Ogun: SDP Attributes Failure To ‘Damaging’ Social Media Report

sdpThe Ogun state chapter of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has attributed its failure at the just concluded polls to the alleged damaging social media report that its governorship candidate, Mr Akin Odunsi had withdrawn from the governorship race a day before the election.

The party said the action had damaging effects on party members.

Chairman of the party in the state, Mr Olu Agemo, made the declaration at a press briefing attended by party members in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.

While congratulating Senator Ibikunle Amosun on his re-election, the party however debunked allegations in some quarters that the party was being sponsored by the Presidency, to destabilize the politics of the south west.

The SDP had denied any merger plan with any political party before the governorship election took place on April 11.

Police Wade Into Ekiti State Assembly Crisis

Ekiti-CPThe Police in Ekiti State in south-west Nigeria seem to have their hands full with the lingering political tension in the State House of Assembly.

Barely few days after a purported impeachment notice was served on the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by the state Deputy Governor, Dr Olubunmi Olusola – Eleka, and the former Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly were denied access into the premises by the police earlier on Monday.

It was reported that the supporters of the party were at the venue to prevent the 19 lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from performing their legislative duties.

However, the Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State Command, Taiwo Lakanu, said the force would not relent in its mandate to protect lives and properties without fear or favour.

Patience Jonathan Takes Campaign To Oyo State

patience jonathan- OyoAs campaigns wind to a halt across the country, Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, has called on women and youths in Oyo State to leverage on Federal Government’s programmes to enhance their living standard and improve productivity.

Addressing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members on Wednesday at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, during the national women rally of the PDP, Patience Jonathan went down memory lane, stating that there were incontrovertible evidence that President Jonathan remains the most gender friendly president in the history of the country.

Describing Saturday’s election as a vote for freedom, she noted that thousands of young men and women have benefited from the YouWin Project, which has led to many women being empowered.

Citing different infrastructural development projects across the country, Patience Jonathan sought the support of Oyo State citizens for PDP in the coming elections, to enable the President do more as he promised.

The PDP governorship candidate in the state, Teslim Folarin and the Minister of State FCT, Jumoke Akinjide, both expressed optimism that President Jonathan would get massive votes in the south-west.

Mrs Jonathan had also at a rally in Lagos, reeled out other achievements of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration including youth empowerment, agricultural innovations, education transformation amongst others.

She called on all women to ensure they show their appreciation by voting PDP for continuation.

The rally, which held at the National Stadium in Lagos, witnessed a large turnout of the party’s leadership and supporters.

The First Lady has been touring Nigerian cities seeking support for her husband, President Goodluck Jonathan, ahead of the 2015 presidential elections scheduled to take place on March 28.

Governor Amosun Promises New City Development In Ogun Central

AmosunThe Government of Ogun State, South-West, Nigeria, says it is initiating a multi-billion naira new city development in Ifo, Ewekoro and Obafemi/Owode Local Governments in Ogun Central Senatorial District of the state.

This disclosure was made by the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, while on the working tour of Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state.

Addressing the huge crowds that gathered at the event, Governor Amosun, while highlighting some of the achievements of his administration in the past three years, also announced some developmental projects being initiated within the state.

As he sought for the understanding, cooperation and support of the residents, he also announced the resuscitation of the abandoned Federal Government airport located at Alamala Military Barracks in Abeokuta.

The working visit was the eighth in the series of the assessment tour by the Governor to Local Government Areas in the state.

Huge crowds converged to cheer and appreciate him for what he has been able to achieve in his rebuilding mission.

Traditional rulers were not left out of this as they pledged their loyalty and support to the administration in the task of providing development across the state.

Governor Amosun promised that his administration would remain committed to its mission of improving the frontiers of development in Ogun State as an emerging economy in the country for socioeconomic development.

South West APC Atiku Group Rejects Zoning Formular

APCThe All Progressives Congress, APC, in the South West and Kogi State have dissociated themselves from the zoning formula, saying it is a PDP agenda that has not worked well for the country.

Some leaders of the APC from all the 6 states of the South West and Kogi, who converged on Ibadan the Oyo State capital to rally support for former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, as the presidential flag bearer of APC, made this known during an interactive session with the press.

The group was made up of various political associates of the former vice president, whose mission was to garner support ahead of his formal declaration.

They argued that if the constitution was strictly adhered to, President Jonathan has spent more years in governance than the 8 years stipulation.

The group also added that the era of imposition of candidates can never thrive in the APC as all candidates who emerge from ward to federal level would be the choice of the majority.

The group, who call themselves ‘Friends of Atiku’, posited that their candidate has been tested and trusted for the task ahead.

The zonal leader of the Abubakar supporters, Bode Ajewole, in his brief speech, was optimistic that the desired change needed for Nigeria’s stability could be realistic if Atiku gets the ticket.

Ajewole and his colleagues engaged the press on various issues militating against good governance in Nigeria. Chief among these undemocratic practises, according to this group, include zoning, imposition of candidates among others.

River Ferry Capsizes In Bangladesh

A ferry carrying about 200 passengers has capsizedferry 3 off Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka.

According to officials, Emergency workers and Army teams are at the scene in Munshiganj district where the accident happened on the River Padma, 30km (20 miles) from Dhaka.

Reports say, 50 people have been rescued from the vessel, the Pinak-6, others are still missing and are suspected to have died.

Accidents are common on Bangladesh’s river network and scores of people are killed every year, with overcrowding and poor boat quality often to blame.

Boats are the main form of travel in some rural parts of the country.

“We have heard that the ferry was overloaded with passengers and the river was rough,” Local Police Chief, Tofazzal Hossain, told reporters.

Ogun Announces Nat’l Conference Delegates

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun has announced the names of the state representatives to the forth coming National Conference scheduled to hold in the nation’s capital, Abuja later in the year.

