Treat Ibadan mayhem perpetrators as criminals, Ajimobi tells Police

Ibadan Mayhem

Governor Abiola Ajimobi has tasked the police in Oyo State to be harsh on perpetrators of the mayhem in which 20 houses and 30 shops were razed in Ibadan at the weekend.

The governor, who spoke through his deputy, Moses Alake Adeyemo, made the demand on Monday when he paid an on-the-spot visit to the affected areas.

He called on the police to fish out the arsonists and let them face the full wrath of the law.

Also in the company of the deputy governor for the inspection was the state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, who confirmed that 11 suspects are already in police custody in connection to the dastardly act.

A gang of street boys had wreaked havoc on some parts of the metropolis in what was suspected to be a reprisal mission.

The act was said to have affected the structures on both sides of the road from the Idi-Arere to Sakapena where goods worth millions of naira were either looted or consumed in the inferno.

Some of the affected structures in the areas included clothing retail outlet, pharmacy, soft drink sellers, electronic shops, ware houses, frozen foods retailer shop, tailoring shops and hairdressers’ shop.

According to eyewitnesses, the arsonists first looted properties from the affected structures before burning them down.

While calling for calm as the police continues with its investigations, Governor Ajimobi urged politicians not to use the unfortunate incident to play politics, saying the state has enjoyed unprecedented peace since the beginning of his administration.

He also promised government’s assistance to victims of the incident.

“One of the cardinal programmes of this administration is securing the lives and properties of the citizens and we will leave no stone unturned to see that peace and security is sustained. These hoodlums are inhumane, callous and barbaric and they should be treated as such. The State Government will do all within its reach to ameliorate the pains of the affected persons and the perpetrators of this evil act will be brought to book in due course.

“We want to appeal to our citizens to be vigilant and provide useful information to the law enforcement agents. Also, our parents should take care of their wards and warn them against being agents of destruction. The government will not hesitate to enforce its power on whoever is bent on causing crisis in the state,” Governor Ajimobi added.

Oyo LG polls: Ajimobi’s APC takes all

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has won all the elective positions contested for in the Local Government election held in Oyo state last Saturday.

After the collation of the final results by the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), the party’s candidates were declared winners in all the Chairmanship and Councillorship posts in the 33 local governments and 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) at the commission’s office on Sunday.

The election which held on Saturday after 11 years of its kind in the state, witnessed extremely low turnout, though it was peaceful as residents complied fully with the sit-at-home order imposed by the state government to ensure that the exercise did not experience any hitch.
Independent observers, who monitored the election, declared it free and fair.
Though twelve political parties participated in the election, APC candidates were returned unopposed in most of the seats.

Meanwhile, a splinter group within the ruling party, the Unity Forum, has described the “abysmally low turnout” of the electorate at the Saturday’s LG election as a wake-up call on the leadership of the party to intervene in the crisis rocking its Oyo state chapter and reposition it for good outing in the 2019 general elections.

The Forum in the release by its Secretary, Wasiu Olatunbosun, noted that the poll was a referendum on the APC, saying the low turnout was an indication that the party needs to be re-invigorated to stand a fair chance in next year’s elections.

“We have said it for the umpteenth time that the members of the Unity Forum constitute more than 70 per cent of the membership of the APC with a history of party loyalty, discipline and proven capacity to deliver the votes.

“It was to the members of the group that the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu turned in 2015 to secure needed votes for the second term bid of Governor Abiola Ajimobi,” the released further stated.

Also, the state chapter of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has thanked the people of the state and particularly its members for boycotting the LG polls, describing the exercise as a ‘rehearsal for APC’s burial’.

The party, which had announced its decision to boycott the exercise ahead of its conduct, made the claim in a statement forwarded to journalists in the name its chairman, Kunmi Mustapha, by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Akeem Olatunji.

The statement alleged that participating in last Saturday’s local government election in the state would amount to “a tacit endorsement of an illegality as the election failed integrity test right from the inception of the electoral process.”

