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Appeal Court Ruling: Ibadan Agog As Makinde Promises Diligent Service

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Less than 24 hours after the Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan affirmed the victory of Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde at the March 9, 2019 governorship election, thousands of Ibadan residents on Tuesday marched to the Oyo State Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, in solidarity with the Governor.
The coalition of Non-Governmental Groups (NGOs) including the Save Oyo; Oyo Mandate Group; Mekunnu Koya; Oyo Dotun; Women Voice and the Oyo State Youth Grand Alliance, at the rally, told Governor Makinde that the people were solidly behind him.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that leaders of the peaceful protest displayed placards, which praised the service delivery agenda of the Makinde administration.

While addressing the crowd, the Governor restated his commitment to serving the people of the State, noting that nothing could happen to the mandate the people gave him on March 9, 2019.

The Governor added that ever since he was elected by popular votes, he had been serving the people, promising not to relent in serving the people and providing the dividends of democracy.

He said: “In Oyo State, we say A ji se bi Oyo laari, Oyo kii se bi baba enikan. We are a unique state, we cannot be cowed into submission, so you all need to be calm. Your votes brought us in and, since we assumed office, we have been serving you, the good people of Oyo State. They cannot pour sands into our garri.

“Nothing will go wrong with your mandate. Your mandate is intact. If they say they have won, why didn’t they come to the Government House this morning?

“They were rejected everywhere in Oyo State. The Ibadan people rejected them, in Ibarapa, Oke-Ogun and Oyo, they were rejected. The same thing equally happened in Ogbomoso. So, what else can they do?

“Please, I beg of you to be law-abiding and go about your daily businesses without being afraid. Let’s exercise calmness as we continue to deliver dividends of democracy to you.”

The coalition of groups, which brought together artisans, market women, student groups and other professionals, sang and danced jubilantly, noting that the refusal of the Court to grant the prayers of the APC to nullify the results of the governorship election, call for fresh election or order a retrial of the election petition was a vindication of the people’s mandate freely given to Governor Makinde.

They urged the Governor not to be distracted by the Court’s decision to allow the appeal of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the ruling of the Election Petition Tribunal to stand, noting that the “contrived judgement, which is against the people of Oyo State” cannot stand the test of time.

Speaking on behalf of the crowd, Comrade Najimdeen Kayode, who is the convener of the Oyo State Youth Grand Alliance, lauded Governor Makinde for his achievements in the last five months, noting that his policies on education, health, security and other areas were already turning around the State and that the people of the State would not watch and allow them to be truncated.

“We are residents of Oyo State drawn from all walks of life and we are here to celebrate with our Governor. We are happy that God gave us Governor Seyi Makinde as governor of Oyo State and we want to tell you that everyone is with you. We are also protesting against the attempt to snatch the mandate given to you by the people and we will continue the rally until the Supreme Court settles this matter in favour of the good people of Oyo State, who voted for you massively.

“Do not allow the judgment of the Appeal Court to distract you. That judgment is against the people of Oyo State who voted for you in their thousands and are happy with your policies and achievements since you took office. That judgment cannot stand, because the people do not want a return to the dark past.” He said.

Similarly, a female representative from the crowd added that “we appreciate your works. We thank you for every thing you have been doing as governor of Oyo State; free education, prompt payment of salaries, improvement of the health sector and the expansion of the Oyo State economy. We see and appreciate what you are doing across Oyo State, from Ibadan to Ogbomoso to Saki.”

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Inclusive Foundation Mourns Veteran Actress, Rachael Oniga

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Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation, a non-governmental organisation has expressed its heartfelt sympathy to family, friends and the entire movie industry over the loss of the veteran actress, Rachael Oniga who died at age 64.

 

 

The CEO of the foundation, Chief (Mrs.) Pat Eleto, in a condolence visit to the family, on Saturday, July 31st, said the news came as a rude shock to many, but she believes that the late actress has created a great impact with her career, and her legacy should never be forgotten.

 

 

In her statement, Chief (Mrs.)Eleto said:

“It is with a heavy heart that I grief with the family of a sister, friend and adviser of Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation.

 

 

“Mrs. Oniga, is one of our great ambassadors, and we were actually working on a project that is meant for the later part of this year when the sad news of her demise came.

 

 

“Death is inevitable, we pray for the repose of her soul, and may God comfort all the people she left behind. We also hope and pray that all her good legacies, be sustained because, she was indeed a pillar of support to our foundation, and also one of veterans that contributed immensely to the growth of Nollywood,” the statement reads.

 

 

A native of Delta State, Oniga was one of the ambassadors of Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation.

