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.”
Islamic Cleric Justifies APC Muslim-Muslim Presidential Ticket
An Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ibrahim Daimagoro, has said that there is nothing wrong in the pairing of a Muslim candidate with another Muslim deputy candidate adopted by the All Progressives Congress in its presidential ticket for the 2023 election.
Danmaigoro, while speaking at a prayer session organised in honour of Kwara state governor, AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq, in Ilorin on Monday cited the recent election of two Christians as governor and deputy governor in Osun State, which he noted as an attestation to the propriety of the Muslim- Muslim presidential ticket of the APC.
Danmaigoro noted that the people of Osun State jettisoned religious sentiments by voting for the Peoples Democratic Party’s Christian-Christian ticket in the governorship election.
“If there is nothing wrong in the people of Osun State voting for the PDP’s Christian-Christian ticket, then there is nothing wrong in Nigerians supporting the presidential candidate of the APC and his running mate, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and Senator Kassim Shettima who are both Muslims.
“What should be paramount in the minds of Nigerians is the election of capable hand as the nation’s next president and Tinubu has all it takes to make Nigeria great again,” the cleric said.
Though the event was meant to mark the birthday of a former Commissioner in the Kwara State Independent Electoral Commision, AlhAbdulHameed Sambo, it was turned to a prayer ground for both Governor AbdulRazaq and Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu.
Dignitaries that graced the event included the special Adviser on Strategy to Kwara State governor, Saadu Salahu; a former state lawmaker, Barr. Bamidele Aluko; the chairman of Kwara State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Dr AbdulKadir Sambaki; APC stalwart, Alh. Baba Adefalu; Brigadier- General Agbabiaka; and a retired permanent secretary in the state, Alhaja Mopelola AbdulRahman; amongst others.
Adeleke Makes First Appointments As Osun Governor
The newly sworn-in Governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, made his first appointment as he named Rasheed Olawale as his Chief Press Secretary.
Adeleke also approved the appointment of Kazeem Akinleye as his Chief of Staff and Teslim Igbalaye as the Secretary to the State Government.
The appointments, according to the governor, take immediate effect.
Adeleke, who was sworn in on Sunday froze all government accounts and also reversed the state’s name from the State of Osun to Osun State.
The ‘Dancing Senator’ as he is called accused his predecessor Gboyega Oyetola of taking some malicious actions against him including the appointment of permanent secretaries.
Adeleke thus ordered the “immediate freezing of all government accounts in banks and other financial institutions. Immediate establishment of a panel to carry out an inventory and recover all government assets. An immediate establishment of a panel to review all appointments and major decisions of the immediate past administration taken after the 17th of July 2022.
“An immediate reversal to the constitutionally recognised name of our state, Osun State. All government insignia, correspondences, and signages should henceforth reflect Osun State rather than State of Osun which is unknown to the Nigerian constitution.”
Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the governorship election in July floored Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who sought reelection as governor. The PDP candidate won 17 of the 30 local government and was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The APC candidate has since dragged the winner to the election tribunal over alleged electoral malfeasance.
BREAKING: Appeal Court Upholds Bwacha, Binani’s Governorship Candidacy
The Court of Appeal in Yola on Thursday upheld the governorship candidacy of All Progressives Congress candidates, Emmanuel Bwacha and Aisha Binani for Taraba and Adamawa states respectively.
The Appeal Court set aside a ruling by the High Court nullifying their candidacy and ordered that their names be forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission as the APC governorship candidates for both states.