In a bid to reposition the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State, the recently constituted Repositioning Committee on Friday, presented its reports to the leadership of the party, calling for the investigation and resolution of the killing of APC members in Osun during the electioneering.
The eleven-member Committee, chaired by the former Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole while submitting the report to the Honourable Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, at the Tinubu/Shettima Campaign office, Osogbo, reiterated that Oyetola, remains the leader of the party in the State, in accordance with the party’s Constitution.
This is even as Oyetola assured party members the leadership would ensure full implementation of the recommendations therein.
Adewole who noted that the Committee had successfully done justice to the terms of reference informing its constitution as manifested in the recommendations and suggestions put forward for implementation, said it is sacrosanct for the party leadership to invoke disciplinary measures on the erring members of the party forthwith.
He explained that the 72 memoranda submitted to the Committee were fairly treated and the recommendations being presented to the leaders of the party for consideration and implementation were direct products of the submissions made by critical stakeholders of the party when they appeared before the committee.
Adewole added: “Recall that on Monday, May 1st, 2023, Your Excellency set up a Committee on APC party Repositioning.
“The Committee invited memoranda from members of the party and stakeholders and embarked upon oral interviews and visitations to elicit additional relevant information.
“The Committee worked with stakeholders to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the failure at the polls and the allegation of anti-party activities levelled against some members of the party, and met a couple of times for eight weeks to interact with groups and individuals in the party on how to reposition the party for future state and national elections.
“Having read through all the memoranda submitted and considering the oral presentations made by some stakeholders, the Committee has therefore come up with specific time-tested recommendations which if implemented, will reposition the party for better victory in the 2026 election.
“We recommend for immediate implementation of the need to strengthen the party structures in line with the Constitution of the party and under no circumstances should political office holders of the party be allowed to lord themselves over members of the party in their wards or takeover the duties of the structures of the party before, during and after every election at ward level.
“Curbing Internal Disputes: it is recommended that members of the party who engaged in anti-party activities during 2022 and 2023 elections should be made to face disciplinary actions in accordance with the relevant provisions of the party constitution.
‘Paving a Smooth Way for Crisis-free Primary Elections: the party should encourage aspirants to run issue-based campaigns and while choosing candidates for future elections, Article 20 of the Constitution of the Party should be adhered to, and the mode of primary elections whether direct or indirect should not be adopted just to favour a particular candidate.
“There is need for negotiation with interest groups in the state to further strengthen the existing cordiality. There must be improved funding of party activities where the party would be allowed through the State Executive Council to raise funds for the party from individuals, though not occupying appointive or elective positions, but have benefitted from the government produced by the party.
“Strengthen the Party Discipline; Reward System; Party Supremacy; Youth Empowerment; Strengthen Relationship with Security and other government Agencies; Promotion of Regular Political Meeting; Re- composition of Present Party-executive Across the Ward, Local and State Levels.
“Mr Adegboyega Oyetola should remain the leader of the party; Preparation for the 2026 Election Should Begin in Earnest; There must be good Management of Critical Information in the Media; Factor in Fairness and Justice in Rewarding Party Members.
“SWOT standing committee should be established to undertake periodic assessment; Establishment of a Shadow Government; Support to Students Groups, civil society groups and journalists; Revalidation of Party Membership Register; Electoral Performances Should be a Basis for Reward.
“Collapsing Political Interest Groups After Elections; Funding of Electioneering Campaigns Should be Better Managed; Funding of Election Logistics through prompt release of funds.
“Creation of Strategic and Special Directorates such as, Organisation, Publicity, Women, Youths, Welfare, Civil Societies and Trade Unions, Students Union Governments; Resolution of all Murder Cases among others.”
In his short remarks, Oyetola commended the Chairman and members of the Committee for their sacrifice to get the party repositioned saying no stone would be left unturned at building a virile and formidable party in the state.
