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Lagos Guber Race: Support Group Raises Alarm Over Plot To Disqualify Mustapha

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Mustapha4Lagos Agenda, a support group for the actualisation of the gubernatorial ambition of Olorunfemi Mustapha, has raised the alarm over a plot to disqualify the former permanent secretary by the screening committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mustapha is one of the two aspirants jostling to unseat the incumbent Babajide Sanwoolu with the other contestant being Olawale Oluwo and the three aspirants would slug it out for the party ticket in a primary scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 26, 2022.

In a press release made available to TheHeute, the head of Mustapha4Lagos Agenda Bukola Ogundipe alleged that the plot to get Mustapha screened out is being orchestrated from the camp of the incumbent Governor, saying Sanwoolu had allegedly enlisted the support of some elements within the screening committee to perfect the plan.

Ogundipe said the incumbent has identified Mustapha as the biggest threat to his reelection bid having realised that the Information Technology and Financial Systems expert is eminently qualified to take the state to the next level and enjoys the support of many Lagosians including the leadership of the party in the state.

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The group revealed that the politician’s legal team is meeting with the national body of the party to quash the plot.

Ogundipe said: “We have uncovered a plot to disqualify our aspirant from the race; they know that the only way they can stop Mustapha from getting the party ticket is to make sure he doesn’t participate in the primary. Let us forget about the noise they are making, he is the man to beat. We are very certain that their plot will not see the light of the day because Mustapha is clean and meets all the criteria required by the constitution of our party and the guidelines for the elections.

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“As we speak, our lawyers have met with the leadership of our party in Abuja to make sure that this evil plot does not see the light of the day. The national body must step up and quash this evil plan. Sanwoolu has been throwing money around, spending billions to buy people but this is about the future of our state and the leadership of our party in Lagos knows that we can’t continue with the abysmal performance of the incumbent.”

Meanwhile, sources within the party revealed that Sanwoolu is intensely jittery over the presence of Mustapha in the race because, despite the endorsement of the Governor’s reelection bid by the National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu, the incumbent still fears the former Permanent Secretary could still be used against him.

“There is this strong belief within the party that Tinubu is still interested in replacing Sanwoolu with Mustapha in 2023; the idea is that even if the Governor wins the primary, his name may still be substituted with that of another person hence the need to eliminate Mustapha at the level of screening so that he would stand no chance if the game gets to that. They know that Tinubu can’t use Oluwo, so he will be cleared but Mustapha is the target because he fits into the kind of person Tinubu wants,” the source said.

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Emilokan explained as groups advocate for Tinubu’s presidency

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L-R: The convener of Hope Movement, Godwin Odunsani; convener of Strategic Movement for BAT's Presidency 2023, SMBP, Chief Rasheed Owolabi Taiwo; and the deputy governor of Ogun State, Engr Noimot Salako-Oyedele, at the Asiwaju Affirmation Seminar, held in Abeokuta, the state's capital, on Saturday, January 28, 2023

A political advocacy group, Hope Movement, Hope Movement, in collaboration with the Strategic Movement for BAT Presidency (SMBP), has stated that the All Progressives Congress’ presidential candidate is the key to economic prosperity for the coming generation.

This was made known to the media at a talk titled Asiwaju Affirmation Seminar, which had in attendance many political heavyweights in Ogun State and held in Abeokuta, the state’s capital, on Saturday, January 28, 2023.

In a paper presented by the guest lecturer, Jamiu Bashir, on Unlocking Economic Prosperity For Generation Next, Asiwaju is more than qualified to pilot the affairs of the nation in ensuring that Nigeria becomes something the future generation can be proud of.

In his own remarks, the state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, who was represented by the deputy governor, Engr Noimot Salako-Oyedele, stated that Tinubu’s capacity to assemble a strong team to initiate and execute developmental policies and programmes have never been in doubt judging from his antecedence as the Lagos State governor.

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“It is not enough to hold a seminar as we are having, but the most important thing is to go out there and to put our words to action. Your activity on Twitter and IG as youth does not count but your PVC with which you will vote is the most important. Take charge of your future,” the governor added.

The global convener of the Hope Movement, Godwin Odusami, resonated that the APC candidate has the ability to drive the needed growth and development in Nigeria.

He expressed worry over the growing poverty and economic hardship both in the rural and urban setting, saying the country needs to be handed over to the person who has the experience and capacity to solve the problems.

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On his part, the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) Chairman in Ogun State, Architect Samson Popoola said Tinubu has invested so much in the democracy of this country to earn him the presidency.

“Whatever they say about Tinubu, some other people have done worse, and they were able to rule. If they say Tinubu is sick, we have had someone that was on the hospital bed, and somebody was campaigning for him, and he became the President.

