By Senator Babafemi Ojudu
When a couple of days ago I wrote that APC ,unlike PDP, will soon resolve her issues some didn’t believe.
It will implode, it will soon disintegrate so said the analysts so-called . They never wished our party well. This is not to say there are no genuine critics of our party.
I argued then that even if our problems are as high as Mount Everest we have wise leaders in President Mohammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and our National Leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu as well as many of our governors too who are reasonable and patriotic. They are not all self centered. They are men ( hope we have women soon ) who subscribed to the ideas and ideals of our party and not only what they can get .
As you have all seen, all of that brouhaha of last week has subsided if not vanished. My friend and brother Giadom came like a comet and vanished. My Comrade brother Oshiomole won one and lose one and we are matching forward to the future.
Don’t get me wrong . I am not saying things are perfect now but think about it ,no organization, just as no human being, is perfect. Wherever two or three people are gathered in pursuit of interests there must be conflict. It is the ability by the custodian of the larger interest to resolve the conflicts that makes for the resilience of such a group.
Make no mistake about it there will still be conflicts in the future. It is the way we are able to resolve it that makes the difference between us and PDP.
When as soon as the emergency NEC was over three days ago I called and talked to the dramatis personae including Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and they all expressed their gladness with the way it went I knew we have disappointed our party’s enemies.
We are still very young a party. ANC is a more than a hundred old plus and yet members and blocks within the party still disagree. In the Republican Party today there are disagreements between President Donald Trump and some whose families are synonymous with the Party. APC was formed in 2015. As we go along we will continue to perfect our acts internal mechanisms.
We shall work assiduously to keep this party together and grow it because for many of us we can go to another . It is either the progressive movement or retirement from public affairs . As I said today on a radio program if I die and someone brings PDP flag close to my coffin, I will wake up , tear it, burn it and go back to sleep.
We therefore thank all our leaders as well as the entire members of our party for their love for the progressive cause. Let us stay resolute to our commitment to bring about meaningful change to Nigeria. Let us serve our people more. Let the people put in charge of our public till imbibe the character and integrity of our dear President . Let us think more of our people than our selves. Let us rededicate our lives to the service of our Nation.
Just as the task of rescuing our country is a work in progress so is the building of a virile and unassailable APC .
Now we know we will go to election in Edo and Ondo without any legal encumbrances. The party too and the gentleman governor from Yobe State handling her affairs for the next six months has promised to look into the grievances of members across the country. We also have the Chief Bisi Akande Panel. We shall all listen and cooperate with them as we pray for the committee to organize a successful convention in no distant future.
APC survives! Thank you President Buhari. Thank you all our leaders. God bless our teeming members and supporters. Let us continue to keep the faith.
ASIWAJU BAT MOURNS THE EXIT OF DISTINGUISHED SENATOR BAYO OSHINOWO
The sudden, unexpected passing of Senator Bayo Osinowo has deeply hurt me and Lagosians. He was more than a close friend and political associate. Over the years he became like a family member and brother in so many ways.
Bayo and I have come a long way, dating back to our days in the pro-democracy struggles. We both enlisted in the Social Democratic Party where he served so well as the Youth Chairman of that party during the Third Republic and later in the Alliance for Democracy in 1998 after the restoration of democracy. Bayo’s contributions to the return of democracy were significant and enduring.
As a prominent political figure in Lagos, he served our state with dedication, passion and concern for the common man. In the Lagos State House of Assembly, where he was a four-time member from 2003 to 2019 representing Kosofe Constituency 1, he was more than a member of that House. He provided leadership. He was a stabilising figure. He worked hard and tirelessly to make Lagos a better place. He cared for all Lagosians.
His election in 2019 to represent Lagos East in the Senate demonstrated not only his immense political skills but also the affection the people have for him and his popularity. Thus far in the National Assembly, he discharged himself creditably as Chairman Senate Committee on Industries.
Like the committee he headed, Bayo was extremely industrious. Bayo was not born with riches. He rose from a modest background to the great heights that he attained.
His death hurt all who know him. Bayo was more than an excellent politician. As great a politician he was, Bayo was an even better person. He was a man of a kind heart and ready smile. His loyalty and enthusiasm was legendary, just as his generosity.
People loved him. So many tears have been shed. However, we must summon strength to carry on as he would want us to do.
My thoughts are with his immediate family. May Almighty Allah comfort and give them the solace that only He can provide. May Almighty Allah grant him eternal rest and admit him to Aljanna Firdaus.
