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Biden, Trump in last-minute campaign round swing states



A record 90 million Americans have voted early in the 2020 US presidential election, the latest statistics have shown, as President Donald Trump of Republican Party and his Democratic rival Joe Biden campaign across the country to sway the few remaining undecided voters.

The high number of early voters, about 65 per cent of the total turnout in 2016, is a reflection of the intense interest in the contest, with two days left for the campaign.

Biden was in Michigan and Trump in Pennsylvania, states that could be key to winning the White House in Tuesday final poll.

Mr Biden, joined by ex-President Barack Obama, said the US was “done with the chaos” of the Trump administration.

But Trump said there would be a “great red wave” of Republican victories.

Biden has a solid lead in the polls, but his advantage is narrower in swing states that could decide the election.

About 55 million of those that have voted did so by post, setting the country on course for its biggest voter turnout in over a century.

Concerns about exposure to the coronavirus at busy Election Day voting places on Tuesday have also pushed up the numbers of people voting by mail or at early in-person polling sites.

Mr Biden and Mr Obama campaigned at a drive-in event in Flint, Michigan, before heading to Detroit where they were joined by singer Stevie Wonder. Mr Trump narrowly won Michigan in 2016.

At the event, Stevie Wonder changed the lyrics to his song Superstition to praise Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris.

In his first appearance on the campaign trail with his former vice-president, Mr Obama compared Mr Biden’s character favourably with Mr Trump’s.

“It used to be that being a man meant taking care of other people… not looking for credit but trying to live right,” he said.

“When you elect Joe, that’s what you’ll see reflected from the White House.”

Taking the stage, Mr Biden tore into his opponent, saying it was time for him to “pack his bags and go home”.

“We’re done with the chaos, the tweets, the anger, the failure, the refusal to take any responsibility,” he added.

Mr Biden’s campaign events have generally been small, as the candidate keeps rigorously to social distancing rules.

Not so for Mr Trump, who held a series of four rallies in Pennsylvania on Saturday.

At the first, in Newtown, he appeared on stage serenaded by chants of “Four more years!” and told the state where the US independence movement began centuries ago that “three days from now this is the state that will save the American dream”.

He also joked about his recent brush with coronavirus, which also infected First Lady Melania Trump.

“At least those rumours that we don’t live together proved to be false,” he said.

After a rally of several hundred people – relatively small for him – the president flew to Reading, where thousands greeted him on the tarmac.

Mr Trump is planning another 10 rallies over the final two days of the campaign.

His campaign has five events in Michigan, Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida on Sunday, and then five more on election eve in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Opinion polls show Trump trailing former Vice President Biden nationally, but with a closer contest in the most competitive States that will decide the election. Voters say the coronavirus is their top concern.

Trump has repeatedly claimed without evidence that mail-in ballots are susceptible to fraud and has more recently argued that only the results available on election night should count. In a flurry of legal motions, his campaign has sought to restrict absentee balloting.

“I don’t care how hard Donald Trump tries. There’s nothing — let me say that again — there’s nothing that he can do to stop the people of this nation from voting in overwhelming numbers and taking back this democracy,” Biden said at a rally in Flint, Michigan.

At a small, in-person rally in Newtown, Pennsylvania, Trump mocked his opponent for his criticism of the administration’s record of fighting COVID-19, which has killed more people in the United States than in any other country.

“I watched Joe Biden speak yesterday. All he talks about is COVID, COVID. He’s got nothing else to say. COVID, COVID,” Trump told the crowd, some of whom did not wear masks.

He said the United States was “just weeks away” from mass distribution of a safe vaccine against COVID-19, which is pushing hospitals to capacity and killing up to 1,000 people in the United States each day. Trump gave no details to back up his remarks about an imminent vaccine.

Sources: BBC News,


Atiku visits Buhari in Daura home



Atiku visits Buhari in Daura home

Former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, has visited ex-President Muhammadu Buhari in his Daura, Katsina State residence.

