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Ajimobi tasks Polytechnic Ibadan graduates on honesty, hard work




Ajimobi tasks Polytechnic Ibadan graduates on honesty, hard work



By Suleiman Shehu

Ibadan, Dec. 14, 2018 (NNN)  Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Friday urged graduating students of the Polytechnic Ibadan to be honest and hardworking as they prepared for another phase of their lives.

Ajimobi, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Moses Adeyemo, gave the advice during the 32nd and 33rd combined Convocation ceremony of the institution in Ibadan.

He said the next phase of life had promises of rewards for those who were courageous, enterprising, upright and hardworking.

The governor said life is a journey and not a destination just as learning is a lifelong endeavour and not a destination.

He, therefore, advised them against viewing the moment of graduation as having reached the zenith of knowledge.

“Let your mantra be what you can do for the country and not what the country can do for you.

“This is the time to apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired into creating value, which will enrich your lives,  that of your families and as well improve on the society as a whole,’’ he said.

The governor said the thrust of his administration’s policy reforms in education was predicated on turning out graduates that were well-equipped with entrepreneurial skills that would readily transform them into employers instead of employment seekers.

Prof. Olatunde Fawole, Rector of the institution, said the polytechnic could boast of having contributed significantly to the economic and socio-political life of the country through the quality of its alumni.

Fawole said the institution had what it took to be a degree awarding one, and would continue to do its best in producing quality graduates for the country.

Prof. Isaac Adeyemi, the Chairman, Governing Council, said the council had maintained cordial working relationship with the unions, the staff and the students, which left the institution with the right ambience to excel.

Adeyemi said the existing relationship would continue to translate into improved level of performance.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that prizes and awards were given to the deserving graduates. (NNN)


Edited by Martins Odeh/Oluwole Sogunle





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Ajimobi, APC hail Alao-Akala at 70



The immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, has described his predecessor, Chief  Adebayo Alao-Akala, as a quintessential politician, who  has contributed immensely to the fortunes of the state and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a congratulatory message to Alao-Akala, who clocked 70, Ajimobi, the  Deputy National Chairman of the APC  (South), said that Alao-Akala  was a pillar in the party and the state.

 According to Ajimobi, Alao-Akala left indelible footprints as governor of  the state.

“On behalf of my family, I felicitate with my dear brother, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, a former governor and a pillar of our great party, (APC) in Oyo State, on the joyous occasion of his 70th birthday celebration.

“As a former governor of our dear state, you have contributed immensely to the growth of the pacesetter state, and as a politician, your advice and contributions to the party have been invaluable.

As an indigene of Oyo State, your actions have shown deep love for the people of the state in your words and deeds.

“As you join the elders club,  here is wishing you many more years of sound health and greater contributions to Oyo State and the country,” Ajimobi said.

Also, the state chapter of the APC congratulated the former governor on attaining the age of 70.

In a statement signed by its Chairman, Chief Akin Oke, the state chapter said that Alao-Akala had  contributed immensely to the state.

It described the former governor as a rallying point for numerous party members.

The All Progressives Congress, Oyo State Chapter, heartily congratulates Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, a pillar of support and Chairman of the Reconciliation Committee of the All Progressives Congress, Oyo State.

“As a former governor,  you have contributed immensely to the progress of Oyo State. You have also been a rallying point for our numerous party faithful.

“As you celebrate this landmark birthday, we can only wish you more vigour in the service of our party, our state and the country,” it said.

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Oba Oyewunmi, a living legend at 94 – Ajimobi



The former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, has congratulated the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, on his 94th birthday, describing him as a living legend.

Ajimobi, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Deputy National Chairman (South), congratulated the monarch in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr Bolaji Tunji, on Wednesday in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Oba Oyewunmi was born on May 27, 1926.

Ajimobi described the monarch as a living legend, whose reign had brought peace and unity to Ogbomosoland and by extension Oyo State.

“Clocking the enviable age of 94 is no mean achievement, considering the fact that the nonagenarian monarch still enjoys good health,” he said.

Ajimobi further described the royal father as a highly respected and revered monarch, who had been a stabilising factor in the social as well as traditional institutions in Yorubaland.

The former governor said the monarch’s reign had brought giant developmental strides to Ogbomoso and its surrounding towns, as witnessed in recent times.

“With your nearly five decades on the throne of your forefathers, Kabiyesi, you have brought tremendous development to Ogbomosoland and its surrounding towns.

