The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State on Sunday frowned at the visit by the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Olajide Adediran, to traffic law breakers.
The state government on Thursday auctioned 134 vehicles impounded for several traffic offences on the ground that their owners ran away and failed to turn up for “court process’’.
The exercise generated a lot of reactions, especially on the social media after viral videos showed wailing vehicle owners who considered the auction as a harsh move.
The PDP 2023 governorship candidate and his running mate, Ms Funke Akindele, subsequently visited owners of two of the vehicles in their homes to placate them.
The candidate’s media aide, Mr Gbenga Ogunleye, stated on Saturday that Adediran and his running mate visited the homes of Mr Lateef Kolapo and Mr Osinachi Ndukwe, both drivers whose vehicles were auctioned.
He stated that Adediran discovered during the visit that Ndukwe, who drove against traffic, was arrested and imprisoned for three months after his car was impounded.
Adediran said during Ndukwe’s jail term, he lost his three-year-old daughter owing to lack of funds to cater to her health.
The PDP candidate also said after the visit that Kolapo claimed that his vehicle was driven by his mechanic while he was ill and hospitalised.
The media aide also stated that Adediran, who frowned at violation of traffic, sympathised with the victims over their losses.
He assured them that if voted into office in 2023, such harsh punishment for violation of traffic rules would be reviewed.
Reacting to the visit, APC’s Publicity Secretary, Mr Seye Oladejo, described Adediran as being desperate and promoting lawlessness and playing politics with human lives.
According to him, good governance only thrives where law and order prevails.
“Our attention has been drawn to the recent characteristic charade of the PDP governorship candidate in Lagos State, Jide Adediran.
“It’s saddening that the candidate and his deputy, Funke Akindele, have graduated from playing politics with human lives to blatantly encouraging the breakdown of law and order in our dear state.
“The visit to citizens who paid the price for violating state traffic laws, compensating, inducing and encouraging them is an act that is totally unacceptable in any decent society.
“The move amounts to turning compassion and charity on its head,’’ Oladejo stated.
He described as pathetic Adediran’s interpretation that the loss of one of his hosts, whose child died recently, resulted from the taking away of the family’s means of livelihood.
Oladejo stressed that in actual fact, people had lost their lives to accidents as a result of driving against traffic.
“We are not surprised by the promotion of lawlessness by the opposition party as it remains consistent with their desperation as we count down to the next elections.
“The PDP may wish to note that Lagos residents are not fooled by their constantly playing to the gallery because they have nothing to offer.
“Our government has the political will and duty to uphold the state’s laws at all times without succumbing to needless blackmail in the name of irresponsible politicking,’’ Oladejo stressed.
The PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday said he was marvelled by the level of mobilisation of party members in Lagos State ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Abubakar, who arrived the state early in the day to attend series of activities, spoke at a stakeholders’ meeting with party members, leaders and candidates for various positions in the forthcoming elections.
“Now, in all my political career, we are the people who established PDP, I have never seen Lagos state so mobilised like this.
“This makes me believe that this electoral time, PDP is going to win Lagos.
I believe you are going to win Lagos state this time around,” the former vice president said.
Abubakar, who promised to support the party to win the 2023 elections in the state, urged the party stakeholders to work harder to achieve the feat.
“Therefore, we are ready to support you to any level to make sure that you win Lagos state.
You know, when I say I am going to do something, bring the sky down, I will make sure I do it.
“Therefore, I want you to work harder, we will cooperate with you, we will support you and protect you to make sure that this time around, you win Lagos state,” he added.
The PDP standard bearer,, who noted that campaign had not started, said he was in the state to see the situation of things in the party.
He said: “I have come to see for myself that PDP is on ground in Lagos state , and I have seen things for myself.
“That makes me believe that this time around ‘Jandor’ (PDP governorship candidate) is going to be the next governor of Lagos state.
You will see what we are going to do when the campaigns start.
” He commended the party members for their support, patience and persistence.
