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    Gani Adams Sets Agenda For Tinubu, Says Restructuring To Regionalism Only Way For Survival Of Nigeria



    Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Iba Gani Adams, on Tuesday in Lagos urged the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to set the agenda for the restructuring of Nigeria into regionalism, saying such move is the only way for the survival of the country.

    Adams made this call while speaking at the 2023 edition of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) Annual Thanks Giving Programme, which took place at Abule Egba area of the state, insisting that that restructuring into regionalism remained the best option for Nigeria that had passed through difficult moments.

    Speaking on the organization’s journey so far, the Yoruba generalissimo said God had been its pillar of support, adding that the group had threshold to survive all crises.

    Gani Adams Sets Agenda For Tinubu, Says Restructuring To Regionalism Only Way For Survival Of Nigeria

    Iba Adams, who is also the national coordinator of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, pointed out that the reason for the thanksgiving programme was to appreciate God for keeping the hope of the group alive, saying that OPC had, in the last two decades, survived various challenges either from within or outside the South-West region.

    He, however, maintained also that the challenges encountered in the past years were purely like a blessing in disguise for the Yoruba race.

    “In the last 29 years, OPC has truly survived various challenges. We have been at the forefront of the war to reclaim the lost glory of our race.

    We have remained the most formidable organization in Yoruba land. We have secured the South-West region from internal and external aggressors.

    “OPC has fought many wars. The war we are fighting now is the spiritual war. And that is where God has been the pillar of support for our organization,” he said.

    Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abdul Mumin Saliu, in his sermon, said OPC had shown enough commitment to the will of God by organizing a special Thanksgiving service to appreciate Allah for keeping the group’s hope alive.

    He enjoined all OPC members to keep faith in the leadership of the organization.

    “Allah has been of great blessing to the organization for surviving the most trying period in the life of the group. I urge all members of the organization to keep faith with the leadership of the organization,” the Islamic cleric said.

    Meanwhile, Pastor Ayobami Ojo of the Apostolic Garden Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Lagos spoke about the need for the Yoruba socio-cultural body to remain consistent in seeking the face of God in all its programmes.

    “It is worthy of the organization to praise God. God appreciates praise in the life of his creatures. The OPC has passed through the thick and thin and now becomes a formidable force in the South-West,” he said.

    Apart from all members of the National Executive Council (NEC) and National Coordinating Council, (NCC) of OPC, prominent guests at the event include the Osi Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba, Chief Gani Kayode Balogun; Parakoyi Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Prof. Raheem Kolawole; Atoloye Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land; General Secretary of the OPC, Chief Babajide Tanimowo; Asoju Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Yinka Oguntimehin and Akinrogun Aare Ona kakanfo of Yoruba land, Chief Kazeem Hamzat.

    Others are Barejiro Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Chief Dauda Asikolaiye; Akinluwa Aareonakakanfo of Yoruba land, and Chief Olawale Mann, among others.

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    Makinde suspends Oyo monarch



    The Oyo State Government, yesterday, suspended Oba Gbolagade Muritala Babalola (Gbadewolu I) as the Onido of Ido in Ido Local Council of the state.

    The government, in a letter dated February 2, 2024, and signed by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Olusegun Olayiwola, said Governor Seyi Makinde approved the suspension on February 1, 2024.

    “I wish to inform you that His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Oyo State of Nigeria, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Sub-section 1&2 of Section 26 of the Chiefs Law, Cap. 28 Vol I, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000 and by virtue of all other enabling powers in that regard, has approved your suspension as the Onido of Ido in the area of authority of Ido Local Government Area of Oyo State,” the letter read in part.

    It directed Oba Babalola to hand over all government properties in his possession to the chairman of Ido local council.

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    Bauchi Agog as Tribunal Affirms Mohammed Bauchi Gov



    Bauchi State capital and environs erupted in jubilation yesterday following the State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal’s affirmation of Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed as the duly elected governor of the state.


    The 3-man tribunal led by Justice PT Kwahar, dismissed the petition by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and its gubernatorial candidate, Ambassador Saddique Baba Abubakar.


    The tribunal affirmed that Mohammed, who was declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as winner of the gubernatorial election, actually won the election with the majority votes cast.


    The tribunal dismissed the APC petition for lack of credible evidence to discredit result of the gubernatorial election as declared by INEC.


    The tribunal’s premises, however, erupted in Jubilation by members and supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) engaged in drumming and praises to show joy and happiness over the victory.


    Reacting to the verdict, Mohammed commended the tribunal for upholding his victory despite the indiscriminate demonisation of the country’s judicial system.


    Speaking shortly after the tribunal affirmed his election, he called on his opponents to sheathe their swords and join him to harness enormous resources of the state to create a modern economy that would benefit everyone within Bauchi State as Nigeria’s pearl of tourism.


    “Today, the Governorship Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Bauchi, revalidated the mandate that you gave to me last March. It was a profound judgment that will continue to resonate within multiple circles as a demonstration of judicial rigour and common sense and an affirmation of the sovereign will of the people over political brinksmanship and an entitlement mentality.


    “Our victory today is by the grace of Allah, who gives power to whom he wishes and takes it without consulting the holder. We are once again reminded that all power is held in trust on behalf of God.


    “It is an unambiguous statement that despite the mischief of political merchants who arrogate to themselves kingmaker status and deceive some of our unsuspecting compatriots into believing that they can determine the destiny of others, God still reigns in the affairs of all his creations,” he said.

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    Adeleke to Fix Lasting Infrastructural Projects in Osun, Says PDP Chieftain



    Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke will soon commence fixing of long lasting Infrastructural projects in the state as part of the promises made to the people of the state.

    Speaking with Freelanews in Osogbo, former Caretaker Chairman of the Peoples Democratic party ( PDP) in the state, Dr. Akindele Adekunle, noted that all abandoned projects within the state would be revisited for timely completion.

    Adekunle stressed that roads will also be constructed in all local government areas in the state, while the federal constituencies would equally benefit immensely in the developmental agenda of the state governor.

    He remarked that since the enthronement of the present administration, all promises made are being fully followed to the letter.

    According to him “Adeleke had surpassed people’s expectations considering the situation met on ground because he has done well based on Infrastructural development so far.”

    He also recalled the medical outfit for the people of the state in all the constituencies, saying the governor had surpassed people’s expectations on Health.

    The PDP chieftain remarked that health palliatives for the people of the state is under way as all health facilities would be given face- lift in all ramifications.

    He emphasised that all general hospitals in the state would receive a boost in order to turn them to a world-class medical centres which will serve as medical tourism to other state to visit.

    Adekunle stressed that there are enough medical personnel to make the state proud of being a world-class medical tourist attraction.

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