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Niger Delta leaders decry marginalization of Delta State

Posted on May 31, 2019. Filed under: Press Release |

….Urge Buhari to appoint Indigenes as NDDC Chairman, Managing Director

Niger Delta leaders on Friday vowed to take up the marginalisation issue of Delta State with the highest authority in Nigeria.

The leaders said there was no reason whatsoever for Delta State to be so treated compared with Bayelsa, Akwa-Ibom and Cross River in the appointment of Chairman and Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

At a meeting in Abuja, the leaders said it was the turn of Delta State to produce the chairman and managing director of the Commission.

‘’The NDDC Act stated that the office of the chairman shall rotate amongst the member states of the commission in the following alphabetical order; Abia State, Akwa Ibom State, Bayelsa State, Cross River State, Delta State, Edo State, Imo State, Ondo State and Rivers State.’’

‘Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Alhaji Umaru Musa YarÁdua, Dr Goodluck Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Onyema Ugochukwu (Chairman 2001-2005) Abia State, Sam Edem (Chairman, 2005-2007), Akwa-Ibom, Dan Abia (Acting Chairman 2007-2009), Akwa-Ibom, Larry Koinyan (Chairman (2009-2011), Bayelsa State, Tarifa Tebepah (Chairman 2011-2013, Bayelsa State, Bassey Henshaw (Chairman 2013-2015), Cross River State and Ndoma Egba (Chairman 2016-2019), Cross River State.’’

Leader of the Niger Delta Front (NDF), Chief John Harry who addressed journalists in Abuja said the leaders urged Nigerians to impress on President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint Delta State indigenes as chairman and managing director of the commission.

‘’ The NDDC Act requires that there shall be for the commission, a Managing Director and two Executive Directors who shall be indigenes of oil producing areas starting with the member states of the Commission with the highest production quantum of oil and shall rotate among member states in the order of production.’’

They said Rivers State occupied the position of Executive Director (Finance and Administration) for years through Itonanen Ogiri (EDFA 2013-2015), Mene Derek (EDFA 2016-2019), and Chris Amadi (Transition Acting EDFA 2019-2019.

‘’The right thing to do is to appoint someone from Bayelsa or Akwa-Ibom as the Executive Director (Finance and Administration) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).’’

Viewed against the background of the provisions of the NDDC Act, the leaders urged the authorities not to compound the problems of the Niger Delta region or make absolute nonsense of the NDDC Act.

‘’It is time to exhibit fairness.’’

The leaders commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the effort he was making to develop the region.

They called on well-meaning people within and outside the Niger Delta region to prevail on President Buhari to Delta indigenes as chairman and managing director.

‘We expect the President to use the next NDDC Board to correct the imbalances of previous appointments. We believe in Mr President’s sense of justice and fair play’’ the leaders added.

Meanwhile, some leaders of the region on Wednesday reached a consensus on how to consolidate the unity and political stability of the region.

They also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint Deltans as Chairman and Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

‘Mr. President, Nations are built when existing laws are implemented in its entirety. As you apply the Law and zero on Delta State for the appointment of the Chairman and Managing Director, we plead with you to pick men or women who would further your Next Agenda, serve the interest of the country and the aspirations of the Niger Delta people.’

In a letter to President Buhari, the leaders said there were no doubts as to whether Delta State would produce the Chairman and Managing Director of the intervention agency.

‘The ranking of the highest producing states is not in doubt and the state whose turn it is to be appointed the Managing Director of the next board for which Delta State comes top on all fronts and consideration knowing that Bayelsa State, Rivers State, and Akwa – Ibom State have completed their terms in successive ranking order’.

Entitled “Letter establishing the fact on which state should produce the next Chairman and Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)”, the leaders said the letter was not to create controversy but to forestall such or any controversy due to the peculiarity of the circumstance created by the Law or Act.

‘Your Excellency, your stance on the Rule of Law and love for fairness and justice no matter the opinion of a few dissenting voices necessitated this letter of great importance from the people of Delta State and the Niger Delta at large. We were never in doubt as to where the pendulum would swing to, having seen the sincerity of your administration in fixing the problems inherited by your Government.’

Signed by the Convener, Enlightened Delta Forum, Bestman Odibo and Publicity Secretary, Christopher Orushani, the leaders urged President Buhari to consider fairness and justice in constituting the next board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

‘For the first time, Your Excellency, a peculiar but interesting and lawful scenario backed by the act establishing the NDDC Board on the next Chairman of the board which is rotated amongst member states in alphabetic order as stated in the Act establishing the board and also the Managing Director (MD) position which is appointed and rotated based on the “highest” quantum of oil produced amongst the states emanating from one state. In applying the law that supports quantum as the basis for succession, Delta State falls next in line after Akwa – Ibom.’

They stressed that the scenario would not start and end with Delta State as the First beneficiary of this unique position of the Law but that other states would experience same in future rotation.

‘Your Excellency, we are glad to point to you the convergence of the positions of the Chairman and the Managing Director to Delta State though the first of its kind but a true reflection of the position of the Act establishing the Board of the NDDC’ the leaders added.

Onyema Ugochukwu (Chairman 2001-2005) Abia State, Godwin Omene (MD/CEO 2001-2003), Delta State, Timi Alaibe (EDFA 2001-2005) Bayelsa State, Ndo Mboro (EDP 2001-2002), Akwa-Ibom State, Emmanuel Agwariavwode (MD/CEO 2003-2005) Delta State, Ukot Ukot (EDP 2002-2005), Akwa-Ibom State.

Sam Edem (Chairman, 2005-2007), Akwa-Ibom, Emmanuel Agwariavwodo (MD/CEO 2005-2006), Delta State, Timi Alaibe (EDFA 2005-2006), Bayelsa State, Timi Alaibe (Acting MD/CEO 2006-2006), Bayelsa, PZ Aginighan (Acting EDFA 2006-2006), Delta State, Beniah Ojum (EDP 2005-2009), Rivers State.

Dan Abia (Acting Chairman 2007-2009), Akwa-Ibom, Timi Alaibe (Substantive MD/CEO 2006-2009) Bayelsa State, PZ Aginighan (Acting EDFA 2007-2009), Delta State, PZ Aginighan ( Transition Acting MD/CEO 2009-2009), Delta State.

