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Tinubu and Buhari’s “Arodan” by Ayo Turton



If you think I have focused on Asiwaju Tinubu recently because I don’t like him, then you have another thinking coming.

My updates have focused on him of recent because if he does the right things it will help Nigeria in many ways.
In Yorubaland if a kid is getting too troublesome or you needed to keep him busy or get rid of him around the house, you will call him and say “Kunle, lo si odo Mama Funke, so wipe mo ni ko lo gba arodan wa, sare lo” (Kunle go to Mama Funke, tell her I say you should collect arodan for me, go quickly)

Asking you to go and collect Arodan is a coded message for mission impossible. All grown ups know what it means. When a kid shows up at your door asking to collect Arodan on behalf of his parents, you already know he is there to serve a punishment.

So, you will ask him to wait, that you are coming. You will keep checking on him and keep telling him that you are still looking for it. After keeping him there for about one hour, you will apologize to him, that it looks like Mama Emeka has come to take it, then send him to Mama Emeka’s house to collect it.
Mama Emeka will repeat the same process and send him to Mama Bolanle. By the time he would have made a tour of five houses, spending a minimum of 1 hour in each of the houses, he would have become tired, frustrated and worn out. He will go back to his Mom, simply eat his lunch or dinner and go to sleep.

Buhari just recently sent Tinubu on Arodan mission. He and his cabals recruited many enemies for him within and outside his base through all kinds of shenanigans, maneuvering and subterfuge.

After watching these folks toss him around for almost three years, Buhari now turns around and asked him to go and reconcile them. A kind of let’s keep him busy on a mission impossible while we strategize towards 2019. I will be surprised if he didn’t see that.

They raised enemies within and without against him. Kogi went to Bello basically because of him. Some of his erstwhile followers were snatched from him with “juicy” appointments without consulting him. The party leadership he helped to build turned against him, Oyegun, Saraki & co., his influence was deliberately whittled down. The President now turned around and asked him to be the Reconciler-in-Chief of the people he turned against him.

The number one question he should ask himself right now is if he wants to be seen as a Yoruba leader or not. To be a genuine leader of Yoruba rather than using them for personal political advantage when convenient or rent-seeking. Buhari is not pretending about being a Fulani leader, why him?
He should transit from this merchantilist politics phase to legacy building, he has acquired enough.

This is best thing for him to do at this point and the best way to do this is to start championing the cause of his people because he is uniquely positioned to do it especially with the emerging dynamics in the polity.

If he can get the SW solidly behind him, based on ideology rather than baiting a few long throats with appointments, it is better for him because they will fear him more. If he acquires loyalty through posts sharing, the FG can afford to share more and erode his base. Ask Fashola and Fayemi.
If you think you love Tinubu because you are still grabbing those crumbs falling off his table, no, you don’t, if you can’t tell him the truth.

Right now, his politics has no ideology, it is all just about power grabbing, at this stage of his life, it should be bigger than that. One of the major reasons Buhari eventually made it to presidency despite the conspiracy of the Northern elites is that some Northern grassroots folks realized that he stands for their interest. No matter how primordial.

Championing the cause of his people will give him fulfillment and a rest of mind. He should look 10 to 15 years down the road, upon all the opportunities that God gave to him, what will we able to point to as his legacy to the Yoruba folks?

Tinubu, come back home.

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Ogun Gov., Dapo Abiodun Appoints Kunle Somorin As Chief Press Secretary



The Ogun state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has appointed Mr Sunday Olakunle Somorin as his Chief Press Secretary.

Currently pursuing his PhD in Communications at the University of Technology Sydney Australia, Mr Olakunle Somorin, holds a B.Ed (Hons) degree in English from the University of Port Harcourt and a Masters Degree in International Affairs & Diplomacy from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaira.

The new Chief Press Secretary is an experienced editor with a rich work history in the media industry.

A former London Bureau Chief of This Day Newspapers, Somorin is skilled in Editing, Public Speaking, Journalism, and Strategic Communications, He is a strong media and communication professional who has been privileged to work as the Director General (Research & Public Communications), Governor’s Office, Niger State (2012-2015) and as Special Assistant, Media and Public Affairs, Office of the Deputy Speaker House of Representatives (2003-2007).

Born on the 7th of May,1967, Kunle Somorin is from Obafemi/Owode Local Government area of Ogun state.

Until his appointment, Mr Somorin served as the Editor-in-Chief, Africa Resource Centre (ARC) at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library.

Expessing delight at the prospect of working with the gifted veteran, Governor Abiodun says he expects Kunle Somorin to bring his rich experience and professional expertise to bear in the discharge of his duties.

The appointment is with immediate effect.

Engr. Lanre Bisiriyu
Head of Service.

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Dapo Abiodun Announces Economic Transition Committee



Ogun State Governor-Elect, Prince (Dr.) Dapo Abiodun, has announced the Economic Transition Committee that will further articulate his campaign manifesto, ensure robust engagement with
stakeholders and develop a Roadmap to guide its implementation.
In a Press Statement issued on Friday, 12th April, 2019 by his spokesperson, Remmy Hazzan, the Governor-Elect was quoted as saying “Ogun State is blessed with an abundance of human resources in all fields of
endeavor and this is reflected in the array of distinguished sons and daughters who have volunteered their
skills, rich and diverse experience and vast network to work on this important assignment. Furthermore, our commitment to provide an inclusive Government is expressed in the composition of the committee.”

