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APC Will Not Rule Nigeria Beyond 2023 – Makinde To Tinubu
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APC Will Not Rule Nigeria Beyond 2023 – Makinde To Tinubu

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has said former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, goofed by saying his party, would rule the country beyond 2023. The governor spoke at a well-attended inauguration of the zonal executive of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South West, at the Government House, Oke-Oyinbo, Agodi, Ibadan, yesterday. Tinubu had on Tuesday after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, said the APC is loved by Nigerians and the party has bright chances of ruling the country beyond 2023. However, Makinde, who is the only PDP governor in the South West, said it would never happen. “It is time for PDP at the national level to put together a committee to start making zoning ...
Tinubu Mounted Pressure On Me To Join APC But I Refused – Fayose
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Tinubu Mounted Pressure On Me To Join APC But I Refused – Fayose

Former governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose has revealed that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos state did everything he could to make him dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC) but he refused to do so. Speaking in an exclusive interview with DAILY INDEPENDENT, Fayose who said President Muhammadu Buhari has destroyed the APC, said he also shared the views of Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike who likened the ruling party to a cancer. According to him, as a member of PDP, he supported the governorship ambition of Governor Kayode Fayemi in the Ekiti governorship election of 2009 and even campaigned for him because he wanted the PDP candidate, former governor Segun Oni who made life a living hell for him to be kicked out of offi...
Yinka Odumakin: I’m In Shock – Tinubu
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Yinka Odumakin: I’m In Shock – Tinubu

Former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, said he received with shock, news of the death of Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin. Tinubu, in a statement on Saturday, described the deceased as a committed fighter for democracy, dedicated civil society activist, courageous and outspoken defender of whatever ideals and principles he believed in. The All Progressives Congress (APC) leader said Odumakin remained fearless and unrelenting in speaking up in promoting the cause of justice and what he perceived as the best interest of the citizens of Nigeria. Tinubu recalled his participation in the various students and youth struggles against successive military dictatorships in the 1980s and 1990s. “In the process, he was arrested, harassed and even detained several times. Yet, h...
President Buhari Delivers Address At Bola Tinubu’s 12th Colloquium
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President Buhari Delivers Address At Bola Tinubu’s 12th Colloquium

STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE WE'RE BETTER, STRONGER TOGETHER, SAYS PRESIDENT BUHARI TO NIGERIANS AT BOLA TINUBU'S 12TH COLLOQUIUM "Despite occasional inter-ethnic tensions in our national history, it seems to me that we have all agreed on one point that, notwithstanding our diversity of ethnicity, culture, language and religion, Nigerians are better together; even stronger together," says President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday at the 12th Asiwaju Bola Tinubu Colloquium held in Kano. The President, who participated virtually in the event to mark the 69th birthday of the former two-term Governor of Lagos State, commended the celebrant for always being an advocate of unity and cohesion in Nigeria. "This has been a constant factor in his outstanding political career, from the time he serv...
I Will Defeat Tinubu In 2023 Presidential Election – Doyin Okupe
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I Will Defeat Tinubu In 2023 Presidential Election – Doyin Okupe

A former aide to President Goodluck Jonathan has said he is the only politician from the South-West region that can defeat former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, in the 2023 Presidential race. There are indications that the APC National leader is eyeing the country’s number one seat but he has not declared interest yet. Okupe, in a series of tweets on Sunday, said Tinubu remains a formidable opponent but he can send him out of the the race. “I believe I have a slight edge over him in that I understand national and Presidential politics more than him and in terms of intellectual resourcefulness we are at par; if I am not better. “On my part, a great advantage is that I am the only Yoruba of note in the presidential race from the PDP,” Okupe said. Tinubu is presently...
Tinubu Remains Influential In Nigeria – Buhari
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Tinubu Remains Influential In Nigeria – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Bola Tinubu on his 69th birthday. Buhari hailed the former Governor of Lagos State, “whose acumen and influence according to him, continue to resonate around the country and beyond”. In a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, Buhari joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and its members in celebrating Tinubu. The President recognized the “patriot and statesman” on the 12th colloquium, an intellectual gathering to commemorate his birthday. Buhari said the event had over the years turned into a veritable opportunity for discussing topical national issues, and harnessing ideas that will move the nation forward. On the theme, “Our Common Bond, Our Common Wealth: Imperative of National Cohesion for Growth and Prosper...
Tinubu Announces N50m Donation For Victims Of Katsina Market Fire
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Tinubu Announces N50m Donation For Victims Of Katsina Market Fire

