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2023: GAC Breaks Silence On Plans To Replace Sanwo-Olu With Hakeen Muri-Okunola

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The Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) has debunked viral new on the social media that it has sanctioned the replacement of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu with the state Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola in the 2023 Governorship election in the state.

The Secretary of the GAC, most powerful and highest political decision making organ in the state, Alhaji Mutiu Are disclosed this via a press statement released on Saturday, 29 January, 2022.

GAC further stated that it is not within its realm to choose a replacement for any Governor.

The statement said the news was spread to cause disaffection among party members and leaders noting that the GAC has not discussed the issue of second term.

Read full press statement below;

The attention of the Governance Advisory Council has been drawn to a vexatious post circulating on WhatsApp purporting that the GAC, party leaders and stakeholders have settled for a replacement for Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu.

Ordinarily, we would not have dignified such an anonymous post with any response.

However, because of the possibility that some unwary persons may believe the words contained therein and interpret them as factual, the GAC would like to state as follows:

That the GAC has not settled for any person to replace Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu as governor. Therefore, it is absolutely false and preposterous for anyone to suggest so.

That the process of picking a Governor is clearly stated in the constitution. And contrary to the false impression the merchant of hate, confusion, discord and disharmony wanted to create with the post, there is no discussion of second term ticket by the GAC.

It should also be pointed out that it is not within the realm of GAC to engage in picking replacements for a governor.
4. Importantly, the Independent National Electoral Commission has not signaled the commencement of the process for governorship election in Lagos State.

Governor Sanwo-olu was elected for a 4-year tenure which is still ongoing. The matter of replacement of the governor does not arise and is patently subjudice.

Governor Sanwo-olu is doing a wonderful job delivering infrastructure projects for Lagos and working daily on making the state better for all its residents.

Finally, we urge those behind this dangerous, dysfunctional and misguided post to desist forthwith.

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Chief Abiola Ogundokun Visits President-Elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu

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A Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress ((APC) in Nigeria and Obanla of lwoland, High Chief Abiola Ogundokun during the weekend had a meeting with President- Elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at his Abuja official residence.
Chief Ogundokun who is one of the most respected member of lgbinmo Agba
(Council of Elders) was at Tinubu residence alongside Governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, Speaker, House of Assembly, Femi Gbajabiamila and former Osun State Governor, Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola among others to welcome back the President-Elect and discuss pertinent national issues with him.

Earlier before the visit High Chief  Ogundokun, has hailed the victory of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the President-Elect immediately after his February 25th, 2023 victory.  

It would recall that while congratulating the President-Elect in a congratulatory letter made available to newsmen after the victory , the Iwo high chief   described Tinubu as a political enigma whose political experience, sagacity and know-how is worth studying.  

He maintained that Asiwaju’s presidency will usher in an era of prosperity and unprecedented development for the country.  He added that the victory of the former governor in the keenly-contested election is a victory for the generality of Nigerians, particularly the common man.

The letter reads: ‘’Your Excellency, accept my warm congratulations on your victory. I extend my best wishes for your success as you prepare to take up the responsibilities and challenges of leading our beloved country into an era of prosperity and high hope.

“Your victory at the polls is no doubt a victory for all Nigerians. It is now very clear that you’re a man destined for this challenge of leading at this particular period.  

“The victory is reward for hard work and doggedness both of which you exemplify. While others busied themselves with frivolities, you strategized. You worked for this victory and you earned the reward.

Mr. President-Elect, once again I congratulate you. ’’ The elder statesman wrote.

Chief Ogundokun also urged Asiwaju to extend an olive branch to the candidates that lost at the polls and to use his leadership quality to build a government of unity.

