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They want to make us laugh – Adeboye queries govt for making COVID-19 vaccine compulsory
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They want to make us laugh – Adeboye queries govt for making COVID-19 vaccine compulsory

Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, has criticised state governors forcing Nigerians to take COVID-19 vaccine. Recently, DAILY POST had reported that the Governor of Edo State mandated that all citizens take the vaccine and obtain a card beforee having access to public places in the State. Despite the court order by a High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers directing the government to maintain the status quo on the compulsory COVID-19 vaccination for citizens, Governor Godwin Obaseki maintained that his government’s directive of no access to public places without being vaccinated still stands. But Adeboye while speaking during October Holy Ghost Service wondered why some State Governors are mandating Nigerians to take the vaccine before they gai...
Buhari has made remarkable achievements in spite of insecurity – PDP chieftain, Idahosa
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Buhari has made remarkable achievements in spite of insecurity – PDP chieftain, Idahosa

A chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Edo, Charles Idahosa has claimed President Muhammadu Buhari made remarkable achievements in Nigeria, amid the security crisis rocking the country. Idahosa, an ally of the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, made the claims on Friday during a news conference in Benin city the state capital He said the security challenges facing the entire nation has become an albatross to some of the achievements recorded by the President, stressing that President Buhari should not be judged based on insecurity alone. “Nigerians will not be fair to this administration if they judge based on insecurity. Buhari as far as I am concerned may not be the best, but a lot of things have happened since he came. But he is being judged based on insecu...
”They are not the property of the state government”- Oba of Benin kicks against Edo state govt’s decision to take custody of 1,130 stolen artefacts to be returned from Germany
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”They are not the property of the state government”- Oba of Benin kicks against Edo state govt’s decision to take custody of 1,130 stolen artefacts to be returned from Germany

The Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, has kicked against the decision of the Edo state government to take custody of the 1,130 stolen Benin artefacts that are in the process of being repatriated from Germany. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki and the other top government officials are currently in Germany to facilitate the return of the stolen artefacts that were allegedly looted during the invasion of the Benin Kingdom in 1897 by the British led by Captain Philip. While the palace wants the artefacts kept in the Benin Royal Museum which will be built within the palace, the state government wants the items preserved in the proposed Edo Museum of West African Arts which would be funded and executed by a private company...
FG Didn’t Print ₦60 Billion – National Economic Council (NEC)
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FG Didn’t Print ₦60 Billion – National Economic Council (NEC)

The National Economic Council (NEC) has dismissed allegations by the Federal Government printed N60 billion to shore up March allocation to States. Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki had accused the Federal Government of financial recklessness in printing extra cash to meet up with allocations faulting the current administration’s borrowing pattern. Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, had denied the allegation. However, during its virtual meeting on Thursday, NEC presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, having received presentations from Minister of Finance, the Central Bank (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele and Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), said it was satisfied with that no money was printed for March allocation. The meeting was attended b...
FG Admits Revenues Crashing, Says Nigeria Faces Hard Times
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FG Admits Revenues Crashing, Says Nigeria Faces Hard Times

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, on Monday admitted that Nigeria’s economy was facing a difficult time, saying states must improve their internally generated revenues. Ahmed, who stated this in an interview on a daily breakfast show on the Nigerian Television Authority, Good Morning Nigeria, stated that the money shared at the March Federation Account Allocation Committee was short of N50bn. The minister was speaking on a controversy generated by a claim by the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, that the Central Bank of Nigeria printed N60bn in March to augment the money shared at March FAAC. But the minister and the CBN Governor last week dismissed Obaseki’s claim. In the interview on the NTA on Monday, the finance minister stated the cou...
Wike Defends Obaseki’s ₦60 Billion Printing Claim
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Wike Defends Obaseki’s ₦60 Billion Printing Claim

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said claims by his Edo State counterpart, Godwin Obaseki that Federal the Government printed about N60 Billion to share to the federating units in March cannot be regarded as spurious. The governor challenged the Central Bank of Nigeria to unequivocally declare if money was printed or not. Wike stated this while briefing journalists in Abuja on Sunday, according to a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, and made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt on Sunday. “Obaseki was in APC, so he understands them. So, Obaseki couldn’t have come from the blues to say they printed N60 billion. He knows them,” he stated. The Governor further said it was regrettable that instead of the Governor of Central Bank, Mr. Godw...
Currency Printing: APC Governors Knock Obaseki, PDP Governors Fire Back
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Currency Printing: APC Governors Knock Obaseki, PDP Governors Fire Back

The Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) yesterday debunked claims by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State that the federal government printed between N50 billion – N60 billion to bridge the shortfall in the distribution of federation revenues to the three tiers of government in March 2021, saying that the claims did not reflect the true position of things. The Forum, in a statement signed by its Chairman, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, said at first, the impression it got was that it was an off the cuff remark made in a private meeting, but “we were however shocked to see yet another response from our colleague to the rebuttal by the HM Finance insisting that the March 2021 FAAC was augmented via the printing of money. The PGF states: “Given the significance of t...
PDP Mobilises Tambuwal, Obaseki, Saraki To Stop Governor Ayade’s Defection
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PDP Mobilises Tambuwal, Obaseki, Saraki To Stop Governor Ayade’s Defection

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has mobilised Governors Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and the party’s reconciliation committee headed by a former President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to persuade the Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade, to rethink plans to defect from the main opposition party to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). THISDAY learnt that the move followed the threat by 18 elected local government chairmen and 196 councillors in the state to defect from the PDP if the party fails to repeat its state congress. The chairmen and councillors yesterday met with members of the NWC in Abuja during which they served the defection threat. The delegation, led by the Chairman...
“Don’t Play The Ostrich” – Obaseki Replies Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed On Printing Of N60 Billion
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“Don’t Play The Ostrich” – Obaseki Replies Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed On Printing Of N60 Billion

1. While we do not want to join issues with the @FinMinNigeria, we believe it is our duty to offer useful advice for the benefit of our country. 2. The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, @ZShamsuna should rally Nigerians to stem the obvious fiscal slide facing our country. 3. Rather than play the Ostrich, we urge the government to take urgent steps to end the current monetary rascality, so as to prevent the prevailing economic challenge from degenerating further. 4. We believe it is imperative to approach the Nigerian project with all sense of responsibility and commitment and not play to the gallery because ultimately, time shall be the judge of us all. Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki
States Face Cash Crunch, Salaries Swallow Revenues, Federal Govt Seeks More Fund
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States Face Cash Crunch, Salaries Swallow Revenues, Federal Govt Seeks More Fund

Two top officials of the Muhammadu Buhari regime on Wednesday indicated that the country urgently needed more funds to run government and provide basic amenities for Nigerians. Although the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, in an interview with the State House correspondents faulted a claim by the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, that the Federal Government printed between N50bn and N60bn in March, she said there was a need to improve revenue to run government. On his part, the Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, at the 2021 retreat for members of the technical sub-committee on cash management, stated that there was increasing pressure on government funds. The minister and the accountant-general of the federation said these as inv...
Federal Allocation: Why Obaseki’s Revelation Should Worry Us All – Oke Umurhohwo
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Federal Allocation: Why Obaseki’s Revelation Should Worry Us All – Oke Umurhohwo

On Thursday, Nigerians were left in distress after the Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, revealed that the federal government printed N60 billion to augment allocation shared for March. "We are in trouble, huge financial trouble," Obaseki who appeared not comfortable with the unproductive nature of the country noted and then went on to note that "When we got FAAC for March, the federal government printed additional N50-N60 billion to top-up for us to share." And to stress the extent of the problem, Obaseki said "This April, we will go to Abuja and share. By the end of this year, our total borrowings are going to be within N15-N16 trillion. Imagine a family that is just borrowing without any means to pay back and nobody is looking at that, everybody is looking at 2023, everybody is...
We’re not Aware – CBN reacts to Gov Obaseki’s claim of Printing N60 billion for States
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We’re not Aware – CBN reacts to Gov Obaseki’s claim of Printing N60 billion for States

The Central Bank of Nigeria and the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning have said they are not aware of the N50-N60 billion Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, alleged was printed and disbursed to states to cushion the economic meltdown in the states. Governor Obaseki at a meeting in Edo last week alleged that the Federal government printed  between 50-N60bn to augment what the three tiers of government shared in March. “When we got FAAC for March, the federal government printed additional N50-N60 billion to top-up for us to share,” Obaseki had said. This April, we will go to Abuja and share. By the end of this year, our total borrowings is going to be within N15-N16 trillion. Imagine a family that is just borrowing without any means to pay back and nobody...
“FG Printed 60 Billion Naira For States To Share” – Obaseki
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“FG Printed 60 Billion Naira For States To Share” – Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has said Nigeria is in a huge financial trouble. Speaking at a programme in the state on Thursday, the governor said the federal allocation for March was insufficient, forcing the Federal Government to print between N50 billion and N60 billion for states to share. "When we got FAAC for March, the federal government printed additional N50-N60 billion to top-up for us to share." “This April, we will go to Abuja and share. By the end of this year, our total borrowings is going to be within N15-N16 trillion. Imagine a family that is just borrowing without any means to pay back and nobody is looking at that, everybody is looking at 2023, everybody is blaming Mr. President as if he is a magician,” he said. Lamenting the overdependence on crude...
Obaseki Demolishes Houses Of Oshiomhole’s Allies In Benin
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Obaseki Demolishes Houses Of Oshiomhole’s Allies In Benin

