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NWFL: Edo First Lady Receives Sheroes Award,Hails Pre-Season Organisers



… Shaibu congratulates recipient

Edo State First Lady, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, Wednesday received the 2022 Sheroes Merit Award,with a promise to continue her contribution to girl child education and development in the country.

The award plaque was presented to the First Lady during a courtesy visit by the management team of Edo Queens, led by the Head Coach, Moses Aduku, at the Government House, Benin City.

Coach Aduku had earlier received the award on behalf of the First Lady at the last National Women Football League, NWFL Sheroes Pre-season Tournament, which held in Abuja.

Receiving the award, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki expressed gratitude to the organisers of the women football pre-season tournament, Naija Ratels Foundation, for the honour done her.

” I am grateful and thankful to Sheroes and everyone who have reckoned with our work, extending their goodwill to us in Edo State”.

” Let me again congratulate our girls who did us proud at the pre-season tournament in Abuja. Congratulations to Coach Moses Aduku for a job well done”,the First Lady added.

The organizers of the Sheroes Cup 2022,
Naija Ratels Sports Development Foundation, honoured the Edo State First Lady, Betsy Obaseki with a merit award for her role in girl child development and her invaluable contributions to the growth of women football in the country, through the annual Betsy Obaseki Women Football Tournament, BOWFT in Edo State.

Edo Queens finished second behind Delta Queens with a cash prize of five hundred thousand naira at the 4th edition of Sheroes Pre-season Cup Tournament,held in Abuja in October, 2022.

Meanwhile,the Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, has congratulated the First Lady, Betsy Obaseki, on the Sheroes Preseason 2022 Merit Award.

The sports-loving Deputy Governor described the award as a well deserved by the First Lady, especially as it was not solicited for.

“The award is not just for our First Lady alone, but for the entire Edo State. The award is coming in recognition of Her Excellency’s advocacy and fight against social vices, including human trafficking which was a plague”.

“Edo has been put in the global map as champions helping to promote girl-child education and development which our First Lady projects represents. I congratulate our First Lady and we will continue to support Her Excellency in girl-child development project”.

“Let me also congratulate Edo Queens who have been outstanding. We want the girls to go continental having dominated the women league. That is our target, Shaibu added.

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PDP Crisis: Ortom, Fayose, Anyim, Others Get Soft Landing



…..Party Rescinds Sanctions

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rescinded sanctions slammed on former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, and ex-Senate President, Pius Anyim, over alleged anti-party activities.

Benue Governor Samuel Ortom, Ibrahim Shema of Kastina state and other party Chieftains also sanctioned got soft landings after a crucial meeting of the national working committee of the party yesterday in Abuja

Recall that the party top shots were suspended by the embattled Iyorchia Ayu leadership over alleged anti party activities

But in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, yesterday Thursday, March 30, the party announced that its National Working Committee,NWC, has reversed the suspension of the party’s chieftains.

Ologunagba noted that the PDP NWC also reversed Governor Ortom’s referral to the party’s disciplinary committee.

He said: “The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at its meeting today, Thursday, March 30, 2023, extensively discussed recent developments in the party.

“The NWC recognised the imperativeness of a total reconciliation among party leaders and critical stakeholders for a more cohesive Party in the overall interest of our teeming members and Nigerians in general.

“Consequent upon the above, the NWC reverses the referral of the Governor of Benue State, His Excellency, Dr. Samuel Ortom to the National Disciplinary Committee.

“The NWC in the same vein reverses the suspension of the following members of our great party: H.E Ibrahim Shema (Katsina State); Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti State); Sen. Pius Anyim (Ebonyi State); Prof. Dennis Ityavyar (Benue State); Dr. Aslam Aliyu (Zamfara State).

“This decision is without prejudice to the powers of the NWC to take necessary disciplinary action against any member of the party at any time pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended in 2017).

“The NWC charges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to be guided by the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017) as well as the new spirit and necessity of reconciliation, unity, and harmony in our party at this critical time.

“The PDP must remain focused as we continue to take every necessary action to recover the stolen mandate freely given by Nigerians to our party and presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal,” the PDP spokesperson stated.

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DSS ING Alarm:Legal Means Can Be Deployed To Stop Tinubu’s Inauguration- HURIWA



Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA), yesterday said there was nothing wrong in applying legal means to stop the inauguration of the President-Elect, Bola Tinubu on May 29, 2023 because the February 25, 2023 election that produced him is still being actively challenged in court by leading candidates in the poll.

HURIWA, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said the so-called alarm raised by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Wednesday that some politicians are plotting an interim government should not be used as an obstacle to stop the petitions filed by Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) challenging Tinubu’s Victory

The DSS warning followed a petition by the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo that the DSS should invite Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, over their rejection of Tinubu as the President-Elect.

Similarly, Atiku had earlier in March led a protest to the Abuja office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reject the result of the February 25 poll declared by the electoral umpire.

Both Atiku and Obi alleged electoral malpractices in the poll and are in court to challenge the declaration of Tinubu as President-Elect by INEC.

HURIWA’s Onwubiko said, “The Department of State Services should not rope in powerful opposition forces such as Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar with a view to finding some frivolous charges to hang on their necks to frustrate their formidable petitions against the outcome of the February 25 presidential poll.

“The DSS must work for all of Nigeria and not work as errand boys of Tinubu and his allies who only recently made claims that some persons want to stop his swearing in. By the way, there is nothing wrong in applying legal means to stop his inauguration because the election is being actively challenged. Nothing should be used as obstacles to obstruct Obi and Atiku’s petitions.

He advised that ,“The DSS should go after arm smugglers, kidnappers, bandits and terrorists and leave politicking for politicians.”

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Edo NUJ Felicitates Arase Over Appointment As Chairman PSC



The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo State Council has felicitated with Solomon Arase, a retired Inspector General of Police on his appointment as Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC).

In a statement signed by the union Chairman, Comrade Festus Alenkhe, the union described the appointment as well deserved.

The union expressed optimism that Arase will bring his wealth of experience to bear in his new assignment to his father land.

The union prayed God Almighty to grant him the knowledge and wisdom to reposition the Police Service Commission for better service delivery.

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