ONDO ELECTION: IT WOULD NOT BE EASY FOR ME TO WIN - GOVERNOR AKEREDOLU
Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has said it won't be easy for him to win the Ondo Gubernatorial election slated for October 10th, 2020.
The Governor however expressed optimism that he would emerge victorious under the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said this shortly after meeting with the APC Election Appeal Committee at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja on Monday.
Akeredolu urged the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Eyitayo Jegede, to focus on issue based campaign without resorting to violence.
“Jegede is my friend. We are colleagues and both members of inner bar, I don’t have anything against him and I just pray that our campaign should be issue based without violence.
“I know that he (Jegede) knows that it will not be easy for him. Yes, it may not be easy for me to win, but by God’s grace, I am going to win.
“I can assure you that as it was in the beginning, so it shall be now and forever more. We will win this election by the grace of God,” Akeredolu said.
The Governor also stated that defection of his deputy, Mr Agboola Ajayi, to the opposition PDP would not affect his chances at the poll.
Recall that the duo have been in a political battle in the last one month with the Governor sacking all the aides attached to his deputy on June 23rd, 2020.
“For me, the deputy leaving the APC to return to the PDP is good riddance to bad rubbish,’’ he said.
Akeredolu said he thought the APC could accommodate Agboola but said he had returned to where he belonged.
“From what I have been told, he has lost the ticket and I pray he won’t jump to another party, but if he does, all well and good.
“However, for his own sake and as a big brother, I will advise him to stay with Jegede and support him very well,” Akeredolu said.
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According to him, Ajayi has made a case that he helped me to win, let him help Jegede to win this time around and that will confirm that he is popular.
PASSENGERS COMING INTO NIGERIA WOULD UNDERGO COVID-19 TEST - PTF CHAIRMAN
The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, has said passengers coming into Nigeria from foreign countries will be undergoe COVID-19 test on arrival at the Nigeria airports.
This was announced at the daily PTF briefing on Monday, July 27th, 2020, by the Chairman of the Task Force, Boss Mustapha in Abuja.
He said: “Considering the importance of international air travel to the economy, the PTF and the Aviation sector are working hard to fast track reopening of the international airspace.
“Most importantly, the arrival protocols for passengers on inbound flights are being firmed up for seamless testing and detection.
“Relevant Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) will hold further consultations.”
Mustapha, who doubles as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), urged Nigerians to be patient and await the real date for the resumption of international flights, as no date had been fixed yet.
The SGF said: “The Aviation sector has been working assiduously to develop the protocols for the resumption of international air services.
“PTF remains conscious of the significant contributions of air travels to economic growth, and shall continue to push for a safe resumption.
“The next phase is for the aviation regulators to engage with other stakeholders to facilitate an integrated and seamless resumption of international flights.
”I plead with all Nigerians to await authentic information from the aviation authorities, and discountenance fake news and speculation on dates,” the SGF added.
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