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Owo Isowo: You Deserve To Come Back To Power In 2023, Marketers Tell AbdulRazaq

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The Kwara State Association of Marketers (KWAM) praised the state government on Wednesday for its numerous policies and initiatives that help small companies succeed.

Alhaja Sidikat Akaje, the Iyaloja General of Kwara State, and Alhaji Abdullahi Saheed, the Babaloja General, jointly headed the association that made this announcement in Ilorin during their “thank you” visit to the government building.

In her remarks, Alhaja Akaje claimed that the N600m subsidies that the government presently gives to at least 30,000 businesses in the State are exceptional and have a significant impact, which is why they are grateful.

“Our visit to Government House today is to express our gratitude to you for various empowerment programmes for market women and men in the State. This is unprecedented in the history of Kwara,” she said.

Alhaja Akaje said the increase of the grant from N10,000 to N20,000 is an indication that the market women and men enjoy quality representation in the person of Governor AbdulRazaq.

“At a time, thousands of us were surprisingly supported with N10,000 each by your government. The current package (N20,000) is even overwhelming, as it benefits us more. We really thank you sir,” she said.

“We are convinced that you are a leader that is passionate about people’s welfare. This N20,000 almost turn many beneficiaries crazy because they are happy. You deserve to come back to power in 2023. And we pray to God to make it possible for you.”

Abdullahi, for his part, requested the government to provide their members with a vehicle to ease their mobility, pledging their preparedness to join the Governor’s convoy during the forthcoming campaigns.

He acknowledged that the Governor is reputed for making and keeping promises, and cited a number of instances that he said portray him as a good leader.

AbdulRazaq, in his response, said their gesture and a good use of the grants being given will spur the administration to expand the scheme to accommodate more people.

He thanked the marketers for their goodwill and sense of appreciation for what the administration has done in their favour.

“We thank God for everything that is going on smoothly. The grant for marketers is an ongoing exercise. We will even expand the size. Another category of the scheme is in the pipeline. All we need is your prayer and support to succeed,” he said.

“You, as traders, are important stakeholders in the business sector. What the government is doing is to empower you and to grow your businesses. We expect you to invest it in your trades.This money is not for frivolous purposes. If we get good feedbacks, we will be encouraged to increase the package.

“I congratulate those of you that have gotten the money. I urge you all to be patient. It is an ongoing exercise, where a larger percentage of traders will be captured.”

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Imo State Labour Party Gubernatorial Aspirant Found Dead

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Chief Humphrey Anumudu, a Labour Party aspirant in the upcoming Governorship primaries in Imo State, has been found dead in his house.

Fidel Info reports that The aspirant died in his house in Lagos after he had returned from an LP meeting at the party national headquarters in Abuja on Friday.

A native of Mbieri Ancient Kingdom in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state, Anumudu was reportedly found dead in his house in what family sources described as a “spiritual attack.”

As a multi-billionaire businessman cum politician, he has been contesting for the governorship seat of the state since 1998.

He was said to be the true winner of the Peoples Democratic Party governorship primary in the state in 1998 before the ticket was ceded to Achike Udenwa who went on to rule the state between 1999 and 2007.

Since then he had been contesting for the number one seat of the state. In 2019 he was the Zenith Labour party governorship candidate.

A close friend of the deceased said that he died around 5:30 pm on Friday.

The late politician had already paid the sum of 25 million Naira for Labour Party’s Governorship form for the November 11th 2023 Guber contest.

Chief Anumudu, a respected legal luminary and an astute politician was also the Chief Executive Officer of Globe Motors.

He contested for the Governorship election in the past under the All Progressives Grand Alliance.

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INEC Vows To Prosecute Perpetrators Of Violence In 2023 Elections

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has promised to prosecute perpetrators of electoral violence in the just-concluded 2023 general elections.

Fidel Info reports that The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, stated this on Friday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Oyekanmi said the prosecution of electoral offenders and their sponsors will curb the prevalence of violence in the nation’s elections.

He also called for the need for the establishment of the Electoral Offences Commission and Tribunal to prosecute such offenders and their sponsors.

The INEC boss spokesman noted that if the new commission was established, electoral offenders and their sponsors would reconsider their actions.

Oyekanmi, however, said the Commission has succeeded in prosecuting a few electoral offenders, but their sponsors have been largely untouched.

He said, “Electoral violence should not be tolerated. That is why the commission has been calling for the establishment of the Electoral Offences Commission and Tribunal, specifically to try cases related to infractions associated with elections.

“In fact, stakeholders have also been calling for this tribunal for many years, especially after the 2011 general elections. I believe strongly that if perpetrators of electoral violence and their sponsors know that they will give account for their misdeeds, they will think twice.”

“The commission has succeeded in prosecuting a few electoral offenders, but their sponsors have been largely untouched. We need to change this.”

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JUST IN: CBN Orders Banks To Circulate Cash This Weekend

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As part of a coordinated effort to facilitate the circulation of banknotes of various denominations, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has confirmed the evacuation of banknotes from its vaults to commercial banks throughout the nation.

Fidel Info reports that Also, the CBN has ordered all commercial banks to be open on Saturdays and Sundays. (more…)

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