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TO REMOVE CORRUPTION IN ANY SYSTEM, MAKE THE PROCESS ELECTRONIC AND REDUCE LEVELS OF HUMAN INTERFERENCE- SIR MELIE ONYEJEPU

Sir Melie Onyejepu hails from Nnewi, Anambra state. He is currently the General Manager, Bureau for Public Procurement and Special Adviser, budget implementation and performance to the Executive Governor of Anambra State. As special adviser on budget implementation and performance, his office ensures that the state budget is properly monitored and that monies released to ministries are properly retired in line with the reason the budget was drawn. As Anambra procurement boss, his office also ensures that the law passed on procurement by the State House of Assembly are properly followed to the letter and that the state gets best price for the contract it awards and the best quality. He spoke to government house media during the “*BRIEF THE MEDIA PROGRAMME*” on government activities and performance by heads of MDAs. Excerpts:

 

*UNDER YOUR WATCH ANAMBRA HAS PERFORMED WELL IN TERMS OF TRANSPARENCY, ARE THERE LAURELS THAT CAN BE CREDITED TO THIS ADMINISTRATION WITH REGARDS TO THAT?*

 

If you don’t plan, you will fail. From the outset of this administration, we began with a blueprint for the state and that was the first time it happened. Blueprint contains the mission and the vision of an administration. It’s like a road map or guide on a journey. To be frank, that blueprint was the master stroke that helped this administration. Immediately we were through with the blueprint, we were able to hit the ground running. Similarly, to stem corruption from the budget process, we came up with a system called International Public Accounting System (IPAS). It is an international standard of accounting obtainable in most developed countries of the world. So, if you want to institute transparency and accountability, then you have to key into this kind of platform that is recognised globally and if World Bank is reviewing your books, it would do so in line with global best practices. The good news about IPAS is that the world bank did an analysis of states that implemented this process across the 36 states of the federation and Anambra State came first in the south east and second in the whole federation. So the worldbank and donor agencies grew confidence in the state and were willing to partner with us. 

 

Under the procurement process, there were also avenues for corruption but with the support of the Government, we defined our bidding, contracting and procurement processes. We started what we call Opening Contracting Portal (an electronic platform). To the best of my knowledge, if you want to remove corruption in any system, make the process electronic and reduce levels of human interference.  So we have implemented the opening contracting portal system in the State where anyone can see the list of contractors and the project they are handling. On the other side, we have also implemented the opening procurement portal, whereby procurement processes can be started online and when a bidding is advertised online, any company or anyone who is qualified to bid can participate in the bidding process.  We amended the procurement law to be in tandem with global best practices and World Bank has given us accolades for that. For implementing the open portal, setting up the e-procurement portal, setting up the bureau, amending the procurement law to be in tandem with best practice, setting up of the procurement council, World Bank has given us commendations and accolades.

 

*THE 2021 BUDGET IS ABOUT 141 BILLION NAIRA, GIVEN YOUR EXPERIENCE OVER THE YEARS, WHAT WILL BE THE AVERAGE EXPECTATION OF EVERY ONYE ANAMBRA WITH REGARDS TO THE 2021 BUDGET. SECONDLY, PRIOR TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF BPP, THERE WAS THE TENDER’S BOARD. IN VIEW OF MAKING CLARIFICATIONS, HAS THE TENDER’S BOARD BEEN DISSOLVED OR ABSORBED BY BPP OR ARE THEY WORKING TOGETHER NOW?*

 

For the 2021 budget, the initiative behind it is to temper the effect of the COVID 19 pandemic and the downturn in the world economy on Anambrarians. This is why we have prioritised youth and women empowerment, health and agriculture.

 

On the question about the tender’s Board, the point is that there is no more tender’s board again. I will clarify by saying that the tender’s board has been moved to the Ministries. 

 

*THERE IS THIS GROWING CONCERN THAT THE ACTUAL BUDGET AND THE LEVEL OF IMPLEMENTATION ARE USUALLY POOR, HOW DIFFERENT IS ANAMBRA IN TERMS OF BUDGET IMPLEMENTATION AND PERFORMANCE?*

 

I’m going to take the past 3 years budget as a reference. Anambra has been averaging 78-83% implementation. This year, we will achieve 79 percent implementation despite Covid-19 and downturn in the economy. We did a lot of spending last year under the Covid-19 initiative and that was why at the middle of the year we had to adjust our budget to reflect activities of the Covid-19 era. Like I said before, we would achieve 79% implementation.

 

*GIVEN THE ROLE YOUR OFFICE PLAYS IN TERMS OF AWARDING OF CONTRACTS, ARE THERE CHALLENGES WHEN IT COMES TO ROAD CONSTRUCTION, BECAUSE THERE ARE CONCERNS ABOUT THE QUALITY OF THE ROADS EXECUTED?*

 

On contract execution and challenges in road construction and the quality of work done, if you recall, the quality control department of the Ministry of works has been in existence before this current Government, but this administration made sure they are alive to their responsibilities. So that’s an initiative to make sure the quality of work done in road construction and building construction is taken into consideration and in line with standards. There is also a committee set up by the Governor to ensure that the state derives value from the roads that are being constructed. In terms of quality of material used, quantity etc, the committee ensures that contractors meet up with the standard. So if you check the roads being constructed in recent times, you will see it conforms to the quality expected. 

 

*NNEWI IN RECENT TIMES HAS BEEN IN THE FOREFRONT OF OPPOSITION IN THE STATE. COULD YOU LET US KNOW SOME OF THE PROJECTS THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS DONE FOR NDI NNEWI?*

 

It is not true that in Nnewi people are in the forefront of opposition against this government. I can tell you that Nnewi people have tremendous respect for this administration and the governor equally loves Ndi Nnewi so much and it might be based on the fact that the late supreme leader of APGA is from Nnewi. The Government is spending over 10 Billion naira on erosion projects. Obiofia nnewichi erosion is valued at 6.7 Billion and because of the transparency mantra of this administration, the world bank through collaboration with the federal government and Anambra state government are funding the project. The state Government has made a counterpart funding of 2 Billion naira towards that project. The 100 foot road erosion, if left would have taken the NkwoNnewi market underground and the erosion site was very active.   For every rainfall, 40,000 cubic tones of sand is eroded. The Government sank 3.5 Billion naira there. The other one at Odida, Nnewichi, and the Government spent over 100 Million naira. The governor also completed the OkofiaOtolo road linking Utuh. Another one is the Eme town hall road and the road heading to Nnewi Hotels and so many other roads. Even when you stretch the amount the government has spent on erosion works in Nnewi alone, it would cover so many kilometres of road. 

 

In Nnewi, we have streetlights in the villages and that has improved the economy of those villages and improved security.  World Bank and the State Government have revived the biggest water project in the Town and the Government has spent over 100million to revive that and the Amuko water works. So with the water reticulated and metered, the whole town will have water and generate revenue for the State.

 

*WHAT INSPIRED THE FORMATION OF THE SIR MELIE ONYEJEPU FOUNDATION AND THE SYDNEY ONYEJEPU FOUNDATION?*

 

The inspiration came from Dr. Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano’sCAFE. Let me say it here and now, even as the wife of the governor, she runs her NGO without any allocation from the state government. She doesn’t even get a grant, subvention, security votes or allowance. So some of us decided to support and emulate her. We learnt real charity from her and decided to setup a foundation in my father’s name using our little savings to make sure that bright students who can’t go to school because of lack funds have access to formal education.

 

A woman who had her young daughter raped by her uncle reported to our foundation and we took over the case, wrote to the Ministry of Women affairs and got the girl rehabilitated. We also renovated their house and we are taking care of the welfare of her other kids.

