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‘Rumour from the pit of hell’ — Edo speaker debunks impeachment plot against Shaibu

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Blessing Agbebaku, speaker of the Edo house of assembly has denied the alleged impeachment plot against Philip Shaibu, deputy governor of the state.

Speaking during a meeting with Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state, on Friday, Agbebaku said the alleged impeachment plot is “a rumour from the pit of hell”.

Agbebaku said Obaseki has not called him to discuss any form of impeachment moves against his deputy.

The speaker said he also spoke to Shaibu to ignore impeachment rumours against him.

“Today, I want the Edo people to know that there was nothing of such (alleged impeachment plot),” he said.

“I am the presiding officer of the house of assembly, I control the gavel. The gavel is like the AK-47 of the house.

“There was no time that the governor has called me to say, ‘there must be an impeachment against the deputy governor’. I think that is a rumour from the pit of hell.

“When I approached the governor, he asked me, ‘what is the impeachment for? What has the deputy governor done that he wants to impeach him?’ There is nothing like that.

“On my own, I also called the deputy governor to say, ‘these are rumours. Please, disassociate yourself from this kind of rumour. The governor has no such plan.”

BACKGROUND

On July 28, Shaibu approached a federal high court in Abuja with a suit to prevent an alleged impeachment plot against him.

In the suit, the inspector-general of police, state security service, governor of Edo, speaker, and chief judge of Edo state, were listed as first to fifth defendants, respectively.

Shaibu asked the court to restrain the governor, the speaker of the state assembly, and the chief judge, from “initiating impeachment proceedings or sanctioning any impeachment” against him.

Shaibu accused the governor of preventing him from performing his constitutional duties.

On August 4, the court restrained Obaseki, the speaker, and other parties in the suit from initiating impeachment moves against the deputy governor.

Some days later, the court restated that parties in a suit filed by Shaibu should maintain the status quo, pending the next hearing date.

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Appeal court affirms Douye Diri as Bayelsa governor

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The court of appeal in Abuja has affirmed the election of Douye Diri as governor of Bayelsa state.

A three-member panel of the appellate court dismissed the appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate Timipre Sylva, for lacking in merit.

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Senator Monguno replaces Ndume as Senate Chief Whip

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The Senator representing Borno North, Sen. Mohammed Monguno (APC-Borno) has replaced Sen. Ali Ndume representing Borno South (APC-Borno) as the Chief Whip of the Senate.

This was contained in a letter by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Abdullahi Ganduje to the President of the Senate Godswill Akpabio.

The letter titled “Complaints Against the Unbecoming Utterances of Sen. Ali Ndume” was read by Akpabio during plenary on Wednesday.

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Ondo LP Governorship candidate, Dr Ayodele Olorunfemi promises ₦120k minimum wage if elected

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Dr Ayodele Olorunfemi, the Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in the November 16 election in Ondo State, says he will implement ₦120,000 minimum wage for workers if voted for.

Olorunfemi, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos, said that well-paid workers tended to be more productive than poorly paid ones.

“As at 2023 when we were campaigning, we assured our people that LP would be paying a minimum of ₦80,000 minimum wage in Ondo, that was before the economy got to where it is today.

“With the situation in the market now, looking at the cost of living, if this state is put under our control, we shall not pay anything less than ₦120,000 as minimum wage.

“That is the minimum we can pay and we believe we will be able to afford it,” he said.

The candidate said that the party would engage more workers in the state and motivate them to be productive to improve the state’s Internally Generated Revenue.

“The fact that I know is that what we have now can pay the minimum wage.

“We want our workers to be productive so that more wealth can come to the state,” he noted.

Olorunfemi said that if elected, his administration would rigorously pursue the construction of a dry port to stop the inflow of traffic into Lagos from the state and its environs.

“When we take over as LP, the first agenda is to make sure there is a port in Ondo State, to boost business and the economy.

“We are working with Alaba International Market Association in Lagos. We are going to work on how to have our own dry port to decongest Alaba International Market in Lagos.

“We are getting a dry port at Ore and a very big international market that will reduce traffic inflow to Lagos,” he stated.

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