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PDP will win 2020 Governorship Election in Ondo State – AOB

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Aremo Olusiji Balogun is a seasoned journalist and aspirant for the 2020 governorship position in Ondo State. In this interview with some journalists and our team, led by Peter Akinduro, he speaks on zoning of the governorship position, chances of the PDP winning the election and his agenda. Excerpts:

Taking critical look at the 2018 Presidential and National Assembly Elections in Ondo State and projecting into the forthcoming 2020 governorship election. What would you say are the chances of the PDP?

The chances of PDP as a party winning the coming Governorship election in Ondo is very bright, I’m 100% sure considering the failure of the present APC government. If the recent happenings in political landscape is anything to go by, PDP will occupy Alagbaka government house in the forthcoming election. However, the party needs to restructure it’s leadership for balance. The State Party Chairman is from Ilaramokin. One of the top aspirants who was the party’s governorship candidate in the last governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede, who lost the last election by whimsical, is from Akure. Both from the same Central Senatorial district. The former Governor of the State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, who spent constitutional eight years, is from Ondo town: same Central Senatorial district. All these prominent indigenes of the State are from the Central Senatorial District. If you go by the present settings, themood of the people, this is one anomaly that has to be corrected. For this year’s Governorship election, PDP, as a party will win. So, taking a critical look at the 2018 Presidential and National Assembly elections result in Ondo State and projecting into the forthcoming 2020 Governorship election, the chances of the PDP, as a party is very bright.

Zoning of the next governorship ticket of the PDP to Ondo South Senatorial District has been a loud agitation from mostly governorship aspirants coming from there. However, the PDP’s leadership said zoning would not be a criteria for electing it’s candidate for the election. What’s your take?

On the issue of zoning, the agitations from the Southern and Northern Senatorial Districts, to produce the next Governor cannot be wished away. Having said that, I also believe the leadership of the party, I mean, PDP, is very sincere and principled by saying zoning will not be a criteria. The contest for primaries should be open to all contestants.That is fair enough.

Your party, the PDP has criticized the independent electoral commission of not been objective in recent elections, particularly, that of Kogi State. Do you think your party can evolve mechanisms to curtail possible APC’s rigging mercenaries in the forthcoming election in Ondo State?

The INEC in recent time cannot be said to be objective. When you say party, you’re talking of people with different opinions coming together. We have not criticized INEC decisions. But it is imperative the electoral umpire checkmate rigging in order for election results to reflect the wishes of the electorates.

Why are you aspiring for the position of Ondo State Governor?

My aspiration as Governor in year 2020 is a divine project. It’s the people’s agenda. Nobody can deny God His rights. I’m aspiring to be the next Governor of Ondo State, after Akeredolu might have spent his four years constitutional tenure by God’s grace.

Do you have the wherewithal to scale through the PDP’s primary?

The wherewithal to scale the primaries is God’s given. All my resources are given by God. I don’t lay claim to anything.

What difference are you going to make if eventually elected governor of Ondo State?

Government is a continuum. You only bring new projects to the table. What the previous government can’t achieve, I’ll achieve double by the special grace of God. Be it roads, agriculture, education, etc. All I’ve done in my life is to surround myself with capable hands. My team always deliver. No matter where we find ourselves. The people can testify to this. My aspiration, I repeat, is divine. The difference I’ll make if elected Governor this 2020, will marvel the populace.

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CAJ Holds Maiden Conference in October

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A Pan African Journalists Organisation registered in Nigeria (RC:153753), Congress of African Journalists (CAJ) will hold its first annual conference in Nigeria in October this year.

According to the Acting President of CAJ who is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Michael Adeboboye “The three-day conference with the theme – Africa and Security Challenges; The Role of Journalists in Finding Lasting Solutions will serve as an interface between stakeholders in the Africa’s development project, security gurus and information gatekeepers with the aim to map a path of progress for the continent”

The conference will hold in Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, starting from October 6 and ends in October 8.

