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Akin Ogunbiyi: Celebrating an icon at 57

By Ismail Afolabi

Riches never fascinate me unless combined with distinction and humanity. When you walk in distinction, even the photocopying machine can’t perfectly replicate your unique quality. When you walk in humanity, you would stand out among equals.

In Dr Akin Ogunbiyi, distinction and humanity form a unified meaningful whole. He personifies so much of what makes humility, humanity and distinction enviable traits.

He is a man who respects human dignity and places premium on distinction and humanity. This, perhaps, is why he was recently conferred with “Achievers Merit Award in Business Frontline” in recognition of his philanthropic gestures and contribution to wealth redistribution by Rotary International.

The award, as well as several others to his well-decorated cap, is no doubt a testament to his outstanding contributions to the riches and development of humanity with respect to insurance and economic growth within Nigeria and a number of other African countries including Niger Republic, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

In his response titled, “The Wheel of Truth Never will Rust”, Dr Ogunbiyi expressed happiness at the recognition of his contribution to the betterment of humanity, declaring that he was further encouraged not to relent in his vision and commitment to the development of Osun State and Nigeria.

His words, “in all honesty, we (Rotary Club and him) share same passion on issues concerning the development of communities and society in general, and it was for this reason that, after much pressure, I heeded the ‘come to Osun State Macedonia CALL’ to help accelerate contributions to society. I am further encouraged and won’t relent.”

I have had the opportunity to observe him at close quarters. The chairman of Mutual Benefits Assurance observes simple principles of business and leadership. He is a visionary and uncommon entrepreneur. None of his enviable traits influences his estimation of his worth and interpersonal relationship with others. Despite his proficiency and acclaim, he affects a humble poise levelling up with people around him, joking with them and networking without discrimination.

He demonstrated rare leadership and high standing sense of service which will never fade away in my cognitive system. During the National Convention of the People’s Democratic Party in Port Harcourt last year, I saw him moving around without an entourage at his back. No! That’s not it. As the Deputy Chairman, Hospitality Committee of the convention, he leveled up and participated in direct distribution of welfare packages to thousands of party delegates in attendance.

Of course, servers were on ground. He just could not fold his arms and watch things get messy or pretend as if he did not hear some complaints. He brings clarity of purpose to whatever he does. He is a team player and humanist who comes to the table with an open mind.

Born on September 12, 1962, the native of Ile Ogbo in Osun State is, at his core, a bundle of positive vibes. He is a determined and principled man whose ingenious approach to businesses and result driven leadership has distinguished him as one of Osun’s formidable and respected icons.

Nothing good comes on a platter of gold, they say. Same as Ogunbiyi’s leadership qualities and iconic personality. It did not come by accident. Over the years, the alumnus of the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University had attended management and leadership courses at several prestigious institutions including Yale School of Management, USA, Said Business School, University of Oxford, England, Lagos Business School, Nigeria and International Graduate School of Management, Spain.

Back in his home base, as part of his love for distinction and humanity, Ogunbiyi invested and is still investing in agriculture and education. In spite of the betrayal of trust and blackmail from some quarters, he remains unperturbed and continues to affect a conscious desire to impact lives positively, giving back to the society through his foundation, Idera de Movement.

He must be a good fan of Onyi Anyado, the philosopher, who once said, “Entrepreneur, if your distinction isn’t angering the mediocre, it’s actually mediocre.” Today, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi’s conglomerate encompasses insurance firms, oil and gas industry and real estate to mention but a few. The unassuming and inspiring leader is a year better. Therefore, here is wishing him more feathers to his already awesomely feathered cap and many happy returns.

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Badagry Grammar School 1999 set to hold 20th year reunion

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The 1999 set of Badagry Grammar School, has announced plans to have its 20th-year reunion.

“20 years after going our separate ways the reunion is necessary to rekindle old friendships, promote social and business networking, give back to Badagry Grammar School and be there for one another,” Lola Iyiola, a member of the planning committee said in a statement.

Another member of the committee Tayo Amosu also shared a similar opinion.

Amosu said the reunion will not only help “to connect with old friends for business, social and financial leverages but also help rebuild a network of friends.”