Larry Koinyan (Chairman (2009-2011), Bayelsa State, Chibuzor Uguoha (Substantive MD/CEO 2009-2011), Rivers State, PZ Aginighan (EDFA 2009-2011), Delta State, El Etteh (EDP 2009-2011), Akwa-Ibom State, Osato Arenyeka-Iyasere (Transition Acting MD/CEO 2011-2011), Edo State.

Tarifa Tebepah (Chairman 2011-2013, Bayelsa State, Christian Oboh (Substantive MD/CEO 2011-2013), Rivers State, L.E.J. Komboye (EDFA 2011-2013), Delta State, E. Eshiet (EDP 2011-2013), Akwa-Ibom State, Christy Atako (Transition Acting MD/CEO 2013-2013), Rivers State.

Bassey Henshaw (Chairman 2013-2015), Cross River State, Dan Abia (Substantive MD/CEO 2013-2015), Akwa-Ibom State, Itonanen Ogiri (EDFA 2013-2015),Rivers State, Omasuli Tuoyo (EDP 2013-2015), Delta State, Ibim Semenitari (Transition Acting MD/CEO 2015-2016), Rivers State.

Ndoma Egba (Chairman 2016-2019), Cross River State, Nsima Ekere (Substantive MD/CEO 2016-2019), Akwa-Ibom State, Mene Derek (EDFA 2016-2019), Rivers State, Adjogbe Samuel (EDP 2016-2019), Delta State.

Nelson Brambaila (Transition Acting MD/CEO 2019-2019), Bayelsa, Chris Amadi (Transition Acting EDFA 2019-2019), Rivers State, Adjogbe Samuel (Transition Acting EDP 2019-2019), Bayels State.

credit: Ebireri Henry Ovie

 

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Femi Gbajabiamila, Blessing to Nigeria, says Lagos ÁPC Leader

Posted on May 28, 2019. Filed under: Press Release |

An All Progressives Congress (APC) leader in Lagos State, Hon Adedoyin Adeyinka has described the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila as a blessing to the country, urging Nigerians to support him to become Speaker in June.

Adeyinka who spoke on Monday at the 2019 Alaka Children’s Day Celebration in Lagos, praised the member representing Surulere Constituency 1 for meeting the expectations of his constituents.

“Allow me Mr Chairman to state a few general positions. The Face of Alaka 2019 Children’s Day Celebration, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, is a man of integrity, honour, purpose and foresight. Hon Femi Gbajabiamila is a pride to Nigeria and a living testimony to the unlimited capacity of the black man. Hon Femi Gbajabiamila is Surulere’s gift to the world. He is a Nigerian leader, a national leader. Hon Femi Gbajabiamila knows the basic things. He has the will and the drive. He has the basic understanding of what the people need.”

To Adeyinka, Gbajabiamila in his first, second, third and fourth term in the House of Representatives carved an enviable reputation for himself as a firm, principled and visionary legislator.

“Femi Gbajabiamila contributed greatly to the socio-economic growth of the country. Specifically, the member representing Surulere Constituency 1 in the House of Representatives helped to put the country on the path to socio-economic and political re-discovery. He attracted jobs, political appointments and federal projects to Surulere.”

He commended Gbajabiamila for his vision and selfless service to mankind.

‘’Hon Femi Gbajabiamila demonstrated his philanthropic gesture by distributing no fewer than 501 computer tablets to secondary school students, 30 new buses, 25 tricycles and 160 motorcycles to his constituents. He sanitized and stabilized democracy in Nigeria. He contributed greatly to the death of the Third Term Debate. He brought governance closer to the people. He improved the quality of education in schools through ICT tools. He established various programmes to improve the lives of his primary constituents’’ he said.

He disclosed that Gbajabiamila was named Hon Femi Gbajabiamila the Face of 2019 Alaka Children’s Day celebration because of his outstanding legislative performance and the empowerment of the people.

“Hon Femi Gbajabiamila was chosen because of his achievements in the holistic development of Nigeria, his consistency in the course that seeks to prime humanity to loftier heights and his passion for issues concerning Nigeria. Hon Femi Gbajabiamila was also selected because of his role in community development, capacity building and the invocation of the doctrine of necessity.”

Adeyinka said Gbajabiamila was voted in 2019 to touch the lives of the wonderful people of Surulere, attract the biggest and the greatest amount of attention to the good people of Surulere and attract the attention of the government to the plight of Nigerians.

He said the 9th Assembly needed seasoned and well trained presiding officers to advance the country’s interests.

“We want a House of Representatives that will consider Bills that will help to give legal backing to many of the reform institutions, structures and programmes of the President Muhammadu Buhari led APC administration. We want him to continue to pursue noble goals for the betterment of society and of the whole human race. We want him to promote accountability in governance, basic human needs, steady electricity supply and inter-modal transportation. We want him to encourage good educational system and culture of constitutionalism.”

Adeyinka, a strong supporter of Gbajabiamila, said Nigerians want the representative of Surulere Constituency 1 to ensure the independence of the National Assembly and collaboration among all the arms of government.

“We want him to support the current fight against corruption. We want him to develop the youth and ensure that peace and prosperity reign at all times. We want him to handle the issue of constitution of standing committees. We want him to help build a viable nation and restore public confidence in the National Assembly as an institution.”

The APC leader whose speech was intermittently punctuated with songs of praises said the people want Gbajabiamila to improve the living conditions of Nigerians, provide basic infrastructure and great jobs.

“We want our children go to school. We want him to ensure that the National Assembly responsibility which is law-making is carried out with the best procedure, the best practice. It is in the best interests of Nigerians, home and abroad, to ensure the birth of Gbajabiamila’s speakership in June because nothing else is comparable to it as an effective way of protecting the interests of all.”

Adeyinka, however complained about those opposing the speakership bid of Gbajabiamila, saying they are not wishing Nigeria well.

“They may actually be wolves in sheep’s skin who want all legacies of the President Muhammadu Buhari led APC administration to be wiped off the face of this earth. We must reject such people. They do not mean well for Nigeria.”

“We move that Hon Femi Gbajabiamila , a model of good political etiquette, renowned for solving the most complicated political problems and a man who served his people with integrity, head held high and staying faithful to the call and responsibilities the people have laid on him, do take the chair of the House of Representatives as Speaker in June.”