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu have announced a donation of the sum of N50million to victims of the Katsina Central Market Fire. He also paid a visit to the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir. Tinubu made the announcement on Wednesday during a condolence visit to the Katsina State government. He was received by the State Governor, Aminu Masari, and other top Government officials in the State. The Katsina Central Market fire on Monday destroyed goods and properties valued at millions of naira. Eyewitnesses attributed the fire to the explosion from gas cylinders sold in one of the shops.
Igbo Group In Lagos Urges Tinubu To Run For Presidency
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Igbo Group In Lagos Urges Tinubu To Run For Presidency

The Igbo speaking community in Lagos State has urged the former governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to contest for the presidency in 2023. The leadership made the request during a visit to the immediate past Chairman of Amuwo Odofin Local Government, Comrade Ayodele Adewale, at his political office in Festac Town, Lagos. Describing Asiwaju Tinubu as a detribalized Nigerian and a great leader, the group added its voice to that of Adewale and other groups who have been demanding that the political leader contest for the number one position in the country in 2023. Leader of the delegation, Chief Sunday Udeh commended Tinubu’s leadership example, adding that Igbos in the state are ready to support the former governor’s aspirati...
CCB Denies Report Of Missing Tinubu’s Case File
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CCB Denies Report Of Missing Tinubu’s Case File

Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has dismissed as baseless, reports that its officials are jittery over the alleged disappearance of records relating to former governor of Lagos State and All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Senator Bola Tinubu. CCB dismissed the report in its reaction to a publication in an online medium that there was tension in the office over missing Tinubu’s assets declaration form and case file from the vault. The report claimed that the bureau started searching for the file when the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) wrote to request the documents. The publication, which accused officials of the CCB of complicity in the alleged disappearance of the records, read that the situation could frustrate an ongoing corruption investigation into Tin...
I Never Instructed EFCC, CCB To Begin Fresh Case Against Tinubu – Malami
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I Never Instructed EFCC, CCB To Begin Fresh Case Against Tinubu – Malami

Abubakar Malami (SAN), Attorney-General and Minister of Justice on Tuesday said he never instructed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC ) and Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to institute a fresh case against Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos state and national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Malami, who spoke while featuring as a guest while featuring on Channels Television programme ‘Politics Today’ monitored by Daily Independent however said both the EFCC and the CCB have constitutional powers to act in accordance with the laws establishing them. He said only Abdulrasheed Bawa, the EFCC chairman and his counterpart in the CCB can speak on the issue. “The office of the Attorney-General as you rightly know has not filed any action be...
EFCC Probe: Tinubu Shouldn’t Expect Any Support From Us – Afenifere
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EFCC Probe: Tinubu Shouldn’t Expect Any Support From Us – Afenifere

Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Wednesday said it will not meddle in the plans by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to go after Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos state and national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Yinka Odumakin, the organisation’s National Publicity Secretary in a chat with Daily Independent said Afenifere’s focus now is lasting solution to the siege on Yorubaland by Fulani herders and bandits. An online news medium, Peoples Gazette had reported that The EFCC has written a letter to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CBB), requesting copies of Tinubu’s asset declaration form. A copy of the letter revealed that the investigation into Tinubu began last year after the removal of erstwhile Chairma...
Tinubu’s Fraud Cases Linger In Court Amidst 2023 Presidential Ambition
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Tinubu’s Fraud Cases Linger In Court Amidst 2023 Presidential Ambition

Former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has court cases around massive frauds hanging on his neck as his supporters and proxies drum support for him for the 2023 presidency. Checks by SaharaReporters revealed that the fraud cases against Tinubu dated as far back as 1998, raising questions on how the former governor struggled to delay the axe of the law. The APC leader has yet to come out officially to declare any 2023 ambition, although many of his godsons are already in the forefront of negotiations across stakeholders, first in the South-West region. On February 18, 2009, SaharaReporters obtained original copies of a judgment in the case of United States versus Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in which Tinubu was charged (along wit...
2023: Nobody Can Match Tinubu Candidacy – Ogun Monarchs
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2023: Nobody Can Match Tinubu Candidacy – Ogun Monarchs

The Olu of Ilaro and Paramount ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle as well as the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo on Monday declared their support towards the vision of the South West Agenda 2023 for promoting the candidature of Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu as the rightful candidate to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari. The monarchs, who spoke in their palaces when members of the group paid them courtesy visits described Tinubu as the best choice from the southwest zone of the country to take over from President Buhari in 2023. Oba Olugbenle said his support for the former governor of Lagos State is apolitical, adding that Tinubu is the most qualified candidate any political party in the South West could boast of. He argued that the south west co...
President Buhari, Ex-VP Atiku, Sanwo-olu, Others Mourn Lateef Jakande
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President Buhari, Ex-VP Atiku, Sanwo-olu, Others Mourn Lateef Jakande

