Today’s Daily Brief: Political crisis in Edo gets explosive, Gov. Fayose won’t take revenge, Sen. Ararume reveals why he wants to be governor, and more

We deliver your news brief for Sunday, October 19, 2014.

Political tension in Edo State heightened on Sunday following the detonation of an device which blasted the security gate of a residential property which also serves as a clinic of the wife of the former Secretary to the Edo State Government, Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu, now a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The incident which occurred at No 16, Dennis Osadebey Avenue, a few metres away from one of the gates leading to government house, the seat of power, created panic among residents.

Reacting to the incident, Pastor Osagie Iyamu accused the State Governor Adams Oshiomhole of threatening his life and master-minding the attack on his wife’s clinic.



A governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in Imo State, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, has said the deficit of leadership in Imo State and his desire to correct this anomaly informed his desire to contest.

Ararume, said this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, on Sunday.
According to him, he first aspired for the position in 2007 because he was confident that he had and still has what it takes to make Imo State take its pride of place not only in the South East but in Nigeria as a whole.

He said credit must be given to the former governor of the state, Chief Achike Udenwa, who tried his best especially his efforts towards improving the education sector.



Ekiti Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, on Sunday says he had forgiven those who worked for his removal from office in 2006 and those who persecuted him while out of office.

This was even as the Governor approved the appointment of Mr Lanre Ogunsuyi as Special Assistant to the Governor on Information and Civic Orientation.

According to a press statement in Ado Ekiti on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary‎, Mr Idowu Adelusi, the appointment took immediate effect.



The Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government, Mr Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, will resign his appointment today.

Emmanuel, who has been under intense pressure from different quarters to contest the 2015 governorship election, appeared to have heeded the pleas and is set to declare his governorship ambition on Tuesday.

Speculations had been rife that the former banker who became SSG less than a year ago was set to succeed Governor Godswill Akpabio whose second term expires in 2015.



The Independent Electoral Commission has declared Mr John Tiav of the Peoples Democratic Party, winner of the re-contested Buruku Federal Constituency seat in Benue.

In a re-election held on Saturday in Buruku, Tiav scored 25,988 votes to defeat Mr John Tine of the Labour Party, who scored 3,602.

Mr Sekav Iyortyom of the All Progressive Congress scored 395 votes.





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