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100 Days in Office: So Far, So Good – Gov. Obaseki

Posted on March 4, 2017. Filed under: Politics | Tags: , |

100 Days in Office: So Far, So Good – Gov. Obaseki

I owe it to my leaders and to the people of Edo State, who put me in office, to explain what we (my administration) have tried to accomplish in the last 107 days after you gave us the responsibility of providing leadership for our state.

My mandate is clear; you gave it to me on a progressive platform – so our agenda is a progressive one; a people-oriented one in which we agreed to pursue policies that will help improve the lives of our people.

We promised to provide a minimum of 200,000 jobs within four years of our administration because we realised that employment constitutes one of the state’s most daunting challenges.

I promised to do all that is within this government’s power to focus on the economy and improve it to ensure that we lift our people’s living standard to where it should be.

I also promised, if you recall, strengthening our party, making it supreme, and separating governance from politics.

In addition, I promised that, as governor, I would ensure that we have peace and stability, without which we cannot have economic growth and political development.

We were sworn in on Saturday, November 12 and on Monday November 14th, when we started work, after meetings with the permanent secretaries to understand the state of affairs, our first assignment was to the Benin Technical College.

This was deliberate – if we promised to create 200,000 jobs, then we had to identify how to go about it. We wanted to send out a clear signal that institutions for training people to acquire skills would be our first priority.

Thankfully, it went viral. People applauded the move because they could perceive its importance. Since then, we have done a lot more. As recently as last week, we went out to tender a new design for that school, which does not only include rebuilding the school itself, but encompasses plans for creating an industrial park around the school where students can go and work and acquire more knowledge in their various practices.

One of the earliest things we did was to create a consensus around key issues we campaigned on. Therefore, we had a retreat where we invited some of the leaders and officials of the party, some members of opposition parties, civil servants, traditional and religious rulers. It was a consensus meeting held in sessions, and we came up with a six-point plan on how we wanted to proceed with our administration. We have since gone ahead to focus on each of those elements.

The first was agriculture. As a basis for our economic growth, we had another workshop where we brought over 70 investors in agriculture from outside the state. We have been able to set up an Agric ad hoc committee led by Chief Osaro Idah.

We are preparing about 5000 hectares of land and we expect to get about 200 or more people to invest. We are making arrangements for over 25,000 metric tonnes of maize this season and we are hoping to get more than 200 of our young men and women to go into profitable agriculture as a business.

We also listened to the yearnings of our people. One of the issues the opposition raised during my campaign was what they referred to as ‘double taxation’. We quickly tried to understand what was going on, and found that there were all sorts of people collecting levies and fines on the streets and the money was not coming to the government’s coffers.

Therefore, in my New Year broadcast, I made it very clear that we were not going to accept that situation anymore and we banned the collection of government revenues by non-state actors – that action received a lot of applause from members of the public.

We have also been able to negotiate with some of our contractors, and I am pleased to inform you that we have rehabilitated more than 45 roads within the Benin metropolis. This is in addition to completing those inherited from the previous administration under the SEEFOR programme. We have flagged off the Agbede-Awain road in Edo North. Last week we were in Igueben, where we inspected and met with engineers on how best we could construct the Amarhor–Ogua road.

We have started something we believe will be revolutionary in Nigeria; that is the use of concrete to construct roads.  Working with AG Dangote, we have commenced direct labour on a high brand road, called Nevis Street in Benin City, which connects Lagos Street with Idahosa Street, Mission road and Forestry road. We are monitoring the cost and we believe that once we get it right, we can roll out massive road reconstruction across all our major cities in the state.

One remarkable achievement that we have made, which may have gone unnoticed is the issue of electricity. During Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s tenure, six years ago, we had worked with some investors to build the Azura Power Plant, which is currently under construction. It is one of the most highly rated finance projects in the African continent today and they are ahead of schedule.  That plant will be completed before the end of next year and it will produce 450 megawatts of electricity.

