Edo Election: We Will Bury Oshiomhole Politically, Says Obaseki

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, vowed to end Adams Oshiomhole's political career on September 5, 2020.
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, vowed to end Adams Oshiomhole’s political career on September 5, 2020.

 

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Saturday vowed to end his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole’s stay in politics by winning re-election on September 19.

Obaseki made the remarks during the closing moments of the Peoples Democratic Party campaigns in Oredo local government.

Obaseki said the election, which is scheduled for September 19, is about contesting with Oshiomhole, who he said has failed to respect Benin people.

“As a sitting Governor, Oshiomhole decides to pick who will represent me in my House of Assembly. Can you imagine the insult? That was where this fight started,” Obaseki said. “Because he believes, in his own mind, that Benin people are like chickens – when you throw corn, they will run after the corn.

“This election is a contest with Oshiomhole. We have dealt with him at the national level, we will bury him politically in this election; because he has no regard for Benin people, he has no regard for us in Oredo, and we will show him that he is nothing.”

Obaseki and Oshiomhole were once political allies but fell out, leading to the former’s exit from the All Progressives Congress, the platform on which he won his first term as Governor in 2016.

Oshiomhole has endorsed the APC candidate for the forthcoming elections, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

Oshiomhole To Meet Buhari In Aso Rock

APC Veteran Adams Oshiomhole (R) and Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Gambari, at a State House corridor on August 17, 2020.
APC Veteran Adams Oshiomhole (R) and Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Gambari, at a State House corridor on August 17, 2020.

 

Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole was set to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday.

In a video obtained by Channels Television, the former Edo State Governor is seen walking through a corridor in the State House with President Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari.

While the details of the meeting are yet unknown, it comes weeks before the Edo Governorship Election holds.

Oshiomhole is actively involved in the APC election campaign in Edo.

President Buhari has endorsed the APC candidate in Edo, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

 

‘I Am Sorry’, Oshiomhole Apologises For Supporting Obaseki In Last Election

Former APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, kneels before traditional rulers from the Southern Senatorial District of Edo State on July 27, 2020.

 

The former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has apologised to the people of Edo State for supporting Governor Godwin Obaseki in the 2016 election.

He tendered his apology when he met with traditional rulers from Edo South Senatorial District in the state.

Oshiomhole told the monarchs that he acknowledged that he made a mistake for supporting Obaseki to succeed him as governor and begged for their forgiveness.

“I am sorry I sold the bad product. I am telling you, any of us could have made that mistake,” he said at the meeting held on Sunday and attended by some traders and artisans in the district.

He added, “As they say, ‘the green snake under the green grass’. Now, the summer has come, the green (grass) is getting brown and we can now see the snake.”

The former governor, however, assured the traditional rulers and others at the gathering that the APC candidate in the forthcoming election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, would perform better than the incumbent governor if elected.

According to him, Ize-Iyamu will rededicate himself to building more schools across the local governments and tackle the recurrent challenges of flood in the state.

 

Prayer For Victory

A drama later played out at the venue of the meeting when Oshiomhole went spiritual to pray for the APC candidate’s victory in the September 19 election.

He said, “Join me; oh Lord, I have come here to apologise to those I sold the product that turned out to be fake, God you know I didn’t know he was fake.

 

“Only time shall tell who a man is … in the name of the poor he has borrowed to consultants he transferred the money. During his election, there were printers from Edo State who printed his posters. Upon being elected, even menu cards are printed in Port Harcourt.”

The former APC national chairman added, “Suddenly, there are no MCs (Masters of Ceremony) in Edo State. MCs are imported from neighbouring states. Lord, he who forgot us, our time is coming. We shall speak to you, God in Heaven.

“You know we voted in innocence and in trust, he has abused the trust. Enable us Lord, with our PVCs (Permanent Voter Cards) we shall punish him; with our broom, we shall sweep him out.

“Together, we will bring your servant who is God-fearing, who will not repeat his mistakes and will complete the project of taking Edo to the next level. All these are many more we say in the mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Court Dismisses Suit Against Oshiomhole Over APC Leadership

A file photo of former APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

 

 

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) presided over by Justice Danlami Senchi has dismissed a suit filed against the immediate past National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, and three others.

Justice Senchi dismissed the suit on Thursday at the request of the applicants during the resumption of the case.

The suit which was instituted by Mustapha Salihu and five others had on March 4 led to the suspension of Oshiomhole from further acting as the national chairman of the ruling party.

