LAGOS APC TICKET: Tinubu breaks silence, gives reasons for dumping Ambode for Sanwo-Olu

The national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu has indirectly given reasons why he has withdrawn his support for the incumbent Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

The party in the state holds it’s governorship primary on Monday to pick a candidate to fly the party’s ticket in the 2019 general elections, and there have been rumors that Tinubu has withdrawn support for Ambode in favor of another aspirant, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

However, Tinubu who has been mostly silent over the rumors on Sunday In a statement he personally signed, gave reasons why he is dumping Ambode, and supporting Sanwo-Olu.

He indirectly stated that Ambode has deviated from the blueprint put in place for the development of the state, which he and Fashola had diligently followed, while also claiming, that Sanwo-Olu support the blueprint, and would provide people the best leadership possible.

His statement read, “Tomorrow, our party and the people of Lagos will have an encounter with destiny. We shall hold our governorship primary.

“With the holding of direct primaries to elect governorship candidates in Lagos and other states, the APC takes a groundbreaking step toward greater internal democracy and progressive governance for the benefit of all people. While our party is young, it has grown fast and has travelled far in a short time. This speaks well of the character of you, the party’s rank-and-file members.

“What, in other nations, has taken political parties generations to achieve, we have done in a few brief years. No other party in Nigeria dare attempt what we have already dedicated ourselves to do.

“I thank and commend all APC members and all Lagosians who have lent their support to this historic and humane mission upon which our party has embarked.

“We are democrats in the truest sense of the word. As such, we forever search for what is good and right for the people. With this ideal as our guide, tomorrow’s primary cannot be shaded by selfish ambition or the perceived personal grievance between this or that person. Something much greater waits in the balance. What is at stake is nothing less than the future of the people of this state and how we can best maximise our collective destiny.

“By resort to direct primaries, the party places the people’s future soundly in their hands. As democracy would have it, you shall be the authors of the party’s nomination and hopefully our next state government.

“I trust in the wisdom of the people and will abide it. However, as a leader of the party and as a former governor of our beloved and excellent Lagos, I would be remiss if I did not make a few observations regarding the primary.

“My goal is and shall always be a better Lagos. To this objective, I have dedicated the greater part of my public life. Roughly 20 years ago, a corps of dedicated and patriotic Lagosians, put aside personal interests and rivalries, to put their minds and best ideas together for the good of the state. Out of this collaborative effort, was born a master plan for economic development that would improve the daily lives of our people.

“Bestowed on me was the honour of a lifetime when I was elected to be your governor in 1999. My administration faithfully implemented that plan. The government of my immediate successor, Tunde Fashola, also honoured this enlightened plan.

“Where state government remained true to that blueprint, positive things happened. During my tenure and Governor Fashola’s, Lagos state recorded improvements in all aspects of our collective existence, from public health to public sanitation, from education to social services, from the administration of justice to the cleaning of storm and sewage drains. Businesses, large and small, invested, hired millions of workers and thrived.

“All Lagosians were to fully participate and justly benefit from the social dividends and improvements wrought by this plan. From the common labourer, to business leaders, to professionals and our industrious civil service. We all were to be partners in a monumental but joint enterprise. None was to be alienated. None was to be left out. And none were to be pushed aside. This is especially true for those who contributed so much to our development, whether as a business leader who has invested heavily in Lagos, the homeowner who struggles to pay his fair share of taxes or as someone employed in the hard work of keeping our streets and byways clean so that others may go about their daily tasks unimpeded.

“I make no pretence that the master plan is perfect. It can always be fine-tuned. However, whenever a government departed from this plan without compelling reason, the state and its people have borne the painful consequence of the improper departure.

“To ignore this blueprint for progress in order to replace it with ad-hoc schemes of a materially inferior quality contravenes the spirit of progressive governance and of our party. Such narrowness of perspective does not bring us closer to our appointed destination; it takes us farther from that destiny.

“For reasons unknown to me and most Lagosians, we have experienced such deviations from enlightened governance recently.

“This trend is that which most concerns me as the primary nears. We must arrest this trend before irreparable harm is committed against the people and their future. For the record, let it be known that I shall vote in this primary because I see it as one of extreme import to our state and our party. Just as I shall vote, I equally urge all party members to do so.

“We must vote in a manner that returns Lagos to its better path, the one that promises a just chance for all to enjoy the fruits of our prosperity. We must always pursue our goal of a Lagos energised by creative dynamism, tolerance of others, and guided by a leadership capable of extending a collegial hand to all stakeholders, far and wide.

