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No Attack On Operatives By Okada Riders – Lagos Police

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The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has described the rumoured attack by okada operators attack on police personnel in Lekki area of Lagos State, as captured in a viral video, as false and mischievous.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said in a statement that the Command after carefully studying the video, noticed that the originators of the video distorted the fact and raised false alarm.

“This was in order to cause confusion and create fears in the minds of the general public for reasons best known to the originators or sponsors as the case may be.

“The command wishes to set the record straight that on Monday, April 26, at about 09:30am, the Divisional Police Officer in Maroko, Lagos State, was informed that some okada riders were on rampage by resisting the police from impounding their motorcycles at Lekki Phase 1 Gate.

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“The area falls within the restricted areas for okada operations in the state. The Divisional Police Officer then called for reinforcement and ordered his policemen to race to the place to take charge and restore normalcy.

“The policemen were able to curtail their activities and chased them to their hideout where 31 of their motorcycles were impounded and one of the leaders, one Mohammed, was arrested. Normalcy has been restored to the area.” he said.

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The PPRO said the command will always maintain law and order across the state, especially on the enforcement of the restriction order and traffic law on operations of okada in the state.

“The CP enjoins Lagosians to go about their lawful businesses and support the police command in its bid to maintain law and order across the length and breadth of Lagos State.

“In conclusion, the originator of the video is being traced for necessary investigation.” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Lagos State Government has made a series of pronouncements on the ban on commercial motorcycle operations in some restricted areas/routes, including Lekki axis. (NAN)

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Atiku says he ‘ate failure like yam’ in commercial targeted at voters

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Atiku Abubakar, 2023 presidential flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has described himself as the son of a poor farmer who “ate failure like yam,” in an attempt to woo voters ahead of the next year’s election.

In a Facebook post titled “My Life”, Mr Abubakar shared a commercial that purports to tell the story of his upbringing in a manner similar to former President Goodluck Jonathan, who once described himself as a shoeless boy from Otuoke in Bayelsa State.

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“In this story, the king (Atiku) was once a peasant, a humble son to parents of humble means. A farm hand on the farm, shepherd of rolling herds.

“This story is about the oath the dreamer toed through toil and tremor, tempest and tides, eating failure like yams. Some of them were hard to swallow,” the commercial narrated, adding that Mr Abubakar was “orphaned at 11.”

A former vice president between 1999-2007, Mr Abubakar has begun wooing Nigerian electorates to vote for him as the election campaign begins.

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Mr Abubakar has since 1993 sought five times and failed to be Nigeria’s president, failing at party primary level three times and twice in the main elections.

At 75, Mr Abubakar will contest the 2023 presidential election against Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, the Labour Party’s Peter Obi and several others.

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I’ve flagged off Tinubu’s campaign with four wives, 28 children – Doguwa

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Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives has flagged off the presidential campaign within his household, with his 28 children and four wives.

The lawmaker represents Doguwa/Tudun Wada Federal Constituency of Kano State.

Doguwa, on different occasions, has affirmed that his entire household will vote for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate in the 2023 elections, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

In the now-viral video, Doguwa who was speaking on the floor of the House, said though APC, has postponed its flag off of the presidential campaign, he has commenced the campaign in his household.

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He said: “Today is the 28th day of September, which is the flag off of presidential and National Assembly campaigns.

“Even though my party had cause to reschedule their programme and activities, I have done my flag off with my 28 children and four wives, who will vote for Tinubu and every other candidate of the APC.

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“I came in very unusually late into the chamber. I had to flag off my campaign and the campaign of my presidential candidate, Tinubu. I was actually doing something worthwhile.”

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APC chairman writes Tinubu, accuses candidate of betrayal

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APC National Chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu and Bola Tinubu

Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Abdullahi Adamu has accused the party’s presidential flag-bearer, Bola Tinubu, of betraying the shared agreement on the appointment of members of the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC).

In a letter written on behalf of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), Mr Tinubu was accused of hand-picking members of the PCC without consultation or approval from the NWC.

The party chairman claims that Mr Tinubu’s behaviour demonstrates his lack of clear understanding of the distinct functions and responsibilities of the key organs of the party.

The letter read in part: “Your Excellency will no doubt recall our meetings in my office and also at the NWC Conference Room at the Party’s National Secretariat, on Wednesday, 7th September 2022, during which we discussed the details of the Organogram of the PCC and its composition, as a collaborative project between the two entities.

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“Our recollection of those meetings clearly leaves us in no doubt that a breach of agreement has occurred and that a return to the principles of cooperation and respect for each other is required.

“In Your Excellency’s own words, which I take the liberty to quote here, which I also hold dearly, you stated that “there is a burden on everyone’s shoulders towards delivering the elections to the Party and the candidate”. This has been the view of the NWC and myself all along since Your Excellency’s emergence as our Great Party’s Flagbearer.”

While urging Mr Tinubu to respect “established boundaries” and imbibe transparency, Mr Adamu tasked the former Lagos governor to restrain the PCC from further embarking on “solo projects.”

“May I, therefore, point out to Your Excellency, that winning election is a cooperative as well as a collaborative effort, that is done in a transparent and disinterested manner by all parties concerned, by respecting established boundaries and acknowledging the contributions of everyone.

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“The NWC believes that any sign of disarray in the Party’s ranks will undermine the spirit and ethos of the campaign and give the undue alarm to faithful members and followers of the Party across the country.

“Without further admonishment or complaints, I wish hereby to call upon Your Excellency to restrain the PCC from undertaking solo projects of this nature and agree to work with all stakeholders towards taking our Party to victory.

“I shall not find it necessary to reiterate the importance of the Party in the overall scheme of things in these campaigns and the singular position of the NWC in driving the process towards our securing of victory in the polls,” the chairman added.

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Mr Tinubu unveiled a long PCC list last Friday, consisting of 422 members with President Muhammadu Buhari as chairman, himself and national chairman Adamu as co-deputy chairmen. The council also has on it several ex-military leaders, APC governors, lawmakers, and Nollywood actors.

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