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Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and his wife, Florence, casting their votes at polling Unit 20, Ward 11, Ibadan South West Local Government Area, Oluyole Estate, Ibadan, on Saturday

Farmer with fake PVC arrested in Oyo

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Mr Mohammed Katsina, the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, on Saturday ordered the arrest of a farmer with a suspected fake Permanent Voter Card (PVC). The farmer (names withheld) was arrested at Olorunda market in Lagelu Local Government Area of Oyo State, when he wanted to be accredited during Saturday’s polls. The suspect, a 40-year-old farmer, however, claimed that the card was issued to him by INEC. When his speech became incoherent, the CP ordered for his arrest and further investigation of the case. Meanwhile, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Sani Muazu, has expressed satisfaction over the conduct of the polls.  Muazu stated this at Ibadan, headquarters of the division, after monitoring the exercise with other security agencies in the state. “I am glad that we are able to control the movement of the exercise and I congratulate all of you for a job well done.”

Ajimobi has failed people of Oyo State –Akala

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Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala served as the governor of Oyo State between 2007 and 2011. In this interview with journalists in Ibadan, the Labour Party, LP, governorship candidate speaks about the April 11 governorship poll, the administration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi and other issues. KEMI OLAITAN was there. Excerpts:

 The present government in the state has accused you and Senator Rasheed Ladoja of mismanaging the resources of the state while in office. What is your reaction to this?

The governor is talking rubbish. He doesn’t know what he is doing. Myself and my boss (Senator Ladoja) were not owning salaries when we were there. In fact, my own administration left a lot of money when leaving office. I learnt a few days ago that the money I requested from the Federal Government, which I used in constructing federal roads in the state while in office, over N18 billion have been released to him. What has he done with the money? He is not a good manager; it is as simple as that. He doesn’t know what he is saying about the economy of the state and has not managed it very well and that is why he cannot pay workers’ salaries.

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Turn out impressive in Oyo despite hitches

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There was massive turn out of voters in Oyo state on Saturday for the presidential election, although accreditation started behind schedule in some areas. The use of card readers was however received with mixed reactions as it was partially successful in most polling units in the state. While the finger print of many was easily identified, it rejected those of many others, but according to the Presiding Officer at Akanran, Miss Iorhemen Catherine, “we solved this through the use of reader ballot paper”. Several voters at Queens Hall, University of Ibadan were sitting and waiting endlessly for the rectification of card readers which had been giving them problems. While speaking with Journalists, one of the confused voters, Father Vincent Alabi said,” Most of us got here at 8:30am and we’re told to write our names on a list. Before accreditation started, INEC officials told us to wait until the arrival of their engineers as the card readers seem to be giving them some problem.

Community provides generator to recharge card readers

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The people of Kudeti community in the Ibadan South-East area of Oyo State came to the rescue of the Independent National Electoral Commission when the battery of the card readers in one of the ward 11 units went down after only two hours of usage. It was not clear if the battery was faulty but voters who were eager to begin electoral process at the unit quickly provided a generator with which the card reader was charged. One of the leaders in the area, Olugbenga Olunloyo, told our correspondent that the card readers at the ward were very slow, resulting in long queues and pessimistic views about the power of the machines to erase electoral fraud He said, “It boils down to the same thing. We have been here for just a few hours when the machine (card reader) stopped working. INEC officials said it was due to battery malfunctioning. So, we had to look for a generator to power it. It started working again but the machines in the ward are generally slow. The queues are longer than usual and people are eager to be accredited.”

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Ajimobi commends INEC, voters

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The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission for its organisation of the Saturday election, saying it was the best in the history of Nigeria. Also, the governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Social Mobilisation, Deji Aboderin, applauded the attitude of the electorate in many parts of the state, stressing that the needed democratic maturity, which is vital to the nation’s development, was gradually being imbibed. After the governor and his wife, Florence, were accredited at Ward 11, unit 20, Ibadan South-West area of the state at 10.50am on Saturday, Ajimobi said the fear of INEC failure on election day had evaporated with the state-wide report that the contentious card readers had not delayed election process.

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Ladoja, Summonu differ on conduct of election accreditation

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Former governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Rashidi Ladoja, on Saturday in Ibadan decried the inability of INEC to conduct a hitch-free accreditation exercise in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ladoja is the Oyo State governorship candidate of Accord Party. He said: “We hope many of the electorate will not be disenfranchised because many could not be accredited due to malfunction of card readers in some polling centres. “In some areas, the electoral officials did not arrive at the polling centre by 10.00 a.m., particularly in Odinjo area of Ibadan. ‘’ The Accord Party governorship candidate, however, lauded the resilience of Nigerians who besieged the polling centres as early as 7.30 a.m.

