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APC urges members to remain calm in Kwara aftermath of judgment

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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, Chief Rex Olawoye has appealed to all members of the party to remain calm and continue to work for the success of the party.

Olawoye made the appeal in Ilorin on Thursday while reacting to the court judgment declaring Ishola Balogun-Fulani as the authentic chairman of the party in Kwara.

An Ilorin High court had on Wednesday ruled that Ishola Balogun-Fulani was the duly elected chairman of the party in the state.

Justice T.C. Umaru in his judgment declared as unconstitutional, null and void to dissolve the duly elected state executive led by Balogun-Fulani.

Olawoye assured APC members and supporters that the party had already appeal the judgment of the Ilorin High Court, assuring them that true and genuine justice would be gotten at the Appeal Court.

“We believe that judgment can be delivered only based on the facts placed before the court and the onus lies on the presiding judge to make his judgment.

“In this case however, our teeming supporters and members of this great party should be rest assured that APC in Kwara State is on top of the situation and has made adequate arrangement to appeal against the judgment which will soon be heard,” Olawoye added.

Olawoye therefore assured members of the party that the judgment has not in any way affect APC candidates whose names were submitted to INEC as was erroneously portrayed by certain people in Ilorin.

“The judgment has been erroneously been interpreted to the public as affecting our candidates negatively.

“All our candidates whose names were duly submitted to INEC have nothing to do with the judgment.

“They remain our flag bearers for all the positions in the state before the INEC,” Olawoye said.

He said that Balogun-Fulani has not locus to institute the suit in the first place because he has been expelled from the party by the national executive since September.

“It is an open secret that in Kwara that Ishola Balogun-Fulani has been expelled by the National Body of the party and by that action has ceases to be a member of the party.

“It is an irony for him to be declared as the chairman,” the APC chieftain added.

He enjoined members of the party to know that the judgment of the High Court was the beginning of a process which will terminate at the apex court.

Olawoye added that the campaign and other preparation of the party for 2019 elections remained unhindered by the court judgment.

“We all know the antics of our common enemy who wear masks to cause political confusions in Kwara,” Olawoye added.

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FG urged to declare state of emergency on federal roads, Senate tasks

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Disturbed by the deplorable conditions of road networks across the country, the Senate on Tuesday, charged the federal government to declare a state of emergency on all federal roads.
This was as the upper legislative chamber mandated  its Committees on Petroleum (Downstream), Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA and National Planning to investigate the Petroleum Products Price Regulatory Agency, PPPRA on the non-remittance of five percent user charge pump price of petrol.
Besides, the joint committees were also asked to investigate the non remittance of international vehicle transit charge accruing to FERMA and other established state roads maintenance agency.
These resolutions followed deliberations on a motion sponsored under Orders 42 and 52 of the Senate rule by Senator Geshom Bassey (PDP Cross River South)  who lamented the deplorable state of federal roads in the country.
Presenting the motion, Senator Basset expressed concern that several thousands of lives have been lost to road accidents due to bad and un-motorable roads, while bad portion of roads are safe haven for kidnappers and armed robbers on Nigerian highways.
Supporting the motion, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP Enugu North) said the state of the federal highways are highly deplorable and that urgent attention is needed especially within this budget cycle to do something drastic to address the situation.
Utazi said “and like you prayed that the PPPRA should release the fund for totally provided for FERMA to do  it’s job.
“Mr President, the raining season is just gradually coming to an end and this is the opportunity for FERMA to go and start rehabilitating our roads so that Nigerians can move freely.
“This period is also the time for harvest and in order to ensure that farmers that are in the hinterland get to the appropriate market to get adequate prices for their goods, we  have to make sure the roads are properly done.
“You also know that because we don’t have the rail lines that should be in place, most of the goods and services that we move from one place to the other are done through trucking and if you continue to do trucking, you know that the life span of any  major federal highway may not last long.
“This is a very important motion moved at the most appropriate time to get the desired attention and I’m standing here lending my support and full weigh to get that being done knowing fully well that those of us from the south east are the major complainants of the bad roads in this country and we hope that we get the desired attention from FERMA if  this motion scales through.”
In his remark, President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan said he believe that every part of the country suffers from this problem of deplorable  roads.
He expressed optimism that the  committees mandated to look into the matter will  swing into action and attend to the issue associated with this motion.
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SAD… Taraba INEC REC is dead

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The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, (REC) in Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf, is dead.
INEC Secretary, Rose Oriarian-Anthony, said the REC died on Saturday night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he had been on admission.
She said: “The Independent National Electoral Commission regrets to announce the death of the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf.
“He died last (Saturday) night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he was on admission for sometime.
He was buried today (Sunday) September 29 2019 at 4pm in Maiduguri.
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Transgender: Sade Adu’s daughter finally becomes a man (PHOTOS)

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Izaak and Mum

Sade’s transgender son has shared a heartfelt message of thanks to the soul singer, as he completes his transition from female to male.

Izaak Theo Adu, born Mickailia ‘Ila’ Adu, has spent the past six months in recovery after undergoing phalloplasty surgery, the reconstructive procedure typically undergone by transgender and non-binary people.

After returning home to his family, Izaak shared a sweet photo of himself hugging Sade, 60, along with a message praising the iconic singer for her unwavering support. In the Instagram post, Izaak wrote: ‘It’s been a long hard road but We did it!! We are coming home!!!! ‘Thank you for staying by my side these past 6 months Mumma. Thank you for fighting with me to complete the man I am. ‘Thank you for your encouragement when things are hard, for the love you give me. The purest heart. I love you so much. Queen of queens ♥️ #mumma #lioness #queen#iloveyou.’

Izaak is Sade’s only child from her former relationship with reggae music producer Bob Morgan.

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