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Wide range defeat to Ize-iyamu as Obaseki becomes Governor again. [Nigeria]

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The Great People Of Edo Has Spoken – Godwin Obaseki •

Governor Godwin Obaseki has said that the outcome of the election in Edo state is a reflection of the will of the Edo People.

Reacting to his re-election at the polls which held Saturday, September 19, Mr Obaseki said “The great people of Edo State have spoken and they have spoken loud and clear”.

Obaseki in his victory speech from the PDP situation room in Edo State, thanked God almighty for making him triumph over his opponents.

He also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for defending the nation’s democracy and “allowing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security services to perform their constitutional functions without interference”.

According to Obaseki, INEC and the security services have shown Nigerians and the world that they are capable of conducting free and credible elections.

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He saluted the teeming supporters who he said displayed courage in the face of threats. stressing that the collective will of the Edo people made it possible.

“I am eternally grateful to my party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and my brother governors, not only for giving us the umbrella but for the hard work which has brought me back to the office.

“Our success has been reinforced by the belief that there is nothing that we cannot achieve as a people if we collectively work together and call on God.

“In conclusion, I reiterate to all of you today that working with my deputy, Rt Hon Philip Shaibu, we are committed to making Edo great again.

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“Thank you all and thank you for your support”.

A keenly contested poll
Mr Obaseki the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defeated Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to win a second term as governor of Edo State.

Obaseki was returned elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after polling the highest number of votes in the keenly-contested poll conducted on Saturday.

INEC Returning Officer for the poll, Professor Akpofure Rem-Rukeh, declared the governor as the winner on Sunday at the office of the electoral umpire in Benin City, which doubled as the final collation centre.

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The governor secured 307,955 of the total votes, 84,336 more votes than his closest rival Ize-Iyamu, who got 223, 619 votes.

A total of 14 political parties fielded candidates to jostle for the office of the governor in the state.

It is the first governorship poll to be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) since the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

While it held in some places in line with the COVID-19 protocols of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the compliance level was very low in other polling areas.

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The announcement by the returning officer follows the collation of the results from all the 18 Local Government Areas of Edo where the election was conducted.

Governor Obaseki’s victory comes on the back of a tensed and heated electioneering process that saw him dump the APC after being disqualified from the primaries, join the PDP and overcome stiff opposition and criticism by members of his former party, including former ally and his predecessor Adams Oshiomhole.

It was a dramatic process that saw Obaseki run a governorship race against Ize-Iyamu for a second time in four years.

Both men faced each other in 2016, albeit with Obasek flying the flag of the APC and Ize-Iyamu flying that of the PDP.

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A political rift between the governor and Oshiomhole which spiraled beyond the state to national politics, saw both men switch parties and square up against each other on platforms they once criticised.

The campaign, characterised by drama and controversy that did not spare the State House of Assembly, was tempered by the intervention of the Oba of Benin to calm fears that the poll could turn violence heightened.

A peace accord was also signed by all the candidates days before the poll as stakeholders made concerted efforts to ensure a successful poll.

Preliminary reports from some electoral observers have held that it was mostly peaceful and largely free and fair.

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Mr Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has defeated Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to win a second term as governor of Edo State.

Governor Obaseki was returned elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after polling the highest number of votes in the keenly-contested poll conducted on Saturday.

INEC Returning Officer for the poll, Professor Akpofure Rem-Rukeh, declared the governor as the winner on Sunday at the office of the electoral umpire in Benin City, which doubled as the final collation centre.

“That Godwin Obaseki of PDP having satisfied the requirements of the law in meeting the 25 per cent in two-third of the local government areas in the state and having a margin of lead higher than the cancelled votes is hereby declared the winner and returned elected,” Professor Rem-Rukeh who is also the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Petroleum Resources, stated.

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The governor secured 307,955 of the total votes, 84,336 more votes than his closest rival Ize-Iyamu, who got 223, 619 votes.

A total of 14 political parties fielded candidates to jostle for the office of the governor in the state.

It is the first governorship poll to be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) since the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

While it held in some places in line with the COVID-19 protocols of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the compliance level was very low in other polling areas.

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The announcement by the returning officer follows the collation of the results from all the 18 Local Government Areas of Edo where the election was conducted.

Governor Obaseki’s victory comes on the back of a tensed and heated electioneering process that saw him dump the APC after being disqualified from the primaries, join the PDP and overcome stiff opposition and criticism by members of his former party, including former ally and his predecessor Adams Oshiomhole.

It was a dramatic process that saw Obaseki run a governorship race against Ize-Iyamu for a second time in four years.

Both men faced each other in 2016, albeit with Obasek flying the flag of the APC and Ize-Iyamu flying that of the PDP.

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A political rift between the governor and Oshiomhole which spiraled beyond the state to national politics, saw both men switch parties and square up against each other on platforms they once criticised.

