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Obaseki visit Buhari in Aso Villa.


President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Personal Assistant on New Media to the President, Bashir Ahmad, announced this via his Twitter handle.

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He said, “President Muhammadu Buhari meets with Governor of Edo State, His Excellency, Godwin Obaseki this afternoon, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.”

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Newsmen reports that eight governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, on Sunday, held a meeting with the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, at the State House Marina, Lagos State to make a case for Obaseki.

It was gathered that the governors were at the closed-door meeting to seek Tinubu’s intervention in the search for a truce in the political conflict between Obaseki and his godfather, the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole.


#Newsworthy…

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Breaking: Obaseki shenk Tinubu


Embattled Governor Godwin Obaseki finally met his party’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in Lagos on Sunday. But Obaseki returned to Benin empty-handed.

Tinubu had nothing but a shattering news for Obaseki. He could not save him from his godfather, Adams Oshiomhole, charging with a political cudgel.

Rather, Tinubu advised Obaseki to go out there to test his popularity in the party’s direct primary scheduled for 22 June.

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Tinubu gave the same advice to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state as the two governors and seven others met at a parley.

The meeting was hosted at the Lagos House Marina by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

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Also at the meeting were governors Atiku Bagudu, Simon Lalong (Plateau), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Mai Buni(Yobe), Adegboyega Oyetola(Osun), Abubakar Bello(Niger) and Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), who was the host.

At the meeting Tinubu reportedly described democratic primary as a core element of internal democracy should not be jettisoned.

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A source at the meeting held at the State House, Marina, Lagos, said Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos, emphasised the importance of primary to democracy, admonishing party leaders to safeguard it in the preparation for the choice of standard bearers.

The Progressives Governors’s Forum, led by Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu, unfolded plans last week to mount pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to support their push for right of first refusal to two of their colleagues, Akeredolu and Obaseki, for the governorship tickets.

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The polls will hold in Edo in September and Ondo in October. No fewer than 10 chieftains are competing for the ticket in Ondo APC with Akeredolu, who is seeking a second term.

In Edo, other contenders have stepped down for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who is challenging Obaseki at the shadow poll. The Edo governor is also seeking re-election.

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Last week, National Working Committee (NWC) announced that direct primary will be adopted for the Edo APC shadow poll.

According to the source, Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma could not make it due to undisclosed reasons.

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The governors, who appeared to be in one accord, wanted the party to be fair to their two colleagues, who they said, should not be muscled out.

Specifically, the governors wanted Tinubu to prevail on the party leadership to give Obaseki the right of first refusal, the source said.

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However, Tinubu went to the meeting with the position that it is better, more democratic, constitutionally right and politically defensible that all aspirants should go for primaries to test their popularity.

He added that through free and fair selection process, the ruling party will successfully build a strong democratic culture.

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Tinubu, the source said, urged the governors to support the guidelines released by the NWC, maintaining that they are in the interest of the party.

Although some of the governors revisited the acrimony and controversy generated by the contrasting perspectives on the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole leadership, which they acknowledged as a battle within battles, Tinubu pointed out that it was normal in political life.

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Besides, according to the source, the party stalwart counselled that since the conflict had been resolved, stakeholders should put the past behind them and forge ahead in harmony.

The source said Asiwaju Tinubu reiterated his belief in fairness to the incumbent governors and other interested governorship aspirants in the two states.

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“Asiwaju also said he believed in the direct primary. His argument was that the direct primary will boost the confidence of the flag bearer as he prepares for the main governorship election.”

“Asiwaju Tinubu may have intervened in this sensitive nomination matter with a benefit of hindsight because as he rightly pointed out, direct primary produced Oyetola as Osun APC candidate and Babajide Sanwo-Olu as flag bearer in Lagos State.

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“Besides, I think Asiwaju Tinubu is of the opinion that where there are more than one contender, primary should be adopted to foster equity, fairness and justice.”

After the meeting, Sanwo-Olu took the governors to see the photo exhibition of his activities in the last one year.


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Uwaila’s Rape: Obaseki orders investigation.


Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has ordered for an investigation into the murder a 100-level student of the Department of Microbiology, University of Benin (UNIBEN), Vera Uwaila Omozuwa.

The 22-year-old student was reported to have been raped inside a church where she went to read at the Ikpoba Hill area of Benin City, the Edo State Capital.

The men were reported to have struck her in the head with a fire extinguisher after raping her and left her for dead. She was rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital where she later died.

Governor Obaseki in his tweet vowed to ensure that the suspects are found and made to face the full wrath of the law.

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“I have ordered the Nigeria Police Force (@PoliceNG) to thoroughly investigate the circumstances that led to the death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100-level student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN).

“The @PoliceNG has been mandated to identify, arrest and prosecute anyone found culpable in her death. The Violence Against Persons (VAP) Law is in effect in our state.

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“Using this law, we would ensure to investigate what exactly transpired and deal decisively with the those found complicit in the dastardly act, whoever they might be. #JusticeForUwa,” Obaseki’s tweet read.

The news of Uwa’s death had earlier sparked outrage on social media with many demanding for justice using the hashtag #JusticeForUwa.


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EdoDecide’20: Ize-Iyamu, Obaseki set for final lap.


With the adoption of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as consensus aspirant of the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led faction of the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), ahead of the Edo State Governorship election primaries of the party slated for 22 June, the stage is now set for the clash of the titans, the final showdown between incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu, to clinch the ticket of the party in the election.

After a vigorous screening exercise that lasted the whole of last Tuesday, Ize-Iyamu emerged consensus aspirant of the faction, ahead of other aspirants in the faction, namely, Dr. Pius Odubu, Oshiomhole’s former Deputy, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, a former Minister of State for Works, retired General Charles Airhiavbere and others.

Another frontline aspirant, Dr. Solomon Edebiri, had earlier on Tuesday announced his withdrawal from the race.

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Recall that the four aspirants, Odubu, Ize-Iyamu, Airhiavbere and Ogiemwonyi, had last year formed a formidable alliance to stop the re-election bid of incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki, with each of them promising to work with whoever emerged consensus aspirant.

Obaseki who was accused of allegedly “abandoning leaders of the party,” has however vowed to slug it out with loyalists of his benefactor till the end.