President Muhammadu Buhari believes former Governor of Lagos State, Chief Lateef Jakande, lived for the good of others, state and country, and his legacy of standing for all that was right for humanity would be long remembered. The President, while condoling with family, friends and associates of the elder statesman, affirms that his imprint on the commercial nerve centre of the country, Lagos State, which was the former National capital, will continue to awe and inspire, reminding everyone of the strength of character and sacrifices of the visionary leader. President Buhari notes contributions of the first civilian Governor of Lagos State and former Minister of Works to the growth of democracy and good governance in the country, describing him as a patriot, whose wisdom will run t...
Former Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, is dead
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Former Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, is dead

The first Civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, is dead. Announcing Lateef Jakande's death on Twitter, the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu wrote: With gratitude to God for a worthy life well spent in the service of Lagos State, Nigeria and humanity, I announce the death of a venerable statesman, outstanding politician, public administrator and the first Civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande. He reportedly died on Thursday at the age of 91. Jakande, aka Baba Kekere, brought a lot of development to Lagos as governor between October 1, 1979 and December 31, 1983, in line with the five cardinal programmes of the Unity Party of Nigeria founded by a former Premier of the Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
APC’s Zoning Agreement Should Be Respected In 2023 – Fashola
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APC’s Zoning Agreement Should Be Respected In 2023 – Fashola

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, yesterday said the zoning agreement at the formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2015 elections should be respected in 2023. Fashola, a former governor of Lagos State made the statement yesterday at a time reports that some of the chieftains of the APC were allegedly plotting to thwart the arrangement for power shift between North and South, intending to retain the presidency in the North on the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term. The latest crisis rocking the ruling party, according to party sources was as a result of the quest by respective blocs to grab the soul of the party ahead of 2023 politicking. The minister in an interactive session with newsmen at his ministry in...
Lagos Pension Package: Fashola Turned It Down, Never Accepted It – Hakeem Bello
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Lagos Pension Package: Fashola Turned It Down, Never Accepted It – Hakeem Bello

Three former governors currently serving as ministers in the President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet have said that they are not receiving pensions from their state governments. The ministers are Babatunde Fashola (Power, Works and Housing); Chris Ngige (Labour and Employment) and Kayode Fayemi (Mines and Steel Development). Fashola, a former governor of Lagos State, said he did not receive any pension from Lagos State. According to his Special Adviser on Communications, Mr. Hakeem Bello, the minister recently made it clear that he (Fashola) had no reason to ask the Lagos State Government to stop paying him a pension when from the outset he never accepted it. Bello said, “The minister spoke on Hard Copy, a programme on Channels TV on Friday. In that programme, he said you don’...
Ex Lagos Governor Has 3 Jets – Bode George Reveals
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Ex Lagos Governor Has 3 Jets – Bode George Reveals

A retired military officer, Bode George, has revealed that a former Governor of Lagos State has three jets. The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain did not mention a name. In an interview with Arise TV, he stressed that greed was a major problem in Nigeria. The politician warned that if leaders and officials fail to act right, youths may descend on their graves after death. “Look at the former Governor of Lagos State, he has three executive jets, private jets. The other one, 900X, can fly from Lagos to New York. Where is his business? “Look at the Falomo Shopping Mall that was built by Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson; you know what they have there now? The horse cable for Bola Tinubu’s son. What kind of madness is that? These are our heritage. “Look at the end of Awo...
I Didn’t Invite Soldiers To Protect TVC & The Nation To Avoid Bloodshed – Tinubu
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I Didn’t Invite Soldiers To Protect TVC & The Nation To Avoid Bloodshed – Tinubu

Former governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, says he didn’t request security operatives to stop “attackers” that razed The Nation Newspaper and Television Continental to avoid bloodshed. He made this known in a statement on Sunday titled, ‘The #EndSARS protests; a fundamental lesson in democratic governance’. Hoodlums had massively looted shops and set fire to several public and private properties, including Television Continental and The Nation newspaper, both of which have been linked to him. This followed the shootings of some protesters at the Lekki toll gate plaza by soldiers. While Tinubu confirmed that he is a financier of the media houses, he denied making money from the Lekki toll gate plaza. He said, ...
#EndSARS: Tinubu Justifies Use Of Force On Protesters
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#EndSARS: Tinubu Justifies Use Of Force On Protesters

