Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Wednesday insisted that Dr Iyorchia Ayu, the National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), must step down to allow Southerners in the top hierarchy of the party.
Makinde made the position of South-West leaders of the party known at the zonal stakeholders’ meeting held at the Prof. Theophilus Ogunlesi Hall, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.
According to him, PDP is talking about unifying the country, talking toward the government of national unity.
“Well, the issue is that we must practice what we preach.
If we want to unify Nigeria, we must unify PDP first.
“If we want government of national unity, the faces in PDP must reflect national unity.
“If we want to restructure Nigeria, we must have the willingness to do what is right to bring inclusivity into PDP.
“The message from the South-West PDP is that the National Working Committee of the PDP should be restructured.
“We are asking the National Chairman to step down so that the South will be fully included.
That is the message,” Makinde said.
In his remarks, Abubakar Atiku, the Presidential candidate of PDP, said he was in Ibadan to interact with all the party stakeholders on the preparations toward 2023 elections.
Atiku urged the South-West leaders of the party to remain focus and work toward the party’s victory in the coming elections.
On the issue of the national chairmanship, Atiku said: “Overtime, PDP has developed its Constitution as regards party’s electoral processes, zoning of offices, power sharing, among others, which will bring about unity of the party and the country.
“Therefore, the request of Gov. Makinde is achievable under our party’s Constitution, rules, regulations and procedures.
“So, the party’s Constitution must guide us on whatever changes we make.
” Earlier, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, the Vice Presidential candidate of PDP, urged members of the party in South-West to be more united and work toward the success of the party in the 2023 general elections.
Okowa, also the Governor of Delta, said that PDP was well prepared to take over power from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to him, the country is facing various challenges under the APC-led government.
He described the PDP presidential candidate as “an experienced and quality leader who is capable of leading the country well”.
Okowa, also urged the people to go into the election with one love and determination to win the poll.
Among the dignitaries on Atiku’s entourage were former Governors of Niger, Babangida Aliyu; Osun, Olagunsoye Oyinlola; Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko and Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti.
My husband is tA businesswoman, Tawakalitu Sanusi, has asked a Mapo Grade A Customary Court in Ibadan to dissolve her 15 year-old marriage to estranged husband, Olaide whom she described as ‘’too lazy.
’’ Sanusi said she is further frustrated by her husband’s alleged ineptitude when he barred her from having access to their three children.
“My lord, Olaide stubbornly turned down all available job opportunities provided by my father due to his pride.
“After losing his white collar job, I pleaded with him times without number to learn a trade or get a lesser job, but he was only interested in an office work.
“For instance, I got him a security job at the University College Hospital (UCH), but he told me that he cannot withstand staying awake in the night.
“Also, my father got him a job as a driver, but Sanusi bluntly refused,” Sanusi said.
She said she attempted to travel to Saudi Arabia to work as a domestic so that she can provide for him and their children.
“In order to keep the home going, I travelled to Abuja and Lagos to hustle and I regularly send money to my husband and the children.
“However, he has now denied me access to the children.
He threatened to kill me if I ever go to his house to see the children again,” she alleged.
Olaide denied some of the allegations leveled against him.
“My lord, my wife constantly accuses me of bringing bad luck to her.
”When she got a visa to travel to Saudi Arabia, I supported her with N100,000. She kept me in the dark, believing that I will bring her misfortune.
“She decided on her own that she was no longer interested in the marriage when she filed this suit,” Olaide said.
He consequently prayed the court to grant him custody of the three children.
After the couple testified, the court’s President, Mrs S.
M Akintayo adjourned the matter until Sept. 30 for judgment.
Akintayo, however, advised the petitioner and the respondent to maintain peace and order.
Dr Emmanuel Akabe, Deputy Gov. of Nasarawa State, said 40 per cent of Nigeria’s total sugar needs would come from Nasarawa state by 2024.Akabe said this at the closing banquet of the Association of Hospital and Administration Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN) Annual National Scientific Conference in Lafia.
According to him, the 40 per cent sugar needs of the country will be produced by Dangote Sugar Refinery in Awe Local Government Area (LGA) and Flour Mills of Nigeria in Toto LGA.
