The presidential candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria, ANN, Fela Durotoye, has revealed his godfathers.
Fela, who is the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of the Gemstone Group, said that the 190 million Nigerians were his godfathers and godmothers.
Durotoye spoke on Politico Poliica with Isabella Akinseye, a Youtube political programme, where he also maintained that any political party that will win election must have the ability to galvanize people by spreading their message across to those people, getting those people to believe in the Ideology of that political party.
He said, “We do have godfathers and godmothers. They are 190 million godfathers. They are people of Nigeria. We don’t have the kind of political godfathers the others have: One person that seats down and arrogate such powers to themselves where the will of the people no longer matters. But we believe that it is the people who’ll win the election.
“We believe that the will of the people matters and therefore, they are our godfathers. They are the ones that have given us the money so far. We have not collected any money from any cabal or any money bags but it is the people of Nigeria that have contributed so far.
“Any political party that will win must have the ability to galvanize people by spreading their message across to those people, getting those people to believe in the Ideology of that political party.
“That’s if they have an ideology; and in the political party itself and sometimes in the candidate. And more importantly, getting people who would vote for that candidate. Today, one of the things we have realised is that, that structure is not always brick and mortar.
“So for many of the new political parties, they are learning very quickly that through the power of social media and by extension building ambassadors for their ideologies they actually have to go into places they don’t have physical structure.
“You go into villages realizing that you don’t physical structure but you have people in those villages. Political structure is important but brick and mortar are no longer important. It is the analogue days.
“Today we’re dealing with digital. And some people say ‘Fela what are you talking about? The people who vote are in the grassroots’ and I say to them, it is true. They are in the grassroots, but one of the things we have to remember, out of the voting population, that is the people that are above the age of 18, 96 million people were above the age of 18 in 2015 but only 28 million votes were mobilized by the supposedly structured parties.
“With all their political structure; vote buying, ballot stuffing, underage voting and manipulations that we all saw and had evidence to. With all of that shenanigans, they were only able to get 28 million votes, why? Because 68 million potential voters did not believe in any ideology.
“That time, they didn’t have much of the choice; they didn’t have political parties such as the Alliance for New Nigeria and so the 68 million voters decided not to vote.”
Bandits attack police formation, kill 13 officers in Zamfara
Armed men suspected to be bandits have attacked the Kurar Mota community in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State, killing at least 13 police officers
We gathered that the incident occured on Sunday when the assailants invaded a police formation and gunned down officers on duty.
A residents who identified himself as Kabir Dansada, told Daily Trust that the armed men had earlier attempted to invade Magami, a community located 50km south of Gusau, the state capital, but were repelled by soldiers.
“They withdrew after they were overpowered by the soldiers there. They then rode to a community along Magami – Dankurmi – Dangulbi road and killed one person and torched four shops.”
“Thereafter, they moved to Kurar Mota community and attacked the police formation near the township clinic. The criminals then dashed into the forest”
“The slain officers and the injured ones were conveyed to Gusau in a convoy of police vehicles this afternoon. I saw several police vehicles move towards the area,” he said.
When contacted by our correspondent, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Muhammad Shehu said he would inquire and revert.
Clean smelly Lagos gutters, stop making noise – Deji Adeyanju rebukes Joe Igbokwe
Deji Adeyanju, an Abuja-based human rights activist, has berated Joe Igbokwe, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, over his recent comments on social media.
Adeyanju said Igbokwe who should be cleaning smelly gutters in Lagos State is making noise on social media.
Igbokwe, who is the Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been very outspoken on social media lately.
The APC chieftain celebrated the rearrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
He had explained that Kanu once asked IPOB members to kill him and his family members.
The governor’s aide also rebuked Kanu’s style of agitation, stressing that the IPOB leader never witnessed the Biafra civil.
Igbokwe further stressed that the Nigerian government has enough evidence to convict the embattled IPOB leader.
However, Adeyanju, in a tweet wrote: “Joe Igbokwe who should be busy cleaning smelly gutters in Lagos is still on Facebook making noise.”
Meanwhile, we observed that Lagos State has witnessed serious flooding due to rain fall and bad drainage management.
Cultism: Four arrested during cult supremacy battle in Ogun
Four persons, who the police said are members of dreaded cult groups, were on Saturday arrested during a supremacy battle in Ogun State.
Police said the supremacy battle led to a gun duel between Aye and Eiye confraternities in the Atan-Ota area of Ogun.
The suspects, according to the Ogun Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, were identified as Olusegun Owoola (26), Gbenga Akinkade (34), Jinadu Waliu (30) and Sanni Hammed (27)
Oyeyemi informed us that they were arrested following a distress call received by the DPO of Atan Ota division, CSP Abolade Oladigbolu at about 4am on Saturday.
The two groups were said to have gone on a rampage at the Hotel road area of Atan, shooting sporadically.
The DPO had mobilized his men to the scene “where they met the two groups engaging themselves in a serious gun battle.”
According to Oyeyemi, “the police engaged the hoodlums and subsequently subdued them”, leading to the arrest of four of them.
Items recovered from them are a locally-made pistol, three live cartridges, two knives, an iron rod and assorted criminal charms.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun has directed that the case be transferred to the anti-cultism section of the State CIID for investigation.
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