Obaseki Condemns Attack On Akiolu, Others At Oshiomhole’s House

A file photo of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State speaking to reporters.

 

 

Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has condemned the attack on the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, the Chancellor of Edo State University, Dr Aderemi Makanjuola, and other guests at the residence of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.

He stated this during an interview with reporters on Saturday after he and the other dignitaries escaped an attack by suspected thugs at the residence of his predecessor.

Governor Obaseki took exception to the resort to violence, noting that it was shameful for such an attack to take place at the residence of the leader of the ruling party in the state and at the national level.

He described the attack as an unfortunate incident, saying, “It is very unfortunate that we can’t feel safe in the house of our National Chairman.”

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The governor added, “I am not sure that if I visit the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), they will attack me the way they did in the house of the APC National Chairman.

“It is unfortunate that things have degenerated to this extent but we will continue to pursue peace; we cannot afford to lose the gains of the last three years.

Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Akiolu As Oba Of Lagos

Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Akiolu As Oba Of Lagos
A file photo of Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu.

 

A Lagos High Court sitting in the Ikeja area has declared that Oba Rilwan Akiolu is the bona fide Oba of Lagos.

Justice Babajide Candide-Johnson made the declaration in a judgment that lasted about two hours on Friday.

He also dismissed the suit filed by two members of the Royal Family, Prince Adedoyin Adebiyi and Prince Rasheed Modile, who were challenging Akiolu’s installation as the Oba of Lagos.

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The court held that the duo did not prove their case against the traditional ruler.

In the suit, Adebiyi and Modile claimed that Akiolu was not entitled to the throne because he was not a member of a ruling royal family by not being a direct descendant of Oba Ado, the first Oba of Lagos.

According to the claimants, only members of the Ologun Kutere and Akinsemoyin ruling households were entitled to the throne.

They also alleged that proper customary rules and procedures were not followed when Akiolu was appointed as Oba in May 2003.

Others joined as respondents in the suit were the Governor of Lagos State, the Attorney-General of Lagos State, Prince Babatunde Akitoye, and Chief Junaid Eko.

Ambode, Oba Of Lagos, Others Attend 2018/2019 Legal Year Dinner

 

Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday attended the 2018/2019 Legal Year dinner.

The event which took place at the Lagos City Hall also had in attendance, the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Opeyemi Oke; Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Bode Rhodes Vivour; Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun.

Others in attendance were the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu (I) and the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi.

Former Chief Justice Calls For Power Decentralisation

Dahiru Musdapher, Chief Justice, DecentralisationA former chief justice of the federation, Justice Dahiru Musdapher has advocated the decentralization of some aspects of government, especially in the areas of resource management, saying that the current federal appropriation system has bred laziness across many states of the federation.

He made the call in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital while delivering a lecture titled ‘The Question of Nigeria’s Unity’ at the 75th birthday celebration of Chief Alani Bankole who is the father of a former speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole.

The former chief judge chronicled the many challenges facing the country and attempts by government towards resolving these challenges but regretted that despite all of the efforts, the country remains divided along ethnic, political and religious divides.

As if speaking on the current economic challenges facing the country, the former judge asked states of the federation to seek new and diverse avenues for economic transformation of their states.

He added that Nigerians must be brave in addressing the grievances and injustices committed on all sides that have pervaded the Nigerian society.

In his own contribution, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, was of the opinion that bad leadership remains the bane of Nigeria’s development.

He was, however, quick to also call for national cohesion and unity.

Also present at the event was the Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun; House of Reps Deputy Speaker, Lasun Yusuf; Prince Bola Ajibola; Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu and other traditional rulers.

Among other dignitaries were former governors of Ogun and Jigawa states, Olusegun Osoba and Sule Lamido, Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Onyeka Chukwu.

Lagos To Host President Buhari On Two-Day Working Visit

Muhammadu Buhari, LagosThe Lagos State Government will formally welcome President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, May 23, on a two-day working visit to the state.

It will be President Buhari’s first official visit to the state since he assumed office about a year ago.

A statement by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, stated that this is the first time in about 15 years, a sitting President would be visiting the state on a working visit.

Mr Ayorinde said that was a testimony to the landmark achievements of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in the last one year and the good working relationship between Lagos State and the Federal Government.