He explained that once the companies started production in 2023 and started producing maximally in 2024, they would be producing 40 per cent of Nigeria’s sugar needs conveniently.
“I can tell you that by 2024, 40 per cent of the total sugar needs of Nigeria will be coming from Nasarawa state because the Dangote Sugar farm on 60, 000 hectares of land will start production by 2023.He said that would take care of the 30 per cent of the total sugar needs of Nigeria.
“For the Flour Mills of Nigeria in Toto area, they will also produce 10 per cent of the total sugar needs.
“So 10 per cent plus 30 per cent gives us 40 per cent from Nasarawa State alone,” he said.
Akabe applauded the association for holding its annual conference in Nasarawa state.
He assured them that the state was hospitable, peaceful and yearning for investments from investors from all sectors of the economy, including the health sector.
“Nasarawa state is one of the most peaceful states in the country.
Thank God for the traditional institution and others who have worked day and night to ensure we have peace and stability in our state.
“And so, we are a state in a hurry and yearning for industrialisation.
Please come and invest in Nasarawa State.
He said the state had many incentives to offer since it needed the investments as the only way to grow and compete.
Earlier, Mr Olabode Ogunjemiyo, National Chairman, AHAPN, appreciated the government for providing a conducive environment for investment and bodies like AHAPN to be able to hold its annual conference in the state.
He said inin spite of initial concerns about security, the weeklong conference took place peacefully with many invited dignataries and about 1,000 pharmacists from across the country in attendance.
Mr Luka Augustine, Chairman of AHAPN in Nasarawa state, later told newsmen that the chapter was grateful to its national body for having faith and giving the chapter the opportunity to host the conference in spite of insecurity concerns.
He said one of the highlights of the weeklong conference was the launching of the state chapter’s Health Systems Pharmacy Magazine aimed at educating readers and showcasing the efforts of pharmacists in the state with regards to their research and work.
“It’s a scientific magazine showcasing clinical trials of colleagues.
So we decided to use this opportunity at this conference to showcase what we are doing to the world,” he said.
Also, Mr Nwaora Okpalaeke, Chairman, Local Organising Committee, said the conference was the best organised in the last 15 years.
He appreciated Gov. Abdullahi Sule, Emir of Lafia, Justice Sidi Bage (Rtd) and other well meaning Nigerians for their support and contribution to the success of the conference.
“I am sure in the next 10 years, we might not have any conference as interesting as this so I thank God for everything,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that AHAPN’s 23rd Annual National Conference held in Lafia from Aug. 1 to 5, with the theme: “COVID-19 Experience: Expanding the role of health system pharmacists.
”Pharmacists from Federal Medical Centres Keffi and Owerri, National Hospital Abuja and University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan among many other health institutions across the country, were in attendance.
The All Progressives Congress (APC), Oyo State Chapter, has inaugurated new set of executives for its UK branch with Mr Bayo Gbenla, as its Chairman.
This is contained in a statement issued by the newly inaugurated Secretary, Olamide Olasupo, which was made available to newsmen on Monday in Ibadan.
Among the newly inaugurated members of the executives were Mr Sunday Owolabi, Vice-Chairman; Ronke Dairo; Yomi Oke; Ajibola Ogunremi; Titilayo Oladigbolu; Folawiyo Bello and Ahmad Olansile.
The inauguration ceremony held in UK, was attended by Dr Yunus Akintunde, Oyo Central APC senatorial candidate, who represented Sen. Teslim Folarin, the Oyo APC governorship candidate.
It was also attended by acting APC National Chairman in UK, Mr Tunde Dorothy; the Chairman, South-West Caucus, Mr Muyiwa Adesua; Ogun APC Chairman UK, Mr Andrew Taiwo and outgoing Oyo APC Chairman UK, Mr Kolawole Saidu.
Gbenla, a mental health practitioner, has worked at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan for over a decade before relocating to the UK.
The UK branch chairman, a businessman, philanthropist and socialite from Ibadan North-East Local Government area, was a member of the reconciliation committee set up by APC UK, aftermath of the fall out of 2019 general election.
