FlashBack: Obaseki’s Re-election, Arotile’s Immortalisation, Kogi, Lagos Tragedy and Other Highlights From Last Week

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The re-election of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State as well as events that followed it dominated the media last week. Late Tolulope Arotile was immortalised last week by the Nigeria Air Force, while explosions in Kogi and Lagos States sent the nation into mourning mode. The Politico, therefore, highlights some of the top stories from the just concluded week.

1 Coronavirus Update


Global cases of COVID-19 exceeded 33million as concerns over a second wave of the virus in Europe continues to grow. The week ended with cases totalling 33,084, 142 globally while death toll increased to 999,087. The total number of recoveries stood at 24,442,393 at the end of the week. In Nigeria, total cases rose to 58,198 while fatalities increased to 1,106 and recoveries increased to 49,722.

2 Obaseki Re-elected as Edo Governor


Governor Godwin Obaseki of the People’s Democratic Party won re-election last week by defeating Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress. The Independent National Electoral Commission Returning Officer, Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, announced that Obaseki polled 307,955 votes to defeat his closest rival, Ize-Iyamu, who recorded  223,619 votes. The incumbent governor secured 13 local government areas while his runner up picked 5 local government areas. Following the victory, Obaseki with his deputy, Philip Shuaibu and PDP leaders in Edo State embarked on thank you visits to President Muhammadu Buhari for giving room for free and fair election, and Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State who was the Chairman of the PDP campaign council.

 

3 Tragedy in Kogi, Lagos


Tragedy struck in Kogi and Lagos States last week as trucks conveying inflammable items exploded, leading to loss of lives and destruction of property. A petrol-laden tanker lost control and fell on vehicles at Felele area along Lokoja-Abuja road, Kogi State and exploded. About 28 persons including Kogi State Polytechnic students died in the accident. Kogi State Government subsequently declared a two day mourning of the deceased. Also in Lagos, a tanker transporting gasoline exploded at Cele Bus Stop, Iju-Ishaga leading to many people sustaining injuries and several buildings and vehicles destroyed.

 

4 Emir of Zazzau Died


Emir of Zazzau Alhaji Shehu Idris died at the age of 84 during a protracted illness. Idris who served as the 18th Emir of Zazzau ruled for 45 years and was survived by wives and children. Until his death, he was the chairman of the state’s council of traditional rulers. The state government is currently in search of a new Emir for Zazzau as the committee saddled with the responsibility to recommend the names of nominees for the position submitted its report to the state government last week. The final decision on who becomes the next Emir of Zazzau lies with the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

 

5 Ekiti APC Crisis Deepened

Crisis in the Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress festered as the State Executive Committee suspended a presidential aide, Babafemi Ojudu and 10 other party chieftains for alleged disobedience to the party. In a swift response, a faction of the party comprising Senator Ojudu and other party leaders also suspended the governor of the state, Dr Kayode Fayemi over alleged anti-party activities. The party at the national level however intervened in the crisis by declaring the suspension of Ojudu, Fayemi and others null and void. APC in a statement by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, said Fayemi remained the leader of the party in Ekiti adding that there were no factions in the party in Ekiti state.

6 Zulum Convoy Attacked


The convoy of Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State was ambushed by Boko Haram terrorists around Monguno area of the state. The convoy, was heading to Baga town where Governor Zulum was to supervise the return of the Internally Displaced Persons who were sacked by insurgency. About 30 persons died in the attack. The governor had earlier flown in a military chopper to Baga town where he held the Friday prayers with troops on the ground. It was the second time Governor Zulum’s convoy would be attacked on his way to Baga. The attack was condemned by Governor Zulum, President Buhari among others.

 

7 Buhari Unveiled 60th Independence Anniversary Logo


President Muhammadu Buhari unveiled the logo for the celebration of Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary. Buhari also unveiled the theme of the event tagged, ‘Nigeria at 60’ “TOGETHER Shall We Be”. Buhari unveiled the logo and theme just before the weekly virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The federal government through the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lai Mohammed, also disclosed that this year’s celebration will be a year long which will be celebrated low key.

 

8 Court Restrained Labour From Embarking on Strike


Two court injunctions restraining the organised labour from going on strike on Monday September 28 was issued at the National Industrial Court last week in an effort to frustrate the planned industrial action by labour over the increments in price of petrol and electricity tariffs. The Federal Government secured a restraining order on Friday after a group, Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association, had secured an injunction  on Thursday, retraining labour until the determination of the substantive suit before the court. Labour however insisted on going ahead with the planned strike and nationwide protests to force government to revert the prices of the commonidities after dialogue with the Federal Government failed.

 

9 NAF Immortalised Arotile


The Nigeria Air Force immortalised the first female combat pilot in the country, late Tolulope Arotile, who died earlier this year after she was knocked down in the Air Force Base, Kaduna, by a vehicle driven by her former classmate. NAF immortalised the flying officer by renaming the newly renovated and remodelled pilots’ crew room at the 115 Special Operations Group, Port Harcourt, after her. The crew room housed an operations briefing room, computer room/library, pilots’ life-support room and lounge as well as a kitchen, dining room, changing room for pilots on standby and several restrooms. 24-year old Arotile died on July 14, 2020, following the unfortunate incident.

 

10 Luiz Suarez Joined Atletico Madrid From Barca


Uruguayan striker, Luiz Suarez, joined Atletico Madrid from Barcelona after he was declared surplus to requirement by the Catalan giants. Suarez, who left Barcelona’s training ground in tears, teamed up with Diego Simeoni side after a proposed move to Italian side, Juventus failed. The 33-year old forward left Barca as the club’s third highest scorer with 198 goals behind Cesar Rodriguez (232) and Lionel Messi (634). Since joining Barca from Liverpool in 2014, Suarez has won a host of trophies, including the 2015 Champions League and four Liga titles.