By Ralph Omololu Agbana
United States based businessman and medic, Olamilekan Olayinka Olaosebikan, alias “03”, has thrown his hat in the ring for the race to the House of Representatives for Offa/Oyun/Ifelodun Federal Constituency in Kwara State.
The Oro-Ago, Ifelodun Local Government, Kwara State-born nurse, importer and exporter of products and services, in a statement by the “03” Media Team issued to journalists on Friday, said he decided to offer himself for service to his people “with integrity and absolute loyalty”.
He went further to unfold a detailed manifesto containing his vision and mission towards a better representation in the Green Chamber of the National Assembly thereby guaranteeing improved wellbeing of the people of Offa/Oyun/Ifelodun Federal Constituency, through multisectoral action.
In the statement, Olaosebikan who is contesting the 2023 federal election on the platform of Young Progressives Party (YPP), declared: “The manifesto items of O3 are based mainly on the principles and philosophy of the youth who formed the bulk of the electorate that have witnessed decades of neglect from successive representatives. The youth and the women, as a result of their experiences, have therefore unconsciously developed principles and comprehensive system of belief on how to be represented and feel the impact of governance. These principles and philosophy-like disposition of the good people of Offa, Oyun and Ifelodun of Kwara State have been thoroughly understudied by me and my team, and therefore formed the basis upon which my manifestoes were developed”.
Olaosebikan also listed the main trust of his vision and mission for the good people he intend to represent, as follows:
Health services will form major aspect of my trust. Health is one of the most important aspects of social services that the people of my constituency require to function very well. It saddens that the less privileged spend fortunes to access what suppose to be a social service of basic healthcare. Many at times the standard and quality of basic health facility around the three local governments do not commensurate with demographical spread of the people of Offa, Oyun and Ifelodun Federal Constituency. As part of my oversight function as legislator, l will passionately ensure the functionality of existing health care centre, upgrade the existing ones while sustainable collaboration with private health facilities at affordably subsidised rate base will be encouraged.
EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY
You will agree with me that Education remains the only instrument that has given the less privileged of the country a sense of hope. You will also support my assumption that technology in teaching, research and learning has impacted positively on the quality of education around the world including Nigeria. O3 will make education a priority in legislative matters which the resultant effect will lead to the provision of teaching aids and renovation of blocks of classrooms in selected schools depending on the need assessment priority thereby providing a conducive environment for teaching and learning. Teachers will be trained and retrained for capacity enhancement especially in modern teaching methodology.
I am aware that agriculture is the preoccupation of the people of my constituency. I am also aware that today it is a major player in the economy of Nigeria. In fact agriculture is our tradition and it is our culture. Therefore outside the motivational support that will be given to the rural farmers, agricultural policies that will enhance farmers will be a top priority on my legislative agenda. Farmers will be assisted in different ways through collaborations with international agricultural companies. The marketing company under the control of the farmers will be established to find direct, local and international markets for the farm products of our farmers while soft loans will also be made available at lower repayment rate. This will improve their financial gains as well as motivate them. I will initiate a legislative law that will mandate government both at federal and state to provide tractors and other farm essentials for free to our farmers. This will aid agricultural development in our constituency. Equally, training support shall be given to the farmers to reduce post harvest losses.
I will activate my personal network of relationships within and outside of government circles, including my friends and associates, to primarily assist in infrastructure development, to establish farm settlement and other farm produce, industries to improve the economic base of our communities.
Security is a national issue of concern today. I understand that productivity and prosperity of any given community of the entire nation cannot be divorced from an impervious security architecture. To this end l will through legislative agenda influence more security provisions for my constituency, and also establish a Communities Network against Crime and Criminality (CNcc) to protect life and property”.
“These are my personal conviction and they form my ambition to the great people of my constituency. I offer to serve with integrity and absolute loyalty to our great party. I am 03”, he said.
Blackmail of Judiciary through protest in London won’t help, APC group tells NNPP
***insists, Appeal Court will rule on merit
National Coalition of All Progressives Congress (APC) under the aegis of Progressives Stakeholders has condemned a protest staged in London on Sunday against the Nigerian judiciary, accusing the leadership of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in Kano of blackmail.
The APC group who accused Kano state governor Abba Yusuf and the state leadership of the NNPP of sponsoring the protest, described the London outing as shameful.
Kano State Governorship election petition tribunal judgement had sacked Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of the NNPP due to irrigularities where over 165,000 votes were tumprinted and stuffed into the ballot boxes unlawfully without the official stamp nor signature of the presiding officers.
Addressing a press conference Monday in Abuja, the group’s National secretary, Barr. Isabella Odunayo, called on the Inspector General of Police and the department of State Service to commence investigation of the sacked Kano state governor Abba Kabir Yusuf and the leadership of the NNPP over the development.
Barrister Odunayo said: “After failed attempts to discredit the tribunal ruling, the NNPP desperation took them to London where it sponsored a protest to blackmail the Federal Government and discredit the tribunal judgement.
“Unknown to the organizers, Nigerians in diaspora had watch clips of the jubilation that trailed the APC victory at the tribunal and hence Nigerians in London ignored the sponsored protest.
“It is shameful that Engr Abba Kabir Yusuf and the Kwankwasiyya Movement only got eight persons for a protest which targeted about one thousand (1000) people, a sign that Nigerians both home and in diaspora accepted the judgement in good faith.
“The NNPP should be aware that, the judiciary can not be intimidated by its threat as security agencies in Nigeria are fully prepared to secure the Country. The eight people led by Dr Aminu Bello who embarrassed themselves yesterday in London does not represent the interest of Nigerians.
“It is barbaric and indeed archaic for the NNPP to toll the part of blackmail calling for justice in far away London when justice has already been served with the judgment of the tribunal.
