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EdoDecide’20: Victory is ours – PDP confident

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The National Campaign Council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Edo governorship election says the party is confident that its candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki will win the election.

The party was optimistic of its victory after the inaugural meeting of the council held behind closed doors in Port Harcourt which was presided over by the River State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

In attendance at the meeting are Governors of Adamawa State Umaru Fintri, Oyo State Seyi Makinde, and other members of the National Campaign Council, chairmen and secretaries of all the sub-committees of Edo 2020.

Briefing journalists after the meeting, Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri said the meeting adopted the best strategies to retain what rightly belongs to PDP.

Governor Fintiri who is also the Deputy Chairman of the campaign council said they would leave no stone unturned in working with Edo people to deepen democracy.

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“The election is already on the table for PDP. We have a sellable candidate, who is Governor Godwin Obaseki. Nigerians are moving forward with democracy and we have to deepen it together.

“Technically, Edo is a PDP state because, in the last election of 2019, we actually won all the elections. So, it is not coming as a surprise that Governor Obaseki has to shift his ground from APC to join us.

“Now, we are putting all the forces together, and there is nothing that’s left behind. So Edo is completely a PDP state and we are going in there to win the election,” he said.

Also speaking, Chairman of the Publicity Committee, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi said the Edo people are convinced that Governor Obaseki is the best candidate in the governorship race.

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He explained that the national campaign council has given the state campaign council all the needed support that would ensure total victory for PDP.

” Those of us from Edo state are very clear in our minds that our candidate, Governor Obaseki is definitely the best candidate that can deliver and sustain the PDP ticket and also take the flag of the party to Osadebe House.

“For the South-South, it is a great challenge and honour to ensure that the six states in the zone belong to PDP. So, every support has been pledged by the leadership of the party; the governors, members of BOT, the national working committee. They are committed to ensuring that the flag of PDP will continue to fly in Government House,” he said.

Since the inauguration of the 77 member National Campaign Council by the National Working Committee of the PDP on the 7th of July, 2020 in Abuja, this is the first meeting of the council to work out strategies that will ensure victory on September 19th, 2020 in the Edo State governorship election.


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EdoDecide’20: Obaseki spent N15bn for PDP ticket

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Gov. Godwin Obaseki spent N15bn bribe his way to picking up the PDP guber ticket days after the defecting from the ruling APC, his APC rival Osagie Ize-Iyamu has alleged.

Ize-Iyamu didn’t give evidence to support his claim.

But both candidates and their parties have been hurling claims they can’t readily substantiate at each other since the preparation for the September governorship election began.

Ize-Iyamu made his latest allegation in a statement by John Mayaki, his campaign Director of Communications, on Saturday.

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“He is yet to explain to the people of Edo State where he got the 15 billion Naira he paid the PDP tax-collectors to facilitate his imposition as the party’s emergency-hour candidate.”

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki

“It is no surprise, given the nature of Obaseki’s administration and sharp practices of both governor and appointees in Edo State.”

The APC candidate too is facing a N700m-corruption allegation in court.


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NEMA commences distribution of farm inputs in Edo

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), on Friday, commenced the distribution of fertilisers and other farm inputs to farmers affected by the 2018 flood in Benin, Edo.

The Director-General of the agency, AVM Muhammad Muhammed (rtd.), said that the special intervention was approved in 2019 by the Federal Government after due documentation.

He said that the documentation commenced with the verification of the affected farmers, which was closely followed by the distribution of farm inputs and seedlings.

“After the documentation and verification, 31,185 farmers affected by the flood are to benefit from the various farm inputs, including fertilisers, seedlings, agro-chemicals and max sprayer.

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“The total quantity of NPK fertilisers required after verification of the affected farmers was 37,250 bags of 50kg of fertilisers, which have been delivered to Edo.

“Of this number, 16,904 bags have been distributed to the beneficiaries in two local government areas of Etsako East and Etsako Central,” he said.

The director-general added that 7,887 bags would be distributed to the affected farmers in Esan South-East Local Government area.

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According to him, the distribution of fertilisers to the affected farmers marks the final phase of assistance from the Federal Government.

