Ahead 2023; Makinde Dumps Deputy, Favours Bayo Lawal As Running Mate

The Deputy-Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan has become the first victim of restructuring within the PDP in Oyo State towards the coming election in 2023.


The story around the State is that Governor Seyi Makinde who is claimed to have had a long, silent battle with his Deputy, Rauf Olaniyan is said to have jilted him and has picked one of his trusted men within the party to co-pilot their mission towards 2023.


There had been talks about the issue with the Governor and his Deputy.


Olaniyan who comes from Oke-Ogun part of Oyo State has been alleged of disloyalty.


The politician who claimed to have met the Governor at a time he was also planning to contest as a Governor had been seen frolicking with the APC lately, spurring some tales about his mission and plans towards 2023.


The Executive Chairman of the Oyo State Housing Corporation, Barrister Bayo Lawal has been tipped as the right replacement for the Deputy-Governor.


The news was not surprising to political pundits in the State who had witnessed how the relationship between Makinde and his Deputy became frosty.

Geoscience Engineers Induct Oyo Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan

The Nigeria Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (NAEGE), has conferred its prestigious distinguished fellowship on the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan.

Engr. Olaniyan was inducted during the Association’s 6th Annual Conference with the theme “Geosciences for Sustainability of Structures and the Environment” held at the International Conference Centre of the University of Ibadan recently.

The Association said the investiture was in attestation of Olaniyan’s outstanding performance as a foremost practitioner among the cadre of engineers in Nigeria.

Also, the investiture comes on the heels of his track records as an accomplished civil Engineer in the public sector of Oyo State in the last three decades.

Engineer Olaniyan, a civil engineer, asserted that the role of Geological Engineers is important in putting up structures since they studied the earth and buildings are erected in the earth, therefore their expertise is needed on what kind of structure fits the earth.

He encouraged the association to formally write to the state government and recommend what their role and importance is, so that the government can adopt their suggestions as policy.

The Oyo state second citizen lamented the spate of building collapse and assured that the state government is determined to see an end to such occurrences, adding that a recommendation from the association will be reviewed and adopted as a policy.

Engineer Olaniyan appreciated the association for awarding him the biggest honour of the association, promising to be a worthy ambassador while working towards its growth.

Earlier in the keynote address, the guest speaker, Mr. Fidelis Abija appealed to the state government to incorporate geologists into structural design and material selection plans especially for public buildings.

Abija called on other engineering sister associations to collaborate with them to deliver value and resilient structures that are sustainable and long lasting.