Archive for March, 2018

Obuah Congratulates Governor Wike Over Africa Power Of Sports Award

Posted on March 29, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

The President/Sole Sponsor of Nigeria Premier Football League debutants, Go-Round Football Club of Omoku, Bro. Felix Obuah has felicitated with Rivers State Governor, Chief (Barr) Nyesom Ezenwo Wike following his nomination for the prestigious International Sports Press Association-Africa (AIPS) Africa Power of Power (POS) Award.

Bro. Obuah in a statement in Port Harcourt praised Governor Wike for the harvest of awards and described the development as a testimony of the Governor’s untiring quest for sports development in the State and Nigeria at large.

Bro. Obuah said the Africa POS Award on the Governor has marked him out as a brand ambassador of sports development as according to him, the feat is coming on the heels of the successful hosting of the African Wrestling Championship which has been adjudged the best in the continent in recent times.

“For me, this award is very significant for two reasons. One, the President of AIPS, Mr. Mitchell Obi is an icon in sports journalism and one of Africa’s best, and I deem it a privilege that the good works being done by Mr. Projects has continued to draw the attention of the international community.

“Two, the 94 years old body (AIPS) commands an enviable pedigree with membership drawn across no fewer than 108 countries.  For me it’s a great honour and a no mean achievement for His Excellency and I am proud of him”, said Bro. Obuah.

Bro. Obuah who is also the State Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), expressed confidence that the Award would spur Governor Wike into greater enthusiasm as he continues to unfold his master plan to make Rivers State the sports hub of the nation.

The Go-Round FC boss who is also Sole Administrator of Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA) praised Governor Wike on his policy of developing other segments of sports and him to keep up the tempo, assuring that posterity would certainly celebrate him among the heroes of the State.

He called on the people of the State to continue to support the Governor who is working assiduously to make life meaningful for everyone irrespective of party affiliation.

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Land Use Act: Save Lagos Group cautions police, DSS, others against infringing on citizens’ rights

Posted on March 29, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

*Demands immediate repeal of laws on land use act, environmental sanitation, court bail

A civil rights organization, the Save Lagos Group has cautioned security operatives in Lagos State to show caution in the exercise of their duties to residents of the state, saying they (security agents) must not be seen to be infringing on the rights of the people.

This is coming just as the Save Lagos Group has also urged members of the Lagos State House of Assembly to commence actions that would see to the repeal of the three critical laws that have in no small way impacted negatively on the lives of the people of the state.

In a statement issued by the Convener of the Save Lagos Group, Comrade Adeniyi A. Sulaiman on Saturday at the end of an emergency meeting of the executive committee of the group in its Ikeja office, the Save Lagos Group stated that the disposition of the security agencies, particularly the police in recent times have tend to suggest that they are out to curtail the rights of the people of that state to ventilate their grievances against the state government’s policies that are inimical to their progress and wellbeing.

Sulaiman in the statement singled out the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Edgar Imohinmi, saying the decision of the police to abort a planned protest by some people of the state over the newly enacted, yet draconian land use act as leaving a bad taste in the mouth.

“How do you justify a situation whereby a police commissioner drafted to a state will elect to fragrantly seek to curtail the rights of the people to lawfully organize themselves to protest against a law that was enacted by the state House of Assembly, which they consider as inimical to their wellbeing?” Sulaiman asked.

He added that the right of the people to peaceful protest against policies and programmes of a government is clearly spelt out in the 1999 Constitution, specifically in Section (40 &41) (as amended).

“I remember a case that was won by late legal luminary, Chief Gani Fawehinmi at the Supreme Court who stated emphatically that it is not condition precedent for a permit to be obtained by protesters before embarking on peaceful protest against government’s policies and programmes that they consider against their wellbeing.

“This is even more apt today as we tend to have a tyrannical government headed by Mr. Akinwunmi ‘Dapo Ambode who seems not to be in anyway interested in the collective welfare and wellbeing of the people that he is presiding over, rather is more occupied with raising money to subsidise the lifestyles of those in government.” He stated.

