Osun Election: How We Secured A Deal With SDP, Omisore – Oshiomhole

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has explained how the party reached an agreement with the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and candidate of the party in the Osun State governorship election, Senator Iyiola Omisore.

Oshiomhole who disclosed this on Friday in Abuja added that the relationship established with the SDP is for the wellbeing of the people of Osun State.

“We were able to strike a deal that has to do with the specific issues that will affect the welfare and the well-being of the people of Osun State.

“Whereas Saraki failed to secure a deal with the SDP, we secured a deal with the SDP and now the APC, working with the SDP had a huge influence in those areas which election was cancelled and combining our efforts, it was not strange that at the end, we won and PDP lost,” he said.

He said further that perhaps, the PDP forgot that Omisore had served as a deputy governor to Chief Bisi Akande, the pioneer interim national chairman of the APC.

Oshiomhole said the working relationship between Omisore’s SDP and the APC in support of APC’s Gboyega Oyetola, therefore proved decisive and that he didn’t give money to anybody during the negotiation.

“I said we had a negotiation and had a deal that has to do with the governance of Osun State. I didn’t go with money and I don’t have money to give to anybody. He didn’t ask and there was no basis for him to ask.

“We agreed that he would have an opportunity for him to contest for a seat on the APC platform. Not just for Senate or House of Representatives, but also for House of Assembly. That is why I said we spoke about the immediate, which is the Osun election and going forward.”

He, however, took a swipe at the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who he said have failed to accept defeat.

“For democracy to flourish, only people who can accept the pain of defeat should participate in an election because there must be a winner and there must be a loser.

“But for PDP to take the position that election is only free and fair if they win and it is not free and fair if they lost.

“When they won election last month in Cross River State, we didn’t hear any voice. They also won another election in Taraba, we didn’t hear any voice, they were happy with the outcome, INEC was perfect.

“But whenever they lose an election, then INEC is colluding.”

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

 

The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun state on Thursday took a surprising turn as some aggrieved members of the party burnt the party’s flag at the secretariat. 

The action of the factional members is a fallout to the recent election and state Congresses held by the Adagunodo faction at the directive of the National Working Committee of the party.

Director-General of the Omisore Faction, Bade Falade claimed that the election which saw the emergence of Mr Soji Adagunodo as the state chairman was conducted illegally as there was a court injunction restraining the conduct of the congresses.

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Due to this, the faction which is allegedly loyal to Senator Iyiola Omisore decided to express their grievance by burning the party’s flag and destroying the banner.

Pic 1: The burnt Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flag. Pic 2: Members at the PDP secretariat.

 

Falade told Channels Television that the aggrieved members decided to burn the PDP flag at the Ogooluwa secretariat to show their grouse towards the National working committee.

In his reaction, Osun State Chairman of the PDP, Soji Adagunodo, expressed surprise at the conduct of the party members in spite of several efforts being made by leaders of the party at the National and state levels to reconcile them.

He urged the members and supporters of the PDP in Osun state to remain calm and focused on the ultimate target of winning the next governorship election in the state.

Southwest PDP Leaders Pass Vote Of Confidence On Makarfi

PDP, Ahmed Makarfi
Senator Ahmed Makarfi

Southwest leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have passed a vote of confidence on the Senator Ahmed Markarfi led Caretaker Committee of the party.

The leaders also promised to give all necessary support to the Committee in restoring the good virtues of the party.

The pledged was one out of the six-point communique issued at the end of the Southwest PDP meeting held on Monday in Ado Ekiti.

The leaders also reposed confidence on the leadership of the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose within the region.

In their opening remarks, Governor Fayose and the Southwest National Vice Chairman of the PDP, Eddie Olafeso, highlighted the purpose of the meeting.

At the end of the opening session, the meeting went into a closed door session after which the communique was read by the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Kolapo Olusola.

The meeting was attended by some PDP leaders in southwest Nigeria, including former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Ebenezer Babatope and all State Chairmen of the party in the region.

Mimiko Commissions Public Service Training Institute In Ondo

Olusegun Mimiko Commissions Public Service Training Institute In OndoOndo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has commissioned the Public Service Training Institute which would serve as a breeding ground for public servants in the state and beyond.

The institute is located in Ilaramokin in Ifedore Local Government Area in the central senatorial district of the southwest Nigerian state.

It was envisioned in 2011 as part of the Governor Mimiko-led administration’s commitment towards ensuring efficient and effective service in the state’s public sector.

In his address at the event, the Governor said that he admitted that the feats recorded by his administration in key sectors such as health, education and urban renewal would not have been possible but for the dedication of the public service.

He expressed hope that the institute would be able to deliver generalised and customised training for the public service in the state as well as interested organisation or individual.