In his remarks, Dr Olajide Adediran (Jandor) the governorship candidate of PDP in Lagos state, said the people of the state had never been so hopeful with Abubakar.
Adediran said the party members in the state had spoken to themselves and had decided to focus only on Abubakar as “the Project 2023.” “We have spoken to ourselves and we have decided to say, regardless of whatever is happening anywhere, what is paramount to us is to deliver Nigeria and Lagos state for the PDP.
“We appreciate you, we believe in you, we cherish you.
What we want is a president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria come 2023 and that is what we have in you.
Our concern is the 2023 election.
“I want to appreciate you personally for believing this time that we are going to deliver Lagos state for the PDP,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Abubakar was accompanied by former governor of Niger, Babangida Aliyu, Sen. Dino Maleye, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, party stalwarts and some other members of the National Assembly from the party.
Members of the Philip Aivoji-led Lagos state executive committee of the party were in attendance among other bigwigs of the party.
Dr Olajide Adediran, PDP governorship candidate in Lagos, has decried the rising spate of building collapse in the state and delared that the incidences were preventable.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that another uncompleted seven-storey building collapsed in the state in the early hours of Sunday claiming no fewer than six lives.
Adediran, the Convener of Lagos4Lagos Movement, who is popularly called ‘Jandor’, in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos, particularly regretted that many lives were being lost to the disasters he said were preventable.
The statement was signed by Mr Gbenga Ogunleye, Head, Media and Communication of the campaign organisation.
“This is not the best of times for the good people of our dear state.
“The high spate of preventable loss of lives from incessant cases of building collapse in the Centre of Excellence is quite worrisome, saddening and disheartening.
“The clear show of insensitivity and ineptitude on the part of the state government is very disturbing,” Adediran said.
He said that all well-meaning and all right-thinking Nigerians were concerned about the problem that seemed to have lingered.
“The recent case of the building collapse in Victoria Island where six people died is one case too many.
It is obvious that the death of the victims was preventable,” he added.
Adediran said that the admittance of the government that the building had no relevant building approvals showed dereliction of duty.
He said: “It is not enough that the government official assigned to the ministry concerned, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, has resigned.
“Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has failed all Lagos residents, not only the victims of this current incident and the many others who died in about 47 cases of building collapse between 2019 to date.
“It is expected that the Governor himself should have resigned instead of the arranged scapegoating of asking his commissioner to quit.
” The governorship hopeful explained that the Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG), an advocacy group of building environment professionals, in 2019 had revealed that 36,000 buildings were waiting to collapse in Lagos.
He said that between 2019 and the recent incident, Lagos State officially recorded about 47 building collapse cases, not taking into account those that were not reported such as the Itamaga, Ikorodu incident, Idumota partial buildings collapse, and another at Shangisha, Magodo among several others.
He described PDP as the only credible alternative that would birth a breath of fresh air and champion the cause of the masses.
Adediran sympathised with the families of the victims and assured all residents of the state that the government of the PDP would put a stop to the painful episodes if elected into office.
Sixty-nine candidates of the PDP in Lagos State vying for various electives positions in the 2023 general elections on Sunday evening, held a closed -door meeting at the Sheraton Hotels in Ikeja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting, which started at about 8.00p.
m. had in attendance, the PDP Governorship Candidate in the state, Dr Olajide Adediran, Deputy Governorship Candidate, Ms Funke Akindele, the three Senatorial candidates, 24 House of Representatives candidates, 40 House of Assembly candidates and party leaders.
Speaking with newsmen before entering the closed-door meeting, Adediran, popularly called ‘Jandor’ said the meeting was the second after the party’s primaries and meant to map out strategies to actualise the dream of winning the 2023 elections.
“Today, we have come together here to tell the whole world that PDP in Lagos state is ready to take over power come 2023. “This is the second of this meeting where all candidates of the party will be coming together, strategising and mapping out methods by which we are going to take over the mantle of leadership of the state.