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state Tuesday evening demolished buildings belonging to three close allies of his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. The victims include former Deputy Governor, Dr. Pius Odubu, a member of the House of Representatives Prof. Julius Ihonvbere and Mr. Mike Etemuagbon. Ihonvbere also served as secretary to the state government in the second term of Oshiomhole. Odubu’s property, located at Dennis Osadebe Avenue, GRA, in Benin, was occupied by his younger brother and his family at the time it was demolished. Obaseki also destroyed Ihonvbere’s home in Benin Ihonvbere’s property (under construction), is located along Edo Osagie street, GRA, Benin. Odubu described the development as unfortunate, adding that the matter was already before t...
Presidency Must Return To South-South In 2023 – Obaseki
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Presidency Must Return To South-South In 2023 – Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has asked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to zone its 2023 presidential ticket to the South-South. Speaking at the weekend in Benin, during a reception in honour of Chief Dan Orbih, who was recently elected National Vice Chairman (South-South) of the PDP, Obaseki said for equity to prevail, the South-South region should be allowed to produce the next president. The South-South produced President Goodluck Jonathan who took over the mantle of leadership in 2010, after President Umaru Musa Yar’adua’s death. Jonathan later contested in 2011 and won and administered the affairs of the country until the 2015 elections when he lost to then opposition candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, of the All Progressives Congress (APC). But Obaseki said, the “...
Obaseki Insists On Probing Oshiomhole
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Obaseki Insists On Probing Oshiomhole

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has reiterated his determination to probe the administration of Mr Adams Oshiomhole, his predecessor. Obaseki, who said this on Sunday in Benin City, the state capital, at the party organised to celebrate the victory of Chief Dan Orbih as the National Vice Chairman, South-South of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Benin home of former PDP BoT Chairman, Chief Anthony Anenih, said that the probe of Oshiomohole, who was the governor of the state from 2008 to 2016, would not be jettisoned. Obaseki, it would be recalled, had on February 22, this year, while inspecting a project at Textile Mill Road axis of Benin City, ‎alleged that the N30 billion Benin Water Storm project was conceived to defraud Edo people, adding that his administration ...
COVID-19: I’ll Take Vaccine First To Boost Confidence – Obaseki
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COVID-19: I’ll Take Vaccine First To Boost Confidence – Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo has said that he will be the first person to be vaccinated in the state to boost the citizens’ confidence in taking the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. Obaseki disclosed this on Friday in Benin while addressing journalists on the need for residents not to be scared of the vaccines. The governor said “I will take mine and if I take mine and am okay, that will give confidence to Edo people. “The preventive protocol will still be in place, don’t forget that it will still take a while to vaccinate almost 80 per cent of the population that is expected to be vaccinated. “The fact that you have taken the vaccine does not mean you should be careless, you should not wear a mask, you should not protect yourself because many more people may have not received t...
Oshiomhole Should Stop Panicking Over Probe Of N30b Storm Water Project – Idahosa
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Oshiomhole Should Stop Panicking Over Probe Of N30b Storm Water Project – Idahosa

Chief Charles Idahosa, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo state has advised Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, former Edo state governor; Clem Agba, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning and the Edo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) not to panic over moves by the Edo state government to probe the N30b Edo Storm Water project. Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki had last week declared that the N30b Benin stormwater project embarked upon by the Oshiomhole administration was a ploy to defraud Edo people. He said the stormwater project, conceived by the Oshiomhole administration, was designed not to work for the benefit of the Edo people, adding that his administration will probe the project and recover all the money stolen through it. Speak...
Tinubu, Five Governors At Akeredolu’s Second Term Inauguration
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Tinubu, Five Governors At Akeredolu’s Second Term Inauguration

