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Victor Adoji eyes governorship race under P D P

Victor AdojiIt has been revealed that barring any last-minute changes, top banker, Dr. Victor Adoji, is expected to declare his intention to contest the November 16, 2019 governorship election in Kogi State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Adoji, the candidate of the African Democratic Congress for the Kogi East Senatorial District in the 2019 general election, has been adjudged as the best chance of the PDP in the quest to wrestle power from the ruling All Progressives Congress in the state.
Those who hold the position say Adoji’s campaign structure during the last election was one which can partner with the formidable PDP platform in the state to win the election against the incumbent, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.
Adoji had returned to the PDP family on April 21, 2019 with his teeming supporters.
Asked whether Adoji can overcome other big players in the party primaries, including Senator Dino Melaye and Rear Admiral Baba Jibrin, the stakeholders insisted that his engagement style will easily win him the PDP ticket and as well see him defeat others at the election in November.
The stakeholders say that Dr. Adoji despite being in a relatively unknown party introduced innovative and pace-setting political strategies and innovation that swept the electorate off their feet across Kogi East Senatorial District.
This, they say, can grab the seat for the party if properly deployed across the state.
During the just concluded senatorial election, Adoji was said to have met all stakeholders that needed to be met.
These included youth groups, farmers, teachers, traders, widows, persons with disabilities, road transport workers, okada association, Christian Association of Nigeria, Bishops, Imams, students, traditional rulers, the Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa communities, women groups and many associations.
He also attended 418 town hall meetings, 702 closed door meetings and 87 private meetings.
The Adoji campaign train is also recorded to have sent the most innovative bulk SMS, done Robocalls, made personal calls and put up blimps and banner boards (first of its kind in Kogi State) as well as run the best issue-based campaign built on a social contract with the people.

Fresh: Lawan emerges Senate President

Image result for Senator Ahmed LawanFresh news has it that Yobe North lawmaker, Senator Ahmed Lawan, has emerged the President of the ninth Senate with 80 votes defeating Ali Ndume of Borno-South senatorial district who polled less than 30 votes.

Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan is a Nigerian senator who represents the All Progressive Congress in the Yobe North Constituency of Yobe State.

How Pregnant woman, nine others injured during stampede at Ihedioha’s inauguration

Related imageIt has been reported that at least 10 people, including a pregnant woman, were injured in a stampede during the inauguration of Imo State Governor Emeka Ihedioha’s on Wednesday in Owerri.

A member of the medical team for the inauguration, Dr Francis Igwe, confirmed the figure to the News Agency of Nigeria in Owerri.

The stampede resulted from a huge crowd which besieged the  Dan Anyiam Stadium, venue of the  inauguration, Igwe said, however, that the victims were revived.

He told NAN that the medical team led by Dr Vin Udokwu were proactive to handle the situation.

“When we saw the crowd, we suspected that there may be an emergency situation; we quickly put our personnel and equipment together just to get ready,” he said.

Members of the Red Cross Society were also seen assisting in rescue operations during the stampede.

Before the inauguration, a woman had fainted and was carried away from the field by the medical personnel on a stretcher.

Igwe said that all situations were controlled.

Bandits killed six members of the Civilian Joint Task Force in Zamfara

Image result for Alhaji Sani GaladimaReports have it that the Vice-Chairman of Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Alhaji Sani Galadima, on Monday said bandits killed six members of the Civilian Joint Task Force in the area, adding that the council pays the hoodlums ransoms daily.

Galadima said this when he received the Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdurrahman Dambazau, who was in the state to assess the security threat being posed by banditry and listen to the challenges facing the people.

Dambazau also visited the Emir of Bungudu, Alhaji Hassan Attahiru, in his palace where stakeholders expressed their travails at the hands of bandits operating in the state to the minister.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Galadima after highlighting the challenges being faced by the people of his local government area as a result of banditry said every day “we pay ransom to bandits.”

He said, “Six members of the Civilian JTF were attacked and killed on Sunday by the bandits after receiving their pay from Shinkafi town and were on their way back to their villages.

“Even yesterday (Sunday), these bandits sent a letter to the district head of Shinkafi town (saying) that they were coming to attack the town.

“This ugly situation is very disheartening; every day we pay millions of naira in ransom to these bandits. We really need government’s urgent support to end this problem.

“Our women also suffer a lot (because) the bandits attack communities and abduct ladies from their parents’ homes. People no longer sleep with their two eyes closed in the night in Shinkafi LGA.

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.

What you missed about Buhari visit to Lagos before London trip

HerePresident Buhari yesterday , Wednesday 24th April 2019 made his second working visit to Lagos State in the space of one year where he came to commission a couple of projects by the out-going governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

 

In the president’s speech, he said, ‘I am delighted to be here today to commission three key projects that reflect the drive and success of our Administration as we pursue policies and programmes that will positively impact on our citizens;.

2. The new Oshodi Transport Interchange; the Mass Transit Medium and High capacity public buses and the reconstructed Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road by Lagos State Government clearly demonstrate the need to continue to provide high impact projects for the development of infrastructure and opportunities for job creation at all levels.

3. Just as this transport interchange with three different terminals is going to change the face of public transportation, the mass transit buses totaling 820 will move the people of Lagos State in a more comfortable and more efficient manner.

4. These projects by Lagos State are perfectly aligned with the efforts of the Federal Government to improve the country’s infrastructure especially in the transport sector.

5. To compliment the Oshodi transport Interchange, the Federal Government has recently approved the reconstruction of the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway up to Oworonshoki and Old-Toll gate which was last attended to, 40 years ago.

