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Thousands of Waste Managers Endorse Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu for President,Governor




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Thousands of waste managers in Lagos and southwest states on Thursday endorsed the presidential ambition of the APC’s candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the re-election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for second term.

The waste managers, under the aegis of the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAMN), popularly known as PSPs, at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, formerly known as Onikan Stadium, vowed to mobilize all its members for door-to-door campaign for Tinubu and Sanwo-Olu.

National President, AWAMN, David Oriyomi, said it was Tinubu who brought in the PSPs in 1999 when he was governor of Lagos State in a bid to tackle the waste problems of the state.

According to him: “He nurtured and empowered us through the small-medium business model, and successive Governments built his solid foundation. Lagos was transformed and received numerous accolades as one of the cleanest states in Nigeria and Africa.

“When our livelihood came under attack and 350 businesses were faced with the risk of bankruptcy. Asiwaju came to our rescue, by speaking out for us and hereby securing our livelihood.

“Today, the small business model established by Asiwaju has been replicated in over 9 states in Nigeria and other West African countries. It is, for this reason, we as an association are fully and wholly committed to voting and campaigning for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the Next President of Nigeria,” he said.

Oriyomi also recalled that AWAMN was the first organization that endorsed the candidacy of Sanwo-Olu in 2018, saying that the association was pleased that he has “proven us right by the great work that he has done in the State and for the environment.”

“You will all recall that he inherited a heap of waste across the state, he started by declaring a state of emergency and backed it up with action leaving Lagos better than what he inherited. Now, under his leadership, waste is now seen as a resources and we are humble to be his foot soldiers to making circular economy a reality. We are committed to a Greater Lagos Rising,” he added.

Oriyomi pledged that the association would embark on a door-to-door campaign, to reach every nook and cranny of the state for Tinubu and Sanwo-Olu.

“We will secure 10m votes for our Grand Patron, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Shettima. We will secure 2m votes for our Governor, Mr. Babajide Olushola Sanwo-Olu and Dr. Femi Hamzat. We will secure votes for all the Governors in all the states that we operate in,” he stated.

Earlier, Governor Sanwo-Olu, who made a brief appearance at the event, pledged to increase the salaries of waste managers in the state.

He called on them to vote massively for Tinubu, himself and other APC candidates for various positions.

Sanwo-Olu reminded them that it was Tinubu who brought in PSPs in Lagos, saying “this is where you eat, don’t listen to lies, we will increase your wages.”

Also speaking, Deputy Governor of Lagos, Dr. Kadri Hamzat told the waste managers that it was Tinubu who brought about the PSPs, which many states have adopted.

He said: “Tinubu knows the way, we should get our PVCs and mobilize others to get their PVCs to vote for Tinubu and Sanwo-Olu. Let them know that it is Tinubu we are voting for. When he gets to Abuja, he will perform.

“Many States in Nigeria now have KAI, LAWMA and LASTMA. Tinubu is our teacher. On March 11, we should come out and vote for Sanwo-Olu,” he said.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), LAWMA, Ibrahim Odumboni, said what has become AWAMN today had its foundation solidly laid by Tinubu many years ago.

He noted that “Since one good turn deserves another, it is only worthwhile that the association has mobilized its personnel in hundreds and thousands, for APC’s victory in next month’s elections.

“As an emerging mega city at the time, Lagos State needed to solve the challenge of solid waste management, which the administration of Asiwaju Tinubu as governor of the time, confronted frontally, leading to the emergence of the PSP operators,” he said.

Odumboni stated that through successive stages, they had evolved over time, wading through challenges, but ultimately leaving the environment and the cityscape the better for it.

He commended AWAMN, its executive and the teeming PSP personnel in demonstrating a massive show of support for Tinubu’s presidential ambition, and the re-election bid of Sanwo-Olu.

Odumboni noted that while this mobilizations was encouraging, the association must equally translate the massive support to electoral votes on election day, saying this was the only way to truly appreciate and help actualize the worthy ambitions of Tinubu and Sanwo-Olu.

Chairman, APC, Lagos State chapter, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi urged the waste managers to vote massively for Tinubu for laying the foundation for a solid Lagos.

“Vote for him to become president. Collect your PVCs, tell others to go and collect their PVCs so that we can vote for Tinubu and Sanwo-Olu,” he said.

High-profile politicians in attendance included the Lagos State APC chairman, Mr. Cornelius Ojelabi, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, and Mr. Joe Igbokwe, the Special Adviser for Drainage and Water Resources to Lagos State Governor, the Ogun State Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Ola Oresanya.

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Obasa Returns as Lagos Assembly Speaker for Third Term





The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has been returned as the Speaker of the House for the third term.

In a letter sent by the Governor to the Clerk of the House, Barrister Olalekan Onafeko, Sanwo-Olu had hinted that in line with the provision of section 105 (3), the first session of the 10th Assembly was proclaimed.

Obasa, representing Agege 1 constituency at the Assembly was unanimously elected by 39 members-elect as the new Speaker of the 10th Assembly.

