Quick traffic management gains await Lagos if elected-Sanwo-Olu

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

Worried by the state of roads in Lagos State, the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has assured motorist that if he wins the election, quick gains awaits the state because efforts were already in place to tackle traffic management.

He noted that his administration has embark on strategies that would reduce travel time in the state, which would automatically boost the economy of Lagos.

Sanwo-Olu stressed that part of the strategy was to fill all craters and pot-holes which have often prevented easy vehicular movement on Lagos roads.

The APC governorship candidate stated that from investigations, it was discovered that pot-holes always played major role in gridlock experience in the state.

He disclosed his plans for the state on Tuesday while responding to suggestion by one Adeal (@sadeniran) suggestion on what should form his administration’s strategy in tackling gridlock within the first two months of the government was sworn in.

This came barely two weeks after disclosing that his campaign team would team up with the state government to carry out palliative works on Lagos-Badagry Expressway, basically to reduce travel time on the road.

Sanwo-Olu, in a message through his official twitter handle, assured him and other 21 million residents of Lagos that road maintenance would be placed in the front burner of his administration.

He said: “I totally agree. They will be fixed as a priority. We are cognizant of the role pot – holes play in traffic congestion and we will definitely tackle them head on.”

The guber candidate hinted that his interaction with stakeholders’ in the transport sector further assured him of the gains that awaits residents if elected on March 9th.

“Hello Lagos. I am excited about the quick gains we will make in Traffic Management and Transportation. My confidence comes from interaction with the right stakeholders and a deliberate plan to ease the lives of Lagosians.”

It would be recalled that the APC candidate had at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) governorship debate disclosed outcome of the investigation embarked upon by his administration to ascertain reasons for gridlocks in Lagos.

Explaining outcome of the investigation, the gubernatorial candidate stated that there were over 50 spots responsible for gridlock across the state, assuring that if elected, his administration would tackle them head on.

INEC bans political campaigns ahead rescheduled election

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has banned political parties from embarking on campaigns ahead of the rescheduled Presidential elections.

INEC stated that reopening the campaign window was against the electoral law because the presidential poll was rescheduled and not fresh election.

INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu stated these while addressing political parties, Civil Society Groups, foreign and local observers and other stakeholders’ which include former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, retd, on Saturday.

Meanwhile, on the allegations against the firm handling some of the sensitive materials for the commission, the chairman argued that the contract with the firm was signed in 2011 without his knowledge.

He assured the electorate that the commission would ensure that the materials were protected to ensure free and fair poll.

Also, on improper welfare package for the ad-hoc staff, the chairman argued that they had an agreement with National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to ensure that they have better welfare before, during and after the poll.

Lagos APC Governorship candidates’ wives visit markets, canvass for votes

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

The wives of the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in Lagos State have intensified their visit to markets across the state, wooing and sensitizing voters on how they should cast their vote during the election.

They were accompanied by other candidates vying for seats at National and State House of Assembly, urging the traders to cast their vote for APC during the elections, saying the party has several plans to improve the country’s economy.

The wife of the guber candidate, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu and the deputy, Mrs. Remi Hamzat, led members of the party including the woman leader, Mrs. Jumoke Okoya, to meet traders in different markets under the Eko A Sanwa Markets Storm organised by 2019 Lagos House of Assembly (LAHA) aspirants.

Addressing the traders, who expressed their profound gratitude for the visit, Sanwo-Olu stressed that they came to sensitize they on how best to vote and benefits that ahead when APC wins at the poll.

The wife of the governorship candidate urged the traders not to abstain from the election because it was their social right.
She noted that though they have been sensitized through the media but one-one enlightenment would further embolden their understanding of the process.

Sanwo-Olu’s wife, who also decorated the traders with apron that had the inscription ‘I have decided to vote for Sanwo-Olu, urged them to cast their votes for all APC candidates because that would fast-track development they yearn for.

“We have decided to visit you all to sensitize you on the importance of the poll. I hope you all know that we have to vote in order to install the government that will cater for the interest of the masses. The election is the duty of all and we must ensure that we do it.
“We are appealing to you not to remain indoors on the day of election. It will be nice if we all come out and vote for our party, APC, on Election Day.

