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Come out and Vote as Court Reaffirms APC will be on the ballot

Posted on February 15, 2019. Filed under: Politics |

Come out and Vote as Court Reaffirms APC will be on the ballot

Being Text of Press Conference Held By Rivers APC On Thursday, 14th February, 2019 At The State Party Secretariat, Off Garrison, PH-Aba Expressway, Port Harcourt

Gentlemen of the Press,

After a meeting of the State Working Committee of our party in the State today in which we meticulously deliberated on the recent court rulings of various courts especially the decision of the Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt yesterday to further re-affirm two earlier orders that stayed the execution of the judgments of the lower court, our conclusion is that the APC and it’s candidates will now, most certainly, be on the ballot this Saturday. No order or judgement given since, including orders given by the Supreme Court on both jurisdiction and representation have said otherwise.

We opted not to rely on a media circus to convey our right to be included. Unlike the many news reports that were suggesting we were dead and buried, we have since seen the orders and the Supreme Court judgement on the stay of execution which proves beyond reasonable doubt that INEC has an obligation to relist APC or risk being sanctioned for excluding us and disobeying a subsisting court order.

We hail once again both decisions of the stay of execution, taken by the Court of Appeal recently and their reaffirmation of both yesterday. These decisions mean that nothing is stopping INEC from placing APC on the ballot. We welcome the moves by INEC to put us back on the ballot, as the alternative would have confirmed once and for all, the genuine fear that they are working for the PDP.

We wish to state advisedly that obedience to the rule law is the best antidote to anarchy. In the circumstances, we urge INEC to speedily implement the rule of law and return our great party to its rightful place. We are only demanding a right to compete.

I want to once again hail the decision of the Supreme court to refuse moves by Senator Magnus Abe and his lawyers to appeal the stays of execution. Nobody is in any doubt now that The Supreme court’s throwing out of the their appeal against our stays of execution, speaks volumes. In summary, it means that the stays still subsist. That is the clear position of the law. The stay orders, the details of the Supreme Court judgement and our formal letter to INEC are hereby attached for your perusal.

We have passed the stage of worrying if we will be on the ballot. We must now prepare to punish those who have been trying to keep us out of the elections with our votes. With these same votes, we must give Mr. President our full support. He stood by our leader because our leader had always stood by him and if you want to keep getting what you are getting, you have to keep doing what you are doing.” Everybody must come out and vote APC to deny PDP any sight of government and help our President secure his second term in office.

Long live the APC
Long live Rivers state
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Source: Senibo Chris Finebone

APC Publicity Secretary, Rivers state.
14/02/19

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Wike Lacks the Moral Right to Ask For a Second Tenure

Posted on January 3, 2019. Filed under: Politics |

Spokesman for the Tonye Cole Campaign Organisation, Ogbonna Nwuke says Governor Nyesom Wike has no moral right to ask Rivers people for a second tenure.

Nwuke said this in reaction to the Governor’s New Year address that the present PDP government has squandered whatever is left of its goodwill.

“Governor Wike has no moral right to approach the Rivers people for a second tenure in office. What is he really coming back to do?

“Rivers people gave him a chance to serve them in 2015 after the abracadabra that took place. Rather than work for them, Wike turned against them and chastised them from day one.

“Rather than keep the people safe, heads of innocent and defenseless persons were gruesomely cut off. Whole families were wasted by hit squads, while properties worth millions of naira were destroyed in several parts of the State.

Three years down the line, the Governor who has squandered the opportunity to write his name in the history books, wants a second chance. Even members of his party who have seen how bad he is, are not looking forward to a Wike second term.”

Chief Nwuke said the Rivers people, pushed to the wall by Wike’s administration cannot afford to gamble with the future. He stressed that it was time to hold leaders accountable for their deeds as this is not about party.

“We challenge the Rivers Governor to tell Rivers people what he has done with billions of naira belonging to them. Before asking for a second tenure, Wike should tell Rivers people where he kept N117 billion that the EFCC says has been stolen from the coffers of the Rivers State.

