Gov. Matawalle urges Zamfara citizens to remain law abiding



Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has charged his supporters and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) loyalists in Zamfara to continue to be law abiding and never to take the law into their hands.

Matawalle made the call on Thursday while addressing members of All Progressives Congress (APC) who defected to the PDP in the state.

“I want to draw the attention of all my supporters and loyalists of our party, the PDP, never to do anything that will even look offensive to anyone talk less of taking the laws into your hands on any issue.

“We will not support anyone who tries to do this because we are all law abiding and we are now working tirelessly to bring our people together so that we can forge ahead as one single entity.

“I want to reiterate that it is only when we are together, living in peace and harmony that government can work for development,’’ he noted.

He stated that the effort made by his administration in addressing security and other development issues had been successful due to the prayers and understanding of the citizens.

The governor assured that the leadership would continue to bring the dividends of democracy to all communities in the state.

While speaking to the new members Matawalle expressed happiness and assured that they would be treated equally with all other members of the party.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the politicians were received into the PDP from two local government areas of Anka and Bungudu at the event.

Edited By: Cecilia Odey/Donald Ugwu



We have finally caged the lions from Edo politics, says Gov. Obaseki



Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has said that his re-election in the just concluded governorship election for another four years has finally sent the lions and tigers into the zoo to be caged permanently from Edo politics.

Obaseki disclosed this on Monday in Benin while addressing a crowd of PDP supporters at the popular Kings square shortly after a victory match round the Benin Metropolis.

The Governor was accompanied by his Deputy Gov. Philip Shaibu, Chairman Edo PDP Campaign Council, Dan Orbih, House of Rep. Member, Ogbeide Ihama, among others.

According to him, the message of Saturday’s governorship election means I should go and work for Edo people. It is clear, the Edo people have spoken loud and clear.

“You have helped me caged the lions and tigers in the State, you will never see them again in Edo because they are all in the zoo now where they belong.

“Today, I promise you that we will work for Edo people because no one will hinder us from delivering the dividend of democracy to Edo people.

“My Deputy, Philip Shaibu, and I will go back to the office and work for Edo people. I want to thank everyone residing in the state; you spoke and we have heard you and ready to ever work for you.

“The next four years in the state will be the one that all citizens will live to remember as we will consolidate on our developmental achievements in the State. Thank you all,” he said.

Earlier, the Chairman of Edo PDP Campaign Council, Mr Dan Orbih, said that the victory had shown that Edo people rejected godfatherism, money bag politics and given the mandate for development of the State.

“With your support and votes you have started a new dawn in Edo Politics, Nigeria’s democracy and by extension that the State will never remain the same again as Obaseki’s re-election has ended godfatherism in the State.

“Obaseki’s re-election has shown that Edo people are wiser, and the state is in the path of development as the people have spoken loudly and have finally silenced godfatherism in Edo Politics,” he said.

Edited By: Saidu Adamu/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN





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COVID-19: NCDC says Nigeria not testing adequately



The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has warned that though the country has recorded a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases, it was not yet celebration time as Nigeria has not tested adequately and therefore risks a resurgence.

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General, NCDC, said this at a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja.

Ihekweazu said that the country recorded a 36 per cent decline nationally in August, compared to July, while the positivity ratio dropped from 20 per cent in June to 7 per cent in July.

“You might think that that is good news and we should be celebrating; unfortunately, we cannot celebrate this until we test sufficient numbers in every state in the country.

“One critical issue is the number of tests being done and yes the number of tests have actually declined, but another important indicator that we look at is the test positivity ratio nationally,’’ he said.

According to him, the only states that can confidently celebrate a decline in cases are Lagos and Kano, as well as the FCT, because they have tested high numbers, but the same cannot be said at the National level because some states are not testing.

He decried that the NCDC could not make any interpretation on the data in Taraba Adamawa, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Kebbi, Zamfara,  Jigawa and Yobe States.

“We do not have enough data coming out of these states to ascertain if we are improving or not or where exactly we are.

“So we have to work together, in summary; it is way too early to make any interpretation whether we are flattening the curve or not, some interpretation can be made in Lagos, FCT, because they are testing enough, but we can’t do this on a national level.’’

The NCDC boss noted that countries that seem to have seen a decline were seeing a resurgence of cases.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NCDC and the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) have launched COVID-19 household Sero-prevalence surveys in selected states in Nigeria, to better understand the burden of the virus in the country.

The surveillance will be carried out in Gombe, Enugu, Nasarawa and Lagos States.

Edited By: Idonije Obakhedo
Source: NAN


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Edo Polls: SDP congratulates Obaseki, commends INEC



Social Democratic Party (SDP), has congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki on his victory at the just concluded Sept. 19, Edo Governorship Polls.

The National Chairman of SDP, Chief Supo Shonibare, sent the congratulatory message on Monday in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Alfa Mohammed.

Shonibare also commended the neutrality displayed by both the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), and other security operatives deployed for the election.

He said that the non-interference of the federal government in the entire electoral process was also commendable.

“In enabling the free and fair elections, we commend President Mohammadu Buhari for not interfering in the process through the various national security outfits whose operational responsibilities directives, functions and powers are vested in his office.

“This portends a good omen in the journey to strengthening institutions in our polity.

“We must begin to entrench institutions and processes that are greater than individual interests and Godfatherism.

“It is hoped that this will be the beginning of the strengthening of our electoral system and deepening democracy in the polity,” he said.

He noted that the electoral process would be further strengthened and more transparent when the Electoral Act as amended by the National Assembly is assented to by the President.

Shonibare lauded the Edo state leadership and members of SDP for aligning with the directives and advice of the elected National Executive Committee of the party to support Gov. Obaseki.

He also commended the formation of the rainbow coalition led by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and some APC stalwarts who exited the APC with Obaseki.

He said the coalition was the binding force that led to the victory of Obaseki and the change of status quo for the good people of Edo.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN

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Kuje PDP inaugurates leaders of South-West group



The Kuje Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the FCT, has inaugurated leaders of its South-West members members resident in Kuje Area Council.

The inaugurated chairman of the geopolitical zone, Amos Oluwaniyi, was sworn-in alongside nine other members of the party executives in the area.

Mr Clement Ojotene, a lawyer, administered the oath of office on the new executives at the Kuje Area Council township hall on Monday.

Mr Sunday Zaka, FCT PDP chairman, in a remark, said that the executives were saddled with the responsibility of uniting the party and bringing back members that defected to other parties.

According to him, PDP still commands huge supporters in the country and is battle ready to clinch power at the Presidential and local government levels come 2023.

“In order to have effective and successful party, we must have competent field workers who can execute any work assigned to them.

“I am urging every electorate in Kuje Area Council to remain focused and canvass votes for PDP at the Presidential and local government level.

“They should be resolute and remain law abiding for peaceful coexistence; PDP is united in Kuje and will remain so,” he assured.

Alhaji Mohammed Ismaila, the PDP Chairman in Kuje Area Council, said the inauguration was part of the responsibility the national chapter had given the FCT chapter.

Ismaila congratulated the officials and called on the party supporters to continue to be law abiding and be focused toward achieving desired targets in 2023.

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