Sulaiman warned the heads of the security agencies, particularly, the police and the DSS not to lend themselves as tools in the hands of greedy politicians but rather be agents of the people whose taxes are being utlised for kitting them and for the payment of their salaries and emolument.

He stated that for peace to reign, members of the Lagos State House of Assembly should as a matter of urgency repeal the Land Use Act 2018,Lagos State Environmental Management and Protection Law 2017 as well as strict administrative condition for securing bail for those charged in the state government funded courts.

“We are calling on members of the State House of Assembly to commence the processes for the repeal of the laws, saying the contents and implementation are not in anyway beneficial to the people of the state. We condemn the decision of the both the executive and the legislature to embark on tokenism in their response to public outcry over these issues.

“We flay the decision of the state governor to ‘reduce’ the fees payable by the people as he has not in anyway demonstrated enough good faith. To us, both the executive and legislative arms of government should commence the processes for repealing the laws and not to embark on a jamboree and smokescreen exercise called public hearing and summoning of officials to appear before the house.” He stated.

On the next line of action for the group, he stated that the two month ultimatum that has been given by the group to occupy the seat of government in Alausa in Ikeja still subsists and that “We have not backed down on our plan to occupy the Alausa secretariat for complete two months.

“As we write this, we are already making contacts with likeminded groups to give vent to the plan should both the two arms of government decides not to listen to voice of caution and reason. Currently, our members both Christians and Muslims are observing the Lenten and Rajahab fasting and we promise to storm Alausa immediately we finish should the state government refuses to listen to the cries of the people.” Sulaiman concluded.

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2019 Guber Election: Rivers APC Reassures Nigerians to Present a Candidate that Will Restore the State’s Glory

Posted on March 26, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

*Reassures the students that Wike put out of schools of the restoration of their foreign, local scholarships and educational facilities come 2019

Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) considers herself as the beautiful bride and sole platform through which Rivers State will be liberated from the shackles of the demonic, bloodletting, misrule and bad governance currently the lots of our people under the watch of Governor Nyesom Wike. The party notes with gladness that with the cream of seasoned Technocrats, political leaders, bureaucrats and some of the best brains of Rivers State considering the party as the only platform to use to actualise their dreams for better and greater Rivers State the liberation of the State is now more feasible than ever. The party not minding the numerous high class candidates desiring to fly the flag of the party; she pledges a level playing ground to all her candidates during the primaries.

The party in a statement circulated on Monday in Port Harcourt by Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, the Media Consultant to Dr Davies Ibiamu Ikanya the State Chairman of Rivers APC to media organizations further stated that the Wike’s visionless administration in Rivers State has brought more harm, hardship and shame to the State than any other administration since the creation of the State in 1967.

“Apart from ensuring that our civil servants and pensioners are not paid their entitlements when due, Wike’s misguided administration could not provide any employment to any Rivers State son or daughter throughout two years plus of its governance. As if these atrocities were not enough, Wike succeeded to turn Rivers State into Rivers of blood and Port Harcourt from the garden city status to Port Harcourt city of garbage and dustbin even as he has ensured that all the industries and facilities put up by the administration of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to reposition the State as an emerging great economic power in Africa are either vandalised or rendered redundant. This lack of vision and unpreparedness to govern by Wike makes the 2019 rescue mission imperative”, the party further stated.

Buttressing how Wike has ruined the economy of Rivers State, the party expressed sadness that the Songhai farm located at Bunu-Tai/Ban-Ogoi in Tai Local Council covering over 314 hectares of land that was introduced after studying the Songhai Centre in Porto Novo, Benin Republic including the Songhai Rivers Initiative Farm (SRIF), which is 20 times the size of its prototype in Porto Novo and the biggest agricultural training project/programme in the country has been vandalised and put out of use by Wike’s administration.

  1. The party notes that the Fish Farms at Buguma Andoni, Ubima and Opobo with total production capacity of these farms at 5,000 tons per annum all commissioned and operational before Amaechi left office in 2015 have been rendered redundant by the Wike’s administration.
  1. As if the above harms were not enough, the Banana Plantation Development Initiative aimed at the cultivation, production and export of banana for commercial purposes in partnership with San Carlos Nig. Ltd with about 6,000,000 boxes of banana produced annually and marketed locally and internationally with 2,000 hectares of land acquired for the project at Khana and Tai LGAs were all destroyed by the Wike’s administration.

