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State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged the State of Assembly to constitute a panel to probe into the spendings incurred by the state government in treating COVID-19 patients, saying the call became necessary as it found the amount claimed for treating each patient in the state not only embarrassing but humongous.

The State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, in his recent , had analysed that the state government expended up to N1million per day on the treatment of COVID-19 patients, in severe cases.

The party made this call on Sunday in a statement issued and signed by its spokesperson, Mr Taofik Gani, charging the Mudashiru Obasa- led parliament to show independence now and probe the claims.

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PDP said it was important for the House to institute the probe in order to disabuse the people’s mind that the state government was making money into private purses out of the pandemic, reminding that the Kogi State , Yahaya Bello, who is also an All Progressives (APC) chieftain, had alleged such against some states in the federation.

“The House of Assembly must show independence now and probe the claims. This is important to disabuse the people’s mind that the LASG is making money into private purses out of the pandemic. Especially as even an APC governor of Kogi State has alleged such against some states,” the party said.

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The party, while expressing the view that the amount claimed, which it described as “incredible figures” was capable of increasing the already created doubts that the state government was not honest about the facts of the pandemic and had commercialised the circumstance, also enjoined the House to probe similar supposed emergency reliefs, Trust funds and other interventions.

“The PDP thus calls on the LAHA to activate a committee of the whole House to look into the accounts relating to the Covid-19 and indeed similar supposed emergency reliefs, Trust funds, interventions, etc,” the party said.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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Edo election: ‘If they want violence, we will give them’ – Oshiomhole warns Obaseki, PDP

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A former National Chairman of the All Progressives , APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has said that his party will respond accordingly if the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, decides to turn the September 19 governorship election into violence.

The former said the APC would not fold its arms and watch the of the state, Godwin Obaseki and the PDP violently steal the peoples’ mandate.

Appearing on Arise Television on Monday, Oshiomhole averred: ‘’We will meet violence with violence.’’

Oshiomhole was reacting to the governor’s alleged threat to deal with APC members and supporters in the guise of dealing with trouble makers.

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Recall that Governor Obaseki had earlier warned of stiff penalties against perpetrators of violence in the State.

Reacting to Obaseki’s threat, Oshiomhole said: ‘’if they want violence, we will give them violence.’’

Oshiomhole further explained that, among other things, he turned against his successor because the governor has not met the expectations of Edo people and regretted that he worked with Obaseki in 2016 without asking for his certificate.

Oshiomhole had earlier declared that Obaseki does not pose any threat to the APC candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu in the forthcoming governorship election.

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Addressing the party faithful on Sunday, Oshiomhole said that Obaseki is not even eligible to contest for the election.

Oshiomhole said that it was a known fact that Ize-Iyamu, the APC candidate, finished from law school, adding that his former classmates have testified to that.

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Edo/Ondo elections: Nigerian govt gives update on guidelines, protocols

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The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are currently working out the protocols and guidelines for the upcoming elections in Nigeria, including the Edo and Ondo States governorship elections.

The Chairman PTF on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, disclosed this during the taskforce daily briefing in Abuja on Monday.

He said: “The national response will continue to guide the adoption of the sector’s specific guidelines and protocols.

“The PTF is currently concluding discussions with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the appropriate guidelines to be adopted for the upcoming elections in some parts of the country.

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“The elections will begin with the August 8 by-election in Nasarawa State, to be followed by Edo and Ondo States elections in September and October.

“I wish to use this opportunity to implore parties’ leaders, members, aspirants, and their supporters to remain mindful of the virulent nature of COVID-19 during electioneering.

“We need to remain alive to enjoy the benefits of our democracy.”

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