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Seyi Makinde: I Don’t Deserve Accolade For Serving People of Oyo

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde declared that he don’t deserve accolade for serving People of Oyo, he’s just doing the right things, Naija News 247 News Reports.

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Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has declared that the prayers of the Muslim clerics will continue to make Oyo State peaceful and safe, urging them to continue to pray for the government.

The governor stated this on Wednesday while speaking at the 7th Omi Tuntun Ramadan Public Lecture held at the Government House Arcade, Agodi, Ibadan, noting that his being the governor of the state today is by the grace of God and the efforts of all religions in the state.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as saying that his administration will continue to do what is right and needful for the people of the state.

He said: “I want to urge you to continue to pray for this government. In this month of Ramadan, let us be merciful and continue to reach out to those around us.

“This Ramadan lecture should have been the 8th one but because of the pandemic outbreak last year, it happens to be the 7th one. In the first six editions, our father, Engineer Lere Adigun was the Permanent Chairman before he joined his ancestors.

“I also want to point out that the chairman of today’s occasion, my father, the Osi Olubadan, is ready and willing to continually chair this annual occasion of Omi Tuntun Ramadan Lecture.

“Where I was seated there, I was listening to the guest lecturer while delivering his sermon. I heard all Professor Oladosu said and I want to promise that I will have an audience with him and address those issues.

“I would like to point out two major things today. The first thing is, only God gives power and there is no one that can clinch power by himself or by herself. Being the governor of Oyo State today is by the grace of God and the efforts of the Christians and Muslims in the state. I do say it that I come from a Muslim family.”

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He maintained that his administration will continue to do what is right, stating that the government will complete some of the projects abandoned by the previous administration.

“So, I have always known that I need to do what is right and needful, irrespective of religious or political leanings. That is why the topic of this lecture is ‘unity and diversity’. And how do we achieve unity in our state and country, though we have different leanings or inclinations through religion or politics.

“I don’t even want anyone to give me accolade that my administration has been able to achieve so, so and so, because it is not my money that is being spent on these projects but that of the people of Oyo State.

“Recently, I went with Baba Ladoja to inspect the Asphalt plant project at Ijaye, which he started when he was the governor, but the government that came on board after him abandoned it. Baba also used the money of the state to commence the project then. So, my point is, if we already spent the money of the state, we must try to get value for the people of the state and that is exactly how we will continue to run this government,” the governor added.

Speaking on governance in the state, the governor said: “Some people came to meet me and said some certain persons are toying with the government and that we are supposed to deal with them. But my final word is that tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness.

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“Another person even came to tell me that the people of Oyo State deserve to be treated with iron hands. But I am very sorry to say, I am not wicked because I believe that if we approach the challenges, which we met on the ground tactically and calmly, it will be a manifestation of strength and resolution for us. That is the only way that every one of us can get what belongs to us.

“Of course, our country is faced with all kinds of challenges, particularly the issue of insecurity and ethno-religious crisis. Farmers/herdsmen crisis also spring up almost on a daily basis but I thank you for not allowing all the challenges to affect our attitude to those living together with us. And I believe this is part of why this state is still peaceful.”

Governor Makinde, who charged the people of the state to continue to pray and seek God’s guidance on whatever they do, said it is the will of God that he wants to prevail in the state, saying: “For those talking about second term, I want to say that it is only God that has the knowledge of the number of years everyone will spend on earth let alone in power.

“So, let us continue to pray to seek God’s guidance on whatever we do. It is the will of God that we want to prevail.

He maintained that Ramadan Lecture was organised to avail people the opportunity of teaching and the spirit of the sacred month, stating that subsequent editions will dwell more on spiritual teachings.
Earlier, the guest lecturer, Prof. Hafiz Oladosu, in the lecture titled “Unity in Diversity: an Islamic perspective,” called on those in positions of authority to rule with the fear of God by doing things accordingly.

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He said that several challenges facing this country were as a result of the failure of both the rulers and the ruled, who are not alive to their responsibilities.

He commended the governor for the laudable achievements made within two years in office, urging him to continue the good work, while also calling on residents of the state to support the state government’s efforts to make the state clean and habitable.