He added that the President during the visit, would formally commission the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Rescue Unit in Cappa Oshodi, built by the state government to ensure prompt and swift response to emergency situations in the state.

The Commissioner said President Buhari would thereafter, commission the newly constructed Ago Palace Way in Okota, Isolo after which he would pay homage to the Oba of Lagos, Oba Babatunde Rilwanu Aremu Akiolu.

He stated further that the President would later in the day be hosted to a reception rally by the state government at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) in Lagos, where he would also commission and hand over security equipment and vehicles contributed by the Governor Ambode led administration to securities agencies to beef up security in the state.

The statement added that activities for the first day of the President’s visit would be rounded up with a State Banquet in his honour at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island.

The President would on Tuesday, participate as the Special Guest of Honour at a breakfast session with Corporate Lagos to be hosted by Governor Ambode at the Lagos State House in Marina after which he would have a short session with the public service at the State House in Alausa-Ikeja.

The Commissioner quoted Governor Ambode as being joyous over this landmark presidential visit to Lagos State that contributed so much to his emergence as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He added that Lagosians (the state residents) were looking forward with excitement to receiving the President, just as he urged them to bear with law enforcement agents and traffic control authorities, who would effect road diversions in some of the routes that the President motorcade would pass through during the visit.

Oba Akiolu Threatens To Expose Buhari’s Enemies

fani-kayode -on Oba-of-lagos's statementThe paramount traditional ruler of Lagos State, His Royal Majesty, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, has threatened to list all those who worked against the success of General Muhammadu Buhari during the 2015 general elections.

Akiolu who spoke at the occasion to mark 2, 900 days of the Babatunde Fashola administration said he is not afraid of anybody and will not hesitate to do the needful when the time comes.

“A lot of things have been happening now. Some people have been telling Buhari all sorts of things. Awujale and I have decided to meet Buhari because Lagos and South West states must benefit from the Buhari administration.

“People, who are now telling Buhari all sorts of things, are sycophants. They did not want Buhari to emerge winner in the election. These people know themselves. When it gets to a stage, I will name them one after the other. I am not afraid of human beings”, he said.

EXCLUSIVE: “I Was Just Bitter”, Kunle Afolayan On His ‘Igbo’ Tweets

kunle afolayan4Social blogging site, twitter went haywire when actor and film maker, Kunle Afolayan let loose some tweets about piracy and the role Igbos play in it.

Kunle, whose recent movie, October 1 won several awards at the AMVCA 2015, disclosed to his over 40 thousand followers that pirates of Igbo extraction were threatening to release the film in the market.

Well, his words did not go down well with a lot of his fans and his colleagues in Nollywood. So in this exclusive interview with Entertainment News, we find out just what Kunle was thinking when he tweeted.

Lagos Will Benefit More Under APC – Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari Acceptance SpeechThe president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, says Lagos State has more to benefit under an All Progressives Congress (APC) administration than under any other party.

General Buhari was speaking in Lagos on Tuesday at a rally held at Coker, Surulere, where he asked the electorate in the state to vote for the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the governorship and state assembly elections on Saturday.

The president-elect thanked Lagos voters for choosing him in the presidential election, promising to look into the issue of the refund of the huge fund spent by the state government to maintain the federal infrastructure in the state.

At the rally, also attended by the National Chairman of the APC, Mr John Odigie-Oyegun, Governor Babatunde Fashola and his Rivers State counterpart, Mr Rotimi Amaechi among others, the APC national leader, Mr Bola Tinubu, warned against dragging traditional rulers into politics.

Referring to the controversial statement made by the traditional ruler of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, against Igbos resident in the city, Mr Tinubu explained that the Lagos State government had never discriminated against Igbo indigenes and other residents from other ethnic groups in the state.

He blamed the Coordinator of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, Mr Ifeanyi Ubah, for allegedly leading the delegation that visited the Oba of Lagos at his palace, where he made the controversial statement.

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 Does Not Speak For Us – APC

Oba of Lagos Rilwan Akiolu Perish in the waters LagoonThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nigeria has condemned the comments of the Oba of Lagos, which has been described as a threat to Igbos in Lagos, saying “the Oba does not speak for the APC”.

The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, had in a speech advised the Igbos in Lagos to vote for the governorship candidate he supports, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, stressing that anyone that goes against his wish will “perish in the water”, apparently referring to the Lagos Lagoon.