Members of the screening committee included Mr. Francis Alimikhena, the Senator representing Edo, Francis Alimikhena, Chief Lucky Imasuen (a former deputy governor), Peter Akpatason, a member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Thomas Okosun, a former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Samson Osagie, a former Minority Whip in the House of Representatives, Gen. Cecil Esekhaigbe and Mr. Patrick Obahiagbon.

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Sources close to the screening process disclosed to this medium that “everything went smoothly according to the plans of those who wrote the script for the exercise.” He added that six of the seven members of the screening are loyal supporters of Adams Oshiomhole, hence, “it went like clock work.”

The adoption of Ize-Iyamu as factional aspirant, might have finally put paid to the governorship ambitions of aspirants like Pius Odubu, Chris Ogiemwonyi and Charles Airhiavbere, unless they decide to either go ahead to obtain nomination forms of the APC, or move to other political parties entirely.

It is pertinent to state clearly here, that the Oshiomhole faction of the party might have succeeded in adopting a consensus aspirant, but, it is not yet Uhuru. The real battle has just begun.

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The hand writing on the wall clearly shows that beyond Obaseki, Oshiomhole and Ize-Iyamu have more internal enemies within the rank and file of the faction from whom they need to watch their backs.

Speaking about the outcome of the screening process, a staunch supporter of one of the aspirant of the Oshiomhole’s faction who asked not to be named, said; “My brother, we have adopted a sit-down-and-look attitude. We are just watching them. If that is how they want to do their party, well and good, we will leave it for them.”

Another frontline member of the faction who did not want his name mentioned, alleged that “the national chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, in connivance with a strong external force, deliberately arranged everything to favour the emergence of Ize-Iyamu.”

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In his word, “How could they give the party ticket to somebody who just returned to the party a few months ago, at the expense of other loyal members who have remained all these years?

“Secondly, with the way Ishihara destroyed Ize-Iyamu’s moral reputation during the last election, selling him to the electorate will be a herculean task for the party. Mind you, the masses are no longer gullible, they heard everything Oshiomhole said about Ize-Iyamu before. Clearing him of those allegations is another kettle of fish.”

Another side of the task ahead for Oshiomhole is the wranglings in the National Working Committee of his party. The Deputy National Chairman of the party (North), Sen. Lawal Shuaibu, last Wednesday accused Oshiomohole of not being transparent in the build-up to the two primary elections in Edo and Ondo States respectively.

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Shuaibu in a statement, said: “With regards to Ondo and Edo primary elections, there is already an absence of transparency. The regulations issued that will guide the processes are already in violation of Article 20 (v) on page 76 of the APC constitution as amended where only the National Executive Committee is the only organ that SHALL approve such guidelines and regulations which includes the mode of nominating our candidates. I am crying for APC inside me!”

Oshiomhole and his kitchen cabinet had imposed the direct primaries on Edo State, as against the indirect primaries used to elect candidates of the party in Kogi and other states in the last general elections.

A direct primary election is one in which all card-carrying members of a party come together in their various constituencies to elect candidate for a particular election. The candidate who scored the highest number of votes across the state shall be announced as the party flag bearer.

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Whereas an indirect primary is one in which party members gather together at ward level to elect delegates that will represent them at the local and the state congresses.

Should the national secretariat of the APC insists on picking it’s flag-bearer for the election using the direct primaries method, as against the indirect method clamoured by the Obaseki-led faction, there is no gain saying that the decision could result in litigations that may eventually end up the way of Zamfara and Rivers States for the party in the last general elections, where the party ended up without candidates for all the elective positions.

Some leaders of the party in the state recently cried to President Muhammadu Buhari to “save Edo from Bayelsa tragedy.” The party leaders under the aegis of ‘Concerned Edo State APC Stakeholders’ made the plea in a letter to the President, which was made available to journalists in Benin City.

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The letter was jointly signed by Hon. Etiosa Ugiagbe, Chief Enakhare Odaro, Mr. Chris Omoregie, Hon. Emmanuel Umweni, Mr. Akhere Odion, Engr. Jude Okojie, Chief Dr. Edionwele Ikpea, Mrs. Odial Abubakar, Mr. Greg Onimisi and Dr. Omoruyi Graig.

According to them, “We and Edo people are surprised and disappointed that Comrade Oshiomhole who ought to understand your patriotic desire to end corruption in Nigeria and define governance at all levels from a more progressive dimension could go to the PDP to bring Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who has no good reputation or capacity into APC with the main aim of using him to fight Governor Godwin Obaseki.

“Last two weeks, the EPM group met in Benin City amidst the ban on public gathering due to the coronavirus to organise a mock primary to elect the consensus candidate that they will use in fighting the governor, and from information available to us, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole gave directive for them to deliver Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. Unfortunately for him, the other aspirants protested that it will not happen due to the fact that he just joined APC about three months ago, as against all of them who have remained in the party and who have joined hands to build it when Ize-Iyamu left to PDP to contest the 2016 governorship election. This fight among them led to the disruption of the meeting by thugs loyal to the other aspirants.”

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The concerned stakeholders lamented that Ize-Iyamu is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over his involvement in a fraud case of N700 million.

“What about if he is convicted before the election? That means APC won’t have a candidate and the tragedy that happened in Bayelsa will also happen in Edo State because of the overbearing and careless action of one man. We think the time to stop it is now.

“Mr. President, as the leader of our party who has always advised on the need to strengthen our party and follow the Constitution, we appeal that you use your good office to call the National Chairman of our party to order.

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“If Oshiomhole succeeds in forcing [Ize-Iyamu] on us with his influence as the National Chairman, I can assure you that it will be another disaster waiting to happen on our party after the Bayelsa electoral tragedy occasioned by the desire of some few individuals to force a deputy governorship candidate on the party even in the face of glaring legal encumbrance,” the ground said.

In the meantime, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu on Wednesday obtained the nomination form of the APC in Abuja.

He was accompanied by other aspirants such as Prof. Ebegue Amadasun, Gen Charles Airhiavbere, Engr Chris Ogiemwonyi, Hon. Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma and Hon Saturday Uwuilekhue, among other leaders of the party in a show of solidarity and restatement of their commitment to work together irrespective of the outcome of the primary election scheduled for the 22nd of June.

