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Again, Seyi Makinde Cautions Ajimobi Against Hasty Contracts Award

The Governor-elect of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde has warned “those who think they can fleece the state government” to have a second thought.

In a statement signed on his behalf by Prince Dotun Oyelade, the Governor-elect said that “the plan of the outgoing administration to concession the Agodi Gardens and some landed property at Trans Amusement Park to a Government insider will not materialise as it does not follow due process”.

Engr Makinde said that he is well aware of the outgoing government’s plan to mismanage the $ 610 million special intervention fund of which Oyo State is a beneficiary.

According to the statement, “the hasty contracts being awarded at SUBEB has also caught the eyes of the public, likewise the many other last-minute hanky panky going on”.
While Engr. Makinde warned contractors not to risk their licenses, he assured members of the pubic that due diligence will be upheld and relevant anti-corruption agencies have been duly informed.

Ephebophilia! Senator-elect, Ned Nwoko In Secret Romance With Teen Actress, Regina Daniels

The lid has blown off the secret dalliance between Delta State politician, Ned Nwoko and 18 year old actress, Regina Daniels.

Those in the know revealed the former House of Representatives member, now a Senator-elect is the financial pillar behind the Daniel’s sudden flamboyant lifestyle.

The teen actor all of a sudden became a social media sensation, acquired two expensive cars, bought a rolex watch and exhibited a luxurious living which people traced to the kindness of her 59- year-old lover.

Regina was said to have been introduced to Ned by an older colleague who knows Ned’s preference for teenagers.

The politician was said to have fallen for the actress beauty and smooth skin, kicking off an almost immediate amorous affair.

An unconfirmed report also claimed the politician had visited Regina’s Asaba home to seek her hand in marriage, a plan that would seal the union as the Senator’s 6th marriage.

Regina’s parents were said to have welcomed the idea, as long as the politician is ready to fulfil his obligations and meet their needs.

11 Years After; Adedibu’s Widow, Bose Finds Love

For the widow of the late strongman of Ibadan politics, Alhaji Lamidi Adedibu, Bose, it’s an exciting moment! 11 years after losing her politician husband, the beautiful woman has found love again.

Those in the know claimed ‘Alhaja Bose’, who is a top member of the PDP in Oyo State is so smitten, that she hardly goes anywhere without her lover who is also a prominent politician in Ibadan.

‘They do things together, even their love affair is no longer news. We all know they are dating’. A source hinted papermacheonline.

Alhaja Adedibu had revealed some years ago in an interview that she would consider giving marriage a second chance, if she has the right man. Is marriage in the offing?

Its rather unlikely, as the man in question is a married man, blessed with kids. It is revealed he is just a figure in Bose’s life that cannot fade away.

There were rumours that the two were childhood lovers, the man went abroad for greener pasture and luck smiled on Alhaja Bose, she met Adedibu and married him. After a long while, the lover relocated back to Nigeria, he was said to have won a ticket and became a House of Reps member through the help of his old flame who used all her influence for him.

They were said to have been seriously in love, they enjoyed an unusual friendship even when Adedibu was alive, and when the politician died, their love rose to a higher ground.

The man is said to be a frequent visitor at late Adedibu’s Molete residence where Bose is now the main occupant, he comes and leaves at will and on many occasion they both travel abroad on holidays.

The loverboy is Remi Gbede, a handsome socialite and politician who was a former House of Representatives member when Adedibu was alive.

Gbede who is also a member of the PDP in Ibadan is said to be enjoying whatever comes to him as he gets things done with his relationship with Alhaja Bose who is one of the few prominent women that has the ears of Governor-elect, Seyi Makinde in Ibadan.

THE LIES AND LIARS OF THE ELECTION -Godswill Akpabio

There are three kinds of people. In the first category you have those who make things happen. In the second category you have those who talk about those who make things happen. And in the third category you have those who do not know what is happening. God has ordained for me to make things happen, and I am grateful to Him. That is my ministry.