“With all these diabolical acts, Wike has destabilised the goals of most of these industries that include creating employment opportunities for the people of Rivers State, promoting enterprise development especially amongst the younger generation, promoting research in new agricultural techniques and varieties, encouraging skills transfer and adopting appropriate technology by local farmers, enhancing agricultural production and value addition, building interest in commercial farming and facilitating agro-tourism in the state” the statement stressed.

The party noted with dismay that, “Wike did not stop at some of the above crimes against Rivers State, as he ensured that all the modern and model schools constructed, completed and operational by the administration of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi are kept under lock and key and to complete his destructive act against the educational future of our youths, he ordered the sacking of all the 13,200 teachers employed by the administration of Amaechi and stopped all the scholarship schemes both foreign and local.”

The party postulated that these are some of the crimes committed by the Wike’s administration and urged all Rivers State people to team up with the party to liberate State by electing an APC government that will ensure not only the revival of some of these great feats but restore the glory of their educational sector through the restoration of the scholarship schemes scuttled by Wike.

Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,

SSA on Media and Public Affairs Consultant to the State Chairman, APC Rivers State

 

 

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South-South leaders urge Buhari to throw his hat in the ring

Posted on March 23, 2018. Filed under: news |

.… Say Oyegun is a point person for APC 2019 mission

South-South leaders on Sunday expressed satisfaction with the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari.

They also urged Buhari to throw his hat in the ring.

In a news report circulated by a media practitioner – Mr. Henry Ovie to journalists today said that, “at a meeting to appraise political actors in Nigeria, the leaders praised Buhari for investing in roads, bridges, other infrastructure and security.”

They also commended President Buhari for promoting sustainable growth and employability, strengthening the capacity and innovation of micro, small and medium enterprises and enhancing food security and sustainable agriculture.

Speaking to the media after the meeting in Uyo, the Chairman, South-South Front (SSF), Chief John Harry said the leaders described names floated so far in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Social Democratic Party (SDP) and others as men with no electoral values.

The leaders were also appreciative of Oyegun’s role in the development of Nigeria’s democracy.

“Chief John Odigie-Oyegun is a genius in the area of leadership” they said.

The leaders who ruled out plans to support the opposition parties in 2019 praised Oyegun for enhancing political discourse, maintaining a good working relationship with President Buhari, strengthening the democracy within the party, eliminating practices that suffocate the development of democracy in Nigeria and winning new electorate in order for APC to remain an important political force in the country.

“Oyegun’s grip on internal party matters is unique” the leaders said.

They regarded the moves of those against tenure elongation as a threat.

“The performance of the Oyegun –led NWC shows great hope for expanded democracy, reforms and coherent programmes. The tenure elongation is important for the party right now given the 2019 electoral challenges. Odigie-Oyegun has the right experience in the nitty-gritty mechanics of managing a political party during and after elections.”

Oyegun, a quiet leader with a unique affinity for building strong relationships, according to the leaders was instrumental in negotiating a peace agreement between the Presidency and the National Assembly.

“The friction between the executive and legislature has forced the party to rethink its role and to lay ground for healthy executive-legislature relationship.

They commended the ruling party for fulfilling key functions such as political recruitment, interest articulation and participation.

“The purpose of APC at the time of formation was not only to serve as electoral vehicle for major political figures or push PDP out but to guarantee good governance, grow the economy and sanitize the system.”

“APC is not a one person show. It represents citizens’ interests. The party is remarkable for internal unity, consensual decision making and strong clientelistic elements especially at the local level. PDP still suffers from factional divisions, problematic shallowness and lack of meaningful engagement with ordinary citizens. The party has lost its direction” the leaders added.

 

 

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BUSTED: London Wellington Hospital Disown Metuh’s Dr Casey

Posted on March 20, 2018. Filed under: news |

….  Says Not Our Employee!