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The statement which was signed his Director of Communication and Media, Mr. John Mayaki described the step as “another stride in the quest to move Edo State forward.”

He added: “By obtaining the form today, we have formally placed our name on the party’s ballot for our internal primary next month. It is another great stride.”

Meanwhile, Governor Godwin Obaseki has dismissed the adoption of Ize-Iyamu as consensus aspirant of Oshiomhole’s faction, noting that APC candidate for Edo gubernatorial election cannot emerge in Abuja.

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Obaseki, who responded through his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said the responsibility for selecting the gubernatorial candidate for the party resides with the Edo State chapter of the APC, while liaising with relevant national structure of the party, and as such a consensus candidate to fly the party’s flag in the election cannot emerge in Abuja.

According to him, “The Edo State chapter of the APC, which is responsible for deploying the inner workings of the party towards the emergence of a candidate of the APC in the forthcoming gubernatorial election, resides and operates in Edo State, not Abuja.”

He said the charade in Abuja was not surprising as it was hatched and actuated by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and members of his Edo Peoples Movement (EPM), a dissident group of politicians in the state.

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“It is, therefore, hilarious to hear that a so-called consensus candidate for the party in Edo State governorship election was selected in Abuja. For us, this is a joke taken too far and clearly shows that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole once again has set the APC on a journey to perdition in Edo State as he did in Zamfara, Bayelsa, Rivers, Taraba and several other states.”

Osagie noted that under Oshiomhole, APC did not lose elections due to unpopularity but as a result of the lawless conduct choreographed by Oshiomhole, which has placed the APC in dire straits one time too many.

“The last time we checked, the timetable released by Oshiomhole’s National Working Committee (NWC) fixed Edo Primary election for 22nd of June,2020 and it is expected to hold in Edo State, but we now hear that they have conducted the primary election three weeks before the set date in a jurisdiction far away from Edo State, making a mockery of our great party, the APC, President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidency and all other institutions and esteemed individuals associated with our party.

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“Our conclusion on this matter is that like all other illegal actions taken by Oshiomhole, this too is a nullity and shall come to no-effect,” he noted.

All fingers are crossed, as we await the imminent fallout of actions and reactions of both factions of the APC, as the election approaches.


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EdoDecide’20: PDP get Obaseki automatic ticket.


Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State, Tony Aziegbemi, has insisted that there will be no automatic ticket for Governor Godwin Obaseki if he finally joins the party ahead of forthcoming governorship election.

Appearing on Thursday, Aziegbemi, however, said that the party’s door was open for the embattled incumbent governor to join.

According to him, “Our doors are opened. Governor Obaseki is our governor in the State. If he wants to join the PDP, he is free to do so.

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“But will he get an automatic ticket? The answer is an emphatic no. He has to go through the processes.”

He insisted that even if National Working Committee, NWC, of the PDP considers given Obaseki a waiver, he “will still get to get to the delegates to explain to them why he should be given the ticket and all that. So it’s a process and that process is open to all Nigerians,” he said.

“So our doors are not closed at all. We feel that Governor Obaseki is being humiliated, maltreated and being given the wrong stick by his party.”

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Asked about the party’s earlier claim that the Governor has not done enough for the State since elected 4 years ago, he said, “Will we give him automatic ticket? I say no. Can he join the party and I said yes. Can he be given a waiver? I said yes. Can he contest in the primary? I said yes of course. That’s what I’m saying.”

Recall that pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a former Secretary to Edo State Government (SSG) emerged the Adams Oshiomhole faction of the APC consensus candidate for the state governorship election on Wednesday.


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EdoDecide’20: No Man can stop my return – Obaseki


The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has said no man can stop him winning a second term in office.

Obaseki said this on Wednesday when he appeared on a Channels Television programme: “Sunrise Daily.”

Obaseki spoke just as a faction of the party loyal to the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, declared a former Secretary to the Edo State Government, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, as its consensus candidate for the June 22 primaries to pick a candidate.

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Obaseki said on the Channels TV programme: “I am not a violent person.

“But I am confident that the way I got into power is the same way I will return.

“God gave me power.

“If he wants me to return, I will continue.

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“No man can stop me.

“Power comes from God.

“I have friends with resources.

“I worked for eight years behind the scene before I became governor.

“So all that insinuations about using somebody’s resources….

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“I became Governor on the platform of the party and I am grateful for it.

“It does not matter whether it is direct or indirect (primaries), I will win.”


#Newsworthy…

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Lockdown extension: People will die of hunger if care isn’t taken – Obaseki’s wife. [Nigeria]


The wife of the Edo State Governor, Betsy Obaseki, has warned that diverting relief materials meant for the vulnerable in the society will further compound the current difficulties being experienced over the coronavirus pandemic.

According to her, hunger could be an even bigger threat to life than the virus.


Mrs Obaseki said this while handing over some relief materials from the state government to representatives of various groups in Benin City, the state capital.

She urged them to resist any temptation to be greedy and hoard the items for personal use or even give them out to those who can afford it.


“These relief materials are meant only for the vulnerable in the society, it is not meant for those who can afford full lockdown in their homes. If we are careful coronavirus will not kill too many people in this country, but if we are not careful it is hunger that will kill people. That is why the government is taking these steps to do what they have to do,” she said.

The items distributed include bags of rice, bags of beans, garri, noodles, oil, puree, millet, seasoning, soaps and detergent.

According to the State Commissioner for Social Development and Gender, Maria Edekor, the beneficiaries of the relief packages are the elderly, returnees, people living with disabilities, prison inmates, children in correctional centres, rehabilitation centres and orphanage homes.

Meanwhile, the governor’s wife urged residents who are well-to-do, to emulate the gesture of the government and also lend a helping hand to the vulnerable around them


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COVID-19: Edo govt. ban public gatherings after 1st case.


Edo State government on Monday announced that a ban has been placed on public gathering of over 50 persons in the state.

The announcement was made by the state governor Godwin Obaseki during a briefing after the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in the state on Monday.


The first case of coronavirus was confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on its verified Twitter handle.

