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Redeem N500m To Edo , Shaibu Urges FG, As State Receives Torch of Unity



Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, Monday received the Torch of Unity for the 2022 edition which begins today, November 30th in Asaba, Delta State.

Obaseki, represented by his Deputy, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, received the Torch at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, with a reminder ithe federal government to redeem the N500million to the state

The Torch was handed over to the Deputy Governor by one of Nigeria’s most celebrated Olympian and Chairman, Edo State Sports Commission, Yussuf Alli.

While receiving the Torch, Shaibu thanked the torch bearing delegates and welcomed them to Edo State.

“You are welcome to Edo State, the Heartbeat of Nigeria and host of the last edition of the Festival. We are happy that we have received the Torch”.

“The purpose of organizing this festival is to unite Nigeria after the war. We pray that with the torch of unity, going round the country, it will bring to an end all our security challenges, religious crises and other ethnic unrest which have been of major concerns to every body.”

“As we go to Delta, we pray for all the States that will be participating in the festival will go back to their States with peace and unity that we will share during the fiesta”.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor has urged the Federal Government, through the Ministries of Sports and Finance to make good its pledge of releasing the sum of #500m as support fund to Edo State as host of the last sports festival.

“Through you, I want to remind my brother, the Honourable Minister of Sports and my sister, the Honourable Minister of Finance of the #500m the Federal Government promised to pay us because of the several post ponements we suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic before that festival was finally held. Till now, we have not received it”.

“We are using this medium as we pass this Torch of Unity that the Federal Government, should please, release the money.We need that money which was loaned to us by banks to enable us host the festival. We pray they will understand and redeem the pledge to Edo State Government to enable us settle our banks”

“However, we will continue to support the Federal Government and the Honourable Minister of Youths and Sports in the agenda to transform Sports in Nigeria, especially with the recent 10 years master plan initiated”.

” We have keyed into it so that our young children can live their dream of being champions of the world”.

Speaking earlier at the event, a Deputy Director in the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports, who doubles as Coordinator, Torch of Unity, Chief Amaka Ashiofu, emphasized that the Torch of Unity was a symbol of peace and unity.

She thanked Edo State for joining other States in accepting to participate at the 21st National Sports Festival.

“We are here to present the Torch of Unity for the 21st National Sports Festival. This was flagged -off on 28th October, 2022 by the President, Mohammadu Buhari and has since gone through the 36 States of the Federation, before coming to the last host, Edo State”.

“This torch signifies peace and unity.When it comes to every State, it shows their acceptance to participate at the National Sports Festival. Sports, as we all know, it’s a platform for peace and unity and that’s why we are all here”, she added.

Team Edo will depart the State for Asaba Tuesday, as they hope to better their last edition performance where they came second behind Delta with 129 gold, 104 silver, and 108 bronze medals.

Present at the ceremony were the Permanent Secretary, Edo State Sports Commission, Mrs. Sabina Chikere, South-South Zonal Coordinator, Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports, Rebecca Wilfred, including Executive Board Members, Edo State Sports Commission.

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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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