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|Politics / Re: Just In: Gov. Ugwuanyi Of Enugu state returns, Clears All 17 Lgas by ijaola(m): 12:49am On Mar 11, 2019|
south east Nigeria is pdp. If this figure happens in the north or south west, we will hear the election was rigged. I never gave any other party a chance in the south east even apga self look dead
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|Politics / Re: Campaign Tour: See The Roads In Lagos That Pres. Buhari Will Ply On Saturday by ijaola(m): 10:11am On Feb 06, 2019|
Hello. Been on you site and shoe sizes are not there. I like some stuffs.
|Politics / Re: Senatorial Candidates, Loyalists Dump Amosun, Back Abiodun by ijaola(m): 8:29am On Dec 07, 2018|
Bankole is contesting in one yeye party. He is not among the top contenders.
|Politics / Re: Senatorial Candidates, Loyalists Dump Amosun, Back Abiodun by ijaola(m): 2:45pm On Dec 06, 2018|
APM: Amosun People's Movement
|Politics / Re: Senatorial Candidates, Loyalists Dump Amosun, Back Abiodun by ijaola(m): 12:30am On Dec 06, 2018|
I can categorically tell you that you wrong saying the 3 senatorial district endorse akinlade. Who was akinlade in before amosun bring him. Who knows him. Do you think the apc in ogun east love amosun that must. Even the central self. Is he fully loved.
Amosun never had any stakeholders meeting. Just work in an say they are going for concesus. Who does that. Tinubu won't come out to say that with backing of majority on his side.
I repeat the vice president is the leader of the part in the south west. Amosun need to understand that calculations. Did he even regard the vice president as his leader.
There are a lot of way amosun could have played his game without having this heartache he has not. Nothing stop him to have empower akinlade grassroots in all the 3 senatorial district like yayi was doing like 2 years ago
I still believes she race is between apc and adc with ladi out of the picture. Buruji pdp will beat akinlade apm
I rest my case. In case you done know. I am from abeokuta
|Politics / Re: Senatorial Candidates, Loyalists Dump Amosun, Back Abiodun by ijaola(m): 11:15am On Dec 05, 2018|
My dear brother. Giving that 26 house member would have been the greatest mistakes dapo camp would have made.
What does amosun wants to do with the 26 anointed house of assembly candidate. It fishy. They offer him 10. But he refuses.
Talking about organising another primary. Akinlade will lose it. The people in the party are not in agreement with amosun. Especially yewa and ijebu.
But talk about house of assembly candidates. Amosun Candidates are likely to win 60%
Amosun can go to hell as far as am concern. A tinibu will never do what he is doing. No consultations. The vice president automatically is the leader of south west apc. He is from ogun state. You blank him. Who does that.
|Politics / Re: APC Reconciliation: Aggrieved Members Demand Tickets, Appointments, Refund by ijaola(m): 10:47pm On Nov 25, 2018|
Amosun can go to hell. I live in ogun state and I will vote for dapo abiodun. Amosun is greedy and arrogant. I am going with dapo this time.
|Health / Re: Entrance Of Lagos University Teaching Hospital Will Shock You (photo) by ijaola(m): 2:01pm On Nov 05, 2018|
God bless lagosians for doing away with ambode. Lagos road not this bad during fashola term.
|Education / Re: How Many Times Did You Sit For Jamb? by ijaola(m): 6:58am On Oct 21, 2018|
3ume and 2 for polytechnic. Equals 5 times
|Phones / Re: Fairly Used Black Iphone 7 32 Gig For Sale by ijaola(m): 1:47am On Oct 20, 2018|
|Politics / Re: Governorship Contests That Will Shake 2019 by ijaola(m): 4:14am On Oct 15, 2018|
Ogun state go funny o. Presidential election no sure for anybody
|Travel / Re: The Pains, The Agony Of Ayobo Road Users In Lagos (Photos) by ijaola(m): 11:59am On Oct 11, 2018|
I see. Been there like 3 times. Wanted to rent an apartment around that side 3-4years ago. I think autoreporter live around there. Road that are still outside are not yet fixed, na bada wey dey inside inside.
|Politics / Re: Governor Amosun And His Loyalists To Dump APC by ijaola(m): 11:44am On Oct 11, 2018|
Politicians in Nigeria are just greedy. Amosun want to be like tinubu, but don't know how tinubu does his things. Tinubu is closer to his party members and listens. Amosun sit in oke-mosan office and thinks he can do whatever he likes.
