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Sola Fajobi: I refuse to be used and cowered, I’m voting Sanwo-Olu

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It is a general saying that “Until you realize how easy it is for your mind to be manipulated, you remain the puppet of someone else’s game”, and nothing can be truer than that quote in the light of Nigeria’s situation at the moment.

The 2023 general election was meant to usher in a new era of renewed hope in a nation that is reputed to be the giant of Africa, but has successfully awaken an evil gnome of manipulation and bigotry in our youths like never before despite our alleged collective exposure.

On March 11, Lagosians will be polling to either re-elect the sitting governor or replace him with another aspirant from one of the other political parties gunning for the Alausa seat at the centre of excellence.

Lagos is a state with the highest number of voters in the South Western Nigeria. It boasts of vibrant and comparatively more educated electorates, representing a wide array of the nation’s ethnic groups. Statistics from the recently concluded presidential election shows that approximately 1/4 of the total number of registered voters were accredited to vote on February 25, 2023.

There was an upset in the usual results trend, where the ruling party, the All Progressive Congress, APC, was overtaken with a slight majority votes by the Labour Party that polled a total of 582,454 votes against APC’s 572,606. The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the historic second -fiddle horse in Lagos elections was edged to a record low of 75,750 votes.

I may not be interested in the analysis of what went down in the election as there is an urgent task at hand; the requisite re-election of the incumbent governor of Lagos State, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu.

For those whose sense of judgement have not been coloured by mischief makers, it is an easy affirmation that Lagos State is working by every standard. Looking around you, there is always a testament to that fact. A litmus test of the fact that Lagos State is working is the reality of a working integrated public services system: Lagos remains the ONLY state in Nigeria (roll in the FG) with a working toll-free emergency line, with chronicles of how it has saved the day in incidences of fire, security, disaster and many more across the state.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu is a new convex curve in Lagos’ trajectory to regional dominance and global relevance. From the very first day, BOS has shown what he is made of as a member of a set of first-class governors that Lagos has been blessed with since 1999. He swiftly moved in to salvage the lot of Lagosians with respect to the perilous time his administration advent into. From leading the entire nation to successfully manage the COVID-19 pandemic, to rolling out his brilliant T.H.E.E.M.E.S. agenda, Sanwoolu came ready for the job from day one!

Aside from working out the long-standing vision of previous administrations, anchored on the objective of making Lagos a mega city of the 21st century-kind, five months ago, Sanwo-olu’s government launched a 30 year development plan for Nigeria’s commercial capital, which is to be implemented between 2022 and 2052. It is imperative to note that the plan is necessary to achieve the goals of becoming Africa’s model mega city, while also positioning Lagos as a global, economic and financial hub that is safe, secure, functional and productive.

Sanwo-Olu’s personality is cut from character traits uncommon with most Nigerian politicians, and ever since his assumption of office as the governor, he has rolled up his sleeves and got down into the trenches by ensuring that the state continues to move forward positively.

I’m a serial entrepreneur, and having traveled across the nation and outside its shores, I can declare without equivocation that Lagos State, under the APC, provides the best business environment for my business concerns to flourish. You can then understand my situation when I, Adesola Fajobi, say that I refuse to be used to derail such brighter prospects for my business and that of many other hardworking Lagosians like me.

Returning Sanwo-Olu as governor should be the most important task of every single Lagosian in this coking election. I refuse to be brainwashed to go against all the years of great works put into developing Lagos to make it the 5th largest economy in Africa.

The Ehingbeti Lagos Economic Summit has provided a platform for the articulation of Lagos economic and developmental agenda and progress, which Sanwo-Olu continually showcases with incontrovertible developmental strides.

He has commenced the construction of a new airport on the Lekki axis of the state after his government obtained approval from the federal government for the construction of the new airport in Lagos, and also completed the Lagos Blue Line rail project designed to move millions of Lagosians across the state.

Other laudable projects include the completion of the Pen Cinema flyover in Agege, the Opebi-Ojota link bridge, which is nearing completion, the largest rice mill in Africa, the Lekki Deep Sea port, upgrading of four higher institutions to universities and so many more.

Why change a winning and working formula? Why allow a newbie to turn a functioning society into a leadership testing ground?

Sanwo-Olu is sellable, tested and trusted. Why would I allow myself to be used as an agent of destruction to give greedy politicians tickets to return Lagos to ground zero? Mr. Governor always provides robust responses, demonstrating a deep understanding of the economy, governance, the people’s expectations and desires. This is something I wouldn’t want to stop benefiting from.

If his administration would be evaluated only by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no gainsaying that Sanwo-Olu performed excellently. Instead of throwing up his hands in defeat, Mr. Governor became the incident commander, and immediately went to work as he locked down the state, activated all the state apparatus – media, security, public health, emergency management, etc., thereby saving millions of Nigerians lives. He duly earned the country the fourth position in the list of the countries in the world that handled the pandemic well. This is a verifiable fact.

With his years of experience in the private sector, he quickly worked with major players to set up isolation centres, infectious diseases centres, amongst other steps. It goes without saying that if Sanwo-Olu had failed as a leader during this dark period in our life, we may not be here now talking about 2023 election at all. Today under Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos Health Insurance Scheme costs only N40,000 a year for a family to enjoy from primary to tertiary health care.

