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Obasanjo Is An Igbo Man, S’West Hasn’t Produced President Since 1999 – Adefuye

Senator Anthony Adefuye, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Tuesday said it is the turn of the South-West to produce the President of Nigeria in 2023 as the only region that is yet to do so since the return of democratic governance to the country in 1999.

Speaking in an interview with INDEPENDENT, Adefuye said those clamouring for the Presidency to go to the South-East are wrong as the region produced former President Olusegun Obasanjo who was in power from 1999 to 2007.

According to him, Obasanjo is an Igbo man because his father hailed from Anambra state while his mother is a Yoruba woman.

He added that while in office Obasanjo concentrated most of his efforts towards developing the South-East, including appointing five Ministers as well as the Central Bank Governor from the region while he completely abandoned the South-West.

He said: “I believe that in 2023, the APC will zone the Presidential ticket to the South. When it comes to the South, then it will be narrowed down to the South West because that is the only region that has not produced the President since 1999. It has always been the North and the Igbos.

“Some people argue that what about Obasanjo? Obasanjo is not a Yoruba man. He is an Igbo man from the South-East. His father is from Anambra while his mother is a Yoruba woman. And that was why during his tenure, he completely ignored the South West. For example, throughout his eight years, he did nothing on the Lagos- Ibadan expressway.

“But he did a lot for his people in the South-East. He picked five Ministers from there and even appointed the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria from Anambra where his father comes from.

“So, it is right for the South-West to demand for the Presidency in 2023. What we should be doing now is working towards 2023 to ensure that the Presidency comes to the Southwest. The Southwest has never produced the President before,” he said.

PHOTOS: South West Governors perform Pass Out Parade for Amotekun Security

Yesterday, governors of the South West Stats of Nigeria performed a colourful ceremony for the Amotekun Security outfit.

The Amotekun army was adorned in very colourful red military regalia and leopard skin belts.

The Amotekun qmwas launched to undertake the issue of community policing in the South West region of Nigeria by the governors.

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COVID-19: S’West won’t tolerate influx of Almajirai — Akintoye, YWC leader

LEADER of the Yoruba World Congress, YWC, Professor Banji Akintoye, yesterday, warned that the southwest will no longer tolerate the influx of Almajirai into the zone saying that most of them have been infected with the coronavirus.

He, however, called on the South West governors to tighten the border patrols in their respective states to prevent the influx of the Almajirai.

Akintoye spoke with Vanguard in an interview.

His words: “The northern governors seem to have woken up from the Almajiri problem created by the northern culture.

“Now, they are forcing the Almajiri to go back to their places of origin but many of them don’t want to be taken back. So, many are finding their way southwards.

“It is a very terrible situation because these are not just ordinary times. Coronavirus is out there, and it is massive in the north, so most of those who are fleeing do not want to be taken back to their places of origin, they choose to roam wherever they want and most of those coming southwards are infected with coronavirus. We do not know how many of them are infected with coronavirus but we know that some of them are.

“So, they are bringing for us in the south a very complex problem because already, we, the southwest, are the gateway to Nigeria. Almost all of the contacts with the outside world come through Lagos. We are only lucky that we have governors, who are rising to the task of tackling the coronavirus especially the governor of Lagos State.

“So now, to bring the infection from the north to the southwest, is an unacceptable situation. We, Yoruba, cannot accept those people from the north. In addition to what we already have; they cannot bring their coronavirus to the south. We cannot accept that. This is not politics, this is a matter of life and death and the northerners should begin to recognize that and tell their people not to flee to South West because we will not accept them in the southwest.

“I want to congratulate our governors for turning them back. All I will ask them to do is to strengthen the border patrol and send every one of them back to where they are coming from.”

NSCDC intercepts 70 northerners in Oyo

Meanwhile, operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, yesterday, intercepted two trucks conveying no fewer than 70 people from the northern region at the Ogbomoso area of Oyo State.

According to NSCDC, the two trucks, which were accosted at 12:52am, were heading towards Lagos and Ibadan.

Vanguard gathered that the northerners were coming from Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Zamfara States.

They were arrested following a directive by the Oyo State Commandant of NSCDC, Alhaji Iskilu Akinsanya that the elite forces of the corps (Agro Ranger) should beef up security at the border and the state.

Confirming the arrest, the Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr. Olusegun Oluwole, said the people were intercepted at the High school area in Ogbomoso, Ogbomoso South Local Government.

Oluwole said: “In a bid to checkmate the influx and spread of dreaded disease COVID 19, the state Commandant of NSCDC, Oyo State Alhaji Iskilu Akinsanya mandated the elite forces of the corps (Agro Ranger) to beef up security at the border and the state.

“At around 1252hrs three trucks, loaded with Hausa men coming from a northern state, were intercepted at High school area in Ogbomoso, Ogbomoso south local govt.”

Giving a further breakdown, he noted that “69 males and a female were all detained. The 22-tyre truck with registration number KBK 826(Kano) conveyed 25 Hausa men and a woman with seven motorcycles. The destination is Ibadan (Bodija).

“The second and third trucks are 16-tyre trucks with registration numbers KTG 137 ZZ (Bauchi) and AE 61 KKR (Kastina) from Funtua Kastina, heading to Lagos (Alaba). They all conveyed 16 and 28 Hausa men with four and six motorcycles respectively.”

After investigation, the PRO added that the people had been sent back to Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Zamfara States.

23 arrested in Ondo

Also, no fewer than 23 Northerners have been arrested while sneaking into Ondo State in a cement trailer.

Vanguard gathered that they were intercepted by the Vehicle Inspection Officers VIO at Igbara-Oke along Ilesha-Akure highway.

