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PMB returns from Egypt after official visit.

…accompanied by Governors Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa, Godwin Obaseki of Edo and Mai Mala Buni of Yobe

President Muhammadu Buhari is back to Abuja after a trip to Egypt, where he attended the Aswan Forum designed to set “An Agenda for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa.”

The aim of the forum was to “address the interconnections between peace and development in Africa while promoting Africa-led solutions through strengthening policies and practices.”

He left Tuesday accompanied by Governors Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa, Godwin Obaseki of Edo and Mai Mala Buni of Yobe for the two-day Forum held on December 11-12.

The presidential chopper, which conveyed him to Aso Rock Villa from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, landed about 3:15pm Friday.

Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, launched the initiative in his capacity as the Chairman of the African Union.

Buhari had at the opening session of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa on Wednesday, announced the visa on arrival as a way of promoting free movement and facilitating the full implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

The President had said: “We in Nigeria have already taken the strategic decision to bring down barriers that have hindered the free movement of our people within the continent by introducing the issuance of visa at the point of entry into Nigeria to all persons holding passports of African countries with effect from January, 2020.”

He also said for Africa to progress, the continent must prevent and resolve the conflicts slowing it down.

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Breaking – Edo state landlords to lose houses.

…It is either they remove it or it will be fenced.

Some landlords who erected buildings on land meant for public schools are to forfeit such properties to the Edo State Government.

Governor Godwin Obaseki who reiterated his stand to demolish any property on public school land said the buildings could also be demolished without compensation.

Speaking at the 25th anniversary of the 1994 class of St Paul Anglican Grammer School, Igarra old boys Association, Governor Obaseki said many landlords that encroached on Bénin Technical College land lost their properties to the state government.

Represented by Commissioner for Education, Barr Jimoh Ijegbai, Governor Obaseki said he would either fence the properties inside the school premises or demolish them.

According to him, “Those who have encroached on school land should remove them otherwise they will be treated like those who encroached on the Benin Technical College land. It is either they remove it or it will be fenced.

“The treatment will be meted not only to those who encroached into the Anglican Grammar School Igarra land but all other government schools across the state. All those who have built should either abandon the land or they will be fenced in during the construction of the perimeter fencing of the schools.”

National Coordinator of the old boys, Mr. Bolade John said the N5 million fund has been launched to engage teachers that would teach in the school.

On his part, Chief of Staff to Governor Obaseki, Chief Taiwo Akerele who is a member of the 1994 set explained that the N5 million Fund was to start a volunteers teachers programme where teachers would be recruited to fill the gap.

Akerele said the teachers would teach the students on science subjects particularly Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

His words, “We use the opportunity of 25 years anniversary of leaving the school to review the challenges being faced by the school and what we can do to support while we join forces with other sets and the national body.

“It has been brought to our attention that the school has been bereft of high-quality teachers and government has not recruited teachers in recent times so, in addition to supporting for the school’s inter-house sports competition in 2018, we have launched a N5 million Fund to start a volunteers teachers programme where teachers would be recruited to fill the gap and teach the students on science subjects particularly Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

“We will put them on equivalent of N-Power monthly salary. We intend to grow that fund from time to time. We were able to raise N2 million from friends and well-wishers who honoured us with their presence.”

#Newsworthy…

Benin: Innocent Souls Dying Everyday! Resign!! – Idahosa Blows Hot On Oshiomhole

…i am among fives that force APC to democrat

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Edo State, Charles Idahosa, yesterday, called on the national chairman of the party and immediate past governor of the state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to quietly tender his resignation letter for the interest and survival of the party.

Besides, he said the party is losing its grip due to the alleged overbearing attitude of the national chairman of the party.
‎Idahosa made the call while reacting to issues in the crisis rocking the party in the state and to correct those claiming to have formed the party in the state which he said they did not.

“I happened to have been among five Nigerians that formed the Action Congress for Democrat (ACD) that is today APC. In 2006, after we formed the ACD in 2004, gentlemen of the press, you can look at all these, Igbinedion disowned ACD. Infact, I was the one that was being disowned because in 2006 they saw me at a meeting of the ACD now APC. Lai Mohammed, and there was this insinuation that Igbinedion as then governor and Tunubu were the ones sponsoring the ACD that is now APC.

“While Tinubu kept quiet, he did not bother to deny Lai Mohammed, the Edo State government at that time quickly disowned me but it is very interesting today that everybody is now claiming APC.

“That is one of the reasons I cannot keep quite. I am a founding father, I see people just coming into the party to destroy it.
“Adams Oshiomhole as at that time was still carrying placards on the streets of Lagos and Abuja, protesting as a labour leader. That was when we formed this party. We knew the roles he played that time.

“From the way we have seen issues, under Oshiomhole, APC is dying gradually and there is no way somebody like me can see issue and pretend not to see it”, Idahosa said.

He said the national chairman of the party has no political home base and that he has been suspended by his ward, Local Government Area and by the state chapter of the party adding that the only way out for him is to tender his resignation letter as he lacks the political acumen to lead the party but can best function as a labour leader.

“If as labour leader, you become very popular, Lerge Valessa was a great labour leader who led a riot in Poland and for that popularity, they voted him to become president of Poland and after few years, he crashed out. He now discovered that trade unionism and activism is completely different from politics.

“Oshiomhole must have been a very good trade union leader, I have my observations about that, but as a leader of a political party, he does not have the temperament, he does not have the character to lead the party, the best we can do for himself because we still love him, is to tender his resignation so that the party can have peace because the way the party is going, it is going out of control”, he said.

Idahosa also accused the immediate past governor of the state of being the brain behind the 14 members-elect of the state House of Assembly not resuming sitting as duly elected members of the house, thereby denying the people of their rights.
He expressed optimism that the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, would get the party’s ticket whether through direct primaries or indirect primaries, noting that it is the party in the state that decides what pattern it will use in conducting its primaries.

Idahosa while reacting to Oshiomhole’s comment on the state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, said he was not fair in his comment that he made Philip whereas it was Philip’s late father that made him, stressing that the late Shaibu would turn in his grave over such comment about his son.
But reacting to Idahosa’s comment, spokesman for the yet to be inaugurated lawmakers-elect, Washington Osifo, accused him of playing money politics.

“It is laughable for Hon Idahosa to be calling for the resignation of our national chairman. He does not play politics based on ideology or principles, he plays his politics on who is bringing the money. He is saying this because of what he is making from the current system. Oshiomhole has come to reposition our great party”.

