Bola Ige: Soyinka Tackles Buhari Over Omisore’s Emergence As APC National Secretary

A file photo of Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka.
A file photo of Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka.

 

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka on Saturday questioned President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to back Iyiola Omisore as the new National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress.

Mr Omisore, the Nobel laureate argued, remains a prime suspect in the unsolved murder case of former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Bola Ige.

In a statement titled ‘Perhaps Closed Files Should Remain Just That – Closed?’, Soyinka noted that there was a subsisting pledge to reopen the files on the spate of unsolved political assassinations by the current administration.

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He wondered how it was possible that the APC, headed by President Buhari, had now selected one of the prime suspects in the Bola Ige case as its National Secretary if it was really serious about prosecuting the unsolved murder.

“To this layman, that investigative revisit is already hamstrung and disrobed of credibility,” Soyinka said. “I think the nation should simply relieve President Buhari of his pledge.”

 

Read Soyinka’s full statement below:

PERHAPS CLOSED FILES SHOULD REMAIN JUST THAT – CLOSED?

Barely three months have passed since the twentieth anniversary of the murder of the late Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Bola Ige, an occasion that I utilized to remind President Mohammed Buhari, of a subsisting election pledge. That pledge was to re-open the files on the spate of unsolved political assassinations that had plagued the nation in recent decades. Prominent among those cases was that of the Minister of Justice, murdered on his way to take up a prestigious position with the United Nations.

Presidential response was swift. Buhari ordered the Inspector-General of Police to re-open those files and resume investigations. The nation has patiently awaited even a hint of Work in Progress. Most, I am certain, expect no less than a revaluation of prior investigative efforts. None, to my knowledge, has attempted to rush the Chief of Police and his team into judgment. We all take solace in the knowledge that the wheels of justice grind slowly, but they arrive. Eventually.

However, an unusual turn of events has raised questions. The ruling party, headed by the same President, has just elected as its National Secretary one of the prime suspects of this most notorious of the nation’s unsolved murders. Not for a moment does one suggest that mere accusation, even trial, presumes Guilt. More than a mere verdict is involved in any trial, however. The process of arriving at that ultimate destination – justice – is integral to the very concept of democracy and equality under the law. That process is one of the structures of civic education.

Unresolved till today were quite a number of untidy, even suspect aspects of investigation, prosecution and trials, aspects which revealed improper cell co-habitation by suspects under custody. That this led necessarily to recantations of earlier depositions is not thereby proven, but the fact remains that such U-turns did take place. One was so brazen that it induced a heart attack that proved fatal to the victim’s wife, another Justice – Mrs. Atinuke Ige. That the prime suspect was privileged in a number of improper ways went beyond mere allegation. Political interventions, including pressure on the judiciary during bail hearings cannot be denied. A judge under such pressure kept a diary with accusations, pages of which he consigned to friends for safe keeping.

With the emergence of the said prime suspect as National Secretary of the Ruling Party, is the Inspector-General of Police equipped to confront political obstacles in a resumption of investigation? Is there any guarantee that the result will see the light of day? How suspect, ab initio, will be the conclusions, given the present political ordering?

I repeat: we are speaking of blatant, undeniable exercise of POLITICAL interventions during investigations and the arraignment of suspects. Prior incumbency of the position of National Secretary of a ruling party has demonstrated the potent interventionist clout that can be wielded from that office. The president has personally received, and thus anointed the new incumbent. Since he remains central to any re-investigation – whatever form or direction it takes – just what value of objective assessment can be placed on the presidential pledge?

To this layman, that investigative revisit is already hamstrung and disrobed of credibility. I think the nation should simply relieve President Buhari of his pledge. I am certain the Inspector-General of Police will be equally relieved and can now turn his mind and energy to the national accustomed posture – Business as Usual.

Wole SOYINKA

APC Convention: Adamu Emerges National Chairman, Omisore As Secretary

 

The All Progressives Congress on Sunday selected new executives to oversee the affairs of the party nearly two years after the Adams Oshiomole-led National Working Committee (NWC) was dissolved.

At a boisterous convention held at the Eagle Square in Abuja, Senator Abdullahi Adamu emerged as the National Chairman, while Senator Iyiola Omisore was confirmed as National Secretary.

The selection of executives was mostly done by consensus as many candidates opted to step down after backroom negotiations.

