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Shame of a burgeoning auto-spare market



Ladipo Market

Between Matori Industrial Estate and the Toyota area of Oshodi-Apapa Expressway lies the huge Ladipo Auto Spare Parts Market. The massive expanse from Palm Avenue to Isolo Road, crawling all over Papa Ajao.

This is a robust and vibrant business hub, not just an auto spare parts market alone. Conservatively, the market is said to be home to some twenty thousand traders of all kinds of dealers, including auto parts, artisans, mechanics, electronics, fairly used clothes, and other sundry accessories. The turnover is said to be far above five hundred million naira monthly.

But the multi-billion naira hub is now giving all stakeholders cause for concern. The Lagos State government is not particularly pleased with the management of the huge amount of refuse generated from the place daily and now the indiscriminate parking of vehicles, thus obstructing the free flow of traffic in and around the area.

In 2007, the Lagos State government shut the market, alleging environmental nuisance. It took the intervention of the then Abia State Governor, Chief Orji Kalu, to get the market reopened. Also in July 2021, the market was shut again, this time over a fracas involving some soldiers who killed two of the boys.

The notice of environmental abatement of last week, Thursday, September 15, was not the first of such. gathered at the Lagos Waste Management Agency’s office that the management of the market are “notorious and most unwilling to pay LAWMA bills.” The market is said to be having an outstanding debt of over ten million naira with the refuse collection agency.

The market was not purposely built for auto spare parts. It was originally built to serve the industrial estate areas of Matori Isolo and Papa Ajao locality. But the history somehow changed along the line.

The Action Group (AG) Government of 1953–1966 had a most robust economic development plan based on heavy agricultural and industrialization developments. To boost the agricultural sector, several farm settlements were built. The sector started booming. Then the government faced industrialization. Ikeja and Ikorodu Divisions, because of their proximity to the Colony of Lagos, was chosen as the Region’s industrialization hub. Hence, aside from the Bodija Industrial Estate in Ibadan, all other industrial estates were built. In Ikeja Division, there was the Ogba, Ikeja, Ilupeju, Matori (Mushin) Oshodi, and Isolo Industrial Estates. High-volume capacity warehouses were built, and spaces were assigned for factories and other expansions.

But after the collapse of the First Republic, subsequent regimes appeared to be lacking in know-how on how to manage these vast industrial estates. Not long after, these sprawling facilities became a ghost of their former selves. And with the downturn in the nation’s economy from the 1980s through the 1990s, all plans for them became a mirage.

Manufacturing companies were collapsing as the nation groaned under the devastating blow of a poor economy. Then the massive warehouses became desolate.

Between the sprawling Matori and Isolo Industrial Estates, established by the Western Regional Government of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, lies the mid-class Papa Ajao community. Papa Ajao is the high end of the Mushin community. Mushin was the hotbed of political activism of late Ejigbadero and Omo Pupa, the two stalwarts of First Republic politics.

The market takes its roots from an old neighborhood market and was further developed into a market structure in 1982 by the government of late Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande. The Lagos State Government has established the Lagos State Market Development Board.

The board started building modern retail markets in all neighborhoods of the then sixteen local government areas of the state. Therefore, the markets were built. Ladipo in Mushin, Ojodu-Berger in Ikeja, Agege in Agege, Iponri in Surulere, Isolo in Oshodi, Ojota in Shomolu, and so on.

Along the line, Lagos State handed over the management and maintenance of the markets to the respective local government councils whose domain they are located. Thus, Ladipo fell into the hands of Mushin local government council. Initially, the market was not built purposely nor meant to be an auto spare parts. Lawanson Area in Surulere, Medical Road and Olowu Street in Ikeja, Akilo Street in Agege, and the Ajegunle area of Apapa were the hubs of auto spare parts dealers. Also, there has been Owode-Onirin in Shomolu local government area where second-hand spare parts and junks are sold. But by the turn of 1990s, auto spare parts dealers gradually started moving into Ladipo market.

Investigations by revealed that inadequate space and inconveniences in and around Ikeja, Ajegunle, and Lawanson led to the gradual movement of sellers to Ladipo area.

Ladipo area has an advantage. The vast stretch of space from Isolo Industrial Estate to Matori Industrial Estate is huge. Also, there is the possibility of extending to Mushin. And besides, there was a fully built but under-utilized market structure in place. The place is open, accessible, and has a lot of space. Under three years, the mass movements of auto spare parts dealers to Ladipo nearly crippled the other hubs.

