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RE: Oshiomhole sustains attack on peace in Edo



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By John Mayaki, Edo

The revisionist, Crusoe Osagie, whose role is to advise Governor Obaseki’s government on Media and Communication, has continued to do his job in all the wrong possible ways, devoid of truth, ethics, and principles. His expertise lies in twisting narrative, miscommunication, and serially deceiving the public with doctored stories. Although much is not expected of him, given the government he is serving, but the devious practice is getting out of hand.

It is on record that on 29th January, just 4 days ago, Governor Obaseki declared to the hearing of the world that he is the Governor of Edo State, and therefore authorizes that any opposition against his government should be dealt ruthlessly with. As expected, the large number of thugs, thieves, and violence mongers under his payroll took to this permission and began causing a commotion in the state.

The immediate actualization of those threats to deal with opposition came as early as February 1st when a group of thugs, using Molotov Cocktail, the popular bottle bomb, attacked a series of individuals who they believed has the political weight to oppose and perfect the ousting of the incompetent governor, Godwin Obaseki.

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Specifically, the immediate past Attorney General of Edo State, Barrister Henry Idahagbon, one of the political leaders openly opposed to the second term bid of the failed Governor Obaseki escaped death by the whiskers when paid assassins attacked and opened fire on his Benin office with the intent of murdering him.

Curiously, despite the danger these attacks present to democracy and expression of constitutional freedoms in Edo State, as well as the direct indictment they offer on the level of security and protection of lives, the Obaseki-led administration has kept mum, offering no word of condemnation or even demand an investigation.

Does anyone require any further proof of a direct link other than the fact that barely hours after the governor issued menacing threats to the opposition in the state, people are being hunted with guns and bombs, and the state government has turned a blind eye?

These victims were still dealing with the trauma of such a profound attack when the heartless storyteller, Crusoe Osagie who only recently came under attack from one of Obaseki’s propagandists for his perversion of due process and enthronement of nepotism by offering unjustified government roles and contracts to members of his family, rushed to the media to distort narratives.

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Crusoe Osagie, still pursuant to their ultimate agenda—which is to remove the National Chairman of the party from his position so Obaseki can continue to run amok, his violence and incompetence given a free reign and no curtailing—entered the worst distortion of narratives ever known to human. This distortion is deemed the worst because it abuses the intelligence and memory of the people of Edo State.

Coming from a background where his principal was wagging fingers and threatening fire and brimstone, and going to a narrative that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is the one carrying out violent attacks (whose victims are, by the way, friends of Oshiomhole) is simply numbing. It is so outright wrong, laughable that it is shocking in its horrible falsehood.

But a sentence gave up Osagie, Obaseki and all the children of evil persecuting Edo. This sentence made it clear that these people are behind the violent attacks, hoping to use it as evidence and chip to argue for the removal of Oshiomhole. It read thus:

”If Oshiomhole was not occupying the Office of the National Chairman of the APC – even though he has been suspended in the ward, Local Government Area and state levels – he certainly would have been unable to conduct himself in this manner that has left the people of Edo State in a state of apprehension.”

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But be that as it may, the strategy is basic such that a primary school pupil can decipher the crude intention laced in that statement. What this achieves ultimately, is the calling to attention, the character of the persons who are meant to protect the lives and properties of the people of Edo State. They are using the peace, sanity, and lives of the people as a pawn, as a means to their own selfish ends.

Conclusively, it is imperative to remind Crusoe Osagie and his principals that their motives, in their grand mendacity, will certainly come to naught. They should remember that everything has a price, a cost and that their behaviors today, will be paid for in full. The people of Edo State are seeing through their machinations, and when the time is right, with their party membership cards and PVC, they will make Obaseki pay.

Mayaki is an Oxford and Cambridge University-trained entrepreneurship, leadership and sustainability expert. He’s also a Professional Consultant (CMI) on Communication, Management and Strategy.

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Breaking: Labour Suspends Today Planned Strike As FG Reverses Electricity Tariff Hike



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The Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress have suspended the strike scheduled to commence today (Monday).

This followed an agreement reached with the Federal Government at a meeting which started at 8.30pm on Sunday and ended at 2:50am this morning.

After exhaustive deliberations on the issues raised by the labour centres, the meeting agreed to suspend the application of the cost-reflective electricity tariff adjustments for two weeks.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, read the five-page communique signed by the representatives of the government and labour.

The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba; and his Trade Union Congress counterpart, Quadri Olaleye, amongst others signed on behalf of Organised Labour while the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige; Minister of State Petroleum, Timipre Silva; Minister of State Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN); Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; and the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and others, signed on behalf of the government.

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Olaleye confirmed the development in an interview with The PUNCH on Monday morning.

He said, “Definitely correct. We just left a press conference. We signed a document to suspend the action for two weeks for the government to implement those things that we agreed in the agreement. So, we are suspending for two weeks.

“We don’t need a notice again to re-convene if there is a need to do that.”

The parties agreed to set up a technical committee comprising Ministries, Departments, Agencies, NLC and TUC.


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Senator Abbo’s followers Pledge Loyalty To Gov Fintiri



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Some key followers of Sen Ishaku Abbo of Adamawa North District have declared a shifting of loyalty to Governor Ahmadu Fintiri.

Although, Abbo is in the same Peoples Democratic Party ((PDP) with the state governor, Abbo has been a critic of both the party and the governor, waging an unending battle against both.

In an action indicating disaffection against him by some within his own support base on Friday, however, many among his supporters visited Governor Fintiri, pledging their loyalty to him.

Members of the delegation to the Government House in Yola, led by Abbo Support Group’s former Coordinator, Peter Ishaya Kwache, told Fintiri that he now had their “complete shift of loyalty”.

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Mr. Kwache said they were members of the PDP, who worked to ensure the success of all candidates of the party in the 2019 general election, particularly Abbo, but that they had for a while been at a loss about Abbo’s relentless criticism of the party and the government led by Fintiri.


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Water Bill: A Northern Agenda To Righten The Noose On The South – Rep Member



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The Member representing Ughelli North, Ughelli South and Udu federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Francis Waive, has described the Water Resources Bill as a Northern agenda to tighten the noose on the Southern part of the country.

Hon Waive who is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC from Delta State in a statement, weekend while expressing concerns on the bill, explained that though some provisions in the bill are welcoming and warm, because of the nature of governance and the tendencies to misuse powers in the country, “we cannot at this point in time properly handle this kind of a law without causing more harm than good.”

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According to him, “One will be tempted to ask, what is the intention behind this law? Is it really for the general good of the Nigerian people as it states? How well has the various natural resources been managed for the general good?”

Speaking further, he said: “The oil from the Niger Delta region has not positively impacted the life of the people from the Niger Delta and the one who bears the impact of the exploration activities.

“The various River Basins which are currently under the control of the government, has not been properly managed; instead it has been grossly politicized, how then can the government manage and control all the water bodies in the country.

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“According to public opinion this law is a Northern agenda to further tighten the noose on the South, because obviously the majority of the states from the middle belt down south are surrounded by water. There is also a high resemblance of intentions of some provisions of this act with that of the unsuccessful RUGA bill.

“In my opinion, the bill is of no immediate benefit to the generality of the populace at this point in time, plus we have not developed enough as a country to be able to properly manage all the resources we have to now begin to look at water. Water is the least of our problems as a country.”

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