Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has described Supreme Court judgments upholding his re-election for a second term as affirmation of mandate entrusted to him by the people at the Nov. 16, 2019 polls.
Bello who disclosed this while reacting to the Supreme Court judgments on Monday, assured the people that his administration would continue to do more for the people in line with his campaign slogan.
In a statement by Mr Onogwu Muhammed, his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Bello said the Apex Court’s decision was an affirmation of the identical positions on the matters taken by the erudite jurists at the Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.
Bello commended the court for its uprightness and erudition of the jurists, thanked people of the state for casting their votes for him and joining him to defend the mandate till the end.
The governor used the moment to pay glowing tributes to Dr Micheal Ameh-Oboni II, the late Attah of Igala who passed away on Aug. 27.
He described the late traditional ruler as a “unifier” and a great supporter of his administration, a father and a wise counsellor.
The governor called on opposition parties, their candidates and supporters to forgo all forms of bitterness, acrimony and divisions and join hands with him to take Kogi to the next level.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Bello, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the November 16 election polled a total of 406,222 votes against his closest rival, the PDP candidate, Musa Wada who polled 189,704 votes with a winning margin of 216,518 votes.
The Supreme Court on Aug. 25, heard appeals filed by the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP), the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against earlier judgments of the Court of Appeal affirming the governor’s re-election.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Ese E. Ekama (NAN)https://nnn.ng/supreme-court-judgement-affirmation-of-my-nov-16-victory-gov-bello/
Edo poll: New dawn, end of ‘godfatherism’ in Nigeria politics – Atiku
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki on his reelection, describing his victory in at the Edo governorship election as end of ‘godfatherism’ in Nigeria politics.
Abubakar in a statement he issued in Abuja on Sunday said that the election marked a new dawn in Edo.
“There is a new wind of democratic change now blowing all over Nigeria. The forces of despotism, nepotism, and interlopers cannot successfully withstand this force.
“Nigeria shall soon be totally free from these forces.
“The only power that will stand in Nigeria is people power, not the power of godfathers or despots,” he said.
He added that the hard won victory of Obaseki was not just a victory, but a declaration of independence from the anti democratic forces.
“No victory can be sweeter than this, and I heartily congratulate the governor and the good people of Edo for their resilience in the face of the forces arrayed against them.
“Edo has a rich history as the centre of black civilisation, and to this, she is adding a new history as the bastion of Nigerian democracy.
“This double whammy of ancient and modern glories is a testament to a people who have, for centuries, set the pace as a beacon of light on the African continent,” he said.
Abubakar congratulated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for standing “shoulder to shoulder” with the people of Edo and their government, in good and bad times.
He said that the PDP had shown that it was not fair weather friends to the good people of Edo.
Abubakar said: “In good times, we will walk beside you. In bad times, we will be your true ‘comrade’. We will never be a turncoat.
“We will never abandon the principles we once espoused, so we can dine with our nemesis. Democracy has no nemesis. And this, the PDP has again proved,” he said.
Abubakar commended the Oba of Benin, Omo N’oba N’Edo Uku Akpolopkolo, Ewuare II, for the fatherly role he played as a neutral catalyst for peace in the election.
He said that the Saturday election was largely free from violence, a testament of the long and effective shadow he casts over his domain.
The former vice president said he looked forward to the continuation of four more years of tangible development, and people-centred leadership from Obaseki.
“From personal experience, I know Obaseki to be a magnanimous man, and I urge Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu to accept the right hand of fellowship that is likely to be extended to him,” he said.
Abubakar also advised Ize-Iyamu to return to PDP saying, “I remind him that no matter how far one has gone on a wrong road, it is never too late to turn back and head in the right direction. The PDP is the right direction.”
Abubakar advised the people of Ondo State to demonstrate what the people of Edo had done in the forthcoming election.
“To the good people of Ondo state, my message to you is that freedom from the oppressive grasp of godfathers and external forces that seek to dominate your will, and eviscerate your treasury, is possible.
