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EXCLUSIVE: Lagos LG Polls: How Tinubu Prevailed On Aggrieved Aspirants To Drop Ambition, Pacify Supporters

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…All First Term Chairmen Get Automatic Return For Second Term

…Odunmbaku’s Son Gets Ticket, Idris Aregbe, Ojora Miss Out

After nearly one week of controversy, violence, and protests that greeted the local government primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, the party hierarchy at the weekend released its final list of approved candidates for the July 24 elections.

In a statement released by the party and jointly signed by its Chairman, Tunde Balogun, and Secretary, Lanre Ogunyemi, the party listed the Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).

A cursory look at the list of candidates shows that all incumbent chairmen who have served for only one term were given automatic tickets to contest for a second term, a development that will come as a relief to some of them who had stiff opposition from viable aspirants going into the primaries.

The decision of the party leadership also meant that strong aspirants including the party Youth Organising Secretary, Idris Aregbe, who was hoping to land the ticket for Surulere Local Government as well as Prince Adewale Ojora who contested against the incumbent chairman in Lagos Island, Adetoyese Olusi both lost out on their bids.

But in Ojodu LCDA, David Odunmbaku, son of Cardinal James Odunmbaku, a stalwart of the party and a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council will heave a sigh of relief as he was given the nod to be the party’s flag bearer in the council ahead of Alhaja Funmilayo Layeni, who was heavily backed by House of Representatives member and former Ojodu LCDA chairman, Hon. James Faleke.

But reaching a decision after the mayhem that trailed the May 29 primaries was not an easy task, a source from the party leadership told Thepledge.

According to the source, the list was reached after extensive consultations to ensure that the interests of major groups were factored into the final decision.

The source added that consultations will continue as other interests and agitations would equally be accommodated in the sharing formula of other positions to prevent further protests from aggrieved members as aspirants alike.

On how the final list was decided, Thepledge learnt that National leader of the party, Bola Ahmed Tinubu met with members of the GAC and top executives of the party at his residence twice this week to reach a resolution and intimate agitated party members of their decision.

“That list was a product of extensive debate, lobbying and weighing of interests and I can tell you that it was not an easy task to accomplish. You can imagine that what used to take few hours to decide took five days for a decision to be reached. Certainly not everyone is happy with the decision, but in the interest of peace and to forestall any breakdown of law and order, it had to be taken one way or the other.

“If you recall, Asiwaju had urged party leaders in the council to come up with consensus candidates as much as possible, but it seems it fell on deaf ears. With what transpired at the primaries in some councils, it became obvious that it was no longer an issue to threat with kid gloves,” the source said.

Tinubu was also said to have reached out to some of the aggrieved aspirants in some contentious councils where a consensus could not be reached, to appeal to them to calm the nerves of their supporters and prevent any further breakdown of law and order, while assuring them that they will be sorted out in future elections.

When Thepledge reached out to one of the aggrieved aspirants, he said he has accepted the party’s decision in good faith, however adding that the party must be ready to ensure that the will of the people prevail in future elections or risk the obvious consequences.

“The party’s decision is supreme. I have accepted it in good faith. This is our party and we cannot be the ones that will destroy it with our own hands, so we respect the decision and I have spoken to my supporters to go out and campaign as well as vote for the candidate the party has chosen.

“However, this issue of overlooking the will of the people and deciding the fate of the electorate behind their back must stop henceforth. It is not healthy for us as a party, it is not healthy for our democracy which we preach and if this continues in 2023, I cannot tell what will become of our party,” the aspirant who chose to remain anonymous said.

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Ex-BBNaija Star, Uriel Oputa, Shoots Her Shot At Pere, Discloses Plans For Him

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Nigerian Reality TV star cum chef, Uriel Oputa, better known as Uriel Music star, has taken to social media to declare her interest in Former Big Brother Naija Housemate, Pere Egbi.

It seems the BBNaija See Gobe star has finally moved on from Anthony Joshua after losing him to DJ cuppy, unto Pere and she clearly isn’t letting anything stop her this time.

Uriel in a hilarious post on her official Instagram page today, Tuesday, 26th October, diclosed that Pere has caught her attention.

She then implored her followers to ask him how he likes his eggs prepared because she is a good cook.

In her words;

“Pere dey enter my eyes ooo.

Let me shut up.

Someone should ask him how he likes his eggs o, because I be magician inside kitchen.

And…Ok bye.”

Meanwhile, Uriel has called on people not to judge her by the kinds of dresses she wears, saying what she wears doesn’t define her or her personality.

She says, “If I post a bikini picture or even a video wearing shorts or so, don’t say Uriel is no longer a good girl. I’m a bloody woman.

“Even people who wear long skirts can be the most evil. If you judge people by their outward appearances then you are not exposed. I have learnt to live by my own experience, not by the expectations of others.”

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Crisis: Nigeria Will Find Solution When Buhari Leaves Office, Says Afenifere

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The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Tuesday, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s exit from power in 2023 would signal an end to the crisis in Nigeria.

The group also said Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) can’t solve the myriad of challenges facing the country.

The Acting leader of the group, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, said this while interacting with newsmen after the group’s monthly meeting held in his Sanya-Ogbo residence, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.

He said Afenifere had lost hope on Buhari solving the problems in the country.

The Octogenarian accused the President of having a vested interest in the activities of bandits whom he said, should have been declared terrorists .

Adebanjo insisted that the group might not be part of the coming election if the country is not restructured before 2023 election.

The Yoruba leader suggested a national government as part of the measures to solve the problems of the country .

He said, “The solution to the problem is for the man (Buhari) to leave the place.

“The APC has no solution to our problem. What we are talking about is to form a national government to implement restructuring. All areas of conflicts are embedded in restructuring the country.”

On the need for Buhari to declare bandits as terrorists , Adebanjo said, “We have told him long time ago. National Assembly and Commodore (Kunle) Olawunmi have also said it that he should declare bandits as terrorists.”

Meanwhile, Afenifere has described the visit led by its acting leader of the group to former Lagos Governor, Bola Tinubu, as “purely a humanitarian visit”.

The National Publicity Secretary of the group, Jare Ajayi, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen shortly after the meeting.

A delegation of the group had last Tuesday, visited Tinubu at his Ikoyi residence following his return from medical trip in the United Kingdom.

Ajayi said:” The visit of our leaders to former Governor Bola Tinubu is purely on humanitarian ground. He is a Yoruba son. We do not forsake ourselves.

“Afenifere members are Omoluabis and humanists. What the leaders have done is the hallmark of thoroughbred Yoruba men and women.

“We may disagree on principles but we are not political enemies. Even if there is a disagreement on issues, it does not mean that we should not relate.”

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Explosion Rocks Oyo Prison Days After Attack By Gunmen

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There has been a reported bomb explosion on Tuesday at the Abolongo Correctional Facility located in Oyo town, Oyo State.

This is the same facility that inmates escaped from after it was attacked by gunmen.

The Tuesday explosion was said to have caused panic among residents of the area occurred outside the prison facility.

However, no casualties have been recorded. Security operatives have visited the scene to assess the extent of the damage.

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