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Kingmakers meet to ratify next Olubadan

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From Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan

Kingmakers in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State met behind closed-door, yesterday, for ratification or otherwise of the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Lekan Balogun, as the next Olubadan.

The meeting, which took place at the old Olubadan Palace, Oja’ba, Ibadan had eight kingmakers in attendance. But the Osi Olubadan and former governor of the state, Rashidi Ladoja, and the Iyalode of Ibadanland, Theresa Oyekanmi, who is representing all Ibadan women in the Olubadan-in-Council, were absent at the meeting. But Oyekanmi had in a letter last week, endorsed the candidature of Balogun for the throne.

The two-hour meeting which was held 10 days after the demise of Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso I, as gathered could not be concluded as expected as all the kingmakers in attendance declined to speak with journalists, who stormed Oja’ba for the outcome of the all-important meeting.

Daily Sun gathered that Ladoja, who is the second most senior traditional ruler on the Otun (Civil) Line that will produce the next Olubadan, is supposed to be the one to nominate the most senior chief on the line, Balogun, and the nomination is supposed to be seconded by the Balogun of Ibadanland, Owolabi Olakulehin, who is the most senior chief on the Balogun (Military) Line that produced the last Olubadan, Oba Adetunji. The two lines have been producing Olubadan on rotational basis.

But the kingmakers were said to have statutorily ratified the candidature of Balogun as the next to occupy the stool vacated by the late Olubadan.

The kingmakers at the meeting are the Asipa Olubadan, Eddy Oyewole; the Ekerin Olubadan, Abiodun Kola-Daisi; the Balogun of Ibadanland, Owolabi Olakulehin; the Otun Balogun, Tajudeen Ajibola; Osi Balogun, Lateef Gbadamosi Adebimpe; Asipa Balogun, Kola Adegbola; and Ekerin Balogun, Dada Isioye.

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The Iyalode of Ibadanland, Oyekanmi, was said to be indisposed but gave her assent to the ratification.

Head of the Local Government Administration, Ibadan South East Local Government, Grace Aremu, was at the meeting as the representative of the government.

“Traditionally, when there is a vacancy, the next in the same line, after the person to be announced, is saddled with the task of nominating the next Olubadan.

“In the present case, Ladoja will have to nominate Balogun, while Owolabi Olakulehin, who is Balogun of Ibadanland, will second. This is so because Balogun cannot nominate himself and does not need to be present.

“After that, two documents — one affirming Balogun’s nomination, and the one containing list of the immediate three high chiefs in the civil line after the nominee, would be sent to the governor,” a source told Daily Sun.

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2023: South East presidency overdue – Orji Kalu

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From Fred Itua, Abuja

Former governor of Abia State and Chief Whip of the Senate Senator Orji Uzor Kalu said on Wednesday that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) zoning the presidency to the South East in 2023 was overdue.

Senator Kalu stated this when he addressed National Assembly correspondents in Abuja.

While fielding questions from newsmen, Kalu revealed why he visited President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday night. He revealed that the President’s body language supports a power shift to the South East in 2023.

He said: “I don’t believe in an Igbo presidency. I believe in a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction. It is overdue. I believe that we should produce the next President and it is going to happen. I don’t need to push. I have to push along with the other regions.

Speaking further, he said: “This is not the first time that I’ll go and see the President. The Presidency is a place where people go in the afternoon. I went in the night to avoid the media.

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“I go there regularly. It’s a family affair and I went there to discuss national issues and issues of security and wellbeing of our country and issue of the Electoral Act. The discussion was very fruitful and it was held in the night.

“I told you before that when the party zones it officially to the South, I’ll contest. I told you the only two zones that have not tasted the presidency are the South East and the North East. Once they zone it to anyone of them, I have the capacity and the capability. I will roll and I will rock like a hurricane.

“People are pushing, but they are not serious. A serious-minded person will like to be fair to Nigeria, fair to society and fair to the atmosphere because the party is not owned by me or you the media. This party is owned by Nigerians and APC members.