“We are heard to further confirm what you have all heard through the media. When we are done with the election, we will come and appreciate your gesture with projects that will improve the standard of your businesses, she added.

Okoya, while appealing to the traders, stressed that a vote for all APC candidates guarantee better economy and growth across the country.

The treasurer of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Lagos, Musiliu Akinsanya, urged the electorates not to entertain any fear because the APC candidates have proven their worth before the party considered them to vie for the seat.

One of the candidate, Kolawole Taiwo, who is seeking to represent Ajeromi-Ifelodun Constituency at National Assembly, assured the traders that the party understand their plight which were not cause by the APC.

Taiwo, who was former deputy speaker at Lagos House of Assembly, said: “A vote for APC will allow us to be able to address what is affecting the residents. We have heard of your complaints, we will address them immediately we assume office. I know Sanwo-Olu well. And I can assure you that his heart is filled with our best to serve you.”

Speaking on behalf of the aspirants, former lawmaker representing Ajeromi-Ifelodun constituency 01, Abdul-Baki Balogun, explained that the aim behind the move was to showcase the party candidates to the traders and sensitize them on why the party holds the dream to their desired nation.

According to him, we are here to meet you. And sell our candidate to you. We all should vote for our party. We assure you that it will not be wasted votes. You all will reap the benefits.

The former lawmaker added: “We want you all to know that we have a lot to give you. This is just the beginning of better things to come. We appreciate the way you all have been supporting us.”

Another aspirant, Stephen Ogundipe, stated that the aspirants aimed to further use the visits to debunk the rumour making the rounds that they have deserted the party after been denied its ticket.

He noted that they would not allow what played out in 2015 to occur because it affected the plans of the party to bring the right development to Lagos.

“The rumours that have been making the rounds were that the aspirants that contested for the primaries have decided to work against the party. But we have come out to debunk such claim. And to further show it, we decided to storm all markets, to show everyone that we are one and there is no rancour.

“All our candidates will win. We will not allow what happened in 2015 occur again. We knew what they did and we are ready to give it back to them,” Ogundipe added.

Some of the markets visited in Oshodi-Isolo and Ajeromi-Ifelodun local government were: Abibat Mogaji Modern market, Oshodi, Alayabiagba Market in Boundary, Plaintain/garri market and Odun-Ade building materials market in Ifelodun.

Others were: Mile 12 international market; Kosofe, Adebayo market; Shomolu, Oja-Oba; Agboyi-Ketu Local Council Development Area, Oju-bode, Ladega and Sabo markets in Ikorodu, Agboju market in Amuwo Odofin Local Government, Ijegun-Egba market in Oriade Local Council Development Area, Article Association market in Abule-Osun and Vespa market in Ijanikin axis.

5000 APC women hits Lagos streets, campaign against violence ahead general election

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

Barely nine days to the general election, no fewer than 5000 female members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has hit Lagos streets, campaigning against violence and urged everyone to participate in the electoral process.

They also urged the electorate in Lagos East Senatorial districts to cast their vote for the party’s candidate, Bayo Osinowo, and others in the state.

Speaking on behalf of the women on Thursday, Director of Women Affairs, Bayo Osinowo Campaign Organization, Mrs. Kafila Ogbara, stressed that the aim was to ensure women participate in the electoral process.

Ogbara added that while urging them to participate, they also implored them to vote Osinowo in other to influence projects that would boost development within the constituency.

“We have over five thousand women from Lagos East senatorial district on this political sensitization train. We are having a road show to sensitize, educate and mobilize women for our candidate, Osinowo, who is contesting the senatorial seat.

“There is a very vital role for women in politics. Policies that the political class make, plays a major role in our daily lives, either directly or indirectly. And it affects the society. So it is important for every woman to be part of the process. We must play our role and as mothers, what we do, is what we inculcate in our children.

“We are also warning our children to avoid any violent activities in this coming election. We are also calling on them to get their Permanent Voter Card, PVC, the distribution will last even till Saturday and Sunday.

“We are also appealing to them to be patient on Election Day when they see a long queue; they should not be disparaged or scared. They should make sure that they are not disenfranchised,” she added.

Ogbara charged the people irrespective of their professions to participate in political process, adding that “they must be politically relevant.”

