Another chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State, Alhaji Yaro Makama, has been arrested.
Makama, a former chairman of the PDP in the state, was arrested on Monday morning by the police for alleged hate speech and was whisked to Abuja.
He was said to have been invited to the Kaduna State Police Command and upon honouring the invitation, he was taken to Abuja after writing a statement.
Makama’s arrest came less than 24 hours after the spokesman of the state PDP Campaign Organisation, Ben Bako, was arrested on Sunday evening by the Department of State Services (DSS) and taken to Abuja.
Bako was arrested for allegedly making inciting comments in a video clip recorded during the PDP campaign rally in Kafanchan, Jama’a Local Government Area of the state last week.
The Deputy Director General of the Campaign Organisation, Danjuma Sarki, who confirmed Makama’s arrest in a telephone interview, said the arrest was part of the grand design by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to clamp down on PDP members before the elections.
Sarki said: “This morning, Makama was invited by the state police command. He honoured the police invitation as a law abiding citizen.
“They accused him of hate speech and was asked to write a statement. We thought that after writing the statement, they will let him go, but surprisingly he was taken to Abuja after writing his statement.
“Yesterday (Sunday), when we addressed a press conference, we said there were plans by the state government to frame and arrest 150 prominent PDP members before the elections.
The suspect, who was paraded with 34 suspected criminals, narrated that he was dismissed from the Force in 2007 for engaging in illegal duty, stating that he has been using the position to assist dealers to ferry cars from the Benin Republic for a fee into Lagos before luck ran out of him.
‘’I was in the Police and was dismissed in 2007 over illegal duty. I left Lagos where I served at Alagbon to Calabar in 2008 and met Glory Etim, my girlfriend, who bought the uniforms for me. I know what I was doing was against the law’’, he said.
However, the Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, who paraded the suspects before newsmen at the Ikot Akpan-Abia, headquarters of the Command, said the fake senior police officer was never in the service of the Police, but only used it to defraud and threatened unsuspecting members of the public.
He said a search in his house led to the discovery of one English pistol without magazine and ammunition, portraits of Chief Superintendent of Police and Assistant Commissioner of Police, three pairs of uniform, belt, fake identification card and other documents.
He added that a serving female officer, who was also paraded, assisted the fake officer to procure uniforms and other paraphernalia.
CP Kimo listed the crimes committed by the suspects to include murder, kidnapping, child stealing, defilement, stealing, vandalism and armed robbery, among others, adding that a total of 213 suspects were arrested during the period under review, while 111 were charged to court, the Command secured 18 convictions.
Akure—A Chief Magistrate’s Court in Ondo State has ordered the claimant to the throne of Ayetoro in the oil-rich Ilaje council area of the state, Oluwambe Ojagbohunmi, remanded in prison custody for alleged robbery, conduct likely to cause a breach of peace and arson.Magistrate Mayomi Olanipekun, who gave the order, said it was to enable the court to get advice from the Department of Public Prosecutions, DPP.
The Police had accused Ojagbohunmi of conspiracy to commit a felony to wit robbery and therefore committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 5(b) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act cap R11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
Police prosecutor, Olatunji Kazeem, said the defendant with others at large, armed with guns, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons rob one Ajimijere Ayodele of a power generator and N160,000 cash.
Ojagbohunmi was also accused of shooting and cutting one Olu Obolo and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 320 (1) of the Criminal Code cap 37 volume 1 Laws of the Ondo State 2006.
When the case came up for mention yesterday, the Police prosecutor said the defendant should be remanded in prison custody since the Magistrate’s Court did not have jurisdiction to adjudicate on such charges.
The FCT High Court in Maitama presided over by Justice Yusuf Halilu has again granted bail to Sen. Dino Melaye who was arraigned on an eight-count charge of evading arrest.
The senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, was arraigned on allegations of conspiracy, resistance to arrest, failure to honour police invitation and intentionally giving false information to the public.
Ruling on the application by Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), Justice Halilu held that the essence of bail could not be overemphasized, saying that it was meant to make a defendant to stand for trial.
According to him, in granting a defendant bail, the court has to consider the nature of the charge, the antecedent of the bail applicant, among others.
He held that the constitution presumes a defendant innocent until found guilty by the court.
