Edo Set To Hold 5th Edition Of Okpekpe Road Race

All is now set for the 5th edition of the Okpekpe Road Race which is scheduled for May 13, 2017 in Okpekpe, Etsako East local government area of Edo state.

Addressing journalists at the Government House in Benin City, the Edo state capital, a team from the organising committee led by Mike Itemuagbor, disclosed that the event has seen some upgrades including a mobile app for access to competition details and the use of transponders and trackers to eliminate cheats.

He disclosed further that the 10km Okpekpe Road Race which is a bronze category event of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), will make Edo state a tourist attraction.

Itemuagbor added that athletes from 11 countries namely, Kenya, Uganda, Eritrea, Turkey, Germany, Bahrain, Morocco, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Burundi and Nigeria, are expected to participate in this year’s edition.

He assured participants of improvements in the competition particularly the VIP race.

“We want to do an effective VIP race, especially those that would run for a cause,” the committee leader stated.

On his part, the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, lauded the organisers for the innovations in the 2017 edition.

Obaseki Inaugurates New Board Of Internal Revenue Service

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

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has charged a new board of Internal Revenue Service to meet up with the set revenue targets while ensuring compliance from tax payers without force.

Mr Obaseki stated this during an inauguration ceremony of the board at the exco chambers in the Government House in Benin City, the Edo state capital.

The governor urged the team to justify the confidence reposed in them.

“Each one of you that I have worked with over the years and had the privilege of associating with, I know that you have the grounding, the training and you have behind you, the accomplishments to enable you do this job that we have assigned to you.”

He also insisted on continuity with the recent tax reforms by the Edo state government.

“You have all the instruments to collect taxes and revenue for the state and i’m sure you will do it – but in conducting yourselves, ensure that you have the highest standards of ethics, of professionalism. You must be empathetic and humane to the people of Edo state.”

In his address, the Chairman of the Edo state Internal Revenue Service, Igbinidu Inneh, said the first task is to have a correct data base for all tax payers in the state.

“We have identified six critical success factors around which our strategies would be wrapped; legal and regulatory environment, availability of data, human capital capacity, technology selection, enlightenment and social inclusion and value for money.”

INEC Urges Stakeholders’ Unity For Successful Etsako By-election

Estako By-election, Edo, INEC, Baritor KpagihThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has called for cooperation among stakeholders in the coming by-election in Edo State.

The appeal was made on Tuesday by Mr Baritor Kpagih who is the Supervising Resident Electoral Commissioner for the Etsako Federal Constituency by-election in the state.

This was during a meeting with security agencies, civil society and politicians at the National Orientation Agency’s hall in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

He urged all stakeholders to cooperate towards ensuring a violence-free exercise before, during and after the January 28 election in the state.

The electoral official stated that the stakeholders must play their part effectively for INEC to conduct a free and fair election.

Edo Election: Tribunal Grants PDP Order To Fastrack Proceedings

PDP, Edo Election, APC, TribunalThe Edo Election Petition Tribunal has granted an ‘ex-parte motion’ filed by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The tribunal granted the motion on Wednesday in Benin City, the Edo State capital for the use of substitute service for respondents, Mr Godwin Obaseki and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Counsel to the petitioner, Kingsley Obamogie, said the order was necessary to fast track proceedings, claiming that the APC was trying to frustrate the entire court process.

The APC Publicity Secretary in Edo State, Godwin Erahon, however, denied any wrongdoing by his party.

The court motion follows the victory of Mr Obaseki in the September 29 Edo State governorship election in south-south Nigeria.

But on the day of the election, the PDP had 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.

After INEC had declared Obaseki as the Edo State Governor-elect, the PDP and its candidate proceeded to the tribunal to challenge the results of the poll.

Edo Governorship Poll: Prince Erediauwa Warns Against Hate Campaign

Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom, Prince Eheneden ErediauwaCrown Prince of Benin Kingdom, HRH Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, has urged political parties in the 2016 governorship election in Edo State to promote peace rather than attacking each other during campaigns.

The Edaiken of N’Uselu gave the advice when the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) visited him at his Uselu palace in the Edo State capital, south-south Nigeria.

