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“APC LG Congress: How Tunde Balogun Allegedly Diverted Our Nomination Forms”- Amuwo-Odofin Executives



Aggrieved executives of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Amuwo-Odofin local government who are seeking re-election in Saturday’s (Saturday) Local Government Congress in Lagos state have accused the party’s State Caretaker Committee Chairman, Alhaji Tunde Balogun, of depriving them of the nomination forms despite paying into the bank account of the National body.

The aggrieved aspirants accused Tunde Balogun of handing over the nomination forms to the Council Chairman, Mr Valentine Buraimoh to share to his loyalists only, saying that the duo intentionally conspired to deprive them of their right to seek re-election so as to retain their positions.

Speaking with journalists at a press conference in Festac, the incumbent Chairman of Amuwo-Odofin APC and aggrieved aspirant, Mr Ayodele Ogungbiye, said he and the nine aggrieved executives were eligible to be re-elected because they have only served one term, saying that it was even Tunde Balogun that gave directive that those that have served two terms or relocated should not be returned.

Ogungbiye said he went with the bank tellers of all aspirants to the state secretariat to obtain the nomination forms and that they were given a form to list all those who paid which he did but that when he was about collect the nomination forms he was told that the state Chairman wanted to see him which he obliged.

He said the state Chairman told him there was complaints from the council Chairman that the names he brought to collect nomination forms were not authentic and so it should be disregarded.

” Despite showing all the bank tellers to the state Chairman, myself and the executives seeking re-election were not giving nomination forms.

“After a while Valentine Buraimoh and his Chief of Staff, Segun Idris came and went straight to the Tunde Balogun’s office. The first thing they did, was to allege me of belonging to Lagos4Lagos Movement led by Olajide Adediran (Jandor) who I have not met in my life.

“It was even the Council Chairman that gave Lagos4Lagos group an office in the council secretariat to be holding meetings because they are his boys. It was when the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu accused him of accommodating the group that made him to takeover the office from the group. Valentine was asked to prove his allegations against but he could not and I asked them to go and investigate if I belong to the Jandor group.

“The following day, APC Amuwo-Odofin Apex leadership was called without my knowledge where they go against the agreed conditions and shared the positions among the leadership of the wards loyal to Valentine Buraimoh and the council Chairman of Ori-Ade LCDA, Alhaji Ramota for LG Executives and took it to state party secretariat on Monday.

“The 27 nomination forms were handed over to Valentine Buraimoh to be shared between him and Alhaji Ramota which he did by giving out 13 forms to her”, Ogungbiye narrated.

He accused the state Chairman of not doing the right thing in accordance to the directives of the National body, saying that the nomination forms were supposed to be given to those who paid for them not loyalists of Council Chairmen.

Also speaking, the incumbent Publicity Secretary, Oyefeso Ayodeji and the Assistant Women Leader, Mrs Funmilayo Oladimeji, separately expressed their dissatisfaction over the alleged manipulation by the state Chairman, calling on the national body not to honour the outcome of the local government Congress in the state.

They added that they were qualified to seek re-election since they just spent one term in office, adding that they were surprised hearing that nomination forms had been handed over to the council Chairmen to share to their loyalists.

Other aggrieved executives and aspirants are; Alhaji Wasiu Oladimeji (Legal Adviser), Tomson Mustapha Adio ( Assistant Publicity Secretary), Ayodele Okusaga ( Youth Leader), Peter Okoli (Assistant Youth Leader), Mrs Ogbechi Francisca (Ex-Officio 2), Femi George ( Physically Challenged) and Starling Uguike ( Ex-Officio 3).

Reacting to the allegations, the Chairman Lagos State Caretaker Committee, Alhaji Tunde Balogun, said the allegations were ‘Unsubstantiated’ and that he does not know why people are making accusations that can’t be proven, adding “This is news to me”.

Speaking on the reports that he had been suspended, Balogun said it was ‘untrue’ and that he had sworn in newly elected ward chairmen across the state.

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




By Oluwaseun Oluwole

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



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





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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