2011 ELECTIONS FALLOUT: FACES AND VOICES WE WILL MISS
“Dr. Chris Ngige of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). Ngige, a former governor of Anambra State is regarded by the people of the State as an ‘Oracle’ who during his tenure brought development to the state. The ‘Oracle’ was two powerful for the gap teeth crusader in the battle for Anambra Central.”
2011 ELECTIONS FALLOUT: FACES AND VOICES WE WILL MISS
It is no more news that Vice-President Namadi Sambo lost at home in all the elections and that former President Olusegun Obasanjo was also roundly thrashed by the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) to bring back the memories of 1999, when Chief Obasanjo, as Presidential Candidate of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), though Chief Obasanjo won the election as a generally acceptable candidate across the country, he lost in his ward to reflect his unpopularity at home front and rejection by his people, in as much as Arc. Namadi Sambo will still be visible in the polity for the next four years, the political death knell of Obasanjo’s myth and others that lost in the election may have been sounded.
The recently concluded elections came with major upsets, as many big names in the political landscape will be missing out in the next four years or forever. Honourable Dimeji Bankole, the number four citizen, is the biggest casualty of the 2011 election. His loss cannot be unconnected to the overwhelming influence and spread of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), ably led by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, all over the South-West. Hon. Dimeji’s tenure as the speaker of the House of Representatives was quite eventful though with several confrontations and skirmishes over allegations of mismanagement of public funds. The political scene will miss Dimeji and his greatest foe Dino Melayi as both are not coming back to settle their scores, most of which were won by Dimeji.
Preparatory to the general elections all eyes were on the Anambra Central Senatorial District, an electoral contest between two gladiators, Prof. Dora Akunyili and Dr. Chris Ngige. Akunyili has bestrode the national political scene as a colossus since her days in NAFDAC followed with her support for Dr. Goodluck Jonathan during the saga of Late President Umar Musa Yar’adua’s illness and eventual demise, when she called some other members of the cabinet as ‘Cabal’ who have hijacked the machinery of government unconstitutionally. Her dumping of the PDP, a platform that brought her to national limelight and joining All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) after her resignation as Minister under Jonathan to pursue her senatorial ambition was viewed by many as an act of disloyalty until she led her new party, APGA, to endorse the candidacy of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan of PDP for presidency. She was upset at the polls by Dr. Chris Ngige of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). Ngige, a former governor of Anambra State is regarded by the people of the State as an ‘Oracle’ who during his tenure brought development to the state. The ‘Oracle’ was two powerful for the gap teeth crusader in the battle for Anambra Central. Unless appointed a minister, which is far from reality, she will definitely need spirited effort to come back to reckoning.
Another face that will be missed is from Imo State, the Governor Ikedi Ohakim. Ohakim ranked very high among governors who are ever present on the pages of newspaper and on television screens, the media is always awash with testimonies of his achievements in Imo State as Executive Governor, a seat he won on the platform of Progressive Peoples’ Alliance (PPA), a party he later dumped for PDP preparatory to the election. His cross carpeting was the was the first sign that all is not well with Ohakim in Imo State and his eventual defeat by renowned philanthropist, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha, did not come as a surprise. A factor that led to his defeat was that he stepped on many toes and those toes eventually toed away his ambition to rule the state for the second term.
In the league of Ohakim is the ever troublesome Alao-Akala of Oyo State. The ‘Owambe’ governor’s myth was shattered by Abiola Ajimobi of CAN, a no mean feat, judging by the notoriety and recklessness of the incumbent Adebayo Alao-Akala, who many see as an unserious individual with little or no respect for the electorate.
In Zamfara State the Sardauna Zamfara, Senator Alhaji Sani Yerima activated his political machinery and displayed his prowess and acceptance by his people, as he led the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) to reclaim the state he once ruled from Alhaji Mahmud Shinkafi, his former deputy, who he unilaterally installed as governor in 2007 after the completion of his two terms between 1999 and 2007. Record has it that Alhaji Sani Yerima was the only governor that named his deputy his deputy as his successor and work assiduously for his victory at the polls in 2007. Little did shinkafi took over the reins of power in Zamfara that he turned his back on his mentor and dumped the ANPP for PDP, getting married to daughters of former military President Alahji Ibrahim Babangida (IBB) and General Aliyu Gusau both of PDP and later presidential aspirants in the party. Observers believe that Shinkafi’s moves were aimed at demystifying Yerima’s stronghold in Zamfara, a venture that failed at the end of the election. The then Chairman of the party, Alhaji Abdulazeez Abubakar Yari in the state in 2007, who also eyed the governorship seat but later opted for the House of Representatives would now be sworn in May 29 as the baton of leadership change hands.