The northerners have been asked to return to the spot where they were picked up by the driver.

Special Adviser on Transport to the state governor, Mr. Tobi Ogunleye stated that the occupants “were heading to nowhere in particular in Akure when the vehicle was intercepted.”

Ogunleye said: “The driver of the truck who spoke in Hausa language explained that he was asked to drop the people in Akure by some people who stopped him along Ilesha/Akure road.

“The driver said he was in Ile Ife, Osun State to drop a cement consignment and was heading towards the North when they begged him to drop them in Akure, while most of the people in the truck said they have no place in mind to settle down.”

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Build independent power supply, rail system across southwest, Adams urges govs

Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams yesterday urged all the southwest governors to build an independent power supply and rail system that will link the entire region.

Adams made the new call-in Epe, Lagos State, during the 2020 edition of Grandmothers’ Festival, organized by the Olokun Festival Foundation.

The Aare Onakakanfo highlighted the need for uninterrupted power supply across the region, saying the new initiative will enhance commerce, tourism and drive the desired development across the southwest.

He pointed out that issues of security, power, and transportation are most critical to the development of a nation, urging the governors to look forward to creating a conducive atmosphere for investors in the southwest.

“All over the world, businesses thrive where the security and safety of the citizens are guaranteed.

“Stable and uninterrupted power supply is key to the development of every nation. In South Africa for example, the transportation system is amazing because of the effective rail stations between Johannesburg to Pretoria.

“Nigeria is a great nation, our leaders travel abroad and they see the kind of development spreading across the United Kingdom, America, Asia and Africa.

“With the passage of Amotekun bill this week, I am fulfilled that part of our dreams have been realised.

” This is a victory for all Nigerians. It is our victory in the southwest because 25 per cent of residences in Lagos and other southwest states are non- indigenes.

“In the southwest, we have all it takes to set the pace for the development of our region. That is why it is very important for everybody to brace up for the take-off of that laudable project”

In his remarks, the Oloja and Paramount of Epe Kingdom, Oba Kamorudeen Animashaun applauded Aare Gani Adams for spreading the gospel of cultural transformation to Epe.

The monarch said Epe traditional institution has always been supportive of any initiative that can boost Yoruba culture and tradition. He, however, urged members of the OPC to be focused on sustaining the core values of the Organization.

“I commend Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, for promoting our cultural identity and heritage. Aare has made a strong impact in Yorubaland and he will always remain a key player in the progress of our race” he said.

The guest lecturer from Lagos State University, Associate professor, Kolade Adams, implored the guests to emulate the unyielding spirit of the chief promoter of the Olokun Festival Foundation, and the Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Adams, in sustaining the festival for over a decade.

“This is eco-tourism, it is usually one of the best means to improve the tourism potentials of every country. So what we are doing today, will definitely translate to improving the economic prosperity of Epe and its environs”

Aare Gani Adams also urged the Lagos state government to continue the development process embarked upon by the last administration.

“We can all testify to the various infrastructural developments around the town. The highlight of this transformation was the construction of modern roads in the town, making it a city of pride for all and sundry.

“Thanks to the former governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode for bringing development to the doorsteps of the people of the ancient town”

“We cannot rule it out that Epe had enjoyed the unprecedented transformation in Lagos during the Ambode government”.

“Ambode’s Midas’ touch and influence was visible with the present infrastructure in Epe.”

Epe has also turned out to be one of the emerging stories of a visionary government. So, with Governor Olusola Sanwo- Olu on the saddle in the state, I know Lagos is up to the task.”It now behoves on the new government in the state to ensure that all these projects are completed in due time” he said

Other monarchs present at the event, include: Oba Shefiu Adewale Bangbopa, the Olu of Epe Fiwagboye Aareonakakanfo, Chief Ebudola Odedina, OPU member in Italy, Titi Hassan, and Epe Council of Chiefs, members of the National Executive Council, and. National Coordinating Council among others.

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Ibadan electricity consumers reject tariff increase

Several electricity consumers in Oyo State have rejected the proposed increase in tariff of power supply being prepared by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company.

After the distribution company had sent its application for upward review of tariff to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, the body then invited electricity consumers in Ibadan to a public hearing at Jogor Centre, Ibadan where IBEDC presented reasons for possible review of the tariff.

The Chairman of the panel of NERC, Commissioner Musiliu Olalekan Oseni had hardly finished his welcome address when consumers started presenting their complaints about lackluster performance of IBEDC in the distribution of energy.

Almost all the statistics churned out by IBEDC through Mr Deolu Ijose were faulted by the consumers.

Though, IBEDC listed its myriad of problems why it could not meet the electricity demands of the people, its claim that unless the tariff was increased, the distribution company would not be able to perform as expected, was rubbished by the consumers.

Part of the problems which Mr Ijose highlighted inclBank the purchase of energy which was pegged at N9.7 since 2015; loss of N38.9bn in 2019; need to repay loan borrowed from the Central Bank of Nigeria; shortfall in collection of tariff running into N81bn and stealing of energy among others.

He proposed that a new tariff of over N31 would be charged.

Reacting to the proposal, Mr Ololade Hamzat Adebimpe from Oyo Parapo argued there was no need for tariff increase but that the IBEDC should ensure supply of prepaid meter and block all loopholes through which some of its staff plunder the funds meant for the company.

Other speakers like Abiodun Bamigboye, a human right activist, Adebayo Adegbite, from Initiative for Sustainable Infrastructure Development; and Alhaji Yusuf Adebayo from Monatan all concluded that there was no need for tariff increase.