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BREAKING! INEC Declares Godwin Obaseki Edo State Governor Elect

With the announcement of the result of the last Local Government Area election in the just concluded Edo Gubernatorial election by the Resident Electoral Officer, INEC has declared Mr Godwin Obaseki of the PDP as the winner of the election.

The result of Ovia South West LGA as announced by INEC is as follows:

APC 10,636

PDP 12,659

Total Result is APC 223,619 and PDP 300,955.

Total vote cast 550, 242.

PDP’s Godwin Obaseki leads with over 80, 000 votes after 13 out of 18 LGs

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced results from 13 Local Government Areas in the Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State with the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governor Godwin Obaseki winning so far in 11 of the 13 LGAs released.

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has won two of the LGAs announced at the commission’s collation centre in Benin, the state capital.

Obaseki of the PDP has secured 243, 604 against 154,192 votes polled by the APC’s Ize-Iyamu.

The Edo governor is winning with 89,412.

Below Are The Results LG By LG

Esan west LGA

APC: 7,189

PDP: 17,434

Total valid votes: 24,880

Rejected votes: 579

Total votes cast: 25,459

Oredo LGA (Obaseki’s LG)

APC: 18,365

PDP: 43,498

Total valid votes: 62,578

Rejected votes: 1,302

Total votes cast: 63,880

Esan south-east LGA

APC: 9,237

PDP: 10,563

Total valid votes: 19,896

Rejected votes: 307

Total votes cast: 20,203

ETSAKO WEST LGA

APC: 26,140

PDP: 17,959

Total valid votes: 44,539

Rejected votes: 2,828

Total votes cast: 47,367

OVIA NORTH-EAST LGA

APC: 9,907

PDP: 16,987

Total valid votes: 27,437

Rejected votes: 934

Total votes cast: 28,371

OWAN WEST LGA

APC: 11,193

PDP: 11,485

Total valid votes: 22,849

Rejected votes: 404

Total votes cast: 23,253

OWAN EAST LGA

APC: 19,295

PDP: 14,762

Total valid votes: 34,246

Rejected votes: 515

Total votes cast: 34,761

EGOR LGA

APC: 10,202

PDP: 27,621

Total valid votes: 38,396

Rejected votes: 955

Total votes cast: 39,351

UHUNMWONDE LGA

APC: 5,972

PDP: 10,022

Total valid votes: 16,283

Rejected votes: 352

Total votes cast: 16,635

IKPOBA OKHA LGA

APC: 18,218

PDP: 41,030

ESAN CENTRAL LGA

APC: 6,719

PDP: 10,694

ESAN NORTH-EAST LGA

APC: 6,556

PDP: 13,579

Valid votes: 20,369

Rejected votes: 361

Total votes cast: 20,730

IGUEBEN LGA

APC: 5199

PDP: 7870

Total valid votes: 13,170

Rejected votes: 212

Total votes cast: 13,382

HOW THEY STAND (AFTER 13 LGAs)

PDP: 243, 604

APC: 154,192

Source: Niger Delta Today

EDO 2020:End desperate security attack on PDP governors now, Emeka Kalu charges Buhari

The National Coordinator of PDP Coalition,Chief Dr. Emeka Kalu has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to put a check on security agencies and their cohorts harrasing governors of the party in Edo State.

The PDP chieftain who decried the barrage of police officers at the hotel housing Governor Nyesom Wike, warned that if the situation is allowed to fester, the elections may be marred by violence and lawlessness, with security agents who should protect the law are the ones abusing it.

He said “It is disheartening and an impunity of the highest order for police officers to be harrasing elected governors for the sake of elections. Why is the harassment against the opposition governors and not against the governors of the All Progressives Congress who are in the state?

I am calling on the President, the IGP of police and other stakeholders to wade into the situation as this injustice cannot be allowed to take over our civil rights in the name of politics to serve the interest of the APC and its selfish goals.

“What’s happening now is dsmangerous for our democracy, and smells of terror being hatched to be unleashed during the elections. The president must arrest the situation immediately before it goes out of hand. Edo people must be allowed to vote and be voted for, without desperate politicians and security trying to thwart results”, he warned.

