A journalist, identified as Oluchukwu Ajulufo, has emerged as the governorship candidate of the Labour Party, LP, for the November 18 governorship election in Anambra.
Mrs. Ajulufo was nominated by affirmative action and unanimous votes of the 64-member delegate at the primary election of the LP in Awka on Saturday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mrs. Ajulufo is the second female to emerge as governorship candidate in the state, after Kate Okafor of African Conscience Democrat, ACD.
The National Chairman of Labour Party, Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, who declared Mrs. Ajulufo winner of the primaries, expressed satisfaction with the process.
According to him, two persons participated in the exercise, one did not meet up with the electoral guidelines while the other person, who met the guidelines has been declared as the party’s candidate for the November 18, governorship election.
Mr. Abdulsalam, who described Mrs. Ajulufo’s emergence as a “divine mandate”, also expressed confidence that the party would win the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra.
The national chairman solicited the support of the party faithful so that its candidate would win the election in November.
He, however, urged aggrieved party members to file their petitions with the party and assured them that the party’s leadership would act on them.
“We are ideological and social democrats and we do not impose candidates or carry out selective justice,” he said.
In her remarks, Mrs. Ajulufo commended the exercise and the Labour Party for accommodating a female candidate.
“If elected, I will ensure security of lives and property, employment opportunities for youths and women and robust agricultural programmes to make the state the food basket of the nation, among others.”
However, Okey Enemuo, another aspirant at the primaries and former House of Representatives member, expressed dissatisfaction with the outcome of the exercise, describing it as a “laughing stock”.
“As far as I am concerned, no primary election held today.
“Throughout the time I prepared for this primary election and all through my campaigns in the wards, no one showed up to contest against me.
“I was supposed to be the consensus and only candidate but what we saw today is laughable.
“Ajulufo never declared interest; otherwise, she should show evidence of payment for the forms.
“Besides, she is still a member of the national executive of the party, who has not even resigned her position. This is unethical and illegal,” Mr. Enemuo said.
WTO: Trump Wrong For Rejecting Okonjo-Iweala – 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.
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.
..This extraordinary lady is by far the best candidate,her integrity is unimpeachable & her ability is unquestionable. Opposing her has upset millions of Trump-lovers in Nigeria & Africa &hundreds of thousands of Nigerian/Americans in the U.S. itself.
I hope he reconsiders.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) October 29, 2020
Nigeria’s Economy Too Fragile For Fresh Lockdown —Buhari
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.
This is coming following the recent increase in Coronavirus cases in many countries around the world.
“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.”
Looking at the trends in the 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.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) October 29, 2020
Femi Adesina: #EndSARS Protests Fuelled Looting Of Warehouses
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.
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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