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Confusion In Imo State As Buhari Endorses APC, AA Guber Candidates

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President Muhammadu Buhari at last broke his silence on the lingering crisis in Imo State bordering on who he would support for governorship ahead of the forthcoming election in the state between the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hope Uzodinma and the Action Alliance (AA) party of governor Okorocha’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu.

National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomole, while addressing the mammoth crowd of supporters of APC and AA at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri, had dismissed alliance of his party with any political party in the state.

However, President Buhari told the crowd: “Forget intra-political struggles, Imo should vote any candidate they like; choose whoever you want to vote for.”

Meanwhile, the president has admitted that out of all his three cardinal campaign promises in 2015, corruption seemed the most difficult to overcome.

The president who was addressing the Imo State monarchs at their secretariat in Owerri when he paid a courtesy call on the state chairman of the Traditional Rulers Council, Eze Samuel Ohiri, noted that his administration had made significant improvement in security, especially with regard to the fight against Boko Haram, but had to contend with the fight against corruption.

However, he stated that his administration would not relent until the fight was completely won.

While lauding his administration effort to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency, he expressed satisfaction that the fight against insurgency which he said was rampant in 17 Local Government Areas in the North East.

Earlier, Governor Okorocha corroborated the promise of the Chairman of Traditional Rulers Council, Ohiri, who spoke on the readiness of the monarchs in the state to support the president’s re-election bid.

Prominent persons on the president’s campaign train to Imo were former Senate President, Ken Nnamani; Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige; Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ugochukwu Onyema and former governor of old Abia State, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu.

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BREAKING: Abuja Group Obtains APC Nomination Form For Obaseki [PHOTO]

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An Abuja based group, Obaseki Mandate Forum (OMF) on Wednesday secured All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship re-election nomination form for the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.

The chairman of the forum, Chief Nathaniel Momoh obtained the nomination form from the party’s National Secretariat on behalf of Governor Obaseki, few hours after another aspirant; Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has picked his nomination form.

Addressing newsmen after the purchase of the form, Momoh said electorates from the 18 local government councils of the State, party members, apolitical citizens, and residents in the State and Abuja joined forces together to pick the nomination and expression of interest form for the governor.

The forum said their decision was informed by Obaseki’s Stirling performance in the last four years which he said has proved that the governor has the capacity to move the State forward, in spite of the many challenges and distractions that have manifested in various forms.

According to Momoh, “this form, willfully and freely purchased by the people represents the mandate of the Edo people – young and old, city-bred and rural dwellers, who are witnesses to the gradual transformation of their communities by the steady advancement of governance that touches the life of the people.

“This form represents the buy-in and acceptability of majority of Edo people, both at home and in the diaspora, who tasked themselves to ensure that their mandate is secured in the candidature of Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, for the September 19, 2020 governorship election in Edo State.

“This form further signposts the will of the people and defeat of any kind of imposition plotted or being plotted against the Edo people. By this purchase, the good people of Edo State have spoken with one voice and have decided to entrust their mandate on His Excellency, the hardworking incumbent Governor, Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki to continue with his developmental strides”.

The forum maintained that “Obaseki is not just an APC project. It is also the project of the market woman in Uselu Market, the trader in Aviele, Council of Chiefs in 05050, then 18 years and above student in Owan, the fruit trader in Iruekpen, that meat seller in Agenebode, that palm wine tapper in Esan, the cassava farmer in Ikpeshi, and many others who stood solidly behind His Excellency”.

Momoh then said that Obaseki’s, “is not a project for a gang of elites, who seek to whet their appetite with political power, relevance and undue control of the resources of the State, but one for the masses and well-meaning individuals passionate about the progress and development of the State.”




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BREAKING: Ize-Iyamu Collects APC Governorship Form

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Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu on Wednesday collected the nomination form for the governorship ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja.

Edo state governorship election is slated for September 19, 2020.

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BREAKING: Redeemed Church Pastor Ize-Iyamu Emerges Edo APC Governorship Candidate, Obaseki Dumped

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Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has emerged the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo.

Ize-Iyamu, a former Secretary to Edo State Government (SSG), emerged on Tuesday night in Abuja through a consensus arrangement.

The Pastor of Redeemed Christian Church of God(RCCG) was presented by chairman of the screening committee, Senator Francis Alimikhena, the representative of Edo North Senatorial District.

Other members of the screening committee were a former Edo Deputy Governor, Lucky Imasuen; Gen. Cecil Esekhaigbe; ex-Speaker of Edo House of Assembly, Thomas Okosun; former Minority Whip of the House of Representatives, Samson Osagie; ex-member of the House of Representatives, Patrick Obahiagbon and the current Deputy Leader of the House of Representatives, Peter Akpatason.

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