Stray bullet kills teenage girl as Oyo conducts LG poll

An eighteen-year-old girl was killed at Idi Oro, Ekotedo area in Ibadan by a shot allegedly fired by an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) during the Local Government election held across Oyo State on Saturday.

The girl identified as Kofoworola Abubakar was said to be a student of St. Bridget Secondary School, Mokola where she reportedly wrote the last paper in her Senior Secondary School Examinations the previous day.

According to eyewitness account, Kofoworola met her untimely death in front of a patent medicine store where her mother sent her to buy some items.
The eyewitness recalled that a brawl had broken out between two rival cults gangs in the area which prompted residents to call on a team of NSCDC men, who were on election patrol, to come and rescue the situation.
On getting to the spot, the security men shot to the air to disperse the hoodlums, and in the process, one of the bullets hit the poor girl in back of her neck and pierced through her left eye.
Reports said she died on the spot.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Adekunle Ajisebutu, confirmed the incident, saying the suspect was already in the command’s custody.
Ajisebutu added that the state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, had directed his men at the Investigation and Intelligent Department to commence diligent investigations into the unfortunate incident.
The NSCDC men were said to have hurried left the scene to avoid been mobbed by residents, who were obviously pained by the girl’s death.
A police team later came to fetch her remains.
Meanwhile, a local government election was held across the state on Saturday.
Despite the constitutional provision for periodic elections in the third tier of government, the state local governments were witnessing the exercise for the first time in the last seven years.

Though peaceful as no incident of violence was recorded in any part of the state, the election witnessed an abysmally low turnout.

Residents used the opportunity of the sit-at-home order imposed by the state government to allow them participate in the election to attend to personal issues.

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, and his wife, Florence, voted at Ward 9, Unit 20, Community Grammar School, Oluyole Estate III in Ibadan South West Local Government Area.
The governor told newsmen that the poll was quite free, fair and peaceful, adding that everybody was well organised as he commended the people for supporting the process.

“It is great that Oyo has moved from the era of brigandage for which it was known before the inception of this administration in 2011. Since we came on board, we have been encouraging peace. The purpose of government is to ensure peace, security and socio-economic wellbeing of the people of the state. We will continue to do these.”

The CP and the state Coordinator of Civil Societies Organisation from Abuja, Mr. Friday Maduka, also said they visited some parts of the state capital to monitor the election and ensure that law and order were maintained.

Steer clear of LG election, congress, Ajimobi warns rival APC faction

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Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Thursday warned his rivals in the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stay away from the Local Government election scheduled to hold across the state on Saturday,
The group, otherwise known as Unity Forum was also warmed against alleged attempt to disrupt the party’s Local Government Congress holding across the country same day.
The governor’s warning was contained in a statement issued by his Executive Assistant (Political), Dr. Morohunkola Thomas, in Ibadan on Thursday.
Thomas said the state government had uncovered a plan by the disgruntled APC members to cause mayhem in the state on the said date, warning that security agencies in the state have been placed on red alert to deal decisively with any group or individual fomenting trouble during the exercises.
Since the party held its ward congress last week, the factions in the state have been tackling each other in the bid to have their loyalists at the helm.
Below is the statement from the state government:

“The Oyo State Government has warned groups and individuals against activities capable of disrupting Saturday’s local government election and party congresses, saying that security operatives have been put on red alert to ensure peaceful conduct of both exercises.

“A statement by the Executive Assistant, Political to the Governor, Dr. Morohunkola Thomas, on Thursday, said that the warning became necessary following the fresh plans by dissident groups and their sympathisers within the All progressives Congress to cause mayhem on Saturday.

“Following the scuttling of the initial plans of the group to burn down the state secretariat of the APC, he said that intelligence revealed that they are restrategising to disrupt the peace of the land and render the LG election and congresses inconclusive.

” The government said that necessary security arrangements have been put in place to protect lives and property and to ensure that residents exercise their franchise without let or hindrance.

“According to him, latest intelligence has revealed that the members of the Unity Forum are planning to use their thugs to unleash terror on innocent electorate and loyal members of the APC.

