APC Primaries: Submit To Party’s Supremacy Governor Ambode And Governor Shettima Urge Aggrieved Aspirants In Lagos, Ogun 

APC Primaries: Submit To Party’s Supremacy Governor Ambode And Governor Shettima Urge Aggrieved Aspirants In Lagos, Ogun 

…Only Genuine Reconciliation Can Engender Victory, Compensation, Says Lagos Gov

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, and his Borno State counterpart, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, on Wednesday, continued their reconciliatory efforts to pacify aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Southwest over the outcome of the recent party primaries, with a call on aspirants from Lagos and Ogun States to unite and work for the party’s victory at all levels during the 2019 elections.

Governors Ambode and Shettima, who had earlier met with aggrieved aspirants in Osun, Ondo, Ekiti and Oyo States, said it was important for members of the party in the Southwest to accept the outcome of the primaries and the party’s supremacy in order to approach the general elections with a united front.

The two Governors, who are both members of the National Peace and Reconciliation Committee set up by the APC to pacify aggrieved party members in the Southwest, said those aggrieved should consider making the necessary sacrifice no matter how difficult it is, in the overall interest of the party.

Speaking at the meeting held at Lagos House, Marina, Governor Ambode said while it was gratifying that there was no issue in Lagos largely due to the personal sacrifice made, the same could not be said of Ogun, and thereby urged concerned party members to do the needful to ensure peace.

“More significantly, we can see from the reflection of those here and I can declare that we do not have any issue in Lagos State and that we are one family. But again that is not to say that there is no platform for reconciliation; we do not know whether there are some aspirants in the crowd who are aggrieved but we can say affirmatively as a party that we are one family in Lagos State.

“This is not, however, to create any prejudice to whatever is happening in Ogun State. Without the setting up of this Committee, it is very clear that things are not the same in Ogun State like we have in Lagos State and we do recognize that. That is why this Committee is more or less anxious to see whatever it is that we can use as ingredients in creating peace in Ogun State.

“Whatever happens in Ogun is a reflection of what is happening in the whole of the Southwest and we are ready to make sure that this our Committee brings everybody back into one family fold. So, we have come with open mind and even when closures have been made, the feelings and input here is what we are taking to Abuja tomorrow and also making sure that NWC (National Working Committee) get a very clear picture of how you feel and ultimately if there is a need to let the highest organ of the party intervene in a way that everything that is happening in Ogun State reflects what is happening in Lagos State, we would be very happy to do it and we are committed to making sure that every representation is taken to party headquarters for redress and whatever it is that can be done,” Governor Ambode said.

While emphasising the need for the party to forge a common ground to prosecute the next year’s elections, Governor Ambode encouraged aggrieved members to embrace genuine reconciliation, saying only such could bring about compensation at the end of the day when the party emerge victorious.

“This is a peace and reconciliation session and just like the Chairman (Shettima) has said, there is no clearer example of how peace can be attained than the steps that I have taken personally to make sure that the APC family is united in Lagos and you can just imagine if we are having the same reflection of what is happening in Ogun in Lagos, it would be totally unmanageable and so it takes a lot of sacrifice and selflessness for us to attain what we want and the ultimate which is to win the 2019 elections.

“It is when we win the election that we can create a larger platform to move away from reconciliation to compensation and I think that is the message that we have come to send here. If you are able to submit yourself to the overriding interest of the party, even where reconciliation cannot actually meet your innermost feeling, there is still a platform for compensation,” Governor Ambode said.

Also speaking, Shettima said the meeting in Lagos was the last for the Committee in the South West after similar meetings were held in Ekiti and Ibadan earlier in the week, saying that the recommendations and solutions gathered from the interaction with the aggrieved aspirants would be collated and sent to the National Working Committee for further actions.

He, however, reiterated his appeal to aggrieved aspirants to take a cue from Governor Ambode and forget the past and begin to galvanize support for the party to ensure total victory at the polls, assuring that everyone would be better for it at the end of the day.