Former governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has called on Nigerian youth to stop the ongoing #ENDSARS protests across the country, justifying the use of force against the demonstrators. Tinubu, who had earlier denied sponsoring the protest, said the youth must end the action now and “also be careful not to fritter away such gains due to lack of moderation and strategic thinking”. He also said that the ongoing protest was tilting towards a change of regime, adding that the government will have to make use of force to end the ongoing protest. He said, “The protesters have made considerable gains within a very short period. But they should also be careful not to fritter away such gains due to lack of moderation and strategic thinking. "For instance, it is unfortunate th...
Tinubu, Alpha-Beta, Others Accused Of Fraud, Tax Evasion, Money Laundering
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Tinubu, Alpha-Beta, Others Accused Of Fraud, Tax Evasion, Money Laundering

Dapo Apara, a Nigerian chartered accountant, has accused a former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu; a consulting firm, Alpha-beta, and a former commissioner in the state, Akin Doherty, of money laundering, fraud, tax evasion, and sundry corrupt practices. Mr Apara, in writ of summons deposed to at a Lagos high court, claimed that Mr Tinubu and Alpha-beta reneged on certain agreements reached in the past about the management and control of the consulting firm. Alpha-beta is a consulting firm handling the computation, tracking and reconciliation of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in Lagos State in return for a commission. Mr Apara, who claims to own 30 per cent stake in the company, alleged that Mr Tinubu “has directed and dictated the affairs” of the company by diverting...
Oladapo Apara Sues Tinubu, To Appear Within 42 Days Over Alpha Beta
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Oladapo Apara Sues Tinubu, To Appear Within 42 Days Over Alpha Beta

A former Managing Director of Alpha Beta Consulting, Mr. Oladapo Apara, has sued the company, a former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu; and the current Managing Director of the firm, Akin Doherty; before a Lagos State High Court, Igbosere. In the writ of summons marked LD/7330GCMW/2020, Apara asked the respondents to appear within 42 days or judgment may be given in their absence. Apara had in a petition addressed to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, accused the company of N100bn fraud but two years after, the EFCC had yet to take action. In his statement of claim, the former Alpha Beta boss said Tinubu boasted that the then acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, would protect him. He wrote, “The 2nd defendant (Bola Tinubu) also warned the claimant not...
APC Crisis: 2023 Presidency Puts Ruling Party On Life Support
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APC Crisis: 2023 Presidency Puts Ruling Party On Life Support

“Too many cooks, spoil the broth” is a popular idiomatic expression in English which in literal translation means when there are too many people involved in trying to do the same thing, the final result will not be good. That best captures the current situation of Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). With latest developments in the party, analysts, including concerned members of the party have expressed the views that the party may not survive even before the 2023 general elections. Speaking with our correspondent, one of the national leaders of the party who does not want his name in print had said the current crisis in the party has gone beyond the rift between Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the party’s National Chairman who was sacked from office on Tuesday by ...
Coronavirus: ’50 Policemen, Others Attended Tinubu CSO’s Burial’ – Jumu’ah Abiodun
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Coronavirus: ’50 Policemen, Others Attended Tinubu CSO’s Burial’ – Jumu’ah Abiodun

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has been urged to trace contacts of Lateef Raheem, the late Chief Security Officer (CSO) to Bola Tinubu. Tinubu, a former Governor of Lagos State, is one of the national leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC). On Monday, he confirmed that Raheem, his ally of 21 years, tested positive to coronavirus. His media office, in a statement, announced that Tinubu, his wife, Remi and all their aides took COVID-19 tests Saturday, April 25. The press release disclosed that all results came back negative, except one. “The results of one aide were positive. The rest of the staff was negative. The one staff member has been isolated in accordance with NCDC guidelines,” it read. On Tuesday, Jumu’ah Abiodun, a public affairs analyst, in an ...
Buhari, Jonathan, Others Congratulate Tinubu At 68
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Buhari, Jonathan, Others Congratulate Tinubu At 68

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a congratulatory message to a former governor of Lagos State and a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, who clocked 68 Saturday. The president, who spoke through his aide, Femi Adesina, praised Mr Tinubu’s “courage, forthrightness and diligence in providing exemplary and broadminded leadership for the political party.” He said the leadership example set by Mr Tinubu in Lagos has steadily provided a ladder for budding leaders to grow and contribute to national development. “Asiwaju greatest strength lies in his ability to look beyond religious, ethnic and political stereotyping, embracing the reality of Nigeria as one entity,” Mr Buhari was quoted as saying. Also, former President Goodluck Jonathan felicitated with M...
Print More Naira Notes – Tinubu Tells FG
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Print More Naira Notes – Tinubu Tells FG

