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2019 Lagos Guber : Why Sanwo-Olu Emerged Ambode’s Favoured Opponent + What Tinubu Told Femi Hamzat



As events continue to unfold towards clinching the All People’s Congress (APC) gubernatorial ticket towards the 2019 election, indications have emerged regarding why the leadership of  the party in the state picked Jide Sanwo-Olu ahead of the incumbent Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode and the third  aspirant, Dr Obafemi Hamzat.

Thepage reliably gathered that even though the footsoldiers of the party had before now
decided against the choice of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to continue for the second term in office, the choice of Jide Sanwo-Olu as a replacement didn’t come up until very recently.

Sources privy to the emergence of the former Special Adviser and Commissioner in the State mentioned that he caught the attention of the party leadership because of what has been described as his intelligence and  wealth of experience in Financial Management.

According to a party Chieftain, Sanwo-Olu has everything going for him it terms of experience,  as he had served as Special Adviser to former Deputy Governor in the state, Femi Pedro  on Corporate Affairs and briefly served as Commissioner for Finance briefly after  Wale Edun vacated the office.

Jide Sanwo-Olu

He was also Commissioner for Establishment  and Training an experience which our source also established is “very vital and central to governance “.

These attributes, as well as his Christian faith,  Thepage  was told,  were what the party leaders considered before the decision to favour him ahead of Governor Ambode and Femi Hamzat was reached.

It was gathered that, Hamzat on his part, had made his intention to vie for the seat known much before now, but was determined to get Asiwaju Tinubu’s endorsement before making his intention public.

Obafemi Hamzat.

Thepage gathered that the former Commissioner could not reach Asiwaju until shortly before he  purchased his nomination form and was quoted as saying he will submit the form only on Asiwaju’s approval.

However, getting Asiwaju’s endorsement became impossible, as the APC National party leader told him that even though he won’t discourage him from trying his luck at the Primary election, he however declined him the official backing he sort because according to him,  explaining to the party that he would be backing a Muslim candidate at this point in time in the state’s polity won’t be possible for him.

On the other hand, Sanwo-Olu is a   Christian who will be contesting from the Lagos Central Senatorial zone .

Meanwhile, the incumbent Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is still pushing to get the party’s ticket to return for a second term.

Thepage reliably gathered that people close to the Governor are lobbying President Mohamadu Buhari to assist in persuading the party in Lagos to oblige the Governor the ticket for a second term.

This sources informed, may be the reason for Asiwaju’s trip to the Federal Capital Territory on Wednesday as it was said that he may have embarked on the journey to jaw-jaw with the president over the issue.

But a source privy to Asiwaju’s trip to Abuja told Thepage that  the president ‘s interference  may not make any  difference, if at all he interferes in the issue because” the decision to field a new candidate for the party in the gubernatorial election was the party’s and not Asiwaju’s.

“Hence the reason for the Direct Primary where party people will determine their candidates and I don’t think Asiwaju would have a choice than to support Ambode if he wins the Primary, so its not about Asiwaju, but the party members”  the  source offered.

By: Femi Adepoju


Inclusive Foundation Mourns Veteran Actress, Rachael Oniga



Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation, a non-governmental organisation has expressed its heartfelt sympathy to family, friends and the entire movie industry over the loss of the veteran actress, Rachael Oniga who died at age 64.



The CEO of the foundation, Chief (Mrs.) Pat Eleto, in a condolence visit to the family, on Saturday, July 31st, said the news came as a rude shock to many, but she believes that the late actress has created a great impact with her career, and her legacy should never be forgotten.



In her statement, Chief (Mrs.)Eleto said:

“It is with a heavy heart that I grief with the family of a sister, friend and adviser of Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation.



“Mrs. Oniga, is one of our great ambassadors, and we were actually working on a project that is meant for the later part of this year when the sad news of her demise came.



“Death is inevitable, we pray for the repose of her soul, and may God comfort all the people she left behind. We also hope and pray that all her good legacies, be sustained because, she was indeed a pillar of support to our foundation, and also one of veterans that contributed immensely to the growth of Nollywood,” the statement reads.



A native of Delta State, Oniga was one of the ambassadors of Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation.

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Alaafin Shuns Ooni-Backed Group Over Alleged Anti-Buhari Posture




The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, on Friday, at the last minute, allegedly cancelled an appointment he gave to a Yoruba group, Ooni’s Caucus, on the alleged complaint that members of the group are “notorious critics” of the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).