“I am encouraged by the emergence of a candidate in this primary who has served the state in senior positions in my administration, the Fashola administration and even in the current one. While possessing a wealth of experience and exposure, he is a young man endowed with superlative vision and commitment. Most importantly, he understands the importance of the blueprint for development. He esteems it as a reliable and well-conceived vehicle for the future development of the state. He also knows the value of reaching out and working with others in order to maximize development and provide people the best leadership possible.

“With people like him at the helm, the state will write the proper history for itself.

“When the final word is given let it be said that we want all Lagosians to look to the future with the hope and optimism that our best days remain before us and not behind us.

“We walk into this primary strong and confidently believing in the right course we are to take. We shall emerge from this primary even stronger and more confident that we have taken that course by returning Lagos and our party to their finest path”.

Presidency hails Buhari as he scores about 3m votes in Kano APC primary alone

The presidency has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for his capacity to mobilise voters as evidenced by the huge turnout of members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the direct presidential primaries held across the country.

In the Kano State primary, the president scored a total of 2,931,235 votes in 44 local government areas.

The primaries were conducted on Friday in the 36 states of the federation and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

The Kano returning officer of the primary election, who is the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, said he was impressed by the large turnout of voters in his Ganduje ward in Dawakin Tofa Local Government area of the state.

The governor then restated his promise to give over 5 million votes to President Buhari in the 2019 general election.

“With these figures of over five thousand votes from my ward, Ganduje ward of Dawakin Tofa local government, which only comes from APC card carrying members, it is indicative to the fact that our pledge of over 5 million votes to our dear President in 2019 election is tenable and realisable,” he said.

Ganduje also stated that Buhari would be voted by other political party stalwarts in the 2019 presidential election.

“People should understand that when the general election comes around, apart from our APC members that would vote for the continuation of President Buhari regime, many more others who belong to other parties would join the queue,” Ganduje was quoted as saying in a statement by his chief press secretary, Abba Anwar.

Votes tally from 6 states so far released are as follows:

Rivers – 388,653 votes
Kano – 2.9million votes
Lagos – 1.9million votes
Zamfara- 247,840,Votes
Imo State- 697,532 Votes
Katsina – 802, 819 Votes

TOTAL – 6.9m Votes

Reacting in a statement Saturday by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, the presidency said, “The outcome of the All Progressives Congress, APC, American-style direct presidential primaries on Friday 28th of September 2018, held across the states with President Muhammadu Buhari as the sole aspirant is a major boost to his success at next year’s general election.

“In a more direct way, the huge turnout of millions of registered party members at all voting centres proves that the President has an incomparable ability to reach out to people and mobilise votes.

“It is significant that President Buhari has won a major victory, fair and square through direct nationwide primary, a system that seeks to break the mould.

“The President has shown that you don’t have to be a party owner or go through a difficult inner party consensus to emerge as candidate.

“Beyond this being a victory for the party and the President, it is a message to everyone that development and good governance are more important to our people than divide and rule politics.

“The message in the air from this unique achievement by the APC is that all true democratic parties in the country need to start raising their act by copying the leadership of the President.

“We thank everyone for their role in bringing about this victory”.

Rejected by APC, Aisha Al-Hassan moves APC state structure to UDP

The immediate past Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Aisha Al-Hassan may be on her way to teach the All Progressives Congress (APC) a bitter lesson, just hours after her resignation as a minister.

Mama Taraba, as she is fondly called, who also resigned her membership of the APC, has joined the United Democratic Party (UDP).

She however did not join her new party alone, she did with the entire state structure of the APC.

The former minister, who was stopped by her former party from contesting the Taraba State governorship election on the platform of the APC, revealed that she has joined UDP on her Twitter handle, @SenAishaAlhassan barely six hours after her resignation from APC and President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.

According to her tweet, she has joined UDP with the 169 wards executives, 16 LGAs executives, state executives of the APC and seven state assembly members.

She tweeted: “I have officially JOINED my next POLITICAL PARTY with 7 state Assembly Members, all @APCNigeria executives from 169 wards of Taraba State.

“All 16 local Government exco’s of APC

“All states executives of APC, we are now in UDP”

It would be recalled that the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole had said Al-Hassan was stopped from contesting on the platform of the party because her loyalty to the party was in doubt.



Women Affairs minister resigns, dumps APC

The Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Al-Hassan has resigned her appointment as a minister in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The minister, who was disqualified from contesting for the 2019 governorship election of Taraba State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) also resigned her membership of the party.

