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Egypt holds funeral for former President Mubarak

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Egypt held a military funeral in Cairo on Wednesday to bury its former President Hosni Mubarak, who ruled for 30 years until he was ousted in a 2011 popular uprising against corruption.


Mubarak’s sons Alaa and Gamal, joined by soldiers, walked next to their father’s coffin at a huge mosque built by the army in a Cairo suburb where the funeral took place.

Mubarak died on Tuesday in intensive care weeks after undergoing surgery.

This will leave Egyptians divided over his legacy presiding over an era of stagnation and repression, which some nevertheless recall as more stable than the chaos that followed.

He was swept out of power as an early victim of the “Arab Spring” revolutions that swept the region in 2011.

He spent many of the subsequent years in jail and military hospitals before being freed in 2017.

Egypt’s presidency and armed forces mourned the former air force officer as a hero for his role in the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.

The presidency declared three days of national mourning.

Egypt’s top military officials were expected to attend the funeral.

Mubarak’s coffin was to be airlifted from the Field Marshall Tantawi mosque to the family burial grounds, state television reported.

Dozens of Mubarak supporters, some from his home village Kafr al-Meselha in the Nile Delta, gathered outside the mosque, where the military funeral will take place.

“I am happy that his pride was restored’’ after his removal and for the state’s appreciation for him after his death,’’ said Zeenat Touhami, a 35-year old woman from Cairo.

“This is the history of 30 years, the farewell of 30 years.’’

Mohamed Zaree, a human rights activist, said the present era of autocracy and economic hardship was worse than Mubarak’s.

President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, who came to power after leading the overthrow of Mubarak’s successor, Dr Mohamed Mursi, has overseen a broad crackdown on dissent, which rights groups say is the most severe in recent memory.

“Mubarak’s era was painful (but) this era is much more difficult and painful in terms of freedoms and economic conditions,’’ Zaree said.

Many of the activists, who helped organise mass protests which ousted Mubarak, are now behind bars or live in exile abroad.

Al-Sisi’s supporters say a crackdown was needed to stabilise the country after the turmoil that followed 2011.

Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison for conspiring to murder 239 demonstrators during the 18-day revolt in 2011, but was freed in 2017 after being cleared of those charges.

He was also convicted in 2015 along with his two sons of diverting public funds to upgrade family properties.

They were sentenced to three years in jail.

This was a stark contrast to the treatment of his successor, Mursi, Egypt’s first freely elected leader, who lasted only a year in office before the army toppled him.

Mursi died in 2019 after collapsing in court while on trial on espionage charges.

Egyptian media, which are tightly controlled, paid little attention to his death.

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Election: PDP commends INEC, Buhari, Edo people

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and its innovations for credible governorship election in Edo  on Saturday.


PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan at a news conference in Abuja on Sunday,  urged INEC to extend the process to future elections, especially the  forthcoming governorship election in Ondo State.

“Our party also notes the efforts of the INEC under Prof. Yakubu Mahmood in ensuring that Edo election was conducted in a manner that was largely adjudged to be free, fair, transparent and credible.

“Nigerians hope that what we have witnessed in Edo  will not be an off-season procedure in the commission. We demand that this credible process applies to all our elections.

“The PDP applauds the use of virtual portal by INEC to upload results directly from the polling unit, the base of our election, which made it impossible for electoral violators to hijack this electoral process.

“It is our hope in the PDP,  this new found image of INEC will gather more thresholds in future elections, particularly the Oct. 10, Ondo governorship election.

“We however urge  INEC to strengthen its processes, particularly in the area of card readers, to forestall the type of delays witnessed in accreditation of voters in Edo.

“Our party also notes the improvement in the activities of our security agencies compared to past elections. We hope that our security organs will continue in this stead in future elections.

“The Edo election has indeed shown that credible elections are possible in our country if we play by the rules,” he said.

Ologbondiyan commended  President Muhammadu Buhari for allowing credible election, imploring him to continue in the spirit of ensuring that the people were allowed to freely choose their leaders at all elections.

