Edo Governorship Election: Dogara Congratulates Obaseki On Victory

Yakubu Dogara, congratulates Godwin ObasekiThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, has congratulated the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Godwin Obaseki, on his victory at in the just concluded Edo governorship election.

In a statement on Friday by his spokesman, Mr Turaki Hassan, the Speaker said, “the Edo State governorship election was not won just by the APC and Godwin Obaseki, but by the people”.

“The conduct of the people of Edo State during the election was commendable, as reports have shown that the election was peaceful and no life was lost nor violence reported.

“The rest of the country would do well to emulate the people of Edo State subsequently”.

He added that “the APC’s victory in Edo State is a telling challenge for politicians and leaders, as  it has shown that the Nigerian voting population is now more aware than ever of the fact that delivering the dividends of democracy to those we lead guarantees that our party will always be favoured.

“Governor Oshiomhole has done very well in Edo State and it is safe to say that the APC’s victory was largely predicated upon his  record of performance in the state”.

Mr Dogara described the Governor-elect as a renowned technocrat whom he believed would government the state efficiently.

“I believe strongly that his vast knowledge and wealth of experience will translate to efficient and effective management of the affairs of Edo state.

“I would also like to thank the people of Edo state for placing their trust in our great party and choosing APC once again”, the Speaker added.

Don’t Discard Ramadan Lessons, Oshiomhole Tells Muslims

OshiomholeGovernor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has urged Nigerian Muslims to be guided by the invaluable lessons learnt during Ramadan as this would greatly mould their lives in the right path prescribed by Almighty Allah.

In his Eid-el-Fitr message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Peter Okhiria, Governor Oshiomhole said that the messages of love, perseverance, self-denial, almsgiving and others learnt during the holy month of Ramadan should not be discarded but should be applied daily by the Muslim in total obedience to the injunctions of Almighty Allah.

“While I congratulate the Muslim faithful for the successful completion of the Ramadan, I urge them to sustain the spirit of godliness, charity, perseverance and spiritual intercession for the nation which were some of the lessons learnt during the Holy Month.

“Having observed strictly the injunctions of Almighty Allah through fasting and prayers and by offering Zakat, the lessons learnt during the Holy month should not be lost, rather they should be part of the daily lives of the true Muslim in his dealings with fellow Muslims and people of other faith.

“The spiritual intercession offered by the faithful during Ramadan for peace, progress and stability in Edo State and the nation should be sustained, especially as the state goes into another phase of its political life.

“I appeal to the faithful to continue to live in peace and harmony with all; to continue to lead by example in supplications to Allah for continued progress and development of our dear state.

“I wish the faithful joyous celebrations and showers of Allah’s blessings. Barka da sallah,” the Governor said.

Oshiomhole Debunks Claims On APC Islamic Agenda

oshiomholeThe Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has debunked claims that General Mohammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are running an Islamic agenda.

Governor Oshiomhole debunked the claims while receiving a former Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate in the last Local Government Council polls in Edegbe Ugbogboh.

Mr Ugbogboh had defected to the APC.

Governor Oshiomhole said: “if General Buhari did not prosecute the Islamic agenda while he was the Military President, then the argument has no basis”.

Governor Oshiomhole assured the new party members and the people of Ikpoba Okha of the government’s commitment to developing the state.

Edo State Crisis, A Ploy To Impeach Governor Oshiomhole – APC

Anslem Ojezua.The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State says the crisis in the state is a ploy by some people to use the House of Assembly to impeach the Governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

The chairman of the state’s chapter of the political party, Anslem Ojezua, told Channels Television on Tuesday that the crisis started after some aggrieved members of the State House of Assembly visited the Nigerian President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan.

Mr Ojezua alleged that some APC lawmakers that defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who he said were making efforts to impeach the governor, were bought.

“What is playing out there is the fact that there are some individuals who feel that everybody must panda according to their caprices and that if things do not go their way then everything must be disrupted.

“What is happening there is that the governor is the target. You want to use the House of Assembly to impeach the governor. To do this, you must have a majority of 2/3 and the first step for them was to go and purchase about four or five members, hoping that it will give them some leverage.

“Somewhere along the line the plot was aborted and that led to violence,” he said, pointing out that the House of Assembly had been in existence since 2011 without issues.

“We had a clear and comfortable majority in the House. As soon as some individuals visited the President in Abuja and came back everything changed.”

