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Osun Governor, Oyetola yet to Name Cabinet Nearly 9 Months After Inauguration

Nearly nine months after his inauguration as the governor of Osun state, Adeboyega Oyetola is yet to name his cabinet.

Oyetola,however, said he will soon send the names of Commissioner-nominees to the state House of Assembly for screening. The governor disclosed this on Monday during a chat with journalists at his Iragbiji country home. He said only members of his All Progressives Congress (APC) will be considered for appointment into his cabinet.

He said,“I will run the all-inclusive government because my party will have a say. Bringing members of other parties may create a problem. I will listen to ideas from them. We have given the party the opportunity to pick the commissioners.”

“I will welcome ideas from other parties. The process has commenced. We will look at the list. I will also screen before I send it to the House of Assembly. The process had commenced. It will be completed”.

On the plans to address the security situation in the state and region, he said, “In the area of security, South West to launch new security outfit soon. Not less than 200 vehicles would be donated to the security agencies. We are also bringing into the security local people especially to monitor our forests”.

Oyetola was sworn in as the governor of the state on November 27, 2018 following his victory in the controversial gubernatorial election in September, an election that was condemned by local and international observers for irregularities and violence. His closest rival,Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenged the outcome up till the Supreme Court. The apex court dismissed Adeleke’s appeal on grounds of technicalities.


Olakunri: Time to Take The War to The Enemy – Oyinlola

A former governor of Osun state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to fish out the killers of the daughter of Pa Reuben Fasoranti, Mrs. Funke Olakunrin. 

Oyinlola in a statement issued on Monday, a copy of which was obtained by SK blog, said Buhari should come out and  address the nation on the efforts of his administration in arresting  the worsening insecurity in the country. 
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The murder of Mrs Funke Olakunrin in broad daylight came as a shock and a rude reminder to all of us that our country is in terrible times. This is a time for all patriots to be sober and reflect on how we got to this Hobbesian point when life has become nasty, brutish and short. 

Wth this tragic incident and the several reported and unreported ones across the country, particularly in the South West, it is time to say: ENOUGH. Bi owo ko ba see san, a maa ka l’eri ni.  Certainty of arrest and severity of punishment are time-tested deterrents to crimes and criminality. Criminal, evil-minded persons will always have a free reign where impunity is condoned. However, government must not be emotional about arrest and punishment. The government has a lot of work to do to convince Nigerians that it is for the law abiding citizens and that these criminals are not above the law. Government must never be seen as being hostage to or complicit of crime and criminality. Governments exist to protect lives and properties; they do not exist to release condolence messages after each avoidable death as this. 

These criminals have declared a war against our nation and we should take the war to them. The Federal Government is expected to lead this war without bringing politics into it and without any emotional bias against the law. One of the reasons some of us backed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 was his perceived competence in security matters -given his training and status as a General of the Nigerian Army. He needs to redeem his image now that deadly criminals have taken over the land, rubbishing all he has ever lived for. He needs to come out clearly now, address the nation, outlining clearly his war plans to safeguard the lives and property of all Nigerians in all states. Nigerians want to hear him directly not through an aide or a party chief. He is the one they voted for as Commander-in-Chief, not someone else. 

I appeal to Nigerians to be vigilant, decisive, cooperate with security agencies and more importantly, join in this war against insecurity and impunity. We must hold our government responsible for whatever happens to our lives and property and give it whatever assistance it may need to get this done.

My condolences to Pa Fasoranti, the children, husband and family of the deceased, the government and people of Ondo State, the Afenifere family and the Yoruba people home and abroad on this unfortunate incident. May God repose the soul of the departed. This tragic incident must be the last.


Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola 
Former Governor, Osun State.
15th July, 2019

Adeleke Never Wanted to Contest Osun Gubernatorial Election- Brother

Mr. Deji Adeleke, the founder of Adeleke University and elder brother to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the September 2018 gubernatorial election in Osun state, Ademola Adeleke, has said his brother never wanted  to contest the election but was prevailed upon by the PDP to contest after promises and assurances were made by the party which he said were never kept. 

Deji in statement issued in Osogbo on Thursday urged members of the party in the state to quit blame games and be proud of the performance of the party in the election he said was won by his brother save for what he described as daylight robbery by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The statement read, “I am not a card-carrying member of any political party but I am a sympathiser/supporter of the PDP in Osun State. Osun State PDP will be better off and well prepared for the next general election in the state, if internal democracy is encouraged and enforced.

“All elective positions, including the position of governor of the state, should be open to all members of the party to contest in a transparent primary election. Everyone must be given a sense of belonging, in order to grow the party in Osun State.

