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COVID-19: Ondo commissioner dies

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The Commissioner for Health in Ondo state, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, has died of COVID-19 complications, NRM gathered.

Adegbenro died of COVID-19 at the state infectious disease hospital in Akure on Thursday July 2, 2020. He was 65 years old.

According to a government official who spoke with Media, Mr Adegbenro died on Thursday after he was rushed to a hospital in Owo after contracting Coronavirus.

The source said;

“The Commissioner died at the Federal Medical Centre in Owo and this has just thrown the entire cabinet into chaos.

“He died of COVID-19 because he had contracted the virus earlier and was taking drugs at his own comfort being a medical doctor.”

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This comes two days after the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, tested positive for Coronavirus. Governor Akeredolu in a statewide broadcast disclosed his COVID-19 status. He said he is asymptomatic and is now in isolation.

Who was former Commissioner for Health in Ondo state, Dr Wahab Adegbenro?

Wahab Oluropo Adegbenro was born on 5th June 1955 at Ilara-mokin in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State.

After his elementary education at Muslim Primary School, Ilara-mokin. Between 1962 and 1967, Wahab attended Oyemekun Grammar School, Akure; and the University of Benin, Benin City. He holds the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B; B.S).

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He was a member of the Nigeria Medical Association; member of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria; Associate member, Royal College of General Practitioners of London; and member of Nigeria Guild of Medical Directors.

He established Crown Hospital, Akure where he was the Chief Medical Director.

Wahab was appointed the Vice Chairman, Ondo State Committee on Sports for the Disabled from 1997 to 1999; and later chairman of the Committee from 1999 to 2002. He was a Director, Ondo State Waste Management Board from 1999 to 2002 before he was appointed a Commissioner in Ondo State and was in charge of Culture and Tourism and later the Ministry of Health.

Wahab before his death was the Chairman, Ondo State Council of All Progressive Congress (APC) Muslim Members.


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OndoDecide’20: Dogara head PDP screening committee

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has appointed the immediate past Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, as the chairman of its screening committee, for the Ondo State governorship primaries.

The appointment is contained in a statement issued by its National Organising Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd) in Abuja on Wednesday.

Akobundu said that the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) approved the nomination of Dogara and four others to serve on the screening gubernatorial committee.

Other members of the committee, according to Akobundu, include Sen. Zainab Kure, Fred Agbedi and Ndubuisi Agwuama while Rev. Bunmi Jenyo will serve as Secretary.

The committee is mandated to screen all aspirants for the upcoming 2020 governorship election in Ondo state.

“The exercise is scheduled for Thursday at the NWC hall, Wadata Plaza at 10.00 a.m.,’’ Akobundu stated.


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Edo-Ondo Election: APC appoint Keyamo, Fashola, Musa, Shina Peller. | See Full Lists

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The Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CEONCPC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has made new appointments.

Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani and Niger Governor, Sani Bello, will chair the APC Reconciliation Committees for Edo and Ondo States, respectively.

Yekini Nabena, Deputy National Publicity Secretary, announced this in a statement on Tuesday.

He said the development was in line with the process of reconciliation among leaders and members at all levels, announced by the National Caretaker Chairman and Yobe Governor, Mala Buni.

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The full list below:

Edo State Reconciliation Committee

Sen. Ken Nnamani – Chairman
Babatunde Fashola, SAN
Fetus Keyamo, SAN
Prof. Tahir Mamman
Mrs. Margaret Okadigbo
Barr. Sanusi Musa
Hon. Kawu Sumaila – Secretary

Ondo State Reconciliation Committee
Governor Sani Bello – Chairman
Sen. Adamu Aliero
Sen. Bamidele Opeyemi
Gambon Magaji
Jasper Azuwatalum
Hajiya Binta Muazu
Hon. Iquo Inyang
Shina Pellar – Secretary

The governorship elections in Edo and Ondo had been slated for September 19 and October 10, 2020.


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COVID-19: Ondo Governor, Akeredolu test positive. | Video

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Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has tested positive for COVID-19.

Akeredolu confirmed his status via his Twitter handle on Tuesday.

He tweeted, “Today, I tested positive for #COVID19. All is well. I’m asymptomatic and have been self isolating. Work continues. Your continued prayers over my well being are most appreciated.”

I am currently self-isolating and supervised home management will be administered by the wonderful team at our Infectious Disease Hospital.’