Amosu added that the 1999 set will also through the reunion “inspire and motivate the present students of BGS” and also “give aid to those in need among us where possible.”

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The event, with a dress code black tie and evening dress, is scheduled to hold on August 31, 2019, and will take place at the Ernestina hall, Martinos’ Events Center, Plot 1, Otunba Jobi Fele way, Alausa, Ikeja.

The event will kick off with the Red Carpet at 3 pm while the main event will start by 4 pm.

Badagry Grammar School, an award-winning government-owned school, was founded on February 5, 1955, as boys only Badagry Divisional Grammar School.

It later became mixed-gender in 1962 with the admission of 24 girls in class one. The school’s name was later changed to Badagry Grammar School.

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Ogunbiyi to Osun: Imbibe spirit of togetherness, pray for emancipation

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A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party in Osun State, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi has urged the people of the state to remember Prophet Ibrahim’s massive lesson of faith and imbibe the spirit of brotherhood during the Sallah celebration and beyond.

Ogunbiyi said this in his Eid-el-Kabir message to Muslim faithful in a statement signed and forwarded to pressmen in Osogbo the state capital by his Press Secretary, Ismail Afolabi, Saturday.

The philanthropist enjoined every stakeholder and shareholder in the state of the virtuous to increase their efforts in charitable endeavours, perseverance and prayers for the state.

He appealed to the people to extend their prayers at the Eid praying grounds to the call on Allah (SWT) to rebuild the economy of the state and bring succour to mass of her people.

While congratulating the Muslim faithful, the PDP leader said that Sallah was a period that signified the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son to show absolute submission to Allah’s command; a reminder of a rare act of obedience. and that its massive lessons of faith, perseverance and endurance must be sustained by all.

Closing, Ogunbiyi stressed: “Eid el-Kabir is more than just a celebration. It is a reminder of an act of obedience to Allah. Muslims should remember Prophet Ibrahim and the massive lessons of faith, perseverance and endurance that the season signified, imbibe the spirit of brotherhood and pray for the emancipation of our beloved state and our ailing nation.”

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Breaking: FG declares holidays for Eid el-Kabir celebrations

The Federal Government Monday declared Monday, August 12 Monday and Tuesday, 13, as Public Holidays to mark the 2019 Eid el-Kabir celebrations.

This was disclosed in a statement released by Mohammed Manga, director of press and public relations, Ministry of Interior.

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The return of Ebeano lectures

——SEN NNAMANI SETS STAGE FOR NATIONAL DIALOGUE

By Paul Mumeh

For some inexplicable or extraneous political circumstances, former Governor of Enugu state and current Senator of the Federal Republic, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani was forced into political oblivion for almost 12 years.

Like a good strategist, he reasoned that he who fights and runway lives to fight another day. Besides that, it is not a weakness of character but indeed a strength to avoid trouble. So, he went into “political exile”.

He was barely remembered for these periods except for some of his legacies as a governor and the few loyalists of the EBEANO political dynasty he nurtured and midwifed in the coal city-state. His intermittent incursion into Enugu politics for the period of political exclusion met brick walls. Senator Nnamani was almost out politically.

By some uncommon but divine intervention and indeed a twist of history kind of, Senator Nnamani made his way back into the political reckoning through the benevolence of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi ( aka Gburu Gburu) who facilitated his return.

Except relying on documentations or archives, no one but history remembers the intellectual giant in Nnamani which he espouses through the EBEANO lecture series. As Governor, His EBEANO lectures unarguably enriched the political discussion of that era.

Today, Nnamani is back to the Senate with a sole mission to serve his constituents and the nation faithfully and diligently. He affirmed his commitment to participate in the making of the Nigerian project where every citizen has the opportunity to aspire and achieve his God giving potential in a free, fair and mutually respectful manner.

The trust of this, however, is to bring to the fore the return of the EBEANO leadership and lecture series in which Nnamani discusses burning National issues, the peace and unity of Nigeria and how to make the nation a better place.
In his first lecture Marking his return, Nnamani believes that Nigeria would not just be the giant of Africa but the world if we get our priorities right, harnessing human and material resources appropriately.
In the lecture titled” DIKE NWANYI-IGBO ( AMAZONS AS LEADERS) delivered at the 43rd Graduation Anniversary and 2nd Reunion of class of 1976 Anglican Girls Grammar School, Awkunanaw, Enugu state, Nnamani traced the history of women struggle for liberation against obnoxious cultural practices, political and economic emancipation, and the overall interest of building a home nay the nation.