“You have always demonstrated total commitment to the sustenance of peace in Ogbomosoland and Oyo State in general,” he said.

According to him, the monarch’s love for his people has shown in the giant strides of Ogbomoso sons and daughters, both at home and in the diaspora.

Ajimobi said that by carriage, achievements and astuteness, the monarch had been able to carry his subjects along on every step taken since he became the royal father about 47 years ago.

“The monarchy is a labour intensive industry, quoting the former British Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, but Kabiyesi has laboured in love for his people.

“He has been accorded the necessary support that allowed peace and tranquility to reign in his domain,” he said.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Eid el fitr: Ajimobi charges Nigerians on togetherness, peace



Former governor of Oyo, Abiola Ajimobi, and the APC Deputy National Chairman (South West), on Sunday called on Nigerians to live in togetherness and peace as exemplified by Prophet Mohammed (SAW).

Ajimobi made the call in a statement signed by his Media Aide, Mr Bolaji Tunji, in Ibadan.

He urged Nigerians to continue to cooperate with the Federal Government in the fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19), currently afflicting mankind.

He enjoined Nigerians to exercise patience, as the government was doing its best to ensure the country was not adversely affected by the pandemic and if ts attendant economic consequences.

“We should continue to strictly adhere to laid down protocols in the management of COVID-19.

‘`We must at all times wash our hands, use our face masks, continue the physical distancing advisory, while not forgetting to sanitise our hands,” he said.

The former governor said that the country would only achieve greatness in an atmosphere of peace and harmony.

He urged Nigerians to continue to keep safe in this difficult period.

“It is only in an atmosphere of peace and love that people can thrive and attain their potential.

“Nigerians should exhibit love towards fellow human beings, re-dedicate themselves to the service of Almighty Allah and humanity, as demonstrated by Prophet Mohammed (SAW).

“Let us use this Eld-el-Fitri period to pray for the peace, progress and economic emancipation of our dear country,” Ajimobi said.

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Ajimobi commends Buhari over choice of Gambari  as CoS



Former Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari over the appointment of Prof. Agboola Gambari as his new Chief of Staff.

Ajimobi, the APC Deputy National Chairman (South), commended the president in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Friday in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Buhari had appointed Gambari as his new Chief of Staff following the death of the late Malam Abba Kyari.

Ajimobi described the appointment as a ”confirmation of meritocracy over mediocrity and professionalism over political interest.”

He described Gambari as an accomplished diplomat, administrator, academic and a global figure with demonstrated passion in the art of diplomacy and international relations.

“The president, by the choice of Prof. Gambari, has further shown his determination to always choose the best among us, all in the task of repositioning and building a nation we can all be proud of.

“This has shown that the president prefers quality to inferiority.

“He did not apply sentiment in picking Prof. Gambari, rather, he picked the most suitable person who is apolitical for that position,” Ajimobi said.

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Akinjide: Nigeria has lost brilliant jurist – Ajimobi



The APC National Deputy Chairman (South), Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, has described the death of a former Attorney-General of Federation, Chief Richard Akinjide (SAN), as a great loss to the legal profession.
Ajimobi, who is also a former governor of Oyo state, said this in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the late Akinjide died early Tuesday morning at his Ibadan residence after developing complications from a suspected age-related ailment.
Ajimobi said that he received the news of Akinjide’s passage with great sadness, describing him as an illustrious son of Ibadanland.
“Though he died at an advanced age of 88, his death still came as a rude shock to me and to many other Nigerians who heard about it.
“As a legal icon, he was the pride of Ibadan and the Nigerian society, proving his worth at different legal fora.
“As a nationalist, he gave his best to the world of legal practice and the best came back to him in terms of recognition,” he said.
The former governor said that Akinjide was indisputably recognised as a brilliant jurist and was deservedly accorded honour.
According to him, “He was Queen’s Counsel (QC), Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and a life bencher, who brought his wealth of experience to the Nigerian bar.
“As a statesman, he served his country diligently, being Minister of Education in the First Republic and in the Second Republic, he was the country’s Chief Legal Officer.”
He said that the deceased would forever be remembered for his contributions to the body of knowledge in the legal profession, with some prominent lawyers passing through him for tutelage.
“As we fervently pray for the repose of his soul, we are consoled by the fact that his legacies of good works will continue to live after him.
“In the words of former American President, Abraham Lincoln, ‘In the end, it is not the years in your life that count, it is the life in your years’,” Ajimobi said.
He prayed God to grant the family fortitude to bear the loss and that the soul of the departed find rest in the bosom of the Almighty.

