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Edo 2020:  Parties Sign Peace Accord, As All Promise To Abide By It

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By Ikhili Ebalu, Benin City

AS result of the rising tension the Edo governorship election has created, the National Peace Committee (NPC) headed by former Head of State, General Abdulsalmi Abubakar (rtd), its convener Bishgop Hassan Kukah has  made the contesting political parties to sign a peace accord where they were charged to ensure they work for peace and also accept the outcome of the results with special emphasis on the two major contenders which are the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki and his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

Abdulsalami said reneging on the agreement would mean the actors rubbishing their integrity adding that with the assurances from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of maintaining neutrality and the Inspector General of police Muhammed Adamu assuring of adequate security, Edo people should come out and vote on Election Day even as he lauded the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II for his efforts at bringing the warring parties together when the tension was at its peak.

He said “The gubernatorial election in Edo state is just a few days away and giving peace during and after the election is a priority and it must be done. We as a people should aspire to see Nigeria where people feel safe to come out of their homes to cast their votes without any fear.

“As you are all aware the election cannot hold in the absence of a peaceful atmosphere. All contesting parties need to adopt a code of conduct that will remove confrontation among them because

“By agreeing to sign this covenant of peace all of you are committing yourselves to ensure an enduring peace in Nigeria and Edo State before, during and after the election and agreeing to look beyond short term political gains, sectoral interests or narrow party advantage and accepting nothing but for the development of Edo state
“As we go into the elections, we have been given all assurances by the INEC chairman and he has repeated it here this morning, he told us that they are ready with all the necessary materials and they will conduct a free and fair election haven gotten this, the rest is left for you the voters to do what is right by desisting from selling your votes thereby selling your rights, freedom and conscience.
“Similarly the Inspector General of Police who was here yesterday and who is ably represented by the DIG has assured that the police are here to ensure that there is peace and tranquillity and citizens who want to vote will do so freely.
“I urge all of us to use the process of election in Edo as a test of future elections as reiterated by President Muhammadu Buhari let every Nigerian be respected and be given an opportunity to cast his or her vote without intimidation or coercion and once that vote is casted let us applaud that vote. I ask all the stakeholders and key people here present to commit to the spirit of this accord while also remembering that the violators of this accord are putting their integrity on line because you are signing this as ladies and gentlemen who are to be taken for your words we therefore call on everyone to work to ensuring a peaceful election process to ensure that peace reign in Edo state during and after the election”
On his part, Kukah said the peace meeting was a rare one as the committee usually work during presidential elections “This is one of the very rare occasions where the peace committee has to roll out its drum to accompany gubernatorial candidates, usually we do our work at the level of presidential election”
On his part, chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmud Yakubu reassured of the readiness of the commission to conduct a credible election the NOC has demonstrated that so much can be achieved in nation building by the force of moral rather than statutory authority. INEC working with civil society organisations and other stakeholders will continue to support the work of the peace committee. We welcome this initiative. Our preparation for deployment of personnel and materials, new innovations in result management, the safety of personnel, security of materials and above all the credibility of the election have all been negatively impacted by violence and malpractices.
“I wish to assure you of INEC’s  commitment to credible election, the votes will count, the people of Edo state will determine who will become their next governor, their choice will be upheld”
On his part, the Police IG who was represented by Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Research and Planning, Adeleye Oyebade said police would work with sister security agencies to ensure a peaceful exercise.”

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In remarks, the Oba of Benin who was represented by the Esogban of Benin, Chief David Edebiri while applauding the initiators said election in Edo has never been this tense.
He said: “I want to tell you that elections in Edo State have never produced such a bloody outcome. The first election I participated in was in Benin in 1952. Since then I have participated in every national, sub-national, local government election that took place in Nigeria.
“We appeal to our sons who are all in the field to know that only one winner will emerge. This election is particularly good because the two main contestants are people from reputable families in Benin. They are from families that have been ruling and have been associated with the good administration of this place.  The Omo N’Oba is very happy that the committee is here to help to bring peace to this kingdom of Benin and the rest of Edo

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In his reaction, Governor Obaseki urged the committee to also look out for non-state actors who he said have influence over voters even as he said he as a candidate and chief security officer of the state would abide by the peace pact.
“I want to say on behalf of myself, as a candidate of the party and my party, the PDP, that we are fully committed to ensuring that we have a peaceful election. I have no choice, because in addition to being a candidate, I am also the governor and the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of the state. I want to commit publicly, once again, that I will live by the letter and spirit of the accord that has just been signed.”

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His counterpart, Ize-Iyamu towing the same line said “Let me reaffirm our commitment to what has been signed and to assure Nigerians and particularly our people in Edo State, that we will talk to all our supporters and we will conduct ourselves peacefully. We will do our best to ensure that the election is peaceful. We support free, fair and credible elections. We believe that is the only way that we can sustain our democracy.

