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Arms procurement heist: BMO mocks Ayu over returned N405m loot

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The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has derided the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyorchia Ayu for quietly returning public funds he received from the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO said the act confirmed its position in November last year that Ayu was a major beneficiary of the PDP-era massive looting of the national treasury.

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“Our attention has just been drawn to the surreptitious return of stolen funds amounting to N405million by no other than the leader of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Iyorchia Ayu.

“The funds were said to have been returned a few months ago after authorities seized a mansion belonging to the former Senate President, but as soon as he paid up, the property was said to have been returned to him.

“This information that has just seeped into the public space confirms our position in a statement issued in November last year and titled ‘Ayu, not different from previous corruption-tainted PDP leaders-BMO’, in which we recalled that the PDP Chairman received N350m from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) account of the ONSA, ostensibly for security consultancy.

“But fresh facts gleaned from the Presidential Committee on recovery showed that the PDP chairman actually received N405m without offering any service to the country or government at a time that insurgents were threatening to overrun the country,” the group said.

It added: “If President Muhammadu Buhari had not been elected President in 2015, no one would have known and the former Minister would have practically escaped with his loot unpunished.

“This is the PDP legacy so it is not a surprise that a man caught with stolen funds is today at the helm of affairs of that party.”

BMO added that Ayu’s antecedent as a beneficiary of looted public funds is enough qualification for him to lead the PDP.

“We maintain that the main opposition party is currently headed by an individual who crookedly benefited from funds meant for arms procurement.

“In saner climes, he would have been removed from office, but knowing the gathering that PDP is, Ayu earned his stripes because only a politician that is adept at illegally feeding on public funds could lead such a group with the notoriety the former ruling party has.

“So it beggars belief to hear the PDP chairman and his colleagues pontificating about security challenges that they laid the foundation for in the manner they looted funds meant to boost the operational readiness of our security personnel.

“We make bold to say that this is what the former ruling party stood for and which its members have missed in the last seven years that President Muhammadu Buhari had been in the saddle,” it said.

BMO urged Nigerians to be wary when people like Ayu speak on security challenges in some parts of the country, knowing that he is one of those whose activities denied the military of necessary infrastructure support against terrorists and criminal elements.

 

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OSUN: Royal Families Back Gov. Adeleke on Suspension of Owa of Igbajo

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The Igbajo royal families under the aegis of Onigemo descendants in Boluwaduro Local Government Area of Osun have expressed support to Gov. Ademola Adeleke’s reversal of the enthronement of Prince Gboyega Famodun, as the Owa of Igbajo.

This is contained in a statement jointly signed by the Onigemo of Igbajo, Chief Gbadebo Bamigboye and other royal princes; Prince Jonathan Bamigboye, Prince Adebayo Makinde, and Prince Tunde Dada, on Thursday in Osogbo.

The Governor had on Monday signed an Executive Order suspending the enthronement of the Aree of Iree, the Akirun of Ikirun and the Owa of Igbajo.

The suspension would hold pending the review of their appointments, the governor declared.

Adeleke also directed security operatives to take over the palaces of the three traditional rulers immediately.

The royal families said the governor’s decision would bring sanity to Igbajo community, adding that happenings in  Igbajo-Iloro in the last few days and particularly since the inauguration of Adeleke, had really humbled them.

They said the appointment of Famodun by the immediate past governor, Gboyega Oyetola, did not follow due process and that Adeleke’s decision to review the appointment was “a welcome development.”

They said the Onigemo descendant had on Nov. 9 done a newspaper advert on why the family should be considered for the throne and a protest letter written to the former governor for a level playing ground was ignored.

The royal families also said that the purported press statement by the Owa-in-Council, suggesting that there was peace and joy in the town after the installation Famodun,  as Owa of Igbajo was “a fallacy that only exists in the mind of an oppressor.”

They said the purported press statement could not have been from the highly revered institution of Owa-in-Council, adding that “it could have only come from the media arm of a political party that recently exited power in Osun State.”

They said that the press statement was “lacking in tact, diplomacy, empathy and sensitivity that is found in the ancients”.

The royal families noted that from Nov. 16 to Nov. 24, when Famodun was installed as Owa of Igbajo, “the Igbajo town was militarised with the presence of heavily armed policemen to mull any dissenting voice.”

They said the peace in the town during and after Famodun’s installation was due to the appeal for calm by the President of Igbajo Development Association (IDA), Mr. Sola Fanawopo, on a radio programme.