On the allegation that the 14 lawmakers-elect were being housed in Abuja and paid salaries by Oshiomhole, Osifo said: “That is far from the truth. We decided from the day of the illegal inauguration on June 17 in the night that we are going to challenge the illegal action. The case is in court because we are lawmakers and we cannot be lawbreakers, we are pushing out the case legally.

“We also want to commend our numerous supporters for remaining law-abiding in this struggle to enthrone genuine democracy. They should remind calm and disregard this unfortunate comment by Idahosa”, he said.

#Newsworthy…

Gov. Obaseki Mourns Death Of Influential Clergyman, Reinhard Bonnke.

…we remember him even more dearly in edo

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has mourned the death of influential evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke, who died at the age of 79 years.

In a statement, the governor said Bonnke lived an impactful life and is one of the most ardent preachers of the gospel in his lifetime, working tirelessly to win souls to Christ in Nigeria and across Africa.

The news of his death was announced by his wife, Anni Bonnke, in a statement, noting that he died peacefully, surrounded by his family.

According to the governor, “It is with a heavy heart that we received the news of the death of Reinhard Bonnke, a quintessential preacher of the gospel, who went all the way in his quest to win souls for Christ.

He will be remembered for his commitment to the Lord’s work and breaking new grounds in bringing people to the Christian-fold.

“In Edo State, we remember him even more dearly because of the impact of his crusades in Benin City, which drew some of the largest crowd at the time. He held a massive crusade in Benin City in 1996, and was instrumental to the conversion of a lot of people to Christianity. We are deeply pained by his exit and pray that God grants him eternal rest.”

“The people and government of Edo commiserate with the wife of the deceased and his entire family, praying that God grants them the fortitude to bear the loss,” Obaseki said.

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Gov. Obaseki set to expand Agripreneur scheme to oil palm, piggery & cassava.

In a move to sustain the Agripreneur Scheme designed to boost food security and create wealth for farmers in the state, Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has expanded the scheme to cover piggery, cassava and oil palm production, in more locations in the state.

Obaseki disclosed after attending the annual thanksgiving service of Omega Fire Ministries International, in Auchi, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State.

The governor said the state Agripreneur Scheme has recorded huge success, which necessitated its expansion to cover more crops and also livestock production, noting, “Because the scheme was successful in 2019, we are applying and expanding the facilities across areas like piggery, and crops such as cassava and oil palm.”

“Agriculture is the largest employer of labour and largest contributor to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the country,” he added.

He said investment in Agriculture would create more employment opportunities, urging youths in the state to key into the state’s Agripreneur Scheme.

According to him, “What we are doing is to encourage more youths to participate in our Agripreneur programme where we give them the support, facilities and opportunities to cultivate crops that will be bought by off-takers.

“We are hoping that in 2020, we will have massive expansion in the areas of livestock and boost food sufficiency. I see a lot of young people keying into the programme.”

He asked for more prayers for the state and country, adding that the prayers of the faithful have continued to protect the Nigeria.

He reiterated that he would continue to sue for peace in the state but not to the detriment of the welfare of the people, adding, “If we have to fight to make Edo better, I will do so. If we have to fight to put food on the table of the poor, we will do so.”

In his sermon titled “Thanksgiving as a Weapon,” General Overseer, Omega Fire Ministry, Apostle Johnson Suleiman, said thanksgiving is a command from God. He urged Christians to thank God with their heart and substance.

#Newsworthy…

We possibly can defeat APC in Edo state – PDP.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State has chided National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, for saying the PDP lacked ability to win elections in Edo State.

It said Oshiomhole only attempted to divert attention from his many challenges and failures as National Chairman of the APC.

The Edo PDP said it is still strong in the state to defeat the ruling APC.

Edo Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Chris Nehikhare, in a press statement said the PDP is a strong, viable party with an effective and efficient structure.

Nehikhare stated that the leadership structure of the PDP was unlike the APC led by Oshiomhole that has torn apart as a result of Oshiomhole’s meddlesomeness, tactlessness and cluelessness.

The statement reads in parts, “Adams Oshiomhole should be reminded that as National Chairman of the ruling party both at the state and federal level, he lost Edo state woefully to PDP in last Presidential election as PDP gathered the majority of the votes cast in the state therefore winning two out of the 3 senators.

“Edo people have not forgotten how Adams Oshiomhole left a prostrate financial legacy of debts and empty treasury as he was handing over in 2016. Even his successor has threatened to expose and probe his tenure better described as a cesspool of corruption!

“Adams Oshiomhole and his party have nothing to campaign with in Edo State. Is it the fight over control of state treasury, the gale of suspensions, the disrespect to the State House of Assembly and the constituents or the unfulfilled promises? Adams Oshiomhole is hereby adviced that tatatata is not an election winning strategy!

“APC cannot win an election in Edo again. Edo people are tired of APC deceit and failure.

“In PDP, we prepare for elections by campaigning, mobilizing and sensitizing electorates to support and vote for our candidates.”,

#Newsworthy…

Breaking: Survivalists fueling Obaseki, Oshiomhole’s Fight – Ize Iyamu.

… reveals why he returned to APC

Despite the crisis in the Edo State Chap‎ter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the stakes in the party are getting higher ahead of next year gubernatorial election going by the recent entry into the party of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2016 gubernatorial election in the state. The return of Ize-Iyamu‎ and his political associates, as well as supporters to the APC they left in 2015 has raised fears and hope within the party, as governorship aspirants are apprehensive that his return may jeopardize their chances, while ordinary party folks believe that his popularity will boost the chances of the party.

In this interview, Pastor Ize-Iyamu‎ who declined to confirm or deny having governorship ambition says, “in going into APC, my real desire is to see how I can also add value to the party. What I am able to achieve in the party will be dependent on the value I am able to bring in”.

He gave reasons for leaving the PDP, saying that apart from appeals from well-meaning leaders in APC to him to return, he “was not too impressed with a lot things” in the PDP. Ize-Iyamu responded to comments by the Edo State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, who said the party would always win without him. ‎Excerpts.

Recently, you and your supporters across the state pitched tent with the APC, your former party. The issues that made you to leave APC in the first instance have they been resolved that you now decided to return?