Today, Ladipo Auto Spare Parts is fully occupied. All the under-utilized warehouses, originally built for production and manufacturing purposes, have been taken over and converted into stores that sell auto spare parts. Not only the Ladipo market but now there is the Oduduwa Model Market, built later when the expansion began by the Mushin Local Government Council, and the whole of Papa Ajao Road all taken over by the spare parts dealers. The takeover was complete.

The Ladipo Market, built in 1982, has now undergone several redevelopments by the Mushin Local Government Council. Private real estate investors have also keyed in, pulling down hitherto residential buildings to add more shops around the markets. Inside the market, new structures have replaced the old lock-up shops built then. Now it is story building all over to accommodate more sellers. Still, more traders are pouring in daily. investigations revealed that daily, weekly, and monthly, no less than five hundred others migrate to the place, especially from the Eastern part of the country. Yoruba from the West are also there in large numbers, only the Easterners are clearly in huge majority. gathered that neither the chairman nor any of his committee members agreed to speak to the press. This is based on advise from their lawyers over the “notice of environmental abatement” served the management of the market few days ago by the Lagos State Government.

When contacted, the officials of the Lagos State Government directed to the notice of abatement sent to the management of the market as well as Oyingbo market.

The two markets, aside from the refusal to pay Lagos Waste Management Agency’s bills, are filled with refuse. At Ladipo in particular, traffic officials can hardly control the traffic. All major roads have been turned into parking lots, thus usually blocking the free flow of traffic.

A mere sight-seeing around Ladipo by revealed unprintable huge piles of refuse stacked all around the market complex.

No one was ready to speak to any unknown person, fearing the alleged infiltration by the security operatives. One Udo, graciously pointed to a robust-looking middle-aged man sitting on the bonnet of a Toyota Camry car. He hinted our correspondent that he was a member of the Market Committee.

Our correspondent politely approached him. Greated him and tried to open a discussion on the issue. But he harshly cut off, locked his car, and walked away from the place.

Another member was pointed to our correspondent. He refused to give his name but was more friendly and polite than the first one.

He spoke, but strictly off camera. He advised us to be circumspect in taking pictures.

Speaking off camera, the member of the management committee of the market told that he suspected a political motive over the threat to close the market. “I fear for our people. I fear for the way we are carrying on in this state,” he mused.

He believed that the “best thing was for them to cooperate with the host state fully, even politically. By this, you gain more.”

He disclosed that the problem started when some of them believed that they have to antagonize the state government and the party that controls it. We warned our people then, but no one heeded the warnings. Now they’ve started forcing people to register and collect PVC. This is very good. But how can you force somebody living as far as Ifo, Sango, Mower, and Ofada, all in Ogun State, to register in Mushin? How would the person utilize the card when the time comes”, he queried rhetorically.

He concluded forlornly: “Look, most of these people you are seeing are tired, confused.”

Another trader, Ekene Ugo was non-committal. He simply said, “Oga, leave all this matter. If to hear campaign talk, when they come, I’ll lock my shop and go and listen to them. But on election day, let me now see who will come and drag me out of my house.”

The Labour Party (LP), in its reaction, condemned the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu led government over the threat to close both the Ladipo and Oyingbo markets.

The party believed that the claims of indiscriminate waste disposal by traders are bogus.

The Lagos State Government had recently announced that it will be shutting down both Ladipo and Oyingbo markets in the state indefinitely by Thursday, September 22, due to indiscriminate waste disposal by traders.

The government had alleged that the traders were guilty of reckless waste dumping, non-payment for waste services, and general poor waste management.

But the national publicity secretary of LP, Arabambi Abayomi, disagreed. He accused the All Progressives Congress-led government of being an “intolerant and highly crude government and completely dictatorial, Hitlerite, and recklessly very undemocratic is what it is now being known” of the government.

He further expressed shock at the development and frowned at the excuse, describing it as “deceptive” and accusing the government of being intolerant, discriminatory, and oppressive.

while the traders are confused. The LP spokesman is taking the gauntlet for them. He insisted that there is a tribal undertone behind the move. He quoted the Nigerian Constitution, which guarantees every citizen the freedom to live and work in any part of the country, warning that people’s rebellions are born by oppressive and wicked governance.

