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JUST IN: APC Slams Makinde Over Worsening Security Situation In Oyo



In Oyo state, the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Sunday criticized Governor Seyi Makinde for allegedly siphoning public funds rather than investing in infrastructure and providing the residents of the state with excellent administration.

The FidelinfoNews gathered this was contained in a statement released and provided to news media in Ibadan by its publicity secretary, Olawale Sadare, the party lamented the deteriorating security situation in the state and urged the governor to take decisive action against the threat of armed robbers, kidnappers, and ritual killers who are allegedly terrorizing residents of Ibadan, Ogbomoso, Ibarapa, and other areas of the state.

It said: “The announcement of the award of contract for the rehabilitation of 35 kilometre Iwo Road-Olodo-Lagun Road at a cost of N12.5billion by the Oyo state government at a time its counterparts in Osun awarded the reconstruction of the second stretch of the same road from Odo-Oba axis of Iwo to Osogbo, which measured 55 kilometres with more difficult terrain, for a sum of N11.3b.

“There are clear indications that the current administration of the PDP in Oyo state is here to misappropriate public funds which should have been utilised to better the lots of the people through improved social infrastructure, enviable security architecture, policies and programmes capable of rejigging the economy among other things but with open display of cluelessness, misplaced priority and needless propaganda, no soothsayer is needed to determine how bleak is the future of the Pacesetter state if the current administration should continue in office beyond May 2023.

“It is time we stop Governor Makinde from forcing adulterated and fake dividends of democracy down the throat of the hapless citizenry. A state that was treated to quality delivery of road network construction under late Senator Abiola Ajimobi does not deserve the current experience of re-award and recommissioning.

“It is worrisome to us in APC that Governor Makinde has not initiated and completed a single road project since he assumed office almost three and a half years ago.

“Without any infrastructure development plan, the PDP government has reduced the state to a place where projects expected from Chairmen and Councillors are being celebrated by a governor.

“This explains why none of President Muhammadu Buhari or his Vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has not been made to visit Oyo for any project commissioning event since 2019. More so, there is no national figure who could have graced the inauguration of a substandard bus terminal, badly constructed Moniya-Iseyin road or the overhead bridge along Gate-Akobo road which had had its original specification compromised and delivered as low quality.

“Another issue of concern is the damage done to the security of the state in the last 40 months. We now have an administration which relies solely on the purchase of pleasure cars and vans at jaw-breaking prices as patrol vehicles for demoralised security agents. Rather than engage and partner relevant stakeholders, the PDP government monopolises the responsibility of coordinating all stakeholders to provide security in the state and the results are evident in the menace of miscreants, armed robbers, land grabbers, political thugs and so on.

“It is an undeniable fact that no investor has been attracted to Oyo state since May 2019 and some sponsored town criers would want the whole world to rate Makinde as the best thing to have happened to Africa in recent times even when he has failed to measure up on the scale of key performance index as well as the verdict of informed pundits and unbiased opinionists.

“As a matter of fact, we are using this medium to demand the restoration of all bastardised institutions and public facilities in the state such as Agbowo Shopping Complex, Agodi Gardens, BCOS, Cultural Centre, WCOS among others before May 2023.” Oyo APC concluded.

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Lai Mohammed bags international advocacy job



Ballard Partners, an international governmental affairs firm has appointed Alhaji Lai Mohammed, immediate past Minister of Information and Culture, as Managing Partner of its first office in Africa.

In a statement issued by the firm and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja, Mohammed is to serve as Managing Partner of its newly opened Abuja office and its satellite office in Lagos.

With its headquarters in Washington, Ballard Partners specialises in all aspects of governmental and public affairs, including legislative and executive agency advocacy.

In the statement, Brian Ballard, the firm’s President and founder said they were opening their first African office in Nigeria to expand the firm’s international footprint to three continents.

He said the opening of the office, would also help in building upon the important work they had done on behalf of African nations and companies in Africa and the U.S.

On the choice of the former minister, Ballard said that Mohammed “has a long record of public service and is one of the most respected officials in the country.

Adding that “his outstanding reputation and exceptional experience will be invaluable to our firm”.

Ballard recalled that since the advent of Nigeria’s fourth republic in 1999, Mohammed played key roles in the political life of his country as Chief of Staff to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Governor of Lagos.

He added that Mohammed was also the National Spokesperson for the Opposition for over a decade (2005-2015) and a candidate for the Governorship of Kwara State in the 2003 General Elections.

The statement also reflected the former Minister’s happiness in accepting the international job.

“I am very pleased to join Ballard Partners and to open the firm’s first office in Africa,”

“Ballard Partners has an impeccable reputation internationally and is well known for its success representing African countries and American firms in Africa.

The opportunities in Nigeria are substantial and I look forward to helping the firm’s clients achieve their objectives,” Mohammed was quoted as saying.

Born in Oro, Kwara state, Mohammed graduated with second class upper honors with dual degrees in modern European languages (majoring in French) and law.

He was called to the Nigerian bar in 1986.

The former Minister has also been awarded several diplomas in different parts of the world including Diplomes d’Etudes Francaise 3ieme Degree in both Dakar, Senegal and Vichy France

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Man Utd takeover: Sheikh Jassim submits final take-it-or-leave-it bid directly to Glazers – and sets strict deadline



The Qatari group led by Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani have reportedly submitted a final bid to the Glazers for the takeover of Manchester United

The offer, as revealed by the Daily Mail, is Sheikh Jassim’s fifth since the takeover process began back in February, and has been made as part of a ‘take it or leave it’ warning to United’s American owners. A deadline of Friday has reportedly been set by the Qatari group, up to which point the bid will stand – with no further negotiations to take place in between.

Indeed, Sheikh Jassim has reportedly submitted the bid directly to the Glazers and the Raine Group, the American bankers overseeing the saga. The move is an attempt to gazump the rival offer from British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who has previously been reported as leading the way. His bid would allegedly allow for the continued involvement of the Glazers for an extended period, much to the hatred of the United fan base.

The take-it-or-leave-it offer put forward by the Qataris is also an attempt to put an end to the protracted nature of this takeover saga. United’s American owners have come under increasing scrutiny for their delaying of the process, with original deadlines set for the end of April. The uncertainty created has impacted the transfer strategy led by manager Erik ten Hag, as well as the club’s ability to tie down key players to new contracts.

It remains to be seen, then, whether the Glazers’ resolve is tested to the point where they accept the Qataris’ eleventh-hour offer. Should they reject the bid, which is said to be lower than their £6 billion asking price, or not respond in time, it could be a sign that they actually are leaning in the favour of Ratcliffe – and a potential prolonged stay behind the scenes.

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Man Utd winger Antony accused of ‘domestic violence, threat and bodily injury’ by former partner



Manchester United winger Antony has been accused of “domestic violence, threat and bodily injury” by a former partner in his native Brazil.

Brazilian publication Globo Esporte is reporting that Gabriela Cavallin, who had a relationship with the 23-year-old forward in 2022, has filed a police report in Sao Paulo.

The report states that she claims to have been assaulted by Antony on May 20 – a day on which the Brazil international turned out for United in a Premier League fixture with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

The report also includes “photos of abrasions and threatening messages”, while Cavallin is said to have discussed previous aggressive behaviour from Antony.

Cavallin is now calling upon authorities in Brazil to take “an urgent protective measure” while further evidence in the case is gathered.

Globo Esporte further reports that Antony had a relationship with the woman in question during 2022, with Cavallin revealing on social media in June 2022 that she had suffered a miscarriage when the pair were expecting their first child.

No comment has been made by Antony, his representatives or Manchester United

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