He urged the  President to continue to toe the  line of allowing for electoral uprightness for posterity.

He, however, said that Edo election must serve as a loud lesson to  “political godfathers”,  that power belongs only to God.

“He confers through the people; and that no matter how an individual strives to lord it over others, the will of God, through the people, will always prevail,” he said.

Ologbondiyan congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki,  on his reelection and the people of Edo for their choice.

“This victory, as won by the people, is historic and serves as a strong, viable and unambiguous lesson to leaders.

“We rejoice with the Edo people for helping to reset the political culture of our nation by casting their votes, protecting the votes, ensuring that their votes counted and following it, “bumper-to-bumper”, to the final point of declaration,” he said.

Ologbondiyan appreciated the Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu , whose participation in the election helped to deepen Nigeria democracy and enabled the people to make their choice. 

“We invite him, in the spirit of sportsmanship, to congratulate his brother, Obaseki and join him in the onerous task of leadership in the general interest of all Edo people,” he said.

Ologbondiyan also commended traditional institutions, faith-based organisations, youth groups, market women, artisans, community associations, trade unions, traditional leaders and other stakeholders in Edo  for standing up for their state during her critical moments.

“Furthermore, the PDP applauds the international community for their keen observation of our electoral processes as well as profiling of those who are bent on undermining our democracy and making free and fair elections appear impossible in Nigeria.

“We urge the international community and all lovers of democracy not to relent in providing necessary advisory to our leaders on the conduct of our elections,” Ologbondiyan said.

Ologbondiyan restated PDP’s  support for the actions taken so far by the US and UK in restricting electoral violators from visiting their countries.

“We urge them not to restrain on further sanctions against such individuals for their sinister roles in our elections,” he said.

Ologbondiyan appreciated the Chairman of PDP National Campaign Council and Governor of Rivers, Nyesom Wike, for providing the right leadership that led to the victory in Edo.

He also  commended the Chairman of PDP Governors Forum, Gov. Aminu  Tambuwal and the Chairman of the South South PDP Governors Forum, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa  of Delta.

He also commended all PDP governors, national assembly caucus, elders, leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of the party for their efforts in the election.

“Furthermore, our party thanks the media, the civil society groups and all Nigerians across board, for showing more than a passing interest in ensuring that the wishes of the people of Edo  for a credible and transparent election prevailed.

“We do not take your efforts in this regard for granted.

“The PDP assures of a continuous partnership with all critical stakeholders in our collective desire to recreate a nation that will continue to be our pride,” he added. 

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/ Maharazu Ahmed
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Buhari commends Edo election process, urges Obaseki to show humility in victory

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President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the election process in Edo, which led to the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).


The president, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Sunday, congratulated the winner and urged him to show grace and humility in victory.

In his reaction to the outcome of the election as announced by INEC, President Buhari said:

“My commitment to free and fair elections is firm, because without free and fair elections, the foundation of our political and moral authority will be weak.

“I have consistently advocated for free and fair elections in the country because it is the bedrock of true democratic order.

“Democracy will mean nothing if the votes of the people don’t count or if their mandate is fraudulently tampered with.”

He commended the people of Edo, the parties, candidates and security agencies for conducting themselves responsibly.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta, and the Returning Officer for the election, had on Sunday announced the result of the Sept. 19 Edo State governorship election after its collation in Benin.

He said that Obaseki polled a total of 307,955 votes to defeat the closest rival and the All Progressives Congress (APC), candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who scored 223,619.

Obaseki had also commended President Buhari for ensuring fairness in the just-concluded Edo governorship election.(NAN

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Edo 2020: Gov. Okowa congratulates Obaseki on his re-election

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Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has joined other governors in congratulating his Edo counterpart, Mr Godwin Obaseki and the Deputy Governor, Mr Philip Shaibu, on their re-election.


