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A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, has appealed to the
leadership of the party not to allow anyone to gamble with its ticket in the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State.

Bamidele told the party in clear terms to concede the ticket to a popular candidate that can dislodge the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP),
rather than a candidate that was not sure of victory but only embarking on trial and error exercise.

The former commissioner assured that no member of the party will be alienated in his government if the party eventually concedes the
ticket to him to contest for the 2018 governorship poll.

Bamidele hinted that a governor can only gain the confidence of the people when he runs an all-inclusive government, saying nobody or
group will be alienated or discriminated against under his leadership.

The former House of Representatives member spoke in Ode Ekiti, headquarters of Gbonyin Local Government on Wednesday while
interfacing with the party members in the council on his governorship ambition.

Bamidele applauded the resilience and steadfastness of the party members since they returned to opposition in 2014, describing the trait as lofty and heartwarming.

He added that he remains one of the most trusted party leaders, who had received tutelage through the right channel to be able to run a
responsible party structure as a governor, promising to subsume all the existing caucuses in the party into one through outstanding
leadership that will be acceptable to all members.

“I am a thorough-bred politician , I understand the game and I know the importance of cohesive force in any party. No matter how strong a
party is, if it allows internal crisis by way of discrimination, it will collapse and become emasculated to be able to win elections.

“I promise to treat everybody with respect , both highs and lows . I will engage you in all the state’s policies, particularly the
sensitive ones and get your inputs because you are important and whoever despises you does that at his own peril.

“APC is a political party that can win the July 14 election if the right things are done. I believe if we reorganize and put behind us
whatever misgivings and misunderstandings we had in the past, then APC will get it right and we shall record a resounding victory”.

Bamidele apologized to whoever he must have offended by his action in the 2014 governorship election, which he contested on the platform of Labour Party, saying he did that to protect the interest of members and not to ruin the party’s fortunes.

“I did not contest against Dr Kayode Fayemi to ruin APC in Ekiti. I contested that election, so that every member, no matter how lowly
rated could have the audacity to rise up and seek elective positions in the party without hindrance .

“I believe that every human being should be allowed to exhibit his freedom within the confines of the laws without his hands being
fettered by power brokers. Whatever power we have was derived from the constitution but abridgement of the people’s rights should neither
be tolerated nor condoned.

“But whatever happens then had been settled amicably. Dr Fayemi and I are now best of friends and that we shall maintain and sustain in the
interest of APC.

“The coming election is a must-win battle for all of us but we actually knew that the game of politics is a popularity contest. We
must field someone that commands respect and the confidence of Ekiti people and I know I stand a good chance in this regard”, he said.

He promised to invest heavily in youth and women empowerment if given the opportunity to serve, describing these strata as the pivots on
which any society rotates.

Bamidele also promised to reignite the Awolowo’s magic wand via free education , robust scholarship scheme up to PhD level, resuscitation
of the moribund industries like Ikun Dairy Farm, ROMACO , Ire Burnt Brick , among others .

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A civil society organization in Nigeria, the Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) has condemned in the strongest terms, the reported military takeover of government and dissolution of democratic structures in Gabon today 7th January, 2019 by a group of ill advised and misadventurous soldiers.
In a statement issued in Lagos, Nigeria, by its National Coordinator Nelson Ekujumi, the group described the toppling of elected democratic structures in Gabon by the coupists as misguided, reckless, provocative irresponsible, barbaric, violation of the democratic rights of the people of Gabon and treasonable felony which must not be allowed to stand.
According to CPPM, “We call on African Union (AU) and demand not only a restoration of the democratic structures in Gabon, but also that the law must be allowed to take its course in dealing with the errant coupists, to serve as a lesson that forceful takeover of government is an abberation and illegality”
CPPM called on the African Union to immediately rise to the ocassion against this brazen assault on democracy in the continent by sending a clear message to the misguided coupists to immediately return to the barracks and allow the democratic institutions put in place by the people of Gabon to function effectively as established by law and be made to face the consequences of this treasonable act.
The organization also called on the military in Gabon to immediately distance itself from this act of treason by some of its personnel who have violated the law of Gabon by this military takeover and brought the image of Gabon to international opprobrium.
CPPM, admonished the peace loving people of Gabon to remain calm and peaceful in the face of this unprovoked assault of their democratic rights by the coupists as we expect them to see reason, return to the barracks and submit themselves to legally constituted authority immediately.
Long live Africa
Long live Democracy
Yours Sincerely,
Nelson Ekujumi,
National Coordinator.
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Pray For Peaceful, Successful 2019 Elections….Obasa



