Obaseki’s Loyalty Should Be To Edo People Not Me – Oshiomiole



Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomiole has said his successor, Godwin Obaseki’s loyalty should be to the people of Edo and not him.

According to him, nothing in  Obaseki’s  oath office will include ‘I shall not betray my predecessor’ because he has no interest to be betrayed.

Speaking to State House Correspondents on Monday at the presidential Villa, Oshiomiole said conflict would only arise when he refuses  to accept that when his tenure is over, it is really over.


He said, “That is very important if you say he will not disappoint me, I am not the state, I am only one out of about four million Edo people. So his obligation and his loyalty should be to the people of Edo State.

 “The oath of office he is going to subscribe to says that he will defend the constitution of nigeria,  he will do everything to uplift the quality of life of Edo people. Nothing in his oath office will include ‘I shall not betray my predecessor’ because I have no interest to be betrayed.

” For me, I have presided over Nigeria Labour Congress for eight years and I had a successor, there was no story of me having conflict with my predecessor. Because conflict only arise when you receive to accept that when your tenure is over, it is over.

On allegations that he took over the campaign of Obaseki he said ;And as for campaign, and this is the problem, the media picks the negatives from the mouth of those who are the least competent. That I campaigned for him, I was this I was that. That is the way it should be.

“Look at what is going on in the US, is Obama not vigorously campaigning for Clinton, is Obama’s wife, the First Lady of US is she not as vigorous perhaps much more than Bill Clinton?  But these are skills I acquire from short floor which they will never acquire.

Oshiomiole noted that as  a product of struggle as a result of  many years of being exploited fighting the oppressors, he deployed those skills and  defeated them the opposition saying ” At a point they said I should allow the man to talk, did the electorate complain?

As his  tenure rounds up in some few weeks, Oshiomiole said he wants to be remembered as a factory worker who worked and laboured as a daily paid worker in the most subordinated position, the textile mills, rising to become the leader of the sector and eventually spent 8 years as the President of the largest mass based, mass funded organization which the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, represents.

“And moving from there back home to confront the most vicious political god fathers that completely monopolized the politics of Edo State that everybody refers to godfathers as a given as election rigging as a way of life.

“And these are the background that I came on the platform of a new political party, posing that part of the my mission is to purge the state of godfathers which is the pre-condition for liberal democracy to thrive and to create a new political environment that is sufficiently liberal such that the people can determine who becomes what in the politics of our states. That as a precondition for dealing with developmental issues such as infrastructure,” he added.

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Nigeria Pitch Awards to Host Winners Next Month


Organisers of the prestigious Nigeria Pitch Awards are set to host the 2015 Award Winners in an event in Lagos in November.

The event which will have in attendance top officers of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and sport editors is billed to honour and celebrate the winners and formally present certificates and statuettes to those who were unavoidably absent at the award ceremony in Kaduna.

The President of the Nigeria Pitch Awards, Shina Philips, stated that organisers are constantly working to maintain the core values of integrity, credibility and transparency which have helped the football awards carve a niche for itself in Africa and to improve on the voting process and organisation of the award ceremony itself.

He also stated that the annual award ceremony would henceforth hold on one of the International Match Days in the month of March especially on Super Eagles Match Days.

“This will enable all members of the Super Eagles, football stakeholders and sports journalists to come together to celebrate all winners at the same time”, Philips said.

Philips further reiterated the determination of the organisers to stage award ceremonies which will guarantee the presence of award winners stressing that this was the key reason the ceremonies would hold on match days.

He said, however, ‘ nomination and voting would commence in December every year because by then, the NPFL would be over and voters would have had one full year to assess the foreign based players’.

“As organisers, we are proud of the great work that Shehu Dikko, Nduka Irabor and the entire staff of League Management Company have done to revive our domestic league,” he commended.
“The attendance in the final match between Rangers and El Kanemi is an indication of the success the LMC has achieved with our domestic league.

“The match recorded an unprecedented attendance of 48, 000 spectators and 3.5 million TV viewership.”

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Election tribunals: Pressure mounts on US, EU for review of past judgments


From Iheanacho Nwosu,Abuja

Coming on the heels of allegation of bribery in the Judiciary, Congress of the United States of America and the European Community (EU) are now under pressure to prevail on the Federal Government to order a review of some past judgments by election petitions tribunals and courts.
A source told Daily Sun that some Nigerians in the US and Canada are mounting pressure on the Congress resolve and ask the Nigerian government to look at judgments from election cases, following allegations of bribery against some judges.
Daily Sun gathered that the groups have already petitioned some committees of the Congress on the need to use a window created by the investigation of allegations of corruption in the Judiciary to cause a review of the cases.
The groups reportedly secured support of two powerful committees in the Congress for the review.
According to the source, lobbyists have also reached out to the US Under Secretary for African Affairs with signed petitions, pressing for an inquest into past judicial decisions, especially those affecting election petitions.
Though it was not disclosed how the US Under Secretary for African Affairs and the Congress committees intend to approach the matter, sources said the petitions have been received with firm promises that they would be acted upon.
It was also gathered that a network of Nigerians in the Diaspora, lobbying for massive purge of the Judiciary also extends to Brussels, in Belgium, where a petition was also handed  to the EU.
A source in Canada said: “There is a growing lobby by Nigerians in Diaspora, mostly from America and Canada, who are working to make sure that the ongoing investigation of corruption in the Judiciary leads to a review of past judgements.
“They want past cases, especially those which had to do with election petitions and how people got elected into offices, reviewed.
“The reason for flooding the US Congress and EU with petitions is because we want a review of fraudulent judgements by our election petitions tribunals and appeal court.
“Nigerians have seen several instances where results of elections that were clearly rigged by politicians were upheld by tribunals and appeal court.
“We thank God this government has summoned courage to look at happenings in the judiciary.
“We want it to be total; we want a review of judgements by tribunals in different states and rulings by appeal courts.
“Such steps have been taken by several countries; it will not be a strange move if it is done in Nigeria.
“If our Judiciary is sanitised, our country will begin to witness development on all fronts.”
Speaking in a telephone chat from North America, another source, who confirmed that the lobbying groups have sent the petition to the EU, said positive responses were gotten.
This development may gladden the heart of  President Muhammadu Buhari, who had, in the past, explained frustration with the Judiciary, especially as it involved his election petitions in the courts in the past.

