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ONDO GUBER: APC’S VICTORY’LL BE LANDSLIDE, SAYS SANWO-OLU

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Ahead of the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State, the Chairman of the All Progressives Council (APC) National Campaign Council for the election and Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Saturday said the ruling party’s victory in the gubernatorial poll would be a landslide.

Governor Sanwo-Olu said APC’s confidence in the October 10 governorship election is further buoyed by the giant strides of Ondo State Governor, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) in different areas of human endeavours during his first term in the State.

Speaking during the inauguration of the 104 members of the APC National Campaign Council for Ondo State Governorship election by the party’s Caretaker and Extra Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee headed by Governor Mai Mala Buni at APC’s Secretariat in Abuja on Saturday, Governor Sanwo-Olu assured President Muhammadu Buhari and APC leadership that Ondo will remain within the fold of the All Progressives Congress.

Governor Sanwo-Olu in his acceptance speech also pledged the commitment, passion and dedication of the National Campaign Council members to deliver Ondo State to APC come October 10.

He said: “Today, our great party the All Progressives Congress has begun a march to another victory in Ondo State. I have described this journey as a repeat performance of what we did less than four years ago, when the people of Ondo State filed out in their numbers to elect my brother and friend, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu (Aketi) as their sixth executive governor. The only difference in this year’s experience is that our victory will be a landslide!

“Four years ago, the residents of Ondo State affirmed their belief in progressive governance and today, that belief, the validation of our party, the APC as an assemblage of well-spirited Nigerians who are poised to serve the humanity has yielded positive results with several achievements recorded by the Governor Rotimi Akeredolu-led administration.

“The need for us to do more and because we know that we can do more for the people is the reason why our party is confident of victory at the polls. The party’s confidence is further buoyed by the giant strides of Governor Akeredolu in different areas of human endeavours.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu stressed further that: “Since APC-led Government of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu was sworn in on the 24th February 2017, Ondo has moved from her hitherto parlous state and has returned to a trajectory of growth and development. This is a major feature of our party. We pride ourselves as harbinger of peace, progress and purposeful leadership wherever we have our foothold.

“Mr. Chairman, let me assure you that the tasks you have given us will be approached with the highest sense of responsibility. We know that the people of Ondo State cannot afford to return to retrogressive life after experiencing progressive governance offered by the All Progressives Congress. Therefore all the 104 members will roll up our sleeves and work hard for the victory that we truly and genuinely deserve.

“On behalf of members of the National Campaign Council, I hereby pledge our commitment, passion and dedication as we take up this national assignment to deliver Ondo State to the All Progressives Congress.”

Speaking on the task given to him to head the campaign council, Governor Sanwo-Olu said he is deeply honoured to be appointed as Chairman of the APC National Campaign Council for the October 10 Governorship election in Ondo State.

He said it is humbling to lead a team of very experienced women and men who would be working with his other colleagues and stakeholders for APC to retain Ondo State in the coming election.

“This is a moment of personal honour for me, but also of deep personal responsibility. I do not take this lightly and I believe every member of this high level committee feels the same way.

“I will like to thank our great party, APC, for giving us this great opportunity to serve at the national level-it is a rare privilege and we will not take it for granted. We also thank the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led National Convention Committee for believing in us to retain Ondo State for our party.

“We wish to send a message of assurance to the President, Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) that Ondo will remain within the fold of the All Progressives Congress.

“On this note, I wish to invite all party faithful to join the committee to achieve this task that has been placed before us by the leadership of the party. I will end by saying we are on the march to victory in Ondo State!”

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Edo Deputy Gov. Debunks Arrest News, Says Oshiomole, Ize-Iyamu Planning To Use Fed Might To Rig

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Following the allegations that the Security agencies has arrested the Deputy Governor of Edo State over unknown illegal possession of arms.

Senior Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor on media Mr Benjamin Atu, has debunked the report saying that Adams Oshiomhole has perfected his plan to use the federal might to intimidate the Governor and his Deputy through the DSS.

According to him, “the Deputy Governor has not been arrested but we are aware of an ongoing plan to arrest him over unfounded lies so that Oshiomhole and his cohorts will have the freedom to rig the Edo North Senatorial district election.”

President Muhammadu Buhari has kicked against rigging of the election in Edo state, promising to congratulate whoever emerges as the winner. But Adams Oshiomhole and Ize-Iyamu who felt betrayed by the President’s statement decided to use the back door to arrest the Deputy Governor in the name of illegal possession of arms.

