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Governor Ibikunle Amosun Stages Emergency Meeting Over Aremo Osoba’s Return To APC, As Talks Of Underground Plot To Make Solomon Adeola Party Guber Candidate In 2019 Intensifies Internal Quarrel



Contrary to public posture, the raging conflict between Governor Ibikunle Amosun and returnee state political leader, Aremo Segun Osoba is greatly intensified.

Ironically investigations revealed the reason for this enhanced quarrel to the highly reported peace move that returned former Governor Osoba to the party.

Osoba, who defected to the Social Democratic Party towards the last general election returned to the party last week.
But unusually, he made his return to the party outside Ogun state his political strong hold.

The event which witnessed the attendance of who is who in the party in the southwest took place at his Lagos, home.

With governor Amosun absent, the development resulted in huge speculations.

Fresh information available to us however revealed that Governor Amosun was actually in the dark about the development.

‘’It was a shock to him..he didn’t know the specifics of what was going on, he only learnt of it through informal channels’’ a source stated.
we learnt he immediately staged an emergency meeting of stakeholders in the state after reports of return of Aremo Osoba hit town.

‘’the result was the official statement by the Ogun state chapter of the party that it is not aware Aremo Osoba has returned to the party after he was received by national leaders such as Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Bisi Akande and others’’ a source said

Added digs further reveal the reason behind the state chapter of the party’s proclamation.

‘’the party structure currently lays in the hand of Governor Amosun and it is naturally playing out his script’’ a source divulged.

we learnt at stake is the battle for who controls power in the state in 2019.

Talks in town has it that Osoba’s return is meant to boost the aspiration of Senator Solomon Adeola popularly called Yayi.

The Senator representing Lagos West is said to be gunning for the number one seat in Ogun state in 2019.

He is said to be the favoured candidate of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his power block.

Yayi’s incursion into the politics of Ogun state in 2014/ 2015 resulted in headlong clash with Governor Amosun who discern his objective and was unwilling to encourage rival power block to grow in the state.

To protect his legacy, the Governor is keen to produce his successor in 2019.

An ambition the promoters of Yayi for governor greatly threaten.
And though in the same party, he is currently at odds with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and other promoters of the Yayi for Ogun governor aspiration.

we learnt the currently plot Amosun is trying to stifle is that Aremo Osoba with his return as state party leader would sponsor Senator Adeola’s nomination as a party candidate for the 2019 election – and Asiwaju Tinubu and other backers at the National level would ensure ratification by National executive members of the party.

We confirmed gubernatorial candidates are determined at the national level of political parties.

‘’So getting someone of Osoba’s stature to return and act as sponsor of nomination of Yayi is seen as a political master stroke’’ an insider pointed out .

‘’That is why Gov Amosun has gotten the state chapter of the party to deny Osoba..if he achieves his aim, this would greatly jeopardise the perceived plot against him’’.
We learnt this scenario is creating rumpus in the Ogun state  APC and stakeholders within the state and beyond.

And has naturally heighten political strife between Governor Ibikunle Amosun and Aremo Olusegun Osoba as well as their supporters and their sympathisers as sides are taken and switched with growing knowledge and varying interpretations of issues at stake.

Culled from: Society Now Ng

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Union Bank, WACOT Rice Kick Off Financial Inclusion Drive for Smallholder Farmers in Kebbi