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Muhazu Bawa Rijau (Niger) emerged as National Vice-Chairman (North-Central), while Salihu Lukman (Kaduna) was confirmed as National Vice-Chairman (North-West). Emma Eneukwu (Enugu) was confirmed as Deputy National Chairman (South)

Senator Abubakar Kyari was also confirmed as Deputy National Chairman (North), while Zainab Abubakar Ibrahim (Taraba) was confirmed as Deputy National Women Leader.

The full list of executives was released on Sunday morning.

 

Abdullahi Adamu, senator representing Nasarawa west, As national chairman of the party.
Abubakar Kyari, senator from Borno state as deputy national chairman (north)
Emma Eneukwu (Enugu) as deputy national chairman (south)
lyiola Omisore (Osun) as national secretary
Fetus Fuanter (Plateau) as deputy national secretary
Muhazu Bawa Rijau (Niger) as national vice-chairman (north central)
Mustapha Salihu (Adamawa) national vice-chairman (north-east)
Salihu Lukman (Kaduna) as national vice-chairman (north west)
Ijeomah Arodiogbu (Imo) as national vice-chairman (south south)
Victor Ton Giadom (Rivers) as national vice-chairman (south-east)
D.I. Kekemeke (Ondo) as national vice-chairman (south west)
Ahmed El-Marzuk (Katsina) as national legal adviser
Uguru Mathew Ofoke (Ebonyi) as national treasurer
Bashir Usman Gumel (Jigawa) as national financial secretary
Suleiman M. Argungun (Kebbi) as national organising secretary
Betta Edu from Cross River, national women leader
F.N. Nwosu (Abia) as national welfare secretary
Felix Morka (Delta) as national publicity secretary
Abubakar Maikaf, senator from Bauchi as national auditor
Abdulahi Dayo Israel (Lagos) as  national youth leader
Tolu Bankole (Ogun) as special (persons with disability (PWD) leader
Ibrahim Salawu (Kwara) as deputy national legal adviser
Omorede Osifo (Edo) as deputy national treasurer
Hamma-Adama Ali Kuro (Gombe) as deputy national financial secretary
Nzo Chidi Duru (Anambra) as deputy national organising secretary
Yakubu Murtala Ajaka (Kogi) as national publicity secretary
Christoper Akpan (Akwa Ibom) as deputy national welfare secretary
Olufemi Egbedeyi (Oyo) as deputy national auditor
Zainab Abubakar Ibrahim (Taraba) as deputy national woman leader
Jamaluddeen Kabir (Zamfara) as deputy national youth leader
Oluwatoyin Opawuye (Kwara) as national ex-officio (north central).
Sirajo Dahuwa (Bauchi) as national ex-officio (North East)
Allyu Ahmed Yako (Kano state) as national ex-officio (North West)
Aqunwa Anekwe (Anambra) as national ex-officio (South East)
Diriwari Akedewei (Bayelsa state) as national ex-officio (South South)
Bunmi Oriniowo (Ekiti state) as national ex-officio (South West)
Yakubu Mohammed Adamu (FCT) as zonal secretary (North central)
Mohammed Wali Shettima (Yobe state) as zonal secretary (North East)
Bello Goronyo (Sokoto state) as zonal secretary (North West)
Azobu Innocent Tapa (Ebonyi state) as zonal secretary (South East)
Ita Udosen (Akwa Ibom state) as zonal secretary (South South)
Vincent Bewaji (Ekiti state) as zonal secretary (South West)
Hadiza Aliyu (Kogi State) as zonal legal adviser (North central)
Dauda Chakpo (Taraba state) as zonal legal Adviser (North East)
Bashir Usaini Dutse (Jigawa state) as zonal legal adviser (North West)
Mayor Ogbona Earnest (Ebonyi state) as zonal legal adviser (South East).
Isma’il Kolawole Majoro (Oyo state) as zonal legal adviser (South West),
Ahmed Attah (Kogi state) as zonal organising secretary (North central),
Abubakar Adamu Musa (Taraba state) as zonal organising secretary (North East)
Salisu Uba (Zamfara state) as zonal organising secretary (North West)
Dozie Ikedife (Anambra state) as zonal organising secretary (South East)
Blessing Agbome (Edo State) as zonal organising secretary (south south)
Lateef Ibirogba (Lagos state) as zonal organising secretary (South West)
John Okoho (Benue state) as zonal publicity secretary (North central).