He assured the PDP delegation of playing a non-partisan role in matters concerning the coming September 10 governorship polls.

“I have tried to reiterate and re-emphasise (that) position of the crown in Benin is non-partisan.

“My appeal (to you is) to please maintain peace and tranquility when you are campaigning,” Prince Erediauwa said.

The PDP governorship candidate, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, said that the party faithful were at the palace to pay homage to the monarch.

“The paramount ruler of this entire kingdom is the Oba of Benin, symbolised by the Crown Prince, Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, the Edaiken N’Uselu.

“We have come this morning to pay homage to him and to inform him formally of our intention to begin campaign in his domain,” he said.

Ali Modu Sheriff Annuls Plateau State PDP Congress

Ali Modu Sheriff, PDP, PlateauThe former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has nullified the party’s congress in Plateau State.

The embattled PDP Chairman made the annulment when aggrieved members of the party visited him to ask for a fresh congress to elect a chairman in Plateau State.

The delegation led by a former member of the House of Representatives from the state, Mr Bitrus Kaze, alleged that the congress which was conducted in April was not credible.

In his response, Senator Sheriff told the gathering that a new committee would be inaugurated to conduct a fresh congress that would elect principal officers for the PDP in Plateau State.

In a related development, he had on Thursday set up another committee to conduct primaries for three PDP governorship candidates in Edo State, who have bought forms from his faction.

He said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had sent the party their guidelines for the primaries, expressing preparedness to meet up with all the requirements set by the INEC for the September election.

Cripple The PDP
In a swift reaction to this, the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee condemned the move by Senator Sheriff, after Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu had emerged winner of the party’s primaries held on Monday.

MakarfiThey accused him of working with the enemies of the PDP to completely cripple the party in the interest of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The committee insisted that the Edo primary election and all the processes leading to it thereof, were properly conducted, monitored and observed by the INEC.

The emergence of the two factions of the PDP is a fall out of the party’s Governors Forum meeting where some leaders of the party removed Senator Sheriff and set up a caretaker committee.

However, the embattled Chairman told reporters when he was refused entrance into the PDP National Secretariat that he remained the chairman of the party until 2018.

Edo PDP Governorship Poll: Makarfi Committee Condemns Sheriff Committee

PDP,Ahmed Makarfi, Ali Modu Sheriff, EdoThe Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the move by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff to set up a primary election committee for the Edo State governorship election.

The newly constituted committee, chaired by Senator Hope Uzodinma, was inaugurated after the Monday exercise which produced Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the PDP candidate in the coming election.

In a swift reaction, the Makarfi committee said Senator Sheriff was working with the enemies of the PDP to completely cripple the party in the interest of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The committee insisted that the Edo primary election and all the processes leading to it thereof, were properly conducted, monitored and observed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“No Trace Of Any Court Order”
The Makarfi committee made their stand known on Thursday evening in a statement by its publicity secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, titled “Senator Sheriff & Co: Too Desperate To Destroy The PDP”.

They said Senator Sheriff had connived with some former and serving governors of the APC to deceive unsuspecting members of the PDP, security agencies and the general public to support his ambition to remain as Chairman of the party by claiming he has a court order.

“We have concluded our investigations and discovered that there is no trace of any court order obtained by Senator Sheriff or any of his cohorts either at FCT High Court or the Federal High Court in Abuja or any court in Nigeria,” the statement read.

The Makarfi committee then sent a stern warning to members serving in any committee set up by Senator Sheriff, saying such members would be engaging in anti-party activities and would face disciplinary action.

Osagie Ize-Iyamu Wins Edo State PDP Governorship Primaries

Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Edo State, PDP, Governorship electionThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared Osagie Ize-Iyamu winner of its just concluded Edo State governorship primary election.

Mr Ize-Iyamu won a total of 584 votes to emerge winner, beating his closest rival, Mr Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, who scored 91 votes to take the second place.

Mr Solomon Edebiri scored 38 votes to emerge third.

The primary election to decide the PDP’s contender in September 10 poll was held on Monday at the Lawn Tennis Court of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, the Edo State capital in south-south Nigeria.

