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BREAKING! Senator Osunbor withdraws from Edo guber race

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…says I can’t be part of an illegality

 

Foremost aspirant in the Edo APC guber race, Senator Professor Oserheimen Osunbor has formally pulled out of the rescheduled primary slated for today.

Recall Osunbor had last Tuesday submitted a petition to APC Appeals committee and demanded for a rescheduled primary that will free and fair.

In the letter dated February 21, 2024, Osunbor stated his position declaring that:

“The primary election purportedly conducted last Saturday 17 February 2024 was, in
my view, an exercise in illegality, shameful and a reckless and total disregard of the
procedure under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Electoral
Act, the APC Constitution, and the Guidelines for the Conduct of the Governorship
primaries.

“To suggest or imply, as the statement seems to convey, that the National
Working Committee desires to complete a totally flawed process goes against my
principles of integrity, transparency and all the values that I hold dear.

“Accordingly, | hereby give you notice that I.do not wish to participate in the process
which | see as an attempt to legitimise the illegitimate exercise of last Saturday. It is
an attempt to build something on nothing.

Read full letter below:

NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL FROM EDO STATE APC GOVERNORSHIP PRIMARY
ELECTION

My attention has been drawn to a Press Statement published this morning by Felix
Morka, Esq, the APC Publicity Secretary, to the effect that the National Working
Committee of the party has resolved “that the Edo State Governorship Primary
Election has not been completed, and has now fixed Thursday February 22, 2024
(tomorrow) for, the completion of the Primary Election Process”.

The primary election purportedly conducted last Saturday 17 February 2024 was, in
my view, an exercise in illegality, shameful and a reckless and total disregard of the
procedure under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Electoral
Act, the APC Constitution, and the Guidelines for the Conduct of the Governorship
primaries. To suggest or imply, as the statement seems to convey, that the National
Working Committee desires to complete a totally flawed process goes against my
principles of integrity, transparency and all the values that | hold dear.

Accordingly, | hereby give you notice that | do not wish to participate in the process
which I see as an attempt to legitimise the illegitimate exercise of last Saturday. It is
an attempt to build something on nothing.

“Kindly therefore remove my name from the list of aspirants forthwith.

With assurances of my respect as I remain a member of APC

Yours faithfully,

 

Sen. (Prof) O.A. Osunbor.

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Interior Minister denies announcing Gov Aiyedatiwa as Tinubu’s preferred candidate

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The Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has disassociated himself from a report that President Bola Tinubu picked Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo State as his preferred candidate for the Nov.16 Governorship election in the state.

A statement issued by Babatunde Alao, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Minister, on Wednesday, also described as false the purported appointment of the minister as leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State.

Alao, who was reacting to the social media publication, described the report as baseless and fictitious.

“Therefore, Tunji-Ojo completely disassociates and distances himself from the purported appointment as it holds no truth whatsoever,” he said.

The media aide added that there was no meeting held in Abuja between the minister and APC Chairmen and leaders from the 18 local government areas of Ondo State, as alleged in the article.

“The minister is aware that the party’s governorship primary election is days away, and he has advised aspirants to embrace the spirit of love and sportsmanship,” Alao said.

According to him, the President, as the father of the nation and as the leader of the party, is a democrat whose interest is always to promote unity and peace.

“Therefore, he would not want to involve himself in any action that would undermine that,” he said.

The special adviser urged the public to disregard the misinformation contained in the viral news article and to always rely on credible sources for accurate information.

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Edo APC Chairman To Shaibu: You Were Loyal Even To Detriment Of People You Started With

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“You are somebody who stood out. The price you paid is the price of loyalty, you were loyal even to the detriment of people you started with, you paid that price.”

These were the words of Jaret Tenebe, the acting chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State when he paid a solidarity visit to the impeached deputy governor of the state, Philip Shaibu in his Abuja residence on Wednesday.

In a video clip that has been widely circulated online, Tenebe in the video, described Shaibu as a strong man, declaring that he was in the impeached deputy governor’s residence to encourage him to pursue his matter in the court to a reasonable conclusion.

Tenebe, who likened what happened to Shaibu to that of Jesus Christ, adding: “He died for our sins, what has happened is a replica of what Jesus Christ did for humanity.”

“Today, they have removed you as the deputy governor but we still regard you as the deputy governor, it is the price that you have paid to ensure that Obaseki and his semblance are rooted out of Edo State, and I can tell you that we will not allow you walk alone, we are with you in spirit.

“You are a strong man, and I am here as the chairman of APC in Edo State, and an Uzairue indigene, we both come from the same place. We should be strong, and I implore you to continue to pursue this matter in court and we will be with you all through and God is your strength.

“When one door is closed many more are opened, and many are opened for you from today. That is what the detractors don’t know, be strong and we will match on together.”

In his response, Shaibu who said his removal would not stand the test of time, added that the whole exercise was because of the September 21 governorship election in the state.

Shaibu, who promised loyalty to the acting chairman, added: “We have shared a lot of things both good and bad together. I am deeply humbled and happy that even this situation has brought us together as one that we are. You are one person that I have always admired, someone that I grew up with.

“The person that actually separated us has also united us and that is the beauty of what has happened. I want to assure you that as we move on, just like you said, this whole thing happened between the Lent and Ramadan season, and the lessons of Lent and Ramadan are obvious.

“I am not ready to change my attitude, I am ready to be a friend and loyal friend and partner.

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TRENDING VIDEO! Watch moment Edo new deputy gov celebrates his emergence

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It’s time for Edo new deputy governor, Marvelous Godwins to celebrate as captured in a trending video online.

Naijablitznews reports that Marvelous Godwins was eventually picked as deputy to Godwin Obaseki on Monday after the Edo House of Assembly impeached Phillip Shaibu.

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