Well, you will recall that I was one of those who actually formed the APC not only in Edo State, but even in Nigeria. I played a major role in the merger committee that finally led to the APC coming together as a political party and, of course, one would have expected that I would still have been able to bring all the major political parties together to form a very big political party. But as it is obvious, the reason I left was completely a local issue, politics is local. I had some disagreement at the local level. A lot of my members and friends were aggrieved. We felt that there was a deliberate attempt to undermine us by those who felt threatened by what they perceived would be our ambition in the future. So, people were so aggrieved, we left. To be honest, we left the party with anger and we did not hide it. If you play back some of the statements we made then, you will know that it was misunderstanding that was not able to be resolved that led us to it. But you know time is a healer of wounds. You know the Bible says blessed are the peacemakers and over time too, quite a number of well-meaning people from the other side in the state and at the national level have also been reaching out to us, saying look, Pastor, you and your friends were some of the key people that put the APC together and yes we understand that you were angry then, but it’s been a while, by now you ought to have returned home. We want you and we believe you have a role to play, we will welcome you back and for us, your coming back to our party cannot be seen as if you are decamping to our party and how can you be decamping to a party you formed? It is not a new home for you at all, everybody knows you at the state, at the national, even at the local government level. So, please come back. Then, I was initially apprehensive because when you pray, you say may affliction not rise up again the second time. You want to be sure that all these misunderstandings do not occur again, but the reality is that, as human beings, misunderstanding must happen but I think what is important is to have way to resolve them rather than just walking away. I think we have all learnt our lessons. We are wiser to some extent and I expect that we go back now with a broader perspective.‎ I think the past is more or less behind us and we look forward to the future.

You are leaving PDP and you were a big player there and that has raked up issues in the party. The chairman reacted and said the party constitution has to be reviewed because people of your status come in, use the party and dump it, while those who founded the party will be waiting, that the planned review will ensure that anybody coming new to the party will have to spend some time before getting a ticket to contest. He also said PDP will always win without you. How do you react to that?

Well, it’s okay. Like I said in my resignation letter, some of us with the nature of our upbringing, we cherish relationships and even if there is a strain or a departure, it should not lead to abusing ourselves as if we never co-existed. We made it clear that it will be uncharitable to begin to throw stones in the house that we once inhabited and where we have many friends. There are a lot of decent people out there who are watching and for many of them too, they will not expect some of us to react to everything that is said, but the truth about it is that politics is very dynamic. You know, Dan Orbih is my very good friend, we grew up together and he also know the role I played when he wanted to leave APP to come to the PDP and the question is that how many years did he spend before he became the acting chairman of the PDP? You know the governor of Benue today, the moment he left the APC into PDP, he became their candidate and he became their governor. So, if you can accept some do not also begin to criticize some, that will amount to double standard. Human beings have the right to associate. It is enshrined in the Nigeria constitution.‎ It depends on what are your goals. If our political parties are actually built on ideological divide, it will amount to ideological suicide when you want to leave A to go to B, you know between me and you that it is not really the political parties, it is more of the individuals and what they represent. So, for me, I harbour no bitterness. If the PDP believes, for example, that our leaving will not make any difference, that is okay. We will do elections. The elections will show whether some of us are important or we are not important, but of course, I do not also expect them to say that pastor has left, the party is finished.

Did you leave PDP because you foresee that you will not get the governorship ticket to re-contest?

No, that is not it at all. Governorship is still far and let me tell you this; when I was leaving the APC, those who assumed all I wanted was governorship said pastor, he will never get the ticket in PDP, they will never give it to him, but God works in mysterious ways. I went there and if you noticed, I never thought about governorship, I went there to work. I supported them in the presidential election, they made me the DG, I supported them and they won. Recall that before we came in, a serving senator of PDP then, Senator Uzamere has even referred to the ticket of PDP as worthless. He said it was a Zimbabwean dollar. And so because of that, he decamped from the party to come and joined us and as if to prove his point and when he came in, he won which means that he had read the political environment very well, but when we went to the other side, the ticket they said was worthless, increased in value. The senatorial candidate that we now supported won. So, to some extent, I believe that God has always been with us. Now, PDP, the governorship nomination just like maybe the APC and others will be next year. I have been a candidate there before, so quite earnestly if that was my target, it will not be something that would be too impossible, but when you have done something before, you have to think twice before taking it again. For me, to be a candidate is not a big deal, but the important thing is that will you win if you get that ticket? So, before I left PDP, people have already sprung up who were interested in running for it and everybody noticed that I was not interested and they kept asking me what is happening and I said I am not interested. I was not interested to contest again in PDP. If I was perhaps, some said I was afraid and I will not get the ticket. That was not the issue and in any event, it is not also my birthright, anything can happen. In politics, you do not begin to speak as if there is an entitlement or you are entitled to this particular thing, I got it before and I might get it again, that is not the issue. The issue is that, I was not too impressed with a lot of things and I have already decided to just watch and see. It is that attitude that finally led us to say let us just move on rather than be spectators.

Since you left no doubt, feathers have been ruffled on the other side of APC and the PDP that you left. What is your interest in coming to APC? Do you want to run for governor?

Just as I said, I do not know why anytime people see me somewhere, the first thing they want to think about is governorship. Some have told me, look, do not worry about it, it is a compliment, maybe the people appreciate your capacity, but it also creates problem for one because you are going into a party, you have not even settled down, you have not contributed your quota, and the next thing people are talking of governorship. I have told those who believe in me that please, I didn’t go into this party with the mindset of governorship. Yes, you may want pastor to be a governor, but it is God who promotes. God already knows who will be the next governor of Edo State. So, in going into APC, I want to assure that, my real desire is to see how I can also add value to the party. What I am able to achieve in the party will be dependent on the value I am able to bring in. People have asked me if this is not the wrong time and I asked why is it a wrong time? They said because there are some crises there. I asked them what makes you not also think that God wants to use me to settle it. You do not run away because there is a problem somewhere. Sometimes, problems should even encourage you to get involved because it is in our interest that there should be peace in APC because they control government at the federal and at the state level. If there is serious problem in APC here in Edo, it means that governance in Edo will have its own challenges. Even if I were not a politician, I will still be concerned about the problem. The other day, some of our Christian fathers under the umbrella of CAN attempted to talk to the major parties involved in this crisis, they were not doing it because they want to be political, because they realized that it is not good that the party in government to be engulfed in crisis. I have not seen them calling PDP leaders to find out why there is crisis in APC. It is not because they are partisans, but you see, this one is already in government and because they are already in government, you must take more than a passive interest in their activities. So, my movement to APC is one because, well-meaning people have reached out to us, telling us, please come back. They are not saying come, but they are saying come back because they realized that we were there before and we played a major role. That appeal has been on at the state and at the national level. So, first and foremost, our movement is a positive response to that appeal by these people and they are very pleased that we have heeded their advice. Secondly, we also believe that we can add value to what they are doing. We have very strong tentacles at the grassroots. We believe too that we can help bring the party closer to the people. If in the process we are also able to get government provide for some areas hitherto neglected, it is to the glory of God because that is the real reason one is in politics to be able to use the machinery of state to be able to develop your place.

