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‘My Participation’: Ayo Adebanjo Counters Akande, Says Ex-Osun Gov’s Book Riddled With Lies



…Says Osoba, Other AD Governors, Victims Of Their Treachery

The last, no doubt, has not been heard about the autobiography of Chief Bisi Akande, former governor of Osun State and first chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The book, “My Participation,” with a foreword written by Prof Wole Soyinka, was presented to the public with a fanfare in Lagos last week.

The occasion was graced by political heavy weights, mostly of the APC, including President Muhammadu Buhari.

But ever since, the book has elicited very strong reactions from Nigerians, who disputed Akande’s account of what happened.

The latest is Chief Ayo Adebanjo, the leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere.

In an interview on Arise Television Tuesday morning, Adebanjo disputed most of Akande’s claims in the book, calling him a pathological liar.

Said he: “He (Bisi Akande) is too junior to me to be commenting on political matters. He is a political neophyte. He is already known to me as a pathological liar. His colleague, Akinfenwa, in his book said that is who he is. And those of us who know him also know. He is just an apron string of Tinubu.

“He is too junior for me to be commenting on what he said. I signed his papers to be governor. And the condition we gave for him to become governor was that of sovereign national conference for the restructuring of the country back to federalism. That was the condition he was elected in 1999 and he reneged on that.

“We call all of them – Bola Tinubu, Segun Osoba to warn when they reneged. They have sold out the Yoruba race to Muhammadu Buhari all because they want Tinubu to be president. That is not my business.

“But telling lies is the one I don’t know and I don’t know how a man like Akande who claims that we all come from the root of Obafemi Awolowo can be taking pride in his participation in the government of one, Buhari, who they know is a disaster when all those who supported him initially are now regretting that they supported him.

“There is no sensible man who will come out now and say he is proud of Buhari. It shows the type of character he is. So, he is too junior for me to be commenting on what he said.”

Eighteen years after the 2003 general election in which five governors elected on the platform of the now defunct Alliance for Democracy (AD) lost power in their reelection bid to candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the leader of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, said he has no pity for them.

AD was one of the political parties that ushered in the Fourth Republic in 1999 and was driven mainly by leaders of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural association, Afenifere.

But Adebanjo said he has no pity for Osoba and his colleagues.

Adebanjo said Osoba and his colleagues were victims of their own betrayal of the principle of truth.

“It is as a result of their betrayal. Osoba and the rest made an agreement with Obasanjo behind us to despise the leaders of Afenifere because we were claiming that we were responsible for their election. And they wanted to say that they can win election without us.

“So, they made a deal behind us with Obasanjo and at the end of the day, Obasanjo kicked them out. They got the result of treachery. They were thinking that the man will keep to his word and they will claim to have won election without the support of leaders of Afenifere. That was what took them to that disaster.

“So, it is a business between them and Obasanjo and not between them and Afenifere because it was an act of betrayal. They thought that they could get rid of the leaders of Afenifere and can then claim to have won election on their own.

“And Obasanjo tricked them. That was why, after the election, Osoba was interviewed and he said ‘Oh! Obasanjo betrayed an agreement.’ What does he mean betraying an agreement? What agreement did they make with him?

“So, it is an act of betrayal. They wanted to be in power willy-nilly at the expense of philosophy, principle and at the expense of the truth and at the expense of the interest of the Yoruba people. And they are getting the result.

“Even the alliance which they said they are having with President Muhammadu Buhari now which is causing trouble, how can you imagine someone who is a product of the Awolowo philosophy having an alliance with somebody like Buhari?

“And I described them at that time as a collection of incompatibles. So Afenifere has no business with them at all. It is Osoba and others who had a parley with Obasanjo. I don’t know anything about it. It is their business.

“It was not a free and fair election. Obasanjo tricked them and sent them out of office but because they were not loyal to the leadership of Afenifere, they didn’t follow in our footsteps. They were following their own. But Tinubu was smart. He saw ahead but Osoba thought that he could get on with Obasanjo. It is a question I don’t want to answer. I don’t want to be involved in their own controversy now because I have my own views about the whole thing. they sold themselves to him (Obasanjo) and they reaped the result of their disloyalty to the party. That is my conclusion.”

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APC Is Fractured Beyond Redemption, Says Obono-Obla



Former special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on prosecution, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla has asserted that the ruling party in Cross River State, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has been fractured beyond redemption.

He also stated that the party had completely deviated from the ideals of the founding fathers.

In a public statement, Obono-Obla, who lost out during the Cross River central senatorial APC primaries yesterday, said that the powers that be were at a crossroads on what to do with him and had devised crude and inferior methods to edge him out.

