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1. Lagos State conducts over 34,000 Corona virus tests

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On the chart list for the tests, Lagos was followed by Abuja with 14,794 tests, while Kano and the Oyo States have conducted 10,232 and 7,605 tests respectively.

NCDC said that Lagos recorded 209 new COVID-19 infections from the 452 confirmed infections reported in the last 24 hours from 14 states.

According to NCDC, the new infections increase the state’s confirmed COVID-19 cases to 9,073.

The health agency added that nine patients who were treated and had fully recovered were discharged on the reported day, making

1,457 COVID-19 patients discharged in the state.

Also, data by the World Health Organisation Africa Region shows that there are 321, 885 confirmed COVID-19 cases on the continent, with over 153,000 recoveries and 8,481 deaths.

2. Rivers State court clears Obaseki for Edo PDP primary

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The fate of the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Wednesday took an unexpected turn as a suit filed by a governorship aspirant, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, seeking to stop Obaseki from contesting the Peoples Democratic Party primary scheduled for Thursday (today) was struck out.

Ogbeide-Ihama had vowed not to step down for Obaseki, from the All Progressives Congress who recently joined the PDP

But on Wednesday, a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt struck out the suit instituted by Ogbeide-Ihama, after his lawyer, D. C. Denwigwe (SAN), orally withdrew the suit before Justice E. O. Obile.

The counsel for Ogbeide-Ihama had earlier sought the leave of the court to settle with the defendants in the matter, which was granted.

After an amicable out of court settlement among the parties in the matter, the plaintiff told the court that all parties had agreed that the matter be withdrawn from the court.

Justice Obile, in granting the plaintiff’s request, struck out the suit and commended the parties for settling out of court, adding that it was the proper thing to do.

Ogbeide-Ihama said the lawsuit he instituted against Obaseki and the party was not an affront to the party or its leadership as some people might want to interpret it.

3. On the suit against President Buhari by Middle Belt and Southern leaders

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AFTER five years of murmurings, complaints, criticisms and even isolated lawsuits, leaders of the Middle Belt and South have taken President Muhammadu Buhari to court for running a government of extreme nepotism and marginalisation in gross violation of the Constitution and the need to preserve the unity of Nigeria.

Led by nonagenarian Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, the co-litigants include Chief Reuben Fasoranti, Dr. John Nnia Nwodo, Dr. Pogu Bitrus, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Alaowei Broderick Bozimo and Mrs. Sarah Dokotri.

The group is asking an Abuja Federal High Court to determine whether it was not “reckless and adverse to the interest of Nigeria” for the president to obtain a loan facility amounting to US$22.7bn for infrastructural development only to allocate the bulk of it to the Northern region and less than one per cent to the South East. They want the loan declared unconstitutional.

Additionally, they want the court to determine whether the powers which the Constitution vests on the President to make appointments into the top hierarchy of the Federal Government have been lawfully exercised by Buhari.

They are also asking the court to award N50 billion “punitive, aggravated and exemplary” damages against the defendants.

This is, perhaps, the most important legal action ever filed against a sitting government in Nigeria’s history because it touches very strongly on issues at the very fabric of national cohesiveness.

The point is that we sat idly and watched for five long years while these breaches of the constitutional rights of citizens of certain sections of the country were being perpetrated.

4. Between Oshiomhole and Obaseki, what difference?

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If you are a keen observer of political developments of Edo and (to some extent), Ondo states, you would have come to two or three painful realisations lately.

The first is that politicians in Nigerians are not guided by any idea or principle. Nigerian politics is a jungle where ego and influence peddlers have a field day operating without any rules guiding their trade. We shall return to this point later.

The second thing you should have noticed from these shenanigans is that contrary to the tenets of democracy, the people are not in the contemplation of any of the parties shamelessly tearing each other apart in this drama. Unlike what you would also expect, this particular fight is not so much about the political parties. It is majorly about personal aggrandisement, revenge and the restoration of bruised and diminished hitherto overblown egos.

In addition, these fracases, whose seeds were planted in Edo, Ondo and I bet so many other states in Nigeria over the best part of the last four years, also reveal the quality and motive of leadership as well as why Nigeria remains in its underdeveloped state in spite of all its endowments. If people cannot run parties without suppressing their egos and personal preferences from overruning the common good, you can only imagine the damage they would do to states or even a country of 200 million people.

A country cannot grow beyond the visions of its leaders. And in constitutional democracies, such visions are aggregated in the philosophies of political parties. These policies guide the daily operations of governments elected on the platforms of these political parties. But as the good book says, when the foundation is destroyed, what can the righteous do? Party leaders in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic do not even pretend to nurture principles other than self-aggrandisement and the promotion of the interests of those currently in power. And when people are so possessed by self, all other interests including those of the party, its members and the generality of the people are subsumed.

Source: opera.com
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