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Sunday, March 17, 2019


Hon. Sir Emeka Ihedioha 

One doesn't know for certain if the so called directive allegedly given by the new Imo State Governor Elect, Sir Emeka Ihedioha is true. But if in actual fact such a directive was given by him, then one would be very disappointed at him and then one would tag such a directive as irresponsible, meddling and very foolish, that's because as a former Deputy Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives of Nigeria, a lawmaker at that he should have known better.

Not only is the directive irresponsible, but also hasty. The fact that one is a Governor Elect, first and foremost under law does not make you the Governor yet. You were only elected to take over at a specific time. As long as the time appointed by law for the incumbent has not yet expired, as long as you have not taken your oath of office and not sworn in yet, then under the law you are still just a winner of an election and the incumbent still remains the Governor he leaves. There cannot be 2 Governors to a state in a country, at the same time, one would be the legitimate one and the other then the illegitimate one. As long as one is still in charge by law, the elect cannot for any reason or under any circumstances, usurp the incumbent's position to give any type of directive to any organization whatsoever, be it a bank, a parastatal or an individual for that matter. To utter such a directive amounts to usurpation and it is therefore an illegalilty of the highest order.

So one is rather disappointed that such an illegalilty could in any way, be connected to former ranking lawmaker like Ihedioha. No matter how any one views Owelle Rochas Okorocha, no matter how anyone dislikes him and wants him to disappear from the public space quickly, the unfortunate thing is, he remains the Governor, boss of Imo State till May 29, 2019 which is still more than 2 months away. Until that date and at a specific time of that day, when the change of baton should have happened, he cannot be wished away.

So, Hon Sir Emeka Ihedioha, Governor Elect of Imo State, abeg take a chill pill. If there are things noticed once you have let the general public know, you wait till you come into power to deal with it, unfortunately that's how you can deal with such according to the law!

And to the outgoing Governor, any stealing done in disguise in the next 2 months would be a crime against the people of Imo State. So prepare yourself and your administration for a probe too. 

Friday, March 15, 2019

The 2019 GTBank Food and Drink Festival! Get Ready For The Biggest Food Festival in Africa

After three stellar exposés of the biggest culinary experience in Africa, the GTBank Food and Drink Festival is getting bigger for the 4th edition, which will hold for 4 days from Sunday, 28th April, to Wednesday 1st May 2019 at the GTCentre, Plot 1, Water Corporation Drive, Oniru, Lagos.

Created in 2016 by leading African financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, the GTBank Food and Drink Festival has become the premier culinary event in Africa, bringing together tens of thousands of people from across the continent and beyond to support and celebrate Nigeria’s vibrant and burgeoning small businesses in the food retail sector. Over the last three years, the event has hosted more than 450,000 people, featured dozens of entrepreneurial masterclasses by international chefs and food business experts and launched or propelled the businesses of hundreds of entrepreneurs in the food retail industry. To watch some of the testimonials of these small business owners, please visit

This year, alongside adding an extra day to the event, the GTBank Food and Drink Festival will offer free Retail Stalls to over 300 small businesses, more than double the number from the previous year.  The event will also feature a series of masterclasses and cookery classes facilitated by renowned food and drink experts from around the world. In addition, there will be a farmers’ market for the sale of fresh and organic produce as well as a showcase of some of the finest street foods in Africa’s largest city. In line with its family theme, the 4-day event will also feature exciting games and fun exercises designed to thrill and entertain children all day long.

Commenting on the 2019 GTBank Food and Drink Festival, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Office or Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Segun Agbaje, said; "We are delighted to bring to our customers, small business owners and food lovers across the continent and beyond, another edition of an event that is second to none in delivering the finest culinary experience in Africa. This year, we are taking our commitment to promoting enterprise in the SME sector further by giving small businesses more opportunities to connect with consumers and business experts from around the world."

He further stated that, "At GTBank, we will continue to focus on promoting enterprise in food and fashion, because we know that by investing in both sectors, we are propelling local entrepreneurs to dominate two critical sectors of our economy."

Guaranty Trust Bank Plc is regarded by industry watchers as one of the best run financial institutions across its subsidiary countries and serves as a role model within the financial service industry due to its bias for world-class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality, and innovation. The Bank is also intervening in key economic sectors to strengthen small businesses and recently launched the GTBank Food Industry Credit and Fashion Industry Credit, unique loan products designed specifically for small businesses in the food and fashion industry, and offered at a repayment rate of 9 percent per annum.


Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu National Leader APC flanked by Prince Dapo Abiodun & Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu, Governor elects, Ogun & Lagos States. 

To whom much is given, very much is also expected. So it seems would be the lot of these 2 extraordinary gentlemen, that have the world as their oasis since they have now won their elections to Govern 2 of the most important states in the Federation called Nigeria for the next 4 years, that's talking about Lagos, The state of excellence and Ogun, the Gateway State or better still the Gateway to Nigeria.

Lagos State has the honour of being the number 1 state in Nigeria, as it is the economic capital/financial nerve center of the country. This is the nerve center of what goes on. It is even said that Lagos is richer than the Federal Government! Ogun State by been the nearest state to Lagos, enjoys so much, as it is the 2nd most important state in the South West, an industrial powerhouse in the making that can give even Lagos, a run for her money, with the right person who can harness her potential at the helm of affairs.

Ogun has the single honor of being the only state in the South that has produced more Nigerian leaders than all others put together. Set to be in charge of the affairs of these 2 juggernauts of States are 2 well equipped, well prepared, well destined gentlemen, from whom very much is expected. With how the campaignss and elections went, both of these APC men were pushed so much into the limelight that the pressure that is now on them to perform and perform extremely well is much, even extreme!

Many months back, in fact say about 8 months back, the only people that knew who Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu was, were more of those that he actually worked with, his family members, friends and associates. But then in the last 8 months, since destiny zoomed in on him and beckoned, knocking quite incessantly on his door, the rest like they say is now history. That someone, who himself who is considered a golden boy, a star, was rejected for him, really brought on him much attention.

