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State of Nigerian roads: You’re overrated, Fani-Kayode lambastes Fashola

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A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has lambasted the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, over his recent comment on the state of Nigerian roads.

Fashola, who was a former Governor of Lagos State in an interview on Wednesday, had insisted that Nigerians roads are not as bad as being portrayed.

“The roads are not as bad as they are often portrayed. I know that this is going to be your headline, but the roads are not that bad,” Fashola had said.

But an angry Fani-Kayode, on Thursday, described Fashola as intellectually dishonest.

In a tweet, Fani-Kayode wrote:

“Nigerian roads are not that bad – Tunde Fashola.

I have always believed that Tunde is shallow, limited, intellectually dishonest, overrated, loyal only to his own ambition and not too bright. He also has a big chip on his shoulder. With these words he has proved it.

Also reacting, a member of the House of Representatives from Osun State, Bamidele Salam, says Fashola’s statement intrinsically indicates lack of sensitivity on the part of public office holders to the plights of the people and reality of their socioeconomic status.

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Salam, representing Ede North/Ede South/Egbedore/Ejigbo Federal Constituency, added that there is an urgent need for public office holders to get familiar with the level of frustration and psychological trauma Nigerians are going through on daily basis as a result of the deplorable conditions of roads across the nation.

Salam said

“I found this statement, which had been repeated by the Hon. Minister at least on two previous occasions as a clear indication that some of us in public offices are not at all in tune with the horrendous realities of our fellow citizens’ daily experience.

“As a Member of the House of Representatives Committee on Works, I will be throwing a road travel challenge to the Hon Minister and all Persons concerned to avoid air travel for all local trips in the next 90 days.

“If we will agree to this challenge, we may come back with a better appreciation of the true state of our road infrastructure and the desperate things we need to do to save our economy from further disruptions as a result of the burgeoning crisis in the road transportation sector.

“This 90-days Road Travel Challenge will hopefully elicit reactions from relevant stakeholders, while Nigerians hope to get some succour in the coming days”.

 

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Akeredolu didn’t win 2016 election – Ex-SSG

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The former Secretary to the Ondo State Government, Mr Sunday Abegunde, on Monday said the Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, didn’t win the election in 2016 but that some of them made it possible for him to become governor.

He also said he had to resign from the Akeredolu-led government following the ill-treatment meted out to him by the governor for the three and a half years he was with him.

The former SSG said these in an interview he granted in the Yoruba language on Crest FM, Akure, shortly after he tendered his resignation to the state governor in a letter he personally signed on Monday.

The resignation letter titled ‘Letter of Resignation’ read;

“I, Hon. Ifedayo Sunday Abegunde, the Secretary to the State Government of Ondo State hereby tender my letter of resignation.

“I want to thank Mr Governor for giving me the opportunity to serve the Government and people of Ondo State.

“Again, my family and I wish Mr Governor quick recovery.”

He boasted that he was one of the APC chieftains who worked vigorously for Akeredolu to ensure he was made the governor in 2016.

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He said:

“I suffered in his (Akeredolu) administration because he didn’t release any fund for my office grants. He has been telling lies that he was giving me N5m every month even when he knew he didn’t give me such money.

“Where on Earth did the governor give me such funds? Recently, I reported him to Governor Fayemi of Ekiti State and he promised to invite both of us to Abuja for settlement. I remember that I told Fayemi that I was going to spit on the face of Akeredolu if he repeated the lie that he was giving me N5m monthly if we meet face to face, and I would then return to Akure to resign and as well Inform the public of his looting sprees.

“Akeredolu didn’t win the election in 2016 but we made it possible for him to become governor. We were the pillars behind him and we will not support him again. He will lose this time around.”

Abegunde, a two-term member of the House of Representatives further said that he resigned because he could no longer be part of a government that made its subjects pass through hardship.

“The Akeredolu’s administration is making the entire people of the state suffer and I cannot be part of that any longer. Everyone is suffering. He doesn’t pay salaries at the right time. As a matter of fact, Akeredolu has not performed to the expectations of the masses apart from the roads he is rehabilitating.

