Iyiola Omisore, a former Nigerian senator who is standing as the Social Democratic Party candidate in Osun State governorship election, has won his polling unit by a wide margin.
Mr Omisore, from Ile-Ife, won his ward by 375 votes. The All Progressives Congress (APC) came second with 66 votes, while Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) trailed far behind with only 21 votes.
The results out of Mr Omisore’s unit reflect his overall performance in his Ile-Ife stronghold, where he is widely projected to do well across the five local government areas that make up the axis with heavy concentration of votes.
Early results showed the former senator trouncing his major challengers around Ile-Ife, which is widely acclaimed the cradle of Yorubaland.
He voted at Ward 1, Unit 3 inside St. Gabriel’s Primary School, Moore, Ife-East Local Government Area, shortly after 11:00 a.m. Saturday.
Mr Omisore was formerly of the PDP, on whose platform he made an unsuccessful gubernatorial bid in 2014. His influence in the PDP around Ile-Ife axis has been speculated as politically detrimental to Isiaka Adeleke, the candidate of the PDP in today’s race.
Results out of Ede showed Mr Adeleke leading in his hometown, but his chances might have been better and more obvious were Mr Omisore still in PDP.
Mr Gboyega Oyetola, the candidate of the APC tapped by incumbent Rauf Aregbesola to succeed him, is reported to be doing well around Osun Central.
Voter turnout in most parts of the state is reported as impressive, which could make the race competitive, although there are reports the electorate were being paid for their votes by all the major parties.
Votes are now being collated at local government level across the state, and most may not reach the state collation headquarters in Osogbo until later on Sunday morning.
LAUTECH lecturers drum support for students
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) chapter of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) has condemned the management of the institution for increasing tuition fee.
The increment by nearly 100 percent with effect from the 2018/19 academic session was announced by the school, which is jointly owned by the Oyo and Osun state governments, on Monday.
This newspaper reported that the decision was taken at the 133rd meeting of the governing council of the university on July 5 to hike the fee.
Until the adjustment,100-level students who are indigenes of Oyo or Osun paid N120,000 while those who are not from either state paid N150,000 as part of the resolution of the management of the institution after a strike by its workers that lasted several months.
However, this time around, indigenes are now to pay N200,000 while non-indigenes are to pay N250,000 for the new session which will commence on October 29.
The new fees are against the initial N63,500 for indigenes and N72,500 for non-indigenes who are returning students.
Barely 24 hours after the announcement on Monday, a protest by the students ensued leading to a shutdown of the school’s main campus in Ogbomosho as well as it’s medical school in Osogbo.
The spokesperson of the university, Lekan Fadeyi, has not been responding to calls and text messages sent to his line on the development.
PREMIUM TIMES also reported that students locked the institution’s campus gates in Osogbo and Ogbomoso to protest against the increment with the hashtag, #OccupyLautech.
However, the Secretary of LAUTECH ASUU, Toyin Abegunrin, in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday condemned the increment and vowed that the teachers would continue to support the agitation of students.
“We are not in support of the increment and ASUU believed that education should not be privatised,” Mr Abegunrin said.
“It is the duty of the management to pay necessary fee and not to put their responsibilities on parents who are struggling to survive.
“ASUU is in support of the students’ agitation because we did same during our time. If not, some of us will not graduate. It is important for them to express their displeasure and we condemn the authorities for their acts,” he said.
Co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen dies at 65
Paul Allen, the billionaire who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975 is dead. He died Monday afternoon in his hometown of Seattle, after battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Allen, whose wealth was estimated north of $20 billion, announced 2 weeks ago his cancer had returned after 9 years in remission.
Allen and Gates, both college dropouts, hatched the idea for Microsoft in Albuquerque. They designed software for the yet-to-explode personal computer revolution.
The 2 men met when they were teenage students at Lakeside School outside Seattle. They became fast friends and bonded over their love of computers. The two would go “dumpster diving” for computer program code. Allen, who dropped out of Washington State, convinced Gates to bail from Harvard.
Allen is the one who came up with the name — Micro-Soft.
Paul was 65.
Jigawa immunises 1.5 million children against polio
The Jigawa Primary Healthcare Development Agency (JSPHCDA) says over 1.5 million children were immunised against polio in the recently concluded immunisation in the state.
Kabiru Ibrahim, the executive secretary of the agency, said this on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse.
He said the agency received enough Oral Polio Vaccines (OPVs) which led to the successful immunisation of the targeted children against the disease.
Mr Ibrahim also said adequate personnel were engaged to conduct the exercise simultaneously across the 27 Local Government Areas of the state.
The executive secretary commended traditional rulers and religious leaders as well as other stakeholders in the state for their support and cooperation in ensuring the smooth conduct of the exercise.
Mr Ibrahim further expressed satisfaction at the level of compliance by parents.
He said that such cooperation would facilitate quick response in combating the disease and address other emergency situations in the state.
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