vanguardnews @vanguardnews @vanguardnews Oyo gov poll: Shittu, Alao-Akala, Akintola boycott Ajimobi’s meeting with aspirants By Ola Ajayi IBADAN— FORMER Governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao- Akala; Chief Adeniyi Akintola, SAN, and Minister of Communication, Mr Adebayo Shittu, yesterday, tactically boycotted a stakeholders’ meeting called by Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State with aspirants of various political offices where all of them unanimously adopted indirect primaries for the selection of candidates ahead of the 2019 election. This came just as the governor noted that 216 aspirants have signified interest for the available 32 seats in the legislative arm of the state. The number of aspirants eyeing the governor’s position in the state was put at over 40, which the governor thought could engender bickering. Out of them, Vanguard gathered that Otunba Alao- Akala, Bayo Adelabu, Joseph Tegbe, Chief Adeniyi Akintola, Mr. Adebayo Shittu and Alhaji Olalekan Alli have purchased their forms. Though, the state chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Akin Oke, took time to explain that some of the absentees had notified him that they would not be present, Vanguard, however, gathered that the governorship aspirants intentionally boycotted the meeting so that they would not be forced into any agreement that could jeopardize their ambitions. Oke said: “Chief Adeniyi Akintola and Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala called to tell me that they were in Abuja and, therefore, would not be able to attend the meeting. We tried to contact Adebayo Shittu, but we could not reach him. Probably he is out of the country.” Ajimobi while commending the aspirants for honouring his invitation said: “We have heard that some aspirants have bought the nomination 10-year power outage in Ondo South: Youths disrupt Akeredolu’s town hall meeting By Dayo Johnson AKURE—YOUTHS in the Southern Senatorial District of Ondo State, yesterday, protested the alleged insincerity of the state government to find a lasting solution to the 10- year power outage in the area. Bearing various placards during a town hall meeting initiated by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State in Igbokoda area of the state, the youths faulted the governor for playing politics with the power outage. The town hall meeting was held at Williams Hall in Igbokoda, Ilaje Local Government Area before the governor moved to Okitipupa for another meeting with stakeholders. Recall that some concerned stakeholders speaking through the coordinator of Bring Back Our Light, BBOL, Olumide Akinrinlola, had earlier warned the people of the areas “against falling for the governor’s Greek gift” saying the meeting was a mere deception. Akinrinlola said: “We must all be suspicious why our governor, who promised to restore electricity to us after three months in office, is now coming to meet with us at this time. “We are close to another election and despite several visits to the government on the same issue by our royal fathers, with several appeals by our people; there is no hope from government.” Akeredolu appeals for calm However, addressing the protesters, who stormed the venue, Governor Akeredolu said his administration is “determined to ensure that the power problems of the area are resolved.” “Let me appeal to the youths, I appreciate your concerns, because they are genuine. But I come to you with genuine intention to put a permanent end to the blackout. I beg our fathers to appeal to the youths to let the contractors do their work and ensure that the timeline for the project is maintained.” VANGUARD, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018—11 forms. There is no problem. But before others do that, I think it is better for us to sit down and discuss. I was told that 216 aspirants are contesting the 32 seats in the Oyo State House of Assembly. Seven aspirants are struggling for a seat. It is better we trim this number down.” BOOK AND ART FESTIVAL: From left, Chief Executive Officer, Sterling Bank Plc, Abubakar Suleiman; Managing Director, Daria Media, Kadaria Ahmed, and Kaduna State Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Muhammad Sani, during the closing ceremony of Kaduna Book and Art Festival, KABAFEST, in Kaduna powered by Sterling Bank, yesterday. I N4.7bn fraud: EFCC closes case against Ladoja, Akanbi L A G O S — ECONOMIC and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday, closed its case against a former governor of Oyo State, Rasheed Ladoja, charged with N4.7 billion fraud before a Federal High Court in Lagos. Ladoja was charged alongside a former Commissioner for Finance in the state, Waheed Akanbi. The accused were brought before Justice Mohammed Idris on December 14, 2016, for allegedly siphoning and laundering N4.7 billion from the coffers of Oyo State Government. Both pleaded not guilty to the eight-count charge preferred against them by the EFCC. At the resumed trial, counsel to the accused, Adeyinka Olumide- Fusika and Bolaji Onilenla, told the court they intended making a “No Case Submission” and prayed the court for an adjournment. Idris adjourned the case until September 27 for an adoption of written addresses. The EFCC had accused Messrs Ladoja and Akanbi of converting N1.9 billion belonging to the state to