He appealed to the beneficiaries to make the best use of the items, noting that the frequent occurrence of flood had continued to threaten farming activities in Nigeria.

Responding, the Gov. Godwin Obaseki commended the federal government for responding to the state’s request.

He assured that the items would be distributed to the beneficiaries, along with state extension services, to take advantage of the cropping season for better yield.


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EDO/Ondo Elections: INEC set to accredit media online, observers

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Yakubu said the party had learned from previous election conducted and the humongous number of litigations that followed election conduct.


The Independent National Electoral Commission has said it would be carrying out the accreditation of electoral observers and media through an online platform.

Chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu, revealed this on Tuesday during a town hall meeting on ‘Fixing Nigerian elections’ which was organised by YIAGA.

Yakubu said the party had learned from previous election conducted and the humongous number of litigations that followed election conduct.

He said, “We have been deepening the usage of technology not only in management of electoral processes but processes that lead to elections.

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“We also introduced the accreditation of observers online. The media will be accredited online and we said that parties must also submit their nominations online.

“Recall that before the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship election, we had so many litigations simply because the process of submission was manual.

“We learnt from the experience of what happened and insisted that all political parties must file their nominations online. We created a dedicated portal online. All the political parties have filed their nominations.”

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The INEC Chairman aligned with the need for electoral reforms in the country as he urged political parties to do what is right according to the laid down laws and guidelines.

“I hope that as part of the reform we need to introduce in this country, attention will focus on the conduct of the bye-election.

“While we appreciate the lawmakers and all those responsible that we reform our electoral process, from our experience as a commission, we realised that we need electoral reforms and legal reforms but so much actually depends on what the commission makes of its own independence rather than them drawing from statutorily provision.

“We will continue to ensure we do what we have to do courageously to ensure that we achieve the free, fair and credible election that we require,” Yakubu added.


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EdoDecide’20: Oshiomhole endorses Obaseki – reject Ize-iyamu

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The former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, leaves in his trail an endorsement catalogue of encomiums on Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the September 19 governorship election, including his outright condemnation and rejection of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, APC candidate.

Read Oshiomhole’s 12 significant endorsement remarks on Governor Obaseki.

  1. God knows that Godwin comes from a large family in Benin Kingdom; he went to school, he finished his secondary school; he went to the University of Ibadan, he finished; there were no issues, he finished in flying colours.
  2. He went to the US, he did his Masters; he came back home, started helping people to set up businesses. He helped to manage businesses; he helped to set up many banks, including several second-generation banks.
  3. I don’t care if Obaseki betrays me at the end of the day, Obaseki allegiance should be to the people and not me.
  4. The oath of office he is going subscribe to says that he will defend the Constitution of Nigeria; he will do everything to uplift the quality of life of Edo people. Nothing in his oath of office will include “I shall not betray my predecessor” because I have no interest to be betrayed.
  5. Obaseki had been part of the tradition, he knows the vision; he knows the mission; he knows the target; he knows where we are; he knows the challenges and he knows how to overcome them.
  6. He sits in the Office of the Economic Team which he built using his network of friends inside the heart of Government House without demanding one Naira.
  7.  I know my limit; he knows his limit. Godwin Obaseki has worked for seven and half years for the people of Edo State, using his brain, creativity, quietly, not making noise.
  8. A man like Obaseki who will not ask me to give him contracts, but will promise me, Comrade, you just do the thinking, we will create the means to actualize your thoughts.
  9. And to his credit today, check the books of Edo State, we did not build new structures in Government House with government money. That economic team office was built through Godwin’s network. Today, it remains a permanent asset of the state government.
  10.  I want us to be calling that building – I don’t see your opponent – Ize-Iyamu being able to say that.
  11.  In 2007, check the records, Ize-Iyamu was hiding from EFCC. He did not vote. How can somebody who didn’t vote claim he made me.
  12.  If you have to look at Godwin and his credentials, and you look at a man whose only work, by his CV, was a student, and was rusticated for two years, he read law, but he is not barrister.
Adams Oshiomhole falling into politics suicide

Invariably, Oshiomhole may be falling into political suicide, and could make the APC campaign for the Edo governorship election complicated in marketing Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the party’s candidate.

