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The Untold Story; How Tinubu Caused The Rift Between Fayose, Seyi Makinde

-Jide George

To many political observers, the fight between the Oyo State Governor, Seyi makinde and former Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose was just the usual political pattern, the two gladiators were  contesting for the control of their party, the PDP and as expected interest will differ. But pundits have revealed there is more to it, naming top politician and a chieftain of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as the main factor causing the rift between the duo.

The last zonal congress of the PDP held in Osogbo gave Seyi Makinde an edge as he was able to defeat Fayose’s candidate, Eddy Olafeso and installed Taofeek Arapaja as the National Vice Chairman of the PDP(southwest).

A source within the PDP narrated to papermacheonline how Fayose met the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike prior to the election and told him Makinde was working with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar ahead of the 2023 election with the sole aim of clinching the Vice-President’s slot.

Fayose was also alleged to have informed the National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus how Makinde was seeking to replace him with Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

All these allegations created bad blood within the party with Secondus confronting Oyinlola who defended himself asking how he would have such ambition if the position is not zoned to the Southwest.

It was alleged that Fayose had already cemented a plan with Asiwaju Tinubu to deliver the PDP in Southwest to work for him in his bid to become the President in 2023.

The former Ekiti State Governor after committing himself to Tinubu was said to have been promised a role if the ambition is actualised, causing him to go all out to ensure he wins his first assignment which is to return Eddy Olafeso as the National Vice Chairman of the PDP, a dream thwarted by the Seyi Makinde’s camp.

It is alleged that Tinubu bankrolled the election for the Fayose’s camp who managed to lost the election with a slim margin.

Another sad angle to the defeat was the mistake Fayose made when he was alleged to have to have dropped the ballot meant for Olafeso in a wrong box which gave the first clue that their camp would have it tough in the election.

An insider also revealed that Seyi Makinde had earlier reported to the hierarchy of the party which he begged to investigate the inter-party activities of Fayose.

Pundits had traced a long enmity between the former Ekiti governor and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar which cast on him the reality that Atiku would never consider him for the Vice President slot if he becomes the party’s flagbearer in the presidential election and for obvious reason he decides to protect his interest.

Keen observers noted that the just concluded zonal congress in Osogbo was just a test of power and predicted Fayose will never work in harmony with Makinde if his sole interest is to deliver for Asiwaju Tinubu towards the actualisation of his presidential ambition.

 

 

‘N2.5B, All The Thugs In Oyo State…’ Fayose Details How Makinde Snatched Victory At PDP Congress

One of the brothers of the former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, Isaac has painted the details on what gave victory to  Governor Seyi Makinde’s camp at the just concluded PDP Southwest Congress.

In a chat monitored on popular whatsapp Group, Friends Of Parrots‘,  Isaac Fayose alleged Governor Seyi Makinde coasted to victory after spending 2.5 billion naira and putting to work all the thugs in Oyo State to defeat the Fayose/Eddy Olafeso camp in a tight race Taofeek Arapaja won with just 13 votes to become the Deputy National Chairman of the PDP in the Southwest.

His claims attracted reactions from aides of Governor Seyi Makinde who were also in the group. They challenged the younger Fayose to give life to his allegations and be quiet.

Meanwhile before the beginning of the tensed elections, former Governor Ayodele Fayose, has declared that the governor of Oyo State, who is also the only governor of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the South West geo-political zone, ‘Seyi Makinde, is the father and leader of the party in the zone.

In a statement on Monday, the Special Assistant (Print Media) to Governor Makinde, Moses Alao, said that Fayose, while addressing the delegates at the WOCDIF Centre, Osogbo venue of the South-West PDP Zonal Congress, had said that supporters should not be allowed to drive a wedge between the leaders, adding that he would readily accept the leadership of Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja if he wins the election.

He further declared the process as family affair of the PDP, while Governor Makinde added that the outcome of congress would be accepted in the spirit of a family contest, whatever it is.

