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My Agenda For Lagos East Senatorial District – Tokunbo Abiru

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MY AGENDA FOR LAGOS EAST SENATORIAL DISTRICT – TOKUNBO ABIRU

Ahead of the scheduled Lagos East Senatorial District bye-election, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Tokunbo Abiru as given insight into some of the activities that would form his agenda of the district if elected.

In the document made available to BlackBox Nigeria, the former Managing Director of Polaris Bank opined that he would be setting up a foundation using his networks from the corporate sector to cater for the vulnerable in the society.

Read his agenda below;

Knowing the prevalence of poverty and unemployment in the country, immediately I secure the people’s mandate to represent the Lagos East Senatorial District, I will set up a Foundation to address these age-long issues.

This Foundation will be funded from my personal resources and goodwill as well as network that I have built in the private sector over the last three decades.

 

The beneficiaries will be the vulnerable members of the society such as the youth, women, people with special needs and the aged. This will be in addition to facilitation of sustainable opportunities for our young population to address unemployment and underemployment.

As you are aware, there are a lot of programmes the federal government has set up to empower our youths across the federation. I will work with the agencies implementing these programmes so that our youths in Lagos East get their fair share.

 

Considering my background in the corporate sector, I understand Lagos East should be the epicentre of economic activities in Lagos, therefore, we must improve our ease of doing business. In this regard, I will facilitate bills and motions that will contribute to the ease of doing business in Nigeria and particularly Lagos, thereby opening-up opportunities for our youthful population.

I promise to represent my good people of the Lagos East and indeed our great party with commitment, integrity and passion by leveraging all the experience, competences, knowledge and relationships I have acquired in the last three decades as an economist, chartered accountant, commissioner for finance, senior banker and CEO. Welfare of my constituents will be my priority.

 

When elected, I will also join hands with my distinguished colleagues in the Senate, as well as all members of the House of Representatives from the state to demand a special status for Lagos State. This is indeed long overdue.

Essentially, I will be preoccupied mainly with making policies that cater to the needs of my district and its people.

 

I will also focus on legislations that support Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1, 3, 4 and 8, which are Eradication of Poverty, Good Health and Wellbeing, Quality Education and Decent Work and Economic Growth. These are the areas I will work on to the benefit of the good people of Lagos East using the combination of my Private and Public Sector experiences and network.

Mr. Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA.(“Tokunbo Abiru”)

APC Senatorial Candidate

Lagos East Senatorial District

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Ondo Election: Total humiliation as Akeredolu Wins with massive margin (See Official Result)

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Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has won his reelection with 286,135 votes.

Akeredolu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Ondo 2020 governorship election won 15 out of the 18 local government areas of the state.

He defeated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Eyitayo Jegede SAN who polled 193,348 and 15 other candidates including his deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi. Jegede won in three local government areas: Akure South, Akure North and Ifedore.

Agboola Ajayi, the candidate of Zenith Labour Party garnered 66,963 votes without winning any local government area.

Final results:

APC – 286,135

PDP – 193,348

ZLP – 66,963

Full Result;

1. AKOKO NORTH EAST
APC 16572
PDP 8380
ZLP 3532

2. ONDO EAST
APC 6485
PDP 4049
ZLP 3221

3. IRELE
APC 12643
PDP 5493
ZLP 5904

4. ILE-OLUJI/OKEIGBO
APC 13287
PDP 9231
ZLP 1971

5. AKOKO SOUTH EAST
APC 9419
PDP 4003
ZLP 2004

6. OSE
APC 15122
PDP 8421
ZLP 1083

7. AKOKO SOUTH WEST
APC 21232
PDP 15055
ZLP 2775

8. IFEDORE
APC 9350
PDP 11852
ZLP 1863

9. OWO
APC 35957
PDP 5311
ZLP 408

10. OKITIPUPA
APC 19266
PDP 10367
ZLP 10120

11. AKOKO NORTH WEST
APC 15809
PDP 10320
ZLP 3477

12. AKURE NORTH
APC 9546
PDP 12263
ZLP 1046

13. IDANRE
APC 11286
PDP 7499
ZLP 3623

14. ODIGBO
APC 23571
PDP 9485
ZLP 6540

15. AKURE SOUTH
APC 17277
PDP 47627
ZLP 2236

16. ONDO WEST
APC- 15977
PDP- 10627
ZLP- 10159

17. ILAJE
APC 26657
PDP 11128
ZLP 4405

18. ESEODO
APC 13383
PDP 4680
ZLP 4760

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The nexus between Asiwaju Tinubu and Edo election by TUNDE RAHMAN

