The National Chairman of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Chief Olu Falae, declared that Senator Iyiola Omisore, the SDP governorship candidate in Osun State, as the best man to govern the state and should be voted in by Osun people.
Falae who addressed a mammoth crowd at the mega rally of the party that was held at the Freedom Park, Osogbo, on Thursday, where he officially handed over the party’s flag to Omisore and his running mate, Hon Azeez Yemi Lawal, assisted by Chief Supo Sonibare, vice chairman, South-West, for the September 22 governorship election, stated that the former deputy governor of the state remains the best candidate in terms of experience, commitment and value-worth.
The rally which temporarily locked down Osogbo, the Osun State capital city, caused the people of the state to troop out in their thousands, cheering Omisore and SDP leaders, as their convoy moved to the Freedom Park, venue of the mega rally, also attended by leaders of Afenifere, a pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, where its leader, Chief Rueben Fasoranti, represented by its general secretary, Chief Seinde Awogbefa, said, the Yoruba leaders supported Omisore’s ambition, and thereby canvassed Osun people’s vote for him.
Omisore who was supported by his wife, Mrs Mojisola Omisore, mammoth crowd lauded his party leaders’ support, and charged the people for standing by him, saying, “it is now the time to free Osun people from many years of suffering caused by the mismanagement of human and capital resources by Governor Rauf Aregbesola-led All progressives Congress (APC) government in Osun State.”
Omisore said, the cause of huge debt and non payment of salaries and pensioners’ arrears was because of corruption and mismanagement of funds, assuring that the SDP government would resolve all the the crisis the ruling APC had caused in the state.
He contended that, “it is less than N7 billion to pay outstanding salaries and pensioners arrears, but information reaching us confirmed that the government has spent N4.3 billion on erection of campaign billboards and printing of posters. If the money had been well spent, the state will not be at the level it is today,” as he also warned the people that “the mistake of 2014 should be avoided by voting for SDP on September 22.
Falae, who in his remark described Omisore as the best man to govern Osun State, and the most experienced of all the candidates, having formerly served as a deputy governor in the state, likewise chairman of the appropriation committee in the Senate, also charged the people to be vigilant and “thumb print the slot showing a horse on the ballot sheet which is SDP’s symbol,” adding that, “SDP is a party set out to represent the Yoruba interest.
In his own contribution, SDP national leader, Dr Yemi Farounbi, said every pensioner issue would end on assumption into office of Senator Omisore, and while lauding his achievements, as a former deputy governor and Senate appropriation committee chairman, he said, “whatever Omisore says he will do, he doesn’t change his words.”
He assured the people that as an engineer and a consultant to foreign financial institutions, which include the International Monetary Funds (IMF) and World Bank, “Omisore would be able to partner relevant agencies and mobilise funds both for development of the state and payment of outstanding workers’ salaries and pensioners’ arrears.
The state SDP chairman, in his remark, charged the people to vote for SDP and mobilise others to do so, while also recognising the support of national SDP national and state leaders, who graced the occasion.
Earlier on Thursday, in a meeting with the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Falae blamed the underdevelopment in the South West states, especially Osun, on the insincerity of politician, who he said lied to hijack power, as according go him, “Afenifere is the foundation of politics in Yoruba land built on truthfulness, so, those bastardising Yoruba name calling themselves politicians are liars.”
He said he was sad entering Osogbo on Thursday, lamenting that “when I entered Osun State today, I felt so bad, and it reminded me of when I came to Osogbo for the first time on January 9, 1953, to start my secondary education, then, I was with my late uncle, J. F. Adedipe, but arriving Osogbo today, I didn’t see much difference between what I saw in 1959 and today, it is sad.”
During the Omisore and SDP leaders meeting with pensioners representatives across the state at the union’s Secretariat, the Osun State pensioners chairman, Alhaji Ganiyu Salawu, expressed workers’ agony over their unpaid overdue pension arrears, calling on Omisore to see to relieving them of their burden if elected the governor of Osun State, as he said the “pensioners are only interested in a candidate who is ready to solve pensioners problems and other related matters towards them development of Osun State.
The pensioners state secretary, Comrade Dele Aina JP, who also lauded Omisore’s contributions to workers welfare as a deputy governor in the state, said, it was such commitment that led to a misunderstanding between him and the then Governor Bisi Akande, and for this reason, he added that, ” since Omisore has done it before, we believe he will be ready to do it again.”
Aina also lamented what he said was Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s refusal to present them with a bus as he said he did for other unions in the state, saying, “he claimed that we, the Osun pensioners did not vote for APC, as a result of which he said we should go and collect our bus from the SDP we voted for.”
Omisore responding said, “the mistake made in 2014 was to vote for a foreigner who has no stake to rule the state, on expiration of his tenure, he will leaves the state and the people, as you know I am equally a pensioner and I’m being owed too. This same mistake must not be made again. So, after voting, ensure you stay with your votes, monitor proceedings from the polling booths to the collation centre and ensure that no one tamper with your votes.
“At the Senate as the appropriation committee chairman, I investigated the reason for disparity between the monthly allocation released to the South West states and other states in the country, and found out that it was because of a sharing formula not favourable, and this we changed, causing an increase in monthly allocation to Osun State. The N1.79 billion earmarked for salaries of workers cannot be accounted for because of malpractices involved.”
He said their was a need for the creation of a special ministry for coordination of payment of workers’ salaries, pensioners’ arrears, salary harmonisation and other matters related to workers’ welfare in the state, adding that “the current allocation coming to the purse of Osun State is enough to take care of workers needs, but corruption in the system has caused untold hardship on workers and pensioners in the state.
