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Sen. Folarin felicitates with ex-Gov. Alao-Akala at 70

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In a statement issued by his media aide, Yekeen Olaniyi,  and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Ibadan, Folarin also lauded Alao-Akala for living a life of service to humanity and encouraging upcoming leaders in Oyo State.

“Men of honour would always be men of honour and our dear former governor of Oyo State is one of such men of honour. He clocks 70 years and is still waxing strong like he is just beginning.

“The former governor remains indelible in the minds of numerous people of Oyo State. I commend our brand new septuagenarian for ensuring meaningful impacts in all the local government areas of the state.

“As you mark your birthday in good health surrounded by family members and friends, I convey to you my family’s good wishes and that of the entire people of Oyo Central Senatorial District,” Folarin said.

The three-term senator thanked Alao-Akala for his inspiring service to the people, wishing him  God’s immeasurable blessings and robust health.

Similarly, Ogbomoso First Community Initiative, a philanthropic and non-partisan association, also congratulated Alao- Akala on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

The group in a congratulatory message signed by its President, Ademola Dare-Williams , described Alao- Akala as a consummate politician, astute administrator and lover of the masses.

Dare-Williams said that the celebrator impacted positively on the lives of the people while serving as the governor of Oyo State.

According to him, Alao- Akala’s main focus was the upliftment of the masses through the execution of people-oriented projects.

“As governor, a great number of the people enjoyed the dividends of democracy through job creation and economic empowerment while artisans, petty traders and market women witnessed great improvement in their trade,” he said.

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8 burnt to death in Lagos-Ibadan expressway accident 

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Eight persons were on Saturday night burnt to death in a lone accident involving a Mazda bus on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.


Mr Ahmed Umar, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abeokuta on Sunday.

Umar explained that the accident, which occurred at about 8:45 p.m. near Saapade bridge, was caused by tyre burst.

This, he said, resulted in the bus summersaulting and bursting into flames.

The sector commander added that 11 people were involved in the accident made up of three male adults,  one female adult,  one child and six unidentified persons.

“The suspected cause of the lone accident involving the Mazda bus marked AAA 249 VX  was  tyre burst which led to loss of control before crash and bursting into flames immediately,” he said.

He said that FRSC operatives contacted the Sagamu Fire Service immediately for a joint rescue  operation.

Umar said that three injured victims were taken to Idera Hospital, Sagamu, for medical attention while the Health Department of Remo North Local Government Area was contacted on the burnt victims.

He  advised motorists to drive cautiously, obey traffic rules and regulations and ensure that their tyres were in good condition.

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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.

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Edo Poll: PDP alleges move to replace election results in Edo North

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has alleged of plots by some paid agents to replace the Saturday Edo governorship election results where the PDP was leading, particularly in Edo North.


The party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Saturday alerted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Department of State Services (DSS) on the allegation.

Ologbondiyan said that the PDP urged its members to remain vigilant and follow their results to all the collation centers.

He also said that it cautioned the security agencies against being used to replace results already being declared at the respective polling units.

“Already, we are aware that results are being manufactured in Kogi state to be used as replacements for already declared results, particularly in Edo North.

“We draw the attention of INEC to such results being bandied by the APC, including the fake result claimed to have emanated from Etsako West, where a vote of 914 was allocated to the APC, as against the genuine declaration at the polling units.

“A cursory check on the results being circulated in the public space by the APC failed a litmus test of the identification numbers of INEC declaration of results.

“Whereas polling unit results are identified as Form EC8A, the results being paraded by the APC carry a fake identification number of Form EC60E.

“Our party expresses concerns that this sinister adventure of the APC is being encouraged by the slow pace of uploading already declared results in INEC’s virtual portal,” Ologbondiyan said.

He said that the PDP was alarmed by the report that the development had led to avoidable post-election violence, including reported killing of innocent Edo citizens.

He alleged that the victims had come out to perform their civic responsibilities as the police allegedly withdrew their men in certain collation centres.

Ologbondiyan called on the Inspector-General of Police to protect innocent Nigerians from the violent act.

“We charge the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to ensure that his officials are not compromised to replace results.

“The people of Edo state have spoken loud and clear with their votes in their respective units, and they are already aware of the authentic results,” Ologbondiyan said.

Reacting to the statement, Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee,  told the News Agency of Nigeria , that INEC was committed to following through its processes and procedures for a successful and credible election.

Okoye said that INEC officers were uploading the results on the commission’s Result Viewing Portal.

“The Commission is irrevocably committed to following through its processes and procedures.

“As at 18.49p.m. 702 results have been uploaded in the INEC Result Viewing Portal.

“Our Presiding Officers are uploading Form EC8A which is the Polling Unit Result.

“Presiding Officers must complete Form EC 60E (The People’s Result Sheet), and paste at the polling unit.

“We understand the challenges posed by poor network in some of our communities and our Registration Area Technical Assistants are working hard at overcoming the challenges.

“The Commission is focused on completing the process. The Commission is not interested in the outcome but focused on the processes and procedures,” Okoye said.

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Youth hold key to sustainable democracy – Ekiti APC chieftain 

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Captain Sunday Adebomi, a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Saturday said that the youth are critical toward achieving the desired democracy in the country.


Adebomi, an an ex-governorship aspirant in Ekiti, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital.

He urged the youth to be more interested in active politics, remain focused, determined and ready to sacrifice to take their rightful positions politically.

Adebomi, who said that he joined politics to promote active youth involvement, noted that it was high time Nigeria youth shunned being blind followers to politicians.

“I found myself in politics and what really motivated me to go into politics was about the youth, our generation.

“Like I said, I have tasted a lot of things but to me, it’s like our youth can’t see clearly beyond their nose.

“They have been following politicians blindly without asking for what rightfully belong to them.

“Instead, they are praise singing politicians all because of little money they are getting from them.

“The younger generation should know that this is the time to stand up, time to be actively involved in politics.

“Time to prove that they can do better than our leaders if given the  opportunity to serve.

“Our media houses misquoted President Mohammadu Bihari when he said that Nigerian youths are lazy.

“What he was only trying to say was that the youth were not standing up for their right.

“They are not fighting for what rightly belongs to them. He was trying to tell them that when he was like they he knew what he had done.

“All they need is courage, motivation, determination and prayers,” he said.

The Ise-Ekiti born APC Chieftain, urged the people of Ekiti to give Gov Kayode Fayemi-led administration the necessary support in order to consolidate on the achievements recorded and to further entrench good governance in the state.

He called on the aggrieved party members in the state to calm down, sheath their swords and reconcile their differences for future benefits.

“The only thing I am planning now is for Governor Fayemi and our Party, APC to succeed and the party to stabilise

“This is because it is only when the party stabilises, and the government succeeds, that anybody can plan anything.

“The only plan I have is to plead to whoever that is aggrieved, that feels ignored, to calm down,” Adebomi pleaded.

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