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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Enugu State has urged the Federal Government to withdraw the case instituted against the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to bring about an amicable resolution.

Chairman of NMA Enugu State Branch, Dr Jude Onyia, made the call in Enugu while speaking to newsmen.

The Ministry of Health and the Federal Government through the Ministry of Labour approached the National Industrial Court through an ex-parte motion praying for order of interlocutory injunction restraining NARD in all States of the federation from further continuing with the industrial action embarked on August 2.

Onyia noted that at no time had court suits brought amicable settlement of industrial disputes.

“For a harmonious settlement to be reached, dialogue is the only answer.

“Resident doctors have remained the main professional workforce in tertiary health institutions in the country. They constitute over 50 per cent of the workforce,” he said.

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The chairman noted that the medical consultants might be working but it might not be effective; and the number of patients to be attended to would be reduced as well.

He noted: “The striking doctors are enjoying the sympathy of the general public,” adding that it would be in the best interest of all for amicable settlement and plights of doctors looked into objectively.

“The National Executive Council of the NMA will be meeting on Wednesday, in Benin, where we hope to discuss the strike extensively but the Federal Government must withdraw the suit against NARD.

“The government needs to also withdraw the circular by the Head of Service removing House Officers and NYSC doctors from the scheme of service.

“There should be a relative atmosphere of peace for dialogue and round table discussion, which is the needed negotiation to take place,” he said.

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He lamented the insensitivity of the paltry N5,000 given to doctors as hazard allowance in the face of their exposure to dreaded diseases such Lassa fever, Ebola and COVID-19, which had claimed the lives of some doctors already.

“The government and the entire nation have to rally round our doctors to check their exodus from the country, which portends more danger for the health sector and well-being of the entire citizens.

“If, the current number of doctors still giving service in the country is further reduced, it will surely tell on the health system of the country and the burden will be enormous.

“The capacity of the medical system to have a good number of doctors to attend to unforeseen nationwide health emergencies would be hampered,” he warned.

NARD began its strike on August 2, over what it called the failure of the government to meet its demands after they entered a memorandum of action in 2014.

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One of the demands was for the withdrawal of the circular by the Head of Service removing House Officers and NYSC doctors from the scheme of service.

NARD also wants the federal and state governments to address the issues of welfare, training and service delivery.

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Cherry Valentine cause of death: How RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star died

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Cherry Valentine cause of death: Star of RuPaul’s Drag Race Cherry Valentine passed away suddenly at the age of 28. The sad news was made public by the beloved TV star’s family. Let’s look at his cause of death, what transpired, and how he passed away.

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Social media is overflowing with shock and disbelief at what happened to the Gypsy Queen.

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“This will come as a great shock to the majority of people, and we recognize that there is no simple way to make this announcement.

“As his family, we are still coming to terms with his passing, and it has changed everything in our lives.

“We are aware of how he is adored and how many lives he has influenced.

George, who passed away on Sunday, had an appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’s second season before beginning a career in television and starring in the BBC documentary Gypsy Queen And Proud. According to speculation, his cause of death was a suspected short illness or accident but yet no reason behind his death is revealed.

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Update: Reports from online resources claims, Cherry Valentine reported having chest pains on Friday and Saturday. And it’s possible that Cherry Valentine’s cause of death was myocarditis and blood clots.

He was quite youthful and free of any health problems. His family was not aware of any psychological or physical problems. After the autopsy results are out, let’s hope everything will be clear.

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2023: Atiku will get 65% of Benue’s votes despite Ortom’s support for Wike, says party chieftain

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2023: Atiku will get 65% of Benue’s votes despite Ortom’s support for Wike, says party chieftain

A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) says the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, will get 65 per cent of Benue State votes.

In an interview, Mr Chila, a grassroots mobiliser,  said despite Governor Samuel Ortom’s support for his Rivers counterpart, Governor Nyesom Wike, in the power tussle within the PDP, Mr Abubakar would garner 65 per cent of the state votes.

Mr Ortom had said unless Mr Wike was appeased, PDP would risk losing the state votes during the 2023 presidential election.

However, Mr Chila said regardless of whatever action Mr Ortom would take during next year’s general elections, PDP and its presidential candidate would win elections in the state.

He said that from 1999 to date, PDP has become very entrenched in Benue.

He added that because PDP National chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, is from Benue, it made it imperative that nothing could change the voting pattern in the state.

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“You may wish to know that my governor, Ortom, is also a candidate for the senatorial election in next year’s election. Interestingly, the presidential election and that of the National Assembly come up on the same day.

“So, with Gov. Ortom’s fate tied to that of Vice President Atiku Abubakar, it is impossible for PDP to get less than 65 per cent of the state’s total votes cast.

