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Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde’s Tenacity 

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Seyi Makinde

 

For Governor of Oyo State; Engr. Seyi Makinde to have attained his current position, it took him several failed attempts. With consistency and his goal-oriented nature, providence granted his heart desirers making him the Governor of Oyo State in 2019. His story is an inspiring one most especially for those who have been trying to achieve their dreams but failed. His story teaches doggedness, consistency, sincerity of purpose and patience. If his story is well scribbled with some artistic element infused into it, expect a sold-out movie at the box office. 

In 2007, Omi Titun as he is fondly called contested for the Oyo South Senatorial seat under the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) but lost to the People’s Democratic Party candidate PDP Kamoru Adedibu. In 2010; under the PDP, he aspired for the Oyo South Senatorial seat in 2011 but lost the primary election. In another attempt in 2014, he also targeted the Oyo State 2015 governorship ticket under the platform of the PDP, upon the conclusion of the party’s primary election, he was denied a nomination ticket. With self-belief and his will for a call to service to his people, Makinde however, remained true to his ambition and defected to the Social Democratic Party SDP, under which platform he contested for the Oyo State 2015 SDP gubernatorial candidate, but came out 3rd before eventually getting back to winning ways at the 2019 general election, where he defeated his closest rival and the All Progressive Congress APC candidate, Bayo Adelabu at the gubernatorial poll. Ever since that moment, the fortune of Oyo State has changed for good. Despite sheer criticism from all quarters, Seyi remains distinct in his approach to governance, by delivering all his campaign promises. 

Ever since his swearing-in as Governor, he has been at loggerhead with Former Ekiti State Governor; Peter Ayodele Fayose over who controls the soul of the South-West PDP. The Cold war between the duo took the intervention of many party chieftain to reconcile them. To prove his political strength, at the just concluded PDP South-West Exco elections that held in Osun state, Makinde and Fayose sheathe their sword with the ballot box. The issue of supremacy was put to rest as Makinde’s backed candidate, Hon. Taofeek Arapaja, defeated the former governor’s Chief Eddy Olafeso in the contest held in Osogbo, capital of Osun State. Arapaja, a former deputy governor of Oyo State, scored 343 votes while Olafeso, a former national vice-chairman of the party, got 330 votes. “The victory for Makinde is a big win. As a first-term governor who just spent 2 years in office, he single-handedly fought existing structures to install his people through the ballot. It shows that he is not only gaining the trust of his people but also getting the trust of his party men who went all out to make sure his candidate emerges.” A source said. 

It’s quite important to note that Seyi and Fayose are brothers. No amount of media campaign can cause issues between the duo. “Behind closed doors, they have embraced each other. If Fayose’s candidate had won, Governor Makinde will also congratulate him. All is in the single motif to move the party forward.” A source further averred.

 

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REVEALED: WHY APC LEADERSHIP SHOULD NULLIFY PARTY’S GUBERNATORIAL PRIMARIES

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The APC Anambra gubernatorial primary elections have been declared unacceptable by the party members and major stakeholders following the recent discovery of election malpractice. According to reputable sources within the party, it has been discovered that Sen Andy Ubah, the presumed winner of the June 26 poll conspired with the governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodinma to hamper the free, fair and peaceful execution of the party primary elections.

Following the announcement of a landslide victory of the unpopular Sen Andy Ubah suspicions of foul play began to rise. A formal complaint was filed by other aspirants, and an immediate investigation was launched. It was then determined that Sen Andy Ubah, with the help of Governor Hope Uzodinma, had lobbied the members of the primaries committee to alter the results in his favour. The ongoing investigation suggests that the chairman of the committee, Dapo Abiodun (Ogun state governor), was reportedly bullied by Andy Ubah and Hope Uzodinma to tamper with the electoral process.

It was also gathered that no election was held in many wards around the state and there has been no singular evidence to prove otherwise. The hierarchy within the party was also discovered to be oblivious of the turnout of the elections. These findings beg the obvious question, how did the results come about?

A cross-examination of Anambrarians revealed that APC had already begun to gain grounds and earn the trust of Anambrarians through the works of aspirants like Hon Azuka Okwuosa, Chief Ben Etiaba and Godwin Okonkwo. The general opinion of Andy Ubah is a greedy politician who is out to siphon government funds. “If a candidate like Hon Azuka Okwuosa is declared winner, he would have had a lot more support, but Andy Ubah’s mysterious victory is quite shady,” one of the party’s supporters remarked.

