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Get back to work or lose your salaries, Makinde to LAUTECH Lecturers

The Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Oluseyi Makinde has announced that lecturers at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, will be denied subvention if they fail to return to work despite the state government’s demand to resume academic activities at the university.

On Saturday, the governor made the news during a media engagement at the BCOS Television house in Ibadan to commemorate his third year in office.

The governor said that if the lecturers do not return to work, the state government will not pay their subvention.

He said, “If the lecturers were sensitive, they should not have joined the industrial action. As of today, their subvention is being withhold. If they don’t go back to school, I won’t pay their subvention.

“The students must know who to hold accountable. We expect 100 per cent cooperation but some want to play politics.

“We will only pay those who return to their duties. I don’t care whether it’s an election year. I will only do what is right till the last day of the tenure.”

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Opinion: Weep Not Child, Senator Kola Balogun ~ Lekan Badmus

It is an incontrovertible fact that every man is a selfish being. That is a law of natural justice. This aptly informs my vehement objection to the biblical admonition of ” Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself”( Mark 12:31)
The injunction here is practically impossible unless we want to be economical with the truth. It is an opium. This admonition is a sharp contrast to the Yoruba maxim that; ‘ Bi’na ba jo’ni, j’omo eni, t’ara eni, la a koko gbon”. The interpretation goes thus: it is logical to quench the raging fire on oneself before attempting to quench the fire on one’s son.

Globally, politics is about interest and alliance. Alliance could be swayed but interest remains sacrosanct.

People dabble into politics for numerous reasons. Numero uno, the quest for power tops the reason. Intention to impact on lives through good governance trails behind.

Succinctly, every politician adopted various strategy: mathematical and diplomatic, to curry favour and attract sympathy.

Arguably, a significant number of politicians are gluttonous. However, the fact that many of them are callous and dubious does not foreclose the fact that some are relatively good. The word ‘relatively’ is intentional, purposeful.
Few days ago, I stumbled on the vituperation of the embattled senator Kola Balogun representing Oyo south senatorial district. I was captivated when I saw his reaction which I had been expecting, consequent upon his “disenfranchisement” to return to the senate. His reaction was conveyed and publicized by Oduduwa News, a reputable media.

So, one could imagine the interest I would divert to peruse such explanation from the horse’s mouth. His case is of paramount importance to me as a freelance and a public opinion analyst who cherish balance reportage.

So, one could imagine the interest I would divert to peruse such explanation from the horse’s mouth. His case is of paramount importance to me as a freelancer, human right crusader and a public opinion analyst who cherish balance reportage. I don’t engage in jungle journalism but care no hoot to say it, the way it is. Undiluted. No matter whose ox is gored.

Background to his Anger

In a bid to assert authority and reposition himself for the next election, the executive governor of the state, Engineer Seyi Makinde had entered into a political contractual bargaining with Chief Tegbe. It is not a misnormer to appease, entice and lure politicians with clout. Pedigree differs.

In view of the alliance, the governor, in his wisdom, had promised a senatorial ticket for the big fish from the ocean of APC. In reminiscence, Chief Tegbe was a staunch APC member and an uncompromised ally of former governor Ajimobi. The relationship between the late governor and chief Tegbe was so cordial that the former was the initial heir apparent and the anointed candidate of the tooth-gapped late governor. Power play from the above denied Chief Tegbe, otherwise, he would have been the APC flagbearer then.

As a human being, he never forgot the shortchange. Seemingly, he was embittered with venomous innuendoes. Therefore, because every man is selfish, one could not blame him for accepting the offer of the governor especially when it was not sure that he would be made the APC candidate come 2023.

Governor Makinde had previously wanted to snatch Oyo north senatorial ticket from Chief Bisi Ilaka who was the former Chief of staff to the governor. Yours sincerely had written on that; referring to Ilaka as “the most unfortunate loyal party man” in an article; ” Ilakaka Bisi Ilaka”. Despite serial disappointments, the Oyo – born politician never decamped from PDP. The governor met him in PDP. I make bold to say that.

Fortune however smiled on the bearded Chief when the governor reverted; opting instead to deny Senator Balogun who had enjoyed a term. So, the younger brother to the newly-crowned Olubadan became the eventual victim. ‘Ori wa ko ni gba abode.’

It is not unusual therefore that senator Balogun would react. Pinch yourself with a needle to fill the reflex action before you inflict such on others.
The vituperation
“…Governor Makinde reportedly made some claims that I am not performing and that I am not taking care of the party leaders in the nine local government areas in Oyo South Senatorial District.

