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INEC Denies Plan To Shift Edo Election By Two Weeks

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images 2020 09 08T110554.102 INEC Denies Plan To Shift Edo Election By Two Weeks

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has denied rumours that it is planning to shift the September 19 governorship election in Edo state by two weeks due to logistics issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Already, there is anxiety in Edo as the residents are unsure if the much-anticipated election believed to be a straight fight between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) will proceed as scheduled.
It will be recalled that in 2016, INEC was forced to postpone the governorship election in Edo State by two weeks citing security issues and threat to peaceful conduct of the poll.
However, Rotimi Oyekanmi, Chief Press Secretary to the INEC chairman in a chat with Daily Independent said there is no iota of truth in the report, saying the September 19 date remains sacrosanct.
He also said all other arrangements for the election such as the stakeholders meeting and the signing of peace accord scheduled to hold next week remains unchanged.
“No, we are not shifting the date. We are, in fact, going to Benin for the Stakeholders’ meeting and the signing of the Peace Accord next week. The election will hold as scheduled on 19th September 2020″ .

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Pressure Mounts On Tinubu To Back Osinbajo For 2023 Presidency

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* APC Stakeholders Say Age, Religion, Experience Favours VP As Buhari’s Successor
Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, some powerbrokers in the ruling All Progressives Con­gress (APC) are already mounting pressure on Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, national leader of the party, to bury his rumoured presidential ambition in 2023 and queue behind Vice Pres­ident Yemi Osinbajo.
Even though Tinubu is yet to declare whether he will run in 2023 or not, a lot of his supporters believe he is very much interested in the race and his silence is borne out of his desire not to distract the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is yet to mark two years of his second term in office.
However, some of his supporters have been launching several groups, both at home and in the diaspora, to rally support for his ambition, saying it is non-negotiable.
Also, some prominent Nigerians have also been canvassing support for Tinubu’s presidential ambition, saying he is the best man to succeed President Buhari in 2023. They include Baba­chir Lawal, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF); elder statesman, Tanko Yakassai, Senator Abdulfatai Buhari, Chief Henry Ajomale and several others.
The prominent lead­ers of APC have resolved to zone the position of national chairman to the North while the presidency will be zoned to the South, with many of them agreeing in principle that it will be unfair for the North to retain the position after President Buhari must have completed his eight years.
It was also learnt that many of the party leaders, especially in the Northern bloc of the country, are favourably disposed to Osinbajo taking over from Buhari based on his loyalty, commitment and deep knowledge of the pro­grammes of the government, especially relating to the management of the economy.
According to a credible source in the party, “There is no doubt Asiwaju is interested in the 2023 presidential race. He has every right to do so and he is very qualified based on his record as a former senator, governor of Lagos for eight years and what he has been able to achieve nationally even after leaving office.
“But for many of us, we believe that if the presidency is zoned to the South and later micro-zoned to the South- West, the current vice president should be allowed to take over from the president. We have adduced so many reasons for this”.
“The first is that he has been tested before and he has proven that he has the expertise to manage the affairs of a diverse nation like Nigeria. We are all witnesses to what happened in 2017 when President Buhari was ill and the vice president presided over the affairs of the nation in acting capacity.
“That was a period when Nigeria was almost at the precipice with many groups in the country, especially the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), seeking self-determination. He was able to manage the situation very well to the admiration of the whole country and even the president commended him upon his return to the country.
“There are also other factors we are putting into consideration. Three of these factors are age, religion and his unblemished public record. The vice president is 63 now and will be 66 by 2023. He will be a blend between the younger and older generation and many youths already see him as one of their own.
“On the issue of religion, we all know the two major religions in this country are Islam and Christianity. It will be awkward if we allow another Muslim to take over from President Buhari in 2023. I doubt if that will be fair to our brothers in the Christian faith”.
“However, 2023 is still a long way from now and the president will not impose a successor. We the party leaders will also not do likewise. We can only appeal to the likes of Asiwaju and present these facts before him.
“One thing is certain, the APC presidential ticket will not be handed over to anyone on a platter of gold. At the end of the day, everyone will be asked to go to the field and test their strength. Whoever wins the party’s ticket, then good luck to him”, he said.
Speaking with our correspondent, a senior lawyer from the South-South, who is also a member of the APC, said he personally advised Tinubu to maintain his respect as national leader of the APC and support one of the boys he has mentored politically, especially Osinbajo whom he (Tinubu) nominated as running mate to Buhari in December 2014.
“We used to be very close and I have offered him advice in time past. I once advised him to remain as the party’s national leader and nominate one of his boys as president. A lot of people said Buhari has relegated him but I believe Osinbajo as a man of God and gentleman won’t do that. I said he will even have more influence in the government compared to what is happening now. But I believe he wasn’t receptive to the idea and we have not been talking again,” he said.

