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The Untold Story Of Degeneration Of Osun APC Crisis By Aladelola Adisa




The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State of Osun might not have festered to date if fairness, unity and collective purpose wasn’t jettisoned by the current administration in the State, investigations have revealed.

Due to controversies surrounding the emergence and eventual assumption of office of Governor Oyetola, efforts were not spared to unite members of the APC political family in Osun.

Findings revealed that rather than the Governor and his loyalists strengthening and rejuvenating the party for the consolidation of progressive legacies in the state, it began an unprecedented politics of segregation and exclusivity against members of the party that brought him to power in 2018.

A source who is close to the two camps told journalists that party members who wanted to ensure that the crisis did not degenerate, at its earlier stage, formed The Osun Progressives (TOP), a caucus of the party in a bid to right the wrongs of the factional party chairman, Gboyega Famodun and by extension, the Governor’s camp.

A top party chieftain in the state who prayed not to be named because of the height of the crisis said Governor Oyetola’s strong position not to associate with anyone who believed in his predecessor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s administration was the first in the series of strokes he used to further divide the party.

The party leader explained further: “Since the creation of Osun in August 27, 1991, Osun has been democratically governed with Osun West Senatorial District taking the first shot but ruling for just less than 24 months; Osun East Senatorial District ruling for eight years; Osun Central Senatorial District where Governor Oyetola hails from would have ruled for 15 and half years by the end of his tenure.

With three Governors: Chief Bisi Akande, four years; Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, seven and half years; and Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola who would have spent four years at the end of his first term by 2022 being from the same Ifelodun/Boripe/Odo-Otin Federal Constituency as Oyinlola.

“In 2018, the agitation for the Osun West Senatorial District to produce the next Governor was fierce and huge. It was so fierce that all party leaders, starting from the elders, Agba Osun caucus of APC, majority of the State Executive Council, and virtually all organs of the party were hell-bent on “WEST LOKAN AGENDA.

“In spite of this clamour, the then Chief of Staff, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, was produced as the APC candidate for the State Gubernatorial Election.

“That decision alone fragmented the party such that a section of the party decamped to the ADP, costing APC at least 49,000 votes in the 2018 election. Eventually, the election was declared Inconclusive and a Rerun was ordered, with Alhaji Oyetola eventually winning with a slim margin.

“Although, many factors were responsible for the declaration of the election being Inconclusive, among which was the decamping of aggrieved section of APC members to the ADP – costing APC over 49,000 votes, the unpopularity of the APC candidate as well as the general clamour for OSUN WEST DISTRICT to field the next Governor were the driving factors for APC’s unusually slim victory in the 2018 guber elections”.

Speaking further, and digging deeper into the unpopularity of the candidate, the source posited, “If we compare the results of Alhaji Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola in his home local governments and that of his closest rival, the PDP candidate in his home local governments, we will discover the huge difference of 21,525 votes in favour of the PDP candidate. This is significant, considering the fact that, PDP could only lead APC after the first ballot by only 353 votes.

“Instead of considering the above factors as the main factors responsible for the declaration of the election Inconclusive, Governor Oyetola, from the inception of his administration embarked on a campaign of calumny and politics of division within the party. Under the Oyetola administration, whoever is perceived to be associated with or harbour any interest in the legacy of immediate past administration or commitment to his predecessor is alienated from the party and government regardless of their contribution to the success of the party.”

Another albatross, the APC chieftain remarked hanging on the neck of Oyetola and his IleriOluwa camp, was the reversal of the major policies of the Aregbesola administration spitefully. They noted that since the start of his administration, the Governor had publicly shown his disdain for the Minister which Ogbeni was aware of but kept mum in the spirit of party cohesion and political maturity.

“For example, when the Muslim Community in Osun was planning to honour Ogbeni with the title of WAZIRI’L MUMINEEN of the State of Osun, the Governor and his team bluntly showed disdain for the event. Despite the fact that Governor Oyetola was the one that picked the date for the programme, he directed that major functionaries of his government should not attend the programme, while also travelling out of the country himself. The only Local Government Chairman who took active role in the programme, Hon Akeem Olaoye, then Chairman of Osogbo South LCDA was suspended from office for six months. Till today, the unbridled castigation of APC Party stalwarts by members of Oyetola’s administration is the order the day.”