The PDP Primary Election Committee was chaired by the Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umehi.

Statutory delegates started the process after which others took their turns.

Governor Umehi had appealed to all the delegates to be orderly, stressing the need to end the process on time.

Meanwhile, Mr Godwin Obaseki on Sunday picked the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), after beating other candidates at the primaries in Benin City, the Edo State’s capital.

Mr Obaseki polled 1,618 votes to defeat the incumbent Deputy Governor, Pius Odubu, who scored 471 votes, and a former Minister of State for Works, Chris Ogiemwonyi, who got 137 votes amongst others.

Edo-State-Governorship-Election

As Mr Ize-Iyamu and Mr Obaseki prepare to represent the two leading political parties, the people of Edo State are to decide who succeeds Governor Adams Oshiomhole in the Saturday, September 10 governorship election.

Oshiomhole Seeks Support For His Administration’s Tax Policy

OshiomholeThe Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole has appealed to residents of the state to support his administration’s tax policies which according to him will have a positive impact on the development of the state

Governor Oshiomhole made this appeal while speaking at a symposium organised by Correspondent Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Benin City, Edo State Capital

The Governor also added that his administration is laying down a solid financial foundation for successive administrations to carry out more developmental projects in the future

FRSC Sets Up Mobile Court In Edo

frscThe Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has set up a mobile court in Benin City, the Edo State capital to check reckless driving.

Officials of the Commission said this is part of efforts to penalise those who disrespect traffic regulations.

Majority of culprits arrested include those in possession of fake drivers’ licenses.

The Commission has also pledged to create greater awareness for motorists on the need to adhere to traffic regulations especially along highways.

The FRSC had deployed 36, 000 men to Federal roads across Nigeria to ensure adherence to road safety laws and free flow of traffic during the Yuletide.

Governor Oshiomhole Swears-In New Commissioners

oshiomholeThe Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has reiterated the desire for his administration to finish strong, hence the need to engage fresh brains to steer the affairs of the State.

Governor Oshiomhole shared this view during the swearing-in ceremony of two new Commissioners into his cabinet at the Exco Chambers, Government House in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The new members of cabinet are Tom Uloko, for Ministry of Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs and Gideon Obhakhan, for the Ministry of Education.

Governor Oshiomhole, earlier in the week, suspended four local government chairmen.

The allegations against them include non-payment of staff salaries without satisfactory explanations, inability to account for Internally Generated Revenue, diversion of funds, failure to follow due process in the award of contracts as well as illegal employment of senior officers without going through Local Government Service Commission, which is a violation of laid-down provisions.

PDP, APC Trade Words Over $75 Million World Bank Loan

PDP-apcThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are trading words over a $75 million loan requested from the World Bank by the State government.

Although the State government controlled by the APC is still waiting for the approval from the National Assembly, the PDP is kicking against the loan request.

Speaking to Channels Television on Friday in Benin City, the Edo State capital, the Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chris Nehikharie, alleged that Governor Adams Oshiomhole would further worsen the state’s debt profile by taking the loan.

They asked the Senate to reject the proposal, claiming that the State government would divert the money for election campaign.

“In this government alone, the local government alone has received 212 billion Naira as at May this year.

“We are in shock. It is unbelievable that this government wants to collect more money and bequeath the debt legacy. We reject it and we beg the Senate and the President of Nigeria to reject it,” Mr Nehikharie said.

He asked the Edo State government to provide indices that would prove that the first trench of the loan was successfully utilised, as claimed.

In reaction, the APC Chairman in Edo State, Anslem Ojezua, said the loan was a testimony to the good works of the State government.

“Ordinarily, because they don’t give out gifts, that is why they called this a loan. It attracts one per cent interest, a moratorium period of 10 years and the State government has 40 years to pay.

“How does this compare with the loans the PDP takes?” he questioned.

President Buhari had written a letter to the Senate seeking the approval of the $75 million loan on behalf of Edo State.

The letter has been read on the floor of the Senate by the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, and the National Assembly will deliberate on the request and come out with a final decision.