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.”