“And with our son, Dr Ayu as the national chairman, PDP has the bragging rights for the maximum votes from Benue State,” Mr Chila noted.

Mr Chila, who contested the party’s ticket for the Kwande/Ushongo federal constituency, explained that being a predominantly agrarian state with more population in the rural communities, no other political party could achieve rural penetration more than PDP.

He expressed confidence that with the security and economic challenges facing the country, including Benue, the state would vote for Mr Abubakar, who has the capacity to address the challenges.

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“We need stability, and security, and Benue State voters know that the only man that can pull Nigeria back from the precipice is Abubakar.

“The former Vice President is not coming to the presidency as a learner but will bring his wealth of experience to bear on national reconstruction.”

On the calls by some PDP stakeholders for Mr Ayu to resign, Mr Chila said those making the calls were either mistaken or mischievous, saying Mr Ayu emerged through a foolproof process that was not controversial.

He said telling Mr Ayu to quit when he had not committed any impeachable offence amounts to questioning the very rudiments of democracy.

“Ayu has not committed any offence. Therefore, anybody asking him to leave office is indirectly calling for the proscription of PDP, which is not attainable in a democracy.

“People should look beyond Ayu as an individual, he represents that party on account of the mandate freely given to him.

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“If I may add, what would be the compensation for North-Central if Ayu resigns?

“The North-Central has been making sacrifices for the growth and stability of PDP.

“Do we have to wait for 24 years before being considered for the presidential ticket, why must we throw away the consolation prize of national chairman?” Mr Chila asked.

(NAN)

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The newly released presidential campaign council list of the All Progressives Congress seems to be creating bad blood among stakeholders in the party.

So grave are the grievances and dissatisfaction spurred by the constitution of the campaign council that governors elected on the platform of the ruling party are now up in arms and are threatening to work against the presidential candidate of the party, Bola Tinubu.

The grouses of the governors range from being relegated to the background in the campaign affairs to ignoring those they submitted their names as the people who will represent their various states, PREMIUMTIMES REPORTS.

On Saturday, James Faleke, Secretary to the APC campaign council, announced the constitution of the campaign council, listing 422 members, including many who are to work at the regional and state levels for Tinubu and his running mate Kashim Shettima’s success in the 2023 presidential election.

Before then, the party’s leadership had contacted the governors through the PGF secretariat to nominate individuals in their respective states to be members of the presidential campaign council, sources said. The governors were requested to nominate five persons each.

The governors were however stunned to see that l Tinubu and the party ignored their nominations and replaced them with others from their respective states without consulting them.

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Top officials in the party disclosed that the governors had been inundating the PGF chairman and governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu; the APC chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, and the Director-General of the PGF secretariat with complaints over the constitution of the campaign council.

In one instance, the officials said Cross River Governor Ben Ayade vowed not to participate in campaigning for the presidential candidate “since the party leaders have proven to know more than him in his state.”

The governor had submitted names of individuals he believed would effectively mobilise voters for the presidential candidate in Cross River but he was surprised that none of the persons he nominated were named by the party. Ayade had contested to be the presidential candidate of the party and lost.

“The governor of Kwara, Abdulrahman Abdulrazak, is complaining that he submitted five names but he had seen only one appearance on the list,” said an insider who asked not to be named because he is not permitted to speak to journalists on this matter. “The governor said Kwara has seven persons on the list and all of them are from the same local government.”

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Governor Rotimi Akeredelu of Ondo State, who appeared on the list as the South-west campaign coordinator, also complained to the party’s leadership that the names of individuals he nominated were ignored. Mr Akeredolu had been seen rooting for Mr Tinubu before and after he emerged the presidential candidate of the party.

“If the list is authentic, it means that the party and the candidate are not serious about the campaign,” the insider told PREMIUM TIMES. “We believe that at the state, electoral influence resides with the governors and If the governors nominated people to the campaign council and they were ignored, it means there is danger.”

In the northern region, some APC governors are fuming that Mr Tinubu failed to carry them along in the campaign journey so far, those familiar with the matter told PREMIUM TIMES. The fear of the governors is that “the APC presidential candidate does not trust anyone of them apart from those around him.”

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The governors, especially in the North-west, believe their political futures are not secured in the hands of Mr Tinubu, whom they had accused of sidelining them. They believe his handling of the campaign council list has suggested he lacks respect for the governors’ forum.

Sources with knowledge of the thinking in the aggrieved governors’ circle and opposition politics said the disagreement is creating an opportunity for the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, to strategise for the backing of the North-west APC governors.

The North-west governors, particularly, are said to be threatening to withdraw their support should they continue to be disregarded

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