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Buhari, Osinbajo to address people live on TV

President Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice-President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo will today participate in a live TV two-hour town-hall programme.

The programme will start at 8pm, according to a statement by Festus Keyamo, Director, Strategic Communications,
APC Presidential Campaign Council.

The town hall meeting shall hold at the Ladi Kwali Conference Centre, Ballroom of Sheraton Hotel Abuja.

Keyamo said attendance is strictly by invitation. All guests are expected to be seated by 7:00pm.

The presidential series, which is titled “The Candidates”, is designed by the organisers to have both the Presidential and their Vice-Presidential Candidates of selected political parties on stage at the same time and at different dates to take questions from the moderator, Kadaria Ahmed and from the general public through various platforms.

The programme would be broadcast live on NTA, which shall in turn provide the live feeds to other partner stations like TVC, Wazobia TV, Oak TV and on all Radio Nigeria stations.

It will also be streamed online at Dtv.media to enable Nigerians in diaspora to participate.

Female Soldiers Assault Motorist in Lagos

Two female soldiers assaulted a man on Tuesday at Shipeolu Street, Shomolu, Lagos.

The incident happened in traffic this morning, an eyewitness said that the soldiers came down from a BMW car and started beating up the man.

Click to watch video of him being beaten.

The man Mr Onilude Ayangbemiga said they tried to overtake him but he did not stop because their plate number was covered and he feared they were robbers. They overtook him the second time and started beating him when he came down.

“They were claiming to be a soldier, but at the end of the day I was beaten to the extent that I have this wound on me”. – Mr Ayangbemiga.

Efforts to talk to the soldiers were proved abortive as our correspondent was slightly attacked by the soldiers.

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.

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.

 

NAN

Oyetola To Be Sworn In As Osun State Governor Today

Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola will be sworn in today as the new governor of Osun state, succeeding Rauf Aregbesola, who has completed an eighth-year tenure.

Oyetola is the fifth civilian governor of the state, created in August 1991. Others before him were Isiaka Adeleke, who ruled between 1992 and 1993, Chief Bisi Akande,(1999-2003), Olagunsoye Oyinlola(2003-2010) and Rauf Aregbesola(2010-2018).

The swearing in ceremony will take place at the Osogbo Township Stadium today, with the former governor retiring to Ilesa, his hometown.

Oyetola, the 64 year-old new governor won the post with the smallest margin ever in Nigeria’s governorship elections, defeating the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, after a rerun with 482 votes.

Adeleke is disputing the verdict at the election tribunal.

The election held on 22 September went into a rerun in some seven polling units. The PDP candidate had led the APC candidate with 353 votes before the rerun.

The difference was wiped out in the rerun, with the Social Democratic Party candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, who was the second runner up in the first election, going into alliance with the APC.

The alliance was the game changer as Omisore gave the APC candidate, the votes needed in Ile-Ife to wipe out the PDP candidate’s lead.

Oyetola was born in Iragbiji in Boripe LGA of Osun State on 29 September 1954.

He went to Ifeoluwa Grammar School in Osogbo for his secondary education which he completed in 1972

He was a graduate of University of Lagos and had a B.Sc (Hons) Insurance in 1978 and MBA in Finance in 1990.

He is also an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, London and Nigeria and a Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management.

He started his Insurance Career with Leadway Assurance Company after his NYSC in Maiduguri in 1980 as an Assistant Manager and rose to the position of Area Manager, Control Office, Lagos.

He worked at Crusader Insurance as Underwriting Manager, Corporate Alliance Insurance as Controller Technical before he left to set up Silvertrust Insurance Brokers in 1990. He was on the Board of many companies.

He was the Executive Vice Chairman of Paragon Group of Companies with interest in Oil and Gas, Real Estate, Stock Broking etc. until his appointment as the Chief of Staff to the Governor of the State of Osun.

He is happily married and has children.

 

Five Imo APC governorship aspirants align with Sen. Uzodinma

By News Desk,

Five All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirants in Imo State have declared support for Sen. Hope Uzodinma, the declared winner of the Imo State governorship primary election conducted on Oct. 1 by the Ahmed Gulak Election Committee.

The aspirants made this known in a communique read by one of them and current Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere, at a news conference on Friday in Abuja.

They affirmed that the primary election which was conducted in the 305 electoral wards of the 27 local government areas of the state, was authentic and should be upheld by the party.

They vowed not to participate in any fresh primary election in the state, saying they would stand by the election conducted by the Ahmed Gulak Committee, which produced Uzodinma as winner.

They expressed concern that the APC, which was a great party in the country and beyond, was being made to appear ridiculous over the governorship matter.

They said, “it would be in the best interest of the party to affirm the victory of Senator Hope Uzodinma as the governorship candidate of the party to, ensure overall victory during the 2019 general elections in Imo State.

