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LAGOS UNDER MY WATCH WILL NOT DISCRIMINATE-GOVERNOR-ELECT OF LAGOS STATE, MR. AKINWUNMI AMBODE ASSURES

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Ambode-Akinwunmi

Ambode-Akinwunmi

FELLOW LAGOSIANS, yesterday, election day, history beckoned. Courage stood tall. Fairness and Justice raised their heads.  Democracy blew its trumpet. You, the people, the electorate, answered its call by marching to a victory only you could achieve.

 

You contested against an old and ancient device, the use of money and power to manipulate the result and thwart democracy. In the end, the sovereign will of the people proved worthier than money and mightier than brute force. Your collective voice remained the voice of Lagos.

 

Now, the official announcement from INEC has come. Democracy has triumphed once again. INEC has declared me the 14th governor-elect of our beloved Lagos. I know that it is only God that crowns KINGS. To Him be all the Glory.

 

I may have won your vote but it is you, the people, who won the election. The true winners are the people of Lagos state. I accept this victory on your behalf.  Let me congratulate INEC for a Job well done and keeping alive Nigeria’s hope for a brighter democracy. To my main opponent, Mr. Jimi Agbaje of the PDP, I thank you for a keen contest and invite you, alongside other gubernatorial candidates, to join hands with me in moving Lagos forward.  The people of Lagos have spoken. With one voice they have chosen continuity over an uncertain future.  You came out peacefully to cast your vote. Not even the threats of our opponents to unleash mayhem could have kept you from having a date with destiny. And because you have answered our call to come out and vote and handed your party, APC victory at the polls you have sealed a pact with democracy and good governance.

I am humbled that you have placed your trust and faith in me. The love of this state and our common belief in what we can accomplish, our belief in what this state already is, and in what it is destined to become binds us together in a social and moral contract of high purpose.

 

I shall honor that contract with every fiber of my being.  This day I pledge to you that I shall devote myself to bringing even greater prosperity, growth and development to every inch of this state, that I shall build on the legacy and progress of the Bola Tinubu and Babatunde Fashola administrations, I shall bring the best of Lagos into my government and I shall make you proud and glad that you chose me as your next governor.

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I thank all those who voted for me. And even those who did not vote for me or never voted at all. To the electorate, I salute and applaud all of you for making this a fine day in the march towards Nigeria’s democracy.

 

The people of Lagos have demonstrated that Lagos is not about ethnicity or religion but about a common desire to enthrone good governance. Lagos under my watch will not discriminate. It has not in the past. And will not in the present. Not even in the future. There will be no political victimization.  Like in the words of the  former American President, Abraham Lincoln during his second Inaugural address, “With Malice toward none, with Charity for all …”

 

In your collective wisdom, you refused to reward a party that failed at the national level by giving that party the stewardship of our beloved Lagos.

 

Continuity of progress shall govern this state in the next four years under the banner of the APC.

 

History has been made this day because you have achieved an outstanding feat. By affirming your faith in the APC and in me, you have, for the first time in 60years, married progressive governance at the national level with progressive government at the state level.

 

Finally, our state government and the federal government will be of one vision, one mind and one accord and that is to govern you wisely not rule over you rudely.

 

The ramifications of this harmonious unity are completely positive. This is a chance that we have worked toward for many years. The joint infrastructural and employment projects and collaboration between the state and the federal will quicken the improvement of our roads, schools, power generation and the entire array of social services. This new era of cooperation between the state and federal government promises to be a golden period for Lagos and for all Lagosians to share equally therein.

 

Lagos will enjoy optimal development and growth through APC governance working in tandem at the state and federal levels.  This cooperation and enhanced policy harmony will surely pay handsome dividends.

 

Let me again place on record my thanks, particularly to the Lagos state chapter of the APC, everyone from the State chairman to the volunteers   have been wonderful and committed. My campaign team, who worked tirelessly with me to actualize this dream, I thank you all.

 

I thank President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari for lending his stature and charisma to our effort. I look forward to working with his incoming government to effectuate the APC vision and bring greater progress to the entire nation.

