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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.

Signed:

Jerry Needam,

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to

Bro. Felix Obuah, Chairman of PDP,

Rivers State.

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