PDP’s Visit To Oba Of Benin Does Not Translate To Endorsement – Obahiagbon

 

The Deputy National Chairman on Communication and Publicity for the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Campaign Council in Edo State, Patrick Obahiagbon, has reacted to the visit by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains to the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II.

Obahiagbon who was interviewed on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Friday said the visit does not translate to the revered monarch endorsing the PDP candidate and incumbent Governor, Godwin Obaseki for the September 19 governorship election in the state.

When asked if the APC candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu has the blessing of the royal father, Obahiagbon neither confirmed nor refuted the question.

He replied saying: The Royal Majesty, the Oba of Benin is a neural traditional king. The Oba does not endorse anybody. The Oba prays for all his subjects.

“If you watch his prayers very meticulously, he would say that “may the candidate that would bring freedom, may the candidate that will bring economic prosperity to my kingdom have the blessing of the great architect of the universe.

“So we cannot situate or locate the visit of PDP to His Royal Majesty to be an endorsement. In any case, the APC is yet to carry out its campaign. When we do that, we will equally visit His Majesty,” he said.

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Obahiagbon also reacted to the endorsement of some religious leaders to Governor Obaseki today, saying that the action does not pose a threat to Ize-Iyamu in the polls.

The APC chieftain explained that going by the endorsements his party’s candidate has received so fair, Ize Iyamu is confident of victory in the governorship election.

Speaking further, Obahiagbon berated Governor Obaseki over the resignation of seven councillors in his ward in Oredo Local Government of the state.

He said the councillors’ decision to declare their support for Ize-Iyamu speaks volumes as the election draws nearer.

APC, Edo Govt Disagree Over Destruction Of Ize-Iyamu’s Campaign Posters

Mr Patrick Obahiagbon condemns the destruction of the campaign posters of the All Progressives Congress during a press conference in Benin City on July 18, 2020.

 

The Edo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the vandalism of its outdoor billboards and campaign posters.

At a press conference on Saturday in Benin City, the party accused the Edo State government of being behind the attacks.

The Vice Chairman on Media and Publicity of the APC National Campaign Council, Patrick Obahiagbon, who spoke to reporters described the move as a terrible escalation of abuse of office and disregard for the law allegedly by the Godwin Obaseki administration.

He alleged that the state government embarked on the destruction and removal of the APC’s billboards at various strategic points in the capital city of Benin on Thursday.

Obahiagbon also accused Governor Obaseki of heating up the polity ahead of the polls with what he described as ‘reckless and provocative comments, media blackmail, and criminal actions of intolerance, including the mass destruction of opponent’s campaign materials”.

“This unfortunate and criminal action took flight on Thursday, the 16th of July 2020, when the Edo State government expressly directed one Mr Dave Giwa Amu who is parading himself as the Managing Director of the Edo State Signage and Advertising Agency to commence the immediate removal and destruction of our billboards,” he claimed.

In this photo taken on July 18, 2020, a campaign poster of the All Progressives Congress is removed from a billboard in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

 

APC campaign spokesperson added, “It is pertinent to note that these outdoor billboards and indeed other campaign materials were duly paid for, designed and erected in full compliance with all legal requirements.

“Furthermore, the Edo State Signage and Advertising Agency, purportedly led by the so-called Mr Dave Giwa Amu, an avowed supporter of the incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki, is an agency that is yet to receive the assent of the Edo House of Assembly.

“In essence, this agency, as of today, is unknown to the laws of Edo State and is visibly being weaponised by the state government, an interested party in the election, to give itself an illegal, unfair, unethical, fraudulent advantage as we approach the polls.”

Obahiagbon, however, said the APC has since forwarded a petition to the Commissioner of Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

 

The Chairman of the State Media Campaign Council’s Sub-Committee on Outdoor Advert, Chris Azebamwan, also condemned the incident.

He said it was quite shameful for a government that has paraded itself as civilised, as well as driven by order and decorum.

In a swift reaction, the state government described the allegations by the APC that it sponsored the removal of its campaign materials in different parts of Benin City as baseless and false.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communications Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, said the APC and its candidate were only making accusations in order to score cheap political points.

Buhari, APC Deserve A Second Term – Patrick Obahiagbon   

Former Member of the House of Representatives, Patrick Obahiagbon has joined voices with those calling for President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term noting that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration has performed well enough to deserve a second term.

The APC Chieftain said this on Friday when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television Programme, Politics Today.

Reacting to the critical public statement recently written by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo to President Buhari, Obahiagbon disagreed with some of the points raised by Obasanjo and scored President Buhari high.

