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Mama Sijuwola Ajayi, The Yeye Oba Of Erinmo Ijesa Passes On At 80

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‘My Mother Was A Rare Gem’ — Elerinmo

The Elerinmo of Erinmo Ijesa in Osun State, Oba (Dr) Michael Odunayo Ajayi Arowotawaya 11, has lost his mother.

The matriarch of Ajayi Dynasty and also the Yeye Oba of Erinmo land, Pastor (Mrs.) Sijuwola Ajayi passed on peacefully recently at the age of 80.

Yeye Oba, Pastor (Mrs.) Sijuwola Ajayi, with her son, Elerinmo of Erinmo Ijesa, Oba (Dr) Michael Odunayo Ajayi Arowotawaya II

In his tribute to celebrate a life well spent of his mother, accompanied by beautiful pictures that mirrored parts of her life and times, Oba Odunayo Ajayi described his late mother as a rare gem and mother in a million.

Read Elerinmo’s tribute below:

TRIBUTE TO MY MOTHER, YEYE OBA SIJUWOLA AJAYI

If you were looking for a woman of substance, a strict disciplinarian, a mother indeed, a wife to envy, and an epitome of elegance whose spoken and written English is Queen-styled, beauty and class look no further than for Pastor (Mrs) Sijuwola Ajayi the Yeye Oba of Erinmo Land.

Late Yeye Oba, Pastor (Mrs.) Sijuwola Ajayi exchanging pleasantries with His Imperial Majesty, the Oòni of Ile-Ife, Osun State

Born sometimes in 1940, widely traveled, a retired teacher and educationist who was actively engaged in private business till her death recently. She is well-connected within the top echelon of Nigerian military, having taught some of the children of the high and mighty in Nigeria, including those of two former Nigerian Heads of State at the Command Children’s School in Ikeja Cantonment and before then in Kaduna.

A stickler for discipline and excellence, Mama was a caring, honest mother, grand mother and dutiful wife who dots over her children living long to witness the crowning of her first son as Kabiyesi Elerinmo of Erinmo land some years ago.

Late Yeye Oba in a group photograph with native of the United States of America during her visit.

Yeye Oba is royalty on all sides, by birth and by marriage. She is a grand daughter of the late High Chief Sapetu Aloba, the traditional prime minister of Igbara-Oke and late High Chief Ejemu Daniel Atere, the 3rd in command to his Royal Highness the Olowa of Igbara-Oke, and was happily married to the late Asiwaju of Erinmo Ijesa, Chief (Dr) Joseph Olubowale Ajayi the icon of the AROWOTAWAYA Royal lineage of Erinmo, whose son later became King Arowotawaya II.

Highly religious, mama is a certified pastor in training from the College of Divinity, Lagos. A Deaconess of the CHRIST APOSTOLIC CHURCH in Erinmo-Ijesa, a Most Senior mother Israel/Matron Queen Sheba’s Band of the C&S Movement Church, Kingsland District, Oke-Oba, Lagos, Matron Elizabeth’s BAND C&S Church Movement Ewu Tuntun, Matron Mary’s Band St James Spiritual Grace Church, AREA COMMANDER CHAPLAIN FELLOWSHIP OF NIGERIA INC and in recognition of her service to the Christian community, she was conferred with the title OTUN EGBE AYA BISOBU of the ST PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, IGBARA-OKE, ONDO STATE, NIGERIA.

Yeye Oba at her installation as the Otun Egbe Aya Bishop of St. Paul’s Anglican church, Igbara oke, Ondo state

A woman of many parts, She was Founding President of the Prestige Social Club of Igbara-Oke; Matron of Facoys Sisters Club of Lagos; Matron Ifesowapo Social Club of Igbara-Oke; Matron Road Safety Club, Ifedore chapter.

Together with her husband she was blessed with six children (all of whom are graduates and professionals including lawyers, accountants, etc living in various parts of the world) and several grand children.

Yeye Oba, Pastor (Mrs.) Sijuwola Ajayi, with her son, Elerinmo of Erinmo Ijesa, Oba (Dr) Michael Odunayo Ajayi Arowotawaya II

Up to the time of her departure, she occupied herself with praying, interceding for her children, communities, and the nation; attending religious, social, and traditional occasions that involved her communities and families.

May her soul rest in perfect peace. Amen.

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INEC Releases 2023 General Elections Report

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has released the 2023 general elections report.

Its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Sam Olumekun, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

The report was released almost a year after the 2023 general elections.

Some Nigerians had expressed disappointment over the delayed uploads of the presidential election results to the INEC result viewing portal.

However, Olumekun said the election report was reviewed and approved for publication at the commission’s weekly meeting held on Thursday.

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He noted that the publication was done in keeping with the commission’s tradition over the last four electoral cycles, and its commitment to transparency.