We have also located another investor around Ologbo and a purchase agreement has been finalised for an initial 5 megawatts of power. Once we do that, within the next first four to five months, we should be able to generate about 5 megawatts at Ring Road to power all government buildings and all our street lights in the city. Once we do that, it will be very significant because it will be the second place, after Lagos state that this has happened, and even then, the cost is economic.

Once we generate the 5 megawatts at Ring Road, we can generate another 5 megawatts at an industrial park in Sapele Road, and so even before Azura gets ready, we will be able to attract many people to come and use the ready electricity in Edo to set up factories and production centres.

Because of the progress we have made in electricity, Siemens, a German company has indicated interest in working with Edo State government. They have signed MoU with us not only to train our young men and women in electricity, but also to collaborate with us and generate an additional 1000 megawatts of power in Edo state.

We have been very passionate about education, because we believe that the only way we can create 200,000 jobs is to train our people to be ready for work. Hence, the initiative behind the Benin technical college.

We inspected the School of Nursing and School for Health Technology to confirm their states and we are now completing a redesign of the nursing school.  We are also trying to reaccredit those schools to make sure that we have higher standards than the national average so that those schools become places to train quality labour.

Another significant achievement we have made in education is getting approval for the Tayo Akpata University of Education. I am pleased to inform you that the Nigerian University Commission, with the active support of the Chairman of Council has given approval for the university to commence operation.

We have set up a committee that is currently working and we are looking at the designs so that we can put in place the infrastructure required before they open in September this year. Consequently, we are moving the students registered at the College of Education, Ekiadolor to the College of Education in Igueben. Therefore, we have visited the college at Igueben, and we are working on the master plan and putting money in the budget to expand the school so that it can accommodate the students from Ekiadolor.

Meanwhile, we have commenced paying the salary arrears of lecturers in both schools. We have set up a forensic audit on SUBEB because a case came up. The report has been submitted and we are working on it. By next week, we will make payment for all the jobs that have been completed by SUBEB, clean up the mess in there and apply for funding for this year so that before June, we should get the funding and award new sets of contracts for the balance of the junior secondary schools that we have not completed.

On administration, we have commenced the Contributory Pension Scheme in Edo state. For us, this is significant because without commencing the scheme, we will not be able to draw the line to ensure that we begin to deal with the challenge in pension administration.

From January this year, Edo State Government adopted the Contributory Pension Scheme, which means that we are not going to have any pension liability in future save those who will retire under five years. We can now deal with all the issues of outstanding pension that have accumulated up to that date. We believe that is significant and we could finally end the pension problems in the state.

The House of Assembly has also been supportive. We have sent a couple of bills to the house. They passed our 2017 appropriation bill in record time. In less than a month, they worked on the bill, we are grateful.  In addition, they also helped us to finalise a bill to harmonise all rates and levies in the local governments because part of the challenge is that we never had one law stipulating what local governments should collect for services, so everyone did as they liked and appointed whoever they liked to collect taxes and levies.

However, with this law, people who do otherwise will be penalised. They have also helped us with the amendment bill of the Tayo Akpata University of education so that it will meet conditions for approval.

Additionally, they are also working on a very important bill, which will criminalise activities of CDAs. This was one of the key concerns of Oba Ewuare II during his coronation. We came up with a bill, which has passed second reading and which should be adopted into law very quickly. We have the enforcement mechanism already put in place to ensure that we introduce law and order.

We are concluding the first phase of the GIS in planning land administration in Edo state. This phase covers about 2000km radius in Benin to capture a high quality picture of the terrain, so that we can create maps. More importantly, with this GIS we can begin to reissue C of Os within 30 days, drop the cost of C of O, and ensure that we help the process of land administration and make this place more attractive for investors.

These are some of the modest achievements made in the last 100 days; but we will not be able to end it without mentioning the advanced work of the committee working on Gelegele seaport.

There is a technical team, which has surveyed the river, and has found an interesting location to locate the port. God has truly blessed us as a people; there are two large prolific gas fields close to that location. I got this information from the companies working there. They are starting to drill in one of the locations. Drilling is also expected to commence in the other location, which means that the amount of gas they will get there will be able to generate more than 1000 megawatts of power for 20 years.

