Edo Govt. Sets Up Transition Committee

Godwin Obaseki, Adams Oshiomhole, Edo, Transition CommitteeA 19-member Transition Committee has been set up by the Edo State Government to ensure a smooth handover from the Governor Adams Oshiomhole administration to the Godwin Obaseki administration.

The handover will hold on November 12.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Peter Okhiria, on Monday stated that the committee would be chaired by the Secretary to the Edo State Government, Professor Julius Ihonvbere.

Other members of the committee are: Mr Henry Idahagbon, Mr Osarodion Ogie, Mr John Inegbedion, Dr. Aihanuwa Eregie and Prince Joe Okojie.

Others are: Mr Igbinidu Inneh, Mr Joseph Eboigbe, Mr Taiwo Akerele, Senator Domingo Obende, Dr. Aisosa Amadasun, Reverend Emmanuel Egharevba, Elder Pius Omofuma, Mr Theo Okoh, Mr Ben Ogbebor, Mrs Magdalene Ogbebulu, Mrs Benedicta Attoh, Mr Osaze Ojo, and Mr Ahmed Mamudu.

The committee is being constituted in spite of the allegation by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the Edo governorship election was marred with irregularities.

The party and its governorship candidate in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, had proceeded to the tribunal to challenge the results of the September 29 poll won by Mr Obaseki.

On the day of the election, the PDP claimed there was a plan by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and incumbent Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, to rig the election at the collation centre.

In a swift response, INEC National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, Solomon Soyebi, told Channels Television in Kaduna that the election was not flawed with irregularities as alleged.

He debunked claims by the PDP that the commission deliberately delayed result of the election from the 18 local government councils in Edo State in order to favour the ruling APC in the state.

Edo Govt. Declares Holiday For Oba Of Benin Coronation

Edo, Oba of Benin, Eheneden ErediauwaThe Edo State Government has declared Thursday, October 20 a public holiday in the state in south-south Nigeria.

The holiday was announced on Tuesday in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Julius Ihonvbere.

The public holiday is in honour of the Crown Prince, Ambassador Eheneden Erediauwa, Edaiken N’Uselu, whose coronation as the Oba of Benin holds same day.

The government hopes that the holiday would ensure a hitch-free coronation ceremony.

The statement added that the holiday would give residents of Edo State the opportunity to partake in the historic installation of the new Oba of Benin.

Oshiomhole appoints Obahiagbon as Chief of Staff

The newly sworn in Governor of Edo state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has appointed former member of the House of representative and verbose speaker, Honourable Patrick Obahiagbon as his Chief of Staff.

The Governor also appointed his former Special Adviser on Policy Monitoring, Professor Julius Ihonvbere, as the Secretary to the State Government.

Mr. Peter Okhiria retained his position as Chief Press Secretary while Princess Theresa Erediauwa also retained her position as the focal person and Executive Director, Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

Comrade Yakubu Aliyu is the Governor’s new Principal Private Secretary while Mr. Godwin Obaseki remains the Chairman of the Economic Team, and the former Chief of Staff, Mr. Osarodion Ogie, is Vice Chairman of the Economic Team.

Mr Stephen Idehenre is the new Deputy Chief of Staff, Governor’s Office; he replaces Mr. John Odigie Ejale.

Swearing-in of the officers will hold on Thursday, November 15 at the Festival Hall, Government House, Benin City.

Tinubu urges Edo voters to defend their votes ahead of July polls

The former governor of Lagos State and national leader of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Bola Tinubu urged voters in Edo state to defend their votes in the forthcoming July 14 governorship election in the state.

Addressing a crowd of supporters at an ACN ward rally for Governor Adams Oshiomole at Uwelu Spare Parts Market in Benin City, the ACN leader and other state governors who joined the campaign rally said the electorate should be watchful and not allow the opposition party carry out any rigging plot in the election.

He urged the people not to put the state on reverse by succumbing to the antics of riggers. He urged them to vote and defend their votes.

Also present at the rally was a two time governorship aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in Edo state, Professor Julius Ihonvbere, who recently decamped to ACN.

Comrade Adams Oshiomhole who welcomed the new party member assured Professor Ihonvbere that they will partner towards delivering the dividend of democracy to the people of the state.

Professsor Ihonvbere said he decided to join the ACN to unite with the state governor for the fight to free the state from people who are not inclined towards its development.

The former Special Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Policy and Strategy also said he decided to pitch tent with the ACN to be part of the historic development of Edo State. He said the PDP in Edo State represents ‘oppression, intimidation, repression and decay.