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Amaechi has vindicated me- Obaseki

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo has said that the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has vindicated him on the cancellation of a maritime security contract awarded to Hosa Okunbo.

Recall that Chairman of Ocean Marine Security Limited (OMSL) Hosa Okunbo, had in an open letter, accused Governor Obaseki of influencing the cancellation of the contract.

Obaseki had also denied having a hand in the termination of the contract.

And in a statement on Saturday, Crusoe Osagie, Obaseki’s spokesman, said that the Minister vindicated Obaseki when he(Amaechi) appeared on an AIT programme on Friday and gave reasons for the cancellation of the contract.

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Osagie quoted Amaechi as saying that his Ministry cancelled the maritime security contract, which Okunbo’s OMSL was undertaking because the deal was laced with fraud.

Osagie quoted the Minister to have said on AIT, “What security was he (Hokunbo) providing?”.

Speaking further, the Minister said Hokumbo “charges each vessel on the waters 2,500 dollars, then after that 1,500 everyday,” adding that the company does not pay back that money to the Federal Government.

“He makes 17 million dollars from that activity, who approved it, nobody! So as minister for transport, I said no, we can provide that security…”

Osagie, in reaction to Amaechi’s comments, said the clarification has shown that Obaseki had no hand in the cancellation of Okunbo’s maritime security contract.

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The statement added,

“We are glad that the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, came on air to lay this issue to rest in the minds of some Nigerians.

“For us, Amaechi’s clarification reinforces what we have always believed.

He said the Minister’s clarification ended the argument over who was responsible for the Okunbo’s contract termination.

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Gov. Fayemi mourns ex-Ekiti lawmaker, Fakiyesi

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Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has described the death of a former state lawmaker, Mr Kola Fakiyesi, as “very shocking and unfortunate”.

The governor, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, and made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, said that Fakiyesi passed on at his prime.

He said that his death was a great loss to the state and the APC family to which the deceased belonged.

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Fayemi described Fakiyesi as a very loyal party man, adding that since his election into the Assembly in 2003 on the platform of Alliance for Democracy, he did not waiver in his political belief, as he remained in the progressive camp throughout his lifetime.

He added that the late Fakiyesi also represented Irepodun/Ifelodun constituency I in the Second Assembly meritoriously.

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He said the late former lawmaker’s pedigree as an astute and loyal party man earned him the position of Minority Leader in the Assembly.

“He later served as a member of the State House of Assembly Service Commission and Local Government Service Commission,” he said.

The governor said that the deceased spent his life in service to humanity, adding that his dynamism and diligence endeared him to the people of his constituency.

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Fayemi commiserated with the family of the late politician and the people of Iyin Ekiti, his home town, praying God to grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

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PDP BOT Chairman seeks conduct of LG election by INEC

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Sen. Wali Jibrin, the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has urged the National Assembly to hasting the process of empowering INEC to conduct all elections in the country.

This, he said, would go a long way in giving the electorate the opportunity to elect credible leaders at the grassroots, thereby strengthening democracy.

Jibrin made the call while speaking with newsmen in his country home, Nasarawa, during the Nasarawa central constituency’s bye-election, conducted by INEC on Saturday.

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According to him, most of the elections conducted at the local government level in most parts of the country lack credibility and therefore, a slap on Nigeria’s democracy.

“If the National Assembly formulates a law that empowers INEC to conduct all elections in the country, it will further strengthen democracy.

“That is why I am calling on National Assembly to hasting the process of allowing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct all elections in the country.

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“This will allow the people at the grassroots elect credible leaders of their choice and ensure speedy development in the country,” he said.

Jibrin lauded INEC for the peaceful conduct of the by-election in the constituency.

The BOT chairman called on relevant stakeholders and politicians to support INEC for the improved electoral process.

He also enjoined PDP stakeholders and supporters in the state and the country at large to continue to remain united for the peace, progress, and development of the party.

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The Newsmen reports that counting of voting was still ongoing in many polling units visited as at the time of filing this report.

reporters also report that the bye-election was the sequel to the death of the member representing Nasarawa’s central constituency in the state House of Assembly, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu (APC) on April 30.

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Wike tackles Oshiomhole on Obaseki’s certificate

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Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has denounced claims by former Edo Governor Comrade Adams Oshiomhole that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governor Godwin Obaseki lacked required academic credentials to contest the September 19 poll.

Wike, in a statement by his Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, said Oshiomhole did not have the moral standing to question his successor’s qualifications.

The Governor, who is also Chairman of PDP National Campaign Council for the Edo 2020 Governorship Election, dismissed issues surrounding Obaseki’s certificates.

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Reacting to comments by Oshiomhole during the flag off of the APC Governorship Campaign in Edo, Wike berated the former APC National Chairman for his continued claims despite affirmation by the University of Ibadan that Obaseki is an alumnus.

Wike challenged Oshiomhole to present his academic certificate and stop discouraging Edo people from voting a candidate he once claimed was the brainbox of his administration’s achievements.

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He said: “The certificate claims about Governor Obaseki by the former APC National Chairman is a non-issue because he is the best candidate for Edo State.

“It is unfortunate that we are in a country that somebody that does not have a certificate will question the one that has.

“Oshiomhole has trade test which is not an academic qualification. I challenge him to show the world his academic qualification.

“Oshiomhole is trying to tell Edo people whatever he decides is what will be and this is an opportunity for Edo people to say no.

“His claim that if APC loses the election they will secure the mandate through the courts is a total confirmation that the party cannot win the Edo election through the ballot box.

“Securing victory through the courts will be null and void as there are still Judges in Nigeria with conscience who cannot dance to the tune of the APC.”

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