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‘I Don’t Believe In Vote Buying’ -Oyo ADP House of Reps Candidate, Kunle Busari

Olakunle Busari ‘Goodu Goodu’ is the Action Democratic Party’s House of Representatives candidate in Ibadan North West/South West Federal constituency. The businessman, Chairman of Bopoy Investment Limited tells Ibrahim Salawu his plans, why he wants to go to the National Assembly and why he doesn’t believe in vote buying…

Joining the ADP, did you have any prior relationship with Otunba Alao Akala or did you just join the party because you feel that is where you can actualize your ambition?

I never thought I was going to ADP. I think my going to ADP was destiny because by that time I was totally fed up, in fact I was thinking I should quit politics, but some leaders in my local government tried to encourage me and they invited me to Otunba Adebayo Alao’s house and when I got there I met some good politicians that actually know me very well and they encouraged me. I met people like Dr. Alimi, Alhaji Adanla, Chief Wale Owu, Akeem Olatunji and many others, they encouraged me to stay in ADP. You know it is a new platform, people were just coming together, so, within two and three weeks everything just flowed naturally and it is something I cannot explain.

Why do you want to go the House of Representatives? What is your mission?

Going to the House of Representatives has always been my ambition from my days in the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria because I used to be the Public Relations Officer of IPMAN for Oyo and Osun States between year 2000 and 2004. During that period, I was privileged to attend a number of public hearings at the National Assembly, most especially everything that has to do with oil and gas and on every occasion, they found my contributions very worthy and I just felt this is a place for me, this is where we can change the rhetoric, this is where we can change so many things. I was coming from the point of view of an oil marketer because I know there are so many things in the oil industry that are wrong as we speak today.

So, my mission in that place will go a long way in improving the economy of the country, improving the oil and gas sector as well as improving the lives of the people of my constituency. There are lot of things I can offer, I have always kept my eyes on the ball, I have always kept my belief in going to the National Assembly first before venturing to any other executive position because I know that is a place I can call the shot, I know the wherewithal to actually make so many amends in our laws as related to oil and gas in Nigeria and the economy in general. So, since that time, my ambition has been to go to the National Assembly, therefore, I am thanking God that today I am a candidate of a strong political party and I pray to God that I will be able to get the nomination of my constituents. I am praying that I win this election so that I can prove a point that yes; I will be a representative that will not be too far away from his people and will be able to make the difference.

The incumbent in your constituency is running for the third time, what are the things he is doing that you feel you can do better?

I actually do not like to criticize my opponent. Obviously, he has done his best but I know in some areas I could do better in terms of lawmaking. It is important for you in life to be above board in terms of experience. I have been a graduate for over 30 years and apart from that I have been into many industries. I have been into construction, quantity surveying, oil and gas to the better part of the period and along the line I have worked with expatriates, I have worked with indigenous companies, I have worked as an entrepreneur, I have run a business for more than 20 years, the business has thrived, it has failed and it has come back again to life.

So, what I am trying to say is that I have a wealthy experience of life and I have always been in this country, it is not as if I am a resident of the United States of America and I want to come back to bring whatever I have learnt from the United States, no, I have been in this country all this while and I know where the shoe pinches. I know my experience from construction to quantity surveying to oil and gas will bring the needed change to the Nigeria’s economy. And apart from that, it is going to bring a lot of succor to the people of my constituency. That is where the difference lies; checking my antecedents you will see that I am a little bit better placed to represent the people of Ibadan South West/North West Federal constituency.

The ‘change’ mantra of President Muhammadu Buhari changed the game plan in the political arena in the2015 election, where it was believed the people were not well sensitized on the voting arrangements. What are you doing personally to ensure that the situation will not re-occur?

You and I know that the rhetoric has changed, in 2015 everybody said they did not want PDP again, it was a matter of Buhari or nobody. So, when people started voting they got carried away and the Buhari tsunami swept all other candidates. However, if you look at what is going on in the country today, my constituency for instance, I can say categorically that a lot of people will tell you that this elections in 2019 is not about political party; rather it is about the candidate, what everybody is looking for is a credible candidate to vote. You will be amazed that this time around in a constituency you will see people voting for the president in one party, a senator in a different party and honourable in another party. So, this time around there is not going to be a tsunami because people are aware now, everybody wants good representation, they want the people they can feel, they want the people they know to go and represent them. You can’t say you are in a big political party and you are not known to your constituents and you feel you will win election like you did in 2015; no, it can never happen again.

