The Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, on Tuesday said the Nigerian presidency was sponsoring smear campaign against him says as a desperate last resort to cover lost ground in the state.
Also, the state government said there are plans to clamp down on faithful of the All Progressives Congress in the state, including members of the state executive council, “as part of desperate moves to cow the people of the state and pave the way for the rigging of the forthcoming election in the state”.
In a statement on behalf of the governor, the state Commissioner for Information, Louis Odion, said: “We wish to alert the Nigerian public, foreign election observers and lovers of democracy to an evil plot by the presidency to clamp down on All Progressives Congress (APC) in a last-ditch attempt to rig the coming general elections in Edo State in favour of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“The devilish design consists of a vicious smear campaign against Edo Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, in form of newspaper adverts/articles and sponsored television documentary dripping of lies and slander as well as intimidation and detention of APC leaders across the 18 councils in the state on trumped up charges.
“One of such smear campaigns was featured on the national network of NTA yesterday signed by “Edo Political Rebirth Group”, a phantom body, in clear breach of decency and NBC code. We find it curious that whereas decent jingles taken by APC and its supporters to the same NTA are rejected outright, this supposed public trust has been desecrated and parlayed by PDP to slander innocent citizens of Nigeria.
“We are aware that some media organizations, mindful of the laughable and libelous contents, had responsibly rejected the said adverts/documentaries in spite of the huge blood money offered them in dollars.
“We not only condemn this recourse to Nazi tactics by a desperate and – by God’s grace- outgoing PDP government, but wish to reassure that the Comrade Governor remains unshaken in the noble struggle to reclaim Nigeria from a hopelessly incompetent ruling party. Their desperation should be understood.
“In 2011, President Goodluck Jonathan polled more than 90 percent of the votes in Edo on account of a singular push by Comrade Oshiomhole who deployed his persuasive skill to sell Jonathan against his own party’s candidate in the hope that the then trenchant promise of ‘fresh breath’ would redeem the nation.
“Now utterly disillusioned by PDP’s monumental failure, Comrade Oshiomhole is convinced the challenge confronting the nation today transcends ethnic solidarity or religious affinity. To him, it is now a choice between those who want a continuity of insecurity, corruption and deepening poverty and a promise of real change as embodied by APC’s General Muhammadu Buhari.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Comrade Governor calls on APC members to remain calm but resolute against the dirty moves by these anti-democratic forces in the rock-solid conviction that Edo people, like other patriots across the country, are now wiser and will vote for change come March 28 and April 11.
“Meanwhile, intelligence report at our disposal reveals that the following are among the APC leaders security forces have been directed to detain on or before the election day:
(1) John Osazuwa. (2) Ifeanyi (Deputy to John Stone). (3) Edo exco members (4) Austin Vboot. (5) Dogo C-class (6) Sunday Shark (Ward 03 chairman). (7) Sunny Erhengbo (03) (8) Mr. Aiyeki. (9)Councillor Mighty man. (10) Ogundezi (Uzebu chairman). (11) Eghe Edebiri (02). (12) Foster Iyangbe (04). (13)
Otutu Obaraye (07). (14) Fedeco (07). (15) Number Five (05). (16) Osazee Osakue (05). (17) Emma Culture (08). (18) Super (09). (19) Mike Mikado (10). (20) Ogbelaka Youth Chairman. (21) Osama. (22) Aideyan Lucky – Vice Chairman Driver’s Welfare. (23) School boy – member, Driver welfare. (24) Igbinosa Jude.
(25) Joshua Uwagboe. (26) Agbonwanegbe Evans. (27) Osayi Saddam. (28) Kuanki. (29) One Man Squad. (30) Edo Aguebor. (31) Iyase Emmanuel. (32) Nosasu Edigin. (33) Eguakun Austin. (34) Odion Olaye.
(35) Ex-Councillor Olaye. (36) Kingsley Izekor. (37) Jarkata. (38) Kingsley Igbe. (39) Bright Omoriyekemwen. (40) Pa. Ruma. (41) Efe Stewart. (42) Aibueku. (43) Black (44) Nosa Pumpy. (45) Ehis
Odiase. (46) Emma Aigbogun. (47) Sule. (48) Larry Idada. (49)Enotie. (50) Victor Asemota.
(51) Edegbe Ugbogbo. (52) Victor Ekhator. (53) Sule. (54) Lucky Custom. (55) Emma – White Camry. (56) Mukhtati. (57) Chief Johnson – Ologbo Man. (58) Daniel. (59) Black Man. (61) Don Vick.
I Received Vision That I Would Be Governor – Oyetola
Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola has stated that God revealed to him in a dream that he would be Governor of the State long before he joined the race.
He revealed this while speaking at a service held to commemorate the second anniversary of his administration at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Osun Province 1 Headquarters, Osogbo, on Sunday.
Oyetola said, “I am ordinarily not one who sees visions but on two occasions, I had a strange encounter. Imagine the son of an Imam, receiving a Christian song in a dream. That was my encounter.
“All I could remember on both occasions was the last line of the song which says ‘IleriOluwa ni lati se’. Outside of that dream, I had never heard the song before. When the impression was heavy on my heart, I called one of my friends to ask him about the song, and he told me the song was the Track 2 of Timi Oshikoya’s album.
“He went out and got me the album and immediately I started listening to the track, my consciousness was restored and then I had an understanding of what God was saying to me. That revelation has continued to give me confidence of victory each time I am faced with legal and political battles since becoming governor.”
Anyim Backed Out Of Defection Over Visit to Buhari – Umahi
Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi has claimed that a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari stopped former Senate President, Pius Anyim and National Assembly members from the state from defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He made the claim on Sunday while speaking during an APC stakeholders’ meeting at the Bouquet Lodge, Old Government House, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
Umahi claimed that Anyim who served as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, and others refused to defect because he outsmarted them all.
“They were planning to ambush me, but it is difficult to catch the air,” he said.
The governor insisted that he consulted all the National Assembly members and the elders from the state about his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), adding that they all agreed to the defection arrangement.
“Let me tell you, I’m not afraid of anybody but I respect everybody. But I have said that if God sent me, this will be the last fight in this state,” he said.
Umahi added: “All these people that came together to fight me, they collect contracts, they collect monthly pay, they collect vehicles. And when they are asked to bring people that worked for us, they will bring their wives, children and relations.
“Now, they are dressing words for us. We are in chapter one, in Chapter two, I will publish all that I have done for the leaders of this state.”
Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism
This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.
Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.
He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.
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The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.
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