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Why INEC Removed the names of our Lagos candidates-LP

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Why INEC removed the names of our Lagos candidates-LP

NaijaNews reports that the Labour Party and African Action Congress chapters in Lagos State have explained why the Independent National Electoral Commission did not include their senatorial and House of Representatives candidates on the final list of candidates for the general elections.

Speaking with our correspondent, the state Chairman of the Labour Party, Olukayode Salako, explained that the party’s candidates were omitted from the list because a former chairman of the party, Ifagbemi Awamaridi, did not submit them to INEC at the appropriate time.

He, however, assured residents that the party’s National Assembly candidates would still make the Independent National Electoral Commission list before voters go to the polls as they were already in court to address the issue.

The final list of candidates for national elections published on the commission’s website on September 1 showed that the LP and five other parties in Lagos State did not have candidates for the National Assembly polls.

The parties are Action Alliance, All Peoples Party, African Action Congress, All Progressive Grand Alliance, Allied Peoples Movement, Labour Party, and Peoples Redemption Party.

But Salako said, “The former chairman of the party, Ifagbemi Awamaridi, did not present the names. He went there (INEC) late and the window closed. We are considering the court option and we will soon have the names of our candidates in the process. It is through the courts that our candidates will be uploaded (on INEC’s website).”

“Whether we campaign or not, the Labour Party is forming the next government in Lagos. This is because Lagos residents and Nigerians as a whole are looking for a fresh platform where Nigeria will be run better for the generality of the citizens. There is a revolution going on in the hearts of people; people are tired of the APC, and that revolution is already campaigning for us.”

Meanwhile, the state Chairman of the African Action Congress, Ayoyinka Oni, said the party did not field senatorial and House of Representatives candidates because it did not want to allow moneybags to use the platform for personal political gains.

“A lot of money bags were already lining up to use our party as the second opportunity in case they failed in their parties. We blocked all avenues because we don’t have such a culture,” he added.

Building Collapse in Lagos Kills Sex Worker and Her Client

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NaijaNews reports that on the most recent building collapse in Lagos State, new information has surfaced.

Four people were killed on Friday when the house at 2/4 Oye Sonuga Street, Palm Avenue, Mushin, collapsed.

Emergency personnel who talked to Daily Trust off-the-record said that two of the victims, a man, and a female, were having sex when the event occurred.

“They were naked when their bodies were recovered,” one official told our correspondent pleading anonymity.

As of Friday, the emergency responders from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the state emergency management agency (LASEMA), and the Fire Service had reached ground zero with four bodies recovered while one person was rescued.

The victims were said to be prostitutes and their ‘clients’.

Another official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press, said, “We were shocked by what we saw at the scene. The last two victims whose dead bodies were recovered were having sexual intercourse. The man was on top of the prostitute when the building collapsed. They both died.”

Another official said, “The place was used as a Club House/Motel and the female victims were prostitutes; the last female we recovered was with a man. They were having a nice time when we recovered them.”

As of the time of filing this report, the families of the victims were yet to be found.

“We have to reach out to their colleagues there who are all prostitutes to get information on the victims’ families,” the source said.

LASEMA said the recovered dead bodies, which comprised of two adult males and two adult females, “were dug up from beneath the rubbles of the collapsed portion of the 3-story building after the Agency deployed its sophisticated echo and life detection equipment which pinpointed the exact location of the trapped victims, while the light and heavy equipment were deployed by the path that was charted by the echo machine.”

Okunbor Nosa, spokesman of LASEMA, in a statement, said the collapsed portion of the old house was recently constructed and attached to the original structure said to be over 40 years old.

The state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Engr. Omotayo Bamgbose-Martins, who visited the scene directed that the adjoining building be pulled down immediately to forestall further collapse.

LASEMA statement added that the State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) and the Materials Testing Laboratory, have been directed to unravel the immediate and remote cause (s) of the collapsed building.

Bayelsa Big Boy, also known as Lion, was detained in Abuja for kidnapping.

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The kidnappers’ ringleader, known as Lion, was found and detained in Abuja, as seen in a video.

According to the information at hand, he is one of those terrorizing Bayelsa State and its surroundings.

Why I’m Optimistic About the Peter Obi Movement – Charlyboy

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NaijaNews reports that before the 2023 general elections, entertainer and activist Charles Oputa, aka Charly Boy, has explained why he has decided to join the “Obedient” movement.

