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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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Edo 2020: Okaijiesan pledges support to Ize-Iyanmu

….extols Oshiomole’s giant stride

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By Joshua Timi
The Okaijiesan of Esan land Alhaji Williams Momodu,  the 2nd, have called on all Esan electorates to rally aronud the Apc candidate Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his running mate Audu Gani in the September 19, 2020 gubernatorial election in Edo state.
The Okaijiesan recieved Comrade Adam Oshomole led members and the director General of POI and Audu campaign organisation, Rt major General Cecil  Esekhaigbe at the palace  on Thursday, during  a rally at Irrua, Edo state.
The Okaijiesan, momodu reminded the former Governor Adam Oshomole of his commitment toward bring good governance to the people of Esan, he also stressed on how the former Apc National chairman helped in construction of access roads that is being used by farmers and traders in the community, he assured the oshomole of his lasting support for Pastor Osage Ize-Iyamu and Apc in the election ahead.
Adam Oshomole, in his remark, explained why the party need to field a better candidate in the Governorship election, beside Godwin Obaseki, according to him, “the party with it ideology of continuity pinched on better life for the people ahead, i have built schools for the children as a governor which has being abandoned by Godwin Obaseki, also, constructed road that have giving access to farmers to take their products to the markets, tell Obaseki to show you the project he has done in Esan land?, he asked.
The Okaijiesan of Esan land Alhaji Williams Momodu prayed for the POI/AUDU campaign team and wishes them success in the election.
The campaign train moved to the open field at the Director General house, where Oshomole addressed both youth and women.

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EDO 2020: Education Board chairman, others resign from Obaseki’s government

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Chairman of the Edo State Post Primary Education Board, Pastor Gabriel Oiboh and the first member of the board, Osanyemwere Osawe, have resigned their appointments from the Godwin Obaseki Government as the state inches towards the 2020 governorship election.
Oiboh, who spoke on behalf of the team regretted the pressure mounted on him to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He said “I have tendered my resignation from the board due to unduly pressures from my former boss, Governor Godwin Obaseki over decamping with him to the PDP. The presure is too much and it is now leading to threats. I stand with my party, the APC and will be loyal to the party candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu”
Meanwhile the standard bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in that election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has applauded effort of the team in retaining their ground as a member of the party. He assured them of the party victory toward the forthcoming Elections

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Magugate: Buhari names Umar as EFCC Acting Chairman

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After days of different names flying all over the media space, President Muhammadu Buhari has finally named Mohammed Umar as the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Umar takes over from Ibrahim Magu whose suspension has just been confirmed by President Buhari and who is still being investigated for several allegations ranging from conversion of recovered funds to personal use to insurbodination.

READ ALSO: 1 of the 24 allegations that nailed suspended EFCC boss, Magu

The new acting chairman was until his appointment, the director of operations at the EFCC and was next to the chairman, Magu in hierarchy.

Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, media aide to Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation, disclosed this in a press statement on Friday. Gwandu added that pending the appointment of Umar as acting chairman will stand pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigation of Magu by a presidential panel.

Gwandu said Magu’s suspension is to allow for “unhindered inquiry by the Presidential Investigation Panel under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act and other relevant laws”.

This finally brings to rest, the debate on who takes over from Magu as the chief of the Anti-graft agency.

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