Who is he? What is his pedigree? Where did he just emerge from? What makes him different? Why him of all people? Would he not be a puppet? Would he be a stooge? So, so many many questions that needed answers. The scrutiny was unbelievable, in fact quite unprecedented. Another person without a strong character and will, would have capitulated and collapsed under the burden of the searchlight. The most unbelievable part of the period was when even from his own camp, those who had adopted the maxim or principle that all is OK or accepted in a war, alleged falsely and deliberately that he had mental issues! How low can it get? But here was a gentleman par excellence, who refused to go or do gutter with his supposed adversaries who were bent on taking him down at all cost. He took it all in his stride and went about his business with purposefulness and quiet strength. He didn't falter, not once! Instead of him to sit, gloat and rely on others, assuming that the deed is done, it was in fact then that he showed more his strength and mettle. I doubt, if there's any other candidate or aspirant that worked as hard as this man did. He touched every part of Lagos, not leaving any part untouched. And because of the circumstances that surrounded his emergence, he had to be a bridge builder and so much more all at the same time and he did all he had to do with a permanent smile on his face. He faced so much unnecessary antagonism, not because he wasnt a class act on his own, but because of who he was wrongly perceived to be. He must be commended for not allowing the weight that was on him to submerge him. Kudos to him.

Now that the 1st little part, the 1st hurdle has been done away with, which is the election and which he won rather more convincingly than expected, the onerous task of elevating Lagos State to near stratospheric levels has begun. The pressure must now be hitting home and it's not a little thing. Heads must be bursting now. So many alignments across board were done to get this victory and all of those that are part of those alignments would be expectant. The number of those that pitched in, to support the quest was astounding. People gave money, supports of all kind in cash and kind was staggering!

To be the Governor of any state, is not a joke at all, but it is easier for some than the others. To be the Governor of the state of excellence, a state known by the moniker, "Eko for show is not a joke at all. The job is not one for little kids, neither for boys, but for strong men only. To be the 5th largest economy in the whole of Africa and as a state, is not a joke. One hopes, that this quiet gentleman and achiever, would with his expected all-stars team, men and women of timbre and caliber, of intelligence and capacity, would dazzle all comers in no small way. Very much is expected of them, as the performance quotient has been raised sky high.

From his first official speech as the elected Governor of the state, come May of 2019 he would be under extreme scrutiny. That much expected speech, must deliver the much required punchlines that must hit home straight setting the pace. That speech must whet the appetite, galvanizing the people, it must not be an anti-climax. It must show a blueprint that would astound all and get them involved. It should try as much as possible to lay things out in their proper perspective, with proper time lines too, but if must not be ambiguous but ambitious. It must engage the people, bringing the minds back to that slogan "the development and growth of Lagos, is our collective responsibility" (igbega ipinle Eko, ti di a ju mo se).

A lot of the roads all around are in bad states. And they actually need urgent and immediate attention. The Health sector/system needs a good shock to it, to galvanize it. The mass of the citizenry needs to feel the warmth, embrace of the Government & governance. Development should be broken into phases. Areas needs to be mapped out and the urgency of actions needed in certain area should determine the focus. There should be short term, middle term and long term goals.

Mass transit needs attention. If it can be made to work far better than it is now, maybe it would reduce the numbers of personal cars on the road. Our waterways should be exploited far better, all to reduce the number of cars plying our roads to reduce traffic. If the roads are improved on, widened where needed, urgently repaired where needed, newly built where needed, well maintained and public transport is top class, the pressure on the roads would decrease substantially and time wasted would decrease too substantially. But things must be done and encouraged with best of standards and safety in mind.

Please please and please, this metroline or mono-train needs to be delivered and quickly too, it has taken too long and the people are already too suspicious. 2 years would be too long to make this happen. With what Rotimi Amaechi has done with the trains across Nigeria, the Lagos Metroline can be delivered on time with focus and purpose. Refuse management in Lagos, needs urgent attention and one hopes that an holistic approach to make it work, would be implemented that would become the envy of all. Lagos is not said to be for show for nothing.

Much is expected from Babajide Sanwoolu and part of his service delivery would be showcased by those he would pick to assist in running his agenda. So he must pick well. Prudence should also be his watchword in everything.

With Dapo Abiodun, here is a supposed private sector guru and expert, coming into Governance or better still the public sector. Someone who is already very very made, coming in to serve and to deliver service to his people. Because of how is emergence came about and the in fighting etc etc, he was brought into our consciousness in a way that he wouldn't have preferred. But all through the shenanigans he held his own and handled the situation quite admirably. Ogun State needs a plan to take it to the very next level. All those that have been in charge apart from Chief Bisi Onabanjo and maybe Aremo Olusegun Osoba, haven't done anything extraordinary worthy of getting them into the Ogun State hall of fame when one is officially established, for developing the state outstandingly.

A state that normally because of her proximity to Lagos, the economic nerve center of the country, should have gained so much in terms of outstanding development and internally generated revenue. One would have expected a smart and purposeful Government with ideas to have turned the state into an industrial hub of activities much better than it is now. This incoming crew must look for ways to attract massive investments. The landmass is there already for positive exploitation. And just like there's the landmass for industries, it is also available for large scale farming of all kinds too, but only a few have exploited the opportunities. Then other things apart from the norm like building roads, providing quality education and environment for the people are what the incoming government should do, that would astound and mesmerize all?

Let's even talk a bit about the roads in the state, that Otta-Ewekoro-Aro road  leading to Abeokuta should have been a good sample for how good a road is, especially with a Cement factory on that road, that the Government could collaborate with to deliver a world class road. There are other areas in the state and other sectors where this new Government can shine like the sun and that would endear them to the people.

Just like Sanwoolu, Dapo Abiodun must chose for himself, people of ideas, action packed men and women, those who would hit the road running to help him achieve an Ogun State that's beautiful, well governed and exemplary in all ways.

These 2 men, upon whose shoulders, nature has given the reins of 2 great states, are under immense pressure to perform exemplarily. They are the 2 poster boys their parties are relying on to do very well. One is hoping that in the next few weeks, before they actually come into power, that they would use the opportunities, they have now, to strategize and come up with award winning plans to govern their 2 great states.

