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Edo Election : Garba Shehu Reacts To Oshiomhole & Gambari Viral ‘Arrest’ Video

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Edo Polls: Presidency Reacts To Viral Arrest Video
The Presidency has dismissed as a “patched work of mischief,” a viral video where the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, was heard telling the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, about “arrests” concerning the Edo state governorship election.
This followed the allegations by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the presidential villa meeting may be a prelude to the arrest of unnamed opposition politicians and critics in the state before the September 19 election.
A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, on Tuesday night, said that Gambari and Oshiomhole will never work against their values of protecting Nigerians.
It also stated that President Muhammadu Buhari’s position that election must reflect the will of the people.
The statement read: “It is very important to strongly dispel misguided messaging amongst commentators, rights activists, advocates and journalists who have been reacting to a trending short video clip, alleging that the Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari and Chief Adams Oshiomhole, the former All Progressives Congress, APC chairman had hatched a plan to arrest opposition individuals ahead of the September, the election in Edo State.
“Firstly, it is important to state that the video was an ingenious patchwork of mischief, extracted from an innocent conversation focused on the emerging incidents of violence in the run-up to the election.”

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Tinubu, Oshiomhole quiet days after APC loss in Edo

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The September 19 , 2020 Edo State governorship election has come and gone but the embers of the episodic event continue to glow in the glade of public discourse.
Although 14 parties fielded candidates for the poll , the result of the election showed it was a two- horse race between the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress .
According to the Independent National Electoral Commission, PDP candidate , Governor Godwin Obaseki , polled 307, 955 votes to defeat his closest rival and APC candidate , Osagie Ize – Iyamu, who got 223, 619 votes .
The electoral umpire on Sunday subsequently declared Obaseki as the winner of the keenly contested election . INEC also on Tuesday presented certificates of return to the re -elected governor and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, at INEC office in Aduwawa , Benin City, the state capital .
The President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd. ) , has since congratulated Obaseki on his re – election . The APC national body has also conceded defeat and congratulated the opposition PDP and its candidate .
But while the congratulatory messages poured in for Obaseki and his party , nothing has been heard from the quarters of former National Chairman of the APC , Adams Oshiomhole; and former Lagos State Governor , Bola Tinubu , who were active political actors during the electioneering process that preceded the election .
how Tinubu , in a televised broadcast a few weeks to the election , accused Obaseki of not being a democrat and how he had asked the people of Edo to reject him at the polls.
Tinubu , an APC chieftain , had also said Obaseki committed an impeachable offence in the heat of the crisis that rocked the Edo State House of Assembly weeks before the election .
On his part , Oshiomhole, who was Edo governor from 2008 to 2016 , was instrumental to the emergence of Obaseki as his successor . The two, however, soon fell out and Obaseki , who was elected on APC platform in 2016 , defected to the PDP on June 19 , 2020, after being denied APC ticket owing to intra – party squabbles .
Oshiomhole during the build – up and politicking to the 2020 governorship election in the state had said he sold a bad product to the people of the state in 2016 when he campaigned for Obaseki.
Armed with a megaphone at a rally late July 2020 , the former APC national chairman , who vigorously campaigned for Ize – Iyamu this time around , had gone on his knees and had asked his supporters to repeat a prayer after him .
He had said , “ To those I sold the product that turned out to be fake , God you know I didn ’ t know he was fake . Only time shall tell who a man is. In the name of the poor he has borrowed to consultants he transferred the money .
“ With our broom , we shall sweep him out . Together, we will bring your servant who is God – fearing , who will not repeat his mistakes and will complete the project of taking Edo to the next level . All these and many more we say in the mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ .”
Meanwhile , despite the fact that the APC national body conceded defeat in the election , the party in the state rejected the outcome of the poll , alleging foul play and citing alleged “ strong – arm tactics ” .
Ize – Iyamu also said he was still “ studying the results along with other party members” and will announce his next move soon .
When contacted , Oshiomhole’ s media aide , Victor Oshoke , told in a telephone interview on Tuesday evening that his principal has no comment or reaction to make on the outcome of the election .
He said , “ The result has been announced and the party in the state is consulting ; the position of the party will be released very soon . Oshiomhole does not have a personal opinion to make on the election now – he is waiting for the party ’ s position. ”
Oshoke added, “ We have a candidate and we are waiting for the candidate’ s statement . When the candidate speaks , Oshiomhole will align with the candidate’ s decision . Edo APC is waiting for our candidate to speak. ”
On his part , Tinubu ’s spokesperson , Tunde Rahman , told our correspondent in a telephone interview on Tuesday evening that his principal would speak “ at the appropriate time ” .
“ Asiwaju has not spoken . At the appropriate time , he will speak on that election , ” Rahman tersely responded when asked of his principal ’ s reaction to Saturday’ s poll .
In the meantime , Obaseki on Tuesday called on Oshiomhole, Ize – Iyamu and other APC members to put their differences aside and work for the betterment of the state.
“ We have no malice, the only thing we disagreed on is in the approach in moving Edo forward ,” the re – elected governor said .