We went to China, and we are optimistic that that axis will be a major industrial hub for this country. I want to thank you and I know that all of this wouldn’t had been possible if you did not accept my request that you give me the first few months to be able to sit down and plan and think about where to take this government to.

I am indeed grateful and I want to assure you that all we are doing is to help remove the pressure from you. We understand the pains, the difficulties people are facing, but the only way out is for us to change the paradigm to ensure that we create new areas of economic growth.

I want to assure you that I went round; I cannot say, as people claim, that I am not a politician – some of my statements have been misconstrued – maybe I am a technical politician because my politics is a bit more technical. That is why as we look at the political landscape, what we want to do is to try to place some order so that we can understand where we are at any point in time, and so that we can assist the political process and our political leaders.

I had a conversation with the party secretary this morning, which left me a bit worried. As we go out every day, we are looking for opportunities – we have sent people round the state, they will be located to try to register people who do not have jobs so that we can have a major database and therefore know how to begin to plan.

However, two weeks ago, the Industrial Training Fund came and we agreed to partner with them to give vocational and ICT training. We sent out to leaders across the wards and, of 450 that they requested we were only able to get 280 – for me that was worrisome. How can we say we have a problem of unemployment and of training our youths when we cannot even get them to train? I believe that as I have always argued, we have to use the party to govern and we will like to work with all of you and ensure that we are in touch with all of you so that when things come up, we can reach you.

With the signal we have sent out to the world, people have realised that Edo is the place to do business. Yesterday, we had a major international investor that flew in with his private jet and I had to take him to Illushi. He is one of the major exporters of banana. He said he heard that Edo’s soil is good for agricultural purposes and that he wants to do tissue culture. He has 6 million tissue culture of banana that he wants to grow for export into Europe. I had to spend all Sunday going around with him. On Wednesday, the National Investment Sovereign Wealth Fund is coming with major investors from South Africa. These people have 25 to 50 million dollars to spend to cultivate rice in places like Edo.

Since we have these opportunities, nothing will gladden my heart more than ensuring that as this people come in, I have people I know and people I have worked with, who are my political leaders that I can now collaborate with them to achieve the desired goals.

I want to thank you again.

By Governor Godwin Obaseki, Executive Governor, Edo State. Nigeria.

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Ojukaye’s Release: Triumph of Light over Evil – Dakuku Peterside

Posted on November 24, 2016. Filed under: Politics | Tags: |

Ojukaye’s Release: Triumph of Light over Evil – Dakuku Peterside

The Rivers State governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2015 general elections, Dr. Dakuku Peterside has described the bail granted Hon Ojukaye Flag-Amachree by the Court of Appeal on all counts as the “triumph of light over evil and end of wickedness from Rivers State Government House.”

He stressed that the judiciary has once again risen to its bastion as the last hope of the oppressed and those unjustly persecuted by power mongers.

Hon. Ojukaye Flag Amachree, an APC chieftain in Rivers State was arrested and sent to prison on concocted charges by the Rivers State Government and all reasonable attempts to get the state High Court grant him bail fell on deaf ears.

Along the line, one of the lawyers defending him in court, Barr. Ken Atsuwete, was murdered in controversial circumstances, just as the Rivers State Government filed fresh murder charges against Amachree, in an attempt to keep him perpetually in prison.

However, Dr. Dakuku Peterside says the evil plans of the Nyesom Wike-led administration in the state will never endure as “time and time again, it will fall like pack of cards as you cannot build something on nothing.”

“This is a great day for Rivers people. This is a pointer to the end of recklessness, arbitrariness, impunity and wickedness on the part of a governor who rose to power through violence.

“The Appeal Court has once again reaffirmed our belief in the judiciary. No matter how long a lie has travelled, it takes just one day for truth to catch up with it. Today, the truth has dawned on evil and wickedness.

