Edo APC Suspends National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole

A file photo of APC National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, addressing a press conference in Abuja.

 

 

The crisis in the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken a new twist with the suspension of the party’s national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

The decision followed the vote of no confidence reportedly passed on Mr Oshiomhole on Tuesday by the Chairmen of the APC in the 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

A statement jointly signed by the APC Chairman and Assistant Secretary in Edo, Anselm Ojezua and Ikuenobe Anthony, respectively explained that Oshiomhole was suspended for his alleged role in the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party.

“Consequent on the development, the State Executive Committee has adopted the vote of no confidence passed on him and the subsisting suspension order from the organs of the party in the state.

“The vote of no confidence on Oshiomhole and the suspension are the fallout of his role in trying to disintegrate the party in Edo State,” it said.

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The state party chieftains stressed that the suspension was necessary to prevent a repeat of what happened in Zamfara State, where the APC was unable to field any candidate in 2019 general elections.

The statement added, “Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is the one behind the crisis in Edo APC. We have passed a vote of no confidence in him and he stands suspended from the party.

“We don’t want what happened in Zamfara State or other parts of the country to happen in Edo State.”

In another statement jointly signed by the Chairman of the body and Etsako West Chairman, Ibrahim Akokia, as well as his Etsako Central and Owan West counterparts, Suleiman Bagudu and Lugard Alukpe respectively, the 18 LGA Chairmen of APC in Edo distanced themselves from Oshiomhole’s suspension.

They insisted that they were not aware of such a meeting where a vote of no confidence was passed on Oshiomhole who they said was “doing very well”.

On the contrary, they accused the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, of harassment and intimidation, adding that his actions could pull down the APC in the state.

They, therefore, called on the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to expel Governor Obaseki from the party over allegations of anti-party activities.

Edo Kidnap: Traditional Rulers Demand Justice Iheme’s Release

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The Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers has demanded the immediate release of Justice Chioma Iheme unconditionally.

The Deputy Chairman of the Council, Chijioke Okwara, made the demand on behalf of the royal fathers while addressing reporters on Tuesday at the palace of the Chairman of the Council in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

He made the request one week after gunmen kidnapped Justice Iheme of the Court of Appeal in Edo State.

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Okwara described the incident as quite unfortunate, claiming that the security operatives have done nothing to ensure that the judge regains her freedom.

He, therefore, noted that an illustrious daughter of Imo from Nkwerre Local Government Area of the state, the traditional rulers demand Justice Iheme’s immediate and unconditional release.

The traditional ruler also called President Muhammadu Buhari, state governors, and security operatives among other relevant stakeholders to do everything possible to find a permanent solution to the security challenges in the country.

Gunmen Kidnap Another Judge In Edo

 

Gunmen have abducted another judge this time in Benin City the Edo state capital.

Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme of the Benin Court of Appeal was kidnapped today on her way to the court.

The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Dan-Mallam Mohammed, who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, says a manhunt has been launched to track down the gunmen and rescue the judge.

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Justice Nwosu-Iheme is known to be Nigeria’s first female judge to study law up to the Ph.D. level, specialising in the law of intellectual property.

Her abduction comes days after a federal high court judge in Akure, Ondo state justice Abdul Dogo, was freed by kidnappers who had abducted him on Tuesday last week at the border between Edo and Ondo states.

Justice Dogo was rescued on Saturday by operatives of the inspector general’s intelligence response team from a forest behind the federal college of education in Itakpe, Kogi state.

Judge Kidnapped In Edo Regains Freedom

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The Federal High Court judge, Justice Abdul Dogo, who was kidnapped on Tuesday at Ibilo, in Edo state has been rescued.

A police source confirmed to Channels Television that Justice Dogo was rescued in the early hours of today by operatives of the inspector general’s intelligence response team.

He said Justice Dogo was released from a forest behind the Federal College of Education in Itape, Kogi state.

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Although the victim was said to have sustained a minor injury, he has since been reunited with his family in Abuja.

The gunmen had demanded a 50 million naira ransom but it was not confirmed if any ransom was paid.

Justice Dogo of the Federal High Court Akure in Ondo State was kidnapped along with his driver at the Ibilo/Isua Akoko axis, a border area between Ondo and Edo states, on their way from Abuja to Akure.