Edited By: Moses Solanke and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Kyari: Nigeria has lost a patriot–Ajimobi



Abiola Ajimobi, a former governor of Oyo State and APC Deputy National Chairman(South), has joined other Nigerians in mourning the death of Alhaji Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ajimobi said in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Saturday in Ibadan that the president and the nation had lost a friend, patriot and partner.

“It’s with  a great sense of personal loss and grief that I mourn the unexpected passage of Malam Abba Kyari, the patriotic, hardworking, loyalist and Chief of Staff to our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari.

“By his death, our president and our nation  have lost a friend, a patriot and partner in the journey towards building a nation of our dream,” he said.

The former governor described Kyari’s death as a great loss to the country, adding that the deceased died at a time his wise counsel and calm disposition were critically needed.

“His death is especially painful having paid the ultimate price in the service of the fatherland as he is said to have contracted the dreaded Covid-19 virus while representing the country on an official assignment.

“Though we knew he was sick as a result of the disease, all the same we thought he would overcome the ailment, thus, his death came suddenly and unexpected.

“I share in the grief of our president, our nation, his family and close associates who would continue to miss the void he left behind,” he said.

Ajimobi, who said that no words could adequately capture the grief and pains of the loss, prayed Almighty Allah console all at this trying period.

“As we all mourn the passing away of this great Nigerian, let me leave you with the words of Late Nelson Mandela.

“Death is something inevitable: When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace,” he said.

Ajimobi, who said that the late Kyari had done his duty to his people and his country, prayed his soul to rest in peace.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Presidency on Saturday morning had announced the passage of Kyari.

Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, confirmed the development in a statement in Abuja.

”The deceased had tested positive to the ravaging COVID-19, and had been receiving treatment. But he died on Friday, April 17, 2020, ” the statement said.

Edited By: Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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COVID-19: Ajimobi wishes Makinde quick recovery, commends FG



A former Governor of Oyo State, Dr Abiola Ajimobi, has expressed solidarity with his successor, Gov. Seyi Makinde as he tested positive to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

Ajimobi told newsmen on Monday evening in Ibadan that testing positive to COVID-19 was not a death sentence, commending Makinde for his bravery.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Makinde had on Monday through his twitter handle confirmed that he tested positive to COVID-19.

Ajimobi expressed solidarity with the governor, saying he had already sent a solidarity message to wish him quick recovery and God’s protection.

“Immediately I heard that my brother, Gov. Seyi Makinde’s test came back positive, I sent him a text message to express solidarity with him and wish him quick recovery, and God’s protection.

“I also want to appreciate him for his bravery with this revelation. I know with adequate care he will get over it. I wish him a quick recovery,” he said.

The former governor, who is the National Deputy Chairman(South) of All Progressives Congress (APC), advised Nigerians to keep observing the safety measures already reeled out by health professionals.

COVID-19 is not a death sentence, people have recovered from it. We will get over this too, but we must continue to ensure that we follow all safety measures.

“Measures like hand washing, social-distancing and other recommended safety standards. As for all our health workers, we appreciate them for their front line role in the fight against the disease,” he said.

Ajimobi also commended the Federal Government for the steps taken so far to curb the spread of COVID-19.

He recalled that the palliative measures of the federal government would go a long way in alleviating the problems that could be associated with the stay-at-home advisory.

Ajimobi also commended governors across the country for the steps taken so far to nip the spread of COVID-19 in the bud.

“Apart from all our governors across the country who are taking steps to curb the transmission of the disease, I want to especially commend Gov. Jide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State for his proactive measures to safeguard the lives of Lagosians.

“Lagos is a major economic hub of the country with a lot of people moving into the state from all over the country, thus the steps taken so far by the governor to contain the spread of the disease is worthy of commendation,” he said.

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Ajimobi constitutes Oyo APC reconciliation team, picks Alao-Akala as Chairman



Former Gov. Abiola Ajimobi, the APC Deputy National Chairman (South), has constituted a team to reconcile aggrieved members of the party in Oyo State.

This is contained in a statement he personally signed on Tuesday in Ibadan.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the action followed his declaration that peace would soon return to the APC fold in Oyo State.

The 18-man reconciliation team is to be headed by former Gov. Adebayo Alao–Akala, while Prince Gbade Lana would serve as its Secretary.

