On The Arrest And Detention Of Alhaji Fatai Diekola By Tiwa ‘n’ Tiwa L’Osun

The recent developments in our great State, the State of Osun, concerning the arrest and detention of Alhaji Fatai Diekola, a prominent leader of our great party, All Progressives Congress (APC), have generated enough furore within the populace and on the ever-volatile social media, while accusations and counter-accusations are being traded by supporters of various camps that exist within the party.

Due to this ugly development which is capable of further polarising the party, it is considered imperative for us to call for restraint and appeal to all leaders and members of our party to be introspective. While it is the duty of the police and the State as an entity to maintain peace and order and prosecute any suspected offender, it is disturbing to learn that the magistrate before whom Alhaji Fatai Diekola and others were arraigned, refused to grant an oral application for bail; an act likely to cause breach of peace, insisting that a written application be filed by counsel representing the defendants. We understand that it was on that basis that His Lordship adjourned the session to the 18th day of July, 2017 when the court will hear the written application, which is to be filed by the defendants’ counsel and subsequently ordered the defendants to be remanded in Ilesha Prisons in the time being.

It must be conceded that it is within the discretion of a magistrate to decide in what form an application before him should come; it must also be noted that a proper exercise of discretion on this issue should have weighed in favour of considering the oral application as it came. The decision of the Magistrate in this wise, can only give rise to speculation of alleged external influence which it has, probably, unwittingly generated, knowing the flexibility of our society towards such.

While we appeal to our fellow citizens to maintain peace and await the judicial decision on the 18th day of July, we appeal to our party leaders – at both the state and national levels – to wade into the various crises bedevilling the party which cannot be excused as one of the primal causes of our loss in the just-concluded Osun West Senatorial by-election of last Saturday in such a dismal manner.

A stitch in time saves nine, as we cannot approach the 2018 gubernatorial election in a factionalized condition.

‘Kunle Rasheed Adegoke [K-RAD]
Founder, Tiwa n Tiwa L’Osun

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Governors Commend Aregbesola’s Performance In Osun

The Governors of Borno and Kebbi States, Alhaji Kashim Shettima and Atiku Abubakar Bagudu, have expressed conviction that their colleague in Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has recorded feats that could be emulated by other governors in Nigeria.
The two northern governors in Nigeria at the weekend described Osun State’s education system as one of the best in the world.
In a statement signed by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Semiu Okanlawon, the two governors were quoted as speaking as guests at the official commissioning of the Islamic Centre for Research and Human Development, a project of an Islamic group, the Ja’amatul Ta’awunil Musleem, in Iwo, Osun State.
The centre was built by the religious organization in recognition of Aregbesola’s commitment to education.
The northern governors said no state in Nigeria has done what Aregbesola did in the education sector.
The duo noted that Osun State has not only revolutionalised education system in the country, but also democratized education for easy accessibility by common citizens.
The governors, who described Osun State education system as a model, said Aregbesola has set the pace for others in the education sector to follow.
Shettima asserted that Osun State mega schools, which, according to him, have been the hallmark of Aregbesola’s successes, cannot only stand the test of time but compare favourably with others anywhere in the world.
He said: “The people of ? Osun may not appreciate Aregbesola now until he leaves because it is common that good leaders are not appreciated while in power until they leave.
“This is my second time in Osun within 12 months. I am familiar to this state. I am fully aware of the economic capacity of this state.
“I am aware of the state resources. It is not news that Osun realises meagre resources every month.
“The  state’s resources can never be compared with Lagos, Ogun, Oyo or any state in Nigeria.
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Oyegun, Borno, Kebbi Governors Storm Osun, Mobilise Supports For APC Candidate

The National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, Chief John Odigwe Oyegun, the Governor of Borno, Kashim Shetima, his Kebbi State counterpart, Bagudu, revved the campaign of the All Progressives Congress as the party rounded up its campaign tour of the West Senatorial zone ahead of Saturday by-election.

Oyegun said said since the APC won the 2014 governorship election in Osun, the party has not lost any major election in Nigeria.

Oyegun, who saluted the courage of the Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, said Osun is a major ground from where the APC launched itself to the federal level two years ago.

