The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended Gov.Babajide Sanwoolu for including ”tested party men” in his additional list of commissioner and Special Adviser nominees.
The Assistant Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Mr Abiodun Salami, gave the commendation in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday in Lagos.
NAN reports that Mr Gboyega Akosile, the Deputy Press Secretary to the Governor ,in a statement on Tuesday said that another list of nominees had been sent to the legislature by Sanwoolu.
Others include: a former member of the House of Representatives, Mr Maruf Akinderu; Mr Olanrewaju Sanusi, Mr Oluwatoyin Fayinka and Mr Oladele Ajayi.
Also, Mr Bonu Saanu,Mr Kabiru Ahmed, Prince Anofi Elegushi,Mrs Solape Hammond, Mrs Shulamite Adebolu and Mr Tokunbo Wahab made the list.
NAN reports that Sanwoolu had released an initial list of 25 nominees in July that had been screened by the state House of Assembly .
Salami reacting to the development described the second list as a perfect blend of tested politicians and competent professionals.
He said the list reflected Sanwoolu’s appreciation of commitment and loyalty to the party, as well as expertise to move the state to the next level.
The Assistant Publicity Secretary added that the chapter was particularly glad about the nomination of its spokesman , Igbokwe as well as Arobieke, saying the duo and others would deliver.
”We commend the governor for giving us a perfect mix of technocrats and professionals on the new list.
”The new nominees, just as those in the first list, are competent people who will help realise the goal of a better Lagos.
”We are glad that the governor has included our spokesman ,Mr Igbokwe and other core party men who have always worked for the progress of APC in the state.
”With this list and the initial one, Lagos is definitely going to beca better place.
“We congratulate the governor and the new nominees. We wish them all the best, ” he said.
PDP, candidate pray tribunal to order fresh election in Nasarawa State
Counsel for the PDP, Mr Wale Olanikpekun, SAN, while adopting his final written addresses, alleged that INEC did not comply with the accreditation requirements in more than 90 per cent of the polling units in the state.
He said that they had tendered certified true copies of voter registers to the tribunal, adding, “the total votes that returned the governor did not tally with the number of accredited voters”
“If there is no compliance with the accreditation process, the law says that the election is invalid and should be declared as such.
“The election conducted on March 9 in Nasarawa state has not complied with the accreditation process, that is what we are holding unto.
“We want the tribunal to declare the election invalid and order a fresh election in the state,” he said.
Also adopting his final argument, Mr Hassan Liman and Mr Adebayo Adelogun, representing the APC and Sule, urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition for lacking in merit.
They argued that the petitioners’ claims against the accreditation process were merely a figment of their imagination.
After listening to all arguments in the suit, Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Abba Mohammed, reserved judgment in the matter.
“The tribunal will communicate to all the parties in the petition the day the judgment will be delivered,” Mohammed said.
edited by Sadiya Hamza
Attack on Ekweremadu: Don asks IPOB to tender unreserved apology to Nigerians
A University don, Dr Bashir Yankuzu, on Monday, asked members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) to tender an unreserved apology to Nigerians over the attack on the former Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu in Nuremberg, Germany, describing the incident as a global embarrassment to the country
He told the Nigeria News Agency in Minna, that no nation can grow or develop if its citizens have no respect for its leaders.
“It is a bad omen for Biafra if what IPOB did to the former deputy senate president is the kind of nation they are advocating and seeking for international support to establish.
“This act is totally uncivilised and condemnable. Surprisingly, Ekweremadu has told the world how he worked the release of someone who openly showed his disloyalty to united Nigeria, just because he is an Igbo.
“With the happenings now, it is evident that shielding someone from the law can never be a solution to our problems.
“Ironically, the senator was a one time deputy senate president of Nigeria, who should know better.
“It is for our collective interest that those of us loyal to united Nigeria show our patriotism and loyalty to our nation not minding where we come from.
“Unless we begin to see challenges of our country as ours and its successes as ours, I doubt if we can ever overcome the myriads of problems we are facing as a Nation.
“As for those advocating for a separate country, i think, they should be encouraged to channel what they need through proper channels.
“I believe for great number of us, this is better than people continuously engaging in acts that are not only embarrassing to themselves, but also to the remaining peace loving Nigerians”,he said.