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu
June 15, 2020.
SANWO-OLU EXPRESSES SHOCK, SADNESS OVER SEN. OSINOWO’S DEATH
SANWO-OLU EXPRESSES SHOCK, SADNESS OVER SEN. OSINOWO’S DEAT
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has expressed sadness over the sudden death of Senator Sikiru Adebayo Osinowo, representing Lagos East Senatorial District at the Upper Legislative Chamber of the National Assembly, who passed away on Monday morning at the age of 64 after a brief illness.
Sanwo-Olu in a condolence message, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile described Senator Osinowo’s death as a rude shock, coming at a time when the State and indeed the entire nation had just started benefiting from his wealth of political and administrative experience.
The Governor said Senator Osinowo’s demise had thrown the State into mourning, urging Lagosians, whose interests the late lawmaker represented at the National Assembly to use his death as a reminder that the battle against the ravaging coronavirus pandemic is far from being won.
“The death of Senator Bayo Osinowo is painful. He died at a time when we have just begun to consolidate on our successes and see a ray of hope in our fight against the covid-19. We must not allow the death of Senator Osinowo to deter us from forging ahead in our quest to finding a lasting solution to the dreaded disease.”
“I am saddened by the death of this fine gentleman; a loyal party man and committed democrat, with a deep understanding of the State’s social and political landscape.”
“Senator Osinowo was an extremely loyal politician, who started his political journey with the progressives and remained in the fold until his unfortunate exit today.”
“There’s no doubting the fact that he would be missed by the entire political class, particularly his immediate constituents in Kosofe, the Lagos East Senatorial District and the State as a whole.”
The Governor added that the best honour to give the deceased would be for government to speedily achieve a turn around in the State’s health sector by ensuring that no single life is lost on the account of poor health.
“We will continue to give priority attention to our health sector, improve on service delivery, trainings and other critical areas in the sector so as to ensure that no life is lost due to poor health facilities.”
Governor Sanwo-Olu condoled with the immediate family of the departed, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, President of the Senate, Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan over what he described as the loss of a “dear colleague”.
He also sympathised with members of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos and at the national level as well as the Lagos State House of Assembly.
“I pray that almighty Allah grant the soul of our beloved Bayo Osinowo eternal rest and grant him a place in Aljannah firdaus, he said.
Sylva, Oshiomole,others are not Amaechi’s Enemies – Eze
Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, chieftain of the APC and erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), has described reports flying on social media and purportedly credited to a former CTC chairman of Emohua Local Government Area and an ardent supporter of the Transportation Minister, Mr. Godstime Orlukwu, as fictitious and a cocktail of lie, emanating from men of the underworld.
In a statement circulated to media houses, Eze condemned the propagators of the false report, stressing that it has nothing to do with Godstime Orlukwu.
Haven perused through the damaging report, Eze confirmed establishing contact with Dr. Orlukwu and reliably gathered that he neither authored the piece nor contracted anybody to do same on his behalf and that the said report never emenated from him.
“I just spoke with my brother and political leader, Dr Godstime Orlukwu on a false statement credited to him alleging that some of the colleagues and political associates of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi are his enemies. The mischievous, malicious and wicked statement aimed at sowing seeds of discord between the Honourable Minister mentioned Sylva, Oshiomole, Akpabio, Omo-Agege as culprits.
From what I gathered from the APC Chieftain Dr Godstime Orlukwu, he never granted any interview to any Journalist or authorised such ungodly statement to be issued by anybody on his behalf insinuating that such good friends of his boss are his enemies or that the Minister is against any appointment made to anybody”.
Eze reinterred that the public should discountenance such a fallacious report describing it as the handiwork of mischief makers targeted at smearing the umblemished image of the Transportation Minister.
“As we investigate the source of this wicked report and those behind it, let me reiterate that those who wants to create enemies for the Honourable Minister of Transportation for their wicked political gains will not succeed in any form”. Eze said.
The statement further reads – “Let me caution finally that I am fully aware of all the evil steps put in place to discredit and pull down the Minister but God of justice will always guide and protect us from their hands”.
Eze issued a 48 hours ultimatum to the publishers of the damaging report to retract same or earn severe consequences.
“Finally, the Publisher of this false report is by this press statement given 48hours to pull down the report and retrace from its further publication or earn the wrath and weight of the law in this regard”.
On the appointment of Senator Magnus Abe into the Board of NNPC, Eze said it does not in any way affect the plans of the APC to deliver Rivers State from its present sad situation, all things being equal come 2023.
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