Three months later, the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja in its judgment delivered on June 16 also upheld the suspension of the former APC national chairman.

Although parties were to return to the High Court of the FCT for determination of the substantive suit, the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Oluwole Afolabi, moved a motion to withdraw the case.

Afolabi told the court that the withdrawal of the suit was sequel to the directive by leaders of the APC that all court cases be discontinued in the interest of peace.

However, counsel to Oshiomhole, Ginika Ezeoke, did not oppose the withdrawal of the suit.

In his short ruling, Justice Senchi dismissed the suit and ordered parties to bear their respective costs.

Court Dismisses Oshiomhole’s Appeal Challenging His Suspension

A file photo of APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

 

 

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has dismissed the suit filed a former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, challenging his suspension from the party.

A three-man panel of judges presided over by Justice Uchechukwu Onyemenam unanimously dismissed the appeal on Tuesday at the request of the former APC national chairman.

Oshiomhole had approached the court seeking to challenge his suspension from the party by officials of his ward in Edo State.

Justice Danlami Senchi of an Abuja High Court had given effect to the suspension of Oshiomhole from his ward on the ground that the executives of Ward 10 in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State acted in line with the constitution of the party.

At the resumed hearing of the suit, the counsel representing the former chairman informed the court of his client’s decision to withdraw the suit which originally sought a stay of execution on the judgment of the court affirming his suspension.

Other members of the three-man panel are Justice Mohammed Mustapha and Justice Muazu Lamido.

This comes after President Muhammadu Buhari appealed to all aggrieved members of the APC to withdraw all pending litigations in the interest of peace.

The National Executive Council (NEC) of the party had also dissolved the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC.

In his reaction, Oshiomhole accepted the decision of the council and pledged his loyalty to the ruling party and the President.

Oshiomhole Accepts Dissolution Of APC NWC, Pledges Loyalty To Buhari

 

The suspended National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has reacted to the dissolution of the party’s National Working Committee.

Briefing journalists on Saturday in Abuja, the ex-chairman said he has formally accepted the dissolution of the party’s NWC under his leadership.

Oshiomhole, however, pledged his loyalty to the ruling party, saying that his loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari remains unshaken.

According to him, the real test of his loyalty is not when things are going smoothly but when things suddenly become rough.

“Of course, we have now been dissolved and I have accepted that dissolution in good fate. I have always assured the President of my loyalty.

“I know it is easy for people to speak of loyalty when the going is good but loyalty is brought to the test when the going gets really tough,” he said.

He also expressed his joy that the APC under his leadership was able to work hard to ensure that unity returned to the Ninth Assembly.

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Oshiomhole added that the emergence of Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has helped the executive arm of government to succeed.

His remarks followed the dissolution by the APC National Executive Committee (NEC).

The party’s council took the decision at a virtual emergency meeting, based on the recommendations of President Buhari.

Meanwhile, Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, has been appointed as the chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Buni was sworn in by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami.

Similarly, Senator John Akpan Udo-Edehe was appointed as the secretary of the caretaker committee.

Police Seal Off APC Headquarters In Abuja

 

 

The Nigeria Police Force has sealed the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja on the orders of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

According to information gathered by Channels Television, the seal-off was aimed at ensuring peace around the secretariat.

Members of the NWC who showed up at the party secretariat were prevented from gaining access to the party house while members of staff and journalists were allowed to walk in without their cars.

This development comes as the party’s leadership has been divided over who takes over as the Acting National Chairman, following the suspension of the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

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The party’s National Working Committee had affirmed former Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi, as the Acting National Chairman.

However, due to Mr Ajimobi’s unavoidable absence, the NWC appointed the National Vice Chairman, South-South, Hilliard Etta to act on his behalf.

Meanwhile, the APC Deputy National Secretary, Mr Victor Giadom also declared himself as the acting National Chairman, on the strength of a Federal Capital Territory High Court order obtained on March 16.

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Meanwhile, the embattled National Chairman, Oshiomhole, says he has accepted the verdict of the Court of Appeal which upheld his suspension.

He noted that his next line of action will be determined by his lawyers.

“We thank their lordships, they have given their judgement. In our democracy, the court is an independent arm of government.

“When they hand that judgment, it is not for you to pick whether you will obey or not. I accept their judgement in good fate.

