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ONDO 2016: Trouble for AD as party leaders battle over Olusola Oke, Akin Olowokere candidacy

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With the Ondo governorship election now about a month away, the Alliance for Democracy is still embroiled in a controversy over the eligibility of its candidate, Olusola Oke, after party officials disagreed over the manner the earlier candidate, Akin Olowokere, was substituted.

The National Chairman of the party, Joseph Avazi, had justified the choice of Mr. Oke as a credible replacement for Mr. Olowokere, saying he had fulfilled party requirements to hold the ticket.

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At the wake of the emergence of Mr. Oke, a youth group within the party rejected his candidature, saying the party’s chairman and other officials acted contrary to its constitution in the substitution of Mr. Olowokere.

The National Legal Adviser of the party, Kehinde Aworele, on Saturday also rejected Mr. Oke’s emergence, saying the National Executive Committee of the party did not meet to decide on his candidature.

He said the NEC also did not recognise Mr. Oke as a member of the party, let alone elected to fly its flag in the coming governorship election.

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He described the action of the national chairman as “reckless” in reaching a decision to replace Mr. Olowokere without consultation.

According to Mr. Aworele, the October 14 NEC resolutions remained binding, affirming that those who later revoked it barely 24 hours after the emergency meeting in Akure, acted on behalf of themselves and not the NEC.

“As at today, we have passed a vote of no confidence on the national chairman, national secretary and national auditor of the party and it is the NEC of the party that can make a change of that decision,” he said, adding that the NEC still recognized Mr. Olowokere as its candidate.

“We have said that Olusola Oke is not known to the party because he did not follow proper procedure of the party, so he is not even a member of AD,” the lawyer said.

“I can tell you that he is not a member of our party because he has not complied with the constitutional procedure of our party by which a candidate should emerge.

“I don’t have anything against Oke as a person; he is a nice gentleman and a member of my profession but he should not come through the backdoor.

“On the issue of his eligibility, I will not comment on that because it is pending before the Federal High Court, Akure.”

Mr. Olowokere has however, denounced the position of the Legal Adviser, saying he willingly stepped down for Mr. Oke to become the candidate of the party.

He said the incessant kicks against Mr. Oke’s candidature were sponsored by the opposition who are bent on creating crisis in the AD.

“We are standing for the good of Ondo State, on behalf of the masses we have provided a third force and an alternative in order to make sure that we dismantle the illegitimate tyranny currently operating in the state,” said Mr. Olowokere.

“That I was able to midwife the party…there is a lot of jealousy and envy. If somebody calls himself a Legal Adviser of a party, he knows how to go to court. You don’t fight or sue on the pages of media.

Speaking in the same vein, Mr. Oke’s Campaign Director, Bola Ilori, dismissed the threats by the legal adviser, saying “it is an unattractive side attraction. It is just part of the fun just to make it more enterprising.”

Mr. Ilori asserted that Mr. Oke is a member of the AD, noting that it was the work of his opponents to distract the party from making progress.

“So all these are parts of the drama that forms politics, politics is drama; it could be fun, it is fun. It is just entertainment, you have seen it before and you will see it again; more of it will soon come: there is no issue about that,” Mr. Ilori said.

 

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Why You should Patronize Cassandra’s Restaurant and Lounge

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Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness.” – Auguste Escoffier. as Escoffier said, one of the best places to enjoy a sumptuous meal that gladdens the heart is Cassandra’s Restaurant and Lounge.

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The beautiful thing is they are specialist on both local and Continental meals and can be delivered to you destination.

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UBA Celebrates Africa Day in Style, Commits to Empowering Youths for Leadership Roles

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Africa’s Global Bank, the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc marked the this year’s Africa day, with fanfare. The event which was celebrated across the banks 20 African subsidiaries, including New York, UK, France and Dubai, culminated into a mini carnival at the corporate head office in Marina, Lagos as it witnessed  a rich culture of African people on display.

The bank said the event was aimed at encouraging Africans home and abroad to be patriotic and embrace their culture.

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It was all colour and glitz as a troupe of dancers representing Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Zimbabwe, among other African countries, entertained the audience from the entrance of the building to its doorways through to the Tony Elumelu Amphitheatre Hall. Their overall performances exuded good vibes and earned them ovation from all.

Noting that Africa has unarguably positioned herself as the second largest continent in the world with its rich cultural heritage, the bank said the continent remains the only one in the world that was evidently bequeathed with the most colourful and distinctively diverse culture appreciated across the globe.

From her aesthetic art works, ethnic costumes, expressive dances, mind-blowing plethora of languages, amazing dishes, tourists attractions, and wildlife among others, Africa is seen as a world power that is yet to explore.

