‘Nothing Unusual About Meeting With My Brother’, Oshiomhole Says About Obaseki

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole says there is no rift between himself and his successor Governor Godwin Obaseki and there is nothing unusual about them holding a meeting.

Oshiomhole, who described Obaseki as his brother said the alleged rift between them is the creation of people with personal interest.

He disclosed this on Monday night while receiving Governor Obaseki, who led members of his cabinet to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir Festival, at his residence in Estako West Local Government Area of the state.

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After the closed-door meeting which lasted for about an hour, Oshiomhole said the meeting was not unusual and they are in constant communication.

“What is unusual that my brother and I have met. Many people here are not new faces.

“I think you media people, you like to invent things. You create factions in your own image,” Oshiomhole said.

Obaseki also told journalists that the visit to his predecessor was not unusual.

He said that he decided to celebrate Sallah with his former boss and celebrate Edo leaders.

“You heard from him, there is nothing unusual about this meeting. Today is Sallah. We just finished celebrating the former national chairman in Benin.

“We decided to come here and also visit with him. So there is nothing unusual,” Obaseki said.

‘This Illegality Will Not Stand,’ Edo Govt Reacts To Senate Order On State Assembly

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki (file )

 

The Edo State Government has reacted to the Senate order which on Tuesday asked the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, to issue a fresh proclamation letter for inauguration of the Edo State House of Assembly within one week.

In a statement and signed on Tuesday by Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, the state government declared that “this illegality will not stand.”

They described the Senate order as unconstitutional and a disregard for the Principle of Separation of Powers.

The state government claimed that the order was propelled by “powerful persons who want to set Edo State ablaze “merely to satisfy their thirst for power and control.”

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“This move was not unexpected in the light of the enormous political pressure which had been brought to bear on the Officers and Members of the distinguished Senate by the highly placed and powerful persons who are intent on foisting their will and choices on the good people of Edo State.”

The State government said there are three pending suits pending before various courts concerning the issue of the Edo Assembly and the Senate Ad-hoc committee were informed when they visited Edo State.

“The Government of Edo State wishes to observe that the Chairman and Members of Ad-Hoc Committee of the Senate which visited Edo State were made aware of the existence of at least three suits pending before various Courts wherein the factual and legal dispute regarding the Edo State House of Assembly inauguration have been submitted to the Courts by both contending parties for resolution.

“The Ad-Hoc Committee also failed to inform the Senate of the existence of a valid injunction in Suit No FHC/B/OS/70/2019 wherein the Federal High Court restrained various parties from interfering in any manner with the activities of the Edo State House of Assembly which said order had been brought to their attention in the course of their visit to Edo State.

“In point of fact in Suit No. FHC/PH/CS/159/2019 the National Assembly, the Clerk of National Assembly, the President of the Senate and Speaker of House of Representatives amongst others were specifically ordered by the Federal High Court to maintain the Status Quo as at 25th July, 2019.

“The Edo State Government is further aware that in suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/815/2019, wherein the Clerk and the National Assembly are defendants before the Federal High Court in Abuja, the National Assembly and the Clerk have not only been duly served with the processes but have entered an appearance in the matter,” the statement read in part.

The secretary to the state government added that it is unfortunate that the  Senate would act in flagrant breach of these various Court Orders and come to conclusions concerning a matter in which the parties are already before the Courts.

The Edo State Government also maintained that there is nowhere in the Constitution particularly Section 11(4) which enables the National Assembly to “take over” any House of Assembly or in this respect, the Edo State House of Assembly.

“It is the duty of the Clerk of the House of Assembly to inaugurate the House of Assembly and he has since performed that task. He has further approached a Court of law to seek a validation of his actions.

“The pronouncements of the Distinguished Senate on the subject (with respect) is clearly misconceived and would amount to interference in the role of the Courts which may in fact constitute contempt with which the Governor would not wish to be associated.

“The Government of Edo State firmly believes that our State is not a colony or a vassal of any person or persons exercising power in Abuja and we shall take all necessary steps within the ambit of the law to defend and validate our position and actions on this matter,” Ogie said.

