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Lagos Is In  Bondage Of A  Paymaster—Hon. Williams

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The former Governor of Lagos state and leader of the All Progressive Congress, Sen. Bola Tinubu has been accused of  holding Lagosians to ransome  by putting the state in perpetual bondage with him playing the role of a paymaster since he emerged governor in 1999.

Speaking with Thepage, Hon. Adeola Williams,  the Chairman of PDP(UK) Southwest zone and  executive member of the Atiku/Obi campaign Team (UK) said he could confirm this, being a Lagos thorough bred.

Lamenting that Lagos has become a PLC in the hand of the paymaster,  Williams said he had  contested for  a seat in the House of Representatives from Oshodi/Isolo constituency 1 , adding that his  last election was June 22nd 2017 as the PDP Chairmanship candidate for Oshodi /Isolo constituency 1.
Though he said his main aim in politics  is not to occupy an elective office, but for people’s vote to count and enjoy the dividend of democracy.
He said “It’s a disgrace  for a state like Lagos  with  the huge amount being generated to lack basic amenities and facilities that can uplift people’s life”
Further registering his sadness over the state of things in Lagos, Williams said Since 1999 Lagos State had  been in bondage with a  paymaster general determining and calling  the shots.

“Why should  one person continue to  run the affairs of the state to the detriment of the people, that’s tyranny of the highest order but am telling you that this will end in 2019, as  people are getting wiser.

“See what happened to Ambode as an example of the power of the paymaster in Lagos” he lamented, submitting that “not
until we have another party without the influence of Tinubu before we can be able to measure the damage so far done to the finance of the State”

Fuming further, Williams said the talk about Tinubu providing a template upon which successive government in the state is run is false.
” There is no formal template by Tinubu, all the white elephant  projects they are doing have been projected to  bring more returns to their investment not for the benefit of the people”
Narrating is ordeal in the hands of political thugs believed to have the backing of the state, Williams said it has now become fashionable for social miscreants to get elevated in status in Lagos.

” Being a miscreants in Lagos is now  big business  since they are the tools used to silence the people.

“During my last election, MC Oluomo was used to scuttle the proceedings  with the backing of the state government.

” How is it possible for ordinary miscreants to  go about with many armed policemen moving from polling booth to polling booth and this same miscreants with help of security agents  chased away agents at the collating centre”

But the Isolo based politician registered that  Lagos is not a Plc but a state that is  suppose to be run by people with love for the state and  bona fide Lagosian.

” Since 1999 non Lagosian have been running the state and we need a committed Lagosian with total interest in building better Lagos for the people  to take the mantle of power.

“By the grace of God, PDP is surely going to win Lagos state come 2019 including all Southwest states The candidates of PDP are well trusted people without any godfather that will be controlling them remotely and ready to deliver people not only from bondage but also to enable them  benefit the dividend of democracy by creating jobs, better education and health service, carrying out people oriented projects that will be benefit all not just the elites”

Calling on INEC to ensure that the people’s votes count, Williams said It’s high time people of Lagos state “shine there faces to realise that the game playing, tyranny, bondage of our people should end and take our future in our hand to  vote for the man with the interest of the people but not man with interest of a paymaster”.

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Ondo PDP Raises Alarm Over Jegede/Aketi Appeal Court Judgement Papers

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The Ondo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has raised the alarm, over what it described as antics to deny it certified copies of Wednesday’s judgement, to enable it approach the Supreme court in approved time.

 

TheAdo-Ekiti sitting in Akure, delivered judgement on the Appeal filed by PDP and Eyitayo Jegede, SAN against Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN on Wednesday, 16th June, 2021. The five-man panel of Honourable Justices read their judgements one after the other.

 

 

In a statement issued in the Ondo State capital on Thursday and signed by its Publicity Secretary, Kennedy Ikantu Peretei
State Publicity Secretary,
the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ondo State Chapter said it is surprised that, its application to the Office of the Registrars, Court of Appeal to get Certified True Copies of the Judgement has been met with some kind of bulk passing between officials of the Court in Ado-Ekiti and Akure.

 

 

In view of the fact that, the Supreme Court has only sixty days from the date of the judgment of the Court of Appeal, to dispose of this matter, the party warned that any attempt to play games or to apply delay tactics will amount to nothing but sabotage and a calculated attempt to subvert the course of justice.

 

 

”Our party hopes that the Registrars of the court will discharge his duties timeously as required by law” the statement concluded.

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Aliyu Babangida Is A Sinking Ship And Should Not Drag Governor Wike Into His Predicaments.

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We the People’s Democratic Party North Central Support Group Alliance Forum wishes to condemn the recent comment made by the battered former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu over our highly revered governor of River State, Governor Nyesom Wike.

 

 

Ordinarily, we wouldn’t have dignified him with a response, following the response of the party in the state, dissociating itself from such careless and reckless statement. But to make our position clear, setting the record straight and making our voices heard on the matter, we make this salient and sincere response for the records.

 

 

It is no longer news that the frustrated former governor, who is looking for who to transfer his frustration and aggression to in other to gain cheap fame, worked against our party, during the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 and never denied the same.

 

 

For the unpopular former governor to have referred to Governor Wike as a dictator, it shows how lowly he reasons; this may have caused his level of inferiority complex since he can not match up with the capacity and track records of His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike, governor of River State.

