The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylva, has expressed optimism that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will reclaim its mandate in the Sept. 19 Governorship Election in Edo.
Sylva said this on Tuesday shortly after the inauguration of the Contact and Mobilisation Committee of the APC National Campaign Council for Edo Governorship Election at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.
The minister, who chaired the committee, said the party’s South/South stakeholders had agreed to reclaim the state in the upcoming poll.
He said that the Edo was taken from the party through the back door and it would be recovered.
“All of us in the South-South believe that this election must be won.
“It is our stronghold in the region, and therefore we are all geared up, we will all go to Edo State.
“We want to assure you that you should not entertain any doubt that Edo will be an APC state very soon, come the election in September.
“Election is not all about finance. First, if you say the power of incumbency, it is an APC incumbency that has been stolen by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“So, that kind of incumbency has coma, and that is why we believe that such incumbency will not work.
“The Edo people know that the state is for APC and I want to assure you that we are in touch with our people in Edo.
” We know that we are the dominant party in Edo and we are going to win this election,” Sylva said.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
PDP advises Oshiomhole not to overheat Edo polity
Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, the party National Publicity Secretary, who is also the Secretary of the Publicity sub-committee of the campaign council gave the advice at a news conference on Monday in Abuja.
“We strongly caution Adams Oshiomhole to stop overheating the polity of Edo and the nation just because he and his candidate have no agenda to market to the people of Edo.
“Oshiomhole should remember that Edo is called the heartbeat of the nation and he should not create a crisis that would have a spiral effect to other parts of our country.”
Edited By: Kayode Olaitan (NAN)
Edo 2020: PDP Chieftain, Afegbua, pledges support for APC’s Ize-Iyamu
Afegbua stated this on Monday in Benin while responding to his purported suspension by the PDP on Sunday.
According to him, “I remain unequivocal and unflinching about my support for Ize-Iyamu.
“I will ensure that I mobilise enough votes for him in the four wards of Okpella.
“Having earlier described me as inconsequential, I am wondering why they now suddenly remember that I am relevant to warrant my suspension.
“I am actually waiting for their expulsion in good time. My votes cannot be suspended or expelled. My thumb is my power,” he said.
In the statement signed by the state PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr Chris Nehikhare, the party said Afegbua was suspended for one month by the leadership of the party in his ward 5, Okpella in Etsakor East Local Government area of the state.
The party said that Afegbua was suspended with effect from Aug. 2 after having been found guilty of anti-party activities.
“The state Chairman, Dr Tony Aziegbemi, has directed the local government chairman to set up a disciplinary committee to investigate the allegations of anti-party activities levelled against him.
“The composition of the disciplinary committee will be announced in due course,” the party said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
COVID-19: PTF, INEC working on elections protocols- PTF Chairman
Mustapha said: “The national response will continue to guide the adoption of the sector’s specific guidelines and protocols.
“This is just as the PTF is currently concluding discussions with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the appropriate guidelines to be adopted for elections in some parts of the country.
“The elections will begin with the Aug. 8 by-election in Nasarawa State, to be followed by Edo and Ondo State elections in September and October respectively.
“I, therefore, wish to use this opportunity to implore parties’ leaders, aspirants, members and their supporters to remain mindful of the virulent nature of COVID-19 during electioneering and other election processes.
“We need to remain alive to enjoy the benefits of our democracy.”
He also stated that the PTF would continue to push forward with the community engagement, risk communication and support to the states.
“There is an ongoing surveillance in the high-burden local government areas, just as we ramp up our precision efforts.
“Similarly, the Federal Government is supporting the states to firm up their Incidence Action Plans, preparatory to their accessing the World Bank facility for the fight against COVID-19,” Mustapha said.
According to him, subject to the President’s approval, the report would be presented with the way forward to Nigerians at the next briefing on Aug. 6.
Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
Inauguration of EDHA members- elect will be prioritised- Ize-Iyamu
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the All Progressives candidate in the Edo Sept. 19 governorship election says he will give priority to the inauguration of the Edo House of Assembly (EDHA) if elected governor of the state.
Ize-Iyamu stated this when he received decampees from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state on a visit in Benin on Monday.
Ize-Iyamu said that it was difficult for development to take place in the state when some seats were vacant at the house of assembly.
He said that his administration would also revamp projects abandoned in the state by the present administration for the benefit of the people.
He noted that the present administration had closed the College of Education in Ovia North East Local Government Area that would have brought development to the council.
“College of Agriculture, Iguorikhi, College of Education, would be revamped, anything that would benefit our people will not be closed.
“We are into politics so that people will progress through good governance,” he said.
He also said: “I don’t support thuggery and oppression of our people, only government officials wearing uniforms will be allowed to collect taxes.
“We must look for jobs for the thugs in the motor parks and markets. You cannot solve one problem and create another problem in the long run”.
Earlier, Mr Vincent Uwadiae, member-elect, EDHA, from Ovia North East Constituency 2, who presented the decampees to the Edo APC governorship candidate said that more opposition members would decamp to the party.
Uwadiae said that the decampees from opposition parties in his local government area were ready to support Ize-Iyamu to victory in the Sept. 19 governorship election.
Edited By: Kayode Olaitan (NAN)