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SIR MELIE FOUNDATION FLAGS OFF THE SECOND PHASE OF COVID-19 PALLIATIVES FOR THE INDIGENTS

*Nnewi*- It was great moments of joy on Sunday, January 31st, 2021 at the residence of Chief Sir Melie Onyejepu as many down trodden were present to receive palliatives as a result of second wave of COVID 19 pandemic, it also marked the kick starting of a 21 local government tour by the foundation.

In his opening remark, Sir Melie was full of thanks to those who made out time to honour his invite. In his speech, he enumerated the activities of the foundation over the years, touching mainly on the story of a boy who was supported for a kidney transplant saying he was happy that the boy is alive today and in good health. Furthermore, he also mentioned various scholarship schemes instituted for students at tertiary and secondary level of education, which has taken off the burden of tuition fees from so many indigent parents, emphasizing that for the society to make a headway, there was the need for government and good spirited individuals to always intervene in making sure that the intelligent children of the indigent parents around them get the best education for a better society. 

Continuing, Sir Melie added that the aim of the second phase of the palliatives was for the reason that the second wave of the covid-19 pandemic is here with us and at the core of it all is nutrition. According to him, eating a healthy diet would always go a long way in helping to build up immunity and resistance with which the body can ward off intrusion of any foreign body in form of infection. He advised everyone to be very vigilant and keep up with all the COVID -19 protocols…wearing masks, washing hands and maintaining social distancing.

In various vote of thanks by eminent people who came to support the noble gesture by Ogbuefi Melie, a community woman leader Mrs Obunike, extolled the virtues of Melie and advised him not to rest on his oars, she thanked him immensely and prayed that God would continue to bless him and also create more opportunities in future for him in other to continue to touch lives.

The President General of Nnewichi Hon Cyril Okolo also testified how Sir Melie has used his good office to bring development to Nnewi community at large, he recounted the case of Mbuze Obiofia that was ravaging the community, swallowed several houses and opined that but for Melie’s intervention through the help of Anambra state government and world bank, the erosion menace would have affected a lot houses and business places.

The highlights of the event were the distribution of various food items and also cash gift to go with. The recipients were thankful and prayed that God should replenish the purse of Chief Sir Ogbuefi Melie.

Among those present at the event are; Hon Chike Agwuncha, Hon CY Okolo, Hon. Domnic Enumah , Prince Bobby Okwuosa, Hon Arinze Nwosu and Chief Hon Emma Nsoedo.

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2021 Prophecy: Osinbajo Will Become Nigerian President – Ghanian Prophet Reveals

Founder of Ghana-based Prophetic Hill Chapel Prophet Nigel Gaisie says Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will be president in 2021.

The preacher stated this in his prophecy for the New Year during the watch night service on Thursday.

“Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will become president,” he said.

The cleric also predicted trouble in the Ashanti Kingdom.

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He said: “I saw darkness around the Ashanti kingdom.”

On the international scene, he said: “The world will enjoy peace, but America will have a terrorist attack.”

Gaisie said a famous preacher will die.

On Ghana Presidency, the preacher said John Mahama will “sit in the office of the President.”

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Former governor of Bauchi State, Isa Yuguda, has said that an Igbo presidency will strengthen Nigeria.

Ahead of the next general election in 2023, certain groups and individuals have been asking that the South-East produce the next president.

Disagreeing with the calls for restructuring, Yuguda, speaking with The Sun, stressed that the Southeast be allowed to take a shot at the presidency.

Quotes:

“The east should be given a shot for the presidency, but should not be seen as a right, but comfort in the minds of our brothers and sisters. That as a region, they have had it too.

“If north-south is flying for now, why not north-west and east fly? If that will strengthen our unity and faith in our country, why can’t we have it? Igbo presidency will strengthen our country.

“No region will be better off in the event of restructuring because of the uniqueness of Nigeria. Let’s strive to have patriotic and God-fearing leadership that will place Nigeria on the path of sustainable growth and development,”

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PDP faction dismisses former Governor of Kano State – Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

The persisting crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took dramatic turn yesterday, as the Ambassador Aminu Wali’s faction sacked Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso for anti-party activities.

Besides, the group unanimously elected the pro tem chairman, Muhammin Lamido, as the substantive state chairman after passing a vote of confidence on his leadership.

Addressing journalists shortly after a congress yesterday, Lamido declared that Kwankwaso was expelled from Kano PDP for alleged gross violation of constitutional orders.

He accused the former governor of obstructing the party structure when he defected to PDP in 2018.While lamenting the ceding of the party to Kwankwaso in 2018, Lamido claimed that due process was ignored when the party leadership was dissolved.

He expressed worry that the PDP leadership was deliberately disintegrated to restore the caretaker committee led by the Kwankwasiyya group.

Lamido noted that PDP under Wali’s leadership held congress with 8,717 delegates to elect the 39 new executive members of the party in Kano, and agreed to expel the former Kano helmsman for anti-party activities.

“Kwankwaso cannot speak for our party because he lacks legal powers to do that, and you can check whether they have wards, councils and state executives; they have been alone and alone they should remain,” he noted.

However, Lamido declared that the ruling of Justice Ambrose Allagoa was being challenged at the appellate court, insisting that until the determination of the appeal, “the Wali-led faction remains the authentic PDP leadership in Kano.”

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I’m Positioned To Takeover From Buhari, Tinubu Can’t Stop Me – Olusegun Bamgbose Boasts

Olusegun Bamgbose, a chieftain of the New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP, has declared that he has positioned himself to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari come 2023.

He said that 2023 will certainly be a year of surprises, noting that the Nigerian youth were fed up with the old politicians who make promises but end up doing little for the masses who voted them in.

“2023 is a year of changing the status quo. It’s never going to be business as usual,” Bamgbose posited while addressing a crowd of NNPP supporters in Lagos on Wednesday.

Bamgbose, who is also a frontline lawyer, said that political heavyweights such as the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, will not stop him from taking over the presidency.

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SDP Loses Only Rep Member Adefisoye To APC

A member of the House of Representatives Tajudeen Adefisoye has dumped the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for the All Progressive Congress (APC).

His defection letter dated December 10 was read during plenary on Wednesday by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila.

Adefisoye, who is popularly known as Small Alhaji, stated in the letter titled “Notice of Defection To The All Progressive Congress” that his decision to dump SDP was largely informed by the irreconcilable leadership crisis within the party.

The letter reads: “I write to inform the Honourable Speaker of my resignation as a member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

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“My decision to quit the SDP was informed by the irreconcilable leadership crisis within the party. The protracted leadership crisis has manifested in the plethora of ongoing court cases as well as the multiple factions of the party that have surfaced at the National level and Ondo State chapter of SDP.

“In view of the above, I hereby notify the House of my decision to officially become a full-fledged member of the All Progressive Congress (APC).”

Adefisoye represents Idanre/Ifedore federal constituency. He is also the deputy chairman, House Committee on Army.

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Kano Assembly speaker- Abdulazeez Garba-Gafasa, and majority leader – Kabiru Dashi, resign on personal ground.

The Kano State House of Assembly Speaker, Abdulazeez Garba-Gafasa, and the Majority Leader, Kabiru Dashi, have resigned.

The Speaker announced his resignation in a letter titled ‘Notification of Resignation’ dated Dec. 14 and addressed to the Clerk and Permanent Secretary.

The resignation was confirmed to the Media on Tuesday in Kano, by the Press Secretary to the speaker, Nura Ajingi.

Garba-Garfasa in his resignation letter said his decision was based on personal reasons, adding that he appreciated the support of all the members.

The majority leader, in a one-paragraph letter, addressed to the Clerk did not state the reason for his resignation.

