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Nwodo Vows To Rebuild PDP …Dissolves Reform Forum

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The rubble of the twin bungalow belonging to Dr Nwaedozie Aneke, which was destroyed last Saturday at Eneka, Port Harcourt

The rubble of the twin bungalow belonging to Dr Nwaedozie Aneke, which was destroyed last Saturday at Eneka, Port Harcourt

Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) new Chairman, in Abuja yesterday declared his commitment to build a new era in the party that would “reconnect Nigerians back to the government in power.”

Nwodo made the declaration during the formal assumption of office at the party headquarters.

According to him, his leadership is out to effect change in the country’s polity through a people oriented government.

Nwodo said that the well-being of the ruling party was the well-being of Nigerians.

“If it is well with PDP it is well with Nigeria. If it is well with Nigeria it is well with Africa as a continent,” Nwodo said.

The chairman observed that the current disconnect between Nigerians and their government could only be rejuvenated by the ruling party.

“PDP is a winning party but Nigerians detested its winning, therefore the party must work hard to regain the confidence of Nigerians to believe in the party as the livewire of political democracy in the country,” he said.

He expressed his joy on the opportunity given to him to work alongside President Goodluck Jonathan who also believes in change and had remained committed to the sustenance of democracy as well as delivery of free and fair elections.

He said the party officials would give the president the necessary support that would make him succeed on his promises to the people.

“We are deeply committed to a free and fair election in order to win back the confidence of Nigerians as a party,” he added.

Nwodo said that PDP leadership under him was not going to invent “a new thing” to regain people’s confidence but would only concentrate on fulfilling old promises made based on sincerity.

According to him, leaders must always be sincere to the people.

He, however, commended the members of the National Working Committee (NWC), saying they were men of good character and commendable background that would help PDP to the next level of landmark achievements.

Meanwhile, he called on the NWC and other party organs to accord him necessary support given to his predecessor Prince Vincent Ogbulafor while in office.

He also eulogised late President Musa Yar’Adua “as a man of great vision and mission” saying the late president’s philosophy in good governance would guide his operation as the new chairman of the party.

Nwodo also promised an undaunted support of the party under his administration to President Jonathan to assist his dream of giving Nigeria a formidable hope for the future.

Also, he called on the media to support his administration and the party through a well articulated reportage of party activities.

In his address, Deputy National Chairman Bello Mohammed said that the choice of Nwodo to lead the party was ordained by God.

Mohammed, who was the Acting Chairman of the party since the exit of Ogbulafor from office, said that Nwodo was not a new hand in PDP administration as the former National Secretary of the party.

“He is an experienced politician of repute. He was a former governor in Enugu State as well as an experienced party leader,” he added.

He promised unreserved loyalty to the new chairman as well as the president.

“We are going to work with you in good faith because we believe in your leadership,” he said.

Mohammed also assured the new Chairman of a strong and cohesive party that stood to be beaten during the 2011 general election.

“PDP is still a strong party and ever remained the choice of the people across the nation. Therefore the leadership of the party under this experienced chairman will add value in order to deliver goodwill to Nigerians,” he said.

It would be recalled that Nwodo became the chairman of PDP at the 51st National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja.

Meanwhile, the PDP on Friday announced the dissolution of the PDP Reform Forum.

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Governor Wike Releases N450M To 2019 Presidential Election Violence Victims In Abonnema