The efforts had brought many progressive politicians, notable among whom was the late Gov. Adebayo Alao-Akala; Sen. Olufemi Lanlehin and many others back to APC.
The remains of Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Abdul Ganiyy Salaudeen, were on Monday evening interred at Igbo Itan cemetery, designated for the resting place of Iseyin traditional rulers.
Earlier, prayers session was held in the inner field of the palace where the State Deputy Governor, Chief Adebayo Lawal, represented Gov. Seyi Makinde.
In his remarks, Makinde commiserated with the people of Iseyin and shared in their grief.
The governor urged people to take solace in God, promising that his administration would continue to support the ancient town in term of development.
According to him, it will be business as usual between the town and my administration, though, Kabiyesi is no more, the relationship remains cordial.
“All of those developmental projects that are ongoing will not be slowed down simply because the kabiyesi is no more.
“I assure our people to feel free to knock on my door as the late oba used to do when he was alive for whatever request and I will listen to them,” he said.
On behalf of the people of Iseyin, Mr Muftau Abilawon, the Chairman of Iseyin Local Government area, thanked Makinde for his support to the late oba throughout the period he was ill.
Abilawon said that the governor stood firmly by the late traditional ruler financially and morally.
He, also thanked the Deputy Governor who led the state government delegation on the condolence visit.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Oba Salaudeen, aged 62, died on Sunday at the University College Hospital (UCH) during a prolonged sickness.
He was a practicing veterinary doctor before he ascended the throne in 2007.
Chief Adebayo Adelabu, the Governorship candidate of the Accord party in Oyo State, and Rep. Shina Peller (Accord), have described the death of Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Abdulganiy Salaudeen, as a great loss.They made the assertions in their separate condolence messages made available to newsmen on Monday in Ibadan.The News Agency of Nigeria reports Salaudeen, the 28th Aseyin of Iseyin, died on Sunday morning at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan during a protracted illness.Adelabu, in a condolence message signed by his Media Aide, Femi Awogboro, sympathised with the people of Iseyin over the demise of Oba Salaudeen.The News Agency of Nigeria reports Salaudeen, the 28th Aseyin of Iseyin, died on Sunday morning at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan during a protracted illness.Adelabu, also a former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), described Aseyin’s death as a rude shock given how healthy and agile looking he was few months back when I saw him last.“The late Aseyin, no doubt contributed greatly to the development of Iseyin and Oke-Ogun in general throughout his 15 years reign.“His death is a great loss to people of Iseyin, Oke-Ogun and Oyo state in general,” Adelabu said.He prayed that God would give the family and the people of Iseyin the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.Adelabu also prayed that Almighty God w forgive his shortcomings and grant his soul eternal rest in Aljannat Firdaos.Peller, in a message he personally signed, described the passing of the traditional ruler as a great loss to Iseyin, Oke-Ogun region and the entire Yorubaland.He described the late Aseyin as a loving and dearest royal father whose immense contributions to the promotion of the Yoruba cultural heritage remains noteworthy.The lawmaker said his relationship with the late Oba was that of a father-son, describing it as a valuable and memorable one.“It was with a very heavy heart that I received the news of the exit of my loving and dearest royal father, Oba Abdul-Ganiyy Salaudeen, who joined his ancestors yesterday.“Aside from being my royal father, late Oba Salaudeen was like a father to me.“I valued and enjoyed our father-son relationship and unwavering support, concern and genuine love for me; I will miss him so much,” he said.Peller said that the late Aseyin was a revered Yoruba traditional ruler who would be greatly missed, not only by the people of Iseyin, but the whole of Oke-Ogun region, Oyo State and entire Yorubaland.“The late Oba was a compassionate royal father whose immense contributions to the promotion of the Yoruba cultural heritage remains noteworthy.