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Demolition: Activist Slams Gov Obaseki’s Hypocrisy, Tyranny For Accepting Government Land Gift From Oshiomhole

A frontline human rights activist, Chief Patrick Eholor has condemned in strongest terms the action of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State over the hasty revocation and demolition of a former Deputy Governor’s property and eleven other persons in Government Reserved Area (GRA).

Briefing newsmen in Benin City, the state capital the fire brand activist chided Mr. Obaseki for initially accepting the land gift from former governor Adams Oshiomhole and later claiming to have revoked his own Certificate-of-Occupancy as an excuse to demolishing political opponents property.

Patriot Eholor said Governor Obaseki hollow claim to civility is not tenable for refusing to exercise caution and wait for the outcome of the court case which the claimants of the land have already instituted before the court of law.

“Godwin Obaseki is complacent, aprobating and reprobaring at the same time. He’s playing the role of the Judge and the Jury all altogether. He thinks because he an executive governor, he can do anything and get away with them since he has immunity.

“How can he be talking about returning the land Oshiomhole gifted him many years ago back to government. Why did he not reject it from the very beginning if he was honest?

“If Obaseki knows that What Oshiomhole was doing at that time was wrong, he would honestly have said well, I’m not going to take the land.

“Besides, from the information I gathered, the matter is already before the court instituted by the former Deputy Governor, Dr. Pius Odubu. Why is the Governor acting as if he’s above the law?”, Patriot Eholor quipped.

Mirroring the security crises in the country, the activists derided the government of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration as nonexistent and a colossal failure for its inability to protect lives and property as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution.

“Those at the helm of the nation’s political leadership have no idea what governance is about. They are just exchanging Ghana-Must-Go bags full of money among themselves, leaving businesses of governance unattended to.

“It took President Buhari many years to listen to our calls to sack the Service Chiefs who have been enjoying the continuation of war with Boko Haram terrorists, bandits and other insurgent groups.

“The president even rewarded them with ambassadorial appointments within 24 hours of their exit from office. Even the ‘legislooter’, that’s what I called them, who initially told President Buhari to sack them hurriedly cleared all the Service Chiefs with the speed of light after money changed hands. What type of country is that?”, the activist roared.

Certificate forgery case: Obaseki hails Appeal Court ruling, praises Judiciary

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has hailed the Appeal Court judgement which cleared him of a certificate forgery case preferred against him by the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the Edo 2020 gubernatorial election.

The governor, in a statement, said the ruling by the Court of Appeal vindicates him and reiterates the fact that the suit was, from the onset, a facetious attempt to swindle Edo people through the backdoor as it was without any merit whatsoever.

According to him, “The judgement today by the Appeal Court sitting in Abuja is a victory for democracy, equity, fairness and justice. It further reassures confidence in the judiciary as an impartial umpire.

“From the content of the judgement, ab initio, all Edo people knew there was no merit in the case. It was ill-willed. It is comforting that the judiciary has upheld the truth and the verdict of Edo people.”

In the judgment by Court of Appeal, Abuja on Thursday, March 18, the court ruled that the lower court has not made any mistake and that the plaintiff and witnesses did not pin the 1st Respondent to have forged the certificate.

It held that the judgment of the lower court is apt and very clear, noting that the appellant performed abysmally and has not proved any case.

Obaseki, Okowa, Wike, others pay last tribute to Makinde’s mother, Abigail

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki; his Delta, Rivers and Akwa Ibom States counterparts, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, Nyesom Wike and Udom Emmanuel respectively, on Friday, joined other eminent Nigerians to pay their last tribute to late Mrs. Abigail Makinde, mother of Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde.

Other governors who graced the burial ceremony of Mrs. Abigail Makinde in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital are Dr. Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Mr. Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Alhaji Umaru Fintiri (Adamawa), Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) and Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu).

Some of the dignitaries from Edo State at the event include Chairman, Edo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Anthony Aziegbemi; National Vice Chairman, PDP South South, Chief Dan Orbih; former Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Chief Osaro Idah and former Senator, Edo Central, Senator Odion Ugbesia, among others.

The governor, who commiserated with Governor Makinde and the people of Oyo State, celebrated the governor’s mother for the indelible legacies she left behind.

