The Iyaloja General of Lagos, Mrs. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo has thrown her weight behind the candidacy of Babajide Sanwo-Olu in the Lagos State All Progressives Congress governorship primaries holding on Sunday.
The endorsement came after a short meeting between Mr. Sanwo-Olu, the Director General of his campaign organization, Mr. Tayo Ayinde on one hand and Mrs. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo and other market leaders on the other hand.
Speaking at the occasion, the Director General of the Babajide Sanwo-olu Campaign organization (BOSCO) Tayo Ayinde said the campaign team recognized the enormity of voting power that the market women and men have so ‘‘it will be foolhardy for any politician to underestimate them in the scheme of things’’.
Ayinde however described the event as a family meeting, where a decision that will affect all family members would be made. He thereafter presented Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to the crowd of market leaders in Lagos State, who in turn, enthusiastically welcome the aspirant with various kinds of traditional songs.
The governorship aspirant, Babajide Sanwo-Olu thanked the Iyaloja General for agreeing to meet his team despite the short notice given to her. He described himself as a member of the family, saying since 2002, he has remained a close member of the market women and men under the late Iyaloja General, Alhaja Habibat Mogaji.
Speaking further, Sanwo-Olu said the need to take Lagos back to its original developmental trajectory is part of the reasons he entered governorship the race.
‘’ There is a roadmap for economic and infrastructural development of Lagos State. I was part of the team from the beginning of this republic and I know that successive administrations have remained on course until recently. So we need to quickly address the deficiencies before they grow to consume all of us’’. Sanwo-olu stated.
The banker turned politician told the market leaders his antecedents in the party since leaving the corporate world to join the administration of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in 2002 as a Special Adviser and later as Commissioner.
Sanwo-Olu urged the market leaders to accept his candidacy and work for him to become the next governor of Lagos State. He also spoke on the need for patience and perseverance in politics.
‘’perseverance in politics is good. It usually pays off in the end. That virtue is what has brought me to this level.’’ Sanwo-Olu stated.
He urged the market women and men to get out the vote on Saturday, promising better days ahead for all party members and Lagosians.
‘’I will ensure that we bring about a Lagos of prosperity for all’’
‘’we will listen to your needs and we’d be there for you’’ Sanwo-Olu affirmed.
Responding, the Iyaloja General, Mrs Folashade Ojo thanked the aspirant for deeming it necessary to come to market house. She pledged the support of all market women and men across the State towards ensuring electoral victory for Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu at the primaries on Sunday and the general elections next year.
Soludo Draws Anger Of Imolites With Imo Is Not Anambra Claim
Charles Chukwuma Soludo, the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APGA) for the November 6, 2021, Anambra Election has drawn the anger of the people of Imo state.
The 61year old over the weekend cast an unflattering light on Imo state.
While courting supports for his ambition with the presentation of his 72-page Campaign Agenda to the Anambra people in Lagos, Soludo claimed that “those who want to write result are causing violence to create the impression of insecurity so as postpone or hijack the election. We want to tell them: It is not possible.
The election must be held because Anambra is not Imo.”
Soludo, who left the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for APGA in 2013 made the assertions while commenting on the spates of violence rocking Anambra state ahead of the election.
Emerging details have it that, stakeholders in Imo state find the comments credited to Soludo offensive and a desperate attempt at seeking support for his ambition.
The claim interpreted as portraying elections in Imo state as “fraudulent” is attracting massive condemnation for Soludo.
There are said to be ongoing moves by different groups to properly respond to the “unguarded” statement by the economist turned politician.
Further details revealed that it didn’t help the cause of the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) who lost the February 2010 Anambra State gubernatorial election as the candidate of the PDP that he was poorly received at Alaba Market, a stronghold of Igbo traders in Lagos State when he visited.
He was to have been shown little interest in his attempt to engage traders at the popular market.
