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Governor Obaseki gives escaped Benin prison inmates 3 days ultimatum to return
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Governor Obaseki gives escaped Benin prison inmates 3 days ultimatum to return

Inmates of Benin Medium Security Correctional Centre and Oko Medium Security Correctional Centre who escaped from the facilities on Monday October 19, have been given till Friday October 23 to return voluntarily or face the wrath of the law.   Governor Godwin Obaseki gave the ultimatum while on an assessment tour of the affected NCoS centres and the police stations that were burnt in Benin City by the hoodlums. He was accompanied by his deputy, Philip Shaibu; a deputy inspector-general of police, Celestine Okoye; the state commissioner of police, Johnson Kokumo; representatives of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Federal Road Safety Corps, among others.   Obaseki who stated that his government would not sit do...
Edo Speaker, Okiye, Six Others Formally Defect To PDP
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Edo Speaker, Okiye, Six Others Formally Defect To PDP

The Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Frank Abumere Okiye and six other members of the Edo Assembly, on Tuesday formally defected from the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) to the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), on the floor of the house. Okiye who announced the defection at plenary session added that he had received letters from the six members including himself, expressing their desires to decamp to the ruling party in the state so as to identify with the developmental strides of Governor Godwin Obaseki to move Edo State forward. The speaker relied on what he termed the sharp divisions and factions in the All Progressive Congress Party (APC) in the state as one of the reasons they decided to cross to PDP, to enable them to perform their duties eff...
Your Decision To Pursue Pre-Election Matters Will Fail – Edo PDP To Ize-Iyamu
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Your Decision To Pursue Pre-Election Matters Will Fail – Edo PDP To Ize-Iyamu

Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said that the decision of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the gubernatorial election in the State, Pastor Osagie Ize – Iyamu to focus on pre-election issues already before the courts instead of going to the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal was disingenuous and destined to fail. Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu was said to have said weekend that he will not contest his defeat at the election petition tribunal but continue the cases he instituted against the PDP and Governor Godwin Obaseki The party in a statement in Benin Monday by its State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Chris Nehikhare, said that, “while we hold that Ize-Iyamu has the right to approach the courts for whatever reason, it is...
Ize-iyamu Goes For Thanksgiving After Edo Election
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Ize-iyamu Goes For Thanksgiving After Edo Election

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State Osagie Ize-Iyamu on Sunday held a thanksgiving first time since losing the election to the incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party. He held the “special thanksgiving service” on Sunday in his parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Soul Winners Assembly in Benin City where he also said God expects man to offer him praises in all situations. Ize-Iyamu dismissed claims that he is downcast over the outcome of the election, choosing instead to express gratitude for the exercise, as well as immensely thank supporters and those who assisted him. The APC governorship candidate whose sermon was titled “utilising opportunities” said every opportunity must be seized to achi...
Why I Didn’t Campaign For APC During Edo Governorship  – Fayemi
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Why I Didn’t Campaign For APC During Edo Governorship – Fayemi

Ekiti state governor and chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Dr. Kayode Fayemi has spoken on why he did not campaign for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just concluded governorship election in Edo state. He said campaigning for APC during the election would have amounted to campaigning against his colleague, Governor Godwin Obaseki who ran on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Obaseki polled a total of 307, 955 votes to defeat All Progressives Congress (APC)’s Osagie Ize-Iyamu who got 223, 619 votes, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). However, speaking with journalists in Lagos, Fayemi said he could not campaign for the APC in the election because his role as chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum does n...
Obaseki Never Used State Funds To Finance His Reelection – Osagie
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Obaseki Never Used State Funds To Finance His Reelection – Osagie

Crusoe Osagie, Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, in this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, speaks on the outcome of the September 19 governorship election which was won by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki. He also speaks on expectations from the governor in the next four years as well as allegations of arrest and bankruptcy leveled against him by the All Progressives Congress (APC). Excerpts: Before the Edo election, you boasted that that your principal, Governor Godwin Obaseki has 75 percent approval ratings and that the APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu won’t score up to 30 percent votes. With the election over, can you say that you have been vindicated? I believe that I have been vin...
Obaseki’s Victory Shouldn’t Be Seen As Humiliation Of Tinubu – Junaid Mohammed
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Obaseki’s Victory Shouldn’t Be Seen As Humiliation Of Tinubu – Junaid Mohammed