Abayomi is of the opinion that both “Ladipo and Oyingbo markets in Lagos are two predominantly major centers of Igbos’ businesses. He claimed this is an attempt to ruin Igbos’ businesses because they are confessed and very unrepentant, and loyal supporters of LP in Lagos State.

This is intolerant, callous, insensitive, repressive, a direct discriminatory and oppressive act by the Lagos APC government, he said.

He further spiked the chord of tribal sentiments when he opened that “of course, Lagos is not unaware that her own citizens also work and live in other states in the country. Must Lagos Government be this given to evil against fellow Nigerians?

“The Constitution of Nigeria guarantees every citizen the freedom to live and work in any part of the country.

“It is a constitutional duty binding on the Lagos Government to guarantee all citizens the fundamental human rights. But again, revolutions, social insecurity, and people’s rebellion are born by oppressive and wicked governance.” findings in and around Ladipo market on Wednesday (September 21) revealed a worrisome buildup of refuse and waste, especially in the canal at the back of the Guardian Press linking the area with Isolo down to Oke Afa Canal.

Entering the massive market from Palm Avenue or Cappa/Matori, from Oshodi, exposed a first-time visitor to a gory sight of repulsive refuse and waste, all piled up along every available space, including the drainage channels.

Emeka Ugochi complained to that the market committee are culpable in some aspects.

He told our correspondent, “Can you believe that to park your car here is 1,000 naira per parking. If a mechanic works on your car, you will pay 500 naira. If you buy anything from the market, you will pay 400 to the Task Force.”

According to him, this is different from the Committee, Security, and LAWMA charges they collect from the market every month.

He continued, “Now when they collect all these monies, they will still not pay LAWMA. Now that the government is threatening to close the market, they are now shouting politics, Igbos. This is a lie, my brother”

Anayo, first name, claimed to have been inside the Ladipo auto spare parts market since the early 2000s. He recounted how he grew his business before the influx of “these people who turn every issue into politics and an avenue to make money.”

He blamed the committee members for all the troubles the traders in the market were having.

“These people collect so much money under various pretence. They collect the market fee, PHCN, security, and LAMMA charges. yet they find it difficult to pay the relevant authorities,” he said.

The buyers are made to pay all manner of fees and charges. To park your car is 1,000 naira per parking, working fee is 500 naira, at the various gates, their task force collects money from all the buyers. He told how he was the one liaising with the “old Mushin local government council at oliyide Street. Then there was no issue. I made sure all bills are paid, if not promptly, then at least on demand”

He continued: “We had a very good rapport then. even when the other side (pointing to the story block outside the complex) was to be built, they called us to the meeting and informed us”.

“Then no politics. If elections comes, we vote according to whoever comes to us. But now our people are insisting on having more than a say, but a candidate at the helms. this is dangerous,” he said.

According to him, this is the underlying factor behind the failure to pay for state services. We were having the same issue with PHCN before they forcefully installed pre-paid meters.

He believed that “being unhappy with state government, is not the same with leaving your refuse dump filled up or refusing to pay for LAWMA charges”.

In all this, Tochukwu could only see tribal politics at play. He told that he has long come to the painful realization that the Igbos are not wanted in Lagos, despite their huge contributions to the growth and development of the state.

He was of the opinion that the State Government should have ceded Ladipo, Asapanda, even Trade Fair Complex, and other areas where they do business to them for total control.

“Which levies are they collecting again?” he queried rhetorically.

He continued, “I believe his APC people are just looking for ways to cripple Peter Obi and the Labour Party. They will not succeed because here, anyone who do not vote for Peter Obi will not have it easy again as from that next year.”

On the numerous fees the market committee collects from the traders, buyers, and mechanics, he said, the committee needs so much money to run the affairs of the market. They make phone calls running to hundreds of thousands every week, they settle the police regularly, and they do other PR and welfare for state and local government officials.  (C 2022)

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Tinubu’s Bold Moves Against Poverty, Insecurity



The President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu got cranky late Friday (9 June, 2023). He has been working at breathtaking speed all week long. He had held strategic meetings, focusing mainly on how to resurge the flailing economy. He summoned the Security Chiefs to the Presidential Conference Room in Aso Rock to look also at the worrisome state of insecurity in the country. He surely means business.

His task is well defined. He too blurted out at the inaugural dinner later in the day after the swearing-I ceremonies: “Please do not pity me”. He is focus on revving up the economy, stem the dangerous tide of insecurity across the country, bring the spiralling inflation and bring back the laughter and smiles to the faces of the over two hundred million traumatized Nigerians. 