The guest speaker at the occasion, who is an Afenifere Chieftain, Mr Sehinde Arogbofa, commended Governor Mimiko for the establishment of the institute.

He expressed hope that humanity would benefit from the gesture, stressing the importance of education and productivity in any venture.

The commissioning was witnessed by dignitaries such as a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Olu Falae; a former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore and a former Permanent Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Health, Mr Dere Awosika, among others.

The edifice has a number of facilities which include: an administrative block, a 300 capacity conference hall, a 100 capacity boardroom and a standard restaurant.

Others include five standard lecture theatres, 10 syndicate rooms and library facilities among others.

Osun PDP Expels National Secretary, Others

PDPA faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), being supported by Senator Iyiola Omisore, has announced the expulsion of the National Secretary of the Alli Modu Sheriff-led faction of the party, Prof. Wale Oladipo; and the Chairman of another faction of the party in Osun State, Mr. Soji Adagunodo.

The factional chairman of the party, Dr. Bayo Faforiji, made the announcement during a congress at the PDP secretariat located along Osogbo/Gbongan road on Thursday.

Also expelled, were the immediate past Chairman of the Party, Gani Olaoluwa, as well as Secretary of Adagunodo-led executive, Bola Ajao.

According to Faforiji, the expelled PDP leaders were found guilty of anti-party activities in relation to the suit filed to stop Eyitayo Jegede from becoming the governorship candidate of the PDP in Ondo State.

He said a disciplinary committee was set up to investigate various anti-party activities against them over a month ago, but none of them appeared before the committee to defend themselves.

He added that the factional Chairman, Adagunodo and his secretary, Ajao, were party to a suit instituted against the emergence of Eyitayo Jegede as PDP governorship candidate in Ondo State.

Faforiji further stated that the report of the committee, indicted Olaoluwa and Oladipo for their complicity in the matters relating to Ondo PDP governship tussle.

“I am moving the motion that the former National Secretary of the PDP, Prof Wale Oladipo, Alhaji Gani Olaoluwa, the Former State Chairman of the party, and Sola Adagunodo, the problematic person, that is giving us problems, he has shown that he’s now a member of the Ondo PDP, by being a plaintiff against our able Eyitayo Jegede, and the former PRO of the party Bola Ajao be expelled”.

Reacting to the allegations and their subsequent expulsion, the spokesperson for the Soji Adagunodo-led PDP faction in the state, described the purported expulsion as a joke, stating that they lacked the powers to take such action as the party machinery, according to him, lies with the Adagunodo faction.

To Bola Ajao, “the likes of Iyiola Omisore, Bayo Faforiji, Bunmi Jenyo, Ojo Williams and others have been engaging in anti-party activities for sometimes now.

“It is on record that they have been meeting political parties, trying to railroad some of our members into their new found political party.

“And we have duly constituted a disciplinary committee to try them, as the validly and duly constituted executive of the party in the state, we are only waiting for the imbroglio within the party to go down, that’s why no action has been taken.

“So, it’s funny and ridiculous for them to sit there and be saying that. They have no locus, no standing within the party to make such pronouncement on dignified and lawfully constituted executive of the party,” he said.

Fayose Reassures Communities Of Basic Amenities

Fayose's aide, EFCC, Abiodun AgbeleThe Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has reassured the residents of the state of his administration’s commitment to providing basic socio-amenities to all communities in the state.

Mr Fayose gave the assurance in Igbaraodo-Ekiti Community when he paid a visit to the town to have a first-hand look at the resuscitation of pipe-borne water into the community, after several years.

The Governor told reporters that his administration would stop at nothing in making life more comfortable for its citizenry.

Water has been a major challenge faced by some communities in Ekiti State and Igbaraodo-Ekiti Community is one of these communities.

For several years the community have not had access to pipe-borne water and this had been giving the people of the town and their monarch a sleepless night, until Mr Fayose-led administration revived the water project.

On his way to Igbarado-Ekiti, the Governor stopped by at the palace of Arajaka of Igbraodo-Ekiti, Oba Edward Jaiyeola, to have a chit-chat with the people of the community.

At the palace, the Governor told the traditional leader that he was in the community to assess the infrastructural needs of the people.

After the meeting with Oba Jaiyeola, the Governor in company of Senator Iyiola Omisore and top members of his government visited some of the water points to assess the level of repairs or resuscitation needed.

The people of Igbaraodo, led by the monarch, thanked the Governor for putting an end to their sufferings.

With the resuscitation of pipe-borne water in Igbaraodo-Ekiti Community, the people of the town are hopeful that other basic amenities they asked for would be attended to as promised by the Governor.

