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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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January 27, 2017
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/01/d4e84f81794abfcf6eb36d8f20dd0d51_view.jpg[/img] Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State is seeking the cooperation of the Japanese government in training the youths in the state on vocational,and technological training which he said is part of his strategic plan of empowering the people. To facilitate this,the state Governor held discussions with Gaku Sato,the First Secretary Econonmic-Development co‎operation of the Embassy of Japan at the Abuja Laison office of Edo state on Thursday. Briefing news men after a session with the Japanese official,Governor Obaseki. said his administration as a key strategy of empowerment is to build capacity of the people,while informing that one of the things currently being done in collaboration with the Japanese government is to improve the technical colleges and other training facilities in the state. “This is part of why we approached the Japanese Embassy under the various bilateral agreements we have in revamping the technical schools. Speaking further on attracting Japanese Investment in the state,the Governor said,”As you Know,Japan has also a lot of experience in growing rice,and we have a large rice belt in the state and we ‎have looked at co-operating with them” “This weekend in Benin,we have over 70 investor’s in Agriculture who would be meeting with me .We are talking very direct with them and asking them of off taking our agricultural products,in addition to getting the right seeds,rice farming practices so that we could engage our youths properly”‎ Obaseki informed. On advancing investment in the Transport sector,he said,”Edo is a Transport hub,and as I discussed with the Ambassador,there are lots of Japanese companies investing in Transportation and automobile and we would be exploring that opportunity in areas of manufacturing”The Governor notes. According to the governor,”We are also intensifying efforts in the areas of Solid Minerals, as we have 200 mining licences under the solid minerals while we are working out details on how to collaborate with the Ministry of solid minerals,so that some of our raw materials could be used in producing ceramics” In his submission,Gaku Sato,said “We are already talking to Japanese business people about Edo state.For most of them Nigeria is Lagos,but we are working hard to ensure they focus attention on other states as we are already discussing on areas of investment with the governor” He said,”I am also discussing with our Japanese investors to pay attention to Edo state on areas of cooperation in training the youths and we have already set out modalities for this cooperation. Japanese companies who are into electrical appliances would also come in” “After this session with the governor,we would have seminar to invite Japanese Companies and experts from Edo states to exchange ideas and get Japanese Businessmen to be enlightened about Edo”the diplomat added. By: KAY UGWUEDE [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/01/224e8adf56e479c05571049dc8c32586_view.jpg[/img]

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March 18, 2017
[img]https://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/03/e350429d6281d2a73f2cf22f4dd25bee_view.jpg[/img] Fulani Herdsmen - Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen struck on Thursday, March 17 in Edo state - The gunmen swooped on travelers along the busy Benin-Auchi-Okene Highway and kidnapped 15 persons - They also killed the immediate past chairman of Etsako-east local government area in the state A report by Leadership indicates that gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen struck along the busy Benin - Auchi - Okene Highway on Thursday, March 17 in Edo state. The herdsmen killed the immediate past chairman of Etsako-east local government area in the state, Mr Suleiman Afegbua. They also kidnapped 15 travelers along the busy Benin-Auchi-Okene Highway according to the report. The armed men were said to have stopped many of the motorists at the popular Ogbemudia Farm at Iguevbihobo village where they searched all occupants of the vehicles after the victims laid face down on the road. It was gathered that the late Afegbua attempted to escape from the scene of the attack when the gunmen opened fire at him. He died at the spot while other occupants of the vehicles trapped were taken to an unknown location. It was gathered that the late Afegbua was on his way to Benin when he met his sudden death. The late politician was a cousin to the All Progressives Congress (APC) state vice chairman, Malik Afegbua and ex-Special Adviser (SA) on media to former Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Prince Kassim Afegbua. But the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Edo state police command, Mr Moses Nkombe confirmed the incident but said there was no report of any abduction. He said the victims were travelling in a convoy when the armed men ambushed them at the spot and shot at them in the process. By: Jerrywright Ukwu [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/03/053c69d7664ffc1b241fecd8230a723f_view.jpg[/img]