“All along, we have always maintained the innocence of Ojukaye Flag Amachree. Even the police have come out to say they do not have evidence against him. So you wonder why the desperation of Wike and his cohorts? Why the desperation to incarcerate Ojukaye? He stated.

Peterside, who is also the Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), berated Governor Nyesom Wike for alleging that INEC has handed over the original result sheets of December 10 re-run election in the state to Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon. Chibuike Amaechi.

According to him, “Wike is just being mischievous and desperate. At every election, he is the one accusing everybody of plans to rig election. Sometimes, he forgets that he is the governor of the state and his statements are embarrassing to the office he occupies.

“Wike should stop crying and face the election. I have always said it and I will still maintain my stand – the APC will win any free and fair election in Rivers State. We have responsible and decent candidates that can win election at anytime.

“Why is Wike always afraid of every election? If he is not threatening INEC officials, he is accusing security agencies of compromise. He is the same person that will set phantom Commission of Inquiry to arrive at a predetermined outcome. What manner of a governor is Wike? For how long will he continue to fool Rivers people?” Dr. Peterside queried.

 

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Delta Speaker to hold town hall meeting in Sapele

Posted on August 30, 2016. Filed under: Politics, Press Release, Uncategorized |

Delta Speaker to hold town hall meeting in Sapele

The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya will on Wednesday, August 31 and Thursday, September 1, 2016 meet with the good people of Sapele.

Igbuya will start his strings of meeting on Wednesday in Ugboren, Okuovu and Edegbrode. He will also meet with the people at Amukpe and Okpe Hall on Thursday.

The series of town hall meeting, according to the Chief Press Secretary to the Right Honourable Speaker, Mr. Henry Ebireri, will help individuals and organizations to tap into the opportunities in the current Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration in the state.

Ebireri in a statement in Asaba said Igbuya would meet with Non indigenes living in Sapele on Thursday.

“This is an opportunity for the representative of Sapele State Constituency to inform the good people of Sapele about the development plans of the current administration, discuss upcoming legislation and get feedback from voters” the statement said.

The town hall meeting, Ebireri said, would also provide an opportunity for the people to review the past and draw a roadmap for the future.

“This year’s event promises to be unique. Right Honourable Monday Igbuya will talk with constituents about critical issues facing the communities. The meeting will enable the people to rub minds with Igbuya on issues that are relevant to the progress of the constituency. It will also give the people opportunity to ask questions on his activities in the House of Assembly”.

Ebireri implored all stakeholders and good people of Sapele to turn out en masse at the town hall meeting.

“The town hall meeting will allow for divergent opinions and views from various sources. The people are expected to bring their own perspectives and issues to the table. There will be plenty of time for questions and conversation” the statement added.

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Again, Buruji Kashamu loses out in Ogun PDP as OGSIEC recognizes Adebutu’s faction

Posted on August 25, 2016. Filed under: Politics | Tags: |

Again, Buruji Kashamu loses out in Ogun PDP as OGSIEC recognizes Adebutu’s faction

…. Ogun PDP Chairman, Ogundele Assures of Unity, Victory

With the release of the list of candidates to contest the councillorship and chairmanship positions in the forthcoming elections in the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDA) by the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC), it appeared that Senator Buruji Kashamu faction of the Peoples Democratic Party  (PDP) in the State has again lost out to the Hon Ladi Adebutu
led faction.

Candidates submitted by the Hon. Sikirulai Olawale Ogundele led State Exco of the PDP were listed among those to contest in the election.

While Senator Kashamu faction belongs to Senator Ali Modu Sheriff factional National Working Committee of the PDP, Hon Adebutu faction belongs to the Senator Ahmed Makarfi led Caretaker Committee.

Meanwhile, Hon. Sikirulai Olawale Ogundele has reiterated the need for party members to be united in order to achieve victory at the polls.

Hon. Ogundele who stated this in a press statement in his reaction to the publication of the list by OGSIEC, said that the PDP has a lot of work to do to take over the governance of the state from the All
Progressives Congress (APC), which he said has mismanaged the local councils in the state over the years.

