Edo State: Nigeria’s glory is more important than the huge ego of politicians- Senator Saraki

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has said that the Senate on resumption of plenary will further probe the NNPC on diversion of dividends from the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG).

Immediate past Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has congratulated Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State on his re-election, saying it has several symbolic representations for Nigeria and its democracy.

Mr Saraki, in a statement from his Media Office in Abuja, said Mr Obaseki’s victory underscored the determination of the people of Edo State to decide who governs the state and to ensure their votes count at all times.

The result of the Edo election represents the true wish of the people who stood firmly behind their Governor against power mongers who were determined to foist their choice on the people. It represents the will of the people to vote in free, fair, credible and peaceful elections. The people of Edo State who had sleepless nights in order to protect their votes, those who rejected the cash being thrown around to buy their votes and the intimidation to force them to compromise their belief, deserve our praise. Therefore, my congratulations go to all the people of Edo State.

“Let me give kudos to the leaders and governors in our party, the PDP, for working together to achieve this victory. The PDP leaders and members in Edo State who whole-heartedly accepted Governor Obaseki since he joined the party and co-operated with him to bring about this victory deserve to be appreciated

“The result of the just concluded election also represents the fact that our people actually desire to be governed by a truly democratic government headed by those they genuinely voted for. It represents the fact that our security and electoral officials can conduct free and fair elections if they have the right atmosphere. We are happy that throughout this election we did not see the military brutalizing the people or security officials supervising the snatching of ballot boxes and vandalisation of votes. Thus, the military and other security agencies deserve commendation for this successful polls.

“Also, we saw how the INEC officials maturely handled the complaints of the APC agent who sought to create confusion at the state collation centre when the Orihomwon Local Government result was about to be declared. The INEC and its officials deserve to be commended for their neutrality in this election.

“We can see that the result represents realistic figures from one local government area to the other. No case of outlandish figures being reeled out. That is also a sign of some level of credibility in the process. It is for the above reasons that I have to commend President Muhammadu Buhari for keeping the military out of this election and for giving the instructions that led to the apparent neutrality of members of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other security officials in the entire process”, Saraki stated.

He further urged Governor Obaseki to see his victory as a charge by the people to intensify his focus on development of the state and the welfare of its people.

“The Edo election result is a victory for our country, her people and democracy. We have shown that the glory of the country is more valuable to the citizens than the wish of a tiny power clique,” he concluded.

Edo Decides 2020: PDP vs APC, See The Results Announced So Far

Edo Decides 2020: PDP vs APC, See results So Far 

Today, it is a busy day to all Edo people as they went out to exercise their franchise by voting their favorite candidate. As we all know there are many candidates who are contesting for the the governor seat in Edo. But the two major candidates are Incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki of PDP and Pastor Ize Iyamu of APC.

The voting has ended in all polling unit and the results keeps flowing in as announced by the presiding officers of the respective polling units.

From the results released so far, People Democratic Party (PDP) is ahead of opposition party, All Progressives Congress with massive votes.

Check out the results from some polling units as officially announced by presiding officer published by Premium times on Twitter @PremiumTimesng.

Source: Premium times

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Edo 2020: Winning My Unit Shows That Money Can’t Buy The People’s Conscience- Shaibu

Philip Shaibu

Auchi- The Deputy Governor of Edo state and running mate to the candidate of peoples Democratic Party, Philip Shaibu stated on Saturday that his victory at his Unit 005, Ward eleven in Azama Primary School of Etsako West Local Government Area shows that money cannot buy the conscience of the people in a true democratic process.

The PDP won unit 005 of Ward 11 in Etsako West Local Government Area with 401 votes to defeat its rival APC that scored 148 votes.

The Deputy Governor who spoke shortly after the votes were counted by the Presiding Officer said he was excited to have won his unit.

According to him, “I asked God for victory and I know he will not give me anything less than that. With the results declared so far, I know will win again, my own is to give glory to God.”

“I know from onset that God want to show his supremacy over human. I am happy because he has never disappointed us.”