The event had in attendance the Deputy Governor, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan; former Governor of Oyo State and chairman on the occasion, Senator Rashidi Ladoja; wife of the Deputy Governor, Prof. Hamdalat Olaniyan; Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Edo and Delta states, Alhaji Daud Makanjuola Akinola; Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Sheik Abdul Ganiy Agbotomokekere; South-West PDP Woman Leader, Alhaja Modinat Adedibu; Dr. Saka Balogun; Oyo State PDP chairman, Alhaji Kunmi Mustapha and a host of others.

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Buhari directed us to drop Osinbajo from Tinubu’s campaign – APC

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said President Muhammadu Buhari, directed that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, be dropped from the Campaign Council of the party’s Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

Naija News 247 had reported that Osinbajo’s name was missing from the he 422-man list realised by the Presidential Campaign Council Secretary, James Faleke, in Abuja on Friday night on Friday night.

The spokesman of the campaign, Festus Keyamo, said President Buhari asked that Osinbajo alongside Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, should not be part of the campaign council so they could focus on governance.

Keyamo disclosed this on Saturday in a statement while explaining the reason behind the decision to drop the vice president

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The statement read, “Our attention has been drawn to some stories making the rounds that there may be something amiss within the family of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the name of our own revered and respected Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, is not included in the list of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council.”

“Nothing can be farther from the facts. For the avoidance of doubt, President Muhammadu Buhari , GCFR, is the Chairman of the Campaign Council. As a result, Mr. President has SPECIFICALLY directed that the Vice-President and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha should be left out of the Campaign Council to concentrate on the governance of the country and administration of Government. As a responsible Party and Government, all the key functionaries of government cannot abandon their positions for electioneering campaigns. The APC has the mandate of the Nigerian people to administer the country on their behalf at least till May, 29, 2023, and this we intend to do with all sense of responsibility.

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“We will not toe the path of those who governed the country in an irresponsible manner before us and our Party is not in total disarray like those who wish to ‘rescue’ the country, but cannot simply manage their own internal affairs.”

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Again, three storey building collapses in Lagos

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Again, three storey building collapses in Lagos

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A three storey building has collapsed on Sonuga Street, Palm Avenue, Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos State.

According to Vanguard, an eyewitness said the incident happened at 12 noon on Friday amid heavy rainfall.

The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyinyolu, who confirmed the development said, “A building has collapsed in Mushin few minutes ago. The rescue operation is ongoing,” PUNCH reports.

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As of the time of filing this report, it could not be established if anyone was trapped in the rubble of the collapsed structure.

However, LASEMA, and Lagos State Rescue and Fire Service, have arrived the scene on rescue victims mission.

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Ayu manipulated PDP presidential primary – Wike

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The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has accused the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Iyorchia Ayu, of manipulating delegates at the party’s convention for former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, to clinch the PDP presidential ticket.

The governor revealed this on Friday in an ongoing media parley.

Wike alleged that Ayu played a vital role that was detrimental to other aspirants in the emergence of Atiku as PDP flagbearer.

He said if not for the love he and others in his camp had for the main opposition party, they could have prevented the PDP convention from holding.

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The governor alleged that Ayu called several presidential aspirants to step down for the former vice president during the convention.

“He was calling aspirants to withdraw for Atiku. I was there, Saraki and others were there.

“He manipulated the delegates. There was nothing Ayu did not do to ensure Wike didn’t emerge,” Wike said.

The governor added, “Meetings upon meetings were going. Pressures were being mounted on people to step down.

“Even on the night of the convention meetings were going on. That is why we started our convention late.

“Some of the retired generals were involved. Some of the meetings were held in their houses. There is nothing they didn’t do for me to step down.

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“Those who know me, know that I would have stopped the convention, even if heaven falls.”

Naija News 247 had reported that Wike camp announced their plan not to participate in the campaign council which was scheduled for inauguration next Wednesday after a meeting at Wike’s private residence in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Wednesday morning.

Reacting to the withdrawal from Wike’s camp, Atiku in a statement he personally signed reiterated his decision not to interfere in the demands for Ayu’s removal.

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