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Find out who replaces Pepperito as Lagos East Senator

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As the Lagos East senatorial district continues to mourn the passage of the popular late senator Bayo Oshinowo (a.k.a Pepperito), gladiators have quietly returned to the drawing board mapping out strategies to emerge as replacement for Pepperito.

Bayo Oshinowo died on Monday June 15, 2020 after reportedly battling with complications arising from Covid-19. He has however been buried on the same day at his homestead, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun state.

Although, there has not been any public statement or declaration of interest, there is no doubt many heavyweights in that district are eyeing the seat.

GIDINEWS will start a special focus on likely replacement for the popular Pepperito, looking at their individual strenghts, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. We shall feature special interviews from these gladiators and their constituents as well as political associates.

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Lawmaker Tunde Buraimoh is dead

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The lawmaker representing Kosofe constituency 2 at the Lagos state house of assembly, Hon. Tunde Buraimo is dead.

Although details of his demise remain sketchy as at the time of filing this report, his colleague at the assembly, Hon. Sanni Ganeey Babatunde Okanlawon representing Kosofe constituency 1 confirmed it on his Facebook wall.

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“Igbos unity; prerequisite for more political benefits in Lagos” -Lawmaker

As Idimegwu emerges new apex leader of Ndigbo APC

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The lawmaker representing Ibeju Lekki at the state house of assembly, Hon Mojeed Fatai has urged Igbo communities in Lagos to unite in forming a formidable team toward achieving a common goal in the present administration.

Mojeed made the remarks during the presentation of Hon Jude Idimegwu, the new apex leader of Ndigbo APC in Lagos state at the palace of Eze Christopher Offia, the Eze Ndigbo of Ibeju Lekki and its environs.

According to the lawmaker, the Igbo communities are a strong force in Lagos due to their business acumen, as well as the huge population strength they usually display during elections. He said they need to unite more and support the ruling party to achieve their goals in the state.

He further explained that Igbos have benefited from the present administration led by the national leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu, so much that they (Igbos) held some sensitive positions in the state, citing the likes of Joe Igbokwe, Jude Idimegwu etc.

Hon. Fatai added that despite this, the Igbos have not demonstrated enough unity needed to support the governing party during elections. He congratulated the new Apex leader and stressed that it is a right step in a right direction, emphasizing that with hon Jude Idimegwu , the igbo communities will be stronger with one voice.

Speaking in the same vein, the Eze of Ibeju Lekki, Chief Chris Offia assured the lawmaker that the Igbos are on the verge of a new dawn in APC Lagos state.

He said: “With the emergence of hon Jude Idimegwu, unity is of priority and we will reconcile all aggrieved igbo groups in Lagos state and ensure that they return to the fold,”

“A lot had happened to the Igbos in Lagos state, under different groups which have made the ruling party in Lagos see us as anti government but now we are all coming together to suport the ruling party, our national leader and also abide by the laws of the land.” He said

In his comment, the apex leader of the Ndigbo in Lagos state hon Jude Idimegwu (Oshodi Isolo) appreciated the his colleague, hon Fatai Mojeed for believing in the Igbo communities, while assuring him that Igbos in all the 57 communities and their Eze will stand firm with the APC in Lagos state and also be loyal to the National leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

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LAGOS EAST SENATORIAL SEAT: APC chieftains lobbying us for ticket, PDP claims

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The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that some top shots of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have already approached it for likely deals to have them fly the flag of the PDP in the forthcoming Lagos east senatorial district election.

Opposition Spokesperson, Barrister Taofik Gani, while speaking to a national daily newspaper claimed that although the PDP is planning to field a very strong candidate that will give APC a run for their popularity, a number of APC members were already lobbying the opposition party.

In his words: “What is operating in the PDP Lagos now is that we are set for any election. For the Lagos senatorial district by-election, we want to field our strongest candidate who will not be rejected by Lagosians. There are seven aspirants already.

“We are also happy to note that a lot of the APC chieftains are making plans to have us as a platform. We are aware that the APC national body is endorsing somebody and other aspirants are aggrieved. So, our doors are wide open for them to take advantage of it.”

Already, there are reports that at least, seven members of the opposition party have indicated interest in running for the vacant seat. They include among others, former governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party who recently rejoined the PDP, Babatunde Gbadamosi; daughter of the immediate past Ayangburen of Ikorodu – Oba S.A.A Oyefusi who was PDP candidate in the same election last year, Princess Abiodun Oyefusi; and a public relations expert, Adedipe Shobajo.

The Lagos east senatorial seat became vacant at the death of Prince Bayo Osinowo (popularly known as Pepperito) on June 15, 2020.

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