By Joe Praise
In Nigeria’s complex and ever-changing political landscape, finding a political aspirant who not only possesses a genuine passion for public service but also demonstrates a profound commitment to philanthropy is a rarity. However, in the case of Barrister Kenneth Imasuangbon I find a remarkable individual who seamlessly combines these two realms to bring about meaningful change. With a strong vision for a better Edo, Imasuangbon presents a unique blend of political acumen and philanthropic endeavors that make him an exceptional choice for public office in Edo.
Though, Imansuangbon’s philanthropic act has earned him the name riceman, his journey as a political aspirant and philanthropist began from a deep-rooted desire to make a positive impact in Edo. His early exposure to social inequalities and systemic issues ignited a flame within him to bring about lasting change in Edo politics. This propelled him to actively participate in state politics, engage in grassroots campaigns during his stay in the APC and PDP, and work tirelessly for their emergence at the poll.
Imansuangbon understands that political power is a means to an end, a powerful tool that can be utilized to address societal concerns and promote inclusivity in Edo State.
What sets Imansuangbon apart among other governorship aspirants of Labour Party is his unwavering commitment to philanthropy. He firmly believe that true leadership goes beyond political office and encompasses actively contributing to the well-being of society.
Over the years, Imansuangbon has spearheaded numerous philanthropic initiatives. His festive period sharing of rice and other food items which has put smiles on the faces of thousands of Edo residents is second to none.
Imansuangbon is a complete detribalize philanthropist cum politician who touches all regardless of the ethnic nationality. His hands-on approach and dedication to making a tangible difference in people’s lives have earned him the respect and admiration of many. Little wonder he is nicknamed riceman.
An educationalist whose desire is zero Out-of-school children in Edo, Imansuangbon is determined to bring his wealth of experience as a successful proprietor of a private school to bear in Edo public schools. His desire is best education for the Edo child with a view to having a better society.
Driven by an unwavering passion for making a difference, Imansuangbon decided to actualise his dream of good service delivery and good governance through Labour Party. His philanthropic endeavors have equipped him with a unique understanding of the challenges faced by Edo people, and position him best for the party ticket; he understands the importance of effective governance in addressing those challenges faced in the state.
As a political aspirant on the platform of Labour Party, Imansuangbon seeks to translate his philanthropic experience into tangible policy solutions.
Given the ticket of the Labour Party, Imansuangbon campaign platform as a governorship candidate and as a trained Lawyer will centres around key issues such as social justice, equitable access to quality education, quality yet affordable healthcare, environmental conservation, poverty alleviation, amongst others.
It will be, therefore, beneficial and a win win to both card carrying members of Labour Party and the good people of Edo State if the party let a man who has much in stock to quench his thirst to delivering good governance to the good people of Edo State through the party.
Nigerian Prophet Makes Fresh Revelations About Kano, Ondo, Edo Politics
The spiritual head of the Wisdom Church of Christ International, Prophet Bisi Olujobi, has released fresh revelations about the political situations in Ondo, Edo and Kano States.
Olujobi, in a statement made available to DAILY POST on Thursday, said the embattled Ondo Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, would find it hard to succeed Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in 2024.
The cleric, who prayed for Akeredolu to conclude his tenure, recalled that he had earlier advised Aiyedatiwa to tread cautiously, to be vigilant and prayerful because of “sudden battles”.
Olujobi said, “I see him being impeached unceremoniously any moment from now and that will close permanently his political career in Ondo State.”
On Edo Deputy Governor, Philip Shuaibu, the prophet said, “Jehovah God has raised strategic people to fight for him regardless of where the battle his coming from,” asking Shuaibu to pray.
“Shuaibu should be more humble and watchful of his securities as I see the battle not lasting long. He has a brighter chance of succeeding the incumbent, Governor Godwin Obaseki,” he stated.
Speaking about Kano politics, the Prophet said the tribunal’s judgement sacking Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf would not stand.
According to him, “there should not be cause for alarm in Kano State as Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf will retain power after appealing the judgment of the tribunal. He will laugh last.”
Lawyers, Ex-lawmakers Disagree Over Ondo Deputy Gov’s Impeachment Plot
…Aiyedatiwa abusing court process —Lawyers
Some lawyers, including Messrs Jiti Ogunye and Femi Emodamori, and former lawmakers from Ondo State, yesterday, disagreed over the move to impeach the embattled Deputy Governor of the state, Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, who has been accused of alleged gross misconduct.
While Ogunye and Emodamori accused the deputy governor of attempting to stop his impeachment through an interim order, the former lawmakers warned the Assembly members against heating the polity by impeaching Aiyedatiwa.
