#EndSARS: Obaseki Condemns Attack In Benin, Calls For Security Of Protesters

Godwin Obaseki

 

 

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has condemned the attack on the #ENDSARS protesters by hoodlums in Benin City.

Governor Obaseki in a statement charged the Edo State Police Command to provide adequate security for the protesters as they exercise their rights as concerned Nigerians.

He also noted that a thorough investigation would commence immediately to bring the culprits to justice.

“I have just learnt that hoodlums have attacked #ENDSARS protesters, who have conducted themselves peacefully in Benin City. I extend my condolences to the victims of the attacks, including those who lost their lives and others who were injured by the thugs.

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“It is disheartening that anyone would attack a peaceful assembly of young people who are expressing genuine concerns over police brutality and intimidation in their own country.

“I hereby call on the Edo State Police Command to get out on the streets and provide adequate security for the protesters and ensure that no one is harassed in the course of exercising their rights.”

Some unidentified hoodlums on Friday attacked protesters gathered at the King’s axis of the state.

The attackers chased the protesters as they brandished machetes and shot into the air.

Teachers Day: Obaseki Commends Edo Teachers For Resilience, Commitment

 

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has hailed teachers in the state for their resilience and commitment to human development, which is exemplified in their seamless adoption of the technology-driven pedagogy now operational in over 840 schools covered by the Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (EdoBEST) programme in the state.

Mr Obasek whoi said this in a statement on the commemoration of World Teachers’ Day, specially thanked teachers in the state for their unwavering support during the just concluded governorship election in the state, noting that he would continue to prioritise their welfare, professional growth and emplace a favourable work-life balance to drive productivity.

He said, “I am delighted to celebrate with teachers in Edo State as we mark World Teachers’ Day. It must be noted that in the entirety of my first term in office, I took special interest in teachers and worked assiduously with them to redirect the course of public education in Edo State, with the introduction of the EdoBEST programme. We had initial hiccups, but today, we are all the better for the key reforms and policy choices made.

“We now have a public primary school system that is the envy of the world, with different governments sending down delegations to understudy what we have done. We are proud of our teachers and would continue to seek more rewarding and uplifting ways to reward them for the successes we have recorded.”

Expressing appreciation to the teachers for their support during the election, he said, “I will not fail to specially thank the wonderful teachers in Edo State who showed uncommon courage during the elections, contributing their own quota to ensuring that we emerged victorious. This, indeed, showed that the teachers are committed to human development, which is a key focus of my administration.

“We would continue to prioritise initiatives that would ensure that our people become the best versions of themselves through well-packaged capacity building programmes. Such packages would be extended to other levels of our education system and also to different arms of the state’s civil and public service to sustain the gains made thus far.”

Nigeria At 60: Despite Our Diversity, We Believe In One Indivisible Nation – Obaseki

Governor Godiwn Obaseki

 

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has congratulated all Nigerians on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of “our independence” as a nation.

Governor Obaseki in a statement also congratulated the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari on this auspicious moment.

“Today, we celebrate the labour of our heroes past and the resilience to speak in unison for a democratic entity, despite our diversity”.

The just-concluded governorship poll in Edo State was yet an acid-test for the consolidation of our democracy and the firm resolve of our people to defend it.

We have indeed come a long way, shouldering the onerous task of charting the course of our collective destiny, making personal and collective sacrifices that today define our path to greatness.

While we agree that there are still challenges facing us, we are emboldened and hopeful, in our collective spirit as Nigerians, to always believe in one indivisible and prosperous nation having been blessed with rich human and natural assets.

These assets rekindle hope and confidence for the future of our great country.

Happy Independence Anniversary, Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

YPP Candidate Congratulates Obaseki Describes Victory As Well-Deserved

Godwin Obaseki

 

The candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) in the recent governorship election in Edo state, Mr. Jones Osagiobare, has congratulated Mr. Godwin Obaseki on his victory, describing it as well-deserved.

Osagiobare made the submission when he led other members of his party on a courtesy visit to the government house in Benin city, the Edo state capital.

According to him, “We are here to congratulate you in the just concluded governorship election. It is a well-deserved victory. We give God all the glory.

“Your excellency, we at YPP believe that tangible and people-oriented development enquires the collective responsibility of all stakeholders. To this end, we will like to fully participate in your soon-to-be-inaugurated administration.”

“We see ourselves as partners in the development of our dear state. We believe that, together, we can lift our state to even more enviable heights,” he added.