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Insecurity: Ex Borno Gov, Alhaji Kashim Shettima Says Common Sense Demands That The Service Chiefs Should Go.

Former Borno state governor cum Senator, Kashim Shettima, has once again called for the removal of the service chiefs, stating that even common sense dictates that they should go.

Shettima who has repeatedly moved a motion on the floor of the Senate for service chiefs to be fired, said this when he appeared on AriseTV on Monday morning December 14.

Quotes:

”Why I was agitating for the removal of the security chiefs has to do with the fact that they have given their best but their best is no longer good enough.

Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari had three service chiefs in his four years of stewardship.

Obasanjo in his second coming started with Victor Malu, he had Alex Ogbemudia and subsequently he had Martin Luther Agwai before he had Azazi as his Chief of Army Staff.Jonathan and Yar’Adua started with General Yusuf .

Subsequently they had Abdulrahman Bello Dambazzau, then Azubuiuke Ihejirika and then Kenneth Minimah

In eight years they had four service chiefs. The current chief of defence staff is course 25. He is in his 41st year of service. Is he so indispensible? The current chief of Army staff is course 26.

The current Major Generals did not meet them in the NDA. Are they so indispensible?Nobody is indispensible.

And the definition of insanity according to Albert Einstein is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

We believe that moral is high, there is the need for injection of people with new ideas, with fresher perspectives to come and address the issues.

By June next year, course 35 are going without reaching the pinnacle of their careers.

So justice, equity, fairness and even commonsense demands that these service chiefs should go” he said

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Shocking: Dad died when game of slaps with his son went wrong

What could have gone wrong? An Army veteran died while involved in horseplay with his son that went wrong, an inquest has heard. During a night out Malcolm Chandler, 48, slapped his son, Ewan, 19, who went to retaliate but instead embraced his father. Malcolm then said to Ewan: ‘Right, you can have your free

Ewan was initially reluctant, according to witnesses outside the Matchbox nightclub in Reading, but eventually slapped him, causing him to fall backwards, knocking him out. As his dad lay on the ground on April 12, 2019, Ewan screamed ‘wake up, dad. Dad, I love you.’

Ewan told the inquest there was nothing aggressive about the slap and that they were just messing around. He was arrested at the scene but prosecutors decided not to take the case to court.

His mother, Kathryn Morrison, briefed news men, saying that the slapping game was just something that Ewan and her husband Malcolm often played together.

She said: ‘As a family, we would always be messing about with each other and we would be giving each other quick little digs in the ribs which we called “fingers of steel”. ‘We would wrestle with each other where we would try to grab the other person and take them to the ground. Another game we would play was slaps. ‘When Ewan was about 15 years old, he and Malcolm would progress to try to slap each other around the face. Malcolm would always be winding him up, saying, “you reckon you can take me yet?”

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Imam resigns from Mali’s interim legislative body

Mali’s interim legislative body, the National Transition Council, has been hit by the first resignation barely a week after its installation.

Imam Oumarou Diarra, a close ally to the influential Imam Mahmoud Dicko, submitted his resignation on Tuesday in a letter to President Bah Ndaw.

In the letter, he said the council does not meet his expectations.

His appointment to the council had sparked controversy in his June 5 Movement, which had boycotted the body.

the resignation highlights the lack of consultations in the choice of council members, some of whom had shown no willingness to be part of it.

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APC chieftan says Tinubu, Atiku, Others Should Drop 2023 Presidential Bid.

A Chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Bala Adamu Kuta, has told the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate in the 2019 election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to forget about their presidential bids.

Kuta also said that the trio of Minister of Transport Rotimi Amaechi, Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna state and Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State should abandon their interests in the 2023 presidential race.

Kuta, Chairman of the Upper Benue River Basin Development Authority told newsmen in Minna on Tuesday that all the political heavy weights mentioned had shown direct or indirect interests in the plum job, as such they should forget about their ambitions.

He also advised the APC to forget about zoning the presidency and governorship of the states, saying that: ” All qualified and credible” people, notwithstanding their areas of origin, should be allowed to seek the tickets of the party for the positions.

“Let the people make their choice, we should not restrict the presidential or governorship tickets to a particular zone or area of the country or the state”.

Asked to react to the claim by Minister of Works Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola that the APC had a written agreement since 2015 to shift the presidency to the South West geo- political zone, Kuta said: ” I am not aware of the agreement even if there was an agreement. Events over the last couple of years had made the agreement a nullity.”

“The only way to move Nigeria forward is to abandon zoning because zoning can throw up a wrong candidate, if we are sincere about moving Nigeria forward, we should forget about zoning”.

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Nigerian Embassy in Berlin, Germany sacks official demanding sex for passport renewal.


The Nigerian Embassy in Berlin, Germany, has fired Martins Adedeji Oni, a security officer, who allegedly demanded sexual favours in return for help to renew a passport.

Mr Oni’s employment contract was terminated following an investigation into allegations of corruption and sexual misconduct, the embassy stated in a

The Embassy immediately established an Investigation Committee to examine the allegations and any related issues, and to make recommendations for action.”

It also added that the committee interviewed Mr Oni and other witnesses as part of a a thorough examination of the serious charges and concluded that he was culpable and in violation of all the relevant codes.

The embassy stressed its zero-tolerance policy towards abuse of office, and especially of sexual misconduct.

“The Embassy is grateful for the help of the public in tackling such abuses. As public servants, we pledge to follow all due process as part of our continuing commitment to deliver the highest ethical & professional standards in all our operations, also at Consular & Immigration,” it stated.

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US gets first African American Pentagon chief as Biden chooses rtd General Llyod Austin as defense secretary

It was a surprise pick over Michele Flournoy, a former top Defense Department official,

He was earlier leading the contender job,when rtd General Llyod Austin was suprisely picked, Llyod will be the first Black to become the Pentagon boss.

retired General Lloyd Austin, who oversaw U.S. forces in the Middle East under President Barack Obama, will be the defense secretary chosen by the President-elect Joe Biden on Monday Night.

The nomination of Austin, who headed U.S. Central Command under Obama, could draw fire from some progressive groups given his role in retirement on the board of a number of companies, including weapons maker Raytheon Technologies Corp.

But Biden and Austin developed a working relationship during the Obama administration and the retired general has been advising the transition team on national security issues, one of the people familiar with the decision to name him said.

Biden, will resume office on Jan. 20, 2021.

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Trump personally intervening in a third state, Asks Pennsylvania House speaker for assistance overturning election results

According to Washington post, Trump called the speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives twice during the past week to make an extraordinary request for help reversing his loss in the state, reflecting a broadening pressure campaign by the president and his allies to try to subvert the 2020 election results. The calls, confirmed by House Speaker Bryan Cutler’s office, make Pennsylvania the third state where Trump has directly attempted to overturn a result since he lost the election to President-elect Joe Biden. He previously reached out to Republicans in Michigan, and on Saturday he pressured Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) in a call to try to replace that state’s electors.

The president’s outreach to Pennsylvania’s Republican House leader came after his campaign and its allies decisively lost numerous legal challenges in the state in both state and federal court. Trump has continued to press his baseless claims of widespread voting irregularities both publicly and privately.

The president said, ‘I’m hearing about all these issues in Philadelphia, and these issues with your law,’ ” said Cutler spokesman Michael Straub, describing the House speaker’s two conversations with Trump. “ ‘What can we do to fix it?’ ”

A White House spokesman declined to comment on the calls to Cutler, and a Trump campaign spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

Cutler told the president that the legislature had no power to overturn the state’s chosen slate of electors, Straub said.

