IKORODU WEST COUNCIL BOSS PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE LEGACY OF LEADER ADEMEHIN
In a somber communique and at the funeral service & Internment held on Friday 9th February 2024 at the Four Square Gospel Church, Ipakodo, Ikorodu, Lagos State, The executive Chairman of Ikorodu West Local Council Development Area, Hon Otunba Sulaiman Kaseem Olanrewaju has expressed heartfelt condolences on the passing of a key political leader in Ikorodu Division, an influential figure in Lagos State politics, describing Engr. Oluwasegun Ademehin (a.k.a Superman), as a towering figure in the state’s socio-political landscape, the Mayor extended sympathies to the late Ademehin family, friends, and memebers of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Engr. Ademehin’s life, characterized by dedication to Lagos State and the advancement of shared values, was highlighted by the Council Mayor. Ademehin was lauded not only for his leadership but also for his visionary grassroot advocacy for justice, equality, and progress.
Acknowledging Supernan’s significant contributions to the socio-cultural and political space, the Hon Sulaiman emphasized his unwavering commitment to the betterment of the good people of Ikorodu West LCDA, state, and nation. Specific achievements and initiatives were mentioned, highlighting his enduring impact on improving lives and shaping the community’s future.
Engr. Ademehin’s integrity, compassion, and commitment to public service were underscored as traits that will be remembered. The Mayor portrayed him as a beacon of hope and inspiration, urging other political hopefuls to emulate his example and strive for a better tomorrow.
SKO in his closing remarks, called on residents and his political assocites and mentees to honor [Engr Ademehin’s memory by continuing his good work, the Council boss further encourage unity amongst party faithfuls in facing future challenges. The message conveyed was one of determination to uphold principles dear to late Ademehin who he continuously referred to as his leader.
The Chartered Accountant turned politician concluded with the Mayor extending deepest sympathies to all who knew and loved Engr Ademehin expressing hope that his legacy will endure as a testament to leadership, courage, and compassion.
LANRE SANUSI ENDS CAMPAIGN IN STYLE, EXPRESS GRATITUDE TO AMUWO ODOFIN RESIDENTS
The Director-General of the PLS Campaign Organisation, High Chief (Hon) Moshood O. Badmus, yesterday expressed gratitude to the good people of Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency, who trooped out in large numbers to welcome and join in the house-to-house and final campaign rally across the 11 wards in Amuwo Odofin local government areas of Lagos State.
Badmus, in a statement yesterday at Mile 2, said Prince Lanre Sanusi had during the campaign expressed happiness at the huge turnout and have taken particular notice of the joy that radiated on the faces of the residents and indigenes of the constituents throughout the campaign.
He said he was particularly impressed at the enthusiasm displayed by the people of the constituent and especially their readiness to welcome the All Progressives Congress, House of Representative Candidate to their localities even at late hours of the day.
Badmus said: “On behalf of our Symbol, Prince Lanre A. Sanusi and the PLS Campaign Organization, I want to express our gratitude to the good people of Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency who joyfully came out to welcome our campaigns in the different localities.
“We are particularly grateful that you accorded PLS and his team a very warm reception at every ward, even as you readily applauded his candidature as a right choice for a new beginning in Amuwo Odofin ”
“We want to reassure you that the advent of PLS will offer even greater achievements and better life in all the 11 Wards that make up the Constituents.”
He equally urged residents of the constituency to troop out enmasse on Saturday, as the first round of elections begin with the presidential and National Assembly election.
“I want to urge you to readily come out in good numbers to perform your civic responsibilities on Saturday, February 25, for the Presidential/National Assembly Election and on March 11, when we shall complete the assignment,” he added”.
Push News 24 International reports that prior to the grand finale rally in Mile 2 and environs, PLS visited the riverine communities of Ward J and K where he was joyously received enmasse by Ibeshe Kingdom who publicly endorsed him as their choice candidate.
ORIADE LCDA : PLS PARTNERS GROUP TO LAUNCH PROJECT ON INCREASED VOTERS PARTICIPATION
“the use of data and digital systems to increase voter participation in elections will create a culture of participatory democracy.” – PLS
A Non-governmental Organisation, Asiwaju Grassroot Team (AGT) has launched an aggressive campaign to re-orientate the populace on the need to fulfill their National Obligations as the 2023 general elections draws nigh.
The Seminar themed on the topic – “National Voting Fortune” was held at Oraide LCDA in Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency with the primary title -Political Envagelism : Raising Active voters above 50%” a deliberate effort aimed at increasing voters’ participation in electoral process in Nigeria.
