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Ondo Governorship Election: APC has not given Aiyedatiwa any special privilege

Why Ayedatiwa is the best man for the job, by Ajanaku

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That IDOWU AJANAKU, former Director of media and media for Akeredolu ,former Special Adviser to Governor Akinwumi Ambode , a close ally of President Bola Tinubu is from Idogun,Ose local government areas of Ondo State. In this interview, he speaks on the forthcoming governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) in Ondo State and why the issue of continuity should be taken into consideration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Ayedatiwa is the best man for the job, by Ajanaku

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The National Working Committee of APC had said there won’t be any automatic ticket for all aspirants in the next gubernatorial primary schedule for April, including Governor Aiyedatiwa, does this not sound counterproductive?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are 3 ways specified in the Constitution of the APC for choosing candidates for elective offices. The first is through Direct Primaries where every member of the party votes for the candidate of their choice; the second is through Delegates where elected delegates are the ones to vote in the primaries to choose the candidate for the office; and the third is through Consensus where there is only one candidate for the office or where all the candidates other candidates decide to step down for one of them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The NWC of APC has not said anything to undermine anyone;they have only reiterated what is in the Constitution of the party that where there is more than one candidates there would be primaries election. This was done in Kogi recently, nothing they have said is new. You may also recollect that in 2020, the Late Arakunrin Akeredolu contested as a sitting Governor in the primaries to become the candidate of the party in that election. It cannot be counter-productive and cannot in anyway be to the disadvantage of any candidate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why should Aiyedatiwa be given special privilege over other contestants?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As far as I can see , no special privilege have been given to him by the National leadership but you can see that he is shoulder higher than all the other candidates in this contest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The reasons are not farfetched. Ayedatiwa has been part and parcel of the vision of Akeredolu since 2012. He was involved in production and publicizing of the 5 point Agenda designated AKETI in the first attempt at the Governorship of Ondo State which did not succeed at that time. He never left the party. Even when he wanted to go the Senate in 2019 and the National leadership decided to return the sitting Federal Legislators he took it in good faith and did not follow the others who decided to run in the AA party against the APC. This is a testament to his consistency in the progressive fold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In terms of experience he had served as Commissioner in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), a full-fledged Deputy Governor, an Acting Governor and now a sitting Governor. Who amongst the other contestant can parade such experience in governance, tell me?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was reported that one of the aspirants said he wants to provide leadership for the party and the state. This is after becoming everything he wanted in the PDP! He had never been part of the progressive fold. Is it not the same person who in the full glare of the media in 2015 during the Presidential campaign for PDP,told the whole world that APC should be sweeping the country with their broom while PDP would remain in power? This is a fair weather politician who is neither here nor there but only constant in his thirst for power and cannot be trusted.

 

Another one who created a crisis in his party by holding parallel congresses and holding the candidate down in court until they lost the election and who has never been a part of the progressive fold is claiming to have the magic wand. The magic wand with which he had always ran anything he touches aground is not what Ondo state needs now.

 

This was the same man who went completely against the President and the party in the election for the Senate President. In fact he moved the motion for the nomination of the other candidate against the wish of the party leadership. How do you trust that kind of individual?

 

It is a fact that majority of the aspirants jostling for the APC ticket in Ondo State today are images of the PDP who used fake soldiers to drive out the progressive government under the leadership of Adefarati in 2003. They are the same people regrouping to steal the ticket of the APC to foster their conservative and reactionary ideals on the State reputed as the cradle of the progressive politics in Nigeria. APC cannot be deceived – the wind has blown and we have seen whatever they believed they were hiding!

 

 

 

Do you not foresee a scenario where other aspirants may work against the incumbent governor if he wins the primary?

 

 

 

At the end of the day when Ayedatiwa wins the ticket it will separate the wheat from the shaft. It is the shaft that would be blown away.

 

Do not forget that after the primaries, the candidate will become the candidate of the party and all the genuine members of the progressive stock in the State will work for his victory. Moreover, the man is already showing signs of good leadership and has demonstrated capacity for progressive ideas. He still has over seven months to further impress the people of Ondo State and deliver the dividend of democracy such that there would no reason why genuine members of the party and the people of Ondo State would not vote for him.