But late last week, the House speaker was among about 60 Republican state lawmakers who sent a letter to Pennsylvania’s congressional representatives urging them to objects to the state’s electoral slate on Jan. 6, when Congress is set to formally accept the results.

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I can’t chair APC anymore, Not even for free – Oshomole

Ex national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams oshomole has said he will reject another chance to chair the party.  The former Governor and former APC chairman said he remains proud of the achievements of the party’s national working committee (NWC) under his leadership, He affirmed that he has instructed his lawyers to withdraw the suit challenging his suspension from the party. 

The statement read; 

 

“I instructed my lawyers to withdraw the suits challenging my purported suspension from office by the proxies  of those bent on removing me as chairman. 

“It is, therefore, the height of mischief  to insinuate, as it is being done in some quarters, that I would publicly accept the decision and later surreptitiously seek to contest it in court.

“That chapter of my political life is closed. Even if another NEC decision or a court order reverses the dissolution, with utmost humility I will decline to return as APC chairman.

“I am proud of the accomplishments of the NWC under my leadership and I am grateful to the principled 18 members who worked as a  team committed to the cause of the party. Above all, I bear no grudges against any one for the manner of my removal.”

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caucus of the House of Representatives has called on members of the Green Chamber, to commence impeachment proceedings against President Muhammadu Buhari

– PDP Reps demand impeachment of Buhari, They opine, he is incapable of continuing as the leader of the country.

– The section of PDP lawmakers in the Green Chamber, urged members of his cabinet to declare him incapacitated, invoking section 144 of the 1999 constitution.

– The caucus “wants Nigerians to compel their representatives in the National Assembly to immediately commence impeachment proceedings against President Muhammadu Buhari for gross incompetence and persistent and continuous breach of Section 14(2)(b) of the 1999 Constitution.

– Leader of the caucus, Rep. Kingsley Chinda (PDP-Rivers) in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, said “it was disheartening to the PDP Caucus that the President has failed to lead Nigerians from the front as he promised. Nigerians are daily and defencelessly killed by terrorists and bandits, while the economy is being freely bleed by public officers”.

He was reacting to the recent killing of farmers in Zambarmari area of Borno state, adding that the reactions of the presidency and the military to such killings “highlight a certain crassness and lame duck attitude that has for the past five years come to define the Buhari presidency incapability

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caucus of the House of Representatives has called on members of the Green Chamber, to commence impeachment proceedings against President Muhammadu Buhari

– PDP Reps demand impeachment of Buhari, They opine, he is incapable of continuing as the leader of the country.

– The section of PDP lawmakers in the Green Chamber, urged members of his cabinet to declare him incapacitated, invoking section 144 of the 1999 constitution.

– The caucus “wants Nigerians to compel their representatives in the National Assembly to immediately commence impeachment proceedings against President Muhammadu Buhari for gross incompetence and persistent and continuous breach of Section 14(2)(b) of the 1999 Constitution.

– Leader of the caucus, Rep. Kingsley Chinda (PDP-Rivers) in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, said “it was disheartening to the PDP Caucus that the President has failed to lead Nigerians from the front as he promised. Nigerians are daily and defencelessly killed by terrorists and bandits, while the economy is being freely bleed by public officers”.

He was reacting to the recent killing of farmers in Zambarmari area of Borno state, adding that the reactions of the presidency and the military to such killings “highlight a certain crassness and lame duck attitude that has for the past five years come to define the Buhari presidency incapability

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POLL ANALYSIS: Lagos records poor voter turnout in yet another election

– Poor voters turnout in Saturday’s Lagos East senatorial district, with the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), ex-banker Tokunbo Abiru, declared the winner.

– The senatorial seat became vacant after the death of its former occupant, Bayo Oshinowo, in June.

– The final result announced on Sunday by the electoral umpire, INEC’s returning officer for the district, Ademola Oremosun, a professor at the University of Lagos, showed that Mr Abiru polled 89,204 votes

The final result announced on Sunday by the electoral umpire, INEC’s returning officer for the district, Ademola Oremosun, a professor at the University of Lagos, showed that Mr Abiru polled 89,204 votes to see off the challenge from Babatunde Gbadamosi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 11,257 votes.

Election observers have attributed the low voters’ turnout partly to the late arrival of election materials and fear of violence, but the trend follows a pattern that is far more deeply rooted than can just be attributed to fear.

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Ex-Bayelsa State Gov – Dickson clinches Bayelsa West Senatorial Seat

– The former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Henry Seriake Dickson, has clinched the Bayelsa West Senatorial District seat in the National Assembly.

– The Returning Officer, Prof Ekechukwe, Okeke, Dean of Humanities, Federal University of Technology, Otuoke, returned Dickson as the Senator-elect having polled 115257 to defeat his closest opponent, Hon Peremobowei Ebebi of the APC who polled 17541.

– Chief Dickson address the press in his country home of Toru Orua shortly after his return dedicated the victory to God, the voters, Bayelsa, and the Ijaw nation.

– He said that his legislative mission would focus on the pursuit of the imperative of restructuring of the country which he described as a task that must be done.

– He said he would exploit the opportunity of his contacts to build new bridges of understanding, consolidate existing bonds, and effective network with critical stakeholders.

– The former Governor also said that the quest for electoral reforms and a deepened democratic system would command a major aspect of his mission at the Senate.

– The Senator-elect said that he would link up with senators to call attention to the mindless rape of the Niger Delta environment by the multinational oil companies.

– He stated that the oil firms commit environmental terrorism against the people of the oil-bearing communities and even sponsor killings in collusion with their pipeline protection contractors, without sanction.

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Peter Obi Finally Breaks Silence On Umahi’s Defection From PDP To APC

Former vice-presidential candidate Peter Obi has spoken on the recent defection of Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress, saying that such political dramas should not form the focus of Nigerians when the country is facing severe economic recession.

Mr Obi, who was responding to a question during his appearance on Arise Television, said he had for a long time refrained from commenting on Umahi’s defection because the country had more pressing economic issues to solve.

He said it would be unfair to Nigerians if their political leaders focused on such trivial issues as defection when a greater percentage of the population were increasingly finding it difficult to put food on their tables.

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Obi’s words: “As at today, Nigeria is the poverty capital of the world. We have the highest number of out-of-school children. Our unemployment rate is skyrocketing every day, food stuffs prices are soaring higher and people are dying of hunger. Would it be fair for us to turn blind eyes to all these challenges facing our people and occupy ourselves with who leaves a particular political party or who does not?”

Obi advised every well-meaning Nigerian and every leader who has the interest of the people at heart to leave irrelevant political games and join forces to save Nigeria’s economy from collapsing completely.

He insisted that 2023 elections should not be the discussion now especially with the depressing economic situation prevalent in the country.

“How many people have been pulled out of poverty by Umahi’s defection? Will Nigeria exit recession because Umahi left PDP? What economic value does Umahi’s defection to APC have on the average Nigerian on the street who is struggling to put food on the table? We must not be distracted by political movements at this time. Anyone is free to belong to any political party. Our common focus should be saving our economy and making our governance fruitful and productive,” Obi said.

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Ondo Assembly Deputy Speaker, Ogundeji, Impeached

Ondo State House of Assembly on Tuesday unseated the deputy speaker Iroju Ogundeji.

The members immediately elected Samuel Aderoboye from Odigbo Constituency II as his replacement.

The latest development comes as part of crisis rocking the assembly.

Ogundeji was only recently reinstated by a court after the leadership of the House suspended him and two others for alleged gross misconduct.

He was part of those who opposed the impeachment notice served on the deputy governor Agboola Ajayi some months ago.