He said while all these were going on, some concerned members of the party approached the Governor to have a rethink about his actions and inactions against APC stalwarts including the former Governor, but the Governor did not yield.

The APC leader noted, “The issues were brought to the attention of Baba Bisi Akande, the former Governor of Osun, for resolutions, though this effort did not produce a decisive resolution. Thereafter, in December 2020, Asiwaju intervened at a meeting held at the Ila Orangun residence of Baba Bisi Akande, with Baba Akande, Governor Oyetola and Ogbeni in attendance where resolutions were agreed. However, the resolutions taken at that meeting were jettisoned and the leaders have not since then raised a finger.

“When there was no solution in sight, genuine party leaders who love the party and majority of people who suffered before we could restore the progressive party back to power in Osun 12 years ago, came together to form The Osun Progressives (TOP), in order to reorganize the party for future elections.

“Immediately The Osun Progressives (TOP) was formed, the Government started castigating leaders of the group and its members. Though this attack has continued unabated, however on a daily basis, members of TOP have kept increasing.

“Immediately the timetable for Ward Congress was released by the National Secretariat of the APC, the leadership of TOP announced to the whole world that they were ready for the Congress but the Governor’s group, said they were not ready for a Congress rather they settled for Consensus. While TOP went for real Congress, the Governor’s group went for a dubious ‘CONSENSUS’.

“The Governor used his position as a member of the Caretaker Extraordinary and Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the APC with the support of Senator Iyiola Omisore, to influence the Chairman of the Osun Convention Planning Committee, Hon. Elegbeleye to declare the Governor’s group consensus list as duly elected ward Executives; TOP then petitioned the National Secretariat in the form of an Appeal and eventually the Appeal Committee came, they were equally compromised by the Governor, using his influence as a member of CECPC. But one significant thing about the Appeal was during its sitting, known thugs from the Governor’s group came to disrupt the proceedings.

“However, seven leaders of TOP were arraigned before the Magistrate Court instead of arresting and prosecuting thugs. The case was eventually dismissed.

As the crisis continued, especially in relation to the party Congress, numerous party leaders have intervened without any clear resolution in sight.

“On January 8, 2022, the APC National Reconciliation Committee arrives Osun, met with Governor Oyetola’s APC factions, who urged the National Reconciliation Committee to disregard the petitions forwarded to it by TOP.”

While expressing optimism for an end in sight to the crisis, the party chieftain called for a genuine, equitable and fair reconciliation as the chieftain posited, “if with a united party in 2018, the current Governor barely won the election, how will the party perform with a divided house as we approach the coming Guber election”.

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Why Otunba Gbenga Daniel’s Image Has Been On The Rise





