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You’re Planning To Succeed Me As Governor At All Cost, Obaseki Blasts Shaibu



By Augustine Akhilomen

…Insists His Actions Amount To Coup

…Accuses Him Of Rejecting His Call During Selection Of Commissioners

..Says Deputy Brags About Getting The Ticket Elsewhere If PDP Refuse To Give Him

Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki has lashed out at his Deputy, Philip Shaibu for planning to succeed him at all costs ahead of the state governorship election scheduled to hold in 2024.

Obaseki made this known on Friday in an interview on AIT, where he described his move as an attempted coup on him.

The governor stressed that Shaibu’s plan to become governor of the state in the next election is making him run a parallel government in their administration.

He said, “The constitution made me the governor of Edo State and it does not give room for a co-governor.

“My keen interest has been to unify and consolidate our party that’s why I supervised the local government election.

“He has never come to me to talk about running. He just said he is consulting.

“He (Shaibu) went to Abuja and was boasting that he has connections in Abuja, that he has people in the national assembly, that they are all with the president now, that they will take care of him.

“That if he cannot get the ticket in PDP, he knows what to do,” he noted.

Narrating why their rift heated up, Obaseki said, “During the nomination of the commissioners. About five of us were supposed to look at the list of nominees from the local government of the state.

“That morning I called him for the meeting, but he didn’t attend. That’s why Itsako does not have a commissioner. I still gave him the respect to provide his nominee when he’s ready.

Explaining further, he added, “I kept quiet and said I thought we were together. But what struck me, and I have never said this to anybody, is that after I proclaimed the House of Assembly, we were now going to elect officers.

“He was in Abuja, he came back that day. I am the chief security officer of this state. I get any information I need. But I have the responsibility to keep quiet and use the information properly.

“My deputy called the leader in APC, telling the leader that during the elections on the next day, particularly the speaker of the house of assembly, he has five members who are loyal to him and that he would like the seven members of APC to work with his five members of PDP to produce the next speaker.

“As far as I am concerned, that was not working in our common interest.

“Why would the deputy governor seek to have another speakership candidate outside of what the governor wants? Are we working together?

“That was when I knew we had a problem. That the deputy governor has become so desperate to take over that he would do anything, including carrying out a coup, against his governor.

“How can you say you are loyal and you will do such a thing?”

Obaseki said he has repeatedly told Shaibu to keep his governorship ambition in check because there is still a lot of work to be done before next year’s transition.

Recall that Shaibu had approached the court, seeking protection from Obaseki to avoid an imminent impeachment and removal from office.

In a motion on notice brought before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, the appellant seeks an order of interlocutory injunction stopping the respondents or their agents from harassing, intimidating, embarrassing, or preventing the applicant from carrying out the functions of his office as Deputy Governor of Edo State, including attending State Executive Council meetings and other functions pending the determination of the substantive suit.

Meanwhile, in the court on August 4, Justice Mohammed directed the parties in the suit to maintain the status quo in a ruling on the impeachment move.

The order for the status quo is to be in force till the time the defendants shall show cause as directed in another ruling of the court made on July 27, 2023.



Spain Edge England, Lift Euro 2024 Title



By Augustine Akhilomen

Spain have won the Euro 2024 title after defeating England 2-1 in Sunday’s final.

The victory means, the La Roja have claimed their fourth title.

Oyarzabal finished off a break for the winning goal as Spain were crowned champions, having won all seven games they played in the tournament

Details later…


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Why I dislike Nkechi Blessing – Blessing CEO



Controversial self-acclaimed relationship expert, Blessing CEO, has finally revealed the reason for her sudden hatred for actress Nkechi Blessing.

Blessing made this known in a podcast interview with Uriel Oputa.

Narrating the cause of their online fight, Blessing CEO explained that she shared pictures of her liposuction surgery with Nkechi after admiring her body.

In a now trending video on social media, she recalled how Nkechi later threatened her with the nude pictures she previously shared with her.

She said; “When I had my liposuction surgery, Nkechi Blessing reached out to me saying ‘Babe your body looks so natural, and I sent her my before and after.

“When this girl started dragging me, she now claimed she has my nude. That is where the hatred came from. The nude was my before and after my surgery pictures I shared with Nkechi Blessing. That was what she posted.”


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Governor Muftwang Shuts School Over Building Collapse That Killed 22, Injured 132



Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State has announced immediate closure of Saint Academy School and ordered full investigation into the building collapse that killed 22 and injured 132 persons.

The governor gave the order for the school closure when he visited the collapsed building premises for assessment of situation as he went round the school premises, with the school principal and staff on ground to receive him.

“It is unfortunate what has happened but of course what it means is that this school is closed down immediately. We can’t take any further chances and we need to send this message particularly to owners of private schools,” Muftwang said.

“The motive for profit must not overshadow the safety of lives. And so we are going to take steps immediately to do a technical audit of all the schools, we are going to test their structural integrity to ensure that human beings can inhabit such buildings.”

The school building caved in while they were in class on Friday. While the dead bodies have been deposited in different morgues in the state, the 132 injured persons are receiving treatment at different hospitals.

“As of 6:00 pm, 154 people have been rescued from the debris. Sadly, 22 individuals have been confirmed deceased,” the Plateau State Commissioner for Information and Communication Musa Ashoms said this in a Friday evening statement.

“Injured students and staff are receiving medical treatment at various hospitals across Jos.”

“To ensure prompt medical attention, the government has directed all major hospitals in Jos to prioritize treatment of the victims, regardless of documentation or payment.

“Governor Barrister Mutfwang has specifically instructed these hospitals to accommodate all those affected by the collapse,” the commissioner said.

He had earlier visited the scene of the collapsed two-storey structure and said while the school had a population of 400 students, the section that was affected had about 200 persons.

The Commissioner also lamented that the collapsed structure did not meet the standards for buildings and warned schools that have similar structures to shut down.

“You can see that it is by the river bank and, from your eye evaluation, you know that it is not a very strong structure,” he said.

“We are calling on other schools that didn’t follow plans that have similar issues to close down in the interest of our state in the interest of our people, because we have established a committee to go around,” he said.


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