Ajimobi, Ladoja, Alao-Akala must undergo medical check-up before poll

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Another dimension was introduced into the on-going governorship electioneering campaign in Oyo State as a socio-cultural organisation, Oyo Patriotic Front, called on three of the governorship candidates for the April 11 governorship election in the state to submit themselves to health scrutiny to determine their fitness for the rigours of the office they are aspiring to occupy. Specifically, the organisation challenged Abiola Ajimobi of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rashidi Ladoja of Accord Party (AP) and Adebayo Alao-Akala of Labour Party (LP) to submit themselves to a consortium of medical experts before the election. In a statement in Ibadan, Chairman the group, Jare Adepoju, said the consortium should be made up of consultant cardiologists, psychiatrists, neurologists and ophthalmologists among others from the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.

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Opposition politicising Oyo workers’ salaries, pension payment —Commissioner

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THE Oyo State Commissioner for Finance, Mr Zachaeus Adedeji, has said that opposition politicians in the state are only politicising the issues of workers’ salaries and pension of retired primary school teachers in their bid to discredit the Senator Abiola Ajimobi administration against the forthcoming general election. Adedeji, while featuring on a programme on a private radio station in Ibadan, on Tuesday, also dismissed media reports by the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Chief Jumoke Akinjide, that the state government had collected the $200 million allegedly facilitated by the Federal Government. Other issues also addressed by the commissioner included rumoured tax increase by the administration, alleged capital flight, the N6.5 billion stolen by some officials of the Local Government Pension Board, budget performance as well as the financial engineering being applied by Governor Ajimobi, among others.

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Why Accord is the party to beat —Adigun

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Chief Dele Adigun retired as a permanent secretary in Oyo State and was later appointed the Secretary to the State Government. In this interview with DARE ADEKANMBI, the Accord chieftain speaks on local and national political matters. Excerpts:

Your party has concluded a campaign tour of the state. What was the reception like?

The reception was very warm and we are convinced that come March 28 and April 11, Accord will win convincingly in Oyo State.

There are those who still believe Accord is not very strong in the Oke-Ogun area of the state.

That was in the 2011 elections and not now. The party is about the strongest party in Oke-Ogun at the moment. We are spread across all the zones in the state. In Ogbomosho. for instance, we have a very large following there. I can assure you that Accord will win one of the two federal constituencies in Ogbomosho area. Accord has improved considerably in Ogbomosho. And of course, you know Ibadan is ours for take; it is our traditional stronghold and we have even dominated every inch of space in Ibadan. Our victory will be total and resounding because Accord is doing excellently well.

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Yoruba will be better off with Jonathan —Alli

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CHIEF Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli, deputy governorship candidate of Labour Party (LP) in Oyo State, has said the Yoruba people will be more comfortable if President Goodluck Jonathan emerges the winner of the forthcoming presidential election Alli said giving President Jonathan another opportunity to serve is the best option for the nation, going by his antecedents during his first four years in office. Speaking at the Omo Ajorosun Club, Ibadan, where he took delivery of a new 18-seater Toyota hummer bus, donated to the foremost cultural club of Ibadan indigenes, Alli noted that President Jonathan had laid many foundations of better things to come if allowed to serve for another term in office.

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Ibadan killing: Ladoja meets Obasanjo

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Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, and former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, yesterday met in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, over the mayhem that led to the death of three supporters of the Accord Party at Odinjo area of Ibadan on Sunday. Obasanjo was said to have visited one of his relatives at Yemetu, opposite Police Barracks, Ibadan. Checks by Daily Sun revealed that Ladoja, who was returning from the visit he paid to the victims of the Sunday mayhem, sighted Obasanjo with his host as they were descending the staircase. Ladoja was said to have told his driver to reverse so that he could greet Obasanjo.

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Oyo CP declares war against political thugs, paymasters

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THE Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Muhammad Musa Katsina, on Monday, breathed down hard on political thugs and their paymasters, declaring total war against them. He also paraded eight suspects that were arrested by the police and allegedly linked with the shooting at Accord Party’s campaign on Sunday.  The names of the suspects were given as Afeez Ishola, Olamide Ijaola, Sikiru Tunayese, Sunday Balogun, Lekan Ogeroju, Kazeem Ajibola, Kehinde Emiola and Musibau Akinola, while a pump action rifle, cartridges and charms were recovered from them. Afeez Ishola was said to be receiving treatment in the hospital. Speaking to journalists at the police headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan, over the shooting during Accord Party’s campaign rally, Katsina frowned at the way some politicians made use of political thugs to foment trouble in the state, saying that he would not allow Oyo State to be turned into a theatre of the absurd.

