Edo Election: Obaseki Lists Achievement, Confident Of Violent-Free Poll

A file photo of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

 

 

With the Edo State governorship election barely 48 hours from now, Governor Godwin Obaseki has listed the achievements of his administration since assuming office in November 2016.

Speaking during a state-wide broadcast at the Government House in Benin on Thursday, Obaseki said the state government has made giant strides in rewriting the development narrative of Edo.

“Since November 2016, we have made giant strides in rewriting the development narrative of our dear state. We have revamped our primary healthcare system through deep-rooted reforms.

“We have reformed our basic education to be more responsive to the needs of the 21st century by training teachers and introducing technology to our schools.

“We have rebuilt critical physical and digital infrastructure across the state; strengthened our security architecture; enacted civil service and pension reforms for productivity and sustainability and have created thousands of opportunities for our young people to be employed and empowered,” he said.

The governor also said he is confident that the election will be free from violence owing to the security arrangements put in place by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

READ BELOW HIS FULL STATEMENT AT THE STATE-WIDE BROADCAST:

My dear good people of Edo State, as you are already aware, the Edo State Governorship election will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2020. I am sure that you are also aware that I am seeking re-election as governor under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

My campaigns have taken me through every local government in Edo State. The ward-to-ward campaign offered me the opportunity to meet with thousands of people including farmers, teachers, traders, pensioners, civil servants and every other actor in the different spheres of life in Edo State.

Undoubtedly, the 2020 governorship election will be a watershed in the democratization process in our dear state and Nigeria at large. I assure you that at the end of this exercise, we would all be proud to be part of this history-making event.

My campaign across the 192 wards in the state offered me the opportunity to show the achievements recorded by my administration, including the over 2000 projects that dot the nooks and crannies of the state.

My party and I have ensured that my people-centred approach to politics, which is driven by our commitment to work for our people at the bottom of society is fostering development and participation in our politics.

From the hills of Kukuruku to the rice farms of Ilushi, through the maize fields at Sobe, to the lush forest in Urohi-Ojogba, and the forests and waters of the Ovia River, we have met with leaders of our traditional institutions, conversed with traders, journeyed with transporters, and met with pensioners and public servants who appreciate the work we have done in the last four years.

Since November 2016, we have made giant strides in rewriting the development narrative of our dear state. We have revamped our primary healthcare system through deep-rooted reforms. We have reformed our basic education to be more responsive to the needs of the 21st century by training teachers and introducing technology to our schools. We have rebuilt critical physical and digital infrastructure across the state; strengthened our security architecture; enacted civil service and pension reforms for productivity and sustainability and have created thousands of opportunities for our young people to be employed and empowered.

Some of our reforms have included energy projects such as the 55MW Ossiomo Independent Power Plant (IPP), which is completed and ready for commissioning, and the 6000bpd Edo Modular Refinery. We also have the Emotan Gardens, in which the first phase is completed.

With the critical physical and social infrastructure which we have started building, we have laid the foundation for the next four years and the future.

As we enter a post-COVID world, in the next four years, we will be focusing on our programmes to make Edo great again. Under our Making Edo Great Again (MEGA) manifesto, we will emphasis deeper governance reforms, including rebuilding the public service and emplacing a citizen-centric leadership through which we will continue to transform our social services and infrastructure. We will reposition the government as an enabler to consolidate and enhance our signature projects, such as Edo Jobs, Creative and Innovative Hubs, and industrialization projects.

The future will be driven by technology and data and Edo State will be repositioned to participate in the fourth industrial revolution.

Part of our plan to develop a large, local, sustainable economy will include accelerating our current initiatives in human capacity development, agribusiness, energy, and mining. Our legacy will be to leave for future administrations, a 30-year regional, urban, social and economic master-plan based on which Edo will regain its greatness.

We are very optimistic that Edo will be able to take advantage of the post-coronavirus world economy to achieve more in the second term than we did in our first term.

I implore you all to come out and re-elect me and my deputy, Philip Shaibu, by voting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the 19th of September, 2020.

