Ondo APC Begs Olusola Oke Not To Leave

The crisis-ridden All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has begged Olusola Oke, a chieftain of the party, to reconsider his threat of dumping the party.

Last week, many supporters of Oke had showed their grievances with the way the governing party was being run like an “occult group”.

The supporters, who converged for a meeting at the residence of Oke at Ijapo Estate of Akure, expressed preparedness to leave the party for a new platform. 

At the meeting, Oke also aired his own grievances, noting that he had been rejected, marginalized and humiliated by leaders of the party since his defection to APC.  

But a statement on Wednessday by Alex Kalejaye, Publicity Secretary of the APC in Ondo State, denied all the claims of rejection and humiliation raised by Oke and his loyalists.

Kalejaye said both Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and the Chairman of the APC, Mr Ade Adetimehin, had always placed Olusola Oke in high regard due to his political strength.

“We have read with a sense of disbelief the report credited to a frontline chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State, Chief Olusola Oke, SAN, and his followers, that they have suffered humiliation and rejection in the party.

“The State chapter is taken aback by this claim, because Chief Oke, a notable personality with vast political experience, is well-respected by the Governor, Arakurin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, and the State Secretariat of the APC.”

He said Adetimehin had always displayed respect and appreciation for the political exploits and professional attainments of Chief Oke.

“Adetimehin believes very strongly that the fortune of APC in Ondo State would be greatly enhanced with the political experience of Oke as well as his followers.

“This is readily explained by the quick response and visit to Oke’s country home in Okitipupa by the State Working Committee, led by Adetimehin, to condole with him over the loss of his elder brother recently. As a colleague in the legal profession, the governor regards Chief Oke as a worthy partner in the quest for the political and economic emancipation of Ondo State.

The statement, however, noted that the ruling party wants all its leaders and faithful members to work in harmony in order to strengthen its fold in the state ahead of 2019 poll.

“It is expedient to state in crystal clear language, that the two leaders are both eager to see the development of the Sunshine State, and are mostly in touch, particularly, on matters that border on the well-being of the party and the state.

“We want to appeal that Chief Oke and his followers exercise some patience while the leader of the party in the state and our dear Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, look into some of the issues raised, with a view to addressing them.”

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Atiku Needs Crash Course On Economy, Says Oduduwa Group

The Oduduwa Vanguard (ODV) has tackled the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, for attacking President Muhammadu Buhari over the Federal Government’s $500,000 donation to Guinea Bissau.

Atiku had slammed the Federal Government’s $500,000 donation to Guinea Bissau as wasteful, saying it was one of the ways the Muhammadu Buhari administration brought a once thriving economy to its knees.

However, the Oduduwa Vanguard described Atiku’s comment as “irresponsible on many levels”.

Kunle Adewole, President of the group, said Atiku was not qualified to be entrusted with making decisions for Nigerians because he lacks the patience to fully understand issues before reacting.

Adewole said the PDP presidential candidate needs a crash course on the economy before exhibiting his “ignorance”. 

“We wonder how an Atiku who can donate lavishly to buy cars for women will find it wrong that Nigeria wants to play its big brother role to other African nations. 

“This is double standard play at its best and we advise the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, not to join Atiku at the level to which he has sunk. It will amount to wrestling a hog in the mud.

“A right-thinking person that looks beyond the meanness of satiating only his own avarice would have seen that there are gains to Nigeria when the donations to Guinea Bissau are well-exploited.

“For one, a revived Guinea Bissau or any other African country provides fertile grounds for Nigerians to go exploit since we fortunately have enterprising Nigerians that have made marks for themselves in their places of sojourn. We believe that helping other nations to stay afloat when we can is a strategic way of ensuring that our country’s huge population is able to spread outwards to these other places and earn their keep. An intelligent person will realize that remittances from the funds repatriated by such Nigerians will go a long way in helping the economy back home.

“It is understandable that Atiku is projecting his own values unto others because this kind of donation would have found its way into private pockets between 1999 and 2007 when he was vice president. The absence of such slush fund must have been responsible for his recent gimmick of under declaring his income so that he can keep back some more money from tax avoidance.

“But we ask for once that he should believe in the capacity of other people to be upright where he is crooked. Such realistic perception of others would have made him to realize that the money promised to Guinea Bissau is not the type wasted on sponsoring team members to Dubai or for paying a foreign agent to procure election hacking services from Russia.

“By using ‘Father Christmas’, a concept synonymous with contemporary Christianity, to imply wastefulness, Atiku has shown that he holds the spirit of giving among adherents of this religion in disdain hence the negative casting of the joy that Father Christmas brings to the world.”

