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Vacate office in two weeks or…, Biafra Zionists threaten Uzodinma

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The Biafra Zionists Federation [BZF] has labelled Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State an impostor, giving a two-week ultimatum to vacate the position.

WuzupNigeria reports that Senator Hope Uzodinma was sworn in as the governor after the Supreme Court sacked Emeka Ihedioha from office following a petition that dragged from the state election tribunal to the apex court.

Now, the BZF, on Tuesday, has claimed Uzodinma planted for a game plan to actualize the Islamization and Ruga agenda.

The group also faulted the prophecy of  the Spiritual Director, Adoration Ministry Enugu, Nigeria (AMEN), Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, saying,

“God deals with facts, not hearsay; that’s what he does not understand.”

The Leader of the group, Mr. Benjamin Onwuka who gave the ultimatum at a press briefing in Enugu, described, Senator Uzodinma as “an impostor who will never enjoy the support of Imo people owing to lack of legitimacy.”

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Onwuka said,

“We have watched with keen interest in developments in Imo State and have now come out to make our stand known.

“Our position is that a man who could not win even one local government area cannot preside over the affairs of Imo people.

He noted that though the Zionists were ‘Biafrans’, they would not fold their hands and watch the destiny of their people pilfered away.

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The Zionists leader declared that “Imo State is part of Biafraland and for that reason, there is no way an impostor will come from nowhere to govern them. What is happening in Imo State affects every Igbo man.

“They clearly chose their governor through the ballot, so we are at a loss on how someone will jump from 4th to 1st position through the magic calculation of the court.

“We have it on good authority that Uzodinma was brought in as part of the game plan to actualize the Islamization and Ruga agenda, but it will not stand.

“He has two weeks to vacate that seat and allow the rightful occupier, Emeka Ihedioha to serve out his term.” he said.

Onwuka also sounded a note of warning against the defecting Imo lawmakers, stressing “they are going to pay a heavy price for that.”

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While he condemned the recent arrest of some of his members in Enugu, Onwuka said the action of the police was provocative.

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British parliament resumes physical voting amid COVID-19 fears

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Britain’s elected main house of parliament, the Commons, on Tuesday approved the government’s plan to end temporary electronic voting, introduced as a safety measure during the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives tabled a motion to resume in-person voting, requiring lawmakers to walk through lobbies and potentially flout social-distancing rules.

Following a fierce debate, lawmakers in the 650-seat house approved the motion by 261 to 163 in a traditional lobby vote that included some proxies.

The Conservatives hold a working majority of 87 in the Commons.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, Johnson’s Commons leader, said the government wanted to end temporary “hybrid proceedings,” in which small numbers of lawmakers had sat in parliament while most participated via video links and voted electronically.

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Many opposition lawmakers, and some Conservatives, argued that it was too early to resume normal conduct.

Britain has recorded Europe’s highest death toll of almost 40,000 linked to coronavirus and has only just begun to relax its near-lockdown.

Labour lawmaker Peter Kyle accused the government of “bending the rules” on voting to fit its own purpose.

“The rationale of returning to physical proceedings is a straightforward one,” Rees-Mogg said, claiming it would help parliament to work more efficiently and allow greater public scrutiny.

“Lots of people are going back to work and we have a role as leaders within the country and within the community to do that,” he said.

He said the hybrid arrangement had been a “stop-gap (and) necessary compromise” during the coronavirus’ peak in Britain.

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Rebecca Hilsenrath, chief executive of the government-funded Equalities and Human Rights Commission, said it “cannot be right” for parliament to proceed without any provision for remote participation.

“Disabled people have felt like an afterthought throughout this pandemic and it is therefore vital that the government looks again at the proposed return to physical participation,” Conservative lawmaker Robert Halfon, who has cerebral palsy, and Labour lawmaker Vicky Foxcroft said in a joint statement.

“Although the hybrid arrangements were not perfect, Parliament has already shown its ability to ensure that everyone’s needs can be accommodated,” Halfon and Foxcroft said.

“We must lead by example, not disenfranchise members and their constituents.”

Rees-Mogg promised to introduce a second motion on Wednesday to allow members who “for medical grounds” cannot attend parliament to join debates remotely, but not vote.

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Social-distancing rules mean voting “will take a little longer,” he added, suggesting that concerned lawmakers could try to hold fewer votes.

Parliament’s unelected upper house, the Lords, plans to continue using remote votes.

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Ban on religious activities, curfew still in force in Oyo, says COVID-19 Task Force

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The Oyo State Government has not lifted the ban on religious activities and the curfew imposed on the state as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the COVID-19 Task Force has said.

Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, in a statement on Tuesday, said the task force was still evaluating the situation in the state and would not adhere to the decision by the Presidential Task Force [PTF] on COVID-19.

WuzupNigeria reports that the PTF had relaxed the ban on religious gathering and the curfew.

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It added that the position of the task force was informed by the risk situation analysis being undertaken by a team of experts.

It read in parts,

“The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force wishes to alert the public that the ban on religious gathering remains in force in the state. The 8pm to 5am curfew earlier imposed on the state as a result of the ravaging pandemic, will also remain in force until further notice.

“This is because the task force is awaiting a risk, situation analysis report by a team of experts earlier commissioned to do so.

“The report is expected at the end of the week and it is only after the report has been analysed by the Task Force that it can be in a position to make further clarifications.”

According to the statement, the task force will always make its decisions in relation to the behavioural patterns of the novel Coronavirus in its domain, relying on science, logic and data, assuring residents that the state is leaving no stone unturned in curtailing the spread of the dreaded virus.

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It added that the Emergency Operations Centre of the task force will, on Wednesday, commence the community testing for COVID-19, with the aim of determining the behaviour of the virus in the state.

The statement indicated that the exercise, scheduled to hold in 10 locations, would kick off in three different sites in Ibadan on Wednesday.

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Reps approve Buhari’s $22.7 billion loan request

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President, Maj.Gen (Retd.) Muhammadu Buhari’s request of taking $22.7 billion in foreign loans, has been approved by the House of Representatives.

The request was approved by the lawmakers after consideration of a report by the house committee on aids, loans and debt management on Tuesday, June 2.

Recall that some lawmakers especially those of the south-east caucus had kicked against the loan request following the federal government’s failure to include projects in the region among those to be financed from the loan.

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President, Maj.Gen (Retd.) Buhari had said that the loan which some lawmakers previously kicked against, will be used to fund infrastructural development across the country. The Senate approved the loan request in March 2020.

 

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