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Enetsud Laments the Vandalisation of Electrical Equipment in Kwara State Communities

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

Elites Network for Sustainable Development (ENetSuD), a Kwara-based Civil Society Organisation, has lamented the incessant vandalisation of electrical equipment across various parts of Kwara state.

The civil society organisation in a statement made available to Journalists and signed by the organisation’s Deputy Coordinator for Special Duties, Mr. Sideeq Bola Mustapha, ENetSuD noted that government properties have been poorly maintained, vandalised, and often sabotaged by men of the underworld.

He further states that “in addition to series of press statement previously released by ENetSuD on the pitiable state of government infrastructure in Patigi local government in Kwara state, we are also reporting that this local government is now a hotspot for criminality and all forms of vandalisation of electrical installations. These acts have deprived many residents in the community of the very little share of their electricity supply. In one of their nefarious activities, it was also reported that the industrial oil of various transformers in Patigi Township was drained by miscreants about a year ago. In addition, the armoured cable of another transformer at Ragada village was also vandalised several months ago. Furthermore, the armoured cables of the transformers at ECWA Church junction and General Hospital road were equally stolen by unknown persons- this happened some weeks ago.”

“It might not be surprising to learn that the vandalisation and theft of Electical facilities across the state might be a sabotage that are not without the collaboration of some bad eggs in the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) in those aforementioned communities”, said ENetSuD.

The statement reads: “This claim could be substantiated with the report that the recent culprits of some electrical equipment were in the same commercial bus with Patigi PHCN manager from Patigi to Ilorin. The bus driver, on noticing the concealed large quantity of stolen PHCN armoured cables in a sack when he wanted to alight passengers in Ilorin, immediately alerted the Patigi PHCN Manager who occupied the front seat of the same bus. The driver reported the Manager to have unexpectedly taken the matter lightly and waved it off by saying “I don’t know where they could have gotten it from.”

“Patigi residents, who have reported the matter to the NSCDC office in Patigi for investigation, condemned this act of indifference exhibited by the Manager, as he was expected to have at least questioned those culprits, seized the armoured cables and immediately alert the security agencies if they have no reasonable explanation for being in possession of the P.H.C.N materials.

“The Patigi branch of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has also commendably taken proactive measures to forestall the reoccurrence of this theft by enforcing proper checks of passengers’ luggage at the garage before departure.

“A few weeks ago, we were also aware of the theft of armoured cables of another transformer at Wambai Compound area by unknown criminals. Usually, every household in any area affected by unfortunate incidents of vandalism and theft of electrical facilities go through the excruciating pain of compulsorily contributing particular amounts from their hard earned income. We are lauding the intervention of the Executive Chairman of Patigi LGA, Alhaji Jibril Salihu Gabi, who provided the required quantity of armoured cables from the store at Patigi LGA secretariat for immediate reconnection to the transformers of the concerned areas, a gesture that had made the residents of the affected areas to be enjoying the very little share of epileptic power supply along with other residents in unaffected areas in Patigi LGA.

“We hereby call on local authorities, security agencies, and government to collaborate on the protection and maintenance of government properties for the enjoyment of the citizens.”

 

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Rivers APC condemns use of govt house police by CSO to disrupt bye-election in PHALGA III

Posted on August 19, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

The Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has observed with great disappointment and shock the use of Government House Port Harcourt police security to cart away electoral materials, rig and cause general disruption in the Saturday PHALGA 3 State Constituency bye-election in Rivers State.

“In the full view of the general public, the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to Gov. Nyesom Wike led armed policemen attached to the Government House to assault innocent APC party agents and supporters,snatch electoral sensitive materials and generally disrupt the bye-election with a view to rigging the process in favour of the PDP candidate or in some cases prevent lawful voters from exercising their franchise” Rivers APC alleged in press statement issued today in Port Harcourt by its Publicity Secretary Chris Finebone.

According to Finebone, “It was with heavy heart that APC leaders, members and the public watched on as the PDP and their officials in Rivers State used policemen and armed militants to cause fracas in some wards during the bye-election in PHALGA 3, Rivers State. The sad development happened in the same fashion that PDP had deployed in rigging elections in the past especially during the 2015 elections and the rerun elections that followed.”