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“As for me, I have no godfather, but the almighty God. The general feeling from the state is that God is winning, He is winning in almost all the units. The race is between light and darkness.”

“Despite all their threats and inducement with N5,000, N4,000, the people refused and still voted for their conscience. What has happened in my unit shows that money can never buy the conscience of the people in a true democratic process”, he added.

INEC, Security Agencies Face Tough Task ahead of Edo Governorship Election

While it is not clear to what level the gladiators and their supporters are willing to take their desperation, it is, however, obvious that they are ready to do anything to get to power.

The fact that the PDP candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki, fell out with his benefactor and former governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole, who orchestrated his rise to power before Obaseki defected to the PDP has also added to the tension being experienced in the run off to the election. In a bizarre turn of events, Obaseki was denied the APC ticket and he quickly defected to the PDP in order to realise a second term in office, which he says, is non-negotiable.

With Oshiomhole now backing Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, his former adversary, who picked the APC ticket, it is obvious that Edo State will witness the mother of all battles on September 19.

Residents are worried that the division caused by the acrimonious campaign is unprecedented in the history of the state and they fear that it is capable of degenerating into a political war if the provision of security is not taken seriously.

Some of the allegations both parties are levelling against each other can be termed as absurd with character assassination becoming the order of the day. They have resorted into mudslinging instead of running issue-based campaigns. All these have heightened fears that a major crisis may be brewing as the day of reckoning for the candidates approaches.

However, the Edo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Johnson Alalibo, allayed such fear and called on the parties and their supporters to eschew violence, while assuring that INEC was ready to deliver the best election under the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said, “The second document that was developed by INEC in conducting elections under COVID-19 dwells on security agencies and their conduct. So, they have already been trained in how to handle the voters in conjunction with the ad hoc staff and other personnel, who will be on the ground on election day. There are sufficient measures to ensure that they comply with the protocol to stem any disruptive act on that day.

“INEC makes the policies in line with Section 95 of the Electoral Act that outlaws any violent language at campaigns; the enforcement of those laws is purely in the hands of the security agencies. We can only draw their attention to the infractions or breach of the law.

“What INEC is doing is that we are conducting elections under the COVID-19 pandemic and there is a shift in paradigm from the old ways of conducting elections to a new way; we have introduced other issues that we have to take care of, especially the health and security concerns as regards conducting elections.”

The REC stated that social distancing would be strictly adhered to with voting expected to commence early in the morning and close by 2.30pm.

The state Commissioner of Police, Johnson Kokumo, stated that there would be a synergy among the security agencies as the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, was in touch with other security chiefs for the election.

He said training was being carried out to get the security operatives ready on land, in the air and on the sea, adding, “I wish to assure the INEC chairman and other stakeholders that we will do all within our powers to provide a conducive environment to conduct a free, fair and credible governorship election in Edo State on September 19.”

The acting Chairman of the APC in the state, Col. David Imuse (retd.), alleged that the pattern of violence had been one way, accusing the PDP of orchestrating the unrest being recorded in the past one year.

He said, “If you look at the pattern of violence in the state over the last one year, it has been one sided. You don’t need a soothsayer to tell you who the perpetrators of these criminal acts are; it is the ruling party and its supporters. So, we have made this point clear to the security agencies and it is their responsibility to carry out investigation and apprehend those responsible. The security agencies should do their job to make Edo State safe for a peaceful election.

“This is not a conventional war when you see your political opponents as enemies. But due to desperation to cling on to power, some people will go out of their way to carry out actions that are unlawful. And that is why we report incidents of this nature to the police. It is their responsibility to detect crime, arrest the perpetrators and bring them to justice. What we need to do as members of the public is to give information to the police that will assist them in carrying out their job and that is what we have been doing in the APC.

“No politician seeking political office will tell you that the position he is seeking is non-negotiable. There is nothing like that, because politics is based on negotiation and interaction. So, the PDP should know that no position is non-negotiable.”

The state Publicity Secretary, PDP, Chris Nehikhare urged INEC and the security agencies to be transparent, while wondering why the polity was so charged as this was not the first time an election was being held in the country.

