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One Year After Plane Crash, Suntai Holds Thanksgiving Service, Says “Death No Longer Scares Me”

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SuntaiRecuperating governor of Taraba State, Pharm. Danbaba Danfulani Suntai, has dedicated his survival in a plane crash last year to God, describing it as a miracle.

Governor Suntai, who made this known at the weekend during a thanksgiving service held at the Unity Chapel Church (UCC), Government House, Jalingo, the state capital, said looking back at the incident now, he is no longer afraid of death as he already had his closest shave with death.

Suntai, alongside some of his aides including his Aide de Camp, (ADC) Iliya Dasat; Chief Detail, Joel Danladi; and Chief Security Officer (CSO) Tino Dangana, were involved in a plane crash piloted by the governor near Yola, the Adamawa State capital, on Thursday, October 25 2012.

While his aides sustained non-life threatening injuries and were back on their feet within a few weeks, the governor was not too lucky as he spent ten months abroad undergoing medical treatment including physiotherapy in German and United States hospitals.

He returned to the country on Sunday, August 4, amid claims that some political hawks were scheming to maintain their grip on power which was fast slipping out of their hands as the acting governor, Alhaji Garba Umar, stamped his authority.

Suntai’s return would eventually throw the state into a political crisis as the State House of Assembly refused to honour a letter purportedly emanating from him notifying them of his intention to fully resume office and carry on as governor.

The Assembly had argued that based on its initial assessment of the governor’s state of health, he was not fully fit to resume duties and advised that he returned to the U.S to continue his treatment.

To douse the tension, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) delegated a team to the state led by Senator Hope Uzodinma to work out a political solution to the crisis.

It was learnt that at the service, not a few worshippers were moved to tears as the governor narrated his ordeal in the past one year.

“I thank God that I survived the air crash to see this day. I am happy to reunite with you again,” Suntai said.

“I also thank the people of Taraba and Nigerians for their prayers which greatly helped me”.

Governor Suntai also preached forgiveness and asked everybody whom he said he may have offended to forgive him.

“Do not hold anything against your enemy or anyone at heart. For me and my family, we have forgiven all our adversaries”, he said.

Suntai added that God has shown him mercy, saying even if he drops dead, he would die a fulfilled man.

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has named the newly built Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.

Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.

He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.

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The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

Dave Umahi

Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has commended Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, for joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”

Also Read: Gov. Umahi Sacks Political Appointees From Ohaukwu LGA

Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.

He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

Aregbesola and Oyetola

Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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