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Jimmy Idiagbon Congratulates Muslims, Encourages Brotherhood

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Abdulwaheed Oluwashola Jimmy Idiagbon felicitate with the Muslim Ummah as today mark Eid-El-Kabir Festival, in a message Personally signed by him, he said:

“Fellow patriotic Kwarans, as we celebrate _Eid-El-Kabir,_ I salute your patience and adeptness in spite of the health challenges and economic crisis widely posed by the recent pandemic, Covid-19. Hopefully, we shall defeat this soon. I urge you all to be optimistic, resist pessimism and be prayerful as we all abide by the guidelines from the health frontiers.”

“I also urge the Muslims to emulate the character of the holy Prophet, his immaculate custom and tradition, and his outstanding leadership prowess, as such, our Nation will be a great one. Muslims should enhance peaceful coexistence with their Christian counterparts and maintain the spirit of oneness and togetherness in Kwara state and Nigeria at large.”

“Togetherness and unity will attract nothing but unprecedented developments and breakthrough in any community its inhabit.”

“I assure my fellow Kwarans that the Government and the COVID-19 task force are striving relentlessly in order to synthesize all possible measures to curb and contain the spread of the ongoing pandemic and provide lasting solutions to it.”

“Thus, it is pertinent to embrace the directives, while the guidelines should be strictly followed, so as to ease their tasks and protect our lives from being vulnerable to the disease. _#MaskupKwara._”

“During and after Eid celebration, Muslims should note that Islam is a religion of peace and it should be treated as such. Likewise, any form of violence should be avoided in all its forms.”

“However, as good Muslims, we should distance ourselves from teachings of those who preach violence, extremism, and fanaticism. We should use this period to uphold the way of life and teachings of the holy Qur’an and the _Sunnah_ (the tradition of our prophet _Salallahu a’layhi wasallam_) based on the best understanding of our righteous predecessors. This period really calls for prayer, seeking forgiveness and guidance.”

“I extend my greetings to His Excellency, Governor AbdulRahman Abdulrazaq, the stakeholders and the good people of Kwara state and Nigerians as a whole. I also felicitate, with His Eminence, Maimartba Serkin Ilorin Alh. Ibrahim Zulu Gambari (Chairman Kwara state Council of Rulers). Likewise, I extend, the greetings to all the traditional rulers and the generality of Muslim Ummah in the state.”

“I pray may this turbulent period be over sooner. May Almighty Allah restore the normalcy. May we live to enjoy a peaceful life with high developments and achievements in our dear Nation.”

“The greatest commitment to Islam is for Muslims to put good virtues in to their practices, and make justice and righteousness, the guiding principle of their everyday activities.”

“Lastly, I encourage all Muslim Ummah to live by the dictates and guidance of Islam, so as to foster brotherhood and national development. Muslim community should be worthy ambassador of Islam and to always pray for the peace, unity and development of our dear States.”

“Celebrate _Eid-El-Kabir_ with joy, happiness. Please, strictly adhere to the directives of COVID-19 task force. By the grace of God, we shall triumph over the current tribulation.”

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Edo 2020: ADP Accuses Ize-Iyamu’s Running Mate Of Certificate Forgery

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The running mate of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the September 19 governorship election in Edo State, Gani Audu, is embroiled in a certificate forgery case.

Documents submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) show discrepancies in his academic qualifications and other means of identification, Vanguard reports.

The discrepancies appear in several documents and show a trail similar to the inconsistencies found in the academic credentials of the sacked deputy governor of Bayelsa State, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, which caused the APC to lose the state after the Supreme Court ruled that his certificates were defective thereby nullifying the party’s ticket in that state’s recent governorship election.

To compound Audu’s woes, the Action Democratic Party (ADP) has instituted a court case at the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking the court to disqualify the candidate of the APC as result of the defective certificates of his running mate.

The ADP is asking the court to rule that certificates submitted by Audu are forged and that he was not fit to stand for the September 19 governorship election in Edo.

In the documents, while Gani Audu swore to an affidavit submitted to INEC with his name as Audu Abudu Ganiyu, his other documents bear different names.

