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Obaseki Accuses Minister Of Fraud In N30bn Stormwater Project

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Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki has lost the control of the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to Vice Chairman, South-South of the party, Chief Dan Orbih.

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has lashed out at the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, for his role in supervising the N30 billion Benin City stormwater project, which the governor said was conceived to defraud Edo people.

The governor, who said this while inspecting the Textile Mill Road catchment of the project, noted that the project was touted to have drafted experts for its design, who were supervised by Agba, but the scheme was eventually not designed to drain water from the erosion-infested areas of the capital city, Benin.

Agba was the Commissioner for Environment and Public Utilities and supervised the project during the administration of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, when the phase 1 of the stormwater project was conceived and executed.

According to the governor, “The person who supervised this project, today, calls himself a minister and is supervising bigger projects for the Federal Government. This is just unacceptable.

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“What we are doing now is different from what was done in the last administration. There is almost a two-meter difference. So, there is no way that you can drain water from a low ground to a high plane.”

He added that the state government spent N30 billion in the last administration claiming to want to take away the people’s sufferings, but the project was not designed to meet that purpose.

“The stormwater project was a fraud. It was a contract to defraud Edo people. From what I see in this catchment area, the project was never designed to take water away from the area. The area was never drained,” he said.

The governor stressed that the stormwater project was designed not to work for the benefit of Edo people, insisting that his administration would probe the project and recover all the money stolen through it.

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BREAKING: Abia PDP Gubernatorial Candidate Uche Ikonne Dies

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BREAKING: Abia PDP Gubernatorial Candidate Uche Ikonne Dies

Just weeks before the March 11, 2023 gubernatorial elections, a candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State is dead.

Prof Uchenna Ikonne died at the National Hospital Abuja on Wednesday at 4:00 a.m. after a brief illness.

Confirming the incident, his son, Dr Uche Ikonne on Wednesday, wrote; “I regret to announce the death of my dear father, Prof Eleazar Uchenna Ikonne, who died at the National Hospital Abuja today January 2023
25, by 4 am after a brief illness.

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“He was recovering after taking proper treatment in the United Kingdom but relapsed a few days ago leading to multiple cardiac arrests from which he didn’t recover from.

“Further details and arrangements would be made known to the public after deliberations and meetings are made within the family.”

 

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APC Expels Buhari’s Ex-aide Ita Enang

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APC Expels Buhari's Ex-aide Ita Enang

Aggrieved by Senator Ita Enang’s involvement in anti-party activities, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has expelled the former aide to President Muhammadu Buhari .

The expulsion follows recommendations from Enang’s ward (eastern ward 2 in Ibiono) Ibom Local Government Area of the state.

The state working committee of the party led by Stephen Ntukekpo had in a letter dated January 24 ratified the ward’s recommendations to expel him.

The letter read, “The anti-party activities among others include his indulgence with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Akwa Ibom State, and his willful but unlawful disobedience of the directives of our great party, the APC,” the letter reads.

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“After a free and fair gubernatorial primary election conducted by the party which he lost without showing a good spirit of sportsmanship, Senator Ita Solomon Enang had engaged in endless litigation against the candidate who won and the party.

“In the process, fully doing the bidding of the PDP to put a clog in the wheel of our progress as a party. The clandestine meetings he holds with the opposition party, the PDP, and after such meetings, drumming support for them, are not without notice by his vigilant ward and chapter officers of our great party.

“Consequently, I write on behalf of the state working committee (SWC) to ratify the decision of the disciplinary committee of the All Progressives Congress; that, Senator Ita Solomon Enang, be and is hereby expelled from the All Progressives Congress.”

 

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Court Orders APC To Conduct Fresh Primary Election For Guber Candidate In Benue

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Court Orders APC To Conduct Fresh Primary Election For Guber Candidate In Benue

The All Progressives Congress (APC) is to conduct a fresh primary election in 11 out of the 23 local government areas of Benue State for the nomination of its gubernatorial candidate.

This is the ruling of the Court of Appeal in Makurdi on Monday.

The affected local governments are, Gboko, Gwer- East, Gwer-West, Guma, Katsina-Ala, Logo, Makurdi, Otukpo, Ukum, Tarka and Vandeikya.

The court also asked that APC conduct the primaries within 14 days and that INEC recognize the winner after adding election results from the 12 local government areas.

The development is coming barely 33 days before the 2023 general elections.

The judgement followed an appeal filed by one of the aspirants on the platform of the APC, Professor Terhemba Shija, arguing that there was no valid primary election held on 27th May 2022 by APC for the nomination of its gubernatorial candidate to warrant Fr Alia emerging as the winner.

The court, after evaluating evidence submitted by Professor Shija, agreed with his submissions.

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However, the court agreed with APC on the rerun of 9th June 2022, which took part in 12 local governments of the states, saying it was valid and still stands.

Meanwhile, the court dismissed Senator Barnabas Gemade’s appeal and upheld the judgement of the Federal High Court, which dismissed his suit against Fr Alia for being statute-barred.

 

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