Those who talk about the people who make things happen also have this as their ministry. They constitute the Gossip League. If I have been a major gossip commodity in their “enterprise”, I bless the name of the Lord. There is one thing worse than being talked about and that is not being talked about. But when they take their trade (gossip) to embarrassing heights of absurdity, one painfully has to undertake the task of reining them in and ensuring that lies and falsehood do not flourish in our State and invoke God’s wrath. It is not about me, but about the law of sowing and reaping. Rest assured that every idle and malicious talk would be judged by God Almighty.

My movement from the PDP to the APC overshadowed every discussion in Akwa Ibom State and cast a spell of fear over the Peoples Democratic Party. In their desperation, they told many lies against me and I would not bother to talk about all of them. I, however, would want to refer, for now, to four of these false claims and a few others . (1) That I said I was god or carried on like God.( 2) That I said, “Where was God when I made Udom Emmanuel Governor.” (3) That I contrived to sell the state to Moslems for the establishment of cattle colonies. (4) That I left the PDP and joined pigs and now eat in piggery. ( Credited to Prelate Emeritus Sunday Mbang and co)

My story is the story of grace. My father died when I was quite young. But my mother made me to believe that my FATHER left for HEAVEN because he was sure that I am not only strong but have the strength of character and resolve to take care of her and my SIBLINGS as well as generations of our people. I am a working person’s person. I became a Solicitor, Honourable Commissioner for years and the governor of Akwa Ibom State in actualization of God’s benevolence. God made me governor. The forces I faced in that election (2007) were daunting and no pundit gave me a chance. God lifted me from grass to Grace to send the message to all Akwa Ibom people and Nigerians that whether you travel by bus or by bicycle, whether you were born in affliction or in affluence, God’s will shall certainly and without fail be done in your life.

As a Governor I appreciated God at every opportunity and shall continue to do so as long as I live. My love for God and reverence of Him led to my partnership with the Church. On assumption of duty as Governor, my first act in office was the donation of a N100 million (one hundred million Naira) grant to the Church community to use as a revolving loan scheme for the poorest communicants in the church. I also extended a grant of N10 million (Ten million naira) to the Muslim community in Uyo Central Mosque to be utilized as a revolving interest free loan to the poorest Muslims in our State whose businesses confronted financial hindrances. The idea was to lift the enterprising children of God out of poverty and misery. I did this because of my conviction that we all worship the same GOD. This I did, not only because I have always been pro-poor but because of God’s injunction in James 2:15-16. I like it better in the Message Bible: “For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, ‘Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!’ and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you?’

It was because of my fear of God, love of God and gratitude to Him for all He has done for me that I brought down the old chapel and I built the current Chapel in Government House – an architectural masterpiece in honor of God. It was because of my love of God, fear of Him and gratitude to HIM that Government started the compulsory monthly prayer meeting at the said chapel for Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria which held throughout my tenure, and I am happy to note that the tradition is still continued by the present administration. My love for God was also made manifest in my interventions in the renovation/construction/reconstruction of various churches across the State and Nigeria. My heart was so overwhelmed with God that I did not pay him back enough hence my commencement of the award- winning Carol Festivals which were watched live in more than 59 countries across the the World through out my tenure. It is a thing of pride that it is still being continued by the present administration. It is also my reverence to GOD and love for Him that made us to work together as Akwa Ibom people to break the GUINNESS BOOKS OF World RECORD by convoking the largest choir group on planet earth since the world was founded – the Godswill Akpabio Unity Choir (25,272members) to sing to the glory of God. Is it right for a LEADER who did all these to be referred to as anti- Christ by a tiny clique of self acclaimed “fathers of faith” because of mere change of political party ?

