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There is no vacancy in Lagos, Oluwa replies opposition

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A representative of Ajeromi-Ifelodun constituency 2 at the Lagos state House of Assembly, Hon Fatai Oluwa, has advised opposition parties in the state to jettison their dream of taking over Lagos in 2019.

Oluwa said there was no vacancy in any of the elective offices in the state for the opposition.

The lawmaker made this declaration in reaction to a statement credited to the Action Democratic Party (ADP) which said it was poised to unseat the all Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

The ADP had described itself as the most credible alternative to the APC and even promised to make judicious use of the resources accruable to the state.

Oluwa wondered why the members of the ADP acted like they are not actually witnessing the massive developments in the various parts of the state.

“Only a person who does not reside in Lagos would say such thing. Lagos remains a perfect example to other states in the area of growth and development.

“I must proudly tell you that Lagos did not borrow in 2017 to fund projects and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode confirmed this when he presented the 2018 budget before the House.

“Yet, did you see the massive progress the state recorded in terms of infrastructure? Have you gone through the roads, the bridges, the health facilities?

“Are you aware Governor Ambode has been able to shore up the internally generated revenue of the state?

“And now that the man has made a lot of efforts, one small party from nowhere would dream of coming to squander the progress of the state. It is not possible,” he said.

Concerning the state House of Assembly, Oluwa noted that for the first time, the lawmakers had come up with sound private member bills that have been signed into law by the governor.

“The much celebrated Neighbourhood watch bill was initiated by the speaker of the House, Rt Hon Mudashiru Obasa. A lot of Lagosians have been employed through some of these bills passed by the House.
“So the ADP and other such opposition parties should focus their dreams on other states and just leave Lagos for the party that has sacrificed since 1999,” Oluwa added.

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Kano Politics: The Prince, Commander, and the Comrade. Are they really untouchables?

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By Adamu Aminu, Kano

Even during the Roman Empire, gladiators were given outstanding priority by the Kings of those days, based on their bravery, courage in battlefields.

And also, perseverance, undivided loyalty and taking daring task during difficult times of fighting for continuous survival on the monarchical throne, were among the yardstick to promote any warrior to the much deserving position as a reward to acknowledge his bravery.

What had happened in those days is seemingly synchronic with what is presently transpiring in today’s Nigerian politics, particularly in Kano, my exalted state, which is not an exception in this regard.

The notion which strongly affirmed that ‘Only the daring deserved the jug, full of sweet-marmalade in the time of victory’.

It was seen by many political pundits, that the daring credibility and allegiance catapulted the trio to become front-bencher in the Khadimul Islam, kitchen cabinet, such as;Prince, Emir’s grandson.

  1. Prince, The Emir’s Son
  2. The Comrade
  3. The Commander.

That might even be the rationale for people branding them as prolific in terms of popularity and influences.

But the questions were already put by some analysts, meant to corroborate the reportedly said impression, as follows;

  • Why do such threesome command much attention in this regime?
  • was it for their hustle during 2019 polls, that led to his triumph?
  • Or was it due to their unflinching allegiance to the governors through thick and thin of his political journey?
  • Why did they deserve to be seeing and call by many, as untouchables and indispensable in the present dominion of Khadimul Islam?

It is obviously known that every one good turn deserves another, and nothing happens spontaneously on a silver platter, without any cause or efforts.

But based on superficial perspectives, many including myself thought that these trios are Khadimul Islam right-hand’s men, who in the past took the bull by the horns, for the present state government of scaling through.

Firstly, let’s take the prince – who is the current party chairman, famously known for his fire-brand, pomposity and often wearing sternly-face to justify his bonafide royal background.

A one-time state commissioner of environment, who is lucky to have bumper to bumper proximity with his excellency, the ‘ Khadimul Islam.

A man whose everyone within the party is trying to avoid loggerheads with him in as much as you need ‘ Khadimul Islam ‘ to back you in your political aspiration within the party, an instance where the only ex-federal house member of Kiru/Bebeji, Hon. Kofa would give full testimony of this man strong influence in the party.

The Prince, presumably said, his contributing factors help the ‘Khadimul Islam ‘ forced the leader of Kano red-cap ideology movement into impromptu retirement from politics.

Secondly, the commander, fondly called ‘ Yaki sai da Kwamanda ‘ a young, light, -complexion politician who is believed to have built a solid base of influence in Khadimul Islam government.

The man raised not only with a silver spoon but with a political spoon in view of the key positions holding at his tender age.

The man whose courage during 2019 gubernatorial polls had his name dominated newspapers headline – also had his half-bared physique went viral all over, all in all, out-war to salvage his party from political nose-diving.

Thirdly, Mr Comrade, the present state Information commissioner. The flamboyant, comrade with dandyish disposition since from youthful heyday.