Consensus candidate

Adamu, a serving member of the Senate representing Nasarawa West and former governor of the state, is President Muhammadu Buhari’s choice for the job.

Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State, who is also Chairman of the Electoral Committee, announced Adamu as the winner of the contest after he was endorsed by party members and leaders at the convention via a voice vote.

He had gone into the election as the consensus candidate following the withdrawal of his co-contenders from the contest.

Adamu replaces Oshiomhole as the substantive APC national chairman after the NWC chaired by the former was sacked in June 2020.

He, however, takes over from Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State who was appointed to administer the affairs of the party pending when a convention would be conducted.

Barely a day to the convention, the coast got cleared for Adamu after six aspirants from the north-central region eyeing the ruling party’s top job stepped down for him.

They include the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume; former governors Tanko Al-Makura and Abdul’Aziz Yari, as well as Senator Sani Musa, Saliu Mustapha, and Muhammed Etsu.

Osun Election: Why I Formed A Coalition With APC – Omisore

 

The candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the just concluded Osun governorship election, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has explained the reasons behind his support for the All Progressive Congress (APC) during the supplementary election.

At a town hall meeting with party members in Osogbo the state capital, on Thursday, Omisore said he gave his support to the APC to have a coalition government which will birth development in the state.

He said, “We pride ourselves with good governance in this state which prime among them is the love for civil servants, the payment of salaries when it is due, pensioners’ payment, educational system to be rejigged, agriculture, commerce, infrastructural access, distribution of amenities to all, employment opportunities for the youths.

“We went into negotiation with a very clear mind that Osun must be first and it must be salvaged from destruction, from the way it is going. We must come to the reality of time and thank God our coalition government has given us the future for this state which we all shall share in the years to come”.

Omisore added that there is no iota of truth in the rumours that he had collected money from the ruling party.

According to him, he only gave his support because the party accepted to work with the blueprint of the SDP.

He said, “The National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, addressed a press conference a few days ago and he said clearly that our discussion was devoid of any financial discussion. It was about nothing but good governance in Osun State and our resolve to work together in all spheres of the economy.”

Osun Election: Saraki Meets Omisore, Says He Is More Confident Of PDP’s Victory

 

Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki on Monday visited Ile-Ife in Osun State to meet with the candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Senator Iyiola Omisore, ahead of Thursday’s supplementary poll.

Saraki told journalists that the meeting which lasted for hours was successful.

He also stated that he was now more optimistic of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) victory at the rerun.

“It was a very good meeting. We have reached some understanding in principle and we hope to be back by tomorrow for some even better news. But it was good, very promising.

“It is promising for the people of Osun. That dream and that promise of a better tomorrow, I think we are cementing it here.

“I’m confident that I’ll win, I’m more confident now as I’m leaving here,” he said.

Speaking about electoral malpractices in the state during the election held on September 22, he commended INEC, saying that there was a significant reduction in such.

He, however, lamented that the declaration of the result as inconclusive, marred the entire process.

“I must commend them (INEC). There was definitely a significant reduction in that – maybe it was based on some of the policies they put in place but unfortunately all those good things they did were now spoilt with the last issue of the ‘inconclusive’ thing.

“I think they should have stayed courageous and bold and done the right thing. I also think that to some extent, some of the security agents showed some professionalism here compared to the last election. So, there are some gains there but the last action marred all those positive actions that they must have made,” he said.

Senator Omisore on his part, told journalists that both the APC and the PDP are currently engaging in talks with him to see the possibility of working together.

He, however, said, the SDP will only work with a political party that is ready to adopt the manifesto of his party to ensure good governance for the people of Osun State.

‘We Have Won A Greater Victory’, Omisore Thanks Supporters

Candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Iyiola Omisore

 

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate in the Osun State governorship election, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has thanked all members of the party for their support.

According to him, although the party might appear to have lost the election, he believes it has won a ‘greater victory’.

In a statement issued on Sunday, he described the SDP’s campaign as factual, informed and inclusive, adding that he was delighted that its message of good governance and dignity had reached every corner of the state.

“The past four months have been very exciting. I am delighted that our message of good governance and dignity has reached every corner of the state.