The judge, therefore, upheld the earlier bail granted the Melaye on Jan. 18 and added that Melaye should not leave the shores of the country without a written application to the court.
He held that the police’s refusal to release the senator after being granted bail by the court called for serious concern.
Halilu further held that the bail was to ensure that whoever charged was not allowed to suffer while his trail was going on.
According to him, the police and the judiciary were partners in criminal administration in the country.
Halilu, however, directed Ozekhome to warn his client to ensure that he does not comment on the matter before the court in any media.
“This is the only country where people make very unguarded comment on matters that are sub jaundice,” he said.
He then adjourned the case until Feb. 25 for commencement of trial.
While granting Melaye bail last Friday, the judge ordered that the senator provide three sureties, two of whom must show evidence of landed properties in Abuja, adding that the third must be the Clerk of the National Assembly.
According to him, the clerk had to write a letter to the court assuring that the senator would be produced in court whenever he was required.
The prosecuting counsel, Mr Shuaibu Labaran alleged that Melaye conspired with one Silas Omenka on Dec. ,28, 2018 to commit an offence of illegal obstruction of lawful arrest.
This he said was contrary to section 97 of the penal code.
He alleged further that he intentionally resisted lawful arrest, contrary to section 172 of the penal code.
Police also alleged that he tweeted that the Inspector General of Police planned to arrest him and inject him to death which was false, contrary to section 416 of the penal code.
On Sunday, January 13, 2019, Lagosians were greeted with the news of the redeployment of the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal, to the Force headquarters in Abuja, as Commissioner of Police in charge of the Explosive Ordinance Unit.
In Edgal’s place, it was also announced that Mr Kayode Egbetokun, who was hitherto in charge of the said Explosive Ordinance Unit, would be in charge of the Lagos Command in acting capacity until confirmed by the Inspector General of Police.
Immediate task before Edgal The immediate task before Edgal then was how to deal with ritual killings being brutally spearheaded in the Ikorodu axis by the notorious Badoo cult group and activities of kidnappers who were having a field day perpetrating their illegal trade, especially in the eastern axis of the state.
Lagosians would recall how people were abandoning their abodes due to the activities of the Badoo cult terrorizing the people of Ikorodu. Their modus operandi then was to use grinding stones, mortar and pestle to smash their victims on the head and then flee the scene with the blood of such victims, to be thereafter used for ritual purposes. As a community policing expert and an operational cop to the core, Edgal rose to the challenge and was able to curb the activities of the cult group, as well as generally ensured drastic reduction in crime rate in the state. Till today, the man who is alleged to be the ring leader of the dreaded cult group, one Alhaji Abayomi Kamal Alaka had fled the state and yet to return, having been declared wanted by the police under the leadership of Edgal. Many shrines belonging to the cult group have also been destroyed both in Lagos and even outside the state, especially neighbouring villages in Ogun State, in several operations led by Edgal, which also resulted in arrest of key suspects. Today, one can safely say that Badoo cultists have been degraded in Lagos, while crime rate has also gone down significantly. Indeed, the city-state is now being referred to as the safest place to live in Africa. It is also a common knowledge that Edgal is well known as an officer who does not sit in his office to give directive. He would lead the operation, no matter how volatile the place is.
The issue of human rights of citizens has also been given priority by Edgal, who is also believed to be a no-nonsense CP. The implication of this development is that members of the public now have confidence in the police, while the morale of rank and file of the Lagos Command had considerably been boosted. With the proactive measures and feats attained so far in the state in terms of security, one wonders the motive behind the sudden redeployment of Edgal out of Lagos. The question begging for answer is ‘why should anyone at this crucial point in time come up with such redeployment of a cop that is widely acknowledged to be doing well?’ Why the attempt to replace him with a police officer who is a known aide of a major politician in the state? and why the various and surreptitious attempts to damage his image by some people who are not comfortable with his presence in the state. All hands are pointing towards politics based on the violence that greeted the official flag-off of the campaign of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state on January 8, 2019, where a chieftain of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state, Musiliu Akinsanya, aka MC Oluomo, was brutally attacked. Several interpretations have been given to it with some party stalwarts accusing the police boss of failing to do enough to prevent the fracas in the first place. But these critics would not tell the world that if not for the prompt intervention by the police the ‘bad boys’ would have had a field day. Characters like MC Oluomo have been known to be working for a certain politician in the state and his political interests across the country. There are also many reports in the public domain that confirm the fact that such people play a major role in elections, but the link to the police leadership in the state is what discerning minds are questioning.
