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September 7, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/09/e4d80d2c948e95ed67766cd36224e8f6_view.jpg[/img] The president and his VP, along with All Progressives Congress (APC) governors, will lead a rally supporting the APC at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, according to Edo State APC Chairman Anselm Ojezua [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/09/190ba197d2de1481f896adcc283af33c_view.jpg[/img] President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo arrived in Edo State on Tuesday ahead of Saturday’s gubernatorial election. The president and his VP, along with All Progressives Congress (APC) governors, will lead a rally supporting the APC at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, according to Edo State APC Chairman Anselm Ojezua. [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/09/7cba60abc593dc8dbd83f12bb33a8c6e_view.jpg[/img] Mr. Ojezua added that the National Campaign Council for the election headed by Lagos State Governor Akinwumi Ambode was also present for the rally. The chairman explained that the event was carefully coordinated and that he expected it to go as planned. “All logistics to ensure free movement of the visitors and party supporters across the State have also been perfected. Anytime the APC is holding a rally, there is always mass mobilization,” Mr. Ojezua said. “Once the people know that the president is coming this time around, our people would be so excited to receive him,” he added, calling on the people of Edo State to come out to welcome Mr. Buhari. [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/09/33b9fd3e264f5ead11b3fa446a076975_view.jpeg[/img] Voters will flock to the polls on Saturday, September 10, to choose the next Edo State governor. Godwin Obaseki will represent the APC while Osagie Ize-Iyamu will run on the Peoples Democratic Party ticket. [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/09/4596a2206c34b5f071d066d058189ced_view.jpeg[/img]

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November 12, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/11/24b08bd9d72b5934bc9c257e31eaccdf_view.jpg[/img] Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State, Nigeria. Godwin Obaseki on Saturday November 11th, 2016 in Benin took an oath of office succeeding former governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole. Mr. Obaseki took an oath of office at about 12:30 PM administered by the Chief Judge of Edo state, Justice Cronwel Idahosa. Similarly, Obaseki’s Deputy, Philip Shaibu took an oath of office at about 12:00 noon, thereby succeeding Dr. Pius Odubu as the state’s new deputy governor. Oshiomhole presented the handing over note to Obaseki on Saturday night. Oshiomhole expressed explicit hope that Obaseki would continue with the development strides his government had achieved in the past eight years. Among the dignitaries at the occasion were the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Gov. Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State and Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun. Also present were business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, and the APC governorship candidate in Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu. The ceremony also had in attendance a former military head of state, Yakubu Gowon, and ministers including that of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

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January 21, 2017
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/01/df63aa5aed9d68ff3dfafa0921711745_view.jpg[/img] Governor Godwin Obaseki Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, on Saturday said the state government had concluded arrangement to build a Sea Port at Agenebode to fast track economic activities in the area. Mr. Obaseki stated this during All Progressives Congress (APC) mega rally for the Jan. 28 Etsako Federal Constituency by-election. The election is billed to hold in Agenebode in Etsako East Local Government Area of the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the seat for the Etsako Federal Constituency was declared vacant after the occupant, Mr Philip Shaibu became the deputy governor. The governor said government had concluded arrangement to build a Sea port at Agenebode and this area would open up economic activities and create employment opportunities for our people. Obaseki said his administration was committed to the sustenance of growth and development started by the former governor Adams Oshiohmole’s administration. Mr. Godwin Obaseki gave thanks to the electorate for making him the governor, saying a repeat of such was required to elect the APC candidate, Johnson Oghuma in the forthcoming by-election. “As you voted me and Philip during the governorship election, I implore you all, our great supporters to vote for our candidate,’’ he said.

