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Ondo governorship: PDP aspirant pledges to harness aviation, mechanised farming potentials

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Erewa made the pledge in an interview with newsmen shortly after obtaining his expression of interest and nomination forms at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said that as a technocrat, he had successfully run different businesses and organisations and would use his experiences and capability to turn the fortune of the state around.

“I have knowledge of modern agriculture and I will ensure that mechanised farming takes centre stage when I become governor.

“This will be better than the white-collar job that people are seeking.

“I will build a stadium in each of the three senatorial districts that will attract investors and attract international matches,’’ Erewa said.

He also pledged to transform the domestic airport at Akure, the state capital into an international one so as to make it possible for international flights to land and take off from there.

“This will bring a lot of international businesses into the state.

“It will also interest you to know that Ondo state has the largest coastal land (onshore) in the whole of West Africa and we will convert this into a tourist attraction.’’

The aspirant also pledged to review the state’s primary education sector to deliver quality education to the people.

Erewa, who expressed optimism that PDP would win the state governorship election, however, promised that all aspirants would work together for whoever emerged as the party’s candidate.

He also expressed optimism that he had what it takes to deliver Ondo state to the PDP at the Oct. 10 poll.

“We will put everything in place, put all hands on deck, move to all nooks and crannies of the state to propagate the story and sell our manifesto to the electorate.

“I believe they will vote for us and the PDP will win the forthcoming election in Ondo state.

“I know we are an opposition party but I have what it takes to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) and give our people better lives,’’ he said.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Edo election: INEC begins release of results

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday began the collation of results from 18 local government areas of Edo .


The Resident Electoral Commissioner  for INEC in Edo, Mr Johnson Alalibo, gave the name of the Returning Officer for Edo governorship election, to include Prof. Akpofure Rem-Rukeh, the Vice-Chancellor of University of Petroleum Resources, Effuru.

Alalibi declared that the results from 13 local government were ready for collation

 

“This is final stage of the election and I urge urged you to be calm, if you have any protest we will recognise you to speak,” he said.

 

The results as declared by the collation officer for Igueben, APC 5179, PDP, 7870. Register voters 46838, accredited 13404, total valid votes 13179, rejected votes 212 and total vote cast 13 382

 

Esan North East, APC 6556, PDP 13579,

register voters 84241, accredited 20825, total valid 20369,rejected 361

Total vote cast 20730

 

Esan Central APC 6719, PDP10,694.

Register voters 55569, accredited 17931, total valid votes 17672, rejected 242, total vote cast 17914

 

Ikpoba-Okha APC 18218, PDP 41030. Register voters 310073, accredited 61731, total valid votes 60052, rejected 1378, total vote cast 61430

 

Uhumwode local government are APC-5972, PDP-10022, ZLP-5 and YPP-2. Number of registered voters was 73416, accredited 16741, total valid votes 16283, rejected 352, total votes cast 16635

 

Egor APC 10202, PDP27621. Register voters 219841, accredited 39709, total valid votes 38396, rejected 955, total votes cast 39351

 

Owan East APC 19295, PDP 14762. Register voters 91769 accredited 34819, total valid votes 34246, rejected 515, total votes cast 34761

 

Owan West, APC 11193, PDP 11485. Register voters 61193, accredited 23294, total valid votes 22849, rejected 404, total votes cast 23253

 

Oredo local government, AA-8, ADC– 160, ADP-256, APC-18,365 and PDP– 43498.Register voters 309968, accredited voters 64783, total valid votes 62578, rejected 1302 and total votes cast 63,880

 

Esan South East, APC 9237, PDP 10563, register voters 73907, accredited 20274, total valid votes 19896, rejected 307, total votes cast 20203.

Ovia North East, APC 9907, PDP 16987. Register voters 143009, accredited 28607, total valid votes 27437, rejected votes 934 and total votes cast 28371

Etsako West, APC 26140, PDP 17959. Register voters 158899, accredited 48846, total valid votes 44539, rejected 2828, total votes cast 47367.

Oredo, APC 18365, PDP 43498. Register voters 309968, accredited 64783, total valid votes 62578, rejected 1302 and total votes cast 63880.

Esan West, APC 7189, PDP 17434. Register voters 99983, accredited 25530, total valid votes 24880,rejected 579 and total vote cast 25459.

Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Kayode Olaitan
Source: NAN

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NCDC records 189 new COVID-19 cases, total now 57,145

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 189 new cases of COVID-19 infections in the country, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 57,145.


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

“As at Sept. 19, 2020, 189 new confirmed cases and one death was recorded in Nigeria.

“Till date, 57,145 cases have been confirmed, 48,431 cases have been discharged and 1,095 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” it said.

The agency stated that the 189 new infections were reported from 15 states of the federation.

The NCDC said that the figures also showed that Lagos, Plateau and the FCT accounted for 131 out of the 189 new cases.