2023: Tinubu’s presidential ambition has hit the rock, Atiku returning to APC – Olusegun Bamgbose

Olusegun Bamgbose, National Coordinator Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, has said that he sees the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, returning to the All Progressives Congress, APC, ahead of 2023.

Bamgbose, a Lagos-based senior lawyer, also declared that the presidential ambition of former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, has hit the rock already.

Bamgbose stated this in a chat with DAILY POST on Thursday, adding that though this may sound absurd and incredible to many, it will come to pass.

In his words, “As we draw closer to 2023 Presidential race and politicians are busy strategising on how to be relevant, I foresee Atiku defecting back to APC.

“This may seem absurd and incredible, but it will come to pass. This, however, is conditioned on APC not splitting before the end of 2021.

“The ignoble sack of Oshiomhole, by the power brokers in APC, has, in fact, signaled a new dawn in APC. Other things being equal, APC is getting set to zone its presidential slot to the North.

“This is what will ultimately entice Atiku to return back to APC. One does not need a prophet to tell us that Tinubu’s presidential ambition has hit the rock.

“The Northern oligarchy won’t back him come 2023. The North hardly backed a multi-billionaire to become President of Nigeria.

“Their belief is always that, what else do you want? In 1979, Shagari was not a billionaire.

“He was a teacher, but he became the first Executive President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He ruled from 1979 – 1983 before he was overthrown by Buhari.

“In 1993 M. K. O. Abiola was a multi-billionaire, he contested, possibly won but the power brokers rejected him. In 1999, Olusegun Obasanjo was favored.

“As at the time he contested, he was not a multi-billionaire. The power broker supported him. I’ll skip Jonathan for obvious reasons.

“In 2015, Buhari was not a billionaire yet he defeated Jonathan. I seriously doubt if the North will want Tinubu as President.

“Atiku has failed several times because of the same reason. I’ll advise Atiku and Tinubu to forget contesting 2023 Presidential elections because it’ll be an effort in futility.”

PHOTOS: Prince Lawrence Ezeh congratulates Chief Dan Orbih, as he assumes office as PDP National Vice-Chairman, South-South

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Enugu State Chapter, Engineer Lawrence Ezeh has congratulated the new National Vice-Chairman of the PDP, after he assumed office earlier today in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Ezeh, who contested in the 2019 Senatorial elections for Enugu East, was present at the party secretariat, where he expressed hope that the party will take over leadership in the country.

Congratulating the new South South boss of the party, Ezeh said his capable leadership of the party in Edo State led to the weakening and eventual splitting of the opposition party in the state.

He also expressed optimism that the party will grow, not just in the geopolitical zone, but across the country as a result of Orbih’s fighting spirit.

Those in attendance include the Akwa Ibom and Cross River states Chairmen of the party, as well as numerous other stakeholders in the zone.

BREAKING: Court bars Governor Obaseki from contesting Edo PDP primary

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has barred incumbent governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, from contesting the governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rescheduled for Thursday, June 25.

Reports just coming in from the Rivers State capital said that the order was issued yesterday, Monday, June 22, 2020 in a suit FHC/PH/CS/69/2020.
One of the reports, by the portal 1st News, said the order of interim injunction granted by Justice E.A Obile based on a suit filed by Hon. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, who is also contesting the PDP primary for the Edo State gubernatorial election.

The portal said that a Certified True Copy (CTC) of the court order sighted by it “reveals that Hon. Ogbeide-Ihama had prayed the court to bar Obaseki from contesting the primary election on the grounds that the Edo Governor did not purchase the nomination form for the election. Also, he had held that Obaseki did not undergo screening within the time frame stipulated in the timetable by the PDP.

“Furthermore, the plaintiff had sought an order of the court restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); from recognising Obaseki as a candidate of the PDP in the primary election.

“Joined in the suit was the Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, Emmanuel Ogidi, Hon. Kingsley Chinda; Chief Bodekeme Boyleyefa, Sen. James Manager, Hon. Ajibola Muraina, the PDP, Obaseki and INEC.