“It is a lie from the pit of hell and a heap of rubbish to mention the name of the Deputy Governor in such a mundane practice of democracy”

Comrade Philip Shaibu has been in active politics since Nigeria return to Democracy in 1999 and has never been linked to issue of an arms deal. In less than 24 hours to the Edo State Governorship election, is it today that Oshiomhole now wants to organize an arrest?

I want to assure you that Comrade Philip Shaibu, can’t be arrested because the People of Edo State will resist it. Oshiomhole is planning to create unrest in the State on election day by his attempt to use the DSS to arrest the Deputy Governor.

“We are calling on President Buhari and the International community to immediately prevail and called Oshiomhole and his thugs to order to avert unrest that may follow their actions.

Shaibu has therefore warned against libellous publication against his personality and any newspaper or online medium who yield themselves to be used cheaply to publish such libellous story should also be ready to face the consequences of the actions legally.

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Governor Obaseki A Leader With A Difference

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State is never in a hurry. He is a leader of few words who allowed his excellent works to speak for him.

The People’s Governor is a very interesting leader. He loves and lives his work. If you ask me in a typical day of 24 hours what the People’s Governor does for 18 hours, I can tell you: his work. He loves his work.

The love he had for his work has translated into good governace for the benefits of Edo people.

Evidently, if the People’s Governor Godwin Obaseki was self centered he could have listened to Adams Oshomhole and share Edo State resources with few politicians.

Instead he decided to go the masses way, that the tax payers money will be spent to develop Edo State for the benefits of the people. He’s fighting for the people-Edo people.

Edo people, let’s give our Performing Governor Godwin Obaseki our support come September 19.Vote PDP and defend your vote.

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Wike Urges Edo electorate to be vigilant and defend their votes

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Campaign Council Chairman, Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the Edo governorship election will be won convincingly by Governor Godwin Obaseki.

The PDP National Campaign chairman who is also the Governor of Rivers State made the assertion at the Grand Finale of the Edo PDP Campaign held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City.

Governor Wike said the convincing evidence on ground has shown the general acceptance of the party by the electorate.

He stated that with the achievements of the last four years, it would be impossible for Governor Obaseki not to be declared the winner.

The Governor however urged Edo people not to take things for granted but turn out in large numbers to vote the candidate of PDP.

“By the grace of God, the election has been won by Governor Obaseki. That does not mean that you’ll go and sleep. Everybody that wants to fight godfatherism should come out to vote.

“Use Edo election to end godfatherism. Make sure you vote and be vigilant too.

“I agree with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that the election will be free and fair. Even the Inspector General of Police has promised that nobody will rig the election. But do not leave the polling units after casting your votes.

“Repeat the Rivers State Model. Let every woman wear jean on election day, cast and defend your votes.

“Follow the votes to the Collation Centres . Do not go until INEC has announced Godwin Obaseki as the winner,” he said.

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus described the Edo election as a special one.

He said the election would determine the status of elective democracy in Nigeria that is devoid of rigging.

“Let there be more restrictions for election riggers. Just like United States has done, I call on other democratic countries of the world to rise to protect Nigeria’s democracy.

“We all know that Obaseki is a performing governor. He has impacted the lives of Edo people. Let their will prevail. Edo people should resist all forms of godfatherism,” he stated.

In his speech, the Chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum, and Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal urged Edo people not to sell their votes.

“I hear somebody said he will come to Edo with bullion vans. Stand firm and do not sell your votes.

“I appeal to INEC to conduct free and fair election. There should not be intimidation of the electorate.

“Stay at your polling units. Ensure your votes are counted. Vote for continuity,” he stated.

On his part, the Chairman of South- South Governors’ Forum and Governor of Delta State, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said nobody can cheat PDP of its votes because it is a majority party in Edo State.

” We are not afraid. Nobody will change the results or cheat us on Saturday.

“You have done extensive campaign, from ward to ward. Pick your PVC on Saturday, go to your polling units and cast your votes for PDP,” he said.

Former Vice Presidential Candidate of the PDP, Peter Obi also spoke and urged Edo electorate not to vote the APC candidate for the sake of Nigeria.

According to him, we want Nigeria to be good and people like Obaseki are trusted.

The mega rally was also attended by the Governor of Bayelsa State , Douye Diri, and his Akwa-Ibom State counterpart, Emmanuel Udom.

Also in attendance were the Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, his Abia State counterpart, Okezie Ikpeazu, the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, and the Cross River State Governor, Professor Benedict Ayade.

Other dignitaries that accompanied the Rivers State Governor were the Former Governor of Rivers State, Sir Celestine Omehia, Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Austin Opara and the Former Minister of Transport, Chief Abiye Sekibo.

Paulinus Nsirim
Commissioner for Information and Communications
September 15, 2020.

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