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu led other progressive politicians on Wednesday to the second term inauguration of Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu. Five Governors also attended the inauguration. They include: Godwin Obaseki (Edo); Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti); Gboyega Oyetola (Osun); Dapo Abiodun(Ogun) and Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos). Also at the inauguration were former Interim National Chairman Chief Bisi Akande; former Ogun Governor Sen. Ibikunle Amosun; former Senate President Ken Nnamani; new APC chieftain in Osun Sen. Iyiola Omisore and former National Vice Chairman (Southwest), APC Chief Pius Akinyelure. Guests applauded the presence of Obaseki at the International Culture and Event Centre, Akure, venue of the inauguration. ...
N30bn Benin Stormwater Project Is A Fraud – Obaseki Vows To Probe It
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N30bn Benin Stormwater Project Is A Fraud – Obaseki Vows To Probe It

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki (second right) and Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie inspecting the Textile Mill Road catchment of the Benin Stormwater project in Benin City…yesterday. Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, yesterday, declared that the N30b Benin stormwater project embarked upon by the previous administration was a ploy to defraud Edo people. Obaseki stated this while inspecting the Textile Mill Road catchment of the project in Benin City. He said the stormwater project, conceived by the previous administration, was designed not to work for the benefit of Edo people, adding that his administration will probe the project and recover all the money stolen through it. “The stormwater project was a fraud. It was a contract to defraud Edo people. ...
Election Losers Exploiting Herders/Farmers Crisis In Edo – Obaseki
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Election Losers Exploiting Herders/Farmers Crisis In Edo – Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has blamed the tension in the state over the idea of grazing lands on those he described as the same political opponents he defeated in the last gubernatorial poll in the state. Recall that the governor had been reported to have promised to establish grazing lands for herders, but while speaking to State House correspondents after meeting with the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, at the presidential villa, Abuja, weekend, he said his government was only encouraging private citizens to do business with herders for profit. He accused the political opponents of deliberately misrepresenting the position of government for selfish reasons. According to him, “If you will just go through some blogs and some of the narratives ...
President Buhari, Ex-VP Atiku, Sanwo-olu, Others Mourn Lateef Jakande
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President Buhari, Ex-VP Atiku, Sanwo-olu, Others Mourn Lateef Jakande

President Muhammadu Buhari believes former Governor of Lagos State, Chief Lateef Jakande, lived for the good of others, state and country, and his legacy of standing for all that was right for humanity would be long remembered. The President, while condoling with family, friends and associates of the elder statesman, affirms that his imprint on the commercial nerve centre of the country, Lagos State, which was the former National capital, will continue to awe and inspire, reminding everyone of the strength of character and sacrifices of the visionary leader. President Buhari notes contributions of the first civilian Governor of Lagos State and former Minister of Works to the growth of democracy and good governance in the country, describing him as a patriot, whose wisdom will run t...
Edo Has No Funds To Host National Sports Festival – Obaseki
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Edo Has No Funds To Host National Sports Festival – Obaseki

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has called on the Federal Government to help in funding the National Sports Festival, scheduled to hold in the state. Obaseki said the state is ready to host the 20th edition of the sports event but does not have the financial capacity to host 11,500 athletes and officials. Obaseki, who received members of the Main Organising Committee from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development in Benin City on Tuesday, said COVID-19 had taken its toll on the finances of the state. He said: “Since March last year, you know the financial strength of most states, sub-nationals and countries. For us as a state, we are ready to host but don’t have the funds at this point in time to host the Games; this is the plain truth. “If the Federal Go...
Edo Schools Remain Closed Till February 1 – Obaseki
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Edo Schools Remain Closed Till February 1 – Obaseki

Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki has declared schools in the state will remain closed until February 1 as the state grapples with the second wave of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Obaseki spoke at a press conference in Benin, as most states across the federation gear up to reopen schools on January 18. ”We have decided that schools will not reopen for now; this situation will be reviewed by Feb. 1,” he said. ”We will like our own schools to reopen on Feb. 1, depending on the situation at that point in time. “Between now and that time, we will be going round to make sure that these schools have running water. “We want to ensure spacing for the children are in place and we want to ensure that they have temperature checks at the entrance of each school. “Each classroom ...
Governor Obaseki Closes Case In Alleged Certificate Forgery Suit
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Governor Obaseki Closes Case In Alleged Certificate Forgery Suit

