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APC factions hold parallel congresses in Lagos

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos witnessed parallel Local government Congress on Saturday as
warring factions within the party held their congresses at different locations in the state.

The faction loyal to the State Caretaker Committee Chairman, Alhaji Tunde Balogun held their congresses in designated areas as spelt out by the APC Local government Congress committee while the faction loyal to the Lead Visioner of the Lagos4Lagos Movement, Olajide Adediran, held parallel congresses in different locations in the state.

In Ifako/Ijaiye local government, the Balogun faction, held their congress at Ifako-Ijaiye annex office commonly known as NRC building.

Hon. Sultan Adeniji-Adele , a member of the APC LG Congress Electoral Committee for Ifako/Ijaiye local government, who accredited the delegates ward by ward before the affirmation of the consensus candidates, called out the names of the candidates and the delegates affirmed their leadership with a voice votes.

At the congress, 27 executives and 3 National delegates emerged. Deacon Banjo Omole emerged as Chairman, Jelili Olaiya (Vice Chairman), Sanjo Ogunboyede (Secretary),Aduroju Olusola(Legal Adviser),Fatimah Owolabi (Treasurer), Kole Awogbule(Fin. Secretary) Oni Falokun (Organising Secretary),Toyin Taiwo( Publicity Secretary),Femi Smith (Auditor),Alhaji Sekinat Gbajobi (Women Leader), Alamutu Awwal (Youth Leader) Lekan Owolabi( Physically Challenged) and others.

The three National Delegates are; Mr Akin Fadayomi, Adekunle Olayinka, Benjamin Olabinjo
Speaking with journalists, Adeniji-Adele said that the peaceful coexistence among party faithful aided the smooth conduct of the congress.

He said that party leaders and members had demonstrated proper conduct and peaceful co-existence irrespective of various tribes that made up the party in the council.

“The committee is happy with what we saw here and we will give a report to the congress committee at the top. So far so good, the electoral committee is satisfied with the conduct.

Explaining the process, Adeniji-Adele said that the committee started with accreditation of party’s delegates who in turn voted for the LG party executives.

According to him, this was done by affirmation.

“The second step was to go ahead to call candidates for different offices and all party members here affirmed through voice vote their election as excos. This made our job easier here”, said Adeniji-Adele.

Hon. Ahmed Omisore, a former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly and chieftain of APC in the local government, said: “Today we are returning the party to our people by electing new officers to run out party at both the LG and LCDA. There was not rancor, wrangling and quarreling in the election of the 27 party executives from the Chairman to the ex-officios.”

Meanwhile, Agege local government witnessed, the Lagos4Lagos Movement, a group within the party in Lagos, held its congress separately from the designated venue. At the congress, 27 executives and 3 national delegates emerged. Babatunde Odikunrin emerged as Chairman, while Ogunleye Babatunde emerged Vice Chairman with other 25 executives. Names of the 3 national delegates elected by the group are; Prince Sunday Ajayi, Dr Kayode Opeifa, and Hon. Afolabi Rasheed.

Speaking with journalists after the congress, Prince Sunday Ajayi, Vice Chairman, Apex Committee for Lagos4 Lagos Group, who noted that he was a foundation member of APC, decried impunity within the party.

Ajayi said the congress was conducted as prescribed and directed by the national body of the party.
According to him, all the ward excos across various council areas gathered to elect LG excos of the party at their respective council areas.

He said that the group had on Friday inaugurated all the ward excos that emerged …

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Kosofe HoR aspirant, Abbey Cheche assures youths of job opportunities if elected

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An aspirant contesting for a seat at the house of Representatives to represent Kosofe constituency, Eng. Abiodun Owokoya (a.k.a Abbey Cheche) as officially declared to vie for the slot during the 2023 general elections.

Engr. Abiodun said he wants to be the voice for the youths, he said the youths are energetic, educated and experienced, they know what they wants. He have the capacity and all that it takes to govern and represent the youths in the green chamber.

He said, he plans to take the jobless youths off the streets, according to him, he will create 15, 000 jobs through the help of his affiliations.

In his speech, he said ” I will train the youth to be more intense, knowledgeable when it comes to technology as an engineer that I am, I have put things together to do that”. He said his focus is going to be on the youth.
He called on the leaders to support the youth and give them chance to also participate in politics and win political post.

He advised the electorate to get their PVC and also the delegates not to sell their votes.

Com. Balogun Olanrewaju, a former SUG president at Lagos State polytechnic said the youths have gathered for a new destiny, a new life, they are tired of repetition of failure, he said they want a representative who is young and approachable that will remember the youth.

