Buhari for change:The Ibadan traveler’s journey


He kept his promise! We pray GMB keeps his too!!! Suleiman Hashimu or ‘The traveller’ as I prefer to call him is an indigene of Katsina state, Funtua to be precise. He was born in Osun state but lives in Ibadan. The traveler promised two years ago to walk from where ever he is to the capital of Nigeria, Abuja if General Muhammadu Buhari wins the election in 2015. BBC Hausa, Voice of America and Aminiya (a Hausa Mgazine) interviewed him. He was in Lagos when Buhari was declared the President-elect of Nigeria. He left Lagos at about 5am the next day and arrived Ibadan around 6pm. He went to get a police report to allow for the smoothness of his journey but couldn’t wait and so, the D.P.O. gave him his phone number. Despite several discouragement from friends and at the same time, inspiration from friends and loved ones; he continued from Ibadan to Oyo. Then from Oyo to Ogbomoso.; And from Ogbomoso to Ilorin with much hospitality at every stop.

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Ekiti Badminton team to participate in 3-day tournament in Ibadan


The Ekiti Badminton Association on Wednesday said that eight of its players would participate in a three-day tournament from April 21 to April 24 in Ibadan. The Secretary of the association, Mr Ayodeji Olowolafe, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ado-Ekiti that the tournament was sponsored by Gemiga Trust. The trust is a U.K.-based charitable organisation founded in 2010 to encourage and improve badminton in Nigeria, he said. He added that six states were invited to participate in the tournament which would hold at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan. He said the invited states – Osun, Ogun, Lagos, Oyo, Ondo and Ekiti — would come with two coaches and were expected to arrive on April 21 for registration and briefing. The secretary said that adequate accommodation and substantial allowance would be provided for the duration of the tournament.

Alaafin, VC, others greet Ajimobi

Prominent Oyo State monarchs on Wednesday joined the list of visitors to the Oluyole residence of Governor Abiola Ajimobi to felicitate with him on his re-election. The traditional rulers, led by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, were from Oyo, Ibarapa, Ogbomoso and Oke Ogun areas of the state. Oba Adeyemi described the victory of Ajimobi as a well-deserved one, citing the achievements of the governor in the past four years. The Oyo monarch said the contributions of Ajimobi to the development of Oyo State surpassed those of his predecessors in office. In their remarks, the Eleruwa of Eruwa, Oba Samuel Adegbola; the Olugbon of Orile Igbon, Oba Samuel Osunbade ; Iba of Kisi , Oba Moshood Lawal; and the Olokaka of Okaka, Oba Abdul Azeez Olatunji, called on the governor to work in line with the manifesto of his party, the All Progressives Congress.

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Ajimobi, Ladoja bicker over Oyo polls result, protest


FOLLOWING a tit-for-tat principle that the former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja threatened to apply if his supporters were attacked by the All Progressives Congress in the state, the latter has asked him to have a rethink. Ladoja and his teeming supporters are still protesting over the results of last Saturday’s election which was in favour of the incumbent governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi of APC. Ladoja had said, “don’t let us do something illegal but anybody who provokes us will be resisted and we will fight this to the end. If it would not be violent, I won’t mind leading the protest. Anybody who says he would be violent, we too will be left with no other option than to respond appropriately”. He also pacified the visibly angry supporters that he would use all lawful means to retrieve their stolen mandate. But, the ruling party replied saying that   for the second consecutive time, Ladoja lost his bid to return as governor of Oyo State in an election that was keenly contested by him and four other gladiators.

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Ibadan Muslim community gets new Chief Imam


Shelkh AbdulGaniyy Abubakri, has been appointed the new Chief Imam for the Muslim Community in Ibadan. Mr. Abubakri, who is the 18th Chief Imam of Ibadanland, replaced Sheikh Baosari Suara Haruna, the former Chief Imam who died on April 9 at the age of 93 after serving for 20 years. Unveiling the new Chief Imam at a news conference on Wednesday in Ibadan, Bayo Oyero, the Chairman, Ibadan Muslim Community, said Mr. Abubakri’s appointment followed due process. He said that the Muslim Community in Ibadan in conjunction with the Imam-in-Council of Ibadanland unanimously approved and ratified Mr. Abubakri’s appointment. “Abubakri is an inspiring preacher, who up till this time occupied the position of Alfa Agba of Ibadanland. “His appointment as the Chief Imam of Ibadan land was well received by all without any grudge,’’ Mr. Oyero said.

