving the position of authorities,
noting that whatever they do today will become history tomorrow.

The former governor mentioned few among his achievements as the governor of Ekiti and that include; Amphi theatre at Ewi’s Palace,
Ado-Ekiti, flyover bridge, Ado-Ikere road, High Court Complex in Ado, new and old governor’s office , Ministry of Finance Building and the
new obas’ market in Ado-Ekiti.

He said his memorable day was when he was illegally impeached from office as governor of Ekiti State.

“The day I was forced out of government was the day I will never forget , this incident gave me high blood pressure and I asked God for
three months to know what went wrong.

“Another memorable day was when I was sworn in again as governor of Ekiti State,” he said.

While answering question on the rationale behind the stomach infrastructure programme he initiated when he was in office, he said
Covid-19 palliative is stomach infrastructure.

Fayose, who defeated two incumbent governors, Otunba  Niyi Adebayo and Dr. Kayode Fayemi in 2003 and 2014 respectively, said
he still believe he can be Nigeria’s president and that how it will happen is for God to decide.

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