He, however, pointed out that the APC administration has not achieved all promised, saying it is not ‘eureka yet.’

“It is certainly not Eureka yet. But, the truth of the matter is that, given where we are coming from, this government has tried. We were in the cause of economic comatose and from the quagmire of recession, the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has been able to remove the economy from the jugulars of recession and has breathed vital life into Nigeria’s economy.”

He said further that President Buhari and the APC government has discharged their constitutional mandate “in such a way and manner that they deserve a second term outing.”

The APC chieftain, however, said that the President is expected to be more proactive in handling security challenges, especially the issue of herdsmen crisis.

“On the issue of the rampaging herdsmen, we expect and wish that Mr President will be more proactive in that area. But when you want to score President Buhari and this administration on security generally, I will want to say it is a pass mark but it is not Eureka all through,” Obahiagbon said.

On the Coalition for Nigeria Movement recently launched in Abuja, headed by former Governors Donald Duke and Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Obahiagbon agreed with the need for a coalition that will challenge the political class but said it is not just about forming a coalition but it is about the people behind the group.

“If you ask me, do we still need a coalition? Do we need a rainbow coalition that will elevate itself into a moral and political cosmos dangling on the political class? I will say yes. I agree with that fully.

“We saw the impact of  National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) on our politics. But, my point of departure with the coalition of Nigeria is that if we were to need a coalition that will question and pooh pooh the excesses of the political class, it is not just about forming a coalition. Who are those forming the coalition? I think we still need the beautiful ones that are yet to be born,” he said.

Reacting further to the public statement written by Obasanjo, Obiagbon took a swipe at the former president. He said the ‘messenger’s’ activities as President of Nigeria need to be criticised first.

“Former President Obasanjo himself will be one of the targets whose activities while he was president should be looked at. He cannot come and be pontificating on the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“When you talk about respect for the rule of law and when you talk about order and governance. We cannot but look at the message and the messenger,” he said.

Governor Oshiomhole Hosts Victory Concert In Benin

OshiomholeApril 1, 2015 was a day of celebration for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State following the victory of General Muhammadu Buhari against the incumbent President Jonathan.

Governor Oshiomhole led a long procession of party members and supporters from the Benin Airport down to Oba Ovoranmwen Square.

The APC government, which was initially in the opposition, has suddenly become the party in power and to cap the celebrations, Edo State Government threw a musical concert featuring top Nigerian artistes.

This also featured an unexpected performance by Chief of Staff, Patrick Obahiagbon.

Governor Oshiomhole did not hide his joy as he took over the dance floor severally to the delight of the people.

Afterwards, he commended the citizens for their support while insisting on peaceful conduct during the polls ahead.

Addressing the mammoth crowd at the Oba Ovoranmwen Square, Governor Oshiomhole said that the victory of General Muhammadu Buhari was victory for the people, victory for the nation as well as victory for the nation’s democracy.

He thanked the people of the state for their support and for being part of the change story.

Although Edo State did not quite deliver in the presidential elections, their loss was made up for by the gains in other states.

From the event, it appeared one thing on the minds of the APC candidates is that their celebrations would continue after the State House of Assembly elections.

Obahiagbon Says President Has No Powers To Remove INEC Chairman

ObahiagbonThe Chief of Staff to the Edo State Governor, Patrick Obahiagbon, says the President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, does not have the powers to remove the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, noting that he is not a civil servant but a public servant.

Obahiagbon said in a chat with Channels Television, Benin, Edo State capital, that any attempt to remove Jega at this period would lead to a constitutional crisis.

Being a Legal Practitioner and a former House of Representatives member, he stated that plans to remove the INEC boss was unconstitutional.

In recent times, there had been controversies surrounding a purported removal of the INEC boss.

The House of Representatives in Nigeria has also warned against the removal of  Professor Attahiru Jega, by any individual or institutions.

The warning came on Tuesday after a motion, seeking to stop any planned removal of Professor Jega was adopted by the House.

The issue was also echoed by the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, when he received members of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room at the National Assembly.

However, during his Presidential Media Chat in February, President Goodluck Jonathan had said that there were no plans to sack the Chairman of INEC, saying “the rumours belonged to the garbage world”.

Obahiagbon Loses APC Edo South Senatorial District Primaries

Patrick-Obahiagbon-BellaNaijaThe Minority Whip of the House of Representatives, Mr Samson Osagie, has emerged the Edo South Senatorial District candidate of the APC in Edo state in the primaries conducted  at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin yesterday.

