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October 11, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/10/7b45427144f35a988a8aac22f2681ff8_view.png[/img] Osagie Ize-Iyamu the PDP Governorship candidate in the Edo State election, The PDP has scored a major point in the ongoing case against the conduct of the recent Edo election after being granted right to inspect election materials PDP’s plea contained in a nine-paragraph affidavit was granted by Hon. Justice A. Badamasi-led Edo State Election Petition Tribunal Edo State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Benin, on Tuesday granted an exparte motion to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the September 28 governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to inspect all materials used in the conduct of the election. Presenting the nine-paragraph affidavit before the Hon. Justice A. Badamasi-led Tribunal, Counsel to the Petitioners, Barr. Kingsley Obamogie, said it was in compliance with Section 151 of the Electoral Act 2010, as amended. “In compliance with the Section 151 of the Electoral Act of 2010 as amended, we have approached and pray the Court to grant us the permission to inspect all the electoral materials used by INEC in the just concluded Edo State Governorship Election,” he said. Following a careful study of the 9-paragraph affidavit submitted by the Petitioners, the Presiding Judge, Hon. Justice Badamasi, granted the exparte motion for the petitioners to inspect the election materials. Other members of the Tribunal are Hon. Justice E. A. Ade Sodun and Hon. Justice Khadi Adamu Usmaan. It would be recalled that he Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had on September 29, 2016, declared candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Godwin Obaseki, winner of the election with over 300,000 votes to defeat his PDP opponent who polled a total of over 250,000 votes. It's recalls that PDP candidate Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who was defeated in the Edo governorship election, led a massive protest against the result of the exercise which favoured Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Since the final result of the election was announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (EFCC) on September 29, supporters of Pastor Ize-Iyamu have led various protests in Benin, the state capital while Governor Adams Oshiomhole and his APC supporters have continued to celebrate. By: Akinyemi Akinrujomu

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December 31, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/12/eb44ca6d4f4c174b60e69c392ddbde46_view.jpg[/img] Amnesty International stated it is a disappointed for the actions of the Edo state government over the executions of prisoners carried out on December 23. The organisation urged the federal government and even state governments to stop the use of executions. Edo state governor Godwin Obaseki has been slammed by Amnesty International over execution of prisoners [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/12/fad34fabb5239f67e5b22533482d8ef6_view.jpg[/img] Godwin Obaseki International human rights organisation Amnesty International (AI) has slammed Edo state government for executing three prisoners who were on death row on Friday, December 23. The Punch reports that AI urged the Nigerian authorities, including state governments to return to putting a temporary stop to executions in the hopes of eventually abolishing the use of capital punishments. In a statement on Thursday, December 29, AI’s Acting Country Director Makmid Kamara said Edo state’s action is a “backward step in the global trend towards abolition of the death penalty.” The statement read: “Amnesty International strongly condemns the executions on December 23 2016 of three death row prisoners in Benin City prison by the Edo State government and calls on authorities in Nigeria not to carry out any further executions of death row prisoners. ”We urge the Nigerian government, including all states in the federation, to return to a moratorium on executions, with a view of abolishing the death penalty. “The latest executions in Edo state is a backward step in the global trend towards abolition of the death penalty and is inconsistent with Nigeria’s international human rights commitments. “Stopping executions and doing away with the death penalty does not mean that criminals go unpunished. It is essential that human rights standards, including allowing for full appeals to complete, are respected in all stages of the criminal justice process. All punishments must be compatible with human rights.”