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‘Oshiomhole’s Character Responsible For His Political Downfall’ – Junaid Mohammed

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Oshiomhole New 1 'Oshiomhole’s Character Responsible For His Political Downfall' - Junaid Mohammed

Junaid Mohammed, elder statesman and Second Republic House of Representatives member on Sunday said Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, former national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)’s intemperate character is largely responsible for his political downfall both in the APC and Edo state.
Junaid who spoke in an interview with Daily Independent, said Oshiomhole should accept full responsibility for the defeat of the APC in the Edo governorship election as well as Zamfara and Rivers.
While condemning politics of godfatherism in Nigeria, Junaid said it is insulting for Oshiomhole to appear in a video saying he wasn’t politically down after APC’s loss while should have taken a sober introspection into what led to the party’s defeat to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki.
“I am not that close to Oshiomhole but I have observed him at close range and I have told those people who are either his friends or those who have been with him in the trade union movement and in the political party that, with his attitude towards politics and his intemperate character, the way he believes that he must have his way otherwise, he is prepared to set the whole building on fire, it will be very difficult for him to make headway in politics especially in this country”.
“No matter how much of a thug he thinks he is, there are people who are worse than him in thuggery”.
“Secondly, a leader is made and unmade by his character. Clearly, from what I have read and heard people say, Oshiomhole’s character is not conducive to winning and managing a national office whether in politics, business or even in trade union movement”.
“I know two people; one was Oshiomhole’s personal friend in the trade union movement. Another one was his deputy when he first became President of the NLC. They are hardly on speaking terms today. That says a lot about his immaturity and overrating himself that whatever he says must come to pass”.
“There is a question I have always asked people who are close to Oshiomhole. What has he got to offer politically? I want to be told what has he done in his life that is so spectacular that makes him consider himself indispensable”.
“What has happened is that APC has completely lost the South-South and Oshiomhole bears major responsibility for that. In addition, he is directly responsible for the loss of Rivers and Zamfara”.
“He is so full of himself and that was why after the party’s loss in Edo, he made a video saying people thought he was down but he is not”.

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Wike, Amaechi exchange words at Supreme Court justice’s burial

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images 2020 09 28T073438.000 Wike, Amaechi exchange words at Supreme Court justice’s burial

Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Wike, and his predecessor , Rotimi Amaechi , on Saturday engaged in a verbal fight at the burial of a former Justice of the Supreme Court, Adolphus Karibi – Whyte , in the Abonnema, Akuku – Toru Local Government Area of the state .
Amaechi, who is the Minister of Transportation , while speaking at the funeral service , lamented what he term the rising insecurity and political intimidation in the state , saying the state was back to the time of Ateke Tom, a former militant leader , who is now the traditional head of Okochiri town in Okrika LGA of the state .
“ You have lost your voice . The sage ( the late justice ) has gone under and nobody is speaking. When I was governor , I gave people voices , but they have blocked those voices .
“ Everyone is scared . We are going back to when Ateke held sway . We are going back to the period where we run away from our people . We are back to a period when nobody could speak . But from next year , I will begin to speak , if nobody wants to speak .
“ We are all here because we need to bury a man God has blessed . I have stopped travelling because of bad weather , but I told myself I must be here because of Justice Whyte .
“ If you knew Justice ( Karibi – Whyte ) very well , you will know I was close to him . I was one of the few people he mentored , ” Amaechi stated .
Wike on his part described the late Karibi -Whyte as an epitome of unshakable integrity, civility and dignity , but noted that comments credited to Amaechi were embarrassing .
Responding to Amaechi , Wike who was represented by his Chief of Staff , Chief Emeka Woke , said the minister had lost touch with developments in the state , adding that since the launching of
Operation Sting by his administration , the security situation had improved greatly .

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