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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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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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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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Court stops Peter Obi rally at Lekki toll gate

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The Lagos Division of the Federal High Court has ruled that the planned rally by Peter Obi supporters, tagged #Obidatti23 Forward Ever, scheduled for 1st October in Lagos cannot hold at the Lekki toll gate in the state.

Daniel Osiagor, the judge, in a ruling Wednesday ordered the organisers of the rally not to gather at the toll gate, their planned convergence point.

The judge also directed the Inspector General of Police and the Lagos State Police Commissioner to ensure compliance with the order.

Mr Osiagor, however, said the rally can march through the toll plaza and continue to other locations.

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The judge’s decision comes on the day political parties were billed to officially begin their campaigns across the country.

10 plaintiffs, including nine lawyers, had approached the court seeking to restrain Mr Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party; his running mate, Yusuf Baba-Ahmed; and the party’s supporters from holding the rally in Lagos.

The plaintiffs argued that the rally could cause a breakdown of law and order and a repeat of the 20th October 2020 incident where soldiers opened fire of peaceful protesters who gathered at the toll gate.

The defendants filed a notice of preliminary objection seeking to stop the court from hearing the motion on the grounds that it lacked jurisdiction.

The court adjourned till 4 November for hearing, to enable parties in the suit to be served.

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The plaintiffs include Adedotun Ajulo, Salamatu Suleiman Lewi, Hakeem Ijaduola, Ogunbona Akinpelu, Owolabi Oluwasegun, Mogbojuri Kayode, Wuyep Mantim Nadom, Dimimu Mabel, Kolawole Salami, and Wale Abe Lawrence.

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The 1st to 10th defendants in the suit marked FHC/L/CS/1729/2022 are Mr Obi, LP, Mr Baba-Ahmed, Mr Abure, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Commissioner of Police (Lagos State Command), Director-General (Department of State Services), Lekki Concession Company (LCC) Limited, Attorney-General of Lagos State, and The Governor of Lagos State.

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2023: I will quit politics with Buhari, won’t join PDP – Ex-SGF, Lawal

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Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF), Dr Babachir Lawal has distanced himself from joining the opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to settle scores with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the controversial Muslim-Muslim Presidency in 2023.

He said he would rather quit active politics on May 29, 2023, when President Muhammadu Buhari would have completed his second term in office.

Babachir Lawal in a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Wednesday said he would go back to his farm and remain an elder statesman next year.

In the statement, the former SGF clarified that his visit to former Vice President and currently Presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar to condole him on the death of his Personal Assistant was misconstrued as defection to the opposition party.

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Babachir Lawal’s statement read in part “It has just been brought to my notice that I have defected to the PDP. This is not true. This is fake news.

“Just like other politicians including some in the APC, I visited VP Atiku yesterday to condole him over the death of his PA and I noticed some people took my pictures. I suspect this fake news must have originated from this episode.

“Despite our being in separate political parties, Atiku and I are like brothers and I am always warmly received in his home.

“I am still a member of the APC and have no plans to leave it for any other party. In fact, I am considering leaving party politics altogether so as to remain an elder statesman.

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“I had joined politics just because of President Muhammadu Buhari and will therefore have no further motivation to remain so after 29th May, 2023.

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“I find the pleasure and comfort of my farms more attractive and rewarding”, the statement said.

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