 

Here is a man who gave the members recognition for the first time since 2016 when he gathered them in a stakeholder forum recently. The members of the party were elated and joyous. It would be a pipe dream for anyone to think he would be able to rally such people against him after he has won the party’s ticket. They will only labour in vain. Mark my words when Ayedatiwawins the ticket of the party, he will win the governorship election by landslide God’s grace.

 

 

 

Aiyedatiwa runs a joint ticket with the late Governor RotimiAkeredolu, so the deceased governor was said to have governed Ondo State below the expectations. What then justified him to continue?

 

 

 

 

Everyone who wants to run for governorship in Ondo state hasbeen saying they are banking on what Akeredolu has done. One of the aspirants is even laying claim to be the anointed successor to Akeredolu even though he could not point to a single eye witness to corroborate his claim . He could not even remember the date he was told by the late Akeredolu according to him.Why are they trying to use his reputation of he has done nothing?

 

It is a notorious fact is that Akeredolu achievements in office cannot be wished away. You cannot wish away the formation of the Amotekun security force which he championed to stem the tide of the devilish move by killers herdsmen in Ondo State and the Southwest in general even at the risk of his second term ticket. He rose in defense of his people.

 

The Flyover at Ore is the first of its kind in the entire state. The dangerous Oke alabojuto at oka that has led to the death of many people was conquered by Akeredolu. The construction of many roads were started and completed across the state. It was rather unfortunate that the health challenge truncated his move for many more groundbreaking achievements that could have been recorded amongst which is the seaport for Ondo State and completion of many other road projects.

 

These achievements by the Akeredolu/Ayedatiwa government cannot be wished away. There is no way you can also write that history without recognising the supportive role that Ayedatiwaplayed as the Deputy Governor to Late Arakunrin Akeredolu. It cannot be an albatross but rather a blessing that Ayedatiwaserved meritoriously with Akeredolu to deliver the dividend of democracy to the Ondo State people within the resources available to them. He is justified to continue, to do better and also correct any perceived wrong that anyone may think of the past. He will be running the new regime with a huge benefit of hindsight that any other person cannot have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the perceptions that may work against the incumbent is that of a traitor, won’t this work against him?

 

The first question to ask those who are plying this narrative is whether they heard the Late Arakurin Akeredolu when he as Governor he made a public declaration and pronouncement the day they were sworn in? In the full glare of the public and the media he thanked him for his loyalty and declared him as his successor. How does this translate to betrayal?

 

There is no public evidence that Akeredolu ever changed his mind on his perception of the person of Governor Lucky Ayedatiwa all through his lifetime. This brouhaha started the day he pronounced him his successor. The people who thought that they should have been the one to take Ayedatiwa’s place started working overtime from that moment trying to draw a wedge between them. They were the one who were peddling this false narrative to paint him in bad light.

 

Unfortunately the ill-health of Akeredolu provided the room for this cabal to hijack the system and even the man to the extent that they rendered him incommunicado in his last moment. They were the only ones that could see him and publish whatever they like. There was no time and evidence all through the time that Ayedatiwa ever came out to fight his boss.

 

When they met with the President, they could not provide any evidence to the claim that Ayedatiwa was working against the boss when they were asked for it. This was why they were unable to impeach him. The question of being a ‘traitor’ has no basis it only existed in the figment of the imagination of the cabals who thought Ondo State was in their pocket to plunder as they wish. They underestimated God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you believe that zoning will work in favour of Aiyedatiwaboth in the primary and real polls?

 

 

 

The reality is that this was already an agreement by stakeholders that this should be zoned to the south. It was clear that after the 8 years of Mimiko from Ondo central, and Akeredolu from the North, it is only natural and just that the Governorship seat should go to Ondo South. This was the slogan during Akeredolu’s campaign for second term and that was why for the first time in the history of the state the progressive won in the enclave of the PDP in Ondo South overwhelmingly. It is also the reason why most of the aspirants are from Ondo South this time around.

 

Ayedatiwa is well-placed being from Ilaje in Ondo South, the area that lays the golden egg for the state. In terms of Zoning heis favoured and as the incumbent Governor, he has an edge over others.

 

The APC has a protocol and laid down procedure for choosing their candidates. They will not give their ticket to outsiders. I am talking as an insider with benefit of insight that there are certain prerequisite the APC has in choosing their candidates.

 

By April 17th, you will see the reality of all that I have said.

