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Entertainment industry practitioners endorse Sanwo-Olu for Lagos Governor

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Leading practitioners in the entertainment industry, including the veterans, A-listers and the up and coming in movies, music and comedy genres have endorsed the All Progressives Congress candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, for the coming general election.
The practitioners, include Prince Jide Kosoko, during a solidarity visit to the APC candidate and his deputy at their campaign office in Ikoyi, promised to mobilise their fan base and the general populace to vote for Sanwo-Olu because of his capability and experience.
The creative industry professionals used their visit to present some of the challenges the sector is facing to the APC candidate, imploring him to solve them for the growth of the sector that has been a major contributor to the national Gross Domestic Product.
They identified security, access to public buildings such as hospitals, schools, airport, Police Station, Military Barracks and other permits as some of the operational issues they struggle with while shooting their movies and music videos in Lagos.
They urged Sanwo-Olu to also look at how payment of tax can be made friendlier in Lagos for them, adding that the Lagos Internal Revenue Service often charges them arbitrary taxes because of their celebrity status.
Kosoko specifically pleaded with Sanwo-Olu to appoint one of them into a senior position in his government.
He said: “We have very highly educated people among us and I want to charge you to appoint one of us into your government when you win the election by the grace of God.
“If we have one of us in your government, he or she will represent us and our interests well.
“We are for you and APC in Lagos and we will support you to win this election.”
In his response, Sanwo-Olu appreciated the endorsement of the entertainment practitioners and promised to work with the industry to boost its capacity as a major contributor to the growth of the economy of Lagos and Nigeria as a whole.
He said: “I am very happy to see many of you here in flesh and blood, especially our veterans like Oga Jide Kosoko and Oga Bello.
“Those days before the age of internet when we see you on television, we look forward to meeting you.
“You inspired us and entertained us.
“The purpose of this interaction is to know the issues that are important to you that you want government to address.
“We want your input so we can plan.
“I appreciate your endorsement and support.
“It means much to me and my deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat.
“Let me assure you that by the grace of God when we get to office, I will appoint one of you into a senior position as requested by Prince Kosoko and beyond appointment, we will, through policies and necessary structure, provide enabling environment for you to thrive and do your job well.”
While speaking at the event, Dr. Hamzat also reiterated the significance of the creative economy and Lagos as the centre of entertainment in Africa.
He said: “It is actually a stupid government that will ignore a sector as yours that is contributing to the GDP like our in-coming Governor, by the grace of God, has said.
“We will provide the leadership that will make the industry to grow.”
Other members of the delegation from the film industry included Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello), Ebun Oloyede (Olaiya Igwe), Taiwo Hassan (Ogogo), Rachael Oniga, Yinka Qadri, Lanre Hassan (Mama Awero), Chico Ejiro, Fred Amata, Muka Ray, Sola Kosoko, Ik Ogbonna, Alex Ekubo, Femi Branch, Iyabo Ojo, Ayo Badmus and Lilian Bach.
Musicians among them included Wasiu Alabi (Pasuma), Daddy Showky, Owen G, Sound Sultan, Ozy Bosco (kid musical sensation), Muma Gee, Olisa Adibua and MC Lively.
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Ogun: You are frivolous, A’Court tells Labour Party …as Gov Abiodun wins again

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan yesterday (Friday) dismissed the appeal by the Labour Party against the election of Prince Dapo Abiodun as Governor of Ogun State.

The Court came described the Labour Party’s repeated challenge of the Ogun State Governor as lacking merit and outrightly frivolous.

Court upheld the submission of Abiodun and All Progressives Congress (APC) counsel, Barrister Wale Abeeb Ajayi that the Governor was duly elected and calling for the invalidation of the poll that returned him could not stand legal requirements for nullification of elections.

The LP went on appeal after losing at the Tribunal for the third time in its quest to use the Court to cancel the March 9 gubernatorial election in Ogun State.