In 2016 my wife, was in a coma for months and the best doctors in the world with the help of the best life-support equipment gave her less than five percent chance of making it. Doctors and science gave up on her. The press wrote that she had died. But we held on to God and God brought her back to life. Science could not explain this awesome testimony.
In 2015, I was involved in an accident, which details are still suspect. I survived against all odds, because God showed up for me.
Can a man who has seen so much favour from God, turn around to blaspheme him? Can such a man seek to play God or seek to share His glory with Him? Such a man can never say “where was God when I made Udom Emmanuel governor?”. I neither made such blasphemous statement nor conceived it in my heart. I met Udom Emmanuel in 2012 or thereabout performing the duties of a deacon in Qua Iboe Church, Surulere. I immediately took a liking to him and adjudged that as a deacon, if given the opportunity, he would superintend over the affairs of our people with the FEAR of God. Whether I was right or wrong is for history to judge. Nevertheless I picked him to succeed me and by the grace of God and the votes of Akwa Ibom electorates, he won the election 2015. So God made him governor.
Yes, your guess is right. I met enemies out of 28 other aspirants who desired that same office. That remains my cross.

So for anybody to believe that I would question where God was when we made Udom Emmanuel Governor is the height of mischief. Of course God used me and Akwa Ibom people to make Udom Emmanuel Governor, just as He used Samuel to anoint Saul king of Israel. If King Saul departed from the expectations of God and God sent Samuel to communicate the message to him , no one can accuse Samuel of playing God. For me and my household, we shall forever love God and reverence Him.

I am happy that God is not like some of His pastors. Ever since I moved to APC, they have been preaching falsehood against the party, APC and joined politicians in peddling lies about me and the APC government led by President Muhammadu Buhari. Very well known Church prelates and Bishops that dined with me for 8 years while I was governor, despite my benevolence to them and their families joined the fray calling me killer herdsman for being a part of APC. But some of these “men of God” were in this same Country in 2012 when the farmers/herdsmen clashes claimed the lives of over 1000 people in the Benue/Plateau/Mambilla axis. At that time, a Christian was the President but was not accused of being a killer of Christians. The farmers/herdsmen clashes predate Nigeria’s Independence. The clashes have occurred under various leaderships. Yet the “men of God” have been unconscionable and insensitive in accusing the current President of masterminding genocide against Christians because he is a Muslim. I am happy that God does not condemn a man based on one man’s testimony, but He sees our heart and judges our motives and intentions accordingly. Whether one is a Christian or Muslim, we all worship the same God WHO will at the appointed time judge us from our deeds in words and actions.

But these misguided acts by a section of prejudiced Christian leadership seem to know no bounds. Otherwise, how can Christian leaders led by a former CAN President be sponsored to describe me in a televised press conference as “a foolish prodigal son who went to join pigs in a piggery and eat the food meant for pigs?”. May I ask the sponsored “men of God”, is my party, the APC a piggery? Is the ruling party in your Country made of pigs? Are your sponsors happy with this appellation? Is God happy with your twisted involvement in partisan politics? I would like to advise the “fathers of faith” to stop the hate speeches no matter how profitable and rather speak more to us about SALVATION, LOVE and UNITY.

Some of the lies are unfathomable and ridiculous. That it could be suggested
that I would seek to undo the transformational work I did in Akwa Ibom by mortgaging Akwa Ibom interests or entering into alliances with anyone is another wicked lie from the pit of hell.
In the course of this election, I had been photo-shopped by the same propaganda merchants who told the lies about me. My letterhead and signature had been forged by the same propaganda merchants to write falsehood and circulate same on the internet purporting to be a letter from me to the PRESIDENT through the Chief of Staff to Mr President . During the election they conscripted certain women from South Africa who claimed to be foreign observers and paid them to lie that I detained them using thugs even when such incident never occurred. I am yet to come across any of these phoney female foreign observers who claimed to have been detained by the said Akpabio and his gang of thugs. Such blackmail can not be allowed to peter out without a whimper. I have therefore instructed my solicitors to write to the South African Embassy with the view to bringing the purveyors of those lies to justice.