their personal use through a company known as Heritage Apartments Ltd. Ladoja was also accused of removing £600,000 from the state coffers in 2007, which he allegedly sent to his daughter in London. NEWS HOTLINES 018773962, 08052867058 2019: Ekiti PDP members defy Fayose, elect Aluko as national delegate By Rotimi Ojomoyela A DO-EKITI—CRISIS was averted in Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti State, yesterday, as loyalists of Governor Ayodele Fayose and a chieftain of the party, Dr. Tope Aluko, bickered over the state congress to elect national delegates for the presidential primary. The battle was fiercer in Irepodun/Ifelodun local government, where Fayose and Aluko hail from, as party members, including a serving member of the House of Assembly, representing constituency I of the council, Mr. Posi Omodara, ward councillors and elected party officials rejected the choice of a former Minister of Aviation, Mr Babatunde Omotoba, as a national delegate. However, members loyal to Fayose from all the 11 wards, who were also opposed to Aluko, boycotted the congress. Addressing party members, Aluko said: “The boycott by those rooting for former Minister of Aviation didn’t vitiate the process. About 126 persons are to participate in this local government and 84 turned up which polled 80 votes to emerge as a national delegate in this council. “A serving House of Assembly member, councillors and party executives were all present, so the quorum was formed. “I promise that I won’t betray the confidence reposed in me. I will continue to fight the party’s cause and fight for its advancement all the times.” A former PDP Chairman in the Council, Jinadu Isiaka, said the election of Aluko was targeted at saving the party from ruin occasioned by alleged imposition in the party. Osun APC candidate takes free medical mission to Iwo WO—OVER 2,000 residents got free treatment, yesterday, as the free medical mission being undertaken by All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, moved to Iwo. The project is being undertaken in partnership with the Development Support International, an organisation with rich experience in medical outreach projects. The 209 medical team of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, optalmologists, optometrists, and logistics workers, treated the huge number at an open field opposite Iwo Local Government Secretariat. Commenting on the project after undergoing eye test, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, commended Oyetola, saying: “Even if they describe this as political, it is welcome here. As long as it benefits my people, we are happy to have it. Let other politicians bring good initiatives like this to Iwo. As long as it benefits my people, we will also embrace it. But it is easier said than done.” Project Manager, Ilerioluwa Free Health Mission, Dr Adebola Odunsi, described the project as laudable even as he urged people to support leaders that are interested in people’s health and total well-being. 11 days to governorship poll, Osun releases N19.8bn for workers’ salaries THE Osun State government, yesterday, released N19.8 billion for the payment of salaries of workers and pensioners. This is coming 11 days to the governorship election. A statement by the Osun State Commissioner of Finance, Bola Oyebamiji, said Governor Rauf Aregbesola directed the payment of the arrears to demonstrate his commitment to his promises. Oyebamiji said: “In line with its agenda and fulfillment of its promise to the state workers regarding prioritisation of their welfare above others, the Osun State government has commenced payment of full salary and arrears in line with available resources. “This decision was taken at the meeting of the fund apportionment committee led by Comrade Hassan Sumonu with labour and g o v e r n m e n t representatives in attendance.
12—VANGUARD, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 vanguardnews @vanguardnews @vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES 018773962, 08052867058 DAVID AYO-ODUGBESAN GRADUATES FROM UNIVERSITY OF KENT, CANTERBURY, ENGLAND GRADUATION: From left—The graduand's younger brother, Edward Ayo- Odugbesan; Mr Tunji Jaiyeola; The graduand, David Ayo-Odugbesan; Mr Kunle Ojomo; and Mr Segun Odusote, during the graduation ceremony of David Ayo-Odugbesan at the University of Kent, Canterbury, England. From left—Edwards Ayo-Odugbesan; David Ayo-Odugbesan LLB (Hons), graduand; and Pastor Funmi Ayo-Odugbesan, mother of the graduand. David Ayo-Odugbesan, with other graduands. CSR: Oil firms in N/Delta should learn from Mainstream—Audu By Emma Ujah, Abuja Bureau Chief A companies BUJA—OIL operating in the Niger Delta can enjoy a peaceful business environment if they implement robust Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, which guarantees hostcommunities’ ownership of their operations. The Managing Director of Mainstream Energy Solutions, Engr. Lamu Audu, said in Abuja, yesterday, that such oil companies have a lot to learn from his organisation, which has created a harmonious relationship with the host communities Edo teachers to commence indefinite strike, Friday By Gabriel Enogholase B ENIN—ANGERED by the failure of the Edo State Government to meet its demands, the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, has said that it will commence