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Benue APC Crisis Deepens As Police Teargas Anti-Austin Agada Group

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There seems to be no end in sight for the intra-party crisis rocking the Benue State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as policemen on Friday fired tear gas at anti-Austin Agada group who attacked the state’s party chairman while attempting to access the state secretariat of the APC in Makurdi.

The incident followed a letter written by the Chief of Staff to Governor Hyacinth Alia, conveying the governor’s instructions to the Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Adesina, banning all political activities in the state indefinitely, allegedly over the insecurity occasioned by the influx of herders into the state.

“I write to inform you that His Excellency Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alla has banned all political gatherings in any form, be it inter or intra party or groups in Benue State till further notice,” the letter dated February 27, 2024 read.

“This has become necessary following Intelligence on the volatility of the security atmosphere in the state.

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“It is certainly not news to you how the security atmosphere in the state has charged following the unprecedented influx of armed herdsmen in the state. You are by this notification invited to enforce this directive.”

Thereafter the police directed the state chapter of the APC group led by Agada not to hold its planned state executive committee meeting with some key party officials.

Despite the directive, the Agada group believed to be loyal to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume, went ahead with the meeting but supporters of Governor Alia moved to the area to block the road leading to the venue.

But pandemonium broke out as Agada arrived at the party secretariat, with the anti-Agada supporters descending on him, prompting the police to shoot into the air and fire tear gas at the crowd to disperse them.

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‘I Will Fight So That Governors Will Respect Their Deputies’ – Shaibu

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Reinstated Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, has stated that his legal battle against impeachment was a fight to protect the dignity and office of deputy governors across Nigeria, which he believes has been ridiculed since the return of democracy in 1999.

Speaking after a thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Benin on Sunday, Shaibu described his court victory as a win for democracy and an act of God.

He emphasized the need for the National Assembly to enact laws that would safeguard the office of deputy governors, ensuring they are treated with the respect and consideration they deserve.

Shaibu expressed dismay over the treatment of deputy governors by some state governors, highlighting the systemic disdain despite both offices running on the same electoral ticket.

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He stressed that his struggle was not just personal but aimed at setting a precedent that upholds the integrity of the office of the deputy governor.

The deputy governor also called for an investigation into the death of Police Inspector Onu Ako, who was killed on Thursday during Shaibu’s exit from Benin Airport alongside All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Senator Monday Okpebholo.

Shaibu’s reinstatement by the Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice J. K. Omotosho, marked a significant turn in Edo State politics.

The court overturned his impeachment and ordered the payment of his salaries and allowances from April when he was impeached.

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Additionally, the court issued an injunction restraining the state government from preventing Shaibu from performing his official duties.

In his address, Shaibu reiterated his commitment to serving the people of Edo State and working towards improving governance and democratic principles in Nigeria.

Philip Shaibu’s legal battle began after his impeachment by the Edo State House of Assembly, a move that was met with widespread criticism and legal challenges.

He said, “My fight to be reinstated is for all the people occupying the office in the country. The office has been ridiculed since the return of democracy in 1999.

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“I will continue to fight to make sure that sanity and respect are brought back to that office. All I am doing is not to earn anything but to make sure that the sanity of the office of the deputy governor is restored in line with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“What other deputy governors cannot fight against, I will fight on their behalf so that governors will start respecting that office.”

On his victory in the court, he said, “I challenged God, and I told Him that I want him to prove His power in my life, that people that are anti-God and anti-democracy are at it again, and they want to use me as a scapegoat, I told God to show to the world that I am truly his son.

“They said they will impeach me, and I will go to court and that by the time judgment will come, the tenure will have been over, I now challenged God to prove to them that they have touched His anointed and that the judgment will come faster, more than expected. I said I will need the judgment to come before the election.

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“By the grace of God, democracy has come to stay, and we that fought for democracy will protect it; anti-democratic forces must be flushed out, and we will succeed.”

Shaibu also urged the youths in the state not to allow themselves to be used but should vote in the election to remove “anti-democratic people”.

He added, “This election is the time to change anti-democratic forces, and you must do it through the ballot. Don’t engage in violence, and I have been preaching this for the past year when the intimidation and harassment against me started.”

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BREAKING! Political permutations shifts gear in Edo as Deputy Gov pitches tenth with APC

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…dumps PDP finally

The reinstated Deputy Governor of Edo State, Comrade Phillip Shaibu, has officially dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The embattled Deputy Governor dumped that main opposition party at a campaign rally held on Saturday in the state.

Shaibu, at the rally, declared his official return to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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He was received into the party by the APC’s governorship candidate, Senator Monday Okpebholo and his running mate, Dennis Idahosa.

The reinstated Deputy Governor also used the defection rally to reunite with his political godfather, a former Edo State Governor and APC National Chairman, Senator Adams Oshiomhole.

Recall that a Federal High Court in Abuja had nullified Shaibu’s impeachment on charges of gross misconduct by the Edo State House of Assembly.

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PDP Governors Declare Support For Organised Labour’s Push For Minimum Wage Increase

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The 13 governors of the PDP also supported the Nigerian government’s stance on granting autonomy to local governments.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum has thrown its weight behind the organised labour regarding its demand for a new minimum wage.

The 13 governors of the PDP also supported the Nigerian government’s stance on granting autonomy to local governments.

This was part of the resolutions from its meeting in Enugu on Wednesday, which lasted over four hours, with Bauchi State Governor and Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Bala Mohammed, addressing the press on behalf of his colleagues.

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He also called for a political solution to the ongoing crisis in Rivers State between Governor Sim Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike.

While reading out the communique before journalists, the PDP governors’ forum acknowledged that the minimum wage negotiations are becoming unduly protracted in the face of the unprecedented hardship and impoverishment of the people, saying the organised labour’s demand for a substantial salary raise is eminently justified.

They said the agreement must take into consideration the ability to pay by the subnational, federal and local governments, and appealed for restraint in both utterances and actions that could lead to the complete breakdown of law and order as well as the collapse of the economy.

Declaring their support for the autonomy of the local government as enshrined in the constitution, the forum said it believes in the efficacy of the local government system which ensures that governance will be brought closer to the people.

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While regretting the level of hardship faced by Nigerians under the All Progressives Congress-led federal government, the PDP governors’ forum promised to bring back the good old days of low inflation rate, affordable food, fuel and transportation among others.

The forum commended the governors of the PDP-governed states for their innovative approaches to governance in many areas, especially infrastructure, education, health as well as timely delivery of developmental projects across the country.

The governors further called on Nigerians to refrain from any anarchy as the PDP works towards its return to power in 2027.

The forum commended Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State for holding the party together not only in Enugu but in the entire South East.

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Aside from the PDP governors, others in attendance were the chairman of the party, chairman of the Board of Trustees, the chairman of the former PDP governors’ forum, and the chairman of the Senate caucus.

Others were the chairman of the former ministers’ forum, as well as PDP state chairmen in the 36 states of the federation.

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