Ogunye, who was featured on a television programme, said that Aiyedatiwa was wrong to have approached the court, when the process had not been completed.
He said: “The issue of principle here is that there is a route, under Section 188 of the Constitution, which says that ‘seven days you should receive a notice served by the Speaker on the holder of the office, be it governor or deputy governor’.
“Within 14 days, a vote is taken and, if two-third passes the matter, it goes to the Chief Judge of the state within seven days and then a panel is set up within three months and the report comes in.
“After the report comes in, if the report says no misconduct has been committed, the matter ends there. If it says misconduct is proven then the person is impeached.
“That’s the process. And so, if at the tail-end the process is not followed, the holder of the office has recourse to have him restored to power.
“The second one is the federalist principle which is very dear to me. You are a deputy governor of a state, you have a state high court, you are suing everybody in that state including the Chief Judge of that state, and you are taking them to a Federal Government court. That offends my federalist principle.”
Also throwing his weight behind Ogunye, the counsel to the House of Assembly, Femi Emodamori, argued that if the lawmakers clearly and meticulously follow Section 188 (1-9), no court, as stipulated in Section 10, has the power to intervene.
Emodamori said: ”It is only when there are pure breaches of the law that the court may intervene. Now, the deputy governor hasn’t even been served, the notice was initiated by eleven members of the House, more than one-third required, and he didn’t wait to be served.
“He’s alleging violation of his right to a fair hearing that he’s not been served. That it’s within social media even when Section 188 says he should be served within seven days and it’s not yet seven days.
“Rushing to court even before the panel is constituted is an abuse of judicial process. He doesn’t have a fundamental human right to protect at that stage. The body to hear him is the panel to be constituted by the Chief Judge. Until the body begins work, how do you complain about the violation to a fair hearing?”
Assembly endorsing bad precedence—Ex-lawmakers
On their part, the former lawmakers in the state, who addressed newsmen in Akure, urged the Ondo Assembly to preserve the sanctity and integrity of the assembly.
Speaking on behalf of the lawmakers, Abiodun Jerome said: “The present House of Assembly is less than four months old, and it’s very unfortunate that impeachment proceeding is their priority amongst the myriad of critical issues confronting our state presently.
“We want to unequivocally state here that the House must be careful not to dare the wrath of the people by heating the polity.
“The Assembly must be very careful from turning themselves into a puppet in the hands of some desperate politicians.
“It is on this note that we challenge the present Assembly not to endorse a bad precedence by going ahead with this planned impeachment of the Deputy Governor.
“As critical stakeholders in Ondo State, we consider it incumbent that we do not fold our arms and watch our political labour and those of our pathfinders washed away by the interest of a clique within our political system.”
Edo People Will Vote Against Any Candidate Obaseki Anoints – PDP Chieftain
The General Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo state, Hilary Otsu, has said that the party will lose next year’s governorship election if Governor Godwin Obaseki fields a candidate.
He lamented that Obaseki did not have the goodwill needed to promote an unpopular candidate in the state, adding that most of the candidates fielded by the governor during the 2023 general election were unknown.
Otsu said the action was the reason the PDP suffered defeats at the hands of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Labour Party (LP) in the state during the 2023 elections.
He, then, added the party stalwarts have affirmed that they would not queue behind any stranger Obaseki fields to succeed him next year.
“Legacy will nominate a governor and deputy of our choice, and PDP will become much stronger. Trust me, most of Governor Obaseki’s closest political allies have echoed it that Edo state will never accept another stranger to govern its people,” Otsu said.
“Governor Obaseki does not have the kind of goodwill needed to promote an unknown stranger in Edo State. When Oshiomole did it with him, Oshiomole had optimal goodwill and acceptance. If Edo people are given a choice today, they will vote against any candidate that Governor Obaseki supports.”
Otsu added, “I stand to be corrected but all the candidates fielded by Gov. Obaseki during the 2023 general elections were unpopular and most voters in their various constituencies were also aware of the illegal processes which brought them.
“So, many of the voters who followed all that transpired leading the emergence of Obaseki’s candidates worked and voted against them and most PDP supporters opted to work against the illegal candidates by supporting other candidates.
“That’s why you see that in many places they gave support to APC candidates and in some, to Labour candidates, leading to unprecedented victories for those Parties.
“For example PDP has never lost Edo Central and South Senatorial seats before, while a Labour candidate swept the Edo South Senate seat, after leaving PDP for Labour just a few months to the election.”
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