“Distinguished Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, can we hear your view?” this common tone will be missed by regular viewers of NTA in the voice of Senate President, David Mark. Senator Olorunimbe Mamora from Lagos State is practical one of the most heard voice in the Senate with articulation and proclivity for objective discourse that conforms with the yearnings of the people he represents in the Upper chamber of the National Assembly. Senator Mamora is a true reflection of the people he represents ‘Eko for Show’. He will be greatly missed after he willingly stepped down for Gbenga Ashafa in order to allow development in other parts of his senatorial district and also to ultimately obey and respect the supremacy of his party, ACN.
To be missed also is the incumbent governor of Nasarawa State, Alhaji Akwe Doma of the PDP who was accussed of misrule and blatant refusal to listen to voices reasoning in his state. His albatross being the sacking of local government chairmen in his state and his failure to rescind the decision even when a competent court ruled in favour of the sacked chairmen, who popped champagnes to celebrate after his defeat at the polls by Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
Another image dealt with fatal blow by the Action Congress of Nigeria in the election is Senator Teslim Folarin of the PDP from Oyo State, Leader of the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly. The senate Leader who was implicated in the gruesome murder of Alhaji Akinsola Tokyo – factional leadr of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Oyo State – during the electioneering campaign was crushed at the polls by the superpower and tsunami of the ACN. Iyabo Obasanjo was also consumed by the ACN and helped by the irreconcilable difference existing within the PDP in Ogun State, a crises of confidence created by his father, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and the incumbent Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel on their insistence to dictate who takes over the state on the expiration of Daniel’s tenure.
In Nigeria, where winners take all, experience has shown that a defeat at the polls is a signal to an end of a political career. Most times taking the grace of God, extraordinary good deeds while in office and sheer determination and hard work to bounce back to reckoning, these losers may likely vanish like ice off the dish from the polity for some time to come in the likes of Jolly Nyame of Taraba; Olusegun Agagu of Ondo State; Orji Uzor Kalu of Abia etc. We shall surely miss them all, so long!
A Phenomenon at 50
Hitting the age of 50 is a landmark and a milestone to be celebrated. Fifty years and still counting, Aremo Olusiji Balogun, is a phenomenon and a case study in humanity.
He is an Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management in Nigeria among others. He is the Founder of Ase Youth Association and several other organisations.
His company Promec Innovative Concepts was a child of necessity when his attempt to register Prince Royal Media Concept (Promec) at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) met a brick wall.
Olusiji Balogun is a media guru and an organizational growth and business development expert with adaptable skills. He is able to use own initiative or work as part of a team. An efficient and effective Human Resources Manager, community worker, excellent communicator at all levels within and outside organizations; he has good problem solving and analytical skills with pioneering spirit.
Olusij’s specific interests include teaching and learning for new product development, business development, participatory social activities, keen insight into the needs of others and with high energy, initiative and focus, proven leadership skills including managing and motivating others to achieve objectives.
An effective community and social worker, he is fluent with information technology and capable of handling executive assignments and leadership. His other qualities include being positive with potential ideas, he has the ability to work with anyone under any condition or situation and contribute greatly to achieving the best goals of the establishment.
Oluwasijibomi Gideon Balogun was born on the 8th September, 1972 in Ondo town to the family of Samuel Olusegun Balogun and Mrs Grace Remilekun Balogun of Ase Akoko in Akoko North West Local Government Area of Ondo State. Both parents are retired Civil Servants. Olusiji was raised up with strong Christian virtue.
He had his early education at St. Luke’s Primary School, Akure but finished at Muslim Primary School, Ikaram Akoko, all in Ondo State, where he obtained the First School Leaving Certificate. He subsequently earned his West African Senior School Certificate in 1990 after attending Omoluorogbo Grammar School, Akure before proceeding to Ala Community Comprehensive High School, Ala-Elefosan, Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State.
He also attended the Institute of Journalism and Nigerian Institute of Journalism, (NIJ), Akure Campus for his Diploma in Journalism and Public Relations, after a sojourn at Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) briefly in the Institute of Science Laboratory Technology. He also went to Akwa-Ibom State Polytechnic, for his Higher National Diploma in Business Administration.
He later proceeded to the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State for his Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration.
He is a Member of various professional bodies.
After leaving school, Olusiji started working as a freelance Journalist and Printer. He started Eminent Leaders Magazine in 1996 and registered Prince Royal Media Concepts with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), in 1999 which he upgraded to Eminent Leaders World Communications Limited publisher of Eminent Leaders magazine.
