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‘Notice was short’ — Obaseki explains why Edo stadium wasn’t approved for LP rally



Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo, has explained why the state government did not approve the use of the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium for the Labour Party (LP) presidential campaign rally.

Obaseki spoke on Friday during an interview on Channels Television.

Earlier on Friday, Peter Obi, LP presidential candidate, held a campaign rally in Benin, Edo state capital.

Before the campaign rally, supporters of Obi had criticised the decision of the Edo state government to decline the request of the LP to use the stadium for its rally.

Owing to the development, the venue of the rally was moved to the Baptist convention ground, Benin.

Speaking during the interview, Obaseki said the LP applied for the stadium on Wednesday night, adding that the notice was too short to grant approval.

The Edo governor added that there are some arrangements that need to be put in place before the stadium can be used for a campaign rally.

“There are several venues in Benin for rallies,” he said.

“I heard that they applied on Wednesday night to hold a rally at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium on Friday morning — giving us one-day notice.

“The tracks of that stadium are still under warranty. The pitch has to be maintained in a certain mode. It is not just another facility that you can blow in and use without preparing.

“If they knew that they wanted to hold a rally on Friday, why couldn’t they give more time and notice, so that we give them the conditions under which they can use the pitch?

“The same thing we did to the PDP when they wanted to use the pitch. The only reason we allowed the PDP rally was that it was used as an opportunity to commission the facility. Otherwise, most other rallies are held in other large grounds around the city.

“I expected more from the LP. I thought they were more serious. You can’t be planning for a rally on Friday and be giving less than 24 hours notice.”

Asked to react to insinuations that he is bothered about the growing popularity of the LP, Obaseki described the insinuations as a “joke”, saying the LP can only show its strength on social media.

“It is a joke. They can show us virtually, not on the ground. We are on the ground. We will see on February 25,” the governor said.

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Tinubu/Shettima 2023: APC launches crowdfund app in Lagos




The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential Campaign Council, PCC, is launching a Crowdfund App aimed at mobilising funds for the campaign of its presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima today (Tuesday).

The unveiling of the app, which is holding at the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe Road, Victoria-Island was scheduled to commence at 11 am.

Lagos State Governor, Bababjide Sanwo-Olu, is expected to lead other dignatries at the event.

The council explained that the app will afford Nigerians the opportunity to poll financial resources to back their preferred Presidential candidate, who is reputed for assembling the best crop of administrators in the history of Lagos state for the realization of the goal.

“The crowd funding will reduce the influence of money bags, give more citizens a sense of belonging and deepen democracy in the country,” the council stated.

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‘Common sense will prevail’ — Aisha Buhari breaks silence on Adamawa APC dispute




Aisha Buhari, wife of the president, says she is committed to intervening in the situation in the Adamawa chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Aishatu Binani, the senator representing Adamawa central, had defeated Nuhu Ribadu, former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and Jibrilla Bindow, former governor of the state, to win the governorship primary held on May 26.

Aggrieved by the outcome of the election, Ribadu instituted a suit challenging Binani’s victory.

A federal high court in Yola, the Adamawa capital, had nullified the primary in October.

However, in a ruling delivered on Thursday, November 24, an appeal court in the state restored Binani’s candidacy.

The development elicited celebration from women shareholders, with Pauline Tallen, the minister of women affairs, describing it as “the beginning of good things” for Nigerian women.

The first lady was however reported to have pitched her tent with Ribadu during a meeting of Adamawa APC stakeholders held last week.

Breaking her silence on Tuesday, the first lady, who is a native of the state, said she will get involved in the “problem” to ensure that “common sense” prevails in Adamawa politics.

She said in an Instagram post: “In the name of Allah, I wish to thank Adamawa State APC Leaders for the courtesy visit they paid on me, on November 18, 2022.

“As an indigene of the State, a mother a Grand Mother and the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I would like to reaffirm my support for the genuine concern of our party leaders, as well as COMMIT TO STEPPING INTO THE PROBLEM so that reason and common sense will prevail in Adamawa politics.”

Aisha Buhari also called on northern leaders to emulate their south-west counterparts by “enthroning women” as deputy governors in the states in the region.

“I would again like to repeat my appeal to respected leaders in the North to learn from the exemplary practice of their Southwest counterparts in enthroning women as Deputy Governors in states as a gradual approach to obtaining gender inclusion in our polity,” she wrote.

“This is a most realistic step in our efforts at attaining gender justice instead of supporting the pursuit of the misplaced ambition of an individual do-or-die politician.”

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Osun state assembly counters Adeleke over rejection of ‘state of Osun’




The Osun state house of assembly says the state will continue to be referred to as ‘state of Osun’ as against ‘Osun state’.

The development was announced on Monday in a statement by Kunle Akande, the house committee chairman on media and publicity.

On Sunday, while making his inauguration speech, Ademola Adeleke, the Osun governor, ordered an immediate reversal to ‘Osun state’ instead of ‘state of Osun’, which was adopted during the Rauf Aregbesola administration.

Speaking on the development, the Osun assembly said the adoption of ‘state of Osun’ is “a matter of law”.

“The usage of the state anthem, crest and flag is an enactment of law and as such, its usage is a matter of law and not choice,” the statement reads.

“The enactment ‘state of Osun anthem, crest and flag law, 2012’ assented to on the 18th of December, 2012 contained in Schedule I, II, III, IV and V, which carefully details every component of this law is not in ambiguity.

“Schedule I is the State Anthem, Schedule II has to do with the State Crest, Schedule III is the symbolic significance of the the symbolic significance of the elements in the Flag.

“Lastly, while we are aware of a court judgment in effect recognizing “Osun State”, the Assembly, pending the determination and exhaustion of all legal means would not be drawn into this matter.

“However, the State shall and will continue to be described as the state of the virtuous (Ipinle Omoluabi).”

The state government, under the administration of Rauf Aregbesola, had announced the renaming of Osun state as “state of Osun” in 2011.

But in 2017, an Osun state high court sitting in Ilesa declared that the renaming is illegal and therefore, null and void.

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