“It is unpalatable to speak ill of the judiciary because your stealing antics were uncovered. Engr Abba Kabir Yusuf has no shame that is why he is still sponsoring Campaign against the judiciary.
“We advocate special trial for electoral offenders like Governor Abba Yusuf where he will be may be committed to jail for election theft.
“We call on the Inspector General of Police and the department of state service to commence investigation of the out-going Kano State Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf and the leadership of the NNPP ahead of their prosecution.
“It is by such actions that some desperate politicians may desist from rigging and instilling violence during elections.
“We are optimistic that the Apeal Court judges shall also deliver judgement on it merit.”
Group tells NNPP to Stop intimidating judges, prepare for another election in 4 years
A group under the aegis of Stand Up Nigeria (SUN) has asked the leadership of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and the sacked government of Kano state to prepare for another election in the next four years instead of intimidating the judiciary.
It made the called on Saturday at a press conference in Abuja, following the recent attacks on the judiciary before and after the verdict by the Tribunal sacking Governor Abba Yusuf in Kano state.
National Coordinator of the group, Patriot Sunday Attah applauded the Honourable Justices of the Kano State Governorship election petition tribunal who delivered what he described as “a bold and sound judgement that sacked Engr Abba Kabir Yusuf and declared Dr. Nasir Gawuna as the elected Governor of Kano State.”
The group made up of patriotic Nigerian youths across political parties and ethnic groups who believe in peaceful co-existence, rule of law and institutional governance.
According to Attah, the judgement serves as deterrent to politicians who float electoral laws and make elections do or die affair. We had warn politicians severally to discourage their supporters from rigging and violence during elections as democracy is the government of the people by the people for the people.
He said: “You don’t have to intimidate the judiciary or cause war because you loose an election. The tenure is four years after which a fresh elections would be conducted.
“You may prepare yourself to contest again instead of sponsoring people to blackmail highly respected Justices of the election petition tribunal and intimidate the Appeal Court Judges all in a bid to reverse a sound judgement already delivered.
“We understand that, Kano has an International market which makes it a home to all Nigerians irrespective of religion and tribe. Kano indigenes are also scattered in other States of the Federation without fear of molestation. No one has monopoly of violence.
“The Judges must be encourage and supported by all Nigerians as they deliver more critical judgements that would strengthen our democracy.
“The NNPP and it’s government must come out openly to retract its violent threat being issued by its supporters including a Commissioner under Engr Abba Kabir Yusuf.
“Here is a man ordinarily referred to as Honourable Commissioner, so, where is the Honourable? . It shows how deep the NNPP must have gone in term of intimidation of judicial officers in secret before it was made public.
“We believe that the intimidation and threat being mounted are targeted towards the Apeal Court judges in order to bully them.
“We urged our Honourable Justices of the Appeal Court to to scumble to their antic but always stand on the part of justice. We have offered to stand by the judiciary and help protect the institution once it continue to maintains the part of justice.”
While recalling similar judgement in the case of Edo State election petition tribunal tat nullified the election of Senator Osunbor of the Peoples Democratic Party and declared Adams Oshiomhole of the Action Congress of Nigeria, winner, Attah said: “We condenm the leadership of the New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP who have being threatening the judges and general peace of Kano State using its supporters, to understand that, trying to intimidate the judiciary in order to force the Judges to their side would amount to miscarriage of justice.”
The group thanked President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for providing enabling environment for the judiciary to operate without interference.p2
1,000 PDP Members Join APC In Bassa As Adakeke lauds Bello
By Ishaq Dan-Imam, Lokoja
A Frontline member of PDP in Bassa local government area of Kogi state, from Kpata Ward, Alhaji Alhassan Seidu Agbem, an Abuja-based business man and philanthropist, has led 1,000 PDP members and followers to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the area.
The philanthropist, a top notcher of the PDP in Bassa local government area, Seidu Agbem, announced the defection of over 1,000 members and supporters of the PDP to APC at a defection ceremony held at Gboloko, under the influence of Hon. Alhassan Salisu Adakeke.
I what seemed like a last-minute drive for a sweeping electoral victory there an aggressive mobilization of PDP members in Bassa local government for the APC.
Agbem, disclosed that he was moving into APC to complement the campaign efforts of Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello who in his words, “runs a youth inclusive government with gender sensitive policy direction.
Agbem said Governor Bello’s effort at promotion of youth inclusiveness and enhanced women participation in governance was commendable and should be encouraged for sustainability, progress and development.
The maverick politician said he and his supporters were desirous of APC victory and ready to put in all resources to insure victory for the APC.
Receiving the defectors, the Bassa local government party chairman of APC, Hon. Abdulmumin Umar, expressed happiness on the decision of the PDP members to join the APC. Abdulmumin said the APC as a party was opened to all Nigerians as every citizen is free to come into the party with hope and higher prospect of achieving self-esteem, personal development, Community transformation as well as prosperity and good governance. Umar said the decampees now have equal rights and opportunities in political participation in all the activities of the party.
In his contribution, the Special adviser to the Governor on Primary health care services, Hon. Adakeke, commended the wisdom of the defectors he described as game changers and influencers whose political movement to APC means a lot to the APC family in Bassa and the state at large.
He added that the defectors had swiftly collapsed the PDP structure into the winning structure of the APC. He also commended the decampees for appreciating and associating with the good work of governor Bello in the state.
He appealed to the youth of Bassa LGA and Kogi state to key into the development agenda for a consolidated democracy in the state.
The special adviser further indicated that APC had won the presidential, national assembly and state house of assembly elections on a clean slate and is obviously prepared to win the November 11 Governorship elections with convincing victory.
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