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Why APC Lost In Isolo LCDA in the last election and what to do to prevent future occurence

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As concerned members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Isolo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) we are compelled to bring to public knowledge developments that culminated into the recent political disturbance in the council area.
Indeed, the loss of the party at the last National Assembly elections in the council area is highly regretted and it is our opinion that all hands must be put on deck to forestall a reoccurrence in the forthcoming local government election. But it seems the State Chairman of our party, Barrister Henry Oladele Ajomale is bent on destroying the unity and cohesion of the party before the council poll.
This has become evident in the unwholesome manner he has been heaping blames on imaginary enemies and looking for scape-goats over the loss of his son, Ladi Ajomale in the last House of Representatives election. After careful examination of events after the election, we dare say that rather than being a true father and a rallying point for the party, Ajomale is regrettably carrying the bitterness of the loss of his son too far with greater negative consequence for the party ahead of the local government election.
This cannot be farther from the truth as soon after the last election, the Ward Chairman of Ajao Estate, Lawrence Akanbi was accused of anti-party activity for collecting 50 bags of rice on behalf of the Local Government Executives of the party from the PDP House of Representatives member representing Oshodi/Isolo Federal Constituency II, Hon. Anthony Nwulu who coincidentally attends the same Catholic Church with Akanbi in Ajao Estate. Nwulu allegedly dropped the bags of rice at Akanbi’s residence for onward distribution to members of the LG executives of the party as part of his Christmas gift to members of his constituency last December.
Akanbi, it was gathered, got in touch with the LG party chairman, Alhaji Waheed Raji, who immediately ordered that the gift should be returned, a directive which Akanbi promptly carried out as Nwulu evacuated the 50 bags of rice two days later. But still smarting from the loss, Ajomale’s agent dropped an anonymous petition at the party’s secretariat leveling anti-party charges against Akanbi. The Disciplinary committee thereafter sanctioned Akanbi by imposing a three-month suspension on him despite his protestation and pleadings.
After serving out his suspension, Akanbi was expected to rejoin the party and reclaim his membership of the LG exco on May 8, 2016. But this was not to be as Alhaji Raji acting on orders from the state chairman made it difficult to convene the LG meeting where Akanbi’s reinstatement would be discussed.
For a party that pride itself for being the model of true democracy, equity, justice and fairness, we found it quite alarming that yet another petition passing a vote of no confidence on Akanbi which ostensibly was designed to foreclose his eventual return to the party was clandestinely received at the state secretariat of the party which Ajomale presides over. It was obvious that Ajomale was not satisfied with the three months suspension handed out to Akanbi. Hence, in an attempt to remove him from the party, Ajomale therefore assumed jurisdiction over the matter by using the instrument of the state to stall Akanbi’s return by ordering the Legal Adviser of the party, Barrister Sadiq to constitute a 13-man investigative panel from Ward G to retry Akanbi for the alleged anti-party charge. This is fait-accompli as 11 members of the panel are Akanbi’s opponent which gives little or remote chance for the vindication of the respondent at the end of the day. It is even ironic that the panel is constituted by Ajomale’s acolytes who like their principal could not win their respective polling booths at the last election.
For Akanbi, this is double jeopardy for a man who has remained loyal to the party. He has won all elections at his polling booth even when Ajomale and his stooge, Raji have both lost theirs. They cannot claim to have more electoral values than the man they are witch-hunting.
It would be recalled that shortly after the last general election in Lagos State, some leaders and elders called for Ajomale’s resignation following the poor performance of APC within Oshodi/Isolo Federal Constituency I and II. Their call was reinforced by the realization that Ajomale has become an overspent political force whose leadership style is fast-eroding unity and cohesion which APC is noted for all over the country.
We are forced to bring the nefarious and vindictive attitude of Barrister Ajomale to the attention of the National Leader of our great party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and stakeholders of the party at the local government and state levels. For the avoidance of doubt, Ajomale’s witch-hunting expedition is already having an adverse effect on the party’s preparation for the forthcoming local government election as both the local government executive and general meetings have been suspended indefinitely following the crisis that greeted Akanbi’s stalled return to the party.
As avid followers of the political developments in the council area we dare ask what else does Ajomale want after his son has been duly compensated with a board appointment even when his bid to have him (Ladi) appointed a commissioner failed woefully. It still beats the imagination of many that the state chairman could not put forward any politician from the council area for commissionership appointment except his son, Ladi.
But for those who know him too well, Ajomale is fast threading the path of a political gadfly who only cares about himself while leaving others to wallow in mystery. The wave of discontentment that greeted the choice of his Personal Assistant, Bimbo Oshikoya as Sole Administrator of Isolo LCDA bare credence to his vindictive tendencies unbecoming of a leader of a great party with the change symbolism. Therefore, if APC must echo its change mantra, Ajomale must be called to order before he destroys the party in Isolo LCDA. 
  
 
Signed 
 
Adeyemi Aregbesola, Chairman
 
Adeola Adamolekun, Secretary
Concerned Isolo Group
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Anniversary: Obasa Congratulates Buhari, Sanwo-Olu

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The Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly and Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, has congratulated both President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on their fifth-year and first-year in office respectively.

Obasa in his congratulatory message to mark May 29, 2020, the day President Buhari and Governor Sanwo-Olu were inaugurated to their respective offices for their fifth and first terms, said both have kept faith with the people.