I believe he should have work for his candidate underground, groom him for the past 3 years, so he can be popular and acceptable when the time comes. Yewa elders are mumu for allowing amosun impose on them.
Obasanjo been a former president is also problem in ogun state.
|Travel / Re: The Pains, The Agony Of Ayobo Road Users In Lagos (Photos) by ijaola(m): 10:07am On Oct 11, 2018|
What part of ayobo is this. Area?
|Travel / Re: The Pains, The Agony Of Ayobo Road Users In Lagos (Photos) by ijaola(m): 10:06am On Oct 11, 2018|
I go to ayobo frequently, the roads are okay. I doubt if this is ayobo.
And OP. You wrote a political statement. Lagos time to act is now. That's shows you are not a good journalist to follow. I believe you should be neutral. Your blog shouldn't turn into political blog.
|Politics / Re: APC NWC Panel Declares Abiodun Winner Of Ogun Governorship Primaries by ijaola(m): 6:13am On Oct 04, 2018|
Amosun Is just been greedy and desperate. The party are against him imposing candidate on them. He wants a current senator to step down for him. He should have support akinlade underground. I saw akinlade dancing on channels TV yesterday night, he wasn't sure of what is happening. It was clearly written on his face.
|Politics / Re: Adebutu Acceptance Speech On Being Nominated As Ogun PDP Governorship Candidate by ijaola(m): 11:41am On Oct 03, 2018|
He might win in iperu if only dapo abiodun doesn't emerge apc candidate. He doesn't even having the original pdp structure in ogun. Secondous just dey collect money
|Politics / The Rise And Fall Of Akinwunmi Ambode. By Kayode Ogundamisi by ijaola(m): 9:35am On Oct 03, 2018|
The Rise and Fall of Akinwunmi Ambode. “Baba Sope” Political Ideology and the Myth of Yoruba Omoluabi Ethos – Kayode Ogundamisi
It is faulty to equate the deep loyalty Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu attracts in Lagos as exemplary of ‘Omoluabi loyalty’ or being reflective of the entire Yoruba or South-West populace. Ondo State electorate will argue for example that they "liberated" themselves without compromising the 'Omoluabi' ethos.
In the 2012 Ondo State Governorship election the current Governor of Ondo State Rotimi Akeredolu as a candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) was perceived as a “Tinubu imposed” candidate, he ran against the then incumbent Governor Olusegun Mimiko of the Labor Party, the people of Ondo rejected Akeredolu.
I recall stomping across Ondo during that election, excited crowds in Ondo State could not but approve with songs and folk songs as Mimiko invoked the tradition of the people of Ondo State not to take imposition from “outsiders’.
Then most nook and crannies in Ondo State the campaign was more about resisting Tinubu than on Mimiko’s performance. Mimiko did not have to say much about his performance during his first term in office, it was almost above his peers, particularly in education and health care, is Abiye healthcare project was celebrated even by his opponents.
In 2016 when Akeredolu was to run again, ironically against a candidate handpicked by Olusegun Mimiko, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), he presented himself as an independent candidate, his own man, not only did he defeat Tinubu’s anointed candidate in the APC primaries, he canvassed for votes also reminding the people of Ondo State of how they should not let outsiders chose for the people of Ondo. Akeredolu won against the candidate of the PDP and today the rest is history. A number of other factors contributed to the victories in the 2012 and 2016 election of Mimiko and Akeredolu.
AMBODE AS AMBODE’S ACHILLES HEEL.
A lot has been written about current Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, the irony is Ambode’s problem isn't his Godfather, former Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Akinwunmi Ambode’s problem is Akinwunmi Ambode.
Power overwhelmed the Governor, he completely detached himself from the strong political party structure, a party that has been in power in Lagos since 1999 is not the kind of party you would ride on and ignore, you may ignore the man who brought you from obscurity, but to survive, you need to be an exceptional performer and keep your party structure happy. Ambode did not read the hand over notes of Governor Babatunde Fashola, if he had, he would not be facing the political battle of his life, the people stood with Fashola even when the body language of his godfather was hostile, even the mighty Tinubu knew moving against Fashola would have been political suicide.
MAFIOSO NATURE OF THE APC IN LAGOS
The Lagos APC power structure is filled with contradictions, sometimes progressive, sometimes self-serving, mostly operating like a bunch of mafias, highly close nit, those who control the party at every level expect absolute loyalty and no questions asked, it reflects most political parties in Nigeria, even newly formed political parties are mirroring the model, they have improved on it, 6 of the newly INEC registered political parties have founders, who are party Chairmen/Women and also sole Presidential Candidate.