“Edo has done it. You can do it too!,” he added.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/DonaldUgwu
Obaseki’s re-election puts ‘god fatherism’ to rest in Edo politics – Gov. Fintiri
Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa has described Gov. Godwin Obaseki as one that has changed the Edo politics by putting ‘godfatherism’ to rest.
Fintiri, in a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Mr Humwashi Wonosikou, on Sunday in Yola said that the re -election of Obaseki was well deserved.
Obaseki was declared winner and returned elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Benin after defeating Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of APC in the Saturday’s governorship election in Edo.
“The Edo election result is an affirmation and demonstrated that Obaseki’s re-election is indeed a true reflection of the wishes of the people of Edo.
“Obaseki should write his name in gold as one who changed the politics of Edo by putting ‘god fatherism’ to rest,” Fintiri said.
He advised Obaseki to dedicate himself to re-uniting the people of the state and be governor to all.
“The path is now clear for focused piloting of the states affairs toward doing more for the people of Edo in your last term as Governor.”
He noted that the people of Edo had spoken well and made their votes count ( NAN)
Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Donald Ugwu
Edo governorship election a huge relief, says Ekweremadu
Former Deputy President of the Senate Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, has congratulated Goverror of Edo, Godwin Obaseki, on his re-election, describing the just concluded election as “a huge relief”.
Ekweremadu, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), National Campaign Council for Edo, said this in a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Mr Uche Anichukwu, on Sunday.
The Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, declared Obaseki as winner and returned elected after collation of results in Benin.
Obaseki polled a total of 307,955 votes to defeat his closest rival and the All Progressives Congress (APC), candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who scored 223,619.
Ekweremadu commended the people of Edo, INEC and the security agencies for “rising to the occasion”, given what he described as the “dwindling fortunes of the nation’s electoral process in recent years”.
The senator, who was in Edo to monitor the election, added that the Edo polls had proved, once again, that no man could effectively play God.
He said: “I join other well meaning Nigerians to congratulate Obaseki and the PDP on this well-deserved victory.
“While our electoral processes still leave much to be desired, I must say that compared to recent elections, the Edo governorship poll has renewed the hope that we can get our elections right.
“This is given the conduct of the electorate, INEC, security agencies, and most of other stakeholders, which ensured a peaceful process, an outcome that reflected the will of the people.
“For emphasis, the Edo 2020 election showcased the beauty of democracy; the supremacy of the people’s will over the whims and caprices of any single man or woman, be it a godfather or godmother.
“And if there is a moral lesson to be learnt, it is also that no man can successfully play God, for God will always put men in their place,” he said.
Ekweremadu urged Gov. Obaseki to see his popular mandate as both an approval of his stewardship in the last four years and a call to lead Edoland on the path of greater peace, prosperity, and an all-round development.
Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Donald Ugwu
Obaseki’s win renews our 2023 determination to win Lagos — PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos State Chapter, says the re-election of Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has further strengthened its determination to win the 2023 governorship poll in Lagos.
The party said on Sunday in Lagos that if the embattled Obaseki could surmount all the challenges to win, the party also could.
Mr Taofik Gani, the party’s state spokesperson made this known in a congratulatory message to Obaseki made available to News Agency of Nigeria .
Obaseki polled 307,955 votes to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) Candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who scored 223,619.
The Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Petroleum Resources, Effuru, said Obaseki scored the highest number of votes and therefore the winner of the election.
Gani said the party’s state chapter particularly, hailed the governor for his ability to garner the needed votes to be declared at first ballot.
The spokesperson said he was optimistic that the party would also ensure it emerged victorious in the Lagos State governorship election in 2023.
“To us in PDP Lagos State, we have grasped from the well deserved victory, the renewed commitment and resoluteness.
“Our effort is to also win Lagos State to end godfatherism and imposition in Lagos politics.
“As a matter of fact, we are now more than ever before, fired up to win Lagos State,” he said.
Gani noted that the party would manifest the ability in the coming bye-elections in the state and eventually the 2023 general elections.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Peter Ejiofor)