Buhari Sallau, a former presidential aide, reported this on his X handle, saying, “His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari today in Daura received former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, at his residence on 22nd June 2024.”

He also published pictures with videos of the visit on X (Twitter).

Atiku had some days ago visited two former Heads of State — Gen. Ibrahim Babaginda and Gen. Abdulsalam — at their residences in Niger State.

Atiku had said of the visits: “Today (Wednesday, June 19), I paid Sallah homage to former Heads of State Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (rtd) and Gen. Abdusalami at their residences in Minna, Niger State.”

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After naming new editors, PUNCH appoints deputies, explains sweeping changes



PUNCH Editors

After naming new editors, PUNCH appoints deputies, explains sweeping changes

PUNCH Nigeria Limited on Saturday gave details about the sweeping changes made in the editorial leadership of daily and weekend titles.

Newstrends Friday evening reported that the Business editor of The PUNCH, Oyetunji Abioye, was appointed the new editor of The PUNCH.

The company also announced Samson Folarin, the Features Editor of the paper’s Weekend Titles (Saturday PUNCH & Sunday PUNCH) as acting Editor, Weekend Titles.

According to the new report, the company has also named the Editor, PUNCH SportsExtra, ‘Tana Aiyejina, as Deputy Editor of The PUNCH. He replaces Olaniyi Odebode occupying the position before now.

Tessy Igomu, the current Editor, Healthwise, is to take over from Yusuff Moshood as the Deputy Editor, Weekend Titles, in acting capacity.

Moshood has been redeployed to PUNCH Digital as the Deputy Editor.

Also, the current online editor, Olalekan Adetayo, has been reassigned the Editor of the PUNCH Digital, the restructured digital operations unit incorporating all of PUNCH’s digital publications.

The report said the outgoing editor of The PUNCH, Adedayo Oketola, and Editor of the newspaper’s Weekend Titles, Sola Fabiyi, would hand over to their successors on Monday, July 22, 2024.

The board conveyed its appreciation to the outgoing editors, Oketola and Fabiyi, as well Odebode, noting their positive contributions to the company’s strategic objectives and wishing them well.

A widely travelled and well-respected business journalist, Abioye has reported and written extensively on general news, aviation, finance, money and energy.


During his time as a field journalist, Abioye, who broke several major stories in the aviation and finance sectors, earned a well-deserved reputation as a resourceful and self-driven reporter with a special knack for exclusive stories.

Abioye also had a distinguished career as a reporter, winning major awards including the Nigerian Media Merit Award Aviation Reporter of the Year (2015), National Association of Air Traffic Engineers Aviation Reporter of the Year (2013), and emerging as a runner-up in the Money Market Reporter of the Year category of the Diamond Award for Media Excellence.

He has attended key conferences and training programmes in North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Abioye is also a regular at the IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington DC, USA; Russia-Africa Economic Summit, International Air Transport Association Annual General Meetings and World Air Transport Summit, among others.

A graduate of Economics of Babcock University joined PUNCH in 2007 as a correspondent and rose through the ranks to become the News Editor of Saturday PUNCH. He was appointed the Group Business Editor of The PUNCH, in 2021.

He is an alumnus of the United States Government-sponsored International Visitors Leadership Programme (Financial Journalism) held in Pennsylvania, Chicago and New York; the United Kingdom Department For International Development-Sponsored Media Training; Bloomberg Media Initiative for Africa; CitiBank Media Training; and the Pan Atlantic School of Communications Media Training.

Folarin, the new acting editor of the Weekend Titles, (Saturday PUNCH & Sunday PUNCH) is a graduate of Mass Communication of the University of Lagos.

He joined PUNCH as a correspondent in 2013. He was, at different times, the Metro Editor of The PUNCH; Contributing Member, PUNCH Editorial Board; and Features Editor, Weekend Titles.

Folarin is a well-garlanded investigative journalist whose career has reflected a very strong passion for human rights.