The conference will feature investiture of patrons, conferment of awards and film shows about CAJ and its objectives. The film shows will project Africa richness and versatility in culture, tourism and languages.

“Considering the various challenges of African countries recently, particularly in the areas of fake news and security with their adverse consequences in the genuine African leadership roadmap to the continent’s growth and development, CAJ believes that telling the true and positive Africa narratives and opportunities abound in the continent. Hence its resolve for the 2021 conference to bridge the gap between the information gateway and leadership in the continent,”  said Ashraf Aboul Yazid Dali, President, Asian Journalists Association, AJA and Vice President, CAJ North Africa. Dali an award winning journalist is an Egyptian poet, Editor-in-Chief, The Silk Road Literature Series, Chairman, CAJ Conference 2021 and also a Keynote Speaker at the conference.

Other speakers at the conference include; Retired Brigadier-Gen. Sani Kukasheka Usman (MNI), Hon. Gospel Kazako and Mohammed Ibrahim Moalimuu.

Usman is the Consultant Director, Corporate Affairs and Information at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Mahangi Communication Services and Mahangi Farms. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of African Leadership Magazine and member of the Board of Trustees of Security Watch Africa Initiative. 

Hon. Gospel Kazako is a foremost journalist and Malawian entrepreneur who founded the Zodiak Broadcasting Station; a national broadcasting station in Malawi. Kazako is also a poet and current serving Minister of Information, Malawi. While Mohammed Ibrahim Moalimuu is a senior Somali international journalist and unionist, formerly with BBC and Reuters. Moalimuu is the current Spokesperson of Federal Government of Somalia and Senior Media Adviser to the Prime Minister.

According to CAJ Acting Vice President, West Africa, Joseph Adika who is the CEO of Jubilee Broadcasting Network, Ghana, CAJ African Leadership Award 2021 will recognise outstanding performance and leadership qualities of the recipients in a bid to encourage dedication to service to humanity and fine governance in Africa.

The African great men nominated for CAJ Leadership Award are; His Excellency, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Executive Governor of Lagos State, Nigeria, Hon. Thandi Modise, Speaker, South Africa National Assembly and Chief Justice of Malawi, Hon. Justice Andrew Nyirenda.

According to CAJ Secretary General, Moise Manoel, “Some members of CAJ will also be recognised for their various contributions to the organisation”

The CAJ Conference Planning Committee are; Ashraf Aboul-Yazid Dali (Egypt), Chairman, Moise Manoel (Paris), Secretary – General, Joseph Adika(Ghana), Member, Admire Mackenzie Kudita (Zimbabwe), Member, Ajong M. Laurean (USA), Member, Blessing Kenache (Malawi), Member.

Ashraf Aboul Yazid dali

Others are; Habibat Mobolaji Salami, CAJ Vice President Diaspora (USA), Member, Emmanuella Maikem Manzie (Cameroon), Olusiji Balogun (Nigeria), Ibrahim Olayiwola (Nigeria), Edache Ochola (Nigeria), Abimbola Owoseni (Germany), Amina Anebi (Nigeria), Amina Mussa (United Kingdom) and Ngozi Amadi (Nigeria)

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Profile of Prof. Felix Oladele Obajafa

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Th.D, Ph.D, B.L, D.Sc, SEIPN, SIEFPN, FNSIS, SFLLFS, SFSIFS, CCFE, (Fellow 1, 2, 3)

Prof. Felix Oladele Obajafa

Professor Felix Oladele Obajafa was born on the 11th January. 1966 at Ojo-Oke, Ojo Ajowa Akoko in Akoko North East Local Government Area in Ondo State, Nigeria, West-Africa.

He started his Primary Education at Anglican Primary School, Ajowa Akoko from 1971 to 1976 and later St. John Mary’s Demonstration Primary School, Owo in Ondo State from 1977 to 1979, where he obtained his Primary School Leaving Certificate. He proceeded to Methodist High School, Owo where he obtained his West African School Certificate in 1984.