Oyetola disclosed that the implementation committee would be set up to look into the recommendations for appropriate implementation by all and sundry.
He said the party would continue to harness its resources to take care of the interest of the youth, women and the generality of the party members saying “we shall empower them to find useful expressions for their innate talents, skills and competencies so that they can contribute their quota to the development of the party, the State and Nigeria at large.”
“We have listened carefully to the report. The next step will be for the party to set up an implementation Committee which shall review the recommendations and take appropriate step to implementing the recommendations without much ado.
“Once the recommendations are implemented, we would have resolved to work together as a family to sustain the progress, peace and development of APC in Osun State.
“We assure you all that we shall implement the recommendations of this committee in a manner that will indeed help to reposition the party, which is the main objective of setting up the committee in the first instance.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to the chairman and members of this Committee for sacrificing their time and resources to serve APC at this critical moment in our history”, Oyetola added.
Earlier, the APC State Chairman, Alhaji Tajudeem Lawal extolled the members of the Committee for investing their time and other God-given endowments for the crucial party assignment entrusted to them.
“The event of today is not for too much talk but actions which would be in the best interest of our party and subsequently benefit the members and supporters in particular and the people of the state in general.
“I want to assure our leaders and all the members and supporters of our party that all the recommendations of the repositioning committee shall be implemented in order to improve the fortune of our party in the state”, Lawal added.
Osun Pensioners: Governor Adeleke is Committed to Payment of Pensions, Entitlements
The government of Governor Ademola Adeleke has reacted to the rumor of accrued pensions not paid by his government as alleged by opposition in the state, upon which some unscrupulous elements are allegedly planning a protest march.
We want the public to note that the current government has been consistent in paying some of the accrued pensions, owed by previous governments, from inception of his administration
While we have ascertained and confirmed that the rumour of a planned protest is not true,we alert the public to the spreading of the fake news designed to offend and confuse the contributory pensioners who are strong supporters of Governor Adeleke.
We assert that the pensioners and other stakeholders are aware of sustained efforts of the current government to pay up the inherited pensions.
It may also interest stakeholders to note that the Governor has 48 hours ago directed the hosting of an emergency consultative meeting with contributory pensioners to table full data before them and agree on a path to further payments.
Details of the meeting are to be communicated to relevant stakeholders.
Ahead of the meeting, we take liberty to release part of the records with renewed commitment of the administration to accelerate the payment process.
The records according to the Local Government Staff Pension Bureau in the state, shows that the government of Ademola Adeleke has made payment to both the contributory pensioners and old pensioners in the state, with effect from 28th November, 2022 till date.
The breakdown is as follows:
MONTHLY PENSION (Old Pension Scheme) – Three billion naira (N3 billion).
PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS – Two billion, nine hundred and sixteen million, two hundred and twenty-four thousand, three hundred and forty-one naira and thirty kobo (N2,916,224,341: 30).
LOCAL GOVERNMENT STAFF PENSIONERS – One billion, Sixty-two million, Four Hundred and Sixty-nine thousand, Seven hundred and Forty-three naira, Eighty-six Kobo (N1,062,469,743 : 86).
Regarding Death Benefits:
PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS – Three hundred and Twenty-four million, Two hundred and Eighty-nine thousand, Five hundred and Ninety naira, Sixty-two Kobo (N324,289,590: 62).
LOCAL GOVERNMENT STAFF PENSIONERS – Nine-six million, One hundred and Eighty-one thousand, Thirty-two naira, Ninety-two Kobo (N96,181,032: 92).
MONTHLY PENSION (Contributory Pension) Remittances:
PRIMARY SCHOOL – One billion, Eighty-three million,One hundred and Ninety-seven thousand,two hundred and Sixty-five naira, Thirty-six Kobo (N1,083,197,265:36).
LOCAL GOVERNMENT STAFF PENSIONERS – Six hundred and One million, Seven hundred and Seventy-four thousand, Thirty-two naira, Thirty-two kobo (N601,774,032:32).
