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TINUBU VS AMOSUN: BATTLE FOR MOST INFLUENTIAL SOUTHWEST POLITICIAN BEGINS

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The colour of the politics of Southwest appears to be gradually changing as realignments seems to be the order of the day, not just at the zonal level but also at the centre.

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has no doubt occupied the enviable position of the most powerful politician in the Southwest. He got to the Zenith of politics in the zone, not by accident but by dint of hardwork, strategies that worked and a near perfect ability to identify and attract talents.

It is instructive to note that most of the frontline politicians in the geopolitical zone today – governors, senators and a whole lot of others got to where they are directly or indirectly thorough the influence Asiwaju Tinubu.

It is to the APC National Leader’s credit that the team he put to together between 1999-2007, has produced a vice president, governors, ministers, federal lawmakers and heads of federal government agencies. Beyond the class of 1999-2007, several others have joined the team and have their luck and Tinubu to thank.

However recent happenings at the centre, to many Nigerians, are beginning to change the texture of the politics of the Southwest via appointments and relevance, as another kingpin seems to be rising steadily.

The sack, this week, of the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, Babatunde Fowler and the Chairman of the Asset Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON, MuizBanire, jolted many, as the duo are believed to core loyalists of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

MuizBanire served as a commissioner for eight years under Tinubu as Governor of Lagos State while Fowler was appointed the Chairman of the Lagos State Inland Revenue Service (LIRS) by him.

A new wonder kid and potential kingmaker seems to be lurking around the corner and ready to wrestle the position of the numerouno of Southwest politics with the former Lagos State Governor, Tinubu.

Senator Ibikunle Amosun, though also a beneficiary of Tinubu’s Midas touch, is no doubt currently building his own empire, curiously at the expense of Tinubu, taking advantage of his famed closeness to President Muhammadu Buhari, dating back to their days at the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP.

While the number of Tinubu’s loyalists holding federal appointments are beginning to dwindle, Amosun keeps increasing his, some filling quotas left behind by the Tinubu camp.

Just days after the sack of Fowler, President Buhari on Thursday appointed a former Special Adviser to Amosun on Rural Development, Adewale Ogunyomade to the new board of FIRS.

The appointment of Ogunyomade increases Amosun’s tally to five in last six months.

Before Ogunyomade, a former Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure under Amosun, Olamilekan Adegbite, was named as the Minister of Mines and Steel Development.

Also, Amosun’s former commissioner for Special Duties and Inter Governmental Affairs, Adeleke Adewolu, was appointed as the executive commissioner, Stakeholder Engagement, at the Nigerian Communications Commission. A position Sunday Dare, a former aide to Tinubu, left to be Minister for Youths and Sports Development.

Not done, Amosun’s former commissioner for Agriculture and Urban and Physical Planning, MrsRonkeSokefun, got the chairmanship position of the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation, NDIC. This came at the expense of Chief Bode Mustapha, who had already been screened for the position by the National Assembly, a testimony to Amosun’s closeness to Buhari.

The current Postmaster-General/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Postal Services, Bisi Adegbuyi, is also a product of the growing clan of Amosun’s camp, a camp that may unsettle current political calculations, especially as agitations for the 2023 presidency hots up.

Source: Prestige Newspaper.

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Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Arabic Inscriptions On Naira Notes

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Justices Yellin Bogoro of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Tuesday, July 16, dismissed a suit by a Lagos-based lawyer, Malcom Omirhobo, challenging the use of Arabic inscriptions on Naira notes.

According to the judge, “the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is empowered by Section 53 (1) of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) to print, design and issue the currency and compels the need to establish bad faith before an action can be brought to challenge the act or omission of the Federal Government or the apex court.”

The court also held that the suit challenging the Arabic inscriptions on Naira notes failed to establish that the CBN’s powers were exercised in bad faith.

Omirhobo had filed the suit against the CBN in Jan. 2020 contending amongst other things that Arabic is not one of the four official languages of Nigeria namely English, Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo. In the suit, the lawyer contended that Arabic is not indigenous to Nigeria and to have it on our country’s currency offends certain provisions of the Constitution.

The CBN, in its response, had filed a preliminary objection insisting that Omirhobo had no locus standi to file the matter. The bank also filed a defence.

Three other interested persons joined the suits as defendants, the Incorporated Trustees of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), its Founder, Ishaq Akintola; and a Kebbi-based legal practitioner, Umar Kalgo.

Ruling on the case, Justice Bogoro first dismissed the CBN’s preliminary objection and held that Omirhobo had the locus standi to institute the action of being a taxpayer. The court also held that public interest actions must be encouraged.

The court, however, held that Omirhobo failed to prove that the CBN acted Mala Fide, in bad faith and accordingly dismissed the suit.

In his reaction to the judgment, Omirhobo said he had applied for a Certified True Copy of the judgement and would study the same to decide his next line of action.

The lawyer also said the court noted that Nigeria is a multi-ethnic and religious country and that no ethnic group or religion is superior to the other.

The lawyer claimed that the court held that Arabic is not Nigeria’s official Language and advised that for Nigerians to coexist in harmony, ‘perhaps it is time for the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Federal Government to remove the Arabic inscription on the N200, N500 and N1000 naira notes since it has been removed from the N5, N10, N50 and N100.’

