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Wike’s scurrilous claims are 100 percent false – Tatua

Posted on November 28, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

Wike’s scurrilous claims are 100 percent false – Tatua

…..Says Cole will protect Rivers people

Convener, Tonye Cole Volunteer Group, Mrs Ibifuro Tatua said she was confident that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will have sweeping victory in Nigeria’s upcoming legislative and executive elections.

She also criticized Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike for spreading of defamatory statements about the country’s ruling party.

“We are feeling the pulse of Rivers people. APC will win in 2019. Lies, threats and other attempts to bully the electorate will not play a factor in the 2019 Rivers State governorship election ” Tatua said Tuesday at a meeting with South-South leaders in public, private and non-profit sectors.

She accused the Rivers State governor of doing everything possible to prejudice the minds of Nigerians by deliberate lies and perversion of the truth.

The Rivers State governor left many dumbfounded with his misleading,  careless and inappropriate comments as he accused the federal government of planning to plant 800 guns in Rivers State, with the objective of destabilizing it.

“Nyesom Wike’s scurrilous claims are 100 percent false” she said to the attentive gathering.

The PDP governorship candidate faces rejection in 2019 from the good people of Rivers State because of his poor performance, white elephant projects and tendency to speak first and think later.

Tatua, member of the Board of the National Commission for Nomadic Education, spoke in Port Harcourt on leadership, service in the country and 2019 elections.

She said that the Rivers State APC gubernatorial flag bearer, Mr Tonye Cole would safeguard the security and liberty of Rivers people, reform education and improve the state’s economy, infrastructure and people’s well-being.

“Nyesom Wike is an incompetent leader. The people of Rivers State have suffered massively. Tonye Cole will work vigorously for the progress of Rivers State. He will transform Rivers into a manufacturing state. His policies will benefit the poor, downtrodden and the elite.”

She said 2019 would be an ugly year for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and other opposition parties in the country.

“Rivers State needs someone who is not entrenched in the old way of doing things. We need someone who is more transparent and willing to meet and listen to the people. Nigerians will reject the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Nyesom Wike and other opposition candidates in 2019” she said.

Tatua urged Wike to restrain from desperate acts and reckless comments.

Credit: Ebireri Henry Ovie

 

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Atiku will unseat Buhari in 2019, says Williams

Posted on November 20, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

…..Praises Lagos Governor for de-marketing Babajide Sanwo-Olu

…..Says Ambode is a failure

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar will unseat President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, says Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Representatives Candidate, Lagos Island Federal Constituency 1, Hon Violet Olaitan Williams.

Williams spoke of Atiku in the superlative.

“Atiku Abubakar has basic understanding of what the people need. He is the man to beat. His chances are growing by the day” she said.

Williams told newsmen in Lagos on Monday that Atiku would revamp the nation’s economy, restructure the country and create jobs for Nigerians.

The PDP House of Representatives flag bearer praised Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode for de-marketing the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship flag bearer, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu.

“I watched Governor Akinwumi Ambode talking about Mr. Jide Sanwo-Olu having a mental issue. That is a minus for a governorship candidate. How can someone that has an ailment govern us? People will capitalize on it once they know his flaw. Jimi Agbaje is a better material any day. He stands a better chance. The people want him” Williams said.

She also spoke on robust representation, her agenda for the people of Lagos Island and the performance of some elected officials.

She described Governor Akinwumi Ambode as a failure.

“2019 goes beyond ending the era of Bola Tinubu in Lagos State. It is about the people. They are tired of poor governance. Ambode is a minus. All the sectors are crying for attention. The government cannot do anything on the issue of traffic. Jimi Agbaje, an indigene of Lagos, is the next governor of Lagos State.”

Emphasizing that experience and gender mark her as a sure asset in the eyes of the Lagos Island electorate, Williams said It would be impossible for the ruling party to win the 2019 elections in Lagos State.

The PDP candidate sees the crisis in the ruling party, deceit and the poor performance of Mr. President, APC governors and lawmakers as gains for the opposition party.

“We have House of Representative members. They are contesting in 2019. We have House of Assembly members before and we still have one standing. How can they say PDP will not win in Lagos State? I want to win. Our chances are bright. APC is at war with itself. The people are tired of lies and empty promises.”

The PDP candidate also criticized INEC, accusing the electoral body of manipulating the electoral processes in the country.

