A former Governor of Osun State, Mr Olagunsoye Oyinlola has resigned as Chairman of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
The resignation letter dated May 9, 2018 addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari, has been submitted to the Presidency.
According to Oyinlola, the decision is to enable him pursue other political engagements outside the ruling party and to prevent him from engaging in any act that could “amount to disloyalty and conflict of interest”.
He, therefore, thanked the President for the opportunity given him to serve, saying it is now time to chart a new course.
“I thank you, sir, once again for the great honour and confidence reposed in me. However, there is time to take a job and another time to leave it and move on. For me, the time to work on something else in the interest and service of our people is now,” the letter read in part.
In April 2003 Oyinlọla was elected governor of Osun State as a member of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and was reelected in April 2007.
He defected to the APC in 2014 and years later, he was inaugurated as Chairman of the Governing board of the National Identity Management Commission, (NIMC) on September 21, 2017.
On January 31, 2018, however, he was part of the launch of “Coalition for Nigeria” a political movement to check the failings of the APC.
Former governors of Cross River and Osun states, Donald Duke and Olagunsoye Oyinlola, visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
During the visit, Duke and Oyinlola witnessed former President Obasanjo formally register as a member of the Coalition For Nigeria Movement, the group he called for to save Nigeria from the myriad of challenges it is facing.
The immediate past Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has sent a message of condolence to Governor Rauf Aregbesola on the death of his mother.
Oyinlola, in the message sent on Tuesday noted the exceptional bond between Aregbesola and his late mother, stating that the governor should be consoled by the fact that his mother lived well and was loved by all.
“As mortals we never want our elderly ones to go. But the Holy Books say that all souls must taste death, so we have to submit to the supreme will of the almighty from whom we came and unto whom we shall all go,” he said.
While praying for the repose of her soul, Oyinlola also beseeched God to grant the children and the grandchildren she left behind long life and God’s guidance.
“I sympathise with the Aregbesola family on this huge, unforgettable loss. God will repose her soul and protect all she left behind,” he said.
A former governor of Osun State Olagunsoye Oyinlola has reaffirmed his loyalty to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The former governor, who called for unity among the party faithful, urged them to disregard insinuations that he was leaving the APC.
A statement issued by a former Secretary to the Osun State Government, Kazeem Adio, says rumours about some leaders leaving the party for whatever reasons are being circulated by some faceless elements in the polity who should be ignored.
“Prince Oyinlola is a major stakeholder in the party (APC); remember he was the secretary of the New PDP, a key component of the APC at the formative stage, he is also a member of the party’s Board of Trustees. He not only remains in the party but has also been silently working very hard to ensure its growth, stability and unity in the face of recent challenges,” the statement read.
“As a leader in Osun State who is at home with all segments of the society, Prince Oyinlola’s major concern at the moment is how to strengthen the party, make it get closer to the people and continue to make their welfare a priority. The people of Osun State can get their interest better served by remaining with the APC.”
Oyinlola further urged citizens across the country to join hands in seeking divine favour for the governments at all levels.
Winning the war against Boko Haram and clearing the northeast of terrorists’ activities is top on the priority list of the Nigerian Army.
This is the position of former Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola. He says the Army has been able to recover almost all the villages captured by the insurgents.
The former governor also canvassed understanding between farmers and the herdsmen which will bring to an end incessant quarrels between the two parties.
“There was a time when they (terrorists) were in charge of a sizeable amount of lands where they declared their own caliphate. Today you cannot say that any of such is happening.
“To that extent whereby they can no longer hoist their flag to say this is our caliphate, I believe they have been reduced to stragglers now and I want to believe that the military will be up in arms to deal with the stragglers.
“They wouldn’t want to give up so easily because the activities are based on the level of indoctrination that they give to their members and while the military is carrying out its own aspect of the operation, the government should try to get educate and disabuse the minds of those who are already indoctrinated.
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) is calling for the reversal of the recent renaming of all state-owned tertiary institutions in Osun State by the State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola.
Aregbesola had renamed the two colleges of education, two polytechnics and one university belonging to the state after some notable persons in the state.
Addressing newsmen in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, the spokesperson for NANS, Awowole Samuel, alleged that although Government has the powers to make such decision, doing so without consultation with relevant stakeholders in the state was undemocratic.
The student body also called on the state legislative arm to rise up in defence of the students, and urge the executive arm to pay more attention to the present challenges of under staffing and lack of basic amenities confronting the tertiary institutions.
However when contacted, the leader of the Osun State House of Assembly, Timothy Owoeye, affirmed that the House was duly carried along on the issue of renaming the various tertiary institutions.
