Abia State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it has not formed any alliance with incumbent governor. Chief Theodore Orji, for any electoral purposes, warning that it would punish members who allegedly have been campaigning for the re-election of the governor using the PDP platform.
The party stated this Tuesday when it dissociated itself from a group known as PDP Ochendo Re-run or Abia Re-union which the party claimed was canvassing for support for the re-election of Orji in the name of PDP. Governor Theodore Orji is of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA).
Chairman of Abia PDP, Chief Ndidi Okereke, told newsmen at the Ojike Street office of the party in Umuahia that the PDP Ochendo Re-run or Aba Re-union led by one Chief Allen Nwachukwu does not have the mandate of PDP leadership at any level to canvass for the re-election of the governor under the umbrella of the party.
Okereke said the activities of the group have caused and continues to cause Abia PDP faithful and its leadership “great consternation and embarrassment”.
“Abia State PDP hereby dissociates itself from this fraudulent contraption designed to confuse Abians and malign the leadership of our party. For the avoidance of doubt, Chief T.A. Orji is not a member of PDP and there is no alliance with him and his party for any electoral purposes at all!”, Okereke stressed.
The party, therefore, alerted its members and the public to beware of “such antics”, which according to the Abia PDP boss would “assume more desperate dimensions as the next election approaches, in their bid to white-wash the bad governance in the state”.Okereke said the party has initiated disciplinary measures against all PDP members involved in the campaign for the re-election of Governor Orji, using the PDP platform, insisting that they were deceiving party faithful and teeming Abians.
He said that PDP was big enough to accommodate everybody wishing to join the party, adding that Orji would be welcome should he decide to join PDP.
Orji himself has often said that he was under pressure to cross over to PDP but has resolved to remain in PPA.
As at press time, Chief Allen Nwachukwu could not be reached for his reaction.
Bayelsa Assembly Committee on Environment To Curb Unlawful Sand Dredging Activities.
With various complaints and pettitions by communities impacted by the activities of illegal sand dredging and mining in the Bayelsa State, the state House of Assembly has organised a public hearing on a bill to regulate the operations of sand dredging to ensure that the environment is not adversely impacted on.
The bill tagged ” Regulation of Sand Dealing and Dredging Operations Bill 2019″ according to the House Committee on Environment is aimed at gathering inputs from experts, technocrats and the public in order to formulate a people-friendly bill that will serve the best interest of Bayelsans.
The House Committee Chairman on Environment and member representing Nembe Constituency one, Hon. Ebi Ben Ololo noted that the public hearing became necessary on the need to remediate the environment and tackle the challenges posed by sand dredging operations in the state.
” The importance of this bill cannot be overemphasized because it can save lives. You are aware a number of times so many communities and their representatives have sent pettitions to this House, specifically the Chairman House Committee on Environment as per the environmental degradation that has taken place as regards the illegal sand dealing and dredging activities in various communities all around the state”, he said.
“With those number of complains and pettitions we thought it wise to put up a bill to take care of those issues. Most important thing is that we all know that public hearing is a mechanism by which parliamentary Committees obtain information, deal with the information obtained and also exchange views with experts and the public so as to fine-tune whatever bill there is for the public hearing to come up with a top class bill that will be people- friendly and also save lives of the people in Bayelsa”, he added.
” Lots of suggestions, contributions, opinions and interactions have been made as regards this very important bill, like we have assured the representatives of the various groups that we will go back in our committee, look at those very important areas where they have suggested and also fine tune the bill. So that in no distant time we will come up with a very formidable bill that will stand the test of time. That the people will benefit from”, Ololo reassured.
He lauded participants for their insightful contributions and opinions during the public hearing, promising that the Committee would do justice to come up with a bill that would meet the expectations of Bayelsans.
In her contribution, House Chief Whip and member representing Yenagoa Constituency 2, Hon. Ebiowu Koku Obiyai lamented the deliberate connivance between communities and the sand dealers, warning that if nothing is done to regulate the activities of sand dredgers Bayelsa communities will be eroded away.
The House Whip also expressed concerns on the activities of companies carrying out dredging business near bridges and sued a delibrate efforts by all in order to save the bridges from collapse.
By Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.
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