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The journey to the Oyo State government highest seat is bound to be very eventful as 2019 draws nearer.

And one candidate who has stood out so far amongst the multitude jostling for the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, ticket is none other than Dr. Olusola Ayandele, popularly called Stainless within the State.

#Eruobodo2019, which is his campaign mantra, set the state agog today when Dr. Ayandele formerly declared his intention to contest for the number one seat to serve the good people of Oyo State and build on the progress the incumbent governor, Sen. Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi.

The gubernatorial aspiration got a big boost when the former governor of Oyo State in 1983, Dr. Victor Omololu Olunloyo, visited the Stainless campaign office on Obafemi Awolowo Road, Ibadan and certified Dr. Ayandele as the worthy voice of the people come 2019 election.

It will be recalled that same Dr. Omololu once predicted the emergence of Oba Saliu Adetunji as the Olubadan before the latter was crowned 10years later.

The campaign train then hit town and berthed first at the palace of Olubadan of Ibadanland, HRM Oba Saliu Adetunji, where the aspirant sought his royal blessing and approval to lead the state come May 29, 2019.

With his humble entourage well received by the king, Olusola was able to give insights into the great plans he has for the good people of Oyo State.

In his response, the Olubadan praised him for his courage and wished him success in his quest to become the next Oyo State governor.

“By the special grace of God, you shall become governor,” Olubadan said, “No one can make a king but God. Therefore, don’t listen to those who claim it can’t be done.”

After, the train moved to pay homage to Obafemi Awolowo’s family, who had already shown its acceptance and approval of Olusola’s ambition by granting the aspirant the permission to put his campaign poster beside late Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s picture on a billboard stationed in front of the great Yoruba leader’s Ibadan house.

The eldest daughter of the first premier of South West, Mrs. Tola Oyediran, also prayed for the aspirant and said she is in total support of his dream to govern the state.

The excitement came to a crescendo when at the Oyo APC party secretariat, the executives likened the aspirant to the great Awolowo, describing him as the reincarnation of the late Yoruba leader.

Dr. Olusola Ayandele, who is an Ibarapa man, said he is not desperate to become the governor of Oyo State but he is determined to be.

At the mega rally ground, where multitude of party faithfuls and the people of the state trooped out in support of #Eruobodo2019, Olusola, who never minced word at his conviction of being the next governor of the state, made known his plans again for the people principal of which is ensuring that farming is enough to be the major internally generated revenue.

“If Cocoa House, Obafemi Awolowo Stadium formerly known as Liberty Stadium and first television station in Africa were built with money generated from cocoa, then we can do it again,” he insisted.

With today’s successful declaration, the journey to the state house has just began and Dr. Olusola Ayandele made it known he is not afraid to face the future as he is well prepared to tackle the challenges in ensuring he clinches the ticket to represent the great and progressive party, APC, by building on the successes of incumbent governor, Sen. Ajimobi.

When asked of his take on what the future holds as he had thrown his hat into the ring, the successful businessman and seasoned engineer smiled, looked at his wife, Dr. Mrs. Yinka Ayandele, whose mobilization of the women folks for the day’s outing added glamour to the event and said, “Eru o b’odo, eni to fe kan l’odo ni komura.”

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Strike Continues As ASUU, FG Meeting Ends In Deadlock

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The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Thursday ended in a deadlock.

The meeting, held at the Ministry of Labour and Employment office in Abuja over the universities lecturers’ strike since November 5, lasted for about six hours.

It had to be adjourned till next week when there was no headway.

The ASUU delegation to the meeting was led by its National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, while the government side had the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono; and the Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris.

Ngige, before the meeting, went into a closed-door session, told newsmen that “talks with the academic union are coming a bit late because we have been having negotiations on the new minimum wage.

“The government appeals to ASUU to put the interest of the students first because they are at the receiving end of the consideration.”

But Ogunyemi, after the meeting, which lasted from 3 pm to 9 pm, said the union had put forward its demands and the meeting had been adjourned till next week.

He said: “No date has been fixed for next week but we will communicate the date to you tomorrow (Friday).

“The union was forced to go on strike because our plea for the implementation of the 2017 Memorandum of Action fell on deaf ears.

“Our meeting with the Minister of Education (Adamu Adamu) in May and September 2018 to remind him of the Federal Government’s promises to implement the agreement yielded no result.”

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Oyo Begins Reconstruction Of Yinka Ayefele’s Music House

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Oyo State Government has begun the reconstruction of Yinka Ayefele’s Music House, which is partly demolished on August 19, 2018.

