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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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Controversial Sterling Bank caught in the act! CBN sanctions, parades officials for hoarding new naira notes [VIDEO]




Officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) have discovered N6 million of the new naira notes hoarded in Sterling Bank Plc, Ado Ekiti branch on Bank Road, Ado Ekiti in Ekiti State, having received the funds for over two weeks, THE WITNESS reports.


In a trending video on social media, seen by THE WITNESS, a man who identified himself as Oluwole Owoeye, a deputy director of CBN, while monitoring the distribution of the new naira notes in the state, was seen questioning the bank officials as to why they have not uploaded the funds into their Automated Teller Machines, (ATMs), despite having six of the machines in place.


The CBN director also announced a fine of N1 million for each day the fund was in the bank’s custody.


The CBN official said, “I am currently at Sterling Bank, on Bank Road as part of the new naira notes monitoring compliance with the guidelines by CBN. They have N6 million, which they collected from the bank for almost two weeks, they have not disbursed any. They said they are yet to configure their ATMs, I do not know why that and I have brought attention to the penalty clause of N1 million per day, because they have five ATMs here, they have no reason for keeping this money.


“The zonal service manager, Tunde Onipede promised that by 10:00am latest tomorrow (Monday), because I told him by latest 10:00 am I’ll be here and I want to see the machine dispensing this money.


“What is the name again? Olumide Owolabi (Service Manager, Ado) & Motunrayo Babayele. My name is Oluwole Owoeye and I am a deputy director of CBN.”



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FCMB Manager Arrested For Hoarding New Naira Notes



A manager of the First City Monument Bank (FCMB) branch in Osogbo, Osun State capital, has been arrested for allegedly preventing Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) loaded with cash from dispensing money to customers.

The spokesperson of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC), Azuka Ogugua, in a statement on Friday said the cash bundles were loaded into the ATMs while still wrapped, and as such, could not be dispensed through the machines

“The ICPC Compliance Team in Osogbo has busted an FCMB in Osogbo, Osun State, where some ATMs were loaded with cash with their wrappers un-removed, thus preventing the cash from being dispensed.

“The Team, therefore, directed that the wrappers be removed, and the cash loaded properly’.

Similarly, seven Point of Sale (POS) operators as well as a security guard were arrested during the ongoing exercise in Osun State for charging exorbitant commissions for cash.

Investigations, however, revealed that they got the money from Filling Stations that collect new notes from fuel buyers, but they then resell the cash to the public at exorbitant rates.

The arrested persons are helping the Commission with information to assist investigations and bust any syndicates involved in the hoarding or sales of the redesigned notes.


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New naira: ICPC arrests Stanbic IBTC Bank manager over sabotage



The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), has arrested an official of Stanbic IBTC Bank in Abuja for alleged sabotage.

The ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, said the development was in continuation of ICPC’s clampdown on elements frustrating efforts in making the redesigned Naira notes available to members of the public.

The bank official, who is the branch service head of Stanbic IBTC Bank, Deidei Branch in Abuja, was taken into custody for her deliberate refusal to upload cash into the branch’s Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) even when the cash was available and people were queuing at the ATM points.

The statement reads: “When the ICPC monitoring team stormed the bank at about 1:30pm on Friday to ensure compliance, and demanded explanation as to why all the ATMs were not dispensing cash, the team was informed by the branch’s head of operations that the bank just got delivery of the cash.

“However, facts available to the ICPC operatives indicated that the branch took delivery of the cash earlier around 11:58am and either willfully or maliciously refused to feed the ATMs with the cash.

“Against this backdrop, the ICPC team compelled the bank to load the ATMs with the redesigned Naira notes and ensured that they were all dispensing before arresting the culprit.

“The ICPC said investigations were still ongoing and the Commission will take appropriate actions as soon they are concluded.

“Similarly, seven Point of Sale (PoS) operators as well as a security guard were arrested during an ongoing exercise in Osun State for charging exorbitant commissions for cash.

“Investigations, however, revealed that they got the money from Filling Stations that collect new notes from fuel buyers, but they then resell the cash to the public at exorbitant rates.

“The arrested persons were helping the anti-graft commission with information to assist investigations and bust other syndicates involved in the hoarding and sales of the redesigned Naira notes,” the anti-graft agency said.


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