Ize-Iyamu has, however, attempted an image laundry, saying that all the Oshiomhole said about him in the past did not come from his heart. However, the words have gone forth, people have assimilated the words; Ize-Iyamu also did not challenge either the words or Oshiomhole from whom the words proceeded. Edo people are furiously waiting for the APC campaign team to hear what the APC members will tell them this time, especially, Oshiomhole. They are on red alert against deceit, dishonesty, and insincerity.


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COVID-19: Edo govt warns against school reopening

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The Edo State Commissioner for Education, Jimoh Ijegbai, said on Friday the state government had not authorised the reopening of schools in the state.

Ijegbai, who made the clarification in a statement in Benin, said the government would sanction any school that flouted its directive on the matter.

The Federal Government had on Monday directed the reopening of schools across the country.

However, the federal government said schools would be reopened for only students in transitional classes to enable them to prepare for their examinations.

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The Edo commissioner said: “It has come to the attention of the Edo State Government that some schools in the state have reopened and some are planning to reopen for the third term.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the state government has not authorised schools whether public or private, even the certificate classes to reopen under the present circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki

“A date of resumption will be communicated to all stakeholders after modalities have been put in place to ensure the safety of our children and wards.”

Ijegbai urged school proprietors in the state to be guided by the state government’s directive on the matter.


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EdoDecide’20: Obaseki gets new NYSC certificate

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has issued a new certificate to Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State following an official request by him.

The governor partook in the scheme in 1980 but it turned out there was an error on the certificate issued to him with an alphabet missing in his surname which read Obasek instead of Obaseki.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) panel which screened aspirants for the Edo 2020 primary had cited this error as one of the reasons for disqualifying the governor from the race – a decision which made him defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) where he contested and won the primary.

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The coast had earlier been cleared for governor Obaseki’s win after other aspirants running against him stepped down.

File Photo of Governor Godwin Obaseki

One of those who stepped aside for the governor was Kenneth Imasuagbon, who said he was inspired by Obaseki’s performance as the leader of Edo State.

According to him, he has been a “victim of godfatherism” and will help the Edo leader fight anyone who wants to “enslave” the people of the state.

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Meanwhile, the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has appointed the Governor of Rivers State, H. E. Nyesom Wike, as the Chairman for Obaseki’s election campaign council.

The party disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

It also noted that the Adamawa State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Fintiri, has been appointed as Deputy Chairman of the council.

The election is expected to hold on September 19


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EdoDecide’20: Wike lead Obaseki’s re-election campaign

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The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has appointed the Governor of Rivers State, H. E. Nyesom Wike, as the Chairman of the Edo State Governorship Election National Campaign Council.

The party disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

It also noted that the Adamawa State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Fintiri, has been appointed as Deputy Chairman of the council.

This comes days after Obaseki emerged as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s flag bearer for the Edo State governorship election taking place on September 19, 2020.

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Mr Obaseki was announced as winner after the delegates cast their votes at the party’s primary held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, the state capital.

The coast had earlier been cleared for governor Obaseki’s win after other aspirants running against him stepped down.

A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

One of those who stepped aside for the governor was Kenneth Imasuagbon, who said he was inspired by Obaseki’s performance as the leader of Edo State.

According to him, he has been a “victim of godfatherism” and will help the Edo leader fight anyone who wants to “enslave” the people of the state.


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EdoDecide’20: Wike slam Ize-iyamu

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The political battle in Edo State is getting intense as Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has slammed Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate.

Wike alleged that Ize-Iyamu lost to Governor Godwin Obaseki in the 2016 governorship election in Edo State because the people saw that he ‘would not be a good leader’.

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that Ize-Iyamu, who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, four years ago was defeated by Obaseki who was the APC candidate then.

However, Wike, in a tweet on his official Twitter handle on Wednesday, also said that the Edo election is not an ‘Obaseki election’ but for the people of the South-South.

He said: “There would be no intimidation in the Edo election, the people must choose who they want.

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“All the South-South Governors would be in Edo State to support our brother Governor.

“Edo people rejected Ize Iyamu in the last election because they saw he wouldn’t be a good Governor.

“Edo election is not an Obaseki election but for the people of the South-South.

