Governor Seyi Makinde has denied rumours making the rounds that his administration is responsible for the delay in burying the remains of the immediate past governor of the state, Senator Abiola Isiaka Ajimobi.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor,0 Taiwo Adisa in a statement on Saturday indicated that the allegations was blatant false.
The statement added that families of the deceased kept information on the sickness and death of the erstwhile governor from his successor.
The statement read: “In view of the intense enquiries from news media organisations regarding the perceived delay in burying the late former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Oyo State Government wishes to place on record that there is no truth in the rumour making the rounds that the burial is being delayed by the state government.
“The rumour, which is being deliberately spread to give the state government a bad name and to play undue politics with the dead, initially came by the way of social media gossip, which gained traction to attract the attention of traditional media outfits.
“Several media outfits reached out to the Media Office of the Governor of Oyo State to make enquiries on this barefaced lie on Saturday.
“Let it be stated clearly that the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has played no role at all in causing any delay whatsoever regarding the burial of his immediate predecessor, Senator Ajimobi.
“The truth of the matter is that the family, through a proxy, approached the state government and sought approval to bury the late governor on a plot of land at Agodi GRA, which is currently under litigation.
“Incidentally, it was the same former Governor Ajimobi who instituted the legal action.
“Governor Seyi Makinde had no choice than to state the facts as they are to the emissaries and turn down the request.
“Governor Makinde, however, against the established land use rule in Oyo State, gave approval that the family can bury the late governor in his Oluyole Estate residence.
“It is to be noted that the rules guiding land use in Government Reservation Areas (GRA) forbid the burial of bodies in such locations as Oluyole Estate and Agodi GRA.
“Let us also put on record that whereas the family did not follow the laid down protocols in passing information on the sickness and eventual demise of Senator Ajimobi, Governor Makinde overlooked all that and directed the full cooperation of the government with the family on this matter.
“It can only amount to a wicked lie to insinuate that the incumbent government in Oyo State attempted to obstruct the burial of the immediate past governor.
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2023: Peter Obi Promises ‘New Nigeria’ If Elected President
The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, on Monday, headed to Jigawa State in continuation of his campaign ahead of the February 25 presidential election.
Obi assured a crowd of supporters in Dutse that he and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed remain committed to delivering a “new Nigeria” if voted into power at the polls.
“I assure you that we are committed to a new Nigeria. The Nigeria you see today is Nigeria of insecurity, Nigeria of poverty, Nigeria of no work, Nigeria of no roads, Nigeria of no schools. That is what we want to change.
“For several years, we have been under insecurity, poverty, they closed our borders, poverty, and there is no work. The Nigeria we are offering you is a new Nigeria where there will be security, Nigeria will be united, there will be jobs and I will move Nigeria from consumption to production,” Obi said.
The Labour Party flag bearer appealed to Jigawa electorate not to vote next month based on tribe, ethnicity or religion, adding that no tribe, ethnic group or religion buy food cheaper than others.
He also told the people not to accept when anyone tells them it is their turn to become president but insist it is the turn of the people of Nigeria to take back their country.
Thank you Jigawa State for your very Obidient support today. You all made it a huge success. I am grateful! -PO pic.twitter.com/s3QeeHul2p
— Peter Obi (@PeterObi) January 30, 2023
The former Anambra State governor is a main challenger to the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu and that of the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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2023: I Rescued You From Obasanjo’s Onslaught, Tinubu Fires Atiku
….Your Continuous Gaffes, Miscues Are Effects Of Your Failing Health, Ex VP Replies Asiwaju
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has claimed he “rescued” the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar from former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Abubakar, who served as vice-president under Obasanjo, had a running battle with his former principal for years.
Both men reconciled ahead of the 2019 general election.
However, Obasanjo has since thrown his weight behind Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) for this year’s poll.
Speaking on Monday during a campaign rally in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom, Tinubu said: “I am the one that rescued him from Obasanjo who wanted to roast him like goat meat.
“He ran away to Dubai, and when the election came again, he (Atiku) came for stomach infrastructure. We rehabilitated him in Lagos and gave him a ticket but he wasted it and used it to collect money.
“He faced Obasanjo, faced Buhari and failed. He failed with Jonathan. He failed in all his subjects.”
Meanwhile, the camp of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar said the “constant gaffes” of All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate Bola Tinubu were embarrassing.
Tinubu has made over 20 gaffes publicly since he declared his intention to contest, Atiku’s special assistant on public communication Phrank Shaibu indicated on Monday.
A statement he signed said in Tinubu’s rally in Akwa Ibom, the APC flagbearer goofed about making Atiku a Senate President though his opponent never contested any legislative election.
Shaibu noted that the former Lagos governor’s gaffes and miscues are “effects of his failing health” which present danger to national security.
The aide recalled Tinubu’s comment on recruitment of 50 million youths into the Army to solve the unemployment problem, advice to Nigerians to renew their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) before they expire, among others.
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2023: Any Attempt To Slam Anti-Party Allegations Against Me, G-5 Allies Will Have Consequences, Wike Warns PDP Leaders
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has revealed he would “hit back” the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Tuesday.
The governor, a member of the G5, spoke on Monday at a campaign rally in Etche Local Government Area of the state.
Wike reacted to the alert by the PDP national leadership about some lawyers appearing in court without legal briefs and authorisation.
The PDP said it would not hesitate to take stringent measures on any infractions that are misleading, questionable and fraudulent.
The spokesperson Debo Ologunagba referred to Article 42 of PDP’s constitution (as amended in 2017) which places the exclusive responsibility of conducting litigations on the National Legal Adviser.
Ologunagba stated that only the official has the competence to engage external solicitors to handle cases on behalf of the party.
On Monday, Wike warned the PDP leadership that any attempt to slam anti-party allegations against him and allies would have consequences.
“Anti-party begets anti-party. You seen what they did? We took small parties in Rivers to court…APC, SDP.
“The people in Abuja that say they are national went and collude, wrote to our lawyers to hands off the case in plan to kill the cases we filed.
“I have told him to remove them. No problem, the cases will die. Me too, I’ll hit them back by tomorrow,” the Rivers helmsman hinted
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