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September 10, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/09/d27d4002f01de155e8e2c533497b8500_view.jpg[/img] Chief Raymond Dokpesi Broadcast Mogul and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP National chairmanship aspirant, Chief Raymond Dokpesi has flayed the postponement of the Edo State governorship election saying it would not save the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC from imminent defeat. Postponement of the election was orchestrated to truncate the desire of the people, the PDP chieftain in a statement made available to Saturday Vanguard, nevertheless, called on voters in the state to keep faith with the PDP candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who he said was the hope for a better government. In the statement issued on his behalf by his spokesman, Omor Bazuaye, Dokpesi described it as a shame that Nigerians were being subjected to a kind of impunity and abuse of power as was demonstrated when the election originally fixed for today was postponed. The statement noted that Dokpesi received information about the postponement just as he led a last minute campaign for candidate of PDP, Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu in Etsako East; taking the campaign and the message of a better future from his own ward 1 deep into zone 4. Dokpesi said what INEC had done was to postpone PDP’s victory at the polls and delay the inevitable defeat of the ruling All Progressives Congress {APC} in the state. He said no matter how many times and how long INEC postpones the election, the people in his Etsako East have rejected APC and have made up their minds to vote PDP. Dokpesi visited Oshiolo village where he met with the village head, Chief Agaye Izobor. The campaign trail then journeyed to Ekwotsor where it was received by a large crowd of party supporters before moving on to other neighbouring villages like Agier.

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November 25, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/11/6b597e1528791a29acc6f46113bf3408_view.jpg[/img] Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the decision of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to appoint Kayode Soremekun as the returning officer for Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Ondo State. Mr. Soremekun, who is the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, was the returning officer during September’s gubernatorial election in neighbouring Edo State, which the party’s candidate lost. The PDP claimed Mr Soremekun was a party to the alleged widespread rigging during the election won by the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Godwin Obaseki. Banji Okunomo, the publicity secretary of the PDP in Ondo State, said the party had confirmed that several officials who perpetrated the “rigging” of the Edo election were being escorted to the state capital, Akure, on Friday by policemen from Ekiti State, with instructions to repeat what they did in Edo State. “This is uncalled for and a further attestation to the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) desperation to rig the governorship election in favour of its candidate. We will not accept this,” he said in a statement late on Thursday. “It would be recalled that these same people were the ones used by the APC to manipulate the Edo State election which, today, is being described as one of the most fraudulent elections in the history of the nation’s democracy.” Mr Okuomo said the APC in the state had been instructed to repeat the template it used in rigging the election in Edo State. “It is rather unfortunate that the INEC in Ondo State would heed the instructions given by its defacto Chairman, Mrs Amina Zakari to use the Edo State template for Ondo State. “Just like the experience in Edo State, the PDP has gathered that results have already been written for Prof. Soremekun and his team to announce after the election,” he said. Mr Ojunomo wondered why INEC would bring back Mr. Soremekun after the controversy that surrounded his role in Edo State, when it could have used any professor from other nearby universities. “There are so many University Dons of repute in Nigeria. If at all the INEC is constrained financially, it could still make do with Vice Chancellors of nearby Federal Universities in Osun, Oyo and even Edo States. “Apparently, Prof Soremekun is not the only Vice Chancellor in Nigeria and there is no reason why he should be INEC’s choice again especially considering his controversial role in the rigging of the recently held Edo Election,” he said. He warned INEC that any attempt to manipulate the result of Saturday’s election would be vehemently resisted by the people on Ondo State “We must let the INEC know that much as Ondo State people are peace loving, we would not allow any form of misdemeanour on the part of INEC or its agents. We would resist any attempt to manipulate the election result. “We reject any form of advanced rigging in the Ondo State governorship election and want the electoral umpire to be unbiased for the sake of peace during and after the poll. “We remain resolute in our commitment to building our democracy. However, we call on the electorate to be at alert till the final results of the election is announced,” he said. By: Nicholas Ibekwe

