Barely 24 hours after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), took over power in Osun State, chaos and restiveness to have taken the centre stage. This is why the Osun State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Akali Baba Usman to urgently intervene in the ugly security situation in the State. The party alleged that over 500 of its members have been attacked in the last 24 hours and a number of properties had been destroyed including APC campaign vehicles, billboards particularly in Osogbo, the state capital. In a statement by its Acting State Chairman, Tajudeen Lawal, the Osun APC said the return PDP into governance in Osun has marked the continuation of brigandage and political siege of yesteryears. The statement reads in part: ‘’we knew since yesterday that the beasts of yesteryears have returned to power, but we never imagined the extent of the havoc they are currently wrecking in Osun in less than 24 hours after the inauguration. Today Monday can be best described as a black day for our dear State. ‘’We are seriously disturbed and concerned about public peace and order particularly the safety of our teeming members and supporters in Osun which has been under serious security threats since yesterday after the inauguration of Senator Ademola Adeleke as the Governor of Osun State. ‘’As at the last count this morning, more than 500 APC members have been attacked while a vehicle with APC campaign inscription was burnt in Ayetoro area of Osogbo. As at the time of issuing this statement, some of our party members have sustained various degrees of injuries and gun wound at Old Garage, Ogo – Oluwa in Osogbo, and the ongoing senseless attack has already spilled to Ile Ife, Ilesa, Iwo, Ede, Ila and Ikirun. ‘’It is regrettable to
…Asks Lagosians to vote Sanwo-Olu/Hamzat for second term The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has called on Nigerians to use their votes to retire the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, saying that PDP should not be allowed to near Nigeria’s commonwealth again because of the destruction the party has brought to the country. Tinubu made the call on Saturday in Lagos at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere venue of APC Presidential Campaign’s mega rally where he also recalled how Lagos gave him a chance to deploy his talents for national progress and preservation of progressive politics. “I thank the Almighty Allah and the good people of Lagos State for a place to stand, from which I could deploy my talents to mobilise like-minded Progressives to defend this great city.” The APC Presidential candidate said his party’s campaign is a broom revolution, and invoking the spirit of his late mother, Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji, the Iyaloja-General, he followed up with a folksong, singing in Yoruba, “Dagunro o se je, Tinubu o se pa,” meaning literally that he can not be killed. Tinubu said he would continue with progressive government where Nigerians will not be forgotten in education, healthcare and employment generation. The former Lagos State governor who spoke partly in Yoruba took a swipe at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate Atiku Abubakar, describing him a veteran aspirant who should go home and rest. “Atiku contested in SDP, he contested in PDP; he contested in ACN when we rescued him from Obasanjo. Now he is contesting again in PDP. He should go home and rest,” adding that Nigerians should never allow him and his party near the country’s commonwealth. “Atiku has been running. Use your PVC to vote him and his party out. Use your votes to retire him
The Presidential Candidate of the All Progressive Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu had his Presidential campaign at the popular Teslim Balogun stadium in Lagos today. The campaign ground was filled with a mammoth crowd to witness the occasion. Before Asiwaju could speak about his plan for the Nigerian people at the occasion, popular Nigerian Fuji Musician, K1 the ultimate cut him off as he brought life into the occasion. He eulogizes Asiwaju in a typical Yoruba dialect. K1 has always seen the former Lagos State governor as his father and he has once revealed in an interview how he helped him to grow into wealth in the City of Lagos. It's not surprising how K1 praised Tinubu for a number of minutes before he started his campaign. The entrance of Asiwaju into the Teslim Balogun stadium was also electrifying as the people chanted his political name, 'the Jagaban of Lagos.' For so many people who have benefitted from the leadership of Asiwaju, they believe this is the time to repay him. Watch Video below:
