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Lagos guber: Sanwo-Olu will emerge victorious – Akintelure

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Peter Ogbuokwa

One-time deputy governorship candidate to Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, on the platform of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and former governorship aspirant of All Progressives Congress (APC), in the last governorship election in Ondo State, Dr. Paul Akintelure, has maintained that Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State APC standard bearer for next year’s governorship, will emerge victorious.

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What is your take on state of the nation?

Nigerians are preparing for the 2019 general elections, so everybody is looking forward to new leaders emerging in some cases and politicians are jostling for elective offices. That has created some kind of tension which ordinarily ought not to be. More so, politicians are just defecting at will, thereby ignoring party ideologies for parochial interest. That also is heightening tension in the area of security, economy and others in the country.

Do you think Sanwo-Olu has the capacity to defeat Jimi Agbaje of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), given that he is contesting for the first time unlike his opponent who Lagosians already know?

Yes. I don’t have any doubt in my mind that Babajide Sanwo-Olu will defeat his opponents at the poll. PDP or other party candidates cannot match ours. Lagosians will always cast their votes for APC because it has the track record of good governance.

In the past, other state governors and their officials visited Lagos to inquire about our infrastructure development successes with a view to replicating same in theirs. Residents of Lagos know the party and individuals to vote for on the day of election.

But some see Sanwo-Olu as a product of imposition, won’t that affect his chances?

Nobody imposed him on the party that I can confidently tell you as an insider. Sanwo-Olu is the choice of the people. He was chosen by the masses, majority of which are party members who believe that he has listening hears and capable of meeting their aspirations in line with the vision of the good governance policy of the state.

Do you think that Sanwo-Olu will carry stakeholders in the state along, including non-indigenes as his predecessors did?

He is everybody’s friend. I know that all the stakeholders will enjoy his government because he is a detribalised and non-discriminatory gentleman. He once headed an agency of government where he gave everybody equal opportunity irrespective of tribe and religious background. So I believe he will run an all inclusive administration when voted for as governor.

How does he intend to sustain the vision, legacy and excellence of his predecessors?

Sanwo-Olu is a man of excellence. He is creative and dogged in his quest to succeed. In fact, due to his knack to achieve positive result, Governor Ambode having spotted the gift had appointed him to head Lagos State Property Development Corporation (LSPDC),to assist in achieving the developmental goals of his administration and he gave a good account of himself.

Rivers State has overtaken Lagos in investment destination, according to a recent report by National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) what is your take on that?

Well, that can be attributable to infrastructure deficiency. I assure you that Sanwo-Olu will address that when he becomes governor. In any case, a serious minded and profit-oriented organisation and investor should know that Lagos is the place to be. Infrastructure, security, population, market, among others, are better in Lagos and as such return on investment is higher and quicker.

Do you have any fear ahead of 2019 general election?

No. There is nothing to worry about. The election will come and go. Nothing negative will happen. It is just that some of our religious leaders are creating unnecessary hypes. They are dishing out all manner of prophesies that are frightening the people, thereby causing anxiety in the land and heating up the polity.

What is your advice to the electorate and to Sanwo-Olu in case he wins the gubernatorial election in Lagos?

I enjoin electorate to shun vote buying .Involvement in such act is capable of throwing up the wrong candidate, because when such a person occupies the position of authority, he will not consider the people’s interest, but that of his and cronies. They should vote for credible candidates that are capable of delivering dividends of democracy to their communities. Furthermore, they should not just vote for any party, but should consider some individuals on their merit. This is because most people are no longer following party ideologies; rather they want to fulfil their parochial interests as they defect from one party to the other.

Sanwo-Olu on his part should know that Lagosians expect much from him. So he should not ignore the stakeholders and their wishes, particularly his party members who have considered him for this position. Lastly, he should try to diversify the economy of the state with a view to generating more revenue for the state. He can embark on agriculture, particularly, livestock farming. He can explore available lands in the state for the project. For instance, large expanse of lands at Badagry, Ikorodu and others can serve. Besides, he should construct more road networks within the grassroots so that rural dwellers can feel the impact of his government.

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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s revelation of his conversation with United States President, Donald Trump, on the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, saying President Buhari was economical with the truth.

President Buhari had on Tuesday, revealed that at the heat of the bloody clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, the United States President, Donald Trump, unequivocally accused him of killing Christians.

Buhari said these in his closing remarks at the two-day ministerial performance review retreat held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

At a point, the President digressed from his prepared speech and narrated his encounter with Trump on the bloody clashes.

He said he managed to explain to the American leader that the clashes were not about ethnicity or religion.

He said, “I believe I was about the only African among the less developed countries the President of United States invited.