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Lose Akeredolu If You Will , But Do Not Push Ondo To 1983 – Segun Showunmi

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The news coming out of Akoko in Ondo State, where the thugs of the All Progressives Congress’ Rotimi Akeredolu, under his supervision, ran amok in front of the Oba’s palace, shooting and destroying the vehicles of his rival, Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party, requires the attention of all men of goodwill, especially President Muhammadu Buhari.
History must not repeat itself, as this ugly incident draws my mind back to 1983 when another Owo man was governor like Akeredolu in Ondo State. Those who were around then would shiver when they think back and remember the public disorder that became known as ‘wetie’.
A piece by Bayo Olupohunda in The Punch of November 8, 2016, captures the issue.
“The Second Republic, which was barely four years and three months old, was truncated when the military struck again in December of 1983 to bring to an end another corrupt and violent civilian regime. Once again, Ondo State, which had been carved out of the old Western Region as one of the five states created by former military ruler, Yakubu Gowon, erupted into an orgy of violence during the election of that year. One of Awolowo’s protégés, Adekunle Ajasin, was contesting re-election under the umbrella of the UPN. His deputy, Akin Omoboriowo, who had also fancied his chances had defected to the ruling NPN.
“He was backed by the federal might of the Shehu Shagari-led government. At the election, Ajasin had a clear lead, but the NPN, intent on taking the state from the UPN, had put Omoboriowo in a clear lead as a result was being announced. Then, the inevitable happened. The widespread protests that followed the announcement of Omoboriowo turned violent, and the state became a war front. Political thugs and supporters of both parties turned the state into a theatre of war.
“There were fears and apprehension as people loyal to one of the parties were targeted and killed. Houses were torched. The security agencies were powerless in a bid to rein in the perpetrators of the violence. In the end, Omoboriowo was driven out of the state and spent some time in exile. The 1983 violence was a repeat of the Western Region crisis. The effect of the violence was instant. It provided a further excuse for the military to put an end to the Second Republic that was already wracked by monumental corruption.”
Ondo is different in the Yoruba nation. They have demonstrated the ability to act their intention. They are brave, independent and fearless. Whosoever allows Ondo to go the way of violence risks too much. Mr President, you have a duty to read the riot act to all parties. Ondo must not go to the dogs. Rotimi Akeredolu, lose if you will, and go in peace, that you may salvage whatever is left of your battered image.

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‘APC , Akeredolu Will Lose Ondo Election’ – Primate Ayodele

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Leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Ayodele, has declared that the All Progressive Congress (APC) and its candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu, will lose the Ondo State governorship election.
The poll will be held on Saturday October 10.
Ayodele, in a statement on Tuesday, said that Akeredolu will not win except through manipulations and technicality.
The cleric declared that Ondo people have rejected the governor.
‘‘Rotimi Akeredolu will not win Ondo election except through manipulations and technicality, He must not underrate anybody, the candidate of the PDP, Eyitayo Jegede and ZLP, Agboola Ajayi are out to beat him.
“He needs to be careful because he will be betrayed, there are moles in his camp. The people of Ondo state have rejected Akeredolu, no matter the crowd he has now, they won’t give him victory except he manipulate.
“He should wake up, strategize and right his wrongs if he wants to win or else, He will lose gallantly except through manipulations”, Ayodele predicted.

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