“As a Christian, can he swear with the Holy Bible and with his life that those were the real and principal reasons he took that decision? I challenge him to publicly swear before the PDP stakeholders; before the people of Ibadan, Oyo South Senatorial District and the entire state that he took that decision solely because of the reasons stated in the report. If he can do this, I will come back to openly apologise to him.

“The allegation of non-performance against me is puerile. The record of my performance and achievements is in the public domain and it is hereby attached to this

Governor Makinde was pressured by some powerful cartel in his Guest House who were of the fear that having a Balogun as the Olubadan and another Balogun as a senator would be too strong for the governor to control.”

The reaction above was encapsulated in a title; ” Why Makinde denied me second term senatorial ticket”. The nagging question is : why won’t he deny you?!

Senator Balogun needs to be conscious of two facts upon which I will draw the curtain on this piece. One, you may be good but some people may be better than you. Secondly, the governor cannot love you more than himself. He has his own interest as a sane man. For crying loud , he cannot prioritise you at his own detriment. Such would be at his own peril. It is though unfortunate that you have been traded but that is politics.

So, weep not ! If every other qualified person could have just a term, it would go round. It is not proper to castigate the governor publicly if the manner with which your elder brother ascended the throne is reverted to. If God had not used the governor, Senator Ladoja and destiny, the royal stool would have remained elusive to Ali-Iwo descendants.

Comrade Lekan Badmus is a columnist with Oduduwa News.

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Constituents Drums Support For Tosin Gboye, Endorses Seyi Makinde

Constituents of Ibadan North Constituency 2 on Thursday declared their support for The House of Assembly Hopeful, Ibadan North Constituency 2, Hon. Makanjuola Oluwatosin popularly known as Tosin Gboye and equally seek the support of His Excellency, Engr. Oluseyi Makinde for their candidate as they declared support for the second term of Engr. Oluseyi Makinde.

Tosin Gboye who appeared before the PDP screening committee on Wednesday has been cleared to contest at the primary election of the party coming up in May.

The residents confirmed that Tosin Gboye being a bonafide Indigene of Ibadan and resident of Ibadan North Constituency 2 is eminently qualified and seek the support of all and sundry to make this aspiration a success for the greater good of the people of Ibadan North Constituency 2.

According to the constituents, Tosin Gboye being the son of the late leader in the local government, Hon. Makanjuola Adegboyega Abdulwasiu aka Gboye Ibo will sustain and build on the legacy of his family, and will make the Local Government and constituency stand out in the State.

Also, Tosin Gboye commended Engr. Oluseyi Makinde for building Oyo State Infrastructures to meet more standard, as this is evident in the recently commissioned Bus Tarminals and other road networks commissioned and on-going throughout the State.

Team Tosin Gboye.

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Oyo Govt. Presents Cheque To Ajia Community, To Construct Community Police Station

The Oyo State Government through the Oyo State Community and Social Development Agency (Oyo CSDA) on Wednesday presented a cheque of over #4.4m to Ajia Ifesowapo CPMC in the presence of Inukan Development Forum and the elders of Ajia and its environs for the construction of Police Station.

According to the Chairman of Oyo CSDA, Mr Esuola Hamid said that the project is one of the many projects the Agency usually embark on, and it’s always a collaboration between community and the agency.
Speaking on the project, he said that the agency will provide 90% while the community will provide 10% as part of their own commitment fee, after which a sum of #4,495,500 was presented to the chairman, Mr Wojuade Adesina.

Presents at the event were the Chairman of Ona Ara Local Government, represented by Hon. Wakil Okunola, Supervisory Councilor for Culture & Tourism; Engr. Sunday Gbenjo, President Inukan Development Forum; Mrs Ige Olaronke Shera, Head of Local Government Administration of Inukan LCDA and other staff of the LCDA.

Speaking further, Mr Esuola Hamid appreciated Governor Oluseyi Makinde and equally seeked the support of the community for the administration of Engr. Oluseyi Makinde who’s a product of their community and doing everything possible to transform Ajia and its environs into a mini London.

Engr. Sunday Gbenjo, in his address commended the agency for deeming it fit to approve such project for them despite the numerous requests from different communities on their table. He said that the Police Station becomes necessary following the numerous developmental projects the government of Engr. Oluseyi Makinde has been doing to Ajia and its environs, he therefore appreciated His Excellency and reiterated the community’s support to His Excellency whenever he calls on them. He equally appreciated the presence of Ona-Ara Local Government Chairman, represented by Hon. Wakil Okunola.

