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On February 23, Nigerians in various part of the country went out in their numbers to different polling units to elect a president and lawmakers that will represent them in the 9th National Assembly.

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The lawmakers elected include 109 senators and 360 members of the House of Representatives.
Those elected will replace members of the outgoing 8th Senate and House of Representatives.

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The 8th National Assembly, particularly the Senate will be remembered for many things including its various controversies. These include the controversy that trailed the election of its principal officers, invasion of the Senate chamber by thugs who stole its mace, and mass defection of members including the president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki.

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The 8th Senate also had several members, including Mr Saraki, who faced corruption charges. They were frequently in courtrooms, and the custody of anti-corruption agencies, answering questions for their alleged corrupt practices. Some of the cases are still ongoing.

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Like the outgoing Senate, the 9th Senate will also have members who are facing major corruption probes with some already being prosecuted. About 10 per cent of the newly elected Nigerian senators are facing corruption probes. Some are already being prosecuted. They include former governors who allegedly stole state funds while in office and other public officials. All of them have, however, denied any wrongdoing.

PREMIUM TIMES reviews some of the incoming senators facing corruption charges.

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1.Orji Uzor Kalu

The former governor of Abia State won the Abia North senatorial election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Mr Kalu won with 30,580 votes while the closest opposition candidate from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mao Ohuabunwa, recorded 21,940 votes

The EFCC is prosecuting Mr Kalu for allegedly stealing Abia funds while in office. He is being prosecuted alongside his former commissioner for finance, Ude Udeogo, and a company, Slok Nigeria Ltd, said to be owned by him.

Mr Kalu’s original trial started just after he left office in 2007. In October 2016, EFCC renewed its prosecution and preferred 34 count charges against Mr Kalu. But he and Mr Udeogo pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail.

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The EFCC ultimately reactivated Mr Kalu’s case last year, filing amended graft charges of up to N7.7 billion against him. In November 2018, a judge frowned at Mr Kalu’s foreign travel without the permission of the court and the EFCC. That did not deter the former Abia governor from returning to Nigeria and contesting, winning a senatorial election.

2.Gabriel Suswam

The former governor of Benue State is the senator-elect for Benue North Senatorial District under the PDP.

The federal government is prosecuting Mr Suswam and two others for alleged diversion of N9.79 billion while he was in office as governor.

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Those charged alongside Mr Suswam in the 32- count charge are Omadachi Oklobia, his former commissioner for finance, and Janet Aluga, a former accountant, Benue State Government House.
‎In the charge, the trio allegedly cornered the said funds between 2012 and 2015 while Mr Suswam was governor of the state.

They are also accused of conspiracy, conversion of property derived directly from corruption; collaboration to conceal property derived from corruption; obtaining by false pretence and accepting cash payments, exceeding the amount authorised by law.

3.Chimaroke Nnamani

Former Governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani, won the Enugu East Senatorial Election conducted on Saturday.

Mr Nnamani of the PDP polled a total of 128,843 votes to beat his closest rival, Lawrence Eze of the APC, who got 14,225 votes.

Mr Nnamani, his former aide, Sunday Anyaogu, and six companies were first arraigned in 2007 for allegedly conspiring to divert about N5.3 billion from the coffers of Enugu State.
The case had been handled by no fewer than three judges.

In February 2018, the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court dismissed the charges against Mr Nnamani, for lack of “proper charges” before the court. The EFCC vowed to file fresh charges, saying it has strong evidence against the ex-governor.

4.Ifeanyi Ubah

Ifeanyi Ubah won the Anambra South Senatorial ticket on the platform of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) polling 87,081 votes.

Mr Ubah, a former governorship candidate in the state, defeated his closest rival, Chris Uba of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who got 62,462 votes.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is investigating and prosecuting Capital Oil and Gas Limited and its Managing Director, Mr Ubah, for their alleged complicity in a fraud worth N43.29 billion, perpetrated through the petroleum subsidy scheme.

The EFCC and the police accused Mr Ubah and his company of obtaining subsidy payments by false pretences, stealing, money laundering and forgery with respect to the alleged fraudulent payment of N43.29 billion in the transactions conducted in 2011.

