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Exclusive: Findings absolve Captain Hosa, Comrade Oshiomhole and other APC chieftains of blame in fight at Benin Palace gate

Feelers reaching our news desk from the findings of Patrick Osagie Eholor, President of the One Love Foundation and the Observer General, is that the fight between the supporters of the two frontline political parties in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Edo State – the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party – revealed that the brouhaha was actually started by the PDP supporters.

According to the findings, the Palace had fixed the traditional christening of the first son given birth to since His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare 11, assumed the throne in October, 2016, for Saturday, July 25th, 2020.

According to the story, the traditional christening is in line with the customs and tradition of the Benin Palace. The date was said to have been fixed long before the PDP fixed its governorship campaign flag-off. And that the party and its officials had actually pleaded to use the occasion to flag off their campaign and pay a courtesy visit to the monarch.

As it is the tradition, we gathered, nobody is restricted from been part of the day’s celebration as the Palace gate is left open and whoever is interested in partaking in the jollification is allowed into the palace ground to join the other numerous people of goodwill.

From history, people who originate from the adjoining community to the palace called Ogbe are known to lay strong claim to the edifice.

It was this, we learnt, that brought about the large presence of the community people led by one of their own Tony Adun(aka Kabaka) to the palace to join in the celebration.

We gathered that what was supposed to be a moment of celebration turned to a day of mourning when some PDP supporters, who felt that APC supporters were meddling unnecessarily in their affairs, allegedly turned violent, molesting those they considered as intruders at a purely PDP show leading to an orgy of destruction.

The APC supporters were said to have fought back in defence and to assert that they too have a right to be part of the palace celebration.

Going further, the sources revealed that top personalities and chieftains of the APC like the former Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, business mogul, Captain Hosa Okunbo and many other notable individuals that are been accused of sponsoring the ‘fight’ at the palace vicinity were actually victims of circumstances who had found themselves in the vicinity at that point in time as they joined the royal family and people of goodwill in partaking in what was supposed to be a historic day of celebration.

Groups commend Gov Obaseki over Info Commissioner’s appointment

Several groups in Edo State have commended Governor Godwin Obaseki over the appointment of Mr Efe Stewart as the new Commissioner for Information and Orientation. When Paul Ohonbamu, immediate past Commissioner of Information and Orientation resigned his appointment from the cabinet of Mr Obaseki, many thought it was a deadly blow to the solar plexus of the governor. The resignation came in the heat of the political battle between the Governor and his erstwhile godfather, Adams Oshiomhole, his predecessor in office and recently removed national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.However, Obaseki who is fast gaining reputation as the giant killer in politics was unfazed. He, indeed pulled what many termed a political masterstroke as he announced a replacement for Ohonbamu within two hours. He nominated Efe Stewart as Commissioner designate.Until his appointment by the governor, Stewart was the public relations officer of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric hospital in Uselu, Benin City. He also publishes a community based newspaper, Revolution Times.According to Osagie Osemwingie, chairman of Youth Campaign For Neighborhood Rights, YCFNR, Stewart as a functional public relations practitioner understands the need and essence of effective communication and public relations in promoting good governance and development. As a vibrant member of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations, “he is well qualified to execute his role in government very well”, Osemwingie noted. According to the YCFNR in a press statement signed by its chairman, Obaseki could not have made a better choice at this time. “Stewart is a square peg in a square hole” , he said emphatically.Similarly, Victory For Obaseki Group, in a statement by its public relations officer, Henry Omoregie, argued that the appointment of Stewart confirms governor Obaseki”s belief in the capacity of the youths.Omoregie disclosed that Stewart has been a very hard-working youth who believes in uninhibited progress without influence from political godfathers:”He is a loyal party man and has made several sacrifices for our Egor Local Government Area and we have confidence that with his new appointment he will do more for our people”.The group also commended the organizational ability and political mobilization skills of Stewart.”In short, with Stewart as Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Governor Obaseki can go to sleep knowing that Egor Local Government Council is locked down for victory for him in the coming governorship elections.”He referred to Stewart as a resourceful grassroots man.Speaking to journalists on his appointment, Stewart said,” with my confirmation by the state house of assembly I will work tirelessly to ensure the realization of Governor Obaseki’s laudable programmes of accelerated development of the state”.He promised to sink or swim with the governor politically.”Wherever the governor goes I will go with him. With the governor picking up the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP we are set to win Edo state back for PDP in the coming governorship election” .

