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Breaking News: Fayose escapes death in auto crash

Ekiti State former governor, Ayodele Fayose, has been involved in an accident on the Third Mainland Bridge this afternoon.

Confirming the auto-crash, his media aide, Lere Olayinka, disclosed that the accident occurred on the Third Mainland Bridge.

Though Olayinka did not state the side of the bridge where the accident occurred but hinted that the former governor was in stable condition.

He said: “Immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose was involved in auto accident on 3rd Mainland Bridge in Lagos few minutes ago. He is in stable condition as I write while he is receiving medical attention”

Breaking News: 2019: Ambode’s aide resigns, joins PDP

Pained by All Progressives Congress, APC’s denial of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State second term, his commissioner for Energy, Wale Oluwo , has resigned his appointment.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Oluwo Olawale Wasiu, has resigned from the cabinet of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) with immediate effect.
The former commissioner, in a letter sent to the State party chairman on Wednesday, declared support for the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Jimi Agbaje.
Wasiu stated that his decision to resign is connected to the party’s conduct of the October 2018 primary elections in the state, which was characterized by massive voters disenfranchisement, intimidation and violence.
The former commissioner said: “In a particular case of the gubernatorial primary, which was conducted using the “open ballot” option in violation of the guidelines of the APC that specified the “Open-secret ballot” option, it is clear to me that the core principles of merit, competence, justice and fairness have been sacrificed by the APC on the alter of political expediency.”
Wasiu also noted that the integrity-deficient nature of the primary has significantly diminished the hard-earned reputation of the State as a reference point for free and fair democratic practice.
“The indifference of the APC to the continued use of an arm of government by a powerful group within the party, to intimidate critical institutions of democracy in the state, undermines the doctrine of separation of powers, creates an atmosphere of uncertainty and impairs governments’s ability to implement programmes that will benefit the majority of the people,” he added.

He also said, “I, Olawale Oluwo, will be joining the PDP to work with my friend and brother – Mr. Jimi Agbaje in the struggle to #FreeLagos “. #FreeLagosNow #iStandwithJimi

Oluwo has joined the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to ensure the party wins 2019 gubernatorial elections.

Security Guard Remanded For Stealing Judge’s Phone

An Ilorin Chief Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, ordered that two men, Samson John and Ayodele Oluwagbemiga, be remanded in Federal Prison yard for allegedly stealing of a cellphone belonging to a High Court Judge.

Chief Magistrate Ibijoke Olawoyin, gave the order, after the accused persons were charged with four counts of criminal conspiracy, trespass, house breaking, and theft.

Olawoyin adjourned the case until Dec. 20, for further mention.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp Alhassan Jibrin told the court that on Nov. 22, one Sgt. Usman Olayinka attached to High Court Judge in Basin area, Ilorin, reported the case at the Area Command office of the police in Ilorin.

Jibrin said that the complainant, alleged that the accused who is a security guard in the judge’s house, and one other, broke into the judge’s house and stole one Samsung Galaxy phone, valued at N300,000, some jewelries valued yet unknown and the sum of N10,000.

The prosecutor said that the police followed the accused to his home town in Otupa, Benue and arrested him for interrogation.

Jibrin said that during police investigation, the accused  confessed in his statement that he used the security room toilet key to open the main door and gained entrance into the judge’s room, and stole the items.

He said that the accused also confessed to have sold the Samsung Galaxy phone for N10,000 to one Micheal at Asoka village, Benue, who is now at-large, and sold the jewelries at the rate of N7,000 to the second accused person at Fakeye street, Basin, Ilorin.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 97, 348, 288 and 317 of the penal code law.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the offence.

Breaking News: Alimosho assures Sanwo-Olu 500,000 votes during governorship election in 2019

Members of All Progressive Congress (APC), from Alimosho, the west senatorial district of Lagos State, have assured gubernatorial candidate of the party, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, that the axis of the state would deliver him 500, 000 votes during governorship election come 2019.

They said that they would not only deliver the votes but also ensure he wins the election with highest votes, since Alimosho contributes largely and remains result determinant.

Besides, the stakeholders, in their unanimous voice, tabled their demands before the Lagos APC’s governorship candidate which included three commissioner seats, 10 directorship slots among others, just as they urged Sanwo-Olu to also not neglect youth from the axis, and that, providing them job opportunity and empowering their capacity would go a long way.

