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COVID19: Threat of war against Southeast Govs handiwork of mischief-makers-Arewa Youths

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COVID19: Threat of war against Southeast Govs handiwork of mischief-makers-Arewa Youths

Following reports that the President General of Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, AYCF Yerima Shettima had threatened war against Southeast governors for denying Northern youths entry into their states, the group in a statement released on Sunday debunked the story, describing it as as false and the handiwork of mischief-makers.

In the statement, the AYCF President General said issuing such a threat was not his style, hence such rumours should be discarded.

According to Shettima: “My attention has been drawn to a fake “Breaking News” in which some unknown mischief-makers struggled to connect me to the threat against the people of the Southeast over a purported threat to Northern youths in the Zone.

“The so-called news was the handiwork of some unknown rabble-rousers, designed to dent the public image of struggle I have built for decades. I bet this shadowy group that their evil agenda is dead on arrival as Nigerians are now too sophisticated to believe that kind of trash being willy-nilly tied to my name and my group.”

“However, I would like to make it categorically clear that, much as the purported threat of war was not my style, this does not mean I no longer care about my Northern brothers. I still have the Northern youth at heart and will strive to promote and protect their interest peacefully and in line with legal and constitutional provisions.

Shettima pledged to always stand by Northern youths while promoting peace and unity in line with the constitution of the country.

“I wish also to thank all those who reached out to me to express concern over this devilish plot and to give me extra courage to always legitimately stand on the side of the North and of truth. I cannot thank you enough for the massive solidarity,” he added.

Shettima was reported to have said Southeast governors had no right to stop Northern youths from entering the region even if they have Coronavirus.

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Incumbency factor won’t work for Akeredolu, says Ondo PDP governorship aspirant

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A governorship aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Tony Erewa, has said that the “incumbency factor” will not work for Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in the October 10, 2020 governorship election in Ondo State.

Erewa, who spoke with journalists in Abuja yesterday shortly after obtaining his nomination documents, said the coming election would be fought on the basis of our party’ manifesto, rather than incumbency.

He said: “I believe this time around, PDP is going to win the election. We will put everything in place and put all hands on deck. We will move to every nook and cranny in the state to sell our manifesto to the electorate. I believe they will vote for us and the PDP will win the forthcoming election in Ondo State.

“I know we are an opposition party but I have what it takes to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) and give our people better lives.

“The people of Ondo State know my profile and they know the stuff I am made of. I am a technocrat. We are going to transform and industrialise the state, protect the state and its people. The least person on the street will feel the impact of our government”.

Erewa promised to focus on aviation, agriculture and tourism if elected, stressing that there would be less emphasis on white-collar jobs.

“We have an airport and it will interest you to know that once the airport is developed in conjunction with the relevant agencies, we are going to transform it into an international standard, making it possible for international flights to land and take off from there. This will bring a lot of international businesses in the state.

“It will also interest you to know that Ondo State has the largest coastal land (onshore) in the whole of West Africa. We will convert this into a tourist attraction. It will be a tourist destination point for Delta, Ondo, Ekiti, Kwara and other neighbouring states.

“In terms of aviation, the airport would serve Edo, Ekiti, Osun, Kogi and Kwara states. If people from these states are trooping into Akure for their international trips, we are going to do a lot of human capacity development. We are also going to look into our primary education sector as well. We will bring quality education to the doorsteps of our people,” he further said.

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Nigeria Records 328 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Infections Now 11,844

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Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases has now reached 11, 844 as the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), announced 328 new cases on Friday.

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