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Eld-Kabir: Be wary of Makinde’s Greek gift – APC warns Oyo Muslims

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The Oyo State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday warned Muslims in the State to be wary of what it described as a Greek gift from Governor Seyi Makinde of the State.

Makinde, on Thursday, ordered reopening of praying grounds for Muslims in the State.

Makinde said that Muslim praying grounds across the State will be opened for the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir prayers billed to take place today, (Friday).

He, however, warned that Muslim faithful must ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

But, APC while reacting, advised Muslims in the State not to fall victims of what they described as a Greek gift from the Governor.

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APC in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Dr. Abdulazeez Olatunde said that the caveat of people maintaining social distancing is a ruse.

Olatunde in the statement made available to DAILY POST in Ibadan, added that the Government of Makinde had not bothered enforcing any social distance rule at any of the markets in Oyo State, let alone implementing social distance rules at Eid grounds.

“The APC in our characteristics concern would like to advise Oyo Muslims to be wary of the GREEK GIFT of Gov Seyi Makinde’s opening of the EID Grounds for EID Worships. As at Thursday 30th July 2020, COVID-19 records in Oyo indicate 2,688 infections, 3rd in the country behind FCT, Nigeria Capital and Lagos, the commercial Capital of Nigeria.

“The Caveat of people maintaining Social distancing is a ruse as the Government of Engr Seyi makinde hasn’t bothered enforcing any social distance rule at any of the markets in Oyo State talk more of implementing Social distance rules at EID grounds that would be in multiple of markets.

“Finally, we urge the Muslims to allow the lesson of the Spirit of Sacrifice and submission as demonstrated by the two dramatic personnel I.e Prophet Ibrahim(a.s) and Prophet Ismail(a.s) to guide our interactions during the yuletide.

“Let’s use the occasion to pray to Almighty Allah to put a stop to this Covid-19 pandemic as well as remember the Medical Personnels who are in the frontline of the battle for divine protection and as well remember those who have been lost to the on going Covid-19 pandemic for Almighty God to forgive their shortcomings.”

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Edo 2020: APC admonishes supporters against violence

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday admonished its supporters in Edo against violence before, during, and after the Sept. 19 state governorship election.

Mai Mala Buni, Chairman of the party’s Caretaker Committee, gave the advice in Benin at the official commencement of APC’s 2020 Edo governorship campaign.

“We are here to win and not to fight,” he said.

Buni said he and members of his entourage were in the state to present the party’s governorship candidate before the party’s teeming supporters.

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The caretaker committee chairman, who is also the governor of Yobe, added that they were also in Edo to ensure that the party takes back its mandate in the state.

He noted that with the crowd seen at the campaign ground he had no doubt that the party would be voted for in the forthcoming election slated for Sept. 19.

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Buni advised also that the supporters must ensure that their votes count.

Similarly, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State said the APC Campaign Council for the election had concluded arrangements for a successful election in the state.

Ganduje who is the council chairman advised APC supporters on the need to create an enabling environment for the party’s candidate to win.

He commended the party’s election committee for a job well done.

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Also, the party’s candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, gave assurances that they would win the election in all the state’s 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs).

“I thank the party’s national leadership for coming out in a grand way to identify with the APC in this state,” he said.

The candidate disclosed that the party in the state would from Monday embark on campaigning from one LGA to the other.

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Edo 2020: Oba of Benin calls for peaceful campaigns, election

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The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare the 11 has called on political parties participating in the Edo 2020 election to go about their campaigns peacefully.

The Royal Majesty made the call when he received a delegation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on a courtesy visit at his Palace in Benin on Saturday.

The APC delegation, led by Yobe Governor, Mai Mala Buni, was in Benin for the official flag-off of the party’s campaign for its Edo 2020 Gubernatorial candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

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The Oba said the Palace had not been happy with the recent happenings in the state.

He called on everyone in the state to pray for a peaceful Edo election.

“There is nothing as powerful as prayers.

“As you go about your campaign, go about it peacefully and without bitterness,” the monarch said.

Oba Ewuare also reiterated that he remained non-partisan and had never supported any political candidate.

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He said, “We remain non-partisan because of the laid down rules of our ancestors; we must be fathers to all.

“We see every candidate as our child and we pray for everybody. It is wiser to leave the fate of the election to God.

“I am not against any candidate; I have never been for or against any candidate but when the people have chosen via the election, we will pray for him to succeed in office.’’

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Speaking on behalf of the delegation, the Yobe Governor and Chairman, APC National Caretaker Committee, said the visit was to present the Edo 2020 APC governorship candidate to the royal majesty for his blessings.

Buni was optimistic that APC would reclaim the state come Sept. 19.

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PDP State Congress: Smooth sail for all contestants in Bauchi

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Contestants in Saturday’ s State Congress of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi are having smooth sail as all of them are vying unopposed, reports the Newsmen.
No fewer than 2,153 delegates are expected to cast their votes, in spite of the lack of opponents that will slug it out to produce 39 officials to occupy various positions in the State Executive Committee of the party.
In his remarks before the commencement of proceedings, the congress  Returning Officer,  Amb. Umar Damagun assured that the process would be free and fair.
He said that all the positions being contested were unopposed but for justice and fairly, votes would be cast to enable the contestants and party delegates to exercise their franchise.
He assured that the committee would adhere to the provisions of the party constitution and standing rules.
Also speaking, Malam Ibrahim Shira, a chieftain of the PDP,  commended the party for ensuring proper organization of the congress.
NAN reports that the voting commences at about 2:00 p.m,  under tight security and in the presence of stakeholders, such as the representatives of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other relevant bodies.
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