He was elected as Speaker in 2015 and re-elected in 2019 and now in 2023.

The Speaker was nominated by Hon Temitope Adewale representing Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency I, seconded by Hon by Hon Sylvester Ogunkelu Epe Constituency II.

The 10th Assembly comprising 40 members include 19 returning members and 21 new members.

Out of the 40 members, 38 members were elected from the All Progressives Congress, APC and two were from Labour Party, LP.

Earlier, the State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu who was at the House to declare the 10th Assembly open was also on hand to witness the elections of the principal officers.

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Lagos Speakership Race: Tinubu, GAC Settle for Obasa, Tobun as Deputy Speaker





The race for the Speakership of the 10th Lagos Assembly may have been settled by the intervention of President Bola Tinubu and the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) on Saturday. can authoritatively reports that for the past few weeks, there had been serious politicking between the incumbent Speaker Mudashiru Obasa and his challenger, Hon. Abiodun Tobun over who becomes the Speaker of the House in the 10th Assembly.

It was gathered that the mild drama that occured during the 9th Assembly valedictory session on June 2, prompted the GAC and Tinubu to intervene quickly to nip in the bud the likely crisis that might brew out of the drama.

Our reporter gathered that when the report of what transpired got to Tinubu in Abuja, he quickly called on the GAC to meet and take decision on the leadership of the 10th Assembly.

It was learnt that the directive given to the GAC prompted the party elders to convene a meeting yesterday (Saturday) to ask Obasa to retain his Speakership seat while Tobun takes the Deputy Speakership seat.

One of the GAC members who was at the meeting and does not want his name mentioned told that the highest decision making body intervention would bring about peace and stability in the House and the Lagos APC, saying that the elders would continue to monitor developments in the House.

” We met yesterday to douse the tension. We were informed of what happened at the floor of the House on Friday which we are not happy about. Lagos APC is one united family. We know how to resolve our issues and settle dispute among ourselves. Any member of our party can aspire for any position he or she wishes and when it is becoming crisis, we have the audacity to step in and address it amicably.

” Yes, President Tinubu heard of what happened too and quickly directed us (GAC) to meet and take decision on the matter. As elders in the party, we considered many factors before settling for Obasa to retain his Speakership while Tobun to be the Deputy Speaker. Both of them are qualified and are ranking members of the House.

” Obasa comes from Lagos West, Tobun from Lagos East while the Governor from Lagos Central. Our Deputy Governor is from Lagos East. We think and believe all the 3 Senatorial districts is settled and carried along.

” Other principal officers can be decided by the members themselves. Although, we will keep a close watch of what the House will be doing becuase we want stability and cordial relationship between the Executive arm and Legislative arm”.

With this latest development, it is expected that the proclamation of the 10th Lagos Assembly would be a rancor free and seamless experience as Lawmakers-elect are expected to honour and respect the decision of the GAC.

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10th Assembly: Why Senate President must be a Southern Christian- Lagos Senator-elect, ESHILOKUN





A Senator-elect, Rt. Hon. Wasiu-Eshinlokun Sanni on Monday said the next Senate President must come from the South and should be a Christian, noting the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC would have to balance the choice of Muslim/Muslim ticket of the executive arm Government of the incoming administration.

Wasiu-Eshinlokun gave the advice during an interview with the correspondents covering the Lagos State House of Assembly in his office, Alausa, Ikeja.

Eshinlokun-Sanni who is an outgoing Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly and he is billed to represent Lagos Central in the 10th Assembly. gathered that he House correspondents were in his office to present an award of meritorious service to the outgoing Deputy Speaker who had played prominent role in ensuring stability in the State House of Assembly in the last eight years.

It would be recalled that the Vice President-elect, Senator Kashim Shettima had disclosed that the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, picked Godswill Akpabio as his preferred candidate for the position of senate president to avoid the “negative narrative of Islamization”.

Shettima spoke Friday during a meeting with some elected lawmakers including Tajudeen Abbas, whose ambition to be House Speaker has been endorsed by Tinubu and the ruling party, APC.

Shettima said Mr Tinubu wants to prevent a situation where the President, Vice President, Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives would all be Muslims.

The same faith ticket of Tinubu and Shettima already created a situation where the president and vice president are Muslims. There have, therefore, been calls by many Nigerians for the APC to ensure religious balance in its choice of presiding officers of the parliament.

Eshinlokun-Sanni therefore reiterated that, “For the 10th Assembly, I believe the party should play prominent role. There are so many factors that must be considered. He or she must crime from the South and must be a Christian. The noise about Muslim/Muslim ticket must be nipped in the bud.

“As we speak, there are three Senators that are qualified for the Senate President seat. Akpabio , Kalu and Izunazo. And we have to consider the aspitants based on the contributions of each region.

“The north central has a right to complain. But don’t forget that there are other positions that they can take. The government and the party will have to find some positions to give them. It is not a rocket science,” he noted.

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