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I’M NOT WORKING FOR OBASEKI — EX-INEC STAFF

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A former director in the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mr. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, yesterday, denied allegations levelled against him by the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State that he is working in cahoots with Governor Godwin Obaseki to rig the September 19 governorship election in the state.
Similarly, INEC debunked the APC allegations which it described as baseless and assured of its impartiality in the election.
Chairman of the APC Media Campaign Council, John Mayaki, had accused the former Director of Publicity, Voter Education, Gender and Civil Society Liaison in INEC, Osaze-Uzzi, of working as a private consultant to the governor to access sensitive information at the Commission.
But Osaze-Uzzi, in a letter from his lawyers, Ahmed Raji & Co, demanded a retraction to be published within 72 hours in four national papers, including Vanguard.
He also demanded monetary damages of N500 million.
Osaze-Uzzi’s letter, dated 24th August 2020, was addressed to Mayaki and signed by Ahmed Raji SAN and Alex Ejesieme SAN.
Part of the letter reads; “We are solicitors to Mr. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, whom we shall henceforth refer to as our client. It is upon his brief and instruction that we write this letter to you.
“Our Client’s attention has been drawn to a widely circulated and damaging publication titled: PDP plans rigging using retired INEC Staff and Obaseki’s Cousin, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, which was published on your blog: https://www.johnmayaki.com/pdp-plans- rigging-using-retired-INEC-salt-and-obaseki-cousin-Olu Wole-osaze-uzzi and several other prints and online media. The said publica-tion was also circulated on various social media platforms, particularly Whatsapp and Facebook.
“The initial disposition of Our Client was to ignore the said falsehood and campaign of calumny, given the didactic provision of the Holy Bible in Proverbs 26:4, and to consider such as a frenetic dance of a lunatic in the market place, which is an interesting spectacle to behold. However, for the sake of posterity, and for his silence not to be misconstrued as admission, our Client saw a need to react, relying on a latter provision of the Holy Bible in Proverbs 26:57
“Our Client denies the entirety of the falsehood contained in the said publication and states that there is no iota of truth in the fictitious allegations, as made by yourself or any other person acting through you. It is clear, and as a matter of fact, that Our Client, a renowned legal practitioner and an excellent public officer, has an unblemished record in the various capacities he has served. Since his employment, his competence, character, or integrity was never questioned, as he delivered without bias or favour. It is therefore ridiculous that your spurious allegations came at this moment.
“It is our client’s conviction that the said publication, in which you made false and scandalous allegations against him, was a calculated plot to demean, ridicule, humiliate and embarrass him, by the estimation of every right-thinking member of the society.
“Consequently, we demand that you (Mayaki) retract the said publication and tender an apology to our client within 72 hours of the receipt of this letter in four national dailies including your blog. In addition, Our client is also making an unequivocal demand for monetary damages of N500, 000, 000 for the embarrassment, your defamatory publications have caused him and his family.
“Take Notice that if Our Client’s demands are not met within the stipulated time, we shall, without further recourse to you, commence necessary proceedings against you in a court of competent jurisdiction.”
Mayaki’s allegations Baseless — INEC
Also reacting, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, told Vanguard that no staff of the commission, current or retired, had the capacity to interfere with the system.
Oyekanmi said; “The allegation that an ex-staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, can rig the Edo Governorship election scheduled for 19th September 2020 is baseless.
“With the innovations already in place, it is impossible for any staff of the Commission to rig the election or any other election for that matter.
“Nigerians and the good people of Edo State should disregard the allegation and be rest assured that only the votes cast by eligible voters on 19th September 2020 will determine who becomes the next governor of Edo State.”

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Edo Election : Governor Wike Held Hostage In Hotel Room – PDP Cries Out

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The Hotel where the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike is lodging while on official assignment in Benin, Edo State has been held siege by over 300 Police men.
Recall that Governor Wike was appointed Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council for the Edo Governorship election; this is same position Governor Ganduje of Kano State occupies for his party the APC.
Governor Ganduje and Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State are all in Benin, Edo State carrying out their assignment for the APC without any molestation or intimidation.
And in a breach of the pledge they made security agencies have decided to harass and intimidate Governor Wike who has not done any wrong.
Rivers People Warn that we Shall hold the IGP responsible for anything that happens to our Governor.
Signed:
Ambassador Akawor Desmond, Chairman
PDP Rivers State
https://twitter.com/GovWike/status/1307024982564888578?s=19
Less than 24 hours to Edo state governorship election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday cried out that its governors are being held hostage by police in the state.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja, the National Chairman of the Party, Prince Uche Secondus, who raised the alarm said that police have surrounded the Westend Hotel occupied by the PDP governors.
Secondus called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to order his men to vacate the hotel immediately.
He added that the governors lives are in danger, noting that the APC governors, who are also in Benin are not harassed.
Secondus alleged that Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma and the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege are presently in the home of former governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole.
He said: “The Policemen have surrounded the hotel and their lives are in danger. We call on IGP to ask the police to leave the place because their lives are in danger.
“If APC governors are in Benin, the PDP governors should be in Benin. Our governors would remain in Benin, no one can intimidate us.
“We are bringing this to the attention of the international community. Elections must be free and fair. Elections must be allowed to hold. You cannot allow APC governors in Edo and bar PDP governors.”

