Edo APC Seeks Obaseki’s Resignation From Office
The chairman of the Edo State All Progressive Congress, Col David Imuse (rted.), has called on Governor Godwin Obaseki to resign from office.
The APC Chairman was reacting to the governor’s declaration on Friday that governance will take backstage as the emphasis will now be on campaign activities.
Imuse also said that Obaseki’s resignation would give the Independent National Electoral Commission the opportunity to prepare for a fresh governorship election in the state.
In the statement on Sunday by the party Deputy Publicity Secretary, Ofure Osehobo, the party Chairman who had in the past lamented the collapse of governance in Edo, said his renewed call was in tandem with the fears of many people, that governance in the state has finally come to a halt.
The Edo APC chairman said it was funny that the statement came from Governor Obaseki that governance in the state henceforth will take the back seat while he gallivants, campaigning for the presidential candidate of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.
Imuse said that even before this public display of cluelessness, Edo people were aware that Obaseki has run out of ideas since he was sworn in for a second term in office. This, he said, was because after he lost the original copy of his manifesto labeled, “Make Edo Grounded Again”, his co-travelers and business partners have not been unable to get him an alternative.
“The result has been for the Governor to stay away from Benin City, the state capital as often as possible, while pretending to be busy searching for investors, signing agreements or MOUs or campaigning in an election in which he is not a candidate.
“The irony of all these is that Mr Obaseki who was even described as a tenant in the party, and did not attend the embattled PDP Presidential primary with a single delegate is biting more than he can chew.
“Even the PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku, is busy attending to his numerous investments in Dubai and France while other bona fide PDP governors like the chairman and director-general of the Campaign Council respectively, Mr Udom Emmanuel and Aminu Tambuwal are still doing their jobs”.
“This goes to confirm our conclusion that Edo State today is not a democracy but a dictatorship with Mr. Godwin Obaseki as the Executive, the legislature and the Judiciary, hence our call for the governor to resign with immediate effect.”
Labour Party Slashes Governorship Nomination Fees From N25m To 15m
The Labour Party on Tuesday announced that the cost of nomination and expression of interest forms for its governorship aspirants interested in contesting the off-season elections in Bayelsa, Kogi, and Imo states has been pegged at N15 million naira.
The cost of the forms, which was formally pegged at N25 million was slashed to N15 million to allow for more participation.
The party national chairman, Julius Abure, revealed this while addressing journalists shortly after the political roundtable at Denis Hotel, venue of closed-door meeting between the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi and the LP senators and House of Representatives members-elect in Abuja.
The PUNCH reports that there were stern-looking security agents, who mounted guards at each entrance to the venue and were seen frisking participants and guests coming for the event.
The heavy flow of both human and vehicular traffic caused a bit of stir as bystanders and residents in the area watched as the politicians strolled into the venue with their orderlies.
But when Obi turned up for the meeting, the ambience was charged with many party supporters screaming ‘Peter Obi’ and ‘Ellu P.’
The parley, which was held to fine-tune strategies ahead of the inauguration of lawmakers for the 10th National Assembly, failed to commence at 12 noon as earlier scheduled.
Abure stated that both Obi and the party’s National Working Committee were impressed with the quality, willingness to address issues and composition of the new lawmakers-elect.
He said, “Today, we had a very robust engagement with our senators and House of Representatives members-elect. We agreed that we must always remember the magnanimity of the people who freely gave us their mandate.
“Our members in the National Assembly will make the difference in their conduct, utterance and the quality of legislation.”
Continuing, Abure also announced a slash in the cost of nomination and expression of interest forms for the LP governorship aspirants interested in contesting the off-season elections in Bayelsa, Kogi, and Imo.
He said, “After considering the complaints and the intervention of our presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, we have reviewed downward our governorship nomination fees, for Bayelsa, Kogi, and Imo, we have reduced our nomination fees from N25 million to N15 million for the governorship.
“We have also resolved to return the N25 million nomination fees paid by one of our aspirants in Imo State, Humphrey Anumudu who lost his life last week.”
Bauchi Assembly: PDP Wins 22 Seats, APC 8, NNPP 1
The Peoples Democratic Party has won majority seats of 22 out of the 31 Bauchi State House of Assembly seats in the March 18 governorship and state Assembly elections.
This is contained in the list issued by the Deputy Director, Voter Education, Independent National Electoral Commission, Bauchi, Mr Aliyu Shaba, on Tuesday.
The list also showed that the All Progressives Congress won eight seats while the New Nigeria People’s Party clinched one seat.
In the results announced by INEC, the constituencies are Duguri Gwana, Abdullahi Dan-Bala – PDP; Kirfi, Umar Habibu – PDP; Bauchi – Jamilu Dahiri – PDP; Zungur Galambi, Yusuf Ahmed – PDP, Dass, Abdullahi Ahmed – PDP, and Bogoro, Musa Nakwada – PDP.
Others are Lame Toro, Lawal Garba – PDP; Toro Jama’a, Saidu Hamza – PDP; Ningi, Abubakar Sulaiman – PDP; Ningi Bura, Tanko Bura – PDP; Hardawa Misau, Babayo Akuyam – PDP; and Dambam Dagauda Jalam, Mohammed Garba – PDP.
The PDP also won Ganjuwa East, Ladan Mohammed; Ganjuwa West, Adamu Kawu; Katagum Zaki, Bello Maiwa; Sakwa Zaki, Wanzam Mohammed; and Itas Gadau, Abdullahi Yusuf.
Similarly, Disina Shira constituency was won by Hodi Jibir – PDP; Shira, Hassan Auwal – PDP; Giade, Adamu Abubakar – PDP; Madara Chinade, Katagum, Ala Ahmed – PDP, and Gamawa, Sarkin-Jadori Bello – PDP.
The APC won Azare Madangala Katagum, Saleh Zakariyya; Udubo Gamawa, Lele Mohammed; Pali Alkaleri, Garba Aminu; and Darazo, Sulaiman Darazo.
Malam Dauda Lawal of APC also won Sade Darazo state constituency; APC’s Yahaya Maikudi for Chiroma Misau; Abdul Rishi for Lame Toro – APC; and Abdulrasheed Adamu for Lere Bula – APC, while Mubarak Haruna of NNPP won in Jama’are constituency.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 9th Assembly have no female member.
Ihedioha Withdraws From Imo PDP Governorship Race
Former Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, has announced his withdrawal from the Peoples Democratic Party, governorship primaries in the state.
In a letter dated March 27, 2023, addressed to the office of the National Chairman of the party, Ihedioha said, “As I turned 58 years last Friday, March 24, I had cause to reflect on so many things, including the state of the Peoples Democratic Party.
“Having been a member since formation in 1998, I align myself with the request made by our state chapter to the National Working Committee, for a consensus choice of candidate regarding the 2023 governorship primaries.
“In the interest of harmony and unity of the party, I have elected to make the personal sacrifice of withdrawing from further participation in the processes leading to the emergence of the gubernatorial candidate.”
“I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity to have served my various constituencies both as a legislator and governor. I am also proud of the positive impact I made, particularly in the seven months I served as the Governor of Imo State.”