The Rivers State chapter of APC condemned the blatant intervention in the bye-election process in PHALGA 3 by Gov. Wike’s CSO using policemen attached to the Government House, against the established guideline that such policemen are barred from accompanying officials of government to polling stations on Election Day.

However, the APC applauded the brave intervention by security agents that ensured that the activities of the PDP did not substantially affect the overall outcome of the bye-election.

In a related development, the Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has noted with disappointment the hasty decision of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to suspend Saturday’s Port Harcourt Local Government Area [PHALGA] Constituency 3 bye-election process at the collation stage.

The APC in a statement made available journalists today by the party’s spokesman, Mr. Chris Finebone said: “It is unfortunate that what should be a mere state constituency bye-election witnessed pockets of voter intimidation, harassment, vote-buying and shooting activated by the PDP in line with their usual character of rigging elections through killing and maiming of APC members.”

The statement reads: “It is worthy of note that security agents gallantly rose to the occasion and effectively quelled the pockets of violence that threatened the exercise in some wards in the constituency, leading to the eventual collation of results at the St. Andrew’s premises.  

“However, APC and the general public were later to be informed that INEC has suspended the process at the point of collation of results. We want to believe that the suspension is to allow INEC officials to sort itself out and conclude the process accordingly. As a political party, APC is not questioning the judgment or discretionary powers of INEC to make decisions about the bye-election, however, such decisions must strictly conform to relevant laws guiding the system and specifically do not include cancellation of a process that has commenced. 

“However, it is pertinent to remind INEC and reassure APC members and the public that, when it comes to any election process that has commenced, the powers of INEC end at suspension of the process for evaluation and eventual conclusion. Such powers do not include cancellation as widely and erroneously peddled. It is only the tribunal or court that can decide on the cancellation of such a process on approach by relevant stakeholders.  

“The APC views the wording of the memo suspending the PHALGA 3 bye-election as substantially mendacious, unnecessarily alarmist and generally convoluted with sinister innuendos by the author in a way that does not represent an accurate assessment of the process so far. We hope that INEC will not be misled to derail or embark on a line of action that will leave her with a legal bad nose. This will neither be to the benefit of INEC nor the system in any way.  

“In view of the need to timeously conclude the bye-election process and douse the anxiety of voters in the constituency, APC calls on INEC to swiftly and fairly do the needful and subsequently conclude the process and declare the result accordingly. It must be emphasised that INEC has no luxury of options over the matter than to audit the process up to the collation stage when the process was suspended and direct action towards bringing the process to a conclusion.  

“Meanwhile, the APC reassured its members in PHALGA Constituency 3 and across Rivers State to be calm and go about their normal lives as INEC has no option than to do the right thing by auditing and subsequently concluding the election process it suspended at the collation stage.”

 

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Eze Exposes ‘Evil Pact’ Between Wike, Abe for 2023 Governorship

Posted on August 15, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

…Asks Nigerians to Ignore Abe’s propaganda on his nomination

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has revealed evil pact between Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and the Senator representing Rivers South East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Abe.

Eze, who was responding to recent media attacks against him by thesocial media team of Sen. Abe, said the pact is to make Abe a governorship candidate in 2023 but by first weakening the Rivers State lchapter of APC and reducing the influence and powers of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, erstwhile governor of Rivers State and incumbent Minster of Transportation.

“In my recent press statements which resulted in the media attack against my person and personality by the Magnus Governorship Campaign Organisation Social Media Team, I exposed how Distinguished Senator Magnus Abe connived with some influential All Progressives Congress, APC, chieftains to sabotage the electoral fortunes of the party and its candidate, Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, in the 2015 governorship election.

