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AUF Declares One Million March for Tinubu, Shetima




AUF Declares One Million March for Tinubu, Shetima

……Canvasses for Sanwo-Olu, Hamzat Re-Election.

By Ifeoma Ikem



Asiwaju Unity Forum (AUF), has concluded plans for a one million-men walk for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s presidential bid and his vice, Senator Kashim Shetima.

The forum is also solidly backing the re-election of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and Dr. Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat, his deputy comes 2023.




The convener of the Asiwaju Unity Forum, Hon. Taiwo Adebayo who disclosed this during a press briefing
that saw about 500 members in attendance, said AUF was formed early last year mainly to garner support for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the forthcoming 2023 general election.

He added that the forum was formed early last year mainly to support Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the forthcoming 2023 general election.







Hon Adebayo explained that the one million man walk is necessary to let Nigerians know that Lagosian and the Youths in particular are solidly with the All Progressive Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and to also use the medium to galvanize other Youths Vanguard and supports group for Tinubu-Shettima presidency.

He said they do not want evil plans of those who said Jagban is old to contest as the president to use it as an opportunity to disturb the peace of the nation like what was experienced during the End-Sars protest.









“The one million walk will start from Law School to Lekki toll gate and back to Falomo Bridge before we all despatch to our various homes, he added

He described the achievement of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, previously an excellent in the affairs of Lagos, he started as a senator in the third republic, they were ousted by the military, and he became a major financier of NADECO during the struggle to return the country to democratic rule.










He was exiled, but he came back when democracy returned to Nigeria, contested on the platform of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in 1999, and won the governorship election in Lagos.

Lagos then was in a very messy situation, labeled as the dirtiest state in Africa, ASIWAJU turned it around for the best, he brought governance nearer to the people.











According to him, Lagos state was not receiving any allocation from the federal government, he created more 37 LCDA together with the statutory 20 Local governments, he was able to raise the internally generated monthly revenue of Lagos from 600million to 5 billion monthly which is about 52 billion presently, he created a lot of agencies such as LAWMA, LASTMA and so on, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu also initiated BRT and construction of BRT lanes, he introduced JIGI Bola, he made NECO free for all students regardless of ethnic background or religion.

“Tinubu remains the only governor that gave a level playing ground to everybody irrespective of tribe or religion, his trademark is excellence, he goes for the best, and he always puts the round pegs in the round holes.










On the complaint by some quarters on the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the APC presidential candidate, Adebayo reiterated that he has written an article on this ugly trend in Nigeria’s Political space, saying that religion should go back to where it belongs, it belongs to the hearts of the people, and religion should be taken to the worship centers.

“What we should be discussing now is to critically analyze all the presidential candidates to know who can provide Jobs for everyone, improve the security architecture of the country, and Improve our education sector
and most importantly a president that can ensure Nigerians are self-sufficient in food production,he added.









“The primary objective of a political party is to win the election, so I don’t want us to dwell much on the issue of religious politics.

“Asiwaju Tinubu himself is not an all-around Muslim person because his wife is a Senior pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, if he has not Islamized his wife and family, he will not Islamize Nigeria, he is ready to work for everybody and with everybody.








Hon Taoheed Adebayo Taiwo also gave a pass mark to Gov. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and his deputy Dr. Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat for their efforts in piloting the affairs of Lagos state to a higher and enviable height.

In His remarks, he opined that considering the times and natural occurrences that took over the world and Lagos in particular, the governor and his team have piloted the affairs of Lagos brilliantly.









He notes that his unequalled feat in his interventions during the Covid-19 era, Gov. SANWO-OLU’s efforts to curtail the spread of this deadly virus saved Nigeria and Lagos from what could have become a national disaster.

As if that was not enough, the issue of End-Sars raised its ugly head, the Governor was able to handle all with a great sense of responsibility.










I will urge everyone to support our Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his achievement and also especially on the blue line project that is almost completed and to be handed over to Lagosians very soon, all these are what we need from a performing governor who does not play with the affairs of his people.

Speaking further on education we have Schools in Lagos that have been newly constructed,well furnished with facilities which include spotting equipments, showing that the governor intends to drive the potentials of young Lagosians to a greater level.










“he made sure every gift they had for formal (classroom) learning and extracurricular activities marched with Technology and Education together.

He has commissioned many Roads and bridges, health sector is not left out he has performed well,he deserves to be re-elected so that all the good work he started will be completed.










Asiwaju Unity Forum is calling on all Youths, artisan, stakeholders, market women and men, to joined hands together to work in progress and development of our states and Nigeria at large to come and align with us to make sure that we elect only progressive leaders come 2023








President Bola Tinubu says cooperation is imperative for economic prosperity in West Africa, noting that a lack of synergy between Nigeria and Benin Republic has been an encumbrance to mutual development.