PRESENTATION OF BOND CERTIFICATES:
PRIMARY SCHOOL – One billion, Nine hundred and Eleven million, Three hundred and Seventy thousand, Two hundred and Eleven naira, Forty-four Kobo (N1,911,370,211:44).
LOCAL GOVT STAFF PENSIONERS – Seven hundred and Eight million, Forty-one thousand, Three hundred and Seventy-eight naira, Ninety-seven Kobo (N708,041,378:97).
The government appreciates the Pensioners and especially the contributory pensioners for their understanding, resilience and appreciation of the high level of commitment already shown by the government and urge them to distance themselves from evil operatives of the previous regime who were responsible for the pension debt in the first place.
As we remind the public and pensioners that Governor Adeleke has workers welfare as a number on his agenda, we affirm that the Governor has the best interest of workers, pensioners and the public at heart and his government will therefore not under any circumstances deny retirees their due rights and privileges.
The government reiterates its commitment to the good people of Osun state, and asked that the lying opposition party be shunned, as they are mischief makers.
Oluomo Kolapo Alimi
Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment
Mohbad: I Disguised To Candlelight, Shameful Things People Did – FPRO
The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, has said that he was one of those who attended the candlelight and night of tribe held for Ilerioluwa Aloba, aka Mohbad, in Lagos.
The Assistant Commissioner of Police, however, said the conduct of some of those there did not serve the purpose.
In a tweet on his X handle, Adejobi said inasmuch as candlelight processions are a right, it should be done with decorum.
He tweeted: “None could recognise me, I disguised.
“But I intentionally attended to see things for myself and have an opinion about the whole thing.
“I gathered some intelligence there yesterday.
“Sincerely, many guys are our problem.
“You dey mourn, u con dey smoke, dey hit or attack people, dey drive reckless, etc.
“May his soul rest in peace.
“While I commend the organisers of the lagos procession for their steadfastness and understanding.
“I hope others will emulate them.
“It’s reasonable to end all processions at the latest 7pm.
“Candle light procession is a rite and must be purposeful.”
Ramsdale’s Time At Arsenal Coming To An End —Premier League Legend
Premier League legendary American goalkeeper Brad Friedel has said he is certain that Aaron Ramsdale’s time at Arsenal is coming to an end.
Ramsdale has been overlooked for selection in past two games, with summer signing David Raya getting the nod.
The Spanish goalkeeper joined Arsenal from Brentford on a £3million loan deal with a purchase option of £27m.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has insisted to the media that he will pick his goalkeeper based on tactical reasons.
But the fact that Raya has started in both the Premier League and now Champions League has many questioning his statements.
One of those is Friedel, who has the third-most appearances of any goalkeeper in Premier League history.
When asked if it’s over for Ramsdale if Raya starts this weekend’s north London derby against Tottenham, the American replied on talkSPORT: “Absolutely.”
“I thought from the second they signed him they signed him to be the new no.1, I don’t think you pay that much money for someone with one year left on their contract, I know he signed an extra contract and went on loan, but that was for other reasons.
“I think they really liked Raya so when he became available they pushed for him.”
“It’s very harsh on Ramsdale but it’s the coach’s decision,” the former Liverpool and Tottenham keeper said.
“I’m assuming Ramsdale at the end of this season will end up having to do what Matt Turner did at the end of the previous season and find another place to play.
“I know it’s early and people will say you have to see what he does, but I think Raya was brought in as the no.1, you thought maybe they could be swapping if they’d played Ramsdale in the Champions League, but that didn’t happen.
“I think we’ll see Raya in goal and he’ll be the incumbent no.1 this season.”
Ramsdale joined Arsenal in the summer of 2021, leaving Sheffield United in a £30m deal.
Last season the 25-year-old almost helped the Gunners to a first league title in almost two decades, which Friedel thinks will see him join another top club where he can play every match
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