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Otunba Gbenga Daniels’ Ambition tears Gov. Dapo Abiodun and Ogun APC apart

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The duo of former governor Otunba Gbenga Daniel known as OGD and incumbent governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun are close friends of decades ago. During the tenure of former Governor Ibikunle Amosun when he wanted to install a successor against the mandate of Dapo Abiodun, despite OGD being in the opposition, he worked assiduously for the emergence of his friends as Governor of Ogun state. It was a very big political fight as different factions within and outside the All Progressive Congress APC teamed up to truncated the emergence of Gov. Amosun’s stooge; Hon. Akinlade Adekunle, candidate of Allied Peoples Movement APM.

 

After the pools, we gathered that; OGD was rewarded for his commitment to using his resources to ensure Governor Dapo emerged Governor. “He was given slots for his people for political appointment and also his Conference hotel that was under locked key during the 8 years tenure of Senator Amosun was handed over to him for business.” These among other things we gathered that Daniel benefitted from the Dapo Abiodun administration which led him to dump the opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP to the ruling APC. After Daniel decamped, the APC family applauded his movement. They rejoiced and jubilated that the PDP lost a big fish like Daniel leaving Hon. Ladi Adebutu as the only opposition in Ogun.

 

According to sources, Daniel’s defection to the APC was borne out of his selfish desire to follow Amosun’s footstep by getting the APC senatorial ticket for Ogun East. A senatorial district where Gov. Dapo Abiodun hails from. According to political pundit, Gbenga Daniel is from Sagamu and Governor Dapo is from Iperu under the same Remo Federal constituency. “Since the history of Ogun East, all senator representing the district are from Ijebu-Igbo and Ijebu-ode because they have block votes from that district that no guber candidate will joke with.”

 

We also gathered that OGD’s senatorial ambition is currently tearing the party apart as members of APC claimed that a decampee cannot come from PDP to fight for their ticket. “Ogun East APC elders are not happy with the recent development. Daniel cannot come and call the shot for us in APC. We have people who have suffered for the party just to clinch the ticket to represent the district at the Senate but the party told them to wait for their turn. Now Daniel is coming to cause division in the party. We will resist him at all cost.” A party chieftain disclosed.

 

Currently, Governor Dapo Abiodun is in a tight corner as he does not want to lose anybody because of his second-term ambition. Senator Amosun will be returning for Ogun central, Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola Yayi would be coming to battle Senator Tolu Odebiyi for the Ogun West ticket and Senator Lekan Mustapha would also want to retain his seat in the red chambers. Dapo Abiodun from Remo needs votes from the Ijebu voters and his own people in Remo will definitely vote for him which is where Daniel is from. “With the situation of things; Governor Dapo will be looking to sacrifice OGD’s Senatorial Ambition to get the block vote from the Ijebu’s for his reelection. Senator Yayi’s structure will be ready to work again for his re-election as he will also work for Yayi to get the Ogun West ticket.” A close source told CITYSPY.

 

Governor Dapo as the leader of the party in the state is doing everything possible to make sure Gbenga Daniel shelves his ambition as he has promised to further include him in his government during his second tenure. “With Governor Dapo’s body language, he is diplomatically conveying a message to Daniel to forgo his ambition. A Governor and Senator cannot emerge from the same constituency. It’s good to share everything equal for an all-inclusive government so votes from the district will not be divided because of clashed interests. Governor Dapo is currently reconciling with aggrieved members so as to make his reelection process smooth.”

 

CITYSPY gathered that; consultation is ongoing for Otunba Gbenga Daniel on his senatorial ambition. With stiff opposition from APC chieftains, it seems OGD might likely defect back to the PDP or another party if he wants his ambition to see the light of the day as Ogun APC is not ready to give him the ticket or else votes from the district will be shared which is not a welcoming idea for Governor Dapo Abiodun. As the election draws nearer, more political intrigues will trail the Ogun state political landscape anytime soon.

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FIRSTBANK COMMEMORATES 2022 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY, DEDICATING THE WEEK TO CELEBRATING THE YOUTH

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced its commemoration of the 2022 International Youth Day, globally celebrated today, 12 August 2022 and themed “Intergenerational solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages.” 

 

The International Youth Day is commemorated every year on 12 August, bringing youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrating the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society. The Day also amplifies the message that action is needed across all generations to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and leave no one behind. 

 

Leading up to the day, the Bank dedicated the week of 8 – 12 August with a lineup of activities to reiterate its commitment to Youth Empowerment.

 

As a Bank renowned for its role in developing the economy through sustainable employment and entrepreneurship endeavours, the 2022 edition of the Youth Week will promote economic empowerment and employment, digital technology, and education as its focus during the celebration.