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Ajimobi vows to deal with Ladoja if he misbehaves


Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state has warned that his administration would not tolerate any form of violence from Senator Rasheed Ladoja, the Accord Party governorship candidate who lost to him in last election, stressing that, the full weight of law would be used to deal with him if he misbehaves. Ajimobi disclosed this today in Ibadan while briefing the press on the reported plan of the erstwhile governor to instigate violence in the state. While warning against violence, Governor Ajimobi said “surprisingly, the Accord Party has been complaining that it would go to court. No problem. If you look at the results of the election and the conduct, it was the freest and fairest election ever held. Everybody said it, all his agents signed at the polling units. It is only at the final collation centre that they did not sign. Let him go to court,” he said.

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Teslim Folarin Responds To Removal Of Donated Transformer Allegations

Senator Teslim Folarin has responded to the allegation of the removed transformer in the Sabo area of Ibadan.

I would like to thank the good people of Oyo state for their support and love shown to me before, during and after the gubernatorial election. I want the citizens of Oyo state to remain steadfast as my resolve to serve you remains unshaken.

It is with sadness that I learnt of a particular incident which purportedly took place in the Sabo area of Ibadan on Sunday. I understand that a transformer which I had donated to the community was the subject of controversy between the youths of the area and some leaders with either side accusing the other of trying to sell the transformer. The PDP youths in the area subsequently took the transformer to a safe place within Sabo area itself pending an amicable resolution which I understand was resolved by the leaders of the community.
Fact; I was not aware of this incident until this morning when I was woken up with headlines all over the internet that I had taken back the transformer because I had lost an election. It is instructive to note that no media house had even contacted me to find out the truth.

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Ajimobi: Breaking the popular Oyo jinx


Finally the second term jinx in Oyo state has been broken with the emergence of the incubent governor,Senator  Abiola Ajimobi as winner in last weekend’s gubernatorial election in the state. Ajimobi, who won his re-election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) defeated former governors Rasheed Ladoja of Accord Party  (AP) and Alao Akala of the Labour Party (LP); as well as a former senate leader, Teslim Folarin of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Seyi Makinde of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).The APC had 327,310,Accord- 254,520, LP – 184,111, PDP – 79,019 and SDP- 54,740. With his victory, he emerged the first incumbent to be re-elected for a second term in the state.

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Thank you tour in Ibadan Metropolis

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on a road show round the Ibadan metropolis in appreciation of his re-election last Saturday.

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I have evidence to present to tribunal —Ladoja


GOVERNORSHIP candidate of the Accord Party in Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja, said on Tuesday that he had enough evidence to annul the victory of Governor Abiola Ajimobi in the Saturday’s governorship. “We have enough concrete evidences, which we will present to the tribunal. We will not take laws into our hands,” Ladoja said while calming his supporters in Ibadan. Thousands of AP supporters had trooped to the headquarters of the party in the Samonda area of Ibadan to protest its loss to the All Progressives Congress. Ladoja urged the supporters not to take the law into their own hands. He said his mandate was stolen from him by APC and that AP would present all the evidences before the Election Petition Tribunal.

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The sweet, bitter experiences of Saturday’s polls


Kudos, knocks for INEC in Oyo

THE elections in Oyo State capital, were generally peaceful with the turnout of voters fairly as impressive as witnessed in the March 28 presidential and National Assembly elections. The exercise was, however, eventful in a couple of places, where there was either suspension of voting or cancellation of election as a result of unwholesome practices by loyalists of some political parties. For example, at a polling unit in Oje, in Ibadan North-East Local Government Area, the election was stopped as a result of violence that broke out after some political thugs attempted to snatch ballot boxes. It took the intervention of the police men, who fired tear gas into the air to restore order in the area.  Also, in Ward 5, Unit 10 of Akinyele Local Government Area, voting was suspended over a confusion that ensued after the credibility of the collation officer for that unit was called into question. Loyalists of other political parties at the unit, Islamic Mission Primary School II, Moniya, were said to have accused the official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of collusion with a chieftain of the APC after he was sighted alighting from the car of a politician.

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Olubadan congratulates Ajimobi over re-election


The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana, has congratulated Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on his re-election during the governorship election conducted on April 11. A statement issued by the monarch’s Personal Assistant, Chief Isiaka Akinpeli, in Ibadan on Tuesday quoted the Odulana as giving his royal blessings to Ajimobi for a successful second-term stay in office. The Olubadan also expressed delight at the peaceful conduct of the election. He said “I pray for God’s guidance and protection throughout his tenure as governor of the state. We are also delighted that the election was largely peaceful, indicating that the people are making impressive strides in our democratic journey.

