Landlords must pay Land Use tax – APC insists

The Edo state government has said that it would enforce the Land Use Charge Law to raise revenue for the state.

The Land Use Charge law is a law that compels landlords in Edo state to pay taxes on their houses and that will in effect affect the cost of renting a house in the state, because the landlord would definitely shift the burden of paying the land use charge on the tenants.

The Land Use Charge law was suggested by Godwin Obaseki, the APC gubernatorial candidate while he was economic adviser of Adams Oshiomhole. His intention, according to official explanation of the government, was to compel landlords in the state to pay extra taxes to increase the revenue base of the state.

But many landlords in the state, especially in Benin city faulted this claim saying that if the state wants to increase revenue, they should look into agriculture, industry and ICT, not tax landlords who are bearing the yokes of multiple taxations already.

Philip Shaibu, the APC deputy gubernatorial candidate, who was leader of the House that passed the bill, is said to be the sponsor of the bill that has been challleged by civil society, and is currently a subject of litigation.

TheThe PDP has said that it will review this law as it does not intend to punish landlords with taxes. Rather, the party said that they would find innovative ways to raise the revenue profile of the state, including investments in agree, industry, ICT, and other sources.

Speaking at Uselu, during the PDP gubernatorial campaign, the PDP candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, stated that the Land Use Tax by Oshiomhole and his party was repressive. He noted that the policy did not emanate from the consensus of the people.

According to Hon Frank Evbuomwan, Commissioner for Urban Development, he said that the Edo state government would enforce the Land Use law.

“The state executive council has decided to go on full enforcement.  Several owners of property have been charged to court and we are awaiting court orders to move against those property to recover the land use tax. Let it be clear that once the court judgement starts coming out more defaulters would be enrolled in the court process to enable government recover its taxes,” the Edo state Commissioner said.

Don’t be sectional or lopsided in your appointments – Bishop of Uromi

The Catholic Bishop of Uromi has admonished politicians not to be lopsided in their appointments, apparently referring to the lopsided nature of the APC appointments in both Edo state and the federal government.

Speaking at the thanksgiving service of Hon Friday Itulah at Uromi, the Bishop asked politicians and Christians to learn to forgive.

“To forgive means to be divine, to become God to man because man is god to man. Don’t be sectional or lopsided in your appointments. Political office is not add to one’s CV but to help the people” the Bishop said.

Friday Itulah was offering thanksgiving for his tenure as legislator at the national assembly and also his recent call to bar as a barrister and solicitor of the supreme court of Nigeria.

Highpoint at the church service was the donation for a church project that the dignitaries present there, including the PDP candidate and the PDP chairman both donated handsomely.

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Ize-Iyamu at Uromi Catholic church

Dignitaries present included Senator Odion Ugbesia, Senator Clifford Ordia, Chief Dan Osi Orbih, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Hon John Yakubu, HRH Onojie of Urubi, Chief Solomon Aguele, and others.

Ize-Iyamu promises to create modern towns

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Edo State Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) governorship candidate, on Tuesday assured the people of Auchi of modern facilities that would go with modern development such as modern schools, hospitals, markets and other infrastructures that befit the town as one of the major towns in the state.

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Local governments did not perform because Oshiomhole stole their allocations – Hon John Yakubu

The PDP deputy governor candidate, Hon John Yakubu, has accused Adams Oshiomhole of stealing and conversion of allocations meant for local governments in Edo state over the last seven and a half years.

Speaking eloquently at the Public Grounds, Otuo,  during the PDP rally, the running mate to Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu in the forthcoming September 10 gubernatorial election in Edo state stated that while he was chairman of Esan North-East LGA he had running battle with the Edo state governor because “Oshiomhole used to deduct over 50% of the local government allocations and this affected the performance of virtually all the local government councils in the state” who failed woefully because the APC governor illegally converted their allocation for his personal aggrandizement.