The health agency in the tweet also reported an additional five cases of coronavirus bringing the total number of cases in the country to 36.

Also, schools are to remain closed in the Edo state and civil servants from grade level 1- 12 are to work from home among other measures to deal with COVID-19 threat in the state.


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Nigeria: Obaseki, Oshiomhole to end rift soon – Chief of staff.


The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his estranged political godfather, Adams Oshiomhole, have commenced consultations to end the political rift between them.

Obaseki’s Chief of Staff, Mr Taiwo Akerele, revealed this while responding to questions from reporters during an event to mark his 44th birthday in Benin, on Sunday.


He said it was too early to reveal how far deliberations had gone but expressed confidence that appreciable progress had been made.

Akerele said, “When the time comes, we will invite you just like this and address you.”


He said this in response to a question from The PUNCH as to whether the duo had reached out to each other since Oshiomhole announced a truce last week.

The governor’s aide added, “(For) the Governor, getting the ticket is not in contention but we will go into primaries and the party has a formula for it. It can be either consensus or none consensus, whichever it is, Obaseki and Philip are ready. Ordinarily he should be given the right of first refusal.


“Oshiomhole and Obaseki are very close; nobody should be deceived even as we speak. But of course, the issue they have is political and it is resolvable.

“The difference they have is political disagreement and it is resolvable; some factors came in and heightened the tension, otherwise this is a very minor thing. Remember, we were in Iyamoh during the Sallah celebration, that was in the middle of the crisis, we were there and we even blamed the media for the whole thing.”

He expressed gratitude to Obaseki for giving him the opportunity to serve in his government especially because he had no political godfather.

According to him, his appointment marked the very first time a person from Akoko-Edo was given such an important position in government.


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Tinubu tackles Obaseki, others ahead NEC Meeting, backs Oshiomhole.


A leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, has expressed frustrations with developments in his party, declaring that the effects of the desperation of those he described as overambitious politicians exceeded the fatality of the raging coronavirus.

In a widely circulated statement issued ahead of the planned emergency meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC), Tinubu expressed dismay at the way the provisions of the APC constitution were allegedly being breached by some chieftains of the party due to their personal ambitions.

He lamented that the political misunderstanding between the suspended national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State had become a rallying point for “those desperate for 2023” to distract President Muhammadu Buhari from governance.

Tinubu stated: “It is no secret that the chairman and Edo Governor Obaseki are in dispute. This is unfortunate. However, the party has moved through proper procedures within the proper organs to hopefully resolve this spat.

“The chairman has been a tireless campaigner and mobilizer for the party. He has steered the party through difficult elections. His contributions should not be undervalued now that the bulk of elections are behind us. To do so would be an act of ingratitude.”

Tinubu disclosed that “the plotters launched their attack solely because they perceive the chairman as an obstacle to their 2023 ambitions,” stressing that “people went to court knowing full well that the party’s constitution prohibits such action because these people had not yet exhausted all internal disciplinary procedures.

“We even had a national deputy secretary improperly calling for an NEC meeting on the basis that he believed himself to be the acting national chairman. Clearly, this man would not have summoned the temerity to make such a move had he not been instigated by powerful individuals, whom he thought would reward or, at least, protect him for committing the wrongful act.”

The former Lagos State governor noted that due to alert responses of Lagos and Ogun states’ governments, actively supported by the federal machinery, Nigeria was able to quickly identify and isolate the two cases of the novel coronavirus 19.

“This action, thus far, has stopped the spread of the disease into the wider community as has been seen in other nations. We are grateful to God and to all those involved in the response effort, particularly the brave and committed medical teams on the frontline.

“While corona has been presently contained in Nigeria, we must be alert to another sickness that seems rampant within a certain segment of society. That sickness is old ambition-virus 2023. This illness afflicts many in the political class along with their allies in the media.

“Those touched by this malady find that their ability to tell time and discern the difference between the present and the future has been strongly impaired. The carriers of this sickness are confused as to the very season our nation now finds itself.

“They conflate things, which no sensible person would conflate. The primary symptom of their malady is the driving tendency to believe the events of 2023 will be decided before we even exit the year 2020,” Tinubu said.

The APC leader, who observed that all the things said and done under the circumstances were “geared toward obsessive jockeying for position to control and manipulate a race still three years away,” added that in doing so, the desperadoes recklessly undermined the very party, which they claimed to serve and weakened the administration of President Buhari to which they claimed to be loyal.

Alluding to Governor Obaseki and other APC stalwarts, particularly members of the South-South leadership caucus allegedly moving for the removal of Oshiomhole from office as national chairman, Tinubu said: “those engaged in these manoeuvres see themselves as clever or cunning.”

“In a well-structured society, people come to understand that the time for politics is seasonal; it is periodic. The responsibilities of governance are what are perpetual. Many of our politicians sadly have inverted this reality.

“Politics and electioneering are secondary to governance, for they are but tools of governance, the platforms by which one demonstrates his or her worthiness to lead a great people. The more a person obsesses over and constantly engages in political manoeuvring is a warning sign.

“Not only is he prone to the 2023 virus, he likely has little to offer in the way of good governance. He wants to hold public office that you might serve him not he serves you. For if he had adequately studied and been acquainted with the ways and means of progressive governance, he would be focused on that important task at the present moment. He certainly would not drown himself and all around him in harmful political intrigue,” Tinubu said.

To him, it is against that backdrop that the alleged ploys and plots to undermine the APC national chairman should be viewed. “The chairman is human; thus, he has his merits as well as his flaws. Yet his humanity cannot be grounds for his dismissal. If so, the position will forever go vacant.”

While insisting that those afflicted with the 2023 virus do a grave disservice to President Buhari and his administration, the APC leader lamented: “Many of us expended sweat, tears, toil and sleepless nights to build this party. Our personal sacrifices were not insignificant. We built this party not simply as a vehicle for personal ambition. We built the party because we saw it as perhaps the only enduring hope to bring progressive governance to this nation. Those who now seek to abuse the party by using it as their personal device do it great harm.

