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2015:PLOT TO DROP SAMBO THICKENS; PARTY CONSIDERS MUAZU, LAMIDO

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The pressure on the President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to drop his Vice-President, Namadi Sambo has increased judging from the recent consultations with the party hierarchy who prefer other members for the exalted position.

Findings revealed that a large number of the Northern caucus in PDP has faulted the Vice-President’s lack of influence in the North which they believed may work against the President’s re-election.

The permutation was that Sambo will not be able to wield enough influence to lead the party to success against the likes of General Muhammadu Buhari, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Mallam El Rufai and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal who had shown his interest to decamp to the APC.

The calculation was also hinged on Sambo’s inability to hold his home State, Kaduna which is believed to be an elite State in the North and one of the many regions where the APC enjoys support.

The PDP is said to have been plotting to dominate other northern states even if the party will lose Kano which is one of the strongholds of the APC, the method is to cushion the loss with the winning of many northern states which calls for the need on why the party should consider a strong northerner as the President’s running mate.

The party is also of the opinion that the running mate should be the choice of the north as he would automatically emerge as the Presidential candidate in 2019, a position they don’t see Sambo occupying.

The party is claimed to have been rooting for the PDP Chairman, Adamu Muazu or the Governor of Jigawa, Sule Lamido to replace the Vice-President.

The PDP Chairman is believed to be a strategist and a man fit for the job based on his experience and ability to relate with everybody in the party while Lamido who was also nursing a Presidential ambition before the party prevailed upon him to shelve his ambition to pave way for the President’s second term.

The suggestion of Lamido was said to have been immdediately quashed as many reasoned that if he becomes the Vice-President he might be unloyal to the President and hijack the party structure from him.

The President who is said to have taken the suggestions into consideration was said to have met with some of his loyal aides who advised him not to drop Sambo who they claimed has always been loyal to the President and given him all the necessary support in the course of their administration.

The President’s confidants compared Sambo/Jonathan administration with Obasanjo/Atiku’s admministration, an illustration which amused the President.

The battle for the President’s running mate is seen as a big hurdle which the party must scale without any fracture.

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From Boardroom To Politics, Ex-First Bank Boss Eyes Oyo Governor’s Seat

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Adesola Adeduntan, the erstwhile Managing Director of First Bank has been named as one of the would-be successors of the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde come 2027.

 

The banker who was allegedly eased out of banking for some undisclosed misdemeanors is claimed to have began consultations as he charts a new path in politics.

 

Sources hinted that Adeduntan had been interested in an elective position but his participation was measured because of his banking career. But now, the coast is clear and he is already aligning himself with some stakeholders ahead of 2027.

 

A list of names including Ilaji boss, Dotun Sanusi, Taofeek Arapaja, Stanley Olajide and many more has features as interested minds gunning for the number one seat in Oyo, a list Adeduntan has recently joined.

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Ex First Bank Boss, Afonja Dies In Auto Crash

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-Femi Bamgbose

 

Details have emerged on Monday, 20th May, 2024 regarding the tragic death of a former Chairman of First Bank Plc, Ajibola Afonja.

 

The 82 year-old man was said to have died in a car accident.

 

The accident occurred somewhere around Oyo town.

 

Sources hinted papermacheonline that the former Minister popularly known by his company name ‘IDS’ Integrated Dimensional System was rushed to the University College Hospital, Ibadan where he eventually gave up the ghost.

 

The news spread like wildfire within the society circle across Oyo State where Afonja was highly revered.

 

Family sources claimed he would be buried today according to Islamic rites.

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‘How Yahaya Bello Withdrew Almost $1M From Kogi Account To Pay Child’s School Fees’ EFCC boss, Olukoyede

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The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ola Olukoyede, has revealed that a former governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, transferred $720,000 from the government’s coffers to a bureau de change before leaving office to pay in advance for his child’s school fee.

 

Olukoyede revealed this during an interview with journalists on Tuesday in Abuja.

 

He said, “A sitting governor, because he knows he is going, moved money directly from government to bureau de change, used it to pay the child’s school fee in advance, $720,000 in advance, in anticipation that he was going to leave the Government House.

 

“In a poor state like Kogi, and you want me to close my eyes to that under the guise of ‘I’m being used.’ Being used by who at this stage of my life?”

 

 

Olukoyede further stated that he personally reached out to Bello, offering him a chance to clarify the situation in a respectful setting within the EFCC office but the ex-governor reportedly declined to cooperate, citing fears of harassment from an unnamed woman.

 

The EFCC boss added, “I didn’t initiate the case; I inherited the case file. I called for the file, and I said there are issues here.

 

“On my own, I called him, which I am not supposed to do, just to honour him as an immediate past governor. ‘Sir, there are issues. I’ve seen this case file. Can you just come let us clarify these issues?’

 

 

“He said, ‘Ha! Thank you, my brother. I know, but I can’t come. There’s one lady that has surrounded EFCC with over 100 people to come and embarrass me and intimitade me.’

 

Bello was said to have suggested that the EFCC come to his village rather than conduct an investigation at the agency’s quarters.

 

“I said if that is the issue, I’m going to pass you through my own gate, and you will come to my floor. We will accord you that respect. I will invite my operatives; they will interrogate and interview you in my own office. What could be more honourable than that to allay the fear?

 

“You know what he said: ‘Thank you, sir, but can’t they come to my village? Olukoyede added.

 

The chairman also highlighted the agency’s achievements during his tenure, stating, “We have recovered close to 120 billion and secured over 1,600 convictions in six months.

 

“I’m so passionate about the need for us to move forward in this country. We need the EFCC to survive. There are so many victims that we have wiped tears off their eyes, people that have been swindled in their millions. Every day, we keep recovering money for victims.”

 

PUNCH Online reports that the EFCC chairman, Olukoyede, has vowed to resign from his position if Yahaya Bello is not prosecuted.

 

The EFCC is seeking to arraign Bello on 19 counts bordering on alleged money laundering, breach of trust, and misappropriation of funds to the tune of N80.2 billion.

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