Aside members of the Committee – Professor Modupe Adelabu (former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State), Bar Saida Sa’ad-Bugaje, others at the meeting are APC Governorship Candidate in Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu; APC chairmen in Lagos and Ogun – Alhaji Tunde Balogun and Chief Derin Adebiyi; Senator Anthony Adefuye, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Prince Biodun Ogunleye, Cardinal James Odumbaku, Hon Wasiu Eshinlokun, Chief Suraj Adekunbi, Chief Bode Mustapha, Mr. Patrick Ogunde, among others.

Pictures: Gov Ambode Attends APC Southwest’s National Peace And Reconciliation Committee Interactive Hearing At Ibadan

Pictures: Gov Ambode Attends APC Southwest’s National Peace And Reconciliation Committee Interactive Hearing At Ibadan

 Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Prof. Modupe Adelabu (left); Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima (2nd right) and Sen. Seida Bugaje (right) at the APC Southwest’s National Peace and Reconciliation Committee interactive hearing with Osun and Oyo States members, at the Government House, Ibadan, Oyo State, on Tuesday, December 11, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Prof. Modupe Adelabu (left); Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima (2nd right) and Sen. Seida Bugaje (right) at the APC Southwest’s National Peace and Reconciliation Committee interactive hearing with Osun and Oyo States members, at the Government House, Ibadan, Oyo State, on Tuesday, December 11, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima (right) and former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Prof. Modupe Adelabu (left), briefing journalists shortly after the APC Southwest’s National Peace and Reconciliation Committee interactive hearing with Osun and Oyo States members at the Government House, Ibadan, Oyo State, on Tuesday, December 11, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima (right) and former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Prof. Modupe Adelabu (left), briefing journalists shortly after the APC Southwest’s National Peace and Reconciliation Committee interactive hearing with Osun and Oyo States members at the Government House, Ibadan, Oyo State, on Tuesday, December 11, 2018.
Lagos State Government Increases Mobile Court To 20 To Prosecute Unruly Motorists   

Lagos State Government Increases Mobile Court To 20 To Prosecute Unruly Motorists   

…Reads Riot Act To Traffic Offenders, Orders Strict Enforcement

…Commiserates With LASTMA Over Slain Officer, Approves N10million Compensation

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Sunday ordered the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and all the relevant security agencies to henceforth strictly enforce the provisions of the State traffic laws to bring about sanity on the roads.

The Governor has also ordered the State Attorney General and the Ministry of Justice to immediately increase the number of Mobile Court in the State to twenty to summarily prosecute traffic offenders to serve as deterrent to others who might want to indulge in the violation of traffic laws.

Speaking to reporters after a strategic session with LASTMA leadership and heads of other security agencies in the State at LASTMA head office in Oshodi to address the traffic situation and the unfortunate killing of a LASTMA officer last week, Governor Ambode said the State Government would not fold its arms and allow the violation of the laws, hence the decision to order enforcement of the laws with immediate effect.

“For Lagosians, it is very clear that government will not continue to fold their arms and allow our officers to continue to be in areas of danger. First, I will appeal to all of you that we must obey traffic laws. Secondly, we cannot turn this state into a state of lawlessness. So, from this moment onward, all our security agencies and also all the officers that are concerned have been directed to discipline any traffic offender that is arrested.

“Government will go down and deal squarely with any traffic offender from this moment onward. We cannot allow people to continue to commit offences for which we need to discipline for. We don’t want people to take advantage and say this is Christmas or election period, we have majority of our people to protect and we have the majority of our people to also make sure that they use the roads safely. So, we will not allow traffic offenders to go scot-free anymore,” Governor Ambode said.

The Governor added that aside the Mobile Court, Police officers have also been increased to patrol the nooks and crannies of the State to ensure security and free-flow of traffic.

According to him, “We have also directed the Attorney General and also the Ministry of Justice to increase the number of Mobile Court to twenty immediately and traffic offenders will be tried instantly on the spot and where the case is that we might not allow offenders to take that option of fine, we will send them to community service or make sure that our Magistrates take the hardest part of the options so that they will act as deterrent to others that are complying with the rules and regulations of traffic and everything that we have on the roads, as we proceed.

