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Folarin sure of victory —PDP Chieftain

A chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Okaka, in Itesiwaju Local Government, Area of Oyo State, Alhaji Bashir Hamed Aranse, has said with confidence that the party’s gubernatorial candidate in the state, Senator Teslim Kolawole Folarin, will win the governorship election coming up next month by God’s grace.

Adigun Irawo, other APC, PDP chieftains join Labour Party

ERSTWHILE pillar of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, Chief Jacob Olawoore Adigun, popularly called Adigun Irawo with several other APC, PDP chieftains in the state, have decamped to the Labour Party (LP).

Remembrance prayer ceremony for Olorun Adaba

By Olawale Rasheed 
SPECIAL 17th remembrance prayer ceremony was organised recently in Oyo for Alhaji AbdulKareem Ajibade Atobatele Olorun Adaba, who passed into the great beyond on August 7, 1997.

BJCCI 2014 Annual Praise Night festival in pictures...


Heritage Echo’s merit award ceremony in pictures


Nikkah Ceremony for Ahmed and Sekinat in Oyo


Sodo bags Mayegun of Igboholand chieftaincy title


Iku Baba Yeye celebrates 44th coronation anniversary

IKU Baba Yeye, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba (Dr) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, the Alaafin of Oyo, is set to mark his 44th coronation anniversary in grand style.

Road Accidents: I wish mine were the last

IT'S true that there are 11,000 accident prone spots on Nigerian highways, then Nigerians should be wary and direct efforts towards unveiling the source of this vital information with action that can checkmate the current almost uncontrollable carnage on the nation's roads.

New Chief Imam of Okaka turbanned

By Olawale Rasheed
THE town of Okaka in Itesiwaju Local Government Area of Oyo State, stood still recently during the turbanning ceremony of Alhaji Ismail Buseri Olawale Akanfe IV as the Chief Imam of Okaka Central Mosque.

Bisi Ilaka promises effective representation

CHIEF Luqman Oyebisi Ilaka, Oyo Central Senatorial candidate on the platform of Accord, has pledged effective and adequate representation of the people of the area if given the mandate in the coming election.

Pursue peace at all levels, Fatokun pleads with politicians

A community leader in Oyoland, Chief Femi Fatokun, the Akogun Onidode of Oyo, has passionately appealed to all political parties and office seekers especially in Oyoland to work for peace and promote it before, during and after the coming general elections.

Success, followers dump APC for Accord

By Olawale Rasheed
AN erstwhile chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo West Local Government Area of Oyo State, Alhaji Balogun Adewale Rasheed, a.k.a. Success, has recently decamped from APC to Accord with all his teeming followers in the area.

Oyo agog for 70th remembrance ceremony for Alaafin Ladigbolu •Iku Baba Yeye extols his virtues

By Tajudeen Opeyemi
SEVENTY years ago, precisely, on December 19, 1944, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Abubakar Siyanbola Onikepe Akanbi Ladigbolu, then Alaafin of Oyo, joined his ancestors after reigning for 33 years.

Make impact wherever you are, AFOYO members charged

By Olawale Rasheed
MEMBERS of Afijio/Oyo Local Government Employees (AFOYO) have been charged to always make an impact wherever they are posted to in the state.

Buhari ready to give quality life to Nigerians —LG boss

THE coming up of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at this time is the fulfilment of God’s promise to bail Nigeria out of her multifaceted socio-economic problems created by the bad leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Youth empowerment, social amenities ’ll be my priority —Ajeigbe •Gives kudos to Alaafin for royal support

HON (Alhaji) Mudashiru Bolanle Ajeigbe of Akeetan area, Oyo in Oyo West Local Government was the former chairman of the council but now aspiring to contest for a seat in the state House of Assembly on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC). In this interview with RASHEED OLAWALE, Hon Ajeigbe is coming to represent the people of Oyo West/Oyo East State constituency in the Oyo State House of Assembly.  He promised to alleviate the suffering of the people if given the mandate.  He said since he enjoyed the full support of Alaafin of Oyo when he served as Oyo West LG boss, he would still work again under the umbrella of kabiyesi and the good people of the area. Excerpts from the interview:

Ogo-Oluwa council boss commissions two edifices

OPETE Village in Ogo-Oluwa Local Government Area of Oyo State was recently set agog with fun and fanfare as the caretaker committee chairman of the council, Hon. Adegbola Simeon Oyeleke, commissioned two edifices same day in the community.

