The former council bosses under the aegis of Grassroots Network for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu (GNAT), said they cannot afford to betray their benefactors. According to them, Tinubu is an eminent politician who has built many notable actors, including Governor Kayode Fayemi, Muiz Banire (SAN), Lai Mohammed, Rauf Aregbesola, Babatunde Fashola, among others. GNAT comprises serving and former local government chairmen, councillors, supervisors, secretaries to the local government, secretaries to education, special advisers, special assistants and other political appointees at the local government level. Leader of the group, Abiodun Mafe, who spoke at the formation of the group in Lagos, said the foot soldiers cannot afford to be ingrates to the former Lagos governor, who played a great role in their rise to prominence.
In the last five months that Otunba Kehinde Oloyede assumed office as the chairman Oshodi/Isolo local government area Oshodi-Isolo has remained a place to be while in Lagos. Commercial bus drivers, residents, tanker drivers, motor park boys and traders all hail Otunba Kendoo for providing a good road network for both drivers and passersby to navigate through to their destinations. The beautifully built gutters have reassured the residents of a malaria free environment and also a means to achieve the cleaner Lagos initiative agenda. Oshodi, which used to be volatile when it comes to security, has been experiencing peace as the chairman believes, a peaceful environment guarantees economic prosperity. With his track records, this is the only time that the peace-loving people of Oshodi-isolo, regardless of their tribe and tongues go about their business without fear of intimidation according to political stalwarts. As a true grassroots administrator, the council boss has demonstrated his support for inclusiveness as he ensured that the Community Development Committee, marketers, artisans and the youth are integral part of his government. According to the Chairman, education, youth empowerment and training will top the priority of the administration this year saying “What the residents witnessed in our first five months in office is just a tip of the iceberg. Our best is yet to come as we are not ready to relent on the good work we have started.” Buttressing his point, he said “We know that performance is very key to continuity, so we are not ready to back down on our promises.” he reassured If you recall, the council boss while campaigning promised to deliver 20 roads for the people of Oshodi within his first 100 days, he has surprisingly delivered 24 and still counting. On the water project, Oloyede has also beamed his positive searchlight on potable drinking water for all residents, he
Former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Olatunde Obanikoro, has debunked media reports that he has declared his intention to run for the governorship seat of Lagos state in 2023, reports The Gazelle News.com. While reacting to the media reports on his 2023 gubernatorial ambition, Senator Obanikoro on Monday, 3 January, 2022, stated that he has not taken any decision on his governorship ambition. “I told the reporter that I’ve not taken any decision on the matter. I told him I’m still consulting and discussing with stakeholders on the matter,” Senator Obanikoro said. According to him, the governorship is not just what one can jump into. “It needs a lot of consultation and discussion with stakeholders. So I’ve not taken any decision yet since I’m still consulting,”. The pioneer Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs said he would make his decision public after concluding his consultation.
Distinguished Senator Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon popularly called GOS in our political lexicon, turned 62 on December 19, 2021. The current of history has moved him down stream as an authentic leader. He remains a worthy example in leadership by virtue of recent happenings. Senator GOS is always at ease with the people of one of the most disparaged communities in Lagos state, Mushin, his neighbourhood; as well as the people of the state of aquatic splendor. Listening to people and attending to their needs, for him, come with incomprehensible ease and overwhelming satisfaction, such that even years after office, he has continued to receive and attend to people in his palatial mansion in Magodo, when in practical terms, many of his ilk would have shut their doors against the people. A shrewd politician but not the archetypal one, his unassuming nature, enhanced by quiet mien and his capacity to listen to people, no matter what they had to say, offered the kind of strength needed to deliver quality leadership. Senator GOS, a one time Mushin Local Government chairman has weathered the storm as far as politics is concerned in Nigeria. His knowledge of his people, coupled with his ability to manage the various unpredictable tendencies speaks volume of his staying relevance in Lagos political landscape. Senator GOS involvement in politics is not a fluke. His late father, Alhaji Rafiu Ishola Solomon was politically influential in Lagos state and was a contemporary of the first civilian governor of Lagos state, late Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande. Alhaji Rafiu Solomon, wielded enormous influence in Lagos political landscape to such an extent that he recommended people for political appointments. Prominent among such appointments was that of late Oba Alhaji Olatunji Hamzat, the father of Lagos state Deputy Governor, Dr Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat. Alhaji Rafiu Solomon was instrumental to
