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Ile Arugbo Demolition: Gbemi Saraki Breaks Silence, Accuses Gov Rahman Of Constant Provocation

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SEN. GBEMISOLA RUQAYYAH SARAKI has officially reacted to the demolition of his father’s property in Ilorin, popularly known as Ile -Arugbo.
In a statement issued by the female politician in Abuja on Friday, she accused the Kwara state Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of constant provocation adding that she had kept quiet,  being a loyal member and supporter of the party, who ” did not want to get into any squabble with the Governor despite so many provocations.”


The Statement In Full:


Thursday 2nd of January 2020, the Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, gave orders to the Police to open fire on aged women, at the contested welfare home, popularly known as “Ile Arugbo” (Home for Aged), owned by my father, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki.
As a staunch and loyal member of APC, I have kept quiet to date on the happenings in my state, Kwara State. I had done this for a number of reasons including trying to “keep my head when all about me are losing theirs”. 
But all in all, I had kept quiet, as being a loyal member and supporter of the party, i did not want to get into any squabble with the Governor despite so many provocations.
Again, as a loyal and dedicated daughter of my father, Dr. Abubakar OlusolaSaraki, whom I hold in very high esteem, I did not want to express my opinion on the propriety of the Governor’s recent political actions as it would be seen as biased because the late Waziri is my father.
However, given the turn of events and the violent nature of the Governor’s position, it is only right for me to speak now.
There might have been some elements within my party, APC, who wanted to change the OToGe narrative ofthe 2019 elections to be about the Sarakis, and not about what it was — the removal of a failing PDP Administration.
But clearly by some recent steps taken, especially with Thursday’s actions, Kwara State APC must be careful to not allow a few elements with their own agenda, other than governance, to turn their personal vendetta into the officialposition of APC in the State.
They must not be allowed to hijack the narrative of what our party stands for.
The APC has, since its inception, preached and worked earnestly for genuine good governance, security, increased welfare, progress and development of the people, as exemplified by President Muhammadu Buhari, who in the face of direct provocation and deep personal attacks remains true to the oath he took to govern ALL Nigerians, in spite of allegiances.
That is why it is important that my silence is not misconstrued as tacit approval or support for the actions taken by the Governor.
As stated earlier, I chose to refrain from commenting on the onset of this landsaga and did so for three reasons:
(1) I believed that this was a matter that would go through the rightful forum and due process to ascertain and establish my father’s legal rights or otherwise.
(2) My family individually and/or collectively have NEVER derived and continue not to derive ANY commercial benefit from that piece of land. 
At the end ofthe day, what is on that land is nothing — no block of flats that the family is getting rent from; no office building, no factory, or any other commercial venture. Just a bungalow where the old women gather and get their basic needs attended to.
(3) Nonetheless, were my father alive today, surely, he would have been saddened to see bulldozers in Ile Arugbo. However, I am comforted by the knowledge that my father’s good work and his respect, support and love for the aged, which was sadly lacking in the Governor’s activities of Thursday, simply cannot be erased by demolishing a bungalow. 
When it comes down to it, Ile Arugbo is a piece of bare land that holds symbolic value of what my father stood for — humanitarianism, and that doesn’t start nor end with a building.
But after the events of Thursday when the aged women were tear gassed and shot at in the wee hours of the morning (3:00AM), I do not want my silence to be misconstrued, as mischief makers have used that silence to attribute false statements allegedly made by me.
The level of force and violence that the Governor chose to adopt was totally unwarranted. 
What resistance to protest justifies firing live ammunition and tear gassing old women? Even my own personal home was not left out of the attack as numerous empty bullet shell casings and dispersed tear gas cannisters were found inside my home.
I feel that at this point not only as a child ofthe late Waziri but as a member of the APC, I need to speak.
 I do so not only as a daughter but as a member of the party, to ensure that those thousands of members of APC who are Sarakites that supported the OToGe Movement are not alienated. In addition, I do so to ensure that the resounding victory that APC enjoyed in Kwara is not short-lived or diminished.
Governments acquire properties, even compulsorily without necessarily resorting to unprovoked violent attacks in the dead of night.
 It is especially disrespectful to me personally, as a member ofthe APC since 2015, who welcomed and supported those who only joined us a couple of months to the elections, which includes the Governor himself, that my position as a member of the party was not given any consideration and/or regard when approaching this issue.
Furthermore, given how well and how long I have personally known the Governor beyond Kwara State, so much so that I have always regarded him as one of my older brothers. 
Even in the political arena, over the years, we have known each other as political opponents and allies and I have always accorded him respect which he has not accorded me.
As one of the APC leaders in the State, I have consulted broadly and have also sent messages appealing to party members not to be provoked by this unwarranted assault on my late father. 
I do this with all sense of responsibility so that party cohesion and unity is not undermined by arbitrariness to rush into an attempt to settle perceived old generational family political scores. 
Revenge cannot be a policy thrust of governance.
I am also using this opportunity to appeal to our teeming supporters to remain calm and poised and maintain peace in the face of unwarranted provocation. “Allah Bring about ease after difficulty” Q 65 vrs 7.
I condemn in totality the actions taken on Thursday 2nd January 2020 byGovernor AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq, especially unleashing terror and mayhem on innocent defenseless aged women simply exercising their right to peacefully protest.
I call upon the Inspector General of Police to call the State Commissioner of Police to order — using security agencies and live ammunition to settle political and personal scores is NOT what the Buhari Administration is about.
We must stand up against vindictive politics, driven by envy, motivated by jealousy and practiced without integrity.
Honour should be our code.

