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By Olamide Yinusa

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has reeled out his achievements within the 1095 day in office as the government.

In doing this, Prince Abiodun said, “the hope for a much better delivery of dividends of democracy is rooted in our faith in God, support from the good people of Ogun State, and several achievements that your government – our Administration – has recorded since you entrusted us with your mandate in 2019.

The Governor disclosed that the steady progress which could be verified with visible projects across the State was in tandem with the mantra –

BuildingOurFutureTogether #ISEYA.

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Prince Abiodun
Romain Kakpo

By Olufemilade Oyinade

Union of Beninese Resident in Nigeria (UBEN), Ogun State Chapter has congratulated Prince Dapo Abiodun, the Governor of Ogun State on his victory at the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary recently held in the state and also rejoiced with him as he clocked 62.

In a Press Statement signed by the President of the Union, Mr. Romain Kakpo, the union said the fact that Prince Abiodun received almost all the votes by the total accredited delegates remained a testimony to his people-oriented style of administration which has translated into massive infrastructural facilities his government has put in place since he assumed office as the Governor of the state.

He stated that they were grateful to him on his huge investment in the Agricultural sector which has provided employments opportunities for many of their members who are farmers across the state, expressing optimism that the Governor’s drive and continuous efforts in the sector would, in no time, turn the state to food basket of the Nigerian nation.

The Beninese President believed the unprecedented achievements Prince Abiodun has recorded by setting up farm settlements in many parts of the divisions of the state, of which they are beneficiaries has shown his concerns about the wellbeing of the people of the state, understanding the importance of food in human existence.

UBEN President said they were not surprised by the feat recorded by the Ogun State Governor because, according to him, he has demonstrated his inclusiveness of his administration with many of his strides, such as security which had made it possible for their members to go about their duties and responsibilities without any fear of molestation or deprivation.

He urged the Governor to keep up the good work in the service of the people as his massive investments in road construction and housing have not only stimulated business development and provided shelter for the people but also employment opportunities for their members in construction, building and allied works.

The Beninese congratulated the Governor on his 62th birthday and prayed to God to give him the Grace to mark many more years.

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Arrested cult Group

By Our Reporter

No fewer than 11 suspected members of the Aiye confraternity have been arrested for allegedly killing three persons in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, in one day.

Police said this group were “responsible for the killing of one Olaosebikan Tejuosho” and two others on March 25, 2022.

The Ogun State police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said on Sunday that the suspects identified themselves as: Quadri Ogunsanya a.k.a (Oguns), Jamiu Kehinde (a.k.a General Smart) Makinde Azeez, Makinde Ifajimin, Makinde Fashakin, Adenekan Samuel (a.k.a Adiye), Waris Ismail, Olamilekan Hamsat (a.k.a Diara), Bamidele Waliu, Makinde Faleke and Ajeifa Arifasope.

Oyeyemi disclosed that they were apprehended at Itoku area of Abeokuta, following credible information.

He said the command had intelligence that the cultists, who were said to have been involved in series of bloody cult clashes, within the metropolis, were planning another onslaught at Itoku area.”

CSP Shobiyi Oluwatosin, who is the Officer-in-charge the anti-cultist unit, was said to have mobilized his men to the area where the eleven suspects were apprehended.

“On interrogation, the suspects confessed being members of the dreaded Eiye cult group and they confessed their involvement in series of cult clashes, one of which led to the killing of one Olaosebikan Tejuosho at Isale Abetu area of Abeokuta on March 25, 2022.

“They also confessed being responsible for the killing of one Habib Mego and one other person simply known as School boy (real name unknown) at Omida area of Abeokuta all on the same day,” he said.

The Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has ordered that the past activities of the suspects be investigated, adding that other members of the group must be fished out and brought to book.

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Dapo Abiodun with Adewunmi Onanuga

By Olufemilade Oyinade

Honourable Adewunmi Oriyomi Onanuga, a member of House of Representatives, representing Remo Federal Constituency has felicitated Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun on the occasion of his 62 birthday.

Adewunmi described the Governor as a pride to members of the ruling party and a light which according to her that could not be dim, adding that his administration has turned the state to destination of choice.

Honourable Onanuga’s message read’

“I wholeheartedly congratulate the leading leader of our great party APC, the performing and influential Governor of our dear State, His Excellency Prince Dapo Abiodun MFR on reaching the milestone of six decades and two years on the land of the living.

Your Excellency Sir, you are a pride to us and a light which can never be turned dim, your reign as pilot of the Gateway State has turned the State to destination of Choice, my prayer for you on this special day is that God in His infinite mercies continue to guide you, grant you wisdom like Solomon and gift you health cum vitality as you continue to render qualitative service to our dear State.

