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Ondo should compete with Lagos, Gov. Akeredolu not doing enough – Oyedele

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The government of Gov Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in Ondo State has been described as not moving at the expected rate as regards the development of the state.

The Executive Director of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company, NDPHC, Engr Ife Oyedele stated this in Akure, the state capital, at the sidelines of the thanksgiving of the Senator Yele Omogunwa.

Oyedele emphasized that the state, under the leadership of the governor, has not been able to utilize potentials that abound in the state.

According to him, Ondo State should be able to compete with Lagos State going by the strategic location along the coastline which is the longest among those ones around.

“By the grace of God, I am one of those people who as a member of the constitution drafting committee, as the one who designed the flag of APC, as the first person to open a campaign office for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2013 in Ondo State and attested to by the President himself, as one who has being a leader of the party.

“If we are to register APC in Ondo State, I will be the number person because I am the only citizen of Ondo State who was in the merger committee.

“So, I am not in the back-seat because some of us do things and we don’t want to be seen, because this is about service to the people.

“Today, I’m more concerned because we don’t have good road in Ondo State. I’m concerned because there is epileptic power supply in Ondo. In Ondo State, we having more of area boys, because the level of education has dropped. Even within the sporting sector, athletes are not being supported and encouraged.

“I’m more concerned about restoring the economy of Ondo because with her potentials she should be at par with Lagos State.

“Today, you cannot name two industries that are functioning in Ondo State. That should be our concern and not feigning glory of a particular person. If I have the opportunities those are the things I will be concentrating on.”

Oyedele added that, “I drive around Ondo State and I drive on very poor roads. Road construction has been one of the focus of Arakunrin Akeredolu. But it looks like scratching the surface.

“We can actually do more as a state to ensure we can compete favourably with Lagos State when you consider all of the resources, the coastal lines and all of those things that we have.

“It’s not about projecting myself, we the time come the people will know those who are in contention. But for now, we are contend with helping the government of Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to succeed. It’s the APC that brought him to power, so it’s our responsibility to ensure that he succeeds,” he stated.

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Performance rating : PDP, APC lock horns in Osun

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The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Osun state, and the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, were at each others’ wit end over the weekend.

The two political parties were at loggerheads over the purported performance rating by the World Bank, in which Osun state was reportedly adjudged the best.

Reacting to this development on Monday through a press statement signed and made available to newsmen in Osogbo, the capital of Osun, the Director of Publicity for APC in the state, Mr Kunle Oyatomi has challenged the PDP to disprove this raring or “bury their heads in shame “.

According to him, failure of PDP to controvert the rating of APC led government in the state as the best in terms of performance by the World Bank’s assessment portrays them as shameless elements.

“Nothing can be more dishonourable than the recklessness with which the PDP had been spreading outright falsehood and misleading propaganda against the APC government in the last eight years.

“So pervasive had been the PDP propaganda and lies that it virtually created a negative impression across the country that Osun was being plundered and misgoverned by the APC

“Today, however, to the utter shame and disgrace of the PDP, the World Bank has declared Osun the best performing state in Nigeria on rural access and mobility projects.

“Besides, the Bank singled out the state as a strong performer on project implementation in the country. The fact speaks for itself.

“Of especial importance to any objective observer should be the World Bank’s statement that highlighted, ‘the high sense of diligence and commitment displayed by the state government that earned it the award.

“We dare the PDP and its Chairman to produce facts and figures to prove the World Bank wrong”, the statement read.

The PDP, in a swift reaction has described performance rating of APC as ‘fraudulent and unorthodox’ saying the party has woefully failed the people hence, the desperate move to seek for foreign cover up.

It said people that are completely alien to the state without deep knowledge of the political environment could not be said to be real.

Hon. Soji Adagunodo, the Chairman of PDP in the state stated this in a release made available to journalists in Osogbo.

Adagunodo alleged that the governor of the state, Mr Gboyega Oyetola after his abysmal performance had to take such steps to give himself and his team the undeserved rating.

“The strange World Back officials , whose real identities are even shrouded in secrecy and fraudulent in details cannot tell us how good or bad the performance of a government is than the people who have been impoverished by the APC maladministration.

“If Oyetola wants to be genuinely rated, he should sample peoples opinions from Igbona and Oja’ba Markets in Osogbo, Owode and Oja Timi markets in Ede, Akinola market in Ife North, Oja Titun in Ile-Ife, Atakumosa market in ilesa ,Olufi market in Gbongan , Obada market in Odeomu, Owode market in Apomu , Odo ori market in iwo, Olobu market in ilobu , Olufon market in ifon , Alara market in Ara , Alamisi and Monday markets in ikirun. These are the authentic people that accurately rate your performance.