He pledged defiantly at an interactive session with the Royal Fathers under the aegis of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN) at the Aso Villa, Friday (9 June) that “any roadblock in the way of the progress of the Nigerian people would be removed by his government”.

The President for the umpteenth time justified the removal of fuel subsidy, saying that the country cannot continue feeding smugglers and acting as Father Christmas to neighbouring countries, saying “the decision to remove fuel subsidy, improve security, create jobs, and sustain the environment”.

In between all these, he was able to squeezed in time to meet the newly elected  parliamentarians, both at the Upper and Lower Chambers of the National Assembly, to moderate boiling tempers over the zoning of the Principal Officers of the National Assembly. Behold the hurricane Asiwaju is on the prowl.

After the meeting with the newly elected parliamentarians, Hon. Amobi Godwin Ogah, a newly elected Labour Party member to represent Isiukwuato/Umunneochi Federal Constituency, Abia State, was aghast. He could not hide his admiration for the President. He told newsmen: “I never knew Tinubu is so intelligent” 

He went further: “This Is my President,  Today is my best day. After listening to him speak today. President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is so intelligent and is prepared to serve this country. I saw the love and hope today”

The President’s avowed determination to frontally combat and crush the twin issues of poverty and insecurity holding down the country by the jugulars. He surely meant business. This crusade he had started with the inaugural address to the nation. He had simply declared: “Now that the subsidy is gone”. He also went further to vowed that that he intended to unify the exchange rate.

The reverberating effects of that simple declarations quickly resonated across the four poles holding the country. it simply jerked everybody up from their lethargy. He had since met with both the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), Emmanuel Emefiele and the Managing Director of the NNPCL PLC, Mele Kyari to discuss modalities for achieving these targets.

However, it is not hyperbolic to state that Nigeria’s economy is on the edge of the precipice, if not down there already. This trend, the newly inaugurated President Tinubu fully takes cognizance of in his inaugural address to the nation. The need to revamp the economy is urgent, and pressing. He has started the revamping by halting further subsidies of fuel, a move that have trigger multi-dimensional responses across the country.

Part of the President first step was the call on the members of the European Union to assist Nigeria and Africa in strengthening its security and economic development to alleviate poverty in the continent. The President spoke during a telephone conversation with the President of the European Council, Mr. Charles Michel.

According to President Tinubu, Nigeria and the whole of Africa would require the help and partnership of her friends and development partners like the EU to address the excruciating poverty in the continent.

 While requesting the EU to look at specific areas of security challenge like the Lake Chad and coastal areas, the Nigerian leader promised to remain in contact with the European Union and other member states.

 He said poverty and insecurity were priority areas for his administration and he would do all that is required to address them.

Also, the President has expressly directed the National Economic Council (NEC) led by Vice President Kashim Shettima to device an approach and begin the process of working on interventions to mitigate the impact of subsidy removal on the Nigerians.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPCL) confirmed in Lagos during the week that “once the Dangote Refinery starts pumping out refined petroleum products from late July or early August, the Corporation will cut down on its imports of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol”.

NNPCL is currently the sole importer of petrol into Nigeria, a task which it had shouldered for several years. Other oil marketers stopped importing the product due to their inability to access the United States dollars at the official rate.

The NNPCL also owned 20 per cent stake in the Dangote Refinery. The 650,000 barrels per day single line, crude oil processing refinery was inaugurated on May 22, 2023 by former President, Muhammadu Buhari, who described the facility as a “game-changer” in the World’s oil market.

The promoter, Aliko Dangote stated at the occasion that the refinery would start delivering refined products to the Nigerian market from late July or Early August this year.

When contacted by our correspondent and asked about what would happen to the NNPCL fuel imports programme once the Dangote Refinery began to push out products in August, the national oil firm’s spokesperson, Garba-Deen Muhammad, said emphatically that this would change.

According to him, “NNPC Limited is bringing in products from outside Nigeria as a matter of necessity, not as a matter of choice. We would have preferred that we produce here, refine here and we sell and provide the energy security that the country needs.

“Because of the circumstances that surround our refineries, we cannot allow the country to be grounded. So we have to buy wherever we can get and sell. So if Dangote products are available, why should we not buy from Dangote?

“There is absolutely no reason. And that is the reason why we are interested in the Dangote Refinery. We are co-owners, shouldn’t we do business with our partners rather than do it with other people?”