The campaign, characterised by drama and controversy that did not spare the State House of Assembly, was tempered by the intervention of the Oba of Benin to calm fears that the poll could turn violence heightened.

A peace accord was also signed by all the candidates days before the poll as stakeholders made concerted efforts to ensure a successful poll.

Preliminary reports from some electoral observers have held that it was mostly peaceful and largely free and fair.


#Newsworthy…

EdoDecide’20: Court orders disqualification suit on Ize-iyamu

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered substituted service of a suit seeking the disqualification of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming election in Edo State, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and his running mate, Audu Ganiyu.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo gave the order on Tuesday after granting the plaintiffs’ application for substituted service on the defendants in the case – Ize-Iyamu and Ganiyu.

Giving his ruling, the judge ordered that the defendants be served with the suit by pasting the court documents and the hearing notice for next sitting at their residences in Benin, the Edo State capital.

He, thereafter, fixed August 24 for the hearing of the suit.

The plaintiffs in the suit, who are also APC members, Momoh Abdul-Razak and Zibiri Muhizu, had asked the court to disqualify their party’s candidates in the poll scheduled to hold on September 19, 2020.

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They filed the suit on the ground that Ganiyu gave false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to aid his qualification for the governorship election.

In the suit filed on July 10, 2020, through their lawyer, Friday Nwosu, the plaintiffs also alleged irregularities in Ganiyu’s name and academic credentials.

A file photo of the APC governorship candidate in Edo State, Osagie Ize-Iyamu. (Noble Reporters Media / Oyeyemi Gafar)

The APC and INEC were listed as the first and second defendants respectively in the suit while Ganiyu and Ize-Iyamu were the third and fourth respondents.

Ize-Iyamu, who was defeated by incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki in the 2016 governorship election, ran on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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In a bid to achieve his ambition of becoming the governor of Edo State, he defected to the APC in 2019 amid the crisis in the state chapter of the party.

He was later cleared to contest for the APC primary where he won the party’s ticket, but Governor Obaseki was disqualified by the screening committee.

The governor, who is seeking re-election, later defected to the PDP where he emerged as the party’s flagbearer in the election.

Ize-Iyamu, on his part, recently got the endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to represent the APC in the poll.


#Newsworthy…

Buhari’s defense, admission of corruption charges against Ize-iyamu – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the Buhari Presidency’s response to public uproar over the visit of the APC candidate in the Edo governorship election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, is an acceptance that the APC candidate is corrupt as alleged.

The party says the response by the Buhari Presidency also reinforced allegations by the sacked national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, that the APC candidate is a person of questionable character who is unfit to hold office as governor of Edo state.

The PDP in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan notes that with its defence and endorsement of a person it is prosecuting for corruption, the Buhari Presidency has confirmed that it is not fighting corruption, contrary to its promises, but had become a safe haven for corrupt persons.

The PDP said it is berating the Buhari Presidency for referring to unrelated cases and struggling to justify its widely condemned endorsement of an individual it is prosecuting for corruption.

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“By its response, the Buhari Presidency has turned itself into a defender of corruption and advocate for persons charged for corrupt acts in our country.

“Yet, this is Presidency that claimed to have zero tolerance for corruption; pretended that it cannot eat with corrupt people with the longest of spoons, only to be found struggling to justify why it is swimming in an ocean of corruption.

“Moreover, beyond the case in court, this is an individual, that APC former national chairman had openly described as a thief, treasury looter, acid bather and who, according to Oshiomhole, is only fit for “night meetings” and not for the position of the governor of Edo state.

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“The PDP said such stance by the Buhari Presidency is an assault on the sensibilities of the people of Edo state, who have openly registered their rejection of Ize-Iyamu.

“Furthermore, our party notes the absence of President Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and other top officials of the APC administration at Ize-Iyamu’s campaign flag-off, apparently to dissociate themselves and the government from his baggage of corruption allegation,” the PDP stated.

According to the party, this last-minute stunt has exposed the pretence of Buhari Presidency towards the fight against corruption and further exposed Ize-Iyamu as described by Oshiomhole.

The PDP said it is imperative to place on record that the people of Edo state have already made up their minds to reelect Governor Godwin Obaseki, come September 19.


#Newsworthy…

EdoDecide’20: Buhari, VP Osinbajo supports Osagie Ize-iyamu | Photos

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President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, have backed Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State.

Both leaders endorsed the APC candidate on Friday when he visited the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

President Buhari presented the symbolic party flag to Ize-Iyamu at a closed-door meeting attended by his Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, and the governors.

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They include the APC Caretaker Committee Chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State; Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, and Chairman of the APC National Campaign Council for the Edo State election, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State.