Williams, who is a stakeholder in the maritime sector, stressed on effective representation, restructuring, job creation and transparency in the system.

“My area is a maritime community, which has not been harnessed. I feel pain when I see the teeming youths jobless. We will focus on job creation, skill acquisition and entrepreneurship. We will partner the various companies in my community towards employing our youths and developing the area. We will use bills to promote the coastal states in Nigeria.”

She promised a better arrangement for the good people of Lagos Island Federal Constituency 1.

“Hon Enitan Dolapo Badru doesn’t know the problem of the constituency. The people are not happy. He is not masses friendly. They don’t see him. They don’t know him. He is a product of godfatherism.”

She urged the electorate to vote PDP in 2019.

“Don’t take rice and N5, 000 for four years. Don’t mortgage a better tomorrow for your generation and your children. Stay firm. The N5, 000 and the N10, 000 Traders Money that Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President, is sharing will not earn you a better life but a life of misery. It is vote buying” she added.

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Tonye Cole: His assassination attempt and what happens next – Princewill

Posted on November 20, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

​…..Calls on the international community, particularly the US, UK and EU ambassadors to buckle up

Prince Tonye PrincewillA frontline Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State Prince Tonye Princewill has condemned in strongest of terms the recent alleged assassination attempt on the party’s governorship candidate for the 2019 poll – Architect Tony Cole.

Mr. Princewill in a statement signed and circulated to journalists called on security to be extremely active in discharge of their constitutional responsibilities.

The statement reads: I want to thank all those who reached out to our candidate with messages of sympathy and support after witnessing the act of sheer desperation the other day by our opponents during his visit to Degema LGA. It should be of no surprise to anyone to know that Tonye Cole is not only still active and well, but even more determined to push forward until sanity is restored to our politics again. He is neither bowed nor subdued, but is rather emboldened by his faith and his purpose. He’s here to win. And by God’s grace, he will.  

I want to use this opportunity to first call on the security agencies who are responsible for keeping the peace, to set an example that such acts will never go unpunished. It is the absence of consequence that provides the climate for this type of lawlessness.  

While Castro said “it is unlawful to be lawful in a lawless society”, Tonye maintains that “an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind”. Many of us were not with APC immediately after 2015, when being a member of APC was an invitation to write your will. We won’t accept that. We expect this set of security chiefs to mirror their successes elsewhere. The Niger Delta is the wealth of the nation and Rivers state is the treasure base. It must be secure.  

Secondly, let me remind the international community, particularly the US, UK and EU ambassadors that previous attempts at halting violence did not work because none of your governments had any teeth. Known candidates engaged in known violence and nothing came out of it. No travel bans, no targeted sanctions and no withdrawal of support. I was there. Every step of the way. It’s that impotence that provides a cover for no consequence. The result is a recurring cycle of violence. If we want to stop getting what we are getting, you have to stop doing what you’ve been doing. Friends should tell each other the truth.  

While we appreciate a lot of the good work both you and the security agencies are doing, it is clearly not enough in Rivers state and the cost of failure is too high. It’s measured in people’s lives. Condolences, shuttle diplomacy and speeches are simply not going to be enough.

 

 

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Another Attempt by Desperate Sen. Magnus Abe to “Crown” Himself Governor Foiled

Posted on November 16, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

​Another Attempt by Desperate Sen. Magnus Abe to “Crown” Himself Governor Foiled

“Today, Wednesday November 15, 2018, a suit dated 8th November and filed 9th November in which a grievously desperate attempt by Senator Magnus Abe and his co-travellers to reap from where they did not sow hit the rock as a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt turned down the originating summons filed by them seeking the High Court to declare them rightful candidates of the APC in Rivers State. They also sought an Order of the Court to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to accept and publish their names as candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for Rivers State.”

The above is contained in a statement signed by Chief Chidi Lloyd, DG, Tonye Cole Campaign Organisation wherein he noted that, “When the matter was mentioned, H A. Bello Esq. appeared for the plaintiffs, while E.N. Ebete Esq. appeared for APC. Plaintiff’s counsel objected to the appearance of the counsel for APC. The court overruled him. The plaintiff’s counsel took his motion ex parte.”

The statement reads: “E.N. Ebete in response prayed the court to advert his mind to the fact that the ex parte application was such that cannot be taken in the absence of the Respondents. The court in its ruling held that the said ex parte motion could not be heard in the absence of the Respondents in that it sought to abridge the time within which Respondents could respond to the originating processes as that would breach Respondents’ right to fair hearing. 