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Kano: Gov Yusuf Reinstates Gaya Emir, Names Two Others For Karaye, Rano

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Kano State governor, Abba Yusuf has reinstated Emir of Gaya, Alhaji Aliyu Abdulkadir Gaya, and approved the appointment of two other second-class Emirs for Rano and Karaye.

According to a statement issued by the governor’s spokesperson, Sanusi Tofa, the new emirates are to serve as second with Kano as first-class emirate.

Yusuf named the newly appointed Alhaji Muhammad Karaye as the Emir of Karaye. He was the District Head of Rogo before his latest appointment.

Alhaji Muhammad Umar was named the Emir of Rano. He was the District Head of Bunkure before the latest appointment.

The statement added: “While congratulating the newly appointed Emirs, Governor Abba Yusuf enjoined them to be custodians of culture, peace, and unity of the people in their respective emirates.”

Recall that Governor Yusuf had on Tuesday signed into law three second class emirates in the state with Rano Emirate covering only Rano, Kibiya and Bunkure Local Government areas and Gaya Emirate covering only Gaya, Ajingi and Albasu Local Government areas while Karaye Emirate covers only Karaye and Rogo Local Government areas.

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Obasanjo, Ooni, Adeleke, Buratai, Oyinlola, Emir Of Biu, Others Storm Kuta For Olowu’s 60th Birthday

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The ancient town of Kuta was ago on Sunday as Olowu of Kuta, HRM Oba Dr Hameed Adekunle Makama Oyelude, CON, Tegbosun III, received dignitaries across Nigeria to celebrate his 60th birthday anniversary.

Prominent among the dignitaries were former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Governor Ademola Adeleke, former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former chief of army staff, Gen TY Buratai rtd who also doubles as Balogun Agba Akin of Kuta and the executive chairman of federal character commission, Dr Muheeba Dankaka.

Traditional rulers at the ceremony include Ooni of Ife, HIM Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Olowu of Owu (Abeokuta) Oba Prof Saka Matemilola, Timi of Ede, HRM Oba Munirudeen Lawal and Emir of Biu, Alhaji Midala Mustapha Umar amongst others.

Speaking earlier with journalists, Oba Makama said he was elated to receive the creme de lacreme of the society at his 60th birthday.

The revered monarch said his 60th birthday anniversary was put together by his admirers, friends, and well wishers across the country.

He, however, advised that traditional rulers should adhere strictly to their mandate as Custodian of culture and traditions, adding that Obas are not installed to be religious leaders.

The 60th birthday was preceded by a series of events like Olowu Marathon, Walk For Life, and Healthcare/ medical checkup.

There were also fireworks at the dot of 12.00am on Sunday to herald Olowu Kuta into his 60th birthday.

The Marquee Tent, which served as the venue of the ceremony, was filled to its capacity.

The Bonsue Fuji Crooner, Adewale Ayuba, was a delight to watch as he dished out good music, relishing his bonsue style as guests also appreciated him.

Gen Buratai,who is a personal friend and confidant of Olowu Kuta, said he’s delighted to be part of the celebration of the monarch who has distinguished himself as detrabilised Nigerian.

Governor Adeleke, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mallam Olawale Rasheed, commended Olowu Kuta “as a delightful example of devotion to the people”.

The statement read; “The Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has rejoiced with the Olowu of Kuta, HRM Oba Hameed Adekunle Makama Oyelude (Tegbosun III), on the auspicious occasion of his birthday, describing him as a delightful example of devotion to the people.”

Governor Adeleke, who acknowledges Oba Oyelude, sustained efforts in fostering peace and harmony in his domain, noted that the monarch’s open door policy and soft power approach has engendered unity among subjects.

The Governor lauds Oba Oyelude’s steadfast observation of culture and traditions, adding that the monarch continues to inspire a great deal of interest in Yoruba’s rich heritage through appearances and utterances.

“On this auspicious day, I congratulate HRM Oba Hameed Adekunle Makama Oyelude (Tegbosun III). Oba Oyelude is a striking pointer of what purposeful leadership should look like considering the profound impact of his influence on subjects and Kuta town,” the governor noted in a congratulatory message.

“As he turns 60 years today, I join every sons and daughters of Kuta to celebrate Kabiyesi, and commend him for the incredible leadership he exudes just as I honour his commitment to fostering peace and stability by promoting harmony in his domain.

“It is my prayer that God Almighty will grant Kabiyesi more celebrations in good health, strength and wisdom so that he can continue to offer impactful leadership and also to contribute to the promotion of Yoruba’s culture, traditions and values.”

Also, Prince Oyinlola said Olowu Kuta’s ascending into the throne of his forebears has brought development to the ancient town.

He, however, wished Oba Makama long life and prosperity, as he journeyed ahead in his mandate as Custodian of culture and traditions.
Other side attractions include ‘Iwure’ by Chief Yemi Elebuibon, ‘Oriki’ by Ajobiewe.

The Osun State cultural troupe was a delight to watch, while a northern group based in Kano entertained the guests with the melodious songs laced with Hausa-Fulani traditions.

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