He also appealed to young Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of integrity to move the nation forward.

“As we celebrate Children’s Day, let us think very seriously about our future. Let us continue to hold our heads up and high.”

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Eze Hails Amaechi @ 54, describes him as a leading light in the politics of Nigeria

Posted on May 28, 2019. Filed under: Press Release |

…unveils him as best of Buhari’s cabinet

The Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has been described as a beacon of exemplary leadership in contemporary Nigeria and the indisputable leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-South region of the country.

A chieftain of the APC in the South-South, who is also an associate of the Minister, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, who gave the description in a statement issued and circulated in Port Harcourt on Monday, to celebrate the 54th birthday anniversary of Rt. Hon. Amaechi, also encouraged the Minister to stay focused and not be distracted by those intimidated by his sparkling profile.

Recalling memories and experiences of his over-13 years of relationship with Amaechi, Eze said his association with the former governor of Rivers state had blossomed into a union that has become a threat to some greedy, untoward and unprincipled politicians in the country.

He noted that his constant and unapologetic defense of the Minister against his detractors has turned him into something of a terror to many of the political opponents of Amaechi, quoting one of the political leaders from Rivers state, Senator Magnus Abe, the senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District, as saying in a recent statement that he had created a larger-than-life figure out of the Minister.

“Senator Abe, in one of his recent statements said I have singlehandedly created a superhuman being out of Amaechi. Truly, Amaechi is a superhuman being as far as politic is concerned in Nigeria. If a man who has been identified as an uncommon Director General of a Presidential Campaign Organization, who has redefined politics in Nigeria and become the first African to lead a political party to two successive and successful electoral victories is not a superhuman being, then I wonder what superhuman being is all about as most of this enigma’s feats are not only legendary and historical, but also epochal.

“Amaechi is a resourceful leader, a dogged fighter, a political enigma, a change agent, people’s defender, transformer, catalyst, trail-blazer, a phenomenon of our time, whose word you can take to the bank. A trusted friend and an ally, a man who stands by his friends and confidants both in good and difficult and challenging times.

“A man of conscience, who does not hide under the veil of circumstances to betray his friends and allies, a compassionate leader, whose love for the development of Rivers state and its people has no parallel. A sincere and honest leader, who rather than cart away the commonwealth of Rivers people entrusted to his care, diligently applied it to the development of the state to the admiration of true Rivers people and even his traducers. A visionary, who knows and sees his people first”, Eze said of Amaechi.

He went further to describe Amaechi as the best Minister in the outgoing cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari, citing a number of performance markers as his reasons for picking him out as the best among the team, which he said had faithfully and conscientiously served Nigeria in the last less than four years.

“He  prepared and forwarded Bills of National Transport Commission and Nigerian Railway Corporation to the National Assembly to enhance regulation and further opening opportunities for private sector investment into critical transport infrastructure. Rotimi Amaechi instilled financial discipline in the Ministry of Transport and its agencies and provided safety measures at the nation’s airports.

“Specifically, this enigma needs to be commended for the rehabilitation of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport’s runway within a record time of six weeks, the completion of the international terminal at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu and the Controller Pilot Data Link Communication (CPDLC) at Kano and Lagos.

“Completion of the Abuja-Kaduna railway line, worked on the standard gauge on the following routes: Calabar-Lagos line, Lagos Seaports; and the Lagos-Kano: Lagos-Ibadan-Ilorin-Minna-Kaduna-Kano and signed an MoU with the Chinese company, China Railways Construction Corporation (CRCC) for investment for the completion of the Itakpe – Ajaokuta – Warri (Aladja Jetty) railway line and from Aladja to Warri town port, fefinery and from Itakpe to Abuja.

“He is making efforts to complete all outstanding rail projects in due time. he Lagos-Ibadan rail line will soon be completed. He is opening up the transportation sector completely to the private sector, saving N53 billion from the ship building fund and through the rebranding of NIMASA.

As Minister of transportation, Amaechi demonstrated his sagacity and prudence in management of public finance by saving a whopping N134.4 billion for the nation (using N168 to $1 as it was in 2014, when the contract was first signed), by negotiating downwards the planned 1,402km coastal rail-line project already approved by the administration of Dr Jonathan at a huge cost. “Rt Hon Amaechi has by this singular act demonstrated to the entire world that he utilised the resources of Rivers State prudently and wisely during his tenure as the governor of Rivers State.”

“There is an on-going rehabilitation of infrastructure at the seaports. He inaugurated the Bakassi Deep Sea Port steering and delivery committee while plans for the construction of Deep Sea Ports in Lekki and Badagry as well as completion of the Lokoja port have begun”, Eze cited as some of Amaechi’s contributions to President Buhari’s vision of diversifying the nation’s economy.

Eze who for the past two weeks penned  five articles published by some leading Media outfits on different areas (Security, Education, Agriculture, Finance and other great feats) of Amaechi’s governance showing to the world the great leader he is even as I am convinced that God who have taken him this far will continue to guide him until his vision for this country is actualised no matter the manipulation and evil machinations of our opponents.

He, however, congratulated Amaechi as a great Ambassador of the people of Niger Delta region and pray that as he marks his 54th birthday, he will prepare himself for the great role God is preparing him for in the politics of Nigeria.

Eze expressed gratitude to all Nigerians on this special day for the confidence they reposed on this divine tool in the Hands of God to take this country to the promise land. “I am convinced that with the feats recorded by Amaechi during his days as Governor of Rivers State and as the Minister of Transportation, greater task for rebuilding of Nigeria will be somersaulted no matter the odds.

Eze thanked and reassures most Nigerians who considering my relationship with this great leader of our time sent through me their birthday messages to the Minister that their goodwill messages will surely get to the Minister accordingly.

“Enjoy your special day my brother and God bless you.”

Source: Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze

 

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Niger Delta leaders make case for Delta State

Posted on May 23, 2019. Filed under: Press Release |

Niger Delta leaders make case for Delta State

….Task Buhari on NDDC Board

Top leaders of the Niger Delta Region on Wednesday reached a consensus on how to consolidate the unity and political stability of the region.

They also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint Deltans as Chairman and Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

‘Mr. President, Nations are built when existing laws are implemented in its entirety. As you apply the Law and zero on Delta State for the appointment of the Chairman and Managing Director, we plead with you to pick men or women who would further your Next Agenda, serve the interest of the country and the aspirations of the Niger Delta people.’