VIDEO: Youths Shut Benin-Lagos Highway As Car Kills Four People


 

It was a sad day for the residents of Uselu in Edo State as four ladies were killed by a BMW saloon car.

The incident happened on Saturday in Egor Local Government Area of the state.

According to witnesses, the car rammed into the victims while they were waiting to board a bus along the Benin-Lagos highway.

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A picture of the car said to have killed four people in Edo State on October 26, 2019.

 

This caused tension in the area as a crowd of angry youths stormed the scene and razed down the car involved in the accident.

The youths also locked down the road while some of them told Channels Television in an interview that some police officers allegedly shot and took away three persons in their bid to clear the blockade they had set up.

The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Mohammed, who visited the scene confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

He also gave assurance that the police would launch an immediate investigation into the purported shooting by the security operatives.

Civil Societies Protest, Reject Privatisation Of Edo Specialist Hospital

Members of the Edo Civil Society Organisations (EDOCSO) protest at the State Specialist Hospital in Benin City on October 22, 2019.

 

 

Civil groups in Edo State have staged a protest against the alleged privatisation of the Specialist Hospital by the state government.

The protesters, under the aegis of Edo Civil Society Organisations (EDOCSO), stormed the facility on Tuesday to reject the purported action of the government.

They had stated a similar demonstration on Friday last week and threatened to empty the facility of patients and staff should there be any on the ground on their arrival today.

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Dozens of protesters participated in the demonstration which took place at the Edo State Specialist Hospital located on Sapele Road in Benin City, the state capital.

The state government has since denied the allegation of privatising the hospital as claimed by the protesters.

Edo Govt To Demolish Illegal Structures

 

The Edo State Government is set to commence the demolition of illegal structures erected on government property, including public schools and waterways in Benin City and other major settlements in the state.

The Commissioner of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Erimona Edorodion, announced this in a statement on Thursday.

The exercise will also affect roof eave-extensions and structures erected on the right of way of roads, moats, riverbanks, as well as buildings closed to high tension lines of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

Dr Edorodion explained that said the exercise became necessary to address the challenges of poor living and working environment and incessant cases of flooding in urban centres.

He said, “The exercise will involve development control activities to ensure that illegal structures which are poorly constructed and wrongly sited are demolished.

“It will also ensure that developments that are involved in the unlawful discharge of sewage and industrial wastes into our environment are sanctioned.”

“This is in accordance with the provisions of the State’s Extant Town Planning and Environmental Laws and Regulations and to ensure that our living and working environment is safe, healthy, convenient and aesthetically pleasing,” he added.

The commissioner asked developers to demolish or remove illegal structures and reinstate such land to its original status prior to the illegal construction.

He warned property owners and developers involved in the violation of the state’s environmental laws to desist from such practice.

Dr Edorodion said, “The relevant ministry shall enforce the provisions of the Extant Environmental and Town Planning Laws of the State, to control illegal development.

“The cost of such action shall be recovered from the violators in a law court of competent jurisdiction and they shall be prosecuted accordingly.”

Teachers’ Day: Edo Has The Lowest Out-Of-School Children, Says Obaseki

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

 

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, says his state has the lowest level of out-of-school children in the country.

The governor stated this on Saturday during the 2019 World Teachers’ Day which held at the Eagles Square in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Obaseki also blamed the challenges of unemployment and human trafficking on what he described as poor education.

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According to him, his administration did not just build classrooms across the state but also addressed the issues from the foundation level.

“The fact is that if a teacher is not in class, the child will not learn. If the teacher does not know what to teach the child, there will be no learning.

“What is most important as to anything in life is the foundation. If you do not make the right investment or commitment to the foundations of education, then people will not learn,” he said.

Speaking further, the governor explained that the state government has prioritised both basic and technical education within the last two years.

His remarks come shortly after being honoured as the Most Educationally Friendly Governor of the year for some strides recorded by his administration in education.

Edo Government Drops All Senior And Special Assistants

 

Edo state government has terminated the appointments of all its senior special assistants and special assistants.

A statement signed by the secretary to the state government Osarodion Ogie says the termination is with immediate effect.

According to the communique, the state government has offered immense gratitude to the outgoing assistants and has directed them to hand over all government property and documents in their possession to the SSG’s office.

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Mr Ogie says fresh appointments will be made within the next 30 days.