Oyegun said this at the mega rally and grand finale of APC campaign in Iwo.

According to the National Chairman of the party, Osun is strategic to the party in all ramification tasking the people of the senatorial district to make sure they vote the party candidate, Mudashiru Husain, overwhelmingly on Saturday.

Oyegun said as importance Osun is so also the Senatorial candidate of the party is also very important to the state and the party.

He told the gathering that they should all come out en masse to vote for Husain as the election is very crucial to the party and the state.

He described the candidate as once a ranking member of the upper chamber, saying he will not occupy the back bench in the hallowed chamber if elected.

“I want you to know how important this election is to us. That is why you can see me and all party apparatchik here today.

“As challenging as the situation is, the Borno Governor Kashim Shettima, came here to support his us all.

“We need Mudashiru Husain in the Senate. He is a ranking man. He won’t sit at the back when he gets there. Osun will be represented well.

“Since the Governorship Election victory here in Osun two years ago we have not lost a major election.

“This is why Osun is strategic to APC as election is also crucial to us,” Oyegun said.

He commended Aregbesola for his courage in facing the hard time, which he said is not peculiar to one state.

He reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government in finding solution to the social, political and economic problem the nation is undergoing, adding that the hard economic situation was not created by APC in the first place.

He continued: “The federal Government is working day and night to solve the problem. APC will not disappoint Nigeria.

“I want you all to troop out and vote for our candidate. I hope in the next four days I will be able to tell President Muhammad Buhari that Aregbesola has delivered once again and Husain is back in the Senate.”

In his remarks the Governor Shettima, who handed over the flag of the party to the Nation Chairman, appealed to the people of the senatorial district to respect Aregbesola by voting overwhelmingly to for the party.

Shettima said the Aregbesola has performed very well to deserve being honoured by voting in his candidate.

Also in his own remarks, the Governor of Kebbi State, Abdullahi Atiku Bagudu, said the performance of the Aregbesola is enough to win any election in the state.

Bagudu urged electorate in the senatorial district to come out on Saturday and vote massively for Husain.

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It’s Shameful Adeleke’s Brothers Are Using His Death To Manipulate Ede People’s Minds – Aregbesola

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun on Wednesday expressed regrets that the family of the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke has been using the unfortunate incident of his death to manipulate the minds of the people of the Ede ancient city.

Aregbesola said it is sad that since the death of the former governor of Osun in April, many lies and fabrications have emanated from the family and few of his loyalists.

Among the lies being peddled against him and his government include the fact that the younger brother of the politician, Dr. Deji Adeleke claimed that he borrowed the Aregbesola government money to pay workers salaries. He said it is also unthinkable that the Adeleke family would claim that Aregbesola begged Senator Adeleke to join APC.

Aregbesola stated these when he led the campaign train of Senator Mudashir Husain to Ede in the series of mega-campaigns ahead of the July 8, 2017 senatorial election.

Ede is the home town of the late Adeleke.

This was just as the Governor along with the Timi of Ede, Oba Muniru Adesola Lawal, sued for peace stating that the coming election should not be allowed to cause crisis.

The Governor said anywhere where peace is absent there can be no development.

He stated that God chooses whom he likes as a leader and so politicians should thread cautiously. ?

He held that APC did the best it could have done for the first democratically elected Governor of the state when his then party, People’s Democratic Party PDP treated treated him by giving him the Senatorial ticket then.

Aregbesola stated that it was the late senator who came to APC uninvited because of the treatment he received in the PDP.

On the purported claim in some quarters that the Adeleke family helped his re election, the Governor said he never collected a Kobo from the younger brother of the late Senator, Dr. Deji Adeleke or any of the Adelekes.

?He added that his administration has never for any reason borrowed money from any individual or group to meet the state’s statutory obligations.

?Aregbesola held that with the volume of workers’ salaries arrears and pensions at that time, no individual could borrow the state the amount required at that time.

According to him, “Deji Adeleke does not have the financial capacity to bail out Osun from  ?its financial challenges even before now, not to talk about lending us money to pay workers’ salaries. If anything at all, it is their family that sought and got favours from the Osun State Government under my watch. It is to the glory of God that they got the Certificate of Occupancy of their university from our government. Why didn’t those who are their new friends give them C of O of that university?