In a letter to President Buhari, the leaders said there were no doubts as to whether Delta State would produce the Chairman and Managing Director of the intervention agency.

“The ranking of the highest producing states is not in doubt and the state whose turn it is to be appointed the Managing Director of the next board for which Delta State comes top on all fronts and consideration knowing that Bayelsa State, Rivers State, and Akwa – Ibom State have completed their terms in successive ranking order.”

Entitled “Letter establishing the fact on which state should produce the next Chairman and Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)”, the leaders said the letter was not to create controversy but to forestall such or any controversy due to the peculiarity of the circumstance created by the Law or Act.

“Your Excellency, your stance on the Rule of Law and love for fairness and justice no matter the opinion of a few dissenting voices necessitated this letter of great importance from the people of Delta State and the Niger Delta at large. We were never in doubt as to where the pendulum would swing to, having seen the sincerity of your administration in fixing the problems inherited by your Government.”

Signed by the Convener, Enlightened Delta Forum, Bestman Odibo and Publicity Secretary, Christopher Orushani, the leaders urged President Buhari to consider fairness and justice in constituting the next board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

‘For the first time, Your Excellency, a peculiar but interesting and lawful scenario backed by the act establishing the NDDC Board on the next Chairman of the board which is rotated amongst member states in alphabetic order as stated in the Act establishing the board and also the Managing Director (MD) position which is appointed and rotated based on the “highest” quantum of oil produced amongst the states emanating from one state. In applying the law that supports quantum as the basis for succession, Delta State falls next in line after Akwa – Ibom’.

They stressed that the scenario would not start and end with Delta State as the First beneficiary of this unique position of the Law but that other states would experience same in future rotation.

“Your Excellency, we are glad to point to you the convergence of the positions of the Chairman and the Managing Director to Delta State though the first of its kind but a true reflection of the position of the Act establishing the Board of the NDDC” the leaders added.

 

 

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Ndi-Igbo and 2023 Presidency: Amaechi’s statement was misunderstood, blown out of proportion – Eze

Posted on May 22, 2019. Filed under: Press Release |

….says Amaechi as a patriotic and illustrious son of Ndi Igbo

Gov Chibuike  Rotimi Amaechi

Gov Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi

Recent derogatory remarks made against the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, by some elements of Igbo extraction has been condemned and described as myopic and self-serving.

Condemning the attack on the Minister, an Igbo nationalist and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-South region, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Tuesday said there was no basis for the attack as what the Minister did was merely stating the obvious.

The Minister of Transportation and former governor of Rivers state, Amaechi, had recently opined that it would be difficult and almost impossible task for the Igbo nation to expect the ruling party to give its presidential ticket to South-Eastern Igbo candidate because when the region had the opportunity to be counted among mainstream APC followers, they loudly rejected the opportunity and rather chose to line behind the candidate of the opposition party.

“For refusing to support the APC, they cannot come to the table to demand the presidency slot.For people like us in the APC, if the Igbo had come and voted Buhari, they would boldly tell Mr President and the National Chairman of the party that presidency should go the Southeast, since the South-South, South-West and North-West have produced president. What argument would the Southeast come up with now to convince anybody that they deserve the slot for 2023 president”, Amaechi had queried.

However, Eze who is a well known voice of political issues in South-South region maintained that Amaechi’s statement had been blown out of proportion, maintaining that what the Minister said doesn’t in any way stop Ndi-Igbo from fielding or presenting presidential candidates for the 2023 election, but for working against the fortunes of APC during the 2019 general elections, they will not be expected to vie for the APC ticket, adding “it is a common and wise advice; you don’t eat from where you didn’t work for.

“How does this harmless suggestion portray Amaechi as playing God or planning against Ndi-Igbo from fielding candidates for the 2023 presidential election? This notwithstanding, Eze counsels that this stand would not stop Ndi-Igbo either using PDP, APGA or any other political platform from fielding candidates for the 2023 presidential election if they so desire but to vie for this position in APC based on the outcome of the 2019 elections is totally out of the equation.

The fact remains that the Ndi- Igbo worked and voted for the Peoples Democratic Party, even adopted Atiku Abubakar as their preferred candidate for the 2023 presidential election not minding the consequences that Atiku’s economic agenda for Nigeria runs into 2026, indicating he will contest the 2023 presidential election if he had won, so where and how will the Igbo contest the 2023 election if their adopted candidate had won?

“Amaechi is a patriotic and  illustrious Igbo man being married to an Igbo Lady, Dame Judith Amaechi, of Igbo extraction, besides his special love for Ndi-Igbo is infectious by doing everything possible to guide and protect the interests of Ndi-Igbo since he joined politics. Apart from marrying an Igbo woman, he appointed an Igbo man, Barr Chuma Chinny of Delta Igbo extraction as Commissioner for Commerce and Pastor Mrs Manuela George-Izunwa who is married to an Igbo man as Commissioner for Women Affairs and accord me, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze a place of honour in the politics of Rivers State likewise many other Igbos’ he has placed in sensitive positions when he was the Governor of Rivers State. His chief driver and most of his cooks are all Igbos. Governor Nyesom Wike stopped the foreign scholarship to Rivers state students and canceled the employment of 13,000 teachers that Amaechi employed because Ndi-Igbo were listed as beneficiaries so how can such a fellow be accused of working against the aspiration or interests of Ndi Igbo?

“Politics these days has gone beyond playing tribal and myopic politics and wanting to benefit from where you didn’t labour. Ndi Igbo should come together and proffer solutions to their seeming politics of exclusion from larger political interests and connections. Once they are able to put their house in order, nobody or force will deny them whatever they want in Nigeria”, Eze said.

 

 

 

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Threat to life: APC Chieftain Eze sends SOS to Buhari, IGP

Posted on April 28, 2019. Filed under: Press Release |

……..as Abe threatens to kill him, wipe out his family

CHIEF EZE C MAIN PIXA chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has sent out an urgent SOS to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, to come to his aid and protect him from threats to life against him by Senator Magnus Abe and his hooligans.

