The Lagos State Government has said that the Will of the People prevailed in the last gubernatorial polls in the State, adding that the opposition parties are bad losers. The Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat stated this while fielding questions from journalists on Channels Television programme: “Sunrise Daily”. Hamzat said that out of the 13,345 polling units in the State, only about 349 had one form of issue or the other and that number is less than 10% of the polling units in the entire State.
The Deputy Governor observed that due to infrastructural and logistics problems, INEC could not be everywhere at the same time but did its best in conducting an election that was better than any other in the history of Nigeria. His words, “This is a fantastic election and the will of the people prevailed. Governors lost senatorial seats unlike in the days of President Obasanjo when the number of votes counted was more than the number of registered voters”.
Hamzat added that the reason Labour and People’s Democratic Party are crying foul over the results of the election is that they lost, noting that the loss resulted from the gap created by decamped members of their party very close to the elections.
He stated further that the violence witnessed during the elections should not be isolated in context as the elections reflected the kind of people we are. While condemning the ethnic profiling witnessed in some parts of the State in the wake of the elections, he called for the arrest and prosecution of perpetrators.
“Some of the people disenfranchised in the elections would have voted for us. Like in Ago Palace, I have a lot of friends there who would have voted for the APC. “It is unfortunate to profile people based on ethnicity and culprits should be arrested and prosecuted. Let us stop diminishing our country. This is a credible election”, Hamzat said.
Ikorodu Division APC Leaders address the viral video going round the social media last week on the issue of non payment to canvassers, which took place at the APC secretariat in Ikorodu Local Government, on Monday 13th of March.
Ashipa Kaoli Olusanya the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee for Ikorodu Division, stated clearly that it is untrue the leadership of the party hoard any money with them, this network issue is the one causing all these.
He said none of the party leaders was at fault as regards payment of allowances which has been processed electronically unfortunately only few people were credited while others are yet to, due to technical issues.
Prince Abiodun Ogunleye pleads with all the Canvassers to exercise patients with the party, as stated earlier it will be resolved appropriately, he implored every canvasser to work and deliver for the party.
Alhaji R.I Jinadu call out the aggrieved Canvassers from the circulated video which one of them Adenubi Omodolapo, they renew their commitment for the party and pledge to remain part of the progressives family.
Other party chieftains that were present at the occasion include Otunba Olasunkanmi Tijani LGA Chairman Ikorodu, Alhaji Waheed Animashaun, Otunba Fatai Olukoga, Deaconess Wonuola Lagos East Women Leader, Hon. Wasiu Adesina, Bldr. Deola Banjo, Hon. Kazeem Sulaimon, Vice Chairman, Princess Folashade Olabanji-Oba among others.
The All Progressive Congress Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) is set to unveil the Crowdfund App to mobilise funds for the campaign of the Presidential candidate of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate, Senator, Kashim Shettima.
A statement issued by the Council said the app will afford Nigerians the opportunity to poll financial resources to back their preferred Presidential Candidate, who is reputed for assembling the best crop of administrators in the history of Lagos State.
The crowd funding will reduce the influence of money bags, give more citizens a sense of belonging and deepen democracy in the country. The unveiling of the fundraising app will take place at the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe Road, Victoria-Island on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at eleven o’clock in the morning.
Mr. Oluwatosin Onamade instituted a suit asking the Supreme Court to set aside the judgements of Federal High Court and Court of Appeal, which affirmed the legitimacy of Hon. Aro Moshood Abiodun’s victory as the APC’s Lagos State House of Assembly Candidate, Ikorodu Constituency II.
The matter came up for hearing before the Supreme Court today, 22nd November 2022.
The Supreme Court considered that the Court of Appeal and the Federal High Court found that the Appellant suit was statute-barred from the trial court, the Supreme Court struck out the Appeal for want of merit.
Rep Babajimi Benson Member House of Representatives, Ikorodu federal constituency engages over 900 LGA and Ward executives in Ikorodu federal constituency ahead of the 2023 general election.
In his remarks “The purpose of this gathering is to thank everyone of you for giving me the party ticket to represent you one more time at the green Chamber, and I promise I will never let you down, and I also want to seek for permission before commence my campaign in earnest.”
“The 2023 general election is around the corner please ensure you pick your Permanent Voters Card, as you know Ikorodu is one of the largest city in Nigeria, let us put our energy and population to get a massive results at the poll”. He added
The Chairman and Secretary of Arewa Community in Ikorodu Division vouch to give Rep Babajimi Benson their hundred percent support while they also talked about their efforts in mobilizing the Arewa communities in ensuring they get their permanent voters card, they also promised to vote for all the APC candidates from Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to the state assemblies.