Lagos and Ogun are in 2 very capable hands we believe and we pray to God, that these 2 would shine, in fact that they must shine, like the sun amongst the many stars.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019


Abdullah  Ganduje

Abba Yusuf

Seems like the current Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abdulahi Ganduje whose 1st term is gradually coming to an end & who might not be getting a 2nd term, who incidentally is also the in-law, to the outgoing Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi who was mercilessly defeated at the very recent elections in Oyo State (one only hopes that both wouldn't be united in disappointment), seem to know something that no one else knows or he might probably be hallucinating uncontrollably.

That's if his recent loud boast is anything to go by, as he seem so cocksure about uoturning the bad results and  gaining victory when the Gubernatorial election in Kano state might have come to a proper conclusion, even as he is on the verge of an embarrassing defeat after March 23, 2019 which is the day for the planned supplementary election to fix the inconclusive exercise. If his words are to come true, the Governor might need to add other titles or sobriquets to what he is already called, like seer or clairvoyant of extraordinary power!

As it were now, everything is somewhat dicey for him, as it can go left or right for the APC Gubernatorial candidate, who is playing 2nd fiddle for now to is his rival from the PDP- Abba Yusuf, who is leading him by at least a margin of 26,655, having gotten the majority of 1,014, 474 votes to Ganduje's 987, 819 votes, with 128,572 votes canceled.

It is because the margin of victory so far for the PDP man, is far less than the number of canceled votes that a supplementary election would now happen in those areas that their votes were voided. So by his boast that "the PDP will receive the shock of its life" in the supplementary election upcoming, the Governor must have a major magic she wants to perform that would dazzle all comers.

If that acyual boast by GANDUJE can be somewhat interpreted loosely, maybe he trying to say that he would get all of the votes at the supplementary election or what? From the results of the 44 LGAs already read, the shock in actual fact has been on GANDUJE. This is the same man that was able to orchestrate a total victory for the President at the 1st election, but couldn't do same for himself outrightly without having to go through a supplementary. Now how he wants to manufacture a special shock from somewhere all of a sudden beats one. Even if the PDP opponent were to get only 50000 of the 126000 plus votes, and GANDUJE gets all of the remaining 76572 votes which impossible, he would still be defeated, at least by the slimmest of margins.

So is the Governor who was caught receiving money before, from a contractor, long before the election ever happened, planning some other type of funny business???? Remember also, that over this same election issue his Deputy was arrested at the weekend.

From our calculations, except only a miracle not supported by the true God can occur, then only then, would GANDUJE retain his seat as the Governor. That bribery allegations, that smear that he had thought he had weathered, might have finally gotten to him and withered down his former massive and unflinching supports. If he is a man of honour, he should just begin to pack his bag. It is obvious that he is not as popular again as he thought he was and no more a well supported Governor like he was before.

He might just be joining his in-law in political retirement albeit temporarily for now. 


Abisola Kolapo-Daisi is probably one of the most well known child of any of the present Governors in Nigeria. Her dad like we all know, is the outgoing Governor of the Pacesetter state-Oyo, that's talking about Senator Abiola Ajimobi, who in the wake of his loss at the Senatorial election has had much flak thrown his way of recent. But he has the singular honour so far, of being the only Governor of Oyo State since the creation of the state to have done 2 uninterrupted terms as a governor. Apart from the fact that Abisola is the Governor's daughter, which some might ascribe her fame to, she is also famous in her own right because she's a well respected fashionista of note. In fact many have even said she is most probably the most stylish of all the Nigerian Governors' kids, all put together.

Abiola is one well respected personality in the luxury lifestyle business in the country, where she owns a couple of very okay business concerns, one of them is her very upscale shoe store Florence H that caters only to the top fashionistas and very well to do with the HQ at her own shopping complex on famous Fola Osibo Street, Lekki Phase 1. On that same very bustling street, she also owns another very good business a super well stocked, supermarket that is frequented by the very upscale crowd too, known as Grandex! She is also the inspiration behind TLLM, The Luxury Lifestyle Market, an outstanding gathering of Luxury purveyors that comes together periodically. A sort of luxury pop up that can gather anywhere around the world.

The quite humble and somewhat quiet, Oyo's 1st daughter is a year older and as the avalanche of birthday well wishes poured in, with all pouring out love to her and expressing their warmth on her birthday, the impressed birthday gal, overwhelmed and appreciative of it all, poured out her heart in gratitude to all and sundry. Thanking her creator, for those who don't know, Abisola is quite religious or do we say spiritual, she's a Christian though her dad is a practising moslem; promising to be more open. Read her exact words above.

We wish the good friend of the Kardashians and the Haqqs, many more happy returns of the day. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019


Owelle Rochas OKOROCHA, Senator Elect? 

Uche Nwosu & wife

It seems like for the outgoing Governor of Imo State, he is fulfilling that saying that says "when it rains it pours". And that just might be the atmosphere or current situation that he is facing right now as it's like in one of the novels by the world famous writer/author James Hadley Chase, where for a particular character, it seems like all his cookies all just began to crumble all at the same, giving him no respite whatsoever!!!

The latest trouble for the gregarious statue builder from Imo State, is that his preferred candidate and son-in-law, Uche Nwosu his former Chief of Staff was declared a loser by the INEC at the just concluded Gubernatorial election in Imo State, that both the later and former were so desperate to win at all cost. So very much was dependent on Uche Nwosu's victory.

Fighting under the Action Alliance (AA) flag, Uche Nwosu was said to have polled 190,364 votes to come 2nd in the election that was won by the PDP candidate, in the person of former Deputy Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria between 2011 and 2015, in the person of Sir. Emeka Ihedioha who polled 273,404 votes.