WH PicturesIn a new twist, the doctor’s medical report which was tendered as an exhibit in an Abuja Court, a letter allegedly from the reputable Wellington Hospital in London on behalf of the former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesperson, Mr Olisa Metuh has been disowned by the hospital.

Dr Adrian T. H. Casey had claimed that he is a Neurosurgeon working with Wellington Hospital in London. He therefore tendered a letter from Wellington Hospital to affirm that the former PDP spokesperson, Metuh needed to be treated urgently in the United Kingdom.

An investigation by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the United Kingdom revealed that the said Dr. Casey is not an employee of the hospital as claimed in the court proceedings.

In an email correspondence between the UK party anti-corruption unit and the Chief Executive Officer of Wellington Hospital, the hospital clearly disowned Dr Casey and went further to say that the hospital never employed consultants.

It is obvious that the hospital is not aware of letter tendered in Abuja court in its name and this suggests that Dr Casey appears to be just a private consultant to Mr Metuh and not employed by Wellington Hospital.

Mr Metuh who is facing corruption charges had arrived Abuja division of the Federal High Court, in a wheelchair for the continuation of his trial before the court.

The country’s corruption watchdog, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission had alleged that Mr Metuh had before the 2015 Presidential election, received N400million from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, without executing any contract.

According to Vanguard Newspaper, at the resumed proceeding on Wednesday, Metuh through his lawyer, Mr Emeka Etiaba, SAN, applied to be allowed to travel to the United Kingdom for medical treatment.

Metuh’s lawyer told the court that his client’s health had deteriorated in the past two months.

He posited the worsening situation of his health would require urgent medical attention from his doctors in London, UK.

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Group wants FG to stop Rivers State Neighborhood Corps

Posted on March 18, 2018. Filed under: news |

*As Chidi Lloyd, others threaten counter armed group, says 200,000 cults, militia groups exist in Rivers

*Threatens to set up another safety corps

Some prominent sons of Rivers state, under the platform of Free Rivers Development Innitiative (FRDI) have called on the Inspector General of Police and other security agencies to urgently stop the Rivers state governor Nelson Wike, from inaugurating the Neighbourhood Safety Corps in the state.

Recall that the governor on Thursday last week assented to the Rivers State Neigbourhood Safety Corps Bill 2018, which is meant to provide security across the state.

But the group alleged that the real intention of the governor was to use the Corps to intimidate his political enemies, adding that if the inauguration of the Corps is not stop they will rather set up their own and armed them to watch each other.

Addressing a press conference on Sunday in Abuja, President of the group Engr. Ngerebala Sampson, said already about 200,000 cults and militia with arms, groups of all shades, exist in the state, saying arming the youths under the guards of vigilante group was an attempt to create a private militia for political purpose.

He also said it was evident that the Governor of Rivers state “has no regards to Court processes; when in the face of the pending suits before the Federal High Court, he signed the Neigbourhood Safety Corps Bill into law.”

Engr. Ngerebala, who was supported by Hon. Chidi Lloyd, Hon. Asita Honourable and Prince Tonye Princewill on behalf of the group, said the recent history of vigilante activities and its aftermath in Borno, Bayelsa, Abia, Anambra and Ondo states are experiences that should not be repeated.

The strong support by Senate Minority Leader, Distinguished Senator Godswill Akpabio to the motion moved by Senator Dino Melaye against the establishment of similar vigilante group in Kogi state in the red chambers gives credence to our position

“We are calling on the Inspector General of Police and other Security Agencies to take steps and stop the River State Governor from inaugurating the Rivers State Safety Corps.

“Whereby our call is not heeded to, our reaction will be to also set up our own Neighbourhood Safety Corps to watch Wike’s neighbourhood Safety Corps. We shall cloth them with uniforms and apply for arms for them through the police, then the 2 Neigbourhood Safety Corps will police each other. We cannot allow what happened before, during and after the 2015 general elections in Rivers state to repeat itself in 2019.”

