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Governor Obaseki, Shaibu Sworn-in For Second Term
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Governor Obaseki, Shaibu Sworn-in For Second Term

No fewer than four other governors witnessed the inauguration of Edo State Governor, Godiwn Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu for second term in office. The inauguration took place at the Tennis Court of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City. Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party including Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and Duoye Diri of Bayelsa State. PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, was also present at the event with some other party officials while Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who was represented by a government official. Obaseki had defected to the PDP from the All Progressives Congress(APC) after he was denied the ruling party’s ticket in the primary election due to intra-party wrangling. Watch the vid...
25 Escaped Inmates Return To Correctional Centre In Edo
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25 Escaped Inmates Return To Correctional Centre In Edo

A total of 25 inmates, out of the 1,900 inmates, who escaped from Oko and Sapele Road Correctional Centre popularly called White House, Benin last Monday when hoodlums masquerading as #EndSARS protesters stormed the two prisons, have voluntarily surrendered themselves to the authorities. One of the inmates, who gave his name as Alex Ose, 40, a taxi driver, said that he has been awaiting trial since 2014 when he was arrested for armed robbery in the Edo State capital of Benin. Ose, from Esan, Edo State and a father of four said that he decided to heed the call of Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki and surrender himself because he is innocent of the charges against him and was supremely sure that he will be vindicated by the court. The awaiting trial inmate, one of the 1,900 escape...
Obaseki’s Victory Shows Egocentric Politicking Can Be Defeated – Oyegun
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Obaseki’s Victory Shows Egocentric Politicking Can Be Defeated – Oyegun

A former National chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has congratulated Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on his re-election. Oyegun, in a statement on Tuesday, noted that egocentric politicking could be overcome. “Please accept my deepest congratulations, Mr. Governor on your re-election as Governor of our great Edo State. “You and your exemplary Deputy have shown that with good work and principled leadership, the ills of overbearing and egocentric politicking in our nation can be overcome.” He noted: “Your very significant victory marks a watershed in Edo and indeed Nigerian politics and so places additional responsibilities on your shoulders.” “I wish you and your Deputy four more years of inspired and productive leadership...
‘Don’t Rejoice Yet, Obaseki May Soon Return To APC’ – Bamgbose Tells PDP
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‘Don’t Rejoice Yet, Obaseki May Soon Return To APC’ – Bamgbose Tells PDP

Olusegun Bamgbose, Esq., the National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, has advised members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to limit their celebration of the outcome of the governorship election in Edo State because Governor Godwin Obaseki may soon return to the All Progressives Congress, APC. Governor Obaseki left the APC for the PDP a few months to the governorship election after he was disqualified by the ruling party. Obaseki was, however, declared elected for a second tenure in office by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on Sunday after he defeated candidate of the APC, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu with over 100,000 votes. The incumbent Governor had an arduous journey having contended with the duo of the APC National Leader, Bo...
‘We Are Sure Of Victory’ – Obaseki Says As PDP Rounds Off Campaign
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‘We Are Sure Of Victory’ – Obaseki Says As PDP Rounds Off Campaign

The Edo State Governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Tuesday, declared that with the support of Edo people and endorsements by over 100 groups in the state, he is certain of victory in Saturday’s gubernatorial election in the state. The governor who gave the assurance at the final reelection campaign rally in Benin City, urged eligible voters in the state to come out en masse to vote the PDP to enable him consolidate on the achievements recorded in his first term and put an end to godfatherism in the state. Present at the rally were former Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, Mr. Peter Obi; Chairman of PDP Governors' Forum and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal; Chairman, South-south Governors'...
Edo 2020 Debate: Ize-Iyamu Rattles Obaseki On Performance
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Edo 2020 Debate: Ize-Iyamu Rattles Obaseki On Performance

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki last night failed to clearly defend his government’s performance in critical areas of job creation, healthcare provision, agriculture, security and infrastructure development. He also failed to debunk the claim that he did not possess the requisite qualification for admission into the University of Ibadan where he graduated. It was during a debate organised by Channels Television and its partners to enable Obaseki, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) contender, to sell their candidature to the people. The Edo State governorship election will hold on Saturday. Ize-Iyamu said Obaseki has not performed and that he borrowed millions of naira on account of the agriculture sect...
I Will Make Oshiomhole Irrelevant In Edo – Obaseki
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I Will Make Oshiomhole Irrelevant In Edo – Obaseki