Dr. Junaid Mohammed, elderstatesman and Second Republic lawmaker on Thursday said the defeat suffered by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the Edo governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu shouldn’t be seen as a humiliation of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the party’s National Leader. The election was won by Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 307,955 votes against Ize-Iyamu’s 223,619 votes. Four days to the election, Tinubu had made a broadcast to Edo people, asking them to reject Obaseki on Saturday, alleging that the Edo governor has been undemocratic since he was first elected in 2016. However, speaking in a chat with Daily Independent, Junaid said Tinubu as a politician has a right to choose any candidate that will ...
Edo Election: “I Didn’t Ask Obaseki To Return To APC After Win” – Ize-Iyamu
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Edo Election: “I Didn’t Ask Obaseki To Return To APC After Win” – Ize-Iyamu

The Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organisation has called on the traditional media to perform due diligence in reporting events arising from Edo State, "as unprofessionalism would render them as tools for PDP". This was in a statement forwarded to MCI by the Director of Communication and Media of the Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organisation, Mr John Mayaki, who reacted to claims that APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu appealed to Governor Godwin Obaseki to return to APC yesterday at a press conference in Abuja. Mayaki, who noted that nothing of such happened, explained that "the media has once again lent itself to the fabrications of Governor Godwin Obaseki and the PDP, as they did throughout the election." "We warned several times that the media should beware of fabricat...
“I Am Ready To Work With Obaseki” – Ize-Iyamu
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“I Am Ready To Work With Obaseki” – Ize-Iyamu

The gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just-concluded Edo election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has declared that he is ready to work with his victorious opponent, Governor Godwin Obaseki. Ize-Iyamu disclosed this during a press briefing on Wednesday. He also had a closed-door meeting with his party’s caretaker chairman and governor of Yobe State, Mallam Buni and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State in Abuja. Ize-Iyamu at the press conference said: “We are going to talk to everybody, we will bring everybody back. I want to salute my brother, the governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki. I am appealing to him to return to the party. In every family, there must be a disagreement.” Let it not be said that it was this disagreement that pushed him o...
APC Concedes Defeat, Congratulates Obaseki, Admits Edo Election Free & Fair
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APC Concedes Defeat, Congratulates Obaseki, Admits Edo Election Free & Fair

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 outcom...
Uzodinma Denies Rejecting Edo Election Results, Not Heading To Court
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Uzodinma Denies Rejecting Edo Election Results, Not Heading To Court

Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, has denied rejecting the outcome of the just concluded Saturday, September 19 Edo Governorship election. Incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party had on Sunday defeated Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of Uzodinma’s party, the All Progressives Congress. The Imo governor, who is vice chairman of the APC National Campaign Council, was alleged to have said his party would “secure victory” at the Court, saying it was marred by irregularities. But in a tweet sighted by Igbere TV on Monday, the Imo State government via its handle, distanced the governor from the said report, describing it as fake news. According to the Imo state government, the report did not emanate from any of its official channels. It therefore ad...
Goodluck Jonathan Congratulates Obaseki For Emerging Victorious In Edo Election
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Goodluck Jonathan Congratulates Obaseki For Emerging Victorious In Edo Election

Former president, Goodluck Jonathan has sent a congratulatory message to Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over his victory in the Edo state election. Jonathan in a series of tweets on Sunday, September 20, commended the people of Edo and INEC for ensuring a peaceful, credible and transparent election in the state. The former president urged the re-elected governor to govern all people of his state without any partisan bias. He wrote: "I congratulate His Excellency @GovernorObaseki on his re-election as Edo State Governor. I also congratulate @inecnigeria for overseeing a process that allowed the votes of the good people of Edo to count."   "Democracy can only be consolidated to promote good governance in our nation and continent when our ...
APC Rejects Edo Governorship Election Results
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APC Rejects Edo Governorship Election Results

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State has rejected the outcome of Saturday's Edo Governorship, in which incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki was declared winner. MCI had on Sunday reported how Obaseki, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, secured 307,955 votes to defeat Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC candidate, who got 223, 619 votes. In a statement forwarded to MCI, Sunday, the APC alleged foul play in election, but called on party members to stay calm "while party leaders study the result and decide what is next." In the statement signed by the Chairman of the APC Media Campaign Council, Mr. John Mayaki, rejecting the result, the APC cited alleged strong arm tactics. "Our people were arbitrarily arrested, many of the figures were fabricated," said the terse stateme...
Obaseki Receives Election Results Sheet From INEC (Photo)
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Obaseki Receives Election Results Sheet From INEC (Photo)