“He was so passionate and committed to ensuring the welfare, growth and development of his subjects, Iseyinland and Oke-Ogun as a whole,” he said.Peller expressed heartfelt condolences to the people of Iseyin, particularly the indigenes, royal family, traditional chiefs, Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs, as well as the entire people of Yorubaland.Also, Alhaji Idris Abiola-Ajimobi, son of the late former Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, the APC House of Assembly candidate for Ibadan South-West Constituency II, in a statement, described the passage of the traditional ruler as another great loss to Yorubaland.Abiola-Ajimobi, also the Aare Akogun Muslumi of Oyo State, said: “The news of the death of His Royal Majesty, Oba (Dr) Abdulganiy Salawudeen Adekunle Oloogunebi, came to me as a rude shock.The late traditional ruler was a great father to many of us.“His leadership qualities and styles would be greatly missed.As the Chairman of the Conference of Oke-Ogun Obas and Chiefs, the Aseyin provided qualitative leadership.“He was extremely passionate about the development of Oke-Ogun, Oyo State and Yorubaland.This is another great loss to Yorubaland.His indelible fatherly roles would be sorely missed,” Abiola-Ajimobi said.He extended solemn condolences to the Aseyin Royal families, the Aseyin-In-Council, the Conference of Oke-Ogun Obas and Chiefs; the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs, and Yoruba traditional council.Abiola-Ajimobi also condoled with the people of Oke-Ogun, the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola and Mr Ahmed Raji (SAN) over the loss of the first class traditional ruler.He prayed that Almighty Allah forgive his shortcomings and grant him Al-janah Firdaos.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
Sen. Teslim Folarin, the APC governorship candidate in Oyo State and Sen. Kola Balogun(APC-Oyo South) have described the death of Oba Abdulganiy Salaudeen, the Aseyin of Iseyin as another great loss to Yorubaland.
The duo made the statement in their separate condolence messages made available to newsmen on Sunday night in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Salaudeen, the 28th traditional ruler of Iseyin, died on Sunday morning at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan after a protracted illness.
Folarin in the statement he personally signed, said he received the news of Aseyin’s death with rude shock.
“I received the news of His Royal Majesty Oba (Dr.) Abdulganiy Salawudeen’s death with rude shock but with total submission to the will of Almighty Allah.
“The late Oba Salaudeen was a great father to many of us.
On many occasions, he invited me to his palace for father-to-son discussions and also on issues bothering on the development of Oke-Ogun zone and Oyo State.” “As Chairman, Baba Aseyin provided qualitative leadership to the Conference of Oke-Ogun Obas and Chiefs.
He was extremely passionate about the development of Oke-Ogun, Oyo State and Yorubaland,” he said.
The lawmaker, who is currently representing Oyo Central in the Senate, said the indelible fatherly roles of the late first class traditional ruler in Oke-Ogun and Oyo State, would be missed.
“The first-class monarch’s death is another great loss to the Yorubaland.
The late Ajinese’s indelible fatherly roles in Oke-Ogun and Oyo State would be sorely missed,” he said.
He extended condolences to the Aseyin Royal families, the Aseyin-In-Council, Conference of Oke-Ogun Obas and Chiefs, the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs and Yoruba traditional council.
Folarin commiserated with the people of Oke-Ogun and Oyo State; Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola; Mr Ahmed Raji, SAN; Sen. Gbenga Babalola and Alhaji Yinka Taiwo.
He prayed that Almighty Allah forgive his shortcomings and grant him Aljanah Fridaus.
Also, Balogun described the passage of Oba Ganiyy Salaudeen, as another sad loss.
Balogun in a statement he personally signed, expressed condolences to the state government, the family of the late traditional ruler and the people of Iseyin.
He said the demise of Oba was particularly painful, coming on the heels of the passage of four other prominent traditional rulers from the state within the last eight months.
“We are still grappling with the passage of four prominent traditional rulers in the state within a space of eight months.
Here we are mourning the demise of yet another great traditional ruler.
“Death is an inevitable end of all mortals but it is not good enough loosing a traditional ruler to the cold hands of death at a relatively very young age,” he said.
The lawmaker said that there was nothing they could do, but accept their fate as it came to them.
“On behalf of my wife, Mrs Gbonjubola Kola-Balogun and my people in Oyo South Senatorial District, I hereby express my deep condolences to the immediate family of our revered late kabiyesi.
