By Eric Elezuo
The prestigious Excellence Hotel, located on Ogba, Ikeja, was a beehive of activity over the weekend as David Oluwasegun Odunmbaku, the secretary of Ikeja Local Government Area and the ‘warrior’ son of prolific Lagos politician and accomplished cleric, Cardinal James Odumbaku, declared his intention to contest the chairmanship of Ojudu Local council Development Area in the forthcoming grassroots election.
David Odumbaku is a Harvard trained professional, who had learnt the ropes of administration, berthing at a prestigious office of the secretary of one of the influential local government areas in Lagos State.
Making his declaration, Odumbaku said his mission to Ojudu LCDA is nothing but to serve and continue to serve.
“My passion for the people is what is driving my intention to contest the election. I just want to serve, and deliver the best of the dividend of democracy to the people of Ojudu,” he said.
Speaking however, on his son’s aspirations, Cardinal James Odumbaku, popularly known as Baba Eto, who is a revered politician in Lagos and preacher of the word, said David is endowed with the can-do-attitude to deliver good governance to the people of the council and beyond. he said that David has passed through time and tutelage, and is very fit to handle the dictates of the office of the chairman, according to party rules.
“David Olusegun Odumbaku has been council secretary in Ikeja Local Government for four years under Honourable Wale Ogunlami without blemish. He was supposed to be chairman in the first instance, but Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu said no he has to learn.
“Again in the second leg, Asiwaju said he should not go for the chairmanship, but go for the secretary position, which is the power house of any local government administration so that he can learn more. Now, another four years is gone, or about to expire. So it behoves on me to encourage him after having a very excellent education in Europe. He is a Harvard alumnus. His academic achievements are voluminous that I can’t run it offhand, but his resume is a clear indication of what I’m saying,” Odumbaku said as a matter of fact.
He added that David Odumbaku is a power house of experience and knowledge, having learnt from his father, who himself was taught by the prolific Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He further praised Tinubu for his democratic principles and as the brain behind the establishment of the Ojudu LCDA among others, saying he supervised the establishment on behalf of Tinubu.
“What David has in stock as a son of a politician, who himself was trained by Tinubu, is a testimony of the fact that he can’t fail, and that is because he has never failed.
“We are proving to the world that David Odumbaku is capable of running the administration of Ojudu LCDA, which of course I am the founding father, acting on instruction by Asiwaju that we should go and make some adjustment from the existing 20 local governments to 57 with additional 37 LGAs.
“So today, we are showing the world today through Ojudu LCDA what Odumbaku David is all about. Because we believe in democracy of which Tinubu is the bedrock, we are confidence that he will win the next election as Ojudu LCDA chairman, and even beyond. It may interest you to know that everyone is ably represented at this declaration exercise; leaders, community representatives, artisans and many more. The youths must grow…that’s the slogan of Asiwaju,” Odumbaku added.
“On why he chose to use his son at this time, having been instrumental to establishing many Lagosians politically and otherwise, Odumbaku said:
“I chose my son at the very last. You know I have been sponsoring other people with my money and personality, with the permission and blessing of Asiwaju Tinubu, putting people in respective positions in politics, ministry, local government administration, but I decided to sponsor my own child in the final analysis, and not without the blessing of Asiwaju.
“Now, I reasoned that with God-given opportunity and permission of Asiwaju Tinubu, I should try my own biological son, who is knowledgeable and has the capacity to handle things according to the dictates of our great party, All Progressives Congress (APC). Note that everyone is my son, however,” Odumbaku further revealed.
He remarked that time has come for Tinubu to run the affairs of the country, Nigeria, having paid his dues in raising men and women of substance to man various political arms of the nation.
“And for the avoidance of doubt, I am not only desirous of David Odumbaku becoming the Chaiman of Ojudu LCDA, also that Asiwaju becomes the President of Nigeria – QED,” he concluded.
The Lagos State LGA polls is expected to hold in June.
Amuwo LG Poll: Adewale’s TCG Receives Decampees, Igbo Community Endorsement, Presents Candidates
The National Secretariat of The Consolidation Group (TCG) in Amuwo Odofin LGA was charged as the group showed great readiness for the forthcoming APC primaries scheduled to hold soon.
Presenting the Councillorship aspirants, Comrade Ayodele Adewale took time to read out a brief profile about them and how they have been steadfast during the course of the struggle in the last six years.
He wasted no time in moving to pressing matters as he dwelt upon Party loyalty and commitment as a pinnacle to the successful selection process of the Councillors.
He charged them to remain focused and put the interest of the community close to their hearts when elected into office.
He reminded them that loyalty was the underlying ethics to the group and their loyalty and commitment to the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC and Amuwo Odofin LG community should be central to every activity that they pursue.
Comrade Ayodele wished them every success as they move to the next stage of the race which is the APC Party screening and thereafter the Party primary election.