Gazaal Adebimpe Akano dies at 75

AN Islamic leader in Oyo town, Mallam Muhammed Gazaal Adebimpe Olayiwola Akano (a.k.a. “ALLAH DE”), aged 75 is dead.

Olori Blessing Atoyebi passes on

THE wife of Oba (Dr) Mathiew Ayoola Oyeniyi Atoyebi, Onigbope of Igbope in Oorelope Local Government Area of Oyo State, Olori Blessing Nkeasi Atoyebi, has passed on.

Ladoja visited Alaafin for royal blesing only —Aide`

THE recent visit of Accord gubernatorial candidate for the next month’s general election in Oyo State, was purposely to receive royal blessing and not to campaign in the ancient city of Oyo.

Prince Abewaajoye Gbadeyanka Oluwole Kayode: Every Inch a Deji

By Odeyemi Odesanmi
“If people like us do not appreciate what belongs to us as a people, in the very near future, Yoruba Language and its richness, as well as our culture, tradition and all that make us unique as a people, will soon become history.  We must do it for the next generation.”

Listowel calls for cooperation, understanding

HON Lord Balogun Listowel, caretaker Committee Chairman of Oorelope Local Government Area of Oyo State, has called for cooperation and understanding among the indigenes of the council area.  Listowel, who spoke briefly during the 5th coronation anniversary of Ona-Onibode, Oba Abdulrashidi Adetoyese Jayeola III, pleaded with the poeple for the settlement of any rancour between them and the local government.

Make obas relevant, LG boss pleads with govt

A serving local government chairman in Oyo State has advocated for a role that will make traditional rulers more relevant in their domains and have a sense of belonging in the scheme of things in the country.

Pursue people-oriented programmes, Ona Onibode urges govt

VARIOUS  tiers of government in the country have been urged to pursue people's-oriented projects and programmes that will touch the lives of the people in the grassroots especially to reduce poverty, unemployment and crimes in the society.

I'll work for rapid development of Igboholand, Sodo pledges

THE newly installed Mayegun of Igboholand who is also the siting president of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Oyo State, Chief Alhaji Sikirulahi Adebayo Titilola Sodo, has pledged that he would work for the rapid development and economic advancement of Igboholand.

Seek my advice before you vote, Alaafin tells indigenes of Igboholand

IKU Baba Yeye, Oba (Dr) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, the Alaafin of Oyo and Permanent Chairman of Oyo State Council of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs, has appealed to all the indigenes of Igboholand in particular not to vote for just any politician but for only those who will favour traditional rulers and help the people in the area.

Pa Fasasi Asamu Oniwatutu dies at 93

CHAIRMAN of Traditional Medicine and Herbal Cure Association in Atiba Local Government Area of Oyo State, Pa Fasasi Asamu (a.k.a. Oniwatutu) is dead.  He is aged 93.

Accord leads other parties in Oke-Ogun —Dele Hassan

By Tajudeen Opeyemi
A chieftain of Accord in Oke Amu in Itesiwaju Local Government Area of Oyo State, has disagreed with all those saying that the party is only popular in Ibadan, pointing out that Accord is the leading party in Oke Ogun area of the state now.

Anxiety over Oyo PDP delegates’ list

ANXIETY and fears appear to be gripping some members of the Oyo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over a letter written to the party by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), informing the party that the electoral body had in its possession a valid court order that restrained it from accepting, recognising or treating as nominated candidate of the party or any who did not emerge in accordance with the order of the court.

NOSFOM takes sensitisation meeting to Okeho •Towards creation of New Oyo State •Over 400 in attendance

OVER 400 stakeholders in the struggle for the creation of New Oyo State, with capital at Oyo town, recently converged on Okeho, the headquarters of Kajola Local Government Area of Oyo State to further examine the National Conference’s recommendations on the creation of the new state to rub minds with the people of Oke-Ogun Zone One.

Power for the next gold in 2015

DURING Olympics or any sports fiesta, we always hear the slogan 'Go for the gold” from sports fans and enthusiastic spectators. But the story is different for the participating athletes. What is usually their aim? Is it the gold medal or the goal of finishing? Though, the prize and the goal are intimately connected, they are not the same. The athlete who wants to win the prize must first of all set his eyes on the goal since he cannot run directly to the high table where the medal is. For him to “go for the gold”, he must as a matter of diligence “go for the goal”.

Oyo Prisons appreciates out-going officer-in-charge, holds end of the year party

By Olawale Rasheed
THE management of the Nigerian Prisons Service, (Medium Security Prison,) Abolongo Oyo, has recently organized a get-together to appreciate the immediate past officer in-charge of the prison DSP Seye Olukoya Oduntan who has been transferred to Akure Prison service.