CANDIDATE of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) for the September 19, 2020 Governorship election in Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki has vowed to make his predecessor and former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, politically irrelevant. Obaseki disclosed this weekend when the PDP Campaign rally berthed in Ward 8 and 10 at Edaiken market in Egor Local Government Area of the State The PDP Candidate declared that the battle over who wins the forthcoming election in the State was between him and Oshiomhole, saying that he does not have any quarrel with the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. “We had democracy in 1999, a Child that was born 22 years ago, is the child not old enough to be a man by now? Th...
Oshiomhole, Obaseki Difficult To Reconcile — Oba Of Benin
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Oshiomhole, Obaseki Difficult To Reconcile — Oba Of Benin

The Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, has expressed shock at how it is seemingly impossible to reconcile the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole, Daily Times gathered. The monarch recalled the good relationship that existed between Obaseki and Oshiomhole. Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, spoke at a peace meeting Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu at his palace in Edo State on Wednesday. The royal father said he had known the incumbent Governor since he (the Oba) was serving as an ambassador. Oba Ewuare II said he cannot tell what went wrong that led to the intense spat and enemity between the two politicians. Ewuare II said, “I was very sad, shocked; what I thought was going to be a smooth ride for everybody, tranquillity in the state, tranquillity in the kingdom...
Obaseki Condoles With Oshiomhole, Ize-iyamu Over Crash, Death Of Security Aides
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Obaseki Condoles With Oshiomhole, Ize-iyamu Over Crash, Death Of Security Aides

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has condoled with former governor of the state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osagie Ize-Iyamu, over a road accident involving top chieftains of the APC in the party’s campaign entourage. In a statement forwarded to uson Tuesday, the governor commiserated with the families of the victims of the crash and prayed that God grants them the fortitude to bear the loss of their loved ones. According to him, “I received the news of the accident with shock and commiserate with the former governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the candidate of the APC in the forthcoming governorship election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu over the very unfortunate incident involving their security aides and top chi...
Ize-iyamu Can’t Defeat Me – Obaseki
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Ize-iyamu Can’t Defeat Me – Obaseki

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), spoke with reporters in Lagos on why he should be re-elected on September 19. EMMANUEL OLADESU was there There seems to be strong opposition to your second term bid. Are you ready to play the Nigerian brand of politics to ensure that you return to power? This notion of Nigerian brand of politics is one that is creating different themes. Does it mean that I should have accumulated money meant to work for the people of Edo State? Does it mean that because it is election time, I should begin to brand my own story; who I am and what I am not? I will tell you that Edo State has always been a PDP state because it has always won national elections, while All Progressives Congress (APC) had only won loca...
End Godfatherism In Edo With This 2020 Governorship Election – Obaseki
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End Godfatherism In Edo With This 2020 Governorship Election – Obaseki

The Edo State Governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the September 19, 2020 governorship election, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has concluded his ward-to-ward reelection campaign in Edo North Senatorial District, promising to bring an end to godfatherism in the state. A statement on Sunday said Obaseki made the promise while speaking to party faithful in Ward 7, Etsako West Local Government Area, and called on the people to support him in the fight against godfatherism by voting en masse for the PDP. He said, “On September 19, 2020, we have to tell them that Edo must move forward and bring an end to godfatherism.” Obaseki thanked leaders of the party and members of his campaign team for their time and sacrifices throughout the campaign which began two weeks ago. H...
Edo: Don’t Go Home, Defend Your Votes – Obaseki Tells Edo Electorate
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Edo: Don’t Go Home, Defend Your Votes – Obaseki Tells Edo Electorate