The 23-man team is chaired by Mr. Tunde Lemo, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Other members are:

  1. Mr. Dapo Okubadejo, Secretary
  2. H.E. Senator Gbenga Kaka
  3. H.E. Alhaja Salimot Badru
  4. Mr. Foluso Phillips
  5. Prof. Konyin Ajayi, SAN
  6. Mr. Kunle Elebute
  7. Mr. Gboyega Nasiru Isiaka
  8. Mr. Rotimi Paseda
  9. Dr. Reuben Abati
  10. Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu, CON
  11. Mr. Olajide Odewale
  12. Chief Kayode Sofola SAN
  13. Prof. Sidi Osho
  14. Prof. Semiu Musa Olomu
  15. Engr Bayo Adeola, FNSE
  16. Mr. Tola Mobolurin
  17. Mr. Lekan Asuni
  18. Dr. Tunji Oredipe
  19. Otunba Bimbo Ashiru
  20. Arc. Dunni Opayemi
  21. Mr. Bola Ogunsola
  22. Chief Bode Mustapha

“To ensure an effective and efficient discharge of its assignment, the Economic Transition Committee will
be assisted by Work Groups, each of which will focus on its assigned thematic area such as Education, Youth and Sports, Health and Social Services, Government Processes, Agriculture and Food Security,
Transformational Initiatives, among others.
The names of the members of the Work Groups will be
released in due course. While the Economic Transition Committee will focus on developing the Roadmap, another committee has been set up to interface with the incumbent government to ensure a smooth and orderly change of Administration in the State.”
The statement concluded.

Rt. Hon. Remmy Hazzan, FCIArb
Spokesperson for
Prince Dapo Abiodun, MFR.
Ogun State Gov-Elect.

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Governor Ajimobi and The Music House



On October 2012, the government of Oyo State under Governor Abiola Ajimobi had threatened to demolish the expansive music House Complex owned by the Music merchant, Dr. Yinka Ayefele, MON to allow for the expansion of the road into a dual carriage way but the idea was later shelved.

Speaking as a guest on a radio programme inside the same Music House Complex located at Challenge area of the ancient city four years after, Ajimobi said he was happy that he didn’t listen to those who wanted the property demolished.

“Thank God we didn’t heed the advice to demolish this building, I thank God I didn’t demolish this building”, Ajimobi said on Fresh 105.9fm, a radio station owned by Ayefele.

Fast forward to 2018, a Demolition Notice dated Monday, 13th August, 2018 was served on the management of the Music House with a three-day demolition notice.

The Demolition Notice which was signed by unnamed personnel for the Chairman, Task Force quoted sections 30, 31 & 32 of Oyo State physical Planning & Urban Development Law, 2012.

The management of music House, on Monday received the news of the demolition Notice with mixed feelings. Although, we are not really shocked because series of letters coming from State government to both management of the building and Fresh Fm, the tenant of the building have already pointed to an obvious fact that the state government is really up to something evil.

In the last six weeks, we have received series of letters from Bureau of Physical Planning & Development Control, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Personal lawyer of the state governor and several other government agencies.

What are these letters for? Have we contravened the Oyo State building plan code? What have we really done to deserve a demolition Notice?

Earlier, we have received a letter requesting to inspect the building which we obliged the state agency even when we knew the motive was wrong and not in good fate. The agency came up with 10 fictitious report stating among others that the Radio Tower (Mast) erected within the compound was not covered with the approved building plan whereas, we got the NCC and NBC approval before erecting the mast, one wonders when it becomes the job of Physical Planning to approve the erection of Radio mast.

The agency also raised the issue of spiral staircase which was introduced for easy access to the basement, the wall fence, structures such as general store, Power House, Canteen among others as not duly in the approved plan and recommended that “since the developer has deviated from the approved building plan it automatically means that the building is not covered with any approval any longer”, the report stated.

We have few questions to ask the Oyo State government and its agencies. If truly we contravened the government town planning law(s), what does the law says concerning contravention? What does the law says about Demolition order and Quit Notice respectively? Is the building in anyway defect? Is the building harbouring criminals?

Why is the Music House Complex singled out for this exercise among other buildings on the same axis?

We view this as a selective justice by the state government especially when the Governor had earlier said during his visit to the Music House that some politicians actually advised him to demolish the building on the allegation that Ayefele is not supporting them. Is the govt planning to expand the road again? Of what political gain will the demolition add to the achievement of the state government? When is the state agency going to demolish Cocoa House for housing some radio stations?

The Music House Complex was duly approved as Business and Commercial Building and all approval was legally done according to the laws of the land.

This is a business complex that accommodated almost 150 workers from where they draw their daily income and feed their families.

If the state government feels the only way to pay a hardworking man on the wheel chair is to demolish his property which has not in any way affect, obstruct or cause disturbance in the state, then we leave everything to God but then, this may be the last straw that will break the Camel’s back.


Dr. Yinka Ayefele, MON


Yinka Ayefele Ltd

(Owners of Fresh 105.9 FM Ibadan and Fresh 107.9 FM Abeokuta)

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