“If Deji Adeleke has so much money, why is he begging me to waive the payable tax of his university? Why cant he just pay?

“I am bold enough to say this over and over again, because I have never sought for assistance from any of the Adeleke’s family even during the life time of Senator Isiaka Adeleke, nothing as such occurred.

“Though my relationship with late Adeleke was cordial and beyond politics because we have known each other even before Osun politics because our residences are adjacent to each other in Lagos state.

“He was a good brother and a friend to me while alive, but during this dire economic period, I never approach him for any financial assistance not to talk of obtaining cash from his brother.

The governor commended the monarch for calling for peace to reign in the entire senatorial district before during and after the election.

Aregbesola said it is the responsibility of the Oba to make sure peace reigns in his domains.

According to him, “if the monarch fails to guarantee peace in his area, he will be the first person to be blamed for shirking in his responsibility.

“I am very happy that you called for and preached peach to the people. As we all know there is no iota of gain in causing chaos.

And I must say here, Kabiesi, that peace in a town is the responsibly of a king.

And if he fails in his secure that peace he will be the one that will be held responsible.”

The campaign ground witnessed  huge crowd of residents from Ede.

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No Force Can Stop Us from Winning Osun By-Election – Aregbesola

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun has dared some politicians in the state and at the national level plotting his downfall to be careful as nobody can stop him.

He explained that although the politicians may be influencial or hold stronger positions of authority, none of them can smear his influence in Osun politics.

Aregbesola who stated this during one of the Mega Rallies to garner support for the APC Candidate, Senator Mudashiru Husain in Saturday’s By-Election in Osun West Senatorial District, said the forces are not capable of uprooting or demeaning his political sagacity and capability.

The governor who said he was aware of alignment of some forces within the Osun APC with the PDP and other political office holders at the national level to degrade his political strength added that “they will be shocked with the result of By-Election.”

His words “Let me say unequivocally, I am hearing they want to use force. I stand, No force, I repeat, Force from Osogbo, Ilobu, Abeokuta, Ilorin, Akure or Abuja can stop me or us as a party in Osun.”

“They have connived with the so-called powers at the federal level to smear me, if they try it, they will have themselves to blame because nobody can stop me.”

“I am shielded by women, I have a female sister, I have a female sibling, I have a female as wife and I have a daughter. So you see, I am surrounded by women. Nobody can use force to stop us, we will win on Saturday.”

Governor Aregbesola who said the PDP has no political leeway to be victorious at the polls affirmed that the end of the party had come when former president, Olusegun Obasanjo tore his card and denounced his membership of the party.

“Since the day Obasanjo tore his membership card of the PDP, their end had come. The only thing that the PDP can use to regain its full political strength is when that card can reform as a single document,” Ogbeni Aregbesola stressed.

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Akande Warns Against Monetisation Of Politics, Says It’s A Time Bomb That Will Soon Kill Politicians

A former interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande has warned against the monetisation of politics, saying it  “will soon kill Nigerian politicians” if it nothing is done about it.

Akande stated this on Friday at the meeting of Osun APC Elders Forum also known as ‘Agba Osun’ in his country home, Ila.

According to Akande, monetisation of politics should be urgently curtailed because the practice has eroded the core values of politics in the country.

Akande, a former governor in the state, also urged the APC leadership to continue to uphold the politics of service to the people.

“No matter the pressure being promoted by the general outlook of corruption that forms the foundation of the problems in the country, we must not deviate from service to the people,” he was quoted as saying.

“Nigerian politicians are sitting on a time bomb with the practice and growth of monetisation of politics.

“If this is not curtailed urgently, it will soon kill Nigerian politicians and our political system.”

In a communiqué at the end of the meeting, the APC elders frowned at what they described as politics of stomach infrastructure being imported to the south-west states.

The communiqué was signed by Sola Akinwunmi, chairman of the forum.

It read: “This type of politics is alien to us and is already eroding the core value of progressive politics to almost non-existence.

“This should be discouraged as it portends serious danger to our democracy.”