At the recent 60th birthday of his wife, Yeye Olufunke Daniel, a few weeks back, many were surprised at how Senator (Otunba) Gbenga Daniel was able to pull a mix of politicians from all the parties, to the party. Although, he is a valued member of APC, politicians from the PDP, Labour and other parties attended. His colleagues at the Senate all showed up at the party held at
Balmoral Event Centre at The Sheraton, Ikeja, Lagos. Members of the House of Reps were in ample attendance. It was a mixture of all the who- is-who in the 2 Chambers. A lot of former Governors attended. And many of the big politicians across the country gathered to honour one of their own, OGD.
Yes, it was a colourful birthday, but it sent strong signals to many politicians about the political strength of OGD.inner caucus. He is the Finance Minister & Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy to represent him at the Birthday. He also delivered a beautiful birthday message meant for both the celebrant and her husband.
That OGD is a powerful politician from the South West is pretty obvious. He has scaled and survived all the land mines thrown his way over the last 25 years, since his days as governor. One thing he has going for him, is his mastery of politics and politicking.
When he was in PDP, he was also quite influential so much so that he vied for the Chairmanship of the party. That made him travel round the country several times over, during which he built alliances across the Niger and Up North. When he handled Abubakar Atiku’s Campaign a few years back, he again engaged in marathon journeys across the 36 states of the federation. With the result that today, he has friends and political associates across Nigeria
Otunba Justus Olugbenga Daniel is an accomplished Engineer, a consummate politician and a quintessential Manager of Man and Resources. He is now The Senator
representing the Ogun East Senatorial District. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers; the Institute of Directors, Nigeria; the Nigerian Institute of Mechanical Engineering; and the Academy of Engineering. He was the Founder/Chairman, Kresta Laurel Limited (KLL) Lagos, an
Engineering firm that specializes in elevators, power systems, overhead travelling cranes and hoists which has remained a leader in its area of competence. He was a two-term Executive Governor of Oguns State between 2003 and 2011. Born on 6th April, 1956 into the family of the Most Reverend Adebola Daniel of Makun, Sagamu and late Madam
Olaitan Daniel of Omu-Ijebu, Otunba Daniel, brilliant, audacious and intuitive as a College Boy, attended the famous Baptist Boys High School (BBHS), Abeokuta, the School of Basic Studies at The Polytechnic, Ibadan and later studied Engineering at the University of Lagos. He further earned a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Lagos and subsequently attended the Lagos Business School for an executive programme. Otunba Daniel cut his professional teeth with Metal Construction (West Africa) Limited. He later worked with H.F. Schroeder (West Africa) Limited, Lagos where he served as the General Manager and later, Deputy Managing Director making him the first African to rise to that position in the history of the company’s operations. Kresta Laurel Limited is the foremost and the first ISO 9001 certified lift company in Nigeria. It is also the authorized distributor of KONE elevators; one of the biggest elevator makers in the world.
Otunba Daniel’s resolved to plough back into the society inspired him to go into public service through a not-for-profit organisation, the Gateway Front Foundation (GFF) which has, over the years impacted lives of the people positively, Otunba Gbenga Daniel contested and won the 2003 and 2007 Governorship elections in Ogun State, under which he signed “A Contract with the People” with a commitment to improve the living conditions of many by awakening the sleeping
giant Ogun State, through harnessing its human and natural resources.
He brought positive innovation and productive dynamism into governance. In terms of people- oriented programmes, it is
widely acknowledged that Otunba Daniel restored hope, rehabilitated infrastructure, re-engineered institutions and firmly put in place an agenda of modernisation in Ogun State. It is to his credit that Ogun State
became the investment destination of choice not only in Nigeria but also on the West Coast of Africa. Indeed, his programme on Public Private Partnership (PPP) attracted several businesses into the state during and after his tenure while the state gradually eased into the ranks of the world’s most attractive market. Some of his landmark achievements include; road rehabilitation, employment
generation, ICT revolution, investment influx, tourism, rural healthcare programme and sports development.
His footprints dotted several
areas like:
1. Founding of Nigeria’s first University of Education; The TaiSolarin University of Education(TASUED) which is the first in