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There are two men I must single out. Governor Babatunde Fashola; you have been excellent at the job. You have taught me a lot. Moreover, you have been a tireless, selfless and inspiring campaigner for this cause.

 

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; you are the greatest political mind of our generation. Without your vision, and dedication to a higher political purpose none of this would have been possible.  This day vindicates all that you have done. You are a foremost hero of Nigerian democracy and you still have more to do.

 

 

I thank my running mate, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule, for her steadfast and strong support. She will surely be an excellent Deputy Governor.

 

I thank my wife and children for the sacrifices they have made over the past two years to support me on this journey. I look forward to the same support.

 

There is no way I can name everyone at this time that should be named. So please forgive me, knowing that I appreciate your contribution and sacrifice made to turn a distant dream into this imminent reality.

 

We ran a campaign devoid of hatred and concentrated on key issues affecting our people. We are proud of this achievement and encourage other politicians to embrace this paradigm shift.

 

I have been declared the victor in this election but this is no time for gloating or boasting. I am now to be the servant of this state in its entirety, not just for APC members but for all Lagosians no matter their political stripes, ethnicity or religious affiliations.

 

Today, we celebrate democracy and its triumph. Tomorrow, we get to work to fashion an incoming administration that, with the best management team Lagos has to offer, will carry forward the legacy of the progressive administrations that preceded it.

 

You have voted for me. Now, I shall work for you and your cause. That cause is to extend and expand the process of development and growth in this state.

 

The task ahead is not an easy one. Nor is it impossible. With wisdom, creativity and strength of purpose we can accomplish great things for this great state. By God’s grace, we shall make this our way. The only sure way to achieve change.

 

 

 

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PDP’s Performance In Bayelsa State Is Below Average-Senator Diri

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Senator Douye Diri, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State has stated that the party has not performed well in the state

According to him, the PDP has performed below average in the past 20 years it had controlled power in the state.

Senator Diri said this while responding to a questions during a media interaction in Yenagoa.

He blamed the poor state of development in Bayelsa to the inability of certain administrations under the PDP to move the state forward.

“First, yes, we are not satisfied with what has come into Bayelsa and the level of development we have seen. If we are satisfied, then there will be no need for me to come and contest this election.

“As a party, even on self-examination, we know that within the 20 years there were certain regimes that didn’t do well as a party. And so, that was the reason some persons even left government to go and join the opposition. And that was the reason when the government of Seriake Dickson came, we called it a government of restoration.

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“Simply to answer you, we are not very satisfied with the performance of our party for 20 years; it’s not very satisfactory. Not very satisfactory.”

However,  he said that those who knew the rural status of Yenagoa before the creation of Bayelsa State on October 1, 1996, would realise that the party had contributed immensely to the transformation of the state capital.

“But again, let us look at it from the other side. For those of you who knew old Yenagoa Local Government Area, mark my words, I said not very satisfied, I qualified it; if you knew the old bloc of Kolokuma/Opokuma, Southern Ijaw and Yenagoa, and particularly Yenagoa, I’m also satisfied to tell you that a whole lot of development has taken place in Yenagoa.

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“That the successive governments of PDP have contributed so much to the development of Yenagoa as our state capital.

“Comparatively to what you know as the old Yenagoa Local Government, this was a place where you had bushes binding one community from another. This was a place where you had very few development. The road was one tiny road-just one tiny road. And you remember at the creation (of Bayelsa), people were abusing us for having just one road.

“But today, several roads have been added even though we are not there yet. That’s why I said we are not very satisfied.”

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Eze to Abe, others, “Spare Oshimohole in your Plot to Destroy APC”

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Oshiomhole

 

…. Abe’s latest plot has vindicated me

 

 … Commends Odike for abandoning Abe’s sinking camp

 

….Congratulated Buhari for his tribunal victory

 

The recent personal attack on the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, by the former senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District, Senator Magnus Abe, has been described as an attempt at destroying the party at the national level after dismantling the party’s structure in Rivers State.

