The bride’s father, Adebowale is the first child of Madam Bisi Edionsere, (aka Cash Madam). Her mother, Tokunboh, is the daughter of late Chief T. A. Bankole Oki SAN, the Alaagba of Lagos.
APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has opened up on the recent defections in the polity, saying Senate President Bukola Saraki and Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal among others left the APC because the party could not offer them what they wanted.
Asiwaju said on Sunday in Lagos that the defectors wanted automatic tickets and sharing of the national wealth which the APC could not guarantee.The APC leader unfolded his mind in a lengthy statement he personally signed, entitled “They Go Away Because We Go the Right Way”.
According to him, the defectors “left the party to return to a motley agglomeration that would promise them what true democracy could not: automatic tickets, sharing of the national wealth and other offices and privileges”.
Asiwaju Tinubu asked the people to go beyond the debate on the numbers in the Senate of House of Representatives, saying “we must pull back from the shallow headlines to recognize that something fundamental is at stake.
“Nigeria is undergoing a historic transition. Sometimes awkwardly, tentatively, yet inexorably, we nurture political and governance reform. We steadily close the door on the old malpractices that have caused a rich nation to reside in the tenement of the global poor”.
Speaking specifically on the Sokoto governor’s defection, the APC leader said: “Governor Tambuwal’s exit can be distilled to one cause. He covets the presidency.
However, he had not the stomach to challenge President Buhari in a primary. Tambuwal felt further insulted that he would be compelled to face a direct primary just to retain the governorship nomination.
“But for the promise made by PDP headliners like Rivers State Governor Wike that he would have the PDP presidential nomination, Tambuwal would not have left.
His exit had nothing to do with governance of the nation. It was about forging a personal ambition predicated on the defeat of progressive reform not the advancement of it”.
On Senate President, he said: “Much the same for Senate President Saraki. Returning to the PDP, he harbors dreams of the presidency but Tambuwal’s ambition will dwarf Saraki’s when the two collide.
If Saraki had remained in the APC, he would be unable to reclaim his Senate seat let alone the Senate Presidency. He thus bolted because he lusts for the presidency but was promised by the PDP, at least, a return to his position in the Senate”.
He added: “For Saraki to talk about lack of governance is for him to deny who he is and the position he holds. This man stands as Nigeria’s Number 3 citizen.
”Clothed is he in ample power and influence. If he saw areas where government and the nation needed help, he could have easily applied his energies to these areas. He could have drafted legislation and easily got laws passed.
“However, no progressive enactment bears his name for he cared not for progress. He has been more focused on changing the rules of the Senate to favour himself and changing the order of elections so as to coincide with his selfish designs”.
Mr Femi Falana, A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has said that he does not believe in the report that Lagos State was the third most dangerous city to leave in the world.
Falana debunked the report on Sunday evening during the investiture of Mr Kayode Opeifa, the former Commissioner for Transport in Lagos State as the President of Rotary Club.
