OSOGBO—IN a silent supremacy war between Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State and his predecessor, Rauf Aregbesola, the Chairman of Osogbo South Local Council Development Area, Akeem Olaoye and the parliamentarians in the council have become the first casualties.
Although, the two gladiators had on various occasions openly declared that their relationship is cordial, however, the in-fighting between their supporters polarised the party itself into two factions- Ileri-Oluwa and Oranmiyan.
The crisis became obvious after the party’s victory at the Supreme Court on July 5, 2019, when the incumbent governor embarked on a street rally to commemorate the judgement.
A few days later, his predecessor came all the way from Lagos for another victory rally organised by his supporters.
During the rally, Aregbesola declared that he had become a ‘Godfather’, in the state political scene.
This, however, did not resonate well among the teeming supporters of Oyetola, who felt Aregbesola cannot continue to explore the governor’s calmness to claim dominance over the party in the state.
However, the silent war reached a crescendo when Oyetola, rather wait to attend the turbaning of Aregbesola as the Amiru Waziri-l-Muminina of the state, embarked on lesser Hajj to Saudi Arabia. Besides, only three cabinet members attended the event, and only four out of the 62 local government and Council Development Area bosses elected during Aregbesola’s administration were present at the gathering, including the embattled Akeem Olaoye, Osogbo South, Temilade Olokungboye, Osogbo West Local Council Development Area, Olalekan Omole, Obokun East Local Council Development Area and Uthman Mukaila of Ede Area Council.
Some days later, the council boss was confronted with the impeachment crisis.
The parliamentarians after impeaching the council chairman elected his vice as acting chairman, ordered the impeached boss to handover document in his possession to the acting chairman or council-manager, pending the ratification of the process by the state Assembly.
However, upon getting the notice, the Assembly rather than embarking on its constitutional role of investigation and ratification of the process or otherwise ordered the immediate reversal of the process and declared that the ‘impeached’ chairman remains the authentic council boss, a move vehemently opposed by the leader of the parliamentarians, Badmus Akeem, saying the house had no such power.
Allegations agaisnt me frivolous — Olaoye
However, Olaoye while speaking .said the allegations against him were frivolous, besides, he was not given the opportunity to defend himself. According to him, a little misunderstanding between colleagues was escalated for political reasons, saying his travail was politically motivated by some gladiators in Osogbo.
COVID-19: Buhari orders compulsory use of face masks nationwide
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed state governments and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to enforce the use of face masks in public places across the country.
The Chairman, Presidential Task force on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, made this known at the daily briefing on Thursday in Abuja.
Mustapha, while reviewing the activities of the committee, said the president also approved that the current phase of the National Response to COVID-19 should be maintained for another four weeks, but with some modifications.
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“President Buhari also asked the PTF to partner with states and local governments to improve community sensitisation and engagement to step up response to the COVID-19 response.
“He also encouraged state governments to collaborate with local government authorities to intensify necessary measures such as contact tracing, grassroots mobilisation and risk communication.
“He also ordered that collaboration with other mandate groups at federal/state levels to harmonise the country’s COVID-19 response be strenghtened on the short, medium and long-term basis,” he said.
Mustapha warned against stigmatisation and skepticism among Nigerians in the fight against COVID-19.
“I wish to remind all Nigerians that this fight is for every one; everyone must take responsibility.
“Disbelief and skepticism will further complicate our situation; we should not stigmatise anyone infected. Our communities should own the response and educate our citizens,” he said
Sheikh Sudais congratulates Hujjaj, officials on successful hajj
President of the Haramain Sheikh Abdul Rehman Al Sudais has congratulated the entire hujjaj on the completion of the 2020 Hajj rites in the holy land.
Speaking at the Haramain office shortly after the Hujjaj performed tawat wida, (farewell circumambulation) the revered Sheikh stated that the Hajj was a unique one and the hujjaj were lucky to have been chosen for this special hajj.
Sheikh Sudais also thanked officials and volunteers who gave themselves to serve the guest of Allah.“We also thanked the leadership, Ministry of health, interior, workers, volunteers and Hujjaj for the successful conclusion of this year’s historic Hajj.
Also, the information department of the Haramain Sharifain also thanked all their followers on all their information handles.
“We thank our followers and viewers for joining our coverage of the Historic Hajj.