The Governor of Edo State Godwin Obaseki has closed his case in the alleged certificate forgery suit instituted against him by the All Progressive Congress and its chieftain Williams Edobor. The Governor who opened his case on Monday called 3 witnesses to his defense. The witnesses are Charity Aguobawekhina, Chairman Edo State Law Reform Commission, Abayomi Ajaji Deputy Registrar (Legal) University of Ibadan, and Eghosa Emmanuel Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Ibadan.
EndSARS: Obaseki expands Judicial Panel of Inquiry, hails performance
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EndSARS: Obaseki expands Judicial Panel of Inquiry, hails performance

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has commended the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on brutality, human rights violations and alleged extra-judicial killings by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force, for their commitment and dedication to duty, as he swore in Usiosefe Ereyimwan as member of the panel. Obaseki, while swearing in the panel’s new member at the Government House, Benin City, hailed the panel for carrying out its assignment with the professionalism and urgency it deserves. Obaseki said, “I want to commend the panel for the work done till date and the thoroughness with which they have pursued the assignment given.” Charging the newly inaugurated member on the duties ahead, the governor noted, “We urge you and members of the panel to do just...
Court Dismisses Obaseki’s Application Seeking To Stop ‘Forged Certificate’ Case
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Court Dismisses Obaseki’s Application Seeking To Stop ‘Forged Certificate’ Case

'A federal high court sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday, dismissed the Peoples Democratic Party and Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki‘s motion seeking to stop a suit against the governor bordering on 'forged certificate, thereby granting accelerated hearing for Dec 3. Igbere TV recalls that last month, the same court had adjourned the hearing of the suit filed by the All Progressives Congress against the governor from November 16th to November 18th which was subsequently adjourned again. The adjournment followed the submissions by counsel to Obaseki, Mr Ken Mozia, that all pending motions relating to pleadings must first be resolved before going into the substantive matter. Mozia specifically asked the court to allow him move his motion challenging the competence of the reply filed by ...
25 Escaped Inmates Return To Correctional Centre In Edo
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25 Escaped Inmates Return To Correctional Centre In Edo

A total of 25 inmates, out of the 1,900 inmates, who escaped from Oko and Sapele Road Correctional Centre popularly called White House, Benin last Monday when hoodlums masquerading as #EndSARS protesters stormed the two prisons, have voluntarily surrendered themselves to the authorities. One of the inmates, who gave his name as Alex Ose, 40, a taxi driver, said that he has been awaiting trial since 2014 when he was arrested for armed robbery in the Edo State capital of Benin. Ose, from Esan, Edo State and a father of four said that he decided to heed the call of Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki and surrender himself because he is innocent of the charges against him and was supremely sure that he will be vindicated by the court. The awaiting trial inmate, one of the 1,900 escape...
Edo Election: Oshiomhole Reacts To APC’s Loss, Says ‘You Win Some & Lose Some’
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Edo Election: Oshiomhole Reacts To APC’s Loss, Says ‘You Win Some & Lose Some’

A former National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has finally broken silence following his party's defeat at the September 19 Edo Governorship election. MCI had reported how the APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu lost to incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the keenly contested election. Oshiomhole, a former Governor of Edo State, had thrown his weight behind Ize-Iyamu, a former Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Edo State Government, in the guber polls. On Wednesday, Oshiomhole, while at the gym at his private residence, in Benin City, said he did not break down as being alleged in some quarters, following the loss suffered by his party. While thanking the good people of Edo State...
Tinubu Has Sold His Integrity On The Altar Of Politics – Yoruba Youth Forum (YYF)
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Tinubu Has Sold His Integrity On The Altar Of Politics – Yoruba Youth Forum (YYF)

Following his statement on Edo governorship election, a pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Yoruba Youth Forum (YYF) has condemned the national leader of All Progressives Congress, Bola Ahmed for selling his integrity on the altar of politics. The Group in a press statement by its President- General, Comrade Abiodun Bolarinwa said that Tinubu’s statement on Edo’s governorship election was unfortunate and one that has shown Tinubu for who he truly is. “How can somebody who claimed to have fought for Nigeria’s democracy be so careless with his utterances. It would be recalled that Tinubu accused Obaseki of being a dictator in Edo, noting that the governor also lacked the rule of law and respect for the people of the state. He said: “I want to appeal to you to reject Godwin Obaseki ...
“APC Was Going To Win, I Don’t Know What Happened” – El-Rufai On Edo Election
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“APC Was Going To Win, I Don’t Know What Happened” – El-Rufai On Edo Election