I’ll work for peace in Igboholand —Aare Ago

THE newly installed Aare Ago of Igboholand, Alhaji (Barrister) Lateef Adetunji Adedigba, has assured Oba Abdulrasheed Adetoyese Anikulapo Jayeola III, Ona Onibode of Igboholand and the people of the area that he would work to ensure that peace continues to reign in the land and in Oke-Ogun in particular.

Virtues of late Chief Imam of Okaka extolled •Passes on at 105

By Olawale Rasheed
THE Chief Imam of Okaka Central Mosque, Sheikh Fasasy Bn Muibi (R.T.A.) has passed on. Aged 105.

I don’t see APC coming back to rule Oyo State again —Ajibola

THE chances of the incumbent governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi winning the coming election for his second term ambition, is very low, a chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said.

‘Accord on top in Irepo LG’

A chieftain of Accord in Irepo Local Government Area of Oyo State, has assured leaders of the party in the state that the party has spread all over the local government and thereby over shadowing all the other parties in the area.

Oyo guber polls: PDP hopeful, comfortable —Ona-Ara

HONOURABLE Afeez Adelowo Jimoh (a.k.a. Ona-Ara) currently representing Irepo/Oorelope/Olorunsogo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said confidently that his party would record landslide victory in the coming general elections in the country.

Jonathan doesn’t deserve re-election —Olawoore

By Olawale Rasheed
THE immediate past Transition Committee Chairman of Ibarapa Central Local Government Area of Oyo State, Honourable Prince Gbemileke Bola Olawoore, has said that the incumbent President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan does not deserve to be re-elected for second term in office.

Prince Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi’s versatility

Culled from a book titled: “The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, JP, CFR, LLD, His Life History and His Philosophy
•Kabiyesi, as an athlete and a boxer, people do not know that I ran long distance at that time.  I was a long distance runner... I was doing an average of ten (10) miles a week... but it was only boxing that made me famous and it overshadows my other contributions like footballing and athletics in which I featured most in those days...

2015: Ajimobi will win again, LG boss assures •As new Baogan of Okeho installed

GOVERNOR Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State will surely record landslide victory in the governorship election coming up soon in the state.

Heritage Echo honours worthy Nigerians with merit awards

DIGNITARIES from all walks of life converged recently on Plaza De Haruna Hotel, Oyo to witness the annual merit award ceremony organized by Heritage Echo Newspaper Limited, Oyo.

Race to Aso Rock, Agodi Govt House hot up •Will Ajimobi break the jinx? •Voting pattern may change

IN the next few weeks from now, Nigerians will know the next occupant of Aso Rock, the seat of the Federal Government.

Madam Rabiat Abeke Azeez passes on at 84

A devout Muslim, Madam Rabiat Erubami Mofayewi Abeke Azeez is dead. Aged 84.

Final burial ceremony for Alhaja Raliat Lashebikan

THE final burial ceremony for Alhaja Raliat Oyeladun Agbeke Jimoh Lashebikan (nee Babalola) of Awele Compound, Oke-Agunpopo, Oyo, will come up on Saturday, December 6, 2014.  Venue of the ceremony is at Ladigbolu Grammar School ground, beside Labamba Hotels, Oyo.

Gov presents appointment letters to 5,300 teachers, others

GOVERNOR Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, has recently presented letters of appointment to 5,300 teaching and non-teaching staff just employed into public primary and secondary schools in all the 33 local government areas of the state.

Olaosegba praised over medical screening for women exercise

THE vested interest of the Ibarapa East Local Government in the masses health informed the total medical screening organised by the local government in collaboration with the Total Care Laboratories Limited.

Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja's quotable quotes

•    Politics for me, is not about ‘Bread and Butter’ for me and my immediate family members. For one, God has been gracious to me that I do not need politics to feed. For me politics is about sacrificial leadership. I have resolved to use my resources (intellect, talents, money and physical energy) to effect a positive change in the collective fortune of my people. This is the very essence of my involvement in partisan politics.

Traditional rulers pledge support for Alaafin

TRADITIONAL rulers all over Oyo State in particular have renewed their support for Oba (Dr) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, the Alaafin of Oyo.

Baale pledges support for Ajimobi’s 2nd term ambition

GOVERNOR Isiaq Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has been commended for giving the state a face-lift and for his masses-friendly projects round the state, pledging that his second term ambition will be supported by the people.

I'm in good terms with Ajimobi —Alaafin

Oba Adeyemi went down memory lane on how he had supported the governor when he was seeking to be the governor of the state, stating that he was happy that he had not made a wrong decision in supporting the governor.