Lagos civil service is an extension of the party structure, if you come in as a governor, you are not expected to rock the boat or ‘change the template’ (apologies to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu) it is a structure mostly servicing the few against the majority. Hardly would you find a Lagos State civil servant that is not a card-carrying member of the APC. Particularly the Alausa based civil servants, what happens in Alausa always remain in Alausa.
Lagos APC has political leaders who depend on state resources, they have no other means of livelihood than politics, they know Lagos like the back of their hand and have foot soldiers beholding on them, from NURTW members, to genuine party members who desire progressive change to just anyone that can be a yes man or woman, mostly reliant on on a rental system, they cannot just be cut off and be neglected by any Governor no matter how powerful or resourceful.
Ambode broke the first commandment, “thou shall not be unreachable”.
Yoruba and especially Lagosian’ s do not like Governors or political appointees who are perceived as ‘arrogant’ or cannot be reached, if you like tar the whole of Lagos roads with gold, they want to be able to ‘visit’ and expect TP on the way home, party leaders and members expect you to attend meetings at intervals, they don’t want you forgetting them during ‘Ileya’ ‘Christmas’ or any festive period, the street talk is that Ambode was not only unreachable to party members and leaders, he lived in his own world, his appointees are also detached, party members can’t even remember the name of commissioners in Ambode’s cabinet. Gone are the days when Rauf Aregbesola, Musiliu Obanikoro, Muiz Banire, Tokunbo Afikuyomi and co were Commissioners and you need not see the Governor to have a say in the government. Ambode ran a one man show.
For every progress Ambode made with road construction in inner city Lagos and futuristic projects such as the Lagos-Airport road, Bus Terminals, he undid with unpopular policies that targeted the very poor, it was as if he was in a race to undo some of Tinubu and Fashola’s projects, they say if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. Ambode was busy fixing projects that didn’t need fixing, from bus stops, to remodelling roads, it was a waste of time and resources. BRT buses were disappearing one after the other due to neglect, even Ambode’s newly constructed roads started developing potholes, the solutions became a problem. He did so well looking into inner city roads and improving on the Lagos Security Architecture, Lagos under him is one of the safest city by Nigerian standards.
Ambode’s greatest sin was taking away the garbage clearing project, thousands of poor people in Lagos, mostly party members employed as street cleaners and operators lost their means of livelihood. Ambode handed the task of cleaning Lagos over to a relatively unknown company called Visionscape Group, they did a terrible job, the only clean effort from Visionscape was to create a clean looking website, the new face of Lagos became the dirty face of Lagos.
Ambode unleashed one punitive tax system after the other on the people of Lagos, his most controversial being the land use tax, when he was advised to review the tax policy he was stubborn, indifferent and ruthless until the protest grew louder, he did not stop at that, he legislated his God fathers alleged tax collection firm company Alpha Betta as the sole collector, when citizens screamed scam, the state legislator claimed that legislating Alpha Betta into a state tax collection system was an “administrative mistake.”
Of all his attempt to fix inner city roads, Ambode waged war on poor people in waterfront areas, the people of Otogbgbame paid dearly for Ambode’s land grab schemes, over 200 structures belonging to poor people were razed down in 2016, the Egun and settler community around Lekki were seen by the government and elitist friends as an eyesore, to make matters worse the government disobeyed court orders, even when they got an injunction from the courts, like his predecessors Ambode mocked the Freedom of Information Act. Lagos is one of the few states where budgets are released without a breakdown.
Ambode is a product of the ‘baba sope’ collegiate contradiction and a victim of same. Hopefully the Yoruba "progressive" will learn from the resistance in Ondo, Ekiti, Kogi and the disaster of losing a Senatorial seat to a dancing clown and almost losing Osun Governorship to him as a warning shot. The warning being democracy is not a gift, it is a right, leaders are servants, entrusted with superintending the fair distribution of the commonwealth, they can’t keep distributing to their lackeys, friends, cousins, wives, concubines, brothers at the expense of qualified members of the public.
The Tinubu Clampdown on Ambode
The assertion that Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu is behind Ambode’s travails are false, Tinubu would have been swept by the revolt from within his own political base. He was smart enough to be led by the mass, rather than lead them. The revolt also exposes Tinubu’s vulnerability, if he had not moved against Ambode, the mass in his party structure would have moved against him, Tinubu barely yield power and influence, he was forced to stand with the party and base than stand against them, even overtures from Abuja could not have changed that. The crises within the Lagos APC against the Governor had been allowed to fester for too long. The chicken had come home to roost.