He worked with several organisations where he left indelible footprints of punctuality, hard work and professionalism. He worked with Mentors Communications, Abuja in different capacities. At Mentors Communications, he was the pioneer Editor of Rootswatch Magazine. He was Technical Assistant to the Managing Director of Quarry Managers Company in Abuja, headed by the late Abdulhakeem Amao. He was Special Event Manager with ITAD/MotMacdonald/PWC in Calabar and Water Supply and Sanitation Reform Programme (WSSRP) in Abuja. Both projects under the Integrated Water Resource Management European Commission.
He also had a stint with Hatlab Delight as a Business Development Manager and Head of Administration, O.T. Otis Engineering Limited. He resigned his appointment with Successory Nigeria Limited, Abuja, as Head of Project Management, in year 2019 to move his outfit forward.
Olusiji Balogun experience in politics is vast. His team helped installed Olusegun Agagu and Olusegun Mimiko as Ondo State Governors. He was the nucleus of Olusegun Mimiko Campaign Organisation for his second term when he was Editor of Grassroots Vanguard Newspaper of Grassroots Network.
He attempted to contest for the coveted seat of Ondo State Governor in 2020.
His experience in administration is versed as he is an Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), Full Member Institute of Professional Administrators and Managers (IPMA) and many other professional bodies. He is a partner in many companies and Chief Executive Officer of Promec Innovative Entrepreneurship and Science Academy (PIESA) and several other firms.
He currently has his hand in farming as he started Ase Farms Nigeria Limited, asefarms.com.ng.
His hobby includes travelling, reading, surfing the internet and adventures.
Ambassador Bayo Lawal Appointed American Diplomatic Representative in Brazil Ambassador Bayo Lawal, is truly a chip off the block. Born in Osogbo, Osun State of Nigeria, into the royal house of Olumodi Oyipiloye and Asuni Compound (Maternal) Osogbo. Bayo Lawal has become the first Nigerian to receive an American diplomatic status in Brazil. At a diplomatic ceremony held on the 17th of December, 2021 in the executive auditorium of the State Legislative Council, Saopaulo , Brazil, the American Government, through its Diplomatic Mission of International Relations (ADMIR) sworn In Ambassador Bayo Lukman Lawal as one of its appointed diplomatic representatives of the American diplomatic mission in Brazil. The humanitarian and diplomatic mission , which for the first time, included a Nigerian living in Brazil, inaugurated other important personalties in Brazil as members of its humanitarian project scheduled for Africa and Europe in the year 2022. Bayo Lawal is from a royal and polygamous house where hardwork is the hallmark. Though born by a successful business man popularly known as “Were Nise Oluwa”, Bayo Lawal has been a focused, hard-working and persevering youngman. His stint with the Osun State Board of Internal Revenue after his days at The Federal Polytechnic, Offa, set him in a progress pedestal. At the Board of Internal Revenue, his hardworking nature, made him a darling of all. Ambassador Bayo Lawal, before leaving the shores of Nigeria, originated the idea of honouring women in Nigerian society in 1999, tagged “Women Entrepreneur Merit Award” organised by Spotlight Media Ventures. He was then the PRO and Reporter for the firm. Ambassador Bayo Lawal and other personalities like the notable former Brazilian football captain, Capitão Cafu , the Saopaulo State First Lady, Mrs. Bia Doria, the Director of Federal Police, the Honorable speaker of the House of Assembly in Saopaulo , Representatives from several African and European countries witnessed the event. According to the President of the mission in Brazil, Dr. Fernando Navarro, the principal function of the American diplomatic mission of International relations is simple, it is humanitarian, it is helping to make the world a better place to live, he said the mission is to combat hunger and help the needy. Ambassador Bayo Lawal, who has lived in Brazil for over twenty years has worked in different functions in the international relations, he is an administrator who has led his team of excellent professionals within and outside Brazil. He is the presently the CEO of Mab Consulting Services, an International Trade and Business Development company with spread in the South America, Africa, China, USA, Europe and UAE. Bayo Lawal, who served as a Business Consultant at Grupo Empresarial Costa Negocios, taught courses in several English Schools in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was Business English Teacher For Executives between 1999 – 2014. He worked at the Costa Negocios Group, FGV Projetos, Bimex Comercial Ltda., and many others. In his interview with Heritage news, Ambassador Lawal said “I am dedicating my achievements in Brazil to the Almighty God and also to my late parents, Prince Yekeen Lawal and Mrs. Bolanle Lawal. I also owe this success to my family in Brazil , my friends and colleagues who are always by me.” Ambassador Bayo Lawal said he is ready to work with all humanitarian organizations in Nigeria and overseas, using his office as an ambassador to help better the standards of every Nigerian, African immigrants in Brazil and around the world. He promised to lead projects of housing estates to Osogbo and other necessary locals in Nigeria.Ambassador Bayo Lawal is married to an Italian descendant Brazilian, Mrs. Sara Guerino Lawal and blessed with three children; Nathalie Mariam Oyenike Lawal, Derick Afeez Oyewale Lawal and Allan Khalil Babatunde Lawal.