Eze, a well known apostle of good governance and a chieftain of the APC in Rivers state, in a statement issued and circulated in Port Harcourt on Sunday, alleged that some followers of the Senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District, Senator Magnus Abe, had called him and threatened that his entire family would be wiped out for his utterances against Magnus Abe.

Eze, a one-time spokesman of the defunct new Peoples Democratic Party, (nPDP), has vehemently campaigned against the actions of Senator Abe, which eventually led to the APC in Rivers State unable to field any candidate in the last election. An outcome Eze had been saying Abe was working towards all along as a PDP mole in APC stationed to ruin all the fortunes of APC in Rivers State, employing every known and unknown betrayal tactics even making the betrayal act of Judas Iscariot a childish act for his selfish, destructive, gunpoint and untoward ambition; a selfish and ambitious man who will do anything for power.

“Senator Magnus Abe has been angry that I exposed how he teamed up with elements within and outside Rivers State to ensure that APC in Rivers state did not field a candidate in the just concluded general elections and how he has ceaselessly castigated and impugned the personality of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the immediate past Governor of Rivers state and the incumbent Minster of Transportation. This is the same man who happened to be his benefactor and mentor. I have been severally threatened by the Senator and his boys over my defense of the Minster and my exposing their plots against him by teaming up with PDP elements within and outside Rivers State to promote the candidates of PDP in the last elections including even the presidential ambition of Atiku Abubakar all because of a desperate hope of making Atiku’s ministerial cabinet.

“Senator Abe and his group got more incensed by the recent press statement by me, exposing how he (Abe) is assisting Governor Wike of Rivers state to recruit other Nigerians to malign and destroy the person of the Minster of Transportation so that he will not be re-nominated by President Buhari in his second term, an exercise in futility.

“Abe and his cronies have used Facebook and other social media platforms to cast aspersions on my person and even issued threatening press statements both in the past and now in a recent one reporting me to the NWC of APC  titled, ‘The Urgent Need For The National Working Committee (NWC) Of The All Progressives Congress (APC) To Call Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, The Political Grifter And His Sponsor, The Transportation Minister To Order’, issued by a phony visionless group ironically named Rivers State APC Visionary Media Team on behalf of Abe.

“To expose their intentions, the group, through one Augustine, an associate of Senator Magnus Abe and speaking for his cohorts, called me on Saturday in morning with celll number 08183636808 to say that they have set up a militia committee to monitor and kill me and all members of my family for what I am writing about their principal, Senator Abe. Using his exact words he said “you can no longer run because wherever you are we will fish you out and deal with you accordingly. We have taken enough of your madness. You may wish to report this to the IGP but he can’t secure or save you. You will know why we are called the Vultures.”

Eze further expressed surprise over the threat against his life and that of his family saying, “I don’t know what I did to warrant this type of threat, apart from exposing the plots by Abe on Amaechi. I am standing against his dirty politics of destroying APC in Rivers State. Sadly and dubiously, he wants to use the APC platform he and his cohorts have destroyed to lobby for a ministerial position or any other position within the President Buhari led APC government, the same party he worked against during both polls. I can’t stand such a horrible and devious man. Nobody should.

Though, I have reported this issue to the Rivers State Police Command appealing to them that not minding that as much as my life and that of members of my family are in the hands of God to see what they can do to ascertain why Abe and his cohorts want to kill me and eliminate my entire family.

He also highlighted that should anything happen to him or any member of his family, the Police Command should do the needful by arresting Abe to explain why we should be harmed for standing by a man (Amaechi) who made him politically.

Eze not minding reporting this issue, appealed to both President Muhammadu Buhari and the Acting Inspector General of Police, Abubakar Adamu Mohammed, to assist to investigate and secure his life and that of his family before any harm is done to them, considering the security challenges both in Rivers state and the nature of the men we are dealing with”, Eze said.

ENDS

Source: Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze

 

 

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Tonye Cole Calls for conduct of fresh elections in Rivers State

Posted on March 30, 2019. Filed under: Press Release |

….Plea for Righteous Intervention in Rivers State

…..This is as INEC pronounces Wike, PDP candidates ‘winners’ of postponed polls

Tonye Cole, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC, in the 2019 governorship election has called for fresh conduct of elections in Rivers State.

Cole the governorship candidate of the APC in a statement said, “This is a pivotal period for Rivers State and indeed the entire political institutions in Nigeria. Our State has always been at the epicentre of political affairs, most often hugging the limelight for all the wrong reasons. We are the only State that the courts silenced almost all political opposition to an incumbent, nearly making way for a walkover election. We are the only State that is yet to conclude an election three weeks after voters went to the polls. We are the only State that armed militants and the military faced off violently. We are the only State that continues to be a cause of deep concern to the international community. We are the only State that the electoral body is being brazenly accused of unparalleled bias. We are the only State that is openly labeled as electorally violent. We are sick and tired of these negative headlines.”

He explained that, “In this atmosphere, it would be grossly irresponsible to proceed with concluding an electoral process that hardly anyone believes in. It is certainly the constitutional responsibility of INEC to conduct elections, collate and announce results in a credible and acceptable manner, open to the participation and scrutiny of the public at all times and within the eyeballs and participation of political parties and their agents throughout voting, collation and declaration. This process has been completely truncated and its sanctity defiled, the result of which I fear greatly can lead to anarchy and possible loss of additional lives.”

Full text of the statement reads: A good friend once told me as I pondered my journey into the world of politics that if there is one thing that drives politicians the world over, it is FEAR. Politicians, he said, are afraid of losing elections, they are afraid of becoming unpopular, they are afraid of the people who vote, they are afraid of not being relevant in the scheme of things, they are afraid of tomorrow. 

That fear, depending on how it manifests, will drive the desperation with which they will pursue their mandates and will determine to what lengths they will go in order to win an election. That fear, if left unchecked, is potent and permeates through every fabric of an electoral process leaving behind, a trail of destruction that is hard to hide and difficult to repair. 

I set out determined that I must find an answer to the malaise and a solution that would spare us as citizens, the death and destruction that unbridled fear brings. The challenge in itself seemed insurmountable when even before a single vote was cast, the by-word in Rivers State was insecurity and violence but to not face the challenge wasn’t an option and to not seek a solution was cowardly to say the least and so I embarked on a journey to entrench peace into our politics and to instil hope in the hearts and minds of the people.  