You alluded to the crisis in APC, you were not just a passive member of APC that you helped to form and before then, you were the national vice chairman, ACN, South-south, you had several key roles before then. Are you pleased with what is happening in APC in Edo?

The issue is that in every political party there are bound to be issues and the more successful you become, the more the levels of intrigues and the more the issues are to spring up. But what is important is not the absence of problems, what is important is having a mechanism in place that is able to deal with these issues and resolve them amicably. For anybody to think that there will not be problem, that cannot be true. Human beings by nature are very aggressive. So, people must differ in their interpretations of issues and events and that itself is a source of conflict, but you must look for a way to handle those issues. What is a problem here now is that the issues have been allowed to drag on for too long. Not that it is surprising, it will always be there, but it should not be allowed to drag on for too long. And rather than apportioning blames, what we should be thinking about now is how do we resolve this thing as soon as possible so that everybody can get on track because for me, the opportunity that is there right now is very unique. I am talking of the opportunity where you have one party being in charge at the federal, state, local government and the wards. And then, the governor and the national chairman of the party, they are from the same state. You see, if they work together, if they are able to collaborate, have the same synergy, you can imagine what they will be able to attract, but if there is a division then it means that this very unique opportunity that we have has been allowed to fizzle away. So, we must do everything possible to bring peace. Yes, there are some people that might be enjoying the situation. Some believe that their survival will be dependent on this matter if it continues, but in the long run, nobody will win. I think that it is in our best interest that the matter is resolved as soon as possible.

Looking at the polity at the national level, that is the point you just alluded to that if this synergy is harnessed, much will benefit the state. But it appears there is division when some people even try to fight against appointments coming to Edo State because it did not come through them whereas it is the same party. What is your view?

It is not good. For me, whatever comes to our state is a win situation and it does not matter. For example, when I was in PDP, I deliberately never criticized the governor and not because he was perfect, but for me, the moment the Supreme Court ruled, he became my governor and his performance in office, solid performance was something that I too and my children will benefit from. So, to do anything that will distract him, was not on my list at all. Under normal circumstances when a man ran against somebody else, you begin to prepare for the next election and you deliberately watch out for things he did not do well and, of course, you will find them and you will use that to attack him, but that was not my attitude. My attitude was that let him perform. The fact that he even performed very well does not mean that you cannot challenge him because no matter how well you do, there are certain things you will not do. So, I can point to the things he did not do and say I can do these ones. I can also concede that you have done well, but I can do better. So in that same vein, it does not matter where people come from. You know, we will hear people will say this particular man at the federal, he favoured one group and so what? Whoever he favours does not matter and as long as they are from this state, invariably the benefit of that position will trickle down to us. So, I think that we should play more mature politics. It is not every time you have this opportunity where you are well connected and that is why I said it is a unique one. We are a minority state. What we think we are enjoying now is not too much, others have been enjoying it because of their positions, their strength. This is just coming now to us and we must do everything to make the best out of it because a time will come when we will have a Pharaoh who does not know Joseph and at that time, we will just be on the queue and then they will tell you look, Edo is just down the line and by the time they get to Edo, all the major things are gone. So, what we should do now is to unite irrespective of parties and see how we can get the best.

Have you at any point said you will not run for the governorship position because the man there now is doing what you ought to have done?

No, no, I have not told anybody. I will not tell anybody that. I have a very cordial relationship with the governor. Like I told you before, even if he does the best he can, there is always room for an improvement and right now, there are some persons who have already signified interest to contest and for me, it is legitimate, they have a right and at the end of the day, we all must talk to the Edo people. So, if you want to contest, you need to explain to the Edo people why you think you will be a better candidate than the one who is there right now. So, that is what democracy is all about. The governor is my friend, I have never criticized him but at the same time too, I have never told anybody that nobody should challenge him. I will never say such a thing. That will be clearly wrong.

What is your relationship with the national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole?

It is good. I cannot be coming to APC without talking to him, or without talking to the governor, take it or not, they are leaders and I must reach out to them and if they are hostile to my coming, then it means that from the day one I will be in trouble. Beyond the fact that I am a pastor, we must not allow past misunderstanding to detain our future and paralyze our thoughts. You are forgetting that myself and Comrade, we once had a very robust relationships. That we had a misunderstanding does not mean that that relationship cannot be restored. So, he is my national chairman, I respect him and I also believe he respects me. It’s okay.

Is Tunubu presidency in 2023 one of your reasons in coming to APC?

I am not even aware that our leader, Asiwaju is contesting. You see, a lot of people like us cannot react to speculations. We were all in ACN together, I have immense respect for him, but I cannot begin to talk of what I am not even aware of. Recall that I am about just coming in. I know the president was re-elected basically some months ago and not up to a year and I do not know if they have started campaigning already for 2023 and I also do not know the party thinking about where it will go. So, I need to get informed first if not, I have not even entered the party fully you are already talking of 2023. I am not that kind of person, I need to understand the dynamics of the party, I need to understand the thinking of the party and then we will take it from there, but for now, I think charity begins at home. Let’s see how we can strengthen our home base before we will start thinking of the politics of the federal.

What is your message to Edo people now that you are back to the APC?

Well, Edo people are very resilient, very enterprising even in the midst of nothing they look for how to survive. We need to just encourage them to continue to have faith in the country and even in government and also pray that the future will be better. I tell people that that is the best prayer. No matter how good you think today is, tomorrow can be better and no matter how bad it is today, tomorrow too could be better.‎ So, we believe that tomorrow will be better and I want to encourage Edo people that some of us are very concerned about the situation in the state and in the country and we want to be on the side of those who are determined to make things better. Many people have given up, many have travelled out of the country, many are just resigning themselves, many are armchair critics, many do not say anything again, but we do not want to fall into the category of those who have given up. So, for us, no matter the blackmail, no matter the misunderstanding, we are still determined to contribute our quota.

#Newsworthy….

