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Reviewing Otunba Gbenga Daniel political sagacity so far

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But this only lasted a short while, as he had to fight many battles in the process.

Remarkably, OGD operates what can best be termed the politics of the people. Not only is he loved and cherished by the people of Ogun state, he ensures that his political moves are in tandem with the desires of his people. That was why he had to leave the PDP to join the Labour Party. His reason for joining Labour Party was to build a platform that will serve as a proper check mate for irregularities in governance of the state. Though people in the PDP frowned at this but the masses joined him to follow the party. Labour Party became the most dominant opposition party in the state taking over from the PDP. While skeptic analysis said it was an act of desperation for him to have left PDP for Labour Party but majority of the people of Ogun State didn’t care, they started declaring their support for him. He became the voice of the masses speaking against unhealthy antics of the state government.

After much deliberations and reconciliation meetings orchestrated by the National Leadership of PDP, Gbenga Daniel returned to PDP in October 2014. He returned back to PDP with massive supporters from the Labour Party which became a big boost for the PDP. But as the years rolled by, the internal wrangling and power tussles within the party took on greater dimensions, en route the last general elections. Things looked as if they couldn’t get worse, but they did, as the PDP lost the elections to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Politically, the PDP had lost its teeth within the political schemes in Ogun state. No longer was it the formidable party of yester years; this is notwithstanding OGD’s large followership in the state. Political pundits and analysts have for years posited that a move for the political gladiator away from the PDP and its many problems will be the best move for OGD’s political life as well as a win for the people that have come to love and trust him.

It, therefore, came as cheery news when he announced his return to politics on a formidable platform like the APC. OGD’s return to politics and the pitching of his tent with the APC marks something of a comeback for the Ijebu political titan, whose political exploits appeared irretrievably tainted by the internal wrangling and power tussle that afflicted the People’s Democratic Party.

Onboard APC, OGD relevance, political clout, prowess, etc, go beyond Ogun State to the national level for the greater good of the Nigerian people. This can be envisaged from his programme on Public Private Partnership which attracted several businesses into the state during his tenure. And why not? From education to health, sports, economy, agriculture, urban renewal and rural development, power, infrastructure, human development, housing, industrialisation, tourism and employment generation, OGD’s imprints in the state were phenomenal!

As at the last count, about 70 companies berthed in Ogun State from 2003 to 2011 with over 250,000 jobs provided through various employment generation schemes of the State government. In his eight years, the OGD Administration did more roads than all the administrations before it and most of these were done through direct labour with the Ministry of Works and the Ogun State Road Management Agency OGROMA. By utilising this method, costs were significantly saved while the confidence of indigenous engineers was reinstated in the people. The Olumo Rock resort was refurbished meeting international tourism standard, the MKO International Stadium Abeokuta was renovated and three other stadiums in other geo-political zones of the state were constructed to FIFA specifications.

The NYSC orientation camp in Sagamu is reputed to be the best in the country while the Tai Solarin College of Education was upgraded to University status making it the first in Nigeria and second in Africa. It was adjudged the best University of Education In Africa in 2011. The construction of a modern secretariat for civil servants in the state at a cost which beat the imagination of late President Umar Musa Yar’Adua who commissioned it remains a landmark.

The construction of the six-lane Lalubu Road – the commercial nerve centre of Abeokuta – without a single demolition of existing building was to become a standard in road constructions in Ogun State today.

For OGD, the governorship was a 24-hour job. The last project he commissioned, the OPIC PLAZA remains, till date, is the tallest structure in Ogun State.

Perhaps it is not immodest to say that the incredible performance of Otunba Gbenga Daniel is now a benchmark to measure the performance of future leaders of the gateway state. In the words of the Nobel Laureate himself, Professor Wole Soyinka, “The various projects embarked upon by Governor Daniel are laudable and practical”.

If his decisions have gained him so much love and respect from his teeming apostles and the good people of Ogun State in the past, then who dares question why a lion decided to roar again?

Ogidi Omo has once again thrown his hat into the ring. He is the APC senatorial candidate for Ogun East and given his antecedents, there is no gainsaying that the good people of his senatorial district are in for the best available representation at the national assembly.

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John Chuks Okose Becomes ECOWAS Youth Ambassador and True Heroes Awards Honouree

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John Chuks Okose, now being referred to as Amb. John Chuks Okose is the newest addition to the Ecowas Youth Council organization as one of its members and a special recipient of one of the most sort after recognitions from the True Heroes Awards organisation.

 

Saddled with the responsibility of qualitative representation, Amb. John will now join over 500 Nigerians with the same honour in chatting new courses for youths’ participation and development across the globe.

 

Prior to his honour, Amb. John is a team-oriented information systems consultant with experience in both project management and network security, infrastructure and software development, has about two decades of experience on the field and has contributed immensely in capital development having worked with notable brands and organizations like the FCT Pensions Board, Katsina State Government, Ministry of Interior, National Population Commission, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Federal Ministry of Health, NIWA Lokoja and Nigerian Communications Commission in Nigeria just to mention a few.

