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APC Can’t Unseat Makinde With Lies, Sponsorship Of Insecurity -Group

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A socio-political group in Oyo State, the Oyo Kajola Group (OKG), has warned the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop fuelling insecurity and lies in its alleged bid to take over the state by all means.

The group said this in reaction to the statement made by the leaders of the main opposition party in the state at the end of its stakeholders’ meeting held in Ibadan, earlier in the day.

The Oyo APC chieftains had announced the readiness of the party to take over the reins of government from the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration, declaring that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has become jittery of a united APC in the state.

However, OKG, in a statement by its media coordinator, Comrade Adebayo Ayandele, said the APC leadership is only planning to disrupt the peace of the state, adding that the party is seeking to come back to power through falsehood and lies.

The group maintained that, no matter the level of lies and negative narrative allegedly being woven around the Makinde administration, the APC will not succeed in taking over the state in 2023.

It accused the opposition party of being largely behind most of security challenges happening in the state, noting that the party also specialises in blowing the insecurity situation out of proportion to gain undue advantage.

The group equally warned those it described as desperate elements in Oyo APC not to cause undue tension in the state with the party’s ward, local government and state congresses.

It said the alleged desperation of the APC gladiators could spell danger for the peace of the state, adding that the people of the state have discovered “the unholy secret” of the party.

The alleged unholy secret, OKG said, “borders on creating insecurity scenarios and then blowing such challenges out of proportion to discredit the incumbent government.”

The statement read: “As the political desperados in the APC in Oyo State plan to hold their ward, local government and state congresses, we will like to warn them not to turn our state to a theatre of war.

“With the level of desperation and inordinate ambition among the gladiators in the APC, including individuals with bad records ranging from corruption to crimes, we are calling on security agencies to be on alert and not allow the APC to destroy our state further than it has already done by orchestrating security challenges and spreading fear.

“For the umpteenth time, we would like to inform the desperate and deceitful APC that the people of Oyo State have become wiser than to elect a party that changes the fortune of the people to hardship and poverty.

“Nigerians are now wiser, seeing how the APC has impoverished millions of Nigerians, who are currently going through policy inconsistency and cluelessness at the federal level.

“More so, these crops of deceitful, insensitive APC leaders in Oyo State should perish the thought of unseating the people-centred and hardworking government of Governor Seyi Makinde.”

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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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