APC state chairmen, Oshiomhole meet Buhari in Aso Rock.

…war still raging between Oshiomhole, Obaseki

President Muhammadu Buhari and the state chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC), are currently meeting in the State House, Abuja.

The National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, is also in attendance.

He arrived the Villa at 11:30am clad in a brown French suit and went straight into the Council Chambers

The meeting with the chairmen came less than 24 hours after Buhari and APC governors also met at the Villa on Thursday without the national party chairman in attendance.

Though no official reasons where given at the time of filing this report but it is believed to be connected to efforts being made to resolve the crisis in the ruling party.

In Edo, a dispute is raging between the national chairman and Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Recalled that the crisis in Edo State House of Assembly worsened on wednesday as the seats of 12 members-elect, who had failed to present themselves for inauguration, as well as two others, who didn’t meet mandatory sitting requirement to continue as members of the House, were declared vacant.

There are reports that some members of the National Working Committee, party leaders and governors are against Oshiomhole continuing as chairman of the party.

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Breaking – Oshiomhole unavailable as APC governors meet PMB in Ask Rock

…Called that the crisis in Edo State

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole was conspicuously absent Thursday, when President Muhammadu Buhari met with Progressives Governors in the State House, Abuja.

The two-hour meeting held at the conference room of President Buhari, had in attendance Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, chairman of progressive forum and Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Bagudu, governors of Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi, Borno, Babagana Zulum, Edo, Godwin Obaseki, Kaduna, Nasir El-Rufai, Gombe, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, Ogun, Dapo Abiodun, Nasarawa, Abdullahi Sule, Plateau, Simon Lalong, Osun, Gboyega Oyetola, Jigawa, Badaru Abubakar and the deputy governors of Niger and Kogi.

They governors arrived for the meeting scheduled 3pm way before time but declined to speak when they left the meeting at about 5pm.

Called that the crisis in Edo State House of Assembly worsened wednesday as the seats of 12 members-elect, who have failed to present themselves for inauguration, as well as two others, who didn’t meet mandatory sitting requirement to continue as members of the House, were declared vacant.

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12 house seats declared empty in Edo.

…endorses removal of suspended Etsako East LGA chairman

The lingering inuguration crisis of ‎the Edo State House of Assembly, yesterday, took a new dimension as the Assembly declared vacant the 12 seats of members-elect who did not present themselves for inauguration into the 7th Assembly, as well as two others who did not meet mandatory sitting requirements to continue as members of the House.

The Speaker of the House, Mr. Francis Okiye, said “even if they come for sitting today, they will not be able to meet the mandatory 180 sitting days as enshrined in the constitution”.

The affected 12 members-elect are Vincent Uwadiae, Ovia North-East 2; Ugiagbe Dumez, Ovia North-East 1; Washington Osifo, Uhunmwode; Victor Edoror, Esan Central; Kingsley Ugabi, Etsako East; Michael Ohio-Ezomo, Owan West.

Others are Sunday Aghedo, Ovia South-West; Chris Okaeben, Oredo West; Crosby Eribo, Egor; Aliyu Oshiomhole, Etsako West 2; Oshomah Ahmed, Etsako Central and Ganiyu Audu, Etsako West 1.

Okiye, while declaring the seats vacant, said the 12 members-elect defiantly refused to come forward to process the necessary documentation as part of the condition for their inauguration.

He said “12 out of the 24 members-elect who completed their screening and documentation process were inaugurated on June 17, 2019 out of which two of them have refused to discharge their legislative duties.

“They have refused to represent their constituents in the House invariably denying their constituents effective representation .

“At this point, I am declaring the seats of the 12 members-elect vacant in accordance with section 109 sub-section 1F of the constitution”, he said.

The Speker, thereafter, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct by- election within 90 days for the affected constituencies.

Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr. Yekini Idiaye, representing Akoko Edo State Constituency I, said the house arrived on the decision to declare the seats vacant following over one hundred petitions and protests from the people of the constituencies who complained of neglect as a result of lack of representation by the members elected.

“We decided to declare the seats vacant following petitions from the constituencies, we have received over one hundred petitions and even have to personally prevent a number of protests from the constituencies.

“The constitution provision allows us to declare their seats vacant after being absent for one hundred and eighty one days sitting and we have sat for more than that,” he said.

But reacting to the action of the Assembly, spokesman of the lawmakers-elect, Mr. Washington Osifo, said the action of the House of Assembly was laughable.

“It is a laughing matter because the matter is before the court and when a matter is before the court such action is prejudice. We are challenging the illegal inauguration of the house and anything put on nothing cannot stand so Okiye is a man that is in search of identity, he is working with the governor in the pursuit of a blind ambition, they have hit the rock.

“Information got to us as early as last week that he met a group who call themselves a union of PDP candidates who contested the election. He held a meeting with them and they agreed that they should write a petition to the house and it is on that premise they did what they did today.

“It also confirms what has been on the ground that the governor wants to hand over the state to the PDP”, he said.

The Deputy Speaker, Yekini explained that two of those affected from Oredo East and Owan East, were sworn-in but failed to meet the mandatory 181-days sitting requirement for a member in a calendar year.

He said for others, who had not been inaugurated since the proclamation of the House, “Their constituents have been complaining and have come to us that they want their voices and concerns to be heard at the House. So, people who are willing to provide quality representation have to be elected to bring the matters of the distraught constituents to the floor for debate and legislation, where necessary”.

He said the House also passed the 2020 Appropriation Bill and affirmed the removal of the suspended Chairman of Etsako East Local Government Area, Alhaji Aramiyau Momoh, after receiving the report of the investigation committee on appropriation of funds and undermining the financial rules and regulations of public service.

He said the House also confirmed members of the board of the Edo State Internal Revenue Service (EIRS) at yesterday’s‎ sitting.

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Obaseki seeks global fight against human trafficking, others.

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has called for increased collaborative efforts among nations, governments, and their agencies in the fight against human trafficking, illegal migration and all other forms of modern-day slavery.

The governor said this in commemoration of the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery marked every December 2, by the United Nations and its sister agencies.

Obaseki noted that collaborative efforts across international borders would go a long way to identify, arrest and prosecute traffickers and smugglers in their different countries and states of origin.

Governor Obaseki said Edo State has recorded impressive gains in the fight against human trafficking, which include opening up economic opportunities for youths, building local capacity to drive economic growth and strengthening institutional capacity to check the trend.

