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Edo assembly begins impeachment process against Shaibu

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The Edo State House of Assembly, during plenary on Wednesday, commenced proceedings to impeach embattled Deputy Governor of the state, Philip Shaibu.

 

The majority leader of the state house of assembly and member representing Ovia North East 1, Charity Aiguobarueghian, announced this during sitting.

He stated that the petition against the deputy governor which dated March 5, 2024 was endorsed by 21 out of the 24 lawmakers.

 

The majority leader maintained that the number of lawmakers that signed the petition have met the required two – thirds as stipulated in the constitution.

 

He noted that the petition was based on allegations of perjury and divulging Edo State government secrets.

 

The Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Blessing Agbebaku, has directed the clerk of the House, Yahaya Omogbai, to serve the impeachment notice on Shaibu.

 

Agbebaku also confirmed that the deputy governor has been given seven days to respond to the notice of impeachment.

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The relationship between Shaibu and the Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has deteriorated in recent months.

 

In his recent appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Shaibu attributed his fallout with Obaseki to his ambition to succeed him as the governor of Edo State.

 

He said Obaseki is not happy that he is not supporting his preferred candidate.

 

“He has not been happy that I’m not supporting his candidate. It is my right to contest in an election and I’m exercising that right. And he has done a lot of negative things. It doesn’t really matter, I see it as politics.

 

“I’ve made up my mind to always respect the office of the governor, and I’ll continue to respect the office of the governor till the end, whether as deputy or any other thing.

 

“So the relationship is not cordial, I can tell you that. It’s not from my own end, it’s from his own end because I have made attempts to bridge the gap, but he doesn’t allow it”, Shaibu said.

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The deputy governor said he had made several efforts to mend the relationship with the governor to no avail.

 

“I have called him and he doesn’t pick up, even in public functions, I greet him, but he doesn’t answer me, because I have made up my mind that I must exercise my right.

 

“We’ve never had any differences, the only difference we have is ‘why are you contesting’?”

 

Shaibu emerged winner in a parallel primary as Asue Ighodalo was elected as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the September 21 governorship election.

 

However, the deputy governor has maintained that he is the authentic candidate of the PDP, saying that the party risks losing the state if it backs Ighodalo.

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Nigeria’s problems bigger than crises in Labour Party, says Peter Obi 

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 elections, Peter Obi, says Nigeria’s problems are far bigger than the crises in his party.

 

The LP has been embroiled in crises — ranging from allegations of misappropriation of funds, and leadership tussle, to calls for the resignation of the party’s national chairman.

 

On March 27, the LP conducted a national convention in Anambra state where Julius Abure was re-elected as its national chairman.

 

Obi did not attend the convention, fuelling speculations that he may be mulling over ditching the LP for another platform.

Speaking during an appearance on HaveYourSay247, an interactive online session hosted by Rudolf Okonkwo over the weekend, Obi said he is confident that the crises rocking the LP will soon be resolved amicably.

 

“Whatever is happening in the Labour Party is so minute compared to what is happening in the country,” Obi said.

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“So, for me, it is something we will resolve amicably, and it is not anything to worry about. Let us worry about the country.

 

“Let us worry about how the average Nigerian would be able to have a means of livelihood to be able to eat, that should be our worry.”

Obi said he has no interest in being the party’s leader but only to make sure things are done properly.

 

“I don’t see what I do in politics as being the leader of any place or not. My position is that just like I always say, I am not desperate to be president of Nigeria, I am desperate to see Nigeria work because I know it can work,” he added.

 

“We have a more desperate situation. Parties are just a means to be able to contest elections. What is important is that being a leader of a party does not reduce the price of food.

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“What I want to see is that the average Nigerian lives in a society where things are moving properly, with access to education, access to healthcare and a means of livelihood.”

 

The former Anambra governor further said he has moved on from the final decision of the supreme court on last year’s presidential election, even though he does not agree with the decision of the apex court.

 

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Kano APC annuls Ganduje’s suspension, sanctions ward excos

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The state working committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano has nullified the suspension of Abdullahi Ganduje, national chairman of the party.

 

The APC executives in Dawakin ward under Tofa LGA of Kano had on Monday suspended Ganduje over the allegations of corruption leveled against him.

 

Halliru Gwanzo, legal adviser of the ward, said the suspension would subsist until the former governor is cleared of the allegations.

 

However, Abdullahi Abbas, chairman of the APC in Kano, alleged that the ward executives who suspended Ganduje were working with the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

 

Abbas said the ward executives have now been suspended for six months.

 

“We have evidence of meetings between the state government officials and those that suspended the national chairman, and the state working committee has agreed to sanction them for six months and they stand suspended,” the chairman told journalists.

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Last week, the Kano high court ruled that Ganduje should appear before it on April 17 on charges bordering on bribery, diversion, and misappropriation of public funds.

 

The former governor of Kano is to be arraigned alongside his wife and son.

 

In 2018, Daily Nigerian, an online newspaper, published a video of Ganduje allegedly receiving bundles of dollars from contractors, which he stuffed into his “babanriga”, a traditional outfit.

 

The newspaper said Ganduje requested $5 million as bribe from the contractors who recorded the video.

 

In 2023, the Kano state Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC) invited Ganduje for questioning over the video.

 

Ganduje did not honour the invitation and instead instituted a suit against the agency.

 

In March, a federal high court in Kano stopped the agency from inviting or questioning Ganduje over the bribery allegations.

 

The court held that the agency lacks power to probe the former governor over the allegation.

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‘Those with integrity are with us’: Fubara salutes Odili for declaring him Rivers political leader

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Rivers state governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has described Peter Odili, ex-governor of the state, as someone with integrity.

 

On April 11, Odili publicly announced his support for Fubara and declared the governor as the political leader of the state.

 

“Our people said I should tell you to stand with the president and align with his positive policies and link the people of Rivers state with the centre,” Odili said.

 

“They have asked me to tell you that you are the political leader of Rivers state. Rivers people say where you go, they will go with you.”

 

While speqking at the inauguration of a healthcare facility in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA, Odili’s hometown, Fubara said he is happy to have the support of the former governor.

 

Fubara said Odili’s backing has triggered “people high blood pressure”, adding that his detractors are now “restless, granting all sorts of media interviews.”

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“I’ve said it before, and I’m saying it again. It doesn’t matter the number of people that stand with you. Even if you’re standing alone, no matter the side you’re standing on, provided you are standing on the right side, maintain your stand. We are happy to stand with him (Odili),” Fubara said.

 

“We are also happy that he is standing with us. Even his person alone is giving people high blood pressure. They are restless, granting all sorts of media interviews. Why are they doing it? It is because the people that matter, the people that have what they claimed they have; integrity, are with us. That is the truth.

 

“So, if we have one person who has integrity and character, is it not better than having 1,000 persons with questionable character? So, we are happy to identify with him.”

 

Since taking office in May 2023, Fubara has been locked in a struggle for control of Rivers political structure with Nyesom Wike, his successor and minister of the federal capital territory (FCT).

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Earlier this month, Wike criticised some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers for lacking integrity and declaring support for Fubara.

 

He described them as “expired politicians” who are not worthy of being called “elder statesmen”.

 

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