Adeleke Sworn In As Osun Governor, Promises To Be ‘Servant To All’

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Adeleke won the election in his second attempt.

 

Senator Ademola Adeleke has been sworn in as the governor of Osun State in a ceremony attended by top dignitaries and hundreds of residents.

In the ceremony held at the Osogbo City Stadium in the Osun State capital on Sunday, Adeleke promised to serve the people and tackle the challenges facing the state.

“As I accept the mantle of leadership entrusted upon me by the people of our dear state, I am conscious of the enormous challenges and responsibilities ahead of me and will begin from this hour workday and night with deep sense of purpose to be a servant to you all,” he said in his inaugural address.

Not ‘Business As Usual’ 

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While pledging to reduce the poverty rate and deliver dividends of democracy to the people, he said it is no longer business as usual in the state.

“Let me state here that from the education, health, mining sector, agriculture, road infrastructure, and supply of potable water, let it be known to all that it is no longer going to be business as usual. And I repeat, it is no longer business as usual,” the ‘Dancing Senator’ told the gathering.

“Our administration will demonstrate a high sense of urgency, transparency, justice, and innovation to tackle and solve the problems of poverty, illiteracy, disease, and poor infrastructure.”

Atiku and other PDP chieftains attended the event. [email protected]

 

His inauguration, which was attended by top members of his party – the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  –  including Atiku Abubakar and his running mate Ifeanyi Okowa, also saw his superstar nephew David Adeleke better known as Davido making a first public appearance since his son Ifeanyi’s death.

Music star, Davido is seen with some friends in Osogbo, Osun State on November 27, 2022.

 

Sunday’s event came months after Adeleke of the PDP defeated then-incumbent Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to become the sixth governor of the South-West state.

 

Adeleke’s victory in July came in his second attempt after losing to Oyetola in the 2018 guber race.

Davido Makes First Public Appearance After Son’s Demise

Davido makes first public appearance after son’s demise. Photo: Isreal DMW/Instagram

 

Nigerian singer and songwriter, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido has made his first public appearance in Osun State after his son Ifeanyi’s demise.

Davido who lost his only son on November 1 was in the inauguration of his uncle, Nurudeen Adeleke as the governor of the state.

The act’s aide, Israel DMW, shared photos of the singer and his team at the event.

“OGA, NO GO EVER MINUS. WE OUTSIDE @aadeleke_01 OSUN STATE GOVERNOR.”

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Ifeanyi was said to have drowned in a swimming pool at his father’s residence in Banana Island, Lagos.

Sunday’s inauguration comes months after Adeleke, the gubernatorial flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), secured 403,371 votes to defeat Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who polled 375,027 votes.

He won 17 LGAs in the state while the APC clinched 13 LGAs.

Autopsy Confirms Davido’s Son Drowned – Police

File photo of Davido, Ifeanyi and Chioma

 

The Lagos State Police Command on Saturday said autopsy conducted on the corpse of Ifeanyi Adeleke confirmed that the three-year-old died as a result of drowning.

The police also said two suspects arrested in connection with the tragic incident are still being quizzed.

“The two suspects are still with us. Autopsy has been concluded. The autopsy confirmed that he (Ifeanyi) died by drowning,” Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Benjamin Hundeyin told Channels Television on Saturday.

On whether the two principal suspects will be charged in court, the police spokesman said, “I don’t want to preempt that. Investigation is still ongoing.”

Hundeyin also debunked rumours that actress Eniola Badmus was arrested in connection with the case.

Fans, VIPs mourn

On October 31, fans of award-winning, global music icon, David Adeleke better known as Davido were inconsolable over the tragic demise of his son, Ifeanyi.

Davido and the lad’s mother, Chioma Rowland, were said to be out of the state and left the lad in the care of his minders at their Banana Island residence in Lagos when the sad occurrence happened.

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The police had arrested eight of Davido’s domestic workers but later released six of them.

Many respected artistes and Very Important Persons (VIPs) including Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and his wife had commiserated with the Adeleke family over the traumatic experience just as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State suspended political activities over the sad occurrence.

Davido was one of the key players to the victory of his uncle, Ademola Adeleke of the PDP over Governor Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the Osun State Governorship Election in July 2022.

 

 

In 2018, Nigerian music star, Daniel Oyebanjo, aka D’banj, lost his son, Daniel Jr. in similar tragic circumstance.

Daniel Jr. reportedly died in a swimming pool at the singer’s home in Lagos while he was away for a musical award in Los Angeles, United States.

Zamfara PDP Chairman Ahmad Sani Is Dead

Ahmad Sani Kaura

 

The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Zamfara State, Ahmad Sani Kaura is dead.