After the meeting with the governor, Ize-Iyamu later visited the Vice President at his office where he presented the flag to Professor Osinbajo.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had fixed September 19 to conduct the election.


#Newsworthy…

EdoDecide’20: Buhari endorses Ize-iyamu | Photos

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President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the governorship election in Edo State.

The President gave the endorsement on Friday when he received Ize-Iyamu who was led to the Presidential Villa in Abuja by the APC Caretaker Committee Chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State.

He presented the party’s flag to the APC candidate in the presence of two other governors elected on the party’s platform.

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They are Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State.

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#Newsworthy…

EdoDecide’20: Osagie Ize-iyamu meets with Buhari

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The Caretaker Committee Chairman of the All Progressives, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, and the APC Governorship candidate in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, on Friday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The meeting is connected to the crisis in Edo, ahead of the election slated to hold on September 19.

Also in attendance at the meeting were the Governors of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, and Kebbi State Atiku Bagudu.

Police Take Over Edo Assembly
The meeting comes barely 24 hours after the Police took over the Edo State House of Assembly complex in Benin City, the state capital.

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Dozens of the security officials stormed the complex on Thursday while patrol vehicles were stationed there.

Noble Reporters Media gathered that the police took the action following a reported threat of an attack on the facility.

The police officers were led to the Assembly by a Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations), Ayoola Ajala.

Those at the Assembly include operatives attached to the Police Mobile Force and Operation Thunderstorm.

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Shortly after the police were deployed at the facility, personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) also arrived at the complex.

Barely a day before the security operatives took over the facility, members of the Assembly impeached the Deputy Speaker of the House, Yekini Idiaye.

Idiaye was impeached during plenary on Wednesday and replaced with Roland Asoro, the lawmaker representing Orhionmwon II Constituency.

His impeachment came a few days after Idiaye and four other lawmakers declared their support for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osagie Ize-Iyamu.


#Newsworthy…

EdoDecide’20: Deputy speaker, four lawmakers supports Ize-iyamu

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The Deputy Speaker of Edo state House of Assembly Mr. Yekini Idiaye and four other lawmakers have declared their support for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

The lawmakers are among the 10 that were inaugurated in July 2019 while 14 others remain yet to be inaugurated.

According to the lawmakers, their decision is to remain in the APC on whose platform they were elected.

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They insist on not joining the state governor, Godwin Obaseki in his new party, the PDP.

Edo Deputy Speaker, Four Lawmakers Declare Support For Ize-Iyamu. Noble Reporters Media/ Olamide Noble

The lawmakers also alleged that the state executive led by governor Obaseki has made the legislature irrelevant and unable to perform its functions as enshrined in the constitution.

INEC Clears Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu, 12 Others
Earlier, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released the final list of candidates in the poll.

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INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, revealed that the electoral umpire has displayed the final list of candidates at its offices in Benin City, the state capital, and the 18 Local Government Areas of the state.

The Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. Noble Reporters Media/ Olamide Noble

He explained that the action of INEC was in compliance with its Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election and in accordance with Section 34 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

“By Section 35 of the Electoral Act and the Timetable and Schedule of Activities of the Commission, the withdrawal and substitution of candidates for the Edo Governorship election ended on 13th July 2020,” the INEC national commissioner stated.

He added, “With the publication of the final list of candidates, no political party can withdraw or substitute any of the nominated candidates or tamper with the list and particulars of the candidates in a manner inconsistent with the intendment of the Constitution and the Electoral Act.”


#Newsworthy…

EdoDecide’20: Ize-iyamu not good product, you can’t sell such – Wike tells Oshiomhole

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Ahead of the September 19 governorship election in Edo State, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, as a bad product.

In a statement issued on Friday by the Commissioner for Information and Communications in Rivers State, Paulinus Nsirim, Governor Wike said ex-APC Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, had explicitly exposed the true identity of Ize-Iyamu.

The governor said it is an insult to Edo people for Oshiomhole to reverse his earlier position and ask the electorates to accept such a man.

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Wike was said to have made the comments during an interview with a national television network in the state.

“After an analysis, backed with supporting video footages from the campaigns of the last election in the state, he declared with unequivocal clarity, that Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the Edo State Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC is a bad product and you cannot sell a bad product to good and discerning people of Edo State,” the statement partly read.

According to Governor Wike, he drew his conclusion from the analysis of facts deducted from the previous governorship election in the state.

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“Adams Oshiomhole told Edo people that Ize Iyamu was rusticated from school; that he poured acid on a fellow student that destroyed his manhood. That he is an armed robber that cannot be trusted with money. Such a character cannot be accepted by Edo people as Governor during the election.

“I respect the Binin tradition and I know that Edo people are educated to know that Oshiomhole cannot play on their intelligence. If he is now retracting what he said of Ize Iyamu, who is sure that he’s saying the correct thing now.