Many us have been saying it for years, both privately and in public, the Asiwaju Tinubu political structure would have to adapt to modern democratic ethos. The collegiate "baba sope" methods is plagued with contradictions and abuse, thus repeated conflicts. It is only a matter of time before it caves to the anger and discontent of followers and the electorate. For all his contributions to Nigeria’s democratic process, the legacy of Governor Tinubu will be better served if he stops getting involved in every selection process, let contest and processes be free and fair, Nigeria’s democratic process can only improve if internal party democratic process is free, transparent and fair, party membership open and attractive to the best who may disagree with the leaders of the party. It will be a shame for all his contributions for Governor Tinubu to leave the public with the image of the Lord of a Mafia group.
WHO ARE THE YORUBA PROGRESSIVES?
Many are sympathetic to the ideological left in Yoruba land, but really if you de robe the masquerade, it is becoming very difficult to spot the differences between the Yoruba PDP or Yoruba APC.
Land and resource ownership and control in Yoruba land, particularly in Lagos is now for the benefit of the few, economy of YORUBA circulates within the same elite. Thus, a Governor Ayo Fayose could challenge the traditional Yoruba left and “win” in Ekiti and it took the traditional left in Yoruba land adapting the play book of Ayo Fayose to “win’ back Ekiti. Usually it takes invoking the spirit of Obafemi Awolowo to win elections in the South West, that is fast changing, the people can’t spot the deference any more, they will rather take their chances with so called ‘akotiletas’ than stay with the so called ‘disciples of Awolowo’
The class structure of modern day YORUBA politicians is modelled after the so-called Hausa-Fulani hegemony style we all have been brought up to detest. Check beneficiaries of government appointments both at the federal, state and local levels in Yorubaland many are family members of Yoruba ruling elite. A very ‘progressive’ Yoruba Senator who mouths JUSTICE was already a pensioner in America, when the opportunity came for the ‘progressive’ to present a name to President Buhari for NAFDAC Chairperson, our Senator did not need to search far and wide Yoruba land for younger qualified Yoruba, he recalled his wife, who by the way was already a pensioner to take the position, the office of the Vice President is littered with sons and daughters of who is who in Yoruba land, Lagos House of Assemble like most Yoruba House of Assembly in Yoruba land is an extension of family meetings, ‘Familitocrcy’ is replacing fairness, New generation Yoruba leaders are winning the battle of who is more nepotistic in the Nigerian federation. The politics of 'godfatherism' is replacing the ‘omoluabi’ ethos. ‘Omoluabi’ is just a theme to cunningly use the load of bread to wipe the soup from the plate of the commonwealth.
Yoruba OMOLUABI ethos should not be the subjugation of the will of the people to the few. It is Justice for all, equality for all who live and reside in Yoruba land, irrespective of who they are, where they come from, what language they speak, we are meant to be the beacon of hope, the welcoming people who rejoice at the arrival of new settlers, the one who vacates the most beautiful part of the household to make the guest comfortable, the tolerant one, the one who’s strength is not in the ability to spill blood but the diplomatic prowess of stopping a war, the people who agree, but mostly agree to disagree. The ‘omo Karo o ji ire bi?’.
Fairness in the distribution and allocation of Yoruba resources for all who contribute to Yoruba land should now be the priority of Yoruba leaders, it should cross party and ideological lines. Not all Yoruba progressive or conservatives have done badly, even with their faults but a lot of bad has been done, yes, we can still point to some progress, but that is due to the determination and can-do attitude of Yoruba and all those who have chosen Yoruba Land as home. It is never too late to stop the house from fallen.
Kayode Ogundamisi is a commentator on Nigeria and producer/presenter of the political TV show #PolitricksWithKO on BEN-TV UK
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|Business / Re: CBN Withdraws Skye Bank’s License To Operate by ijaola(m): 7:12am On Sep 22, 2018|
Have not been able to load, transfer or perform and kinda banking service since yesterday on Skye mobile. I need to do one or 2 things with the money there. But can't. It my salary account. I usually don't leave money there but I have 95k in the account right as we speak. I wanted to transfer 50k yesterday to my access bank account. But just decide to leave it there that I could need it anytime as the Skye is closer to me.
|Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 14 by ijaola(m): 9:34am On Sep 11, 2018|
Thanks so much. I will think about it. My current plan is to apply for coming spring. I will have to take GRE or GMAT for Ph.D program.