Alh. Animashaun (De-Cubano), Hon. Olasunkanmi Tijani Chairman of APC in Ikorodu Division, Deaconess Wonuola Oshinowo Lagos East Women Leader commend the efforts of Rep Babajimi Benson in giving the party sense of belonging, also charged the party executives to mobilize massively towards the success of All Progressives Congress APC in the general election.
Obviously the youth does not form hundred percent of the population of this country. But undoubtedly they are hundred percent of its future. Youth is the symbol of dynamism, growth and sustainable development of any nation. The real agent of change are not political or corporate leaders but the youths. Whenever the words Youths and dynamism are mentioned, my mind draws to the exploits of Late chief Obafemi Awolowo before and after the formation of Nigeria Youth Movement to the formation of Action Group as the political vehicle to achieve their set Goals.
Chief Awolowo wrote in his autobiography that “ The Nigeria Youth Movement was the first nationalist Organization ever to make real efforts to bring within its fold all nationalist and politically conscious elements in Nigeria.
The imperishable impact which this movement made on political thought in Nigeria has never been fully appreciated. Since 1945 when the Richards constitution was introduced, the speed with which Nigeria has sailed forth in its political destination is so fast that the older politicians of the days of the movement tend to forget, whilst younger breeds has been so immersed in the problem of the present and of the immediate future that they have had no time to inquire into and to find out the truth about, the political happenings of the past.
The result is that there’s a good deal of confusion of thought on the part of most students of Nigerian politics, as well as inevitable misinterpretation of the conduct of some Nigerian political leaders. An objective study of the rise and fall of Nigeria Youth Movement is, in my view a pre- requisite to the proper appreciation and interpretation of the evolution and development of political ideas and parties in Nigeria since 1944.
One brilliant English writer once said that politicians should never read history books and should cultivate short memories. He believes that many owe their downfall to misguided attempt to translate the lesson of the past to current policies in one sense it appears like a cynical advice and in another it’s a wise admonition. I believe we must read history books and do more than merely read them, we must learn, mark ,and inwardly digest what we read. We must do all these if we would avoid a repetition of the costly mistake of the past and benefit from the accumulated wisdom of the ages. Nigerian youths must learn from the mistakes of the past especially in the struggle for the enrollment of responsible and responsive governance.
The most recent Endsars protests and agitation should be an issue of concern for discerning minds. We must ask questions as to how a much applauded, well coordinated protests ended in tears , blood and sorrow. Had the organizers looked inwardly and evaluate where they got it wrong? Struggles are not always spontaneous. Struggle is much like war , it requires planning and strategic thinking. I believe that if the organizers of the endsars protest had been realistically strategic and experienced they wouldn’t have made a faceless leadership option. With a well coordinated leadership, the momentum of struggle wouldn’t have fizzled away just like that. Unfortunately, the social media which has become a potent tool for mobilization is not well utilized for the purpose of reorientation of our new generation of political activists.
It must be emphasized that love for one’s political party should not mean being blind to its social faults or deaf to its social discord. The activities of our youths on social media in defense of various political parties and politicians showed that we’ve lost the basic ideas of nationhood. We’re where we are as nation today because citizens especially the youths voted based on religion and ethnicity and not principles.
Ordinarily, the interfacing of politics and religion is supposed to raise the consciousness of our people. But unfortunately the reverse is the case. Politics, mixed with religion is responsible for the ugly situation in our country today. Politicians gather votes based on what the people fall for, and not what the politicians stand for. It’s time to ask basic questions about plans of every political party on the issue of the economy, corruption, restructuring, education, security and social security issues. Beyond sentiments, every politician must be assessed based on past records and achievements.
History has taught me that whoever that will win Nigerian presidency has to be a member of a well structured political platform. It’s practically a false hope And incredible to think that with the present governance, Political and electoral system, 2023 election will not be different.
I will like to go down memory lane On the anatomy of The elections conducted in 1998 and 1999 in the cause of transition and civil rule in Nigeria. The empirical and verifiable fact states that the P.D.P won majority of the local Government elections followed by the APP and the other party A.D. The result of the local Government election which was the first election to be conducted.