According to the state’s PDP chairman,  “all members and leaders of the party across the length and breadth of the state should rise up now more than ever before, and move out enmasse to campaign for all the candidates of the party and ensure their resounding victory at the local government polls”

Ogundele, in the statement, which was signed on his behalf by the Publicity Secretary of the PDP in Ogun State, Mr. Malik Olamilekan Ibitoye, added that the list finally put paid to the controversy
surrounding the exercise and rested anxieties about the internal rancour among members of the party in the state.

He maintained that the people of Ogun State were already tired of the APC government, which he said is masquerading as “change agents” and have been clamoring for alternatives, while calling on all stakeholders in the party to join hands with him to steer the ship of the party to victory in future elections.

He also called on Senator Buruji Kasamu, Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu, Hon. (Aremo) Adesegun Adekoya; all elected past and current members of the Houses of Assembly, Representatives and the Senate; former Speaker, Rt. Hon. Dimeji Bankole and former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel to rally round the present party executives in the state in order to deliver electoral victory for the party now and in 2019, while asuring all party members of a level playing field to exercise their mandate and express their full political aspirations and potentials.

Ogundele used the opportunity to commend OGSIEC ‘for being on the side of justice and peace,’ while calling on all former state executives of the party, especially the immediate past State chairman, Engineer BayoDayo and members of his State Working Committee to join hands with him to rescue the state from what he called directionless and visionless leadership now and in the nearest future.

“Following the recent pronouncement of OGSIEC approving the list of the candidates we submitted for the October 8 LG elections, I wish to congratulate all our candidates in the state and encourage all to be
steadfast so that we can have victory in the election.

“The journey has just begun as we must as a matter of urgency embrace all our brothers and sisters on all sides of the divide. The desired victory cannot come with divisions and envy but by unity of purpose
and steadfastness.

“We must see the PDP as one indivisible party so that we can achieve victory in all our elections. Ogun State is ripe for better leadership so that it can catch up with other developed states in the country,”
he added in the statement.

According to Ogundele, the PDP has all it takes to make Ogun State better than it is, adding that the local government election would determine the future of Ogun State, and advised the residents not to
“waste this golden opportunity that would give us developments in the grassroots”and urged them to cast their votes for the PDP.‎

 

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Appeal Court judgement: Peterside hails judiciary, congratulates Rivers people

Posted on December 16, 2015. Filed under: Politics, Uncategorized |

Appeal Court judgement: Peterside hails judiciary, congratulates Rivers people

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Rivers State has hailed today’s verdict of the Appeal Court endorsing the earlier judgement of the Rivers Elections Petitions Tribunal on the nullification of April Rivers State governorship election.

Reacting to the judgement, Peterside praised the Nigerian judiciary for its courage and efforts towards deepening the nation’s democracy and political process.

According to him, the judiciary will be remembered for standing tall even in the face of unwarranted provocation and vilification by those who brazenly stole the peoples’ mandate during the March and April elections in Rivers State.

He also congratulated the people of Rivers State for their patience and understanding especially in view of the painful process of reclaiming their mandate.

“I am happy that the Nigerian judiciary is rekindling hope in our electoral process and in our country generally. This is so because the judiciary is sending the right signal, particularly to those who perpetrate violence and fraud during elections.

“Never again will a peoples’ mandate be subverted so viciously by a violent and self-seeking few, all in the name of political contest. Members of our party and supporters were murdered in cold blood in their homes and campaign grounds for their political beliefs. We are happy that this injustice is currently being addressed by a credible institution like the judiciary.

“We pray never to experience the level of persecution, violence and deaths that characterised both the March and April elections in our state. Democracy is about freedom, equality and justice; so everybody must join hands to defend it at all times.

“I therefore wish to dedicate our victories in the legislative and executive arms to our fallen brothers and sisters, our supporters and the entire Rivers people for believing in us and for keeping faith.

“Our state will be great again if and only when we vote into public office, our sons and daughters who will not bring shame to us by their words and actions.