Will research on this and see how it goes.
|Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 14 by ijaola(m): 12:57pm On Sep 07, 2018|
Which of the advice, go for a course that will go with my first degree at masters level and change to nursing when I get over there or reapply and work on how to answer why I want to change my career.
Applying for MBA now that I have already applied for nursing, they have my record, I will be faced with same question, you wanted to do nursing, now you wanted MBA again. Like I don't know what I want to do. Potential immigrant.
|Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 14 by ijaola(m): 2:25pm On Sep 06, 2018|
Thanks. Advice noted
|Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 14 by ijaola(m): 12:36pm On Sep 06, 2018|
Went for interview at water Carrington last week. 29th to be precised. Visa not approved. I am currently and accountant and am changing my career to be a nurse. I was advised to settle for community college, get an associate degree and will be taught courses that are the periquisite of nursing. Then I can use that for my BSN. I think it very hard to convince the VO on this. Considering I finished school 2010 and and been working.
My transcript below, I was interviewed by a white lady. Can't remember here window She like blue paper I guess, she no too dry waste time.
VO: good morning
Me: good morning
VO: your passport
Me: I passed it
VO: you are a student, I will need your i-20
Me: passed it
VO: what are you going to study
Me: nursing at xyz college
Vo: why nursing
Me: I have always wanted to be a nurse, am passionate about health care delivery. I want to be able to deliver health care to people here in Nigeria. Studying this course will equip me with the knowledge, skill and values I need to fulfill my potentials in the health sector here in Nigeria. My potential ability studying nursing will make me an asset to my family and the society at large been a life safer.
Vo: (typing and not even making any eye contact) what kind of degree will be issued after your study
Me: associate degree in art
Vo: what will you do with this degree
Me: I will come back to Nigeria to put what I have learnt to practice. The knowledge, skill, value and exposure will help me a lot and I will be able to hold my head up high. I will be able to give healthcare to those that needs it in a proper way.
Vo: did you write any standardise test, sat or gre
Me: no. I have written TOEFL before but didn't submit it as it wasn't required
Vo: (looking at the computer) it states here you are an account at so so diocese, why do you want to change your career.
Me: nursing excite me a lot, It what want to be, give healthcare to people and make sure they get proper healthcare. And for the fact that I am deciding this on my own, no influence from anybody.
Vo: (bring out blue paper) am sorry, you are not eligible for a non-immigrant visa at the moment, reason is stated in the blue paper giving to you. you can reapply. Have a great day
Me: thank you, have a good day.
I plan to reapply Dec. As I will defer my admission
It my first time, maybe I lack confidence
The student that went to same VO were denied
But the lady in front of me got approved, vacation, not too much questions, guess the does travel to the US regularly from few things I could pick.
|Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 14 by ijaola(m): 10:22am On Aug 24, 2018|
Another question is can I leave my bag behind for the interview. Or will I get a place at the embassy I can put my bag so I can take off after the interview?
|Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 14 by ijaola(m): 3:51pm On Aug 23, 2018|
|Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 14 by ijaola(m): 11:22pm On Aug 21, 2018|
Guys. I am in dead need of an hotel in vi for my appointment. Can't risk coming from sagamu to visit for a 7am appointment. Please suggest. Cheap and OK
|Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 14 by ijaola(m): 11:48pm On Aug 19, 2018|
Good evening everyone. I have an appointment coming up in Lagos 7:00am. I don't stay in Lagos. Is there an hotel I can stay for the night. Not an expensive hotel o.
|Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 14 by ijaola(m): 12:37pm On Aug 14, 2018|
|Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 14 by ijaola(m): 9:05am On Aug 14, 2018|
Hi all. I am in need of a cheap hotel I can pass the night. My appointment is 29th August, 7am. And I can risk coming from sagamu that morning. You can't predict Nigeria road. Please any suggestions.
|Travel / Re: General U.s.a (student) Visa Enquiries-part 14 by ijaola(m): 7:49pm On Aug 13, 2018|
Hi guys. Got an appointment for 29th (7am) . Any cheap hotel close to the embassy. I can't risk come from ogun state for that time.
|Phones / Re: Gadgets That Your Smartphone Has ‘killed’ by ijaola(m): 6:53pm On Aug 02, 2018|
Wrist watch is not dead.
|Travel / Re: See What Policemen Did To Accident Victim In Lagos(pics) by ijaola(m): 7:44pm On Jul 04, 2018|
Only RRS will give this kinda treatment. SARS won't
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