As part of Union Bank’s commitment to driving financial inclusion in Nigeria, the Bank has partnered with WACOT Rice Limited – a rice processing company, to financially include 6,000 local farmers including youth and women in Kebbi State.
The Kebbi Financial Inclusion Drive (KFID) which will cover four Local Government Areas – Argungu, Augie, Suru, and Dandi – is a critical part of WACOT’s Argungu Outgrower Expansion Project funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) West Africa Trade Hub. This program is set to resolve the overwhelming financial inclusion deficit within rural communities in Kebbi.
The financial inclusion initiative is being implemented with technical support from National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), to help the farmers acquire the relevant documentation and identification required to open bank accounts.
Union Bank will facilitate account opening and expand its agency banking network to cover the areas while supporting its agents on ground with digital banking solutions to enable seamless transacting and account management.
Farouk Gumel, Chairman WACOT and Board Chair, Union Bank was on ground in Kebbi State to kick-off the drive and paid a visit to the Kebbi state Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu to discuss expanding the programme state-wide.
In his recent keynote address at the recently concluded and  Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) Conference, Mr. Gumel said:
 “As we work towards achieving financial inclusion to reach the unbanked, we must commit the same resources and investments to rural-local customers as we have done to urban-global clients to help create the growth that will lift us all to collective prosperity.”
WACOT Rice is a subsidiary of TGI Group. TGI Group, through another of its subsidiary Titan Trust Bank, recently acquired Union Bank in a landmark transaction which was announced in 2021.

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In partnership with FirstBank – Nigeria’s premier and leading financial inclusion services provider – Verve International, Africa’s leading payment technology and card business, has launched its third National Consumer promo designed to reward users of FirstBank verve card with exciting gifts and cash prizes to appreciate their patronage and use of the card to carry-out their electronic banking transactions.

The ongoing 2-month promo will end on 30 October 2022 as 20 customers (10 customers per month) with the highest transaction count during the promo will be made millionaires, winning the sum of N1 million each. Also, N20,000 will be won by 25 customers monthly.

On the other hand, 2620 FirstBank verve cardholders that double their transactions every week, stand a chance to enjoy 10% cashback capped at N2,000 per customer.

Speaking on the promo Chuma Ezirim, Group Executive, e-Business & Retail Products, FirstBank said “we appreciate our partnership with Verve Card through the years; a partnership of empowerment and opportunities which include growing the economy, supporting new businesses and preventing unemployment. FirstBank verve card holders are encouraged to keep using their cards as it is a card offering that promotes safe, convenient and rewarding digital banking experience with 20 customers standing a chance to be millionaires at the end of the promo.”

Verve card is a secure debit card that allows cardholders to conveniently meet their daily financial needs such as payment for goods and services, airtime recharge, bill payments, funds transfer, etc. Verve card is accepted across all ATMs, POS, Web and Mobile Platforms in Nigeria.

The promo is also opened to new verve cardholders as non-verve cardholders are encouraged to visit the nearest FirstBank branch today to pick up a Verve card and start getting rewarded!

Only recently, FirstBank – in partnership with Verve – rewarded over 2601 FirstBank verve cardholders with various prizes; including N20,000 cash prize, N10,000 cash prize, N10,000 worth of airtime; power generating sets, refrigerator, cooking gas, smart TV and the grand prize of a brand-new car to a lucky winner.


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Federal Government Orders University Vice-Chancellors To Reopen Schools, Begin Lectures Amid 7 Months Lecturers’ Strike



The government issued the directive through the National Universities Commission (NUC), and a letter signed by its Director, Finance and Accounts, Sam Onazi, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed.

The Nigerian government has directed vice-chancellors to re-open universities and allow students to resume lectures immediately.

The government issued the directive through the National Universities Commission (NUC), and a letter signed by its Director, Finance and Accounts, Sam Onazi, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed.


The letter which The PUNCH obtained on Monday, was reportedly addressed to all vice-chancellors; Pro-Chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities.


“Ensure that ASUU members immediately resume/commence lectures; Restore the daily activities and routines of the various University campuses,” the letter partly reads.

We had reported that the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its ongoing nationwide strike.


It reported that the umbrella body of the lecturers in public universities had declared a warning strike on February 14, to force the Nigerian Government to implement agreements it earlier signed with the union.


The agreement stipulated how university education would be funded for better improvement.


The strike has since rolled over and is now in its seventh month following the government’s failure to implement all the agreements.


Several meetings between ASUU and the Federal Government have ended in a deadlock.


Consequently, the Federal Government went to court to challenge the strike.


The government through its counsel, James Igwe, prayed the court for an interlocutory injunction restraining ASUU from taking further steps as regards the strike, pending the determination of the substantive suit.

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