He stated, “This is not the first time an election is being held in the country. We want a situation where there will be transparency not on the part of INEC alone, but from the security agencies, whose duty is to protect lives and property as well as the integrity of the ballot and the electorate.

“This is very important to us the people of Edo State. So, we expect that people are not victimised, intimidated and anybody caught with arms should be dealt with according to the law, while nobody should be threatened by security agents or members of another party.

“The arms build up is a narrative being put forward by the other party to try to have the election postponed by creating an atmosphere of confusion and insecurity. It is their imagination that arms are being built up; we encourage them to go to the police and show them where arms are being stock-pilled.

“I can tell you that the arms build-up narrative is to prevent people from coming out to vote on election day. That plan will fail and people will come out and vote. They are scaring the people from voting, because they are threatened by the margin they will be defeated by.

“The security agencies should be alert and do their job fairly and freely without bias as well as improve their intelligence gathering. If our competitors have intelligence, I will advise them to share it with the security agencies.”

The National Orientation Agency, Edo State Directorate, is also playing its part to ensure that a credible election is held in the state. The Head of the directorate, Mrs Grace Eseka, enjoined the political parties and their supporters not to see the election as a war that must be won at all cost.

Eseka stated, “We are appealing to everyone to take responsibility and do the right thing. An election is not a war. We are all brothers and sisters and we will come together after the election. So, we have to vote accordingly and avoid fights. Voters should not come with branded face masks that may be seen as campaign materials and this can trigger unrest.

“The people should stay in the queue, while they wait to cast their votes. In Edo, we are peaceful people, so we should go and vote peacefully and return to our houses in peace.”

She also said that the agency, through its community relation officers in the 18 local government areas of the state, was going from street to street and telling people what should be done to have a credible election.

The NOA official stated, “We are preaching peaceful elections and urging voters not to sell their votes and thumb-print appropriately so their votes will count. We have also gone to critical stakeholders like the traditional rulers, religious leaders, market heads and motor parks.

“The message we are also taking to them is that COVID-19 is real and so, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control’s protocols should be adhered to. We are also appealing to politicians to avoid hate speeches and should not cause tension and adhere to the NCDC protocols when they are campaigning.”

Cleric predicts who will Win in Edo Gubernatorial Election come September, 2020

As the Edo State Governor election draws closers, controversial Lagos clergyman and General Overseer Of Zionwealth Church, Lekki, Chris Omashola has insisted candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP) and current Governor, Godwin Obaseki will win the election.

The cleric equally chided the chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole and the candidate of the APC, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, even as he called for an end to godfathers in the politics of the state.

Endorsing Obaseki publicly, on his verified twitter account @ApostleOmashola, said: ”God is setting Edo State free from the demonic and oppressive strongholds of principalities and powers that be, through the human instrumentality of Governor Godwin Obaseki”.

The clergyman added that Oshiomhole knew Ize -yamu remained a poisoned meal to the Edo people.

He added the Oshiomhole was not under any influence when he described the character of the APC candidate.
“If I were Adams Oshiomhole , I would stand by my truth, regardless of the direction of the wave; that’s called Integrity. I am maternally an Edo Man and would not wish my people the poisoned cake. I Don’t have a problem with APC but Ize-iyamu is a no no”

Omashola, a popular Nigerian Clergyman, Philanthropist, Businessman and a sociopolitical evangelist, often described as ”The Fearless General”, has been involved in many social media controversies, for fearlessly speaking truth to power, society and constituted authorities in the fierce face of opposition.

The popular cases of Naira Marley, Bobrisky, and his fearless message to President Buhari, on behalf of hungry incapacitated Nigerians at the peak of the COVID 19 lockdown measures, are just to mention a few.

Mr. Omashola is an astute Businessman, said to be the Chairman of Zionwealth Group; CEO of ACO Media; a PR Consultant at Krystal Properties, Lekki; Zionwealth Oil and Gas; Kevwe Auto Ltd, and many more.