As a fact, this is what is used to rig elections before now in Lagos. It is one of the tools to consummate the hegemony of a certain godfather in the state but this time around, it seems the narrative is changing. However, kudos must be given to President Muhammadu Buhari for sanctioning the reversal of Edgal’s redeployment because, for him, there is need for peace and stability in Lagos as the engine room and commercial nerve centre of the country, and so he has opted to do the right thing. As a seasoned officer with respect for orders, Edgal was said to be preparing to hand over to Egbetokun who was already fully prepared to take charge, packing his vehicle in the space reserved for the CP, and coming with his chair and other personal effects, when another order from above ostensibly from the new Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and approved by the President, directed that status quo be maintained. Agenda of a fundamental change For those pushing the agenda of a fundamental change in security architecture of the state at this critical point in time when major elections – Presidential, National Assembly, Governorship and State House of Assembly, are lurking, it is appropriate to admonish them to sheathe their sword in the interest of peace and stability of the polity, as the criminal elements may take advantage of any lapses in security, and thus rupture the tranquility being enjoyed in the Centre of Excellence, Lagos. Thanks goodness, the powers that be at the centre are pragmatic and understand the adverse consequences of any breach in security in Lagos, being the fifth largest economy in Africa and a major contributor to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country. Hence, it behooves on every stakeholder to fall in line. Eboigbe lives in Festac Town, Lagos.
LAGOS—THE anticipated change of guard between the Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal and his supposed successor, CP Kayode Egbtokun, took a dramatic turn, yesterday, following a directive from Abuja that status quo should be maintained.
Mr. Edgal was expected to handover to his supposed successor, Mr. Egbetokun, yesterday.
As part of the preparation to receive Egbetokun, all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and other Unit Commanders, including the Deputy Commissioners of Police in-charge of Operations, Administration and the State Criminal Investigation, SCI, and Intelligence Department, assembled at the conference hall of the Command as early as 11am, for a formal introduction of Egbetokun, by Edgal. Drama over change of guard Journalists, on their part, assembled, waiting for Edgal and Egbetokun to conclude the indoor procedures before the official handover, as earlier reported. However, at about 1.30 pm, journalists were requested to go to the Commissioner of Police mini conference hall, where they were later joined by Edgal and Egbetokun. But they were taken aback after what was expected to be a handover speech by Edgal, turned out to be the opposite.
In his brief remark, Edgal, said: “As we were about concluding the handing over procedure, we were instructed from our bosses in Abuja to stop action for now. So, there will be no change of guard for now. “I am happy and humbled that you find this serious enough for you all to come and see what is happening here. I consider it an honour.” Also speaking, Mr. Egbetokun said,: “We are government agents and we take directives.” When news of the suspension of the change of guard reached the conference hall where senior police officers were waiting to be briefed, there was jubilation. One of Egbetokun’s aides was seen carrying his boss’s seat, which was brought from his former office, into one of the vans. At about 3.20pm, Egbetokun drove out in his official car which was parked at the designated space for the CP, followed by those of his orderlies. Moments later, Edgal drove out as well as they were both said to be leaving for Abuja.
Other senior police officers also took turns to leave the premises in their respective cars, declining to speak with journalists on the development. A signal via the Police wireless message with number TH.5361/FS/FHQ/ABJ/T.6/538 , reverting the posting , showed that it emanated from the new Police boss, Mohammed Adamu. It read, “ the Inspector-General of Police has reverted the posting of the following Commissioners of Police to command/formation indicated against their names. To CP Lagos State, Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Edgal. To CP EODFHQ , Abuja, Ag. Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun Adeolu. Posting is with immediate effect”. Also a statement by the Lagos State by the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, read, “ The Lagos State Police Command wishes to inform the general public that the Inspector-General of Police, has graciously suspended the planned redeployment of the CP Lagos State, Edgal Imohimi from the command. The IGP in his wisdom , said the status sqo should be maintained. The CP who is well known for his discipline and respect for orders, was handing over to Mr Kayode Egbetokun yesterday, when he received the directive to suspend the ceremony and await further instructions. “ While humbled by the decision, the CP wishes to assure the people of Lagos that their safety and security remains his priority”.
