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The hope of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to make an impact in the gubernatorial election in Edo State has suffered a major setback, following the recent defection of over 5, 000 of its members to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who reaffirmed their unflinching support for the reelection bid of Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Leading the...

The hope of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to make an impact in the gubernatorial election in Edo State has suffered a major setback, following the recent defection of over 5, 000 of its members to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who reaffirmed their unflinching support for the reelection bid of Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Leading the 5,000 APC members to declare their support for the PDP in Ward 6, Ubiaja, in Esan South-East Local Government Area (LGA), Hon. John Bobby Palmer, said the decision was to secure the reelection of Governor Obaseki and ensure the consolidation of his administration’s achievements.

Speaking at the governor’s reelection rally in Ubiaja, the APC leader commended Obaseki for prioritising the welfare and wellbeing of Edo people against the interest of a few selfish politicians.

Palmer said: “Obaseki has done well in his first term and because we love good things, we have no choice but to join the party which stands for development.”

Chairman, Edo PDP Campaign Council, Chief Dan Orbih, noted that: “Obaseki, in the last three years and eight months, has performed better and surpassed the achievements of Adams Oshiomhole in eight years. If Obaseki is returned to power, Esan people will occupy their place in Edo politics.

“Under the Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (EDOBEST) programme, over 40,000 pupils now have access to the home-schooling platform for zero data e-learning for free, amid the coronavirus pandemic.”

On his part, Governor Obaseki said his administration will continue to pursue reforms and programmes to better the lives of Edo people, adding: “We don’t discriminate against anyone as Edo people are all equal.

“Discrimination is not a good political strategy. For me, all citizens are equal before the eyes of this administration.

“The contract to re-construct Ubiaja-Ugboha Road has been awarded and work will commence this dry season. I have instructed that the design of Ubiaja-Udo Road be ready as work will commence soon.”

“These last four years, we have succeeded in having two plants in Edo and generating about 1,000 megawatts of electricity but the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) has continued to frustrate all our efforts to ensure we enjoy electricity in the state,” he added....

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  1.   19 August 2020
  2.   observer

The Edo State Governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on Monday, kicked off his ward-to-ward reelection campaign in Edo Central Senatorial District, with a visit to the traditional rulers of Illushi and Ifeku communities Island, His Royal Highness (HRH) Sunny Eye and Anuka Peter respectively, to seek...

The Edo State Governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on Monday, kicked off his ward-to-ward reelection campaign in Edo Central Senatorial District, with a visit to the traditional rulers of Illushi and Ifeku communities Island, His Royal Highness (HRH) Sunny Eye and Anuka Peter respectively, to seek for their royal blessings ahead of the September 19, 2020 gubernatorial election in the state.

The governor, who was accompanied by his deputy and running mate, Rt. Hon. Comr. Philip Shaibu and members of the Edo PDP campaign team, assured the people of Illushi and Ifeku communities that his administration will address the security challenge facing the people of the area.

Obaseki said the people of Ward 9, which is made up of Illushi and Ifeku communities, are dear to his heart as his administration is concerned about the security challenge facing the area and determined to resolve it.

“I want to secure the lives and property of the people here. My administration has decided to build a Marine Police post to secure the area. We have also purchased gun boats which will be given to the police to secure the people.

“We have noticed that there are no internal roads and the area is ravaged by erosion; we will address the issues. We will also improve agriculture in the area and empower the youths.

“The Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (EDOBEST) prpogramme is reforming the educational system; Illushi and Ifeku communities will also benefit from the programme. We will ensure that youths of this area have the right skills to be independent and contribute efficiently to the state’s development.

“We have a lot to do for our people here; we care for our people. Before we leave office, we would develop a 30-year development plan for the area which will serve as a guide for successive governments.”...

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  1.   19 August 2020
  2.   observer

Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, has dismissed allegations by the factional state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Col. David Imuse, that the state’s Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, is planning to attack himself and blame the attack on his party,...

Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, has dismissed allegations by the factional state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Col. David Imuse, that the state’s Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, is planning to attack himself and blame the attack on his party, the APC.

In a statement, Osagie said it was unfortunate and desperate for the APC factional chairman to descend so low as to make such puerile allegations, all which are part of the underhand and diversionary tactics being deployed by the APC to score cheap points with an intent to shortchange the people in the forthcoming governorship election.

According to him, “We are quite perplexed to learn of the laughable allegations by Col. Imuse, who has just found his voice after many months of wandering in the wilderness. We condole with him for taking up this very disgraceful assignment given to him by his handlers to make such infantile claims. This is obviously coming after the party’s disgraceful, half-hearted campaign in pockets of communities in the state. During this short-lived tour, they got confirmation that their candidate commands very negligible following, hence the resort to diversionary approach to political campaign.”

“The claim that the Deputy Governor is plotting to attack himself and blame it on the APC is a fantastic idea that is best left for the movies and theatre houses. It is false and baseless.