Consequently, Justice Obile who heard the motion ex-parte ordered that the status quo be maintained. This is pending the accelerated hearing of the motion on notice on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.”

Obaseki defected to PDP on Friday, June 19, 2020 after being disqualified from contesting the APC primary in controversial circumstances. He and his Deputy Governor, Phillip Shuaibu, were soon granted a waiver to contest the party primary for the governorship election.

News Express

Ondo Deputy Governor Dumps APC, Joins PDP

Ondo State Deputy Governor, Mr Agboola Ajayi, Sunday resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and picked the membership card of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The deputy governor, who tendered his resignation from the APC at Apoi Ward 2, Ese Odo Local Government area of the state, was thereafter given a PDP membership card in the same ward by the executive of the party’s (PDP) in Ward 2 led by the Chairman , Mr Festus Oboro.

Ajayi’s action came after the Saturday drama that ensued when the deputy governor was prevented from leaving the Government House by security men in government vehicles.

Ajayi said, though he had left the APC but he was still the deputy governor of the state, that he would not resign his position.

“My people that voted for me did not ask me to resign, so I remain the deputy governor of this state. I was duly elected as a deputy governor,” he said.

He said at the APC Secretariat at Apoi that everybody knew why he left the APC .

He said: “I am here’ to officially announce to you that as from today I have ceased to be a member of the APC , I came to tender my resignation letter to the the ward chairman.

“The reason I am taking this action is known to all of you. I listened to the advice from all supporters across the state The Ese Odo Local Government will continue to witness peace and progress .

“It is a painful thing that I’m leaving the APC, but there is time for everything. As a Nigerian I have the fundamental freedom to belong to any party or group.”

Shortly after, he went to the secretariat of the PDP in the same ward where he announced his return to the party and collected his party card.

” Like I said earlier, everybody all over the world knows why I left the APC. Some hours ago , you all know what happened to me at the Government House but I am a man of peace.”

He was later presented the membership card of the PDP by the ward executive of the party.

EDO 2020: Obaseki’s Deputy, Philip Shaibu also joins PDP, confident of victory in September polls+Photos

Amid the fanfare that greeted Governor Godwin Obaseki’s pitching tent with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to contest for re-election in Edo State, his Deputy, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, has also led his supporters in defecting to the PDP.

Comrade Shaibu, who spoke to journalists after obtaining his PDP membership card at the party secretariat in Benin City, expressed disappointment over the undemocratic actions and tendencies of Comrade Adams Oshiomole in his management of the APC at the national level.

He stated, “I have a mixed feeling with this action. First, one struggled to form a party and after forming that party, those that benefitted from the party took over the party and became tyrants. It is not always easy that after one helped to form and nurture a party, one individual would say he is an Adolf Hitler in the system and becomes undemocratic. That was what happened in the APC.”

Comrade Shaibu, however, expressed his unalloyed loyalty to Edo people, noting that their calls for the governor and his team to join the PDP has been heard.

He assured that Governor Obaseki remains steadfast with his vision and mission to actualise the aspirations of Edo people and that the strides made in social, economic and human capital development of the state must not be compromised.

He said: “Some of us believe in the people. We believe that the people must lead at all times. Because of that, we cannot afford to abandon this state for people like that. That is why we decided to abandon them in APC and join the PDP today.”

Earlier, Jungle Journalist Media Ltd had report that the Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, officially joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in furtherance of his ambition to seek re-election for a second term in the September, 2020 gubernatorial poll in the state.

The governor, who had kept a lid on his next move since leaving the All Progressives Congress (APC), quietly drove out of the Government House, Benin City, on Friday, at 2:25pm, headed for the Secretariat of the PDP in the state.

The governor’s motorcade drove through major roads leading to the PDP secretariat on First East Circular Road, Benin City, to cheers from both sides of the road.

Speaking to a gathering of party members and supporters, Governor Obaseki, said: “I am here to inform you that upon my resignation from the APC, having consulted widely from within the state and across the country, I have decided to become a member of the PDP.

