The National Youth Leadership of the APC on Tuesday described various developmental projects executed by Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu’s administration in Ondo State, as impressive and laudable.
The youths, comprises all APC Zonal Youth Leaders, made the assertion in a statement by party’s Deputy National Youth Leader, Mr Afeez Repete, in Abuja on Tuesday.
They gave the commendation after a project inspection visit to the state.
The youths leaders said: “We have just visited Ondo State to access the achievements of Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu. We are impressed with what we saw on developmental projects.
“We are committed to the progress of our party, and this progress can only be proportional to the performances of our public office holders.
“We have chosen to come to Ondo State, to have a firsthand information of what our Governor has been doing to the good people of Ondo State.
“Part of the projects include: Oke Alabojuto Road construction in the Northern Senatorial District, the construction of Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, which was abandoned for eight years.
“And the construction of Redemption Bridge in Ore and of course, the industrial hub in Omotosho,” they said.
According to them, others include: the building of Ondo Revenue House, Rehabilitation and construction of over 700 primary schools across the state.
These projects, they added, would convince every lover of progress that Gov. Akeredolu has done well in areas of infrastructure.
According to them, beyond the states, we also intend to engage the Ministers and Heads of Government Agencies on good governance.
“This, we feel should be done to help our party,” APC youth leaders said.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
Ondo: We don’t substitute nominated candidates -INEC
The commission made the clarification in a statement issued by Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee on Monday in Abuja.
“On July 31, INEC published the provisional list of candidates for the Ondo State governorship election scheduled for Oct. 10 in its state office in Akure and also uploaded same to its website and social media platforms.
“The list contains the names of the governorship and deputy governorship candidates submitted by 17 political parties, including the AAC at the close of nomination on July 28.
“However, one of the aspirants in the primaries of the party accused the commission of substituting his name as the rightful governorship candidate of the party, while another aspirant also claimed that the commission substituted his deputy governorship candidate.
“Contrary to these assertions, INEC did not substitute the name of any aspirant or candidate.
“The commission received only one submission from the AAC through its dedicated online portal for candidate nomination.
“There was no human interface. The names uploaded on the portal by the political parties were the same names published.
“The commission only receives the names of candidates and running mates from the National Headquarters of Political Parties, duly signed by both the national chairman and national secretary,” Okoye said.
He said that by the Supplementary Regulations and Guidelines for Activities of Political Parties issued by the commission on June 9, the national chairmen and national secretaries of political parties as contained in the commission’s records shall be issued access codes to the commission’s portal.
He said that only the two party leaders had access for the electronic submission, withdrawal and substitution of names and particulars of their candidates as elected at party primaries monitored by the commission.
“The political parties shall use the access codes provided by the commission to upload the names and particulars of their candidates based on the prescribed Forms EC9 (formerly EC CF 001) and the appropriate Form EC9 (A) – (G) series (formerly CF 002) as provided on the commission’s website.
“The completed forms EC9 and EC9 (A) – (G) series, signed by the national chairman and national secretary of the political party, are uploaded to the commission’s prescribed portal along with the relevant covering letter addressed to the chairman of the commission,” he said.
Okoye said that INEC did not deal directly with aspirants, candidates or state branches of political parties in matters relating to the nomination, submission and substitution of candidates of political parties.
He said that such action was the exclusive preserve of the political parties as represented by the national chairman and national secretary.
“The commission duly published the names of the governorship and deputy governorship candidates as submitted by the national chairman and secretary of the AAC.
“Aspirants, candidates and state branches of political parties, with issues or challenges relating to their nominated candidates should approach and resolve such issues with the national chairmen and secretaries of their respective political parties,” Okoye said.
AAC National Chairman, Dr Leonard Nzenwa in a separate statement, confirmed that the name of of the party’s deputy governorship candidate for the Ondo governorship election, published by INEC was the authentic name submitted to the commission by the party.
He said that the names of the candidates published by INEC were the ones submitted by the party to the commission as empowered by the party’s Constitution and Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended).
