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PDP Ekiti ward executives sworn in for four-year tenure

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The Ekiti State Ward Executive Committee members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 155 out of the 177 wards in Ekiti State have taken the mantle of office for a tenure of four years, after they were sworn in yesterday by a Notary Public, Barrister Niyi Idowu in accordance with the party’s constitution as amended in 2017.

In a letter dated April 30, 2020 and addressed to the party through the State Legal Adviser, , Barrister Niyi Idowu said; “Kindly be informed that upon submission of the duly completed Oath of Office and Oath of Allegiance form today Thursday 30th April 2020 by 7:30am and in line with the provisions of Section 65 of the People’s Democratic Party, the newly elected Ward Executive Officers of your party whose names were verified and contained in a letter with reference N0. PDP/DOM/GF.V/VOL.2/20-387B are admitted to Oath and therefore sworn in already to function in their various offices.”

The Notary Public, who admitted Oath on the Ward Executive members, had directed them to fill and sign the oath of office and oath of allegiance as provided in the party constitution.

“It is to be noted that in view of the ravaging pandemic, Covid-19, kindly inform the Concerned Ward Executives to print and fill the Oath of Office and Oath allegiance as it appeared in your Party Constitution.

“Each person must read and understand the Oath of Office and Oath Allegiance to your Party before submitting same.

“That only Ward Executives Officer who submit his/her Oath of Office and Oath Allegiance on or before 7:30 am on Thursday 30th is technically deemed to have sworn before me in view of the various rules, regulation, protocols and laws regulating gathering and social distancing protocol,” Niyi Idowu said in his letter accepting to carry out the responsibility.

In a letter with ref no: PDP/DOM/GF.V/VOL.2/20-387B dated April 25, 2020, and signed by the National Organising Secretary, Col Austin Akobundu (rtd), the NWC had directed the State Chairman of the Party, Chief Barr. Gboyega Oguntuwase “to take necessary and appropriate steps to Inaugurate the new Executive Officers in accordance with the provisions of Section 65 of our Party’s Constitution as amended in 2017.”

In the letter, the NWC had listed names of the Ward Executives for 155 out of the 177 wards in Ekiti State that emerged in the Ward Congresses held on March 7, 2020. The party stated that the Congresses did not hold in Gbonyin and Ekiti East local councils.

“After giving careful consideration of the reports of the Electoral Committee, the Appeal Panel, has, on behalf of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Party, approved the said Congresses and the Executive Committees emerging therefrom. You are therefore by this correspondence, directed to take necessary and appropriate steps to Inaugurate the new Executive Officers in accordance with the provisions of Section 65 of our Party’s Constitution as amended in 2017.

“In doing this, you’re please advised to also take into account the provisions of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Guidelines of COVID-19 as it concerns social distancing and the gathering of people in one place.

“This shall be the new Exco members at the expiration of the current executives, i.e. April 30, 2020, for Ward and shall hold office for a period of four (4) years pursuant to Section 47(1) of our Party’s constitution as amended; (i.e. April 30, 2020 – April 30, 2024, for Ward Executives,” the letter read.

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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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