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Edo APC Crisis: Group Vows To Resist ‘Executive Rascality’

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Group known as Joint Forces for the Defence of Democracy in Edo State (JOFDES), has vowed to resist act it tagged “arrogance, unrestrained impunity and gross abuse of office” by the governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.

JOFDES further vowed to resist any attempt by the “Governor to use his office to continuously incite political violence, harass members of the APC who he perceives are enemies and not in support of his second term ambition.”

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A statement signed by co-conveners of the group, Barr Felix Osemwengie Isere, Esq, and Kola Edokpayi, which was delivered by Isere said Obaseki, being governor, does give him the sole power to decide people’s fate.

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The statement titled: ‘Governor Godwin Obaseki Orders a Total Clampdown on APC Opposing Voices in Edo State and the National Chairman of the Party: President Buhari Should Save us From a Full Blown Doctorship’, Isere notes that the ‘unnecessary creation of the illusion of political tension in the state is to blackmail Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and every other aspirant.”

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He said, “The obvious goal of the unnecessary creation of the illusion of political tension in Edo State is simply to blackmail Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and every other aspirant in Edo State and prevent those willing from pursuing their fundamental human rights of association and assembly and the pursuit of peaceful and lawful ambitions.

“We wish to uphold that being governor does not vest in anybody the suzainreity to decide the fate of others and put them under any duress to support him. Politics is ability to persuade and convince people to support you. Political support is not gotten by force or blackmail, but earned.

“We will resist the crass arrogance, unrestrained impunity and gross abuse of office by executive or sponsored agents. We wish to uphold that being governor does not vest in anybody the suzainreity to decide the fate of others and put them under any duress to support him.”

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READ ALSO: Edo APC Crisis: Party Members Dare Obaseki, Hold Rally

According to Isere, the Governor has “hidden behind an imaginary fight against Godfatherism to seek to muscle every other possible aspirant in the forthcoming gubernatorial elections.”

On the governor’s recent threat to the National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the legal practitioner declared that the former governor, just like any other citizen of the state, has right to freedom of movement, association and assembly, hence restricting his movement to the state is abuse of his fundamental human rights.

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“Comrade Adams Oshiomhole apart from being a former Governor of Edo State and the current and substantive National Chairman of the APC, is a citizen of Edo State who enjoys the inalienable freedom of movement, association and assembly like the Governor and every other person”, he Isere said.

Isere who accused the governor of “promoting thuggery, banditry and harassment of leaders and members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state”, lamented that due to the governor’s intolerance to opposing voices from the party, he has subjected many of the party leaders to asylum seekers in Abuja.

“The Governor, in a desperate quest to get re’-election, has abused the decorum, honour and decency of that exalted office through his reckless statements, threats and directives have promoted barbaric acts of thuggery, banditry and harassment of leaders and members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Edo State who he believes are opposed to his quest to retire them from politics and create an exclusive political dynasty for himself in the party where no other person will contest the forthcoming APC primaries in Edo State with him.”

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“Paradoxically, the governor has left no one in doubt about his commitment to foisting a political tyranny and imposing a regime of brutal affliction of legitimate and vocal voices in Edo State by his words and actions.

“A number of APC leaders and members are now living in emergency creeks or hibernating as asylum seekers in Nigeria, taking refuge in safer havens such as Abuja, the federal capital territory” he said.

READ ALSO: Edo APC Crisis: Group Lambasts Oshiomhole, Obaseki, Says ‘It’s Shameful You Can’t Resolve Differences’

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According to him, in the governor’s “desperate quest to get re’-election has abused the decorum, honour and decency of that exalted office through his reckless statements, threats and directives.”

The legal practitioner therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Assembly and international community to call the governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki to order “before it is too late.”

Responding, APC spokesperson in the state who is a loyalist of the governor said Oshiomhole is never a man of peace, stressing that his antecedents point to that.

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He accused Oshiomhole of causing all the violence experienced in the state of recent.

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Abducted Ondo Monarch Regains Freedom

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The monarch of Oso Ajowa Akoko in in Akoko North-West Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oba Clement Jimoh, who was kidnapped, has regained freedom.

The traditional ruler, who was abducted in his palace, was set free by the bandits after he had spent seven days in their den.

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According to a family source, the monarch was freed on Wednesday evening and he had been taken to the hospital where he was receiving treatment.

READ ALSO: Gunmen Kidnap Ondo Monarch, Police Launch Probe

Kabiyesi regained freedom yesterday (Wednesday) evening but he has been taken to the hospital for treatment,” the source stated.

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Withdrawal Limits: Senate Raises Concerns, To Debate New CBN

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A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

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The Senate has raised concerns about the latest Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) policy on cash withdrawals.

Senate Minority Leader Phillip Aduda in a point of order during plenary on Wednesday called the attention of his colleagues to the new policy and demanded for caution as it will affect many Nigerians, especially small business owners.

In his response, Senate President Ahmad Lawan cautions the CBN not to approach the policy by jumping into it at once as many Nigerians will be affected.

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He further noted that there is a need to engage the CBN in discussions to get more details of the policy and he directs the committee on banking to discuss this matter during the screening of the CBN Deputy Governors expected to hold before next week.

The Senate has set next Tuesday to debate the new CBN policy.

Under the new withdrawal policy, the CBN restricted the maximum cash withdrawal over the counter (OTC) by individuals and corporate organisations per week to N100,000 and N500,000 respectively.

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The CBN stated, however, that withdrawals above the thresholds would attract processing fees of 5 per cent and 10 per cent respectively for individuals and corporate entities going forward.

In addition, third-party cheques above N50,000 shall not be eligible for OTC payment while extant limits of N10 million on clearing cheques still remain.

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The new withdrawal regime further pegged the maximum cash withdrawal per week via Automated teller Machine (ATM) at N100,000 subject to a maximum of N20,000 cash withdrawal per day.

 

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IGP Launches Portal To Report Stolen Vehicles

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As precautionary measures to tackle vehicle theft, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has launched a platform for Nigerians to report cases of stolen vehicles.

Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, said the digitalized platform – Central Motor Registry (CMR) – successfully completed and commissioned by the IGP is situated at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

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He said the platform launch followed the “IGP’s quest to ensure a digital environment for policing the country for robust and more proactive measures in crime prevention, investigation, and prosecution.”

“The newly digitalized Central Motor Registry Command Centre will make it possible for members of the public to report vehicles stolen from as far back as 1st January, 2018, and yet-to-be-recovered to input the vehicle details on the online platform to serve as a reliable data point for the possible recovery of the vehicle,” he stated.

“The platform will also process motor vehicle information to support police operations and efforts toward enhancing national security.”

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With the CMR having two Command Centres in Abuja and Lagos, Adejobi said 37 Information Centres are located across the Country and in the Federal Capital Territory, with 200 e-Enforcement Operational Patrol Vehicles with automatic number plate recognition on each vehicle as part of the first batch.

He also asked Nigerians and other residents in the country to take advantage of the platform at https://reportcmr.npf.gov.ng to upload their vehicle information on the website with effect from today 7th December, 2022, as a security step for preventing it from being stolen and re-registered.

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