“Consequently, the court ordered that the Respondents be put on notice. Case was adjourned to the 20th of November, 2018 for the hearing of the motion for accelerated hearing. 

“It would be recalled that somehow Rivers APC lawyers had  been tipped off of what was supposed to be a secretly filed matter expected to be heard ex parte and Order handed down to deal a surprise sucker punch to the APC by the renegade faction led by Sen. Magnus Abe. The unexpected appearance of the APC Counsel in court averted the plot. Consequently, the desperate plans by Sen. Magnus Abe and his cohorts now lay in ruins. It was planned such that INEC would have been compelled to use them to replace authentic candidates already accepted and published for the 2019 elections.” 

Source: Chief Chidi Lloyd, PhD

DG, Tonye Cole Campaign Organisation

 

 

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Prince Lawrence Ezeh: An unsung humane personality

Posted on November 12, 2018. Filed under: Opinion |

Prince Lawrence EzehOver the years, many a personality has endeared themselves not only to their immediate native villages but also to their communities, the less privilege and even to widows, with the aim of bringing succor, joy, simile and hope to the pessimistic.

Jef Raskin has the like of Prince Lawrence in mind when he said, “An interface is humane if it is responsive to human needs and considerate of human frailties. Again, When Meyers Jr said, “Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good has an individual like Prince Lawrence in mind.

Humane and also philanthropic in his ways, Prince Lawrence Ozoemena Ezeh is the Prince of Mburubu in Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu state. He is the Chair of Buzuzu Company, a company he has used to empower, employ many unemployed youths and extended his philanthropic, charitable works to his people.

To demonstrate his empathy to the plight of his people, Prince Lawrence Ozoemena Ezeh constructed a 4.5km asphalted road, and has been grading Nara – Mburubu – Nomeh road more than four years now. In addition to these, he gave scholarship to about fifty less privileged persons, repaired some inaccessible portions at Ugbawka- Nara road and also provided more than 20 high tension electric concrete poles at Ugbawka. Nvuna Bridge

Spyder Kenn in a post captured the reason Prince Lawrence has endeared himself to his people thus. My father once told me that “Ajaa dike na nke o kere, o kee ozo”. He also told me that the word, “Ya dikwara gi na mma” will always affect one’s life positively. On this note, I wish to thank Prince Lawrence Ezeh, the son of the traditional ruler of Mburubu, a town in Nkanu East Local Government area of Enugu state, the government are not aware of our existence, and successive governments has abandoned this road and these surrounding communities to their fate, but we are not going to forget ourselves. We might have to resort to using our own money to build our own roads now, while other communities in Enugu state get their own roads built by the government. The injustice of the whole process is not lost on the people of Nkanu east, who cannot boast of any government presence. Nomeh, Mburubu, Nkerefi and many other Nkanu East towns have been forgotten by the government. Posterity will not fail to dig up this bit of our history when the time comes. Once again, we thank you Prince Lawrence Ezeh using your money to grade our road even as the government cannot. O ga adiri gi mma. (From the people of Nomeh-Unateze).

Again, Mr. Petrus Obi in his piece titledNkanu East People Heave Sigh of Relief as Illustrious Son Constructs Three Bridges” encapsulated what Prince Lawrence did when he wrote, “The council is identified as one of the most backward council areas in terms of development and infrastructure.

“It was, therefore, not a surprise the way the people trooped out to celebrate the construction of a new bridge in the area, more so when it was through the individual effort of one of their sons.

“The traditional rulers from the various communities were present as the people sang and danced without restraint to the praise of one of their own, Engr Lawrence Eze (the Prince of Mburubu). The Rivers State-based engineer has constructed three bridges which hitherto hindered movement within the nearby communities, thereby wiping out the tears of his people.

“The bridges, which were abandoned for years by previous administrations in the state, had become a source of worry to the people of the council area before Engr Eze decided to take it upon himself to reconstruct them before the rains set in properly. The bridges include Ojorowo Bridge, Ugbawka; Ovu Bridge, Mburubu and Nvuna Bridge, Nomeh.”

From the foregoing, it is clear that the people of Nomeh-Unateze do recognize the salient contribution of Prince Lawrence towards the need to ameliorate the hardship road users in the aforesaid communities pass through on daily basis.