Happy birthday Your Excellency.

Many many returns!

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By Olamide Yinusa

Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, has appealed to those who lost in the recent All Progressives Congress (APC) primary elections held across the state to remain calm and take the outcome of the elections in good spirit.

This is just as he promised that they would be duly compensated for their show of sportsmanship, acknowledging their resilience.

Abiodun made the promise on Sunday at the Presidential Lodge, Abeokuta, while addressing members of the state executive committee of the party, secretariat staff and some party faithful, to commemorate his 62 birthday and third year in office.

The governor, who recalled his experiences while seeking political office, said he had contested several elections and lost, explaininh that as far as the recent primary elections were concerned, there are no winners or losers.

“We had about 180 people who aspired to go to the House of Assembly, 80 aspired to go to the House of Representatives and I am not even sure of the number of those who wanted to go to the Senate. Of course, out of those who contested, we had those who were serious and those who were obviously comedians.

“I am not an emperor by any chance and this is not my family inheritance. I am holding this position in trust for all the people of this state and I have vowed to be fair, just and equitable and this is my solemn agreement I made between the Almighty God and myself.

“To that extent, I have tried in every way to find a consensus around those to be chosen. I ensured that I consulted the party leadership because this is a democracy. In some instances, the person I actually wanted has not emerged and in some instances, they have, but all of us would not emerge. Regardless of that, I want us to see ourselves as winners and I can assure you that you will be well taken care of”, the governor said.

He, however, appreciated the people for their support and prayers, saying “I have tried with all sense of humility knowing fully well that it is by the grace of God and the collective will of all of you that I am standing here and I will not take it for granted”.

Abiodun, while also acknowledging the contributions of the state
executive members and his staff, he urged them not to relent, but work harder to ensure that the state is well positioned just as he observed that the current administration conducted the most transparent and fairest governorship primary election in the history of the state.

The governor said the day of the governorship primary election was triple celebrations as the current administration clocked three years in office and coincided with his sixty two years birthday.

He stressed that those who have supported the party in getting to its present position needs to be appreciated, while those that have lost their lives should also all be remembered.

Abiodun assured that his government would continue to prioritize the welfare of the people by ensuring that programmes and policies are people-oriented.

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Senator Adeola

By Olufemilade Oyinade

Senator Olamilekan Solomon Adeola popularly called Yayi has won Ogun West Senatorial primary of All Progressives Congress (APC), beating incumbent Senator Tolu Odebiyi ahead of 2023 election.

Adeola who is the chairman, Senate Committee on Finance, scored 294 votes to while Tolu Odebiyi polled no vote out of 294 delegates accredited across the district’s five local governments.

A breakdown of the voting showed Adeola scoring the following: Imeko – 49, Ado Odo Ota – 80, Ipokia -60, Yewa North – 55 and
Yewa South – 50 votes.

Earlier before the commencement of the primary, Senator Tolu Odebiyi, had boasted he was the only person in the race for the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket.

The Senator arrived the venue of the primary around 12:48pm with some of his supporters and confidently told reporters who had gathered that he would triumph at the primary

His confidence stemmed from that fact that two other aspirants: Hon. Abiodun Isiaq Akinlade and three – time governorship candidate in the state, Prince Gboyega Nasiru Isiaka (GNI) had stepped down days earlier to take up House of Representatives tickets respectively.

However, the arrival of his challenger, Senator Adeola around 1:28pm
changed the narratives
as the teeming faithfuls of the party gave him a rousing welcome. This was later manifested in the huge votes Senator Yayi received and thereby thwarting the desire and desire of the Iboro town born Senator Odebiyi from returning to the red chamber after the end of his current term.

The Senatorial district primary election for Ogun West was conducted inside Orona Hall, Ilaro, the Headquarters of Yewa South Local Government Area of the State.

The chairman of Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Solomon Adeola (YAYI) whose expression of interest and nomination forms were purchased for him by no fewer than 81 people from Ogun West, including octogenarians, expressed the confidence that heeding the calls of his people to return home would bring more blessings to the zone.

294 delegates cutting across five local government areas in Ogun West cast their votes at the primary where Dr. Dapo Odukoya was chairman of APC Senatorial Primary Committee.

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Otunba Gbenga Daniel

By Bisade Ojoye

Former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel has won Ogun East Senatorial primary unopposed as the incumbent, Senator Lekan Mustapha and former Commission for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye stepped down for him.