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Breaking:NYSC loses corp member to gunmen in Kaduna.


The National Youth Service Corpse has commiserated with the family of a corps member, Lawal Auwal Kontagora, who was murdered by a group of unknown gunmen in Kaduna State. The deceased, and his unnamed friend had reportedly gone to visit a female friend at the Malali area of the state, weekend before he was killed. Reports have it that the trio was seated in a Peugeot 407 when the hoodlums approached them and asked them to open the door. Upon their compliance, they were asked to alight and go on their knees. The assailants then demanded for their mobile phones

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Osaze Odemwingie joins Rotherham United


Former Nigerian international Osaze Odemwingie has joined English Football League side Rotherham United on a deal until January. However, the deal is subject to FA and EFL ratification. Odemwingie, who was a free agent, becomes new boss Kenny Jackett’s first signing after he penned a deal Monday evening at AESSEAL New York Stadium. The striker has had playing spells in the […]

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Iheanacho loses Golden Boy award to Sanchez


Kelechi Ihenacho  and Leroy Sane missed out on the chance to be named the 2016 Golden Boy.

The Manchester City pair were in the running to be named the best footballer on the continent under 21, having been included on the 40-man shortlist  l ast month  .

But they did not make the podium in the final reckoning for the prize, established by Italian newspaper Tuttosport and voted for by journalists from 30 major newspapers across Europe.


Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches beat United’s Marcus Rashford to the title, with his teammate in Germany Kingsley Coman in third place. Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donarumma also featured in the top ten.

Despite opting to bring in Ilkay Gundogan to the club this summer instead of pursuing Sanches, Pep Guardiola rates the Bayern Munich star highly.

“He is one of the best young players in Europe,” he said back in April as his Bayern side came up against Benfica in the Champions League.

“It is not easy for anyone, at the age of 18, to be playing at the highest level. He has a great future ahead.




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Reuben Abati: EFCC arrests Ex-President's aide


Dr Reuben Abati

Reuben Abati has been arrested by EFCC operatives. This is a developing story

Reuben Abati, who served former President Goodluck Jonathan as Special Adviser on media and publicity, has been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Operatives of the EFCC just relayed this bit of news to Pulse.

No reason has been offered yet for the arrest.

Pulse will fill you in on the details as the story develops.

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Online lending platform, PayConnect will represent Nigeria at the 2016 Slush Global Impact Accelerator




PayConnect has been selected to represent Nigeria at the 2016 Slush Global Impact Accelerator (GIA) Program holding from November 22 to December 2, 2016, in Helsinki, Finland.

Slush Global Impact Accelerator is a program created in collaboration with the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and multiple partners globally. The program aims to support startups that are looking to solve some of the most pressing global challenges and includes online pre-event coaching and Helsinki boot camp program.

The local selection event in Nigeria was organised in August by Ventures Platform where PayConnect, CashMadam and Mobile Forms emerged as finalists. PayConnect was then selected by Slush GIA as the best of the three.

PayConnect is an online lending platform that lets salary earners receive loans within 24 hours without collateral. Applicants receive the loans in their salary accounts after approval and are expected to repay the loan within the stipulated time. PayConnect aims to address the obstacles to receiving loans for low to medium salary earners.

It’s a great time to be PayConnect. Just last month, they were accepted into Ventures Platform’s hybrid incubation program and now they are going to Finland.

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BUA Group’s Chair bags Business Leaders Industrialist of the Year Awards


Billionaire industrialist and Executive Chairman of BUA Group, Abdulsamad Rabiu, has emerged winner of the 2016 West African Industrialist of the Year at the prestigious All Africa Business Leaders Award (AABLA) held in Lagos recently. Rabiu was recognized as Industrialist Leader of the Year – West Africa at a regional ceremony for his enormous and consistent contributions to the growth of the Nigerian/West African economy as it aims at spreading across other African countries. CNBC Africa has pioneered All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) since 2011to salute and recognise bold leaders and change-makers of business in East, West and Southern

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PDP bitter over Ameachi’s role in Jonathan’s defeat – APC


The Rivers chapter of the All progressives Congress says the call by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Minister of transport, Rotimi Amaechi to resign is mischievous, The Punch reports. State Chairman of the APC, Dr. Davies Ikanya, speaking through his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Chief Chukwuemeka Eze on Monday said the PDP […]

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