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March 16, 2017
[img]https://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/03/d95164423cc1e2c56187f5811cc87469_view.png[/img] Late Godwin Emmanuel, Head pastor of Love Fire Ministry The Head Pastor of Love Fire Ministry,Godwin Emmanuel,also known as Prophet Speed in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State have been reportedly killed by Gunmen. The Benin-based pentecostal church was reported to be killed on Sunday along Oko Central road, off Airport road in Benin. According to eye witness reports, It was learnt that the deceased was on his way to deliver food items to some indigent members of his church in the area when he was attacked by the gunmen. It was also gathered that the cleric fo‎unded his church 11 months ago. The Police Public Relations Officer, Moses Nkombe, could not be reached for comments. Head Pastor of Love Fire Ministry, Godwin Emmanuel But the spokesman for the church, Festus Edema, said the gunmen had pretended to be pushing a faulty vehicle off the road, and the pastor followed slowly with his own vehicle to allow them push the vehicle safely. Edema said that the attackers suddenly shot him in the chest and stomach. He explained, “The man of God stopped for them to pass so that he can have his way. He never knew that they were the people who came to attack him. “So, that was how they shot him in the chest and the stomach. Being a strong man, he still tried to put the car in reverse. “‎And as he was reversing the car, he hit a fence and they came to shoot him at a close range; that silenced him.” Some members of the church expressed shock and sadness over his death. One of them, who identified himself simply as Pastor Esquire, said that the cleric’s death had left him devastated. He said, “When I heard about the news of his death, it was devastating and shocking. It is a painful one, very painful. But God will give us the strength to go through it.” By: Tope Alabi

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September 10, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/09/c968e05921d66bd83245804961ac0624_view.jpg[/img] Oshiomhole - Governor of Edo State EDO State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has said that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in connivance with some state governors had registered about 8,000 militants with the intention of using them to manipulate the governorship election in the state. This came as the Rivers State government denied the allegation, adding that moral support was only provided to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate in the state. Speaking while receiving the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Idris Ibrahim at the Government House, Benin City, yesterday, Oshiomhole said: “In line with my tradition, I have always tried to speak out on any matter that I am worried about. I first raised this alarm on the eve of INEC Continuing Voters’ Registration exercise, an exercise that has been designed to register those who have become eighteen between the last registration and the current one. They are exporting militants to Edo State to register so that with the PVC in their hands, they will appear to have the lawful basis to be present at the designated polling units where they are expected to unleash violence on election day. Now, as part of the processes they put in place to effect this, they had conspirators in INEC that made available to them data capturing machine in the residences of various opposition leaders. We shared these experiences with the police and the DSS.” Earlier, the Police boss said, We are on a working visit. We have come here to interact with our officers and colleagues from other security agencies to see that the election we are having in a few days time is carried out in a seamless manner. Our presence here shows the synergy between the security agencies working in the state. This is an assurance that there is a lot of cooperation between us and other security agencies, and it is an assurance that we are definitely sure that in a few days time, we are going to have a successful governorship election in Edo State.

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November 14, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/11/3c7433bb5b449f1c4f63490441917db2_view.png[/img] Adams Oshiomhole - Formal Governor of Edo State BENIN CITY - November 14th, 2016. Formal governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, received heroic welcome at his home town, Iyamho, Etsako West Local Government Area of the state, weekend, after handing over to the new governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki. Royal fathers from Edo North senatorial district, led by the Otaru of Auchi, Alhaji Aliru Momoh and people of the area, received him back home, describing him as their hero who had made them proud. Market women, youths and the elderly rushed out to welcome Oshiomhole alongside his wife lara. Dignitaries such as Senator Ehigie Uzamere, Captain Hosa Okunbor, Patrick Obahiagbon and some members of his cabinet were equally at the event. Oshiomhole, who expressed gratitude to God for protecting him and giving him the opportunity to serve the state, said: “Just eight years ago when we were strangers to power, at the local government level we were out, at the state level we were out, national level we were out. Under eight years, God, in his infinite power, who sees through the hearts of men and women, entrusted us at the local government level, at the state level and even now at the federal level. But we did not seek power for our own good. It was clear that our state needed to be re-positioned. We needed to rescue our people from the grip of god- fathers. It was clear that we needed to liberalize the polity so that our people would decide who led them. “Eight years later I am proud that my party is well entrenched at the local government, at the state and at the federal level. Across the 192 wards of our state, everyone can readily point out how government, under our stewardship, has impacted and affected their lives. That, for me, is my joy. I thank all of you that stood by us, it was never easy and life is not always easy. We want to thank God for his protection, but my joy today is that, as they say there is no success without a successor. I am happy that God decreed that I hand over to someone who is from the All Progressives Congress, APC, family.” By: Simon Ebegbulem

