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What Buhari told Commonwealth scribe about elections, PDP

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President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday told Commonwealth Secretary-General, Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, that people have more confidence in a government they have elected in free and fair polls, than one that wangles its way into office through artifice and subterfuge.

He said this in veil reference to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The Commonwealth scribe had paid a courtesy visit to President Buhari at State House, Abuja, after attending the signing of the Peace Accord at the International Conference Centre.

“One Nigeria is non-negotiable,” the President said. “Over two million people died in the civil war we fought, and when people elect their own government through a free and fair process, they have more confidence in such government.

“We will not spare any effort to organize credible polls, and people should come out and vote for their choices,” he added.

Buhari expressed pleasure that the Commonwealth was showing keen interest in the Nigerian election, appreciating Rt. Hon. Scotland for coming all the way to be a part of what would engender free and fair polls.

The Secretary-General described Nigeria as, “a treasured member of the Commonwealth family,” adding that the signing of the Peace Accord would lead to better voter turnout, “as they would have seen the commitment to peace by all the main actors.”

She commended what she described as President Buhari’s, “calmness and good humour,” even as the polls approach, stressing: “When Nigeria is healthy, vibrant and strong, the whole of Africa is strengthened.”

Rt. Hon. Scotland also lauded, “the energetic way” the President has pursued issues of security and anti-corruption, pledging that the Commonwealth stands ready to assist Nigeria at all times.

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Girl found dead in Delta hotel room after checking in with boys

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A yet-to-be-identified girl has been reported dead three days after she was allegedly gang-raped by some boys in a hotel room in Amukpe community in Sapele, Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State.

The remains of the deceased was already decaying when it was found under the bed in the said hotel on Monday August 19, DAILY POST can report.

It was learnt that the deceased girl was severally raped to death by some boys who brought her to the hotel three days before she was found dead.

The boys reportedly hid her remains under the bed and checked out of the hotel room.

The offensive odour in the hotel attracted the management who eventually called the Police to report that a lady died in one of the rooms.

Swinging into action, the police evacuated and deposited the corpse in a morgue and shutdown the hotel.

When contacted for comments, the Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Adeyinka Adeleke confirmed the report to DAILY POST.

According to him, “It is true a lady died in a hotel in Sapele. I don’t know what killed her.”

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EPL: What Pogba, Rashford discussed before penalty miss in Man United 1-1 draw with Wolves

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Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba had a discussion before the Frenchman took the spot kick in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Wolves on Monday night.

The 21-year-old who scored a penalty against Chelsea last week, wanted to take the spot kick against Wolves but at same time, didn’t want to offend Pogba.

According to Mirror, Rashford had asked Pogba if he wanted to take the kick, and the former Juventus star said ‘yes’.

Then Rashford patted the Frenchman on the back, picked the ball and gave it to him.

United could have secured victory at Molyneux but Pogba missed the penalty.

The World Cup winner saw his spot kick saved by Wolves stopper Rui Patricio as United played out a 1-1 draw at Molyneux.

It was the second penalty awarded to the Red Devils this season.

Pogba had gone down under a foul from Connor Coady in the box, prompting referee Jonathan Moss to point to the spot.

Despite the Frenchman’s powerful effort though, Patricio was equal to it, forcing a share of the spoils between the two sides.

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Osun govt declares Tuesday, public holiday for traditional worshipers

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Osun State government has declared today, Tuesday, August 20, public holiday for traditional worshipers in the state, tagged it ‘ Isese Day’.

This was contained in a press statement signed by the Supervisor, Ministry of Home Affairs, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Obawale Adebisi, the copy which was made available to newsmen in Osogbo, the Osun State capital on Monday.

According to the statement, traditional worshipers in the state were enjoined to use the occasion of the celebration to pray for the state government for a special grace to take the state to a greater height.

It also charged them to be vigilant and peaceful during the festival and never hesitate to fish out and hand criminal elements among them over to law enforcement agencies.

” We enjoin the traditional worshipers to pray for the State Government and other stakeholders who are saddled with the responsibilities of moving the state to the next level to accomplish the task ahead.

” We also implore them to be peaceful and law abiding in the course of their celebration.

” Worshippers must not hesitate to report suspected hoodlums in their domains to the law enforcement agencies, as we urge hem to continue to support the government by exercising their civil responsibility through prompt payment of taxes and levies and live in harmony with other religious worshippers to allow the government to concentrate on the development of the state”, the statement read.

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