It was therefore a great pain to many observers how this philanthropic, humane, rare and unsung son of Nkanu East lose out of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Enugu East Senatorial Primary election, or rather was betrayed after committing so much to the PDP.

To so many, it came as a welcomed move for him to defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC not minding contrary opinions in some quarters, where he seeks to actualize his senatorial aspiration.

Bridge photo1In view of Prince Lawrence Ezeh’s rare contributions to his constituency, someone who has not tasted any elective post, but has done commendably well for his people, it therefore behooves his constituents to do the needful to ensure his victory as the general elections draw near. The time to act is now.

Nwaorgu Faustinus a socio-political commentator, wrote in via ngorokpalaresarcher@ngmail.com

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TCCO Condemns Wike’s Directive To Abruptly Close Down IDP Camps

Posted on November 9, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

……As Tonye Cole Provides Relief to Departing Flood Victims

COLE WITH A CROSS SECTION OF CHILDREN AT THE CAMPThe Tonye Cole Campaign Organisation (TCCO) has condemned the sudden directive by Gov. Nyesom Wike for all Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps presently housing victims of ravaging flood in parts of Rivers State to be closed down with immediate effect.

Speaking yesterday in Port Harcourt, the Director-General of the TCCO, Chief Chidi Lloyd, PhD took a swipe at Gov. Wike for choosing to compound the sufferings of the victims of flood in Rivers State by ordering the immediate closure of the camps instead of visiting the people and providing them much needed succour.

“It is condemnable for Gov. Wike to ignore calls by well-meaning people to visit suffering flood victims in the Orashi and other areas in Rivers State. Instead the governor has ordered that the IDP camps be closed down even when communities like Odiereke, Akinima and others are still submerged in water with reptiles roaming freely and occupying homes.

“We expect a responsible government to cater for the needs of the flood victims and when the water has completely receded, carry out a comprehensive health audit and possible fumigation before the victims move back to their homes. These our brothers and sisters are likely to face several challenges such as waterborne diseases, rodents and possible snake bites. Even some of their homes may have weakened to the point of collapsing with all the attendant dangers to life.”SOME OF THE ITEMS DONATED BY PST COLE

“What offence did the poor victims of the floods commit against the governor that he should insist on not visiting and providing assistance to the people he governs but instead has chosen to compound their travails by suddenly ordering them out of the IDP camps where they are taking refuge?” Chief Chidi Lloyd queried.

Speaking further, Chief Lloyd appealed to the flood victims about to vacate the IDP camps not to allow their spirit to be broken by the mindless action of Gov Wike because when the unrighteous rules, the people are subjected to all manner of sufferings.

“You can see that whatever is said in the Holy Bible is true. For example, the Bible says in Proverbs 29:2 that only when the righteous are in authority or rule that the people rejoice. Today it is the turn of the flood victims to taste the bad governance of Wike. This is what most of us have tasted and are still tasting.

“But behind every bleak moment in our lives is usually a bright silver lining beckoning. That silver lining is Pastor Tonye Patrick Cole, the governorship candidate of the APC who, by the grace of God, shall become the governor of Rivers State come May 29, 2019.

“As a disciplined and devout Christian, Cole will heal our broken State and provide the much needed reconciliation for all strata of our society. As an astute business achiever, Pastor Tonye Cole will painstakingly rework and realign the economy of Rivers State for the good of present and future generations of the people and residents of Rivers State, Chief Lloyd concluded.

Meanwhile, the APC governorship candidate in Rivers State, Pastor Tonye Cole has donated relief materials and cash worth millions of Naira to the IDP camp in Obedum Community, Odual Kingdom in Abua/Odual Local Government Area of Rivers State.

UNLOADING THE MATERIALSMaking the donation to the flood victims when he visited them on Thursday amidst cheers, praise and worship by the inmates, Pastor Tonye Cole promised to do all within his powers and in synergy with the Federal Government to provide a permanent solution to the floods that annually ravage the area and other parts of Rivers State as soon as he became the governor of the State.

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Group Lauds Kwara State Government on Her Improved IGR

Posted on November 9, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

….Charges her to Provide Values for Tax-Payers Money 

Elites Network for Sustainable Development ENetSuD, a Kwara-based Civil Society Organization, has lauded Kwara State Government (KWSG) on its improved reform that led to an increased Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the State.