Abuja School Refutes Oath Of Secrecy Claim Over Death Of Student
The management of the Premiere Academy in Lugbe area of Abuja, on Sunday, faulted the claims by the Coalition of Gender Based Violence Responders that its students had sworn to an oath of secrecy on many issues, including the death of a 14-year-old SS1 student, Keren-Happuch Akpagher.
The institution also picked holes in the allegation that it was one of the schools engaged in sexual harassment, which culminated in Keren-Happuch’s Death
The acting Principal of the school, Chris Akinsowon, was responding to allegations by the leader of the coalition, Lemmy Ughegbe, during a press conference held in Abuja on Thursday and attended by Keren-Happuch’s mother, Vivien Akpagher.
Ughegbe had alleged that a preliminary report of the autopsy conducted on the deceased by the doctor appointed by the police, Dr Desmond Okonkwo of the Maitama General Hospital, revealed that she was raped.
The activist had challenged the school management to a media dialogue to discuss the alleged rape and death of Keren-Happuch and other cases of sexual molestation, which he claimed the organisation had the records of and which the school was allegedly covering up instead of handing paedophiles over to the police.
But Akinsowon said in the event that any form of sexual assault happened to the deceased in the school and leading to her death, the management would join hands with all relevant security agencies to prosecute such a person in line with the laws of the land.
He maintained that the autopsy result had yet to come out, stressing that it was part of the investigation the school insisted must be done, adding that Premiere Academy was earnestly awaiting the result.
“The autopsy result is not out yet. It is a part of the investigation process the school insists must be allowed to take its course. We earnestly await the result and plead that nothing should be said to pre-empt whatever the outcome may be,” he stated.
Speaking about the staff member of the school, who was allegedly sent on an indefinite suspension and later dismissed, Akinsowon said it was “based on careless talk with a student as part of our commitment to making the school safe for our students and earning the confidence of our parents.”
He described reports that the students had sworn to an oath of secrecy as very disturbing, stating, “How can secondary students take an oath of secrecy? This is nothing but blackmail and an attempt to divert the minds of the public from the truth
Come After Me If You Can, Bakare Dares Top FG Official
Serving Overseer of Citadel Global Community Church, formerly called The Latter Rain Assembly Lagos, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has dared an unidentified official of the Federal Government to come after him based on his recent public pronouncements.
Speaking on Sunday during a sermon in his church, Bakare said: “I dare you to come after me since that is the usual style now. You might have done it to others; you are about to learn a lesson if you touch me.”
He added: “If you know what I have done in secret, bring it to the open. I dare you to come after me if you can. I worked with you; I worked for you; I supported you to get there (where you are). When I talk now, I now have a smelly mouth.
“I’m not interested in meeting you any longer; no more visits. Now, it is war, because Nigeria must be set free.”
Rather than work towards justice, he accused the Federal Government of using intimidation and brutality.
Bakare, who was running mate to President Muhammadu Buhari on the platform of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in 2011, recalled how he backed the unnamed top official to his current position.
Addressing the official, Bakare added: “Have you forgotten that you vowed never to contest again. I said ‘not so’. I showed you how you can win the next election and you agreed to run and you won. I was not considering myself but concerned about how Nigeria can become great.
“Winning an election is a different thing; doing the right thing is another. No one must behave as if Nigeria is a personal property. Nigeria must be set free and any obstruction along the way must be removed; it must get out of the way.”
He told Nigerians to be prepared for baton of change, recalling how he pronounced the late Gen Sani Abacha’s days numbered during his fist rule.
“I don’t support any act of violence, taking up arms against the country and killing people. Those are in the realm of criminality and anybody doing that must be brought to book,” Bakare stated to a rousing round of prayers and declarations.
BREAKING: Buhari Departs To London For Medical Check, Summit
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), will leave Abuja today for London to see his doctors and participate in the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education 2021-2025.
This was contained in a statement by the president’s media adviser, Femi Adesina.
He is expected to be back by the second week of August 2021.
The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari will today Monday July 26, 2021, travel to the United Kingdom to participate in the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 2021-2025.
“The Summit, which will be co-hosted by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, and the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, will bring together Heads of State and Government as well as stakeholders and youth leaders, and provide a platform for partners to chart a way forward towards transforming education systems in partner countries, through exchange of best practices.
“It will also offer the opportunity for leaders to make 5-year pledges to support GPE’s work to help transform education systems in up to 90 countries and territories.
“Deliberations at the Summit will focus on: The Power of Education –A Conversation between Global Champions; Transforming Education for Girls; Financing for Impact and Recovery and; What Now? Priorities for Transforming Education in the Coming Five Years, among others.
“President Buhari will also hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
After the Summit, the President will spend a few days for an earlier scheduled medical check-up. He is due back by second week of August, 2021.
“The President will be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of State Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) and Director General of National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.”
Politics3 years ago
2019: Tinubu Plots Alliance With Atiku, As Plan To Dump Buhari Thickens *The Restructuring Factor
News1 year ago
Sacked Kano Emir, Sanusi Kicks Off 2023 Presidential Project.
News1 year ago
Gunmen Attack Lanre Teriba, Condition Unstable In Lagos Hospital
News1 year ago
Hakeem O. Odumosu, Commissioner of Police, Lagos State on Successes Recorded by the Command in the last 119 days
News7 months ago
JUST IN: Asiwaju Bola Tinubu Hospitalized
Business3 years ago
Lagos Guber: New Name Emmerges As Tinubu, Aregbeshola Move To Stop Ambode’s Second Term Bid
Crime2 years ago
Five Female Secondary Students Rape Teacher To Coma In Ogun State
Politics3 years ago
Iyaloja General Tinubu Ojo, Market Leaders Endorse Sanwo-Olu Ahead Sunday Election