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LAGOS EAST SENATORIAL SEAT: Ambode favoured in new poll as prospective APC candidate

“It was not deliberate neither not in any error to omit Chief Lanre Razak from the list, nonetheless, twitter poll can’t accommodate more than four names.”

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A majority of Lagos East Senatorial District voters and leaders decided in favour of immediate past Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwumi Dapo Ambode to fill the vacuum left behind by late Sen. Sikirulai Adebayo Osinowo who until his death represented the people of the district at the red chamber of National Assembly.

A poll published by Jumu’ah Abiodun, a Political Analyst and Social Commentator on his twitter handle @jumuahabiodun on Wednesday, 22nd June, 2020 found that 63% of the voters decided in favour of Ambode

Among all contenders, two-term senator, Bareehu Gbenga Ashafa and former Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Sabit Adeyemi Ikuforiji had 15% votes respectively and Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa with 7%.

Jumu’ah pollsters said the question regarding Ambode, Ikuforiji, Ashafa and Dabiri-Erewa to fill the vacuum not awful, yet they implored with an inquiry posing to why Chief Lanre Razak or the late Senator’s son, Dr Tunde Osinowo names were omitted from the poll.

Majority of APC chieftains who spoke with Jumu’ah Abiodun on condition of anonymity after the poll said they believe that Tunde Osinowo ought to be considered for the position.

Ambode…… favoured

“You have done well with your poll, though, to be realistic with you the late Senator’s son (Tunde) should be given the opportunity to represent Lagos East Senatorial District, we have seen what transpired in Osun when the late ‘Serubawon’ Senator Adeleke died,” a top APC Chieftain said.

Another APC chieftain added that, “it’s the decision of leaders of that Senatorial District, but in fairness, his son should be given the ticket to contest the bye-election.”

A top APC chieftain from Lagos Central stated: “I’m not from their Senatorial District but Ambode should be given the ticket. However, the late Senator’s son not a bad choice either, I trust his father’s friends and associates can support him to accomplish that.”

“Your survey was sentimentally biased against Lanre Razak. How come a survey has limited space to accommodate all contenders! Next time, do a poll that can accommodate all contenders, ” a top APC Chieftain who was formerly an editor of a National Daily responded via WhatsApp.

In his reaction to the party chieftains, Jumu’ah stated: “It was not deliberate neither not in any error to omit Chief Lanre Razak from the list, nonetheless, twitter poll can’t accommodate more than four names.”

On Osinowo’s son exclusion, the Social Commentator said: “It’s the decision of your party members and leaders to decide on whether Osinowo’s son or not should be given the ticket, what I have done was an open poll where everybody all around the world participated.

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LAGOS EAST: Abiru promises to sustain quality representation

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By Timi Joshua

The All Progressives Congress candidate for the Lagos East Senatorial bye election,Mr Tokunbo Abiru on Tuesday have pledged total commitment to his people if voted to the National Assembly.

Abiru ,a former Managing Director of Polaris Bank,made the pledge during a meeting with party stakeholders, community leaders and residents in Somolu .

He said he was contesting the senatorial election to offer quality representation for the people of the district .

“Let me assure you and all the good people of Lagos East that I will not disappoint if I am elected .

“I will carry on the legacies of those who had represented the senatorial district in the past that have offeref quality representation from 1999 till date, from my father to late senator Bayo Osinowo.

“These great men did very well; I can’t afford to do less.I will do my best to the service of the people if elected “,he said.

He also, said he would bring all the competences acquired in the banking sector for about 30 years and in public sector as former Finance Commissioner, to bear on the service of the people if elected.

Abiru stressed on why he would work with the other National Assembly members to attract more development to Lagos East and the state.

The ex-Polaris Bank boss said Lagos deserved special status being a former Federal capital,saying he would work with others to secure that for the state.

“Also I will carry out empowerment programmes to uplift the people and promote the prosperity of the senatorial district”,he said.

He urged the people of Somolu and those of other communities to go out en masse on Oct.31 to vote for him and APC.

Abiru also urged party members mobilise others to make the victory emphatic.