Push News 24 International had recently reported the level of political apathy that thrives in Nigeria regarding voters’ participation and also analysed its implications on the democratic process.
Announcing the launch of the project in Oriade LCDA, a community which is home to majority of the indigenous communities in Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency, the AGT Leader, noted that democracy is built on the principle of participation where all citizens are expected to play active roles.
This, according to him, defines the art of nation-building where everyone is involved.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Stalwart and House of Representative Candidate for Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency, Prince Lanre A. Sanusi (PLS) in his keynote address, said “In a democratic country like Nigeria, one of the metrics of measuring our democratic status is highlighted by regular elections.
“Since 1999 when the country returned to democracy, after a long hiatus with military rule, the country has held six elections. Some of the low points of these elections have been massive electoral apathy influenced by factors such as electoral violence, political thuggery, rigging, etc.
“Nonetheless, elections are what determine the quality of leadership a country has. Growing political apathy harms the development of the country. This is one of the reasons why we have decided to partner AGT on the need to shore up eligible voting population to above 50% in Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency,” PLS said.
The US trained Financial Advisor advised that “the use of data and digital systems will help to increase voter participation in elections and create a culture of the anticipated over 50% participatory democracy.”
“My collaborations with AGT is set out to educate Nigerians and indeed Amuwo Odofin Constituents on the need to actively participate in the electoral process. We shall also be advocating for free, fair and peaceful elections. The process of electing public officials must be transparent and citizens must exercise their franchise without fear.
“This campaign will also address issues such as voter education, electoral violence, getting voters card and making the electoral laws accessible to more citizens. As the February 2023 elections approach us, my mission with AGT is to play an active role in increasing participation in elections, especially among young people in Oriade LCDA and Amuwo Odofin LGA.”
“As a group of interest, We will be working with various stakeholders including INEC, community-based organizations, religious institutions, youth led and women groups as well as the media to make this re-orientation a success. We will also fashion out ways to erase barriers to greater political participation. It is important we increase people’s participation in the electoral process and make it more meaningful.”
Sanusi stressed that ballots that are rejected during the vote count are widely attributed to inadequate civic and voter education.
” To put this in context, over one million votes cast in the Nigerian presidential election in 2011 were rejected during counting; mainly because the ballots were wrongly marked. The rejected votes constitute about 3.2% of all votes cast in that election. According to observers, this figure is high and could have been markedly lower with adequate voter education.”
“At the same time, there have been rapid declines in the turnout of voters in elections across Nigeria. For instance, the voter turnout in the 2019 presidential election dropped to 35% from 44% in the 2015 elections. That 44% turnout was also a decline from 54% attained in the 2011 polls. Indeed, statistics show that the voter turnout for Nigerian presidential elections has been dropping since 2003.”
“We urge Nigerians of voting age who are yet to register to take advantage of this opportunity to get registered and prepare to exercise their franchise when the need arises even after the 2023 general elections.”
PLS further commended Amuwo Odofin Constituents for their support for him so far and urging them to vote overwhelmingly for all the APC in Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the names of LGA’s affected by the new reclassification of voters to other polling units. This is according to a press release signed by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC, Festus Okoye.
Amongst the LGA’s affected in Lagos State is Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency, Push News 24 International reports.
Below are exerts from the release as made available to the media.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission Lagos State wishes to inform all eligible voters in Lagos State that in view of the Expansion of Voters Access to polling units, some voters have been migrated to new and nearby Polling Units to avoid overcrowding and to ensure seamless voting on the Election Day.
“Eighteen (18) Local Government Areas were affected by the exercise in Lagos State namely: Agege, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Alimosho, Amuwo-Odofin, Apapa, Badagry, Eti-Osa, Ibeju-Lekki, Ifako-Ijaiye, Ikeja, Ikorodu, Kosofe, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Mushin, Oshodi-Isolo, Somolu and Surulere”.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission implores all eligible voters to go and check their new Polling Units in the Register of Voters pasted in the Polling Units of their respective LGAs”.
“Remember your vote is your power and your voice”.
“INEC, making your votes count consolidating our democracy”.
