Archive for May, 2018

Rivers APC Hails Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi at 53

Posted on May 27, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

The Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has hailed the former governor of Rivers State and present Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi on the occasion of his 53rd birthday anniversary today.

The party announced this through a press statement signed and released this morning (Sunday) by the newly-elected State Chairman of the APC, Hon. Ojukaye Flag-Amachree.

In the statement, the APC applauded Amaechi for providing focused and unwavering leadership for the party and its members in the State.

“It is a thing of joy that our leader, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has provided the needed focused and purposeful leadership for our party and members in Rivers State. We couldn’t have gotten it better.”

The party thanked God for the gift of wisdom; good health and staying power which has seen the Minister traverse the delicate political terrain of our state and nation despite several natural and man-made obstacles.

“As you turn 53 today, we can only thank God Almighty for bestowing on you the needed wisdom, good health and resilience to confront the vicissitudes of life especially in the political arena in Rivers State and Nigeria. We have no doubt that the good Lord will continue to remain your bedrock of strength in the years ahead.”


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Bello restates Kogi government support for academic excellence

Posted on May 24, 2018. Filed under: news |

Praises Natasha Akpoti

Provides scholarship to Fatima Bombom Sani

 Kogi State Government is determened to support the education of brilliant students, Governor Yahaya Bello said yesterday.

Governor Bello provided scholarship to the tune of $93,000 to Ms.Fatima Bombom Sani, the best graduating student at the 2015 Call to Bar examination of the Nigerian Law School.

Bello, who spoke while receiving Ms. Fatima Sani, her relatives,alongside Bar. Natasha Akpoti at the Kogi State Government House lamented a situation where academic excellence has not been given therequisite reward in Nigeria.

“The case of Fatima Sani reminds me of how academic excellence has notbeen adequately rewarded in Nigeria. Imagine someone that bagged nine separate awards including “Best Student of the Year and Council of Education Star Award, and nothing was done for her since 2015.”

He applauded Akpoti for taking up the case of Fatima Sani. “It was Bar. Natasha Akpoti who sought the intervention of the Kogi State Governor who was not only surprised but disappointed that Fatima was left unsupported while no information was brought to his office concerning her case.

He charged privileged Nigerians to make more contribution to the education of brilliant students.

“I heard about your exceptional performance at the Nigerian Law School in 2015 and assumed you were recognized and sponsored by the administration of the day. It is unacceptable that such brilliance is not celebrated and promoted. Nevertheless, I shall grant you a personal scholarship to celebrate your exceptionality and help your career-defining goals.”

Governor Yahaya Bello stated that after some inquiries and validation of Fatima’s credentials, he in his capacity declared a full scholarship for Fatima to study Masters in Finance Law at the Colombian Law School, in the United States of America.

Bello thanked Natasha Akpoti for her humanitarian efforts in bringing Fatima’s issue while urging Fatima to uphold her academic excellence and make Nigeria proud and return home to serve fatherland. Speaaking, Barr. Akpoti commended Governor Bello for his benevolence and penchant for promoting academic excellence.

“We must celebrate heroes like Fatima in view of motivating young people especially girls towards exceptional educational performances.”

She advised Fatima to go for her studies and come back to contribute her quota to the development of Kogi state and Nigeria Akpoti had on April 27, 2018 via her Facebook page, advocated sponsorship to help Fatima further her academic dreams having emerged as the best graduating student at the 2015 Bar exam where she bagged nine separate awards including “Best Student of the Year and Council of Education Star Award

Credit: Ebireri Henry Ovie

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Chief Ikanya Congratulates Hon. Ojukaye Flag-Amachree and His Team

Posted on May 22, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

Chief Ikanya Congratulates Hon. Ojukaye Flag-Amachree and His Team

 …..Describes Him as the Divine Tool to Unseat Gov. Wike

HON OJUKAYE FLAG-AMACHREE RS APC CHAIRMAN WITH OTHER SWC MEMEERS SWEARING IN CEREMONY 0012The immediate past Rivers State All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman – Chief (Dr) Ibiamu Davies Ikanya who relinquished his office on 21st May, 2018 before the commencement of the State Congresses of the party to pave way for the formal election of Hon. Ojukaye Flag-Amachree as the new Rivers State helmsman has described the event that led to the election of Hon. Ojukaye as a turning point not only in APC but in Rivers State as a whole.