Due to the inability of the party’s leadership to vouch for the validity of the posted results, party members and aspirants have called upon them to nullify the results. They stressed that the party should not support a skewed and biased outcome based on fraudulent elections. In order to fulfill the party’s initial intention of a flawless and honest process, a new committee should be constituted to conduct the primary election at a later date. In their belief, this will put the party back on track to winning the hearts of all Anambrarians.

Despite the fact that a new date for a new election is still to be set, party supporters have expressed satisfaction and gratitude for the leadership’s decision and stance against election rigging. They are, without a doubt, highly optimistic that a deserving candidate will emerge victorious from the new election.

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Politician and Business man,  Ademola T. Ajibola Launches ATAjere, to Share 500,000 Naira Among Petty Traders

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The ATA Movement, a socio-political platform led by the young and upwardly mobile entertainment consultant and serial entrepreneur, Ademola Titilopemi Ajibola, had concluded plans to commence her #ATAjere program, a market invasion created to alleviate and complement the economic development of market women across different markets of Ibadan.

ATA’JERE (which translates to SUCCESS IN TRADE) is one of the many programmed on the ATA AGENDA which Ademola projects. The first edition is set to give 50 market women and men, 10,000 naira cash support to add as business aids to boost whatever they sell.

This edition will launch at the popular APATA market of the Ibadan South West LGA on Saturday, July 3rd, 2021 and the train will move on a periodic basis to other markets within the Ibadan South West/North West Federal Constituency.

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For ATA as Ajibola is fondly called, “There is no better time to start this activation than now. Sometimes last year, I was a part of a charity project, THE MADE MEN, that stormed some markets and it breaks ones heart to see that some people’s whole tray of wares is less than 5,000 naira. That experience was an eye opener for me as to the pains people go through. 5,000 naira  like 10 dollars. How much profit does such person want to make to survive in this tough realities?”. These are some of the reasons why I told myself that whenever I can afford to push for it, I will do my best to support people within my community in my own small ways, to assist and that’s why this project was created”.

This has no political/tribal coloration to this segment of my agenda as I’m doing it solely as a commitment I’ve had in plans for people with or without any return. Earlier in June this year, I did a debate competition that had 20 students drawn from 10 secondary schools compete, with 2 students going home with Laptops, some getting Jamb Forms support, 2 students went home with 30,000 naira and 20,000 respectively, amongst others”. I do what I feel makes my society better and I’m hopeful I’d do more as God spread my wings. It’s time to act, remembering well that the government can’t do all”.

While many are strongly clamoring for ATA to play actively in the 2023 general elections, the Oke-Ado-born articulate speaker is yet to make an official declaration as to where he is headed, even though his works and personality are becoming more pronounced in the Ibadan.

 

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JUST IN: OKWUOSA IS APC LUCKY STAR, ANAMBRA WILL REJOICE – PROPHET SOLOMON AMADI

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“I am not comfortable with APC but if God has chosen Okwuosa for Anambra, who am I to object.” These were the exact words of Prophet Solomon Amadi, a renowned prophet and leader of the Life Transformation Ministries, in a press conference held on June 24, 2021. Speaking with the members of the Youth Nation, he attested to a series of visions he has had in respect to the ideal successor of the incumbent governor.

 

The events in the state, he claims, compelled him to conduct a supernatural investigation into God’s intention for Anambra. “I prayed God to show me his will for Anambra, the one who will turn Anambra into a true light of the nation, and Azuka Okwuosa keeps popping up,” he stated.

 

He also mentioned that, prior to his God-wards investigation, he had never heard of Azuka Okwuosa because he had personally opted not to get involved in politics. However, his revelation prompted him to conduct some study, and the findings corroborated his visions.

 

The Prophet stated that he has discovered Okwuosa to be a gentleman with a servant’s heart and a heart of love, which are attributes that a true leader should possess. He also asserted that Okwuosa’s rising popularity, which had eluded him for so long, will continue to grow into an overwhelming force that no other contender will be able to match.

 

On a broader scope, this is not the first time visions of Okwuosa are coming to light. Earlier in May, the Anglican Bishop of the Awka Diocese, His Lordship Most Rev. Chibuzo Ibezim made known his vision of Okwuosa’s impending victory. He credited him as a man who is committed to God’s mission, and he will carry out God’s purpose in Anambra.

 

Finally, Prophet Solomon urged Anambrarians and APC supporters to rally behind Hon Azuka Okwuosa, saying that he is the man God has selected to lead Anambra to a new level of development. The outcome of the APC primaries on June 26 will determine how far Prophet Solomon’s vision will be realized.

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