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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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Gender Equality: NASS careful not to enthrone further discrimination says Omo-Agege

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Gender Equality: NASS careful not to enthrone further discrimination says Omo-Agege 

By Joseph Sunday


The Deputy President of the Senate and Chairman, Senate Adhoc Committee on Constitution Review, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has described the bill on Gender Equality sponsored by Senator Biodun Olujimi as challenging in that it may be difficult to achieve the goals without enthroning new set of discriminations. 

Senator Omo-Agege stated this in Abuja when he hosted a delegation of a non-partisan organisation, Women in Politics Forum led by Ebere Ifendu.
The Delta Central lawmaker assured women that their interests would be protected, but not to the detriment of the constitutional provisions against discrimination of whatever form.He said they want to strengthen women participation.Omo-Agege called on the Executive arm of government to always engage the Legislature before signing treaties and agreements.
This, he explained, will enable accelerated domestication by the National Assembly.

He also tasked the forum to help in mobilising the House of Representatives in concurring to the Sexual Harassment Bill passed by the Senate as well as the domestication of the Violence Against Persons  (Prohibition) Act in all the states of the Federation.
 In her remarks Ifendu called for the inclusion of Affirmative Action in the Constitution.
She cited African countries like Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, Rwanda and Seychelles to buttress her position.
According to her there is no better time than now to achieve an inclusive democracy. Further more, she said we need to move from civil governance to true democracy where women, youth and persons with disabilities will have equal opportunities to participate in governance,” she claimed.

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Zamfara PDP alleges plans by APC to disrupt state Assembly bye-election

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara State, has raised the alarm over alleged plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to disrupt the State Assembly bye-election for Bakura constituency slated for Saturday 5, December.

A statement issued by Alhaji Tukur Umar Danfulani, the state chairman of the party on Wednesday, accused the opposition APC of a grand plan to create chaos using thugs during the election.

The chairman noted that the tell-tale signs by the opposition to cause mayhem during the exercise manifested two days ago when a faction of the party allegedly distroyed the PDP’s stand where key stakeholders including Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle were scheduled to address party supporters.

“Ahead of the Saturday 5, December, Bakura State House of Assembly bye-election, the APC having lost hope in the outcome of the election have hatched plans to disrupt the exercise even as the state provided level playing ground to all participating political parties.

“Just two days to the bye election, it was discovered that the APC candidate to the election, Bello Dankande Gamji led a group of over 200 APC political thugs and destroyed the grand stand where PDP chieftains including the state governor, Hon. Dr. Bello Mohammed MON Matawallen Maradun was scheduled to address party supporters and formally close the PDP’s campaigns in Bakura.

“The thugs who also carried guns to scare away all PDP sympathizers in the area as well as threaten the smooth conduct of the bye election have shot and wounded two of the PDP supporters who attempted to stop them.

‘The irate thugs also attacked and disloged all security personnel who were already in the area to ensure that peace existed before, during and after the election but which the APC leaders and their supporters did want to see happen.

“These acts are similar to what the APC did during the 2019 general elections in the state that led to the party’s total failure.

“The destructive APC thugs did not stop there but went to the nearby Dakko ward, attacked the village head, Alhaji Salmanu Muhammad destroyed two of his vehicles, a Kia and an Avensus, a Volkswagen Golf belonging to the PDP and a bakery house which they burnt down,” he alleged.

He said as law abiding citizens and party, the PDP and its supporters, “we want to draw the attention of Mr. President to know what is happening in Zamfara ahead of the state assembly bye election in Bakura local government area particularly on the use of arms by members of the APC with support from their leaders at a time when the state government under PDP rule is trying to entrench peace in the state which had suffered from severe bandits attack under immediate past governor Abdulaziz Yari leadership in the state.

“We also want to call on all security agencies in the state in the presence of who we gathered on Thursday, 26/11/2020 to sign a peace accord to guarantee the conduct of a peaceful election, to quickly look into this report and arrest the perpetrators of these attacks.”

He called on party supporters to continue to be law abiding and remain calm “while we await the security agents to do their job on the matter.”

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PDP expresses dismay that Buhari will blame the dead for his failure

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PDP expresses dismay that Buhari will blame the dead for his failure

**Says remark is an open support for insurgency

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday expressed dismay that a President would blame the dead fir his cluelessness.

The major opposition party in Nigeria described as weird, reprehensible and repulsive that the Buhari Presidency now seeks to turn itself into a mouthpiece of terrorists by its subtle attempt to rationalize the killing of innocent and hard working Nigerians.
The party said it is shocked that the Buhari Presidency has graduated from making bogus claims of having degraded terrorism to the embarrassing point of blaming unprotected and helpless Nigerians for falling victims of terrorist attacks.

It said; “This, to say the least, is the height of leadership failure of the lazy, lethargic and incompetent Buhari administration”.
It stressed that it is alarmed by the reckless and bizarre attempt by the Buhari Presidency to rationalize the gruesome beheading of 43 innocent Nigerians by insurgents in Zabarmari, Borno state.
The PDP particularly said that it is outraged by the Buhari Presidency’s claims that the farmers were killed because they failed to get clearance before going to their farms.
The Party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said that the statement by the Presidency is also an admission that the Buhari administration has been overwhelmed by terrorists and can no longer guarantee Nigerians and other citizens a normal life.

The statement reads, “This unpatriotic stance smacks of support for acts of terrorism and mindless killing of our compatriots by a government whose Commander-in-Chief had promised Nigerians to lead the battle against insurgents from the front.
“Our party is forced to hold that attitudes such as the unpatriotic remark of the Buhari Presidency embolden insurgents in their ceaseless attacks in our country.
“Such also provides further insights into the escalation of acts of terrorism in our country in the last five years.
“It is therefore insensitive for the Buhari Presidency to have shown this huge lack of empathy, which amounts to a spat on the grave of the slain as well as an unpardonable slap on the faces of the generality of mourning Nigerians.

“Perhaps this also informs why their party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has not deemed it fit to have a word of lamentation for the death nor consolation for the bereaved.
The party therefore chalkenged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately withdraw the offensive statement by his Presidency and apologize to Nigerians, particularly the people of Borno state.
The PDP also restated its call to President Buhari to heed the demands by Nigerians to rejig the nation’s security architecture as well as replace his Service Chiefs with more competent hands in the interest of the nation.

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