5.Peter Nwaoboshi

INEC declared Delta North Senatorial candidate (PDP), Peter Nwaoboshi, the winner of the last Saturday’s National Assembly election.

Mr Nwaoboshi scored 186,423 votes to beat Doris Uboh of the APC who polled 36,360 to emerge second.

He was arraigned for an alleged fraud of N322 million by the EFCC in April 2018.
Mr Nwaoboshi was in court alongside two firms on charges bordering on conspiracy and money laundering.

6.Senator Peter Nwaoboshi

The judge, Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court on April 25, 2018, ruled that the senator should be remanded in prison. He got bail two days after. The trial is ongoing.

7.Abba Moro

The former interior minister, Abba Moro, of the PDP was declared as the winner for Benue South Senatorial seat.

Mr Moro polled 85,162 votes to beat his closest rival, Stephen Lawani of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mr Moro, who served under ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan, was sued for fraud over a botched recruitment drive, which led to a stampede that left 20 people dead in 2014.

Former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro being arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes
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He is currently facing trial though he has pleaded not guilty to his role in an alleged $2.5 million (£1.8 million) fraud, involving missing application fees.

8.Stella Oduah

Stella Oduah of the PDP won the February 23 Anambra North Senatorial election. She is a former aviation minister and is a returning senator.

She won the election with 113,989 votes against her closest rival from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) who had 59,937 votes.

She is also on the list of people being questioned by the EFCC for alleged money laundering.

In February 2018, she was questioned by the EFCC and had her passport seized.
Mrs Oduah is being investigated for allegedly awarding dubious contracts worth N9.4 billion during her stint as aviation minister in the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Specifically, she was accused of diverting N3.9 billion from the N9.4 billion meant for the installation of security devices at 22 airports.

She has denied the allegations and is yet to be prosecuted.

9.Ike Ekweremadu

The deputy senate president was declared the winner of Enugu West Senatorial District for the fifth time in Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.

Mr Ekweremadu of the PDP polled 86,088 votes to defeat his closest rival, Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu of the APC who scored 15,187 votes.

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The federal government, in March 2018, applied to the Federal High Court in Abuja for an order of temporary forfeiture of about 22 properties allegedly owned by him in Abuja, London, the United States and the United Arab Emirates.

The EFCC detained him for questioning on August 1, 2018.
He has denied all the allegations.

11.Danjuma Goje

A former governor of Gombe State, Danjuma Goje of APC, won the seat of Gombe Central Senatorial District for the third time.

Mr Goje polled 110,116 votes to defeat his closest rival, Abubakar Nono of the PDP, who garnered 39,760 votes.

He is currently facing a fraud charge filed against him by the EFCC at the Federal High Court in Gombe.

12.Senator Danjuma Goje

The senator and four others have been enmeshed in a six-year-old money laundering case preferred EFCC.

The EFCC alleged that Mr Goje, then Gombe State governor, conspired with four officers of his administration to defraud the state of N25 billion via illegal acts, contrary to, and punishable under sections 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition Act) 2011, as amended.

13.Abdullahi Adamu

Mr Adamu of the APC won Nasarawa West senatorial district election with 115,298 votes in the election that was held on Saturday, February 23.

The former governor of Nasarawa State was in 2010 arrested by the EFCC for allegedly misappropriating N15 billion alongside 18 others.

He was subsequently arraigned on a 149-count charge of fraud to the tune of N15 billion alongside his co-accused.

The case is yet to be concluded.

In February 2018, the EFCC also arraigned Nuraini Adamu, a son of the senator, and one Felix Onyeabo Ojiako before Justice Farouq Lawal of the Kano State High Court on a four-count charge of conspiracy, forgery and obtaining money by false pretence.

14.Aliyu Wamakko

Mr Wamakko won the re-election in Sokoto North Senatorial District.
The APC candidate defeated PDP Ahmed Muhammad-Maccido, by 172,980 votes to 138,922 votes.

Mr Wamakko, who was governor between 2007 and 2015, is under investigation over allegations of theft of public funds and money laundering totalling N15 billion, an allegation he has vehemently denied.

The EFCC in April 2018, confirmed that the commission was investigating allegations contained in a petition against Mr Wammako.

