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.

 

Anambra 2017: Political Parties Gear Up For Governorship Election

anambra-2017-electionsAhead of the 2017 governorship election in Anambra state, various political parties are gearing up to wrestle power from the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

In a youth mobilization meeting at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) headquarters in Awka, the State Chairman, Mr Ken Emeakayi, declared the party’s readiness to take over the seat of power in Anambra state.

For over six months the PDP had laid low on opposition activities but the recent victory of the APC in Edo state seemed to have stirred them to action.

They have begun mobilizing the youths of the party to prepare ahead of the polls and to harp on unity, which according to them is the only tool with which they will win the election.

PDP Chairman Anambra

While reiterating the party’s planned takeover of Anambra state, the state PDP chairman challenged the leadership of the APC over their “boasts” to replicate the alleged electoral malpractices that earned them victory in Edo state.

To that he said “it will never work”.

The Publicity Secretary of the APC in Anambra state, Mr Okelo Mmadukaife, has also responded.

He said that the position of the party is that the victory recorded in Edo election will be the same in Anambra.

“The party has all it takes to take over the government of Anambra state in 2018,” he stated.

WhileAnambra, political parties, Governorship elections the battle of supremacy rages, the members of the ruling APGA, have also
begun community mobilization as they insist “there is no vacancy in the Anambra state government house, Awka until 2022”.

many Anambra residents have said that the desire of the people is simply free, fair and credible polls, void of violence and malpractices.

Obaseki Receives Certificate Of Return

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Edo State Governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented a certificate of return to the Edo state governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki following his victory in the Edo state governorship election.

Speaking at the ceremony held at the headquarters of the commission in Benin City, the Edo state capital, the Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC, Sam Olumekun, advised the Governor-elect to put the interest of the people first during his tenure.

Godwin Obaseki in his response said that his victory is proof that professionalism also pays in politics pledging to deepen democracy and build a people-oriented economy within the next four years.

Mr Godwin Obaseki emerged winner of the Edo State governorship election which held on Wednesday, September 28 after polling a total of 319,483 votes while his closest rival from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Osagie Ize-Iyamu, polled 253,173 votes.

The joy of his supporters knew no bounds as they took to the major streets of Benin City, the state’s capital to celebrate their party’s victory in what was described as a free and fair election.

This is was in spite of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu rejecting the results announced by INEC, alleging that voters were induced and that the state government collaborated with INEC to doctor the results in favour of the APC.

WATCH VIDEO: PDP Candidate Rejects Edo Election Results

Both parties have since then been trading words over the fairness of the Edo election, with the ruling party insisting that it won the election fairly, having earned the victory through several achievements in the state in the past eight years.

The APC in Edo state has also described the PDP as “bad losers” for questioning the authenticity of the results announced by INEC.

Meanwhile, the national leadership of

PDP Candidate, Osagie-Ize-Iyamu
PDP Candidate, Osagie-Ize-Iyamu

the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has joined the Edo State chapter to reject the results of the governorship election and has vowed to reclaim what it called its “stolen mandate”.

“We did not lose the Gubernatorial Election in Edo State. We can therefore not be described as “bad losers” according to the APC State Chairman in Edo State, Anselm Ojezua. We were robbed by very shameless election riggers.

“We fully support the Edo Chapter of the PDP in the total rejection of the election results. We also fully endorse their determination to employ all legitimate means to reclaim their stolen mandate,” the party said.Obaseki

The national leadership of the APC are not deterred by the PDP’s threat as congratulatory messages continued to pour in for the Edo governor-elect.

Among them are messages from the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, House of Reps Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and President Muhammadu Buhari, whose words particularly were singled out for condemnation by the PDP.

Job Creation

Mr Godwin Obaseki has also appeared only bothered about fulfilling “the key promise of his administration” which is job creation.

Speaking on Channels Television’s News At 10 few hours after INEC declared him winner of the Edo election, Obaseki said that creating an enabling environment for employment to thrive, through vocational training and skill acquisition programmes, is his immediate priority.

He explained that his approach would be first to document the available unemployment data in the state to form the basis of the implementation of his plans.

“These will include short term vocational training, skill acquisition and other technical trainings we need to provide them.

“The key here is trying to get people back to work, creating opportunities for them to work,” he said.

Also top on the mind of Mr Obaseki is building infrastructure and reforming the educational system in the state.

He described his victory as humbling yet deserved because of the hard work of his party in the state over the years.

“We have worked very hard over the last eight years to re-establish governance in Edo state. So we had a lot to show to our people and we were able to convince them why we needed to continue with the development strides we started about eight years ago,” Mr Obseki said.