Nnamani went memory lane from pre-colonial era, slave trade, independence struggle, the ill-fated Nigeria/Biafra fratricidal civil war to the present day of how women have been the pillar in the home front and the needed elixir for the men to accomplish their task.
He paid glowing tribute to Mrs. Nwanyeruwa who spearheaded the famous Aba Women riot of 1929, whom he described as the legendary and iconic woman who led the first documented Igbo women resistance that defined the character, integrity, poise, and defiance of the Igbo race beyond masculine parochialism.

Nnamani named a foremost professor of History and author of the University of Jos, Elizabeth Allo Isichei who authored “ Igbo Worlds: An Anthology of Oral Histories and Historical Descriptions”, Nigerian Filmmaker and Broadcasting Executive Amaka Igwe, Flora Nwanzuruahu Nwapa of EFURU fame and first female commissioner for Health and Social Welfare in the defunct East central state in the 1970s, Oyibo Ekwulo Odinamadu who pioneered the Women’s Cultural and Philanthropic Organisation ( WCPO) in Enugu, 1958 to educate women on the imperatives of voluntary , charitable and non-profit making organization and activities. It is of importance that the Odinamadu led WCPO played a mediatory role during the civil war.
Other women of note included but not limited to freedom fighters; Margaret Ekpo, Ahebi Ugbabe, and Nkpolo Nwaugwudu-Elele among others.

Scores of these women of strength and character Nnamani stated paid the supreme price so that others may be free.

In all, he clarified that it was not by any means an attempt to compare the powers and effects of the genders but “ I am here to celebrate the womenfolk of my era, as they always stood on to fill vital gaps when men were either too busy, heavily threatened or distracted in many ways. In other words, I am more inclined to celebrate the synergy and fusion of the powers and potentials in men and women”.

Nnamani praised the women led by their President Lady Bridget Oduah for coming together after 43 years to contribute to the rebuilding of their alma mata saying “ the price of so many of you who left your appointed homes in Europe, America and other parts of the world to be here, is a valued price for regeneration, industry and further commitment. It can never be in vain. You have arrived at a great and potent reminder of what started, what has been running even if fitfully and what is promised as great strides of the future”.

He prayed to be a source of light and goodness wherever he goes. He believes that a good leader is always set apart by certain attributes saying “I will not only care, give and provide but I will humbly serve”.

Lady Oduah said the dilapidation and deterioration of infrastructure in the school require immediate attention saying “ We were moved to tears when we visited our alma mata. From the hostels, classrooms, and laboratories, it is a pitiable sight. We must collectively do the needful to remedy the situation”.

Host Enugu state Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi maintained a dignified silence in apparent total approval to give Education priority attention as the bedrock of any progress or development of any society.

Chairman of the event, Chief Emeka Ngige SAN, praised the intellectual prowess of Nnamani which he brought to bear to turn Enugu state around during his tenure as governor.

Anglican Bishop of Enugu Diocese Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma urged Governments at all levels to give proper attention to Education if the nation is to make the needed progress

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Top 3 reasons interconnection dispute between Glo and MTN turned vicious

As Nigeria’s two biggest mobile network operators (MNOs), MTN and Globacom intensify talks to permanently resolve their interconnection disputes, more information has emerged to suggest that the issue may be deeper than earlier believed.

For about a week, subscribers of Globacom went through difficulties while trying to initiate calls to MTN subscribers following partial disconnection of Globacom by MTN as a result of interconnection disputes.

Obtaining formal responses from the two sides have been difficult but unofficial sources at MTN alleged that Globacom owes MTN up to N10 billion naira in unpaid interconnection fees. This was reported by a national publication, Businessday.

A report in Punch however quoted the Nigerian Communications Commission as saying the amount in dispute between Globacom and Mtn was about N4 billion out of which Globacom was said to have paid N500 million while discussions were still ongoing to agree on the final figures.

