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Orbih Mocks APC, Says ‘I Have Called Obaseki, Oshiomhole For Settlement’

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…2020 Election Walkover For PDP-Ex-Senator

Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State, Dan Orbih, Friday, January 10, mocked the ruling APC in the state, saying he had invited governor of the state, Godwin Obaseki and his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to settle their political fight but they have refused.

Orbih made this mockery statement at Afuze, Owan West Local Government Area of the state during Edo North Local Government Area of the state during Edo North PDP Leaders Tour which kick started yesterday.

He noted that the Tour was an indication that leaders of Edo North PDP have decided to unite in their efforts to rescuing the state.

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Leaders of the PDP in Edo North during the sensitisation tour at Afuze, Owan East

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Two weeks ago, I issued a public invitation to Adams Oshiomhole and Godwin Obaseki to come before me so that I can settle them in their political fight, but they have not answer our patriotic call. With all this, you will agree with me all is not well in Edo State”, he added.

A cross section of members and supporters of the PDP during the Tour at Afuze on Friday

Orbih, who called on Edo people to embrace the PDP in the forthcoming election for job employment and provision of social amenities, lamented that public schools and hospitals have been abandoned by the present administration hence are in pitiable state.

Today, state of our schools in the state is one that one cannot be proud of. Here in Afuze, the promises made to the good people of Afuze by Godwin Obaseki during his campaign tour have become mere promises. He has neglected the College of Physical Education. Our hospitals are worst than mere consulting clinic”, he said.

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Speaking on accountability in governance, the PDP chairman urged Obeseki to immediately investigate and prosecute those behind “the fraud of award and execution of multi-billion naira Edo Central Hospital.”

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He said, “I want to use this opportunity to call on Godwin Obaseki to immediately swing into action and bring to book all those responsible for the fraud of award and execution of our Central Hospital, Benin City.

Another cross section of members and supporters of the party at Afuze, Owan East on Friday during the Tour

“They spent billions of our public funds to build that hospital. More than Three years after that hospital was commissioned by president of this country, it is still under lock and key. Those behind the award and execution of the hospital contract must be prosecuted.

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“Let me also say this, we must not play politics with public institutions. One would have expected by now that hospital and our other public institutions should be working perfectly, but what do we have, nothing.”

A cross section of supporters and members of the party at Sabongida-Ora, Owan West local govt during the sensitisation tour on Friday

Speaking on the forthcoming gobernosrhip election in the state, former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Yisa Braihmor said the election would be a walkover for the Peoples Democratic Party.

The former Senator who represented Edo North in the Red Chamber, assured party faithful that the PDP is regaining power through the next gobernosrhip election.

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A cross section of supporters and members of the party at Sabongida-Ora, Owan West local govt during the sensitisation tour on Friday

“My message to you my people is that this is the year of glory for PDP. By the special grace of God, we are going to Osadebey’s house come December 2020.

The election coming August this year is a walkover for us“, he added.

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According to him, the PDP has resolved not to give ticket to any defector who later returns to the party to pick the party ticket with the primary aim of contesting under the party.

He said, “No body will just come to our party and pick up ticket as contestant. No decempee (sic) will come and we make him candidate tomorrow. That era is over.”

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A cross section of supporters and members of the party at Sabongida-Ora, Owan West local govt during the sensitisation tour on Friday

Chairman of the Tour, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi said the Tour was to unite the party the more with a view to coming out victoriously in the forthcoming election.

“I want to plead with all of you, eschew the bitterness of the past; forget what had happened in the past. Let us embrace each other; let us work together as one and leave a good legacy for children and the ones unborn. We need to forgive ourselves”, he added.

A cross section of supporters and members of the party at Sabongida-Ora, Owan West local govt during the sensitisation tour on Friday

The Tour well attended by party leaders and members covered Owan East and West today.

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Flooding: INEC Boss, Yakubu Inspects Damaged Facilities In Edo, Promises Replacement

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The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu on Thursday said the damaged facilities in the Edo office would be replaced before the Sept. 21 governorship election.

Yakubu said this during an on-the-spot-assessment of the level of damage done to its facilities by the flood disaster occasioned by torrential rain in Benin on May 24.

The flood disaster destroyed some voter enrollment machines already configured for the Continuous Voter Registration exercise.

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Speaking after the inspection of the facilities, Yakubu said he was in Benin to assess the level of damage with a view to immediately proffering solutions to whatever problems that has arose from the disaster.

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He said the flood disaster would not hinder the smooth conduct of the governorship election in the state, adding that the commission would do an assessment of what was damaged and respond appropriately.

He expressed joy that no life was lost to the flood.