“We, members of the APC know the needs of our people as we fully appreciate the leadership crisis rocking our state today. You have sacrificed and waited all these agonizing months for justice. Now, justice has come. I commend you and urge you to hold on a little more as we all march collectively towards entrenching the kind of leadership that would serve our overall interest irrespective of our political persuasions.

Meanwhile, the Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has urged the good people of the State to remain calm and law abiding in the face of what it described as “obvious gang-up” by the All Progressives Congress, APC led Federal Government against duly elected Governor of the State, Barr. Nyesom Wike and other elected lawmakers of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, using some Justices of the Court of Appeal as willing tools to invalidate their elections.

Reacting to the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja today, the State Chairman of the PDP, Bro Felix Obuah enjoins members of the Party and Rivers People to remain law abiding assuring that “Governor Nyesom wike remains the Governor of Rivers State and the PDP would challenge the decision of the Appeal Court in Supreme Court.”

According to Bro Obuah, Mr Dakuku Peterside, 24 hours before the Appeal Court judgement, as he also did in the judgement of the Appeal Court on the National Assembly elections, had announced the date of the judgement and further declared that the APC will win, suggesting that he was in contact with the Justices of the Court of Appeal.

The PDP noted that they still hold the Judiciary in high esteemed and strongly believe that not all judicial officers can be compromised, adding that they will be heading to the Supreme Court to challenge the judgement of the Appeal Court today.

The PDP further assured their members and the good people of Rivers State, that Barr. Nyesom Wike remains the Governor of Rivers State as the PDP would take advantage of the provisions of the law to challenge the decision of the Appeal Court, in the Supreme Court.

Bro Obuah further assured that Governor Nyesom Wike and the PDP would emerge victorious at the end of the day.

 

 

 

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Count Sylva out of Nembe killings – Bayelsa APC

Posted on August 9, 2015. Filed under: news, Politics | Tags: |

Count Sylva out of Nembe killings – Bayelsa APC

By Nwaorgu Faustinus

The Bayelsa State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) says the attention of H.E. Chief Timipre Sylva, leader of the party, has been drawn to a statement issued Saturday by one “Barrister Seighfa Tonye-Brown” on behalf of the “Ijaw Young Professionals in Bayelsa State”.

In the statement, the non-existent Tonye-Brown and his faceless group made wild, unsubstantiated and irresponsible accusations against the APC and Sylva concerning Thursday’s killing of four soldiers and a mobile policeman in Nembe by unknown gunmen.

In a statement signed and made available to NF-Reports by Doifie Buokoribo, Media Adviser to Chief Timipre Sylva said: “Sylva wishes to state categorically that he knows nothing whatsoever about the Nembe killings. Similarly, neither Sylva nor the APC that he leads in the state is privy to any plan to employ violence as a strategy to win the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state.

Sylva noted further that the escalation of violence in the state should be put squarely at the doorstep of the incumbent government of Mr. Henry Seriake Dickson, adding that Gov. Dickson’s government has failed woefully in securing lives and property, but instead has overtly and covertly procured and traded in violence to intimidate political opponents and any voice of reason.

The statement also accused the current government of embarking on all manners of subterfuge including, facilitating of arms to non-state actors essentially to prevent the change that is imminent in Bayelsa State.

“It is no doubt that Sylva as the symbol of that change is the target of this schizoid propaganda by faceless groups, paid and unpaid writers, and political jobbers” the statement explained.

The party noted that Sylva is unperturbed and abhors violence – never promoted violence under any guise, but only represents the voice of millions of Bayelsa people seeking change in the affairs of the state, a change to the gross ineptitude, pathetic profligacy and grand larceny of Mr. Henry Seriake Dickson.

Sylva, the leader of APC therefore called on the Inspector General of Police to order an immediate investigation of the Nembe killings, and most particularly those behind the “Ijaw Young Professionals in Bayelsa State”.

