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Awujale appoints Lagos APC Chieftain as Chairman Council of Otunbas

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An influential member of the Lagos state Governance Advisory Council, GAC, Otunba Adedeji Bushura Alebiosu has been elevated as chairman Council of Otunbas by the Awujale of Ijebuland, His Royal Majesty, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona CFR, JP, Ogbagba Agbotewole II, following the demise of Otunba Wahab Osinusi.

Otunba Bushura Alebiosu popularly known as Bush of Africa, who is also the Otunba Gbelegbuwa of Ijebu land was chosen to fill the vacant position following the demise of the immediate past Chairman of the Council, Otunba Wahab Osinusi who died in September 2023.

The Council of Otunbas of Ijebuland is an assemblage of prominent and influential Otunbas in Ijebuland, a region in Ogun State, Nigeria. The council is involved in the promotion of cultural, social, and economic development of Ijebuland and its people.

The revered monarch while speaking on the selection of the new chairman said the choice of Otunba Bushura Alebiosu is a testament of his exceptional leadership prowess, integrity and his uncommon contributions to the socio- cultural and political development of Ijebu land.

Oba Adetona described Otunba Bushura-Alebiosu as an accomplished son of Ijebuland who has distinguished himself and possesses profound capacity to effectively lead the influential Council of Otunbas to a higher pedestal.

Awujale however admonished the new Chairman to ensure that the collective values, ideals and goals of the council are strictly upheld towards the overall upliftment of the good people of Ijebu and the society at large.

While expressing deep sense of responsibility and immense gratitude to the Awujale for finding him worthy of being elevated as the council’s chairman, comprising of noble and distinguished Otunbas, Otunba Bushura Alebiosu pledged his firm commitment to lead the council with renewed vigour and carry all members along in the discharge of the shared responsibilities of promoting values and tradition of Ijebuland.

Otunba Adedeji Bushura Alebiosu is a well exposed and influential businessman cum politician. He started his early career as an Engineer in the United Kingdom, and after his return from the UK in 1967 he went into politics and became a Councilor in the then Somolu Local Government Area of Lagos State.

At the dawn of the civilian dispensation in 1979, Otunba Alebiosu pitched his tent with the Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN, and was elected as legislator to represent the then old Ketu constituency in the Lagos State House of Assembly and was re-elected in 1983, a post he held till the Buhari-Idiagbon coup in 1983.

Otunba Bush was very influential in the state legislature that a lot of politicians come to curry his favour because of his relationship with the then governor of the state, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, which he never abused, anyway.

Although, a very successful business man managing his engineering enterprise, Otunba Bush seized this opportunity to focus on building his political leadership career – many politicians received great counsel and enormous support in developing their political careers through his mentoring and leadership, including the then governor of the state, Late Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande.

As a member and the Lagos East Senatorial leader of the Lagos Governance Advisory Council, the influential group that advises the governor of Lagos state on governance issues, his experience and contributions to the group cannot be over-emphasized.

Otunba Bush is greatly respected by his contemporaries and friends which included the late Afro beat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Justice Adesola Oguntade, a former Justice of the Supreme Court, and ex Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

Otunba Bush is a fervent believer and astounding devout Muslim, he is a God- fearing man, a living legend, a force to be reckoned with, a supporter of family and friends and a firm believer in fairness and justice.

His exceptional intelligence, articulation and resourcefulness have made him a household name in Kosofe and all the Lagos East Senatorial District in Lagos as a whole.

Otunba Bush is expected to further galvanise the influence of the powerful and well-respected council of Otunbas for the socio-economic expansion of Ijebuland, and by extension Nigeria.

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Thugs attack Edo APC meeting, former lawmaker, woman leader, husband injured

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By Elvis Omoregie, Benin

A meeting of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State, yesterday ended in violence as thugs allegedly loyal to one of the leaders attacked a former federal lawmaker, Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma, woman leader, husband and injured many others.

The attack was said to have been carried out by the thugs at the installation ceremony of a former federal lawmaker as the ‘Apex Leader’ of the APC in the Local Government.

