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Biggest News in Nigeria This Afternoon, Sunday 19th of July, 2020

1. Ekiti begins arrest of face mask defaulters tomorrow

The Ekiti government said it would begin to arrest those refusing to wear face masks in public places from Monday.

The Attorney General and Commisioner for Justice, Wale Fapounda, on Sunday told newsmen in Ado Ekiti that there would henceforth be stiffer penalties for those who fail to comply.

The commissioner said Gov. Kayode Fayemi was particularly worried about the deliberate lack of compliance with most COVID-19 regulations in the state.

He said the governor had ordered full enforcement of all other COVID-19 regulations in the state.

The commissioner cited some of the precautionary regulations ignored by residents to include compulsory wearing of face masks in public places and observance of social distancing.

He explained further that mobile courts had been established to try offenders and impose adequate sanctions such as fines and community service.

2. My main concern is to win PDP gov’ship primary election —Ondo deputy gov

Embattled Ondo State Deputy Governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi, has declared that his main focus was to win the governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) coming up on Wednesday July 22.

Ajayi who revealed this on Saturday in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Babatope Okeowo, also stated that he was on guard in case of any funny move to have him removed from office.

He also said he had visited 192 wards out of the 203 wards in the state to talk to delegates on the need to give him their votes and support during the governorship primary election.

Ajayi said; “There are only eleven wards left for me to complete my tour of the Ondo state and they are all in Akure Local Government Area, and I will touch those places before the election.

“I still remain the deputy governor of the state, though I am on guard in case there are moves to remove me from office,” he added.

3. Magu’s ordeal is hurting Nigeria more than him, says Peter Obi

Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra state, says the ordeal of Ibrahim Magu, former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), is hurting the country more than him.

Magu is being investigated by a presidential panel for allegedly mismanaging loot recovered by the anti-graft agency.

The former acting chairman was arrested on July 6 and released after 10 days in detention.

In an interview with The Sun, Obi, who was the running mate to Atiku Abubakar, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate during the 2019 polls, said fighting corruption as an economic policy is a waste of time.

He asked the federal government to focus on revamping the economy.

“What you hear today is not the news we should be hearing. What we hear today should be serious issues on the way we are going to go. We should be talking of a reliable roadmap. It should not be about how, in NDDC, Joy Nunieh slapped Akpabio, Oshiomhole vs. Obaseki, Magu this and that etc,” he said.

“We are preoccupied with travelling in the wrong direction. Just open the newspapers, including your own today and you see what the headlines will be. It is about one rascality or the other. I said even during the presidential election that you can fight thieves, but that should not be the primary focus of a government.

“Fighting corruption as an economic policy is a waste of everybody’s time. You can fight thieves, by what you are doing to salvage, strengthen, and rejig your economy. Let me tell you, what Magu is going through today is hurting the country more than it is hurting Magu, if you don’t know. Some people think today that oh Magu is in a mess, that Magu is this and that, but do you know who is in a mess? Nigeria.

“Newspaper headlines in a serious economy should be that the government, for instance, has decided to support SMEs with this or that quantum of money.”

Obi said the debts Nigeria is servicing are not productive, asking the federal government to think of creative ways to generate revenue.

“Looking at the last budget, we are providing not less than N2.9 trillion for servicing of debt, but our education and health budget combined is about the third of this,” he said.

“I can tell you that in the end, the amount we use in servicing the debt will be more than what is provided because we are borrowing more.

“The reason that is happening is that the debt we are servicing is not productive. Look at our development between 2010 and now.”

4.Edo: Obaseki has already accepted defeat to Ize-Iyamu – Oshiomhol

 Oshiomhole, a former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC has reacted to the alleged vandalism of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s outdoor billboards and campaign posters by the Edo State Government.

The Vice Chairman on Media and Publicity of the APC National Campaign Council, Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon, APC had accused Governor Godwin Obaseki of destroying and removing APC billboards at various strategic points in the capital city of Benin on Thursday, 16th of July, 2020.

Oshimhole, reacting to the development also blamed Obaseki for the destruction of the campaign posters.

He opined that the recent move by Obaseki is a sign of accepting defeat even before the governorship election.

5. I won 2016 election for you – Deputy gov fires back at Akeredolu

The Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi has replied his principal, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, regarding a remark he made on Saturday that the choice of his deputy in 2016 governorship was a mistake.

The governor during ‘meets delegates’ tour at Igbekebo, Ese-Odo Local Government Area stated that he regretted picking Ajayi as his running mate in 2016, describing his exit as a cleansing for the better performance of the party.

However, Ajayi, in a statement sent to P.M. News by his chief press secretary, Babatope Okeowo, disclosed that Akeredolu is frustrated over his inability to remove him illegally through the instrumentality of the House of Assembly using the state fund.

Setting the record state, the deputy governor stated that it was his experience, weight, and political capital brought into the 2016 gubernatorial election that produced Governor Akeredolu after he came a distant third in the 2012 election.

Ajayi added that he has been sidelined for the past three and half years.

“It must be put on record that Akeredolu contested in the 2012 governorship election and came a distant third in the election won by Dr. Olusegun Mimiko of Labour Party,” the statement stated.

“It was the experience, weight and political capital Hon Ajayi brought into the 2016 gubernatorial election that produced the current All Progressives Congress (APC) led government in the state.

“The Yoruba proverb that says when the head is rotten, the whole body is destroyed is apt in Ondo State as Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has destroyed the economy of the state and cornered her resources for few cronies and family members.

“If there is any wrong choice, it is Governor Akeredolu who has refused to take all-wise counsel not only from his Deputy but by senior citizens of Ondo State,” the statement added.

6. COVID-19: Former NLC VP Advocates Out Of Season Exam For WAEC Students

The President of Industrial Global Union and also former Vice President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Issa Aremu, has called on the government to negotiate an out-of-season date for the writing of the West African Examination Council and Senior Secondary School Examinations until the COVID-19 curve which is currently on the rise, would have flattened sufficiently.

Addressing reporters in Kaduna on Saturday, Aremu said the Nigerian government should request that WAEC conducts the SSCE when the circumstances have improved and the level of COVID -19 infections drops significantly.

He also kicked against the reopening of schools in general, noting that there is need for a more systematic awareness about prevention of the virus infection among pupils, teachers and parents before the government should consider reopening schools

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