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Anambra 2021: I’ll Build 21 Universities If Elected Governor – Maduka

A governorship aspirant in Anambra State Godwin Maduka has promised to build 21 universities in the state if elected.

Maduka is a US-based medical doctor aspiring for the position on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Governorship election is due in Anambra in 2021.

“If given the opportunity, I will build one university each in all the 21 Local Government Areas of the state. Education is key all over the world. We shouldn’t have a few scattered universities here. It is not that hard to set it up,” Maduka said over the weekend in his Umuchukwu countryhome in Orumba South LGA.

“In other places of the earth, some towns have up to six universities. It should be as easy as ABC. We will start with only 21; one per local government.”

Asked how he intends to fund the projects, he said: “Do you ever know what comes to the governor’s house in terms of funding? Any frugal governor can take care of that. There are some things that we can let go.

“And there are some things that we can bring in. It is a matter of priorities. There should be a new negotiation about funding education. After all, that’s why I am here now.”

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Bayelsa Gov Poll: Supreme Court Affirms Diri’s Election

The Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed Douye Diri as the duly elected governor of Bayelsa State.

A seven-man panel led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta unanimously dismissed six appeals filed against the governor and his deputy Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

While reading the judgement, Justice Ngwuta predicated the dismissal of the appeals on the withdrawal of the six appeals by lawyers of the appellants.

The appeals dismissed were filed by the Alliance for Democracy, Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party, Labour Movement and Accord Party.

Diri came second in the governorship election held last year. He was later declared the elected governor of the state in a subsequent Supreme Court judgment disqualifying the All Progressives Congress’s candidate David Lyon who earlier emerged the winner of the poll.

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Defection To APC: Ebonyi Commissioner Ogbee Resigns

Ebonyi State Commissioner for Inter-Governmental Affairs Lazarus Ogbee has resigned his appointment effective Thursday.

“The reason for my resignation is personal as I thank your Excellency for the opportunity given to me to serve as a Commissioner in the state,” he wrote in the letter dated November 12.

“I equally thank the Peoples Democratic Party family and my colleagues in the Executive Council for the cordial working relationship I enjoyed while in office as a Commissioner.”

Mr Ogbee said he would be handing over the official car and other government property in his possession to the Secretary to the State Government “with immediate effect.”

The commissioner’s resignation comes amid plans by Governor David Umahi to dump the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress.

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Buhari’s Aide, Ojudu, Loses Bid To Sack Ekiti APC Leadership

A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit filed by the special adviser to the president on political matters Babafemi Ojudu, seeking the dissolution of the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership in Ekiti.

Ruling on Thursday, Justice Inyang Ekwo dismissed the suit filed on April 21 on the grounds that it violated Section 285 of the 1999 Constitution as it was statute-barred.

The judge further held that Ojudu and his faction in the APC leadership tussle failed to institute their case within 14 days as stipulated by law.

“The duty of the court is to interpret the words contained in the statute and not to go outside the clear words in searching for an interpretation which is convenient to the court or to the parties,” the judge said.

“In the instant case, this matter is constitutionally spent when final decision could not be decided. The hands of this court are tied by section 285 of the Constitution.”

Ojudu had dragged the APC, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Inspector of Police (IGP), Paul Omotosho and other executive members of the party in Ekiti to court praying for an order nullifying the election of the leadership.

The contention of Ojudu and other plaintiffs was that the Omotosho-led executive members were “illegally, fraudulently and unconstitutionally” selected on September 15, 2018, at a stakeholders meeting.

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BREAKING!!! Akeredolu Wins Ondo Gov Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday declared the incumbent and governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State Rotimi Akeredolu re-elected.

Akeredolu polled 292,830 votes to emerge winner of the election held on Saturday.

His main rivals Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) got 195,791 votes while Agboola Ajayi of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) got 69,127 votes.

INEC’s returning officer Prof. Idowu Olayinka said Akeredolu met all conditions required to be returned as governor-elect for the state.

Akeredolu won in 15 of the 18 local government areas where the election held.

“Oluwarotimi Akeredolu secured the highest number of votes among the 17 contestants. He was expected to score 25 per cent of votes in 12 LGA’s, but he scored 25 per cent in all 18 LGA’s in the state.

“Moreover the margin of lead, that is the difference between his votes and the candidate who came seconds higher than the number of cancelled votes.

“So, consequently, having satisfied the requirements of the law, I hereby declare Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as the winner, and is hereby returned elected,” Olayinka said.

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#OndoDecides2020: Rain Shifts To Akure, Voting Begins In Owo

A light rain on Saturday delayed voting in some parts of Akure, including Isikan, where the Peoples Democratic Party candidate Eyitayo Jegede is waiting to vote.

Mr Jegede and his wife Eno had arrived at Sacred Heart Primary School, ward 2 unit 10, Isikan, around 9 am and joined other voters in the queue.

The rain began about 20 minutes after his arrival.

Seventeen candidates are contesting the governorship election in Ondo State.

Jegede, the incumbent governor Rotimi Akeredolu and candidate of the Zenith Labour Party Agboola Ajayi are considered front-runners.

Also, heavy rain was recorded around 7:50 am in Owo town, the home town of Akeredolu.

Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) arrived before 8 am at Unit 6 Ward 5 Isokun, Ijebu Owo where Akeredolu is expected to vote.

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Appeal Court Overturns Ruling Which Sacked Bayelsa Governor Diri

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has reversed the August 17 ruling of the Bayelsa election petition tribunal which sacked Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from his position as Bayelsa State governor.

In a Friday ruling, a five-man panel of the appellate court, in two unanimous judgments, held that the tribunal was wrong to have assumed jurisdiction over the petition filed on February 26 by the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP) and grant the reliefs sought by the petitioner.

According to the appellate court, the cause of action was statute-barred as of the time ANDP filed its petition because its grouses of unlawful exclusion and unlawful disqualification are pre-election issues that ought to be raised within 14 days.

The court berated the tribunal for ignoring the fact the ANDP presented an unqualified candidate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Bayelsa governorship poll held on November 16.

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Pressure mounts on Tinubu to back Osinbajo for 2023 Presidency


According to Independent.ng APC Stakeholders Say Age, Religion, Experience Favors VP As Buhari’s Successor

In front of the 2023 presidential political decision, a few powerbrokers in the decision All Progressives Con­gress (APC) are as of now mounting pressure on Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, public pioneer of the gathering, to cover his supposed presidential desire in 2023 and line behind Vice Pres­ident Yemi Osinbajo, Daily In­dependent has accumulated.

Despite the fact that Tinubu is yet to proclaim whether he will run in 2023 or not, a great deal of his allies accept he is a lot of keen on the race and his quiet is a result of his craving not to divert the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is yet to check two years of his second term in office.

Be that as it may, a portion of his sup­porters have been dispatching a few gatherings, both at home and in the diaspora, to revitalize uphold for his desire, saying it is non-debatable.

Likewise, some conspicuous Nigerians have additionally been peddling support for Tinu­bu’s presidential desire, saying he is the best man to succeed President Buhari in 2023. They incorporate Baba­chir Lawal, a previous Secre­tary to the Government of the Federation (SGF); senior legislator, Tanko Yakassai, Senator Abdulfatai Buhari, Chief Henry Ajomale and a few others.

Every day Independent gath­ered that unmistakable lead­ers of APC have set out to zone the situation of public administrator toward the North while the administration will be drafted toward the South, with huge numbers of them concurring on a fundamental level that it will be unreasonable for the North to hold the situation after President Buhari more likely than not finished his eight years.

It was likewise discovered that huge numbers of the gathering heads, es­pecially in the Northern coalition of the nation, are well arranged to Osinbajo taking over from Buhari dependent on his unwaveringness, responsibility and profound information on the pro­grammes of the legislature, particularly identifying with the man­agement of the economy.