“It is time for the South-South to speak with one voice.”


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Lady nabbed after luring siblings into prostitution

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A 28-year-old lady identified as, Vivian Francis, has been arrested in Edo state after luring her three siblings into prostitution.

Vivian Francis was arrested by the Edo State Command of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other related matters NAPTIP.

She was arraigned for luring her three siblings from Cross River State to Benin city for prostitution.

According to a statement released by Mrs Ijeoma Uduak, the zonal commander of NAPTIP, Vivian lured the victims, aged 15, 17 and 18, to Benin city on the pretext that she would help them secure jobs.

She was arrested at a popular hotel during the COVID-19 lockdown and has confessed to the crime which is punishable under Section 13 of the NAPTIP Act.

Uduak said Vivian has been arraigned before Justice Isoken Erameh of the State High Court 3, Criminal Division, where she pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one-year imprisonment or an option of N125,000 fine as a first time offender.

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“We clamped down on the convict during the COVID-19 lockdown at a popular hotel in Benin. She confessed to going to Cross River State to bring the three girls, who were aged 15, 17, and 18. She told them that she had secured pub attendant jobs for them, but when they got to Benin, she started using them for prostitution and collecting the proceeds.

She was arrested and charged for violating Section 13 of the NAPTIP Act. She pleaded guilty and was convicted and sentenced to one-year imprisonment with an option of N125,000 fine.” the statement read

Uduak added that the victims had been reunited with their family in Cross River State.

When interrogated, Vivian said she regrets her actions.


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Edo-Ondo Election: APC appoint Keyamo, Fashola, Musa, Shina Peller. | See Full Lists

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The Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CEONCPC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has made new appointments.

Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani and Niger Governor, Sani Bello, will chair the APC Reconciliation Committees for Edo and Ondo States, respectively.

Yekini Nabena, Deputy National Publicity Secretary, announced this in a statement on Tuesday.

He said the development was in line with the process of reconciliation among leaders and members at all levels, announced by the National Caretaker Chairman and Yobe Governor, Mala Buni.

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The full list below:

Edo State Reconciliation Committee

Sen. Ken Nnamani – Chairman
Babatunde Fashola, SAN
Fetus Keyamo, SAN
Prof. Tahir Mamman
Mrs. Margaret Okadigbo
Barr. Sanusi Musa
Hon. Kawu Sumaila – Secretary

Ondo State Reconciliation Committee
Governor Sani Bello – Chairman
Sen. Adamu Aliero
Sen. Bamidele Opeyemi
Gambon Magaji
Jasper Azuwatalum
Hajiya Binta Muazu
Hon. Iquo Inyang
Shina Pellar – Secretary

The governorship elections in Edo and Ondo had been slated for September 19 and October 10, 2020.


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Protest in Edo over allege dismissal of 200 workers

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No fewer than 200 ad-hoc workers of the Edo State COVID-19 Mobile Screening Task Force on Tuesday took to the streets of Benin City, the state capital, to protest their alleged dismissal and non-payment of their two months remuneration.

The protesters, comprising medical doctors and related experts who went round the state during the period of the lockdown to take random samples from residents of the state, blocked the gates to the State Hospital Management Board office, and also went to lodge their grievances with the State House of Assembly.

One of the data collectors, Mr Emmanuel Ojie, said they had worked for over two months with the attendant risks associated with the job without being appreciated.

According to him, “We are owed May and June. We only reported to our duty post today to discover that we have been relieved of the job without being paid. We have no fewer than 26 groups, consisting of eight persons per group.

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“The group consist of doctors, medical laboratory scientists and others.

“In the course of this job, we staked our lives. At least three of my colleagues in the same group went on isolation as a result of Covid-19.

“We have been working everyday in the last three months, including public holidays. They said they were going to pay us N90, 000 per month.

“Nobody has told us why we are being owed and we really do not care why we are relieved of the job, but we need our money because we worked for it.”

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Speaking in the same vein, another data collector, Patience Efe, said they had to embark on the protest because of the method of dispersal by the Incident Manager of the task force, Dr Andrew Obi.

“The development is annoying because Dr. Andrew Obi chose to disperse us through a social media platform. Things are not done that way because for over two months, we risked our lives without pay.

