2019: Don’t Work Against APC, Chieftain Urges Amosun

A Chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State, Dr. Femi Majekodunmi, has urged Governor Ibikunle Amosun not to work against the interest of the party in the 2019 general elections.

Majekodunmi, who is the Baagbile of Egba land, addressed reporters at the weekend in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Ogun is among the states where the APC is having a crisis over its governorship candidate with Amosun insisting on his preferred choice, Adekunle Akinlade, to be the party’s candidate while the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) submitted the name of Prince Dapo Abiodun.

The APC chieftain urged the governor to avoid taking a political decision that would consign his name into political oblivion.

According to him, Majekodunmi said the governor cannot afford to let the party down by playing a spoiler game.

The APC chieftain warned that doing so would be counter-productive with grave implications on his good name, which he had built over the years.

He noted that the governor had served the people diligently for over seven years with landmark achievements.

According to him, history will be kind to him, if he allows reason to prevail and he works for the victory of the party at the state and federal levels.

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Amosun Presents N402.6b Budget To Ogun Assembly

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State yesterday presented the 2019 budget estimate of N402.63 billion to the House of Assembly. This represents 17 per cent increase of last year’s estimate, which was N345.4 billion.

Education got the lion’s share of N88.57 billion (22 per cent).A breakdown of the “Budget of Enduring Legacy” shows that N254.005 billion (63.1 per cent) was allocated to capital expenditure, while personnel cost, which consists of pension and gratuities, took N22.20 billion.

Salaries and allowances got N74.43 billion while recurrent expenditure got N148.57 billion.The overhead cost is fixed at N41.447 billion.

Amosun said that N161.24 billion of the budget would be sourced through internally-generated revenue (IGR), N42 billion from the federation account, while “N101.38 billion is expected from capital receipts, with other receipts providing N80 billion (19.8 per cent) of the total funding.”

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2019: Oshiomhole And His Collaborators Will Fail In Ogun, Says Amosun

Executive Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Saturday reacted to comments credited to National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, in which he said the governor was running the affairs of APC in his state as an emperor.

Amosun, in a statement by Information Commissioner Adedayo  Adeneye, said  Oshiomhole  “lacks respect for truth and decency.”

The governor alleged plot to hand the state over to what he called a gang of rapacious expansionists in the Southwest.

He said the plot would fail.

Adeneye, in the statement, restated “the contention of the APC leadership in Ogun State that the only gubernatorial primary held in the State was that of October 02, 2018 which produced Adekunle Akinlade as winner.”

He added: “the emergence of Akinlade was initially through a consensus arrangement as allowed by the party constitution but was nevertheless subjected to a primary election when some gubernatorial aspirants disagreed with the outcome of the consensus arrangement.

“This is, however, without prejudice to the sanctity of the consensus arrangement which Adams Oshiomhole hypocritically tries to demonise.

“Nigerians will recall that Oshiomhole himself was elected National Chairman of the APC by consensus arrangement which witnessed all other contestants to the office being prevailed upon to step down for him (Oshiomhole).

“The ground on which Oshiomhole disputes the gubernatorial primary in Ogun State is that the result was not announced by the State Electoral Committee from Abuja, therefore the governor resorted to self-help.

“We wonder why Oshiomhole accepted the result of the primary election in Lagos State whose result was also not announced by the State Electoral Panel. Why will the same scenario be acceptable in Lagos State but regarded as self-help in Ogun State?

“We wish to call the attention of Nigerians to another evil being perpetrated by Oshiomhole in Ogun State.

“As at today November 3, which is 24 hours after the deadline for submission of names of candidates for the House of Assembly, Oshiomhole has not given INEC Party Candidate Form (CF001) to any of the 26 candidates who won the primaries for the ticket to contest for the Ogun State House of Assembly.

“The primary was conducted on October 7 by the State Electoral Committee headed by Col. Ali Ciroma. This is despite the fact that the State Chairman of the party had kept vigil at the national secretariat of the APC in the last two weeks to collect the forms.

“If Oshiomhole is denying the outcome of the gubernatorial primaries because the State Electoral Committee shied away from announcing the result, what is the reason for denying all the 26 candidates for the House of Assembly freely elected by members of the APC in Ogun State?

“We want Nigerians to note the duplicity and meddlesomeness of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and his gang in the affairs of the APC in Ogun State.