Ajimobi has misused golden opportunity —Adebayo •Says he is out to affect lives

Before you count two or three committed and loyal members of Accord in Oyo State, one must have mentioned Hon Oluwafowokanmi Oluwafemi Adebayo among them.  He is a businessman and indeed the CEO of Better Life Investment Nigeria Limited, Molete, Ibadan, with a chain of other businesses.  He is a right hand man of Accord leader, Senator Rashidi Ladoja. Hon Adebayo is one of those aspiring for a seat in the Oyo State House of Assembly to represent Ibadan South-West State Constituency 2 in the 2015 general elections on the platform of Accord.  In this interview with Heritage Echo crew, he exposed the weaknesses of other parties in the state, saying Accord is the only stable party on ground in the state.  For more revelations on the chances of Senator Ladoja winning the guber election, read on...

Oyo State Cooperative College groping in darkness •Provost seeks govt, Alaafin's assistance, recognition •Proud of high academic standard

OYO State Cooperative College, located along Oyo-Ibadan Expressway, Ilora in Afijio Local Government Area of the state, is actually one of the best cooperative institutions in the country known for high academic performance, but lacks government's attention and interest.

Here is an institution abandoned by the government in a bushy environment and even shunned by members of its immediate communities.

Otu stands still for Pa Akinyemi at 81

OTU town, the headquarters of Itesiwaju Local Government Area of Oyo State stood still for a whole day recently during the activities marking the 81st birthday ceremony of Pa Joseph Ogunfenwa Akinyemi.

Ladoja, an asset to Oyo State —Success

By Sanjo Egunjobi

ACCORD leader and founder of the party, Senator Rashidi Adewolu Aremu Ladoja has been described as an asset to the people of Oyo State and therefore should be given the mandate as the next governor of the state in 2015.

My duty is to ensure Ladoja’s victory at polls —Hon Adegoke •We’re moving round to propagate his work

Honourable Chief Adegboyega Adegoke is one of the aspirants vying for a seat in the House of Representatives under the platform of Accord to represent Ibadan South-West/North-West Federal Constituency in 2015 general elections.  He spoke in this interview with Heritage Echo crew about the arrangement already made by Accord for 2015 general elections and the leadership qualities of Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja.  He also talked about the performance of the incumbent governor and  how he has misused the opportunity given to hm by the people.

Otu community praises Adeniji

THE entire people of Otu home and abroad have expressed their profound appreciation to the chairman of Itesiwaju Local Government of Oyo State, Honourable Adeniji Olarinre, for undertaking a complete renovation of the ancient Town Hall  in Otu.

Olawoore lauds Ajimobi on physical development

CARETAKER Chairman of Ibarapa Central Local Government Area of Oyo State, Honourable (Prince) Bola Gbemileke Olawoore, has affirmed that Oyo State has witnessed an unprecedented physical development all over the geographical zones in the state.

When God is silent


“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven... a time to keep silent, and a time to speak (Ecclesiastes 3:1,7 NKJV).

I'm coming to serve my people's interest —Okanlawon

Honouable Olanrewaju Afeez Olayiwola Atanda B. (aka Okanlawon)  is one of the aspirants on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Atiba Local Government of Oyo State, vying for the seat in the Oyo State House of Assembly to represent Atiba State constituency. In this interview with Olawale Rasheed, the aspirant talked about what he has in stock for the people in the area and what the leaders can do to move the party forward at local, state and the federal level. Please come along with us…

Ladoja received Olopoeniyan, APC, PDP decampees into Accord

THE National Leader of Accord, Senator Rasidi Ladoja, has in Ogbomoso and in other towns, received hundreds of PDP and APC members into Accord, men and women who have renounced memberships of their parties to join Accord.

Ilora now a land of hope, development —Akibio

AKIBIO of Iloraland, Oba Stephen Oyeniyi Olufemi, Oparinde II (JP) has described the present day Ilora as a land of hope, progress and development.

Chief, community pull out of Ido LG in protest •Pitch tent with Ibadan North-West

FOR lack of government’s presence, a community in Ido Local Government area of Oyo state and its traditional ruler, have pulled out of the council and pitched tent with Ibadan North-West Local Government in the state.

ABC of crisis that led to Ladoja's illegal impeachment

By Emmanuel Oladesu

IT all boils down to one sad issue, the menace of godfatherism. It is brutal scheming for political relevance and economic survival; a curious adjustive style of a garrison commander aided by the power from above to cause political dislocation.

