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Wole Arisekola Hails Seyi Makinde, Congratulates Oyo People

PRESIDENT of the Association of Online Media Practitioners of Nigeria, (AMPON) and publisher of a renowned Ireland-based journal, Wole Arisekola, has congratulated the Governor-elect of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, and his running mate, Engineer Rauf Aderemi Olaniyan, on their resounding victory at the polls on Saturday. Seyi Makinde was declared winner and returned elected by the Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the State, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, having polled a total of 515,621 votes to defeat his closest challenger and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adebayo Adelabu, who polled 357,982 votes.

In the congratulatory message, Arisekola said the feat was a reward for the vigorous campaigns embarked upon by the People’s Democratic Party candidate and his running mate across the length and breadth of the State. *”I herby congratulate the Oyo State Governor-Elect, Engr. Seyi Makinde and his deputy, Engr. Rauf Aderemi Olaniyan, on their well-deserved victory. Let me also thank all the people of Oyo State and Ibadan in particular for keeping faith with the PDP,”* he said.

The publisher of _The Street Journal_, Wole Arisekola, also admonished the Governor-elect, in his congratulatory message to immediately hit the ground running, because he is part of the system, he lives in state, and he sure knows the pains and the worries of the people living in the state.

Speaking further, he asked the Governor-elect to uproot the political thugs and their masters from the system by arresting the people involved immediately he is sworn into office and put them behind bars where they belong, to avoid future occurrence of their onslaught. The state is like the parent of the citizens, and now that he is the custodian of the state, he should begin to see himself as the parent of the Oyo State’s citizens and inhabitants, so the onus lies on him to guide and guard them properly.

Arisekola, an Ibadan-based entrepreneur and media mogul, in his message, also extended words of compassion and solidarity to the APC adding that the party in the state has learnt its lesson and can still bounce back to reclaim the state’s number one position in subsequent governorship elections.

He thus urged them to be gallant losers and take the defeat in good faith by going back to the drawing board to re-strategize for future political contest in the state.

Oyo APC congratulates Seyi Makinde, thanks voters

The All Progressives Congress in Oyo State has congratulated Engr. Seyi Makinde, the Oyo State Governor elect declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission yesterday in Ibadan.

In a statement released by the party’s Publicity Secretary Dr AbdulAzeez Olatunde on Monday, the party congratulated its gubernatorial candidate, Oloye Bayo Adelabu and the Governor elect for a good race and a well fought battle at the polls, concluding that an election is not a do or die affair while respecting the declaration of the electoral umpire.

The Oyo Apc also appreciated its party faithful, supporters and voters in the recent National and State elections.

According to the Oyo APC spokesperson, “The elections have come and gone, won and lost and the people of Oyo State have spoken. We respect the INEC declaration of Engr. Seyi Makinde as the Governor elect and wish to congratulate him. Similarly, we commend the gallantry of Chief Adebayo Adelabu who gave a good account of not only himself but the APC in Oyo State. Our commendation also goes to all the victorious candidates in our party.

“Meanwhile, we will watch developments and use this opportunity to appeal to our party members and supporters to be calm and conduct themselves in a peaceful manner as the unprecedented eight year tenure of the APC led by Governor Abiola Ajimobi has been a season of peace, safety and security which yielded monumental developments in various sectors of the state’s economy,” Dr Olatunde added.

The party’s statement also decried and condemned the recent spate of violence witnessed in the last 48 hours in the state, emphasizing that it would be unfortunate if the state returns to the era of violence, brigandage and chaos with the turn of the PDP being in charge.

It further reminded the perpetrators of violence that the APC government is still in charge of the state and no one should seize the opportunity of victory at the polls to take laws into their hands.

‘I Will Not Disappoint You’ Seyi Makinde Tells Oyo People (thanks Ladoja, Lanlehin others)

The Oyo State Governor-elect, Engineer Seyi Makinde has vowed not to disappoint the people of Oyo State.

He made this vow when he addressed a press conference today, 11th March, 2019 at his residence in Ikolaba GRA, Ibadan.

Accompanied by his wife, Omini, deputy governor-elect, Engineer Raufu Olaniyan, Senator-elect for Oyo South senatorial district, Dr Kola Balogun, PDP chieftain, Alhaja Bose Adedibu and other members of the House Representatives and State Assembly.

Makinde who will be the only governor of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the south-west also commended the people of Oyo state for their resilience, determination and doggedness.

