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Imansuangbon Will Respect Traditional Institutions, Says LP Group

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A Labour Party support group for Barr. Kenneth Imansuangbon, ‘The Riceman Movement’, has assured traditional rulers in the state that traditional institutions would be accorded appropriate respect if Imansuangbon is supported to win next year’s governorship election.

It called on traditional rulers in the state to pray for Imansuangbon to win the LP’s party primary.

National Coordinator of the group, Emmanuel Oshake, said in a press statement that over 80 per cent of LP members are rooting for Imansuangbon.

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Oshake said Imansuangbon would use culture and tourism to boost tourists attraction to the state.

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He said Imansuangbon has taken notes of the advice of the Benin Monarch, Oba Ewuare II and would ensure implementation once elected.

His words, “We have gone round the state to visit our party leaders and they have assured us that they will support the nomination of Barr. Imansuangbon.

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“Our desire to volunteer to work for Imansuangbon is because we know he has the backing of our revered traditional institutions.

“We are giving our assurances that Imansuangbon will respect traditional institutions. He will accord the Monarchs their dues and work hard to improve infrastructure in their domains.”

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Edo Guber: LP Condemns Shooting At Airport, Calls For Investigation

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The Edo State chapter of the Labour Party has strongly condemned the recent violent clashes and attacks between the two leading political parties in build up to the September 21st governorship election in the state.

A press statement issued by Comrade Sam Uroupa, the State Publicity Secretary of the LP, described the actions of the two parties as “barbaric” and a “stark reminder of their desperation to cling to power at all costs, even if it means shedding the blood of innocent citizens.”

Uruopa, who cited recent incidents of violence around the Benin Airport and parts of the GRA, which resulted in the loss of innocent lives, further described it as a “serious threat to peaceful elections” in the state.

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He urged the security agencies to investigate the violent incidents and bring the perpetrators to justice.

He also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to take decisive action against these two political parties in order to ensure a level playing field for all political parties.

Uroupa further appealed to the people of Edo State to reject the “politics of violence and bloodshed” and instead embrace the Labour Party, which he said represents peaceful and issue-based politics.

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Reinstated Shaibu Appoints Aides, Edo Govt Kicks

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The reinstated Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu and the state government have disagreed over the appointment of some political aides by the former.

Recall that Shaibu was on Wednesday reinstated by the a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja after being impeached by the Edo State House of Assembly on March 8, 2024.

Following his reinstatement by the court, Shaibu reinstated some of his former political aides.

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Some of the reinstated political aides are: Kingsley Ehigiamusor, Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Governor; Musa Ebomhiana, Chief Press Secretary; Hon. Emmanuel Akhaba, Senior Special Assistant; Charles Olubayo, Senior Special Assistant.

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Others are: Mustapha Lawal-Omokpo, Senior Special Assistant; Matthias Akhanemhe, Special Assistant; Comrade Robinson Akhenoba, Special Assistant; Robert Ojele, Special Assistant, and Isioma Ogochuwku, Special Assistant.

A statement signed Musa Ebomhiana, Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, said all the appointments are with immediate effect.

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Speaking more on the appointments, Shaibu said they are not fresh appointment but that the aides were reinstated to their former positions in line with the court judgment that reinstated him.

Shaibu assured that more appointments would be made in no distant time.

Reacting to the development, the Edo State Government in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Nehikhare, described the appointments as fake.

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He said, “The Edo State Government has observed that some unsigned statements are circulating on social media purporting to appoint certain persons as aides in the Office of the Deputy Governor.

“The fake document should be disregarded as it is part of the provocative actions by the impeached Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu, to foment crisis in the State.

“It is clear that the impeached deputy governor is hell-bent on creating a sense of chaos in the state but the Edo State Government is resolved to put his antics in check and ensure that the state continues to run smoothly.

“We restate that Omobayo Marvellous Godwins remains the Deputy Governor of Edo State and the public is enjoined to disregard the shenanigans orchestrated by Shaibu.”

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JUST IN: I’m An Unofficial APC Member, Says Shaibu

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The reinstated Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philips Shaibu, on Friday, said he was already an unofficial member of the All Progressives Congress.?

He said the only thing still keeping him in the Peoples Democratic Party was because he was yet to officially dump the ruling party in Edo.

Reacting to questions on why he was supporting the APC governorship candidate in Edo when he featured on Arise TV’s morning show on Friday, the deputy governor maintained that his spirit had left the PDP.

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“In PDP now, everybody can support whoever they like. On the issue of supporting a candidate, the constitution guarantees that you can support who you like and you can belong to any political party,” Shaibu said.

He added, “As of now, I’m a PDP man and I will not support anybody while I am in another party contrary to who I am supporting. For now, I am a member of PDP but going forward, I am good as being a member of APC; I can tell you that.”

When interjected that he (Shaibu) seems to have one leg in APC and one in PDP, he countered the claim, saying, “No, two legs in APC.

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“The only thing that is keeping me in PDP is that I have not officially declared. Talking more seriously, I am actually a member of APC, but on official. My spirit has left PDP for a long time, it is only my leg and body that are still there because my PDP party card is still with me and I have not picked an APC party card yet. But in terms of spirit, my spirit has left PDP and is now in APC.”

He also alleged that since the political crisis in the state started, he had called his principal, Governor Godwin Obaseki, 111 times without the governor picking up his calls or returning them.

“I had made up my mind not to call him again, but I always send him texts. Before now, when I started counting, I called him (Obaseki) 111 times during that crisis, but he never picked up. I sent him texts, and he never replied, but it never really mattered. The last text I sent to him was on his birthday,” Shaibu said.

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Shaibu was impeached by the State House of Assembly on April 8, 2024.

However, he was reinstated on Wednesday after Justice J.K. Omotosho of the Abuja High Court ruled that he was unjustly impeached.

Meanwhile, a police officer identified as Okon, attached to the APC candidate in the September 21 governorship election, Monday Okpebholo, was killed after mobs attacked his convoy and that of Shaibu, in Benin on Thursday after leaving the Benin Airport.

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Shaibu and Okpebholo arrived at the Benin Airport around 2 pm to the rousing welcome of supporters.

 

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