The Senate had earlier on Tuesday ordered Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki to issue a fresh proclamation letter to the seventh Edo House of Assembly.

The Senate also ordered that the Clerk of the Edo House of Assembly should inform all 24 members elect via electronic/print media of the new inauguration date after receiving the proclamation letter from the governor.

The senate resolved that if the proclamation is not made in one week, the national assembly shall take over the functions of the Edo State House of Assembly.

‘Issue Fresh Proclamation Letter To Edo Assembly’, Senate Orders Obaseki

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

 

The Senate on Tuesday ordered Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki to issue a fresh proclamation letter to the seventh Edo House of Assembly.

The Senate also ordered that the Clerk of the Edo House of Assembly should inform all 24 members elect via electronic/print media of the new inauguration date after receiving the proclamation letter from the governor.

The senate also resolves that if the proclamation is not made in one week, the national assembly shall take over the functions of the Edo State House of Assembly.

The resolutions followed the adoption of the report of the Senate ad hoc committee on the Edo State House of Assembly crisis, presented by its chairman, Senator Sabi Abdullahi.

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The report submitted by the committee revealed that the clerk of the Edo House of Assembly stated that Governor Obaseki transmitted a written proclamation to him, a publication was made and members-elect were notified of the planned inauguration.

The report also indicated that the commissioner of police was aware of the inauguration and necessary security was granted.

The report disclosed further that members-elect who were not inaugurated alleged that they did not receive any information on the planned inauguration as alleged by the clerk of the Edo House of Assembly.

The committee told the House that the proclamation letter by the governor did not contain the time for the inauguration and there was no media publication as required by law.

Also, no video clip from the inauguration was provided to the committee as requested.

Another revelation by the committee was that the Nigeria Police was informed on the inauguration day.

The direction by the Senate to Governor Obaseki to issue fresh proclamation letter aligned with that of the House of Representatives, which issued a similar directive two weeks ago.

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.

Oshiomhole And Obaseki Shake Hands, Laugh Together

Oshiomhole And Obaseki Shake Hands, Laugh Together

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, and the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, shook hands on Wednesday.

Both men also laughed to together as they took a picture at the Presidential Policy Dialogue which took place at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Before the retreat began, they were asked by some photojournalists to shake hands and pose for snapshots.

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The APC chairman and the governor complied and took pictures together with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, and Chairman of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum, Kayode Fayemi.

In his reaction, Governor Fayemi told the journalists, “We are not quarrelling here”

Oshiomhole and Obaseki had been at loggerheads over the inauguration of the Edo State House of Assembly.

Obaseki Seeks Stiffer Punishment For Human Traffickers

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has called for a stiffer punishment on human traffickers, especially cartels propagating the dastardly act.

Obaseki made this call on Saturday in commemoration of the World Day for International Justice by the United Nations.

He believes that if the International Criminal Court metes out appropriate sanctions on perpetrators of human trafficking, the menace of illegal migration will be reduced to the barest minimum.

“As countries and sub-national actors work towards curbing human trafficking and illegal migration, it is important to stress that there is an international angle to the campaign due to the extensive network of the perpetrators of the act.

“So, we need stiffer measures and a more holistic approach to mitigating the menace,” he said while decrying the rate of illegal migration.

While reiterating his administration’s commitment to effectively address the situation, the governor recalled that his state has enacted the “Edo State Trafficking in Persons Prohibition Law (2018) and the Edo State Taskforce Against Human Trafficking (ETAHT).”

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Obaseki noted that these laws, coupled with Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law and the Child Rights Law are “legal instruments that underpin our commitment to protect our people and rid the state of tyranny against vulnerable persons.”

He wants the ICC to investigate the activities of cartels who exploit unsuspecting people by leading them into what can best be described as modern-day slavery.

In doing so, he expressed the readiness of the state government to partner the ICC and other international agencies in the fight against human trafficking.

Edo Won’t Be ‘A Pawn In Anybody’s Political Chess Game’ – Obaseki

 

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Friday condemned the crisis rocking the State House of Assembly.