“When I was in his office, only myself and himself, only God is my witness, he looked at me in the face, and asked, ‘Why are you killing Christians?’

“I wonder, if you were the person, how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray my emotion, so I told him that the problem between the cattle rearers and farmers, I know is older than me not to talk of him. I think I am a couple of years older than him.

“With climate change and population growth and the culture of the cattle rearers, if you have 50 cows and they eat grass, any root, to your water point, then they will follow it. It doesn’t matter whose farm it is.

“The First Republic set of leadership was the most responsible leadership we ever had. I asked the Minister of Agriculture to get a gazette of the early 60s which delineated the cattle route where they used meager resources then to put earth dams, wind mills even sanitary department.

“So, any cattle rearers that allowed his cattle to go to somebody’s farm would be arrested, taken before the court. The farmer would be called to submit his bill and if he couldn’t pay, the cattle would be sold, but subsequent leaders, the VVIPs (very important persons) encroached on the cattle routes. They took over the cattle rearing areas.

“So, I tried and explained to him (Trump) that this has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion. It is a cultural thing.”

However, CAN’s Vice President and Chairman of the association in Kaduna State, John Hayab, was not impressed with Buhari’s submission, saying “Buhari and his government will never stop from amusing us with their tales by moonlight because what is happening in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Birnin Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau and others cannot be described as a cultural thing.

He told Punch correspondent in an interview: “President Buhari’s weak story about his conversation with President Donald Trump further confirms why his government does not care about the killings in our country by calling them cultural things.

“Just this (Tuesday) evening, I received a report from the Kaduna Baptist Conference President about the number of their members that have been killed by bandits in Kaduna State from January 2020 to date to be 105 and our President will call it a cultural thing? All we can say is may God save our Nigeria.”

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CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers

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The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah, has blamed Christians in the National Assembly (NASS), for the passage of the 2020 Companies and Allied Matters Bill (CAMA), signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.

Bishop Onah, said in a remark during the Sunday Mass that if Christians in NASS had opposed the bill, it would not have been passed into law.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Aug. 7, signed the CAMA bill into law, giving provision for religious bodies and charity organizations to be regulated by the registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), and a supervising minister.

“The question many Christians have been asking is, where were Christian legislators during the debate of this bill and its passage in the National Assembly?

“Because, if they had opposed this bill on the floor of the house, it would not have been passed and sent to the president for assent.

“I blame Christian legislators for doing nothing and allowing the passage of the 2020 CAMA Act,” he said.

“When I say that Christians are too divided and too selfish, don’t forget that the second in command in this country is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a professor of Law and a pastor.”

Onah, however, wondered what the Federal Government wanted to achieve in monitoring how the finances of churches in the country are managed when it contributed no dime to the church, NAN reports.

“Government should focus and monitor its ministries, agencies and other government institutions where it budgets billions of Naira annually and not church offerings.

“Had it been that the government gave allocations to churches and decided to monitor its usage, nobody will question the government,” he said.

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Nigerians spit fire over fuel, electricity prices hike

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Increasing Fuel and Electricity Prices

Anger and condemnations, across the country, have continued to trail last week’s take off, of new increases in pump price of petroleum products and electricity tariffs, as directed by Federal Government.

Recall that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) official, D.O. Abalaka announced on Wednesday September 3, on behalf of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the new price of petroleum is now N151.56k per litre instead of N149 – N150 per litre which it was previously.

The new electricity tariff which the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) tagged “Service Reflective Tariff” has also come into effect. It requires consumers to pay N53.87 – N66.422 per kwh of electricity.

Outraged consumers of fuel and electricity have therefore warned government to get ready for collision with the masses if it fails to rescind these new prices.

Those who have expressed outrage over the new prices regimes include, the Organized Labour, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Nigerian main opposition political party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN).

Others are: Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce (NACCIMA).

The NLC said, “The frequent fuel price increase will no longer be accepted. We will not allow Nigerians fall victim of government ineptitude and negligence to make the country self-sufficient in terms of refining petroleum products at home.”

On its part, the PDP has described the price hike as “callous, cruel and punishing” and demanded an immediate reversal to avert a national crisis.

The All Industrial Global sees the incessant increase as a confirmation that deregulation means just price increase.

“This is unacceptable! Under a pandemic, we should put money in the pockets of citizens to revive collapsed livelihoods and preserve lives.” In its reaction, NECA said it has always urged Federal Government to adopt deregulation policy in the oil and gas downstream sector.

The MOMAN in its statement insists that monthly price variation of fuel was no longer sustainable. It urged PPRA to adopt quarterly price mechanism which would save the market the hassles of price volatility. The statements by IPMAN and NACCIMA also followed along the same line that the hike “…serves only to increase the severity and duration of the looming economic recession.”

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