Governor Obaseki, on his part, said that YPP and its members were key to strengthening democracy in the state and Nigeria at large.

“You had an option of sitting back and watching things go bad, but you decided to lend your voice to the democratic process. I want to formally thank you for the support you rendered to my party in the just-concluded governorship election.

“The election victory was a victory for all of us. It was a victory for democracy; it was a victory for Edo people and a victory for Nigeria.”

The governor assured that his administration would be very inclusive, saying that ideas can come from anywhere and everywhere, noting that he would screen out ideas to fast track development in the state.

PHOTOS: Obaseki Visits Osinbajo In Abuja

Governor Godwin Obaseki and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

 

Governor Godwin Obaseki on Friday paid a courtesy visit to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja

Governor Obaseki was accompanied by his Deputy Philip Shaibu following his re-election into the office for the second term.

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PHOTOS: Obaseki Pays ‘Thank You’ Visit To Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his wife Betsy

 

Governor Godwin Obaseki on Friday paid a Thank You visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

Governor Obaseki was accompanied by his Deputy Philip Shaibu following his re-election into the office for the second term.

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‘It’s Not The Right Thing To Do’: Obaseki Rules Out Return To APC

 

The Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has dismissed claims that he will be returning to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Obaseki who got a second term on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said having contested and won on the party’s platform, moving out of the party will be a stain on his integrity.

“I couldn’t have contested on a party won on that party’s platform and then considered moving to another party,” Obaseki said on Friday when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

“It’s not a good thing to do, it’s not the right thing to do and I’m sure you will not encourage me to do that”.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, his wife Betsy

 

Governor Obaseki was accompanied by his Deputy Philip Shaibu and some members of his cabinet, following his re-election as governor of the state.

He thanked the President for ensuring that fair play reigned during the election which saw him victorious.

He said, “You would recall a couple of weeks before the election, I came to see you and you assured me that we were going to have a free, peaceful and credible election.

“That is what we had during the election of 19th September and the whole world has acclaimed that the Edo election was perhaps one of the best conducted in recent times in Nigeria. This could not have been possible without your insistence that the right things be done, and for that, we want to say thank you very much.”

Governor Obaseki also thanked the President for his congratulatory message, assuring him that the message “has been internalised, that it is God that made this election possible, therefore I should be humble about the election and also magnanimous in victory.”

He pledged his unalloyed loyalty and support and that of the people of Edo State to the President and the Federal Government.

Governor Obaseki secured 307,955 of the total votes, 84,336 more votes than his closest rival Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who got 223, 619 votes at the just concluded September 19 Edo election.

 

Thank You For Bringing Your Deputy To See Me After Beating My Party, Buhari Tells Obaseki

President Muhammadu Buhari, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, his wife Betsy

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended Governor Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy Philip Shaibu for paying him a courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa after beating the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just-concluded Edo Election.

Mr. Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defeated Mr. Osagie Ize-Iyamu, of the APC to win a second term as governor of Edo State.

The President, while speaking to the governor and his delegation on Friday, said, “I thank you for bringing your deputy and supporters to come and see me after beating my party. I am supposed to preside over all Nigerian interests whether I like it or not, but my single desire is to make sure that innocent people don’t suffer. That message I got across to the Inspector General of Police, that elections must be free and fair.

“If contestants have too much money and they decide to spray, so be it. But what I insist is, nobody should go and raise a counterforce to the government, arm heavily-drugged thugs to go and humiliate people.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, his wife Betsy, Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu his wife Hajiya Maryam during the THANK YOU VISIT

“I want Nigerians to appreciate that I respect them as Nigerians and that I am bound by the oath I have taken, that their security is in the hands of God and in the hands of the government, which I am leading.”

President Buhari noted that as the leader of the governing party, and despite the fact that the party has lost some states in the elections, he wishes to leave behind a political culture based on integrity.

“We have lost states across the country. Now I do not like to escape the responsibility, seeing as the leader of the country, I am also the leader of my party, that I am not leading the party very well.

“I am trying to make sure that the party is built on a civilised basis, rule of law and respect for human rights and human beings, right from polling units to local governments, to states up to Abuja and that’s what I have been insisting as my contribution to the National Working Committee and executive of the party. I know we are a developing country, a developing economy, and trying to develop our political culture. I want the development of political culture to be based on integrity and accountability. Let people work very hard and earn what they are looking for through their hard work and through fair competition,” the President said.