‘Oshiomhole, Ize-Iyamu will be dwarfed, he lost seat less than 24 hrs after I prophesied his downfall’ – Ebonyi prophet

Prophet Emmanuel Chukwudi has blasted the suspended National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, warning that his suspension is just a tip of the iceberg of the kind of disgrace the former governor will experience.

Chukwudi had released two different prophecies, stating that Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State will be reelected to power, despite Oshiomhole’s opposition.

Whereas the first prophecy was released in March this year, Chukwudi’s latest prophecy was published yesterday morning (Tuesday) by Jungle Journalist Media Ltd and in less than ten hours, an Abuja Court of Appeal upheld his suspension as the party chairman.

Speaking to Jungle Journalist Media Ltd on the telephone this morning, Chukwudi said that the court decision against Comrade Adams Oshiomhole foretells of what is to visit him, as well as his followers.

“Last night while I was in the mood of prayer, the Almighty God showed me a group of chiidren, but they were not children. They were men who have been dwarfed and turned into children. In front of them was Adams Oshiomhole, and behind him was Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. They have become dwarfs, like children.

“I also heard the sound of the voice of God, and He pointed at them saying ‘This is what I have prepared for those opposed to my anointed. I, the Lord anointed Godwin to lead Edo people for eight years. Who is Adams to stand in my way? Who is Osagie? I shall turn them, and all that follow them into dwarfs!”, the prophet said.

EDO: APC Founders Accuse Tinubu of Backing Oshiomhole, as Party Promises Fairness at Screening

Following concerns raised by the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki that he will not get justice from the screening committee of the All Progressives Congress APC, the party has assuaged his fears, asserting the independence of the committee.

Obaseki had on Wednesday night in Abuja shortly after he was screened ahead of the June 22 governorship primary election of the party expressed reservations at the conduct of the committee, saying with his arch political foe and National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole steering the ship of the APC, justice would not be done to him by the committee.

He said; “The last time I came here, I asked that Oshiomhole recuse himself from the process in the interest of peace and justice. But as a party man, I have had to go through the screening like everybody else. Since he is the judge and the jury in this matter, I will just wait for the outcome of the screening. I have given them all the information they need; the controversial certificate from the University of Ibadan has been tendered.

“Like I said, as a party man I have gone through the screening process but I do not believe that I will get justice because Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is an interested party in the Edo process. One of the questions that were asked was why did I issue a gazette that will prevent the party from performing direct elections in Edo. That did I not see it as an anti-party activity? I just felt that if we put politics above the lives of the people of Edo State, we may be missing the point”.

However, National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu told Vanguard on Thursday night in Abuja that the Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee NWC of the party had from the outset decided to allow the committee operate freely.

The screening committee was scheduled to round off its activities yesterday (Thursday). While its operations had largely been shielded from the media, it had earlier in the day finalised the screening of the sixth aspirant in the Edo governorship race, Mathew Iduoriyekemwe.

Asked when the committee would submit its report to the NWC and whether the submission would be done in the open, Issa-Onilu said; “Let them submit first. The decision is to make everything transparent. I do not know if they have submitted because I am not at the secretariat. I am not following up on the committee because we are not supposed to do that. They are supposed to be given a free hand to do whatever they want to do”.

12 members challenge Tinubu’s silence

Twelve founding members of the APC have however weighed in on the crisis in the party, challenging a former governor of Lagos state and national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to call Comrade Oshiomhole to order.

The 12 members made their position known in an open letter addressed to Tinubu and made available to journalists Thursday in Abuja.

