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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 1 January, 2021 New Year Edition)

Ex-Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State

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Makinde, Fayose feud continues, ex-gov rejects Oyinlola panel

The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party in the South-West seems not to have been resolved despite the visit of the former Osun State governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola to former governor Ayo Fayose.

Fayose is at loggerheads with the Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, and the party in the region is polarised between the two leaders.

Oyinlola, who was appointed by the PDP Caretaker Committee loyal to Makinde, visited Fayose in his Ibadan residence on Wednesday and many believed that the crisis appeared to have been resolved. However, a source at the meeting told our correspondent in Ibadan on Thursday that Fayose and his allies at the meeting rejected the Oyinlola-led reconciliatory committee because the committee was allegedly unilaterally picked by Makinde.

Camels now bring in grenades, anti-aircraft guns, others – ACF

The pan-northern socio-political group, the Arewa Consultative Forum, has raised the alarm that camels are now being used to bring into the country Rocket Propelled Grenades and anti-aircraft guns through the northern borders.

The National Chairman of the ACF, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who disclosed this in a statement he personally signed, said the weapons were being ferried into the country from neighbouring countries.

The statement was titled: ‘Our borders and insecurity’, and made available by the National Publicity Secretary of the forum, Emmanuel Yawe, in Kaduna on Thursday. He, however, did not mention any country in particular, adding that the information was provided by ACF members from Sokoto and Zamfara states.

APC is no longer breathing in Imo – Okorocha

A former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, on Thursday accused the state Governor, Hope Uzodinma, of destroying the All Progressives Congress in the state.

Okorocha said that he boycotted the APC South-East zonal stakeholders meeting which held in the Imo State Government House in Owerri because Uzodinma was indulging in “political jamboree.”

The former governor who spoke to our Correspondent in Owerri through his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo, on Thursday said that Uzodinma was demarketing the party in the state.

Nigeria will exit recession early in 2021, says Lawan

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has assured Nigerians that adequate measures had been put in place by the legislative and executive arms of government to ensure the country’s early exit from economic recession in the New Year. Lawan gave the assurance in his New Year message to Nigerians, which was released to journalists in Abuja on Thursday.

He lamented that the COVID-19 pandemic caused the country to experience another economic recession in 2020 shortly after it recovered from a similar one. He, however, said fiscal policies and legislation jointly put in place by the executive and the legislative arms of government would soon make the recession a thing of the past.

He said, “We believe that allowing the implementation of this outstanding capital component of the 2020 budget to run concurrently with the 2021 budget will inject more funds to the economy. Also on our priority list in 2021 is the amendment to the 1999 Constitution, which is the grundnorm (basic norm) of our being together as a nation. The process, which started in 2020, requires extensive consultations and the buy in of everybody.”

COVID-19: A new variant awaits every discovered vaccine, says Adeboye

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on Friday, said some of the events of the Year 2020 will recur in the New Year 2021.

He stated this in his ‘Prophecies for 2021’ released about 3am on Friday shortly after the church’s virtual crossover service held from 9pm on Thursday to about 1am on Friday.

A number of vaccines have since been developed by leading pharma companies to build immunity against the virus but the 78-year-old cleric said for every Covid vaccine discovered, there is a new variant in the making, and “this will continue until the high and mighty admit that safety is of the Lord”.

[BREAKING] 2021: We will face all challenges head-on, says Buhari

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has described the Year 2020 as the most “strenuous” year of his over five-year regime which began in May 2015.

Buhari, who stated this in his 2021 New Year Broadcast on Friday, said 2020 came with many economic and security challenges but Nigeria remains resilient as a country on a “difficult journey” to nationhood.

He assured Nigerians that his regime will face all challenges in the New Year head-on, adding that his regime will renew the hopes of citizens in the New Year.

Rising COVID-19 cases: NUT cautions FG against Jan 18 schools’ resumption date

The Nigeria Union of Teachers on Thursday cautioned the Federal Government against the January 18 resumption date for schools across the country.

The NUT Secretary-General, Dr Mike Ike-Ene, who stated this in an interview with one of our correspondents, said there was no need to hurriedly resume, if the rate of COVID-19 infection kept increasing. Ike-Ene stated that if coronavirus infection was increasing, teachers would stay at home.

Ike-Ene in the interview with The PUNCH, explained that it was important to critically study the infection rate as schools awaited the January 18th resumption date given by the Federal Government.

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