 

Again on loyalty, this Governor Ayedatiwa gave Akeredolu the first bullet proof vehicle when he was nominated as the Candidate of the Party in 2012.

 

Above all, I believe that there is a finger of God in Ayedatiwa’sascension to the office of Governor and this will also show in his subsequently getting the ticket of the party and winning the gubernatorial election in November this year.

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Supplementary Budget: Centre Lauds Reps Appropriations Chair Bichi Over Thorough Scrutiny, Public Engagement

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Supplementary Budget: Centre Lauds Reps Appropriations Chair Bichi Over Thorough Scrutiny, Public Engagement

Supplementary Budget: Centre Lauds Reps Appropriations Chair Bichi Over Thorough Scrutiny, Public Engagement

 

 

The Centre for Accountability and Probity (CAP) has commended the Chairman of the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, Rt. Hon. Abubakar Bichi, for his commitment to transparency and accountability.

 

Supplementary Budget: Centre Lauds Reps Appropriations Chair Bichi Over Thorough Scrutiny, Public Engagement

 

In a statement signed by Princess Ajibola Naomi, its Coordinating President, the Centre said the recent transmission of the supplementary budget has been met with thorough scrutiny and public engagement by Bichi.

Naomi said that in his characteristic manner, Bichi is engaging stakeholders, conducting public hearings, and scrutinizing the executive bill to ensure that the supplementary budget serves the best interests of Nigerians.

“Bichi’s innovative approach to the budgetary process has introduced a new level of transparency and accountability, setting a benchmark for future budgetary processes,” she said.

“His commitment to ensuring that every detail is scrutinized, and the executive accounts for every penny, is a testament to his dedication to the Nigerian people.

“Bichi has introduced public engagement and scrutiny of the budget estimates, ensuring that stakeholders’ inputs are considered.

“He has also conducted public hearings to ensure transparency and accountability and analysed every detail of the executive bill to prevent misappropriation of funds.

“Furthermore, he has ensured that the supplementary budget aligns with the priorities of Nigerians.”

In addition, Naomi said Bichi has also improved the budget process by ensuring timely submission of budget estimates by MDAs, conducting regular oversight visits to monitor project implementation, and engaging with civil society organizations to ensure inclusivity and transparency.

She noted that the Appropriations Committee has also utilised technology to enhance budget tracking and monitoring, and provided clear and concise budget reports for easy understanding.

“Bichi’s leadership has changed the narrative in the budgetary process, promoting transparency and accountability,” she added. “His commitment to ensuring that the executive accounts for every penny has given Nigerians confidence in the budgetary process”.

The Centre for Accountability and Probity, therefore, urged Nigerians not to worry about the budget, as Bichi’s commitment ensures that it will be utilized effectively for the benefit of all Nigerians.

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ECOWAS PARLIAMENT REITERATE CALL FOR IMPROVED WOMEN REPRESENTATION IN GOVERNANCE

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ECOWAS PARLIAMENT REITERATE CALL FOR IMPROVED WOMEN REPRESENTATION IN GOVERNANCE

ECOWAS PARLIAMENT REITERATE CALL FOR IMPROVED WOMEN REPRESENTATION IN GOVERNANCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That The First Lady Oluremi Tinubu says women have to learn how to obtain power the e ECOWAS Female Parliamentarian Association has held its Spotlight Initiative with the theme; Re-thinking Women’s Proportional Representation in Governance.

 

 

 

 

ECOWAS PARLIAMENT REITERATE CALL FOR IMPROVED WOMEN REPRESENTATION IN GOVERNANCE

 

 

 

 

The First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Oluremi Tinubu noted that the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration has made significant progress in this regard but barriers still exist especially culturally and socially.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“These barriers include deeply entrenched societal norms, systemic discriminatory practices, structural issues within our political systems, and financial incapability”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“To achieve this across board, we must be seen to walk the talk. For instance, our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has taken significant steps to remove financial barriers by making nomination forms for elective positions free at grassroots level, ensuring that capable and qualified women can participate in the political process without the burden of prohibitive costs”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senator Oluremi Tinubu commended the Federal House of Representatives for its recent passage of the Bill seeking 74 seats for women in the National Assembly in a bid to encourage more female participation in politics and governance.

