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Why I want to unseat Ambode – Sanwo-Olu; submits APC nomination form

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A Lagos state aspirant in the governorship race of Lagos State, Jide Sanwo-Olu, has said his participation is about the Lagos of his dream and not due to the endorsement of party leader, Bola Tinubu.

He said this while addressing journalists at the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday after submitting his nomination form.

Mr Sanwo-Olu is believed to have the support of Mr Tinubu following amidst differences between the latter and the Lagos governor.

But Mr Sanwo-Olu would neither confirm or deny the speculation of his endorsement when pressed by journalists on Wednesday.

“There is no doubt that things would be said here and there. A man that is standing in front of you, fully grown-man with several years of experience. Like I said, it is about the Lagos of our dream, it is about the Lagos we want to take to the next level,” he said.

“I think it has nothing to do with our leader and there is no denial that he’s our national leader. And he takes back position not only in the state but in the national and you know he has interest in the well-being and improvement in Nigeria’s dream.

“So, by extension, Lagos is a dream that he is pertinent about and we will continue to refer to him as our leader. But the most important thing is, I am in front of you, this is who I am, this is what I have come to express to you and Lagos, certainly will be a better place to live for all us.”

Mr Sanwo-Olu revealed he would be making a formal declaration when he returns to Lagos.

“I will be making a formal declaration speech when I get back to Lagos State but I just want to show you that I am here today.”

Speaking on why he wanted to run for Lagos State governor, he said he believes he has what it takes to contribute more to the state.

“Why am I in the race? I’m sure I am 53 years old but more importantly, in the last almost 30 years, I had spent 16 years out of it in private sector and 11 in the public service. Of course, I have been three-time commissioner, I have been two-time special adviser, I have been director in the biggest corporations in the state. I have served over three governors.

“So, I have wide range of experience and I have a dream to obviously contribute a lot more. As a Lagosian and son of the soil, I will just be able to let our people get to where they know that governance is all about people, it is about what we expect, it is about what will go back to them, improve the course of life, course of security and there are lot of other things we are going to be rolling out.

“But why especially is to give my number of years’ experience, the pedigree from the private sector and from the public sector and I think it is appropriate for me now when people of Not-too-young are with us and put that aspiration in place.”

Asked why his entrance into the race was raising a lot of discussion, he said it was because of how the people see him, as he is one of those who redefined Lagos State.

“But the truth about the matter is, what has been generated is a reflection of how people have come to understand the person I am. A whole lot of us have to redefine the Lagos project.

“There are so many firsts that you can begin to attribute to my name in the eleven years that I have had to do with public service. Like I said, I had served three different governors, I have servedin two different ministries, two different times at governor’s office, heading the biggest agencies of government.

“You know, the blueprint we had been looking at since 1999, some of us put it together. So, it is not an offence, no doubt about that, it is politics and this era we are into right now.

“And for me as a 53-year-old man, it is now, when I did preach to my kids that whatever you believe in, stay on the course. If I cannot also do what I preach, then, I will begin to regret when I am 75 and I would say I didn’t do what I need to do.”

Asked about his reported endorsement by 57 local government chairmen in the state, he said he was not aware of the endorsement but that if he gets back to Lagos and there is a meeting called by the party’s leadership, he will definitely be in attendance.

“I am in Abuja now, certainly I don’t know what is happening in Lagos now, to be fair to me. You are in the media, you have access to information I don’t even have. So, when I get to Lagos, if there is a meeting the leadership has called, certainly I will attend the meeting because certainly, I really don’t know the meeting you are talking about.

“But in terms of endorsement, it is a work in progress. People have been asking questions, people are yet to know the kind of person I am. Soon, whoever emerges is the best, it will be very preemptive of me to stand before you and say I have been supported by 57 people, that means I am going to sleep. Mandate Group is my people, we are in the same family and we will continue to work together.

“At the end of the day, it is Lagosians that will elect us and we are not going to be restricted, we will get to everybody that we need to get to. We will not take anybody for granted.”

Mr Sanwo-Olu submitted his nomination at about the same time an ally to Mr Amode also submitted that of the Lagos governor, who is also seeking re-election.

Although Mr Ambode is a close ally of Mr Tinubu who helped him become governor, sources in both camps have told PREMIUM TIMES that differences currently exist between them, mainly due to some the Lagos governor’s actions including his handling of the waste crisis in the state.

Source: PremiumTimes

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APC will win Lagos without Ambode – APC vice-chairman

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The vice-chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Central Senatorial District in Cross River, Cletus Obun, has insisted that the party will still win Lagos State, even if incumbent Akinwunmi Ambode does not get the ticket.

Obun claimed that only politician that matters in Lagos is the APC’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who he hailed as “a master strategist”.

“Lagos State and Ambode are not synonymous with APC. Indeed, on the contrary, APC is synonymous with progressive politics and what its leaders represent, which is personified in the person of Asiwaju Tinubu, who has continuously shown that he is a master strategist by his contributions.

“If Ambode does not get the ticket, APC will still win Lagos State.

“The manifesto and its programmatic execution is what APC is all about. It is not about persons.

“If Asiwaju now sees that there are three persons and they are qualified, clearly any of them that wins is going to execute the programmes and manifestos of the APC,” Obun told The Guardian.

Tinubu has reportedly dumped Ambode and picked Jide Sanyaolu Sanwonolu as his preferred candidate for the next gubernatorial election.

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With or without APC, I will win 2019 election, Ambode declares

Lagos State governor Akinwunmi Ambode has replied his critics that only Lagos electorates will decide his faith and not APC or any godfather.

Ambode said, he is unmoved by the news that he will not get a second term ticket under APC because of gang up by some certain interest to field Jide Sanwoolu against him.

