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‘I Was Ashamed Seeing Obaseki Celebrating Oshiomhole’s Suspension’ – Ize-Iyamu

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A top aspirant in the forthcoming gobernorship election in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu says he was very ashamed when he saw governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki dancing and celebrating a court order that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole should cease from parading himself as national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Meanwhile, the FCT High Court ordering the suspension of Oshiomhole as national chairman of the party has been put aside by a Federal High Court sitting in Kano.

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Ize-Iyamu, while briefing the press yesterday on behalf of other aspirants and their supporters in Benin said it is shameful and unimaginable Obaseki could jubilate and celebrate the suspension of an eminent son of Edo, adding that the same man God used in bringing him (Obaseki) into power he was celebrating his down fall.

READ ALSO: Oshiomhole: ‘ God Will See Me Through, My Travails Not From Edo’

The former Secretary to Edo State government recalled that Oshiomhole campaigned and did all the talk for Obaseki in the cause of his campaign when he (Obaseki) could not talk hence it’s unfortunate he could celebrate the downfall of a man who did all that to him.

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Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu addressing the press yesterday in Benin

He said, “What we find very shameful is the jubilation in some quarters in Edo over the so called court order removing the national chairman. I was ashamed to see the governor of Edo State, elected under the platform of the APC rejoicing that an eminent son of Edo State, a former governor of the state, the man who God used to even put him there has been removed as national chairman.

“The man who campaigned for him (Obaseki) when he could not campaign; the man who spoke for him everywhere they went, I was ashamed to see the governor jubilating and dancing all over Benin that Adams Oshiomhole has been removed as national chairman.”

READ ALSO: ‘Are You Looking At Me With Pity?’, Oshiomhole Asked Journalists

Ize-Iyamu, while recalling that the same jubilation and dancing came from the same quarters when the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) board head by an eminent Edo son was disbanded, said removal of Oshiomhole as national chairman of the APC does not guarantee Obaseki second term.

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“I want to ask, does the removal of Oshiomhole as national chairman guaranteed the second term of Obaseki? Of course no! So, for me it is rediculous for Obaseki to think that if the national chairman is removed it translates to automatic second term ticket for him, that is no true. It shows how shallow they are in their thinking”, he said.

READ ALSO:Oshiomhole’s Suspension: Ize-Iyamu Talks Tough, Says ‘We Will Resist Attempt To Rubbish Him’

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100 Civil Servants Die In Jigawa Within One Month

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The Jigawa State and Local Governments Contributory Pension Scheme said 100 civil servants died within one month.

Executive Secretary of the Board scheme, Alhaji Kamilu Aliyu Musa, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the payment of the retirement and death benefits in his office.

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He said the Board has paid N1.215bn to 550 retirees for the month of July, 2022.

Kamilu explained that, the beneficiaries are categorized into four for the payment of their rights.

According to him “the first category include 411 beneficiaries who have retired from the service and were paid over N920,331 million.

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“The second category of the beneficiaries are those 100 people that have died while in service and their families received the total amount of N267,329 million”

“The third category of 8 beneficiaries are under the death pension balance and will get N27, 952 million as their entitlement

READ ALSO: BREAKING: APC Presidential Primaries: Jigawa Delegate Dies In Abuja

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“While the fourth category of beneficiaries are those who are not in service for up-to five years, the board will refund 8 percent to them amounting to N201,437 thousands as their entitlement.”

The Executive Secretary also reiterated the board’s commitments to pay each retired civil servant his entitlement within one month of his retirement.

He then commended Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubukar for his support to the Board and releasing the Pensioners entitlement in a right time.

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INEC Reacts As Hoodlums Burn Razed Its Enugu Office

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that hoodlums burnt down its office at Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State.

The incident occurred on Sunday night when the arsonists stormed the office situated at the council’s headquarters in Ogurute.

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Confirming the incident, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu, in a statement on Monday, said the arsonists overpowered the security guards, forced their way into the premises, and set the building ablaze.

He said although no casualties were reported, 748 ballot boxes, 240 voting cubicles, office furniture, and equipment were destroyed in spite of the effort of the Enugu State Fire Service deployed from Nsukka.

READ ALSO: JUST IN: Hoodlums Set INEC Office Ablaze In Enugu

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Ononamadu added that the Commission is working to ascertain the status of voter registration machines for the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise as well as uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) locked up in the fireproof cabinet.

”The incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police for investigation and further action.

”The attack, coming in the middle of the voter registration exercise and other preparations for the 2023 General Election, is worrisome. It will be recalled that on 23rd May 2021, our office in the neighbouring Igboeze South Local Government Area was attacked in a similar manner by unknown gunmen.

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”This followed earlier attacks on the Udenu Local Government Area office on 13th May 2021 and the State Headquarters in Enugu on 16th May 2021.

”The Commission has since substantially recovered from these attacks and resumed normal activities there, including the VR and collection of
PVCs.

READ ALSO: 2023 Elections: INEC Speaks On Voters Registration In Niger Republic

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”The Commission will continue to work with the security agencies and the emergency services to protect our facilities,” the statement added.

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Niger Attack: Death Toll Of Security Operatives Rises To 48

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The number of security personnel killed in Niger State by suspected bandits has increased following the discovery of more bodies in the bush.

Sani Kokki, the convener of Concerned Shiroro Youths of Niger State, explained that more bodies of the security operatives were discovered in the bush by the locals.

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According to Sani Kokki, “On Saturday evening, the dead body of a mobile policeman was also discovered by a passerby.”

READ ALSO: Pastor Adeboye Clarifies Reports Alleging He Asked Christians To Buy Guns

Recall that a number of soldiers, policemen and civilians were killed after bandits attacked a mining site on Wednesday in Niger State.

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He explained that the death toll of the security personnel killed by the bandits had risen to 48.

He alleged that the bandits killed 34 soldiers, eight mobile policemen and six civilians.

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