Obaseki noted: “Mama was a wonderful woman and anytime my brother, Governor Seyi Makinde was in Benin City, I got to speak with mama; she was a prayerful woman.

“She was a mother that believed in love and attention to her children. She epitomized what a true Christian should be. She was a caring mother and gave so much of herself to the community, which is why you see the number of people here today. It’s not because her son is governor but because she lived for her Community.”

In his sermon at the occasion, the Bishop of Ibadan North Diocese, Anglican Communion, Rev. Segun Okubadejo, urged the congregation to bear in mind that they would be remembered for their actions.

Okubadejo called on the people to see their attendance at the funeral service as another opportunity to reflect on their lives and their relationship with God.

The cleric extolled the virtues of the late Madam Makinde, describing her as a devout Christian while on earth.

Earlier in his tribute, Governor Makinde said that he and his siblings would forever remember their late mother. He noted that the deceased taught him how to be disciplined and contented, even though it was tough at the time.

Madam Abigail Makinde, who died on October 15, 2020 at the age of 81, was born into the family of Pa James Omoregie, a renowned rubber farmer from Benin City, Edo State.

She attended St. Thomas Primary School, Akure before proceeding to Anglican Girls School, Benin City, where she completed her standard six. She worked in several states including Western Region, where, as a Civil servant, she worked as a telephone operator.

The governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde is the fourth of her six children.

Obaseki to spend N20.8bn on education in 2021

…basic, technical education top priority

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has earmarked N20.8 billion for the education sector in 2021 to sustain the gains recorded in the sector by the administration in the first term.

The governor, in a statement, said the government will be committing 12.9bn to expanding the Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (EdoBEST) programme to ensure the roll out of the initiative to other sections of the basic education scheme in the state, specifically from Basic 7 to 9.

Obaseki noted that investment would be made to ensure the success of the Edo Supporting Teachers to Achieve Results (Edo STAR) Teaching Fellowship Programme, which is a three-year training and field experience/employment programme for teachers and aspiring teachers who would be migrated into the state’s civil service upon satisfactory performance.

According to the governor, “Taking cognizance of the fact that quality education underpins our developmental aspirations, our targets in strengthening the education system would not be compromised.

“In essence, we would be committing 12.9bn to the Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (Edo-BEST) programme. This would sustain gains made and ensure the roll out of the programme to other sections of the basic education scheme in the state, specifically from Basic 7 to 9.

“To further institutionalize the EdoBEST program, we would be launching the Edo STAR Teaching Fellows program. This is a unique 3-year Fellowship Program, designed for teachers and aspiring teachers in Primary and Junior Secondary Schools.”

He further noted: “The STAR fellowship program aims to train and groom a new generation of school teachers who are passionate, technologically-savvy, transformative and societally conscious about nation-building through education.

“The program will be administered by the Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Edo State College of Education, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) and our Technical Partner.”

“Our expenditure in basic education would focus on reconfiguring the infrastructure in schools to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 containment guidelines,” Obaseki added.

Speaking on plans for technical education in the coming year, the governor noted: “Our vision to make Edo great again lies strongly on building a virile and productive youth population. We would therefore be replicating the success at the Government Science and Technical College (GSTC) across the state, building the necessary manpower to drive industrial growth. In 2021, we shall commence the construction and equipping of three other technical colleges.”

#EndSARS: Rights defender Eholor demands security, good governance from Obaseki

A frontline human rights activist and President, One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor has called on the governor of the State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki to reassure the people of Edo state maximum security irrespective of party affiliations.

Chief Eholor stated this while chatting with our Correspondent in Benin on the situation of the state.

“I have seen the governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki with combined military forces – the Army, the Air force, the Police and Civil Defence. I know a lot of you in this platform will want to misconstrue my statement, I am not here to play politics and I think the politics time is over.

The state actors and state agents; it’s time for you all to do the needful; to reassure the citizens of Edo State who voted for Mr. Obaseki that we are safe, whether the All Progressive Congress, APC, or the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP”.

Chief Eholor who noted that engagement of battalions did not solve the Lekki massacre said that the governor should assure citizens that the victim of SARS would be compensated while those who victimized them would be prosecuted.

Chief Eholor further said that the Governor should reassure citizens that there will be transparency and accountability in his government.