“It is also important to note that Oshiomhole unilaterally replaced four of the nine winners of the primary election into the House of Representatives.

“This includes Mikhail Kazzim, a serving member of the House who won the primaries by defeating Olumide, the son of Chief Olusegun Osoba, with 28,802 votes to Osoba’s 4,209. Oshiomhole removed Kazzim who won the primaries and replaced him with the man he had serially defeated, not only in the last primary election but also in the general election of 2015.

“In yet another instance in Ado Odo – Ota Federal Constituency, Oshiomhole substituted the winner of the primary for the House of Representatives, Rotimi Rahmon with the name of Jimoh Ojugbele, who did not even contest to go back to the House of Representatives but contested the primary for the Senate and was defeated.

“In his conduct, Oshiomhole is opening a new chapter in the history of elections in Nigeria- a situation where a gang of desperate politicians will sit somewhere in another state and write the result of an election that never took place; what our people creatively refer to as “Offshore Rigging”!.

“This is what Oshiomhole and his gang are trying to foist on Ogun State. Lawyers say “you cannot build something on nothing”. Oshiomhole and his gang are trying to build a storey building of fraud on nothing.”

The governor also dismissed the claims of Oshiomhole that he withdrew the security of the State Electoral Committee, saying Indabawa, Chairman of the panel and a retired Commissioner of Police came into Ogun State with a full complement of police team which he claimed was provided for him by a Deputy Inspector General of Police.

He added: “How could Amosun have withdrawn policemen he did not assign or over whom he had no control?

“All of these have clearly shown that the motive of Oshiomhole is not the rule of law which he proclaims on the roof top. It is rather, an evil plan with some collaborators, desperate to hijack the government of Ogun State and add it to the harem of states under their rapacious gang of exploiters.

“As we have stated before, this evil design will not succeed in Ogun State. Our people are too educated, exposed and sophisticated to come under such odious arrangement. On a general note, Oshiomhole, who became the APC Chairman barely three months ago, is already threatening to write the epitaph of the party in his 100 days of ignominy.

Governor Amosun concludes the statement with an advice for Oshiomhole: “To Oshiomhole and his motley crew of co-travellers in ignominy, be assured that the music has just begun and we hope that you will enjoy the macabre dance to the music of justice.”

“By the Grace of God and the support of the good people of Ogun State, Adekunle Abdulkadir Akinlade will be sworn in as the new governor of Ogun State on May 29, 2019.”

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Ogun ADP Unveils Dimeji Bankole As Guber Candidate

Chairman of the Action Democratic Party in Ogun State, Chief Wale Egunleti, has said that competence and not “divisive rhetoric”, would determine the next governor of Ogun state.

This, he said, in Abeokuta on Monday as the party unveiled its gubernatorial candidate for 2019, Dimeji Bankole.

Egunleti, while making reference to the violence which marred the conduct of primaries by some other parties in the state, said that the ADP has been able to set itself apart by not engaging in “undemocratic practices”.

“In light of recent events in which primaries by other parties were marred by violence and are even subject to litigation, we in the Action Democratic Party (ADP) have set ourselves apart by conducting primaries in a most peaceful manner, which will remain as a point of reference for years to come.”

He emphasized the oneness of the state and revealed that the party had consulted widely before electing former speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, as its flagbearer for the guber poll in 2019.

“I deem it imperative to emphasize that while others have chosen to promote divisive rhetoric, for us in ADP, we believe that Ogun state is one. As a party which believes in inclusion, we went to all local governments of this state consulting our people and seeking their opinion on what matters to them most in a leader.

We were told repeatedly that competence, not sectionalism, is the most important quality of all and in answering the call of our people, members of the party unanimously elected Rt. Hon. Dimeji Bankole, a tested and trusted leader whose competence and readiness for the task of effectively governing Ogun state cannot be questioned.”

Extolling Bankole’s virtues, the chairman said that he had proven his mettle from the way he was able to both stabilise the House of Representatives and complete his term. He also highlighted Bankole’s contributions to infrastructural development within the state during his tenure as Speaker.

“We are all witnesses to how Rt. Hon. Dimeji Bankole, despite his young age, competently presided over the affairs of the House. He took over the reins of leadership at a period when the House was enmeshed in turmoil and not only stabilised the House, but also completed his term; something which, at that time, was an unprecedented feat.