On July 13 when the LP went to challenge the outcome of the polls, the Tribunal in Abeokuta led by Justice Ali Halilu dismissed the case on the ground that the tribunal had dismissed the Petition pursuant to the provisions of paragraph 46(3) of the Schedule to the Electoral Act, 2010 as amended.

The Appeal was filed by Mrs Modupe Sanyaolu and Labour Party against the Governor, APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), seeking the leave of the Tribunal to reverse itself by re-listing the Petition.

Wale Habeeb Ajayi, counsel to Governor Dapo Abiodun, described the verdict yesterday as “victory for democracy. The Appeal like the petition was bound to fail. It was dead on arrival”.

The labour Party, Ajayi added, “did not submit the details of the Deputy Governorship candidate to INEC; failed to raise any complaint before the election and failed to sue INEC before election. How can they now bring up a pre-election matter for adjudication when the election had been won and lost? , he stated rhetorically.

He said further, “They also failed to appear at the tribunal on the date fixed for hearing of the frivolous petition on unfounded excuses. The tribunal has done the needful by dismissing the Petition in the first instance. Consequently, the application to relist lacks merits and tribunal rightly refused same.”

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Delta South senate: Tribunal set to determine Senator Manager’s fate

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The election Petition Tribunal Panel II, presided over by Justice C. O Onyeabo has reserved judgement in the Petition filed by the Delta south senatorial candidate under the auspices of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, in the 2019 National Assembly (NASS), election against Senator James Manager, of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Dr Uduaghan, the APC candidate Petitioned through his counsel Tomson Okpoko, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) had complained before the tribunal that the election was marred by irregularities and urged the tribunal to do justice to the Petition.

The contention of the Petitioner, are among other things, that the first Respondent PDP, the second Respondent, INEC and third Respondent James Manager connived with each other to allegedly perpetrate electoral malpractices and the tribunal should cancel the election.

Dr Uduaghan, called a number of witnesses to testify on his behalf to support his claims even as the set of respondents did say.

At the adoption of the written addresses, Febude Zimugehan counsel to PDP first Respondent submitted before the tribunal that the Petitioner has not been able to substantiate his claims and that it is unmeritorouse, adding that the Petitioners have not been able to discharge the burden of proof placed on them and urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition.

The third respondent, Senator Manager, represented by Larry Selekeowei equally aligned himself with the position of the first and second Respondents and urged the tribunal to quash the Petition.

Dr Uduaghan’s counsel told the tribunal that the Petitioners have been able to prove their case and urged the tribunal to cancel the senatorial election which declared James Manager the winner.

Justice C. O Onyeabo stated that the parties would be communicated on the date of judgement.

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Lagos speaker, Obasa, sets up 16 man committee to screen Sanwo-Olu’s commissioner-nominees

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Speaker Mudashiru Obasa of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday constituted a 16-man ad-hoc committee to screen Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s cabinet nominees.

Obasa, who read the list of the ad-hoc committee members, said it would be headed by Hon Rotimi Abiru, a fourth-term lawmaker, representing Somolu Constituency II.

According to Obasa, members of the screening committee are: Hon. Jimi Mohammed (Ikeja I), Hon. Yinka Ogundimu (Agege II), Hon. Abiodun Tobun (Epe I), Setonji David (Badagry II), Hon. Victor Akande (Ojo I) and Hon. Mosunmola Sangodara (Surulere II).

Others are: Hon. Mojisola Alli-Macaulay (Amuwo-Odofin I), Hon. Rasheed Makinde (Ifako-Ijaiye II), Hon. Lanre Afinni (Lagos Island II), Hon. Noheem Adams (Eti-Osa II), and Hon. Adedamola Kasunmu (Ikeja II)

The rest are: Hon. Suraju Tijani (Ojo II), Hon. Olusola Sokunle (Oshodi/Isolo I), Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh (Apapa II) and Hon. Abdulsobur Olawale (Mushin II).

The speaker directed the ad hoc committee to report back to the House in a week.

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