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OndoDecide’20: APC may not have candidate | Reason

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State risks exclusion from the forthcoming governorship election, NRM learnt

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had scheduled October 10, 2020, for the exercise.

Last week, the APC notified INEC that it fixed July 20, 2020, for its primary election. The ruling party invited the commission to monitor.

But the letter with Ref. No. APC/NHDQ/INEC/19/020/013 was only signed by the Acting National Secretary, Waziri Bulama.

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INEC has now warned the APC that the letter violates the provision of Article 4.4 of the Commission’s Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Party Primaries.

The section requires that such notices must be jointly signed by party’s National Chairman and National Secretary.

The electoral body thus rejected the Bulama’s letter and advised the party to do the needful.

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INEC memo to the APC was signed by the Secretary to the Commission, Mrs Rose Oriaran-Anthony.

The development may affect the APC. By the provision of Section 85 (1) of the Electoral Act, parties are required to give INEC 21 days notice for the conduct of their primaries for governorship elections.

INEC timetable released on February 6, 2020, shows that party primaries for the Ondo election starts on July 2 and ends on July 25, 2020.

The last day for submission of candidates’ is July 28, 2020.


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OndoDecide’20: Akeredolu sack Agboola’s Media Aide, Sowore

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Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Tuesday sacked Mr Allen Sowore, Special Assistant on New Media to the embattled Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi.

Akeredolu announced the decision in a statement issued on Tuesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olusegun Ajiboye.

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that Agboola Ajayi had been at loggerheads with his boss, Akeredolu, before he finally resigned from the All Progressives Congress, APC, and joined the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Ajayi had maintained that he remains the Deputy Governor of the state despite his resignation from the All Progressives Congress.

NRM reports that the statement advised Sowore to submit all government’s property in his possession to the Chief of Staff to the Governor with immediate effect.


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I am still Ondo deputy governor – Ajayi claims despite leaving APC for PDP

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The Ondo State Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi has said he would maintain his position despite his resignation from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ajayi dumped the APC on Sunday in Apoi Ward 2, Ese Odo Local Government Area of the state and joined the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the ward.

While tendering his resignation letter from the APC in Apoi Ward 2, Ajayi said that he left the ruling party did not mean he was leaving his position as the state’s deputy governor.

He said, “My people that voted for me did not ask me to resign, so I remain the deputy governor of this state. I was duly elected as a deputy governor.

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“The reason I am taking this action is known to all of you. I listen to the advice from all supporters across the state.

“The Ese Odo Local Government will continue to witness peace and progress.”

Ajayi’s dumping of the APC came a day after he was prevented from going out of the government house in Akure, the state capital by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Bolaji Salami.


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Ondo Security Saga: My Say So Far! – CP

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The Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Salami Bolaji has said that the Ondo Police Command under his policing architecture will never police lawlessness in the State.

Salami while reacting to a video on social media of his purported confrontation with the Deputy Governor of Ondo State over some number of cars, said the video was an attempt to foment sentiment and misunderstanding in the State.

On Saturday night, Ajayi was prevented from leaving the Government House when he was stopped by the Commissioner of Police, Bolaji Salami who was said to be acting on Akeredolu’s order.

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Salami further said, he only came to the scene when his officers and men at the government house could not broker peace between the aides of the governor and that of the deputy governor over the number of cars the Deputy governor would drive out at the time.

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According to the CP, it is only necessary that his presence at the scene as the Command’s Commissioner of Police could calm frayed nerves.

He also said, having listened to the reason for the misunderstanding, advised both sides to come to terms, a condition they both agreed.

The police boss who said he has never been a politician all through his life and would not want to be dragged into politics affirmed that he is completely apolitical and as a police officer, his job is to protect the lives and properties of citizens of Ondo State.


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Update: Fayose react to Ondo’s security saga

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Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has reacted to the drama on Sunday in Ondo State where the Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi was prevented from exiting the Government House.

NRM reported that Ajayi on Saturday night was stopped from leaving the Government House by the Commissioner of Police, Bolaji Salami, who was said to be acting on Akeredolu’s order.

But, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu while defending the police operative, said they were only trying to prevent looting by the Deputy Governor’s aides.

Hours later, the deputy governor defected to the People Democratic Party, PDP.

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Ondo Gov react to CP, Salami & Deputy, Agboola’s drama

Reacting, Fayose condemned the harassment by the police and manhandling of the deputy governor by the Police Commissioner.

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According to him, this depicts how democracy is being threatened under the All progressives Congress, APC.

