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‘Our Plans For Liberty Stadium’ -Sports Minister, Sunday Dare

-Ayotunde Ayanda

The Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr Sunday Dare has hinted on what the Federal Government plans to do revive the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium Complex, Ibadan.

 

While speaking to journalists at the seminar for online media hosted by the Southwest Group of Online Publishers (SWEGOP) at the Ilaji Farms and Resorts, Akanran, Ibadan, the Minister claimed there is an effort to work on the stadium.

 

In his statement, Sunday Dare said ‘I may not be able to come there and speak on the plans because I don’t want to start receiving calls. The approach we want to adopt is what we are doing with the National Stadium, Lagos. We are trying to look for people that will partner with the government on that project. They will build, operate and return to the government after running it for 15 or 25 years. We achieved what we have done with the National Stadium with the partnership with Chief Kessington Adebutu and that should be ready in June.

 

Shock, Surprise In Ibadan As Tinubu’s Aide Sunday Dare Becomes Ministerial Nominee

It was with shock and utter disbelief that political pundits and players in Oyo State got the news that Sunday Dare, an ex Chief of Staff to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was favoured as the Ministerial nominee from the State.

 

To those in the know, Dare is not in the political formation of the State. His nomination sent a wave of shock through political camps all over the state.

 

Earlier before the announcement, names of top politicians, Bayo Adelabu, Joseph Tegbe, Dr Olusola Ayansina and former Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi were being touted as would-be Ministers while the former Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu also assured his supporters of his strong conviction to beat others to the post.

 

All these went down the drain with Dare’s nomination and people started raising eyebrows, weighing the factors that threw him up.

 

A source confided in papermacheonline that Sunday Dare is indeed a candidate of Tinubu, but that he wouldn’t have been able to pull it without the strong support of ex Governor Ajimobi.

 

There were beliefs in certain quarters that Ajimobi had a hand in his nomination as they cited his remarks when he said ‘I don’t want to be Minister, I’m only interested in going back to the Senate’.

 

It was further revealed that the ministerial nominee who hails from Ogbomoso had started some empowerment programmes in Oyo State long before the last election.

 

The permutation was that with a ministerial appointment, Dare would be able to garner more influence that would enable him run for Governor in 2023.

 

His nomination is said to have thrown the APC in the State in disarray as members were of high hopes that one of the titans of the party would eventually emerge in the party’s interest.

 

Sunday Dare is the Executive Commissioner of the Nigerian Communications Commission. Until his appointment he was the convener of the Social Media Clinic and a former Chief of Staff/Special Adviser to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.