It would be recalled that the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole had at a press statement on Friday said the former minister was stopped from contesting for the governorship primary under the party’s platform because her loyalty to the party was in doubt.

Oshiomhole had in a veiled way alluded to the fact that Al-Hassan, popularly called Mama Taraba, may have been an APC member in the day but PDP in soul.

The former minister announced her resignation in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The letter reads: “I write with a lot of respect to inform Mr President of my decision to resign my appointment as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and as a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“Your Excellency may wish to recall that I joined the APC in 2014 along with other members of the then new PDP, contested the 2015 governorship election as the flag bearer of the APC and to the Glory of God, you graciously nominated to be a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Your Excellency Mr President may wish to be reminded that I went through all the screening processes (security, medical and national assembly) as required by constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria after which I was cleared and approved as fit and proper for appointment as minister.

“Mr President, you therefore graciously appointed and swore me in as minister in November 2015. Mr President may also wish to recall that I wrote to notify you of my intention to again contest for governor of my state in forthcoming 2019 election under the umbrella of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and you again graciously blessed my intention and wished me well through a letter personally signed by Mr President which I appreciate and will forever cherish.

“Sir, I purchased the APC nomination forms and went for the party’s screening on Thursday, the 20th of September 2018 along with ten (10) other contestants for the governorship of my state, Taraba.

“I, with your permission, proceeded to Taraba on the 23rd of September 2018, to prepare for the presidential and governorship primaries then scheduled for the 25th and 29th of September 2018 respectively.

“While preparing for the primaries in Jalingo, I received with the shock and dismay that I was disqualified and not cleared to contest for the 2019 governorship by the National Working Committee of the party (APC). No reason was given for my disqualification.

“Mr President may wish to be also informed that I had always been a very committed and loyal party member and was at no time queried or admonished for any wrongdoing or unconstitutional behaviour.

“Up to the time of writing this letter, no reason is given by the party for my disqualification to contest election under the APC.

“It is for the above reasons sir, that I feel grave injustice was done to me by the party (APC), therefore my decision to leave the party and also resign my appointment as minister. If I am not qualified to contest election in the APC, I feel I am also not qualified to remain a minister in an APC government.

“May I at this point thank, appreciate and express my profound gratitude to Mr President for the honour, rare privilege and lifetime opportunity you gave me to serve under your great and credible leadership. I learnt a lot (especially patience) under your leadership.

“Working with you in the last almost three years was great and has immensely improved my leadership quality, I will remain forever grateful for that, sir.

“May I also use this opportunity to thank his Excellency, the Vice President, from whom I have also learnt a lot and my colleagues, other members of the Federal Executive Council, the SGF and cabinet office staff for their fellowship and support to me both as minister and personally. May God Almighty reward them all, Amen.

“While wishing Mr President continued good health and thanking you again for the opportunity given to me, please accept sir, the assurances of my best wishes always and absolute loyalty to you as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Thank you Sir.”

The travails of the former minister may not be unconnected with her bold statement last year that she would not be supporting President Buhari for a second term in office. The former had said at that time that she would rather support the aspiration of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who she described as her political mentor.

Atiku Abubakar is a presidential aspirant on the platform of the PDP.

Women Affairs minister resigns, dumps APC

Women Affairs minister resigns, dumps APC

Women Affairs minister resigns, dumps APC

I Feel Very Embarrassed When I See APC Leaders ‘Abusing Themselves On Newspaper Pages’, Says Uduaghan

“Sometimes, I feel very embarrassed when I see our (APC) leaders abusing themselves on the pages of newspapers. It is very bad and it must stop,” Uduaghan said.

Emmanuel Uduaghan, the immediate past Governor of Delta State and a Delta South Senatorial All Progressives Congress (APC) aspirant, has urged APC members to foster unity, instead of taking to newspaper pages to “abuse” themselves.

He also stated that he has initiated reconciliation moves among party leaders over the lingering leadership crisis in the state.

Uduaghan, who made this disclosure Thursday at Olomoro, Isoko South Local Government Area of the state, during his senatorial consultation visit to members of the party in Isoko nation, ahead of the primaries of the party, called for reconciliation of all factions so that the party can be victorious in the coming elections.

He said: “You know it is not too long I joined APC, but since I joined, I have been trying to do the much I can to help the party. Delta State APC has challenges and we have been trying to resolve them because if we are not united, it will be hard to win elections. It is only a united party that wins elections. No party wins elections amidst crisis.