Those who signed the letter were Alh. Salihu Mustapha, Chief Polycap Udah, Captain Mohammed Bala Jibrin, Ray Morphy, Alh. Umar Kachalla Zubair and Dr Sylvanus Amechi. Other signatories were Alh. Shaba Emangi, Chief Emeka Enechi, Hon. Charles Idahosa, Hon. Mohammed Aboki Mahmud, Prince Mackor Shaka Momodu and Alh. Yesufu Omonemi.

They described themselves as “founding members of APC and many of us were leaders of legacy parties that merged to establish the APC”.

According to them, when Tinubu and President Muhammdu Buhari pulled political energies together to form the APC, the expectations of both the political class and the citizens alike were that Nigeria had entered a new era of genuine democratic politics.

They said; “Since 2015, President Buhari has so far concentrated his energies, and rightly so, on building an enduring framework for good governance and the turning around of the national economy. By implication, much of the political engineering has become the forte of the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Partly in recognition of that, in January 2018, President Buhari gave the task of reconciling leaders of the party to Asiwaju. Again, the expectation was that party members irrespective of their background would get justice through fair and transparent reconciliation process because the National leader had experientially tasted in real life and politics what it means to be at the receiving end of official injustices and impunity. It is against this background that we believe that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has a historic duty to come out and assure party members and indeed the Nigerian citizens that he still stands on the pillars of equity, fairness and justice”.

The members said they expect that by now Tinubu should be able to “provide incontestably fair leadership to all party members, through which some specific actions of the APC National Chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomhole can be moderated and made to conform with internal due processes as provided in the provisions of the APC constitution, no matter how loosely defined given the motto of our great party –Justice, Peace and Unity”

Oshiomhole did not immediately respond to Vanguard’s attempt to get his reaction. Since his Chief Press Secretary, Simon Ebegbulem was named a Commissioner in Imo State, the APC national chairman has not named a replacement.

2023 Presidential ambition
The members also spoke on Tinubu’s presidential ambition, saying his actions now would have a great effect on his future aspiration.

“We are also making this demand, bearing in mind that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is eagerly desirous of continuing from where PMB stops in 2023, and his response to issues of the day within the APC, will signpost how the soup will eventually taste. We made this assertion with all sense of responsibility based on the belief that our party deserves the best and we are proud to have some of the best democrats Nigeria has produced as leaders of our party. Therefore as one of the best democrats in the history of our country, Asiwaju needs to categorically declare his position on many of the contentious decisions of the Comrade Oshiomhole’s NWC. This calls to question the democratic credentials of our party and with it the democratic orientation of our leaders in the party. Will our leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, be on the side of fairness and democracy? The side of justice and reconciliation, or the side of impunity and disunity perpetrated by no other person than the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole?

“We would recall that the APC has set up a powerful reconciliation Committee under the revered former National Chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande. However, to date, nothing has happened. Moreover, is that how we will keep trudging till 2023? No reconciliation, only acrimonies, engineered by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole? Is that how we want to pay the sacrifices made by the duo, President Buhari and Asiwaju? Clearly, as the National Leader, Asiwaju Tinubu will be doing party members a great deal of injustice without coming out and providing reconciliatory direction on this crucial matter of internal party disputes.

“We would not like to entertain the idea that the moral authority of our National Leader cannot be activated now, to put the APC on an even keel for more exploits in 2023 and beyond. We should not forget that we have suffered incalculable losses since 2015, and even more crucially by sheer mismanagement of our affairs, we are inadvertently giving oxygen to the PDP, a failed political formation that we thought we had castrated in 2015.

Tinubu subtly supporting Oshiomhole

“However, can there be a reconciliation in an atmosphere of impunity perpetrated by the National Chairman of APC, which could not have been possible without the tacit green light from the National leader himself? We find it bewildering that just within a space of one month, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole had serially and violently violated the APC Constitution; that the silence of Asiwaju, the National Leader is disconcerting.

