As the political parties have concluded their primaries in preparation for the 2015 general election, the battle for the soul of Lagos has intensified between the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progress Congress, APC, Jimi Agbaje and Former Accountant General of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode’s supporters.
Chief Olusegun Osoba, the erstwhile governor of Ogun State has become a significant political phenomenon in the state. Stakeholders in Ogun politics are of the view that the ephemeral union of the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and Osoba was a consequence of their parochial goal to displace former Governor Gbenga Daniel of the People’s Democratic Party PDP, and not for any clearly defined general political objective.
The determination of the major opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP to take over Lagos State in the coming elections seems to have been witnessing set back again as the ambition of the two leading aspirants Jimi Agbaje and Musiliu Obanikoro, may jeopardize the plan.
By Babatunde Bangbose
As 2015 general elections inch closer, politicians who are vying for one political position or the other have started indicating. In this piece, Senior Correspondent, Okechukwu Keshi Ukegbu writes that legislators of Abia origin who are at the federal legislative chambers are not left out in this rush. He also presented the odds facing them.
Many people have had the premonition that the Governorship Election in Osun State conducted on August 9, 2014 would not be challenged at the Election Petition Tribunal because it was adjudged by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as an improvement on the Ekiti
Senator Ayogu Eze, the chairman, senate committee on works, and the current senator representing Enugu North senatorial district also known as ‘Nsukka Cultural zone’ , a strong PDP party loyalist both within the state and at the federal level, has never had any reason to disagree with his home governor, Barrister Sullivan Chime, in every issue relating to party politics in Enugu.
The former Governor of Ogun State and the Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Olusegun Osoba, is under intense pressure to shun his planned defection and stay back in the party even in the height of the crises rocking the party in Ogun State.
The former Governor has vowed not to have anything doing with Governor Ibikunle Amosun again after the national body of the party gave recognition to the factional executive loyal to the Governor while that of the party leader was thrown away.
As soon as, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola returned to office in 2011 one of the major actions he took, which keeps generating controversy, was the ban of Okada or commercial motorcyclists form Lagos metropolis. To some, it is share wickedness to halt the alternative transportation that bail people from the perennial hectic traffic jams in Lagos. While another school of thought commended government’s action considering the negetive side of the bike business, which has kept many in the hospital following accidents and in other instances fatal.
The demise of the member occupying Aba South State Assembly seat at the Abia State House of Assembly rendered the seat vacant. Penultimate weekend, as demanded by law, a bye-election into the seat was conducted and the ruling party in state, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP won the election.
Congratulating the PDP candidate, Nkemdirim Nwogu Iheasimuo, for emerging victorious at the bye-election, Gov. Theodore Orji in a statement, signed by Charles Ajunwa, his chief press secretary, affirmed that Iheasimuo’s emergence was an indication that Abia is 100 per cent PDP.