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Lagos Governorship Debate: Why Was Koro Absent?

Can someone tell me where Koro was during the debate tonight?

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Elections come and go so Agbaje wld be sworn in.

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Bolarge,Razor, and Kitaun thanks for the struggle to free Lagos from Thuggery and Gangsterism in the form of Koro I am sure Koro would personally beat up anybody who speak against him "Omo I hear him voice I get goose pimple" the guy na confirmed Up National NURTW

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We are here again and pls vote anybody but Koro according to sleekdot an avid 3rd term supporter again on the debate he wasn't coherent just gra gra (the stuff that area boys a.k.a Koro boys according to Channels moderator) do.

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His greatest achievement was that he supported the failed and unpopular third term bid of OBJ

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@ kitaun kiss my Bottom ;d ;d ;d ;d ;d *i am screaming*

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2nd choice? Na JAMB una wan write?

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Dts gd.We jst hope d best wins @ all levels.

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Jimi is my second choice

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of course Jimi is my second choice

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I know hes been senator.Look @ Agbaje sha.

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What do you mean by then? HE has been Senator since 2003 till date. Dat boy is hot MAEN for real take a deeper look o

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How come we never knew of his handwork den?My brova na only God know their hearts oh.

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whoa!!! i like this question, i wont just list them for you, I want you and others to intimate yourself with what KORO has done has a Senator Enjoy the read!

Senator Musuliu Olatunde Obanikoro is a vibrant and extremely active senator at the National Assembly. As the Deputy Chairman, senate Committee on Marine Transport, he has provided absolute support to Senator Ugochukwu Uba to oversee the affairs of NPA, NMA, Nigerian Shippers Council, and other parastatals under the marine aspect of the Transport Ministry.

Besides the senate committee on Marine transport, his presence and profound contributions have been greatly felt in other Senate Committees, especially Senate Committees on Industry; Tourism; Local and Foreign Debts; Drug, Narcotic and financial Crimes; Gas and Works.

When he acted as Sub-committee Chairman (Senate Committee on Works) South-south, the position accorded him the opportunity to tour the six southern States to investigate the States of Federal Government Roads in this region. That singular experience fired his passion to seek Federal Government support for a facelift of Federal roads in Lagos. He never relented in breathing down the neck of Senator Seye Ogunlewe as Works Minister, requesting that the deplorable roads in Lagos be repaired. His persistence was eventually rewarded when the Minister began massive repair works on federal roads in Lagos.

Senator Obanikoro was notable for his unrepentant passion for Lagos, and this manifested in some of the ground shaking motions he moved at the Senate. He speaks endearingly about Lagos at the Senate and has focused his energy on attracting Federal support to Lagos. It was vintage senator Obanikoro who moved the “motion on the surge and overflow of the Atlantic Ocean along the Bar beach shoreline” that provided a prelude to the action taken today to stop the surge at the beach.

Having been moved by the recurring surge of the Atlantic Ocean, which has through the Lagos Bar beach, ravaged the Lagos Island metropolis on several occasions, and having noticed the absence of a permanent solution to the problem all these years, he moved the motion on the floor of the Senate, praying for urgent and permanent solution to the bar beach crisis.

This wake up call moved the Senate to set up a high-powered ad-hoc committee comprising members of the Senate committee on works and Senate Committee on Environment and ecology. On Wednesday 15th of October 2003, the ad-hoc committee visited the site to have first-hand knowledge of the devastation caused by the perennial surge, and consulted with stake holders and all interest parties for three days. The committee tour and investigation was described as the most thorough and comprehensive ever since attempts were being made to solve the bar beach problem.

It is on good record that Senator Obanikoro in his usual characteristic sensitivity to Lagos moved several motions in the hallowed Senate Chambers on issues bordering on the essence and survival of Lagos. Notable amongst these are: “A motion calling for the rescue of Lagos State from the menace of flood”; “A motion calling for the resolution of the clash between men of the Nigerian Police force and men of the Nigerian Army in Lagos State”; and “A motion to stop the incessant increment in the pump prices of petroleum products”. The end results of these motions which, without doubt, helped in restoring hope and order for Lagosians remain a veritable testimony to Obanikoro’s dedication to his beloved State.

It is, perhaps, through sponsorship of bills that Senator Musiliu Obanikoro justified his tireless effort to provide succour to the people of his State and restore hope for the voiceless. Four of his most popular bills are: “A Bill for an Act to regulate and control public Buildings and for other purposes connected therewith”; “A Bill for an Act to regulate and control Dredging and Excavation of land and for other matters related therewith”; “A Bill for an Act to provide for the Re-certification of Fuel pumps and for matters related therewith”; “A Bill for an Act to prevent Casualisation in public and Private Establishment”.