Ex-Senate President David Mark Leads Race To Emerge PDP National Chairman
Latest development in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) suggests a former Senate President, David Mark is in pole position to emerge as the National Chairman of the PDP as the party is said to be considering a consensus chairmanship candidate ahead of of its upcoming PDP national convention.
The former Senate President is said to be enjoying the support of top chieftains of the main opposition party.
Recall the zoning committee headed by the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi had earlier resolved to zone its national chairmanship position to the northern part of the country.
Mark who hails for Benue State in North Central region is eligible to contest for the chairmanship post.
According to reports, some members of the PDP’s National Executive Committee (NEC) during a meeting had agreed to throw their weight behind Mark. It was gathered that the members see Mark as the best candidate to lead the party out of the woods and deliver success in the coming elections.
Also, PDP governors, under the leadership of the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, are said to have shown considerable interest in ensuring that Mark gets the job.
However, the former President hasn’t officially announced interest in running for the chairmanship post. Should Mark decide to contest, he will battle with Senator Ahmed Makarfi, Shehu Shema, Ibrahim Dankwambo, Suleiman Nazif, Ibrahim Idris (Ibro), who have all reportedly shown interest in the chairmanship position.
In related development, Governor Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State is set to head a 20-Member Committee assigned with the responsibility to screen aspirants from the Northern region interested in the position of National Chairman of the party.
According to reports, the Northern Caucus of the party decided to allow all 19 states in the northern region to nominate one candidate for the chairmanship post.
All the 19 candidates would then be screened by the Fintiri-led committee after which three aspirants will be recommended to the NEC before the National Convention scheduled to hold in October.
Meanwhile, Governor Bala Mohammed, a member of the PDP convention planning committee, has explained why consensus candidate would be preferred.
He said: “Consensus is normally a process of democratic consultation, as democracy is about consensus. Certainly, the electoral process can be reduced by having a converging point on an individual and that would have reduced the disparaging issues within the party.”
He, however, said if consensus was not eventually agreed upon, PDP would certainly not subscribe to imposition.
On zoning, the Bauchi governor said: “We have resolved the issue of zoning. The PDP is a mature party. We have learnt from our mistakes, we will not play to the gallery the way our detractors or competitors want us to.
We will always resolve our issues, so zoning is over… What we are looking forward to is the emergence of a chairman from the North, who will give us the leadership that we require to form quality government in 2023,” he said.
Adeleke Promises To Buy Ooni Private Jet If Elected Osun Governor
Osun state’s Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) candidate in the 2018 governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke has pledged to provide a private jet to ease movement of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi’s local and international trips if elected Governor in 2022.
A statement issued by the spokesperson of Ooni, Moses Olafare stated that Senator Adeleke disclosed this when he visited the monarch at his palace in Ile-Ife on Wednesday.
“I have always cherished the great throne of Oduduwa here in Ife and the personality of the Ooni, I will never disrespect it and I will not allow anyone to hold it in contempt.
“By God’s grace, I shall make provision for a Private Jet to make all Ooni’s local and international trips easier. I am not making a mouth, it is what I will do.
“With the plan to erect the Osun airport, Baba (The Ooni) would be picked from the palace with a helicopter to the nearest airport to board an aeroplane to anywhere seamlessly.
“I am moved to tears when I see the poor state of our roads and others, this would be changed next year.
“The cause of this decay is because the current government has destroyed the local government system, making the supposed closest tier of government very far from the people”, said Adeleke.
Speaking, Oba Adeyeye pleaded with politicians and their supporters to ensure that peace reign before, during and after the forthcoming gubernatorial election next year in the state, saying crisis that characterised election in the past was most times instigated by followers.
“It is you fans, admirers and followers that hear and say a lot to direct your leaders’ minds. I want to urge you to act with all sense of responsibility as violence won’t pay anyone.
“Do not mount unnecessary pressure on your leaders to prevent them from giving empty promises. Be diligent at all times and it shall be well with you all.” The Ooni admonished.
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