Governor Godwin Obaseki took to his Twitter page to announce that he has received the result sheet of the 2020 Edo gubernatorial election from INEC. He wrote: "I have just received the results sheet of the Edo governorship election from @inecnigeria, which provides details of the polls cast on Saturday. I appreciate Edo people for their support and unflinching resolve to reward our hard work. Congratulations to all of us once more!" MCI reports that Obaseki of the PDP polled a total number of 307,955 votes to defeat his main challenger, Ize-Iyamu of the APC, who scored 223,619 votes. Governor Obaseki was returned elected after polling the highest number of votes in the election.
Edo 2020: President Buhari Commends Electoral Process
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Edo 2020: President Buhari Commends Electoral Process

PRESIDENT BUHARI COMMENDS ELECTION PROCESS IN EDO STATE, REITERATES COMMITMENT TO FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the election process in Edo State which led to the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The President congratulated the winner and urged him to show grace and humility in victory. In his reaction to the outcome of the election as announced by INEC, President Buhari said: "My commitment to free and fair elections is firm, because without free and fair elections, the foundation of our political and moral authority will be weak." The President added: "I have consistently advocated for free and fair elections in the country because it is the bedrock of true demo...
Governor Obaseki Gives Victory Speech (Video)
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Governor Obaseki Gives Victory Speech (Video)

Governor Godwin Obaseki has said that the outcome of the election in Edo state is a reflection of the will of the Edo People. Reacting to his re-election at the polls which held Saturday, September 19, Mr Obaseki said “The great people of Edo State have spoken and they have spoken loud and clear”. Obaseki in his victory speech from the PDP situation room in Edo State, thanked God almighty for making him triumph over his opponents. He also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for defending the nation’s democracy and “allowing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security services to perform their constitutional functions”. https://youtu.be/e5SzG8CRGoU
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Governorship Election: Edo Govt Declares Friday Sept 18 Work-free Day

The Edo State Government has declared Friday, September 18, 2020 as a work-free day. This was contained in a statement forwarded to Igbere TV, Thursday, signed by Mrs. Aziegbemhin P. E., Permanent Secretary in the Office of Head of Service. She said the approval was given by Governor Godwin Obaseki to enable workers in the state travel to their respective constituencies to exercise their franchise. The Edo State governorship election holds Saturday 19 Sept., with Obaseki of the PDP and Osagie Ize-Iyamu of APC as major contenders.
I Won’t Be Shocked If Obaseki Wins Edo Governorship Election – Tony Momoh
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I Won’t Be Shocked If Obaseki Wins Edo Governorship Election – Tony Momoh

Prince Tony Momoh, a former Minister of Information and one of the national leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday said he won’t be shocked if Governor Godwin Obaseki, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), wins this weekend’s governorship election in Edo state. Speaking in an exclusive interview with INDEPENDENT, Momoh, former National Chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressives Change (CPC), said the APC must work very hard if it must win the election, adding that Obaseki is solid on ground and it will be foolhardy for any serious politician to dismiss him in Saturday’s election. Momoh who said he wants his party APC to win, however, said he based his opinion on the fact that PDP is a very strong party in Edo, having two out of t...
Don’t Come To Edo With Bullion Vans” – Tambuwal Mocks APC Bigwigs
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Don’t Come To Edo With Bullion Vans” – Tambuwal Mocks APC Bigwigs

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Campaign Council Chairman, Nyesom Wike has declared that Governor Godwin Obaseki would win the Edo governorship election convincingly. Wike, who is also the Governor of Rivers State, made the assertion at the Grand Finale of the Edo PDP Campaign held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City. Wike said the convincing evidence on ground has shown the general acceptance of the party by the electorate. He stated that with the achievements of the last four years, it would be impossible for Obaseki not to be declared the winner. The Rivers governor however urged Edo people not to take things for granted but turn out in large numbers to vote the candidate of PDP. “By the grace of God, the election has been won by Governor Obaseki...
You Can’t Extend Your Political Empire To Edo – Obaseki To Tinubu
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You Can’t Extend Your Political Empire To Edo – Obaseki To Tinubu