With this loss, the APC has now lost the only South Eastern state under their wings before, to the opposition party, the PDP. So it's a clean sweep for the PDP now except in Anambra where though no election took place, but it's the only Eastern state where the APGA reigns. The loss itself didn't take anyone by surprise as the APC under Owelle Rochas Okorocha in Imo State didn't do anything that was worthy of them getting reelected back into power in the state. Apart from the notoriety the Governor got from building statues as monuments to people, not much is heard about his developmental strides in the state known as the Eastern Heartland or formerly Land of Hope. So the APC candidate, a former PDP stalwart in the person of Senator Hope Uzodinma at this election in representing his party, had an uphill task before him from the get go. But kudos to him though as he still came 4th by polling 96, 458 votes in total. 3rd behind AA's Uche Nwosu, was none other than 'perennial guber aspirant', Senator Ifeanyi Araurume who represented the APGA at this election where he polled 114,676, losing again for the umpteenth time!

Another juggernaut who participated at this election and was summarily demystified and was brought to his senses, was none other than a former Executive Governor of the state, in the person of Ikedi Ohakim who contested under the flag of the Accord Party and got a paltry 6864 votes.

Back to Owelle Rochas OKOROCHA, seems like the pouring rain is not abating any time soon. Even his win or should we better say supposed victory at the February 23, 2019 House of Assembly elections, is under scrutiny as we speak. His name has been omitted from the list of the Senator elects from Imo State by the electoral umpire, the INEC. Reason for that decision is because the returning officer at the time, in the person of Innocent Ibeabuchi had shouted it out for the whole world to know that, he had only released the results of that election and declared Rochas winner under duress! So until that allegation is resolved, Rochas supposed victory is stained and under suspicion then and he might not even be the Senator at the end of the day!

While all of these troubles are on. An aide of the Governor was arrested just how many days ago for the withdrawal of over a billion NAIRA allegedly meant to induce voters! Even if the burden to prove the case of attempted inducement is on the police or the EFCC, that staggering amount of money might already be lost as it would be forfeited! In the midst of the whole unprecedented shenanigans, the Owelle has also been suspended by his party, for anti-party activities.

It's like the Yoruba adage that says, "when big fight would smack one down, pinning one to the floor in a hold, then smaller, insignificant and miniscule fights that normally wouldn't have had the heart, would be encouraged to show face to trample on one too".

What a massive fall from grace for this very loud person? 

Monday, March 11, 2019


OLUSEYI MAKINDE, Governor Elect, Oyo State

If you try once, twice, thrice and the fourth time, the last time, 4th here can just be your lucky day, so it seems for the PDP Governor Elect in Oyo State in the person of the 51 year old Engineer and Philanthropist per excellence, Mr. OLUSEYI MAKINDE, who incidentally is a Christmas day boy having being born on December 25, 1967. He would be 52 by the end of the year.

Even if anyone wants to ascribe his comprehensive victory to luck, we would like to tell all those in that school of thought that far be it, this is one sweet victory that was won via hardwork, discipline, dedication, perseverance and self belief. It is one victory that was a long time coming. What this victory just attests to is that, whatever good you lay your hands upon to do, remain consistent in it, irrespective of whether you are seen and acknowledged for it, the time that the good would speak and begin to yield result and good tidings would come some day. God is never mocked, whatsoever a man sows, that also shall he reap!!

Seyi Makinde is not a flash in the pan at all and that's why his victory also is sweet, because it is one that's well garnished, well cooked, therefore it is now well served. All over the large expanse Oyo State his hand of goodwill has touched so many lives in their thousands for many years till date. He didn't just start a year ago or even 5 years ago, but for a longwhile now, the plight of those who does not really have, has been uppermost in his heart and he has never shied away from doing it. Even on the eve of the elections itself, the Mogajis attested to that as they gave him their full support. To have the support of the Mogajis (family heads), is like having the tacit support of the Olubadan-in-council. Imagine again that the highly respected Alaafin of Oyo even prayed for his success, before the election. Doesn't that say much?

Apart from his love for charity, the humble man is also a brilliant man to the boot. A graduate of electrical engineering from the famous University of Lagos, who upon graduation served at Shell Petroleum, one of the biggest oil and gas multinationals in Nigeria and from serving there, he was retained as a pupil engineer. It was at Shell and some other companies that he cut his teeth for 5 year, showing his brilliance and becoming a Field Engineer/Field Manager before resigning to set up his own company at the age of 29 in 1997. If that's not preparation for future leadership position, then we don't know what else one needs.

For more than 2 decades now, he has honed his skill, pushing through in the kind of terrain that can break the back of the most hardworking and the strongest. In the adjoining years he added other professional certificates too, he even went to one of the most prestigious schools in the world in America, that's talking about the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA better known by its initials MIT.

For one to better understand the man's doggedness, he had twice vied for Senatorial positions over the years and on both occasions 2007 & 2011) he lost. But he was never perturbed as he still believed that is time would come. Just like the Nigerian President, PMB who had tried till the 4th time before the good came his way. Jettisoning his ambition to become a lawmaker (Senator), he tried for the Governorship of Oyo State for the first in 2015, though he had a great chance, but he was robbed of the opportunity to represent his party the PDP then by the same party, so in protest he dumped the party and stood for the Governorship on the platform of the SDP, though he did his best he still lost. Again though he was disappointed by the outcome  he wasn't still totally deflated.

This time around, his party the PDP knowing they had done him bad went abegging. They understood the fact they needed to close ranks, so fences were mended and he again tried for the primaries and this time again won and he was allowed finally to represent the PDP for the Gubernatorial election in 2019 and now the rest is history.

Truth be told one of Seyi Makinde's strength is his love for his people and the people too have now reciprocated back in kind. Here was someone who without ever been in Government before at any level had cared so much for the welfare of hos people. There are the countless number of Oyo state indigenes under his sponsorship. He is not seen as being high up there, with his nose held high up, unapproachable. Not the type that does things for people as a favour. He has been there done that and we repeat again not a flash in the pan, who only came into his people's consciousness a year or 2 ago and only because he needed the people to become something.

One of the things that also endeared Seyi Makinde to his people and that led to the massive support he has gotten is also his legendary humility, a far cry from the arrogance of the head of the outgoing Government of the ruling party. That arrogance also might have pushed many of the people away from the APC, to support a man that is seen as a man of the people.

