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Makinde on the path to transforming Oyo – Ex-Aviation minister, Fani-Kayode

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Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has brought his private sector experience to bear in developing the state, former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has said.

Fani-Kayode, who stated this while addressing newsmen in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, after completing a tour of major projects being undertaken by the Makinde-led administration, said that the governor has made progress at a “remarkable and extraordinary pace.”

The former Minister noted that despite the fact that Governor Makinde has only been in office for a little over one year, the developmental activities of his administration point to greater things to come.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that Fani-Kayode, who arrived Ibadan a couple of days ago, was taken round some projects completed and embarked upon by the administration, including the ongoing remodelling of the 44-year-old Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan; the Oyo State Security Trust Fund-controlled Security Control Room, which harbours the City Watch Project; the ongoing 68-kilometre Moniya-Iseyin Road project; the Infectious Disease Centre, Olodo.

Other projects visited included completed and newly-constructed School Buildings by the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Primary Health Care Centres remodelled by the Makinde administration, the Farmers’ Academy, Awe and the 10,000 capacity silo project, among others.

Addressing the press after his tour of the projects, Fani-Kayode, who clarified that his tour of projects in PDP-controlled states across the country was of his volition, commended Governor Makinde for what he has been able to achieve within a short time and despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said: “One thing I appreciate is, despite the fact that Governor Makinde has been in office for just over a year, and you look at what has been done, what you see is the beginning of greater things to come. 

“And you see that what has been done within seven or eight months, minus COVID-19 months, activities of governance have been remarkable and extraordinary. We really need to know that they are not joking here and that they mean business.

“The concept, ideas and pace at which the work is being done is awesome. By December, people will see a lot of remarkable structures all over the place here. I know Ibadan very well and I know that what he is doing is to transform the infrastructure situation in this state and bring it to the 21st century standard. 

“It’s a very adventurous project and he is doing it all over the state, because we went to Oyo, Ogbomoso and a number of other places and I can see what he is trying to do. He is bringing his private sector knowledge and experience into the public sector. And whenever that happens, it really does work very well. I saw it in Akwa-Ibom and Cross Rivers states. It is really a good combination when you have that.

“You may not see the final product now; a lot of people are still criticising some of his actions. But you can see what he has started and, if he continues on that path, I have no doubt that he will achieve his objectives. By the time he finishes in four years, I can assure that Oyo State will never be the same again.”

The former Minister, who maintained that he shared the vision of Governor Makinde as highlighted in his discussion with the governor, that Oyo State should be the real heartbeat of the Western Region given the role the state has played in Yoruba history, also used the occasion to commend the governor’s media team.

Speaking on the purpose of his visit, Fani-Kayode stated that he is on a fact-finding mission, adding that he is not disappointed with what he has seen so far, as, according to him, the evidence of good governance on the ground matched the adulations being accorded Governor Makinde across the country.

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I will not leave PDP, It’s not the right thing to do” – Obaseki debunks rumours of crossing to APC

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The Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has dismissed claims that he will be returning to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Obaseki who got a second term on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said having contested and won on the party’s platform, moving out of the party will be a stain on his integrity.

“I couldn’t have contested on a party won on that party’s platform and then considered moving to another party,” Obaseki said on Friday when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

“It’s not a good thing to do, it’s not the right thing to do and I’m sure you will not encourage me to do that”.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, his wife Betsy

Governor Obaseki was accompanied by his Deputy Philip Shaibu and some members of his cabinet, following his re-election as governor of the state.

He thanked the President for ensuring that fair play reigned during the election which saw him victorious.

He said, “You would recall a couple of weeks before the election, I came to see you and you assured me that we were going to have a free, peaceful and credible election.

“That is what we had during the election of 19th September and the whole world has acclaimed that the Edo election was perhaps one of the best conducted in recent times in Nigeria. This could not have been possible without your insistence that the right things be done, and for that, we want to say thank you very much.”

Governor Obaseki also thanked the President for his congratulatory message, assuring him that the message “has been internalised, that it is God that made this election possible, therefore I should be humble about the election and also magnanimous in victory.”

He pledged his unalloyed loyalty and support and that of the people of Edo State to the President and the Federal Government.

Governor Obaseki secured 307,955 of the total votes, 84,336 more votes than his closest rival Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who got 223, 619 votes at the just concluded September 19 Edo election.

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Tension brews in Edo as citizens warm up for the poll

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… our governors are under a seige – PDP

Just few hours to the gubernatorial election in Edo state, the public is anxious on who will handle the affairs of the state for the next four years.

The battle for power which is majorly between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will see one its candidates emerge winner on Saturday, September 19,2020.

Security agents have flooded the state to provide adequate security for the electorates. Observers and political faithfuls are on ground to witness the historic event with state governors also available to give moral support to their various candidates.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed its readiness for the elections, giving instructions to the electorates on what is expected of them at the polling station.

According to the commission, the use of face mask is mandatory for all voters before the can be allowed into the polling unit.

Also, government has ordered restriction of movement during the period of the exercise to control any mishap.

As tension arises, PDP has accused security agencies in the state of harassing its governors from other states who came to observe the election and has since pleaded to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to look into the issue as the lives of its members are at risk.

In a public address by PDP national chairman, Uche Secondus, he revealed that security agents have surrounded the hotel where Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and other governors lodged. He maintained that if APC state governors can be allowed into the state, then PDP governors must also have such liberty too.

The heat is between PDP candidate who is seeking for a second term in office, Governor Godwin Obaseki and his APC opponent, Ize Iyamu.

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Edo Guber Debate: ‘Oshiomole plunged Edo state into a debt crisis- Obaseki

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Governor Godwin Obaseki has accused his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole of putting Edo State in debt through reckless borrowing.

The governor made the allegation on Sunday, September 13, 2020, during the Edo Governorship debate organized by Channels Television.

While answering a question about the debt profile of Edo state, Obaseki said the Oshiomhole-led administration was responsible for the state’s debt burden.

He said, “Let me make some points very clear. What happened is that my predecessor in office borrowed recklessly and the Federal Government had to restructure all the debts that we have taken before I came into office.

“These included a whole series of bank borrowings, borrowing to pay salaries. So, the Federal Government restructured outstanding obligations to Edo State, to the tune of almost N30 billion. That was what was responsible for adding to the debt stock, not borrowings from this administration.

The governor also accused Oshiomhole of owing contractors to the tune of N70bn.

He, however, commended his administration for servicing the debt and also providing the needed development to the people.

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