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2019: Trouble For APC Governorship Candidate, Sanwo-Olu As More Opposition Parties Deny Endorsing Him



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Babajide Sanwo-Olu

More opposition parties in Lagos on Friday denied involvement in the endorsement of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Jide Sanwo-Olu, for 2019.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 45 opposition parties under the Coalition of the Progressive Peoples Party were reported to have endorsed Sanwo-Olu at a meeting on November 2.

According to the media reports, some of the listed parties in the endorsement of Sanwo-Olu include Progressives People’s Alliance, New Nigeria People’s Party, Kowa Party, Independent Democrats, Accord, Action Alliance, and People’s Redemption Party.

Also named were the Coalition for Change, Young Democratic Party, Action People’s Party, Youth Progressive Party and Better Nigeria Peoples Party and Peoples Democratic Movement.

KOWA and PPA have since denied involvement in the endorsement, saying they were wrongly listed.

At a news conference on Friday in Lagos, a group of other opposition parties, including Independent Democrat, Accord, C4C, AA and PDM also denied attending the endorsement meeting.

The state chairman of ID, Mr. Kolawole Sunday, who spoke on behalf of the group, said the inclusion of their parties in the endorsement was wrong.

He said all the chairmen of parties in the group were not a part of the deal, adding that those who claimed to have represented their parties at the endorsement ceremony were clear impostors.

Sunday described the endorsement as a charade, saying it was a propaganda ploy by the APC to project Sanwo-Olu as a popular candidate.

“We are referring to the news making the rounds suggesting that 45 political parties operating in the state have endorsed the candidature of Babajide Sanwo-Olu of APC as the consensus candidate of opposition parties.

“For the avoidance of doubt, we must also say that people have the right to take any decision they wish to take, as this is the fundamental right to be enjoyed by Nigerians as guaranteed in the constitution.

“What we find objectionable is the attempt to hoodwink unsuspecting members of the public with falsehood.

“A careful look at those who participated in the charade will reveal that the ruling party is desperate and looking for cheap popularity by embarking on propaganda with fake endorsement,” he said.

Sunday said that he got the news about the inclusion, pointing out that he was not part of the deal to endorse Sanwo-Olu.

The party chairman said the endorsement was not sanctioned by the party, saying whoever claimed to have represented his party in the deal was a fraud.

He urged members of the public to be wary of people impersonating leaders of the party for personal gains, “as ID is not factionalised.”

Also, speaking, the state chairman of Accord, Mr. Joseph Beckley, said Accord was not part of the arrangement because it was fielding a governorship candidate.

“We are not part of the endorsement. We were not at the meeting. It was all propaganda. We have a governorship candidate and we cannot leave our candidate for another party’s,” he said.

Beckley urged members of the public to disregard the news of the party’s involvement, saying Accord would not compromise its ideology for anything.

NAN reports that the state chairman of C4C, Mrs. Hawau Adenekan; chairman of AA, Mr. Daud Magaji; Mr. Akintola Bello of Nigeria Peoples Congress; and Mr. Kolawole Ajayi of Alliance for Democracy were present at the news conference.

The state chairmen of Democratic Alternative, Mr. Uduak Archibong; and Allied Peoples Movement, Dr. Ebere Imusehwere, among others, were also present.


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How to recruit good leaders for Nigeria, by Yakubu, INEC Chairman



INEC - How to recruit good leaders for Nigeria, by Yakubu, INEC Chairman

Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu, named after the progenitor of Yoruba, is largely living true to its name, considering its legendary achievements since its creation six years ago.

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One of the fastest growing private universities in Nigeria, the university, during its just concluded sixth convocation ceremony, hosted dignitaries from all walks of life.

The 3-day event, held at the campus, kicked-off with a convocation lecture titled: ‘Independent Electoral Commission: The Challenges and Prospects of Recruitment for Good Governance in Nigeria’.

It was delivered by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mamoud Yakubu.

The Oba Okunade Sijuwade Hall of the university, venue of the lecture, was filled to capacity with academic gurus and dignitaries not just as a result of the timeliness of the theme of the lecture but also because of the guest speaker who physically came to deliver the lecture.

Indeed, students, staff members, lecturers of the university and the dignitaries present at the Oba Okunade Sijuwade Hall were not disappointed as the INEC Chairman did justice to the lecture.

A major point raised by Yakubu was to correct the wrong impression that INEC was solely responsible for the recruitment of leadership for good governance.

According to him, the task of recruiting good leadership for the nation is that of the electorate while all INEC is expected to do is to ensure a transparent and credible process through the conduct of free and fair elections.

The professor of history and international studies also took time to comment on his good impression of Oduduwa University as a first time visitor.

The second day of the convocation was equally significant. It was the conferment of honorary and postgraduate degrees. The 2018 convocation ceremonies stand out not only because two notable Nigerians received honorary doctorate degrees but also because the post graduate college of Oduduwa University graduated its first set of graduands.

The honorary doctorate degrees’ recipients were Mallam Yusuf Alli, SAN, and Mr Olusola Oyeyemi.

The Chancellor and Founder of Oduduwa University, His Royal Eminence (Dr) Ramon Adegoke Adedoyin, while conferring the duo with the honorary degrees, noted that the institutions honours only individuals who have distinguished themselves and, as such, only six Nigerians, including a former finance minister, Dr Okonjo Iweala, have received such honour since the university came into being.

Another major highlight of the second day was the award of excellence to the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof Ishaq Oloyede.

Ali and Oyeyemi expressed their appreciation at being considered for the honorary doctorate awards.

The third day was the grand finale and conferment of first degrees and presentation of prizes to deserving graduands.

As early as 10:00am, the graduands, friends, families and well-wishers began trooping into the multi-million naira Ramon Adedoyin Presidential Hall, venue of the event.

Among the dignitaries that witnessed the event were the Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, traditional rulers, and captains of industry.

While delivering his welcome address, the Chancellor, Adedoyin, appreciated the efforts of the federal government in the democratization of tertiary education in Nigeria by allowing private participation in the provision of quality education.

He reeled out some of the achievements of the university since it was granted provisional licence in 2009.

Adedoyin also had some advice for the graduands.

As the nation approaches a new threshold in her political history and as Nigerians get ready for the 2019 general elections, the Chancellor also advised politicians to shun violence.


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