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Political battle begins in Edo, Tinubu fires Obaseki

3FB9FB1F-031B-4025-8E75-7D5C066460B8The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, has accused the Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, of being behind the political crisis rocking the state House of Assembly, adding that the governor’s woeful leadership in the state will hopefully come to an end soon.

In a statement released on Friday August 7, Tinubu accused Governor Obaseki of ”making a mockery of Nigeria’s constitution by blocking the timely inauguration of two-thirds of the elected members of the Edo State House of Assembly, and now resorting to the strong-arm tactics of dictators.”

His statement reads

”IN DEFENCE OF CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY The recent actions of the Governor of Edo State represent the gravest possible assault on constitutional democracy and the rule of law and escalation of violence and tension in the state he purports to govern.

Not satisfied with making a mockery of our constitution by blocking the timely inauguration of two-thirds of the elected members of the Edo State House of Assembly, Governor Obaseki has now resorted to the strong-arm tactics of dictators.

First, he sponsors hoodlums to deface, indeed destroy, parts of the House of Assembly Building in Benin, feigning the building is undergoing renovation. Then, he imports sand and gravels to prevent access to the assembly complex.

In effect, the man has spent state funds to thwart the very apparatus of the state government he was sworn to uphold. He has squandered public money to defeat the very will of the public. This is tragic beyond words.

As a pretext for his refusal to allow the Edo House of Assembly to function, Governor Obaseki’s actions are perverse. This is a cowardly act and a move to thwart representative democracy in Edo.

No renovation has been planned for the state house building. No appropriation was made in the state’s budget. The only reason any renovation could be deemed necessary is the destruction wrought by his own goons.

Governor Obaseki’s governance of Edo State recalls the worst excesses of our military past and represents a direct threat to the democratic order by his refusal to permit duly elected members of the Edo State House of Assembly to perform their constitutional duties.

Governor Obaseki betrayed contempt for the people of his state and, unfortunately, his ignorance of Nigeria’s constitutional order. As a Governor he ought to know better than to obstruct the functioning of his own legislature, but perhaps he is in need of a quick lesson.

Indeed, it is no coincidence that of the three arms of government, the powers of the legislature are enumerated first, in our Constitution.The legislature is the authority imbued with the power to make laws for the peace, order and good governance of the federation and states

Indeed, the Constitution makes clear that a Governor’s role primarily extends to the maintenance and implementation of the laws set down for him by his state’s legislature.

Although Governor Obaseki’s conduct in the past year is undoubtedly impeachable, these legislators have made no threat to impeach the Governor. Their only desire is to peacefully perform the duties asked of them by the constituents who elected them.

The rule of law and preservation of democracy is too important to sacrifice at thealtar of any one man’s ambition. Governor Obaseki’s woeful leadership of Edo State will hopefully be brought to an end soon by the very people whose rights he has so carelessly trampled upon.

One can only hope that the damage he is doing to the most important of the state’s democratic institutions can just as easily be repaired.”

NDDC Money embezzlement: Akpabio lists Nicholas Mutu, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, Senator Matthew Urhoghide Others amongst those that collected money

NDDC Money embezzlement: Akpabio lists Nicholas Mutu, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, Senator Matthew Urhoghide
Others amongst those that collected money

Fujiipop reports have it that Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has linked some members of the National Assembly to some contracts awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission.

Akpabio, however, did not state if the lawmakers were directly awarded the contracts or they nominated the projects under their Zonal Intervention Projects, also known as constituency projects.

The former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on the NDDC, Mr Nicholas Mutu, who represents the Bomadi/Patani Federal Constituency of Delta State, is among those linked by the minister with contracts.

The minister listed Mutu’s name against 74 projects, including various emergency road projects in Delta, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Rivers states.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on February 3, 2020, arraigned Mutu before Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court in Abuja for alleged abuse of office and fraud involving about N320m.

Akpabio also linked the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi (Delta-North), with 53 projects, which included emergency repairs of Asue Street, Owa Phase 2; ldumuogbe Road via Ojemaye; Otolokpo College Road, Otolokpo; and the Police lshu Ani Ukwu Road, Issele Uku.

