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2023: Okowa receives Lagos ADC decampees into PDP

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Governor Ifeany Okowa of Delta State and the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 general elections has received a large crowd of decampees from the Lagos State chapter of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) into the PDP in Lagos State.

The decampees were received on Sunday in Ikeja by Okowa, who applauded them for taking that decision, stressing that their national office had done the same in Abuja and Yola a few days ago.

Adewole Ijaogbomo, ADC chairman of the chairmen of the local government in Lagos State who spoke on behalf of the decampees said that the ADC has collapsed its structure in the state to endorse the governorship candidate of the PDP, Dr. Olajide Adediran, the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, ahead of the 2023 general elections.

“This act was consummated by concerned Lagosians who had congregated under the auspices of our great party, ADC for the purpose of rescuing Lagos State from the claws of a slave master who had held and still holding lagosians in the jugular for close to twenty four years.

“There is no doubt, Lagosians are in existential bondage, and no amount of armchair criticism can solve the problems other than for the like-minded individuals and groups who are desolate and depressed to come together and fight the battle – Hence ; the need for this gathering today.

He added, “Before today, we sat down as a group and profile every political parties in Lagos State and their candidates for gubernatorial election for the purpose of identifying the best of all who can match the ruling party in terms of structure, spread, tenacity and all other ancillary qualities required for winning election.

“Based on the aforementioned, we the LGA chairmen of ADC in Lagos State including the ward chapters hereby collapse our structures and through this medium directs our entire structures to mobilize, campaign and vote all PDP candidates from Atiku/Okowa ticket for the presidential election on the 25th February 2023 and Dr Abdul-azeez Olajide Adediran (Jandor) for governor of Lagos State on the 11th march 2023,” Ijaogbomo said.

Okowa who received them and handed over the PDP flays to them, was accompanied by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, and urged them to use their youthful energy to campaign for the party’s successes in the forthcoming elections,

He said, “For those of us that are politicians when we see strength in politics we would recognise it. When we see positive movements that can change things we would recognize it. You have confirmed that you will work with us, Atiku/Okowa and Jandor, we thank all of you.

“25th of February is six days away and I know that you are very eager to take over Lagos State, and that Jandor will become Governor of Lagos State but the easiest pathway is to ensure that Atiku/Okowa wins the election on Saturday and once that happens by the special grace of God, the so called ownership in Lagos would have been done with, and you can walk very quickly and take over the government house.

“You have not done the wrong thing because your party at the national level has publicly declared for Atiku/Okowa ticket. The declaration was first made in Abuja and was also made in Yola on Saturday. Be courageous and fear not, you will take over Lagos State and Atiku/Okowa will take over Nigeria, and we shall work together to give the best to our people and to unify Nigeria and not be divided,” Okowa said.

He said that the PDP presidential candidate Atiku is a unifier and someone who understands the challenges of Nigeria and was prepared to find solutions to the problems.

Okowa said, “We understand the problems facing the country, problems of downturn in the economy, insecurity, wasting of the country’s resources on refineries that are not working. Why keep the refineries and we continue to waste our resources? We waste the assets of the country on importing petroleum products that make Nigerian poorer and poorer. This will not happen again. With the Atiku/Okowa ticket we can make our country work again and grow our economy to a higher level,” he said.

Jandor who made the movement possible said that the journey to get the ADC on board started over a year.

He said, “When they said that they were coming to work for me I told them that they were coming to work for the party from top to bottom.

“The journey started last year and they ran away at a point. Today they are here. Last week we had the entire structure of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) join us. We will conquer all of them, form a formidable team to win the All Progressives Congress (APC),” he said.

However, while reacting to the defection, the Lagos State chairman of ADC George Ashiru denies the decampees, he said they are not members of his party, and that the membership of the party and its structure remains intact.

Ashiru said, “It is all rumours about the actions of people purporting to be Lagos ADC collaborating or “collapsing” themselves into the PDP or any other party in Lagos State, they are the work of fictitious “members” of ADC.”

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Historic Firefighter pay settlement and new contract win city council approval

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Houston City Council has approved a historic pay settlement and a new five-year contract for the 4,000 dedicated men and women of the Houston Fire Department. The vote marks a long-awaited victory for Houston firefighters, ending the disrespect and legal challenges and beginning the process of returning the HFD to a world-class department with adequate staffing and equipment.