In 2015, when the race to the general election got to a fever pitch, all manner of theories and conspiracies were woven around Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as though he was the candidate of the newly formed All Progressives Congress. The AIT did a documentary deliberately targeted at the former Lagos state Governor entitled; THE LION OF BOURDILON which attempted a faulty characterisation of Asiwaju Tinubu as someone who represented the good, the bad and the ugly in the 2015 political narratives. President Goodluck Jonathan was running against the grains following the idea of zoning that is enshrined in the PDP constitution. The AIT documentary made a lot of unsubstantiated allegations and claims against Tinubu, all in a bid to demarket him and sent the APC on the slippery slope to perdition. He was not running election, but once he’s out of the equation, they reasoned rightly, then General Buhari’s chances would be impaired. That didn’t happen. Asiwaju Tinubu stayed the cause and took AIT to court to prove the allegations before all. Going by the swing of the pendulum, AIT opted for out of court settlement, after several rebuttal, apologies and public disclaimer of the said hatchet job of a documentary. The Jonathan administration knew too well that without Asiwaju Tinubu’s support, it would be difficult to sail through. This is primarily because the initial promises made by President Jonathan in 2011 were not fulfilled to carry Tinubu along. When it was time to strike another accord, Asiwaju Tinubu reminded him of the earlier failed promises. The rest as they often say, has become history. The AIT recant was enough opportunity for the Nigeria media to be circumspect on matters they lack enough information on. When Asiwaju Tinubu was Governor of Lagos, he had a running battle with Late Gani Fawehinmi over educational
The drama continues among the aggrieved members of All Progressives Congress over the party’s flag bearer, Bola Tinubu’s selection of Kashim Shettima as his running mate ahead of 2023 general elections. The immediate past Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and other northern Christian politicians have disowned former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal over his hasty endorsement of Labour Party flag bearer, Peter Obi. This was contained in a statement released on Thursday following the endorsement of Peter Obi by Babachir Lawal. Babachir pledged his support for Obi barely 24 hours after the All Progressives Congress chieftain declared support for Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP. In a statement released in Abuja on Thursday, Lawal indicated that a group comprising some northern Christian politicians had settled for Obi, after a painstaking review and analysis of the alternative presidential ticket holders. The group, in endorsing Mr Obi, also endorsed his running mate, Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. But the statement released by Dogara and his group, reads: “We want to draw the attention of the general public to the recent position canvassed by our Chairman, Engr B D Lawal, as the position of our Group. “We wish to state that necessary consultations have been concluded, and based on manifestly unassailable empirical data, the group is poised to adopt a position which will be made known to the public at an interfaith event to be held very soon. “Also suffices to say that no one in the group including the Chairman has been mandated to speak to the public about our position at this material time. “Based on our modus Operandi, our position was meant to be presented to the general public at the event above referred to. That has not changed. “Consequently, the decision to endorse a particular
One of the fast rising private television stations in Nigeria, ARISE TV has been lambasted by the official spokesperson for Tinubu/Shettima 2023 Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo (SAN). The criticism came over the broadcast of the letter purportedly issued by INEC to investigate APC Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu over alleged drug scandal in the United States in 2003. In a Tweet on his official page, Keyamo berated ARISE TV for failing to verify a letter that was debunked by INEC. Keyamo said, “Even the ‘usual suspects’ have rushed to carry the fake story on their news bar without even a simple confirmation from INEC. The same outlet that wanted to conduct a ‘fair debate’. Now, they are left with a red face. It’s as bad as that this season of politics & electioneering!” It would be recalled that INEC debunked the letter trending on social media on Tuesday. INEC issued official press statement to deny the letter saying it was a fake letter and that it did not come the commission. However, on Sunday morning, the Management of Arise TV apologised to Tinubu over the fake report after INEC publicly dismissed it as fake. The station said: “Of criminal forfeiture of funds, linked to narcotics, smuggling conspiracy and money laundering against the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress Bola Ahmed Tinubu, we Arise News that carried the news, which is now been denied by after the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and we apologise most sincerely to the APC Presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the earlier broadcast.” INEC in a statement by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, in Abuja on Saturday, described the report as the handiwork of mischief makers. “It claims that the commission has commenced investigation into a case of criminal forfeiture against one of the Presidential candidates
