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Sanwo-Olu Wins Lagos APC Governorship Primaries

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Sanwo-Olu Wins Lagos APC Governorship Primaries

An All Progressives Congress governorship aspirant in Lagos Babajide Sanwo-Olu has defeated the state’s governor Akinwunmi Ambode to emerge the party’s governorship candidate in the next general elections.

The state chairman of the party, Tunji Balogun, announced the outcome of the poll at Lagos APC headquarters Ogba, Ikeja, on Tuesday night.

Sanwoolu emerged winner with 970,851 votes while incumbent governor of the state polled a total of 72,901 votes.

Although, a national working committee panel on the election had declared the election null and void as a result of the open ballot mode used, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole has overruled the decision.

Balogun disagreed with the chairman of the Clement Ebri, saying the election was fair.

“We were preparing for the election on the 1st of October before the cancellation was announced. The same thing was done again today but we were in the queue for the most part of the day and I have observed that the elections have been free fair and transparent,” Balogun said.

“It is my pleasure and delight to announce the result of the election conducted in all the wards of Lagos state. The results are as follows Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, 72,901 votes. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, 970,851 votes,” he added

Prior to the primary, Ambode told a world press conference on Sunday afternoon that Sanwo-Olu was unfit for the office governor, claiming that his opponent has been arrested and detained in the United States for passing fake dollars as the original.

He also accused the former Lagos state commissioner of Commerce and Industry of being a drug addict who had undergone rehabilitation at a Lagos State-owned general hospital.

“This particular aspirant is somebody that has been arrested for spending fake dollars in a nightclub in America, and he has been detained for months,” Ambode said.

“He doesn’t have the competence to do what he is being propelled to do. This is somebody that has gone for rehabilitation before. The records are there at the Gbagada General Hospital.”

But Sanwo-Olu said in a statement that none of the governor’s claims was true and claimed Ambode was aware that he travelled to the United States in August. He said he would not have been able to do so if he truly had committed the crime.

“That the governor claimed that I underwent some unidentified type of rehabilitation at the Gbagada General Hospital was also shameless and untrue,” Sanwo-Olu added.

Sanwo-Olu was however endorsed by state’s lawmakers, chairmen of local councils and Ambode’s estranged godfather and APC’s national leader Bola Tinubu.

Although Ambode insisted that there was no”rift” with Tinubu, the former Lagos State governor said the governor was no longer capable of moving the state forward.

 

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Kidnappers In Ondo State Kill One Of Their Victims

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Kidnappers in Ondo state are said to have killed one of their victims, a lecturer at the Rufus Giwa polytechnic in Owo, six days after they were abducted. Taiwo Akinyemi was reportedly killed on Sunday.

The suspected Fulani gunmen seized four persons, including the deceased, on the Akure-Owo expressway in Owo local government area last week.

They have released the three other victims who are staff members of the federal medical center, Owo.

The gunmen were reported to have tied the body of the fifty-two-year-old Akinyemi to a tree in bush where it was found. He was killed because his family could no pay their ransom demand on time.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu joined lecturers and students of the polytechnic on Monday in a procession on campus as to respect and honor the late lecturer. Akeredolu described Akinyemi’s death as unfortunate.

Chris Olowolade, Chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics, Rugipo chapter, said the kidnappers originally asked for a one hundred million Naira ransom which was reduced to seven million Naira after two days. The kidnappers later further reduced it to half a million Naira.

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ASUU And Nigerian Government Reach Partial Agreement

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ASUU And Nigerian Government Reach Partial Agreement

Meanwhile, Labor Minister, Dr.Chris Ngige, has announced at a reconciliation meeting in Abuja that the government and the academic staff union of universities, ASUU, have reached a partial agreement. He says this should resolve the strike which started in early November.

The minister said they discussed issues related to agreements they had on shortfall in salaries of some federal universities’ workers and lecturers.  He said ASUU has submitted a list to the Accountant-General’s office, and the government has agreed that the presidential initiative on continuous auditing would cross-check that list by Wednesday.

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SSANU To Embark On 3-Day Nationwide Protest

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SSANU To Embark On 3-Day Nationwide Protest

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, says it would embark on three-day nationwide protest beginning in a week.

Minister of Labor and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, announced that the federal government would secure eight billion Naira within five weeks to pay NASU’s joint action committee.

The Union’s public relations officer, Abdussobur Salaam says the protest is about the government’s non-implementation of an agreement it reached with the union.

The Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU, and the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, had embarked on a nationwide strike in December last year. The action was suspended in march.

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