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You will never be president, Bishop tells Nasir el-Rufai


The Bishop of Zaria Diocese (Anglican Communion), Rt Rev Abiodun Ogunyemi, has said that the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, will never be president of Nigeria.

The Bishop said he believes that the governor is being prepared to contest in 2023.

The bishop, in a post on the website of the diocese, spoke in reaction to the now-rested planned demolition of 110-year-old St George Cathedral, Sabon-Gari Zaria, and another alleged plan to demolish the Sabongari property of the Church.

Ogunyemi, in the blog, condemned the Bishop for Wusasa Diocese, Anglican Province of Kaduna, Rev. Ali Buba Lamido, who had, on Monday, commended el-Rufai for his decision to halt the aged church building’s demolition.

Ogunyemi warned that any attempt to frustrate the Church in Kaduna State is an affront to God and to the Christians all over the country.

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While stating that the “Diocese of Zaria is not at war with the governor and we are not religious bigots. We are only fighting for our right. Nobody can stop us from fighting for our right;” he noted that Bible prophets did not apologise to kings, but rather, kings apologised to prophets.

In what appears to be the reason for his anger, Ogunyemi said the Church will not keep quiet while proposals are ongoing to demolish “our Cathedral.”

He said,

“A letter was written by KASUPDA on the orders of the governor to us to quit the Cathedral premises within seven days, and we responded in the best possible ways together with CAN and other Christian organisations all over the world.

“Rather than apologising to the governor, the governor should apologise to the Church and the general public for embarrassing himself with the quit notice.”

He added,

“The governor should stop embarrassing himself with the demolition of churches in any part of Kaduna State.

“Any attempt to demolish our shops or our properties in Sabongari market is evil, callous and wicked and will be associated with the wrath of God.

“The whole of the Sabongari market is our land acquired in the early 1900s with genuine C of O, which we have submitted to the state government for re-certification.

“Any attempt by el-Rufai to demolish any of our properties in that market will be a direct assault on the Church in the whole of Nigeria.

“The governor is being prepared for 2023 elections. The governor should know that he will never be president of Nigeria. I speak prophetically as a servant of the living God.

“Let fake Christians and religious spies placed in our Church by a particular religion be aware of the consequences of their actions because heaven is watching.

“May the Lord expose these spies in our midst in Jesus Name.

“In fact, their actions now show very clearly that they are working for an interest against the Church.

“The Lord in His mercies will raise help to deliver His Church from fake Christians, fake converts and novices.”


Edo 2020: ADP reacts to defection of 106 members to PDP



The Action Democratic Party(APC)says the defection of some of its members to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo will not affect the party’s chances in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Adelaja Adeoye, spoke by telephone with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday.

Newsmen reports that no fewer than 106 ADP members in Egor, Ovia South West, and Ovia North-East local government areas of Edo had defected to the PDP on Tuesday in Benin.

ADP Organising Secretary in the state, Mr. Oshodin Izedomwen, who led the defectors, said that they left for PDP because they believed the party had the capacity to govern the state.

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Reacting, Adeoye said there was nothing to worry about the defection as it could not ruffle, let alone shake the solid structure of ADP in Edo.

He added that the exit of the members would not in any way stop the party from doing well or even win the governorship election.

Adeoye described the defectors as “political jobbers” who, instead of behaving like ideological party men, went to PDP for personal gains.

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“There is really nothing to worry about the defection; there is no cause for alarm as our party is still firm and solidly on the ground in Edo after all.

“Our party cannot and will not collapse. The defection will not stop our candidate, Mr. Ibio Emmanuel, from doing well and even winning in the election.

“It is unfortunate how people who were supposed to uphold the great ideologies of ADP left the party to pursue personal gains in PDP.

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“We wish them luck but we must point out that their exit is like a drop out of the ocean. ADP remains unshaken”, he said.

He said the party had earlier called on Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo to join its fold because it believed the governor was not well treated by APC, his former party.

“But the governor chose to join PDP and we have our candidate too.

“Now, all hands are on deck to ensure victory for the party in the election “, he said.

