Edo Polls: Appeal Tribunal To Hear PDP, APC Suits Thursday

Edo Polls: Appeal Tribunal To Hear PDP, APC Suits ThursdayThe Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City has fixed Thursday, March 16 for hearing of the appeal by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and counter-appeal by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The suits filed by both parties bother on the issue of the recounting of the ballot papers used in four local government areas for the Edo State governorship election.

The PDP had filed an appeal against the ruling of the Election Petition Tribunal terminating the counting process after the 14 days granted by the tribunal elapsed.

At the commencement of sitting on Tuesday, the APC filed a counter-appeal, stating that the tribunal erred in permitting the counting since the ballot papers were not tendered as exhibits before the court.

The court processes followed the emergence of Mr Godwin Obaseki as the winner of the Edo State governorship election in September 2016.

Following the announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), APC faithful celebrated the victory and described the polls as free, fair and credible.

However, the PDP and its candidate, Mr Ize-Iyamu, rejected the results declared by the electoral umpire.

They alleged that voters were induced and that the then Edo State Government collaborated with INEC to doctor the results in favour of the APC.

Obaseki Opens Defence At Edo Election Tribunal

Godwin Obaseki, Edo, Election TribunalGovernor Godwin Obaseki has opened his defence at the Edo State election petition tribunal in the ongoing hearing of the petition filed by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Six witnesses testified at the resumed hearing, saying the election was conducted freely and fairly in line with the Electoral Act.

They added that there were neither agitation nor complaints from anyone, including PDP agents after the results were announced.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had announced Mr Obaseki as winner of the Edo state governorship election conducted in September 2016.

Following the announcement, supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) took to the major streets of Benin City to celebrate their party’s victory.

They described the polls as free, fair and credible.

However, Mr Ize-Iyamu and the PDP rejected the results declared by the electoral umpire.

They alleged that voters were induced and that the then Edo State government collaborated with INEC to doctor the results in favour of the APC.

Edo Governorship Election Tribunal Adjourns Till December 12

Edo Governorship Election Tribunal Adjourns Till December 12
Edo State Governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki

The Edo state 2016 governorship election tribunal sitting in Benin City, the state capital has again adjourned till December 12, to commence pre-trial.

The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in the governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his party, challenged the election of Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Mr Ize-Iyamu had rejected the results declared by the electoral umpire, as he alleged that voters were induced and that the state government collaborated with INEC to doctor the results in favour of the APC.

Meanwhile, the tribunal had ordered the petitioners to file their application and serve the respondents by December 3, while the respondents were also expected to respond by December 5.

Before adjourning the case however, the tribunal insisted that its earlier order regarding the inspection of materials used for the election must be obeyed.

Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), had announced Godwin Obaseki as winner of the Edo state governorship election.

The APC supporters took to the major streets of Benin City, to celebrate their party’s victory, after what they described as free, fair and credible polls.

 

Obaseki Resumes Office, Swears In SSG

Obaseki Resumes Office, Swears In SSG
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki

Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has sworn in Osarodion Ogie as the Secretary to the Edo State Government.

The State Governor who performed the swearing in ceremony on Monday morning at the Edo state government house also appointed Taiwo Akerele as the Chief of Staff and John Mayaki as the Chief Press Secretary.

The Governor said that he would work with those appointed and the Permanent Secretaries for the next six weeks before considering further appointments due to paucity of funds.

While addressing the new SSG, Governor Obaseki restated his commitment to cutting cost of governance but promised not to sack civil servants.

“Let us put in place the governance structure so that our political structure can survive.

“So for the next six weeks’ minimum, we are going to be working with the permanent secretaries to understand the governance structure, redefine the structures of government so that we can begin to make governance more efficient and reduce the cost of governance because we cannot afford to continue with the high cost currently run today”.

In his response, the new Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, pledged his loyalty and commitment to the government.

“I do know the task ahead of us and I will do all in my power to make sure that your dreams for the state comes to fruition.”

It was the first day of the new governor of Edo state Mr Godwin Obaseki in office.

At the other wing of the government house, the Deputy Governor, Mr Philip Shuabu, also assumed office, promising to work with the Governor to fulfill their electoral promises to the people of Edo state.

“The vision of this government is making the youths employed, turning Edo state to an industrial state, making unemployment history in Edo state and creating wealth for our people and our state.

“So my task is to key into that vision and to assist the Governor to actualize it.”

Obaseki Inaugurated As Edo State Governor

Obaseki, Edo stateMr Godwin Obaseki has been sworn-in as the new governor of Edo state, for the next four years, at the expiration of the term of office of Adams Oshiomhole.

It was a colourful event on November 12, 2016, at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium in Benin city, the Edo state capital.

