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Adegunwa Commends Athletes At Rite Foods’ Ijebu Marathon 2021



Adegunwa Commends Athletes At Rite Foods’ Ijebu Marathon 2021-Crystal News

Seleem Adegunwa, Managing Director of Rite Foods Limited, makers of Bigi carbonated soft drinks and official beverage sponsor of the Ijebu Heritage Half Marathon 2021, has commended the athletes, especially the indigenes who participated in the race.

In addition, he stated that Nigeria is great at sports and must therefore seek ways to harness its sporting talents and continue to push for global recognition.

He made this submission at the maiden Ijebu Heritage Half Marathon 2021 which kicked off at the land of heritage, Ijebu-Ode, and witnessed both local and international athletes competing for a grand prize of Ten Thousand Dollars plus other amazing rewards and medal for each marathoner.

“By our DNA in Nigeria, we are good at sports, we just need to harness it and continue pushing for global recognition,” the Rite Foods’ boss stated. He further gave kudos to all athletes who started and ended the marathon and reiterated the company’s commitment to making the event much bigger and better in the next edition.

It was quite amazing as history was made when an 11-year-old, Abigail Ogunbowale completed the 21km marathon at the Dipo Dina International Stadium, Ijebu-Ode. Also, the first local indigene to finish the race was a man named Femi Olusanya, a police officer in Ijebu Ode who promised to fight for the top five positions in the next edition. A man of 55 years old also completed the half marathon.

Speaking on the historical event, Adegunwa, the Rite Foods MD said it was a beauty and an inspiration to behold seeing such a young girl competing with established stars despite her age and completing it. “I was not surprised today to see ijebu indigenes, a 55-year-old and 11-year-old finishing the race; We are naturally gifted in sporting activities in Ijebuland and we just need to make sure the talents here are well coordinated for more exposure,” he added.

Ogunbowale, the 11-year-old marathoner was rewarded with the sum of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira by Rite Foods. The boss expressed his expectations on seeing the 11-year-old getting better and becoming a future champion. Meanwhile, organizers of the marathon have also revealed the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Naira for the local indigene, Femi Olusanya, who was the first to finish the race.

It was also a clean sweep for Kenyan athletes as they claimed both the men and women categories with Hosea Kiplimo finishing the men’s race in 1:02:36 while his counterpart, Rhonzas Kilimo finished second in 1:02:57. The third position went to another Kenyan, Timothy Ronoh, who raced to the finish line in 1:02:59.

The women’s race was also won by another Kenyan, Sandra Chebet in a time of 1:10:42, with two Ethiopians, Gebaynesh Ayele and Beyenu Degefa taking the second and third position in a time of 1:10:52 and 1:11:02 respectively.

Adegunwa further revealed that Rite Foods will continue to bring world-class events like the Ijebu Heritage Half Marathon to the land of heritage, Ijebuland. “As the son of the soil, being involved is a no-brainer because it is our thing and it is really important that we bring world-class events of this nature home,” he said.

The marathon was a display of enthusiasm, vigor and endurance by all athletes, both home-based and foreign, as Bigi drinks provided 14 water stop points for the athletes to refresh and hydrate themselves all through the race. As such, behind every winner at the Ijebu Heritage Half Marathon was an empty Bigi bottle fully gulped down for replenishment and marathon hydration.

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APC Ward Congress: Osun To Adopt Consensus



APC Congress: Lagos Will Adopt Consensus Candidate, Says GAC-Crystal News
 Mr. Gboyega Famodun, the Caretaker Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Osun, on Friday, said the party would be adopting a consensus system at the party ward congress on Saturday.
Famodun made this known at the “Osun APC  Congress Committee Stakeholders’ Meeting on Ward Congress” at the Government House in Osogbo.
The party caretaker chairman, who was welcoming the party national congress committee members, said security arrangements have also been made to ensure committee members’ safety and security throughout the congress.
In his remarks, Mr Gbenga Elegbeleye, speaking in the same vein, said that his team has received a list of members of the congress committee set up by the party in the state that they ill be working with.
Elegbeleye, however, debunked reports that he had been kidnapped in the state because of the congress, saying he and his team just got into the state and that he is safe and sound.
“The principle of consensus would apply for the congress. according to the party, and we will be very transparent in our job,” he said.
The State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, in his remarks, said consensus was adopted by the state for the congress in order to avoid rancour.
Oyetola explained that congress was a way of electing officers of the party and should not be a problem.
He, therefore, appealed to those who would be taking part in the congress to ensure a rancour-free exercise, rather than turning it into a battle

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How To Vote For Your Favourite BBNaija Housemate



How To Vote For Your Favourite BBNaija Housemate-Crystal News

Action has begun in the BBNaija Shine Ya Eye season and users can now vote for their favourite housemate.

For the BBNaija Season 6 tagged “Shine Ya Eye”  SMS voting has been scrapped and other means are being introduced by the organisers.

Crystala News highlights how fans can vote for their favourite housemates.

Voting via BBNaija website

To vote for your favourite housemate on the BBNaija website, fans are to register on the site:

Click on the Vote menu and register by providing your details as required. Successful registrants will receive One Time Pin via SMS.

Once the OTP is entered, you can then be eligible to vote by selecting your favourite housemate.

Website votes are free though data charges may apply. Votes on the website are limited to 100 votes per user for every voting round.

For future voting, users will have to login with their phone number and password to carry out the voting process.

Voting via MyDStv/MyGOtv App

With the app, users are eligible for additional votes depending on their active DStv or GOtv package.

To vote via the app, simply download any of the apps on Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

Once users are logged in, they are to click on the Vote now option and follow the instructions to proceed.

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Lagos APC Group Decries Modalities For Ward Congress



Lagos APC Group Decries Modalities For Ward Congress-Crystal News

The Lagos4Lagos Movement within the Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) has decried the procedures and guidelines for Saturday’s ward congress.

The Convener of the group, Olajide Adediran , who addressed newsmen on Friday at Ikeja, alleged that the National Ward Congress Committee, headed by Mohammed Dangiyadi, was biased.

Adediran said that the national committee ought to have formed a local working electoral committee to work with, to make its work easier in the 245 wards in Lagos State.

“The congresses will hold tomorrow but till now we don’t know the electoral committee members or even the contestants. The venues are also not clear.

“The guideline said there must be forms for anyone who wants to contest, but we have not seen any single form, despite paying for same and having our payment evidence.

We even showed the chairman a list of our intending contestants across the 245 wards, to express our readiness for this congress.

“How do we hold a congress/election without knowing the members of the electoral committee and even aspirants?

“The committee chairman said he has no business with the list of contestants, but who are the aspirants you are conducting the election for if you don’t have forms with you at this time,” he said.

According to him, it is very obvious they are scared of the competition, but the group will go ahead with the ward congress on Saturday because they have paid for nomination forms into the party’s coffers to show readiness and seriousness.

He called on the group members in the 245 wards to come out on Saturday and file behind their officials to be voted for.

“When we are done, we will submit our list and payment pieces of evidence to the national office.

“We will also seek redress in the court if we are not satisfied with the congress outcome because it is our right and we are fully prepared to give all it takes to assert it,” Adediran said.

Reacting, APC Lagos Chapter  Spokesman, Seye Oladejo, said that members of the party knew that forms could be obtained from the party secretariat.

Oladejo urged those who need the forms to proceed to the appropriate venue to get one.

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