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God Has Prepared Me To Be Next Lagos Governor — Sanwo-Olu

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A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Jide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday said he had a strong conviction that God had prepared him to be the next governor of the state.

Sanwo-Olu made the statement at Lagos City Hall while speaking at the formal launch of his governorship bid.

Members of the National Assembly, council chairmen and other chieftains of the APC were at the declaration.

Senator Gbenga Ashafa, former minister Ademola Seriki, a federal lawmaker Rotimi Agunsoye were among those present.

It was a carnival-like atmosphere at the well-attended declaration as party members danced and interrupted Sanwo-Olu’s speech with the chants of: “Incoming, incoming!”

The News Agency of Nigeria reports Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had on Monday declared his bid for re-election, while a former Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, is also in the race for the APC governorship ticket.

Sanwo-Olu said he believed God was moulding him to become the next governor of Lagos by making it possible to have an understanding of government through series of private and public service responsibilities.

He said: “When I look at my experience in public service, I realised that God has prepared me for this moment.

“I believe that my contribution to the public service made it possible to be appointed as acting Commissioner for Economic Planning, then Commissioner for Commerce and Industry and later Commissioner for Establishment and Training.

“My public service career has crowned the glorious achievements of my journey to the private sector where I had worked in the financial industry.”

He said his decision to contest the Lagos governorship was out of the need to sustain the vision of the past great leaders of the state.

Sanwo-Olu praised the achievements of Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Babatunde Fashola, saying their strides as past governors contributed to the prosperity of Lagos State.

He said he would sustain the great legacies and further reposition the state if elected as governor.

He said: “If elected as the next governor, I shall immediately embark on full restoration of the glory of the state and make the people the cornerstone of government.

“I will restore the environment that has become the source of serious anxiety to Lagosians.

“I will relieve residents of Lagos State of the persistent gridlocks and hiccups that has made life nasty and brutish for all of us.

“Our government focal point shall be to provide the greatest good for the greatest number of people in Lagos State.

“I have invited all of you here to join me in this journey to take Lagos to new dimension by transforming the manifesto of our party to the programme of action

“I am sending a clarion call to all our members that there is a lot to be done to achieve a Lagos of our dream.

“And I present myself as a capable and competent and tested hands to make Lagos greater.”

Sanwo-Olu promised to carry party members along and stick to the ideology of the APC if elected.

He urged other residents to believe in his aspiration to take the state to greater heights.

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Kayode Fayemi Officially Becomes New Ekiti Governor [PHOTO]

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Former Minister of Solid Minerals, Kayode Fayemi, has been inaugurated as the new Governor of Ekiti State.

His inauguration took place in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, on Tuesday.

Fayemi, a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, had emerged winner of the keenly contested governorship election in July.

The former Minister had defeated his challenger, Olusola Eleka of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to emerge governor for the second time.

Fayemi took his oath of office in the presence of party members and supporters.

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EFCC I’m Here!!! Fayose Arrives Fayose Storms EFCC Office With His Bag Of Clothes [PHOTOS]

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Ayodele Fayose, immediate past governor of Ekiti, has arrived at the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja.

Fayose had earlier notified the EFCC that he will make himself available immediately his tenure expires.

He was on Tuesday accompanied to the anti-graft agency’s office by Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, and Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation.

Wearing a black t-shirt with the inscription “EFCC, I’m here”, the ex-governor said: “I am here in line with my promise that I will be here on the 16th of October, and like I said to EFCC, they should await my arrival.

“This morning, they have been to my house which I think its unnecessary.”

Also speaking, Wike said: “He wrote to the EFCC that he will submit himself on the 16th of October.

“So let Nigerians know that he came by himself to EFCC without anybody harassing him, so that’s why I brought him here.”

Fayose was seen with a bag filled with his clothes.

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FG Drags Davido’s Uncle, 4 Others To Court For Exam Malpractices

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The Federal Government has charged Senator Ademola Adeleke and four others before the Federal High Court, Abuja over alleged examination malpractices.

The accused were dragged to court on Monday.

Adeleke and others were accused, in a four-count charge filed in the name of the Inspector General of Police, of fraudulently registering as students of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Ojo-Aro, Osun State to enable them to sit for the National Examination Council examination of June/July 2017.

Named with Adeleke in the charge are: Sikiru Adeleke, Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau (the principal of the school), Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo (school Registrar) and Dare Samuel Olutope (teacher).

Adeleke was absent when the case was called.

His lawyer, Alex Izinyon (SAN), who is also the lawyer of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, told the court that his client took ill on Friday and had been stooling.

Izinyon said a copy of a medical report was available to that effect.

He said Adeleke suddenly took ill at the weekend, but was getting better.

He sought a postponement of the arraignment.

Prosecution lawyer, Simon Lough, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, said he was in receipt of the medical report on the health condition of the 1st defendant (Adeleke).

Lough said he was not averse to a short adjournment as sought by Izinyon.

He said the defendants were released on the administrative bail granted them by the police.

Lawyers to the other defendants also agreed to a short adjournment, following which Justice I. E. Ekwo adjourned till October 31 for arraignment.

In the first count preferred against the defendants, the prosecution alleged that the five defendants “conspired to commit a felony, to wit: examination malpractices, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 10 of the Examination Malpractices Act Cap E15 LFN 2004”.

In count 2, the prosecution alleged that the three members of staff of the school acted in concert by aiding and abetting “the commission of examination malpractice by personation” when they allegedly “registered Senator Ademola Adeleke and Sikiru Adeleke” while knowing or having “reasons to believe that they are not students of the school”.

The alleged offence is said to be contrary to Section 9(1) of the Examination Malpractices Act Cap E15 LFN 2004.

In count three, the two Adelekes were accused of acting in concert and “personated as students of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School when you fraudulently registered as students of the school in the June/July, 2017 NECO”.

The offence is said to be contrary to Section 3(2) of the Examination Malpractices Act Cap E15 LFN 2004.

The fourth count accused the three members of staff of the school of “acting in concert” and while “saddled with the responsibilities of registering students of your school in the June/July 2017 NECO examination, breached that duty by registering Senator Ademola Adeleke and Sikiru Adeleke as students of your school in the June/July 2017 NECO examination when you know or had reasons to believe that they are not students of the school”.

The fourth count was said to be contrary to Section 10(a) and punishable under Section 3(2) of the Examination Malpractices Act Cap E15 LFN 2004.

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