“Instead of Abe’s Social Media Team addressing the salient issues that I raised, they came after my person and integrity. What was my ‘sin’? In my press statements, I posited that Peterside emerged to fly the flag of APC during the 2015 general elections based on the exigency of the upland and riverine dichotomy and the injustice visited on the riverine section of Rivers State by denying them the topmost seat in Rivers State these past twenty years. I explained that it was to assuage the fact of neglect of the riverine area as the upland had consistently governed Rivers State for 20 years through Dr. PeterOdili, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi and Nyesom Wike, that APC elected lPeterside to fly her flag.

“According to their flimsy reaction against my person, “By behaving like a bull in a China shop and savagely attacking Abe, Eze keeps his own credit line open from his sponsors. And there is nobody in Rivers State who do(sic) not know who those sponsors are and who Eze is.”

This assumption, though very false, as I am not under anybody’s payroll, only showed my attackers as persons not after justice, equity and fairness but pretenders whose sole aim in the politics of Rivers State is pursuance of their wicked plot to cause disunity and disharmony among APC members.

“I reiterate that Senator Magnus Abe is my personal friend and associate and whom I have in the past, promoted in various ways, his political aspiration. I have nothing against his political aspiration but committed to correcting the prodigious, devious and erroneous impression being peddled on daily basis against the Rivers State APC and its leader, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.

Eze maintained that despite unwarranted abuses over his stand on justice and equity in Rivers politics, he would not be intimidated or frustrated out of his chosen task of stating the facts.

Eze, who restated that Senator Abe is entitled to pursue his ambition, however, said that doing so by running down the very institution that he intends to use to actualize his aspiration was most unfortunate and sad.

“The fact remains that every effort was made to accommodate Abe and his supporters in the conduct of the Congresses in Rivers State but that Senator Abe and his Team were not interested in the party holding a peaceful congress. Abe has shown sufficient reason to question his loyalty to APC. Today Abe has dragged the party to court without first exploring every internal conflict resolution mechanism as contained in the party’s constitution. Today Abe has set up a parallel state secretariat when there is no factional state party executive. How else can someone show disloyalty and disrespect to a group he claims to belong?

“According to Abe and those promoting him, he is the only one who can bring governorship victory in Rivers State for APC, a party he shall have destroyed. What an ambition!

Eze reasoned that Abe has shown sufficient evidence that he is working in tandem and in liaison with Governor Nyesom Wike’s to ruin APC and possibly prevent the party from presenting a governorship candidate in the 2019 election. Wike understands that an APC governorship will sack him from the Brick House in 2019.

To add to that, Abe already parades himself as the “next governor of Rivers State” even when he knows that his pact with Wike is for him (Abe) to run in 2023 with Wike’s support.

Eze noted that the goal is to humiliate Amaechi but God will never pallow the evil pact to make Governor Wike to continue with his shameless and purposeless administration till 2023 to materialise when he intends to relinquish power to Senator Abe.

“While others working with Abe and Wike in the evil plot have joined the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Abe is still in APC to play the spoiler’s role.

“Today, Wike has gone further from all he has done to destroy APC to procure a building complex situated at Waterlines in Port Harcourt to serve as APC State Secretariat for Senator Abe and his team. Yet Wike and Abe are aware that the party has a functional State Secretariat in Port Harcourt from where duly elected members of the State Working Committee serve the party.

He reiterated that despite the evil collaboration between Abe and his sponsors, Wike will not stay a day longer after May 29, 2019 as RiversState Governor.

Eze asks Nigerians to ignore the current propaganda being peddled in the social media by Abe’s Team of his nomination to fly the flag of APC in Rivers State during the 2019.general elections describing such nomination as the imagination of those peddling such a non existence approval as the National Leadership of APC under the watch of Comrade Adams Oshimhole can’t be involved in such an illegailty and undemocratic act of imposing a candidate that has become a tool in decimation of the party in Rivers State.

Eze accused Abe and his social media team of being the masterminds of the negative press against Amaechi recently which presented him as being at loggerheads with Adams Oshiomhole, APC National Chairman, and Senator Bola Tinubu, an APC national leader. He said it was part of Abe and his team’s grand plan to possibly bring down Amaechi.

Eze, however, appealed to President Muhamnadu Buhari not to allow those who have eyes on the Presidency in 2023 to destroy all that APC has achieved in Rivers State.