 

A chieftain of the APC in the South-South and spokesman of the defunct New People’s Democratic Party (nPDP), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, who raised the alarm in a statement issued and circulated in Port Harcourt on Monday, noted that a recent statement issued by Senator Abe’s political outfit and signed by its Director-General, Robertson Jack, was aimed at meting the same attack, which denied the Rivers State chapter of the party of all rights to field candidates in the 2019 general elections and gave the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) access to an unopposed election, on the national body of the APC.

 

Eze, who lamented the latest turn of events, as being led by Abe, noted that the former senator summoned the courage to turn the heat on the national body of the party, even while continuing to make moves to ensure the party in Rivers State never gets out of the incapacitation he foisted on it, because the national executive council of the party, being led by Oshiomhole, has refused to take the appropriate actions against him (Abe) for inflicting such irreparable damage on the party in the state, despite all warnings and advice.

 

It would be recalled that the Abe political organisation had recently issued a press release with the title “HOW FAR WILL COMRADE ADAMS OSHIOMHOLE GO TO DESTROY THE APC IN RIVERS?”, aimed at disparaging the national executive council and the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party for going ahead to plan for fresh congresses in Rivers State and for appointing a caretaker committee to run the affairs of the party in the interim. Abe had kicked against the national body’s decision and called on his followers not to participate in the congresses.

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“The sin of Comrade Oshimohole and why he must be destroyed and ridiculed is the resolve of the National Working Committee of APC to restore sanity and unity to the Rivers State APC, by setting up a Care-Taker-Committee to care of the party structure and activities pending when congresses are held to oversee the day-to-day running of the party.

 

“According to Abe and his group, ‘the latest impetuous appointment of a 5-man Care-taker Committee by the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee to conduct Cogresses in the Rivers State chapter of All Progressives Congress leaves us in no further doubt that the crises in Rivers APC is in the interest of the nurturer, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman and his sponsor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, the Transportation Minister’.

 

“The group not satisfied by the above erroneous stand went further to insinuate that, ‘was it mere coincidence that few days after Adams Oshiomhole suspended the conflict of confidence between him and his successor, Governor Godwin Obaseki, Oshiomhole cornered two ministerial slots and the NDDC Board Chairmanship for his Edo state, leaving Rivers State with just the appointment of his sponsor, the Transportation Minister’.

 

“Abe and his group went further to, after their meeting in Port Harcourt, resolve not to participate in the congresses after all overtures had been made to them to encourage them to participate in the congresses so that we can collectively forge ahead as one united and vibrant body.

 

“However, to resolve to unleash attacks against Oshimohole just because he is at the helms of affairs of the party and decided to set up a CTC to preside over the affairs of the party in the state, simply proves that Senator Abe is on a mission to not only to destroy the party at the state level, but to dismantle the party at the national level, considering all his efforts and faulty reasoning that his nefarious activities will fetch him a ministerial post and a good number of representatives in the Wike’s yet-to-be constituted Cabinet”, Eze said.

 

He, however, encouraged Oshimohole not to be deterred by the acts and attacks by Abe and his proxies, expressing dissatisfaction that all his previous warnings about the negative and destructive tendencies of Abe had not been taken seriously, adding that he had over the last several months warned that the continued presence of the former senator and his followers in the party was dangerous, but that all entreaties had fallen on deaf ears.

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“Now that it is very clear that Abe does not want APC to exist in Rivers State, it is left for the national leadership of the party to do the needful by expelling this man and save the party from the plot to dismantle the party and weaken it further ahead of the 2023 general elections.

 

“I am happy that Prince Odike, erstwhile acclaimed chairman of Abe’s faction of the party, has finally seen reasons and has dumped him and his group for their vindictive and destructive plots against the party and Rivers State at large. In this vein, I urge others still supporting Abe in this devilish mission to emulate Odike and come back to the political family that once aided them in their political ventures”, he said.

 

Eze urged the leadership and members of the party to continue to keep faith both at the state and national levels as all is done to find solutions to the “nuisance that Abe and his group have constituted themselves to”.