Some members of the team are Sen. Teslim Folarin (APC-Oyo Central), Segun Odebunmi (APC-Ogo Oluwa/Surulere Federal Constituency) Niran Alarape (APC-Atiba State Constituency) and Mojeed Olaoya, the State Party Secretary.

Also on the list are: Mr Isiaka Areokuta, the State APC Youth Leader), Mrs Mabel Williams, State APC Women Leader, Chief Solomon Akindele, the State Vice-Chairman (Oyo Central) and Adefisoye Adekanye, State APC Vice-Chairman (Oyo South).

Others include: Mr Rasaq Arikewuyo, State APC Vice-Chairman (Oyo North), Alhaji Kamar Ajisafe (Ibadan Less City), Pa Akin Ojebode (Oyo), Alhaji Laide Abas (Ibarapa), Pa Adeleke (Oke Ogun I) and Prof Dibu Ojerinde (Oke Ogun II).

Ajimobi said that the team was constituted to ensure genuine reconciliation and reposition the party in the state.

He acknowledged the contributions of all to the successes of the party in 2011 and 2015 elections as well as its setback in the 2019 election.

‘’I acknowledged that we all contributed to the success of the party in the past, particularly in 2011 and 2015 elections respectively.

Conversely, if we have setback in 2019, I believe it is honourable to accept that we all contributed directly or indirectly accordingly.’’

The former governor apologised for mistakes he might have committed, urging others to also acknowledge their mistakes.

“As humans, we are not infallible, I accept my mistakes to which I tender my unreserved apology. In the same spirit, others who might have similarly made mistakes, I accept their apologies,” he said.

He enjoined party members to forgive one another, adding that the APC family in the state has been offered unique opportunity once again to rebuild, re – invigorate, reposition and consolidate for challenges ahead.

 ’’Let us seize this moment for the overall benefit of our party and our people. Let selfless and meaningful service to humanity be our watchword,” he advised.

Edited By: Felix Ajide

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Court fixes April 7 for suit challenging Ajimobi as APC Dep. Chair South



Court fixes April 7 for suit challenging Ajimobi as APC Dep. Chair South: The Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti on Monday fixed April 7 to hear interlocutory applications in suit challenging the appointment of Sen. Abiola Ajimobi as Deputy National Chairman (South) of All Progressive Congress (APC).

Justice Uchena Agomoh fixed the date to enable respondents file their responses to the amended originating summons brought before the court by Mr Taiwo Omidoyin, the plaintiff’s Counsel.

The judge also said the the gap would allow the court to hear interlocutory applications filed by all parties in the suit.

“It is correct that there is a pending Motion on Notice before this court. The respondents were served this morning, which means the application is not ripe for hearing.

“I am mindful of the Appellant Court which has consistently said the Federal High Court and other courts must hear every application in cases.

“Therefore, allowing all applications and not hearing the new application is not fair.

“I will adjourn this matter to allow the application that has just been served to be responded to by all parties.

“This case is, therefore, adjourned until April 7 for parties to address the court on the hierarchical hearing order of the several applications’’, Agomoh held.

Mr Michael Akinleye, the plaintiff and member of the APC in Ekiti, had approached the court with a suit bearing registration number 8/8/2020 to challenge the propriety of the National Working Committee’s appointment of Ajimobi.

Other listed as respondents are APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, National Working Committee, National Vice Chairman, South West, APC South West Zonal Caucus,  Ekiti Chairman of APC, Ekiti Caucus of APC, and the APC.

Earlier, Omidoyin had informed the court of his pending application seeking amendment of the originating summon before the court.

He said an adjournment was needed to afford him the time to serve all the respondents in the matter.

According to Omidoyin, he is unable to serve respondents the motion of March 20 as the jurisdiction addresses of the respondents cannot be reached that same day.

Omidoyin, however, said the respondents had only been served March 23 in the court, adding that they required time to file their responses.

Mr Anthony Adeniyi, Counsel for APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and four others, told the court that he had a pending application raising objection on the suit fixed for hearing March 23.

Adeniyi, however, acknowledged the fact that he was served a motion on notice for amendment of the originating summons March 23 in court by the plaintiff’s counsel.

Mr Akinwale Adeyeye, another respondents’ counsel also attested to the receiving of the new application from Omidoyin which had yet to be responded to.

Edited By: Martins Odeh/Sadiya Hamza






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