Hon John Yakubu said that he vehemently resisted Oshiomhole from robbing his local government hence Oshiomhole decided to fight him back using the SIEC to rig the elections that he won three times.

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Speaking at the rally, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu promised to revive the Afuze Physical and Health Education institute in Afuze, updrade the roads in Otuo and provide jobs for the teeming number of youths across Edo state through agriculture and public private partnerships that is aimed at stimulating and growing the economy.

High point of the rally was the defection of the leader of APC in Otuo as well as over several other APC leaders in the locality. The defectors said they were tired of the APC because it was a party of lies and deceit. Chief Omorifua, the APC leader in Otuo, led the pack of defectors along with his supporters.

Earlier on the campaign train visited the palace of the Ovie of Otuo, HRH Ohizemoje Ohikwomebho Jayeola Gabriel and the palace received the PDP delegation with several gun shots salute.

Owan youths trek for Ize-Iyamu, Lament marginalisation of Owan people.

The youths of Owan East and Owan West local government areas of Edo state, one of the three blocs that make up Edo north, have sent three delegates on foot to Benin city from Owan land to register their displeasure over the discrimination and relegation that the APC government of Edo state has done to their people.

Leading the three man trekking delegation, which undertook the 155km trek from Owan to Benin city, Pastor Nelson Asekhame stated that he was motivated to embark on the trek because “our people have been marginalized and left underdeveloped by Adams Oshiomhole and his APC”.

Speaking to a very passionate Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the Owan trekker. narrated his experience in the process of trekking to Benin.

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‘Our people have been marginalized and underdeveloped by Oshiomhole. We have been denied of so may slots by the APC. The appointment of Philip Shuaibu, an Etsako man, is the height of it all.

Oshiomhole is favouring Etsako over he rest of Edo north, causing division among ourselves. There is nothing for Owan or Akoko-Edo, this is why the youth of Owan have delegated is to travel on foot to be on.

He said he was using the trek to send a message to the PDP candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to help to restore the dignity of the Owan man.”

Pastor Nelson Asekhame lamented that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is a political scam. He accused the APC government of constantly deceiving the electorate only during election.

“Twice the governor has openly said that he has awarded the Opuje road but he did not do any thing on the road till date. He always comes to us during election but this time, we shall prove to him wrong. We are waiting for him to come and lie to us again and he will see how we will stone him.”

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Nelson Asekhame who was received by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his running mate, Hon. John Yakubu praised his courage and strength of character to embark on such a tortuous journey. He prayed fervently for him and promised that his trek from Owan to Benin will not be a waste. “We know the sufferings of your people and how they  have been marginalized by the Comrade governor. We will work hard to reverse this ugly trend and return Owan to the path of development”. He stressed that there will be equality in his government and all senatorial districts shall be developed when he assume government.

Perils of Oshionmole’s monetisation of Edo State democracy

By – Charles Omorodion

The crisis bedevilling Edo State of Nigeria political scene today can be attributed to Oshionmole’s monetisation of the entire democratization system. Worst of all, political offices have become source of money that APC politicians invest to recoup their investments at a later date. The major cause of political violence in Edo State of Nigeria is financial.

Oshionmhole has made political offices to become very attractive and lucrative and opulence in style. Hence, those APCs in political office, including Oshionmole’s are fighting a do or die war to perpetuate themselves and their puppet protégé Godwin Obaseki in office by all means and at all cost possible.

The nature, extent and magnitude of the Edo State elections monetisation are posing serious threat to the Edo Nation quest for stable democratic transition, and attainment of long term goal of consolidating democracy. Regrettably, Edo youths hoping to be future leaders are being used by the puppeteering Adams Oshionmhole and his marionettes for their selfish desires.

This phenomenon is fuelling the preponderance of electoral violence, which has grown and assumed monstrous cyclical proportions or vicious circle in our dear state. There can be no doubt whatsoever that some of the causes of election crisis in Edo State can be attributed to manipulation of decisions and activities at various stages of the electoral process by the APC government and politicians, as well as rigging through stuffing, snatching, and destruction of ballot boxes and falsification of results.