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The State Chief Executive Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has released the sum of Four hundred and fifty million naira to the victims of the 2019 Presidential election violence in Abonnema.
Speaking during  a meeting preparatory to giving out the cash, Governor Wike  said the gesture is in fulfilment of his promise to the people of Abonnema  at the Church service to honour those who lost their lives, the injured and those who lost properties during the crisis.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government Dr. Tammy Wenike  Danagogo, Governor Wike said no amount of money could adequately compensate the people for the harrowing experience they suffered in the hands of the Nigerian Army, stating that he appreciates the support and commitment of the People of  Akuku Toru Local Government Area before, during and after the elections. He said he would continue to execute programmes that would positively impact on the lives of the people of the  Area.
He assured them that the second phase of the Abonnema ring road would be commissioned before the end of June, stressing that the contractor has been fully paid.
According to him in the face of the Covid 19 Pandemic he has continued to stand by the People of the State by taking practical steps not only to protect Rivers People but to also provide palliatives to bring succour to the vulnerable and less privileged unlike the   selfish politicians in other political  parties who only visit the people to solicit for votes during elections but do not have the interest of the people at heart.
In his remarks the Amayanabo of Abonnema King Disrael  Gbobo Bobmanuel thanked  Governor Wike for fulfilling his promise to the Abonnema People, noting that the Governor has proven over the years that his word is his bond.
According to him the Governor is a man worthy of trust and support because he has fulfilled all his promises to the Abonnema People. He Advised beneficiaries to make judicious use of the Money the Governor has graciously given to them.
Earlier the Chairman of Akuku Toru Local Government Area Hon. Roland Sekibo who said he is still traumatized by the events that took place during the Presidential election in 2019 expressed gratitude to Governor Wike for his kind gesture, stressing that the People of his Local Government Area would continue to support the Governor in his quest to improve the lives of Rivers People.
Also speaking one of the beneficiaries Mr  Minamiango Romeo  who sustained gunshot injuries  expressed gratitude to Governor Wike for not abandoning them in their time of need and promised to continue to support his Administration and the leaders of the Local Government Area.
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PROBE: EFCC Should Stop Media Trial – Rivers State Government

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The Rivers State Government says its attention has been drawn to a fresh wave of media trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the officials of the state.

According  to a statement issued by the state Commissioner for information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, “the latest attempt contained in today’s edition( May 24,2020)of The Nation Newspaper alleged that the State Government has refused to release top officials for interrogation in connection to the withdrawal of N118 billion in cash between 2015 and 2018.

 

“We have repeatedly said that the State Government will not release its officials to the EFCC for investigations until the commission approaches the Court  to set aside Subsisting orders of perpetual  injunction granted by various courts of competent jurisdiction restraining the EFCC from investigating or inquiring into the financial transactions of the Rivers  State Government including its ministries, departments and  agencies.

 

“In view of these  Subsisting judgments, it would amount  to an act of brazen  illegality for the EFCC to  insist  on  interrogating  any official OF the Rivers State Government.
For the avoidance of doubt, no official of the Rivers State Government would appear before the EFCC until the subsisting judgments in favour of the Rivers State Government are set aside on appeal.

“Resorting to the Media can only be described as cheap blackmail and witch-hunt to turn away public attention from the development strides in the State.

“This media trial that they engage in all the time will not take the place of our extant laws no matter how hard they try.

“The EFCC should stop playing to the gallery and pursue its war against corruption within the ambits of the law.

 

“Rivers State Government is committed to the Rule of Law and cannot be intimidated by the EFCC.

“Those who want to use the EFCC to promote their political agenda in the State will fail because we know their antics.

“Targeting Rivers State for this occasional media trial should be seen by the public for what it is, “political witch-hunt,” the statement said.

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Rivers Records 27 New Coronavirus Cases …Manager Of Prodest Hotel Among The New Cases

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Rivers State has recorded 27 new positive coronavirus  cases.

A statement signed by the Rivers state Ministry of Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, disclosed that the Manager of Prodest Hotel, Eleme is among the new positive cases.

According to the statement, the latest development validates the State Government’s proactive approach towards the fight against COVID-19.

Recall that Prodest Hotel was demolished two weeks ago because the owners violated Executive Order 7 which banned the operation of hotels.

The COVID-19 Taskforce members from the Local Government who went to enforce the Executive Order were brutalized and dehumanised leading to the death of one of them.

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