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2019: I will restore Lagos lost glory, PDP candidate, Agbaje declares

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Governorship candidate, Lagos State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Jimi Agbaje, has promised to restore the lost glory of the state and ‘deliver it from the stranglehold of one man,’ declaring that he remained the candidate to beat, come 2019 election.

Agbaje gave this promise while speaking at his official declaration and launch with the critical stakeholders and members of the press on Saturday at Lekki area of the state.

The governorship candidate also promised to make life more meaningful for the teeming residents of the metropolitan state and kick-start a proper economic development of the state, vowing to do things differently in the state for the benefit of the people and not the way they had been done in the last 20years by those now in power.

“These people have been in government in Lagos State for 20 years, what do we have to show for it. Lagosians between the ages of 18 and 50 do not see the future in the Lagos of today, adding that many Lagosians always preferred to relocate abroad where there were opportunities.

“Many residents of Lagos State want to relocate abroad, where there are good schools, constant electricity, and other amenities of life. The ruling party in the state has spent about N6 Trillion or $35 Billion in 20 years and they have nothing to show for it.

“Lagos State is one of the two megacities in the world that does not have light rail. Over 50 per cent of the students in Lagos States public schools fail the West African Senior Secondary School Examination (WASSCE).

“Poor people in the state manage to send their children to private primary schools and when they get to the secondary school level, they don’t have money to pay again all because our public schools are bad. We are mortgaging the future of our youths if we don’t get education right,” he lamented.

Agbaje said the healthcare system of the state was not working, pointing out that had accounted for why nobody wanted to go to public hospitals anymore, even as he faulted the housing and transport schemes of the state.

According to him, the only enduring roads in the state such as the Lekki-Epe Expressway were those constructed by the administration of Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande.

While faulting the democratic system being operated by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) led government in the state, said he was running for the office of the governor of Lagos because he knew he could make things better and make life more meaningful for the people of the state.

“Our campaign is centred around those things that would make life better for the people of the state. In four years, the traffic situation in the state would be made better.

“The ruling party in the state has been on the light rail project since the past 12 years, we will get it done in four years. We will run a model based on health insurance.

“It is easier to do business in other states than in Lagos. People are made to pay all sorts of levies and taxes. They copied what we said on Social True Fund in 2015, but they didn’t get it right. We will cancel all these levies and attract investors into the state.

“We will ensure that the younger ones benefit from the Social Trust Fund. They also copied our campaign promise of free Wi-Fi, but they didn’t get it right. This is not a luxury, it is something our people can enjoy,” Agbaje said.

“My campaign would be ‘People’s Lagos’ and not ‘One man Lagos.’ Their leaders control the local governments in the state, they appointed the councillors and rendered the local governments ineffective.

“What we have today is that the people are beginning to fear the government and we are taking a risk of tyranny.

“The JK you know has not changed. Those who voted for us in 2015 have not changed. We will beat them silly in 2019.

“They have shown that they have failed. They say I am their customer, but the customer is king and the ground is good today. By February 2019, they would know that the game is over. We are ready for them, let the campaign begin,” he said.

He used the occasion to introduce his running mate, Mrs Halimat Oluwayemisi Busari, who he said would join hands with him to make Lagos State better for all from 2019, promising that she would never treat his deputy as a spare tyre but would be giving critical duties to perform.

– Source: Tribune

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Zamfara polls: Jubilation as Supreme Court nullifies APC candidates’ elections, declares PDP winner

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The Supreme Court on Friday nullified the elections of all the candidates of the All Progressives Congress in Zamfara State in the 2019 general elections.

Delivering a unanimous judgment of the five-man panel led by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, the apex court declared the first runners-up in the 2019 general elections in the state as the winners of all the posts earlier declared to have been won by the APC and its candidates.

Justice Paul Galinje, who read the lead judgment upheld the decision of the Sokoto Division of the Court of Appeal to the effect that the APC did not conduct any valid primary election and as such had no candidate for any of the elections in the state.

He described the votes polled by the APC candidates in the elections as wasted, adding that the party and the candidates with the second highest votes and the spread in the various elections were the valid winners.

The judgment centres on the governorship, state House of Assembly and the National Assembly elections conducted in Zamfara State on February 23 and March 11, 2019.

APC candidates, including the outgoing governor of the Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, who was elected to the Senate, had won most of the offices contested for in the 2019 elections with the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidates, placing first runners-up in the polls.

Source: PUNCH

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Reps demand forensic audit of $3.2bn NNPC pipeline project

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The House of Representatives has called for forensic audit of three pipeline projects worth $3.288billion.

The House Committee on gas resources that investigated the contract for the upgrade of OML 58 Upgrade 1; execution of Obite-Ubeta-Rumuji (OUR) pipeline; and the Northern Option Pipeline Projects recommended forensic investigation into the projects.

The committee chaired by Fred Agbedi (PDP, Bayelsa) called for forensic investigative audit into the cost overrun emanating from all change orders, including USD 2.2 billion on OML 58 Upgrade 1, USD560 million on OUR Pipeline and USD 528 million on NOPL Pipeline Projects.

The committee admitted difficulty in establishing the true cost, claiming that all the parties involved in the contract gave contradictory figures.

The committee called for “thorough investigation of the professional and/or personal relationship between NNPC/NAPIMS Management and TEPNG on the one hand and TEPNG and local contractors on the other hand in relation to this project to establish claims by parties and ensure fairness of purpose.”

The House also resolved to recover the sum of US592million from TEPNG in line with recommendations of Tabor VFM Audit Report; and that all ‘contracts awarded in this sector should be subjected to Value for Money Audit.”

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BREAKING: Police Council confirms Adamu Mohammed as IGP

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The National Council of State and National Police Council has approved the appointment of the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Adamu Mohammed as the new IG of the Nigeria Police Force.

Adamu was confirmed at the police council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday.

Musiliu Smith, chairman of the police service commission, and governors of the 36 states were part of the meeting.

Mohammed was appointed in the acting capacity on January 15, 2019 following the retirement of former IGP, Ibrahim Idris.

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