 

 

 

 

 

ECOWAS PARLIAMENT REITERATE CALL FOR IMPROVED WOMEN REPRESENTATION IN GOVERNANCE

 

 

 

 

“I believe that the leadership in the Senate is gender-friendly”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Power is not served A’lar carte, just as my husband, President Bola Tinubu said. You have to learn how to obtain power. You need older women to mentor you”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Education is the cornerstone of empowerment. By improving access to education for girls and women, we can equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate effectively in political processes. Additionally, raising awareness about the importance of women’s representation in governance is crucial. Public campaigns, media engagement, and community programs can help shift societal attitudes and dismantle stereotypes that hinder women’s political participation”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament who is also the first female to occupy the position, Rt Hon Hadija Memounatou Ibrahimah in her remarks urged the First Lady of Nigeria to serve as the champion of the course of better representation for women in governance in the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This she noted is especially so with the commendable contributions to the issues of women and girls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Your Excellency, you transmit a kind of light that illuminates the leadership of Nigeria. It touches the lives of even the ordinary man”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Women account for half of the population of ECOWAS member States. Only 17% are Parliamentarians and 24% are Ministers in the region. It is high time to reduce the under representation of women in democracy”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Senate President, Senator Godwill Akpabio who was represented by the Deputy Senate President Jibrin Barau stated that for the Senate, women participation in governance is a priority.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We will redefine the power of women in governance”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the Session, the First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu in a nostalgic move, visited the newly renovated hallowed Red Chamber. She commended the leadership of the senate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The First Lady was a 3 term Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District till 2023.

 

 

SIGNED

Busola Kukoyi

SSA Media to the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

22nd July,2024

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US Election: Democratic Party Listens To Primate Ayodele, Drops Joe Biden As Presidential Candidate

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*US Election: Democratic Party Listens To Primate Ayodele, Drops Joe Biden As Presidential Candidate

 

The build-up to the presidential election in the United States of America took a different turn yesterday when Joe Biden announced his withdrawal from the presidential race which will be coming up in December.

His withdrawal comes after he has faced an obvious health challenge which made his last debate with opposition candidate, Donald Trump an embarrassment.

This announcement follows the advice that popular Nigerian prophet, Primate Elijah Ayodele gave to the democratic party regarding Joe Biden’s chances at the election. In a statement that went viral last week, Primate Ayodele advised the ruling party to drop Joe Biden as the presidential candidate because he would not be able to defeat Donald Trump.

These were his words:

’If the Democratic Party wants to win, Joe Biden must be dropped from the race. He should be replaced with either Kamala Harris or Josh Shapiro.

“These are the ones that can match Trump if not; Joe Biden’s candidacy will disappoint the Democratic Party.’’

US 2024: ‘Drop Biden, replace him with Kamala or Shapiro’ – Primate Ayodele to Democrats

Barely one week after his prophetic advice, Joe Biden has been dropped as presidential candidate while he also endorsed Kamala Harris as candidate, one of those Primate Ayodele suggested as likely candidates that can defeat Donald Trump.

It is worthy of note that the withdrawal of Joe Biden from the presidential race due to health challenges had been foretold by Primate Ayodele in January 2021 when Joe Biden was just newly sworn in.

In a statement that went viral, Primate Ayodele mentioned that Joe Biden’s second term was not certain and that he should pray fervently against health challenges.

These were his words:

“Joe Biden needs to pray concerning his health.I foresee troubles coming for him. Also, his second term ambition is not certain.”

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Also, when some men of God in Nigeria gave prophecies that the ‘number 2 in US will become number 1’, making an impression that Joe Biden would resign or be removed from office as US President, Primate Ayodele spoke again and assured that Biden would finish his first term even though he will face health challenges but God will sustain him till the end.

These were his words:

‘’God will sustain him to finish well, his emergence is a fulfilment of God’s word. I want to urge him to rule with the fear of God. His first term will be faced with health challenges. He will complete his first term and perform well. No matter the health challenges, God will stabilize him,”

Joe Biden will face health challenges – Primate Ayodele

Joe Biden’s tenure will be coming to an end in about six months but it doesn’t appear he will resign or be removed from office as President. He won’t only be seeking re-election, knocking out other prophecies about his resignation and fulfilling the prophecy of Primate Elijah Ayodele.

It would also be recalled that Primate Ayodele foretold the emergence of Joe Biden as the President after giving several advises to the democratic party about the viability of his candidacy and chances at the election in 2020.