“Remember, going out with battalions didn’t solve the Lekki massacre, let the governor reassure us that the victims of SARS will be compensated while those who victimized them will be prosecuted. And that there will be transparency and accountability in his government and there will be no witch hunting of those who didn’t vote for him or were with him. His foot soldiers and media gurus and propagandists should shield their swords and tongue of destruction, this is a time for strength, unity and a better Edo State for all his citizens”, he enthused.

He however described the silence of the international communities as unfortunate as we are not their priority adding that the jailbreak in Benin was a conspiracy.

EDO 2020: We must encourage more people to register and participate in elections – Patriot Eholor

The 2020 Governorship election in Edo State has come and gone, and winners and losers have emerged after a tight contest.

In this interview, Democracy Defender and Observer General of the Federal Republic, Patriot Patrick Eholor airs his views on the elections and the way forward for politics, politicians and electioneering in Nigeria.

Excerpts:

What is your view about the outcome of the election?

I think the people have spoken and we must respect the rights of the people. Elections have never been perfect anywhere in the world, it’s a democratic process and so there must be a winner and a loser.

Was it up to your expectation?

I wouldn’t say it’s not up to my expectation. We must educate the electorate, however, we must encourage people over 18 years to register so they can participate in the next election because we have more people dancing owanbe, beating drums, dancing azonto, changing the campaign ground to a comedy ground.

Can you attest that this election will change the face of election in Nigeria, particularly in Ondo?

Election is a serious business. I think there will be a lot of lessons to be learned from our own election as regards the upcoming Ondo election.

What is your score for INEC and police?

INEC isn’t perfect but I think they did tremendously well during this election and should be commended. Police are not supposed to observe and monitor our elections, however I must praise them because they were not biased and partisan in this election from my own opinion.

Why should Edo people be celebrated in this election?

I think the Edo people should be celebrate this election because we have less casualties and the ‘Omo n’ Oba’ of Benin, Ewuare the Great should be highly praised for his prayers.

Did the election really represent the voice of Edo people?

I think the election really represented the Edolites because we can’t be cowed.

What is your advice to the loser, Pastor Ize-Iyamu Osagie and party?

My advice to Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is he should remain steadfast and be a leader that he has truly been and congratulate those who stood behind him during this tough times.

What are your expectations from the winner, Gov Goodwin Obaseki and your advice?

My advice for Godwin Obaseki is he should tune down his rhetoric. It’s only God that choose to have mercy for those he has mercy on and govern those who voted for him and those who didn’t vote for him. He is an elected governor of Edo State not for PDP or APC.

Can you see hope for Edo people in Obaseki’s second term in office?

Edo State has proven that they are the pacesetters of Nigerian politics. They will not expect anything less than the best from his administration.

What will One Love Foundation do to help the Obaseki Government?

One Love Foundation will remain fair and firm.
It’s committed in checkmating any underperforming government and institutions. I hereby congratulate men and women who came out under the sun and rain to cast their vote. ‘Oba gha to kpe re, Ise!’

Edo State, Role Model of Nigeria’s Democracy, says EPIA

By Isaac Eranga

Edo Progressive Indigenous Association EPIA also know as Edo Indigenous movement Worldwide, said with the free and fair conduct of the Edo Governorship election, Edo Indigenes have proven to the world that civilization started with the Edo people of West Africa.

This was disclosed by the Edo indigenous leader and President of EPIA, Chief Dr. Bishop Omogiade Enoyiogiere Edokpolo in Benin City after the end of September 19th Edo Governorship election. He called on other Nigerian States to emulate Edo State in moving Nigeria forward.

Chief Dr. Edokpolo said Edo election attracted the attention of the world. He said Edo State became the focus of the world, saying Edo election became popular like that of Nigeria general election.

“Even the media was not exempted; the election can be described as one of the most peaceful elections in the history of Nigeria irrespective of the negative predictions of violence.

“This will go a long way to further send a clear message to all the political devourers that Edo people has gotten a clear understanding of what democracy is all about, they now focus matters to them most and not what the party leaders direct.

“Edo Indigenes have also proven that they have a mind of their own, and that to moving forward, the politicians must adopt the choice of the Indigenes and not the reverse.

“Edo can now officially be said to be the role model of democracy in Nigeria. It’s time to project Edo Indigene for presidency come 2023,” said the Edo indigenous leader.