“You all know that before, during and after the 2015 general elections, Rivers State experience unprecedented number of political assassinations, were members of our party were gruesomely murdered in cold blood; their offence being that they were members of All Progressives Congress (APC).

“Those killings continued until recently, when the Federal Forces killed some of the death merchants of Governor Wike. The rate of violence and killings that occurred in Rivers state during the period under review, led to Rivers State being described as a theater of war.”

The group also said it raised alarm to the danger of such law when it was at the bill stage before the Rivers State House of Assembly.

“Rivers state has over 200,000 cults and militia with arms, groups of all shades, arming the youths under the guise of vigilante group is an attempt to create a private militia for political purpose.

“Despite all these concerns Governor was adamant and desirous of getting the bill passed into law as unconstitutional as it was. Two suits were filed at the Federal High Court Port Harcourt challenging the bill and seeking for an order of injunction restraining the governor from giving assent to the bill. The said suits were duly served on the governor, but governor ignored the suits and purportedly signed the bill into law.”

While narrating his experience, Hon. Chidi Lloyd, said the state government has tried several times to prosecute him but withdrawn it because the government could not substantiate any allegation against him.

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Breaking News: CHRSJ writes National Assembly over plan to picket telecoms, pay television firms over poor services

Posted on March 15, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

*Gives affected firms October 1st deadline to offer quality service

A civil rights organisation, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) has expressed its readiness to picket and disrupt business activities in telecoms and pay television service providing companies in the country.

In a statement issued by the Executive Chairman of the organisation, Comrade Adeniyi A. Sulaiman on Thursday, a petition has been sent to the National Assembly to act in the interest of the Nigerian masses.

The petition dated Monday 18th of December, 2017 was written to the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara was also copied to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu.

Also copied include the Chairmen of both the Senate and House Committees on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition, the Minister for Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General of the Department of State Security (DSS).

In the statement, the CHRSJ specifically listed companies to be affected to include MTN, AIRTEL, 9Mobile and GLO while the affected pay television to include Strong TV, DSTV, Startimes and GOTV.

Sulaiman on behalf of the CHRSJ specifically accused the companies of extorting Nigerians via provision of poor services and high fees, saying the trend would come to an end after the expiration of an ultimatum it gave for the companies to change their operational mode.

The organization had in December 2017 wrote that the affected companies risks having their operations disrupted should they continue to milk the Nigerian people via poor and exorbitant fees.

Also, the CHRSJ flays the telecoms operators for habitually failing to redeem promo offers to their customers who are usually ripped off as some of the claims are bogus and never enjoyed by the people.

In the statement, the group stated that apart from the petition, its members are expected to stage series of rallies and protest marches across the country with a view to sensitizing the public on the need to preserve and secure their rights for quality service.

Sulaiman added, “We have written and fine tuned our petitions to the National Assembly, the Presidency the ministers responsible for supervising the activities of these companies and organizations.

“After that, we have mobilized our members to be on standby as we will also stage peaceful rallies in the premises of the affected ministries, which would last for a year terminating on October 1st, 2019 based on our engagement diary and timetable.

“We are also engaging the National Assembly with a view to ensure that they do the needful by siding with the masses of Nigeria in this struggle and that they must respect and act on the petitions that we have written to them.”

Sulaiman listed some of the grouse of his group to include unsolicited messaging, over billing for terminated calls from telecom services as some of the ways they have been fleecing Nigerians, saying the situation would no longer be condoned.

For Ikeja Electric, Sulaiman accused the company of unduly fleecing the people through bogus and phony estimated billing system, which he said has left many people poor, saying the company should commence aggressive metering drive of its customers otherwise it would incur its wrath.

He listed participating group that would participate at the planned protest marches and rallies to include the following; Apata Ayeraye Socio-political Volunteer Group, De Mainstream Independent Campaign Group and we, the facilitator, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice.

Others include, Centre for Constitutional Rights and Counter-Corruption Crusade, the Conscience Mainstream, African Masses Voices for Survival, The Christian Youth for the Peoples Rights and Development

Sulaiman also listed the Coalition Against Illegal Arrest and Unlawful Detention, Islamic Movement for Muslim Rights, Veteran Group for Operation Clean Crusade, Divine Nigerians Liberators for Peoples Fundamental Rights.