World Humanitarian Day: CLO urges political, religious leaders to show love
Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) has called on political and religious leaders to show love and empathy in order to improve humanitarian interventions in the country.
He said that Nigerians and the leaders need to improve humanitarian interventions by being selfless and by thinking about common good and interest of the people.
According to him, WHD is dedicated toward sharing, giving and showing love to unfortunate ones ravaged by wars, conflicts, injustice, man’s inhumanity against man and natural disasters.
“Truth can never be faulted, falsified or fortified.
“It is existential reality that the genesis of world humanitarian crisis is the unbridled quest for materialism and wealth acquisition by the political class and elites in the society to the detriment of the masses.
“The political class must think less about their interest. Rather they must think about common good, if we would certainly make our good better and our better best.
“Our political leaders must use their privilege positions to impact positively on the lives of the people and exhibit the best motive of doing good to one’s country and its citizens which is the essence of servant leadership,’’ he said.
Ezekwueme also called on Nigerians, especially the affluent and wealthy individuals to use this unique occasion to show love, empathy, kindness, generousity and compassion to humanity.
He, however, prayed for repose of the souls of all humanitarian aid workers who died in the course of rendering selfless services to humanity.
The UN has set aside Aug. 19 as World Humanitarian Day, with this year’s theme as: “Honouring of the work of women in crisis throughout the world ’’.
It is a day meant to create awareness of the plights, problems and predicaments of civilians around the world who had been caught up in conflicts.
It also attracts support for humanitarian workers who risk and sometime lose their lives in humanitarian works.
LG to begin road rehabilitation
The Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State, is to begin the rehabilitation of roads across the council area in a bid to make residents enjoy the dividends of democracy.
Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya, the caretaker chairman of the local government made this disclosure while speaking with the Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Okitipupa.
Adesanya said that he was worried about the potholes and bad shapes caused by downpour and erosion across the council area, describing the situation as an eyesore.
He said that the rehabilitation of road network tagged, “Operation Fill the Potholes’’ would begin by September after the rainy season, adding that all human, capital and material resources were fully on ground for the task.
“I have gone through all the roads in the council and discovered so many potholes caused by rain and erosion.
According to him, the council is ready to embark on the “Operation Fill the Potholes’’ to rehabilitate all the affected roads but we are still waiting for the rain to stop, hopefully by September.
He, however, called for the cooperation of residents of the council to ensure that they dispose their wastes properly and do not dump refuse in waterways.
NAN reports that the council chairman earlier began the clearing of 52 kilometers road verges to destroy criminals’ hideouts in order to stem insecurity and reduce waterlog on the roads.
The ongoing clearing of road verges began from Okitipupa to Ikoya, Ilutitun, Iju-Odo, Igbotako, Erekiti and stop at Akinfosile at the Shagamu-Ore expressway.
Kogi governorship: Group seeks support for Gov. Bello’s re-election
Mr Abdulkareem Onyekehi, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Projects, who spoke on behalf of the group after a solidarity walk for the governor in Lokoja, described the event as ”a peaceful and historic procession”.
He said that the solidarity walk was organised to canvass support for Bello’s re-election in the Nov. 16 governorship election.
Onyekehi, who doubles as the State Focal Person on National Social Investment Programme (SIP), said the group’s philosophy was an ideology designed to support varying degrees of social, political and economic development that Bello had brought to Kogi.
He, therefore, called on all well-meaning people of the State to support the New Direction government and the re-election of the governor, saying he had attracted massive infrastructure development to the state.
”This historic procession is a solidarity for Gov. Yahaya Bello for his laudable achievements by FairWin Group, whose membership are drawn from the three senatorial districts of the State”.
”The governor has successfully broken the jinx of ethnic divides in the state; Kogi is now witnessing good governance in the critical areas of infrastructure development, and the security of lives and property of the citizens is now guaranteed,” he said.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the procession commenced from the premises of the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and terminated at GRA in Lokoja, where a big balloon was hoisted.
Other government officials who took part in the programme were: the Secretary to the State Government, Dr (Mrs) Folashade Ayoade; Commissioner for Finance, Mr Idris Asiru; and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Information Services and Grassroots Sensitisation, Mr Suleiman Babango, among others.
Edited by Abdullahi Yusuf