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You sound more than a tad arrogant, former presidential candidate calls out Gbajabiamila

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A former presidential candidate of the KOWA Party in 2015 general elections, Prof Remi Sonaiya has called out Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila for being arrogant while addressing his colleagues during plenary on Thursday.

Sonaiya who was the only female presidential candidate during the 2015 presidential election, said the Speaker’s tone of addressing his colleagues is not the best practices example to be used in parliament.

Recall that the Green Chamber was thrown into a mild leadership crisis on Thursday following Gbajabiamila’s announcement of Hon Ndudi Elumelu as the Minority Leader against the wish of some PDP lawmakers who had thrown up Kingsley Chinda as their preferred choice for the position.

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Chinda thereafter declared himself as his party’s choice, this led to the emergence of parallel principal officers produced by the minority parties on Wednesday.

Before plenary began on Thursday, Chinda had taken a seat reserved for the Minority Leader on the front row before the Speaker’s procession entered the chamber at 12:08pm. In the procession was Elumelu.

While the plenary was ongoing, Chinda raised a point of order and said, “Mr Speaker, point of order!”

Responding, Gbajabiamila said, “Without even asking what your point of order is, you are overruled.”

Again, Chinda wanted to raise a point of order but Gbajabiamila stated, “I will not recognise you, you are not in your allocated seat.” Again, the chants of “Gbaja!” rent the air.

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The Speaker went on to swear in a new member. Shortly after, Chinda again wanted to raise a point of order.

Angered by Chinda’s insistence, Gbajabiamila said,

I am going to make this point and I am going to make it very clear: there are allocated seats. If you are not seated in your allocated seat, you will not be recognised; number one.

“Number two, I want to make it again, abundantly clear; I am pleading, do not test the resolve of this House. Do not test the resolve of this House. You will have cause to regret it.”

Reacting to the Speaker’s tome of addressing the issue, Sonaiya took to her Twitter page and wrote:

“House Speaker, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, sounded more than a tad arrogant today, wouldn’t you say? “I warn you not to test the resolve of this House. Otherwise, you would regret it.” Not your best practices example of parliamentary language. @femigbaja”

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Ondo: Christians obey govt’s directive on partial reopening of worship centers

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Christians in Okitipupa, Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State on Sunday complied with the directive of the state government on the partial reopening of worship centres in the state.

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Wednesday directed a “guided” and “syndicated” resumption of mosques and churches across the state.

The state government on March 26, directed a shutdown of all religious worship centres to curtail the spread of #coronavirus.

As part of the partial reopening of the worship centres, Akeredolu also directed that mosques and churches must be disinfected.

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The governor also directed that soaps, water, hand sanitizer must be provided to worshippers as well as use of face masks and maintaining social distance, among others.

A correspondent who visited churches like Christ Apostolic, Anglican, Methodist, Winners Chapel, Mountain of Fire, Redeemed Christian Church of God, among others, in Okitipupa, noted that the churches complied with government directives.

Worshippers wore face masks, while soap, water and hand sanitisers were provided for worshippers before entering the churches.

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Worshippers also observed social distancing during the services.

Primate Elisha Akinsulere, the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ondo South District, told NAN on telephone that the government had been magnanimous in reopening worship centres.

He urged Christians to continue to pray to God to give the leaders the necessary direction and to pray for God to take away COVID-19 permanently.

“We are happy for the partial reopening of worship centres. We thank the state government for the magnanimity and we will continue to pray for our leaders for the right direction.

“I urge all our brethren to continue to pray to God to help us defeat COVID-19 permanently for peace to return to our dear country and the world at large,” Akinsulere said.

He, however, urged Christians to continue to comply with all government preventive measures to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

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65-year-old customs boss, Hameed Ali, takes new wife (Photos)

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The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) over the weekend got married to a new bride, Hajiya Zainab Abdullahi in a wedding ceremony devoid of fanfare because of the ravage of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Before being appointed as Comptroller General of NCS by President Muhammadu Buhari, Ali, 65 years of age had previously served as military administrator of Kaduna State from 1996 to 1998.

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Hameed Ali’s first wife, Hajiya Hadiza Jummai Ali died in Abuja on October 29th, 2018 at the age of 53 years old.

Hajiya Ali who was the first lady of Kaduna State when her husband served as a military administrator of the state from 1996 to 1998, left behind her husband, Hameed Ali and four children.

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Born 15 January 1955, the current Customs CG previously served as Military Governor of Kaduna State from 1996 to 1998. After retirement, he became secretary of the Arewa Consultative Forum – a political and cultural association of leaders in Northern Nigeria.

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Bayelsa confirms first COVID-19 death

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The Bayelsa State Government has confirmed the death of a Coronavirus patient from complications linked to the disease.

The Director of Public Health in the state’s ministry of health and member of the state’s COVID-19 task force committee, Dr Jones Stowe who confirmed the death of the patient said the deceased is one of the two military personnel who was among the new cases announced in the state a few days ago.

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Daily Trust reported that the deceased died after suffering from Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and other related complications days after testing positive for Coronavirus.

Bayelsa state has so far recorded 12 confirmed cases of Coronavirus.

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