Opeifa was decorated as the 35th President of Rotary Club of Agege District 9110 of Nigeria at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja in Lagos State. Falana was reacting to a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit, EIU, that ranked Lagos State as the third worst city to live in among 140 cities worldwide. Lagos was ranked 138th out of the 140 countries in the EIU 2018 report. Part of the EIU report stated: “With a relatively low score of 38.5 percent, the city was just a little above Syria’s war-torn capital, Damascus, and Bangladesh’s Dhaka.” Falana said, “I dont believe Lagos is the third dangerous city to leave in because there are many cities in other countries that are more dangerous than Lagos. “The Lagos State Government should quickly respond to this report and let people know that the state is safe for people. “The only challenge we are facing is that the quality of our representation in government is low, at the state, local government and federal levels. ”Lagos alone has 24 members at the Federal House of Representatives, let us be sincere to ourselves how many of them do we hear about? “We have 40 legislators in the state house of assembly, what is the quality of the debate there? Who are the people representing us at the various local government levels?” Falana, therefore, advised the residents of the state to always challenge their representatives at both the National and state assemblies on proactive legislation. He said that legislators from Lagos and the South West should stand out for the good of their states and not go to the assemblies to dance. The lawyer also appealed to the Rotary Club members to do what they could to make the society a better place for all. Also, Mrs Folashade Ayoade, the Secretary to the Government of Kogi , who was the Guest Speaker at the occasion also advised Rotarians to inspire the people around them through their humanitarian services. Ayoade urged the people to be of good value, truthful and be people of inspiration to others for a better society. “We must lead an authentic life, truthful and honest, and understand that God created you differently so you need not copy anybody. “We need to stand for good values since so much is expected from the Rotarians and they need the support of eminent personalities and all of us in the society to succeed. “I want to urge each and everyone of us to support the great gesture of the Rotary Club,” she said. Opeifa had earlier in his opening remarks said that Agege Rotarians had identified six areas of focus that were part of the the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. These are: Maternal Child healthcare, prevention of diseases, resolution of conflicts, empowerment programme for our communities and education and literacy. The rotary president said that the club was also aiming at positively touching the lives of 10 per cent of the people in the community. He added that the club would also be reaching out to at least 300,000 people by providing them electricity through its solar power project. He also said that the club was working toward distributing school bags and uniforms to about 1,000 students. Opeifa said that he also planned during his tenure to embark on selfless services and get more members admited into the Rotary Club.(NAN)
Reflection: Sad farewell to my counselor, mentor, friend, father, confidant.
“God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God”. (Matthew 5:9)
The world just lost one of the greatest leaders ever. Africa has lost its most illustrious son. I just lost one of the most important people in my life @ Kofi Annan.
For the last 12 years I have worked with the man I simply called “Chief,” at times on a daily basis. Being my elder, I never called him Kofi, but when he would come on the line, it would always be “Strive, it’s Kofi. How are you? How are Tsitsi and the kids…”
We talked about everything and anything.
We discussed serious and grave situations: world peace, African crises, poverty, hunger, girls’ education, pandemics, food crises, elections, leaders, climate change…
We discussed them all. He was always looking to do something right away.
I worked with him on several international organizations, often at his invitation. I always saw myself as one of his foot soldiers. Just ready to do anything to help his work.
We started things together and drove initiatives together.
He was a quiet man of extraordinary humility and poise.
We also laughed and joked together because he had such a warm sense of humor.
He was my counselor, mentor, friend, father, confidant. All that… and more!
I loved him so dearly.
My family and I loved him to high heaven.
True, I’m kinda hurting right now but I know how to draw Comfort, so I will be fine.
To Nane, Kojo, Ama, Nina – my deepest heartfelt condolences. This man worked for peace, and henceforth shall be called:
# The world’s peacemaker from Africa!
– Masiyiwa is the Executive Chairman and Founder of the Econet Group
Chairman of the Southern Senators Forum, Senator Hope Uzodimma of Imo West Senatorial District, has taken a swipe at the Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, insisting that the state chapter of the All
Progressives Congress, APC, neither belongs to the governor nor does it belong to his family.
The Senator made this known just as he told his supporters that he will soon make his next political move known via a public declaration very soon. He made the declaration late on Friday at the New Yam Festival of his autonomous community, Omuma, in Oru East L.G.A, where he was the Chief Guest of Honour.
Uzodimma, in a direct reference to Okorocha, warned those arrogating to themselves the sole ownership of the APC to come out from their
illusion because the APC does not belong to any individual, but to all Nigerians.
“Let me make this clear, the APC does not belong to any individual. It does not belong to the President. And if it does not belong to the
President then it cannot belong to the governor. The APC belongs to all Nigerians. It is the collective enterprise of all Nigerians so let no one delude himself that the party belongs to him or to his family” he declared.
Continuing, he said, “I will soon invite all of you to a public declaration of my ambition for 2019 and I assure you that after that, we shall pursue that ambition with every strength at our behest.
