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



…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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Surprise As BBNaija Names Maria, Pere As Two Wildcards



Maria and Pere have been revealed as the Wildcards of the BBNaija Shine Ya Eye House.

After days of speculations and accusations in the House, the two were finally revealed after the Diary Room session where the Housemates were invited to make their predictions.

Both Wildcards did a good job of blending in with the rest of the Housemates in the House. For Maria, it was all about actively participating in the Task and making sure her voice is heard.

Pere took a more laid-back approach in the House. Right from his bromance with the rest of the guys to casually having conversations with the rest of the Housemates and even on course to building a romantic alliance with Jackie B, he had his cover well secured.

His military experience must have come into play here. On a few occasions, both Wildcards spearheaded conversations about who the possible Wildcards were and pointed out other Housemates as likely suspects. Talk about throwing people off your scent.

Maria was particularly surprised to find out there was another Wildcard in the House during her conversation with Biggie in the Diary Room.

When asked if she knew who it was, she correctly guessed Pere. She was bothered that she had to lie and maintain a front with the other Housemates but she was confident she pulled it off.

Pere on the other hand was glad when he heard the revelation of another Wildcard and guessed it was either Maria or Nini.

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Just In: IGP Orders Investigation Of Abba Kyari Over Alleged Hushpuppi Link



..FBI Have Genuine Evidence Against Him -Adeyanju Alleges

…Abba Kyari Must Be Arrested Now -Omokri, PDP Charge Buhari

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, on Thursday ordered the review of the allegation against Abba Kyari, Deputy Commissioner of Police by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI.

Kyari, who is the head of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), was linked to fraudster, Hushpuppi, whose name is Ramon Abass.

Hushpuppi, an alleged international fraudster risks jail term of 20 years after pleading guilty to fraud.

Reports had it that Hushpuppi had bribed the IRT boss to jail a disloyal member of his gang. This, Kyari has denied

However, the IGP said the review was in line with the commitement of the Nigeria Police Force to ensure justice and professionalism.

This was contained in a statement by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba entitled: “Alleged indictment of DCP Abba Kyari: Inspector General of Police orders a review of the information.”

The statement reads: “Sequel to the receipt of allegations and indictment processes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) against one of the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, DCP Abba Kyari, the Inspector General of Police IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered an internal review of the allegations.

“The Nigeria Police Force reaffirms its commitment to the pursuit of justice and the strengthening of its professional relationship with the FBI and other international partners.

“Further developments on this case will be communicated to members of the public accordingly.”

Meanwhile, popular Nigerian activist, Deji Adeyanju, has suggested that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, has evidence of Abba Kyari, Deputy Commissioner of Police involvement in international fraud.

Adeyanju made the remark while wondering why Kyari, who is the head of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), was specifically linked to Hushpuppi, whose name is Ramon Abass.

Hushpuppi, an alleged international fraudster risks jail term of 20 years after pleading guilty to fraud.

Reports had it that Hushpuppi had bribed the IRT boss to jail an errant member of his gang, this, Kyari has denied

However, the activist wondered why other celebrities who lived off Hushpuppi were not linked to his activities but Kyari.

In a tweet, Adeyanju wrote: “FBI is not stupid. You think they will be saying Abba Kyari was involved in international fraud without evidence?

“Why didn’t they link all the celebrities Hushpuppi was giving money to his fraudulent acts? Almost all Nigerian celebrities live off yahoo boys and politicians.”

Also, Reno Omokri, a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to arrest Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari.

Omokri said the Buhari-led government should arrest Kyari with the same speed it went after Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo also known as Igboho.

In a series of tweets, the former presidential aide noted that Kyari would have been suspended, if he was an Igbo man.

Documents from the United States, US, Department of Justice had linked Kyari to celebrity Instagram Influencer, Ramon Abbas known as Hushpuppi.

Hushpuppi, who is accused of international cybercrime was accused of bribing Kyari, which the cop has denied.

However, Omokri on twitter said, “Let us see if Buhari arrests Abba Kyari with the same speed and brutality with which he attempted to arrest Sunday Igboho.

