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Breaking: Ogun Former Senator Dies of Covid-19 Complications

A former Senator from Ogun East Senatorial District, Buruji Kashamu has died of COVID-19 complications.

The news of his death was confirmed by Sen. Ben Murray Bruce via a twitter post earlier today.

Kashamu was said to died at first Cardiology Consultants, in Lagos. He was 62 years old.

The former Senator was a member of Peoples Democratic Party and served in the 8th National Assembly.

He was the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 Ogun State gubernatorial election and lost against Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress in distance 4th.

Edo2020: ‘Buhari’s Meeting With Ize-Iyamu Not Right for Anti-Corruption Fight’ PDP

The Edo State chapter of the PDP described President Buhari’s meeting with the governorship candidate of the APC, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, as a dent on his image and the anti-corruption fight.

A statement signed by the state publicity secretary of the party, Chris Osa Nehikhare, said the president was ill advised to met with Ize-Iyamu.

The statement read further that the meeting is least expected to happen considering the spirited fight against corruption, which the Buhari’s administration is known for.

The president received Pastor Ize-Iyamu alongside the Caretaker Committee chairman of the APC and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) and Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and APC campaign chairman for the Edo State election and Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

Buhari at the meeting the charged APC leaders to avoid the pitfalls that affected the party’s victory in Rivers, Zamfara and Bayelsa states in the 2019 elections in Edo State.

Covid-19: Buhari Orders Mandatory Usage of Facemasks Throughout Federation

President Muhammadu Buhari has mandated the state governments and the FCT to enforce non-pharmaceutical guidelines, primarily the use of face masks, in public appearance and places.

This was made known to the public by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, during the taskforce briefing in Abuja.

Mustapha said that prior to the Sallah break, the PTF informed the nation that the 6th Interim Report and recommendations would be submitted to Mr. President for his consideration and approval.

He then said that the PTF team met with the President on Wednesday 5th August 2020 to brief him of the situation on COVID-19 and the next steps.

He said that the recommendations made to the President were borne out of the diligent evaluation of the situation in Nigeria as well as regional and global experiences and that the considerations were also guided by the three thematic areas movement, industry, and labor; and community activities.

Mustapha further said that after due consideration of the recommendations, Mr. President approved the maintaining the current phase of the National Response to COVID-19 for another four weeks in line with the modifications reflected in the report; partnering with states and local governments to improve community sensitisation and engagement to the COVID-19 response.

He also said that the President has mandated state authorities and the FCT to enforce non-pharmaceutical guidelines, primarily the use of face masks in public appearance and places; encouraging state governments to collaborate with local government authorities to intensify necessary measures such as contact tracing, grassroots mobilisation and risk communication; and Strengthening of collaboration with other mandate groups at Federal/State levels to harmonise the country’s COVID-19 response, on the short, medium and long-term basis.

‘EFCC is Coming For You’ Oyo Governor Tells Ajimobi’s Family, Others

The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde has said his administration will not relent until it recovered billions of the state’s funds looted by officials of the previous administration in the state led by late Ajimobi.

Makinde made this statement while kick-starting the construction of the 21km Ajia-Airport-New Ife Expressway road, in Ajia town, said his administration was ready to put measures in place to retrieve all looted funds to develop the state’s infrastructure.

The 21km Airport-Ajia-New Ife Express road, with spur to Amuloko, was awarded to Messrs Peculiar Ultimate Concerns Ltd, at a cost of N8,520,919,776.41.

According to the governor, unlike the previous government, which, he said preoccupied itself with how to corner the state’s funds on a daily basis, his administration would drastically reduce the infrastructure deficit in the state within the shortest possible time.

He added that it was only in doing so that the state can be positioned on the path of economic growth.

Addressing the criticisms trailing the announcement of N100 billion bond issuance by the state, the governor stated that people need to understand that he is not like that heard somebody criticising his government on radio concerning the N100 billion bonds, and was of the opinion that this administration wants to put the state in debt.

He said his government isn’t like that of others (referencing to Ajimobi’s government), who for period of eight years spent in office, they were only preoccupied with how to corner N1 billion monthly into their private pockets every day they went to the office.

He added that Ajimobi used 96 months in office, that means his administration has Oyo State’s N96 billion in its care and he will retrieve every fund that belongs to Oyo people for the purpose of infrastructure development.

Makinde then asked those who can to tell those in Ajimobi’s government that the EFCC of Oyo State is coming for them.

The special adviser on media to the former governor, Bolaji Tunji said he won’t join issues with Governor Seyi Makinde because today (Thursday) makes it 40 days since the former governor was laid to rest, as such it is still a mourning period for the family.

However, Tunji said that such an attack is expected having laid bare the fallacy behind the N100 billion bond.

Edo 2020: ‘We Will Send Obaseki Out of Dennis Osadebey’s House’ APC Youth Vows

The youth in All Progressives Congress in Edo State has vowed to send Gov. Godwin Obaseki packing from the Dennis Osadebey House, come Sept. 19.

The youth stated this during the inauguration of the youth wing of the APC Governorship Candidate Campaign Council in Esan West and Owan West local government areas, on Tuesday.

Mr Dennis Idahosa, the Director-General, Youth and Students’ Mobilisation for the State Campaign Council, who inaugurated the youth wing, said that the party aimed to record 99 percent victory in the governorship election.

Idahosa, who is the member representing Ovia Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, urged the coordinators of the youth wing to take the manifesto of Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC candidate, christened: “SIMPLE Agenda” to all nooks and crannies of their council areas.

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He also begged the youth to eschew violence as they would be going about the campaign, and that they must all be resolute in their quest to ensure victory for the party.

Also, Mr Johnson Iyamu, Secretary of the Youths and Students’ Mobilisation urged the coordinators to, in turn, go and inaugurate 100-member executives in their respective local governments.

He said that 50-member executives should also be inaugurated at the ward level, adding that they should take the Ize-Iyamu agenda to every nook and cranny of their areas.

Present at the inauguration was the APC Senatorial Youth Leader for Edo North, Mr Dirisu Otinomo and Chairman, Media Sub-committee for Youths and Students’ Mobilisation, Mr Collins Osagae

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