“This is a historic day! I urge Houston firefighters and their families to relish this well-deserved victory. For eight long years, you have persevered through immense challenges while continuing to protect and serve our community,” said Patrick M. ‘Marty’ Lancton, President of the HPFFA. “Today’s vote by City Council is not just a resolution of past grievances; it’s recognition of our sacrifices and a commitment to providing the resources needed to continue serving Houston with dedication and pride.”

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The settlement includes provisions for back pay owed to firefighters, addressing a contentious issue that has strained labor relations for nearly a decade. The new five-year collective bargaining agreement provides pay hikes, significant improvements in working conditions, enhanced benefits, a renewed focus on recruitment and retention, and mental health support — a crucial component given firefighting’s stressful and demanding nature. The landmark deal underscores the core tenets of what it means to be a Houston firefighter: delivering excellent service, being good stewards of city resources, and giving back to the community.

“We owe a profound debt of gratitude to Mayor Whitmire for his steadfast commitment to bringing this ordeal to a close,” said Lancton. “He made a promise, and he has fulfilled it. His support and public recognition of Houston firefighters and the job they do are bolstering morale and helping to mend years of distrust. We eagerly anticipate further collaboration as we strive to enhance firefighting and emergency services for Houstonians.”

Firefighters will receive their back pay in July. The new five-year contract is effective with the start of the city’s new fiscal year on July 1, 2024.

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Global Cyber Security Expert, Professor Ojo Emmanuel Ademola bags Most Outstanding Personality of the Year Award

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Professor Ojo Emmanuel Ademola has been recognized as the Outstanding Personality of the Year in Technology at the prestigious 4th Edition of the South West Advancement Award and Investment Summit. Professor Ademola is a Nigerian Cyber Security and Information Technology Management Professor and a Chartered Fellow of the Royal Chartered Management Institute.

This incredible achievement was celebrated at an exquisite event held on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at 5 pm at the esteemed Oriental Hotel in Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria. The event brought together esteemed technocrat political leaders and prominent personalities from diverse sectors, creating an exceptional gathering of influential figures.

 

The annual award ceremony is dedicated to acknowledging individuals for their remarkable contributions, with a special focus on those making significant impacts within the South West region of Nigeria. The esteemed recognition is a testament to Professor Ademola’s dedication and expertise in advancing technology, especially in Africa and Europe, particularly notable for his influential work in the United Kingdom.

Dr Smith Raymond, the Director General of The Institute for Enterprise Management and Analytics, commended Professor Ademola for this well-deserved award, acknowledging the professor’s unwavering commitment to technological progress. He emphasized the importance of Professor Ademola’s work. He encouraged him to continue his outstanding efforts, highlighting that this honor is a motivating call to action in further driving innovation.

 

In Professor Ademola’s absence at the event, his representation by S.A. on Media, Babatunde Adekanmbi, conveyed the professor’s heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for the nomination and award. It was seen as an inspiration for Professor Ademola to continue his impactful work in technology.

 

The event was graced by an array of distinguished personalities, including Dr. Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Dele Momodu, the Chairman of Ovation Media Group, and His Imperial Majesty Oba Ogunwusi, the revered Ooni of Ife, alongside various other notable dignitaries. The gathering highlighted the significance of Professor Ademola’s contributions and celebrated the collective achievements in advancing technology and innovation within the region

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House Republicans vote to hold Garland in contempt over Biden interview audio

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House Republicans on Wednesday afternoon passed a resolution to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over audio of President Joe Biden’s interview with special counsel Robert Hur on his handling of classified documents.

The final vote was 216 to 207. Rep. David Joyce of Ohio was the only Republican who voted against the contempt resolution.

Speaker Mike Johnson called the outcome “a significant step in maintaining the integrity of our oversight processes and responsibilities.”

“It is up to Congress – not the Executive Branch – to determine what materials it needs to conduct its own investigations, and there are consequences for refusing to comply with lawful Congressional subpoenas,” Johnson said in a statement.

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Garland, in response, said it was “deeply disappointing that this House of Representatives has turned a serious congressional authority into a partisan weapon.”

“Today’s vote disregards the constitutional separation of powers, the Justice Department’s need to protect its investigations, and the substantial amount of information we have provided to the Committees,” Garland said in a statement. “I will always stand up for this Department, its employees, and its vital mission to defend our democracy.”

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