Name those behind South-West PDP crises, Makinde tells panel

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has urged the Special Reconciliation Committee of the South-West Peoples Democratic Party to apportion blames to whoever contributed to divisions in the states including himself, if they found him to have done anything wrong.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Taiwo Adisa, quoted Makinde to have said this on Friday while receiving the Eyitayo Jegede-led Committee at the Governor’s Office, Ibadan.

The governor, however, said he was not sure if the reconciliation of the warring factions in Osun State whose governorship poll was just two months away was not too late.

He, however, urged the committee to do their best to remedy the situation and to move very fast to resolve the crisis within Lagos State PDP as well.

Makinde added that the Eyitayo Jegede-led committee needed to do its best to reconcile all aspirants in the just concluded state congress and governorship primary election in the two states.

He equally promised to give the committee all the needed support to have a hitch-free assignment.

“For Osun, I don’t know if it is not really too late but you have to move very fast to see what you can do. We have an election coming up in eight weeks, and if we don’t get the people together, it will just be a case of a house divided against itself, which won’t be able to stand.

“For Lagos, I personally spent a lot of time with them but at the end of the day, I believe the outcome of their state congress, rather than pull the party together, actually exacerbated the division within the party.

They still have quite a bit of time because elections in Lagos won’t hold in another 10 months. So, I will say that we still have the opportunity to pull all of those people involved together.

“One thing I will also advise is, don’t be afraid to speak truth to power. The NWC put this committee together and if you think they have done more harm to the unity of the party in some of these states, don’t be afraid to let them know so that they can make the necessary amendments. And if, on the other hand, you feel any other person (including me) has influenced things out there without having the correct situation of things on the ground, let us know.

“If we are not able to gain the confidence of Nigerians so much that we cannot put our house in order, you will see apathy in the forthcoming elections. They will just basically stay at home. So, we have quite a lot to do to demonstrate to Nigerians that we are able to unite and bridge the trust gap between the ordinary people and our party. So, we look forward to more governors being produced by the PDP from the South-West zone.”

Jegede had earlier assured the governor that the committee would do everything to ensure success in the assignment given to it.

“We believe that the people are waiting for the PDP government not only at the federal level but also in our respective states and part of our efforts is to make this dream come to fruition.

“We, on our own part, are going for the assignment with a very clean heart. We are going to work assiduously to ensure that our people work together; the need for unity and harmony within the party. If there is no unity, there will be problems and that is why we are taking these pre-emptive steps to ensure there is no division within the family of the PDP,” he added.

OFFICIAL: Chelsea Football Club has officially been sold

It is Official, Chelsea now have new owners. The club has been on the market for couple of months following UK sanctions on the club. This came as a result of Roman Abramovich relations with his President, Putin.

The new owners of Chelsea are led by Todd Boehly, Clearlake Capital, Mark Walter and Hansjoerg Wyss. The deal was made official on early Saturday morning after the group won the bidding war. Out of the money paid, £2.5b will be put in a frozen UK account with the intention to donate them to Charity as wanted by Abramovich.

Abramovich marked a great era of change in Chelsea. With 8 managers in the space of 19 years, he won 5 premier leagues, 2 champions leagues, 2 Europa Leagues, Club World Cup, Super Cup and other domestic cups.

The sale is expected to be completed before the end of the month after all necessary approvals have been made.

UEFA reacts after Mourinho becomes 1st manager in history to set new record in European competitions

The European football governing body UEFA has reacted after Jose Mourinho set a new record in European competitions, after his team’s remarkable 1-0 victory over Leicester City in the UEFA Europa Conference League on Thursday night.

The former FC Porto of Portugal head coach was appointed as AS Roma’s manager in the beginning of the 2021/2022 season, few weeks after being sacked by Tottenham Hotspur football club, and he has been doing a great job since then.

UEFA Europa Conference League was just introduced this season, and the Italian serie A giants have been one of the best teams in the competition, as they’ve won many games.

An early goal from Tammy Abraham was enough to give the home team a deserved victory in the entertaining encounter.

With AS Roma football club’s victory over Leicester City football club, it means Jose Mourinho has become the first manager to reach UEFA competition final with four different clubs.

Reacting to Jose Mourinho’s new record, UEFA posted on their verified Twitter handle that;

“Jose Mourinho is the first manager to reach the final of a major European competition with four different clubs.