 

Recalled that the battered former governor Babangida Aliyu’s selfish ambition to bury a party he killed in the state has stalled the democratic congress in his state simply because he insisted that he will unilaterally handpick party excos against the popular wishes of party members in the state.

 

 

We do not have any doubt, however, that his ordained and handpicked excos will help him bury the party in the state come 2023 as we are very sure that in his characteristic manner, he will play his usual anti-party game.

 

 

Former governor Babangida Aliyu, who has been accused of diverting ecological funds of the Federal Government, released to Niger State in 2014, to the tune of about N1.940 billion should be more bothered about facing his criminal charges of eight-count money laundering charges.

 

 

We will advise that the jobless and out of favour former governor should stop holding onto straws by looking for cheap popularity and sympathy by attacking Governor Nyesom Wike. Instead, he should come out boldly to request help from Nyesome Wike the people’s governor.

 

 

As it is now, our dear party needs more unity and peace rather than utterances that can divide the party if truly we are serious about salvaging our dear nation from the present clueless government come 2023.

 

 

We are calling and encouraging the leadership of our great party to disregard unserious entities, spurious and disaffection statements and entreaties, their pranks of supporting the NWC, while they are intentionally putting the party apart will never see the light of the day. Aliyu Babangida played this sinister script in 2015, he is at it again against the run-up of 2023.

Signed:

Joseph Martins.
Secretary-General General,
PDP North Central Support Group Alliance Forum

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Exclusive: How Lagos Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat Imposed His 2015 Coordinator, PA’s Elder Sister On Eredo, Epe Local Governments

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A new twist has been added to the ongoing controversy trailing the outcome of All Progressives Congress (APC) Local Government primary election held last Saturday.

The deputy governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat who has been accused of planning his 2023 political ambition of becoming the governor of Lagos state working in cahoot with some politicians to impose some chairmen that will be loyal and do his bidding.

 

The allegation against the three chairmen in Epe, Eredo and Ikosi-Ejirin was that they worked against his political aspiration in 2015, while he contested the Governorship primary, against former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

The modus operandi of Hamzat and his henchmen was to scuttle the process once it’s clear that they won’t win. And this they were able to do successfully in a number of local governments and Local Council Development Areas across the state last Saturday.

 

According to the results signed by the returning officer, Miss Omowumi Ogbara who covered Epe and sighted by Newsnow, only two wards conducted the primary before It was disrupted. The results shows that the incumbent chairman of Epe local government, Mr. Adesanya Adedoyin, who is also an aspirant won in the two wards by wide margin, scoring 803 votes to defeat his closest rival, Animasaun, who polled 304 votes.

 

In Eredo and Ikosi-Ejirin, primary election did not hold. It was disrupted by Hon. Dahunsi Ogunkelu, aka ‘Sketel”, representing Epe Constituency 2 at the Lagos House of Assembly. Ogunkelu was on rampage while the primary election lasted and was overheard telling Hamzat after the deed has been done that , “ mission accomplished sir. A ti daru, meaning, we have scuttled everything.”

 

Now, instead of conducting another primary, Hamzat has gone ahead to Assure his candidates that it was a done deal. In Eredo, his Coordinator for Governorship project in 2015, Ismail Akinloye has received the LASEIC nomination form, without contesting a primary election.

 

In Epe, his personal assistant’s elder sister, one Suzan Olayemi Animashahun has been imposed as the party’s candidate.

 

In Ikosi-Ejirin, Wale Anamo from Ijebu-Ode is Hamzat’s Candidate. Wale, who has now added ‘Raji’ to his name to conform with Epe’s typical name, is a total stranger in the community, where he is now being imposed as the party’s Chairmanship candidate, by Hamzat.

 

Despite the fact that the local government primary election was disrupted across the three local governments in Epe, Hamzat has been able to use his contact to give the LASIEC nomination forms to some of the aspirants loyal to him. Sources informed Newsnow that there was wild jubilation in the camp of Hamzat yesterday, celebrating that everything has been ‘ signed, sealed and delivered’ with Asiwaju’s imprimatur.

 

The three chairmen are however undaunted. They have insisted that they would retrieve their mandate from the usurpers. In a Facebook post on behalf of his colleagues, Spokesman of the group, Niyi Saliu , who’s also the incumbent chairman of Eredo and an aspirant said; “ This daylight robbery will not stand. I appeal to all our supporters to remain calm.

 

We will do everything lawful to reclaim our mandates. We are persuaded that all is not lost , especially given the assurance by our leader and national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who hinted recently during the south west meeting with governors that he’s not imposing anybody.

 

We are excited that he has through that pronouncement deflated the ego of those dropping his name to perpetuate illegality in our party. Our leaders have also assured us that everything will be resolved amicably.”. He said.

 

Saliu maintained that Epe, Eredo and Ikosi-Ejirin performed creditably well during the last Lagos East Senatorial election won by Senator Tokunbo Abiru to lift APC to overwhelming success.

 

For now, it’s not clear how the APC wants to wriggle out of the logjam it created through the botched local government primary election.

 

Sources within the party hinted that Tinubu who was not too happy with the way the party officials and electoral officers bungled the process will convene the meeting of the Governors Advisory Council, GAC, tomorrow (Thursday) to resolve the imbroglio.

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