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Lagos Governorship Race Gets Tougher As Oba Akiolu Endorses Ambode

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The race to Alausa on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2015 poll took an interesting dimension on Thursday, as the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Osuolale Akiolu, openly endorsed the candidature of former Accountant-General, Mr Akinwumi Ambode, declaring that he (Ambode) was the choice of God, his and elders in the state as the next Lagos State governor.

The first class traditional ruler, who made it clear that he was fearless and quite bold, gave the endorsement at a book launch in honour of the APC governorship candidate, which took place at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The event was attended by Dr Arthur Warrey, who represented the national leader of APC, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu; the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr (Mrs) Idiat Oluwaranti Adegbure, who represented Governor Babatunde Fashola; Dr Yemi Osibajo, Senator Fashinro, Alhaji Akeem Seriki (Bamu), Mr Ayo Opadokun; traditional rulers, including Oba Adewale Bakare Elegunshi, the Alara of Ilara, Oba Hakeem Adesanya, among others.

Speaking at the event, Akiolu, who noted that only God chooses leaders and that the APC would still hold its governorship primaries, however, vowed that no non-indigene, no matter how highly placed, would rule over him as governor of Lagos.

“For me, Osuolale Aremu, a son of an Ewekoro traditional ruler, will not come and become a governor where I am. I am not afraid to say that and I don’t hide my feelings,” he vowed.

Ambode and Oba Akiolu At the book launch

This is just as he debunked the rumour doing the rounds that Ambode was not from Epe in Lagos but Ilaje in Ondo State, declaring that the APC governorship aspirant was not an Ilaje but a true Lagosian.

Speaking on the occasion, the APC National Leader, Senator Bola  Tinubu, lauded Ambode for what he described as his financial wizardry put into use during the time the funds of Lagos was seized by the Federal Government, saying it was about good and accountable leadership.

Tinubu also said it was about sacrificing one’s comforts for the growth and development of the state.

The monarch spoke extempore and text of his speech reads: “Only God chooses leaders. You will still go for your party primaries to pick your candidate, but what God and elders say must be held sacrosanct. When you see a weedling dancing on water, what is making it do so is underneath. I have not been found often coming out to speak outside, it is an Oba that we crown not age.

Recall that there have been reports lately that Ambode has been chosen by a National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to take over the mantle of leadership from the present governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, in 2015.

It was sometimes reported to be enmeshed in paternity mess with allegation of impregnating one Biola who bore him a son. Ambode was reported to have abandoned both mother and child.

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Police Deploy More Personnel To Seaports In Lagos Over Nigerian Students, NANS’ Protest

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Following the ASUU strike that has kept university students across the nation at home for over seven months, NANS declared “Occupy The Airport” nationwide protest.

The Nigeria Police Force has announced that it has deployed personnel to adequately secure seaports across the nation following a threat by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to shut down commercial activities at the nation’s busiest seaports ¬¬¬¬¬¬- the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in protest over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Following the ASUU strike that has kept university students across the nation at home for over seven months, NANS declared “Occupy The Airport” nationwide protest.
The aggrieved students who protested on Monday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport also reportedly threatened to ground commercial activities at the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in Lagos State.
Disclosing the security beef up to Daily Trust, the Commissioner of Police in charge of Western Port Authority Command, Jonathan Towuru, said security was tightened around the Western Ports to avoid any breakdown of law and order although the student body did not show up as threatened.
The commissioner said, “People went about their businesses while operations at the terminals went on seamlessly, without any hindrance. But if the students eventually turn up, we will engage them in discussions. I must say that they conducted themselves well on Monday at the airport even though you still saw police monitoring the protest.”

 

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Evans The Billionaire Kidnapper Bags 21 Year Imprisonment

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Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offences Court on Monday sentenced kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, and his co-defendant, Victor Aduba, to 21 years imprisonment for kidnapping one Sylvanus Hafia.

They were accused of conspiring and kidnapping Sylvanus Ahanonu Hafia at about 5:30 pm on June 23, 2014, at Kara Street, Amuwo Odofin in Lagos and were alleged to have captured and detained Hafia and demanded a ransom of $2m.

But they pleaded not guilty to the four charges.

The judge held that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to other aspiring kidnappers

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Poverty, Hunger in the Country, Okowa Blames APC

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…says Delta healthcare will curb medical tourism

Delta State Governor and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa, weekend, said that poor management of the nation’s economy by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) caused the rising hunger and poverty in the country.

He stated this at an empowerment programme for the people of Ika Federal Constituency at Boji-Boji Owa, Ika North Council by the member representing the constituency at the House of Representatives, Mr. Victor Nwokolo.

The governor, who commended Nwokolo for his gesture, described the event as “empowerment programme with a difference. He said Nigeria was troubled because people were hungry and out of job due to mismanagement of the nation’s economy.

He added that even students were having lots of challenges because their parents could not meet their needs owing to the level of poverty resulting from ineptitude of the APC-led Federal Government.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to support the PDP, saying it was the only party with clear understanding of the nation’s challenges and had clear solution to rescue the nation.

Earlier, Nwokolo said his motive for the empowerment was to restore hope to the hopeless amid rising hunger and poverty in the land.

MEANWHILE, Okowa, also at the different forum, said the huge investment being made by his administration in the health sector was to improve healthcare delivery and reduce medical tourism in the country.

He disclosed this in an interview with journalists shortly after inspecting facilities at the Advanced Diagnostic Medical Centre and Mother and Child Hospital, Owa-Alero in Ika Council of the state.

He said the twin medical facilities would, on completion, reduce medical tourism as it would provide first-class medical services to people who would have sought medical treatment abroad.

“I am glad we have gotten to this stage. I had high hopes that by today, we would have inaugurated these projects.

“The equipment are fully on site and we are trying to get things fully sorted out and I am sure that in the next one month, it should be ready and opened to the public for use.

“The two projects are obviously very important. The Mother and Child, as it is so stated, is supposed to take care of every illness concerning our women and children,” he said.

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