FC Porto of Portugal (UEFA Cup and Champions League)

Inter Milan football club of Italy (UEFA Champions League)

Manchester United football club of England (Europa League)

AS Roma football club of Italy (UEFA Europa Conference League).”

The Portuguese will now be looking forward to winning his first trophy with AS Roma football club when they play Feyenoord football club in the final in few weeks time.

Councillors Move To Remove Oluyole LG Boss Over Alleged Maladministration

The legislative symbol of authority, mace and legislative robe, of the leader of the lawmaking arm of Oluyole Local Local Government Area of Oyo State, have been seized by aggrieved councillors in the council.
Daily Sun was reliably informed that the action was taken by the councillors to register their displeasure over an alleged maladministration of the chairman of the council, Olaide Popoola, fondly called ‘Settle’.
The mace, which was said to have been seized on Wednesday has not been returned as at the close of work on Thursday.
Efforts to get reactions from the embattled chairman, Popoola, through telephone, proved abortive. All the calls made to Popoola were not picked and he did not respond to a text message sent to him as well on the matter.
The need to balance the report prompted some journalists to visit the headquarters of the council at Idi-Ayunre, Ibadan. When reporters got to there, it was gathered that Popoola was not around, and they sought to speak to the Head of Local Government Administration (HLA), Alhaja Hafsat Abass.
On getting to her secretary’s office, where there were up to five persons, the journalists introduced themselves and sought an audience with the HLA. One of the females in the secretary’s office stood up and went to the inner office to inform the HLA. When she returned, her face was not bright again, and she simply said: “She is busy. She is at a meeting.”
One of the aggrieved councillors told journalists: “The council chairman has been letting us down since our resumption in office since last year. We are tired of it and it’s like we don’t know our political functions as legislators.We then went for the mace at the council in order to perform our duty. Eight honourable members went together.”
As gathered, the aggrieved councillors might be considering the option of removing the embattled chairman through a legislative process.

Source: Oyoinsight.com

Osun APC To Inaugurate Campaign Council Today

In a press statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters Oluomo Sunday Akere, the event will hold at the APC State Secretariat, Ogo Oluwa, Osogbo by 3pm today.

Expected to perform the swearing in/inauguration is the Governor Alh. Gboyega Oyetola and the State Chairman Prince Gboyega Famodun. The list to be unveiled will include the Central Campaign Council, Federal Constituency Campaign Teams and Directorates that will drive the Campaign and preparation for the election in the Three Hundred and Eighty Nine (389) Wards of the State.

Expected at the event as a matter of compulsion are members of the Party Elders Council, State Executive members of the party, Cabinet members, Local Government Party Chairmen and their Secretaries, members of the National Assembly, Honourable members of the State House of Assembly, Local Government Council Chairmen, Councillors and Pressmen.

With the swearing in /inauguration concluded today, the Flag Off of the Campaign will be done next week and it will kickstart campaigns at the Federal Constituency, Local Government, Wards and Voting Units level.

Source: citymirrornews.com

APC hawks pressure INEC to shift deadline for primaries

There are strong indications that a section of the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is mounting pressure on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to extend the deadline for presidential primaries.

No fewer than four politicians – Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Dr Kayode Fayemi, Senator Godswill Akpabio, and Jigawa State Governor, Muhammed Badaru Abubakar, joined the presidential race, yesterday. More aspirants are expected to join before the primaries.

According to sources, the move to extend the deadline may not be unconnected with President Muhammadu Buhari, who is said not to have made up his mind on which aspirant to support.

The source said: “We were in a meeting and we were told that the APC seeks an extension of the deadline for the presidential primaries.

“You know that the deadline for the APC primaries is no longer feasible and the argument of the party is that they may not meet up with the deadline, hence the call for an extension.

Also, the APC wants to draft some aspirants like the Senate President into the presidential primaries because President Buhari is yet to make up his mind on who he wants to succeed him.

“There are feelers that the President is yet to make up his mind and pressure is being mounted on him to throw his weight behind a particular aspirant.

“Also, time is running out against the APC and one of the options, which they feel is possible, is to get INEC to extend the deadline for presidential primaries.

“As you know, the APC cannot do it alone and that is why they (APC) want to lobby the PDP into the scheme.

