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Lagos Pry: Wild Jubilation As Mushin Prince Emerges Assembly APC Candidate

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The Mushin Constituency 1 area of Lagos state at the weekend witnessed a wild jubilation since the declaration of Prince Nureni Akinsanya as its candidate for the House of Assembly election due to hold next year.

Speaking to newsmen in the course of the jubilation that greeted the declaration of Akinsanya as the winner of the keenly contested primary election, the Chairman of the All Progressive Congress in his Ojuwoye, Mushin Ward B1, constituency, Hon.Wasiu Badejo described the choice of the candidate, popularly known as Osmak, as the best to have happened to the Ward in particular and Mushin in general of late.

Describing the personality of Akinsanya as unique and his Victory at the primary  one with royal colouration and  of great significance, Badejo said “aside the fact that he is an  indigene, he is also a  Mushin Prince hence, the enthusiasm by  the people to give him their  mandate to go and contest to represent them at the State Assembly”

Submitting that Akinsanya’s track record earned him  the confidence of the people who overwhelmingly voted for him at the Direct Primary election, Badejo said the two term Counselor has demonstrated over time his loyalty to the  party by staying with it through thick and thin.

He said Unlike some political prostitutes within the fold in the constituency who returned to the party at the wee hour to fight for ticket ,Akinsanya  he said, had been with the party since it was Alliance For Democracy (AD)  and “he never wavered for once”.

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Insisting that  Akinsanya’s loyalty had never been in question, the Chairman said some disgruntled elements in the constituency had attempted to blackmail him with his unquestionable loyalty to the party, in the course of the campaign for the primary election but failed.

According to Badejo,” like every other member of influential caucuses that endorsed Governor Ambode for a second term, Akinsanya registered his support and withdrew same immediately the party leadership nominated Babajide Sanwo-olu.

“But I heard  some mischief makers are criticising him for staying loyal to the party and its ideals, and most unfortunately, those critics are the ones that it took us so much energy and time to convince before they could agree to support  the Sanwo-olu agenda”

Not minding his overwhelming  popularity  within and beyond  his constituency, Badejo offered that Akinsanya went through a rigorous screening and was part of an election within his Ideal group before he emerged to contest in the primary which he eventually won.

Meanwhile, the  leadership of Senator Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon has been described as the most equitable and just by members of the APC in the area.

According to a member of the party  who gave his name simply as Debo, Solomon,a two term representative of  Lagos West at the Senate has provided genuine and selfless leadership for the people of the area.

He added that his non bias nature came into bear even in the selection process that produced Akinsanya for the primary election.

Debo mentioned that the sincerity of the Solomon leadership also reflected in the  Congresses and other elections held in the area before now.

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He added that  it is the same virtue of the Solomon leadership that  provided for rhe thorough process that threw Akinsanya up  as a candidate of  the party.

Debo thus submitted that  because he emerged on merit and as a result of the popularity of his choice, Akinsanya enjoyed   the support of members the  party members  towards  and during the primary election.

He promised  that the party members  would ensure Akinsanya’s victory at the general election come 2019.

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Female Journalist Laments EFCC Night Invasion Of Her Bedroom, Kitchen

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A woman journalist, Mrs. Norah Okafor, has alerted authorities to the invasion of her home in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, by over 25 masked operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

 

 

The incident, she said, took place on Thursday between 1:36 a.m and 2 a.m.

 

 

 

“At exactly 1:36 a.m, I was alerted by my brother that there were armed robbers at my gate trying to make their way into the compound. Because it was an electric fence, I didn’t bother enough because I felt they could not make their way in. Alas, I was wrong. At 2 a.m prompt, they entered the compound, and they came prepared. There were over 25 of them in two Hilux buses. They were masked and dressed in all-black attire.

 

 

A huge member of the team climbed the fence with a pair of pliers and immediately cut off parts of the wires. He jumped into the compound and, with an axe, broke the gate key open to enable the team enter my apartment.

 

 

“As a nude sleeper, while they tried to make their way into the compound, I found something to wear while my brothers and I were thinking of a way of escape. The worst case scenario for me was that they would rape or take the only valuable available (a car key).

 

 

So, I prepared my mind. The next thing I realised was that about seven of them were in my room with shouts of ‘Lie down, face down; (switch) on the light. Where’s your phone? Where’s your car key?’ They asked for so many things and I became confused. Seeing over 25 hefty men with different kinds of guns, mhen, e don be, be that (It had finally happened, I presumed).

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“I handed the phone over to them with the key. Before then, they had taken my laptop. I turned to be sure if they were armed robbers.

 

 

They asked for my passwords to all the devices collected with masking tape to identify each. Still in shock, I heard someone destroying everything in the kitchen, my room, that of my brothers and all the drawers. I was still asking myself: what’s happening?

 

 

“They asked me to stand and follow them downstairs. Lo and beyond, they unmasked themselves. Hmmmm! Are these criminals? I asked. All my neighbours were already going through the same pain as I was.