By: Segun Lawal
The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly and Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has called on Nigerians to continue to pray for a peaceful and successful General Elections in the country.
The Lagos Assembly Speaker also saluted Nigerians for their resourcefulness, courage, prayers and support which have been vital to the successes so far recorded by the All Progressives Congress  (APC) administration at all levels of governance.
Rt. Hon. Obasa’s message was contained in his New Year message via a press released on Monday, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak.
“Nigerians are very resourceful and courageous and it is obvious that all these, coupled with their prayers and support, have been very vital in the successes recorded so far by the APC administration at all levels. Indeed our people deserve special recognition and praise for this,” he said.
He urged Nigerians not to relent in praying for the government especially for a peaceful and successful General Elections in 2019. “We will not relent in seeking for more support and prayers from our people. This is especially needed for a peaceful and successful General Elections,” Rt. Hon. Obasa said.
The Lagos Assembly Speaker assured Nigerians that the APC administration at all levels will continue to put in place programmes and projects that will enhance their welfare and improve their standard of living. “The APC administration is committed to improving the lives of our people and we will not relent in doing this,” he said.
Rt. Hon. Obasa concluded: “On behalf of my colleagues at the Lagos State House of Assembly, I wish you all a happy and prosperous 2019”.
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Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday took a swipe at the sixteen years presidency of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) between 1999 and 2015, saying the State benefited nothing from the party’s reign.  

Speaking at the National Consultative Forum of the National Committee of Buhari Support Groups, a coordinating body of all the groups campaigning for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in 2019, held at Nicon Luxury in Abuja, Governor Ambode said the country would not go back to Egypt by bringing PDP back to power having crossed the Red Sea.

He said just within three and half years from 2015 till date, the All Progressives Congress (APC) had been able to lay a solid foundation for Nigeria’s economic growth and prosperity, adding that the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket remains the best option to take the country to the next level from 2019.

“Sixteen years of PDP, I can say it clearly that Lagos State never enjoyed anything from them. Three and half years of APC, I can clearly attest here that whatever it is that we have achieved in Lagos in the last three and half years, the present Federal Government has largely contributed to the things that we have achieved be it in terms of right of way, be it in terms of approval for waivers for import duties and other things that have actually made Lagos to be on the progressive trajectory that it had been in the last twenty years.

“So, for me it is very easy and it is just common sense that we have to uphold the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket to allow that economic progress and the growth in the GDP that we want for Nigeria rather than allowing it to get dismantled and then make us to go back to Egypt after crossing the Red Sea and we are not going back to Egypt,” Governor Ambode said.

He said since assuming office in 2015, the Buhari administration had worked tirelessly to bring about fundamental paradigm shift and retracing the steps of the country for sustained progressive chart, adding that the onus is now on the entire country to give the APC a chance to consolidate on the massive development already embarked upon.

“I just want Nigerians to understand and also to encourage all our members here that what we have started as a support group coordinating everything that is happening is not necessarily for you but it is a selfless service to put Nigeria on that trajectory that grows prosperity and also conveniently in another four years, we would make all Nigerians proud and I am very proud to be part of this.

“We have made up our mind that we are going to work tirelessly; we would do everything that is possible in terms of supporting and campaigning to let Nigerians understand that there are two parallel lines between what we stand to offer which is growth and prosperity for this country and what PDP is trying to come and re-engineer to take us back to the debris of the past that we don’t want to ever go back to.

“So, I just want to congratulate Mr President, Muhammadu Buhari and also the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and assure them that when they look at their back, they have true Nigerians who believe that yes, we want to build a skyscraper but we need solid foundation to be able to enjoy that skyscraper and then the next level we are thinking on is to be able to put the proper aesthetics and lay the proper foundation to allow Nigeria to make progress and that is what the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket speaks about,” the Governor said.

Besides, Governor Ambode said it was also gratifying that all APC Governors were united in ensuring the victory of APC in the presidential election next year. 

“All APC Governors, I can speak on their behalf, are resolved that the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket is what Nigeria needs and that is what we are going to pursue and I am happy that a handful of our gubernatorial candidates are here to align with us to make sure that what we would deliver is what Nigerians want and what Nigerians want is the APC President,” Governor Ambode said.

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