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Name Your Price, will give you; Akpabio’s begs Ekpoudom

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Former NDDC Minister, Senator Godswill Akpabio is not having a good time in his quest to retain his political relevance.

The politician who was amog the APC candidates that dropped their presidential ambition for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is making some last minute efforts to beg for forgiveness and reconcile with his former inner circle of aggrieved aides and political associates , a move that is not yielding any positive result .

According to a  report monitored on veracitydesk.com.ng , Akpabio and his wife Uloma as early as 6am some days ago accompanied by Barr Patrick Umoh and others, went from house to house to beg his former allies who have all deserted him, asking for forgiveness and pleading with them with a request to  convince DIG Udom Ekpoudom, the lawful winner of the APC Senatorial primary for Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District to withdraw and give him the ticket.

“Tell him to name his price. Please, I know we erred but please don’t disgrace and abandon my husband. He is still your brother. We need your help”, Uloma Akpabio was alleged to have pleaded with one of her ex husband’s close ally.

Investigation revealed that the former Minister’s delegation also visited a former two term Chairman of Essien Udim LGA and member representing Essien Udim State Constituency, Rt Hon Nse Ntuen. They also visited the private residence of his former Chief of Staff, Chief Godwin Afangideh and DIG Udom Ekpoudom’s residence.

But whether by coincidence or fate, none of them were at home to meet with the Akpabios as only their wives were available to receive the team.

“The “diplomatic moves did not bear the envisaged results. I think all Akpabio’s former allies he visited deliberately made themselves unavailable and tactically made sure it was their wives that welcomed Uloma Akpabio”.

“But you can’t blame them. When he was Minister and had NDDC in his pocket he abandoned them and ate alone. Is it now that he is left in the cold and Umana Umana is about taking over from him that he will be useful to them?”

“Don’t forget, these are the foot soldiers that made him what he was and he betrayed them when they needed him. Now they have decided to pitch their tent with Ekpoudom, Udoedeghe and Umana Umana and you can’t blame them”, said a source.

The Akpabio delegation were reported to have even joined DIG Udom Ekpoudom’s wife for praise and worship when they visited the ex police Chief’s house.

Some former allies of the embattled Minister who spoke to our reporter said, it is too late for any reconciliation with Akpabio, in view of the fact that he (Akpabio) is not even sincere with the latest reconciliatory moves.

“Akpabio can’t change so he can’t fool us again. We’ve worked with him for years and we know him very well. He used us and dumped us once he became Minister. Now he wants to use us again to get leverage and use us as bargaining chip for appointment again. It can’t work this time around. He remains our big brother but as far as 2023 is concerned, our mind is made up because they cannot be any true reconciliation without repentance”, a former member of Akpabio’s inner circle declared.

 

 

additional report; veracitydesk.com.ng

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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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