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Shomolu 2023: Why I Am Best Fit To Represent My Constituency In The Green Chambers

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Ahead of the primary elections of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the leading aspirant for the Shomolu Federal Constituency, Hon. Olowu Oluwaseyi has urged Lagosians to vote for people with cognitive legislative experience for the House of Reps seat.

According to him, the Green chamber is driven by experience and not a place for on-the-job training, but for people that have cognitive experience in the country’s legislative business.

“If given the opportunity, I’ll not disappoint my constituents,” he said.

Oluwaseyi, who has assisted in small-scale businesses for the people of Shomolu, and also has given over 500 scholarship to students from Nursery 1 to SS3 said this while speaking to the media.

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The aspirant, while soliciting the support of his constituents, advised them to shun all forms of violence, thuggery, and other anti-social vices that could impinge the development of the constituency in particular and the state in general.

He also stated that he would deliver dividends of democracy to his constituents, adding that he is someone with a multidisciplinary background and will use it to the advantage of the people.

While urging the party to remain neutral in coordinating the primaries, he said, “My only advice for the party is for the leadership to provide a level playing ground for all aspirants bearing in mind those who will win the general election.”

While expressing concern over what he intends to do for his constituents, Olowu said he would push for projects that facilitate the enhancement of health, education, security, and infrastructure available to his constituents.

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He opined that electorates in the state should vote for an individual that is dynamic and vibrant with a specific interest in what will benefit the people of Shomolu.

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The House of Reps aspirant who is popularly called Owo Chicago noted that he is qualified to lead the people and would deploy his international exposure to attract development to the district, adding that the party delegates should vote for him at the primaries slated for Sunday, May 22, 2022.

“I want to represent Shomolu at the Green Chambers because I believe, and my people do too, that I have all the qualities required of a good representative and we don’t want our community denied this advantage of adequate and proper representation.

“I am eminently qualified. I am widely accepted and well-loved by the people for various reasons. I am neither an impromptu nor opportunistic aspirant. I am vastly experienced in management, diplomacy, and organizational leadership. I am well exposed internationally and above all, I am a responsible person.

“I also urge and appeal to our party delegates to vote for me at the forthcoming primaries slated for Sunday, May 22, 2022,” he said.

Oluwaseyi attended Omoleye Primary School before he proceeded to CMS Grammar School and then Ilupeju College. He studied in Statistics at the University of Ibadan and Education Admin at the prestigious University of Lagos (UNILAG).

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Reviewing Otunba Gbenga Daniel political sagacity so far By Victor Ojelabi

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Otunba Gbenga Daniel, APC senatorial candidate, Ogun East District

The media once went into frenzy with the news of the defection of one of the former Ogun State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s chieftains, Otunba Gbenga Daniel (OGD), to the ruling side All Progressives Congress (APC) in what has openly kick-started the political permutation ahead of 2023.

The media further reported that OGD took part in the ruling party’s registration and revalidation exercise which officially validated his defection and membership of the party.

In a reaction to the development, the PDP in the South-West came out to say that Otunba Daniel had long defected to APC, adding that it was obvious that the APC has become so embarrassed with the refusal of well-meaning Nigerians to openly associate with the party in its membership registration and was then making up defections for public perception. In fact, the opposition party claimed that by the action of Otunba Gbenga Daniel few hours after the results of the 2019 presidential election was declared, it was obvious that he was among the double-agents who sold the PDP out during the election.

Parts of the media report on OGD at best can be termed misleading as Ogidi Omo, as he was fondly referred, did not technically defect from the PDP to the APC as he stepped aside from politics months ago. OGD had been retired from partisan politics before his recent re-emergence to the call of duty. The assertion by the PDP therefore holds little or nothing to this effect.

Recall that in March 2019, he had sent a letter to the PDP leadership which read, “This is to inform you of my intention to resign from active and partisan politics with effect from today, the 14th day of March 2019.”

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He had explained that his move from politics was personal and that the move will allow him to devote more time to charity and resuscitate his non-partisan political leadership academy, which he established a few years ago.

He had gone ahead to explain some reasons for his actions which were termed anti-party by the party:

“Whereas the national leadership of our party, recognised one candidate for the 2019 election, by court pronouncements another candidate, and in compliance with those court orders, which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recognised was on the INEC list.

“The candidate recognised by INEC was not acceptable to the national leadership of the party. Our situation was then compounded because the candidate which the court and INEC recognised and accepted as valid has also been expelled by the party.”

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That situation made him respond to “the yearnings of our people and joined others in emplacing an administration that we believe will better serve the interests of our people than what currently exists.”

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This support berthed the Dapo Abiodun administration.

Perhaps before joining issues with any entity, some things need to be put in retrospect.