Governor Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the former Lagos State Governor and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu cannot extend his political empire to Edo State as Edo people are determined to end the godfatherism in the state. The governor who spoke in a statement by Crusoe Osagie, his media aide on Tuesday, Osagie said “Our attention has been drawn to a television broadcast in which a former Lagos State Governor and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in his quest to extend his political dominance and empire to Edo State, decided to take over the role of Edo people to choose through the ballot who to govern them for the next four years.” Osagie noted: “...
Edo 2020: “Turn Out En-Masse And Vote Obaseki”- Atiku Urge Voters
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Edo 2020: “Turn Out En-Masse And Vote Obaseki”- Atiku Urge Voters

The Presidential Candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 General Elections, Atiku Abubakar, has urged the people of Edo State to cast and defend their votes for Governor Godwin Obaseki. The democracy that we enjoy today was bought at a great price. We can only deepen and sustain it by respecting the sanctity of the ballot and necessary review of our electoral processes. As the great people of Edo State go to the polls to elect their governor this weekend, they need to be provided with a secured environment to cast their votes and be assured that their votes will count. I urge all duly registered voters of conscience and who truly care about the wellbeing of Edo to turn out enmasse to cast and defend their vote for @GovernorObaseki.
Edo Commissioner resigns from Governor Obaseki’s cabinet 10 days to election
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Edo Commissioner resigns from Governor Obaseki’s cabinet 10 days to election

Edo state commissioner for minerals, oil and gas, Joseph Ikpea on Wednesday September 9 resigned from Governor Godwin Obaseki's cabinet.   The Commissioner who resigned from his position 10 days to the governorship election in the state, cited not being able to abandon the All Progressives Congress (APC) which he helped grow in Esan south local government area as the reason for his resignation.   Ikpea who became the third commissioner to resign from Obaseki's government, said in his resignation letter;   “This is to inform you that I am resigning my present appointment. I want to sincerely thank his Excellency, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, for the opportunity given to me to serve under his administration as the Commissioner for Minerals, Oil and Gas. “One of the r...
Obaseki Has Good Plans For Edo On Paper, Nothing On Ground – Hosa Okunbo
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Obaseki Has Good Plans For Edo On Paper, Nothing On Ground – Hosa Okunbo

Edo State-born business magnate, and philanthropist, Captain Hosa Okunbor, has said Governor Godwin Obaseki has good plans for the state. But that everything was on paper and nothing on ground. Okunbor said this in a no holds barred interview with Vanguard, where he also revealed how his quarrel with Governor Obaseki started and why he is supporting Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of All Progressives Congress, APC, in the September 19 governorship poll. In the interview (fully published in tomorrow’s Vanguard), Captain Hosa Okunbor also revealed why he will spend his last kobo on Ize-Iyamu, why he is defending himself, how he knelt to beg Obaseki against fighting Oshiomhole and that Obaseki does not have the attributes of a good leader. He told Vanguard: “If Godwin presents to you his pla...
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...
Edo Election: “We Will Bury Oshiomhole Politically” – Obaseki
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Edo Election: “We Will Bury Oshiomhole Politically” – Obaseki

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo says come Sept. 19 Edo people will bury dictatorship politically. Governor Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the party said this on Friday during the ward-to-ward campaign rally at Ward eight, Ward 10, and Uselu market in Egor Local Government Area of Edo. He noted that the “dictator” to be buried politically had already been retired politically. He also said that the same “dictator” had before now sold the Uselu market adding that it was why the shop rental at the market was N1 million until the present administration, manned by him, came on board and reversed the sale. According to him, what is bad is bad, adding that such people who do not have the well being of the people of the state at heart should not be allowed back to government. ...
‘Call Your Boys To Order’ – Oba Of Benin Tells Shaibu
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‘Call Your Boys To Order’ – Oba Of Benin Tells Shaibu

The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, on Wednesday called on the Edo state deputy governor, Hon. Philip Shaibu to call his “boys (thugs)” to order, ahead of the September 19 Edo Governorship election. Igbere TV reports that the monarch spoke at a peace meeting between Governor Godwin Obaseki of the PDP and Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC at his palace in Benin City - where both candidates signed a peace pact. At the meeting, monitored by Igbere TV, the revered Oba who expressed concern over spate of violence in the state, issued a direct warning to Shaibu to rein in on his “boys” and halt further escalation. Igbere TV had reported how Oba Ewuare II summoned the two major candidates, Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu, alongside their running mates to express his concern on the incessant outbreak of vio...
Edo 2020: Emulate Jonathan, Oba Of Benin Charges Politicians
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Edo 2020: Emulate Jonathan, Oba Of Benin Charges Politicians