But in all these, I have often reflected on what happened to our Lord and Savior, JESUS CHRIST when some of the multitude who celebrated Him in the triumphant entry into Jerusalem were fooled by the Pharisees to shout, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” at his trial. Yes they crucified him. But because the Bible says in Job 20:4-7 “Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth, That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?” .

When Matthew Henry was robbed, he said “Let me be thankful because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed.” Let me say, I am thankful because it was I who was lied against and maligned, not I who lied and maligned. My dream for Akwa Ibom lives on. My love for Akwa Ibom and Nigeria waxes stronger. I call on those who have been sucked into this axis of evil to stop the lies, the smear campaigns, the propaganda and the deliberate falsehood. I wish to serve notice that I would remain undaunted and focused in serving humanity.

Let me place on record my deep appreciation to hundreds of thousands of Akwa Ibom people who ignored the innuendos, falsehood and campaigns of calumny against me and the APC, trooped out in their numbers to vote Mr President and I on 23rd February and Obong Nsima Ekere on 9th March, 2019 respectively. You voted to join the centre politics of Nigeria. Be assured that no “conspiracy” can deny you the desires of your heart.

For the people of Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District, Akwa Ibom State and Nigerians,continue to pray for our best is yet to come.

God bless Akwa Ibom State, God bless our Nation, Nigeria.

His Excellency,Senator Godswill Akpabio, CON.

Unveiling The Man Behind Akinlade’s Multibillion Campaign, Why He Prefers To Operate Underground

The identity of one of the major financial backers of the gubernatorial ambition of Adekunle Akinlade has been unveiled. The wealthy individual is no other person than Wasiu Sowami, an oil baron behind Prudent Energy and services Limited.

He was cleared by authorities not quite long ago in an alleged N1.3billion oil Subsidy Scam.

Sowami was one of the Managing Directors arrested by the Special Fraud Unit during the raging outcry over massive corruption in the fuel subsidy scheme.

The Prudent Energy boss was alleged to have been paid over N1.3billion ‘’based on a single importation of over 18million litres of PMS’’.

Sowami, however, walked free from the charges and had since then kept a low profile.

The oilman returned to social consciousness with a daring business move recently by purchasing 75 percent equity in Femi Otedola’s Forte Oil

The transaction runs into millions of dollars and is scheduled to be perfected by the end of 2019.

A painstaking report by some journalists has revealed the Prudent Energy boss funded Akinlade’s gubernatorial election.

Sowami is said to be involved in the Akinlade gubernatorial project as a result of the connection with Governor Ibikunle Amosun.

Amosun and Sowami are said to enjoy a robust relationship.

Governor Amosun dared all odds – including expulsion from the ruling All Progressives Congress – to make his godson, Akinlade a major contender in the just concluded gubernatorial election in Ogun state.

Akinlade, who contested on the platform of the Allied People’s Movement lost the election to APC’s Dapo Abiodun, a setback that is said to have angered his financial backbone in the person of Sowami.

Sowami who prefers to operate in the shadow judged by the bad reports that trailed his arrest for fuel subsidy is said to have distanced himself from relationship with Akinlade that whenever the issue comes up he finds a way to escape the discussion.

War Without End; Arisekola’s Family, Ajimobi In Land Tussle

The Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi is not finding it easy. The Governor widely known as the ‘Constituted Authority’ not only lost his bid to return to the National Assembly as a Senator, he also lost the governorship seat, reserved for his candidate, Bayo Adelabu to the PDP’s Seyi Makinde, an ordeal described by many of his supporters as nightmarish.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Oyo helmsman is having a tough battle with the family of late business mogul, Aare Abdulazeez Arisekola Alao who was one of his biggest supporters before his untimely death.

The battle is in connection with a large piece of land where Governor Ajimobi built what he called his ‘retirement house’ in Agodi GRA of Ibadan.

The house is a beautiful edifice which the Governor built as a gift for himself and the house he plans to move in after his exit in office.

Insiders revealed that the house is a stone throw to the Government House and that Governor Ajimobi’s personal belongings has been moved from the State house to the new building.