At a stakeholders meeting on Tuesday at Alimosho, which Sanwo-Olu, his running mate, Dr. Femi Hamzat and delegates from campaign team were in attendance, the entire leaders from the community claimed that they and members of the party had been able to silence People Democratic Party (PDP) and that their efforts were to ensure that the opposition is not giving chances to function in the axis.

The Apex Leader, Alimosho, Ikeja West Division of Lagos State, All Progressive Congress, Abdullahi Enilolobo, affirmed that the division would not fall short from delivering 500,000 votes for Sanwo-Olu during the governorship election come 2019, just as he promised to work to keep opposition away from moving close to the governorship candidate.

Solomon Olamilekan Adeola Yayi also gave his assurance, he said Alimosho is the backbone of Lagos and anyone who says otherwise is wrong. He said ” Alimosho is in our pockets”.

Sanwo-olu’s running mate, Dr. Femi Hamzat enjoined them to come out enmasse and vote for the All progressive congress candidates (APC). He said, “Senator Gaya in Kano had 130 million votes at just the primary elections, we should come out and beat that number”.

The gubernatorial candidate Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu implored the people of Alimosho to support his ambition, said the stakeholders should not relent on their promises; he promised to fulfill their wants and he mentioned that some people from this constituency are to be his special advisers. He thanked everyone there present and he also praised Alimosho as being a very important part of the state.

He said, “Alimosho is not only important to me, it is the soul and the heartbeat, Lagos west is critical to everyone of us”.



Zamfara workers earns N6,000 monthly-NULGE

Local government workers in Zamfara state are the worst paid in Nigeria as they are still earning N6,000 (less than $20) a month as minimum wage, a far cry from the N18,000 set nationally.

Ibrahim Khaleel, National President Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) made the sensational revelation in Abuja, ahead of the 40th anniversary of the union.

Khaleel said Governor Abdulaziz Yari’s non-compliance with the N18,000 minimum wage, was the real reason he is obstructing the actualisation of the proposed N30,000 minimum wage.

Khaleel, who is also the National Treasurer of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), insisted that the low-earning power of Zamfara residents was responsible for the rising insecurity in the state.

The labour leader noted that as long as the workers were not well paid, there would be no peace in the state.

Khaleel also accused Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state of not fully compliant with the N18,000 wage. He said council workers in the state only get a fraction of the N18,000.

He regretted that the nation’s local government workers were the most vulnerable in the world.

Khaleel also said the local government system in the country was discriminated against.

According to him, the welfare of workers in the system can only be enhanced if the local government areas are allowed to function well.

On local government autonomy, the union leader said only 12 states had taken their stand on the issue, with nine of them supporting autonomy for the local government and three others voting against it

Southampton Sacks Mark Hughes as Manager

Mark Hughes has been sacked as manager of Southampton, the struggling Premier League club announced on Monday, despite an improved performance in a 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

“We would like to express our thanks to Mark and his staff for all of their efforts during their time at St Mary’s,” the club said in a statement.

“The search for a new manager to take the club forward is already under way.”

Assistant first team manager Mark Bowen and assistant first team coach Eddie Niedzwiecki have also left the club.

Southampton, who were 2-0 up against Jose Mourinho’s United at home on Saturday at one stage, are 18th in the Premier League, just one point ahead of bottom club Fulham.

Sanwo-Olu flags off campaign, announces Badagry expressway fixing as priority

Lagos State chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has flagged off campaign as flag bearer of the party running for governorship office in the state.

Besides, Sanwo-Olu assured that fixing of the Lagos-Badargry express way would be one of his priority should he get into office after election in 2019.

The unofficial flag of by the candidate came 24hrs after Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officially lifted ban on campaigns for governorship candidates and that of other political offices’ seekers, aside  that of presidential,  which as removed barely two weeks ago.

Sanwo-Olu, while speaking before a political gathering at Lagos senatorial Badagry division on Sunday, which has Deputy Governor, Idiat Adebule, in attendance, after a visit to various monarchs in the axis, declared that campaign for his governorship move had kicked off on Sunday and that he would hitting ground running.

He said that those saying Lagos state is behind is very wrong as Lagos state is far ahead, and they do not know Lagos state very well. He said it’s a must Lagos – Badagry expressway is fixed, and it becomes a priority for his administration once he is elected. “I and my deputy will transform the two lanes to ten lanes if we are elected in the 2019 elections’.

Addressing the constituents, Sanwo-Olu said his visit to Badagry is imperative and significant because he will run an all inclusive government when voted in as governor of Lagos state.
He assured that the completion of the 10 lane Badagry expressway will be of utmost importance to his government .
He said his administration will bring succor to the people of Badagry as he promised to fix the Ijeodo road, Iyafin road in BADAGRY, Ijagemo and Ijegun road
Students in that area were not also left out,as Sanwo-olu promised to make free WiFi available for LASU and ACOED students this month.