LAGOS—THE outgoing Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, will today, officially hand over to his successor, Kayode Egbetokun, at the Command headquarters, Ikeja.
The incoming Commissioner of Police, who will be in acting capacity arrived the Command headquarters, yesterday afternoon, with his orderlies. He had a closed door session with Edgal which lasted over one hour.
After the closed door meeting, they declined speaking with newsmen, who were waiting for the official handover. As at 5pm yesterday, Edgal was about taking his successor round the Command. The Command’s spokesman, CSP Chike Oti, later appeared to inform journalists that the official handover would hold today. New CP Egbetokun The acting CP, Kayode Egbetokun was born on September 4, 1964, in Erinja Orile, Yewa South Local Government area of Ogun State. He joined the Nigeria Police Force on March 3, 1990, as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police. He had his initial Cadet training at the Nigeria Police Academy Annex, Kaduna and has attended many other courses within and outside the Police force. He has worked in several Police commands and formations across the country and has held positions at various times. As a Deputy Superintendent of Police in 1999, he served as the Chief Security Officer to the Governor of Lagos State, during which he coordinated the security of the state for the Governor. Before his redeployment to Lagos, Egbetokun was in charge of the Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal, EOD. He has also served as Commissioner of Police Servicom at the Force Headquarters Abuja, Deputy Commandant Police College, Ikeja, Commandant Police Training School Ikeja, Area Commander Gusau, Zamfara and Area Commander in Osogbo, He was also the Commander, Rapid Response Squad, RRS, Lagos, Squadron Commander Mopol 5 Benin, O/C Anti-fraud, FCT Command in Abuja.
Egbetokun holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer science and MSC Engineering Analysis, all from the University of Lagos, Akoka. He lectured Mathematics briefly at Yaba College of Technology, Lagos before his enlistment into the Police force.
Cults use deception to get people. 60-year-old Prince Peter Adekola Bamigbade would readily tell you that. As a student at the Yaba College of Technology he and some of his friends started the Black Nationalist Movement. That was in 1982. The group was established to fight against the then apartheid government in South Africa. But just like what happened to Pyrate Confraternity founded by Professsor Wole Soyinka, the movement metamorphosed into a violent cult group known as Aye Confraternity. It became a terror.
But by the time Bamigbade became born again he took it upon himself to fight cultism in campuses and across Nigeria. He has written over 20 books on cult related matters one of which has been recommended by the Nigeria University Commission as an antidote to cultism.
A prince at birth, Bamigbade who studied Statistics and mathematics said occult resides in many palaces in Yoruba land. “I was born into it. But was named Peter in the Catholic Church.”He said.
He recalled his first meeting with Prof, Muyiwa Awe (now late) at a forum in Ondo on countering cultism noting, “In fairness to Prof. Awe who along with Prof. Soyinka started the Pirate confraternity and a host of other cult founders on campuses many of the cult groups were formed out of youthful exuberance. When Prof Awe met Christ through the ministration of Pastor Enoch Adeboye, he started his own ministry and began to mentor those who wanted to come out of cultism. He appointed me the secretary of the movement. But with time I started my own ministry too.”
Bamigbade disclosed that no one is ever forced to join any cult noting however that “people are being deceived to believe believable lies and therefore join. Parents carelessly encourage their children to join cults through some of the cartoons they expose them to. Joining cult groups especially the big time cults is not free. People pay to join cults in kind or cash. They use some quiet ways to deceive people to join.”
He explained further, “If you want to join Reformed Ogboni Fraternity they will ask you to stay in a place close to where they are having their meeting so you can observe their activities. They will sing hymns but technically instead of mentioning Jesus’ name they will put onile…(house owner) which meant Satan in their cult but to the outside world they will say that name refers to Jesus because Jesus says he was going to build a mansion for us. They do all that to hook the unsuspecting. Until you join you will not know many things about them. But they will not tell you at the beginning. Nothing comes easy.”
