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    I won’t leave with Obaseki, says Edo APC chairman

I won’t leave with Obaseki, says Edo APC chairman

Anselm Ojezua, chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo, says he will not leave the party with Godwin Obaseki, governor of the state. Obaseki, who is seeking reelection, resigned from the party earlier in the day. A few hours later, his deputy, Philip Shaibu, also pulled out from the party. The ruling party had disqualified Obaseki from contesting the party's primary [...]

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    Ganduje backs Obaseki’s disqualification

Ganduje backs Obaseki’s disqualification

Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano, has declared his support for the decision of All Progressive Congress to disqualify Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo, from the party's governorship primary. On Friday, the APC screening committee disqualified Obaseki from the June 22 governorship primary election, over alleged "defective certificate". Osagie Ize-Iyanmu, who is said to be backed by Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the party, [...]

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    No man can stop me, says Obaseki

No man can stop me, says Obaseki

Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state, says irrespective of the mode of primary used by the All Progressives Congress (APC), he would clinch the party's ticket for the forthcoming governorship election. He stated this on Sunrise Daily, a programme on Channels Television, on Wednesday. “It does not matter whether it is direct or indirect (primary), I will win,” he said. On May 22, the [...]

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    Oshiomhole’s faction of APC picks Ize-Iyamu as Edo gov consensus candidate

Oshiomhole’s faction of APC picks Ize-Iyamu as Edo gov consensus candidate

Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a pastor, has emerged the consensus governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) faction of Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the party. Ize-Iyamu, then candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), vied against Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state, in 2016. He defected to the APC in December 2019. Oshiomhole is reportedly backing him for the APC governorship slot [...]

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    In split judgement, tribunal affirms Yahaya Bello as Kogi governor

In split judgement, tribunal affirms Yahaya Bello as Kogi governor

The Kogi state governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja has affirmed Yahaya Bello as the winner of the 2019 election. Musa Wada, governorship candidate of the PDP, had approached the tribunal to challenge the victory of Bello and the All Progressives Congress (APC). Jibril Okutepa, counsel to the petitioners, had urged the tribunal to uphold the petition and declare Wada as [...]

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    INEC reopens offices in Ondo, Edo ahead of guber elections

INEC reopens offices in Ondo, Edo ahead of guber elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has ordered the immediate reopening of its Edo and Ondo offices in preparation for the governorship elections in both states. The commission made the announcement in its "guidelines for resumption after the COVID-19 lockdown" shared on Facebook on Wednesday. INEC scheduled the elections in Edo and Ondo states for September 19 and October 10, respectively. Despite the [...]

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    No evil deed will go unpunished, says Ihedioha on s’court judgment

No evil deed will go unpunished, says Ihedioha on s’court judgment

Emeka Ihedioha has reacted to the supreme court verdict on his application for a review of the judgment sacking him as Imo state governor.  The apex court struck out Ihedioha's application last Tuesday. In a statement on Sunday, Ihedioha said it was disheartening that the desire of Imo people to have good governance had been halted. He expressed concern over the implications of the judgment [...]

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    Oshiomhole: PDP members who could have given us a fight in Edo are dead

Oshiomhole: PDP members who could have given us a fight in Edo are dead

Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says the ruling party is not at risk of losing the 2020 governorship election in Edo state. He said members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that "could serve as stumbling block in the state have joined their ancestors". Tony Anenih, former chairman of PDP board of trustees, who was from Edo [...]

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IMN ‘violated human rights’ by using children for protests

A group known as The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC) has condemned the use of children during protests by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN). The group made this known at a press conference on Friday. In a statement signed by Joyce Ogwu, executive director, the centre raised the alarm, calling for an end to such. While acknowledging that the sect [...]

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    Illegal armed men ‘overstretched capacity of security agents’ during Kogi, Bayelsa polls

Illegal armed men ‘overstretched capacity of security agents’ during Kogi, Bayelsa polls

The Police Service Commission (PSC) says security agencies were overstretched as a result of the activities of "illegal armed men" during the November 16 governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states. There was widespread violence and harassment during the elections in the two states. In a statement, Ikechukwu Ani, the PSC spokesman, said the actions of the armed men overstretched the capacity of [...]

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    Dickson-Jonathan ‘face-off’, Southern Ijaw factor — five reasons APC defeated PDP in Bayelsa

Dickson-Jonathan ‘face-off’, Southern Ijaw factor — five reasons APC defeated PDP in Bayelsa

Since 1999 the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has held power in Bayelsa state. But the dominoes fell after Saturday's governorship election in which the All Progressives Congress (APC) clinched victory. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared David Lyon, candidate of the APC, winner of the election. Lyon defeated Duoye Diri, the PDP candidate, winning in six out of the eight local government [...]

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    Elections: Foreign observers speak on violence in Kogi, Bayelsa

Elections: Foreign observers speak on violence in Kogi, Bayelsa

Some international observers who monitored the governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states have condemned the widespread violence during the polls. In a statement on Sunday, the observers, who are from Austria, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States, said some of their members witnessed  violence and intimidation. They lamented the attempt to prevent the media, the electoral body [...]

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    Jonathan: When votes begin to count, politicians will stop recruiting thugs like dogs

Jonathan: When votes begin to count, politicians will stop recruiting thugs like dogs

Former President Goodluck Jonathan says when citizens' votes begin to count, politicians will stop recruiting thugs. He described the signals coming from Kogi and Bayelsa states as "disturbing". He said people are already being killed before the governorship elections scheduled for Saturday. Jonathan spoke in Port Harcourt during the presentation of a book by Gabriel Toby, a former deputy governor of Rivers, on [...]

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    Buhari to security agencies: Ballot materials must not be hijacked in Kogi, Bayelsa

Buhari to security agencies: Ballot materials must not be hijacked in Kogi, Bayelsa

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for peaceful elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states. In a statement on Thursday, the president asked law enforcement agents to ensure that citizens are allowed to exercise their voting rights without intimidation. He also said any attempt to steal ballots must be stopped with all legal means. "All must carry out their functions with fairness and transparency; without [...]

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    Driver shot dead as gunmen disrupt PDP rally in Bayelsa

Driver shot dead as gunmen disrupt PDP rally in Bayelsa

Simon Onu, a van driver with Bayelsa Radio, has been shot dead while several others sustained injuries at a political rally in Nembe Bayelsa state. The gunmen were said to have invaded the rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday afternoon while the event was ongoing. This is coming three days to the governorship election in the state Fidelis Soriwei, spokesman [...]

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    Four things to know about Bayelsa election

Four things to know about Bayelsa election

Bayelsa, one of the six states in the south-south region, is set to go through another governorship election four years after Seriake Dickson was elected governor of the state for a second term. The oil-rich state, which was carved out of Rivers in October 1996, has more than two million inhabitants spread across eight local governments areas. Bayelsa operates an off-cycle [...]

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