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2019: Kashamu promises to take Ogun to greater heights



Senator Buruji Kashamu, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in Ogun State, has promised to take the state to greater heights if elected governor in the 2019 governorship election.
He made this promise on Monday at the unveiling of him and Dr Reuben Abati as the governorship and deputy governorship of the party in Ijebu Igbo.
At the event, which was witnessed by a mammoth crowd from every part of Ogun State and beyond, Kashamu said “My desire to serve Ogun State as governor is to take our dear state to greater heights.”
Speaking about his antecedents, the PDP governorship candidate said, “I am a grassroots politician, a proud Ijebu man and a good citizen of Ogun State who is loved by his people.
“In 2015, when I contested to represent the good people of Ogun East Senatorial District, I promised selfless representation. That is what I have given. And there is no better proof than the over 90 projects that we have attracted to various parts of Ogun East Senatorial District. No one has recorded the same feat in our Senatorial District.
“As you are aware, I have also touched many lives and communities outside Ogun East and Ogun State through the Omoilu Foundation.”
According to him, having done so much as an individual and having transformed many lives and communities as a federal legislator, being a governor would provide him a better platform to impact more lives and transform the whole state in an unprecedented manner.
As he put it, “This aspiration affords me yet another opportunity to continue to touch lives in diverse ways and on a bigger plane.
“Since government is a continuum, I believe we would continue from where the current government stops, and together, we would take our dear Ogun State to greater heights.”
He also promised to run a people-oriented government if elected.
While talking about the crisis in PDP in Ogun State, Kashamu said, “This is your sure ticket for taking Ogun State to greater heights. The Adebayo Dayo-led Ogun State Exco is the authentic and legally recognized PDP structure in the state. The people have spoken; the courts have affirmed it and INEC has complied. Truly, the party is supreme. But, it is not superior to the judiciary. Party supremacy is not a licence for executive lawlessness. People cannot continue to act in contempt of the teeming members, leaders and elders of the party and the courts – all in the name of ‘party supremacy’. At some point, like in saner climes, the judiciary must intervene and rein in those acting in utter disregard of our party’s constitution and the laws of the land. That is what has happened in our case.
“The national leadership of our party supervised and approved the congresses that produced the Engr. Adebayo Dayo-led state exco in 2016.
“There have been several court judgments that affirmed the validity of the state exco under the leadership of Engr. Adebayo Dayo.
“In the build up to the 2019 general election, congresses were conducted by the Dayo-led state exco in line with Section 25 (1) of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017) which states that, ‘There shall be a state party congress which shall consist of: (a) The State Chairman who shall be the Chairman. Section 25 (2c) states further, ‘The functions of the state congress shall be to: (c) elect governorship candidates of the party.’
“That is all we have done. So, if anyone decides to go and collect a flag in an office in Abuja, it does not bother us. They say they are the candidates of the party. We say we are the candidates of the people and the rule of law. As the governorship candidate of the PDP in Ogun State, I extend my hands of fellowship to all and sundry. I am ready and able.”
Earlier, the deputy governorship candidate, Dr Reuben Abati, presented the party’s Policy Manual for Taking Ogun State to Greater Heights to the people.
Abati spoke about the planned interventions in various sectors which would result in the wholesome transformation of the state.
Present at the event were party leaders from across the country, businessmen, traders, artisans, trade union representatives as well as students.

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Aregbesola Camp Kicks As Osun APC Endorses Oyetola For Second Term




The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Osun State has endorsed Governor Gboyega Oyetola for another term.



The party also adopted consensus model for the ward congress of Saturday.



The Chairman of the Congress Electoral Panel, Senator Gbenga Elegbeleye, at a meeting with party leadership in Osogbo, the state capital, on Friday evening said due process would be followed during the exercise.



Senator Sunday Fajinmi from Iwo, Ayedire and Ola-Oluwa Federal Constituency moved motion for the adoption of the incumbent state Chairman of the party, Prince Adegboyega Famodun, and the endorsement of Oyetola for second term.



The motion was seconded by Hon. George Jolaoye, a former House of Representatives member.




Oyetola and top party faithful in the state including former Deputy Governor, Mrs Titilaoye Laoye Ponle, Senator Iyiola Omisore and Sooko Adeleke Adewoyin who were at the meeting confirmed the adoption of consensus model.



Also, the Senator representing Osun Certral, Dr Basiru Ajibola, and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, while speaking on behalf of all legislators in the state, also confirmed the adoption of consensus model for the exercise.



