Archive for May 13th, 2019

How African players ruled EPL joint top goal scorers Sallah, Mane, Aubameyang 

 African footballers, Salah, Mane and Aubameyang share Premier League Golden Boot award after finishing on 22 goals each (Photos)These are beautiful moment for the African trio Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who are top scorers of English Premier League 2019.

The Premier League Golden Boot award was shared among three African footballers, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after they finished on 22 goals each for their clubs.

Egyptian Mohamed Salah and Senegalese Sadio Mane who both plays for Liverpool received their honours after Liverpool’s 2  – 0 win against Wolves at Anfield. Both goals were scored by Mane.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon scored twice in Arsenal‘s 3-1 win at Burnley to receive a golden boot after also scoring 22 goals for his club. African footballers, Salah, Mane and Aubameyang share Premier League Golden Boot award after finishing on 22 goals each (Photos) African footballers, Salah, Mane and Aubameyang share Premier League Golden Boot award after finishing on 22 goals each (Photos) African footballers, Salah, Mane and Aubameyang share Premier League Golden Boot award after finishing on 22 goals each (Photos)

 

 

Tribute to Oba Olatunji Hamzat, father to Lagos newly elected deputy governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat

Image may contain: 2 people, hatDeath sneaked into the Lagos state All Progressives Congress (APC) Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) on Sunday, snatching Oba Olatunji Hamzat. He passed away on Sunday evening, following a brief illness, 17 days to the inauguration of his son, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, as deputy governor.

Oba Hamzat, the octogenarian Olu of Afowora Sogade, Ogun state, was the leader of the famous APC caucus, Justice Forum, and father of Ganiyu Hamzat Oladunjoye Hamzat, former member of the House of Representatives.

His last public outing was the conferment of a honorary doctorate degree on him by a foreign university. The event took place at the University of Lagos, Akoka. His death trailed the demise of prominent progressive actors and members of GAC, including Chief Mumuni Adio Badmus, Chief Wenu Hundeyin, Hon. Odunsi from Surulere and Pa Suarau from Ojo.

A successful banker, Hamzat joined politics in the First Republic, serving as a ward executive in old Mushin local government area.
In the Second Republic, he joined the Committee of Friends, which metamorphosed into the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria, led by the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

In 1979, he was elected into the Lagos state House of Assembly on the platform of the UPN. His godfather was Pa Rafiu Solomon, state party treasurer, close associate of Alhaji Lateef Jakande and father of Senator Ganiyu Solomon.

In later years, he wrote his memoir where he expressed displeasure in the behaviours of the son of his mentor. Hamzat wanted to be Speaker. But Hon. Osinowo beat him during the election of principal officers. His colleagues in the House of Assembly included Chief Busura Alebiosu from Kosofe, Oladimeji Longe, Longe Oyediran from Somolu, Clement Awoyelu from Amuwo Odofin, Oluwole Awolowo from Apapa, Hon. Ariyoh from Oshodi, and Hon. Odunsi from Surulere.

However, his membership of the House was shortlived. Following consultations with Pa Solomon, Hamzat was appointed as Commissioner for Transportation. Immediately he was appointed, he ran to the University of Lagos to brainstorm with experts in related fields of Transportation Geography to keep himself abreast of the technical requirements.

Indeed, Hamzat’s ministry pioneered the introduction of the light rail in Lagos, a project of the Jakande administration approved and launched by former President Shehu Shagari. The project was the first casualty of the military intervention in 1983.

Hamzat’s compatriots in Jakande’s cabinet were Olorunfunmi Basorun (Secretary to the State Government), Olawale Idris (Commissioner for Education), Ganiyu Dawodu (Local Government and Chietaincy Affairs Commissioner), Afolabi Ege, Hundeyin, P. O Fagbeyiro, Alhaji Masha, Hon. Sobowale and Prof. Femi Agbalajobi, who later became Secretary to the State Government.

Hamzat was subjected to harassment after the 1983 coup by the military. But, the coup did not draw the curtains on his political career. He returned to his private business. Also, he enrolled for a writing course at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Ogba.

In the Third Republic, he bounced back as a chieftain of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP). The Lagos chapter split into two, following the struggle for the ticket between Dapo Sarumi and Agbalajobi, both from Epe.
While Jakande and his group supported Agbalajobi, Primose, which was made up of other progressives – Oluyole Olusi, Shitta-Bay, Oladele Ajomale, Bola Tinubu, Tola Kasali and Basorun, supported Sarumi. Hamzat was part of the latter group.

However, Sarumi and Agbalajobi were disqualified by military President Ibrahim Babangida. Therefore, the Jakande camp nominated Abiodun Ogunleye for the rescheduled primary. Sarumi’s group supported Yomi Edu. Although Edu won the ticket, he lost the governorship election to Michael Otedola of the defunct National Republican Party (NRC).

Hamzat was one of the supporters of Chief Moshood Abiola, presidential candidate of the SDP. When the historic June 12 poll won by him was annulled, the group demanded for its de-annullment. In fact, Hamzat, Olusi, Tinubu and others had to leave Sarumi’s group when he accepted to serve as minister (secretary) in the Interim Government headed by Chief Ernest Shonekan. Later, the Third Republic went with the wind.

In 1999, Hamzat became a founding member of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Lagos state. He had wanted to serve as commissioner in Tibubu’s cabinet. But, the former governor objected, saying that he could not order an old man around. Therefore, Hamzat recommended the young and promising University of Lagos teacher, Dr. Muiz Banire, for a cabinet position. Although Tinubu never met Banire before, he made him a special adviser, and later, commissioner.

Although Hamzat’s two children won the House of Representatives tickets at Mushin and Ifako Ijaye, the family had to make a sacrifice by surrendering the Ifako Ijaye ticket.
Hamzat succeeded Pa Ayo Fasanmi as National Vice Chairman of the AD (Southwest).
Until his demise, he was an outstanding party leader, held in esteem by members.

So Sad! Naira Marley arraigns by EFCC is real

Related imageThe arraignment of  Afeez Fashola who is fondly called Afeez Fashola is real .

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said that it will arraign musician, Afeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley, anytime from now.

The singer was arrested last Friday by the EFCC in connection with alleged Internet fraud and money laundering.

The EFCC’s acting Head, Media and Publicity, Tony Orilade, in an interview  confirmed that the commission had received the order to detain Naira Marley.

Asked how long the musician would be detained, Orilade simply said, “He will be charged to court. As soon as we have a clear date, I will let you know.”

Brighton sack Chris Hughton as manager after Man.City defeat 1-4 at home

It has been gathered that Brighton have sacked Chris Hughton as manager despite the club winning their battle against relegation this season.

The Premier League club announced on Monday morning that they had taken the  decision to bring Hughton’s four-and-a-half year reign to an end.

Brighton finished above Huddersfield, Fulham and Cardiff to maintain their top-flight status.

The Seagulls had an impressive first-half of the season but crumbled after Christmas to put themselves in big danger of the drop.

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