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai on Monday suggested he was surprised at the loss of the All Progressive Congress in the recently concluded Edo State Governorship Election. The Governor said three weeks to the election, polls indicated that the APC was set to win. However, on Sunday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared incumbent Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the election and Governor of the state for the next four years. “We would have loved to win,” El-Rufai said, during an interview on Sunrise Daily. “Quite frankly I was optimistic. “Up to three weeks ago, the polls indicated that we were going to win. I don’t know what happened in the last two, three weeks of the campaign. “As you know, a large num...
We Will Replicate Edo Election Victory In Lagos – PDP
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We Will Replicate Edo Election Victory In Lagos – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party has expressed determination to replicate the victory recorded in the Edo State Governorship election in Lagos State . This was contained in a press statement by PDP ’s spokesperson in Lagos , Taofik Gani . In the statement titled, ‘ Edo victory , we are fired up ’, Gani said Godwin Obaseki ’ s victory has strengthened PDP ’s determination to win the 2023 governorship election in Lagos State . The Independent National Electoral Commission had on Sunday declared Obaseki winner of Saturday’ s governorship election in Edo . Obaseki polled 307, 955 votes to defeat the All Progressives Congress Candidate , Pastor Osagie Ize- Iyamu, who scored 223 ,619. Gani said , “ The PDP , Lagos state chapter , has congratulated Governor Godwin Obaseki , on his re-electio...
Ganduje Flees Edo In A Private Jet As Obaseki Wins
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Ganduje Flees Edo In A Private Jet As Obaseki Wins

Upon realising the APC had lost the election, Chairman of the party's National Campaign Council for the Edo election, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, has fled Benin, capital of Edo, in a private jet. The Independent National Electoral Commission on Sunday declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Godwin Obaseki, winner of Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State. INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, announced the total result of the election. Obaseki polled 307,955 votes across the 18 local government areas of the state to defeat the All Progressives Congress candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu,.who scored 223,619 votes. Total votes cast was 550,242 out of which 12,835 was rejected. Obaseki was elected on the APC platform in 2016 but de...
‘APC And PDP Members Voted For Obaseki Because Of Injustice’ – Okorocha (Video)
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‘APC And PDP Members Voted For Obaseki Because Of Injustice’ – Okorocha (Video)

#EDO2020: OKOROCHA HAILS EDO PEOPLE FOR VOTING AGAINST INJUSTICE When I saw Adams Oshiomole with Hope Uzodimma Leading the campaign I knew there will be no victory for APC- Rochas said The President, Rochas Foundation International and former Governor of IMO State, Senator Rochas Okorocha has congratulated the people of EDO for standing firmly against oppression by the dissolved executive council of the APC which led to the defection of Governor Obaseki to another party. Okorocha insisted that some politicians have taken advantage of PMB’s honesty and patriotism to perpetuate unprovoked chaos and confusion in the party by neglecting the founding fathers of the APC stressing that he had forewarned of the catastrophe that might plaque the party urging Mr President to step-in to av...
INEC Declares Obaseki Winner Of Edo Governorship Election 2020
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INEC Declares Obaseki Winner Of Edo Governorship Election 2020

Godwin Obaseki of People’s Democratic Party has been declared winner of the Edo State governorship election held on Saturday. Obaseki polled a total of 307, 955 votes to defeat All Progressives Congress’s Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Iyamu who got 223, 619 votes. See full Results here
Edo 2020: They Are Rigging Me Out – Gov Obaseki Cries Out
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Edo 2020: They Are Rigging Me Out – Gov Obaseki Cries Out

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, through Crusoe Osagie, his Special Adviser, has cried out that “there is an ongoing deliberate election manipulation in areas where he has strongholds. Obaseki is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the incumbent Governor of Edo State. According to him: “Suddenly, card readers are not working in areas where Governor Godwin Obaseki is very popular. “Voters are being disenfranchised and we are constrained to say that this is sabotage,” Osagie said in a statement to DAILY POST on Saturday during the polls. “Specifically, in Oredo Ward 1, Unit 20 and other places where the Governor is clearly popular, the card readers are not working. “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should prove to Edo voters tha...
Oyegun Refuses To Endorse Ize-iyamu, Asks Edo People To Vote Their Conscience
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Oyegun Refuses To Endorse Ize-iyamu, Asks Edo People To Vote Their Conscience