He commended international development groups and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that are working with the state on the scourge, adding, “As we reflect on this day, the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, we must remind ourselves that slavery still thrives in our various communities, taking different forms and types. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that more than 40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery including forced labor, debt bondage, forced marriage, human trafficking and other situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, or abuse of power.

“We must continue to collaborate and forge paths to eliminate modern-day slavery in all its forms, just like we are doing in Edo State with human trafficking and illegal migration. While campaigning, I made a commitment to tackle human trafficking head-on. Today, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Edo State has recorded a drastic drop in the incidence of irregular migration with fewer people recorded to have left the state since the commencement of our campaign against the scourge.”

He continued, “So far, we have received over 4900 of our sons and daughters who had embarked on dangerous journeys abroad and were trapped under inhumane conditions at the Mediterranean Sea and its neighboring countries.

“We have continued to receive accolades for the work we have done and have resolved to deepen these reforms by prioritizing the reintegration of returnees and also building the right institutional structures to discourage irregular migration. But we must work together if we must bring this menace to an end.”

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Opportunity for Oshiomhole and Obaseki to reconcile went up in smoke – Report.

A unique opportunity for the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Edo State Governor Pius Obaseki to end their rift went up in smoke on Thursday.

Invitations were extended to the warring parties for the meeting of South-South leaders in Abuja where it was hoped that their differences could be settled, but the Obaseki’s camp declined the invitation.

The Governor’s camp chose not to attend the meeting on the ground that it would hold in Oshiomhole’s house and that would defeat the principle of neutrality in dispute resolution.

Though the governor and his people were said to have attended similar meetings in the same house, the governor’s handlers say that cannot be now as the relationship between both leaders have broken down irredeemably.

Efforts of a reconciliation committee previously constituted by the party equally came to nought. No doubt about it, Edo will be a battleground in 2020.

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Godwin Obaseki to swear in new assistants and senior special assistants..

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, will on Thursday, November 28, swear-in his newly appointed Special Assistants and Senior Special Assistants.

In a statement, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie said the swearing-in ceremony will hold at the New Era College Hall, at Upper Mission Road, in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

He said the newly appointed Special Assistants and Senior Special Assistants are expected to be seated by 9:30, as the event will commence by 10 am prompt.

According to the statement, “It is hereby announced for the information of the general public that the swearing-in ceremony for newly appointed Special Assistants and Senior Special Assistants by the Executive Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, will hold on Thursday, November 28, at New Era College Hall, in Upper Mission Road.

“Guests are expected to be seated at 9.30 as the event will commence by 10am prompt.”

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Edo state governor, Obaseki, others to be honored in Ghana..

A Group, Leadtimes Regional Summit on Good Governance, is set to honour some Nigerian and Ghanaian business men.

Also to be honoured are the wives of Edo, Enugu and Ondo State Governors, namely, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi and Mrs.Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu.

Others are Executive Director of Cometstar Manufacturing Company Limited, Mr. Nwamaka Uduji, Chief Executive of Four Gate, Prince Omolayo Oladugbagbe, for good governance and administration in public and private sectors.

A statement by the Group, signed by Advisory Board Chairman, Leadtimes Africa, Professor Buba. S.Mshelia, and Director of Institute of Art Management and Professional Studies, Professor Prince Eze Nwauba, said the theme of the conference is “Promoting Business, Investments and Security in Africa through Good Governance -A Case Study of Ghana.

The statement, which was made available to The Nation, said the conference would be used as platform to honour Africans across Ghana and Nigeria who have excelled in their professional career and business across the regional borders.

It will also honour those who promote good governance in Africa. “Leadership would be recognized with honours at the occasion,” the duo stated.

The summit, which will attract participants from all walks of life including captains of industry, technocrats, security agencies, business men and women, religious leaders and all stakeholders in leadership cycle, is expected to last for a day.

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Goodluck Jonathan Speaks On Dumping PDP … (Check..)

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has denied reports that he is about to dump the opposition Peoples Democractic Party (PDP).

YaahooJournalist reports that Jonathan made the clarification in a statement signed by Reno Omokri, his spokesperson, where he maintained that he has been a member of one political party all his life and he has no intention of leaving the PDP.

The statement reads as thus; “Former President Goodluck Jonathan is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party. Throughout his sojourn on Earth, he has been a member of only one political party,” the statement read.

“Dr. Jonathan is known for his stability and loyalty. These are character traits that have been lifelong companions of his. He is also an elder statesman and that role requires that he accepts all Nigerian citizens, and indeed all the world’s peoples, in the spirit of the brotherhood of man.

“As an elder statesman and chairman of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, Dr. Jonathan will receive people of goodwill who apply to pay him a courtesy visit, irrespective of their political or religious leanings. Though a Christian, he has received Muslim groups and diverse other visitors.

“Dr. Jonathan intends to devote the rest of his life on Earth to building unity, and engendering opportunity for Nigerians and Africans and he has no desire, or reason to engage in partisan politics beyond being a loyal member of the Peoples Democratic Party.

“His being a member of the Peoples Democratic Party is institutional. In fact, it is more accurate to state that his eternal party is Nigeria, for which he reminds all Nigerians that they are brothers and sisters born from the womb of one Nigeria,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the statement is coming amid speculations that Jonathan had dumped the PDP following the major upset of his party by David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just concluded governorship poll in the oil-rich state of Bayelsa, where Jonathan hails.

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Obaseki vs Oshiomhole: No one made me a governor, God made me by his grace.

As the crisis within the APC in Edo state deepens, Governor Godwin Obaseki, the state governor, yesterday denied claims made by supporters of his predecessor and APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole, that the latter facilitated his emergence as governor of the state.

Obaseki denied the claims at a meeting organised by members of the APC in the state to ratify the suspension of Oshiomole from the party. He stressed that no one made him a governor and that his emergence as a governor is by the grace of God.

Speaking at the meeting, Obaseki who has been in a running battle with Oshiomole, the APC National Chairman, said he is not happy with the recent political developments in the state, especially the disruptions from a once-trusted leader who has thrown caution to the wind to cause disaffection among APC members in the state.

While speaking to the party faithfuls, the governor said when he first met Oshiomhole 12 years ago, they shared a common interest in salvaging Edo State but all that has changed in recent times.

“I am not an ungrateful person. No one made me governor. I became governor by God’s grace, with the support of many other people. If God had said I would not be governor, no way would I have been a governor. It is wrong for someone to say he made me governor.