“Could it be that now we should forget about constitutionalism and due process in the affairs of APC? First, Adams Oshiomhole has constituted himself as a one-person National Working Committee of APC. It is distasteful and undemocratic that Adams Oshiomhole has subordinated the entire NWC to his whims and caprices such that the team spirit and canon of collective responsibility envisaged by the APC Constitution are no longer there.

Edo politics

“Who gave Comrade Adams Oshiomhole the power to convey the decision of the NWC to INEC, as critical as that of the mode of primaries for Governorship election three bright days before the meeting of the NWC on the matter? The implication of this illegal, nay irresponsible action is that the NWC did not meet to approve such a decision. At best, the NWC was convened to rubber-stamp his illegalities.

“Also, the APC National Chairman wrote a letter to INEC to change the official address of the Edo State chapter of APC contrary to Article 8 (page 6) of the APC Constitution, which also requires the approval of NEC. In the same vein, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole drafted a PDP loyalist into APC, a person that is being prosecuted by EFCC as we speak, a person that fiercely fought against the election of President Buhari in February 2019 elections in Edo State using the stolen arms money President Buhari is currently retrieving, a person with no clear allegiance to President Buhari and the APC, and unilaterally gave such person a waiver to contest Governorship primaries without NEC approval.

“Now, if this had been the practice, then we can say that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has not only emasculated the NWC but put the NEC in one corner. Thus, by refusing to convene the meeting of the National Executive Committee of APC to consider critical decisions, Comrade Oshiomhole has murdered democracy in the APC. As democrats, we believe that such actions are reprehensible and condemnable. No leadership will condone such illegal actions that can only undermine the democratic ethos upon which APC stands. They are already tarnishing the image of the party, creating disillusionment and apathy amongst party members and destroying the beautiful legacies of President Buhari which frees the atmosphere for healthy inter- and intra- party contestations.

“So, where is the National Leader when one man is desecrating the APC Constitution and at every turn killing the party? Is that the kind of party we would want to ride on in 2023? Is Nigerian politics about to witness the rebirth of former President Obasanjo’s draconian control of party structures as we move closer to 2023? It is time for Asiwaju Tinubu to demonstrate his democratic leadership. It is time he gives life to the institutionalization of APC and not create the perception that he is behind this brigandage that is tearing the APC apart, with severe consequences for the capacity of the party to hold on in one piece as we inch towards 2023. 2023 in APC must be about strengthening internal democratic rules in APC, it must be about ensuring that all APC leaders respect internal rules as provided in the constitution, and it must be about fairness and justice for all members”.

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Edo guber:Obaseki’s reelection dicey as INEC approves direct primaries for APC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has approved the direct primaries mode for the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election for the Edo State governorship election. This was disclosed via the electoral body’s Twitter page on Tuesday, June 9.

“By the timetable and schedule of activities issued by the commission on 6 February 2020, party primaries for the Edo governorship election will take place between 2 and 27 June 2020,” the notice posted on INEC’s Twitter page read.

It continued: “The commission appeals to the various political parties to conduct their primaries in full compliance with the 1999 constitution and electoral act 2010 (as amended), regulations and guidelines for the conduct of political party primaries (2018) and the INEC policy on conducting elections in the context COVID-19 pandemic of 21st May 2020.”

With the stance of the electoral commission, incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki, may have lost out in his bid to get the ruling party’s ticket. Obaseki has been canvassing for an indirect primary, while his predecessor and national chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole have been advocating for direct primary. The duo have been at loggerheads over the soul of the party in the south-south state.

Meanwhile, an aspirant in the forthcoming Edo state governorship election under the APC, Engineer Chris Ogiemwonyi has said that Governor Obaseki should not be allowed to fly the party’s flag during the September 19 election.

Ogiemwonyi, a former minister of state for works, said the governor was foisted on Edo people in 2016, adding that he does not deserve a second term in office if the state must progress.

According to him, Governor Obaseki was not in the political calculation in Edo state in 2016, until Oshiomhole, then state governor, supported him. Despite Ogiemwonyi’s stance, a group of professionals known as Edo Good Governance Group (E3G) have backed Governor Obaseki in his ongoing effort to return for a second term.