Hope – this word and emotion was driven home to me by a study that showed human behaviour is driven by the two extremes of fear and hope, with multiple combinations of both in between. I reasoned that even though fear was a dominant short term emotion that delivered immediate results for the benefit of a few, hope was a far better long term emotion that delivered lasting results for the benefit of the majority, so I chose to anchor on hope to bring the Rivers People the succour that was so desperately needed. 

Fast forward to Election Day 

My candidacy had since been halted and the platform from which I could speak on The Politics of Peace and The Power of Hope had been sidelined. The prevailing voices being heard were those that sowed fear for a living and the State had turned into a battleground of accusations and counter accusations. The voice of the people had long receded into the distant background as had hope for an outcome that would serve the true aspirations of the people. 

One side accused the security agencies of conspiring to steal the elections while the other side was accused of using the independent electoral institution to hijack the electoral process and steal the mandate. In the wake of the accusations, all driven by what politicians fear the most, which is FEAR itself, we saw death visit us as a people and destruction lay siege on our communities.  

Like politicians are want to do, each side was quick to blame the other where the one with more money and influence with the media ends up shaping the narrative that the world sees, hears and ultimately believes.  

So what is the truth?  

It seems to me that the truth is no longer relevant in the blame game that has now characterized the election of March 9th and the subsequent suspension that followed.  

Whose truth is one willing to believe in any case? Is it the truth of AAC that Awara won or that of PDP that Wike won? Is it the truth of the Military that their intervention was to save lives or that of the Rivers State Government that it was to take lives? Is it the truth of the APC that their political machinery backing a little known politician delivered a shocking defeat to an incumbent or that of the PDP that an unknown politician, backed by an ‘unballoted’ party was run over by a sitting governor? Is it the truth that as at the time of suspension only 7 LGA results had been declared and others were still being collated or that 17 LGA results had been collated and awaiting declaration? Is it the truth that collation was suspended for wide scale violence when there was relative peace or that collation was suspended in spite of the peace to enable one party rewrite the results? 

In the scheme of things, the truth has been buried very deep under a mountain of half-truths and lies, which leaves very little room for anyone to claim the legitimate right to the crown. 

Where does that leave us? 

I am constrained by the choices before me to take a stand on something. An oft-quoted saying by Edmund Burke goes  “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”. The situation we find ourselves in Rivers State is extremely dire and having initially participated and then taken a ringside seat in the elections for Governor of the State, I have seen plenty and have gained substantial knowledge to know that staying silent at this time is akin to doing nothing so evil can and will triumph. 

If there is one thing that I am certain of, it is that the entire election of March 9th is totally and completely compromised from head to toe. There are no results that would be announced today that would reflect the will of the people in any form or manner. There are just as many people who do not trust and will not accept an election that delivers PDP today because of the belief that the umpire has granted unfettered access to the result sheets and a yeoman’s job has been done on the collated results that is guaranteed to withstand any scrutiny through the Election Tribunals or any court of law thereafter just as there are as many people who will not accept a result that delivers the AAC because of the belief that the election day results were structured to favour them by the direct involvement of the military as insinuated by the PDP. 

In neither of the scenarios above is the voice of the people heard nor are the pains and toils taken to come out and vote considered. Indeed, if there is any evil to contend with, it is this rape of democracy that completely ignores what the general voter thinks, says or does simply because politicians genuinely fear that outcome. Politicians will rather emerge with contrived results that still their fear of losing elections, of becoming unpopular, becoming irrelevant in the scheme of things and most of all the fear of what tomorrow brings. 

What must we do? 

This is a pivotal period for Rivers State and indeed the entire political institutions in Nigeria. Our State has always been at the epicentre of political affairs, most often hugging the limelight for all the wrong reasons. We are the only State that the courts silenced almost all political opposition to an incumbent, nearly making way for a walkover election. We are the only State that is yet to conclude an election three weeks after voters went to the polls. We are the only State that armed militants and the military faced off violently. We are the only State that continues to be a cause of deep concern to the international community. We are the only State that the electoral body is being brazenly accused of unparalleled bias. We are the only State that is openly labeled as electorally violent. We are sick and tired of these negative headlines. 

In this atmosphere, it would be grossly irresponsible to proceed with concluding an electoral process that hardly anyone believes in. It is certainly the constitutional responsibility of INEC to conduct elections, collate and announce results in a credible and acceptable manner, open to the participation and scrutiny of the public at all times and within the eyeballs and participation of political parties and their agents throughout voting, collation and declaration. This process has been completely truncated and its sanctity defiled, the result of which I fear greatly can lead to anarchy and possible loss of additional lives.  

Rivers State deserves better in all ramifications! 

We therefore have a choice and a chance for redemption as a state and a people. INEC, the Federal Government of Nigeria, the International Community, Political Parties and all those who care deeply for the people of Rivers State can make history by positioning the State for a completely new round of proper elections that will let the people make a true choice for who will lead them.  

INEC must therefore declare the entire elections of March 9th null and void and set out a new date for fresh elections. 

This time around, there are no distractions left and every eye is upon Rivers State now. The violent elements can be caged and neutralized so they are ineffective on the day of election. We have seen this happen. The people can come out to vote without the fear of intimidation and harassment. We know this is possible. The electoral officials can carry out their duties without compromise or fear of terror. We know this is achievable. The security agencies can provide the environment that enables them operate professionally and efficiently without fear of being shot at or killed in the line of duty. We know this is desirable. The party agents and politicians can carry out their duties without the fear of being killed or maimed for their affiliations. We know this is progress. 

This is a clarion call to the good men out there to conduct fresh elections in Rivers State where the entire focus of the world at large is upon our activities and us. Let us give this land and its people something to cherish and be proud of, a solid foundation to build upon; a democratically elected government that is chosen by her people, freely and fairly, whether or not the chosen candidate is one who just entered politics yesterday or a veteran. Let us allow the people to choose and let their voice be heard loudly and respected completely. 

This is as theneighbourhoodonline.com reports that “even before the conclusion of the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections which it suspended in Rivers State, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, winners.  

“The Commission had also prepared their Certificates of Return, including that of Governor Nyesom Wike, inside sources have revealed. The certificates, which have the name of the National Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, only waiting to be signed-off, are reportedly in the custody of the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Obo Effanga, who it was also alleged, was the mastermind behind the certificates-before-election-results deal with PDP.  