“The President has been able to pull the country back from precipice that it was almost falling in 2015.

“Today, in the areas of insecurity, economy and war against corruption, the country may not be where it should be, but it has certainly left where it was five years ago.

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“Your purposeful leadership in the last five years has steered the country in the right direction,” the Speaker said.

Obasa also used the occasion of the fifth year anniversary of the president to thank him once again for signing the Executive Order 10, which grants financial autonomy to state legislatures and state judiciaries.

“Let me also use this occasion to congratulate our governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu on his first year anniversary in government.

“You have proved to the doubting Thomases that you are actually the man for the job,” he said.

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Obasa said Governor Sanwo-Olu came prepared for the job with his six-point agenda referred to as THEMES, which is an acronym for, Transportation and Traffic Management; Health and Environment; Education and Technology; Making Lagos a 21st century economy and Entertainment and Tourism.

“Mr. Governor’s handling of COVID-19 pandemic which has been applauded both nationally and internationally is also a true testimony your leadership qualities.

“On behalf of members and staff of Lagos House of Assembly, I wish both President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu a resounding success in their remaining years in office,” Obasa said.

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#SouthernKaduna: ‘I’m Am Not Your Governor-Hadiza El-Rufai Fires Back

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Hadiza El-Rufai, the wife of Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has replied to those who criticised her for celebrating her Twitter followership.

Recall that the woman had been slammed for not commenting on the lingering crisis in Southern Kaduna but coming on Twitter to celebrate having 80, 000 followers.

Reacting to her critics, Mrs. El-Rufai fired a silent, but powerful salvo, telling her critics that she is not their Governor. According to her, she is only married to a governor but is not part of the government.

”Did any of you see “First Lady” in my bio? My TL is for language, humour and other light-hearted issues. I don’t tweet about serious matters like governance and politics. Though I’m married to a governor I’m not a part of government. I swore no oath,”she tweeted

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Edo Women Endorse Gov. Obaseki For Second Term

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Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki has gotten the endorsement of women in the state for a second term in office, ahead of the September 19 gubernatorial election.

Declaring their support for him in a press conference, Market women from the eighteen Local Government Areas of Edo State, a coalition of Professional Women, female teachers from across the eighteen LGAs, Female leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress and Female political office holders all said they are contributing their quota towards the purchase of the 22.5 million naira APC nomination form to enable the governor have a second tenure.

Leader of the market women association in the state, Madam Blacky Ogiamen, disclosed this on Wednesday in Benin City while speaking to journalists, after a meeting of the leadership of market women associates from the 18 local government areas.

According to her, Obaseki has performed more than they expected.

She said: “We want to appreciate Governor Godwin Obaseki, for the job well-done. Before he came into power, our former Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, as the patron of the market women then, told us categorically that if we give our support to Obaseki as Governor, that he will do a lot of projects, of which Obaseki is doing now.

“We are solidly behind him; we are ready to support him for another four years. We will contribute our widow’s mite to buy his form so that he will complete his two tenure as Governor of Edo state.”

On why they decided to join forces to ensure the re-election bid of Obaseki, Ogiamen said Obaseki has performed beyond what former Governor Adams Oshiomhole promised them while introducing him to market women.

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According to her, Obaseki has not in any way disappointed his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole and since he did not disappoint Oshiomhole, God will not disappoint him.

“He is not a noise maker, he is a man of peace. We will support him to win Edo state for APC,” she declared.

Meanwhile at a meeting called at the instance of the State Organising Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State, Dr Mrs Aisosa Amadasun, the APC Woman Leaders from the eighteen LGAs in Edo State and female political office holders also endorsed Governor Godwin Obaseki for a second term in office.

The State Organising Secretary of the Party, Dr Aisosa Amadasun said they represent the interest of all women in the APC in Edo State as well as that of the over 460 female political appointees whom the governor had appointed into office since the inception of his government over three years ago.

The Acting State Woman Leader, Mrs. Maimuna Momodu in her address said that women had never had it this good in Edo State and that like Oliver Twist they want more, and this can only be possible if Governor Godwin Obaseki is given a second tenure.

Also a coalition of Women Professionals among them leaders and members of the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Association of Private School Proprietors, Association of Female Pharmacists, Association of Women Engineers, National Association of Women Journalists NAWOJ, female leaders of the NLC and the TUC in the State, and members of the Idia College Old Students Association addressed a press conference in which they threw their weight behind Governor Obaseki’s second term bid.

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Spokesperson the Coalition, Reverend Mrs. Helen Atekha Odemwingie said they have decided not to be left out in determining who becomes the next governor of Edo State.

She said “we stand up this morning to endorse our Governor Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy Philip Shaibu, we are women and we have feeling and this passion in us for every child, we see him as our own. You see the way he has been honouring us, we have decided to contribute to the purchase of his ticket.

However representatives of female teachers of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) from across the eighteen Local Government Areas, staged a presentation for the governor in which they declared their support for his re-election bid.

Dressed specially for the occasion, bearing A4 size papers indicating each local government represented, the teachers said “on behalf of the extraordinary, 11,000 trained, digital and dynamic teachers of the eighteen local Government areas of Edo State, we like to affirm our support for our amiable and dependable, able and diligent, innovative and trust worthy, dynamic and forward thinking, Governor Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, the wake and see Governor for a second term. As you stand out to represent our people, we the female teachers of Edo state are solidly behind you. Go forward!!!

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