Monthly Archives: March 2015

JK & THE HAWKS: GOOD FOR LAGOS OR NOT? -by Bunmi Amosu

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Sometime in 2010, I passed by a poster which had the inscription- Jay Kay, Ok! Meters away from that poster, I saw a huge billboard with the same message and my creative mind got curios. I wanted to know who was behind that lovely sales pitch. Months down the line, my curiosity was halted when a certain Jimi Agbaje stepped out from the shadows of that poster with a beautiful message to reveal his intention, aspiration and readiness to contest the seat of the Governor of Lagos state under the cover of the Democratic People’s Alliance (DPA). Jimi Agbaje was eloquent and got rave reviews for running a very robust campaign, based on ideas and policies. I could have voted for him but couldn’t as I wasn’t eligible to vote then.

After the elections, a certain ‘The Actualiser’ called BabatundeRajiFashola (BRF), anointed by the gradually becoming powerful former Governor of Lagos, Bola Tinubu, won the keenly contested governorship position. The rest, as often said, is history. But it must be stated that the 2011 governorship contest in Lagos was a robust one and the result of voting Fashola is evident for us all to see even though i, like a good number of people, have my grouse with how he has managed Local Government affairs so far. A leader they say is as good as his followers and in this case, the LG/LCDA heads in the state can be described as bad eggs going by the reality confronting us at the local levels where the dividends of democratic rule should be most evident. But, that’s a topic for another day.

After eight years of being in the saddle, the time has come for the disciplined and conscientious Governor Fashola of Lagos to take a back seat, probably take on a higher position and fresher challenge. But before he takes a deserved bow, the old challenger, Jimi Agabaje is back and he rode into the political arena on another platform which is not very popular in Lagos after 16 years of looking on from the sidelines. This time, another hitherto unknown AkinwunmiAmbode is his opponent. No one can deny the fact that Mr. Agbaje is an asset. Like Fash, he’s been described as intelligent, humble, humane and brilliant. Whether all these qualities will be put to maximum use if he eventually becomes the governor is the basis for this narrative.

Darey’s Love Like A Movie 3 Postponed Again!

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Nigerian singer Darey Art Alade announced yesterday, that his long-awaited concert Love Like A Movie will no longer hold on April 4 as planned.
The mind blowing risqué event was to enter year three on February 14, but faced a postponement because of earlier planned presidential elections in Nigeria.
The event is now being pushed back again”, Darey says, because of the political climate and the “plenty uncertainties that made it difficult to plan”.
I’m pretty disappointed myself. But LLAM will no longer hold on April 4. I truly apologize on behalf of the entire Livespot team.” 
A new date will be communicated in the coming weeks.
Everyone is asking us what’s happening. All I can assure is that we will do it and do it big again. And it will be worth the wait.’

 

Arisekola Tasks Journalists On Accurate Election Coverage

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The Chairman of the Association of Online and Social Media Practitioners of Nigeria, (AMPON), Mr. Wole Arisekola on Saturday advised journalists to be sure of the final election result by INEC before reporting news on the forthcoming elections.
Arisekola, who gave the advice in Lagos while speaking with international reporters who are in Nigeria to monitor the presidential election said “events around the 2015 election are probably some of the most interesting, heated and pulse-raising in the history of Nigeria. There have been plenty of issues to argue about and anxiety everywhere. The elections will come and go but what should be the roles of the media in all of these? Our role should be how best to announce genuine results in a balanced and fair way in order to allow for peace to reign after it all. Let us the mindful of the important tasks before us”.

WORLD ORAL HEALTH DAY 2015: PARTAKE IN #BRUSHBRUSH CAMPAIGN AS PEPSODENT LEADS FIGHT AGAINST TOOTH CAVITY

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Pepsodent in partnership with the Nigerian Dental Association (NDA)is taking the bold step to promoting the culture of brushing day and night which is a global best practice to healthy oral care.

To mark this year’s WOHD, Pepsodent in conjunction with the NDAhave mapped out activities to directly engage Nigerians and improve their oral care.
With the theme “Smile for Life” Dr. Olabode Ijarogbe, President, NDA, at a media briefing in Lagos said that the WOHDcelebration will take place at the University of Lagos Sporting Complex on March 20th with 1500 children participating to take a pledge to brush twice daily. Also there will be a dental booth for participants to take a smile pledge.

More Troubles For Femi Fani Kayode As Surety Withdraws From Money Laundering Case

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PDP chieftain, Chief Femi Fani Kayode who is under trial for money laundering  risks being re-arrested as one of his sureties withdraws from the case.
One of his sureties has applied to the Federal High Court in Lagos to withdraw from guaranteeing the defendant’s temporary freedom.

The surety, Wale Ajisebutu has applied to the Federal High Court in Lagos to withdraw from standing as a guarantor for the defendant’s temporary freedom.

He told Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia that he urgently needed to make use of his Certificate of Occupancy  which was part of the documents required by law to be met by a guarantor standing for a defendant’s bail.

The judge was to consider the application Tuesday, but the defence, it was learnt, asked for another date.

The matter has been fixed for March 26 for hearing of the surety’s application and continuation of trial.

‘I trust Buhari but I doubt his environment’ – Pastor Tunde Bakare

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Fiery Lagos Pastor, Tunde Bakare on Tuesday expressed his feelings about the Presidential candidate  of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari whom he said he trusts  but not the credibility of “his environment”.

“Yes I trust Buhari and this is because I have worked closely with him but I doubt his environment. The Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress, which one is really clean? Only God can give us true leaders,” Bakare said.

Weeks to 80th birthday Oyo ex-Governor, Olunloyo’s health worsens (details of how he’s been hopping in-and-out of hospitals)

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Former Governor of Oyo State, Dr Omololu Olunloyo is presently battling an ill health which may likely shift the celebration of his 80th birthday.
The politician was planning to celebrate his 80th birthday precisely on April 14, 2015 but he is suffering from ailments which many claimed to be symptoms  of his old age.
A source revealed to papermacheonline that the former-Governor  has been going from one hospital to another within Ibadan, the latest is said to be located in the Bodija axis of the city where the politician has presently been admitted.
He was said to have been diagnosed of various life-threatening ailments.
The source further revealed that his health challenges were met last year when the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi paid his bills for an extensive medical trip to the United Kingdom last year, but that all efforts to reach him to come to the septugenarian’s aid presently proved abortive as he was said to be busy planning for elections.
Dr Olunloyo, a mathematician became the Commissioner for Economic Development for the Western Region in 1962 when he was 27 and later defeated the late Chief Bola Ige to become the Governor of Oyo State in 1983 before his term ended three months later when General Muhammadu Buhari took over power and sacked all elected government.