“The party wishes to make it clear that the party’s leadership, through its national headquarters submitted names of its candidates to the commission.
“It is within powers of the party’s chairman and its leadership to exercise this task as it has nothing to do with the INEC or any other stakeholder for that matter,” he said.
Nzenwa enjoined party faithful to remain calm, law-abiding and continue to work to uplift the party.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Kayode Olaitan (NAN)
COVID-19: PTF, INEC working on elections protocols- PTF Chairman
Mustapha said: “The national response will continue to guide the adoption of the sector’s specific guidelines and protocols.
“This is just as the PTF is currently concluding discussions with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the appropriate guidelines to be adopted for elections in some parts of the country.
“The elections will begin with the Aug. 8 by-election in Nasarawa State, to be followed by Edo and Ondo State elections in September and October respectively.
“I, therefore, wish to use this opportunity to implore parties’ leaders, aspirants, members and their supporters to remain mindful of the virulent nature of COVID-19 during electioneering and other election processes.
“We need to remain alive to enjoy the benefits of our democracy.”
He also stated that the PTF would continue to push forward with the community engagement, risk communication and support to the states.
“There is an ongoing surveillance in the high-burden local government areas, just as we ramp up our precision efforts.
“Similarly, the Federal Government is supporting the states to firm up their Incidence Action Plans, preparatory to their accessing the World Bank facility for the fight against COVID-19,” Mustapha said.
According to him, subject to the President’s approval, the report would be presented with the way forward to Nigerians at the next briefing on Aug. 6.
Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
Inauguration of EDHA members- elect will be prioritised- Ize-Iyamu
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the All Progressives candidate in the Edo Sept. 19 governorship election says he will give priority to the inauguration of the Edo House of Assembly (EDHA) if elected governor of the state.
Ize-Iyamu stated this when he received decampees from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state on a visit in Benin on Monday.
Ize-Iyamu said that it was difficult for development to take place in the state when some seats were vacant at the house of assembly.
He said that his administration would also revamp projects abandoned in the state by the present administration for the benefit of the people.
He noted that the present administration had closed the College of Education in Ovia North East Local Government Area that would have brought development to the council.
“College of Agriculture, Iguorikhi, College of Education, would be revamped, anything that would benefit our people will not be closed.
“We are into politics so that people will progress through good governance,” he said.
He also said: “I don’t support thuggery and oppression of our people, only government officials wearing uniforms will be allowed to collect taxes.
“We must look for jobs for the thugs in the motor parks and markets. You cannot solve one problem and create another problem in the long run”.
Earlier, Mr Vincent Uwadiae, member-elect, EDHA, from Ovia North East Constituency 2, who presented the decampees to the Edo APC governorship candidate said that more opposition members would decamp to the party.
Uwadiae said that the decampees from opposition parties in his local government area were ready to support Ize-Iyamu to victory in the Sept. 19 governorship election.
Edited By: Kayode Olaitan (NAN)
Doctors suspend strike in Ondo
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that doctors, who are employed by the state government, withdrawn their services on June 24, over unpaid allowances.
In a statement, the State Chairman of NAGGMDP, Dr. Oluwafemi Aina on Monday said the strike was suspended after the government acceded to some of their demands
The doctors, however, implored the state government to address their other demands, which include: immediate domestication of the Special COVID-19 Hazard and Risk (Life) Insurance for all doctors, who were part of the frontline health care providers in the state.
The doctors also demand for immediate circulation and institutionalisation of the modalities of the already begun deductions of doctors salaries into the National Housing Fund Contributions by workers in the State’s public service.
The doctors are demanding for the payment of the remaining Special COVID-19 Hazard and Risk Allowances and payment of arrears of the Minimum Wage and consequential adjustments of basic salaries, which other non Health Public Servants in the state have been enjoying since January 2020.
Aina assured the state government that members of the association will continue to discharge their duties with passion.
Edited by Edith Bolokor/Felix Ajide