A day after, the comments went viral on the social media, attracting diverse comments.

The APC on Tuesday stressed that the party had not in any way engaged in hate speech, emphasising that “Lagos is a special state. It has accounted for its diversity in its cabinet. It has never been an issue till now”.

On its twitter handle the party said: “Bad is bad, irrespective of where it comes from. We highly condemn the comments made by the highly respected Oba of Lagos in strong terms.

“In the 16 years that the party has governed Lagos, we have never heard of ethnicity as we have had in this gubernatorial elections.

“Since 99, the Lagos State Government has appointed Commissioners from various parts of Nigeria. It understands diversity is a blessing”.

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.

 

PDP Lawmakers, Supporters Protest Fayose’s Impeachment Plot In Ekiti

FAYOSEReports say there has been a protest in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, against the House of Assembly’s plot to impeach the State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, over alleged constitutional breaches.

Heavy security has been put in place in strategic locations in Ado Ekiti, while entry routes have been blocked and taken over by security operatives.

The political drama in Ekiti State continues as the supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state were prevented by the Police from gaining access to the State House of Assembly.

The PDP supporters, led by the Deputy Governor and a former Speaker of the House Of Assembly who claimed to be on a campaign, were said to have moved to prevent the 19 lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from performing their legislative duties.

But the Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State Command, Taiwo Lakanu, said that his men intervened to prevent a breakdown of law and order.

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had condemned what the party calls an emerging height of political recklessness in the state.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a 13 paragraph statement asked Nigerians to stand against anti-democratic tendencies.

Mr Metuh said that he was worried about the impeachment plot against the Ekiti State Governor and called on the President-Elect, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, to intervene as leader of the party and call the APC to order.

 

Fani-Kayode Reacts To Statement By Oba Of Lagos

Fani-KayodeThe Director of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, has condemned the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu’s alleged threat to Igbos in Lagos.

Oba Akiolu was reported to have warned Igbo leaders living in Lagos that if they vote against the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, they would be in trouble.

In a meeting with Eze Ndigbos in Lagos, Oba Akiolu had warned,”if any of you goes against Ambode, whom I picked, that is your end”.

“If it does not happen within seven days, just know that I am a bastard and it is not my father who gave birth to me”.

Reacting to this warning, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode said that the Oba’s statement, demanding the Igbos to vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode or be ready to “perish inside the lagoon” is ominous and unacceptable.

In a statement released on Monday, Mr Fani-Kayode said that the threat is not one that would be swept under the carpet and warned against further intimidation of PDP members no matter their ethnic or religious background.

He added that, “we want peace and we want harmony in this country, but no one or group of people would be allowed to turn us or our supporters into slaves or give us sleepless nights”.

Mr Fani-Kayode said: “The truth is that we were threatened with ethnic cleansing and religious carnage in the North had Buhari not won the presidential election on March 28 and had President Jonathan not quickly conceded defeat. We let that go and kept the peace, but now, our traditional supporters are being threatened in Lagos and in many other states as we approach the April 11 governorship elections.

“Let two things be clearly understood. In as much as we all want peace in this country and as Jonathan has graciously and quickly conceded defeat in the presidential election, this does not mean that we are weak or powerless.

“Let it be clearly understood by all and sundry that any attempt to kill, maim or molest our supporters in the North, in the West or indeed in any other part of the country either before, during or after Saturday’s governorship elections or any attempt at ethnic or religious cleansing by the APC, their supporters or their friends and agents, would be deemed unacceptable and would be met with defiance, contempt and a well-orchestrated and solid resistance.”

Mr Fani-Kayode also stated, “These APC threats and all the attendant rubbish that go with them must stop. No one is intimidated on our side and neither do we fear for the future because God is with us; He is faithful and He is in perfect control. This is an election and it is not a war. So, we must be civilised, restrained, gentle and courteous in all our ways and dealings.

“The APC would do well to remember that they only won the presidential election by two million votes. They got 14 million votes while the PDP got 12 million votes in that election. This means that we have 12 million loyal foot soldiers and supporters in this country and that is no mean feat. Those 12 million voters cannot be ignored or treated with disdain and contempt. They must and will be respected.”