“Akeredolu has turned Former Governor Mimiko to a saint with his own abysmal performance. We now see that Mimiko did well as governor because he gave his people enough funds to operate. I had worked with three governor’s, and I can say that in the history of Ondo State, Akeredolu is the worst governor,” Abegunde said.

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APC will win Edo governorship election — Gov. Ganduje

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The National Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed optimism that the party will win the Sept. 19 Edo Governorship election.

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje the leader of the council said this shortly after the inauguration of the council and the reconciliation committee of the party at the National Secretariat in Abuja on Monday.
The 49-member council also has Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo as Deputy Chairman and Mr. Abbas Braimoh as Secretary.

“First of all, seeing is believing, by looking at the composition of this committee, you know that APC is ready for the election, you know that APC will win this important election.

“The reason why I’m saying that you know the composition of this committee, we are all war veterans in politics who are ready to do this assignment.

“And we have young people who are just coming out from the election and are ready to go back into the processes of election again. And we have all the horses who never missed their targets.

“So, we assure you, the composition of this campaign council is strong and we are ready to do the job,” he said.

Ganduje said that the main task of the council was to highlight the achievements of the party to make it easier for the electorate to choose.

“The main purpose of this council is to provide enabling environment for all our party men and even non-party men, members of the public to appreciate our party based on their conscience and ideological belief that APC is the answer in Edo.

“So, we are assuring you we shall create enabling environment for a peaceful election,” he said.

Ganduje who said that the party knew the methodology and tactics of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said that the council would dismantle PDP’s tactics to ensure victory at the poll.

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According to him, the campaign council will work with the leadership of the party in Edo so that it can understand the political trend on the field.

“And to know the areas of strength and weaknesses, areas that we have to take advantage and even areas of threats.

“We assure you that we will work to make everything possible to ensure that we succeed,” he said.

Gov. Mala Mai Buni Chairman, APC Caretaker Committee, urged the council and the reconciliation committee to give the party great hope and confidence that they would succeed for the party to emerge united and victorious.

“I feel greatly honored to be with you today for yet another important milestone in the life of our party as we inaugurate the reconciliation committee for Edo and Ondo States as well as the Edo Governorship Campaign Council.

“The assignment before the reconciliation and campaign council is to build a peaceful and united APC and to ensure the successful renewal of the mandate by the good people of Edo who voted the party into office in 2016.

“The rich cream of ladies and gentlemen carefully appointed into the reconciliation and campaign council gives the party great hope and confidence that they will succeed for the party to emerge united and victorious,” he said.

Buni urged the council to make use of teamwork, reach out to all stakeholders, and pursue its assignment with all sense of purpose and commitment for the party’s success.

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He also appealed to all stakeholders and members of the party across the country to support the peace initiative of the party for a stronger, united, and prosperous APC.

“I am glad to state that the caretaker committee which I am opportune to lead had initiated a wide range of consultations and reconciliatory measures to pave way for a true and sincere reconciliation.

“It has also drawn a road map and plan of action to forge a strong partnership that would stand the test of time among the stakeholders,” he said.

Buni expressed the party’s commitment towards rebuilding confidence and trust, recover its glory and fortunes in all the states across the country.

“To actualize these and other measures, we must engage in all inclusive consultations to accommodate and fix-up areas posing threats to the party.

“I am happy to state that our visit to some founding members of the party last week, has justified the new approach with very positive results after the consultations.

“As chairmen and members of the reconciliation committee, you have been carefully selected based on your personal and proven integrity, wealth of experience and, sense of fairness and objectivity to achieve the set target of reconciliation and victory.

“There is so much confidence in your ability to achieve these goals successfully. You should, therefore, remain focused and committed to justify the confidence reposed in you,” he said.

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JUST IN: DSS bar journalists from premises of Magu’s probe

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Men of the Department of State Service (DSS) on Monday barred journalists from gaining access to Conference Centre of the State House where the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, was being grilled.

News broke on Monday of the alleged arrest of Magu by the DSS.

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However, State House Correspondents went over to the Conference Centre to ascertain the state of the development.

Men of the DSS, many of whom had been stationed within the premises of the Conference Centre, however, asked the journalists to leave the premises.

“They said you people should excuse the use of this place for today,” a security official detailed to the venue, politely told reporters.

Details shortly…

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