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Trump’s actions threaten US democracy – Barack Obama

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Former US President Barack Obama has warned that the actions of the incumbent president, Donald Trump, threatens the US democracy.

Obama made this known while giving a eulogy at the emotional funeral service in Atlanta of civil rights leader John Lewis, as he condemned Trump’s use of federal agents against protesters and his attempts at voter suppression in the United States. Obama said;

“Today we witness with our own eyes, police officers kneeling on the necks of Black Americans,”

“We can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators,” the former president said.

“Even as we sit here, there are those in power who are doing their darndest to discourage people from voting by closing polling locations and targeting minorities and students with restrictive ID laws and attacking our voting rights with surgical precision, even undermining the postal service in the run-up to an election that’s going to be dependent on mail-in ballots so people don’t get sick,” he said.

“These actions threaten US democracy.”

Paying tribute to Lewis, a 17-term Democratic congressman from Georgia, who died on July 17 at the age of 80, Obama said the congressman’s fight for African-Americans’ civil rights had paved the way for him to become the first Black president of the US.

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Ondo: APC names Sanwo-Olu head of campaign council

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday appointed Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, as the chairman of its 104-member National Campaign Council for the Ondo State Governorship Election.

The APC  Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, said other members of the council were Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; governors elected on the party platform and other selected members of the National Assembly.

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The campaign council will be inaugurated on August 15 at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.

The Ondo State governorship election holds on October 10 with Governor Rotimi Akeredolu representing the party in the election.

The statement read: “The Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Mai Mala Buni, has approved the appointment of the Governor of Lagos State, H.E. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to chair the party’s high-level National Campaign Council for the Ondo State Governorship Election.

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“The Governor of Plateau State, H.E. Simon Lalong will serve as Deputy Chairman and Comrade Mustapha Salihu as Secretary of the 104-member APC National Campaign Council.

“The campaign council will be inaugurated on Saturday 15th August 2020 at the APC National Secretariat by 2:00 p.m.”

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Ondo poll: Group declares support for Akeredolu’s re-election

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A socio-cultural group in Ondo State, Ekiti-Kete Progressive Union, has declared support for Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s re-election in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

The Chairman of the group, Mr. Tajudeen Bello, who led the team to meet the Convener of Ibi Giga  Ambassadors, Chief Alex Ajipe, made the pledge on Tuesday in Akure.

The Newsmen reports that Ibi Giga Ambassadors is a foremost political group working for the re-election of Akeredolu.

Bello, who explained that the group took the decision based on   Akeredolu’s achievements in the last three and half years,  added that this must be sustained beyond 2020.

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“The governor is working tirelessly to transform the state and we urge him to continue with his people-oriented and transformational projects and reforms.

“He has the support of the majority of the people and no one can stop him.

“We are proud of his achievements in the last three and a half years. He has brought governance closer to the people.

“As non-indigenes, we are impressed with his landmark achievements in various sectors of the state’s economy,” he said.

Also speaking, a broadcaster, Mr. Seyi Ogendegbe, appreciated the convener of Ibi Giga Ambassadors for his support and promised not to let him down in the election.

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” We have been used and deceived in the past and we had lost trust in all these politicians.

” But we discovered that Gov. Akeredolu is different and always sticks to his word,

“Also, we have tested you (Ajipe) and we see you as a trusted leader,  that’s why we will be voting massively for the All Progressives Congress in the coming election,” he said.

In his response,  Ajipe thanked the group for the support and promised not to let it down.

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Ajipe assured the group of government’s recognition in the state and promised more laudable projects from Akeredolu’s government if voted to power for a  second term.

“I want to assure you that you will be part of this government if you work for us, we are redefining politics in Ondo State.

“We have presented a candidate that is well accepted by the people due to his achievements in office in the last three and half years and we can assure you of more if he wins the election for a second term,” he said.

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INEC fixes date for Lagos, Imo, Bayelsa Senatorial bye-elections

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has slated the Bayelsa Central and West Senatorial Districts and Imo North Senatorial District bye-elections for 31 October.

Other bye-elections scheduled to hold in the same date include Nganzai State Constituency Borno; Bayo State Constituency Borno; Cross River North Senatorial District; Obudu State Constituency; Cross River State and Lagos East Senatorial District.

Others are Kosofe II State Constituency Lagos; Plateau South Senatorial District; Bakura State Constituency as well as Zamfara State and Ibaji State Constituency, Kogi State.

A statement by National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said: “The Commission met today 11th August 2020 and reviewed preparations for Edo and Ondo States Governorship elections, the conduct of the Nasarawa Central State Constituency election held on Saturday 8th August as well as all outstanding bye-elections”.

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It added:

“Several vacancies have occurred in both Federal and State Legislative Houses as a result of resignation or death of members, affecting 12 constituencies across 8 States of the Federation.

“As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission decided earlier to suspend the conduct of all bye-elections until it is satisfied that the elections can be conducted in a safe and conducive environment.

“Since then, the Commission has developed its Policy on Conducting Elections in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic, revised its Regulations and Guidelines and engaged with health authorities and stakeholders on conducting elections in an environment that guarantees both credibility and public safety.

“The Commission has also successfully conducted the bye-election to fill the vacancy in the Nasarawa Central State Constituency and is going ahead with the conduct of governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States on the 19th September and 10th October respectively. Consequently, the Commission is now in a position to schedule the following bye-elections:

“Bayelsa Central Senatorial District, Bayelsa West Senatorial District, Nganzai State Constituency, Borno State, Bayo State Constituency, Borno State, Cross River North Senatorial District, Obudu State Constituency, Cross River State, Imo North Senatorial District, Lagos East Senatorial District, Kosofe II State Constituency, Lagos State, Plateau South Senatorial District, Bakura State Constituency, Zamfara State, Ibaji State Constituency, Kogi State

“The Commission has scheduled all the pending bye-elections for Saturday 31st October 2020.

“By the harmonized Timetable, the Commission will give the Notice of Election on 17th August 2020 while Political Parties will conduct their primaries to nominate candidates between 24th August and 8th September 2020. Submission of Forms and Personal Particulars of Candidates will commence on 9th September and close at 6pm on 13th September 2020. The Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the bye-elections has been uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms.

“Furthermore, the attention of the Commission has been drawn to the existence of vacancies in the following state constituencies: Isi-Uzo State Constituency in Enugu State and Bakori State Constituency in Katsina State.

“However, vacancies have not been formally declared by the Speakers of the affected State Assemblies.

“The Commission implores concerned stakeholders, particularly political parties to take note of the timelines in the schedule and strictly adhere to them.”

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