There is a growing empirical and anecdotal evidence which suggests that Edo State APC elitists are funding the acquisition of voters PVCs and dangerous arms of various types including locally made weapons like den guns, machetes, bows and arrows, cutlasses, among others, which were freely used before, during and after elections.

What APC stalwarts failed to appreciate is that election violence does not select whom to consume, it consumes all, the high and low, the rich or poor, man or woman, adults and children, and it negatively affect all. Since electoral crisis affects all, therefore all hands must be on deck to bring a solution to the heightened tension posed by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole antics and vestige.

Similarly, many astonishing things are happening in Edo State, which ranges from the strange to the absurd and from the weird to the ridiculous. Edo State in the last seven years has become a place where the APC led government will often be seen engaging in acts that are prejudicial to the peaceful cohabitation of the diverse and mutually antagonistic people and interests in the State one moment, only to appear in the next moment at another public forum where the same person will be seen mounting the rostrum to remonstrate and condemn in strong terms the pervading ogre of violence in the society then pontificate and moralize on ways necessary to enthrone peace in the land.

The Comrade Governor that exhorts the people to live a modest lifestyle, lives ostentatiously himself. In the pace of just 7 years, we are witnessing the APC fanatics, puritans, unrepentant tribalists and ethnic chauvinists simultaneously parading themselves in high places as peace ambassadors and local terrorists.

An African proverb says that when a naked person promises you a cloth look at what he is wearing because nobody can earnestly give what they don’t have. There are in fact, two kinds of morality side by side; one which we preach but do not practise, and another which we practise but seldom preach (Bertrand Russell, 1872 – 1970).

All indicators show that Comrade Oshionmhole is suffering from a medical condition that can be summed up as a Dissociative Identity Disorder Syndrome, formerly referred to as Multiple Personality Disorder Syndrome. This is a condition wherein a person’s identity is fragmented into two or more distinct personalities. Sufferers of this rare condition are usually victims of severe abuse during their childhood or people who are highly dependent on hard drugs or substance abusers.

For example, this man started by preaching one man one vote four years ago. He was hailed as a progressive democrat, as such, he was able to idealised himself over his ardent loyal followers who were cajoled into believing a political messiah has come to Edoland. Barely four years after positioning himself as a champion of progressive democracy, he went on to unleashed his despotic dispositions and individualities on Edo State APC and people. He tried to assassinate his Deputy Governor for daring to put his hat in the Edo state gubernatorial election ring. He went as far as sacking every political appointee that was sympathetic to his deputy governor just to substantiate his tyrannical demeanour. He spent over N1.3 billion of Edo State money to secure the primaries for his puppet and protégé Godwin Obaseki. He did not stop there, he is now spending the state money to bribe and intimidate the oppositions and electorates.

Oshionmhole has bastardised Edo State politics through the deployment of state finance to sweeten and monetise both the APC party selection and campaign processes. It was sad to see ardent PDP stalwarts like hon. Samsom Esemuede fallen prey to APC enticement. How are the mightily fallen in the midtst of battle and the weapons of war perished.

The monetisation of Edo state democracy can’t be right in the 21st century? In a properly function system, a governor of a state should not be allow to spend state money with impunity as though it is his personal money. We have teachers, local government staff, pensioners etc with salary arrears of up to 3 – 6 months, yet the money earmarked to pay their salaries and to provide a minimum standard of living to these people has been siphoned by one man to fund his APC political party with a sole aim of ensuring his third term in office, yet many of us are just simply bemused and shell-shocked without any counter responses.

Emperor Oshionmole’s uncanny behaviours must be condemned as an affront to Edo State nascent democracy and progressive development. The monetisation of Edo state politics by Adams Oshionmhole must be denounced because it can only create a dysfunctional political system that breeds scoundrels to occupy high public offices. This archaic political philosophy is in dire need of overhaul in Edo State. Too much money in the political arena can have adverse effect on the entire political system.