His words, “the political struggle of the past few weeks by the people of Oyo State, particularly the elections which took place on Saturday leading to my being elected as your next governor come May this year, reminds me of the Agbekoya struggle of 1968.

He also thanked the likes of Chief Rasheed Ladoja, Senator Femi Lanlehin, Barrister Sharafadeen Alli and many others whom he claimed collapsed their structures to work for him.

Press Statement; The Many Lies Against Obong Nsima Ekere

In the run up to today’s very critical Governorship Election, the APC Governorship Candidate, Obong Nsima Ekere has been the subject of a heinous online media campaign that seeks to stain him with the tar of violence and criminality.

From a blatantly false publication tagged Who Should Not Be Governor, which dripped with lies, deliberate falsehood and a frontal attack on truth, to a purported Memorandum of Understanding with Miyetti Allah promising to create a cattle colony in the state, the alleged influx of thugs into the state and now, an audio clip alleging that Obong Nsima Ekere has engaged militants to bomb and create violence across the state to disrupt tomorrow’s elections, PDP’s theatre of the absurd has been busy churning out falsehood in the hope to swing the election its way.

Let’s put it straight: This audio clip is false in its entirety. Obong Ekere has not and will not engage any militant to fight his electoral battles. Neither Nsima Ekere nor the APC is interested in procuring victory through violence and the suppression of the will of Akwa Ibom people. The Governorship of Akwa Ibom State can only be earned by a combination of capacity, character and realistic programmes. And he has all. Mr Ekere remains a man of peace and his entire public service records bear testimony to this.

We believe that this audio clip has been created with the help of technology first to portray Obong Ekere in bad light and earn him the ill will of the good people of Akwa Ibom State and more importantly, as cover for the violence which PDP has been planning and deploying across the state in the run up to the election.

We believe that our security agencies are alive to their responsibilities and will take steps to uncover the truth and bring all culprits and perpetrators of violence to book.

We urge the people of Akwa Ibom State to see the various attacks from PDP’s playbook as diversionary and a confirmation of APC’s position that PDP, being the main sponsor of violence in the state, must be checked by the security agencies to ensure a free and fair governorship election.

We urge all our supporters and partymen and indeed the people of Akwa Ibom State to ignore this attempt to hoodwink and remain calm and law abiding at this time.

As Obong Ekere has said before, election is not war and does not justify a resort to arms. Our democracy cannot and must not be watered by the blood of anyone.

Utibe Ukim
SA Communications

Classic Betrayal! How Akala Was Paid N50M To Rejoin APC

The lid has finally blown open. Papermacheonline can authoritatively disclose that the ex Governor of Oyo Sate, Otunba Bayo Alao-Akala was actually paid, among many other conditions to rejoin the APC, the party he left when he couldn’t get the governorship ticket.

The Ogbomoso born politician reportedly received a meagre sum of 50 Million naira to change his mind and support the APC candidate, Bayo Adelabu.

The money was given to him by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu with a promise of ‘more to come’ if he could deliver the three Local government areas under his control to the party.

Akala, the candidate of the ADP became an instant joker after the results of the presidential elections came out, the ex-Governor delivered the whole three Local government in Ogbomoso to the PDP and he became the toast of all the parties before he was finally wooed by the APC and he conceded.

Part of the conditions listed to get reabsorbed into the APC by Akala is for the reinstatement of his son, Lamiju who was sacked by Governor Abiola Ajimobi for anti-party activities, his wish was immediately granted and he listed many other conditions.

A bewildered congress of the PDP, ZLP who were counting on a robust relationship with Akala to defeat the APC were quick to show their disappointment in Akala’s move.

Akala in a meeting with his followers described and boasted how important he was to the APC that he was ferried to Abuja in a private jet where he met the President, Vice President, Tinubu and Adams Oshiomole.

In a fifteen minutes video recorded by one of his aides, the politician justified his reasons for backing out of the coalition plan with Ladoja, Seyi Makinde and some others as he blamed Senator Ladoja for saying ‘it is only an Ibadan man that can battle Bayo Adelabu’, as he furthermore stated his plans to ensure he supports Adelabu to win the election.

What many believed was part of his plot to work for Adelabu played out on the 6th of March, 2019, some days to the elections when the PDP flagbearer, Seyi Makinde visited Ogbomoso to campaign and also hold a radio interview.

In a detailed statement sent to Papermacheonline, the media aide of Seyi makinde, Dotun Oyelade disclosed that they had already paid for an hour for the interview session at the Parrot FM, a radio station owned by Akala, they got there and were surprised when they were told the station could not host the PDP candidate.

