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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday night declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Raheem Olawuyi Ajuloopin, as winner of the Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero Federal constituency bye-election in Kwara state.

Announcing the results, INEC’s Chief Returning Officer for the poll, Prof. Abimbola Adesoji, said Ajuloopin scored 21,236 votes as against 18,095 votes scored by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Saheed Damilare Alatise.

INEC’s Chief Returning Officer for the poll, Prof. Abimbola Adesoji.
INEC’s Chief Returning Officer for the poll, Prof. Abimbola Adesoji.

He added that the Labour Party had 150 votes; just as the PPN had 76 votes while UPN had 42 votes.

He said out of the 40,930 total votes cast, the total valid votes were 39,599 while 1,331 votes were rejected.

Results displayed for the Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero Federal constituency bye-election conducted by INEC in Kwara state on Saturday. PHOTOS BY: Romoke W. Ahmad.
Results displayed for the Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero Federal constituency bye-election conducted by INEC in Kwara state on Saturday. PHOTOS BY: Romoke W. Ahmad.

Daily Trust reports that the APC candidate won in three out of the four local governments in the constituency and led with 3,142 votes.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on the queue to vote during the bye-election at the Ile baale Unit PU006 in Oro, Irepodun local government area of Kwara state.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on the queue to vote during the bye-election at the Ile baale Unit PU006 in Oro, Irepodun local government area of Kwara state.
Posted On Sunday, 18 November 2018 18:26 Written by

The All Progressives Congress, APC, Lagos State chapter has announced former Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure in the state, Dr Kadri Hamzat as the running mate to its governorship candidate, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The state party leaders made the official presentation of Hamzat as Sanwo-Olu’s running mate on Sunday at the party secretariat, Acme Road, Ogba area of Lagos.

Hamzat was born September 19, 1964.

He graduated from the University of Ibadan in 1986 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering and subsequently furthered his studies at home and abroad, resulting in both an MSc. in Crop Processing Engineering (1988) and a Ph.D. in System Process Engineering (1992).

Sequel to this, he garnered about two decades of work experience in several organisations, including the City of New York, RTP Consulting Services, Columbia University, Merrill Lynch Inc, Morgan Stanley and Oando Plc.

In August 2005, Hamzat was appointed Commissioner for Science and Technology during the tenure of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

He retained his position when Governor Babatunde Fashola assumed office in 2007. It was during his tenure as Commissioner for Science and Technology that Hamzat enforced the application of modern technology in the state’s ministries, thus changing the face of data and record keeping in Lagos and at the same time eliminating the trend of state ghost workers.

It is reported in some quarters that this single act was largely responsible for his elevation as Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure at the commencement of the second term in office of the Governor Fashola’s administration. The office had gone on without a commissioner during Fashola’s first four years, with only a Special Adviser reporting directly to the governor.

In execution of his mandate, Hamzat’s ministry has completed several key projects for Lagos State in the mega-city era.

Posted On Monday, 05 November 2018 01:35 Written by

The All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship aspirant, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has branded Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos a liar for claiming that he was arrested in the United States for spending fake American dollars at a night club and was rehabilitated for unknown ailment at the Gbagada General Hospital.

Ambode came hard on his opponent on Sunday when he said Sanwo-Olu was unfit to be governor of Lagos as he was arrested in the US for spending fake dollars and detained for months.

According to Ambode: “Now, the truth is this, the aspirant that is being put up to compete against us is not fit and proper person. This is the truth party leaders and party members have been misled to understand that he is a better candidate than myself. I have done everything in the last three years and half to serve people selflessly and the poor. This particular aspirant has been arrested for spending fake American Dollars in a night club in America and was detained for months.

“He also knows that he does not have the competence to do what he is being propelled to do. The records are there in the Gbagada General hospital, Lagos. This is somebody that has gone for rehabilitation before. We do not want to go so far. We know our leadership should have a rethink because the truth is this, I will not stand here, on the mandate of Lagos State residents and allowed our great party, APC to fritter away that opportunity to put in somebody that opposition will easily kick-out because of credibility; so I appeal to all our leaders, they should have a rethink. This is not about me. It is about the greatest opportunity that APC has to change the progress of Nigeria to better a place.”

Reacting to Ambode in a statement, Sanwo-Olu said he would not join issues with the governor or debase the exalted office, but said he would clarify some erroneous statement made by Ambode.

“His allegation that I was arrested for spending fake dollars at a night club in the United States was untrue. In fact, the governor knows I travelled to the United States just last month. I would not have been allowed to travel or even get a visa if I had been involved in what the Governor falsely alleged.

