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17-YEAR-OLD JEMIMAH BECOMES LAGOS’ ONE-DAY GOVERNOR, AS SANWO-OLU SWAPS ROLE

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17-YEAR-OLD JEMIMAH BECOMES LAGOS’ ONE-DAY GOVERNOR, AS SANWO-OLU SWAPS ROLE

 

•Quiz winner hails Governor’s ‘laudable’ initiatives in education, human capital

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday, yielded the seat of authority for Ms. Jemimah Marcus for a brief moment to step in as one-day Governor of Lagos State.

The 17-year-old student of Angus Memorial Secondary School in Somolu, Lagos East, won the 2020 edition of the Spelling Bee Competition, thereby earning the honour to become the one-day Governor.

The weekly Executive Council meeting of the State’s cabinet was presided over by Ms. Marcus, an indigene of Edo State, as Sanwo-Olu temporarily stepped aside and observed the proceedings.

Spelling Bee competition, a contest between public schools across Lagos, is one of the legacy programmes in the State’s education sector pioneered in 2001 by the then First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu through her New Era Foundation.

Since 2015, the State Government has taken full charge of the programme, collaborating with partners and stakeholders to further help realise its objectives.

Presiding over the cabinet meeting, Ms. Marcus commended the Sanwo-Olu administration for initiating “laudable” programmes through its THEMES agenda to turn around governance and service delivery.

Describing Sanwo-Olu as a “transformational leader”, the one-day Governor said the State had recorded giant strides in education, health, housing, infrastructure renewal, transportation, youth and women development in the last two years of the administration.

She said: “Mr. Governor, I commend your team for excellent leadership, as well as proactiveness in critical sectors. In education, the State Government has embarked on revamping schools and delivering new ones to improve access. This effort has been complemented with massive innovative programmes, such as EKO EXCEL, Lagos Learns Together, Read Loud, EKO Digital School, and job initiative.

“These laudable programmes have impacted on students, teachers and the out-of-school learners, as the initiatives have improved teaching and learning with excellent outcome. With the deployment of technology, I can say teaching techniques across Lagos schools are no longer what they used to be. The success of these programmes is evident in the performance of students in their academic.”

Ms. Marcus, however, solicited for more funding for her school, and schools where students learn under harsh circumstances, while also asking the Governor to support her parents in order to help her realise her future dreams.

The one-day Governor harped on the need to commit more investment in digital literacy across public schools in the State, urging Sanwo-Olu to ensure the metropolitan fibre being laid across Lagos drops in public schools as promised.

Ms. Marcus, who described the one-day governorship as a “dream come true”, praised Senator Tinubu for the legacy programmes.

Responding, Sanwo-Olu said the one-day governorship programme was one of the ways employed by the State to raise future leaders, noting that the initiative had afforded winners the opportunity not only to improve in their learning, but also expose them rudiments of public administration.

The Governor took note of Ms. Marcus’ requests for more investment in education and human capital, promising the Government would continue to prioritise education in the State.

He said: “I am delighted to say that the competition has been achieving its desired vision and objectives. The organisers will be following up on your future endeavour to ensure you acquire the right leadership skills and become responsible citizens.

“Your success at the competition is an encouragement for us to do a lot more, especially in education. We will ensure that your teachers are given the right encouragement so that they can continue to impart quality knowledge across our various schools.”

In the company of the Spelling Bee winner is the first and second runners-up, Ajose Sotin, 17, of Topo Senior Grammar School, Badagry, and Edeh Rhema, 19, of Nawair Ud-Deen Senior High School, Oyingbo.

Prior to their attendance of cabinet meeting, the Spelling Bee winners were taken on a tour of Government’s offices, building and Governor’s official residence.

 

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2019 gov election rigging claim: Ogun APC to probe Amosun

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2019 gov election rigging claim: Ogun APC to probe Amosun

..As Abiodun donates bus to state party leadership

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Indications that the immediate past governor of Ogun State, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun, may be queried and probed emerged weekend when the leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state met and expressed their displeasure over his outburst in Abeokuta.

 

The Ogun APC chairman, Yemi Sanusi, who berated the ex-governor over his statement on the 2019 election, noted that such outburst was not only unsenatorial but also unbecoming of a supposed statesman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a closed-door meeting with the leaders of the ruling party in the 20 local government areas of the state on Friday, it was learnt that the party leaders called for disciplinary measures against such anti-party acts.