Responding to a question on the strength of Osinowo in Lagos East, Ogbara boasted, “Honourable Osinowo’s capacity is evident. He has been in the House in the last sixteen years. That is why the people in the Lagos East especially the leadership have endorsed him.”

Agbaje attacks Sanwo-Olu, warns Lagosians against voting him

By Maryam Adamu

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje, has warned electorate against casting their vote for the All Progressive congress (APC) flag bearer, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, describing him as one that cannot be trusted with governance.

Agbaje argued that because the APC and its candidate had no solution to Lagos challenges was reason they have resulted to mudslinging.

In a statement made available to the Guild on Thursday, by Jimi Agbaje Campaign Organisation, JACO, he was responding to an alleged statement made by APC candidate on Tuesday at a rally in Lagos Island.

The PDP candidate alleged that Sanwo-Olu at the campaign ground mocked him as lacking requisite ideas needed for the development of the state and urged the people to reject him at the polls.

Reacting over the APC candidate claim, Agbaje said described Sanwoolu as stand-in contestant that rely on directives from some persons that have well-entrenched interests on the state which has held back the development of the state for the past 20 years.

Agbaje queried what Sanwoolu had to offer asides from making grandiose milestone claims, all of which have been contested by other people.

He said: “This is a man without any specialty, tossed from one ministry to another before ending up in the housing corporation, where his tenure in that agency has added nothing towards improving the state’s world-acclaimed housing deficit.”

Agbaje, while warning Lagosians against voting APC during next month’s election, said: “the APC was a leopard that could not change its tendency to inflict misery and suffering on the teeming masses. Lagos should expect nothing from Sanwoolu too, except the continuation of misery and suffering.”

He noted that the achievements brandished by Sanwo-Olu on Lagos were apparently false and had been faulted by several experts in the state.

Agbaje said: “Sanwo-Olu is not a standalone candidate but a proxy who is only being propped up by some godfathers whose prime interest and motives are to further plunder the resources of the state.

“The people know, and the whole world knows, that all the indices for growth, development and progress as they relate to Lagos are pointing in the negative direction.

“Independent scorecards released by various reputable international organisations regarding the state of affairs in the state are there for all to see. And they pour scorn on the so-called management credentials of Sanwoolu, a two-time commissioner, and his paymasters.”

How Tinubu halt Lagos Assembly impeachment moves against Ambode

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

Barely 24 hours to the expiration of Lagos House of Assembly’s seven-day impeachment notice to the State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has halted the plan, asking both parties to sheath their swords.

Tinubu argued that the plan could truncate the developments currently experienced across the state.

Addressing newsmen on Sunday after chairing a closed door peace meeting between the executive, lawmakers and some leaders of the party at Marina, he declared that there is no longer a question of impeachment against the governor.

Tinubu said it was gratifying to note that the conflict between the Governor and the members of the State Assembly had been amicably settled.    

The national leaders, who spoke on behalf of all the APC leaders in the State, said the executive and the legislative arms of government in the State had resolved to work together in the interest of the State.

“We held a meeting on behalf of Lagos, the entire Lagosians, our party – APC leadership. In the last one week, there has been noise about the conflict between the executive and the State Assembly. It is of great concern to all of us and particularly what Lagos represents across the country.

“We have been able to look into the source of various conflicts which is not uncommon in politics; what is the genesis of those problems? We are one big family and as a big family, you will have some rumples, you will have some disagreement. As leaders of the party, we have looked into that; we have looked into areas where we have to compromise, discuss and build the institutions, encourage the institutions to really do what is right.

“We have resolved there is no question of impeachment in Lagos State. Let the two arms of government communicate and continue to respect one another and build consensus and understanding. That is all about politics. Conflict and conflict resolution mechanism is inbuilt in any political system unless leaders are lacking in their responsibilities,” Tinubu added.

He thanked the Governor, his deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule and the leadership of the House for agreeing to the peaceful resolution of the conflict, saying it was evident that consequences of allowing such conflict to fester would have been dire not just for the State, but the entire country.

“We thank the Speaker and the entire members of the House of Assembly leadership. We thank the Governor and the Deputy Governor who had demonstrated firm respect for the party leadership in Lagos State.