“No one gave me money. The funds Oshiomhole initially raised for his governorship ambition was raised by me in Lagos. If I can raise money for him for his election, why would I not be able to raise money for my own election.

If you came into power on some basic principles, do not expect to change those principles because you have certain ambition. If you came to power believing no man is God, then the day you start to play God, you will get the consequences.” Obaseki said

At the meeting, the Executive Council of APC Edo State, ratified the suspension of Oshiomhole from the party in the state. The leaders said the suspension of Comrade Oshiomhole became necessary because the national chairman has been deploying divisive tactics to cause disharmony in the party in collaboration with the proscribed group, Edo Peoples Movement (EPM).

While addressing APC leaders from the 18 Local Government Areas of the state, the State Chairman of the APC, Anslem Ojezua Esq., traced the genesis of the crisis to the primary elections in 2018.

“All these started since the party primaries in 2018 when we conducted the primaries to nominate candidates for the general elections held in 2019. It appeared that after that elections, Edo APC didn’t know peace again.

“The issues were later aggravated in April and May 2019 which culminated in the formation of the Edo Peoples Movement (EPM), an infamous group we proscribed in our last meeting.” he said

Continuing, Ojezua said

“Yesterday, 15 chairmen of the APC chapters in the local councils and 23 out of the 35 members of the State Executive Committee passed a vote of no confidence on the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, while a vote of confidence was passed on my person.

“The APC Local council chairmen have found out that Adams Oshiomhole is the one behind the crisis in Edo APC and following the findings, lost confidence in the leadership of the national chairman by passing a vote of no confidence on him. Considering the stand of these chairmen and also based on the report from organs of the party, we affirmed the suspension of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole from APC in Edo State.

Three local government chairmen of the APC were not in attendance at the meeting held on Tuesday. They are the chairmen of the party in Owan West, Etsako West and Etsako Central LGAs. I have letters informing me of their suspension and in that regard the Vice Chairmen are to act until those positions are filled.” he said

A leader of the APC in Ovia South-West LGA, Hon. Samuel Ekeneza, who moved the motion for the ratification of the suspension of Comrade Oshiomhole, said that the party remains supreme as no individual is bigger than the political party.

The motion for the ratification was supported by a leader of the APC in Esan Central LGA, Mr Osediamen Oriaifoh.

Anti-Party Activities: APC, Edo State Suspends Obaseki’s SSG and Deputy. (Details..)

Leaders of the All Progressives Congress APC, in Edo State have suspended the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, his deputy governor, Philip Shuaibu and the Secretary to the state Government, Osarodion Ogie for alleged anti party activities.

The suspension comes as the crisis in rocking the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress gets messier by the day.

At a meeting of APC leaders at the party secretariat, the suspension of Oshiomhole and some party local government chairmen were upheld.

The suspension of Obaseki, his Deputy, Philip Shaibu and others were carried out at the residence of General Charles Airhiavbere by the Edo Peoples Movement, a pressure group within the APC.

Between Obaseki And Oshiomhole. APC Matter Get More Complicated

Crisis rocking the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), got messier yesterday when a faction loyal to Governor Godwin Obaseki suspended the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, for allegedly trying to disintegrate the party in the state.

This was even as the State Working Committee (SWC) of the party passed a vote of no confidence in the Chairman, Anselm Ojezua.

Eleven out of the 16-member SWC, reportedly voted against Ojezua during a meeting of the state executive.

Consequently, David Imoise was said to have been elected to oversee the affairs of the party pending the outcome of investigation of alleged mismanagement of the affairs of the party and anti-party activities levelled against Ojezua.

The party Secretary, Lawrence Okah, who confirmed the development, explained the positions of other executive members were not affected by the vote of no confidence in the chairman.

In his reaction, Ojezua denied his removal, saying: “It’s not true.”

In the same vein, the party announced yesterday it has removed Okah.

In a statement signed by the Assistant Secretary, Ikuenobe Anthony, the party said the decision was taken after a meeting of the State Executive Committee (SEC) which passed a vote of no confidence in Okah.

“APC SEC has this morning, November 12, passed a vote of no confidence in the state Secretary, Okah, in accordance with Article 17 (v) of the constitution of the party.

“The effect of this is that Okah ceases to be the state secretary of the party henceforth.

“An appropriate replacement will be effected in due course in accordance with Article 17 (vi) of the said constitution,” the party said.

Esan Central APC Chairman, Mike Anakosa, in an earlier statement, has said the party chairmen in the 18 local government areas have passed a vote of no confidence in Oshiomhole over his alleged role in the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party.

The statement reaffirmed the support of the chairmen for the second term bid of governor Obaseki on account of his developmental strides.

Meanwhile, APC Chairmen in the 18 councils have described as untrue the purported vote of no confidence in Oshiomhole and urged the National Working Committee (NWC) to expel Obaseki from the party.

A statement signed by Etsako West Chairman of the APC, Ibrahim Akokia, who doubles as chairman of party chairmen, Suleman Bagude and Lugard Alukpe, debunked the claim of vote of no confidence in the national chairman.

“We are the chairmen of the party in the 18 councils and we are not aware of the meeting where a vote of no confidence was passed in the national chairman of our party, who is doing very well. Rather, we are aware that majority of the chairmen have suffered intimidation, harassment and assault in the hands of the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration, what we have never seen in the politics of our dear state.

“Therefore, we chairmen have passed a vote of no confidence in Obaseki, the suspended state chairman of the party, Ojezua. They have not only failed the party but the people of the state.

Regardless, Obaseki has appealed to investors to invest in the state as his chances of getting re-elected in the forthcoming election, is extremely high.

Obaseki made the appeal during the state Alaghodaro summit with the theme: “Delivering to the people, the next level,” to mark his three years in office.

“Next year is election year in Edo State. Despite the anxiety associated with the forthcoming election, I want to assure our partners and other investors that because of the fundamental reforms which we are very popular with our people, the chances of continuity of these policies are very high,” he said.

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Edo, APC LG Chairmen Calls Leadership To Disengage Chairman Oshiomhole

The 18 Local Government Chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State have called on the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to expel the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, from the party.

They made the call on Tuesday in a statement jointly signed by the Chairman of the body and Etsako West Chairman, Ibrahim Akokia, as well as his Etsako Central and Owan West counterparts, Suleiman Bagudu and Lugard Alukpe respectively.

This comes as the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party deepens, following the suspension of the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, by the party’s leadership in Edo State.

