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Group Cries Out Over Alleged Failed Sponsored Attack On Aregbesola

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A political group in Osun State, the Progressives Minded Forum has cried out over alleged attempted government sponsored attack on the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Monday, 14 March, 2022 in Osogbo, Osun State.
According to a statement signed by Sunday Oriowo, Coordinator, PMF, the attack was not  violent, unlike the previous one where the convoy of the Minister was attacked by political hoodlums who made attempt on Aregbesola’s life at Orisunmibare, Osogbo.
The Monday failed attacks, according to Oriowo, was a malicious civil action sponsored by some aides to Governor Gboyega Oyetola.
“We believed these government officials were acting on behalf of the governor, who is determined to carry on his bitter politics against his benefactor, Ogbeni Rauf  Aregbesola. The first civil action failed why the second did not get the desired attention,” he said.
Oriowo disclosed that the first malicious action sponsored by the government against the Minister was the mobilization of some people who were disguise as pensioners in the state to protest against the minister during the commissioning of the 72-unit Federal Mortgage Housing Estate in Abere. But the plan failed because security agents had been duly informed ahead.
He revealed that  the information leaked out when the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr Jamiu Olawumi, was confidently telling some people on WhatsApp platforms on Sunday evening that “pensioners will welcome Aregbesola tomorrow.
“The information was processed and it was discovered that the government had paid some people to disguise as pensioners and protest against the former Governor of the State of Osun. Security agents were duly informed and the plan was thwarted”.
Having failed in the first plan, the PMF coordinator said the government activated its second plan by engaging ‘The Masterminds’, a group known for its hypocrisy, money-driven opinion and financially induced press conferences, to launch attack on the Minister, in a desperate bid to discredit his official assignment in Osogbo.
“It is important to note that The Masterminds is a group of four or five disgruntled elements who are willing tools in the hand of the government. No wonder the PDP described them as group of people with inglorious activities and followers of many mushroom CSOs with which they used to dupe political parties, governments and unsuspecting individuals,” the statement said.
The procured group, he said, called selected journalists to a press conference on Monday, 14 March, 2022, where one Wasiu Oyedokun-Alli read out a script prepared for him by one of top media aide to Governor Oyetola.
The group, as usual, shamefully raised issue on the debt profile of the state, accusing Aregbesola of plunging the state into debt which was responsible for the minus allocation to the state from FAAC. The group asked Governor Oyetola to address the people of the state and tell them the kind of government he inherited from Aregbesola.
“May we as stakeholders in Osun State ask Governor Oyetola to tell the people the debt profile of the state when he took over power in 2018, the repayment method and projects that the loans were expended on. The Governor should please tell the people of the state how much the state is earning from Internally Generated Revenue (IGR),” the statement said.
Dr Wale Bolorunduro, former Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning of the state had written: “But we know the total loan deduction at the inception of Oyetola administration was N2.4 billion. With completion of conventional bond (1st tranche) in July 2019, it fell to N1.8bn and by April 2019, it fell to N1.5bn, after the completion of Sukuk bond. I can autograph this figure, any day and anywhere. Data don’t tell lies. Therefore, anything significantly above this must be “other deductions” attributable completely to Oyetola’s administration and which must be exposed.”
“Mr Governor sir, members of the public would like to know “other deductions” which put the state into negative in the February allocation. The people will also like to know how you have been funding the little projects you have embarked upon since all your claim is ‘there is no money in the state.’ We recall that Mr Governor was the Chairman of Debt Management Board, the fact and figure of the debt profile of Osun is with him. The Governor should speak as requested by the deluded Masterminds.
“Besides, it is pathetic that a supposed objective group would close its eye to the nondisclosure of N11.9 billion refund to the Osun State government on Federal Government project executed by Aregbesola, but rather continue to blame the former governor for the debt. May we ask the self-styled group why it has refused to talk on the assets left behind by the Aregbesola’s administration that have increased the IGR of the state.
“The Masterminds should ask Oyetola why the projects he inherited have been fallen into ruins under him. The group should genuinely serve the interest of the people by asking why social programmes like Osun Ambulance Service and O’Clean have not been functioning well under Oyetola.
“The general public should ask The Masterminds why it has refused to speak on the insecurity in the state, in the face of the incessant killings, cult clashes and violent thuggery activities that have taken over the state. The Mastermind should explain why it has refused to issue a press release on the death of OAU student, the cult clashes in Ilesa and Osogbo, the violence in Ede, armed robbery and ritual killings in Ile-Ife.
“We note that members of The Masterminds cannot raise voice against the Oyetola’s administration because it is their ‘pot of soup’. The group is procured by the government to continue attacking Aregbesola, but the more the attacks come, the more the popularity of the Minister. The general public should know that The Mastermind is Oyetola’s sponsored group and nothing serious could come out of it”.
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SDP Presidential Candidate,Adebayo, speaks at 2022 NBA Conference

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Social Democratic Party, Presidential candidate, Adewole Adebayo has been invited as guest to the 62nd edition of the annual general conference of the Nigerian Bar Association.

Since the 2022 NBA Conference will precede the 2023 general elections that will birth a democratic transition from one democratically elected President to another, for the fifth time in the 4th Republic, Adebayo who is also a lawyer by calling is expected to attend the opening ceremony which is on Monday 22nd,August 2022, as well as a special session that will follow immediately after, titled “Democratic Transitions in the 21st Century Nigeria: 2023 and Beyond.”