“Also, various abandoned projects that littered the state with billions of Naira making their way into private pockets are there for people to see”, Adagunodo said.

Osun PDP said all what APC and governor Oyetola is doing is to embark on propaganda in his latest efforts to disabuse the minds of the people against the inhuman treatment being meted out to Osun people.

“Governor Gboyega Oyetola is hereby advised to face real governance instead of the old style of using padded propaganda that they are used to which has become obsolete and no longer reliable to deceive people into voting for them, because people are now wiser and are already counting the APC days,” Adagunodo said.

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My wife has sex with someone in our bedroom – Husband tells court

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A 35-year-old unemployed man, Tayo Owoloye, on Monday told an Igando Customary Court in Lagos State that his wife brings her lover into their bedroom for sex.

Owoloye is seeking to end his 11-year-old marriage to his wife, Modinat.

According to him, their 11-year-old daughter told him that her mother brings a man home and she makes love to him.

“I once saw her love chat on WhatsApp with a man called Timothy, when I queried her, she quickly deleted those messages. I reported her to her two eldest sisters.

“She is also having affairs with another man, called Stanley.

“Modinat came to my mother’s burial in Ondo State and left that same day, I later discovered that she came with Stanley and both of them lodged in a hotel that day.

“I was still in my village when Modinat called that she was sick and admitted, I rushed to Lagos the following day and I was told by the nurses that a man came to pass the night with her whom I later discovered to be Stanley.

“When I confronted Stanley, he confessed that he is in a relationship with my wife but begged for forgiveness.

“I decided to know more about Stanley so I searched for him on Facebook, I saw pictures of him and my wife which was taken inside our bedroom and on our bed.”

Owoloye presented to the court, printed pictures from Stanley’s Facebook page, as evidence.

The petitioner said that he moved out of their matrimonial home when his wife said she needed space.

“There was a day we had a misunderstanding and she got me arrested; at the police station, I was asked to give an undertaking that I will not return to my house, till today I have not gone home.

“Two weeks after I left the house, my wife changed her marital status on Facebook from married to divorce and also changed her surname to her maiden name.

“Our neighbours called to tell me that Stanley always comes to pass the night in our house, confirming our 11-year-old daughter’s earlier affirmation.”

According to him, Modinat has been denying him sex since December, 2018.

The husband said that Modinat was always threatening his life with knife and that he was afraid as she may carry out her threat one day.

However, the respondent, Modinat, who welcomed the divorce suit, also accused her husband of infidelity.

“My husband had been cheating on me without my knowledge; I got to know last week when I went to his family house, where I met his new wife and a baby of about six month old.”

The 30-year-old trader denied having affairs with Timothy and Stanley.

“I sell watermelon, Timothy is my customer while Stanley comes to assist me in my shop.

“The picture of Stanley and I that my husband saw on social media was taken in the sitting room, not bedroom as he claimed.

“Stanley came to stay with me when I was admitted at the hospital because my husband travelled for his mother’s burial and there was nobody to stay with me.”

The mother of three said that her husband had turned her into a punching bag.

“My husband is a wife-beater, he once beat me that I lost a pregnancy, and I have several scars on my body due to his frequent beatings.

“On one fateful day, he beat me, tore my clothes and pushed me out of the house naked.

“Our neighbours clothed me, I went to the police station to report the matter and he was invited.

“When the police asked me what I wanted, I said I needed space, that he should leave the house for me for some time upon which he was asked to give an undertaking that he would give me space as I requested. ”

Modinat said she denied her husband sex because “I don’t have feelings for him anymore.”

The Court’s President, Mr Adeniyi Koledoye, after listening to the estranged couple, urged them to maintain peace and adjourned the case until Sept. 26, for judgment

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Champions League: Lampard names three Chelsea players eager to take on Valencia

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Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has identified Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori as the three Blues players that are excited to take on Valencia in Tuesday’s Champions League group stage clash at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard said this over the weekend following his side’s Premier League 5-2 victory over Wolves at Molineux.

Mount, Abraham and Tomori all scored in Chelsea’s victory over Wolves but Lampard believes the trio are eager to feature for the West London club against Valencia.

“It’s certainly a good feeling to see the team play the way they did,” Lampard was quoted by Sky Sports as saying.

“We need more clean sheets, that’s something we continually need to work on.

“But, yeah – the Champions League.

“It is the top club competition in world football and I’m sure Mason and Tammy and Tomori are all excited for it.

“All the players should be, all players love the Champions League – and I’m looking forward to my debut as a manager.”

The kick-off time for the match is 8pm.

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