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Why They Say Gov Makinde, Best Pal, Peter Eledan Are Fighting

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Talk of betrayals! Ask Julius Caesar…that’s the slang being bandied around the quarters of Oyo State Government House, Ibadan with tales of a fight between the Governor, Seyi Makinde and his bosom friend, Peter Eledan.

 

Those in the know claimed the Governor who just won another term to continue piloting the affairs of the Pacesetters State has stopped picking Peter’s phone and has cut all means of communication with him.

 

Peter popularly called ‘Piro’ was a force and one of the people that make things happen in Oyo State.

 

He was an unofficial aide of the Governor in charge of projects and grants coming to Oyo State. He has the Governor’s ears and uses the influence to full force, police escorts and other privileges.

 

Unlike Seye Famojuro who is known across Ibadan as Makinde’s ‘man-Friday’, Eledan is the background force known  strictly to investors and contractors, he belonged to the Governor’s ‘business-team’.

 

What pitched the friends against each other was said to be a deal where Peter blotted out some details from the Governor.

 

The discovery according to sources angered the Governor and he decided to trim Peter’s influence.

 

Sources within the Government sector revealed that there had been effort by some quarters to wade in and settle the matter, but the Governor is not ready for reconciliation.

 

‘Peter still attends state functions and you can see him hanging around the Governor, but he no longer carries the influence anymore’,  a source close to the government circle revealed.

 

Eledan is a brother to UK based  Moses Eledan, a childhood friend and classmate to Governor Seyi Makinde in primary school.

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FG Charges Fleeing Adebutu, Zenith Bank MD, Others With Vote-buying, Money Laundering

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The Federal Government has charged the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State during the 2023 election, Oladipupo Adebutu, with money laundering and vote-buying.

The government also dragged  Zenith Bank, its Managing Director, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, and the head of card services at the bank, Celestina Appeal, before the Federal High Court in Abeokuta for allegedly aiding Adebutu to commit the alleged offence.

The government, in the charge sheet marked AB/10c/2023, accused Adebutu of engaging in vote-buying during the  March 18 governorship election in the state.

Adebutu, who was the PDP governorship candidate, contested against incumbent Governor Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress.

The office of the  Attorney General of the Federation, which filed the charges, also listed  nine other PDP members as Adebutu’s co-defendants.

They are Ogunbona Hammed, Tiamiyu Waliu, Egunsola Owolabi and Sanni Adejoke.

Others are Dare Ogunleye, Dare Adeoye, Dayo Fashina, Wasiu Enololobo, and Malik Akawo.

 

In the charge sheet, the FG said Adebutu was at large.

Adebutu, alleging a threat to his life, had shortly after the election reportedly travelled out of the country.

The governorship candidate and Adegoke were charged with three counts of criminal conspiracy, bribery and undue influence, while the eight others were charged with vote-buying and conspiracy.

The prosecution listed eight witnesses, who include a police officer, three officials of the NDLEA and two Points of Sale operators, against Adebutu and others.

One of the charges read: “That you Oladipupo Adebuti (now at large), adult male of Kessington House, Iperu, Ogun State between February and March, 2023 at Ogun State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did provide 200,000 prepaid verve cards loaded with N10,000, which had inscribed on them ‘Dame Caroline Oladuni Adebutu Memorial Endorsement Scheme for less privileged’  for the purpose of corruptly influencing votes to vote for PDP candidates (including yourself) during the governorship and state Assembly elections in Ogun State and you thereby committed an offence.”

In another suit filed before the Federal High Court in Abeokuta, the prosecution accused  Zenith Bank, its Managing Director, Onyeagwu, and the head of card services at the bank, Appeal, of aiding Adebutu to commit the alleged crime.

The government alleged: “That you (Mr Onyeagwu and Ms Appeal) between February 2023 to March 2023 in Ogun State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did fail to report dust transactions which appeared to have no economic justification or lawful objective, in the account of Oladipupo  Adebutu domiciled in Zenith Bank Plc. You thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 7(1)(a) of the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act 2022 and punishable under Section 7 (10) of the same Act.”

 

Additional report; Punch Newspaper

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Thrils, Frills As Osun Assembly Elects 38-year-old Speaker

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Osun State House of Assembly on Tuesday elected a 38-year-old member representing Odo-Otin State Constituency, Adewale Egbedun, as the Speaker of the Assembly.

He emerged as the speaker after being nominated by Ibrahim Abiola of Irewole/Isokan constituency and seconded by Areoye Samuel.

 

Also, Akinyode Oyewusi, representing Ife North Constituency, was elected as the Deputy Speaker of the House while Kofoworola Adewumi from Ede-North, emerged as the majority leader.

 

The inaugural sitting of the 8th Assembly was presided by the Clerk of the House, Simeon Amusan.

In his inaugural speech, the Speaker promised to review outdated legislation and sponsor new bills that will promote the social sector of the economy.

Earlier in his address, Governor Ademola Adeleke sought the support of the lawmakers to deliver dividends of democracy to the masses in the state.

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Thugs Beat Guber Aspirant At Election Petition Tribunal In Ogun

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‘If not for the intervention of some security operatives Segun Sowumi would have been beaten to death by now’. This is the narrative from a concerned PDP official to some party executives in Abeokuta today.

 

The former governorship candidate of the PDP was flogged by some thugs during the commencement of the electional tribunal sitting in Abeokuta.

 

The tribunal is sitting to hear the petition filed by Ladi Adebutu against Governor Dapo Abiodun in the last gubernatorial elections.

 

Some of the thugs believed to be loyalists of the APC descended on the PDP supporters with canes and singled out Segun Showunmi whom they beat to stupor before the intervention of some security operatives.

 

An eye witness present at the tribunal confirmed Sowunmi escaped by the whiskers.

 

Adebutu’s lead counsel, Chris Uche complained to the tribunal how PDP members were attacked at the entrance and prevented from observing the session.

 

 

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