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April Poll; Sylva Dismisses Thisday/Ipsos Predictions

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Bayelsa State Governor, Chief Timipre Sylva, has dismissed  result of  the opinion poll published by THISDAY/IPSOS, which predicted a possible loss of the state in the gubernatorial elections to an opposition party, as “a joke taken too far.”

A statement issued in Yenagoa by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Doifie Ola, and mae available to The Tide Correspondent in the State, said it was illogical for the poll organisers to have arrived at a verdict the obvious conditions to the contrary.

Sylva’s argument was predicated on the facts that since the President is from the state and as former governor, it is not possible that his party currently ruling the state will loose to another during any action fairly conducted.

 “Bayelsa is the home state of the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, and it is not likely that the President and his party would lose the governorship election in the state to an opposition party, when there is no disconnect between him and his roots”, the statement said.

“Jonathan was the Governor of the state, who handed over to the incumbent governor to answer a call to higher responsibility. Both men belong to the same party, PDP, and they are at peace with themselves and the people, as was evident in the result of the 13 January 2011 PDP Presidential primary in Abuja,” it continued.

“Besides, 99 per cent of all elected officials of government at the state and federal levels are members of PDP. Every observer of politics in the state knows that PDP is the only active party here. The rest are mainly renegade parties that exist on the airwaves and on the pages of newspapers.

“The decision of THISDAY/IPSOS to award a state like Bayelsa to a party that is just a few month’s old in the state, and that has virtually no structures at all levels of government here, therefore, beats every political imagination. It insults political sensibilities not only in Bayelsa, but also among all watchers of politics in Nigeria,” the statement added.

Sylva concluded that the poll organised by THISDAY/IPSOS, and published in the THISADY edition of Monday, 20 March, 2011, was meant to embarrass the President because there was nothing on ground indicating any serious opposition to PDP in Bayelsa State.

“This Governorship candidate to whom the state was awarded suffers a complete lack of touch with the people. Compared to Governor Sylva who commands a solid political base, and has been widely endorsed by all active political forces in the state – President Jonathan, leaders of thought, labour, students, traditional rulers, ex-militants, youths, women, elders and founding fathers of the state, etc; this other candidate has no political base whatsoever”, the statement declared.

It stressed further that “Governor Sylva has performed creditably well on practically all imaginable spheres – health, education, infrastructure, power, agriculture, accountability, name it – in this first tenure and the Bayelsa people will surely return him for a second term. So we wonder where THISDAY/IPSOS conducted the poll that gave the result they published”.

Bayelsa State is one of the states where a Federal High Court in Abuja recently ruled that governorship elections should not hold this year because the governors were yet to complete their tenure. But the statement said even if that order were overturned, Sylva would still win the poll.

“We consider it very disgraceful that THISDAY would lend itself to this falsehood and grievous attack on the political sensibilities of Nigerians. At a time like this, when virtually every valuable institution of our democracy is under assault by various selfish interests, we would have expected THISDAY to remain a dependable ally of the people and society’s bulwark against the desecrations of self-seeking men.

“But we are afraid, THISDAY has joined the vandals. This is unfortunate,” the statement concluded.

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Rivers Police Burst Car Snatching Syndicate