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Breaking News: Customers Groan As Zenith Bank’s System Collapse

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Zenith Bank customers are currently in pains as they have been unable to get good service from the bank since the early hours of Saturday.

It was gathered that the bank is experiencing system collapse at the moment, even as customers are finding it very hard to withdraw or send money while other transactions with the bank have become estremely difficult.

According to some of the victims of the Zenith bank sudden system breakdown, the development became noticeable in the early hours of today at about 8: 45am and was yet to abate as the time of filling this report.

Some of the victims are seeing around the banks premises, especially ATM users lamenting their predicament.

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The Imperatives In Fadahunsi’s Bill for Orthopedic Hospital By Soji Ikotun

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Life, according to an old adage, has no duplicate. Another view says, health is wealth, while some doctrines claim that fitness is divinity. In all, we are on same trail where unarguably, good health comes with its willpower.
To average Nigerians, discussing issues that bother on health, are unequivocally align with efforts a government may put in place to mitigate the plights citizens were made through at getting quality health care delivery.
Passionate by the need to establish a Federal Orthopedic Hospital in Osun East Senatorial district, Senator Fadahunsi, Francis Adenigba, “Fada” as fondly called, laid on table, legislation to drive home the dream of a functional Orthopedic clinic in Ilesa, Osun State on Tuesday, the 23rd of November, 2021 at the floor of the Nigerian Senate.
The Clerk of the Senate, Ibrahim El-Ladan read the presentation of Federal Orthopedic Hospital, Ilesha, Osun State (Establishment) Bill, 2021 (SB 855) for first reading. If this Bills scale through, this will be another milestone towards alleviating the agony of accessing a quality healthcare for the good people of Ijeshaland, Osun East Senatorial district and Osun State at large.
The fallout of this is that, the people will have the first class medical attention when it comes to orthopedic diagnoses, as a branch of medicine that deals with correction of bone and muscle deformity. This hospital will perform range of other techniques from arthroscopy to muscle and tendon repair to corrective surgery for anatomical malalignment. Theoretically, orthopedic specialty hospitals offer multiple advantages compared with general medical practices.
Senator Fadahunsi, taking the bull by the horn, identified the necessity of such a huge investment of government to cushion the inaccessibility of orthopedic facilities in the area. Ilesa an ancient town as we all know, a densely populated city, is in dire need of adept surgeons and hospital to diagnosis, treat, rehabilitate, prevent injuries and diseases of the body’s musculoskeletal system.
The speedy passage of this Bill and assent by the President will be a further indication that the present administration is attentive to the wellbeing of the people and it will go a long way to complement services of orthopedists in limited public and private specialist hospitals in the State, who cannot fully meet the demand of patients with skeletal deformities.
Of recent, the menace of these “Okada” riders, auto crashes even domestic injuries and muscular weakness, cases of broken bones, compression fractures, stress fractures, dislocations, muscle injury and tendon tears or ruptures are common reasons people visit orthopedic doctors. When these services are out of reach, people suffer severe pain in their sick beds, the purpose of quality health care delivery is defeated. It is therefore commendable and timing having a Bill in this direction.
Senator Fadahunsi, a consummate lawmaker and ex-Customs chief with track records of immeasurable accomplishments had played an eloquent role, digging in the necessities of having a specialized health care center in the heart of Ijesaland, the Federal Orthopedic Hospital, Ilesa, Osun State.