“He said that the government appealed to all citizens, including the self-styled Unity Forum to embrace peace and allow the elections to hold in a peaceful atmosphere in the overall interest of the state and sanctity of democracy.

“The government has put security operatives on red alert to ensure the safety of election officials and voters. It has therefore become necessary to warn groups and individuals bent on fomenting trouble on Saturday to have a rethink.

“The law of the land is no respecter of anybody, no matter his or her position in the society. As leaders in their own right, those crying blue murder should rise above pettiness and join hands with the government and our great party.

“The government is using this opportunity to caution all political parties, including APC and their followers against any act of violence before, during and after the local government election and party congresses. The full weight of the law will be visited on troublemakers without discrimination.

“The government wishes to tell the public that an earlier interim injunction stopping the LG election had been vacated by a Federal High Court, Ibadan, thus clearing obstacles before the conduct of the election.”

APC Ward Congress: Ajimobi mounts pressure on National Secretariat, Congress C’tee

By Sikiru Akinola

Four days after the conduct of the ward congress of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Oyo State, Governor Abiola Ajimobi is mounting pressure on the national headquarters of the party as well as the congress and appeal committees’ panels to accept his people as the ‘duly’ elected ward executives

It would be recalled that Ajimobi’s loyalists lost out of power play as they failed to obtain nomination forms for the exercise.

Contrary to Ajimobi’s claim that the party was one in the state, it was learnt that members of Unity Forum of the party ‎had obtained the 9477 forms produced for the congress.

The Unity Forum includes Communications Minister, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu, Sen. Monsurat Sunmonu, Prof Adeolu Akande, Alhaji Fatai Ibikunle, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, 8 House of Representatives members in the state, 18 members of the state House of Assembly, 26 former local government chairmen, many serving and former political office holders as well as majority of the aggrieved members of the party.

Unknown to Ajimobi, who had advised the national headquarters ‎of the party against issuing multiple forms as he wanted affirmation, those who had been sidelined in the scheme of things had purchased forms for the 9477 vacancies. Each of the 9,477 candidates was endorsed by 13 party members in their respective wards bringing active members of the Unity Forum who participated in the exercise to about 140,000.
“Did all these people die in 24 hours after signing the forms to be party of the purported affirmation”,asked a party chieftain.

According to an executive of the state chapter of the party, “affirmation means approval of an existing executive, whereas the list submitted to the Congress Committee is not that of existing executive members but entirely that of his SENACO members. He deceived the Congress Committee that they were existing party executives”. This is another fraudulent act in addition to the printing of fake nomination forms which the governor and his men parade.

On getting to know on Saturday that members of Unity Forum had collected all available forms, an obviously-defeated Ajimobi was said to have lobbied members of the congress to accept payment on the day and provide forms for his people. It was, however, learnt that members of the Congress committee rejected the idea saying that they lacked such power.

The pre-congress briefing, which was to hold at the Oke-Ado, Ibadan state secretariat of the party, later snowballed into violence as many people, including son of a late leader of the party, Alhaji Lamidi Adesina, Adedapo Lam-Adesina was attacked by sponsored thugs.

‎A top party chieftain, who preferred anonymity, revealed that “Ajimobi is looking for every means to get his bidding done. What really happened was that he sees himself as the all-knowing.
” Few weeks before the congress, he had told the national secretariat of our party that there was no division within the party. He was quoted as telling them not to bring more than the needed 9477 forms that they were going to do affirmation. He didn’t tell anybody about the plan when he returned to Ibadan. The other group knew they were going to contest against an incumbent but didn’t know Ajimobi’s loyalists were not going to obtain forms.

“Attempts by the governor and his men to get the committee members do their bidding fell on deaf ears as the 7-man committee remained adamant. The congress members later gave forms to those with payment tellers on Friday. And on Saturday, the pre-congress briefing was later disrupted as a popular Ibadan High Chief came loaded with thugs. Members of the Unity Forum, it was learnt, later went to the Police headquarters, Eleiyele to brief the police and the press. They later came for the reconvened meeting and congress, which was suppose to hold on Saturday, was adjourned ‎to Sunday.

