Obaseki, Shaibu receive royal blessings

BENIN CITY – The Enigie in Ikpoba Okha, Esan Central, Owan East, Owan West Local Government Areas on last week offered royal blessings to the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Mr Godwin Obaseki and his running-mate, Hon. Philip Shaibu as the party’s campaign train stormed the respective areas in continuation of its state- wide tour.
The Royal Fathers namely the Enogie of Egbaen/Ogbeson, His Royal Highness (HRH), Prof. Aduwa Ogiegbaen, the Okaijesan of Esan Land and Ojirrua of Irrua , HRH, Zaiki, William Momodu II, Onojie of Opoji, HRH, Zaiki Ehidiamen Okosun, Ojie of Ivbiaro and Clan Head of Ivbiaro Kingdom, HRH, Zaiki, Col. Salufu Elabor (Rtd) JP and the Clan Head of Ora, HRH, Zaiki, Mathew Ehijagbon Porta  Imonah, Ohain I (Arah), commended Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for the numerous gigantic developmental strides across the state including building ultra-roads, giving a face-lift to education through the execution of red roof school buildings, flood, erosion and storm water control, pipe-borne water supply, establishment of a brand new university at Iyamho.
These traditional rulers spoke on behalf of some other royal fathers that gathered in their respective palaces as they received the State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole when he came to present the APC Governorship Candidate, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and his running-mate, Hon. Philip Shaibu to the royal fathers for their support and blessing.
At each of the palaces, Governor Oshiomhole, who introduced the duo, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and Hon. Philip Shaibu to the traditional rulers, enumerated the various developmental projects executed within and outside their respective domains by his administration as well as seek their support, prayers and blessings for the APC gubernatorial ticket during the September 10, 2016 Governorship polls.
During these visitations to the different palaces, Mr. Godwin Obaseki acquainted the Royal Fathers with his commitment to continue the on-going infrastructure build-up across the state that Governor Oshiomhole had already laid the firm foundation.
He also expressed optimism that with his running-mate, Hon. Shaibu industries would be attracted to the state to boost agriculture and solid minerals for the creation of thousands of jobs for the unemployed youths, women would be empowered through provision of soft loans, more roads and schools within and outside their various kingdoms.
At the  APS campaign flag- off at Irrua in Esan Central local government area, the party’s chieftains such as  Chief Francis Inebgeniki, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Joe Okojie, the Commissioner for Education, Hon. Gideon Obakhan, Victor Eboigbe, the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor(Administrarion), Hon. Frank Okiye  and Theophilus Okoh reiterated that Governor Oshiomhole had built infrastructure across the state even in Esan land hence they asserted that Esan land had not been marginalized.
Also in Owan, the member representing Owan Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representative , Hon. Pally Iriase assured of overwhelming victory for APC at the governorship polls.

Sports Ministry names Mikel as Team Nigeria captain at Rio Olympics

Abuja – Chelsea FC midfielder and Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi has been named Captain of Team Nigeria to the 2016 Olympic Games at Rio in Brazil, which begins on Aug. 5.
A statement on Tuesday by Nneka Ikem-Anibeze, Special Assistant on Media to Youths and Sports Minister Solomon Dalung, also named Funke Oshonaike as the Assistant Team Captain.
Mikel is one of the three over-aged players invited to the national under-23 football team for the Games.
He is making his first appearance at an Olympic Games, after missing out on the 2008 edition in Beijing, China where he was widely expected to make an appearance.
Table tennis star Oshonaike is making her sixth appearance at the Olympics after she made her debut at the Atlanta Games in 1996.

“Mikel and Oshonaike were chosen because of their consistency, patriotism and dedication to national assignments.
“Mikel is a young, patriotic footballer of international status and we believe he will be a role model to the upcoming athletes, while Oshonaike is experienced and is one of the oldest athletes in the team.
“We believe that their combined efforts will bring goodwill to Team Nigeria and project the county’s image positively to the world,’’ Ikem-Anibeze said in the statement.
The Dream Team VI, Team Nigeria’s male football side, is expected to depart for Rio from Atlanta in the U.S., where they have been training, on Friday.
Other athletes making up the team are however expected to leave Nigeria on the same day from Abuja.

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