The man among the three formidable, who was certain of being among the list present state executive members.

A man who has been with ‘ Khadimul Islam ‘ for quite some decades, whose allegiance to him is undisputed. The comrade, who had in the last year run from pillar to post, tried to protect his master’s dignity originated from Daily Nigerian posted video scandal.

The Comrade who is said to be always on alert, keeping sleeves rolled up, walking tip-toed, staying wary in anticipation of any issue that may give his long-time master a sleepless night.

As the proverbial phrase goes on saying “One good turn deserves another” this might be the reason, why the threesome political companions turn out to be Indispensable and untouchables within the Ganduje’s led government.

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Conduct fresh election in Bayelsa, APC writes INEC

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh governorship election in Bayelsa state. 

The supreme court had nullified the election of David Lyon, candidate of the APC who was declared winner of the election in the state in November.

The apex court asked INEC to issue certificates of return to candidates of the party with the next highest number of lawful votes and with the required constitutional geographical spread in the election, and on Friday, the commission declared Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor-elect. 

But in a letter, Adams Oshiomhole, chairman of the APC, told INEC that Diri did not meet the requirement and that a fresh election should hold.

‘‘In the said judgement of the Supreme Court, the candidature of our governorship and deputy governorship candidates were nullified and the commission was ordered to issue fresh certificate of returns with the highest number of votes and with the required geographical spread,” the letter read.

‘’It is however to be noted that the Supreme Court did not void the votes that our party polled at the election and the implication of this is that the votes of the All Progressives Congress must be reckoned with in determining whether any other candidate polled majority of lawful votes cast in one-quarter of at least two thirds majority of the state.

‘‘We have reviewed the judgement of the Supreme Court and we are of the firm opinion that the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party cannot be issued certificate of return and or sworn in as the Governor and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State respectively.

‘‘We are aware of that section 179(1)(b) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria mandatorily requires a candidate for an election to the office of governor of a state to have not less than one quarter of the votes cast at the election in each of at least two thirds of all the local government areas in the state before the candidate can be deemed to have been duly elected as the Governor of the State. This mandatory requirement was affirmed by the supreme court in the judgement under reference.

“From the results announced and duly published by the commission, it is clear that no candidates meet this mandatory constitutional requirement, including the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party who only managed to poll one quarter of the votes cast in only five local government areas.

“The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party or any other candidate whatsoever, none satisfies the requirement of one quarter of the votes cast in at least 2/3 of the local government areas in the state as required by the supreme court judgement further request that a fresh election be conducted by the commission for the office of the Executive Governor of Bayelsa State.”

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‘Our mandate will be restored’ — Sylva breaks silence on Lyon’s sack

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Timipre Sylva, minister of state for petroleum, says the mandate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa state will be restored.

Sylva said this in reaction to the sack of David Lyon as governor-elect of Bayelsa by the supreme court. Lyon was sacked by the apex court just 24 hours before the governorship inauguration.

Douye Diri, his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival, was subsequently sworn in as the governor.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Sylva, a former governor of the state, said President Muhammadu Buhari and Aisha Buhari, his wife, had planned to attend the occasion.

Sylva, who is the APC leader in the state, apologised to the president for the “disruption of his busy schedule”.

He further asked the people of Bayelsa to shun violence while, adding that the legal team of the ruling party is already exploring the options available to them.

Sylva said: “I want to use this moment to call on all the people of our dear state, Bayelsa, to kindly shun all acts of violence and lawlessness.

“Also of great importance to me is to extend my profound apology to our President, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, over the avoidable disruption to his busy schedule which was caused by the events of the moment.

“I am aware that Mr. President and his lovely wife Her Excellency Aisha Buhari had concluded arrangements to travel to Bayelsa to witness the inauguration of the APC Governorship candidate as Governor of Bayelsa State. I therefore extend my apology to Mr. President and members of his entourage.

“To the good people of Bayelsa state, I would like to emphasize the need for restraint at all times. No doubt the events of the last few days are as provocative as they are regrettable.

“But as tempting as it might be for anyone to take the law into their hands, such temptation must be resisted in the greater interest of our state and the political stability of the country at large.

“The leadership of our great party the All Progressives Congress (APC) has directed its team of legal experts to study the situation critically and proffer legal options available to the party accordingly.

“We should therefore all remain faithful to, and have confidence in, the wisdom and ability of the party leadership to provide direction at this very sensitive time.

“Let me conclude by assuring Mr. President and our party hierarchy that despite this temporary setback, APC in Bayelsa remains strong and its members resolute in our support for the ideals of a greater and prosperous Nigeria as envisioned by our President, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari.

“The mandate will be restored and that dream of a better, greater Bayelsa State will be actualised.”

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