Hardly had the meeting started when the suspected hoodlums and political thugs struck, inflicting injuries on those present, with the woman leader of the local government and her husband currently hospitalised.

They also damaged vehicles and chairs and carted drinks and other items away from the venue of the meeting, which took place on Dumez Road in Benin, the Edo State capital.

Speaking to journalists shortly after the attack, Agbonayinma said, “The APC local government chairman, Sunny Ogbewe, called me that the leaders of Ikpoba-Okha were coming to meet with me to rub minds with me on the way forward for the party in the local government area.

“However, it was a sad story. People who are close to me led many others to the venue, destroyed, and beat up the woman leader and her husband. Both of them are in the hospital as I speak.

“They also vandalised vehicles, broke chairs and tables and carted away drinks. This is not how politics should be played. Going violent and beating up elderly persons?

“For some time, the people of the local government have been appealing to me to come and take a leadership position. But I have not shown interest because of what I have gone through. I lost my son and I am still going through trauma.

“They came here to appeal to me to be the apex leader of Ikpoba-Okha.”

Agbonayima, while addressing the meeting after security was beefed up at the venue, vowed that those who carried out the attack “will pay dearly for all they have destroyed,” even as he disclosed that the attackers also left with a generating set brought to power equipment for the meeting.

He said it was tough for him to accept the honour the APC members of the local government bestowed on him to be their “Apex Leader.”

“This opportunity is given to me, I will not take it for granted. I will not disappoint you,” he said, adding that he would consult before making decisions, urging party members to respect their leaders at all levels.

Participants at the meeting condemned the attackers and called for severe sanctions to serve as a deterrent to others who might want to take such action in the future.

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APC declares Ondo primary inconclusive

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The All Progressives Congress 2024 Governorship Primary Committee in Ondo State has declared the Saturday primary inconclusive.

This is contained in a statement by the Chairman of the Committee, Gov. Usman Ododo on Sunday morning.

The statement said that rerun election would take place in all the 13 wards of Okitipupa Local Government with total validated registered party members of 9,515.

“Having received reports of the primary election from the 203 Wards in the 18 Local Governments of Ondo State, the Primary Election Committee has decided that election will be conducted in all the 13 Wards of Okitipupa Local Government with total validated registered members of 9,515.

“ We have validated reports that the exercise did not hold in the local government due to late arrival of electoral materials and personnel as a result of logistics challenges.

“Election in Okitipupa Local Government shall be conducted 12 noon on Sunday 21st April 2024.

“The final collation of the results will be done thereafter”, the statement said.

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Over 1,000 Kano APC members defect to NNPP

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Over 1,000 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State decamped to the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) on Saturday.

The decampees, from Shanono and Bagwai local government areas, were formally received by the Deputy Governor, Aminu Abdussalam Gwarzo on behalf of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf at the Kano State Government House.

A press release by the Deputy Governor’s spokesperson, Ibrahim Garba Shuaibu stated Gwarzo’s delight in welcoming the defectors.

He emphasized that the NNPP prioritized unity and that all members will be treated equally.

According to Garba, Gwarzo reiterated the administration’s commitment to implementing programs that would benefit all the people of Kano State and urged continued support from residents for the state’s progress.

Speaking earlier, Alhaji Haruna Babangida Abbas (Kosashe), leader of the defectors, cited Governor Abba’s leadership qualities and governance style as reasons for their move.

He expressed regret for their past APC affiliation and pledged their dedication to working with the NNPP for Kano’s betterment.

Also Speaking, Kano NNPP Chairman, Alhaji Hashimu Dungurawa welcomed the new members and assured their involvement in the party’s activities.

He encouraged members of other parties, including the APC, to join the NNPP for the state’s advancement.

Dungurawa also urged support for the government’s policies.

The event was attended by prominent figures, like the Kano State Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Alhaji Musa Suleiman Shanono, and several NNPP stakeholders who celebrated the influx of new members.

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