Other lawmakers that Akpabio listed projects against are Senator Matthew Urhoghide (Edo-South), six; James Ma5f199d11a4d78nager (Delta-South), six; Samuel Anyanwu (Imo-West, 8th Senate), 19; and others simplyNDDC Money embezzlement: Akpabio lists Nicholas Mutu, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, Senator Matthew Urhoghide
Others amongst those that collected money identified as Ondo and Edo Reps.

The minister, however, did not provide the cost of the projects listed against the lawmakers’ names, while the cost of contracts given to non-lawmakers had costs of various projects attached to them.

*Oyegbola joins Abeokuta North LG Chairmanship race, promises infrastructure upgrade*

 

As the upcoming Ogun State Local Government elections continue to gather momentum, Lanre Oyegbola, an erudite marketing communications practitioner, of the famous Shodipo Dynasty has joined the race for the chairmanship of Abeokuta North.

Oyegbola, a registered member of Ward 1 of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the local council area, has promised to bring real transformation and development to the constituency.

In his personal statement, Oyegbola said that the cardinal programmes of his administration will include upgrade of existing infrastructure and provision of additional ones, qualitative education, excellent healthcare, economic growth and job creation, improved security, and better welfare for the people of the local government area.

According to him, the local council requires a quixotic and purposeful leader with entrepreneurial background to catapult it to becoming the most outstanding in the entire state. This will be achieved with the support of the people and by harnessing the potentials.

He said: “Abeokuta North Local Government needs a visionary servant-leader who will represents the aspirations of the people and communities; someone who puts people before politics; with a clear vision for the future of the local government and its people, a man who brings real life experiences from business and community roles.

“I personify these aspirations and positive changes that the people are yearning for; and this is why I am offering myself as a servant of my people.”

As a committed democrat and progressive politician, the APC aspirant assured the people of Abeokuta North Local Government that he will be available to listen to their concerns, explore innovative solutions and seek opportunities to deliver optimal democratic gains at all times.

Oyegbola assured the people that if voted into office in the forthcoming election, he will work for the progress, prosperity and overall development of the people and communities.

“I commit to promoting the good of our people through real transformation in our wards, towns and villages. I pledge to preserve the dignity of every Abeokuta North LGA native. I promise to make the people a priority and the focus of my administration,” he added.

The APC chieftain further emphasised that he would leverage his private sector experience to attract investments to the local government area. This will create jobs, thereby stemming unemployment, especially amongst the youths.

Oyegbola asides attending prestigious institutions and working in reputable organisations, has built a distinguished career in marketing communications spanning corporate strategy, business development, advertising and media. He also has a passion for mentoring young entrepreneurs.

He served as Executive Director at Verdant Zeal Group, a leading marketing communications company in Lagos, before setting up Boomerang Havas Africa. He holds an MSc. in Marketing from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Ajimobi’s wife, Seyi Makinde in verbal war over maltreatment

5ef8d03542ae8 Former Governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi’s wife, Florence Ajimobi is  not happy at the moment over the maltreatment of Ajimobi.

She is very upset with  Governor Seyi Makinde over the way she and her husband were treated during his sickness and after his demise.

Ajimobi’s widow who spoke while receiving a delegation of Governors who were at their Oluyole residence to commiserate with her family, accused Seyi Makinde’s administration of playing “dirty politics” with her husband’s death.

Florence insisted that her late husband was for peace and deserved better treatment even in death because he served the state for 8 years. She also alleged that Governor Seyi Makinde lied about speaking to her on the phone.

She said;

“Although I should not be the one speaking but I just want to clear the air on a lot of misgivings that has been spreading.

“On behalf of my late husband, children and the entire Ajimobi’s family, I want to sincerely thank you for all your support at this very crucial point of our lives.

“My husband is not a very difficult man but thank God we are here today. For me, when things like this happen, I want to pick up something. It is a time for everyone of us to reflect on our lives because death is a necessary end. It will come when it will come. We don’t know who is next and we don’t know when our time will come.