15.Dino Melaye

Dino Melaye of the PDP was declared the winner of the Kogi West Senatorial election held on February 23.

Mr Melaye polled 85,395 votes to defeat Smart Adeyemi of the APC, who scored 66,901 votes.
He has been accused of varying allegations on several occasions and is being prosecuted in Abuja and Lokoja.

However, unlike others, his trial is mainly not corruption-related.
Last year, he was accused of providing false information to the police and supplying arms to suspected criminals.

In Abuja, he was accused of attempted suicide and damaging government property, after he allegedly attempted to jump out of a moving police vehicle. He was later hospitalised.
The police laid siege to the Abuja residence of Mr Melaye to effect his arrest over a case of culpable homicide last year.

Earlier, Mr Melaye and his group were accused of shooting a police officer, Danjuma Saliu, attached to 37 Police Mobile Force (PMF), while on duty in Aiyetoro Gbede, Mopa Road in Kogi.
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A Lagos-based lawyer, Ademola Owolabi, reacting to this development told PREMIUM TIMES that there are moral and legal angles to the lawmakers’ cases.

“We have a moral angle and a legal angle. For the legal angle, they have not been convicted. But on the moral part of it all, in so many countries corrupt cases are dealt with in days. It then becomes a mockery of our moral standard if we have corrupt charges running for years like the man in Abia State (Orji Kalu).”

“They should clear their names before going into any job that warrants public trust. This country is a very funny country,” he said.

Another right activist and public affairs analyst, Ebi Vincent, said the election of politicians with corrupt charges speaks volumes of “our system”.

“We run a dying and corrupt judicial system and when the judicial system is slow and corrupt, you cannot find anything sane in the nation. All of these persons ought to screened and denied ticket even in their party let alone coming out to be on INEC ballot paper.”

“Nigerians need to demand the removal of these persons. If the people in their Constituency refused to understand that they have elected ‘thieves’, the media and right activist should continue to hold them accountable.

“For anyone to have been alleged at all, it means they have skeletons in their cupboard. The Senate should not be retirement home for looters,” he said.

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CAC 2020 Guide : How To Register Business Name With CAC In Nigeria

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If you are thinking about starting a business in any country, the first and foremost step that you have to go through is business name registration. This article will walk you through the process of registering the company name in Nigeria with all the required documents and the cost incurred while completing the whole process with CAC in Nigeria 2020.

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Registering a business name in Nigeria is a very easy process as the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in Nigeria has simplified the procedure by introducing its website with certain search tools and online portals which minimizes the wastage of time of going to the CAC office and carrying out the procedure there. To know how the CAC Nigeria online name search works and how the whole business name registration process in Nigeria goes, read the full article as a step to step guide is described below.

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Three (3) Easy Steps to Register Your Nigeria Business Name
The steps to register your company name in Nigeria are simple and straight forward. They are as under:

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1. Search for Name Availability
The initial and most important step for company registration in Nigeria is to register a business name. In this step, one must decide a name for their business and then check with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) if it’s available or is already in use. For this search process, CAC has their website where one can go and check for availability. CAC’s website has a public search tool which is free of cost. Once the name is decided, the business name registration in Nigeria is a very easy-going process. If the website search confirms that there is no pre-existing business in the same name, then the incorporator, as a next step, must conduct an official search using the CAC online portal. This search costs N500 (Five Hundred Naira) and it confirms the name availability and permits reservation of business names in Nigeria for 90 days.

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2. Apply for Business Name Registration
Once the business name is approved and reserved, the incorporator, as a next step, shall submit the duly completed statutory forms. Here, the incorporator must attach two passport-sized photographs along with the form. If the company is in partnership, then each applicant’s photographs must be attached with the form. This step can be also completed online and requires you to fill the following information:

Approved Name of the Business
General Nature of the Business
Address of the Business
Name, Address, Occupation and other details of the Proprietors of the Business
Signature of the Proprietors
On the other hand, if the name does not get approved then the incorporator must obtain another reservation form and re-submit it along with it 2 business name options and wait for the approval.