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March 10, 2017
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/03/cdca0aa074d5a8545ed7dd082744e03b_view.jpg[/img] Several properties destroyed as fire razes building in Edo Several property worth millions of Naira were destroyed on Tuesday, March 7, as fired razed a storey buildings in Oredo local government area, Edo state. According to a report on The Punch, the destroyed building which is located along no 83, Forestry road‎ in Benin City, Edo state capital, had rented apartments at the top floor while different business centers and a generator store were accommodated below. It was gathered that the fire started at about 6pm‎, when most of the shop owners had closed for the day. On noticing the fire, the tenants were said to have quickly rushed out of the building as nobody sustained any injury. However, a large crowd of sympathisers were seen on the street while some of the tenants struggled to salvage some of their belongings. [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/03/90de341821467b8f472d2ea05a0fd3b2_view.jpg[/img] According to an eyewitness, Chinedu Victor, the fire may have been caused by an electric surge, as power supply was interrupted when it broke out. Victor said: “It was an electric surge‎. There was power supply then but it has been interrupted now. The fire service people came after 15 minutes. “There were many rooms there. But everybody was rescued. Nobody was injured.” Another tenants, Sarah Etiben, who wept uncontrollably said that she had sighted the flame from the location of her workplace but did not know that it came from her house. Etiben said: ‎”Somebody just called me that our house was burning. My workplace is not too far from here. I saw the flame and thought it was from another place. “I cannot really explain what happened. My mother and siblings lived in the building but I cannot find them now.” As at the time of this report, operatives of the state fire service were also seen making efforts to put off the fire which completely destroyed the building. By: Nomso Obiajuru

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August 31, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/08/98933c6047ca8c9dd71e2b6f7b869d3f_view.jpg[/img] Adams Oshiomole - Governor of Edo State, Nigeria. – PDP have alleged that the Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomole has mismanaged N1.4 trillion of the state resources. – PDP said the N1.4 trillion above does not include the N3.167bn bailout recently collected by the State govt or any debts taken in 2016 The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is alleging that the Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomole has mismanaged N1.4 trillion of the state resources. In a press statement signed by Deji Adeyanju, the party’s new media director, he said the N1.4 trillion above does not include the N3.167bn bailout recently collected by the State govt or any debts taken in 2016. “It is important to assess the management of Edo State’s resources ahead of the September 10, 2016 guber elections.The Edo State govt has received more than N1.4tr as allocations from the Federation Accounts Allocations Committee (FAAC) in the 93 month tenure of Governor Adams Oshiomole so far,” he said. “In addition to this, the Edo State government has increased its debt profile from N4.4bn at the inception of his tenure to N46, 289, 079, 475.93 (local) & $168,186,197.48 (external) as at 31/12/2016. The figure above does not include the N3.167bn bailout recently collected by the State govt or any debts taken in 2016. “It is saddening that there is nothing on ground in Edo to show the collection and application of such huge funds. It is worse that these funds have had no impact of the lives of its citizens. Benin City still floods every time it rains despite the collection & supposed application of N30bn for the stormwater project. This is the stormwater project for which Adams Oshiomole supposedly paid N400m to a South African Company to design. “The APC led government of Edo State has supervised the massive misapplication of Edo State funds leaving it indebted, poor & beaten into the dirt. It is the knowledge of this fact that drives the APC candidate, Godwin Obaseki, in his determination to avoid a debate with our candidate, @PastorIzeIyamu. APC is aware that a debate between the candidates will reveal the inept, chaotic approach to governance that the Oshiomole admin has brought to Edo State. “As head of Adams Oshiomole’s economic team, Godwin Obaseki cannot be separated from the failures of the last 8 years. A vote for him would be a continuation of the very sort of failure that we must depart from. These are some the things over which we must hold the APC in Edo State to account.” The party also took the opportunity to ask all Edo sons & daughters to vote for Pastor Ize Iyamu at the gubernatorial election in the state.