Globacom’s Communications Department refused to comment on the issue when contacted, saying there were ongoing discussions between the two companies towards a resolution.

A source in the communications industry on Wednesday alleged that MTN might have pushed the N10 billion narrative as a desperate attempt to garner public sympathy, since NCC had stated that the figure in dispute was about four billion naira while Globacom was believed to have argued that the amount was less than N4 billion.

The source said the sum of N500 million Globacom paid to Mtn ahead of the conclusion of the reconcilliation process was in good faith and wondered why MTN went ahead to implement a partial disconnection.

Telecom analysts hint at a long-standing undercurrent of rivalry dating back many years that have just been brought to the fore by the interconnection impasse.

Since its entry into the market, Globacom, has remained the disruptor in the country’s telecom market, running its own race independent of earlier operators’ unspoken agreement, especially where the operator believed running with other operators would mean giving subscribers less value for money.

For instance, when MTN and the other major operator at the time, Econet, insisted that the market was not mature for the introduction of Per Second Billing of calls, Globacom refused to play along and introduced per second billing to the delight of telecom users and chagrin of fellow operators.
Since then, Globacom has consistently played disruptive roles aimed at delivering more value to the consumers at the expense of the operators.

“There is also the angle of what I would call ‘competitive strategy’. You can’t rule that out. Globacom is recording steady growth as evidenced in the monthly report of the Nigerian Communications Commission in the last one year. MTN’s move might have been to strategically slow down the rate of growth of the aggressive competitor,” said the analyst.

He noted that this is not far-fetched when one considers how other South African brands have successfully weakened competition in other sectors and emerged the dominant figures. “In the pay TV sector today, DSTV is a near monopoly,” the analyst said.

Another analyst also cited the recent troubles MTN has had, especially in the area of xenophobic attacks, pointing out that these might also have accounted for its decision to come down hard on Globacom out of frustration as a distraction strategy.

Feelers from the two companies last night suggested that they are coming near a permanent settlement. Whatever the issues, it is hoped that the two will permanently resolve their issues for the benefit of their customers.

Enraged Nigerian subscribers have already sounded notes of warning to Mtn, warning the company not to kill a Nigerian telco.

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Ogunbiyi tasks Osun govt on hepatitis response

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A People’s Democratic Party chieftain Akin Ogunbiyi on Sunday tasked the Osun State government to take bold actions towards universal health coverage and integrated services against viral hepatitis.

This was disclosed in a statement released by Ogunbiyi’s spokesman Ismail Afolabi to commiserate the World Hepatitis Day.

“Today, millions of people living with hepatitis across the world including our beloved nation, Nigeria hardly get the services they need to prevent, test for and treat the disease,” Ismail said.

“By investing in diagnostic tests and medicines for treating hepatitis B and C, we can save lives and reduce costs related to the long-term care of cirrhosis and liver cancer that result from untreated hepatitis,” he added.

Ismail noted that “if we look at the global picture, according to the World Health Organisation and Hepatitis Alliance, an estimated 325 million men, women and children are currently living with viral hepatitis.

“Sadly, studies have shown that if proper measures are not taken, the number would increase by 76 million by 2030. This prediction and several glaring facts raise a concern and underscore the need to address this global burden.”

He added, “it is a statement of fact that serious investment in eliminating hepatitis, despite the paucity of funds in Osun, would avert several premature deaths and alleviate the burden of those suffering from the ailment which sometimes translates into liver cancer deaths.”

“Today; World Hepatitis Day, I join the call for bold steps and actions against this impairment. The state government and every spirited person should rise to this challenge and integrate well thought out and monitored services for hepatitis into health packages and social services to support the underserved.”

“By investing in diagnostic tests and medicines for treating hepatitis B and C, we – the government and individuals – can save lives and reduce costs related to the long-term care of cirrhosis and liver cancer that result from untreated hepatitis.”

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. Caused by different types of viruses, Hepatitis is of five types — Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. Among these, Hepatitis A, B, and C are the most common.