So at the election on Saturday, March 9, 2019 across the whole of Oyo State, the citizens spoke with their votes, which was the only power they could wield. Not only did they vote massively for the PDP Gubernatorial candidate Seyi Makinde, they also voted massively for the PDP state house of assembly candidates too, thereby sweeping the elections showing they wanted a totally new style and party at the helm.

At the end of the day, Engineer Oluseyi Makinde of the People's Democratic Party PDP, polled a total of 515,621 votes to massacre the APC candidate, who got a total vote of 357,982 winning by a margin of 157,639 votes. So having polled the majority of the votes and having satisfied the requirements as stated by the electoral laws, Mr. Oluseyi Makinde was declared the winner and the Governor elect of Oyo State 2019. The humble son of a teacher turned accountant, who rose by the dint of hardwork, discipline and dedication to his position today in life, would by the grace of the Almighty God, run the affairs of the pacesetter state for the next 4 years. Oyo State is in for 4 exciting new years ahead.

He deserves our accolades and we gladly from the bottom of our heart give it to him by saying "take a well deserved BOW".

With this victory now, the likes of former Governor Christopher Alao Akala, outgoing Governor Senator Abiola Ajimobi have all totally lost their political relevance, what a shame!!!! 

Sunday, March 10, 2019


Peter Ayodele Fayose

Senator Ibikunle Amosun 

Former Governor of Ekiti State in the person of the now comedian, Peter Ayodele 'the rock'  Fayose has thought to rub salt on the open wound or should we say injury of the still very shocked outgoing Governor of Ogun State  now a Senator elect, in the person of, His Excellency Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

In a series of tweets, full of mockery, Fayose went for the jugular of Amosun, mocking him while reminding him of his large part in the way Fayose's candidate in Ekiti was dealt with at the last election in the State in 2018.

Hear him in the 1st tweet- YE Ibikunle Amosun, pls join us as we battle our orchestrated 'loss' at the tribuna. What goes around as come round. You 'Ja Ekiti gba". They have ' Ja Ogun gba",
YE, please remember to congratulate HE. Dapo Abiodun O.

My name is Ayo Fayose.

And in the 2nd tweet, he in fact twisted the knife that was still in the open wound, when he went.......

'I congratulate Gov. Ibikunle Amosun for LOSING the guber election of his political son, Adekunle Akinlade of APM. He can now join our club, having forcefully supervised & funded the rigging of Ekiti 2018 election by the same Prof. Abdulganiyu Raji who served as REC in both states'.

If truly Senator Amosun is complicit in what Ayo Fayose has raised in his 2 tweets, he must be regreting his part in the deed terribly now. 


Governor Elect, Lagos, Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu 

Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, Deputy Governor Elect, Lagos State 

Their Excellencies, BOS & KOH

This wasn't just a win, it was a summary defeat of the most unprecedented kind. If there was a better word or figure of speech better than landslide, then it would have been much better to use, so for want of another word to use we would just say it was a landslide victory. For the amiable candidate of the APC, represented by none other than Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu, total vote was 739,445 and for the gentleman known to all as Jimi Agabaje aka JK of the PDP, total vote is 206, 141 meaning even if, Agbaje's vote was multiplied by three (3), still yet he wouldn't have been able to defeat, the APC candidate.

So what that means is that the margin of win was twice the nos of votes the PDP man got overall, that meant that the win was total in all ramifications with a margin of 533,304 votes.

It was a comprehensive win in all the LGAs of the state as follows-
Lagos Mainland-27333 to 7265
Lagos Island-31991 to 4346
Epe LGA-35609 to 6464
Ikeja LGA-28592 to 8109
Ikorodu LGA-45879 to 14769
Amuwo-Odofin-23267 to 13700
Ibeji-Lekki LGA-23398 to 3320
Agege LGA-38515 to 8371
Apapa LGA-20469 to 5959
Somolu LGA-40408 to 9991
Eti-Osa LGA-30504 to 10678
Oshodi-Isolo-39945 to 12585
Mushin LGA-51899 to 8751
Kosofe LGA-44423 to 14351
Surulere LGA-39986 to 13733
Badagry LGA-28921 to 10089
Ifako-Ijaiye LGA-35144 to 7233
Ajeromi-Ifelodun-43975 to 14690
Alimosho LGA-78379 to 22135
Ojo LGA-30904 to 9602.

So with the above result and having polled the majority results and satisfied the requirements, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu of APC on Lagos was declared the winner of the Lagos State Governorship Election 2019 & Governor Elect by the INEC returning officer for the state, who is also the Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University of Ife, in the person of Prof. Eyitayo Ogunbodede.

With this win, the fine gentleman also known by his initials BOS, would take the baton as the next Executive Governor of the most powerful state in Nigeria from the hand of his excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, who God willing might be taking up a federal appointment in the 2nd term of President Muhammadu Buhari.

A massive and very unreserved congratulations to the duo of Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu and his Deputy, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat. May your time in charge of the State of excellence, lift Lagos very high up, far above in all ways. 


Abdulrahaman AbdulRazaq 

The final nail was hammered in with ferocity, in Kwara State on the political career of the Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki as the last vestige of his influence was extinguished & expunged as the results of the Gubernatorial election and state House of assembly elections have finally come but still awaiting final ratification and declaration by the official umpire, the INEC.

From the results from all of the 16 local government areas of the state declared, the ruling party, that's the PDP were summarily pulverized, nearly annihilated and unimaginably pummelled to submission with no answers whatsoever. Though there was unexpected voter apathy, those who still came out, voted massively for the APC giving the new bride of the people, Abdulrahaman AbdulRazaq as much as 331,546 votes in all against the paltry 114,754 for Hon. Razak Atunwa of the PDP, with the APC winning with as much a margin as 216,792 votes. The total vote of the APC nearly tripling that of the PDP, it was a humbling of the meanest order.

With the outstanding win, which some would tag a landslide by Alhaji Abdulrahaman AbdulRazaq of the APC, a new dawn has been ushered in, in Kwara State and every hold of Saraki on power in the state has now been wiped out. It's like it's a totally new beginning, a new dawn. What that actually says then, should be a lesson for everyone, to never ever forget that in politics, especially in a democracy your power lies in the people and their support, once you have lost them and they find an alternative to you, then you are a goner.

