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RAISE THE BAR OF PERFORMANCE, SANWO-OLU CHARGES NEW PRINCIPAL OFFICERS

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***Swears-In SSG, COS And Six Permanent Secr

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday swore-in new principal cabinet officers along with six permanent secretaries into the state public service.

The principal officers are Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folashade Sherifat Jaji, the Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde and the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo.

The new Permanent Secretaries are Dr. Eniayewu Benjamin, Erinle Olumide, Oludara Oyebisi Okelola, Wasiu Akeusola, Yewande Falugba and Mustapha Osiefa.

The deputy chief press secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile was also presented at the ceremony attended by party chieftains, top civil servants and family members of the appointees.

In his address Governor Sanwo-Olu charged the officers to hit the ground running, raise the bar of performance and as well join hands with his administration in the actualisation of the six pillars of development of the administration.

He congratulated the new officers noting that their appointment was a call to service based on their outstanding track records in their fields of specialisation.

“Your elevation from the pool of eligible Directors in the state’s public service is a reward and confirmation of your hard work and dedication over the years”, he said.

“We must continue to revive and sharpen our skills to deliver on this critical services that have been promised Lagosians.

He added that work must be delivered with a sense of modern responsibility and trend when he said, “Our services must be comparable to what obtains in 21st Century modern states like ours”

Governor Sanwoolu also promised to resolve all issues relating to the minimum wage soonest while charging the appointees to be innovative and quickly key into the new dynamics that will take Lagos to the next level of greatness and prosperity.

“As an administration, we are committed to give you all the necessary support in terms of welfare, training, human capital development and other tools that would facilitate performance on the part of the workers”, he said.

Responding on behalf of the appointees, Secretary to the State Government Folashade Jaji expressed profound gratitude to the governor for the opportunity to serve.

She commended the governor for his laudable feat in just few days in office promising total support towards the success of the administration.

 

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Fresh Trouble For Alex Otti

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Political troubles eventually sink all politicians. This is something which Alex Otti has found out.

Once favoured to become the governor of Abia State, that dream is yet to become a reality.

Though still hoping, the man’s chances have continued to dwindle.

Otti, recently suffered a major setback in his political ambition when he got suspended indefinitely by his party, All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), for anti-party activities.

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Though there have been questions concerning the legitimacy of the suspension, the possibility of his actualising the dream of becoming Abia state’s first citizen via APGA continues to look vague, especially with talks that he is more concerned about his interest than that of the party having being raised.

 

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Happy Times For Peter Obi

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A loss such as the office of the Vice President would make any man sober.

Peter Obi, the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the last election is not an exception to this rule.

Since the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declared President Muhammadu Buhari winner of the election, Obi has not had a reason to celebrate.

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However, he had no choice but to clear his head of issues such as lawyers and tribunal when he added a year to his age yesterday.

Devoid of a carnival-like celebration, the shindig to celebrate the former Anambra State governor at 58 still brought smiles to his face.

 

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Presidential Poll: PDP Closes Case With 62 Witnesses

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The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, on Friday, July 19 closed his case at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja.

The duo of Abubakar and the PDP closed their case after calling 62 witnesses out of the 400 earlier speculated would testify in the case.

Abubakar is challenging the outcome of the February 23, presidential election on the grounds that the result of the election was manipulated to favour President Muhammad Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Closing the case, Chris Uche SAN, informed the tribunal that they would not be calling any other witness after former Osita Chidoka, the 62nd witness had finished testifying for the petitioner.

Chidoka, a former Corp Marshal FRSC informed the tribunal that he was the National Collation Agent and Head of PDP Situation Room for the February 23, 2019 presidential election.

He admitted that he was not there when results were transmitted as well as not seening the INEC server. However, the witness told the tribunal that the INEC Chairman, Mahmoud Yakubu had consistently told them at various times during meetings that a server would be used for the purpose of electronic transmission of results.

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Chidoka said he was there when the results were collated by INEC, and that it was done manually.

Though he could not disclose the serial number of the server in which results were transmitted to by party agents, however he reminded the INEC counsel that card reader was not mentioned in their meeting with Mahmood Yakubu but it was used in the election.

Responding to questions from Yakubu Maikyau, counsel to the APC, Chidoka revealed that the INEC Chairman had told him and other stakeholders during meetings prior to the 2019 general elections that they should assume the election was being conducted under the new electoral act, (which was later not signed into law).

He wondered why the commission spent a whooping N27billion on Information Technology, only to come out and tell Nigerians that it did not deploy server for the purpose of electronic transmission of election results.

Chidoka also told the tribunal that the INEC Chairman had told him that it would be immoral for the electoral body not to use electronic transmission of results after N27bn had been spent on IT facilities and equipment.

Earlier, David Nyoga from Kenya, had testified at against the election of President Muhammad Buhari.
Nyoga, an expert in information technology, told the tribunal that from his expert analysis, four websites were discovered to belong to INEC.
Upon cross-examination by counsel to Buhari, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), the witness said his analysis was based on data supplied by a whistle blower.
The witness further told the tribunal that the information contained in the report of his analysis were extracts made from three of the four websites.

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He confirmed that “Fact.Com was created on March 12, against the February 23 presidential election.

Under cross examination by counsel to All Progressives Congress (APC), Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), the witness maintained that INEC chairman can authorise access to the server.

On whether he was engaged and paid for the job, the witness answered that only the logistics for the job were paid for.
“I was not paid but logistics were paid for.”
However, he admitted that he was not granted access to the site by INEC chairman.

He also admitted that the same scientific method, without authorisation, can be used to alter the information contained on the website.

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