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Ondo 2020: Gov. Akeredolu explains family role in the government.

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Akeredolu explains family’s role in govt, while Ajayi justifies absence from debate.

Mr Akeredolu denies paying huge sums to his son as consultancy fees.

The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, on Sunday shed light on the roles his wife and son, Betty and Babajide, play in his government.

He said none of them are employees of the state government and so do not draw remunerations from the government.

Mr Akeredolu was responding to a question during the Ondo Election Debate held at the International Event Centre in Akure on Sunday.

He had been accused of running a government of father, son and wife, with the implication of paying huge sums to his son as consultancy fees.

Mrs Akeredolu has constantly been accused of cornering juicy contracts and controlling government agencies.

The deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, had alleged that Mr Akereolu’s son, Babajide, made a whopping sum of N433 million from a N4.3billion allegedly stashed in a secret account of the state government.

The controversial N4.3 billion was kept in a secret account for over 10 years, generating interest until it was uncovered in May 2020 during an auditing of the state accounts.

Mrs Akeredolu is known for her Breast Cancer initiative, a platform she has used to assist women suffering from breast cancer through enlightenment and financial and medical assistance.

The Sunday debate was attended by Mr Akeredolu, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Eyitayo Jegede, and Oyeleye Fasua of the Social Democratic Party.

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Mr Akeredolu said he ran a “government of the people, for the people and by the people,” and dismissed the allegation of his son being paid huge sums as incorrect.

He said he was, however, proud that he had a son who was assisting him in what he was doing in government.

“I pray that you all should have children who can be of help to you. I am happy I have a son who is helping me, that is what parents are desiring from their children,” he said.

“My wife brought Brecan before I became governor. She has her office here and she has been helping women and touching lives even before I became governor of the state.

“Let anyone who has any evidence that my son collected consultancy fees produce the evidence. Let anybody come out with the evidence that my son is a consultant, instead of making baseless allegations.”

The governor vowed to sue those making the allegations if they fail to substantiate them.

Mr Jegede was asked a personal question of his role in influencing his relatives to positions in government during the Olusegun Mimiko administration, where he served as Attorney-General for nearly eight years.

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In response, he said his brothers were career civil servants who rose to the pinnacle of their careers before he got into government.

He, however, used the opportunity to criticise Mr Akeredolu’s alleged style of using his family to run the government, saying it was wrong and against the oath of office to allow his children and wife to be involved in the administration of the state.

According to Mr Jegede, his wife would not be involved in the running of his government nor would he allow his children to be consultants.

Mr Fasua on his part stunned the audience when he responded that he would certainly involve his wife and children in the running of government if elected governor.

He argued that there would be no success if he did not get the backing of his wife and family in whatever he does.

Mr Fasua said his wife remained the backbone of his businesses and she is the registrar of his college of education, which he said had produced 40,000 graduates.

The debate was hosted by a consortium of media organisations, labour unions, civil societies and religious bodies.

But the deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, who is the candidate of the Zenith Labour Party, did not attend even though he was invited by the organisers.

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“We invited the candidates of the APC, the PDP, ZLP and the SDP for this debate and none of the candidates showed any sign that he will not attend as of one hour to the programme,” Akinwunmi Abodunde, the anchor of the debate, said.

Mr Ajayi had defected from the APC to the PDP to seek the governorship ticket, but failed and later secured the ticket of the ZLP.

“We don’t have confidence in the organisers and they are not likely to be fair to our candidate,” Tope Okeowo, an aide to the deputy governor, said.

He said most of the media organisations and those who ran the show had sympathies for the governor.

According to him, Mr Abodunde, the anchor of the debate, and members of the team are employees of the state government, noting that Mr Abodunde works for the state-owned Orange FM 104.5.

“If the deputy governor attended there would be trouble because the organisers are those earning money from the state government,” Mr Okeowo said. “You can see how the moderator favoured the governor in the distribution of the questions.”

The PDP candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, arrived late to the debate, citing engagements with the security chiefs in the state over the violent attacks against his supporters.

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2023: No decision yet on zoning, says PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party has said that it is yet to decide on the zone to fly its flag in the 2023 presidential election.

It was reported that the Governor Bala Mohammed-led Peoples Democratic Party Committee on the Review of the 2019 General Elections, had recommended that the party should throw open the contest for its 2023 Presidential ticket.

The Chairman of the committee, Governor Bala Mohammed, said, “We think that every Nigerian from every part of the country should be given the opportunity to choose the best candidate through a credible primary election as a way of institutionalizing a merit-based leadership recruitment process for the country.”

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In reaction, the PDP National Public Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, stated that the party has not adopted any of the recommendations issued by the Governor Bala Mohammed-led Committee.