Ladoja: Winning in Losing

A Book: The Ladoja Saga, is a collection of what the papers say about how the people have their way.  The review of the news and views about Governor Ladoja’s barbaric impeachment and reinstatement. Bizarre politico-constitutional drama in Oyo State 2002 - 2007. Edited by Biskay. Enjoy.

Ladoja, a perfect leader —Hon Niyi Adeoye

Hon Niyi Adeoye, aspiring to represent Ibadan North-East State Constituency, is a committed member of Accord in Oyo State.  During  an interview with him in his office in the Assembly, he talked at length on the strength of his party in Oyo State.  He also talked about the ability and the leadership qualities of Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja.  In this interview with Heritage Echo crew, the lawmaker assured the people in the state that Accord  would spring surprises in the coming general elections in 2015.  Excerpts:

Ogo-Oluwa LG flagged-off construction of road

THE caretaker chairman of Ogo-Oluwa, Hon Simeon Oyeleke, has flaged-off the construction of a 2.1 km road Ladanu to Alaasoko-Omooba community of the council area.

Accord is the government in waiting in Oyo State •In one word, everybody prefers the party —Hon. Oloya

In preparation for the 2015 general elections in the country and the chances of Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja to return to the Oyo State Government House, a member of the State House of Asembly, Hon Oloya Kehinde Ayinla, representing Ibadan North-East State Constituency I, was engaged in a special interview by a crew of Heritage Echo and other seasoned journalists.  In the chat, Hon Oloya talked extensively about the leadership qualities of Senator Ladoja, assuring the people of the state of better tomorrow under the able leadership of Senator Ladoja. He said emphatically that Ladoja would win the coming guber election in the state. Excerpts.

Work in unity, Oyo East council boss charges aides

TRANSITION Committee Chairman of Oyo East Local Government, Kosobo, Oyo, has admonished members of the caretaker committee of the council to work in unity and give his administration full support for the people of the area to enjoy real dividends of democracy.

Accord makes N109.9m from purchase of forms

ACCORD Party has made conservatively N109.9 million from the recent forms purchased by 313 aspirants for 53 elective positions, in the 2015 general elections.

Ilaka opposes APC leadership style in S/West

POLITICS has been described as a service to humanity and not as a business as it is been practiced by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-West states of the country.

Accord 'll perform better in 2015 polls —Women leader

OYO State Accord Party Women Leader, Chief (Mrs) Olufunke Akinpelu, from Lagelu Local Government Area of Oyo State has confirmed that Accord Party performed more than expectation during the 2011 general elections in the state.

Govt’s policy has distorted peace of the masses —Adesina

THE policy of the government should be to uplift the people but the policy of the current administration in Oyo State has really distorted the peace of the masses.

Accord knows needs of the masses —Arch Lawal

THE All Progressives Congress (APC) has been described as another form of “Boko Haram” sect in the South West of Nigeria through the hunger it creates in the state by virtues of all these white elephant projects is embark upon that has little or no positive impact on the masses.

The marks of a silent achiever intact

CERTAINLY the good people of Oyo State will prefer an achiever as governor anytime any day.  This is why the people are clamouring for the return of Senator Rashidi Adewolu Aremu Ladoja as governor of the state in 2015 for his unbeatable record especially in the area of education and people’s welfare.  During his short but eventful tenure, he:

2015: 'Why Ladoja should return as gov'

By Ahmed Amubikanhun
THE desire of most people in Oyo state that Senator Rasidi Ladoja returns to the helm of affairs as Governor of Oyo state is gathering momentum daily.

See politics as service to humanity, not as business, Olugbon tells politicians •Lauds Ladoja

SENATOR Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja has been described as a brilliant and intelligent, sensible leader during his administration in Oyo State.

Why I voted for APC in 2011 —Sen Babalola

SENATOR Andrew Abidemi Babalola is a distinguished senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from Oyo Central Senatorial District.

Pa Mathew Olorungbon Ogunbambi, a prayerful Christian —Cleric

THE late Pa Mathew Olorungbon Ogungbambi  (a.k.a. Oluwaloni Igba ati Akoko) has been described as a prayerful Christian who always put God first in everything he used to do while alive.

Work for peace, development in Kogi, Governor Wada urged

GOVERNOR Idris Wada of Kogi State has been advised to ensure that peace continues to reign before, during and even after the 2015 general elections in order to ensure steady progress and development  in the state.

I'm in good terms with Ajimobi —Alaafin •Says we’re still together

GOVERNOR Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has been assured of full support and cooperation by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba (Dr) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III.