World Hepatitis Day, observed on July 28 every year, aims to raise global awareness of hepatitis and to encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

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Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid 3-7 highlights, goals

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Real Madrid suffered a heavy preseason humiliating defeat to Atletico Madrid. Diego Costa scored four times before he was sent off with Dani Canvajal in the 65th minute.

The Madrid derby comes to New Jersey as fierce city rivals Real and Atletico meet in the the International Champions Cup.

Real’s pre-season started with a 3-1 defeat to the Bundesliga champions and looked to be heading for another against Arsenal, but Zinedine Zidane’s side rallied to draw 2-2 with the Gunners before winning the penalty shootout 3-2.

As for Diego Simeone’s Atletico, they are sought a statement result as they face a transition season without Antoine Griezmann leading the attack.

Here is the Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid 3-7 highlights, goals

 

 

 

 

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Breaking: Buhari finally sends ministerial list to senate, names 42 nominees

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally sent his list of ministerial nominees to the senate, TheCable can report.

Unlike during his first term when he appointed only 36 ministers — one per state — he has decided to also appoint one per geo-political zone, bringing the total to 42.

The list was sent to the senate on Monday evening via executive communication and is expected to be read on the floor of the senate on Tuesday.

The senate, which will be proceeding on a two-month recess on Thursday, is expected to screen the nominees.

Contrary to speculations, only about 12 ministers will be re-appointed from the former cabinet.

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Obasanjo Adeola found dead in car booth in Cyprus

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A bad smell coming from a car near a school in north Nicosia, Cyprus led to the discovery of a body in the trunk, later identified as that of a 33-year-old Nigerian, Obasanjo Adeola Owoyale.

He was described as a PhD holder in architecture. He graduated from Cyprus International University. He had first studied Architecture at the Federal University of Technology, Yola and also attended Covenant Christian Academy.

He was declared missing on July 1 according to local reports and found dead on July 8. His body was discovered wrapped in a blanket, as reported by KNews.

It was not clear whether the deceased had a familial connection with former president Olusegun Obasanjo though on his Facebook profile, he wrote that he was from Ilorin, Kwara State.

According to Turkish Cypriot media, concerned citizens noticed a foul smell in broad daylight coming from a parked vehicle near a school in north Nicosia on Monday. Police were notified and immediately sealed off the area before inspecting the vehicle.

Based on preliminary findings, Obasanjo was believed to have been killed elsewhere, then wrapped in a blanket and placed in the trunk of the vehicle. Someone then drove the car and disposed of the body by abandoning the vehicle with the dead body inside.

Reports said police were examining security camera footage in the area to see whether a suspect who left the car might have been captured on video.

Owoyale’s death was not the first in the area, as KNEWS reported. In May, in Nicosia south, a Cameroonian bled to death y following a violent altercation, with Greek Cypriot police attributing his death to a possible turf war.

The 28-year-old male Cameroonian, had been chased and attacked with a glass bottle, while a Nigerian suspect had been captured on security camera footage and later prosecuted. It was not immediately clear whether there was any connection between the two murders.

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Open letter to Osun PDP members

Dear democrats and comrades, I find it really hard to bottle up on how I am feeling over our loss at the Supreme Court. I felt extremely bad for a number of reasons.
First, I nearly lost my life at Alekuwodo fighting for the party to win. The ruling party and her dreadful boys almost overran us but we stood and faced the intimidation. Some of us were beaten with charms and wounded but thank God we are still alive.

Secondly, I have been a loyal member of the People’s Democratic Party for the past 16 years and I was hoping that a victory for the party would compensate many of us who have stayed through thick and thin but another 4 years now stares us in the face. Thirdly, we would have won at first ballot and averted the waste of money at the courts and dire disappointment. We had every reason to win and we should have won.

Furthermore, the hopes of the suffering masses of Osun was dashed. My pains are enormous and I am going to let out my mind the way I feel. Anyone is free to disagree with me but this is my truth and sincere feelings.

After the judgement was delivered but justice denied, I have read a few comments from our leaders. I will take the liberty to replicate one sent to me here. This is it: “Chairman (Dr Deji Adeleke), your presence here and reactions to comments are the tonic needed to keep hope alive and give life to dampened spirits. ‘No retreat no surrender’ from you is the key word and by the Grace of God, in no distance time, victory will be ours.”