“Lagos (70), Plateau (37), FCT (24), Kaduna (19), Rivers (12), Oyo (5), Ogun (4), Ebonyi (3), Katsina (3), Ondo (3), Osun (3), Imo (2), Yobe (2), Ekiti (1), Nasarawa (1),” it said.

The agency said that cloth masks provide protection when properly worn and cared for.

“Wear mask covering your nose and mouth, handle mask with clean hands and wash cloth face masks after each use.

“MaskOnNaija with other preventive measures. Learn how to make your own face mask: covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/media/files/DI… ,” it advised.

The NCDC advised older persons, especially those who were living with health conditions such as Diabetes, Cancer and Hypertension, not to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“TakeResponsibility and adhere to all non pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19 if you must travel,“ it said.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujini/Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN

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Ondo election: Agboola Ajayi best candidate for good governance — Mimiko

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Dr Olusegun Mimiko, National Leader of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), has described Agboola Ajayi, the party’s governorship candidate, who is also the incumbent deputy governor of Ondo State, as the best candidate to deliver good governance to the people of the state.


The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Ondo State governorship election comes up on Oct. 10.

Mimiko, who is the immediate past governor of the state, spoke on Saturday in Ore, headquarters of Odigbo Local Government area of the state, during the party’s launch of campaign for its candidate in the forthcoming governorship election.

Mimiko also urged the electorate to collect the “stolen money” that some party had promised them and still vote for ZLP that would bring back good governance.

The former governor urged the electorate not to fear or be intimidated by those threatening to unleash violence on the day of the election, saying, “we own this state together.”

Addressing the crowd at the event, Agboola Ajayi promised to reduce tuition fees of the state tertiary institution from N150,000 to N50,000.

Ajayi said his administration would bring back good governance and a reformed civil service that would give jobs of the civil servants to consultants.

He promised to also start a programme that would cater for the elderly and bring back the various caring heart programmes that would benefit the people.

“We will create a civil service revolving credit scheme for civil servants who desire to build house and buy cars.

“We believe this will serve as support for them.

“We will initiate a zero pothole project across the state and start an “Operation Restore Power in the South”  in the first 100 days in office,” he said.

Chairman of the Party in the state, Mr Joseph Akinlaja, said industrialisation would take centre stage with better welfare for the people of the state.

Akinlaja said the manifesto of the party was a social contract with the people of the state, which, according to him,  is rooted in the principle of social democracy for the populace.

The event was attended by three former speakers of the state House of Assembly, namely: Bakita Bello, Taofeeq Abdulsalam and Jumoke Akindele, among other political bigwigs.

Edited By: Muftau Adediran/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN

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Edo 2020: Group commends INEC on equal access for PWDs

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Campaigns for Equal Voting Access for Persons with Disabilities (EVA4PWDs), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has commended the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) on the equal access voting given to Persons with Disabilities in the Edo Governorship election.


Mr David Anyaele, the Chairman of the group, said this on Saturday in its preliminary statement on the conduct of the election.

Anyaele however, said that although priority voting was given to the PWDs, the elderly and pregnant women, other disability support aids where missing at polling units which hindered full participation of the PWDs.

“EVA4PWDs is impressed to observe that marginalised sects such as the aged, nursing mothers and pregnant women and PWDs generally were offered priority voting in most of the polling units observed.

“However, we are disappointed that INEC displayed minimal commitment to the implementation of the framework on access and participation of PWDs in the electoral process, as provided in the National Disability Act, 2018.

“The promised Braille voters’ guide and Braille ballot paper by INEC for easy access of election day instructions, guidelines and ballot paper for Blind voters were scarcely available.

“Where it was available, many INEC ad hoc staff did not understand its usage but got assistance from observers on how to use the Braille materials.

“This was the case in Polling Unit 003, Car Park Ward 1, Oredo LGA, where an observer assisted in locating the Braille material.

“There was absence of magnified lens at the Polling Units, INEC ad hoc staff who claimed to have at some polling units were unable to neither display it for observation and usage,” he said.

An Observer said that other observers reported that the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials such as Election Day instructions and guidelines to assist the deaf or persons with hearing impairment were also unavailable at majority of the PU’s visited.

Anyaele also said that reports showed that a large numbers of the PUs were not accessible to physically-challenged persons as they were sited at buildings without ramps and handrail, across gutters, and over staircases.

He noted that INEC Covid-19 guidelines were not adhered to in majority of the Polling Units visited due to uncontrolled large crowds.

“We have reports from areas like Greater Tomorrow High School, Oredo Ward 1, Ramat Park at Ikpoba/Okha, Oredo LGA, among other Polling Units, where the crowds were uncontrollably large,” he said.

Anyaele, however, urged INEC to address the major barriers identified in the Edo elections and make necessary provisions ahead of the Ondo State Governorship election slated for Oct. 10.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the group, in collaboration with the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), an NGO, trained and deployed INEC accredited observers to the three senatorial zones of the Edo State.

The observers focused on equal voting access for persons with disabilities and monitored the provisions made by INEC for PWDs. .

Edited By: Idonije Obakhedo
Source: NAN

 

 

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