John Oyegun, former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has refused to endorse Osagie Ize-Iyamu, his party’s candidate in the Edo governorship election. In a statement he issued on Monday, Oyegun rejected what he described as “primitive politics”, calling on the people of Edo to vote their conscience. He criticised the “forced exit” of Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo, from the APC, saying the governor suffered “unacceptable indignity” while standing for the people. “My views and statements on the Edo state political situation have been consistent. I strongly advised against the mistreatment of Governor Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki by the late unlamented National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC. Governor Obaseki stood bravely for the dignity and pride of his p...
I Will Promote Private Sector Investment For Job Creation – Obaseki
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I Will Promote Private Sector Investment For Job Creation – Obaseki

Governor of Edo State and candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the September 19 governorship election in the state, has promised to tackle the unemployment situation in the state by encouraging private sector investment in the state if elected for second a term. Obaseki was speaking Sunday night in the Channels Television-organised governorship debate, promising to create 157,000 jobs for indigenes of the state. He said his administration has opened up the airport in the state which was attracting about eight flights daily to the Benin airport. “I will create 2,000 jobs in the next four years. We hope to create 157,000 jobs and creating an enabling environment for the private sector,” Obaseki said. “We are not competing with the private sector but aim to open up th...
Edo 2020 Debate: Ize-Iyamu Rattles Obaseki On Performance
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Edo 2020 Debate: Ize-Iyamu Rattles Obaseki On Performance

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki last night failed to clearly defend his government’s performance in critical areas of job creation, healthcare provision, agriculture, security and infrastructure development. He also failed to debunk the claim that he did not possess the requisite qualification for admission into the University of Ibadan where he graduated. It was during a debate organised by Channels Television and its partners to enable Obaseki, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) contender, to sell their candidature to the people. The Edo State governorship election will hold on Saturday. Ize-Iyamu said Obaseki has not performed and that he borrowed millions of naira on account of the agriculture sect...
Ize-Iyamu Is My Younger Brother, He Respects Me – Gov Obaseki
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Ize-Iyamu Is My Younger Brother, He Respects Me – Gov Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has said there is no animosity between him and Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the Sept. 19 Edo Governorship election. Obaseki explained he treats the APC candidate like his younger brother and he(Ize-Iyamu) reciprocates with respect like unto an elder brother. The incumbent Governor spoke at the palace of the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, on Wednesday when key political players gathered for a peace meeting, as earlier reported by us. Governor Obaseki claimed he had never and would not participate in any election violence as the chief security officer of the state. “Actually, the point I’ll make, Your Majesty, is that I’m acting in two capacities: as the chief security officer of the State as the incumbent Gov...
Oshiomhole, Obaseki Difficult To Reconcile — Oba Of Benin
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Oshiomhole, Obaseki Difficult To Reconcile — Oba Of Benin

The Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, has expressed shock at how it is seemingly impossible to reconcile the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole, Daily Times gathered. The monarch recalled the good relationship that existed between Obaseki and Oshiomhole. Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, spoke at a peace meeting Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu at his palace in Edo State on Wednesday. The royal father said he had known the incumbent Governor since he (the Oba) was serving as an ambassador. Oba Ewuare II said he cannot tell what went wrong that led to the intense spat and enemity between the two politicians. Ewuare II said, “I was very sad, shocked; what I thought was going to be a smooth ride for everybody, tranquillity in the state, tranquillity in the kingdom...
Ize-iyamu Can’t Defeat Me – Obaseki
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Ize-iyamu Can’t Defeat Me – Obaseki

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), spoke with reporters in Lagos on why he should be re-elected on September 19. EMMANUEL OLADESU was there There seems to be strong opposition to your second term bid. Are you ready to play the Nigerian brand of politics to ensure that you return to power? This notion of Nigerian brand of politics is one that is creating different themes. Does it mean that I should have accumulated money meant to work for the people of Edo State? Does it mean that because it is election time, I should begin to brand my own story; who I am and what I am not? I will tell you that Edo State has always been a PDP state because it has always won national elections, while All Progressives Congress (APC) had only won loca...
Edo: Don’t Go Home, Defend Your Votes – Obaseki Tells Edo Electorate
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Edo: Don’t Go Home, Defend Your Votes – Obaseki Tells Edo Electorate