Sincerely, messages like the cited one which was attributed to Prince Diran Odeyemi are necessary to raise the hope and spirit of every concerned member. That our Osun based national officer has finally come out of hiding and found his voice is great. I know he would feel aggrieved and his bootlickers too would not be happy if I ask where he was when we were shouting our lungs at the coalition centre and putting our lives on the line for the party. Even if that is the case, at this point, we should not hesitate to speak up and be worried about leaders who talk and talk but vanish to thin air when it’s time for action. When your enemies are strategic and determined to achieve their goal by all means possible, you have got enough reason to be true to yourself and walk your talk.

Dr Deji, responded well to our challenge and I appreciate him. His words are indeed very encouraging but can never assuage the painful sore in my heart and replenish the dashed hope. I will explain to you so that you can understand that we just lost a won and sealed battle.

– We got a candidate with serious deficits

If we talk we shall die. If we don’t, we shall die. So, it’s better to admit and speak the truth and die with a clear conscience. Thanks to Senator Dino Malaye!

The greatest disservice Dr Deji did to our party was presenting senator Ademola Adeleke knowing fully well that he didn’t have the academic and intellectual capacity for the job.
If we won’t deceive ourselves any longer, a member of the family was the one who first blew the whistle and let the cat out of the bag before the ruling party and others picked it. If we had presented a better candidate, (I know no one is perfect) we would have won at first ballot. Osun people were with us and their only expectation from us was to present an efficient, not a trifling, candidate with the capacity to perform and restore ease to the suffering masses.

– Keep your friends close and our enemies closer

It’s sad that PDP parted ways with Otunba Iyiola Omisore and lost his huge followers to the Social Democratic Party. Notwithstanding, the outcome of the first ballot gave us a second chance, going by the political atmosphere against the ruling party. But, the opportunity for a golden goal was bungled too. No thanks to those who talked down the simple but logical step to prevail on the political giant. They confidently fumed that we were going to win with or without the short but mighty gladiator and his supporters at the crucial period.

– Leaders failed us

Our leaders failed us. When the Ogunbiyi & Adeleke feud started, it should have been nipped in the bud. Sincere, genuine and frantic efforts should have been made to reconcile both sides. The leaders failed to speak out and meditate for so long. I almost felt that our national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus did not wish our party well in the State.

– We won the votes but lost the seat long ago

Most people’s loyalty is to the aspirants and not to the party as such they cannot see anything wrong in their deeds and actions. This is a big shame and it must be corrected. It is even a bigger shame that we won no fewer than 14 local governments during the governorship elections but struggled to defend and hold on to just three seats at the state House of Assembly.

Besides, I wonder why some of our senatorial, House of Representative and House of Assembly candidates could not raise fund to support their own elections but fought tooth and nail to get the tickets as if the race was automatic. How H.E Atiku Abubarka support funds developed wings and vanished into the deep pockets of some people sucks and still hurts.

– Youths, get a life

My utmost sympathy is to myself and my fellow youths who laboured tirelessly for the party and will have to wait for another four years. I advise my colleagues to get a life, look for a job or acquire skills. Politics is not a profession. Second and third address matters. The havoc done by some of the so-called social media warriors in an attempt to impress their bosses and curry financial favours from them cannot be underestimated. Many caused bad blood, wrote and posted lies and made people hate each other within the party to our collective loss.

– Hon Soji Adagunodo did his best but, yes it’s not enough

I would have been the happiest person on earth if our chairman had achieved his dream of producing the Governor. Sad, sad and sad but such is life. In life, you can only win some battles and lose some. No one has ever won all. Hon. Adagunodo has done his best. Even though it was not enough and the battle was lost, one will not be wrong to say that he gave a good fight and stood his ground for the party. Those plotting to remove him should fear God and have mercy on the suffering members of the party who are always at the receiving end and bear the brunt of any crisis and foolish animosity within.

– The 3 Musketeers

At the heart of this terrible situation we have found ourselves are three musketeers. They were the ones who sent a thief to the farm and still called the farm owner to come to catch the thief. Sadly, they didn’t lose anything. No political dealer lost out outright in the struggle. We the members and a few leaders with good intentions are the losers. I hear that they have started plotting for 2022 already without reflecting on how, where and why we got it wrong. I can only pray God to have mercy on us and again, urge concerned youths to get a life of their own.

