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‘I Don’t Give A …’ Former Commissioner, Zach Adelabu Throws Lavish 40th Birthday Party Amidst EFCC Probe

Former Commissioner for Finance in Oyo State, Zaccheus Adelabu truly does not give a damn! The prominent godson of the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi proved this some weeks ago when he threw a lavish party to celebrate his 40th years in Ibadan despite what insiders termed ‘heavy profiling from the EFCC’.

Zach was the man that handled the finances of the state for the first four years of the Ajimobi government and he was said to have been substituted due to his rising profiles and ambition, he was oiling some political machineries ahead 2019 and this did not go down well for his principal who quickly replaced him and made him a consultant to the State government on projects.

Such was his rising influence, he placed many monarchs in the state on salary and he was said to be a bigger spender that the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi.

His lifestyle and activities attracted the EFCC , coupled with the many petitions and fraudulent allegations about him and he became a regular at the commission’s Iyaganku, Ibadan office.

Many in the State did not know that Zaccheus played a major role in the case of the EFCC, Heritage bank and the arrest of Governor Ajimobi’s son-in-law.

Zaccheus was said to be far away in Dubai on vacation when Kolapo Daisi was arrested, he was called and notified by the governor and he took the next available flight home. The case which becomes dramatic everyday is already in court with the Heritage Bank Managing Director, Sekibo as one of the dramatis personae.

Zaccheus 40th birthday celebration was preceded by a heartfelt message in the dailies where Governor Ajimobi affirmed their closeness and wished a darling brother a Happy Birthday.

The celebration continues at the high class Casa Lucio in Ibadan where VIPs like the Oba Saheed Elegushi, Bisoye Fagade and many other prominent people were on hand to sing the man a tuneful birthday song.

Cash Crunch; Why Alao Akala Will Not Contest Again In 2019

Former Governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala has a dream he doesn’t know how to implement .

In the political setting in Oyo State today, the ex governor is a force to be reckoned with. Not only did he do well by improving the lives of his people when he was in government, he was regarded as a man of the people, a ‘buje budanu’ (spender) that spent the money in the State coffers judiciously.

At the moment the reverse seems to be the case with the politician.

Papermacheonline gathered that Akala’s  friendship with the present Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi is premised on the understanding by both camps that the Governor would not support someone unpopular to take over from him, Akala was said to had pointedly told Governor Ajimobi ‘if you do that, I will contest against him and win’.

Akala and former senator, Teslim Folarin both decamped to the APC some months ago.

Insiders revealed that Akala’s threat to run against Governor Ajimobi’s candidate is an empty won, they revealed that the Ogbomoso born-politician is like a dog in a book, he cannot bite!

People close to  Akala revealed he doesn’t have the money to run an election, it was just a mere wish.

Akala, testing on his popularity and influence was said to have reached out to some friends in order to sail his campaign and he was said to have been disappointed as many of his friends gave him  cold shoulder signalling an end to whatever ambition he has in 2019.

The former Governor has a lot going for him on the political front, he presently has a pending court case with the EFCC.

There are rumors that the former governor still nurtures an ambition that keeps the people asking how and why he wants to come govern the State for another term.

Busy Bees; Ladoja, Mimiko In Secret Meeting (set to dump PDP for SDP)

Former Governors, Rasheed Ladoja and Dr Segun Mimiko are having a secret agenda, both politicians are ready to jump ship as they perfect plans to dump the PDP and pitch their tent with the Social Democratic Party ahead of the 2019 elections.

A source revealed to papermacheonline that Mimiko and Ladoja had been meeting in Lagos and Ibadan with the plans topping their agenda .

On Monday, April 23, 2018, Chief Ladoja was said to have met with some of his loyalists where he presented the matter to them.

Many of his supporters were said to have opposed the plans, reminding the ex-governor of the nightmare of 2014 when they opted out of the PDP to join the Labour Party.

Dr Mimiko on his part was in PDP before he joined the Labour Party and later returned to the PDP.

The former Minister confided in one of his friends saying ‘I don’t want to go alone, I expected Ladoja to have declared his readiness to move by now, PDP is sinking and there is no help at sight’.

Silent Plot; Saraki Shops For Fatai Ahmed’s Successor

The Senate-President, Dr Bukola Saraki is multi-tasking. The politician that wears the tag of the strongman of Kwara politics is looking here and there, oiling the machinery to set the sail for his rumored presidential ambition and also finding the right man to succeed his godson, Governor Fatai Ahmed as the next governor of Kwara State.

Those in the know claimed that the Senate-President who aborted the ambition of his sister, Gbemisola to clear the path for Fatai to become a Governor is adopting a similar method to choose the next governor.

An insider at the Government House, Ilorin claimed Saraki consulted Governor Ahmed on the matter and they are both working on a list of names of people they think is fit to steer the ship of the State.

The source revealed that the name of the State’s Commissioner for Finance, Demola Banu is on the list.

Pundits in the State who understand the Senate-President’s body language believed Banu is likely to succeed Governor Fatai Ahmed.

They hinge their thoughts on the politician’s preference for someone that has a financial background.

Governor Fatai Ahmed was a banker before he was given an appointment by Saraki and he later became the Governor, they are placing their calculations on this premise based on Banu’s background as a banker and his 7 years experience as the State’s Commissioner for Finance.

A top politician in the State, also a protege of Dr Bukola Saraki, Hon. Moshood Mustapha is also said to have sought the support of his mentor to actualize his governorship ambition.

The special adviser to the Senate President and an ex lawmaker is claimed to have started his campaign against the advice of Saraki telling him ‘it’s not yet your turn’.

