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Leave our community, Imobi orders self-imposed Oba




The people of Imobi community, in Ijebu East Local Government Area of Ogun State, have warned a self-acclaimed king, Goriola Hassan to desist from parading himself as king in the kingdom. He was also ordered to vacate the public property he had earlier converted as his palace.

Rising from an emergency meeting called to discuss the matter, the Imobi Development UNION, IDU, and Imobi Sons and Daughters, alongside the Baales in all the community that make up Imobi kindom, resolved that Hassan should be allowed to pack his belongings and to vacate the township maternity which he had earlier converted to an office.

The communique of the meeting was made available to The Post by ISD Public Relations Officer, Balogun Saheed.

The Ogun State House of Assembly, on Wednesday called for prompt government’s intervention in the matter concerning the obaship crisis rocking the Imobi community. The people accused Hassan, who is also a popular Nollywood actor, aka Skulboy, of imposing himself on the commuity as an Oba.

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The Deputy Chief Whip of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Hon. Shola Adams, who urged the state government to intervene in the matter, also called for prompt action to ensure that the peace of the town is not jeopardised.

An indigene of the town, who spoke on condition of anonimity, said Hassan had earlier attempted a similar thing in a neighbouring town a few years ago. “Some years ago, the same Hassan attempted same thing in Isiwo. He changed his family name to Aladegunshi palace. Buy he failed. Now, he has come to Imobi to attempt same thing.”

Attendance of the meeting as follows:

1. Chief S.A Alausa-baale(Togishilu)
2. Chief I. Rafiu Idowu-baale(Fotedo)
3. Chief M.A Lawal-baale(Terelu)
4. Cheif Y.k Rabiu-baale(Three Anger)
5. Alhaji Lawal-Chief Imam oke-imobi(Itapanpa)
6. Chief Oso Ogunsanya(Uba)
7. Mr Fatai Oresanya(Uba)
8. Chief Ade Obafemi-baale(Tonigbo)
9. Chief O. Bello(Uba)
10. Chief Adebanjo(Uba)
11. Engr Balogun Akeem(Fotedo)
12. Mr Durojaye Adesanya(Uba)
13. Mr Oresanya(Uba)
14. Mr Adegboyega Dare(Oki-igbode)
15. Apena(Totunba)
16. Alihaji(Malara)
17. Mr Olutayo Olusoga(Terelu)
18. Mr Samusindeen Hassan(Fotedo)
19. Mr Adetayo Adelaja(Denurin)
20. Mr Odewole Adeniyi(Fotedo)
21. Mr Olufowobi Ademola(Ebute)
22. Mr Adegboyega Quadri(Oki-igbode)
23. Mr Adelaja Paisi(Uba)
24. Mr Rafiu Adedayo(Fotedo)
25. Mr Sunday Fejo(Araromi)
26. Alhaji Ileyemi Balogun-imam(Itapanpa)
27. Mr Otukoya Dare(Fotedo)
28. Mr Oguntoye Olatunde(Oki-igbode)
29. Mr Awosanya Emiloju(Fowosheje)
30. Hon Lateef Ashiru(Fowosheje)
31. Mr Olatunji Oluwakole(Malara)
32. Mr Onagbesan Babatunde(Fowosheje)
33. Mr Adelakun Gabriel(Oki-igbode)
34. Mr Adewale Aina(Oki-igbode)
35. Mr Ojurongbe Azeez(Fotedo)
36. Mr Jamiu Ligali(toluwo)
37. Mr Lawal Musiliu(Itasin)
38. Mr Banji Idowu(Uba)
39. Mr Obadiya Kehinde(Uba)
40. Mr Paul Adefuye(Itapanpa)
41. Law. Olumuyiwa Onabanjo(Fotedo)
42. Mr Karimu Akibu(Malara)
43. Mr Badejo Lawal(Terelu)
44. Mr Ashiru Fatai(Fowosheje)
45. Mr Jeele Bello(Oki-igbode)
46. Mr. Adaranijo Akeem .O.
47. Mr Ogunsanwo Lateef(Fotedo)
48. Mr Ogunsanwo Taofeek(Fotedo)
49. Mr Adekoya Razak(Fotedo)
50. Mr Moriu Olowolayemo(Fowosheje)
51. Mr. Kazeem idowu(Fotedo)
52. Mr Temitope Odukoya(Togishilu)
53. Mr Sikiru Olowolayemo(Fowosheje)
54. Dr. Adesola Adelaja(Oki-igbode)
55. Mr Kazeem Olansile(Terelu)
56. Engr Abayomi(Fowosheje)
57. Mr Adesanwo Jamiu(Ebute)
58. Mr Balogun saheed(Fotedo)
59. Mr Segun Odubote(Oki-igbode)
60. Mr Adelakun Dare(Oki-igbode)
61. Mr Jubril Mustapha(Fotedo)
62. Mr Okunola Yusuf(Uba)
63. Mr Obitola(Oke-Mayan)
64. Mrs Kolawole Aderonke(Malara)
65. Mr Goriola Hassan-(Uba)