He was awarded the Investigative Reporter of the Year by the Nigeria Media Merit Award in 2018, 2020 and 2021, and was voted Print Journalist of the Year in 2019 by the NMMA. He also won the Print Category of the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Journalism in 2019 and 2020. Folarin won the maiden edition of the Lagos Reporting Category at the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence in 2014.

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Ogun gov bans monarchs from signing MoUs on land



Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun

Ogun gov bans monarchs from signing MoUs on land

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has signed three executive orders, creating two new agencies.

The new agencies are:Ogun State Mineral Resources Development Agency and Ogun State Landscaping and Recreation Agency

Additionally, the Governor, through the third Executive Order, has prohibited traditional rulers from entering into any agreements or Memoranda of Understanding related to mining activities or land matters in their domains.

The governor gave this marching order in a statement issued on Saturday by his Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Kayode Akinmade.

According to the statement, the three executive orders take immediate effect.

The governor said, “Ogun state has rich and vast deposits of mineral resources which must be explored responsibly, judiciously and without detriment to the environmental ecosystem in mining areas.

”Now by the authority vested in me as the governor of Ogun State under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 constitution as amended, Prince Adedapo Oluseun Abiodun hereby other than an agency to be known as the Ogun State Mineral Resources Development Agency is hereby established.

“The Agency shall directly or through qualified third parties, conduct and establish working relationships with host communities and local governments for the conduct of geotechnical and geological surveys of solid mineral deposits within their domains; geotechnical survey of solid mineral deposits in the State and maintain relevant data in the Sector; organises the solid minerals sector to the best interest of the state.


“Develop and strengthen the local capacity of investors in the solid minerals sector and build value re-orientation of indigenes of the state towards engaging in solid mineral SME business; empower the youths in the state to participate in the mining business under specified programmes among others”

Speaking on Executive Order Two creating Ogun State Landscaping and Recreation Agency, the governor said it is in line with his administration’s transformation agenda to ensure sustainable development and fight climate change.

Abiodun explained that “Part of the visible evidence of the Transformation Agenda is the attraction of both Local and International commendation of the current administration’s vision in the State with regards to Tree planting, landscaping and beautification programmes in line with the International environmental standard and its vision for a flood free, hygienic and beautiful Gateway State such as to mitigate the effect of climate change.

“The Ministry of Environment has started a massive and aggressive tree planting campaign to complement the beautification and landscaping programs to ensure an environmentally sustainable, healthier and beautiful society.

“This greening initiative of the Ogun State Government is therefore conceived not just to beautify the environment but also to be experienced as an effort to mitigate the effect of Climate change, save the environment and protect our future which is aimed at reclaiming open spaces from all agents of environmental degradation.

“There is, therefore, the need to create the Ogun State Landscaping and Recreation Agency, to sustain the modest achievement of the Ministry of Environment in the area of environmental regeneration and restoration and through the provision of Parks, Gardens and Recreational Centres State-wide to preserve the biodiversity and ecosystem of the environment”.

Abiodun said that the third executive order is to discourage and stop the sabotaging efforts of some traditional rulers conniving with some undesirable elements mining some resources of the state without the approval of the government.

“Pursuant to the authority vested in me as the governor of Ogun State, I hereby order as follows: That all forms of Traditional Institutions existing within the State are hereby with immediate effect barred from entering into any form of Memorandum of Understanding or Agreement with any individual, companies or organisations seeking Land within any part of the entire State for purposes of Mining or Industry and are to forthwith refrain from issuing any form of consent letters for mining across the State.

“Any Traditional Institution or stakeholder in the Institution who flouts this Order shall be sanctioned in line with the provisions of the Obas and Chiefs Law and other relevant criminal statutes.

“From the date of this order, any individual, company or organisation that enters into any Memorandum of Understanding or agreement with a Traditional Institution or stakeholders, whom this order applies on mining or industry shall be proceeded against in line with Section 61 of the Ogun State Criminal Law 2006 which prohibits interference with executive power. This Executive Order takes effect immediately.”

Ogun gov bans monarchs from signing MoUs on land

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