President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with elder statesman, Paul Unongo, over the passing of his wife, Victoria, urging members of the family to find comfort in the many lives she touched, and transformed with love.
The president, in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, joined the people and government of Benue, particularly friends and associates of the Unongos, in mourning Mama Victoria.
He noted that Mama Victoria lived for the good of others, supporting her husband in his humanitarian gestures, which included looking after orphans, homeless people, the poor and sick.
Buhari believed Unongo’s wife served her people, the nation and humanity with kind heart, and her investments of making life better and easier for others would always be remembered.
The president prayed that God would grant Mama Victoria eternal rest.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Edo Poll: APC supporters commend Buhari for providing level playing field
The Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for providing a level playing field for contestants in the just-concluded Edo governorship election.
The BOS said this in statement signed by the Chairman and Secretary of its Enugu State chapter, Chief Anike Nwoga and Mr Godwin Onwusi on Sunday in Abuja.
It described Buhari as a statesmanship and a father of the nation, adding that he had enriched the health of the country’s democracy by observing its core tenet.
“The BSO is happy that Mr President enriched the health of our democracy by observing the core tenets of democracy.
Also in another statement, the United Patriots had congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki for his re-election as governor of Edo.
The group’s National Chairman, Mr Chukwudi Ezeobika said Obaseki’s victory remained a plus to the country’s democracy and an end to imposition of ill will on the electorate.
The group commended law enforcement agencies for their professional conduct before, during and after the election.
It commended, especially the Police for exhibiting high level of professionalism and devotion at election.
“We salute the courage and perseverance of the Edo people who turned out in their huge numbers to exercise their franchise and vote for the candidate of their choice.
“We remain resolute in our belief that good governance will enhance more participation of Nigerians in future elections and permanently dislodge the ills of god “fatherism’’ and imposition of candidates on the people against their wish.
“As we approach the Ondo State governorship election scheduled for Oct. 10, we are optimistic that the serenity, security and decorum exhibited by all stakeholders in the nation’s electoral process in Edo, will be brought to bear,” it said.
The group appealed to Nigerian youths to be part of this great struggle to redeem the country and its democracy from abuse.
It said this they could do by protecting and preserving the sanctity of the country’s electoral system, knowing fully well that the future of the country was dependent on such struggle.
Edited By: Grace Yussuf
Edo Guber: IPAC commends Buhari, INEC, security agencies over peaceful poll
IPAC described the poll and its outcome as exemplary and recommended the same for the Ondo governorship poll coming up on Oct.10.
The commendation was made by IPAC Chairman, Mr Tade Ademola, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Sunday.
Ademola said that the level playing ground allowed by the President and INEC had further deepened Nigeria’s democracy.
Ademola, who is also the Chairman, Alliance for Social Democrats (ASD) in Lagos State, urged that the standard already built in Edo poll should not be compromised in the forthcoming Ondo governorship election on Oct. 31.
“The truth about Edo election is that the people were determined, and that was what won the election. If people are determined everywhere and are not complacent, we will get there.
“It is better this time around, but it can be improved upon. We should be able by now to be conducting our election online.
“In the coming Ondo election, I hope they will not change style and that there will be a level playing ground for all so that only the peoples’ will will prevail.
“If the same template as used in Edo, is used in Ondo election, it will be a progress in the nation’s electoral system.
“Generally, this election was peaceful and fair as we could see. We cannot say 100 per cent perfect, but it was better than what we had in Kogi and Bayelsa,” Ademola said.
According to him, though there are areas to improve upon, the relatively peaceful and credible Edo election is a milestone in the history of elections in recent time.
He said that INEC could improve on timeliness of staff and materials at polling units.
Obaseki polled a total of 307,955 votes to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who scored 223,619.
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Bayo Sekoni
Buhari sends FG’s delegation for Emir of Zazzau’s burial in Zaria
The Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, on Sunday led the Federal Government’s delegation to the burial of Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, in Zaria, Kaduna State.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, confirmed this in a statement in Abuja.
Those on the delegation, according to him, included the ministers of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, Environment, Mahmud Mohammed and that of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika.
Also on the delegation was the President’s spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu.
The team was received on arrival at the School of Aviation in Zaria by a Kaduna State delegation led by the Gov. Nasir El-Rufa’i.
While conveying the condolences of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Chief Staff said the late Emir had paid his dues to the nation.
He said his enviable roles in nation-building and the unification of Nigerians would never be forgotten.
In his response, Gov. El-Rufa’i said the people of Kaduna State had lost a caring father.
He thanked the president for sending ”a powerful delegation to the burial ceremonies”.
The Emir died at the 44 Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna in the early hours of Sunday at the age of 84.
Shehu Idris was coronated the Emir of Zazzau on Feb. 15, 1975, and ruled the emirate for 45 years, before his death.
Edited By: Felix Ajide
Edo poll: Secondus, Peter Obi congratulate Obaseki
Uche Secondus, National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Anambra Governor, Peter Obi, have congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki on his re-election.
Secondus, in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Ike Abonyi, in Abuja on Sunday, also congratulated the Deputy Governor, Philip Shuaibu.
He described the PDP victory as a clear affirmation and demonstration of the people’s goodwill in appreciation of the outstanding performance of the governor and his deputy in their first term.
Secondus, while wishing the victors successful tenure, urged them to observe all the tenets of democracy and rule of law in the course of administering the state.
He commeded Edo people for standing up for democracy through their avowed determination to ensure that the will of the people and nobody else prevailed in their state.
“Edo people by their dogged display on Saturday were determined to take their collective destiny in their own hands and for this, PDP is proud of them,” he stated.
The PDP chairman also noted that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the various security operatives significantly played by the rules which he said reflected in the limited number of electoral cases.
Secondus, who said that the Saturday governorship election was far better than any previous elections under the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to continue to deepen democracy in the same way.
“We are standing on the euphoria of this to urge the President to sign the amended Electoral Act into law and carry out further electoral reforms that will engender peace and less interference in our electoral process.
“Also, we salute the gallantry of the APC, and its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, for providing healthy challenges,” Secondus stated.
The PDP national chairman also commended the international community for their vital interests in the country’s democracy, urging them not to relent to endure the people’s will continues to prevail in all electoral circumstances.
He commended PDP members across the nation for their support, particularly the chairman and members of the party’s National Campaign Council.
Secondus, also commended Gov. Nysom Wike of Rivers state, Forum of PDP Governors, members of the Board of Trustees, members of the National Working Committee, and civil society groups.
On his part, Obi in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Valentine Obienyem, said that the victory was deserving and a true reflection and wish of the good people of Edo State.
The former governor of Anambra said that he saw the victory coming, given the good record of performance of Gov Obaseki in his first term.
“Democracy is when the people are allowed to determine who leads them after weighing the records of the candidates,” Obi said.
Obi, who was the PDP vice presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, urged Obaseki and his deputy to see their victory as a catalyst to do more for their people.
He also commended INEC and others who played roles in the election for playing by the rules, urging them to continue in the direction for sake of peace in Nigeria.
Edited By: Benson Iziama/Wale Ojetimi