“You know when Lagos sneezes, the rest of the political equation catches cold and we are very happy that we are able to resolve amicably. The Deputy Speaker is also here and all of them put together, we are assured that things will start to run smoothly in Lagos both the House and the government,” he said.

Also, a party chieftain, Tajudeen Olusi corroborated Tinubu’s position on outcome of the meeting, expressed optimism that the House would soon meet to resolve other grey areas.

“The National Leader (Tinubu) has spoken and mine is just to confirm the decision. Conflict resolution is an essential ingredient of management. We have looked into the problem and the party has directed the two arms of government – the executive and the legislature to work together and very soon, the House will meet and resolve all grey areas,” Olusi said.     

The meeting was attended by both the executive and legislative arms represented by Governor Ambode, Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule; Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa; Deputy Speaker, Wasiu Eshinlokun; Majority Leader, Sinai Agunbiade; Chief Whip, Rotimi Abiru, among other principal officers of the Assembly.

Others in attendance were all the members of the Governors’ Advisory Council (GAC), the highest decision making organ of the party in the State; Governorship candidate of the party in the State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Femi Hamzat, among others.



PDP is dead in Ekiti-lawmaker

By News desk

A member of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Olarewaju Olayanju, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying,  he could not continue to be in a party which was divided against itself.

Olayanju, who was representing Emure Constituency in Ekiti State House of Assembly, described PDP in Ekiti as a party which had reached its “dead end”.

The lawmaker, while announced his defection at a news conference at the Assembly on Thursday, Ekiti, stated that the decision was taken after wide consultations.

“I have reflected deeply on the current situation and I have informed my constituents that my interest and their interests can no longer be achieved in the PDP.

“PDP in Ekiti is now in disarray. No leader to rally the members together; the leaders have destroyed the party through naked use of powers.

“The party is factionalised in Ekiti with leadership calling on the people to vote for opposing political parties; the party has reached the dead end. As a man of integrity, I can not stay and work against the party, therefore, I am willingly defecting to APC,”Olayanju added.

He said before now APC had not won in Emure in Emure Local Government area in long time, but as from now, he assured APC of landmark victory in the forthcoming elections.

The Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Adeniran Alagbada, congratulated the new defector for defecting to the “Next Level of Progress”.

He said that although there were just four APC members in the Assembly, but he was optimistic that in the coming weeks more PDP members would defect to APC.

The speaker called on Ekiti people to vote en-masse for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari on Feb. 16 and other APC candidates.

Present at the news conference were the State Chairman of APC, Paul Omotoso, his Deputy, Sola Elesin, and the Clerk of the Assembly, Tola Esan.

Ohaneze Ndigbo, Abia monarchs back Buhari ahead general election

By News desk

President Muhammadu Buhari who kicked off a two-State campaign tour of Abia and Imo on Tuesday got two critical endorsements for his second term bid, on a day he was also adopted by the Pan Yoruba group, Afenifere.

The first endorsement of the president’s candidature was from the Chairman of Aba Traditional Council, Dr Isaac Ikonne, Enyi 1 of Aba.

The traditional ruler called on all indigenes of Abia to vote for the All Progressives Party (APC) Presidential Candidate.

Ikonne said Igbo people would remain loyal and committed to President Buhari for the payment of pensions to ex-Biafran security personnel.

He lauded the administration’s policy on ease of doing business which, the traditional ruler said, had benefited the Igbo more than any other ethnic group.

The traditional ruler also expressed delight over the massive infrastructure development going on throughout the South-East.

“You love Nigeria and you need to return to consolidate your fight against the monster of corruption and to take us to the Next Level.

“I want to assure you that Aba and Abians and indeed all Igbos will massively vote for you,” the royal father told the President as he raised his hand and proclaimed him winner of the coming presidential poll.

The second endorsement was by the secretary-general of apex-Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Uche Okwukwu, who had earlier expressed a dissenting view from that of his chairman in expressing support for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the imminent elections.

Okwukwu announced the adoption of President Buhari as the true Ohaneze candidate who would be formally recognised as such at a coming event at the Aso Rock Villa.

On his part, the state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, welcomed the existing “synergy” between the federal government and his state which he said, had come with enormous gains that were cherished by the government and the people.