Unfortunately Emperor Oshionmhole has failed to realise that money does not make a man. What make a man are his character, integrity, learning and attitude. Kelvin Stewart a clergyman noted that “What makes a man is not money but mercy; not gold but the glory of His grace”. The cost of contesting an elective position in Edo State has placed a huge financial burden on the candidates and need to be scaled down drastically to encourage all who possess those salient leadership attributes required to move the state forward at whatever level they choose to operate from to come forward or submit themselves for elective positions.

If the current state of extravagant political spending or funding anomie continuing unabated in our state, soon nobody should be surprised if the operatives from some government agency get so desperate as to accost members of the public on the road and in the street like highwaymen to demand payment for some repair work done on the infrastructure if not for the air they breathe as Edo State citizens under the unfortunate leadership of emperor Oshionmhole who continues to allow our state to slide down the path of moral abyss.

We must not remain mute and indifference to this obnoxious political manifestation in Edo State because according to an Edo adage, when you see your neighbour eating a rat and you fail to caution him by insisting it is none of your business, when he begins to cough at night you will not be able to sleep yourself. The time for all to rise with one voice and demand an end to the unbridled corruption of the political system in Edo State is now.

PISO is seriously concerned about the use of Edo State government money by Governor Oshionmole’s APC politicians to unduly influence voters during the Edo State 2016 gubernatorial elections because this situation can only result in the election of incompetent persons into public office, which we believe could go a long way to stall our state’s progressive development.
Sadly in just over seven years in office, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has heightened the levels of poverty and unemployment in Edo State, which is the main reason encouraging the monetisation of politics in the state. Politics is now seen as an end rather than a means to an end or an opportunity to bring about positive change in society. The level of unemployment, particularly amongst the teeming youth population since Adams Oshionmhole came to power in Edo State is shockingly alarming. The evidence shows that when most students leave the university and higher education, their confidence of gaining full employment or jobs years following their graduations has evaporated.

Worst of all, Governor Oshionmhole of Edo State has not created jobs or inspired jobs creating or enabling enterprise policy or initiatives in the last seven years in office. This has furthermore exacerbated the unemployment situation in the State. It has also created an army of willing recruits or lieutenants for APC electoral atrocities and mayhem.

The heightened poverty in Edoland has also jacked up the need for people to be settled politically. The truth is that today, it is more like survival for the fittest. Everybody wants to be a politician or to partake in the sharing of government funds or cake. It was not like this before but many of our underprivileged can see how some people have gone from grass to grace just by getting involved in Oshionmole’s type of politics. It has now become attractive to everybody on the fringe of economic prosperity including the youths. This is the major problem we have in Edo State politics right now.

Oshionmole’s APC led government is motivated by greed for money and lust for power. As such, they have made the monetisation of politics an attractive game. So much so that the majority of the APC representatives in government are not able to be part of the intellectual discourse about our nation advancement, or to give the people they purports to represent quality representation or to attract the dividends of democracy to them. Shamefully enough, the APC candidate for governorship, the much acclaimed technocrat was seen today at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium reading his manifesto from a book rather than eloquently verbalising his vision or logically explaining his plans for the future to the people. This can only mean that Godwin Obaseki did not write or contribute to the writing of his own manifesto. It may also imply that he does not care because he his deluded himself thinking all he simply have to do is hide under the shadow of his puppeteer. Even if the manifesto was written for him, shouldn’t he have read or study it before presenting at the main inaugural launch of his governorship campaign? This must have raised serious anxiety among his ardent supporters because they have mistakenly selected Godwin Obaseki, a political and public relations neophyte as their candidate.

We must also ask the obvious critical question. If this man does not know his own plan or vision at the point when he is asking Edo State to trust him with their lives, how is he going to implement this manifesto in office?