We are trusting God Almighty that election day will be violent-free because of the preparations which have been made by security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Thank you

God bless Edo State.

God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Edo Election: By Saturday, It Will Be Over For All The Godfathers – PDP Chieftain

 

Ahead of the governorship election in Edo State, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Patrick Imasuagbon, has said that by Saturday, godfatherism in the state will be brought to an end.

He said this on Wednesday on Channels TV’s Politics Today, in reaction to comments by a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) calling on the Edo people to reject the incumbent governor Godwin Obaseki of the PDP.

Imasuagbon described the comments as “laughable”, adding that “all the tricks have failed” as these are not ancient times.

“Saturday will be a referendum against the godfathers,” he stressed.

“Edo is not Lagos. Ahmed Bola Tinubu will be beaten, Oshiomhole will be beaten..this is a final gathering of the good people of Edo State versus the very few godfathers.

“The battle between the people and the god-fathers, the good and bad, light and darkness, those who have looted the treasury of Nigeria from Lagos to Edo State over the years.

“Edo people, we are willing to defeat the godfather. This is the final onslaught.

“I can tell you that by Saturday, it will be over for all the Godfathers”.

Imasuagbon described Obaseki as a performing governor who deserves a second term and someone who “represents a new generation”.

“Oshimhole had two tenures, Lucky Igbinedion had two tenures, why will Obaseki not have two tenures,” he asked.

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But in a swift reaction, a chieftain of the APC, Patrick Ikhariale, described Obaseki as “highly dictatorial”.

He said Tinubu’s comments were accurate and “there was no better way to put it than that”.

“He is not a democrat and I can tell you this from empirical analysis.

“Obaseki has shown that in every sense of the word, he is not a democrat; he tried to play victim, whereas, he is a villain. He is highly dictatorial”.

According to him, “the election of 19th of September is a democratic process, so it should be left for democrats to decide who their candidate is.”

Shortly after, the conversation erupted into a face-off as both men delved into other claims and counterclaims.

This will be the first major election organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the COVID-19 era and it is also the first time that a peace accord is being signed for a governorship election.

The National Peace Committee (NPC) headed by former Head of State, General Abdulsalmi Abubakar (rtd), on Tuesday made the contesting political parties to sign the pact in which they were charged to ensure they work for peace and also accept the outcome of the elections.

Both Obaseki and Ize-Iyami who are widely believed to be leading candidates, beamed with smiles and hugged each other warmly, as they signed the pact, dousing fears of possible violence.

Ondo PDP Accuse APC Of Attacking Party’s Campaign Team

The Peoples Democratic Party is one of the major political parties in Nigeria.
The Peoples Democratic Party is one of the major political parties in Nigeria.

 

As the political campaign rallies towards the October ten 2020 governorship election commence in Ondo State, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the State has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) of attacking the campaign team of its governorship candidate, Eyitayo Jegede in Oba-Akoko in Akoko South West Local Government Area of the state.

A press statement made available to newsmen in Akure, the state capital by the Head of Media, Research, Eyitayo Jegede Campaign Organisation, Samuel Fasua partly reads:

“No fewer than five persons sustained varying degrees of injuries Today, Wednesday, September 16, 2020, when, quite unexpectedly, the convoy of Ondo State governor, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu stormed Oba-Akoko in Akoko South-West and started attacking the campaign team of Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, the PDP governorship flagbearer.

“As at now, no fewer than three vehicles in the convoy of Jegede have been badly damaged, while Jegede himself is being held hostage inside the palace of the monarch of Oba-the Oloba, by gun-totting hoodlums suspected to be agents of the governor.

“Curiously, Akeredolu was sighted inside the convoy while the attacks lasted, while police operatives in the location simply vacillated and looked on in the face of the orgies of madness.”

Fasua in the statement laments that the continued attacks of APC thugs on PDP supporters in the state in recent times are threatening the peace of the state.

The statement appeals to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector General of Police to intervene before the situation gets out of hand.

“We earnestly call on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector-General of Police to urgently wade in, to save the lives of members of the public who are being prevented by the powers-that-be in Ondo State from belonging to political parties of their choice.” the statement ended.