OGD had joined the PDP in Ogun State in September, 2001 at an event which was described as one of the most ceremonial political rallies in recent political history in the South Western part of Nigeria. He had gone ahead to create a highly robust and effective political campaign machinery which resulted in an electoral victory for the People’s Democratic Party in Ogun State in 2003; a victory whose dominoes’ effect reverberated through the politics of the South-West region positively with a victory in five states for the then ruling party.

Having served as governor of Ogun state for eight years, his administration till today remains a point of reference in terms of physical, social, economic, educational and human capital development since the state was created in 1976. Notwithstanding these widely acclaimed achievements however, PDP in Ogun State ran into trouble waters towards the end of his administration (about the year 2009) which led to the sad loss in the election of 2011, and regrettably ten (10) years after the party has been unable to resolve those internal disputes and challenges.

Unlike OGD, no politician in Nigeria today will willingly resign from a political party for more than a year before pitching tent with the next available option. Out of respect and the vestige of loyalty he had for the PDP-a party he joined over two decades ago, and of course, the love for his teeming apostles, OGD waited for the best moment to press play on his paused political career.

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The most extraordinary characteristic of Daniel is his ability to endure and renew. No politician has faced down greater existential challenges or perfected the technique of quiet adjustment to shifting realities with greater skill than OGD. Perhaps. When he left office in 2011, he made efforts to remain relevant in the scheme of things in the state. In line with his desire, he tried to keep the structure of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the state intact. But this only lasted a short while, as he had to fight many battles in the process.

Remarkably, OGD operates what can best be termed the politics of the people. Not only is he loved and cherished by the people of Ogun state, he ensures that his political moves are in tandem with the desires of his people. That was why he had to leave the PDP to join the Labour Party. His reason for joining Labour Party was to build a platform that will serve as a proper check mate for irregularities in governance of the state. Though people in the PDP frowned at this but the masses joined him to follow the party. Labour Party became the most dominant opposition party in the state taking over from the PDP. While skeptic analysis said it was an act of desperation for him to have left PDP for Labour Party but majority of the people of Ogun State didn’t care, they started declaring their support for him. He became the voice of the masses speaking against unhealthy antics of the state government.

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After much deliberations and reconciliation meetings orchestrated by the National Leadership of PDP, Gbenga Daniel returned to PDP in October 2014. He returned back to PDP with massive supporters from the Labour Party which became a big boost for the PDP. But as the years rolled by, the internal wrangling and power tussles within the party took on greater dimensions, en route the last general elections. Things looked as if they couldn’t get worse, but they did, as the PDP lost the elections to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Politically, the PDP had lost its teeth within the political schemes in Ogun state. No longer was it the formidable party of yester years; this is notwithstanding OGD’s large followership in the state. Political pundits and analysts have for years posited that a move for the political gladiator away from the PDP and its many problems will be the best move for OGD’s political life as well as a win for the people that have come to love and trust him.

It, therefore, came as cheery news when he announced his return to politics on a formidable platform like the APC. OGD’s return to politics and the pitching of his tent with the APC marks something of a comeback for the Ijebu political titan, whose political exploits appeared irretrievably tainted by the internal wrangling and power tussle that afflicted the People’s Democratic Party.

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Onboard APC, OGD relevance, political clout, prowess, etc, go beyond Ogun State to the national level for the greater good of the Nigerian people. This can be envisaged from his programme on Public Private Partnership which attracted several businesses into the state during his tenure. And why not? From education to health, sports, economy, agriculture, urban renewal and rural development, power, infrastructure, human development, housing, industrialisation, tourism and employment generation, OGD’s imprints in the state were phenomenal!

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As at the last count, about 70 companies berthed in Ogun State from 2003 to 2011 with over 250,000 jobs provided through various employment generation schemes of the State government. In his eight years, the OGD Administration did more roads than all the administrations before it and most of these were done through direct labour with the Ministry of Works and the Ogun State Road Management Agency OGROMA. By utilising this method, costs were significantly saved while the confidence of indigenous engineers was reinstated in the people. The Olumo Rock resort was refurbished meeting international tourism standard, the MKO International Stadium Abeokuta was renovated and three other stadiums in other geo-political zones of the state were constructed to FIFA specifications.

The NYSC orientation camp in Sagamu is reputed to be the best in the country while the Tai Solarin College of Education was upgraded to University status making it the first in Nigeria and second in Africa. It was adjudged the best University of Education In Africa in 2011. The construction of a modern secretariat for civil servants in the state at a cost which beat the imagination of late President Umar Musa Yar’Adua who commissioned it remains a landmark.

The construction of the six-lane Lalubu Road – the commercial nerve centre of Abeokuta – without a single demolition of existing building was to become a standard in road constructions in Ogun State today.

For OGD, the governorship was a 24-hour job. The last project he commissioned, the OPIC PLAZA remains, till date, is the tallest structure in Ogun State.