The state leadership had explained in a statement issued earlier that Oshiomhole was suspended following the vote of no confidence passed on him by the APC LG chairmen.

The LG chairmen, however, distanced themselves from the said suspension of the APC national chairman, saying the claim of passing a vote of no confidence on Oshiomhole was not true.

On the contrary, they accused Governor Obaseki of harassment and intimidation, adding his actions could pull down the APC in the state.

“He is on a mission to destroy APC in Edo State but we will resist it,” they said.

The chairmen added, “We are the chairmen of the party in the 18 LGA s and we are not aware of the meeting where a vote of no confidence was passed on the national chairman of our party, Comrade Oshiomhole who is doing very well.

“Rather we are aware that majority of the chairmen haven suffered intimidation, harassment and assault in the hands of the Governor Godwin Obaseki led administration, what we have never seen in the politics of our dear state.”

The chairmen, thereafter, passed a vote of no confidence on Governor Obaseki and the embattled state chairman of the party, Anslem Ojezua.

They alleged that both men have not only failed the party but the people of the state, adding that they have been involved in anti-party activities and lacked the moral rights to remain in the APC.

“Oshiomhole remains our leader and we pass vote of confidence on his leadership.

“It is sad that the governor and his cohorts are using money to induce our members but majority of them, we are happy, have resisted his moves to intimidate them,” the LG chairmen alleged.

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Security agents helped to assure there are no threats before the meeting commencement – Oshiomhole.

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole has linked the thugs who attacked the Edo state Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu and the Chancellor of the Edo University, Iyahmo, Dr. Aderemi Makanjuola, to the Deputy Governor of the state, Philip Shaibu.

Mr. Oshiomhole in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, after the incident, described the thugs who invaded his Iyamho country home as loyalists to Mr. Shaibu.

Read…It is very unfortunate that we can feel safe in your house – Obaseki blast Oshiomhole.

Dignitaries including Governor Obaseki had attended the maiden convocation ceremony of the Edo University, Iyahmo and honoured a lunch invitation at the home of Mr. Oshiomhole, when the thugs launched an attack on the vehicles belonging to the APC Chieftain kinsmen.

The statement narrated that tension in the community started on Friday when the deputy governor imported thugs into the community with a view to intimidate political opponents.

It added that during the convocation ceremony, the Central Bank governor, Godwin Emefiele who delivered a lecture, had called for calm when the thugs who had gained entrance into the school premises, started disturbing the public.

“Security agents helped to ensure peace before the event started. As a matter of fact, Comrade Oshiomhole left the event through the back so as to avoid being attacked by the thugs who laid siege at the entrance gate of the university.”

It further recounted the build-up to the attack, adding that; “the governor, the National Chairman of APC, Comrade Oshiomhole and other guests were already in the hall when at about 11:30 am, the deputy governor stormed the University with over 200 Okada riders and thugs.

“The deputy governor rode to the event in one of the motorcycles. Security operatives accosted them at the gate and refused them entrance. The thugs started threatening the security operatives who insisted the deputy governor can enter the venue but they will not allow the thugs to gain access.

“Following their threats the security operatives tear-gassed the thugs and the deputy governor; the thugs were dispersed while the deputy governor joined other dignitaries at the venue.

“This created tension already in the small community,” it added.

After the incident in the school, the statement explained that the invited guests made their way to Mr. Oshiomhole’s country home, where the whole attack happened.

“After the event, Comrade Oshiomhole left instructions at the gate that he was expecting these respected leaders. So when the visitors came, the governor (Obaseki) drove in a bus with other officials but following the incident that occurred earlier where thugs sponsored by the deputy governor invaded the university, Iyamho youths barricaded the gate of the national chairman with a view to protecting him against any harm.

“These youths sighted Andrew Momodu, Osaigbovo Iyoha on the bus which conveyed the governor to Oshiomhole’s residence. They decided to stop them from entering the compound because these were the same people who led the thugs that attacked Oshiomhole’s residence in Benin City penultimate week.”

The statement clarified that no vehicle in the convoy of Governor Obaseki was destroyed.

“The thugs targeted the vehicles belonging to Oshiomhole’s relations and friend and destroyed them. Thank God for the intervention of soldiers and other security operatives who came to restore peace.

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It is very unfortunate that we can feel safe in your house – Obaseki blast Oshiomhole.

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki on Saturday, November 2nd said it is shameful that the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu; Chancellor of the Edo University, Iyahmo, Dr. Aderemi Makanjuola and other guests were attacked at the residence of APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

Obaseki, who spoke with newsmen condemned the attack, saying it was unfortunate for such attack to happen at the house of the National Chairman of the ruling party in the state and at the national level.

Read…Edo: 7 including obaseki’s convoy died in ghastly accident. (Details).

“It is very unfortunate that we can’t feel safe in the house of our National Chairman. I am not sure that if I visit the Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party that they will attack me the way they did in the house of the APC National Chairman.”

“It is unfortunate that things have degenerated to this extent. But we will continue to sue for peace. We cannot afford to lose the gains of the last three years. We will continue to pursue peace,” he said.

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Video: Gov Obaseki, Akiolu, Iyahmo, Others Managed to escape thug’s attack at Oshiomhole’s abode. (Check damages..)

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu and the Chancellor of the Edo University, Iyahmo, Dr. Aderemi Makanjuola, escaped being hurt today by thugs who attacked them during a visit to the house of APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

Governor Obaseki and the monarch joined other guests to attend the maiden convocation ceremony of the Edo University, Iyahmo, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State. According to reports, the Oba of Lagos and the governor had gone to Oshiomhole’s house to honour an invitation for a lunch after the ceremony at the university. While driving to Oshiomole’s house, youths in the area threw stones and other dangerous weapons at their vehicle.

Read… Edo: Party leaders slams governor of benin, obaseki. (Reasons..)

It took the intervention of the governor’s security to prevent a blood bath as several vehicles were smashed by the thugs.

Reacting to the unfortunate incident, the governor condemned the attack, adding that it was shameful for such an attack to take place at the residence of the National Chairman of the ruling party in the state and at the national level.

“It is very unfortunate that we can’t feel safe in the house of our National Chairman. I am not sure that if I visit the Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that they will attack me the way they did in the house of the APC National Chairman.”

“It is unfortunate that things have degenerated to this extent. But we will continue to pursue peace. We cannot afford to lose the gains of the last three years. We will continue to pursue peace,” Obaseki said

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