“We need to know where we stand. It is not easy to come out as front liners to risk our lives without being paid for it. That is why we had to embark on this peaceful protest,” Efe said.

Efforts to speak with the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, failed, as he did not pick up several calls on his phone.

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Also, when contacted, the State Covid-19 Incident Manager, Dr Andrew Obi, said he was in a meeting.

“I am in a meeting right now and will call back in two hours,” he said.

However, the Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, in a statement, said the taskforce was demobilised after the state exceeded its target to screen and test over 500,000 and 5,000 persons respectfully.

According to him, “The screening exercise was massive and crosscutting. The officials were inundated with lists of persons, who were said to have participated in the exercise.

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“So, we are carefully vetting the lists before making the final payment. The outstanding allowances would be paid before the end of the week.”

Osagie added that “The taskforce for the screening exercise was set up in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The government, upon the outbreak of the pandemic in the state, based its response on the data polled from an epidemiological study done in partnership with the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH).

“This led to the setting up of a taskforce to embark on a massive screening and testing of 500,000 and 5000 persons across the state.

“The target has been achieved and surpassed. This has led to the modification of our response to the pandemic. With this, the taskforce was demobilised across the screening centres at mobile posts, borders and several other locations.”


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EdoDecide’20: Atiku provides 150 support groups for Obaseki

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has donated his 150 support groups to Gov. Godwin Obaseki’s governorship campaign organisation in Edo ahead of the Sept. 19 governorship poll.

Atiku announced this in a statement made available on Saturday in Benin.

The statement was signed by Mr Oladimeji Fabiyi, Deputy Director of the defunct Atiku Support Group/Mobilization Presidential Campaign Organisation.

It quoted Abubakar as directing that the 150 independent support groups in Edo be immediately activated in support of Obaseki who is the PDP’s flag bearer in the election.

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“The former Vice President, as a major stakeholder of the PDP, considers it expedient to put in place winning structures and machineries that will guarantee total victory for the party in Edo.

“We need to complete the circle in the south-south region that naturally and originally belonged to the PDP.

“Having received the directive with joy and enthusiasm, I have no doubt that all our support groups in Edo will be very glad to receive this news and run with the directive of Atiku Abubakar for the benefit of Obaseki and the PDP”, the statement said.

Atiku was the presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2019 general elections.


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EdoDecide’20: More than 2,000 delegates to vote in PDP primaries

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Over 2,200 statutory delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been reported to be set to cast their votes in the party’s governorship primary election for the Edo State Governorship poll.

The party announced this in a statement on Wednesday, a day before the exercise which selects its governorship candidate for the September 19 election.

It explained that the delegates for the primary included party members selected from all wards across the 18 local government areas of the state.

“The Electoral Guidelines for primary elections of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) provides that, for the purpose of nominating the party’s candidate for the office of governor of a state, each ward chapter of the party shall elect three ad-hoc delegates at a Special Ward Congresses, at least one of whom shall be a woman.

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“Similarly, each of the Local Government Areas shall elect a national delegate for the same purpose,” the PDP Directorate of Organisation and Mobilisation said.

According to the party, both categories of delegates along with others will participate in the special state congress for the nomination of the governorship candidate of the party.

“In compliance with the above, and in keeping with its promise of a transparent, free, fair and credible primary, the NWC hereby publish the underlisted members of the PDP in Edo State as Delegates that will nominate the governorship candidate of our party ahead of the September 19, 2020, Governorship Election in Edo State,” it added.

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However, the names of 18 members of the Executive Committee in Etsako West Local Government Area of the state were left out of the list.

The PDP primary in Edo will today (Thursday), after it was earlier shifted from June 19 and 20 to June 23, and later to June 25.

Among the aspirants in the exercise include the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki, who is seeking re-election for a second term in office.

One of the PDP aspirants who had picked up the party’s expression of interest and nomination forms had stepped down for the governor.


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EdoDecide’20: Obaseki emerges PDP Governorship Aspirant

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has emerged the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Edo State’s governorship election slated for September 2020.