Also, Comrade Adewunmi Tobi Funsho, Director Planning and Strategy Abbey Cheche movement, described the aspirant as a vibrant youth and ready to serve his people, who is approachable that will make the people of Kosofe enjoy the dividends of democracy.

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Jandor vows to take over Lagos state as he declares for governorship

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The lead converner of the Lagos 4 Lagos movement, Dr. Olajide Adediran also known as Jandor has vow to take over the governorship sit from the present adminstration come 2023.

Dr. Olajide who defected from APC to the People’s Democratic Party said this during his official declaration on the 24th of March, 2022.

The event was witnessed by his loyalist, supporters, friends and party leaders who were all gathered to show their support and encouragement.

Jandor who in his speech said he has come to rescue Lagos State from the hands of dictators. Lagos must be led and ruled by Lagosians. He said Lagos is a wealthy state, “If we have leaders that are compassionate with emotional intelligence, there is no how the resources of the state will not work for the state .

He noted that “there are rumors from mischief makers that I and my people that defected to PDP enmase are bent on hijacking the party. It’s all false and plot to disunite the party.

He said they are in the party to rescue the people from the bondage of APC. “We are not selfish or self centered people, we aren’t taking over all the positions in the state”. “If I emerge as the party candidate to contest as the governor, I won’t produce Deputy governor, there are over 20 ministries in the state and other sectors of the state.

There is need for unity in the party for us to achieve our goals. We shouldn’t allow mischief makers to sow the seed of discord among us. “I will not disappoint the party and it’s stakeholders. We shouldn’t work against one and another. What we should focus on is winning the elections come 2023.

Talking about his plans for the state, he assured Lagosians that his administration would change the narrative of the state educational sector, health, infrastructural development, traffic control, security among others. He promised free education for primary school pupils with free uniforms for them.

He said his administration will create ministry of disability to care for the disables.

One of the party stakeholder who spoke at the event, Alhaji Mumuni Gambari, representing the Arewa community described the declaration of Jandor as the “coming out of the sun”, adding that the group is solidly behind him.
The representative of the Igbo community Dr. Jonathan Nnaji expressed confidence that Jandor would will the 2023 Lagos governorship polls, saying Igbos in the state
were committed to the cause and would give their support for the realization of the vision.

Another stakeholder said this declaration is the beginning of the best thing to happen to the state”.

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PROF SAMUEL: Obasa mourns APC leader, describes him as a Titan

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The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has described Professor Tunde Samuel, a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), as a titan whose positive roles in Lagos cannot be forgotten in a hurry.

Professor Samuel, a chieftain and founding member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), died on Wednesday night at the age of 73.

Prof. Samuel is reckoned as one of the founding fathers of the Lagos State University (LASU) where he was both a member of the Implementation Committee and two-time member of the Provisional Government Council.

Dr. Obasa, who paid a visit to the home of the deceased on Thursday, said: “Prof. Samuel’s demise is a blow, a pain that would take long for us to bear both as people of Agege, the APC as a family, the GAC and the entire Lagos State.

“His importance to Lagos State can never be under-emphasised. He was a passionate Lagosian whose thoughts, actions and activities were all geared towards strengthening democracy in Nigeria and the creation of an egalitarian state where individuals would live their lives in peace.

“As an academic, he helped Lagos to establish a firm foundation for educational growth and progress with his imprint in our own Lagos State University, the Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED), Noforija, Epe, where he was Pioneer Provost and as Special Adviser on Education to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, when the latter was Governor of Lagos State.

“It is worthy to note that his activities in government brought Lagos many laurels and further helped to put the State in a favourable position in the country.”

A retired Professor of Political Economics of Education, he was a former Chairman of the Governing Council of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Otto-Ijanikin.

“Like a star with brightness that cannot be dimmed, Prof. Samuel’s success extended beyond the boundaries of Lagos as he served as Chairman of the Governing Councils for the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti and the Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa, respectively. He was also an International Consultant for UNESCO and UNICEF.

“We will continue to miss his wisdom, knowledge and understanding of how Lagos and Nigeria should be run for the utmost good of the people. We will miss his advice and productive efforts to keep a united APC in Lagos.

“I, on behalf of my colleagues at the Lagos State House of Assembly, pray that God grant him peace and give his immediate family, friends and associates the fortitude to bear this huge loss, amen,” Obasa prayed in a statement released by his media office.

Eromosele Ebhomele
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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