Speaking when he received in audience members of the Benin community in Abuja at Governor’s Lodge in the nation’s capital, the governor alleged that a group of people were fuelling the crisis for their selfish interest.

He, however, vowed to resist any attempt by anyone or group to obstruct the peace being enjoyed in the state.

“Is it not ironic that in a state where we have one party ruling, and that has all the 24 seats in the House of Assembly, we have this kind of a crisis?” asked Governor Obaseki who described the situation as “thoroughly embarrassing”.

He continued “At the centre, we have our own person who is supposed to superintend this. So, if your children are fighting and you cannot come and settle them, then what authority do you have to even be a father?

“I will not allow Edo State to be a pawn in anybody’s political chess game.”

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

The governor explained why those he called political godfathers were after him, saying they were against his positive transformation of the state.

He said he knew from the onset when he started executing projects that some individuals were not comfortable with what he was doing for the good of the state.

Governor Obaseki added that his refusal to share the money meant for the state formed his offence and vowed to resist them.

He said, “For me I keep asking the question what have I done wrong? What is my offence that they want to now get people to come and create confusion in the state?

“The only thing they have said is that I refused to share money; I am not taking care of the people who brought me into office.”

“I said 300,000 Edo people voted for me to be governor; if I do for the people, everybody will benefit,” the governor stated.

Obaseki Warns ‘Abuja Politicians’ To Steer Clear From Edo Assembly

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki addressing his supporters during a solidarity rally held in his honour on Thursday, July 11, 2019.

 

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has warned those he describes as Abuja politicians to steer clear from the state House of Assembly.

Obaseki made the warning on Thursday during a rally organised by several solidarity groups in the state in his honour.

The rally follows reports of the National Assembly planning to take over the state legislative complex, a move that didn’t augur well with him.

But addressing the huge crowd in Benin, the state capital, the governor said the people were ready and waiting for individuals mobilising outside forces to seize the Assembly.

“I want to leave you with these words that those people who are parading themselves, speaking on the internet and everywhere for themselves and their pockets, Edo people are watching you.

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“For those of you who have gone outside to Abuja to say that people from outside should go and invade Edo, to come and seize our House of Assembly, we are waiting for you,” he said.

The stern looking Obaseki regretted why some politicians would want to tense the atmosphere of the state.

He recalled that Kogi and Bayelsa elections coming up in November have not been as tensed as Edo, stressing that his administration Is not perturbed at all owing to the people’s support it enjoys.

Speaking further, the governor decried a situation whereby some people that joined in the democratic struggles for the building of the All Progressives Congress in the state would renege.

“This struggle started 12 years ago in this town. The struggle has not ended, the struggle has just entered gear 2. For those of you who are old enough, what we are going through today, we went through 10 years ago.

“The same thing, nothing has changed. It’s just unfortunate that some people who were with us when we started that struggle, today we do not know what has happened to them. But it is a struggle we will win because it is a struggle that says that the people must lead.

“Democracy is about the people. And so whatever we are doing as a government is for you because we have not started, this is just the beginning. All the plans that we have in place by the grace of God will come to fruition,” he said.

Obaseki Holds Security Meeting, Warns Against Disturbance Of Public Peace

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Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki

 

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has warned individuals against disturbing public peace in the state.

Obaseki gave the warning on Friday during a security meeting which held at the Government House in Benin, the state capital.

The governor in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, said the state security council resolved to sound a strong warning to individuals and groups who are bent on causing trouble and disrupting public peace.

“The council declared that the security apparatus in the state will stop at nothing to bring to justice anybody who foments trouble and will rely on the law to prosecute anybody found wanting.

“Some unscrupulous persons, under the guise of politics, are importing arms and ammunition to cause mayhem.

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“The state’s shield stands guard and its sword stands ready to bring to justice anyone found engaging in such criminal activity,” the stamen read in part.

The governor vowed to address the security challenges in the state, stressing that “no matter how highly placed these persons are, they will not only be arrested but prosecuted and jailed.”