South-West Divided Over Candidate For PDP Chair

South-west-PDP-meeting Efforts of members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-west region of Nigeria to put forward a strong candidate for the chairmanship of the party appear to have hit a brick wall on Monday.

A meeting of the leaders of the party in the region held on Monday in Akure, the capital of Ondo State, ended without agreement on who becomes the candidate for the national chairmanship position of the party.

The national leadership of the party had earlier zoned the position to the south-west and at the meeting, leaders of the party were expected to agree on a consensus candidate ahead of the national convention planned to hold on August 17 in Port Harcourt, River State.

Briefing reporters after the meeting held at the Government House of Ondo State, the factional South-west Zonal Chairman of the party, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, revealed that the chairmanship was zoned to Lagos and Ogun States, while the deputy publicity secretary position went to Osun and Oyo; and the treasurer was zoned to Ekiti and Ondo States.

One of the chairmanship aspirants, Professor Taoheed Adedoja, from Oyo State, however, disagreed with the zoning arrangement insisting that all the aspirants must be allowed to test their popularity.

Another aspirant, Mr Bode George from Lagos State commended the oneness and cohesion of the party in the zone, expressing hope that all the issues in the party would be amicably resolved.

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South-west Peoples Democratic Party’s meeting held in Ondo State

Those present at the meeting include Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko and his Ekiti State Counterpart, Ayo Fayose; Mr Ebenezer Babatope.

Others are Senator Seye Ogunlewe, Senator Olusola Obada, Senator Kofo Akere Bucknor, Senator Iyiola Omisore and Rasidi Adeojo among others.

Claiming Chairmanship Position

While the plan for the convention is ongoing, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is still claiming the chairmanship position, with a court ruling in his favour.

He had approached a court to stop the party from holding the planned convention, insisting that he remained the chairman of the party.

Senator Sheriff was removed by some members of the at an earlier Convention held in May, with a caretaker committee established.

The caretaker committee has set up two committees in preparation for the planned convention.

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Senator Ali Modu Sheriff insists he is the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party

After Senator Sheriff’s removal, he insisted that a court order had stopped the convention from holding, an order he said led to his announcement of the convention’s postponement before he was removed by some members of the party.

His persistent claims to the leadership of the party and court orders in his favour have caused a divide in the leadership of the party.

On July 28, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja affirmed Senator Sheriff as the authentic national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

According to Justice Okon Abang, only actions and decisions made by the Sheriff-led leadership are lawful and binding.

He, however, said that although he had the powers to nullify the ruling of the Port Harcourt division of the Federal High Court, which recognised the Makarfi-led leadership, he would not do so because there was no application to that effect before him.

Earlier on July 27, Senator Sheriff and eight others approached the Federal High Court, Abuja for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the party from conducting the national convention slated for August 17.

The court is yet to give its verdict on the request and the Senator Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee is going ahead with plans for the proposed convention.

Osun Tribunal: Hearing On Omisore’s Election Petition Begins Monday

Iyiola OmisoreThe Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Osogbo on the August 9 governorship election in Osun state will start its hearings on the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, challenging the outcome of the election on Monday, November 10, 2014.

Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Elizabeth Ikpejime at the proceeding in Osogbo, the state capital, gave the PDP 14 days to convince the court that Aregbesola was not validly elected and equally gave the three respondents 10 days each to defend their case.

She also ruled that all witnesses will be given 20 minutes each for cross examination and that the court would not mandate any party to streamline its witnesses as only the party has the authority to do so.

The Tribunal after formulating the issues to be considered during the trial, adjourned hearings till November 5, 2014.

Counsels to PDP and its candidate, Nathaniel Oke (SAN) and counsel to Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kunle Adegoke assured journalists that they are fully ready to prove and defend their cases respectively within the 14 days given by the Tribunal.

Osun Election: Labour Party Flags Off Campaign

fatai-akinbadeAs the Governorship elections inches closer, the Labour Party has formally flagged off its campaign with the promise that the party would clinch the Governorship seat.

Despite the scorching sun, the supporters who were dressed in the same attire, waited at the Nelson Mandela Park for over two hours for the arrival of the Labour Party leadership and the party’s Governorship flag bearer, Fatai Akinbade.

At the event, the National Chairman of the Party, Barrister Dan Nwanyawu, promised the people that if the party was given the mandate, they would concentrate on Human Capital Development.

Other speakers at the event rolled out the party’s manifesto to the people, with the party candidate taking time to debunk the rumor that the Labour Party was planning to join forces with another political party.

Mr Fatai Akinbade was formerly of the People’s Democratic Party, and pulled out as a Governorship aspirant before the emergence of Senator Iyiola Omisore as the party’s candidate.