“The APC wants to lobby the PDP with the excuse that they (PDP) have logistics challenges which will give room for the extension of the deadline.”

But the PDP Chairman is said to have turned down the overtures.

It’s not going to happen — INEC

Contacted, Chief Press Secretary to the INEC chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, said the commission would not be pressured to extend the deadline.

Oyekanmi said: “When INEC releases its timetable and schedule of activities for any election, it becomes a legal document. In other words, INEC cannot change any of those dates without valid reasons and those valid reasons are contained in the Electoral Act.

“For instance, when a date is fixed for an election, INEC cannot postpone that election unless there is an emergency due to natural disaster or likelihood that there will be violence which has to be verifiable. It is not enough to say we are postponing elections in Lagos State because there is violence. You have to explain to us why you say there is going to be violence and it has to be verifiable.

“So, it is not a matter for any political party or any politician to put pressure on INEC to change a date, it is not possible. It is not going to happen.”

APC extends deadline for sale of forms, holds congresses next week

Meanwhile, in a bid to allow more aspirants and equally raise funds for the party, the APC has extended the deadline for the sale of its nomination and expression of interest forms.

The development came amid speculations that some party strategists are seeking ways of getting INEC to alter its timetable and shift the June 3 deadline for political parties to conduct their primary elections.

Source: Vanguardngr

Makinde Hosts Muslim Faithful To Iftar, Promises To Correct Anomalies In TESCOM

Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, has declared that his administration will continue to sustain the religious, ethnic harmony being enjoyed in the nooks and crannies of the state.

The governor, who stated this while hosting Muslim faithful to Iftar at the Presidential Lodge of Oyo State Goverment House, Agodi, Ibadan, said that the state will not allow anyone creat religious disharmony between Muslims and Christians in the state.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as calling for citizens participation in government business adding that if anyone observes mistakes of his government, he or she should call his attention to such mistake and it will be promptly looked into and corrected.

Governor Makinde also pledged to the address contending issues raised by the Muslim Community about the management of Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM),
adding that he is satisfied with the work of both the Commissioner and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education .

He said:”I am very happy tonight to host you all to this iftar and pray that we shall celebrate more on earth. Even, we will celebrate that of next year in this same place by the grace of God.

“In Oyo State, the spirit between Christians and Muslims shows that no one can succeed in creating religious disharmony in our midst. I will say it once again that despite being the governor, I am not the richest, wealthiest or all-knowing. It was only the will of God that came to pass, which brought me here.

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“So, what this means is if you observe the government is making a mistake, point it out genuinely to us and we will look at it together. There are some people who are hell bent in spreading fake news to cause disaffection in the public. I can assure everyone that we will not shy away from correcting any mistake we are making. If whatever decision we take is wrong, we will correct it. So, I beg you to always call our attention to whatever mistake you think we are making.

“I have also noted what you said you observed about TESCOM. Most times, I try to balance things out but in certain instances, I try to look at what some people have to offer our government. The Commissioner for Education and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry are both Muslims. They are doing what is expected of them and I am happy with them.

“I was reviewing some of the things we have done and I have seen instances where a Muslim was pushing for balancing in a particular area. So, since the issue of TESCOM is a concern to the Muslim community, we will address it. There is religious and ethnic harmony in Oyo State despite the confusion some elements are tying to create for us.

“When the clash at Sasa happened, it would have snowballed into a serious crisis that would have even consumed Nigeria if God had not taken control. So, I want us to be circumspect. If anything bad wants to happen to Nigeria, it will begin from South West, particularly Ibadan.

“Let me remind us that ‘Operation Wetie’ started here and gradually snowballed into civil war and we are still battling the challenge till today because it was the civil war that led to the overcentralisation of power at the federal level.

“Also, the restructuring we have been clamoring for can be traced back to all these past events. So, when some people think they can create confusion and cause disharmony so that they can take over power by force,
sometimes, generation yet unborn can later suffer from the outcome of such act.

“So, I really thank you all our fathers and mothers here for your cooperation.”

Earlier, in their separate goodwill messages, representatives of the Imam and Alafas,from Ibarapa,Okeogun,
Ogbomoso,Oyo and Ibadan, commended governor makinde for being fair and just to all religions.
The programme had in attendance, Imams and Alfas, political office holders,Clerics and host of others.

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