Lagos not in bondage, only need continuous development- Sanwo-Olu

By Maryam Harun
The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has asked residents to jettison the claim that Lagos was in bondage and needs freedom, saying, what the state needs is to strengthen it’s economic development.
Sanwo-Olu’s appeal to Lagosians was an apparent reaction to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate, Jimi Agbaje’s claim that the state was enslaved and need to be freed.
The APC candidate reacted to the allegations by Agbaje during a courtesy visit to the Palace of Akran of Badagry, De-Ahollu Menu-Toyi on Sunday.
He noted that the state had gone beyond issues of slavery, rather, what should be the clamour by all was how can Lagos leverage on its potential to improve it’s economic development.
Sanwo-Olu, who also visited monarchs under Badagry division with his running mate, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, argued that Badagry, like other party’s of the state has several opportunities, which when elected, intends to explore.
He added that Badagry has centers that could help drive the tourism in the state.
According to him, the historic heritage would be preserved and the economic independence will be enhanced.
Sanwo-Olu further promised, when elected, his administration will push for construction of a seaport within Badagry and completion of the Lagos-Badagry 10-lane road.
He assured the monarchs that these projects will be part of his administration infrastructural focal point.
The gubernatorial candidate noted that the plan would make the generations yet to come appreciate efforts of those before them.

He asked for support to push Lagos to a greater height.

The gubernatorial aspirant who was in the company of his Obafemi Hamzat and his campaign team were given a massive welcome on their entry into badagry.

Man Drowns At Friend’s Birthday Party

A 20-year-old man, simply identified as Chidiebere David, drowned on Thursday night in the swimming pool of a new but popular hotel on Margret Avenue, GRA, Aba in Abia, during a friend’s birthday party.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Abia, Mr Geoffrey Ogbonna, confirmed the incident on Friday.

“The man is about 20 years old. His name is Chidiebere David. He accompanied his friends to a birthday party in the hotel and got drowned there. That was exactly what happened,’’ he said.

Ogbonna however did not say if the police was foreclosing further investigations into the matter.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the deceased went with his friends who were over 16 in number to the hotel to celebrate the birthday of one of them.

Chidiebere who hailed from Imo died at the pool with no one realising that he had drowned until sometimes later.

NAN further gathered that when the deceased colleagues saw his body inside the pool and made frantic efforts to save him, they discovered that he had died.

The relatives of the young man were said to have later arrived at the scene, taken his body and deposited at a morgue close to the hotel.

An anonymous source within the hotel told NAN that the friends of the deceased were arrested and taken into custody same night by policemen from Aba Area Command.



ACPN Presidential Candidate Oby Ekekwesili Presents Running Mate

Presidential ticket of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) is now complete after Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili announced Alhaji Abdulganiyu Galadima as her running mate.

Galadima was unveiled at an event Wednesday in Ilorin, during which Ezekwesili also launched the party’s manifesto.

He was the chairman of the party and had vied for the top post along with Ezekwesili.

Galadima, a community leader and former ACPN presidential candidate, was born on June 11,1964.

He studied Public Administration at the Kwara State Polytechnic, where he also later served as member of the institution’s Governing Council.

“He is a businessman who is chairman of major business boards.

“He has private sector and corporate governance experience with a market-focused enterprise, friendly government vision,” the statement said.

The presidential candidate said the selection of Galadima, a businessman, would bring to the ACPN ticket an experience at grassroots politics at the local, state and national levels.

She described her running mate as a man of integrity, saying his principles and selfless politics aligned with hers and her vision for the country.

“This experience complements my incomparable competence and capacity when it comes to socio-economic and governance issues.

“Like me, Alhaji Galadima has shown a long-standing commitment to the fight to rescue our nation by standing with people of integrity.

“He refused to join questionable alliances and coalitions led and bankrolled by ruling parties in this election and in that of 2015, where he ultimately emerged as the fourth most popular candidate across the nation.

“Together, by the grace of God, we will work closely, selflessly and as a team to fight for every Nigerian person, family, community, ward or state, and rescue our country from the clutches of an irresponsible political class.

“Together we will lift 80+ million Nigerians out of poverty and unlock prosperity for every citizen,” she said.

Galadima assured Ezekwesili of his loyalty and promised to work with her towards getting people’s mandate in the 2019 general elections.