Tuesday, 25 September 2018
S/No. STATE RESOLUTION ON MODE OF PRIMARIES TO BE ADOPTED
1. ABIA DIRECT PRIMARIES
2. ADAMAWA INDIRECT PRIMARIES
3. AKWA IBOM DIRECT PRIMARIES
4. ANAMBRA DIRECT PRIMARIES
5. BAUCHI DIRECT PRIMARIES
6. BAYELSA DIRECT PRIMARIES
7. BENUE INDIRECT PRIMARIES
8. BORNO INDIRECT PRIMARIES
9. CROSSRIVER DIRECT PRIMARIES
10. DELTA INDIRECT PRIMARIES
11. EBONYI INDIRECT PRIMARIES
12. ENUGU INDIRECT PRIMARIES
13. EDO DIRECT PRIMARIES
14. EKITI DIRECT PRIMARIES
15. GOMBE INDIRECT PRIMARIES
16. IMO DIRECT PRIMARIES
17. JIGAWA INDIRECT PRIMARIES
18. KADUNA INDIRECT PRIMARIES
19. KANO DIRECT PRIMARIES
20. KASTINA INDIRECT PRIMARIES
21. KEBBI INDIRECT PRIMARIES
22. KOGI INDIRECT PRIMARIES
23. KWARA INDIRECT PRIMARIES
24. LAGOS DIRECT PRIMARIES
25. NASARAWA INDIRECT PRIMARIES
26. NIGER DIRECT PRIMARIES
27. OGUN DIRECT PRIMARIES
28. ONDO DIRECT PRIMARIES
29. OSUN DIRECT PRIMARIES
30. OYO INDIRECT PRIMARIES
31. PLATEAU INDIRECT PRIMARIES
32. RIVERS INDIRECT PRIMARIES
33. SOKOTO INDIRECT PRIMARIES
34. TARABA DIRECT PRIMARIES
35. YOBE INDIRECT PRIMARIES
36. ZAMFARA DIRECT PRIMARIES
37. FCT DIRECT PRIMARIES
NOTE: The National Working Committee (NWC) has banned the Adamawa State Working Committee from participating either as delegates or superintendents over the governorship primaries holding in the State. This is due to the fact that the Adamawa State Working Committee was prejudiced in favour of a governorship aspirant.
Mr. Yekini Nabena
Ag. National Publicity Secretary
Sunday, 23 September 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has started reeling out results from different local government areas. The electoral body has pruned down the list to five parties from the total number of forty eight (48) that participated.
The parties whose results are being announced are APC, PDP, ADP, ADC and SDP. The results announced thus far are;
Election results being announced by Prof. Oyelabi, Osun State's Returning Electoral Commissioner. Photo Credit: thecable
Atakunmosa West LGA
Ifedayo Local Government Area
Ede South LGA
ADC – 106
ADP – 663
APC – 7229
PDP – 10869
SDP – 1907
ADC – 18
ADP – 1275
APC – 9790
PDP – 8244
Total Registered Voters – 57, 397
Accredited: 25, 045
Parties Total Votes:
ADC – 137
ADP – 1137
APC – 11, 655
PDP – 6, 892
SDP – 2730
Odo Otin LGA
Thursday, 20 September 2018
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu
The battle on who gets the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State continued on Wednesday with the party leadership mounting pressure on the incumbent Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, to drop his second term bid and endorse his opponent, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Sanwo-Olu came into reckoning in Lagos politics after he obtained the state governorship form last Tuesday and immediately got the backing of the Mandate Movement in the Lagos APC.
The Mandate Movement is led by the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who was Ambode's political godfather.
The chairmen of the 57 councils had also declared support for Sanwo-Olu.
The governor and Tinubu have been in the news in the past few days because of an alleged rift over the second term bid of Ambode.
Tinubu had refused to back Ambode's second term ambition despite pleas by notable people in the state and the country.
Sanwo-Olu, a former commissioner in the state, on Sunday formally declared his intention to vie for the Lagos State governorship ticket of the APC, promising to restore the glory of the state when he was voted in as the governor.
Notable APC leaders in the state, who were either allies of Tinubu or his followers, were at the declaration.
On Monday, Ambode's wife, Bolanle had tried to save her husband's job when she met with Tinubu in Osun State and tried to pacify him to change his mind. The meeting did not yield positive result.