In the entourage of Mr Esuola Hamid were Mr Salawu, General Manager of Oyo CSDA; Mrs Raji, Operation Manager, Mr Ojerinde and the PRO of Oyo CSDA.

Also, community elders presents Includes; Chief G.O Ajayi, Mr Tunde Aderonmu and Mr Ayoade J. O and other community members.

Mr Salawu, General Secretary of the Agency, while speaking charges the community to the transparent, accountable and ensure that quality and standard work is done, since it’s the community that will be constructing the Police Station while the agency will monitor and supervise the project, and said that the balance will be provided to them once the building reach the stage equivalent to the #4.4m first part payment.

In his vote of thanks, Mr. Wojuade Adesina, Chairman of the Project Monitoring Committee appreciated His Excellency Engr. Oluseyi Makinde and Oyo CSDA for the project and assured them that the community will make judicial use of the project, including its mantainace.

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2023 General Election: Governor Makinde To Decide PDP National Assembly, State House of Assembly Flag Bearers

Oyo State Governor, Engr. Oluseyi Makinde is set to hand over Senatorial, House of Representatives and State House of Assembly Forms for members of his party ahead of the Party’s Primary coming up in May.

Oduduwanews learnt that Gov. Makinde made this known on Friday, at the PDP stakeholders meeting held at Agodi Government House, Ibadan that two senatorial, eleven House of Representatives, and sixteen houses of assembly forms have been bought.

According to the information made available, a reasonable number will be given to the female gender as part of the policy of Governor Seyi Makinde.

The stakeholder’s meeting according to Governor Makinde will be reconvened on Monday when he is likely to declare his intention to run in 2023 and decide whosoever get the Forms.

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Personality Interview: I Had Good and Bad Experiences While Serving As Commissioner ~ Professor Afonja

ODUDUWA NEWS: Can we meet you Sir?
My name is Professor Raphael Afonja, now known as Professor Rahmon Afonja, I was a former Commissioner for Works and Transport in Oyo State, former Dean of Faculty at City University of New York, USA and former military personnel in US Army. I am a Professor of Civil Engineering and I have several other degrees related to the field. I am also a fellow of Nigerian Society of Engineer and the CEO/Managing Director of GAMUT Security and Escort Services.

Q: Recently, media space was awash with your conversion to Islam, what was the motivation behind it?
I had wanted to become a Muslim since my childhood age because I was given birth by parents with mixed religion, my father was a Christian while my mother was a practicing Muslim and it gave me a privilege to be nurtured and groomed along the doctrines of Islam and Christianity.

Q: How has it been combining politics with academics?
For me, when I think about politics, I think about service to the people. I always tell people that intention matters a lot. I came to Nigeria to serve my people and I have been channeling my strength towards the service to humanity. Particularly, the people of Oyo and Ogbomoso land and that is the reason why I am here. My motivation is to serve people and I have come to serve. My intention for coming to politics has always been the interest of the people.

Q: Can you give us an insight into your experiences during your time as the Commissioner for Works and Transport?
I had good and bad experiences. It’s unfortunate that sycophancy was at the forefront instead of commitment, dedication and sacrifice. I used to work from 6am to 11pm and most nights I would be out there checking one or two projects in order to ensure timely delivery.
I used to engage consultants outside to help in designing structural plans of roads and bridges and I never sacrificed meritocracy for mediocrity. Most of the projects currently embarked on by the Ministry of Works and Transport were structurally planned by me before I left office. I used to dedicate myself to the duties assigned to me by my principal and my target was to see him succeed. That has always been my philosophy whenever I am carrying out my responsibilities and duties. His landmark achievements while in office would be of great benefit to the people of Oyo State and I was dedicated and committed to the course because the governor was elected to serve the people of Oyo State.

I should inform you that this is the first interview I am granting after I left office. Let me use this medium to condemn certain misinformation out there where it was alleged that some files would be on my desk for weeks and months without being attended to, that’s a blatant lie. No file would spend more than 24hrs on my desk without being attended to. My philosophy at the Ministry was that no file should spend more than two days on my desk without being attended to. It must be treated and go to the appropriate channel. At times, my directors would come to work on Saturdays and Sundays and they would have to work day and night for the purpose of making things work out properly. The story out there that Professor Afonja used to delay files is a blatant lie and it was an attempt to smear my name.

