– The late Professor Ambrose Alli’s presidential pardon was ratified on Thursday, August 27 by the National Council of State
– The pardon was as a result of the personal efforts of Governor Godwin Obaseki
– Governor Obaseki had promised to see to it that all that was required to ratify the pardon would be done
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The National Council of State on Thursday, August 27 ratified the presidential pardon granted by President Muhammadu Buhari to a former governor of defunct Bendel state, Late Professor Ambrose Alli.
The decision of the council of state has been generating reactions from Nigerians, especially the people of Edo state where the Late Professor Alli hails from.
The special adviser to the Edo state governor on media and communication strategy, Crusoe Osagie, said the council of state’s decision is the fulfilment of a promise made by Governor Godwin Obaseki.
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In a statement sent to journalists on Thursday, August 27, the governor’s media aide said the ratification by the council is the climax of a task pursued by his boss to its logical conclusion, in recognition of the laudable work of the former governor.
“The governor’s promise has been kept. We commend the National Council of State for the pardon.
“It means so much for people of the old Bendel state, including the people and governments of Edo and Delta states,” Osagie said.
Recall that at a memorial service held in honour of Professor Alli, Governor Obaseki in Ekpoma, had disclosed his discussions with President Buhari regarding the pardon, promising to see to it that all that was required to ratify the pardon would be done.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that a former minister of foreign affairs and ex-All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Chief Tom Ikimi, has declared his support for Governor Obaseki.
Ikimi, one of the founding fathers of the APC, declared his support for the governor when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held a campaign in his domain – Igueben local government area on Wednesday, August 19.
Ikimi, 76, urged his people to reelect Governor Obaseki and Comrade Philip Shaiubu in the September 19 gubernatorial election to enable them consolidate on their achievements in the first term.
In a related development, Edo state First Lady, Mrs Betsy Obaseki, has urged residents of the state to be ready to exercise their franchise and not be intimidated by those who are boasting that they will use federal might to impose an unpopular candidate on them.
Mrs Obaseki gave the assurance in Benin city, the state capital, when leaders of tricycle drivers and motorcycle riders in the three senatorial districts of the state paid her a courtesy call at the Edo state government house.
Her words: “President Muhammadu Buhari will not be a party to illegality as he is a law-abiding citizen, who loves the people and will not put the interest of a few lawless individuals above that of the majority.”
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