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It was indeed a free and fair election in the recently concluded Edo Gubernatorial election as the people were allowed to peacefully perform their franchise without duress and sentiments.

The election before and after has erupted series of conversations from different political analysts on several media platforms , one of which was the viral video by the former Governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and also not forgetting the “Edo no be Lagos” theme.

Tunde Rahman, Former Editor, Thisday on Sunday and Media Advisor to Asiwaju Tinubu has technically expounded the nexus between his boss Asiwaju Tinubu and the recently concluded Edo election in his write up titled “Asiwaju Tinubu and Edo election.

According to him: The tension-soaked Edo governorship election may have been concluded with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announcing Governor Godwin Obaseki as the winner of the poll. However, one is not unmindful of the fact that the election may not have been completely over as it were. Obaseki’s main challenger, the All Progressives Congress candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, says he is still studying the result and consulting widely on his next line of action. This is within his sphere to do.

It is interesting that the Peoples Democratic Party, its candidate, Governor Obaseki, and the Chairman of the party’s Campaign Council for Edo, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, all of who had initially alleged the APC had perfected the rigging of the poll, suddenly turned round, after seeing the results being declared going its way, to say the election was now the best thing to have happened since Nigeria’s independence and that INEC had redeemed its seeming sullen image. Yet, this was the same Wike who had alleged that 300 policemen were deployed to restrict him to his hotel in Benin as part of APC’s plot to rig the election! Is there more the nation needs to know about that election?

Beyond that, however, there are a few remarkable things about the election. One, contrary to the expectation that that poll would be characterised by massive violence, we all have providence to thank for the fact that the election was devoid of any major incident, save for some skirmishes in some areas. The poll was largely peaceful. The peaceful election may have been helped by the heavy deployment of policemen. Reports had it that over 30,000 policemen aside from some men of the armed forces and officers of other para-military outfits were engaged for the election.

Also, the culture of debate seems to have been further cemented in our electoral process. Both Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu participated in a number of debates where they spoke about their manifestoes and their plans for the people of the state. It is instructive, however, that whereas both turned up for the Channels Television debate, Obaseki shunned the debate, tagged conversation, put together by ARISE Television to which he had earlier promised attendance.

Of particular note in the days leading to the poll is the broadcast by APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, where he urged Edo voters to shun Obaseki in the election because of his anti-democratic credential. The governor, it would be recalled, issued a proclamation inaugurating the state House of Assembly in an ungodly hour, paving the way for nine members to usurp the powers and responsibilities of a 24-member assembly. 14 majority members were shut out and all entreaties to Obaseki to allow room for them to be inaugurated fell on deaf ears. The opposition PDP and their agents made a heavy weather of Asiwaju’s video on social media.

Now, Asiwaju did not seek to dictate to the people of Edo. He was not out to oust their rights to chose by themselves. He understands so well that widely-held categorization of Edo people, as brilliantly captured by Columnist Segun Ayobolu last week, as “proud, dignified, industrious, culturally and historically self-conscious people not inclined to bowing before mere mortals”. Far from usurping their power to determine who should govern them, the broadcast was an appeal to the people borne of commitment to democratic principles, clear appreciation of the fundamental role of parliament in a democracy, adherence to the principle of separation of powers, and his irritation by the antic of Governor Obaseki against the 14 lawmakers. It was an appeal for the people to think about the democratic credentials of the candidates in casting their votes.