In a statement signed by its Coordinator, Dr. Alagbonsi Abdullateef and made available to Journalists, ENetSuD stated that “IGR of Kwara State has commendably improved in recent times, which had greatly contributed to the total revenue of the state and has been sustaining it, especially at the period of dwindling FAAC allocation. Year-by-year analysis of the Total revenue of Kwara state since 2012 showed a significant decline since 2015, which could be related to the dwindling FAAC allocation caused by recession and oil price. Interestingly, FAAC has been gradually increasing since 2016 (though below pre-recession periods like 2013 and 2014), and there is a possibility that the total revenue at the end of 2018 will equate or even surpass that of 2013, considering the fact that the monthly net FAAC to Kwara state has averagely remained around 3.5 billion since December 2017” (Figures 1 and 2).

The KWSG, in its efforts to increase and diversify its revenue base for financial freedom and bolster efficacy in governance, signed the Kwara State Revenue Administration Law (Law No. 6 of 2015) on 22nd June 2015, which made the old Board of Internal Revenue defunct and gave birth to  the current Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS). The current KW-IRS has significantly increased the State IGR compared to the periods that precede its formation. The impact of the current system of IGR in Kwara is evident from the percentage contribution of IGR to the annual total revenue in the state. For instance, between 2012 and 2015 when KW-IRS was formed, 2014 was the year with the highest percentage contribution of IGR to the total revenue of the state (22%), followed by 2013 (21.6%), while 2015 has the lowest (17.4%). However, it is interesting to note that IGR has significantly contributed to the total revenue of the state since 2016. Specifically, the contributions of IGR to the State revenue in 2016 (40.1%), 2017 (37.2%) and 2018 (33.0%) are comparably higher than the years that precedes the creation of KW-IRS, even though the dwindling FAAC since 2016 could be an important confounder (Figure 3).

Considering the unique importance of IGR to the economic viability of a state (especially in the era of unstable FAAC Allocation), responsible and patriotic citizens are expected to play their role in growing the economy by paying their taxes regularly. We are appealing to the citizens and residents of Kwara State to pay their taxes accordingly.

Commending the Administration of Alh. Abdulfatah Ahmed on the effective taxation system towards boosting the revenue base of the state, the group encouraged the KW-IRS to improve its citizens-friendly tax mechanism.

“We are of the conviction that Kwarans will voluntarily continue to cooperate with Government on payment of taxes if the State Infrastructural Development commensurate with the taxes that are being paid. We therefore urge the KWSG to provide value for the tax-payers money” ENetSuD said.

Many aspects of the economy in the state, including Education, Health, Road infrastructure, Environment, etc, need urgent attention of KWSG. For instance, we have repeatedly called the attention of KWSG to the pitiable condition of school infrastructure across the state. Many of the school buildings are dilapidated, and need urgent attention of the government. On health, the creation of State Health Insurance Scheme, and the commitment of 1% of the State Annual Consolidated Revenue Fund to the Scheme is commendable. However, the sector needs improvement in terms of manpower and facilities. The uncountable numbers of bad roads in the state also need the quick intervention of the government within the limit of the available resources.

Advising the KWSG on the need to improve IGR outside tax payment by citizens is of interest to us. The government should explore all the possible ways to attract investors to Kwara state, which will boost its economy. Investing in the agricultural sector to diversify the economy is also sacrosanct. While the practice of removing 500 million naira monthly as Kwara Infrastructure Development Fund (IF-K) from the IGR is good, KWSG is again urged to be prudent in spending, and make more savings from the available resources.

Signed
Dr. Abdullateef I. ALAGBONSI, ACPA, Ph.D.                          
Coordinator

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Virement Request: Senate Acted in Alignment with Executive

Posted on November 9, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

Virement Request: Senate Acted in Alignment with Executive

Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, has explained that the Senate’s decision to rescind and revise the methods of funding of the supplementary budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies for the conduct of the 2019 general elections, was done in good faith, after due consultation with the Executive.

Senator Ibrahim, in a statement on Friday, said that on Tuesday, October 16th, the Senate had already passed the N242, 245, 050,100 virement request with the stipulation that it should be funded from the Service Wide Vote, but had to rescind, reconsider and revise its position following pressure on members of the Appropriations Committee by the Executive.

He said: “The insinuations being peddled that the Senate single-handedly and unilaterally cut the budgets of critical MDAs is false. Such actions are uncharacteristic of this 8th Senate.