 

In another development, the party chieftain congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and all Nigerians for the historical victory as affirmed by the Presidential Tribunal in its ruling that truly stated that Nigerians overwhelmingly voted for President Buhari and the APC during the last elections.

 

He advised the presidential candidate of the PDP in the election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to ignore those urging him to further challenge the tribunal’s judgment at the Supreme Court, saying “nothing will come out of it apart from wasting more huge funds on some greedy PDP political leaders and lawyers who are aware that PDP has no sound case to question the verdict and veracity of the last elections”.

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Edo Assembly: Court Upholds Obaseki’s Proclamation

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  …Says N’Assembly lacks jurisdiction to take over Edo State assembly

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt,Rivers State today, Thursday, September 12, 2019 upheld the proclamation of the seventh Edo State House of Assembly made by Governor Godwin Obaseki IN a SUIT NO. FHC/PH/CS/159/2019: Hon Yekini Idiaye & Anor V. Clerk of The NASS & 5 Ors:*

In the final judgement delivered by Justice J.K Omotosho, the court ruled that a Governor does not have the powers to issue a second proclamation after a first proclamation has been made.

According to Justice Omotosho, the Governor of a state does not take directive from National Assembly, adding that the proclamation issued by Governor Obaseki is valid; to do otherwise is null and void. The learned Justice Omotosho made following pronouncements to assert the decision of the court:

(e) That the word proclamation has been defined by Black’s law Dictionary. That from the definition, Proclamation must be in writing and published by printing out and duly signed under the hand of an identified person issuing same. That as far as law is concerned, the 6th Defendant has duly issued the required proclamation as provided for under the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999.

(f) That NASS cannot under the Constitition of Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 issue directive to a Governor of a state in the performance of his constitutional duties.

(g) That the Supreme Court’s decision in Balonwu’s case with respect to Anambra State Gov’s proclamation under Ngige is to the effect that proclamation can only be issued once as done by the 6th Defendant in this Edo State case.

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(h) That d directive of NASS to the 6th Defendant has the effect of creating a constitutional crisis by elongating the life of Edo State House of Assembly beyond the constitutionally recognized 4 years, the house haven been duly inaugurated on 17/6/19.

(i) That the proclamation issued by the 6th Defendant on 14/6/19 for the inauguration of ESHA on 17/6/19 is valid and subsisting in law and the directive of National Assembly to the 6th Defendant to issue another proclamation is unconstitutional, null and void, just as the directive for the premises of the Edo State House of Assembly to be sealed off.

(ii) ( j) That State Governments under the Nigerian Constitution are autonomous and not appendage of the National Assembly.

He noted that the National Assembly lacks the jurisdiction to take over the Edo State House of Assembly, as doing so will amount to infringing on its right to function.

”Edo State House of Assembly is not an appendage of the National Assembly.” the learned Justice added.In addressing the prayers of the claimants,the court made a pronouncement as follows:

(a) That the National Assembly lacks the power/vires under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as (amended) to take over the Edo StateHouse of Assembly as the depositions of the claimants in their affidavit that the Edo State House of Assembly (ESHA)  is still meeting and transacting business was not  controverted by the defendants.

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(b) That the intention of the drafters of Section 11(4&5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 is not for the National Assembly to adjudge on it’s own when the condition precedent laid down by  the sections for the exercise of the power under Subsection 11(4) has happened and attempt to take over the legislative functions of the ESHA on every flimsy excuse.

(c) That NASS cannot unilaterally declare that a State House of Assembly is unable to perform its legislative functions, it is the duty of the court to make such determination upon the issue if and when properly submitted to it for determination. It is after such determination by the Court that the National Assembly can exercise its powers under Section 11(4). It is not the duty of NASS to interprete the Constitution, that is the exclusive preserve of the courts.

(d) That the NASS directive to seal off the ESHA is ultra vires the NASS as it is like the President Ordering the sealing off of a state Governor’s office.

It would be recalled that a political crisis engulfed the Edo State House of Assembly in June 2019 following the refusal of some members-elect to get inaugurated. The National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC),Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has been fingered as the mastermind of the crisis in his attempt to take over the control of the political machinery and organs of government of Edo State.
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