Edo State Governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Godwin Obaseki, has warned electorates in the state ahead of the September 19 election not to go home, but to stay and defend their votes to avoid any form of manipulation. The governor noted that the people must not listen to instructions of anyone to go home, adding that the development of the state was in their hands. Obaseki stated these on Friday while addressing supporters in Ward 6, Ukhuse in the Owan West Local Government Area of the state, during his reelection campaign rally in the LGA. The governor said, “On September 19, 2020, come out and vote massively for the PDP and make sure you stay back in your polling units to defend your vote to avoid manipulation. “Don’t listen to them when they ask you...
Oshiomhole And His Boy Ize-Iyamu Are Ingrates – Wike
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Oshiomhole And His Boy Ize-Iyamu Are Ingrates – Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on Monday reacted to a statement from the opposition camp, APC, which tagged Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki “an ingrate”. The Chairman of the National Campaign Council of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in his reaction said that; “Obaseki is not an ingrate, rather it is Oshiomhole that is fighting him (Obaseki) and his boy Ize-Iyamu that are ingrates. “Oshiomhole had in 2016 said that Obaseki is the brain box behind his success as a governor. How can he now turn around to say the same person that was behind him as a brain box is now an ingrate.” Wike further said that APC was not ready for the governorship elections in Edo State, noting that the APC was working to ensure cancellation of the polls by the Independent National Elector...
Three PDP Aspirants Refuse To Step Down For Obaseki
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Three PDP Aspirants Refuse To Step Down For Obaseki

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has so far failed to convince the three aspirants on its platform, to step aside for Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, ahead of their primaries. Gideon Ikhine, Ogbeide-Ihama and Kenneth Imasuagbon are the three men that were screened and cleared by the party for the primary. However, Obaseki’s decision to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) for PDP, has changed the complexion of the game. Obaseki defected to the opposition party along with his deputy, Hon. Philip Shuaibu. The PDP primary was initially scheduled to hold last weekend, but has now been postponed until tomorrow, because of the new developments. Ahead of Tuesday’s primary, Obaseki has met with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state; Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum,...
Edo Primaries: APC Dares Obaseki, Refuses To Apply For Permit
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Edo Primaries: APC Dares Obaseki, Refuses To Apply For Permit

Ahead of the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State on Monday (tomorrow) the party has dismissed the order gazetted by the state government that political parties must obtain approval of the governor to hold any political gathering. The APC maintained that it did not require a permit from the state governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, to hold direct primary as its preferred mode of choosing candidate for the September 19, 2020 governorship election in the state. Obaseki had in a gazette signed on May 28 and published on June 5, banned political gatherings that could make direct primary possible in the state stipulating that only indirect primary could be held in the state and in only one location, Benin City. The order partly reads, “That in respect of poli...
“The Bad Apple Has Taken Itself Out Of The Bag” – Ize-Iyamu Taunts Obaseki
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“The Bad Apple Has Taken Itself Out Of The Bag” – Ize-Iyamu Taunts Obaseki

Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo, has taunted Godwin Obaseki, governor of the state, over his exit from APC. The APC had disqualified Obaseki from the governorship primary over alleged defective certificate and the governor subsequently defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which granted him waiver to seek its ticket for the election. In an interview with The Sun, Ize-Iyamu said Obaseki attempted to impose himself as the candidate of APC before he was disqualified. There are indications that the two of them will swap places in the September 19 election, Ize-Iyamu, the APC candidate and Obaseki, the APC candidate. But Ize-Iyamu said he is confident of defeating the governor who trounced him inn ...
I Won’t Step Down For Obaseki, Even In My Dreams – PDP Governorship Aspirant, Kenneth Imasuagbon Says
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I Won’t Step Down For Obaseki, Even In My Dreams – PDP Governorship Aspirant, Kenneth Imasuagbon Says

A PDP governorship aspirant, Mr Kenneth Imasuagbon, has vowed that he will not succumb to internal or external pressure to step down for Obaseki to secure the party ticket. Imasuagbon said it would be absurd for him to abandon his political struggle for the past 16 years to become a governor by stepping aside for Obaseki who joined the party a few days to the primary. He said, “The contemplation of me stepping down is preposterous. You can’t ask me to step down after my (political) struggle for the past 16 years. Why? How do I explain that to the people who laboured for me in the past 16 years? Even in the dream, I can’t have such a thought. “Nobody should reach out to me. That is of no value to me. There is no advantage to him (Obaseki). Let there not be intimidation or any form ...
Defection: Quarantine Obaseki & His Supporters – Ize-Iyamu To NCDC
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Defection: Quarantine Obaseki & His Supporters – Ize-Iyamu To NCDC

The Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organisation said Obaseki and all those who were at the defection meeting should be quarantined because they flouted the physical distancing regulation established by the state governor. A statement by the Director of Media and Communication of POI Campaign Organisation, John Mayaki, also noted that Obaseki is now enjoying exactly what he tried to frustrate Ize-Iyamu of when he joined the APC. He said: “While we note interestingly that this is the same right the Governor, in his usual autocracy and abuse of power, tried to deny Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu last year when he returned to the All Progressives Congress through the sponsorship of physical and media attacks, and the institution of baseless court cases, we, as democrats and staunch believ...
How PDP Governors, Chieftains Endorsed Obaseki, Shaibu Ticket
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How PDP Governors, Chieftains Endorsed Obaseki, Shaibu Ticket

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, will be allowed to run with his deputy, Philip Shaibu, on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party if he (Obaseki) emerges winner at the PDP primary slated for Tuesday, June 23, in Benin, Edo State, Saturday PUNCH has learnt. It was gathered that this was one of the issues discussed at the meeting the governor had with leaders of the party and some of its governors in Abuja on Wednesday. Sources at the meeting, who spoke with one of our correspondents, said Obaseki pleaded that he be allowed to run with Shaibu if he eventually won the party primary. The governor was said to have described his deputy as a loyal friend and that he remained a pillar in what he described as the battle to rid the state of godfatherism. The party leaders ...
PDP Shifts Edo Governorship Primary For The Second Time In 24 Hours
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PDP Shifts Edo Governorship Primary For The Second Time In 24 Hours

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has postponed its gubernatorial primary election in Edo state for the second time in 24 hours. On Thursday, the party had announced that the exercise initially scheduled for June 19 had been moved to June 23. But in a statement on Friday, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party’s spokesman, said the primary election has now been shifted to June 25. “The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has granted waiver to Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki to contest the Edo governorship election primary,” the statement read. “The action of the NWC is pursuant to Section 29(2)(b) of the PDP constitution and in exercise of the powers of the National Executive Committee under Section (50)(3)(b) of the PDP constitution. “The NWC in exercise...
PDP Leadership To Decide On Obaseki’s Defection Request Today
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PDP Leadership To Decide On Obaseki’s Defection Request Today

The People’s Democratic Party’s leadership has decided to meet on Thursday (today) to decide on the fate of Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, who is seeking its ticket to re-contest. Sources in the main opposition party said last night that the meeting will consider the reports from the various leaders of the party that the governor has met with in the last five days. Obaseki met with Governors Nyesom Wike (Rivers) and Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom) at the weekend before announcing his resignation from the All Progressives Congress (APC) which disqualified him from participating in its primary. His deputy Phillip Shaibu also resigned and lowered the APC flag in the Government House in Benin. Obaseki has also reached out to PDP National Chairman Uche Secondus and Sokoto State Govern...
I Resigned From APC, Because Of My Respect For Buhari – Obaseki
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I Resigned From APC, Because Of My Respect For Buhari – Obaseki

Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on Tuesday made his decision to quit the All Progressives Congress official after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja. He said announcing his resignation at the State House was a mark of respect for Buhari and in keeping with the promise he made earlier that he (Obaseki) would speak on his next move after meeting with the President. Speaking with State House Correspondents after the meeting, Obaseki noted, “I have said that before I make a decision, I have to show respect to my President, who I adore, who for me is an epitome of incorruptibility, an epitome of order, an epitome of lawfulness. “This is the man whom for him that is what Nigeria should be all about. I think I owe him that respect to come and t...
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Oshiomole’s Suspension: “We Are Not Moving To PDP Yet” – Obaseki

The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has said that he has not concluded on the new platform with which he would seek re-election for a second term in office. In a statement, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said the governor is pre-occupied with the coronavirus (COVID-19) challenge, which is ravaging the world at large and Nigeria in particular, urging the people to abide by government’s directives to halt the spread of the virus. According to him, “We have not moved to any party yet, even though we are in talks with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The decision we will eventually take will be in the best interest of Edo people and our supporters. “In the meantime, our major focus is on managing and containing the...
Edo 2020: Obaseki Resigns From APC
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Edo 2020: Obaseki Resigns From APC