“They should not be allowed to sacrifice this collective enterprise at the altar of their self-aggrandizement. Somehow, some way they should find in themselves the bearing to adhere to the democratic spirit on which the party was founded. To be an APC member means more than merely carrying a membership card. It means to believe in a set of ideals and principles geared to our highest purpose as a party and a nation.”

The former Lagos governor said that the president was faced with many challenges, fighting hard on security to keep the population safe and pushing for economic reforms that would engender future sustainable growth, adding that his disdain for corruption remained unwavering.

“Add to it now the corona crisis and its resultant social as well as economic impact. Politicians express loyalty to him but the words of too many of our politicians are like butter under a burning sun; they melt quickly away. Better to be loyal in deed.

“Instead of trying to manipulate party and other mechanisms solely to their political gain, it is time to shelve political intrigue for the time being. It is time for all party members to truly see what is at stake and work with Mr. President for the collective good of the nation.

“This means we must rally around President Buhari. Instead of everyone saying they are working for the party and nation but going their separate ways based on their selfish designs, we must help him build a stronger national consensus on policies that will ensure safety and bring greater prosperity,” he appealed.

Tinubu remarked that he had said what was on his mind, hoping that “some people may leave the 2023 frenzy and commit themselves to the harder yet more rewarding task of improving progressive governance, whether within the party or at the local, state or federal levels.”


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Gov. Obaseki pledge quick completion of NYSC permanent orientation camp.


The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has assured of timely completion of the state’s National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) permanent orientation camp in Okada, Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state.

The governor gave the assurance when he inspected ongoing construction of the NYSC permanent orientation camp, noting that his administration is working towards completing the project within six months.


He noted that the construction of the NYSC camp is being revived 16 years after the construction of the facility commenced.

Obaseki said his administration has completed the documentation process for the contracts and mobilised contractors for the project to site, noting, “The contracts have gone through proper procurement and the contractors are being mobilised and finalising paper work with various agencies concerned.


“As soon as that is done, additional funds would be released to them and I am optimistic that work will progress before the rains.”

He said the permanent orientation camp will be used as training venues by paramilitary agencies in the state, adding, “We have the Public Work Volunteers (PUWOV) and we are going to have the community neighborhood, vigilante groups and community policemen and these facilities will be available for their training here.”

The Edo State Coordinator of the NYSC, Mr. Adebayo Ojo, said on completion of construction of the permanent orientation camp, NYSC will provide the necessary facilities to facilitate smooth camping at the site.


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Governors seek Oshiomhole’s replacement.


The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress took a new twist on Saturday as the governors opposed to the embattled National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, began the search for his replacement.

It was learnt that consultations had been going on in the states, with meetings scheduled to take place next week on how to pick his successor.

Ex-Zamfara State governor Abdulaziz Yari, a one-time Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum; ex-Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba; and Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Heineken Lokpobiri, are among those being touted as the new APC National Chairman.


But the pro-Oshiomhole governors and members of the party’s National Working Committee who are unhappy with the former Edo State governor’s problems have reportedly gone on the offensive.

It was learnt that they had scheduled a meeting with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), early this week to plead his case.


One of Oshiomhole’s sympathisers, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, stated, “Because some of us have been quiet some people think we don’t know they are doing all of these because of their 2023 agenda.

“We will be meeting the President this week to ask him if he is aware of a letter being bandied about by some of these people seeking to force our chairman out. They are claiming that he consented to attending the illegal NEC (National Executive Committee) meeting they called for the March 17.


“We will also want to find out if he is aware that this whole thing is a plot to destabilise his government, because these people don’t mean well for our party.

“We want to tell the President that enough is enough, we will not allow the ambition of individuals who don’t mean well for our party to destroy us. These are the people telling the President lies about Oshiomhole.


“We want to tell the President that these people do not love him, because he needs to concentrate on his work.”

The source further said from his interaction with some of the anti-Oshiomhole governors, their grouse with him were largely personal.


The source said, “Some of them say he doesn’t refer to them on matters affecting their states and that he doesn’t listen to them; these are not party issues, they are personal.

“Removing Oshiomhole is an attempt to destabilise the party and the President.


“Some of these people talking now almost lost the last elections in their states if not for the tough stance Oshiomhole took.

“He was also able to work hard to ensure that those the President would be comfortable working with emerge as leaders of the National Assembly. Today, the party is enjoying the dividends of this arrangement. Our bills are being passed with ease. If we allow this problem to fester, it will get to the National Assembly and we will lose the advantage we enjoy. This bullying must stop.”


Meanwhile, members of the NWC loyal to Oshiomhole have distanced themselves from the NEC meeting scheduled for March 17.

In a statement by the party’s National Legal Adviser, Babatunde Ogala, and the National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, on Saturday, the pro-Oshiomhole NWC members in the statement dissociated themselves from the APC Emergency National Executive Committee meeting, “which invitation is credited to Chief Victor Giadom, Deputy National Secretary of the party”.


Ogala and Issa-Onilu said the “constitution of the party had provided the process and procedure to be followed to convene such a meeting as stipulated in Article 25 (B) (i) and (ii).”

The article states, “The National Executive Committee shall meet every quarter and or at any time decided by the National Chairman or at the request made in writing by at least two-thirds of the members of the National Executive Committee provided that not less than 14 days’ notice is given for the meeting to be summoned.


“ii. Without prejudice to Article 25(B)(i) of this Constitution, the National Working Committee may summon an Emergency National Executive Committee meeting at any time, provided that at least seven days’ notice of the meeting shall be given to all those entitled to attend.”

They argued that “neither the National Chairman nor the resolution of two-thirds of members of the National Executive Committee has directed nor made any request to summon a National Executive Committee Meeting of the party”.


According to them, Giadom is not vested with any constitutional powers to convene any NEC meeting. They also said he was not directed by Oshiomhole to call the meeting.

However, the APC National Vice-Chairman (North-East) Mustapha Salihu, dismissed Ogala and Onilu’s statement, describing it as “a hatchet job”.


Salihu is a member of the Giadom faction which signed the statement that fixed NEC meeting for March 17.

He said, “Why are they (the Oshiomhole group) not operating from the party’s national secretariat? They are not. They are using the style of Radio Biafra; we are in the secretariat working tirelessly towards a successful NEC meeting as you can see. These people are hiding somewhere trying to confuse the public.”