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January 25, 2017
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/01/2ff2359f46833f7239ccc5bc31e99484_view.jpg[/img] The Chief Judge Of Edo State, Justice Cromwell Idahosa, has inaugurated the Edo state Multi-Door Court House as part of efforts to enhance justice delivery through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. According to speakers at the inauguration which took place in Benin city, the Edo state capital, the Multi-Door Court House concept will ensure speedy delivery of justice as it is cheaper and ensures harmony among litigants. “The goals of the the Multi-door approach is to provide our people with easy access to justice and reduce delay by making options available through which disputes can be resolved.” While stressing that the training of Judiciary staff is key to the success of the court, the Chief Judge also urged the Nigerian Bar Association to brace up to the alternative dispute resolution and process. “A lawyer who is not skilled with ADR options, would send himself completely out of touch with no service to render to disputants who by choice, will prefer the Multi-door Court House, to the regular court.” The Judiciary in Delta state and the Edo state governor, represented by the solicitor general of the Edo state, also gave support for the Multi-Door Court House concept. “This Government supports the Multi-Door initiative because we recognize that the formal justice system can a-times be intimidating, unfriendly, expensive and so many other things to the masses of our society. The highlight of the occasion was the unveiling of the Book “Practice Directions on Mediation”. As of now about 16 states of the federation have set up the Multi-Door Court House scheme.

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March 16, 2017
[img]https://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/03/326d415aff5110731f463a9b6fbb6b16_view.gif[/img] The Nigerian Institute of Surveyors (NIS), Edo state chapter, has called on the Edo State Government to establish the office of Surveyor-General to ease the work of survey and planning in the state. The Chairman of NIS, Anthony Ekhator, stated this when he led some members on a courtesy visit to the Government House in Benin City, the state capital. He said no meaningful infrastructure development can take place in any society without accurate map of the state, to help government’s developmental objectives. This according to him can be made easier with professional bodies like the NIS and an office of Surveyor General to facilitate easy planning. “In the south-south states, it’s only Edo state that don’t have an office, we believe this is an opportunity because the office is an extra-procedural office. “The surveyors observe with precision, compute with accuracy, report comprehensively and cost ethically”, he said. The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, said his administration will work closely with the body in areas of research and planning to bring about economic development. “Every development has to occur within a certain space like you said your profession is that one that measures this space and gives development accuracy to what to do within the space. “We are not going to attract business without creating housing and other support services for the people who are going to work there. “All what you asked for we are going to do, we have the will but are you going to support us professionally to get this done”, the governor said.

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September 10, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/09/63596389d49f29321e2f788652bb776e_view.jpg[/img] Dr Austin Tam-George, Rivers State Commissioner of Information. Port Harcourt – Rivers Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dr Austin Tam-George, said on Friday that Gov. Nyesom Wike and his Delta counterpart, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, did not mobilise to rig the Edo governorship election. Tam-George said in a statement in Port Harcourt that claims by Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo that the two governors donated N2 billion to rig the election in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were false. The commissioner said Wike never made such financial donation. Governor Wike has no links with militants in the region and anywhere in the country,” he said. Tam-George said that the governor gave moral support to the PDP candidate in Edo to win the election. He stated that Wike would continue to give moral support to democratic forces, not just in the region, but across the country, to bring better life to Nigerians. The commissioner said that the governor enjoined Edo people to vote for the PDP in the election. The Edo election, earlier scheduled for Sept 10, was shifted to Sept. 28 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) based on a security advice given by the police and the State Security Service.