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EdoDecide’20: Obaseki steps ahead as Ogbeide-Ihama withdraws

Governor Obaseki emerged the PDP governorship candidate for Edo 2020 after his only rival in the PDP primary election, Ken Imasuagbon, stepped down for the Edo Governor to return unopposed.

Noble Reporters Media reported that Imasuagbon, who had previously vowed not to step down for Obaseki prior to the primary election, stepped down few minutes to the commencement of the party Governorship Primaries for the governorship election.

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EdoDecide’20: Imasuagbon says he is still in PDP race


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EdoDecide’20: Court grant Obaseki’s out-of-court settlement

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A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has Wednesday granted the prayers of Counsels for Peoples Democratic Party governorship aspirant, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama; PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus; and Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, a three-hour leave to amicably settle their differences outside the formal litigation processes.

The Court which was presided over by Justice E. O. Obile, granted the prayers of Counsel for Ogbeide-Ihama, Ferdinand Orbih, on his submission to the Court said there have been moves by the parties in the suit to resolve the issues before the Court amicably outside the Court.

Orbih prayed his lordship, Justice Obile, to stand down the matter four hours to enable the parties to this suit tidy their terms of settlement.

Counsel for the 1st defendant, Uche Secondus and six other defendants, Emmanuel Enoidem, did not oppose the prayer of the plaintiff to settle out of Court.

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Counsel for the 2nd defendant, Higher King, also aligned himself to the position of the plaintiff’s counsel.

Also, Counsel for the 8th and 9th defendants, Alex Ejesiema and M. E. Ani also concurred with the position of their learned colleagues.

Meanwhile, Justice E. O. Obile who frowned at the four hours stand-down period, ordered that the parties in the suit take three hours to document their terms of settlement and inform the Court.

The Judge, however, adjourned the matter till 12.30pm for a contraction of hearing and possible decision on the matter.


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EdoDecide’20: Obaseki steps ahead as Ogbeide-Ihama withdraws

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An Edo PDP governorship aspirant, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama has withdrawn his case in Port Harcourt against Governor Godwin Obaseki.

This followed an out-of-court settlement following which the Federal High Court stepped down the case.

Justice Emmanuel Obile, struck out the case.

Obile had granted an interim injunction on Monday excluding Obaseki from tomorrow’s governorship primary.

Ogbeide-Ihama, had sued the National chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, Emmanuel Ogidi and seven others, including Obaseki.

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He sought a court declaration restraining them from allowing Obaseki, who was not screened within the time stipulated in the timetable to contest the PDP’s primary.

Omoregie’s Counsel, Fredinard Orgbe before the hearing of the case requested that the court should stand it down.

This was to enable parties reach terms of settlement.

The lawyers to all the defendants also agreed with the request.


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EdoDecide’20: Imasuagbon says he is still in PDP race

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Kenneth Imasuagbon, an Edo PDP governorship aspirant who said Godwin Obaseki muscled him out of the APC race four years ago, said he is holding his ground this time around.

He debunked reports that he had stepped down in tomorrow’s primary in favour of the Governor.

He said the rumour mongers wanted to sway his delegates.

In a statement on Wednesday, he said he was in the race to win and not to make up the number of contestants for the PDP governorship ticket.

“The governor knows that I’m popular with the delegates and he is doing everything possible to change this.

“For the sake of emphasis, I have not and will not consider accepting anything to step down from the race for the PDP ticket.

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“I also understand that they are trying to manipulate the delegates’ list in his favour.

“I want to warn that if they try it, we will do everything possible to resist it, we shall also meet in court.”

One of the aspirants, Godwin Ikhine, stepped down on Monday in favour of Governor Godwin Obaseki.

And in Port Harcourt, another aspirant Omeregie Ogbeide-Ihama withdrew his case against Obaseki after reaching an “out-of-court settlement”, the terms of which his lawyers did not disclose.


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EdoDecide’20: Court stops Obaseki from running gov primaries in PDP

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A Federal High Court has stopped Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State from participating in the state governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

This followed a suit filed by a governorship aspirant of the PDP, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, who had vowed not to step down for Obaseki.

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that Obaseki had crossed from the All Progressives Congress, APC, to the PDP alongside his deputy Phillip Shuaibu.