“Over the past four months, I have worked with committed people who have given time and resources to our shared agenda for restoration. I am confident that while we might appear to have lost an election, we have won the greater victory; the clarion call by all our people for good governance and accountability.

“We have positively impacted on electoral campaigns and elections in Osun state promoting inclusion, people-centeredness and shied completely away from vote buying, voter intimidation and thuggery,” Omisore said.

Speaking further, he explained that his campaign had engaged citizens in such a way that the demand for public accountability will continue to drive governance going forward, irrespective of which party leads the state.

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A total of 48 candidates contested in the governorship election on Saturday, which was considered a crucial test for INEC as it is the last major poll before the 2019 general elections.

With the exception of Omisore, who secured 128,049 votes, no other candidate came close to the top two – Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party and Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress.

Adeleke led the race with 254,698 votes, 353 votes more than Oyetola.

The margin was, however, less than the 3,498 votes in the polling units where voting was cancelled.

Consequently, the Returning Officer for the election, Professor Joseph Afuape, declared the poll inconclusive.

#OsunDecides: SDP’s Omisore Votes

Social Democratic Party’s candidate in Osun State Governorship election, Senator Iyiola Omisore

 

 The candidate of the Social Democratic Party in the Osun State governorship election, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has cast his vote.

Omisore exercised his franchise shortly after the Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) did same.

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Social Democratic Party’s governorship candidate in Osun State Governorship election, Senator Iyiola Omisore

 

Is Zoning ‘Myopic’? Read What Osun Governorship Candidates Think

During the Osun Governorship Debate Organised by Channels Television on Sunday, zoning was one of the issues discussed with candidates from the West Senatorial District insisting it should be the turn of the zone to govern the state, and others disagreeing.

The debate featured the candidates of the of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Fatai Akinbade; Action Democratic Party (ADP), Moshood Adeoti; All Progressives Congress (APC), Gboyega Oyetola; and Social Democratic Party (SDP), Iyiola Omisore.

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ademola Adeleke, was invited for the debate but he failed to show up.

Read the responses of the candidates when asked about zoning in the state.

ADC’s Akinbade

I think it all borders on equity. When this state was created, I think everybody was very hopeful that everything will be equitably distributed. But for the Central (Senatorial District) to have already spent 20 years and the East – already eight years is running out. Everybody believes that it should come to our Senatorial District (West). It is not that we do not have the materials; we have very qualified people and we believe we deserve to have a shot.

ADP’s Adeoti

It is an open secret that since 1999, when this republic came into being, West Senatorial District has been deprived of governing this state. In 1999, Chief Bisi Akande was there; he governed the state for four years. We in the Alliance for Democracy then had it in mind that Chief Akande to go for the second term but man proposes and God disposes. Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola won the election in 2003 and he was there for four years… We believe that after 11-and-a-half years for Central and eight years for the East Senatorial District, it is the turn – that is what people are clamouring for – of the West Senatorial District.

APC’s Oyetola

I usually don’t like to get into this controversy, to be honest with you. But if you look at the historical perspective of the state, there is no time zoning has ever been adopted. Even when the state was part of Oyo State, we had a situation where Chief Bola Ige was the governor, Chief (Sunday) Afolabi was the deputy and Chief Bisi Akande was the Secretary. Progressives usually go for the best anywhere it is found. In any case, it is important for all the zones to participate actively in the choice of who rules the state. If the best comes from West or East or Centre, so be it. If Nigerians could be mayors in advanced countries, let the brilliant people in the West (Senatorial District) come out.

PDP’s Omisore

Osun State came into being; the first governor of Osun State came from the West, second and third from the Central, fourth one from the East. That zoning formula has concluded. Whoever becomes governor now, starts the new zoning… I believe that zoning is only myopic, lazy and mediocritic.

Osun Election: I Am The Most Popular Candidate – Omisore

 

A former deputy governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, believes his popularity will earn him a big success in the September 22 governorship election in the state.

The governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) said this during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

“I am the most popular candidate in Osun State now,” he said. “The issue is that Osun politics is Omisore and others.”

“Like I said, you don’t just do a bedroom analysis or beer parlour analysis; let us wait and see the result of the election,” he added.