2023 : AMUWO ODOFIN COUNCIL OF OBAS ENGAGE RIVERINE YOUTH LEADERS ON POLITICAL PARTICIPATION
Nigerian youths can significantly impact the outcome of the 2023 elections if they are intentional about what the future means to them. There are instances in other climes when youth influenced electoral outcomes. Perhaps the most well-known is former US President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and election, which was driven by young people. In another example, the term “youthquake” was used in the United Kingdom after young voters saw British Labour Party deny the Conservative Party an expected majority win in 2017.
Will the 2023 general election be a defining moment for Amuwo Odofin youths and the future of Nigeria? Obviously, this is the slippery question that set the tone at a recent gathering of Youth leaders from.the riverine communities in Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency.
The event which held at Inagbe Resort and Conference Center on Friday 27th, January 2023 was a gathering of all the youth leaders and their Secretaries from Ward H, I, and J at the instance of the Amuwo Odofin Council of Obas and Chiefs ably led by its Chairman, HRM Oba Mobalende Oyekan.
The Traditional Rulers however, were concerned about a rhetorical question : Will Amuwo Odofin youths constructively deploy their demographic power to influence the outcome of the election and redefine the future of Nigeria, or would they sacrifice it on the altar of the immediate convenience of the primordial sensibilities of ethno-religious sentiment, political party affiliation, and economic considerations?.
One after the other the youths spoke their minds stressing their concerns and also thankful of the recognition given to them by the royal fathers.
Several progressive recommendations on youths political participation in Amuwo Odofin were highlighted for referencing.
One of the traditional rulers said they choose to engage them (youths) because ” …The youths are the most powerful voting bloc by numbers, and ironically they seem unaware of the power they have to decide the fate of power strugglers, and to reshape the socio-political landscape of Amuwo Odofin the way they want it to be. Achieving this requires the youths coagulating into one potent and unique power bloc in the Amuwo firmament. “
Former Minister of State for Defense, who is also an Apex leader in Badagry Division, Sen Musiliu Obanikoro while encouraging the youths to return the ruling party at the February 25th polls stressed that “…the youth participate less in the most critical aspect of the electoral process itself – voting. Herein lies the conundrum. How can youths influence the country’s leadership when there is enormous voting apathy among them, and the few who vote are not coordinated to vote en bloc to influence the outcome of elections? What a waste of political power“.
The former Ambassador to Ghana charged the youth leaders to mobilise others and vote enmasse for the ruling All Progressive Congress Candidates.
APC Stalwarts and key Campaigner for Asiwaju/Shettima 2023, Captain Adebayo Olaobaoluwaju Dosunmu highlighted the key qualities of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and why he should be voted in by the youths.
Dosunmu who is also a youth advocate, stated “Harnessing the enthusiasm among youths is easier now than ever. The reason is that they are getting the brunt of the challenges. They are beginning to link their myriad of problems to leadership.”
He said, “We will keep sensitising the youths and telling them to eschew any form of violence and promote peace wherever they find themselves. The 2023 general elections is a very decisive period for Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency and Nigeria and we urge Amuwo youths to get their PVC and vote Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for President, Babajide Sanwo-Olu as Governor, Lagos State, Dr Idiat Adebule as Senator Lagos West, Prince Lanre Sanusi as House of Representative while the duo of Hon Rauf and Hon Olawestern for Amuwo Odofin Assembly 1&2.”
The Council of Oba’s and Chiefs unanimously aligned themselves with all APC candidates, charging the youths in Riverine to ensure victory for the APC.
SANUSI TO AMUWO ODOFIN CDA/CDC’S : MONITOR YOUR REPRESENTATIVES, BE INVOLVED IN GOVERNANCE
All Progressives Congress (APC) Candidate for Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency , Prince Lanre A. Sanus (PLS) charged members of the Community Development Association / CDC’S of Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency to serve as voluntary supervisors of their Representatives and get involved in the governance and electioneering process in Lagos State.
The APC candidate emphasised on the importance of teamwork, stating that all hands must be on deck to see that they are involved in choosing who their representative are and the quality of projects been delivered.
While speaking at a parley with the Community Development Association (CDA) and CDC’s which held at Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency, Sanusi described the CDAs and CDCs as the real growth engines in the state.
The event, which could be themed: “ Communities Roles For 21st Century Development,” was organised at the instance of the APC candidate to seek the support of the Community leaders towards his journey to the Green Chambers.
According to the Awori born Prince : “Our community development; the CDAs and the CDCs are the real engines of growth. They are the owners of all our interventions in government. They are the ones that own every intervention. Everything we are building is for the community, it’s for the Local government.