“As has been demonstrated, this is a party that is rooted in democratic practices; it believes in justice and fairness and respects its members. Today is not the day I will make a speech. You will hear from me soon.

“I am here to go through the formalities of registering as a member of this great party. I know that upon taking membership of this party, I automatically become the leader of the party; that is the constitution. I read it thoroughly last night.”

He continued: “I want to assure all of you that I am prepared to provide leadership that will lead the party to victory. I will provide a leadership that will not only put PDP ahead in Edo State but, as a ruling party in Edo State, we will make sure that the level of progress, growth and participation in the political system by our people is unrivaled in this country.

“I am very happy to be here. The reception I have received has been ecstatic. The energy I see here is the kind of energy I require to take Edo to the next level.”

Noting that he was committed to changing the narrative of the party in the state, Obaseki said, “If you think we have done a lot in the last four years, you haven’t seen anything yet. With the quality of people I have seen here, the quality of people running the party, and the energy of youth I see, by the grace of God who made this day possible, I am committing to you that I will not only lead this party to victory in Edo State, but we will make sure that this party sets an example of how states should be run in Africa. Today, it is with great pleasure, Mr. Chairman, that I have come to formally take on my membership of this great party.

The governor was received by the National Vice Chairman, South-south of the PDP, Chief Emmanuel Ogidi, in the company of the PDP State Chairman, Mr. Anthony Aziegbemi and other party executives, including the governor’s ward chairman.

A ‘GOOD SETBACK’ BY 60 Years, by Femi Adesina

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has a fixation with 60 years. At the height of its heady days in power, it challenged its Chi (personal god) to a wrestling contest, vowing that it would rule Nigeria for minimum of 60 years. We know how the story ended. The Chi gave the boastful party a thunderous pin-fall. So great was the fall that not all the king’s horses nor all the king’s men could put Humpty Dumpty together again.

The Sugar Candy Mountain of 60 years ended in 16 years, with the bloody nose Nigerians gave PDP at the polls through the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015.

Since that time, however, PDP has not stopped fantasizing about 60 years. Addressing the media recently on the 5th year anniversary of its nemesis, President Muhammadu Buhari, in power, the party, through Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, said the President and his team “have taken our country 60 years backward.” Lol. What a neurosis with 60 years.

When the PDP lies, it speaks its mother tongue, its natural language, “for he is a liar and father of all lies.” The party has become willfully blind and deaf to all progress going on in the country.
Back to English Literature class in secondary school, we were taught what an oxymoron was: figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction. That is why we want to examine the ‘good setback’ the Buhari government has given Nigeria, taking her back 60 years, according to the PDP.

There are minimum of 600 road projects going on in different parts of the country today. What a good setback. The Buhari government is doing what Napoleon couldn’t do, and so, it is taking the country ‘backward.’
Hear the story of the Bodo-Bonny Road. It had been on the drawing board for 48 years. It is supposed to be the first link road between Bonny, where the country’s cash cow, the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) project is sited, and the rest of Rivers State. But no access, except by boats and helicopters.

For almost five decades, the Bodo-Bonny Road was only in the realm of imagination. Till Muhammadu Buhari came. Work commenced on the $333 million project in 2017, and estimated time of completion is 2022.

The 38 kilometers long road runs through low lying marshland swampy terrain, with many culverts, two creek bridges of about 500 meters in length, and a major river bridge of about 713 meters length. Yet, Buhari is building it, in conjunction with NLNG. What a backward movement!

We have said a lot about the Second Niger Bridge. And we shall never stop talking about it. The project makes our heart to beat Du du ke, du du ke, each time we remember it.

The first bridge was built in 1965, and is the major gateway to the land of the wise men-the East. But the sole bridge has become grossly inadequate, and people virtually see hell on it at major festive times.

Government after government had built a new bridge-with their mouths- particularly since we returned to democratic rule in 1999. Whenever elections approached, and they needed the votes of the people, they would take cutlasses, hoes and shovels, go to the site of the bridge, and pretend to be digging the ground. Once elections were over, and they had got the votes they wanted, it’s goodbye basket, I’ve carried all my apples.

