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Osun 2022 Guber Poll: Ogunsua, Apetumodu, others declare support for Gov Oyetola

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..over 300 PDP loyalists defect to APC in Modakeke

…as Governor’s re-election campaign trail moves to Modakeke, Ife-North LGA

As the re-election campaigns trail of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun moved to Modakeke in Ife-East Area Office and Ife-North Local Government Area of the State, the Ogunsua of Modakeke, Oba Joseph Olubiyi Toriola and the Apetumodu of Iperumodu, Oba Olugbenga Joseph Oloyede, have described Governor Adegboyega Oyetola as a game changer whose ingenuity in both private and public sectors had helped to transform the State.

The monarchs said the good works of the Governor have endeared many to him, particularly the traditional rulers who have benefitted tremendously from his purposeful leadership and good governance.

The monarchs said their subjects are resolute to get him re-elected come July 16 governorship election in the State.

This is even as over 300 members of the  Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, pitched tent with the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Modakeke.

Speaking in his palace, Ogunsua of Modakeke, Oba Joseph Olubiyi Toriola, applauded the monumental achievements of Governor Oyetola in the last three and a half years, saying his good record has surpassed their expectations.

Oba Toriola who acknowledged some of the tremendous achievements the State has witnessed, particularly in Modakeke and its environs, promised that his subjects will reciprocate the Governor’s good gesture and re-elect him for a second term.

“I want to assure you that Modakeke is for APC and your government. We will do everything to support you and ensure your return for a second term. We are with your government come rain, come sunshine.

“We are known for progressivism and nothing can change it. We are resolute to get you re-elected and by the grace of God, you will be returned to consolidate on your good works.

“I have respect for you a lot because you are a promise keeper. We have seen in you Omoluabi par excellence and this has manifested in all you do. I can remember the last time we came to you for the reconstruction of some of our roads, you promised what you would do and you swang into action immediately, and today the project has been fixed.

“No doubt, you are a talk-and-do Governor, you walk your talk. Your meek character has endeared many to you, particularly my humble self because each time I look at you and the great things God has allowed you to do, I marvel.

“You have proved to be a loyal and honest leader who leads with the fear of God and love of humanity. We shall continue to support you, we will reciprocate your good gestures with massive votes”, he added.

Affirming their resolution to ensure the re-election of Governor Oyetola,  Apetumodu of Iperumodu, Oba Olugbenga Joseph Oloyede, commended the Governor for giving priority to critical sectors, particularly infrastructure and security.

Oba Oloyede who spoke on behalf of other traditional rulers in Ife-North Local Government Area assured their readiness to ensure the re-election of the Governor.

“By the grace of God you will emerge. You have done well. We have attested to the peaceful atmosphere in the State. Your tenure has been very peaceful and we are hopeful that your second term will be more peaceful. We will support you”, he added.

Director General, Oyetola Re-election Campaign Council, Dr. Ajibola Basiru, said Governor Oyetola has done creditably well and he deserves to be re-elected as his performance across sectors remains immeasurable.

Basiru who reeled out some of the monumental achievements of the Governor said his return would go a long way to consolidate on his good works.

He said his credentials, pedigree and antecedents will further be brought to bear to transform the State as he remains an inestimable gold in the politics and governance of Osun.

Also speaking, the APC State Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun, described the visit of Governor Oyetola to Modakeke and Ife-North Local Government Area as a homecoming in view of the continued support the ruling party has been enjoying from the people of the Federal Constituency over the years.

He urged the residents of the Federal Constituency to come out in large number on the election day, vote massively for Governor Oyetola and monitor their votes until the announcement of the final results.

Speaking on behalf of over 300 defectors, Hon. Adesina Kabir, said the good works
of the Governor was the reason for their defection.

He pledged their unflinching support for the APC, saying they were determined and resolute to vote massively for the party  to ensure the re-election of Governor Oyetola.

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‘I Will Continue To Campaign For Tinubu’, Buhari Says At Nasarawa Rally

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said he will continue to campaign for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu as the “next president of Nigeria”.

The President spoke before a crowd at the presidential campaign rally in Lafia Square, where he endorsed Tinubu; and his running mate, Kashim Shettima.

‘‘I congratulate and assure you that God willing we are going to win through and through.

“As Tinubu said in his speech, I have known him for more than 20 years, and I will continue to campaign for Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He is a committed Nigerian and I believe he will give all his best to Nigeria,” Buhari said, according to a statement by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu

The APC presidential candidate thanked the President for being the ‘‘poster boy’’ of his campaign.

‘‘Nigeria is surviving as a nation. Because of constitutional democracy we would have asked you to continue, but you said no, you are going back to Daura, your hometown,’’ he said.