“Ordinarily, those ‎with forms should have been declared winners as they had no opponents. The congress went ahead. The forms could not be submitted on Sunday and they were asked to come on Friday. In fact, Ajimobi, the party and the security agencies confirmed the congress to be successful. Meanwhile, Ajimobi didn’t stop lobbying the congress members to put it in their report that affirmation was done in Oyo. That is illogical. How could you have done affirmation when members of the other group purchased forms? When he couldn’t get the congress members to buy into the idea, he allegedly threatened that if they declare anything contrary, that he may not be able to control the aftermath. That was why the committee members didn’t declare any result.

“As I talk to you, Ajimobi hasn’t stopped lobbying top chieftains of the party to safe him from disgrace. He wants them to write in their report that the committee did affirmation in the state,” the source added.

Yelutide: Ajimobi’s aides splash gifts on less-privileged

Less-Privileged

Two special assistants to the Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, paid special visit to some orphanages in Ibadan during the last holiday season to share the joy of Christmas with the less-privileged children in the centres.

Hon Taofeek Olanihun and Miss Titilope Gbadamosi (both of the Community Relations Unit of the governor’s office, Ibadan) made donations of food items and other valuables at the facilities as they joined the occupants in merriment in the spirit of love and sharing that characterize the Christmas festivity.

While speaking to journalists after the visit, Olanihun said it was important to identify with the poor and the needy at all times without necessarily waiting for special seasons or events.

“It is our responsibility as human beings to put smile on the faces of our fellow beings as long as we are so privileged,” said Olanihun, who has a foundation with focus on sports.

Titilope, who is known for dedication to taking care of children with Down syndrome, said no child should be left out in the joy that Christmas brings.

“This season is for giving, love and warmth. We have come to spend time with this people to show them that regardless of their present state, they are loved and there’s hope for them too,” she added.

Mass defection: APC leaders admit Akala, others

Leaders from the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were on hand to formally admit the former governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala and other notable politicians in the state, who left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party (LP) and Accord to join the ruling party.
While speaking at the event held at Mapo Hall, Ibadan, a national leader of APC and former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, declared the opposition dead in the Oyo state politics, adding that with number of the decampees and their political stature, the APC is sure of winning every election held in the state
The event was also witnessed by senior officials of the party including the deputy national chairman (South) and former governor of Ekiti state, Segun Oni; deputy national chairman (Southwest), Pius Akinyelure; Ondo state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu; Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola and party leaders from other parts of the country.
In his remarks, Akala said their defection has left the state with only one party, assuring the ruling party of total victory in subsequent elections in the state.
“I want to assure you that there is no need to panic over any election. There is no other party in Oyo except the APC,” he said.
The former governor was joined in the defection gale by his erstwhile deputy and former Nigerian Ambassador to Jordan, Taofeek Arapaja; former Senate Leader and PDP governorship candidate in 2015 election, Teslim Folarin; the only PDP House of Representatives member from Oyo State, Olusegun Odebunmi; administrative secretary of the Osun PDP caretaker committee; Ademola Ojo; immediate past chairman of PDP in Oyo state, Yinka Taiwo; former Secretary to the Oyo State government, Ayodele Adigun, all members of Labour Party in the State House of Assembly and several other big names in the opposition parties.
Akala, however, praised Governor Abiola Ajimobi for creating the conducive environment that makes their defection possible.
He pledged their cooperation with and loyalty to the governor and the party.
Governor Ajimobi, who welcomed the detectors, remarked that it never in the history of the state that a party would receive such large number of heavyweight decampees to its fold at a time.
He said God was in support of the project, adding that it wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t so.

Oyo proposes N267b for 2018 fiscal year

2018 fiscal year

The Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi, presented a budget of N267 Billion for the 2018 fiscal year to the state House of Assembly on Thursday tagging it ‘Budget of Stabilisation.

