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    FULL LIST: INEC publishes names of candidates for Edo guber poll

FULL LIST: INEC publishes names of candidates for Edo guber poll

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the provisional list of governorship candidates for the September 19 governorship election in Edo state. The list has the names of governorship candidates from 14 political parties – 13 males and one female. In a statement, Festus Okoye, INEC national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education committee, encouraged members of the public to [...]

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    Decision to pick Audu as Ize-Iyamu’s running mate is supreme, says Benin River Authority MD

Decision to pick Audu as Ize-Iyamu’s running mate is supreme, says Benin River Authority MD

The decision by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to pick Gani Audu as running to Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the party's governorship candidate in the state "is supreme." Addressing APC members at a meeting in Auchi, Edo state on Tuesday, Saliu Ahmed (pictured), managing director of Benin/Owena River Basin Development Authority, urged party members to support Ize-Iyamu and his running mate. Before Audu was [...]

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    Obaseki clinches PDP ticket, to face Ize-Iyamu in election

Obaseki clinches PDP ticket, to face Ize-Iyamu in election

Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state, has clinched the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2020 governorship election. He polled a total of 1,952 votes to win the party's primary election which held in Benin on Thursday. A total of 2,234 delegates from the 192 wards and 18 local government areas of the state participated in election with Obaseki as [...]

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    Obaseki to emerge PDP candidate for Edo guber as only opponent steps down

Obaseki to emerge PDP candidate for Edo guber as only opponent steps down

Kenneth Imasuagbon, an aspirant in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary poll for the Edo state governorship election, has withdrawn from the race. Imasuagbon announced he was stepping down on Thursday just as the primary election was about to commence in Benin, the state capital. He was the only opponent of Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state, who is believed to have [...]

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    Court stops Obaseki from participating in PDP primary 

Court stops Obaseki from participating in PDP primary 

A federal high court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, has stopped Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo from participating in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary.  Obaseki had defected to the PDP following his disqualification from the All Progressives Congress (APC), the party under which he was elected in 2016. The PDP had also given a waiver to Obaseki and Philip [...]

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    EXTRA: Ize-Iyamu asks Obaseki to return to APC

EXTRA: Ize-Iyamu asks Obaseki to return to APC

Osagie Ize-Iyamu, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo, has asked Godwin Obaseki, governor of the state, to return to the APC.  Obaseki had defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after he was disqualified from seeking the APC ticket for the September election. Ize-Iyamu, who was candidate of the PDP in the 2016 governorship election, crossed over to [...]

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    Oshiomhole remains suspended, says ward chairman

Oshiomhole remains suspended, says ward chairman

Oshawo Stephen (pictured with some executives of his ward), chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in ward 10, Etsako west local government of Edo state, says Adams Oshiomhole remains suspended as a member of the party. Seventeen out of 26 members of the executive committee had signed a resolution lifting suspension on Oshiomhole, who is from the ward. But in a [...]

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    Again, PDP shifts Edo guber primary

Again, PDP shifts Edo guber primary

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has postponed its gubernatorial primary election in Edo state for the second time in 24 hours. On Thursday, the party had announced that the exercise initially scheduled for June 19 had been moved to June 23. But in a statement on Friday, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party’s spokesman, said the primary election has now been shifted to June [...]

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    ‘Godfatherism must end’ — oba of Benin speaks on Edo election

‘Godfatherism must end’ — oba of Benin speaks on Edo election

Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, oba Ewuare II, oba of Benin, says "godfatherism" and "consensus candidate" must be eradicated from the politics of Edo state. In a statement on Thursday, the oba said these two "political vices" are antithetical to the fundamental basis of democracy. Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a governorship aspirant in Edo, is reported to be backed by Adams Oshiomhole, suspended national [...]

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    Edo assembly shut for 14 days as APC crisis deepens

Edo assembly shut for 14 days as APC crisis deepens

The Edo state house of assembly has been shut for a period of 14 days. Stephen Guobadia, the assembly's acting director, administrator and supplies, who announced this in a statement, asked members to stay away until the complex has been fumigated. The development comes amid the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the June 22 governorship primary election. The party's screening [...]

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    Like Obaseki, Edo dep gov dumps APC

Like Obaseki, Edo dep gov dumps APC

Philip Shaibu, deputy governor of Edo state, has resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC). In a letter dated June 15 and addressed to the chairman of ward 11, Etsako west local government area of Edo, Shaibu said his resignation was with immediate effect. “I write pursuant to Article 9.5 (i) of the Constitution of the All Progressives Congress (APC) [...]

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    Newly launched  ‘I am Edo Movement’ endorses Obaseki’s second term bid

Newly launched ‘I am Edo Movement’ endorses Obaseki’s second term bid

I am Edo movement, a socio-political group, has endorsed the second term ambition of Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state. Obaseki is seeking reelection as governor of the state. The group which was recently launched in Lagos said its mission is to inspire a spirit of patriotism in Edo people and mobilize citizen action for good governance. Speaking during the launch of the [...]

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    I won’t appeal my disqualification, says Obaseki

I won’t appeal my disqualification, says Obaseki

Godwin Obaseki, the governor of Edo state, says he will not appeal the outcome of the screening process. The incumbent, who is seeking reelection into office, was disqualified at the screening process for the primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for having a "defective certificate". In a statement signed by Crusoe Osagie, his media aide, the governor said it would be [...]

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    Edo primary: APC panel clears Ize-Iyamu, disqualifies Obaseki

Edo primary: APC panel clears Ize-Iyamu, disqualifies Obaseki

The All Progressives Congress (APC) screening committee for the Edo governorship primary has disqualified Godwin Obaseki, the governor. Jonathan Ayuba, chairman of the screening committee, broke the news while presenting his report to Adams Oshiomhole, APC national chairman, at the national secretariat of the APC in Abuja on Friday. Six aspirants had indicated interest in the primary election scheduled for June 22. [...]

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    Obaseki: Some politicians importing thugs, arms into Edo

Obaseki: Some politicians importing thugs, arms into Edo

Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo, says he received intelligence reports on some politicians who are importing thugs and firearms into the state to cause mayhem. In a statement on Thursday, in Benin, the state capital, Crusoe Osagie, special adviser to the governor on media and communications strategy, said hoodlums are being imported into the state through riverine communities. He said the [...]

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    Edo APC: Oshiomhole has no power to relocate our party secretariat

Edo APC: Oshiomhole has no power to relocate our party secretariat

Anselm Ojezua, chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo, says Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the party, lacks the constitutional powers to change the location of the party’s secretariat in the state. Oshiomhole had in a letter dated May 29, 2020, and addressed to the chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), asked the commission to take note of the [...]

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