Ayo Adebanjo to reveal all in new autobiography, ‘Telling It As It Is

Elder statesman and one of Nigeria’s leading voices, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, is set to unveil his thought-provoking autobiography titled ‘Telling It As It Is’.

The 24-chapter book which will be launched at a symposium on Tuesday, 3 April, 2018 at Harbour Point, Victoria Island, Lagos is the expression of Chief Adebanjo’s inner thoughts, experiences and the aspirations and challenges of the ‘Awoist’ philosophy.

It represents the 90th birthday celebration of the political activist and close associate of Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

The symposium will also feature a panel session with the former chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega; the chief executive officer of RED, Adebola Williams, and group company secretary, Bank of Industry, Saadat Aliyu.

In a statement, Chief Ayo Adebanjo explains that the book reflects stories that have been told in response to pressures and requests by contemporaries, friends, and younger Nigerians – a narrative about growing up in a world of struggles, determination, perseverance and persistence.

“I have had the grace and privilege of experiences from the past 89 years and those years have taught me lessons worth sharing. These years have taught me significant lessons; chief of which are loyalty to a leader and commitment to a cause. And for me, loyalty is not blind, even though it has been total and undiluted. The book is about a life of travails and triumphs; an admixture of failures and successes –  so no embellishments, no cover-ups, no exaggerations and superlatives, and no concoctions,” he said.

The author also explained that the book traverses several phases in the evolution and development of Nigeria, the political infrastructure in a nation struggling to establish itself, and the roles of several individuals and leaders who have been part of the country’s historic evolution.

Chief Ayo Adebanjo, one of Nigeria’s great nationalists, has been actively involved in politics since 1951 with the formation of the Action Group Youth Wing. He has dedicated his life to fighting for a better Nigeria, establishment of true federalism, and national restructuring.

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About Chief Ayo Adebanjo

Chief Ayo Adebanjo, 89, is a renowned lawyer and politician. He was born in Ijebu Ogbu Oke in Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun State on April 10, 1928. His parents were Chief Joel Adedairo Adebanjo and Salawatu Anomo Adebanjo. He started his education at Saint Saviours Primary School, Elegbaata in Lagos, between 1934 and 1935. From there, proceeded to Holy Trinity School, Ebute Ero in 1937. He was there till 1941 when he proceeded to Cathedral School in Lagos till 1943.

 

He worked in the Ministry of Health in Lagos briefly before his appointment was terminated. He also worked briefly in Ikorodu trading company under the employment of late Chief S.E Gbadamosi. From there he joined the Nigerian Tribune as a journalist under the late Olabisi Onabanjo. It was there that he was recruited into the Action Group as pioneer organizing secretary. He held the position from 1947 to 1953 when I proceeded to the United Kingdom to read Law.

 

He entered the Council of Legal Education and was called to the Bar in Lincocin City in 1961. He then joined Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s chambers as a practicing lawyer until the crisis of the Action Group in 1966

 

He then went to Ghana on exile from 1966 to 1967. Thereafter, he was released by the General Yakubu Gowon government. He then joined Chief Awolowo again to form the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN). After which, he went into full legal practice. He was in the UPN mobilization group as a professional. He was made to stay in Borno State for a whole year to campaign for the party. His candidate then was Paul Bassey, who is still alive. They were together in the 2014 National Conference because he belongs to minority in the North.

                                                                                    -Ayotunde Ayanda

Gov Fayose’s Brother, Isaac Opens Multimillion Naira Hangout In Abuja

Serial entrepreneur and a sibling to the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, Isaac opened an entertainment hangout in Abuja some days ago.

The hangout, Viewpoint Luxury is located behind the EFCC Training School, Karu, Abuja.

The place has a swimming pool, sport bar and barber shop.

It also houses the Cod3d Lounge which is one of the hottest in the capital city.

Issac in a phone chat with Papermacheonline revealed that the opening of the Viewpoint Luxury is a comeback for him. The CEO of Alibi tv stated that he used to operate a nightclub in Abuja some years ago before he took interest in a business that eventually made him shut down the place and now ‘I’m back to take over the city’ he boasted.

Slapping Saga; More Troubles For Senator Abiodun Olujinmi

The Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial district, Mrs Abiodun Olujinmi is not new to controversies.

The one time Deputy-Governor to Governor Ayo Fayose Ekiti got entangled in another brouhaha recently when she caused a chaos in the National Assembly following allegations that she instructed her aide to slap and assault a member of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria.

The parliamentary staff’s undoing was ‘having the gut to ride in an elevator with Senator Olujinmi’, this irked her thus leading to her instruction for the man to be dealt with physically.

Eye witnesses claimed colleagues of the assaulted official were prevented by security operatives from attacking the Senator and they had reported the matter to the police, principals of the National Assembly and also encouraged the official to seek a lawyer to take up the case.

Back home, the constituency of the Senator who is presently at war with Governor Ayo Fayose are not taking the episode lightly.

Information gathered by Papermacheonline revealed that the State Governor, Ayo Fayose has capitalised on the lawmaker’s misdeed and has called the attention of party officials to it.

Some months ago, Olujinmi was accused of an attempt to physically attack the Ekiti State Deputy-Governor, Kolapo Olusola at a public function.

The Senator was claimed to have rushed the Deputy-Governor and made to grab his shirt before she was prevented by standers-by.

Her hatred for the Deputy-Governor was said to have stemmed by the decision of Governor Fayose to have endorsed the Deputy as his successor over Olujinmi who is also seeking to govern the State.

A source revealed to papermacheonline that ‘Olujinmi may be recalled, she has been fighting everyone lately and this is not too good for the image of the State’.