He said that the renaming of the institutions should not be a problem to the students rather the academic excellence should be top priority for the students.
With the announcement, the Osun State Polytechnic Iree is now to be called Samuel Afolabi Polytechnic, the College of Education in Ila is now Adeyemi Adeduntan College, while the College of Education, Ilesha will now be known as Lanre Omole College.
The Osun State University will now be called Bola Ige University with the colleges at Okuku town named after Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
The Ejigbo campus is named Isiaka Adeleke Campus, the Ikire campus now Eniola Atanda Campus while the Ifetedo and Ipetu campuses of the state university will now be known as Kayode Esho and Hezekiah Oluwasanmi campuses.
Former Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has warned the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) not to allow the opposition exploit the loophole that his being shut out of office presents as any document signed by anyone presently acting as National Secretary of the party remains invalid.
Oyinlola, who was addressing PDP loyalists during the rally of Osun Central Senatorial District of the party, held in Okuku, Osun State, said that until a superior court says otherwise, the verdict of the Court of Appeal that declared him the validly elected National Secretary of the party still stands.
The purpose of the rally was for the leadership of the party to educate the people on voter register as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC prepares for distribution of cards to the electorates and to also mobilise them on the need to work hard to ensure success at the Governorship Polls.
Debunking insinuations that he had left the PDP, owing to the disciplinary action meted out on him by the leadership of the party, Oyinlola said, “Only the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) has the right to discipline a NEC member that I am. I have studied the constitution of our party and as a lawyer I know that the state chapter of the party or any other organ within the party lacks the prerogative to discipline me.”
He then gave an assurance that the situation would not deter his involvement in the home politics to ensure victory for the PDP, adding that he maintains a cordial relationship with President Goodluck Jonathan.
The former governor, who addressed the crowd in the native tongue, also expressed confidence in the ability of the new PDP Chairman, Adamu Muazu, to steer the party out of crisis and reposition it for a good outing in 2015.
Leaders of the People’s Democratic Party in Osun Central Senatorial District, as well as the State PDP Chairman, Ganiyu Olaoluwa, were present at the rally.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC will carry out the distribution of the cards to the electorates from March 7 to 9.
The Publicity Secretary of the Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin has referred to the union between members of the new PDP and the APC as proof that politics of ideology is dead in Nigeria.
Odumakin made this assertion on Thursday morning when he was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, ‘Sunrise Daily’, to discuss the issues rising from the G7 Governors’ move.
With reference to the governorship tussle between Former Osun State Governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and the APC Chairman, Bisi Akande in Osun state in 2003, he highlighted the contrast between the past political battles between the politicians and their new found friendship.
“Oyinlola was the man Obasanjo allegedly used to rig Akande out of office in Osun State. By 2007, Chief Akande’s party through its governorship candidate, Rauf Aregbesola took Oyinlola to the tribunal… Oyinlola went to say that the ACN induced Justice Salami… and it produced all kinds of illicit calls between the two parties but now we see them embracing and holding microphone for each other.
“It only shows one thing, that we have seen the end of politics of ideology in this country, and that everybody is now about grabbing power, and that the end justifies the means is the politics we are practising now.”
Mr Odumakin went down memory lane, recounting how Nigeria lost the ideological politics it once practised, “up until the 2nd Republic, we had parties that were clearly defined in terms of ideology. It would have been an anathema in the 2nd Republic, to see Awolowo holding a rally to receive MPM members into UPN, it would not have happened.”
“It was under Ibrahim Babangida that you found all kinds of characters released into our politics. Illicit funds, people who could not account for their wealth, people whose sources of livelihood were questionable.”
He asked that the politicians should stop all deception since they have shown that they are the same. The seamless way they have continued to unite and breakup shows that their activities are not about the people but about themselves.
He asked, “Are you saying that these fellows who are more or less founding members of the PDP, just because they crossed over to APC now they have gone progressive? It means that words have lost their meanings in our clime.”
He continued, “Those people who are leaving PDP, what’s the basis of their disagreement? Have they told you anything that they disagree with that has to do with the welfare of the people? or the way the PDP was being run, other than the fact that somebody signed an agreement with us that ‘it is the turn of the North to produce president’?”
Odumakin, who claimed to have lost faith in the current politics in Nigeria, stated that the politics Nigeria has played since 1999 has reached its end, suggesting that the time has come to sit down and discuss Nigeria for Nigerians to take back their country.