Senator Obanikoro occupied the front burners in the effort to secure special status for Lagos. In his submission to Senate Committee on Revenue Allocation, Which was chaired by Senator Osunbor, he recommended that 5% of Federal Government Revenue should be allocated to Lagos State, considering its strategic cosmopolitan significance to the nation. Unfortunately, the committee was dissolved because the Federal Government withdrew the proposed Revenue Sharing Formular for the reason that there were purportedly fake copies in circulation.

Senator Obanikoro is endearingly committed in deploying his resources to education. He holds the view that the best form of legacy for a child is a sound holistic education. In one of his papers, “Empowering Nigerians through a Restructured and Realistic education Programme”, presented to Rotary Club of Omole, he concluded thus: “The kind of education I dare to yearn for and propagate… is the type that re-structures the mind and builds confidence in people. The kind of education that is self-sustaining and highly creative; breeds healthy and confident students, encourages creativity and provokes change. The kind of education that provides the impetus to enable us to recognize ability; tempers our conscience to crave for things that are positive, and inspires us to continue even till eternity the search for knowledge.

In making education a priority in his legislative programmes, the Senator established the Senator Obanikoro Leadership and Education Programme (SOLEP). Through this project, he has been able to provide tremendous support to students in Lagos State. For instance, he imported 40,000 textbooks (spanning sciences, arts and social sciences) from the United States, which were distributed free to students in Secondary and Tertiary institutions in Lagos. These were separate from the 700,000 notebooks distributed to students in Primary and Secondary Schools in Lagos.

Under SOLEP, the Senator started a massive campaign against examination malpractice. In April 2006, he contracted a consultant who took the campaign to the doorsteps of final year students who were sitting for the WAEC/NECO examinations. The Senator also procured 5000 copies of a text book: 40 Simple Ways to Study and Prepare for Exams. His effort in this respect was well received. And plans are under way to repeat this particular project for final year students in 2007.

Senator Obanikoro has endeared himself to students and parents on account of his lofty educational programmes in Lagos state. Since 2003, he has regularly bought GCE forms for indigent students in Lagos State. Till date the total number GCE forms procured under SOLEP have risen above 1000. And for the year 2007, he has proposed 300 GCE forms for indigent students. It is also worthy of mention that in the last three years, the Senator has invested well over N4,000,000 in the provision of Scholarships for indigent students in the State.

Obanikoro has also touched the hearts of women in Lagos. Besides providing comfort for their children, he set aside special funds to help children and women who need financial assistance during surgery. Dozens of Lagosians have benefited from this fund. In the last two years he has sponsored several women to participate in the AWHIP (a US based NGO concerned about the plight of African Women in the Diaspora) seminar in Little Rock Arkansas, where they benefit from special health and empowerment trainings. At present, he has a partnership arrangement with the US based NGO to set up a mammogram centre that will enable women to carry out free test for the early detection of bosom Cancer.

Perhaps one of Obanikoro’s remarkable achievements is the setting up of OPP (Obanikoro Priority Project).

During the flag-off of OPP, the Senator gave out items worth millions of naira to empower Lagosians. It is on good record that at the grand ceremony held at the Tafawa Balewa Square and witnessed by PDP Chieftains in Lagos including Chief Bode George, Late Engr. Funsho Williams, Senator Seye Ogunlewe, Chief Rasheed Williams (The Ajiroba of Lagos), etc., 250 motor bikes were given out to prospective riders.

Market women and unemployed women received 100 milling machines, 100 popcorn machines and 100 sewing machines. Farmers from different regions in Lagos received well over 200 farming tools, and unemployed youths were given 400 telephone lines and telephones to start their own small scale telephone business.

As a grassroots politician, he reports back to his constituents quarterly and yearly. He holds a regular Town-Hall meeting with his constituents to acquaint them with his legislative agenda, and also uses the forum to elicit their needs. He is, perhaps, the only Senator in Nigeria who writes to his constituents regularly and publishes his yearly report: “Challenges and Performance report”. In his yearly report, he gives graphic detail of what took place at the Senate during the legislative year, educates them on some of the resounding motions and bills that were that stirred the Senate, and updates them of some of his activities and challenges for the year.

In all of these, Senator Obanikoro today occupies a prominent position in the league of Senators representing Lagos State. He has moved more motions and sponsored more bills than any other Senator from Lagos. He has also shown more commitment to Senate Committees than any of his Lagos counterparts. His legislative activities have been chiefly focused on Lagos, reaffirming his passion for his home State.

Sadly, his huge commitment to his legislative responsibilities has been poorly reported. Interestingly though, the grassroots whom he has connected with these years are unrepentantly stuck to him. This, perhaps, confirms why he is the man to beat in the forthcoming gubernatorial elections.