The beauty about Bamigbade’s anti-cultism campaign is that he learnt most of what he knew by doing extensive study coupled with his initial campus experience. Since he began the campaign against cultism his house has become a sort of haven for ex-cultists. He recalled that one time Chief Priest of the Reformed Ogboni Fraternity in Ondo State once came to make an inquiry when he got to know he was fighting against cultism. He later became a Christian after he ministered the gospel to him. He wrote a book on the new experience of the Chief Priest in Christ. But he and the man were taken to court by the ROF.
He was threatened with death. But he dared them. “They gave us seven days and said we would die but many of them died one after the other. This happened in 1986. The apena became an evangelist thereafter. One of those who put him to trouble surrendered his life to Christ a few weeks ago. He is now an evangelist.”
He lamented that most of the cult boys are being used by politicians for political gains noting that they have grandmasters that fund them. “I remember the case of one Osita Collins a student cult member. By the time he was renouncing his membership from the cult he had over N30 million in his account. He got this money from sponsors and also from membership fees. There are cults you pay close to N50, 000 before you join.”
Bamigbade who is one of the founding staff of Vanguard Newspapers said there are about 102 church cults in Nigeria. To know a church that has cult elements he says, “Any church that is self centred not Christ centered is cultic. Any church that claims a revelation that is separate from the Bible is cultic. Any church that does anything outside the word of God is cultic”
When reminded some members of the Christ Apostolic Church where he belongs go to pray at the burial ground of patriarchs, he said, “I was ordained an elder in CAC. People who go to pray at the burial site of patriarchs in faith are practicing necromancy. It is the level of their understanding that make them do what they do. It is lack of knowledge. They go to pray in graveyard for lack of knowledge. They believe there is a short cut to get power.”
Bamigbade is the founder of Christ Way Ministry and also the coordinator of the southwest Prison Fellowship of Nigeria. He says, “There is no saint church. They all have their minuses. There is no perfect church there is only perfect Christ. I once wrote: follow Christ way not church way to be wise, safe and holy.”
While noting that many cults seek support from palaces he said there are Christian obas who will not condone that. “The Olu Imasayo of Egbado, Oba Adesola Oni for instance was my prayer partner before he became king. He followed biblical injunctions to be installed. They allowed it because they wanted him to come to the community and develop the place. There was also the case of Oba Williams Ayeni, in akoko, Ondo State the supposed headquarters of witches. He was installed as unbeliever but he gave his life to Christ as an Oba. There was another oba in Ijebu ode who gave his life to Christ and died in Christ on the throne.”
On how to know a cult member he explains, “most cultist are reserved. They are introverts. They read some strange books and withdraw easily. Some children videos have some cultic elements. They are laced with some believable lies. When they share the information they get from the cartoon with their peers that is when they get hooked because their peers may well be a member of a cult group already. In some cases some of their teachers lure them into the cults. Some corpers who are posted to schools are major influencers on young minds.”
He said since 1996 that he started the anti-cultism crusade he has been privileged to influence three governments: Ondo State, Kwara and Rivers. “We have increased awareness about the activities of cultists. Today, people are not bold to come out and identify with cult groups. Most parents encourage their wards to join cults by their actions. Minors who are in universities are easily intimidated and cajoled to join cult groups. There are many cases of cults even in mission universities. But it is common in public schools.”
PSC chairman disowns purported demolition letter By Emma Nnadozie, Crime Editor & Evelyn Usman THE Police High Command, Abuja, yesterday, said acting Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Imohimi Edgal, had not been demoted to Deputy Commissioner of Police, declaring that Edgal remained the state police boss.
The high command’s position followed a letter purportedly written by the Police Service Commission, PSC, addressed to the Inspector- General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, informing that Edgal had been reverted to his former rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police. The letter allegedly signed by the commission’s Permanent Secretary, Mr. M.F. Istifanus, on behalf of the Chairman, Mr Mike Okiro, was entitled, ‘Withdrawal of Acting appointment : AP 25095 Mohimi D. Edgal and AP. 36665 Aji Ali Janga.” It reads in part: “Our letter with Ref No PS/1924/Vol IX/ dated August 22, 2017 conveying the Honourable Chairman’s anticipatory approval for the placement of the above-named officers as Acting Commissioners of Police refers, please. “The commission at its 24th plenary meeting of September 27 and 28, 2017, took a decision not to ratify the anticipatory approval. The officers are, therefore, reverted to their substantive rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP).”