Asked whether they would attend the emergency NEC meeting, Salihu said, “Yes, as you can see from the announcement we’ve made, we have written to the President and he duly responded and we have a date fixed for the meeting.

“This is an emergency meeting; the main issue is the state of our party in the light of the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole, and you know the agenda of such a meeting is a collective one.”


Our correspondent reported that armed security men were still guarding the secretariat of the party when he visited the premises on Saturday.

The security men took over the secretariat on Friday following the conflicting court pronouncements on the crises rocking the ruling party.

Adams Oshiomhole

Recall that a judge of the Abuja High Court, Justice Danlami Senchi, on Wednesday granted an interlocutory injunction retraining Oshiomhole from functioning as national chairman of the party.

A day later, a Federal High Court sitting in Kano, presided over by Justice A. Lewis-Allgoa, which is a court of equal jurisdiction with the Abuja High Court, gave a contradictory order.


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‘No Man is God’ – Obaseki preaches after Oshiomhole’s Suspension.


Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has declared today a great day for the people of the state and the party after an Abuja High Court sacked the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole.

He said this at the party’s rally held at Urokpota ground, Benin.


He said the suspension of the embattled national chairman would provide the needed atmosphere for peace in the party in the state.

He said the suspension meted on the national chairman had finally proved to all in the state that no man is God, adding that today was a great day for the party in the state.


“Today is a great day for us in the party. The Abuja High Court has just asked the national chairman of the party to step aside.

“I believed this will further create the atmosphere for peace in the state.


“This has further shown to us that no man is God,” he said.

Obaseki said the party is one, noting that the problem he was having with the national chairman was that he failed to heed to him when he asked him to denounce the EPM which he refused.


He said he was not afraid to see people coming out to say that they want to contest for the governorship position but they have to do it according to the rules of the game.

He said he was prepared to embrace anything that would bring peace into the party and the state.


He noted that what the state had attained in infrastructure and agriculture was just a little compared to what the state was yet to experience.

On his part, the factional party chairman, Mr. Aselm Ojezua, called on the lawmakers who have abandoned their legislative duty and decided to make Abuja their home to have a rethink and come back home to resume their duty to those who elected them into office.


He said they should be able to learn from what has happened to the national chairman of the party and come back home.

“If a child deeps his hands into faeces, we will not cut off the child’s hands because of that.

“We want our brothers who have gone to stay in Abuja and have abandoned their duty – we want them to come back home and when they come, we will receive them,” Ojezua pleaded on their behalf.

The governor, flanked by other party faithful in the state later marched through the Airport Road in jubilation to the party secretariat.


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Look closely, the certificate of candidates before voting in Edo, Ondo – INEC tell Voters


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said that it will display the personal particulars, including academic qualifications of all the candidates nominated by political parties for the Edo and Ondo governorship elections.


It disclosed that this will afford the citizens the opportunity to scrutinise the particulars of the candidates and take legal actions against those who present false information to the Commission.

INEC insisted that this will help to check the new trend of courts determining the outcome of elections as observed in recent times.


The Supreme Court sacked Bayelsa Governor-elect on the account that his running mate Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo submitted fake certificates to INEC.

INEC National Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, who gave the hint during the quarterly meeting between the Commission and Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) said: “The personal particulars of all the candidates nominated by political parties for the Edo and Ondo Governorship elections, including their academic qualifications, will be displayed in our offices in the two States as required by law.


“This will enable citizens to scrutinise them and take legal action against any candidate who provides false information to the Commission. The personal particulars of candidates will be displayed on 6th July 2020 in Edo State and on 4th August 2020 in Ondo State. I wish to appeal to citizens to note the dates and to seize the opportunity to scrutinise the information provided on oath by the candidates in the interest of our democracy and good governance.

“For our part, the Commission has been studying the judgements of courts arising from the conduct of recent elections. We have also been reviewing the reports from accredited observers as well as internal reports from our State Offices. We will continue to keep an eye on the conduct of our officials and apply appropriate sanctions on erring staff, both regular and ad-hoc”.


He warned political parties to avoid acrimonious primaries that will result in endless litigation and observe due diligence in the screening of their candidates.

According to him: “Given recent experience with some Governorship elections, political parties need to do more to avoid the conduct of acrimonious primaries or failure to observe due diligence in the screening of their candidates, resulting in protracted litigations and eventual determination of the outcome of elections by orders of court.

“I wish to draw the attention of political parties to two critical dates in the timetable released by the Commission a few weeks ago. Party primaries for the democratic election and nomination of candidates for the Governorship election in Edo State must be held from 2nd to 27th June 2020. The date for Ondo State is 2nd to 25th July 2020. The Commission will not extend the dates. We will also rigorously monitor the primaries and where necessary, apply sanctions as provided by law”.

Yakubu also hinted that the Commission will introduce critical changes ahead the coming governorship elections to strengthen the process and procedures.


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Obaseki must do second term – APC chieftain allege


A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State, Hon. Charles‎ Idahosa has described the crisis rocking the party in the state as ‘a storm in a teacup’, boasting that governor Godwin Obaseki must do two terms of eight years.


“Obaseki must do his eight years. Nobody can stop him. If anybody by omission or commission ‎does that, APC is dead in Edo State,” he warned.

Idahosa, a former political adviser to the ex-comrade governor, Adams Oshiomhole, spoke when a forum of APC chairmen in the 18 local government ‎areas of the state paid him a solidarity visit in his house in Benin City.


He argued that nobody challenged ex-governors Lucky Igbinedion and Adams Oshiomhole when they sought to contest for second terms of office and wondered why Obaseki should not do a second term of office.

Idahosa who said he stands as a rock of Gibraltar behind Obaseki in his quest for a second term ticket said Obaseki is very focused and straight forward and nobody can change him.


He said the reason why the crisis in the party had lingered without settlement was because Oshiomhole is envious of Obaseki’s achievements, alleging that the APC national chairman is the one “running from the settlement because he has boasted he will do this, he will do that.

‎”For those whose benevolent spirit cracked their palm kernel for them, they should not think they are God,” Idahosa said in a veiled reference to Oshiomhole and cautioned against making the APC crisis a tribal matter, adding that Edo State is one.