Nigeria’s Democracy On ‘Keg Of Gunpowder’, Uche Secondus Tells International Community

PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, during a rally in Edo State on September 15, 2020 condemned rigging in Nigeria.

 

The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, says Nigeria’s democracy is sitting on a keg of gunpowder over what he describes as the rigging of elections in the country.

Secondus said this on Tuesday during a PDP mega rally which held in Benin City, just four days to the Edo State governorship election where Governor Godwin Obaseki is seeking re-election under the party’s platform.

The PDP Chairman who was visibly angry explained that the United States government in its efforts to discourage people from participating in rigging had imposed restrictions on some politicians.

He also called on the European Union, as well as the United Kingdom, to follow the US example to avoid the possibility of rigging the polls in the country.

“Nigeria’s democracy is on the keg of gunpowder because of rigging. Rigging must stop here in Edo. If not, it will be difficult to carry on with elections in Nigeria. Rigging must stop,” he stressed.

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Speaking further, Secondus led other top party officials, PDP governors and supporters to declare prayer points against those who he said were plotting to rig the election in the state.

“All those who are planning to rig this election, Holy Ghost Fire,” he said, with the crowd responding “pursue them.”

He said Governor Obaseki had performed creditably well since assuming office in 2016, adding that he has done all the works needed to be carried out.

Reacting to a call made by the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and ex-Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu to vote Obaseki out of office, Secondus said: “Edo no be Lagos.”

Although the PDP chairman did not mention Tinubu’s name directly he, however, called on the people to “punish that leader by voting for Obaseki that day. Punish APC and punish Oshiomhole on that day.”

Edo Election: We Will End Godfatherism In Nigeria, Obaseki Declares At PDP Rally

 

The Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the forthcoming election in Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has vowed that his party will bring an end to godfatherism in Nigeria.

He said this on Tuesday during his final campaign rally which held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, the state capital.

He also stated that his administration will continue to stand for democracy and part of that means to stamp out godfatherism.

“I just want to end by promising you that we will stand for democracy. In Edo today, we have fought the local godfather,” he said.

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While the incumbent governor believes godfatherism has been destroyed at the state level, he says the goal is to end it at the Federal level, making reference to a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, who had earlier on Tuesday in a broadcast, asked voters to reject him (Obaseki).

“Then, the real one that is disturbing Nigeria, he came up yesterday with some strange conference. He is afraid; he knows that when we finish the Edo god-father on Saturday, then it is him next and by the grace of God, we will end godfatherism in Nigeria.”

Obaseki said he was confident of his victory on Saturday, saying over one hundred groups have endorsed him, including the Nigeria Labour Congress, the Nigerian Union of Teachers, the association of welders, among others.

“With so many groups, more than 120 groups endorsing me and my deputy as governor, who is left?,” he said.

After weeks of controversial campaigns and events, the election is set to hold on Saturday with both Governor Obaseki of the PDP and Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC, widely believed to be leading candidates.

Edo 2020: Wike, Tambuwal, Makinde Other PDP Leaders Gather In Benin

 

Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) including Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike; Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal; Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, among others are currently in Benin, Edo State capital campaigning for Governor Godwin Obaseki.

The leaders are gathered at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City for the party’s mega rally ahead of Edo State gubernatorial election.

Spokesperson of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan at the rally appreciated supporters for massively supporting Obaseki.

READ ALSO: Candidates Sign Peace Accord Ahead Edo Election

Other leaders at the event include Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel; former Imo State Governor Emeka Ihedioha; Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa; Raymond Dopkepsi, among others.

The party’s vice-presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential election also at the event urged the electorate to troop out and vote Obaseki on September 19, the date of the election.

Uche Secondus, PDP National Chairman in his speech said victory is assured for Obaseki considering the number of bigwigs who have thrown their weight behind him.

Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu Attack Each Other Over Certificate, Cultism Claim

 

Governorship Candidates of the two Major Parties in Edo State were on Sunday at each other’s throats raising claims and counter-claims in their bid to position themselves ahead of the September 19 polls.

Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Mr. Osagie Ize-Iyamu threw some dirt on each other on Sunday when they participated in the governorship debate put together by Channels Television and its partners.

At the event, the candidates came at each other with several allegations. The most heated attacks, however, bordered on their educational qualifications, and alleged participation in cultism.


Under Four Years We Created 157,000 Jobs – Gov Obaseki

Obaseki ‘Wasted Over 75bn’ On Projects That Were Not Well Thought Out, Says Ize-Iyamu


 

When in June Obaseki dumped the APC after his disqualification from participating in the primary that produced Ize-Iyamu as the flag-bearer of the party, there were claims that the governor was disqualified based on certain bordered on inconsistencies in his certificate.

Reacting to these claims at the debate arena in Benin, the Edo State capital, the governor said, “it is very ironic that someone who has no certificate can stand up and comment on someone whose certificate was issued by the premier university in Nigeria. That is a very sad situation that we have found ourselves in as a country.

“In 1976 when I gained admission into the University of Ibadan, there was no JAMB; you could either go into the university through prelim or through Direct Entry in your advanced level examination. I finished my O Level and my Advanced Level and it was As, so I gained admission into the University of Ibadan in 1976.

“I don’t know what has happened but for the University of Ibadan, the standard is still very high and they have come out to say that I graduated from that university. How else do you want to make that clear?

“It is very sad that in a country like Nigeria, some people who do not have the qualifications, have the effrontery to challenge the qualifications of those who went to proper schools. It is sad.”


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Similarly, Mr. Ize-Iyamu the APC candidate has been accused of partaking in some occultic activity that led to his expulsion while an undergraduate at the University of Benin, but the pastor described the allegation as a ploy to dent his character ahead of the polls.

He said, “I graduated from the University of Benin. I was very active in the students’ union and my records are clear.

“People have alleged that when you were in school, you did that but I think they should go to the university authorities and find out exactly what was the offence. If you do something very criminal, the university cannot even handle it. And I am proud that throughout my stay, I was not engaged in any criminal matter.”

Reacting to the Obaseki certificate issue, Ize-Iyamu said no one doubts that Obaseki went to the university, adding that the issue is that the governor failed by his own records.

“You failed school cert, you had three credits, no English, no Maths, even to enter A’ Level would have been difficult.

“And if you got A-Level, why is it that you’ve not been able to present the A-Level, where is the result? That is a moral question. A lot of people are looking up to you as a governor and as a leader.

“The question is that you failed your A-Level and that is why you were disqualified and your disqualification arose from information from the PDP, your party now, provided. Because the PDP, when I was contesting against you (in 2016) said you have no results. Why have you not answered the question? Where are your results?”

Viewers who tuned in for the two-hour debate between Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC and Governor Godwin Obaseki of the PDP on Sunday witnessed first hand the disagreements and issues that have seen the state witnessed one of the most controversial campaigns in recent years.

Both candidates, widely believed to be leading candidates for the September 19 election, disagreed on virtually every issue – job creation, debt profile, governance, qualification, and the facts that they built their plans on.

Beyond a handshake at the start of the debate, they would only agree on the need for community policing and the importance of a refinery project, the latter still sparked some disagreement.

Obaseki ‘Wasted Over 75bn’ On Projects That Were Not Well Thought Out, Says Ize-Iyamu

 

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Edo State election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, says Governor Godwin Obaseki has spent over 75billion naira on projects that have all gone to waste.

Speaking at the governorship debate put together by Channels Television and its partners on Sunday, Ize-Iyamu said the present government has nothing to show for monies purportedly allocated to various projects.

In his reaction to claims by Obaseki that the government of Adams Oshiomhole left Edo State in so much debt before handing over; Mr Ize-Iyamu said “It’s very worrisome, especially when there is nothing to show for it“.

For Ize-Iyamu, “it is scandalous” that the incumbent governor is attributing the huge debt owed by Edo State, to a predecessor in whose government Obaseki served as a chief economic adviser.

“some times you seem to forget the role you played in the past government,” the APC candidate told Obaseki.