Q: Immediately after you left office, there was a rumor that it was one inflated contract awarded by your Ministry that led to your removal by the State Governor, what can you say about this?
Nothing special in my removal, that was an appropriate time for me to exit as destined by God. I believe that every contractor must do his job; the issue of disagreement on the said contract was the Olodo road that goes towards Iwo and COVID-19 Centre. Then, the road was very bad and the Director of Highway at the Ministry submitted a bill to me which was very reasonable and I defended it at the State Executive meeting, because the road according to the proposal, if completed would last for a very long time. However, politics came into play as some people who had wanted to take the job felt that the best way was to come up with a lower bill and had their way. Though, I looked at the bill and concluded it was not going to work. Today, the rest has become history.

Q: From your experience while in the office having come across ‘toxic politicians’ and sycophants, are you still interested in politics or you want to take your leave?
Well, I always tell people that I’m not a full time politician, I am God sent to come and ameliorate the sufferings of the people and that has been my interest. One of the major reasons I left my job as the Dean of Faculty in a University in America to come and take the position of Commissioner was the interest of my people. The interest of my people has always been the motivation behind any step I take. On that note, I still remain a politician.

I met the Governor recently and we discussed at length. When I was the Commissioner, I knew I was there for an appointed time and a time would come that I would leave. I saw my exit coming and I have never regretted ever serving as a Commissioner. I am fulfilled with what I have done in that capacity and I am glad that most of the things being carried out by the Ministry today were my handiwork before I left. Everybody should remember that when you are given a seat, it is a privilege not an entitlement because at some point you either leave the office or the office leaves you. So painful, Kehinde Ayoola of blessed memory died while in the office, I pray for him often. The point I am making is that everyone would leave one day.

Q: Which party do you belong to currently?
I’m a PDP member, I never thought of decamping.

Q: There is no gainsaying in the fact that there are factions in PDP, which faction do you belong to?
Smiles! Let me say this, I don’t believe in factions and I pray and do hope that the crisis within our party gets resolved very soon because I believe if we want to win from the LG to FG we have to resolve all internal crises. I want the faction to understand that the Governor is the Governor, he was put in that position by God, and no matter how young he is, he should be respected.

I also want the Governor to understand that as a leader, you also need to appreciate the people that work tirelessly to get you elected; they should be heard and listened to. There should be certain level of compromise with them. The governor must be recognized and respected and whatever he does we should have it in mind that he has been given mandate to do that. We must work together as PDP and not to sell ourselves out. We have to support the Governor and he should also avoid sycophants who might want to mislead him. He should take his time to investigate and should endeavour to go extra mile to get his information right.

Q: 2023 is approaching, what’s your political plan?
For me, I’m praying for God’s directive on what I should do. My first assignment is to ensure that our party remains at the forefront, and make sure that we win across board. Secondly, like I said, the Governor is the leader of the Party in the State; we are looking forward to his leadership as to what role we should play.

Q: What can you say about Rt. Hon Mulikat Adeola’s Camp?
Let me speak about her as a person, Alhaja Mulikat is a very selfless person. I love her as a mother because she always desires best for all. I can boldly say that Alhaja is the most consistent person in the PDP for a very long time.
When I was in office, the misconception was that we were fighting. People insinuated that I distanced myself from her, but a lot of people don’t understand that I was in a different position which required my dedication and full commitment to the vision and aspiration of my boss. My work for the governor required my loyalty at all times no matter how the circumstances.

Hon. Mulikat is a respected leader of the party and I wasn’t disloyal to her but I was only being careful due to the crisis rocking our party. Though, I made my own mistakes and hold myself responsible to them. She’s a very good woman that wants the best for her people and the people of Oyo State. I just pray that the crisis within the party gets resolved very soon so that we can come together and work for the progress of the party.

Q: Was Rt. Hon Mulikat Adeola instrumental to your nomination as Commissioner?
Let me say that I am thankful to her, she later nominated me and I thank the Governor for accepting me and I am most grateful to everyone that was instrumental to getting the position.

I also found out that Hon. Ogunwuyi also played vital role that I didn’t know, let me say thank you to him also. I was told he said he doesn’t know who I am until when he checked my CV and was greatly convinced. He said I would be the right person for the job. That word, I think goes a long way. If he had said something differently; it would have gone the other way.
I wasn’t the only person nominated by Alhaja because she also nominated two other persons before me and the Governor rejected them. I am most grateful to her. Upon my announcement as Commissioner for Works, I had to resign my appointment as the Dean of a University at the United States of America after my screening.

