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Edo Guber: PDP/APC claim victory ahead of polls

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Edo Guber: PDP/APC claim victory ahead of polls


Inspite of all the hype and misgivings on the alleged possible rigging of the Edo Governorship Election in favour of the Ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has declared that with the support of Edo people and endorsements by over 100 groups in the state, he was certain of victory in Saturday’s governorship election.

The All Progressives Congress also believes that with the impressive outing of their Candidate Eze-Iyamu at the Governornorship election they are sure of victory on Saturday.
The usual believe is that the ruling party at the center would always carry the day based on the control it wields on the security architecture and the electoral umpire when it comes to the D-Day, but the Edo people with their sophistication seems to be a hard nut to crack for would be spoilers that are wont to give them a bad image.
The usual saying is that ‘Edo no dey take last’ and the people are determined to make their votes count.
The recent posture of the international Community whereby the United States Government and the United Kingdom have started using Visa Ban as a potent weapon to scare would be Riggers seems to be a welcome development.
Most Nigerian prominent politicians are quick to travel out to these countries to cool off after looting the country.
So the Visa Ban threat is a real potent weapon to keep radically minded politicians at bay during the Edo Governorship election.
Politicians from the two major contending Parties APC/PDP have been devising means to our with each other by crook or good means.
Even the paramount ruler was forced to challenge them to advise their thugs against giving Edo a bad name during the conduct of the polls.

Obaseki, who is candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made the declaration at the final campaign rally in Benin City, urging eligible voters to come out en masse to vote the PDP to enable him consolidate on the achievements recorded in his first term and end to godfatherism in the state.

Former Vice Presidential candidate of PDP in the 2019 general elections, Peter Obi; Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal; Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa; governors Nyesom Wike, Seyi Makinde, Ben Ayade, Duoye Diri, Victor Ikpeazu, Udom Emmanuel of Rivers, Oyo, Cross-River, Bayelsa, Abia and Akwa Ibom states, among others attended the rally.

Obaseki said, “I don’t have anything to say to you my Edo people but to thank you; you have been wonderful especially as we went through the 192 wards to seek your support for reelection.

“We will win this election because so far, over 100 groups have endorsed me for the race. With groups like the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) and other groups behind me, we will not lose the election.

“Democracy is not a government of godfathers but a government of the people, by the people and for the people. In Edo we have been fighting godfatherism and by Saturday we will put an end to it, and after that go Lagos and put an end to godfatherism in Nigeria.

Tambuwal urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to ensure the conduct of a free, fair and credible poll in the state.

On his part, Okowa said, “This is the first time a governor went round from ward-to-ward to campaign. As you vote, remain vigilant and shine your eyes. No one can cheat the majority. Edo will not be left out; all South-south states are PDP, so we don’t want anybody to cheat on us.”

Also, Governor Wike said, “If we must fight and put an end to imposition in Nigeria, it must start in Edo on Saturday. The IGP has assured us of a secure election. The INEC Chairman has also assured Edo people of a free, fair and credible election, but don’t let us go and sleep with all these promises but stay awake and be vigilant and ensure that Obaseki wins.

SIMILARLY, Special Adviser to Governor Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, pointed out that the governor’s reelection on Saturday, would signal the end of godfather influence and imposition in the state’s politics and the entire country.

He stated this in Benin City yesterday, saying National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, could not extend his political empire to the state as Edo people were determined to end the godfather syndrome in their domain.

He said, “Our attention has been drawn to a television broadcast in which Tinubu, in his quest to extend his political dominance and empire to Edo, decided to take over the role of Edo people to choose who to govern them for the next four years.

“It has become obvious that the fight, which Edo people have put up against godfather influence, has sent tremors to Tinubu and his likes, who have sustained a stranglehold on Lagos and other states of the South West, hence this desperate effort to rescue the unproductive political instrument, popularly referred to as godfather,” he said.
However, the APC candidate has also been talking tough on his grassroots support and the believe that he will also carry the day.
Inspite of his seeming abysmal outing during the Governorship Debate

This was coming just as
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, applauded the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, for what he described as his impressive outing during the debate organised by Channels Television last Sunday.
A statement issued in Benin City by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, quoted Ganduje as saying, “What happened during the debate, organised by Channels Television and other stakeholders between Ize-Iyamu and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Godwin Obaseki, shows that, ours is an issue-based process.
“In all the areas discussed during the debate, it appears to all that the APC is ready to take Edo State to higher levels. Our outlined programmes in the areas of security, education, health and others show that our party is determined to better the living condition of Edo people.”

Ganduje, who is Chairman of APC Gubernatorial Election Council, described how Ize-Iyamu challenged governor Obaseki, saying that he (Ize-Iyamu) showed a thorough understanding of all the issues.
“Looking at the trend and manner in which the debate went, it appears to all that APC is in top gear and determined to win the Saturday election,” he said.
Ganduje, said judging from the debate between the APC candidate and Governor Obaseki, the party would emerge victorious, adding, “Edo State and its people will be saved from the clutches of underdevelopment and retardation.”