Politics is about struggle for power and it is the strength you bring to the struggle that determines what you get”.
The ceremony was graced by many politicians from all over Imo State, traditional rulers and members of the Clergy.
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has accused the Governor of Oyo State Senator Abiola Ajimobi of executive rascality and strongly condemned “the unlawful demolition of Fresh FM building owned by popular musician Yinka Ayefele.
The group also condemned the forced evictions of residents by the Oyo State government, describing it as a “grave violation of fundamental human rights and contrary to international law.”
Oyo State Government bulldozers early on Sunday morning arrived the Challenge area of Ibadan where the building was located and pulled it down, despite pending court action to stop the demolition.
Ayefele had sued Oyo State government, and the court had ruled that ‘there are serious issues to be determined, and adjourned the case to August 20. The Oyo State government had been duly served.
SERAP in a statement today signed by its deputy director Timothy Adewale said, “This is a gross abuse of powers by the Oyo State government and governor Ajimobi against a radio station simply doing their job. The action is politically motivated, patently arbitrary and entirely inconsistent with international human rights standards and national laws. The action amounts to executive rascality and seriously undermines the integrity and authority of our courts. This kind of action has no place in a democratic society that is based on the rule of law.”
The organization said “the destruction of a radio station on the grounds that the Oyo state government dislikes their work is a textbook case of repression of media freedom and violation of the right to adequate housing. The authorities must immediately stop the demolition, ensure appropriate repairs of the building and adequate compensation, and guarantee of non-repetition. SERAP will challenge this violent and reckless destruction of Ayefele’s Fresh FM in court.”
The statement read in part: “The Oyo State government has not only engaged in forced eviction but also violated the right to adequate housing, the right to freedom of expression and media freedom.”
“It is the obligation of Oyo State government to ensure that Ayefele and everyone affected by this act of illegality is adequately compensated for the property of Fresh FM that has been demolished.”
“Nigeria is a state party to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which requires Oyo State government to refrain from arbitrary forced evictions and arbitrary destruction of resources that individuals and families have invested in building their homes.”
“Nigeria has also ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which protects individuals from arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, and guarantees everyone the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attack.”
“In its “Resolution on Forced Evictions,” the U.N. Commission on Human Rights affirmed that forced evictions constitute a gross violation of human rights. The term “forced eviction” is defined for the purposes of international law as the permanent or temporary removal against their will of individuals, families and/or communities from the homes and/or land which they occupy, without the provision of, and access to, appropriate forms of legal or other protection.”
“It is important to note that international standards focus on protecting individuals who occupy homes and land and do not depend on any particular form of ownership title to the land or house, nor on the legality of the occupancy.”
From the get-go, the writer, a supposed journalist for that matter, going by that known name, made it clear he was not a Governor Ambode’s person, signposting the danger that daily besieges the journalism profession when those required by the ethics of their noble profession to look at issues from a non-aligned, unbiased and dispassionate angle, now tell us openly who they are for or against. This is dismaying to journalism purists who constantly advocate that the profession and its practitioners be guided by the ethics of their work.
Now to the issue of direct primaries adopted to popular acclaim for the choice of Osun APC flag bearer because the generality of the party members are the electors in the process as opposed to delegates who usually turn themselves into mercenaries extorting money from the candidates at such election. Yes at the Lagos APC stakeholders’ meeting at ACME Road, Ikeja, Asiwaju Tinubu affirmed the direct primary option would be employed to pick candidates for election at all levels in Lagos. This was not targeted at anybody, not in the least Governor Ambode who also spoke at the meeting and equally embraced the option, knowing full well it can only galvanize the party members behind him.
The writer needs to be properly educated that the fact that incumbents may enjoy the option of first refusal does not mean they would not participate in primaries. President Buhari will most likely enjoy the option of first refusal in APC but this does not mean there would be no primaries.
The idea of direct primaries is not to shut out incumbents and certainly not Governor Ambode. The direct system can only help to give more legitimacy to the party’s candidature as it enjoys more popular participation and is akin to giving power to the party members and a test of the party’s strength before the real election.
