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Agbaje Condemns Violence At APC Rally, Says Lagos Needs Peace

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Jimi Agbaje, the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Lagos State, has condemned the violence and brigandage that trailed the All Progressives Congress campaign on Tuesday in Lagos State.

The candidate, who expressed shock at the level of disruption, which led to injuries and loss of lives, called on the ruling party to resolve its internal crisis to forestall any further occurrence.

According to him, everything possible must be done by the various political parties and other stakeholders to prevent violence and unnecessary loss of lives as the elections draw near.

Agbaje said: “Lagos State needs peace and everybody must work hard towards entrenching this much needed harmony. Therefore, it is unacceptable for any individual or group to endanger the peace and stability in our state. This shameful political rally must not be allowed to repeat itself.

“The APC as a political party must be conscious of the consequences of its actions. We are in an election year and the party must be reminded that our dear state needs peace for us to achieve the stability and progress that we need.

“It is unfortunate that the ruling party is unable to manage its internal contradictions. We condemn this ugly development. We also call on APC to rein in its thugs and other undesirable elements that are potential threats to our electoral process.

“The issue of hooliganism and use of thugs have remained our major concern in the forth-coming general elections and we will continue to express our fears. We raised this issue when our billboards and posters were attacked by thugs at the kick-off of our campaign. We are again, drawing the attention of Lagosians to this politics of bitterness.

“This disgraceful conduct by the APC and its supporters reinforces our position that a level playing-ground must be maintained.  We also insist that appropriate sanctions must be handed out to those who break our laws and endanger our collective peace as a people.

“Lagos State cannot afford this new level of violence and hooliganism in politics. Those who want to govern must focus on the issues, not by threatening and attacking people for holding a different view. That is why our message is essentially on freedom and democracy. We promise to end this circle of violence and death if voted in the coming governorship election, which is what we have resolved to do and nothing shall stop us.”

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You Are Incapacitated, Hand Over To Me; Ondo Deputy Gov Tells Akeredolu

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Agboola Ajayi, deputy governor of Ondo state, has asked Rotimi Akeredolu, the governor, to hand over to him.

Akeredolu has been in isolation since Tuesday when he tested positive for COVID-19.

While announcing that he would be going into isolation, the governor appealed to the people to keep safe and observe the safety protocols of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

However, he was silent about transmitting power to his deputy.

When the issue of handing over to the deputy governor was raised at a media briefing on Friday, Donald Ojogho, commissioner for information, said the governor will never allow Ajayi to take control of the state.

“Handing over the governance of the state to Agboola is a non-issue and we are not even considering that. I know as a matter of fact that nobody would want to do that… He (deputy governor) has created an unusual scenario upon which he wanted to climb into the next step in his political ambition and we have seen this as a misadventure. We cannot toil with what we have built over the years. We cannot risk and attempt to hand over to someone who has exhibited the widest scenario of betrayal. So, it is unthinkable,” he had said.

But in a statement on Saturday, Ajayi said he ought to be the acting governor since Akeredolu has been partially incapacitated.

He said the refusal of the governor to allow him to take charge of the state amounts to a “flagrant disregard for the country’s constitution”.

“Section 190 (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) is apposite in the prevailing constitutional aberration in Ondo State,” Ajayi said in a statement Allen Sowore, his spokesman, issued on his behalf.

“However, it should be noted, that Mr Governor is at liberty to handover or not within 21 days after which the constitution becomes operational.

“Ostensibly, the refusal and failure of Mr Governor to handover the running of government to his deputy, while he is temporarily incapacitated in self- isolation, underscore his absolute disregard for our nation’s supreme document, 1999 Constitution (as amended) as well as the tenets of rule of law.

“The Governor’s position is a spite on the Ondo State people and a direct assault on the provisions of the constitution which he swore to uphold.

“Governor Akeredolu’s deliberate mounting of obstacles to smooth running of government machinery while he’s in self-isolation as a result of the fact that he has been tested positive for the COVID-19 privileges the hypocritical nature of Ondo State government’s war against the ravaging pandemic.”

Akeredolu and Ajayi have been having a running battle, which reached its height when the deputy governor resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The governor had fired all the aides attached to Ajayi’s office and his police escort was withdrawn until Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police intervened.




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COVID-19: Ex-LASIMRA Boss, Jide Odekunle, Dies At Lagos Isolation Center

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Chief Jide Odekunle, immediate past General Manager of LASIMRA during the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in Lagos State, has died.

The top socialite reportedly died of Coronavirus complications at the Onikan isolation center.

He was also the former secretary of the Ikoyi Club.

He was until his death the Bobagunwa of Egbaland.




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JUST IN: Ebonyi Governor Tests Positive For COVID-19

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Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease.

This was contained in a statement personally signed by him on Saturday.

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