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Principal Reasons Why Lagos Must Return Sanwo-Olu and Avoid Being in Opposition At This Time




By Tunji Light Ariyomo
Does it make sense to have a Lagosian as President and then have Lagos in the opposition? Let’s look at the facts of our history. 
1. In 1983, Lagos Light Rail project was cancelled because the ruling federal military government was in opposition to the development agenda of the previous UPN government in Lagos State.
2. In year 2000, Lagos independent power project was frustrated because the PDP as the ruling party in Abuja was in opposition to the development agenda of the AD-led administration  in Lagos.
3. From 2004, Lagos’ allocations were seized for years because the PDP-led federal government in Abuja was in opposition to the development agendas of the AD-led Lagos State Government.
For the first time in history, Lagos will be having a Lagosian as President and Commander in Chief. E je ka jogunomi – ceasefire – at least for the next 4 years. Let Lagos that formed the fulcrum of opposition-led efforts to install a progressive coalition government in Abuja also be a beneficiary of that labour.
We want to see a federal-state jointly sponsored 4th and 5th mainland bridges with several in-city train and tram services in Lagos in the next 4 years. We want to see a spatial redesign of the entire Lagos State to give comfort to inhabitants and become the best mega city in Africa and a global tourism destination of choice.
We want to see Lagos excluded from the national grid, ring-fenced as a mega electricity cluster and powered by arrays of private-sector-led independent power projects that are completely outside the menace and wilful limitations that national centralisation of power administration has imposed upon Nigeria.
Lagos population is in excess of 22 million. To be a first world state, Lagos requires a minimum of 20 world class tertiary health facilities (teaching hospitals) properly spatially distributed at a ratio of 1:1,100,000 inhabitants with at least a thousand primary and secondary healthcare facilities or hybrids therefrom with a target physician density of 50:10,000 or less. If Lagos sees this ambition as being too loud in view of the abysmal gap of Nigeria national healthcare, the Lagos government can aim at just half of the above suggestion for a start as a revolutionary intervention in healthcare over the next 4 years leveraging the avowed eagerness of the private sector to invest in healthcare.
The list of the great things we want to see in Lagos State are limitless. But the structure of our federation has guaranteed that those things can only materialize if the federal government concurs with Lagos State.
Gentlemen and ladies, I am a stakeholder in Lagos. Like millions of others, I pay most of my property taxes to Lagos State than to any other state in Nigeria. The prospect of a redeveloped, rebranded and replanned Lagos where the health sector, education sector, security architecture, and social amenities can serve as 21st century inspirations to the black race excites me. We must therefore take advantage and fully exploit the inherent advantages offered by the tenancy of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in Aso Rock in the next 4 years. We must leave no stone unturned to elect Babajide Sanwo-Olu. He is my candidate as
Governor of Lagos State on Saturday. Vote for him. May mercy and favour be the lot of all those who shun divisive politics and envy-inspired hatred to harken to this message.

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Nigerians stay awake! Obasanjo and ‘owners of Nigeria’ plotting another June 12 – Louis Odion




By Louis Odion, FNGE

One read with bewilderment, even a sense of dark foreboding, the statement by former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday calling for the cancellation“of all elections that do not pass the credibility and transparency test” during the Saturday (February 25) presidential elections.

We have always known Chief Obasanjo to harbour anti-democratic proclivities. But never did one anticipate this effrontery, this in-your-face audacity by the General and his co-travellers to seek to re-enact the perfidious circus that eventuated in the June 12 annulment of 1993, thereby plunging the country into needless catastrophe yet again.

There is clearly no basis — whether legal or moral — to cancel an election which, on the whole, has been adjudged by the Commonwealth Observer Group as a significant improvement on all previous elections.

Nothing perhaps readily exemplifies this than the outcome of the presidential election in Lagos where the ruling party, APC, lost to Labour Party the home base of its candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; the first in the last 24 years!

Of course, the “feat” has since been celebrated with wild jubilation in social media as proof of “transparency and credibility” of the Saturday elections. But the song of celebration echoed by Obasanjo and his cohorts seems to change only where APC won! Note, on the same day that Labour won Lagos, opposition PDP also won the following key states namely Katsina (home of President Muhammadu Buhari); Plateau (home of DG of APC Campaign, Governor Solomon Lalong who also lost his senatorial election); Nasarawa (home of APC National Chairman, Senator Adamu); Kaduna (home of Governor El Rufai, Special Adviser to APC Campaign) and Kano (home of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, another Special Adviser to the APC Campaign whose son also lost House of Reps bid).

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So, considering this overwhelming backdrop, what else could still be driving the cry of “massive rigging” and call for outright cancellation of results if not perfidy and pure treason? Just how possible is it to nurture democracy without democrats?