As per a solid source in the gathering, “There is no uncertainty Asiwaju is inter­ested in the 2023 presidential race. He has each option to do as such and he is exceptionally qualified dependent on his record as a for­mer congressperson, legislative leader of La­gos for a very long time and what he has had the option to accomplish broadly even in the wake of leaving office.

“Yet, for a considerable lot of us, we accept that if the administration is drafted toward the South and lat­er miniature drafted toward the South-West, the current bad habit presi­dent ought to be permitted to take over from the president. We have illustrated so numerous rea­sons for this”.

“The first is that he has been tried previously and he has demonstrated that he has the exper­tise to deal with the issues of a differing country like Nigeria. We are largely observers to what exactly occurred in 2017 when Pres­ident Buhari was sick and the VP managed the issues of the country in acting limit.

“That was a period when Nigeria was nearly at the cliff with numerous gatherings in the nation, particularly the banished Indigenous Peo­ples of Biafra (IPOB), looking for self-assurance. He had the option to deal with the circumstance to the appreciation of the entire nation and even the president complimented him upon his re-visitation of the nation.

“There are additionally different fac­tors we are placing into con­sideration. Three of these fac­tors are age, religion and his unsullied public record. The VP is 63 now and will be 66 by 2023. He will be a mix between the young­er and more seasoned age and numerous adolescents as of now consider him to be one of their own.

“On the issue of religion, we as a whole know the two significant re­ligions in this nation are Is­lam and Christianity. It will be off-kilter on the off chance that we permit anoth­er Muslim to take over from President Buhari in 2023. I question if that will be reasonable for our siblings in the Christian confidence”.

“Be that as it may, 2023 is as yet far from now and the president won’t force a replacement. We the gathering lead­ers will likewise not do moreover. We can just engage any semblance of Asiwaju and present these realities before him.

“One thing is sure, the APC presidential ticket won’t be given over to anybody on a platter of gold. Toward the day’s end, everybody will be approached to go to the field and test their quality. Whoever wins the gathering’s ticket, at that point best of luck to him”, he said.

Talking with our cor­respondent, a senior legal counselor from the South-South, who is likewise an individual from the APC, said he actually prompted Tinubu to keep up his re­spect as public pioneer of the APC and backing one of the young men he has tutored po­litically, particularly Osinbajo whom he (Tinubu) selected as running mate to Buhari in December 2014.

“We used to be close and I have offered him exhortation in time past. I once prompted him to stay as the gathering’s public chief and designate one of his young men as president. Many individuals said Buhari has consigned him however I trust Osinbajo as a godly man and refined man won’t do that. I said he will even have more impact in the administration contrasted with what is hap­pening now. Be that as it may, I accept he wasn’t open to the thought and we have not been talking once more,” he said.

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APC Caretaker Committee Nulifies Suspension Of Fayemi, Ojudu And Others

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has rejected the purported suspension of Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi by a faction of the state chapter led by presidential aide Babafemi Ojudu.

The faction which claimed to be the authentic state executive committee pinned its move on anti-party activities.

However, APC deputy national publicity secretary Yekini Nabena said in a statement on Friday that Fayemi remains the leader of the party in Ekiti.

The party also rejected the indefinite suspension of Ojudu and 10 others.

“The attention of the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to a purported and widely-reported ‘suspension’ of the Governor of Ekiti State, H.E. Kayode Fayemi as well as an earlier reported ‘indefinite suspension’ of some other party members in the state,” the statement read.

“The actions are a nullity as the Party’s National Secretariat is yet to receive communication from the state chapter on the purported ‘suspensions’. We strongly advise all members to adhere to our Party constitution.

“Governor Kayode Fayemi remains the leader of the party in Ekiti State.

“In line with the mandate of the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led APC Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee and the President’s admonition to party members to ensure and support ongoing amicable and rancour-free settlement of internal party disputes, we call on our esteemed party members and leaders in Ekiti State to be duly guided.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Architect Paul Omotosho-chaired APC Ekiti State Working Committee is the authentic, valid and duly recognised Executive as no factions or divisions exist in the State Chapter.”

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BREAKING!!! Ekiti APC Crisis Heats Up As Faction ‘Suspends’ Fayemi

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Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has been suspended by the state executive committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The party in a statement on Friday said Fayemi was suspended due to “his numerous anti-party activities, especially his role in the recently concluded governorship election in Edo State which is contrary to the provisions of Article 21 (A) (ii) of the APC Constitution.”

Members of the state executive committee which suspended Fayemi include Tony Adeniyi, Babafemi Ojudu, Dayo Adeyeye, Bimbo Daramola, Robinson Ajiboye, Oye Ojo, Adewale Omirin and Femi Adeleye.

Ojudu had been suspended indefinitely alongside 10 others by another faction of the party.

However, the state executive committee said the decision to suspend Fayemi was made in a meeting held on September 23.

The party claimed that five days before the Edo election Fayemi hosted PDP chieftain Femi Fani-Kayode at the government house in Ado-Ekiti and planned a coup against Edo APC.

“That Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the Executive Governor of Ekiti State is hereby suspended from the Party in view of his numerous anti-party activities especially his role in the recent concluded governorship election in Edo State which is contrary to the provisions of Article 21 (A) (ii) of the APC Constitution,” they said.

“For five days prior to the Edo elections, Gov Fayemi hosted PDP big wig Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode in the government house in Ado Ekiti in the run-up to the Edo elections. It was here they perfected the coup against our party in Edo State. This is the same Fani-Kayode who daily abuses President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the APC as a party as well a vital section of our country. We have evidence of that meeting.”

Another allegation levelled against Fayemi by the party was that he supported the PDP candidate to defeat the APC candidate during the Oyo governorship poll.

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Ajayi Snubs Ondo Debate As Akeredolu, Jegede Lock Horns

Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and three other governorship hopefuls on Thursday participated in a virtual debate organised by BBC News Yoruba and its partners ahead of the state governorship election slated for October 10.

Other candidates present were that of the Peoples Democratic Party Eyitayo Jegede; Dotun Ojon of the Young Progressive Party and Adekunle Adeleye of the African Action Congress.

Candidate of the Zenith Labour Party Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi was absent at the over two-hour debate.

The candidates spoke on matters bordering on security, education, health and economy.

The YPP candidate criticised the Ondo State Security Network Agency codenamed Operation Amotekun and the law that created it. He argued that “those who started it don’t really understand it.”

He also said if elected he would create an arm within Amotekun corps to address kidnapping.

Akeredolu countered, saying the YPP candidate was ignorant of the law that created the Amotekun Corps.

If elected, Jegede on his part vowed to build police stations and army barracks in the localities notorious for crime in the state.

He also pledged to reduce the tuition paid by students of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko.

In response, Akeredolu said his government had already reduced the tuition, noting that students of the varsity pay the same tuition as their counterparts at the Lagos State University.

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Obaseki Free To Return To APC If… —Wike

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has said that his Edo State counterpart Godwin Obaseki can return to the All Progressives Congress (APC) if he feels displeased with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Obaskeki was re-elected on September 19 on the PDP platform after being kicked out of the APC.

Wike who served as chairman of the PDP campaign for Edo election said during a Friday appearance on Channels Television’s breakfast show Sunrise Daily that he does not see Obaseki dumping PDP but that if it happened, he would take it as politics.

“I don’t want to discuss something that is not going to be possible. However, assuming it happens, so what? That is politics,” he said.

“If the governor believes that the PDP is no longer a party for him to actualise his vision and his mission, there is nothing wrong but I don’t believe that it is going to happen because the governor has consistently told us that there is no way he will leave the PDP. If he leaves the PDP, people in Edo State will not be happy.