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Alaafin Shuns Ooni-Backed Group Over Alleged Anti-Buhari Posture

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The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, on Friday, at the last minute, allegedly cancelled an appointment he gave to a Yoruba group, Ooni’s Caucus, on the alleged complaint that members of the group are “notorious critics” of the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

 

 

The Ooni’s Caucus, which was inaugurated at the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on July 20, 2021, is made of many influential Yoruba persons and is being coordinated by a former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr Akin Osuntokun.

 

 

PUNCH learnt that Osuntokun led about 14 members of the group to Alaafin’s palace for the alleged 11am appointment on Friday, but after waiting for about two and a half hours, the influential monarch sent words to them that he would not be seeing them.

 

 

According to a source, who spoke to  PUNCH on condition of anonymity, some of the group’s members who went to Alaafin’s palace with Osuntokun were a monarch, the Olugbon of Orile-Igbon, Oba Francis Alao; a former presidential spokesman, Dr Doyin Okupe; a former commissioner in Osun State, Muyiwa Ige;  a former Minister of Defence, Mrs Dupe Adelaja; a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Taiwo Lakanu,  Oye Oyewumi, Sola Lawal, among others.

 

 

A former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, is also said to be a member of Ooni’s Caucus, but he was not on the delegation to Alaafin’s palace on Friday.

 

 

The source, who is a member of the group, claimed that the group had through the Olugbon secured an appointment with Alaafin since Monday, and the same appointment was confirmed on Thursday, only for them to get to the palace and the Alaafin refused to see them on the claim that they were anti-Buhari and were also loyalists of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

 

 

The source explained that the main purpose of the meeting was for the newly-inaugurated group to get Alaafin’s blessings and to possibly discuss the issue of the embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, alias Sunday Igboho, who is currently being held and tried in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

 

 

The source said, “The Olugbon, a member of the caucus, was the one who booked the appointment, but he said the Alaafin said he didn’t want to see us because we’re notorious critics of the Buhari government.

 

 

“He (Alaafin) confirmed the appointment yesterday (Thursday). But when we got there today, he kept us waiting; after a while, he asked to see the Olugbon. He (Alaafin) didn’t come to see us; we were told he said he wouldn’t see us because we are notorious critics of Buhari’s government and that some of us are close to Obasanjo, who is also critical of the government.

 

 

“We were made to wait for about two and a half hours; he gave us an appointment for 11am; we got there at 11am and at about 1.30pm, that was when it was obvious to us that he wasn’t coming (to see us). But he initially asked to see the Olugbon, who went to see him for about an hour. When the Olugbon eventually came back, he said Alaafin would not see us, saying we are a group that is critical of the Buhari government and some of us are loyalists of Obasanjo.”

 

On whether the group’s mission to Alaafin’s palace was to discuss Sunday Igboho’s matter, the source said, “Of course, the issue (of Igboho) would come up but that was not the purpose of the visit. The issue of Igboho concerns all the Yoruba people but that was not our reason for going to him.”

 

 

On whether the group would try and book another appointment, the source said, “I don’t know; we were all surprised that a Yoruba oba can refuse to see his children on account of not wanting to be on the bad side of Buhari’s government. I would have thought that an oba is supposed to take everybody as his children, whether they are supporters of Buhari the All progressives Congress or the Peoples Democratic Party or whatever party.”

 

 

But when contacted by PUNCH, the Media Director to the Alaafin, Bode Durojaye, said the reason his principal did not see the group was because they did not have any prior appointment with him.

 

 

Durojaye said the Alaafin would be willing to entertain the group if they booked an appointment.

 

 

 

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NMA Reacts As Bandits Break Into, Pick Nurse At Zamfara General Hospital

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Suspected bandits invaded General Hospital, Dansadau, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Friday, resulting in the abduction of a nurse and caregiver.

 

 

Residents said that immediately the men stormed the medical facility, the armed men headed to the outpatient ward in search of a doctor or nurse.

 

 

“When they couldn’t find anybody there, they started going from one ward to another. A nurse and a caregiver were abducted. They then moved to staff quarters looking for doctors and nurses but could not find any.”

 

 

“The armed criminals had earlier attempted to attack Maigoge, a community located six kilometres north of Dansadau town.

 

 

“But when they laid siege to the community, the vigilantes otherwise known as Yan Sakai firmly defended the village. The vigilante killed some of the bandits and injured several others.

 

 

“They then invaded the hospital to kidnap nurse and doctors that will treat their injured brothers in the forest.”

 

 

 

Maigoge is one of the few communities in Dansadau Emirate known to be firmly defending themselves against bandits.

 

 

“The staff of the facility are not carrying out night duties now. They only attend to patients at day time. They then move inside the town to spend night usually at undisclosed locations,” he added.

 

 

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association in Zamfara state, Dr Mannir Bature, who confirmed the attack said the association is worried by the unfortunate incident.

 

 

He said they would hold an emergency state officers council meeting on Saturday.

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