“Wike should tell Rivers people where he is getting billions of naira that he is using to buy them out of their land and acquire palatial structures all over Port Harcourt.

He should tell us why we have the highest unemployment rate in the country despite billions of naira that are flowing into the State. He should tell them why we are No 1 in all the wrong places, insecurity, waste mismanagement, occurrence of HIV and the national misery index.”

Urging Rivers people to say no to looting, Nwuke said the score card of the Wike administration has not been encouraging.

“He (Wike) has failed woefully in improving the health sector; failed to deliver in the education sector; failed staff of the Rivers State Civil Service and failed pensioners who worked tirelessly to lay the foundation for the growth of our dear State”, Nwuke emphasised.

“What he has is a bag full of colossal failures. Unlike Wike, Pastor Tonye Cole who has a clear plan, will not allow the heads of Rivers people to be severed from their bodies and used gruesomely to decorate roadsides in order to induce fear.

“Unlike Wike, Cole understands the need to create an appropriate environment for investments and understands the place of bereaucrats and technocrats who work in the State Civil Service.

“Cole knows that the greatest task of any responsible government is to protect lives and property. This is why Rivers people should ignore Wike’s appeal for a second tenure and vote APC”, the gubernatorial spokesman stated.

He promised that the Tonye Cole government will bring back security, inves

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Gov. Wike Squanders Rivers Resources on Choice Properties at Ada George Road – Hon. Ojukaye

Posted on July 19, 2018. Filed under: Politics |

.… Acquires neighbours’ properties under threat

The APC chairman in Rivers State, Hon. Ojukaye Flag-Amachree has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, EFCC and ICPC to investigate the source of money used by governor Wike in acquiring the sprawling properties the governor now owns on Ada George Road in Obio/Akpor LGA, Rivers State.

The chairman who made the revelation to select journalists in his office lamented that never since the creation of Rivers State has any Governor recklessly acquired or built properties while in office the way Wike is doing.

According to the APC State Chairman, “It is no news that the Gov. Wike-led administration has failed woefully in governance of Rivers State. A critical assessment of the Educational, Health, Agriculture, Social Infrastructure, Job Creation and Security Sectors leaves a pitiable testimony and a soured taste in the mouth save for the charade of projects commissioning displayed to insult the sensibilities of Rivers people.

“Three years and counting, Wike has consistently lavished the resources of the poor people of Rivers State on choice properties on Ada-George where he owned only a single structure before he took the oath of office to protect lives and property. While Rivers people languish in poverty, tuition fees of their wards abroad are stopped, workers of Timariv disbanded and so on, Gov. Wike is acquiring more properties running into billions of Naira with threats to revoke the Certificate of Occupancy of those who have refused to sell their properties to him.

“Irrefutable records provide evidence that while Wike spends whooping sums of money to pay off the property owners, expatriate personnel have been contracted for the design, building, furnishing and securing of the latest property he acquired for himself. As I speak, he has closed down and paid off a school, which formerly was about five properties from his known residence. This governor has succeeded in completing more projects for himself as compared to projects in his own Local Government Area – Obio-Akpor in the last three years,” Ojukaye alleged.

The APC in Rivers State is therefore calling on Mr. President to, without delay, direct the Inspector General of Police, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent and Corrupt Practices Commission to investigate the Governor to curb his incessant mismanagement of the common wealth of Rivers people. We empathize with those whose property Gov. Wike has forcefully taken and for those who have refused to yield to the temptation and pressure being mounted on them by the governor. Our promise is simple: come 2019, Governor Wike will give account of his service to Rivers people.

Hon. Ojukaye Flag-Amachree

State Chairman

APC – Rivers State

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Shina Peller Pledges Purposeful Representation as He Flags Off 2019 NASS Campaign

Posted on July 18, 2018. Filed under: Politics |

House of Representative aspirant on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Hon. Chief Shina Abiola Peller, has pledged purposeful representation of Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Iwajowa/Kajola Federal Constituency if emerged as party candidate and eventually voted into office.