Political thuggery in Oyo State at the moment is taking a new dimension, what is your take on this?

It is very disturbing because yesterday the PDP had their rallies around Oke Ado area and my office is situated very close to where they were supposed to have their rallies and I wouldn’t know why all of a sudden we started hearing gun shots. I am an eyewitness; I didn’t know where the gunshots were coming from. Political parties have the right to campaign, they must have gotten the clearance from the police, the DSS and all other security agencies, they have a right to do their rallies, every political party is doing its rally, why must some people come and disrupt other peoples’ rallies? When you are driving round town and you are with convoy of branded vehicles you will be looking round because you are afraid that you could be attacked. This portends great danger to democracy and our politics, politics is not a do or die affair, canvass votes for yourself, tell people what you want to do for them, let your campaign be issue based, don’t attack personalities, you don’t need thugs because they are not going to vote on election day. I don’t know why people will resort to thuggery, it is very dangerous. I just hope the Inspector General of Police, the Director General of DSS and everyone concerned will do the needful to ensure we have peaceful elections in this country. This 2019 election is very important, it is important to the coexistence of this nation. If anybody believes he wants do or die and he must take power by force I hope it will not cause great havoc in the country.

I am appealing to all politicians, campaign to your people, teach them what they need to know and what you want to do for them, let them see in you that you have integrity, let them see in you that you mean what you are saying and so they will determine who they are going to vote for. I wonder what is going to happen on election days, I am just appealing to all our security agencies to buckle up. We keep hearing stories on different platforms of numbers of people killed, vehicles burnt during the campaign of a certain political party, this is not what we want, this is not 1983 for God’s sake, I am just appealing to everybody.

How much have you earmarked for vote-buying during the election?

I thank God because I have never been a public office holder, I’ve never had a chance to contest an election of this manner and again I have never been appointed to any public office, I wonder where I will get the fund or finance to buy votes. And to confirm to you, politics in Nigeria is very expensive, yes, all the money that I’ve been spending came from my friends, family, colleagues and associates, I have records, yes, I have a business but then the kind of money you get from business cannot carry the kind of expenses in politics. So, how much do I have to offer? I was in a place last week for campaign, I told them my programmes, some of them bought into my programmes, they applauded and at the end of the day some younger ones said that I should give them something and I said okay I don’t have much but I can buy you drinks and water. Another one said if I don’t have much then I should come and tar or grade their road and I wonder how or where I am going to get that kind of money to tar a whole street and I told them I don’t have the financial muscle to do that.

The other street I went , I spoke to one of their leaders, I asked him to canvass for me from the youths in the area that I want to come and talk to them, they told him that they don’t want to see me and if I am coming I should be ready to give each of them N 5000 if I want them to vote for me, I am not lying , I swear to God and I told them they should keep their votes, that if it is what God has ordained, nobody can change it. And I mean it, even I don’t have N1000 to buy a vote, you know the number of people that are registered in my constituency and I am sure if 50% of them come out on election day, you know how much it is going to be.

So, I am not buying votes and I want to discourage anybody from buying votes, you don’t need to buy votes if you know genuinely you have something you want to offer to the people and you have integrity. Canvass for votes, use your integrity, use your good name and let them vote for you, so that when they vote for you they will not say you have paid for the votes. I don’t have any money to buy votes.

Tell us about your background, where you were born and schools you attended?

I was born into the family of Chief S. G. M. Busari of Popoyemoja, Ile Baba Ijaye’s Compound over 50 years ago; I am number 19 and the last born of the family. I attended St. Luke’s Demonstration School, Molete as my primary school. I attended Community Grammar School, Elewura at Challenge, after which I preceded to the Polytechnic, Ibadan. I studied Quantity Surveying and graduated as the overall best student in my set. I am a Chattered Quantity Surveyor. I joined an Italian construction firm; which I joined from Katsina, where I served as a youth corp member. I joined Law Gas Oil Venture and Industries Limited. I left Law Gas and founded my own company, Bopoy Investment Limited. I am into construction and oil & gas. I am married with three children. I am a member of Action Democratic Party (ADP) and a candidate for the House of Representatives in Ibadan North West/South West Federal constituency.