Again, the impression that all is not well between Asiwaju Tinubu and Governor Ambode is not correct. That is what the sponsors of the hired writer want people to believe. They are out to create a crisis situation in Lagos but that is not what obtains. It will not happen. The Governor enjoys the confidence of Asiwaju Tinubu who brought him in in 2015 when the naysayers like the writer and his sponsors were shouting blue murder and wanted to shoot down the same Ambode they now see as their good boy in a bid to get at Tinubu.
Truth is there is no problem in Lagos APC, definitely none between Asiwaju and Ambode. The primaries would come and the best candidate for the job that the governor represents will emerge to take the state to greater heights.
Servant of God and founder and spiritual leader at INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Lagos, Primate Elijah Babatunde Ayodele, has released the 2018/2019 edition of his annual prophecy book, ‘Warning to The Nations’. At a parley in his church on Saturday, August 4th, 2018, the popular prophet highlights the contents of the book before a select group of journalists from Nigerian major print and online newspapers and bloggers. Below are excerpts from the encounter…
What has God shown you can stop the killings in the country?
What will caution these killings in Nigeria, the solution if the government can do it is, (i) let’s practice true federalism (ii) let there be no election in 2019 (iii) let’s have an agreement that states should go on their own and take care of their resources, this will caution corruption, because they only bring tax or percentage to the federal to take care of themselves, that is when the state policemen can work. If we want Nigeria to move forward it is not the election in 2019 that is the way forward for the country, the solution is, let the states be independent, then our electoral body too, by the time we do that their won’t be killings, and much later if we don’t want to live together, you can now opt out. Either we like it or not Nigeria will not exceed 2035. Let us pray against the death of a prominent Emir. Let GLO chairman pray for his health and his business because I see very serious challenges facing his business soon. Benin Republic president won’t win a second term in office. Ghanaian president should work hard and pray hard so that his second term would not be jeopardized on the altar of ethnicity. The international community will gang up against the Buhari government towards 2019 general elections. Rashidi Ladoja will not be Oyo governor again. He should perish the ambition, says the Lord.
Have you given these solutions as a concerned Nigeria or as what God has showed you?
I’m not a politician, and I don’t want to be one. If we see that that is not the solution then we can go for another one, but this is a solution that will bring us from the burden we are. We are not voting for conscience any longer in election, we are voting for money, and is everywhere in the world not Nigeria only.
Do you see the youth coming to leadership positions from 2019?
If you are a youth and you don’t have money you cannot be recognized, but when you have money you can go places. So any youth without money can’t, and you must also have a political godfather and you must know how to join political thuggery which will give them the avenue, but every politician has youths as thugs, so my fear for the youth is we haven’t seen any seriousness in them, they are not yet determined to do what is right, expect they shun violence for any political purpose and have integrity. Poverty is also the problem, there is too much of hardship.
You once spoke about senate president, Saraki, that if didn’t contest for presidency, God will be annoyed with him. Now that Saraki is with PDP are you still standing that he should contest?
See the new prophecy book first because it is a very important issue. We said it a long time ago and you can tell what is happening now.
Do we take whatever you say here as prophecy so that people will not confuse your words with opinion?
I’m not a politician and I don’t give opinions, all I say is prophetical.
Sometimes ago you said you warned Ekiti Governor, Fayose which he disobeyed and that was why you said he failed to win governorship for his party; now in Osun State, by September there will be election. APC has broken into factions, what should we expect in Osun State?
First on the Osun State governorship election; we said it many weeks ago that the victory is between three political parties, APC, PDP and ADP. But i see APC winning if it puts its house in order. I see fight between the APC chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and the party’s Board of Trustees. This position of the Lord remains. The whole messages are contained in the book. On Fayose, I want to tell you that Fayose shot himself in the foot because of greed, self-interest and ingratitude, and these led to his party’s defeat. If he had not disobeyed God, his party would have been victorious in the July 14th 2018 election. God revealed to us and we warned Fayose to desist from being selfish, greedy and ungrateful but he snubbed God’s warnings. He said he is also a prophet. He kept deceiving the people that he had the gift of the prophets. Now, he has realized that God is not mocked.
