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MOA Calls For Peaceful Elections, Charges Nigerians To Vote Bola Tinubu



Less than 72 hours to the 2023 general elections, a grassroot mobiliser and astute politician, Dr Michael Olusegun Adejimi (MOA), has called on Nigerians to remain peaceful as they cast their votes on Saturday for the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

He made this known via a statement, through his media aide, Segun Akinleye.

Dr Adejimi said this is the time for Nigerians home and in diaspora to unite and change the course of governance to a progressive one.

According to him, 2023 in not a time to gamble as a lot is at stake.

He said, “This is the time to engage a trusted, tested and proven person. This is the time to put our conviction for Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu. He is tested and proven and he has delivered remarkably well. This is the time to look beyond sentiments and ethno-religious biases to choose the right candidate for Nigeria.

‘This is the time to engage an experience leader to usher in an administration that will set a new direction for Nigeria. Tinubu is the one that will change the course of governance for good. This is a leadership that is going to bring in young, experienced, qualified and competent hands into each spheres of governance. We should not miss this chance.

“I want to call on all Nigerians to unite together and work together by casting their votes for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. They should also be prepared to defend their votes. We should also stick to the guidelines issued by the electoral body.”

Dr MOA also called on the people of Osun state to choose continuity by voting for the APC candidates across board.

He said, “I call on the good people of Ayeedade, Irewole Isokan to re-elect our leader, Hon Taiwo Olukemi Oluga for the next four years. Her first tenure has shown that the second four years will be so rewarding for everyone within her constituency.

“I also charge us to cast our votes for Dr Raheem Tadese for Osun West Senatorial District. He is the definition of a leader who has the interest of people at heart, irrespective of religion or ethnicity. We can’t afford to miss the opportunity. This is the time to put our conviction for Asiwaju Tinubu.

“In the same vein, we must ensure we return Hon Olodo Adebayo for Ayedaade State Constituency. His first term has been nothing short of promises kept.”

Dr MOA concluded by enjoining Nigerians to eschew evil and remain prayerful for a successful election.

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Hon Adewale Receives INEC Certificate Of Return



The winner of the Lagos State House of Assembly election, Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency 01, Hon Adewale Temitope Adedeji (ATA), on Thursday, received the Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Hon Adewale received his certificate from the Lagos State INEC chairman, Segun Agbaje and thereafter took pictures with the APC State party Chairman, Cornelius Ojelabi and the Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu who also received his certificate of return with his deputy Dr Obafemi Kadri Hamzat.

With the historic issuance of the certificates to the legislators, the stage is set for the 10th assembly to begin the business of law-making that would promote good governance, social welfare and infrastructural development of the state.

Hon Adewale, who is also the Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Transportation, will be going for a second term in office following an outstanding first term of a long list of achievements.

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Lagos Archbishop Condemns Ethnic Profiling During Guber Poll



The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins, has condemned all forms of ethnic profiling, utterances, and violence witnessed in some parts of Lagos State, before, during and after the recent elections.

In a statement signed on Wednesday by the Director of Social Communications, Rev. Fr. Anthony Godonu, the prelate urged the state government as a matter of urgency to call all parties to order and to put in place a machinery for the quick restoration of peace and normalcy.

Martins said that if the trend was not urgently checkmated, it could truncate the peaceful co-existence of residents of the state.

He described as unfortunate and unacceptable, the tension, hate speech and violence, especially before, during and after the recent Governorship and House of Assembly elections in some parts of the state.

He implored the law enforcement agencies to safeguard the lives and property of all residents irrespective of tribe, religion, or ethnic groups.

The clergy also urged the residents of Lagos to remain calm and not allow themselves to be divided against their neighbours.

According to him, the ethnic and discriminatory comments making the rounds, particularly on social media, are not a reflection of the true nature of Lagosians, who are known to be peace-loving, accommodating and cosmopolitan, including by promoting inter-tribal marriages for many decades.

“I call on everyone to put a stop to the spread of hate speech and fake news and to shun all forms of rancor.

“The divisive comments and behaviours, particularly along ethnic or tribal line is not conducive to good neigbourliness and peaceful coexistence,” he said.

Martins advised the people of Lagos State not to allow the political class to whip up such divisive sentiments to disrupt their lives and livelihood.

He said that we are equal before God and the only man-made distinction among people was between the poor and the rich, the privileged and the underprivileged.

“We are all equal before God, we are Nigerians and have lived and interacted together as one people for decades in Lagos and other parts of our country.

“With the elections over, we hope that all those who have been fanning the embers of ethnic division will be more circumspect and desist from further heating up the polity.

“We must be law-abiding citizens and not take the law into our hands in any guise,” he said.

Martins commiserated with the families of those who lost their loved ones and whose property were destroyed in the violence in the state and across the country.

He also called on law enforcement agencies to do the needful where offences have been committed, as part of efforts to facilitate a national healing process.

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United States Condemn Violence, Intimidation Of Voters During Lagos Guber Poll



The United States says it is deeply troubled by the disturbing acts of violent voter intimidation and suppression that took place during those polls in Lagos, Kano, and other states.

In a statement by the US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria, which was seen by IfakoIjaiyeNews, the government said the use of ethnically charged rhetoric before, during, and after the gubernatorial election in Lagos was particularly concerning.

The statement read: “Nigeria carried out the second round of its electoral process with gubernatorial and state assembly elections on March 18.  The United States is deeply troubled by the disturbing acts of violent voter intimidation and suppression that took place during those polls in Lagos, Kano, and other states.  Members of the U.S. diplomatic mission observed the elections in Lagos and elsewhere and witnessed some of these incidents first-hand.  The use of ethnically charged rhetoric before, during, and after the gubernatorial election in Lagos was particularly concerning.  We commend all Nigerian political actors, religious and community leaders, youth, and citizens who have chosen to reject and speak out against such violence and inflammatory language, affirming Nigerians’ commitment to and respect for the democratic process.

“We call on Nigerian authorities to hold accountable and bring to justice any individuals found to have ordered or carried out efforts to intimidate voters and suppress voting during the election process.  The United States likewise will consider all available actions, including additional visa restrictions, on individuals believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in Nigeria.

“Following the February 25 national elections, the United States joined other international observers in urging the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to improve voting processes and technical elements that experienced flaws in that voting round.  The March 18 elections appear to have had significant operational improvements, as polling stations generally opened on time and most results were visible on an electronic viewing platform in a timely manner.

“The United States renews its call for any challenges to election results to go through established legal processes, which must not be interfered with.  We further call for Nigeria’s people to work together as they participate in and continue to strengthen the country’s vibrant democracy.”

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