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Lack of unity, strong leadership affecting Lagos PDP, Says Chieftain



By Francesca Hangeior

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Dr Adetokunbo Pearse, has attributed the poor outings of the party in recent elections in the state to a lack of unity in the Lagos chapter.

Pearse, a former chairmanship aspirant of the party in the state, expressed the view in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lagos.

He said the political party had also not been functioning well in the state because its structure had been weakened and had no leader serving as a rallying point in the chapter.

“We have some fundamental problems in this state chapter, and because of these problems, the party is no longer functioning well as a political party in the state.

“For a party to function well, Ward meetings and Local Government Area meetings must be organised regularly for members, so that they can be easily brought together and mobilised for elections.

“We do not have this in Lagos PDP because we do not have a leader serving as a rallying point.

“When we don’t organise LGA meetings and we don’t organise ward meetings, it is difficult to win elections,” Pearse said.
Pearse, who said politics was local, expressed regret that the party had been crippled at the ward level.

“Everything happens at the ward level, but we do not have this again because there is no leader to coordinate the meetings,” he added.

The party chieftain also said members of the State Executive Committee of the party were not united and could not bring the party together.

Pearse said that the party was strong in the state at the time because there was a leader who served as a rallying point.

He said many issues arose in the party during the governorship election in 2023, which affected its performance.

“We are still where we are until we figure out how to resolve these issues. We do not have a party in Lagos State now.

“The 2023 general elections in Lagos State and the handing over of delegates list to the governorship candidate cost us where we are now and we have not recovered from that,” he said.

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Reps South Wes Caucus Condemn Activities of Acclaimed Yoruba Nation Agitators



By Gloria Ikibah
The South West Caucus of the House of Representatives has condemned in strong terms the recent activities carried out by acclaimed Yoruba Nation Agitators, which have caused unrest and pose a threat to the peace and stability of our region.
This was contained in a statement signed  by Leaderof Southwest Caucus/Deputy Chief Whip, Rep. PAdewunmi Oriyomi Onanuga, Chairman, Southwest Caucus, Rep. Abiodun James Faleke and Secretary General, Southwest Caucus, Rep. Taofeek Ajilesoro on Monday in Abuja.
The statement reads: “As representatives of the people, we stand firmly against any form of unlawful behavior and violence that undermines the rule of law and the unity of our country, Nigeria. It is essential that all grievances and demands be addressed through peaceful and lawful means, respecting the rights and well-being of all citizens.
“We urge all parties involved to engage in constructive dialogue, prioritize the welfare of our people, and work towards finding peaceful and lasting solutions to any grievances,” said Rt. Hon.Dr Abiodun James Faleke, Chairman of the South West Caucus of the House of Representatives. “Violence and lawlessness have no place in our society, and we call on all individuals to uphold the principles of peace, unity, and respect for the rule of law.
“The South West Caucus remains committed to upholding the values of democracy, justice, and unity in our region and the country at large. Together, we can overcome challenges and build a better future for all”.
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How I Made A Vow 34 Years Ago Never To Watch Tv Again – Pope Francis



Pope Francis has disclosed that he made a vow 34 years ago to stop watching television.

The revered clergyman said he placed himself on the self-imposed ban after stumbling across a smutty show.

He explained that the vulgar viewing was so bad for his conscience that he had to place a TV ban on himself.

The Supreme Pontiff said he hasn’t watched the box for almost 34 years.

He said: “I was watching television in the lounge with my fellow priests.

“It was July 15, 1990, and some scenes of an adult nature, to put it delicately, were being shown — something that was not good for the heart.

“Nothing risqué, of course, but when I went back to my room, I said to myself, ‘A priest cannot look at such things.’

And so, the following day, during the mass for the feast of the Madonna del Carmelo, I vowed never to watch television again.”

His Holinesss, 87, said that one of the last things he watched properly on TV was the fall of the Berlin Wall – in 1989.

He, however, stated that there have been a couple of exceptions to his self-imposed sanction.

Speaking via his new book “Life: My Story Through History”, Pope Francis said, “Only very occasionally do I allow myself to watch: for example, when a new president is sworn in, or I watched briefly once when there had been a plane crash.

“I switched it on, too, to follow Sunday mass while I was being treated at the Gemelli University Hospital in Rome.

“But I didn’t watch the coronation of Charles III, the new British king, for example, or many other important world events. Not out of disdain, but because I made a vow.”

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Clark wants special taskforce to rescue Chibok girls



Pa Edwin Clark, Leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), has urged the Federal Government to appoint a special taskforce to ensure the rescue of the remaining Chibok girls held by Boko Haram

The elder statesman made the call while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Monday at a ceremony to mark the Chibok girls’ 10th anniversary in captivity.

While expressing displeasure over the failure of past administrations to rescue the girls, Clark urged President Bola Tinubu to leave no stones unturned to secure the release of the girls.

“About 90 of them are still missing after 10 years. This should be a source of worry and concern to any government.

“Tinubu should appoint a special taskforce with brave soldiers, who are competent and transparent and not nepotic.

“Their main duty will be to travel at all times to Sambisa forest or where ever these citizens are, to look for these girls and rescue them.

“In giving this advice, I also want to add that a time limit should be given to them to carry out this task.”

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