Chief (Dr) Ibiamu Davies Ikanya who congratulated the new Chairman, described him as the divine tool in God’s Hands to restore hope to the people of Rivers State after the traumatic and wasted four years of the devilish regime of Governor Nyesome Wike.

“Having observed and worked with Ojukaye for quite some years, I am convinced that he will bring the needed energy, dynamism, vigour,  sagacity and vision to bear on our collective struggle to make Rivers State the desired and destination State as envisioned by the founding fathers of the State” Ikanya said.

Dr Ikanya who took time to commend and thank the party’s leader in the South -South region, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi the Minister of Transportation, Dr Dakuku Peterside the DG NIMASA, other party leaders and members for granting him the opportunity to serve the State in this capacity for the past four years and reassured all the party faithful of his unalloyed loyalty and push to enable the party achieve our common goal in Rivers State.

The erstwhile party boss described Amaechi as a true democrat who is ahead of his time, a true Lion and hero whose political sagacity and wisdom saw us through this period of turbulent, unpredictable and unprecedented political challenges. His inputs during this period of our political history have exposed him as a leader in the mould of Zik ,Awo, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Sir Ahamdu Bello and of course Aminu Kano. If he continues in this zeal and sagacity, I am convinced that his services will restore hope to our nation.

He urged all members of the party to unite under the great leadership of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi so that collectively we can reclaim the Brick House come 2019. He urges Ojukaye to build a more vibrant, cohesive and united party that will restore hope to Rivers State people.

Dr Ikanya vilified Governor Wike for claiming that the Federal Government is plotting to assassinate him, describing the claim as not only “baseless, childish but a claim coming from a very decayed and diseased mind that needs our collective prayers.”

“Wike I must state is suffering from hallucination based on the torture he receives from the ghosts of those APC members he engineered their killings and fearing that these ghosts may revenge their killings but linking his unstable mind and sad situation to the Federal government is an act that is regrettable” Dr Ikanya said.

He counselled Governor Wike to pipe down and renegotiate his exist peacefully and avoid further tarnishing of the good image of Rivers State and her people.

On the other hand, the new Rivers State APC Chairman, Hon. Ojukaye Flag-Amachree desrcibed his predecessor, Dr Davies Ibimau Ikanya as a trailblazer whose inputs at the formation and sustainability of APC in Rivers State is a great challenge to him but assured all and sundry that he will not only improve on some of the feats of Dr Ikanya but will make the taking over of the Brick House come 2019 a reality unfailingly. He thanked God, the Leader of the party in the South-South, Rt. Hon. chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the delegates for granting him and his Team this opportunity to contribute their own quota towards building a virile, vibrant and great party that all Nigerians will be proud of.


Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,

SSA on Media and Public Affairs Consultant to the ex-State Chairman, APC Rivers State, Dr Ikanya


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APC Secretariat Vandalization: Facts Finding Committee’s Report Finds Abe, supporters culpable

Posted on May 11, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

*Describes act as an attempt to Violently Derail Internal Democracy

Abe and WikeRivers State All Progressives Congress (APC)  has described as unfortunate, condemnable and unacceptable the vandalization of her Secretariat by party members loyal to Senator Magnus Abe one of the party’s chieftains.

The party in a statement made available to journalist in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on 10th May, 2018 by Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, the Media Consultant to Dr Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, the State Chairman of Rivers APC  noted with sadness that certain party members for no justifiable reasons vandalised the party’s State Secretariat in such a manner that makes both the State Chairman and members of the State working Committee (SWC) operate under the harsh weather within the secretariat instead of their offices.