“Our supporters and aspirants for the other elective positions will neither participate nor accept the result of a repeat governorship primary election in Imo State.

“Such will create chaos and violence in the peace loving state and deny APC the chances of inexpensive victory during the 2019 elections.”

The aspirants further expressed commitment to the electoral success of APC in 2019, while pleading that “the National leadership should call Gov. Rocha’s Okorocha to order.

“Any disposition to thuggery and brigandage is the greatest threat to the peace and security of the state and may jeopardise the chances of the party in the forthcoming election.

“We affirm that the electoral Committee led by Alhaji Ahmed Gulak was in Owerri for the exercise and actually collated results from the various wards and local governments, which culminated in the final state result signed, released and issued to our respective agents by the chairman accordingly.

“As the real stakeholders, we affirm that Sen. Hope Uzodinma won the governorship primary election and as loyal party members and democrats, we accept the result in good faith as the wish of the majority of our party members.”

The aspirants further disclosed that they, through Sen. Hope Uzodinma, had unanimously obtained an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the All Progressives Congress(APC) from conducting a fresh gubernatorial primaries in the State.

The order, according to them, also restrains the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from monitoring any fresh primaries in Imo.

The APC and INEC were asked to stay action on any repeat primaries pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

They disclosed that the order had been duly served on INEC and the APC.

The APC had cleared 10 aspirants to run for the Imo State Governorship primary election.

Meanwhile, the list of the aspirants that endorsed Sen. Hope Uzodinma as winner of the primary election are Prince Eze Madumere and Sir Jude Ejiogu, Air Commodore Peter Gbujie (rtd), Mr Eche George and Dr Chris Nlemoha.

The party had declared that the result submitted by Gulak electoral committee was fake, while Gulak insisted that the result submitted was authentic.

Exclusive: APC suspends Ikuforiji, Oris, Attorney General, 18 others over anti-party activities

By NewsDesk,

The All Progressive Congress (APC), Lagos State Chapter, has suspended the former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, and 20 others, including the Special Adviser to the Governor on Community and Communication Affairs, Hakeem Sulaiman-Oris, Attorney General, Adeniji Kazeem, among others, after they were suspected of alleged anti-party activities.

As gathered, the offense of the suspended members of Lagos APC was suspicion of forming an alliance with the Action Democratic Party (ADP) to bring the ruling party down, both in the state and at the federal level.

Others on the suspension list includes: Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Muslim Folami, House of Representative Member, James Falake, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Matters, Babatunde Quadri, Lagos State House of Assembly Members, Segun Olulade and Tunde Braimoh.

Others are Shakiru Denge Anifowoshe, Iyabo Akerele, Ola Shehu, Hon. Yemi Ali, Hon.Hakeem Bangbala, Alhaji Bashiru Adekoya, Otunba Tayo Oyemade, Hon. Abiodun Mafe, Rev.Iyo Oyasodun, Mr.Sanya Osijo, Hon.Hakeem Masha, Mr Corlelius Ojelabi and Femi Apata.

They said that those on the list were not only accused of playing anti-party activities while still with the APC, but they are also working to disrupt the structures of the party in the State before they leave for ADP.

According to them those working to bring the party down are doing so in their selfish interest without considering the gravity or consequence on the party.

Some of these people have started meeting with the opposition on the ground of ambition while some of them have already secured nomination forms from the ADP.

Lately, trouble has continued to rock the ruling Party across the nation, including Lagos, where the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, is battling with his second term agenda which the APC Elders and Leaders in the State have refused to endorse.

One of the Governor’s nightmares, is his co-contender, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who has continued to receive endorsements from different groups including religious leaders in the State.

On the suspension, the source disclosed that the party would ensure that those working against it were sanctioned, and APC would not go back on the decision to deal with any erring member of the party playing anti-party activities.

Another source from the inner caucus of the party revealed that there is possibility that the party National Leader, Bola Tinubu, may invite members of the party including those on suspension to his house for a meeting.

However, efforts to reach the people on the list of the suspension to confirm the allegation as well as the action proved abortive as their aides were not ready to speak on the matter.

Also, members from the ADP were yet to speak on whether they have been in contact with the embattled APC members.

Adeleke rejects result as APC commends electorate

By News Desk,

Sen. Ademola Adeleke, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the Osun governorship election,  has rejected the result of the rerun poll.

Adeleke, in a statement in Osogbo by his campaign organisation’s spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed,   said he would seek legal redress.

Gboyega Oyetola, the APC candidate defeated Adeleke with 482 votes in the rerun poll.

Oyetola scored a total of 255,505 to defeat Adeleke who scored 255,023.

Adeleke, however, alleged that voters were deliberately refused access to polling points at gun points while those allowed to voting centres were forced to vote for APC.