Civil Society Group Faults Credibility Of Edo Governorship Elections

Edo-Elections-ACEThe Alliance for Credible Elections, (ACE), a civil society organisation, has expressed its dissatisfaction with the conduct of the September 28 governorship election which took place in Edo state.

The group claimed that the election was far from being free, fair and credible.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Monday, the acting General Secretary of the organisation, Mrs Mma Odi, said that there was generally no secrecy in voting, as people voted in the full glare of party agents despite the presence of security agents.

Mrs Odi, while presenting the report of the observation of the election by the Alliance for Democracy, added that there was a form of subtle intimidation of voters aided by open sale of votes for cash.


The group also criticised the delay in the collation of votes which commenced late in the evening despite elections being concluded by 2:00 p.m. local time in most of the polling units across the state.

Smooth Elections

The concerns pointed out by the General Secretary of the group, however, contradict initial comments by several observers who stated that the polls went on smoothly.

INEC National Commissioner, Mrs Amina Zakari, had said that the electoral process went on as expected while INEC officials and security agents worked professionally to ensure it was hitch free.

Furthermore, a poll on the performance of INEC in the election initiated by Channels Television on Twitter had over 5,000 Twitter users participating.

Thirty per cent of the people rated INEC’S performance in the election as excellent while another 30 per cent said it was fair.

Twenty-six per cent rated it poor and another 14% were indifferent.

The election finally came to a close with INEC announcing Godwin Obaseki as the governor-elect of Edo state to take over from Governor Adams Oshiomhole who has ruled the state for nearly eight-year.

After the result was announced, however, aggrieved members of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) alleged inducement of voters and collaboration of INEC and the state government to doctor the results in favour of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The PDP has said it would go to Tribunal to challenge the outcome of the election, but the APC denied inducing voters and said the PDP was a bad loser.

Ajimobi Congratulates Obaseki, Says APC Will Not Disappoint

Abiola Ajimobi, youth, agricultureThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has assured the people of Edo State that the Governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki, and “the All Progressives Congress family” will not betray the trust and confidence reposed in them through their mandate.

The Governor gave the assurance through his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka, in a congratulatory message to Obaseki, in Ibadan, on Saturday.

Ajimobi applauded the Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, for entrusting the fate of the people of the state in the hands of Obaseki, whom he described as a worthy successor, capable of keeping up the momentum.

He thanked the people of Edo State for their resolve to keep faith with the APC, a development he attributed to the people’s appreciation of the massive socio-economic transformation the state had witnessed in the last eight years.

Ajimobi said: “The outcome of the keenly-contested election is a further confirmation of the confidence which the people of the state have in the APC as well as the present administration under the pragmatic leadership of Governor Adams Oshiomhole.

“I must not fail to commend the APC campaign train in Edo State and the national campaign council chaired by my brother, Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State for a well-articulated and well-coordinated campaign that took them to the nooks and crannies of the state.

“I’m confident that the incoming governor will not betray the confidence the people reposed in him by giving him their mandate, given his impeccable antecedents as a good manager of men and resources.”

The Governor assured the people that Obaseki would build on the monumental achievements so far recorded by Oshiomhole through his people-oriented programmes, which had endeared him to the generality of the people of the state.

Ajimobi also called for continued support of the people for the APC-led Federal Government in its determination to take the country out of its present economic doldrums, stressing that they would have cause to smile when the efforts began to yield fruits.

Edo Election: PDP Vows To Reclaim ‘Stolen Mandate’

Edo Election, PDP, APC, Godwin Obaseki, stolen mandateThe national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has joined the Edo State chapter to reject the results of the governorship election held on Wednesday, September 30 in which APC candidate, Godwin Obaseki emerged winner.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, the party aligned with its candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s allegation that the election was flawed and that the PDP was robbed of the victory it deserved.

The PDP candidate alleged inducement of voters and collaboration of INEC and the state government to doctor the results in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

WATCH VIDEO: PDP Candidate Rejects Edo Election Results

The statement also berated President Buhari’s congratulatory message to Godwin Obaseki after his declaration by INEC as winner of the election. The message, according to PDP “has finally revealed his hand in the Edo Guber Election imbroglio”.

“We note with sadness that he (Buhari) had never extended similar congratulatory messages or goodwill to PDP candidates who were victorious in various elections since he assumed office.

“In Bayelsa State where his party, with the support of security agencies virtually declared war on Governor Seriake Dickson and the people of Bayelsa, the President refused to congratulate the PDP candidate who, against all odds, managed to survive the APC onslaught.

“His aides claimed then that the President was not in the business of congratulating election winners. Why the sudden change of heart now if we may ask?

“The only plausible explanation is that the President was eager to confer legitimacy on an otherwise badly flawed election in which his party acted like Shina Rambo, the notorious Armed Robber. Only that this time they were robbing the people of their votes.

