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*2023: Shaibu Lauds Edo North PDP Women, Urges Rejection of Moneybag Politicians



…As Betsy Obaseki Inaugurates Women Campaign Council in Edo North

As preparations for 2023 general elections hots up, Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, in company of the First Lady, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki and the Deputy Governor’s wife, Comrade Mrs. Maryann Philip-Shaibu stormed Edo North Senatorial District, Saturday to inaugurate the PDP Women Campaign Council.

The Campaign Council is charged with the mandate to canvass votes and mobilise support for the presidential candidate of the party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, his running mate, Senator lfeanyi Okowa and other flag bearers of the party in the various constituencies.

The Campaign Council was formally inaugurated at the DSP Event Hall, Jattu by the Head, State Women Campaign Council, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, supported by Comrade Mrs. Maryann Philip-Shaibu, wife of the Deputy Governor.

In her remarks, Mrs. Obaseki noted that the focus of the Council was to mobilise for PDP’s victory in the 2023 General Elections, as they have done in time past and most recently, the Edo 2020 Governorship Election, while codemning votes buying.

The First Lady who extolled the Deputy Governor’s humility, transparency and accountability, affirmed: “My sister and I, wife of the Deputy Governor have chosen to work tirelessly for PDP because of the wealth of experience of Edo State Governor and his brother, the Deputy Governor”.

” I believe this will be replicated at the Presidency, if they borrow their wealth of experience”.

“The PDP at the national level adopted this Women Campaign Council strategy because they acknowledged what we did during Edo 2020 Governorship Election and we will not disappoint them”, she added.

In his remarks at the event,Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt.Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, also acknowledged the role played by the Chairperson and First Lady, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, his wife, Maryann, in the build-up to the Edo 2020 Governorship Election.

He restated their resourcefulness and impact in ensuring that four women emerged to represent their interest at the State House of Assembly and one at the National Assembly.

He narrated how they have continued to advocate for more women representation in governance.

“As the time ticks for 2023 General Elections, they will come with their usual lies and money to induce you, but you must remain firm and resolute in your decision to take back Nigeria from those who have taken us backward and impoverished us by voting the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar and our brother, the vice presidential candidate, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa and all other PDP candidates in your constituencies”.

In her closing remarks, wife of Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Mrs. Maryann Philip-Shaibu, while recounting the bond between her and the Edo North women said, ” we are different; we stand out; we are special; we are selected. We have been together even before election and we know ourselves”.

“Another election is here again, they will come with money and after the election, they will run away from you until another election. This time, you must reject them and their bad governance. As you have been Inaugurated, be ready like never before. Anyone that is not ready, including the candidates, must give way,” Maryann Philip-Shaibu, added.

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ANTI PARTY ACTIVITIES: Esan Central APC, Suspends Nine Leaders, Appoints Bello



Nine Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Esan Central LGA have been suspended at an extraordinary meeting held this evening at Irrua, the LGA capital.

The suspended leaders include APC State Vice Chairman, Chief Francis Inegbeniki, Esan Central foremost Party Leader, Prince Willy Shaka Momodu, Ward Leader, Hon Abudu Ugbesia, among six others.

The suspended nine APC leaders are alleged to have held a clandestine meeting at a hotel in Eidenu, Irrua on the eve of the House of Assembly election and resolved to work against their party candidate for the House of Assembly election, Hon Victor Edoror. It is alleged that they were induced by the ruling party and their grand conspiracy to disallow Hon Edoror to get into the House and become the Speaker which might scuttle their agenda for Esan governor candidate from Esan Central LGA.

The meeting which was attended enmass by angry members and party executives of the party across the LGA appointed former LGA Councillior, and House of Assembly election aspirant, Hon. Bello Oyaziwolo, as the acting Leader, to oversee the affairs of the party pending the determination of the investigation into the degree of involvement of each of the suspended leader.

Interestingly, the Deputy Leader of the Party in Esan Central LGA and former Vice Chairman of the LGA, Hon Francis Ubene, was exempted from suspension because preliminary investigation revealed that he was in the meeting allegedly called by Chief Inegbeniki, but he refused to agree with their alleged plan to sabotage the election for Hon Edoror because according to him “I have forgiven him and if I have forgiven him, I cannot work against him or the party”.

Speaking with Hon Bello, after the appointment, the new LGA Leader said he was not interested in Leading the party for selfish reasons but would commit himself to helping the party rid itself of betrayals and inept leaders in the LGA and hopefully allow a free process to produce the next LGA Leader.

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Delta: Oborevwori’s Victory, A Turning Point, Says Ebireri



Media Consultant, Henry Ebireri, has urged Delta State governor-elect, Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori to embark only on programmes that are genuine, attainable, purposeful, durable and people-oriented.

He also urged him to make a significant impact at improving the lot of the masses.

In a statement in Sapele, the media consultant described the March 18 governorship election in Delta State as ‘’’a turning point, a landmark in the history of the oil rich state’’.

He appealed to Oborevwori to steer Delta State in the needed direction.

‘’There is a very high expectation from the governor-elect by the people. He must direct his energy towards inculcating the spirit of self-reliance among the citizenry through economic and empowerment programmes’’

The media professional listed security, youth and women empowerment, agriculture, health, education, infrastructural development, industrial revolution, cultural and tourism rebirth,  communication and sports development as key areas to be addressed by the governor-elect.

The statement underscored the future of Delta youths infrastructure and security challenges.

He urged Oborevwori to be fair to all.

He also urged him to recruit only qualified, competent and meritorious hands to help him develop the oil-rich state.

 ‘’They should be people of integrity, honesty and trust. The team should comprise only tested, dedicated, loyal, courageous, selfless, focused and visionary men and women’’

Ebireri further commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his immense contribution to the political development of Delta State.

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Senator Ovie Omo-Agege Rejects INEC’s Declaration of Oborevwori As Winner of Delta Poll

A while ago, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Delta State announced Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, gubernatorial flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor-elect following the March 18 governorship election.

The declaration was made despite the myriad of infractions and acts of impunity on the part of the PDP in the course of the election. These were brought to the attention of INEC with incontrovertible proof.

The March 18 election was characterized by massive fraud, unprecedented vote buying and voter suppression perpetrated by the PDP in the course of the election.

The fraudulent nature of PDP’s so-called victory are just too damning and daring for it to be acceptable in any decent society. Most of those infractions are on the public domain and known to INEC officials and the security agencies involved in superintending the election.

In the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections, the results pointed to an unequivocal rejection of the PDP. Of the three senatorial zones in the state, APC won two while PDP controversially edged out the Labour Party in the Delta North Senate race.

It was an unadulterated verdict of Deltans on how they have fared under 24 years of governance of their state by PDP.

On the basis of the factors listed and more that will come later, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, governorship candidate of the APC in Delta State as well as the leadership of the party, unequivocally reject the declaration by INEC of Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori of the PDP as winner of the March 18 governorship election.

We will challenge this fraudulent result using all legal means.

As a democrat and Deputy President of the Senate, Omo-Agege will explore all lawful avenues to reclaim the mandate freely given to him by the good people of Delta State.

To the numerous supporters of APC and the entire public that share in Omo-Agege’s vision of building a new Delta State, we urge you all to remain calm, peaceful and law abiding.

I can assure all our teeming supporters and all Deltans that the PDP pyrrhic celebration of a stolen mandate will be short-lived.

By the grace of God and the clearly expressed wish of the people, this electoral heist will be reversed and Senator Omo-Agege will be sworn in on May 29, 2023 as the lawfully elected Governor of Delta State.

Sunny Areh
Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy President of the Senate and Governorship Candidate of APC, Delta State, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

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