He reportedly slumped on Wednesday in Gusau, the state capital, during a peace accord meeting with Zamfara State Council of Ulama ahead of next year’s poll/

A chieftain of the party in the state, Aminu Umar, said Kaura was sick and had not fully recovered before attending meetings.

According to him, the chairman was invited alongside other PDP stakeholders by the Council of Ulama for a meeting on how to avoid political violence in the state.

Umar said he was immediately rushed to a nearby private hospital in Gusau where he was confirmed dead by the doctors.

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Kaura succeeded Bala Mande as the chairman of the party in Zamfara in September this year after the former chairman voluntarily resigned his position to contest for Zamfara North Senatorial Election.

Aged 62, the late chairman died living behind two wives and six children.

Atiku, Tinubu, Obi Send Condolences To Davido Over Son’s Death

This combination photo shows the Presidential candidates of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi (C); All Progressives Congress, Mr Bola Tinubu (R); and Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Atiku Abubakar (L).
This combination photo shows the Presidential candidates of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi (C); All Progressives Congress, Mr Bola Tinubu (R); and Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Atiku Abubakar (L).

 

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and his counterparts in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu and Labour Party, Peter Obi, have sent condolence messages to Davido over the death of his son, Ifeanyi.

The three-year-old son of the music star reportedly drowned in a swimming pool at his father’s residence in the Banana Island area of Lagos State on Monday.

Reacting to the sad incident on Tuesday via his verified Twitter page, Atiku wrote, “My thoughts and prayers are with Davido and Chioma and the Adeleke family at this time. I pray for God to strengthen and comfort them.”

Also reacting through his verified Twitter handle, Tinubu wrote, “Oluremi and I send our heartfelt and deepest condolences to David, Chioma, and the entire Adeleke family over the tragic loss of their son, Ifeanyi. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. May the Lord grant them the fortitude and strength to deal with this painful tragedy.”

In his message, Obi prayed that God grant Davido and his partner Chioma healing.

“I send my sincere condolences to Davido and Chioma, over the death of their son Ifeanyi. I cannot begin to imagine the pains they are going through at the moment. May God grant them healing, strength and comfort in this trying time. My thoughts and prayers are with the family,” the former Anambra State governor wrote on his verified Twitter page.

Meanwhile the police said about eight domestic workers of the singer have been invited for questioning.

“No arrest yet but domestic staff have been brought in for questioning,” Hundeyin added.

Police Quiz Davido’s Domestic Staff Over Son’s Demise

File photo of Davido, Ifeanyi and Chioma

 

The Lagos State Police Command on Tuesday grilled eight domestic workers of award-winning global music icon, David Adeleke better known as Davido over the tragic demise of his three-year-old son, Ifeanyi.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state Benjamin Hundeyin made this known to Channels Television after the lad drowned on Monday at his father’s residence in the Banana Island area of Lagos State.

“No arrest yet but domestic staff have been brought in for questioning,” Hundeyin added.

Also, a close associate of the artiste confirmed the tragic death of Ifeanyi to Channels Television on Tuesday.

Davido and Chioma were said to have traveled on Monday and had left Ifeanyi with his minders.

The entertainment industry scene and Nigerians, in general, have since been thrown into mourning as many condoled with Davido and his fiancée, Chioma Rowland over Ifeanyi’s death.

In 2018, Nigerian music star, Daniel Oyebanjo, aka D’banj, lost his son, Daniel Jr. in similar tragic circumstance.

Daniel Jr. reportedly died in a swimming pool at the singer’s home in Lagos while he was away for a musical award in Los Angeles, United States.

Osun Election: Takeover Of Nigeria By PDP Has Begun – Ortom

 

Benue State Governor Dr. Samuel Ortom has said that senator Ademola Adeleke’s victory at the Saturday’s gubernatorial election suggests that the takeover by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has begun. 

The governor in a congratulatory message on Sunday praised Senator Adeleke for his steadfastness, hard work and commitment to the welfare of the people that earned him the victory, saying “ the people have spoken”.

Governor Ortom also praised the people of Osun state, the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC), the media , civil society organizations (CSOs) and the security operatives for ensuring that the will of the people prevailed.

He said: “On behalf of myself, the government and the PDP family in Benue State, i congratulate Senator Ademola Adeleke on his election as the Governor-elect of Osun State. I am convinced that you will provide an enduring leadership for the people in appreciation for the massive support they have given you by your election.”


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“The victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate; Senator Adeleke in the Osun election is a measure of trust and confidence of the citizens on him and the party “, Ortom stated.

