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Abiodun Assures Old, New APC Members Of Level Playing Ground



My Dad Asked Me To Prioritise Civil Servants, Pensioners, Teachers - Abiodun


Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has assured members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, especially those who joined the party recently, of equal opportunity and a level playing ground, noting the party is big enough to accommodate more members.

Abiodun stated this at a meeting with members of the Appeal, Revalidation and Re-registration Committees and chieftains of the APC across the state, held in Abeokuta on Tuesday.

The governor allayed fears of those who could not register during the revalidation , adding that the party was ready to welcome more people into its fold to make it more virile.

He said the party would register anyone who is willing join it, declaring “APC is not a social club, we are a political party and it is in our numbers that our strength lies”.

“I want to state that the party is much bigger than where we started it. We now have a former governor, speakers and members from both the national and state assemblies, chairmen of different political parties. In this size and combination lies our strength. This is a testimony that our party is doing something right”, the governor added.

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While intimating the party chieftains of his administration’s achievements in education, health, agriculture, housing, youth empowerment and infrastructure, Abiodun said that although his administration may not be able to do everything, it would leave Ogun better by completing abandoned people-oriented projects and inaugurating new ones.

“I always say that we do not aim to satisfy everyone, we cannot do everything. However, we aim to redefine governance. We aim to be known as a promise-keeping administration of a party that fulfills its promises”, he pointed out.

The governor emphasised that the vision of the APC in Ogun was to make the state conducive for people to live in and do business, adding that this informed his administration’s decision to be fair, just, equitable and accountable in distributing projects to every part of the state.

He observed that his inclusive policy has added value to his administration by tapping from the pool of experienced eminent indigenes of the state, maintaining that the party’s doors were still open to people ready to contribute to the development of the state in general and the party in particular.

Abiodun commended the Revalidation and Re-registration Committee for conducting a rancour-free exercise, noting that the large number of new members especially from the opposition political parties, was a strong indication that APC is a party to beat in the state.

In his remark, former governor of the State, Gbenga Daniel, acknowledged the unprecedented achievements of the incumbent administration in the state, calling on the National Assembly to strengthen the local governments to enable them to complement the state governments in taking development to the grassroots.

While noting the complexity of the state, Daniel warned against what he described as “opposition from within” and applauded Governor Abiodun for his ability to bring together and manage people of diverse political and social leaning, declaring “it is a feat worthy of emulation”.

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On his part, Chairman of the Re-registration and Revalidation Committee, Ademorin Kuye, described the exercise which started in the second week of February as open, transparent and peaceful.

He stated that the committee in the course of carrying out its assignment, visited randomly selected polling units in the 20 local government areas.

He however expressed shock at the number of complaints from aggrieved members despite the level playing ground given to everyone during the exercise.

The Chairman, Appeal Committee, Farouk Adamu Aliu, dubbed the exercise “successful”, disclosing his committee was able to settle some misunderstandings which arose during the exercise.

He, therefore, called on APC members in the state to work as one in order to move the party forward.

In their respective remarks, Senator Biyi Durojaye and former chairman of the party in the state, Tajudeen Bello, urged party members to encourage more people to join the party, lauding the Abiodun-led administration for tailoring its policy thrust with that of the Federal Government.

Other party leaders at the meeting were the deputy governor, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, former deputy governors Senator Gbenga Kaka, Segun Adesegun and Salimot Badru.

Others were Senators Odunsi and Gbenga Obadara, former House of Assembly Speakers, Tunji Egbetokun, Titi Oseni-Gomez and Suraj Ishola Adekunbi.


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BREAKING:Lagos Govt Arraigns Chrisland School, Principal, Others Over Death Of Pupil Whitney Adeniran



Chrisland pupil Whitney

The Lagos State government has arraigned Chrisland School, Opebi, its principal, vice principal and two other employees over the death of one of the school’s pupils, 12-year-old Whitney Adeniran.

On Wednesday, the government of Lagos State had filed charges against Chrisland School and four others over the death of the 12-year-old pupil, Whitney Adeniran.

The school and its workers were accused of involuntary manslaughter and reckless and negligent acts.

The workers who were arraigned before Justice Oyindamola Ogala of the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja include Ademoye Adewale, Kuku Fatai, Mrs Belinda Amao, Nwatu Ugochi Victoria and Chrisland School Limited.

The school principal, Mrs Belinda Amao, broke down in tears while in the dock as the court and counsel tried to agree on a date for the commencement of the trial.

Whitney died during the school’s inter-house sports competition at Agege Stadium in Lagos on February 9.

Blessing Adeniran, her mother, had accused Chrisland of negligence over her daughter’s death.

The school’s management, however, dismissed insinuations that there was foul play in the death, saying she slumped in public.

Chrisland also argued that Whitney complained about “not-too-buoyant health” a few days before she died.

However, an autopsy conducted at the Lagos State University Hospital (LASUTH) confirmed that the deceased died from “asphyxia and electrocution”.

In the charges filed on behalf of the state government by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Babajide Martins, who disclosed that their negligence killed Whitney because they failed to ensure her safety.

The charge also disclosed that they all acted in a reckless and negligent manner that endangered human life.

The offences are contrary to Sections 224 & 251 of the Criminal Law, C17, Vol.3, Laws of Lagos State, 2015

If found guilty, the offences carry a penalty of life imprisonment and two-year jail terms respectively.

On Tuesday, the state government granted access to Chrisland High School, Opebi branch, to open for physical learning ahead of the school’s forthcoming examination after parents’ appeal.

The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu had ordered that the school be shut down on March 3, 2023, following the investigation into Whitney’s death.

Sanwo-Olu through the state Ministry of Education said the closure of the school would pave the way for unhindered investigation and afford all stakeholders, including parents, students, staff and friends of the deceased, time to grieve.

The reopening followed an appeal by the Parents of all Chrisland School Units who visited the Ministry of Education on Monday to seek the government’s understanding for “the sake of 500 plus students some of whom also have terminal examinations.”

The management of the school had tendered an apology over Whitney’s death.

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BREAKING: Abacha’s Ex-chief Of Staff Oladipo Diya Dies




Retired Lt.General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya, the former Chief of Staff in General Sani Abacha’s military government, is dead.

His death was confirmed by Prince Oyesinmilola Diya. He said the former military administrator of Ogun State passed on to glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023.

Born on the 3rd of April, 1944, Diya was military Governor of Ogun State after the Buhari-Idiagbon coup of December 31st, 1983.

Diya joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.

He later attended the US Army School of Infantry, the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1980–1981) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.

While serving in the military, Diya studied law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained an LLB degree, and then at the Nigerian Law School, where he was called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

He held other top military posts like GOC, 82 Division and finally the Chief of General Staff (military Vice President) to Gen Sani Abacha

The statement read: “On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to Glory of our dear Husband,Father, Grandfather,brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.

“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023. Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.

“Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on behalf of the family.”

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Breaking: Appeal Court Retains Adeleke As Osun Governor



BREAKING: Adeleke Freezes Osun Accounts , Reverses Appointments After Swearing In As Governor
Governor Adeleke

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has vacated the tribunal judgement that nullified the election of Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State.

The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of Justices, on Friday held that the appeal Adeleke lodged to challenge his sack by the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, was meritorious.

Aside from setting aside the judgement of the tribunal, the court, in its lead judgement that was delivered by Justice Mohammed Lawal, awarded N500, 000 cost against the All Progressive Congress, APC, and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola

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