IT was a historic moment, on Thursday, as the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, met with political parties and leaders, where he sued for peace and urged them to emulate the action of former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 when he lost to President Muhammadu Buhari. First to meet with the monarch were the two gladiators: Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and All Progressives Congress, APC, who Oba Ewuare II said they were heating up the polity. While noting that elections were not a do-or-die affair, he said the politicians must note that they have only Edo State to call their own and, thus, must do everything to protect it from disintegration. He said not only had the state been in the news for the wrong reasons, but the governorship election had...
Bode George Wants PDP To Discipline Fayose For Saying Obaseki Will Lose Edo
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Bode George Wants PDP To Discipline Fayose For Saying Obaseki Will Lose Edo

Chief Olabode George, a former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday said the National leadership of the party should take disciplinary action against Ayo Fayose, former governor of Ekiti state over his statement on the forthcoming Edo governorship election. George in an interview with Daily Independent, George said Fayose’s comment that Governor Godwin Obaseki, the party’s governorship candidate in the Edo governorship should lose is sacrilegious and a sign that he is working against the PDP’s interest. He said “I was shocked when I read Fayose’s comment that Obaseki should lose the forthcoming Edo governorship election. That statement is absolutely sacrilegious. This is a man who came voluntarily into our party, took our ticket and our peop...
I Have Great Respect For Tinubu But His Comment On Edo Crisis Shocked Me – Wike
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I Have Great Respect For Tinubu But His Comment On Edo Crisis Shocked Me – Wike

Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State on Saturday said he was shocked by the comments made by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the political crisis rocking Edo state. He also said former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole does not have the moral standing to tell Edo people not to vote for Governor Godwin Obaseki. Governor Wike who is also the Chairman of PDP National Campaign Council for the Edo 2020 Governorship Election said the purported issue of secondary school certificate does not hold water. He was reacting to comments by Oshiomhole during the flag off of the APC Governorship Campaign in Edo State. The Governor berated the former APC National Chairman for his continued claims that Governor Obaseki is not a gra...
NEMA Tells Edo Government to Prepare for Flood
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NEMA Tells Edo Government to Prepare for Flood

The Edo State Government has been urged to put in more structures that will help mitigate the effect of an oncoming flood. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), VM Muhammadu Muhammed (Rtd) made the call after a meeting with Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state over the weekend. Muhammadu said Edo was among the highly probable flood-risk states based on predictions by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA).   He said;   “The prediction released by NIMET and NIHSA annual flood outlook indicates that 102 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in 28 states fall within highly probable flood-risk areas, while 275 LGAs in the 36 states, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) fall within moderately prob...
I Feel For Obaseki But APC ‘ll Take Edo Back — Gov. Yahaya Bello
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I Feel For Obaseki But APC ‘ll Take Edo Back — Gov. Yahaya Bello

GOVERNOR of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello yesterday said that the All Progressives Congress, APC, will take Edo State back from Governor Godwin Obaseki who recently defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Bello said that the power of incumbency will not guarantee victory for Obaseki, adding that Nigerians have witnessed incumbent leaders including former President Goodluck Jonathan “dethroned” from their positions. The Kogi State Governor who spoke with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting between the North Central geopolitical zone governors and the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, enthused that the APC will also take over Anambra State. Commenting on the crisis in the APC, Bello said, “Our...
We Will Set Up A Strong Team To Investigate Obaseki’s Certificates — Edo PDP Chairman, Anthony Aziegbem
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We Will Set Up A Strong Team To Investigate Obaseki’s Certificates — Edo PDP Chairman, Anthony Aziegbem

Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State, Mr Anthony Aziegbemi, tells PETER DAVID about the unfolding political intrigues in the state, following Governor Godwin Obaseki’s decision to join the party, among other issues How confident are you that the PDP will win the September governorship election in Edo State? We are very confident. We have our checklist and we are on the ground and ready to win the election because we have done it before. Was your choice of indirect party primary informed by the COVID-19 pandemic? It is constitutional. The PDP must have a state congress to elect its governorship candidate. Of course, we can have a consensus, but we do not do direct primaries in the PDP. So, it was not informed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The PDP has screened three...
Oshiomhole’s masquerade will dance naked in the market – Saraki
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Oshiomhole’s masquerade will dance naked in the market – Saraki

