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Magnus Abe dares Amaechi on council poll



Magnus Abe dares Amaechi on council poll_newtimes

Senator Magnus Abe faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, has expressed its readiness to take part in the forthcoming April 2021 local government election in the state despite the decision of the Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi’s faction to boycott the poll.

Speaking in Port Harcourt on Wednesday the faction said they were committed to ensuring that its members were fully involved in the poll.

Charles Nwile, the party’s Organising Secretary, Rivers state, who gave details of its level of preparedness for the election, said that they were determined to redeem the image of the APC in the state.

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He said: “We are here to bring you up to speed on our preparedness towards the 2021 local government council election in Rivers state. As a party, we are committed to ensuring that we are fully involved in the process and we have resolved to give all candidates when they emerge from the primaries the needed support to win both the chairmanship and councillorship seats as they contest in the 319 and 23 local government areas in the state.

“It will interest you to know that this election is a relaunch for our party in the state. You will recall that APC had been denied the opportunity to be on the ballot during the 2019 general elections in the state.

“As we speak the godfather is still not repentant about his high-handedness in the party, as such we will not allow our party to remain in the pocket of any one man. Our members across the state are overjoyed by these bold initiatives to redeem the party, we therefore urge everyone to come boldly on board irrespective of their previous allegiance or disposition towards the local government election.”

Nwile disclosed that members of its faction would not partake in the ongoing APC membership revalidation as doing so would amount to an outright disobedience of a court order restraining the party from the exercise.

Senator Magnus Abe maintained that until the party conducted its congresses in line with the Supreme Court order, the revalidation and membership re-registration would not be done in the state. “As for the issue of the purported advertised APC membership re-registration and revalidation exercise, our stand is known to you. There is an order of a court of competent jurisdiction restraining the APC from going ahead with the said exercise in Rivers state. We are not party to their plan to disobey the court order and as you all know, there are consequences for disobedience of an order of court.

“Remember that until our congresses are concluded in line with the judgement of the supreme court, there cannot be any membership registration or revalidation or whatsoever name called in Rivers State because you cannot be conducting membership registration or revalidation in the midst of a congress. Congresses started when members paid for forms and the supreme court judgement gave it force, it must be concluded.”

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BREAKING:Edo Reduces Workdays, Considers Virtual Classes, Others Over Subsidy Removal



Governor Godwin Obaseki

To cushion the impact of the fuel subsidy removal by the Federal Government, the Edo State government has introduced some measures.

These were disclosed in a statement signed by the state Governor Godwin Obaseki on Tuesday.

Noting that the Edo State Government “shares the pains of our people and wants to assure everyone that we are standing with them in these very challenging times”, the governor said that “We want to reassure our people that we will do all within our powers as a subnational government to reduce the pains and ameliorate the sufferings our people are currently facing in the wake of the current realities.”

Listing the measures, Obaseki said: “As a proactive government, we have since taken the step to increase the minimum wage paid to workers in Edo State from the approved N30, 000 to N40, 000, the highest in the country today.

“We want to assure you that we will continue to pay this amount, while we hope to increase it even further, if more allocation accrues to our State from the Federal Government in view of the expected savings occasioned by the removal of the fuel subsidy.

“We know the hardship that has been caused by this policy which has radically increased the cost of transportation, eating deep into the wages of workers in the State. Therefore, the Edo State Government is hereby reducing the number of work days that civil and public servants will have to commute to their work places from five days a week to three days a week.

“Similarly, for teachers and parents, their commuting to school will be reduced as government is working on deepening the EdoBEST@Home initiative to create more virtual classes, thereby reducing the cost of commuting on parents, teachers and pupils. The Edo SUBEB will provide details on this initiative in the coming days.

“To lower the rising cost of energy on our people, we will continue to work with the electricity companies in the State to improve power supply to homes and businesses.

“Similarly, fibre optic connections are being made available to help our people work remotely, thereby reducing their cost of transportation.

“While government intensifies these efforts to alleviate the burden of the fuel price increase on the people during this very challenging period, we want to call on everyone to remain calm and go about their daily businesses lawfully.”

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BREAKING:Senate Approves Tinubu’s Bid To Appoint 20 Special Advisers



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President Bola Tinubu

The Senate on Tuesday approved President Bola Tinubu’s request to appoint 20 special advisers.

Tinubu’s request was read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan on the floor of the upper legislative chamber on Tuesday.

The president did not list the names of the prospective special advisers.

After the letter was read, the upper legislative chamber gave speedy approval to the request.

The senate president said it was of “utmost urgency” that the president has a team to work with.

“Because there is no name for special advisers we will just approve it from here,” Lawan said.

“We feel that that this is something of utmost urgency.”

The development came days after Tinubu announced the appointment of Femi Gbajabiamila, the outgoing speaker of the house of representatives, as his chief of staff.

George Akume, former minister of special duties, was named the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF).

Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia, a former deputy governor of Jigawa state, was appointed deputy chief of staff.

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Gunmen Kill University Of Ibadan Professor



Prof. Isaac Ajewole

Gunmen on Monday night killed a Professor at the University of Ibadan, Opeyemi Isaac Ajewole.

The don was killled while returning to his home at the Moniya area of Ibadan on Monday evening.

His corpse was said to have been deposited at UI Anatomy.

A source in the university said on Tuesday that Ajewole’s car was taken away after he was shot dead.

A friend of the deceased, Olukayode Ogunsanwo, also confirmed the death of the don, added that, “Yes. It is true. It is true.”

“But we are not sure if it is armed robbers or hired assassins,” he said.

Ajewole, until his death, was a lecturer in the Department of Forest Resources Management of the university.

Meanwhile, the Principal Assistant Registrar, Public Communications, at the university, Joke Akinpelu, when contacted, also confirmed the incident, saying, “He was killed yesterday. The incident happened yesterday.”

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