Largely sitting over 2 acres, the property has become the cause for a big fight between the Governor and the family of the late Arisekola.

The Arisekolas alleged that the property belonged to their father while Governor Ajimobi explained that the property was given to him by the late business mogul.

Some of the children of the late businessman who felt they were not treated well by the Governor after their d father’s demise explained that the Governor did not have the proof that their father gave the land to him before his death.

They alleged that the Governor was trying to use his power to rob them of what truly belonged to them and they threatened to challenge him in court.

A source revealed to papermacheonline that the land in question belonged to a former Governor of the State, Chief Rasheed Ladoja who sold it to Arisekola when he was alive and that there is no strong proof to back Governor Ajimobi’s case that the land was rightly given to him by ‘Aare’ as Arisekola was fondly called during his lifetime.

APC Writes Attorney-General On Attempts By PDP, INEC To Perpetrate Electoral Fraud In Akwa Ibom

The Attorney General of the Federation
Federal Ministry of Justice
FCT, Abuja.

Sir,

Attempt to Perpetuate Electoral Fraud in Akwa Ibom State

We want to place on record and bring to your attention the very obvious and noticeable attempt by the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Mike Igini, in collusion with agents of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Akwa Ibom State Government to perpetuate electoral fraud by destroying electoral materials needed to substantiate the election petitions of candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State.

We observe with deep regrets that since Mr. Mike Igini superintended over the worst general elections ever conducted in Akwa Ibom State, that was fraught with manifest irregularities and wide spread electoral infractions, the REC is now unveiling a grand scheme to thwart and create a chaotic environment to pave way for the pervasion of justice.

We have been reliably informed that the REC is now intimidating electoral officers who participated in the just concluded general elections in the State, particularly, Collation Officers, Supervisory Presiding Officers (SPOs), Presiding Officers (POs) and Assistant Presiding Officers (APOs), handing over their phone numbers to hired assassins and PDP killer squad to forcefully coerce them to concoct and fabricate false reports of violence, ballot paper snatching, all in a bid to justify the clandestine activities of Mr. Mike Igini days after the purported declaration of results, seeing that unit results will expressly show that candidates of the All Progressives Congress clearly won the elections by the votes directly delivered at the polling units across the state.

This latest action by the leadership of INEC in Akwa Ibom State has vindicated our stand expressed in various foras before the general elections that Mr. Mike Igini is a biased umpire, heavily compromised by the Akwa Ibom State Government to truncate the smooth conduct of a free and fair elections. We therefore reiterate in unambiguous terms, that INEC under Mr. Mike Igini cannot guarantee credibility and the ethos of fair play as demonstrated with this plot hatched to frustrate the electoral process.

Consequent to these, we hereby demand as follows:

1. The immediate relocation of the elections tribunal to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to forestall breakdown of law and order that this show of impunity might incite if not forestalled.

2. That we reiterate our call for the immediate redeployment of Mr. Mike Igini to pave way for a level-playing field for all parties that partook in the elections.

3. that any report that originates from any electoral officer in Akwa Ibom State remains an afterthought and should be completely disregarded forthwith.

4. That we call on security agencies to provide adequate security to all ad-hoc staffs of INEC in the state and properly investigate and bring to book, thugs paid by the PDP to intimidate or coerce non-yielding election officials.

5. We urge international agencies to pay particular interest to the continuing efforts of Mr. Mike Igini to perpetuate electoral fraud in Akwa Ibom State.

We have taken time to chronicle the unfolding complicity of Mr. Mike Igini in collaboration with the State Government and PDP to rob our party of our impending victory at the tribunal.

Please accept the assurances of our highest regards.

Obong Ini Okopido
APC State Chairman

cc:

HE The President
Federal Republic of Nigeria

The National Security Adviser

National Chairman
All Progressives Congress

The Chairman
Independent National Electoral Commission

The Inspector General of Police

DG, Department of State Security Service

DG, National Intelligence Agency