Chief Eze explained that Rivers State APC immediately after the vandalisation of her secretariat set up a three-man Stock-Taking Committee, comprising of Barr Amachree the Administrative Secretary of the party as Chairman with Chief Emeka Bekee the party’s Secretary as Secretary of the committee and Pastor Mason West (IB), PA to Dr Ikanya as a member to ascertain the level of damage and suggest how to curtail such unruly behaviour among party members in future. The committee is also expected to investigate and assist the security agencies to ascertain those behind this heinous act.

Continuing, the statement noted that, “the indictment of Senator Magnus Abe and his supporters according to the preliminary Report of the committee was based on the careful study of the events during the occupation of the State Secretariat by party members loyal to Senator Abe and confession made by some of his supporters in Police custody. The committee states that it is foolhardy to deny the fact that Abe’s supporters vandalised the Secretariat as an attempt to derail internal democracy and disrupt the Ward Congresses of the party as their actions suggest that they don’t want the Congresses to hold in the first place.”

The statement reads in part: The Committee further suggested that the threatening and instigating utterances of Prince Peter Odike the State APC Vice Chairman and the party Youth Leader while addressing Abe’s supporters on that fateful day prepared the ground for the unfortunate vandalization of the State Secretariat. 

The committee’s report also stated that Abe’s statement that he shares the same view with those that gathered at the State Secretariat gives strength to the committee’s findings. 

Throwing more light on this heinous act of attempting to denial internal democracy during the Congresses, Senator Andrew Uchendu stated thus, “Supporters of Senator Magnus Abe invaded the Rivers APC Secretariat before the sales of forms and arrival of the Ward and LGA Congresses Committee from APC National Secretariat in Abuja, just to make sure that elections will not hold.” 

On the vandalization of her Secretariat, the party quoted, Chief Victor Giadom the National Asst Secretary as saying that, the action of the hoodlums that vandalised Rivers State secretariat of APC in Port Harcourt was unnecessary, highly regrettable and it was the height of desperation by Abe and his supporters. We are all from Rivers State and we know the thugs who were at APC secretariat last Friday. The representative of Ikwerre/Emohua in the House of Representatives, Chidi Wihioka, who was arrested on the scene of the destruction, is also a supporter of Abe. 

On the issue of no Congresses election in Rivers State, the party asks that if there was no Ward Congresses election in Rivers State as Senator Abe and others are claiming,  what was Prince Peter Odike the APC Vice Chairman doing at his ward on that fateful day to warrant Senator Abe to have thundered,  “I was ashamed when I heard the State Vice Chairman of the APC, Chief Peter Odike,  who is loyal to me being embarrassed and chased out of the congress venue in his Ward yesterday”? 

The party maintained that from the various picture footages and videos showing that there was election in Rivers State, it sounds ridiculous for any party member to state otherwise. Affirming this, Chief Victor Giadom the National Asst Secretary of APC stated thus, “I was in Bera (Abe’s village) on Saturday and the ward congress was peacefully and orderly conducted, just as it happened in all 23 LGAs. 

While to the Chairman of the Ward Congress Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Mr. Joseph Dago, “Based on what I said, there was election. I don’t know where there is a contradiction between an allegation and a fact. If there is an allegation and a fact, I don’t know how contradictory it is. From the report that was documented, including the one from the distinguished senator’s ward, we will make available to the press documented evidence that even in his ward, there was election. So, the issue of a contradiction does not even arise because you cannot be talking about contradiction when there is an allegation and a fact.” 

The party maintained that with all these facts, it becomes mischievous and wicked for any party member to continue to portray the party in bad light.  

Dr Ikanya the Rivers State APC Chairman wept profusely while receiving the preliminary report and stated that he can’t understand how and why people who have sacrificed so much in building the party could resort to acts capable of derailing and sabotaging the ideals and vision of the party in the State just because of struggle for power. 

The State Chairman urged the committee to conclude her report and suggest possible means of how to unite the party chieftains that aided this criminal act against the party and proffer suggestions on how to prevent such act in future. 