Edo State Governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Godwin Obaseki, has warned electorates in the state ahead of the September 19 election not to go home, but to stay and defend their votes to avoid any form of manipulation. The governor noted that the people must not listen to instructions of anyone to go home, adding that the development of the state was in their hands. Obaseki stated these on Friday while addressing supporters in Ward 6, Ukhuse in the Owan West Local Government Area of the state, during his reelection campaign rally in the LGA. The governor said, “On September 19, 2020, come out and vote massively for the PDP and make sure you stay back in your polling units to defend your vote to avoid manipulation. “Don’t listen to them when they ask you...
I Believe Obaseki Will Win, Fayose Replies Bode George
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I Believe Obaseki Will Win, Fayose Replies Bode George

Former Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose has responded to Bode George who blasted him over comments he made stating that he does not support the candidacy of Godwin Obaseki as the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) flagbearer in Edo state election. Fayose, had earlier in an interview on Plustv Africa, said that despite being a PDP member, he will not support Governor Obaseki’s re-election bid. The comment did not go down well with former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olabode George, who blasted Fayose, saying, “I find it completely unacceptable. How can a committed member who has benefited immensely from the party pitch his tenth against our own candidate in Edo State? “I am countering such remarks by telling the people of Edo State that ...
Oshiomhole And His Boy Ize-Iyamu Are Ingrates – Wike
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Oshiomhole And His Boy Ize-Iyamu Are Ingrates – Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on Monday reacted to a statement from the opposition camp, APC, which tagged Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki “an ingrate”. The Chairman of the National Campaign Council of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in his reaction said that; “Obaseki is not an ingrate, rather it is Oshiomhole that is fighting him (Obaseki) and his boy Ize-Iyamu that are ingrates. “Oshiomhole had in 2016 said that Obaseki is the brain box behind his success as a governor. How can he now turn around to say the same person that was behind him as a brain box is now an ingrate.” Wike further said that APC was not ready for the governorship elections in Edo State, noting that the APC was working to ensure cancellation of the polls by the Independent National Elector...
Ize-Iyamu Asks Obaseki To Return To APC
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Ize-Iyamu Asks Obaseki To Return To APC

Osagie Ize-Iyamu, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo, has asked Godwin Obaseki, governor of the state, to return to the APC. Obaseki had defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after he was disqualified from seeking the APC ticket for the September election. Ize-Iyamu, who was candidate of the PDP in the 2016 governorship election, crossed over to the APC in the heat of the misunderstanding between Obaseki and Adams Oshiomhole, suspended national chairman of the APC. Oshiomhole is believed to be backing Ize-Iyamu. After being declared winner of the APC governorship primary on Monday, Ize-Iyamu said he is willing to work with Obaseki if he would return to the party he “originally belong” to. “By this process we just competed, the p...
Three PDP Aspirants Refuse To Step Down For Obaseki
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Three PDP Aspirants Refuse To Step Down For Obaseki

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has so far failed to convince the three aspirants on its platform, to step aside for Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, ahead of their primaries. Gideon Ikhine, Ogbeide-Ihama and Kenneth Imasuagbon are the three men that were screened and cleared by the party for the primary. However, Obaseki’s decision to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) for PDP, has changed the complexion of the game. Obaseki defected to the opposition party along with his deputy, Hon. Philip Shuaibu. The PDP primary was initially scheduled to hold last weekend, but has now been postponed until tomorrow, because of the new developments. Ahead of Tuesday’s primary, Obaseki has met with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state; Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum,...
Edo 2020: PDP Youths Kick Over Waiver For Obaseki
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Edo 2020: PDP Youths Kick Over Waiver For Obaseki

The Youth and Women wing of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Edo chapter, on Saturday kicked against the waiver granted Gov. Godwin Obaseki by the national leadership of the party. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the waiver was to enable the governor who just defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state into the main opposition PDP on Friday to contest in the party’s primary scheduled for Tuesday. The youths under the auspices of PDP Youths for Justice, stated thier opposition in a press statement made available to newsmen in Benin. The coordinator of the youth group, Musa Kadiri, warned the party leadership to reward loyalty instead of looking for opportunities. Kadiri said the three aspirants; Ken Imasuagbon, Gideon Ikhine and Omo...
Some APC Governors Are Supporting Me – Obaseki
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Some APC Governors Are Supporting Me – Obaseki

Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state, says some governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are still supporting him despite his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Obaseki announced his defection to the PDP on Thursday following his disqualification from the primary of the APC. The APC panel had cited “defective” certificates as the reason for screening him out of the race. But speaking with reporters after being screened by his new party, the governor the same certificates that the APC rejected were the ones he presented to the PDP screening committee without any issue. “The screening was fair, it was very professionally done. You could see objectivity and I presented all my certificates- my secondary school, higher school, university and my National Yo...

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