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has formally resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC). The governor announced this on Tuesday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Edwin Clark advise Governor Obaseki to join PDP as Ganduje justifies disqualification
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Edwin Clark advise Governor Obaseki to join PDP as Ganduje justifies disqualification

Ijaw leader Chief Edwin Clark on Monday urged Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to realise his second term ambition. He called on the PDP to adopt Obaseki as its candidate. Clark believes that the opposition party has a great chance to reclaim the state from the All Progressives Congress (APC) with Obaseki as its standard bearer. The APC disqualified Obaseki from contesting its primary election due to discrepancies in his certificates. Clark, in a statement on Obaseki’s disqualification, said: “While, I am not a member of the APC, or of PDP, or any other political party, for that matter, it is regrettable that the APC in Edo State, is being destroyed as it was in some other states in 2019 when, due to the same manipulation and ras...
Ganduje Backs Obaseki’s Disqualification, Says APC Will Win Edo State
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Ganduje Backs Obaseki’s Disqualification, Says APC Will Win Edo State

Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje,  on Monday threw his weight behind the decision of All Progressive Congress to disqualified Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki from the forthcoming part primary. Dr. Ganduje who spoke in Kano at a media parley with Journalist explained that what mattered at the moment is the legal implications of the likely outcome of the exercise. Ganduje said that the Bayelsa example where the party won a clean election but lost it to opposition on point of legality at the law court is still fresh on the memory, adding that the party should not consciously walk into the same tight situation again. According to Ganduje “as far as Edo is concerned, we are worried about the legality of our action. We believe the National headquarters of our party...
APC NWC Meets With Gambari In Aso Rock
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APC NWC Meets With Gambari In Aso Rock

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, is leading some members of party’s National Working Committee (NWC) in a meeting with the Chief of Staff (CoS) to the president, Professor Ibrahim Gambari. The meeting is taking place in the CoS’ office in State House, Abuja. Sighted with the party boss were the National Vice Chairman (North West), Inuwa Abdulkadir; National Treasurer, Adamu Panda and two others. Oshiomhole was escorted to the meeting by a police orderly who had a pile of office files with him. The party boss is dealing with the fallout from the party’s disqualification of incumbent Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, from participating in the state gubernatorial primaries. The meeting is believed to be in connection ...
Edo 2020: We Issued Only One Certificate To Obaseki — University of Ibadan
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Edo 2020: We Issued Only One Certificate To Obaseki — University of Ibadan

The University of Ibadan has faulted a claim made by the All Progressives Congress that the institution awarded two certificates with separate dates to Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki. The APC had stated discrepancies in the dates on Obaseki’s UI certificate as one of the reasons for his disqualification from the June 22 governorship primary in Edo State. Presenting its report to the National Working Committee headed by National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, on Saturday, the APC Screening Appeal Committee led by Abubakar Fari, said, “It is inconceivable that the same University will award two certificates with separate dates for the same graduate. “We also find it difficult to vouch for the authenticity of his National Youth Service Corps certificate, there is no indication a...
Sahara Reporters Reveals Real Reason Governor Obaseki Was Disqualified
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Sahara Reporters Reveals Real Reason Governor Obaseki Was Disqualified

Recall that Obaseki, who has been at war with APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, was on Friday disqualified over issues relating to discrepancies in his academic credentials. A petition seen by SaharaReporters has given more insight into why Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, was disqualified from the selection process of the All Progressives Congress ahead of the governorship election in the state. The screening committee for the Edo State governorship primary of the APC also disqualified Chris Ogiemwonyi, a former Minister of State for Works, and Mathew Iduoriyekenwen, a former Majority Leader of the Edo State House of Assembly. The petition seen by SaharaReporters among other things said that Obaseki’s O/Level results showed that he had three credits and that he spent ...
We Will Admit Obaseki If He Decides To Join Us – PDP
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We Will Admit Obaseki If He Decides To Join Us – PDP

THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the party will readily admit the embattled Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, into its fold if the governor decides to join the main opposition party. The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, disclosed this in a telephone chat with our correspondent on the telephone on Friday. Asked if the PDP was ready to admit the governor into its fold, Ologbondiyan said: “Yes, we will accept him, of course.” The party spokesman however, said Governor Obaseki had yet to approach the PDP for membership as of the time he spoke with our correspondent at 6.57 pm. Asked if the PDP would offer its Edo State governorship ticket to Obaseki if he joined the party, Ologbondiyan said the governor won’t get automatic tick...
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Edo 2020: Why Obaseki Was Disqualified From APC Primary – Ize-iyamu

Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a former Secretary to the State Government, has given reason why Godwin Obaseki, the Edo State governor, who is seeking re-election on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) was disqualified. The governor, Chris Ogiemwonyi and Matthew Iduoriyekemwen were ousted from participating in the party primary slated for June 22, where the flag-bearer of the ruling party in the September 19 governorship election will emerge. While the trio were disqualified, Mr Ize-iyamu, who enjoys the support of Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the party, was cleared for participation. Messrs Obaseki and Oshiomhole are politically at war with each other shortly after the latter succeeded the former in office. In a statement by his spokesman, John Maiyaki, the...
Obaseki Defects To PDP With 18 LG Chairmen, 12 Lawmakers
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Obaseki Defects To PDP With 18 LG Chairmen, 12 Lawmakers

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He collected his membership card at Ward 4, Oredo Local Government. It was gathered that the governor is moving into the PDP with all the 18 Local Government Chairmen in Edo State together with 12 lawmakers in the State Assembly. Also, Governors of the PDP are billed to visit him this weekend
Obaseki’s Disqualification: “APC Will Suffer Dire Consequences” – Oyegun Reacts
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Obaseki’s Disqualification: “APC Will Suffer Dire Consequences” – Oyegun Reacts

A former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has said the party will suffer “dire consequences” in Edo State on account of the disqualification of Governor Godwin Obaseki by the APC screening panel. Odigie-Oyegun described the outcome of the screening as a hatchet job aimed at installing a stooge that will allow some people unfettered access to the Edo Treasury. This was contained in a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Chief Ray Morphy, in Abuja, on Friday. The statement read in part, “While not a surprise, that disqualification is a clear indication that internal democracy has been murdered in APC, a party which we founded on the principles of fair play and good conscience! “I daresay that APC will suffer dire consequences in ...
I Won’t Appeal My Disqualification From Edo APC Primary – Obaseki
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I Won’t Appeal My Disqualification From Edo APC Primary – Obaseki

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has said that he will not appeal his disqualification from participating in the governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) slated for June 22. The governor in a statement by his media aide, Crusoe Osagie, said it is needless filing an appeal when the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole has carefully orchestrated the move from the beginning. While calling on his supporters to be calm, he urged them to wait for further directives. “We have watched the mockery of democratic process, which Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, is administering and superintending over in our great party the All Progressives Congress (APC). It has been an unfortunate, disheartening and dreadful spectacle. “We had initially asserted that going by the open ...
We Will Deal With Imported Thugs And Their Sponsors – Obaseki
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We Will Deal With Imported Thugs And Their Sponsors – Obaseki

The Edo State Government also said it would sanction any individual or group of persons, who violates the regulations contained in the gazette on political gatherings The Edo State Government has warned that it will spare no resources within the ambit of the law to bring to justice any individual or group importing political thugs through riverine communities and other state borders to unleash mayhem on the people. In a statement on Thursday, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, said reports of such movements of hoodlums had been received and the government would ensure that those culpable of such acts were identified, arrested and prosecuted. He said, “The Edo State Government has received intelligence reports that some unscrupu...
Edo 2020: Obaseki’s University Of Ibadan Certificate Different From Other Alumni, APC Chieftain Alleges
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Edo 2020: Obaseki’s University Of Ibadan Certificate Different From Other Alumni, APC Chieftain Alleges