“And he is somebody I have that trust in that he will not leave the party. This is a party that clothed him. This is a party that when it was raining, gave him an umbrella.”

Wike said he did not fund Obaseki’s re-election bid.

He added that Oyo State and Delta State governors Seyi Makinde and Ifeanyi Okowa respectively should also be praised for their roles in the Edo polls.

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BREAKING!!! Ekiti APC Suspends Ojudu, 10 Others Indefinitely

Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended the special adviser to the president on political matters Babafemi Ojudu and 10 others indefinitely for alleged anti-party activities.

The suspension followed the recommendation of a 10-member disciplinary panel led by Patrick Ajigbolamu after Ojudu and the others refused to withdraw legal suits against the party.

Ekiti APC spokesman Ade Ajayi in a statement on Thursday said the disciplinary action was taken against Ojudu and others for defying the party’s directive.

Others suspended alongside Ojudu include Ayo Ajibade, Oyetunde Ojo, Femi Adeleye, Bunmi Ogunleye, Akin Akomolafe, Bamigboye Adegoroye, Wole Oluyede, Olusoga Owoeye, Dele Afolabi and Toyin Oluwasola.

“The State Executive Council of the Ekiti State chapter of APC has approved indefinite suspension of the following members with immediate effect from 23rd September, 2020,” the statement read.

“The suspension is based on the recommendation of the investigative/disciplinary committee inaugurated by SEC to investigate the disobedience of certain members to the directive of NEC of 25th June, 2020, which directed members of the party not to institute any court action and to withdraw existing cases in courts.

“The decision of SEC has been communicated to the Caretaker/extra ordinary convention planning committee of the party.”

Reacting to their suspension, Ojudu and others in a statement said the action of the party was a nullity, adding that the party’s state working committee lacks the power to suspend any member.

They also accused Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi of masterminding their suspension.

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Edo Election: “I Didn’t Ask Obaseki To Return To APC After Win” – Ize-Iyamu

The Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organisation has denied Ize-Iyamu addressed the press on Wednesday in Abuja where he urged Edo State Governor-elect Godwin Obaseki to return to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The organisaton’s director of communication and media John Mayaki stated this in a release on Thursday.

Mr Mayaki, who noted that nothing of such happened, said: “The video in reference is from three months ago, not after the election but doctored by Governor Obaseki media handlers to seek undue legitimacy.”

Meanwhile, Mayaki also warned that there is a fake Twitter account purporting to belong to Ize-Iyamu which has been disseminating false information.

He warned the media to avoid it and verify all information before passing them on.

He said, “I only wish the media had been more professional during the elections; they were not and what is done is done. They don’t know how violent and anti-democratic it was in several parts of Edo State, including Egor in Benin City, and so they reported that the elections were free and fair. At least, going forward, let them verify all news before passing it on. It is the basic ethic of the profession”.

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Edo Election: Oshiomhole Breaks Silence, Says He Will Not Give Up

Former governor of Edo State Adams Oshiomhole has spoken for the first time since his party, the All Progressives Congress, lost the Edo governorship election.

In a video recorded in his personal gymnasium, the former labour leader said life was not always about winning.

“In life, you work hard and leave God for the outcome. You do your best and trust God to bless your efforts. I feel good, I feel strong, thank God. In life, you win some and you lose some but life goes on,” he said.

Oshiomhole added that he was aware that “a lot of people will be thinking now, ‘oh, Comrade must be down’. But I’m not down. When God says you are not down, you are not down and I am not down.”

Oshiomhole’s preferred candidate Osagie Ize-Iyamu lost the election to the incumbent governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party.

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Guber Polls: Ondo Is Not Edo, Says APC

Following the claims made by opposition party that the ruling party would lose the October 10 governorship elections as the party did in Last Saturday’s polls in Edo state, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has disagreed with opposition political parties.

The ruling party stated that the scenario in Edo was different from what currently obtained in Ondo State.

Alex Kalejaiye, the Public Relations Officer of the party said the Ondo APC was united and that all stakeholders were working towards ensuring electoral victory of the party’s flag bearer, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

Kalejaiye stated that the so called victory in Edo State was coloured by electoral fraud that would be challenged at the tribunal.

According to him, “The APC in Edo State is full of hope that the denials at the election would be redressed in court.

“The Ondo State chapter is full of confidence that the good works of the Akeredolu led administration would speak in volumes during the election in October.

But the Zenith Labour Party said the Edo election would have positive effect in Ondo State.

State Chairman of the party, Hon Joseph Akinlaja, said the positive effect would be manifested in the area of peaceful conduct and allowing the votes to count.

Akinlaja said incidences of ballot snatching; thumb printing and violence would be minimal.

He assured that the APC would experience the same defeat in Ondo State.

Candidate of the PDP, Eyitayo Jegede, in a statement in Akure, said the Edo election result was a manifestation of the people’s conviction that the PDP was the credible alternative that could provide good governance for the people.

He said voters in Ondo State were fully prepared to exercise their inalienable right to determining who governed the state, on October 10.

According to him, “What has taken place in Edo thus beckons on our good people of Ondo State, to bear their destiny in their hands, by similarly rejecting these feudal lords posing as democratic leaders, and elect the PDP in the October 10 governorship election.

“Our people should, in unison, make their choice known through the coming election, that they choose good governance and reject bad leadership.”

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JUST IN: INEC Presents Certificate Of Return To Obaseki, Shaibu

Edo State Governor-elect Godwin Obaseki and his running mate Philip Shaibu on Tuesday received certificates of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The presentation was held at the collation centre at the state headquarters of INEC in Benin.

INEC national commissioner in charge of Edo, Bayelsa and Rivers May Agbamuche-Mbu presented the certificates of return to the duo, saying: “This occasion is only made possible because of the successful conduct of the governorship election last Saturday, September 19.

“INEC, I believe, has played its humble part but we have always maintained that a successfully conducted election is a collective effort, and so it has proven to be.”

In his acceptance speech, Obaseki thanked God and Edo people for a peaceful election, adding that history had been made in the state.

Obaseki said INEC national chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu should receive most of the accolades for his steadfastness and ability to withstand pressure, adding that using his intellect in introducing technology for the election should be hailed by all.

He added: “I am using this opportunity to extend a hand of fellowship to my brother Osagie Ize-Iyamu and other colleagues in the APC to work with us to move Edo forward.

“On a specific note, I want to use this occasion to call on former national chairman of the APC Adams Oshiomhole that the fight is over, to come and join in building the house where he was part of laying the foundation.

“We have no malice; the only thing we disagreed on is on the approach in moving Edo forward.’’

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Edo Gov’ship Verdict: Odigie-Oyegun, Oba Of Benin Congratulate Obaseki

A former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) John Odigie-Oyegun has congratulated Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki on his re-election.

Mr Odigie-Oyegun in a statement issued on Tuesday said, “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.

“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 of our people who have reposed so much confidence in you.”

Odigie-Oyegun had refused to endorse his party’s governorship candidate for the election held last Saturday Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

Meanwhile, the Oba of Benin Ewuare II also congratulated Obaseki on his re-election.

The Benin monarch also commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Peace Committee (NPC) chaired by Abdulsalami Abubakar, a former head of state, on the roles they played in ensuring a peaceful election.

He reiterated his position that the traditional institution remains non-partisan but would continue to ensure that the people are allowed to make their choice.

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APC Congratulates Obaseki As Edo Chapter Drags Feet

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged its governorship candidate in Edo State Osagie Ize-Iyamu to congratulate the winner of the election Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Chairman of the APC national caretaker committee Mai Mala Buni stated this in a release on Monday.