Idahosa further boasted that Governor Obaseki will defeat all the other governorship aspirants again as governor, recalling that he did so before when he was not a governor.

Earlier, the chairman of the chairmen forum and chairman of the APC in Orhionmwon local government area, Ben Oghumu, said the purpose of their forum was to bring sanity and unity into APC and called for support from Idahosa, even as he pledged for support for Obaseki’s bid for a second term.


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Oshiomhole is the one with killer squad – Philip Shuaibu backs Obaseki


Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shuaibu, has dismissed a claim by the 14-Edo lawmaker that his principal, Governor Godwin Obaseki, has killer-squad detailed to kill the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

The 14-Edo lawmaker had, while accusing Governor Obaseki of hatching plan to kill Oshiomhole and other APC leaders in the state, said: “We want to believe that because the leaders of our party, across the country, have been quiet to call Governor Obaseki to order, he has been further emboldened to kill everybody due to his desperate ambition for a second term.


“He has recruited a killer squad in Edo State and their mandate is to kill Oshiomhole and other APC leaders. So, he has continued to create crisis and disrupt public peace,” they noted.

However, reacting to the claim while speaking to newsmen in Abuja, Shuaibu alleged that it is the APC boss that should rather be accused of training a killer squad, due to his claim that he has infantry.


Asked what he knew about his governor training killer squad to kill Oshiomhole, he replied: “I don’t know anything about the governor’s killer squad. The governor does not have any squad rather, it is Oshiomhole who boasted in both social and conventional media that he has an infantry.

“So, if we are looking for the person who has killer squad, it should be the person who has infantry,” he said.


On the possibility of peace reigning in the party, the deputy governor maintained that the condition for peace to reign politically between him and Oshiomhole, is an apology and an endorsement of the governor for the second term.

“The only condition for two us to be on the same page politically is for him (Oshiomhole) to come back to Edo State as a father and say what has happened is in the past.

“And that he believes now that Governor Obaseki has taken the governance to the next level and for all of us to come back together and vote him for second term.

“When he (Oshiomhole) does that I will now be on the same page with him politically,” he said.


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Obaseki/Oshiomhole: APC chieftain seek truce


Agbomhere, who is also the former governorship aspirant of APC in Edo, gave the advice in an interview known by NobleReporters in Abuja on Sunday.

He said the crisis did not only discourage potential investors from going to Edo but also de-marketed the state from other states and the world.


“One of the reasons, I am not happy with this present Government of Edo is that I feel that this crisis is de-marketing Edo to the rest of the states and the world.

“Now, they have been burning cars in Edo. They have been shooting and harassing people in Edo. Have you ever heard this government prosecutes anybody for that?


“It means they are not aware or it means they are not working. So, in the last rally, at least we heard that cars were burned,’’ Agbomhere said.

The party’s chieftain urged Edo Government not to tolerate any attack that would affect Edo people.

Godwin Obaseki & Adams Oshiomhole


“If I am a governor of Edo State, I will never support any attack whether in my interest or against my interest because the outcome will affect Edo people and I will not tolerate it.

“For me, I think that this present government has a challenge in its hand and also has the solution in its hand. I believe that the government knows how to solve it,’’ he said.


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If Oshiomhole dies, we will hold Obaseki responsible – Lawmaker-elect ..


The 14 estranged Edo State lawmakers-elect have told Nigerians to hold Governor Godwin Obaseki and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, responsible if the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, is killed.


Briefing newsmen in Abuja, yesterday, spokesperson of the group, who represents Esan Central, Victor Edoror, pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari, party’s National Leader, Bola Tinubu, and the Progressives Governors’ Forum not to fold their hands and allow Governor Obaseki killer-squad kill the APC chairman.

The group further accused the Edo governor of fuelling the crisis in the state and frustrating all the peace efforts


“There have been series of attacks on members of APC across the state on different occasions just because they bear opposing views from that of Governor Obaseki and the government of the day in Edo. Homes of most leaders of the APC in Edo State have been marked for demolition by Governor Obaseki.

“Several petitions written to the IGP from June 18, 2019 after the attack on us in Benin, yet nobody has been held responsible for it.


“We want to believe that because leaders of our party across the country have failed to call Governor Obaseki to order, he has been further emboldened to kill everybody due to his desperate ambition for a second term.

“He has recruited a killer squad in Edo State and their mandate is to kill Oshiomhole and other APC leaders. So, he has continued to create crisis and disrupt the public peace.


“IGP should wake up to his responsibility of protecting lives, properties and maintaining public peace in Edo State by standing against infringement on rights of Edo people. We beg him to advise the Edo commissioner of police to be professional in his duty.”

But, in a swift reaction, Governor Obaseki said on the contrary, Oshiomhole was the one creating crisis and disrupting peace and safety.


In a statement by his spokesman, Obaseki claimed Oshiomhole along with other dissidents who were members of the Edo People’s Movement (EPM) have been making frantic efforts to make Edo ungovernable.

“They have been setting fire to market places and public buildings and creating all sorts of chaos in the state.


The state government has warned that the embattled national chairman and his co-dissidents in the EPM, are hellbent on causing a breakdown of law and order in the state.

“Oshiomhole has disobeyed orders by the police at the federal and state levels not to hold public gatherings against the directives of the state government.


His actions have led to the hospitalisation of tens of Edo people and the destruction of properties valued in millions of naira.

“From Edo South to Edo North, he has traded in violence and left many in anguish in the wake of his strong-headed approach to entrenching himself as a godfather in the state. Even with this, he has not relented, but rather continues to fan the embers of division, acting as if he is above the law in the state.


“We call on the IGP and the Presidency to call Oshiomhole to order. His ambition to become a godfather in Edo State is not worth the safety of the four million people in our state.”

Meanwhile, crisis rocking the state chapter of APC, turned bloody yesterday as a top member of the party, Henry Idahagbon narrowly escaped death as gunmen suspected to be hired assassins attacked him in his office.


Two persons were, however, said to have sustained bullet injuries during the attack.

One of those injured and said to be APC ward chairman, was said to have been rushed to an undisclosed hospital for medical treatment.