All Progressives Congress leader, Bola Tinubu , has asked the Federal Government to print more naira notes in order to save the economy from collapse even as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to bite harder. Tinubu said this in a statement he wrote in commemoration of his 68 birthday . The former governor of Lagos State said the United States Federal Reserve had printed more dollars in order to boost the economy. He said Nigeria could also do the same . Tinubu added, “ Already , the price of oil has fallen to less than 30 dollars a barrel . This will bring a dollar shortfall . This does not, however , necessitate a corresponding shortfall in public sector naira expenditures . “ The US controls dollar issuance . We control naira issuance as is our sovereign right . Just as Am...
Lagos State Government Pulls Down Fela Statue At Allen Avenue
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Lagos State Government Pulls Down Fela Statue At Allen Avenue

The statue of late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, who was situated by the former Governor of Lagos state Akinwunmi Ambode at Allen Avenue Ikeja has been pulled down by the current Lagos State Government. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s spokesperson, Gboyega Akosile confirmed that the statue has been pulled down, said the roundabout where it was located was identified as one of the four locations in Lagos that cause traffic gridlock. He also identified the other spots where traffic gridlock is experienced to be Ikotun, Lekki-Epe expressway and Maryland. Akosile who also told newsmen that the artwork will be relocated to a spot where it won’t cause traffic gridlock. See before & after photos of the statue;
You’ll Vomit All You’ve Stolen — Pastor Tunde Bakare to ‘Bourdillon’
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You’ll Vomit All You’ve Stolen — Pastor Tunde Bakare to ‘Bourdillon’

Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly (LRA) sent out a cryptic jab to "Bourdillon" which is the name of the neighbourhood former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu's house is situated in Lagos. During his preaching on Sunday October 27, President Buhari's former running-mate stated that people who say that one is generous after he or she has stolen the money that belongs to a state, are foolish. Pastor Bakare in his sermon which bordered on the 2023 Presidential election, affirmed that "since democracy began some people have been living larger than life, having jets here and there, having a house in Bourdillon and other places at the expense of the public". He insisted that Nigerians crucify their heroes and celebrate villains. “The eyes of those who see will not be dim....
Lagos Assembly Lists Ambode’s ‘Deadly Sins’
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Lagos Assembly Lists Ambode’s ‘Deadly Sins’

The Lagos State House of Assembly has listed 5 ‘sins’ allegedly committed by former governor of the state, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode. They include alleged unauthorised discounting of promissory notes and purchase of 820 buses without due authorisation. The Assembly, therefore, asked the former governor to appear before it by 1pm on Wednesday 30 October 2019. This made it the second time the governor was summoned. He was first summoned about two weeks ago alongside former government officials, including former commissioners for Finance, Economic Planning, Justice and Attorney General, and Permanent Secretary, Economic Planning. The House had set up an ad hoc committee to investigate some financial misappropriation during the Ambode administration. However, according to a statement by th...
Bola Tinubu And His Date With Destiny In 2023 – Dele Momodu
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Bola Tinubu And His Date With Destiny In 2023 – Dele Momodu

We brings to you Dele Momodu's article on Tinubu's 2023 presidential ambition. Read below: Fellow Nigerians permit me to say, it is no longer a secret that the former Governor of Lagos State and easily one of the most influential politicians in Africa, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has his gaze firmly fixed on the Nigerian Presidential seat in Abuja. Let me put it more frontally, Tinubu will love to drop the Chieftaincy title, Asiwaju, for that of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Who wouldn’t, anyway? I once tried my luck despite not having ten percent of Tinubu’s stupendous resources, extensive networks, public service experience and achievements and so on. I know that some will think it is too early to be talking about a successor to President Muhammadu Buhari given that his second te...
Why Lagos Assembly, APC Want Ambode Jailed
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Why Lagos Assembly, APC Want Ambode Jailed

Facts are emerging on why the Lagos State House of Assembly is determined to prosecute and jail Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the state’s former governor. Ambide had been in public scrutiny as the state’s lawmakers had been probing his administration over some alleged shady deals. While the House of Assembly, under the influence of leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, would want the public to believe that the need to inculcate transparency and accountability in governance with a view to recoup money allegedly lost through inflated contracts by the former governor was behind the ongoing probe, information at the disposal of Sunday INDEPENDENT revealed that permutations on the 2023 general elections might have accounted for the action. It was gathered that the APC ...
Sanwo-olu Buys 800 New BRT Buses, Starts Expansion Of BRT Lanes
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Sanwo-olu Buys 800 New BRT Buses, Starts Expansion Of BRT Lanes

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has announced the acquisition of 800 new BRT buses. The governor made the announcement via a tweet, where he also announced the commencement of the expansion of the BRT lanes in the state. According to the Governor, “Beyond road construction, we have started expanding the bus rapid transit system and gradually reducing the danfo buses on the roads. I am excited to announce that we have purchased over 800 buses to add to the existing BRT fleet expanding to more routes” “We are supportive of private investment in transportation that is non-exploitative. This week, I launched @UberBoat, the first of many private-sector efforts at providing safe & efficient water transport working with our water transportation initiatives.” See the twe...
Lagos Assembly Threatens To Arrest Ambode, Four Ex-commissioners
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Lagos Assembly Threatens To Arrest Ambode, Four Ex-commissioners

