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Philip Shaibu declares Edo governorship bid, says ‘It’s a call to destiny’

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Philip Shaibu, deputy governor of Edo, has officially announced his intention to run for the governorship election in the state.

Shaibu officially announced his intention in a televised announcement on Monday.

The Edo governorship election is slated for September 21, 2024.

Shaibu said he will be competing for the Edo governorship ticket on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“When Edo was created in 1991, our brilliant leaders fully aware of our ancestors destiny names us the heartbeat of the nation,” he said

“That was not an ordinary slogan. It was a call to destiny one that we must collectively achieve. As your deputy governor in the last seven years, I’ve had the privilege of working closely with our amiable governor, his excellency, governor Godwin Obaseki, to lay a solid foundation for the progress in Edo state.

“Under our administration, we have seen remarkable achievements and milestones but there’s still much work to be done.

“When Edo was created in 1991, our brilliant leaders fully aware of our ancestors destiny names us the heartbeat of the nation,” he said

“That was not an ordinary slogan. It was a call to destiny one that we must collectively achieve. As your deputy governor in the last seven years, I’ve had the privilege of working closely with our amiable governor, his excellency, governor Godwin Obaseki, to lay a solid foundation for the progress in Edo state.

“Under our administration, we have seen remarkable achievements and milestones but there’s still much work to be done.

“I’m aware of the needs by the greater Edo people for a more inclusive government; a government of Edo people, by Edo people, and for Edo people. A government of individuals who have been there and know the pains and wishes of an average Edolite.

“Since my foray into politics, three decades ago, I have lived among you. You have loved me as your own son. I felt your pain at close quarters; sat with the elders to benefit from their wealth of wisdom.

“Led the youths in many struggles for their rights, visibility and freedom. Learnt the intricacies of modern governance and built adequate service capacity.”

Enumerating his achievements as Edo deputy governor, Shaibu said his campaign will be built on five pillars vital to the development of the state.

“I’ve fought the good fight for you my people. Along the way, suffered humiliation and enjoyed many moments of victory. But I’m thankful in all things. I’ve been pressed but not crushed, persecuted but not abandoned, badly hurt but not destroyed,” he added.

“I resonate with the tireless and irrepressible spirit of Edo people, by the grace of God, nothing and no one can stop us.

“After all, I be original Edo son. One hundred percent home boy. This is why today, I stand before you with great conviction resolved as I declare my intention to run for the office of the governor of Edo state under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the upcoming 2024 elections.

“I am confident, with your support, we can take Edo state to even greater height. My fellow citizens and party faithful, our campaign will be built on five core pillars, each vital to the transformation and prosperity of our beloved state.

“We’ll govern with transparency, accountability and establish a culture of trust between the government and the people.

“This declaration is not just a political affair, it is a call to destiny, a call to become the heartbeat of this nation not just in words but in deeds. I humbly seek your support, trust, nomination in this upcoming election.”

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Azemhe Azena, OFM pastor, wins Edo NNPP guber primary

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Azemhe Azena, the regional pastor of Omega Fire Ministries (OFM), has won the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) primary election for the Edo governorship election.

Azena scored 211 votes to beat three other aspirants in the primary election, which was organised on Friday in Benin city, the Edo state capital.

Kawu Sumaila, a senator representing Kano south senatorial district, who is the returning officer of the committee, announced Azena as the winner of the primary election.

Sumaila said Peter Okieguale polled second with 100 votes; Sebastian Iyere and Balogun Engeyemhe polled 25 votes and 17 votes, respectively.

The senator said Azena fulfilled the requirements of the party’s constitution.

Azena is the regional pastor of OFM in the south-south region.

He was born on December 25, 1979, in Okpella, a town in Edo state.

He hails from Okpekpe in Etsako-east LGA in Edo north senatorial district.

The Edo governorship election has been slated for September 21, 2024.

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Buhari was not a blessing to Nigeria — he took the country back by 50 years, says Fayose

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Ayodele Fayose, ex-governor of Ekiti, says former President Muhammadu Buhari is “not a blessing” to Nigeria.

Speaking in an interview on Channels Television on Sunday, Fayose said the administration of Buhari “drew us back to 50 years of our history”.

Over the past few months, Nigerians have been battling economic hardship as the prices of food and other basic items have skyrocketed.

Protests over the economic hardship have taken place in some parts of the country.

On February 16, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) declared a nationwide mass protest for February 27 and 28, over the economic hardship in the country.

Reacting to the development, Fayose said Tinubu inherited a “dead economy” adding that there is little the president can do to revive the situation within nine months.

The former Ekiti governor accused the Buhari-led administration of destroying the country’s economy.

Fayose said Buhari obtained loans that would be repaid by unborn children.

He asked Tinubu to stop praising Buhari in order not to confuse Nigerians about the “mess” created by the former president.

“Look at the eight years of President Muhammadu Buhari, what will be left of a country like Nigeria as of today?” he asked.

“Even if Tinubu means well, where do you place the debt? Even if Tinubu wants to do the magic, how will he fix the country? There were loans taken in Buhari’s administration, some with 20 to 50 years moratorium.

“Unborn children will face the kind of situation the last administration has plunged this country into.

“The only thing I want to say to President Tinubu is that, without fear or favour, he should stop praising former President Buhari.

“I watched a live television programme of the president telling Nigerians that former President Buhari did well.

“That will cause confusion in the minds of Nigerians. Yes, he is a member of our party and a leader.

“There are so many presentations we can make without celebrating a man who has put Nigerians in this predicament.

“There are things you should not say. You can visit, love, and appreciate him, which is personal to the president.

“With all due respect, do not come to the television to say that former President Buhari was a blessing to Nigeria.

“Buhari is not a blessing to Nigerians, with all due respect. President Buhari is not a blessing to Nigeria, he drew us back to 50 years of our history.”

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Monday Okpebholo wins Edo APC guber rerun primary election

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Monday Okpebholo, senator representing Edo central, has been declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the September 21 governorship election in the state.

Bassey Otu, governor of Cross River and the chairman of the APC supplementary primary election, declared Okpebholo winner of the election on Friday, in Benin.

Otu said the candidate polled 12,433 votes to defeat 11 other aspirants in the contest.

On February 17, Hope Uzodinma, who was the former chairman of the primary election committee, announced Dennis Idahosa, a member of the house of representatives, as the winner of the primary election that took place in Benin.

However, Ojo Babatunde, spokesperson of the returning officers, said Sunday Dekeri, a lawmaker representing Etsako federal constituency in the house of representatives, polled 25,384 votes to defeat Idahosa.

Okpebholo also claimed that he won the election with over 6,000 votes.

Consequently, the APC national working committee (NWC) declared the election inconclusive.

The committee ordered that a supplementary primary be conducted on Thursday, and replaced Uzodinma with Otu as chairman.

Idahosa, who led in the first ballot with 4,483, ended the rerun with 6,541 votes.

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