A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Victor Oshioke, has alleged that the certificate of the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki is different from other alumni who graduated at the same time with him from the University of Ibadan. Oshioke in a statement obtained by Vanguard said the statement from University of Ibadan did not answer the questions raised by those querying the academic credentials of Obaseki. He said: “As far as I know, nobody has said that Godwin Obaseki is not an alumnus of UI. What I have heard echoed by a lot of people recently, is that the O/Level grades of Godwin Obaseki in the public domain does not qualify him to be admitted into the University of Ibadan for a degree course. “Also, some commentators have argued that the documents he attached t...
I Don’t Think I Will Get Justice – Obaseki On APC Screening
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I Don’t Think I Will Get Justice – Obaseki On APC Screening

Ahead of its June 22 governorship primary election in Edo state, the All Progressives Congress APC on Wednesday screened its six aspirants with the screening committee receivingsix petitions against the governor and one against Mr Mathew Iduoriyekemwe.The governor who came out of the screening room around 10 pm expressed misgivings at the operations of the committee, saying with Comrade Adams Oshiomhole dictating affairs of the party, he knows he cannot get justice. He said; “The last time I came here, I asked that Oshiomhole recuse himself from the process in the interest of peace and justice. But as a party man, I have had to go through the screening like everybody else. Since he is the judge and the jury in this matter, I will just wait for the outcome of the screening. I have gi...
Obaseki Reacts As University Of Ibadan Confirms Certificate
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Obaseki Reacts As University Of Ibadan Confirms Certificate

The Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, has reacted to the confirmation by the University of Ibadan, UI that he graduated from the institution. There had been a series of speculations flying around that the Edo state governor forged his certificate. The rumour was further fueled when the APC national chairman Adams Oshiomhole challenged the authenticity of the embattled governor’s university degree certificate. While inaugurating the APC’s screening and appeal committees for its members contesting the governorship primary in Edo, Oshiomhole was quoted to have said: “Someone should approach the UI and end this matter once and for all. “If the certificate Obaseki parades is that of the UI, find out how did he pass senate screening of those days? I’m aware that in those days when...
Edo: APC Enlists University Dons, Lawyers To Screen Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu, Others
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Edo: APC Enlists University Dons, Lawyers To Screen Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu, Others

The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress APC has set up a committee to screen its six governorship aspirants in Edo state, declaring that without prejudice to the work of the committee and that of the Screening Appeals Panel, the National Working Committee NWC has the final say with regards to the fate of the aspirants. According to the party, the screening and appeals committees which consist of academics, lawyers and politicians would help to forestall a repeat of the Bayelsa experience where it lost its mandate due to alleged discrepancies in the certificates of the party’s deputy governorship candidate. Inaugurating both committees on Tuesday at the party’s National secretariat in Abuja, its National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said while the screening ...
Obaseki Discloses ‘the Bottom Line’ Of His Quarrel With Oshiomhole
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Obaseki Discloses ‘the Bottom Line’ Of His Quarrel With Oshiomhole

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has mentioned what he considers as “the bottom line” of his quarrel with Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The protracted quarrel between the two has the potential to thwart the governor’s second term ambition and even prevent the APC from winning the forthcoming governorship election in Edo state. “I do not have a rift with him (Oshiomhole) as a person. I just do not agree with how some decision is taken, as it relates to the party. It is not in the interest of our party,” Mr Obaseki said in an interview with Channels TV, on Sunday Mr Obaseki said Mr Oshiomhole has been a disruption to the decision-making process of the APC in Edo state. “Our quarrel has been that we are doing things that are ...
Edo Governorship Election: I Am Not Afraid Of Ize-Iyamu – Obaseki
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Edo Governorship Election: I Am Not Afraid Of Ize-Iyamu – Obaseki

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has insisted he is not afraid of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. Obaseki stated this while making an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics. Ize-Iyamu contested the last governorship election under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), before defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC). He will now go up against Obaseki for APC’s ticket in the September 19 poll. But the Governor insists he has no reason to be scared of Ize-Iyamu. “Why should I be? The last time I contested, he (Ize-Iyamu) was my opponent from the PDP and the votes are there. “I beat him (when I had no track record as a governor) and now with the track record as a governor, I don’t have any fears,” Obaseki said.
Edo 2020: President Buhari Summons Oshiomhole
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Edo 2020: President Buhari Summons Oshiomhole