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Perhaps it is not immodest to say that the incredible performance of Otunba Gbenga Daniel is now a benchmark to measure the performance of future leaders of the gateway state. In the words of the Nobel Laureate himself, Professor Wole Soyinka, “The various projects embarked upon by Governor Daniel are laudable and practical”.

If his decisions have gained him so much love and respect from his teeming apostles and the good people of Ogun State in the past, then who dares question why a lion decided to roar again?

Ogidi Omo has once again thrown his hat into the ring. He is the APC senatorial candidate for Ogun East and given his antecedents, there is no gainsaying that the good people of his senatorial district are in for the best available representation at the national assembly.

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Why NLC, TUC Must Protect Nigeria’s Democracy – Obasa

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The survival of Nigeria’s democracy should be a key focus of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and its affiliates, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has said.

Dr. Obasa gave the charge Thursday at the 2022 Independence Day Anniversary Lecture with the theme ‘Nigeria in search for an enduring political structure: imperative of structural reform’ held at the NLC Ogun State headquarters.

According to him, Nigeria can only advance positively if the various unions and individuals play roles to keep the country’s democracy thriving.

The Speaker, who was chairman of the event, said that the country is seen as practising democracy because there are legislative arms of government in place both at the national and sub-national levels.

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He, however, lamented the attempts by some individuals in position of authority to ‘pocket’ these lawmaking arms of States citing how, in some instances, principal officers of Houses of Assembly are removed at the whims and caprices of single individuals in authority.

“It is hightime we all rose to protect Nigeria’s political institution, the parliament. We have seen cases where the civil society looked away while democracy faces danger from some individuals.

“We have seen cases where the parliament was closed and where a governor carried inauguration of legislature by midnight.

“When you have a legislature that is answerable to a single person, you can’t progress or meet collective goals or say we are practising democracy. We have heard of a state that already has four Speakers in less than four years.

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“It is also surprising that even among the elite, you find that there are some people who do not know their representatives at the parliament. Yet, these parliamentarians make the laws that guide their activities and actions.

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“As a union, our concern should not be about where we work, our salaries and welfare alone; we should also protect our institutions. I am not saying you should be partisan, but at least, play a role in guiding our democracy.

“In that way, it would be difficult for individuals to determine how the parliament, which is the true symbol of democracy, should operate,” Obasa said.

In his short remark, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, noted that Nigeria simply practises civil rule and not democracy.

“If you have a vibrant legislature, you have democracy,” he said.

In his address, Comrade Abinbola Bankole, chairman of the NLC in Ogun State, said though Nigeria faces many challenges, “as a labour movement, it is our considered opinion that blame-game shall take us nowhere as a people.”

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He said if Nigeria must work, citizens must be interested in how their country is governed.

Guest lecturer at the event, Chief Mike Ozekhomhe (SAN), noted that the problems with Nigeria are fundamental and systemic. He suggested a new constitution for the country.

“No president who rules Nigeria will do well. Until we do serious structural adjustment or realignments, none of those who would rule Nigeria can make any spectacular difference,” Ozekhomhe said while expressing optimism that Nigeria will be successful again.

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On his part, Nafiu Aiyedun, Ogun State Head of Service, who represented Governor Dapo Abiodun, promised that the government would continue to focus on the welfare of workers.

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Atiku Ne Zabin Mua 2023: PDP chieftain, Akinyemi, says Atiku is right candidate for Nigeria

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A People Democratic Party’s stalwart, Segun Akinyemi, popularly known in the Lagos social circle as Sky, has opened up to the publisher of Freelanews, VICTOR OJELABI, over the 2023 general elections and the chances of the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who was once Nigeria’s vice president, at the polls.

A man of many parts, Akinyemi is an entrepreneur, media and entertainment analyst and independent publicist. He is the founder of De-Sky Multimedia UK, The Mono Channel and KÚTÚPÀ Herbal Beverages Ltd.

During the Freelanews Top 10 Questions, Sky, who is also the chairman of PDP UK South West Zone, enumerated several qualities of the man popularly known with the chieftaincy title Waziri of Adamawa Emirate, the highest in the council that puts him in charge of administration of the emirate. This title given to people who are educated, honest and God fearing.

Akinyemi also spoke on the agenda behind a support group, Atiku Ne Za Bin Mu A 2023, as one of the vehicle to ensure successful electioneering campaigns.

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Excerpts…

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You’ve been a consistent believer in the Atiku project and PDP for a long time now. What’s your staying power?
Naturally, I am a loyal and consistent person; I have always believed and stood by my convictions. I’ve been a supporter of PDP since 1998 and I have not had any reason to deviate. To me, PDP is Africa’s biggest political family that accommodates everyone and creates a level playing field. Regardless of the storm, PDP will always and has always bounced back.