“We are not just a party that you used to know.
This is new Lagos PDP, a rebranded one poised for winning.
We have 69 of us that are going to be on the ballot for both the national and the state elections.
” Adediran, the Convener of Lagos4Lagos Movement, said the party and all its candidates were mindful of the yearnings of the people of Lagos state and had taken time to study their requests.
According to him, out of the 69 candidates in the state, 23 per cent are below the age of 40, 41 per cent below the ago of 50, while only 36 are above the age of 50. Adediran said the PDP was sensitive enough about gender and religious balance as well as youth inclusion.
He said the party was doing everything humanly possible to ensure that all candidates being put forward to serve the people of the state won.
“If we win the election, we will decentralise development to the hinterlands and not concentrating development in the city centre.
“For us, the 69 of us here, we have decided to work together and go to the polls with a single purpose of making the wealth of Lagos state work for its people.
The 69 of us have decided to say enough is enough.
“We are not joking, we know what Lagos residents want and we will do everything humanly possible to ensure victory.
* He said the party was done protesting, and lamenting, stressing that they intended to have their way in 2023. Also speaking, Mr Segun Adewale, the Lagos West Senatorial Candidate of PDP said that PDP had put up momentum to claim victory in the state in the 2023 elections.
Adewale, a former Lagos PDP Chairman who emphasised the need for unity within PDP to fight the ruling APC, urged members defecting to Labour Party not to give room for another party to win.
The Director of Strategy and Communications of the PDP governorship candidate, Mr Seun Soyinka, said the party needed to put its house in order, put all hands on the deck with fresh energy to win.
“We ought to put all our house in order.
Without rallying the truce we are not going to get anywhere.
We are going to win.
“Please, let the bickering stop, let us forge ahead as a family.
We are almost touching what is ahead of us,” Soyinka said.
The Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA) says it remains committed to its responsibility and the dictates of the law without being partisan.
A statement on Thursday in Lagos, quoted the Managing Director, Prince Ademola Docemo, as giving the assurance.
It was in reaction to allegations made by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship Candidate in Lagos, Mr. Olajide Adediran, against LASAA.
Adediran had allegedly accused the agency of removing his campaign posters and instructing outdoor advertising agencies from not to fly his campaign materials.
He also allegedly claimed that the Lagos State Government instructed outdoor advertising practitioners to reject materials from opposition parties.
The PDP candidate had alleged that his advertisement materials were brought down midway into a contract.
According to the statement, however, the candidate’s allegation did not show an understanding of the rules guiding outdoor advertisement practice in Lagos.
It said that LASAA regulates billboard structures and not advertisement campaigns.
“The decision to deploy any advertisement is the sole discretion of billboard owners who must have registered with LASAA for a licence to hoist advertisement structures in the State.
“Advertising companies determine their clients and the terms of their trade,” the statement reads.
It clarified on the pasting of posters, when political campaigns are formally flagged off in accordance with INEC guidelines.
According to the statement, when this is done, pasting of posters, rather than being done indiscriminately, must be done at designated sites.
“The guidelines will be enforced without prejudice against any political party, association or aspirant,” it said.
Prince Idris Balogun, an APC chieftain in Lagos State, says the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will not be a threat to the ruling party in the 2023 general elections.
Balogun, who contested the APC ticket for Alimosho Federal Constituency seat during the party’s primaries, made the remark on Saturday in Lagos at an event organised by him to celebrate the 2022 Eid-el-Kabir with party members and leaders.
Balogun, son of the late Oba of Isheri-Olofin Kingdom, Oba Wahab Balogun, said the celebration had become necessary as part of efforts to unify party members after the primaries.
He said that the APC needed to work as a team for the victory of its presidential candidate, Sen.
Bola Tinubu and the re-election of Gov.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu in 2023.
“In 2023, the APC chances are very bright in Lagos, we don’t see PDP as a threat.
