Jimi Agbaje is back!!! Lagosians react to JK gunning for Ambode’s seat

Serial Lagos governorship contestant, Jimi Agbaje has confirmed that he will take part in the 2019 governorship election. Agbaje who contested under the banner of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 elections and was also in the race for the 2007 race against former Lagos governor, Babatunde Fashola.

Agbaje confirmed that he would enter the race ones again under the aegis of the PDP but he is set to face a major challenge for the party’s ticket after it was confirmed that billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola has been offered the ticket by the party.

“It is true that initially I did not want to re-contest, but I had so many people urging me to run. I bought and submitted my nomination form shortly before it closed. I will be part of the PDP Lagos governorship primaries, billed for Friday, September 28th,” Agbaje confirmed in a telephone interview.

Agbaje said that he was confident he would win the elections in Lagos state, if he picked the PDP guber ticket to run. On the upcoming primaries, Agbaje said he was confident that the leadership would create a level playing ground for all the aspirants, as has been the norm of the party.

“Our primaries have always been open, fair and free for all. This is what we are known for, and that is the way I expect it to be,” he said.

Agbaje, who also contested for the National Chairmanship of the PDP in 2017, won by Uche Secondus, said that the recent defections from the party in the state would not affect him if he picked the ticket.

 

“It is the people of Lagos State that will decide. The issues in the party will not impart negatively on votes. Most Nigerians now vote for individuals rather than party,” he said.

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Tinubu’s Stronghold ‘Endorses’ Saraki For The 2019 PDP Presidential Ticket, Ahead Of The 2019 General Elections

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Monday, got the nod of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, delegates in Lagos State, to emerge as the party’s Presidential candidate for the 2019 elections.

Recall, that Lagos State is widely known politically, as the stronghold of the Jagaban, Bola Tinubu.

Speaking at the very successful event, Saraki, who was well received at the party’s Lagos State Secretariat, along Adekunle Fajuyi, in Ikeja, the Lagos State capital, declared that he has the political sagacity to truly restructure the country, and devolve more powers to the Federating units.

Saraki who was accompanied on the visit by Senator Dino Melaye; former Kogi Governor, Captain Idris Wada; former PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Kawu Baraje; among others, also vowed that come next year, the PDP would produce a Governor in Lagos State.

He further implored them to see his aspiration as that of Lagos State, as he is also a Lagosian, by virtue of having his Primary and Secondary School education in Lagos; and more importantly, because his wife and mother-in-law are Lagosians.

Saraki insisted that he is the best among the Aspirants, who has the vision and the capacity to restructure Nigeria, and address the pressing leadership challenges confronting the country.

Social Media reactions to Lagos State Governor, Ambode, refusing to speak after Tinubu

Social media was abuzz when the current governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode refused to speak after he was invited to speak immediately after a National Leader, Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu. This happened at the book launch of Jim Ovia at the Expo Hall, Eko Hotel and Suites on Monday. The book, titled ‘Africa Arise And Shine’ captures a personal account of Ovia’s life journey and how he established Zenith Bank Plc.

Ambode mounted the podium, acknowledged the dignitaries and said he wasn’t prepared to give a speech.

“Actually, I didn’t prepare to come and say anything here. And who am I to speak after the Jagaban has spoken?’ Ambode asked.

His sentence got the audience and himself laughing.

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Saraki claims he is the best PDP candidate to topple Buhari during Lagos visit

Senate President and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Senator Bukola Saraki insisted that he is the best among the aspirants to restructure the country and defeat President Muhammadu Buhari. He said he was the only one capable of addressing the pressing leadership challenges confronting the country.

He reportedly got the nod of party delegates in Lagos to emerge as the party’s presidential candidate for the 2019 election.

Saraki who was well received at the party secretariat along Adekunle Fajuyi in Ikeja also declared he has the political sagacity to truly restructure the country and devolve more powers to the federating units.

His entourage include Senator Dino Melaye, immediate past governor of Kogi State, Captain Idris Wada(retd), Chief Doyin Okupe, and Alhaji Kawu Baraje among others. He vowed that come next year, PDP would produce a governor in Lagos state.

He also implored them to see his aspiration as that of Lagos state as he is also a Lagosian by virtue of having his primary and secondary school education in Lagos and more importantly because his wife and mother-in-law are Lagosians.

He then left the Centre of Excellence to the Gateway State, Ogun where he reportedly had a meeting with the executive council of the state led by Sikirulahi Ogundele.

In Ogun State, he addressed PDP Delegates and Party leaders telling them that as the world economy experiences rapid changes, Nigeria is not immune from its impact. He said that was why the country needed a President that can work with the private sector to grow the country and create jobs.

