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2022 : Power of incumbency “ll fail you this time – Olujimi tells Ekiti APC

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 From Priscilla Ediare, Ado-Ekiti

The Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, Senator Biodun Olujimi, has told the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State to expect defeat in the June 18 governorship election, noting the power of incumbency would fall the ruling party in the forthcoming election.

Olujimi who is also in the governorship race on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), expressed optimism that her party would win the election. She hinted that the PDP had unseated an incumbent governor before and would do it again in the forthcoming poll.

Olujimi made the declaration at the weekend in Ado-Ekiti when she was distributing letters of employment to 25 Ekiti unemployed graduates.

The former Senate minority leader who said the era of running away with the votes of the electorate was gone, assured the people of Ekiti that this time around the votes will count. She appealed to the people to stand with the PDP to ensure it reclaims the state.

” We all know the tricks now. Some of us know the tricks because we have weathered the storm before.

“Power of incumbency wont work this time around because we all know each other. It wont happen again because we will be proactive and ensure that nobody runs away with our votes. The people of Ekiti will vote and their votes will count.

“Anyone that writes the PDP off, does so at his own peril. Because we are capable of reconciling and reorganizing ourselves. That is why anybody that writes our party off in the coming governorship election would be making a great mistake.

” However we are trying to put our house in order to ensure that come January 26, we will pick a solid candidate that will give the APC a run for their money. I believe that the PDP will come top in that election.”

Commenting on the agitation for power to shift to the South, the Senator said, “I am an unrepentant advocate of southern agenda, that power must shift to the south. The reason is for equity, fairness and justice for the zone and nothing more than that.

“If people treat you with levity, without due respect, then you have got to show them the stuff you are made of and that is the reason why I am an advocate of southern agenda. I am believing in God and my party that a southern person will become the candidate of our party.

“This is because that would be our selling point and that is the best we can do for Ekiti in the present circumstance. That will be the best we can do for a people with six local governments that have been waiting for 25 years. I believe that my party, known for being just and considerate will do that for us.”

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Kalu, NUJ commiserate with Folarin

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From Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan

Chief Whip of the Senate, Dr. Orji Kalu has condoled with Senator Teslim Folarin over the demise of his wife, Mrs Angela Folarin.

Expressing shock over the sad loss, Kalu, a former two-term governor of Abia State, described the deceased as a woman of virtue who supported her husband in his political and humanitarian endeavours.

The federal lawmaker and eminent businessman urged the Senator to take solace in the fact that his late wife was committed to the service of mankind. In a condolence message, Kalu prayed for eternal rest for the deceased, noting that the late Mrs Folarin would be sorely missed by family, friends and associates.

He said: “I received with pain the news of the passing of the wife of Senator Teslim Folarin, Mrs Angela Folarin. She was a virtuous woman who committed her resources to the empowerment of the womenfolk.

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“The deceased played noble roles in the advancement of the cause of the people by complementing her husband’s humanitarian gestures. Her demise is a huge loss to the womenfolk. May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace.”

The former governor prayed to God to give the Folarin family the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council, also on Friday condoled with Senator Teslim Folarin on the death of his wife, Angela Nwaka. The condolence message, which was contained in a statement signed by the Secretary of the Union, Sola Oladapo, quoted the union’s chairman in the state, Demola Babalola, as expressing sadness over the death of Angela.

Oladapo stated that Babalola had since called Folarin, who was on his way to catch a flight to the UK around 4pm Friday, minutes after the unfortunate news of his wife’s death was broken. Babalola, in the brief chat on phone with Folarin said Angela’s death was shocking and one death too many to bear, saying: “Distinguished Senator, this is sad and devastating. May Allah comfort you, the children and all the family members of the deceased.”

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Senator Folarin loses wife

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Chairman, Senate Committee on Local Contents, and 2023 governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, Teslim Folarin, has lost his wife, Chief Angela Nwaka Folarin, a legal practitioner, to death.

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the former senate leader, currently representing Oyo Central in the National Assembly, YSO Olaniyi, confirmed the death and added that she breathed her last in the United Kingdom on Friday afternoon, although she was not sick.

A statement issued by Olaniyi read in part: “With total submission to the will of Almighty Allah, we announce the death of our wife, mother and sister, Chief Angela Nwaka Folarin.

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“The wife of Oyo Central Senator was confirmed dead on Friday afternoon. She breathed her last in UK.

“The deceased was hale and hearty until the angel of death knocked the door. May Almighty God Comfort us and grant the late Angela an eternal rest.”

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Croatian President calls PM ‘Ukrainian agent

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Croatian President Zoran Milanovic called Prime Minister Andrey Plenkovic an agent of Ukraine on Friday; two days after the latter apologized to Ukrainians over the president’s comments on NATO deployments.

 

In a televised address on Tuesday; Milanovic said that Zagreb would withhold its troops from Eastern European NATO contingents if the situation on the Ukraine-Russia border spirals into a full-blown conflict.

On Wednesday, Plenkovic dismissed the president’s statement as “nonsense,”claiming that; the Croatian contingent stationed in Poland had already returned and apologized to the Ukrainian people.

 

Milanovic, the commander-in-chief, hit back in an interview with Croatia’s RTL TV, suggesting that Plenkovic’s loyalties appear to be misplaced.

 

Let him apologize. He acts like a Ukrainian agent, and I act like a Croatian president. That’s a huge difference.

 

 

Asked if he feels the need to apologize, Milanovic said, “No way. I think the prime minister is an ordinary poltron who goes where he doesn’t belong.” “All I’m interested in is the Croatian interest,” he added.

 

In his statement on Tuesday; the president accused the US of agitating the geopolitical situation in the region amid a Russian military buildup near Ukraine’s border.

 

“This has nothing to do with Ukraine or Russia. It has to do with the dynamics of American domestic politics.”

ALSO READ: Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany reaffirm Ukraine ceasefire

 

Milanovic claimed he is trying to steer Croatia clear of a potentially disastrous conflagration involving Russia.

 

The Croatian leader said that Ukraine must start solving “the problem” it has with the “separatists” in the country’s east through negotiations; noting that Moscow has not recognized breakaway republics either.

 

He added that Kiev should “not constantly confront the thermonuclear and hypersonic power, Russia. It is not Serbia. Whoever encourages them to do so is a dangerous charlatan, and there are many in Europe.”

ALSO READ: NATO rejects Russia’s ‘red line’

 

Milanovic’s comments on NATO have earned him a place on Kiev’s “Peacemaker” database for “anti-Ukrainian activity,” and he’s been accused of justifying “Russian aggression.”

 

He told RTL TV that he’s “neither a Ukrainian enemy nor a Russian friend” but is rather focused on the well-being of his own country.

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