Most importantly, Edo State is quickly drifting into plutocracy than a democracy, where only the wealthy can afford to run for public office. This further suggests that no poor man can contest elections in the Edo State anymore due to Oshionmole’s monetisation of politics. Therefore, no meaningful election and democracy can stand if the aspirants cannot bear the cost of presenting themselves and contesting the poll.

In Edo State elections, a candidate, notwithstanding campaign expenses, is expected to pick up the bill of the party and campaign leaders, such as their children’s school fees, hospital bills, sponsoring wedding ceremonies, burial ceremonies and so on.

These gestures are small parts of the obligations of any person seeking elective office and not counted as expenditure. Edo State people of moderate means cannot afford these unending expenditures.

Only money bags or those they bankroll can win elections in Edo State particularly now that Oshionmole’s has spent over N1.7 billion naira of Edo State funds to finance the APC gubernatorial primaries alone. The kick of the APC gubernatorial party campaign has further witnessed up to N10 million naira to bribe and cajole each PDP top echelon to decamp in mass just for public gratification and flaunting of power by an insecure Comrade Oshionmhole. This should not be the case because the State is replete with intelligent men and women of moderate means, who can re-direct the ship of the state. Monetisation of politics poses dangers to our politics. There can be no doubt that in this precarious scenario any APC winner will use state resources to offset the electoral expenses they have amassed.

This is why Edo State masses must challenge this public administration misdemeanour and fraudulent abuse of office for sake of partisan politics. The State funds Governor Oshionmhole is dishing out to buy electoral votes and influences, means that many hardworking Edo State public sector workers and their families or dependents will go hungry during this period because there is no way the state can pay their monthly wages and salaries in the foreseeable future. This is a crime of an imaginable proportion against the hardworking workers, even the Bible says in 1 Timothy 5:18 that “Those who work deserve their pay! …” We must challenge and stop comrade Oshionmole’s recalcitrant behaviour towards the Edo State workers.

Edo State money belongs to Edo State public. Comrade Oshionmhole is only elected as a Steward who is entrusted with the power to judiciously spend Edo State funds on public services only. Funding the APC political party is not part of what the State government money should be used for and must be astutely and unequivocally condemned and overruled by good meaning democrats regardless of political party affiliations.

Sadly the APC duplicity of public policy on corruption in high public office is becoming even more worrisome because, at the Federal level, President Buhari is prosecuting PDP members that are alleged to have diverted money earmarked for defence to political campaign while paying lip service to the diversion of Edo state money to support Godwin Obaseki, an APC gubernatorial candidate. This duplicity of action and response is morally wrong and repugnant to equity and justice.

The future is now! Let’s take it.

Charles Omorodion FCEA, DMS, DipM, MCIM, MBA.

Pastor Ize-Iyamu in Orphanage home, blessed by 41 kids

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Saturday morning, has visited the Catholic Chess Project, an orphanage home in Uromi and received the prayers and blessing of the children who prayed for him to win the forthcoming September 10 election.

As part of activities to flag off his Edo Central gubernatorial campaign, the PDP candidate and pastor of Redeemed Christian Church of God in Benin City, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu visited the Catholic centre at Uromi to have a fellowship with the forty one of the kids.

The administrator of the centre, Rev Fr. John Bosco, admonished the PDP candidate to continue to remember the less privileged when he becomes governor in November 2016.

“When you become governor, please remember Orphanages. I do not say ” if”, but “when”. Fr. John Bosco pleaded.

Addressing the kids, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who spoke in a very passionate manner, lamented the extreme poverty in Edo state and the near total absense of social support system in the state.

He promised to run a government that will care for the sick, the poor, the less privileged, the physically challenged and people with special needs. He said his government will support the Catholic church and other such institutions to provide social support for people with special needs.

“There is too much poverty in the land. This is why I am running for office as governor so as to solve problems. I need your prayers and blessings to become governor.”