Governor Obaseki had appointed 192 Special Assistants representing each ward in the state and 54 Senior Special Assistants comprising three persons from each local government areas

The governor later appointed 18 Special Assistants (females) based on Gender.

Edo Govt Partners ICPC To Fight Corruption In Civil Service

Governor Godwin Obaseki addressing a gathering in Abuja on July 19, 2019.

 

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has warned that public and civil servants involved in corrupt practices will be made to face the wrath of the law.

Obaseki who gave the warning on Wednesday while presiding over the weekly state Executive Council meeting at the Government House, Benin City, the Edo state capital, maintained that government appointment is a call to service rather than an opportunity to make money.

He noted that his administration will partner with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to check corruption in the service.

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“This government is going to take the issue of corruption seriously and we are partnering with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

“We are setting up a special team at both state and local government levels and the team will have the responsibility to ensure that corruption cases involving public servants; either members of EXCO, civil servants or local government employees will be taken seriously,” Obaseki said.

He stressed that “any public servant caught in the act of corruption will be made to face the law. We will not only take disciplinary action but also prosecute those caught.

“The reports of corruption reaching my office are becoming worrisome. I have instructed the Secretary to the State Government to set up an anti-corruption team within the next week and also open public complaint boxes and encourage members of the public to feel free to send information about any official with corrupt tendencies or involved in the corrupt act to the government.”

Edo Set For FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, Says Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki addressing a gathering in Abuja on July 19, 2019.

 

 

Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, says the state is ready to host the world during the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

He stated the readiness of the state as the world’s football governing body commenced a tour of facilities in Nigeria, following the country’s bid to host the competition.

“We are delighted at the endorsements of our facilities by the visiting FIFA delegation led by FIFA Consultant, Mainasarawa Illo,” the governor said.

He added, “Edo State is the heartbeat of Nigeria, we made our mark in sports several decades ago and we are setting the stage to bring back those glorious years of leading in all sporting activities, with our huge investment in the sector.

“Edo is clearly the safest state in the south-south region; our people are very cosmopolitan with a rich and colourful culture.”

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According to the governor, the state has a functional airport and some of the best hotels in the country.

He also said they have reliable transport infrastructure and all other things that would give the prospective visitors a memorable experience.

The governor added that the remodelling work on the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium would soon be completed while work on other sporting facilities was progressing.

In his remarks, Illo noted that the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City was one of the venues proposed for use by FIFA.

He said, “There was a need to know before time, exactly what’s on ground; see the progress of work, so as to know if adequate preparations have been made to accommodate all the required facilities.”

After the inspection, the FIFA consultant declared that the facilities on ground were “absolutely breath-taking.”

“It is scenic, picturesque, functional, strong and very promising,” he added.

Illo was accompanied on the tour by President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr Amaju Pinnick, among others.

APC Backs NASS On Edo, Bauchi Assembly Crises, Blames Governors

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) is in support of the decision taken by the National Assembly to resolve the crisis in Edo and Bauchi State Houses of Assembly.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Lanre Issa-Onilu, stated this while addressing a news conference on Sunday in Abuja.

According to him, the real issue at stake is the alleged deliberate violation of the rule of law by the governors of the affected states.

Issa-Onilu said, ”There was supposed to be a proper proclamation of the House of Assembly in Bauchi and Edo and in both cases, what happened has fallen short of the expectation.”

“So, do the right thing. You can deal with whoever you think is your problem; that is a different issue.

“Our only concern here is wherever – Edo, Bauchi, anywhere else, rule of law must guide whatever we do. Enough of impunity in the country, and we will not take it,” he added.


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APC spokesman, Lanre Issa-Onilu, addressing a press conference in Abuja on July 21, 2019.

 

 

The APC spokesman said the party has demanded that the governors of Edo and Bauchi states obey the rule of law by ensuring that their State Houses of Assembly were properly inaugurated.

He insisted that the National Assembly was constitutionally empowered to take over the functions of any State House of Assembly found not capable of performing its functions.

Issa-Onilu explained that the APC aligned itself with the position of the federal lawmakers, stressing that their intervention in the crisis was in line with the Constitution.

He said, “What should happen is the National Assembly is clearly empowered in a situation where it is clear that a particular House of Assembly is incapable of conducting its business.

“The law is clear on what should be done and we are glad to know that the respective chambers are already doing what they need to do.”