Makinde maintained that the Congress was an attempt to reposition the South-West PDP, though there were ramifications for the party nationally.

According to him, “this is an attempt to reposition our party in the South-West. But it has ramifications for our party nationally.

“So, whatever the outcome is, we will take it in the spirit of a family contest. We don’t want to defeat ourselves, but APC. So, at the end of this exercise, I promise you that there will be no victor and no vanquished.

“As your only governor in this zone, whoever emerges belongs to me and I will work with the team to reposition our party in the South-West.

“So, let me thank you ahead for a peaceful and orderly conduct,” Governor Makinde said.

In his speech, shortly before the commencement of the congress, Fayose publicly accepted Makinde’s leadership of the PDP in the zone, adding that the governor had been making impact in Oyo State, and that he would not fail.

He said: “Thank you for the endurance and tolerance we have all gone through. The issue of this congress is a circumstantial one, which is still in the public domain. Who is the leader? Governor Seyi Makinde is our leader.

“Therefore, we should not allow, particularly those who are our supporters and lovers, to continue to put a wedge between us.

“Our leaders – Governors Oyinlola, Oni, former Deputy Senate Majority Whip and all serving senators – I want to assure you that we will make exploits together because this must not divide us.

“I stand here to tell you today that either way it goes, I will accept it. Therefore, if Arapaja becomes chairman, I will be the first to visit him in Ibadan, because there is nothing that will last forever.

“Nobody has offended me and if I have offended anybody, I sincerely apologise. Don’t let them give us the name we do not bear in Yorubaland.

“I want to say again that Governor Seyi Makinde has made impact in Oyo State and he won’t fail. Seyi Makinde and I are one. No matter what, he is our father and may God continue to do wonders through him.”

 

How We Block Leakages And Save Resources With e-Governance -Seyi Makinde

-Tunde Ayanda

Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has revealed that the introduction of e-governance to the running of government in the state has contributed immensely to the on-going massive development and transformation in the state.

The governor stated this while addressing the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN’s) 50th Annual Accountants Conference in Abuja, with the theme: ‘Achieving Sustainable Leadership Through E-government in the 4th Industrial Revolution.”

According to the Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, in a statement on Thursday, April 8, 2021, the governor said that the openness and transparency, engendered by the introduction of e-governance initiative, has helped the government to fund infrastructure and ensure smooth and full payments of salaries and pensions as and when due.

Governor Makinde said further that his government had been able to block leakages and save massive resources.

The CPS’s statement also pointed out the governor’s remark that for the country to experience sustainable development, and not to be left behind in the fourth industrial revolution, it needs focused leadership, which would be able to harness its potential to “pick up and catch up with the rest of the world.”

The governor disclosed that when the government realised that the state had limited resources for all the things needed to be done, and there were many loopholes through which resources were siphoned, it quickly took action to block those leakages by creating an E-governance Plan.

He noted that the plan entailed digitising all government processes and services, in order to raise the coverage and quality of information and services being provided to the general public.

Governor Makinde however pointed out that a lot of people misunderstood the period of laying a solid foundation for development, and tagged him an ‘audio governor.’

According to the governor, the introduction of the e-governance initiatives across different sectors, including budgeting, contracting, public procurement, job recruitment, land and housing, among others, had paid off for the state.

He said that apart from saving huge resources now being channeled to development, it had also made governance more efficient.

“You may wonder, what has been the result of our installing e-governance processes? In what way has e-governance benefited the people of Oyo State? Massive savings.

“Let me share one example: When we came in, we got consultants to look into the processes in our tertiary institutions and make things more transparent. We created a database of all staff and did identity management for them.

“We also put the prices of all items that a university needs for day-to-day running in a database. And so, when a requisition is made, the price has to tally with that in the database.

“In just one school, The Polytechnic Ibadan, we got a savings of N1 billion by following this process.

“When people ask: where is the Oyo State government getting money to pay salaries when other states are struggling to pay percentages? Is he borrowing money to fund recurrent expenditure?