Omisore was deputy governor of Osun State between 1999 and 2003, after which he served as a senator on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He later contested the governorship election in 2014 but lost to Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Osun Election: I Am The Most Popular Candidate – Omisore

 

The former deputy governor who left the opposition party for SDP in May this year has been criticised by PDP members in the state for his defection.

He faulted the claims that he defected because he knew he would not get the party’s ticket, saying the effect of his departure was evident on the PDP in the state.

Senator Omisore said, “Since I left the PDP, PDP in Osun State has been dead. The point is that Omisore was PDP in Osun State and the PDP was Omisore.”

“The point I left was the fact that I foresaw lack of internal democracy,” he claimed. “Our convention was held, party officers were chosen; the National Working Committee (NWC) now cancelled all convention decisions against the Supreme Court judgement.”

Responding to those questioning his credibility to contest in the coming poll, the SDP candidate asked his critics not to be in a haste and wait for the outcomes of the election.

He also played down the claims that he was desperate to become a governor, stressing that the electorate would decide who they want to succeed Governor Aregbesola.

“The people determine their leader, the people determine who is popular, the people determine who is credible,” said Omisore.

“I’m not desperate, if not I won’t go to any party. The people of Osun State have an interest in Omisore, not any party.”

Omisore, Osun Govt Disagree Over ‘Fake Contract’ Allegation

Senator Iyiola Omisore                                          Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State.

 

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has alleged that Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration plans to plunge the state into debt by awarding a fake contract worth billions of naira.

Omisore made the claims after meeting with the Traditional Ruler of Ilesha, Adekunle Aromolaran, at his palace in the state.

Also, he claimed the governor was taking the steps to get the state indebted “because it is clear that his party (APC) has lost the September 22, 2018 governorship election.”

Omisore further alleged that the state government plans to issue an Irrevocable Standing Payment to a company in charge of construction work for the next 15 years.

He accused the government of embedding the “disingenuous scheme” in “a fake contract document”.

 

But the state government rejected the allegations.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, Mr Adelani Baderinwa, branded the claims as “spurious allegations” and called on people in the state to ignore them.

Boderinwa said the claims amounted to “gross irresponsibility” by SDP and Omisore.

He accused the SDP candidate and the party of feeding the people “half-truths, outright lies and insinuations in a desperate move to seek attention”.

The commissioner also rejected claims that N7.22 billion is deducted monthly from Osun State’s allocation.

He said, “The official report of the National Bureau of Statistics put both the internal and external loans, bonds and other credit line obtained by the State Government to N179bn in September 2017.”

Baderinwa, however, explained that the “debt is getting reduced monthly as payment is made based on upfront deductions from allocations.”

He said, “Governor Aregbesola had stated that the conventional loan obtained by the government would be settled in 2019 while the N11.4bn Sukuk would be fully paid back in 2020.

“The Accountant General of the state had also in May this year stated that the total debt left for the state to pay was N143.6bn. These are verifiable facts and anybody saying anything to the contrary is only out for mischief of political purpose.”

 

Omisore Planning To Hijack Our Party, Osun SDP Chairman Alleges

 

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Osun has alleged that Senator Iyiola Omisore is planning to hijack the party, faulting Omisore’s membership of the party.

Chairman of SDP in Osun State, Ademola Ishola on Monday reiterated the stance of the party on the membership status of Omisore, insisting that he has not completed the process of registration as a member from the party.

Ishola told journalists in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, that the party has not received Omisore who decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) into SDP in the state.

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He alleged that Omisore’s plan was to hijack the party and insisted that this move will be resisted.

Ishola explained that the process of becoming a member of the party, in line with the dictates of the party constitution requires familiarisation and registration from the ward to the local government levels.

Omisore according to Ishola is jumping the gun by relating with officials at the SDP Headquarters instead of the state. Such move, he added is totally strange to the party’s guidelines and regulation.

“There are fundamental criteria of becoming a member in our party, including registration at the ward level, and being a financial member among others; none of it has been fulfilled by Omisore.

“Maybe he is trying to influence the process to his advantage. As far as we are concerned, he is just the party admirer, not a member.

“Our National Leader, Olu Falaye has made it clear to all of us that the party should not be allowed to be hijacked by anybody, it is on this we stand,” he said.

Ishola went further to list the names of aspirants on the platform of the party to include Yemisi Oladeji, AbdulWakeel Adeola, and Munirudeen Atanda.