His contributions to infrastructural development within the state are also there for all to see; as Speaker, he attracted projects not just to his immediate constituency, but also to areas outside of it.”

Bankole, in his address, commended members of the party for a job well done and expressed confidence that the party would have a successful run at the polls in 2019.

“I am exceedingly happy to be nominated as our party’s candidate for the forthcoming election. I am grateful to this massive structure that we have built over the last six years, especially the last two years, and I promise you that I will not in any capacity play with the ticket that you have given us.

I believe I can still speak on behalf of other candidates as well, that come February and March 2019, we will deliver. I am speaking with all confidence in the work that you have done, especially in the last two years, and that you are doing, most of it covertly. We are dependent on God and the work that we have done, and the work that we are doing, especially at the grassroot level.”

He said that the party would keep to its motto of mass employment and urged members of the party to abide by its founding principles.

“I therefore call upon all of us in this in this room to join hands with our party in Ogun state to tell the whole world there’s a different way of playing politics, to tell the whole world that we are united and that competence, credibility is the choice of ADP. And we are sure that the people of Ogun state will follow through on us”, he said.

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Ogun APC Primaries: I Will Not Take Up Issues With Amosun, Says Osoba

Former Governor of Ogun State and a leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has said that he would not take up issues with the current Governor Ibikunle Amosun.

This is coming just as Governor Amosun had accused Osoba and National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole of conniving with others to write a fake primary result which produced Mr. Dapo Abiodun as the state’s governorship candidate.

Amosun had reportedly said: “The President already knows there was no election in Ogun State. He knows that they just went to Lagos, wrote all results and that what they did is fraud. If the National Working Committee (NWC) or the National Chairman said there was any election in Ogun State, it was all fraud. That is what I said.”

Responding to the allegations, Mr. Osoba said he would rather maintain his silence than engage Amosun in the pages of newspapers.

His words: “It is an aberration that a father in Yoruba land should be engaging his child in a shouting match in the public.

“At 80, I cannot be answering a 60-year-old on the pages of newspapers. There is no comment,” Osoba said.

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Don’t Drag Osinbajo Into Ogun Politics, Group Tells Anisulowo

In the wake of the political drama unfolding in Ogun state, a political group has warned Senator Iyabo Anisulowo and other politicians against dragging Vice President Yemi Osinbajo into the ongoing political situation.

The Initiative to Save Democracy (ISD) noted that although the Vice President is an indigene of Ikenne in Ogun state, he has never meddled in the politics of Ogun or influenced the outcome of electoral or political processes in the state.

In a statement issued in Abeokuta, capital of Ogun state, the President of the group James Akinloye pointed out that politics is local and what is happening in Ogun is beyond the Vice President.

He explained that the emergence of Prince Dapo Abiodun and Adekunle Akinlade as governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress in parallel primaries have nothing to do with the VP.

“Prof Osinbajo knows nothing about the zoning to Ogun East or Ogun West and has never campaigned or urged voters to support any of the candidates,” Akinloye said.

“We all know that the Vice President resides and votes in Lagos state even though he is an indigene of Ogun. To the best of our knowledge, he has never mingled in Ogun politics and has nothing to do with what is going on.

Akinloye pointed that the party (APC) oversaw the primaries and had the National Working Committee posted to states across the country.

“To drag the Vice President into this is completely unfair. Senator Anisulowo is only whipping up sentiments where there is none.”

“The APC NWC was charged with conducting the primaries in Ogun state and other states across the country and they should be held responsible if the election is not free or fair.

“Calling out Prof. Osinbajo because he is from Ogun is completely petty and unbecoming,” Akinloye stated.

He added that in other States where two candidates emerged the name of the Vice President was not mentioned.

The group cautioned the former Minister of State for Education against promoting violence and hatred in the state.

“She and other aggrieved persons should take their matter to the APC, that is where a solution can be proffered. The Vice President will not join issues with politicians but as observers we will tell the truth.”

“Vice President Osinbajo is a man of integrity and a man that is widely respected. He should not be dragged into Ogun politics by Anisulowo or any other politician.”

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Ogun Govt Orders Closure Of Schools For APC Guber Primary Election

The Ogun State government has directed that both public primary and secondary schools should remain shut ahead of the conduct of the rescheduled All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary on Tuesday.

