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SDP denies dissolution of Ondo State Executive

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The National Executive Committee of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has denied rumours that it has dissolved the Ondo State Executive Committee of the party.
Mr Alfa Mohammed, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, said this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
Mohammed
, while calling for peace and calmness in the party, noted that the malicious social media trending rumour was the work of usurpers and should not be paid any attention.
He said that for avoidance of doubt, the NEC of the party had not dissolved any elected state organ of the party neither in Ondo State nor anywhere else across the country.
“We urge the leaders and members of the party in the state to ignore any directive from usurpers who hold no position but are purporting to exercise powers which they do not have to dissolve any organ of the party.
“We are yet to receive any official notification of the resignation of the erstwhile elected state chairman of Ondo State, Chief Korede Duyile.
“It
is within the powers of the state Executive Committee of the party to appoint one of its elected members to occupy any vacant position and notify the National Secretariat of such an event.
“However, particulars of the successor who will assume the position in an acting capacity would be forwarded to the national headquarters for ratification or otherwise,” he said.
Mohammed urged party faithful in the state to cooperate with the leaders of the party represented by the elected executives; including the current member of the House of Representatives, Mr Tajudeen Adefisoye.
He
said that members’ support would ensure the peace and solidarity that had existed in the party since its last state congress was maintained.



Edited By: Razak Owolabi/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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NCDC announces 195 new COVID-19 cases, death toll hits 1,100

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 195 new cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in the country.


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

According to the agency, the new infection takes the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 57,437.

The health agency sadly reported two new deaths raising the death toll in the country to 1,100.

It also reported that 105 patients who had been treated and had also recovered from the infection were discharged across the country.

The NCDC said that Enugu State recorded the highest number of new cases with 51, followed by Gombe with 40, Lagos with 39, Plateau with 23, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT),  with 15.

Among other states that recorded new cases were  Rivers (12), Kaduna (8), Ondo (3), Bauchi (2), Edo (1), and Ogun (1).

According to the agency, till  date, 57,437 cases have been confirmed, 48,674 cases have been discharged and 1100 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the FCT.

The health agency said a multi-sectoral national emergency operation centre (EOC) activated at Level three, had continued  to coordinate the national response activities across the country.

Meanwhile, the agency has warned that majority of Nigerian states were not testing enough.

It said, “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.”

The NCDC appealed to more states to test consistently so that progress could be monitored on a national level.

Edited By: Ejike Obeta
Source: NAN

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APC congratulates Gov. Obaseki on his re-election as Edo State Governor

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Edo election should present a new watershed.


We will work hard to win the Ondo election. Having reaffirmed our commitment to free and fair elections, it is our expectation that all opposition parties in the country will also commit themselves to free and fair contests.

We will therefore accordingly expect congratulatory message from all parties just as we similarly guarantee that once we are defeated in a fair contest, we will congratulate the winner.

May God continue to bless our democracy, our nation and our people!

His Excellency, Mai Mala Buni

Chairman, APC Caretaker Extraordinary/Convention Planning Committee

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No directive to constitute disciplinary c’tee against us — Ojudu, others

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Sen. Babafemi Ojudu and 10 others have said that there was no directive from the National Caretaker Committee of All Progressives Congress (APC), mandating the Ekiti chapter of the party to constitute disciplinary committee against them.


Besides Ojudu, Ekiti APC affected members are, Oyetunde Ojo, a former governorship aspirant of the party, Dr Wole Oluyede, Ayo Ajibade, Femi Adeleye and Bunmi Ogunleye.

The rest are, Akin Akomolafe, Bamigboye Adegoroye, Olusoga Owoeye, Dele Afolabi, Toyin Oluwasola, and Ben Oguntuase.

NAN recalls that Mr Sam Oluwalana, Ekiti APC’s Director of Media and Publicity and a member of the committee, had on Sept. 15, said that the party had constituted a nine-man committee to query some party members.

He said that it was over alleged violation of NEC directive by the party members.

The 11 aggrieved members noted that the decision of the Ekiti APC to impose disciplinary measures against them and subsequent invitation were clear violation of their fundamental human rights to seek redress in court when aggrieved.

The affected members stated this in a letter addressed to the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee by their counsel, Chief Ademuyiwa Adeniyi, and a copy made available to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti.

The aggrieved APC chieftains explained that they would not be attending the committee’s invitation.

The aggrieved APC members, through their councel said “it is sub-judice in law with consequences, saying they would not get fair hearing considering comments from members of the committee and leaders of the party.

“The information at the disposal of our clients is contrary to your claim that the National Caretaker Committee of the APC directed the Ekiti chapter to set up Disciplinary committee to try them.

“Sir, looking at the composition of your committee, especially the position of one of your members, the Ekiti APC Director of Media and Publicity, Mr Sam Oluwalana, has already written the report of your committee while addressing newsmen on Tuesday, Sept.,15.

“He went to the extent of calling our clients recalcitrant. You will agree with us that we can not guarantee the impartiality of your Committee.

“Still on the issue of independence and impartiality of your Committee, our Clients have raised serious objection to the venue of your meeting.

“That the composition of your Committee is against the principles of Nemo Judex in causa Sual, that is, no one is judge in his own cause.

“This is one of the cardinal rules of Natural Justice that no person can judge a case in which they have an interest.

“Mr Paul Omotosho that constituted your Committee and to whom all your findings shall be reported to is a party to Suit No. /446/2020.

Adeniyi, however, said clients were ready for the progress, unity of the APC and genuine reconciliation toward putting an end to the crisis in the party.

Edited By: Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN

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Edo Polls: SDP congratulates Obaseki, commends INEC

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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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