Former Senate President Bukola Saraki has reacted to the defection of Governor Godwin Obaseki to the Peoples Democratic Party and the suspension of the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole. Saraki who welcomed Obaseki to the PDP, said he ignored Oshiomhole's verbal attack because he knew “a day would come when his masquerade will dance naked in the market.” The former Governor of Kwara state averred that the man who was garrulously proclaiming the end of the political career of some other people is now about to meet his waterloo. He said in a statement released on Friday June 19;   “I also thank Obaseki’s colleagues, the PDP Governors, for their role and for ensuring that while bringing him into the party, they carried along the local ...
APC Crisis: 2023 Presidency Puts Ruling Party On Life Support
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APC Crisis: 2023 Presidency Puts Ruling Party On Life Support

“Too many cooks, spoil the broth” is a popular idiomatic expression in English which in literal translation means when there are too many people involved in trying to do the same thing, the final result will not be good. That best captures the current situation of Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). With latest developments in the party, analysts, including concerned members of the party have expressed the views that the party may not survive even before the 2023 general elections. Speaking with our correspondent, one of the national leaders of the party who does not want his name in print had said the current crisis in the party has gone beyond the rift between Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the party’s National Chairman who was sacked from office on Tuesday by ...
Governor Obaseki Joins PDP
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Governor Obaseki Joins PDP

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), days after resigning from the All Progressives Congress. The Edo state Governor who was disqualified from seeking reelection by the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) on the grounds of having “defective qualifications", declared for the PDP at its state secretariat in Benin. A tweet shared on the official Twitter handle of the PDP read;
Edo 2020: Obaseki Picks PDP Membership Card Today
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Edo 2020: Obaseki Picks PDP Membership Card Today

Barring any last minute changes, Governor Godwin Obaseki will today formally announce his mem­bership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) a few days after resigning from his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). ­ A member of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) told our correspondent that the governor would reg­ister his membership at his Ward 4 in Oredo LGA of the state after finalising talks with PDP leaders at the national and state levels. Obaseki, on Wednesday, met with the leadership of the PDP, led by its national chair­man, Prince Uche Secondus, in Abuja, as well as other gov­ernors elected on the party’s platform. The meeting, which was held at the residence of Gov­ernor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, also had in attendance Governor Aminu Tambuwal of So...
Governor Obaseki In A Meeting With Secondus, Wike, Tambuwal, Others
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Governor Obaseki In A Meeting With Secondus, Wike, Tambuwal, Others

Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki is currently meeting with Prince Uche Secondus, National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja. According to a credible source who is a member of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), others in attendance are Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state , Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto as well as other governors of the party. He said the meeting is taking place at Governor Wike’s residence.
Court Extends Order Stopping Obaseki From Arresting Oshiomhole
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Court Extends Order Stopping Obaseki From Arresting Oshiomhole

The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Wednesday, extended the interim order barring governor Godwin Obaseki from arresting the suspended National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole over his alleged indictment by a panel of inquiry. Justice Ahmed Mohammed ordered all the parties involved in the matter to stay action till June 29 when the court will hear a motion challenging its jurisdiction to entertain an application Oshiomhole filed for the protection of his fundamental human rights. Other Respondents in the matter are; Edo State government, the Attorney- General and Commissioner of Justice of Edo state, Chairman of the panel of inquiry, Justice J. Oyomire, the Inspector General of Police and the Department of State Service. It will be recalled that...
Oshiomhole Is Afraid Of Educated People Because He Didn’t Go To School – Obaseki
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Oshiomhole Is Afraid Of Educated People Because He Didn’t Go To School – Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state, says Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is afraid of educated people because “he did not go to school”. Speaking with state house correspondents on Tuesday, Obaseki accused Oshiomhole of high-handedness. The governor, who has been having a running battle with Oshiomhole, was disqualified from the 2019 APC primary election. Asked if he would provide a level playing ground for the primary election to hold in the state, Obaseki said: “He (Oshiomhole) has not provided a level playing ground even in the selection process, the disqualification process: what is the basis for disqualifying someone like Chris Ogiemwonyi? “You are afraid of people who are educated because you didn’t go to school. You are a...
Edo 2020: PDP Says No Automatic Ticket For Obaseki
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Edo 2020: PDP Says No Automatic Ticket For Obaseki

The Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo, Tony Aziegbemi, says there will be no automatic ticket for Governor Godwin Obaseki in the party. The All Progressives Congress (APC) screening committee had, on Friday, disqualified Mr Obaseki and two others from contesting the party’s primary, scheduled for June 22. NAN also reports that Mr Obaseki has reportedly been making plans to dump APC for the opposition PDP, ahead of the party’s primaries. In a telephone interview with NAN on Monday in Benin, Mr Aziegbemi said “I can confirm to you that the governor, his deputy and the entire APC structure in the state will be joining PDP soon. “We have been in touch in the last few days; by tomorrow, I will be able to confirm the exact date he will be joining, along with his t...
Moves To Save Obaseki By Presidency Flops
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Moves To Save Obaseki By Presidency Flops

Last minute moves to save the re-election bid of Governor Godwin Obaseki by the Presidency last night appeared to have hit the brick-wall as Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, said they were going ahead with the direct primary scheduled for June 22. He also expressed optimism that it would be free, fair and transparent, adding that a candidate that can unify the party in state will emerge. Governor Obaseki’s disqualification by the screening panel was affirmed by the appeal panel and National Working Committee (NWC) of the party at the weekend. Rising from a meeting he and members of party’s National Working Committee (NWC) had the Chief of Staff (CoS) to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, in the State House, yesterday, Oshiomhole told State House ...
Obaseki Should Be Blamed For His Disqualification, Not Oshiomhole – Tony Momoh
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Obaseki Should Be Blamed For His Disqualification, Not Oshiomhole – Tony Momoh

Prince Tony Momoh, a former Minister of Information and one of the national leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, speaks on the disqualification of Governor Godwin Obaseki from the governorship primaries of the party and options ahead of him. Excerpts: With his disqualification by the APC Screening committee from partic­ipating in the primaries, will you be surprised if Governor Obaseki dumps the APC for another political party in order to realise his mandate? It’s a choice. The governor, having been disqualified has the opportunity to lodge an appeal to the Appeal Committee and later to the National Working Committee (NWC) . Although the NWC said that their decision is final, the governor can also go to court. But since ...
Edo Is Not Lagos, Obaseki Won’t Chicken Out Like Ambode – Charles Idahosa
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Edo Is Not Lagos, Obaseki Won’t Chicken Out Like Ambode – Charles Idahosa

Chief Charles Idahosa, a former Commissioner for Information and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state, has said Governor Godwin Obaseki will not chicken out from the governorship election despite his disqualification from the primaries by the APC screening committee last week. Speaking in a chat with INDEPENDENT, Idahosa, who had always said he will dump the APC if Obaseki is denied reelection, said the governor will not take the ‘Ambode option’ as being suggested by some people because Edo is not Lagos. It will be recalled that Akinwunmi Ambode, former Lagos state governor conceded defeat and congratulated his opponent, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, current governor of Lagos state who was declared winner of the APC governorship primary held on October 2, 2018. ...
Obaseki’s Disqualification: Ize-Iyamu Sends Message To APC Members
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Obaseki’s Disqualification: Ize-Iyamu Sends Message To APC Members

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, an All Progressives Congress’ aspirant in the Edo State governorship election, has urged members of the party to put the disqualification of Governor Godwin Obaseki behind them. This was contained in a press statement by the Director of Communication and Media of Iyamu’s Campaign Organisation, Mr. John Mayaki. According to the statement, the disqualification of Obaseki by the APC screening committee was premised on a bold insistence of fairness, accountability, and transparency. The statement read in part, “I wish to send my deepest gratitude to all the members of our great party, the All Progressives Congress, for joyful cooperation that led to a seamless but thorough screening exercise. I urge all the members of our party whose indefatigable commitment,...
Obaseki’s Disqualification: Charles Idahosa Says APC Is Dead In Edo
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Obaseki’s Disqualification: Charles Idahosa Says APC Is Dead In Edo

Chief Charles Idahosa, a former Commissioner for Information in Edo state on Friday said the All Progressives Congress (APC) is dead in Edo state with the disqualification of Governor Godwin Obaseki from the party’s governorship primaries. Speaking in a chat with Daily Independent, Idahosa said the governor’s disqualification by the APC Screening committee led by Prof. Jonathan Ayuba did not come to him and many of Obaseki’s as a surprise because Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the party’s National chairman has carefully planned and orchestrated it from the onset. “It didn’t come to me and many of us who are supporters of Governor Godwin Obaseki as a surprise”. ” It is a hatchet job carried out by a stark illiterate who calls himself the National chairman of APC when in the real sen...
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 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...