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PDP must retire Bode George to make progress in Lagos – Fayose



“It is high time to tell Bode George to go and retire. Let him be a support stand for the younger ones in the party.”
The immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, says a former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bode George, must leave the party for the PDP to make progress in Lagos State.

The former governor spoke during the inauguration of the PDP Campaign Committee for the Lagos East senatorial bye-election on Tuesday. A statement by Fayose’s media aide, Lere Olayinka, on Wednesday also quoted the ex-Ekiti governor as advising George to support the younger ones in the party instead of “dragging positions with them.”
He said, “It is high time to tell Bode George to go and retire. Let him be a support stand for the younger ones in the party.

“As I am here, I am about 60 years of age, I have grown above fighting for minister that it will get to a point and someone will say he is sacking me. I will never be such minister not to talk of contesting any post with younger ones in the party.”
Fayose also called for support for the PDP candidate in the senatorial bye-election, Babatunde Gbadamosi. “Lagos is ripe for the PDP to take and we will take the State if will work hard and put our house in order.

“This Senate election is for the PDP to take if we are ready to take it.You have done it before by producing House of Reps members and you can do it again by producing a senator.”
He, however, said that “before the PDP can win any election in this Lagos, the party must first separate wheat from chaffs.”

The former governor said leaders of the party in Lagos State should desist from exposing rancour among the party members and urged them to lay emphasis on giving the younger ones the opportunity to grow and allow them to be in key positions in the party.

Ex-Lagos commissioner launches political group to challenge Sanwo-Olu in 2023

A former Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Abdul-Hakeem Abdul-Lateef,
has declared his intention to contest for the office of the Governor of Lagos State in the 2023 election.

Abdul-Lateef is known as a member of the governing All Progressives Congress and incumbent Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who is in his first term, is expected to seek reelection in 2023.
Abdul-Lateef made his governorship declaration during the inauguration of “Iyepe 2023 We Fit Do Am” project, a movement meant to create political awareness among Lagosians, News Agency of Nigeria reports.
He said, “There is apathy in the county; not so many people are involved in voting these days. It has been going down in Lagos State.

“Out of about 24 million people in Lagos State, during the last voting exercise, we witnessed less than 1.5 million voters.

“You can see that there is gradual level of disinterestedness by the populace. So we have started this movement to raise political awareness to encourage people to have hope that we can have transformation.

“By the time we encourage more people to participate in politics, we believe that things will change for the better by the grace of God,” he said.
According to him, “Iyepe” is a symbol of unity which reminds us that we are all from Adam who was created from sand.

“A leader who bears Iyepe will bring about unity among the people.”
He urged Lagos residents to believe that nothing was impossible, adding that the time had come when votes would begin to count so as to bring into the leadership competent and committed people.

Abdul-Lateef, who was yet to name his party of choice to contest the governorship election, said that he was optimistic that Lagos residents would support him when the time comes.
He, however, commended the leadership role of All Progressives Congress National Leader, Bola Tinubu, for working towards leading Lagos State to the promise land.

He also commended the efforts of the past governors of Lagos as well as that of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for their tremendous leadership role in the state.

Also speaking, Ishaq Akintola, Director, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), described Mr Abdul-Lateef as an “uncommon politician” and expressed support for his ambition to be Governor of Lagos State, come 2023.

“We are here to celebrate a symbol of humility, a democrat and a politician who is coming out openly and declaring his ambition to become the next Governor of Lagos State.

“We are here because we support this aspiration and know it is in the course of justice; it is fair call, it is belated, he was to become deputy governor eight years ago.

“We believe that 2023 to 2027 dispensation belongs to the Muslims and this slot must not be wasted,” Akintola said.

He described Abdul-Hakeem as a consistent politician and a spiritual leader, adding that his combination of the two attributes would transform Lagos State


Ondo gov poll: Tribunal dismisses Jegede petition



The Ondo Election Petitions Tribunal in Akure on Tuesday threw out the petition challenging the victory of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in last year’s governorship election for want of jurisdiction.

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Eyitayo Jegede, had filed the petition seeking to be declared winner of the election on the grounds that Governor Akeredolu was not properly nominated by the All Progressives Congress.

Justice Abubakar Umar, who delivered the judgment, said Jegede had no justification to interfere in the internal affairs of the APC.

He said, “Issue raised therein in this petition are settled issue of internal affairs and Management of a political party which this Tribunal has no Jurisdiction.”

He dismissed the petition for lacking in merit.

The tribunal declared Akeredolu and his Deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, as duly elected in the October 10 governorship election.

Governor Akeredolu hailed Ondo residents for the confidence reposed in his administration and urged Jegede to join him in developing the state, saying there was no need for further litigation.

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Why northern governors opposed Jonathan’s second term bid – Babangida Aliyu



Former governor of Niger State, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has said northern governors rose against former President Goodluck Jonathan’s second term bid in 2015 because of the perceived threat of his victory to the North.

Aliyu said in Minna on Friday that the northern governors felt at the time that their part of the country stood in a disadvantaged position and would be shortchanged should Jonathan win a re-election.

He claimed that Jonathan had earlier reached an agreement with the north to complete what was left of the tenure of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua and then run for only one term.

He said the ex-president’s insistence on going for another term in 2015 was against the agreement he had with the northern governors.

“Following the sudden passage of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua on May 5, 2010, the leadership of the then governing Peoples Democratic Party along with the state governors under the flagship of the party had series of meetings on the presidency and the future of our great party,” he said.

The ex-governor also said, “All the governors in the North under the PDP supported the then Vice President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to complete the remaining years of Yar’Adua’s tenure and to contest the next presidential election as a sole candidate of our great party.

“However, midway, President Goodluck Jonathan insisted to run for the office in 2015 against the grain of our earlier agreement.

“Since this was against the grain of our earlier agreement in the party, and which we the governors in the north felt the North would have been shortchanged if Jonathan had succeeded, we rose stoutly to insist on the agreement we all had.

“On that premise, we opposed Jonathan. But all along, Goodluck Jonathan had enjoyed every support from the governors in the north and the entire region.”

The former governor said it was wrong for anyone to say that he opposed Goodluck Jonathan.

He added that as the chairman of the Northern Governors Forum then, it was his responsibility to tell the people about the stand of the governors.

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Makinde’s candidate, Arapaja, emerges PDP South-West chairman



Former Oyo State Deputy Governor, Taofeek Arapaja, has been declared the South-West chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He was pronounced winner of the hotly contested poll by chairman of the region’s congress and Benue Deputy Governor, Benson Abounu.

Arapaja, backed by Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, polled 343 votes to defeat Dr Eddy Olafeso, who scored 330.

Olafeso is of the camp of former Ekiti Governor Ago Fayose.

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