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Edo 2020: Your political lives in danger if APC wins, Wike tells PDP leaders

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The Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Wike , has described the governorship election in Edo State on Saturday as a fight for the destiny of the Niger Delta region .
The governor spoke on Thursday during a meeting organised for leaders and elected representatives of the Peoples Democratic Party in Benin, the Edo State capital .
Wike urged them to discard fear and threats of violence as they resolve to participate in all the electoral processes .
He charged them to monitor the distribution of electoral materials and be vigilant to protect their votes .
“ The electoral battle may not be easy. But God is with us . With the people also on the ground , we will win.
“ Let me tell you , God forbid that APC wins ; if they do , all of you here would have failed because your political life will be in jeopardy .
“ They will come with federal might , but do not fear because we have the electorate on our side. They did the same in Rivers State ; the people resisted them by protecting their votes , ” he stated .
Wike also expressed the need to mobilise the people of Edo for the gubernatorial election with the aim of liberating the state from godfatherism.
“ This is an opportunity for you to fight for the liberation of Edo State. You must all say enough is enough . One man should not be allowed to continue to insult Edo people. The godfather thinks what he says will always be . This is the time to stop him .
“ We want all the states in the South – South to be united . So, it is the best time to join your kith and kin from other Niger Delta states . This election is a fight for the destiny of the region. Edo State cannot continue to be alone , ” a statement by the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, quoted Wike as saying ,
The governor also said the party representatives had done extensive campaigns from ward to ward and should work together to deliver the PDP during the election.
Wike, who is also the Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council for Edo State , advised the electorate not to be violent in their determination to liberate the state from godfatherism.
He said party faithful also needed to know how to be part of history in securing the future of the state.
Also , the Edo State Governor , Godwin Obaseki , said the meeting was at the instance of Wike, the Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council for Edo State.
Obaseki noted that the meeting would address grey areas and other important issues required to secure electoral victory for the party .
Edo State Chairman of the PDP , Anthony Aziegbeme , said they had started to be vigilant and would resist any form of hijack of electoral materials .

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PDP National Leaders Storm INEC , Seek Stoppage Of Results Replacement

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PDP National Leaders Storm INEC, Seek Stoppage Of Results Replacement
…As INEC Gives Assurance Of Conducting Credible Poll
…Operates Virtual Situation Room, Monitors Distributing Vehicles
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The national leadership of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday stormed the national headquarters of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and demanded that illegal replacement of results, which he alleged had characterized previous elections, be halted.
The PDP leaders, which were led by the National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus in a peaceful protect to submit their petition at INEC headquarters, demanded for free and fair elections in Edo and Ondo states and regretted that the illegal practice of replacing results, had dragged Nigeria from its leadership level in Africa to a shameful position, to the extent that Ghana had now took the lead in the conduct of free and fair election.
Secondus, who informed the INEC leadership that PDP had it on good authority that over 1500 members of Department of State Services (DSS) have been deployed to Edo state, expressed fear that alleged replacement of results will happen again.
The PDP leadership specifically drew attention to instances to states like Osun, kano, Kogi, Bayelsa where those practices had occurred in the past.
“We make this request in view of the party’s ugly experiences in Osun, Kogi, Kano and Beyelsa states, to mention those few, which showed that promises alone had not delivered free and fair elections,” he said.
The PDP also lamented that assurances that were given in the past by the commission ended up as mere political talk.
The party said that this time around, INEC should go beyond promises and defend its integrity by ensuring free and fair elections in Edo and Ondo state, adding that anything on the contrary would spell doom for democracy in the country.
“The importance of an electoral umpire cannot be overemphasized in ensuring the sanctity of elections and offering the people hope that our democracy was heading in the right direction,” he said.
Expressing concern, Secondus said: “We are deeply worried and in pain because of our past experiences especially those of Kogi and Bayelsa. We are worried because the country is in crises, crises in economy, crises in the area of security, virtually in all facets of the life of the nation and the only way out of all these crises is to conduct free and fair elections which will at most reduce the tension in our country today.

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