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Ogun PDP Candidate Hon. Ladi Adebutu’s Chances Boost

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 Ahead of the March 18,2023 governorship election, Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu, the candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, in Ogun State is staying true to his vow to unseat the incumbent, Dapo Abiodun. The Remo-born politician has so far stood with the people and refused to jettison his ambition in the face of daunting challenges. 
Having started the game long before many  others, the hard working politician has put in plenty of work into the project. Today, he remains one of the few candidates who have toured every nook and cranny of the state.  This has positioned him ahead of other candidates in the race because he understands where the shoes pinch, and he understands the problem of each and all the communities in Ogun state. 
He has proven that he is not an opportunist by refusing to abandon his people even when he was confronted by challenges that would ordinarily swallowed other lily-livered politicians.  In the course of his political trajectory he has been able to surmount all the hurdles thrown in his path by his opponents and naysayers.
Another cheery news coming from Ogun state indicates that the internal crisis threatening the chances of  Hon. Adebutu may have been finally laid to rest, following the public reconciliation with his political arch-rival,  Otunba Segun Showunmi.
As recalled, Showunmi  had earlier challenged in the court the party primary that produced Hon. Adebutu.
The foremost politician had always said that he was waiting patiently for the Supreme Court to give judgement on this matter and had always assured his supporters of the eventual victory.
However, all of this was laid to rest last Friday  when Hon. Adebutu with his loyalists paid a visit to Hon. Showunmi’s residence at his  Ibara, Abeokuta, GRA.
At the well-elaborated welcome party, Otunba Showunmi urged his supporters to sheathe their swords and work for the success of Hon. Adebutu at the March 18 Governorship election.
Showunmi, who was ecstatic, pleaded with his teeming to bury their hatchet and go back to their different polling units to canvass for Hon. Adebutu.
“My people, no more war. I am pleading with you to go back home and work for PDP. This coming election is for what concerns you and I. This coming election is for Hon. Ladi Adebutu. He is friendly and accommodating. Do whatever you can do to ensure PDP emerges, there’s no crisis again.”
Reacting, Hon. Adebutu  thanked Sowunmi for the reconciliation and sincerity. He said further that the journey to secure the party’s ticket as the governorship candidate has been tough, explaining that the party just received the 8th Supreme Court Judgment which has paved the way for him to contest the elections.
He, however raised the alarm that moles within have been working against the party to favour the opposition.
The governorship candidate disclosed that number of his loyalists who recently joined forces with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have all along being a burden, adding that their exit is a big relief for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
Adebutu, who expressed optimism of winning the governorship poll, disclosed that the alleged moles used resources of the PDP to garner votes for the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the recently concluded Presidential election
“Some moles within the Peoples Democratic Party, who are pretenders used our resources to work for All Progressives Congress at the just concluded presidential elections. They are burden to us and we try to manage them, offer them financial support every month’, he said.
“Their exit is now a relief for us, and they cannot last more than 90 days. Thank God we know them earlier enough and strike them out. PDP is now free. My mission to become the Governor is to repair the state”, Adebutu emphasized.
The former member of House of Representatives said those who left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join All Progressives Congress (APC), are expired products, that will not last more than 90 days, stressing that their antecedents showed that it’s their habitual characters.
A source revealed that this reconciliation is coming at the right time and this would further boost the chance of the former member of the  House of Representatives.

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I’m On A Mission To Rescue Enugu State- LP Governorship Candidate- Edeoga

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Former member of the  House of Representatives and  Governorship candidate of the Labour Party in Enugu State, Chijioke Edeoga, has said his mission is to restore social, cultural and economic fortunes of the state if elected governor.
Edeoga, who spoke at the weekend, lamented attempts by his opponents, who, according to him, have been fanning embers of disunity among the people, adding that his mission is to heal the state from years of disunity.
He said Enugu people are united and share a common cultural bond that cannot be overlooked by actions of desperate political actors.
Decrying efforts to pit people of Enugu East zone against their brothers in Enugu North of the state, the Labour Party candidate urged the people to cast their votes for him, stressing that he is the best person “to heal the state of imaginary divisions orchestrated by people, whose only intention is political profiteering.”
He said: “It is unfortunate that a number of people have been laying emphasis on what divides us rather than factors that unite us. But I have dedicated my life to making our state better. People are working hard to write imaginary lines of division between and among us; but I am here to blight those lines.
“I am from Enugu East Senatorial Zone, and I maintain cultural ties with Enugu North. This peculiar position puts me in good stead, better than any other candidate in this election to see everyone as one and the same. As God had made it, my running mate, Charles Nwokeabia, is from Enugu West. This means that in Labour Party, we have the type of rare balance that gives everyone in every part of the state a sense of belonging.
“We do not speak in zones. We speak of the state as one united constituency in need of transformation, and this we are determined to do.”

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