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I’m Afraid Of What Will Happen When I Leave Office – Obaseki Speaks Out

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Though not due to leave office until his tenure expires in 2024, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has expressed fears about what will happen when he is no longer a Governor.

Naija News, however, reports that that the governor wasn’t speaking about what will happen to him as a person but what will happen to institutions in the state.

Obaseki said that is why his administration is concentrating on strengthening institutions because he understands that people and government come and go but institutions remain.

He spoke on Sunday in Benin, the State capital during the thanksgiving service organized to mark the 87th birthday of the Esama of Benin Kingdom, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion.

According to him, “We have been strengthening and re-enacting quality education in the state across basic, secondary and tertiary education and re-investing in them in the last five years.

“In the area of media, we are rebuilding the Observer brand, and the Edo Broadcasting Service (EBS) Radio and Television brand.

“We are strengthening them as institutions and equipping them with world-class technology.

“But my biggest challenge is what will happen when I leave office. People are saying, how are we sure that the reforms and changes we have made and implementing will continue when I leave office?”

He reiterated that only institutions last forever and that is why it is better to focus on the civil service rather than political appointees.

“But the structures and institutions that we are building will certainly remain and continue to sustain our developmental strides.”

Speaking about the celebrant, Governor Obaseki described Igbinedion as a generational gift.

He said, “We thank God for the life of our father, Chief Igbinedion, as he celebrates his 87th birthday.

“He is a generational gift; he has seen and done it all. We thank God for his life of giving, hard work, and generosity.”

In his homily, Archbishop of Metropolitan See of Benin, Most Rev. Augustine Obiora Akubueze, said, “Esama of Benin Kingdom, Chief Igbinedion has lived his life for others, ensuring that he spreads happiness.”

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2023: I’ll Put And End To National Grid Collapse If Elected President, Peter Obi Assures Nigerians

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…As Ihedioha Distances Self From Calling Peter Obi’s Igbo Supporters ‘Saboteurs’

…Aisha Yesufu Blasts Ex-Imo Gov Over Comments

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has said that national grid collapse will be a thing of history under his watch if elected as President in 2023.

The former governor of Anambra State said this in reaction to news of yet another collapse of the national grid, which he described as disturbing.

Proffering solution, Obi stated that his team has a strategic plan to progressively scale up power generation and the liberalisation of the transmission infrastructure in the country, to ensure that Nigerians enjoy adequate and stable power supply from 2023 onwards.

He tweeted on Wednesday, “The report of yet another national grid collapse is very disturbing to me, and is a reminder of the long rescue and recovery journey ahead of us. Effective power generation, transmission and distribution remain a national security issue.

“This also places power on the front burner of campaign and policy. Painfully, this latest episode is the 7th national grid collapse in 2022. As part of the Obi-Datti policy plan, we have put together a strategic plan to progressively scale up power generation, and the liberalisation of the transmission infrastructure in the country, to ensure that Nigerians enjoy adequate and stable power supply from 2023 onwards. Power is critical to the development and sustainability of all sectors of the national economy

“For us, power remains a top priority. Under my watch, national grid collapse will become a matter of history and a reference point for erstwhile administrations. -PO.”

Meanwhile, a former Deputy Speaker of the House of representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, on Wednesday, denied calling Igbo people who are supporting the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, saboteurs.

Ihedioha in a statement issued in Owerri, the Imo State capital, by his spokesperson, Chibuike Onyeukwu, said that there was no way he could have called Igbo people supporting Obi saboteurs when he shared close relationship with the LP presidential candidate.

The statement accused those it described as “fifth columnists” of being responsible for the media bashing he had received following the development.

Ihedioha said his address at the new yam festival of Mbaise people living in Ghana was misconstrued, adding that he was referring to members of his political party, the Peoples Democratic Party, who were sabotaging the party in the South-East zone.

The statement read, “A few days ago, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha CON, on the invitation of his kinsmen, was in Accra, Ghana, to celebrate this year’s Iri Ji festival with the Mbaise community in that country.

“As a founding member and one of the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, he seized the opportunity of that visit to address PDP issues nationally but particularly in Imo State and assuage the anxiety of the members of his party who have been apprehensive of the developments within the party.

“In doing so, he decried what, at best, is the insouciant attitude and worse, the outright sabotage of some acclaimed party leaders who are engaging in acts that are inimical to the success of the PDP, especially in the South-East by working in cahoots with the other parties. He was only talking about members of his own political party.

“For clarity purposes, His Excellency neither referred to members of any other political party, especially the Labour Party, as saboteurs. He only spoke in the context of the PDP and the emphasis was on the need for members of his party to remain consistent and committed.

“It is inconceivable that he will refer to anybody who is supporting Mr. Peter Obi, Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, his long time friend, with whom he shares close political affinity and has utmost respect for, as a saboteur.

“It is unfortunate that his well-intentioned speech, which addressed the specific issue of happenings within his own political party, was, again, manipulated by fifth columnists to suit their mischievous scheme of bringing him on a collision with Mr. Peter Obi, whose unwavering political philosophy of ‘Taking Back Nigeria’ from the draconian stranglehold of the failed ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, he wholeheartedly shares.

“His Excellency respects the aspirations and passion of members of other political parties, even as he remains committed to the cause of his own political party and it is not in his character to cast aspersions on those who hold contrary political opinion.”