For instance, results authenticated by INEC show that Obasanjo, the promoter-in-chief of the Labour Party candidate, could not deliver his polling unit in Abeokuta, Ogun State to his anointed as he only secured 9 votes to the 56 votes scored by the APC candidate. Part of the issue with Chief Obasanjo is indeed the lack of shame and comportment expected of his stature as former president. Otherwise, having openly expressed partisan interest in Peter Obi and proceeded to campaign vigorously for him and then getting beaten soundly in his own very polling unit in Abeokuta, he should know he had ipso facto forfeited the privilege to invoke the spirit of statesmanship to speak in the lofty terms he now aspires.

To be sure, one aligns oneself with competent opinion already offered by legal authorities that the INEC is in order thus far vis-a-vis the announcement of results, consistent with the extant provisions of the Electoral Act. In any case, the provisions of the law clearly avail anyone with contrary view to take advantage of the Election Petition Tribunal.

Inviting the cancellation of the results like Chief Obasanjo did is, therefore, akin to seeking to abort a pregnancy when the midwives already delivered the baby. A laughable exercise in futility indeed.

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With this, Chief Obasanjo appears to finally confirm wild speculations that started gaining traction in the last several weeks of a subterranean resolve by some anti-democratic forces to short-circuit the 2023 electoral exercise and foist another Interim National Government on Nigeria by any means possible.

They are the amorphous group of self-interested, self-styled “owners of Nigeria” who arrogate to themselves the prerogative to forever dictate the outcome of every electoral exercise in Nigeria, in utter contempt of the democratic yearning and aspirations of the rest of the populace.

The owl’s flight in daylight is ominous indeed. How ironic that Obasanjo, who had absented himself from the Council of State meeting held two weeks ago at the Presidential Villa, out of spite, is suddenly adopting a solicitous language in an open letter to the same President Buhari.

Symbolically, what Chief Obasanjo is offering President Buhari in the unsolicited epistle is a poisoned chalice indeed. With the Saturday polls already receiving plaudits from all and sundry as “one with little or no monetary inducement of voters”, Chief Obasanjo must be stung to the marrow by bitter jealousy.

Out of mortal envy, he would not want President Buhari to go down in history as organising polls better than his, thereby potentially displacing him as the new authentic “moral voice” of the African continent after iconic Nelson Mandela. For the better part of President Buhari’s two terms, Obasanjo did all within his power to undermine the latter.

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At international fora, he never let any opportunity pass without attempting to discredit the incumbent president who ironically is widely adjudged to have recorded more tangible achievements in office with lesser resources compared to the preceding 16 years of PDP profligacy of which Obasanjo had the distinction of squandering billions of dollars with nothing to show.

A classic example was the $16b splurged on phantom power projects that only generated more darkness for Nigerians by 2007 when Obasanjo’s tenure ended. Now that he has a sinister agenda, the Ota famous letter-writer is suddenly shouting “hosanna!” to the same President Buhari, in a shameless emotional blackmail.

Throughout his eight-year imperial reign, the name, Obasanjo, was of course a by-word for bare-faced electoral robbery and willful subversion of due process. Nigerians will indeed never forget how Obasanjo’s enforcer and INEC chair, Professor Maurice Iwu, had, for instance, appeared in Abuja in 2007 to declare PDP winner of Katsina elections while voting was still ongoing!

So indefensible was the process that eventually ushered in President Umar Yar’Adua that he was forthright enough to openly admit Obasanjo’s “electoral atrocities”, and thereafter sought atonement by instituting electoral reforms contained in the Justice Uwais Report.

Against this backcloth, it might not be out of place to now ask lovers of democracy in Nigerian to stay vigilant at this critical moment against the antics of Obasanjo and other so-called “owners of Nigeria” intent on derailing democracy with a view to sustaining their chokehold on the neck of the Nigerian nation.

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‘Asiwaju: The Leadership Secrets’ set for unveiling





A new book espousing the leadership secrets of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the national leader and the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC is set to be unveiled.

The 200-page new book —Hardback and paperback— which basically covered the activities of Asiwaju Tinubu in the political space in the last 30 years, solely focused on his leadership style which has set him apart as an outstanding political figure.

Written by three seasoned media professionals, the well researched 14-chapter book threw light on the secrets of the enigmatic personality who commands huge influence and an enviable followership many years after leaving office as an elected Governor.

It squeezed the details of the qualities of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu captured with memorable pictures for pleasurable reading.

In the Foreword of the epic book, written by Mr. Babajide Kolade-Otitoju, the internationally recognized media personality, stated, “The book, ‘Asiwaju: The Leadership Secrets’, speaks glowingly about an enchanting personality that intrigues. A Colossus who has become the main issue of Nigerian politics.

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“To corroborate this statement, someone once said Asiwaju should be introduced into the Nigerian University curriculum for Political Science students to study. This is evident in the fact that, apart from being a political iroko, he is also a progressive who strongly believes in the manifest progress of a state/country “.

The new book, to be released soon on bookstores across the country and several online platforms, has been recommended for upcoming leaders in different areas of life.

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