– As we prepare for the future

As usual, the dealers have started shopping for governorship aspirants less than 48 hours after losing a major court case. Obviously, they are looking for who to milk again and live on during the years ahead and may be out for another goose chase. No sane members should rest on his or her oars but rather get a life while hoping and praying that the jobless dealers who have no interest of the party at heart receive sense and realise that winning the governorship seat is the ultimate joy and not the instant money and largesse that they foolishly care about, not minding, as recently learnt, that our next set of candidates must possess basic leadership qualities and meet the expectations of the people of Osun if we are truly willing to make a difference.

If care is not taken, I see the party making the same mistakes second and third time. Virile, its time to take stock and move on. We have done our best for the House of Adeleke. The family and all of us have our share of disappointment but God will reward everyone accordingly

As we prepare for the future, I leave you with what the Israelites said to Rehoboam in 1 Kings 12:16, ”So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, what portion have we in David? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So, Israel departed unto their tents.”

The dice is cast and our consciousness should be awakened. This is PDP and not DPP! The party should be open to innovative ideas and accommodate all. Where “I” is replaced with “we”, even “illness” becomes “wellness.” God bless PDP. God bless Osun State. God bless you.

Habeeb Adewale,
Concerned PDP member from Osogbo, Osun State.

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Breaking: Supreme Court upholds APC’s Oyetola victory for Osun poll

The Supreme Court on Friday declared Governor Gboyega Oyetola as the winner of the governorship election held in September 2018.

In a lead judgement of five justices dismissed the appeal by the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party.

The verdict also nullified the judgment of the elections petition tribunal which declared Senator Ademola Adeleke as the winner of the contest.

The dissenting judgement of two justices was also delivered.

Details later…

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Northern group threatens Buhari over RUGA plans suspension

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A coalition of northern groups has issued a 30-day ultimatum to the Nigeria government and governors who opposed to the RUGA settlement program to reverse their decisions.

Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, the group’s spokesman in a press conference, said the debate to accept or not to accept the program is already causing disaffection for herders who are of Fulani extraction.

“While we warn all state governments that stand against the implementation of the Ruga Initiative to desist and give peace a chance, we place President Buhari and the Federal Government on notice that they must completely stop this raging madness within 30-days beginning from today, Wednesday,” Suleiman said.

The group, however, did not state what its next line of action would be should the government fail to comply with the ultimatum.

It also believes that a referendum is the only right way to go for groups who are opposed to the idea of one Nigeria.

The Ruga initiative drew the ire and condemnation of some state governors who insisted there is no land for ranches and cattle colonies in their state.

Nigerian Government before the Ruga suspension planned the settlements in order to curb open grazing of animals that continue to pose security threats to farmers and herders.

Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State revealed this at the presidential villa in Abuja on Wednesday after a meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The governor said the reason the planned Ruga was suspended because it was not consistent with the National Livestock Transformation Plan.

He noted that the NLTP approved by the National Economic Council and the Federal Government is a voluntary programme to all the 36 states who like to participate.

“It is not compulsory, it is for any state that is willing, will key into the programme. Any state that is interested in this programme is required to bring up a development plan that is keyed towards the implementation in line with our own programme here that is unique to his state based on the challenges that he has in respect of the crisis. That’s the decision of this committee,” Umahi said.

The Presidency on Sunday clarified that the Ruga settlements seek to settle animal farmers, not just cattle herders, in an “organised place with provision of necessary and adequate basic amenities such as schools, hospitals, road networks, vet clinics, markets and manufacturing entities that will process and add value to meats and animal products”.

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Breaking: Lampard confirmed as new Chelsea manager

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Frank Lampard has been confirmed as the new Chelsea manager, returning to the club where he became a legend as a player.

The Blues agreed a deal with Derby County worth £4 million to cover the final two years of Lampard’s contract at Pride Park after a week’s worth of talks with the 41-year-old.

