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Lauds INEC, security agencies and Ekiti Electorates

The Chairman of Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, Hon. Ojukaye Flag-Amachree has congratulated the governor-elect of Ekiti State, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi (JFK) over his victory in the keenly contested Ekiti governorship election that took place yesterday (Saturday).

In a statement released in Port Harcourt Sunday morning, Hon. Flag-Amachree lauded the people of Ekiti who despite over three years of propaganda and deceit by Gov. Fayose came out en mass to speak with their votes.

“For more than three years, Gov. Fayose deceived himself believing he was deceiving the good people of Ekiti State; for over three years, Fayose unleashed propaganda on his own people, claiming he is part of the masses by eating ponmo at roadside bukas while stealing Ekiti dry. But yesterday, the people spoke with their PVCs by rejecting the governor and his handpicked successor. Ekiti people simply liberated themselves from the shackles of Fayose and his theatrics.

“Yesterday, Ekiti people rejected and voted out months of unpaid salaries to civil servants. The people of Ekiti rejected the fast-dying PDP and its bunch of brigands. Yesterday, Ekiti people helped the APC to stamp its authority and control over the entire South-West of Nigeria under the focussed and indefatigable direction and leadership of Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, the Jagaban of Nigeria himself,” Ojukaye stated.

Similarly, the Rivers State APC Chairman lauded the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government for creating an enabling and level playing field for the holding of a peaceful, free and credible governorship election in Ekiti State.

“We appreciate the determination by President Buhari which resulted in the peaceful and level playing field that all candidates in the governorship election enjoyed before and during yesterday’s polls. This is in sharp contrast to the misuse of federal might by the federal government during the 2014 Ekiti governorship election. The federal government then used the military and other security agencies to hound, harass and harangue APC members who were then in opposition in Ekiti. Many including the present Minister of Information, Mr. Lai Mohammed were brutalised, arrested and detained with brazen impunity.

“This time around, security agents merely ensured that there was peace and security across Ekiti State which contributed to the peaceful and successful holding of the governorship election last Saturday.

“I have no doubt that the same enabling and equal playing field will be provided during the 2019 elections in Rivers State to enable the people to freely express their electoral choice unlike during the 2015 elections when federal power and massive violence were deployed to capture power for the PDP.

“It is noteworthy that not a single soul was lost in the Ekiti governorship elections under the Buhari-led federal government unlike in 2015 in Rivers State where the PDP federal government colluded with its Rivers State Chapter and governorship candidate to kill and maim over a thousand souls before, during and after that election.

“In 2019, it is important to re-emphasise that APC and the people of Rivers State will never allow thunder strike twice in the same place,” Ojukaye declared.

Hon. Ojukaye Flag-Amachree lauded the deployment of technology by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which contributed to the successful outcome of the Ekiti governorship election. He thanked Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for leading the party to victory shortly after becoming the national chairman of the party.

"The victory of APC in Ekiti governorship election is a political statement by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole that 2019 will be victory all the way for APC. In less than a month after becoming the national chairman of APC, Ekiti State is already in the kitty," Ojukaye concluded.

In s related development, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress APC, in Rivers State, Prince Tonye Princewill has congratulated his Excellency Dr. John Olukayode Fayemi on his victory at the just concluded governorship poll in Ekiti State which was held yesterday.

The Prince of the Niger Delta in a statement made available to journalists today described the election victory of Dr. Fayemi as a “victory well-deserved and a further deepening of democracy” adding that the majority of the Ekiti State electorate had made the right choice of the person they want to pilot the affairs of the state.

“A good majority of the electorate in the state have spoken through the ballot box as to the person that they want to oversee the affairs of the state.  They have made the right choice; the onus is now on the governor –elect to justify the massive support given to him by his people. Like 2015, APC has shown that unseating a noisy incumbent is possible.”

Princewill praised INEC on the modalities put in place that enabled for a successful and transparent conduct of the election and enjoined them not to relent in their efforts.

He also commended security personnel deployed to ensure that the exercise was hitch-free not minding some contrary opinions especially in the number of security personnel released for the poll.

Finally he thanked the APC in the state, zone and the national arms of the party for showing preparedness to win. This has sent shockwaves that will reverberate far and wide especially here in Rivers state. Rumors of Fayose wanting to flee the country were true he said, but was confident that there would be no escape.

