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THE governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State for the September 19 election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, on Friday alleged plan by his counterpart of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governor Godwin Obaseki, to obtain a N20 billion loan to fund his campaigns.

Ize-Iyamu, in a statement through his campaign organisation’s Director of Communication and Media, Prince John Mayaki, accused the governor of draining the state treasury with a N15 billion payout to PDP chieftains for the party’s governorship ticket.

He said: “It has come to our notice that Obaseki is now scurrying around to embark on another borrowing spree, with a planned N20 billion bond loan from some financial institutions.

“We find it shocking that after the many tribulations Obaseki’s directionless and incompetent administration has caused in Edo State, the governor is hatching fresh plans to mortgage the future of the state and its youths with additional loans to fund his desperate political agenda to foist himself on the people for another four years.

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“Obaseki already racked up foreign loans that propelled Edo State to number two on the states with the most indebtedness in the country, without any commensurate gain in infrastructure, the economy and security.

“Efforts to get Edo governor to offer accountability on what he did with the loans and the role his private firm played in their acquisition all fell on deaf ears.

“It is heartless, irresponsible and unconscionable for such a man to even conceive obtaining another loan in the tune of N20 billion for his political godfathers in the PDP, who are cashing in on his desperation and lack of integrity.

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But the Governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, said cheap lies would not save Ize-Iyamu from a crushing defeat.

He described the APC candidate’s allegation as another fabrication.

He said: “When you have a candidate that is facing criminal charges for laundering N700 million, at the same time he is trying to campaign for an election, then you can imagine that they are left with no other choice but to tell cheap lies, just to get ahead.

“Ize-Iyamu knows beyond doubt that his political career will be terminated unceremoniously on September 19, 2020 by Governor Obaseki, and no desperate lie can save him now.”

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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Edo election: ‘If they want violence, we will give them’ – Oshiomhole warns Obaseki, PDP

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A former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has said that his party will respond accordingly if the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, decides to turn the September 19 governorship election into violence.

The former governor said the APC would not fold its arms and watch the governor of the state, Godwin Obaseki and the PDP violently steal the peoples’ mandate.

Appearing on Arise Television on Monday, Oshiomhole averred: ‘’We will meet violence with violence.’’

Oshiomhole was reacting to the governor’s alleged threat to deal with APC members and supporters in the guise of dealing with trouble makers.

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Recall that Governor Obaseki had earlier warned of stiff penalties against perpetrators of violence in the State.

Reacting to Obaseki’s threat, Oshiomhole said: ‘’if they want violence, we will give them violence.’’

Oshiomhole further explained that, among other things, he turned against his successor because the governor has not met the expectations of Edo people and regretted that he worked with Obaseki in 2016 without asking for his certificate.

Oshiomhole had earlier declared that Obaseki does not pose any threat to the APC candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu in the forthcoming governorship election.

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Addressing the party faithful on Sunday, Oshiomhole said that Obaseki is not even eligible to contest for the election.

Oshiomhole said that it was a known fact that Ize-Iyamu, the APC candidate, finished from law school, adding that his former classmates have testified to that.

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Edo/Ondo elections: Nigerian govt gives update on guidelines, protocols

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The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are currently working out the protocols and guidelines for the upcoming elections in Nigeria, including the Edo and Ondo States governorship elections.

The Chairman PTF on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, disclosed this during the taskforce daily briefing in Abuja on Monday.

He said: “The national response will continue to guide the adoption of the sector’s specific guidelines and protocols.

“The PTF is currently concluding discussions with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the appropriate guidelines to be adopted for the upcoming elections in some parts of the country.

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“The elections will begin with the August 8 by-election in Nasarawa State, to be followed by Edo and Ondo States elections in September and October.

“I wish to use this opportunity to implore parties’ leaders, members, aspirants, and their supporters to remain mindful of the virulent nature of COVID-19 during electioneering.

“We need to remain alive to enjoy the benefits of our democracy.”

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