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Edo 2024: Shaibu declares support for APC candidate, Okpebholo

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A former deputy governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, has declared support for the opposition, All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Monday Okpebholo, in the upcoming September 21 governorship election in Edo state.

 

According to Shaibu, the governorship race started with three homeboys- himself, Okpebholo, and Olumide Akpata of the Labour Party (LP).

 

“I will support a homeboy, I came into politics to contest as the governor of Edo State because I need government to return to homeboy – people that understand our plight, people that understand what the people are feeling. Even the United Nations talks about the need for assessment. We don’t want outsiders, we have experimented, with outsiders and it’s not working, so this time around, we want homeboy,” he said.

 

“Today I came in as a homeboy, we have only two homeboys in the major political parties in Edo State. One is in labour, and one is in APC, and I choose to follow another homeboy in the APC. The man they are parading in the PDP is an outsider, and we have also agreed that no more godfatherism in Edo, so the man the PDP is trying to portray in Edo now is the godson of Obasek, and there is no way godsons will now be governor of Edo.”

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The former deputy governor was speaking on the sidelines of the 2024 Father’s Day celebration at Saint Paul’s Catholic Church in Benin City, the Edo State capital. He was among the altar servants for the main mass.

 

Shaibu insisted that since he had dropped out of the race, his preferred choice from the remaining homeboys in Okpebholo. He noted that Edo governor, Godwin Obaseki has said everyone was free to choose who to support in any election, the reason he has come out publicly to back the APC governorship candidate in the election despite his PDP membership.

 

He stressed that his support for the opposition is not anti-party, adding even Governor Obaseki in the last election, was partly PDP and Labour Party.

 

“The governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki says that everybody has the right to support whoever he wants to support, but he forgot also that he doesn’t have the right to stop anybody from whom he wants to support,” he said.

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“But I take one part from what he said, we all have the right to support whom we want to support, so it’s my right to decide who I want to support.”

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Ex-senate president Anyim dumps PDP for APC

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Anyim Pius Anyim, a former senate president, has left the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join the All Progressives Congress (APC).

 

Anyim officially joined the APC on Saturday at a ceremony held at the Abakaliki Stadium in Ebonyi state.

 

The ceremony was attended by many political stakeholders, including Abdullahi Ganduje, APC national chairman; David Umahi, minister of works; and Francis Nwifuru, governor of Ebonyi.

 

Ganduje presented the APC flag to the former senate president at the ceremony.

Speaking at the event, Anyim said he and his supporters have resolved to unite the whole of Ebonyi with the APC political family.

 

Anyim said his supporters have resolved to support President Bola Tinubu and all his political appointees in the state to resolve the challenges in the country.

 

“Accordingly, the people of Ebonyi have resolved to collaborate with the governor and all federal appointees of Ebonyi, particularly the honourable minister of works, to upscale our support for President Bola Tinubu,” he said.

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Anyim was elected as a senator from Ebonyi in 1999, and he was elected as senate president in 2000 under the platform of the PDP.

 

He also served as the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

 

 

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Afenifere condemns s’court’s judgment on LG autonomy, says it’s conspiracy against democracy

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The pan-Yoruba socio-political association, Afenifere, has condemned the judgment of the Supreme Court which granted total financial autonomy to the local governments in Nigeria.

 

The Supreme Court, on Thursday, declared it unconstitutional for state governors to hold funds allocated for local government administrations.

 

The court further declared that a state government has no power to appoint a caretaker committee and a local government council is only recognisable with a democratically elected government.

 

Afenifere, in a statement on Saturday, by its leader and the National Public Secretary, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, and Prince Justice Faloye, described the apex court judgement as a mere judicial conspiracy.

 

The statement was titled ‘Tinubu and the grand conspiracy against democracy and true federalism in Nigeria.’

 

According to the group in the statement, the judgement was against the principle of true federalism. It added that the Supreme Court had played to the gallery in delivering such a judgement.