According to the communique, the APC will win the July 8 bye-election in the state.

The forum also called on every elected and appointed political office holders to make sure that they deliver their various constituencies.

It urged all members of the APC habouring grievances to eschew bitterness and work for the success of the party in the election.

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INEC Denies Plan To Postpone Osun-West Bye Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has refuted reports alleging that the Osun-West Bye-election would not hold.

In a press release signed by its Director of Publicity and Voter Education at the commission, Mr. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, the commissioned maintained that there would not be postponement of the election.

Recall that the Osun State PDP Chairman, Soji Adagunodo, had in a statement alleged that there were serious moves by the Osun State government to force the commission to shift the elections.

“We are preparing for the election as scheduled and we have no plan to either postpone it or cancel it.

“That claim (by the PDP ) that the election was going to be postponed is not true.

We are planning for the election and we are going ahead with it. I’m not aware of the plan to shift the election,” the statement added.

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Osun West Bye-election: Lest We Forget! By Abiodun Komolafe

All over the world, accepting and coping with the death of a loved one is usually a daunting task. Little wonder C.S. Lewis refers to it as “an amputation.” Those in doubt of this sympathetic state of mind should rather ask yours sincerely how he felt seeing his ‘old man’ on a hospital bed as a result of age-related ailments recently.
Having said that, strange developments from Osun West Senatorial District are sufficient enough to compel objective observers to inquire when cheap blackmail took over as  a spice of influence on which political actors would always want to ride to power.
Quickly, let me concede that Isiaka Adeleke’s political dynasty left the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) the very day the late politician chose siding with unpatriotic and reactionary extrationists as a full-time job. Some renegades from the ruling party only used the unfortunate tragedy that befell the Adelekes to give teeth to it.That Ademola Adeleke allowed himself to be used as a willing tool is an issue for another day!
Goodbye, politics of confussionism and pestilential extortionism! By the way, Ademola and his comrades in deceit on this infamous road should blame their handlers for embracing perverse logic, instead of pointing accusing fingers in the wrong direction for their political misfortune. Butwhat did Isiaka forget in the Senate that his younger brother is so much in a hurry to go back for? For the record, while the politically powerful Nehru-Gandhi familyhas shown that concession was not a bad venture as some may think, the incommodious confusion of political party action with family matters by some particularly petty politicians, in my view,runs against the grain ofhuman values.
For example, Indira Gandhi didn’t enter the Indian National Congress party leadership contest until two years after her father’s death and we are yet to read it anywhere that Rajiv, his son, was involved in any ‘DeceptionCampaigns’ before he was appointed as Prime Minister on October 31,1984, following his mother’s assassination earlier in the day.
But would the chameleon in Adeleke have lost anything by not defecting from APC, all in the interest of the party that once served as a house of refuge for his late brother?In any case, can an aspirant who ran away from party primaries be considered as a serious contestant in any election whatsoever? Again, this is where those who always refer to progressive politics as a cult seem to be missing it.
For all I care, progressivism is about loyalty and ability to do something better. This loyalty is not measured; it is total! For instance, those who insist that MudashiruHussain ought to have been disqualified on account of his native home have forgotten that competence, skill and open communication, not candidates’ geographical locations, are the hallmarks of progressive choice.
Beyond dignifying the renegades with any form of relevance, how soon have those now falling ‘a corps perdu’ to remove the peck from their neighbour’s eye forgotten that Adeleke as Senator and Adejare Bello as Speaker of the-thenOsun State House of Assembly once drank from the same cup of birthplace?
Let’s face the loud truth! Were Nigeria’s political leadership positions by inheritance, I am surethe leadership of the Yoruba nation would have, on a platter of concession, been handed over toObafemiAwolowo, Adekunle Ajasin and Abraham Adesanya’schildren after their death. In like manner, at least one of MKO Abiola’s offspring would have occupiedAso Rock  as Nigeria’s president. After all, it is believed that their father and breadwinner was killed in government custody! Painfully, Awo’s cap disappointed his children when political offices came to play whilethe Adesanyaswould always remain grateful to former President Olusegun Obasanjo for ignoring Abraham’s advice. Not even Abubakar Audu’s son had thatsingular honour of succeeding his father who was only minutes away from history before the destined Moses in him came to pass.
That American author, George William Curtis once wrote: “A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but … a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.” Those with the erroneous impression that APC doesn’t have a chance in Osun West or that Governor Rauf Aregbesola has lost a considerable chunk of his winning streaks had better look elsewhere for their attempts at rewriting history.
For God’s sake, how can a man who has never defeated the governor and his party in any election in the Senatorial District be credited with helping Aregbesola to win the 2014 governorship election? Was Adeleke not the current holder of that office in 2011 when Hussain defeated him by 44,881 votes to clinch the seat?
In the 2014 Osun governorship election, APC defeated PDP by 37,537 votes in the zone. This featwas repeated in the 2015 General Electionswith 53,713 votes. Even in the House of Assembly election held that year, APC garnered 109,783 votes while PDP struggled to poll 51,540 votes.
To the best of my knowledge, the Adeleke-PDP quandary is indicative of the unfortunate political abracadabra that has for long been the undoing of Nigeria. How do I mean?If, indeed, Ademola is such a political sell-out, the betrayers who prefer personal benefices to communal togetherness made him so. By the same token, blame an unpredictable political Nigeria in which herinhabitants have found themselves if PDP is such a cult of unrepentant turncoats.
For the almost eight years that the party held sway in Osun, the ‘nest of killers’was so obsessed with frivolities and flagrant outrageousness that dear state became a cataclysmic turf for incompetence, uncharitableness and backwardness.
It is therefore a statement of fact that PDP or ‘Nurudeen’ Ademola ‘Jackson’ Adeleke’s wish that they can win elections again in the State of Osun no longer exists; not even in Nigeria!
May principalities and powers, assigned to rubbish our leaders’ efforts, scatter!
Komolafe writes in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State (ijebujesa@yahoo.co.uk)
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Eid-il-Fitr: Osun Offers 30th Edition Of Free Train To Indigenes