He also advised parents to keep a close watch on their children and wards, regretting that some highly placed individuals were planning to recruit the youth to ferment trouble in the state.

Obaseki, therefore, directed security agencies in the state “to commence a search for arms and ammunition being stockpiled by these individuals for the purpose of causing trouble and breaching the peace.”

Those that attended the meeting are the Commander, 4th Brigade of the Nigerian Army, the Commissioner of Police, Edo State, and heads of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Others are the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Prisons Service, and was convened to review the security situation in the state.

Frank Okiye Emerges Speaker Of Edo Assembly Amidst Alleged Imposition

The member representing Esan North East 1 in the Edo State House of Assembly, Frank Okiye, has emerged the Speaker of the House.

Okiye emerged the Speaker of the House during the inauguration of the seventh Assembly held on Monday night.

Nine out of 24 legislators were in attendance.

After ushering the lawmakers into the chambers, the Clerk of the House, Audu Omogbai, read the proclamation letter transmitted to the House by Governor Godwin Obaseki.

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Okiye’s emergence comes amidst alleged imposition of the leadership of the House by the state government.

19 aggrieved lawmakers had earlier addressed a press conference where they claimed that the governor was trying to impose the leadership of the house on members.

The Edo State Commissioner for Information, Paul Ohonbamu, however, refuted the claims, insisting that Governor Obaseki has not broken any law.

Obaseki Asks Muslim Faithful To ‘Pray For Peace, Unity In Nigeria’

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(File photo) Godwin Obaseki

 

Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has asked Muslim faithful to imbibe the virtue of piety and pray for Nigeria’s unity and progress with the commencement of the Ramadan fast.

Obaseki said the period offers Islamic followers in the state and across the country to draw close to God, live in peace with their neighbours and dedicate themselves to the virtues of charity and sacrifice.

“As Muslim Faithful in the state and across the world commence the Ramadan fast, I urge them to uphold the hallmarks of the period which include commitments to family, faith and community.

“The period is a time of reflection and dedication to God and as Muslim faithful observe this sacred devotion, they should remember to pray for peace, unity and progress in Nigeria.

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“I also urge Muslims in Edo State to pray for the progress of the state as they have always and ask that Almighty Allah continue to direct and guild those in the position of authority so they will continue to do His will,” he stated.

While stressing that the state government has benefited immensely from the prayers of Muslims, especially during the month of Ramadan, Obaseki urged them to continue in the tradition.

“As a government, we have enjoyed the support and prayers of Muslims faithful whose prayers have continued to guide us in delivering a better, rewarding life to Edo people,” he added.

I Will Increase Minimum Wage If We Improve On Revenue, Obaseki Tells Workers

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has promised to increase the new minimum wage recently signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He revealed this during a rally to mark the 2019 May Day celebration which held at the University of Benin Sports Complex in Benin City, the state capital.

Speaking on the theme, “Another 100 years of struggle for jobs, dignity and social justice in Nigeria,” the governor noted that the increment would take place if the workers work hard to increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state.

“If we can improve on our revenue, I will increase our minimum wage. We should make sure we commit ourselves to higher productivity,” he stated.

On the implementation of the new minimum wage, Obaseki stated that the state government would set up a joint committee while awaiting further guidelines for the payment from the National Salary and Wages Commission.

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He also promised the workers that his administration is working on plans to harmonize pension based on the new minimum wage, stressing that the payment of backlog of pension and gratuity arrears is underway.

Reacting, the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state, Comrade Sunday Osayande commended the governor for seeing to the welfare of the workers.

“We commend our governor for creating the atmosphere in the state for investors to contribute to our development as jobs have been created in the state under the Obaseki-led administration”

“We also commend Obaseki for the infrastructural development in the state especially on the construction of roads across the state. Thank you for the prompt payment of workers’ salaries, payment of pension arrears, as pensioners are smiling today,” he stated.

Similarly, Chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Marshall Ohue, thanked the governor for making the state suitable for businesses to thrive through positive economic policies.