Q: What’s your general advice to the youths, Nigerian leaders and the followers?
I am disappointed in our leadership from Presidency down to the Local Government. Let’s say the LGs do not really have the autonomy they supposed to have. I would say from the Presidency to National Assembly to Governors. I would say that I am disappointed that youths are not given opportunity to succeed.

There’s no support system that would give them the opportunity to make something out of themselves. Government can’t create employment for everybody, but government needs to create policies and enabling environment that would help people to come up with ideas.
The health care system is nothing to talk about; our leaders are very quick at jetting out for medical attention. The politicians, leaders and the rest of us need to put politics aside and step up and do the right thing. Otherwise, there comes a point in time there might be a revolution whereby the youths would start fighting back. Again, there has to be control on money spent on electioneering. A lot of good people would love to come out and contest elective positions but they cannot compete with moneybags who usually hold sway every electioneering time.

Also, the so called delegates who usually collect money for nomination of candidates are not helping our democracy too. The youths need to be given more opportunities to be part of governance. The Youths should also get their PVCs and be part of the process. Vote for the right people and don’t vote based on party.

Also, to you journalists, a lot of journalists have been sold out; they won’t ask the right questions from politicians. I am of the opinion that we need to start screening our candidates as individuals not as party members.

I am asking the youths to stand up, ask questions, and assess their CV. What have they done before? What about major achievements in their chosen careers or businesses and their capacities? Those should be our parameters for assessment rather than protesting every time.

On Security, there’s a lot to be done because we are lagging behind. Our security agencies need to be taken care of, including their welfare and everything that concerns them. The government needs to effectively engage everyone, including the traditional rulers and community leaders on security of lives and properties.

Lastly, I strongly believe in the strength of the youths, they should know that Yahoo Yahoo is not the way out, there are better things to do and some are striving day and night to make it. They should get a mentor, I’m also accessible and I would continue to do my best.

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2022 Ibadan Cultural Festival; Balogun Gaphar Ojetola Appreciates Makinde, Olubadan, CCII, Individuals and Others

The 2022 Ibadan Cultural Festival Central Committee Chairman, Balogun Gaphar Ojetola has sent his appreciation to the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Individuals and Corporate Organizations who contributed in one way or the other to the recently concluded Ibadan 2022 Cultural Festival.

In his appreciation message, he also acknowledged the support and role of His Imperial Majesty, Oba Moshood Olalekan Balogun and the President-General of CCII, Prince Oluyemisi Adeaga.

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” —Marcel Proust

Yes, you made us happy and you made our souls blossom.

“That this year Ibadan Cultural Festival has come and ended in glory is enough reason to show gratitude to everyone who has participated and, or contributed to the success story. You are all the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom”

“To His Excellency, the Oyo State Governor, Engineer Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde FNSE whose physical presence at two different events during the weeklong activities has become history making in any Ibadan Cultural Festival anniversary ever experienced. Thank you Sir”

“To our Kabiyesi, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Senator, Dr. Mahood Olalekan Ishola Balogun, Alli Okunmade II , his Oloris and the Olubadan -in – Council. The Iyalode in Council, and all the Senior Chiefs, we thank you all”

“To Her Excellency, wife of the former Governor, Chief Mrs Olayinka Mutiat Ladoja, Grand Ambassador of Ibadan Culture and Special Guest of Honour of the events whose singular efforts contributed immensely to the success story of this year’s celebration, I will forever remain grateful and on behalf of us all, I say Thank you Ma”

“To all our worthy and deserving Awardees from Fellowship through Business Luncheon to the Merit awards at the Grand Finale, we congratulate you for being considered to be so celebrated and honored by Ibadanland. Congratulations to you all”

“To all affiliate clubs and associations home and abroad, we congratulate you all for taking ownership of the whole event as the hosting authority. Congratulations and thank you all”

“To our individual sponsors as well as corporate partners, we remain indebted to you and pray that our relationship will blossom into permanent investment that will be beneficial to both sides”

“To all the members of this year Planning Committee whose labour, dedication, commitment and financial support can only be imagined, I owe you a lot and pray that God almighty will compensate you beyond any human expectations”

“To the Prince Oluyemisi Adetayo Adeaga CCII EXCO led administration for believing in our capacity and strength, we appreciate and congratulate you on this achievement”

“To our partners in the media and other allied interest groups, we thank you all”

“For all that you have committed to the success of this year Ibadan Cultural Festival celebration, please accept our gratitude and we pray for God abundance mercy on us and on Ibadanland”

E se pupo, A dupe O.