“My lawyers will advise having studied the judgement, what the next line of action will be. So at this point, I will just thank their Lordships for their judgment and look forward to my lawyers on what should be the next line if there should be another next line of action,” he said.

Edo APC Crisis: Oshiomhole Remains Suspended, Says Ward Chairman

Adams Oshiomhole                                                                                                           Stephen Oshawo

 

 

The crisis in the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken a new dimension following the controversy surrounding the membership status of the embattled national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

This follows the conflicting declarations by the APC executive members of Ward 10 in Etsako West Local Government Area (LGA) on the suspension of Oshiomhole.

During an interview with Channels Television on Saturday, the ward chairman, Stephen Oshawo, insisted that the embattled national chairman remained suspended from the party.

He faulted the group of ward officials who said that they have lifted the suspension on Oshiomhole, stressing that no decision of such was taken.

 

According to Oshawo, no other member of Ward 10 in Etsako West LG is qualified to make any such pronouncement.

He added that the executives of the party at the ward were still together, saying nobody has left for another party.

Earlier, the ward secretary, Emuakemeh Sule, told reporters at the APC national secretariat in Abuja that the executive members reviewed Oshiomhole’s suspension and decided to lift it in the interest of peace.

He claimed that 17 out of the 27 officials of the ward who signed the suspension order were in agreement with the decision to lift the suspension.

Some Edo APC Officials Announce Lifting Of Suspension On Oshiomhole

A file photo of APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, addressing a press conference in Abuja on February 13, 2020.

 

 

Some officials of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Etsako West Ward 10 have announced the lifting of the suspension imposed on the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole.

The secretary of the ward, Emuakemeh Sule, made the announcement on behalf of his colleagues on Saturday while addressing a news conference at the APC national secretariat in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He explained that the ward reviewed the suspension of Oshiomhole and decided to lift it in the interest of peace.

Sule claimed that 17 out of the 27 officials of the ward who signed the suspension order were in agreement with the decision to lift the suspension.

According to him, the party’s ward officials met on June 4 and resolved to call on all organs of the party to restore the rights and privileges of the APC national chairman.

The ward secretary briefed reporters a day after the Chairman of Etsako West Ward 10, Mr Stephen Oshawo, announced that Oshiomhole remained suspended.

Despite the defection of Governor Godwin Obaseki to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Oshawo insisted on Friday that the officials that took the decision to suspend the national chairman would not leave the party.

Read the resolution of the party’s ward officials below:

RESOLUTION OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF APC WARD 10 ETSAKO-WEST LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA AT A MEETING HELD ON 4TH JUNE 2020 AT THE ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS SECRETARIAT APANA-UZAIRUE EDO STATE

We the undersigned, being the Executive Committee of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ward 10 Eisako West L.G.A, Edo State having met today 4/ 6/2020 affirm the following positions

That we have reviewed the circumstances leading to the suspension of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and found no merit in the allegation or processes employed.

We hereby lift the suspension placed on Comrade Adams Oshiomhole by the Ward.

We call on all organs of our great party to restore all rights and privileges of membership to Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

Saraki Welcomes Obaseki to PDP, Says Oshiomhole’s Masquerade Will Dance Naked In Market

A file photo of former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.

 

Former Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Friday welcomed Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, into the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and predicted the political downfall of suspended All Progressives Congress National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

Earlier on Friday, Obaseki announced he was now a card-carrying member of the PDP after leaving the APC.

In a statement signed by his spokesman, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki thanked Obaseki’s colleagues and PDP Governors for how they managed the Governor’s transition into the party by not “just unilaterally taking decisions without the input of the leaders of the party in Edo State.”

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“That is why my appeal will, at this point, go to all of us, the leaders and stakeholders, who gave assurances that agreement will be honoured, we need to ensure that the NWC of our party plays its own supervisory role by making sure that those agreements entered into by the Governor and the local chapter should be kept, particularly since I am very sure they are all lawful and in the interest of peace and development of the state,” Saraki added. “That is the only way to keep our integrity intact.”

On Oshiomhole, Saraki said he was forced to comments because of the former’s constant verbal attacks directed at him.

“At this point, it will be odd if I fail to comment on the situation that led to the change of party by Governor Obaseki,” he said. “While I have kept my cool and ignored all the verbal attacks directed at me by the suspended chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, I have always known that a day like this would come when his masquerade will dance naked in the market.