The 72-year-old activist, who talked with DAILY POST this week, claimed that the present administration had let down Nigerians and offered no hope to the average citizen. therefore the need for change.

Charly boy believes strongly that Peter Obi, a former Anambra State Governor and presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, would bring about the socio-economic changes the country requires to move from where it is now.

“It is about bad governance and how to change that equation and status quo,” the veteran entertainer told DAILY POST in an interview.

Charly Boy further stated that Nigerians must change their mindsets towards those they elect into power, insisting that one of the biggest problems is that the people remove themselves from governance and feel it is not their business and does not mount pressure on their leaders to do the right thing.

He also said that nothing would change if Peter Obi goes in there and Nigerians still maintain the ‘nothing concerns me’ mindset.

“You know when you get to a certain position, you need a certain discipline and know how to guide yourself; if not, you are hijacked by psychopaths and these psychopaths know the game and will cage you and hold you to ransom.

“I believe this country lies in the hands of the youth and they have to fight.

“There’s this mindset of ‘my thief is better than your thief; as far my thief is in government it is ok.

“When I am not benefiting it becomes a problem and we start attacking ourselves. That is why they play their game so well in the sense of using tribal sentiment, and religious bigotry to further divide us.

“We have to do what we have to do. I will tell the young people that they are gaining momentum and they have the population. That is the strength. They are technically savvy although these criminals are using the same young people

“When we have more people on the side of the truth, maybe something will happen.

“Nigerian youths understand the situation and are dealing with it. The rigging I hear some people are planning.

“I hear there is a plan going on, which is vote buying. Some people intend to collect the money and vote their conscience. The only place we have a major problem is the rigging.”

Zainab Duke-Abiola, who Assaulted Police Officers, was Imprisoned and Denied Bail.

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Zainab Duke-Abiola, who assaulted police officers, was imprisoned and denied bail.

NaijaNews reports that Prof. Zainab Duke Abiola and her domestic workers will be charged at the Chief magistrate court Zone 6 in less than 30 minutes. The arraignment will be broadcast live on Instagram from FCT POLICE COMMAND as per our pledge of public prosecution. Get online and stream.

The court ruled that the suspect be remanded in the Kuje Correctional facility while the case was adjourned to October 5th for the next hearing.

Subsequent development will be communicated

Gastrointestinal Discomfort Prevents Nnamdi Kanu from Eating.- Lawyer

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NaijaNews reports that Nnamdi Kanu, the incarcerated leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, to get access to the doctors of his choosing, his legal team has urged that he be immediately and unconditionally released from the Department of State Services’ custody.

The claim was based on Kanu’s purported terrible symptoms, which his gastrointestinal illness was said to have caused.

Kanu’s lead lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, in a statement on Friday, in Abuja, said that the detained IPOB leader had not been able to eat in the past 48 hours due to his poor health status.

Ejiofor who stated after another routine visit to Kanu in the custody of the Department of the State Service in Abuja explained that from all indications, the security agency had no facility to cope with the health challenges of his client.

The statement read in part, “As usual, the court-ordered routine visit to our client – Nnamdi Kanu – was conducted today, at the Department of State Services’ Headquarters, Abuja, where Kanu is still being held in solitary confinement for over 14 months.

“Today’s visit was centered on our curiosity to ascertain the DSS level of compliance with providing Kanu the requisite medical treatment that would address his deteriorating health condition.

“Sadly, we made the startling discovery that despite the alarm raised on Monday, calling for the intervention of responsible foreign governments and institutions, on the DSS flagrant disobedience of orders of the court, particularly in denying Kanu access to his medical doctor and medication, the DSS immediately resorted to local chemist store to procure substandard drugs to be administered on Kanu.

“Since it is now obvious that the DSS does not have the facility, capacity, and or resources to manage Kanu’s deteriorating health condition, we are compelled to publicly implore the DSS, to allow us to have Kanu back unconditionally, or better still, allow us to purchase the prescribed drugs for Kanu pending his unconditional release from their custody.

“May we also seize this medium to inform the world that Kanu has not eaten anything in the past 48 hours due to the concomitant excruciating pains occasioned by his gastro intestine disorder, which the DSS has deliberately failed to avail him with the prescribed possible medical relief.

