The election for the Edo State governorship seat would not hold until 2020. However, the sustained peddling of the name of billionaire philanthropist and businessman, Captain Hosa Okunbo, as a potential candidate, is reverberating across the country with seismic proportions. The reactions are understandable. A kingmaker of sort and relentless advocate of good governance for the betterment of humanity, Captain Okunbo has his hands in diverse sectors of the economy spanning petroleum, marine, construction engineering and agriculture.
However, he has never been involved in partisan politics.
Sources close to him said he received the news with incredulity as did other indigenes of Edo State particularly. Though eminently qualified given his pedigree and business successes, at no time whether publicly or privately as he inferred that he would be joining the fray. According to a source close to Captain Okunbo, “There is nothing farther from the truth. Captain Hosa, like you know, is a quiet businessman who is happy with his contribution to the polity and national development and becoming governor is certainly not on his agenda.”
The source stated, “To all intents and purposes, ‘Cappy’, as he is fondly called by friends, associates and admirers is one serious-minded business personality who has been committed to growing his business empire within the shores of Nigeria and beyond.” With his unfettered access to Okunbo, the source said that in their engagements and interactions, Captain Okunbo has not at any occasion expressed an interest or desire to contest the governorship seat of Edo State, as he has consistently maintained that his major focus is to expand the frontiers of his business empire.
While saying Captain Okunbo is a straightforward individual who does not shy away from taking responsibility for his actions or intentions, the source averred further, “If he is interested in contesting for the Edo governorship, by now, he would have appropriately put the issue in the public domain without having to cut corners.”
However, should the seasoned investor decide to throw his hat into the ring, the source said that Edo State people would hear directly from him, not from a third party, adding, “As it stands, all the speculations and rumour in the public domain are mere wishes and imaginations of their authors to distract Captain Hosa from his uncommon focus of contributing his quota to towards the economic growth of Nigeria through his numerous business ventures.”
Tribunal upholds Ikpeazu’s election, dismisses Alex Otti’s petition
The three-man panel of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, and chaired by Justice A.L. Ogumoye, has dismissed the petition filed by 2019 APGA gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Alex Otti against the declaration of Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu.
The tribunal ruled that the petitioner failed to prove the case of over-voting, non-compliance to the INEC election guideline and electoral act.
Recall that Alex Otti had asked the tribunal to cancel fifteen out of the seventeen local government areas’ election results in Abia State.
Otti claimed that the respondents, PDP, and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu who was the governorship candidate of PDP perpetrated excessive malpractice in those LGAs in the last March 9, 2019, election conducted in the state.
Dino Melaye Turns Down PDP Appointment In Kogi, Says Truth Is Casualty In Party
Senator Dino Melaye has rejected his appointment as the director-general of the Kogi State Governorship Campaign Council by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Melaye expressed his rejection of the appointment via his Twitter handle, @dino_melaye, on Friday.
He said though the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, had told journalists that he would be the director-general of PDP’s governorship campaign council in Kogi’s forthcoming governorship election, he was not willing to lead the campaign.
“Let me categorically say that I have turned down the position of Director-General of the PDP Kogi State Governorship Campaign Council. I wish PDP all the best. When truth is a casualty there is chaos. Senator Dino Melaye.”
Former minister, Jummai Alhassan ‘Mama Taraba’ decamps to PDP
The former Minister of Women Affairs, Jummai Alhassan a.k.a Mama Taraba has decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from United Democratic party (UDP).
The former cabinet member of President Buhari’s administration made the announcement after a stakeholders meeting of the UDP held in her Jalingo residence, months after contesting in the 2019 Taraba State governorship election on the party’s platform.
Speaking after the meeting which was attended by representatives of UDP members from 168 wards across the 16 local government areas of the state, Mama Taraba said her defection to PDP was based on the outcome of the opinion poll during stakeholders meeting.
Daily Trust reported that she said she had no option than to go by the decision of the majority members of UDP and decamp to PDP.
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