Classic Betrayer! How Ibadan Billionaire, Kola Karim Denies Lover, Deziani Maduekwe (his secret pact with Osinbajo)

It’s a chronicle of betrayals…an endless desire to get to the top not minding who got crushed that had set Ibadan billionaire, Kola Karim aside from his associates and contemporaries. Infact, all those that had come across him claimed he has perfected the ways of Judas to operate in the modern world…to them, Kola’s kiss is poisonous, a venomous act that kills with speed.
Those who know him many years ago as a commodity hustler in the United Kingdom were surprised when he started living flamboyantly, acquiring properties in choice areas. Little did they know that the tailor had hit a fortune! Kola’s dalliance with Deziani Maduekwe which later became a full blown affair has pitched him on higher ground. With Deziani as the Minister for Petroleum, Kola became a god, sealing deals, flying private and throwing classy shin digs as he became the official representative of the Oil Minister, holding the magic wand that could transform a common pauper to an instant billionaire.
Kola had a good time, what many didn’t know was that he was more powerful than Deziani’s other associates, Jide Omokore and Kola Aluko. Kola Karim was the other Kola in the background, the darling of Ms Maduekwe.
The 2015 election came and power changed hands, men of the moment became men of yesterday. The powerful Deziani ran into troubled waters with the new government, efforts to reach the no-nonsense President, Muhammadu Buhari was futile, with nowhere to hide, Deziani scampered to the United Kingdom.
The government beamed its searchlight on her associates, Jide Omokore and Kola Aluko became regular visitors of the EFCC…what of Kola Karim? many asked. Unknown to may, the Shoreline Managing Director had struck a deal with the government and revealed all he knew about the many atrocities committed during the Jonathan’s regime. He did this to escape investigation and operated freely, even enjoying the patronage of the Buhari/Osinbajo government as his company maintains the oil pipelines.
But just like a man chased by his nemesis, he quietly played a bet and dashed the PDP presidential candidate a huge amount of money, the donation became public knowledge and what would have been the usual act became his albatross and he started running helter skelter, disclaiming his donation and pleading his innocence.
Kola is said to have wormed his way into the hearts of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, he is claimed to be a big beneficiary in this government and all his gains is about to go down the drain as the Presidency is not taking lightly his huge donation to the opposition as his books are presently undergoing some scrutiny.

Seyi Makinde, Dapo Lam-Adesina Tighten Security As Violence Claims Major Campaigns In Ibadan

The ugly side of politics in Oyo State had once again reared its head with violence recorded at some major campaign points across the state, especially the capital city of Ibadan.

Youthful House of Representatives member, Dapo Lam-Adesina escaped death by the whiskers recently when he was attacked during his campaign.

Narrating the incident, a member of the lawmaker’s campaign team painted a scary picture to Papermacheonline where he revealed how they were waylaid, macheted and beaten mercilessly.

Giving a graphic detail, he claimed ‘we were headed towards the interior part of Ibadan to continue our campaign when we were waylaid, Dapo was lucky to have escaped as he was shot at…it was a sight I never believed could happen’.

On the other hand, the PDP governorship candidate in Oyo State, Seyi Makinde was not spared the violence. His campaign train was also attacked at the Ojoo side of Ibadan where scores of his supporters were wounded.

The Makon boss through a statement released by his media aide, Dotun Oyelade alleged the APC to have masterminded the attacks. In the statement Makinde said it was natural for the APC candidate, Bayo Adelabu to be anxious at the turn of events and advised him not to revert to self help where there is no provocation.

Papermacheonline reliably gathered that both Seyi Makinde and Dapo Lam-Adesina resolved to increase their security after the attacks.

Dapo whose face-off with the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi led to his dumping of the APC to pitch his tent with the ADC works on his security from time to time as he was said to have taken serious a threat by Governor Ajimobi to ‘deal with him seriously’.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s Son, Seni Seals Juicy Deal With Nike

‘The cub of a lion, is a lion’ goes the popular saying which best describes the 23-year-old son of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, Seni.
The young man had started an early race, not following his father’s path in politics, but in business where he just landed his first major deal.
Highly intelligent and bold, some major attributes people claimed he got from his father, Seni has used that to drive his youth-focused magazine, The Native as he got a deal from sport outfit giant, Nike that partners his company to produce a designed jersey that carries the symbol of Africanism.
The concept was an instant sold out and Seni, wo designed the jersey claimed the design is a tribute to millions of Nigerians abroad who retain close ties to where they come from.
He also commended his Native co-founders Teni Zach, Sola Fagbemi, Suleiman Shittu and Mide Edgar for the success of the design.
The young Saraki who owns a football academy in Kwara State is a sport lover who vows to use his talent for the benefit of his dear country.