Though the governor could not provide the details before the lawmakers, saying the state ministry of finance would do the job later, he informed that the new budget is increased by N60b above that of 2017 which was N207b in total.

Governor Ajimobi informed the members of the house that the budget submitted for consideration and approval of the legislature stood at N267,436,357,912.19, adding that it is expected to be funded from Internally Generated revenue of N112.10bn, Federation Account N93.68bn, Capital Receipts of N43.72bn, Transfer (LG, JAAC for LGSPB & LGSC) of N7.53bn and an unspent income of N10.40bn from 2017.

The budget presentation witnessed the presence of eminent personalities in the state including former Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja, Former Senate Leader, Senator Teslim Folarin, Former Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Ashimiyu Alarape, traditional rulers , led by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Salawudeen Adekunle Ajinese 1, Eleruwa of Eruwa, Oba Samuel Adegbola, the Olubadan in Council, Party stalwarts as well as members of the Ibadan Elders Forum led by Ambassador Olu Sanu.

Senator Ajimobi said that the structure of the 2018 budgetary proposal reflects the priority the Government has accorded the various sectors in terms of their expected developmental effects, noting that the relative aggregate sectoral allocations were Economic Sector N85.390bn (57.29%), Social Services Sector N54.280bn (36.42%), Law & Justice Sector N0.517bn (0.35%) and General Administration Sector N8.860bn (5.94).

According to him, “The aggregate percentage of 93.71% of the capital expenditure allocated to the economic and social sub-sectors underscores the State Government’s determination to continue to pursue a people-centered, empowerment-focused agenda. We consider this as the best antidote to the problem of poverty amongst our people.

“It is to be recalled that apart from consistently utilizing more than the stipulated minimum of all the recurrent intervention from the federal government to settle salary/pension and arrears, our administration had conceded 100% monthly allocation from the federation accounts to payment of salaries and pensions of the State’s work force,” he added.

The Governor assured that his administration will further strengthen monitoring, supervision and inspection of our teaching staff as well as roll out  policies that will culminate to better performance of students at national and international examinations, adding that the State Government has awarded the construction and renovation of structures in Schools towards the provision of conducive environment for teaching and learning in our various schools with continued restructuring exercise in respect of staff redistribution with emphasis on professionalism and competence.

Updated: Ibadan Obas issue 21-day deposition notice to Olubadan

Ibadan Obas

The Ibadan Council of Obas has issued a notice of dethronement to the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Ogunguniso , accusing him of acts unbecoming of his status as the paramount ruler of the ancient town.

The traditional rulers, led by Oba Lekan Balogun, the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, addressed a press conference at the Mapo Hall, Ibadan on Monday where they detailed all the ‘sins’ of Olubadan and gave him 21 days to retrace his steps or be removed from office.

Among the many allegations leveled against the monarch was taking actions on behalf of the council without input from members.

They also accused him of inciting people against the state government, which, according to them, was not representative of the existing relationship between the council and the government.

The Obas were particularly angry that all the issues pending between them and the Olubadan which almost led to taking legal action against the monarch in the past are still not addressed by him.

“Olubadan-in-Council meetings are not conducted the way they are supposed to be. Oloris were still attending meetings with us and contributing, dictating, attacking that resulted to abuses and curses on the High Chiefs.

“The appointment of Baales and Mogajis are not in compliance with proper set up rules and standards.

“Apart from the monetary scandals of which kabiyesi is yet to refrain, a new Olubadan-in-Council is inside Popoyemoja palace consisting of Olubadan, the Oloris and PA to Olubadan (Tairu) who decide from time to time who is to be Baale or Mogaji and will only send Hearing Notice of meeting and agenda to the real members  of Olubadan-in-Council on Saturday  preceding the installation date on Monday,” the address read by Oba Balogun said.