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LOL.Can u please list his achievements?He was jst dere for fun nothing special.When he was Senator of Lagos State wat did he do?Nothing.Hes a big joker

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poor you, what r the qualities in a local government chairman if I may ask?

Cos I am sure by the time you list that, and you compound those qualities with the experience of a Commissioner for 4 years, a Senator for 4 years, and an already one time Council Chairman, YOU HAVE A GOVERNOR. I rest my case.

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Am not a Fashola fan oh.Its jst certain he might win.I really think Agbaje is the man Lagos is waiting for.Besides Koro is not up to d task dts d bitter truth.For Local Government Chairman he wldnt be a bad option.

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What did Koro have to say?Honestly lets be real Koro cannot take Lagos anywhere.I think Agbaje/Pedro would but its getting almost certain Fashola is taking it.

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@femilangy

could you stop screaming at us?

thats what writing in caps portray you know?

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vote for obanikoro,vote for happiness.

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mind u his name is not koro{bitternes or watever u call it.}his name is musiliu obanikoro

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omo KORO didnt go to ltv 8 because he couldn't be bothered. he attended a far more reputable debate and trashed everyone, he was the only candidate there withouth questionable background, see how the others were eating each other part. A Senator with untarnished political record. KORO carry go jare

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Stand up and say no to KOro we shall not know bitterness Eko ko ni koro

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I have said it~Koro lacks imagination,talent and the know-how to run Lagos!A tout would always be a tout~that is PDP for you.A band of thugs,bandits,louts,brigands and rogues!A vote for Koro would be a vote for vermin and locust to feed on Lagosians!A senator with no senatorial input for 4 years,no visible FG funded initiative in his district,no drive.In this day and age,governance has gone beyond sentiments~Koro ain't fit and left to me he should be consigned to the backwaters of Island,doing what he knows best,as some of us that know him to do well at~touting!

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Lagos the home of intellectuals being governed by a man that was one [b]Ssh[/b]airman, and pleading with foters and always clamouring for support from the center in an event that Yar'Adua does not win what happens to Koro's plan - doomed Koro stand on your own.

To be sincere those who drafted what Koro was reading at the debate tried for him Kudos only that the guy couldnt pronounce it well and they should teach him composure too and not acting like he wants to beat someone up and he would be fit for governor of Agberos. We know he is capable of doing it but he shouldn't do it in public glare.

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wetin be ur own problem with that.

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Femmylangy,

Can you point to anypost of mine in which I have called you or madejibo or any other opponent names or used any abusive language on you? If you see any I am ready to apologise publicly. but I can point to at least 4 from you and madejibo.

Cafe attendant?? If only you could see through your screen. I am telling you that I work in one of the best organisations in the world  You cant comprehend how an employed person would contribute to an internet forum? It never crossed your mind that some people could have unlimited access to internet in Nigeria. Eh that is what PDP govt has done to Nigerians, PPl like Adedibu, Alao-Akala, Obanikoro, Tony Anenih, Andy Uba now hold forte and are strong contenders.

Even the southwest that used to be the envy of other parts as regards intellectually inclined individuals  would now have Intellectually backward ppl like a Koro- a thug  and Alao-Akala (who bleaches)

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ewwooooooooooo,u guys don start with ur woni wonpe,them say .how do they know he cant speak english.i gues most of them would turn to furtune tllers very soon.

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THE PDP is a full scale fraud!

Koro and all their candidates nationwide with the exception of Ogun State where Gbenga Daniel has been outstanding. All the others incumbent and new ones are are anti-people money miss road and money bags. They all like Baba Iyabo believe that everyone has a price and that our consciences are up for auction. Power at all cost is their underlying principle even at the expense of the people. PDP is not the party we should identify with now! Facts are all over the place, take it an interpret it then you will conclude the same. PDP is a fraud!

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Hey Guys, I heard from a reliable source, that knows Koro very well, that the guy can't speak good English. That's why he doesn't wanna participate in any debate. He doesn't want to make a fool of himself!

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SOmeone said there would be a debate at channels T.V today if true what is the time.

Koro might not attend because the debate is being held in Lagos state and not Adamawa or Taraba state.

i[b]Koro[/b] jade ninu aye wa Amin. Bitterness get out of our lives Amen

Femmylangy, opined that Koro does not hope to win by coming for debates to tell Lagosian what he has( if he has anything for them) so he has perfected his rigging plan in conjuction with Abuja where everybody is being indicted for corruption.

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Bitter things come in the form of Chloroquine, Bitter leaf, Agbo(herbs), Sepe/Paraga, and Sen Koro may we not know Bitterness.

