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Delta South Youths slam Sen James Manager, reject his 2019 ambition

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The dream of Senator James Manager, the four-tenure senator representing Delta South Senatorial District of Delta State at the Senate to launch a return for the fifth time has suffered some setbacks as youths in the district have vowed to scuttle his moves to that effect.
 
Delta South Youth Liberation Movement (DSYLM), a political pressure group comprising the three major ethnic nationalities in Delta South Senatorial District, namely (Ijaw, Isoko and Itsekiri), voiced this plan recently at a news conference held in Ughelli, Delta State.
 
Speaking specifically concerning the 2019 elections as it affects the senatorial district, the president of the group, Mr. Saviour Ayibanengiyefa said the Senator has overstayed his welcome in the upper legislative house and his representation of over close to 16 years has not translated to adequate wellbeing of his people.
 
“Senator Manager shouldn’t even think of contesting primary not to talk of going back to the senate. He has failed us, for over 15 years he has been at the senate, nothing to show for it. You cannot point a single landmark project he facilitated into the district. For 2019, it’s a no, no for him,” Ayibanengiyefa declared.
 
Continuing, the DSYLM president who was flanked by Mr. Prosper Ewomazino and Miss Aminoma Oritsetimeyin, his vice-president and secretary respectively, said the region is blessed with more experienced and tactful politicians who can do better at the senate.
 
“Fortunately for us, our district has been blessed with highly experienced people who could negotiate well at the national level for the sake of the development of our area.”
 
“We call on Senator James Manager to retire from the senate after this tenure to make room for such individuals to put their experience to test. I’m saying this because we hear rumours that Manager is considering another shot at the senate. This is wrong. This is not good enough for us,” he said.
 
“Take a look at the road leading to his area, it is in a deplorable state. If we had a good representation, the reverse would have been the case. Senator Manager only cares about his pocket, he doesn’t have the development of the area at heart and this must come to an end in 2019,” concluded the DSYLM president.
 
Interestingly, the incumbent senator, James Manager, an Ijaw man has been returned to the senate on four occasions consecutively. By the end of 2019, James Manager would have spent a total of 16 years in the Red Chambers and feelers from the district reveal that the people are tired of his representation.
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JUST IN: FG suspends Nigeria Air indefinitely – Minister

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The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Wednesday, announced the suspension of the planned national carrier, Nigeria Air.

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I will contest Lagos governorship election – Jimi Agbaje

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The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 gubernatorial election in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, on Wednesday, September 19, finally announced that he has an ambition to lead the state on the platform of the same party in 2019.

There had been speculations on whether Agbaje, who narrowly missed the chance to govern the state in 2015, would still seek election.

Agbaje reportedly told journalists in Lagos that he would seek election in the state in 2019.

“It is true that initially I did not want to re-contest, but I had so many people urging me to run,” he said.

Agbaje, the 2015 governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos state, on Monday, September 3, urged the party to conduct free, fair and credible convention to avoid rancor ahead of the 2019 elections.

A statement by Fidelis Soriwei, a spokesperson of Seriake Dickson, quoted Agbaje as having stated this when he paid a condolence visit to the state governor, Seriake Dickson, in his Toru Orua country home.

The visit was to condole the governor over the death of his mother, Goldcoast Dickson, who died of lung cancer at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, Texas, in the United States at the age of 72.

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Lagos APC members protest James Faleke’s re-election bid

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Some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ikeja Federal Constituency, Lagos State, on Monday staged a peaceful protest against the re-election bid of Rep. James Faleke.

Faleke, member representing Ikeja Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives is positioning himself for re-election in 2019 elections. He had in 2016 gone to contest the deputy governorship seat in Kogi, his state of origin.

The protesters, who chanted different solidarity songs against Faleke, a two-term member of the House of Representatives, said that he had not represented the constituency well.

They carried placards with inscriptions such as “Faleke, go back to Kogi, Ikeja say no to you”, “90 Shops in Kogi, Go back to your Kogi”.

Others read: “16 years of representing Ikeja with no constituency benefit”, “Dear Tinubu, the People of Ikeja, Ojodu, and Onigbongbo say no to Faleke” among others.

One of the leaders of the protesters, Solomon Johnson, said that there were so many capable and vibrant youths, men and women that could represent the constituency.

Johnson, a leader in Ikeja APC said that the protest was to tell the leadership of the party that the residents would not support the re-election of Faleke to the House of Representatives.

“He has been in power in the last 18 years and we feel he has done enough,” Johnson said.

According to him, since the lawmaker has gone to contest Kogi Deputy Governorship Election in 2016, the legislative seat should be given to another individual in the person of Mrs Toke Benson.

He urged Faleke to concentrate on strengthening APC in Kogi rather than seek re-election by transferring his voter register back to Lagos.

“It will be a slap on the people of Ikeja Federal Constituency if Faleke is forced on residents, we have able youths that can represent the constituency and we have found Mrs Toke Benson.

“Since the party is interested in promoting women participation, Toke Benson is qualified, she is a lawyer and well known. Enough of impunity. Give us Toke Benson and we will deliver Ikeja for APC,” Johnson said.

Another leader of the protesters, Hope James said, “The entire people of Ikeja want a change. The attention of Faleke has been in Kogi. Our people have not been benefiting from that office.”

James, one of the APC stalwarts from Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area, alleged that the lawmaker had not been representing the constituency well.

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