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ARRESTED: Seven Of The 13 Gunmen Who ‘Abducted’ Health Practitioner For 15 Days

The Adamawa State Police Command on Wednesday paraded five kidnap suspects in Yola, the state capital.

Five of The suspects were nabbed in a village called Balma, in Song Local Government Area of the state. They are being held in connection to the kidnap of a health practitioner whose name was given as Thakma Dabala.

Narrating his ordeal to SaharaReporters, the victim, Dabala said: “I regained my freedom after 15 days when by brother paid a ransom of N350,000.

“About 15 of them stormed my apartment in the night, shooting sporadically. Thereafter, they whisked me away to a mountain through cattle routes.

Othman Abubakar, a Superintendent of Police and Public Relations Officer of the command, told reporters that the kidnappers, numbering 13, “demanded the sum of N2 million, although only the sum of N350,000 was eventually paid as ransom”.

Abuakar listed five of the suspects as Mohammed Ali Iliyasu, Abdulkarim Ababa, Alh. Haruna Usman, Isa Wada and Danfulani Layaru.

The Police further disclosed that two other suspects, Lamini Tukur and one Marazu, were yet to be apprehended.

Meanwhile, Prof. Allan Mamman Kadams of the Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTECH) Yola, who was kidnapped two weeks ago, has been released after allegedly paying a N3 million ransom.

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Adamawa Assembly To Grill Atiku’s Daughter Over Non-Payment Of Salaries

Fatima Atiku Abubakar, Commissioner of Health, Adamawa State, will on Thursday appear before the Adamawa State House of Assembly to explain non-payment of six-month salaries to some health workers in the state.

The Health Commissioner, who is the biological daughter of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is to appear at plenary alongside some principal officers of her ministry and the state Accountant General, Augustina Wandamiya.

Presiding at plenary on Tuesday, Speaker of the House, Kabiru Mijinyawa, had said: “The invitation of the officers was over non-payment of six-month salaries of some recruited health workers.

“The House has also constituted an ad hoc committee, under the chairmanship of the Majority Leader, Hassan Barguma (APC-Hong), to probe the alleged utilisation of N2 billion Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) agricultural loan.”

The CBN was said to have granted the loan to the state through the Adamawa Agricultural Development and Investment Ltd, (AADIL).

Chairman of AADIL Board, John Garba, and the Managing Director of AADIL, Ibrahim Dasin, who appeared before the plenary, were referred to the ad hoc committee.

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Protesters Seal Off NDDC Office With Charms Over ‘Multibillion-Naira’ Abandoned projects

 

Aggrieved youth from Igbokoda in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State have protested over the continued abandonment of projects by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The youth were armed with placard bearing different inscriptions such as ‘NDDC Is A Scam’, ‘Govt Has Failed Us’, ‘OSOPADEC Is A Scam’, ‘NDDC Is A Curse To Ilaje’, ‘Make Our Schools Affordable’, among others.

The protesters paralysed activities at office of the NDDC and sealed off the main gate with charms to prevent staff from entering the entrance.

Chanting solidarity songs, the youth complained that lots of “multi-billion naira projects” are currently littering the oil-producing communities and being abandoned by the NDDC.

Juliet Ehinmowo, the leader of the protestors, decried the high number of projects abandoned by the NDDC in Ilaje community and noted that it has hampered development.

Ehinmowo spoke about the need for the Federal Government to critically probe the activities of NDDC in Ilaje communities.

“The NDDC has been a curse to the people of Ilaje and not a blessing as our communities are on the brink of extinction because of the persistence of the sea incursions,” she said.

“What the NDCC only does in Ilaje is to erect signposts with the inscription of multiple billion naira contracts and they have turned Ilaje to a dungeon by littering our land with so many ghost projects.

“So many abandoned projects every where. When you see documentaries in the media, you would notice that Ilaje community is nowhere to be found on list of completed projects. NDDC has not done any meaningful project in Ilaje for years and yet our people are suffering. Our land is not good for farming and that is why we into fishing.

“We are using this period to tell the FG to call the commission to order and let them come to our land and develop the community. We can’t continue to open our eyes and leave our land to be destroyed by the sea incursions and untowards attitude by the NDDC.”

Earlier, Comrade Bola Iwaloye, one of the protestors, disclosed that no project carried out by the NDDC had ever been completed in the oil-rich communities.

He said that the youth in the communities have given those representing the board of NDDC the time to do the needful or see their wrath.

“Those people who are representing us on the board of the NDDC should do the needful and if they fail to do it. They would see the wrath of the masses of the Ilaje people,” he said. “We are also begging the Federal government and even the EFCC to look into the activities of the NDDC in Ilaje Local Government because the commission is not working.”

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