LACK OF INTERIM OFFICERS DELAY APC REGISTRATION – IKIMI

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There are indications that the inability of the All Progressive Congress (APC) to come out with list of interim officers to run the party across the nation may have been responsible for delay in registration of the party by the Independent National Electoral Officers(INEC). Chairman of the 89 member merger committee Chief Tom Ikimi who made the revelation said it is one of the condition demanded by INEC for the registration of the party.

He said that his committee has concluded work adding that the committee has been able to dissolve The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and All Nigeria Peoples Party(ANPP), a faction of All Progressive Grand Alliance(APGA) and Democratic People’s Party(DPP)  APC, adding that it is now left for leadership of the party to iron out the issue of interim national officers as demanded by INEC.“I am pleased to report that we have made appreciable progress.

The three parties have fused into one, adopted one symbol, accepted one slogan, a common manifesto and a single constitution”, he said. Ikimi explained that the leadership of the merging parties will now pursue the registration of APC with INEC to be in a position to field candidates for the next general elections. He said the merging parties have held successful conventions in Lagos, Abuja and Guasu. They approved and accepted the name APC, and now these three parties have merged. “We believe that we have completed the assignment that brought us here,” he said.

MARKETERS CHURN OUT 37 FILMS

Reel tape for making celuloid

Reel tape for making celuloid

Not less than 37 films were pushed into the market this week by the Yoruba Video Film Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria (YOVIFPMAN) with effect from Monday, 17th June, 2013. They are Oju Asebi by Alawaye Ventures; Kudeti by Olasco Films; Iya Oko by Legend Pictures; Bebeto by Zainab Pictures; Gbemisola by Active Entertainment; Tori Owo by Lawlah His Grace and Dokita Ambibola by Yetqueen Films.

Others are Ojokan Ojo by De-Victory Home Entertainment; Fitila Me by Native Entertainment; Fikayomi by Ola-Oye Global Concept;  Rererun by Isolak Films;  Tobajewo Ni by Highwaves Videomart; Ona Egbin byAdemike Nigeria;  Emi Gigun by  Emsalum Movie Production; Ifa Iwa by Almaroof; Ipadabo Akogun by Lekog Concept; Anu Olorun by Bim Ultimate; Olorun Lologun by Okiki films; Oosa Ide by Jim World of Entertainment and Atunida by Afeezco films.

The rest are concluding part of films already in the market. They include Alenibare by Glamour World; Omo Ole by Asiri Video; Iyanje by Seadof;  Komfo by Okiki Films; Ajaga Ojiji by Asumo films; Omo Ju Omolo by Fullmoon; Elede Keji by Ten-ten Pictures; Mista Jerico by Suntab Films; Street Girls by  Zentury Pictures;  Ajaloleru by Corporate Pictures;  Apoti Ogo by Mercury Pictures; Orisa Ewe by Smallworld Productions and Ayewo by Toymax Films.

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SOLDIERS BAN USE OF THURAYA PHONES IN NIGERIA’S WAR ZONE

Thuraya Phone banned in Nigerian war zone

Thuraya Phone banned in Nigerian war zone

The military authority in Northern part of Nigeria today banned use of satellite phones, Thuraya in three Nigerian northern states where it is confronting the proscribed Islamic sect, Boko Haram. Spokesman for the military, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa said the ban was designed to stop the militants from using it to plan their operations.

He said investigation showed that the militants used the phone to plan their attacks on civilians including two schools in the area in the past few days. The ban is effective from June 19th, Sagir said, adding that by the ban, nobody is allowed to sell Thuraya phones and accessories, he said in a statement.

“Anyone seen with Thuraya phones, recharge cards and accessories will be arrested”, he said in the statement.

 

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TUKUR RECALLS WAMAKKO TO PDP

Chairman, PDP, Bamanga Tukur

Chairman, PDP, Bamanga Tukur

Less than one week after the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) suspended the Sokoto State  Governor Mr. Aliyu Wamakko for insubordination, the party has recalled him to the party.
Wamakko was suspended on June 5 after a meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC). A statement signed by Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh had announced that the governor was disciplined because he had refused to pick Tukur’s calls without any explanation.

Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur who made the announcement said the decision was taken based on the appeal and intervention of the PDP Governors’ Forum led by the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Chief Godswill Akpabio.

Tukur said the party would however not resist the appeal of the PDP Governors on their colleague adding that the party would not condone indiscipline in any form. He called on PDP governors elected on the platform of the party to show more commitment to the party. In his remarks Akpabio said  the party has reviewed events in the party and made a passionate appeal to the NWC  to rescind the decision to suspend the Governor of Sokoto State. He thanked the NWC for obliging their request.

DON PEDOR AGANBI ELECTED CHAIRMAN AGN, LAGOS

Film actor cum producer, Mr. Don Pedro Aganbi, elected chairman AGN, Lagos State

Film actor cum producer, Mr. Don Pedro Aganbi, elected chairman AGN, Lagos State

Former Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State chapter of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) Mr. Don Pedro Aganbi has been elected Chairman of AGN Lagos State. He was elected on Saturday but the results were delayed for a while. Writing on his candidacy on Facebook, talented actor, Mr. Tony Akposeri described him as an intelligent man that should be given a chance to rebrand Lagos state chapter of the AGN.

Aganbi is selfless member of the association was with the former secretary, Mr. Lugard Onoyemu when he collapsed at the National Arts Theatre Lagos and laboured the whole day to ensure that he gets the best treatment though, Onoyemu later died due to negligence by management of Havana Hospital. Aganbi is a graduate of Theartre Arts from the University of Benin (UNIBEN). He holds a post graduate diploma in journalism from the Nigerian Union of Journalism.  He was also at the Pan African University and the Times Journalism Institute Lagos for journalism related courses. He is also a consummate manage and experts in Information Communication Technology.

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LAST MOMENTS WITH MY MOTHER – SENATOR BOLA AHMED TINUBU

“She was the one who asked me to look at the face of three women who had challenge of paying their children’s West African Examination Council (WAEC) fee, which touched me. It isn’t the amount of money I pulled out of my pocket but as a Governor then, I began  the policy of paying WAEC fees of pupils in Lagos state public schools. Those are the things that will fascinate anyone about my late mother. She taught everyone she came across contentment, love and the act of sharing especially to the needy” – TINUBU

Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu

FORMER Governor of Lagos State Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu was not himself this afternoon when his mother Alhaja Abibat Mogaji(96), Iyaloja General of Nigeria was laid to rest in Ikoyi, Lagos. In a brief speech laden with sadness, Asiwaju managed to relieve last moments he had with his deer mother shortly after she was interred at the Vault and Garden, a private cemetery in the highbrow Ikoyi, Lagos.He said Mogaji had her usual lunch, took her drug and rested before death came to snatch her away.“On Saturday afternoon, she had her lunch. After that, she used her drugs and rested. While resting, death came and snatched my mother away. Well, immediately she died, I felt her void. One cannot but look at his mother being buried”.Clad in a white flowing lace and his usual cap Tinubu who said he would miss her motherly care, noted that he was glad she lived a successful life.