Obaseki, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was announced the winner of Saturday’s governorship election in Edo by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after polling 307,955 votes to defeat his main challenger, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu of All Progressives Congress (APC), who got 223,619 votes.

Okowa gave the congratulatory message  in a statement by Mr Olisa lfeajika, his Chief Press Secretary on Sunday.

He described the re-election of Obaseki as the confirmation of the will of the people, while calling on Nigerians to always stand for good leaders as Edo people just did for Obaseki.

Okowa said that the people of Edo, across the 18 Local Government Areas of the state, spoke loudly and clearly in their reaffirmation of the choice of Obaseki as their governor.

Okowa, who is the Chairman of South-South Governors’ Forum, said that with the re-election of Obaseki, the entire region was now being ruled by the PDP.

“Let me congratulate my brother Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy, Mr Philip Shaibu, on their victory in the Sept. 19 Governorship Election in Edo.

“It is heart-warming to see you re-emerge as Governor of Edo against all odds and I am grateful to the people of Edo for shunning the entreaties of retrogressive forces who were deviously-bent on subverting the wishes of the people.

“Let me also thank INEC for being truly independent as required by the laws of our land.

“The most significant aspect of this victory is the peaceful outcome of the election as Edo people proved pundits wrong by ensuring that the elections were devoid of violence,” he said.

Felicitating with the PDP on the victory, Okowa said, “Let me also congratulate our great party, the PDP and the Chairman of the PDP, the National Campaign Council and Governor of Rivers, Mr Nyesom Wike.”

He also congratulated other members of the PDP campaign council for their efforts which led to the victory of the party in Edo.

“The brotherhood displayed by the governors of the PDP and other party members towards the re-election of Obaseki is what the country needs to take the nation to greater heights in 2023.

“Going forward as a nation, we can only develop further if the people are allowed to choose their leaders at all levels without any hindrance.

“It is therefore a clarion call on INEC to continue to do the right thing as an unbiased umpire.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I congratulate you my brother Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki and your Deputy, Mr Philip Shaibu, on your resounding re-election by the resilient people of Edo who displayed honour, dignity and courage.

“It is my prayer that God will grant you wisdom, knowledge and the needed resources to attend to your campaign promises to the people,” he said.

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Obaseki wins, dedicates victory to Edo electorate as defeat of god fathers

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Sunday concluded the Sept. 19, Edo governorship polls with the declaration of incumbent Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo and Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as winner.


Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta, and the Returning Officer for the election, announced the result after its collation in Benin.

He said that Obaseki polled a total of 307,955 votes to defeat the closest rival and the All Progressives Congress (APC), candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who scored 223,619.

A total of 14 candidates participated in the contest which had the total number of accredited voters for the election at 557,443 and total valid votes votes as 537,407.

The rejected votes were 12,835 and the total number of votes cast was 550,242.

Prof. Rim-Rukeh announced that Obaseki, having scored the highest number of votes was therefore declared the winner of the election.

Obaseki won in 13 of the 18 Local Governments Areas of the state, namely, Orhionmwon, Igueben, Owan West , Oredo, Ikpoba-Okha, Esan West, Esan Central, Esan South East, Esan North East, Uhumwode, Egor, Ovia North East and Ovia South West.

At the collation centre the Collation Officer for Etsako Central, however, disclosed that an INEC official was shot and another INEC staff member was injured on the face.

He noted that both of them were battling with their lives in an undisclosed hospital.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that there were records of invalid votes in some polling units across the  18 local government areas.

NAN reports that the returning officer released the scores for the candidates prior to the declaration of PDP as the winner.

The scores are as follows:

A A 107

ADC 1370

ADP 2374

APC 223, 619

APGA 177

APN 57

ADP 78

LP 267

NNPP 258

NRM 573

PDP 307, 955

SDP 323

YPP 132

ZLP 117

Meanwhile, Obaseki in a brief acceptance speech dedicated the victory to the collective resolve of the Edo electorate to destroy God fatherism in the state.

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