With Fadahunsi’s experiences and as a lobbyist which is one major characteristic of a prudent parliamentarian, he knows the capacities of the Co-sponsors at ensuring easy passage of this significant Bill, to navigate all the procedures of legislations and presidential assent by the grace of God.
The Senator Fadahunsi, Francis Adenigba 29 months’ exploits in the Senate has drawn quite impressive achievements to the Constituents in all ramifications of governance and this is noteworthy. Fadahunsi, a well-informed, intellectually resourceful reformist, he is well equipped to achieve desired results at all times.
So far, he has in Ife central and Atakumosa East local governments built blocks of classrooms for students at several schools. Solar powered boreholes were also provided in 8 out of the 10 Local governments areas of the Senatorial District while others are under construction.
When his attention was drawn to the epileptic power supply and total outage of at Ife North, Senator Fadahunsi supplied and installed new transformers while that of Idasa’ base in Ilesa is fully functional. Ward 7 and 8 of Atakumosa East Local government have been connected to the National grid and as we speak, the problems of electricity in those two wards is now an history.
In the area of empowerment and youth emancipation, Senator Francis Fadahunsi facilitated training of over 1300 women and youths, start-up grants were awarded for various trades.
These training which include Tailoring, Shoe making, Vulcanizing, Hair dressing, Furniture/Carpentry, Barbing, Soap making and many others are still ongoing and the scopes were enlarge to accommodate larger number of participants and other interested individuals in the Senatorial districts
It is also worthy of note that apart from not failing in making available various requests for cash gifts, Senator Francis Fadahunsi had sponsored about 308 youths in specialized vocations, they are all doing vibrantly well in their various fields as we speak.
He facilitated minimum of 2.2M loan for 55 party members in the Senatorial district. This to any responsible person the needed empowerment that can create jobs for the beneficiaries and participants in turn will become employers of labour.
In lawmaking, Senator Fadahunsi is not a push-over, since his assumption of office in the Upper Chamber, he has raised several bills and motions on the floor of the Senate.
In drawing Federal attention to the Constituency, Fadahunsi were able to lobby the Minister of Work, Babatunde Fashola in the construction, rehabilitation of some deplorable roads, the Ipetu-Ijesa-Ile-Oluji axis road, about 451m project and so many others.
Taking about employment opportunities to the Constituents, Fadahunsi has been in the front burner, youths in the district were recruited into the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, also at the Nigerian Correctional Centre, NCS, Trade Negotiation Office, the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS and the Nigerian Hajj commission, these are pensionable employments, so admirable.
As part of his succour to the people during the Covid-19 pandemic, Senator Fadahunsi did direct transfer of total sums of N50m to the electorate across the ten local governments, this was at the period of the lockdown, he also evidently distributed food items to individuals and communities.
He has constructed various projects personally handled, one of which is the popular Town hall in Ilesa West local government, classrooms for schools and reading equipment. Senator Fadahunsi donated two brand new Hiace buses, 11 seaters and 15 seaters, worth N18m to the Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, the PDP which is a rare feat since coming to power of this present administration.
In all of these, what the lawmaker require of us is a total support and prayers to partner his desire to bring the people out of the wood.
Soji Ikotun, is a Media Executive in Abuja.