After a meeting on Wednesday, June 3, the group called on all Edo people to rally round the governor to ensure that Oshiomhole, “does not impose his cronies on the state through an ambush.”

Edo: Oshiomhole, Obaseki’s camps fight hard, dirty

By Clifford Ndujihe, Johnbosco Agbakwuru & Ozioruva Aliu

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, yesterday, intensified his re-election bid with a move to get his main challenger for the All Progressives Congress, APC, ticket, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, out of the contest via the law court.

This came on a day his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Paul Ohonbamu, resigned his appointment.

Meanwhile, former Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, has advised National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and Governor Obaseki to put the interest of the party first as they go into the governorship election in Edo State. On the accusation that the party’s national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole unilaterally decided the mode of primary election, the party yesterday said that its National Working Committee, NWC, had taken a decision on the matter.

Court adjourns suit seeking to stop Ize-Iyamu to June 17

One of the strategies the Obaseki camp is working on is to get Ize-Iyamu out of the contest on the platform of the APC through the courts.

Meanwhile, journalists who converged on the court premises were yesterday prevented by security operatives from covering the suit, filed by Mr Benjamin Oghumu, a loyalist of the governor and chairman of Orhionmwon Local Government.

Oghumu is seeking an injunction to restrain Ize-Iyamu from parading himself as an aspirant to participate in the state APC primary election fixed for June 22 to select a candidate in the governorship election slated for September 19 because he is not a member of the party.

Members of the Public Work Volunteer, PUWOV, personnel of the Edo State Traffic Management Agency, EDSTMA, and the state special anti-robbery security outfit, Operation Wabaizigan had as early as 6:30 am cordoned off all entry roads to the state high court complex. The move created gridlock in parts of the city.

It took the intervention of the court registrar, Mr Idemudia Aziegbemhin before some journalists were later allowed to enter the court mid-way into the proceedings.

Joined as defendants in the suit are the APC, Oshiomhole, sued for himself and on behalf of the National Working Committee of APC, and Ize-Iyamu.

Pastor Kenneth Asekomhe on behalf of the factional state executive loyal to Governor Obaseki, Mr. Oghumu on behalf of himself and Executive Committee of APC in Orhiomwon local council and Mr Matthew Ogbebor, on behalf of himself and the executive committee of Ugbogbo Wards 5, (all plaintiffs/claimants) in the suit are asking the court for an order, restraining Ize-Iyamu from parading himself as an aspirant entitled to participate in the APC primary election fixed for June 22, 2020, to select a candidate to represent it in the Edo State governorship election fixed for September 19.

The claimants also prayed for an order of the court, restraining Oshiomhole from recognising Ize-Iyamu as an aspirant of the APC in its primary election scheduled for June 22 or any other date to select a candidate to represent it in the Edo State governorship election.

The plaintiffs/claimants, who were represented by Ken Mozia, SAN, and Santos Owootori, sought to know whether Article 31(2) of APC constitution is not in conflict with Section 177(c) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, as it relates to qualification for election to the office of a governor of a state.

However, an argument ensued when defendants’ lawyers led by H. Ogbodu, SAN, and Victor Oyosuma appeared in the matter, demanded to be served the motion papers and originating summons.

Meanwhile, the trial judge, Justice Emmanuel Ahaomoje declined to grant the ex-parte motion but instead gave the defendants 10 days to file their response while counsel to the plaintiffs/claimants were given two days to reply.

Justice Ahaomoje adjourned the case to June 17, 2020.

Ohonbamu out, Stewart in

Meanwhile, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Ohonbamu, announcing his resignation, said: “I hereby tender my letter of resignation as a commissioner in Edo State to His Excellency, Mr Godwin Obaseki this June 4, 2020. Without setting a precedent, I have decided to step aside as cabinet member and operate outside it for the general good of Edo State and pursuit of happiness for the citizens.

“I remain eternally grateful to His Excellency, the governor for indulging me in his purposeful and sophisticated administration. I greet you sir and the ever loyal members of the state executive council. I am particularly delighted that His Excellency’s second term bid is firm and sure-footed,” Ohonbamu wrote.