Earlier,Chief Kaoli Olusanya, APC Vice Chairman ,Lagos East ,described Abiru as a credible and competent candidate .

He said the party had no doubts that Abiru would deliver if elected .

Olusanya said just like Abiru stabilised hitherto distressed Polaris Bank as CEO ,he would make great impact if elected as senator .

He expressed regrets that votes for APC in the state had decreased over time and urged residents of the senatorial to come out en masses on Oct.31 to prove their support for the party.

“In the 2019 elections ,the entire votes APC got in Somolu for Gov.Sanwoolu were in the region of 40,000, that is not good enough.

“Bariga alone can give that .So this time around I urge you to go out and deliver at least 100,000 votes for our candidate “,he said.

He said with massive turn out of party members and residents,APC would win by landslide.

The meeting was attended by many party members ,community leaders ,traders and youths.

Some of the prominent APC chieftains at the meeting include Somolu Federal House of Representatives Ademorin Kuye(Somolu); a member of the state House of Assembly ,Mr Rotimi Abiru(Somolu 2) and another member ,Mr Rotimi Olowo(Somolu 1)

Chairman of Somolu Local Government Area,Mr Ahmed Salau and Chairman of Bariga Local Council Development Area,Mr Kolade Alabi were among those in attendance.

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Lagos Assembly Begins Probe Of Auditor-General’s Report On MDAs

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Lagos Assembly Begins Probe Of Auditor-General’s Report On MDAsThe Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Lagos State House Committee, on Tuesday commenced the 2019 consideration exercise of the state Auditor-General’s statutory report on the account of the state Ministries Departments Agencies (MDAs).

While addressing journalists at the opening of the exercise, Chairman of the committee, Hon. Nurudeen Saka-Solaja explained that the purpose of the exercise was not to witch-hunt but to invite all heads of the indicted MDAs and sought clarifications from the as regards the outstanding queries raised in the Auditor-General’s report to enhance better service delivery in the state.

Saka-Solaja noted that the Public Account Committee is a statutory establishment of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and an important instrument of checks, probity and accountability by the legislature both at the federal and state levels.

According to him, “Sections 125(2) and 129(1) (c) of the 1999 Constitution as amended empowers the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Assembly to ‘summon any person in Nigeria to give evidence at any place or produce any document or other things in his possession or under his control and examine him as witness and require him to produce any document or other thing in his possession or under his control, subject to all just exceptions’ during the deliberation and consideration exercise of the audited report of the accounts of MDAs submitted by the Auditor-General of the state.

“Accordingly, in consonance with the need for effective and best practices in the pursuit of its statutory objectives, the Public Accounts Committee (State) of the Lagos State House of Assembly today commenced the deliberations and considerations of the audited report of the State Auditor-General on the accounts of the Lagos State government for the year ended, 31st December, 2019,” Saka-Solaja said.

He, however, assured Lagosians that as part of the oversight function of the legislative arm of government, that all monies budgeted for the MDAs will be properly scrutinized as well as judiciously spent as captured in the budget of the state.

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“Victory is sure for APC in Edo guber poll” -Uzodinma

Imo state governor expresses confidence on Ize-Iyanmu’s emergence as Edo governor

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By Joshua Timi, Benin City

The Imo State governor, Hope Uzodinma on Thursday arrived Benin City with the hope to accomplish victory for the APC gubernatorial candidate, Pastor Ozagie Ize-Iyamu in the Saturday’s governorship election in Edo state.

Gov. Uzodinma, who landed in Benin City at about 12: 45pm at the Benin Airport in company of Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ovie Omoagege said that the victory is sure for his party.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after his arrival, Uzodinma expressed that his mission in Edo State was to consolidate on campaign consultations done by the party so far in the state.

“I have come here to consolidate in line with our campaign consultations; we hope that before the mid night today, which is the end of the campaign, we will use the opportunity to mop up our vote gathering campaign”.

He explained that APC has gained a lot of popularity in the state and the candidacy of its flag bearer in the gubernatorial election was commendable.

“It is very clear from opinion polls that our party is very popular here, we have campaigned enough and we have very good candidate by the grace of God, we will emerge victorious” he said.

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