It would be recalled that Buhari pledged to provide more infrastructure to the South-East geopolitical zone of the federation to give a further impetus to the spirit of industry, hard work and competitiveness for which the Igbo are known.

“They deserve more and more infrastructure to further excel,” the President said.

More lawmakers to defect from APC-Kwara Guber candidate

By News desk

A member of the House of Representatives, Abdulrazak Atunwa, has disclosed that more lawmakers that won election on All Progressives Congress (APC) platform would leave the party in the coming weeks.

Atunwa, who was among the 36 lawmakers that defected from APC to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday, stressed that their action was just the first batch of members that would leave the APC.

Briefing newsmen in company of some of the members who moved away from APC, Atunwa said that the public should expect more as many members had indicated interest to defect from the party.

Atunwa said that the APC was a party they all laboured for as people came from various parties, campaigned and formed a government in 2015.

According to him, we came together because of what was being proposed to the people of Nigeria as we believed in change and a better Nigeria.

The legislator said that they believed in respect for the rule of law, improved education, social welfare of the people as the men, women and youth of the country deserved better among other ideals.

“Sadly, no sooner we formed government in May, 2015, the party put itself on course to be derailed and that derailment has continued to today.

“Some of us have been agitating that we should go back to the ideals that brought us together, but the party was not listening.

“The party rather embarked on victimization and criminalisation of its members, those perceived as opponents and have divergent views,” he said.

He said that the party set itself on the line of destruction when the aggrieved members brought up their concerns but were castigated and referred to as “inconsequential and as nobody”.

“Putting all that together and the interest of the country, particularly as the APC has derailed from the ideals that will propel Nigeria to advance, we felt we have to take this step we took today,” he said.

Atunwa said the defectors were interested in economic development, respect for parliament and rule of law, while the APC was concerned about membership to form majority.

He, however, said that the PDP in the past three years had learnt its lesson, adding, they had monitored and had seen that the PDP had taken corrective measures.

The PDP gubernatorial candidate for Kwara State said that having been beaten at the polls in 2015, the PDP had got its acts together and was now a reformed party, adding that it was the reason they felt confident to return to the party.

Corroborating governorship candidate, another lawmaker, Hassan Saleh, who also defected, said that from the ward congress up to the national convention of the APC, no fewer than 25 states in the country had parallel congresses.

He questioned the process that brought about the national convention given the issues at ward levels, saying that the foundation was faulty.

According to him, we cannot continue to hide our faces like nothing is wrong when the problem is there.

Another lawmaker, Alliyu Madaki, said some of the defectors joined the APC because it campaigned and promised to ensure security of lives and properties.

He said section 14 of the Constitution said that the primary responsibility of government “is the protection of lives and properties of Nigerians”.

According to him, nobody is safe today in Nigeria; under the PDP administration, l could drive from Abuja to Kano with myb eyes closed but now, I depend on consistent prayer to arrive safely.

PDP suspends Atiku campaign over Onnoghen’s suspension

By News desk
Apparently expressing its dissatisfaction over suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended its presidential campaign.
The party described Buhari’s action as a “dangerous and brazen assault on the constitution”, adding that there was no point in campaigning to contest in an election, whose very basis has been so flagrantly undermined.
In a statement on Saturday by the Co-Chairman of the campaign council and the National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, stressed that the action of Buhari represents a constitutional breach and a direct attack on the country’s democracy, noting that this must never be allowed to stand, as there is no way by which democracy could survive under these autocratic tendencies.
The PDP Campaign Council further predicated the suspension of its campaign activities on its solidarity with Nigerians’ collective rejection of the assault against our democratic order.
“The basis for this election is the democracy itself. When democracy comes under this kind of virulent attack, then the election itself becomes superfluous.
“In the first instance, we are suspending our campaign for 72 hours. It is our hope that President Buhari will listen to the voice of all lovers of democracy the world over and restore democracy in Nigeria immediately and without qualifications. At the moment, the President has effectively suspended the constitution under whose basis the elections are being contested,” he added.
The PDP Presidential Campaign was scheduled to be in Benue State on Saturday. But it now said it was suspending its campaign activities for a period of 72 hours in the first instance.