The election result made it clear to the politicians of the other two opposition political parties that only political alliance, and coalition can compete with the victory of the P.D.P at the elections. That was what led to the alliance between the AD and APP leading to the presidential elections in 1999. Although the P.D.P won the election, but it was keenly contested.. My point is that it’s most practical to build strong political alliance and coalition going to election if a serious impact is to be made. This played out in subsequent elections until 2015 when a strong coalition of political parties and interest defeated the PDP at the presidential elections.
The obedient servants of Peter Obi presidency must wake up to The reality of. Nigerian politics. Taking over the social media space does not translate to votes. Politics is a practical game of physical and psychological mobilization. I hope our obedience youths will not get disillusioned after the February elections. Just like we saw after the End SARS protest and the struggle for better policing abandoned due to inexperience, Nigerian youth must realize that struggle gains momentum with time, backed with consistency. No wise man is afraid of thousands of lion led by a sheep.
I make bold to say that I’m not ‘BATIFIED’, I’m not ‘ATIKULATED’, and I can never be ‘OBIDIENT’ Because I choose to be a practical politician and not a social media political activist. I will never be involved in any social media politics that does not translate in real votes. I will not like or retreat any candidates on Twitter or Facebook for mock voting. But I will practically be involved in mobilization of votes for my party APC through my age long formidable political group, the BATCO mandate. I will faithfully work for my party and do my best to ensure the emergence of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
The patriotic resolution of the northern APC governors that, in the spirit of unity and equity, the Presidency should be Zoned to the South is enough inspiration to me that out of every selfish politicians there are statesmen. It’s time for Nigeria youths to take up the gauntlet and get involved in practical politics. The laziest way to play politics is on Twitter and Facebook. In the interest of justice, equity and Unity we must all work assiduously to ensure that presidency comes to the south after the completion of 8years of this present administration. However we all must learn from history that all hands must be on deck.
… Affirmed their readiness to give him their total support in actualizing his Re-Election come 2023
A group of young Lagosian under the aegis of Lagos Youth For Sanwo-Olu on Thursday 27th January, 2021 has nod Gov. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu to seek re-election and also affirmed their readiness to give him their total support in actualizing his re-election to enable the state to continue to witness and achieve desired peace with robust economic development.
The forum which comprises of young Lagosians across the 20 local government area and 37 local council development area stormed BOSCO office at 60, Oduduwa Crescent, GRA Ikeja during the unveiling and inauguration of her executive and sub-committee members.
The State Coordinator of and the convener of the movement, Comr. Ruth Liljirin, from Bariga LCDA said the Youth was out to ensure the continuity of good governance witnessed in Lagos in the past few years of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu in office and as well to appeal to him to seek re-election come 2023.
Comr. Ruth Liljirin noted that the governor had proved his mettle as a capable leader in his first tenure in office by putting the youths first in all his dealings.
Miss Ruth opined that it is the Almighty God that brought His Excellency Governor Sanwo-Olu on board to help actualized the development of the State of Excellence and thanking the national leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in person of our Daddy, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for giving the youth of Lagos State a leader in Sanwo-Olu, we are optimistic that the leadership style of the governor is uncommon in this 21st century.
“We are blessed with a leader who is detribalised, full of action and pragmatic. We have never seen a leader that cares so much about the welfare of the masses.”
“Our Governor has done so much in terms of infrastructural development, educational sector, youths and women developments, total overhauling of traffic flow in Lagos State and so on, as such we the youths across the three senatorial districts of the state call on our own Aduragbemi Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu to seek another term in office in other for him continue his good work towards taking Lagos State to greater heights.”
The youths also lauded the effort of the Governor in rail constructions and others social amenities across the state. “We are saying Mr. Governor Carry Go!”
The Convener said the youths have lined up programs that will preach the good work and the re-election of His Excellency back to Alahusa which we shall be unveiling to Lagosians as times goes on.
“We are very sure that the re-election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu will bring more fortunes to Lagosians.”
“We are not only calling His Excellency to seek re-election but we are affirming our total support for his second term ambition because “one good term deserved another”.
One of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s foremost loyalists, Yeye Olukemi Nelson, a very prominent APC Leader in Lagos State, from Ikeja Local Government and a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council, GAC, Lagos State, has thrown her weight behind the prayer rally organised for the ambition of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, which is coming up today, 12th December, 2022, at the National Leader’s Constituency, Ikeja Federal Constituency.
Asiwaju Tinubu, a former Lagos State Governor and National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had on Monday formally declared his intention to run for the country’s Presidency in 2023 after months of speculation.