“It is only APC that can decide that at the forthcoming convention where the Presidential ticket will be zoned to. If they zone it to the South East, I have everything it takes to make a good president.”

Speaking on the forthcoming convention of APC, Kalu said: “I am expecting very a good convention and a very good atmosphere. We are going to make Nigerians proud after the convention.”

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2023: South East presidency overdue – Orji Kalu

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From Fred Itua, Abuja

Former governor of Abia State and Chief Whip of the Senate Senator Orji Uzor Kalu said on Wednesday that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) zoning the presidency to the South East in 2023 was overdue.

Senator Kalu stated this when he addressed National Assembly correspondents in Abuja.

While fielding questions from newsmen, Kalu revealed why he visited President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday night. He revealed that the President’s body language supports a power shift to the South East in 2023.

He said: “I don’t believe in an Igbo presidency. I believe in a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction. It is overdue. I believe that we should produce the next President and it is going to happen. I don’t need to push. I have to push along with the other regions.

Speaking further, he said: “This is not the first time that I’ll go and see the President. The Presidency is a place where people go in the afternoon. I went in the night to avoid the media.

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“I go there regularly. It’s a family affair and I went there to discuss national issues and issues of security and wellbeing of our country and issue of the Electoral Act. The discussion was very fruitful and it was held in the night.

“I told you before that when the party zones it officially to the South, I’ll contest. I told you the only two zones that have not tasted the presidency are the South East and the North East. Once they zone it to anyone of them, I have the capacity and the capability. I will roll and I will rock like a hurricane.

“People are pushing, but they are not serious. A serious-minded person will like to be fair to Nigeria, fair to society and fair to the atmosphere because the party is not owned by me or you the media. This party is owned by Nigerians and APC members.

“It is only APC that can decide that at the forthcoming convention where the Presidential ticket will be zoned to. If they zone it to the South East, I have everything it takes to make a good president.”

Speaking on the forthcoming convention of APC, Kalu said: “I am expecting very a good convention and a very good atmosphere. We are going to make Nigerians proud after the convention.”

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Kebbi to partner with ‘Doctors without Borders’ on health services

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From Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin Kebbi

Doctors without Borders has declared its readiness to partner with the Kebbi State Government to deliver health services to the people of the state.

Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu received the team, led by their Head of Mission, Dr Shaukat Muttaqi, at Government House, Birnin Kebbi.

While receiving the team, at the Government House Birnin Kebbi on behalf of the Governor, the Chief of Staff, Alhaji Sulaiman Muhammad Argungu, welcomed the Doctors and expressed happiness about the readiness of the mission to sign an MOU and partnership with the government.

He assured the team that Kebbi State Government would provide an enabling environment for the mission to operate accordingly for optimal performance.

Head of Mission Dr Shaukat Muttaqi explained that their visit was to discuss medical services related to nutritional program and Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) in a local government area of Kebbi state MSF.

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Muttaqi said that the Doctors without Borders intends to start a ten-bed Inpatient therapeutic feeding centre (ITFC)/stabilisation unit with two Ambulatory Therapeutic feeding centres (ATFCs) in Maiyama local government with ICCM services and also provision for IDPs in other LGAs related to environmental health.

According to him, Doctors without Borders are committed to providing free cost medical services to the people of Kebbi state in its initial six-month programme and looking forward to an agreement with the Ministry of Health and Kebbi State to start activities as soon as possible.

He disclosed that their team, which is an International Medical Humanitarian Organization are operating in eight states of Nigeria provides primary, secondary and tertiary health care with quick response to outbreaks.

He added: “Already the team has visited Augie, Maiyama, Shanga, Bagudo, Zuru and Dank Wasagu local government areas during the initial assessment. We are in over 70 countries of the world and we have been in Nigeria for more than 20 years providing support and health services free of charge to Nigerians.

“The team also visited the Commissioner for Health Alhaji Jafar Muhammad Zuru and the Executive Secretary Kebbi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Abubakar Abdullahi Ka’oje, Director Public Health Mr Abubakar Bagudo,” he said.

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