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UI Matriculates 6,443 Students

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University of Ibadan has admitted 6,443 out of 7,716 applicants who sought admission in the institution. Vice chancellor of the university, Professor Isaac Adewole disclosed this at the 2013/2014 matriculation ceremony which held at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, yesterday. He said the computer based testing process for the selection of candidates that was introduced a few sessions ago had improved the performance and versatility of DLC students in the use of technology for learning and communication.

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Fuel scarcity bites harder in Ibadan

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Long queues of vehicles at petrol filling stations across Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, have been a dominant feature throughout the week, as scarcity of petroleum products persists. The problem was caused by the closure of the filling stations owned by the independent marketers on account of some differences between them and the Federal Government. Following the development, some of the attendants in some filling stations still selling petrol have hiked the price from N87 per litre to N100. However, the transport fare has not gone up accordingly, as is the practise. One of the drivers plying Mokola/Apete route, Tajudeen Jshola, explained that they could raise the fare because the scarcity was artificial.

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It’s crime to make unfulfilled promises, says Ladoja

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Oyo State Accord Party (AP) gubernatorial candidate, Rashidi Ladoja, has said: “It is more or less a crime for politicians to make promises they do not have the intention of honouring in other to win elections”. Ladoja, who said he does not belong to that class of politicians, assured that the promises he made to the people of the state were based on his honour and that every promise he had made, he would fulfil when he is elected and sworn-in as the governor of Oyo State come May 29. This was contained in a release signed by the Director of Public Communications, Ladoja 2015 Organisation, Akanmu Adeyanju, at the weekend. The governorship hopeful said the fake promises made by Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government in Oyo State had become a burden on his administration.

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Oke-Ogun will fair better under Makinde, says Adediran

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The Social Democratic Party (SDP) government in Oyo State, under Seyi Makinde, will be the most beneficial to the people of Oke-Ogun area of the state. This assurance was given by the deputy governorship candidate of the party and an Irepo Local Government Area?-born Suleiman Adediran while playing host to some youths from the area, who came to visit him in his country home at the weekend. Adediran, who had served as the chairman of the local government area twice, said his conviction was hinged on his close study of his principal, Makinde, as a compassionate, humane and urbane person committed to a whole development of the entire state. He said the blueprint of the SDP flag-bearer centres on eradication of poverty through job creation, using land resources, which the area is endowed with. “By the grace of Almighty God and the votes of the people of this state, the government to be led by us will bring remarkable difference to this state in terms of transformation in the true sense of the word.

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Jonathan contributes more to tertiary education in Oyo than Ajimobi —Akinjide

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THE Federal Government, under the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan, has contributed more to the infrastructural and educational development of state-owned tertiary institutions in Oyo State than the state government under Senator Abiola Ajimobi. Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Chief Jumoke Akinjide, disclosed this in Ibadan, at the weekend.  According to her, in 2014 alone, the Federal Government spent N5 billion on educational development in tertiary institutions in the state. Featuring on a local television and radio programme monitored in Ibadan, Akinjide lamented that Governor Ajimobi was always ready to engage in politics of deceit to the detriment of the growth of the state.

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Expert harps on peace, as Ibadan Rotary Club celebrates anniversary

Nigerians, especially politicians, have been enjoined to embrace peace so that the country can achieve sustainable development. Speaking at the 110th anniversary of the Rotary Club International and its 54th years of existence in Ibadan, Mrs Aderonke Ige of Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) urged all and sundry to shun any act capable of breaching the nation’s peace. The anniversary, which was held at the Agodi Gardens, on Thursday, attracted bigwigs in Ibadan Rotary Clubs and dignitaries from far and wide. The peace advocate, who said peace was the bedrock of any development, enjoined politicians to maintain the unity of the country. She called on the electorate to engage the leaders so as to get the best leadership.

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Alao-Akala, Akinjide, Adewusi, Lanlehin, others condemn attack on Accord Party supporters

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Condemnations from across political divide have continued to trail the killing of two supporters of Accord Party and the injuring of 15 of them in Ibadan, on Sunday, by thugs alleged to be supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The thugs, three of whom were arrested by the police with arms, had opened fired on Accord supporters during a campaign rally organised by three of the party’s candidates at Ode-Ige area of Ibadan South-East Local Government Area of the state. A former governor of the state and governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, while speaking with the Nigerian Tribune, described the attack as wicked, unfortunate and a “foretaste of the intention of Governor Abiola Ajimobi as elections draw nearer.”

