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Edo 2020: Tinubu Endorses Ize-Iyamu, Asks Edo Voters To Reject Obaseki (Video)

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@OfficialAPCNg national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu speaks on #EdoDecides2020

”Reject Obaseki in the coming election,’ @AsiwajuTinubu tells Edo voters.

“I, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, want to appeal as a committed Democrat and a leader of all Democrats regardless of political party, to our Conscience and Commitment to Democracy today on the forthcoming election in Edo State.

“I want to appeal to you to reject Godwin Obaseki in this coming election. I have suffered with many others to bring about this Democratic regime that today we are enjoying in the Country.

“Then, Godwin Obaseki didn’t participate in any aspect of the struggle to enshrine Democracy in the Country. Therefore, he could not understand the value and the pains that was associated with this Democratic struggle.”

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  1. Tony Usidamen

    September 16, 2020 at 9:38 am

    EDO 2020: Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu…Thanks, but no, thanks!

    By Tony Usidamen

    I watched with rapt attention the video that you made for the people of Edo concerning the 19th September gubernatorial elections. Indeed, no matter where we are from, we are all part of a social web of life that supports and sustains us. So, I want to thank you for the interest that you have shown in the political happenings in our dear state. So much so that you took the pains to record the four-minute and forty-seven seconds-long message.

    Let me also state that history will not forget the vital role that you and others, like Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, played in giving Nigeria a strong opposition party in the All Progressives’ Congress (APC). This was at a time when the country was tending towards one-party dominance with the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The views about your performance as governor of Lagos state from 1999 to 2007 may not be as complimentary. But that is not the subject of this piece.

    Now, back to the video. You were unequivocal in your call for Edo people to reject the candidacy of Godwin Obaseki, the incumbent governor of the state, and flagbearer of the PDP in the forthcoming elections. As your primary reason, you cited illegality in the constitution of the 7th Edo State House of Assembly. But Sir, are we to ignore the fact that a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State upheld the proclamation made by Governor Godwin Obaseki?

    I concede, though. Opinion on this subject is divided, even among legal practitioners. There are gaps in the system that can be exploited for varied interests. However, when it comes to the question of performance, the consensus is that the Obaseki government has given Edo state more than any government in our recent history. In the last four years, Obaseki has demonstrated an unquestionable commitment to building people, as he has to building systems and structures.

    Edo Citizens have greater access to healthcare, as primary healthcare centres are being revamped and upgraded statewide. The quality and enrolment rate of school-age children in public primary schools has increased, thanks to the reforms in basic education. And there has also been a boost in Technical and Vocational Education and Training. Young people are being equipped with vital skills to make them more employable or to start their own business. An estimated 161,271 jobs have been created in agriculture, manufacturing, ICT, and the creative sector as a result of Obaseki’s visionary leadership and drive.

    Under this administration, salaries of civil servants are regular and prompt. Our aged fathers and mothers—who were denied the fruits of their labor by previous régimes—now have a reason to smile. Pension arrears, dating back to 1996, have been cleared. And monthly pensions and death benefits are paid as and when due. This government has initiated massive infrastructure projects. Among them are the 6,000-barrels-per-day Edo Modular Refinery, as well as the 55MW CCETC-Ossiomo Power Plant. When completed, these would boost the industrialization of the state and create more jobs for the talented youths of Edo.

    It is clear to all that Edo state—with Obaseki in the saddle—is on the path of progress. While we appreciate your concern, we cannot afford to return to the biblical Egypt, where self-acclaimed godfathers and career politicians kept a stranglehold on the state, as they fed fat on our commonwealth. We, the people of Edo, have resolved to join hands with Obaseki in building an Edo that works not just for the rich and connected. But one where every citizen is empowered with opportunity to live life to its fullest. As in every true democracy, the will of the people is supreme. And we are going to ensure that, come 19th September.

    Tony Usidamen, a public affairs analyst, writes from Benin.

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Humanitarian Minister, Sadiya Farouq Marries Chief Of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar In A Private Ceremony

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About one year after grabbing the headlines for being President Muhammadu Buhari’s potential bride, Nigeria’s Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has tied the nuptial knots with Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, in a secret ceremony in Abuja.

The extremely private event, which took place last Friday, was the culmination of a love affair between the two public figures that dates back to more than a year ago, it was confirmed.

However, in an attempt to get at the First Lady, members of the cabal around Buhari approached her parents in a bid to have her marry the President.

But with that episode now firmly behind them, Farouq and Abubakar proceeded to cement their relationship last Friday in the private ceremony.

The minister, who clocks 46 on November 5, has never been married and has no children.

The Chief of Air Staff, who is from Bauchi State, on the other hand, has 10 children from two wives – one of whom he has since divorced.

The two have kept their marriage a secret just the same way their relationship escaped public radar.

Farouq was appointed minister by President Buhari in 2019 while Abubakar, who is among service chiefs Nigerians have asked the Commander-In-Chief to fire for their poor tackling of insecurity in the country, has been in office since July 2015.

SaharaReporters reliably gathered that the marriage was delayed till last Friday after the controversy that followed the rumoured affair between Farouq and Buhari in October 2019 where it was alleged that the President was set to take her for a wife.

Sadique Abubakar and Sadiya Farouq
The news set the entire media space on fire, leaving many disappointed at the end when the purported wedding never became a reality.

Perhaps to fully banish the ghost of that rumour and keep it several radius away from her husband, it was reliably gathered that Farouq and Abubakar’s wedding was facilitated by the First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, apparently in a self-saving move.

Although, it was rumoured that she dated and was planning to marry Buhari last year, Farouq, who had been around the President since she was a teenager, has never dated the retired military general.

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Edo Election: Oshiomhole Reacts To APC’s Loss, Says ‘You Win Some & Lose Some’

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A former National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has finally broken silence following his party’s defeat at the September 19 Edo Governorship election.

MCI had reported how the APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu lost to incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the keenly contested election.

Oshiomhole, a former Governor of Edo State, had thrown his weight behind Ize-Iyamu, a former Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Edo State Government, in the guber polls.

On Wednesday, Oshiomhole, while at the gym at his private residence, in Benin City, said he did not break down as being alleged in some quarters, following the loss suffered by his party.

While thanking the good people of Edo State for their support towards his party, the APC former national chairman said, “in life you win some, and lose some … but life goes on”.

He said no matter the outcome of any election, the people must have faith in the country, and strengthen her democracy, adding that he has no plans of leaving Nigeria as he has only the Nigerian passport.

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APC Concedes Defeat, Congratulates Obaseki, Admits Edo Election Free & Fair

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The governing All Progressives Congress on Monday, conceded defeat 24 hours after Governor Godwin Obaseki, of the Peoples Democratic Party was declared winner of the Edo Governorship Election.

Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee, Mai Mala Buni, in a statement titled, “Edo State Governorship Election: Victory for Democracy,” which he signed, congratulated Obaseki over his victory.

Buni said, “Edo State Governorship election is over, the winner has been declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission in the person of the Mr. Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the People Democratic Party.

“We hereby congratulate the winner of the election, the people of Edo State and all Nigerians. The peaceful conduct of the election and its outcome represent victory for Nigeria’s democracy

“As a party, we join our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, to affirm our ‘commitment to free and fair elections’ in order to strengthen ‘the foundation for our political and moral authority.

“We commend INEC, our security agencies and all political parties that contested the election for the successful conduct of the election. As a governing party, we will take every step necessary to support the Federal Government to consolidate all the gains achieved. “

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