“That the Governor claimed that I underwent some unidentified type of “rehabilitation” at the Gbagada General Hospital was also shameless and untrue. Promulgation of salacious rumour should not be part of the job description of a governor. This is not the stuff of high office. People should question whether it is ethically right for the Governor to turn what should be confidential medical information about a citizen into a weapon of political warfare? But for avoidance of doubt, let it be stated that I never received any treatment whatsoever at the Gbagada General Hospital,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu said he felt sad for Lagos as he watched the press conference by Ambode, saying that many things he said were beneath dignity of the people and the exalted office he held.

“Perhaps, the tension and anxiety of the moment got the better of him. If given a chance at cooler reflection of what he said, I am sure he would regret his descent into such low conduct. In this vein, I forgive him and hope he regains his balance and proper comportment no matter the outcome of tomorrow’s contest. After all, we are both here to improve Lagos not to wrestle in its streets,’ he said.

He added that instead of making a convincing defense of his performance, Ambode sought to sow fear into the hearts of Lagosians, stressing that Lagosians were intelligent and brave people.

“They can see through the smoke and the fog. I am here not to tear my opponent down but to help build Lagos up. With me, you will hear about progress on education, health, sanitation, proper tax levels, economic development, infrastructure, jobs, public services and other things that enhance the lives of people. I am a serious person and this primary is a serious matter. I have not the time or inclination to attack character when there are so many real issues to address.

We will continue to focus on the issues that matter in the lives of the people of Lagos. Lagosians want an answer to the sanitation crisis and loss of jobs caused by Mr. Ambode’s Visionscape misadventure. Our people will want to know why Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has not been able to build a single General Hospital in the State when his immediate predecessor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) built 11 General Hospitals. Lagosians are waiting to hear what our solutions are. They want to know why hundreds of competent civil servants got summarily dismissed and how this has undermined public services.

As a candidate for the party’s nomination and hopefully as your next governor, my approach will not be to sling insults but to propose solutions to the problems of the day,” he stated.

Posted On Sunday, 30 September 2018 22:47 Written by

Former EFCC boss, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has formally declared his intention to challenge incumbent Governor Muhamadu Bindow for the 2019 Adamawa governorship ticket under the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Addressing party official at the state secretariat on Saturday in Yola, Ribadu said Gov. Bindow has performed below expectation, as such the APC needs a new face to make a difference.

“Give me the chance and opportunity to make the difference.

“Our dear state is facing a number of developmental challenges that require urgent, holistic and strategic handling.

“We do not need cosmetics, which do not address fundamental issues that are cornerstone to our development as a people.

“It takes visionary leadership with capacity and modern thinking to provide that needed redirection, beyond deceptive makeup.

“It is this much-needed leadership that I promise to offer to our people.

“I come with genuine intention and I have a burning passion to change the fortunes of our people for good.

“With all sense of humility, I believe I possess the requisite credentials, both academic and character, required to move this state forward.

“I will run an all-inclusive government where all stakeholders like you truly have stakes,” Ribadu said.

He urged party officials to ensure level playing ground for all aspirants.

“As we move into the primaries, what we require from you, our party leaders, is utmost level of responsibility by allowing free and fair contest.

“We cannot afford to manipulate our party into failure. Injustice can never stand. Even if it does, it would be on shaky foundations which can collapse at any time.

“Therefore, skewing a process like the primaries to favour one person, even though unpopular, may only lead our great party to failure, something no genuine party member would desire.”

Responding, the Adamawa APC chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Bilal, lauded Ribadu for his commitment to the party and assured him and other aspirants of level playing field.

“I want to assure you of free and fair primaries and the commitment of the party executives to fully support any candidate that emerge,” Bilal said.

Apart from Ribadu and Bindow, another aspirant, Dr Halilu Ahmed is also seeking the party’s endorsement to fly its flag for the governorship race.

Posted On Sunday, 23 September 2018 15:10 Written by

All Progressives Congress (APC) Lagos State Governorship aspirant, Mr Jide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday inaugurated the directors and three senatorial coordinators for the Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu Campaign Organisation (BOSCO)

Tayo Ayinde is the BOSCO’s Director General while APC leader in Alimosho, Alhaji Abdullah Enilolobo heads the Mobilisation Team.

Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA) Deputy Speaker, Wasiu Eshilokun, is in charge of Research and Intelligence. LAHA Majority Leader, Sanai Agunbiade, heads Legal.

Others are Adeniran Onilude – Special Duties; Tobi Lawal – Fund raising; Agege Local Government Chairman Kola Egunjobi – Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Civil Society and Students; Sesan Dani – Media and Publicity; his Oshodi-Isolo counterpart Bolaji Ariyo – Security; Wale Adelana – Ethnic Affairs; Dr Sulaimon Aleshinloye – Medical and Safety; Coker-Aguda Local Council Development Area (LCDA) Chairman Bolanle Akinyemi-Obe – Women Affairs; her Bariga and Ajeromi-Ifelodun counterparts Kolade Alabi (Finance) and Ayoola Fatai (Welfare).