“Adams Oshiomhole’s sudden U-turn is a great insult on Edo people. This is an opportunity for Edo people both at home and in the diaspora to use their votes to tell Oshiomhole that they cannot take his lies anymore.

“From all indications, it is obvious that there is no strong opposition against Obaseki and he will win convincingly,” Wike was quoted to have said.


#Newsworthy…

EdoDecide’20: Oshiomhole declares war against Obaseki

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The ousted national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and embattled godfather of Edo politics, Adams Oshiomhole, on Sunday came out of his brief political holidays, declaring his mission to unseat incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and enthrone Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as his successor in the September 19, 2020, Edo governorship election.

Noble Reporters Media snaps Oshiomhole in a tweet on his twitter handle on Sunday where he declared that his mission is to return Edo State to the path of sustainable development, which he felt Obaseki has failed to do. The former APC chairman noted that his silence since his removal as APC national chairman was not an act of cowardice. He berated Obaseki, declaring that the Edo governor has no agenda for the governorship election, noting that Ize-Iyamu has been selling his Simple Agenda to the people of Edo State but Obaseki has been selling propaganda.

Noble Reporters Media accordingly, reports that Oshiomhole in his tweet declared: “I have only one mission and I know it is our common mission to bring Edo Back to the paths of Sustainable Development.

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“One with God is majority, keeping calm is not always an act of cowardice.

“While Pastor Ize-Iyamu is busy selling his Simple Agenda, letting people know his plans for Edo State, Obaseki is busy selling propaganda because he has no agenda to sell, he never had any at any time.”

Noble Reporters Media follow up on the Edo election found that meanwhile, Governor Obaseki has sustained wide communication and interactions with the people of Edo State rendering account of his first tenure and reassuring them of a better second tenure. The contest is clearly between Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu, including Oshiomhole.

However, Oshiomhole may be using this comment to build his return to the public space after wide circulation of his strong demarketing of Ize-Iyamu in 2016 which many people in Edo State and beyond also believed. Invariably, Oshiomhole may be struggling with marketing Ize-Iyamu who is sponsoring in the September election to the people of Edo State.

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The ousted national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and embattled godfather of Edo politics, Adams Oshiomhole, on Sunday came out of his brief political holidays, declaring his mission to unseat incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and enthrone Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as his successor in the September 19, 2020, Edo governorship election.

NobleReporters understand Oshiomhole in a tweet on his twitter handle on Sunday where he declared that his mission is to return Edo State to the path of sustainable development, which he felt Obaseki has failed to do. The former APC chairman noted that his silence since his removal as APC national chairman was not an act of cowardice. He berated Obaseki, declaring that the Edo governor has no agenda for the governorship election, noting that Ize-Iyamu has been selling his Simple Agenda to the people of Edo State but Obaseki has been selling propaganda.

Noble Reporters Media learnt that Oshiomhole in his tweet declared: “I have only one mission and I know it is our common mission to bring Edo Back to the paths of Sustainable Development.

“One with God is majority, keeping calm is not always an act of cowardice.

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“While Pastor Ize-Iyamu is busy selling his Simple Agenda, letting people know his plans for Edo State, Obaseki is busy selling propaganda because he has no agenda to sell, he never had any at any time.”

NRM keep track on the Edo election found that meanwhile, Governor Obaseki has sustained wide communication and interactions with the people of Edo State rendering account of his first tenure and reassuring them of a better second tenure. The contest is clearly between Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu, including Oshiomhole.

However, Oshiomhole may be using this comment to build his return to the public space after wide circulation of his strong demarketing of Ize-Iyamu in 2016 which many people in Edo State and beyond also believed. Invariably, Oshiomhole may be struggling with marketing Ize-Iyamu who is sponsoring in the September election to the people of Edo State.


#Newsworthy..

EdoDecide’20: INEC affirm Ize-iyamu, Obaseki alongside 12 others

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The stage appears to be set for the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State following the release of the final list of candidates in the poll.

With just two months to the poll, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that 14 candidates will contest in the election.

INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, made the announcement in a statement on Saturday.

A file photo of Edo State Governor and PDP candidate, Godwin Obaseki.

He revealed that the electoral umpire has displayed the final list of candidates at its offices in Benin City, the state capital, and the 18 Local Government Areas of the state.

Okoye added that the list has also been uploaded on the Commission’s website.

A file photo of APC Edo State governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, at the launch of his campaign manifesto in Benin City on July 14, 2020.

He explained that the action of INEC was in compliance with its Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election and in accordance with Section 34 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

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“By Section 35 of the Electoral Act and the Timetable and Schedule of Activities of the Commission, the withdrawal and substitution of candidates for the Edo Governorship election ended on 13th July 2020,” the INEC national commissioner stated.