Omisore had earlier dumped his party, PDP to obtain the nomination and expression of interest form for SDP election.

He told journalists on Friday that he will win the September 22, Osun State governorship election if he emerges as the SDP candidate for the election.

Omisore made the pledge when he obtained the nomination and expression of interest form for the election at the SDP National Secretariat in Abuja.

Osun PDP Crisis: Leaders Give Omisore Give 72hrs Ultimatum To Apologise

Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State have given former deputy governor of the state, Iyiola Omisore a 72-hour ultimatum to apologise for allegedly supervising the burning of the party’s flags in Osogbo on Thursday.

The leaders on Friday threatened to initiate disciplinary actions against Omisore if he does not apologise for the alleged act.

The crisis in Osun PDP took a surprising turn on Thursday when some aggrieved members who are allegedly loyal to the former deputy governor burnt the party’s flag at its factional Secretariat in Ogo-Oluwa Local Government Area.

Spokesperson of the leaders, Tajudeen Adeyemi told journalists on Friday that they were shocked, saddened and disappointed at the development.

The leaders, however, jointly issued the 72-hour ultimatum to the former governor saying no one is above the interest and ambition of the party.

READ ALSO: Osun PDP Crisis Worsens As Aggrieved Members Burn Party Flag, Banner

“That Otunba Iyiola Omisore must within the next 72hours condemn the barbaric action of the hoodlums who desecrated the PDP flag in his office yesterday and tender an unreserved apology to the leadership of the party for the unacceptable conduct.

“That Otunba Omisore must unequivocally state his stance on the continued membership of the party or otherwise rather in view of the conflicting statements emanating from his aides and confidants in the last 24hours.

“That in the event of Otunba Omisore choosing to remain in the PDP, he must within the same 72hours withdraw all court cases instituted by him through proxies and explore the internal mechanism in the party to resolve any grievances he has.

“That in the event of a failure of Otunba Omisore to do the above, we call the leadership of the party at all levels to take appropriate disciplinary action against him in order to show that no single individuals inordinate ambition is above the larger interest of the party,” the party leaders said.

The forum includes former members of the National Assembly, ex-members of the Osun State House of Assembly, ex-commissioners, ex-local government chairpersons and vice-chairpersons and councillors, as well as other government officials.

The forum also tendered an apology to the National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus for the conduct.

They assured that the burning of the party’s flag does not in any way represent the views and aspirations of the hundreds of thousands of PDP members in Osun state.

South West Leaders Meet, Insist On Restructuring Of Nigeria

South West Leaders Meet, Insist On Restructuring Of Nigeria
A Yoruba leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo

The leaders of the Yoruba race in South West Nigeria have resolved to push harder for the restructuring of the country before the next general elections.

This, they intend to achieve by setting up a high powered committee to rouse the people to network with other people of like minds across the country.

The plan was one of the major resolutions of the meeting of the leaders of the group known as the Afenifere in Akure, Ondo State, country home of its National Leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

The meeting which had the theme ‘Yoruba Rise For Restructuring’, was well attended by Yoruba leaders with the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, also in attendance.

At the end of the meeting which lasted for about four hours, the Publicity Secretary of the organization, Yinka Odumakin read the communique.

The leaders expressed worry by the mass killings going on in Southern Kaduna, Oke-Ogun, Oyo State, among the Igbos and all over Nigeria.

The meeting also cautioned that there is urgency to insist that the country must be restructured before going into another election as it cannot continue to slide dangerously the way along the path of anarchy and total disintegration.

Also, the leaders unanimously agreed to get all hands on deck for mobilisation towards the implementation of the recommendations of the 2014 national conference.

The roll call of leaders present at the meeting are: former Secretary to Federal Government, Olu Falae; Secretary General of Afenifere, Chief Sehinde Arogbofa; former Senators Adegbenga Kaka and Iyiola Omisore.

Others include Chief Bode George, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Prof. Banji Akintoye, Pa Cornelius Adebayo and Chief Kole Omololu.

Two of the leaders who spoke to newsmen; Prof. Banji Akintoye and Chief Bode George, also emphasized empowerment, restructuring as well as the implementation of the 2014 national conference recommendations.

The meeting also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to confirm the appointment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen and equally commended the outgoing governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko for good governance in the state.