Under Four Years We Created 157,000 Jobs – Gov Obaseki

Where Are The Jobs? Ize-Iyamu Challenges Obaseki On Job Creation Claim


Ize-Iyamu went on to give examples of sectors and projects for which ‘Obaseki has collected loans’, describing the figures as “staggering”.

“Let me give you just an example, in the agricultural sector, the loan that the governor has collected is staggering.

“The failed Sobe Maize project, 2billion went down the drain. The Agenebode rice project 5billion went down the drain and then the oil palm project you have collected 69billion from the Central Bank and the money has been shared with cronies, and no Edo person has benefitted from that money and I can tell you that has also gone down the drain.

“So just from agriculture alone, I have named three areas where over 75billion has been collected, not to talk about monies you are collecting from the World Bank and the rest of them.

“You came in at a time when you had so much windfall, Paris Club, bailout funds, 75million C4 World Bank loan, all these monies came in, what did you do with them? Where are the projects? Where are the roads? Where are the hospitals?

“All the promises that you made remain unfulfilled,” Ize-Iyamu stated.

He maintained that in the past four years, the economy of Edo has been mismanaged and plundered, stressing that all the huge amounts that we receive at the inception of this administration have practically left the state without any serious project to show for them.

According to the APC candidate, Obaseki had the opportunity to diversify Edo State’s economy, but “the governor made a very lame attempt and he failed completely and we are in a very sorry state”.

PDP Raises Alarm Over Alleged Plot To Scuttle Edo Election

PDP Decries Change Of Police Commissioners In Bayelsa
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan

 

With the Edo State governorship election barely six days away, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that there are plots to scuttle the exercise.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement issued on Sunday, accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of using the frivolous lawsuit to dash the exercise.

To Ologbondiyan, the said interests who are masquerading through certain political groups are seeking to blackmail the judiciary and stampede the court to violate the clear provisions of the Electoral Act and illegally halt the Edo election.

The governorship election is scheduled to hold on September 19.

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) raises alarm over plots by certain interests recruited by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to use a frivolous lawsuit to scuttle the September 19 Edo state governorship election, following APC’s realization that there is no way it can win in the election.

The PDP revealed that the said interests who are masquerading through certain political groups are seeking to blackmail the judiciary and stampede the court to violate the clear provisions of the Electoral Act and illegally halt the Edo election.

Nigerians are already aware that section 87(10) (11) of the Electoral Act, clearly prohibits the courts from restraining the conduct of party primaries and general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

This section of the Electoral Act has put paid to situations in the past, where groups or individuals who have no real stake in elections were used as canon fodders by selfish individuals and groups to manipulate the courts and frustrate electoral process against the interest of the people.

It is therefore clear that the aim of the APC is to use the political groups to drag in the judiciary, trigger constitutional crisis in Edo state, the Niger Delta region and the nation at large and blame it on the court.

The APC’s calculation is a re-enactment of the similar judicial quagmire that led to the scuttling of the 1993 general election, a development that led to a serious national crisis that almost destroyed the corporate existence of our country.

The PDP stands with the people of Edo state in condemning this plot by the APC to derail the democratic order, scuttle the governorship election, create an emergency situation, forcefully seize power and foist an undemocratic and oppressive regime in Edo state.

Our party, therefore, cautions such unpatriotic persons to note that the people of Edo state are ready to go to the poll on September 19 and will vehemently resist any attempt by anybody to tamper with the schedule of election or attempt a forceful takeover of their state.

Similarly, our Party has been informed of the drafting of Soldiers to the residence of the sacked former national chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in GRA Benin and Iyamho.

Our Party holds that it is indecorous, shameful and sinful on the part of the APC and the Buhari Presidency to leave the flanks of our people in Katsina, Kaduna, Benue, Yobe, Adamawa, Sokoto, Kogi open to bandits while Soldiers are guarding the residence of suspended Oshiomhole  just to enable him perpetrate electoral heist.

Not even on the face of our current insecurity should such an impudent and inconsiderate actions be considered.

We therefore call on President Mohammadu Buhari, as the Commander-in-Chief to immediately withdraw the troops from Oshiomhole”s residence and deploy them to their constitutional duty post in the interest of our nation.

