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Crisis Hits Lagos Labour Party As Pressure Mounts On Chairman, Kayode Salako To Resign

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A certain group has continued to doubt the chairman of Lagos Labour Party as regards his sincerity to lead the party to success in the next year’s general election.

Following the composition of the State Executive of the Labour Party, LP in Lagos State recently, there have been unending crisis within the party leadership that could mar the chances of the party in the State come 2023 despite the generous support the party is enjoying from different support groups and general public.
 
Reports monitored on social medial revealed that the party stakeholders both at all levels level have lost confidence in the state executive led by Comrade Kayode Salako and his secretary for not adhering to the Constitution of the party and anti-party activities hence the party’s support groups have demanded for their immediate resignation from the party or removal by the appropriate party organs.
 
Allegations levelled against the party chairman include his failure to set up relevant structures for the party across and failure to work with party’s support groups to harness all the benefits that are being championed by support groups and members of the public willing to support the party in deepening its reach across Lagos State and smooth running of the party as being done and experienced in other South Western States such as Ogun, Osun, Oyo and Ondo States. It is alleged that rather than build up the party across Lagos State, Comrade Kayode Salako is alleged to be busied in destroying and tearing down the party’s relationships with the support groups and other stakeholders. Indeed, it appears the reason is not far fetched as it was alleged recently on social media that Comrade Kayode Salako is a mole sent by the presidential candidate of the ruling party, All Progressive Party Bola Tinubu to destroy the gains of Labour Party in Lagos State and Comrade Kayode Salako seems to be carrying out this sinister agenda perfectly since he assumed office as the Party Chairman in Lagos state.
 
They also cited lack of sound judgment behind the State party chairman’s wife, Folake Daramola being a campaign manager of the  Presidential candidate of APC and the party in Lagos State. One then wonders how safe the campaign strategies of the Labour Party will be in the hand of Comrade Kayode Salako who is literally in bed with the campaign manager of the Presidential candidate of APC, Bola Tinubu.
 
They also accused the duo of running fowl against the party guidelines by bringing and allowing people who are not state exco members to attend, sit and participate in the meeting of only 24 executive members contrary to the letter dated May 18, 2022 from the national leadership of the Party, which stated the limited numbers of who could take part in exco meeting.
 
They cited the case of an alleged Lover of the State Secretary,Jennifer Ukachi, who is constantly allowed to attend and sit at the exco meeting. Also, the state party chairman who brings retinue of outsiders including thugs to sit down and participate in the state exco meetings. All these, the different support groups argued run contrary to the 24-membership Exco appointed by the National leadership’s letter of May 18, 2022 seen by this reporter. The State Chairman and State Secretary have actually turned to the State Exco meeting into rendezvous for their shenanigans.
 
The party support groups therefore appeal to the leadership of the party and stakeholders to immediately look into these anomalies and allegations against the party leadership in Lagos State before the commencement of campaigns, rallies and the likes so that the Labour Party in Lagos is not be put to disrepute and is able to reap the good will of the OBI-dients moments.

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JUST IN: 31-Yr-Old Belgium Star, Eden Hazard Quits International Football

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Belgium star Eden Hazard announced his retirement from international football on Wednesday, days after the team crashed out of the World Cup in the group stage.

The Real Madrid forward, 31, made the announcement on social media, saying “a page turns today”.

“Thank you for your unparalleled support,” he posted on Instagram.

“Thank you for all this happiness shared since 2008. I have decided to put an end to my international career.

“The succession is ready. I will miss you.”

Hazard was the standard-bearer of Belgium’s much-vaunted “golden generation”, which reached the semi-finals at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The ageing team failed to make it past the first round in Qatar, finishing third in Group F behind Morocco and Croatia.

 

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Post-COVID Protest: China Loosens Strict Restrictions 2-Yrs After Pandemic

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China announced Wednesday a nationwide loosening of Covid restrictions following protests against the hardline strategy that grew into calls for greater political freedoms.

Anger over China’s zero-Covid policy, which involved mass lockdowns, constant testing and quarantines even for people who are not infected, stoked unrest not seen since the 1989 pro-democracy protests.

Under the new guidelines announced by the National Health Commission, the frequency and scope of PCR testing — long a tedious mainstay of life in zero-Covid China — will be reduced.

Lockdowns will also be scaled down and people with non-severe Covid cases can isolate at home instead of centralised government facilities.

And people will no longer be required to show a green health code on their phone to enter public buildings and spaces, except for “nursing homes, medical institutions, kindergartens, middle and high schools.”

The new rules scrap the forced quarantines for people with no symptoms or with mild cases.

“Asymptomatic infected persons and mild cases who are eligible for home isolation are generally isolated at home, or they can voluntarily choose centralised isolation for treatment,” the new rules read.

“Mass PCR testing only carried out in schools, hospitals, nursing homes and high-risk work units; scope and frequency of PCR testing to be further reduced,” they added.

“People travelling across provinces do not need to provide a 48h test result and do not need to test upon arrival.”

China will also accelerate the vaccination of the elderly, the NHC said, long seen as a major obstacle to the relaxation of Beijing’s no-tolerance approach to Covid.

Rare demonstrations against the ruling Communist Party’s zero-Covid strategy broke out across China late last month.

They expanded into calls for more political freedoms, with some even calling for President Xi Jinping to resign.

Authorities cracked down on subsequent efforts to protest while easing a number of restrictions, with some Chinese cities tentatively rolling back mass testing and curbs on movement.

The capital Beijing, where many businesses have fully reopened, said this week that commuters were no longer required to show a negative virus test taken within 48 hours to use public transport.

Financial hub Shanghai, which underwent a brutal two-month lockdown this year, announced the same rules, with residents able to enter outdoor venues such as parks and tourist attractions without a recent test.

And once dominated by doom and gloom coverage of the dangers of the virus and scenes of pandemic chaos abroad, China’s tightly controlled media dramatically shifted tone to support a tentative moving away from zero-Covid.

The prevalent Omicron strain is “not at all like last year’s Delta variant,” Guangzhou-based medicine professor Chong Yutian said in an article published by the Communist Party-run China Youth Daily.

“After infection with the Omicron variant, the vast majority will have no or light symptoms, and very few will go on to have severe symptoms, this is already widely known,” he assured readers.

But analysts at Japanese firm Nomura on Monday calculated that 53 cities — home to nearly a third of China’s population — still had some restrictions in place.

Wednesday’s announcement came hours after the government released further data showing the crippling economic impacts of zero-Covid.

Imports and exports plunged in November to levels not seen since early 2020.

Imports in November fell 10.6 percent year-on-year, the biggest drop since May 2020, according to the General Administration of Customs. Exports fell 8.7 percent over the same period.

 

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19-Yr-Old Endurance Arrested After Defrauding A British Lady Of £450K And Using The Money To Buy Cars, Gold Chains, Others

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A 19-year-old  man, Iredia Endurance has been arrested by the operatives of Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for alleged fraud.

According to a statement released by Wilson Uwujaren, spokesperson of the anti-graft agencym says Endurance was recently arrested by the Commission following a petition by one Chrstine Brown, a British citizen, alleging that the suspect defrauded her of £450,000.00.

“Upon arrest, the suspect confessed he received £250,000.00 from the complainant in Bitcoin, FedEx and gift cards. On what he did with the money, the suspect averred that they were expanded on cars, gold chains, and landed properties, among others.

Some of the items recovered from the suspect include mobile  phones, laptops, sim cards and landed property.” He added that the suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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