According to her, “This prayer initiative is laudable, commendable and it is the right step in a good direction because whatever will succeed will first of all start with God. God’s guidance, support, direction and help is crucial in this journey to Aso Rock in 2023”.
“I am throwing my weight behind this programme and the programme has my full support.”
“Let me delve a little into the main matter, which is the most discussed topic in Nigeria as at today. I want to categorically state that Asiwaju Tinubu is eminently qualified to be the next President of the largest black nation in the world, which is also referred to as the giant of Africa and popularly called Nigeria.”
“Asiwaju Tinubu has paid his price and he has also paid his dues from 1992/1993 (HOPE ’93) when the election was squarely won by the late Bashorun MKO Abiola but was annulled by the erstwhile Military President, IBB.”
“Asiwaju Bola Tinubu later went on to fight to a stand still the Military rule then through NADECO. He was one of the leaders of NADECO, who sacrificed his resources and comfort by going on exile and fought from exile. He also sponsored the media then to ensure that democratic rule is returned to Nigeria.”
“The struggle paid off and Nigeria returned to democratic rule and got rescued from the Military in 1999.”
“He became the Governor of Lagos State, where he transformed the state from nothing to abundance. I was privileged to be one of the Commissioners, who worked with Asiwaju Tinubu from 1999-2003 and I can remember vividly how he passionately turned around the fortunes of the state from a meagre IGR to an enviable amount, which his successors have also built on.”
“Asiwaju Tinubu turned around all the sectors of the State Government, built lasting infrastructures, created agencies and ministries and brought about great initiatives and developments that other states and even nations have come to copy from Lagos State.”
“Asiwaju Tinubu took Lagos to become not just the commercial nerve center of Nigeria but one of the largest economies in Africa.”
“All the successes Lagos have recorded in all areas are traceable to the great foundations he laid while he held sway as the Governor of Lagos State and today we are all proud of him and the state.”
“To cap it all, Asiwaju Tinubu is a builder of men; this is a fact no one can argue because the evidences are all over Nigeria and even all over the world.”
“He has raised men and women, who have risen in their various fields from zero to hero and this is payback time for him as these great men and women are ready to rise up on his behalf and take the gospel of Asiwaju to every nooks and crannies of Nigeria and tell the inhabitants that ASIWAJU IS COMING! ASIWAJU IS HERE!! ASIWAJU IS HERE FOR A BETTER NIGERIA!!!”
“As we gather today to pray for Asiwaju Tinubu and the Nigeria, I pray that all our supplications to God on his behalf and on behalf of the Nation; God in his infinite mercies shall answer speedily and Asiwaju’s aspiration/ambition shall be easy for him and for us and may God crown all our efforts with success.”
“Let me commend my Ikeja people; politicians, artisans, market women, youths, residence and every one, for joining the PRAYER FOR ASIWAJU” Yeye Olukemi Nelson concluded.
The Lagos-East Senatorial Representative, Tokunbo Abiru, has lauded Apc local government and ward chairmen in the Lagos east senatorial district for contributing immensely to the success of the Dec 5th bye-elections, Blackbox Nigeria reports
The Senator, who thanked the chairmen in a meeting held on Saturday, at his constituency office in ikorodu however, noted that more efforts will be required in achieving success at the party’s general level.
“I want to appreciate the salutary contributions made by everyone, coupled with the backlash of the #ENDSARS protest we still came out with resounding success.
“When you compare the total votes cast, with that of the total registered voters, it looks dismal. According to INEC’s record, the total votes cast were 100, 005 plus, when you compare this with the total registered voters, you will have 8%, and this underscores the point that the turnout was indeed low.
“However, INEC confirmed that typical turnout of bye-elections is usually 4%, which implies 8% is salutary, and this is as a result of our collective efforts.
“This also tells us as a group and as a party, that there is still a lot to be done. At this point, we can’t afford to be complacent, but work harder to improve the larger poll, creating more awareness and making the people to be actively engaged with the party,” said the former Polaris Bank CEO.
Tokunbo Abiru become the Senator representing Lagos-East following the death of Senator Adebayo Sikiru Osinowo who died from complications suspected to be coronavirus.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has stated the membership registration, revalidation and update exercise remains on course and commences as scheduled on Monday, January 25, 2021.
A terse statement by the Secretary Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Senator James AkpanUdoedehe, said any counter statement on the exercise was fake and “highly mischievous”. The statement reads: “A “NOTICE” in circulation and ascribed to the APC CECPC National Secretary, Sen. John J. AkpanUdoedeghe Ph.D. is fake and highly mischievous.