He encouraged all APC supporters to keep faith in Amaechi and that God will not allow the enemies of the party to succeed in their plots to destroy or ruin APC against its desire to rescue Rivers state from the hands of misguided leaders.

Eze finally pleads with his good friend, Senator Abe to stop deceiving the public as he is aware that his pranks and tricks are before the public purview and no serious minded politician in Rivers State takes him serious anymore. 

ENDS 

Source: Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze

 

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Obuah Condoles Aguma Family, Gov Wike over Demise of Attorney General, Emma Aguma (SAN)

Posted on August 14, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

The chairman of the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bro Felix Obuah has described the sudden death of the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Emmanuel Chinwenwo Aguma (SAN), as one loss too many.

In his condolence message the State PDP Chairman noted that the erudite legal luminary was a special gift not only to the Aguma family but to the entire State, stressing that the greatest loss is not his physical death but what has died ‘inside us while we live’.

Bro Obuah pinpointed the amazing wisdom and demonstrable knowledge of the law, enviable infectious linguistic excellence, humility and political sagacity as the special attributes and trademarks of the late Attorney-General.

“Without mincing words or pretending, I make bold to say that we have lost a genius which has created a vacuum almost impossible to find a replacement”, the State PDP boss lamented.

He expressed his deep condolences and those of the leadership and members of the PDP in Rivers to the entire Aguma family, particularly his beloved wife, children and the Rivers State Governor, Chief Barr. Nyesom Wike, enjoining them to see the loss as not only to them but also to the entire State.

Bro Obuah said the memories of the late Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice,  Emma Aguma will forever live in the minds of his loved ones and friends, noting that notwithstanding the physical transformation, ‘to live in someone’s heart is not to die’.

The State PDP chairman prayed God to grant the wife, children, the State Governor and the entire Aguma family the grace to carry on faithfully without the physical presence of the great icon and legal expert.

Signed: 

 

Jerry Needam

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity

To The State PDP Chairman,

Bro. Felix Obuah.

 

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Obuah Warns Against Dumping Of Wastes into Ntanwogba Creek, Other Water Channels

Posted on August 8, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

.…Vows to Arrest, Prosecute Offenders

The Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA) has warned residents as well as those doing business along the Ikokwu and Okija Streets in Port Harcourt to desist from dumping plastic wastes and other forms of debris at the Ntanwogba Creek and other adjoining water channels as such acts hamper the free flow of water at the Creek.

The Sole Administrator of the Agency, Bro. Felix Obuah who gave the warning today while carrying out his daily morning monitoring of Port Harcourt and its environs, warned those engaging in the act to desist henceforth or face arrest and prosecution.

Bro. Obuah regretted that the cumulated plastic wastes at Ntanwogba Creek unavoidably empty into the river thereby constituting nuisance and danger to boat operators plying the coasts.

“Aside from defacing the aesthetic look of the creek, the large concentration of plastic wastes and other disused materials pose serious threat to the health of residents and people doing business in that environment”, Bro. Obuah stated, adding that all hands must be on deck to ensure a garbage-free Rivers State.

The RIWAMA boss, who described the Ntanwogba Creek as a strategic water channel in Port Harcourt, warned that blocking the free flow of the channel could lead to serious flooding especially at the Ikokwu, D/Line and other areas of Port Harcourt, the State capital.

He particularly charged motor mechanics and spare parts dealers at Ikokwu and Okija Streets to cultivate the culture of bagging their wastes and dispose them at the RIWAMA approved receptacles nearest to them and between the hours of 6pm to 12 midnight dumping hours.

He said it is only by so doing that the Garden City status of Port Harcourt, the State capital would be restored, stressing that the cooperation of all is required to achieve the goal.

“This is a clarion call on everyone to work to keep the State clean and healthy, as offenders would be punished to serve as a deterrent to others”, Bro. Obuah warned.

Signed: 

Jerry Needam

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to

Bro. Felix Obuah, Sole Administrator,

Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA).