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October 24, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/10/a5e3cff95cee9de75a8732a04b2aa0ef_view.png[/img] Protesters on Monday blocked the Uselu/Ugbowo section of the Benin-Lagos highway over plans by Egor Local Government Area of Edo to relocate traders. The protesters, under the aegis of Uselu Market Women Association, were resisting the directive to move to lock-up stores built by the council. The women, displaying placards, blocked both sides of the highway, preventing motorists from continuing with their trips. Some of the women said the N1.2 million charged for the stores was too expensive for them, especially given the type of businesses most of them has. The women said their problem was compounded by the action of the local council, which commenced the removal of their make shift shops on Monday. Mrs Celena Okon, one of the market women, described the council’s action ”as an act of wickedness”, in view of the current economic situation in the country. “What am I selling that you will force me to pay over a Million Naira for a single store? I believe they should consider the worth of our businesses individually. “Where do you expect a woman who sells only crayfish or tomatoes to get such a ridiculous amount of money to pay, when in actual fact most are in dire need of additional funds to grow their businesses,” Okon said. Another market woman, Mrs Imade Osifo, who described the situation as pathetic, said their decision to barricade the highway was for the world to know what they were going through. She said, “They want to force us to go into the stores and we have told them that we cannot afford the stores; that is why they are destroying our businesses.” Mrs Osifo also alleged that the council was ”insensitive to them”, especially against the backdrop of the different fees levied to allow them do business in the market. “When the plan to construct these lock-up stores came up, they (Council) told us that the prices will be pocket friendly, especially to some of us involved in petty trading. “But what do we have now, N1.2 million for a store is a price that most of us cannot afford; there is no way many of us can afford that now. “Even if the country’s economy was okay, how do you expect a woman who sells only salt and Maggi to generate such,” Osifo asked. All efforts to get authorities of Egor local council to comment on the situation proved abortive, as the Council’s Head of Service was said to be unavailable. When contacted on telephone, the Council’s spokesman, Mrs Prisca Ebvadiaro, said she was not in the position to comment on the matter. “I cannot speak on this; there is a committee that has been set up and as such, I cannot speak on it,” Ebvadiaro said. As at the time of filing the report, several motorists were stranded on the highway while other commuters have resorted to trekking to get to their destination. The women resisted attempts by the police to get them off the road. By: Ezekiel Enejeta

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December 31, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/12/03280d095d62107f20adcbe2c2ed9ba6_view.png[/img] Edo State Youth leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Osakpanwa Eriyo and another chieftain of the party, Sunday Osagbona, were yesterday arraigned before the Oredo Magistrate Court Benin City for alleged conspiracy and attempted murder against the state Secretary of the party and Obazulu of Benin Kingdom, Chief Osaro Idah. Eriyo who is also the state chairman of the Road Transport Employers Association (RTEAN), has been in police detention in the past three days following a petition by Chief Idah that Eriyo and others threatened to kill him and the Chief Security Officer to Governor Godwin Obaseki, Mr Haruna. Osakpanwa was alleged to have told Chief Idah that “you will die the way your father was killed,” but he denied ever saying such. It will be recalled that Chief Idah’s father was assassinated in a very brutal manner in 1992 when he was chairman of Oredo Local Government Area. But it was a difficult one for the police command in the state following the invasion of the command by over twenty thousand loyalists of Osakpanwa who demanded the release of their leader. Osakpanwa was said to have attempted suicide at the Police Command when he used a broken bottle to cut his body. Blood flowed freely before the police held him while he cursed Governor Godwin Obaseki of being behind his travail. The Edo state Police Commissioner, Haliru Gwandu, in his reaction said “we are not looking at the political angle of the incident but the crime which he allegedly committed. And that is why we have taken the matter to court”. However, the police were able to whisk the APC leaders away to the magistrate court under heavy security and on getting to the court, they locked up the entire premises so as to stop the supporters from invading the court room. When Eriyo was brought to court, he yelled at the police demanding why he was on handcuff when he was not a criminal. He yelled, “why are you charging me for attempted murder, did I kill anybody, I am not a criminal, the governor is only trying to oppress me, I have not done anything”. However, the pleas by their Counsel, Usunobun Evbayiro, that they should be granted custody in the police cell due to their ill health were rejected by the