To the winner of the election, Governor Godwin Obaseki, Chief Dr. Bishop Omogiade Enoyiogiere Edokpolo said he should always be grateful to Edo indigenes in the diaspora who mobilised their people to vote for him and spent their hard earn money to publicise him. He said Edo indigenes in the diaspora did more than enough to promote the candidature of Obaseki, i strongly recomend to the governor elect to join the Edo Indigenes in diaspora for the fight to promote diaspora vote protion to the federal government.

“I want to specially thank President of Nigeria- Muhammad Buhari and the Independent National Electoral Commission for ensuring that the election was free and fair. I also want to thank Edo Indigenous people at home for voting their concience by not selling their votes, he also call on the governor to ignore the none Indigenes who will instigate disunity or hatred among you and your fellow Indigenes and focus more on how you can unite all the Edo people irrespective of their political affiliations and not let Edo unity down.

“My final take is that he should not disappoint Edo indigenes and residents that voted him and pay more attention to Edo Indigenous people by creating empowerment for them as way to show appreciation to Edo Indigenes worldwide, the nonpartisan group EPIA/EIM , assure the governor elect that they will do everything to support
and partner with his administration in every sector to contribute to the development of Edo State ,” said he.

PDP’s Godwin Obaseki leads with over 80, 000 votes after 13 out of 18 LGs

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced results from 13 Local Government Areas in the Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State with the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governor Godwin Obaseki winning so far in 11 of the 13 LGAs released.

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has won two of the LGAs announced at the commission’s collation centre in Benin, the state capital.

Obaseki of the PDP has secured 243, 604 against 154,192 votes polled by the APC’s Ize-Iyamu.

The Edo governor is winning with 89,412.

Below Are The Results LG By LG

Esan west LGA

APC: 7,189

PDP: 17,434

Total valid votes: 24,880

Rejected votes: 579

Total votes cast: 25,459

Oredo LGA (Obaseki’s LG)

APC: 18,365

PDP: 43,498

Total valid votes: 62,578

Rejected votes: 1,302

Total votes cast: 63,880

Esan south-east LGA

APC: 9,237

PDP: 10,563

Total valid votes: 19,896

Rejected votes: 307

Total votes cast: 20,203

ETSAKO WEST LGA

APC: 26,140

PDP: 17,959

Total valid votes: 44,539

Rejected votes: 2,828

Total votes cast: 47,367

OVIA NORTH-EAST LGA

APC: 9,907

PDP: 16,987

Total valid votes: 27,437

Rejected votes: 934

Total votes cast: 28,371

OWAN WEST LGA

APC: 11,193

PDP: 11,485

Total valid votes: 22,849

Rejected votes: 404

Total votes cast: 23,253

OWAN EAST LGA

APC: 19,295

PDP: 14,762

Total valid votes: 34,246

Rejected votes: 515

Total votes cast: 34,761

EGOR LGA

APC: 10,202

PDP: 27,621

Total valid votes: 38,396

Rejected votes: 955

Total votes cast: 39,351

UHUNMWONDE LGA

APC: 5,972

PDP: 10,022

Total valid votes: 16,283

Rejected votes: 352

Total votes cast: 16,635

IKPOBA OKHA LGA

APC: 18,218

PDP: 41,030

ESAN CENTRAL LGA

APC: 6,719

PDP: 10,694

ESAN NORTH-EAST LGA

APC: 6,556

PDP: 13,579

Valid votes: 20,369

Rejected votes: 361

Total votes cast: 20,730

IGUEBEN LGA

APC: 5199

PDP: 7870

Total valid votes: 13,170

Rejected votes: 212

Total votes cast: 13,382

HOW THEY STAND (AFTER 13 LGAs)

PDP: 243, 604

APC: 154,192

Source: Niger Delta Today

BREAKING! EDO GUBER 2020: No clear leading candidate between Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu yet •See early results

Early results from Saturday’s governorship election in some polling units across the 18 local government areas of Edo State showed that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Godwin Obaseki, and the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, were in a tight race.

Though the final results were yet to be declared at press time on Saturday, both won their respective strongholds.

Our correspondents who monitored the election said there were reports of violence, vote buying, ballot box snatching and malfunctioning of card readers in some local government areas.