“After we restructure this country, I think we can go back to politics and that will be politics that has content, principle and defining line that empowers the people; not the trading that is going on now being called politics.”
He added that the year 2014 provides the opportunity for Nigeria to do this ahead of the 2015 general elections. “If we don’t have 2014, we cannot have 2015.”
“If we are able to hold a proper National Conference and we are able to do all that is needful, about bringing out a proper country, then the various constituent units of the country can now go back to the real politics of values, that empowers the people; politics about issues and not about just grabbing power.”
He concluded, “People are just deceiving themselves talking about 2015, given what’s on the ground today, there cannot be 2015 and if there is any 2015, it will lead to a major catastrophe. Anambra has shown you what to expect in 2015”.
The National Disciplinary Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party is recommending the expulsion of Abubakar Baraje, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Sam Sam Jaja from the party.
After a meeting of the committee in Abuja, the deputy chairman of the committee, Ebenezer Babatope, said that the committee had examined all the charges against the former national leaders of the party and were passing their recommendations to the national working committee of the party.
The committee said they found the trio guilty of the charges brought against them and have recommended their immediate expulsion from the party.
“We also recommended that the suspension of the north-west vice chairman, Ibrahim Kazaure, be extended by one month,” the chairman of the disciplinary committee headed by Umaru Dikko said.
The suspended National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has denied moving to the APC.
In a statement released by his Principal Secretary, Femi Adelegan, on Wednesday, Oyinlola said “it was imperative that he makes sure his political position is clear, although he was present at the meeting where some other members of the nPDP officially joined the APC.”
The statement disclosed that “Oyinlola remains the National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party and will continue to lay claim his legal and valid status.”
Although he was suspended from the party for his supposed ‘anti-party’ activities, Oyinlola insisted that his “suspension does not invalidate his substantive role as the party’s scribe.”
The former Osun State governor stated that he was committed to the PDP leadership through dedicated and selfless service, as well as rising to challenges and the responsibilities of any office he is privileged to occupy legitimately; as these virtues have become his second nature.
The statement added that Oyinlola, who was elected at the PDP national convention of March 24, 2012, and confirmed by the report of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on the exercise, as well as the Court of Appeal, through its judgement on November 6, 2013, will at all times strive to uphold truth, absolute honesty and unimpeachable respect for the Rule of Law and constitutionalism.
Mr Oyinlola however says he is thankful and deeply encouraged by the demonstration of solidarity by well-meaning Nigerians, locally and abroad; who have continued to call to commend him for his indomitable spirit, endurance, courage and the dutiful manner with which he has continued to respond to the political problems of the PDP.
Meanwhile, former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has said it is too early to assess the political situation that has arisen with the alliance between some governors of the nPDP and the All Progressive Congress, APC.
Reacting to news of the alliance, he said: “I believes it is a good move if the governors believe they will perform better in the new party and that it is a good development for Nigeria’s democratic growth.”
However, he was not clear as to whether he had also moved to the APC or not.
The 4 suspended members of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP have been asked to abide by the party’s constitution as regards their suspension from the party.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh explained that the leadership has a right to suspend any member found culpable of disobeying the party’s constitution.
It will be recalled that the party’s National Working Committee had announced the suspension of Alhaji Abubakar Baraje, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Ambassador Ibrahim Kazaure from the party.
Chief Metuh urged the suspended members to obey the party’s directive.
The suspended National Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, Olagunsoye Oyinlola today (Tuesday) reacted to his suspension by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Addressing journalists in Abuja, Oyinlola insisted that he remains the national secretary of the party except a law court rules otherwise.
He further explained that the NWC erred by suspending him, citing the fact that they contravened Section 57(7) of the party’s constitution.
According to him, the section states “notwithstanding any other provision relating to discipline, no executive committee at any level, except the National Executive Committee shall entertain any question of discipline as may relate or concern a member of the National Executive Committee, deputy governors or members of the national assembly…”
He further said: “I am happy to stress that by the combined effects of the judgement of the Court of Appeal and the provisions of the constitution of our party (particularly section 57), I, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola remain the National Secretary of the PDP – except and until the Supreme Court says otherwise, any other contraption from Tukur’s NWC is illegal, null and void”.
He warned that “the ruling party risk losing its powerful status if the present crisis is not resolved on time.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had suspended the quartet of Abubakar Baraje, Sam Sam Jaja, Ibrahim Kazaure and Olagunsoye Oyinlola for allegedly engaging in anti-party activities.
The suspended members were subsequently asked to report to the party’s disciplinary committee.
They are reported to be the main pillars behind the G-7 governors in the New PDP.