an indefinite strike on Friday. NUT in a communique issued in Benin by Pius Okhueleigbe and Moni Itua, said: “The State Wing Executive, SWEC, of the NUT, notes with around both Jebba and Kainji Hydro Power plants operated by his company. His words: “The hostcommunities are very happy with us and we are very happy with them. For us it is a win-win situation. I can reveal to you that a community in Jebba even told us that we did not even need any security guards at the plant. “Members of the community said they were ready to protect our facilities with the last drop of their blood. How did we achieve this? It was simply by making them stakeholders. They directly benefit from our operations and see our investments as theirs." dissatisfaction, the nonresolution by Edo State government of any of the issues that gave rise to the 21-day ultimatum." David Ayo-Odugbesan with some members of his family at the graduation ceremony. Ogoni clean-up to commence in October —FG By Davies Iheamnachor P ORT-HARCOURT— THE Federal Government said that the clean-up of Ogoni impacted communities would commence fully in October, this year. Minister of Environment, Ibrahim Jibril disclosed this in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, yesterday, at a precontract awarding meeting organised by Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project, HYPREP. Jibril, who was represented by Dr. Ishayaku Mohammed, Senior Technical Assistant to the minister, said that the October deadline for the actual commencement of the remediation would be achieved. Jibril said: “The stage we are now is part of the procurement process. We have 183 companies that have pre-qualified and had been asked to submit their documents to bid for the contract. All bids are supposed to end on September 24, after, there will be financial evaluation. There is timeline for each process. We have matching order that by the end of October people should be seen in the field.” Head, Project Coordination, HYPREP, Dr. Marvin Dekil, said contractors for the project must have technical and financial competencies before being allowed to participate in the process. He added: “The Ogoni clean-up project like the Minister explained is going to be a template for the rest of the region, it is a very important project to the Ogoni people, Niger Delta people, for Nigerians and Nigeria government as well." Herdsmen killings did'nt start with Buhari, says Osinbajo By Emma Una C ALABAR—VICE President Yomi Osinbajo, yesterday, said that prior to 2015 when President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office, there were series of killings by herdsmen in Middle Belt states which was caused by struggle for land and pasture. Speaking in Calabar, Cross Rivers State, while addressing church leaders and pastors, he noted that the killings could be traced to as far back as 1999 and had continued until now. “We as a government have a responsibility to protect the lives of our people but we also understand clearly, that what is happening precedes this administration. In Plateau State for a start, there were several killings since 1999 and in 2001, there was a state of emergency there where a civilian governor was sacked and replaced with a military administrator, yet the killings continued until 2015.” Osinbajo said that the Buhari administration was able to stop the killings in that state when it assumed office in 2015 and for two years until the end of 2017 when the people celebrated A-Ibom governorship: I will run single term, says Ekere By Harris-Okon Emmanuel U YO—MANAGING Director, Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Obong Nsima Ekere has pledged to run only a single term if he wins the gubernatorial contest in Akwa Ibom State in 2019 on the platform of All Progressive Congress, APC. This came as the former Deputy Governor, Dame Valerie Ebe and wife of the former Secretary of the Federation, Senator Eme Ekaette led thousands of supporters to decamp to the party. Ekere who was given the intent and nomination forms by the party’s hierarchy vowed to run a populist government centered on providing critical infrastructure and empowering the people of the state. He spoke at the solidarity rally organised by members of the party in Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District in Eket. He said: “I will run on one condition and the one and only condition is that you must agree because I want to run for only one term. The other party agreed to run for eight years and they are running on sentiment, because they don’t have anything to offer.” two years of no killings in the state but unfortunately it resumed in 2018. He said the killings were not caused by religious conflict but a struggle for land, pasture and water which was the same reason there are killings in Zamfara State where those killed are Muslims. “It is convenient for some people to conclude that because the President is a Muslim and a Fulani, that is why the killings are taking place but why would a leader want to kill the people who elected him and if you recall, the President won in Benue State. The conflict is strictly a herders /farmers crisis.” The Vice President said the government was advocating ranching to address the situation because the number of cattle was increasing in the country and can only get enough pasture through that method.