Magistrate. He said his clients were hypertensive, asthmatic, have high blood sugar and need constant medical attention. “The first accused person collapsed in police station. It was the police doctors who revived him. I urge you to use your discretion to allow him to be kept in police hospital so that police doctors can attend to him. It is for him not to die in custody.” But the presiding Magistrate, M.C Ojobo said she lacked such powers and that prison custody is the proper place to remand them since there are health facilities at the prisons. She said she lacked jurisdiction to entertain the matter and ordered the case file to be sent to the Department of Public Prosecution for legal advice. The matter was adjourned to January 13, 2017 for mention. However the war is about the soul of the APC in Oredo LGA which is the Council of Governor Obaseki. The leaders of the party in the council led by Chief Idah had a list of the party executive while Osakpanwa who doggedly supported Obaseki before and after the APC primaries had his own different list. And just before Christmas, the leaders attended a meeting at Government House at the instance of Governor Obaseki, but those loyal to Osakpanwa were locked outside the meeting. His supporters then stormed Government in protest. It will be recalled that the former chief of staff to the governor, Patrick Obahiagbon convened the Oredo leadership meeting led by Chief Idah where the entire leaders of the party apart from Osakpanwa endorsed the list of Executive which was submitted by Chief Idah. The situation is creating tension in the state as APC leaders in Oredo fled their homes as they were afraid they may be attacked by Osakpanwa’s loyalists who are more than 30,000 youths whom he has empowered. He is a god father to most of the youths in Benin and his incarceration in prison custody is capable of causing serious crisis in the governor’s own Local Government as he plans to settle down for governance next year. By: Simon Ebegbulem

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March 10, 2017
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/03/7874407150a09d594d3fd4cf5630abf6_view.jpg[/img] Barrister Eric Omare,( speaking ) IYC PRESIDENT WARRI – The President of the Ijaw Youths Council ( IYC ) , Eric Omare has said that the ownership issue of Gelegele community in Edo State, if not properly handled may lead to a serious communal crisis. Addressing a press conference at the Nigerian Union of Journalists , NUJ Warri Correspondents Chapel, the newly elected President in company of the national spokesperson of the council, Henry Oyala and other members of his executive, which is to run the affairs of the council for the next three years, lauded the Acting President for his fact finding tour of the Niger Delta region adding that this has brought relative peace to the region. He said Gelegele community , which according to him, is an Ijaw Community, is highly impacted community and has suffered a great deal because of gas flaring which is right at the centre of the community. He said that the Acting President , Prof.Yemi Osinbanjo during his visit Edo State some days ago, was supposed to have visited the community to see things for himself and the level of impact, and thereafter give a specicif and immediate directive on how to address the issue of the gas flare. While alleging marginalization of the Ijaws in appointments and elected positions in Edo State, the IYC said the uproar that occurred mid way into the meeting with the Acting President in Edo State was not to be handled with levity as according to him, that was a “timed bomb.” “We wish to re-iterate the unhappiness of the people and call on the Prof. Osinbsjo to at least visit Gelegele to see things for himself. It is not enough for you to go to cities and hear presentations of people, but when you have first hand knowledge of some of these challenges, it will help you to address the challenges.” He said. “So , we call on Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo to visit Gelegele the Ijaw community in Edo State, we have a gas flare in the community and there are a lot of health related hazards the are connected to that gas flare”. The Edo State Government had proposed the development of the Gelegele seaport to boost the economy of the state and create jobs. He named other Ijaw Communities in Edo State to include, Okomu in Ovia South West ,Abiala 1&2 in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Areas of Edo State. These Ijaw Communities have nothing to show for their God given natural resources. The IYC President insisted that they were not in agreement with the Acting President’s position that there was no need for dialogue as according to him, ” Our position is that while the fact finding tour should be used to build confidence, it should be capped up with a dialogue between the Niger Delta people and the federal government of Nigeria to address the key question of resource ownership. ” “No amount of tour or palliative measure will be enough to address the Niger Delta problem.” Barrister Eric Omare, also called on the Acting President, Prof.Yemi Osinbajo to give multinational companies a time frame to relocate their corporate headquarters to the Niger Delta Region. He said, that relocating the headquarters of the oil companies was aimed at boosting the local economy of the region but emphasised that the