APC is on ground for a while more than PDP and the structure of APC is strong more than the PDP.
“Before PDP will overtake APC in Lagos, it will take a long stretch of time, strategy and energy.
In all ramifications, APC has more advantages more that PDP in Lagos State,” Balogun said.
He said that both the governorship candidate of PDP, Dr Olajide Adediran and his deputy, Funke Akindele, could not make APC lose sleep because the ruling party had a solid structure across polling units, wards and local governments.
Balogun said that although the party’s House of Representatives’ primaries in Alimosho became inconclusive due to violence, he would abide by party supremacy on whoever the party agreed on as the candidate for the constituency.
He said: “Whatever that happens in our party, I will not defect from this party.
“I have been with the progressives since 1998 from Alliance for Democracy, Action Congress, Action Congress of Nigeria and now APC.
I belong to APC and will remain in APC.” He urged the party leadership to intensify efforts at making peace among various aggressive groups in the party to make victory seamless for APC at every level of elections in 2023.
“We must call all aggrieved aspirants together to appease them as to prevent them from crossing over to other parties or working against the APC,” Balogun said.
He said that APC had continued to change the face of Lagos and had taken the state to enviable heights.
Also speaking, Alhaji Lukman Idowu, Supervisory Councillor for Environment, Egbe Idimu Local Council Development Area, commended Balogun for the gesture to party members.
He said that the unity of the party and its supremacy must be paramount in the heart of all APC leaders in Alimosho.
“Since the outcome of the primaries and everything that happens, we have to come together and forge ahead with a common goal, particularly to deliver Alimosho for our National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who is contesting for presidency in 2023.
“Some groups in the party are bent on tearing the party apart, but we must be unite for victory to be ours.
“Let us end all caucuses now that elections are approaching.
APC binds us together,” Idowu, also the Director-General, Prince Idris Balogun, Campaign Organisation, said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that APC loyalists took turns to applaud Balogun, popularly called ‘Olu-Omo Kafata’ for his philanthropism and kind-heartedness.
Funke Akindele, Popular Nollywood Actress and 2023 running mate to Lagos PDP Governorship Candidate, Dr Olajide Adediran, says the need to bring positive change to women, youth and children informs her acceptance.
Akindele, who was unveiled by the Lagos state PDP on Tuesday at a carnival-like event that had the party’s candidates, leaders and members in attendance at Ikorodu, said her decision to join Adediran, popularly known as ‘Jandor’ was a huge sacrifice.
While expressing delight in the ticket, Akindele said she had abandoned her passion and carreer of 14 years in order to bring positive change to Lagos residents.
“Jandor have sacrificed a lot talking about young people passionately for over seven years to plan this project, abandoning his business to make a change in the state.
“So, I am going to put aside my career now, I am coming out for the women, the youths, we have talents in Nigeria, we need to explore what we have.
“We have both made sacrifices to join politics to bring positive changes to the people of Ikorodu and the state.
“We should build a state where our children can live rather than running and staying abroad.
” I am joining Jandor to bring a breath of fresh air to Ikorodu and Lagos,” she said.
Akindele, who noted that she initially ran away when nominated for the ticket, said God and the people promised to be behind her.
“I answered the call. We are the owners of Lagos, we will vote, win and rule the state.
“For the women, I am going there for you. For the youths and the children, I am there for you. We can do a lot for this state and country and make things work.
“We are youths, we can run, we have energy to fix Lagos state. For my Ikorodu people, I thank you, I will not put you to shame. PDP is taking over,” Akindele added.
Funke said she joned the race to help tackle Infrastructural, health system and standard of education challenges in the state.
Presenting the flag of the party to Akindele, Mr Philip Aivoji, the Lagos PDP Chairman, said that it was time for PDP to take over leadership in the state.
“When the time of a thing has come, no one can cover it. By the power of God, we have come to light up Ikorodu and all parts of Lagos state.
“By the Grace of God, victory is ours and it is certain in 2023,” Aivoji said.