However, Chairman of PSC, Mike Okiro, who spoke with BBC stated, unequivocally, that the Permanent Secretary of the commission had no powers to write such letter to the police. According to him, that letter should be ignored. It was not authorized. No such decision was taken even during the last plenary meeting which I chaired. “The man that signed that letter did not even consult the commissioner that is holding brief for me while I am on leave. We have no problem in the commission but when I resume, we will look into the issue and decide what to do to the Permanent Secretary. Edgal still Lagos CP—FHQ However, when contacted, the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, said Edgal was still the CP Lagos, in acting capacity. He said: “The PSC has the power to appoint, promote and discipline officers. But they don’t have the power to demote. They can only demote an officer after the Force disciplinary committee has looked into what the officer has done and then recommend him for discipline. They can only authenticate or authorise what the Police take to them. “In this case, acting CP Edgal has not committed any disciplinary offence and the Force disciplinary committee has not recommended him for reduction. They cannot demote him and they have no such powers. They should not go beyond their powers. “Nigeria Police Force, NPF, can exist without Police Service Commission, PSC, but PSC cannot exist without NPF. We are not aware of the reduction in power and acting CP Lagos State has not been demoted.“ LASG reacts Similarly, the Lagos State government has come out in defence of Edgal, in a terse statement after news of his demotion was reported. The state government said the report emanated from “a fake letter being circulated by revisionists who are stunned by the level of progress that Imohimi has brought to Lagos in just few weeks.” The statement further stated: “It’s obvious that a lot of people are unhappy with the major strides the Acting CP has made in such a short time.”
One Mr Amos Agbonifo. Residing at Ovbogie Town. Ovia North East Local Government Area, Edo State, Was Declared Wanted By Government, to Provide the unlawful Secret Cult members of his late Father, Which the Family Claimed they dose not know them,
and there is no way they can find any of them, and their brother Amos is know where to be found too,They said he must join them because that was what his late Father promise them. That his son must be Initiated when ever he died. Amos Agbonifo declined,
because he is a born again Christian and Nigerian Government are Fighting against all unlawful society court in Nigeria. They insisted if he didn’t come to join them, that must kill him. On the 25 day of August, 2015 At About 13:04Hrs pm, His Mother,
Mrs Agbonifo Joy was Murdered in cold blood by the Suspected members of the unlawful Secret Cult society at the Age of 46, After the incident, the matter was reported to the Nigerian Police Force. After a lot of measures have been taken to contain that in human activities, the society people are still threatening fire and Brimstone to look for Amos Agbonifo to eliminate him anywhere he is found to appeals the angry, gods of their unlawful society, Which he disregards. After which News crew went to his Family and asked them about Amos, where about, but they claimed he was no where to be found”.
Video, Mrs Joy Agbonifo was Shot Dead By The Suspected Members, Of the Late Father, Of, Mr Amos Agbonifo.
Edo 2016: 7 APC gov aspirants battle to succeed Oshiomhole
BENIN—AHEAD of the 2016 governorship election in Edo State, there are indications that Mr Godwin Obaseki, the chairman of the economic team of Edo State government may have joined the race for the 2016 governorship election on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC.
His entrance in the race will take the number of APC aspirants to seven, five from Edo South senatorial district and two from Edo Central. Those in the race to succeed Governor Adams Oshiomhole on the platform of APC include the incumbent Deputy Governor, Dr Pius Odubu, Commissioner for Works, Osarodion Ogie, former Minister of State (Works), Dr Chris Ogienwonyi.
Others are former governor of the state, Professor Osarhiemen Osunbor, Mr Kenneth Imasuagbon and General Charles Airhiavbere, (retd). Obaseki was appointed as Chairman of the Economic Team of the state government by Governor Oshiomhole, when he assumed office in 2009. Obaseki is not a known politician in the state, but it was learned that he is being backed by the popular business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, who is a close friend of Oshiomhole. Oshiomhole had in May warned the governorship aspirants in the APC to suspend campaigns in order not to disrupt his developmental projects. But Vanguard gathered that the governor may soon lift the ‘curfew’ to allow the aspirants commence political activities ahead of the primaries which is expected to hold in March 2016.