“The PDP members that are trading blame within the party should be reminded that the PDP won the governorship election held on September 22, 2018, but was not allowed to take office by the powers that be in the ruling party. Members should be proud that the electorate sided with the party against the ruling party in that election and not blame each other for the daylight robbery that deprived the party of the mandate freely given by the good people of Osun State, which has brought shame and disgrace to Nigeria as a country.”

“As for the Adeleke family, of which I am one, we will like to remind all the PDP members that Senator Ademola Nurudeen Adeleke had no intention to contest the governorship election in the first place, but was invited and prevailed upon by the party leadership and party elders to contest the governorship election, which he and his family accepted most reluctantly after receiving assurances and promises that were never kept.

“Everything that followed after this, is now history. Senator Adeleke should, therefore, be given a break, to take his well-deserved rest and decide what he will do/not do when the time comes.

“Contributions to an election fund should always be considered a grant, to help deepen our democracy and advance the rule of law, which eventually translates into Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), economic growth and job creation.”

Osun Guber Poll: Atiku Reacts to Judgement, Commends Adeleke

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, Mr. Atiku Abubakar has reacted to Friday’s Supreme Court judgement that upheld the victory of Osun state governor, Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the September 2018 governorship election held in the state.

Atiku in a statement issued on Friday shortly after the judgment commended the candidate of the PDP in the election, Senator Ademola Adeleke and his family for their contributions to the development of the state. He expressed confidence that Adeleke will bounce back politically to govern the state. 

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I join with people of goodwill all over Nigeria to say to Senator Ademola Adeleke, and the people of the great state of Osun, that we stand with them in good times and in difficult days.

The Supreme Court has ruled and because of its judicial finality, the legal case is over. However, the love, acceptance and endorsement that the people of Osun bestowed on both Senator Adeleke and the Peoples Democratic Party is not over and cannot be overlooked.

Those who think this is the end of the road for Senator Adeleke and the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun, are greatly mistaken. This is not the end. Not even the beginning of the end. No. Today marks the continued ascendancy of Senator Adeleke and his party in the hearts and minds of his people. 

They had expected that the progress and development that the Adeleke family had consistently brought to Osun will be translated to their governance. That hope is not dead. Only delayed.
I extend my right hand of brotherhood to Senator Adeleke in all his future endeavours and I assure the good people of the state of Osun that the Peoples Democratic Party remembers their love and acceptance and will never forget to stand by them no matter the situation.

Finally, I urge the nation’s judiciary to take a pulse of the nation and reflect it. In their hands, God has placed a great responsibility. The duty to ensure that justice is done, irrespective of the pressure to do otherwise, by the powers that be.

Atiku Abubakar

Osun Guber Poll: Adeleke Suffers Blow 

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the appeal of Senator Ademola Adeleke and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging the declaration of Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the Osun State governorship election.

In the lead judgement delivered by Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, the apex court declared that the absence of the judge who read the majority decision of the election tribunal, Justice Peter Obiorah in one of the hearings renders the entire proceedings a nullity.

The judge upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal that the proper thing to have been done in the absence of Justice Peter Obiorah was to start the entire trial afresh.

Osun Guber Poll: Supreme Court To Deliver Judgement Today 

The Supreme Court will today deliver its judgment in the dispute arising from the September 2018 governorship election in Osun State.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the said election, Ademola Adeleke, had filed four separate appeals before the apex court to challenge the Abuja Division Court of Appeal’s decision affirming the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola as the winner of the poll.
The appellants are by their appeal challenging the May 9, 2019 majority judgment of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal which affirmed Oyetola’s victory at the September 2018 poll.
By a split decision of two to one, the three-man tribunal had in its verdict delivered on March 22, 2019 nullified the election of Oyetola and his party and declared Adeleke and his Peoples Democratic Party, as the true winner.
But on May 9, 2019, the Court of Appeal, in a four to one split decision of its five-man panel led by Justice Jummai Sankey, nullified the majority verdict of the tribunal.
Justice Sankey along with three other members of the panel, Justices Abubakar Yahaya, Isaiah Akeju and Bitrus Sanga, adopted the majority judgments on the three appeals which went in favour of the APC and its candidate.

Osun Guber : Adeleke, Oyetola To Know Fate July 5

The Supreme Court on Monday fixed July 5 to deliver its judgment in the dispute arising from the September 2018 governorship election in Osun State.

The Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate in the said election, Ademola Adeleke, had filed four separate appeals before the apex court to challenge the Abuja Division Court of Appeal’s decision affirming the All Progressives Congress and its Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola as the winner of the poll.

A seven-man panel of the apex court led by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, has heard one of the appeals on Monday.

The decision in the particular appeal filed by Adeleke is to be binding on two other appeals, while the fourth appeal will be heard and a judgment delivered on it separately.
The seven man-panel rose after hearing the first appeal on Monday.