As a keen young promising footballer, in January 1986 he went to Lagos to pursue his football career. In October, 1986 he was employed at National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) and also as a Footballer. He received many awards as the Highest Goals Scorer, the Most Consistent footballer of the year awards every year since 1986 until 1995 among many other awards.

He proceeded to University of Lagos to obtain Diploma in Computer Science (1993). He resigned from NEPA in 1995 to further pursue his football career which took him to many countries in Africa. And when he was in Morroco, he received God’s call and he returned to Nigeria in October, 1997. Thereafter, he attended Galilee Bible College and Seminary, Lagos where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Theology.  Professor Felix proceeded to Go Ye Christian University, Chapel Hills, North Carolina, USA for his Master in Christian Education (2002); Doctor of Christian Ministry (2003); Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Education (2004) and Doctor of Science. D.Sc (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow); Doctor of Science in Missions and Evangelism. He obtained a Doctoral Fellow in Security and Intelligence Studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida, US in 2018.

Felix is a Professor of Christian Education and also a Professor of Security and Forensic Studies. He is an ordained and seasoned preacher and teacher of God’s Word. He is a prolific writer and erudite scholar. He has taught in seminars and conferences across Nigeria, Africa, Asia, and United Kingdom among others. He is the first to teach on Biblical Theology in Security Intelligence and Forensic Studies all over the world and he is called the Father of Biblical Theology in Security Intelligence and Forensic Studies.

He is a regular speaker at Christian and secular gatherings and he is sought after in churches and higher institutions of learning. He also operates in the prophetic and apostolic ministries.

National and International Membership

Professor Felix is a licensed ordained minister with Kingsway Fellowship International, Des Moines, Iowa, USA; a member of National Executive Councils of Kingsway Fellowship International USA, Nigeria Chapter. He is the North Regional Superintendent of Kingsway Fellowship International Des Moines Iowa, USA, Nigeria Chapter (19 States and Abuja).

Professor Felix is a Security Expert and Intelligence Practitioner of Nigeria(SEIPN); a Fellow of National Security and Intelligence Studies (FNSIS); a Senior Fellow of Legal/Litigation Forensic Studies (SFLLFS); a Security Intelligence Expert and Forensic Practitioner of Nigeria (SIEFPN);  a Senior Fellow of Security Intelligence and Forensic Studies (SFSIFS); a member of Pioneers’ Fellow of Institute of Security and Intelligence Studies Nigeria, a Honorary Doctoral Fellow in Security and Intelligence from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach, Florida, USA.

Professor Felix is a member of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and also Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN). He is the President/Chancellor and Chairman Board of Directors Pathfinder Theological Seminary Inc. He is the Founder/Chancellor and Chairman Board of Directors, Pathfinder University Jos an affiliate of American Heritage University of Southern California, USA. He is the Founder/Chancellor and Chairman Board of Directors, Felix Obajafa Aeronautical University, Ajowa Akoko in Ondo State. He is the Director General of Pathfinder International School of Pastoral Education and Chaplaincy Jos. He is an Advanced Board Certified Chaplain with PISPEC. He is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pathfinder Global Missions.

Felix is a member of Ellel International Ministries United Kingdom and Africa; a member of International Ministers Fellowship USA; a member of Alpha International United Kingdom and the first Member of Alpha Nigeria to officially represent Nigeria in United Kingdom in 2006; a Certified Chaplain Member of the United Nations International Circle of Faith and Chaplaincy Corps Plateau State Directorate.

Felix is the Director General of Forensic Science Research and Development International; the Chief Executive Officer of Forensic Science Education Accreditation Commission; and a Lecturer at the Institute of National Security and Intelligence Studies Jos Center, Plateau State, now Security and Forensic Studies Nigeria Inc.

Felix Obajafa won the Most Outstanding Chancellor of Integrity of Africa Award 2019. He also won the Most Outstanding Scholar of Integrity of Africa Award 2019.  He was awarded the Akoni Odua by the AWA ODUDUWA INCORPORATED in 2020

Felix is a Certified Chartered Forensic Expert and a Member of Chartered Forensic Consultants Association of Nigeria.

