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Love At Isolation Center: Discharged Ibadan COVID-19 Patient Ignores Father, Goes Home With Soldier

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There was a mild drama at the Oyo state Infectious Disease Centre on Saturday when a young woman refused to follow her father home after she was discharged from the isolation centre.

The graduate of statistics from a school in the state was among the 20 people discharged from the centre after they were treated for COVID-19.

A visit to the isolation centre, which is located in Olodo area of Ibadan, shows relatives of those who were to be discharged were outside the gate waiting anxiously for their loved ones.

An official of the centre, who preferred anonymity, told newsmen that the patients were allowed to go home after testing negative for the coronavirus.

“They were here for different duration of time. Some of them had spent more than four weeks at the centre receiving treatment. They were discharged after our medical team confirmed that they had tested negative for the virus,” he said.

Among those waiting for their loved ones was a pastor who is the father of the young woman.

He told journalists that his daughter began exhibiting a wayward attitude after graduating from school.

“She is my second child but after her graduation from the school of statistics, she refused to come home. I only got to know that she had been isolated at the centre through a relative she confided in. I am a man of God and I will continue to pray for her,” he said.

The drama began after the young woman opted to follow a soldier who came to pick her with a motorcycle.

The father approached the soldier but after about five minutes of discussion, the lady was taken away on the motorcycle while her father left the centre in annoyance.

It was gathered that the soldier was admitted to the isolation centre, but got discharged after recovering from the disease.

“The soldier the girl followed home was one of the three soldiers at the isolation centre when the girl was on admission,” a discharged patient who did not want to be named told TheCable.

“Before the soldier was discharged, he and the girl were very close. They mingled together.”

Among those discharged were aged men and women, and a student of the University of Ibadan.

Some of the discharged patients told TheCable that they were happy to reunite with their families after receiving a clean bill of health.

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Edo 2020: Buhari Congratulates Obaseki, Hails INEC

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki on his re-election.

He also hailed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the smooth process that led to the emergence of Obaseki.

In a statement on Sunday by his Senior Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari said: “President Buhari has commended the election process in Edo State which led to the victory of @GovernorObaseki as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

“”I have consistently advocated for free and fair elections in the country because it is the bedrock of true democratic order.

“Democracy will mean nothing if the votes of the people don’t count or if their mandate is fraudulently tampered with.

“He commended the people of Edo State, the parties, candidates and security agencies for conducting themselves responsibly.”

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BREAKING: INEC Declares PDP’s Obaseki Winner Of Edo Election

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Godwin Obaseki, winner of the governorship election in Edo State.

INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, announced the total result of the election.

He said APC polled 223,619 votes, while PDP got 307,955 votes.

Incumbent Governor Obaseki of PDP ran against APC standard-bearer Osagie Ize-Iyamu and 13 others.

Obaseki was elected on APC’s platform in 2016 but defected to the PDP after being denied the ticket owing to intra-party squabbles.

SEE DECLARED RESULTS

1) Igueben LGA

PDP 7,870

APC 5,199

Total 13170
Total votes cast 13,382

Election materials snatched in Ward 8, Unit 2

2) Esan North-East

APC 6,556
PDP 13579
Valid votes 20,369
Total votes cast 20,730

3) Esan Central

APC 6,719
PDP 10,794

4) Ikpoba-Okha

APC 18,218
PDP 41,030

5) Uhunmwonde

APC 5,972
PDP 10,022

6) Egor LGA

APC 10,202
PDP 27,621

7) Owan East

APC 19,295
PDP 14,762

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#EdoDecides2020: PDP Defeats APC In Ize-Iyamu’s LG, Obaseki Leads With Over 85,000 Votes In 16 LGA’s

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The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Edo State Governorship Election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, was defeated by the Peoples Democratic Party in his local government, Orhiomwon.

The Independent National Electoral Commission announced that the APC polled 10,458 votes while PDP got 13,445 votes in Orhiomwon.

Ize-Iyamu hails from Iguododo in Orhionmwon Local Government Area of the state.

The official results from 16 of Edo’s 18 local governments have been announced.

The incumbent governor Godwin Obaseki of the PDP so far has 288,572 votes while Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC has 202,525 votes.

One of the two remaining local governments whose results is being awaited is Orhionmwon, the local government of Mr Ize-Iyamu where an INEC official was shot.

INEC has said it is working with security agencies to investigate the violence in the local government.

Messrs Ize-Iyamu and Obaseki are the main candidates in the governorship election, although 14 candidates are taking part in the election.

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