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DIRECT PRIMARY: Buhari Under Pressure As Pro, Anti-Tinubu Forces Dig In

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Two different camps within the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC were at the weekend mounting pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to take their position on the amended Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
The pressure on Buhari according to multiple sources is majorly on the contentious provision in the amended Electoral Act that provides for direct primaries in the selection of party candidates for elections.
It was gathered that majority of the governors are against the provision as they feel that it denies them the godfather role of dictating candidates from their states for election. However, supporters of the 2023 presidential aspiration of National Party leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu were on their part lobbying the president to assent the bill given what they claim as his advantage using the option.
 Tinubu is reported to have been able to get the advantage in vote rich states like Lagos, Kano, Borno and Katsina which return the majority of votes in direct primaries.
The addition of Katsina to the vote rich states for Tinubu came after it emerged that the wife of the deputy governor of the state, Hajiya Mariya Buhari was appointed as national woman leader of the Tinubu Support Organisation, TSO.
Tinubu is also believed to have consolidated himself among APC members in many states controlled by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP with Akwa Ibom, Delta among such states in the South-South.
The face of the campaign for the use of direct primaries is Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila of the House of Representatives. Gbajabiamila a scion of the Tinubu camp, was one of the first senior political leaders to meet with President Buhari once he returned from his 16-day trip out of the country last week.
 The Speaker who went on a mission to lobby the president on the issue came out saying that the president was supportive of direct primaries.
 The pro-direct primaries camp being conscious of the leverage that the governors have in mobilizing delegates believe that the only way that they can overcome the hurdle is by going direct to the people using direct primaries to elect party candidates.
 ”There is no way Tinubu can become APC presidential candidate with the Malami group and the governors opposed to him if indirect primaries are used,” a source privy to the unfolding developments mentioned.
 ”The cabal knows that there is no one with the kind of name recognition or network in the country who can match Tinubu in a direct primary and that is why they are stonewalling on the issue,” the source said.
It was gathered that it was part of their strategy to lessen the momentum of Tinubu that they have been stonewalling on the national convention of the party. The opposition to Tinubu in the Tinubu camp as represented by the governors of Yobe, Kebbi and Jigawa, respectively, Mai Mala Buni, Senator Atiku Bagudu and Mohammed Abubakar.
The three governors after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari last Monday announced that the party’s convention will hold next February and by that extend the time that Buni has held on as caretaker committee chairman of the party.
In that period the governors working with the cabal are expected to push proposals that would further diminish the leverage Tinubu has.
Meanwhile, President Buhari is said to be walking between the devil and the deep blue sea on the matter of direct primaries as he could face a popular rebellion in the National Assembly over the matter.
Besides the strong support for Tinubu from Speaker Gbajabiamila and Senate President Ahmad Lawan, the majority of National Assembly members are also craving for direct primaries.
 The lawmakers believe that it is the only way that they can be liberated from the apron strings of their governors who dictate candidates list when indirect methods are used for primaries.
 ”If the president refuses to sign the lawmakers are ready to override the veto for their self-preservation,” one source said.
 Besides, there are also some regional champions who are also said to be pushing the agenda that the use of direct primaries would give the North an advantage in the selection of presidential candidates on the basis of the alleged superiority of the region in population.
 Reports indicate that the National Assembly in passing the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, had provided that the selection of candidates should be by direct primaries. The extant Electoral Act on the other hand provides for the use of direct, indirect or consensus.
 The shocker for the Anti-Tinubu forces came when on the last day of the consideration of the bill that Speaker Gbajabiamila during the Committee of the Whole with the deputy Speaker Idris Wase presiding as required by the rules of the House, moved the motion for the adoption of the compulsory use of direct primaries for selection of candidates.
 The moment Gbajabiamila moved the motion, the majority of the House was forced to support it leading to the harmonization in the same direction with the Senate.
 However, sources within the party say that Gbajabiamila was pandering to the interest of his political godfather who holds sway among the party grassroots.
It would be recalled that a major offensive to stop Tinubu came with the removal of  Adams Oshiomhole as national chairman of the party in 2020 following claims of the latter’s allegiance to Tinubu. Since then repeated efforts to elect a new executive has not materialized on account of the inability of the forces against Tinubu to drown him.
 However, one activist in the anti-Tinubu camp was dismissive of the national leader’s advantage in a direct primary.
 ”After Lagos, Kano, Osun and maybe Borno where else is he strong? Mark me, Tinubu will not contest the APC presidential primary,” the source said.
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