Both men have been given the chance to contests for the party’s ticket for the Edo State gubernatorial election.

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However, Omoregie’s suit demands that only party members who had bought the form and screened already should be allowed to contest in the primary election.

He also questioned the certificates of Obaseki who was disqualified from the APC primaries on the same ground.

His request was granted by Judge EA Obile who stopped Obaseki from contesting in the primary election come June 25.


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EdoDecide’20: Ize-iyamu begs Obaseki for APC return?

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Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu on Monday begged Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State to sheathe his sword and return to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Ize-Iyamu observed that the crisis in the APC is a family issue, and that such should make the Edo governor dump the party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The Pastor said that there are bound to be issues in “every family” and it would be bad for Obaseki to leave the APC due to some disagreements.

Ize-Iyamu declared: “I will like to appeal to him to return to the party.

“In every family, you have disagreements; let it not be said that it was this disagreement that pushed him out.”

Pastor Ize-Iyamu, therefore, appealed that Governor Obaseki should “set aside his anger” and return to the APC, saying it will be a mistake for him to leave the party.

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Pastor Ize-Iyamu on Monday emerged APC governorship candidate in Benin City, for the September 19, 2020 in Edo State.

Ize-Iyamu stated that he made that mistake before, noting, “and I have come to realize it was a grievous error and I would not want him as an elder brother to make the same mistake.”

“in APC, he is recognized as a leader but in the new party you are going to, it will be difficult for them to accept you as a leader.

“It would be nice for him to come back and we are ready to work with him and all well-meaning Edo people,” Ize-Iyamu said.


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EdoDecide’20: Incumbency will not assure Obaseki’s win – Bello says

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Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi said the power of incumbency will not guarantee victory for Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo, who recently defected from All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Bello stated this when he fielded questions from State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, in Abuja on Monday.

The meeting, which was presided over by Gambari, was attended by Governors of the North Central zone of the country.

According to Bello, Nigerians have witnessed incumbent leaders including former President Goodluck Jonathan losing elections.

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”We have seen those in power before that are dethroned, we have seen practically that President Muhammadu Buhari of APC dethroned PDP, the former President (Goodluck Jonathan) that was on seat.

“So, that is not any trouble at all. APC is going to win Edo State. But unfortunately, I really felt the leaving of my colleague, His Excellency Governor Godwin Obaseki in whatever circumstance to another political party.

”It is painful anyway, but as a political party we are going to take it back,” he added.

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On the agenda of the North Central Governors meeting with Gambari, the governor said that the meeting was to congratulate the Chief of Staff on his appointment.

Bello said: ”We came to congratulate him over the appointment and that we will continue to collaborate with him as North Central governors.

”We will continue to provide necessary data and information that will guide him in the discharge of his duties and responsibilities and to guide Mr President as far as the region is concerned. So basically that is what we came for.”

Bello, who was recently appointed as the head of a special committee on security set up by Northern Governors Forum, assured that governors across the federation had resolved to tackle all security challenges confronting the country to ensure the safety of lives and property.

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“Security is topmost priority of this administration and we are doing our best to ensure that the nation is secured. As Northern region Governors, we met and decided that we must tackle insecurity head-on.

“So basically, my committee is to liaise with the various security agencies and security operatives to ensure that the necessary security architecture is put in place and ensure that it is enforced and at the end of the day we get the best-secured region and nation at large,” he said.

On APC crisis, Bello disclosed that efforts had been intensified to reconcile all aggrieved members of the party.

He said: “Our party is one solid party. In a particularly big family like that, you won’t rule out any misunderstanding in one way or the other.

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”But I can assure you that our party is strong under the leadership of President Buhari and as a father, he is already looking into it and I can assure you that we are going to come out very strong.

”We are going to go to Edo State and we shall win Edo state election overwhelmingly for APC, we are going to go to Ondo state and win it overwhelmingly for APC.

”We will take Anambra State and record it as a second APC state from the South East and integrate our Igbo brothers into the fold and we are going to take Ekiti and Osun once again.

“So, we are going to continue to expand our coast. So, APC is strong we are not divided, we are only seeing one same point from a different angle and we are trying to make ourselves understand the points, that is just it, there is no misunderstanding.”


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