The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Council for Ondo Governorship Election, has condemned the attack on its candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, by hooded men in a convoy.
Reacting to the attack, the Chairman, Publicity Sub-Committee of the Council, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, condemned the attack at a press conference held inAbuja on Wednesday.
Ologbondiyan said that the attack, in which some PDP members were severely wounded and their campaign vehicles vandalised, took place in Oba Akoko, where Jegede was received by the highly revered Oloba of Oba, Oba Nathaniel Adegoroye.
He said that the attack was because the opposition was agitated by Eyitayo Jegede’s soaring rating as well as the warm reception he had been receiving from leaders and groups across the state.
“Our campaign appreciates the courage displayed by the people of Ondo state in resisting the assailants and defending our candidate.
“Indeed, but for the intervention of the good people of Ondo state, who immediately came out to defend our candidate, the situation would have been worse.
“We also appreciate well-meaning All Progressives Party (APC) members who had called our candidate and our campaign to condemn the attack and show solidarity to our candidate,”Ologbodiyan said.
He advised the opposition to play by the rules.
“On our own part, our candidate, who is the people’s candidate, will remain undeterred in our focus to provide good governance for the people of Ondo state.
“In any case, let it also be known that while our party and candidate will continue to canvass for peace, the PDP and the people of Ondo state will not fold our hands in the face of any such attack.
“We will not hesitate to use every means necessary and available in a democracy to confront and vanquish these enemies of the people.,” he said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Bayo Sekoni
Edo poll: INEC declares additional results from 3 LGs
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday declared additional results of the Edo governorship election from three local government areas of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that collation officers from 13 Local Government Areas (LGAs) had earlier submitted their results to the Resident Electoral Commissioner(REC) for Edo, Mr Johnson Alalibo.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner had announced Prof. Akpofure Rem-Rukeh, Vice-Chancellor, University of Petroleum Resources, Effuru, Delta, as the Returning Officer to announce the final collated results.
The released LGAs results included:
Accredited voters- 28404
Total valid votes-27824
Rejected votes 335
Total votes cast 28159.
Registered voters -121027
Accredited voters -46967
Total valid votes- 43377
Rejected votes -617
Total votes cast -43994.
Registered voters- 50004
Accredited voters -16092
Total valid votes- 15885
Rejected votes- 157
Total vote cast -16042
Meanwhile, collation officers for Ovia South West and Orhionmwon LGAs were being awaited to make their presentations before final collation and declaration of result.
Edited By: Mufutau Ojo)
It’s unfair to discuss 2023 election now, opposition tells Enugu PDP
The political parties said that premium should rather be placed on delivering good governance and addressing the many challenges facing residents of the state.
The opposition parties were reacting to statements made by former governor of the state, Sen. Chimaroke Nnamani, and PDP chairman in the state, Chief Augustine Nnamani, relating to the 2023 election in the state.
The PDP chieftains had during a solidarity visit to Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Sept. 19, 2020 by the Ebeano Political Family, said that the governor would be allowed to choose who succeeds him in 2023.
The Ebeano Political Family is a structure founded by Nnamani during his time as governor and the platform has since produced successive governors in the state.
Reacting, the Chairman of APC in the state, Mr Ben Nwoye, said it was unfair for the PDP to start deliberations on who leads the state from 2023 when those elected in 2019 had yet to find their feet due to some circumstances.
Nwoye said that efforts should rather be made to assist those who were elected into political offices in 2019 to realise their campaign promises.
“Actions that are directed toward 2023 in my view are not fair to the people, especially when the incumbents are just beginning to find their feet after the Coronavirus pandemic.
“Those who were elected should be allowed to deliver good governance within the period they were elected to serve.
“When the time comes, we shall deal with 2023,” Nwoye said.
Also his APA counterpart, Mr Chukwunonso Ogbe, described the statement as undemocratic and capable of causing political tension in the state.
Ogbe said that in as much as members of the PDP in the state had the right to associate with one another, “but it is wrong to make statements that suggest that one man will decide for the state.
“That statement which was made in full public glare that the governor be allowed to choose his successor come 2023 is capable of heating up the polity.
“This is an implied admittance on the part of the former governor of the culture of imposition of political office holders on the people of the state which we have always protested against,” he said.
Ogbe, however, said that opposition political parties in the state would rally to end incidences of godfatherism and imposition of candidates in future elections.
“Come 2023, a new order of governance shall be enthroned by the electorate of Enugu State,” Ogbe said.
Edited By: Donald Ugwu
Edo election: INEC begins release of results
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.
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
Egor APC 10202, PDP27621. Register voters 219841, accredited 39709, total valid votes 38396, rejected 955, total votes cast 39351
Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Kayode Olaitan
NCDC records 189 new COVID-19 cases, total now 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.
“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.
“TakeResponsibility and adhere to all non pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19 if you must travel,“ it said.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujini/Sadiya Hamza