And that's a lesson also for the Governor designate too, Alhaji Abdulrahaman AbdulRazaq that he had better be with the people and have them as his top priority or else in 4 years to come too, he himself could become another has been. This is so because the people have now come to understand that the power lies with them.

Congratulations to the winner and to the entire Kwara people. May all your wishes and desires come true. 

Saturday, March 9, 2019


Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu 
Abdulrahaman AbdulRazaq 
Dapo Abiodun 

Except a miracle that would be totally outstanding happens, then and only then would the tide change and maybe, the opposition in Lagos and the ruling party in Kwara State might have a chance to change what is looking like the inevitable.

Though the election in Lagos, the economic capital of Nigeria, that is supposed to lead by example was somewhat blighted by voters apathy, with the numbers of voters drastically reduced, compared to what had obtained at the February 23, 2019 Presidential and Federal House of assembly elections, even at that people still went about to vote and majority of the votes have been for the APC, which is the leading party in the state of excellence.

If the tide of event would continue like it is already in many units and no miracles would occur to change things from other polling units, then the candidate of the APC in the person of Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu would most definitely coast home to victory by a large margin. If that would happen, then a new Governor from the ruling party, would be taking over from the outgoing incumbent, in the person of his excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode. If as we have gotten our feelers, until the official results are released, everything for now are still based on speculations.

As per Kwara State, where the "O to ge" enough is enough phenomenon has swept through the state like a Tsunami uprooting their former, seemingly indespatchable oak tree, if feelers we have also gotten from our people on the ground are anything to go by, then a new executive Governor from the APC could be sworn in before June 2019 to steer the train of the state.

If the report of the defeat of the PDP & her candidate is ratified eventually by the electoral umpire, which is INEC as true, what that portends for the former strongman of Kwara State politics in the person of Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the outgoing Senate President is a total annihilation, a totally embarrassing and shameful defeat in all ramifications. And that can only be tagged as a massive humbling and humiliation, the full and final slamdunk. If it goes like it's been predicted, then it's the seal of political oblivion for the outgoing Senate President.

In Ogun State, where we had thought that the Gubernatorial election would be fought 4 ways, the surprising thing is that it has only been a contest between 2 political parties and 2 main characters or personalities and they are APC vs. APM, Dapo Abiodun vs. Adekunle Akinlade. For the other 2 parties namely the PDP & ADC and their candidates, in the persons of Buruji Kashamu and Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, it has been an abysmal showing so far, except they would gain some extraordinary votes in what could be called their strongholds or enclaves, their overall showing at the end of it all might just be embarrassing.

So far, Dapo Abiodun from all indications, seems to be having a great showing and if he continues like he has started, then the outgoing Governor, in the person of Senator Ibikunle Amosun might just be handing over to his former friend, now turned enemy who he totally dislikes now just because of politics.

In Oyo State it's too close to call for now. With both men from the APC & the PDP both having good showings in their strongholds. But like it was expected, the outgoing Governor of the State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi again disappointedly, couldn't win his polling unit for his party, the APC, losing again to the PDP. So it's more like he has become a liability rather than an asset for the ruling party in his state. If care is not taken, there's the possibility that it could be a change of baton in the state. 

Thursday, March 7, 2019


BOS of APC vs. JK of PDP in Lagos 
Babatunde O. Gbadamosi of the ADP Lagos 

Bayo Adelabu of APC vs. Seyi Makinde of PDP
Abiodun of APC vs. KASHAMU of PDP vs. ISIAKA of ADC vs. Akinlade of APM

Razak ATUNWA of PDP vs. Abdulrahaman AbdulRazaq of APC in Kwara State 
Ayorinde Adedoyin of Accord Party Kwara State

Analysis of how things might pan out, considering the contestants, their parties, their strengths and their weaknesses.

Tomorrow is the D-day! That's when the Gubernatorial elections across the states in Nigeria would take place and the general populace are expected to troop out enmasse to elect those to take charge of their affairs for the next 4 years.

It's not just the Gubernatorial though, elections for the states House Of Assembly would also be going on simultaneously, but we would be concentrating our attention strictly on the Governorship and further, our eyes would be glued strictly to the happenstances in some of the states in the SW, where elections would take place, as the likes of Ondo, Ekiti and Osun States are not participating for obvious reasons.

Lagos, Ogun, Oyo States are the 3 major battlegrounds plus Kwara State in the North Central. In these 4 states it's an outright battle between the 2 most prominent Political parties in the country, that's talking about the APC & the PDP, except in Ogun State where about 2 more parties have gained a bit more of ascendancy and therefore have been added to the mix for particular reasons, those parties are the African Democratic Congress, where Gboyega Nasir Isiaka is the party's aspirant & Allied People's Movement, where the incumbent Governor's favorite boy, Hon. Adekunle Akinlade, is the aspirant.

These particular election is most definitely going to be one of the most keenly fought ever in the histories of those states. Many of the opponents are evenly matched and there are factors that have given some candidates and their parties slight edges or advantages.

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu 

This is where a major battle royale would happen, the state of aquatic excellence. And it is expected that it would be an epic battle that would shake the state to its very marrow. The 3 major contestants that would contend vigorously against each other are none other than Babatunde Olusola Sanwoolu of the ruling APC, his fierce opponent, Jimi Agbaje of the PDP and then to a certain extent, Babatunde Olalere. Gbadamosi of the ADP (Action Democratic Party). Some people might not necessarily consider BOG, but we would like to say to such people that, dismiss him at your own peril. We are of the opinion that he seems to have gained some tractions of recent,  as he is seen by some as a fantastic alternative to both the APC & the PDP. So for many who are in the middle and who don't want any of the 2 major parties again for some reasons best known to them, they see BOG as their rallying point.