 

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PDP Welcomes Saraki, Abdul Fatah, Ibeto

Posted on August 1, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

PDP Welcomes Saraki, Abdul Fatah, Ibeto

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) welcomes the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki,  the Kwara State Governor, Megida Ahmed Abdulfatah and the Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa, Alhaji Ahmed Ibeto, to its fold.

The party says the coming of Senator Saraki, Governor Ahmed and Alhaji Ibeto could not have been at a better time than this when our nation requires the input of genuine patriots that will save her from an impending decline.

The PDP notes the harassment and intimidation that the duo of Senator Saraki and Governor Ahmed had suffered from the lords in the disintegrating All Progressives Congress (APC) which they helped to build and nurtured to win elections.

Senator Saraki, in particular, has conducted the affairs of the Senate in reflection of the wishes of the silent majority of Nigerians and had emerged a hero of democracy.

The party has no doubts that Senator Saraki, Governor Ahmed and Alhaji Ibeto will contribute immensely to the new order that engender good governance in our nation.

The PDP assures all returning members of all the rights and privileges accruable to every member of our party.

Furthermore, the PDP calls on all Nigerians who are desirous of rescuing our nation from the incompetent administration of President Buhari to rally with party of choice, PDP, ahead of the 2019 elections.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan

National Publicity Secretary

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Press Statement by the President of the Senate, His Excellency, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki

Posted on August 1, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

Press Statement by the President of the Senate, His Excellency, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki

I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This is not a decision that I have made lightly. If anything at all, I have tarried for so long and did all that was humanly possible, even in the face of great provocation, ridicule and flagrant persecution, to give opportunity for peace, reconciliation and harmonious existence.

Perhaps, more significantly, I am mindful of the fact that I carry on my shoulder a great responsibility for thousands of my supporters, political associates and friends, who have trusted in my leadership and have attached their political fortunes to mine. However, it is after an extensive consultation with all the important stakeholders that we have come to this difficult but inevitable decision to pitch our political tent elsewhere; where we could enjoy greater sense of belonging and where the interests of the greatest number of our Nigerians would be best served.

While I take full responsibility for this decision, I will like to emphasise that it is a decision that has been inescapably imposed on me by certain elements and forces within the APC who have ensured that the minimum conditions for peace, cooperation, inclusion and a general sense of belonging did not exist.

They have done everything to ensure that the basic rules of party administration, which should promote harmonious relations among the various elements within the party were blatantly disregarded. All governance principles which were required for a healthy functioning of the party and the government were deliberately violated or undermined. And all entreaties for justice, equity and fairness as basic precondition for peace and unity, not only within the party, but also the country at large, were simply ignored, or employed as additional pretext for further exclusion.

The experience of my people and associates in the past three years is that they have suffered alienation and have been treated as outsiders in their own party. Thus, many have become disaffected and disenchanted. At the same time, opportunities to seek redress and correct these anomalies were deliberately blocked as a government-within-a-government had formed an impregnable wall and left in the cold, everyone else who was not recognized as “one of us”. This is why my people, like all self-respecting people would do, decided to seek accommodation elsewhere.

I have had the privilege to lead the Nigerian legislature in the past three years as the President of the Senate and the Chairman of the National Assembly. The framers of our constitution envisage a degree of benign tension among the three arms of government if the principle of checks and balances must continue to serve as the building block of our democracy. In my role as the head of the legislature, and a leader of the party, I have ensured that this necessary tension did not escalate at any time in such a way that it could encumber Executive function or correspondingly, undermine the independence of the legislature. Over the years, I have made great efforts in the overall interest of the country, and in spite of my personal predicament, to manage situations that would otherwise have resulted in unsavoury consequences for the government and the administration. My colleagues in the Senate will bear testimony to this.

However, what we have seen is a situation whereby every dissent from the legislature was framed as an affront on the executive or as part of an agenda to undermine the government itself. The populist notion of anti-corruption became a ready weapon for silencing any form of dissent and for framing even principled objection as “corruption fighting back”. Persistent onslaught against the legislature and open incitement of the people against their own representatives became a default argument in defence of any short-coming of the government in a manner that betrays all too easily, a certain contempt for the Constitution itself or even the democracy that it is meant to serve.

