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Dear people of Oyo State,

Greetings from my family, campaign team and me. My name is Seyi Makinde and I am privileged to heed the calling to serve my people.

Oyo State is strategic in Nigeria and powered by hardworking families from every part of the state. We are creative, passionate, and determined. However, challenges across our state are real, the needs are substantial. By the grace of God, I am willing and ready, with your help to bring solutions to them.

I am running to be the people’s governor who represents our entire state and my plans for our economy reflect this. Our government will invest in infrastructure, education and affordable healthcare whilst driving job creation by providing low interest credit facilities and support for small businesses to make Oyo State an attractive place to do business, work and live.

We will invest in our educational systems – from primary to secondary and tertiary levels – across Oyo State and relieve the burden of high school fees placed upon our students, parents and guardians. Plans are in place to make our state’s educational institutions a place where all youths and students in Nigeria aspire to study.

Employment is one of the best ways to fight rising crime rates, keep families together, and build a stable society. One of my main priorities as your governor will be to provide an enabling environment for businesses so more jobs can be created, ensure that workers’ salaries are paid when due and their rights are adequately protected.

Any unconstitutional policies of the out-going administration, which are not in the interest of the people of Oyo State, will be duly reviewed. An effective feedback system will be put in place so that I am informed about the governance challenges faced by students, youths, adults, and the vulnerable people among us. Together we will build a new Oyo State where everyone is an important stakeholder.

I promise to focus on solving problems. Every person in Oyo State has value, and for us to transform our state for better, we must do it together. It is time we return Oyo State to a place where we treat each other with humility, respect and dignity.

The governorship draws its strength and mandate from your votes; now is the time to join me in making a real difference. In the coming weeks, I will share my proposed solutions to important governance issues, which need to be addressed. This will require your ideas, and support so that together, we can shape our future, and get Oyo State back on the right track we can all be proud of.

I am honored to humbly request your support via this medium, to elect me as your next governor on March 2nd, 2019.

Thank you.
God bless you and God bless Oyo State!

Seyi Makinde.


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




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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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




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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