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Comrade Ayodele Adewale (R) , Prince Lanre Sanusi (PLS)


Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency made up of Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area and Oriade Local Development Council Area in Lagos State is no stranger to epic electoral contests. In fact, sensational and emotional-laden electoral contests had already happened in recent times both at the local government and general elections levels. 

In the forthcoming 2023 general elections, a different type of an epic electoral battle is looming in the political horizon of the festival town. This time, it would no longer be a proverbial godfatherised political duel, but a well-informed political battle between and among political titans; all nurture a passionate desire to trounce each other across all divides. 

This looming electoral battle in Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency is dubbed by many local political analysts as the Battle of Political Titans and to be most keenly contested because, for the first time in the festival town rich electoral life, contestations for House of Reps will be waged by locally and internationally exposed political veterans which are all repositories of tremendous academic and professional qualifications, experiences, wealth, power and influence. 

As the battle for the soul of Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency continues to rage, observers have continued to watch with keen interest where and how events will play out especially as we move closely to the general elections. The House of Reps post which is currently occupied by the opposition PDP is going to throw up a competitive challenge as the incumbent is not likely to recontest after his two terms. 

Amongst aspirants in the All Progressive Congress (APC) jostling for the green chambers the following names according to Push News 24 International findings came up tops amongst stakeholders in Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency, these includes Hon Gbenga Oyerinde – SSA to the Executive Governor of Lagos State on CBD, Comrade Ayodele Adewale Fmr. Exec Chairman Amuwo Local Government and APC Lagos State Organizing Secretary, Prince Lanre Sanusi (PLS) – Board Room Guru and Financial Expert, Hon Dipo Olorunrinu – Fmr, Lawmaker LAHA Constituency 1 (2015-19), Hon (Mrs) Ramotalai Akinola-Hassan – Fmr Lawmaker and Executive Chairman, Oriade LCDA, Kate Omolola Banjoko (KOB) Fmr Councillor Eko Akete, Engr. Odumuyiwa Olukunle Paul (O’Top) – Professionals in Politics Advocate, Hon Omoniyi Olulade Bethel – Councilor, Ward B Amuwo Odofin and Hon Olawale Ebietomiye – Trans-National Professional. 

Preparatory to the House of Reps primaries of the APC, Push News 24 International research shows that two titans have found themselves tangled up in an impending slugfest which some pundits have already predicted could be a re-enactment of the 2019 APC primary tussle between the upland and lowland of Amuwo- Odofin Federal Constituency political space which saw the duo of Prince Lanre Sanusi (PLS) winning the APC primaries with majority votes from the riverine (Oriade) and parts of immediate Amuwo Odofin LGA while Comrade Ayodele Adewale showed more strength in FESTAC and environs. PLS won the 2019 primaries while Com Ayodele came a distant 4th after Hon Tunde Sanusi and Late Hon Risikat Adegeye.  

Despite their popularity and State incumbency APC still lost the 2019 HoR election to the opposition PDP due to internal wranglings over the swapping of the winner of the primaries with a 3rd place aspirant and now, on that basis, a lot of emotions, permutations, and all sorts of possibilities have dominated political discourse among the stakeholders of the APC in Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency. This is more so with the conviction in some quarters that the party’s ticket would come hopeful without similar mirage.       

For the sake of clarity, the two major contenders in the Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency are Prince Lanre Sanusi (PLS) and Com. Ayodele Adewale. The duo is not about to go into any physical warfare.  But as leaders and experienced grassroot politicians, both of them need to manage their supporters in a way that would not escalate their political differences but strengthen the peaceful sportsmanship as displayed in the 2019 primaries. 

This is particularly imperative as loyalists on both sides are already embroiled in a quiet exchange of brickbats, name-calling, accusations, and counter-accusations. The trend, some concerned stakeholders warned, could snowball into spontaneous situation if the situation was not properly managed. 

