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Edo 2016: Why Oshiomhole Won Re-election In 2012, By Ikimi

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IKIMI TOMA former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Tom Ikimi, has said Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, won his 2012 re-election because former President Goodluck Jonathan provided a level-playing field for all the contestants, irrespective of party affiliation.

Mr. Ikimi further said Oshiomhole emerged winner at the polls by a wide margin not because of his merit or popularity but because he (Ikimi) and the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate in the forthcoming governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, took the governor to then President Jonathan to demand a level-playing field.

The former minister spoke in Benin City, the state capital, at the take-off of Ize-Iyamu’s governorship campaign on Monday.

PDP’s Caretaker Committee Chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, who was represented by Senator Odion Ugbesia, presented the party’s flag and symbolically handed over new keys of the Edo Government House to Ize-Iyamu.

Ikimi said elections were won in the state with personalities, like Chief Gabriel Igbinedion and Chief Tony Anenih.

The PDP chieftain, however, pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure there was a level playing field for all the contestants during the September 10 election as a payback to him for leading the formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said: “Pastor Ize-Iyamu brought Oshiomhole to me. I never knew him before. I was told he was a former Labour leader. I was persuaded to accept him and we took him round the 192 wards.

“In his first four years, he betrayed us. We wanted to drop him but he knelt down to beg me. It was myself and Pastor Ize-Iyamu that took Oshiomhole to former President Jonathan to beg him to provide a level-playing field.

“Jonathan supported us. Oshiomhole won, not because he was brilliant but he has paid us in a bad coin”.

Speaking in the same vein, Senator Matthew Urhoghide said Oshiomhole paid those who supported him to power with ingratitude.

A former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, said the verdict of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, which filtered in during the flag-off of Ize-Iyamu’s governorship campaign, was a good omen for the PDP.

In his remarks, Ize-Iyamu said the PDP would win the election and promised to restore the “lost glory” of the state.

The PDP candidate, who once was an ally of Gov. Oshiomhole, said the party was sincere and passionate about the development of the state.

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Emmanuel Udom, urged the electorate to vote for Ize-Iyamu, saying it was time for the people of Edo to return the state to the PDP family.

Gov. Udom assured that Ize-Iyamu would govern with transparency.

Secretary of the PDP Caretaker Committee, Senator Ben Obi said Ize-Iyamu had always ensured victory for whichever side he belonged since 1999.

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

Muhammadu Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his nationwide broadcast over the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country.

Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.

He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Also Read: President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech – Full text

Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.

The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos.

This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.

Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Condemns Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Toll Gate

“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.

“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.

“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.

 

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has declared his intention to lead the #EndSARS protest against police brutality ongoing nationwide.

He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.

Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.

Also Read: Fayemi Names Members Of Judicial Panel On Human Rights Violations By Police

He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.

The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.

He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.

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