Our correspondent learnt that both the state and national leaders of the party met on Wednesday and mounted pressure on the Lagos governor to accept the decision of the state party leaders.
It was gathered that Ambode, however, told them that he would prefer to go ahead with the direct primary option of the party in the state.
A source said, "Ambode was told to step down and forget his second term ambition. He was told to publicly endorse Sanwo-Olu as his successor. He was promised a ministerial appointment after the APC might have won the presidential election. He was even told to pick a ministry of his choice.
"But Ambode seemed not to be pleased with the directives of the leaders as he declined the ministerial dangle. He also told them to allow the APC primary process to continue as planned. For now, the meeting is still continuing and there is no compromise in sight."
Our correspondent also learnt on Wednesday that Ambode had instructed his camp not to speak to any journalist and wait for the electoral process to pan out.
"We told him that he might likely lose if he decided not to fight back, but he just smiled," another source said.
However, it was gathered that the state APC leaders were still insisting that Ambode must go as of Wednesday evening.
Also, it was gathered that the meeting of the Governor's Advisory Council, the APC's highest advisory political organ, which held in Lagos, did not discuss Ambode's issue.
It was gathered that the body was supposed to advise the party on the choice between Ambode and Sanwo-Olu and its implication for the party.
There had been reports that the verdict of the body would seal the fate of both Ambode and Sanwo-Olu
A source said the meeting merely took briefing on the three aspirants – Ambode, Sanwo-Olu and Dr Femi Hamzat – and later discussed Osun State governorship election.
The body was also said to have advised the party to shift the primary to September 29, 2018, instead of the September 25 it planned to hold the primary.
The source said, "Asiwaju, the governor, as well as the two other aspirants were not present at the meeting. A briefing on the profile of the aspirants was taken and advice was given that the primary be shifted to September 29.
"The body will meet again on Saturday when members will discuss more on the aspirants."
Pro-Ambode demonstration holds in Lagos
Meawhile, some residents of Lagos State took to the street on Wednesday to protest against Tinubu's refusal to back Ambode
The protesters, who stormed the secretariat of the Ikeja Local Government Area in Ikeja, said the incumbent governor deserved automatic ticket.
One of the protesters, Mr Charles Akube, said Ambode's infrastructural development projects were enough to earn him a second term.
He said, "Tinubu should not use politics to spoil the development going on in Lagos. Ambode has done enough to get a second term."
The Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has finally speak up on rift between him and Asiwaju Tinubu, the godfather of Lagos politics.
It should be recall that Tinubu is the only person who command who should be governor in Lagos State, according to reports, those whom he had made governors started from Fashola are very loyal to him till date.
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Indeed, His Loyalty Has Been Tested!
When during his ministerial screening a question on loyalty was posed to him, many laughed off his response; others deep enough had the intuitive pushing to reflect over it. Yet, it was too weighty to digest within a few days let alone hours after it was pronounced. "May our loyalty never be tested", was the bit he said and left the imperative of the statement to travel as far as it could.
One of his colleague governors used to say to me: "I wish I had Fashola's kind of political maturity. That guy is in a class of his own." You can flaunt your closeness to Fashola in the best way possible. But he won't let you abuse it and one of the ways is by preventing you from saying anything untoward about Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Try it and you would be shocked what instant reply you get.
"Please, never you speak ill of my oga", he is wont to say at all times. But guess what? They've had their differences, even after office. A prominent politician once told of how Lagos natives tried to co-opt BRF into decimating Tinubu's political dynasty and by implication, emancipating the state. This was as a governor. He was shocked how BRF changed the topic and discharged them immediately. "He acted as though we were recording him", he said, disappointed however.
Only recently, a northern governor hinted me that a prominent Lagos politician said to him recently that compared to the incumbent Governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode, Fashola is a saint. Wouldn't you smile hearing that? Well, something that confirms this happened yesterday at the Osun APC rally.
BRF arrived at the venue yet to wear his signature agbada, while Asiwaju allegedly had his in his hands waiting to adorn it. Just as BRF was about to wear his, Asiwaju called him and asked him to bring it in exchange for his. The swap was done before the glare of the crowd and that, to the students of power and politics, was a symbolic transfer of leadership mantle, even as Ambode watched. Mind you, Governor Rauf Aregbesola remains the indisputable political general.
