Tunde Balogun Elected Lagos APC Chairman

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The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has elected Mr Tunde Balogun as its new chairman.

Similarly, 45 other candidates were voted into the elective offices of the party on Saturday at the APC State Congress which took place in Alausa, Ikeja.

APC delegates in the state elected the officers by means of voice voting and affirmation of the candidates.

The congress was conducted by a committee led by the lawmaker representing Anambra Central district at the National Assembly, Senator Uche Ekwunife.

It had in attendance, Governor Akinwumi Ambode and his deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule, as well as APC stakeholders in the state.

The APC National Leader, former Governor Bola Tinubu, and the Minister for Works, Power and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, were absent at the event.

2015 Lagos Gov Prophecy: PDP Admonishes APC, Chides Osinbajo’s Strategy

pdp and apcpdp and apcPDPThe Lagos State Chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has berated the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC)  for disparaging a Christian cleric and man of God, Primate Olabayo who recently prophesied amongst others that the PDP would win Lagos State Governorship election in 2015.

The PDP described the sacrilege attack on the Man of God as an attack on all Men of God of the christian Faith and which must be condemned by all adherents of the Faith.

It was of the opinion that the outburst was a sample of the peak of hostility the Lagos APC could go especially against any individual, group or interest they perceive as pro PDP.

The Lagos APC had described the Man of God as a false prophet seeking for attention and who must not be regarded. “A clear show of disgust for divinity”.

The PDP wonders whether the same recommendation would have been made of the prophet if he had prophesied in favor of the APC.

It particularly demanded a public apology to all prophets and advised the APC to seek God’s forgiveness to overcome worse tribulations at the 2015 elections.

In another vein, the Lagos State PDP had rebuked the Vice Presidential candidate of the APC, Yemi Osinbajo, for what it termed sudden change of lifestyle in other to deceive electorates to support his party. According to the PDP “Yemi Osibajo belongs to the bourgeoisie and elitist family.

“He is never known to be a grassroots person. He never participated nor supported any protest for the masses. As Attorney General of Lagos State for eight years, he advised the governor on many oppressive and obnoxious laws.

“He turned his back against the suffering masses as a result of such draconian laws. He aided the criminal conversion of Lagos Property by the former governor.

“Now, suddenly he goes into BRT buses to pretend to be a common man. This is indeed an attempt to score cheap political point. Lagosians definitely know their oppressors. He has started a fake lifestyle which is not expected of a supposed pastor”.

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.

Tinubu Accuses INEC Of Colluding With Presidency To Rig Lagos

TinubuThe National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Saturday condemned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the shoddy manner it is handling the distribution of Permanent Voters Cards in Lagos State, describing it as a ploy to rig the forthcoming 2015 election in collusion with the Presidency.

Asiwaju Tinubu, who spoke at a Press Conference alongside State leaders of the party at the State Secretariat of the APC at Acme Road, Ogba, urged registered voters to be vigilant as the development unfolds.

He affirmed that the exercise, which is in its second day, had failed because in many of the Wards of the 11 Local Governments, people are not locating their names while in some instances names of residents in a particular local governments have been swapped with that of another council.

Tinubu wondered why INEC could not get the process right in almost four years after it organized the last general elections maintaining that the de-listing of several eligible voters, the hitches and the seeming failures were deliberate plans to pave way for the rigging of the election in favour of the opposition party in Lagos.

The former Governor who was flanked by the Chairman of APC in Lagos State, Henry Ajomale and other members of the party in Lagos said,”This Permanent Voters Collection exercise has failed and it is not acceptable. We will consider it as a rigging exercise being practiced. INEC has colluded with the Presidency, the opposing party to rig this election from the database to the end.

“For four years you are unable to provide the Permanent Voters Card for those who are already in the record, and you are at this last minute, few months to the election still not ready with the voters cards in these 20 local government areas, you have not published the figures of those who were left out of the system as a result of one fault or the other and no disclosures on them.

“You have not been able to rectify the anomalies and irregularities that might have been involved. You have not been able by now to even start the exercise for those who are 18 years and above that should be captured and be given the right to vote. If you have four years for this exercise and four to five months to this election you are still giving excuse, you have failed,” he said.

Tinubu, who queried the decision of INEC to reduce the number of registered voters in Lagos from over 6million to 4.8 million challenged the electoral body to publish the names of all those who allegedly took part in multiple registration, adding that the electoral umpire has no powers to disqualify anybody on the basis that he registered twice, saying it is only the court of law that can make pronouncements on that.

According to him, “INEC must publish the names of close to 2 million voters excluded from the voters list, INEC is not the court of law, and you cannot exclude Nigerians from exercising their franchise. You cannot automatically without the court of law pronouncing it, disqualify them. If you fail to publish it and give reasons, you are also violating their constitutional rights.”

The APC national leader described the exercise as a colossal failure adding that it has eroded his confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be able to midwife a successful 2015 elections.

He said that the State chapter of the party would report the deliberate inadequacies of INEC to the national body of the party and may resort to several actions to protest the deliberate attempt to disenfranchise eligible voters in the state if the need arises and set the stage for manipulation of the polls.

While reading the position of the party, the APC Publicity Secretary Lagos State, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, said, “INEC has failed in the ongoing distribution of Permanent Voter Card (PVC) and that poling units whose registered voters have been reduced to zero are on the increase with the number now as high 1,801.

“The question INEC needs to answer is how did all these names get wiped down to zero? It boggles the mind that in a densely populated and politically active state such as Lagos, there can be so many units with no registered voters at all,” Mr Igbokwe stressed.

The State chapter of the party asked to know why INEC could not stop the exercise until it is ready to conduct the distribution in all the 20 Local Government Areas, stating that it suspects that INEC was working with the ruling party to deliberately bungle the exercise in order to favour the opposition party in the state.

Mr Joe Igbokwe said that the PVC for the 11 Local Governments Areas being distributed was below 20 percent of the total registered voters in Lagos State.

Also speaking on observations made from field reports, the State Chairman of the Party said that in many wards of the 11 Local Governments, the cards distribution has not started and that the names of residents of a particular local government area were taken to different Local Government areas.

Also present at the briefing were the Vice Chairman, Funsho Ologunde, State Women leader of the party, Mrs Kemi Nelson and Murphy Adetoro.