Balogun Gaphar Ojetola
Chairman Ibadan Cultural Festival 2022

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Ibadan Prime Youth Forum Felicitates Oba Lekan Balogun

The Ibadan Prime Youth Forum under the leadership of Dr. Oluwatunmise Adeagbo on Thursday on behalf of all Ibadan Youths congratulated the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba (Dr) Lekan Balogun.

In a statement made available by the National Coordinator, he described the new Mornach as a blessing to Ibadan as his wealth of experience in Administration & Governance will help in the development of Ibadan.

“On behalf of all Ibadan Youths but Indigenes and residents, I congratulate our royal father, the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Moshood Olalekan Balogun on his ascension to the throne”

“We believe that his reign like those before him will sustain and promote peace and advance the development of Ibadan land”

“Kabiesi years of experience in Administration and Governance, having served in both private and public sector is an added advantage to us in Ibadan and this will reflect in the overall development of Ibadan land”

The Forum also extends their appreciation to the Executive Governor of Oyo, Engr. Oluseyi Makinde and the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes under the leadership of Prince Oluyemisi Adeaga for the support given to the revered Mornach.

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Official: Osinbajo, Alaafin, Ooni, Sultan, Fayemi, Others Present As Makinde Presents Staff of Office to the 42nd Olubadan

His Excellency, Engr. Oluseyi Makinde, The Executive Governor of Oyo State Governor, has presented the staff of office to the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba (Dr.) Mohood Olalekan Ishola Balogun (Alli Okunmade II).

The presentation took place on Friday afternoon at the historic Mapo Hall, Ibadan. While presenting the Staff of Office, the Governor implored the new Olubadan to be father to all.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Chairman, Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, & Governor of Kano State.

Others include; Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun; former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; Ondo State Deputy Governor, Lucky Ayedatiwa and Osun State Deputy Governor, Benedict Alabi among other prominent citizens were in attendance.

Traditional Leaders present includes: The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye, Sultan of Sokoto, Emir of Kano the Deputy and the Ààrẹ Ọ̀nà Kakanfò of Yorùbáland, Otunba Gani Adams, were also in attendance.

Other dignitaries presents Includes Chiefs of Nigerian Armed Forces, Captain of Industries, Royal Fathers among others.

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Sultan of Sokoto, Emirs, Traditional Royal Fathers, Governors, Captain of Industries, Others To Grace Olubadan Coronation

Oyo State Governor, Engr. Oluseyi Makinde is set to receive Dignitaries all over the world at the Coronation of His Imperial Majesty, Oba Moshood Olalekan Ishola Balogun, Alli Okunmade II as the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland at Mapo Hall on Friday.

According to sources close to the Chairperson of the State Coronation Planing Committee, Mrs Olubamiwo Adosun, who’s also the Secretary to the State Government confirmed to our correspondent that among the dignitaries expecting at the Coronation are; Sultan of Sokoto, Royal fathers throughout Yoruba land, State Governors, Captain of Industries among others.

In a personal statement made available to the public on Wednesday by Mrs Adeosun, on behalf of the State Government and the Committee she felicitated with the Immediate Family of the His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lekan Balogun, the People of Ibadan and also assured them that all is set for the Coronation.

She said: “The Olubadan Coronation Committee, on behalf of His Excellency, Governor ‘Seyi Makinde wishes to alert the residents of Ibadan, the good people of Oyo State and our well wishers across the globe of the coronation of our revered monarch, the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland, on Friday March 11, 2022. “Arrangements have been put in place for this momentous occasion as we express the determination of Governor Makinde and the Executive Council of Oyo State to stage an event befitting of the status of His Imperial Majesty and Ibadanland.“In line with the directives of His Excellency, Governor ‘Seyi Makinde, the Coronation Committee has taken necessary steps to make the coronation of the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland, His Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Mohood Olalekan Ishola Balogun (Alli Okunmade 11), a colourful event and a masterpiece.“While we will advise motorists and everyone attending to adhere strictly to the traffic advisory already made public by relevant government agencies, we wish our new monarch a tenure blessed with goodness, peace and unprecedented development.”.

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