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Political parties set agenda for Sanwo-Olu, speak on Ambode

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The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Lagos State on Friday urged the state Governor-elect, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu to be a father to all residents and prioritise alleviating suffering of the people.

Alhaji Shakirudeen Olofin, the state Chairman of IPAC, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of the presentation of certificates of return to Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat.

NAN reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State on Friday presented certificates of return to Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat at the commission’s headquarters, in Sabo-Yaba.

“I congratulate the Governor-elect on his victory at the polls.

“I want to advise him strongly that after the election, he should assume the role of father; he is now father to all.

“Election has come and gone, he is not governing only APC members, he is governing entire Lagosians,” Olofin, also the state chairman of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) said.

He advised Sanwo-Olu to put in place service-oriented governance that would meet the yearnings and aspirations of the people.

The Governor-elect, he said, should make Lagos residents enjoy dividends of democracy through good welfare programmes and people-oriented policies.

“We wish him (Sanwo-Olu) the best as he takes the leadership of Lagos State from incumbent Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode and we wish Mr Akinwunmi Ambode the best after his tenure,” he said.

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Lagos guber: I’m confident of victory at tribunal – Sanwo-Olu

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Lagos State Governor-elect, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday said that he was confident of victory at the Lagos State Gubernatorial Electoral Petition Tribunal.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Sanwo-Olu expressed the optimism when he came to the tribunal sitting at the Ikeja High Court Complex, to sign a response to two petitions challenging his victory at the March 9 governorship poll.

The petitions were filed by Chief Owolabi Salis of the Alliance for Democracy and Prof. Ifagbemi Awamaridi of the Labour Party.

Sanwo-Olu arrived at the premises at 11.14am alongside the Deputy Governor-elect, Mr Obafemi Hamzat.

After the signing, the governor-elect told NAN: “What we came here to do is to put an official deposition to the challenge by two gubernatorial candidates.

“We are certainly confident because Lagosians have spoken, the people went out on March 9 to cast their votes.

“It was devoid of any form of incident, there was not one incident reported officially. We trust that the tribunal will do its job well and Lagosians will be happy.”

Sanwo-Olu said that it was the duty of the tribunal to determine if the petitions had any merit.

“It is a process that all of us must submit ourselves to; that is why we are here today, and we are confident that the tribunal will do its job well,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu promised that his administration would undertake judicial reforms for speedy administration of justice.

“Lagos has championed judicial reforms in the last 20 years, and my administration will not be different.

“We will still take bold steps to reform to better the entire process because we understand the importance of the sector,” he said.

Mr Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN), the head of Sanwo-Olu’s legal team, told NAN that he was also confident of victory for the governor-elect at the tribunal.

“We are working based on the facts on ground; we have been able to review the two petitions, and we are not in any kind of doubt that we have sufficient and credible answers to all the allegations in the petitions.

“Until today, his excellency (Sanwo-Olu) was not served any petition. The APC was served but he personally came to the tribunal today to sign for his own process.

“Immediately he signed, he filed a reply. This is to show that we are prepared for these petitions, and we have no problem about the eventual outcome.

“The job of the governor-elect is to defend the election and protect the mandate of the electorate; that is what he came here to do,” Owonikoko said.

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What APC said about Buhari’s signing of N30,000 minimum wage

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari on his assent to the new and improved N30,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers.

The party’s reaction was contained in a statement by Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, National Publicity Secretary, All Progressives Congress (APC).

It read, “Truly, our workers deserve a new, improved and implementable minimum wage in view of current economic realities.

“Commendably, the welfare of workers has remained a top priority of the President Buhari-led APC administration as exhibited in the federal government bailouts to state governments to pay workers salary, housing schemes for civil servants among other welfare packages.

“We congratulate stakeholders that ensured the achievement of this laudable feat, particularly the National Assembly, state governors, the Amma Pepple-led tripartite committee, labour/trade unions and indeed Nigerian workers.

“This is another solid demonstration of a President who matches his words with action. Nigerians will recall the President had severally assured of a new and improved national minimum wage for workers.

“The assent of the N30,000 minimum wage by the president is indeed another election promise delivered.”

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Olamide, Eniola Badmus get political appointment

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Dapo Abiodun, the Governor-elect of Ogun state, has named YBNL boss, Olamide Adedeji and Nollywood actress, Eniola Badmus, as members of his transition committee.

The newly elected governor announced this on his official Instagram account on Monday, April 15.

He disclosed that the ‘Science Student’ singer and the Nollywood actress would join his commerce and industry team.

Abiodun also listed appointees for nine other committees who are excepted to commence work with him when he assumes office.

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