Shina the son of the great magician – Prof Moshood Peller, made the pledge in his hometown-Iseyin while declaring his ambition and flagged off his campaign to run for the National Assembly seat in 2019.

He said his desire to serve the people of his constituency motivated him to come out to jostle for the national assembly ticket adding that his candidature will fast-track projects that would bring development to his constituency.

“If given the party ticket and won the election, I will use the mandate effectively to serve sons and daughters of this constituency. My contributions and impacts would be felt at both the green chamber and in the constituency. Meaningful contributions to formulation of policies for the development of Nigeria shall be my priority.” Peller stated.

Shina Peller also decried lack of basic infrastructure in the area, asserting that the constituency deserve better treatment, he maintained that empowerment of widows, less privileged and scholarship for indigent students which had been his hallmark would continue to manifest in the area.

While people trooped out in their thousands to attend the declaration, he further appealed to his party faithful, especially party leaders in the area to share his good intentions not only to secure the party ticket, but also win the election in 2019.

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My mission is to truly rescue Imo from the mess created by Okorocha, APC – Sen. Samuel Anyanwu

Posted on July 5, 2018. Filed under: Politics |

  • Unfolds economic agenda
  • Promises to embark on large scale industrialisation of Imo
  • Urges Orlu and Okigwe zones to support the aspiration of Owerri zone

Pulling Imo people out of the clutches of poverty and propelling the economy of the state to prosperity were given at the weekend by Senator Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu as reasons for joining the governorship race.

“If our natural and human resources have been properly harnessed and judiciously managed, Imo would have been one of the richest states, if not the richest in Nigeria. My goal is to serve as a bridge between the leadership and the people to ensure that the state is pulled out from the clutches of poverty, while ensuring timely payment of pensions and full restoration of civil servants’ salaries and emoluments” he said.

The former member of Imo State House of Assembly, who wants to contest the governorship polls on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is thinking about how to put right the mess Governor Rochas Okorocha and other All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders have made of Imo State.

He promised to assuage the suffering of Imo people through wealth creation, employment generation and poverty reduction.

Anyanwu told reporters in Owerri that the state has enormous human and material resources that could serve as alternative source of revenue to the Federal Government if properly harnessed and managed.

He attributed the economic hardship in the state to lack of commitment and sincerity of purpose on the part of the current administration.

“A responsible and positive government should drive policies and programmes that would promote real development.”

The former local government chairman promised to liberate the state from the dependency on federal allocation, grow the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state by activating robust private sector business engagement and restore local government system and town unions.

“We will energize private enterprise and allow people unfettered ownership of the means to wealth creation and production. We shall pursue a course that will exceed the expectations and aspirations of our people. We will ensure economic growth as against financial impoverishment and hope in place of despondency and despair. Our administration will submit to international best practices in governance, which includes transparency, accountability, due process and rule of law.”

Anyanwu promised to bring principles that promote respect for rule of law, justice, fairness and integration of all stakeholders.

“I know the terrain, understand the politics and have built networks of political and social alliances across the state; I know the people, the issues, challenges, expectations, the possibilities and the potentials of the state. I will run a government that focuses on developing the economy of the state and making it the hub of South East market by identifying and developing viable areas of comparative advantage. I will create an enabling environment that will attract investors and encourage private sector participation in developing the state economy.”

He vowed to ensure security of life and property thereby making Imo the tourist destination of the world, guarantee a qualitative and holistic free education, with a clear path on sustainability of funding, reposition agriculture as vehicle for job creation, wealth generation and food security, decentralize the health sector in preparation for a universal health care system and embark on a comprehensive infrastructural development.

He also pledged to end deprivation, humiliation and hardship in the state.

The chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privilege and Public Petitions urged PDP leaders in the country to mend fences and respect the feelings and views of others.

“Our party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has had it fair share of political crisis. We must begin to mend fences and respect the feelings and views of others. Though individuals are bound to have their personal ambitions within a political party, such interests must be pursued without sending wrong signals that would unsettle the greater number of the members or make them feel that the party has lost its character as the big umbrella that should provide shade for all members. Impunity and high handedness in political engagement weakens the party, making it vulnerable to external and internal manipulators and deprives us of the qualities of a formidable political party.”

The representative of Imo East Senatorial District called on PDP members in the state to make judicious use of their electoral power when the time comes.

“The movement to Douglas House starts today. Never again would we gamble with the fate of our dear state and the destiny of our people. We must caution ourselves as we prepare to elect our flag bearers in the forthcoming party elections. The fate and destiny of our party depend on our resolve to elect people that are acceptable to the masses and can lead us to victory in the general election.”

Popularly known as Sam Daddy, the Imo East representative appealed to the people of Orlu and Okigwe zones to support the aspiration of Owerri zone.

“This will help us build a bound of love, friendship and strength needed to overcome the challenges ahead” he added.

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It’s time to choose candidates – Princewill

Posted on June 29, 2018. Filed under: Politics |

It’s time to choose candidates – Princewill

TP 4Fresh after returning from the national convention of the APC in Abuja, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, the “prince of the Niger Delta” as he is fondly called, had a brief chat with newsmen where he intimated them on the next steps for his party in the state.

Prince Tonye T.J.T Princewill highlighted the emergence of Adams Oshiomole as a catalyst for the erosion of PDP in the South South commencing with Rivers state.

According to him, “What we have now is a solid team headed at different tiers by warriors of change, from the national through to the state, local governments and wards. I don’t underestimate the task before us but I can categorically confirm that Wike will be history come 2019. Take it to the bank.”

He confirmed that the team put in place in Rivers state under the Chairmanship of Hon Ojukaye Flag Amachree had all it takes to ensure APC wins the next election but warned that the missing piece in the jigsaw was still the choice of candidates the party will field in 2019.

“Starting with the position of Governor, we will decide who the cap best fits in the next few weeks so we can begin to sell him and them to our members aggressively. It has to be a team who can build on the 2007 blueprint Amaechi put in place. Amaechi left free schooling and free medical in Rivers state and grew our economy with the ushering in of peace. What has this Wike now done? Intellectual capacity mixed with boldness and humility is key. Plus he must be Riverine. Power must rotate. It’s that simple.” the Prince explained.

He denied that the Honourable Minister Rotimi Amaechi will impose a candidate because his style was now collegiate, citing the recently held Congresses leading to the convention as an example. There he claimed Amaechi delegated his powers to people who knew their people whereas in the past, he delegated to only a few, now he has delegated to many more and they were all critical to any decision.

“Wike is history. Even he knows it. Those who are afraid of him have no business leading us and thankfully no longer do. 2019 will be decided in 2019, there and then on the day of the election. If he likes he can go to court. We won’t.”

On the subject of the recent killings in the country, the Prince while praying for the souls of the departed reminded Nigerians, especially the media, to stop immediately, the fanning of embers of hate. Every sad incident cannot be Buharis fault, he said citing the herdsmen issue to the putting food on our plates as examples. “If you hate Buhari, an election is coming up. Feel free to be driven by personal hate if your thinking is that narrow. Why preach that hate, blind to all the many achievements he has made? I and my kind will preach love, not hate. You cannot truly love your country and its people yet you promote its division by stoking ethnicity. Don’t you get it? Don’t you have children? Are you not aware that the fallout will consume us all? Continue. God is watching you.”

It will be recalled that Prince Tonye T.J.T Princewill was the candidate for AC in the 2007 elections for Governor but has since declined to contest in 2019 because in his opinion, personal ambition should always be secondary to the group ambition of his people.