“Sometimes, I feel very embarrassed when I see our (APC) leaders abusing themselves on the pages of newspapers. It is very bad and it must stop. We (APC) are in the opposition in Delta State and we should not be opposing ourselves. Our efforts should be toward the take-over of government.

“We want to wrest power from the PDP in the state. We should stop chasing the ant when there is elephant for us to eat. If we work to win the state and federal elections, it is better. We should work hard to win all elections.”

The former governor, while promising the people quality representation in the National Assembly, urged Isoko leaders and delegates to support his senatorial ambition during the primaries.

“I am here because I am aspiring to represent Delta South in the Senate. I know what I am going to the Senate to do, but if you don’t know, I am not going there to sleep. I am going to the Senate to give quality representation to Delta South. I’m not just going there to bear the name but to speak and negotiate for my people.

“There are some laws that have to be put in place for the oil companies operating in our communities. It is not good to bring security consultants from Lagos, Kaduna, Sokoto and other places when our people can do it; then, our boys will be employed as security guards and paid peanuts. That must stop.

“Secondly, companies that are coming to buy shares in the oil companies, the host communities must own five per cent of those companies. That is one of the laws I am proposing to initiate for our people,” Uduaghan added.

Speaking on behalf of the people, a former state legislator and APC leader in Isoko, Lucky Okperi, assured Uduaghan of victory in the primaries and called for more strategies on how to the party can coast to victory at the main election.

Two Air Force Jets Crash In Abuja

The two jets, which crashed a few metres from each other, were part of those being used for the aerial display rehearsal ahead of Nigeria’s 58th Independence Day celebration on October 1.

wo Nigeria Air Force (NAF) jets have crashed inside a bush at Katampe Hill along Kuwa Expressway in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

The two jets, which crashed a few metres from each other, were part of those being used for the aerial display rehearsal ahead of Nigeria’s 58th Independence Day celebration on October 1.

According to Katampe residents, the two pilots escaped unhurt with the aid of parachutes.

Details soon…

What U.S., other int’l observers said about Osun run-off

The missions of the United States, European Union and the United Kingdom, who were on the ground to monitor the Osun State governorship run-off election held on Thursday September 27, have raised concerns over what transpired during the exercise.

In their judgment following what they observed during the poll, they decried incidents of harassment and intimidation of voters.

The US Consul General, Mr. John F. Bray, who read the missions’ joint report said, “The missions of the United States, European Union and the United Kingdom observed voting at polling stations in Osun today (Thursday). We witnessed what appeared to be incidents of interference and intimidation of voters and have reports of harassment of party monitors, journalists and domestic observers.

“We are very concerned by these reports and we will be checking with stakeholders to determine the facts. We call on all stakeholders to remain calm.”

Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was leading his closest rival the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Isiaka Oyetola with 353 votes, when the election was held last Saturday. But the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the election inconclusive because of cancelled elections in some areas and selected September 27 for a run-off.

In the run-off reportedly marred by attacks on journalists, voters and local observers, candidate of the ruling APC was announced by INEC to have polled 1160 votes while the PDP candidate only got 325.

Consequently, Oyetola was announced winner of the election with a total of 255,505 votes as Adeleke recorded a cumulative 255,023 votes

Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo speaks on ways to grow Nigeria, African economy

President of Ghana‎, Nana Akufo-Addo‎ has stressed that Nigeria needs to get it’s policy formulation and implementation right, by necessitating value addition, particularly in the oil sector.

Akufo-Addo, who was guest speaker at the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN 46th annual general meeting and lecture in Lagos, with the theme; “Mainstreaming Policies To Catalyze Industrial Renaissance”, was represented by Yaw Osafo-Maafo, Senior minister of Ghana, noted that Nigeria as a big brother to other African countries, need to lead in the area of policies that would make Africa economically sufficient and self-sustaining.

‎”Our lazy approach of always rushing to the international market to sell our resources in their raw state which fetch us peanuts must stop. It is far better to leave our resources untapped till our future generations rise up to the challenge and conscientiously develop the best policy-mix that prioritises industrialization as the most convenient cause to drive the much needed effects in our socio-economic development”.

‎”Why should Nigeria find it difficult to maximize the fruit of their oil industry for the benefit of her people? Our policies must of necessity move in the direction of value addition – i.e. processing of our raw materials.‎ It is all a function of how defective we have developed the appropriate policy framework to support institutionalization of mechanisms that effectively trigger a more holistic and functional industrialization policy and drive”.

Akufo-Addo also added that beyond policies, Africa needs to have the right economic pilots and advisory council and end an era where weak‎ boards are appointed to run strategic economic positions.