While chatting with his inner caucus members, he said his performance will decide his political fortune in 2019.

Ambode said he is confident that he will emerge as the next governor of Lagos State, with or without his party APC.

On impeachment threat, Ambode said he has not committed any offence to warrant such moves, he urged Lagosians to remain steadfast and stand together at this time, noting that it is normal for those who wants to subdue the overall interest of all Lagosians for personal and selfish gain to try to undo government. He said, no matter the machinations, they will fail.

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Breaking: Ambode picks second term bid form

The Lagos state governor picked the form at the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Monday.

Speaking on Ambode’s second term bid, former Chairman of Shomolu Local Government Area, Gbolahan Bagostowe, said “I think Ambode will win the primary and the election proper. I stand to be corrected, I don’t think any aspirant in APC can beat Ambode as of now.

“Ambode has worked very well. It’s what everyone can see. Infrastructural development in health, schools and many others.

“What he has done is visible for all Lagosians to see. Ambode is working, Lagos State is moving,” he added

Asked if the division among the APC aspirants in the state will not affect the fortunes of the party in the election, Bagostowe, said: “At the end of the day they will always settle their differences”.

Bagostowe, who now wants to be a lawmaker in Lagos State House of Assembly, said: “Everybody will become one at the end of the primary election.” he said

On the opposition’s strength against Ambode in the forthcoming election, he said “You cannot compare the opposition in Lagos State now with 2015. Ambode has silenced them.

“Some of them are now decamping to APC. Look at the former Chairman, Honorable Salvador, he has moved half part of PDP to APC in Lagos State.” Bagostowe opined.

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Lagos State Government To Sell A Bag Of Rice For N13,000 Starting From Next Week

Starting from next week, the Lagos state government has promised to sell bags of rice at 13,000 each.

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The Lagos State Government on Friday said it could not commence the sale of its Lake Rice on December 15 as earlier planned to ensure that plots to hijack the project was averted.

The Special Adviser on Food Security to Governor Akinwumi Ambode, Mr. Sanni Okanlawan, said that the rice would now be on sale from next week

The government had planned to sell the rice at N13,000 per 50kg bag at the 57 Local Government and Local Council Development area headquarters from Dec. 15.

Okanlawon said the government was installing mechanisms for Lagosians to celebrate the best Yuletide without hiccups posed by money bags.

He said, “We are working out the modalities to make sure that what the government intends to sell at N13,000 was not hijacked and sold to Lagosians at N15,000, that is what we do not want.

“From all indications, hopefully, by next week Lake Rice will be out, so, we want everything to be in place before it is out.”

LASG had on December 8 promised that it was ready to roll out Lake Rice on December 15 to Lagosians at N13,000 per 50 kg towards the Yuletide celebrations.

The Special Adviser made the disclosure during the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry National Agriculture Stakeholders Summit.

He said, “Lake Rice is the acronym of both Lagos and Kebbi States joint product which will be out to the public on Dec. 15 at a cost of N13,000 per 50kg bag as it is already subsidised by the government.

“To make it more available, the rice will be sold at the 57 LGA’s and LCDA’s for easy accessibility and to guard against unwanted persons diverting the product, the state has put in place a committee.”

Lagos State had in March signed an MoU with the Kebbi State Government to produce rice paddy to be milled and packaged in Lagos State.

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PHOTOS: GOVERNOR AMBODE LEADS CAMPAIGN AGAINST RAPE

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday, led the first all-male walk against s3xual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in the state.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, the governor urged all security agencies to come up with evidence against at least 11 individuals in the state, including highly placed individuals, to be used as scapegoats.

He also added that his administration would leave no stone unturned to ensure that all perpetrators of such crimes are made to face the wrath of the law.

The walk witnessed the participation of dignitaries like members of the State Executive Council, members of the State House of Assembly, entertainers, youths, NYSC members, artisans, among others.

Addressing participants at the Lagos House, the governor said it was time for men to stand up and take the bull by the horn in tackling the menace of SGBV in the society, as recent research has shown that women are more prone to being victims of these crimes.

 

Governor Ambode said, “There is also an evident trend of suppressing the voice of these victims due to the fact that these acts are perpetrated largely by men.

”We should not take for granted the potential exponential effect of having emotionally and psychologically damaged women in a society as the effect could transcend to their children who grow up in an environment, thinking this is the norm.

“The scale of men’s violence against women is enormous and its effect, demoralizing. Men as grandfathers, fathers, brothers, sons, husbands and public advocates have a pivotal role to play in condemning all forms of violence against women, girls and boys.

”We firmly believe that the way forward is to continuously engage the male folk as well as the community as a whole. Community engagement is an essential part of working to prevent and respond to all forms of Gender Based Violence.

”As men, we must stand up and speak in one voice, condemning these acts. No more would we condone or tolerate paedophiles, women beaters and rapists. It is inhumane and totally unacceptable to protect or even ignore such behaviour when we see it manifesting in our environment”.

Governor Ambode urged the participants of the walk to remain ambassadors and flag bearers in the fight against domestic and s3xual violence, ”If we all join hands and speak against this, we can truly make Lagos uncomfortable for perpetrators of these heinous crimes.”

He commended the Lagos State Domestic and S3xual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), organizers of the Walk, as he assured that his administration would continue to do more to ensure the rights and welfare of the most vulnerable in the State are adequately protected.

“I will like you to join hands with me to say no to rapists, say no to women beaters and wherever they are, we know that the Task Force that we have set up will swing into action.

”We are looking for the first 11 scapegoats whether highly or lowly placed in the society. We say no to domestic violence and s3xual abuse,” he added.

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