“To all those who are still hoping to forcefully install Prince Famodun, as Owa of Igbajo because he is perceived to be close to the seat of power without giving a level playing ground to all contestants, the events of yesterday should educate them that power belongs to God.

“Yes, some of the contestants may not be walking or connected to the corridors of power like Prince Famodun.

“They may also not have a voice in the corridors of power like him, but they certainly have a redeemer, and according to Jeremiah 50:34 ” their Redeemer is strong and the Lord of Host is his name and he will thoroughly plead their cause that he might give rest to the land.

“All those who are still playing God in this matter of Owaship tussle should take cue and learn from the events of these few days,” the royal families said.

They urged the Owa-in-Council to note that a golden opportunity has beckoned on Igbajo from the land of relegation.

“Please, be true to your conscience and your God, give Igbajo an Oba that is not partisan, to enable our sons and daughters in PDP to bring home the dividend of their party.

“It is so sad that some of Igbajo citizens could actually be scheming to turn the whole community against the new government by having a partisan king,” they noted.

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New Dawn: Gov. Adeleke Appoints Chief of Staff, SSG, CPS

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New Dawn: Gov. Adeleke Appoints Chief of Staff, SSG, CPS

…Directs LGAs Heads to take over from sacked Council Chairmen 

Gov. Ademola Adeleke of Osun announced three appointments a few hours after he was sworn in.

Adeleke, in a statement on Sunday in Osogbo, appointed a former chairman of Osogbo Local Government Council, Mr. Kassim Akinleye, as the Chief of Staff.

He also approved the appointment of Mr. Teslim Igbalaye as Secretary to the State Government while Mr Olawale Rasheed is Chief Press Secretary.

All appointments take immediate effect.

 Adeleke was sworn in as the sixth executive Governor of Osun on Sunday.

The Chief Judge of the state, Justice Adepele Ojo, administered the oath.

In the meantime, Gov. Ademola Adeleke of Osun has directed career heads of Local Government Areas (LGAs) and Area Councils Development Areas (ACDAs) in the state to take control and charge of their councils from the sacked council chairmen and councilors.

The directive is contained in a statement issued by Adeleke’s Spokesperson, Malam Olawale Rasheed.

Adeleke says the directive is with immediate effect.

“Gov. Adeleke also directed the most senior career heads across all the local government areas, to take charge of their councils.

“This is in compliance with the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo that sacked the council d Local Government Chairmen and Councilors,” the government said.

It would be recalled that Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, on Friday, declared the local government election conducted by the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission, OSIEC, as null and void.

Justice Ayo-Emmanuel delivered the judgment based on a PDP suit, asking the court to stop the Osun Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) from conducting the Osun Oct. 15 Local Government election.

The judge, in his judgment, stated that the Local Government election that was subsequently held by OSIEC was held in contravention of Sections 29 and 32 of the Electoral Act, 2022.

Reacting to the ruling, the Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) in Osun, Mr Abiodun Idowu, called on its members to remain calm and peaceful.

Idowu said the leadership of their party- the All Progressives Congress (APC) and all the chairmen across the 69 LGAs, ACDAs had filed a ‘Notice of Appeal and Stay of Execution’ against the ruling.

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OSUN: Court nullifies OSIEC conducted LG election before Adeleke takes over 

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 A Federal High Court in Osun, on Friday, nullified the State Local Governments Election conducted by Osun Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC), even before the outgoing Governor Oyetola hands over to incoming Governor Adeleke.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Ayo-Nathaniel Emmanuel, held that the election conducted by OSIEC on Oct. 15, was illegal, null and void, having not been conducted in consonance with the Electoral Act of 2022.

Emmanuel ordered the Local Government Chairmen and Councillors across the state to vacate all Local Government Secretariats and Offices with immediate Effect.

He said the notice given by OSIEC for the election was not in compliance with Section 28 of the OSIEC  Act 2022. 

”Section 24 of the OSIEC laws gives 360 days notice and also section 25 and section 26 of the OSIEC laws are also insistence with the electoral act in term of submission and publication of names.

The PDP had approached the court praying that the Court stop OSIEC from going ahead with the election.

Other respondents in the matter include the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), All ProgressIve Congress (APC), and its former party Chairman, Oba Adeboyega Famoodun, the Owa of Igbajo. 

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