‎”One other challenge we face in our industrial thinking is our inability to forge and institute a strong and relevant corporate governance culture, systems and processes to drive the purpose, strategy and the vision of our business models. This often lead to the creation of weak, irrelevant boards of governors who are active and rubber stamping of what has been so determined rather than giving a strong and effective responses to counter decisions that are not in the interest of the organizational development”.

“Having effective policy alone is not enough. We should have men and women of substance who are resolute and driven by results and understand the policy framework guiding the business environment to play their effective advisory roles for our investment. Let us therefore begin to be circumspect with those we put at the helm of affairs as board members to advise us on the productive application of our investment”

The Ghanaian ‎President did not fail to address the trade issues affecting Africa in general, while mentioning models that could propel the African continent to economic viability.

‎”Africa has a population of about 1.3 billion people. Yet our combined GDP is about $2.2 trillion. When we compare to USA with a population of about 328 million people with a GDP of about $18.3 trillion. Same with Europe with a population of about 743 million and a GDP of about $17.3 trillion. By population, Africa is about 4 times that of the USA. Yet, USA’s GDP is about 8times that of Africa. Yet, we are the most endowed continent on earth.

“This means that Africa must begin to trade among ourselves concentrating on areas of comparative advantage. We must begin to break the trade barriers among ourselves and form alliances with the various countries Associations of Industries and Chambers of Commerce of the various countries. Through these associations, we may get to know the needs of the various countries and where they are opportunities of trade”.

On the ‎Africa Continent Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Akufo-Addo maintained that, the agreement is “critical to our economic development especially its ability to boost private sector multinational businesses within the framework of Public-Private Partnerships in a free movement of goods, services and people”. But, “it is important that we do not rush into taking decisions that will not have the buy-in from all critical stakeholders who drive business growth in Africa”.

‎”I welcome the organizers of the AfCFTA to adopt the bold strategy to undertake a wider consultation with all stakeholders in the massive sensitization and road show programme across Africa, and I am happy that this activity is done in consultation with and within the framework of the African Union Commission of Trade and Industry”, he maintained.

“Once we get both inter- and intra-Africa trade, investment and industrialization policy mix on the right tangent, we stand the chance of leading the new frontier to affect global industrial decisions for the interest of our people”.

PDP Confirms National Convention Will Hold In Port Harcourt

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has resolved that its national convention will hold in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The decision was taken at the just-concluded National Executive Committee meeting of the party held on Friday.

The PDP NEC also discussed the Osun State governorship election and made recommendations on steps the party will take on the conduct of the exercise.

The meeting held at the party headquarters in Abuja.

More to follow…

7 secrets of a long lasting relationship

There is a lot written about how to have a happy relationship and how to make relationships work, but what really makes a relationship last a lifetime? Do these people who stay together until their dying days have such a perfect relationship?

Or, do they have to work at it, just like the rest of us? Even the very best relationships have their ups and downs, but somehow, some people seem better able to weather the storms than others.

If you crave a long lasting relationship, listed below are seven secrets that can make your dream come true.

1. They have total commitment: The first thing that sets apart a long lasting relationship from all the rest is the total commitment to each other that two people have. There are no ifs, buts, or maybes, both parties are 100% committed to each other and to the relationship.

2. They learn how to compromise: Couples who stay together for a long time also know that it is vital to be able to compromise on issues. They understand that there can’t be winners and losers, there just needs to be a solution to arguments and differences.

3. They pull together in times of adversity: If you live with another person for long enough, you are bound to have to face some life’s trials and tribulations. Couples in a long-lasting relationship learn that they can rely on one another for support and they know that they are stronger if they face things together.


4. They allow for each other’s needs: No two people can ever have identical wants and needs and happy couples accept their differences. There may well be times when one person will put their partner’s needs first, but that won’t be because they have to, it will be because they want to.

5. They talk: You really can’t have a successful relationship if you can’t communicate properly. People who stay together for a lifetime are the ones who talk everything through together. It’s a nice notion to think that people can be so close that they have some form of telepathy between them but, the truth is, they just talk to each other a lot.

6. They are considerate towards each other: Couples who really care for one another are also kind and considerate toward each other. They will take care of each other when one of them is ill, they always consider the other person when they make any decisions, and they would never do anything that might hurt their partner.

7. They don’t fight over the petty issues: You won’t find couples who have stayed together for a long time fighting over who didn’t rinse out the bath properly, or who left the top off the toothpaste, because they value the relationship more than they worry about such minor things. They know that bickering over the petty issues is a dangerous habit to get into.