Contacted, Ohonbamu confirmed his resignation but declined to make further comments.

However, Governor Obaseki has approved the appointment of Mr Stewart Efe as Edo State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation.

In a statement, Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, said the appointment takes “immediate effect.”

Efe, until his appointment was the Public Relations Officer, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Uselu, Benin City. He hails from Ward 9, Egor Local Government Area of the state.

He was a top contender as chairman, Egor LGA, in the last council elections, but stepped down for party interest.

Put party ahead, Yari advises Oshiomhole, Obaseki

Speaking to State House correspondents, former Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, who said he was at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on a private visit to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, called on Oshiomhole and Obaseki to tolerate each other no matter what their personal interests might be.

He said: “I think as a party man and pioneer party person, life is about tolerance.

“We have to tolerate one another and no matter what interest we have, we must put the interest of the party in our hearts. We should also look at the interest of the party as superior to any other interest.”

He said that there are laid-down procedures of the party, insisting that such procedures must be followed in resolving issues in the party.

“The laid-down procedure is there; the rules are there; the constitution is there. Let us respect the constitution of our party and let us respect one another because the issue of party is not about me, it is not about the chairman, it is not about the president. It is a collective responsibility.

“Therefore, I think it is important for both the governor and the chairman to fine-tune how they are going to work for the safety of this party and for the purpose of winning election in Edo State.”

It will be recalled that similar squabbles among party leaders cost the APC the governorship, state and National Assembly positions in Zamfara State in 2019. It also made the party’s candidates in Rivers State to be disqualified by the Supreme Court.

We can’t trust Oshiomhole – Idahosa

Meanwhile, Chief Charles Idahosa, a former Commissioner for Information in Edo, who is backing Obaseki, said those in support of the governor cannot trust Oshiomhole to mid-wife a free and fair primary because he is an interested party and major cause of the rift in Edo APC.

Commending President Muhammadu Buhari, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and some APC governors for their intervention in the political tussle in Edo State ahead of the June 22 primaries, Idahosa also commended Governor Obaseki for listening to wise counsel of party leaders and making peace moves.

Despite the peace moves, Idahosa, a one-time political adviser to Oshiomhole, said APC leaders in Edo State were not taking things for granted because the former labour leader and his loyalists in the Edo Peoples Movement, EPM, are determined to oust Obaseki, not because of non-performance but because he refused to share the state’s resources to them.

His words: “The issue is that Oshiomhole cannot be trusted and that is why we are not leaving anything to chance here in Edo. The governor has performed creditably well. Even those fighting the governor under the acronym of Edo Peoples Movement led by Oshiomhole have not accused him of non- performance. The only allegation they levelled against him was that he is not giving them money to share. If that is the only sin the governor has committed, not that he did not perform, we are very happy about that.”

“But the problem that we envisage and we are suspicious about is that Oshiomhole is not consistent; he will say something and do something else. For example, he told the whole world that he did not receive any communication from Edo State APC that they didn’t want direct primary. But available records showed the resolution of the whole party structure in Edo State, where they sent a letter to him. The letter was received in his office and signed by one of his staff with the mobile number on it. So, how do you trust such a man?

“He wrote INEC on May 19, saying the NWC has decided on direct primary. However, the meeting of the NWC took place on May 22, three days after he wrote to INEC. This means that Oshiomhole has decided on what he wants even before the meeting of the NWC. How can such a man be trusted?”

“So, when the Governor said Oshiomhole should excuse himself from the whole process, I totally agree with him. Oshiomhole cannot be a judge in his own matter.”

NWC okayed Oshiomhole’s letter to INEC – APC

The National Working Committee, NWC of the APC has exonerated Comrade Adams Oshiomhole of allegations of taking unilateral decision on the mode of primary election to pick the party’s standard bearer in Edo state.