He added, “With the publication of the final list of candidates, no political party can withdraw or substitute any of the nominated candidates or tamper with the list and particulars of the candidates in a manner inconsistent with the intendment of the Constitution and the Electoral Act.”

According to the list released by INEC, 12 of the candidates are male and the remaining two are female.

Okoye urged the participating political parties to pay close attention to the timelines stipulated in the Timetable and Schedule of Activities of the commission, as well as the provisions of the Constitution and the Electoral Act.


#Newsworthy…

EdoDecide’20: NRM want Ize-iyamu ‘out’

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The National Rescue Movement (NRM) prayed a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to disqualify Osagie Ize – Iyamu as the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate for the Edo governorship election.

NRM and its candidate for the forthcoming Edo governorship, Stevie Ozono, filed the suit and named Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), All Progressives Congress, Osagie Ize – Iyamu and Gani Audu as the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants respectively.

The plaintiffs averred that by Section 177(c) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), Sections 31 and 153 of the Electoral Act and the Guidelines for the submission of candidates of political parties issued by INEC, it is only the political party’s National Chairman and the National Secretary who sign a letter forwarding names of the party’s candidate to INEC.

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They contended that it was Gov. MaiMala Buni of Yobe and John Akpan Udoedeghe, the National Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra – Ordinary Convention Committee and the National Secretary of the Caretaker/Extra – Ordinary Convention Committee who signed the letter conveying the names of Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Gani Audu to the INEC as the APC governorship candidate and running mate respectively for the forthcoming Edo State governorship election.

The Movement and Ozono asked the court to determine whether after due consultation of Sections 183, 222a and 223 of the 1999 Constitution INEC can lawfully deem that the list of candidates of the APC for the Edo State gubernatorial elections to be held on Sept. 19, 2020, has been submitted to it by the letter dated June 29, signed by Udoedeghe and Buni.

They asked the court to declare that APC has no candidates for the Edo State gubernatorial elections to be held on Sept. 19, by the non – submission of her list of candidates before the deadline on June 29.

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They also urged the court to make an Order voiding the decision of INEC to include APC, Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Gani Audu as candidates in the gubernatorial elections about Edo to be held on Sept. 19, 2020.

APC Governorship Candidate, Osagie Ize-iyamu

The plaintiffs attached a 30-paragraph of affidavit deposed to by Chinedu Obi, the National Publicity Secretary of the National Rescue Movement, to their suit.

The case has been assigned to Justice A.R. Muhammed.

No date has been fixed for hearing of the suit.


#Newsworthy…

Top Story: I was a cultist – Ize-iyamu says

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Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC for the governorship election in Edo State, has admitted being a member of the Pyrates Confraternity as a student of the University of Benin, UNIBEN.

He made the statement while reacting to accusations he poured acid on a student during an altercation when he was an undergraduate at the institution.

During the 2016 governorship electioneering, a former governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole, had during campaign alleged that Ize-Iyamu, who was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in that election, poured acid on a student.

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But in an online television programme monitored in Benin City on Sunday, Ize-Iyamu said he drew the attention of the then UNIBEN administration to the plight of the student.

Ize-Iyamu, who said he ensured the student got first aid treatment, however, said himself and others linked to the incident were rusticated because the identity of the culprit was never known.

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He said he gained admission into the University of Benin in 1980 to read Political Science, but later changed to law and did not graduate until 1986 because he was rusticated for about two years.

He said,

“When I was in the university, I was a member of the Pyrates Confraternity. At that time, we didn’t look at it as a cult arrangement but some people were already coming in with tendencies to create problems. We had this very confrontational group and one evening, somebody reported to us that they beat up a final year student who was also close to us and they mentioned the names of those involved, and we said no, this is bad.

“Don’t also forget too that I was a students’ union leader, very prominent in the students’ union congress. So, myself and some persons who heard about this complaint said let’s go and see the people concerned and talk to them.

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“We went there and met with the people concerned. They opened the door for us and we were discussing the matter under a very cordial atmosphere only for some people to come in and before we knew it, there was smoke in the whole place and somebody shouted acid and was screaming. It was then I realised that somebody has poured acid on somebody and I quickly rushed to the security post. I brought them in and we took the young man to get first aid treatment.

“Of course, the school set up an inquiry, and the person that was affected admitted that I was the one who brought security agents and that I was able to take him in for medical attention. I asked who poured it and he said he didn’t know.

“He said he knew the face but didn’t know his name and nobody appeared to know the name and the university said since you people don’t want to mention the name, we are going to sanction all of you. Before we knew it, they expelled us.

“The reason they gave was that they expelled us for belonging to a proscribed organisation. But the long and short of it is that we were on it for two years till 1986 when the Senate held a meeting and said these guys have been punished enough, that if you look at the records, they were not the one that committed what happened, so, we were called back, graduated and then went to the Law School.”