“Though the electoral umpire had suspended the Rivers’ elections via a statement on March 10, 2019, the certificates bear dates later than the April 15 date INEC said collated results would be declared. In its latest press statement on the election saga in Rivers State, INEC gave April 19 as the date that certificates of return will be issued to winners.   

“No official source at the Commission’s Port Harcourt headquarters office was willing to comment on the development when inquiries were made on Thursday afternoon.”

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Rivers politics: Yeeh’s induced decampment, a plot ‘dead on arrival’ – Eze

Posted on March 26, 2019. Filed under: Press Release |

… Plot exposes Wike as the loser of guber polls

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has described the alleged bribing and eventual defection of former deputy governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Mr. Akpo Bomba Yeeh, as the height of Governor Nyesom Wike’s desperation.

Eze, one of the loudest voices of the APC in the South-South region of the country, who stated this in a statement issued and circulated in Port Harcourt on Tuesday morning, noted that Governor Wike had entered the panic mode, which indicated that he had been aware of his loss to the governorship candidate of the AAC, Engr. Biokpomabo Awara, in the March 9 governorship poll and has started engaging the most ludicrous schemes to reverse his fate.

It would be recalled that news broke on Saturday night of an alleged abduction of Mr Yeeh, erstwhile deputy governorship candidate of the AAC, by Governor Wike, the allegation which gained more credibility when his son, Mr Lekue Akpo, came out to narrate how Rivers State government officials stormed his father’s hotel and whisked him away, saying “my father was taken away from his hotel in a black jeep to an unknown place last night and all his phones have been switched off.”

Yee reappeared on Monday to announce his resignation from the AAC, withdrawal from the governorship race and his decampment into the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), confirming some of the insinuations earlier being spread about his being bribed by Governor Wike to sabotage the chances of the AAC at the polls and maligning the name of the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuik Rotimi Amaechi in the process.

However, in his statement, Eze said intelligence reports available had shown that Yeeh was not kidnapped, but was only drawn into a plot midwifed by Senator Magnus Abe, the senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District, on behalf of Governor Wike, bribing him with a sum of N200 million and a position to head Governor Wike’s propaganda machine.

“To the chagrin of the entire Rivers state political class, Mr. Yeeh wasn’t actually kidnapped, but through the negotiating prowess of Senator Magnus Abe representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, who initiated and supervised the negotiations that saw to the defection of the former AAC deputy governorship candidate, costing the Rivers state government a whopping sum of N200M. The former AAC deputy gubernatorial candidate is alleged to be a cousin to Senator Abe that made the defection an easy task for the Senator.

Eze highlighted that what many people failed to understand about the politics of Rivers State is that remove militancy in any election anybody can easily defeat Wike no matter the status of such a person as Engr. Awara did. Apart from removing militancy, Wike is an easy prey in any free and fair election because Wike intentionally wicked Rivers people.

Wike out of his lack of vision of what governance is all about created a state without any project to show for billions of naira that have accrued to the State and such huge amounts are wasted on such trivial issue as bribing an individual, whose political value doesn’t matter.

A man that refused to pay pensioners, create any employment and promote any civil servant. A man that cancelled free education, increased tuition fees, abandoned all the Institutions created by his mentor and predecessor, Dr. Amaechi in Education, Health, Agriculture sectors, increased miscreants, hoodlums, cultism etc in the state. Town planning is zero peace zero, skill acquisition zero. These and many more reasons was why it easy for Engr. B. Awara of AAC to defeat him.

For Wike to have challenged God by stating that, “No man born of a woman can defeat me” is the main reason why his effort to bribe God is failing him.

In fact, Wike’s loss in this election is the wish of Rivers people.

Eze expressed shock that a personality like Prince Uche Secondus the National Chairman of PDP could abandon crucial national issues affecting his party to attend an event of such inconsequential that cant assist Wike in his drowning state. To demonstrate how low Wike’s administration has become, governance was not only abandoned for two days but a grand reception with all commissioners assembled in the government House to celebrate the defection of Mr. Yee.

“The defection of Mr. Yeeh to the PDP is not only laughable, an exercise in futility, inconsequential, but also of no impact on the rescue mission that will culminate in the ouster of Wike from the Brick House after 29th May, 2019.

“The new pact between Wike and Yee only succeeded in exposing the fact that Wike truly lost the 9th March polls to Engr. Awara of AAC. It shows that he is not entirely confident that his plot to manipulate the INEC to do his bidding and rig him back in as governor-elect, knowing very well that he has lost, hence the desperation to spend such a huge sum to cause the deputy governorship candidate of his superior opponent, Engr Awara who defeated him in the polls, to muddle sequences of development up.

“I am shocked that despite the fact that Senator Abe midwifed this unholy pact, Governor Wike has appointed the new member of his government, Mr. Yee, to take over from Abe as the Head of the Propaganda Unit of his administration, not minding that this man have no knowledge of media workings.

“Considering Mr Yeeh’s shortcomings on issues on media, Governor Wike has detailed Emma Okah, who is Commissioner for Information, Simeon Nwakaudu, his Special Assistant on  Electronic Media and Abe’s Senior Assistant on Media, Kennedy Friday, to join and collaborate with the new Head of Propaganda Unit to sustain the spreading of already prepared documents full of falsehoods on daily basis to ensure that the image, person and personality of the Minister of Transportation, Dr Chibuike Rotimii Amaechi is reduced to nothing.

“The latest plot is not necessarily about Wike surviving the onslaught to ouster him from the Brick House as he is already aware that his days in the government house are numbered but the plot is  aimed at frustrating and making it impossible for Amaechi to be reappointed into the cabinet of President Muhammad Buhari after May 29, 2019, but what Wike, Abe and those aiding them have failed to realise is their past fruitless and futile attempts and  that they can’t come in between President Buhari and his son, Dr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi no matter the level of propaganda employed. They will fail as they failed in past endeavours.”, he said.

Eze, however, pleaded with the people of Rivers state to be patient with their great son as the plot to destroy him will amount to nothing afterall stating that the mission to rescue Rivers State is a task that must be accomplished no matter the odds” Eze concluded.