The government of Osun on Wednesday announced the 30th edition of its free train service as it asked indigenes wishing to travel home to make use of the free train provided by the state government.

Thousands of Eid-il-fitr holiday makers are to benefit from the free train scheme as the government on Wednesday announced that the train would move from Lagos to Osogbo, the state capital in its usual practice which commenced in 2011.

The edition coming up on the occasion of the 2017 Eid-il-fitr will be the 30th edition in a scheme that witnessed several thousands of people benefiting.

A statement by the Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Government, quoted the Commissioner for Industries, Commerce and Co-operatives, Hon. Ismaila Adekunle Jaiyeoba-Alagbada as stating that the free train service is in continuation of the commitment of Aregbesola’s administration to making life more meaningful for the people of the state.

The free train is expected to convert and pick travelers along Lagos, Ogun and Oyo before it finally stops in Osogbo, Osun.

The Bureau’s statement added that the free train ride would be offered between Saturday and Tuesday while urging indigenes of Osun to maximise the opportunity.

According to Jayeoba-Alagbada, the train will on Saturday 24th of June? 2017 convey people from the Ido Terminus, Lagos to the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park Station, Osogbo. The return journey to Lagos from Osogbo will be on Tuesday the 27th June, 2017 by 11 A.M.

The Commissioner said the gesture by the Aregbesola-led administration is aimed at facilitating a stress-free homecoming for the people during the festival.

The state government had, since 2011, been making similar arrangements for people of the state, to travel home during festive seasons.

While wishing Eid-el-Fitri  holiday makers successful journey back home, the statement urged them to take advantage of their homecoming to have a feel of the on-going developments of the state.

“We encourage holiday makers to use this opportunity to update themselves about the developments that are taking place in the state.

“The Aregbesola administration, beyond the negative, hate campaigns of those are threatened by the massive pro-people policies of this government, has created an enduring legacy of service.

“We have taken service to the people to a new height that will be impossible to reverse. We have opened up roads and we have built schools that many find hard to believe are possible in this part of the world.

“We have renewed our urban settlements to attract investors. These are many more would be the spectacles to behold when they visit Osun,” the state Bureau’s statement added.

