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2023 Election: Ogun Diaspora group launches song for Abiodun

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A group consisting of indigenes of Ogun State in the Diaspora, the Ogun State Diasporans, has launched a song dedicated to Gov. Dapo Abiodun’s second term campaign.
The group, through the song, highlighted some of the achievements of the governor since assumption of office in 2019 and why he should be reelected.
Speaking at a news conference in Abeokuta on Thursday, Mr Oluyemi Ogundele, the Coordinator, said that after a clinical observation of all candidates contesting for the position, the group concluded that Abiodun remained the best.
Ogundele stated that the state had received tremendous development under the leadership of the present governor, saying that the government had provided jobs, youth empowerment, infrastructural development among others.
” We believe that there is no alternative to Gov. Abiodun and his running mate. They are the best team for the job. Their achievements so far are enough to prove us right.
” We from the diaspora are willing to partner with the state government in their efforts to make our dearest state a second to none.
” Ogun state has the largest number of Nigerian professionals abroad. The diasporans are prepared to bring more investors on board. We are also ready to invest in the state.
” If permitted, we would help the government to develop a diaspora village. The government only needs to provide the land and we will establish a city with decent and affordable housing projects,” Ogundele said.
The coordinator appealed to the state government to work closely with the diasporans to take the state to the next level.
He said that it was important for the government to harness the opportunities coming from the state indigenes based abroad.
Ogundele promised that he and the entire members of the group would continue to support Gov. Abiodun in the task of moving the state forward.
He mentioned the Ogun state diasporans pet project, the biannual Adire International Carnival, as part of his efforts to support medium and low-scale industries in the state.
” It helps promote tourism and our cultural heritage. It helps our economy as thousands of Adire fabrics are being exported for the festival,” he said.
The representative of state government and the Deputy Secretary, APC campaign council, Ayo Somide, appreciated the group for the support to the state governor and APC as whole.
He also commended them for promoting the locally produced fabric (Adire) and other things they had been doing for the progress and development of their fatherland.

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State police non-negotiable — Jonathan

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has described state police as a non-negotiable entity that Nigeria must establish.

Mr Jonathan, who was president from 2010-2015, said the conversation must shift to the prevention of abuse by governors.

He stated this on Monday at the ongoing dialogue on state police organized by the House of Representatives.

He said most times governors abuse institutions, however, the challenges are not sufficient to stop the creation of state police.

The former president said state police was wildly accepted by the delegates at the 2014 Confab.

“We can only end kidnapping and other forms of insecurity through the creation of state police,” Mr Jonathan said.

Mr Jonathan’s stance contradicts the position of the inspector general of police, Kayode Egbetokun, who opposed the establishment of state police.

Earlier, in his opening remarks, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Ben Kalu argued that the current security situation in Nigeria requires a multilayer approach to insecurity.

He stated that over N5 billion has been paid in ransoms to kidnappers, a figure that starkly exposes the alarming growth of this criminal enterprise in the country.

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Edo Guber: INEC releases final list of candidates

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has announced the final list of candidates for the forthcoming Edo State Governorship Election.

This is even as the Commission said that the political parties are permitted to start campaign in public from Wednesday 24th April 2024.

The campaigns will end at midnight on Thursday 19th September 2024.

In a statement by Sam Olumekun,
National Commissioner & Chairman,
Information and Voter Education Committee, INEC disclosed that 17 political parties have fielded candidates for the election out of which 16 are male while one is female.

Olumekun said the final list has been published at INEC’s office in Edo State and also uploaded to the Commission’s website and social media platforms for public information.

“The Commission is pleased to announce the publication of the final list of candidates for the Edo State Governorship Election. Following the initial primaries, the Commission published the personal particulars of the Governorship candidates and their running mates in our State and Local Government offices in Edo State.

“Overall, seventeen (17) political parties are fielding candidates in the election. Sixteen (16) are male while one (1) is female. The final list, which also gives the breakdown of the candidates by age, academic qualifications and disability, has been published at our office in Edo State and also uploaded to our website and social media platforms for public information.

“With the publication of the final list of candidates for the Edo State Governorship Election, the next activity is electioneering campaign.

“Therefore, Political Parties are now permitted to start campaign in public from Wednesday 24th April 2024 and end at midnight on Thursday 19th September 2024 as indicated in items 8 and 12 of the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election,” parts of the statement read.

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Tinubu unveils African Counter-Terrorism summit

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President Bola Tinubu unveiled the African Counter-Terrorism Summit at the Office of the National Security Adviser in Abuja on Monday.

The event which is currently ongoing and organised by Nigeria, with support from the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, will be held from Monday to Tuesday, April 23, 2024, with the theme: ‘Strengthening Regional Cooperation and Institution Building to Address the Evolving Threat of Terrorism’.

The Presidency announced on Sunday that the summit aims to enhance multilateral counter-terrorism cooperation.

Details later…

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