2023: Diaspora Lagos APC Visits Ojelabi, Pledges Support For Tinubu
The All Progressives Congress, APC, Lagos State based in United Kingdom, UK, has expressed resolve to ensure the victory of the party’s presidential flag-bearer, Bola Tinubu and Vice- Presidential candidate, Kashim Shettima as well as Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s re-election in the 2023 general elections.
The FidelinfoNews reports that the diaspora group, led by its Chairman, Tayo Sodeinde, gave the assurance at the weekend, during a strategic visit to the party’s Chairman, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, at the party’s secretariat, Acme, Ogba area of the state.
Sodeinde, explained that the decision to pay the visit was borne out of the fact that for the first time in history the presidential candidate emanates from Lagos and given their culture in the diaspora to show much concern and affinity with what goes on at the home front, their total loyalty to ensuring a functional country remains sacrosanct.
He added that they have started galvanizing support base for Asiwaju ever since the commencement of the Permanent Voter card, PVC, registration exercise, owing to their firm belief that Tinubu can overhaul the nation’s economy and all aspects of citizens lives for the better.
According to Sodeinde, “You will agree with me that those in the diaspora played a huge and massive role in term of diaspora remittance, those of us that have family, are responsible breadwinner, so we believed it is important for us to be part of the process in order to have Nigeria of our dream.
“So it’s being a great journey, we are still optimistic and very positive in the direction which our country is heading to now.
“It’s being a long journey but yet a very progressive and very encouraging one. It is first time in history of our politics or democracy that Lagos State will present a Presidential candidate for our nation and more significantly, the candidate that we have now is somebody that has the capacity that have the experience somebody that has what it takes to turn the situation of the country around.
“He is a progressive father of the nation and apart from that he is somebody that cut across all the six (6) geo-political zones of the country regardless of what anyone will say, he is a man that has labour for the progressive cause of our nation and is a man that has help a lot of politicians, a lot of people in the country.
“This time that he is coming out to vie for the presidential office it’s something that those of us as Nigerian should count as civic responsibility to make sure that it comes to reality, it’s something we should take on board as duty that is an opportunity for us.
“We want to give it everything we have to make sure that our National Leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu become the president of Nigeria.”
“We in diaspora believed that there is a need to sensitize, mobilize and to inform Lagosians and Nigerians in diaspora about how well democratic values are being entrenched here. “
According to Otunba Omotayo, Deputy Chairman of the group, “We have always been there and we will be there again and continue to do our best for the success of the campaign and for the re-election of our dear Governor Sanwo-Olu Babajide.
Jermaine Sanwo-Olu the Senior Special Assistance on Diaspora and Foreign Relations to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in response to the thoughtful move said “I believe many people in diaspora especially those who are politically incline and savvy will be flying down to support and I am looking forward to situation, whereby we can have like a diaspora voter register.
“People who have PVCs in diaspora, we can register online we gather ourselves together, even though we are not allowed to vote so to say in our nation, we are up to (500,000, 1,000,000) five hundred thousand, one million, it is a significant and a critical mass that any political party or politician will take seriously.
“United we can do a lot but we need to aggregate, collaborate, come together and have this numbers. It is a very important and politically sensitive issue, but it’s one we cannot deny there must be diaspora voting in Nigeria.”
Responding, Ojelabi noted that: “We just need to appreciate what they are doing, this is not the first time they have been supporting our party, and this time around they are here again to give their assurance and letting all of us know that this is a bigger responsibility.
“Now that for the first time the Lagos State APC Chapter has been given the opportunity of presenting the Presidential Candidate they are mindful of that and they came to give us assurance that they want to redouble their efforts in making sure that everything at their disposal resources wise, material wise will be made available for this onerous task and they are really on ground to do the job until we achieve our desire.”
Kwara Gov Greets Hon. Mashood Mustapha At 60
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has congratulated Hon. Mashood Mustapha on his 60th birthday anniversary today, praying God to grant the politician and businessman good health and long life.
Fidel Info reports that the Governor described the former House of Representatives member as a hard working person with good impacts on the society.
“I send my hearty congratulations to my brother and fellow party man, Hon. Mashood Mustapha, on the occasion of his diamond jubilee on earth. Everyday is indeed worth celebrating in a man’s life, but hitting age 60 is a special blessing from God,” the Governor said in a statement.
“We thank Hon. Mashood Mustapha for his support for our administration. I therefore join family and friends to celebrate Hon. Mashood Mustapha who is a great community leader and a supporter of good causes. I wish him Allah’s continuous grace as he enters the golden years.”
IEPY Slams Saraki Over Unguarded Statements Against Emir
A sociocultural group, Ilorin Emirate Progressive Youths (IEPY) has carpeted former senate president, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, over his unguarded utterances against the Ilorin Emirate.
Fidel Info reports that IEPY in a statement on Monday signed by its Chairman, Engr. Bolaji Sadiq, expressed surprise that despite being a ranking traditional title holder of the Emirate (Waziri), Saraki could still be going about spiting the Emir and the Emirate.
The former senate president in reports of news mediums pledged to tear the Emirate structure apart by removing Moro out of it. Moro has always been a part of the Ilorin Emirate.
We understand that this pledge was dictated by his desperate need for sympathy votes to awaken his dead party. That was why he tried to wooed the Moro people with this sentiment during his tour to the community. However, our Emirate is not what politicians should use to play politics.
We are displeased that Dr. Saraki has not been portraying the Emirate in good light in recent times. We saw videos of how he came home some months back and on his way to the Ilorin Central Mosque was throwing wads of naira into the air for our people to hustle over, which might lead to stampede or even violence. This is apart from the dehumanising picture that such act paints to our people.
We recall that it was that same day he was dragging seat at the central mosque with the President’s Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari. Apart from his position as chief of staff to the number one citizen, Prof. Gambari is also a prince of Ilorin Emirate. We hope Saraki is not waging war against the Ilorin Emirate because he can never succeed in such. Promising traditional rulers in some parts of the state that his PDP government if supported will rotate the chairmanship position of the Kwara State Traditional Council is targeted at our revered Emir who has always been the Chairman of the Council.
We therefore use this platform to caution Dr. Bukola Saraki to guard his utterances and stop fueling discord because of politics. Politics would soon go but what he has said would remain.
Kwara Gov Mourns CSC Commissioner Mrs Dorcas Afeniforo
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has described as shocking and painful the death of Commissioner II at the Civil Service Commission Mrs Dorcas Afeniforo.
Fidel Info reports that Mrs Afeniforo, a former commissioner for Women Affairs and top loyalist of the Governor, died in an auto crash on Saturday while returning from a trip to Lagos.
“The development is shocking and painful. It is a huge loss to the progressive family in the state. Mrs Afeniforo will always be remembered for her fine legacies as a foremost women development advocate and her contributions to the development of the state,” Governor said in a statement.
“We commiserate with the family of Mrs Afeniforo and to the good people of Baruten and Kwara North whom she represented at the CSC until her death. We pray to God to grant comfort to the family she left behind.”
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