Makinde barred his mind as he disclosed his disappointment in Akala, stating his fears from preventing him to grant the interview because he wanted to reveal the real reasons the ex Governor rejoined the APC.

Wole Arisekola Writes Akwa Ibom People On The Coming Governorship Election

For the last couple of days, I have spent my energy and time addressing some post election issues and controversies especially the needless blackmailing of Senator Godswill Akpabio by enemies within and outside his party .

The purpose of writing this article is to reset the brains of few educated illiterates who think they are mocking God’s anointed son.
First, I want to underscore that my purpose is not to incite any form of tribal sentiment against any group but to put the records straight that the unfortunate event that happened last Saturday was as a result of an avoidable mistake among the leaders of the All Progressives Congress in the state.

My primary purpose for writing this article is to offer advice on how we can face the electoral umpire together as a team in the next election in the state.

My strong conviction is that all forms of hatred, resentment, anger and malice are wasted emotional and psychological energy that could be better channeled into improving one’s lot and the lot of others .

In a few days time, we will be going to the polls again. Many of you may be asking if it is worth the time and energy, going to stand under the sun for a process that will be manipulated and for which the results may have been written ahead of time.

In fact, many of you may have become more convinced that “our votes do not count”. There is no denying that the votes of thousands of Akwa Ibom citizens were set aside last Saturday by Mr Mike Igini for a contrived result which suggests that our votes do not count.

But it is actually because our votes do count that it took the Peoples Democratic Party and Mike Igini more than 72 hours to purportedly declare the result on the multilated sheet in favour of an unknowm and less fancied candidate of the election in Esie Udim Local Government . Our votes counted to the point that the Akwa Ibom Resident Electoral Commissioner had a hard time manipulating the results.

I am a living witness to the fact that people of Akwa Ibom State made a very good outing at the presidential and National Assembly elections.

I am in shock that the outcome was far from what we anticipated. But that should not daunt our spirit. Rather, that should make us more resolute on our mission to change the PDP government in Akwa ibom State.
We must know that the state elections are around the corner. Believe me my brothers and sisters, the state election, contrary to popular opinion, is even more important than the federal elections. The reasons are simple and clear.

When Senator Akpabio was in power as the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, he demostrated the big impact that a state can have on the lives of its citizens by constructing the best roads in the history of Nigeria in rural areas throughout the state. He belives that goverment should not be for the elites alone but for everybody .

He actually demostrated that governance takes place at the state and local government levels and the state government can make far greater impact and direct impact on the lives of the people far more than the Federal Government.

My dearest brothers and sisters , our father, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice President of Nigeria and Chief Adams Oshiomole, the National Chairman of our great party were here yesterday. They are feeling the same pain that we are feeling and they came to sympathise with us and promised to ensure that there is a redress of the injustice done to us by INEC and Mr Igini last Saturday.

They told us that the survival of Akwa Ibom depends on those who we allow to govern us at both the state and local government levels.
All what we need to do is to come out and vote out PDP on Saturday.

We must not throw out the baby with the bath water. We must come out in the large numbers and perform our civic duty .
I am very proud of you my brothers and sisters.

God bless the Land of Promise, God bless Akwa Ibom and God bless Nigeria.

Wole Arisekola is the publisher of Streetjournal Magazine

Oyo 2019; Days To Election, ADC, ZLP, SDP Adopt Seyi Makinde


The gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in Oyo state Engr Seyi Makinde has congratulated the people of oyo state on his adoption by a coalition of political parties in the state.

A statement from his campaign office signed by Prince Dotun Oyelade said that leaders of the parties, led by the Osi Olubadan High Chief Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja, Senator Femi Lanlehin, Barrister Sarafadeen Ali and Chief Bolaji Ayorinde SAN, displayed unsurpassed broadmindedness and political maturity in agreeing to adopt him to face the APC, which is the nemesis of our people.

According to the statement, the milestone achievement has now paved the way for the PDP to coast home to victory with the support of other patriotic leaders.

The APC will be overwhelmed and drowned in their attempt to rig the election through violence and votes manipulation.

The statement said that if the APC wishes, it can arrange a camp bed in Ibadan for their Lagos leader, our people will banish them out of our territory.
Seyi Makinde said that the APC should look for another business centre. ‘Oyo state is out of your stranglehold and out of bounds’ he said