Till Buhari came. Without fanfare, no bravado, no theatrics, he set to work. The bridge is 48% completed today, with sights firmly set on the first quarter of 2022 as delivery time. What a backward move, according to PDP. And to think the party can’t even complete its head office, despite raising billions of Naira, which developed legs and vanished.

What about rail? Have you seen the Warri-Itakpe line, which had vegetated for over 30 years? What about Abuja-Kaduna, already put to use? And Lagos-Ibadan, about 90% done? Ibadan-Kano has been awarded, there will be Lagos-Calabar, and many others. But PDP says the rail lines are leading us backwards by 60 years. What a good backward movement!

Airports. The country was rated as having some of the worst airports in the world before Buhari came. But today, see ultra-modern terminals in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Lagos, Kano, and Enugu is coming on stream shortly. But they say it’s a flight backwards. Oh, I see. Such people may never then fly forward ever and ever. They are perpetually stuck in reverse gear.
Agriculture. We used to import everything. Even when we had a celebrated farmer as President, we brought in rice from all over the world, and beans from Burkina Faso. Maize, wheat, sorghum, millet, we imported everything. Fertilizer was one huge scam, when we planted nothing.

Then Buhari came. He told Nigerians to return to the land. And he put his money where his mouth was. Agriculture was massively funded, and today, we have pyramids of rice round the country. We no longer import any type of grains, rather our neighbors come to buy here. We are almost self-sufficient in food.
Imagine if such hadn’t happened, and COVID-19 came. No foreign exchange to import food, all international borders closed, nothing to eat. Nigeria would have been in terrible crises. But we thank God Buhari came this way. He made all the difference. Yet PDP (Papa Deceiving Pikin) says it’s backward movement. I like that kind of backstroke, don’t you?

Eleven quarters of consecutive GDP growth, before Coronavirus threw a spanner in the works. Yet, they say it’s all backward movement. Non-oil exports have grown highest in the country’s history. We are taking massive leaps in the Ease of Doing Business. Light appears at the end of the long tunnel of lack of electricity, with a transparent deal with Siemens of Germany. For the first time in over ten years, Nigeria is conducting transparent bidding process for 57 Marginal Oil Fields to increase revenue. Insurgency, crime and criminality are being robustly fought. COVID19, which has humbled the great powers of the world, is also being battled relentlessly. What of corruption? No retreat, no surrender. Do the crime, do the term. More than 1,400 convictions, and over N800 billion recovered in recent times. Yet PDP says it’s backward movement. I hear.

When AfDB President, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina came to see President Buhari recently, I had a private dialogue with him. And he told me of an African leader who met him and said: “Those who don’t want you for a second term in office say you are not doing well. But if what you are doing is a bad thing, please continue with those bad things for the sake of Africa. We appreciate what you are doing.”

Doing admirable bad things. Another oxymoron. But some morons don’t know oxymorons. So they talk of Nigeria being taken back 60 years. What a good backward movement. Nigerians want more of such.

Adesina is Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity

PDP postpones Edo guber primary as Obaseki reportedly joins party, picks form

The Peoples Democratic Party has postponed its primary election in Edo State as the state Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki allegedly joins the party from the All Progressives Congress.

Jungle Journalist Media Ltd learnt that the primary elections, which was earlier slated for June 19 and 20, has been postponed until June 23.Obaseki is expected to obtain nomination form today (June 19th).

“We have postponed our primary in Edo, till June the 23rd”, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, was quoted to have said.Obaseki, on Wednesday, met with the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum, Aminu Tambuwal and the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus.

The meeting was held at the Abuja residence of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesome Wike, in Asokoro, where two PDP leaders and some others in attendance gave the Edo State governor assurances of their support.

A source privy to the meeting said, “The meeting held after a virtual meeting with PDP governors in their various locations. That is the much I can say.”

It was gathered that the issues discussed included the fate of Obaseki’s deputy and others who would join the PDP with him.The meeting came barely one week to the Edo State PDP primaries scheduled for June 23 June 24.