Iyalaje Tolulola Olajibike Bayode was born in Akure and hails from Oba-Ile. She’s the daughter of Chief Joseph Bayode and Pastor Mrs Bayode.
Tolulola Olajibike Bayode, RN, BSN, MD, is a trained medical professional but with an unusual passion for the well-being of the less privileged. Having travelled far and wide,Tolulola share an uncanny obsession of giving abandoned children and widows another shot at life,employing both her professional training and God given resources in assisting the less privileged at will leading her to initiating Dorian Home for Displaced Children & Mothers Initiative.
The African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council appointed this Akure born philanthropist Dr. Tolulola Bayode as Head, Social Affairs and Health Cluster Committee. The job description entails implementing the overall goals of the Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development portfolio in line with the AU Agenda 2063, Sets annual performance targets for the Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development portfolio and report on annual progress to Specialized Technical Committees and AU Policy Organs.
In 2009, Dr.Bayode established Dorian Home for Charity and Social Development as a Non-governmental Organization (NGO). She’s the CEO/ President. Her personal encounter and experience in the course of discharging her professional duties, most especially in the Internally Displaced People’s (IDP) Camps, Community/Rural Medical Outreach programs, just to mention a few, afforded her a first-hand and comprehensive understanding of the plethora of unsavoury plights of women and children in our society.
Dorian Home is the biggest orphanage home in Africa, consisting of 700 homes for children,500-capacity skill acquisition centre for women, large hall for events, modern clinic and a worship centre. Dorian Home for Charity and Social Development is situated at Akure, the Ondo State capital.
Described as the biggest orphanage home in Africa, the ultramodern facility worth $5million and was finally commissioned on the 14th of October 2021.
Dorian Home is not limited to taking care of just abandoned babies and widows but also focused on research, training, empowerment and mobilize women towards self-emancipation. A glamorous persona imbued with the philosophy of giving hope to the hopeless, creating a better living condition for the abandoned, Tolulola is in the forefront of Safe Haven Law in Nigeria – the leaving of unharmed infants with statutorily designated private persons so that the child becomes a ward of the state with proper upbringing.
At the commissioning of the home, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice-President of Nigeria, called for the provision of adequate welfare for vulnerable children and women in the society. The vice president commended Bayode for making provision of the basic needs of homeless children and women her passion. He said that about nine per cent of Nigerian children were homeless; a figure Osinbajo said seems to be growing rapidly. The vice president, however, called on well meaning Nigerians to join hands with the government to provide adequate care for the homeless children, saying that government alone could not do it. Osinbajo described the laudable project as one that would stand the test of time for the less privileged and empowerment for women in society.
During her speech, the Founder and President of Dorian Home, Dr Tolulola Bayode, said that vision of the project was about leaving a legacy of hope for the orphaned children, widows and less privileged women in the society. According to Bayode, reality dawned on her after the shocking demise of her elder brother, the purpose of man on earth is to touch life and uplift humanity. Bayode said the covenant she had with God to have the home was based on her love for humanity, widow, indigent and displaced children to live a better life. She also appealed to the government to provide adequate security checkpoints along Akure/Idanre Road, adding that the future of any child should not be toiled with. She emphasised that not that she has the resources but has a heart of giving.
Represented at the ocassion, was the governor of Ondo State represented by his Deputy, Mr Lucky Ayadatiwa, who said that the project compliment the administration’s REDEEM agenda of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu. He commended the Founder of the home for her initiative. Akeredolu described the project as unique because it focus on the neglected section of the society. Akeredolu said the project would receive the support and patronage of the state government. He said the state government would continue to support the social initiative programmes of the Dorian Home.
Also, speaking at the ocassion, Senator Tayo Alasoadura, the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, urged people to emulate the kind gesture that counts for the good of humanity by trying to make the society a better place for humanity. Alasoadura said that Nigeria would be a better place, if everyone tried to provide a home like heaven on Earth, especially for the displaced and indigent children, just as the orphanage.
Tolulola Olajibike Bayode, as a natural social and talented care giver has continually provided training, education and health consultations in the non-profit entrepreneurial sector to youths in different parts of the world and has successfully maneuvered the delicate balance between dedication to mission in a wide range of settings. Aside her passion for the creating a better living for commoners, she has years of extensive managerial experience in the non-profit sector, with outstanding records in getting initiatives off the ground and flourishing.
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