Nigeria; second in Africa and eighth in the world.
2. Founding of Four ICT Polytechnics across the four zones of the state.
3.The construction of 3 world class Stadia and the upgrading of one stadium that attracted FIFA to hold a world cup at Ijebu-Ode.
4. The successful hosting of National Sports Festival and tournaments.
5. The transformation of Ogun State to a virile private sector driven business haven by
encouraging public private partnership.
6. The construction of over 2000 kilometres of road rehabilitation in his first four years as Governor.
7. Resuscitation and expansion of several
agricultural plantations.
8. Creation and invigoration of the South West Resource Centre.
9. Encouragement of Local & Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) through Partnerships with various countries and Development Partners such as the Guangdong, China’s Business Community with multi billion Dollars Industrial Park in the state.
10. The initiation of the Olokola NLNG project.
11. The modernization of Olumo Rock Beautification of Laogo Island Beach thereby improving on the Tourism potentials of the state.
12. The conceptualisation, initiation, design, acquisition of lands, payment of compensation, getting all necessary approvals for the establishment of an Agro
Cargo Airport and Aerotropolis in the Remo area of Ogun State are all to the credit of Otunba Gbenga Daniel.
13. The Signing into law of the Child Rights Bill as the first governor in the whole country to
do such.
14. Conceptualisation and setting up of three Free Trade Zones in the state. Kajola FTZ in
Ifo, Ogun-Guangdong FTZ in Igbesa, and Olokola FTZ in Ogun Waterside.
15. Development of the Ogun State Master Plan, including the establishment of an Abeokuta Business District/City Centre at
Oke Ilewo Ibara.
Otunba Daniel has continued funding Youth Development Initiatives within and outside
Ogun State. He established the Political Leadership Academy (POLA) with the vision to identify, codify, enhance and propagate principles and capacities needed for effective
value-based socio-political and economic leadership. In recognition of his contributions to educational development in the State
 Otunba Daniel was honoured with several academic laurels some of which are: Honorary Fellow of the National Postgraduate
Medical College of Nigeria (2004) Dr. of Science Doctorof Development Administration (DDA, Honoris Causa) 2004 and Doctor of Agriculture (D. Agric, Honoris Causa) 2005 among others.
He has also won several distinguished awards including; One of Nigeria’s 100 Most Successful Businessmen (National Concord)-1993 MKO some of the Junior World Soccer Abiola Leadership Prize 2004, Zik Leadership Award, 2006 and •Africa Leadership Prize for the Best Performed Governor for year 2003 2004 among many
Otunba Daniel was elected by an unprecedented number of votes in the history of Ogun East Senatorial District elections
during the 2023 general elections to represent the people of the District. Since he was elected a Senator to represent the people of Ogu East Senatorial District, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, who is also the Chairman, Senate Committee on the Navy and the Vice Chairman, National Identity Management and Population has: Floated a Zero Interest Micro Credit revolving loan
empowerments Scheme for petty traders in the Senatorial District.
*Sponsored Free Eye Care program for thousands of people. in the Senatorial District.
* Facilitated a Rice Value Chain Training program for Rice Farmers in Remo
• Facilitated the distribution of Fertilisers to farmers in the district
*Facilitated the Renovation of a block of four Classrooms with Office finally completed and
delivered at Omu-Ajose Comprehensive High School, Omu Ijebu, Ogun State (Status:
Facilitated the Construction of Perimeter Fencing of Otunba Gbenga Daniel Nursery and Basic School and Gated (Status: Completed)
Facilitated the sinking of Boreholes in Ijebu Ode and Ago Iwoye.
He has sponsored so many Bills.
They include:
1. South West Development Commission Bill: which has passed the First Reading Stage
and is waiting to be gazetted in the National Assembly Journal, on its way to 2nd Reading.
2. Federal College of Aviation Technology, llara Remo: 2nd Reading taken on Wednesday.
15th November 2023.
3. National Economic Coordinating and Intelligence Committee Bill: Submitted for Ist
4. Hospices (Establishment) Bill: Submitted for 1st Reading
5. Terminal Illness Trust Fund Bill (SB 223): 1st Reading taken on 2nd November, 2023
6. Draft Federal University of Industrial and Petro-Gas, Oni in Ogun Waterside Bill.
7. Draft National Academy of Science Bill.
8. Draft Medical Physics Regulatory Council of Nigeria Bill
9. Draft Media Practitioners Registration Council of Nigeria (MPRCN) Bill: MOTION (July 5, 2023)
Urgent Need to Intervene in the Flooding Issues in Sagamu, Ijebu Areas of Ogun East
Senatorial District, Ogun State, Edu and Patigi Areas of Kwara North Senatorial District of
Kwara State and other parts of the country.

