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FG, Niger Delta Leaders to Begin Talks in Two Weeks




Barring any unforeseen development, the Federal Government and Niger Delta leaders will be holding talks in two weeks time to resolve the face-off between the two sides.

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Emmanuel Kachikwu has already reached out to traditional rulers and opinion leaders from the zone to assure them of the FG’s readiness for peace.

Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark has also met with the representatives of other ethnic nationalities in the zone on forging peace in the area after a resurgence of violence by several militant groups, one of which threatened to declare secession.

Several sources in the zone said consultations were intensifying ahead of the talks.

“In the next two weeks, God willing, you should see a coordinated negotiation from the federal government side,” one of the sources told The Nation.

A member  of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Timipa Jenkins Okponipere, said he was aware that all other groups had harmonised under the Chief Edwin Clark’s initiative and that the region is ready for the Federal Government.

Okponipere, who said he was not speaking for the pan- Niger Delta interest forum, said those from the Niger Delta side of the planned negotiation have fused  into one.

Okponipere, who is the Secretary of the MEND’s Aaron’s Team 2 said: ”Consultations have been going on after that meeting with Chief Clark.

“Follow up consultations have been going on; recently the U.S delegation visited the Niger Delta and met with some appointed leaders representing Chief Clark.

“Actually, the Niger Delta side, led by Pa Clark, has done all it has to do, just waiting for the federal government; everything has been done, all the contacts have been made, all the groups have aligned under the Clark initiative.

”Only two days ago, I met with Ledum (Mitee) and Isine (Ibanga), all of us that were appointed by the MEND to work with Chief Clark, on our own we have been holding meetings and strategising so that we can come up with a position paper by the time the federal government calls us.

”The Niger Delta end is ready for the negotiation and everything has been harmonized. If you observe, the bombings have ceased. Note that I am not speaking as the mouthpiece of the Niger Delta, this is my own personal opinion. It is only Chief Edwin Clark, our leader, our leader, who can speak on these things. My opinion is not expressing the view or decision of the pan-Niger Delta body.”

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Obaseki Wins Edo State With a Landslide Victory



Governor Godwin Obaseki has now won the remaining Local Government, Ovia South-West Local Government.

Here is a break down of Ovia South-West’s final result. APC recorded 10, 636 votes while PDP amassed 12, 659.

Total valid votes stood at 23,741 with 743 votes rejected and 24,484 votes cast.

Overall, Obaseki won a total of 13 local governments out of 18, while Ize-Iyamu wins 5. See the details below.

Local Government APC  PDP 
Igueben  5,199  7,870 
Esan North-East  6,556  13,579 
Esan Central  6,719  10,794 
Ikpoba-Okha  18,218  41,030 
Uhunmwonde  5,972  10,022 
Egor  10,202  27,621 
Owan East  19,295  14,762 
Owan West  11,193  11,485 
Esan South East  9,237  10,565 
Ovia North-West  9,907  16,987 
Etsako West  26,140  17,959 
Ovia South-West 10,636 12,659
Oredo  18,365  43,498 
Esan West  7,189  17,434 
 Akoko Edo 22,963 20,101
 Etsako East 17,011 10,668
 Etsako Central  8,359 7,478
Orhionmwon 10,458 13,445


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Obaseki Beats Ize-Iyamu in His Local Government to Extend Lead



Godwin Obaseki Wins Ize-Iyamu Local Government to Extend Lead

Governor Godwin Obaseki has won Orhionmwon Local Government Area to extend his lead over Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress.

Pastor Ize-Iyamu, who hails from Orhionmwon, won his polling unit but failed to win the entire council area as Obaseki wins again.

Orhionmwon was one of the two remaining local governments. Therefore, it now remains one local government area, Ovia South-West, with Obaseki cruising to victory following 17 LG counts.

Obaseki now has 295,296 votes while Ize-Iyamu has 212,983.

Obaseki is no expected to win Saturday’s governorship election after amassing massive votes across each of the 17 local governments counted.

The remaining local government, Ovia South-West has 73,909 voters, below the over 80,000 lead of Godwin Obaseki.

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Obaseki, PDP Members Celebrate Potential Win in Situation Room




Obaseki Celebrates With Other PDP Members in Situation Room

Following the strong positive support received from Edo people as shown by almost 90,000 vote gap received over Osagie Ize-Iyamu after 16 local government counts, the executive governor of Edo State, Gowin Obaseki, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members have started celebrating a potential win ahead of the two remaining local government results.

According to the results of the 16 local governments released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Obaseki received 288,572 votes while the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, received 202,525 votes.

With just two local governments left to go, it is safe to say Obaseki has won this particular election again.

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu contested against Governor Obaseki four years ago under the Peoples Democratic Party when Obaseki was the gubernatorial candidate of All Progressives Congress before he fell out with his godfather, Adams Oshiomhole.

If wins, Obaseki will be the first gubernatorial candidate to win two elections under the two major parties within four years and vice versa for Ize-Iyamu.

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