Residents, supporters of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) from the state, as well as those from other parts of the country, converged on the facility to witness the inauguration of the Governor and his Deputy, Philip Shuabu.

In the state box, other dignitaries like the outgoing governor, Adams Oshiomhole and his wife, the National Chairman of the APC, John Oyegun, some former and serving governors, were also present at the event.

Following the laid down procedures at events of such nature, the Chief Judge of Edo state, administered the oath first on the deputy Mr Shuaibu, after which Obaseki was sworn in.

After the swearing-in exercise, he went ahead to perform his first function as governor by inspecting the inauguration parade in a motorcade after which he presented his inaugural address.

The new governor promised to do his best in taking the state to the next level.

With the old order of Governor Adams Oshiomhole now over after eight years of stewardship, much is expected of the new governor, as he begins his reign as the chief occupant of the Dennis Osadebe avenue for the next four years.

INEC had declared Mr Obaseki, winner of the Edo State governorship election on September 28, 2016.

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Ize Iyamu, came second in the election.

Obaseki is an indegene of Benin. He attended the University of Ibadan, as well as the Colombia University in the United States.

President Buhari Meets With APC National Working Committee

BuhariNigeria’s President, Muhhamadu Buhari, has held a closed door meeting with members of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun.

The meeting lasted for about 45 minutes when the National Chairman of the party had a session with the media.

Mr Oyegun said that they had come to felicitate with President Buhari and to pledge their loyalty and determination to work with him through thick and thin.

They assured the President that he can always depend on a party that he used as a platform to become the President of Nigeria.

Mr Oyegun noted that expectations are extremely high but that they are with President Buhari and would ensure that he succeeds as the President and Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He admitted that all the problems will not be solved in one day but that Nigerians should rest assured that APC is on the right track towards dealing with the problems and frustrations of Nigerians.

John Oyegun, Balarabe Musa Disagree On Success Of New Government

john oyegun, alhaji musa disagree on success of new governmentThe former Governor of old Kaduna State and Elder Statesman, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun, have disagreed on the ability of the new government to take Nigeria to the next level.

While Alhaji Musa is asking Nigerians not to expect anything different from the new government because, according to him, it is the same old people in a new club or party, so nothing different should be expected.

The National Chairman of the party, Chief Oyegun, disagrees totally with Alhaji Musa’s claim,  saying Nigerians should expect good result from the APC led government.

Both men spoke to Channels Television on Telephone on our programme, ‘’The Inauguration’’.

Chief Oyegun explains further that the APC believes in uplifting the lives of the ordinary Nigerian and would not deviate from that and that the President, Muhammadu Buhari, is a tested leader who is incorruptible, adding that there is hope for a better Nigeria.

On his part, Alhaji Musa said his assessment of the character of the leaders in APC brings him to the conclusion that nothing has changed.

El-Rufai Kicks Off Campaign, Accuses PDP Govt. Of Squandering N600 Billion

Nasir_elrufaiThe All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship flag bearer in Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-rufai, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government in the state of squandering over 600billion naira federal allocation accrued to the state within a period of seven years.

He made the allegation while addressing a large crowd of supporters and party members at a rally held at the International Trade Fair Complex in Kaduna, the state capital on Tuesday.

The rally was to commence his electioneering campaign across the 23 Local Government Areas of the state and there he promised to make judicious use of the state’s resources to offer qualitative free education for primary and secondary school students, and also empower teachers with further trainings and incentives.

El-rufai also promised to promote Agriculture and Food Security.

He gave an assurance that his government would be committed to security of lives and property by tackling the roots of intolerance and communal violence, improving human capacity, delivery in Health, Education and Social Welfare and also re-energizing and empowering the civil service.

According to El-rufai, the coming election would be the time to kick the PDP government out of power and enthrone a new government that would take Kaduna State to the next level.

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Oyegun, who was represented by the Deputy National Chairman, North, Senator Lawan Shuaibu, said that El-Rufai is a competent and tested leader, who would bring about positive change in Kaduna State.

He further stated that the APC offers Nigerians sacrificial and result oriented leadership that would bring about national rebirth and genuine development.

El-rufai and the PDP candidate, Governor Mukhtar Yero are both Muslims from the ancient city of Zaria, while the Labour Party governorship flag bearer, James Magaji, is from the southern part of the state.

Although religion and tribe had always formed the voting pattern in previous elections in the state, the ability of the candidates and their political parties to sell their manifestos to the electorates and convince the voters would largely decide victory at the 2015 polls.

Ikimi Meets PDP Leaders, Expresses Readiness To Join Ruling Party

IkimiFormer APC member, Tom Ikimi, at the weekend met with leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) where he expressed his readiness to join the ruling party and pull his political structure in the South-South to ensure its victory in the 2015 general elections.

PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, who led a delegation of party leaders to meet Ikimi in Abuja on Friday evening to finalize arrangements for his formal declaration, said that the PDP was happy that Ikimi has decided to return to its fold.

Mu’azu described Ikimi as a highly organized and patriotic Nigerian who has the interest of the nation at heart, adding that such qualities made it hard for him to be in a party like the APC. He said that the PDP would immensely benefit from Ikimi’s “wealth of experience, strong political structure and massive followership across the country”.

The National Chairman praised the Edo-born politician for his courage in deciding to return to the PDP, while giving assurance that the party, under the new leadership, recognizes and rewards loyalty, commitment and experience.

In the same vein, Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, Tony Anenih, commended Ikimi for his decision, which he said was in the overall interest of the nation.

Responding, Ikimi, who restated that he dumped the APC due to its deep-seated anti-nationalistic and discriminatory tendencies, said that he was ready to join the PDP and use his political structures especially in the South-South to ensure that it emerged victorious in the 2015 general elections.

I look forward to bringing value to the PDP. I believe that my contributions will again be noteworthy. By my joining PDP, we are assured of victory, not only in Edo State, but in the entire South-South geopolitical zone”, Ikimi said, noting that he was ready to serve the party in any capacity deemed appropriate by the leaders.

Stating that the visit has laid to rest, speculations and arguments regarding where he has resolved to pitch his tent, Ikimi said that he would transmit the outcome of the meeting to his constituency and he was sure that the response would be favourable.

He also said that he desires to work with Tony Anenih so as to move the party and the nation forward and bring about the much expected development to Edo State and the South-South geopolitical zone.

I believe that our people are looking forward to this reunion because they will benefit the most from it. When I and Chief Tony Anenih work together, I do not think we can have any obstacle we cannot overcome”, he said.

Also at the meeting were PDP Deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, Secretary of the PDP BoT, Senator Wali Jibril, former FCT Minister, Dr. Aliyu Modibbo, as well as political stakeholders from the South-South.

Tom Ikimi Quits APC

Tom-Ikimi quits ApcThe Former National Chairmanship Aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Tom Ikimi, has announced his withdrawal from the political party.

Mr Ikimi, in a statement made available to reporters on Tuesday said: “I have made the decision to withdraw my membership from the All Progressives Congress (APC) from today, 27th August 2014″.

In what he tagged, his reflections on his former party, Ikimi gave hard knocks, not only to the leadership of the APC but also the party itself.

“It is truly amazing that all who have spoken to me privately without exception agree with me that the image of the APC as is a Tinubu party has severely damaged the party, but each time I openly raise issues that challenge the consequences everyone keeps quiet.

“In the present atmosphere of envy, plots and gossip, the long-term satisfaction of a political comradeship and brotherhood anchored on shared principles and ideology, of honour, trust and confidence in pursuit of a common goal remain elusive.”

Ikimi’s participation in the party has been limited since the National Convention of the party in June which produced Mr John Oyegun as the party’s National Chairman.

Ikimi was interested in the position but was allegedly forced to withdraw from the race to pave way for the emergence of the alleged anointed candidate of the national leader of the party and former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

He alleged that “the process adopted at the APC convention for deciding on a new national chairman was a sham” in which he did not participate.

“For the record, let me state that it was I who admitted Chief Oyegun into the APP in 1999.

“He joined the ACN a year ago in Benin City after he departed from the ANPP where in the 2011 general elections he was that party’s vice presidential candidate. He certainly did not depart from the ANPP with great pleasure. Therefore moving from one party to another should not be so strange to him”, he said, of the APC National Chairman.

Calling the APC undemocratic, and lacking the capacity to wrestle power from the ruling party, Ikimi, however, failed to state exactly which political party he would be defecting to.

He opined that “the party (APC) has collapsed in very many states such as Adamawa,” and “it is in distress in Edo, Ogun, Oyo. Lagos, Nasarawa.”

“I am at the stage of currently critically re-examining the two dominant political parties in our country, which are the APC and the PDP, in both of which I have had close working knowledge.”

Most defected members of the APC of late had joined the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but it is not yet clear if Mr Ikimi would be joining the PDP.

Onaiyekan Urges Politicians To Stop Heating Up Polity

Cardinal Onaiyekan-600 The Archbishop of Abuja Catholic Diocese, John Cardinal Onayekan has describe Nigeria as a viable project which should be protected despite many challenges facing the nation.

Cardinal Onayekan was speaking while receiving the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun who had come to seek prayers for his party and the nation at large.

According to him, the nation can only survive when all hands are on deck as the politicians desist from heating the polity unnecessarily and instead work towards defending the nation’s democracy.

Speaking further, Cardinal Onayekan called on all concerned to ensure that insurgency becomes a thing of the past in the country.

He assured Nigerians that the church will continue to pray and support the nation for her good and safety.