The Ooni’s Caucus, which was inaugurated at the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on July 20, 2021, is made of many influential Yoruba persons and is being coordinated by a former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr Akin Osuntokun.



PUNCH learnt that Osuntokun led about 14 members of the group to Alaafin’s palace for the alleged 11am appointment on Friday, but after waiting for about two and a half hours, the influential monarch sent words to them that he would not be seeing them.



According to a source, who spoke to  PUNCH on condition of anonymity, some of the group’s members who went to Alaafin’s palace with Osuntokun were a monarch, the Olugbon of Orile-Igbon, Oba Francis Alao; a former presidential spokesman, Dr Doyin Okupe; a former commissioner in Osun State, Muyiwa Ige;  a former Minister of Defence, Mrs Dupe Adelaja; a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Taiwo Lakanu,  Oye Oyewumi, Sola Lawal, among others.



A former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, is also said to be a member of Ooni’s Caucus, but he was not on the delegation to Alaafin’s palace on Friday.



The source, who is a member of the group, claimed that the group had through the Olugbon secured an appointment with Alaafin since Monday, and the same appointment was confirmed on Thursday, only for them to get to the palace and the Alaafin refused to see them on the claim that they were anti-Buhari and were also loyalists of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.



The source explained that the main purpose of the meeting was for the newly-inaugurated group to get Alaafin’s blessings and to possibly discuss the issue of the embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, alias Sunday Igboho, who is currently being held and tried in Cotonou, Benin Republic.



The source said, “The Olugbon, a member of the caucus, was the one who booked the appointment, but he said the Alaafin said he didn’t want to see us because we’re notorious critics of the Buhari government.



“He (Alaafin) confirmed the appointment yesterday (Thursday). But when we got there today, he kept us waiting; after a while, he asked to see the Olugbon. He (Alaafin) didn’t come to see us; we were told he said he wouldn’t see us because we are notorious critics of Buhari’s government and that some of us are close to Obasanjo, who is also critical of the government.



“We were made to wait for about two and a half hours; he gave us an appointment for 11am; we got there at 11am and at about 1.30pm, that was when it was obvious to us that he wasn’t coming (to see us). But he initially asked to see the Olugbon, who went to see him for about an hour. When the Olugbon eventually came back, he said Alaafin would not see us, saying we are a group that is critical of the Buhari government and some of us are loyalists of Obasanjo.”


On whether the group’s mission to Alaafin’s palace was to discuss Sunday Igboho’s matter, the source said, “Of course, the issue (of Igboho) would come up but that was not the purpose of the visit. The issue of Igboho concerns all the Yoruba people but that was not our reason for going to him.”



On whether the group would try and book another appointment, the source said, “I don’t know; we were all surprised that a Yoruba oba can refuse to see his children on account of not wanting to be on the bad side of Buhari’s government. I would have thought that an oba is supposed to take everybody as his children, whether they are supporters of Buhari the All progressives Congress or the Peoples Democratic Party or whatever party.”



But when contacted by PUNCH, the Media Director to the Alaafin, Bode Durojaye, said the reason his principal did not see the group was because they did not have any prior appointment with him.



Durojaye said the Alaafin would be willing to entertain the group if they booked an appointment.




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NMA Reacts As Bandits Break Into, Pick Nurse At Zamfara General Hospital




Suspected bandits invaded General Hospital, Dansadau, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Friday, resulting in the abduction of a nurse and caregiver.



Residents said that immediately the men stormed the medical facility, the armed men headed to the outpatient ward in search of a doctor or nurse.



“When they couldn’t find anybody there, they started going from one ward to another. A nurse and a caregiver were abducted. They then moved to staff quarters looking for doctors and nurses but could not find any.”



“The armed criminals had earlier attempted to attack Maigoge, a community located six kilometres north of Dansadau town.



“But when they laid siege to the community, the vigilantes otherwise known as Yan Sakai firmly defended the village. The vigilante killed some of the bandits and injured several others.



“They then invaded the hospital to kidnap nurse and doctors that will treat their injured brothers in the forest.”




Maigoge is one of the few communities in Dansadau Emirate known to be firmly defending themselves against bandits.



“The staff of the facility are not carrying out night duties now. They only attend to patients at day time. They then move inside the town to spend night usually at undisclosed locations,” he added.



Meanwhile, the chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association in Zamfara state, Dr Mannir Bature, who confirmed the attack said the association is worried by the unfortunate incident.



He said they would hold an emergency state officers council meeting on Saturday.

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