Lagos ma dun ni Ko ni Koro lai lai meaning Lagos would be sweet and never be Bitter Amen!!!!!!!

Latest report: Koro boys have stormed Ajah again so avoid anything to do with Ajah for today. Why is Koro synonimous with mayhem the other day someone on this thread I think said his entourage almost hit him at Maryland as they were all following one way. That is a taste of what to expect with Koro as governor, Disorder, Chaos!!!!!

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Femmy and Madejibo,

AGAIN WHAT WERE KORO'S ACHIEVEMENT IN ALL POLITICAL OFFICES HE HELD INCLUDING 4 YEARS AT SENATE ANY MOTION TO FAVOUR LAGOS AND LAGOSIANS?

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Femmy,

Abeg Ohh Please help me to beg the senator because I have started seeing some area boys looking at me somehow could it be connected to my last comment why you go tell them now shebi na discussion we dey do now abeg tell Senator Koro to call the thugs to order and I would vote him for Governor (CBN), governor of Texas since he schooled there or even president Lagos is too small for him.

Abeg OO

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So if the T.V station owner was Kwara state he would have gone? So in the presidential debate all aspirants should not go if the debate is aired by NTA what Gibberish. Femmylangy is Koro that empty He shouldn't have bothered to explain. I like the fact that he did not go for he didnt want to show his empty skull that was good calculation but goind ahead to give that kind of excuse, Men Lagso deserves better!! Maybe Koro would have been good enough for a nomadic environment somewhere in the north but an intellectually challenging environment like Lagos, Nah Nah Nah

Has Koro ever considered chairman of NURTW??

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Seems your interest is protected under Koro eh! Any reason why he should win?

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now u guys re just saying what u didnt witness, all dem say .newx koro has not been elected and uve not gotten to know himvery well yet some of u are saying he is full of empty promises.newax as for me,i pray he wins the election

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Na true. I just hope notin bad happens!God Help Us!

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As we get closer and closer to the day; ma people are getting wiser. There aint going to be any election in Nigeria as everyone will be lying down on the floor of their houses on election days taking shelter so as not to get hit by the stray bullets flying in every direction.

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Why should any one be surprised that koro did not show up at the debate? Its only the candiddates that has something to offer that were present, maybe you guys did not know that his "Agbero" brother in Oyo State too- Akala did not go for the debate in his state as well.

It only go to show the kind of people the PDP is presently for election, they only want to "capture" lagos with nothing in mind give in terms of development,

Mya God Never allow the "Papa Decieving Pickin (PDP)" to rule our dear Lagos

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Why should any one be surprised that koro did not show up at the debate? Its only the candiddates that has something to offer that were present, maybe you guys did not know that his "Agbero" brother in Oyo State too- Akala did not go for the debate in his state as well.

It only go to show the kind of people the PDP is presently for election, they only want to "capture" lagos with nothing in mind give in terms of development,

Mya God Never allow the "Papa Decieving Pickin (PDP)" to rule our dear Lagos

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Koro is a fraud--------i'm sure he does not want his ineptitude to be broadcast live.This is someone with zero senatorial input in 4 years----zero,with his so called Yankee education!Let him face his peers as its done globally and tell us what he wants to do for Lagosians!

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Koro simply has no grasp of issues period!Never has,ever would!Just a glorified street urchin nothing more,no pedigree,lucky guy from the" wrong tracks "who incredulously thinks hes made good!

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Koro was absent becase it is only OBJ that can secure his seat at Alausa through any means be it do or die or by crook. He was in Aso Rock massaging OBJ's ego.

I know in mind that Koro does not qualify to be in Alausa. He is not someone who can stoop low so as to conquer. Imagine, he was sitting down crossing his legs and abusing Tinubu when he was asked a simple question the other day, at the end he ddnt answer the question. He left everybody confused.

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Again why was Koro absent??

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The debate was for 3 hours 4 aspirants namely Fashola, Koro, Afikuyomi and Uche Ohimai were to discuss issues but Koro ran away(too busy drinking Sepe) as an area father now. You know last time he came late today he stayed away I dont blame him cos he wouldn't have been able to stand that kind of mental torture it was a real intellectual contest; a show of grey matter and you know Koro now would have wilted after the 1st round. They went in several rounds discussing their plans for education, security, environment, Youth et.c they were all very eloquent and vast discussing issues like using levees to sort out the bar beach issue and many things

You mustn't miss Sunday's own involving Pedro, Jimi Agbaje,Adiukwu and Gbajabiamila

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Abeg , does someone have the transcript of the debate. If yes, pls post it.

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At a paraga joint what else could be more important than the people you are seeking their vote since the election is a do or die affair he has gone to seek support of the PDP

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