“With this development, we are now convinced that the Federal Government is ostensibly afraid of the anticipated positive outcome of the Court of Appeal’s judgment.

“Hence, they are doing everything possible to subject our client – Kanu, to severe torture, inhumane and degrading treatment before he finally regains his freedom.”

“Nevertheless, we assure UmuChineke that our defense team led by Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), is not relenting in all actions we are taking to correct this anomaly and to put to a halt degrading treatment of Kanu.”

The Humble Beginning Of AKMODEL; All You Need To Know About Abdulhakeem Odegade

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The Humble Beginning Of AKMODEL; All You Need To Know About Abdulhakeem Odegade

The story of Builder Abdulhakeem Odegade, also known as AKMODEL is one that can inspire anyone and make a good motivational compilation. He rose from obscurity and is gradually working into fame and is now recognized as a real estate magnate and one of Nigeria’s emerging successes.

Bldr. Odegade is the Managing Director (M.D) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AKMODEL GROUPS, a Construction and Building, Homes, and Properties Company focused on building standards and quality edifices in different parts of the country. He is also a venture capitalist and an investment strategist.

*EARLY LIFE*

Builder Odegade grew up in Osun State, and lived with his parents and siblings, where he learned the importance of entrepreneurship. He attended public primary and secondary schools as his parents could not afford to send him to a private school.

Excerpts from a detailed interview session;

*Ques: HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE BUILDING BUSINESS?*

*Resp*: The building story came from my father, Pa Jimoh Odegoriade (A.K.A Ologun-Ebi), he had so many connections due to the way he was diligently doing his work way back in 1988. I began to understudy and learn the practicals from him anytime I come back from school, over the weekend, or during holidays. Though he didn’t go to school, he learned bricklaying work and attached himself to the Julius Berger team during the construction of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ife, as a person, following them to different construction sites and along the line, he learned how to speak Pidgin English. After the completion of that particular project, he followed them to go build a Catholic Church in one of the villages where he met my mother who also worked on the site and that is history now.
I was learning the bricklaying work through him until he relocated from Ife to Lagos as a consultant to Apapa Local Government in 1997.

I was 18 then, and since I finished secondary school, I came back to Lagos to assist him. I can read and write while he can’t. So I assisted him in writing quotations (that’s how I learned how to write, present, defend and negotiate a quotation with clients).

*Among the notable projects he executed back then were:*
A block of office at Apapa LGA, a project that belonged to a former Apapa LG chairman in Magodo – Shangisha, a duplex in Ilupeju/Obanikoro axis, a 2bedroom semi-detached in Otedola Estate phase2, another project in Omole beside Edegbe lines building, a story building in Toyin street close to Abiola’s house and many more.

“We were living in Ojuelegba then besides Zenith Bank, my father told me he wanted me to learn more about the terrazo work, so he attached me to one of his friends – *Ojo & Sons*, the main contractor to Zenith Bank who supplied the marble tiles in all the buildings of Zenith Bank in Lagos state and this was around 1998/99. I worked with them in Falomo, Ikoyi, Ogba, and Ikeja, and learned more about how to do tilling terrazo work. I can practically do terrazo mason work and all the marble works, apart from the bricklaying work I learned through my father.”

 

*TERTIARY ACADEMIC LIFE*

In 1999, I initially wanted to study Pharmacy at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ife, but it wasn’t possible, then my father advised me to study what I have learned but that wasn’t my dream, and I eventually re-enrolled for JAMB in the year 2000, to study Building Technology and picked Federal Polytechnic, Ede in Osun State, so I got the admission, no. 3 on the list, and had to leave Lagos back to Osun State.

So the journey as a building student commenced and I was the most excellent student then because I knew the practicals. In fact, my Head of Department (HoD), Builder Taliat Yusuff (now a PhD) is still a lecturer at the Federal Polytechnic, in Ede.
I was very popular back then that even if you ask anybody about AKMODEL Builder Construction, they will just laugh, saying, “that guy is rugged”, that was when I started practicing what I learned both from my father and the knowledge I acquired as a building student and they all complimented each other.