He added jocularly that he was congratulating the Edo governor “reluctantly” because he defeated the candidate of his party, the APC.

In his remarks, Governor Obaseki thanked the President for ensuring that fair play reigned during the election which saw him victorious.

“You would recall a couple of weeks before the election, I came to see you and you assured me that we were going to have a free, peaceful, and credible election. That is what we had during the election of 19th September and the whole world has acclaimed that the Edo election was perhaps one of the best conducted in recent times in Nigeria. This could not have been possible without your insistence that the right things be done, and for that, we want to say thank you very much.”

He also thanked the President for his congratulatory message, assuring him that the message “has been internalised, that it is God that made this election possible, therefore I should be humble about the election and also magnanimous in victory.”

He pledged his unalloyed loyalty and support and that of the people of Edo State to the President and the federal government.

US Hails INEC, Security Agencies Over Edo Guber Poll

Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard
Mary Beth Leonard, US Ambassador to Nigeria. Photo: US Embassy.

 

The United States Government has lauded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies over the conduct of the Edo State Governorship election. 

“Congratulations @inecnigeria and Nigerian security services on the Edo governorship election,” the US Mission in Nigeria tweeted Wednesday.

“We commend the people of Edo State for exercising their franchise and recognize Governor Obaseki & Pastor Ize Iyamu for encouraging peace.”

 

It also commended civil society organizations who played vital roles in the successful conduct of the Edo Governorship poll.

Obaseki Re-Elected

Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defeated Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to win a second term as governor of Edo State.

He was returned elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after polling the highest number of votes in the keenly-contested poll conducted on Saturday.

INEC Returning Officer for the poll, Professor Akpofure Rem-Rukeh, declared the governor as the winner on Sunday at the office of the electoral umpire in Benin City, which doubled as the final collation centre.

“That Godwin Obaseki of PDP having satisfied the requirements of the law in meeting the 25 per cent in two-third of the local government areas in the state and having a margin of lead higher than the cancelled votes is hereby declared the winner and returned elected,” Professor Rem-Rukeh who is also the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Petroleum Resources, stated.

Obaseki, Shaibu Get Certificates

Following the victory, Obaseki and his Deputy, Philip Shaibu, on Tuesday, received their certificates of return from INEC.

The National Commissioner, INEC in charge of Edo, Rivers, and Bayelsa, Mrs May Agbmuche-Mbu made the presentation at the INEC office in Aduwawa, Benin City.

“I hereby certify that Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been elected to the office of governor of Edo State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the election held on the 19th of September 2020,” Agbmuche-Mbu said while presenting the certificate to Obaseki.

 

Obaseki, Shaibu Receive Certificates Of Return

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued certificates of return to Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his deputy, Phillip Shaibu.

The National Commissioner, INEC in charge of Edo, Rivers, and Bayelsa, Mrs May Agbmuche-Mbu made the presentation on Tuesday at the INEC office in Aduwawa, Benin City, the Edo State capital.

She commended stakeholders particularly the security agencies for their role in the smooth conduct of the governorship poll.

Obaseki displays his certificate of return. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

“I hereby certify that Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been elected to the office of governor of Edo State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the election held on the 19th of September 2020,” Agbmuche-Mbu said while presenting the certificate to Obaseki.

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Governor Obaseki was returned elected by INEC after polling the highest number of votes in the keenly-contested election conducted on Saturday, September 19.

INEC Returning Officer for the poll, Professor Akpofure Rem-Rukeh, declared the governor as the winner on Sunday at the office of the electoral umpire in Benin City, which doubled as the final collation centre.

The governor secured 307,955 of the total votes, 84,336 more votes than his closest rival Ize-Iyamu, who got 223, 619 votes.

 

Obaseki Offers Olive Branch

Meanwhile, Godwin Obaseki offered an olive branch to leaders and members of the opposing party, All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

Obaseki while giving an address after he received his certificate of return said the fight is over between him and his predecessor Adams Oshiomhole who is also the former Chairman of the APC.

He also called on the flagbearer of the APC, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and other members to join in the administration of the state and in moving Edo State forward.

Edo State Governorship Election: APC Congratulates Obaseki On His Re-Election

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated Governor Godwin Obaseki on his re-election as the governor of Edo State.

The chairman of the APC national caretaker committee, Mai Mala Buni said in a statement that the peaceful conduct of the election and its outcome represents a victory for Nigeria’s democracy.