#Newsworthy…

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EdoDecide’20: Oshiomhole endorses Obaseki – reject Ize-iyamu

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The former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, leaves in his trail an endorsement catalogue of encomiums on Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the September 19 governorship election, including his outright condemnation and rejection of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, APC candidate.

Read Oshiomhole’s 12 significant endorsement remarks on Governor Obaseki.

  1. God knows that Godwin comes from a large family in Benin Kingdom; he went to school, he finished his secondary school; he went to the University of Ibadan, he finished; there were no issues, he finished in flying colours.
  2. He went to the US, he did his Masters; he came back home, started helping people to set up businesses. He helped to manage businesses; he helped to set up many banks, including several second-generation banks.
  3. I don’t care if Obaseki betrays me at the end of the day, Obaseki allegiance should be to the people and not me.
  4. The oath of office he is going subscribe to says that he will defend the Constitution of Nigeria; he will do everything to uplift the quality of life of Edo people. Nothing in his oath of office will include “I shall not betray my predecessor” because I have no interest to be betrayed.
  5. Obaseki had been part of the tradition, he knows the vision; he knows the mission; he knows the target; he knows where we are; he knows the challenges and he knows how to overcome them.
  6. He sits in the Office of the Economic Team which he built using his network of friends inside the heart of Government House without demanding one Naira.
  7.  I know my limit; he knows his limit. Godwin Obaseki has worked for seven and half years for the people of Edo State, using his brain, creativity, quietly, not making noise.
  8. A man like Obaseki who will not ask me to give him contracts, but will promise me, Comrade, you just do the thinking, we will create the means to actualize your thoughts.
  9. And to his credit today, check the books of Edo State, we did not build new structures in Government House with government money. That economic team office was built through Godwin’s network. Today, it remains a permanent asset of the state government.
  10.  I want us to be calling that building – I don’t see your opponent – Ize-Iyamu being able to say that.
  11.  In 2007, check the records, Ize-Iyamu was hiding from EFCC. He did not vote. How can somebody who didn’t vote claim he made me.
  12.  If you have to look at Godwin and his credentials, and you look at a man whose only work, by his CV, was a student, and was rusticated for two years, he read law, but he is not barrister.
Adams Oshiomhole falling into politics suicide

Invariably, Oshiomhole may be falling into political suicide, and could make the APC campaign for the Edo governorship election complicated in marketing Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the party’s candidate.

Ize-Iyamu has, however, attempted an image laundry, saying that all the Oshiomhole said about him in the past did not come from his heart. However, the words have gone forth, people have assimilated the words; Ize-Iyamu also did not challenge either the words or Oshiomhole from whom the words proceeded. Edo people are furiously waiting for the APC campaign team to hear what the APC members will tell them this time, especially, Oshiomhole. They are on red alert against deceit, dishonesty, and insincerity.


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EdoDecide’20: Wike slam Ize-iyamu

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The political battle in Edo State is getting intense as Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has slammed Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate.

Wike alleged that Ize-Iyamu lost to Governor Godwin Obaseki in the 2016 governorship election in Edo State because the people saw that he ‘would not be a good leader’.

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that Ize-Iyamu, who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, four years ago was defeated by Obaseki who was the APC candidate then.

However, Wike, in a tweet on his official Twitter handle on Wednesday, also said that the Edo election is not an ‘Obaseki election’ but for the people of the South-South.

He said: “There would be no intimidation in the Edo election, the people must choose who they want.

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“All the South-South Governors would be in Edo State to support our brother Governor.

“Edo people rejected Ize Iyamu in the last election because they saw he wouldn’t be a good Governor.

“Edo election is not an Obaseki election but for the people of the South-South.

“It is time for the South-South to speak with one voice.”


#Newsworthy

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EdoDecide’20: Ize-iyamu begs Obaseki for APC return?

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Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu on Monday begged Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State to sheathe his sword and return to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Ize-Iyamu observed that the crisis in the APC is a family issue, and that such should make the Edo governor dump the party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The Pastor said that there are bound to be issues in “every family” and it would be bad for Obaseki to leave the APC due to some disagreements.

Ize-Iyamu declared: “I will like to appeal to him to return to the party.

“In every family, you have disagreements; let it not be said that it was this disagreement that pushed him out.”

Pastor Ize-Iyamu, therefore, appealed that Governor Obaseki should “set aside his anger” and return to the APC, saying it will be a mistake for him to leave the party.

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Pastor Ize-Iyamu on Monday emerged APC governorship candidate in Benin City, for the September 19, 2020 in Edo State.

Ize-Iyamu stated that he made that mistake before, noting, “and I have come to realize it was a grievous error and I would not want him as an elder brother to make the same mistake.”