A member of the House of Assembly, Rasaq Momoh, was attacked by unknown persons last week, an incident alleged to have happened because he left the APC for the PDP.

But Mr Ojezua dismissed the allegation, insisting that the man was known to be a violent person, alleging that he was one of the lawmakers  that were purchased. ” Rasaq Momoh is said to have bought four cars in one day. Some lawmakers said he was brandishing dollars telling them that they could be as lucky as he is.”

Part of what led to the crisis in the state was the suspension of some members of the House on allegation of gross misconduct, after the defected to the PDP.

Mr Ojezua also insisted that the lawmakers that defected from the APC had no right to remain in the House as the law had stipulated that the seat of any lawmaker that decamps should be declared vacant except it is proven that there was division in the party.

The APC leader dismissed claims of ‘factionalisation’ in the APC, saying that the crisis that was considered as factionalisaion was disagreements at local councils congresses.


Edo Govt To Go Ahead With Teachers Assessment

The Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole

The Edo State Government has resolved to go ahead with the teachers’ assessment following a town hall meeting held to discuss the controversy surrounding the idea.

Among issues for determination were those of teachers who are unable to read, those who have exceeded the required number of years of service and are fraudulently keeping themselves there and those who are past the age of retirement.

Governor Oshiomhole, said that he was changing the exercise from competency test to assessment test, as this would enable them determine those who need training, and the type they would require; those that are qualified and those that cannot be remedied.

While they accept the option of training and retraining of teachers as a possible remedy, the Governor noted that it would be fool hardy to train unqualified teachers, knowing that they do not possess the capacity to receive and reproduce the knowledge.

Participants at the town hall meeting, in their response, threw their weight behind the assessment test, and the Governor right there appointed a former Vice Chancellor of Ambrose Alli University, Professor Dennis Agbonlahor, to chair the exercise, which he said would be conducted by non-state officials.

The teachers unions however boycotted the town hall meeting.

Oshiomhole Confirms The Appointment Of AAU VC

Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole has confirmed the appointment of Professor Cordelia Agbebaku as the substantive Vice Chancellor of the state-owned Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma.

Governor Oshiomhole, who said that the government’s decision was borne out of the fact that the Vice Chancellor has brought stability and development to the university, made the disclosure at the State Government House in Benin City when he received traditional rulers from Edo Central Senatorial district.

The Governor also assured that he would continue to do his best to make the point that Edo is one and the same, adding that the state is driven by merit and not ethnicity.

Earlier, the royal fathers from Edo Central, who were led by the Onojie of Opoji, Ehidiamen 1, thanked Governor Oshiomhole for the development in their domains and assured him of their partnership to move the state forward.

Governor Oshiomhole Debunks Rumours Of Injury In Accident

Adams Oshiomhole.The Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has debunked rumours that he was fatally injured in an auto accident at Ewu, in Esan Central Local Government Area of the state on December 28, necessitating his being flown abroad for treatment.

Presiding over the first State Executive Council meeting for the year, Governor Oshiomhole reassured the people that he is well and alive and that he had every reason to give thanks to God.

The Governor also set agenda for 2014, assuring the people of the state that the government would redouble efforts this year to sustain and complete all on-going projects.

Governor Oshiomhole said he was on his way to Benin to receive the Vice President who was attending Tony Anenih’s birthday when a tomato loaded bus veered off its lane and hit his vehicle which was the third in the convoy.

“Three airbags were deployed following the impact. If not for the fact that the vehicle I was inside was armoured, it would have summersaulted,” the governor said.

He explained further that he was lucky that the vehicles behind his were not in top speed, as they would have run into his.

Governor Oshiomhole said no one sustained any injury and that he went on with his normal schedule for the day before travelling abroad as he had planned.

On his plans for the New Year, Governor Oshiomhole said more attention would be given to roads, drainage, street lights, schools and completing the Central Hospital which is currently under construction.

He pointed out that there would be political pressure during the run up to the National Assembly and Presidential election and said that his Party would strengthen its selling point which was his developmental strides.

The Governor, however, advised his executive members to devote 95 per cent of their time to service delivery as it was too early for politicking.

I Have No Faith In Proposed National Conference– Oshiomhole

Edo state Governor Comrade Adams Oshiomhole says he has no faith in the proposed National Conference.