Primate Ayodele’s fulfilled prophecies on Joe Biden’s political career are not surprising or strange; he is known for his consistent prophetic warnings and revelations to presidents of nations that end up paying heavily for disobedience in a situation where they ignore the prophecy of this enigmatic man of God.

Several instances include the removal of Ali Bongo as president of Gabon in 2023 after the prophet warned him the previous year not to seek re-election because he would be removed from office. The prophet conspicuously revealed that Bongo’s time was up and all he had to do was to handover to someone else to avoid being removed from office. Unfortunately, Bongo refused the warnings of Primate Ayodele and was made to face a disgraceful removal.

‘’ Gabonese president, your time is up, I am seeing a crisis, if not coup d’etat, because of your health why not resign, why do you want to die on this seat? I am telling you what the Lord has said, your staying on the throne is killing you but because you are self-centered. This is enough warning for you, you are incapacitated but no one is telling you the truth. I am telling you to humble yourself, resign, and handover to someone who can do better so that you won’t cause a crisis in your country’’

Likewise, the president of Kenya, William Ruto was warned by Primate Ayodele before he started facing the unforeseen crisis of the ‘Gen Zs’ calling for his removal as President of Kenya. The prophet who foretold his surprising victory at the elections in 2022 warned him shortly after his election to be careful of policies that will make people rise up against him. He advised him not to be careful of his tax policies as it may cause an uprising against him but unfortunately, he failed to listen and as a result, he is currently facing a revolutionary uprising against his leadership in Kenya.

‘’Kenya: The country should pray not to see an assassination or removal of a governor. The country’s economic policy will be alarming. Ruto will come up with different policies to see that Kenya gets better but he won’t be appreciated. Oppositions will come out strongly against him. All the efforts of Ruto to make Kenya better will be faced with challenges.’’

The former prime minister of UK, Rishi Sunak is another global figure that failed to listen to Primate Ayodele’s prophecy and suffered unnecessarily for it. Before the election that saw his party lose its majority for the first time in decades, Primate Ayodele had said that Rishi Sunak’s time was up and that his party would not get enough seats to remain in power after the UK general election. He made it known that they will be disappointed basically because of the policies of the Prime Minister.

These were his words:

‘’Rishi’s time is up because his party will not make any headway. In the coming election, his party will face disappointment and will not get enough seats. Rishi’s policies will affect his party’s chances in the election, they will not have any headway in the coming election.’’

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The unfortunate death of the vice president of Malawi, Saulos Chilima alongside other notable figures in the country in an ill-fated helicopter crash was also foretold by Primate Ayodele. The prophet, who also wrote a letter to the president, had said in a publication that there will be a national mourning in Malawi except the people can pray to avert it.

‘’Malawi: The president’s efforts will not be appreciated despite all his efforts to stabilise the economy. The opposition will frustrate his efforts and he will have compounded issues in his party. “The country’s currency will continue to depreciate and the country will have troubles from natural disasters. The president needs to pray for his good health and electricity will be challenging for them. Let them pray against calamity that will bring the country to mourn.”

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Likewise, Primate Ayodele warned Nigerians as far back as 2022 not to vote for the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2023 presidential election as he foresaw that there will be too much hardship in the country if the party returns to power. In a viral video, the prophet analyzed all that would happen if APC remains in power and as he said, the current economic hardship in the country has never been seen before in just one year of President Tinubu’s government.

Asides the remarkable prophecies that have come to pass, there are several others that are still in the pipeline of getting fulfilled if those involved fail to listen.

The former president of Ghana, John Mahama has been warned severally by Primate Ayodele regarding his ambition to return to the seat of power. The man of God had said that Mahama has all it takes to be president of Ghana again but he hasn’t done the right thing. He stated that failure to do the right thing would make him lose the election to the Vice President, Mahamadu Bawumia who is also in the race.

Likewise, Primate Ayodele has advised the service chiefs of Nigeria that if they want to end insecurity in the country, they should build three strong towers for God. The country has been facing insecurity for several years and according to the prophet, the strong towers would lead to a complete stop of insecurity in the country but as we speak, the service chiefs are yet to do anything regarding the spiritual advice shared by Primate Ayodele.

For several others who have been warned by Primate Ayodele, it’s advisable that they listen and yield to his prophetic warnings so they won’t end up like Ali Bongo, Rishi Sunak, William Ruto, to mention but a few.

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