The kids rose up and stretched their hands to pray for the PDP candidate. Fr John Bosco explained that the visit was symbolic and that whoever the kids prayed for always succeed at their aspiration.

High point of the visit was the signing of a Petition at the Church in the orphanage by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organisation Raises Alarm Over Use of State Fund For APC Candidate Campaign

 

The Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organisation has raised alarm over huge disbursement of Edo State financial resources to fund the campaign of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.

 

In a statement issued on Thursday, the Media Unit of the campaign organisation, said the draining of the state’s resources by Governor Adams Oshiomhole to promote his puppet candidate for the September 10 governorship election is coming at a time when many local government councils are being owed between 15 and 17 month salaries.

 

The organisation said it is raising the alarm because of the authentic reports it received of billions of naira the out-going governor disbursed on Wednesday to oil the APC structures in the 18 local government areas for the ‘settlement’ of party supporters and to convey rented crowd to the kick-off of APC’s governorship campaign on Saturday.

 

The Campaign Organisation said it “received solid evidence on Thursday that Governor Oshiomhole at a stakeholders’ meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held in Benin City on Wednesday, disbursed billions of Naira of Edo State fund to all APC leaders in 18 local government areas ‘rent’ people to attend the APC campaign rally on Saturday, in order to create the impression that a huge crowd attended the rally”.

 

‘’We are worried because Edo State’s fund is being frivolously disbursed to promote the APC candidate at a time Adams Oshiomhole is saying there is no money to pay local government council workers’ salaries for months.’’

 

It requested the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other anti-corruption agencies to investigate this unbridled use of Edo State fund to promote a private candidate in the coming election, noting that Oshiomhole has had to resort to panic measures because of the crowd the PDP is pulling in all nooks and crannies of the state.

 

‘’It is shocking that at the time Oshiomhole is recklessly wasting the state fund for the promotion of Godwin Obaseki’s governorship ambition, our people are languishing in abject poverty, with Local government under his watch owing several months of unpaid salaries while basic social and health amenities are not available in our local government areas. This is a crime against the people, God and all mankind, “such money being frittered away by the governor should have been used to pay outstanding salaries and provide health care for the population, especially such care as promised by Pastor Ize-Iyamu to convey patients from primary to secondary and tertiary systems, using ambulance” the statement added.

 

Signed

Media Unit

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organisation, Benin-City

Oshiomhole introduced discrimination and division to Edo politics – Dan Osi Orbih

The PDP chairman of Edo state, Chief Dan Osi Orbih, has said that Adams Oshiomhole introduced discrimination and deprivation to Edo state politics.

Speaking at the palace of Olososo of Ososo in Akoko-Edo LGA, the PDP chairman stated that Edo state was a harmonious place where every area had a sense of belonging until Adams Oshiomhole came and polarized the people, excluding anyone who was not from his village of Iyahmoh.

He alleged that during the 2007 election, Adams Oshiomhole came to Ososo lamenting about the bad state of the Okpella – Ososo road promising that when he gets into power that he would construct the road. He added that Oshiomhole placed a curse on anyone who promised to do the road but failed.

Describing Oshiomhole as a deceiver, the PDP chairman urged the people to vote for the PDP in the forthcoming election and expect a better life.

“Oshiomhole has brought discrimination and deprivation in Edo state. But Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has pledged to unite the whole state and bring prosperity to the land. My message to Adams Oshiomhole is that the gods and the people of Edo state has rejected him.” The PDP chairman said.

On his part, the PDP candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, promised to exploit the tourist potentials of Ososo and Akoko-Edo in general to grow the local and state economy. He promised to stimulate the econony to generate employment and empowerment for the people.

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu reiterated his promise to create local council development centres, if local government areas isnt possible. He stressed that Akoko-Edo is too big to be one local government area.

High point of the event was the formal defection of 1000 former members of the APC to the PDP. Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu also inspected the bad schools in Ososo, particularly the Okumagbe Prinary School.