Unfortunately, the self-serving gulf that has been created between the leadership of the two critical arms of government based on distrust and mutual suspicion has made any form of constructive engagement impossible. Therefore, anything short of a slavish surrender in a way that reduces the legislature to a mere rubber stamp would not have been sufficient in procuring the kind of rapprochement that was desired in the interest of all. But I have no doubt in my mind, that to surrender this way is to be complicit in the subversion of the institution that remains the very bastion of our democracy. I am a democrat. And I believe that anyone who lays even the most basic claim to being a democrat will not accept peace on those terms; which seeks to compromise the very basis of our existence as the parliament of the people.

The recent weeks have witnessed a rather unusual attempts to engage with some of these most critical issues at stake. Unfortunately, the discord has been allowed to fester unaddressed for too long, with dire consequences for the ultimate objective of delivering the common good and achieving peace and unity in our country. Any hope of reconciliation at this point was therefore very slim indeed. Most of the horses had bolted from the stable.

The emergence of a new national party executives a few weeks ago held out some hopes, however slender. The new party chairman has swung into action and did his best alongside some of the Governors of APC and His Excellency, the Vice President. I thank them for all their great efforts to save the day and achieve reconciliation. Even though I thought these efforts were coming late in the day, but seeing the genuine commitment of these gentlemen, I began to think that perhaps it was still possible to reconsider the situation.

However, as I have realized all along, there are some others in the party leadership hierarchy, who did not think dialogue was the way forward and therefore chose to play the fifth columnists. These individuals went to work and ensured that they scuttled the great efforts and the good intentions of these aforementioned leaders of the party. Perhaps, had these divisive forces not thrown the cogs in the wheel at the last minutes, and in a manner that made it impossible to sustain any trust in the process, the story today would have been different.

For me, I leave all that behind me. Today, I start as I return to the party where I began my political journey, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

When we left the PDP to join the then nascent coalition of All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2014, we left in a quest for justice, equity and inclusion; the fundamental principles on which the PDP was originally built but which it had deviated from. We were attracted to the APC by its promise of change. We fought hard along with others and defeated the PDP.

In retrospect, it is now evident that the PDP has learnt more from its defeat than the APC has learnt from its victory. The PDP that we return to is now a party that has learnt its lessons the hard way and have realized that no member of the party should be taken for granted; a party that has realized that inclusion, justice and equity are basic precondition for peace; a party that has realized that never again can the people of Nigeria be taken for granted.

I am excited by the new efforts, which seeks to build the reborn PDP on the core principles of promoting democratic values; internal democracy; accountability; inclusion and national competitiveness; genuine commitment to restructuring and devolution of powers; and an abiding belief in zoning of political and elective offices as an inevitable strategy for managing our rich diversity as a people of one great indivisible nation called Nigeria.

What we have all agreed is that a deep commitment to these ideals were not only a demonstration of our patriotism but also a matter of enlightened self-interest, believing that our very survival as political elites of this country will depend on our ability to earn the trust of our people and in making them believe that, more than anything else, we are committed to serving the people.

What the experience of the last three years have taught us is that the most important task that we face as a country is how to reunite our people. Never before had so many people in so many parts of our country felt so alienated from their Nigerianness. Therefore, we understand that the greatest task before us is to reunite the county and give everyone a sense of belonging regardless of region or religion.

Every Nigerian must have an instinctive confidence that he or she will be treated with justice and equity in any part of the country regardless of the language they speak or how they worship God. This is the great task that trumps all. Unless we are able to achieve this, all other claim to progress no matter how defined, would remain unsustainable.

This is the task that I am committing myself to and I believe that it is in this PDP, that I will have the opportunity to play my part.  It is my hope that the APC will respect the choice that I have made as my democratic right, and understand that even though we will now occupy a different political space, we do not necessarily become enemies unto one another.

Thank you.

Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON

President of the Senate

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Nelson Mandela’s Day: Princewill Political Associates (PPA) calls on governments to eliminate poverty

Posted on July 18, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

Nelson Mandela’s Day: Princewill Political Associates (PPA) calls on governments to eliminate poverty

Mr Emmanuel Dagogo, the new National coordinator of the renowned Princewiil Political Associates has called on governments to strive to eliminate poverty and any coloration of injustice as a tribute to the late icon.

Mr. Dagogo in a statement dispatched to journalists today in Port Harcourt said poverty is an ill wind that blows nobody any good as is the case with injustice, no matter where it springs its ugly head.

“Poverty and injustice are like twin dragons the spew flames of negative impacts and as such concerted efforts are needed for them to be eradicated” Dagogo said. According to him, “as the world commemorates 18th July – being International Nelson Mandela Day, it behooves men of good virtue across the globe to borrow a leaf from this rare legend of Africa when he said, “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice.”

Mr. Dagogo said that, “The research shows that 14 out of 18 countries where poverty is rising are in Africa, adding that if current rates persist, 90% of the world’s poorest will be living on the continent by 2030. Nigeria is a victim of two things – our steady population growth on one hand versus our reduced economic growth on the other. Past policies put us here. So to get us out of here and put us on part of sustainable development, it goes without saying we need futuristic policies that will take care of the issues of poverty, unemployment and inequality. We believe the Buhari administration can deliver on that.

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Ekiti guber poll: Princewill, Ojukaye, congratulates Fayemi on his victory

Posted on July 15, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

Lauds INEC, security agencies and Ekiti Electorates

A chieftain of the All progressives Congress APC, in Rivers State, Prince Tonye Princewill has congratulated his Excellency Dr. John Olukayode Fayemi on his victory at the just concluded governorship poll in Ekiti State which was held yesterday.

The Prince of the Niger Delta in a statement made available to journalists today described the election victory of Dr. Fayemi as a “victory well-deserved and a further deepening of democracy” adding that the majority of the Ekiti State electorate had made the right choice of the person they want to pilot the affairs of the state.

“A good majority of the electorate in the state have spoken through the ballot box as to the person that they want to oversee the affairs of the state.  They have made the right choice; the onus is now on the governor –elect to justify the massive support given to him by his people. Like 2015, APC has shown that unseating a noisy incumbent is possible.”

Princewill praised INEC on the modalities put in place that enabled for a successful and transparent conduct of the election and enjoined them not to relent in their efforts.

He also commended security personnel deployed to ensure that the exercise was hitch-free not minding some contrary opinions especially in the number of security personnel released for the poll.

Finally he thanked the APC in the state, zone and the national arms of the party for showing preparedness to win. This has sent shockwaves that will reverbate far and wide especially here in Rivers state. Rumors of Fayose wanting to flee the country were true he said, but was confident that there would be no escape.

“Elections are not won on social media or in the air. Neither do we need comedy or play acting to govern. This is a very strong message APC has sent. I’m sure PDP and their sympathizers have heard.” the Prince said.

In a related development, the Chairman of Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, Hon. Ojukaye Flag-Amachree has congratulated the governor-elect of Ekiti State, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi (JFK) over his victory in the keenly contested Ekiti governorship election that took place yesterday (Saturday).

In a statement released in Port Harcourt Sunday morning, Hon. Flag-Amachree lauded the people of Ekiti who despite over three years of propaganda and deceit by Gov. Fayose came out en mass to speak with their votes.

“For more than three years, Gov. Fayose deceived himself believing he was deceiving the good people of Ekiti State; for over three years, Fayose unleashed propaganda on his own people, claiming he is part of the masses by eating ponmo at roadside bukas while stealing Ekiti dry. But yesterday, the people spoke with their PVCs by rejecting the governor and his handpicked successor. Ekiti people simply liberated themselves from the shackles of Fayose and his theatrics.

“Yesterday, Ekiti people rejected and voted out months of unpaid salaries to civil servants. The people of Ekiti rejected the fast-dying PDP and its bunch of brigands. Yesterday, Ekiti people helped the APC to stamp its authority and control over the entire South-West of Nigeria under the focussed and indefatigable direction and leadership of Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, the Jagaban of Nigeria himself,” Ojukaye stated.