“The action of the President belies his statement that he belongs to nobody but belongs to everybody. The President has shown where he belongs. We recall that President Jonathan dutifully never failed to congratulate opposition candidates who won elections during his tenure including Adams Oshiomhole. That is what is expected of a statesman.

Bad Losers

The party also reacted to the Edo APC Chairman, Anselm Ojezua’s post-election interview where he referred to the PDP as bad losers for questioning the authenticity of the results announced by INEC.

Mr Ojezua noted that the entire process of the Edo election had been described as peaceful, adding that the rejection of the election results by the PDP was “an act of a bad loser”.

“We did not lose the Gubernatorial Election in Edo State. We can therefore not be described as “bad losers” according to the APC State Chairman in Edo State, Anselm Ojezua. We were robbed by very shameless election riggers.

“We fully support the Edo Chapter of the PDP in the total rejection of the election results. We also fully endorse their determination to employ all legitimate means to reclaim their stolen mandate,” the party said.

Democracy In Danger

The PDP went further to warn that Nigeria’s democracy was “in grave danger”.

“Since the advent of this administration, no election has been free and fair. We go for elections as if we are going to war; and virtually all elections conducted by INEC have been either inconclusive or blatantly rigged.

“Today Rivers State has no representation in the National Assembly. No thanks to the powers that be.

“If we do not collectively rise to resist this anti people onslaught we might as well say bye bye to democracy,” the PDP stated.

 

Key Promise Of My Administration Is Job Creation- Obaseki

Key promise, Obaseki, Job creationWinner of the Edo State governorship election, Mr Godwin Obaseki, says that “the key promise of his administration is job creation”.

He made the promise on Channels Television’s News At 10 on Thursday, few hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared him winner of the Edo election.

Restating his commitment to fulfilling his campaign promises, Mr Obaseki said creating an enabling environment for employment to thrive, through vocational training and skill acquisition programs, is his immediate priority.

He explained that his approach would be first to document the available unemployment data in the state to form the basis of the implementation of his plans.

“These will include short term vocational training, skill acquisition and other technical trainings we need to provide them.

“The key here is trying to get people back to work, creating opportunities for them to work,” he said.

Also top on the mind of Mr Obaseki is building infrastructure and reforming the educational system in the state.

The Edo State governor-elect, has described his victory in the Edo state governorship election as humbling yet deserved because of the hard work of his party in the state over the years.

“We have worked very hard over the last eight years to re-establish governance in Edo state. So we had a lot to show to our people and we were able to convince them why we needed to continue with the development strides we started about eight years ago,” Mr Obseki said.

Ability To Raise Money

Nigerians have wondered how the state would generate the resources to execute the promises of the APC candidate, considering the current economic crisis the country is battling.

But Mr Obaseki, whose background is Investment Banking, was of the view that the money needed to create the bulk of the jobs required in Nigeria exists.

“It doesn’t take rocket science if you have the experience and the knowledge to do this,” he said, reeling out his pedigree in the financial system and expressing confidence in his ability to raise money for Edo state irrespective of expectations from the federal government.

“What people don’t realise is that today we earn about 25 billion from taxes alone outside of what we get from Abuja and the budget support we get from the World Bank, other multinational agencies and all other creative financing we can put in place.

“As long as you are efficient and you are honest about the way you spend public money, you will be able to find the money to do the critical things you need to do. It is about prioritization,” he said.

INEC declared Mr Godwin Obaseki winner of the Edo State governorship election which held on Wednesday, September 28.

After the collation of results from the 18 local government areas, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate polled a total of 319,483 votes while his closest rival from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Osagie Ize-Iyamu, polled 253,173 votes.

#EdoElection: Saraki Congratulates Obaseki

Bukola Saraki, Rashidi YekiniSenate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has congratulated the Governor-elect of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on his victory in Wednesday’s governorship election.

Senator Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described Obaseki’s success as “well deserved and expected by those who have keenly followed the electioneering campaigns in the state in the last few months”.

He also congratulated Governor Oshiomhole who has led Edo State in the last seven and a half years and “has led a vigorous campaign to sustain the APC legacy in Edo State”.

Senator Saraki also lauded the people of Edo State for the massive turnout, the peaceful manner in which the election went and for voting for the APC candidate.

He also praised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for “the good arrangement it put in place to ensure a free, fair and peaceful election” while also applauding the performance of all the security agencies.

APC Supporters Celebrate Obaseki’s Victory In Edo Polls

APC, Godwin Obaseki, Edo governorship electionThe joy of supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State knows no bounds as Mr Godwin Obaseki emerged the governor-elect of the state.

The APC supporters on Thursday, took to the major streets of Benin City, the state’s capital to celebrate their party’s victory.

