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Revealed! How Zamfara Governor, Matawalle Bribed His Way Into APC

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Revealed! How Zamfara Governor, Matawalle Bribed His Way Into APC

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QOZEEM OPAKUNLE (ZAMFARA)

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Fresh details are coming from the inner camp of Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle of Zamfara State on how the Governor bribed APC stalwarts and federal level political office holders in government to decamp from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to All Progressive Congress, APC in June this year.

Our medium gathered that, these details came in a recorded telephone conversation with Hon. Yusuf Alhassan Kanoma who is one of the right hand State Assembly members of Governor Matawalle.

Hon. Kanoma was explaining to one of the Commissioners in the state why the state went broke and found it difficult to pay the October salary much less do other development projects when the information allegedly leaked.

In the conversation that took place with English and Hausa switches, Mr. Kanoma mentioned that the effort to decamp to APC cost Matawalle more than 10 billion naira which were all drawn from many shoddy contractual arrangements in the name of the State Government.

Some of the leading beneficiaries of the moneys that exchanged hand were the Ag. National Chairman of APC, Governor Mai-Mala Buni; Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami and former Zamfara State Governor Ahmad Sani Yariman Bakura who played a guardian role to Governor Matawalle in the decamping process.

Kanoma also mentioned the occasion of the launching of vehicle distribution for judges in the state commissioned by the Attorney General as the entry point for getting the attention of the Minister of Justice for his share. The names of Governors, Bagudu of Kebbi State and Badaru of Jigawa all featured in the conversation with Mr. Kanoma with a tag from the share of the money. Also mentioned as beneficiaries were Femi Fani Kanyode and Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Ali Isah Pantami.

Asked how he knew about these details, Mr. Yusuf Alhassan Kanoma explained that he got the explanation when he was applying pressure on the Governor to complete the road linking his hometown of Kanoma in Maru Local Government with the highway. He said the Governor had no option but to explain to him especially when he wanted him to spearhead the false accusation of connivance with banditry to two of his colleagues in the State House who are posing a threat to the Governor. He added that the Governor wanted him to facilitate the third review of the contract of the Cargo airport in Gusau which gulps a lot of money without much progress.

It could be recalled that Governor Bello Matawalle became the Governor of Zamfara State on a platter of gold under the platform of PDP when the court cancelled all the elective posts won by APC and gave the PDP. Although he vowed never to leave the PDP, Governor Matawalle was scared by the strength of the reunion of former Governor Yari and Senator Marafa camps in February this year which made it clearly impossible for him to win election against the two powerful politicians come 2023. Afraid of the ways in which he made life difficult to some of their supporters including imprisonment of some of them, he decided to join APC from the Federal level which made the use of humongous amount of money like the one mentioned by Hon. Kanoma necessary.

Commentators on the state of affairs in Zamfara observed that the state dived deeper into state of poverty and insecurity under Matawalle whose policy of dealing with the banditry was considered faulty.

His attempt to make peace with the bandits failed woefully; just like the present attempt of locking down market and telecom services in the state does not yield any positive result with bandits operating with impunity in most parts of the state.

In the conversation, Hon. Yusuf Kanoma was much worried by how joining the APC did not seem to solve Governor Bello Matawalle’s camp with all the uncertainty of State Party congress and the action of agrieved party members from both PDP and APC against them.

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Hon Oyinlomo Danmole Congratulates Prince Tajudeen Olusi, for his well deserved honour.

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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Hon Oyinlomo Danmole has described the award of honorary Doctorate Degree of Literature ( History, Education,and Community Development) bestowed on Prince Tajudeen Oluyole Olusi as well deserved and inspiring for those who will continue to learn from him.

He said that Prince Tajudeen Olusi deserves every honour due to years of his unrival selfless service to the development of Lagos State and the nation at large.

The management of the Lagos State University (LASU) announced the Award of Doctorate Degree of Literature, History, Education and Community Development on Prince Olusi at the 27th convocation of the institution held at the campus, Ojo.

LASU says the honour was in recognition to his service to humanity and contribution to national development.

Hon Danmole in a statement was of the view that the honour will inspire Prince Olusi, who is a prominent political and community leader to render more service to humanity especially the less privileged in the society.

He charged Lagosians and Nigerians at large to emulate the exemplary leadership roles of Prince Tajudeen Olusi towards positive development of the country.

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Amuwo-Odofin 2: Appeal Court affirms Rauf’s Lagos Assembly election, dismisses LP suit

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos, on Friday, dismissed the appeal filed by the Labour Party candidate, David Doherty, against Hon. Wale Rauf of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

August24news.com gathered that the judgement was celebrated on the official facebook page of the Lagos State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Cornelius Ojelabi.

The Appeal Court affirmed the ruling of the House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal which declared Rauf as the rightful winner of the Amuwo-Odofin Constituency 2 election conducted on March 18, 2023.

It also directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Doherty and issue new one to Rauf of the APC.

Rauf would be returning to the House to serve as a second term lawmaker, having served between 2019 and 2023.

Our Correspondent had reported that the House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Lagos, upturned the election of Doherty and declared Rauf as winner.

Doherty not satisfied with the ruling, approached the Court of Appeal.

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BREAKING: 2 REJECTED AS LAGOS LAWMAKERS CONFIRM SANWO-OLU’S SECOND BATCH OF NOMINEES

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BREAKING: 2 REJECTED AS LAGOS LAWMAKERS CONFIRM SANWO-OLU’S SECOND BATCH OF NOMINEES

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The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday confirmed 15 out of the second batch of 18 nominees sent by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu recently.



The confirmation happened after Hon. Mojeed Fatai, Chief Whip and chairman of the screening committee, laid a report of the exercise before the House.

At a sitting presided over by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, the lawmakers rejected Engr. Olalere Odusote and Mr. Samuel Egube.

However, the House resolved to step down the confirmation of Hon. Tolani Sule Akibu for another day.

Dr. Obasa, commended the committee saying the members did a thorough job screening the nominees. His position was supported by the lawmakers present at plenary.

Those confirmed include:
Dr. Afolabi Abiodun Tajudeen
Mr. Oluwaseun Oriyomi Osiyemi
Prof. Akinola Emmanuel Abayomi
Dr. Oluwarotimi Omotola Wahab Fashola
Mrs. Folashade Kaosarat Ambrose-Medem
Mrs. Akinyemi Bankole Ajigbotafe
Mrs. Bolaji Cécilia Dada
Mrs. Barakat Akande Bakare
Mr. Olugbenga Omotosho
Mr. Mosopefoluwa George
Dr. Yekini Nurudeen Agbaje
Dr. Olumide Oluyinka
Mr. Abayomi Samson Oluyomi
Dr. Iyabode Oyeyemi Ayoola
Hon. Sola Shakirudeen Giwa.

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