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Nigerians mock Bola Tinubu, as INEC declares Obaseki winner of Edo election

Nigerians mock Bola Tinubu, as INEC declares Obaseki winner of Edo election

POLITICS
Some Nigerians have mocked National Leader of All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu following the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki in the just-concluded governorship election in Edo State. Obaseki, who contested on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, defeated his closest rival, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamh with a total of 307,857 votes. INEC returning officer for the election declared Obaseki the winner after polling the highest votes as mandated by law. Nigerians have taken to social media rejoicing over the re-election of Obaseki, describing it an end to godfatherism. Here are some comments gathered from Twitter: @Sodiqtade “ For the record, Obaseki defeated Tinubu, Oshiomhole, Ize Iyamu, Tony Kabaka, thugs, touts and other Democrats.” @Ifybase “ So free a
‘Cabal has dealt with Tinubu’ – Deji Adeyanju, Dele Momodu react to Obaseki’s re-election

‘Cabal has dealt with Tinubu’ – Deji Adeyanju, Dele Momodu react to Obaseki’s re-election

POLITICS
Deji Adeyanju, convener of Concerned Nigerians, has mocked Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, following the re-election of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State Adeyanju said Tinubu was dealt with by the cabal of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stressing that Edo State was not Lagos. In a tweet, the activist wrote: “The cabal dealt with Asiwaju indeed but we must thank the Americans and British for the pressure as well. Indeed, EDO NO BE LAGOS.” On his part, veteran media personnel and former Presidential aspirant, Dele Momodu, congratulated Obaseki on his victory at the poll. The Ovation magazine publisher urged the Governor to be magnanimous in victory and adopt the spirit of “no victor, no vanquished”. Momodu in a tweet admonished t
APC wins Owan East LGA #EdoDecides2020

APC wins Owan East LGA #EdoDecides2020

POLITICS
The All Progressives Congress, APC has won in Owan East LGA as collation of results  Saturday’s Edo governorship election continues. According to result declared at the local government collation centre, APC’s Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu  scored 19,295 votes. Ize- Iyamu’s main opponent in the election, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Peoples Democratic Party scored 14,762 votes in the Local Government. However, the poll outcome in Owan East may not be of much worry to the PDP candidate who has already taken what can be considered a massive lead against his APC opponent in the results of other LGAs declared so far. In the latest result from Uhumnwode South-south local government, the PDP candidate  scored 10, 022 votes to 5972 votes scored by his APC opponent. In Eg
Gov Wike warns INEC against declaring Edo poll inconclusive

Gov Wike warns INEC against declaring Edo poll inconclusive

POLITICS
The National Chairman of the Edo State Campaign Council of the Peoples Democratic Party and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Saturday warned the Independent National Electoral Commission against declaring the governorship election inconclusive. He said INEC must keep to its promise of a transparent process. Wike, who noted that the collation of results was the most critical stage, urged security personnel to prevent breaches, adding that the people of the state should defend their votes up to the collation centres. The PDP campaign council chairman gave this warning during an interview in the Edo 2020 Situation Room streamed on Governor Godwin Obaseki’s Youtube Channel and monitored by our correspondent. Wike said, “We have results from about 2,000 polling unit
Obaseki in early lead as Ize-Iyamu puts up strong fight Edo_Decides_2020

Obaseki in early lead as Ize-Iyamu puts up strong fight Edo_Decides_2020

POLITICS
The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, is in line to win a re-election. Obaseki, who contested Saturday’s governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is in an early lead as results continue to trickle into the night. To retain his seat, he is in a tussle against Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who is backed by his former mentor and former governor of the State, Adams Oshiomhole. Although Oshiomhole and Ize-Iyamu have pulled their weight in certain polling units (PU) and local government areas, Obaseki has generally garnered more votes, even winning in the PU of former APC chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun. As of 5am on Sunday morning, results of ten LGAs have been declared, with eight left. The numbers of
#Edo_decides2020: Soldiers have taken over a collation center in Edo State

#Edo_decides2020: Soldiers have taken over a collation center in Edo State

POLITICS
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Nigerian Army of interference in the Edo governorship election. The PDP raised the alarm Saturday evening. The party said soldiers are occupying Owan West collation centre. “#EdoDecides2020-Men of the @HQNigerianArmy have taken over Sobe collation centre in Owan West LGA”, the platform tweeted. “They are chasing away party agents &observers from the collation centre. Nigerians should hold the @HQNigerianArmy responsible if anything happens to the results from Owan West LGA.” Meanwhile, former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has appealed to Edo people to protect their votes. Counting of votes is going on in some areas, while the results of some units are being declared. Saraki told the people not to relax on
#Edo_Decides_2020 Preliminary findings into Saturday’s election released

#Edo_Decides_2020 Preliminary findings into Saturday’s election released

POLITICS
The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has released its preliminary finding on the Edo State governorship election, which was held today, September 19. According to the report forwarded to DAILY POST, “one major highlight of the findings was the brazen buying of votes by the two major political parties in the election, a situation the organisation says could taint the credibility of the election outcome.” CDD Director, Idayat Hassan, claims cash between N1,000 and N5,000 was offered to voters to induce them. Other items like spaghetti, Ankara fabric, were also used as bait. Similarly, the group highlighted how politicians attempted to shape narratives through the use of social media for propaganda and false narratives. CDD noted that the high level of propaganda ma
Olu-Obasanjo and controversy on state failure

Olu-Obasanjo and controversy on state failure

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Today, Nigeria is fast drifting to a failed and badly divided state; economically, our country is becoming a basket case and poverty capital of the world, and socially, we are firming up as an unwholesome and insecure country” – Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, The PUNCH, Monday, September 14, 2020. Controversy has rapidly collated around former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s recent statement quoted in the opening paragraph to the effect that Nigeria is fast developing into a failed state. On the face of it, there is nothing really new or revelatory about Obasanjo’s position, except that in the context of the politics of warlords which is rampant in the country and given Obasanjo’s own predilection for hard tackles on this and other governments, his observation was bound to ge
COVID-19 Survival fund for potential beneficiaries will be available from next week – FG tells Nigerians

COVID-19 Survival fund for potential beneficiaries will be available from next week – FG tells Nigerians

HEALTH, POLITICS
The Presidency has revealed plans by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to put money in the hands of Nigerians It said from next week, a survival fund from the government will be available to potential beneficiaries. Speaking, Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President (Office of the Vice President) said this would be realized through active implementation of the Economic Sustainability Plan. Akande said that the government of President Buhari is committed to lifting Nigerians out of poverty and reducing the pains and negative impact of coronavirus on the people. Akande stated this when he appeared on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily. He also repeated it at different times on Fresh FM radio station in Ekiti State, Bond
US reviews visa ban as we meets 90% requirement, Says Nigerian Govt

US reviews visa ban as we meets 90% requirement, Says Nigerian Govt

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Adelani Adepegba,Abuja The Federal Government says it has largely complied with the requirements of the United States on information sharing and other demands on its visa and security policy. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  Amb. Mustapha Sulaiman, said Nigeria had accomplished almost 90 per cent of the requirements by the US government which led to the ban on some categories of migrant visas imposed on the country in January. He disclosed this to foreign affairs correspondents at the end of the inaugural meeting of the US/Nigeria Forum on Wednesday in Abuja. The parley which discussed the level of compliance in information sharing and other concerns, was attended by the US ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard, the Comptroller-General of Nig...