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Thugs attack Accord Party rally in Ibadan, kill 2

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•2 Killed, 15 injured •Ladoja group, APC trade blames

Electioneering campaign turned sour in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Sunday, as thugs descended on supporters of the Accord Party, killing two people on the spot, leaving 15 others with gunshot injuries. The incident, according to the Director-General of Ladoja Campaign Organisation (LCO), Honourable Adeolu Adeleke, occurred at Ode-Ige, Ward 8, Ibadan South-East Local Government Area of the state, at about 5.00 p.m, during a campaign rally of the party’s House of Assembly and House of Representatives candidates, Honourables Muyiwa Ige and Gbenga Adewusi. The thugs were said to have stormed the campaign ground and opened fire on the assembly while many of the supporters, whose number was yet to be ascertained, scampered away with varying degrees of injuries.

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Photos From Peteru’s #FootballForUnity Match

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We bring to you photos from the #FootballForUnity Match organized by Peteru in celebration of his birthday. Enjoy!!!

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Politician wants Ladoja, Alao-Akala, Folarin to step down for Makinde

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A political leader in Ibadan South-West Local Government Area of Oyo state, Ahmed Kolawole Giwa, has appealed to governorship candidates of three different political parties in the state to step down for the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mr. Seyi Makinde. The governorship candidates are Senator Rashidi Ladoja of the Accord Party (AP); Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala of Labour Party (LP); and Senator Teslim Folarin of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Addressing newsmen after a meeting with leaders of some youth organisations in the area at his Gbekuba, Apata, Ibadan, residence, the politician advised the  three governorship candidates to place the interest of the suffering masses of Oyo State above their personal interests.

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Civil servants laud Ajimobi for promotion of workers’ welfare

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THE Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), Oyo State chapter, has lauded the governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, for his leadership qualities and promotion of workers’ welfare since he came on board in 2011. The state chairman of ASCSN, Mr. Emmanuel Ogundiran, gave the commendation when he led members of the association to an interactive session with the governor at the Executive Chambers of the Governor’s Office.He said that leaders of the union decided to meet with the governor to show appreciation for his good gestures and friendly disposition to workers and to also remind him of the need to do more to continue to boost their morale. Ogundiran said, “We are here to appreciate you for the good gestures you have extended to us. For the first time in the history of the state, you were at our delegates conference to declare it open. It has never happened before.”

PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation cautions Ajimobi

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The Coordinator, Oyo State Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mrs Jumoke Akinjide, has described as uncivilised, unlawful and irresponsible, the manner in which the President Goodluck Jonathan  campaign billboards and posters are being destroyed by suspected political thugs of the All Progressives Congress  (APC) across the state. Mrs Akinjide, who spoke through the Director, Media and Publicity for the organisation, Alhaji Kehinde Olaosebikan, did not spare the Governor Abiola Ajimobi-led government in the state whom it accused of being the mastermind and brains behind the demolition and vandalism of Jonathan’s publicity campaign materials in the state

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Afenifere, YCE leaders endorse Jonathan at Ibadan meeting

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Notable Yoruba leaders drawn from Afenifere, Yoruba Council of Elders, YCE and various political parties, yesterday converged on Ibadan, the Oyo State capital and collectively endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for re-election at the March 28 election. Among the dignitaries were Afenifere leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, YCE Chairman, Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo, Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Chief Olajumoke Akinjide, former Finance Minister and presidential candidate of the defunct All Peoples Party, APP, Chief Olu Falae, Senator Femi Okurounmu, Otunba Kunle Olajide, former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, former Governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, PDP governorship candidate in Oyo State, Teslim Folarin, Oodua People’s Congress, OPC Co-founder, Chief Gani Adams and Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital, UCH, Prof. Temitope Alonge and leaders of Accord Party and Labour Party.
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The Return of Up Sootin Rouses Ibadan to Life Again

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In 1975, Shooting Stars FC of Ibadan had a chance to win a brace of titles, the Challenge Cup trophy and the League title but they first had to contend with the then hottest side in domestic football, Enugu Rangers in the finals of the Challenge Cup competition that is now known as the Federation Cup or the FA Cup in England. Enter Segun Odegbami, who would later play for and captain the national team also known then as the Green Eagles. He was their “Mathematical” talisman and was still in The Polytechnic, Ibadan at the time and had examination to write that Saturday of the finals. Ibadan fans understood that he must sit for the exam but they also needed to win the Challenge Cup trophy and took all precautions to ensure that the wing wizard was part of their campaign in Lagos.

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