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As the polity in Ekiti State gets heated up ahead of the July 14 governorship polls, it appears clearly that spotlight is beaming more on the candidacy of Otunba Segun Adewale.

An indigene of Ipoti-Ekiti, under Ijero Local Government Area of the state, OSA is a top player in the aviation industry. It is apparent that Aeroland, as he is popularly called is the most eligible candidate to wand the needed magic to transform Ekiti into becoming a hub of commerce and infrastructural development.

According to Adewale, who is the Chairman/CEO of Aeroland Group of Companies, his business which he registered over 20 years ago on soft loan, today, boasts of a capital base of over 10billion Naira.

For obvious reasons, Adewale easily passes as the round egg in the round hole, to fix the degenerating state of poverty which indigenes and residents of the state has been plunged into by the mal-administrative style of past leadership in the state .

OSA is strongly driven by the idea that Ekiti can become highly industrialized; attracting foreign investors, while increasing capacity building and human resourcefulness.

Adewale’s alluring mandate is hinged on revamping key sectors in the state like Agriculture, Technology, Education and Health care delivery. He envisions tuning Ekiti into a reference point for other states in Nigeria. OSA promises to ensure that the state (Ekiti) does not depend on the Federal Government financially moving forward.

With the currently internal crises polarizing the state’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and All Progressives Congress, APC, in deciding who bears the flag of these parties among the governorship hopefuls in the state, most politicians and those who matter in Ekiti are rooting for the candidacy of Aeroland. He has been construed as the third force and a genuine fresh air from the array of recycled political figures that the state has witnessed in recent time.

Ahead of PDP’s primary election billed for April, the other aspirants have shown dissatisfaction and rebuffed vehemently Governor, Ayodele Fayose’s allegedly attempt at subverting the primary election and imposition of his deputy on the party, as such other aspirants and members of the party have called on the Uche Secondus-led executive to ensure that a free, fair and credible primary election is conducted.

The gubernatorial flag bearer of APC will be elected on May 6, while sale of Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms to aspirants starts April 6.

Most politicians in the state are ready to decamp and take a queue behind OSA to a new party. Even the not so big political parties in the state are also wooing OSA to be their candidate.

As the coast gradually gets clear for the polls in July, the country is watching with baited breath to see voters in all the 2,195 polling units, 177 wards and 16 local government areas will go to the poll to elect a new governor in the Land of Honor and Integrity for the coming political dispensation.

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2019: PDP Names Sambo, Nine Others To Screen Atiku, Turaki, Saraki, Tambuwal

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The Peoples Democratic Party has named a former Vice President, Namadi Sambo, as head of a 10-man committee to screen its presidential aspirants ahead of the emergence of a candidate.

The party named the committee members on Thursday night.

Other members of the committee include the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; a former President of the Senate, Iyorcha Ayu; Chief Tom Ikimi; Chief Okwesikizie Nwodo; and Hajia Ina Ciroma.

Others are Kema Chikwe; Dr. Haliru Bello; Chief Ebenezer Babatope; and the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel.

Those to be screened include a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; a former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki (SAN); Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal; Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo; a former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso; a former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa; and a former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido.

Others are President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki; a former President of the Senate, David Mark; a former Governor of Plateau State, Senator Jona Jang; a former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi; Dr. Datti Baba-Ahmed; and Usifo Stanley.

The party also named a 25-member appeal panel in the case of a disagreement on the screening by any of the aspirants.

The National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, is the head of the appeal panel.

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Ambode Does Not Deserve The Sympathy Of Lagosians, Sanwo-Olu Should Be Rejected —- SPN

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The Socialist Party of Nigeria on Thursday prayed that the fight between Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State and National Leader, Asiwaju Tinubu should worsen.

The opposition party in a statement on Thursday jointly signed by its Chairman, Rufus Olusesan and Publicity Secretary, Shoyombo M.K, urged Nigerians not to support Tinubu’s alleged quest to replace Ambode but to seize the opportunity to disrupt “the typical bourgeois politics wherein a tiny organised mafia is dictating the affairs and looting of collective resources.”

According to them, neither Ambode nor Tinubu deserved the sympathy of Lagos residents.

SPN urged Lagosians to reject Sanwo-Olu and Ambode and seize the opportunity to vote for its candidates to liberate Lagos from ‘moneybags.

“The Socialist Party of Nigeria states clearly that neither Sanwo-Olu nor Ambode represents a future that will make Lagos work for the mass of its poor working people, given the fact that they both represent the wishes and aspiration of big business and the moneybags.

“The struggle between the Mandate Movement loyal to Tinubu and Ambode is about business and profit interests of the contending forces of the ruling elite in Lagos.

“The disagreement between them should be used as an opportunity to free Lagos from “self-succession in power and installation of cronies as governors,” the statement said.

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I Will Accept Outcome Of PDP Presidential Primary – Aminu Tambuwal

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Sokoto State governor and PDP presidential aspirant, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, said on Tuesday that he would accept the outcome of the party’s presidential primary scheduled for between October 5 and October 6 in Port Harcourt.

Tambuwal stated this in Birnin Kebbi when he met stakeholders of the party as part of his familiarisation visit ahead of the primary.

He said: “I deem it appropriate to start the visit with Kebbi State being my home as Sokoto and Zamfara.

“Our party is still consulting the stakeholders on who to present to contest for the presidential position.

‘‘If the consultation fails, we will do the primary and I will accept the outcome and support whoever emerges as our candidate.

“I had left PDP for APC in view of the situation we found ourselves under PDP in the last government and joined APC for our conviction and presumption that the party would do the expected.”

He promised to address the security challenges in Zamfara, Birnin Gwari in Kaduna, Benue, Taraba as well as Kebbi if elected the president.

Earlier, the Deputy State Chairman of the party, Alhaji Musa Argungu, assured Tambuwal that party members would support his aspiration.

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