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Things To Know About Dr Paul Akintelure, Ondo APC Gov Aspirant, Who Died Before Primaries

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The late Dr. Paul Akintelure was one of the frontline governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Ondo State was announced dead Tuesday morning.

Dr Paul Akintelure’s death comes amid preparations for the APC governorship primary election scheduled for April 25.

Before his untimely demise, Akintelure had raised concerns about both direct and indirect threats to his life.

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His background and educaton

Dr Paul Akintelure had expressed hope that the situation would improve over time but sadly, it escalated.

The late Dr. Paul Akintelure, was a distinguished medical practitioner and community leader. He was born in the vibrant town of Igbotako, Ondo State, Nigeria.

His journey in education began at St. Anthony’s RCM School, Omotosho, in 1967.

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Following his family’s relocation, Dr Paul Akintelure continued his primary education at St. Pius Primary School, Igbotako, and excelled academically, completing his primary education in 1973.

Tragedy struck in 1978 when his father, Mr. S.O. Akintelure, a teacher, passed away in a road traffic accident.

Despite this setback, Dr. Paul Akintelure’s academic prowess earned him a government scholarship in 1976, witnessed by his late father.

Undeterred by the challenges, Dr. Paul Akintelure‘s journey took him to Manuwa Memorial Grammar School, Iju-Odo, in 1975, where his exceptional intelligence shone through.

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He secured a Division One grade in the West African School Certificate Exams (WASCE) in 1980, a testament to his academic dedication.

His passion for medicine led him to decline offers from two polytechnics and the University of Benin, opting instead for a rigorous A-level program at the Federal Government College, Odogbolu.

This choice marked the beginning of his remarkable journey toward a medical degree at the University of Ibadan, where he obtained his MBBS in 1990.

Beyond his impressive academic achievements, Dr. Paul Akintelure is a devoted family man.

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Blessed with four children, two girls, and two boys, he embodies the values of commitment and responsibility. His personal life reflects a balance between professional success and family values, demonstrating that excellence in one area need not compromise the other.

Scholarships, academic and professional Achievements

The journey to becoming a medical doctor was not without financial challenges for Dr. Paul Akintelure.

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After the passing of his father, he faced the responsibility of supporting ten fatherless siblings. Notably, in 1976, the Ondo State government recognized his potential and awarded him a scholarship.

Further, the Igbotako Youth League, an elite organization, extended another scholarship to the promising scholar.

Akintelure’s proactive approach led him to secure a teaching position at Lubokun Comprehensive High School, Igbotako, to save for his future education, showcasing his resilience and commitment to his goals.

His academic journey culminated in his graduation from the University of Ibadan with an MBBS degree in 1990. His commitment to excellence was evident as he consistently secured top positions throughout his educational pursuits.

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Beyond academia, he has become a distinguished medical practitioner, contributing to the well-being of the community.

His dedication to both education and community service has earned him the titles of Otunba of Osooro-land and Otunba of Ikale-land, reflecting the high regard in which he is held by his community.

Dr. Paul Akintelure’s life story is one of resilience, academic excellence, and community service.

From overcoming personal tragedies to achieving professional success, he serves as an inspiration to aspiring individuals in both the medical field and the broader community.

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Dr. Paul Akintelure: Life of triumph over adversity

Late Akintelure‘s journey through university was marked by formidable challenges, a testament to his resilience in the face of adversity. Struggling against hunger, inadequacy, and the harsh realities of poverty, the young Paul Akintelure faced a defining moment.

Undeterred, he emerged victorious in his battle against the constraints of financial limitations.

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During his internship at General Hospital, Lagos, and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) at the Comprehensive Health Centre in Ogunbayo, Abeokuta, Dr. Akintelure’s leadership qualities, dexterity, and unwavering dedication shone through.

His transformative impact on the Ogunbayo Health Centre, turning it into the busiest in the local government, attested to his exceptional work ethic.

This early professional experience laid the foundation for his future endeavors, showcasing a commitment to excellence that would define his medical career.

Brief stints at Island Maternity, Lagos, preceded the establishment of his private hospital, BROAD HOSPITAL, marking a significant milestone in his professional journey.

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Philanthropy, leadership, and political engagement

Beyond his medical practice, Dr. Paul Akintelure has emerged as a compassionate leader, philanthropist, and active participant in local politics.

Recognized for his outstanding contributions to the community, he was honored with the title of Otunba of Ossooro-Land by HRM Oba Shadriack Gbadebo Bajowa in November 2005. This recognition was followed by the title of Otunba of Ikale-Land, conferred by the Abodi of Ikale-Land in December 2007.

Akintelure’s alignment with the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in response to the community’s call further underscores his commitment to public service.

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A true caring heart, Dr. Paul Akintelure has demonstrated his commitment to education by providing scholarships to forty-two students and counting across various higher learning institutions.

As an employer of labor, he contributes to job creation and economic development.

His benevolence extends to offering free medical services to indigent patients in Ondo, reflecting a public-spirited approach to healthcare. Dr. Paul Akintelure’s exemplary and kind-hearted initiatives have significantly impacted Ondo and Lagos states, making healthcare accessible and affordable to communities.

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His background positions him as a force dedicated to liberating the people from the chains of poverty, illiteracy, and disease, marking him as a transformative figure in Ondo State.

Political journey and loyalty to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

Akintelure‘s political journey is marked by loyalty and dedication to the Progressive fold, particularly under the leadership of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. In 2008, after the defeat of the AC (Action Congress) in Ondo State, PBAT (presumably a political figure or group) called upon the Democratic People’s Alliance (DPA) to return to Ondo State and rebuild the party.