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November 21, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/11/9ae28f58dad8e004d94eeb18a5ba845a_view.jpg[/img] The Oba of Benin The ancient kingdom of Benin and indeed the good people of Edo State are making history. A new dawn beckons as the 39th Oba of Benin is being crowned. Twenty-one days from now, that is on November 12, a new governor, elected after a fierce gubernatorial election of September 28 will be inaugurated to steer the ship of the state for the next four years. By any standards, the two events, with their promises of new beginning, are historic as they are auspicious. While both Prince Ehenede Erediauwa and Godwin Obaseki come to office in the atmosphere of great expectations, the good news of course is that both, young in age and at heart, possess not just the vitality, but come fully prepared for the burden of service to the good people of Edo State. It is truly a new dawn for the people of the state. Talk of answers to prayer, the emergence of Godwin Obaseki as governor-elect, could only have come as personal testimony to the countless prayers offered by the new monarch to his ancestors –prayers for a peaceful poll, and the emergence of a credible individual to pilot the affairs of the state in the next four years. In the heat of the tension that enveloped the governorship election, one recalled the Oba as saying: “We all went down to our knees…We prayed harder and honestly, our ancestors and God Almighty answered all we prayed, that He should give us a peaceful election and a governor that will keep food on the table for our people and respect the traditional institution”. Today, it is unlikely that anyone will still doubt that the prayer has been answered hence the Oba is thankful to “God and our ancestors for hearing the fervent prayers we prayed before the election and for bringing out somebody that will uplift our people and respect the tradition”. Never one to miss the import of the mandate and the burden it carries, the Oba would not fail to admonish the governor-elect: “I will tell the governor-elect, keep to your promises, keep your words, put food on the table of our people, respect the traditional institution and ensure you build on what Oshiomhole has done”. In this, the Oba of Benin is not alone; it was the same refrain from other traditional rulers from Edo Central and Edo North who, aside offering their unanimous in the support for Godwin Obaseki have also expressed their willingness to partner with the government, to safeguard investment that will improve on the economy and well-being of their subjects. Note that Obaseki’s loyalty to the royal family and the Benin tradition is ever in doubt. For guidance and advice, Obaseki has stated that he would be counting on the Oba to succeed just as the governor-elect has spoken of his vision of Edo State where the famous cultures and traditions will be reinvigorated as part of economic growth strategy and harnessed to the greater benefit of our people. Said Obaseki: “I see an Edo state where our people will leave in peace, equanimity and where social justice, equity and fairness shall prevail at all times”. On a day like this, the two great men not only have reasons to celebrate each other. Together with the entire people of Edo State, they have enough reasons to be proud of the new dawn. For Obaseki in particular, it must come as something of pride not only to witness the milestone in the Great Benin Kingdom, but as a major participant. Moreover, the import of the partnership between the palace and the in-coming government can only forebode greater strides in a state ordinarily hungry for development. For the good people of Edo State, it is time to tap into Obaseki’s formidable personal and leadership skills garnered in the course of a sterling career in private and public life – a factor which has now propelled him to become the first banker to be governor in the state. Surely, the people cannot wait to see him deploy these managerial skills to end the socio-economic gridlock that the opposition PDP has plunged the country to build a better, prosperous and economically sustainable Edo State based on cultural cohesion and ethical values. Little wonder the mood, across the state today, is one of great excitement. The city centre and its environs are wearing a new look while all traders and drivers carrying out commercial activities around the Urhokpota Hall have been found a new arena for their business are they welcome their new monarch. Visible on the horizon is the huge tent – the temporary abode for the Crown Prince erected at the Urhokpota hall premises – the place called Eko-Ohae (bachelors’ camp) where Prince Erediauwa is expected to stay for three days immediately he leaves his Palace at Uselu. Once again, Edo people have shown that we can never be more hopeful about our future; indeed, we’ve never been more hopeful about Edo State and the progressive government and virile traditional institution as we are about to experience. And this hope, Edo people will sustain under our new Oba and our new governor. By: Mr. John Mayaki, a public affairs analyst, Benin City, Edo State.