He said the party and the president remain committed to free and fair elections to strengthen the foundation of the country’s political and moral authority.

He commended INEC, security agencies, and all political parties that contested the election for the successful conduct of the election.

He also commended the party’s flagbearer Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu for his tenacity and leadership while appreciating the efforts of the immediate past national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, and other members for demonstrating unwavering support for the party and its candidate in the election.

Governor Buni added that it is time to unite to move the country’s democracy forward and put an end to the era when the electoral contest becomes warfare.

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Below is the full speech by Governor Buni.

Edo State Governorship Election: Victory for Democracy

September 21, 2020

The September 19, 2020 Edo State Governorship election is over, the winner has been declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the person of the Mr. Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP). We hereby congratulate the winner of the election, the people of Edo State and all Nigerians. The peaceful conduct of the election and its outcome represent victory for Nigeria’s democracy

As a party, we join our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, to affirm our ‘commitment to free and fair elections’ in order to strengthen ‘the foundation for our political and moral authority’. We commend INEC, our security agencies and all political parties that contested the election for the successful conduct of the election. As a governing party, we will take every step necessary to support the Federal Government to consolidate all the gains achieved.

We, in particular want to salute our candidate in the election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamuh for his tenacity and leadership. We similarly commend our Edo State leaders, especially our immediate past National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and all our members in Edo State for demonstrating unwavering support for our party and our candidate in the election. In the face of all the challenges, we collectively remained faithful and worked tirelessly during the campaigns. We appeal to all our members to be strengthened by the outcome of the election and unite in order to correct all the problems that worked against our party and our candidate in the just concluded election.

Finally, we specially hereby celebrate our Edo State 2020 Governorship Campaign Council led by His Excellency Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Governor of Kano State. We acknowledge and appreciate the contributions of all members of the Campaign Council. As progressives and democrats, we are confident that all leaders and members of the party will celebrate the outcome of the election as free and fair as acknowledge by our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari.

Let us unite to move our democracy for forward. We must put an end to the era when electoral contest become warfare. We urge our candidate and all our members to join us in congratulating Mr. Godwin Obaseki and the PDP, being the declared winner of the election. Our attention must now shift to Ondo State and ensure that we win the October 10, 2020 election. September 19, 2020 Edo election should present a new watershed. We will work hard to win the Ondo election. Having reaffirmed our commitment to free and fair elections, it is our expectation that all opposition parties in the country will also commit themselves to free and fair contests. We will therefore accordingly expect congratulatory message from all parties just as we similarly guarantee that once we are defeated in a fair contest, we will congratulate the winner.

May God continue to bless our democracy, our nation and our people!

His Excellency, Mai Mala Buni

Chairman, APC Caretaker Extraordinary/Convention Planning Committee

Buhari Congratulates Obaseki, Reiterates Commitment To Free, Fair Elections

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Godwin Obaseki on his re-election as governor of Edo State.

He congratulated him on Sunday in a statement signed by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu, urging him to continue to show grace and humility in victory.

The President also commended the election process in the state, reiterating the government’s commitment to free and fair elections.

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“My commitment to free and fair elections is firm because without free and fair elections, the foundation of our political and moral authority will be weak,” he said.

“I have consistently advocated for free and fair elections in the country because it is the bedrock of true democratic order.

“Democracy will mean nothing if the votes of the people don’t count or if their mandate is fraudulently tampered with.”

Speaking further, President Buhari also commended the people of the state, the parties, candidates and security agencies for conducting themselves responsibly.

It was a dramatic process that saw Obaseki run a governorship race against Ize-Iyamu for a second time in four years.

 

Governor Obaseki and His Deputy, Philip Shaibu have been re-elected into office for another four-year tenure.

 

Both men faced each other in 2016, albeit with Obasek flying the flag of the APC and Ize-Iyamu flying that of the PDP.

A political rift between the governor and Oshiomhole which spiraled beyond the state to national politics, saw both men switch parties and square up against each other on platforms they once criticised.

The campaign, characterised by drama and controversy that did not spare the State House of Assembly, was tempered by the intervention of the Oba of Benin to calm fears that the poll could turn violence heightened.

A peace accord was also signed by all the candidates days before the poll as stakeholders made concerted efforts to ensure a successful poll.

Overall, most of the stakeholders rated the exercise as largely peaceful, free and fair.

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