6. We have recently commissioned the new International Airport Terminals in Port Harcourt and Abuja as well as the rail lines from Abuja to Kaduna. The Lagos to Ibadan rail line is under construction. Our government will continue to prioritise high impact infrastructure which will vastly improve the lives of our people.

Excellency, Ladies and Gentlemen,

7. This is my second working visit to Lagos state within a span of one year. I was also here in February to solicit for your votes. I thank you for supporting me. Earlier this morning, I commissioned Ayinke House at the Institute of Maternal & Child Health and also the Lagos Theatre in Oregun.

8. Your Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has performed satisfactorily and we should all commend him for his contributions to the growth and development of Lagos State.

9. I want to once again thank all the people of Lagos State for their support for our government and our party.

10. It is therefore with great pleasure that I commission the new Oshodi Transport Interchange, the Mass Transit Buses and the Murtala Mohammed International Airport road.

Thank you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Post Election: My defeat in Oyo a ‘blessing in disguise’ – APC’s Adelabu

Image result for adebayo adelabuAll Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Oyo State, Adebayo Adelabu has revealed that his defeat in Oyo state is a blessing.
Five weeks after he lost the gubernatorial election, the gubernatorial candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, Adebayo Adelabu, has described his defeat as a “blessing in disguise.”

Mr Adelabu, who lost the March 9 gubernatorial election to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Seyi Makinde, has remained silent since he lost the election.

The APC candidate, while breaking silence, apologised to the people of the state for keeping quiet for more than 30 days.

Mr Adelabu, in a statement he personally signed and sent to PREMIUM TIMES, explained how he struggled to understand the defeat he and his party suffered in the election.

He, however, declared that his defeat will make him come out a better and stronger person.

The former Deputy Governor (Operations) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said that despite his defeat, he remained the single strongest candidate in the 2019 gubernatorial election.

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Good day to you my people. 2019 elections have come and gone. I want to thank you profusely for the uncommon support, morally, financially and spiritually that you showed me during the last Gubernatorial election.

I’m eternally grateful and indebted to you and I believe it’s only the Almighty Allah that can pay you back and in folds too. Once again, God himself knows the sincerity of our intentions and genuineness of our purpose, so our sacrifices are not in vain, but remain an innocent investment in the desired prosperity of our dear state. Whatever happens to a man is either a blessing or a lesson.

However in this case, it’s both a blessing “in disguise” and a lesson to come out a better and stronger person. Electoral losses, as read in history, have made great leaders come out stronger, better and more successful and never to depress or discourage them.

I take solace in the persistence and tenacity of our 357,000 strong genuine voters (which is larger than what ushered in the last three successive governors) and kindness of history and posterity.

The devil is in the details like they say, as a first timer, with 357,000 genuine votes, we remained the single strongest candidate in the 2019 Guber elections claimed to be displaced by the conspiracy or coalition of five other Guber candidates. This also gave out our party as the single strongest and most popular party in the last elections. All these should not go unnoticed and should prepare us better for challenges ahead.

My apology for the delay in reaching out, being close to 40days now after the elections. Like everyone of our supporters, I personally had to struggle for some time to come to terms with the realities of the disappointing results of the election and just returned from a two weeks vacation abroad, where i took some time to rest, spent time with my family and reflected on the way forward.

Notwithstanding the shocking and unfavourable outcome of the elections, i still thank the Almighty Allah for seeing us through a well orchestrated electioneering campaign devoid of casualties, which I believe will go down in history as one of the most flamboyant, issue based and all inclusive campaign ever in the history of Oyo state politics.

A lot of hitherto politically apathetic and indifferent personalities, showed a lot of active interests and unprecedented supports toward our aspirations to serve our motherland and see to the progress of our dear state, simply for the singular reason of my involvement. Through this, our conscience is clear and our emotions fulfilled for having participated and showed interest in the determination of who runs the affairs of our state.

Posterity and history, I believe will be kind to us as having chosen not to ignore the process of choosing those who paddle the canoe of our state to progress. Like they say, the joy of the Olympics is not just in winning medals but in the fulfilment of our participation.

And I also know that Politics they say is not a 100mtr dash but a marathon which we know always starts with a single step. That heavy and decisive step has been taken through the process of this last election and we wont stop until we reach our desired destination.

While I believe the results came out the way it was destined, the adduced reasons notwithstanding, our party is collectively convinced that the election was marred by various electoral irregularities and malpractices ranging from front loading of votes to multiple voting cutting across same and multiple polling units, hence the petition submitted at the Tribunal presently being prosecuted and this is left for the Judges to determine.

Notwithstanding the outcome of the Election petition tribunal, I’m personally of the opinion that we need not be stagnant in our electoral quest and planning for the next election should start in earnest. Our political structures across the state remain intact while our supporters remain undaunted.

We intend to keep and maintain these structures and regularly reach out to our fans and supporters who till date are still left gapping wondering why the results came out the way it did. The reflections are all over the state as everywhere seems to be in a state of mourning and no signs of celebrations or jubilations ushering in a popularly elected new government.

We will be embarking on a “Thank you” visits to all our party members, stakeholders, supporters and fans across the length and breadth of our state to intimate them of our plan going forward. We are still thankful to God that our party still occupies the Federal Govt and the National Exco of our party has assured us of consistent and special support to enable us bounce back being the only state in the South West now in opposition.

I also want to let you know that I will soon reach out to you on specific plans, programs and activities in our camp and plead that you should not relent in your support for this cause and very soon, we will reach our destination. It is worthy of note that one or two lessons have also been learnt and all these will guide our actions and activities going forward. Thank you and God bless.

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