On his twitter page, Fayose wrote: “Even if the Deputy Governor is decamping to another party, does that give the Police Commissioner the right to hold him hostage?

“Is there any law in this country, permitting police to prevent a Deputy Governor from using his official vehicles just because he is changing political parties?

“That’s the level of threat that democracy is facing in our country under this APC and sadly, the President who should be the leader of the party cannot manage his immediate family not to talk of managing his party or the affairs of the nation.”


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Ondo Gov react to CP, Salami & Deputy, Agboola’s drama

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Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has denied the reports that linked him to the drama which ensued at the government house on Saturday night.

A team of police officers led by their Commissioner, Bolaji Salami, had prevented the deputy governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi, from leaving the State Government House in Akure.

Agboola, who has been at loggerheads with his boss, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, had wanted to move out of the government house for his private residence, claiming he no longer feels safe in the premises.

However, in a recorded video of the incident, the police commissioner stated that he was acting on the orders of his “boss”, Rotimi Akeredolu.

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He added that his actions were wrong but ‘This is politics’.

In a widely circulated video, the CP was heard to have said: “We are not saying you should not go out. Since you are defecting, even your letter was brought to me in my office this evening that you are doing it (decamping) on Monday.

“What government is saying is that you cannot go out with official vehicles. This is politics, I am not saying it is right. This is Government House. The Governor is the one talking, give me a few minutes, let me talk to my boss.”

But Agboola replied, cautioning against a repeat of 1983 political violence.

He alleged that political thugs had been detailed to attack him and vandalize his property at the Government House once he declares for the PDP.

The Deputy Governor, flanked by two members of the House of Assembly Mr. Festus Akingbaso and Rasheed Elegbeleye, queried the Police chief: “Are you a member of the PDP or APC? It is you stopping me now. What is your concern about my leaving from one place to another? Do you know how many hours I have spent here? I personally paid for these vehicles. You should not have put yourselve in mess.

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“I have tried all constitutional and acceptable means to prevent this crisis. You are being used by the governor to deprive me of my constitutional right. I am highly disappointed that a policeman of your calibre can be used like this.

“Let me tell you, you cannot repeat what happened in this state in 1983 because Ondo State people will resist you and your emperor with everything.”

Reacting to the incident on Sunday afternoon, Akeredolu said he didn’t give the orders to hold back his deputy.

He said: “Total Misrepresentation of facts. I did not tell the government house security to hold him back at any point. Why would I? Agbo can go anywhere he likes. I wish him well.”


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Top Story: Ondo Deputy Governor defect from APC

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Ondo State Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi has resigned his membership from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ajayi resigned his membership of the APC on Sunday at his country home in Kiribo, Ward 2, Apoi, in Ese-Odo Local Government Area of the state.

This is coming few hours after Mr Ajayi was allegedly prevented by the Commissioner of Police, Bolaji Salami from moving out of the Government House in Akure the state capital.

The resignation of the deputy governor from APC puts an end to speculations that have been on concerning his planned defection.

Ajayi also used the opportunity to immediately pick his membership card of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at his ward.

While addressing party supporters, the deputy governor said he is happy to be back to the PDP.


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Storyline: Ondo Governor visit Buhari

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Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu on Tuesday met President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja, the federal capital territory.

The governor during his visit presented his Expression of Interest forms for re-election to the President.

Governor Akeredolu is seeking a second term in office on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).


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Operation Amotekun: Leopard recruitment begins in Ondo

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The Ondo State Security Network Agency, Operation Amotekun, has announced the commencement of its recruitment.

Adetunji Olu-Adeleye, Amotekun Corps Commandant in the state, who made this known on Tuesday in Akure, said the recruitment form would attract no charges.

Amotekun is a security outfit based in all the six southwest states aimed at curbing insecurity in the region.

Olu-Adeleye advised interested indigenes between ages 18 and 70 years, with minimum qualification of primary school certificate, to apply for employment.


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Police intercept cemetery workers in Ondo with human heads.


On Monday, Ondo State Police Command confirmed the arrest of four men, who were allegedly caught with human heads, NobleReporters

The suspects, who were said to be workers at the Akure South Local Government Council’s cemetery, are Adewale Abiodun, 40; Akinola Sunday, 69; Oluwadare Idowu, 67; and one Olomofe, 45.

NobleReporters gathered that the suspects were apprehended while severing the head of a newly-buried corpse at the cemetery on Saturday.

