Obasanjo Regards Me As His ‘Beloved Son’ – Gboyega Isiaka


The governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Ogun State, Mr Gboyega Isiaka, says he has the backing of former President Olusegun Obasanjo who he says has described him as his beloved son.

He said this on Monday, during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

According to Isiaka, though the former president has also shown support for other candidates who had met with him, he (Isiaka) remains the “beloved son” of Obasanjo.

He said, “Well, he is the father of all, he is not on our political platform but then I was presented to him the other time and he did say that this is my beloved son in whom I’m well pleased and that goes a long way so that is it.

“He did say too that if any other person wants to come and greet him, he will open his doors but I’m not so sure that he can have two beloved sons at the same time but for this period I think he has said what is in his mind.

“I’m a candidate that Obasanjo has said is his beloved son and this is who I want to support”.

Isiaka who had contested for the governorship seat in 2011, 2015 and now this year (2018), said he had refused to give up because his vision for the state was yet to be achieved.

According to him, he had made up his mind to contribute to the development of the state and he will continue to attempt to the governorship race in order to right some of the wrongs from infrastructure to human capital development.

“Because I have a vision, I have made up my mind that I want to contribute to the development and growth of that state and I believe I have what it takes to do that.

“I have the capacity and experience to do that. Also I believe I have the sincerity of purpose.

“The reason why I joined in 2011 is still largely there. We still have a lot of poverty. We still have a lot of our human capital development, not well taken care of.

“We still have our roads the way they are. So I think that if I still have the strength and the wherewithal to continue with the struggle then why not.

“I set a vision for myself in 2012, the reason for it is still there and I have what it takes to do it. The reason why I left the PDP is still there”.

Isiaka who was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before defecting to the ADC said he had no regrets and he was “very happy” to have left the party.

He explained that the internal crisis in the party led to his defection. And he had no regrets for joining his current party because it provided him a peaceful atmosphere to pursue his political ambitions.

“It is because of the internal wrangling and fighting in the PDP. As we speak, we still do not know who is going to be the final candidate of the PDP – this has been on since 2011.

“I think that my followers also understand that we needed a very peaceful environment to be able to pursue our ambition,” he said.

Ogun Plans Referendum On Establishing LCDA

OgunThe Ogun State Governor has stated that his administration would conduct a referendum before May 29 for the establishment of Local Council Development Areas (LCDA).

Governor Ibikunle Amosun made this known when the Egba Traditional Council, led by the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo, paid him a visit on his re-election at the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

He explained that the decision to establish LCDAs was aimed at effectively bringing development to the grassroots.

While promising the people that he would not betray the confidence reposed in him, he said that his second term in office would be a new beginning of turn around development in all facets.

He noted that the only way to show appreciation for his victory at the polls was through greater performance.

Speaking earlier, the Alake of Egbaland and Chairman, Egba Traditional Council, Oba Gbadebo, said that the council was at the Governor’s Office to congratulate the Governor on his deserved victory at the polls.

He expressed confidence in the Governor’s ability to surpass earlier achievement and pledged the support of the traditional rulers in Ogun State for all developmental programmes embarked upon by the Amosun administration.

Ibikunle Amosun of the All Progressives Congress, APC, was declared winner of the 2015 governorship election in Ogun State on April 12. Mr Amosun clinched 306,988 votes to beat his closest opponent, Mr. Gboyega Isiaka of the PDP who had 201,440 votes.

APC Wins 17 House Of Assembly Seats In Ogun State

imo-APCOgun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has won 17 out of the 26 seats in the Ogun State House of Assembly elections held on Saturday.

In the election results made available to media by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), won nine seats.

The APC won in Obafemi-Owode, Abeokuta South I, Ewekoro, Abeokuta South II, Abeokuta North, Ikenne, Odeda, Remo-North, Ijebu-North II, Sagamu I, Odogbolu, Ifo I, Ifo II, Ado-Odo/Ota I, Ado-Odo/Ota II, Ogun Waterside, Egbado North I state constituencies.

The PDP won in Egbado II, Imeko-Afon, Egbado South, Ipokia/Idiroko, Ijebu-North I, Sagamu II and Egbado North II state constituencies.

