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ENSURE PEACE FOR SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, SANWO-OLU CHARGES TRADITIONAL RULERS

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L-R: Onijanikin of Ijanikin, Oba Momodu Ashafa; Onikate of Ikate/Surulere; Oba Lateef Adams; Oloja of Epe, Oba Kamorudeen Animashaun; Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat and Onigando of Igando, Oba Lasisi Gbadamosi, during the Governor’s meeting with the State Council of Obas at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, July 11, 2019

Lagos State Governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday revealed that his administration will work harmoniously with the traditional rulers for peace, progress and sustainable social and economic development in the State.

L-R: Onijanikin of Ijanikin, Oba Momodu Ashafa; Onikate of Ikate/Surulere; Oba Lateef Adams; Oloja of Epe, Oba Kamorudeen Animashaun; Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat and Onigando of Igando, Oba Lasisi Gbadamosi, during the Governor’s meeting with the State Council of Obas at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, July 11, 2019.

Speaking to newsmen after a courtesy call on him by members of the Lagos State Council of Obas and Chiefs at Lagos House Ikeja, the Governor said that the custodians of tradition and culture in Lagos State have promised him to keep their communities safe for economic and social activities to thrive.

Governor Sanwo-Olu noted that the traditional rulers have given their words to keep their various domains peaceful and conducive to make people prosper while doing their legitimate business.

According to Governor, “A promise has been made to continue to foster a working relationship that will ensure Lagos remains an investment destination to all people that are wishing to come and invest in Lagos.

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“And the Obas have assured me that our communities are willing and ready to attract investment,” he added.

The Governor told journalists that issues of security, refuse disposal, transportation were also discussed and a resolution to avert sad incidents as that of Ijegun was agreed upon.

In his words, “they brought goodwill from their various kingdoms. We advised them on issues of governance and they have listened. Issues of security were discussed at the meeting, waste management, issues around commuting from one place to another and also issues of interest between the government and traditional institution were also looked at.

“Also, we are taking measures around ensuring that the incidents that has happened in the last one month, will not occur again,” Governor Sanwo-Olu hinted.

He said the Obas and Chiefs are aware that it is only when peace reigns that the state can remain in the plans of investors for growth.

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In his words, “they all realise and appreciate that it is only when we do this that Lagos can continue to remain a Centre of Excellence and an investment destination for the country and of course the Sub-Saharan Africa.”

Addressing the press earlier, permanent Chairman of the Council and Oba of Lagos, His Royal Highness, Oba Rilwan Akiolu said council members came to felicitate with the governor and also assure him of their cooperation on very important issues concerning the state.

He said the traditional institution in the state has resolved to give the administration of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu their total support noting that they will ensure all continue to be well in the state.

He further stated that there is need for communal integration so as to drive development into the state, urging the citizens to continue to support the Governor. The Lagos paramount ruler also used the occasion to restate his call on the Federal Government to return all property belonging to Lagos State, saying failure to do so will attract litigation from the traditional institution in the state.

Akiolu also added that other issues of interest to the council and government as the forthcoming 90th birthday of former governor of the state, Alhaji Lateef Jakande and the 100th Birthday ceremony of Chief Akintola Williams were discussed.

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Yahaya Bello Nominates Onoja As Deputy Governor

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Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has nominated Edward Onoja as his Deputy Governor.

This follows the impeachment of his former Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba, by the Kogi state House of Assembly over an alleged gross misconduct.

Onoja’s nomination as Deputy Governor comes two days after he resigned from his position as Govenor Yahaya Bello’s Chief of Staff with Abdulkareem Jamiu appointed to replace him.

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Onoja who is the most influential member of the governor’s cabinet is likely to be sworn-in today.

The 44-year-old indigene of Emonyoku Ogugu in Olamaboro local government area of Kogi state, had sought the ticket of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) for a house of assembly seat in 2011. He was also the chief strategist of “Yahaya Bello Campaign Organization” in 2015.

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Kogi Deputy Governor Remains Impeached-House Majority Leader, Hassan Abdulahi

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The Majority Leader of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hassan Bello Abdulahi, has stated that the state’s Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba remains impeached.

Abdullahi stated this while speaking with journalists on Friday, after Achuba’s impeachment.

Achuba was impeached by the state house of assembly following the submission of a report by a committee set up in August by the state Chief Judge, Justice Nadir Ajana, to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct brought against him.

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Achuba had accused Governor Yahaya Bello of withholding his salaries and allowances running into N800m since 2017.

He had also alleged that the state governor was also after his life, adding that he sent gunmen to kill him.

According to the House of Assembly, the claims, allegations, actions, and utterances of the deputy governor amounted to gross misconduct

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APC, PDP Supporters Clash In Bayelsa State

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A stakeholders meeting between supporters of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State ended in a rowdy session on Wednesday, October 16.

Organised by the national leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the meeting which had INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu in attendance ended abruptly, after outbursts by elders from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The meeting which had heads of security agencies such as the Inspector General of Police Muhammad Adamu, represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Abdulmajeed Ali was designed by the Prof. Yakubu Mahmood-led commission to discuss burning issues with stakeholders for the November 16 governorship poll.

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However, actions by elders of the parties during the interactive session caused tension and rowdiness in the hall.

A source who spoke with us said trouble started after the Chairman of the PDP Bayelsa Elders Forum, Dr. Francis Duokpola, alleged that some persons were chased out of their community and made to live in Yenagoa as Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) after the last general election in the state.

He said: “We are busy talking about 2015 elections and we forget that we had an election in 2019. The Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state were one of the worst polls organised by INEC.

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“Because of that election, part of a community is living in an Internally Displaced Camp (IDP), because they do not belong to a particular party. INEC has not done anything about it. I am talking about the people of Nembe Bassambiri.”

But an APC stalwart, Dr. Dennis Otiotio, immediately interjected, shouting Duokpola down and calling him a liar.

Other APC leaders in the hall joined Otiotio to refer to Duokpola as a liar, alleging that he belonged to partisan elders destroying the state.

Apparent that nothing could be achieved with the two parties in a face off, Mahmood called for vote of thanks and the national anthem to end the programme.

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