On our part, the PDP and our candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki, are prepared for the election and we counsel the APC to stop wasting its time in the court and take steps to withdraw from the contest if it is not ready to face the crushing defeat that awaits it and its candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu on September 19.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan

National Publicity Secretary

[UPDATED] PDP Congress in Niger State Disrupted

The Peoples Democratic Party is one of the major political parties in Nigeria.
The Peoples Democratic Party is the main opposition party in Nigeria.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party’s congress in Niger State has been disrupted by violence following agitation by supporters of the incumbent chairman of the party who want him to stay on for a second term.

After waiting for more than six hours for the commencement of the congress which was scheduled to hold by 10 am, some youths began protesting, alleging that there was a plan to impose another candidate Mukhtar Mohammed on them by conducting an election.

Such a move, they said, was contrary to an initial agreement reached by the party members to affirm the current chairman Tanko Beji.

The two contestants for the Chairmanship position are the incumbent chairman, Tanko Beji, and Mukhtar Mohammed.

Things took a turn for worse when a former Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Baba Shehu Agaie, was attacked by a mob upon his arrival to the venue.

He was hit several times with sticks for allegedly withholding tags that were meant for delegates from his area before being rescued by security personnel.

Even with the presence of security operatives, the agitators could not be tamed.

As anger boiled over, giving way to violence, members of the electoral committee led by the PDP governorship candidate in Borno State in the 2019 general elections were whisked away by security guards who shot into the air to disperse the agitators.

As of the time of this report, many supporters of the PDP were still around the party’s secretariat amid speculations that a secret congress might still hold.

None of the party leaders in the state could be immediately reached for comments.

Meanwhile, some of the delegates and other members who spoke to Channels Television have expressed disappointment over the way the congress turned out.

A member of the party, Ibrahim Bilyaminu described what happened has unfortunate.

“PDP is one big family. So, we are not happy with what happened today,” Bilyaminu said.

Another member, Yusuf King, said, “It is a shame to our party.”

Prior to the congress, some top members of the party under the aegis of PDP Stakeholders led by a former Deputy Governor Dr Nuhu Zagbayi had accused the immediate past Governor, Dr Babangida Aliyu, of undue interference in the party.

PDP Set To Kick Off Governorship Campaign In Ondo

A photo showing the MKO Abiola park in Akure, venue of the PDP campaign flag-off for the Ondo governorship polls.
A photo showing the MKO Abiola Democracy Park in Akure, venue of the PDP campaign flag-off for the Ondo governorship poll.

 

The MKO Abiola Democracy Park in Akure, the Ondo state capital, was packed with political paraphernalia and supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday as the party prepared to kick start its governorship campaign for the November 10 election.

The venue is being manned by security operatives, including men of the Nigeria Police Force and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

The PDP’s candidate for the election is Eyitayo Jegede.

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The party was expected to flag off its campaign last Saturday but, instead, party leaders met in Oyo to strengthen its campaign strategy.

The All Progressives Congress, the party of incumbent Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, who is also seeking re-election, flagged off its campaign on September 5.

Some of the dignitaries already present at the PDP flag-off include the Senator representing Ekiti South, Abiodun Olujimi, and the PDP State Chairman, Fatai Adams.

Representing Vice President Atiku Abubakar at the flag off is Segun Sowunmi.

Other dignitaries are still being expected to arrive at the venue.

The Chairman of the PDP governorship campaign committee, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde is expected to lead other PDP governors and Committee members to the rally.
Also expected is the National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, and other members of the National  Executive Council.
Jegede and his running mate Gboluga Ikengboju will be kicking off their statewide campaign from the Park, continuing to all the 18 local government councils of the state.

 

PDP To Buhari: Nigerians Can’t Survive Fuel, Electricity Price Hike

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to the increase in fuel and electricity tariffs saying Nigerians cannot survive the new policy.