“The facts remain that on Tuesday, October 16th, the Senate approved a Report that stipulated that the supplementary funding for INEC and security agencies to conduct the 2019 election should be sourced from the Service Wide Vote of the Executive through virement. This information is out everywhere.

“However, the Executive came up with a counter-proposal that asked that the election be funded through both the Service Wide Vote and the budgets of 30 MDAs —on a pro rata basis. This is why, the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Danjuma Goje, had to come up with a Motion to rescind, reconsider and revise the source of funding contained in the original approval granted by the Senate.

“So, if you take a close look at the Senate’s Order paper of Wednesday, November 7, 2018, you will see that N121,122,525,050, which represents half of the entire supplementary budget, was sourced from 30 MDAs chosen by the Executive, while the other N121,122,525,050 was taken from the Service Wide Vote.

“As always, all Senators remain committed to ensuring that Nigeria has free, fair and credible general elections next year, and they will continue to collaborate with the Executive, members of the public and all other stakeholders to ensure that this happens”, Ibrahim stated.

END

Senator Rafiu Ibrahim
Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions

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Stop Insulting, Inciting Rivers Traditional Institutions against Opposition – TCCO Rebukes Wike

Posted on November 7, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

The Tonye Cole Campaign Organisation, TCCO, said it received with shock the reported public reprimand of traditional rulers by the governor of Rivers State, Barr. Nyesom Wike at the 108 and 109 general session of Rivers State Council of Transitional Rulers in Port Harcourt Monday for what the governor referred to as their involvement in partisan politics.

TCCO in a statement signed by Chief Chidi Lloyd, PhD the Director-General of Tonye Cole Campaign Organisation noted that “Ideally, it is imperative that traditional rulers, as leaders and custodians of the people’s common heritage and culture, should remain non-partisan. We believe that every traditional ruler understands and accepts this position. Ordinarily, a constant reminder to the traditional institution of this age-old norm by a sitting governor should be seen as either routine or prompted by certain misstep by a member or members of the revered institution. However, Monday’s warning by the governor was couched in the harshest and most unconscionable language not deserving, not respectful of and totally demeaning to the hallowed office of the traditional rulers.”

The statement reads: “It is unsettling that Gov. Nyesom Wike decreed that, “If you don’t respect your stool, you will have challenges. Withdraw yourselves from playing politics. If you don’t withdraw yourselves, I will withdraw you. If you take sides, I will also take sides.” We find this style of Hitler-type decree and talking down disgusting, repulsive and unacceptable to the traditional institution in Rivers State and all decent minds. 

“The exact reality on ground is that Gov. Wike has directed that no first class traditional ruler should represent Rivers State government before the federal government or federal agencies without his approval. He has further warned that before any traditional ruler will lead any delegation to visit the federal government; such a traditional ruler must have approval from him. This is the highest insult to the traditional institution in Rivers State. It appears that the governor has conquered the good people of Rivers State and their traditional rulers because the people seem to have gone silent in the face of this 21st century tyranny. 

“Even more troubling is the attempt by Gov. Wike to incite the traditional rulers against the opposition when he stated thus: “We expect the political parties to play by the rules and embark on peaceful and issue-based campaigns. But you must be on the watch out to ensure that no person or entity violates the peace of your communities under the guise of political campaigns.” This indeed is a move to surreptitiously drag the traditional institution into partisan politics on the side of the governor and against the rest of the opposition parties in Rivers State. It is a clear message of intimidation to beat the traditional rulers into line on the side of the governor and his party and against the opposition. 

“We are convinced that the real reasons for the present reprimand of the traditional institution by Gov. Wike was occasioned by the open acceptability of the APC governorship candidate in Rivers State, Pastor Tonye Cole who has been received with fanfare by the people and showered with traditional titles during his ongoing ward-to-ward consultative visits across the State. Therefore, we deeply regret this present attempt by Gov. Wike to publicly humiliate the traditional institution for partisan political reasons. 

“The Tonye Cole Campaign Organisation believes that it is only respectful and proper to visit and get formal approval from community leaders before accessing their various communities to interact with the people. We will continue to respect the sanctity of the traditional institution by not undermining its authority, neutrality and fairness to all. 

“We urge Gov. Wike to accord the traditional institution its deserved respect and not want to intimidate and incite our traditional rulers against any group or political party as the governor’s present chastisement appear to indicate.”

