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No room for rigging in Edo – Obaseki

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Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has spoken on the preparation for the September 19 poll, saying that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has started indulging in violence.

He raised the alarm that the opposition party is desperate to return to power, which it lost to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), following his defection from the APC.

Obaseki warned against rigging, vowing to resist malpractices during the election.

He said:

“Nobody can rig in Edo State. Edo will not allow rigging.”

The governor said he lacked capacity for thuggery, warning violent elements planning mayhem during the election to desist.

He spoke with reporters in Lagos on his achievements in the last three and half years, electoral promises and brewing tension ahead of the poll.

The governor was accompanied by his media adviser, Crusoe Osagie.

Obaseki said: “I sm a successful governor who has worked in the last four years. I don’t need a job. I can afford to walk away. But, I have to defend millions of our people.”

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He said he had focused on the repositioning of Edo State, stressing that his efforts have yielded dividends for the people.

The governor said: “We are talking less and working more. We are deviating from the style and pattern of old politics.”

Obaseki said massive infrastructural development, increased internally generated revenue and regular payment of salaries have not been compromised.

The governor said his infrastructure battle has opened up the state and attracted investors.

He explained that he stepped on toes by rejecting the notion of ownership of Edo by the privileged few who are oblivious of the plight of the masses.

In his view, some charlatans who have not worked in their life were peddling falsehoods about his administration.

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He said the state is not meant for politicians alone, but for the masses who deserve more dividends of democracy.

The governor drew attention to his educational programmes, which he said, has been lauded for its impact on pupils and the school system.

He said the programmes have turned around basic education and enhance teacher training, stressing that parents now move their children from private to public schools.

He also said he has built and renovated more health centres that cater for the health needs of the people.

Obaseki reflected on the disruptions that occurred at the palace of the Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare 11, saying that they were caused by the opposition.

He said:

“Our foes are trying to scare away our supporters. They are planning a strategy to use the federal might to scare and intimidate us.”

Obaseki said the opposition was preparing the ground for chaos and anarchy, which will be counterproductive.

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He added:

“The Federal Government should be interested in law and order in Edo during the electioneering.”

Obaseki said the difference between him and his major opponent, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC is that he had devoted attention to building institutions, creating wealth and creating an atmosphere that is supportive of job creation.

He said the APC standard bearer may not know the dynamics and complexities of government and governance because he has not been on the front seat.

He rejected the claim that he was parading fake academic credentials.

Obaseki said:

“The university that issued the certificate has clarified. But, they want to sustain their falsehood in the media.”

 

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Governor Obiano suspends 12 monarchs for visiting Buhari

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The battle of supremacy between Anambra Governor Willie Obiano and traditional rulers has heightened tension in the State.

Obiano suspended 12 more traditional rulers for visiting President Muhammadu Buhari last week.

He had suspended monarch of Ukwulu, Igwe Peter Uyanwa, over alleged petitions from his community.

He also withdrew the monarch’s certificate of recognition.

The one-year suspension clamped on the monarchs, according to a statement, was for embarking on a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari without consultation or approval from the Government.

The suspension was announced through a circular titled “Suspension of Twelve (12) Traditional Rulers in Anambra State,” dated August 11, 2020, by Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Mr. Greg Obi.

The affected monarchs are: Igwe Alex Edozieuno of Mkpunando; Igwe Mark Anthony Okonkwo of Alor; Igwe Chukuwma Bob Vincent Orji of Ezinifite; Igwe Engr G.B.C Mbakwe of Abacha; Igwe Chijioke Nwankwo of Nawfia and Igwe Nkeli Nelly of Igbariam.

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Others were: Igwe Anthony Onyekwere of Owelle; Igwe A. N Onwuneme of Ikenga; Igwe Simon Ikechukwu Chidubem of Umumbo; Igwe S. O Uche of Ezira; Igwe Dr Emeka Ilouno of Ifitedunu and Igwe Peter Ikegbunem Udoji of Eziagulu Otu.

The suspension letter was copied to Obi of Onitsha, Alfred Achebe as chairman of the Council in Anambra; Commissioner of Police and the State Director, Directorate of security services DSS.

Obiano warned they should stop parading themselves as traditional rulers and desist from discharging their functions in their communities.

The circular also revoked their membership of Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council and cancelled any appointment they may be holding in government committees until the suspension is lifted.

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The government further said the suspension may be lifted at the end of one year, renewed or upgraded in the intervening period depending on government’s review of the conduct of the errant royal fathers.

However, three of the 12 suspended traditional rulers described the government’s action as unfortunate.

The monarchs, who pleaded anonymity for security reasons, maintained Obiano was ill-advised on the matter.

Obiano had no powers in any extant law to suspend for just trying to see President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to them: “It’s unfortunate and laughable that our dear Governor had to carry out this despotic action in a democratic dispensation.

“Why should a Governor of a state punish his subjects, especially, traditional rulers, for trying to see their President? This is laughable

“The government said we didn’t get clearance from it before travelling outside the state.

“Don’t we have our fundamental rights of movement and association anymore? Are we in a state of emergency or war?

“We pray Obiano will not attract some kind of wrath upon himself because of his desperation to perpetuate the infamous government of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the state.

“Though we are traditional rulers in our communities, but we also have right to support any political party or candidate of our choices.”

The suspension of the monarchs, The Nation gathered, may not be unconnected with their support for an oil magnate in the state.

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I took black seed oil, herbal concoctions to beat COVID-19 – Oyo Commissioner

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After 56 days in isolation, Oyo Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, has revealed how he recovered.

He said he took not less than 25 bottles of black seed oil, a bowl of black seed, lots of alligator pepper, bitter cola as well as different brands of herbal concoctions to beat coronavirus.

On how he survived the virus and psychological effects of the 56- day isolation, the Commissioner said though he was asymptomatic, he endured six tests before being certified negative.

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He said:

“I took 25 bottles of black seed oil, a bowl of black seed, a lot of alligator pepper and bitter-cola as well as different brands of herbal concoctions, which I drank at interval and used for steaming after my normal drugs, but the utmost is prayers to overcome the trauma.”

Olatunbosun, while recounting his COVID-19 experience, said the government must seek ways to supplement orthodox and traditional medicine, especially the use of local herbs for patients.

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Olatunbosun said

“You would not believe that while I was on self-isolation at home, some people still came to my house on Sallah day to celebrate with me.

“They did not fear at all. I had to send emissaries to them on phone with gifts and asked them to go home, it was that bad.”

Olatubosun commended Governor Seyi Makinde for being;

“A worthy war commander that never abandoned his soldiers no matter their conditions.”

He said the Governor called him in the morning and in the evening every day to know his conditions throughout isolation.

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Governor Bala dissolves council chairmen ahead of poll

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Covid-19: 23 more patients discharged in Bauchi

The Governor of Bauchi State Bala Mohammed has dissolved the caretaker chairmen across the 20 local government areas to provide a level-playing ground for all candidates in the forthcoming council poll.

Secretary to the State Government, Mohammed Sabiu, in a statement, said the Governor’s move is in compliance with guidelines by the State Independent Electoral Commission for the provision of 30-day notice by all candidates, who wish to participate in the election.

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The statement reads:

“Following the release of timetable for forthcoming local government council’s elections in the state and in compliance with guidelines issued by the state Independent Electoral Commission for the provision of 30 days’ notice by all candidates, which wish to participate in the election” the governor has approved the dissolution of all the chairmen with immediate effect.”

The Governor directed the outgoing chairmen to hand over the affairs of the LGAs to heads of administration.

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He thanked them for their meritorious service and wished them well in their future endeavours.

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