...Promise massive support for Sanwo-Olu, other candidates A rally organised by the Obasa Youth Crusade (OYC) on Saturday saw thousands of Lagos residents declaring their support for candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) including Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa. While Tinubu is the Presidential candidate of the APC in the 2023 general election, Dr. Obasa seeks reelection into the Lagos State House of Assembly where he is the Speaker. The youth further promised to support the re-election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Idiat Oluranti-Adebule, senatorial candidate for Lagos West, Wale Ahmed, a House of Representatives candidate for Agege and Abdulkareem Jubril, candidate for Agege Constituency 2 at the State House of Assembly. They, however, vowed to ensure that Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party, and others are woefully defeated in Lagos. Addressing the crowd at the Agege Stadium, Lagos, Speaker Obasa urged the youth to sustain the tempo adding that the rally was first of its kind in the area. Obasa added that the passion showed by the youth and those who attended the rally was enough proof that the people of Lagos remained happy with the APC and its progress in the State. According to him, even though the gathering was in his honour, the attendees must know that the bigger task was to work for Tinubu and Sanwo-Olu's victory at the forthcoming election. "Today you are here to talk about Obasa, but we have a bigger project and that is Bola Ahmed Tinubu. We have Asiwaju as the high-tension wire from which we all are connected. I also promise that we will never disappoint you. "We have provided jobs, thanks to our governor. In Agege today, we have almost all the roads tarred. We have a governor that is well connected, capable to continue to in office. "In Tinubu, we have a leader
Some supporters of the Labour Party on Thursday fought over some money promised to them for attending the party’s mega rally in Abia State. The supporters accused the party leadership and organizers of the event of diverting the funds meant for them. Mr. Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the party, was in the state on Thursday to flag off Alex Otti’s governorship campaign. Sharing photos of his arrival in a tweet, Obi said: “I have arrived in Abia state for Dr. Alex Otti’s Governorship campaign flag off in Aba.” Earlier, Otti had tweeted about Obi’s arrival, saying, “Welcome to Abia “God’s own state” @PeterObi , Dr. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, and your entourage. Ndi Abia are ready to take back their state,” Otti had written. Meanwhile, in videos circulating online, some members of the Labour Party could be seen shouting and struggling with one another as money was being shared to them after the rally. “How much are they giving us here?” a party member who attended the rally was heard saying. Also, an old woman was also heard complaining that the coordinators of the rally had not given her “rally money and drink”. The videos also show how funds were being distributed to some of those who attended the rally.
The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has promised to create one million jobs in the first 24 months if elected. Former Lagos Deputy Governor Otunba Femi Pedro gave this assurance in Abuja when he explained the manifesto of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at a one-way symposium. According to Pedro, Tinubu has 12 key economic points to get Nigeria out of the current economic doldrum. Other key economic activities that Tinubu will implement, he said, include: to bring back manufacturing companies like Dunlop that left the country many years ago; resuscitate the commodity boards; empower women; expand infrastructure provision and curtail the run- away inflation.
The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa has been described as a quintessential Lawmaker whose commitment to uphold the sanctity of the legislative arm of government is second to none. The Deputy Speaker of the Assembly and All Progressives Congress (APC) Candidate for Lagos Central Senatorial District, Rt Hon Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni who disclosed on Thursday, 10 November, 2022, also described Obasa as a man who is loyal and committed to the party and its ideals. These were contained in Eshinlokun-Sanni's message via a statement congratulating Rt Hon Obasa who celebrates his 50th birthday on Friday, 11 November, 2022. According to the APC Lagos Central Flag-bearer, Obasa, over the years has proven to be a quintessential and complete Lawmaker who is committed to the sanctity of the legislative arm of government. "Your commitment to the Independence of the Legislature and protection of the sanctity of the lawmaking arm of government cannot be over emphasised. "Having began your legislative career as an elected councillor in Agege Local Government, you've risen to become one of the most experienced, if not the most experienced Lawmaker in Nigeria. This is made possible by the grace of God and your resilience, perseverance and doggedness over the years," Rt Hon Eshinlokun-Sanni said. He praised the celebrant for what he has been able to do improve state House of Assembly which had made the Assembly lived up to its attribute of "Above the Common Standard of Excellence". "On behalf of my family and constituents, I rejoice with you on this epoch-making event and I pray that Almighty Allah continues to strengthen you. Happy birthday, the speaking Speaker," Rt Hon Eshinlokun-Sanni said.