In a statement issued by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party regretted the increment comes amid the poverty level allegedly foisted by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

The party’s spokesman described the attempt by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to justify the excessive hike in the cost of fuel from N87 per liter under the PDP to N162 as well as electricity from N30.23 per kwh to over N66kw/h, as yet another daring and intolerable affront to the Nigerian citizenry, who have summarily rejected the price increase.

“Our party stands with Nigerians in insisting that there is no way our compatriots can survive a N162 per liter fuel price and a N66 per kw/h of electricity in a country which, in the last five years, ranked as poverty capital of the world, with a frightening 23 percent unemployment rate; where over 90 million citizens live in abject poverty and many more living on less than N500 a day.

“Indeed, we find it very inconceivable that after the Federal Government, through the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, confirmed that 90 million Nigerians are living in poverty, it still went ahead to increase the cost of essential commodities that drive our economy.

“Nigerians are already in trepidation that the excruciating price increase is a sudden death sentence on many citizens, particularly those living below poverty line, as they cannot survive under a worsened economic situation,” the statement partly read.

 

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PDP To Buhari, Nigerians Can’t Survive Your Fuel, Electricity Price Hike

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says there is no way our country men and women can survive the obnoxious hike in the cost of fuel and electricity, as currently imposed by the Buhari administration, given the level of poverty the administration had already foisted on our nation.

The party described the attempt by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to justify the excessive hike in the cost of fuel from N87 per liter under the PDP to N162 as well as electricity from N30.23 per kwh to over N66kw/h, as yet another daring and intolerable affront to the Nigerian citizenry, who have summarily rejected the price increase.

The party described the brazen attempt by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to justify the excessive hike in the cost of fuel from N87 per liter under the PDP to N162 as well as electricity from N30.23 per kwh to over N66kw/h, as yet another daring and intolerable affront to the Nigerian citizenry, who have summarily rejected the increases.

Our party stands with Nigerians in insisting that there is no way our compatriots can survive a N162 per liter fuel price and a N66 per kw/h of electricity in a country which, in the last five years, ranked as poverty capital of the world, with a frightening 23 percent unemployment rate; where over 90 million citizens live in abject poverty and many more living on less than N500 a day.

Indeed, we find it very inconceivable that after the Federal Government, through the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, confirmed that 90 million Nigerians are living in poverty, it still went ahead to increase the cost of essential commodities that drive our economy.

Nigerians are already in trepidation that the excruciating price increase is a sudden death sentence on many citizens, particularly those living below poverty line, as they cannot survive under a worsened economic situation,” the statement partly read.

Moreover, with a N30,000 federal monthly minimum wage, which represents a N1,000 ($2.1) daily wage, there is no way an average Nigerian can survive under the excessive fuel and electricity hike, with attendant increases in transportation and other operational costs, which will leave most citizens with nothing for food, medicines, house rents and other basic necessities of life.

We remind President Buhari that this hike will worsen the scary situation in the last five years, where compatriots are resorting to suicide, slavery mission abroad as well as selling of their children as options.

Our party therefore finds it extremely cruel and insensitive for anybody,  particularly, an official of this failed administration, to attempt to antagonize Nigerians by comparing our nation to other countries where their Presidents are working hard in providing gainful employments, running productive economies and functional infrastructure, and where citizens boast of strong purchasing power.

PDP therefore rejects the highly irrational argument by the Minister of Information, Mohammed, that fuel price is lower in some West African countries, without presenting the contradictory economic settings in those countries and ours.

Moreover, given our natural endowment, it is incontrovertible that Nigeria has always had cheaper fuel than her neighbours, It is however disgraceful that this Buhari administration, given its incompetence, extreme cluelessness as well as obnoxious and poverty inducing policies, has reduced Nigeria from the Giant of Africa to a West African ‘struggler’.

The PDP firmly holds that nothing, but immediate downward review of the cost of fuel and electricity can be acceptable under the current economic situation in our country.

President Buhari must know that the duty of every responsible government is to solve problems and not to inflict pain and invent justification for its own failures.

On this fuel and electricity prices increase, the PDP, once again, charges President Buhari to end the grandstanding of his administration and listen to Nigerians before it is too late.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan

National Publicity Secretary