“This will help us know whether some are more equal than others in Nigeria. Because if Abba Kyari was Igbo, by now he would have been suspended

“Now that the lid has been blown off Abba Kyari, what will Buhari’s Government do with its so-called super cop, whose recent pastime is attending celebrity burials.

“This alleged FBI indictment must not be swept under the table because he shares an ethnicity with Buhari”.

In the meantime, the Opposition Peoples Democratic Party has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to order the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, to interrogate the indictment of a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, in a $1m fraud involving alleged international fraudster, Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi.

The party made this known in a statement on Thursday titled, ‘Abba Kyrai: PDP Demands Full Investigation’. It was signed by PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

Recall that the United States District Court for the Central District of California said Hushpuppi used Kyari to arrest and jail a co-conspirator, Chibuzo Vincent, after the latter threatened to expose a $1m fraud committed against a Qatari businessman.

According to the document, Hushpuppi worked with 28-year-old Abdulrahman Juma from Kenya, and 40-year-old Chibuzo Vincent from Nigeria. Other are Yusuf Anifowoshe, 26; Rukayat Fashola, 28; and Bolatito Agbabiaka, 34.

The document added that Hushpuppi allegedly hunted Vincent after a dispute broke out among the team and after the latter threatened to expose the fraud to the Qatari businessman.

But in a Facebook post on Thursday, Kyari explained that Hushpuppi called his office and reported a death threat from someone about two years ago.

The cop said the suspect, Vincent, was arrested but later released after investigations revealed that “they are long time friends who have money issues between them”. Kyari also said he did not receive any money from Hushpuppi.

Reacting in its statement, the PDP demanded a forensic investigation into the allegations against Kyari.

The statement partly read, “The revelation of the involvement of Kyari, the head of Nigeria’s intelligence response unit, as a receiver of proceeds of international fraud is worrisome, disturbing and a stain on the integrity of our nation.

“It is indeed disquieting that the integrity of our nation has fallen so abysmally low under the corrupt and fraud-patronizing President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress administration, to the extent that the head of its police intelligence unit is being charged in connection with international fraud.

“Our party demands that the APC administration should not sweep this matter under the carpet given the manifest rapport between Kyari and some top APC leaders. We urge President Buhari not to ‘ease out’ this case of corruption but should immediately restore the integrity and image of our nation by allowing for a forensic investigation of the suspect.

“Moreover, if this Abba Kyari matter is not well handled, it will be a permanent stain on the reputation of our police, security system and our nation at large.

“The PDP, therefore, asks President Buhari to direct the Inspector General of Police to take in Abba Kyari for questioning and if found culpable, he should be handed over to the FBI.”

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Disqualification Of 10 Nigerian Athletes: We Take Responsibility -AFN Insists



The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) on Thursday admitted “lapses” on its part over the disqualification of 10 athletes from Tokyo Olympics for not complying with out-of-competition drug testing requirements.

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced the disqualification of the Nigerian athletes on Monday.

The AFN, which has been plagued by power tussle for several years, said they would take responsibility for the lapses that led to the disqualification.

“The AFN bears responsibility for any lapses that may have occurred during the process and reassures Nigerians that our performances (at Tokyo Olympics) will not be negatively impacted,” it said in a statement.

“All our athletes resident in Nigeria and who qualified for the Olympic Games completed the three mandatory tests,” it said.

“Most of our top athletes resident in the USA also completed their tests,” the AFN said.

“However, a few athletes in the American collegiate system were tested, but those tests were deemed not to have complied with WADA (world anti-doping agency) sample collection and analysis standards.”

The AFN said it had appointed a top official to head its medical and anti-doping commission.

Star sprinter Blessing Okagbare, who will compete in the 100m and 200m in Tokyo, was critical of the country´s sports officials.

“The sport system in Nigeria is so flawed and we athletes are always at the receiving end of the damages,” she said.

“They were busy fighting over power, exercising their pride over Puma contract/kits forgetting their major responsibility – the athletes.

“It´s sad that this cycle keeps repeating itself and some people will come out to say I am arrogant for speaking my truth. It´s my career,” she added.


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