Olumekun said the “comprehensive 526-page document, structured into 13 chapters and enhanced with 60 tables, 14 boxes, and 10 graphs, offered an in-depth analysis of the election’s key processes, achievements, and challenges, along with valuable lessons learned.”

Giving more insights, the national commissioner stated “The report showcases the election’s unparalleled diversity in party representation, demonstrating significant democratic progress.

“This election saw four political parties winning gubernatorial races, seven parties winning senatorial seats, eight in federal constituencies, and nine in state legislatures, illustrating a broad shift in political representation across Nigeria.

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“The report underscores the pivotal role of technological advancements, particularly the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, in enhancing electoral integrity and reducing fraud.

“Furthermore, it addresses public concerns about the INEC Result Viewing portal, explaining the technical issues encountered during the upload of polling unit results for the presidential election.”

He added that other aspects covered in the report include logistics, security arrangements, staff recruitment and training, inclusivity measures, and the electoral framework,” he said.

Olumekun further stated that the commission would welcome feedback to inform future electoral reforms and improvements.

 

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CJN To Swear In New Supreme Court Justices Monday

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The newly-appointed 11 Justices of the Supreme Court will be sworn in on Monday, according to The PUNCH.

The justices are Jummai Sankey, Chidiebere Uwa, Chioma Nwosu-Iheme, Haruna Tsammani, Moore Adumein, Obande Ogbuinya, and Stephen Adah.

Others are Habeeb Abiru, Jamilu Yammama Tukur, Abubakar Sadiq Umar, and Mohammed Baba Idris

The National Assembly had on December 21, 2023, confirmed the elevation of the justices following President Bola Tinubu’s recommendation.

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According to an invite sent to our correspondent on Friday, the Supreme Court’s Director of Information, Festus Akande, disclosed that the oath of office will be administered on the justices by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola.

He said, “The newly appointed 11 Justices of the Supreme Court will be sworn in by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola on Monday at 10.00 a.m. at the Main Courtroom of the Supreme Court.”

When the swearing-in of the elevated justices is done, the apex court will have the full complement of 21 justices, as stipulated by the Constitution

 

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Akeredolu’s Widow Slams Critics As Ex-governor Is Buried In Ondo

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The ancient town of Owo, Ondo State on Friday, played host to people from all walks of life who stormed the town to grace the final burial of the late former governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu.

Akeredolu, who passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2023, during a protracted illness in a German hospital, at the age of 67, was laid to rest at the burial site in the community.

In line with the burial programme, the body of the former governor arrived in the state on Wednesday where a special court session was held in his honour after which the remains were taken to the Akure Township Stadium for a lying-in-state and commendation service.

On Friday, a funeral service was held at the St. Andrew’s Cathedral Anglican Church, Imola, Owo. The Vice President, Mallan Kashim Shettima and many dignitaries were in attendance.

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The wife of the late Akeredolu, Betty, in her tribute, hit hard on the critics of her relationship with her late husband.

The former first lady said “It’s me, your adorable Betty. You just left me. Just like that! It hurts. Badly it hurts. Now alone to face all manners of mockery from the so-called friends and adversaries alike. Now alone. A beg o! Can an Amotekun generalissimo be a weakling? Mbanuu! It doesn’t add up nau. Haba!”

“Not a few lashed out that you (Akeredolu) were a weakling because you loved me. I don’t think so in their homes while growing up they saw their mothers trampled upon as doormats. By the way, do they know what love is?

“They copied the template and treated their wives as pieces of furniture that can be easily discarded as trash. In many instances, the subjugation was garnished with beatings while the community looked the other way and remained unperturbed by gender-based violence. Beaten up like punch bags.”

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Speaking at the service, President Bola Tinubu, who was represented by the Vice President, described the deceased former governor as a fearless man who always stood by the truth.

“We are gathered here today to bid farewell to a remarkable soul, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu SAN, CON,” the President began, reflecting on the transience of life and the enduring impact of our choices. He is a fearless soldier for his people.”

“There was no point in life where his voice shook in telling his truth. He was a vastly intelligent man whose passion has created quite a wide vacuum beyond this community,” the President eulogised.

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Similarly, the state Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa said his former boss always stood for good governance and the rule of law.

He stated, “You are all here because he stood for something: good governance and the rule of law. He means a lot to different people, and that is why he has been described in different words. He was a courageous leader, a fighter, and a warrior. How can we forget him so soon? It is not possible because he lives on.

“He used the instrument of governance to intervene in different sectors of the state, including education, health services, and infrastructural development and security, among others.”

Dignitaries at the burial ceremony include the Ondo State Governor Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, the Governors of Oyo, Ogun, Lagos, Osun, Ekiti, Edo, Delta, Anambra and Benue States, Engnr Seyi Makinde, Dapo Abiodun, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Abiodun Oyebanji, Godwin Obaseki, Sheriff Oborevwori, Charles Soludo and Hyacinth Alia respectively and the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje and host of others.

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