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Just In: 2023: We Won’t Support Tinubu’s Ambition -Ambode Campaign Organisation

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…Says Group Will Challenge Sanwo-Olu At The Primary

By Unoigbokhai Adamu

The Ambode Campaign Organisation (AMCO), the political structure of former Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, came out strongly on Saturday against the presidential ambition of the All Progressive Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, saying the party should reflect the wishes of the people.

Speaking through its coordinator and former Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources in the state, Mr. Olawale Oluwo, who was a guest in a City FM programme monitored in Lagos, the group said it’s interested in the next election and will fully participate in all the elections. He added that the group is ready to challenge the dominant political force in the state and restore power back to the people.

“The APC in Lagos State must be guided by its constitution and guidelines. As far as we know the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) is like an NGO and it’s not known to the constitution. The GAC can make recommendations but cannot control the party. It can sponsor candidates the same way AMCO can sponsor candidates. Governor Sanwo-Olu has picked his form and the AMCO candidate will also pick his form.



“AMCO will participate in all the elections. Ambode will not contest the governorship election; we would pick our candidate for the governorship primary. We will pick our candidate and we will go to the field. It’s not sustainable for a set of people to continue to decide who gets what in this state. We want to work with like minds. That change that was frustrated in 2019 made me leave the party, but things have changed with the new leadership in the party at the national level.

Oluwo said that with the emergence of the new National Chairman the group is confident that there will be fairness and justice, adding that AMCO members are ready to operate in a free and fair environment.



Asked if his boss (Ambode) will support the presidential ambition of Tinubu, Oluwo came out with emphatic no, saying that the former Lagos governor was not the group’s favourite candidate. He however said it was within the right of the Vice President and the National Leader to vie for the presidency.



“It’s within the right of Osinbajo and Tinubu to join the presidential race, but AMCO believes that the state is not owned by any of the candidates. It’s owned by the people. Bola Tinubu is not our favourite candidate.



“On the suitability of Governor Sanwo-Olu for second term, we sent our people to the field in the last four months to feel the pulse of Lagosians. The data we got from the field seems to suggest that he has not done well. You cannot compare our administration with that of Sanwo-Olu. Yes, he completed some projects of Ambode and he neglected some.



“AMCO is approaching politics from a completely different perspective. We have structures across the 20 local government Areas in the state. Our approach is not that of a godfather; our philosophy and approach is very clear. We want people to play an active part in the politics of the state. Our members have been collecting election forms but they are not making noise about it. But people will begin to know them by next week”.



Oluwo further said that it was not in the plans of the group to join the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to fight the ruling APC in the state, saying that they did not want to challenge the status quo from outside. “We want to challenge them from inside. If they want to cooperate we will cooperate with them, but if they refuse then let us go to the field. We are ready for a coalition, a broad coalition to defeat the status quo. If the people want change, AMCO is ready to lead that change”.

Oluwo also spoke about the silence of his boss since he was denied a second term by the same powers that be. He said Ambode’s silence was strategic, adding that he was silently building his structure to make it formidable in the state. He said the ministerial appointment that he was denied did not in any way make him to be elusive and that his staying away from public glare was a deliberate strategy.



“Ambode has not been silent. He has been strategically and tactically building his structure. Ministerial appointment is not a condition to do so. Yes, Ambode benefited from godfatherism, but the people of Lagos state say enough is enough. Why must we continue with it”, said Oluwo.

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How Funke Akindele’s Broken Marriage May Affect Her Political Ambition

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It is no longer news that Funke Akindele Bello and her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, known as JJC Skilz, have parted ways over irreconcilable differences.

According to the statement released earlier this morning by JJC Skillz, he and his wife are no longer together because she had refused to settle their differences amicably even after putting on a lovely front at the 2022 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA).

“Dear Friends and family I need to let you know that Funke and I have separated. While it lasted we shared a lot of things together and have created 2 beautiful children. The last two years have been extremely difficult for us. I know I have tried my best to fix things but I believe it is beyond repair now. 3 months ago and at Funkes insistence I moved out of the house and apart from AMVCA have not been able to get Funke to sit down in an amicable manner to discuss the future of our relationship. I’m making this announcement so that the public is clear that we both are pursuing separate lives. We still have issues that need to be addressed such as the custody and wellbeing of our children which is paramount as well as business interests which need to be disentangled but I have no doubt that these will be resolved one way or the other

Mr Abdul Bello”

Numerous reports trailing this development have alleged both sides of been faulty in their marriage breakup saga.

Different online reports cited infidelity, ego and mismanagement of funds as the central theme of Funke Akindele and JJC Skillz’s separation.

Recall that Funke Akindele had refused to speak concerning the update released by her husband on social media. However, the actress and mother of two had maintained her husband’s surname on her Instagram profile.

One of the concerns raised by Funke Akindele’s fans was her budding political ambition.

It is unclear if her broken marriage will affect her selection as the deputy governor of Lagos state for the upcoming general elections.

Also the Jenifa’s Diary crooner was nominated alongside four others as deputy governors for the Peoples Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate for the upcoming Lagos State elections.

The shortlisted names include Funke Akindele, popularly known as Jenifa; former governorship aspirant Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour; former Senatorial candidate for Lagos East, Yeye Shobajo, another governorship aspirant, David Kolawole Vaughan known as DAKOVA, and Engr. Teslim Balogun.

At the time of this report, Funke Akindele has yet to disclose or divulge any news regarding her marriage or political ambition.

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Fresh PDP crisis: Why Wike, Ortom Shouldn’t Be Attacked, Omokri Speaks

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A former presidential aide, Reno Omokri, on Thursday said “nobody in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), should disparage” Governors Nyesom Wike and Samuel Ortom.


Recall that according to Omokri, both men “laboured to build” the PDP.

“Stooping to conquer is not weakness. Nobody in the PDP should disparage Wike or Ortom. They should be appealed to and listened to. The PDP ought to seek to understand them. And then to accommodate them. When people who labour to build get angry, you embrace them!” Omokri said via a Twitter post.

The opposition party went into another round of crisis after its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, picked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State as his running mate for the 2023 elections.

The development has degenerated into a full-blown disagreement among party leaders with Ortom, the Governor of Benue State, asking Atiku to ‘appease’ Wike, Rivers State governor, who came second in the presidential primary election in May.

In a similar vein, Ayodele Fayose, a former Governor of Ekiti State, and presidential aspirant, also dumped Atiku, and expressed his support for a Southern candidate, increasing speculations that he’ll throw his weight behind the candidature of Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Alleged Assault: Portable Reports Self At Ogun Police Station

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Hip-hop singer Habib Okikiola, also known as Portable, has reported himself at the Ogun State Police Command, Eleweran in Abeokuta, the state capital.

“The police wishes to inform the general public that the hip-hop artist Habib Okikiola a.k.a portable who was requested to report himself at the nearest police station over a viral video where he was seen ordering a group of boys to beat up one boy simply identified as D.J Chicken has reported at the command’s headquarters Eleweran on Wednesday 29th of June 2022,” a Thursday statement by the command’s spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, read.

He said that Portable was accompanied by his father and manager when he reported at Eleweran at about 5 pm.

The singer was taken to the Public Complaint Bureau Office by the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, where he was interrogated about his role in the assault melted to the boy in the video.

“However, since the offence committed is a bailable one, and coupled with the strike action embarked upon by the civil servants in the state which also affected our courts, the suspect was released to a reliable surety who promised to produce him anytime he is needed,” Abimbola added.

The victim has also been invited by the police to state his own side of the story to enable the command complete her investigation on time, the spokesperson said.

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