“Elections are not won on social media or in the air. Neither do we need comedy or play acting to govern. This is a very strong message APC has sent. I’m sure PDP and their sympathizers have heard.” the Prince said.
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The President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro says Africa won the football World Cup for France.

He says the high number of African immigrants that played in the France national team helped them win the tournament.

Maduro is asking Europe to look back on this achievement and end discrimination against immigrants.

Venezuela state television quoted him as saying “the French team won, although it looked like an African team. Actually, Africa won – the African immigrants who have arrived in France. I hope Europe receives that message”

No more racism in Europe against the African people, no more discrimination against immigrants,” he added.

“French African Team”

15 out of the 23 players in the France national squad can trace their heritage back to Africa. They come from mainly French colonies.

France beat Croatia in the final on Sunday in Russia’s capital Moscow.

France’s progress to the deciding game kept alive interest for Africa with the diverse and multi-cultured French squad.

The black players have roots linked to Algeria, Angola, Congo, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo.

Close links between French and African football go back some 80 years. Some notable stars including Zinedine Zidane who traces his heritage to Morocco helped France win the 1998 world cup.

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In order to regulate social media usage, Egypt’s parliament has approved new regulations.

The new regime requires that all social media users with over 5,000 followers are given special monitoring by the state.

These users could be placed under the supervision of Egypt’s Supreme Council for Media Regulations.

AFP reports that the council could suspend, or block accounts considered to be publishing or broadcasting “fake news or anything inciting violating the law, violence or hatred”.

The new law also covers websites and blogs that publish news related content.

President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi’s is now required to sign the law to give his final approval. Many consider the move an attempt to curb dissents.

Human rights groups including Amnesty International have condemned the new law.

Just last week a Lebanese tourist was jailed in Egypt for complaining of sexual harassment and living conditions in Egypt.

Mona el-Mazboh was arrested last month for posting a video on Facebook raising these concerns.

Her lawyer told Reuters that his client was jailed for eight years in prison by a Cairo court.

Arrest of a tourist

Mona el-Mazboh was arrested at Cairo airport following her 10-minute video. In that video she described Egypt as a “son of a bitch country” haven completed her stay in Egypt.

The Facebook post went viral on social media prompting her arrest. Mabhoh was convicted of deliberately spreading false rumours by the court.

The court found her guilty of harming society, attacking religion, and engaging in public indecency.

Its not only Egypt that is getting tough on social media users. Other African countries like Uganda and Zambia are putting in place laws to regulate social media usage.
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South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa

South Africa will tighten its mine safety regulations to hold mine operators accountable for accidental deaths in the industry, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday.

Safety is a huge issue in South Africa’s deep and dangerous mines and increasingly a focus for investors. A spate of deaths at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations, including a seismic event that killed seven miners in early May, has highlighted the risks.

Ramaphosa was responding during an interview for eNCA news channel to a question after six miners died on Sunday in an underground fire at a copper mine operated by unlisted Palabora Mining, the latest tragedy to hit South Africa’s mines.

“We are going to tighten up the regulations to ensure that those who run these mines must be accountable themselves because we cannot have so many deaths,” said Ramaphosa, who was a mine union activist during apartheid.

Ramaphosa said 54 miners had been killed in South Africa’s mines so far in 2018.

This follows a spike in mine deaths in 2017, to more than 80 from 73 in the previous year, ending nine straight years of falling fatalities in the world’s top platinum producer.


On the vexed issue of land reform, Ramaphosa said talks would continue with traditional leaders, who earlier this month warned the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to exclude land controlled by local chiefs from its plans to redistribute property to the black majority.

The Zulu king warned of conflict over the issue.

The leaders are seen as key to the political base of the ANC and control communal land comprising 13 percent of South Africa in the former homelands, impoverished relics of apartheid where most black South Africans were literally confined under white rule.

Party reformers want to dilute their power by providing people in such areas with direct property ownership through title deeds.

“We are going to meet and have a further discussion ... with all our traditional leaders,” Ramaphosa said.

“We clearly don’t want two systems, we want all our people to have similar (property) rights,” he said.

The ANC’s plans to change the constitution to allow the government to expropriate land without compensation to rectify racial disparities has unnerved investors as it recalls the farm seizures that ruined neighbouring Zimbabwe’s economy.

The ANC has said it will not pursue land reform in a way that threatens food security or economic growth. Most land remains in white hands, making it a potent symbol of lingering inequalities.