“I want to also let Lagosians understand that we have increased the number of police officers that we have deployed to all the nooks and crannies of the State and we assure everybody that we will enjoy a crime-free holiday and also a crime-free elections in this State, while police officers have also been directed to compliment the efforts of traffic officers and also to ensure that the streets are safe and everybody that is law abiding goes about his or her business without any fear and molestation,” he said.

While commiserating with LASTMA over the killing of one of its officers, Mr Rotimi Adeyemo, Governor Ambode said the incident was one too many, revealing that a total of eighteen officers were lost to such unfortunate situation, and twenty-four permanently incapacitated in various hospitals in the last one year.

“Just last week, we lost one of our LASTMA officers in the person of Rotimi Adeyemo who met his untimely death while controlling traffic. So, I have come here on behalf of government to commiserate with all the LASTMA officers in their office. Now, I want Lagosians to understand something and that is as at today, we have lost eighteen LASTMA officers while performing their lawful duty on behalf of the State, and another twenty-four are permanently incapacitated in various hospitals just this year alone as I speak.

“We have not been churning out this data just because we believe Lagosians will understand that these men and women that we put on the line of duty are harmless and they don’t have anything to protect them than just traffic laws which they are enforcing.

“This is a sober moment for us but again I need to encourage and further appeal to all our law enforcement officers, most especially LASTMA officers that this government is with them and we would do everything to protect their lives and also create an atmosphere to allow them to do their work properly,” Governor Ambode said, just as he announced the approval of N10million compensation to the family of the deceased officer.

Also, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal said the synergy between the security agencies and traffic officers would now be intensified to ensure that they are safe and they work longer periods, just as urged Lagosians to continue to be law abiding and promptly report any security breach around them.

Among those who attended the meeting are heads of all security agencies, members of the State Executive Council, CEO of LASTMA, Chris Olakpe; General Manager of the agency, Mr Olawale Musa; Chairman, Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps, DIG (Rtrd) Israel Ajao; Lagos State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Mr. Hyginus Omeje; State Commander, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp, Mr. Tajudeen Balogun among others.

Buhari/Osinbajo Ticket Remains Best Option For Nigeria In 2019

Buhari/Osinbajo Ticket Remains Best Option For Nigeria In 2019

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday took a swipe at the sixteen years presidency of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) between 1999 and 2015, saying the State benefited nothing from the party’s reign.

Speaking at the National Consultative Forum of the National Committee of Buhari Support Groups, a coordinating body of all the groups campaigning for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in 2019, held at Nicon Luxury in Abuja, Governor Ambode said the country would not go back to Egypt by bringing PDP back to power having crossed the Red Sea.

He said just within three and half years from 2015 till date, the All Progressives Congress (APC) had been able to lay a solid foundation for Nigeria’s economic growth and prosperity, adding that the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket remains the best option to take the country to the next level from 2019.

“Sixteen years of PDP, I can say it clearly that Lagos State never enjoyed anything from them. Three and half years of APC, I can clearly attest here that whatever it is that we have achieved in Lagos in the last three and half years, the present Federal Government has largely contributed to the things that we have achieved be it in terms of right of way, be it in terms of approval for waivers for import duties and other things that have actually made Lagos to be on the progressive trajectory that it had been in the last twenty years.

“So, for me it is very easy and it is just common sense that we have to uphold the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket to allow that economic progress and the growth in the GDP that we want for Nigeria rather than allowing it to get dismantled and then make us to go back to Egypt after crossing the Red Sea and we are not going back to Egypt,” Governor Ambode said.

He said since assuming office in 2015, the Buhari administration had worked tirelessly to bring about fundamental paradigm shift and retracing the steps of the country for sustained progressive chart, adding that the onus is now on the entire country to give the APC a chance to consolidate on the massive development already embarked upon.

“I just want Nigerians to understand and also to encourage all our members here that what we have started as a support group coordinating everything that is happening is not necessarily for you but it is a selfless service to put Nigeria on that trajectory that grows prosperity and also conveniently in another four years, we would make all Nigerians proud and I am very proud to be part of this.

