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Ali Ahmad And The Burden Of Truth- Bayo Sanni



Reading through a recent interview of Ali Ahmad with an online medium, Tabloid, one cannot help but wonder the depth to which character camouflage can be portrayed through employment of willing and/or unsuspecting media platforms.

One cannot give what you don’t possess. For an Ali Ahmad to be preaching TRUTH is an anomaly, an irony of sorts – because he is the grandfather of LIARS! If anyone doubts me, I challenge Ali Ahmad to bring out the infamous “House of Assembly Report into the allegations of Misappropriation relating to Government Assets under Harmony Holdings Limited” which he read under oath on the floor of Kwara State House of Assembly in March, 2018. He should, with is cohort, Hassan Oyeleke come for a public debate of that report page-by-page to expose their bare-faced duplicity and LIES. This duo kick-started the last election season with LIES and propaganda which was hijacked from them by more deft political propagandists in the “Otoge” fold. Then, Ali Ahmad effectively deployed “National Pilot” newspaper with a willing tool in one Billy Adedamola. They created a can and thereafter started searching for “worms” to fill their imaginary can of worms.

The negative effects of Ali Ahmad/Hassan Oyeleke (and his gang of committee members) unholy alliance in their quest to harvest from Harmony Holdings management debacle in 2017/2018 was multi-dimensional: They lied in pursuit of personal gratification and got both the general public and even their own party members to get unfairly disenchanted with Harmony Holdings and the then Government of the day with a deliberately but wrongly orchestrated impression that the entire system was corruption ridden.

The grand effect was that even party members voted against their own (then ruling) party at the 2019 general elections.

One other characteristic of your ilk using the dynasty and her structure as a façade is arrogance. In Hassan Oyeleke’s infamous tape, he reeled out threats – that if “‘Bayo Sanni does not comply with the demands of the committee, whatever the House of Assembly presented was what the general public would believe…..and there is nothing you can do about it”! Such arrogance and high-handedness where others were seen as ‘lesser beings’ was the trade mark of Ali Ahmad and his colleagues when they held sway on their high horses prior to the 2019 elections.

Hassan Oyeleke even boasted that “who are the Board of Directors of Harmony Holdings?…..even the Governor…..whatever we say here in this House is FINAL”! Board resolutions of a Public Limited Liability company did not matter to their own House of Assembly so they resolved to scandalize every transaction regardless of legally binding Board approvals. What this means is if by chance Hassan Oyeleke gets to the National Assembly, he with join forces with folks like him to disregard the approvals of the Board of NNPC, NPA, NBC and FIRS et al.

As an emergency turn-coat, the same Ali Ahmad wants to preach TRUTH to us in Kwara State of today! Wonders they say, shall never end.

The end result is unprecedented defamation of character and complete destruction of a brand (Harmony Holdings) being built out of hard work and sleepless nights of a few individuals. Today, that company is a ghost of what it was before Ali Ahmad’s 8th Assembly ventured into it. If truly Ali Ahmad is a merchant of TRUTH, the Kwara State Investment Holding company would very likely be soaring higher today. There was also the resulting backlash from voters.

But Ali Ahmad’s tissue of lies is not just about politicking. Recorded tapes at the last sitting of Ali Ahmad’s enthroned Committee on January 29, 2018 clearly reveal that his lies are for a purpose – grandstanding for self-gratification! His then stooge, Hassan Oyeleke (bird of the same feather) clearly requested that “Bayo Sanni should come and “see” the members of the committee; Harmony Holdings should come and “see” the House” in order for them to write (the Truth) a good report!

This is how abysmal the character of these so-called “leaders” have fallen. And here we are again, Ali Ahmad wants to preach TRUTH and wishes to “rescue Kwara from the reign of LIES and DECEIT”!! – I can’t help chuckling. If the party needs spokespersons for TRUTH, character and decency, Ali Ahmad is definitely a wrong choice.

Little wonder the then Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin and the then Registrar would not touch Ali Ahmad with the longest pole when he applied to return to the University (by his own confession in the interview). These are very decent individuals and highly reputed academics and gentlemen. They must have experienced the real Ali Ahmad – the ruthless blackmailer. I am certain the Abuja Universities will also have their stories to tell pretty soon about Ali Ahmad.

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List of Governors That Handed Over Without Owing Salaries



Some governors are leaving office without owing workers’ salaries in their 8 years of service to the people of their state.

These governors are handing over to their successors after serving their states for 8 years terms, though there are some governors who were owing workers’ salaries as they leave and left the burden for the incoming administration.

As these governors leave office on Monday, May 29, some of them not owing salaries have been listed below, the list does not mean the outgoing governors are or are not owing pensions or arrears in their state.