He urged Nigerians to follow suit by voting a visionary and energetic leader as her next president. He said, “Today in Nigeria, we are here at the crossroads. The country is divided and to unite the country, we need someone who will make everybody feel a sense of belonging.”
“Today, there is no sense belonging in some parts of the country. We need a president that rules and represents Nigeria. We want a president where everybody will say they belong here. Where there is no unity, there can never be progress. After unity, we can talk about development and progress.”

2019 Election: Saraki leaves Lagos for Ogun, meets PDP state exco

The Senate President and one of the presidential aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr Bukola Saraki, arrived Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital from Lagos around 2pm on Monday.

He was reportedly in a meeting with the executive council of the state led by Sikirulahi Ogundele and other candidates ahead of his bid to contest in the 2019 Election.

His entourage include Senator Dino Melaye, immediate past governor of Kogi State, Captain Idris Wada(retd), Chief Doyin Okupe, and Alhaji Kawu Baraje among others.

Earlier in the day, he took his campaign train to Lagos, the nation’s commercial nerve centre.

The Senate President who is competing for the right to fly the PDP flag in the 2019 presidential election against twelve other contenders is believed to be one of the favourites to clinch the ticket.

While in Lagos, Saraki urge the party delegates to vote for him in the primaries stressing that his presidency would usher in massive growth in the nation’s commercial sector.

Saraki insists that Nigeria is not immune to global economic changes therefore the country must follow global trends which is what his is presidency would bring. Saraki also promise to create enabling environment for business and economic growth which would in turn create jobs.

If Saraki gets the PDP nomination, he would go up against the incumbent President Buhari who is the sole candidate for the ruling APC in the elections

Video: Saraki Storms Lagos! Promise to create jobs and business opportunities

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Bukola Saraki on Monday took his campaign train to Lagos, the nation’s commercial nerve centre.

The Senate President who is competing for the right to fly the PDP flag in the 2019 presidential election against twelve other contenders is believed to be one of the favourites to clinch the ticket.

While in Lagos, Saraki urge the party delegates to vote for him in the primaries stressing that his presidency would usher in massive growth in the nation’s commercial sector.

Saraki insists that Nigeria is not immune to global economic changes therefore the country must follow global trends which is what his is presidency would bring. Saraki also promise to create enabling environment for business and economic growth which would in turn create jobs.

If Saraki gets the PDP nomination, he would go up against the incumbent President Buhari who is the sole candidate for the ruling APC in the elections.

Lagos 2019: Storm over? Osinbajo, Tinubu and Ambode appear In public

The storm in the Lagos chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) seems to be over as the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, APC National Leader, Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode appeared together in public. They were in attendance at the book launch of Jim Ovia’s book titled ‘Africa Rise and Shine’.

The book launch held in Expo Hall, Eko Hotel and Suites on Monday. The book captures a personal account of Ovia’s life journey and how he established Zenith Bank Plc. In a brief speech, Jim Ovia said that the narrative of Africa being a pathetic continent and regarded as a dark continent inspired the title of the book.

Some of the business leaders in attendance included foremost accountant, Akintola Williams; billionaire business woman, Folorunsho Alakija; Chairman of Heirs Holdings, United Bank of Africa, Tony Elumelu; political economist, Pat Utomi, among others.


The traditional leaders included Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akinolu; the Dein of Agbor, Benjamin Ikechukwu Keagborekuzi 1; the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.

Some of the governors in attendance included Governors of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa; Borno State Kashim Shettima; Akwa Ibom State Udom Gabriel Emmanuel; and Taraba State, Darius Ishaku.

The current governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode refused to speak after he was invited to speak immediately after Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Ambode mounted the podium, acknowledged the dignitaries and said he wasn’t prepared to give a speech.

“Actually, I didn’t prepare to come and say anything here. And who am I to speak after the Jagaban has spoken?’ Ambode asked.

His sentence got the audience and himself laughing. He then went on to speak on Ovia.

“But obviously, the truth is, there is no person that has actually gone through the profession of accountancy that would not have had anything to do with Uncle Jim, and that is the truth.”

Ambode advices Davido, NYSC members in Lagos

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has urged Davido and corps members posted to the state to look inward and create projects that would positively affect people in their host communities.

Ambode gave the advice on Monday in Lagos, during the closing ceremony of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) 2018 batch “B” stream 2 orientation course.

” The major objective of the NYSC is to foster unity amongst the diverse ethnic groups of our great country through its vibrant youths.