Others are Passengers Fundamental Rights Group in Africa, The Christian Volunteer Group for Good Governance in Nigeria, The Islamic Political Awareness Group, the Christian Awareness Mission Group and Centre for Socio Justice and Equity.

“We are urging these companies to desist from their illegal and unlawful activities of milking the people of this country. We will not relent in our efforts at ensuring that we make them do the right thing by utilizing all legal and lawful means to send them out of the country should they continue in their evil ways of subjecting the people to poverty and misery.” Sulaiman concluded in the statement.

 

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Kogi Central Senatorial Aspirant advocates resource control to fix Ajaokuta Steel

Posted on March 15, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

Kogi Central Senatorial Aspirant advocates resource control to fix Ajaokuta Steel

By Shaibu Stephen Ojate

A leading Kogi Central Senatorial Aspirant, Engineer Abdullahi Okino has recommended resource control as one of solutions to fix ailing Ajaokuta Steel and Itakpe Iron ore Companies both situated in Kogi State.

The business Tycoon turned politician during his farmilization tour across villages in Kogi Central noted that the idea of federal government solely taking charge and responsibility of all Natural Resources in the country is highly condemnable stressing that the policy has retarded development in the country.

Citing Ajaokuta Steel Company as an example, he hinted that the long delay in the completion of the Company can be attributed to enormous projects under federal government watch couple with lack of political will to bring these projects to completion.

Suggesting way out, Engineer Okino therefore canvassed for total control of all natural resources by every respective States in the country. He explained that giving every State right to manage the resources in their domain will ensure accelerated development and breed competition in the exploitation of natural resource in the country.

“Take for instance; if Kogi State is giving the right to manage her resources, I am very optimistic that the current administration led by Alhaji Yahaya Bello will do the needful to ensure the completion and take-off of Ajaokuta Steel Company. He is from the domain where the Ajaokuta steel company is situated and the passion to bring this to fruitful would have been in him. Today, he is handicapped because the federal government is in charge,” he said.

He further noted that the completion of Ajaokuta Steel Company will enhance the living condition of the people in Kogi State as bulk of internally revenue will be generated to Kogi State government. He hinted that Kogi State government will have enough funds to carry on the task of government in the State.

“We will have a working society with the completion of Ajaokuta Steel Company, Okino hinted.”

Okino has also attributed high rate of kidnapping in Kogi State to the failure of the federal government to resuscitated Ajaokuta Steel Company.

His words: ‘‘If federal government had taken bold step to complete Ajaokuta Steel Company, thousands of jobs would have been created. Our idle Youths would have been gainfully employed and taking to kidnapping on account of jobless would have not arisen.”

Buttressing, Engineer Abdullahi Okino also faulted the concession agreement the federal government had with foreign investors in the takeover the running of Ajaokuta Steel Company. He believed that federal government erred in not making Kogi State as a principal witness in the concession agreement.

“The company under review is from Kogi State and Kogi State government ought to have been made a Stakeholders in the concession agreement,” Okino said

Engineer Abdullahi Okino fingered that the delay in the completion of Ajaokuta Steel Company to lack of political will of federal government and poor charisma by those who had represented Kogi central and currently representing us in the Nation assembly.

‘”It is very sad to note that those who had represented us and even currently representing us have not been aggressive in their pursuit. They have not made the federal government to see the need to ensure quick completion of Ajaokuta Steel Company. Mine shall be different as I have the charisma to push for the resuscitation of Ajaokuta Steel Company.”

Engineer Abdullahi Okino upon bagging Degree in Chemical Engineering, he later holds Master Degree in Oil and Gas Management from the United Kingdom of and currently running Doctorate Degree in California. He is also a chartered Manager/Consultant by Chartered Management Institute of United Kingdom.

 

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South-East leaders list Nigerians working against Buhari, Oyegun, APC

Posted on March 15, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

South-East leaders list Nigerians working against Buhari, Oyegun, APC

South-East leaders on Thursday condemned the push by former governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu to reverse the decision on tenure extension of party executive.

