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

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“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.

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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

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JUST IN: 3 House of Reps members dump APC for PDP, meet Atiku [PHOTOS]

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Three members of the House of Representatives have dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

POLITICS NIGERIA gathered that the defectors also met with the 2023 Presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, who officially welcomed them into the party on Sunday.

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The reps members are; Hon Ahmed Dayyabu Safana (Member Representing Safana/Danmusa/Batsari), Hon Hamza Dalhat Batagarawa (Member Representing Batagarawa/Rimi/Charanchi), and Hon Salisu Iro Isansi (Member Representing Katsina Federal Constituency).

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Viral Video: My campaign bus was hijacked by APC thugs- Jandor

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Olajide Adediran, popularly known as Jandor

The PDP Governorship Candidate in Lagos, Abdul-Azeez Adediran (Jandor), has claimed that the PDP campaign bus seen in a viral video where some hoodlums shot in residential areas of Surulere was hijacked by thugs.
He sated this on Sunday while explaining that his campaign tour has come under heavy attacks in the state.
He appealed to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Usman Baba, to take measures to check incessant attacks on his campaign trains.
Adediran also called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to intervene in the attacks.
Adediran’s campaign train had been attacked by political thugs in Badagry, Ikorodu, Agege, Kosofe and Surulere, leaving some of his followers wounded and vehicles smashed.
It was also reported that the attack on Friday in Surulere was the third attack in succession where suspected hoodlums were said to have fired guns and destroyed some of the campaign vehicles in Adediran’s convoy.
Clearing issues around various attacks, Adediran noted that his change of campaign strategies by going to the people through his ward tours to sell himself to them had exposed him and his followers to huge threats and harassment from political thugs.

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“I have constitutional backing to go everywhere to campaign for this election.
“Many of the people attacked are here because these attacks are not about me but the people, hence the account we are giving now.
“At Surulere, the moment I stepped out of the mosque, these boys came and began to shout “where is Jandor?”, and started to shoot everywhere. I quickly entered my car and we drove away.
“The thugs hijacked one of our cars. Before we knew it, all our campaign vehicles were damaged and the party secretariat was also damaged.
“We still want the IGP to take these happenings in Lagos State very seriously. Police should please live up to its constitutional responsibility of protecting our lives and property,” he said.
Adediran, who noted that his team had severally reported all the attacks to the police, said that there were video clips and pictures of the attacks.
He lamented that in most of the places, political thugs were also in the habit of harassing and dispersing people waiting to receive him.
Adediran explained that his running mate, Ms Funke Akindele, was also chased out of the Fruit Market in Kosofe by thugs while some others mounted a road block against his passage in the same council and resorted to hurling stones and bottles at him.
“We will go out there and continue with our campaign. We don’t want anybody to harass us, we don’t want to be intimidated.
“I have been speaking to the people, interacting with artisans, professional and religious groups as well as various associations and stakeholders.
“We were attacked in Badagry, Agege, Kosofe and Surulere in Lagos.
“All these happened in Lagos. Our expectation was that the Chief Security Officer of the state would have addressed the people of Lagos and condemned the attacks in its entirety. But nothing of such happened.

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“We believe that they (the ruling party) actually want to use that to scare us away from embarking in the ward-to-ward tour. We will forge ahead,” he said.
Urging no one to twist the story, Adediran said that his followers could not have attacked the people he wanted to sell his manifestoes to, as was being alleged.
According to him, his team will not succumb to any threat from anywhere but will got out and engage the people at the grassroots, telling them what he would do differently if elected.
Adediran said that political actors should not resort to violence but allow the people of the state to select their leaders.
Stressing that the party had written an official petition to the IGP on the attacks, Adediran urged the police to do the needful.
Also speaking, Mrs. Aduke Akinde, a PDP leader at Iponri in Surulere, said that party members were preparing and waiting to receive Adediran and his team when masked political thugs drove in and destroyed the rented canopies and chairs on Thursday.
In her comment, Mrs Idowu Adeniyi (Iyalaya), a trader at fruit market in Kosofe, who is a PDP member, said that since the foiled attempt of Akindele to campaign in the market, the market authorities had not allowed them to enter their shops.
“Up till now, no opportunity to enter the market. We plead for help; we are being threatened since Tuesday. Our fruits, apples and bananas must be rotten now,” she said.
In his remarks, Pastor Philips Aivoji, the Lagos State Chairman of PDP, said that there were so many other attacks on PDP members in the state not reported in the media.
Aivoji, who noted that many PDP members in rural places were being threatened, said that election should not be a do-or-die affair.
“These cannot deter us. We will continue to forge ahead because we believe we are on the side of the people. We are not going to be intimidated,” he said.
Reacting to the alleged attacks in a statement on Saturday, Mr. Seye Oladejo, the Lagos APC Publicity Secretary, accused Adediran of unleashing terror on innocent residents in the course of his campaign in Surulere.
Oladejo condemned the resort to violence on the citizens of the state in the name of electioneering campaign.

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Sowore tackles Peter Obi for accepting donation from SS2 Student

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi has come under criticism for accepting money donations from an SS 2 student. This criticism is coming from the candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore.

Since the beginning of his campaign, Obi has asked Nigerians to support his plans to rescue Nigeria. A young secondary school girl by the name Chizzy Ebube Balogun heard this call and donated to Obi’s campaign.

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Peter Obi accepted the money and thanked her for investing in her future and those of her contemporaries and generations yet unborn.

Here is what Obi wrote on his Twitter handle, “My deep appreciation to Ms. Chizzy Ebube Balogun, a secondary school (SS2) student, for her small but most invaluable donation. God bless you and your generation.”

Reacting to this, Sowore tagged it a scam. In his tweet, he shared a similar event that happened during President Buhari’s campaign years ago.

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