Lead Visioner, Lagos4Lagos, Dr. Abdul-azeez Olajide Adediran popularly known and called Jandor has been conferred with the title of Ozo Igbo Ndu of Lagos by the apex body of N'digbo in Lagos, a socio-cultural group of Igbo residents in Lagos. Jandor received the esteemed honour at the 102nd birthday celebration of Eze N'digbo of Lagos, HRH, Cyril Osuala Anomneze, Eze Ojiofor. The title, Ozo Igbo Ndu, translated as the "saviour of Igbo people in Lagos", is the highest honour that can be bestowed on any individual of other extraction. Speaking at the event, Chairman Board of Trustees, Igbo speaking community in Lagos, Dr. Jonathan Nnaji stated that Jandor has demonstrated his love for Ndigbo through his support for various activities and programmes of the group. While expressing his appreciation for the honour bestowed on him by the N'digbo in Lagos, Jandor stated that his decision to accept the title after previously turning down several titles, was borne out of his love and recognition of the immense contribution of N'digbo to the economic development of Lagos. Jandor also debunked claims by the ruling APC that the Lagos4Lagos movement is pursuing an agenda that seeks to promote the interest of Lagosians alone. He noted that the Lagos4Lagos N'digbo structure is one of the most formidable and organized groups in several igbo-populated markets and town unions across the state. Describing the igbos as the most enterprising in Nigeria, Jandor stated that the group's voting population is critical in the state electoral process. He therefore urged the group to come out en masse to mobilize support for his 2023 guber project.
Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Sulaiman Lasun Yusuf, has described ex-Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola as the only loyalist of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who can sacrifice anything to please the former Lagos Governor, reports The Gazelle News.com. Lasun disclosed this during an interview with an Osogbo based radio station, Rave FM on Friday, 3 December, 2021. “He (Aregbesola) is the only Tinubu loyalist I know. He can do anything to satisfy his boss. His loyalty and commitment to him is second to none,” he said. According to Lasun, if not for Rauf’s loyalty and commitment to Tinubu, he would still have been friend with the former Governor of Osun State and current Minister of Interior. Narrating his experience with Aregbesola, the former House of Representatives Deputy Speaker stated that he has been friend with Rauf for a long period of time. “That friendship ended in 2015 and I’ll tell you the reason it ended and this will be the first time I’ll reveal this,” he said. According to him, in 2015, he went to Aregbesola who was Governor of Osun State then and intimated him of his intention to run for the Deputy Speakership of the House of Representatives. “He (Aregbesola) said he will support me. Three days later, he called me and said that my ambition will have to be jettisoned because Asiwaju wanted Gbajabiamila to. Be the Speaker and that they have decided to support Gbajabiamila. “I told him that I don’t know Asiwaju and. That it is he (Rauf), that I know. I told him I don’t know anything about Gbajabiamila’s ambition and that I’m going ahead with mine. “He told me that we will have to part ways as a result of that because for him, Asiwaju’s interests is
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, former Senate president, Bukola Saraki, and the leadership of the Lagos4Lagos movement, Olajide Adediran a.k.a Jandor have formed an alliance to push out the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from the state. Also included in the alliance was that members of the movement would officially dump the APC and embrace the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flag on December 18th, 2021. The alliance was formed on Saturday during Saraki’s visit to the headquarters of the movement in Adeniyi Jones axis, where he was welcomed by dozens of members of the factional APC. Saraki, a Kwara State former governor, was received by the lead visioner of the Lagos4Lagos group, Adediran, popularly called Jandor, and other members of the group at about 12.30 pm. After several minutes of deliberation, members of the Lagos4Lagos movement voted unanimously that they join the PDP, in order to actualise their dream of taking over the mantle of leadership in the state. They also agreed that the switch from APC to PDP should be officially conducted in another fortnight at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Marina axis. As gathered, the official decamping would occur eight days after PDP would have sworn in their National Working Committee (NWC) led by a senate former president, Iyorchia Ayu, and it would be one of the first major assignments to be undertaken by the chairman. It would be recalled that the movement had in October held a parallel state congress at the Airport hotel in Ikeja, but was not recognised by the party’s national leadership. At the congress, Sunday Ajayi, from Agege Local Government was elected as chairman of the APC faction that had consistently complained about imposition and non-inclusion of true sons of Lagos in APC activities. The group had vowed to challenge the system and offer new alternatives ahead of the 2023 general elections