“in APC, he is recognized as a leader but in the new party you are going to, it will be difficult for them to accept you as a leader.

“It would be nice for him to come back and we are ready to work with him and all well-meaning Edo people,” Ize-Iyamu said.


#Newsworthy…

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EdoDecide’20: Ize-iyamu wins APC primaries

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Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has emerged the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Edo state governorship election after winning the party’s state primary election.

Chairman of the APC Primary Election Committee and Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma disclosed this on Monday in Benin, the state capital.

Uzodinma said the election was a formality in accordance with the guidelines of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the other aspirants had already stepped down before the polls.


#Newsworthy…

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COVID-19 guidelines: Ize-iyamu react to Obaseki’s enforcement

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Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has reacted to the plan by Governor Obaseki of Edo State to enforce COVID-19 guidelines ahead of the APC primaries in the state slated for Monday.

The government has advised political parties to adhere to the state’s COVID-19 Quarantine Regulations and Gazette on political gatherings.

According to Ize-Iyamu, this is believed to be an attempt to frustrate the APC during its primaries.

This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen by Prince John Mayaki, Director of Communication and Media of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organization

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“Without a hint of irony, especially a day after he assembled hundreds of youths at the PDP Secretariat without social distancing or any form of protection over his insignificant defection, the Governor laid claims to Edo State COVID-19 Quarantine Regulations and the state Government’s Gazette on political gatherings in a pandemic, and falsely accused the party of violating these guidelines,” the statement read.

“We wish to clarify to the public that unlike Governor Godwin Obaseki, the All Progressives Congress and its officials in Edo State are law-abiding.

“The adoption of the Direct mode of primary by the party was done to allow for an effective decentralization of the process, reduced inter-community and regional movements of people, and sufficient room for proper social distancing and process management in compliance with all health guidelines in place to curb the spreading of the coronavirus disease,” he said.

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Ize-Iyamu revealed that the gazette by Obaseki has made the APC design its primaries such that only 18 persons out of the expected 20 will be present during the event.

“We, therefore, see no reason why Governor Godwin Obaseki would appoint himself alarmist-in-chief and use the instrument and resources of state to spread panic and falsehood.

“We urge the Governor to seek immediate attention for his obsession with the APC, focus on his new party, and desist from calculated moves intended to introduce chaos and disunity in our advancing party.

“His voluntary exit has opened the door to a blast of fresh air and decorum, and we are making great strides in the quest to restore long-lost sanity in the Government House,” he added.


#Newsworthy…

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EdoDecide’20: APC Appeals Committee set to make Final Decision on Obaseki

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) Appeals Committee has upheld the disqualification of Governor Godwin Obaseki from participating in its governorship primary in Edo state.

The Appeals Committee, in a press briefing held in Abuja on Saturday, said it was aligning itself with the APC screening committee’s inability to vouch for the authenticity of the NYSC Certificate presented by Governor Obaseki.

Speaking after the Committee’s announcement, APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole said the party’s National Working Committee will now meet to deliberate on the screening report, in order to make a final decision.

Mr. Oshiomhole said the NWC will meet right away after which they will address the press.

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Governor Obaseki’s disqualification was announced on Friday.

Although he rejected the screening committee’s report, Obaseki has said he will not appeal the decision.


#Newsworthy…

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EdoDecide’20: APC Reps dump Obaseki – Endorse Ize-iyamu

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The Edo All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in the House of Representatives, has endorsed Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, as its candidate.

The endorsement comes ahead of the June 22 governorship primaries of the party in the state.

Three aspirants will seek the nod of the party members to become the torch bearer in the 19 September governorship election.

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In a statement by the six APC members,the caucus said that the resolution was taken after an extensive consultation across the state.

The lawmakers also supported the method the leadership of the party adopted for the governorship primaries.

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“As members of the party, we hereby restate our full support for the method the party has chosen as their preferred method, for the forthcoming primaries in Edo.

“In reaching this conclusion, we considered safety, security and logistics reasons as well as political inclusiveness and compliance to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines and regulations.’’

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The lawmakers commended the party men and women for their resilience and support.

Among the caucus members are Prof. Julius Ihonvbere (Owan Federal Constituency), Mr Johnson Oghuma (Etsako Federal Constituency)/.


#Newsworthy…

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EdoDecide’20: Obaseki reveal next step amid disqualification

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Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, has reacted to the decision of the APC to disqualify him from participating in the party’s governorship primaries slated for June 22, 2020.

Governor Godwin Obaseki says he will not appeal the outcome of the screening exercise which disqualified him from participating in the primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the forthcoming governorship poll in Edo State.

In a communique by his spokesman, Crusoe Osagie, the governor said he watched the mockery of the democratic process, which “Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, is administering and superintending” over in his party the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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The governor stated that it has been an unfortunate, disheartening, and dreadful spectacle.

