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Amosun Begins Ogun Central Senatorial Campaign, Describes APM As Child Of Necessity

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The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, on Thursday started his campaign ahead of the senatorial election.

The governor, who is the All Progressives Congress senatorial candidate for Ogun Central, described the Allied People’s Movement as a child of necessity.

The governor stated this while speaking with journalists at the palace of the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, when he paid homage to the monarch to formally inform him of his ambition, shortly before the rally held at Panseke Park in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Most of Amosun’s loyalists who participated in the APC primary elections in the state have defected from the party to APM due to the controversies that trailed the results which did not favour the governor’s preferred candidates.

But Amosun said the defection was done in the interest of the APC.

He added that the aggrieved members of APC would not have been managed if they had been allowed to go elsewhere apart from the APM.

He said, “For me, this is not about what we prayed for. If anybody had told me that it is going to be like this, I will say no. But, clearly as human, God will show his way at any time, we are ordinary mortals.

“When it happens, we would not say people that have been sidelined should not ventilate their anger. In the final analysis, this is for the good of APC.

“I can say this anywhere that if we did nothing and allow them to do that, they would have voted anywhere and we would not be in charge or in control.

“But now, we know that they are children of necessity, they are APC and I am happy that they have adopted President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We are APC, even those that are in APM are APC, it is frustration; and we don’t want them to go and vote for a candidate that would be against what APC and President Muhammadu Buhari stand for.

“As it is, it is a one-way scenario, now we would ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari will still win and APC will still win maybe directly or indirectly.”

Gbadebo, in his remarks, endorsed Amosun for the senatorial seat and urged the people of the district to support him.

The traditional ruler said the governor had done well for Egba people, adding that one good turn deserves another.

He said, “We should thank the governor for what he did as a governor. We did not know that a governor has the power to reform Ogun State like this.

“He would do better as a senator than what he had done as a governor. What he gave us is too much compared to what he is requesting from us.”

At the rally, the governor, however, refused to campaign for the APC governorship candidate, Dapo Abiodun, and others apart from Buhari and the party’s candidate for Abeokuta South Federal constituency, Lanre Edun.

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Insecurity: APC Govt At All Levels Have Failed — Ganduje’s Aide

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The Special Adviser to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Media, Salihu Yakasai, has said that the government of the All Progressives Congress at all levels has failed Nigerians in the duty to protect lives and properties.

Yakasai said this amid the abduction of over 300 schoolgirls from Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in the Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State, which happened on Friday.

In a post on his verified Twitter handle, Yakasai lamented the security issue in the country, describing it as a shame.

“Clearly, we as APC government, at all levels, have failed Nigerians in the number 1 duty we were elected to do which is to secure lives & properties. Not a single day goes by without some sort of insecurity in this land. This is a shame! Deal with terrorists decisively or resign,” he wrote.

One Twitter user, @Jayb_10, criticized the northern elites over their attitude in the face of the situation.

He said, “The uncritical, appeasing, docile, and patronizing attitude of the northern elite when one of their own is at the helm is the north’s gravest undoing. It will continue to birth the massive underdevelopment that the north perennially represents. We’re in a mess!”

Yakasai who agreed with the Twitter user imagined what would have happened had it been the current situation was witnessed during previous administrations led by non-northerners.

“I completely agree. Hypocrisy is in our DNA. Imagine what’s happening in the North now was under GEJ or OBJ, sai dai ka ji ana makiyin arewa ne, makiyin musulmi ne, but here we are, being ravaged by all sorts of insecurity but no collective rage, sai useless lamentations. SMDH,” he wrote in response to @Jayb_10




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Stop Disrespecting Me Or I Will Work Against You, Fayose Threatens Makinde

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Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, on Wednesday, warned the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, to stop disrespecting him or he will “work against” him (Makinde).

“If Governor Makinde continues to disrespect me, I will work against him,” Fayose stated on a PUNCH Live interview.

