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Abia PDP To Punish Members Campaigning For Orji’s Re-election

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Abia State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it has not formed any alliance with incumbent governor. Chief Theodore Orji, for any electoral purposes, warning that it would punish members who allegedly have been campaigning for the re-election of the governor using the PDP platform.

The party stated this Tuesday when it dissociated itself from a group known as PDP Ochendo Re-run or Abia Re-union which the party claimed was canvassing for support for the re-election of Orji in the name of PDP.  Governor Theodore Orji is of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA).

Chairman of Abia PDP, Chief Ndidi Okereke, told newsmen at the Ojike Street office of the party in Umuahia that the PDP Ochendo Re-run or Aba Re-union led by one Chief Allen Nwachukwu does not have the mandate of PDP leadership at any level to canvass for the re-election of the governor under the umbrella of the party.

Okereke said the activities of the group have caused and continues to cause Abia PDP faithful and its leadership “great consternation and embarrassment”.

“Abia State PDP hereby dissociates itself from this fraudulent contraption designed to confuse Abians and malign the leadership of our party.  For the avoidance of doubt, Chief T.A. Orji  is not a member of PDP and there is no alliance with him and his party for any electoral purposes at all!”, Okereke stressed.

The party, therefore, alerted its members and the public to beware of “such antics”, which according to the Abia PDP boss would “assume more desperate dimensions as the next election approaches, in their bid to white-wash the bad governance in the state”.Okereke said the party has initiated disciplinary measures against all PDP members involved in the campaign for the re-election of Governor Orji, using the PDP platform, insisting that they were deceiving party faithful and teeming Abians.

He said that PDP was big enough to accommodate everybody wishing to join the party, adding that Orji would be welcome should he decide to join PDP.

Orji himself has often said that he was under pressure to cross over to PDP but has resolved to remain in PPA.

As at press time, Chief Allen Nwachukwu could not be reached for his reaction.

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SAN Wants Buhari To Unlock Lagos, Abuja, Today

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Prominent legal practitioner, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to unlock Lagos and Abuja on Friday, April 3.
This was contained in a statement he issued yesterday.
Noting that the president did the right thing to safeguard the people over Coronavirus outbreak, the lawyer argued that the effect has been very catastrophic, especially for daily wage earners.
“No doubt the President meant and acted well, though a bit late, but it is not in doubt that the action of the President was the best in the circumstances of our present realities, even though it had no legal backing”, he said.
Adegboruwa stated that since the President announced the lockdown, there have been different interpretations and implementations, leading to abuses by security agents.
He said the economic hardship being faced by the people is horrendous and the so-called cash distribution has no real value to the people.
“As Lagos State has now declared 100 percent recovery rate, and it is the most affected State, there is need to review the lockdown, to ease the burden of the people,” the lawyer said.
Adegboruwa observed that measures already put in place before the lockdown were effective and should be retained without restriction of movement.
He called for reopening of banks and markets and free movement of people to allow them make a living for themselves and dependents.
The SAN stressed that Abuja being the capital of Nigeria and Lagos, the commercial hub of the country, cannot remain under lockdown beyond one week.
“I commend the President for the love demonstrated for the well-being of the people and urge him to end the lockdown from Friday, April 3, 2020”, he added.
Adegboruwa, however, hailed Lagos State Government for saving Nigeria through its proactive measures adopted by most other States.
He commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Health Commissioner and medical officials, for their efforts towards curtailing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ortom, Deputy, Commissioner Submit To COVID-19 Test

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, his Deputy, Mr Benson Abounu and the Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Mr David Olofu, yesterday, voluntarily submitted themselves for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) test.
In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Terver Akase in Makurdi, they submitted their samples to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The statement quotes Ortom as saying “the decision to submit samples for the test was the right thing to do”.
The governor, therefore, appealed to all Benue citizens to submit to the test and not wait for symptoms to manifest before going for it.
According to Ortom, doing so will help to contain the spread of the deadly virus in the state.
Ortom said:”There is no shame in seeking to know your COVID-19 status”.
He urged the people to cooperate with the COVID-19 Action Committee at the state and local government levels, while observing the preventive measures against the pandemic.

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Ganduje, Wife Test Negative To COVID-19

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and his wife, Hafsat Ganduje have tested negative to Coronavirus.
Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Abba Anwar, made the disclosure in a statement yesterday in Kano.
We thank Almighty Allah for this result which shows negative. That is how He (Allah) wishes. All those whose results are positive, we will continue praying for their quick recovery from the illness, irrespective of race, nationality, ethnicity, social status, political or religious affiliationsý
“We also pray for Allah’s continued protection against COVID-19 in the state, the country and the world as a whole.
”While we pray for Divine intervention we must make sure that, we always listen to health professionals and work with professional advice,” the statement added.
He urged members of the public to wash their hands under running water with soap or hand sanitisers, keep clean environment and practise social distancing.
“Staying at home is safer, healthier and most appropriate. I also urge Nigerians to strictly abide by directives given by the Federal Government as another mechanism in containing the spread of the disease,” the statement explained.
The governor reiterated government commitment to sustain proactive measures and collaboration with relevant organisations, agencies and stakeholders to prevent spread of COVID-19.
“It is our responsibility to fight COVID-19 from all angle so as to have safer and healthier society”.
“We thank Almighty Allah that up to this time there is no reported case in Kano. May Allah save those from other states in the country and other affected nations of the world,” he prayed.
Ganduje added that state government had adopted effective measures to monitor and enforce compliance with boundary closure, warning that defaulters would be prosecuted.
The governor thanked the state Task Force Committee on COVID-19 and health workers for their unrelenting efforts against Coronavirus.
“Our thanks also goes to the Fund Raising Committee, under the Chairmanship of Prof. Muhammad Yahuza Bello, and Co-chaired by Alhaji Tajuddeedn Dantata and all those who assisted the government.
“Others are Alhaji Aminu Dantata, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Alhaji Abdussamad Rabi’u, Lee Group of Companies, United Bank for Africa (UBA), among other respectful individuals and organisations,” it added.

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