The APC primary election for the Cross River Central Senatorial ticket for next year’s general election was won by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Eteng Williams, who polled 152 votes.

He was followed by former chairman of Nigeria Ports Authority, Akin Rickets with 109 votes, while Obono Obla got 19 votes and Mary Ekpere got 35 Votes.

“The APC has completely deviated from the philosophy of its founding fathers. Let us see how the anointed aspirants will deliver the Party in Cross River State. As it stands, the Party is fractured beyond redemption,” he said.

Recall that there were allegations of doctored delegate lists to favour the “anointed aspirant“.

Obono-Obla said, “Every politically informed person was aware that a particular aspirant was the favorite of the powers that be. The brandishing of the name of one particular aspirant as the favored one weeks before the election amounts to intimidation.

“The potentate makes sure that you must have his endorsement before you can aspire to become a candidate.

“Aspirants that did not have the endorsement of the potentate, had sorts of obstacles thrown along their paths. I was the target from day one.”

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“I’ve Gone Back To My Ex”, Korra Obidi Says Barely 3 Months After Separation From Husband



Dancer and all-round entertainer, Korra Obidi has revealed her relationship status four months after been separated from her foreign husband, Justin Dean.

The couple who got married in 2017, splitter after four years of marriage and two kids.

Justin Dean had filed for divorce barely a month after they welcomed their second child, Athena Dean who was born in February.

While taking part in a TikTok game, Korra Obidi revealed that she has gone back into the dating world.

Shockingly, Korra Obidi disclosed that she was dating her ex-boyfriend.

Kemi Filani news recalls Justin Dean, an American therapist and husband of Nigerian dancer and musician, Korra Obidi Dean had affirmed that his marriage to the entertainer had crashed.

The doctor had caused frenzy on the internet when he announced his divorce from his wife.

Taking to his Instagram page, he stated that he had filed for divorce from the dancer as he can’t condone been mistreated.

He said that he tried his best to make the marriage work until he gave up.

Though he didn’t want this, he had to face reality.

He expressed how heartbroken and sad he was over the incident, especially when he supported and loved her with all of him.

Breaking down, he added that he doesn’t deserve the way he was treated.

“@korraobidi and I are getting a divorce. It’s over! I won’t be treated this way longer. I did my absolute best to make it work. I didn’t want this, I did my best. My heart is broken. I supported her, I loved her, I don’t deserve the way I was treated”.

Many thought that his account was hacked or he was playing prank with them and at such, they didn’t believe him.

Hours after his post, he took to his Instagram story to affirm that he wasn’t joking.

He wrote : “Not a joke”.

The divorce seemed to be going smooth until things got worse and the estranged couple spilled dirt’s about each other.

From accusations of been manipulative, serial cheat, narcissist, there was nothing this couple didn’t say about each other.

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Dessers Opens Goal Account As Mexico Pip Super Eagles 2-1 In Friendly



It was not the best of starts for new head coach, Jose Peseiro, as the Super Eagles lost 2-1 to El Tri of Mexico in an international friendly game at the AT & T Stadium, Dallas, USA, in the early hours of Sunday.

Cyriel Dessers opened his goals account for the Eagles after drawing them level with a powerful header.

The Super Eagles are now winless against Mexico in six meetings, losing three and drawing three.

Up next for Peseiro’s side is another friendly against Ecuador on June 2.

Mexico bossed the early exchanges as the Super Eagles struggled to get a foothold in the game.

Santiago Gimenez then gave Mexico a deserved lead on 12 minutes as his initial effort from a headed pass hit Uzoho and bounced off him into the net.

Andres Guardado almost doubled Mexico lead as he met a long pass but saw his effort parried away by Uzoho.

In the 31st minute Uzoho was called to action again but he made a brilliant save to stop a well struck shot by Guardado.

Before the start of the second half Innocent Bonke went off injured and was replaced by Katsina United’s Faisal Sani.

Mexico continued from where they stopped in the first half and almost doubled their lead early in the second half but Semi Ajayi cleared away a dangerous cross for a corner.

The Super Eagles drew level on 54 minutes through Dessers whose downward header off a delightful cross from Bassey was too strong for the keeper to hold.

Just two minutes later the Mexicans went 2-1 ahead after Troost-Ekong slammed a cross into his own net.

Terem Moffi should have equalised for the Eagles after receiving the ball inside the box but saw his shot miss the target.

Few minutes later Roberto Alvarado received a pass inside the box but could not keep his shot down.

With six minutes left the Mexico almost extended their lead through Diego Lainez but his low shot took a deflection off Troost-Ekong and went out for a corner.

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