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2023 Presidency: Bello tells oldies to cool their heels, as their time is up

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2023 Presidency:  Bello tells oldies to cool their heels, as their time is up

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State may have signaled to all the older persons jostling for the Presidency to jettison their ambitions as the time is for the younger generation
He said, the nation is bedevilled by leadership crises due to the absence of succession plan.
He spoke in Abuja on Saturday when he received a team of ex-Nigerian football internationals, led by a former Super Eagles player and coach, Augustine Eguavoen.
He said Nigerians should focus on competence of aspirants seeking for the presidency of the country as against the clamour for zoning.
The Gover had since thrown his hat in the ring backed with vigorous campaigns for the topmost job.
Bello expressed confidence that come 2023, the All Progressives Congress (APC) will provide the next generation of leaders who will fix the country.

He added that the earlier the seniors know that the time is up, the better for them.

Bello said competence should be the basis for the emergence of Nigeria’s next President instead of ethno-religious considerations.

Using the example of the new leadership of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Governor Bello said it was time the old left the political stage for the younger generation. “Mr President who listens to the calls and yearnings of the youths appointed one of us to head the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and you are going to see the magic wand in the fight against corruption because Mr Bawa knows that the future lies squarely on the shoulders of the young generations.

So, we will do everything possible to assist Mr Bawa to succeed on the job. “No matter the energy or talent that you had put in building the Super Eagles of those days, if you don’t have successors, younger ones who will take over from you, we would not have still had some brilliant people on the pitch today.  “Both north and south do not know boundaries when it comes to football and other sports. So, we are appealing to Nigerians to look beyond religion and ethnicity. For once, let us get one person who will fix this country irrespective of where he comes from and then the rest shall follow. “I pray that good reasons will prevail on our seniors to know that the time is up for them because I have been charged with the responsibility of educating, sensitizing, mobilizing strong, energetic, committed and patriotic new generation of men and women. I will not fail in that responsibility. “I know that the youths and students are listening to me. We have spoken. We have communicated a nd we understand ourselves. We are ready to take leadership. We are not waiting to be simply called upon. We are saying, here we are. We are taking charge. “By the special grace of God, I can assure you that come 2023, our party under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari will provide the next generation of leaders who will fix this country. There will be Judases. No doubt about it. There will be gang ups. There will be landmines but we will overcome them. There will be obstacles. There will be hurdles but we will cross them. I think the elders, the earlier the seniors know that the time is up, the better for them. I want to finally urge our seniors and the federal and state governments to give every necessary support to those who made us proud at one time or the other,” he said.

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2023 election: Group asks Tinubu to declare his presidential interest

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2023 election: Group asks Tinubu to declare his presidential interest

***offers N10M to support purchase of Tinubu nomination form

By Doris Ferdinand

A group under the aegis of Tinubulate Nigeria Agenda (TINA) is urging Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to as a matter of urgency declare for 2023 presidential election.

Director General -TINA, Alamoh Kehinde Samuel disclosed this in an inaugural world press conference held at Tinubu Support Group Office in Abuja on Saturday.

Kehinde said after much consultation, the group decided to throw their weight behind Bola Ahmed Tinubu and give their unrelenting support to him because they are convinced that he is competent to actualize the Nigeria of their dream.

The group further offered a dummy cheque of N10,000,000 to support Asiwaju’s purchase of presidential nomination form.

“Our group has concluded plans to present a cheque to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as support for the purchase of the expression of interest and nomination forms to run for the presidency, when the party commences the sales of form.”Kehinde said.

“As a show of our commitment, we wish to present to Nigerians, a dummy cheque of N10,000,000 as support in the purchase of Asiwaju presidential nomination form immediately the APC commences sale of forms, this is to demonstrate our commitment to this course which is critical to the development and progress of our dear country.

“Again, we are convinced beyond every reasonable doubt that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu possesses all the qualities, competence, capability, capacity and experience needed to actualize the Nigeria of our dream.” Kehinde added.

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INEC schedules Aba North/South Federal Constituency for Saturday 27th March 2021

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INEC schedules Aba North/South Federal Constituency for Saturday 27th March 2021

By Janet Samuel

The Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed Saturday 27th March 2021 for the conduct of the bye-election to fill the vacant seat for the Aba North/South Federal Constituency of Abia State.
Thia was contained in a statement that was issued by National Commissioner & Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye.
The vacancy he said arose as a result of the death of Hon. Ossy Prestige, member representing Aba North/South Federal Constituency of Abia State in the House of Representatives and the subsequent declaration of vacancy for the Federal Constituency by the National Assembly.

He pointed out that the official notification for the election the commission said will be published on Monday 1st March 2021.
“Political Parties shall conduct their primaries between 4th and 10th March 2021 while the last day for submission of list of nominated candidates is at 6pm on the 16th March 2021.

“Political Parties shall submit the names of their Polling Agents for the election to the Electoral Officers of the respective Local Governments on or before 19th March 2021 and campaigns by political parties shall stop on 25th March 2021.

“The Access Code for the nomination forms shall be available for collection from 10th March 2021 at the Commission’s headquarters.

“Political parties fielding candidates for the bye-election should pay close attention to the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the conduct of the bye-election and conduct transparent and valid party primaries in line with the dictates of Section 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 (As amended).

“We enjoin political parties to note that under section 31(8) of the Electoral Act, a political party which presents to the Commission the name of a candidate who does not meet the qualifications stipulated in the Constitution and the Electoral Act shall be guilty of an offence and on conviction shall be liable to a maximum fine of N500, 000.00

“The detailed Timetable and Schedule of activities has been uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms.”

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