A member representing Okrika Constituency in the Rivers state House of Assembly, Hon Linda Somiari Stewart, has enjoined the youths of Okrika Local Government Area of the state to channel their energies towards fruitful ventures that would better the cause of the society at large.
Hon Stewart gave the charge last Wednesday, when the Okrika United Football Club that won the 2009 edition of the state Governor’s Cup paid her a courtesy visit in her office in Port Harcourt.
She described football as an agent for societal development that could empower people to become role models to themselves and the society in general. She stated that with hard work and commitment, football could make people become international stars and celebrities.
The lawmaker who is also the House Committee Chairman on Culture, Tourism, Parks and Gardens told the 2009 Governor’s Cup champions that her decision to earmark the Okrika stadium as part of her constituency project was to contribute her quota in the development of sports in the area.
She regretted that since the exit of the likes of Adokiye Amasiemeka from the Super Eagles and other outstanding talents in other sports, the area had not produced any other sports personalities to make the local government proud.
The lawmaker therefore, urged young and up-coming football stars to bridge the gap created by the exit of football stars like Adokiye Amasiemeka who hail from Okrika by ensuring that they remain ambassadors of the area who are keen on making the area proud at all times.
The House Committee chairman on Culture, Tourism, Parks ad Gardens also advised them to make the Okrika national football stars their role models, adding that, “when there is commitment, people would surely come to their rescue”.
She congratulated members of the football club for making the local government proud by winning the Governor’s Cup and assured them of her support in future.
Earlier, in his speech, the coach of Okrika United Football Team, Mr. Blessing Harrison Iyo had said that they were in her office to present the Governor’s Cup to her.
He disclosed that the Governor’s Cup was sponsored by Shell Petroleum Development Company and competed for by the 23 local government areas of the state, stressing that the team snatched the trophy based on individual commitment of the players as the local government council did not sponsor them.
The WALGA United Football team coach thanked the lawmaker for her contributions to the development of the area, and assured her of their support.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of the trophy to the lawmaker by the coach of the football team.
Yakassai Wants North To Cede Presidency In 2023
An elder statesman, Tanko Yakassai, has said it will be unjust for Northern Nigeria to still demand the presidency in 2023.
The Tide source reports that there have been heated debates among stakeholders in the nation’s polity over power rotation between the North and the South ahead of the 2023 general elections.
At the moment, prominent northerners like the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal; and a former Senate President, Bukola Saraki appear to be interested in the 2023 presidency.
But Yakassai in reaction to the declaration of interest by some Northerners said while he is not a card-carrying member of any political party, it would be an injustice to the South for northerners to aspire for the presidency after the expiration of the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
He said, “How can it be that it is always us the Northerners that will rule? There is no justice in this matter, we rule, they (South) rule, that is justice.”
“I am wondering what the northerners will say to the people? What will they show to the citizens of Nigeria that they benefited or will benefit in order for them to give their votes?
“In the six to seven years, what have the northerners done? What achievement has the leadership accomplished that helped in the development of the country, its economy or any other development that helps the people?
“What major achievement do the northerners have that they can use to call upon all other Nigerians to give them votes again?”
The elder statesman said his interest in politics from the beginning had always been about justice, explaining that his support for President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, was to make sure Nigeria went with the method of letting any president run his second tenure after his first; just like he said earlier.
He said that if the first four years of the tenure were not enough for the president to accomplish his goals, then eight years would be enough for him as long as he had the plan on how to accomplish them.
Pastor Rejects Ortom’s Car Gift
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has recounted how Rev Samuel Alaha, who anointed him in 1992 with a prophecy that he would become governor of the state, rejected a car gift from him after the prophecy came to pass in 2015.
The governor, who made the disclosure, Sunday, during a sermon as the guest preacher at Faithway Gospel Ministries, Gboko, explained that he visited the cleric and presented the new car in appreciation but the vehicle was returned after a few days.
According to Ortom, even though Rev Alaha received the gift on the spot, he called after a few days to inform the governor that he appreciated the offer but begged to return it, saying he did not find it necessary.
Governor Ortom described the clergyman as a committed and true man of God whom he had known since 1980, lauding his zeal and commitment in service to the Almighty God.
Ortom pointed out that as Governor, he was determined to execute God’s counsel to people of the state at all times.
He admonished the congregation to seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and assured that “all other things will be added on to you.”
Governor Ortom also called on Christians to go back to the time when there was love towards one another “as it used to be in the past when we became Christians. True brotherly love is lacking today, that is why there seems to be conflict all the time.”
Touching on the unity in the family, the governor told couples to begin to show love towards one another to celebrate accommodation, tolerance and faith in God.
Ogun: PDP’ll Produce Next Gov – Ayu
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Iyorchia Ayu, has declared that the PDP would produce the next governor of Ogun State in 2023.
Ayu said considering the record, which according to him, shows that the PDP had produced the first PDP president in 1999, who hails from Ogun State, the state remains a PDP state.
Ayu said, this last Saturday while addressing a large crowd of PDP members at the party secretariat in Abeokuta.
Ayu, who was flanked by members of the national working committee, former governors, the leader of Ogun PDP, Oladipupo Adebutu, the State Chairman, Sikirullahi Ogundele, among others told the state Governor, Dapo Abiodun and the All Progressives Congress to prepare to leave the government for the PDP in 2023.
The chairman said the APC governments both at the federal and the states had made lives difficult for Nigerians, adding that it was time to vote the party out of power.
Ayu, who earlier held a private meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, said he would be returning to Ogun to mobilise PDP members across all levels, as part of efforts to unseat the APC in 2023.
He said, “I only came to greet my boss and our father, President Obasanjo. I didn’t know that all my people are here. I will come back to mobilise the people of Ogun State in every ward, in every local government because in 2023 we shall produce a PDP governor in Ogun State after which we shall produce a PDP president who will make things better for you.”
In his remarks, Adebutu, who is a PDP governorship aspirant, reiterated his commitment to the development of Ogun State.
He said, “I am sacrificing my comfort for you, not because I need something to eat but I want to create a better tomorrow for you. I will continue to sacrifice for you and I bring to you this sacrifice and this solution. Let us be together. Do you agree with me?”
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