“Either you are a Christian or a Muslim, both religions teach love and peace and I am glad that the deputy Governor of Oyo State is here because I need to put some records straight. It is the first time I’m going to make any public announcement or statement since my husband actually died.

“I opened the papers a couple of days ago and I saw the Oyo State Government writing a lot of things.

“Your Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, for the avoidance of misinformation to the public and damage to the image of my husband because my husband is a peace- loving person. He lived for peace passionately.

“My husband took ill on the 22nd of May and he was hospitalised and I was reading in the papers that the Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency Seyi Makinde, claimed he called me. But he didnt.”

Referring to the Deputy Governor, she said;

“I don’t have your number and I have never spoken with you on phone. But it’s important we put the records straight because this is a family of politicians and I don’t want anybody to tarnish my husband’s name and well my husband is gone. It could be me or anyone else tomorrow.

“Life in itself is vanity upon vanity. Either you are PDP or APC, the man is dead and he has been buried

“But the Governor didn’t call me. Even if he had called me and I didn’t pick his calls, I don’t have his number and I have never spoken with him on the phone. He could have sent me a text message for record purposes.

“And then today again, I read in the papers and saw how the Ajimobi’s family was lying about something again

“Mr Deputy, my husband never had anything against the Governor or anyone else. We were in different parties but he was an elder stateman and he slept on the ground.

“The Governor of Oyo State never called me nor sent a condolence message, my husband was hospitalised for one month. What politics are we playing, please?

“Life is short, I’m a Christian and my husband is a Muslim, we all should let the fear of God guide us in whatever we are doing. Ajimobi is gone today. Whatever he does doesn’t matter to me. It doesn’t matter to me as his wife and his widow. I’m going to mourn and respect my husband’s wishes and that was what I did today, laid him to rest peacefully.

“I don’t want any controversy. Everything I read in the papers, I just swallowed them all and let it go. So, please, the press are here, we never had any rift with the Governor with the state government. I never dialogued with them. I never contacted them nor sent them a word because I didn’t know it was necessary for me to send official messages that my husband was hospitalised.

“I didn’t send messages to Governor Fayemi. I didn’t send to Governor Ganduje. I didn’t send to Lagos State Governor, I didn’t send messages to anybody because it was all over the social media and they knew that my husband was ill.

“I think the least anybody can do as a God- fearing person was at least to send me a word of encouragement at that time. And even after he died. Not even you Mr Deputy Governor called. If you had called me as you claimed and I didn’t pick, you could have at least sent me a message Sir.

“I don’t have your number, I am the wife of a politician, I don’t pick numbers that I don’t know Sir. You can send a message. Everybody is going to die. My husband is dead and he served this state for eight good years.

“Are you saying he didn’t contribute anything to this state and you could not honour him for a second? The man is dead and I need to put the record straight. I don’t want anybody, any government to tarnish my husband’s image. He was a peace loving man. And he played his role and he’s gone.”

“Nobody can be on the stage for so long. You come, play your roles and you leave. Somebody else comes. I pray for Governor Seyi Makinde to succeed because that is the only time I would say that my husband succeeded.

“So, please let’s put the record straight. I never had any interactions with Governor Seyi Makinde, he did not contact the family and that is the fact. His deputy Governor is here, he did not even send me a text message and I don’t have your number and I don’t pick calls from numbers that I don’t know. So, please let’s stop dirty politics.

Ex-governor Abiola Ajimobi died from multiple organ failure due to COVID-19 complications- Lagos Commisioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi

 

 

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Abayomi, the Commissioner for Health in Lagos State, has revealed that former Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, died from multiple organ failure due to COVID-19 complications. The former governor died on Thursday, June 25.

In a tweet posted on Friday June 26, the Commissioner for Health said Ajimobi died at the First Cardiologist Consultant, a private COVID-19 approved care facility in the state.

”We regret the death of immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajumobi who passed on June 25, 2020 at First Cardiologist Consultant; a private #COVID19 approved care facility in Lagos State. The former Governor died from multiple organs failure following complications from #COVID19 infection.

 

On behalf of #COVID19Lagos Incident Commander @jidesanwoolu  and the entire #COVID19Lagos response team, we convey our heartfelt condolences to the family of the former Governor and the people of Oyo state. May his soul rest in peace” he tweete

The former governor was 70 years old.