Similarly, the Rivers State APC Chairman lauded the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government for creating an enabling and level playing field for the holding of a peaceful, free and credible governorship election in Ekiti State.

“We appreciate the determination by President Buhari which resulted in the peaceful and level playing field that all candidates in the governorship election enjoyed before and during yesterday’s polls. This is in sharp contrast to the misuse of federal might by the federal government during the 2014 Ekiti governorship election. The federal government then used the military and other security agencies to hound, harass and harangue APC members who were then in opposition in Ekiti. Many including the present Minister of Information, Mr. Lai Mohammed were brutalised, arrested and detained with brazen impunity.

“This time around, security agents merely ensured that there was peace and security across Ekiti State which contributed to the peaceful and successful holding of the governorship election last Saturday.

“I have no doubt that the same enabling and equal playing field will be provided during the 2019 elections in Rivers State to enable the people to freely express their electoral choice unlike during the 2015 elections when federal power and massive violence were deployed to capture power for the PDP.

“It is noteworthy that not a single soul was lost in the Ekiti governorship elections under the Buhari-led federal government unlike in 2015 in Rivers State where the PDP federal government colluded with its Rivers State Chapter and governorship candidate to kill and maim over a thousand souls before, during and after that election.

“In 2019, it is important to re-emphasise that APC and the people of Rivers State will never allow thunder strike twice in the same place,” Ojukaye declared.

Hon. Ojukaye Flag-Amachree lauded the deployment of technology by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which contributed to the successful outcome of the Ekiti governorship election. He thanked Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for leading the party to victory shortly after becoming the national chairman of the party.

“The victory of APC in Ekiti governorship election is a political statement by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole that 2019 will be victory all the way for APC. In less than a month after becoming the national chairman of APC, Ekiti State is already in the kitty,” Ojukaye concluded.

 

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Unique Father of the Year 2018 Award: I’ll Continue in Acts of Charity – Obuah

Posted on July 15, 2018. Filed under: Press Release |

Unique Father of the Year 2018 Award: I’ll Continue in Acts of Charity – Obuah

The Rivers State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bro. Felix Obuah has dedicated the Unique Father of the Year, 2018 Award conferred on him by the Christian Men’s Fellowship of St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Emohua, in Emohua Local Government Area, Rivers State to the Almighty God with a pledge to continue to propagate the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Bro. Obuah, who stated this shortly after receiving the award on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, said he would seize every opportunity given to him by God to show love and affection to humanity, saying he finds it joyful and satisfying putting smiles on the faces of people, knowing that God delights in showing love to His people.

The PDP Chairman said he has since learnt that every act of benevolence shown to mankind is richly rewarded by God, adding that it gave him the conviction and motivation to do more.

“There is no better way of preaching the gospel of salvation to the poor and needy in society than to express it in practical terms, through acts of charity, love and benevolence.  That is what I will continue to do, through His grace, where I draw my strength”, Bro. Obuah stated.

The State PDP Chairman, who is also the Sole Administrator of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), thanked the leadership of the Christian Men’s Fellowship of the church for finding him worthy of the award and expressed his readiness to support any venture geared towards promoting the gospel.

Earlier, while presenting the award to Bro. Obuah, the President of the Fellowship, Sir. C.E. Obinna, commended the State PDP Chairman for what he called his tireless benevolence to mankind and urged people who have been blessed by God to use such resources to show love to others.

Sir Obinna said it was on that premise that the Fellowship and indeed the entire church found Bro. Obuah deserving of the Unique Father of the Year 2018 Award and that the honour is in appreciation of the unrelentless gesture and demonstration of his passion for charity.

“We have carefully followed your antecedents that you not only preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ for the salvation of soul of humanity, but use the resources given to you by God to bless people, irrespective of denomination, tribe or status.

“These acts of yours have contributed immensely to the growth of the church and society hence we urge you to keep it up for Heaven will remain your limit and posterity will be kind to you”, he declared.

 

 

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