“I miss her lunch even when I am full. I am very happy that she is my mother. She is a very successful mother. She is a good leader. She didn’t put anyone in suffering before she departed from this world. She is so kind and God was also kind to her. She is a good thinker, passionate and compassionate. She has left a very good legacy for everyone.
“She was the one who asked me to look at the face of three women who had challenge of paying their children’s West African Examination Council (WAEC) fees, which touched me. It isn’t the amount of money I pulled out of my pocket but as a Governor then, I began the policy of paying WAEC fee of pupils in Lagos state public schools. Those are the things that will fascinate anyone about my late mother. She taught everyone she came across contentment, love and the act of sharing especially to the needy.
“There are many lessons women can learn from her. And one of the lesson is that they should learn to be resilient, commitment and industrious in other to help banish poverty in the country. She is a committed democrat. She believes in the one man one vote campaign. She will vote and mobilise others to do so. Women must continue to plan together and share issues, discuss together”, Tinubu said of her mother who was interred at exactly 12:15 PM.
The Asiwaju of Lagos was not alone in this dire moment. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, his counterpart in Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajumobi, Minority leader in the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and other close family members were there to share in his grief.  Others are former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Femi Pedro, former gubernatorial candidate in Lagos, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Segun Osoba, Femi Okunnu, Niyi Adebayo, Alhaji Aliko Dangote and members of the Diplomatic Corps, amongst others.
In his tribute to the deceased,  Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal described late Alhaja Mogaji as a “great woman and a great mobiliser of women and an advocate of people’s right. Her socio-economic contribution to the nation will definitely be missed. She has left a vacuum in the nation. She was a special gift to this country”, he said.
Tambuwal urged other market women in the country to emulate the late Iyaloja, saying “they should be fair especially in the way they fixed price for their commodity.

“The older marketers should endeavour to encourage and mentor other young marketers in the state”, he said.
Governor Amosun of Ogun State described late Mogaji as one whose life affected the community positively, stressing that her legacy will continue to linger in the way and manner she coordinated her followers.
“Her death is a celebration of life, a woman who lived well and affected all those she came in contact with. No one wants to lose his or her mother, but mama’s legacy will never be forgotten. We will miss her”, Amosun said.

Aliko Dangote, said each and every one of us will die one day. “ One thing we can do is to pray for the repose of the soul  and remember the good things she did while she was alive to her community, the state and to Nigeria in general, we pray Almighty Allah will grant her soul rest.
Former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Segun Osoba descried her as a great politician and one of the staunch supporters of Late Obafemi Awolowo. “I am glad that his grandson, Segun Awolowo is here today to represent Mama Awolowo and the rest of the family to show their love and appreciation”.Former Chief Press Secretary to Tinubu and Chairman of Ejigbo Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan said her role as a grassroot mobiliser and a coordinator of market men and women in the last 50 years, stood her out among equals.
“We have a lot to learn from her. For someone to have a grip of the community of market women and men for over 50 years, means that she is always proactive, very flexible and she must always continue to renew that leadership in various ways. I think that is where I find her life of immense value to scholars of political science and politicians. We can see one of her products, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, he tapped some of her innate knowledge and direction, that’s explains why Tinubu remains a phenomenon in Lagos state today”, he said.

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WHY I WILL NOT CONTEST GUBER RACE IN EKITI AGAIN– FALANA

Femi Falana, SAN

Femi Falana, SAN

Human Rights Lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana has said he did not and will not contest governorship election in Ekiti State so as not to divide votes that will accrue to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the state. Falana who spoke to journalists at in Lagos said the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Kayode Fayemi is doing well, adding that all that he needs is encouragement.

“That is what our enemies want, they want me to contest so as to divide the votes of ACN”, he said adding that Fayemi was also part of the June 12 struggle, stressing that  even if the governor appears stubborn all that is needed is to talk some sense into him.

He called on Nigerians to be vigilant over coming local government elections in Lagos adding that residents of the state must resist imposition and ensure that their votes count. The Senior Advocate of Nigeria said he resisted an attempt to impose a candidate he feels knows nothing about governance in his area adding that he had to threaten to cause uproar before that candidate was withdrawn.

He commended the media for writing about the contributions of Nigerians to the June 12 struggle adding that it has not been kind to itself by refusing to highlight their contribution during the struggle to actualise June 12.

According to him, some newspapers, like The Guardian, The Punch, The News and Nigerian Observer were shutdown for refusing to stop inquiring into the annulment of June 12 presidential elections, while the likes of Tempo that came out after The News was shut resulted to gorilla journalism. He recalled that the media was so forceful that at a time, the military junta, led by Gen. Ibrahim Babangida thought the weekly magazine was being published in the United States Information Service (USIS) office in Lagos only to discover that they were wrong.

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