Of late, the leadership of the South-West arm of the Peoples Democratic Party has been embroiled in a crisis with Fayose and Makinde at the center of the ruckus.

Makinde, a first-term governor, is the only governor of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South-West zone while the other five states in the region are ruled by the governors of the All Progressives Congress.

Speaking on Wednesday, Fayose said he was amongst party chieftains who worked in 2019 to ensure Makinde emerged the winner of the governorship election in Oyo.

Makinde is constitutionally permitted to run for a second term in 2023 but Fayose warned him to retrace his step of he will work against his re-election.

The ex-governor of Ekiti, therefore, urged Makinde to speak out if he has anything against him.

When asked what the bone of contention between himself and the Oyo State governor was, Fayose said, “He (Makinde) is the one to tell you if there is any bone of contention. In this West, I am his brother, I am his father.”

Fayose stated, “When Makinde was to contest, I was the one that presented the flag to him and a red pen. It is a higher authority that hangs your rank, a senior officer hangs the rank of a junior officer, which means he saw me as a leader at the time I was giving him the flag at Ogbomosho.

“It was Governor (Rasheed) Ladoja that was holding the structure that we gave to him (Makinde), I was the only sitting governor at the time. I had the power to influence it negatively. Are you telling me the man that gave you a red pen has suddenly become your enemy? If he has anything against me, let him say it. Governor Makinde should take it easy.

“When they were contesting an election in Oyo State, I was the one giving him information about the senatorial election. I never slept all night. In his own election, I was with him in Ibadan. If he disrespects us, we will tell him that we have the capacity to… I am not his mate.

“If he wants peace, he should stop that nonsense, and I say it again, nonsense. I mean every word I am saying. I’m a responsible Nigerian. If we were born in the same family, I will be older than Governor Makinde by 10 years even if I was not the governor. I should be respected. I am a respectable figure in this country, forget any other story any other politician may say.”

Fayose also said he has no plan to join the APC or any other political party. “We need a certain level of honour, we need a certain level of principles to be able to lead in this country,” he noted.

“Even when I was supporting Governor (Kayode) Fayemi in Ekiti, I told them I can never join APC in my life. It was Governor (Segun) Oni that disrespected me and I worked for Governor Fayemi. If Governor Makinde continues to disrespect me like this, I will work against him. I don’t operate underneath; you know where you are with me. If Governor Makinde wants to hear the story of how he became governor, I will tell him,” the ex-governor added.




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Kwara APC Youths Ask Buhari To Sack Lai Mohammed, Says Minister Is Self-Serving

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Members of the All Progressives Congress in Kwara South, under the aegis of APC Youth Stakeholders, on Wednesday, urged the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to sack the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, from his cabinet for non-performance.

The Chairman of the forum, Tiamiyu Mumini, made the request on behalf of the stakeholders at a press conference, in Ilorin.

He described the minister as a self-serving politician who “should not be allowed to continue his selfish politicking to the detriment of the state.”

Mumini said, “This is a man who surrounds himself with aides who are non Kwarans. He stubbornly refused to pick Kwarans as aides, perhaps that is why he is far from the realities on the ground.

“We want him removed because he cannot have his son in the Lagos House of Assembly while he ventures on mortgaging the future of Kwara State youths by causing chaos in the ruling party.”

The group also expressed displeasure over the refusal of the minister to support the policies and programmes of the state Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.

Members of the group said, “Instead of supporting his home state government, he is using his influence as a federal minister to scuttle well-planned projects and programmes being executed.”

They also expressed surprise that the minister used his official Twitter handle to rubbish the ongoing APC membership registration exercise and called for its cancellation after participating in the exercise.

Mumini further said, “We are making moves for the suspension of Alhaji Lai Mohammed from APC for rubbishing the membership registration exercise in which more than 100,000 people have registered in each of the 193 wards in the state and if President Muhammadu Buhari refuses to remove him, we are taking steps to expel him from APC.”




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