Following interventions by governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari is set to intervene in the political impasse in Edo State as he has summoned Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for a parley, Daily Independent has gathered. A member of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), who confirmed the development to Daily Independent, said Oshiomhole will meet with the president at the Presidential Villa tomorrow (today) “I’m aware the president has summoned the national chairman and they will meet at the Villa tomorrow (today). I think the issue will be resolved. There will be primaries but I think it will not be done in a way to put the governors of Edo and Ondo at a disadvantage”, he said. President Buhari on Monday met with ...
Adams Oshiomhole Insists On Direct Primaries In Edo
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Adams Oshiomhole Insists On Direct Primaries In Edo

National chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has said the Edo State Governorship primaries will proceed as planned. He said this while speaking to reporters after the National Working Committee met with governors elected on the platform of the APC, in Abuja, on Monday. In response to a question that the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has rejected the direct primary mode for his state, Oshiomhole asked the reporter to “stop spreading rumours.” He added, “Obaseki is not here but issues of primaries are well spelt out in our constitution and we are following it as strictly as positive. So, nothing to worry about at all. “You are speculating (on Obaseki’s rejection of direct primaries), I don’t have any letter or document to that effect. These are ve...
Primary Election Crucial To Democracy – Tinubu To Governors
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Primary Election Crucial To Democracy – Tinubu To Governors

There may be no going back on transparent and democratic primaries for the choice of governorship candidates by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo and Ondo states, it was learnt yesterday. At a meeting with nine APC governors, National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu said democratic primary as a core element of internal democracy should not be jettisoned. 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 ...
APC NWC May Screen Out Obaseki Over Certificate Issue
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APC NWC May Screen Out Obaseki Over Certificate Issue

Ahead of the June 22 gover­norship primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, there are feelers that Governor Godwin Obase­ki may be disqualified from participating in the primaries by the screening committeeset up by the national lead­ership of the party. A credible source in the party said aside the mode of primaries which has become a subject of contro­versy, there is a likelihood that Obaseki may not scale the screening session of the APC which may scuttle his chances of becoming the party’s flag bearer in the September 19 governorship election. According to him, the party said it is trying to pre­vent a reoccurrence of what happened in Bayelsa when the Supreme Court nullified the victory of David Lyon, the governor-elect, on the grounds that his running m...
#JusticeforUWA : Edo state governor reacts to the rape and murder of UNIBEN student
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#JusticeforUWA : Edo state governor reacts to the rape and murder of UNIBEN student

Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, has reacted to the news of the rape and murder of a 100-level student of the University of Benin UNIBEN, Uwaila Omozuwa, inside a Redeemed Christian Church of God parish in the state. Reacting via his Twitter handle, the governor said the police has been mandated to identify, arrest and prosecute anyone found culpable in her death ”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. Using this law, we would ensure to invest...
More Trouble For Obaseki As Loyalists Plot To Abandon The Edo State Governor
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More Trouble For Obaseki As Loyalists Plot To Abandon The Edo State Governor

With less than one month to the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary for the 2020 gubernatorial election in Edo State, there seems to be no let-up in the internal crisis rocking the camp of the state Governor, Godwin Obaseki, as some of his loyalists within the party are said to be plotting to dump him in the build up to the primary election. Sources within the APC informed that there is an internal battle to stop the wave of exodus that is being planned by some of the people who were hitherto believed to be close to Obaseki but were clandestinely working against the second term ambition of the governor. The new agenda by these set of ‘loyalists’, as discovered by our correspondents, is to activate their plan, which is to dump the governor and move en-mass to the opposing side...
Those Who Brought Obaseki From Nowhere Can Look Elsewhere – Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu,
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Those Who Brought Obaseki From Nowhere Can Look Elsewhere – Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu,

Osagie Ize-Iyamu, governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state, says those who brought Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki to power, feel he has not performed up to expectation. Speaking on Channels Television’s "Politics Today" on Wednesday, Ize-Iyamu, who picked his nomination and expression of interest forms at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja earlier in the day, said under Obaseki there has been division, rancor and insecurity in the state. He had contested as candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2016 but lost to Obaseki. Ize-Iyamu defected to the APC in the heat of the crisis between Adams Oshiomhole, APC national chairman, and the incumbent governor. He said Oshiomhole is yet to endorse him but he would get the support of t...