A source said a few hours after the corpse was buried, the family of the deceased returned to the cemetery to make arrangements on how to cover the grave in concrete.

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The source stated, “On getting to the grave, the family members met the suspects digging the grave with the intention of exhuming the corpse.

“It was at that point that it was discovered that the suspects had four severed male heads and a female head.

“They immediately invited men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, who arrested the suspects.”

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The state Police Public Relations Officer, Tee-Leo Ikoro, said investigation had commenced into the case, adding that other members of the syndicate would soon be apprehended.

“The ongoing investigation will reveal everything, particularly other members of the gang. From what we have found out, that was not their first time. It is something they have been doing; it is a routine thing,” the PPRO stated.


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[Nigeria] 18 arrested sex workers isolated – Ondo govt shut Brotel.

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At least eighteen commercial sex workers have been arrested by the Ondo State Task Force on COVID-19 for violating the curfew imposed by the state government, NobleReporters reports.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu had announced a dusk to dawn curfew as part of efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease.

It was gathered that the violators were caught in a brothel at the Shasha area of Akure around 10.30pm on Sunday, while the task force was monitoring compliance with the government order.

The suspects were said to have been placed in isolation and their samples taken to ascertain their COVID-19 status. It was also gathered that they would be in the isolation centre pending when their results would be out.

Confirming the development, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties and Strategies, Dr Doyin Odebowale, said the women were caught in a brothel in defiance of the curfew.

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“We caught them around 10.30pm. “We have brought the medical team to come and take their samples. The brothel has been shut. We will invite the owner,”

Odebowale urged residents of the state to always cooperate with the government by obeying instructions on how to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.


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Akeredolu feud as COVID-19 patient sneaks into Ondo amid border closure. [Nigeria]


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Ondo State has recorded its fourth confirmed case of COVID-19 otherwise known as coronavirus.

The fourth case, which was discovered in the state on Saturday, was said to be a police officer, who sneaked into the state after discovering his status in Lagos State.

Disclosing the confirmed case on his verified twitter handle, the Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, said that the patient was already being attended to at the state’s Infectious Disease Hospital, IDH, Igbatoro road, Akure, the state capital.

The governor, who was furious over the development, berated the security personnel stationed at the entry point of the state considering that he had earlier ordered the closure of borders across the state in a bid to contain the spread of deadly virus.

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The governor’s tweet read, “Earlier today, I got news of another positive case of COVID19 admitted to our facility in Akure. The case of this individual who is a police officer is unique. He was tested in Lagos but came to Ondo state while awaiting his results.

“Upon receiving a positive result, he claimed to have returned back to Lagos. According to him, he waited a few days in Lagos to be picked up. When this failed, he panicked and rushed back to Akure for treatment.

“While we appreciate the confidence reposed in our facilities, We do find it most reckless on the part of the officer of the Law to risk the lives of others. I am most disappointed in the level of porosity of the entry points to the state. The police officer should know better.

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“I have contacted the commissioner of police to double up on securing our entry points.”

Recall that the index case was recorded in the state on April 3, 2020 following the arrival of a military officer in the state from official duty in India.


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COVID-19: Ondo to begin enforcement of masks.


The Ondo State Government has said that it will start enforcing the use of face masks from Friday in order to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, who made the announcement in Akure, the state capital, said he had constituted a committee to supervise the production of the face masks for residents of Ondo.

He said, “Similarly, it will be a serious breach of the COVID-19 precautionary measure for any individual starting from Friday, April 24, 2020 not to wear face mask while outside their houses.

“In order words, the moment you step out of your home to the streets of Ondo State, you must wear your face mask.

“I wish to emphasise that Ondo State Government will implement these decisions effectively and efficiently.

“May we therefore use this opportunity to appeal to our people to take these directives very seriously to avoid the undesirable spread of this deadly disease among us.

“If we work together on these simple and easy instructions, we will defeat this mortal enemy of man at present.”


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[Nigeria] Poly undergraduate nab after raping 16-year-old in Ondo state.


Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ondo State Command have arrested one Femi Adejuwon for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl.

The state Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr Philip Ayuba, made this disclosure in a statement on Tuesday.


The commandant stated that the suspect was a student of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

He said, “Information reaching us from concerned citizens in the Ijoka area of Akure on Sunday, April 12, 2020, was that a 16-year-old girl, who is currently seeking admission into a higher institution, was allegedly raped by one Femi Adejuwon, an undergraduate of the Accountancy Department of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti.