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Market Women Protest Use Of Weighting Scales In Osun

A section of women at Igbona Market in Olorunda Local Government Area of Osun state, on Thursday, staged a peaceful demonstration to protest against the ultimatum given by the Osun state government over the use of weighting scale known as ‘Osuwon Omoluabi’.

The less than 100 women under the aegis of Igbona Market Women Petty Traders Association, closed their shops and stormed the Government Secretariat, Abere armed with their measuring bowls.

Recall that in a bit to standardize trade activities in the state, the state government of Osun had introduced weighting scale and encouraged all market in the state to align with this policy.

The policy which was introduced about a year ago with the support of various market leaders across the state when operational, will end the imbalance in the measurement of goods in the markets.

Though the government through representative of market associations had agreed to allow timeline frame of one year for the policy to take effect on their members, but the market women had pleaded with government to extend the enforcement.

The government had subsidized the scaling for the market women, a development that cause the government to carried the larger burden. 

Addressing the protesters, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Commerce, Hon. Simeon Olufemi Popoola, noted that the government will look into the pleadings of the traders.

Nigeria is the only country amongst its neighbours without standardized measuring scales for its trading activities.

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Why Osun Sealed Banks, Schools, Others – OIRS Acting Chairman, Bicci Alli

The failure of some commercial banks, privately-owned higher institution of learning and other business concern to pay taxes due to the state government have cause tax authorities to shut-down those organizations.

Speaking on Monday after a series of enforcement, Chairman of the Osun Internal Revenue Service, OIRS, Mr Bicci Alli revealed that the organizations in question has rebuffed entreaties from the service to clear their outstanding for too long a time.

“We wrote several letters to them as required by the law, but they failed to respond. Months after letter of notice was sent to them, we sent also sent final demand notices but they were all ignored.

“In fact. before OIRS obtained the court orders to seal the various organisations, a letter of intention to distrain was also issued to them, but were ignore, so we were left with no choice than to seal those organisations who had evaded tax for long.”

The organisations closed include Wema Bank, Unity Bank, Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU) situated at Ikeji Arakeji among others. Mr Bicci revealed that various organisations owe the state N30bn in taxes.

Speaking on the essence of tax payment, Mr Bicci revealed that revenue generated helps the state government deliver public goods and services to the residents. Subsequently, he stated that the distraining exercise will be continuous and would be extended to other banks and some other recalcitrant tax corporate and non-corporate payers found guilty of owing the state government until all what is due to the state is recovered.

He noted that Governor Aregbesola has zero tolerance for tax evasion as he intends to complete all outstanding projects, adding that OIRS is set to begin criminal prosecution of all tax defaulters in the State so as to ensure that culprits are made to face the full wrath of the law.

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Truth be told! Otunba Ademola Adeleke Was Never A Member Of Our Party – Osun APC

The Osun Chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has described as total falsehood the reasons put forward by Otunba Ademola Adeleke for his withdrawal from the primary election for the Senatorial ticket for the Osun West district conducted on Wednesday by the party.

In a statement by the Publicity Secretary of Osun APC, Barr. Kunle Oyatomi, the party said the purported withdrawal and resignation by Adeleke, was purely a reconsideration as well as an admission of his apparent weakness to confront a tough challenger with substantial grassroots backing.

Adeleke had alleged that he withdrew from the APC primary because of manipulation and interference by some political godfathers and the decision of the party not to conduct the primary election in Iwo, being the headquarters of the Osun West Senatorial District.

The party however, countered that the allegations by Adeleke were not only baseless and unsubstantiated; they were equally unfounded and had no direct or indirect bearing with the candidate’s decision to abandon his quest for the party’s ticket.

Oyatomi said Adeleke was not conversant with the established procedure for the nomination of a candidate to contest an election in the APC.

The party scribe said that checks also revealed that Adeleke was never a member of APC in the state as there is no evidence of his registration as a member in his Abogunde/Sagba Ward 2 in Ede North LGA, his ward, adding that there were also no records of his involvement in party meetings at all levels.

He noted that the party also received petition dated the 9th day of June, 2017, which was to the effect that Adeleke is not a member of the APC in the state.

