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Any interest rate above five per cent is not suitable for development, Edo Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki said in Lagos on Saturday.

He said while answering questions from journalists that that explained why he was sticking with the World Bank loans.

“I get a moratorium. I get an interest of less than one per cent and it is like a grant.

“You have to ensure that whatever you borrow, you ensure that you spend it well, to enhance development,’’ he said.

On security, Obaseki said like Politics, it was a local issue.

“If you have Federal Security Agents, you must also have State Security Agents, as well as Local Government Security Agents. You can call them anything.’’

The governor disclosed that his administration was registering and gathering the biometric data of all vigilance groups in Edo, with a view to coordinating them better.

“The Citizens’ Response Centre is in my Office. If you allow them to operate from the Police Headquarters, they will operate the way the Police operate. I want to be able to take charge of their activities,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Oluwole Iyamu, Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Edo State, also answered some questions at the briefing.

Iyamu said that those accusing Gov. Obaseki of manipulating the activities of the House may not be aware that prior to the inauguration, the Clerk is the Chief Executive officer of the House.

He said that the 12 outstanding members-elect of the 7thEdo House of Assembly who have yet to present themselves for inauguration are free to do so whenever they complete their documentation procedures.

Recall that the Edo Assembly was inaugurated on June 17, 2019 with nine of its elected 24 members.

He explained that three more have so far presented themselves for inauguration, in addition to the previous nine.

“There is no law that says that all members-elect must be inaugurated at once because there are procedures that members-elect have to go through before they are inaugurated as members of the House.

“If you have yet to complete those formalities, you cannot be inaugurated. Some of those members-elect said they were not around when they were asked to come for inauguration because they had not completed their documentation procedures.”

The Solicitor-General, however, said that there was a subsisting court order on the matter, hence the state government was restraining itself from commenting on the issue.

“The matter is before a competent court of law whose business it is to adjudicate in such situations of dispute,’’ he said.

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Peter Obi Promises to Change the Country for the Better

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Presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), Mr Peter Obi has asked Nigerians to hold him accountable if a new Nigeria fails to emerge with him as president.

Obi threw the challenge in Abakaliki on Friday at his campaign rally.

He pledged to reform Nigeria back from consumption to production.

The LP candidate assured that the country would be restored when most qualified candidates with character, trust and competence were elected.

He maintained that the 2023 general elections must be based on character and not on or and tribe.

“We will offer you a new Nigeria and also secure and unite the country.

“Let no one deceive you with religion or tell you it is their turn. Just vote people that understand governance.

“I am not contesting as an Igbo man, a south-easterner, but as a Nigerian who is most qualified and competent to revive the country,’’ Obi said.

He commended the people of Ebonyi for their solidarity and support for the Labour Party.

He urged the electorate to vote for Mr Edward Nkwegu, the gubernatorial candidate of LP in Ebonyi to build a better nation.

In his remarks, National Chairman of Labour Party, Mr Julius Abure, appreciated the people of Ebonyi for their show of solidarity, support and commitment to the party.

Abure said the LP would produce most intelligent and credible candidates to fight poverty and insecurity in the country. (NAN)

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Alia Polls 219,009 at  APC Governorship Re-run in Benue 

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Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia has again, won the gubernatorial primary rerun election conducted by the Sen. Bashir Lado led rerun committee. 

Alia polled a total number of 219,002 to defeat 12 other aspirants to emerge winner.

Recall, that the court of appeal sitting in Makurdi while delivering judgement in a case filed by one of the gubernatorial aspirants, Prof.

Terhemba Shija directed the party to conduct a primary re-run election in eleven(11) local government areas of the state.

While announcing the result at the APC Secretariat Makurdi, which also served as the collation Centre for the rerun, Sen. Lado, Chairman of Benue State Rerun Election Committee stated that the primary election rerun which was won by Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Alia was not only free, fair and credible but represented the wishes of  APC members in Benue State.

Chairman of the party in the State, Comrade Augustine Agada while commending APC members in the state for a peaceful primary election, thanked them for their show of maturity during the rerun and termed the results of the election as no victor no vanquish, explaining that the winner in the election is not only Fr. Alia but for the entire Benue APC family.

In a good will message, Amb. Prof. Stephen Ugba who spoke on behalf of party Stakeholders, commended Benue APC for a successful exercise and called on all those who participated in the primary election to see themselves as winners. 

The party immediately after the declaration of results went into a Special Congress to ratify the primary elections. 

The Congress unanimously ratified and adopted Rev. Fr. Dr Hyacinth Alia as the candidate of APC  Benue state for the position of governor.

The Special Congress was attended by members of the State Executive Committee of the party, Critical Stakeholders, teeming members of the APC in Benue state and members of the press.

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Man Slumps, Dies At FCMB Bank In Rivers

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Man has allegedly slumped and died in front of a branch of the First City Monument Bank at Ikwerre Road, Mile 1, Rivers Stateon Tuesday.

The man’s death, according, to a Twitter user, Dokubo, Kenneth Promise #EndSARS, who posted it on his Twitter handle @dokubo_kenneth, was due to frustration resulting from hostile treatment meted out on him by the customer service officials of the bank.

According to the report, the man (whose name was withheld) had been trying to withdraw money but could not, as the bank asked him to do an affidavit in order to have access to his money.

Dokubo further said the victim went with his next of kin to the bank as judicial workers had been on strike, jeopardising any process of swearing an affidavit.

Man dies at @MyFCMB in Port Harcourt due to frustration and unfriendly treatment by the customer service attendants of a bank,” Dokubo tweeted.

 

The man was said to have been vomiting and begging having been in the queue for five hours before he collapsed and died.

“An eyewitness at the scene of the incident disclosed that a man who hails from Asari-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, a customer of (First City Monument Bank) FCMB died in front of the bank.

“He was refused access to his own money since Friday even when he came with his next of kin. He was asked to go to the court to get an affidavit knowing the court is not in session.

“Narrating the event, she added, ‘The man was vomiting and at the same time begging for him to have access to his own money yet he was denied. After he was left unattended to for more than 5 hours, he just died now a few minutes ago at FCMB, Education Bus Stop, Ikwerre Road, Mile 1, she said,’” Dokubo reported on Twitter.

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