“The truth is always constant and no matter how far falsehood travels, the truth will catch up with it one day. Oshiomhole can fool people for a long time but he cannot fool the people all the time. What is happening to him now is a moment of truth. This same man who was garrulously proclaiming the end of the political career of some other people is now about to meet his Waterloo.

“He has continued to use his mouth to divide his party and I believe there is a lesson for all politicians to learn from the fate of the suspended APC chairman. No autocrat can successfully pretend to be a Democrat. The true character of a man will come out one day”, he said.

According to Olaniyonu’s statement, Saraki further stated that all lovers of democracy should be interested in the emergence of a healthy and strong party system and organisation which would provide viable platforms for people to aspire and provide quality leadership to the country.

Controversy As Giadom, Etta Lay Claim To APC Chairmanship Seat

 

The controversy surrounding the Chairmanship of the All Progressives Congress has deepened as two persons have laid claim to the position following the appeal court’s decision that upheld the suspension of Mr Adams Oshiomhole.

Following the decision, the party’s National Working Committee affirmed former Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi as the Acting National Chairman on Tuesday.

But due to Mr Ajimobi’s unavoidable absence, the NWC on Wednesday, appointed the National Vice Chairman, South-South, Hilliard Etta to act on his behalf.

On the other hand, the APC Deputy National Secretary, Mr Victor Giadom also declared himself as the acting National Chairman, on the strength of a Federal Capital Territory High Court order obtained on March 16.

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Meanwhile, a legal document has surfaced, from a group in the southwest, claiming that the position of the Deputy National Chairman, south of the APC is still vacant and that the party’s acting National Chairman, Abiola Ajimobi is not eligible to occupy the seat.

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The group’s lawyer, Babatunde Oke said in a statement that the suit was instituted at the Federal High Court in Ado-Ekiti on February 12, 2020, against the APC National Working Committee and Ajimobi asking the court, among other things, to fill up the position in line with the party’s constitution.

The statement explained that at the time it was instituted, Senator Ajimobi’s name had not been purportedly recognised, but he was later announced as the Deputy National Chairman, south of the party.

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It added that Ajimobi’s lawyer had also denied his appointment in court on March 23, as the court warned that all parties desist from changing the status quo on the suit.

The group insists that Senator Ajimobi is not recognised as the substantive Deputy National Chairman, south of the APC and can, therefore, not act as the party’s National Chairman.

Consequently, they asked the National Working Committee to take note of the suit and desist from committing contempt of court.

APC Crisis: My Lawyers Will Advise Me On Next Line Of Action – Oshiomhole

 

The suspended National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, says he has accepted the court’s verdict which upheld his suspension.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday, Oshiomhole noted that his next line of action will be determined by his lawyers based on legal advice.

“We thank their lordships, they have given their judgement. In our democracy, the court is an independent arm of government.

“When they hand that judgment, it is not for you to pick whether you will obey or not. I accept their judgement in good fate.

“My lawyers will advise having studied the judgement, what the next line of action will be. So at this point, I will just thank their Lordships for their judgment and look forward to my lawyers on what should be the next line if there should be another next line of action,” he said.

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When asked if he would instruct his lawyers to appeal the ruling of the Appellate Court on his suspension, the embattled APC chief neither confirmed nor opposed the question.

Rather, he insisted that his next move would not be discussed on national television.

He said: “What I do next would be based on my legal advice and my lawyers will act on that. I don’t think I need to communicate that through the television. It’s a relationship between a lawyer and his client. And I think we should leave it at that.”

Reacting to the decision of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to disqualify Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State from participating in APC primary election on June 22, Oshiomhole noted that there is no going back on the decision.

While pleading for peace among members, he advised the APC’s Secretary, Victor Giadom, against parading himself as the acting National Chairman of the party.

Oshiomhole’s comments come 24 hours after the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja affirmed his suspension as a member and National Chairman of the ruling party.

Ruling on the interlocutory appeal filed by Comrade Oshiomhole, the appellate court upheld the decision of the Federal Capital Territory High Court delivered by Justice Danlami Senchi which in March ordered the suspension of Oshiomhole as well as restraining him from parading himself as the National Chairman of the party.

In a unanimous judgement in the first appeal delivered by Justice Eunice Onyemanam, the court held that the FCT High Court had territorial jurisdiction to have entertained the suit as it did.

The court also withdrew his rights and privileges as National Chairman of the party including his security details.