Though speaking based on personal opinion and not that of his party, the APC, Oshiomhole said the whole idea of the conference was flawed from the beginning as it has no agenda.

The Governor said this today when he received members of the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Conference on a courtesy call to the Edo State Government House.

Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Conference, Professor Femi Okunronmu said they were in the state to consult on the agenda, the length and the legal framework of the conference.

Some politicians,have expressed mixed reactions over the proposed setting up of a committee on national conference as announced by President Goodluck Jonathan since the announcement.

Most politicians feel that there was a need for such a forum but expressed divergent opinions on modalities.

The president had, in his Independence Day broadcast, promised to set up a committee to define the modalities for the convocation of a national conference.

The primary duty of the National Conference is to address and find solutions to the key problems afflicting Nigeria since 1914 to date.

The concern is to remove all obstacles which have impeded the growth and development of the country and to construct a new constitutional frame-work in terms of the system of government-structurally, politically economically, socially, culturally and religiously.

The enlightenment sitting however turned violent, making it the first sitting of the committee to turn rowdy even though it is the fourth state visited by the committee, after the Edo state governor re-appeared at the town hall sitting held at Emagwero college, Sapele Road Benin City and continued his opposition to the conference and this did not go down well with some of the participants who shouted him down, making Governor Oshiomhole to abandon the place and returned to his office.

Oshiomhole Threatens to Release Police Report on Aide’s Murder

Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomole, has threatened to publish the report submitted to him by the police to drive home his accusations that the police was involved in the murder of his private secretary, Olaitan Oyerinde.

This is coming after the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, labelled the accusation by the former Labour Union president as “unfounded”.

Abubakar today in a meeting with senior police officers said the police authority will respond to Oshiomole’s claim appropriately.

Addressing senior police officers in Abuja, IGP Abubakar promised to reply the Edo state governor appropriately.

The Edo State governor had at a national summit on security and a launch for new Code of Conduct in Abuja called for the sack of the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of criminal investigation department for alleged complacency in unraveling those behind the murder of the late Oyerinde.

Oshiomhole inaugurates state electoral commission

Edo state Governor; Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has inaugurated the Edo State Independent Electoral Commission with a charge to conduct credible free and fair elections in 2013.

Addressing members of the commission after the inauguration at the Weekend, the Governor urged the state commission to be conscious of the high expectation of the people as regards credible polls and ensure that they do not betray the trust reposed on them.

The Chairman of the Edo State Independent Electoral Commission; Solomon Ogor in his response thanked the governor for the opportunity to serve, promising that they will not betray the confidence reposed on them.

Governor Oshiomhole sworn-in for second term

The second term of Adams Oshiomhole as Edo state governor started yesterday, as he and his deputy were sworn in at the Samuel Ogbemodia stadium in Benin City.

Amongst national leaders who attended the swearing-in of governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state was former Head of State; General Yakubu Gowon.

He said the scorecard of his administration was a clear demonstration that the state was working against the thinking of cynics that development was impossible in the state.

“Today, we are proud of our scorecard. With all sense of responsibility and humility, we make bold to say that we have comprehensively impacted the lives of our people in so short a time since the creation of this state. Within our limited resources and in spite of the financial deficits we inherited, we have touched communities and lives across the state.

“We are carrying out reforms in all sectors of governance and promoting a culture of respect for ‘value-for-money” in all transactions, respect for public property, beautification of the capital city, modernization of local government headquarters, and promoting political, leadership responsibility and accountability. We have paid special attention to the transformation of the rural areas and the empowerment of women and the youth.

“The results of our efforts are clear and we have received commendations from within and beyond Nigeria. We have always believed that our people deserve the best and we are committed, as a government, to providing the best at all times for them. I can say without hesitation that the best is yet to come.”

Others in attendance are governors from the Action Congress states and the National Leader of the party, Senator Bola Ahmed-Tinubu.

Oshiomhole dissolves Edo state cabinet

The Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomhole on Friday dissolved the State Executive Council.

Mr Oshiomhole, while addressing the commissioners at a valedictory EXCO meeting in Benin City, the Edo State capital, said working with them in the last four years has provided good leadership for the people which led to his re-election.

The state Attorney-general and Commissioner for Justice, Osagie Obayuwana thanked the Governor for giving them the opportunity to serve and described the experience as a school of leadership for them.

Mr Oshiomhole will be sworn-in for a second term on Monday 12 November 2012.