While President Tinubu faces these hydra-headed demons head-on, certainly heads must roll. There must be scape goats from the mess of the past. After days of speculation, the hammer eventually fell on the CBN Governor, Emefiele Friday (9 June, 2023). The man was on his seat all day, held meetings and closed for the long weekend, Monday (June 12, 2023) being a public holiday, was headed for home. He had hardly settled down when he heard the news of his immediate suspension. 

According to a terse press statement by Willie Bassey, Director of Information Office, of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Emefiele was directed to immediately hand over the affairs of his office to the Deputy Governor (Operations Directorate), who will act as the Central Bank Governor pending the conclusion of investigation and the reforms. 

The suspension, according to the statement is “sequel to the ongoing investigation of his office and the planned reforms in the financial sector of the economy”. 

But in a dramatic twist, minutes after his suspension as CBN Governor, the state secret police (DSS) was alleged to have him. He was said to have been arrested by the men of the DSS late  Friday. 

But prior to CBN’s suspension, the DSS, on December 7, 2022, in an exparte application with reference no: FHC/ABJ/CS/2255/2022, sought an order of the Federal High Court to effect his arrest.

The security agency had accused the embattled CBN Governor of financing terrorism, fraudulent activities and economic crimes of national security dimension.

The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice J. T Tsoho, however, refused to grant the application of the DSS. The court said such an application should have been accompanied with the presidential approval because of the grave implications for the Nigerian economy if the CBN governor is arrested and detained. But late Friday, he was sent on indefinite suspension and then the arrest.

But on Saturday (10 June, 2023), the service tweet that “currently, Emefiele is not with the DSS”.

While the CBN’s Governor unfolds on, there are also strong speculations about the safety of the job of the Chief Executive Officer of the NNPCL, Mele Kyari at the weekend. It was speculated that the President intended to clean the old rot and refocus and reposition the economy, especially the financial and oil sector.

Later Saturday afternoon the Service released another tweet confirming the arrest of the CBN Governor. 

According to the Service, the DSS has finally confirmed that the suspended CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele is now in their custody.

A tweet from the agency reads: “…DSS hereby confirms that Mr Godwin Emefiele, the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, is now in its custody for some investigative reasons.

Meanwhile investigations across the country revealed that in less than a fortnight after putting an end into the fuel subsidy regime, reports across the country indicate a mixed reaction by the generality of the people. 

The major hope is that once the Dangote Refinery starts production late July or early August, prices of fuel is expected drastically since there wont be need for US dollars exchange in transactions any longer.

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Democracy Day 2023: Full text of President Bola Tinubu’s address



Fellow Nigerians,

  1. It is exactly three decades today that Nigerians went to the polls to exercise their inalienable right to elect a President of their choice to lead the transition from military dictatorship to a representative government of the people.
  2. The abortion, by military fiat, of the decisive victory of Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the June 12, 1993, presidential election, up to that time, the fairest and freest election in the country’s political evolution, turned out, ironically, to be the seed that germinated into the prolonged struggle that gave birth to the democracy we currently enjoy since 1999.
  3. In rising to strongly oppose the arbitrary annulment of the will of the majority of Nigerians as expressed in that historic election, the substantial number of our people who participated in the struggle to de-annul the election signified their fierce commitment to enthroning democracy as a form of government that best ennobles the liberty, the dignity of the individual and the integrity as well as the stability of the polity. The fierce opposition to the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election and the unrelenting pro-democracy onslaught it unleashed was the equivalent of the battle against colonial rule by our founding fathers that resulted in the gaining of Nigeria’s independence in 1960.
  4. Just like the anti-colonial movement, the pro-June 12 vanguard demonstrated, once again, the enduring validity of the 19th century historian, Arnold Toynbee’s eternal postulation, that civilization and societies experience progress as they are forced to respond to challenges posed by the environment. The unjust annulment of a widely acknowledged free and fair election was a challenge that elicited resistance by a resurgent civil society, leading ultimately to the attainment of our ‘second independence’ as exemplified by the return of democratic governance in 1999.
  5. Fellow compatriots, we celebrate a day that has remained a watershed in our nation’s history, not just today, but for every June 12, for the endless future that our beloved country shall exist and wax stronger and stronger, generations of Nigerians will always remind themselves that the democracy that is steadily growing to become the defining essence of our polity was not gifted to us on a silver platter.
  6. We can easily recall the sacrifice and martyrdom of Chief MKO Abiola, the custodian of the sacred mandate that was so cruelly annulled. He sacrificed his life in unyielding, patriotic defence of the ideals of democracy as symbolized in his choice, by his fellow countrymen and women, as their duly-elected President. There was an easier choice for him. It was to forgo the justice of his cause and opt for the path of ease and capitulation in the face of the tyranny of power. To his eternal credit and immortal glory, Abiola said no. He demonstrated the time-tested eternal truth that there are certain ideals and principles that are far more valuable than life itself.
  7. Everyday, on this day, down the ages we will recall the several other heroes of democracy such as Kudirat Abiola, wife of Chief Abiola, who was brutally murdered while in the trenches fighting on the side of the people. We remember Pa Alfred Rewane, one of the heroes of our independence struggle and Major General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua (rtd) who were silenced by the military junta while in pursuit of democracy. They gave their yesterday for the liberty that is ours today.
  8. The point is that we must never take this democracy for granted. We must forever jealously guard and protect it like a precious jewel. For, a people can never truly appreciate the freedoms and rights democracy guarantees them until they lose it.
  9. We have traversed the dark, thorny path of dictatorship before and those who experienced it can readily testify to the unbridgeable gap between the dignity of freedom and the humiliation and degradation of tyranny. True, rancorous debates, interminable wrangling, ceaseless quarrels, bitter electoral contestations may be perceived by some as unattractive features of democracy. But they also testify to its merit and value.
  10. This year, we held the seventh in the cycle of elections that have become sacred rituals of our democratic practice in this dispensation since 1999.