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Late Ajimobi was a patriotic politician- Oyo NUJ



The Oyo State Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has described late Abiola Ajimobi as a patriotic and distinguished politician who impacted many Nigerians.
Mr. Ademola Babalola, the State NUJ Chairman, made the observation on Tuesday during a condolence visit to the widow of the late former governor in Ibadan.
The Newsmen reports that the late Ajimobi, who died on June 25, was buried at his Oluyole residence, Ibadan, on June 28.
Babalola said that Nigeria had lost a prominent figure whose impact would be missed at all levels, adding the late former governor was a successful politician in Oyo State and Nigeria.
“We have come here to commiserate with you over the demise of your husband. We are friends with Ajimobi’s family. He was a patriot and distinguished Nigerian.
“It was pleasant to be with him. We have lost a great man in Oyo State. It will take us 50 years before we can see someone like Ajimobi.
“He was the first person to have governed the state twice. We shall continue to remember him for good,” he said.
Babalola prayed that Almighty should forgive the shortcomings of the late Ajimobi and grant him eternal rest.
He also prayed that Almighty God grant the family, associates, and the people of the state the fortitude to bear the loss.
A daughter of the deceased, Mrs. Abisola Kola-Daisi, who spoke on behalf of the family, thanked the union for their love, support during and after the lifetime of their late father.
On the NUJ delegation were Mr. Sola Oladapo, the Secretary, Mr. Akeem Abas, the Treasurer, Mr. Kemi Olaitan, Mr. Raji Adebayo, Mr. Jeremiah Oke, Mrs. Dupe Fehintola, and Mr. Musiliudeen Adebayo, among others.
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Akande-Sadipe pays second tranche of N25M to indigent students



Federal lawmaker representing Oluyole Federal Constituency and Chairperson House of Representative Committee on Diaspora Hon. Tolu Akande-Sadipe has paid the second tranche of her 25-million-naira TASK scholarship.

This payment is the second tranche of the year 2019/2020 session for twenty (20) indigent students drawn from communities across the Oluyole Federal Constituency.

Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe in a bid to fulfil her campaign promises launched the N25 Million Naira scholarship immediately after her election to the 9th Assembly.

In a statement issued by her Media aide, Olamilekan Olusada, Akande Sadipe affirmed that the Scholarship beneficiaries were selected on merit and each student was graded with a cumulative average of their academic standings and entry essay.

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Recall that December 2019, Hon. Akande – Sadipe flagged off the N25 Million Naira scholarship scheme at her constituency office, where the first set of beneficiaries were awarded dummy cheques.

Sadipe disclosed that payments to beneficiaries were deposited to each recipient’s bank account which covers the balance of their tuition fee and incidental expenses for the 2019/2020 academic year.

In addition to this, Hon . Akande-Sadipe has initiated steps to commence the request for applications for new set of beneficiaries for the 2020/2021 academic year.

“The reason I believe so passionately in providing opportunities such as this, is that education has the potential to transform our nation, thereby creating progress and growth. Every citizen is a pillar of the nation and every nation rests on billions of such pillars. The more educated the pillars are, the stronger the nation’s foundation would be,” she said.

Hon. Akande continued, “It’s my desire that few of you someday may become legislators like me or even the Governor of Oyo State. Stay focused and committed, the sky is the limit”.

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One of the beneficiaries, Mr Olalere Ololade appreciated the lawmaker through his twitter handle: @granitolamide saying, “Good Afternoon everyone on this platform. My sincere appreciation and gratitude goes to Honourable Tolulope Akande Sadipe K for fulfilling her promise she made when she awarded us scholarship worth #100,000 on Dec 1, 2019, I have received the #100,000 for the first year of the scholarship scheme.”

“I was surprised when I saw the credit alert on the phone because I don’t believe it, I’m short of words but I pray May Almighty Allah in HIS mercy Continue to be with you throughout your days And May He make you Continue in fulfilling all the promises that you made during your campaign. Once again, I really appreciate your efforts Ma. God Bless you and your crew.”

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