For Com Ayodele Adewale, the current Organizing Secretary of Lagos APC, the sky is the limit as his sterling performance as a former Executive Chairman of Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area stands him out having been tested and with requisite experience. Comrade Adewale had in over two decades built a network of friends, associates, and political allies across Lagos State.  His environmentally friendly policies, infrastructural developments, community relations and loyalty to the leadership of the party in the State will count towards his advantage. The Unionist has always not failed to pride himself as an “Asiwaju’s Boy” a term which portrays him as one who was mentored by the National Leader of the APC. Adewale’s relationship with indigenes of other States and non-natives who are residents of Amuwo Odofin will endear him to many as a preferred choice in the primaries. The Comrade who was an active student leader and Unionist during his time also cuts-out as highly vocal and a confident public affairs analyst who has continually used the media to promulgate Nigeria’s democracy and civil movement on a national level. His political caucus in APC remains a formidable team in Amuwo Odofin politics. Ayodele’s downside has been that of his prolonged banter with his self-styled mentee who is the current Executive Chairman of Amuwo Odofin LGA and his love-lost relationship with some of the Apex leaders in Amuwo Odofin. Been a non-indigene may also count as a minus in his quest for the green chambers. Above all, Ayodele has earned his stripes as a valuable party man on the world stage.

Prince Lanre Sanusi who is popularly called PLS on the other hand came into the fray of Amuwo Odofin politics subtly and strategically which cumulated in his winning the 2019 HoR primaries. As a shrewd political strategist who has his eyes on the exalted seat PLS prides himself as an illustrious fine-gentle man who has both international and local experiences in Strategic Leadership, Tax Consultancy and Financial Advisory Services. With this effort as his 3rd attempt at the HoR , PLS is not known to carry any political baggage like other aspirants as he is seen by many as a fresh perspective to the governance question in Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency. With a Doctorate Degree in-view PLS humility has endeared him as the favorite of the Apex leadership in Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency and a hopeful of most of the party delegates as he is always known to run a rancor free campaign. As an Awori descendant and Lagos Prince by birth he tends to appeal to the indigenous people and traditional institutions such that his candidacy can be sold seamlessly to all. A detribalized man that he is, PLS has insisted that Lagos is for all and that all can live and enjoy the good of Lagos with mutual respect under a people-oriented government, which he is determined to make possible in Amuwo Odofin. He is an active financier of the party in Lagos and also an active member of the APC USA Chapter. PLS downsides maybe how to quickly and effectively build alliances with his non-supporters after winning the primaries. 

Strangely, other aspirants tend to display certain strengths at various levels but the outcome of the APC primaries will tell the people’s choice; Regardless, a number of factors will surely come into play in the election of the standard-bearer of the party. Presumably, these may include such important considerations as a network of alliances, compromises, age, the health status of aspirants, governors’ influence, as well as party’s succession game plan, among others 

In terms of alliances, none of the aspirants can undermine the strength, enormity, and formidability of the duo of PLS and Comrade Adewale. 

We are all expectant, and we can feel the next level unfolding. Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency is on the threshold of greatness …..Let the contest begin! 

Written by:

Prince Olamilekan Ojo Martins (MNIPR), Public Relations Practitioner, Perception Manager and Media Entrepreneur 



PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : December 4th, 2021

Amb. Kingsley Enwelim Nwanze, Founder, Amuwo Odofin/Oriade Merit Awards


 Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency over the years has had its own fair share of the good, the bad and the ugly awards, with tongues wagging if community awards are yet so valuable in today’s society.

According to the CELCE-AFRICA boss, “Great achievements are accompanied by great results. Prizes/Plaques are given to the top achievers in fields ranging from sports to politics to science to writing etc. Though they take different forms, all of these prizes are meant to highlight and celebrate those individuals who’ve ascended to the top of their game”.
Whatever prestige attached to our awards, these prizes are often accompanied by striking custom awards Plaques with great designs”.

In an interactive session with Push News 24 International, the Visioneer of the Amuwo Odofin/Oraide  Merit Awards, Amb. Kingsley Enwelim Nwanze while assessing the relevance of Community Based Awards in Nigeria stated emphatically that the Amuwo Odofin/Oraide Merit Awards is unique and a bold statement which will shape and provide the needed standards for award organizers in Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency.