In 2014, you said that APC would take over power after Goodluck Jonathan, and that you foresaw another party coming up that would defeat APC and rule for 18 years and the party will be formed by some aggrieved elements from across the north. Are we getting close to the prophecy?
I still stand by that prophecy. God said that in the nearest future, a party will take over, and there will be no PDP or APC. We are going to see a strictly Northern party, a strong, regional party by the Northerners.
What do you foreseen on the international scene?
Democrat will win the next election in America. President Donald Trump will survive impeachment but will not get a second term. He will be technically defeated. I see Texas in America being recognized as an independent state in 2038.
Who is God telling you will be the next president of Nigeria, do you see Buhari coming back; you said some political dynasties will go away by 2019, are you specifically referring to somebody, is Saraki the man God said will help Nigeria?
Buhari’s second time is very dicey, and the honest truth is that if Buhari goes for a second term by force, there will be problems. God wants to use Saraki for something symbolic for four years only. If PDP can give him the presidential ticket, the party will bounce back and Nigeria will change for good. Otherwise, I don’t see any positive changes ahead.
You said God wants to use Saraki for four years, don’t you think that he could probably have achieved it because, in this present time that he is the senate president, some of the things happening under his leadership are not good enough.
You as journalist can analyze that, but me I cannot because I’m not speaking as a politician but God’s servant. That is what I know and that is how I will answer it. If PDP wants to win, let them give Saraki the presidential ticket. Saraki’s leadership will change a lot of things.
You said you don’t see Nigeria existing beyond 2035, I want to know if there will be bloodbath or the breakup will be peaceful?
Yes, Nigeria will break up but God says Nigeria’s breakup will be peaceful.
Can you speak on why men of God contradict one another while giving prophecies?
God can give a prophet a message and for one reason or the other, He can take the message to another prophet to deliver. This is how God works. That is why I cannot analyze God the way He works. Either positive or negative, either it come to pass or not, I’m not in a position to judge God or any prophet or speak on anybody’s prophecies.
You said in the book that so many PDP governors will decamp, who are the governors?
They are both PDP and APC governors. Let’s wait and see. The book also talks about our warning in 2017 that the governorship ambition of Senator Solomon Yayi will hit the rocks. But if he can apply more strategies, I see him returning to the senate. Also, the book warned about the deaths of both former UN secretary-general, Kofi Annan and American lady singer, Aretha Franklin. I see INEC and Police being used by the ruling party in 2019 to get what I call ‘technical rigging’. I see new billionaire businessmen emerging in Nigeria while the likes of Dangote and Otedola will fizzle out. I see the government scrapping NURTW and new, corporate body will be established to run the transport union as a separate ministry and government will be appointing the leadership. This is what the Lord says. Akpabio will not be able to hijack the PDP structure from Akwa Ibom governor.
What do you foresee about the forthcoming Osun State governorship election, especially concerning the dancing senator
I don’t know any dancing senator. But APC should put their house in order if they want to win the election. If they don’t they will lose it. I don’t see Ladi Adebutu realizing his political ambition in PDP. Likewise, Adebayo Adelabu will not be given governorship ticket in Oyo State. That is what the Lord says. He is just wasting his time and energy. I see pride killing his political ambition. He needs to seek God’s face. Amaju Pinnick’s time at NFF is over. Ambode should be careful not to fight Tinubu after winning a second term in 2019. I see him winning. There will be no Lagos State in some years from now because Lagos State will be divided into two different states. I see Ekiti, Ibadan and Ondo producing food for the whole country in the nearest future. I foresee Kwara State becoming a political Mecca for other parts of Nigeria and it will be rich in rice production and cattle rearing. Kwara will also discover petrol, tin and gold in large quantity.