ENDS 

Source: Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze

 

 

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Ambode dragged to court over revocation of Lekki land

Posted on March 26, 2019. Filed under: Press Release |

Ambode dragged to court over revocation of Lekki land

……Lagos leaders protest

The story is being told in Lagos State of the hard nose treatment Governor Akinwunmi Ambode handed close friends of a former governor in South-West.

Allegations of nepotism and impunity flow freely just like tears for many selected for witch hunting.

Governor Ambode and one of the associates of the former governor are locked in a fresh tango over hasty revocation of land.

A letter dated August 8, 2016 and signed by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode revoked the existing Right of Occupancy in the parcel of land known and referred to as Block 128B, Plot 10, Lekki in Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State.

Governor Ambode gave the failure to develop the land within the stipulated time and non-payment of ground rents and development charges as the grounds for the revocation.

“That I or any person duly authorized by me shall take possession of the said parcel of land and that any holder, owner or occupier of the said land or any part of it is accordingly directed to yield up possession of the land.”

“Any person who willfully hinder or obstruct the Governor or any person authorized by him from taking possession of the land or any part thereof or from the execution of any function under the provisions of the Land Use Act Cap. L5 of 2004 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria shall be dealt with according to Law.”

But legal experts, public affairs analysts and prominent Lagos leaders are crying foul.

They claim that the property was fully fenced up to protect iron rods and blocks before the notice of revocation of right of Occupancy was handed over to the owner of the land.

They also recalled the encroachment committed by adjacent development owners, the need to regularize it and the visit of top officials of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to the site in view of enforcing physical and structural adjustment.

Incidentally, the owner of the land, Mr Ayodele Odunlami obtained court order restraining the Lagos State Government,  Office of the Governor of Lagos State (Bureau of Lands), Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Lagos State, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, their agents, privies, or any person acting for and on their behalf from assigning, disposing or purporting to dispose of, dissipating or laying waste to or otherwise dealing with the land  and property known and referred to as Block 128, Plot 10, Lekki in Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State pending the determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.

Despite the restraining order, the Lagos State governor gave a go-ahead to his security aide to take over the property as a parting gift.

Some policemen and government officials under the authority of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the security aide were ordered to destroy the Walls and Boys Quarters (BQ).

The incident came on the heels of an outcry by some prominent South-West leaders about renewed efforts by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to take some lands from the owners and give them to his political cronies.

“It is undeserved, unmerited treatment to be given to a Lagosian” one of the leaders of the new South-west People’s Union, Chief Abayomi Ajasa said Monday in Lagos.

Ajasa told a gathering of eminent Lagosians that the security aide moved to the land and commenced construction on it, despite the judgement ordering all the parties to desist from taking possession of the land.

“Flouting a court order, they destroyed the structure on ground and started building whatever they want on the land” Ajasa added.

Credit:  Henry Ovie

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Biases of INEC and their underhand tactics, we have been vindicated – Princewill

Posted on March 20, 2019. Filed under: Press Release |

Biases of INEC and their underhand tactics, we have been vindicated – Princewill

Prince Tonye Princewill1A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress APC in Rivers State, Prince T.J.T Princewill who is the Director on Strategic Communications of Tonye Cole Campaign Organization said the biases of INEC and their underhand tactics have been laid bare for everyone else to also see.

Mr. Princewill who made his view known in a statement circulated to journalists stated that, “it is better to be quiet and let people suspect you may have something in your mouth, than to open your mouth and confirm that you actually do. What INEC has shown in their attitude towards us and in putting out their midnight statement on the 15th of March was that they have been unable to resist the allure of big money and the evil of Nyesom Wike. Many of us said as much, but we were quietly dismissed as just being biased. Now that people have heard from an institution with even more integrity, the biases of INEC and their underhand tactics have been laid bare for everyone else to also see. They are not the first to succumb and they will not be the last, but thanks to the current anti corruption trend in Buhari governance, they are now dancing in the market square and the world is watching their backs.”

Text of the statement reads: “The recent terse statement made by the Nigerian Army exposed a wide gap in the relationship between the “independent” umpire and the security agencies, the same people who provide the conducive environment for INEC to operate. What is striking in the statement released by the Army is not that they simply dented INEC’s credibility, but that they called them out in a key aspect of their qualification that leaves them in tatters – their expected independence. How INEC recovers from this remains to be seen, but suffice to say that they can no longer speak with the freedom of the benefit of doubt they have been enjoying, from not only Nigerians but from the international community as well.

“Wike has tried to show us that he can buy anyone, recruit everyone and not be held accountable to anyone in his pursuit of his ambition to lord it over is in Rivers state. Thanks to the Nigerian Army, some elements in the Judiciary and also the Inspector General of Police, not everybody is for sale. There is still hope for justice and the illegal suspension of an exercise that was inching him towards defeat will not save him from an inevitable rendezvous. We conducted a Congress, they complained. We repeated it again, they sued. Judges excluded us from the ballot, we went for option B. Rivers people still humiliated Wike, they suspended his defeat. What more do we need to do, what else do they need to see, to know that this is not about one man, one party or even any individual ambition? It is a movement, united in the recovery of our state, our economy and our collective peace of mind.

“We in Rivers state know that there was no widespread violence that called for a total suspension of a whole state. If there was, how did INEC get results in 17 out of 23 LGAs? We know that widespread violence leaves a trail of death and destruction, if that was the case, how come INEC was able to declare results for Presidential elections when death and destruction was validated, but not for the governorship election when death and destruction was unconfirmed?

If INEC wants to be a responsible umpire, beyond obeying the courts, they will now need to do the following:

1. Apologize to Rivers people and the security agencies, especially the army, to rebuild the sense of joint duty needed to move forward.
2. Issue a statement condemning the violence meted out to all sides with specific reference to the Governor’s illegal storming of a collation center.
3. Cancel the entire process and start again or pending the resolution of all legal matters, announce the results as a collation of results announced per LGA, up to the point of “suspension”.
4. Change the REC and principal officers to conduct the election whenever the opportunity so provides, as there is no confidence in their neutrality and/or competence to conduct a free and fair election.

“Anything short of the above is business as usual and an exercise in futility. We are by this statement indicating our intent to be resolute against all odds in the goal of us rescuing our state from the shackles of wickedness. In both high and low places. We thank all the patriots that have still remained committed to justice in spite of the twists and turns of corrupt institutions.”

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