Speaking when he received President Patrice Talon of Benin Republic at the State House in Abuja, on Wednesday, President Tinubu said Nigeria and Benin Republic share a lot in common, describing both countries as conjoined twins held together at the hip.





“We are one. No other nation like ours should be worried. What is affecting us is a lack of synergy. We have not developed the necessary economic synergy that will develop our two nations. We must have common economic principles and priorities. The economic programme you are developing through inter-ministerial collaboration is welcomed by me.

“We will support all of our private sector interests to facilitate prosperity in both of our important countries. I appreciate the urgency of your approach, and we welcome this. Leadership is sometimes defined by urgent action. Thank you for your quality leadership. We are together. I am not a backward looking person. I look forward. This is how I avoid missing steps,” the President said.

President Talon, who was at the State House to seek the support of President Tinubu on improving trade relations, ahead of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Summit, described the relationship between his country and Nigeria as crucial.

He said Benin Republic is seeking stronger trade ties with Nigeria, emphasizing the free movement of people and goods between both countries.

“Benin has started implementing a national development plan which includes enhanced integration between Nigeria and Benin Republic. Our development plan includes taking into account what investments are required in Benin to enhance our integration with Nigeria in trade terms. It is true that many agreements have been signed to push our integration forward, but they have not been implemented.

“At the level of ECOWAS, we embrace free movement and integration, and at the African level, AfCFTA envisages this; so we need to move urgently to make this a reality.

“Our investment programme must be revised to factor in all factors of the Nigerian economy. We seek to set up an inter-ministerial technical committee that will jointly prepare a draft document for our legislatures. I am ready to sign an executive order to appoint members of the council to advance mutually beneficial cooperation across sectors.

“There have been difficulties bilaterally on the issue of smuggling. We will work hard to coordinate and ensure that your interests are protected as we integrate our economies. I want us to make history together,” President Talon said.





Chief Ajuri Ngelale
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
December 6, 2023

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Edo 2024: Obaseki Reveals Why He Won’t Support His Deputy



Edo 2024: Obaseki Reveals Why He Won't Support His Deputy

Edo 2024: Obaseki Reveals Why He Won’t Support His Deputy



Governor Godwin Obaseki has vowed not to support what is not fair and just, following the declaration of interest in the gubernatorial election by the Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu.






Obaseki spoke in an interview with BBC Pidgin, on him supporting Shaibu to become his successor in 2024.





The governor reiterated his earlier assertion that the people of the state would determine Shaibu’s fate.

According to Obaseki; “E declare for himself now, no be me go decide whether my deputy, na Edo people go sit down and decide. Dem go say, this deputy, e get wetin e take to run the state?

“Let’s look at his background, antecedents if he has maybe and if he doesn’t have and in any case, the Edo people would decide how we would do the governorship whether it would be turn by turn or it will be based on equity, fairness and justice. To say okay, this people have done before.

“As a leader, I will sit down and supervise. What is not fair, just and will help Edo unite, my hands are not there.”

Commenting on godfatherism in politics, Obaseki said: “Everybody needs nurturing and mentoring but not to the extent of teleguiding you. He can support and help you to make your decisions but ultimately at the end of the day it is for democracy – the people must decide who will lead them.”

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Edo 2024: APC Have Being Vindicated – Peter Uwadiae



Edo 2024: APC Have Being Vindicated - Peter Uwadiae By Elvis Omoregie

Edo 2024: APC Have Being Vindicated – Peter Uwadiae

By Elvis Omoregie




Ahead of the much talked about Edo 2024 Governorship Election billed to hold September 21th 2024, there have been series of political activities in Edo State including the recent declaration by the deputy governor of the Comrade Philip Shaibu, “against all odds”, to contest the forthcoming election.



Edo 2024: APC Have Being Vindicated - Peter Uwadiae

By Elvis Omoregie



As the announcement by the deputy governor continue to elicit reactions couple with his recent interview with journalists in Abuja, where he said: “With the 2024 Edo governorship election fast approaching, the State can not afford to experiment again with someone who does not understand the politics of the State or the needs of the people.

“Edo people need practical governance and you cannot experiment again with somebody that do not understand the politics of a good State and the needs of the people.

“You cannot know the need of the people when you don’t live with them. So for me, competence and experience should be the watchword as we go into election in 2024.

“Who is competent? Who is more experienced? Who will hit the ground running from day one?