Oyetola said the adoption of consensus was to prevent rancour and appealed to members of the party in the state to conduct themselves peacefully during the process.



The governor said necessary security arrangements have been put in place to ensure safety of lives and property across the state before, during and after the Congress.



But the camp of the former governor of the state and Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, said the consensus arrangement was designed to edge out he and his followers from the control of the party structure in the state.



The Secretary of the party, Mr Rasaq Salinsile, and the former Chairman of the party who are in Aregbesola’s camp, said they were not aware of the consensus arrangement.



Also, some APC women and youths staged peaceful protest claiming that Senator Gbenga Elegbeleye Congress Electoral Panel did not carry them along.



The protesters led by Mr Rasheed Raji alleged that Oyetola and Famodun camped the Congress Electoral Panel.



They also claimed that party members did not have access to the panel and Congress materials.

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APC Congresses: Ajibulu Wants Oshiomole’s Recall, Backs Southern Governor in Ekiti



Ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC), congresses scheduled to hold across the country on Saturday, party stalwart, Chief Segun Ajibulu has called on leaders to exercise restraint before dabbling into what may result into a collosal electoral doom for the party in coming polls.



Ajibulu dropped the hint against the lingering controversies trailing the credibility of the Governor Buni led national caretaker committee of the APC, to conduct foolproof elections.



He also expressed worry on the APC leadership arrangements in Ekiti state, rooting that the next governor should come from the Southern part.



Demands for the dissolution of the current national caretaker committee, peaked with the narrow margined victory of the Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu at the Supreme court yesterday.



The 4 to 3 decision of the judges at the apex court had exposed the legal implications of the Buni led caretaker committee, in conducting unchallengeable elections.



Reacting, Ajibulu advised that the APC, through its leadership tow the safe track by calling back the Adams Oshiomole leadership to midwife pending congresses and elections to lend needed legal teeth to the exercises.



According to him; ” time is of essence and the only way to move with time is to return to status quo. We need to avoid every vindictive strategy that may turn our victory to waste at the electoral tribunals. And to achieve this, we all must be ready to bury the past, discard with ego and work our party to assured victory,” he said.



Ajibulu, who bemoaned the polarisation of the APC in Ekiti state, also called on every warring parties to shielth swords and come together in unity to see APC to victory in the state.



He prevailed on party hierarchy in the state to begin the peace process by zoning the next governorship slot to the South.



According to him, the fact that the southern Ekiti has not produced governor since the creation of the state, is a silent war that no amount of justifications can win.



“If we see ourselves as brothers, if we see ourselves as one, morality demands that we should cede governorship to the South in the coming elections. The governorship has gone round the north and the central sections of Ekiti and it is just fair to now consider the South.


“I also want to call on our politicians from the South to work together and narrow down on one or two persons to represent them and avoid multiple aspirations which result may be counterproductive.



“I believe the southern Ekiti is not in short of credible and knowledgeable politicians who can represent them and lead the state satisfactorily,” he said

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2023 Presidency: Tinubu Chases Fayemi Out Of Kano




As Southwest presidential hopefuls begin to seek support across the country, the Ekiti state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has experienced a shock treatment in Kano.



The Ekiti state governor’s hope of a support base in the populous Northern Nigeria state has been dashed by his political godfather, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, himself a Presidential aspirational.




ThePageNews reliably gathered that, in the bid to erect a political base in the state, Fayemi raised a strategic campaign cum lobby group,to penetrate Kano state and establish a noticeable presence, as foundation for a potential massive political platform to work for the actualization of the alleged presidential ambition of the former Minister.



According to ThePageNews source, Fayemi’s men were told in Kano that they should look elsewhere for support for their principal, as major relevant political groups in the state have pledged support for the aspiration of Tinubu.



It was further gathered that, the Fayemi team which refused to give up hope easily, intensified on their lobby, but couldn’t find a headway,as they were told by every group in the state about their allegiance to Tinubu’s presidential ambition.



Our source mentioned that, the Kano area has been locked down politically by the APC leader, Asiwaju, to sustain his presidential ambition of 2023.



It was further gathered that, the move to secure Kano ahead of the 2023 political game, especially as it affects Tinubu’s ambition was strategic.



ThePageNews was told that, because of the population relevance of the state to presidential elections, Tinubu who is a friend to the Kano state governor, Abdulahi Ganduje, has used the influence of the governor to secure,what our source described as a cult followership for Tinubu in the pursuit of his presidential ambition.

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