While Comrade Oshiomhole had written a letter dated May 19 to the INEC intimating the electoral umpire of the decision of the party to conduct direct governorship primary in Edo on June 21, the NWC of the party had met on May 21 to ratify the decision on the mode of Primaries.

Idahosa and some party chieftains alleged that the APC National Chairman imposed the option of direct primary on the NWC having written INEC before the NWC meeting where the decision was formalized.

Contacted, APC National Vice Chairman, North-East, Comrade Mustapha Salihu declined comments saying he would try to get necessary briefings before he could comment on the matter. He added that the party was exploring a political solution to the situation in Edo State.

However, National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu in a telephone interview with Vanguard said the NWC had already taken a decision on the mode of primary before the May 19 letter and that it wrote a second letter to INEC on May 22 to affirm its first letter.

He said: “It was not a unilateral decision. That was not what happened. Our meeting of May 21 was actually to ratify the decision. Because of this COVID-19, we had had our formal assessment of what is on ground and it is best for us that we adopt direct primary. And for good reason, we had to write the letter immediately since we already had that conversation. We also know that if there are other issues that we have to amend, we can always amend but there is a time-frame to communicate to INEC before the time you are going to have your primaries. That is one.

“Two, many other parties are picking dates. If we delay, we may be forced to pick a date that is not convenient for us. So, we said put this letter since we had a provisional agreement on direct primary. Write the letter and let us now meet. In fact, that meeting was just to follow procedure because we already have been having conversations. In fact, with this COVID-19, you try as much as possible to reduce the time you have physical meetings. So, after that one when we were sure we were not changing anything, we now wrote another letter on May 22 to ratify and confirm what we had earlier written, but, people are not looking at that letter, it is the first one they are circulating. It is a non- issue”, he said.

The NWC also declared that the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki cannot hide under the guise of COVID-19 restriction of gatherings to not more than 20 persons to stop its direct primary.

It said the primary election is a constitutional obligation that is time bound and its conduct must override any local orders made by the state’s chief executive.

“The issue of the primary is a constitutional one. So, if we are implementing the Constitution as INEC has directed, there cannot be any order that can supersede that. That election must hold at a particular time and that a Government terminates at a particular time is a constitutional matter,” Issa-Onilu added.

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BREAKING! Kano Federal High Court sets aside ruling on Oshiomhole

The Federal High Court in Kano has set aside yesterday’s court ruling of the Abuja High Court suspending the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.

Justice Lewis Allagoa on Thursday ordered the police and Department of State Service (DSS) to provide security for Oshiomhole to resume in his office.

Details later…

APC Vice Chair backs Oshiomhole’s suspension

By Omeiza Ajayi

National Vice Chairman, Northwest of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Mustapha Salihu has backed the order of a Federal Capital Territory FCT High Court which suspended the party’s National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on Wednesday.

Salihu who has been having a running battle with the national chairman over the party’s choice of Arch. Waziri Bulama as National Secretary, told journalists on Wednesday that Oshiomhole was about to create more chaos in the party, alleging that the national chairman wants to foist Bulama on the National Working Committee NWC as its acting head.

As at the time of filing this report (4 pm), neither Oshiomhole nor his spokesman, Mr Simon Ebegbulem was available for comments, as calls to their known telephone lines went repeatedly unanswered. Also, National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu did not answer his calls.

However, reacting to the court order, Comrade Salihu said: “immediately the court injunction was given, the national chairman called the party’s National Publicity Secretary to issue a statement to the press that Bulama is the Chief Secretary to the Party.

“I believe you people (Journalists) are aware of the meeting held about a month ago on that matter, which ended without a decision. Since then, there has not been a decision as to the replacement of the secretary. The chairman is about to create more chaos within the party as he gave the order.

“The public should know that any decision that Oshiomhole makes henceforth is an illegal decision and will not hold.

“We will keep our fingers crossed until the court decides. I am saying this so that there will not be two national secretaries and there can be no affirmation from a national chairman that has been suspended.”

Asked whether he would accept the choice of Bulama as National Secretary should the party take that position, he said; “the party cannot accept Bulama, who is the party? The person that should hold that position must be the most senior person in the party.”

