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Obaseki: “God gave me power. If he wants me to return I will continue”

Godwin Obaseki, Edo State Governor, claims he has confident that he will be re-elected to power as Governor of the state because “power comes from God.”

This was made public by the governor on Wednesday, in an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, where noted that he is a man of peace, not a violent person.

The Governor made this statement in response to instances of insecurity in the state which have been attributed to the coming elections.

Governor Obaseki also spoke with regards to long raging the political rift within his party the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, adding that he is not distracted, adding that his focus is on developing Edo State.

He added that though there are issues in the Edo State chapter of the APC, those issues can be revolved within a democratic setting. Added that things are made worse by persons that are bent on compelling him to succumb to their wimps and caprices.

He continued to emphasize his optimism that the rule of law will prevail in the affairs of the State and that his confidence was based on the fact President Muhammadu Buhari will allow the rule of law to guide the affairs of the state.

[Video] Kano Distances Self from Video on Isolation Centre

The Government of Kano State has distanced its from a viral video showing that the Sani Abacha Stadium Isolation Centre has been ‘abandoned’.

In a statement from an official of the State Government, the state expressed displeasure in the manner that the video of the site of the Isolation Center was covered. The official claimed that the person who covered the site of the Isolation Center deliberately avoided filming the site workers at the site showing that the center was still under construction.

See the video below as provided by ChannelsTV:

‘Buhari Not Probing Kyari’s Office’ Presidency Debunks Rumour

A report that President Muhammadu Buhari cancelled about 150 memos authorised by former Chief of Staff, the late Mallam Abba Kyari, was incorrect, the Presidency said last night.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu urged Nigerians to ignore the report in a statement.

It reads:

“The attention of the Presidency has been drawn to media reports alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari has cancelled a number of memos and appointments signed off by his former Chief of Staff. Not surprisingly, these reports have quoted unnamed sources.
“There is not a grain of truth in these reports and Nigerians should please ignore the insinuations behind them.

“President Buhari was duly re-elected by Nigerians in February 2019. He has not and will never cede to anyone else, that power and trust given to him by the Nigerian people.”
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Declare Kanu’s Seat Vacant Now’ Abia Youth Tells Lawan

Abia North Youths Vanguard (ANYV) yesterday called on the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan, to declare vacant, the seat of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, following the expiration of the constitutional one third legislative days of absence from sitting.

The group argued that since the embattled senator who has been in prison custody since December 5, 2019 following his conviction by a Lagos Federal High Court on a N7.2bn fraud charge, has been absent from the senate, his seat ought to have been declared vacant.

According to a statement signed by Comrade Sunday Kalu and Uchechukwu Orji, President and Secretary of the group respectively, said Kalu has breached section 68 (f) of the 1999 Constitution which recommends that the seat of a lawmaker be declared vacant if he or she is absent from sitting for more than one third of legislative days in a year.

The Senate had through it former spokesperson, Senator Godiya Akwashiki said, “there is no provision in the constitution that says the seat of any senator facing prosecution or convicted at a lower court be declared vacant,”

Kalu, who is the Senate Chief Whip, has continued to enjoy all his entitlements, including salaries while in prison even without performing any legislative duty.

Residents Hails Obaseki Over Road Construction

Residents in Ekosodin community, Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State, have applauded the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration for the spread of infrastructural development to their area after years of neglect, as the ongoing road project in the community is reawakening economic opportunities in the area.

A cross-section of the residents, who spoke to journalists, said the road projects in the area will end the economic and social disorder in the community, which grew to alarming proportion as a result of the neglect of the projects over the years.

The contractor handling the road project, Tunde Eguaroje, said the project, which is lying next to the University of Benin (UNIBEN) entails construction of a road linking adjoining streets in the area, adding that the road projects are fitted with side drains.

He said the project, which started few years ago will be completed soon, noting that asphalt work has been completed on overall 1.5km, while asphalt on the adjoining roads is expected to be completed in weeks.

One of the residents, Michael Taylor, said, “We are excited to have benefited from the wake and see governor’s infrastructural project. This project will end the long years of hardship we endured over neglect of the road.”

Another resident, Oviasuyi Gabriel, said, “We appreciate the governor for this laudable project. This is the first time we have seen a project from the start to this level. The road project had been abandoned three to four times in the past.
Oziegbe Paul said the project will end the long period of hardship residents faced while accessing the area, adding, “Before this time, it was difficult for residents to move easily from Ugbowo down to University of Benin gate through Ekosodin.

The progress of work done by the contractors shows that the governor is ready to have the project completed.”

The road project in Ekosodin is designed to also bring relief to students and staff of the University of Benin who reside in the area.

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