He said, “Due to enquiries from our members and the general public, it has become imperative to clarify that PDP is yet to adopt any of the recommendations proposed by the Senator Bala Mohammed‘s Committee on the Review of the 2019 Elections.

“As such, it will be incongruous for anyone to assert that any decision has been taken by PDP on the zoning of the Presidency ahead of the 2023 general elections.

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Bobi Wine: Ugandan election, most fraudulent

Benjamin Ukpabi

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Bobi Wine: Ugandan election, most fraudulent

“It’s Most Fraudulent Election In Uganda History” Bobi Wine Says, Rejects Election Result

The opposition candidate in Uganda presidential election, Bobi Wine, has accused the incumbent president, Yoweri Museveni, of fabricating the results of the election.
He described the poll as the most fraudulent election in the history of Uganda and urged citizens to reject the results.

 

Wine, a singer-turned-lawmaker, also said his home in the capital, Kampala, was surrounded by hundreds of soldiers and that the military was not allowing him to leave.The army’s deputy spokesman, Deo Akiiki, said security officers at Wine’s house were assessing threats he could face by going out: “So they might be preventing him in the interest of his safety.”Uganda Election Commission had declared incumbent Yoweri Museveni the winner of the Thursday presidential election.Chairman of the commission, Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, said Museveni won 5.85 million votes, or 58.64 per cent, while main opposition candidate Bobi Wine got 3.48 million votes or 34.83 percent.
“The electoral commission declares Yoweri Museveni… elected President of the Republic of Uganda,” he said.

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Museveni won in the Ugandan election

He said turnout was 57.22 per cent of the almost 18 million registered voters.
Byabakama urged the population to “remain calm and accept the outcome of these elections” while reminding those celebrating to be mindful of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Museveni has ruled Uganda without pause since seizing control in 1986 when he helped end years of tyranny under Idi Amin and Milton Obote. He is one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.
Once hailed for his commitment to good governance, the former rebel leader has crushed any opposition and tweaked the constitution to allow himself to run again and again.
Wine, 38, meanwhile was on track to see his newly formed National Unity Platform (NUP) become the main opposition party in Parliament, notably winning eight of nine constituencies in the capital Kampala.
The poll followed one of the most violent campaigns in years, with harassment and arrests of the opposition, attacks on the media and the deaths of at least 54 people.

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Saturday News update 16th January 2021

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Saturday News update 16th January 2021

News in Nigeria Today Saturday 16th January 2021
Here are some of the Breaking News in Nigeria Today Saturday 16th January 2021 on some of the nation newspapers .

COVID-19 vaccine: NARD president urges FG to prioritise procurement
The National President of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Dr. Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa, has urged the Federal Government to prioritise the provision of the vaccine by sourcing urgent alternative funding to achieve this objective.  (Saturday News)

Logistics firm empowers 40 women at Onne

The oil and gas logistics company, INTELS Nigeria Limited, has completed the training of a fresh batch of 40 women under its Women Empowerment Programme Scheme Synergy (WEPSS). Since inception seven years ago, no fewer than 1,400 women, drawn from various communities across the country, have benefited from the empowerment scheme.

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Failure of past regimes to blame for Nigeria’s current situation, says Azuka

The former President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Kano State, Chief Chris Chukwubuzor Azuka, has urged Nigerians not to blame the President Muhammadu Buhari – led administration for the present ills of the country, saying that the present situation of the country is a cumulative effect of the failures of past administrations. (Saturday News)

Buhari vows to improve security, welfare of troops

President Muhammadu Buhari has promised a significant improvement of security in the country this year.This is as the country yesterday commenced the celebration of this year’s annual Armed Forces Remembrance Day across the country.

Failure to accept our limitations costing us dearly

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One of the biggest problems in this country our inability to acknowledge our failings which would then allow for proper reflection in order to ensure the same mistakes will not be repeated in future. This failing cuts across all areas afflicting both government and the private sectors and often leads to devastating consequences.  (Saturday News)

Kwara APC youths back removal of party chairman

Youths under the banner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the three senatorial districts in Kwara State have expressed unflinching support for the removal of Hon. Bashir Omolaja

C’River achieves $20.4m World Bank grants

Cross River State government has said it has achieved World Bank grants worth $20.4m given under States Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) programme. The Commissioner for Finance, Asuquo Ekpenyong Jnr, disclosed this on Friday while briefing journalists on the achievement of his ministry  (Saturday News)

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Bagudu approves N2.4billion for constituency projects

Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has approved the release of (N2.4billion) two billion four hundred million naira for constituency projects in the state. The projects are to be executed under various ministries, departments and agencies in fulfillment of the policy thrust of the incumbent administration of provision of dividends of democracy to the people.

Soun congratulates Alaafin on his golden jubilee coronation anniversary
Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, has felicitated with Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, on the occasion of his 50th coronation anniversary.

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