The reconstruction followed a peace meeting between Ayefele and the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, a few days after the agents of the government destroyed the house for not meeting town planning requirements.

A report by Television Continental has it that construction workers are already on site.

They are said to have a December deadline for the completion of the work.

The Head of News, Fresh FM, Samson Akindele, was quoted as having said: “A lot has happened since the demolition in August.

“We’ve had a lull in the activities going on here.

“Just about two weeks ago, after all the meetings and agreements, the ministry of works in Oyo state through the office of the permanent secretary and the commissioner came in to start fulfilling the promise the governor made that indeed the partial demolition was an activity done in error,” Akindele said.

He also confirmed that the Radio station will be ready before December to host its annual Christmas events.

Ajimobi had during the 90th birthday celebration of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, pledged to reconstruct the partially demolished building and also provide necessary logistics.

“I want to say that the imbroglio between the state government and Yinka Ayefele over the demolition of his Music House has been resolved. And I pledge the government’s commitment to assist him,” Ajimobi said.

The demolition attracted a lot of media outcry and the condemnation from the masses.

While Radio station alleged that the demolition was politically motivated, the state government said the building was demolished because the staff canteen, a spiral staircase, the mast and the fence were not in the approved plan.

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Entertainment Industry Practitioners Endorse Sanwo-Olu For Lagos Governor [PHOTOS]

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Leading practitioners in the entertainment industry including the veterans, A-listers and the up and coming in movies, music and comedy genres have endorsed the All Progressives Congress Candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat in the coming general election as the next Governor of Lagos State.

The practitioners who include Prince Jide Kosoko during a solidarity visit to the APC candidate and his deputy at their campaign Ikoyi office promised to mobilize their fan base and the general populace to vote for Sanwo-Olu because of his capability and experience.

The creative industry professionals used their visit to present some of the challenges the sector is facing to the APC candidate, imploring him to solve for the growth of the sector that has been a major contributor to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

They identified security, access to public buildings such as hospitals, schools, airport, Police Station, Military Barracks and other permits as some of the operational issues they struggle with while shooting their movies and music videos in Lagos.

They urged Mr. Sanwo-Olu to also look at how payment of tax can be made friendlier in Lagos for them adding that the Lagos Internal Revenue Service often charges them arbitrary taxes because of their celebrity status using best of judgment.

Prince Kosoko specifically pleaded with Mr. Sanwo-Olu to appoint one of them into senior position in his government.

“We have very highly educated people among us and I want to charge you to appoint one of us into your government when you win the election by the grace of God. If we had one of us in your government he or she will represent us and our interests well. We are for you and APC in Lagos and we will support you to win this election.”

In his response, Mr. Sanwo-Olu appreciated the endorsement of the entertainment practitioners and promised to work with the industry to boost its capacity as a major contributor to the growth of the economy of Lagos and Nigeria as a whole.

“I am very happy to see many of you here in flesh and blood especially our veterans like Oga Jide Kosoko and Oga Bello. Those days before the age of the internet when we see you on television we look forward to meeting you. You inspired us and entertained us.

“The purpose of this interaction is to know the issues that are important to you that you want the government to address. We want your input so we can plan for. I appreciate your endorsement and support. It means much to me and my deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat. Let me assure you that by the grace of God when we get to the office I will appoint one of you into senior position as requested by Prince Kosoko and beyond appointment, we will through policies and necessary structure provide enabling environment for you to thrive and do your job well.”

While speaking at the event, Dr. Hamzat also reiterated the significance of the creative economy and Lagos as the center of entertainment in Africa.

“It is actually a stupid government that will ignore the sector as yours that is contributing to the GDP like our in-coming Governor, by the grace of God has said. We will provide the leadership that will make the industry to grow.”

Other members of the delegation from the film industry include Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello), Ebun Oloyede (Olaiya Igwe), Taiwo Hassan (Ogogo), Rachael Oniga), Yinka Quadri, Mrs. Lanre Hassan (Mama Awero), Chico Ejiro, Fred Amata, Muka Ray Sola Kosoko, Ik Ogbonna, Alex Ekubo, Femi Branch, Iyabo Ojo, Ayo Badmus, Lilian Bach among others.

Musicians among them include Wasiu Alabi (Pasuma), Daddy Showky, Owen G., Sound Sultan, Ozy Bosco (kid musical sensation), Muma Gee, Olisa Adibua and MC Lively.

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