“We cannot let this happen. He wants things to go off the rails” the leaders said.

At a meeting in Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi State, the leaders expressed concern that Tinubu, Barrister Anslem Ojezua, Perekeme Kpodoh, Dr. Wale Ahmed, Mr. Okeze Uzochukwu, Timi Frank and Chief Tajudeen Olusi appear not to have learnt any lesson from the past.

“We completely disagree with Tinubu, Barrister Anslem Ojezua, Perekeme Kpodoh, Dr. Wale Ahmed, Mr. Okeze Uzochukwu and Chief Tajudeen Olusi” the leaders said.

In a communiqué, the leaders condemned Tinubu and others for deviating from the party line.

“Tenure extension is in the best interest of the party. Tenure extension is very important as the party moves from primaries to the all-important general election. Those seeking the removal of Oyegun are working against President Muhammadu Buhari, APC governors and the goal of the ruling party” the leaders said.

The communiqué, signed by the chairman, South-East Unity and advancement Forum (SEUAAF), Chief Maxwell Okoye, praised APC governors, party chairmen and other leaders for doing what is best, particularly compromising in the give and take of democratic politics.

“The whole point of forming a party is to work together to facilitate the party’s interests”

Specifically, they commended Chief John Odigie-Oyegun for moving the party beyond electoral coalitions of like-minded, elite politicians, working towards a common goal, leading the party through the hard work and building unity.

“Oyegun scores highly on the five dimensions —internal party dynamics, party discipline, party accountability, stability and inclusiveness” the leaders said.

They listed steadiness, civility, thrift, forthrightness, firmness, integrity, fairness, multi-faceted experiences, intelligence and ideas as factors contributing to Oyegun’s exceptional leadership.

“Oyegun is a genius in the area of leadership.”

They also praised President Muhammadu Buhari and other elected officials for making decisions that further the party’s best interest.

“APC will do better with President Muhammadu Buhari on the ballot in 2019”

“APC is not weak or dysfunctional. PDP is a weak, fraying party” the leaders added

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Obi tasks Deltans on 2019, says Okowa deserves 2nd term

Posted on March 13, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

Obi tasks Deltans on 2019, says Okowa deserves 2nd term

… Praises Esiso

Business magnate, Linus Obi has thrown his weight behind Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, saying there is really no alternative.

“Okowa reflects the views of Deltans. They will vote for him in 2019” he said.

Obi in an interview in Lagos urged Deltans to judge Governor Okowa on the basic of his performance.

He described the All Progressives Congress (APC), Delta State chapter as a party in disarray.

“A house divided against itself cannot stand. Election is not decided on social media but among members of the voting public. APC is in disarray in Delta State. There are about five factions in the state” he said.

Obi, a strong supporter of Okowa, said it was not easy ruling a state like Delta, most especially because of the number of ethnic groups, adding that the executive governor is on course and determined to turn the state around.

He expressed satisfaction with the quality and progress of work done on various projects in the state.

“Okowa deserves re-election in 2019. If you go round Delta State, especially Sapele, you will see on-going and completed projects. He needs second term to complete most of the programmes”

The leading member of Team Okowa also praised the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Delta State Chapter, Olorogun Kingsley Esiso for shaping democracy in the state, strengthening the unity of the ruling party and guiding the actions of elected officials.

“Barrister Kingsley Esiso is a bridge builder and a man of integrity. Olorogun Esiso believes in internal democracy and fairness. He does not believe in imposition of candidates. His word is his bond. He is carrying every party member along. The ordinary members of the party are important as the leaders. He is creating a sense of unity among members of the PDP in the state” the business magnate said.

He also praised him for mobilizing potential voters ahead of 2019, recruiting new members for the party and effectively organizing and coordinating PDP members in the state.

Obi said the party’s next task was the 2019 elections, which he said would not be difficult.

“Barrister Kingsley Esiso will lead the party to victory in 2019. He will insist on the best candidate for any position. Okowa will defeat anybody nominated by the APC for the 2019 election in the state” he added.

 

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