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Enugu State PDP conduct LG primaries across the state

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Enugu State on Saturday held peaceful ward primaries across the 260 electoral wards of the state, which elected councillorship candidates for the November 4 local government elections and three-member ad-hoc delegates for the party’s local government primary election billed to hold on September 16.

The party leadership had prior to the primaries engaged its members in a wider consultation with a view to arriving at consensus candidates towards achieving a peaceful and rancour- free exercise.

Speaking on the outcome of the ward primaries, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee from the National Secretariat of the Party, Kingsley Wosu-Ezi, on behalf of other committee members described the exercise as “peaceful, transparent, free and fair and strictly in compliance with the electoral guidelines for conduct of local government council elections”.

The committee chairman commended the state leadership of the party under the chairmanship of Augustine Nnamani and the party’s state leader, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for providing effective and inclusive leadership that ensured a smooth exercise.

He noted that the governor’s uncommon leadership style has engendered peace, good governance, and participatory democracy in Enugu State, expressing optimism that the PDP will win landslide in the forthcoming local government elections in the state.

“We cannot thank enough Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Augustine Nnamani for what we are witnessing in this state, today. From the places we have visited and reports gathered so far, the ward primaries across the 260 electoral wards in Enugu State have been so peaceful, orderly and in compliance with the guidelines of our great party, the PDP. The enthusiasm on the faces of our party members is real and high, signifying that the PDP is one united family in the state”, the committee chairman said.

Earlier, the state chairman of PDP, Mr. Nnamani, informed members of the electoral committee that the party was set for the ward primaries, explaining that all the processes leading to the exercise were carried out strictly in accordance with the electoral guidelines for the party congresses.

Mr. Nnamani expressed confidence that the PDP will win all the councillorship and chairmanship positions in the local government elections as it had done in the past because of the party’s popularity and acceptability in the state as well as the sterling leadership qualities of Gov. Ugwuanyi-led administration.

He thanked the governor, other stakeholders and party faithful for their support, cooperation and contribution to the successful conduct of the ward primaries, urging them to remain steadfast and exhibit the tempo of unity, commitment and peace in the coming local government primary election of the party.

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WTO: Trump Wrong For Rejecting Okonjo-Iweala – Fani-Kayode

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WTO: Trump Wrong For Rejecting Okonjo-Iweala – Fani-Kayode

Femi Fani-Kayode

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has condemned the move by the United States President, Donald Trump to block the appointment of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the Director-General of World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Recall that Okonjo-Iweala on Wednesday won the popular vote by a wide margin, with the expectation of an announcement after a World Trade Organization meeting in Geneva.

She was reported to have won the support of 104 of all 164 member countries of the WTO, many of which were from Africa and Europe.

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However, the US reportedly expressed its disappointment over the appointment of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala despite her widely gained support.

Reacting in a post on his Twitter page, Fani-Kayode warned that Trump’s opposition to Okonjo-Iweala would upset millions of his supporters in Nigeria and Africa.

He wrote:

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Nigeria’s Economy Too Fragile For Fresh Lockdown —Buhari

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Nigeria’s Economy Too Fragile For Fresh Lockdown —Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that Nigeria’s economy is too fragile for fresh coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.

The president stated this in a post on his Twitter handle @MBuhari on Thursday.

Buhari stated that compliance with COVID-19 protocols by all Nigerians is crucial to avert a second wave of the pandemic in the country.

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This is coming following the recent increase in Coronavirus cases in many countries around the world.

He wrote:

“Looking at the trends in other countries, we must do all we can to avert a second wave of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

“We must make sure that our cases, which have gone down, do not rise again. Our economy is too fragile to bear another round of lockdown.”

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Femi Adesina: #EndSARS Protests Fuelled Looting Of Warehouses

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Femi Adesina: #EndSARS Protests Fuelled Looting Of Warehouses

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Femi Adesina, special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity has alleged that some Nigerians involved in recent cases of looting experienced in some cities across the country didn’t do it because they were angry or hungry.

He alleged that they were simply taking advantage of the collapse of law and order caused by the #EndSARS protests.

He stated this on Thursday, 29th October when he appeared on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme.

He declared that poverty has nothing to do with the invasion of COVID-19 palliatives warehouses.

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He said: “Criminality is criminality. Would it justify armed robbery because the man was poor? Would you justify armed robbery because the man didn’t have money?

“Just as you cannot justify armed robbery because a man was poor and took a gun to rob another person, you can’t also justify the lootings going on because it is pure criminality. My view is that it is not everybody that is hungry that engaged in that looting. This is the truth, it is greed and pure criminality.

“Criminality will always be criminality and anarchy promotes criminality. What has happened in the past two or three weeks led to what is happening now. If there was cohesion and tranquility in society, this would not have happened. Therefore, it is corollary to the near anarchic situation that came on the country because of the protest.

“If you did not have people burning police stations, killing policemen, burning private and public property, you won’t have this kind of looting. That means those same people will be in society and will find ways to eke out a living but because the situation was created for near-anarchy that is why you have this.

“So, I don’t agree that it is all about poverty. Yes in any country, you will have people that are poor, hungry…that is one of the reasons you have government to ensure that the number of the poor reduces progressively.

“So this crowd of people you see going to loot are not necessarily hungry or angry; they are taking advantage of the collapse of law and order that came as a result of the protest.”

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