“Are we going to experiment with a new person again? And the person will spend the first four years learning on the job and he will spend another four years trying to embezzle, set up his businesses in the name of consolidating on the gains of the first term?”

In a swift response, the leading opposition Party in Edo state, the All Progressives Congress (APC) through its Media Publicity Secretary, Peter Enosoregbe Uwadiae Igbinigie Esq told journalists last week in Benin that the deputy Governor’s comments were only affirmation of the position of the Party about the poor performance of the Obaseki’s led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration in Edo in the last 7years.

Here we bring you the full response, and comments on other issues!

We; the APC have been vindicated by the comments of the deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu particularly as it relates to the capacity of the Governor, himself.
From the horses mouth; the deputy Governor has said Edo State cannot afford to experiment again for another eight years.

The import of that statement is that Edo State has been experimenting in the past seven and half years and if someone or any Government is experimenting, it therefore means the best cannot come from an experimentation!

It means that the Governor is still learning or there are lot of things he is learning to do or he ought to do and he did not do.
And governance should not be a learning ground and the APC have consistently maintained that the Governor has fallen short of the capacity which is required to manage a State as complex as Edo.
Looking back, what has the Governor been able to bring to the table? All we have seen in the past seven years; is nothing but obvious distortion of the smooth sail of governance from that glorious era of Senator Adams Oshiomhole, to what Edo people desired but which he couldn’t provide.

When Oshiomhole was Governor in Edo, there were whole lot of things he did; in terms of massive infrastructural development, human capital development, social welfare amongst many others.

He gave Edo State a face lift and made us understand the true meaning of dividends of democracy thus laying the foundation of good governance.
Unfortunately after his departure, all these beautiful legacies were pulled down instead of them being improved upon by the Governor.

The Edo library, and Central hospital were demolished, Edo liaison offices in Port Harcourt, Lagos and Abuja were sold out.
Now, private sector driven projects are taking over; all serving as conduit pipe to drain the collective scarce resources of the people.

Can the Governor tell us the State’s equity shares in these investments? We don’t have!

Now, what has happened to the red roof revolution of the Adams Oshiomhole’s era in the education sector?
I watched on television few weeks ago where school children were still lying on the ground to write, no furniture; a true reflection of the state of affairs in our schools against Obaseki’s propaganda of Edobest.

The APC is glad that Edo people have begun to hear the true report of the performance of the Obaseki’s administration from the man who is number two in ranking.
If the next in command can speak in that manner, it shows that Edo State has lost it!
If my deputy say I am experimenting, it shows that he even knows it more than myself.

Now, how has Governor Obaseki impacted on the market women? When he came on board, he promised to eliminate all forms of ticketing and touts but today the situation is worst.
The funny thing is that suppose the money collected is being used for the development of the State, it would have been a different thing.
But these monies are collected and goes into private pockets.
You drain these people, you double tax them, and the resources is not used to better their lives.

Well, we have gotten to that level wherein Edo people have to take the APC seriously.
It is absurd that a Government will be experimenting with the lives of its people and in the PDP today, the news is rife that the Governor also wants to bring a successor who will continue with the experimentation. That is why we hear the deputy Governor shouting and saying that experimentation should not be allowed again.

In any event, APC has become the beautiful bride in Edo; the Party to beat!
We have demonstrated it and we want to sustain that momentum. At the senatorial level first time in the history of politics in Edo, PDP could not even get a senator to represent them at the national Assembly.
Also, at the House of Representatives, out of the total nine available slots; the APC has six, Labour Party has two and PDP only one.

Be that as it may; it is a reflection of the acceptability of the APC in Edo State and beyond that in the State House of Assembly election, the APC has nine out of the 24 seats.

It is a good showing for a political Party that is in the opposition.
And what is again most worrisome, the PDP State secretary has often times condemned the attitude, and methodology of governance of the Obaseki’s administration.
He said the Governor has not done well, and he wants to also impose a candidate on them; an attempt the Party would resist!

Also, Leaders of the PDP are crying that this is the first time since 1999 they have gotten the worst Governor in Obaseki.
Hence they would not want a repeat of this anymore.

The discerning conclusion from that scenario is that if the Governor is allowed to perpetrate his experimentation on Edo people by bringing in someone to take over governance from him, we are going to be in another eight years of doldrum, we are going to be in imprisonment.
So, we have an alternative that will positively change the negative narrative in Edo and that is the APC because experimentation should stop in the State.
Going into 2024, Edo people expect a better approach to governance and Government.

In that respect, the APC will present its best to drive its programs and we can assure that our Party will conduct its primary in the most transparent manner, that will usher in a candidate who will be generally accepted, a man who will represent the common interest of Edo people.

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