Besides, restaurant at the ground floor of the building was severely damaged by the rampaging gunmen.

Idahagbon, a former attorney general and commissioner for justice, said the gunmen, who came in three vehicles, fired several shots at his office located on Siluko Road.


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I will deal with you – Obaseki threatens Oshiomhole ..


Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, Wednesday dared to confront his predecessor and National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, if he (Oshiomhole) continues to disrupt activities in the state.


Governor Obaseki said Oshiomhole as a governor would not tolerate a fraction of the misdemeanour and misbehaviour he (Oshiomhole) is undertaking today.

Speaking a meeting of the 18 APC local government Chairmen in Benin the state capital, Obaseki said he would show Oshiomhole that he (Obaseki) is the governor of the state.


The governor said the regret of the Edo APC was the elevation of Oshiomhole without knowing the kind of a person he is.

He directed the party chairmen to seriously deal with any persons or group carrying out activities outside what the party hierarchy as agreed to.


Governor Obaseki stated that Oshiomhole did not build the APC as there was no party structure in place when he became governor.

According to him: “This is not a party man, look at the dump he kept the party as a Secretariat? With all the resources we had he could not support the party until the landlord evicted us. You are governor or chairman based on the platform that elevated you. That is why I looked for one of the most beautiful building along Airport Road and said this is the secretariat of the party.


“All this nonsense they are doing. If anybody in the name of our party tries to do anything contrary to what we have agreed as a party we will deal with that person ruthlessly no matter who he is.

“If you are elected a chairman, your attitude should show if you believe in the party. Party supremacy means the leadership of the party must respect the membership. It is the members that make the party supreme because the members subscribed to a constitution which governs the conduct of the party. One man cannot be the party.


“I am the governor of Edo State and I so authorise it. If anyone comes to your ward or local government to do things outside what the party has agreed I hereby authorise you to deal with that person seriously.

“We are warning the suspended National Chairman. If he continues his activities in Edo State, I will show him that I am the governor of Edo State. While he was Governor, he would not tolerate a fraction of the misdemeanour and misbehaviour he is undertaking today. I have declared that if Oshiomhole comes here to Edo to say he wants to disrupt the activities of the state and the party we will deal with him the way we know how best to do it.

“Comrade Oshiomhole stands suspended from the party. In due course, we will expel him if he does not behave. The party does not belong to him; it belongs to all of us. We are following the wish of our people. Our next step is to make sure we convince more people to join our party so that all of us can move this state to the next level. I will give you all the support to strengthen the party at the local government. Monthly meetings must hold. Monthly wards meetings must hold. Attendance must be taken. Wherever there are issues, you sit down and discuss it.”

However, a former member of the House of Representatives, Hon Pally Iriase, described Obaseki’s comments as unfortunate and a hard one at that.


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Why it is necessary Nigeria invest in infrastructures – Obaseki ..


The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has said investment in infrastructure, including roads, electricity, Information Communication Technology (ICT) and gas is imperative for the country to attain economic diversification.

Obaseki, who spoke at the South-South Enlightenment Engagement Forum themed “Maximizing non-oil export potentials in the South-South region for economic growth,” said his administration has in the last three years focused on diversifying the economy of Edo State.


Speaking to participants at the event in Asaba, Delta State, Obaseki said his administration has worked very hard to create the enabling environment for businesses to thrive, stressing that one of the missing links is financing support and expertise to manage small businesses, which Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) is bringing on board.

“For us to diversify our economy and encourage export as a nation, we must focus on infrastructure, particularly access to roads, electricity, Information Communication Technology (ICT) and gas.


“Edo and Delta states are blessed as we have the capacity of generating almost 2,000 megawatts of electricity but the challenge is how to move the power to areas for effective production,” he said.

Obaseki said his government has also embraced agriculture to develop and grow the Edo economy, adding: “We have partnered the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to develop the oil palm fund and the CBN has supported our plan with N70 billion in funding. We have programmes for both small and large investors in oil palm. Under the oil palm programme, we approached the World Bank programme called Rural Access and Mobility Projects (RAMP) to develop rural roads for easy evacuation of farm produce for export.”


On his part, Delta State Governor, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa said the engagement forum was a big leap for Delta State and the South-South region as it encourages the region to begin production for exports.

“The programme is to enlighten the people and encourage the states to produce for export. Beyond the knowledge, NEXIM Bank has facilities to support each state and SMEs in the South-South. The bank has committed N1 billion to grow SMEs and the lending rates is convenient at nine per cent cheaper than what you get in commercial banks, which is 20 or 21 per cent per annum.”

The Managing Director of NEXIM Bank, Abba Bello, said the organisation is signing a Memorandum of Understanding with all states in the South-South region to support the efforts of the governors in the region to diversify their economies.

“The N1 billion is a start-up seed, which we intend to grow to N5 billion per state and in the next 3 to 5 years, spread across other states in Nigeria. We are ready to support all the efforts the South-South governors are embarking upon in diversifying the revenue base of their states’ economy outside of oil,” he noted.


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Second term: Obaseki can’t beg anyone – Edo ..


Edo State government on Tuesday wanted the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to desist from acts capable of portraying him as a lawless figure in the state and beyond.
The government also denied reports making the rounds in the state that Governor Godwin Obaseki is begging some Oshiomhole and some party leaders for forgiveness and to solicit their support for his second term bid.


It said the warning became important in view of Oshiomhole’s recent actions particularly as regards last week Saturday’s APC rally in Auchi headquarters of Etsako West Council Area and attended by some governorship aspirants and leaders of of the party drawn from Edo North Senatorial district of the state.
The party reminded Oshiomhole and his cronies to desist from their execesses and not to take for granted the silence and gentlemanly disposition of Governor Godwin Obaseki in his determination to ensure peace and progress of the state.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters (South Senatorial district) Him.

Osaigbovbo Iyioha, who stated this during a press conference held in Benin the state capital, reminded the APC national and others that the police ban on political rallies and such related activities, is still in force.
Hon. Iyioha noted that moves to reconcile all aggrieved members in view of the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party appear to have yeikded the desired results because “Oshiomhole who is supposed to be an arbiter is an interested party”.


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