Recognizing DPA’s contribution to the AC’s victory in Alimosho local government in Lagos State, DPA willingly obliged. Dr. Akintelure played a pivotal role in the development of the party and was eventually urged to contest the senatorial election for Ondo South. His victory in the primary against the incumbent Senator Hosea Oladapo Ehinlanwo marked a significant achievement.

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Dr. Paul Akintelure’s loyalty and commitment continued as he became the running mate to Akeredolu in 2012.

Despite signifying his intention to contest the 2016 APC primary for the governorship, he stepped down at the request of PBAT, demonstrating a strong adherence to party decisions and hierarchy.

The mention of Akintelure by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as one of his long-time associates during a meeting with traditional rulers in Okitipupa speaks to the level of trust and loyalty he has earned within the political landscape.

Otunba Dr. Paul Akintelure‘s political resume is adorned with notable accomplishments and recognition within the APC (All Progressives Congress).

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Serving as the ACN deputy governorship candidate to Aketi (Akeredolu) in the 2012 Ondo State gubernatorial election showcased his capability and trustworthiness.

His significance within the party was further emphasized when President Bola Ahmed Tinubu specifically mentioned him, along with Ambassador Sola Iji, as associates who had been with him for a long time.

This acknowledgment underscores Dr. Akintelure’s standing as a trusted and loyal political figure within the APC, particularly in the southern senatorial district of Ondo State.

The late Akintelure, was a long time associate of President Bola Tinubu.

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Four Suspected Cultists Arrested With Arms In Edo

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The Edo State Police Command says it has arrested four suspected cultists.

The suspects arrested were Isioma Unwogo, 21, Godstime Imareigbe, 32, Apeleokha Raymond, 28, and Mutar Igie, 30.

Police Public Relations Officer in Edo, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, who disclosed this to journalists in Benin City, said the suspects were arrested during a stop-and-search operation.

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He said the suspects were arrested in Ahor, a community along the Benin-Lagos bypass and on the Benin-Auchi Road, respectively.

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The command’s spokesperson said Isioma was arrested with one cut-to-size gun and a live cartridge by operatives of the Ahor Police Station Division on patrol.

The other three suspects were arrested when police operatives intercepted a Toyota Camry with registration number ABC 265 RA, and upon a search, they recovered a pistol concealed inside the vehicle’s bonnet.

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SP Nwabuzor alleged that the suspects confessed to being members of a secret cult group in the state.

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Reps Ask NERC, DISCOs To Reverse Band A Tariff Hike

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The House of Representatives on Tuesday asked the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and the distribution companies, DISCOs, to reverse the tariff hike for Band A customers immediately.

This resolution was reached after the adoption of a report presented by the House Committee on Power.

Chairman of the Committee Victor Nwokolo who presented the report, stated that Nigerians cannot afford the new tariff.

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The Committee recommended a return to the status quo.

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The recommendations were adopted by the Committee of the Whole, after which it was passed.

Further investigation into the tariff hike is to be conducted by the House.

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The NERC in April announced a hike affecting Band A customers, who are to pay N225 per kilowatt.

According to the regulatory commission Band A subscribers would have at least 20 hours of power supply per day

It also explained that only electricity customers in Band A would be affected by the increase.

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At the time, it said only 15 per cent of the electricity consumers were affected by the hike, however, the decision generated negative reactions since its announcement.

“We currently have 800 feeders that are categorised as Band A, but it will now be reduced to under 500. This means that 17 per cent now qualify as Band-A feeders. These feeders only service 15 per cent of total electricity customers connected to the feeders,” NERC Vice Chairman, Musliu Oseni said on April 3.

“The commission has issued an order which is titled April supplementary order and the commission allows a 235 kilowatt per hour.”

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Otuaro Visits Edo/Delta Liaison Office, Declares PAP Apolitical

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The administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Dr. Dennis Otuaro, has declared that the interventionist programme is a nonpartisan agency, adding that it is unaffiliated with any political party or person.

Otuaro spoke when he paid an official visit to the Edo/Delta Liaison Office in Warri recently where he urged employees working at the office to refrain from discussing politics.

He further admonished the liaison office management not to utilize the space as a haven for issues of any kind.

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The PAP administrator, while describing the liaison office as the first point of call for delegates, charged them to handle concerns from delegates with uttermost professionalism.

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He further charged them to make sure that everything done in the office enhances and maintains peace in the Niger Delta region.

He noted that they must assist the Federal Government in preserving law and order as well as the states within the liaison office’s jurisdiction.

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He said all activities carried out at the liaison office must support the head office in maintaining and advancing the peace in the Niger Delta region, adding that the programme’s main goal is to maintain peace and order.

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In his response, the liaison office manager, Capt. Presley Prebor, while expressing gratitude to the administrator for thinking it appropriate to stop by the liaison office, said Otuaro’s presence would provide the employees more motivation and self-assurance in performing their own tasks at the workplace.

He seized the avenue to list out some of the needs of the liaison office.

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Some of the persons who accompanied the PAP administrator are: PAP Technical Adviser, Mr. Daniel Edgar Biu; General Manager, Operations, Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited, Godfrey Tare Pondi; Chief Ebimobowei Oguma, S.A to the Administrator; Chief Moses Bebenimibo; Engr. Ebikonde Victor Sokoto; Chief Fezigha Odu, among others.

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