“The answer lies in openness and transparency with which we have approached leadership and governance, especially with the use of technology.

“I have heard people say that Oyo State has been turned into a massive construction site. We are building a state that everyone should be proud of. And technology is playing a huge role in our work.

“We know that the foundation is very important. When the pioneers of the first industrial revolution started work in the 1750s, they could not have imagined how their work would be built on.

“Two hundred and seventy years down the line, we are talking about a fourth revolution. This is what focused governance entails – looking beyond one’s tenure in government.

“What I have learnt so far in Oyo State is that e-governance is possible. The transparency and openness it offers is desirable. But there are challenges. Aside from the initial cost of building the infrastructure which might appear restrictive if a leader is not looking at the bigger picture, there is also the loss of political capital that comes with it.

“And I must say, the latter is a bigger; the reason why governance in Nigeria has remained in an analogue state.

“Recently, Oyo State has been in the news. The perception that has been created in some circles is that the state is insecure. Some people have even gone to town with claims of cannibalism.

“But when you dig deeper, you will find that sponsors of these messages are people who no longer have access to the state’s coffers. They are people who believe that it will be business as usual.

“These days, you see them gathering to talk about how their political age confers on them some superior level of thinking, or how they will be taking over in 2023.”

The governor admonished that for individuals thinking of making changes in governance in the country, they must be ready to embrace transparency and openness.

He said: “So, for any of you here thinking of making changes in governance in the next few years, you must think in terms of bringing the transparency and accountability that digitisation and setting up processes have given to the private sector into the public sector.

“This is how Nigeria can really benefit and become a leading voice in this fourth industrial revolution.”

Grief, Regret As Oyo Sports Commissioner, Seun Fakorede’s Aide Disappears With Valuables Months Before Epic Wedding

The handsome Commissioner for Youth and Sports in Oyo State, Seun Fakorede is presently an unhappy man.

The lovable youth who takes the pride as Governor Seyi Makinde’s youngest Commissioner is at the time preparing for his wedding when the unexpected happened, an aide broke into his room, unlocked his safe and disappeared with an undisclosed amount of cash and other valuables.

Papermacheonline gathered that the politician was shocked beyond belief as he was said to be nice to the alleged aide whose phone had been switched off since the day of the incident.

A source hinted that Fakorede didn’t want to make a noise of the crime as the culprit is someone that was introduced to him by an influential person in the government, so he would rather live quietly with the pains.

People close to him hinted that the amount that was stolen and other missing items if not found may likely call for a trim down of his desired wedding ceremony.

As at the time of writing this report, there are strong indications that the Commissioner who is largely popular among the youths in Ibadan is setting up private investigations as to the whereabout of the culprit and how to apprehend him.

‘No One Asked Us To Demand Accumulated Emoluments’, Lautech Workers To Makinde

The Non Academic Staff Union of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso has said the recent demand for payment of its members’ unpaid salaries and allowances was not instigated by the management of the institution.

This was made known in a press statement signed by the chairman of the Joint Action Committee of the non-teaching staff, Alex Alesinloye Muraina and made available to journalists on Saturday in Ogbomoso, Oyo State.