The Lagos State House of Assembly has threatened to issue a warrant of arrest on the former governor of the state, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, and four others who served in his administration as commissioners. This decision followed two preliminary reports presented on Thursday by two ad-hoc committees set up by the House to investigate the 820 buses purchased by Mr Ambode and to appraise the 2019 mid-year budget. The former commissioners involved are Mr Kazeem Adeniji (Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice), Olusegun Banjo (Commissioner for Budget), Akinyemi Ashade (Commissioner for Finance), and Wale Oluwo (Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources). Presenting the preliminary report of a nine-man ad-hoc committee to probe the purchase of the 820 buses, the committee ch...
Lagos Assembly Probes Ambode Over Purchase Of 820 Buses At The Cost Of ₦45bn
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Lagos Assembly Probes Ambode Over Purchase Of 820 Buses At The Cost Of ₦45bn

The Lagos State House Assembly has set up a committee to investigate the purchase of 820 buses by the administration of former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. The lawmakers said the governor did not get the approval to buy 820 of the 5,000 buses he proposed for mass transit in the state. In a motion titled, ‘Lagos State House of Assembly Motion Number 2,’ the lawmaker representing Eti Osa Constituency 2, Gbolahan Yishawu, said the executive proposed to spend ₦17bn to purchase the buses in the 2017 budget, but it was not approved. He added that in the 2018 and 2019 budgets, the state government proposed ₦24bn and ₦7bn respectively for the buses, which were again turned down. Yishawu said the Ambode administration, however, went ahead to purchase the vehicles. The lawmaker said...
Tinubu Set To Be Used And Crushed By Some People – Obadiah Mailafia
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Tinubu Set To Be Used And Crushed By Some People – Obadiah Mailafia

Obadiah Mailafia, a former deputy governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), says there are some unidentified people who want to use Bola Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos state, and “crush him.” In an interview with PUNCH , Mailafia said though, Tinubu could discern talents and mentor them to leadership roles, he has been “abjectly naive.” The former deputy governor of CBN said this when he was asked to comment on a statement credited to Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, on zoning arrangements for the office of president. Mailafia described the governor of Kaduna as “a man of ambition who is susceptible to grand self delusions of the order of Bonaparte.” “The 1999 constitution does not require ‘zoning’ as such. However, I believe that evolving constitutional conve...
Tinubu Dividing Afenifere Over Presidential Ambition – Kofoworola Bucknor
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Tinubu Dividing Afenifere Over Presidential Ambition – Kofoworola Bucknor

Senator Kofoworola Bucknor- Akerele, a former Deputy Governor of Lagos State on Thursday said the ambition of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos state to become President led to his splitting of pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere. Speaking in an exclusive interview with Daily Independent, Bucknor- Akerele said Tinubu knows he cannot achieve his ambition based on the stance of the Afenifere leaders who are very principled. She also said she fell out with Tinubu because she refused to cooperate with him to upstage the leaders of the group and hijack the organisation. “What led to the split of Afenifere is Bola Tinubu’s presidential ambition. He wants to be President of Nigeria and he didn’t see how he could achieve that under the Afenifere as it was be...
We Did Not Raid Ambode’s Residence – EFCC
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We Did Not Raid Ambode’s Residence – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has since early hours of today, been inundated with calls that operatives of the Commission raided the residence of the former governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode. We need to state for the records that the EFCC did not raid Ambode’s house. It is instructive that his administration, like other former governors is under investigation, since they no longer constitutionally enjoy immunity against prosecution. The Commission hereby states with high sense of responsibility that the operatives did not raid Ambode’s residence. Whatever the Commission is presently doing with regards to the investigation is in line with its mandate and the rule of law. We wish to inform the social media to be circumspect in the reportage of any...
Ambode confirms EFCC raid on his Ikoyi and Epe residence, says ‘no cause for alarm’
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Ambode confirms EFCC raid on his Ikoyi and Epe residence, says ‘no cause for alarm’

Akinwunmi Ambode, the former governor of Lagos State has urged his supporters and the general public to remain calm and law-abiding as there was no cause for alarm over search of his houses by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Ambode, in a statement by his media aide, Habib Aruna, spoke on the backdrop of a search by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on his Epe Country home and Parkview Ikoyi residence, where the anti-graft agency conducted the exercise without any incident. He said the Commission, till date, has not opened any direct communication with him on any issue, adding that he was ready and willing to respond if or when they do so. The statement reads: “This morning, operatives of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission visited the Ep...
We Are Not Aware Of Plans To Suspend Ambode From Party – APC
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We Are Not Aware Of Plans To Suspend Ambode From Party – APC