“So, it is important that the Local Government takes ownership of these development initiatives. We need to ensure that once wmits an election year we participate actively in choosing our representatives , we should monitor them and ensure that they do and deliver quality service as promised.”
“You have to serve as monitors and ensure that the right proportion of things needed are used. You have the right to present your complaints to any contractor once you discover that the work is not properly done.”
PLS, as he is fondly called, charged the CDC to take ownership of what is going on in the Constituency.
While paying homage to his predecessors, he said so much is yet to be done, and he is willing and prepared for the task ahead.
I appeal for support from the community leaders to vote in all APC candidates so we can continue to enjoy the accelerated development in Lagos State.
AMUWO : SANUSI DONATES TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, PROMISE TO STRENGTHEN DISABILITY RIGHTS BILL
The All Progressives Congress (APC), House of Representatives Candidate, Prince Lanre A. Sanusi has promised to strengthen and liase with the necessary stakeholders to ensure every part of the Disability Act is enforced.
Sanusi made this remarks when he interacted with members of the Amuwo Odofin Branch of the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Nigeria with a strength of over 800 registered members.
Worried about the need to address the challenges of persons with disability Sanusi said ” In Nigeria, as in many countries, the journey to achieving disability-inclusive development has not been without challenges. After ratifying the UNCRPD in 2007 and the optional protocols in 2011, it took 12 years of relentless advocacy work for Nigeria to finally get a disability act in place, I will ensure its provisions are effective to the latter”.
“There is therefore need to take into account and to address their concerns in all policy-making and programming. Special measures are needed at all levels to integrate them into the mainstream of development“.
” My legislative pursuit therefore is conceived to provide the much-needed voice and lead a movement that champions a more organized and strategic response to disability issues with a development mindset in Nigeria”.
The high point of the event was when members of the Association unanimously identified with the PLS mandate to the Green Chamber, adorning themselves with PLS Souvenirs as a mark of solidarity.
The Awori born philanthropist thanked the group for their support and also used the event to support members of the Association in cash and kind.
Push News 24 reports that on January 23, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, 2018, following 9 years of relentless advocacy by disability rights groups and activists.
According to the World Health Organization’s 2011 World Disability Report, about 15 percent of Nigeria’s population, or at least 25 million people, have a disability. Many of them face a number of human rights abuses including stigma, discrimination, violence, and lack of access to healthcare, housing, and education.
Nigeria ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2007 and its Optional Protocol in 2010. Since then, civil society groups and people with disabilities have called on the government and relevant stakeholders to put it into practice.
PLS UNIFIES AMUWO ODOFIN ENTERTAINMENT LOVERS AS MAMMOTH CROWD VISITS FREE VIEWING CENTER
Have you ever walked by a group of people seating in front of a TV or a projector in an open space, yelling at the top of their voices in ecstasy and excitement and wondered to yourself how it made any sense why people will leave the comfort of your houses to sit in such a place to watch football. Well…you will never know until you experience it.
The above rightly captures the mood of residents of Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency who trooped out in their numbers to the free Viewing centre donated by the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the entertainment lovers in Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency to watch the ongoing FIFA World Cup between France and Argentina which ended in favour of Argentina.
Push News 24 International reports that the initiative was well received and welcomed by members of the community as it became a place where every true football fan visited, and for the die-hards, every single experience is different, and for some its like watching the game live at the stadium.
Push News observed that the All Progressive Congress (APC), House of Representatives Candidate, Prince Lanre A. SANUSI ( PLS) who was physically present stressed that the establishment of the viewing centre is to enable residents of the FESTIVAL town have easy access to the FIFA games.
According to PLS, the centre was established with sponsorship from the Sanwo-Olu led administration. “It is part of our deliberate bid as a party and government to make entertaining a unifying link for our people ” PLS said.
According to the DG of PLS Campaign Organization, Hon Badmus, the viewing centres, which are adequately secured, are located at in a safe vincity in order to ensure comfort while viewing.
“The idea of bring entertainment closer to residents of Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency, is to ease the tension in the political space while ensuring more fun and entertainment, as fans watch.”
“more importantly, to connect to each other as football cut across class, ethnic and religious affiliations.”
PLS in his response to the media said “Viewing Centres are a place for all, a place where people from all walks of life come to enjoy the beautiful game of football irrespective of the clubs they support. For men, woman, boys or girls, the viewing center has become a community where genuine relationships are built solely on the shared love for football”.
