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Ayade appoints 18 special assistants on religious matters

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Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, has approved the appointment of 18 special assistants on religious matters.

Nine persons who were previously appointed in the same role in 2016 were retained.

Each of the special assistants represents the 18 local government areas in the state, and drawn from the three senatorial districts.

Special Adviser on Media And Publicity to the governor, Christian Ita, confirmed the appointments to TheCable on Saturday.

“Yes, the appointment of the men of God as special assistant on religious matters is true,” he said.

With the latest announcement, more than 1,000 aides have been appointed by the governor in 2020.

In April, the governor had approved the appointment of 427 new aides, including a special assistant on the state’s groundnut oil factory.

The special assistant to the governor on media and publicity, while defending the appointment of a special assistant on groundnut oil factory, had said “the duty of government to create jobs for its citizens.”

“The governor had said repeatedly that he only needs about five percent of his appointees. So, he deliberately creates these jobs to put food on the table so as to reduce social tension,” Ita explained.

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BREAKING: Ighodalo emerges PDP Governorship candidate for Edo polls

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BREAKING: Ighodalo emerges PDP Governorship candidate for Edo polls

A Lagos-based lawyer, Asue Ighodalo has won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primaries in Edo state.

Ighodalo defeated nine other contenders including the deputy governor of the state, Philip Shaibu in the election held on Thursday, February 22.

 He received 577 votes to become the party’s nominee for the September 2024 polls.

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The exercise took place at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in the capital of Edo State.

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Edo gov poll: Shaibu emerges factional PDP candidate

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Edo gov poll: Shaibu emerges factional PDP candidate

Deputy Governor of Edo State, Phillip Shaibu, has emerged as the winner at a factional primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2024 Edo governorship election.

He won the parallel primary on Thursday with 301 votes.

This came as the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led faction of the party was elsewhere holding its own primary as of the time of this report, 3pm.

While some delegates of the Obaseki group were being accredited to proceed to the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium venue of the primary election, another set of delegates met on Commercial Avenue where they announced Shaibu the elected candidate of the party.

They said they went to the venue for accreditation but were chased away by security agencies.

They also said the list of delegates published by the national leadership of the party was not the authentic one alleging that they saw names of people from Bayelsa State and names of members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The returning officer, Bartholomew Moses, said, “During the counting of this primary election, Philip Shaibu has a score of 301 votes and therefore, we hereby declare Philip Shaibu as the authentic elected candidate for this election in the PDP.”

 

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Edo guber primary: APC NWC drops Uzodinma, appoints Otu as chairman

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Edo guber primary: APC NWC drops Uzodinma, appoints Otu as chairman

The crisis rocking the conduct of last Saturday’s All Progressives Congress (APC) Edo State governorship primary election, which led the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to declare the exercise inconclusive, took a fresh twist on Wednesday, February 21.

The party announced the removal of Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state as the chairman of the Election Primary Committee.

He has been replaced by Senator Bassey Otu, the deputy chairman of the committee and the governor of Cross River state.

A release titled “Revised 2024 Edo State Governorship Primary Election and Primary Election Appeal Committees” by Alhaji Sulaiman Muhammadu Arugungu, National Organising Secretary in Abuja on Wednesday showed that Hon. Shetimma Shitu has been added to the committee, to retain its 7-man status.

The release also showed that the party’s highest administrative organ retained the membership of the 5-man Barrister C. C Udenwa-led Primary Election Appeal Committee.

The Nation learnt of this development followed a series of protests both in Benin and Abuja calling on the chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) to step down from conducting the concluding process of the inconclusive shadow election billed for Thursday (today).

It was further gathered that the decision to relieve the Imo State from the exercise was reached on Tuesday night during the emergency meeting of the NWC.

The Nation also gathered that the concluding part of the election process will be to complete the collation of the results of the election in the remaining 10 local government areas of the state.

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According to a highly placed source in the Directorate of Organisation of the party when asked what format the exercise will take, he simply said: “We will continue where we stopped. The process was going on before the disruption by thugs and since the committee has already collated results from the field from 8 local government areas, they are expected to conclude the exercise by collating results from the remaining 10 local government areas.”

On the three petitions already submitted by the three aspirants, our source simply said: “The issue of the petition cannot be on the front burner now. The process is yet to be completed. It is after the exercise is completed that we talk of petition.”

He added: “The Barrister C. C Udenwa is still in place to attend to any petition. But that will be after the exercise is completed.”

Protests against Uzodinma

Former Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, had in a statement in Abuja criticised the mismanagement of the Edo State governorship primary election and asked members of the PGF to drop Uzodinma as their chairman.

The Directorate of Political Affairs and Governance of the African Civil Society Forum in Abuja also asked the Imo state governor to step aside ahead of Thursday’s rescheduled continuation of the exercise.

At APC national headquarters a group of placard-carrying youths under the aegis of APC Youth Solidarity Network stormed Muhammadu Buhari House to ask the Abdullahi Umar Gabduje-led NWC to drop Uzodinma from superintending the rescheduled election.

Edo guber primary: APC NWC drops Uzodinma, appoints Otu as chairman

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