The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday said the report that it is planning to suspend former governor Akinwunmi Ambode from the party is untrue. Unconfirmed reports that the party is considering wield the big stick on the former governor over his refusal to mend fences with leaders of the party since the fallout of the governorship primary which he lost to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the incumbent governor of Lagos state. It was also reported that Ambode has refused to visit Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, his benefactor since he left the office and has not shown any commitment to the affairs of APC both at the ward, local and state levels. However speaking with Daily Independent, Abiodun Salami, the Deputy Publicity Secretary of the party said the report is u...
Yoruba Youths Flay Tinubu Over Remarks On Olakurin’s Killing
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Yoruba Youths Flay Tinubu Over Remarks On Olakurin’s Killing

A group, Yoruba Youth Socio-cultural Association (YYSA), has chided the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for his remarks on the killing of Mrs. Funke Olakurin, daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti. This comes as the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) urged the former Governor of Lagos State against to desist from “dishing out lies to support anti-Igbo sentiments.” Besides, the Presidency has urged Nigerians not to politicise the death, pledging that security agencies would spare no effort in apprehending and prosecuting the culprits. The charge was contained in a statement issued yesterday by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, in Abuja. Tinubu had shortly after commiserating with the bereaved senior citizen over the m...
Tinubu Distances Self From 2023 Presidential Campaigners
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Tinubu Distances Self From 2023 Presidential Campaigners

Bola Tinubu, a former Governor of Lagos State, yesterday distanced himself from a group purportedly campaigning for his presidential ambition in 2023. The All Progressives Congress chieftain in a statement by his spokesperson, Tunde Rahman, denied having a link with the group he described as 'faceless'. “We have seen pictures of face caps, T shirts, shirts and even leaflets with Bola Tinubu 2023 embossed on them purportedly by a faceless group which christened itself ‘Asiwaju Reloaded Ambassadors’ Nigeria’. Neither the group nor its souvenirs are known to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. “We hereby, through this medium, categorically deny any knowledge of the group and dissociate Asiwaju Tinubu from the group’s unsolicited and unwarranted materials,” the statement read.
Oyetola’s Victory At Supreme Court Well Deserved – Ambode
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Oyetola’s Victory At Supreme Court Well Deserved – Ambode

Former Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday congratulated the Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola on his affirmation by the Supreme Court as the duly elected Governor of the State. Ambode, in a statement signed by his media aide, Habib Aruna, said it was a well-deserved victory and an affirmation of the mandate given to Oyetola by the people of Osun State on September 22, 2018. “I congratulate my brother, Governor Gboyega Oyetola on this resounding victory at the apex court. It is not only a victory for the All Progressives Congress (APC), but also an attestation to the fact that the judiciary remains the last hope for the common man.” “With this victory, I strongly believe that it would enable the Governor to focus on delivering on his campaign promises...
Buhari Drops Ambode, Re-appoints Fashola As Minister Representing Lagos
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Buhari Drops Ambode, Re-appoints Fashola As Minister Representing Lagos

President Buhari has dropped the plan to appoint the past Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode as the Minister representing Lagos and has settled for the past Minister of Works, Housing and Estate, Babatunde Fashola. My State News learnt that President Buhari who has promised to unveil his Ministerial list this Month has vowed to the Governing Council in Lagos state headed by the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Tinubu to drop Ambode and re-appoint Fashola as Minister who will represent Lagos State. According to a leaked report, President Buhari has constantly rejected the recommendations from Bola Tinubu for the Minister who will have Lagos slot. The President has insisted on listing the immediate past Governor of Lagos State, Akinwumi Ambode for th...
I Achieved Double Of What Tinubu Achieved In Lagos –  Akpabio
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I Achieved Double Of What Tinubu Achieved In Lagos – Akpabio

Former Akwa Ibom State governor who served from 2007 – 2015 and a Senator, Godswill Akpabio his statement on Monday claimed that his achievements as a governor in the State, surpasses that of Senator Bola Tinubu who was governor of Lagos state between 1999 and 2007. Mr. Akpabio who made this known while responding to an article lashed out at critics who undermined his achievements said; 'his people in Akwa Ibom failed to appreciate him, hence the blame on his 8 years government.' Akpabio who was responding to an article written by a public affairs analyst, Celetine Mel, said the Yorubas who benefited from Tinubu have not betrayed their leader. Akpabio whose opinion was aired by his Personal Assistant on Media , Lady Mfonobong Usoroh on several social media platforms, retorted,...
Oriental Hotel Up For Sale For $250 Million
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Oriental Hotel Up For Sale For $250 Million