 

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Reaction trails Gov. Wike’s “Why the Riverine cannot get a University”

Posted on June 18, 2018. Filed under: Politics |

PRINCEWILL 5Recently, Governor Nyesom Wike gave reason Rivers Ijaw cannot get a University. The governor while speaking to the people of Ekpeye Ethnic nationality who paid him a solidarity visit at Government House last Wednesday, said he will instruct the Chairman of the Governing Council and the Vice Chancellor of the Rivers State University to cite a campus of the University in Ekpeye land and when other people come (apparently referring to the Riverine people) they should establish University for themselves.

Governor Wike said “Those things that you did not get before, you will get it now. If we don’t do it, who would do it for us. Now that God has given us this opportunity, we have to do it for ourselves. When other people come, they should do it for themselves. Let me assure you that I will call the Chairman, Governing Council of Rivers State University and the Vice Chancellor, they must have to work out a way where we can have a campus of Rivers State University in Ekpeye land.”

“This statement by Governor Wike reveals why he cited a new Port Harcourt Polytechnic (Elechi Amadi Polytechnic) in his Obio Akpor LGA, despite the fact that the Rivers State University and the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education are all cited in Port Harcourt” some political pundits noted.

Observers say that it is unfortunate that such words of extreme discrimination and hate should be spoken by a sitting governor, considering that the College of Science and Technology was established in Port Harcourt by an Ijaw man, Governor Diete-Spiff and upgraded to Rivers State University of Science and technology by another Ijaw man, Governor Melford Okilo.

Prince Tonye Princewill an APC Chieftain in Rivers State in his reaction said Wike forgets that the College of Education (now Ajuru University of Education) was established near his community by a former Governor of Ijaw extraction, Diette-Spiff; even the College of Arts and Science was established and upgraded by Spiff and Okilo, all of them former governors of Ijaw extraction.

He said: “It is disheartening that Rivers Ijaw, a people that embraced western education, and produced graduates in several fields of human endeavour ahead of some major tribes in Nigeria do not have a single state-owned higher institution and now Gov. Wike is saying that they must wait until they have their son or daughter as governor.”

“Wike is probably already seeing his end and is predicting his hand over. What he doesn’t realize is a Governor of Rivers state is a Governor for all and should govern with that as his guide”  Princewill advised.

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Guber race: Remain resolute and focus, Assembly advises residents of Osun Wes

Posted on January 10, 2018. Filed under: Politics |

Guber race: Remain resolute and focus, Assembly advises residents of Osun West

A Pressure group, the Osun West Peoples Assembly (OWEPA) has appealed to the residents of the West Senatorial district to be resolute and focused in their bid to produce the next governor of Osun State just as the other two districts have done in the past. It also urged the member representing the district at the upper chambers of the National Assembly, Senator Ademola Adeleke to shun the antics of those urging him to contest the governorship of the state later in the year.

In its New Year message to the people of the area, the Coordinator of the group, Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman stated that in the interest of justice, fair play and equity, the area should be allowed to produce the successor to the outgoing governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola.

According to Sulaiman after held a meeting with some selected youths in his country home, Awo,the headquarters of Egbedore Local government area of the State on Tuesday, he appealed to Adeleke to work round the clock by ensuring that the district presents credible and generally acceptable governorship candidate for September 22nd, 2018 governorship election and that he should shun those he referred to as selfish politicians who are mounting pressure on him to declare intent for the race.

On the way forward, the group urged political leaders and gladiators from the district to close ranks in their various political parties to ensure that candidates of the district emerge from their parties as flag bearers.

Sulaiman urged the people of the district to learn from recently conducted National Convention of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) where Southwest failed to produce chairman of the party owing to bickering and lack of unity with common candidate.

It said; “We wish to assure the good people of Osun State, especially, Osun West Senatorial district that the district would produce the next governor of the state in the interest of justice, equity and fairness with political equation.

