Naira rain at Ogbomoso Parapo AGM as Femi Onireti makes highest singular donation

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Naira rain at Ogbomoso Parapo AGM as Femi Onireti makes highest singular donation
The 2022 annual general meeting (AGM) of Egbe Omo Ogbomoso Parapo Agbaaye held Monday December 26, harnessed the highest cash donations in recent years with close to N15m amassed.
The event usually held at Ogunlola Hall, Oja’gbo, was thronged by an unusually large crowd yesterday made up largely of politicians and their supporters.
“February is here when another round of general elections will hold across the country, so, the politicians came for popularity test and identify with the people, it’s not unusual,” a commentator, Mr. Kehinde Adesokan, averred, while reacting to the presence of a large audience at the event.
Donations towards the cause of the socio-cultural organization and by extension the development of Ogbomoso zone has always been part of the grassroots mass gathering with individuals and groups often making announcements of various donations.
Such revenue is believably channeled towards pursuing various interests that can uplift the community.

President of Ogbomoso Parapo, Rtd Justice Afolabi Adeniran (standing), to his left is Senator Buhari

However, a school of thought made allegations in the past that the money so realized is never well accounted for though this is never independently verified by Ogbomoso Insight even as the executive committee members often claim most promises of donations are never redeemed.

Hon Odebunmi (right) with Dr Saka Balogun

But that never took the shine off the body.
“We only pray the money accruing this time will be judiciously spent,” Kehinde Adesokan added.
Meanwhile, Monday’s event saw a new dimension as political parties tended towards making joint donations, something novel.
Hon Sanjo Adedoyin, Oyo State of Assembly Majority Leader, announced a donation of N2.5m on behalf of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Senator Fatai Bihari, representing Oyo North senatorial district in the National Assembly, and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) set the tone earlier with a donation of N2m; Hon. Mulikat Akande-Adeola, a former Majority Leader House of Representatives, announced N2m which she stated is donation by her party, Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Front seat (Areago of Ogbomoso High Chief Sobalaje Areago), Hon Timothy Oyedokun (right), Hon Wumi Oladeji (second right) and High Chief Mrs Rebecca Ogundare (Iyalode of Ogbomoso)

Others are Hon Segun Odebunmi representing Surulere/Ogo-Oluwa federal constituency and who is a chieftain of APC, he gave N1.5m; Chief Sunday Dare, Minister for Youth and Sports Development, and also a chieftain of the APC donated N1m announced by his representative Hon Ademola Olawale Agba Demo; while Senator Ayo Adeseun, a leader of Accord Party donated N250, 000.
Femi Onireti

Femi Onireti, PDP candidate for House of Representatives Ogbomoso North/South/Oriire federal constituency when he stepped out to take the floor enlivened the audience with his donation of N2.1m, which made him the highest singular contributor of the day.
Onireti who attended the event for the first time ever, thus brought the total of PDP contributions to N4.6m, beating off APC’s N4.5m and SDP’s N2m.
There are other donations from other individuals and associations such as Olugbon of Orile-Igbon, Oba Francis Olusola Alao, who gave N500, 000.
Onireti it will be recalled also made the highest donation at the public presentation of the book, ‘Iwe Itan Ogbomoso,” held recently when he purchased 10 copies at N510, 000.
“But it’s nothing, it’s not as if he is competing with anyone,” his media aide, Edris Olawoyin, noted, while speaking with Ogbomoso Insight.

“Hon Femi Onireti is only being propelled by patriotism towards his fatherland. He wants to be part of her development in his own little way. That is his primary motive, never to show off.”

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