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Peterside hails clean-up of Ogoniland by Buhari, describes action as courageous

Posted on August 5, 2015. Filed under: Politics, Press Release | Tags: , |

Peterside hails clean-up of Ogoniland by Buhari, describes action as courageous

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, All Progressives Congress, APC governorship candidate in the April 2015 election in Rivers State has commended President Mohammadu Buhari for his courage in fast-tracking the long expected implementation of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) on the environmental restoration of Ogoniland in Rivers State.

Peterside who spoke in Abuja, the nation’s capital, expressed happiness over the president’s many actions that would eventually address all environmental issues in Ogoniland.

According to Peterside, this move obviously is historic and promises to ameliorate other challenges facing Ogoniland.

“Once again, Mr. President has demonstrated that he is a man of honour. During his campaign stops in Rivers State shortly before the election, he promised our people that his government would look into the UNEP Report and the challenges facing the people of Niger Delta. Less than three months into his administration, the President has already taken a giant step in this regard. He is indeed a man of his words.

“Our people in the region know that this is a president we can trust because of his antecedent and track record. By this action, Mr. President has rekindled hope and brought a major relief to our long-suffering people.

“We know that it can only be better. I therefore urge the entire people of Niger Delta region to rally round this president as he works tirelessly to return Nigeria on the path of honour and greatness. Our region is on his mind, therefore we must do everything possible to support this administration.

Signed

Sylvester Asoya,

Special Assistant on Media to Dr. Peterside 

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Rivers APC’s Election Petition Tribunal Triumph: ‘It is God’s doing’ – Finebone

Posted on July 28, 2015. Filed under: Politics | Tags: |

Rivers APC’s Election Petition Tribunal Triumph: ‘It is God’s doing’ – Finebone

It is now common knowledge that the APC had a string of favourable rulings at all the election petition tribunals today sitting at Abuja. From the matter of locational jurisdiction of the panels to the now vexed issue of 21 days notice to INEC for party primaries, the APC candidates all got positive rulings.

It is of immense significance to point out, at this juncture, that about a fortnight ago, one of the tribunals ruled that the petitions of Dr. Dawari George and Hon. Lucky Odili did not meet the time requirement as specified in the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, an otherwise pre-election matter.

Following this ruling, the Rivers State Chapter of the PDP went on air to announce that same rulings awaited all petitions by APC candidates before the various tribunals.

Today, the APC is glad to state that the particular tribunal that handed that ruling on the matters of Dr. Dawari George and Hon. Lucky Odili, having realised the grave error it committed with those rulings, now ruled that the issue at stake was actually a pre-election matter and therefore dismissed the objection of Betty Apiafi in the matter of Ahoada East/Abual Odua Federal Constituency involving Hon(Mrs) Betty Apiafi and APC Candidate, Hon.Robinson Nnamdi Ewor.

The Tribunal maintained that matters regarding errors during primaries are pre-election matters, and therefore the Tribunal was not constituted to look into such matters, but disputes arising from the conduct of the election.

The Tribunal must have also taken advantage of a recent Kwara State appeal court ruling that all such matters are pre-election issues that are not within the scope of work before election tribunals.

Therefore, a number of things are now clear from the present situation.

The matter of 21 days notice to INEC for Primaries has been confirmed a pre-election matter which is beyond the adjudication of the election petition tribunals. It also means that none of the petitions of the APC candidates in Rivers State is in danger of disqualification on the basis of such a pre-election requirement at the tribunals. Most importantly, it confirms that the ruling on the matter reserved for Wednesday with regard to the motion by Gov. Nyesom Wike and the PDP against Dr. Dakuku Peterside and the APC is likely to suffer a dismissal as no proper ruling on same matter under same circumstances can go in a different direction. Yet again, it serves notice that Hon. Dawari George and Hon Lucky Odili will have the rulings on their matter reversed as the appeals have already been filed.

The APC would like to appeal to our leaders and members to continue to remain steadfast in our determination to reclaim our individual and collective mandates taken away by the Philistines of our time who are already plundering our commonwealth while threatening us with violence.