He however counselled Senator Adeleke not to take the trust and confidence for granted, just as he urged him to carry everybody along.

The Governor noted that the people expect him to change the narrative by bringing positive changes to the state of Osun.

The governor said the election of Adeleke, “is a precursor to the sweet round of victories awaiting the PDP as we begin to take back all the states in our resolve to rescue Nigeria from the destruction meted to it by the clueless APC-led federal government.”

The Benue leader urged Adeleke to sustain and improve his family reputation of excellence, dignity and leadership so that Osun state can regain her glory under his administration.

While congratulating the National Chairman of the PDP, Senator Iyorchia Ayu and the National Working Committee of the PDP, Governor Ortom also expressed confidence that the victory of the party in Osun State will further change the political map of the South West as the PDP is ready to rescue the country from its undertakers in the APC.

Banky W Wins PDP Ticket For House Of Reps

Music star turned politician, Olubankole Wellington popularly known as Banky W.

 

 

 

Nigerian music star turned politician, Olubankole Wellington popularly known as Banky W, has won the PDP House of Representative Primaries for Eti-Osa Federal Constituency.

The report was confirmed by his aide, Kennedy Salami, saying that Wellington had a landslide victory. Salami stated, “We have just concluded the elections and he has won. We secured the ticket for the House Representatives of Eti-Osa PDP. So, we are moving on to the next. It was a landslide; we won 28 to 3 votes.”

In a viral video, the votes of the primaries were counted and closely monitored by the delegates and members of the party.

In April, the music star announced on social media that he was once again aiming to represent the people of Eti-Osa Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.

He tweeted, “We must engage with Nigeria where it is, not where we prefer for it to be. In 2019, we planted the seed. In 2023, by the grace of God, and with your support, we will win the seat. The time for just talking is over. It’s time to #TalkAndDo. I hope I can count on you. We move.”

Wellington first announced his ambition in 2018 and contested for the House of Representatives seat under the Modern Democratic Party (MDP) but lost to Ibrahim Obanikoro of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Celebrities Hail Ticket Win

Industry colleagues have congratulated Banky W on his win, including Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, who tweeted, “One building block at a time. Congrats @BankyW! Time to prepare even harder bro.”

MI Abaga wrote, “Many will talk, few will do. Congrats @BankyW.”

Davido gave his backing to the EME boss tweeted on Tuesday saying, “Congrats @BankyW! You have my support! Don’t sit at home and complain, get up and make a change.”

DJ Neptune also congratulated the singer on twitter saying, “Congrats Banky W!”

Davido Features On Official Sound Track Of World Cup ‘Hayya Hayya (Better Together)’

A screengrab of the ‘Hayya Hayya’ video from YouTube.

 

 

 

Davido is one of the artistes on the FIFA World Cup official soundtrack ‘Hayya Hayya (Better Together)’.

The charts topper took to social media handles on Friday to announce the collaboration.

He tweeted, “I’m honored to be featured on the Official @FIFAWorldCup 2022 Soundtrack ! See y’all later 2NITE ! This one is for Africa ! TULE!!! WE RISE !

“Who dey wamba … we still qualify las las. Pleased to have featured and worked on the official @fifaworldcup Qatar 2022 song with @redone @trinidad @aishaofcl ! Naija no make am but… NAIJA STILL MAKE AM!”

 

 

The soundtrack which is titled ‘Hayya Hayya’ also featured Trinidad’s Cardona and Qatar’s Aisha.

“By bringing together voices from the Americas, Africa and the Middle East, this song symbolises how music – and football – can unite the world,” said FIFA Chief Commercial Officer Kay Madati.

 

 

A fan, Daniel Regha, reviewed the feature saying “Davido u delivered in the “Hayya Hayya” FIFA World Cup 2022 soundtrack; The synergy between u & ur the other artistes was absolute perfection. Great instrumental, lyrics & video. Reminds one of K’Naan’s timeless ‘Wavin Flag’ song. Kudos to u guys. Indeed we are “Better Together”.”

N250m Donation: Davido Gives All To Orphanage Homes

File photo of Davido

 

Nigerian top singer, David Adeleke popularly known as Davido has given all the donations given to him by friends, in celebration of his birthday, to charity.

In a press statement released on Saturday on his verified Instagram handle, the music star said the total amount of the donation is N200,000,000.

He made a personal donation of N50,000,000 to make a total figure of N250,000,000 and said this money will all go as donations to orphanages across Nigeria.

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A five-man disbursement committee – with three professors and one pastor – was therefore set up by the singer to see to the sharing.

Davido said his goal is to make the donation a yearly tradition in celebration of his birthday and to give back to those in need.

