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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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Tribunal upholds Ikpeazu’s election, dismisses Alex Otti’s petition

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The three-man panel of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, and chaired by Justice A.L. Ogumoye, has dismissed the petition filed by 2019 APGA gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Alex Otti against the declaration of Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu.

The tribunal ruled that the petitioner failed to prove the case of over-voting, non-compliance to the INEC election guideline and electoral act.

Recall that Alex Otti had asked the tribunal to cancel fifteen out of the seventeen local government areas’ election results in Abia State.

Otti claimed that the respondents, PDP, and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu who was the governorship candidate of PDP perpetrated excessive malpractice in those LGAs in the last March 9, 2019, election conducted in the state.

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Dino Melaye Turns Down PDP Appointment In Kogi, Says Truth Is Casualty In Party

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Senator Dino Melaye has rejected his appointment as the director-general of the Kogi State Governorship Campaign Council by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Melaye expressed his rejection of the appointment via his Twitter handle, @dino_melaye, on Friday.

He said though the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, had told journalists that he would be the director-general of PDP’s governorship campaign council in Kogi’s forthcoming governorship election, he was not willing to lead the campaign.

“Let me categorically say that I have turned down the position of Director-General of the PDP Kogi State Governorship Campaign Council. I wish PDP all the best. When truth is a casualty there is chaos. Senator Dino Melaye.” 

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Former minister, Jummai Alhassan ‘Mama Taraba’ decamps to PDP

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The former Minister of Women Affairs, Jummai Alhassan a.k.a Mama Taraba has decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from United Democratic party (UDP).

The former cabinet member of President Buhari’s administration made the announcement after a stakeholders meeting of the UDP held in her Jalingo residence, months after contesting in the 2019 Taraba State governorship election on the party’s platform. 

Speaking after the meeting which was attended by representatives of UDP members from 168 wards across the 16 local government areas of the state, Mama Taraba said her defection to PDP was based on the outcome of the opinion poll during stakeholders meeting.

Daily Trust reported that she said she had no option than to go by the decision of the majority members of UDP and decamp to PDP.

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