We gathered the withdrawal of the former Commissioner of Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye and that of incumbent Senator of the Senatorial District, Senator Lekan Mustapha was announced by Dr. Babatunde Ipaye.

We had been hinted the Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun had intervened in the contestation among Otunba Daniel and Sen. Mustapha and Dr. Ipaye, adding that a meeting was called with representatives of Awujale and paramount ruler of Ijebuland and that of Akarigbo and Chairman, Ogun State Council of Obas where the issue was resolved amicably after the Traditional rulers had

Before Dr. Ipaye’s announcement, we gathered a meeting was holding while the delegates were awaiting the outcome of the final meeting. After few hours, their withdrawal was announced.

We gathered that the Dr. Babatunde Ipaye purposely came to the venue of primary that they were stepping down for Daniel .

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Hon. Olumide Osoba

By Olufemilade Oyinade

Olumide Osoba, son of former governor of Ogun, Chief Segun Osoba; Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka; a former three-time member of the House of Representatives, Hon Abiodun Akinlade and current Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Local Government, Afolabi Afuape have all secured the primaries of House of Representatives of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Osoba, who is currently representing, Abeokuta North, Odeda and Obafemi Owode Federal Constituency polled a total vote of 118 during the House of Representatives’ primary while Mr Taiwo Oludotun polled 40 votes and Adegbenga Adeshina had 30 votes.

The incumbent Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Ogun State, Hon. Afolabi Afuape also secured the ticket for Abeokuta South Federal Constituency as he polled 54 votes to defeat Afeez Balogun who scored 20 votes while Sunday Akamo had one vote.

Gboyega Nosiru Isiaka (GNI) and Akinlade secured tickets to contest for Yewa North/ Imeko-Afon and Yewa South and Ipokia Federal constituencies respectively.

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By Olamide Yinusa

The organisers of Headies has said that it might disqualify, Habeed Okikiola popularly known and called Portable over his death threat to co-nominees of its 2022 edition.

They broke the news in a statement broadcast via HipTV, its satellite TV channel on Friday.

The Headies unveiled the nominees for its 2022 edition on Tuesday. Portable was nominated to vie in the ‘Rookie of the Year’ and ‘Best Street-Hop Artiste’ categories.

In the ‘Rookie of the Year’ category, he is expected to compete with Av, Fave, Magixx, and Ugoccie.
For the second category, he is pitted against Bella Shmurda, Mohbad, Naira Marley, and Goya Menor among others.

But in a video on Wednesday, Portable, claimed other nominees are no match for him and threatened to kill anyone who won any of the categories in his place.

In its public announcement, The Headies said it might be forced to disqualify the singer if he failed to retract his statement and issue an apology on his social media pages.

“We have notified the Nigerian police of Mr. Okokiola’s actions to fellow nominees,” the organisers stated.

“Also, demand for the immediate retraction of the video as well as a written apology to nominees in both categories and to The Headies has been made.

“Should Mr. Okikiola fail to meet our demands, we will not only disqualify him from participating in The Headies but also enforce the instrumentality of the law.

“The general public are hereby implored to disregard the video and stop the dissemination of same in the public space.”

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Senator Aishatu Binani

By Sunday James

Aishatu Binani, the senator representing Adamawa Central, has won the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary in the state.

Binani who was the only female aspirant at the primary, defeated Nuhu Ribadu, former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and Jibrilla Bindow, former governor of the state, to emerge the winner of the race.

Although the exercise took place on Thursday, she was declared the winner on Friday morning in Yola, the state capital.

Binani polled 430 votes to beat Bindow who had 103 votes and Ribadu, who secured 288 votes.

She will be contesting against Ahmadu Fintiri, the incumbent governor of the state, in the 2023 gubernatorial election.

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Pastor Chibuzor with Deborah’s mother

By Tony Allen

The parents of Deborah Yakubu, a student in Sokoto state who was stone to death by some religious fanatics for alleged blasphemous statements have been gifted 14 flats and a car by the General Overseer of Omega Power Ministry, Pastor Chibuzor Chinyere.

Sharing photos on its official Facebook page, the Pastor said the car was included in the gift to help the family of the deceased, who are currently in Port Harcourt.

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By Azubuike Nkem

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha.

Operatives of the Anti-graft commission laid seige on Okorocha’s Maitama home for almost 9 hours as the senator resisted attempts to arrest him.

Several women also stormed the residence protesting against the arrest but were soon dispersed by Police officers who deployed Teargas and several gunshots in the air.

Operatives of the anti-corruption agency then proceeded to pull down bullet proof doors to access Okorocha.

He was led into a waiting bus and then driven off amidst a large convoy of Security Operatives.