Amb. Nwanze also stated that the community award is self sponsored by Center for Leadership and Creative Entrepreneurs in Africa, a registered NGO, hence, every awardee gets equal recognition and there is no external influence rather nominees will have to prove their worthiness before a screening panel.

Amuwo Odofin/Oraide Merit Awards was developed to honor persons who are making significant contributions to their community through their time, actions, talents and dedication”. Nwanze added.

Push News 24 International noted that what makes this award unique is that the awardees who are to be selected should serve as a role model for compassion, and service and be striving to make the world a better place. He/ she should have been seen to have a passion for helping others in his/her community.

Nwanze said so much has been put to the planning of this maiden edition which is billed for 2022.

On the acceptability of the awards he has this to say ” In all corners of Amuwo Odofin community, people are making a difference. Residents and stakeholders are nominating  passionate individuals and organizations daily who have contributed significant and lasting change in the community over the past years right from the first day the calls for nominations was made” 

Push News 24 International can confirm that the Amuwo Odofin/Oraide Merit Awards as a catalyst award recognizes the efforts of those that build community through volunteerism or philanthropy and inspire others to do the same – those that go “above and beyond” for Amuwo community. 

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PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : December 1st, 2021

Prince Olalekan Ojo Martins


Prince Olamilekan Ojo Martins, the Chief Responsibility Officer of Push Communications Media LLC owners of Push News 24 International and Initiator of Amuwo Odofin “Man of the Year Awards” have been confirmed and nominated into the prestigious Amuwo Odofin 50 Most Influential Persons 2021 (Youth Edition).

In the letter of confirmation of nomination by the organisers of the annual award the Amuwo Odofin 50 Most Influential people in the community accords recognition to people whose ideas, legacies have contributed to peaceful transformation of community and socio-econominc development.

According to a release awardees were placed in about 5 sub-categories reflecting their areas of competence and influence ; these includes Business, Community Leadership, Politics, philanthrophy and Icons.

Commenting on the recognition and his acceptance, Martins appreciated the organisers who he described are of high moral standards and unquestionably integrity in all ramifications for confirming his nomination amongst several hundreds nominated. According to him, “As a PR practitioner I understand the crucial role awards of this nature plays in strengthening community relationships between corporate organisations, residents and their stakeholders”

We are honoured to not only receive this award but to have been nominated alongside other outstanding personalities. We remain committed to improving quality of life on a sustainable basis through our professional conducts.” he added.

Push News 24 International reports that, Prince Olalekan Ojo Martins is a Chartered Member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, (MNIPR) and Media Officer for Amuwo Odofin TV Online. Also as an Internationally Chartered Public Relations Practitioner, Certified Communications Forensic Expert- and Multi-media professional he has continually used his professional tools of over 18 years to advance the course of achieving a sustainable socio-economic and communal atmosphere that is geared towards an improving the society. Martins has always maintained his uprightness and very involved in most socio-political activities at the grassroot that requires quality thinking, planning and strategy.

Having sat at the top achelon of several think-tank and strategic campaign teams of corporate Organisations and corporate brands, Martins has also brought his professional proficiency towards specifically branding aspirants for political offices.

A prolific youth catalyst, peer educator, writer, social commentator and researcher, the marketing communication graduate who is a core sanguine, also has as his God-Given assets, great oratory and entertainment skills, this has also stood him out among his peers. As a deliberate attempt towards expanding his professional frontiers, Martins plans in a few years to run a full fledged radio and TV station, a platform which has already began via his company, Push Communications Media which is a 21st Century avante-garde Public Relations and Multimedia concern with focus on Public Relations, Advertising, Broadcast Journalism, Media Entrepreneurship, Multimedia, Events, Image Management.

Prince humanitarian efforts has led to the formation of the Ojo GO Foundation and Greater Nigeria Movement in Diaspora, a socio-economic movement aimed at seeking the coporations of stakeholders abroad towards addressing societal challenges in Nigeria, This gestures he has also extended to Nigeria with the donations of free jamb forms and scholarships to indigent persons since 2016.

Prince Olalekan Ojo Martins is a Christian who loves to swimming and travel and believer of a greater Nigeria.

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