Lagos Assembly Summons Ambode For A Second Time

A file photo of former Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

 

The Lagos state house of assembly has summoned Akinwunmi Ambode, former governor of the state, a second time to account for some transactions carried out by his administration. 

This second summon comes two weeks after the Assembly had asked the former governor to appear before it, an invitation which Ambode did not honour.

According to the notice of summon as published in national dallies, the Assembly asked Ambode appear before the House as to clear the air regarding certain financial dealings during his administration.

The former governor is to answer five major questions including, “(1) Unauthorised discounting of promissory note; (2) Purchase of 820 buses by his administration without due authorisation; (3) Misappropriation of Special Expenditure Funds; (4) Improper implementation of the Appropriation Law; and (5) Non-adherence to the Financial Regulations of the state”.

He is to furnish the Assembly with 15 copies each of all relevant document(s) relating to the issues raised through the Office of the Clerk of the House on or before Tuesday, October 29, 2019.

Lagos State Governor, Ambode Turns 55

Lagos State Governor Akinwumi Ambode on Thursday, June 14, turned 55.

In celebration of the governor’s birthday, his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna has listed some of the achievements of the governor.

Aruna in a statement on Thursday described Governor Ambode as a hardworking leader, whose efforts are evident for all to see.

“Hard work doesn’t kill; it yields life that history acknowledges ultimately. That is the enviable story of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State as he marks his 55th birthday today.

“The point has long been established that Ambode is a man who does not sleep, in a literal sense, until he has touched every citizen’s life. He packs a thousand and one activities into the 24-hour schedule he has at his disposal in a day,” he said.

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The governor’s media aide also added that through the efforts of the governor, Lagos State has remained investors’ destination, tourism hub and a home of construction projects.

“It is in addition Africa’s fifth largest economy. Demographers also say without disputation that Lagos is Nigeria’s most populated state, surpassing the figures for a couple of some African countries put together. In recent times it has begun to wear a new look with state of the art road network and city intersections and terminals that transport you to scenes in Europe and oil-rich Gulf states,” he added.

Under the watch of Ambode, Aruna said Lagos development has been in the continuum. Among many other achievements, Ambode, according to the aide displayed rare courage and compassion by approving a hefty N11billion to be paid as a backlog of arrears to retirees few weeks after coming to office.

He also gave some statistics on the success recorded by Governor Ambode in his first year in office.

“In his first year in office, the governor initiated and successfully completed more than 40 impactful projects, including injection of 434 new BRT buses for Ikorodu corridor, fortification of security in Lagos with a whopping N4.7billion equipment for the Police and subsequently up to N7billion, employment of 1300 teachers to revive primary education, setting up of N25billion Employment Trust Fund, massive road rehabilitation and reconstruction in inner Lagos, approval for development of N49billion medical park in Ikoyi, provision of 20 mobile care unit ambulances and 26 transport ambulances, building of  flyover bridges for Ajah and Abule-Egba areas, rebranding of One Lagos Fiesta to boost tourism and entertainment, creating enabling environment for foreign direct investment etc.”

He also pointed out that the governor enjoys celebrating his birthday with the less privileged including “the vulnerable, children of the poor or the special class of the handicapped as he has done in nearly three years as the governor.”

National Unity: Ambode Praises Osinbajo’s Efforts

National Unity: Ambode Praises Osinbajo's EffortsLagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has commended the steps taken so far by the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to quell tensions generated by agitation from some ethnic nationalities seeking to break away from Nigeria.

Speaking on Friday at the Government House in Ikeja, Governor Ambode stressed that the unity of the country should be of paramount importance to all.

He said the state government would continue to support every effort made to keep the unity of the country, especially by maintaining peace and accommodating all.

“We are happy that we allow people from other tribes to live with us and we are ready to do everything to support the Acting President and the Federal Government in general that every effort they make, we will ensure that Lagos remains peaceful and then Nigeria remains peaceful,” the governor said.

He also emphasised the importance peaceful co-existence in Nigeria, saying it was essential for every segment of the country to promote the unity of the nation.

VIDEO: 13th Edition of The Sun Awards Holds In Lagos

sunIt was an evening of glamour, colour, and fun to recognise and reward excellence and hardwork in various fields of endeavour.

The Sun Awards, since inception in 2003, has been tailored to honour distinguished personalities who excel in their chosen fields.

The 13th edition held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos. The Chairman and Publisher of The Sun Newspapers, Mr Orji Uzor Kalu, declared the event open with his welcome address.

Some of the important personalities at the event include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano and his wife; Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode; former Lagos Governor and APC leader, Bola Tinubu and his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

A total of 19 personalities were honoured at the 2016 edition of the Sun Awards.

 

Lagos PDP Raises Alarm, Alleges APC Plans To Rig Election

Lagos PDPThe Lagos State chapter of PDP has raised an alarm that the APC has devised plans to rig the Lagos governorship election and even resort to violence if not declared winner of the election.

According to the Lagos PDP Spokesman, Taofik Gani, the party’s intelligence report revealed that the APC has recruited thugs and some persons to impersonate youth corpers, security agents and INEC staff in order to manipulate the elections in favour of the APC.