On the health benefits of sporting the legislative hopeful said ” it takes away stress viewing centres are therapeutic, they serve their purpose as places where you can go, and for those fun filled 90 minutes, your body, mind and soul is completely focused on the game and away from the day’s stress and worry. The viewing centre is a place that helps you “forget about your sorrows; albeit momentarily”.
Politically the Awori born said ” its a happy place Irrespective of the political party or aspirants you support or whether or not you win or lose, you never actually leave the viewing centre sad. The happiness and positivity that the viewing centre exudes is contagious. It further gave me the opportunity to interact with my constituents “
AMUWO: The Director General of PLS Campaign Organization, High Chief (Hon.) B. O. Badmus, has described the unprecedented multitude from Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency that attended the rally of the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in Lagos on Saturday as a display of love for the former governor of Lagos State.
Members of the PLS Team who came out in their multitude were seen claded in a specially designed attire which became the synosure of several eyes as different persons identified with the values and quality of the attire.
The specially crafted clothing was specifically designed to honour the National leader of the APC for his heroic welcome.
Badmus said the heroic reception accorded Tinubu is a confirmation that Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency and the State at large would vote en-masse for Bola Tinubu in the February, 2023 presidential election.
“I have always loved and acknowledged the stern leadership qualities of our leader, the Jagaban of Borgu, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. While he was governor of Lagos State, he impressed me with his brilliance, his empathy for the less privileged and the masses and his overall excellent performance which transformed Lagos from one of the most unattractive cities in the world into what it is today. Today Lagos stands as a destination of choice to all and sundry”.
“The country is not where it should be now but only the combination of Asiwaju/Shettima can solve the problems of insecurity, kidnapping, terrorism, banditry, inflation, failing economy, etc. Take it or leave it, it is only Asiwaju /Shettima ticket that can perform the needed magic Nigerians are waiting for and take us to the promised land,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, members of Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency amongst others rallied round their House of Representative candidate,, Prince Lanre A. Sanusi as they were seen dancing and singing to the admiration of all in various costumes and attires depicting the love for PLS and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
SANUSI CANVASSES FOR LOCAL TECH HUBS IN AMUWO-ODOFIN FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY
The House of Representative Candidate on the card of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Lanre A. Sanusi, has canvassed for the establishment of technology hubs in Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency to enhance development in the Festival Town.
Speaking recently as he continues his consultations in FESTAC, Mile 2 and Satellite Town, Sanusi popularly called PLS described ICT as the “new oil” in the country and insisted that developing and supporting a nationwide core ICT infrastructural drive could revolutionise the sector as the new oil revolution.
“Tech hubs have continued to gain massive recognition in so many countries across the globe, which is a potential catalyst for the promotion of economic growth across all sectors. According to findings, there are about 50 technology tech hubs in Nigeria, and as technology in the country continues to expand Amuwo Odofin is well positioned to provide the need developmental catalyst”.
“Lagos is the biggest metropolitan area in Africa and has made a name for itself as a tech hub rapidly advancing towards a 24-hour economy, generating 10% of Nigeria’s total GDP of $432.3 billion, Sanusi said.”
He promised that, if elected, he would pursue and leverage funds for science and technology which is already available with many relevant agencies of government.
However, Push News 24 International researched that South Africa leads the continent in the total number of software developers, with 121,000 followed by Egypt and Nigeria tied, at 89,000 each
Unveiling his agenda, he reiterated his commitment to a minimum healthcare standard by pursuing and assessing the revolving fund to support free healthcare for children under the age of 5 and those over 65 years.
On the abundance of agricultural resources via waterways along riverine in the constituency, the All Progressives Congress Candidate insisted that the establishment of agro-based companies would further discourage the massive movement of unprocessed farm produce to other areas, thus helping to create decent jobs and reduce poverty as stipulated in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
During his consultations Sanusi frowned on the use of religion, ethnicity and political differences as tools to promote acrimony. He called the good people of Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency to consider politics a rallying point, a conveyance of developmental goals and peaceful co-existence.
“Politics is no do-or-die affair and winners and losers should embrace each other for the growth of humanity and the society,” he said.
In a statement by his media director, Sanusi dwelt on his desire to develop mentorship programmes in various communities in other to open up the political space for well-intentioned, upcoming leaders to thrive and contribute to the overall development of the constituency as his motivation to run for office.
He promised the gathering that he would strive to make Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency a model of reference for effective representation at the National Assembly and [a reference for] quality constituency projects.
Push News 24 International reports that PLS promised to get work with development agencies and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to institute pilot developmental projects in the area.