Amb. John Chuks Okose has also offered his professional information technology skills and services to aid the effective and successful operations of the US Embassy in Nigeria and the US Department of Defence (Walter Reed Program Nigeria), Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research Germany, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

In addition to his professional career, Amb. John is also involved in philanthropy. He is the Head of ICT for Global Foundation for Hope Care and Development (GFHCD); a Non- Governmental Organization dedicated to caring for and giving hope to the vulnerable Nigerian Child; by providing access to amenities such as food, potable water and healthcare via collaboration with orphanages, hospitals, government agencies, and schools.

 

With these two powerful honors to his resume from the Ecowas Youth Council and True Heroes Awards organizations, we are enthused of the value he would add to their operations. From our management we say a big Congratulations to you Amb. John Chuks Okose and wish you more success stories.

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2023: Many Odds Races Against Hon. Adesegun Adekoya Attacker’s 3rd Term Reps Ambition

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The much touted ambition of Hon Adesegun Adekoya to return for a third term to the National Assembly may end up been an exercise in futility if information at our disposal is anything to go by.

Hon. Adekoya who is popularly known in Ogun state as Attacker or Jesu Iwoye hailed from Ago Iwoye in Ijebu North local government area of Ogun state.

Our sources gathered that Hon Adekoya who is presently representing Ijebu North, Ijebu East and Ogun waterside federal constituency is eyeing his third term agenda on the umbrella of Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).

A former commissioner in Ogun state, Adekoya got his first term into the House of Representatives through the influence of Sen Buruji who was reported to have also spent several millions in making his dream comes through.

Sources in the know argued that there was a mutual agreement between PDP stakeholders in the federal constituency that Attacker will only spend a maximum of two terms before the pendulum should swing to Ijebu East or Ogun waterside LGs.

But at a time Adekoya should be planning his exit in the House of Representatives to honour the gentleman’s agreement, he was said to be using his clout in the national secretariat of the party in Abuja to impose himself on the party followers.

According to another source, it was for this reason, Hon Kehinde Bello, a fresh blood in the party who hailed from Ijebu East and Hon Tele Ogunjobi, a former council Chairman of Ijebu North and prominent son of Ago Iwoye instituted a litigation against Attacker.

Though, the first round of the litigation was said to have gone in Adekoya’s favour, the appellants have resolved to pursue the case to a logical conclusion. And also see to the exit of Adekoya from the House of Representatives race in 2023.

Another of his Achilles hill was that Adekoya was alleged to be running a one man show in the party in Ogun state as he has refused to identify with the Governorship candidate of the party in the state, Hon Ladi Adebutu as well as the leadership of the party in Ogun state.

All the aggrieved party leaders and followers have however made up their minds to scuttle his ambition at the polls in 2023.

To compound his electoral woes, the senatorial ambition of former Governor of Ogun state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel will play a big dent on Attacker’s third term agenda.

OGD is contesting on APC platform while Adekoya’s arch rival and the House of Representatives candidate of APC, Adegbesan is from Awa-Ijebu, same constituency with Attacker.

The people of the three local governments that formed the federal constituency are of the views that Attacker has had a fair share of the slot, as he had spent over seven years in office as at December 2022.

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EFCC to arrest APC senatorial candidate, A.A Zaura over alleged US$1.3million Fraud

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EFCC to arrest APC senatorial candidate, A.A Zaura over alleged US$1.3million Frau

 

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it will arrest Kano central senatorial candidate under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) AbdulKareem AbdulSalam Zaura.

 

 

EFCC lawyer, Ahmad Rogha disclosed this to journalists on Monday at the resumption of the criminal trial of US$ 1.3 million slammed on Zaura at the Federal high court sitting in Kano.

 

Although the trial scheduled for arraignment could not hold because of the absence of the trial Judge, who was to be attending another national issue outside Kano, the EFCC lawyer declared that Zaura was supposed to report himself to the commission.

 

According to him, ” We are looking for Zaura and he would be arrested as soon as we found him. Ordinarily, he was supposed to be in our custody and the court has affirmed that but I can assure you he would be arrested and brought to court for the next adjourned date 30th January 2023″.

 

In his counterargument, counsel to the accused person, Ibrahim Garba Waru faulted the position of EFCC and insisted that the commission did not possess any legal authority to arrest his client.

 

 

When asked why Zaura refused to appear for arraignment, Waru said there was no need for him to appear since the court was not sitting.

 

Before the adjourned date, the trial Judge, Justice Mohammad Yunusa ordered EFCC to produce the accused person for arraignment on the allegation of fraud against a Kuwaiti national.

 

Justice Yunusa had overruled Zaura’s application that challenged the jurisdiction of the court to hear the case and other addresses bothering on whether the accused must appear in person to take a plea.

 

Zaura’s attorney, Barrister Ibrahim Waru had argued that his client under the law was not compelled to appear before the court, insisting Zaura’s appeal was pending before the Supreme Court.

 

The arraignment is adjourned to 30th January 2023.

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