Community Service

To his credit Felix Oladele Obajafa has given many called Ministers and Workers, scholarships to enable them study in his Christian University since 2002. He also gave scholarships to 25 Ministers and commissioned the first Bible Depot in Mallapally, Kerala State South India during his visit to India in 2004.

Publications

Among others, Professor Felix Oladele Obajafa has published 8 Books, 5 unpublished books and has written 54 Researched Journal Articles in both International and Local Journals. He has served as an Advisor in different Seminaries and Universities and has supervised over 500 Theses and Dissertations. He has produced many handouts and curricula for different Bible Schools and Theological Seminary across the globe to his credit.

He is married with four children, Samuel Olamide Obajafa, Faith Dasola Obajafa, Victoria Kanyinsola Obajafa and Victor Olajuwon Obajafa.

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Award Winners and Recipients

OUTSTANDING NIGERIAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHAIRMEN MERIT AWARD “2020”

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Outstanding Nigerian Local Government Chairman Merit Award 2020

Nomination List

  • The Executive Chairman, Aba South LGA. Abia State
  • The Executive Chairman, Mahia LGA, Adamawa State
  • The Executive Chairman, Ifedore LGA, Ondo State
  • The Executive Chairman, Ovia South-West LGA, Edo State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Eastern Obolo LGA, Akwa-Ibom State
  • The Executive Chairman, Iwo LGA, Osun State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Akinyele LGA, Oyo State
  • The Executive Chairman, Anambra West LGA, Anambra State
  • The Executive Chairman, Bogoro LGA, Bauchi State
  • The Executive Chairman, Sagbama LGA, Bayelsa State
  • The Executive Chairman, Ador LGA, Benue State
  • The Executive Chairman, Askira/Uba LGA, Borno State
  • The Executive Chairman, Akampa LGA, Crossriver State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Aniocha South LGA, Delta State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Ohaukwu LGA, Ebonyi State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Egor LGA, Edo State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Ikole LGA, Ekiti State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Igbo Eze LGA, Enugu State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Bwari LGA, Federal Capital Territory
  • The Executive Chairman, Balanga LGA, Gombe State
  • The Executive Chairman, Obokun LGA, Osun State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Oluyole LGA, Oyo State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Ideato South LGA, Imo State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Babura LGA, Jigawa State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Kachia LGA, Kaduna State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Gezawa LGA, Kano State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Dan Musa LGA, Katsina State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Argungu LGA, Kebbi State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Ajaokuta LGA, Kogi State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Toungo LGA, Adamawa State
  • The Executive Chairman, Baruten LGA, Kwara State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Ibadan South-West LGA, Oyo State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Eti-Osa LGA, Lagos State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Akwanga LGA, Nasarawa State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Borgu LGA, Niger State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Odeda LGA, Ogun State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Ilaje LGA, Ondo State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Ife-Central LGA, Osun State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Egbeda LGA, Oyo State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Langtang North LGA, Plateau State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Kaura Namoda LGA, Zamfara State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Girei LGA, Adamawa State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Bodinga LGA, Sokoto State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Kurmi LGA, Taraba State
  • The Executive Chairman, Olorunda LGA, Osun State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Iddo LGA, Oyo State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Karasuwa LGA, Yobe State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Kaura Namoda LGA, Zamfara State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Ryom LGA, Plateau State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Song LGA, Adamawa State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Alkaleri LGA, Bauchi State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Emure LGA, Ekiti State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Lokoja LGA, Kogi State
  • The Executive Chairman, Akoko North-West LGA, Ondo State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Yewa North LGA, Ogun State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Odo-Otin LGA, Osun State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Afijio LGA, Oyo State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Ado-Ekiti LGA, Ekiti State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Koton-Karfi LGA, Kogi State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Odeda LGA, Ogun State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Orolu LGA, Osun State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Mangu LGA, Plateau State
  •  The Executive Chairman, Ibadan South LGA, Oyo State

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