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Lagos APC Senatorial Primaries: Ashafa Is Being Economical With The Truth Says Osinowo

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Lagos East Senatorial District, Hon Sikiru Adebayo Osinowo has described Senator Gbenga Ashafa’s rejection of the result of the senatorial primary in the district as being economical with the truth.
Hon Osinowo who spoke with journalists in Lagos stated that Senator Ashafa was aware that a primary election took place in the district because he participated fully in the exercise.
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According to him, Ashafa not only participated in the primary on the first day, he also participated fully when  a rerun was ordered by the electoral panel.
“He was not only aware of the primary he also participate fully in the exercise. He participated in the first day and was fully on ground in the following day when a rerun was ordered.

“It’s rather unfortunate that a senator will go such way because he lost an election.
“He said I did not scale through the screening process. He should provide evidence of my disqualification. I purchased the nomination form and duly participated in the screening exercise in Abuja where I was duly cleared by the screening committee,” he said.
Hon Osinowo debunked the automatic ticket claim of Ashafa. “If the party at the national level is giving some lawmakers automatic tickets, the state chapters will be informed. There was nothing like that. Let’s ask Ashafa whether he was the only one given automatic ticket because the result of the primaries showed that two other aspirants contested Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola in Lagos West Senatorial District. In the Lagos Central Senatorial District, Senator Oluremi Tinubu was returned unopposed because no aspirant challenged her.
“If he has been given automatic ticket, why did he participate in the primary the first day and the following day during the rerun. Senator Ashafa should stop being economical with the truth,” Hon Osinowo said.
The APC candidate stated that he did not declared himself the winner of the primary. “I went through the legal process laid down by the party. Party members voted overwhelmingly for me. The process was supervised by an electoral body sent by the naional leadership of the party to Lagos. This panel is headed by an eminent personality in the person of former Deputy Governor of Edo State, His Excellency Lucky Imasuen. It was the panel led by Imasuen that announced the result. For Ashafa to reject the result announced by a legitimate panel set up by the party is tantamount to being economical with the truth,” he said.
Hon Osinowo stated that there was nothing conflicting in the result. “It’s a straightforward matter. There was a contest between two major contestants and the winner was duly announced by the body legitimately charged with the duty of organising and supervising the contest. Don’t forget that the panel chairman described the exercise as peaceful and successful,” he said.
He urged his supporters and party members in general to remain calm as he remains the flagbearer for Lagos East Senatorial District on the platform of APC.
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2023 Tinubu Presidency Is A Day Dream-Chief Ayo Adebanjo

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Elderstatesman, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has made a mess of a 2023 Tinubu Presidency.

This comes following speculations that the All Progressive Congress (APC), national leader is eyeing the office of Presidency in 2023.

Adebanjo, on Thursday, August insisted that some power brokers in the ruling APC were merely deceiving Asiwaju Bola Tinubu about handing over power to him in 2023.

Daily Independent, reports that Adebanjo said he is disappointed that though Tinubu rode on the back of restructuring to become governor in 1999, he has turned his back on the issue despite playing a key role in bringing the current administration to power.

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” I have always said that Tinubu came to office on the basis of restructuring and till now, he has not denied it.  I am not really interested in Tinubu or 2023, what is paramount to me now is restructuring”.

“Anybody promising Tinubu they will handover to him in 2023 are just deceiving him. The man deceiving him knows that he is deceiving him”.

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” Only Tinubu is stupid enough to be thinking that it will be possible for him.  Let Tinubu be day dreaming to think that he will become the President in 2023″.

“When that time comes, we shall see but my focus now is on changing the constitution and restructuring the country”.

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New Twist in Edo Saga as Obaseki pays Oshiomole, Otaru of Auchi Surprise Visit in Celebration of Eid-al-Adha

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The Governor of Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki appears to have set aside the alleged rift between his administration and his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomole when he called on the Iyanmoh residence of the latter in celebration of Eid al Adha.

In his special Sallah message to the Muslim community last week, the governor had enjoined all citizens to eschew bitterness and rancour and work for the development of all of Edo State.

The Governor demonstrated the virtues of the season with his visit to the Party Chairman and his mother, Hajia Aishetu Oshiomole, in spite of the rumoured differences between both men.

During the visit, Governor Godwin Obaseki expressed his delight at the incredible support he received from the Muslim community and reiterated his commitment to the transformation of Edo State and the empowerment of all its people.

In response, the Otaru of Auchi commended the governor for his uncommon leadership and advised him not to succumb to the forces of darkness preaching division in Edo State. He encouraged the Governor to remain prayerful and continue to strive in the interest of the people.

