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PDP screens aspirants for Ondo governorship poll

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PDP screens aspirants for Ondo governorship poll


The Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday in Abuja screened aspirants for Ondo State governorship election ahead of the party’s primaries slated for July 22 and July 23 in the state.

 

The party’s aspirants include the incumbent Deputy Governor of the state, Dr Agboola Ajayi, Mr Eyitayo Jegede; Sen. Boluwaji Kunlere, Dr Eddy Olafeso, Mr Ben Okunomo, Mr Bode Ayorinde; Otunba Bamidele Akingboye, Mr Godday Erewa and  Mr Sola Ebiseeni

 

The party had on Wednesday announced the immediate past Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Yakubu Dogara, as chairman of the screening committee. 

Other members of the committee are Sen. Zainab Kure, Mr Fred Agbedi and Mr Ndubuisi Agwuama while Rev. Bunmi Jenyo serves as secretary.

The exercise of the party’s aspirants was still in progress as at the time of filing this report.

Speaking with the newsmen Ebiseeni described the screening as free and fair.

Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Kayode Olaitan (NAN)

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Obaseki denies alleged unfair award of contract to ICPC

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Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has denied the allegation of bloated contracts, using his company, Afrinvest Ltd., to siphon state’s funds.


Obaseki’s denial is contained in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie and made available to the News Agency of on Tuesday in Benin.

NAN reports that some members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), under the aegis of ‘Concerned PDP members’, had petitioned the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), alleging unfair awards of contracts to companies in which the governor had a personal interest.

The petition was authored by one Andrew Egboigbe, who claimed to be a PDP member in Ward 3, Orhionmwon LGA of Edo, on behalf of the other petitioners.

Osagie states: “Our attention has been drawn to the baseless petition to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) published in the media on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

“In the petition, one Andrew Egboigbe, who is said to be a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ward 3, Orhionmwon LGA of Edo State, accused Gov. Obaseki of unfair award of contracts to companies.

“The allegation is false and a feeble attempt to tarnish the image of the Edo State Governor.

“Edo, under Gov. Obaseki, prides herself as one of the most transparent states in the management of finances.

“As a matter of fact, Edo has been rated highly by the World Bank and other development institutions for her openness and transparency in the allocation of scarce resources, beginning with the process of making her budget, awards of contracts and release of funds to contractors’’.

He stated that the Edo government understood that during the electioneering times that the state is in currently, such bogus and baseless claims could be sponsored the opposition.

“As we head into the election, our eyes are constantly on the ball and we will not be distracted by such falsehoods,’’ he said.

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Obaseki denies alleged unfair award of contracts

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Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has denied the allegation of bloated contracts, using his company, Afrinvest Ltd., to siphon state’s funds.


Obaseki’s denial is contained in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie and made available to the News Agency of on Tuesday in Benin.

NAN reports that some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the platform of ‘Concerned PDP members’, had petitioned the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), alleging unfair awards of contracts to companies in which the governor had a personal interest.

The petition was authored by one Andrew Egboigbe, who claimed to be a PDP member in Ward 3, Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo, on behalf of the other petitioners.

Osagie states: “Our attention has been drawn to the baseless petition to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) published in the media on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

“In the petition, one Andrew Egboigbe, who is said to be a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ward 3, Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo, accused Gov. Obaseki of unfair award of contracts to companies.

“The allegation is false and a feeble attempt to tarnish the image of the Edo State Governor.

“Edo, under Gov. Obaseki, prides herself as one of the most transparent states in the management of finances.

“As a matter of fact, Edo has been rated highly by the World Bank and other development institutions for her openness and transparency in the allocation of scarce resources, beginning with the process of making her budget, awards of contracts and release of funds to contractors’’.

He stated that the Edo government understood that during the electioneering times that the state is in currently, such bogus and baseless claims could be sponsored the opposition.

“As we head into the election, our eyes are constantly on the ball and we will not be distracted by such falsehoods,’’ he said.

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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COVID-19: Nigeria’s total hits 44,433 as NCDC announces 304 new cases, 910 deaths

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Nigeria’s COVID-19 total cases have now reached 44,433 after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 304 new cases and 910 deaths from infections in the country.


The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Tuesday.

Data from the health agency showed that the 304 new cases were spread across 18 states and the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT).

According to it, as of Aug. 4, 14 deaths were recorded in the country.

Till date, 44,433 cases have been confirmed out of which 31,851 cases have been discharged and 910 deaths recorded nationwide.

The NCDC said that the 304 new cases were reported from FCT (90), Lagos (59), Ondo (39), Taraba (18), Rivers (17), Borno (15), Adamawa (12), Oyo (11) and Delta (9).

Others were Edo (6), Bauchi (4), Kwara (4), Ogun (4), Osun (4), Bayelsa (3), Plateau (3), Niger (3), Nasarawa (2) and Kano (1).

Meanwhile, the agency warned that the coronavirus does not care if a person ‘believe’ in use of face masks or not.

“You may not believe in the virus, but the virus sure believes in you.

“Do not wear masks with valves.

“Why? Because a valve acts as an open doorway, allowing your breath to leave the mask and putting those around you at risk of catching COVID-19.

“Again, there are many ways to wear a mask incorrectly, but only one way to maximise protection; wear a well-fitted mask with gaps.

“Check if your mask fit before going outside, it is really simple.

“Step 1, inhale: Your mask should pull on your face.

“Step 2, exhale: Your mask should expand.

“Step 3, check leaks: There should be no major leaks.

“Readjust your mask if there are leaks for best protection, your mask should fit well,’’ it advised.

The NCDC said that Nigerians were still in the middle of a pandemic and need to remain extremely careful to keep the gains of the sacrifices they have all made since March.

“Even if you wear protective mask in public, it is important that you also use other preventive measures, stay at least two metres away from other people.

“Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.

“Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands; cover your coughs and sneezes.’’

It, however, said that coronavirus could not overwhelm Nigerians.

“There’s an end; let’s just do the needful,’’ it stated.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that since the emergence of COVID-19 in the country, the statistics from NCDC reveals a gradual decline in daily recorded cases from July 27.

The figures have reduced significantly over the past seven days with the lowest figure over this timeline, being 288 recorded on Aug. 3.

Between June and July, new cases had risen to as high as 790 on July 1.

With the recent trend, the case rate is slowing down in the country.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Ex-lawmaker emerges Ondo PDP chairman

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Mr Fatai Adams,  a former member of the Ondo State House of Assembly, has been elected the new Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.


Adams was elected at a state congress held at Solton Hotel in Akure on Tuesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the party’s congress produced the newly elected state excutives.

Adams, the immediate past Deputy Chairman of the party in the state, polled 1,343 votes to beat his lone challenger and former Ose Local Government Chairman, Dennis Alonge, who got 369 votes.

Speaking after the election, Adams pledged that he would promote inclusiveness during his tenure.

He also said that efforts would be made to ensure that the party produced the next governor of the state in the Oct. 10 election.

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