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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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BBNaija: Emmanuel Once Asked Me For A Kiss, Saskay Tells Angel

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…He’s a Complete Flirt, Angel Insists

Big Brother Naija Shine Ya Eye housemate, Saksay, has revealed that Emmanuel asked her for a kiss during the last Saturday Night Party.

Saskay revealed this while discussing with Cross and Angel on Thursday, day 54 of the show, after Emmanuel and Liquorose received rewards from Biggie.

Big Brother rewarded Liquorose and Emmanuel with 250 Abeg Naira and 200 BB tokens each, as Liquorose successfully carried out her secret task.

Liquorose and Emmanuel were also rewarded with an exclusive two-hour dinner date in the Executive lounge.

Discussing the wins, Angel noted that despite Liquorose’s prank, she still believed that Emmanuel is a flirt.

Earlier in her Diary Session, Angel has stated that she was happy that Liquorose and Emmanuel were having a ‘fight‘.

When it was revealed that the ‘fight’ was a prank, Angel still insisted that Emmanuel was not being genuine to Liquorose.

Corroborating her claims, Saskay stated that Emmanuel also asked her for a kiss during the Friday party.

Saskay said, “We were dancing and next thing, he (Emmanuel) was like, ‘can I kiss you?’ I told him, ‘If you want to chop slap, go ahead’.”

She also added that she feels that Emmanuel’s nature is to joke around and Angel agreed to it.

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I Joined APC To Prevent Nigeria From Breakup, Fani-Kayode Reveals

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Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has disclosed why he joined the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Fani-Kayode explained that the APC he joined was different from the one he heavily criticized in the past.

The former minister had officially defected to the ruling party on Thursday.

His defection was disclosed at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, when he was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari by the acting National Chairman of APC.

However, the former minister explained that he joined a forward-thinking and accommodating party.

Speaking with Channels Television, Fani-Kayode, insisted that he joined APC to maintain national unity.

Asked if he joined for financial gain, he said: “I find that very insulting whether it is coming from you or my critics, I am not the first person that would decamp to the APC, have you asked others this same question?

“If you ask all politicians this question, you will get the same answer; nobody knows tomorrow. I have my values and I will continue to work towards that.”

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You’re Yoruba’s Judas, Traitor, Gumi Blasts Fani-Kayode Over Defection To APC

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Controversial Kaduna-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Gumi, has slammed former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode over his defection to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Fani-Kayode, who had been a great critic of the Buhari-led administration, joined APC on Thursday after he was received by the President at the State House, Abuja.

Gumi, reacting, shared a throwback statement by Fani-Kayode in 2018 saying he would rather die than join the APC or bow to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Gumi said he had long neglected the rantings of Fani-Kayode, knowing fully well that he is a traitor and fake.

He described the former minister as a Yoruba Judas and a traitor.

His post on Facebook read, “I have for long neglected the rantings of the Judas of Oduduwa attacking me knowing fully well that he is fake and a traitor.

“Time has now caught up with him and thanks to Allah, all his vituperations are cast in the dustbin of merciless history.

“It’s him now one wonders which of the seven circles of hell this duper will settle if he doesn’t repent.”

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