  1. That the polls were intensely contested is in itself positive evidence that democracy is well and alive in our land. It is only natural that even as those who won and experienced victory in the various elections are elated and fulfilled, those who lost are disenchanted and disappointed. But the beauty of democracy is that those who win today can lose tomorrow and those who lose today will have an opportunity to compete and win in the next round of elections.
  2. Those who cannot endure and accept the pain of defeat in elections do not deserve the joy of victory when it is their turn to triumph. Above all, those who disagree with the outcome of the elections are taking full advantage of the constitutional provisions to seek redress in court and that is one of the reasons why democracy is still the best form of government invented by man.
  3. For Chief MKO Abiola, the symbol of this day, in whose memory June 12 became a national holiday, democracy is eternal.
  4. It is about rule of law and vibrant judiciary that can be trusted to deliver justice and strengthen institutions. It has become imperative to state here that the unnecessary illegal orders used to truncate or abridge democracy will no longer be tolerated.
  5. The recent harmonization of the retirement age for judicial officers is meant to strengthen the rule of law, which is a critical pillar of democracy. The reform has just started.
  6. The democracy that will yield right dividends to the people who are the shareholders means more than just freedom of choice and right to get people into elective offices. It means social and economic justice for our people. To the winner of June 12, democracy offers the best chance to fight and eliminate poverty. Thirty years ago, he christened his campaign manifesto, ‘Farewell to Poverty’ because he was convinced that there is nothing divine about poverty. It is a man-made problem that can be eliminated with clearly thought out social and economic policies.
  7. It is for this reason that, in my inauguration address on May 29, I gave effect to the decision taken by my predecessor-in-office to remove the fuel subsidy albatross and free up for collective use the much-needed resources, which had hitherto been pocketed by a few rich. I admit that the decision will impose extra burden on the masses of our people. I feel your pain. This is one decision we must bear to save our country from going under and take our resources away from the stranglehold of a few unpatriotic elements.
  8. Painfully, I have asked you, my compatriots, to sacrifice a little more for the survival of our country. For your trust and belief in us, I assure you that your sacrifice shall not be in vain. The government I lead will repay you through massive investment in transportation infrastructure, education, regular power supply, healthcare and other public utilities that will improve the quality of lives.
  9. The democracy MKO Abiola died for is one that promotes the welfare of the people over personal interests of the ruling class and one where the governed can find personal fulfillment and happiness. That is the hope MKO Abiola ignited throughout our country in 1993.
  10. On this year’s Democracy Day, I enjoin us all to rededicate ourselves to strengthening this form of government of free peoples that has been our guiding light these past 24 years. In particular, those of us who have been privileged to be elected into public offices at various levels in both the executive and legislative arms of government must recommit ourselves to offering selfless service to the people, and delivering concrete democracy dividends in accordance with our electoral promises.
  11. On my part and that of my administration, I pledge anew our commitment to diligently fulfilling every component of our electoral pact with the people – the ‘Renewed Hope’ agenda.
  12. We shall be faithful to truth. Faithful to equity. And faithful to justice. We shall exercise our authority and mandate to govern with fairness, respect for the rule of law, and commitment to always uphold the dignity of all our people.
  13. On this note, I wish us all a happy Democracy Day celebration and pray that the light of liberty shall never be extinguished in our land.
  14. Thank you all and may God continue to bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Governance Grounded in Ondo State as Akeredolu Refuses to Hand Over to Deputy 



