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New Ondo Deputy Governor, others set to dump PDP for APC

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Another political war is looming between Governor Olusegun Mimiko and his newly appointed Deputy Governor, Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo, over an alleged plan by the the governor’s lieutenants to decamp to All Progressives Congress (APC).

Oluboyo is perfecting his plan with a bunch of lawmakers and four commissioners to follow the same step taken by his predecessor, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, who joined APC few days to the 2015 presidential election.

The earlier plan of Olanusi and APC leaders was for him to decamp and the party to secure majority seats in the State Assembly, thereby creating avenue to impeach Mimiko.

But, their hope was dashed as Mimiko secured majority by winning 21, while APC has five seats.

Consequently, the lawmakers quickly impeached Olanusi to deny him the opportunity of becoming an obstacle to Mimiko’s government

However, sources inform our correspondent that the APC leaders are not relenting in their efforts not to allow Mimiko to complete his term as they are in touch with the newly appointed Deputy Governor.

It was easy for APC leaders to get Oluboyo to their side due to his relationship with the impeached deputy governor, Olanusi.

It was learnt that Oluboyo, who is from Ikare-Akoko was one of the boys of Olanusi during their days in Labour Party (LP).

Oluboyo was said to be planning earlier to decamp with Olanusi to APC after the general elections before he was made deputy governor.

Oluboyo, Olanusi with some prominent members of Mimiko’s camp met with APC leaders in Lagos State early last month to perfect their plans to decamp to the ruling party.

Sensing another danger, Mimiko was said to have called some of his political confidants on how to quench the fire his new deputy is stoking.

It was gathered that the deputy governor, who is a former commissioner for Agriculture, is yet to receive his impress as a deputy governor after two months in office.

“Their plan is to frustrate Mimiko from producing his successor. They are on top of their games and I am very sure they will strike very soon. But Mimiko is an experienced politician that cannot be pushed aside in this kind of game.

“Part of the ways to deal with Oluboyo is that he had been placed on security watch. Go and confirm from anybody in the inner caucus of government if Oluboyo has been paid his impress as deputy governor? He is still receiving the impress of a commissioner. Remember he was the commissioner for Agriculture before he was elevated. Oluboyo is just a Commissioner dressed in Deputy Governor’s robe”. The source stated.

Oluboyo, when contacted, refused to pick up his phones as at the time of filing this report.

But one of the deputy governor’s aides, who did not want his name mentioned because of how sensitive the matter is, confirmed the relationship between Oluboyo and his predecessor, Olanusi.

But he said Oluboyo has always ensured he distanced himself from Olanusi due to the frosty relationship between Mimiko and Olanusi since he has been sworn-in.

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2023: Obasanjo turns down PDP’s request

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has declared that he would never return to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, saying he has retired from partisan politics.

The ex-president, who renounced his membership of the party in 2015, stated this when he received the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu; and other stakeholders who paid him a visit on Saturday in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

According to sources, the visit was targeted at returning the former president to the opposition party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

But, Obasanjo, while addressing the stakeholders, said he had vowed to remain as a statesman. He, however, said PDP would always be part of his life.

He said, “I’m no longer in partisan politics and there is nothing that can bring back. Anybody who wants my advice, I will always be there in the best interest of Nigeria.

“Whatever I do in my own life…because I became president on the platform of PDP, PDP will continue to be part of my life.

“Since the day I tore my PDP card, that was the day I ceased to be a member of PDP. That day I vowed not to be a member of any political party. I will continue to be a statesman.”

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Nigerian-British chartered accountant, Biyi Oloko, wins UK by-election

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Biyi Oloko, a British citizen of Nigerian descent and Conservative candidate, has won the Tilehurst South and Holybrook by-election in the United Kingdom. The Tilehurst South and Holybrook seat was run as a by-election after the death of incumbent councillor Peter Argyle, after 24 years of meritorious service.

Oloko, the new Conservative councillor, who has now been elected to West Berkshire Council, emerged victorious in the by-election that was also contested by Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

Speaking after his election, Oloko, who was quoted by leading weekly news outlet, Newburytoday Newspaper, said: “I can’t wait to get started on continuing Peter’s work alongside councillor Richard Somner. I met many of our residents on their doorsteps and their message was very clear, their priorities will be my priorities as I look forward to continuing to build on the good record of the Conservatives-led administration.”

Lynne Doherty, Conservative leader of West Berkshire Council said: “I’m delighted to welcome Biyi to the group. We share a passion for community involvement and I’m sure that he will champion the voice of his residents in this area.

Berkshire is a county in South East England. One of the home counties, Berkshire was recognised by Queen Elizabeth II as the Royal County of Berkshire in 1957 because of the presence of Windsor Castle, and letters of patents were issued in 1974.

Oloko was a former Special Adviser on Economic Planning and Internal Revenue to late governor of Oyo State Abiola Ajimobi.

Oloko is a chartered accountant whose boardroom experience traverses the Private Sector, Public Sector and Public-Private Partnerships (PPP).

He is the CEO of Stephen Simeon Limited, an international advisory business with presence in the UK and Africa. He has an excellent reputation as a leading expert in structuring transactions, business recovery and business turnaround.

Oloko is an active volunteer in the Berkshire region where he is a Vice President of the Thames Valley District of Chartered Accountants and an Ambassador of the Institute of Directors (Berkshire).

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PDP Governors meet in Port Harcourt to consider presidential candidate

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Governors elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will be meeting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Monday (today) to strategize for the 2023 general elections.

A statement issued on Sunday by the Director-General of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Cyril Maduabum said the meeting is aimed at consolidating on how to rescue and rebuild Nigeria through the 2023 poll.

According to the Director-General, the meeting will also review the current state of the nation and readiness of the opposition party to provide the necessary leadership to rescue and rebuild the country.

He stated that all the elected PDP governors are expected to attend the meeting which is coming after a gala night hosted by the Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike.

“The PDP governors are working in concert and consultations with other party leaders, particularly the Ayu-led National Executive Committee of the PDP, to craft a credible process and programme for Nigeria’s positive rebirth,” he added

However, an impeachable source told DAILY POST that part of the agenda to be discussed is how the party will zone the presidential ticket to region that holds critical stake in the election process.

According to him, the party may also look at arriving at a consensus presidential candidate if possible.

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and some of his counterparts were received by Wike at the Government House in Port Harcourt, Sunday evening.

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