It took the intervention of the Ibadan Elders Council for the then Olubadan-in-Council members to stet legal action proposed against the Olubadan

Relationship between the Olubadan and most of the council members has rapidly degenerated since Governor Abiola Ajimobi approved the recommendations of an 11-man Judicial Panel of Inquiry raised to review the laws guiding the chieftaincy system in Ibadan.

The panel, headed by Justice Akintunde Boade (rtd), recommended beaded crown for all former High Chiefs, which are members of the Olubadan-in-Council as it was then constituted.

It also recommended that the name of the council be changed to Ibadan Council of Obas to reflect the new status of the members, and that council meetings should be held at the Mapo hall.

After approving some of the recommendations of the panel, Governor Ajimobi, on Sunday, August 28, 2017 crowned all the willing members of the council, alongside former Baales from across the lesser cities of the state capital and issued them staffs of office.

The action has since further widened the gulf between the crowned Obas and the governor on one side, and the Olubadan and his loyalists, including the former governor of the state, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, who is also the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, on the other.

The Olubadan camp has publicly condemned the governor for his action, insisting that the review was unnecessary.

At the press conference held on Monday, Ibadan Traditional Council members accused the Olubadan of allowing interests within and outside the palace to manipulate him to their own advantage.

They said this was the reason why the palace has barely witnessed peace since his ascension.

Though the Obas said they were not keen on deposing the Olubadan, they said if he fails to mend his ways within the next 21 days, the council will recommend his removal from office to the governor.

Apart from the initial ‘sins’ which they said were yet to be addressed, the Olubadan, they alleged, has added some others, necessitating the new ultimatum.

“The Olubadan Oba Adetunji has since after the inauguration of the Beaded Crown Obas in Ibadan cultivated himself to misbehave by engaging in acts to cause civil disorder by parading himself about with some unscrupulous Mogajis  in Ibadan land, inciting people to rise up against the legitimate government of our amiable governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

“This is a serious offence which we the Ibadan Council of Obas can pass a vote of No Confidence on him, after which we as king makers that nominated and appointed him for confirmation and approval by the Executive Governor will also call for his removal.

“We are by this Conference giving His Imperial Majesty 21 days ultimatum to change his stand now and work for the improvement of Ibadan rather than disorderliness,” the Obas further said.

Other members of the council, who attended the conference are Oba Owolabi Olakulehin, Balogun of Ibadaland; Oba Abimbola Tajudeen Ajibola, Osi Balogun of Ibadanland; Oba Eddy Oyewole, Ashipa Olubadan of Ibadanland; Oba Lateef Gbadamosi Adebimpe, Ashipa Balogun of Ibadanland; Oba Amidu Ajibade, Ekarun Olubadan of Ibadanland; and Oba Kola Adegbola, Ekarun Balogun of Ibadanland.

Many Mogajis were also in attendance.

Ajimobi to sign alternative dispute resolution law soon – Attorney-General

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The Oyo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Oluwaseun Abimbola, at the weekend said the State Governor Abiola Ajimobi will soon sign into law an alternative dispute resolution bill recently passed by the State House of Assembly.

In a release made available to journalists in Ibadan on Sunday, an elated Abimbola said the law was designed to liberalize dispute resolution in the state and promote access to justice among the residents.

He said the governor was ready to put his assent as soon as the legislators present the clean copy of the passed bill to him.

“One of our signature bills towards Justice sector reforms in Oyo state, targeted at liberalizing the dispute resolution space and promote access to Justice for all residents has just been passed by the Oyo state House of Assembly. This is the Oyo State Multi-door Courthouse Law of 2017,” he added.

Tagged  Multi-Door Courthouse Bill, the law was proposed to the law making body by the State government as an executive bill to encourage use of alternative dispute resolution methods among disputants in civil matters, rather than full litigations.

The Attorney-General also disclosed that the state judiciary had made an arrangement within the High Court premises for effective take-off and smooth running of the exercise as soon as the bill is signed to law and inaugurated by the governor.

He commended the Speaker and members of the Oyo state House of Assembly on the diligence given to the passage of laws relevant to the people and their consistent cooperation with the Governor.