“During investigation, the victim narrated her ordeal in the hands of the suspect after being discharged from the Police Clinic, Akure.

“She said the suspect called her on the telephone to meet him in his friend’s place. On getting there, Femi Adejuwon took her in, shut the door and violated her.


“She was later rescued in a pool of her own blood.”

The NSCDC boss noted that the suspect had confessed to the crime, allegedly blaming the devil for his action, adding that investigation was still ongoing in the matter.

Ayuba said the suspect would be charged as soon as investigation was completed.

The commandant advised parents and guardians to keep watch over their children and wards, especially during this COVID-19 lockdown.


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[Nigeria] Corps member test positive for COVID-19 in Ondo state.


A corps member in Ondo State has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
It was gathered that the corps member was a medical doctor, having his primary assignment, at the 32 Artillery Brigade, Owena Cantonment, and reportedly had contacted with the index case.

Confirming the development in a statement, Tuesday morning, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr Donald Ojogo, said the third victim was a corps member and medical doctor.


He said, ” The third positive case in Ondo State is a medical doctor; he is a Youth Corp member attached to the Army Clinic at the Barracks and had attended to the first index case while he was under observation.

“Mr. Governor will today at noon, address the people of the state on further details in respect of this case and provide deeper insights.”


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[Nigeria] Another report as COVID-19 case in Ondo climbs to 3.


The Ondo government has revealed that another positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) was recorded in the state on Monday.

Mr Donald Ojogo, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, made the disclosure in a statement issued to newsmen in Akure on Tuesday.


He said the third confirmed victim of the virus in the state is a National Youth Service Corp (NYSC).

According to Ojogo, the corps member, attached to the Army Clinic at the 32 Artillery Brigade barracks had attended to the first index case, an Army officer, while the officer was under observation.

“The third positive case in Ondo State is a medical doctor; he is a youth corp member attached to the Army Clinic at the Barracks and had attended to the first index case while he was under observation.

“The governor will today at noon, address the people of the state on further details in respect of this case and provide deeper insights,” he said.


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Ondo’20: I will spend one term – PDP governorship candidate. (Nigeria)


A governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo State, Dr. Bode Ayorinde, has declared that he would serve only one term in office if elected governor.

This, he explained, was because he would be completing the tenure of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, as both of them hail from Owo, Ondo North senatorial district.


Dr. Ayorinde said he opted to work closely with Governor Akeredolu to move the state forward but all his intentions were repelled.

Ayorinde stated that he was chased out of the All Progressives Congress by Akeredolu despite his several pleas to him to be magnanimous in victory and tolerant of all of them that contested against him at the party primaries.


He said all efforts to make Akeredolu realised he is the Governor of all in Ondo State rather than Governor of Aketi Team failed.

The PDP governorship hopeful noted that the present realities in the state and emerging facts have rekindled his genuine concern that achieving a great and prosperous Ondo State is a task that must be accomplished.


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According to him, “People had equally asked me whether an Owo man can succeed Aketi as Governor. My answer has been emphatic no but that it is only fair and just for an Owo man to complete the expected tenure of office.

“Therefore, my honest intention is to complete the term due to Owo through the mandate of the good people of Ondo State and I am prepared to give our Leaders in PDP, a written undertaking to that effect.


“Ondo State, the 5th amongst the nine oil producing States in the Federation deserves better leadership. Given the opportunity to serve, my mission is to industrialise Ondo State, create wealth and provide gainful employment for our teeming citizens.

“That has been my concern, my consistent sermon and my mission in government. So, 1st on my priority list is Industrialisation, 2nd is Industrialisation, and the 3rd is Industrialisation.


“I must acknowledge the fact that many of the aspirants from Ondo Central and Ondo South are eminently qualified to govern the state. However, they must be appealed to, to allow us finish our two terms in Ondo North.

It is expected, reasonably too, that when power shifts to their districts, they would be allowed to complete their terms. Very logical and desirable to so think and act.

“This decision was reached after a very wide consultation coupled with strong conviction that I can make a positive difference. After 44 years of its creation, Ondo State must stop crawling. It must stand right and be counted amongst self sufficient states in Nigeria.

“As I present myself for genuine service with the fear of God, I appeal to all indigenes and residents of Ondo State to stand by me towards rebuilding our dear sunshine state.”


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