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The University Of Ibadan Is Recruiting

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The University of Ibadan is the oldest and one of the most prestigious Nigerian universities, and is located five miles from the centre of the major city of Ibadan in Western Nigeria

Vice-Chancellor

Job TypeFull Time
QualificationPhD/Fellowship
Experience10 years
Location Oyo
Job Field Administration / Secretarial Education / Teaching

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League of Veteran Journalists canvasses for peaceful polls

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The Oyo State chapter of the League of Veteran Journalists  has asked politicians to see the elections as a game in which winners and losers must emerge and not a do-or-die affair. In a statement signed by its Chairman, Alhaji Kola Animasaun and Secretary, Mr. Wale Adelowo, the league implored the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be an unbiased umpire especially at the collation centres. The statement read: “The League calls on security agencies to shun overzealousness and show high sense of responsibility in the discharge of their duties.”  They also advised the media to adhere strictly to the ethics of the profession by being objective and avoiding sensationalism and unwarranted embellishments in their stories, while also imploring both candidates and the electorate to conduct themselves responsibly.

Ladoja dumps Jonathan, campaigns only for AP candidates

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Barely 24 hours to the Presidential and National Assembly elections, Accord Party (AP) in Oyo State came out to campaign only for its candidates in the elections. The development was contrary to the widely held opinion that the party was working for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election. The AP is not presenting anybody as its presidential candidate and it said a long time ago that the party would adopt the PDP flag-bearer as its presidential candidate. It, however, become contentious among the party members, as some of them, especially the National Assembly candidates and their supporters, were expressing fear that any directive to the members of public could be counter-productive. They had reasoned that a lot of the voters would not understand the need to separate presidential election from the other election holding on the same day and by implication, Accord would indirectly be campaigning for PDP.

Makinde, Akala, Ladoja in last minute campaign

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With the close of electioneering on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections, the governorship candidates of prominent political parties in Oyo State embarked on last minute campaigns to endear themselves to electorates. The major candidates, who embarked on aggressive campaigns, included the incumbent Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the All Progressives Congress (APC), former governors Adebayo Alao-Akala of Labour Party (LP), Rashidi Ladoja of Accord Party (AP) and Seyi Makinde, who is contesting on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

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Elections: I-G Deploys 20,000 Personnel To Oyo State

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The Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr Muhammed Kastina, on Friday said the Police Headquarters had deployed 20,000 personnel to ensure hitch-free presidential election on March 28. Kastina disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan. He said the personnel include members of the police special force, mobile unit, counter terrorism squad and officers from the Exclusive Ordinance Department. “We have the K-9 sections trained to use dogs and horses. The animals will help in crowd control where and when necessary. The team also comprised of medical units, which will take care of health emergencies,” he said.

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Oke’Badan rumbles in spite of politics

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Despite the political noise that pervades the country, many indigenes and other residents of Ibadan, Oyo State capital, took out to assert their cultural life last week, when they held the Oke’Badan Festival. The age-long festival celebrates legends of the town and seeks to strengthen the bond between the people and their leaders. Before now, many linked it with fetish sacrifices but the organisers say the festival is not only devoid of such, has also been elevated to accommodate developmental issues and programmes, while it has been positioned to promote the tourism potential of Oyo State. The Alasa of Ibadan, Oloye Lekan Alabi, noted that it was the new orientation that endeared the festival to Globacom – the main sponsor of the fiesta.

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Stop distributing darkness

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I wish to use this medium to call on the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, Felele, Ibadan to take away its poles and cables from our area and stop bringing crazy bills for us since we stay without electricity most of the time. All houses in these areas run on generator all days. Sadly, all complaints made to the company by the residents have been unheeded. Why are service providers treating Nigerians with levity? What are the relevant regulatory agencies like the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission silent and inactive on this matter? Please, let the company stop bringing outrageous bills for distributing darkness to us.

Accord, Labour, SDP have candidates for NASS elections —Akinjide

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THE Oyo State coordinator for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief Olajumoke Akinjide, has clarified that political parties in Oyo State have their own candidates different from PDP’s in tomorrow’s elections. She specifically said Accord Party, Labour Party and Social Democratic Party (SDP) are fielding their own candidates for tomorrow’s National Assembly elections, in spite of their adoption of President Goodluck Jonathan. Akinjide, who is the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), made the clarification in a release signed by her and made available to newsmen in Ibadan on Thursday, against the background of an advertorial from the state PDP asking supporters of the three parties to cast all their votes for the PDP. The minister thanked the leaders of Accord Party, LP, SDP and others for adopting President Jonathan as their candidate and assured them they would not regret doing so.