1. Nasir El-Rufai

One of the governors handing over on May 29 without owing workers’ salaries is Nasir El-Rufai, the outgoing governor of Kaduna state.

El-Rufai was considered one of the performing governors throughout his 8 years of administration in the state.

2. Abdullahi Ganduje

The immediate past governor of Kano state is one of the governors that left behind the legacy of not owing workers’ salaries.

Unfortunately, the governor could not install his anointed candidate during the March 18 governorship election due to protest votes against his administration in the state.

3. Okezie Ikpeazu

The Abia state governor that just left office was one of the governors who left office and the workers in the state were happy because he was not owing the workers.

A few days to leave office, Ikpeazu ordered the immediate payment of all the civil servants in the state and cleared himself the debt.

4. Udom Emmanuel

Emmanuel, who just handed over the affairs of the Akwa Ibom state, has handed over a state free of the state from owing salary.

The governor was the campaign chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign council.

The governor of Kebbi state did not owe workers’ salaries for his 8 years of administering the northwest state.

Bagudu, who was the chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, was very instrumental in the campaign and victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 presidential election

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“I have been acting for decades yet I jump on buses everyday” – Iya Gbonkan laments



Veteran Nollywood actress, Iya Gbonkan laments over not owning a car despite acting for decades as she seeks help from fans.

The 64-year-old made the cry for help in a video which has surfaced on social media.

Iya Gbonkan laments over not owning a car. Photo Credit: Iya Gbonkan. Source: Google.

According to her, she’s been in the movie making business for decades and yet, she still jumps on buses at her age and do not own a car of her own.

She said that people should celebrate her now she’s still among the living, not killing a cow when she has passed on.

Iya Gbonkan said:

“I have been acting for decades yet I don’t have a car. I jump on buses every day. If I die now, you will kill a cow. Celebrate me now that I am alive. I need a car from my fans”

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Tribunal: Reaffirm your independence, Obi tells judiciary



The Labour Party presidential candidate during the last presidential election, Peter Obi, has urged the Nigerian judiciary to utilise the election cases before it to reaffirm its integrity.

Obi, a former Anambra State governor, also urged Nigerians to face the current reality and seek ways to change the bad narratives through legal and acceptable means.

The former governor made the call on Monday morning, hours to the inauguration of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu.

The PUNCH reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission declared Tinubu the winner of the February 25, 2023, presidential poll. The former Lagos State governor defeated Obi and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party to win the election.

Dissatisfied with the outcome of the poll, Obi and Atiku approached the court to reclaim their “mandate”. The duo claimed the election was marred with irregularities and that they both won the poll.

But in a series of tweets on his verified Twitter handle on Monday, Obi explained that it had become imperative for Nigerians and his supporters to review “our missed opportunities and disappointments”.

He also said it was important for the Nigerian judiciary to prove its independence to Nigerians.

“For all Nigerians, this is a time for deep reflection. It is also a time to re-examine our assumptions, even as we reaffirm our hopes. Let us calmly review our aspirations, in order to recalibrate our expectations and pin down the causes of our missed opportunities and disappointments.

“We stand at that critical moment in time when, as a people, we must collectively come to grips with the reality of our injured destiny as well as the reasons for that injury. It is for us to reassess our plight as a young democracy and identify clear pathways to a better and greater future for us all.

“As we await the verdict of the election tribunal, I urge all Nigerians to use this opportunity to renew their commitment to the Nigerian ideal. That ideal remains noble and worth every sacrifice we can make.

“Nigeria remains our only patrimony and it is a patrimony we must protect, rather than violate. We have no other nation but this, so let us remain committed to rescuing and rebuilding it.

“The judiciary is part of the democratic enterprise and a critical governance tool for determining the propriety of the decisions and actions of every citizen and every institution of state. To that extent, and for that reason,

“I urge everyone to treat it with the respect and dignity it deserves. We expect that the Nigerian judiciary will use the election cases now before it to reaffirm its independence and integrity. It has to do so, for all our sakes and for itself.

“Nigerians must, therefore, remain peaceful and law-abiding. No matter the depth of anyone’s reservations about what is going on in the polity today, no matter the real and imagined provocations, and no matter the disagreement out there, we should remember that this will not last forever.

“I remain committed, and untiring, in my determination to work with like-minded fellow Nigerians to end the curse of missed opportunities and squandered hope that has become our lot here.

“I will never shrink from that original commitment, because I firmly believe that we must change from the present politics of criminality, and corruption, in order to make a new Nigeria possible.

“I call on fellow Nigerians, especially the youths to remain steadfast, calm, patient, and peaceful. Our journey may be long and difficult but it is worth it in every way. Victory is assured. We have to work together to move our beautiful country from corruption and criminality to a centre of productivity rather than aimless consumption.”

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