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ONDO 2020: The real sins of Akeredolu plus those clamouring to take his job

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Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu is the first-term governor of Ondo state who is seeking a return to the Ondo State Government House at Alagbaka in Akure, the state capital.

Like other Nigerian state governors, the former Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) is eagerly looking forward to a renewal of his term in office for another four years but the optics are strongly not in his favour, right now.

As you real this, there are close to twenty (20) politicians from across Ondo state in the ruling party, -All Progressives Congress (APC) who are warming up to take offer from Arakunrin Akeredolu. Some of these have occupied one political position or the other in the past but still want to give a shot at unseating Akeredolu.

Olusola Oke (SAN) who appears to be a perennial governorship candidate and aspirant in the state, leads the pack. He defected to the APC after a failed bid to lead the state on the platform of the Alliance foe Democracy (AD). Former Secretary of the Ajasin Foundation as well as one time Ondo state party chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN and governorship aspirant, Jumoke Anifowose is also in the race against Akeredolu.

Others who are interested in the Alagbaka office include Barr. Olarewaju Kazeem, Barr. Bukola Adetula, Engr. Ife Oyedele, Dr. Segun Abraham, Prince Jimmy Odimayo, Mr. Olayide Adelami, Prince Dapo Adelegan and Mr. Akintunde Awodeyi among others

Although Chief Olusola Oke (SAN) earlier this week announced that a formidable group in the APC, the Unity Forum had unanimously adopted him as their sole candidate, there are no strong indications others have truly agreed to step down for him.

The Unity Forum led by a former Deputy Governor and member of APC Board of Trustees (BoT), Alhaji Ali Olanusi seems to be the greatest traducer of Arakunrin Akeredolu, accusing him of several offences not just against the people of the state but against the APC.

Some of the sins highlighted by the group against Akeredolu which they consider unforgivable include political marginalisation of those who worked to install the governor, highhandedness against leaders of the party, anti-party activities and maladministration. They believe all these caused the party a great loss in Ondo state during the last general election.

The first four years of Mr Akeredolu as governor of Ondo state will expire on February 23, 2021 and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that it was not thinking of postponing the election.

Will Akeredolu survive this great test? Will he retain the Alagbaka seat for another four years? Will he return to the Action Alliance (AA) party which he is believed to be sponsoring? Will the APC retain Ondo?

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Abducted OOU Undergrads regain freedom

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The two undergraduates of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye who were kidnapped by unknown gunmen, -Adeyemo Precious and Oyefule Abiola have been released.

The Ogun State police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed that the duo was released by their captors, while efforts are underway to reunite them with their families.

It is, however, not clear if any ransom was paid. It will be recalled that the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, had earlier today directed the security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the kidnapping of the two students and as well ensure that the victims come out unhurt

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Sufism the most potent knowledge for nation-building – Musa Aloba

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Notable Islamic scholars have canvassed the knowledge of sufism as a major catalyst for personal and nation-building. This was the position of book reviewers at the 3rd edition of the sufis’ write-ups/books presentation of the Jamuiyat Nasir Al-Fridaous Al-Tijaniyyah held at its headquarters in Ilorin, Kwara State capital over the weekend.

In his key note address, the leader of Jamuiyat Nasir Al-Fridaous Al-Tijaniyyah, Maolana Al-Sayyid Musa Aloba (RTA) called on Muslims to invest quality time, effort and their resources in acquiring the right knowledge and education that will help them in their life journey as they make individual transitions.

“Allah (SWT) has put lights on the universe through sufi to guide people and provide them with the required knowledge to navigate their existence. Each has according to his/her level and ability to move in rank through their acts as guided by their murshid (spiritual guide). This knowledge is what distinguishes true sufis from others and positions them as true followers of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (SAW)”, Aloba said.

On his part, the chair of the review session, Professor Sulaiman Ambali of the university of Ilorin commended the initiative of the leader of the Jamuiyat Nasir Al-Fridaous Al-Tijaniyyah, for creating the forum for building and promoting the right knowledge of sufism in a systemic way which enhances spiritual growth and national development.

“Muslims must rise up to the changing times and profer solutions to the emerging social challenges as it was done back in the day. Documenting the knowledge of Sufism in written form (for education and enlightenment) remains paramount in propagation of the true essence of sufism”, Professor Ambali said.

He continued: “Sufis adhere to the prophet’s tradition of loving every creature for the sake of the Creator’s love. Not their personal opinions and convictions – so they overlook the mistakes and blemishes of the people they encounter and only look at the light of Allah in them”.

The books and write-up presented for review centred on core aspects of sufim along various titles like: Next Generation of Sufism in the naked of doom living, Impacts and Effects of Makamats on Murid, Murishid and Murid in the early days of Sufis and now among others.

35 sufis’write-up and books were presented during the 3-day gnostic programme which featured notable islamic scholars, clerics, academics, civil servants, including Professor Sulaiman Ambali of the University of Ilorin; Associate Prof. Binta Sulayman from Kwara State University, Ilorin and Dr. Musliudeen Al-muritada from the college of Arabic and Islamic Studies Ilorin among others.

 

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Balarabe Musa: Nigeria has lost a selfless leader – Mimiko

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Former Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has described the death of ex-Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Balarabe Musa, as a big loss to the Nigerian nation and the African continent.

Mimiko, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, John Paul Akinduro, said “Balarabe Musa was a detribalised Nigerian, who until his death, remained a true advocate for a just, fair and pro-people Nigeria”.

He further described the elderstatesman as a dogged politician. “To my mind, his most remarkable legacy was his unwavering commitment to principle in the face of overwhelming opposition and oppression during the ignoble effort to impeach him from the office of governor”

Mimiko eulogized the late ex-Governor of Kaduna State as one whose uncommon leadership style stood him out among the rest.

“Though he has left us, his passion and dedication towards making Nigeria an egalitarian society will continue to be a reference point for quality leadership. I join the good people of Kaduna state to celebrate his life and times and the legacy of selflessness he has bequeathed to our country,” Mimiko said.

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