 

 

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Rivers APC Candidates’ List: Abe’s Jubilation, a Celebration of Infamy – Eze

Posted on November 5, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

Rivers APC Candidates’ List: Abe’s Jubilation, a Celebration of Infamy – Eze  

*Reinstated that INEC Never Rejected Rivers State APC Candidates List 

The jubilation in the camp of the Senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District, Senator Magnus Abe, has been described as a celebration of infamy, failure and a misplaced excitement.

A chieftain of the party in the State, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, who asserted this in a statement issued and circulated in Port Harcourt on Monday, noted that the reason for the jubilation was premised on an ignorant interpretation of a court injunction, adding that it was also a design of God that the Senator and his media handlers have shown their ill intents for the party in the State.

According to Eze, contrary to the expectations of Abe, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) duly accepted the Rivers State APC candidate’s list as submitted by the party’s National Working Committee of the party.

To buttress the true position of the candidate’s list from Rivers APC as submitted by the NWC of APC,  Eze quoted the INEC National Commissioner on Voter Education and Publicity, Festus Okoye, as saying, “as at the time APC submitted the Rivers APC  list, INEC has not been served any court order or any judgment barring the party from submitting the list. The APC conducted party primary in the State and the party primary election was monitored by INEC, and at the end of the day, the National Chairman of APC and the National Secretary forwarded the list of candidates that emerged from the primary election of Rivers State APC to INEC, and INEC collected the list as submitted.”

The party chieftain further noted that the injunction was in respect of the party’s congresses in the State and had absolutely nothing to do with primaries that produced the candidates for the various Executive and Legislative offices.

“I wonder why Abe and his Media Team would be celebrating a situation that could have meant that the APC might not presenting candidates for the 2019 general elections, if they were genuine APC members”, he said.

He also wondered why even most APC stakeholders and some of her candidates are disturbed with lies and misrepresentation of facts by the propagandists in Abe’s camp.

“Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) stand on our gubernatorial candidate, Arch Tonye Cole, is very clear and unambiguous. According to INEC,  Rivers State APC Forms C001 and C002, containing the nominations of our gubernatorial candidate and his Deputy,  Chief Victor Giadom have been duly accepted by INEC.

“Should we allow ourselves to be intimidated and coerced by the erroneous and misguided interpretations by Abe and his cohorts? Have Abe and his cohorts become members of the legal team of INEC?

“The issue of Rivers State Chapter of APC presenting or not presenting candidates for the 2019 general elections is not before any Court and with earlier judgments obtained in favour of Abe and his misguided boys were based on false documents and presentations on the Congresses, why should any genuine member of APC be afraid or wonder if our candidates will participate in the 2019 general elections?”, Eze queried.

Eze further highlighted that Abe and his camp are only playing the politics of distraction, to take party’s focus away from its major goal of sacking the Wike administration, thereby achieving his own selfish gains, adding, “but it is too late as Wike himself knows that he will be voted out come 2019, as we can’t continue to tolerate a visionless government like his.”

On the decision of the NWC of APC to conduct fresh Congresses for Rivers State APC, Eze reiterated that there is no cause for alarm “because if the Congresses were conducted hundred times, the mainstream of the party will still form the structure as Abe is only a Media creature and mobiliser of protests.

“Let me further state that the results of the primaries are not in contention and not before any court. The apex court ruling was only on the Congresses and nothing was mentioned on the Primaries because that is not before any court.

“Again, the Primaries had been concluded before the ruling and there was no order of court restraining the party from conducting her primaries. The court can’t recall a process that has been concluded provided or especially when guidelines and laws were followed strictly.

“Three major points can be deduced out of all these: 1. The originating summon of the matter before court is strictly on Congresses (leadership of party). 2. The ruling of the Supreme Court was clear and unambiguous on the issue of congress and not primaries. 3. Actions have been overtaken by events as INEC has been forwarded with the necessary documents that emanated from the concluded primaries conducted by the NWC. Let us remember that  the court isn’t a father Christmas as it won’t give you what you didn’t pray for”, Eze assured.

Eze encourages Arch Tonye Cole and all our candidates for the 2019 general elections to move to the field and mobilise the electorates towards voting in President Muhammadu Buhari and all the candidates of the party accordingly and not to be distracted by the antics and pranks of Abe and his misguided cohorts.

“The vision and mission of salvaging Rivers State from the hands of Governor Wike is not negotiable but a task that must be actualised if Rivers State is to move forward.”

ENDS

Source: Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze

 

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