Tinubu also used the occasion to chide those insinuating that he is having a frosty relationship with the President, saying, ‘‘Those who think there are cracks in our friendship and relationship would continue to be disappointed and have their short-term joy limited. Ours is not about the individual but about nation building, honesty, integrity and character.”

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‘Don’t Let Them Cheat Us’, Adebanjo Joins Obi’s Campaign In Abeokuta

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Labour Party Presidential candidate, Peter Obi and his Vice
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The leader of pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo on Saturday, campaigned for Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi in the ancient city of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

He urged a crowd of Labour Party supporters at the rally to vote in Obi, warning that enormous suffering awaits Nigerians if Obi doesn’t win the February 25 presidential poll.

The nonagenarian, who was at the rally held at the Ake Palace Ground in the state capital alongside another Afenifere chieftain, Chief Femi Okunrounmu, amongst others, cautioned the people to come out on the day of election and vote, saying, “don’t let them cheat us”.

Adebanjo, who addressed the people in Yoruba, said, “Ensure you vote, don’t let them cheat us. What is on the ground is not about Ayo Adebanjo. No matter what happens, I can’t be affected. I am expecting God to call me home. Enormous suffering await us if we don’t vote in Obi.”

The 94-year-old elder statesman had snubbed the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu who is from the South-West geopolitical zone to endorse Obi, a former Anambra State governor, saying in the interest of justice and fairness all Nigerians should be Obi-Datti compliant.

Obi has enjoyed a wave of endorsements in the last couple of weeks including those of former President Olusegun Obasanjo; Chief Edwin Clark of the Pan Niger Delta Forum; Dr Bitrus Pogu of the Middle Belt Forum, and Chief John Nwodo of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, amongst others.

Also speaking at the rally on Saturday, Obi assured the people of a new Nigeria built on rule of law, fundamental human rights, probity, and accountability if elected president come February 25.

The LP presidential candidate promised to fight insecurity and poverty while seeking the understanding and support of the electorate.

He also expressed his desire to put back the country on the path of growth and progress if elected.

Addressing the crowd, Obi said, “Help us to build a new Nigeria by lifting people out of poverty, by moving Nigeria from consumption to production.

“We want a Nigeria if students go to the university, four years will be four years, no more ASUU strike. We want a Nigeria where Nigerian youths will have jobs; that is the Nigeria we want.

“This election, let nobody tell you about tribe. Every tribe is hungry. No tribe buys bread cheaper. Let nobody tell you about religion; no religion buys bread cheaper – every tribe, every religion is suffering.”

The National Chairman of the party, Julius Abure while making case for Obi put the current socio-economic and political challenges at the door of the ruling APC. He subsequently called for a change of leadership of the country come February 25.

And as part of his visit to the ancient city, the LP presidential candidate and his entourage were guests of the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo where he sought royal blessings for his journey to the presidency.

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Ekiti Central: Give me Opeyemi Bamidele to Work with me in Abuja – Tinubu

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The Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has appealed to the people of Ekiti Central Senatorial District to vote massively for Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele to enable him (Bamidele) work with him (Asiwaju) in Abuja in the next administration.

Bamidele who is currently the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters is seeking re-election to Senate under the platform of All Progressives Congress.

Speaking at the Palace of Ewi Ado in Ado- Ekiti during the Presidential campaign in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital on Friday.Tinubu said that he has so.much in confidence in the competence, loyalty and integrity of Senator Bamidele because he has been working with him since 1992.

Bamidele was Legislative aide to the the former governor of Lagos when the later was in the Senate in the botched third republic.

He explained that Senator Bamidele understands legislative business very t considering his training in the United States of America, adding that he paid Bamidele’s school fees while pursuing his Masters degree in Law.

Tinubu added that Senator Bamidele knows how to talk to him on issues pertaining to the development of Ekiti  State, promising to give appointment to the person that is contesting against Bamidele.

He said, “Since 1992,  Opeyemi Bamidele has been with me , the other person that is contesting for Ekiti Central Senatorial district is my son too.Both of them contesting for the position are my son’s, but am begging you for Opeyemi Bamidele because if there is anything to address, if you want to talk to me , Opeyemi knows how to talk to me , if Kabiyesi sent message , Opeyemi is the one that knows how to talk to me.

“The other person that is  contesting against Opeyemi will be considered for appointment.  Opeyemi schooled in America, he knows about legislative business .

” Am not forcing him (Opeyemi) on you , but am begging you that you should give me  Opeyemi Bamidele to work with me in Abuja, the other contestant, I will give him appointment.”

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