Fashola Meets APC Governorship Primaries Contestants, Urges Support For Ambode

FasholaThe Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has commended the conduct of the All Progressives Congress (APC) members who contested the governorship primaries of the party in the state.

Mr Fashola gave the commendation on Friday when he hosted a meeting of the governorship aspirants.

The Governor, who spoke at the Lagos House, Ikeja, urged the aspirants to rally round the party’s flag bearer, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode for the campaigns ahead.

He noted that there was a need to build the team for the Governorship candidate.

“The candidate has to get on the road from yesterday. And nothing would be more enabling and more intimidating for the opposition than to see all the aspirants together with the winner,” he said.

Fashola noted that it was a matter of managing time, stressing that once or twice; the aspirants should find the time so that they can give the flag bearer the needed push to go forward with the campaigns.

He congratulated the candidates for making Lagos proud with the way they conducted themselves during the Lagos APC primaries adding that it served as push for the bigger convention of the APC at the national level which also turned out to be a success.

He stressed that many of the Presidential candidates borrowed a leaf from the way the Lagos aspirants conducted themselves, adding that he was yet to learn from any state where there were as many as 13 contestants in a delegates election in the current dispensation where there were no bickering.

Governor Fashola said that all of them embodied the spirit of excellence.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Henry Ajomale, thanked the aspirants for the spirit of sportsmanship that they displayed during and after the primaries.

He said that since the process had been concluded, what was left was for everyone to rally round the flagbearer, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, to ensure the success of the party at the 2015 Governorship polls.

Those in attendance at the meeting include the APC flag bearer, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode; his Deputy and Secretary to the State Government, Dr (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule; Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr Obafemi Hamzat; former Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr Tola Kasali; Senator representing Lagos West, Senator Ganiyu Solomon; former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Supo Sasore; Mrs Adetokunbo Tobun-Agbesanwa, Mr Abayomi Sutton and Mr Lanre Ope.

Jimi Agbaje Wins Lagos PDP Governorship Primaries

Jimi AgbajeMr Jimi Agbaje has won the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, defeating a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.

The result was announced at about 11:20pm local time on Monday.

While counting was going on, there was an uproar, as some persons tried to grab the ballot box, Channels Television’s political correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye reported.

It is one of the last results that were released in the governorship primary elections held across Nigeria.

Mr Agbaje’s victory came after there were reported discrepancies between the number of delegates and the number of ballots counted.

While 806 delegates were recorded, 863 ballots were counted at the end of the election, a development that caused a disagreement.

Mr Jimi Agbaje is a pharmacist by training from the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

He served in many health management capacities in his early years as a pharmacist in Lagos State, and is the Managing Director of Jaykay Pharmaceutical & Chemical Company Ltd.

Ambode Emerges Lagos APC Governorship Candidate

AmbodeMr Akinwunmi Ambode, has won the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship primaries in Lagos State.

The Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and Public Administrator, Mr. Ambode clinched 3,735 votes to beat 11 other aspirants to win the APC ticket.

The election, which ended in the early hours of Friday, saw Ambode defeating other candidates; Supo Shashore, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Tola Kasali, Obafemi Hamzat, Ganiyu Solomon, Lanre Ope, Tokunbo Wahab, Adekunle Disu, Abayomi Sutton, Tokunbo Agbesanwa and Leke Pitan.

Governorship candidates have also emerged for the All Progressives Congress, APC, across the country as the opposition party gears up to contest for the 2015 election.

Some of those who picked their party’s ticket in other states are the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto State), a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna State); and second-term-seeking governors, Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun State), Abdulfattah Ahmed (Kwara State) and Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo State).

Elsewhere, Mr. Dakuku Peterside picked the Rivers State APC ticket; Olorogun O’tega Emerhor won in Delta State, Okey Ezea in Enugu and Mr Umana Umana in Akwa Ibom State.

Senate Cancels Meeting With Oduah

The Senate has rescinded its earlier resolution to invite the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, to brief lawmakers at plenary on the state of the aviation sector and the high number of plane crashes and aviation incidents in the country.               

The minister of aviation was supposed to appear before the senate at plenary on Thursday, to explain the reason behind the series of air mishaps in the country.

The senate minority leader, Ganiyu Solomon, said lawmakers had reached a unanimous decision at an executive session last week to rescind the senate resolution to invite the minister.

The minister of aviation will now appear before the senate committee on aviation instead.

Senator Queries Use Of Military Training Aircraft By Politicians

A Senator, Olubunmi Adetumbi (ACN Ekiti) on Tuesday condemned the use of a military training helicopter by civilians during the burial of the father of a presidential adviser, Oronto Douglas.

Speaking during a debate on the urgent need to investigate the recent helicopter crash in Bayelsa, Senator Adetumbi said the death of the former Kaduna State Governor, Patrick Yakowa, former National Security Adviser Andrew Azazi and others was as a result of the failure of the system to address the issue of corruption.

According to him, the crashed helicopter is called a military training helicopter, but it is obviously not being used for military training on that day.

He said that pertinent questions, such as who authorised the use of the helicopter for civilian purposes must be asked and answers given.
“Who gave the order for the chopper to be used? What is the purpose of private charter helicopter? Why was a private chopper not hired? Is it what the Navy appropriation is being used for?” Senator Adetumbi asked.

He called on the National Assembly to do more than paying tribute to the deceased and observing one minute silence in their honour, but to take action to forestall future occurrences.

Other lawmakers who contributed to the debate condemned what they described as the resurgence of air mishaps in the country calling on the government to publish all previous reports of investigative panels into air crashes in the Nigeria.

Chris Anyanwu (APGA – Imo) said that in 2007 and 2011, there had been two crashes of similar Augusta helicopters owned by the navy. She expressed concerns over the seeming recurrence of air mishaps not just in civil aviation, but also in the Nigerian Military in spite of public outcry.

“Between March and October 2011, there were three reported cases of air mishaps by the Air force at different locations in the country and the causes of these crashes remain unknown. On March 21, 2011, one F7-NI fighter jet belonging to the Nigerian Air Force that was on a routine training programme crashed in Kano, killing the flight instructor.

“The fighter jet, which was reported to have come from Makurdi for a two week training exercise was delivered to the Air force by the manufacturers in China only a few days before the incident,” she said.

According to her, it is worrisome that the resurgence of air mishaps in the country is suggestive of a deep seated systems problem which must be unearthed and resolved.

Contributing to the debate, Heineken Lokpobiri (PDP-Bayelsa) urged the committee to ensure that its investigation was devoid of bias and should not be politicised.

“We should use this crash to stop others from occurring because this has become embarrassing, so the committee’s investigation must be total,’’ he said.

Danjuma Goje (PDP-Gombe) also advised the committee to make the investigation open and transparent. Goje said he was in support of the position of the Governors Forum that foreign experts should be involved in the investigation.

Ganiyu Solomon (ACN Lagos) also said that there had been several crashes and investigations followed, but the reports had never seen the light of the day.

He was of the view that the Senate committees on Navy, Air force and Aviation mandated to investigate the frequency of these mishaps should go as far as visiting the manufacturers of these planes to ascertain their air worthiness.

He expressed concerns that if military planes were crashing frequently, it was an indication that the military was not prepared for military action should the need arise.

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary said that more than 50,000 Nigerians had died in the last two years since the ugly trend of terrorism reared its head.

He however, called on the regulatory agencies in the aviation sector to ensure the airworthiness of every plane that took off and landed in the country.

The deputy senate president also noted the need for the Senate to buckle up and tackle the problem once and for all.

The Senate set up two committees to pay condolence visits to all the victims of the air crash and observed a minute silence in their honour.