Ize-Iyamu had alleged disenfranchisement of his supporters and irregularities in the election.

However, the APC in its statement urged him to accept the results, adding that the party and President Muhammadu Buhari remained committed to free and fair elections.

Buni, who is also the governor of Yobe, commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies, and all political parties that contested the election for the successful conduct of the exercise.

He also commended Ize-Iyamu for his tenacity and leadership qualities.

Buni also appreciated the efforts of the immediate past national chairman of the APC Adams Oshiomhole and other members for demonstrating unwavering support for the party and its candidate in the election.

“We appeal to our members to be strengthened by the outcome of the election and unite in order to correct the problems that worked against our party and our candidate in the election,” he said.

“As progressives and democrats, we are confident that all leaders and members of the party will celebrate the outcome of the election as free and fair as acknowledge by our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari. Let us unite to move our democracy forward.

“We must put an end to the era when electoral contest become warfare.

“We urge our candidate and all our members to join us in congratulating Mr Godwin Obaseki and the PDP as winner of the election.

“Our attention must now shift to Ondo State and ensure that we win the Oct. 10, 2020 election.”

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Former Governor, Fayose Loses Sister

Former governor of Ekiti State Ayodele Fayose has lost his immediate elder sister Moji Ladeji.

On behalf of the family, Mr Fayose tweeted, saying she died on Monday after a brief illness.

“On behalf my family, I announce the death of my immediate elder sister, Mrs Moji Ladeji. She died today, after a brief illness,” he wrote.

“We are pained by your departure, but consoled by the God fearing and exemplary life that you lived. May the soul of Sister Moji rest in peace.”

Ladeji had been on the watch list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In November 2016, the anti-graft agency said it needed her to answer questions regarding a N200 million house located at 44 Osun Crescent, Maitama, Abuja, a highbrow area in the nation’s capital.

The building has since been sealed off by the EFCC.

According to court documents, the building was allegedly bought by Fayose from proceeds of corrupt practices but the title documents of the house bear the name of Fayose’s sister.

The EFCC said they suspected the ex-governor did that to cover his track.

Ladeji was based in the United Kingdom.

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Edo Election: “APC Was Going To Win, I Don’t Know What Happened” – El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Monday said the last three weeks of campaigns proved decisive in the Edo governorship election which his party, the All Progressives Congress, lost to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

El-Rufai stated this during his appearance on Channels TV, saying polls conducted three weeks ago had shown the APC candidate Osagie Ize-Iyamu was in the lead.

“We (APC) would have loved to win and quite frankly, I was optimistic up to three weeks ago; the polls indicated that we were going to win. I don’t know what happened in the last three weeks of the campaign,” the governor said.

“As you know, a large number of voters make up their minds in the last two weeks of the election. Many voters decide no matter what happens, this is how I am voting but most people want to wait and make up their minds in the last two weeks.

“Three weeks ago, the polls clearly showed that APC was going to win but the result came out differently from what we expected.

“Obaseki has won, that’s it. You can’t go into an election without the possibility of losing.”

In the week leading to Election Day, a national leader of the APC Bola Tinubu made a TV broadcast admonishing Edo people to “reject” Obaseki, a move many say was ill-advised.

However, El-Rufai further said the election was “reasonably decent”, adding “We were all worried about violence but there was very little violence or none at all.”

He also stressed the resolve of President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure elections are free and fair.

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#EdoDecides2020: Ize-Iyamu Breaks Silence: My Supporters Endured Evils, Prevented From Voting

Edo governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Osagie Ize-Iyamu has alleged that some of his supporters were disenfranchised during the polls held on Saturday.

Mr Ize-Iyamu stated this in a tweet shortly after losing to the incumbent governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Ize-Iyamu further alleged there were many irregularities during the election and that he was studying the results to determine his next action.

“I thank and appreciate my supporters, who had to endure many evils including being prevented from voting, for their support and determination during the election. i assure you all that i am studying the results along with other party members and will announce my next move soon,” he tweeted on Sunday.

According to results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Obaseki polled 307,955 votes across 18 local government areas, while Ize-Iyamu got 223,619 votes.

Obaseki won in 13 out of the 18 local government areas of the state.

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Obaseki’s Victory Has Several Implications – Saraki

Former Senate President Bukola Saraki has congratulated Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki on his re-election which he described as having several symbolic representations for Nigeria and her democracy.

Saraki in a statement by his media office on Sunday stated that Obaseki’s victory at the elections which took place Saturday represented the determination of the good people of Edo State to decide who governs the state and to ensure their votes count at all times.

“The result of the Edo election represents the true wish of the people who stood firmly behind their Governor against power mongers who were determined to foist their choice on the people,” he said.

“It represents the will of the people to vote in free, fair, credible and peaceful elections. The people of Edo State who had sleepless nights in order to protect their votes, those who rejected the cash being thrown around to buy their votes and the intimidation to force them to compromise their belief, deserve our praise. Therefore, my congratulations go to all the people of Edo State.”

He also commended the military and other security agencies for their conducts during the polls.

“Also, we saw how the INEC officials maturely handled the complaints of the APC agent who sought to create confusion at the state collation centre when the Orihomwon Local Government result was about to be declared. The INEC and its officials deserve to be commended for their neutrality in this election,” he said.

Saraki further urged Obaseki to see his victory as a charge by the people of Edo State for him to intensify his focus on development of the state and the welfare of the people.

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Edo Decides: APC Rejects Obaseki’s Victory Over Ize-Iyamu

Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday rejected the result of the state governorship election announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Chairman of Edo APC media campaign council John Mayaki said in a statement that the party rejected the result on allegations of irregularities.

“Our people were arbitrarily arrested, many of the figures were fabricated. Areas where we won, they cancelled them, they decreased the votes in areas we had advantage. They rejected our results and jerked up theirs,” Mr Mayaki said.

“Obaseki shouted that he was being rigged out and blamed INEC at the initial stage but that was to divert attention from the evil going on in the field.”

He, however, thanked the APC loyalists for the support and urged them to remain calm as the party leaders were studying the result and would soon announce their decision and course of action.

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Edo 2020: President Buhari Commends Electoral Process

Following the declaration of Godwin Obaseki as the winner of the Edo State governorship election, President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the electoral process in Edo.

In a statement by his spokesman Garba Shehu, Buhari congratulated Obaseki and urged him to show grace and humility in victory.

“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,” Buhari said.

“I have consistently advocated for free and fair elections in the country because it is the bedrock of true democratic order.

“Democracy will mean nothing if the votes of the people don’t count or if their mandate is fraudulently tampered with.”

He commended the people of Edo, political parties, candidates and security agencies for conducting themselves responsibly.

Obaseki had also commended Buhari for ensuring fairness in the election.

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BREAKING!!! Obaseki Leading Ize-Iyamu With Over 20,000 Votes — After 7 LGAs

Edo governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Godwin Obaseki has taken an early lead in the election held on Saturday as results trickle in.

Results released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) show the PDP candidate is leading his main challenger, Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress, with over 20,000 votes.

As of 3:45am on Sunday, the commission had declared results in seven local government areas.

The LGAs are:

Igueben
PDP: 7,870
APC: 5,199

Esan central
PDP: 10,964
APC: 6,719

Esan north-east
PDP: 13,579
APC: 6,559

Esan south-east
PDP: 10,565
APC: 9,237

Ikpoba Okha
PDP: 41,030
APC: 18,218

Owan east
PDP: 14,762
APC: 19,295

Etsako west
PDP 17,959
APC 26,140

TOTAL
PDP: 116,459
APC: 95,961

Margin: 20,498

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