The APC which had 13 members in the state House of Assembly however, returned eleven lawmakers with the House’s Deputy Speaker, Hon Tola Banjo not returned.

The Governor and APC governorship candidate in Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, was declared winner of the 2015 elections in Ogun State on Sunday morning.

The INEC Returning Officer who announced the result in Abeokuta, the state capital, said Mr Amosun clinched 306,988 votes, while Mr. Gboyega Isiaka of the PDP had 201,440 votes.

APC’s Amosun Wins Ogun State Governorship Election

amosunIbikunle Amosun of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has been declared winner of the 2015 elections in Ogun State.

The INEC Returning Officer who announced the result in Abeokuta, the state capital, said Mr Amosun clinched 306,988 votes closest to his opponent, Mr. Gboyega Isiaka of the PDP who had 201,440 votes.

This is the first governorship result to be announced.

In Imo State collation is still on going, while in Kaduna State, INEC has been announcing results from different local government areas.

Collation Of Results In Lagos

Collation of results has begun in some states where the governorship and House of Assembly elections took place on Saturday.

Among the states considered to be the battleground areas is the nation’s commercial city, Lagos, where the opposition Peoples Democratic Party is fighting to unseat the All Progressives Congress.

Our political correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye is at the INEC situation room in Lagos, and keeping an eye on the process alongside other journalists, party agents and officials.

Ogun State Government Announces Payment Of Deducted Salary

Ogun-StateThe Ogun State Government has announced the payment of salary deductions and cooperative dues, with 1.5 billion Naira released on Friday.

The payment covers deductions of salaries affecting both State and Local Government workers.

In a statement by the State  Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the state government said the payment was in fulfillment of the agreement reached between the Governor of Ogun State, Sen Ibikunle Amosun and the workers during an interactive session held last month in Abeokuta, the State’s capital.

Prior to the downturn in Federal Allocation and the general economy, the State Government had been remitting salary deductions as and when due and had also cleared arrears inherited from the past administration.

However, the suddenness of downturn adversely affected both the Federal Allocation and Internally Generated Revenue, thereby creating fresh arrears.

The State Government said that the release of salary reduction demonstrates that it has successfully adjusted to the new financial reality and was confident that it would be able to clear the balance of arrears expediently.

Ogun State Government further assured the workers that the government would always protect their interests at all times and restated the fact that it had no plan to sack any worker.

The financial adjustment, the State Government stated, was achieved through increased spending inefficiencies and enhanced focus on Internally Generated Revenue.

The State Government further expressed gratitude to the workers for their patience, understanding and co-operation since the administration assumed office, particularly when the economic downturn led to delay in the remittance of the deductions and co-operative dues.

Ogun State Political Parties Sign Peace Accord

peace accordPolitical parties and their candidates to various political offices have signed a peace accord hinged on the need for peace and order to reign supreme before, during and after the general elections to ensure a violence free general elections in Ogun State, south-west Nigeria.

Directing the affairs at the event held at the State Headquarters of the Police Command, the State Commissioner of Police (CP) Valentine Ntomchukwu read the riot act to erring political parties and their supporters saying it would not shy away from wielding the big stick against any act of violence

Political parties and their supporters who attended the peace accord signing also promised to abide by the laid down rules and regulations guiding peaceful conduct of the polls

The State Commissioner of Police said that Ogun State currently seemed to be enjoying relative peace as political parties and politicians do their acts to woo more voting public for eventual victory at the polls but there is the need to sustain the tempo and this signing of the peace accord by politicians may not be out of place after all.

One after another, candidates and representatives of political parties before police officials and other service chiefs took their turn to append their signature in what seemed an article of faith for a peaceful electioneering, before, during and after the elections.

Issues were raised by members of political parties as regards observed potential development that could trigger off violence among political parties as some parties alleged destruction of their candidate, posters and bill boards, a situation the CP said would not be treated with kid gloves.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, who represented the State Governor, Sen Ibikunle Amosun, however, seized the opportunity to pledge the support of the State government to ensure peaceful and violence free general elections.

Aside the promises made, it is expected that stakeholders must jealously abide by the terms and conditions of this accord.