“As a group, we are ready to work with other concern stakeholders to ensure the emergence of credible and generally acceptable candidate for the plum job from the Senatorial district. We are using this medium to reiterate our appeal to Senator Ademola Adeleke to ignore the call of some selfish politicians, who are mounting pressure on him to declare intention to vie for 2018 guber race.”

On why Adeleke should refrain from joining the race, the group stated that “As it is today in the Senatorial district politically, Ede Federal constituency comprises of Ede South, Ede North, Egbedore and Ejigbo local governments held forth currently as Senator representing the Senatorial district and it would not be out of justification if we allow Ikire Federal Constituency comprises of Ayedaade, Ikire and Isokan Local governments and Iwo Federal Constituency comprises of Ayedire,Iwo and Olaoluwa local governments areas of the State, to field the candidate for the race.”

To achieve the dream, the group has therefore solicited the financial support of two prominent indigenes of the zone, Dr. Deji Adeleke and Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi, saying such support will go a long way to realize the governorship dream of the district in this year governorship election.

 

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2019: South-East leaders task Oyegun, Tinubu, others

Posted on August 9, 2017. Filed under: Politics |

2019: South-East leaders task Oyegun, Tinubu, others

Stakeholders in South-East on Wednesday applauded the All Progressives Congress (APC) for sustaining democracy in the country.

They also praised the APC government for translating the hopes and dreams of the people into reality and creating for Nigeria an environment of good order and civilization.

“The All Progressives Congress (APC) government is the most efficient and accountable in the history of Nigeria’s democracy.”

At a meeting focused on mapping out strategies for the November 2017 Anambra State Governorship Election, the leaders praised the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun for opening up the ruling party to every Nigerian citizen and compelling government functionaries at the various levels to better their people and their surroundings.

A statement from the South-East Unity and Advancement Forum (SEUAAF) after the meeting in Awka described the alleged N850 Million bribery story as wicked, baseless and reckless.

“The story is spurious. It is a political fabrication aimed at undermining the national chairman’s integrity and causing confusion in the party.”

The leaders condemned the suspended National Deputy Publicity Secretary of APC, Comrade Timi Frank and those behind him for encouraging anarchy in the party.

“It is totally irresponsible for Frank and his sponsors to promote chaos and tribal bitterness in the country’s ruling party. Frank and his sponsors want to turn back the clock on the progress we have made.”

Signed by SEUAAF National Chairman, Chief Maxwell Okoye, the leaders charged Oyegun, APC National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and others to work round the clock to ensure that the party wins in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun states.

“We come from different background with divergent political ideologies. We also hold a variety of views. However, let us put the people ahead of political interest. Let us support President Muhammadu Buhari, Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and the National Working Committee of our great party in creating a country which everyone experiences a better life. Let us work in cooperation for 2019.”

Oyegun, according to the leaders, transformed APC into a formidable, highly disciplined political machine that outperformed other parties in presidential, national assembly and governorship elections in Nigeria.

They also promised to teach All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and others a lesson in democracy on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

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Rivers APC state-wide LGA Congresses hold tomorrow – Chief Ikanya

Posted on July 29, 2017. Filed under: Politics |

Rivers APC state-wide LGA Congresses hold tomorrow Chief Ikanya

Following the APC Stakeholders meeting that held today (Friday) at ESI, 120 Woji Road, GRA, Port Harcourt under the oversight of some national officers of the party, it has been re-affirmed that the state-wide LGA Congresses slated for tomorrow, Saturday, 29th July, 2017 will go ahead as earlier scheduled.

Speaking after today’s meeting, the APC State Chairman, Chief (Dr) Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, said that the locations and venues where the Congresses will hold in all 23 LGAs of the State have been duly communicated to APC LGA party officers. He also assured that necessary arrangements have been put in place to ensure hitch-free Congresses across the State.

Chief Ikanya re-iterated the need for all members of the party to participate peacefully in the exercise in their various LGAs accordingly.

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