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Now, I am more of a politician than a technocrat’ Ambode says

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has said he has grown wiser politically , having spent four years in office .

Ambode was at the Presidential Villa , Abuja , on Monday to pay what he called , “ thank you visit ” to President Muhammadu Buhari .

Buhari was in Lagos last month to inaugurate some projects initiated by the Ambode administration .

The governor lost his bid for a second term after he was beaten by Babajide Sanwo- Olu in the All Progressives Congress governorship primary election last year .

Sanwo- Olu progressed to win the March 9 governorship poll, leaving Ambode to become the first Lagos State governor to serve one term since 1999 .

APC National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the Minister of Power , Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola served two terms each .

Responding to a question on the lessons he had learnt in office , Ambode said , “ You see , every politician learns every day .
“ The fact remains that I came in as a technocrat so I call myself a techno -politician , but I think I am wiser now .
“ I am more of a politician than a technocrat . ”

Meanwhile , the outgoing governor is scheduled to inaugurate projects started and completed by his administration on Tuesday .

They include the new Senate Building of Lagos State University .

The state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Ade Akinsanya , said this in a statement on Monday .

He said , “ It is pertinent to note that the Lagos State Government has procured seven ferries , five of which will be inaugurated and they are named after monumental events, notable towns and Lagos deities as a reminder of our historical values .

“ The names are Itesiwaju Eko , Ipakodo , Alausa , Adamu – Orisa , Ejinrin , Eko – Akete and Zangbeto.

“ Another project scheduled for opening is the new Senate Building of the Lagos State University in Ojo.

“ This project will change the landscape of the university and will remain another legacy project of this administration . ”

I am not sorry for my Lagos godfather views –El-Rufai

The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el – Rufai , said on Monday that he had no apologies for his views on how to retire godfathers from politics in Lagos State .

The governor stated that his views were his views and would not retract them or tender an apology because anyone felt offended by them.

El- Rufai spoke with State House correspondents after he visited President Muhammadu Buhari to give him an update on the security situation in Kaduna State.

“ If I was asked a question and I gave an answer , anyone that feels offended by the answer , it is his own business . I have no apologies, I don ’ t apologise for my views .

“ I don ’ t have to explain anything to anyone . This is a democracy and in a democratic space , there must be room for people to express their views, ” he said .

Recall that last week in Ikoyi, while speaking at an event in Lagos , the governor recounted how he retired godfathers from Kaduna politics .
He advised the people of Lagos State to apply his model to sack any godfather holding the state down .

It is widely believed that el – Rufai was referring to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress , Asiwaju Bola Tinubu .

When asked a specific question on whether he had any issues with Tinubu or the party generally , he said , “ There is no dispute between me and anyone in the APC ; the APC is one family ; I don ’ t dispute with my own party . ”

On his visit to the Villa , el – Rufai said he came to brief Buhari on the various security measures introduced by security agencies to confront criminalities in the state , especially kidanappings on the Abuja- Kaduna Highway .

Also , the Governor of Benue State , Mr Samuel Ortom, was at the Villa .
He denied that Benue was insolvent or that the Internally Generated Revenue of the state was below 10 per cent of its share from the Federation Account in 2018 .
However , he admitted that for the state to afford to pay the new N30 , 000 minimum wage, it must cut costs .

The governor mentioned one Gana as the leader of a criminal gang terrorising Benue and some neighbouring states like Taraba .
Ortom said , “ The three local government areas of Katsina Ala , Ukum and Bukun are not safe . No educational , farming , commercial activities are going on ; the Igbo that are major traders have vacated the place.

Man in Court for Stealing 952 air-conditioner kits from Dangote Group

A 41 – year – old man , Taofeek Omotosho , appeared at an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates ’ Court in Lagos State on Friday for allegedly stealing 952 pieces of air condition kits , valued at N7 . 1 million .

However , Omotosho , arraigned on a charge of stealing , pleaded not guilty .
The Prosecution, Mr Cyril Ejiofor , told the court that the defendant committed the offence between June 2018 and March 2019 at Dangote Refinery in Ibeju – Lekki, near Lagos State .

He alleged that Omotosho stole 952 pieces of air conditioner kits valued at N7 . 1 million , the property of Dangote Group .

Ejiofor said that the offence contravened Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State , 2015 .

