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106 ADP members defect to PDP in Edo

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Following the defection of Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo from the ruling APC to the PDP, 106 members of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) have also defected to PDP.

The ADP defectors are from Egor, Ovia South West, and Ovia North East Local Government Areas of Edo.

The Newsmen reports that the defections came as Edo State gets set for a governorship election, described by analysts as a two-horse race between the PDP and APC.

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The governorship election is slated for Sept. 19.

Mr. Oshodin Izedomwen, the Organising Secretary of the ADP in Edo, who led the defectors, said on Tuesday in Benin that the defection was part of their belief in the capacity of the PDP.

He recalled that he was a founding member of the PDP and that he left the party because of some persons, whom he described as “strange bedfellows” who came to join the PDP.

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Izedomwen said that the other defectors and himself had now returned to the PDP because the “strange bedfellows had since left the party.

“In politics, interest matters because it is always the driving force,” he stated.

and Ovia North East Local Government Areas of Edo.

The Newsmen reports that the defections came as Edo State gets set for a governorship election, described by analysts as a two-horse race between the PDP and APC

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Edo monarch endorses Ize-Iyamu (Photos)

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Osagie Ize-Iyamu,

The gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives’ Congress in the Edo state’s forthcoming election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, paid a courtesy visit to the Edo monarch today.

He was in the entourage of Adams Oshiomhole, the former governor of the state and immediate past chairman of APC.

Here are some photos from the event:

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Osagie Ize-Iyamu,

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Kaduna Assembly suspends ex-Deputy Speaker

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Kaduna State House of Assembly

The Kaduna State House of Assembly has suspended three members from all activities of the house for nine months.

The Assembly also reprimanded five other members, who were directed to apologise to the assembly in writing and publish the apology in a national daily within a week.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the assembly decided plenary yesterday after the adoption of the report of the committee which investigated the fracas that occurred during its sitting on June 11.

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The committee, headed by Shehu Yunusa, had recommended the suspension and reprimand of the affected members following the Assembly’s Code of Conduct.

Those suspended were former deputy speaker representing Basawa constituency Mukhtar Isa-Hazo, Nuhu Goroh-Shadalafiya of Kagarko constituency and Yusuf Liman-Dahiru, Kakuri/Makera constituency.

They were suspended for causing disaffection amongst members and denigrating the office of the deputy speaker.

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We are not investigating Osinbajo – Reps

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Osinbajo making a toast

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts, on Tuesday, said it is not investigating the office of the Vice President or the person of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as erroneously insinuated in some quarters.

The Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts, Hon. Wole Oke gave the clarification while addressing the Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget & National Planning, Mrs Olusola Idowu.

Oke explained that the ongoing investigation was aimed at getting documentary evidence of the school feeding procurement under the National Social Investment Programme carried out by the Federal Ministry of Budget & National Planning.

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Since its implementation in 2016 until October 2019, the SIPs was domiciled in the Office of the Vice President, with VP Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, as Chair of the Steering Committee that oversights the National Social Investment Office.

The NSIO provides standard delivery mechanisms, with objectivity, collaboration, synergy transparency, efficiency and pro-active monitoring in mind.

To assure of close collaboration and impact, focal persons from each State were nominated by the Governors, to supervise the State’s activities in relation to each of the four programmes.

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The Office of the Vice President has never been involved in financial transactions or the disbursement of funds for the SIPs.

The Ministry of Budget and National Planning was in charge of all matters regarding financing, budgeting, procurement and disbursement of funds allocated and released for the NSIPs.

He said:

“By our records, the office of the Vice President is responsible for policy formulation and monitoring of the National Social Investment Programme.

“Issue bothering on procurement was handled by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning which has now been merged with the Ministry of Finance.

“We have it on record that the Ministry of Budget and National Planning handled all issues of procurement from 2016 to September 2019 when the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs was created.

“Our request is for the Ministry of Budget and National Planning to make available all relevant procurement records for the various items under the NSIP. Our investigation has nothing to do with the office of the Vice President but the Ministry.”

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