This directive was contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Modupe Mujota.

According to her, the school premises would be used as venues for the conduct of the direct primary exercise.

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Ogun 2019: Rinsola Abiola Declares For Reps

Rinsola Abiola, daughter of the late Bashorun MKO Abiola and Special Assistant to the Speaker of House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has formally declared her interest to vie for the chance to represent Abeokuta North/Obafemi Owode/Odeda federal constituency, Ogun State, in the House of Representatives.
Abiola, a renowned advocate for youth and women inclusion in politics, is an aspirant on the platform of the Action Democratic Party (ADP).
In a statement published on her official social media pages on Sunday morning, she said that the decision to run for office was informed by a deep connection to her people, and urge to provide dutiful representation if elected.
The statement read in part: “I feel deeply connected to my people as I spent a good portion of my formative years in Ogun state. I got most of my education in Abeokuta and I have voted in my hometown since I became eligible to vote; Ogun Central has always been home.
For the past three years, I have worked as a Special Assistant to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara. This opportunity offered me first hand insight into how the legislature can be used to bring development and empowerment to Abeokuta North/Obafemi Owode/Odeda federal constituency, if elected. I have keenly observed parliamentary proceedings and if given the chance, the experience garnered will enable me get to work immediately without needing to first ‘learn the ropes’.”
Attributing her candidacy to the recently enacted Not Too Young To Run law, she also lamented the “absolute lack of representation of youths and women in the Ogun State caucus of the National Assembly”, describing it as a travesty that only a “transition from tokenism to meaningful inclusion” can correct through inclusion of more young people, like her, in public office.
Rinsola Abiola, an acclaimed advocate for gender equity and youth inclusion in politics, called for support while also pledging to focus on healthcare, agriculture, youth and women empowerment, and restructuring through constitution amendment.
Preliminary reports indicate that the ADP direct primaries are set to hold this week.
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Oluseyi Olufade: Declaration Of Aspiration As Governor Of Ogun State

I am Oluseyi Gavriel Olufade – Olowookere (OGO), and I am running for Governor of Ogun State to succeed His Excellency Senator Ibikunle Amosun so that I can work with the good people of Ogun State towards our collective development.

About OGO

Born 39 years ago to late Chief Solomon Afolabi Olufade Olowookere of Oke-Ipaja, Iwoye in Egbado South and Mrs Olufunmilayo Olufade, I am a graduate of electrical and electronics engineering with 16+ years post graduate work experience in the public and private sector. I have spent seven years in the Public Sector, providing high-level project leadership and contribution to the implementation of public policy initiatives at different levels and areas of Government in Nigeria. These areas include urban reformation, governance process improvements using information technology, digital inclusion, tax consolidation and IGR enhancement, Public Private Partnership projects, regulation and enforcement, economic planning and development, to mention a few.

In the private sector, I have managed technology, real estate, agriculture and data analytics businesses and social enterprises for over ten years. I am a strong advocate of the delivery of maximum public value to the people through innovation, use of technology and simple governance policies. I have realised that all it takes is simple policies that can be sustained and implemented at the grassroots level to make Nigeria, and indeed Ogun State great. I offer this, a team-oriented style of leadership with energy and tenacity.

My thoughts on Ogun State

Our team will build on the foundational structures of democratic Governments of Ogun State to date to develop our dear State to become the preferred destination in the South Western region of Nigeria to invest, live and work. This informs our theme which is: é jé kà gbé ÓGÒ Ógùn Jádè.

My vision for Ogun State is a self-sustaining state with consistent growth in critical development and economic indices year on year; a state where everyone desires to live, work and play.

Therefore, the mission of my administration, if I am elected, will be to deploy simple governance principles, technology and innovation for growth and sustainability in all sectors.

The broad framework of our governance agenda is outlined as follows;

  1. Fiscal and Growth Sustainability in Agriculture, State Internal Revenue, Urban Development, Infrastructure, Housing and Microcredit:
  2. Simple Governance Driven by Technology and Innovation
  3. Human Capital Development and Dignity in Education, Health and Environment
  4. Institutional Capacity Development

We are guided by the global goals for sustainable development, particularly goals 1 to 11, and 16 of the UN SDGs. i.e. No poverty; Zero hunger; Good health and well-being; Quality education; gender equality; clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; industry innovation and infrastructure; reduced inequalities; sustainable cities and communities; peace, justice strong institutions respectively.