However, popular Nigerian activist and social critic, Aisha Yesufu, has attacked the former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, for his recent statement in which he labelled Peter Obi’s supporters as saboteurs.

Recall that Ihedioha had said that Nigeria’s presidency would rotate to the South-East after the administration of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, if he wins next year’s election.

He also called those supporting Peter Obi and Labour Party saboteurs.

Reacting to the statement by Ihedioha, the human rights activist in a video said he (Ihedioha) had continuously kept everyone down so he would be the only one riding at the top.

“You called citizens saboteurs because they dared to vote for good governance, accountability, and transparency.

“You called citizens saboteurs because they dared to go with a candidate who has competence, character, and capacity.

“You are sitting down there and telling people that it will be the turn of Igbos after Atiku Abubakar. No, it will be your turn; that is why you want people to go that way, even when they consider there is a better candidate who happens to come from their region.

“We are not saboteurs; you are the saboteur. You and your ilks are the saboteurs of Nigeria; those who have held our country back and have only done what is in their interest,” she said.

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Tinubu Has No Genuine Source Of Wealth, Omokri Alleges

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A former Presidential aide Reno Omokri has called on the supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, to reveal how the former Lagos governor made his wealth.

In a post on his verified Facebook page, the socio-political activist, tagged Tinubu as a tax swallower, alleging that he has no genuine source of wealth.

He said, “Now my question to you is this. What business do you know that Tinubu has? If you are a BATist, be bold enough to name the business or businesses. Yet, Tinubu is bullion van wealthy.

“Atiku contributes to Nigeria’s tax income by paying his company taxes. But Tinubu swallows Lagos’ tax via AlphaBeta. That is a very big distinguishable difference between the duo.

“Who should you vote for between a taxpayer and a tax swallower? You can clearly see the sources of Atiku’s wealth. He has enterprise. But Tinubu’s wealth without enterprise is the type of activity that destroys nations.

“Mahatma Gandhi listed ‘wealth without work’ as one of the deadly sins. Is that not why Nigeria’s economy has died under the All Progressives Congress?”

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Ihedioha Distances Self From Calling Peter Obi’s Igbo Supporters ‘Saboteurs’

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…As Aisha Yesufu Blasts Ex-Imo Gov Over Comments

A former Deputy Speaker of the House of representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, on Wednesday, denied calling Igbo people who are supporting the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, saboteurs.

Ihedioha in a statement issued in Owerri, the Imo State capital, by his spokesperson, Chibuike Onyeukwu, said that there was no way he could have called Igbo people supporting Obi saboteurs when he shared close relationship with the LP presidential candidate.

The statement accused those it described as “fifth columnists” of being responsible for the media bashing he had received following the development.

Ihedioha said his address at the new yam festival of Mbaise people living in Ghana was misconstrued, adding that he was referring to members of his political party, the Peoples Democratic Party, who were sabotaging the party in the South-East zone.

The statement read, “A few days ago, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha CON, on the invitation of his kinsmen, was in Accra, Ghana, to celebrate this year’s Iri Ji festival with the Mbaise community in that country.

“As a founding member and one of the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, he seized the opportunity of that visit to address PDP issues nationally but particularly in Imo State and assuage the anxiety of the members of his party who have been apprehensive of the developments within the party.

“In doing so, he decried what, at best, is the insouciant attitude and worse, the outright sabotage of some acclaimed party leaders who are engaging in acts that are inimical to the success of the PDP, especially in the South-East by working in cahoots with the other parties. He was only talking about members of his own political party.

“For clarity purposes, His Excellency neither referred to members of any other political party, especially the Labour Party, as saboteurs. He only spoke in the context of the PDP and the emphasis was on the need for members of his party to remain consistent and committed.

“It is inconceivable that he will refer to anybody who is supporting Mr. Peter Obi, Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, his long time friend, with whom he shares close political affinity and has utmost respect for, as a saboteur.

“It is unfortunate that his well-intentioned speech, which addressed the specific issue of happenings within his own political party, was, again, manipulated by fifth columnists to suit their mischievous scheme of bringing him on a collision with Mr. Peter Obi, whose unwavering political philosophy of ‘Taking Back Nigeria’ from the draconian stranglehold of the failed ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, he wholeheartedly shares.

“His Excellency respects the aspirations and passion of members of other political parties, even as he remains committed to the cause of his own political party and it is not in his character to cast aspersions on those who hold contrary political opinion.”


Meanwhile, popular Nigerian activist and social critic, Aisha Yesufu, has attacked the former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, for his recent statement in which he labelled Peter Obi’s supporters as saboteurs.

Recall that Ihedioha had said that Nigeria’s presidency would rotate to the South-East after the administration of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, if he wins next year’s election.

He also called those supporting Peter Obi and Labour Party saboteurs.

Reacting to the statement by Ihedioha, the human rights activist in a video said he (Ihedioha) had continuously kept everyone down so he would be the only one riding at the top.

“You called citizens saboteurs because they dared to vote for good governance, accountability, and transparency.

“You called citizens saboteurs because they dared to go with a candidate who has competence, character, and capacity.

“You are sitting down there and telling people that it will be the turn of Igbos after Atiku Abubakar. No, it will be your turn; that is why you want people to go that way, even when they consider there is a better candidate who happens to come from their region.

“We are not saboteurs; you are the saboteur. You and your ilks are the saboteurs of Nigeria; those who have held our country back and have only done what is in their interest,” she said.

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