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Suspected Hoodlum Stone Atiku’s Convoy

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Fresh facts have emerged on the anti-Atiku sentiments expressed in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital last Wednesday when the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flagged off its campaign at Ake area of the metropolis.

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The presidential rally held at the Ake Palace ground commenced around 9am but Atiku kept the party supporters waiting under the blazing sun until 3.30pm when he addressed them briefly and left after greeting the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo.

But on his way out and about 150 meters away from the venue, suspected hoodlums petted his suspected convoy with stones, including denting the body of the vehicle and shattering of a side mirror of one of the security vehicles.

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Gunshots were also heard as the security operatives tried to clear the way for safe passage while hoodlums stepped up the stones attack on the departing convoy.

A trending video showed that the incident occurred around St. Peters Cathedral area of Ake.

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Many were wondering if the stoning had anything to do deep grievances arising from the crisis – ridden primaries of Ogun State PDP which threw up parallel candidates, especially governorship candidates. The aggrieved governorship aspirants and their supporters shunned the rally.

A source close to Otunba Jimi Lawal, one of the aggrieved governorship aspirants challenging Hon Ladi Adebutu over the party’s ticket, told The Nation the camp knew nothing about the stoning of Atiku’s convoy.

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He said the organisers of the Ake rally should know and tell the world what transpired.

But reacting, the Media Director, Ladi Adebutu & Akinlade Campaign Organisation, Mr. Afolabi Orekoya, said there was no such incident as stoning of Atiku’s convoy, dismissing a video depicting the alleged incident as “false and fabrication.”

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“It was a fabrication. How can you prove that it was Atiku’s convoy that was attacked? Check the whole of Ake area whether you will see a glass house structure where the recorder of the video claimed he hid to record the incident,” Orekoya said.

However, unofficial sources told The Nation that some youths expecting to get money from the PDP presidential candidate and organisers of the rally were disappointed nothing was given to them.

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They reportedly withdrew from the venue angrily, ambushed the convoy few metres away from the targets and attacked with stones when they emerged from the Ake Palace ground.

When The Nation contacted Ogun Police spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi for clarification, he said he was in a meeting, promising to get back.

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Speaker Tunis Pledges Support For ECOFEPA

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By Gloria Ikibah

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Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Dr. Sidie Mohammed Tunis, has pledged his unflinching support for the ECOWAS Female Parliamentarians Association Network ECOFEPA in its attempts to increase participation for self-development in politics and entrepreneurship.

Speaker Tunis who stated this at the formal opening of ECOFEPA Women and Youth Leadership symposium, on the sidelines of the Extraordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Guinea Bissau, with the theme: Unleashing the potentials of Women and Youth in Politics and Entrepreneurship; asserted that the meeting epitomizes the action stage for women’s involvement in decision-making bodies.

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He also commended ECOFEPA for always beaming their search light on issues that affect women and youth in the ECOWAS Sub-region and for firmly reinforcing the need to mentor the next generation of decision makers to bridge existing gaps and bestow sound political and decision-making legacies to them, reaffirming that until they as Members of Parliament replicate ourselves in the younger generation in multiple dimensions to deliver a democratic system that is anchored on good governance and societal growth and development, they cannot credit themselves for success.

Dr. Tunis acknowledged that the event amplifies ECOFEPA’s deliberate resolve to consistently pursue the dreams of its founding Members and recommend for members of Parliament to track generational transfer of knowledge, skills and all it takes to tackle the challenges of the future ahead.

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In her address, the 2nd Vice President of ECOFEPA, Madam Gabriella Fernandes, commended the ECOWAS Commission for its outstanding support in enhancing the activities of the association to achieve its goals for women’s integration and empowerment in politics.

She said that the resources mobilized by the ECOWAS Commission will allow the association to host its upcoming symposium in Togo March 2023.

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Hon. Fernandes reiterated that the symposium will spark the beginning of efforts to launch their projects and synchronize activities in the areas of leadership and entrepreneurship, which have the propensity to boomerang and catapult women’s advancement into decision-making in the ECOWAS region.

Earlier, the Youth Representative for the West Africa Youth Assembly, Mamadu Djalo, said everyone is aware of the social pressure and barriers that women and youth face daily, in trying to climb up to the political power, and employed men in Africa who control the political powers, to ensure that such power is balanced.

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According to Djalo, Women and youth are very isolated for too long, and that there is need for the men to work together with both youth and Women to fill the sense of belonging, as the deliberation cannot be realistic without the participation of the youth and women.

She therefore called for the creation of a youth parliament in order to give them a voice.

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Again, one injured as container crushes bus in Oshodi

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By Francesca Iwambe

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A 20-ft container crushed a commercial bus in the Oshodi area of Lagos State on Wednesday afternoon, injuring a commercial bus driver.

It was gathered that this is the latest container-related accident experienced in the state in the space of three days.

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Eye witnessed confirmed that Wednesday’s accident at Oshodi was caused by a brake failure.

While the passengers in the bus were said to have escaped without an injury, the same could not be said of the bus driver whose degree of injury could not be ascertained as of press time.

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Eight people were crushed to death by a 20-ft container that fell off a truck in the Ojuelegba area of Lagos on Sunday.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the Ojuelegba tragedy, a 40-ft container fell off another truck in the Dopemu area of the state on Monday, causing traffic on the road.

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Breaking: Chairman, MiddleBelt Forum Commodore Dan Suleiman is dead

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Chairman MiddleBelt Forum, Commodore Dan Suleiman is dead.

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A source close to his family revealed to Naijablitznews.com that the Commodore suddenly fainted in his house and passed on.

Details shortly…

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