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“What are we talking about? If it is our own turn to bring someone of our own to lead, I think Tinubu has invested a lot in the democracy of this country to earn him the leadership.”

The convener of Strategic Movement for BAT Presidency 2023, SMBP, Chief Rasheed Owolabi Taiwo,

“The Youths deserve the best in this country. As elders, we have experienced good times as youths in this country but it’s unfortunate what the generation unfolding are experiencing. I feel we need a leadership that is responsive to the yearnings of the youths, which was the essence of the lecture for today.

“Aside from this, I also saw some misgiving in the polity, where people felt maybe Bola Ahmed Tinubu had sense of entitlement a sense of entitlement by saying that emilokan.

“The Emilokan statement was targeted at the APC delegates from Ogun State. Even in the United States, there is a emilokan syndrome. It’s not written in their constitution but any sitting president would be given the opportunity of contesting. The same thing in the United Kingdom; it’s the leader of the party that would be given the first consideration for contesting.

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“Tinubu saying emilokan was only directed to the APC members; he wasn’t referring to the generality of the Nigerians, who would vote when the time comes.

“Of all the contestants, Bola Ahmed has been tested and he has performed. Let us forget about trivialities. I’ve worked with with Atiku Abubakar before and I know him very well when he was in customs. The same thing goes for Peter Obi and none of them have the qualities of Asiwaju in terms of governance. And I believe the country would be transformed,” Chief Taiwo said.

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Wike Dares Ayu,Suspend Me And See The Repercussions

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has dared the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu to suspend the G-5 governors and see if the party would be able to withstand the storm that will follow.

Speaking yesterday, at the campaign flag-off rally of the State PDP Campaign Council in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of the State, Governor Wike boasted that the G-5 Governors are above the threat of suspension.

“We are above that level that you think you can threaten anybody; intimidate anybody with whatever illegal decision you have taken.”

“So, we are waiting for you to announce my own and any other of my friend. Like I have said, when a man says you will not sleep, he too, will he sleep. Will Ayu sleep? Will those his cohorts sleep? So don’t worry, we have the capacity to pay back. We have the capacity to tell you that enough is enough.”

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He warned that the resort to despotism by the PDP National Working Committee would not do the party any good in the forthcoming general elections.

Governor Wike said that the reason why the dissolution of the Ekiti State working committee would be challenged in court was that there were still members of the PDP who believed in the rule of law and that the party should respect its constitution.

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DON’T ALLOW PDP TO RULE NIGERIA —TINUBU

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The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, on Saturday urged the people of Jigawa State to not give the Peoples Democratic Party an opportunity to return to power. This is even as he charged them to keep faith with the All Progressives Congress-led government for service delivery.

The former Lagos State governor stated this when he addressed a mammoth crowd of supporters at the presidential campaign rally held at the  Mallam Aminu Kano Triangle, Dutse, the Jigawa State capital.

He said having voted out the “jackals and hyenas” in the PDP administration in 2015, it would be disastrous to give them another opportunity back to power.

He said: “You did the courageous job of chasing away the locusts eight years ago, do not trust their deceptive promises. Do not let them back into power. Like locusts, they will devour everything in their path!

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“Instead, vote for the people that have a track record of delivering prosperity to the people. We did it in Lagos and Borno, and with your help, we will do it again for Nigeria. Vote for the people with the vision, capacity, competence, and integrity to do what is right.

“Vote for responsive and responsible leadership. Vote for us. Vote for the APC on February 25 and March 11.”

He said his administration would build on the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari and bring the country to flourish.

Unveiling his plans, the frontline presidential candidate promised to revamp the agricultural sector, while also giving great attention to developing infrastructure across the country.

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Reiterating the importance of securing the nation for economic growth, the APC candidate promised to provide all critical security agencies with all they require to secure the nation and make it habitable for Nigerians.

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According to him: “Most importantly of all, we will secure our nation and defeat the menace posed by evil criminals, kidnappers, bandits, and terrorists. We will sweep them away. Broom!

“We will do so by recruiting and deploying more security personnel across the various agencies, improving their equipment and training, and deploying top-shelf technology to improve ground and aerial surveillance in key and dangerous areas.”

Overwhelmed by the tumultuous crowd, Tinubu thanked them every turn, saying ‘Nagode, Nagode, thank you, thank you.”

Jigawa Governor Badaru Abubakar expressed appreciation to the people of the State for turning out in large numbers to receive the presidential candidate and other party leaders.

He described Tinubu as his dear father who would soon be the “father of the nation.

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“You know me, I know you. You know what did before and what we are doing at present. You know right from President Buhari and me your governor, we are doing well for you. Baba Asíwájú will take over from there and double our party’s delivery for you”

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