Comrade Ayodele Adewale also announced that two more members had purchased the nomination forms for the Chairmanship seat hours before the deadline on Tuesday making a total of 5 aspirants jostling for the number 1 seat.
He advised all candidates and members to continue interacting and engaging with all the old and newly registered Party members who had come aboard during the APC party registration exercise across the Local Government.
The leadership of the lgbo Speaking Community in Lagos State led by the State President General, Chief Sunday Udeh was also present at the Monday meeting with some members of his executives.
They described Comrade Ayodele Adewale as a detribalized leader whose inclusive approach benefitted all in the LG including the non indigenes in Amuwo Odofin LGA.
He appealed that all members should continue to show loyalty to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC and immediate past Council Chairman, Comrade Ayodele Adewale as they remains the only leaders and entity in Amuwo Odofin LG, Lagos State and Nigeria that associate and treat non indigenes like their family.
He also urged every member to be more committed and play an active role in furtherance of the group’s objectives and most especially, the APC Party.
Chief Sunday Udeh promised a donation of N50,000 to the group for refreshment before the next meeting as a mark of support for being a part of the highly influential and organised group, TCG.
TCG members also welcomed Mr. Okpor Emeka, the candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in the last 2019 House of Assembly Elections in Amuwo Odofin LGA. He arrived with some of his loyal supporters.
This visit was to intimate the APC stalwart and founder of the Consolidation Group (TCG), Comrade Ayodele Adewale of their readiness to join the Progressives.
He stated that they had given it great thought and consideration and having consulted far and wide, they had decided to use the platform of TCG to defect to the APC Party.
Mr. Okpo described APC as the only Party with a true manifesto to alleviate the status of the common man.
The defection move was facilitated by Comrade Balogun Ibrahim, one of the APC Chairmanship aspirants and a member of TCG.
Comrade Ayodele received the defected members and appreciated them for deeming it fit to add to the numbers of the APC Party.
He urged them to contribute to the success of the Party most especially during this election period.
He also promised to formally hand them over to Chief Tunde Balogun, the acting chairman of the APC in Lagos State at an appointed time.
The meeting ended with ward accreditations, where a total of 314 members were recorded to have attended the meeting.
The leader of the group, Comrade Ayodele Adewale wished all Muslim faithfuls, a happy Eid al Fitr celebrations in advance and declared that the next meeting is scheduled to hold on Monday 17th May, 2021
NAOSNP Honours Kawugana with Leadership Service Award
By Eric Elezuo
The National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP) has honoured the immediate past Commander of the 9 Brigade, Ikeja, Brigadier General Sale Kawugana with the Association’s Service Leadership Award.
The award was presented to the Commander during the hand over ceremony at the Brigade Command by the Executive Members of the NAOSNP led by its National President, Mr. Oki Samson.
Mr Oki said the Commander deserved the award as a result of his exemplary leadership style during his short but, impactful stewardship as the Commander, 9 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Ikeja, Lagos.
In his acceptance speech, Brigadier General Kawugana thanked the Association for considering him for the award, and pledged to keep the flag of excellent service delivery flying wherever he finds himself serving the nation.
He also said he was impressed with the cooperation given to him by the Association during his stay, promising the friendship would continue.
He also pleaded with the Association to extend similar cooperation to new Commander.
Saraso Takes over Command of 9 Brigade As Army Redeploys Kawugana to Abuja
The new Commander, 9 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Ikeja Cantonment, Lagos, Brig Gen Lader Saraso, has assumed duty.
He took over from Brig Gen Sale Kawugana, who has been redeployed to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja.
The new Commander, during his handing and taking over ceremony which took place at the conference Room of the brigade recently, craved for National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP) support saying that the “media is suppose to be the watchdog of the society because they are everywhere.”
He further reiterated that such support is imperative considering that the media is a necessary part of every society; hence it serves as a “check and balance” when it is practised within the purview of the law. It is a wake-up call to anybody in position of authority that there are people you are supposed to be accountable to.
“As a public servant,” he observed, “we are not an island to ourselves. Therefore, we need a formidable partnership with you. Sometimes, there may be some delays in messages and information. We may not always be as supernatural to be everywhere at the same time. But with little patience, the picture would get clearer,” Brig Gen Saraso emphasized.
However, he added that “everything we do on Internal Security whether in Lagos or elsewhere,” they are actually playing a supportive role to the Nigerian Police.
“We need the collaborative efforts of other agencies. They need us just as we need them so that we would be able to achieve some synergy.”
Brig Gen Saraso, therefore, called on the media to always draw his attention to any negative development or unpleasant situation going on so that such could be nipped in the bud before it escalates.
“You can report to meet the expectations of your organisation and we too, want to meet the expectations of Nigerians who actually entrusted us with these positions,” he added.
Earlier, the outgone Commander, Brig Gen Sale Kawugana commended members of the fourth estate of the realm for their support during his short stint at the brigade soliciting that such candid support and robust relationship be extended to the new Commander.