He expressed hope that Adediran-Akindele’s ticket would rule the state for four years and when residents see their performance, they would not hesitate to reelect them for another term.
Speaking, Adediran, the 44- year- old PDP candidate said that his running mate was his age mate with passion to improve the condition of lives of residents.
Adediran said that both of them were already accomplished in their careers and had managed businesses and human beings before agreeing to bring a positive change to the people of the state.
“We have brought a breath of fresh air to the people of Lagos. My deputy is a brand that will connect to both the grassroots and the people in the cyber space.
“Formally, I want to present to you what we have Christened a Breath of Fresh Air. It is a clear departure from the norm,” Adediran said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in spite of the persistent rainfall, a huge number of PDP stalwarts and members gathered at the venue to uneveil the star actress.
The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says the governorship candidate of the party, Dr Olajide Adediran, is yet announce his running mate.
The Lagos PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr Hakeem Amode, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the party was not aware of any running mate yet.
Amode was reacting to reported emergence of a Popular Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, as running mate nominee to the PDP governorship candidate.
According to him, the candidate will soon announce his running mate without delay and everybody will know.
“It is not in my place to announce who the running mate to our governorship candidate, Jandor, is. Let us wait for the candidate himself to announce.
“Has the candidate of the party announced anywhere that he has picked his own running mate?
“What you are reading online on this, is it from the candidate of the party?
“The candidate of the party will announce who his running mate is and he has not done that. We should wait for the official announcement,” Amode said.
When probed further to know if the party had settled on anyone for the running mate slot for PDP governorship candidate, Amode declined response.
The party’s spokesman added that he could not also confirm the choice of Akindele as the running mate of the party’s governorship candidate.
According to him, it is the candidate, not the party, that will announce who the running mate will be just like the PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar did when he announced Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta as his running mate for the 2023 election.
“He will do that in no time and you all will hear. I will not confirm anything, the candidate of the party will do so,” he said.
NAN reports that there are speculations in some sections of the media that Akindele beat other shortlisted nominees for Adediran’s running mate.
The Lead Visioner, Lagos4Lagos Movement, Dr Olajide Adediran (Jandor) on Wednesday clinched the PDP ticket for the 2023 governorship election in Lagos State.
Declaring the result in Ikeja, the Chairman of the Lagos PDP Electoral Officer, Mr Emmanuel Ogidi, said that Adediran scored 679 votes to defeat his contender, Mr David Vaughan who polled 20 votes.
Ogidi, who noted that there were 775 ad hoc delegates for the primaries, said that 709 were accr
The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday welcomed Mr Sunday Ajayi, the Chairman of Lagos4Lagos Movement and Mr Segun Aka-Basorun, former Vice Chairman of Kosofe Local Government back to its fold.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the leaders of the group within the Lagos APC, which held parallel party congresses in 2021, formally defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in January.
However, Ajayi on April 20, announced his withdrawal from the group with his followers, citing an alleged lack of democratic practices by the Lead Visioner of the group, Dr Olajide Adediran.
Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, the Chairman of APC in Lagos state received the defectors at the party Secretariat on Tuesday.
This is contained in a statement by Mr Lateef Ibirogba, South West Organising Secretary of the party, who also led the decampees to the party chairman.
Ojelabi recounted the contributions of the former aggrieved APC leaders to the party.
“I welcome you back to our fold. Welcome to our great party and congratulations for taking the right decision.
“As a progressive, we know it’s not likely for you to fit into the system of PDP,” Ojelabi said.
Ojelabi urged them to be upright and continue to contribute their quota to the development of the party.
According to him, together they all can take the party to a greater heights.
Speaking on behalf of the returnees, Ajayi, who noted that he and his followers were happy to return to the APC, promised to work with the party leadership to achieve greatness.
He said his political family had decided to retrace their step.
NAN also reports that Ajayi was a former APC Chairman in Orile-Agege Local Council Development Area.