“We want to assure all our dignitaries that, by the grace of God, the election is going to be very peaceful. We thank you and we are grateful.”


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Mukadam Asiwaju Asiru Idris, A Leader With Many Positive Tracks Record’s.

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_By: Comr. Omosona T. Olakunle_

_The true mark of a leader is the willingness to stick with a bold course of action, an unconventional business strategy, a unique product-development roadmap, a controversial marketing campaign even as the rest of the world wonders why he is not marching in step with the status quo. In other words, real leaders are happy to zig while others zag. They understand that in an era of hyper-competition and non-stop disruption, the only way to stand out from the crowd is to stand for something special.”_

*Asiwaju Asiru Idris* has demonstrated the above quality of a good leader, he is not just a leader but a reliable personality and a ladder to success for many successful youths and the ages.

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I am not writing this article to gain favour nor trying to praise sing him but it is the reality that needed to be told to those who are still doubting who Asiwaju Asiru Idris is.

*Alhaji Asiru Idris* leadership style instill in people’s a hope for success by making them to belief in themselves.

I have dedicated the months and years to followed his post on social media, I must confess I enjoyed every single post from him, mostly his post always circle on how the people can be blessed positively and be impactful to the society, he is not just a social media dwellers just like other leaders but a true democrat whose love for the masses is second to none.

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_Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals._

*Mukadam* has empowered the masses positively, he is a man who dwells in positivity, his desires for others to grow is what I loved about him.

He is more concerned about the success of others, leader like him are scarce commodities.

To be successful, you have to use each day as an opportunity to improve, to be better, to get a little bit closer to your goals.

*Hon. Asiru* has maximized every opportunities in elevating many out of poverty, some were grateful while others choose another paths to shows their ingratitude characters which I know it will take them nowhere, some even went as far to back-stab him nor criticized him by trying to tarnish his image but they failed woefully because a man blessed by the Almighty God can not be curse by any human.

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The more he accomplished, the more they get angry and jealous his sagacity intellect all because he is making positive impact across all board in Kogi west and Kogi State by extension.

Let them keep criticizing the man blessed by God, all I know is that the enemies will always failed in their biding to pull him down.

God bless the man of the people *Mukadam Asiwaju Asiru Idris*, may he continue to succeed in all that he wishes in life.


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Edo guber: PDP caution INEC against inconclusive poll

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By Ikhili Ebalu, Benin City

The Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) campaign council for Edo State governorship election, Sunday said it will resist attempts to declare the election which held yesterday (Saturday) inconclusive.

Chairman of the party’s National campaign council and Rivers State governor, Mr. Nyeson Wike who disclosed this to journalists in Benin City cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against such move.

Wike alleged that the INEC returning officer for Orhionmwon local government has disappeared after supervising collation of results in the area.

According to him, “we call on INEC and to let the general public know that the man is locked up in an office in INEC complex.”

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Official results from 16 out of 18 local government areas in the State showed that governor Godwin Obaseki is leading the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu with a wide margin of over 100,000 votes.


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Edo 2020: Obaseki Leading Ize-Iyamu 12 – 2 In 14 Announced LGA Results So Far

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Owan West

APC 11,193

PDP 11,485

Accredited voters: 23, 294

Owan East

APC 19,295

PDP 14,762

Edo 2020: Ipobo Okha LGA

APC – 18,218

PDP – 41,030

Edo 2020: Esan Central LG

APC 6,719

PDP 10,694

Edo 2020: Esan North East LG

APC – 6,556

PDP – 13579

Valid votes 20,369

Total votes cast 20,730

Edo 2020: Igwueme LGA results

PDP – 7,870

APC – 5,199

Total votes cast – 13,382

Election materials snatched in Ward 8, Unit 2

Edo 2020: Ikpoba Okha LGA result

PDP – 41, 030

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APC – 18, 218

Edo 2020: Uhunmwonde LGA

PDP – 10,022

APC – 5,972

Edo 2020: Esan West LGA

APC – 7,189

PDP – 17,433

Edo 2020: Egor LGA results

APC – 10, 202

PDP – 27, 621

Edo 2020: Etsako West LGA results

Total accredited voters – 48,846

Total registered voters – 158,899

AA – 10

ADC – 113

ADP – 184

APC – 26,140

APGA – 17

APM – 3

APP – 5

LP – 12

NNP – 19

NRM – 39

PDP – 17,959

SDP – 18

YPP – 11

ZLP – 9

Total valid votes – 44,539

Total rejected votes – 2,828

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Total votes cast – 47,367

Edo 2020: Esan South East

APC – 9237

PDP -10565

Registered voters -73907

Accredited voters -20274

Edo 2020: UROMI Esan North LGA results

APC – 6559

PDP – 13,579

Total Valid vote – 20369

Accredited voters – 20825

Edo 2020: Edo LGA results – IGUEBEN

APC – 5,199

PDP – 7,870

Registered Voters: 46,828

Accredited Voters: 13,404


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