They have also described the polls as free, fair and credible.

APC leaders in the state, however, advised the supporters to adhere to the rule of law.

They urged them to celebrate with caution to avoid a faceoff with rivals from other parties.

INEC had on Thursday declared Mr Obaseki winner of the governorship polls, having polled 319,483 votes.

His closest rival, who is also the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu scored 253,173 votes.

The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr Osaro Onaiwu, scored 876 while his Labour Party counterpart, Mr Amos Areloegbe polled 182 votes.

“Bad Loser”

Mr Ize-Iyamu has rejected the results declared by the electoral umpire.

He alleged that voters were induced and that the state government collaborated with INEC to doctor the results in favour of the APC.

In his reaction, the APC Chairman in Edo State, Mr Anselm Ojezua, described the rejection of the election results by the PDP as “an act of a bad loser”.

Mr Ojezua insisted that the entire process of the election has been described as peaceful.

Edo Governorship Election: APC Calls PDP ‘Bad Losers’

Edo Governorship Election, PDP, APC,As INEC wrapped up the Edo State governorship election on Thursday, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as bad losers.

The APC Chairman in the state, Mr Anselm Ojezua, made the pronouncement while commenting on PDP’s reaction to the emergence of his party’s candidate, Mr Godwin Obaseki, as the winner of the election.

Mr Ojezua noted that the entire process of the election has been described as peaceful, adding that the rejection of the election results by the PDP was “an act of a bad loser”.

Obaseki Wins

INEC’s Chief Returning Officer, Professor Kayode Soremekun on Thursday declared Mr Obaseki winner of the governorship polls.

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Edo State Governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki

Declaring the final results at the INEC Headquarters in Benin City, Professor Soremekun said that Obaseki scored 319,483 votes to beat his closest rival and the PDP candidate, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu who polled 253,173 votes.

The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr Osaro Onaiwu, scored 876 while his Labour Party counterpart, Mr Amos Areloegbe polled 182 votes.

Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu
Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu

PDP’s Ize-Iyamu has, however, rejected the results declared by the electoral umpire.

He alleged that the voters were induced and that the state government collaborated with INEC to doctor the results in favour of the APC.

 

Police Ban Public Rallies In Edo

Edo Election, Nasarawa, Police, Abubakar BelloThe Police in Edo state have announced the banning of all forms of procession, rallies or demonstrations in the state.

In a statement by the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 5 headquarters in Benin City, Mr Isaac Eke, the Police explained that they have information that some people are planning to carry out illegal processions and rallies.

The command therefore warned that it would deal decisively with anyone or group that engages in any activities capable of disturbing the peaceful atmosphere in the state.

The command asked members of the public to go about their businesses without fear as security agents are ready to ensure their protection.

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Godwin Obaseki Emerges Winner Of Edo Governorship Election

INEC, ObasekiINEC has declared APC candidate, Mr Godwin Obaseki, winner of the Edo State governorship election which held on Wednesday, September 28.

After the collation of results from the 18 local government areas of Edo state in south-south Nigeria, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled a total of 319,483 votes while his closest rival from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Osagie Ize-Iyamu, polled 253,173 votes.

The APC won in Akoko-Edo LGA, Ikpoba-Okha, Etsako West, Etsako East, Etsako Cenral, Owan East LGA, Ovia North LGA, Oredo LGA, Uhunwomnde,  Igueben LGA, Egor LGA, Owan West LGA.

The PDP won in Esan North Central, Esan West LGA, Orhionmwon LGA, Esan South East LGA, Esan North East LGA.

While the agent of the APC at the collation centre expressed satisfaction with the conduct and result of the election, describing it as the result of hard work, the PDP agent expressed strong reservation, referring to the result as a disappointment.

He subsequently refused to sign the final result sheet.

Prior to the announcement of the results on Thursday, September 29, security officials had to form a barricade outside the INEC office in Benin City.

This was in order to prevent a breakdown of law and order as some protesters alleged that there was a change of results by the electoral commission.

The returning officer for the Edo state governorship elections, Professor Kayode Soremekun, announced results as follows:

AA – 155; ACD – 1,350; ACPN – 3,184; APC – 319,483; APGA – 876; CPP – 226; ID – 99; KOWA – 75; LP – 182; NPPP – 125; NCP – 294; NNPP – 118; PDC – 1,289; PDP – 253,173; PPA – 855; PPN – 112; SDP – 72; UPP – 431; YDP – 200.

PDP Candidate Rejects Result

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu has rejected the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

This was before the announcement of the final result by the commission.

The PDP candidate alleged inducement of voters and collaboration of INEC with the state government to doctor the results in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said that they decided not to wait for the full result to be called because they had already been informed about what was playing out.