Governance and all Governmental activities seemed to have grounded to a standstill in Ondo State since the State Governor, Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu (CON, SAN), became indisposed. He has also refused to transmute power to his deputy, despite several pleadings.

The Governor is said to be holed up in his private home in Ibadan, Oyo State capital since he was moved out of Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), where only his trusted aides have access to him.

The Governor according to reliable sources in government circle in Akure, Ondo State was rushed to Germany towards the end of last year for an undisclosed illness. He was said to be in Germany for about two months, before coming back to the country early this year. Upon returning to the country, he was said to had been headed straight for Abuja, where he was said to be “resting”, before moving to Ibadan.

Sources within government circle told that since he was hurriedly driven out of Akure, towards the end of last year, all governmental activities have come to a halt. His close circle was said to be against his transmuting power to his deputy, as stipulated by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

The Deputy Governor, Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, is said to be in a quandary about happenings in the State Government. Sources disclosed to our correspondent that he had gone to see the ailing Governor in his Ibadan home several times, but was not allowed by the Governor’s aides to see him. Several files needing urgent attention by the Governor are said to have piled up on his table in Ibadan unattended to.

For over a week now there have been some cold rumours circulating in hush tones about the health and condition of the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

The absence became more noticeable when State Governors of the federation had the inaugural meeting with the President, Bola Tinubu in Aso Rock last week at State House, Abuja. At the meeting, it was only the Ondo State Governor that was conspicuously missing. The deputy could not attend. checks in Akure, Ondo State revealed however, that the Governor has refused bluntly to transmute power to his deputy, despite being aware of his health conditions since last year. Sections 189, 190 and  191 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) clearly stated with the Governor should transmute power to his deputy. 

The man popularly called “Aketi” has been out of circulation since March, immediately the general elections were done with. He was first reported to have gone to Germany for medical attention, but upon return, he made straight for Abuja. He was later said to have been moved from his abode in Abuja to his private home in Ibadan.

These conflicting reports about the condition of the Governor however, took a dangerous turn Saturday (3 June, 2023) when a news blog published reports of his death and someone also circulated a viral picture announcing his death. The State Government however, moved swiftly to dispel the rumours of his death as carried by a news blog.

But learnt that the Governor, according to some very reliable sources very close to him, is said to be in ‘a very critical condition in his private home in Ibadan’, capital of Oyo state. 

His close aides spoken to refused to give more on the ailing condition of the Governor, other than his condition has worsen since last week Friday (2 June 2023) evening. He is said to have become almost incapacitated. 

The Governor, was born on 21 July 1956, known widely as Aketi, is a vibrant lawyer and politician has been in office since 24 February 2017. Another Governorship election is due in October 2024. 

Responding to the rumours of his passing, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Richard Olatunde released some video clips of the ailing Governor praising God.

In one of the videos, the Governor was seen dancing and singing. The lines of the lyrics showed governor Akeredolu who was joyous and full of praises to God for keeping him alive

Governor Akeredolu, left the country for Germany shortly after the APC convention in March. When he came back, he relocated to Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), ‘to rest’, before moving down to his house in Ibadan, Oyo State.

He officially wrote the State House of Assembly to take permission before embarking on an annual leave.

His adopted prefix is “Arakunrin”, while his nickname is “Aketi”. He is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) who became president of the Nigerian Bar Association in 2008. Akeredolu was also a Managing Partner at the law firm of Olujinmi & Akeredolu, which he co-founded with Chief Akin Olujinmi, a former Attorney General and Minister for Justice of Nigeria. On 21 July 2020, he was declared as the Ondo governorship candidate after the primary elections under the platform of the APC. He is the current Governor of Ondo State and doubles as the chairman of Southwest Governors Forum.

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