“These persons will wear the uniforms of youth corpers, various security agents and be present as INEC electoral officers.

“The APC has concluded plans to deploy these impersonators to identified polling units where the official INEC officers, security agents and youth corpers will be compromised to concede their functions.

“Some official officers for the elections will not even appear at their units to allow the impersonators function as electoral officers,” he said.

The Lagos PDP has called on INEC, security agencies and the NYSC to paste the names of the officers for each polling unit at the said polling units to prevent the planned impersonation.

“As a party, we have trained our agents to be vigilant and any manipulation at polling units or at any stage of the process shall be repelled.”

The party has also announced the declaration of support by 13 political parties and other groups.

“In the last four days, we have received 13 political parties and many groups who have pledged their supports for PDP in the coming elections. Of significance is the declaration of support by the Lovers of Raji Fashola (LORAF),” Mr Gani added.

AD Presidential Candidate Says Oba Akiolu’s Comment Is A Joke

Rilwan Akiolu perish in the lagoonThe Alliance for Democracy (AD) has described recent threats made by the Oba of Lagos to Igbos in Lagos as a mere joke and should not be taken seriously.

Presidential candidate and National Chairman of the party, Rafiu Salawu underlined that no one irrespective of tribe or religion can be coerced into voting for a candidate of any party.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja, the AD presidential candidate said that Igbos have a right to contest without fear, expressing optimism that the new dispensation of government has come to seal the true meaning of democracy in the country and the leadership of the party has vowed to stand by it.

The Oba of Lagos made a comment that has been described as a threat to Igbos living in Lagos, to vote for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, or else they will die in the lagoon.

However, the royal father, who in a statement tried to clear the air on the issue, restated his commitment to ensuring the peaceful coexistence of all residents of Lagos State irrespective of tribe, religion or political persuasion.

Oba of Lagos Clarifies Allegations Of Threat To Igbos

Oba of LagosThe Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, has clarified statements of threat credited to him against the Igbos living in Lagos.

In a statement by the Opeluwa of Lagos, Chief Lateef Aderibigbe Ajose, the Oba of Lagos explained the context in which he made the statements, restating his commitment to ensuring the peaceful coexistence of all Lagosians irrespective of tribe, religion or political persuasion.

There have been reports in the media that Igbo leaders in Lagos paid the Oba a visit on Sunday April 5 and during the meeting they were told to vote for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Akinwumi Ambode, or else they will die in the lagoon.

He was alleged to have been angered by the votes garnered in Lagos by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), President Goodluck Jonathan, which is believed to have been from the Igbo community.

Full Text of the Statement:

The Palace Makes Further Clarification On The Statement By The Oba Of Lagos

‎My attention has been drawn to a publication in a national newspaper, where HRM Oba Rilwanu Akiolu was alleged to have threatened Igbos in Lagos to make them vote for Ambode.

Last Sunday, all honorary Eze Ndigbos in Lagos paid a courtesy call to HRM Oba Akiolu. At the meeting the visitors praised the Oba for his fatherly support for and cooperation with Igbos in Lagos. They assured him of their continued good neighbourliness with other tribes in Lagos and support everything that will further strengthen that harmony.

Oba Akiolu on his part acknowledged the enviable performance of Governor Fashola and his contribution to the growth of investments in Lagos. He gave the assurance that he was not disturbed or angry with South-East and South- South votes for President Jonathan as perceived by the Eze Ndigbos. The Oba thereafter called on the Igbo chiefs to show appreciation to Lagos State by supporting his candidate Mr Ambode for continuity of excellence, as they have earlier promised.

He assured them of his continued support‎ and assistance where needed and the meeting ended with the traditional breaking of kola nuts, alligator pepper, and bitter kola and pouring of liberation on the ground. It was within this context that the tradition of Lagos with regard to the lagoon came up. It was noted that ‘whoever works against the throne and the interest and peaceful co-existence of Lagos would end up in the lagoon as per tradition’.

Oba Akiolu stated further that the Igbo people have not betrayed the throne. Lagos has also not betrayed the Igbo people. Lagos has done so much to make the Igbos comfortable and to prosper. For this, we expect reciprocal respect and understanding. The Oba of Lagos prays that the Lagoon and the throne will continue to bless and protect all those who reside and visit Lagos.

Oba Akiolu is the father of all irrespective of tribe, religion or political persuasion. In Lagos, we have an old traditional proverb that relates to the Lagoon. The Lagoon is unique to Lagos. The proverb stresses the need for unity and understanding when you do business in an environment and in this case when you live and do business in Lagos.

Oba Akiolu prays for peace for the land of Lagos and prosperity for all its inhabitants.

Signed: Chief Lateef Aderibigbe Ajose, Opeluwa of Lagos

TAN Denies Supporting Ambode

TANThe Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, has denied news making the rounds that their Coordinator, Ifeanyi Ubah, is to lead a delegation of Igbo leaders to the palace of the Oba of Lagos in solidarity with the APC governorship candidate, Akinwumi Ambode.

Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah said that it was malicious and uncharitable to link him with such moves knowing his support for the PDP.

He added that the PDP has given its members in Lagos the opportunity to be legislators at the federal level and so it wasn’t time to dump the party.

The Coordinator of TAN and six newly elected House of Representatives members in Lagos, just barely a week after they got their mandate, called a press conference, to address the issues bothering them.

They said that they were being taunted for supporting the PDP.

“I was inundated with calls and text messages that I am leading some Igbo leaders to His Majesty’s palace – Oba of Lagos, to endorse Ambode Akinwumi.

“I want to state categorically that this is untrue. I Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah or management of TAN have not endorsed Akinwumi as at today, 5th of April 2015,” Mr Ubah said.

TAN held a mega rally just days before the presidential election, where they demonstrated their support for the PDP but there have been questions regarding their loyalty after the APC won the presidential election.

Mr Ubah exlained: “I want to state that I have been threatened. My family and my business have been threatened.

“While considering that I have no skeleton in my cupboard and I have no regrets for the role and the support I have given to Dr Ebele Goodluck, I want to make it clear that I have reported these threats to the appropriate authorities and to international communities and agencies for record purposes and necessary action.

“It is my wish that all politicians will emulate the statesmanship act displayed by Mr President during the just-concluded presidential election.”

In a few days, the governorship elections would hold across the states of the federation. This is an event touted to produce many surprises but the TAN Coordinator says they are PDP in spirit, soul and body, at least for now.

10 Lagos Governorship Candidates Step Down For APC’s Ambode

AmbodeAs the race for the governorship seat gets intense, ten candidates in Lagos State have withdrawn from the contest.

The ten governorship candidates also declared support for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Akinwumi Ambode, in the presence of their party Chairmen.

According to them, this action is to allow progress and stability of governance in the state.

The candidates had a joint press conference on Friday, where they said they have decided to join hands with Mr. Ambode to give Lagos a deserving government.Ambode

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and three other political parties were not part of this coalition.

As the first stage of the postponed 2015 general elections in Nigeria has been conducted, the electoral body is set for the final stage which will hold on April 11.

The ten candidate who withdrew from the governorship race are:

Adeshina Buruji – Accord Party
Obadia Akinola – Independent Democrats
Ishola Aregbesola – Action Alliance
Babatunde Sarumi – Allied Congress Party of Nigeria
Abiodun Oyegunle – African People’s Alliance
Victor Adeniji – KOWA Party
Adeshina Olayokun – All Progressives Grand Alliance
Sesan Olatunde – New Nigeria’s People Party
Sylvester Eze – the Citizens Popular Party
Pauline Ojochide – Progressives People’s Alliance

Give Account Of 136bn Naira SURE-P Largesse, PDP Tells Fashola

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The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the State Governor to account for over 136 billion Naira SURE-P largesse allocated to Lagos State.

The party claims the money was collected by the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola.

In a statement issued by the Lagos State PDP spokesman, Taofik Gani, the party noted that the amount was enough to build at least 100,000 low cost accommodation and adequate hostels on all the state’s tertiary campuses.

“In spite of the huge state internally generated revenue (IGR) and the over 136 billion Naira SURE-P largesse over the years, Lagos residents are still lacking many ordinary social services.

“Where they are available, Lagosians (Lagos residents) pay exorbitant to enjoy such,” the party stated.

According to the statement: “even the APC governorship Candidate’s campaign jingles, posters and other messages are clear vote of no confidence in the services rendered by Governor Fashola.

“This is because Mr Ambode has himself declared emergency in virtually all the sectors of governance in the state by proposing trust and emergency funds in the sectors.”

The Akinwunmi Ambode is the Lagos State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The PPD re-emphasised its confidence in defeating the APC in the coming general elections.

“We are good to go and defeat APC in the coming elections. Fashola was able to cajole Lagos residents for some years with pseudo and momentary projects, while neglecting areas of governance that affect the masses most,” the party said.

The PDP, describing the Governor as a mediocre in governance, said it would capitalise on the flaws of Governor Fashola’s administration to defeat of the APC in the state.

 

Lagos APC Begins Statewide Campaign

APC_Rally_in_LagosThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State has begun its state-wide campaign, urging all registered voters to vote for the party.

Party leaders including the APC Lagos State governorship candidate, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, will be going round the various local government areas in the state to woo voters.

Mr Ambode had promised to build on the achievements of his predecessors by running a transparent government.

At a really held in Ikorodu area of the State on Saturday, he told supporters that the party would make life more comfortable for the residents of Lagos State.

“We are going to improve on the roads in Ikorodu and other communities. we will take care of all our women and youths. We will create more jobs,” he said.

The incumbent governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, assured the supporters that Mr Ambode would show the same commitment to service as shown by his administration.

He said that Mr Ambode had managed the state’s finance efficiently when the state was not receiving its allocations from the Federal Government.

The campaign is the build up to the governorship election in the state that has APC’S Ambode and Mr Jimi Agbaje of the Peoples Democratic Party as the major contenders.