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The statement read, “Afenifere views the judgment of the Supreme Court in the case filed by the Federal Government on the so-called local government autonomy as a sheer judicial conspiracy in cahoots with the Tinubu administration against the Nigerian state and its foundational principles of federalism.

 

“Rather than interpret the constitution to uphold its elementary but overriding federal principle which recognises only a two-tier federal structure of the central government and federating states, the Supreme Court played to the gallery and wittingly allowed itself a most retrogressive declaration that the power of the government is portioned into three arms of government, the federal, the state and the local government.

 

“For the avoidance of any doubt, Afenifere makes bold to say that in line with its negotiated basis of existence, Nigeria is a ‘Federation consisting of States and a Federal Capital Territory’. as affirmed by Section 2 (2) of the 1999 constitution. While Afenifere frowns at corruption and misuse of public funds at levels of government, it condemns in most unmistaken terms the subjugation of the states and their constitutional roles including the local government system to the whims and caprices of the federal government by any means including obvious manipulation of the federation account as in the present case.”

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The group also alleged that the ongoing administration of Tinubu had been practising a unitary system in some of its policies since its inception. It maintained that the only way forward for the country was to practice true federalism.

 

“It is becoming stridently eloquent that with just over a year of its inauguration, the Tinubu government, more than even the military administrations, is uncannily determined to unitarise the Nigerian Federation.

 

“Part of the unitary package is the creation of the Ministry of Livestock Development which is the audacious euphemism for the re-introduction of cattle colony, RUGA and those other policies by which the Buhari administration sought to appropriate lands in the states contrary to the provisions of the Land Use Act and the Constitution which vest land in the state in the Governor in trust for the people.

 

“Afenifere insists that the way forward for Nigeria is not the confusing rudderless tinkering but a holistic restructuring of the polity to re-enact the fundamental principles of true federalism as agreed by the founding fathers. This includes the fact that the local government system is an exclusive preserve of the states, either by direct constitutional provisions or residual powers in a federation,” the group submitted.

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Fubara to Critics: Why I restrain from taking actions against Wike

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The Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara has said his level of appreciation for his political benefactor is the reason he is restrained from taking certain actions.

 

The governor was replying those tagging him as an ungrateful politician in the wake of the crisis between him and a former governor of the state now the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike.

 

Governor Fubara stated this when he hosted on courtesy visit the Stakeholders of Ikwerre Ethnic Nationality, including the leadership of Ogbakor Ikwerre Cultural Organisation Worldwide, the Supreme Council of Ikwerre Traditional Rulers, and others at Government House in Port Harcourt on Monday.

 

The Ikwerre Ethnic Group, made of four Local Government Areas of Port Harcourt, Obio/Akpor, Emoji and Ikwerre, is the ethnic group of Wike.

 

Governor Fubara assured that despite the political events in the state, he will not throw caution to the wind, but will continue to show respect to people for what they are.

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The clarification came following the swearing-in of Barrister Emmanuel Frank-Fubara who was screened and confirmed as a commissioner by the Victor Oko-Jumbo-led assembly on Monday.

 

The swearing ceremony was held at the Executive Council Chambers of the Government House in Port Harcourt at about 5 pm.

 

Giving his charge after the oath-taking ceremony, Governor Fubara defended his recognition of the Oko-Jumbo-led assembly, insisting that it is the lawfully recognised legislative arm.

 

Governor Fubara, however, expressed his disappointment with the police for not doing enough to unravel the facts about the bomb explosion in Port Harcourt some weeks ago.

 

He claimed that the relevant authorities were silent because the suspects in the attack were not his supporters.

 

“I’ve not been hearing anything and I’m wondering, after how many weeks now, the Nigeria police are still not able to come out and make a statement about the attempt by someone – who I don’t know what his name is – tried to detonate dynamite in front of Hotel Presidential,” Fubara said.

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“I’m still wondering why it doesn’t happen. But if it’s maybe any other thing that has to do with us, they will say they should even charge the person for terrorism.”

 

The Rivers State governor recalled how his supporters were arrested and charged with terrorism for crimes they did not commit.

But Fubara said he will continue to rely on God’s grace and protection to govern the state.

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