He has signed a three-year deal upon his return to Stamford Bridge to succeed Maurizio Sarri, who departed the club after a single season in charge to take over at Juventus.

Lampard spent 13 years as a player in west London, scoring 211 goals in 649 games to become Chelsea’s all-time top goalscorer.

He won three Premier League titles, the Champions League, four FA Cups, two League Cups and the Europa League while also finishing second to Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldinho in 2005.

It is understood that Lampard will bring staff from Derby with him, with ex-Blues midfielder Jody Morris expected to join as his assistant manager after working with him at the Rams.

Former Blues coach Chris Jones will also return, while head of performance analysis Steve Rands is believed to be another of the six to eight backroom staff that have spoken to the west London side.

Chelsea’s Development Squad manager, Joe Edwards, will also be promoted in line with Lampard’s arrival, with the highly-rated young coach boasting a close relationship with Morris from his time in the academy.

Lampard spoke of his delight at re-joining the club where he is regarded as a legend upon the announcement, saying: “I am immensely proud to be returning to Chelsea as head coach.

“Everyone knows my love for this club and the history we have shared, however, my sole focus is on the job in hand and preparing for the season ahead.

“I am here to work hard, bring further success to the club and I cannot wait to get started.”

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added on the club’s official website: “It gives us great pleasure to welcome Frank back to Chelsea as head coach.

“Frank possesses fantastic knowledge and understanding of the club and, last season, he demonstrated he is one of the most talented young coaches in the game.

“After 13 years with us as a player, where he became a club legend and our record goalscorer, we believe this is the perfect time for him to return and are delighted he has done so.

“We will do everything we can to ensure he has all the support required to be a huge success.”

Lampard will now lead Chelsea into seven pre-season matches in Dublin, Japan, Germany and Austria before opening the season against Manchester United at Old Trafford on August 11.

He will not, though, be able to request new signings due to a two-window transfer ban imposed by FIFA.

The arrival of Christian Pulisic, whose move from Borussia Dortmund was completed in January, will help ease the load on Lampard’s squad while Mateo Kovacic has seen his loan move from Real Madrid turned into a permanent deal

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COZA Pastor Fatoyinbo not our member – CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) church is not a member of its CAN family following the rape allegation levelled against its Senior Pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo.

In press statement signed by National Legal and Public Affairs, CAN, Evang Barr Kwamkur, Samuel Vondip, the body condemned the act and admonished pastors in the country to distance themselves from rape and any act of infidelity.

“CAN is deeply concerned about the ongoing rape allegation saga arising from a confessional statement by a former female member of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Mrs. Bisola Dakolo, against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, the senior pastor of COZA.

“The association recognises that COZA, to the best of our knowledge, is not a member of any of the families that belong to CAN. CAN, as an association; it is equally sad that there have been recurrent allegations of rape and infidelity against some gospel ministers and other Christians as well.

“While efforts must be made to get to the root of the matter through thorough investigation, the association condemns totally, any act of infidelity either by a pastor or any member of the church of God.”

CAN frowned at immoral relationships in the society and said the acts are against the teachings of the Bible and the church.

“We urge all ministers of the gospel to shun all appearances of evil especially, unregulated closeness to persons in the church. Rape by every standard is sinful and an act of wickedness.

“We do not know for sure whether or not some or all of the allegations of rape and illicit relationship leveled against members of the clergy are true; we strongly appeal to all Christians to avoid blackmail against any brother or sister in the church for whatever reason. All of us must avoid making ourselves vulnerable.

“The association understands the challenges of preachers who, by virtue of their position as parents of all in the church, may stand the danger of being accused. All Christians, leaders most especially, must be circumspect in the way they walk, not as unwise but as wise.”

CAN called on the security agents and the judiciary to redouble their efforts in prosecuting the various cases of rape and other heinous crimes that are presently bedeviling our society without fear or prejudice.

“CAN recognises that this must be a very trying time for the ladies who leveled allegations against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo and on the other ministers whose stories are trending presently.

“We pray for them that to the extent to which they are true and sincere, God would strengthen and comfort them in their fight for justice. The association equally recognises that this is a very hard time for the Christian church in Nigeria, especially for worshipers in COZA and all other churches whose pastors are accused.”