Former Mosan-Okunola LCDA Chairman Abiodun Mafe heads Party Affairs; Fuad Atanda-Lawal – Youth; Kamal Olohrunoje – Volunteers’ group and Rev. Samuel Olufemi Ogedengbe for Religion.

The threes Senatorial Coordinators are Rasak Ajala – Lagos West, Wahab Alawiye King – Lagos Central and Mayor Dele Oshinowo – Lagos East

Posted On Saturday, 15 September 2018 03:08 Written by

Former Lagos State Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who is being tipped to take over from Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, has inaugurated directors and coordinators for his campaign organisation.

Sanwo-Olu, in a list named Tayo Ayinde, a former Chief Security Details to former Governor Bola Tinubu the Director-General, Babajide Sanwo-Olu Campaign Organisation, BOSCO 2019.

On the list are Alhaji Abdullah Enilolobo, Mobilisation; Special Duties-Hon. Adeniran Onilude; Fund raising – Tobi Lawal; Legal – Hon. SOB Agunbiade; Research and Intelligence- Hon. Wasiu Eshilokun; NGO, Civil Society & Students- Hon. Kola Egunjobi; Media & Publicity- Hon. Sesan Dani; Security – Hon Bolaji Ariyo and Planning & Strategy- Hon. Jimi Benson.

Also on the list are Women Affairs – Hon Bolanle Akinyemi – Obe; Ethnic Affairs- Hon. Wale Adelana; Welfare – Hon Ayoola Fatai; Finance – Hon. Kolade Alabi; Party Affairs- Hon. Abiodun Mafe; Medical and Safety – Dr Sulaimon Aleshinloye; Volunteers’ group- Hon. Kamal Olohrunoje; Youth- Hon. Fuad Atanda – Lawal and Religion- Rev. Samuel Olufemi Ogedengbe.

Sanwo-Olu also appointed Senatorial Coordinators for BOSCO 2019 for the three senatorial districts.

The are: Lagos West- Hon. Rasak Ajala; Lagos Central- Hon Wahab Alawiye King and Lagos East- Mayor Dele Oshinowo.

Confirming the list, Chairman of Agege Local Government, Mr. Kola Egunjobi, said: “I am very much aware of the list released by the aspirant.”

Posted On Friday, 14 September 2018 02:05 Written by

The candidacy of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aspirant for Kogi East Senatorial district in the 2019 general election, Dr. Victor Alewo Adoji got a major boost recently when immediate past governor of Kogi State, Captain Idris Wada and his predecessor, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris openly endorsed his nomination to run for the seat.

Adoji, a former banker and journalist, visited the former governors separately in Abuja for endorsement after obtaining the PDP nomination form.

He described the them (Wada and Idris) as credible leaders of the party who have laboured to keep hope alive in Kogi state.

The senate aspirant has so far toured six local government areas in Kogi East to declare his interest to vie for the much-coveted senate seat.

In his speech at his declaration in Ofu Local Government, Adoji said he was there as an aspirant for the people to convert him to a candidate.

He said he is worried when he sees youths without employment as what he sees are not human beings but industries.

“Manifesto was something that was built in the 50s and 60s and it is not a workable material, I will not have one for you. What I will sign with you is a social contract where you will tell me what you will want me to do for you and not what I want to do for you.

“The world is evolving and countries are moving away from oil, most developed countries of the world do not rely on mineral resources because they do not even have one, what they rely on is the strength of their innovation.

“I will sign a contract with you and will want any other person contesting with me if given the mandate to do so, after 24 months as your Senator I do not move you from where we are to where Kogi East should be, recall me,” he said.

He said he was aware that as their Senator, he will not have the budget to build schools, build hospitals, build roads, but would ask them to carry him on their shoulders to where he can drag these basic things down to the people.

Meanwhile, a coalition of political parties in Kogi state recently endorsed Dr. Adoji as their preferred candidate for the 2019 Kogi East senatorial election.

Posted On Wednesday, 05 September 2018 01:48 Written by

A Saudi official hinted Friday the kingdom was moving forward with a plan to dig a canal that would turn the neighbouring Qatari peninsula into an island, amid a diplomatic feud between the Gulf nations.

“I am impatiently waiting for details on the implementation of the Salwa island project, a great, historic project that will change the geography of the region,” Saud al-Qahtani, a senior adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, said on Twitter.

The plan, which would physically separate the Qatari peninsula from the Saudi mainland, is the latest stress point in a highly fractious 14-month long dispute between the two states.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism and being too close to Riyadh’s archrival, Iran — charges Doha denies.