We welcome all well-meaning residents of Ogun State to join the OGO team. During our consultation rounds across the state, we have felt the pulse of the people and we know what the issues are. We know that the real solution is one which the people contribute to. We will be responsive and accountable to the people and to the constitution of our great country.

Together we will ensure every woman, child and male resident or visitor to any part of Ogun State has an evidential experience of a definite progression in life and well-being.

 

Signed

Oluseyi Gavriel Olufade – Olowookere (OGO)

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2019: Amosun’s Senatorial Ambition Forces Aspirant To Withdraw From Race

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, an All Progressives Congress (APC) aspirant for the Ogun Central senatorial district seat, Gbenga Obadara, has withdrawn from the race.

This follows the declaration of the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, to run for the seat.

Obadara, a one time senator and Chairman of Lucinda Media Limited, owners of Sweet 107.1FM, stated this in a press statement signed by him and made available to press men.

The statement partly reads:

“I do appreciate everybody for the support and concern on this journey for me to return to the Senate of the Federal Republic Nigeria in 2019 for our Senatorial District under our great party APC’.

“As you are aware, I put out a caveat when I came out to contest .That upon the decision of the Governor of the State to come out to contest for the same Senate seat, I will step down immediately.

‘Life goes with integrity and any human being that fails integrity text in anyway loses the value to be counted worthy. I so much appreciate your concern and dedication to my return to the Senate to continue with my good job of attracting more developmental projects to the Senatorial as I did when I was there between 2011-2015 with 133 life touching projects and another 6 thereafter.

“I hereby with all humility announce to everyone that at this time I will discontinue my campaign and interest while we watch as the event unfolds in fulfillment of my pledge.

“Thank you for everything as I believe and assure my supporters across Ogun Senatorial District, the State and Nation that I remain available for anything that will contribute to the development of the Egbas throughout my life and indeed to all Nigerians.”

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Lagos, Ogun To Get 6 Substations, Says TCN

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says it will construct six 330kv transmission substations in Lagos and Ogun s to improve power supply and boost industrialization in the country.

The Managing Director of TCN, Mr. Mohammed Usman-Gur made this known at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said the construction of the substations became necessary in view of the importance of electricity in promoting industrialization.

According to him, TCN‘s move to build the substations in the Western parts of the country is aimed at consolidating on its Transmission Rehabilitation Expansion Programme (TREP), having begun the Abuja transmission expansion projects.

Mohammed, who did not disclose the cost of the projects, listed the locations of the projects in Ogun to include Mountain of fire, Ojijo, Aribajo and new Agbala.

He said the other two substations would also be developed at the Badagry area of Lagos.

According to him, TCN will ensure that companies who had previously abandoned TCN’s equipment at the port will not be allowed to win the contract.

He said that only qualified and credible contractors would be allowed to bid for the project.

Mohammed also said that TCN had begun the process of acquiring a functional Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system (SCDA) to monitor activities of power sector operators on the national grid.

He said the installation of a functional SCDA would deter operators across the value chain from engaging in activities capable of affecting the grid.

The TCN boss also announced that the company had attained a wheeling capacity of 7,124, as at Dec. 2017, having commissioned new substations and installed 27 new transformers across the country.

Mohammed noted that installation of the transformers was done by TCN in-house engineers at a reduced cost, adding that the company had also maintained its frequency control at 49.5 and 50.5.

He, however, said TCN was working to attain the West African Power Pool (WAPP) frequency control target of 49.8 and 50.2, and would also establish a spinning reserve to stabilize the grid.

On TCN’s stranded containers at the port, he said the company via the support of Federal Government recently recovered 693 containers of transmission equipment.

According to him, several attempts to recover the containers in the last 15 years have been unsuccessful by previous management.

The TCN boss said European Union (EU) had also agreed to provide a 25 million Euro grant to TCN to build solar power transmission line in Katsina.

He said the line would be used to transmit Federal Government’s planned 1000 solar power Independent Power Project due to be constructed in Katsina.

Mohammed also revealed that TCN’s funding had not improved, hence it submitted a request to Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to review its tariff.

According to him, the company had devised other measures to source funds to execute its projects through multilateral and donor agencies and reduction of the cost of projects by using in-house engineers to execute projects.

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