In a video also on his Instagram page, he appreciated everyone that contributed to the cause explaining how the idea behind the donation started like a causal conversion.

He called on his fans and friends to continue to support him on the mission of giving back to society.

Davido on Wednesday took to his Instagram page and called out his friends to support his 29th Birthday coming up on November 21.

The artist challenged his friends and fans to send him N1 million, saying he has always been in a position of lifting others and now he wanted them to return the favour.

Within the first 10 minutes of announcing the challenge on his Insta stories, the pop star received N7million and went on to say that the goal was N100million.

 

See below, Davido’s statement announcing the donation of the money to charity:

N200m Challenge: Otedola, Obi Cubana, Others Gift Davido Millions

Davido

 

Billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola and billionaire socialite, Obi Iyiegbu a.k.a Obi Cubana, have gifted pop star, David Adeleke, a.k.a Davido millions ahead of his 29th birthday on November 21.

Davido who is currently in Dubai, had challenged his friends and fans to send him N1 million, saying he has always been in a position of lifting others and now he wanted them to return the favour.

Within the first 10 minutes of announcing the challenge on his Insta stories, the pop star received N7million and went on to say that the goal was N100million.

“I wan clear my Rolls Royce from port abeg,” he wrote, adding the ‘laughing with tears’ emoji.

While he continued to post screenshots of his N1million alerts from close friends and colleagues, he also mentioned Femi Otedola and Obi Cubana without stating how much they both sent to him.

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“@Obi_Cubana haaaaaa!!!! Baba don finish me!!!! Love u baba, he wrote, “@Femiotedola FO!!! This one no be alert, na alarm,” he wrote in another slide, insinuating that the billionaires may have sent him more ‘loaded’ sums.

Several other persons including Naira Marley, Zlatan, MC Galaxy, Big Brother Naija stars Nengi, Dorathy, and even a fan who met up with him at a mall in Dubai have also sent him money.

Travel company, Travel Beta, and also Munch It for which he is an ambassador;  were also not left out of the challenge.

As of Channels TV’s last check, the sum had amounted to N134million, with Davido announcing that the target has now shifted to N200million.

The challenge which seemed to have started as a joke has now taken over the internet, drawing up various reactions from Nigerians.

‘I Got In A Lot Of Trouble, I Had To Leave Nigeria’ – Davido

A screenshot of Davido during his interview with Trevor Noah (Source/ YouTube).

 

 

Afrobeat artiste, Davido said he had to leave Nigeria after his hit song “Fem” became the unofficial soundtrack for the #ENDSARs movement last year.

The award-winning singer featured on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”, on Wednesday and spoke on different issues, including his recently released third studio album, “A Better Time”.

“I did not record that song thinking that was going to happen. Honestly, it is amazing how I saw my voice be an instrument for the people. It was amazing…I got into a lot of trouble, I got into a lot of trouble. I had to actually leave the country; it was that bad because I got into a lot of trouble,” Davido said.

During the protests, the artiste himself joined the peaceful marches and was vocal on social media.

He said, “They listened, they heard us. They might not have changed anything, but they were shaken. I see a lot of young future leaders coming up – things are gonna change.”

Nigeria has produced acts, Fela Kuti, in the ‘70s, and with rappers like Falz who sing about socially conscious issues. Afrobeat has been used to draw attention to the country’s experience of politics, corruption, terrorism, and abuse of power.

Now popular around the world, the genre has the power to draw global attention to issues affecting African nations.

Speaking on the growing cultural supremacy of Afrobeat worldwide, he told Noah about his first contract with Sony in 2016. The artiste said, “I told them, you guys might not understand now, but in a couple of years this is going to be one of the biggest genres in the world.”

For Noah, Davido and other Afrobeat artistes’ rise to fame has cured the “inferiority complex” that he says he always felt towards American pop culture. The host said, “We were like, oh America is better than us, the UK is better; everything was better than us in Africa.”

Davido, in the interview, reminisced about while schooling in Alabama he will play some DBanj, P Square, Freshly Ground (a band from South Africa), and a couple of Nigerian artistes that were popular then and will get reactions like, “What’s that? Those drums are going hard! They sound good. So, I always knew that, eventually, it would be appreciated.”.

“What do you think it is about Nigerians that made them take over the music scene?” Noah asked, and Davido gave huge credit to the Nigerians in the diaspora who insisted that only Naija music be played when they were in clubs saying for instance, “Play Davido’s music when my bottles are coming out”.

He also attributed some of the success of the genre to the fact that “Everybody in the world has a Nigerian friend”.