He said PDP party agents were arrested, beaten up and shut out of polling centres while the roads were blocked to stop voters and observers.

“Applying all standards, today’s supplementary poll is a non-event as all norms of the electoral process are violated,” he said.

But  the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun said the people of the state had  spoken through the ballot

A statement by Mr Kunle Oyatomi, APC Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy in Osun,  said PDP got their votes in the first election through manipulation.

Oyatomi said that nobody expected that the PDP would come second during the election, adding that most people in the state believed  that it would be a straight fight between the APC and SDP.

“We have always known and have made ourselves clear before the election that the PDP had made elaborate arrangement to rig the election through the manipulation of the card readers.

” And it was this process that made them get the votes  allocated to them in the first ballot.

” We like Osun people to understand that the run off votes went the way it did because the PDP was unable to manipulate the card readers this time around and fortunately the police thwarted their plot of buying and trying to use the PVCs of unsuspecting voters.

“That was why some of their leaders were arrested. So the PDP should look for other excuses.

“They attempted to win by fraud, they failed in the first round and eventually lost the rerun election,’’ Oyatomi said.

NAN reports that the election was declared inconclusive and a re-run ordered  because the number of cancelled votes was higher than the margin between the two top candidates.

Adeleke led the race with 254,698 votes, 353 votes more than his closest rival, Gboyega Oyetola of the APC.

The margin was, however, less than the 3,498 votes in the polling units where voting was cancelled.

Consequently, INEC Chief Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Joseph Fuwape, declared the poll inconclusive and ordered a re-run.

“Unfortunately, as the returning officer, it is not possible to declare any party as the clear winner of this election at the first ballot,” Fuwape had said.

Omisore backs APC in Osun rerun

By News Desk,

Senator Iyiola Omisore is not supporting the PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke in the Osun
rerun governorship election.

Reports said he has agreed to ensure the success of the APC candidate, Gboyega Oyetola.

His position became clearer on Wednesday after he met a powerful delegation of the APC, led by the national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, four governors- Badaru, Ganduje, Amosun and Ajimobi and Ekiti-governor elect, Kayode Fayemi. The Minister of Information and Culture was also in the delegation.

Also boosting the chances of the APC candidate is the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Yussuff Lasun.

He has also agreed to join the battle to ensure victory for All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Gboyega Oyetola in tomorrow’s supplementary governorship election in Osun State, The Nation Reported.

The APC lost in Orolu Local Government Area, which is believed to be Lasun’s stronghold. He is known to be aggrieved with APC leaders.

The supplementary election will hold in three units in the local government due to cancellation over hijacking of materials by thugs.

There are 987 registered voters in the three units.

The election will determine the winner between Oyetola and Adeleke.

Saturday’s election was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which ordered the supplementary election in seven polling units in four local governments – Osogbo, Orolu, Ife North and Ife South.

There are 3, 498 registered voters in the polling units where the elections were cancelled due to various reasons, including hijacking of election materials, abscondment of presiding officer, disruption of election by hoodlums who were shooting sporadically, manual accreditation and over voting.

The supplementary election is a straight fight between Oyetola and Adeleke.

Adeleke has a marginal 353 votes advantage in the election in which Omisore finished third.

Omisore hosted an APC delegation of Ekiti State Governor-elect Dr Kayode Fayemi and Dr Olu Agunloye at his home in Ile-Ife.

On Monday, he received Senate President Bokola Saraki, who came to lobby him to support the PDP.

Omisore, who left the PDP for the SDP because the PDP ticket was skewed in favour of Adeleke, declined to give Saraki his commitment.

But after his meeting with the APC team, Omisore twitted under a photograph of himself with Fayemi and Agunloye: “With @OfficialAPCNg Ekiti state governor elect @kfayemi during his visit today. #goodgovernanceinosunstate #OsunDecides2018.”

In another tweet, Saraki Presidential Campaign Council spokesman Doyin Okupe said: “Omisore I’m told caved in to pressure from APC…”

It was learnt that Omisore, whose dad is the traditional ruler of Olode in Ife South where the election will hold in unit 07, 012 Adereti village with 812 registered voters, joined the APC for a campaign Tuesday.

INEC declares Osun election inconclusive

By News Desk,

The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the just concluded  Osun governorship election inconclusive.

INEC’s Returning Officer,  Joseph Afuwape, who announced the results on Sunday afternoon, said the PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke, polled 254,699 while Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress had 254,345 votes.

Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party polled 128,049 votes to place a distant third.

The INEC returning officer disclosed that since the difference between the two leading parties was just 353 votes but the number of cancelled votes was 3,5498, no winner had emerged.

“Unfortunately, as the Returning Officer, it is not possible to declare any party as the winner,” he said.

More details soon.