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MAYA Awards Producer, Ademola Moreklue, Unveils ATA Movement, To Seek Elective Office In 2023

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If feelers coming from the biggest city in West Africa is something to go by, then an illustrious son of the soil and foremost Nigerian show promoter and social media influencer, Ademola Titilopemi Ajibola popularly known as ATA or Ademola MoreKlue is one of the men to watch out for in the 2023 electoral plots of the pacesetter state.

Ademola who is the Lead Strategist at The MoreKlue BluePrint Company Limited, a media and events company based in Lagos, Nigeria, is the founder of MoreKlue All Youths African Awards (MAYA AWARDS AFRICA), which is touted to be one of the most credible and biggest awards platforms in West Africa.

The Ibadan born humility personified young man has declared to run for an office in 2023, and this he has posted on his social media pages, as he revalidates his membership of the All Progressives Party (APC), in past weeks, even though no one can place what direction he is facing for now as he has not announced a thing. He is known to be a strong ally and godson to an incumbent member of the House of Reps, Shina Abiola Peller & Top APC Chieftain, Alhaji Fatai Ibikunle.

Inside sources have put it out that he has hit the ground running in his zone, mobilizing for new members for his party, the APC, while his ATA Movement is set to officially launch by the middle of the year. He has already announced the ATA Inter-secondary School Debate Competition, for June this year, a project which was to hold in 2020 but was paused on Covid-19 grounds.

ATA is a graduate of Economics from Osun State University and his associates have started drumming up support for his candidature across the city of Ibadan, banking largely on his impressive resumé which boasts he has worked with almost all major celebrities in Nigeria and some West African countries on PR Executions, Activations, Brand & Portfolio management, Road Tours, among others.

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BREAKING: Boko Haram Frees Abducted Pastor 24hrs Before Execution Deadline

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Pastor Bulus Yikura, who was kidnapped by Boko Haram, has regained freedom 24 hours before the deadline set for his execution of the abductors.

A security source informed The Nation the cleric was set free on Wednesday evening on the outskirts of Maiduguri metropolis.

He was sighted with a few family members and the Nigerian Secret police.

Yikura’s freedom is coming one day before the dateline for his execution in a widely circulated video to seek help.

He was sighted in the video kneeling and begging the Federal Government and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to intervene as his life was left hanging for a few days.

He was quoted in the video pleading: “I have been given only seven days to appeal for assistance that will help me out of this torture.

“If truly you want to rescue me from this untold suffering and threat to life, then you have to act fast.

“I am also calling on the EYN president to help mobilize help that will rescue me, and also pray for me so that God will make things easy for me here”.

It is not clear what transpired before the release of Pastor Yikura as details are still being kept under wraps.

Recall that Yikura was abducted on Christmas Eve last year when Boko Haram attacked Pemi village in the Chibok local government area of Borno State and has since been with the captors.

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Northern Traders Agree To Resume North To South Movement of Food Stuff

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After about six days, the Leadership of Cattle and Foodstuff dealers under the aegis of the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria, on Wednesday, agreed to resume the movement of food supplies from the northern part of the country to the southern region.

It was gathered that the agreement was reached when the leadership of the trade union met with Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State in Abuja. Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode was also at the meeting.

About a week ago, northern traders had embarked on strike over the alleged killing of their members in the southern part of the country. Prices of food commodities like pepper, tomatoes, beef, yam, garri, amongst others, had gone over the roof with many southerners groaning and complaining about the increase.

The General Secretary, AUFCDN, Ahmed Alaramma, had said the President of the association, Mohammed Tahir, was with the Department of State Services over the blockade.

The northern traders had also called on the Federal Government to pay them billions in compensation while Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere; Activist Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, and others had threatened to launch a campaign against cows in protest against the development.

 

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Sanwo-Olu Threatens To Name Beneficiaries Of Apapa Rot

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has threatened to name those benefitting from the perennial traffic gridlock and disorderliness experienced along the Apapa corridor in the state.

Sanwo-Olu stated this on Wednesday in Lagos while commending the Nigerian Ports Authority for the new E-Call Up system for trucks going to the ports.

The Apapa area of the state is notorious for chaos over the haphazard operations of container-laden trucks around the seaports.

At an event in Lagos today, the governor said, “We will name and shame them. We will bring out their names, be it a corporate organization, be it a company, be it a Lagos State officer, be it a police officer, whoever it is, be it a union that will say that the solution that we have brought about will not work.

“They will go and answer to the citizen of Nigeria and the citizen of Lagos State and the citizen of Nigeria. We will bring them to the public courts for them to see that we are about seriousness; we cannot condone the recklessness and the carelessness that our citizens have gone through.

“And I want to use this opportunity to commend the Management of NPA because they have worked with us on this agenda. So, my challenge is to others who have not signed on to this wonderful column system.”

NPA Managing Director, Hadiza Bala-Usman, had assured port users that the e-call up system would address irresponsible parking of trucks on port access roads in Apapa.

The e-call up system was designed for the management of truck movement and access to and from the Lagos Ports Complex and the Tin Can Island Ports, Apapa.

The Apapa corridor had been a nightmare for road users and Sanwo-Olu had last year said the Lagos State Government had started the process of taking over the operations of the Presidential Task Force on Port Decongestion that had been managing the traffic gridlock in the area.

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