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Ikeja Politics: Interests Groups Move against Kemi Nelson…

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Reports reaching us have indicated that various political interest groups within All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ikeja constituency are not happy with political style of a former Lagos State Commissioner, Chief (Mrs.) Kemi Nelson. It was reliably gathered that politics in Ikeja is on fire due to political differences among the groups. It was alleged that Kemi Nelson has singlehandedly assumed the leadership of the party in Ikeja without the support of grassroots and other relevant groups within the party. This ugly development seems to have torn the party apart in the constituency. The opposing groups do not want Kemi Nelson to see herself as goddess of Ikeja politics.

Meanwhile, it was gathered that other groups moving against Kemi Nelson are also die hard loyalists of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the national leader of the party. The groups are clamoring for one of their own to be representing good people of Ikeja constituency.

It would be recalled that during the task force reconciliation meeting held in March 2017, former Chairman of Ikeja local government Area, Hon. Wale Odunlami, who strongly believes in the leadership of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu , opens up to the representative of Tinubu, Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, who presided over the caucus meeting that there are four political interest groups in Ikeja who are die hard loyalists and good followers of Tinubu as the leader of Ikeja constituency and  not Kemi Nelson, who has proclaimed herself as  goddess of Ikeja politics. Odunlami disclosed that these groups are not happy with Kemi Nelson’s style of politics.

Hon. wale Odunlami further disclosed at that meeting that the four political interest groups in Ikeja constituency are: Kemi Nelson Group; Hon. Wale Odunlami, Irorun Group; Dr Adesola Taiwo group and DG Jafojo group. He also stated that all these groups have been working in the interest of the party in Ikeja.

wale Odunlami further disclosed that claim of Kemi Nelson that there are no issues in Ikeja is like playing to the gallery and not the truth.

At that meeting Kemi Nelson was alleged to have singlehandedly imposed and installed the past Executive Secretary and the present Sole Administrator of the local government area. There is also an allegation that Kemi Nelson is boasting to impose and install the next chairman of Ikeja Local Government Area. This development is already tearing the party apart in Ikeja.

In the same vein, at the said meeting Dr. Adesola Taiwo also raised the non progressive attitude of Mrs. Kemi Nelson towards the party members in Ikeja and how she neglected the people that worked for the party’s success during the last election, while only her group is enjoying the dividend. It was also alleged that Kemi Nelson instructed present Sole Administrator to ignore members of the party.  Dr Adesola also complained about the membership of the task force on the ground that only kemi Nelson’s group has the majority of twelve members out of fifteen members.

Meanwhile, it was gathered that aggrieved members of the party are waiting for the final verdict from the national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the local government election draws nearer.

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Just In: President Tinubu approves N70,000 minimum wage

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President Bola Tinubu has approved N70,000 as the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers with a promise to review the national minimum wage law every three years.

 

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Gov. Zulum Clarifies Son’s Purported Killing Of Chinese National At Indian Nightclub

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The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has denied reports alleging that one of the sons has been arrested and sentenced to prison for the murder of some Indian citizens.

Reports has it that there were unverified rumours, especially on social media platforms, alleging that the first son of the governor, Umar Zulum Umara, killed the Chinese national during a fight at an Indian nightclub.

However, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media, Abdurrahman Ahmed Bundi, dismissed the reports in a statement on Wednesday.

According to him, no son of the governor was arrested or charged with any crime.

The statement read, “attention of the Borno State Governor’s Media Unit has been drawn to rumours circulating that the son of the Borno State Governor has been arrested for the alleged murder of some Indian citizens.

“This misinformation was published in an online blog, Nairaland, titled “Son of Borno State Governor Murders Someone In India—Politics.” The blog claimed that the Governor also travelled to India, attempting to use diplomatic status to resolve the matter.

“It is on record that Governor Babagana Zulum was on a one-month vacation in Saudi Arabia for the 2024 Hajj and later travelled to Egypt to attend the annual ASUWAN forum conference in Cairo.

“The Media Unit would like to clarify and set the record straight that Nairaland and other online blogs have mischievously spread defamatory content without any speck of truth.

“We hereby warned Nairaland and all those who have spread the false information to pull down this misinformation from its website and platforms within the next 24 hours and offer an unreserved apology to Governor Zulum, his son, and the entire family, or risk legal action. The Governor shall also not hesitate to take legal action against any media outlet that continues to publicise this defamatory information on its platform.

“We would like to inform the public that none of Governor’s Zulum’s son was either arrested or charged with any crime, or involved in any unlawful activities anywhere.

“We urge the public to exercise caution when consuming and sharing information, particularly when it comes from unverified sources and blogs instead of credible media outlets.

“We enjoin all media organisations to engage in responsible journalism of truth and factual verification while recognising the potential harm and psychological trauma the spread of false information might have caused to the Governor’s family.”

 

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Over 600,000 Nigerians sought asylum abroad under Buhari – Report

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Over 600,000 Nigerians filed for asylum in other countries between 2016 and 2023, which were years under the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari was President from 2015 to 2023 and handed over to President Bola Tinubu who was sworn in on May 29, 2023, after winning in the general elections the same year.

According to a report released on Wednesday, July 17, 2024, by Statisense, a data collection organisation, of a total of 664,384 in eight years, 355,792 persons sought asylum between 2016 and 2019 while 308,592 sought asylum between 2020 and 2023.

On a year-by-year basis, 66,862 sought asylum in 2016, 91,924 in 2017, 84,624 (2018), 112,382 (2019), 73,233 (2020), 83,105 (2021), 83,402 (2022), and 68,852 in 2023.

The figures indicate a surge from the past years, as Statisense noted that within 12 years – 2004 to 2015 – only 204,791 Nigerians filed for asylum in other countries.

In total, 869,175 Nigerians filed for asylum in the last 20 years, notably from 2004 to 2023.

The report was posted on the organisation’s X.com handle @StatiSense, citing the United Nations Refugee Agency.

In another report shared by the organisation on Wednesday, it was stated that the Republic of Niger topped countries with the most Nigerian refugees in 2023 with about 200,497 Nigerians and a total of 1,268,464 Nigerian refugees between 2015 and 2023.

Niger, a border country, shares proximity with Nigeria’s north, where residents battle a spate of insecurity in the region ranging from banditry, terrorism and herdsmen-farmers crisis.

Another report also revealed that Nigerians topped the list of African countries who sought asylum in Canada in 2023 with about 10,111 asylum seekers followed by Kenya with 1,345.  It stated that 1,345 Nigerians however sought asylum in the United Kingdom and 5,136 in the United States of America.

Source: The Punch

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