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Nigeria Talks Tough, Warns Foreign Diplomats Against Approaching Buhari, Osinbajo Directly

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Nigeria’s Ministry of foreign Affairs on Friday warned ambassadors of various countries against violating the diplomatic channels of communication between them and their host country.

The ministry warned the diplomats against approaching President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo directly for meeting appointments.

The Permanent Secretary, Olusola Enikanolaye, who gave the warning at his maiden meeting with the diplomats in Abuja, urged them to desist from unorthodox means of communication with the government.

Mr. Enikaonlaye, an ambassador, frowned at undiplomatic ways of seeking audience with the government where some embassies communicate directly with the presidency and other arms of government rather than going through the ministry.

“In saying this however we must hasten to note that some diplomats and some missions are in the habit of going above the Ministry of foreign affairs in seeking audiences and engagement with government at even higher levels.

“I need not to stress that this is not what we know as diplomat it is clearly violation of Vienna conventions.

“The ministry of foreign affairs is the main means of communication between the diplomatic communities and the host government.

“I am aware that we need to put our house in order in the ministry.

“And this is what we are already doing by ensuring that we respond quickly, proactively to your requests to your note verbal.

“Once we do this, there will be no reason for you to go above us to get things done,” he said.

Mr. Enikaonlaye vowed to take a very diplomatic review of a nation that thinks the best way to conduct business with Nigeria is not to go through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to him we have served in your countries and we know what happens in those countries. Please I urge you to respect our rules, respect our laws, respect our channels of communication.

He also condemned a situation where some nations also wrote note verbal to the presidency.

“I thought you all know that note verbal is the highest form of correspondence between the diplomatic nations and the minister of foreign affairs.

“You cannot address note verbal to the presidency. It is not done. Please I am appealing to you to desist from such an orthodox means of communication with our government.

“As regard to seeking for audiences, please make your request known to our principal at least a month ahead so as to give room for preparation and respect for authority

“It is in our interest and yours that we have sufficient notice,” he said.

He stressed that the Ministry and government were committed to their wellbeing and welfare stressing that the ministry operates an open door policy if there were is issue of concern to address.

(NAN)

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Obaseki Wins Edo State With a Landslide Victory

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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

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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

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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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