Atiku has been running for president since 1993 when he lost to the late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola at the primary on the platform of the defunct SDP and many Nigerians are wondering why he hasn’t given up hope of ruling the country. Some believe it is desperation. Do you agree with them?
There’s nothing such as desperation in his quest to contribute his own quota to the development of his fatherland. He believes he has the magical wand to solve Nigeria’s myriads of problems and he is driven by that passion and zeal. The only way he can achieve this is by following through the democratic process and throwing his hat in the ring. It’s quite valid to try many times to achieve your objective and no matter how many times you fail, you must not quit.

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It’s believed by many that PDP contributed the highest to these myriads of problems Nigeria is bewitched with. Why do you think Nigerians will trust its candidate?
I think it’s ignorant for anyone to join in spreading the falsehood that PDP ruined Nigeria in 16 years. Prior to the formation of PDP in 1998, Nigeria has suffered incompetent leadership from successive military governments. Abacha, the former head of state died in 1998 and up till date Nigeria is still recovering millions of dollars from his loot stashed away abroad. Now, do you blame PDP for that? Was the N2.8billon of missing oil money Fela (Anikulapo Kuti) sang about years back caused by PDP? So it’s totally incorrect to attribute Nigeria’s problems to PDP alone. The fact still remains that in this present current democratic setting, Nigeria glorious years have been under the PDP rule.

Atiku once ran on a party he formed with APC candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Why did you think he rejected the latter as his running mate?
His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is the unifier and has always been a detribalised Nigerian who also knows the value of total inclusiveness. It would have been so unfair to fly a Muslim-Muslim ticket, which would amount to a total disrespect for the Christians in Nigeria. Hence the reason he refused to run with Asiwaju Tinubu. Atiku’s conscience would not have permitted him to display such a poor sense of judgement.

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Are you also of the school of thought that he lost the election to Umaru YarAdua because of that?
With the goodwill the Obasanjo administration enjoyed and the many giant strides of PDP, there wasn’t any political party that stood any chance of winning against Late Umar Yardua of PDP at that period. So I don’t think it has anything to do with ATIKU as a person.

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Of all the candidates in the 2023 election, what edge do you think Atiku has?
Atiku is in pole position to win the next presidential election because he is the most experienced of all and has the most acceptance across all geo-political zones of Nigeria. There is no Nigerian of voting age that doesn’t know Atiku and how influential he is. As far as a I am concerned the other candidates, with all respect to them, are more like regional candidates. Besides, Atiku is the most qualified in terms of education, exposure and has a vast network of friends across the world. His business acumen his top notch and he also has an impeccable track record in public service right from his days as a serving customs officer.

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As far as a I am concerned the other candidates, with all respect to them, are more like regional candidates.

And if Atiku should become president, what would he do differently being a part of the ruling class for a long time?
Atiku will run Nigeria differently in many ways but most importantly, he will run a government of full inclusiveness, where everyone will be represented. Women and youth will make up 40% of his cabinet. Unlike the failed APC government that wasted the vital first six months on junketing around the world, he would get down to work on day one and his appointments would not be lopsided. He will diversify the economy and turn Nigeria to a manufacturing country rather than one that relies mainly on imported goods. Atiku is a known successful businessman and he’s also one of Nigeria’s highest employers of labour. Atiku is not coming loot our resources, instead he will use his vast business knowledge in creating wealth and will make sure our middle class thrives again.

Whenever Atiku is mentioned, what comes to mind is Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s comment on him. Do you think Atiku could be trusted?
I think Chief Obasanjo has been misquoted severally over Atiku. Whatever friction the pair may have had in the past has been resolved and they now enjoy a very cordial relationship.

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Why Atiku Ne Zabin Mua 2023? And what’s the strategy of the organisation to winning the 2023 election for Atiku?
Atiku ne za bin mua 2023 means Atiku is our choice in 2023.

We are an independent support group under the amiable leadership of our national coordinator, Ambassador Halima Suleiman, who also is a member of the PDP presidential campaign.

The agenda behind the group is prompted by the need to further engage Nigerians into the movement of taking back Nigeria and reposition the nation back onto a progressive track. The objective of the organization and its convener is to inform Nigerians on the capacity of Atiku and present his track record as a factor that presents him as the best candidate who can get the job done.

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And finally, as the electioneering campaign has been officially declared, what would you advise Nigerians?

As the electioneering process begins, my advice to Nigerians is to go about lawfully while campaigning for their candidates and eschew any form of violence and brigandry. Election is not war and we must be tolerant of each other’s choice. The youths must resist any attempt by politicians to use them as thugs to intimidate voters. Finally Nigerians most vote based on their conscience and candidate’s capabilities shunning any ethno religious sentiments.

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