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3. Pay the Applicable Fee
Once all the application forms are submitted, the incorporator must pay the applicable fees for registering a business name in Nigeria. The breakage of the total fees that must be paid to the CAC is given below:

Reservation of Name N500
Business Name Registration Form N250
Fee for Registration of Business Name N10,000

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Restrictions in Registering a Business Name in Nigeria
While registering a business name in Nigeria, one must keep in mind that no rules are being violated, as there are certain pre-defined restrictions one must follow. They are:

The name should be 100% unique.
The name must not contain terms like Chamber of Commerce, Federal, National, State, Regional, Government, Municipal, Chartered, Co-operative, Building Society, Group, or Holding.

Names must not contain terms which in the opinion of the Commission has the capability to mislead the nature or extent of its business activities or is undesirable.

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The name must not be offensive to the public policy.

The name must not be in contrary to the public policy.

The name must not, in the opinion of the Commission, violate any existing trademark or existing business name in Nigeria (unless consent from the owner is obtained).

How to Change Your Company Name in Nigeria?

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If you are wondering whether a person is allowed to change the names of companies in Nigeria, the answer is yes.

Anyone who is willing to change their company name must follow a streamlined process, and the problem is sorted. If you are one of them, and looking for a guide to take you through the procedure of changing a business name in Nigeria then you are on the right platform.

A step by step procedure is stated below.

Procedure for Changing a Business Name in Nigeria

Check for the availability of the desired name with the help of the CAC name search, if it’s available then reserve it until the whole documentation and payment procedure gets completed.

Once the CAC Nigeria name search confirms that the desired name is available then prepare an application stating the reasons for the change in the business name along with the signature of two directors.

State a special resolution explaining the desired change along with the signature of two directors.

Once the application is submitted and approved, surrender the original certificate of incorporation for cancellation purposes.

The next step is to do the payment of filing fees.
Check whether the annual returns are up to date.
Get the stamped memorandum and articles bearing the new name
Documents Required for Changing a Business Name in Nigeria
A board resolution stating the approval of name change
3 copies of memorandum and articles of association using the new business name
The original certificate of incorporation
Cost of Business Name Registration in Nigeria
Reservation of business name N500
Filing of notice regarding the change of business name N5,000
Filing of annual return N1,000
Delayed annual return penalty N100 per day

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AbdulRazaq Fixes Over 50 Years Infrastructural Neglect In Kaiama, Gives New Look To IGS

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Almost a year after AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq was given the mandate to become Executive Governor of Kwara State through the mantra of Oto Gee. Immediately he assumed office he set a new slogan for his administration known as Iseya.

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Different sectors in the state are beginning to witness infrastructural and human development transformation since he assumed office in May, 2019.

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Giving attention to education sector, AbdulRazaq embark on assessment of public facilities with the aim of renovating them, some sections of Kwarans were sceptical of the governor’s will power to close the wide infrastructural gap.

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Government Unity Secondary School, Kaiama is one of the schools in the state crying for infrastructural transformation which has never received government funding and maintenance in its over five decades of existence. Unprecedented years of infrastructural neglect and abandonment.

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It was learnt that out of sheer conscience and passionate concern for community development, the Emir of Kaiama, Alhaji Muazu Omar, took up the renovation of the school from his personal resources having seen the deplorable state of a once flourishing learning centre that has churned out prominent individuals who have contributed immensely to nation building.

AbdulRazaq, who has always want a better life for his people through his leadership has taken the bull at the horn is now embarking on massive rehabilitation of schools across the state to boost productivity and efficiency in the education sector have now come to the rescue of the over five decades old school that had its structures completely dilapidated.

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Today, the ongoing rehabilitation and reconstruction work has put the school in good stead for educational development after many years of colossal negligence as conducive teaching and learning environment and state of the art facilities will be provided by the government to ensure the students are able to learn and develop their skills in line with the governor’s plan for the state.

Emir of Kaiama who sent in his prayers and a thank you message through the Commissioner of Environment, Arc. Aliyu Muhammad Saifuddeen commended the Governor for his masses driven initiatives and foresighted leadership especially after taking the renovation of the over 50years old school.

He prays Allah continues to guide and guard the Governor unto heights of honour which will be pleasant memories to behold for all Kwarans and generations to come.