Dr Ikanya further stated that, “politics is not a do or die venture but means through which we submit ourselves for services to humanity and not means to disparage or destroy ourselves”

“The party notes with sadness that a Congress affirmed to be peaceful, credible and organised in the best democratic practices by both the Dago led national Committee and Independent Observers could be described by some party officials and members as “no election”. The party therefore warned all those who have continued to present the party in bad light before the public to cease as the party has relevant portions of her constitution to deal with such group of people no matter how highly placed they may be.” 

Finally, the party urges those going for the Local Government Congresses to peacefully conduct themselves to demonstrate to the PDP government in Rivers State that their time is up. 

Source: Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,

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

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“Physician, Heal Thyself, APC Congresses Will Be Peaceful” – APC Tells Wike

Posted on May 4, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

“Physician, Heal Thyself, APC Congresses Will Be Peaceful” – APC Tells Wike

The Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, said she finds it disgustingly hypocritical for Gov. Nyesom Wike to extend an advice on peaceful conduct of congresses to the APC while the dust generated by massive violence and mayhem that characterized the recent PDP local government primaries across Rivers State is yet to settle.

The APC in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Chris Finebone said, “We believe that the unsolicited advice by governor Wike is a script from his dubious and irresponsible politics to divert attention from the massive criticism of the unbridled violence, killing and destruction of property during the PDP primaries by well-meaning Rivers people and Nigerians.”

The statement reads in part: “It would have been far more important if Gov. Wike had preached peaceful primaries to his party men and women. It would have been quite needful if the governor walked the talk by not planting the seed of imposition, discord and deceit in his party which eventually led to the kind of unprecedented violence that marred their primaries. That surely would have been a more practical means of preaching peaceful congresses. 

“The APC believed that Gov. Wike is jittery that at the end of its congresses, peace-loving Rivers people will have the opportunity to compare the activities of PDP and APC. The governor fears that Rivers people will so easily confirm that PDP members as those responsible for the political violence in Rivers State against the peaceful disposition of the APC. It is this fear that has propelled Gov. Wike to embark on offering his tainted advice. We say to him, “Physician, heal thyself.” 

By Nwaorgu Faustinus


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World Press Freedom: Day Rivers PDP Chairman, Bro Obuah Felicitates With Media Practitioners

Posted on May 4, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

…Harps On Development Journalism, Reporting Real Leaders

As media practitioners across the globe mark the World Press Freedom Day, the Rivers State chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bro Felix Obuah says the Nigerian Press deserves a pat on the back for its courage and resilience against the background of economic hardship and merge salaries for its practitioners.

The State PDP chairman noted that despite observable weaknesses, the Nigerian State still owes the press a lot for its role in nation building, stressing that democratic governance in the country would have been a nullity without the contributions of the press.

Bro Obuah, however, regretted that some sections of the Nigerian Press are yet to grow beyond mere information mercenaries for government officials and certain interest groups while others remain comfortable in the realm of pettiness.

According to the State PDP boss, the era of deadpan reporting has long given way for development based Journalism whereby real development projects and people-oriented leaders should be adequately reported to encourage the citizenry on their civic responsibilities.

Bro Obuah said if the press should live up to this responsibility, leaders like the State Governor, Chief Barr Nyesom Wike should be on the front burner of media reports because of his unrivalled developmental projects vis-à-vis his counterparts across the nation.

He said though the media have done appreciably well in acknowledging and recognizing Gov Wike for his numerous landmark achievements through awards of excellence, there is still need to give publicity to his rural developmental projects much more than is the case presently.

“While I congratulate and identify with you on the occasion of your World Press Freedom Day, I hope you will do better by reporting  those who are genuinely diligent in their duties and prudent in management of resources entrusted to them like the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike. Happy World Press Freedom Day celebration,” Bro Obuah declared.


Jerry Needam,

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to

Bro. Felix Obuah, Chairman of PDP,

Rivers State.

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