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Speaking after the visit, the Special Adviser to the Governor on media and communications, Mr. Crusoe Osagie congratulated the Muslim community and lauded the Governor for his demonstration of exemplary leadership. He suggested that the visit would likely unnerve a tiny fraction of the people of the state.

“The notion that these two men are adversaries is being propagated by morally and financially insolvent people seeking to profit off of the challenges they have been working so hard to foment. You cannot blame such people really. Their talents and abilities are severely limited, so it is in their collective interest to stoke tension and drive division, but I can tell you that they have already failed” he posited.

“It is not in their interests for Edo State to peacefully progress, so they will try to mis-categorise this visit. This is what they’ve always done and it’s their stock in trade”.

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“True leaders understand that they represent the people in whose interests they must serve. This is why His Excellency has always said that the resources of the state, are for the people only, and not for a negligible minority and nothing can ever change this” he concluded.

Asked whether this means that a new proclamation of the State House of Assembly will be issued by the Governor in conformity with the directives of the National Assembly, Osagie was unequivocal. “I cannot speak on this matter as it is sub-judice. But I think the whole world knows that the Edo State House of Assembly has already been inaugurated. No person or group of persons or institution other than the judiciary can order a state governor to do anything on a matter that is presently before courts of competent jurisdiction.We are a nation of Laws and by the special grace of God, will all be alive to witness the law run its full course” he concluded.

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DG APC GOV Forum To Oshiomole: Don’t Destroy Edo, Kogi Like Zamfara, Rivers

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The Director-General of the Progressive Governors Forum, Salihu Lukman, has lashed out at  the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, and other leaders of the party of failing to discharge their responsibilities, stating that the party chairman must not enforce his inconsiderate of options attitude in the forthcoming Kogi, Edo governorship elections.

In a letter dated August 6 and titled, “APC: Appeal for Reconciliation,” and addressed to Oshiomhole, Lukman queried why superior organs of the party had not been meeting and also questioned the capacity of the former Edo governor to lead the ruling party.

The APC Governors Forum Director-General cited the losses of the party in the just concluded General Elections in some states, the suspension of some key members, and the possibility of defeat in the coming elections in some states.

He said: “We had challenges that deprived our party the opportunity to contest 2019 election in Rivers, stripped our party of electoral victory in Zamfara, engendered highest levels of leadership animosities in Imo, Ogun, Adamawa, Bauchi, Kano, Ondo, Oyo, etc. Today, with Kogi and Edo elections approaching similar leadership animosities are defining the political life of the party in those states.

“My distant observation is that there is hardly any difference between your approach in managing the party and the way Chief Oyegun had managed it during his tenure. Instead, things have really got worse and painfully, it would appear, you are in denial of this reality,” he stated.

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The Progressives Governors Forum has as members state governors elected under the platform of the APC.

According to him, the internal wrangling in APC resulted in the suspension of three serving governors (two of them now senators) and two members of National Working Committee (NWC) in the build-up to the 2019 general election.

He disclosed that he had earlier made efforts to draw Oshiomhole’s attention to the growing problems in the party, but said the move was rebuffed.

“Kindly recall that sometime in June this year (2019), I sent what I called a private memo on the issues of reported disciplinary actions against Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State by the NWC.

“Of course, the memo noted that before the 2019 elections, the NWC had similarly suspended former Governors Rochas Okorocha and Ibikunle Amosun of Imo and Ogun states respectively. Between June and now, Senator Lawal Shuaibu, APC Deputy National Chairman, North and Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir, APC Vice National Chairman (North-West) have also been similarly suspended.

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“It would appear that the leadership problems facing the party are getting deeper and in the circumstances, the business of building the party will be sacrificed.

“Since emerging as the National Chairman of our party, I have had cause to review decisions and actions you have taken as the National Chairman and often I have difficulty reconciling many of the decisions and actions you took with the leadership standards you upheld.

“It is a painful reality that we have found ourselves in the situation of near stalemate in many states under your leadership. Embarrassingly, our leaders, including your very self, appear to be stubbornly inconsiderate of other options of resolving these challenges.

“If the electoral loss of Oyo, Imo, Zamfara, Adamawa, and Bauchi are not a wakeup call to the dangers that lie ahead, what could have been! Is it that our leaders are indifferent to the possible return of People’s Democratic Party (PDP)?” he queried.

The Progressive Governors Forum DG added: “In all my years of association with you, I never imagine that one day you will be so comfortable as to be indifferent to challenges that could threaten our national democratic development.”

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