Governor Obaseki noted that he had initially asserted that going by the open display and enthronement of illegality by one man in the party that comprises several organs and eminent personalities, there is no way that he would get a fair assessment in the run-up to the nomination of candidates to fly the flag of the party in the forthcoming Edo gubernatorial election.

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Obaseki said it is unfortunate that this “open show of shame, illegality, and travesty of justice is the brand of democracy which Comrade Oshiomhole has reduced the APC into”. Adding that the situation is quite saddening because this is a party supposedly reputed for change, equity and social justice.

“We have therefore decided that it would be an effort in futility to appeal whatever the unjust outcome of the evaluation and screening process of the APC will be, especially when Comrade Oshiomhole has declared that he is the Supreme Court and ultimate determiner of the fate and future of our great party.

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“We wish Oshiomhole well in his maladministration of the party and trust that the Almighty will help our country to find the path to true liberty, freedom, and justice,” Godwin Obaseki stated.

He called on all party members and his teeming supporters to remain calm and await further directives.


#Newsworthy…

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EdoDecide’20: Nigerians react as APC disqualifies Obaseki

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Some Nigerians took to social media on Friday to air their opinion on the disqualification of Governor Godwin Obaseki from the governorship primary election in Edo State.

Obaseki was declared ineligible by the screening committee inaugurated by Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of APC and former godfather of the embattled governor.

Obaseki was disqualified alongside two other aspirants – Chris Ogiemwonyi and Mathew Iduoriyekenwen.

The screening committee said Obaseki was disqualified on the basis of his Higher School Certificate.

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According to the committee, Obaseki could not produce his Higher School Certificate.

Prof. Ayuba, Chairman of the committee, said the document he produced only attested to his attendance.

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He also said the committee could not verify the governor’s National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate.

Reacting to his disqualification, Obaseki urged his supporters and all party members to remain calm.

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He said: “We call on all party members and our teeming supporters to remain calm and await further directives, in the light of the announcement of my unjust disqualification to participate in @OfficialAPCNg primary election in Edo State by the screening committee.”

However, most of the commentators on social media are asking why Obaseki was not disqualified four years ago.

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Below are some of the comments on Twitter:

“Ambode did an amazing job in Lagos state, but APC denied him a return ticket because he refused to play the loyal dog.

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“They’re doing the same thing to Obaseki. And funny thing is they’re using his NYSC certificate against him but their oga doesn’t have an SSCE. Hypocrites!!!” I

“I am wondering. Is it not the same NYSC certificate Obaseki presented in 2016, abi what year again self????”


#Newsworthy…

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EdoDecide’20: Internal Democracy stabbed – Oyegun

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Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr John Odigie-Oyegun has said that the disqualification of Obaseki by the APC Screening Panel is a hatchet job aimed at installing a stooge that will allow some people unfettered access to Edo Treasury.

Chief Oyegun noted that while the disqualification is not a surprise, it is a clear indication that internal democracy has been murdered in APC, a party that was founded on the principles of fair play and good conscience.

The APC chieftain said that the APC will suffer dire consequences in Edo state if this disqualification is not speedily reversed.

“As a matter of fact, Oshiomole is indeed the one who is guilty of anti-party, not Obaseki,” Oyegun stressed.

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He further stated that Oshiomole is the one who is acting unconstitutionally not Obaseki.

Oyegun said he hopes that Oshiomole will not go down in history as the undertaker of APC.


#Newsworthy…

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EdoDecide’20: Ize-Iyamu express happiness

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Buoyed his clearance by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Edo State governorship primary of the party, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has expressed gratitude to the screening committee of the party for carrying out a thorough job.

In a statement on Friday in Benin by Mr John Mayaki, the Director of Communication and Media of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s Campaign Organization, he said that the progress made by completing the exercise revealed the true spirit and character of the year party premised on a bold insistence on fairness, accountability, and transparency.

The former Secretary to Edo State Government said: “I wish to send my deepest gratitude to all the members of our great party, the All Progressives Congress, for joyful cooperation that led to a seamless but thorough screening exercise.”

Having passed the screening tests, Ize-Iyamu expressed his consistent readiness to take the will of the party as the ultimate, regarding its laws and principles as the supreme guide for the execution of its affairs and assignments.

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The APC governorship aspirant noted: “I urge all the members of our party whose indefatigable commitment, loyalty, and cooperation has led to the success we experienced in recent times, to remain focused and committed to our general ambition as a party, and in the same vein pursuant of our personal political dreams in light of our progressive philosophy.”

“As we prepare for the primaries and the election itself, it is time we bind together and close ranks, remembering that the greatest goal is the progress of Edo State, the moving forward of our great homeland, and the betterment of life for all of its people.”


#Newsworthy…

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