In April, the pro-government Sabq news website reported government plans to build a channel -– 60 kilometres (38 miles) long and 200 metres wide –- stretching across the kingdom’s border with Qatar.

Part of the canal, which would cost up to 2.8 billion riyals ($750 million), would be reserved for a planned nuclear waste facility, it said.

Five unnamed companies that specialise in digging canals had been invited to bid for the project and the winner will be announced in September, Makkah newspaper reported in June.

Saudi authorities did not respond to requests for comment and there was no immediate reaction on the plan from Qatar.

After the dispute erupted last year, Qatar — a small peninsula nation — found its only land border closed, its state-owned airline barred from using its neighbours’ airspace, and Qatari residents expelled from the boycotting countries.

Mediation efforts led by Kuwait and the US, which has its largest Middle East air base in Qatar, have so far failed to resolve the dispute.

Posted On Saturday, 01 September 2018 18:41 Written by

Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said the exit of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and others from the All Progressives Congress, APC, barely made a dent in the party’s superstructure, as they could not muster the figures they had envisaged to cause an upset, particularly in the two chambers of the National Assembly.

Buhari, who spoke at the National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting of the APC in Abuja, said despite conciliatory attempts to keep the house together, some members were hell-bent on pulling down the roofs.

“They left, plotting to go along with scores of people, thus upsetting the apple cart. But due to the yeoman’s work by the new party leadership, the exit barely made a dent in our superstructure, as they could not muster the figures they had envisaged to cause an upset, particularly in the two chambers of the National Assembly.

“APC remains in control, and increases by the day, with quality people joining our fold. I say congratulations to the new NEC members,” he said.

Buhari said the NEC was meeting to look at some major decisions that would get the party ready for an excellent performance at the polls next year, starting with party primaries at various levels, while urging all to ensure that decisions taken at the meeting were those that would avail the good of the party, and ones that met the yearnings and expectations of the teeming members and supporters nationwide, as they “they look up to us for guidance, and we must not disappoint or fail them.”

According to Buhari, “hope is rekindled in our hearts that we will give our country purposeful leadership that will improve the quality of lives of the people. We will continue to secure the country, fight graft, and position the economy in a way that jobs can be provided for our youths, and give them a future and a hope.

“We will fulfill all the promises we have made to Nigerians. We are fulfilling them, and will continue to serve with heart and might, to build a nation where peace, justice, and prosperity shall reign.

“As we stand at the threshold of party primaries, I urge all and sundry to ensure that we play the game according to the rules. Let us come out with free, fair, and credible primaries, which will be a precursor to free, fair, and credible General Elections next year. Let us shine the light through our primaries, and the rest of the country will find the way,” he said.

Buhari said the APC’s primaries must be in complete compliance with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, the Electoral Act and above all the constitution of the party.

“The times in which we are call for unity, harmony and togetherness. Let us all join hands to move the party forward. We must take our party to the next level, and I urge all and sundry to give support to our National Working Committee,” he said.

Posted On Thursday, 30 August 2018 22:21 Written by

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday submitted a revised 2019 election budget to the National Assembly for consideration and approval

The submission of the reviewed budget was in compliance with the directive of the National Assembly joint committee on electoral matters that the electoral body should rework its 2019 election budget based on the N143.5 billion the committee adopted for consideration.

The electoral umpire had before the adoption of the N143bn pressed for the approval of N189 billion for the elections.

President Muhammadu Buhari had requested the National Assembly to approve through a virement the sum of N143.5 billion for the conduct of the 2019 elections.

The President added that the balance of N45.6billion out of a total of N189 billion he presented will be inserted and approved in the 2019 national budget for INEC.

The joint committee after about two weeks of consideration of requests adopted the N143billion as sought by President Buhari with the explanation that the presidential letter was explicit that the N45.6billion difference was to be provided for in the 2019 budget.

Chairman of the joint committee, Senator Suleiman Nazif who announced the compliance of INEC to its directive, noted that the electoral body had sent a reviewed budget to the committee within the ambit of N143bn as directed.

Nazif also said that a sub-committee was set up to look into the details of the new budget submitted by INEC.

The sub committee, he said, is expected to complete its assignment today and submit it’s report for consideration by 4pm (Wednesday).

A member of the committee, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi gave said that the committee was determined to urgently complete work on the election budget.

Abdullahi denied insinuation that the committee was deliberately slowing down the process of the consideration of the INEC budget to frustrate push to make the National Assembly to reconvene.

Abdullahi who is also Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, explained that part of the reason for setting up the sub-committee was to speed up the legislative processes for final approval of the election budget.

Posted On Wednesday, 29 August 2018 10:30 Written by
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