“In actual fact, it must be stated clearly that the APC has proven to be the desperate ones in this election. They have resorted to this cheap lie after hurrying over their campaigns and terminating a full month before the elections. One wonders what more tales by moonlight they have up their sleeves in the coming days.”

He urged the public to disregard the allegations, as the deputy governor is an upright man and committed to the development of the people and would never attempt to play on the intelligence of the people....

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  1.   19 August 2020
  2.   observer

…receives royal blessings from Duke of Ewohimi

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on Tuesday vowed to sustain ongoing work on all the infrastructural projects across the state to improve livelihoods and engender sustainable development.

The governor assured that the interest of the...

…receives royal blessings from Duke of Ewohimi

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on Tuesday vowed to sustain ongoing work on all the infrastructural projects across the state to improve livelihoods and engender sustainable development.

The governor assured that the interest of the ordinary Edo people will be put first in the development of the state, adding, “I will exceed your expectations. We will continue to focus on improving governance to transform the lives of our people.”

Obaseki gave the assurance while addressing party faithful in Ewohimi, Esan South East Local Government Area of the state, the hometown of late Mrs. Clara Oshiomhole, deceased wife of the former national chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, who died in December 2010.

The governor assured the people that the development their son-in-law, Oshiomhole denied them when he governed the state for eight years would be given to them by his administration.

Obaseki said: “What your son-in-law could not do, I, your son and brother will do it for you. I know that the one that worries you most is electricity. We have discovered that in every ward we went to in this area. I want to assure you that if you vote for me, I will work for you.”

Addressing members of Ewohimi Traditional Council of Chiefs led by His Royal Highness, Peter Ojeifoh Usifoh, the Onojie of Ewohimi, Governor Obaseki promised to prioritise road construction, water and electricity projects as well as education in his second term.

The governor also promised to activate the Ugboha water scheme to meet the water need of residents in the community, dismissing claims that the project had been abandoned by his government.

“We have not abandoned the water scheme in Ugboha. We will not abandon it. The problem of electricity in Edo is not because we do not have power. The problem is with the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC). They are not serious. That is why we can’t even pump water.”

On his part, the His Royal Highness, Peter Ojeifoh Usifoh, the Onojie of Ewohimi, prayed for Obaseki and his deputy, Rt. Hon. Comr. Philip Shaibu, ahead of the September 19, 2020 poll.

Usifoh who spoke through the President of Ewohimi Community Development Association, Mr. Innocent Uwaegbea, promised to support the re-election of the governor with a charge to fulfill his campaign promises.

On his part, Chairman of Edo PDP Campaign Council, Chief Dan Orbih, noted: “The truth must be told, this state is not the property of Oshiomhole.

“You (Ewohimi people) ought not to be craving for development by now because it is where Oshiomhole’s late wife comes from. If he (Oshiomhole) had done what he was supposed to do when he was governor, Obaseki would have turned his attention to other projects in the area.”...

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  1.   19 August 2020
  2.   observer
This handout picture taken on August 6, 2020 and provided by the Russian Direct Investment Fund shows the vaccine against the coronavirus disease, developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology. Handout / Russian Direct Investment Fund / AFP

 

 

Brazilian health regulators said Tuesday they had approved Johnson &...

This handout picture taken on August 6, 2020 and provided by the Russian Direct Investment Fund shows the vaccine against the coronavirus disease, developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology. Handout / Russian Direct Investment Fund / AFP

 

 

Brazilian health regulators said Tuesday they had approved Johnson & Johnson’s experimental vaccine against the new coronavirus for the final stage of clinical trials, the fourth vaccine to receive widespread testing in the hard-hit country.

The US pharmaceutic al company’s subsidiary Janssen will test the vaccine on 7,000 volunteers across seven states in Brazil, part of a group of up to 60,000 worldwide, health regulator Anvisa said in a statement.

It said the test would be a randomized, controlled, double-blind Phase 3 trial, or large-scale testing on humans — the last step before regulatory approval.

“Another vaccine study has been approved in Brazil, which is a very important development,” Anvisa official Gustavo Mendes said in a video on the regulator’s website.

Brazil has become a key testing ground in the search for a vaccine against COVID-19 since the virus is still spreading fast in the country.

 

File photo: A patient affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus is treated at a field hospital set up at a sports gym, in Santo Andre, Sao Paulo state, Brazil, on May 11, 2020. Miguel SCHINCARIOL / AFP.

 

The South American nation has the second-highest number of infections and deaths in the pandemic, after the United States: nearly 3.5 million and 110,000, respectively.

Brazil has also approved three other Phase 3 trials of vaccine candidates, developed by Oxford University in partnership with pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca, Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac Biotech, and US firm Pfizer in partnership with Germany’s BioNTech.

The Brazilian state of Parana also signed a deal last week to test and produce Russia’s “Sputnik V” vaccine, which controversially became the first in the world to receive regulatory approval.

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  1.   19 August 2020
  2.   swordpress.com.ng
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