 

In 2019, Senator Amosun was suspended from the party for backing candidates of the All Progressives Movement (APM) against the APC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sanusi said that he was the acting chairman of the party in 2019, declaring that the election which produced the incumbent governor was the most credible in the history of the state.

 

According to him, the electorate overwhelmingly voted for for Governor Abiodun and stood against any move to overturn their will.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He added that all subterranean schemes evolved by the then governor to ensure that his candidate won were thwarted by the vigilant and irrepressible people of Ogun state.

 

Sanusi assured Governor Abiodun that the State Working Committee of the party had commenced mobilisation of party members across the 20 local governments of the state.

 

 

 

 

 

He hinted further the party in the state might probe the rigging allegation raised by the former governor, noting that it was high time the anti-party activities of the senator was investigated.

 

The party chairman, therefore, called on the leaders and members to reciprocate the kind gesture of Governor Abiodun by working hard to ensure that he is re-elected come 2023.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, Governor Abiodun, in preparation for the general election, donated a bus to the state executive council. This, he said , was to enhance the operations ahead of the 2023 general election.

 

 

He added that the donation was in appreciation of the immense contribution of the party towards the growth of democracy in the state.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Describing the party’s state executive as a partner in progress, Abiodun noted that the party had continued to remain an entity in the state without crisis due to the sterling leadership demonstrated by the people running the affairs of the party.

He noted that the state government would continue to support the party to sustain its membership drive , adding that all hands mist be on deck as the party prepare for the coming election.

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Oyo state Police hold talks with political parties over 2023 elections

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Oyo state Police hold talks with political parties over 2023 elections

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The Nigeria Police Force, Oyo State Command, has commenced sensitisation talks with political stakeholders in preparation for hitch free campaigns ahead of the 2023 general polls in the state.

The command’s spokesman, SP Adewale Osifeso, made this known in a statement on Friday in Ibadan.

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Osifeso said that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Adebowale Williams while addressing the stakeholders, enjoined them to embrace peace and shun acts capable of truncating the relative peace and tranquility enjoyed by residents.

Mr Williams highlighted measures already put in place toward realising hitch-free campaigns and the general polls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Commissioner of Police advised the political parties participating in the general elections to submit details of their campaign schedules to include dates and routes for adequate security cover.

He told the gathering that the command had formed a special crowd control unit to cater to cases of crowd management before, during and after the campaigns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Williams said that there would be regular patrols across the length and breadth of the state, intelligence-led stop-and-searches and technology-aided surveillance during the period.

He called on parents, guardians and leaders wielding various degrees of influence to prevail on their children, wards and protégées to avoid being used as cannon fodders by agents of mischief to disrupt the polity.

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Williams warned that heavy sanctions awaited violators in accordance with the laws and statues of the land.

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Wike Denies filing Suit Against Atiku

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Wike Denies filing Suit Against Atiku

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Rivers State Governor, Mr Nyesom Wike few moments ago (Friday) distanced himself from a purported suit said to have been filed by him seeking the removal of Atiku Abubakar as presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in next year’s general election.

This comes few hours after some media outfits had reported that Wike had ordered the removal of PDP flags in Rivers State government house, which also turned out to be false.

 

 

 

In an exclusive chat with THISDAY, the Governor denied knowing anything whatsoever about the purported suit or even knowing the lawyers who filed the suit in the first instance. “I don’t know anything about the so called suit. I did not ask anyone to file any suit for me”

The media was on Friday morning awash with reports that Governor Wike and one Chieftain of the PDP, Mr Newgent Ekamon, had dragged the PDP to court seeking the removal of Atiku as Candidate of the PDP in next year’s presidential polls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the purported suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/782/2022, the plaintiffs were said to have hinged their claims on the grounds that the PDP primary conferred undue advantage on Atiku which aided his emergence as candidate of the PDP in the May 28 and 29 primary.

Reacting to the publication, Wike flatly denied the suit said to have been filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja. He described the suit as the handiwork of mischief makers who merely want to use him to score cheap political goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He stated emphatically, “I don’t know the lawyers”. Continuing, he said, “am I a kid to be filing a suit at this time. I had 14 days after the primary within which to have filed any suit. I didn’t do that then, is it two months after primary I will file a suit?

He also recalled that, “just yesterday they came up with the claim that I ordered my Chief Security Officer to pull down PDP flag in Government House. This is all false, it’s all propaganda. Some people are trying to use me to win the election. Please disregard all these lies”.

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