Rep. Osagie beat other aspirants including Patrick Obahiagbon, Fred Emokpai and Jim Adun.

Francis Inegbenekin emerged the candidate for Edo Central Senatorial District while Major Francis Alimikhena emerged the senatorial candidate for Edo North Senatorial District.

They will be paired in the 2015 elections against their PDP opponents – Matthew Uroghide for Edo South Senatorial District, Clifford Odia for Edo Central Senatorial District and Paschal Ogbomeh for Edo North Senatorial District.

Governor Oshiomhole Survives Road Accident

Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has survived a motor accident at Ewu Village, along the ever busy Benin-Auchi Road in Edo State on Saturday, December 28, 2013.

The incident occurred at about 9.45am at Ewu, in Edo Central Senatorial District, when a Peugeot J5 Bus filled with tomatoes and plantain apparently lost control and rammed into the Governor’s Flag Car from the opposite direction before swerving into a road side ditch.

Three vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were in front of the Governor’s Flag Car and had passed the Peugeot J5 Bus before it [J5 Bus] had direct impact with the Governor’s Car which had the Governor, his Aide-De-Camp [ADC] and his Driver as occupants.

The Governor’s Car was badly affected but the good story is that nobody sustained injuries among occupants of the Peugeot J5 Bus and that of the Governor’s.

The Peugeot J5 Bus was following a truck that was descending the Ewu Slope when it suddenly veered off into the Governor’s lane from the opposite direction and directly impacted on the Governor’s vehicle, apparently because of brake failure.

The Comrade Governor is hale and hearty, his ADC and other occupants of the Peugeot J5 are also in good condition.

A statement signed by the Governor’s Special Adviser, Media & Public Affairs, Kassim Afegbua read: “This is to assure all good people of Edo State that there is no cause for alarm. Their loving Comrade Governor is fine, hale and hearty as well as other occupants of the other affected vehicle. The Comrade Governor is wishing everyone a prosperous New Year ahead.”

The incident has been reported to the Divisional Police Station at Ewu for further investigation.

Governor Oshiomhole was on his way back to Benin City from his Iyamho Village when the incident happened.

We Are Being Terrorised By Thugs, Okada Riders Tell Oshiomhole

Commercial motorcyclists, also called Okada riders, in Edo State have cried out to the state government over extortion and intimidation by alleged thugs in Benin City.

The motorcyclists stormed the Edo State Government House seeking clarification on whether or not the individuals collecting monies from them were agents of the government.

The cyclists claimed that they were regularly assaulted and beaten by thugs who also confiscate their motor bikes and demand that they paid monies ranging from N1,500 to N3,500 into certain bank accounts before they could retrieve their bikes.
They also alleged that they were being forced by these persons to buy reflective vests from them at exorbitant prices.

The Chief of Staff of the Edo State Government, Patrick Obahiagbon who received the protesters said the state government did not subscribe to intimidation and was not involved in the said levies.

He promised to summon all the union members to resolve the controversy.

Oshiomhole Dissolves Edo State Civil Service Commission

The Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole has ratified the dissolution of the state Civil Service Commission as recommended by the state House of Assembly.

In a statement by the governor’s Chief of Staff, Patrick Obahiagbon, the government said: “it is notified for the information of the general public that the Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has approved the immediate dissolution of the Edo State Civil Service Commission, consequent upon the resolution of the Edo State House of Assembly.

“The former Chairmen and members of the Civil Service Commission are hereby directed to hand over all government property in their possession to the Secretary to the State Government (SSG).

“The Governor wishes the Chairman and members of the dissolved Civil Service Commission well in their future endeavours.”

Oba of Benin visits Oshiomhole

The Oba of Benin, Oba Erediauwa has commended the governor of Edo state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for transforming and restoring Benin City to its glory days.

The monarch stated this when he paid a royal visit to Comrade Oshiomhole at Government House in Benin City, the state capital on Thursday.

Oba Erediauwa, who is rarely seen in public arrived at the Government House in company of some senior palace chiefs.

He urged the newly sworn in Governor, to continue with his good works.

In his response, Governor Oshiomhole declared that he is “deeply humbled” by the Oba’s visit and said their relationship began from his labour congress days when he was president of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).

He also told the Oba of Benin of his plans to reclaim the Benin monumental moat.

The Governor also noted that having been accepted by the number of votes from Bini people, he is ready to do more.

The Oba also congratulated the newly appointed Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere and the Chief of Staff, Patrick Obahiagbon.