“I encourage you to create visions and projects that will positively affect the lives of people in the host communities you would be posted to.

“I also enjoin you to be good ambassadors of the NYSC and the country at large, most especially in the forthcoming general elections in 2019, which most of you would participate in as adhoc staff,’ he said.

The state governor encouraged the corps members to take advantage of the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED), an initiative of the state government and the NYSC to prepare them for self-employment He urged them to take the post-camp training seriously, to enable them to access loans through the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, which was established to enable youths to start their businesses.

Ambode’s speech was delivered by Mr Oluseye Oladejo, the state’s Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations. In his address, Mr Muhammed Momoh, Lagos State Coordinator, NYSC, appealed to the state government to help the scheme realise its plans to construct its permanent orientation camp in the state. ”

I wish to appreciate the governor for being a worthy father and for the support given to the scheme at all times.

“While we appreciate the allocation of land for the construction of a befitting orientation camp at Agbowa, I wish to implore the governor to use his good office to make the dream a reality.

“This will ameliorate the serious challenge of space constraints we face in the present facility,” he said.

Momoh advised the corps members to accept postings for their primary assignments in good faith, while carrying out their duties with all sense of patriotism. It has been reported that 2,152 corps members comprising 1143 male and 1009 female were posted to Lagos for the exercise.

Prof. Osinbajo, business tycoons, traditional rulers, felicitate Jim Ovia at Lagos book launch

Leading Nigerian politicians, traditional and business leaders were in Lagos State on Monday for the launch of Jim Ovia’s book titled ‘Africa Rise and Shine’. The book written by the founder of Zenith Bank, Jim Ovia, had the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo in attendance.

Some of the business leaders in attendance included foremost accountant, Akintola Williams; billionaire business woman, Folorunsho Alakija; Chairman of Heirs Holdings, United Bank of Africa, Tony Elumelu; political economist, Pat Utomi, among others.

The traditional leaders included Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akinolu; the Dein of Agbor, Benjamin Ikechukwu Keagborekuzi 1; the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.

Some of the governors in attendance included Governors of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa; Borno State Kashim Shettima; Akwa Ibom State Udom Gabriel Emmanuel; and Taraba State, Darius Ishaku.

The current governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode refused to speak after he was invited to speak immediately after Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Ambode mounted the podium, acknowledged the dignitaries and said he wasn’t prepared to give a speech.

“Actually, I didn’t prepare to come and say anything here. And who am I to speak after the Jagaban has spoken?’ Ambode asked.

His sentence got the audience and himself laughing. He then went on to speak on Ovia.

“But obviously, the truth is, there is no person that has actually gone through the profession of accountancy that would not have had anything to do with Uncle Jim, and that is the truth.”

Lagos Governor, Ambode, refuses to speak after Tinubu at Jim Ovia’s book launch

The current governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode refused to give a speech after Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu at Zenith Bank founder, Jim Ovia’s book launch.

Ambode was due to speak after Tinubu but instead got on the podium and said: “I didn’t prepare any speech and after all, who am I to speak after the Jagaban has spoken?” The governor’s speech sparked laughter among the audience.

This is coming after Tinubu refused to commit to the governor’s 2019 reelection bid. Ambode’s fate hangs in the balance with him failing to secure the approval of Tinubu despite many attempts at reconciliation. Tinubu refused to get involved in the intra-party crisis that pit Ambode against the leadership of the party in the state and members of the Conference 57. There were also reports that Bola Tinubu endorsed Jide Sanwoolu.

There was a report that Tinubu told Ambode on Friday, when they had a meeting, to go and slug it out with Hamzat and Sanwoolu at the party’s primaries. He reportedly said this was because the party had opted for direct primaries. The direct primaries involves all party members, whereas the indirect primaries involves only appointed and elected representatives of the party.

The launch of the book titled ‘Africa Rise and Shine’ which held on Monday at the Eko Hotel Convention Centre had top Nigerian business and traditional leaders in attendance. The book written by the founder of Zenith Bank, Jim Ovia, had the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo in attendance.

Some of the business leaders in attendance included foremost accountant, Akintola Williams; billionaire business woman, Folorunsho Alakija; Chairman of Heirs Holdings, United Bank of Africa, Tony Elumelu; political economist, Pat Utomi, among others.

The traditional leaders included Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akinolu; the Dein of Agbor, Benjamin Ikechukwu Keagborekuzi 1; the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.

Some of the governors in attendance included Governors of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa; Borno State Kashim Shettima; Akwa Ibom State Udom Gabriel Emmanuel; and Taraba State, Darius Ishaku.