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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.

Dangote, Akin Oyebode, Kelechi Amadi Obi Auctioned Off 600,000 At EIE Light A Candle Dinner

Enough is Enough Nigeria held their fundraising event for the RSVP and Office of the Citizen program on Sunday, April 15 2018 at the Harbor Point, Victoria Island Lagos.

Hosted by Lala Akindoju and Richard Osuji, the evening saluted the organization’s growth and success for promoting good governance and public accountability in Nigeria.  2Baba, Timi Dakolo,Tamilore Ashika, Victoria Itodo,  who were also some of Nigeria’s best and brightest celebrities present at the fundraiser were honoured for their supportive role, dedication and cooperation in their service to EiE as well as the general public.

Members of civil society in attendance were the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative, Gbenga Sesan and Founder of Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre, Dr. Abiola Akiyode Afolabi amongst other special guests.

Entrepreneurs and professionals bidded to spend time with business mogul, Aliko Dangote, Kelechi Amadi-Obi, 2Baba, Banky W, Oby Ezekwesili, Tunde Bakare, Lanre Olusola, Leke Alder, The Adeyemis, Ibukun Awosika, Banke Meshida-Lawal, Jumoke Adenowo, Aisha Oyebode, Mai Atafo for as high as 600,000 naira.

Funds raised at The ‘Light A Candle’ dinner will be donated to EiE’s RSVP and office of the citizen programmes to help increase voters education and awareness campaign ahead of the 2019 general elections.

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

He Whom The Gods Favour; Seyi Tinubu’s Rising Influence In Lagos

The enormous power wielded by APC chieftain and ex Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is not about to wane anytime soon as his son, Seyi also appears to be leveraging on his father’s hold on Africa’s most populous city.

According to reliable sources, the younger Tinubu is using his father’s influence to seal some deals in the state that is fetching him a fortune.

One of the opportunities cited by the source is the Lekki-Epe toll gate 1 and 2 roads, the Lekki/Ikoyi link bridge controlled by the Lekki Concession Company. It is being alleged that Loatsad Promomedia, an outdoor advertising agency owned by Seyi Tinubu owns the massive LED advertising screens at the three toll gates.

Investigations put the cost of advertising on the screen at N7Million-N10Million monthly.

‘It is not known how the young businessman came about the opportunity to locate the massive screens at the strategic points, no one can also remember when LCC called for open bids for outdoor advertisers to take up the vantage positions at the toll gates’ stated the source.

Those who know Seyi Tinubu revealed to papermacheonline that he is quiet and unassuming, but wields so much influence, an information that a source that knows the inner working of the state disclosed that has so much power that it is difficult for the State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode to say ‘No’ to some of his many requests.

Seyi  graduated from the university in 2011 with a law degree. He received a LLB from the University of Buckingham, United Kingdom, in 2011, became a member of Nigeria Bar Association in 2013. His profile also shows he has vast companies and investments spanning across Energy, Construction, Agriculture, Advertising, Technology, Human Resource, Entertainment, Branding.

Lagos State government have been in the eye of the storm lately owing to the increase in toll charge, land use charge, refuse management and the recent discovery that Alpha Beta, a tax consultant, allegedly owned by Bola Tinubu, was included in the new Land Use Charge law of the state, as a revenue collector for the state.

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.