A legal expert, Mr Blessed Omonuwa, who assessed the documents, said, “While his name on the affidavit is Audu Abudu Ganiyu, in his voter’s card, his name is Audu Abdul Ganiyu. Likewise, in his APC membership card, his name appears as Gani Audu. The WASSCE/GCE certificate he submitted bears Audu Ahudu Ganeyu.”

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FRESH: ‘We Must Be Kind To The Dead’ —Tinubu Mourns Kashamu

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Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says the demise of Buruji Kashamu has demonstrated that death is inevitable for every mortal.

Kashamu, a former senator from Ogun state, died of COVID-19 complications at a Lagos hospital on Saturday.

In a statement on Sunday, Tinubu said he was shocked and saddened by the passing of Kashamu whom he described as “a notable leader in the country and a true grassroots politician”.

He said the deceased worked actively to advance the political and economic fortunes of Ogun state, adding that he admired Kashamu’s doggedness even though they were never in the same political party.

Tinubu said Kashamu’s death has increased the “grotesque list” of important personalities that have lost their lives to COVID-19.

“He fought for his convictions, for the people of Ogun State and for his country,” Tinubu said.

“Senator Kashamu was also a good party man. He was unwavering in his support for his party, PDP, through all the twists and turns of his political life. His passing is a big loss to the larger political family in Nigeria.

“He worked assiduously to advance the political and economic fortunes of his state. Kashamu represented, with merit, Ogun East in the 8th National Assembly and worked well for his constituents. He was a kind and generous man, a philanthropist in his own right and an astute businessman.

“I admire his political doggedness and sagacity, and his steadfastness in pursuing whatever he believes in, though we were never in the same political party.

“Again, Kashamu’s sudden death has demonstrated the transience of human life and rekindles the fact that death is inevitable for every mortal. As such, it behooves on us to be kind to the dead.”

Tinubu asked Nigerians to continue to take protective measures as the economy reopens and as they return to “a new normal in our lifestyles”.

“I mourn with his family, particularly his wives, children and grandchildren. May Almighty Allah lay His hands of protection on them at this moment,” Tinubu said.

He also offered his condolences to Dapo Abiodun, governor of Ogun, and the people of the state.

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Edo 2020: Edo Lawmaker Says Obaseki Is A Failure, Declares Support For Ize-Iyamu

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The lawmaker representing Akoko-Edo II constituency, Hon Emmanuel Agbaje, has pledged his support for the election of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the September 19th governorship election citing his inability to meet his political obligations to his constituents under the present administration of Governor Godwin Obaseki.

He is the second lawmaker out of the ten that have been sitting since the controversial inauguration of the house in July last year to publicly declare their support for Ize-Iyamu.

Addressing his supporters in Igarra over the weekend, Agbaje said the current system as being operated is strangulating them as lawmakers.

He said: “The only time I can remember that I was a true house of assembly member was the first one year and five months and that was when Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was governor.

“In that one year and five months Adams Oshiomhole approved our constituency projects: I cited one in Ward One, I cited a second one in ward 8 Enwan Mixed Grammar school, I cited one in Ososo Secondary school, they are all there uncompleted.

“Oshiomhole mobilised the contractors with 50 per cent of the value of the contracts and that is where the job has stopped till today.

“Since then, for the past four years we have been begging for those jobs to be completed even when we have not got new ones, is that fair?

“Today, I am pained because I have wasted years in the house of assembly without being able to deliver on my campaign promises to my constituents, without being able to meet the slightest of the projections we promised our people because we have a system that doesn’t care about anybody.

“Here we have an opportunity and this opportunity is very simple, it is either we want to continue like this but me I don’t want to end my eight years like this.

“The opportunity is that we get a change, a new system that will now bring out better governance that will benefit all of us so the choice is for our people and I know that we are not foolish.

“They say they did roads in Akoko-Edo, the World Bank did roads for us. We are happy even though the standard of those roads are nothing to write home about because they are almost all being washed away.

“I want to appeal to all of us, I will not stick my neck into projecting this same system that has tied everybody’s hand.”

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