“We have made up our mind that we are going to work tirelessly; we would do everything that is possible in terms of supporting and campaigning to let Nigerians understand that there are two parallel lines between what we stand to offer which is growth and prosperity for this country and what PDP is trying to come and re-engineer to take us back to the debris of the past that we don’t want to ever go back to.

“So, I just want to congratulate Mr President, Muhammadu Buhari and also the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and assure them that when they look at their back, they have true Nigerians who believe that yes, we want to build a skyscraper but we need solid foundation to be able to enjoy that skyscraper and then the next level we are thinking on is to be able to put the proper aesthetics and lay the proper foundation to allow Nigeria to make progress and that is what the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket speaks about,” the Governor said.

Besides, Governor Ambode said it was also gratifying that all APC Governors were united in ensuring the victory of APC in the presidential election next year.

“All APC Governors, I can speak on their behalf, are resolved that the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket is what Nigeria needs and that is what we are going to pursue and I am happy that a handful of our gubernatorial candidates are here to align with us to make sure that what we would deliver is what Nigerians want and what Nigerians want is the APC President,” Governor Ambode said.

Shun Acts That Can Trigger Unrest, War, Governor Ambode Tells Nigerians

Shun Acts That Can Trigger Unrest, War, Governor Ambode Tells Nigerians

…Launches 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem Appeal

…Says Sacrifice By Ex-Servicemen Must Never Be In Vain

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday urged Nigerians to refrain from acts that could cause unrest and war in the country, saying that the nation cannot afford to travel that path anymore as the end results are always devastating.

 

Governor Ambode, who spoke at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja while launching the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem Appeal Week, said the period was a reminder for Nigerians to realise that the unity of the nation must remain paramount above every persona interest.

 

He said, “The Nigerian Armed Forces veterans and fallen heroes did not fight for the sovereignty of the nation based on their tribe, ethnicity and religion, then why should we now allow the things that brought us together as one to now celebrate us and cause a conflagration of incitement that want to disintegrate our nation,”.

 

The Governor, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Mrs Idiat Adebule, particularly alluded to the electioneering period often associated with civil unrest, noting that the peace and unity of the country must not be compromised in the course of the exercise.

 

“As we head into the electioneering year, I appeal to every candidate vying for a position, party members and youths in the society to look beyond self gratification that could lead to civil unrest and lawlessness in the society,” he said.

 

Launching the Armed Forces Emblem, Governor Ambode it was yet another reminder for all Nigerians to reflect on the sacrifices made by gallant heroes, some of whom paid the ultimate price to keep the nation together as one indivisible nation and the collective and individual responsibility to the welfare of the families they left behind and the survivors who suffered devastating injuries during the war.

 

He said the occasion was a clarion call for everyone to show serving military men, veterans and families of fallen heroes that their services and sacrifices to the nation was not only in vain but greatly appreciated.

 

“Let us show love and compassion to them for the freedom we all enjoy is a depravation to others. In doing this, we inspire and motivate them to give their all in the protection and security of our dear country.

 

“I hereby implore you all to always treat our ex-service men with respect and donate generously in the support of the Nigerian legion. Let us mobilise and extend more support for the benefits of the veterans. Let us join hands with the government in improving the welfare of the families of our fallen heroes,” Governor Ambode said.

 

Earlier in his opening remarks, the State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr. Abdul Hakeem Abdul Lateef, emphasised the need for all citizens to appreciate the gallant fallen heroes through donations for the welfare and upkeep of their families, saying the emblem launch was to signify the commencement of the appeal week.

 

Also speaking, Chairman of Lagos State Branch of Nigerian Legion, Col. Samuel Fola Akande (Rtd) commended Governor Ambode for his efforts at rapidly transforming the State and fulfilling the promises made to the Legion.

 

He specially thanked the Governor for donating N25million, 600 bags of LAKE Rice to the legionnaires last year and approving the employment of trained commanders of the legion to work in the security units of Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as schools, saying the gesture went a long way in putting smiles on the faces of the families of fallen heroes.