The Chief Magistrate , Mr O . O . Olatunji granted Omotosho bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum.
He said that one of the sureties must be gainfully employed and adjourned the case until June 18 for mention .


Last PDP member in Lagos State House of Assembly defects to APC

The last member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Dipo Olorunrinu Monday at plenary formally defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The letter to this effect was read at the plenary by the Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni.

In the letter which was titled, “Letter of defection from PDP to APC,” the lawmaker apologized for his late defection, saying “I sincerely apologize that the defection is coming now. I ask for mercy.”

Olorunrinu who is representing Amuwo Odofin I, stated that he had now seen reasons to join his other colleagues from PDP who had dumped the party for APC, saying “As a young progressives minded politician, I realign with APC.”

He expressed delight over the leadership qualities of the National leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the Speaker, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa and a senior member of the House who is a Senator-elect, Hon. Sikiru Osinowo.

In his comments on the floor, Olorunrinu who requested for a handshake from the Speaker as it was done in the past said; “Once upon a time, we had eight of us from PDP in 2015, I said to myself I must join the progressives.”

He described PDP as a party that lacks structure and vision, adding that “I said to myself I must join the progressives who are in the ruling party, APC.

“I decided to align with APC being the winning train and party that will take Lagos to the next level, I also thank the leadership of the House for providing me with all the tools to work for greater development of my people despite being in opposition all this while,” Olorunrinu said.

While commending Olorunrinu for the bold step, the Speaker said, “the best party in Lagos is APC, there is nothing to gain in PDP.

“At last we have the only man standing who has now joined those who are standing. We welcome you. You have always been with us, only that you refused to dump the leaking umbrella,” Obasa said.

Some of the PDP leaders from Olorunrinu’s constituency who were at the plenary included, ward chairman, Mr. Hassan Yusuf, Mr. Moses Inuha, Ikechukwu Ikenna among others.

Awori owns Lagos not Bini people, says AWAN

The Awori in Lagos under the auspices of Awori Welfare Association of Nigeria on Tuesday declared that they were the earliest settlers in Lagos contrary to claims that the Bini descendants were.

The National President of AWAN , Chief Solomon Ojolowo , at a press conference in Lagos said the clarification became imperative following a statement credited to a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress , Prince Tajudeen Olusi, that “ Awori people are not in Lagos . ”

Olusi had in a recent media interview said , “I want to tell you that there are no Awori in Yoruba land . We don ’ t have a tribe called Awori at all. These are just other people who came to Lagos through another route from the hinterland , like Ile – Ife . Awori is just a description of how they got to where they settled . ”

But Ojolowo said the “ Awori of Lagos constitute the largest single ethnic sub – group in the state , constituting about 75 per cent of the population . ”

He also said the Bini were strangers in Lagos , adding that some of the places they settled on arrival in Lagos were Awori land .

Ojolowo stated that out of the original 20 local government areas in Lagos State , the Awori formed the indigenous population of 17 LGAs.

He listed the LGAs as Lagos Island , Ojo , Badagry , Amuwo- Odofin , Ajeromi- Ifelodun , Apapa, Oshodi -Isolo , Mushin , Agege , Ikeja , Alimosho , Kosofe, Eti – Osa , Lagos Mainland , Surulere , Shomolu and Ifako- Ijaye .

He said , “ This press conference became very important as a reaction to the unexpected outburst from a Lagos political leader , Prince Tajudeen Olusi, the leader of APC Elders’ Forum , who declared not only that Awori are not in Lagos , but also that Awori are not a tribe in Yoruba land .

“ We make bold to say that the Bini are strangers in Lagos . First , let me confirm the veracity of the statement by Prince Olusi that Lagos and by implication , Awori favour strangers more than indigenes .

There is an Awori tradition and culture that leads to this . In the very early days of Awori spreading to other settlements , the settlers would nominate or appoint Oba on consultation of Ifa Oracle.

“ The Ifa priest sometimes would say that a visitor was on the way to the town , or that they should look out for a stranger or visitor who would arrive early in the morning and should be conscripted and crowned as Oba. This is how the Bini became Obas in some places where they settled in Awori land . ”

He urged Olusi to retract the claims or be ready to face legal action for allegedly misleading the people.

A representative of the Ooni of Ife , Adewale Williams , who presented a letter from Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi , to the Awori indigenes in Lagos , affirmed that the Awori indigenes from Ife were the first settlers in Lagos .

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