 

 

They had given my brothers the beating of their lives, carried my neighbour downstairs and tried unlocking all the cars in the compound. And after searching all the phones and laptops, three of them walked in. Behold, they were from EFCC.

 

 

“What?” I screamed.

“Shut up” was the next thing I heard.

 

 

“When they couldn’t open my phone, they asked me to, and I did. After a while, I asked them: ‘Please, where is your office so I can come and pick up my things on my way to work?’ They asked me what I do and I said I’m a journalist. They asked my neighbour and he said ‘lawyer’; the other one a ‘doctor’.

 

 

 

“They looked at me, handed over the phones and said: ‘We just wasted our time.’

 

 

“Those fools spent over one hour molesting and destroying things in this compound. I feel so pained and embarrassed right now. “Is this how EFCC operates? How did we get here? Who is the informant? I am just confused right now. Thank God, my mum isn’t here…”

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Yoruba Nation, Biafra Agitators, Two Others Protest As Buhari Addresses UN Assembly Today

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Yoruba Nation

Three Nigerian groups On Yoruba Nation  are set for protests today at the United Nations headquarters in New as the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) addresses the UN General Assembly.

 

 

While two of the groups are protesting against the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), the third group will demonstrate in support of the ex-military leader.

 

 

One of the groups comprising Yoruba Nation and Biafra agitators, Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination, is headed by Prof Banji Akintoye.

 

 

Also, activists under the aegis of TakeItBack movement have mobilised for a protest at UN headquarters in New York with demands.

 

 

PUNCH gathered that the last group would be holding a pro-Buhari protest tagged, ‘One Nigeria March.’

 

 

 

Akintoye explained that NINAS’ protest tagged, ‘Million-Man Freedom March,’ was to show the world “the crimes against humanity, attacks on press freedom, free speech and other criminalities being aided by the Buhari-led government of Nigeria.”

 

 

He also said the agitators “are demanding the conduct of a regional referendum so that the indigenous people can decide on their nationhood”.

 

The renowned historian accused the Federal Government of sponsoring the counter-protest at UN headquarters, alleging that black foreigners living in the United States of America were “hired at $500 per head.”

 

 

Akintoye, in a statement on Thursday by NINAS Director of Public Communications, Mr Maxwell Adeleye, said, “Irrespective of the material and financial superiorities of these Lions, there’s no way they can defeat United Foxes in a democracy.

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“The Friday Grand March in New York shall be historic; hence, the Nigerian government is jittery. The ring leader of government officials and a top Lagos journalist are now in New York to start hiring black people who will pretend as Nigerians to stage a pro-Buhari and One Nigeria protest to counter NINAS.

 

 

“But we refuse to be rattled. We shall not be intimidated. No oppressor has ever triumphed against the collective will of the people. The people are the government and power belongs to the people. The people make the constitution.”

 

 

 

TakeitBack Movement’s Global Director of Mobilisation, Gbola Owoborode, listed four demands for the activists’ protest, among which were that the leader of Independent People of Biafra and Yoruba Nation activists, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Igboho, should be freed.

 

 

He said, “The regime should also free Sowore, unconditionally and drop all charges, of which he has been falsely accused.

 

 

“We demand the immediate release of all political prisoners, including Nnamdi Kanu, Igboho and the over 300 #endSARS activists still under illegal detention, as well as an end to terrorism, kidnappings. and banditry that has completely ravaged the entire country.

 

 

“The resignation of the Buhari regime that is incompetent, lawless, despotic, nepotistic and corrupt.

 

 

It has failed to guarantee the security and welfare of Nigerians which is their primary responsibility as a government. The Buhari Junta must go!”

 

 

 PUNCH

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EvaluatePR Hosts Industry Talk With Communication Experts Today

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Communications experts to dissect industry challenges at the 18th edition of EvaluatePR.

 

Nigeria’s foremost media intelligence agency, P+ Measurement Services is set to host its quarterly edition of EvaluatePR as it welcomes all communications professionals around the globe to the 18th edition of this event.

 

 

EvaluatePR is an informative event that will be honoured by communications and media monitoring professionals, who will be sharing their experiences, advice, insights, and quotes on Media Measurement, Monitoring, and Evaluation during the interactive session.

 

 

This edition will feature public relations and measurement practitioners which includes: Francois Van Dyk, Head of Operations, Ornico Group, Johannesburg, South Africa and Samuel O. Adeyemi, Lead Strategist, Media DNA, Nigeria, who together will share from their wealth of knowledge, experiences and insights to the theme of the event.

 

 

The 18th Edition of EvaluatePR, is scheduled to take place on Friday, 24th September 2021, with the theme “Media Monitoring & Measurement: An Essential Tool in Public Relations” between the hours of 12pm and 1pm (West African Time) on the Google Meet platform.

 

 

To be a part of the conversation, kindly join using the Google Meet link: https://meet.google.com/qty-nbnk-emf

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