Obaseki’s anti-peace and reconciliation stance also came out in bold picture in the altercation between him and former APC Chairman and his estranged friend and leader, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. All appeals to Obaseki to toe the path of peace and allow room for settlement in the matter were arrogantly rebuffed. Asiwaju was in the forefront of some of these peace efforts. Others also intervened all to no avail. Eventually, one thing led to another and Obaseki, quite unfortunately, failed to scale through the APC screening. He eventually defected to the PDP. There is no evidence that the APC leader was part of that screening process or made input into it.

Indeed, those who quipped that Edo no be Lagos, apparently referring to former governor Akinwumi Ambode’s inability to secure a second term, got the context of the two scenarios wrong. Ambode scaled through his party’s screening exercise and participated fully in the direct primaries at which Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu emerged as the party’s candidate. Indeed, Asiwaju just like Oshiomhole had advocated direct primaries involving all registered members of the party in Edo State to deepen and strengthen the intra-party democratic process. It is on record that Obaseki vehemently canvassed indirect primaries to narrow the extent of membership participation in the primary had he successfully scaled the party’s screening exercise. It is ironical that in a post-election interview, the same Obaseki seeks to impugn Asiwaju and Oshiomhole’s democratic credentials.

With Obaseki firmly in PDP and the battle line drawn for the election, it would be foolhardy to not expect Asiwaju as a leader in the APC to work to advance the cause of his party and the party’s candidate. He is very much unlike some of the other so-called leaders and governors in the same party who paid lip service to party loyalty and ideals and who openly worked against their own party and candidate. In their perverse and illogical world, their party’s victory in Edo would amount to personal defeat for them all because of a blinding 2023 ambition. Those who know him would know that the former Lagos governor has remained consistent and constant in sticking out his neck for his party. For him, the party is supreme. Not one to jump political ship, his political trajectory would reveal he has kept faith with the progressive parties over the years. He invested quality time, energy and resources in the formation of APC and would not want to see it crumble. How ironic it is that some of his traducers have been those known to be hopping on political parties at the snap of a finger, including even the same Governor Obaseki?

Asiwaju’s political background is replete with his fight for the enthronement and entrenchment of democracy in the land even at the risk to his own life. In his first appearance in the Senate in 1992, he played a leading role in the resolution passed by that august body that the military must ensure it handed over to a democratically-elected president after the annulment of June 12 election. Such was his agitation against the military that on one occasion during the darkest days, his house was petrol-bombed by the agents of the military who thought he had been roasted inside. He managed to escape abroad on exile where he continued with the agitation for democracy in Nigeria.

The question can be asked as to who is more of a threat to democracy and democratic practice? The one who stalled all avenues for peace and conflict-resolution and who also later blocked attempts by 14 duly -elected lawmakers from assuming their constitutional seats and performing their responsibilities? Or the other whose only alleged offence is urging the people to enrich democracy by factoring in the anti-democracy backgrounds of the candidates in casting their ballots.

Neither in the days before the election, on Election Day, nor in the days after the Edo poll did Asiwaju step his foot on the soil of that state, contrary to what the evil merchants of fake and hate news would want to have us believe. Yet, the likes of Governors Wike, Aminu Tambuwal, Ifeanyi Okowa and former Anambra State governor Peter Obi were busy traversing the length and breadth of the state on the eve of the election. A few of them, including Governor Wike, were even on ground in Edo on Election Day. For the life of me, are these PDP leaders citizens of and voters in Edo?

Indeed, it must be pointed out clearly that beneath all the shenanigans that trailed Edo poll, underneath all of that rabble-rousing, rumour-mongering, campaign of calumny, character assassination, deceit and double-dealing is the matter of 2023. Rather than first helping their party solidify its stronghold and strengthen it for future elections and re-commit themselves to the party’s ideals and principles, the APC chieftains were tearing at the party’s fabric, destroying its foundation and preparing it for eventual disintegration in the name of playing politics of 2023. But like Asiwaju rightly observed, he is but a mere mortal who does not foresee tomorrow. What tomorrow holds, indeed what 2023 holds, is within the province of God Almighty.

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