In a letter signed by Tobenna Erojikwe,Chairman, Technical Committee on Conference Planning on behalf of the National Executive Council and members of the Nigerian Bar Association (“NBA”), stated that Adebayo is formally invited to the conference scheduled to hold between 19th to 26th August 2022 in Lagos State.

‘I write to formally invite you, as a guest to the 62nd Edition of the Annual General Conference of the NBA (“the NBA Conference”), scheduled to hold from 19th to 26th August 2022 in Lagos State. Accordingly, we will be delighted to welcome you as a guest to the Conference.

The NBA Conference is the leading event of the NBA and a main feature of the annual calendar of the Nigerian legal profession. It presents legal practitioners in Nigeria with a unique opportunity to interrogate issues affecting the profession and society and to continue to seek innovative ways of advancing justice delivery and providing value-adding legal solutions to their clients and the environment within which members of the Association operate.

The theme for this year’s Conference is “Bold Transitions”. And the Conference is anticipated to have approximately 13,000 delegates from the Bar and Bench in attendance. Also expected are business

persons from different sectors, technocrats as well as political leaders from within and outside Nigeria.

The core objective of the 2022 NBA Conference is to host a world class conference, with in-depth

discourse on critical issues affecting the legal profession and the country in general, facilitated by the most eminently qualified resource persons. Discussions at the Conference will focus on the need for the legal profession to engage boldly with global evolutionary trends and will comprise over 30 technical sessions where experts will lead conversations primarily aimed at envisioning the future of the legal profession within the context of a rapidly transiting world and business environment, triggered in part, by the revolutionary exploits and expressions of technology and the historic coronavirus pandemic.

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Billionaire Businessman, Ifeanyi Ubah’s Wondrous Donation

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No doubt, Ifeanyi Ubah, Chairman, Capital Oil, is generous to a fault.   This top player in the nation’s oil and gas sector also has a large heart. Besides, he is unapologetically committed to the uplift of his community, while also helping the course of humanity.

The billionaire is fasting becoming one of the biggest philanthropists from the South East part of Nigeria has the milk of kindness running in his veins.

As proof of his fellow-feeling, the Senator representing Anambra South senatorial district in the National Assembly,  has  just made a wondrous donation of N500million to Anambra State, to support the fight against insecurity.

Ubah made the pledge during a visit to the state Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, at the Government House last Tuesday evening in Awka, the state capital.

The senator, however, made specifications on how the money would be spent.

Anambra State had for over a year been under the tight grip of criminals, who kidnap, kill and steal from residents until lately, when Soludo fought back.

Ubah in a statement signed by his Head of Media and Strategic Communications, Mr. Kamen Chuks Ogbonna, also explained how the funds would be used.

The senator was quoted as telling the governor that: “It takes a secure environment to sustain infrastructural development.

“I will complement your efforts with a series of interventions aimed at curbing capital flight from the zone and restore confidence in our people to return home and help in developing our economy.”

Stating how the funds would be spent, Ubah said N200million would be spent on the training of security personnel and provision of latest security communication gadgets for Anambra South vigilante groups.

He added that N300million would be for the provision of solar lights to further illuminate and strengthen the security architecture in Anambra South senatorial district.

The senator said the promise would all be implemented in the next three months.

 

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2023: Tension In Alimoso As 3,000 Supporters Of APC Rep Aspirant Threaten Defection 

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There is a palpable tension in the Alimoso Federal Constituency chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as supporters of House of Representatives aspirant, Prince Idris Balogun, have threatened to defect to another party over the seeming injustice done to the aspirant during the party primaries.
Speaking to journalists over the weekend, the supporters led by their spokesman, Olalere Oyetola lamented that despite that their candidate, Prince Balogun, popularly called Oluomo Kafata, being the most popular and widely accepted aspirant, the leadership of the party gave its Rep ticket to another aspirant.
“We’re supporters of Oluomo Kafata and we are registering our grievances and displeasure at the injustice done to him during the last primaries of the party,” Oyetola said.
According to him, Balogun has been the man who has been driving the party forward in Alimoso Federal Constituency. “He has been empowering people of all cadres: students, women, widows and party members. Over 5,000 people have benefitted and more are still benefitting from his empowering programmes,” he said.
Oyetola stated further that Balogun has been doing everything in the name of the party and he has been able to put the party in the consciousness of the people. “His empowerment programmes have been second to none. This is a man who has purchased buses to convey school children to and from school in the name of the party. He purchased a grading machine worth N100 million used in grading roads. All these are done free of charge and in the name of the party,” he said.
He stated further that Balogun was the consensus candidate of the party. “The primary for Rep could not take place in Alimoso due to violence. Two people were killed on that day. After due consideration, it was decided that Oluomo should be the consensus candidate.
“We were surprised that a kangaroo primary was organised at the party secretariat and schemed him out,” he explained.
According to him, they have to let the whole world know what is happening in Alimoso because supporters of Oluomo are not happy.
“He (Oluomo) has been the one telling us to calm down that the leadership of the party is looking into the problem.
“However, not even him can keep us calm for long. We’re not happy and we may leave the party if urgent steps are not taken to redress the situation,” he said.
Others who spoke with the media at the occasion, confirmed that they have made up their mind to leave the party if the injustice done to their man is not redressed.
“The leadership of the party should know that if Balogun is allowed to leave the party, APC will lose in Alimoso Federal Constituency. He is the most popular candidate, a grassroots mobilizer and the choice of the people. He will win the election on any party’s platform,” he said.

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