I refuse to be cowered by a mob that sees nothing good in Lagos, and are hell bent on fostering other candidates with no track records of performance. Governance is not a matter for experimentation

I’m a father, a businessman, an entrepreneur, a brother and so much more like you; living in Lagos and flourishing under the present APC-led government. Come March 11, 2023, I have chosen to cast my vote for Babajide Sanwo-Olu to continue leading and serving Lagos with great achievements.

You should do the same too. Follow person wey know road.

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Dr Sonny Kuku to celebrate traditional title and birthday in a 2-in-1 celebration

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Chief Dr. Sonny Folorunsho Kuku has a reason to climb the mountain top to shout at the top of his voice. While many would wonder why he would do such; those close to him will know that his creator has been fair to him owning to his trajectory and his rise to prominence in life.
Ultimately gliding into the leagues of Octogenarians on the 3rd of January is a more reason to be super excited which will make him go the extra mile in thanking his creator for making him witness such a feat in good health and wealth.

While many of his peers have been bedridden due to nature; he is still bubbling with spirit enjoying life to the fullest attending top soirees most especially socializing with his long-time friends and associates.

What more can he ask his creator for other than a continued long life to enable him to see his children and grandchildren do great exploits in his lifetime. Adding to his portfolio kitty; the Awujale of Ijebuland; Oba Dr. Sikiru Adetona named him as the Ogbeni Oja select to be bestowed with such highly coveted title in Ijebu land previously occupied by respected businessman Timothy Adeola Odutola and Bayo Kuku who left the title before the Awujale found him worthy to be bestowed of such title. In celebration of his 80th birthday and installation as Ogbeni Oja; the Joint Chief Medical Director and Co-Chairman at the EKO Hospital is leaving no stone unrolled as he has a mega plan to make sure the double celebration is grand on the 3rd of February in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State. We also gathered that he has sent a very exclusive invitation to his friends and associates for the celebration and has also got the services of the very best event planners and food vendors who will treat his guests to royalty. Sources say he is ready to paint the whole Ijebu Red as he wants the event to be the talk of the town.

 

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Like Father, Like Son: How Abiru Malami Follows Father’s foot Step

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When Abiru-Rahman Abubakar Malami, son of former Minister for Justices and Attorney General of the Federation tied nuptial with his wife two years ago, some ladies who were admirers waiting for him to give them a signal were utterly disappointed as the young man who was about the most sought-after bachelors up north changed his status from being a bachelor to a married man after walking down the Aisle with Aisha Humaira Umar on the 22nd of May 2021.

While he was still single, ladies flocked around him seeking his attention. He is cool, sleek, jovial and has a deep pocket. These we gathered made him a lady’s man but little did we know that just two years after his wife gave him a baby he would also open his arms for another wife.

He took in his second wife Khadija Ahmed Barau weeks ago at the traditional Kamu before having their cocktail party last weekend in Kebbi state; While it’s coming as a shock to some people, some are not shocked as they say the rich kid who had in attendance of over 5 northern governors on his wedding two years ago was only following the footstep of his father; former AGF Abubakar Malami SAN who also has many wives in his harem. According to his religious belief, which gives room to polygamy leveraging on his deep pocket and ability to fend for them; it’s seen as a service to humanity when he takes more than one wife. ‘So Abiru following his father’s steps shows he is learning from the best and he also has the financial muscle to take care of his two wives’ a source said. Last weekend it was like a movie as the Malami family showed how influential they were in Kebbi State as they attracted the presence of all high and mighty within the state to grace the occasion of their traditional wedding.  They never failed to display allure and grand opulence as the couple displayed love in front of their guests. Sources say the first wife gave his consent to the union as she is also in tune with the teachings of polygamy.

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Who will reconcile King Wasiu Ayinde and Wife Emmanuella?

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King of Fuji Music and Olori Omoba of Ijebu Wasiu Ayinde Marshall is a man known to love the good things in life. He loves his cars vintage, wines exclusive and loves his women extremely beautiful. He is a man who loves to have fun; more reason he is working hard to  enjoy the good things life has to offer.

When the news of his split with his erstwhile wife, Titi Marshall broke; it caused a stir on the internet as many disclosed that the duo should have sorted their difference instead of walking their separate ways. King Wasiu, known to be a ‘LoverBoy’ against all odds, announced Titi’s replacement who was Chief Emmanuela Morounropo from Abeokuta. While many tongue wagged; KWAM1 as he is fondly called defy all offs by walking down the aisle with her amidst pomp and pageantry. While many said the duo’s union wouldn’t stand the test of time; the Fuji King said he had gotten to his final destination as he professed undying love for his wife.

Anytime he is on stage performing, he eulogizes his wife. They both make single people green with envy with their public display of affection. According to sources, the duo often have little misunderstanding in their union but like husband and wife, they sort out their differences behind closed doors. Last December, the duo had a little misunderstanding but we gathered that they are yet to sort it out. It was obvious when Chief Emmanuella celebrated her birthday on the 1st of January 2024; the husband would have celebrated her to the high heavens by throwing a big soiree for her like he used to do in the past to celebrate her. This year’s celebration came with no social media post or mention. At his January all-white concert; Emmanuella Didn’t attend and KWAM1 didn’t eulogize her in absentia as he used to. This further sends a negative signal to their admirers who concluded that it seems things are falling apart for the two love birds. Sources say; that reconciliation moves are ongoing as the wife has called claoe friends of the Maiyegun of Yoruba land to plead on her behalf so she and her husband can have a smooth relationship. Sources disclosed that all means to reconcile them both still currently prove abortive.

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