Who heads the APC?

Should the suspension of Comrade Oshiomhole subsist, the party would be left without a clear head?

To assist the National Chairman, the APC has two Deputy National Chairmen. One for the South and the other for the North. However, both offices are now vacant. While the Deputy National Chairman, South, Otunba Niyi Adebayo had since been appointed as Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, the Deputy National Chairman, North, Sen. Lawali Shuaibu is on indefinite suspension.

The party scribe, Mr Bulama is still having a running battle with his own zonal Chairman, that is, the National Vice Chairman, Northeast Zone, Comrade Salihu Mustapha.

The National Vice Chairman, Northwest, Barr. Inuwa Abdulkadir is also on indefinite suspension while the National Auditor, Mr George Moghalu had since been appointed as the Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority NIWA.

Vanguard

Abuja High Court sacks Oshiomhole from office as APC National Chairman

The APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole has been ordered out of the party’s national secretariat by an FCT high court until the determination of a substantive suit a party member Ouwole Afolabi brought against him Jan 16.

Justice Danlami Senchi gave the order following an application of interlocutory injunction asking the court to suspend Mr Oshiomhole, having been suspended as a member of the APC by the party in Edo State.

Oshiomhole and the APC are joined in the suit.

The applicant, through his lawyer, contended that Oshiomhole is currently suspended by the party and has not challenged the suspension.

He added that the chairman’s rights as an APC member are currently curtailed, and he cannot continue to act as chairman of the party.

In his ruling on Wednesday, Justice Senchi held that the first and second respondents wrongfully kept Oshiomhole as the national chairman of the party.

The judge order him to stop parading himself as the chairman of the APC, and that party should stop to recognizing him as chairman.

Oshiomhole has been battling opposition from his home state Edo where his successor successfully mobilized members at the ward level to suspend the former governor.

Obaseki to Oshiomhole: Visiting Edo without official notification is breach of protocol, act of impunity

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By Jeremy Bolemi, Benin

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has described the visit of the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to Edo State as a breach of protocol and an act of impunity.

Obaseki said the former governor should notify the state officially whenever he is visiting.

Obaseki stated this when the former President Goodluck Jonathan paid him a private visit on Sunday.

The Governor wondered why the former Governor who knew the protocol will deliberately refuse to follow it.

Recall that Oshiomhole who was in Benin on Saturday to attend the burial ceremony of late Madam Cecilia Agbonyinma, mother of Hon. Ehiozuwa Agbonyinma, was booed at the Benin Airport by some youths.

His convoy was also pelted with empty water can, even as heavy security presence at the airport barred the youths from getting close to the convoy.

Also, the road leading to Oshiomhole’s residence was barricaded with two trucks, one of which was later set ablaze.

It was gathered that the barricade was to prevent any political meetings from holding at Oshiomhole’s residence.

Security was later beefed up around the house to forestall any attacks at night.

But, speaking to newsmen about the airport incident, Obaseki said Oshiomhole should have informed the state government about his visit to the state.

Jonathan had told journalists: “Traditionally, for somebody who has been a President, when he goes to a state, he has to pay a courtesy call to the Governor of the state. If you are not free, fine, but at least I informed him.”

Addressing journalists after Jonathan’s visit, Obaseki criticised Oshiomhole for breaking protocol by his failure to formally notify his office whenever he visits the state.

He said “He (Jonathan) is just extending the courtesy, as the President, someone who has served the country in the highest level and you heard what he said.

“There is a courtesy when you are going to visit a state, you want to inform the person in charge of the state that you are coming and when you have time during a visit, you can now pay him a courtesy call.

“Unlike the unfortunate incident, we have been having in Edo State. It is really sad where somebody who had been the Governor of a state visiting the state and does not realize that courtesy demands that he should inform the governor or the governor apparatus of his visit and the chief executive in charge of his security when he is in the state.

“It is really sad and unfortunate that people who have served, who should know better decided to behave the way they do or behave with impunity and other sense of lawlessness.”