The news came as a shocker to all who heard; that the Lagos Oriental Hotel, that sprawling oasis of premium hospitality nestling on the Victoria Island end of the Lagos Lagoon, is up for sale. Initially, many took it as a rumour until it was advertised on leading property website, thenigeriapropertycentre.com. According to the website which offers Nigerian property seekers an easy way to find details of property like homes, houses, lands, shops, office spaces and other commercial property, the promoters of the hotel want $250million for it. The advert was posted March 30th. On the site, the Lagos Oriental Hotel was described as havinga variety of luxury rooms including The Classic Room, the Classic Superior Room, the Classic Deluxe Room, Junior Suite, Executive Junior Suite, Busines...
Ebenezer Babatope: Tinubu, Osinbajo, South-West Deceiving Themselves On 2023
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Ebenezer Babatope: Tinubu, Osinbajo, South-West Deceiving Themselves On 2023

Chief Ebenezer Babatope, a former Minister of Transport, said on Sunday that the South-West zone of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) would be fooling itself if it thought the national leadership of the party would zone the presidency to the region in the 2023 general elections. It has been rumoured that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos State, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are both nursing the ambition to succeed Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. Speaking on the raging debate on whether the Northern region would agree to rotation of the presidency after the completion of President Buhari’s tenure in 2023, Babatope, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s Board of Trustees (BoT), said it was certain that the APC would field another northerner as its presi...
How A Naval Officer Slapped Me When I Was A Taxi Driver – Bola Tinubu
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How A Naval Officer Slapped Me When I Was A Taxi Driver – Bola Tinubu

Bola Tinubu, the former Governor of Lagos State who spoke during his 67th birthday celebration on 29 March, narrated how a naval officer slapped him. According to the APC Chieftain, it was an incident he will never forget and it all occurred when he over-charged a naval officer who was returning to the country. Bola Tinubu who narrated how a naval officer slapped him when he was still a cab driver, said; “One experience I will not forget was when I over-charged a naval officer, who was returning to the country. It was not intentional. Apparently, I didn’t know the direction; there was no GPRS in those days to locate directions. So, he gave me the direction to his house in a Virginia suburb.“I gave him the price and the man responded with a slap to my face. He said I should know the ...
Bola Tinubu: How A Naval Officer Slapped Me When I Was A Taxi Driver.
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Bola Tinubu: How A Naval Officer Slapped Me When I Was A Taxi Driver.

Bola Tinubu, the former Governor of Lagos State who spoke during his 67th birthday celebration on 29 March, narrated how a naval officer slapped him. According to the APC Chieftain, it was an incident he will never forget and it all occurred when he over-charged a naval officer who was returning to the country. Bola Tinubu who narrated how a naval officer slapped him when he was still a cab driver, said; “One experience I will not forget was when I over-charged a naval officer, who was returning to the country. It was not intentional. Apparently, I didn’t know the direction; there was no GPRS in those days to locate directions. So, he gave me the direction to his house in a Virginia suburb.“I gave him the price and the man responded with a slap to my face. He said I should know the ...
Ibadan Mogajis Query Tinubu’s Interest In Oyo Guber Race
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Ibadan Mogajis Query Tinubu’s Interest In Oyo Guber Race

The family heads in Ibadan land, under the banner of Authentic Mogajis on Wednesday queried the interest of the former governor of Lagos state and the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in the gubernatorial election of Oyo state. The group also warned a former governor of Oyo state, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala over his recent utterances against the osi Olubadan of Ibadan land, Senator Rasidi Ladoja. Akala who was the arrowhead of recent coalition of major opposition parties had in a video while addressing his supporters said Ladoja told him that he could not become a governor because he was not an Ibadan indigene. The former governor further said he opted out of the coalition for the interest of the yet unborn generations in his home t...
Why I Kicked Against My Wife’s Third Term — Tinubu
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Why I Kicked Against My Wife’s Third Term — Tinubu

NATIONAL leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has revealed how some influential members in the Lagos APC Governor’s Advisory Council, GAC, upturned one of his critical decisions not to return his wife, Remi, for a third term in the Senate. Tinubu, explained that the “coup” was hatched prelude to the conduct of the last primary elections across the 245 wards of the 20 Local Government Areas in the state, last year. He said this while addressing party leaders and members at a stakeholders’ meeting, prior to the postponed Presidential and National Assembly polls, at Police College, Play-Ground, Ikeja in Lagos. Tinubu, who was reacting to the allegations of imposition levelled against him, said some of his decisions ...

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