Governor Amosun charged members of the delegation to use their wealth of experience to chart a course for the continued existence and unity of the country.

Members of the state delegation include, Sir Olamiwun Ajayi, Senator Biyi Durojaiye, Pastor Tunde Bakare, Mr Fola Adeola, Mr Bisi Adegbuyi, amongst others.

The Yoruba Assembly on National Conference had over a week earlier unveiled its agenda for the National Conference, with issues of parliamentary system, fiscal federalism and regional police taking pre-eminence.

The meeting which held at the residence of Sir Olanihun Ajayi in Ishara, Ogun State, was attended by the Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi and other notable Yoruba leaders from the six states of the South West.

Yoruba Assembly Unveils Nat’l Conference Agenda

The Yoruba assembly on National Conference has unveiled its agenda for the National Conference coming up later in the year with issues of parliamentary system, fiscal federalism and regional police taking pre-eminence.

The meeting which held at the residence of Sir Olanihun Ajayi in Ishara, Ogun State, was attended by the Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi and other notable Yoruba leaders from the six states of the South West.

Ogun PDP Accuses APC Of Intimidating Civil Servants To Register

The leadership of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Ogun State has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, of coercing and intimidating  civil servants in the state to register as members of the ruling party in the ongoing  membership registration of the APC.

At a meeting held in Ijebu-Igbo area of the state, which was attended by officials and members of the party, the Chairman of the PDP, Mr Bayo Dayo, alleged that civil servants were being threatened to get registered before getting their salaries

The strategic meeting was called on the instance of the Chairman of the Organizing and Mobilization Committee of the party in the South West, Buruji Kashamu, to mobilize members in the state for the forthcoming membership registration of the party

In a swift reaction to the allegation, the Publicity Secretary of APC in the state, Mr Sola Lawal, has described the allegation as frivolous, malicious and uncalled for. He challenged the PDP to come forward with evidence to prove its claim.

The APC described the allegation as coming from a party which has lost relevance in the scheme of things in the state

The People’s Democratic Party in the state, however, is also expected to commence its own registration of members in few days, and although it is described as the underdog in the polity of Ogun State, the PDP has vowed to wrestle power from the ruling APC in the 2015 general elections.

APC Registration: Okorocha Insists APC Is Not Regional

The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has debunked rumours making rounds in the state by opposition parties that the All Progressives Congress, APC, is a regional party.

He described the allegation that the party was majorly formed in the interest of the people from the South-West and the Northerners, as untrue and baseless.

The Governor, who made this statement after registering as an APC member at his country home at Ogboko Ward 2 in Ideato South Local Government Area of Imo State, said that the APC was formed in the interest of all Nigerians, irrespective of region, status and religion.

He added that the APC was the only party that could challenge the ruling party, People’s Democratic Party, PDP and bring about the desired change in the nation’s democracy.

He also noted that since the opposition party had realized that the APC was gathering momentum in the country, especially through the massive turn out that greeted the party’s first registration of members nationwide, which in turn poses a big threat to them, they have resulted to cheap blackmail and rumours to discourage Imo indigenes from registering.

He, however, called on all Imo indigenes to disregard the allegations and support the APC in the state and turn out en-masse to register in their various wards.

Ogun Police Arrest Notorious South West Armed Robbers

Police vanThe Ogun State Police Command has arrested 3 members of a gang of robbers believed to be members of Godogodo, a notorious armed robber terrorizing the South West states, including Kogi, Kwara and Benin Republic  who was arrested by the Lagos Police Command some months back.

According to the Police Commissioner, the suspects are believed to be members of the notorious gang terrorizing the South West states and beyond.

In the ensued exchange of gun fire, three members of the gang were killed, while items such as 2 AK 47 riffles, 2 cut to size double barrel, 2 live cartridges, charms and two packets of Lexomil tablets were recovered by the police.

Members of the gang, led by 32 year old  Adegoke Kasali  have however confessed to having participated in the killing of 5 policemen in Abeokuta last year, killing of former VIO commander, 4 vigilante members, and snatching of bullion van which led to the death of 3 policemen.

The 3 suspects were arrested at Obele area of Ogun State, a boundary town between Nigeria and Cotonou.


Teachers Strike Over Pay, Pensions In England

Teachers in England have joined their Nigerian counterparts in embarking on a strike over pay, pensions and jobs thereby closing a plethora of schools across the country.

Teachers in London, Cumbria, the South East, North East and South West are taking part in the one-day strike. The action is part of a continuing campaign of regional strikes involving members of the NUT and NASUWT unions.

The government said the strike would “disrupt parents’ lives” and “hold back children’s education”. Large rallies have been planned for Bristol, London and Durham.

Teachers have objected to proposals by Education Secretary, Michael Gove to bring in performance-related pay, increase their workloads and make changes to their pensions.

‘No other choice’

A similar walkout by teachers took place in the east of England, the Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber region on 1 October.

NUT general secretary Christine Blower said the union regretted the disruption caused to pupils and parents but teachers felt they had “no other choice”.

She said: “Mr Gove has done nothing to address the crisis of low morale in the teaching profession which threatens the continued provision of high quality education.”

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, said the “overwhelming majority of teachers” would be on strike.

She said: “Teachers are committed and dedicated public service workers. They do not take strike action lightly.

“No teacher has any wish to inconvenience parents or disrupt pupils’ education, but this action is not the failure, or due to the unreasonableness, of teachers.”

Plans for a national one-day walkout before Christmas have also been announced by the two unions.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Education said it was “disappointing” the NUT and NASUWT were taking industrial action.

The spokeswoman said: “All strikes will do is disrupt parents’ lives, hold back children’s education and damage the reputation of the profession