The statement said in part: “It is obvious that Otunba Ademola Adeleke is not conversant with the processes for the nomination of a candidate to contest an election in our party.

“Contrary to his erroneous claim of obvious manipulations and interference, paragraph 16(d) of the 2014 Guidelines for the Nomination of Candidates for Public Office makes it clear that the National Working Party (NWC), acting on behalf of National Executive Committee (NEC), is the ultimate authority on the qualifications of candidates to contest a primary election.

“This is more so if an appeal is lodged by any aggrieved aspirant or candidate. Therefore, the decision of the NWC cannot be seen as manipulation as this has been the standard practice of our great party since its formation.

“Second, the claim that the primary was not held at the Senatorial District headquarters is baseless. For one thing, there is no such thing as a senatorial district headquarters in the 1999 Constitution.

“As such, there is no provision either in the Constitution of the APC or the 2014 Guidelines for the Nomination of Candidates for Public Office that the primaries must be held at a particular venue. For example, the presidential primary in 2015 was held in Lagos. It could have been held in Osogbo or anywhere else in the country.

“Third, available records now reveal that Otunba Adeleke was never a member of APC in the state, as there is no evidence of his registration as a member in his Abogunde/Sagba Ward 2 in Ede North LGA. There are also no records of his involvement in party meetings at all levels.

“Rather, there is a petition, dated the 9th day of June, 2017, which is to the effect that Otunba Adeleke is not a member of the APC.  At best, his only affiliations with the party were his occasional appearances with his late brother, Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke, at party functions, particularly the campaigns.

“The fact that he is a member of the Adeleke family therefore cannot and does not confer membership of the APC on him. This is like the case of Fadeyi Oloro, a popular Yoruba artiste, who always attends APC functions, without being a member of our great party.

“In any event, at the Security Stakeholders Meeting held just yesterday, where Otunba Adeleke was represented by his brother, Dele Adeleke, he did not object to the arrangements for the primary, but rather concurred with the outlined procedure, including the venue, security and logistic arrangements.”

Oyatomi averred that the purported withdrawal and resignation of Adeleke was therefore, a second thought as well as an admission of his obvious weakness to confront a formidable opponent with massive grassroots support.

He said that APC Osun State Chapter cannot be blackmailed by an opportunist and an upstart, who was committed to stealing the party’s mandate to the detriment of loyal and committed members that have toiled and sacrificed to build a formidable party of choice in the state and the country at large.

Oyatomi noted that the lesson anyone should learn from the above scenario is that it would be right for party to always queue behind a loyal member when a very important political decision is to be taken.

He continued; “The lesson to be learnt from this unfortunate event is that the party should stand at all times by its committed and loyal members, and abide by the constitution and core values that bind loyal party members. Our members should henceforth understand the hypocrisy of political jobbers, who are affiliating with us for pecuniary benefits.

“It is instructive to reflect on the sad irony of Otunba Adeleke’s behaviour. It will be recalled that it was Senator Mudashiru Olatunji Husain, who, in 2015, voluntarily relinquished the senatorial seat, which he won in the 2011 senatorial election against Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke with a landslide margin of 112,000 votes, at the behest of the party.

“As a loyal party member, Senator Hussain accepted the demand of the party to surrender the Senate seat he occupied to Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke without a contest, as a mark of honour for the deceased Senator and respect for the decision of the party.

“Let us contrast this with the noise and cacophony of Ademola Jackson Adeleke on the just decision of the apex decision making organ of the party, the NWC, to have a fair contest within the party, involving him and Senator Hussain, who yielded the seat for his brother two years ago, for the determination of who is the democratic choice of the party for the senatorial ticket in the West Senatorial election of July 8, 2017.

Otunba Adeleke’s behaviour is aptly captured in the popular 1970s lyric of Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey, which spoke of a proverbial fortune finder, who wants to die with it. You would wonder about what the person who lost the fortune should do.

“The nature and character of the individuals involved in the ongoing political drama are well exposed for our people to know and judge. Finally, we wish to assure the general public of our preparedness and commitment towards winning the bye-election slated for 8th of July 2017.”

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