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January 27, 2017
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/01/5c69a9950b206849f11ac64eb3f52407_view.jpg[/img] Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo on Thursday swore in Justice Esohe Ikponwen as the substantive Chief Judge of the state. Speaking during the ceremony at the Government House, Benin, Mr. Obaseki said that every government must recognise the importance of the judiciary. He said that the achievements recorded by the Oshiomole-led administration were due to the harmony which existed between the Judiciary and the Executive. He urged the Chief Judge to bring to bear her wealth of experience in the discharge of her duties as a highly respected judge in the country. The governor said that her choice as the Chief Judge at a time of change in the state was remarkable as she “is known to be fair and strict in the dispensation of judgments’’. He also urged the Chief Judge to sustain and improve the harmonious relationship between judges in the state. Reiterating his administration’s readiness to invest in the judiciary as evident in the over 500 per cent increment in capital expenditure for the sector in the state’s 2017 budget, he assured that his government would uphold the rule of law. In her response, the new Chief Judge promised to build on the legacy of her predecessor and enthrone justice in the state. [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/01/3592333874c377dca80ee71d2feb6074_view.jpg[/img] According to her, I promise to be hard working, ensure speedy dispensation of justice and stand for the truth; It is the truth that sets one free. “There will be no more room for corrupt practices in our judiciary,” she said. Soliciting the cooperation of other judges, she said “we must work for the strengthening of the third arm of the government’’. She also assured of the independence of the judiciary and collaboration with other arms of government for peaceful coexistence in the state. Justice Ikponwen was born Nov. 22, 1954 and went to Anglican Girls Grammar School, Ughelli, in Delta. Mrs. Ikponwen holds an LL.B and a BL in Law in 1978 and 1979, respectively. Until her appointment as the Chief Judge of the state, she has been a judge at the state High Court since 1999. Mrs. Ikponwen takes over from Justice Cromwell Idahosa, who occupied the office from 2010 to Jan. 26, 2017. NAN reports that previous female chief judges of the state were Justices Abigail Oni-Okpaku and Constance Momoh. Dignitaries present at the swearing-in included the chief judge of Delta, members of International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Speaker of the Edo House of Assembly, Justin Okonoboh, as well as the presidents of the Customary Courts.

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April 3, 2017
[img]https://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/04/8c69681317545d90069333e079506797_view.png[/img] Governor Godwin Obaseki and French ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer The French government has expressed its desire to collaborate with the Edo state government in its efforts to boost the economy of the state by investing in agriculture and technology. This was disclosed when the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer visited the state governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki at Government House Benin City in march 31st, 2017. According to the Ambassador, “We are in Edo State to see what areas we can collaborate or do more in bi-lateral relationship. I have done financing of development projects in many parts of Nigeria, but we have not been present in the state. French Development Agency has provided more than one billion Euros in soft loan to finance projects in Nigeria, especially in the electricity sector. We are hoping to be here”. Gauer, speaking after a tour of the Lady Mechanic workshop at the Government House, expressed delight on the successes recorded by the Obaseki’s administration so far, and for creating an enabling environment for women to thrive. “I am pleased with what I saw here today. I am very impressed; ladies are doing a man’s job. This activity is to show to women that mechanic activities are a positive one as it puts food on their tables and earns them a living. We are going to invest in the state to help provide more jobs for the people”. Responding, Governor Obaseki appreciated the agency’s investment in Traffic management, Transportation, Electricity, SMEs etc. revealing that his administration was ready to collaborate with the French Government through the French Development Agency. He noted that both parties had exchanged views and contacts and that in the next few weeks, his administration would be in contact with the agencies, while he hoped that the contact would yield positive results. Meanwhile, he addressed the issue of human trafficking, saying that his administration was doing all in its power to discourage the phenomenon. By: SIMON EBEGBULEM

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September 12, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/09/dce5e88ff40269a6a5d10a262a70ddd8_view.jpg[/img] Crown Prince of Benin, Eheneden Erediauwa Sequel to the shift of Edo State governorship election to September 28 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the coronation of the new Oba of Benin has been moved to October 18, 2016. The coronation of the Oba of Benin was earlier scheduled to hold on September 26th, two weeks ahead of the governorship election that was supposed to hold on September 10th. However, the governorship election was postponed to an unspecified date. [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/09/da5f1f23c4405bfaf4fb3c667066df28_view.jpg[/img] The crown prince of Benin Kingdom Eheneden Erediauwa The earlier coronation date, according to Palace sources was fixed with the governorship election date in mind, unfortunately, the Palace was not consulted when a new date for the election was being considered. The decision to shift the coronation date was taken by the Palace so that the Benin and Edo in general will not be distracted. According to a competent source, “the fear is that, either the election will distract people from massively participating in the coronation or the coronation would do same to the election. Also, many dignitaries outside the state may not want to come to Benin City for the coronation if it is too close to the election because of security consideration. It was therefore decided that the coronation should be moved forward so that people can give both events their deserved attention” [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/09/b415c2850977ad67d8e6893f3b23d275_view.jpg[/img] Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, the crown prince of Edo Kingdom