Signed

Chris Finebone

Rivers State APC Publicity Secretary

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Political Violence: PDP will be disgraced in next month’s Polls, declares Rivers APC

Posted on January 11, 2015. Filed under: Politics |

Political Violence: PDP will be disgraced in next month’s Polls, declares Rivers APC

By Nwaorgu Faustinus

DR IKANYA IBIAMU DAVIES THE APC RS INTERIM CHAIRMANThe opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State has been told that the resort to violence will not save it from being disgraced during next month’s general elections.

The ruling party in the State, the All Progressives Congress (APC), made this declaration while reacting to the violence unleashed by suspected PDP paid agents on APC supporters who were on their way to the Adokiye Amiesimaka Sports Complex, Port Harcourt, on Tuesday for the APC Presidential Rally.

Gunmen believed to be hired by PDP leaders had opened fire on the APC supporters from Asari Toru and Khana local governments, leaving eight of them in critical condition and battling for their dear lives at the intensive care unit of the Kesley Harrison Hospital, Port Harcourt. The attacks took place at Abalama in Asari Toru local government and Kira in Tai local government, respectively.

Berating PDP for the unfortunate incident, Rivers APC Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, said: “We wish to strongly condemn this resort to violence by the drowning PDP, which, despite all our entreaties, has failed to see that politics is not war but a democratic way of allowing the people to voluntarily choose their leaders. It is unfortunate that rather than heed our previous advice to honourably withdraw from the governorship election to avoid being disgraced, PDP leaders prefer to unleash violence on APC faithful. We, however, wish to assure them that we shall neither be intimidated nor stoop so low to embrace violence since we cannot take up arms against the very people whose mandate we are seeking through the forthcoming polls.”

Rivers APC sympathised with the victims of the unprovoked violent attack, assuring them that the party will never abandon them but is committed to their quick recovery and discharge from the hospital to enable them rejoin their loved ones soon.

The party expressed gratitude to Governor Chibuike Amaechi for ordering the very best medical attention for the shot APC members. It also commended the party’s governorship candidate, Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, for paying a sympathy visit to the shot men in their hospital beds. “By so doing, Dr. Peterside has once more displayed his compassionate nature and demonstrated his readiness to identify with all Rivers people in their travails. We are confident that the good people of Rivers State will empower him with their votes on February 28 to enable him provide the kind of purposeful leadership our dear State deserves at this critical point in its history,” Rivers APC said.

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Uduaghan urges support for Olejeme’s governorship bid

Posted on September 21, 2014. Filed under: Politics |

Uduaghan urges support for Olejeme’s governorship bid

Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Olojeme

Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Olojeme

Support for the Chairman, Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, Dr. Ngozi Olejeme mounted on Sunday, 21 September 2014 in Asaba as Urhobo youth groups urged  Urhobo governorship aspirants to drop their  ambition and support her.

Chairman, Urhobo Youth Movement, Mr. Joshua Akpomedaye who led a delegation of Urhobo sons and daughters to her campaign headquarters in Asaba, said Urhobo youths were in total support of her governorship bid.

“We are proud of what she has done in in the country. She has eased the pains of Urhobo youths.” he said.

The youth leader who described Olejeme as a viable alternative said “Delta State does not need a leadership that is bereft of ideas but the one that has the will to build”

Receiving the youths on behalf of Dr. Olejeme, Chairman, Olejeme Campaign Organization, Mr. Emmanuel Oritsejolomi Uduaghan said the state would witness unprecedented transformation in 2015.

“Delta State needs a capable person to take it to the Promised Land. Olejeme has done well in NSITF and other institutions. She will win the 2015 governorship election based on her popularity, network and the goodwill she has garnered from Nigerians, particularly Deltans“

On the expectations of Deltans at home and abroad, Uduaghan said Olejeme would rule the state with the fear of God.

“Olejeme will operate comprehensive social welfare programmes, execute projects that will impact on the economy and create jobs for the youths. She will also provide buses to youth groups and ensure effective bursary awards to students in tertiary institutions” he said.

“There will be improvement in health, housing, roads and public transportation” he added.

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Henry Ovie Ebireri

Director

Media and Publicity Unit

08036977194

Henryebi@Yahoo.Com

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