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Funke Akindele: A valuable addition to Lagos PDP Guber race

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The candidate of People’s Democratic Party for Lagos West Senatorial District, Otunba Segun Adewale, popularly known as Aeroland, has stated that the party’s choice of deputy gubernatorial candidate, Funke Akindele, is a valuable addition to the party’s ambition to occupy Alausa in 2023.

Recall that the Nollywood actress and successful movie producer emerged the running mate to opposition party’s flagbearer in Lagos, Dr. Olajide Adediran

In the profiling authored by the former Action Democratic Party (ADP) gubernatorial candidate in Ekiti, the choice of Akindele is already making the ruling party, All Progressives Congress, APC, uncomfortable.

“Funke Akindele is a renowned filmmaker, philanthropist, entrepreneur, youths/women advocate and a lawyer. The 44 year old Ikorodu-born lawyer has for almost two decades provided job opportunities for thousands of Nigerians and discovered many talents through her creative enterprise. She remains a shining light to many young women aspiring to shatter the proverbial glass ceiling despite the societal biases and encumbrances.

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“The creative prodigy popularly known as Jenifa, due to her role in her famous epic production, Omo Ghetto, presides over a multi-million film production company that has become the toast of many super brands in the country. Sitting atop an international brand despite starting as a nobody speaks volume of her innate ability to make success out of every venture she goes into.

“Her over 20 million followers in the social media space is a staggering number. It is safe to say not all will like her but she remains a role model to many who truly appreciate her journey to success and the persona she projects to the world. She is, no doubt, a lady to reckon with,” he wrote.

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Otunba Adewale revealed he exhibited some reservations about her candidature initially but was later convinced Jandor couldn’t have had a better running mate.

“I initially had my doubts regarding Funke’s choice as a deputy but later realized it was a huge addition in terms of Funke’s pedigree, steely resolve and innate ability hidden behind the camera. Like many of our youths today whose potentials remain latent until they are called to assume the mantle of leadership, my knowledge of Funke Akindele’s other outstanding qualities was non existent until I interacted with her at close quarters.

“Funke’s involvement as a deputy may not yield 1m votes of the 20 million followers she has within the cyberspace but even a meager 0.1 or 0.2% will bring additional 20k or 40k votes and I do trust her huge followership on social media will generate publicity and facilitate positive engagements towards the actualisation of Jandor’s Gubernatorial ambition.

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“Funke Akindele may have joined partisan politics recently but she remains a very popular personality. Just imagine how her joining the PDP has put the party’s quest to win Lagos in 2023 in the front burner of national discourse across social media and traditional news platforms.

“Jandor/Akindele ticket is already sending shivers down the spines of the APC. It is a potent and surefire combo capable of defeating the APC in next year’s Guber election,” he concluded.

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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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Segun Sky Akinyemi

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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Segun Sky Akinyemi

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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