Although another version of this spectacle had claimed BRF came to the venue without an agbada and Asiwaju offered his, while someone else offered another to Asiwaju. That story has been dismissed by my sources as incorrect; that a deliberate swap was done.
Whichever one you buy, what is important is the significance of the action, when placed side-by-side the timing. Indeed, Fashola's loyalty has been tested time and time again and he is an affirmation of the assertion that bibire (noble upbringing) is not what you get to buy at a corner shop. You either have it or not.
It is not that he doesn't have his personal failings, but he has continued to strive to live above board. It was by choice that he refused to partake in high level politicking, some of which could have shown brazen disdain for Asiwaju. Even when his colleagues and friends complain he is pushing back from fighting, he dismisses their grievances, because for him, he is an administrator and only his work he would face.
You must know BRF to appreciate him. He is an Omoluabi to the core!
Monday, 17 September 2018
King Saheed Elegushi 'King Gushi ' and friend Chief Olalekan Dosunmu 'Akinshiku of Lagos' settles their rifts this evening at King Daheed Ademola Elegushi 's kingdom 'Gushi's Palace'in Ikate Land.
Dignitaries Present: Chief Opeluwa, Aremo Adesegun Oniru, Chief Kosoko , Chief Aromashadun amongst others.
The two jolly friends were said to have issues with reason best known to them, it took months to calm both friends,
We are glad they've both settled 💃🏻
now let's watch out for the Swags of both of them at events👅😂 chai! I love their charisma, I can't wait to report their first OUTING 🙈😂
Wednesday, 29 August 2018
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has agreed to adopt direct primaries to conduct elections that will produce Presidential, Senate, House of Representatives, Governorship and State House of Assembly's candidates ahead of 2019 general elections, a reliable party source told Daily Trust last night.
The source, who said that there was no dissenting voice among the NWC members, added that the decision was taken to last night's meeting of the party's National Caucus to be attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
"All members of the NWC agree to adopt direct primaries. That is what is taken to the National Caucus. You know that some governors like that of Ogun and Ondo do agree to it. So, it may have to be subjected to voting. You know that it is not all members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) are members of caucus. However, the caucus will decide what will happen at NEC meeting tomorrow (Thursday). But there is no divided opinion among the NWC members," the source said.
The Acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena, did not answer his calls when Daily Trust tried to make an enquiry about the outcome of the meeting.
However, it was gathered last night that those opposing the method were still very strong in their decision.
Sources said the opponents were wondering how the party would coordinate an election mode that would involve millions of party members across the country, considering the logistics involved at a time the party was just registering new members.
What Oshiomhole once said about direct primaries.
The APC National Chairman, while justifying the reason for direct primary for Osun State governorship election, said, "Regardless of who wins the primary, we hope that the rest of them will support the person to ensure that we do our best to retain the governance of Osun State. We have decided that in order to ensure popular participation, and to deepen democracy in Osun State, in line with the provision of our party constitution which allows for either direct or indirect primary, we have resolved that the governorship election primary in Osun state will be conducted on the basis of direct primary.
"What that means is that every card-carrying member of our party will participate in the process of nominating the flag bearer of the party. This for us, is the most democratic way to conduct election and is in line with what our critical stakeholders from that part of the country want and we are quite happy to oblige.
"The whole idea is that the more we allow our party members to participate in the process of nominating candidates, we will remove the issue of corruption or monetizing the processes of nominating aging candidates, in addition to the fact that party members will have a sense of ownership of the outcome of the exercise.
"I think our slogan is change, but we have not changed from bad to worse. We have only changed from a situation where only few delegates who fly the flag of the party to one in which all party members have a say and can participate actively. Our democracy has to grow and our constitution allows for this process and I am proud that the people of Osun state are ready to go through the whole hog of allowing party members rather than allowing party caucus to determine who flies our flag. I think that is more democratic.
"We see in America how party leaders go from one leader to another as voting goes on even before they come back to the proper election and I think the beauty in that is those members have a sense of ownership of that person and therefore we have a duty to mobilize for that person so that he wins. We are not detained by a particular approach but we are doing this in line with the wishes of the real stakeholders in Osun State as we know then."