order will not have much effect without a time frame given for the relocation. He said, ” The directive will not be a mere directive, there should be a time frame within which that directive will be carried out, because that is the only way the directive would make any sense and be useful to the Niger Delta people, on behalf of the IYC and the Niger Delta people, we call on the Acting President to direct the Minister of State Petroleum, Mr.Ibe Kachikwu to give a time frame to compel the oil companies to relocate their headquarters to Niger Delta region”. The IYC President also made case for Ogbe-Ijoh community in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State by calling on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to rebuild community which was destroyed during the Ijaw and Aladja crisis. By: BETTY IDIALU

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August 31, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/08/c639905b8e57049f554e639bbcd0ca44_view.png[/img] APC candidate in upcoming Edo election, Godwin Obaseki – Voters in Ovia South West local government area of Edo state who have intentions of voting against APC candidate in the governorship elections slated for September 10 have been warned to drop the idea – The traditional ruler in the area, HRH Patrick Igbinidu has threatened that anybody who votes against the candidate, Godwin Obaseki will be visited with an ancestral curse – Obaseki has said he would reward the loyalty of electorates in the area if they indeed vote massively for him A traditional ruler in the state, the Iyase of Udo Kingdom, HRH, Patrick Igbinidu, has warned all his subjects not to vote against the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the September 10 Edo election. The monarch threatened on Tuesday, August 30, when the APC ward campaign train made a stop at Udo, Ovia South West local government area of the state, that voting against Obaseki would promptly incur the wrath of the ancestors of the land on such a person. While stating that the plan to develop the state must be realised, the monarch said, “We have sent him on an errand and we are praying to God to grant him success as the governor and we know whatever he has promised to do, he will do. “I’m very happy that he is ready to take over governance from Oshiomhole, we know that whatever Oshiomhole has started Obaseki will finish and also improve on them.” HRH Igbinidu then declared that, “All the nooks and crannies of Udo should be told that it is Obaseki that we will vote for as the next governor after Oshiomhole. “You all have seen it, this is who the Udo people should support, who said he won’t vote for him, he should wait for the ancestors. The entire Udo kingdom should vote for him and anyone who gives his votes to another person is on his own.” In his speech, the APC candidate, Godwin Obaseki, thanked the monarch for his immense support for the administration of Governor Adams Oshiomhole and said attention would be given to the community to improve the standard of living in the area. He said he would utilize the resources of the community to the benefit of the people who he noted will be empowered and strengthened to be self dependent.‎ Meanwhile, The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Edo Region 13 headquarters (Trinity Sanctuary) in Benin City has been converted to the PDP campaign office of Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the September 10 Edo election. Banners of the PDP and its candidate adorn all the walls of the church, only the altar is spared the adornments. Regional Pastor of the Church in Edo State, Pastor James Dagunduro and other ministers in the RCCG, who should preach Christ and convert sinners now preach Ize-Iyamu on the altar.

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November 2, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/11/c8901e89e0d5fd5ca74d1edcd08472a9_view.png[/img] Edo State Governor Inauguration set for November 12, 2016 BENIN—AHEAD of the November 12, 2016 swearing-in of the governor-elect of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, the state government has set up a 19-member transition committee headed by the Secretary to Edo State Government, Professor Julius Ihonvbere. This came as APC in the state described as laughable, claims by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that it was evading being served court processes, saying that after a strenuous campaign for the governorship election, the leadership of the party was expected to take a rest. The Chief of Staff to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Mr Patrick Obahiagbon, is the chairman of the inauguration committee. The out-going governor of the state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, will on November 12, hand over power to his successor, Mr Obaseki, who defeated his closest rival in the September 28 governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the PDP. Meanwhile the APC in the state has described as laughable, claims by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that it was evading being served court processes. Speaking to Vanguard yesterday, the secretary of the party in the state, Chief Osaro Idah, explained that “it is funny to say we are evading service. After an election like this, people are expected to take a rest including even the PDP leaders.” By: Simon Ebegbulem