Lessons from the Ambode gamble By Louis Odion, FNGE

Like Poenix in the storybook, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos seems on the rebound after political cruxifixion at the APC Golgotha. In his post-defeat broadcast last Wednesday, grace and sobriety had replaced the bile and bitterness in his tongue only three days earlier when he thrust a blunt dagger at the jugular of Jide Sanwo-Olu, his opponent to the ticket for the 2019 governorship. The voice we heard in that speech was no longer of a rebel, but a penitent covered in ashes and sackcloth at the party altar. His…

AMBODE : Dele Momodu writes Tinubu

READ DETAILS Mydear Asiwaju, I pray my letter meets you and yours in fantastic spirit. It has almost become a tradition for me to write, or openly express my views, to you periodically on political issues, since about 2007. Before I gointo the meat of my epistle, kindly permit me to establish some protocol, or preamble. I always choose to write to you in this manner, in moments of great concern and uncertaintysuch as this, because these words must be kept for posterity. It is not easy to advise someone…

I Never called Tinubu to beg for Ambode – Adeboye

The General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye has refuted claims that he called the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to beg for a second term ticket for Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State. The decision of elders in APC, Lagos State to support the aspiration of former Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has left the second term ambition of Ambode in jeopardy. Reports had it that Adeboye called Tinubu to beg for Ambode to be allowed…

Ambode To Buhari: Lagos Truly Deserves A Special Status

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday evening urged President Muhammadu Buhari to seriously consider the possibility of granting Lagos a Special Status to enable it sustain its position as the driver of the nation’s economic growth. Governor Ambode, who spoke at a State Dinner in honour of President Buhari at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, as part of activities to commemorate his two-day official visit to the State, expressed concerns that 26 years after the Federal Capital was relocated from Lagos to Abuja, the State has…

Lagos State And The Politics Of Taxation By Reuben Abati

The government of Lagos state seems to be currently in the eye of the storm over its introduction of a law, a property tax as it were, known as the Land Use Charge Act of 2018, which repeals a similar law of 2001, and consolidates ground rent, tenement rate, and neigbourhood development levy. The Land Use Charge is payable in respect of all real estate in the state. But it is probably the most controversial move that has been made by the Akinwunmi Ambode administration in Lagos state, an administration…

Ambode warns against insensitivity to Nigeria’s security situation

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and Commander, Rapid Response Squad, Olatunji Disu, have urged Nigerians to be sensitive to the current security situation in the country. They spoke at a security symposium organised in Lagos on the theme, ‘Nigeria Security Challenge: How It Concerns You’. Among other speakers at the security symposium organized by the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit were President, Women Arise for Change Initiative, Dr. Joe Odumakin and Director, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Prof Ishaq Akintola. Governor Ambode explained that…

JUST IN : Ambode’s Adviser, Deji Tinubu Slumps, Dies

The Special Adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Mr Deji Tinubu, died this evening. He is the younger brother of Wale Tinubu, Oando CEO. He slumped while taking part in a football March at the ongoing retreat/meeting organised by the Lagos State Government for members of its State Executive Council in Epe. Deji Tinubu was immediately rushed to Charlet clinic and later to Epe General Hospital after he slumped. He was later confirmed dead at the hospital. A sudden pall then suddenly descended on the retreat. No official of the Lagos…

Gov Ambode Reshuffles Cabinet, Sacks Three Commissioners

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday carried out a major cabinet reshuffle, dropping three commissioners and appointing five new ones. In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, the three affected cabinet members are Mrs. Adebimpe Akinsola, Mr. Femi Odubiyi and Mr. Anifowoshe Abiola. The newly appointed cabinet members include Mr. Hakeem Fahm (Ministry of Science and Technology); Mr. Ladi Lawanson (Ministry of Transportation); Mr Segun Banjo (Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget); Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye (Ministry of Commerce and Industry) and…