How Governor Godwin Obaseki emerged Edo state PDP governorship candidate

5ef4fcf024fccGovernor of  Edo State has emerged the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party candidate for the September 19 governorship election in the state.

Obaseki emerged the party’s candidate during the primary held at the Samuel Ogbemudia International Stadium Benin City today June 25.

His emergence came after his closest rivals in the race, Ken Imasaugbon, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, stepped down from the race minutes into the primary election.

With Obaseki’s emergence as PDP’s candidate, the governor will face his political rival Osagie Ize-iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other candidates in the September 19 governorship election.

In 2016, Ize-iyamu was PDP’s candidate while Obaseki with the backing of his erstwhile political godfather, Adams Oshiomhole, contested under APC and won the election.

Operation stop Obaseki: Court Restrains Obaseki From Participating In PDP Primary

Police speak on murder of UNIBEN student
It has been reported that a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has restrained Edo state governor Godwin Obaseki from participating in the PDP gubernatorial primary.
The suit was instituted by an aspirant Omoregir Ogbeide-Ihiama asking the court to stop the governor who just decamped to the party from participating in the shadow election.
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Real reason we won’t impose Ondo deputy gov on aspirants – Secondus

Uche Secondus Under Pressure To Resign As PDP National ChairmanBarely 24 hours after the defection of the Ondo State Deputy Governor, Mr Agboola Ajayi, to the Peoples Democratic Party, the National Chairman of the party, Mr Uche Secondus has welcomed the deputy governor, saying he will add value to the PDP.

Secondus, however, declared that the deputy governor, who has also indicated interest in contesting the governorship election, would not be imposed on other aspirants of the party.

Ajayi defected to the PDP on Sunday.

The PDP national chairman, who spoke at the party secretariat in Akure on Monday, while welcoming  Ajayi and other 34 defectors from the All Progressives Congress, said the PDP would take over the state after the election.

He said, “The APC has damaged the security and the economy of the Nigeria. Everybody has seen that the APC is taking us to nowhere. I believe Ajayi is coming to the PDP to add value and to make difference.

“We in the PDP do believe the constitution of the country and the constitution of our party. We are one family. Ajayi is not coming to alter any rule. There would be free and fair primary. Everybody has equal right in the party. We are not going to impose any aspirant on others because our target is to take over the state.”

Amechi influences APC to pick Worgu Boms as replacement for Giadom

BREAKING: APC picks Worgu Boms to replace Giadom - BarristerNG.comMinister of Transport, Rotimi Amechi as been influenced to endorse former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Worgu Boms to be chosen by the leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State to fill the vacant post of the Deputy National Secretary of the party.

Worgu will be replacing Hon. Victor Giadom, who had resigned from the position in 2018 to be running mate to Tonye Cole, Rivers governorship aspirant in the 2019 election. Giadom has now declared himself the National Chairman of the party after securing a court order to that effect.

National Vice Chairman South South, Hon. Hillard Eta made announcement of Worgu replacing Giadom at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja on Saturday June 20.

Why Victor Giadom can’t be APC acting national chairman-Court orders

03B8E13B-DFD4-4194-B5EC-EEDB58D1BDD9A state High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has declared that a former Deputy National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Victor Giadom, cannot be the Acting National Chairman of the party.

It was gathered that the court presided over by Justice Florence Fiberesima granted an order of perpetual injunction restraining Giadom from parading himself as a member of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC in a suit filed by Dele Moses & Others.

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Wechie Livinstone, the Media Adviser to the APC Acting Chairman in Rivers State, Igo Aguma, confirmed that the court ordered the APC not to recognize Giadom named as the third defendant in the case as a member of the NWC.

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The court also granted an order restraining Giadom from issuing, signing or endorsing any document or correspondence to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) or any other body or institution in the capacity of the National Chairman or Acting National Chairman of the APC or howsoever as an officer of the APC.

The court said Giadom could not be claiming to be a member of the NWC having resigned from his position to contest the 2019 general election as the Deputy Governor.

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