Ignore Nsima Ekere’s Fake Resignation Letter

The present dispensation of politicians are leaving no stone unturned to malign the good name and reputation of their opponents in whatever way they can to carry out their heinous act.

One of those who have been dragged into this cyber disrepute is former Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Obong Nsima Ekere, , who officially tendered his resignation letter honourably to focus on his gubernatorial campaign and activity.

It has been uncovered that some unscrupulous element of people have been sending fake document as resignation letter allegedly tendered by the APC governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom state, Ekere on social media sphere.

Attached herewith is both original and fake resignation letters

Nigeria Now On Growth Trajectory -Jim Ovia

The Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Jim Ovia (CON), has lauded the federal government’s economic team for pulling the economy out of economic recession, acknowledging that the country’s economic outlook shows that it is now on a growth trajectory.

Giving his goodwill message at the Deloitte in Dialogue Nigeria Economic Outlook 2019 event on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at the Civic Centre in Lagos, the Chairman of Zenith Bank, Jim Ovia focused on two key points – ease of doing business, and the nation’s inflation rate.
He commended the present economic team on the nation’s remarkable improvement on the ease of doing business index. Special praise was accorded the two ministers present at the event – the Honorable Minister of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed and the Honorable Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma – as well as the Honorable Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

While commending the ministers for an excellent job, Mr. Ovia charged them with the responsibility of further improving the nation’s ranking on the ease of doing business index. In his words, “the target for the ease of doing business for Nigeria in 2019 in terms of ranking, should be single digit”.

According to Mr. Ovia, we are no longer in recession and we have been able to manage the rate of inflation. The outlook for the nation shows that we are “now on a growth trajectory”.

INEC Plotting Chaos In Akwa Ibom, Group Alleges

A group, Credible Elections Watch, has expressed concerns over what it called the unprofessional activities of the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Mike Igini.

The group through its leader, Moses Etim, in a statement, said that for the forthcoming elections to be credible in the state, the umpire, which is the Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC) must be neutral.

In a statement issued in Uyo yesterday, Etim maintained that people of the state, including the opposition parties do not have confidence in Mr Igini and do not think that with his activities, he could preside over free and fair polls.
He alleged that Mr Igini’s recent activities are indicative that he may be supporting a particular party to the detriment of others in the state.

“Only recently, Mr Igini made some changes which were not only unnecessary but capable of derailing the process in the state. We want the changes overturned and the matter investigated. Aside that Mr Igini has consistently made things difficult for the opposition in the state. As stakeholders in the electoral process, we are worried of this development and of the view that the matter be addressed immediately.

The government at the center has promised free and fair elections, but with what is happening in the state, we doubt if that will be possible if things are not changed. The credibility of the forthcoming elections is very important and nothing must be left to chance. We also want INEC to sound a note of warning to all its personnel to ensure that they remain neutral all through the electoral process,” he said.

The group emphasised the need for a level playing field for all parties in the election, saying that is the only way the forthcoming exercise can be termed credible.

“We want a situation where the votes of Akwa ibomites will count. It will be really sad if the people of the state come out en masse, cast their votes and yet are denied their wishes. We therefore call on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to beam its search light on Akwa Ibom State, to ensure that its personnel are not violating the code of conduct and when it observes any infractions, we urge the commission to take urgent action”, he said.
Etim alleged that feelers in the state suggest that the main opposition party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) is planning to use the INEC to rig the elections.

“Some persons in the state have been boasting that they have nothing to worry about and that once it is time for the elections, they would use INEC officials to rig it in their favour. Now, whether this is true or not, we cannot take chances. We are raising the alarm now so that desperate persons do not engage in actions that would cause havoc in the state. We implore INEC to take complaints such as this seriously and it is a good thing it is coming now so that necessary actions/ changes can be made before the elections. Akwa Ibom State is a peaceful place and we would like it to remain that way,”he added.