David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress was set to take the oath of office today before the supreme court dealt him a joker on Thursday by nullifying his election and that of his deputy-elect, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.
But former lawmaker from Kaduna central district, Shehu Sani, has advised president Muhammadu Buhari not to cancel his plans to Bayelsa for the swearing-in ceremony today.
The supreme court has ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return issued to All Progressives Congress candidates whom the commission had declared winners of the state’s governorship election in November last year.
Shehu Sani tweeted that the president should go to the event and attend the swearing-in of the new governor-elect, Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Douye Diri. He says this will be “a good time to prove he is for everybody.”
Coronavirus: Stop Wasting Testing Kits On Politicians – AIED
Advocacy for Integrity and Economic Development has urged the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to leave the politicians alone and focus on Nigerians who are more in number and at a greater risk of the deadly covid-19 virus.
The group says NCDC needs to stop, “wasting limited testing kits on political office holders and government officials,” end quote.
A statement by the group’s director of media and publicity, Comrade O’seun John, says the unchecked usage of the scarce testing kits for covid-19 on government officials and politicians is quote “appalling and a disservice to ordinary Nigerians who deserve to be truly tested” end quote.
The group further says the present statistics of fewer than 200 individuals who have received testing from the NCDC is disgraceful for a population of almost 200 million. The group says NCDC must channel its resources to improving the testing rates for Nigerians.
Nigeria Records 11 New Covid-19 Cases As Cases Rise To 81
Nigeria has on Friday recorded 11 new cases of covid-19. The National Centre for Disease Control says eight cases were discovered in the Lagos, two in Enugu and 1 in Edo State.
The NCDC recorded its biggest surge of the infections on Thursday with a total number of the 14 in a single day.
With the new confirmed cases, the country’s total confirmed cases now stand at 81, three have been discharged with 1 death reported so far.
Lagos State still has the highest number of cases in the country with 52. FCT has 14 cases, Ogun and Oyo have three cases each, Bauchi, Enugu and Edo have two each and one each in Ekiti, Osun and Rivers.
Buhari Advises Nigerians To Stay Away From Public, Religious Gatherings
President Muhammadu Buhari has advised Nigerians to stay away from large public gatherings, including religious events.
In a statement, the president also asked Nigerians to adhere to all instructions issued by the ministry of health, especially on social distancing.
President Buhari further says this is important because the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) spreads faster through crowding.
Meanwhile, the presidency says Buhari is in good shape and fully in charge of the country.
Special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina says it is important to re-emphasize that the president had tested negative to the dreaded covid-19 virus.
Minister of information, Lai Mohammed, also says, in a separate speech, the president is not coughing. He speculation that Buhari may have contracted the deadly coronavirus is fake news.
The minister says the president will address the nation at the appropriate time.
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