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November 28, 2016
[img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/11/4a5f680c87d2bb097ec616f58196e841_view.png[/img] Godwin Obaseki - Governor of Edo State The Edo State government has entered into partnership with the World Bank, Ministry of Finance, as well as Ministry Budget and National Planning, to enable it efficiently execute its poverty reduction schemes. A statement by the chief press secretary, Mr John Mayaki, said the partnership was a fallout of the visit of the state governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, to the three organisations at the weekend in Abuja. At the World Bank, the governor sought the input of the institution as the state prepares its 2017 budget. He said the bank would provide a lot of technical support to the state in sectors that could accelerate economic progress and job creation. “I am at the World Bank, and you know they have been very active partners in the governance of the state and so as we prepare for 2017 budget, we need to have conversations with them on some areas of support and to also express our gratitude for their intervention since the last eight years. “We believe that the World Bank would be of tremendous assistance from budget conception through technical support for some of our initiatives. We have for instance facilities for agro-processing zones which we intend to harness; we have facilities to support technical education which we have come to access and we have a whole lot of initiatives which we discussed and hope to also access. “In fact the recession itself provides opportunity and that means we now have to look inwards since we are not able to raise the amount of foreign exchange as we had in the past to import the goods and services we need. For instance, we used to spend about $15 billion importing food to the country and we want to make Edo state one of the centers for food production in Nigeria,” Obaseki pledged. Lead Procurement Specialist of the Bank who represented its Country Director, Chief Bayo Awosehunsi lauded the governor’s credentials, saying Mr. Obaseki is not a rookie when it comes to administering a state. He said the Bank would extend a facility to the state to enable her take care of development issues. “The governor is not new to governance. He is also a technocrat and he understands what it means to govern a state. His programmes are very laudable in the area of education and job creation and the mission of the bank is to actually fight poverty and to expand prosperity. So, we believe we have a good partner to work with. “Before his administration we had engaged the government in the area of improved governance; education, project support for his economic policies. He has asked for the last phase of the Development Policy Operation DPO. So, we are going to continue to work with him to release that fund so that he can use it to address any development issue in the state”, he said. By: Ezekiel Enejeta

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November 28, 2016
The General Secretary of National Union of Textile and Garment Workers of Nigeria made the appeal in a press statement on Monday. [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/11/1a468764f90bb46d252161d76bee082e_view.jpg[/img] Mr Issa Aremu Mr Issa Aremu, General Secretary, National Union of Textile and Garment Workers of Nigeria, on Monday urged ex-governor Adams Oshiomhole to shun the N200 million pension approved for him by the Edo State Assembly. Aremu made the appeal in a press statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Kaduna. [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/11/7300ae41f6eb9442df17c9895289dcb8_view.jpg[/img] “Following the trend in other states, the Edo assembly recently approved a pension benefit for a residential building worth N200million for immediate past governor of the state, while N100 million was approved for his Deputy among other benefits. “We appeal to former Governor of Edo state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to make a positive difference by not collecting the life pension benefit as approved by the state assembly. [img]http://edostate.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/11/40c0c4439dc20f9f5ff9eb5e60d9211b_view.jpg[/img] Comrade Adams Oshiomhole - Former Governor of Edo State “Comrade Oshiomhole had beaten the governors to good governance as evidenced by his globally acknowledged record of achievements as governor of Edo state. “He should therefore not join the former governors on unjust pension that is unnecessary and unsustainable in a recession. “Edo’s governance report since 2008 points to Nigeria’s renewed optimism. “Indeed we have witnessed a renaissance which defeats the old pessimism according to which nothing would work.” Aremu said the former governor must show a difference, by shunning such offers which may revert the esteem in which Nigerians view him. “This development agenda can only be further deepened and should not be supplanted with corruption.”