The battle between the 2 major parties, that's the APC & the PDP would be totally and unpretentiously fierce. While the APC wants to win again in Lagos at all cost, to rub salt on the injury of the PDP for losing the Presidential election, which they the PDP had been so sure they could win. The PDP on the other hand, are desperate to win Lagos for 2 major reasons, it would mean the destruction of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, both as a person and politically wise. The chieftain of the APC, has bestrode Lagos politically this close to 2 decades like a colossus that oukd not be dislodged, so his total DEMYSTIFICATION would sit well with the PDP, where they to win Lagos. And it would also give them, the PDP some certain value and control.

That the PDP was not pulverized, obliterated or annihilated at the Presidential election of February 23, 2019 has given them the belief that nothing is impossible. Everyone had expected a monumentally scary margin of victory like Yobe State. But imagine that the election was won by just a 130000 plus margin, in a state where the Asiwaju controls?

So after their defeat at the Presidential election, the PDP rallying call became the need to defeat BAT at all cost, no matter what! Let's wrestle the state from him, while giving it all it takes. So the array of gladiators involved in the battle for Lagos is staggering. Atiku Abubakar, Bukola Saraki, Ayodele Fayose, Olabode George, Jimi Agbaje. Infact there are some who are supposedly progressives joined in the battle too, but who are in the shadows who would love to see the back of the Asiwaju. But can these assemblage, no matter how intimidating pin down and pin fall the cat with the 9 lives? While the PDP have their own array of strong men, the APC too also have theirs, led by the generalismo himself, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, supported faithfully by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, flanked by Cardinal Odumbaku and other grassroots mobilisers of note.

Truth be told, monumental amount of funds, such as never seen or encountered before, have gone out from both sides and have exchanged hands to make sure that it all goes well for both sides and so that things would also go according to scripts also. Asiwaju is seen as a veteran of many battles, who has honed his skills over time and so knows too well, how to go about winning the wars. Deploying his soldiers tactically with strong arsenals. But this particular war has many factors that are not playing strictly to script. The Ibos in Lagos, seem to have a bit of power and they are keeping their ace to their chest and are seen as one of the factors that could swing the vote, either way! Some have even identified them as spoilers. So both parties have been courting them. Reason why the former Governor of Abia State, now a Senator elect, in the person of Sir Orji Uzor Kalu is said to have come to Lagos to tell the Ibos not to disturb the apple cart and to vote for the APC.

While the thrust of PDP's campaign has been about Freedom: freeing Lagos from the supposed clutches of the Asiwaju. Who they have painted as one parasite, that is sapping the life-force of the state. Their claim is that how can one man alone, over a very long period of time,  sit alone and be in charge of the affairs of Lagos in all ramifications, especially as they claim that he is even a non indigene. But the thrust of the APC rather has been about Continuity. Claiming that Lagos was and would never be enslaved by any. But that the Asiwaju actually, conceptualized the blueprint of the better and more modern, more prosperous Lagos, we are supposedly enjoying now. A state that is even somewhat now bigger than the FG and is in fact NOW, the 6th largest economy in Africa. The claim is that, instead of trying to cast aspersions on the Asiwaju and put him in a bad-light, he has rather being a great discoverer of wonderful talents who he has natured and who have helped steered the affairs of the state admirably and exemplarily, and who have all been empowered and have become giants too now.

While the PDP and APC are having a go at each other, BOG of the ADP on the other side, has just been on his own in the position of the best alternative to the 2. One who seem to have dissected the state and her issues very well and has diagnosed what the problems are, who seem to have clear and somewhat fantastic ideas about what he wants to do and solutions and answers to provide: but the issue now is, he doesn't seem to have a great platform to prosecute his dream.

Of the 3, Sanwoolu, has had a great record in the private and public sector put together. In fact his experience in governance when compared to the 3 is staggering. From being former adviser to Governor, to Commissioner over more than one portfolio, boss of an important Government parastatal, policy formulator etc. JK has only always been in the private sector. He owns his own pharmaceutical brand, that truly has not done too well of one would critically access it, especially if you compare with how new brands, who just came yesterday have sprung up in the last few years and the kind of monumental growths they have had, with branches springing up every where, every time. Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi on the other part, has done extremely well for himself in business. He is one person that can be tagged a young czar of the private sector, a self made, bright and quite intelligent or knowledgeable shining star. Born in the UK of Nigerian parentage. He is quick to tell whoever cares to know that though he is a successful businessman/property merchant of note, he doesn't have a degree!

Yes, he actually dropped out after 3 years at the Lagos State University (LASU). He has since grown to be a successful entrepreneur, who is the chairman of Amen Estate in Lagos and also Redbrick Homes International.

So, the Lagos election would be keenly watched to see if it's a continuation or a new dawn or a total total change in all ramifications. Would it be BOS or JK or BOG? We would know quite soon, by Monday or Tuesday next week. But we can tell you categorically though that, more people would come out enmasse to vote this time around, better than they did on February 23, 2019 and one of the 3 would nick it by the skin of his teeth.

Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Oyo State

It would have been a whole lot clearer in Oyo State had the APC won in the Presidential election of February 23, 2019. The opposition took the state and that shows things would not be a walk in the park for the APC in Oyo. Part of the reason why the state was lost was also due to how the outgoing government of Senator Abiola Ajimobi is perceived.

Plenty more after the break.

GTBank Releases 2018 Full Year Audited Results …….. Reports Profit before Tax of ₦215.6 Billion

Segun Agbaje 

Guaranty Trust Bank plc has released its audited financial results for the year ended December 31, 2018, to the Nigerian and London Stock Exchanges.

A review of the results shows positive performance across all financial metrics and improved strategic positioning of the brand. Gross earnings for the year grew by 3.7% to ₦434.7billion from ₦419.2billion reported in December 2017. Profit before tax stood at ₦215.6billion, representing a growth of 9.1% over ₦197.7billion* recorded in the corresponding year ended December 2017. The Bank’s customer deposits increased by 10.3% to ₦2.274trillion from ₦2.062trillion in December 2017, however, loan book dipped by 12.9% from ₦1.449trillion recorded as at December 2017 to ₦1.262trillion in December 2018.