To be continued…

 

The serious discussion that happened between Peter Obi and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

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Peter Obi meets with the governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is visited by #PeterObi

I took a trip to Enugu to see my brother, H.E. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. We discussed crucial matters of national concern as well as those affecting the Southeast.. – PO

2023 Presidency: “Clearly, Lagos is headed in Peter Obi’s direction.(Jack Obinyan)”

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Lagos State “is obviously moving Obi’s way,” according to Jack Obinyan, a prominent supporter for Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate for the 2023 election.”.

NaijaNews reports that Bola Tinubu, the presidential flag-bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is a former governor of Lagos State. In fact, the 70-year-old is widely believed to be the de facto godfather of Lagos politics and some states in the southwest.

In spite of that, Obinyan sees Obi upsetting the APC candidate in the 2023 poll.

Sharing images he said are “Google analytics of people’s interests”, Obinyan, a former Senior Special Adviser on New Media to Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, wrote on his verified Facebook page: “Despite all the noise Peter Obi is gaining so much grounds.

“Atiku is mitigating BAT like no man’s business in the Core North, we told you guys but you won’t listen.

“You can clearly see that the greatest loser here, who is being reduced to an SW local Champion (with the exception of Lagos, that is clearly going Obi’s way) is BAT (Bola Ahmed Tinubu).”

Dogo Gide, Bandit Leader, weds 11 Girls when Kebbi fails to pay the Ransom.

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A retired civil official named Mr. Kaoje said Mr. Gide wed off the 11 remaining females since the government refused to pay him the ransom he demanded. NaijaNews reports.

Farida Kaoje, 16, was one among the students kidnapped by terrorists from the Federal Government College in Birnin Yauri, Kebbi State, in 2021. Her father is Sani Kaoje, 66. The former government servant who is now a farmer said in an exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES that Dogo Gide, the terrorist gang’s leader who kidnapped the schoolgirls, had married them off.

On 17 June 2021 terrorists invaded the school and abducted over 90 pupils and teachers of the school. Immediately after the attack, the military announced the rescue of five students and two teachers.

Two days after the attack, three pupils and a teacher were rescued by the military. Two students also escaped from the terrorists’ camp.

In October, the Kebbi State government said it secured the release of 30 students through dialogue with the terrorists. The government said it was making effort to release the rest of the girls. In January, the terrorists freed 30 more pupils following further mediation with the government.

In this interview, Mr Kaoje tells our reporter why the leader of the terrorist gang behind the abduction married off the remaining 11 girls.

Excerpts:

PT: What is your relationship with Farida, one of the abducted FGC Birnin Yauri students?

Mr Kaoje: Farida is one of my children. She is now 16 years (she was 15 when she was abducted). She was in JSS three. I’ve 19 children alive including her. Farida is the 15th of my children. I’ve three wives.

PT: How did the news of the abduction of your daughter reach you?

Mr Kaoje: I was having my breakfast in the morning when Farida’s mother ran into my room shouting. She said she heard that FGC Birnin Yauri has been attacked and pupils abducted. I rushed to the school and met other parents there. At first, the school management and security people denied us entry but they later let us in after confirming we had children in the school.

An hour after the abduction, Farida called me with her friend’s phone. She told me that “Baba, we’ve been abducted and they said they’re taking us to a forest in Zamfara state.” I calmed her down. I told her that God would save them from all evil. That was the end of our conversation at the time.

PT: Some people said there was an alert that the pupils would be abducted. You also said one of your children alerted you. Did you seek explanations from the school authority?

Mr Kaoje: Even Dogo Gide himself told me that he wrote to the school twice before he attacked it. They were just not serious about it. But he said he alerted them. The school, I was told, said the letters were written by some students. I don’t actually know how they handled it since I was not a party to it.

But this school is obviously vulnerable to attack. These bandits follow behind the school’s walls to perpetrate violence on other communities. The signs were there. The authority should have known that the school would soon be attacked.

PT: I learnt that some of the pupils were saved by security agents while others were returned after payment of ransom or other agreements with the state government. Why was your own child not released?

Mr Kaoje: I don’t understand the way this government does things. I thought when they were doing the rescue operations, they would emphasize saving girls first because of their vulnerability. They should have negotiated and got the girls first but they didn’t.

PT: Did the government tell you why your daughter was not among those released?

