Edo Govt. Sets Up Transition Committee

Godwin Obaseki, Adams Oshiomhole, Edo, Transition CommitteeA 19-member Transition Committee has been set up by the Edo State Government to ensure a smooth handover from the Governor Adams Oshiomhole administration to the Godwin Obaseki administration.

The handover will hold on November 12.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Peter Okhiria, on Monday stated that the committee would be chaired by the Secretary to the Edo State Government, Professor Julius Ihonvbere.

Other members of the committee are: Mr Henry Idahagbon, Mr Osarodion Ogie, Mr John Inegbedion, Dr. Aihanuwa Eregie and Prince Joe Okojie.

Others are: Mr Igbinidu Inneh, Mr Joseph Eboigbe, Mr Taiwo Akerele, Senator Domingo Obende, Dr. Aisosa Amadasun, Reverend Emmanuel Egharevba, Elder Pius Omofuma, Mr Theo Okoh, Mr Ben Ogbebor, Mrs Magdalene Ogbebulu, Mrs Benedicta Attoh, Mr Osaze Ojo, and Mr Ahmed Mamudu.

The committee is being constituted in spite of the allegation by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the Edo governorship election was marred with irregularities.

The party and its governorship candidate in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, had proceeded to the tribunal to challenge the results of the September 29 poll won by Mr Obaseki.

On the day of the election, the PDP claimed there was a plan by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and incumbent Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, to rig the election at the collation centre.

In a swift response, INEC National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, Solomon Soyebi, told Channels Television in Kaduna that the election was not flawed with irregularities as alleged.

He debunked claims by the PDP that the commission deliberately delayed result of the election from the 18 local government councils in Edo State in order to favour the ruling APC in the state.

Edo PDP Lawmakers Set To Resume, Deny Signing Impeachment Notice

pdp_logo_edoThe People’s Democratic Party (PDP), lawmakers in the Edo State House of Assembly on Thursday vowed to resume sitting at the Edo State House of Assembly premises on Monday.

The Edo State PDP Chairman,  Mr Dan Orbih, who revealed this on Thursday at a press briefing attended by PDP lawmakers and top leaders of the party said the APC lawmakers did not meet the required two third majority to impeach the Deputy Speaker and condemned the plenary in the Government House.

Responding to the impeachment of the deputy Speaker, Mr Orbih said their faction will resume sitting on Monday as they do not agree that the Deputy Speaker has been impeached.

Abdulrazak Momoh, one of the PDP lawmakers who purportedly signed the impeachment notice, said his signature was forged.

The Party also received two current serving appointees in the Edo State Government who resigned their appointment to join the PDP.

Prince Osama Erediauwa , the sixth son of the Benin Monarch, Oba Erediauwa, who was the Executive Director of Edo State Government resigned his appointment and defected to the PDP.

“Thank you for welcoming me to the party. I just tendered my resignation. I decided to embrace change to work and take over the state” he said after the defection insisting that “we will see action as time progresses.”

Mr Orbih described the coming of Prince Osama as a big addition to the party.

The party also welcomed the SSA to the Governor on Inter Party Relations, Mr Kaskis Eke into their fold.