 

The Youth Week comprises various activities, including a Fashion illustration workshop, Design skill training, Gen Z/Millennial Webinar and many more exciting activities. These activities would give participants opportunities to win various exciting gift items.

 

Under the [email protected] program, the Bank will empower the youths through Artistry Workshop Sessions & Arts Classes. Interested in the art of fashion design and illustrations, visit the Bank’s social media handles – Instagram: @firstbanknigeria, Facebook: First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Twitter: @FirstBankngr – for information on how you can be among 10 lucky winners to have the opportunity to learn the business of fashion at Claire Idera fashion studio. 

 

Likewise, the Creative design workshop will enable youths design skill training; design thinking principles and their application in the context of layout, typefaces and colour. Interested youths can also participate on the FirstBank social media handles, where 25 lucky winners will be selected to learn the Art of Design at Geneza School of Designs.

 

Commemorating the Youth Week, Dr Adesola Adeduntan, Chief Executive Officer of FirstBank said: ‘’We remain committed to celebrating the younger demography whose voices, actions, vigour, and tireless participation in the political, economic, and social activities have continued to birth major contributions towards the sustainable development of Africa and the world at large. The planned activities will promote better collaboration and solidarity across generations to foster successful and equitable relationships, and partnerships thereby ensuring “no one is left behind” and empowering everyone to leverage their full potential toward achieving the much-desired Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

This Youth demography has a striking significance for us at FirstBank with the Millennials and Gen Zs constituting almost 60% of our workforce. This shows that youths are an integral part of our organisation and every country where we operate”, he concluded.

 

For more information and participation in the Youth Week, kindly visit the bank’s verified social media platforms; Instagram: @firstbanknigeria, Facebook: First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Twitter: @FirstBankngr

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BUA CHAIRMAN, ABDUL SAMAD RABIU GIFTS FG 10BILLION NAIRA AS SECURITY SUPPORT FUND THROUGH HIS ASR AFRICA AS HE VISITS BUHARI

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Leading Nigerian Businessman, Industrialist and Philanthropist, Abdul Samad Rabiu, paid a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari today in Abuja, to update him and to thank him for creating an enabling environment for business to thrive, and also brief him on the strides BUA Group has made in the past few years.

Thereafter, Rabiu briefed the President on the activities of his foundation, The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa) during which he also announced the donation of a N10billion Nigeria Security Support Fund from ASR Africa towards the provision of some security equipment, medical and other supplies, upgrade of health facilities and other infrastructure for families of those on the frontlines.

According to Rabiu, the visit was in order to identify with President Muhammadu Buhari, during whose tenure BUA has built over 10 factories with two of the Group’s subsidiaries now amongst the top 10 largest publicly listed companies in Africa, and to further support the efforts of his administration in business as well as in the security space.

In his response, President Buhari said it was heartwarming to see and hear of Nigerian companies doing so much within Nigeria, and Africa especially in the area of production using locally available raw materials. He also expressed his elation at the achievements of BUA which had led to phenomenal growth within such a short time. “As a Government, we know we have done a lot in this regard, and we will continue to do more to support the aspirations of serious businesses, big and small, by providing an enabling environment as well as supporting value creation within Nigeria..”

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One Year After, Family, Friends Celebrates Late Hosa Okunbo

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Like the popular saying that; sweetness is the memory of the righteous for Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbo, His memory will forever linger on in the heart of many most especially those he has touched their lives positively. About a year ago when the news of his long-time battle with cancer came, many started praying that a philanthropist of his repute who has many under his scholarship and under his payroll should survive the deadly sickness but as the supreme being will have it; Captain Hosa as he is fondly called succumbed to the dreaded grim reaper and embarked on a sojourn of no return.

 

It was indeed an emotional moment as the country most especially Edo State was thrown into a sober mood. Tears started to flow like a river as loud voices rented the air asking God why such a man with a heart of Gold will have to leave without bidding farewell. In disappointment, all sundry succumbed to the will of the creator as the one who giveth and taketh. The head honcho of Ocean Marine Solutions and Wells and Carlton hotel had joined his ancestors at the very tender age of 63.

 

In celebration of his life and times on earth, His family held a one-year thanksgiving memorial service for him in the United Kingdom headed by his wife Mrs Nosa Idahosa Okunbo and children at the Trinity House in West Hampstead, hosted by Pastor Ituah Ighodalo. The church service reawaken memories of the late billionaire business mogul as it was an intense and emotional atmosphere.  In Nigeria, His daughter, Olori Aiyivieruewinoya ‘Ivie’ Emiko-Atuwatse, Atuwatse III, Queen of Warri Kingdom alongside his other children also had a memorial service for him at Greenhouse Farm, Benin, Edo State. It was a grand celebration where his friends and fellow kinsmen joined to celebrate his one-year memorial service and remembrance.

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