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Tinubu’s in-law, Lola Akande, joins Ambode’s cabinet



The immediate elder sister of the wife of the former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, Lola Akande is among those already penciled down to join the cabinet of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State.

Akande, who was a former Deputy Majority Leader of Lagos House of Assembly had lost in her bid to represent the Ikeja Constituency in the House of Representatives. She lost to James Faleke, a former Chairman of the Ojodu Local Government Development Council (LCDA)

Akande’s name is among the 15 names that have been picked to head some of the 20 ministries in the state.

She is expected to be appointed as the Commissioner for the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

Other names penciled down to become commissioners are Modupe Akinsola, Abdulateef Abdulkareem, Sulaimon Oriyomi, Paul Kalejaiye, Dr. Dayo Mobereola, Mohammed Kabiru, Gbolahan Lawal and Ganiyu Johnson.

Others are Abayomi Abass, Ramotallahi Akinola-Hassan, Kazeem Adeniyi and Adekunle Salvador.

Abdulkareem, a former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly and ex-aide to former Governor Babatunde Fashola on Political and Legislative Powers is expected to head the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Oriyomi,, former Chairman of Bariga LCDA takes over as the new Commissioner of Local Government and Community Affairs.

Mobereola, the Managing Director of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, is expected to head the Ministry of Transportation.

The portfolios of the others are:

Dep. Gov. Oluranti Adebule- Ministry of Education

Idowu Ajanaku – Ministry of Information and Strategy

Gbolahan Lawal – Ministry of Environment

Prof. Ademola Abass- Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment.

Modupe Akinsola – Ministry of Tourism.

Folarin Coker – Commissioner of Waterfront Infrastructure Development.

Paul Kalejaiye – Commissioner of Agriculture.

Ambode is expected to announce members of his cabinet this week.

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2023 Presidency: El-Rufai opens up on why Buhari loves Amaechi



Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has disclosed why President Muhammadu Buhari loves Rotimi Amaechi, the outgone Minister of Transportation.

Rufai disclosed that Buhari loves Amaechi due to his decision to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, during the era of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He disclosed this when Amaechi met with APC delegates from Kaduna ahead of the party’s national convention.

El-Rufai recalled wooing Amaechi and some other governors into the APC during the PDP administration.

“Let me tell you my history with Amaechi. When we started discussing with the G-7, the seven governors that wanted to defect to the APC, I was holding nocturnal meetings with Amaechi and Governor Nyako of Adamawa State until we got five of them to move to our party, and that was the game-changer.

“And for you to understand how difficult it is, imagine Amaechi of Rivers State from the same South-South with incumbent President Jonathan.

“He made the sacrifice to move to our party. It was a game-changer. This is part of the reason President Buhari loves Minister Amaechi till tomorrow,” El-Rufai said.

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2023: Amosun denies stepping down for Tinubu



Amosun denies stepping down for Bola Tinubu

Former Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has denied stepping down from the 2023 presidential election for the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.

Amosun stated that he is not in the presidential race to align with Tinubu or any other aspirant of the APC.

Amosun also denied obtaining the APC senatorial form, saying he did not attend the screening exercise organised for APC senatorial aspirants, as being peddled by some individuals.

There were rumours over the weekend that Amosun had agreed to step down for Tinubu, having been screened and cleared for the Ogun Central senatorial race.

But, in a swift reaction, Amosun debunked the rumour spreading on social media, saying the “two news stories are false.”

According to a statement signed by his media aide, Bola Adeyemi, he said that the Ogun Central Senator “procured only the forms for the presidential ticket of the APC and did not attend the screening exercise for Senatorial aspirants because he is not one.”

While urging Nigerians to dismiss the “false news”, Adeyemi maintained that “Amosun is in the race for the presidential ticket of the APC and has no plans to align with any politician in the race.”

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Women affairs Minister, Pauline Tallen withdraws from senatorial race



Dame Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs, has dropped her senatorial ambition.

Tallen made this known in a statement she issued on Monday.

The minister had purchased the All Progressives Congress (APC) form to contest the Plateau South Senatorial election.

According to her, after consultations with her constituents, she has decided to withdraw from the race.

The statement read in part: “I remain resolute as I continue to relish the opportunity to serve Nigerian Women in my capacity as Minister of Women Affairs under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Consequently, I wish to inform you all that following broad-based consultations and interventions from critical stakeholders, I have decided to withdraw from running for the senatorial seat, mindful of our accomplishments and the notable progress we have recorded under my stewardship at the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs.”

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