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2023: Lagos PDP Unites For Future Polls

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The reinstated Peoples Democratic Party Chairman in Lagos State, Dr Dominic Agboola, has called for unity of purpose ahead of 2023 and local government polls in the state.
Agboola, who was recently reinstated by a Lagos High Court, expressed his determination to stabilise the party during a news conference in Lagos.
The Tide reports that Justice Oyekan Abdullahi of the Lagos High Court had on June 23 removed Adedeji Doherty as Lagos State PDP chairman and reinstated Agboola as Chairman.
Agboola, who promised to adhere to party constitution and due process in running the party, said that members would be allowed to choose their leaders without violence and thuggery.
The chairman commended the long-suffering, dedicated and committed party members “despite the huge dark clouds that have hung over the party for the past twenty months.
“In rather bizarre circumstances, the peace and stability of our great party got rudely disturbed through avoidable wrongful actions and/or inactions which led to a protracted law suit, and which, by divine providence, came to an end some four days ago.
“In that period, our party has suffered severely under the sledgehammer of corruption unleashed on it by a sense of self-seeking, indecent, and unmitigated bravado.
“In those twenty months, indiscipline, total disregard of the party’s rules and constitution, among others, have disrupted the basis of our party’s promises to the people of Lagos State,” he said.
According to him, PDP is poised to reestablish the old and proper attitude where leaders, officers and representatives are elected at free and fair congresses and primaries, as prescribed by the extant provisions of the party’s constitution.
He called for a solid party structure and hardwork to boost the fortune of PDP in the state, especially in the forthcoming Lagos council polls.
“As the 2023 national elections stare the nation in the face, the PDP in Lagos State must work hard to contribute its fair quota to the pool of the winning streak that will be the portion of the party nationwide.
“To this end, the impending local government election in Lagos State provides an ample opportunity for the party to test-run its machinery towards 2023.
“The machinery includes the establishment of wards and polling booth structures in all the polling units throughout the state.
“It is a sure way to win many, if not all the chairmanship and councillorship positions available,” Agboola added.
According to him, party members who are aspiring for elective positions at PDP forthcoming congresses are directed to work to produce the councillor of their respective wards in the forthcoming council polls.
Agboola, who noted that PDP was determined to win as many councillorship and chairmanship seats as possible, assured candidates of logistics and other material support within the reach of the party.
He said that his leadership would ensure strict compliance with the ethos of good conduct and gentlemanly behaviour as enshrined in the party rule book.
The Tide reports that some of the chieftains of the party in attendance included, Prince Muiz Shodipe (the state secretary), Sen. Kofoworola Bucknor and Mr Taofik Gani, the State Publicity Secretary, among others.
The crisis within Lagos PDP is far from being over after the court judgement as an opposing group in the party vowed to appeal the judgement that reinstated Agboola.

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2023: ‘Unknown Persons’ Stole My Academic Certificates, Tinubu Tells INEC

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The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has told the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that his academic certificates were stolen by unknown persons while he was on self exile.
Tinubu, a former Lagos State Governor, was one of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) Chieftains who fled the country under the regime of the late General Sani Abacha.
Abacha had clamped down on academics, activists and other technocrats opposed to his regime.
In his sworn affidavit in support of his nomination form for the office of the president, Tinubu said he “went on self exile from October 1994 to October 1999 (and) when I returned and discovered that my property including all the documents relating to my qualification and my certificates in respect of paragraph 3 above were looted by unknown persons.”
While Tinubu skipped information regarding his primary and secondary education in the INEC form, he, however, said he attended University of Chicago between 1972 and 1976, where he obtained B.Sc in Economics.
He also said he had B.Sc in Business and Administration, as well as certificate in Public Account.
Tinubu’s latest claims appear to contradict his previous election submissions, especially in 1999, when he ran and won the Lagos State governorship election.
He had said then that he attended St Paul Children’s Home School, Ibadan, between 1958 and 1964; while his secondary education was at Government College Ibadan (GCI), between 1965 and 1968.
Following a backlash, the former governor withheld his primary and secondary schools academic records when he recontested in 2003.
He had claimed that from Ibadan, he proceed to Richard Daley College, Chicago, from 1969 to 1971.
He finally said he attended both Chicago State University and the University of Chicago.
All the submissions were, however, challenged as fraudulent by a prominent Nigerian lawyer, late Gani Fawehinmi.
Fawehinmi, who argued the matter up to the Supreme Court, which dismissed the case on technical grounds.
In his forms, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, presented the Master’s degree he obtained in 2021, as his highest educational qualification.

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PDP Chieftain Hails Aduda’s Emergence As Senate Minority Whip

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A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Honourable Hellen Taiwo-Adebakin, has congratulated Senator Philip Tanimu Aduda on his emergence  as Senate Minority Whip
Adebakin, while rejoicing with the Senator said, Aduda’s elevation was a great honour for the good people of the FCT that he represents, who daily yearn for effective inclusion in the affairs of Nigeria.
Hon Adebakin, Secretary of the former and current ex-National ex-officio members of the PDP also described the new feat attained by the Senator as a product of loyalty and consistency to the PDP.
“I am using this opportunity to rejoice with one of our leaders in PDP, Senator Philip Aduda over his emergence as the Senate Minority Whip. Your elevation to this enviable position was a product of hard work, commitment to legislative duties and loyalty to the party. I pray to God Almighty to continue to guide as you assume this position,” Adebakin said.
She, therefore, urged him to continue to be a good ambassador of the party, stressing that the Senator will move to a higher position in the Red Chamber when the PDP returns to power at the centre in 2023.

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Senate Lauds Gbajabiamila’s House Leadership As Speaker Turns 60

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The Senate has lauded House of Representatives’ Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila on his 60th birthday.
The Senate gave the commendation in a statement by its spokesman and Chairman, Media and Public Affairs Committee, Senator Ajibola Basiru in Abuja.
The statement reads: “The upper legislative chamber, Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria wishes to congratulate an outstanding achiever, an astute legal light, a man of exemplary social standing and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Right Honorable Olufemi Hakeem Gbajabiamila on his 60th birthday.
“Achieving this major milestone – a perfect 10, six times, over which you have attained calls for recognition and celebration; especially having achieved so much for yourself, the society and the nation.
“The Senate recognises you as a man of good upbringing and a well-bred personality who had traversed the universe in search of education and had achieved so much in your chosen legal career before making outstanding pursuits in legislative politics.
“Your services as an extraordinary lawmaker have been impeccable rising from being a member of the House of Representatives to becoming the minority leader, majority leader and then holding the prestigious position of the Speaker of the elite Assembly”.
“Your being one of the two longest-serving members of the House of Representatives also calls for all accolades that can be showered on you today.
“You have surely had many adventures in life but we still see you travelling farther to further stabilise the Nation’s polity and we pray for long life and good health for you as all things get better with age for you.
“While we rejoice with you, we hope you will have an amazing birthday. Congratulations!”

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