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Oredo PDP Leaders Condemn Rumour of Obaseki’s Defection

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Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Oredo Ward 1 in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State have condemn the rumour that Governor Godwin Obaseki had perfected plans to dump the party.

This was just as they advised aggrieved members of the party not to provoke the governor to take drastic action that could be harmful to the party.

The leaders, who spoke at an enlarged PDP Oredo Ward 1 meeting on Wednesday, said that the speculation that Governor Obaseki had perfected plans to dump PDP was unfounded and should be disregarded.

The Edo PDP has been embroiled in internal wrangling in recent times following the clamour for the dissolution of the party’s executives at all levels in the state by those who joined the party in July last year when Obaseki dumped the All Progressive Congress (APC) and sought refuge in the PDP, which gave him the ticket for his second term bid.

The mainstream PDP members had maintained that the new entrants had to wait till the present executives served out their three-year term before any congress could be held.

One of the founding members of PDP in Oredo Local Government Area, Mr Goodluck Ehirobo, said: “We do not want him (Obaseki) to take another decision because if he does, it will be detrimental to all of us.

“If you want to have all, you will lose all. The reason why PDP has not always been wining in the past is that some leaders do not want anybody to be like them. When you join them, they feel threatened. Politics is a game of numbers. I want people to join us so that we can win,” he said in allusion to the hard stance of some leaders that the harmonisation agitation by some new members would lead to the dissolution of the present leadership.

Also speaking, another chieftain of the party in the ward, Mr Samson Abu, said that the governor could not be a mere spectator in the affairs of his party, hence the need for members to embrace ongoing integration and harmonisation in the party structures.

Abu added that “based on PDP constitution, the governor is the leader of PDP in Edo State,” warning, however, that “the quietness of a lion doesn’t symbolise signs of weakness.”

“People are saying that the governor has not shared a position. Is it not when there is a peace that you can share positions?” he asked.

He noted that the governor had proposed measures to harmonise but some people were in opposition to the move, adding that Obaseki should not be blamed for the delay in forming his cabinet and making other appointments.

“I want to assure you all that the governor remains in PDP and he is not going anywhere,” he said.

Earlier in his remarks, Coordinator of Obaseki Solidarity Movement, Mr Okpamen Edosa, said the peace meeting became necessary to reaffirm their support for the governor and build bridges across troubled waters.

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Political Campaign Turns Bloody as Gunmen Launch Attack in Anambra State

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Political campaign have turn to bloody one at Anambra State, Nigeria as Gunmen launch attack on political members.

Gunmen launched an attack on members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and All Progressive Congress (APC) during the political parties’ rallies at different locations of Anambra State.

According to eyewitness, the gunmen also left several other persons injured and set ablaze a car belonging to a leader of Professor Chukwuma Soludo group.
Soludo is a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

While the attack on the APC members took place during the party’s rally at Uruagu, Nnewi, the attack on the leader of one of Soludo Support Groups, Nnelsonn Omenugha took place at Nnobi in the Idemili South local government area of the state.

Report have it that one APC member, whose identity could not be immediately ascertained was killed in the attack with scores wounded, while the attack on the APGA chieftain took place in his hometown, Nnobi.

Although the police have yet to react to the two incidents, the state publicity secretary, of APC, Okelo Madukaife confirmed the attack.He was quoted as saying: “The attack led to the cold death of our committed party official and the hospitalisation of many others.

“Our party regrets the invasion of our office and attack of members who were gathered for a meeting in Uruagu Ward 3, Nnewi by persons yet to be identified. “We regret the loss and regard it as one violence too many in an Anambra State that ought to be the safest state in Nigeria if official claims were anything to go by.

“We speak for the mood in our dear state where similar attacks took place at Afor Nnobi Junction, on the same day killing men of the Vigilante in Alor, Idemili South in transit and call for a total halt.

“Our party commiserates with the family of the deceased who will be identified in the near future and assure that their loss is our loss and Anambra State’s loss, but that their son shall not die in vain.

“We acknowledge security in Anambra State as an area that requires serious intervention.”

On the attack on Omenugha, who is a staunch campaigner of ‘Soludo for Governor’, it was gathered that the attackers set his car ablaze, while he escaped to safety.

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Edo High Court Nullifies Removal of Etsako West LGA

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Edo State high court nullifies the unlawful removal of elected ETSAKO WEST L.G.A council chairman hon. Yakubu O. Musa:

The purported suspension and removal of Hon. Yakubu O. Musa of APC has been declared invalid,null and void and unconstitutional by Edo State High Court No 12, Benin City Presided over by Hon . Justice V.O Oviawe in suit no B/204/2019.

In the judgment delivered on the 27th day of September, 2021, the learned trial judge declared the purported removal of Hon. Yakubu O. Musa by Edo State Governor as null and void.

Hon. Justice V.O Oviawe granted all the prayers contained in the originating Summons except prayer i which is already overtaken by event because the tenure of the office had lapsed, The suit was filed on behalf of Hon. Yakubu O.Musa by the Law firm of West-Idahosa & Co.

The learned Judge held that Edo State Governor and the Government failed to comply with the Provisions of Sections 20 and 21 of Edo State Local Government Law, 2000 (as amended) in failing to consult with the Edo State House of Assembly and the grounds of suspension as provided by Law before suspending Hon. Yakubu O. Musa was did not follow the extant law.

The Court further held that since the purported suspension was void in law, every other action predicated on it was invalid. And held that the 1st-4th defendants lack the power to suspend and remove the Claimant on ground of fraud without given him fair hearing

The Court awarded the sum of #100,000 as costs in favour of the Claimant.

The case was conducted on behalf of the Claimant by Famous Osawaru Eremwanarue Esq., of West Idahosa Law Firm.

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We Regret Getting Rid of Jonathan to Elect Buhari — Northern Elders Forum

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The Northern Elders Forum has said that it regretted that it got rid of then President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 elections to vote in the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari.

The group expressed disappointment that Buhari has let down millions of Nigerians including members of the All Progressives Congress who trusted in his leadership prior to the poll six years ago.

Northern Elders Forum, said that the next President of Nigeria should be one who would act in the “opposite direction” of Buhari, who hails from Katsina, North-West Nigeria.

Director of Publicity and Advocacy for Northern Elders Forum, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, spoke on Tuesday when he featured on Arise TV’s ‘The Morning Show’ breakfast programme.

He said, “Is there any Nigerian who is not disappointed in President Buhari including diehard APC people? Is there anybody who would not tell you he wished President Buhari had done much better?

“We raised huge expectations, we told people, ‘Get rid of Jonathan, put Buhari there, he would fix corruption, he would fix insecurity, he would fix the economy’ (but) look at where we are now.

“How can anybody say they are happy with the record of President Buhari, even the people very close to him would tell you that they wished he could have done much better and he could have done much better and he hasn’t.”

Next president should act in opposite direction of Buhari’

The group’s spokesman said Nigeria needs a President who would act in the “opposite direction” of Buhari in terms of economic policies, security, amongst others.

“So, what we need to do now is to get ready to elect another President who would go in the opposite direction, a President who has a vision and a clear idea of what governance involves rather than just being a President. So, I am disappointed and that is why today, I am actively involved in trying to see that a new leader emerges in getting Nigerians a new lease of life,” Baba-Ahmed noted.

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