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.

Kaduna: Yero Releases N800 Million Pensioners’ Entitlements

Kaduna governorState government has paid the retirement benefits worth over N840 Million Naira to 309 retired civil servants; who have served the state meritoriously.

While speaking during the presentation of cheques to the pensioners, Governor Yero noted that, despite the dwindling revenue accruing to Kaduna, the state government has expended over N2 billion for the payment of gratuities of civil servants who retired between January to July, 2014.

The governor also disclosed that his administration has paid a total of N4.7 billion as backlog of retirement benefits for the state civil servants dating back to seven years, and also cleared the backlog of gratuities and death benefits of retirees and deceased staff in the service.

It was a moment of joy for this senior citizens as they filed out to receive their cheques from the governor, most of whom just retired from service last year.

The beneficiaries are batches 5, 6 and 7 of pensioners who were captured in the months of May, June and July, 2014. They filed out to receive the cheques from the state governor in the admiration of their relations and colleagues.

While pledging the commitment of the State government towards ensuring prompt payment of pensions and other retirement benefits, Governor Yero said his administration remained committed to settling all pension liabilities as part of efforts to raise the production capacity of the civil service.

Some of the beneficiaries expressed appreciation to the state government for the payment of their pension and gratuities, and also promised to reciprocate the gesture by voting massively for the governor, who is seeking a re-election for another four year term.

It is expected that the wealth of experience that this pensioners have acquired over the years in service will be an added advantage in terms of initiating viable ventures with the money.