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IPAC reaffirms Ezenwa’s leadership as controversy springs up

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Dr. Leonard Ezenwa

 

… Political leaders must respect the law – Pub. Secretary

The Inter-Party advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) has thrown light on the recent information stirring up controversy within the council and amongst members of the public as regards the leadership of IPAC.

Recall that the former Peter Ameh-led council handed over to Dr Leonard Ezenwa’s led committee following the deregistration of 74 political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in February, 2020.

The elected executives of IPAC that were affected by the de-registration got dissolved and leadership powers have since resided in an interim committee pending when elections will take place.

Recently, there were rumours that the Peter-Ameh led excos have been re-installed following a judgement by the appeal court directing INEC to relist 22 out of the 74 parties deregistered.

In a statement released by the National Publicity of the Council, Comrade Babatunde Ademola on Saturday, it stated that on no account was there a change of leadership in the council, reaffirming the leadership of Dr Leonard Ezenwa as the lawfully appointed head of the interim committee.

Ademola noted that it would be a rebellious and undemocratic act by any member of the council to take the laws for granted as the issue of deregistration of parties is still in court.

He confirmed that no dissolution of committee has taken place and it is an unpatriotic move by any member to peddle false information that can cost the peace, progress and unity of the council.

He said:

“I write to inform the members of the public and Nigerians that we the elected executives of IPAC that were affected by the de-registration has not taken over the leadership of IPAC, if we are asking INEC to follow due process in its administrative capacity, then we must also show a leadership of credibility, we must ensure that we do not in any way destroy the image of the council as its not a one-man business but a body of all registered political parties in Nigeria.

“The show of desperation by any member of the elected executive, to say the council has been dissolved is illegal, it is hostile to our democracy and it cannot be found in the revised IPAC code of conduct.

“Take note, that no one has the authority to make a press release to misinform Nigerians about the happenings in IPAC, those who claim to have had national executive meetings said that to misinform the members of the public as no such meeting was held. It should be further noted that the dissolution of the council is a function of the general assembly and not by one man . There has never been any general assembly for several months now which is against the rule of the code.”

He further cleared that “at no point have we taken over the leadership of IPAC. we are law abiding citizens and entities. We shall wait till the end of the whole judgment and then we will support our colleagues holding forth for us in the development of our democracy”

He therefore advised political party leaders not to be dragged into unwholesome actions due to ambition but to follow due administrative process and adhere to the laws if they want to be taken seriously.

 

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I will not leave PDP, It’s not the right thing to do” – Obaseki debunks rumours of crossing to APC

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The Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has dismissed claims that he will be returning to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Obaseki who got a second term on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said having contested and won on the party’s platform, moving out of the party will be a stain on his integrity.

“I couldn’t have contested on a party won on that party’s platform and then considered moving to another party,” Obaseki said on Friday when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

“It’s not a good thing to do, it’s not the right thing to do and I’m sure you will not encourage me to do that”.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, his wife Betsy

Governor Obaseki was accompanied by his Deputy Philip Shaibu and some members of his cabinet, following his re-election as governor of the state.

He thanked the President for ensuring that fair play reigned during the election which saw him victorious.

He said, “You would recall a couple of weeks before the election, I came to see you and you assured me that we were going to have a free, peaceful and credible election.

“That is what we had during the election of 19th September and the whole world has acclaimed that the Edo election was perhaps one of the best conducted in recent times in Nigeria. This could not have been possible without your insistence that the right things be done, and for that, we want to say thank you very much.”

Governor Obaseki also thanked the President for his congratulatory message, assuring him that the message “has been internalised, that it is God that made this election possible, therefore I should be humble about the election and also magnanimous in victory.”

He pledged his unalloyed loyalty and support and that of the people of Edo State to the President and the Federal Government.

Governor Obaseki secured 307,955 of the total votes, 84,336 more votes than his closest rival Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who got 223, 619 votes at the just concluded September 19 Edo election.

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Tension brews in Edo as citizens warm up for the poll

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… our governors are under a seige – PDP

Just few hours to the gubernatorial election in Edo state, the public is anxious on who will handle the affairs of the state for the next four years.

The battle for power which is majorly between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will see one its candidates emerge winner on Saturday, September 19,2020.

Security agents have flooded the state to provide adequate security for the electorates. Observers and political faithfuls are on ground to witness the historic event with state governors also available to give moral support to their various candidates.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed its readiness for the elections, giving instructions to the electorates on what is expected of them at the polling station.

According to the commission, the use of face mask is mandatory for all voters before the can be allowed into the polling unit.

Also, government has ordered restriction of movement during the period of the exercise to control any mishap.

As tension arises, PDP has accused security agencies in the state of harassing its governors from other states who came to observe the election and has since pleaded to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to look into the issue as the lives of its members are at risk.

In a public address by PDP national chairman, Uche Secondus, he revealed that security agents have surrounded the hotel where Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and other governors lodged. He maintained that if APC state governors can be allowed into the state, then PDP governors must also have such liberty too.

The heat is between PDP candidate who is seeking for a second term in office, Governor Godwin Obaseki and his APC opponent, Ize Iyamu.

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Edo Guber Debate: ‘Oshiomole plunged Edo state into a debt crisis- Obaseki

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Governor Godwin Obaseki has accused his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole of putting Edo State in debt through reckless borrowing.

The governor made the allegation on Sunday, September 13, 2020, during the Edo Governorship debate organized by Channels Television.

While answering a question about the debt profile of Edo state, Obaseki said the Oshiomhole-led administration was responsible for the state’s debt burden.

He said, “Let me make some points very clear. What happened is that my predecessor in office borrowed recklessly and the Federal Government had to restructure all the debts that we have taken before I came into office.

“These included a whole series of bank borrowings, borrowing to pay salaries. So, the Federal Government restructured outstanding obligations to Edo State, to the tune of almost N30 billion. That was what was responsible for adding to the debt stock, not borrowings from this administration.

The governor also accused Oshiomhole of owing contractors to the tune of N70bn.

He, however, commended his administration for servicing the debt and also providing the needed development to the people.

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