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It is, therefore, to proudly and powerfully project her cultural heritage that UBA hosted the event in Lagos an to commemorate this year’s Africa Day. It said that part of its aim was for dignitaries to map out lasting solutions to persisting challenges in the continent.

Themed, “Educate an African Fit for the 21st Century: Building Resilient Education Systems for Increased Access to Inclusive, Lifelong, Quality, and Relevant Learning in Africa,” for us at UBA, it only reinforces our belief and passion for education as exemplified in our foundations National Essay Competition where winners who emerge are given scholarships through school.

According to the Group Managing Director, United Bank for Africa, Oliver Alawuba, “We are in 20 African countries and four countries outside Africa. Our focus has always been on not only driving investments into Africa but also to empower Africa’s youth by honing the critical thinking prowess of our youth as well as groom them for leadership roles across the continent.

Alawuba said UBA aspires to develop and grow in the world, adding that unity is critical and very important in Africa hence the emphasis on how to change the narrative. “Unity is critical and very important for the future of Africa, we need to remain united to achieve our aspirations and the youth are critical to that growth”, he said.

Consequently, as one of Africa’s leading financial services institutions, with a pan-African footprint spanning 20 African countries and globally in the US, UK, the United Arab Emirates and France, UBA says it’s fully committed to unifying Africa and empowering youths for the future. It also continues to lead the narrative focused on the development, growth, and unity of Africa

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Oworonshoki-Apapa Expressway: Tinubu commends Dangote, describes project 10th Wonder of the World …We consider this project CSR – Dangote

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Oworonshoki-Apapa Expressway: Tinubu commends Dangote, describes project 10th Wonder of the World

…We consider this project CSR – Dangote

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has described the newly commissioned Oworonshoki-Apapa Expressway as the Tenth Wonder of the World.

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This is just as he commended the President of Dangote Industries Limited, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, for his selflessness in actualising the project.

President Tinubu, represented by Senate President Godswill Akpabio, enthused that the 37-kilometer road, which commenced in 2018 by the former administration and completed in 2024, is a win for all Nigerians.

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He explained that the importance of Lagos State to Nigeria makes it very vital and as such must work for the benefit of all.

According to him: “Lagos is home to all, I thank Aliko Dangote for coming up with this initiative and in partnership with HiTech have delivered the Tenth Wonder of The World.

“Lagos is not the only state experiencing growth and development under the renewed hope agenda. I also congratulate the Minister of Works David Umahi for his passionate commitment to structural development across Nigeria,” he said.

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Speaking on the “extremely poor” condition of the road before December 2018, Dangote stressed that the road “severely hampered the evacuation of goods and restricted access to the markets, paralyzing the shipping and manufacturing industries and disrupting supply chains across the entire economic landscape.

“Before the completion of this road, it used to take two weeks before we get to the port, and in about 18 months, we lost over N60bn in demurrage…The successful completion of this project is an example of the positive impact that can be achieved when the public sector collaborates with the private sector.” Dangote said

“Utilising the visionary framework of Executive Order 007 in Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme, the Dangote Group has been able to mobilise capital for the complete refurbishment of the entire 37 kilometers length of Apapa-Isolo-Oworonshoki road and its expansion to 10 lanes.”

Dangote added that the Group was privileged to partner with the Federal Government in the transformative efforts, reaffirming its commitment to national development and prosperity.

He also stated that the scheme must be revisited to make it more viable for the private sector participants. “In this case, we have so far recovered only 40 percent of our investments and the balance is not due until 2027, we consider this project merely as Corporate Social Responsibility.

“We believe that a more commercial interest rate recovery should be allowed given the high cost of capital in the Nigerian fiscal environment,” he said.

In his remarks, Engr Umahi also commended the Dangote Group for delivering a well-executed project, adding that the quality of the Dangote Cement is a testament to the value seen on the road.

“I was once trapped for 8 hours on my way to the airport and so, I understand how terrible the road was. We are celebrating this project today because it was well done and a display of new technology. It is fully completed with solar-powered streetlights.

“In the same vein, the Third Mainland Bridge wasn’t just another rehabilitation work, a road that has been standing for about 40 years… to ensure that our bridges last longer, I’m happy to announce that Mr. President has approved the ban on the excavation of sands 10 kilometers from bridges across Nigeria.”

The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, represented by his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat revealed that about 20 companies had relocated from the Apapa axis of the state owing to the condition of the road, “…the state of the road is unimaginable. We are grateful to Aliko Dangote, HiTech for the excellent job they did. It used to take over seven hours to drive from one end of the road to the other, it now takes around an hour,” he said.

 

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