Mr Kaoje: No. What I know is anyone that you’ve seen now was rescued by the government. The governor (Kebbi state) did his best immediately after the abduction. He tried his best and the first set was brought back and he did it the second time. We waited to hope that they would rescue our child but we heard nothing. No one is telling us anything anymore. Even when we tried to reach them, they would tell us that the governor has gone to Abuja. Sometimes when we call them they won’t answer their phones.

I don’t know if some others were invited or were allowed to go see them (government), especially the Secretary to the State Government but I don’t know if there was anything like that. But as for me, I’ve not met anyone of them.

PT: So, how did you know that your daughter was married off?

Mr. Kaoje: He is the one (Mr. Dogo) who said it to me directly through the phone. Dogo Gide knows Yauri very well because he once lived here and he told me that he married Farida himself though he was not very direct about it. But he used some techniques to tell me that he has married off the 10 girls to others but as for Farida, she is being taken care of by him. He didn’t say it straight but he said “even if I die, they are people that can inherit Farida from my house”. He was just telling me that he had married her off.

I can’t count the number of times I spoke with him since the abduction. He kept threatening that he would marry the remaining eleven girls if the state government refused to pay him. He called me several times with the same threat. He called other parents too. He pretended that he was sympathetic to us but he kept our children, innocent girls, with him. If he has such sympathy as he keeps saying, he should release our children back to us.

The government didn’t do well too because this issue should have been over by now. If it were to be the children of the privileged, they must have saved them by now. The governor needs to listen to us directly and not through some people. I’m serious. I’m in pain. Everyone in my house is in pain because Farida is like a light in the house. I know several parents who have fallen ill because of this issue. We’re talking of children, all teenage girls. Innocent children for that matter.

You can’t imagine the situation we’re in. Farida’s mother has been sick. There was a day she fall down and had to be taken to the hospital. Some parents have lost their lives. Others are now battling high blood pressure and other related illnesses.

I know one of the parents, Mr John, he can’t even count money now because he is depressed. His business has crumbled. He is my friend and this abduction has taken a toll on him. His daughter, Rebecca, is Farida’s friend and she is also there. We go to bed and wake up in misery thinking of the unknown. I can’t even concentrate on my business (farming). We can’t now concentrate on our family members because we’re always thinking of how to get the children out. My fish farming has been the worse hit because I can’t concentrate. On the other farms, I didn’t even bother to know whether we’re working on it this year because the tension is too much.

Nobody is taken us seriously. This is a Federal Government school but what did the education minister do or even say? They have just left us to our fate as if nothing has happened and our children are still with us.

PT: Was there anytime that Dogo Gide asked you, people, to pay ransom for your children?

Mr Kaoje: No. In fact, we pleaded with him to allow us to negotiate the ransom but he said he would not collect our money and insisted that he would only collect the government’s money. The first time he told me that if the government failed to give him N100 million, he would marry off the girls, I pleaded with him to let parents and relatives negotiate with him but he refused. Whenever he called, I would plead with him to let us pay but he always refuses.

Once, he reduced the ransom to N50 million and some motorcycles, but he still said the intermediaries with the government didn’t respond to them hence they decided to marry off our children. As I told you earlier, we speak with him a lot and he said he has reduced the ransom to N50m and 30 motorcycles but they still refused to give the bandits so they could release our daughters for us. I’ve nothing to say because this democracy has failed us. What would the government now say to us since they can’t protect our daughters?

PT: Did he tell you why he kidnapped your children?

Mr Kaoje: He said he has a problem with the government and that the government is not responsible, and he would only collect ransom from them. If you have a problem with the government, why abduct innocent children? He should be disturbing government people and not the poor. The pupils he abducted were all innocent.

PT: Did you speak with her while she was in captivity? Did she confirm that they had been married off?

Mr. Kaoje: Yes. And it breaks my heart to even remember her voice. We spoke with her a lot. And I cry every day he (Mr. Gide) called and let us speak with her. In one of such calls, she said “Baba, there is a problem because some of my friends have been married off”. After that, Dogo Gide himself confirmed to us that they had been married off since the government has refused to pay them.

PT: What other efforts are you now making…

Mr. Kaoje: (cuts in) What efforts? We’ve just resorted to praying for Allah to intervene. It’s no longer in our control because they said since the government has refused to pay them they would marry them off for good. But we want our children back home and we’ll continue to pray because it’s the only way out.