The election, according to our reporters, had massive turnout of voters in Oredo, Egor, Akoko Edo, Esan Central, Esan North West, Ikpoba Okha, Esako East and Esako West local government areas of the state.

Obaseki won his polling unit in Oredo Ward 4 with 184 votes, while his main challenger, Ize-Iyamu, scored 62 votes.

At his polling unit, Orhionwom Ward 5, unit 26, Ize-Iyamu polled 292, while Obaseki got 21 votes.

The deputy governor of the state, Philip Shaibu of the PDP won his ward 11, Unit 3 Etsako West Local Government with 789, APC polled 164 votes.

Results from some polling units in Etsako East Local Government showed that the APC polled 215, PDP 103 at ward: 001 – Agenebode, PU: 009 (Egbadu 2 and at Eramhe Primary School, Okpella III. Ward 7, PU: 3a, APC got 126, PDP: 126.

At Owan East, ward 2 unit 2 Ownu Primary School Ovbiomu II, PDP- 142, APC – 126; PU 018 , Goretti College Ikpoba Okha LG, APC – 49,PDP – 128; Igueben LG ward: 01 (Ekekhe/Idumuogo/Egbiki), PU: Ekekhe (003), APC-69, PDP- 97 and Eguare Primary School, Ewu 2, Ward 08, PU 09, Esan Central LGA, PDP – 269,APC – 48.

At Utantan Primary School, Ward 02, PU 03, Igueben LGA, APC – 110,PDP – 110; ward 04 (Uhe/Idumuogbo/Idumueke), PU 04 (Utantan Primary School, Igueben), Igueben LGA, APC – 240, PDP – 238; ward 04 (Uhe/Idumuogbo/Idumueke), PU 04 (Utantan Primary School, Igueben), Igueben LGA, APC – 240, PDP – 238 and at PU Uromi Unuwazi Primary School II (008), Esan North East LG, APC -44, PDP – 67.

At Ward 1 unit 2 Owan East LGA, PDP- 124, APC- 90; Owan West LGA, Sabongida, Ward 4 PU: 3, APC – 86, PDP-85, ward 1 Unit 7 Public field Gallary Afuze Owan East LGA, APC- 139

PDP- 87 and at PU 002, Ward 01, Esan North-East LGA, APC – 97, PDP – 129.

Edo Indigenous Movement rates guber candidates, tasks voters on manifestoes, antecedents

Founder, Edo Progressives Indigenous Assembly(EPIA), Chief (Bishop) Omogiade Enoyiogiere Edokpolo has charged eligible voters to give details to the manifestoes and previous records of those currently jostle to be governor of the state come September 19 as basis for making their choice.

The non- partisan group, founded in 2014 with the sole aim to promote amongst others, Edo indigenous language, cultural heritage and empowerment said the governorship candidates agenda constitute a major determinant to evaluate their ability to deliver the dividends of democracy to Edo people .

“We think both candidates, although there are others in the race are all Edo prominent indigenes, they have the technical know-how on how to pilot the affairs of the state. We are puting it before Edo indigenes to go and look at their manifestoes and check their previous records to determine who they will vote for,” he noted.

Edokpolor who condemned the shootings, attacks, violent clashes by suspected party thugs in the last few weeks, heaped the blame at the door of political parties in the state.

Drawing a comparative appraisal between the two contending lead candidates, Edokpolor said though the group has no preexisting records on the APC Governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu but that judging from his presentations, synergies and the ways Edo people rally round him “chances are that he will be able to come up with something credible in line with his Simple Agenda”.

On Governor Godwin Obaseki, he posited “I think he has done well in terms of international investors and digital development attraction to the state including some infrastructure. But he has done very little or less in indigenous empowerment programmes and above all, he needs to be more in touch and accessible to the indigenes because we are native people and not English.

“On that note we score him 6.2 over 10 (62 percent) and hope if he wins that he will do better in this area. I think that is the only reason he is having much pressure now in campaign, otherwise he is supposed win with zero effort” .

EPIA president said the incoming governor must cultivate the habit of dressing the way of Edo people including periodic appraisal of his manifestoes .

“How can a man show love to people he does not even dress like not to talk about speaking their language? ,” he asked.