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“This is not a regular visit. We are here to see what happened to our facilities after the flooding that occurred on Friday, May 24.

“I came here with the Director of ICT because some machines were destroyed and I also came with the federal controller of works because he would be helping us to address the flooding problems in and around the INEC office in Benin.

“Providing working equipment and ensuring a conducive work environment is as crucial as paying salaries.

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“So we will ensure that we fix the damaged facilities before the election,” he said.

The INEC chairman also disclosed that the CVR exercise would continue in spite of the damage caused by the flood disaster.

He, however, described the turnout of registrants as impressive, stressing that the damaged facilities poses no threat to the ongoing CVR and election.

“We took proactive measure to ensure that the CVR was not affected by calling for additional resources from neighboring states since INEC was one national body.”

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According to him, the present Commission has enough experience in conducting governorship election and this is the third governorship election we will be conducting in Edo since 2016.

Earlier, the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Anugbum Onuoha thanked the Chairman for being proactive in responding to the disaster.

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JUST IN: Sanusi Makes First Appointment Amid Emirship Tussle

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As the controversy trailing Kano Emirate tussle continues, the 16th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II has on Thursday made his first appointment.

This was coming barely a week after he was reinstalled as the Emir.

Sanusi, the former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, approved the appointment of a new Ward Head of Kofar Mazugal, Hamisu Sani in Dala Local Government area of the state.

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The Emir called on the new ward Head to ensure peaceful coexistence among the subjects of the area and contribute his quota towards the development of the state as a whole.

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Earlier, district heads and personalities such as delegations from religious and market bodies paid homage on Emir Sanusi at the palace.

The delegation includes, Ansarulddeen Tijjanniya sect and Traders from Kano popular textile market (Kantin Kwari) as well as the commodities market (Singer market) among others.

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Recall that Sanusi II was reinstalled as the Emir of Kano last Thursday after the Kano State House of Assembly and Governor Abba Yusuf repealed and accented the Kano State Emirates Councils (Repeal) Bill 2024 into law.

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INEC Promises Credible Election In Edo, Despite Destruction Of Critical Infrastructure

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The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu on Thursday said the Commission would conduct a credible governorship election in Edo State in spite of last Friday’s heavy downpour that destroyed critical infrastructure in the commission’s headquarters in Benin City.

He said since the Edo governorship election is an off-cycle election, the Commission would also borrow equipment from neighbouring states to ensure a hitch-free exercise.

Yakubu stated this in Benin City while on inspection of the level of damage to the facilities in the office in Benin City, and also to monitor the level of compliance with the on-going Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) and collection of Permanent Voters Cards (PVC).

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The INEC boss said he also came with three National Directors in charge of critical areas of the Commission like Voters Registry, Estate, Works and Transport and ICT to assess the level of damage to their facilities and the State Controller of the Federal Ministry of Works which would carry out needed construction work in the facilities.

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He also ruled out moving out of the place because of the perennial flooding in the area.

The INEC chairman who said the Commission was prepared for the election in Edo State, added: “Our visit here is to ensure that we fix whatever we need to fix because of the election. We have three months and three weeks to the election, and that is why we came here to inspect what happened to our facility on Friday last week.

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“We believe, we can fix whatever is damaged before the election, and it is better actually that we conduct the election in our own facilities rather than going to rent any facility outside close to election.

“Before the last governorship election in Edo, we took measures and for three years since the last governorship election, we have had no issues but this is an act of God.”

On whether he can quantify the cost of damage in the facility, Yakubu said: “It is very difficult to quantify now, we are on the assessment, and that is why in this tour we have been joined by three critical Directors responsible for Voters Registry, our Estate, Works and Transport at the headquarters, and our Director of ICT so they will stay behind, do the assessment and advise the Commission.”

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He assured that despite the setbacks, the Commission was ready for the election.

He said: “Let me use this opportunity to assure and reassure Edo voters that it is unfortunate that this thing happened in our office on Friday.

We took a proactive measure to ensure that the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) was not affected by calling for additional resources from the neighbouring states and whatever it takes, since INEC is one national body, and we are only going to have two elections in Edo and Ondo states, I will call for additional resources where it is necessary from neighbouring states and the elections will proceed as scheduled and we will recover from this unfortunate incident.”

Whether the ten days for the CVR would be extended as being agitated in some quarters, Professor Yakubu said: “We have not reached there yet, we will go round and see what happened.

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We are encouraged by the turnout not only of fresh registrants, that is persons who are registered voters or who are not of age when the last registration exercise was done

Earlier, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr Anugbum Onuoha said the flood could be termed a blessing in disguise as it has better prepared them for the election.

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