Although, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has not formally declared his intention to contest in 2023 presidential election, souvenirs for his 2023 presidential ambition have continued to flood many parts of the country, especially Lagos state, Naijanewsdirect reports. Information reaching Naijanewsdirect revealed that a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. AbduSobur Olawale Olayiwola popularly known and called ‘Omititi’, has taken the plunge to provide free school ride boldly branded with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s pictures and his 2023 presidential ambition. The conspicuous inscriptions on the buses read thus: “A.B.A.T Movement, Support Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for President 2023”. A.B.A.T stands for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in other words, it’s Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Movement. Hon. Olawale Olayiwola represents Mushin Constituency 2 in the Lagos Assembly and sources close to the lawmaker said aside the benefit of easing the transportation challenges pupils and students are facing, the branded buses are also aimed at creating further awareness of Tinubu 2023 presidential ambition among pupils, students and people in general. We further gathered that the lawmaker who is serving his second term in office had in the recent past provided free school ride for pupils and students in his constituency. The Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu branded school bus initiative is said to be in solidarity with the former Lagos state governor’s 2023 presidential ambition. The buses, according to sources will serve pupils and students in Mushin and its environs. A.B.A.T Movement is a movement championed by the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt Honourable Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa for the actualization of Tinubu’s 2023 presidential ambition and fully supported by the remaining 39 Honourable members of the Lagos Assembly.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, has said that he supported direct primaries in the electoral bill to make public servants and political officer holders more accountable to the people. Gbajabiamila gave the explanation while hosting a delegation of the Nigerian youths on a thank-you visit for his role on direct primaries led by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare on Thursday. He said: “If I know that my return will depend on some few men, I may care about you. But if I know that my return will depend on my accountability and representation to the people, I will do the right thing. “It is important for this generation to open the door of leadership to the next generation. We must allow every Nigerian to participate fully in the process of leadership. I, therefore, stand with Direct Primary.” “That’s why I said at different fora that I’m for direct primaries. We have to do this for the sake of the institution. “When you gather yourselves (as youths), chances are that you’ll win. Democracy is a government of the people. Democracy is not just a general election. It starts from the primaries.” The Speaker, therefore, challenged the Nigerian youths to brace up for the future. “Take advantage of the new amendment,” saying “power is not served a la carte. I’ll ask that you carry that advocacy out there because it’s for you”, he said. He noted that the youths were part of the reasons lawmakers exist, stressing that “The youths are the greatest asset of any nation, not just in Nigeria.” He said the Nigerian youths were thriving in different spheres of life, but that when it comes to politics, they do not show much interest. “Since the Not Too Young to Run became law, you’ve not taken advantage of that. The Act
A chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr. Fouad Oki has said the party in the state is bleeding profusely due to impunity and urgently in need of a surgical intervention to stop the bleeding and restore its lost glory. Oki, a former Vice Chairman of the party and a chairmanship aspirant in the forthcoming state congress of the party, said if elected, he would immediately embark on a process to rehabilitate, reconstruct and more importantly all aggrieved members to the fold. Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Gazelle News.com, Oki said every effort must be mustered to fight impunity and take the party to its preeminent status where it respects the rule of law and level playing field for all members. “I aspire to lead our party for very obvious reasons. Today, our party is in comatose. Our party is bleeding and bleeding profusely too, and we must understand that our party requires a surgical procedure to take it back to its preeminent status of a progressive family. Our party needs very clearly today what I called the three “Rs’; a process of rehabilitation, a process of reconstruction and more importantly to bring together everyone that has been taken or shut out of the party’s window. “The party today needs leadership with a new direction and that is all I offer – unity, unity and unity. Today, our party has not been this divided. Unfortunately, Lagos political system was founded on a progressive model which gives everybody a sense of inclusion. Unfortunately today, our party lacks that and that is what I am aspiring to do; to lead a party where no one would be left out or shut out; where unity would be the order of the day; where leadership born out of integrity and capacity would hold