In view of the above, the Bank closed the 2018 financial year with Total Assets of ₦3.287trillion and Shareholders’ Funds of ₦575.6Billion. In terms of Assets quality, NPL ratio and Cost of Risk improved to 7.3% and 0.3% in December 2018 from 7.7% and 0.8% in December 2017 respectively. In addition, the coverage ratio for NPL stood at 105.1% and Capital adequacy ratio remained very strong, closing at 23.4% despite the implementation of IFRS 9. On the backdrop of this result, Post Tax Return on Equity (ROAE) and Return on Assets (ROAA) closed at 30.9% and 5.6% respectively. The Bank is proposing a final dividend of ₦2.45k per unit of ordinary share held by shareholders in addition to interim dividend of 30k per unit of ordinary share bringing total dividend for 2018 financial year to ₦2.75k per unit of an ordinary share.

Commenting on the financial results, the Managing Director/CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, Mr Segun Agbaje, said; "In 2018, our focus on staying nimble, strengthening customer relationships and driving our digital-first strategy paid off. We successfully navigated the pressures of our challenging and radically changing business environment, recorded growth across key financial indices and reaffirmed our position as one of the best performing and well managed financial institutions in Africa.

He further stated that; 'This result reflects, not just the fundamental strength of our brand, but also our commitment to our values of excellence, creating value for all stakeholders and putting our customers first in everything that we do. Driven by these values, we are building the bank of the future by pairing the best of our business with the massive potential of digital technologies to create Africa's first integrated and trusted platform; Habari.

GTBank has continued to report the best financial ratios in terms of profitability, efficiency and capital for a Financial Institution in Nigeria as revealed by its return on equity (ROAE) of 30.9%, a cost to income ratio of 37.1% and capital adequacy of 23.4%. These ratios are a testament to the efficient management of the Bank. In recognition of the Bank’s bias for world-class corporate governance standards, excellent service delivery, and innovation, GTBank has been a recipient of numerous awards over the years. Some of the Bank's awards in 2018 include Bank of the Year - Nigeria from the Banker Magazine, Best Banking Group and Best Retail Bank Nigeria from World Finance Magazine, Most Innovative Bank from the African Investor, and Best Digital Banking Brand in Nigeria from the Global Brands Magazine.

Monday, March 4, 2019


Controversial man of God, who was in fact one of the major advocates against the return of PMB as the President of Nigeria for a 2nd term, in the person of Apostle Johnson Suleiman of Omega Fire Ministries has in the aftermath of the loss by PDP's Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the Saturday, February 23, 2019 Presidential election has come out to advise the gallant loser to forget about going to court, but should rather go home for the sake of peace in Nigeria.

In the election where the incumbent polled 15 million plus votes as against 11 million plus votes for Atiku of the PDP, where also PMB won in 19 states and got at least 25% or more in the other states, against Atiku who won in 17 states plus FCT Abuja, with a margin of victory close to 4 million, 3,928,869 to be more precise. The win by PMB totally destroyed the predictions, prophecies and expectations of many of the men of God, who had either sad he would die before the election would happen or might even fail at the election, if he should run, Apostle Suleiman inclusive who had declared doom and defeat in their expectations for PMB.

Now that the Presidential election has been done with and the winner declared, the Apostle has come out to say that instead of the loser, that is Alhaji Atiku Abubakar going to court to try to claim his perceived victory, that he should just go home.

Hear him-

“Nigeria needs peace, when you lose, don’t go to court, go home.”

“Politics is a game. If you lose go home. Don’t go to court. Go home. It’s not your father’s property. If you don’t win today, you may tomorrow.”

We would be reviewing some of the Apostle's predictions after the Nigerian elections have ended. Of particular interest is one where he had said "I saw most eastern states won by the APC at the national level".  

Sunday, March 3, 2019


Just like he had hoped for, the silly man, who calls himself a pastor, a man of God, got the notoriety he had desperately wanted, when to the astonishment and shock of all he faked a resurrection from the dead. In the video that had gone viral and that some very gullible people actually fell for, the South African pastor by name Alph Lukau of Alleluia Ministries in the glare of all, claimed to have woken up a dead young man who was in a coffin, with his mouth agape.

It was seen from the video how members of his church, made up of a large crowd were totally mesmerized by the supposed miracle and the news went far and wide and because of that, the act itself came under massive scrutiny and investigation.

Firstly, when one looks at the video very well, you would have noticed movement from the supposed dead, prior to being miraculously raised by the fake pastor.

So with his fake resurrection miracle not been able to stand scrutiny and after he was sued by those he had foolishly tried to conscript into the fake act without their knowledge, the very foolish man has come out to confess and apologize for the grand deception.

Hear him- "he regrets the incident as the man was already alive when he arrived at the church.

Speaking to a Gauteng broadcaster Power FM’s Power Drive host Thabiso Tema on Wednesday evening, Lukau said he was busy with a sermon on Sunday when he was interrupted and told that a person in a coffin had been brought to the church.

“Before entering the premises of the church, the coffin began to shake, meaning the person was alive,” Lukau explained. “I am really sorry for the misrepresentation of facts, the man was not dead and has never been in the mortuary as we earlier said”,

When asked by the host why the man had been brought to the church in the first place, Lukau said: “I am not sure if I can make a statement that he was brought to me. We are the house of God and I’m just a pastor serving in the house of the Lord but I am sorry that we didn’t tell people the truth in the first place”, he said.

Lukau said the man was brought to the church by his family, who believed that something would happen if he was prayed for.

He added that further questions about why the man was brought to the church would be better answered by the man’s family.

“I think that they brought the person to church because they believed that God had the ability to resurrect the person. but still our brother was alive even before he was brought to church and we really apologize for not telling the truth in the first place,” Lukau said

From the above, it is still very obvious that the fake man of God is still not telling the whole truth! But even at that, since he has confessed to being a part of a fake miracle in the 1st instance, what would now happen to him, his church and even the acting dead man, all of who are co-conspirators in this buffoonery or better still arrant mischief? It is very obvious that he couldn't have acted alone in the whole matter. Would he be allowed to go on deceiving the people? For him to have gone on this scale or level, what would he do next? Could this terrible one have been his 1st time? There are loads of questions that needs answers! !