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2023: Lagos APC Leaders To ‘Plead’ 2nd Term For Sanwo-Olu

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Even though he is yet to complete the second year in his four-year term, some leaders of the All Progres­sives Congress (APC) may have begun moves to facili­tate a second term for Gov­ernor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in 2023, Daily Independent has gathered.

A credible source in­formed our correspon­dent that there was an unwritten agreement that Sanwo-Olu, who is a Chris­tian, will only serve one term in order to complete the four-year term which former Governor Akin­wunmi Ambode began in 2015.

He added that by the time Sanwo-Olu completes his tenure in 2023, the two terms allocated for a gov­ernor of Christian denom­ination would have been complete.

“If you recall, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who became governor after the return of democratic rule in 1999 is a Muslim and he served for two terms between 1999 and 2007.

“His successor, Baba­tunde Raji Fashola (SAN), another Muslim, also com­pleted two terms in office from 2007 to 2015.

“Before the expiration of Fashola’s tenure, there was a serious and fierce clamour by some religious leaders of Christians in Lagos that the next governor of the state must be a Christian in order to ensure a balance among the two prominent religions in the state.

“Some well-meaning Is­lamic leaders also support­ed the position, saying it will give the people of the other faith a sense of be­longing.

“It was a very sensitive issue and if the APC lead­ership in Lagos had refused to listen to the demand, there would have been pro­test votes from Lagosians against APC. Many would have voted for the opposi­tion Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which fielded Jimi Agbaje, a Christian then.

“That clamour was what led to the emergence of Am­bode in 2015. Unfortunately, Ambode incurred the wrath of the powers that be in La­gos APC and he couldn’t secure a second term. That was what brought San­wo-Olu as governor to com­plete the remaining four years that Ambode couldn’t finish.”

When our correspon­dent contacted several APC leaders, they declined to comment on the issue say­ing, “It is very sensitive and may ruffle political feathers in the state”.

One of the leaders who asked not to be named, how­ever, said while the theory behind Sanwo-Olu’s emer­gence may be true, the idea of one term for Lagos gov­ernors was mouthed during the Fashola administration so that the position can go round because there are many qualified people in the party.

He, however, said based on Sanwo-Olu’s sterling performance since com­ing to office, especially given the way he demon­strated great leadership in handling the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders of the party, including himself, will be willing to plead a second term for him when the times comes.

“If you look at San­wo-Olu, since coming to office, he has made gover­nance his focus while leav­ing politics to those who assisted him to office. He is not known to be floating any political group or asso­ciation, all he focuses on is good governance for Lago­sians.

“His management of the COVID-19 and other issues such as security and in­frastructure has won him applause from both within and outside the country, even from the PDP. So, 2023 is still far away.

“He is yet to serve out two years from his first term but when that time comes, if he continues in that fine pattern, leaders like me will come out and plead for a sec­ond term for him”, he said.

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Chelsea boss Lampard ready to send Kepa away on-loan

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is ready to send Kepa Arrizabalaga away on-loan.

The Sun says Chelsea are ready to send Kepa out on loan after landing Rennes keeper Edouard Mendy as their new first-choice.

While Chelsea insisted no decision has yet been taken on Kepa’s future, it is understood that Frank Lampard will assent to the Spaniard leaving on loan before next month’s deadline.

Kepa, 25, has struggled to live up to the world record £71m fee Chelsea paid Athletic Bilbao to land him as Thibaut Courtois’ replacement in 2018.

He fell out of favour last term after a series of high-profile errors before the lockdown.

And while the Spaniard regained his place at the outset of Project Restart, he lost it again to Willy Caballero for the FA Cup semi-final and Final.

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Michaela Abam’s hat-trick leads Real Betis to Andalusian Cup semi-final

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The Cameroonian found the net thrice as she powered her side past Hispalis to the last four of the pre-season tournament

Michaela Abam hit a treble for Real Betis as they trashed Hispalis 10-0 in Thursday’s Andalusian Women’s Cup quarterfinal encounter.

Despite featuring in 15 matches for Betis, the Cameroon international managed only three goals before the league’s cancellation in May due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Abam starred and Equatorial Guinea’s Dorine Chuigoue made her debut in Betis’ 2-0 win over Granada in their first friendly on Sunday.

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Tottenham Advance To Europa League Play-off After Scare

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Son Heung-min scored one and set up two as Tottenham advanced to the Europa League play-off round after a scare against Shkendija in North Macedonia.

Son, who scored four goals against Southampton last Sunday, turned provider to set up Argentine Erik Lamela to calmly score the opener.

Joe Hart, who was making his Spurs debut, was beaten by a stunning 20-yard finish by Valmir Nafiu.

But Son drilled the second before setting up Harry Kane for the third.

It was a decent performance by Jose Mourinho’s side, who meet Maccabi Haifa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the play-off round next Thursday.

However, they went from dominating the tie to hanging on before two goals in the space of nine minutes put the game out of Shkendija’s reach.

Soon after Nafiu’s wonderful equaliser from outside the box, Besart Ibraimi had a chance to put the hosts ahead but headed wide.

Spurs regained control thanks mainly to another excellent performance by Son.

Having scored four of his side’s five goals at Southampton last Sunday, the South Korea forward produced another classy performance to help his side advance.

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