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The famous Ilorin Grammar School (IGS) in Geri-Alimi, Ilorin was not left out of AbdulRazaq infrastructural development revolution as it was captured in the first phase for renovation and utility refurbishment to provide an enabling environment for teaching and learning which will enhance efficiency, productivity and quality education for all.

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The ongoing school renovations across the state is part of the Governor’s effort to improve the academic performance of students and standards in schools all over the state which will put Kwara on the path to achieving the global ‘Education For All’ initiative as being promoted by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq will continue to partner with relevant government agencies, home and abroad to support educational development in Kwara state.

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Are Ugly Ladies More Faithful To Their Men?

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Hi esteemed readers! Hope we are keeping safe? Please don’t forget our face masks, if we must go out. I must use this medium to appreciate you for your contributions to this column.

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It has been overwhelming for me; it is also humbling. Know this please, you are appreciated. Like Tuface Idibia says, ”without you, there will be no me.”

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Today’s piece is about who is more prone to stick to her man no matter what. The one that will be there for her man 24/7; you get? I ask, does it or should it have anything to do with a lady’s physical looks? You will recall that the Holy Bible tells us that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made, meaning that in an ideal situation, nobody, especially a woman is expected to be ugly.

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You must also agree with me that a man’s beauty should not be measured by his physical appearance! I feel it should be measured by the beauty of his purse; oh sorry, his fat account; no, I mean his pocket.

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Back to my female counterparts, in my opinion, I don’t feel there are ugly women. What I know is that there are women who have stubbornly refused to update their looks.

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The white men call them “plain Janes” ugly Bettys’ and so forth. There are women who have refused to make heads turn in their direction. Comedian Basket Mouth once joked about “ugly girls, being more faithful to their men”.

He said if you want a long lasting relationship, you should ”stick to an ugly girl”! He added that when you date a pretty lady, that there is huge risk of her cheating on you and you will have very little control over her because if you query her outings she will be quick to opt out. But the ugly lady, ”for fear of being dumped by you, will do your every bidding”.

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Dear Basket Mouth, I love you and your shows, your jokes but on this one, I completely disagree with you. I would like to remind the men that they are wired by sight; having said that I feel it will be fool hardy for a man to want to settle for a lady based on her ‘’ugly look”.

Being loyal to your man is not measured only by your physical appearance. A lot goes into a relationship. A whole lot! Women, as I have consistently said on this page, are wired by thoughts and words.

How well do you really touch your woman? Remember Dolly Parton’s ”Touch your woman; everything is gonna be okay”

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Touch your woman,

Let me know oh oh,

Let me know oh oh,

Everything is alright.

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A woman needs helping hands, needs somebody to understand her. Two things are basic to keep us women glued to you like white on rice, and that is the man’s touch and his words. Know what to say and say the right things to her. Know where to touch, oh, let me sneak in this third one.

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Women love men that listen. Yes, good listeners for that matter. Not the man that yawns, when you are telling him how horrible your day went.

Ugly ladies can cheat on a man as often as pretty babe does, especially when you make her feel like you are doing her a favour by dating her. Believe me; the moment another guy shows her little attention, she will be gone before you know it!

How do you explain a very pretty lady dating an ugly guy? It is because of the way he treats her. I once knew of Kate, (not real name).

She was always seen with this guy; a lot of people could not understand what Kate saw in him. Reason: ”Kate was dropped dead gorgeous, while her man was ugly, to put it mildly. Was it money? Far from it! In fact it was Kate that was spending on him. But she confided that it was the way he made love to her.

She claimed that he was thorough. She also claimed that he was so thorough that he would kiss her right from her forehead to her ears, eyes, nose, chin, neck. Take note that most women love it when kisses are planted on their necks, everywhere to even her toes.

Yes, he did all that for her. And that was why she dated no other fellow even when every other guy attempted to date her! She claimed back then that he was her bus stop!

Basket Mouth in his joke also said if you leave an ugly lady alone for months on end, you can be rest assured that you will come back and meet her the same way you left her.

Believe me Basket Mouth, if you don’t treat her well, whether ugly or beautiful, she will dump you so fast you won’t know what hit you.

So, my submission is, whether a lady is ugly or not, her been faithful lies a great deal with how her man treats her.

Source: The Nation

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