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WHY IS ODUNMBAKU BABA ETO’S NAME ON EVERY LIP?  – By Sesan Lamuye, A Political Analyst 






Cardinal James Omolaja Odunmbaku, the Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) cleric and political engineer, is one of a kind who stands in a unique class of his own.
His types don’t happen too commonly. Infact, in our clime, he is a rarity, to have one person clothed in celestial and terrestial robes so fittingly.
Only few of his peers can honestly say they don’t envy his sartorial elegance whenever he appears in his ecumenical garments. And when he sheds that, to adorn the political regalia, he’s also a people’s delight.
Few of his type readily come to mind anywhere – in Africa or in any continent. I think of Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa and, elegantly speaking, Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus who ruled from both the pulpit and the polity in his life time.
Odunmbaku, better known as “Baba Eto”, is a mortal, but given the extraordinary gift of the garb and demonstrable style that is uniquely his own, he’s fast assuming the status of an indispensable human specie.
His type acquire larger than life status that is bound to attract positivity and negativity.
Those who are enamoured of him present to the world a cult-like image of him. To them, he can do no wrong. One such person, before the satanic instinct in man, reared its ugly head in him, was so fanatical of the man, Eto, he registered some of his personal vehicles “Aremo”, for which he used to tell those who cared to know, that he was “heir-apparent” to Eto. Today, that person is singing new tunes, as if his new listeners cannot decipher sychophancy and crass opportunism in his new drumbeats.
Another was said to have appeared at a political interview panel where, when asked what credentials she had to seek a position, she matter-of-factly told the panelists “Eto”. And when repeatedly asked what qualifications did she have to think she was fit for the job, she retorted: ” Eto ! Eto !! Eto !!!
That secured the job for her !
Such a person is bound to attract envy, jealousy and disdain, dislike, or even hatred to himself. That is the fate of Baba Eto !
There must be something extra going for the “priestly-politico” that the talent-discoverer, otherwise known as Bola Ahmed Tinubu, identified him to drive his gubernatorial campaign in Lagos State; and has ever since held on to him so fanatically that he has solely led the campaign of other guber candidates like Babatunde Raji Fashola, Akunwunmi Ambode and Babajide Sanwoolu to roaring successes.
If beneficiaries of Baba Eto’s gifts turn round to paint scurrilous pictures of the man, such people can only be consigned to the dustbin in which immortal Chief Obafemi Awolowo put those he described as ingrates of his large-ness of heart. As the late sage declared: ” There’s no escape for those who deny benefits”
Let the person without any blemish come out and cast the first stone. If we put aside belly-aching, jealousy and such-like vices, you cannot encounter Odunmbaku, Baba Eto, on the pulpit or the political rostrum and not doff your hats for this quintessential orator, mobiliser and professor of political mobilisation.
If some see him negatively from the positive binoculars with which Tinubu and many more view Baba Eto, then such minority must be wearing blurry blinkers in their faces.

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Ondo 2024: Akinterinwa meets APC SWC, formally declares for Governor






Frontline aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo state Hon. Wale Akinterinwa, on Tuesday, visited the state secretariat of the APC in Akure, where he formally declared his intention to contest the state Governorship election billed for later this year.
Accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Oluremi Akinterinwa, and a host of notable party leaders from across the 18 local government areas of the state, Akinterinwa met with members of the State Working Committee (SWC) of the party during the visit.
During the program, Barr. Ajisafe introduced Hon. Akinterinwa’s campaign team, which included the member of the House of Representatives representing Ile-Oluji/Odigbo and past commissioners in the state.
The APC state chairman, Engineer Ade Adetimehin, supported by the party’s publicity secretary, Mr Alex Kalejaiye took turns to introduce other members of the state Working Committee to Hon. Wale Akinterinwa and his team.
In his address, Wale Akinterinwa outlined his extensive educational career and political experience, spanning from Lagos to Ondo State. He passionately presented his plans for the government and people of Ondo State if he is elected governor.
Emphasizing his commitment to the well-being of the people and evelopment of the state, Akinterinwa highlighted several key areas of focus.
According to him, emphasis would be placed on the following key areas:
(i) Education: Improving the quality of education at all levels, from primary to tertiary.
(ii) Healthcare: Expanding access to affordable and quality healthcare services.
(ii) Infrastructure: Investing in critical infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, and energy.
(iv) Agriculture: Boosting agricultural productivity and creating job opportunities in the agricultural sector.
(v) Youth Empowerment: Providing skills training, employment opportunities, and support for young people.
Speaking further, the frontline aspirant emphasized the importance of unity and collaboration within the party to ensure a successful election

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