Accord supporters tear Jonathan/Ladoja posters

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Angry supporters of the Accord Party in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Thursday, went round the town tearing a controversial campaign poster bearing the photographs of President Goodluck Jonathan and the party’s governorship candidate, Alhaji Rashidi Ladoja. The pictures of Jonathan and Ladoja are placed side by side on the posters with the logo of the Peoples Democratic Party and Accord. Our correspondent learnt that the supporters took the action on the grounds that the poster was not from the party as they never endorsed nor identified with any presidential candidate. The members alleged that the controversial poster was the handiwork of opposition parties which wanted to create division among lovers of the party. When our correspondent got to the party secretariat at about 9am, hundreds of supporters were observed discussing the incident. A few were calling their associates in different parts of the town to tear the poster wherever it was found. A party chieftain, Pa Jacob Omoniyi, said, “We do not know who did this. We just woke up this morning to find the controversial posters all over the town. The people we suspect are obviously members of opposition parties. We suspect the ruling party. We do not know about it.

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Physically-challenged leads campaign for Buhari in Ibadan

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A physically-challenged man, Alh Wasiu Nurudeen Thursday staged a peaceful support rally in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen Muhammadu Buhari and his running mate, Prof Yemi Osinbajo. Nurudeen who was riding on a wheel chair with Gen Buhair’s posters, started his one man campaign at Agodi secretariat around 7:30am and moved around the state capital to solicit the peoples support for the APC. Presidential candidate on Saturday election. He stated that he is supporting Buhari and Osinbajo because they have conscience and they are the best candidates for the job, adding that he is not an APC members but he is keen on seeing a positive change in governance. Nurudeen said he is out to give direction and advice the masses on who to vote for and who should be voted out. “I am not a politician or a group leader of any society, but I am concerned with what is going on in the country because I am a citizen of this country and I have the right to choose whom I want, and that is Buhari.

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It’s election time, Oyo State: Let the conversations begin on social media.

 

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Yes Oyo state is peculiar in this country and We know that it’s been a fierce battle in the state over the weeks for politicians to win the hearts of the electorates. Different gimmicks, campaign strategies, have been employed by all of them to see that the polls are in their favour this time around including road shows, concerts, townhall meetings, interactive sessions, market square dances, ‘intimidation of oppositions with the use of banners, posters, billboards, convoy of cars, hiring of crowd, distribution of bags of foodstuffs, provision, naira even dollars recently.  Yeah! Finally the elections are here and we proceed this weekend with the first phase which is that of the presidential and senatorial elections. The players are ready to do anything to win while we the electorates are ready to monitor everything as it unfolds in this state. Let the conversation begin on all social media platforms with this hashtag : #reportoyostpolls and lets all follow the polls from all the 33 local government in the state with happenings, photos, videos, files and all relevant information. This is the information age and we will use social media to our benefit to monitor the elections. Follow the conversations also on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by exploring #reportoyostpolls, and lets show the world that we are monitoring.  You can also send emails to reportoyostpolls@gmail.com for heavier files and we will push it to all major social media platforms in the state.
This is what we all can do to help ourselves in our own little ways, sharing information and bringing back sanity to our polity in Oyo State. Let the conversations begin on social media. #reportoyostpolls.

We are ready for presidential elections, says Oyo REC

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The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Oyo State, Rufus Akeju, on Tuesday, expressed confidence that INEC was ready for the presidential and National Assembly elections. Akeju spoke in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital , while receiving 40 boxes of ballot papers delivered at the INEC office by the Branch Controller of the Central Bank of Nigeria in Ibadan, Mr.Musbau Olatinwo. Three trucks conveying the ballot papers labelled ‘presidential elections’ arrived the INEC office some minutes after 2pm on Tuesday. The REC said the delivery of the materials showed that INEC was ready; assuring that the voting materials would be distributed to the local government areas and the polling units according to their largeness. Akeju, however, said the ballot papers would be distributed to the polling units based on the number of persons who have obtained their Permanent Voter Cards, adding that  5 per cent of the number would be added.

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Politician gives scholarship to 1,500 students

 

No fewer than 1,500 students drawn from across the tertiary institutions in the country have been offered scholarship awards to support their educational pursuits by the Oyo State governorship candidate of the Social Democracy Party (SDP), Mr. Oluseyi Makinde. They included physically challenged persons Makinde while speaking at the presentation ceremony held at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Oyo State said “as leaders, we owe it a duty to support the youth to be the best they can be by encouraging them and to guide them in the right direction through our actions and inactions”. He recalled that as a student at the Bishop Philips Academy, Ibadan, he enjoyed free education which propelled him to greater height thus making him to rank among the best global expert in the field of oil fluid and metering anywhere.

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