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Ministerial Position; Early Feud Brews Between Ajimobi, Bayo Shittu (as Tegbe loses out)

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The fight between the Minister for Communications, Barrister Bayo Shittu and the Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi has entered another round. Sources revealed to papermacheonline.com that their fight this time around has to do with the ministerial slot coming to Oyo State.

Ajimobi and Shittu are sworn enemies, though they operate within the same political party, the APC but they share different ideas, norms and values and they are always at each other’s neck.

Ajimobi was said to be instrumental to how Bayo Shittu lost the bid to become the Oyo State governor in 2019. Ajimobi hounded the Minister for Communications who depended heavily on his closeness to President Muhammadu Buhari.

It was revealed that it was part of the Ajimobi’s joker thtat played out when it was discovered that the Minister did not observe the mandatory youth service and he was disqualified.

An embittered Bayo Shittu vowed to gain his pound of flesh and after the results of the last election was counted and Governor Ajimobi was found among the losers, an excited Shittu celebrated the ‘downfall’ of his political enemy as he boasted ‘o ti mo nkankan’ (you know nothing) in the presence of party followers.

The coast is clear, President Muhammadu Buhari has cruised into victory setting the stage for another bout of contest between the two politicians.

A source stated that Ajimobi’s calculation is to lobby and place himself for future service when its time to nominate a ministerial candidate for the State.

The Governor’s plans is to use his influence and closeness to some powerful Northerners within the party to seal his interest.

Shittu on the other hand is also acting fast to talk the President into making him see the reasons why he should retain his ministerial position.

The calculation is that Oyo State’s ministerial slot would reduce to one after the state suffered a major setback by losing the Presidential election to the PDP.

Shittu is said to have put all the blames on Ajimobi in a letter sent to the Presidency. The Minister alleged that the Governor with his selfish ideas and bad leadership contributed to how the party recorded failure in the last elections, ‘he hounded the most important people out of the party, and he is not fit for any future role, remember he lost his Senatorial bid, that simply explains all he lacks as a leader…’ those were the tone of a letter sent to the party hierarchy by Shittu against Governor Ajimobi.

Shittu is exploring all available means to triumph over the Governor and you can recall Shittu has been an item with Ppresident Muhamaddu Buhari for years. He was with him in CPC, later ANPP before they all decamped together to APC.

Another politician labelled to have suffered the contest between Shittu and Ajimobi is KPMG topshot, Joseph Tegbe.

The APC political family cannot forget in a hurry how a 4-hour decision was taken and Ajimobi decided to hand over the governorship ticket he had already promised Tegbe to CBN Deputy-Governor, Bayo Adelabu who is now flying the party flag.

A teary Tegbe is said to have approached Ajimobi and while registering his displeasure was assured by the Governor to compensate him with the Ministerial position he is set to take to replenish his loss in the National Assembly elections.

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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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