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Folarin, PDP candidate removes transformer donated to community


It was a shock find for the Sabo community in Ibadan, Oyo State capital in the early hours of Sunday as they woke up in the morning only to see a Transformer donated to the community few days ago by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Senator Teslim Folarin, being carted away by some aides of the former Senate Leader. The PDP governorship candidate who came fourth in the Oyo State Gubernatorial election had reportedly conceded defeat on Saturday night apparently having seen the signals that the incoming polls result did not favour him. However, the alarm raised by members of the Sabo community on sighting those removing the Transformer in the early hours of Sunday did not move the perpetrators who eventually removed the transformer to an unknown place.

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Jonathan mourns ex-UI VC, Tamuno


President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday commiserated with the Tamuno Family of Okrika and the people of Rivers State on the death of the former Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Prof. Tekena Tamuno. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President said he joined them in mourning the deceased who he described as “first rate intellectual, academician and historian who stood out for many years as one of the very best of his generation.” Jonathan said he believed that the deceased who was also a seasoned administrator and a notable public servant, would be long remembered and honoured for his significant contributions to national development over several decades.

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Man Arrested With Ajimobi’s Picture On Accord Posters

Shows the suspected criminals with ballot box and some<br />
quantities of Accord Party posters with the picture of Governor Abiola<br />
Ajimobi superimposed on it in order to mislead the public at a parade<br />
by the Oyo State Police command, Eleyele, Ibadan

The police in Oyo State have arrested a man, Ayo Ajiboye, with posters bearing Accord logo and Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s picture. Also paraded were 22 other suspects at the state headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan. Police spokesman Adekunle Ajisebutu, who paraded the suspects on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Katsina, said Ayo was arrested at Anfaani Junction, Ring Road, Ibadan at 8:20am on Friday. “On April 10, at 8:20am, a man, Ayo Ajiboye, was arrested with some Accord posters bearing the picture of Governor Abiola Ajimobi superimposed on it to mislead the public.” he said In an interview with The Nation, the suspect, who introduced himself as a printer, explained that he was only contracted to print the posters.

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NDLEA arrests unemployed graduate, others for forgery


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Oyo State Command, has paraded a 45-year-old unemployed graduate, Sam Oladiti, and four others, for alleged document forgery. The State Commander, Mrs. Omolade Faboyede, told newsmen in Ibadan that the individuals had collected N20,000 from one Kafayat Mustapha under the false pretence of obtaining an NDLEA visa clearance for her. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the other suspects included Olawale Lawal (38), Yusuf Kazeem (28), Olusina Adewale (39) and Bolaji Kayode (35). Faboyede said the complainant, Mustapha, discovered she was issued a forged document because it was signed with the name of a past NDLEA chairman.

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9ice congratulates Ajimobi on re-election


Popular musician, Abolore Akande (9ice) has congratulated his Principal and governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi over his re-election. 9ice who was appointed by Ajimobi as a Special Adviser, took to his Instagram page to congratulate his boss. “Emi lao ni yosi base fe ori bena Lori. Ajaloleru. Ajimobi leekan si. Congratulations to all Oyo state youth,” he posted. Ajimobi defeated former governors of the state-Rasheed Ladoja of Accord Party and Adebayo Alao-Akala of the Labour Party. Former senate leader, Teslim Folarin of the Peoples Democratic Party was also in the race

Photos: Ajimobi celebrates in Oluyole home!

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Summary of Oyo State Election Result

APC – Abiola Ajimobi – 327,310
Accord – Rashidi Ladoja – 254,520
LP – Alao-Akala – 184,111
PDP – Teslim Folarin – 79,019
SDP – Seyi Makinde – 54,740

Hose of Assembly
APC – 18 seats
Accord – 8 seats
Labour Party – 6 seats
Total = 32 seats

Ajimobi thanks Ladoja, Alao-Akala, assures Oyo people of quality service


The governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi, who was re-elected on Saturday, has thanked the people of the state and also other contestants in the race.He rededicate himself to the service of the people of the state, stressing that “the greatest form of godliness is service to humanity and because God was so gracious to give this opportunity again which has never happened in the history of this state, I owe Him and I owe the people a lot and I am dedicating myself to the service of the people”.

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