“My condolences also to the Oyo State Government and the people of Iseyin on the irreparable loss.
Sen. Abdulfatai Buhari (APC-Oyo North) and the Olugbon of Orile-Igbon, Oba Francis Alao, have expressed shock over the death of Oba Abdul-Ganiy Adekunle, the Aseyin of Iseyin.
The duo, in their respective condolence messages, made available to newsmen on Sunday in Ibadan, described the traditional ruler’s death as a great loss.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the traditional ruler, the 28th Aseyin of Iseyin, died on Sunday morning at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan.
Buhari, in a statement he personally signed, described the traditional ruler’s death as “colloidal”.
“The death of Kabiesi Aseyin was a very torching and painful experience due to his uncommon traits in community development and nation-building,” he said.
The lawmaker said that the traditional ruler’s 15 years reign brought development to Iseyin Town and the entire Oke-Ogun Zone of the state.
“He was an Oba, who loved his subjects and brought development to the ancient town.
“His wisdom and guidance fostered unity in Iseyin, Oke-Ogun and Oyo State.
He will be missed,” Buhari said.
He said that the traditional ruler died as an achiever and would surely be remembered for the unforgettable roles toward building his subjects and humanity.
Buhari condoled with the immediate family and the entire people of Iseyin, praying that God would give them the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.
He also prayed that God would forgive all his shortcomings and grant him Aljannat Firdaous on the day of accountability.
In his condolence, the Olugbon, also the Vice-Chairman, Oyo State Council of Traditional Rulers, expressed shock over the transition of Aseyin of Iseyin.
Alao, in a statement he personally signed, said he received the news of Oba Salaudeen’s sudden death as a rude shock.
“This is another great loss to the Oyo State Obas Council and Chiefs.
“He served his people wholeheartedly and was selfless.
We, all in the traditional council of Oyo State, will miss him dearly.
“I pray God Almighty comfort and console his family as well as the entire Oyo State,” he said.
br> The remains of Oba (Dr) Abdulganiy Salawudeen Ajinese 1, the Aseyin of Iseyin, Oyo State, will be interred on Monday in the town.
Prince Femi Olalere, the Secretary, Aseyin Royal Family, made this known in a statement officially announcing the demise of the traditional ruler on Sunday.
Olalere said that the traditional ruler died on Sunday during “a protracted illness” after spending 62 years on earth and 15 years on the throne.
According to him, the entire Aseyin Royal family appreciates the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Oluseyi Makinde, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy, Mr Bayo Lawal, for their supports during his (Aseyin) illness.
“God Almighty will continue to bless and see them through.” Earlier, Mr Toye Akinrinlola, the Public Relations Officer, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, confirmed that the traditional ruler died in the hospital.
Akinrinlola told NAN that the oba had been on admission at the hospital before his demise.
The ancient town of Iseyin in Oyo State was on Sunday thrown into mournful mood following the transition of its traditional ruler, Oba Abdulganiyu Salawudeen, to join his ancestors.
The Aseyin’s death is coming months after the passage of Oba Jimoh Oyewumi, Soun of Ogbomoso; Oba Saliu Adetunji, Olubadan of Ibadan; Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the Alaafin of Oyo and the Asigangan of Igangan.
A family source told newsmen that the 28th Aseyin died on Sunday morning at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, where he had been for months.
Salawudeen, aged 62, was a University of Ibadan trained Veterinary Doctor and ascended the throne in 2006.
Though, the palace has yet to officially break the news of the traditional ruler’s passage, the UCH Public Relations Officer, Mr Toye Akinrinlola, confirmed the news.
Akinrinlola, when pressed further, told NAN that the oba had been on admission at the hospital before his demise.
While his remains were being packaged for onward journey to his town, a less than one hour journey from the state capital, traditionalists have begun the passage rites around the ancient town.
Salaudeen was born into the family of the late Pa Salau Atanda Oloogunebi of Iseyin and attended Ansarudeen Primary School, Ebedi, Iseyin.
He later proceeded to the Muslim Secondary High School, Ore-Moje in Iseyin, for modern school education.