Reacting to Governor Seyi Makinde’s statement  on radio phone-in programme on Oluyole 98.5 FM on Saturday morning, alleging that the Vice-Chancellor is behind workers’ demand for their accumulated allowances, the committee stated that workers don’t need anyone to push them to ask for their emoluments.
The statement read in part, “We are compelled to react to the radio phone-in programme of His Excellency Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State this morning on 98.5 FM, particularly as it affects the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, and the demand by the Joint Action Committee of the non-teaching staff, for accumulated unpaid salaries and allowances dating back to 2012.
“With all sense of responsibility, we are aware of the various efforts of our amiable Governor to put LAUTECH on the global map through his generosity.
“We are also aware that some mischievous individuals are working assiduously to ensure that the Governor is enlisted in moves to unjustly punish some individuals.
In an apparent satisfaction with the running of the institution by the management as currently constituted, JAC noted that the current vice chancellor is the first to be appointed from within the University community since LAUTECH’s establishment over three decades ago.
It therefore added that the allegation that certain  members of the institution’s management are instigating workers’ union to demand for their allowances is a ‘flagrant distortion of truth”
“This is the first time in the over 30 years existence of the University, that an insider will be Vice-Chancellor and we have never had it this good.
“That some members of Management of the Institution have been instigating workers’ unions to ask for payment of their emoluments is a flagrant distortion of fact, because all workers are aware of what is being owed them and do not need to be reminded to ask for their wages.
“The agitation, especially  for unpaid salaries has been on since 2016, when the present crop of leaders of LAUTECH were at best lecturers and administrators, holding no special position.
“We have continually made representations to succeeding administrations in the two owner states before recently when Oyo became the sole owner.
“We have also made representations to the present Governor of Oyo State not fewer than three times before the last one, so it is wrong to say that demands are being made now because Oyo owns LAUTECH.
“For the avoidance of doubts, LAUTECH non-teaching staff are being owed 8 months salaries, 13 months cooperative deductions, promotion arrears, earned allowances for years among other things”, the statement explained.
Mr Muraina who is also the chairman of the university’s Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities said workers have nothing to gain in fighting a “friendly” governor.
He therefore appealed to Governor Makinde to do everything within his power to facilitate payment of workers’ accumulated allowances, adding the situation has led to untimely death of some members while some of them are dying.
“Rather than engage the Governor who has proved to be our friend and benefactor in a squabble and become ingrates, we want to appeal to him to see the need to facilitate payment of all outstanding emoluments, considering that a number of our people have died due to their inability to cater for their health, more are still dying.
“We want to assure the Governor of our sincere hundred percent loyalty and support to his government.
“We want to plead with him to jettison whatever anyone may be telling him in order to put a wedge between Management of LAUTECH and his government.
“The leadership of the workers’ Union in LAUTECH, the only Institution in the State where payment of minimum wage has not commenced, is hereby reiterating that the present crop of Management is the best in our over 30 years history and that we thank Governor Makinde for undertaking not to tamper with the present structure, for now”, the statement concluded.

Why Sunday Igboho Appoints Spokesman

The man-of-the-moment, Sunday Igboho has named Olayomi Koiki as his spokesperson.

 

Igboho took the decision as an outcome to control the reactions that trailed his unguarded utterances against Yoruba leaders like the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Governor Seyi Makinde.

Insiders revealed that the outcome of the outburst was shocking and almost marred the plans and goodwill being enjoyed by Igboho and he was advised to restrategize, and one of the first steps he took was to name a spokesman.

The duty of the spokesperson is to interphase between Igboho and the public and also monitor whatever information coming from the camp

 

 

Senatorial Ambition Talks Hover Around Seyi Makinde’s Top Aide, Seye Famojuro

Like a man favoured by the gods, Seye Famojuro is doing things ordinary mortals will find hard to achieve.

The young man, regarded as the closest person to the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde is said to be leveraging on his relationship with his ‘Governor brother’ to achieve a political aim with talks that he is set to contest a Senatorial seat in Osun State in the coming elections. Unknown to many, Seye is from Otan Ayegbaju in Osun State.

The young man who occupies a non-appointment position in the government is regarded as the most powerful in Oyo State, tale abounds of how he influenced the appointment of many and also has the say when it comes to major works and contracts. He is the man the state contractors bow to and he doesn’t hide his influence as his words become the laws to many.

Those in the know revealed that he has already began the consultations as he visits his hometown at will, but pundits are putting calculation to his ambition with the recent fight his principal, Seyi Makinde is having with some PDP leaders, like former Ekiti Governor, Ayo Fayose and some other party chieftains. Seye is said to have played a big role in the crisis between Fayose and Governor Makinde.