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The Rivers State Police Command says it has arrested an alleged member of car theft syndicate who specialises in robbing bolt drivers in the state and its environs.
In a press statement in Port Harcourt, the state capital, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Nnamdi Omoni said that operatives of Octopus Strike Force on September 15, 2021, at about 1750hrs, arrested one Nnali Osita, a 21-year-old member of a notorious car snatching syndicate that specialises in robbing Bolt/Uberdrivers in the state.
The statement said, that “while solving a case of car snatching reported by one Yusuf Ogunshola ‘m’, a Bolt driver who was hired from Effurun in Delta State to Port Harcourt, only to be taken to Abel Jumbo Street in Mile 2,Diobu, Port Harcourt, where two other members were already waiting”.
The statement further stated that the Bolt driver,on arrival, was attacked at gunpoint and dispossessed of his personal belongings, including withdrawing the sum of N87,000 from his bank account, adding that he was thereafter locked in a toilet belonging to a new generation church on the same street.
“In the course of our investigation, operatives got some clues which ultimately led them to Gambia Street in Diobu, where they had perfected plans to sell the said car. However, on sighting the police, they abandoned the car, and took to flight but the suspect; Nnali Osita was not lucky, as he was arrested, while others escaped.
“Meanwhile, efforts have been intensified to ensure that the fleeing gang members are arrested and their operational weapons recovered.
“The Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka has vowed to come hard on all miscreants in the state, and is hereby advising all Bolt/Uber or anybody in the transportation business to be circumspect and shun all mouth-watering offers; being the antics deployed by these criminals to attack their victims.” the statement added.

By: Akujobi Amadi

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Federal Varsity Admits 2,423 Students,Holds 10th Matriculation

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The Federal University, Otuoke in Bayelsa State has admitted new 2,423 students for its 2021/2022 academic session.
This was made known to newsmen at the weekend during the 10th matriculation ceremony of the institution.
The Tide learnt that the Federal University, Otuoke was amongst the 12 universities established during the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
In his matriculation speech, the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Teddy Charles Adias cautioned the matriculants against engaging in nefarious activities as students.
He charged students to be serious with their academics, noting that the institution is described as a ‘Family University, just as he added that the school has more than ever become a grooming ground for intellectuals.
“Students of this university are groomed and trained in both intellectual and in character. You’re here to learn, but that you’ve done your matriculation doesn’t mean it’s the end.
“As students members of this family university, you should be Ambassadors of this institution wherever you find yourselves in both learning and character”, he said.
“No nation can develop without a good and competitive intellectual base,. And that is why this Family University was set up to amongst others be part of sister institutions that would build and develop the needed intellectual capacities for our development as a nation”, he added.
The Tide reports that the university admitted freshers into all of its six existing Faculties of Management Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences as well as Engineering and Education.
“A total of 5,692 persons applied for admission for the session, but out of these, a total of 2,423 were selected and granted admission, after going through all the required academic processes needed as qualifications for admission as students members of the university”, the Vice Chancellor said.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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Police Move To Secure Abducted Doctor, Ex-Senator’s Release

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The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 6, Usman Gomna, has ordered investigation into the abduction of a medical doctor, Nsidibe Umana and former-Akwa Ibom senator, Nelson Effiong.
The AIG’s order is coming even as the command said that it had put in place a crack team to trail the abductors of the two victims.
Nelson Effiong, a former senator representing Akwa Ibom South Senatorial district, was abducted on Sunday, September 5, 2021 while relaxing in his sit-out along Oron Road; while the medical doctor was abducted in his compound in Orukaman Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.
The AIG gave the charge last Friday while responding to a request by the chairman of the state chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association, Dr. Ime Sylvester Udoh, during a meeting with security stakeholders in the state.
Dr. Udoh had raised the alarm over the abduction of the medical doctor and had also called on the Police to rescue the victim alive.
Responding, the AIG said, “Before I came here, I have directed the CP of the command, Andrew Amiengheme, to intensify efforts to see how he can be rescued.”
He reiterated the commitment of the zone in tackling crime and criminality and called on stakeholders to continue to cooperate with the Police by revealing useful information that could help in tackling the crime rate in the states.
Speaking further on the kidnapped medical doctor, the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, Andrew Amiengheme, said a manhunt had already been put in place to effect the release of the doctor.
“Our men are in the field to ensure the release of that young doctor. Unfortunately, the abductors are asking for N20m and where will the family get that kind of money?
“That is part of the societal problems, and we are asking the stakeholders to quickly expose and not to give them a cover,” Amiengheme said.
On the abduction of the ex-senator, the CP said, “We’re very much on top of the situation. Care must be taken to protect his life in the first instance.
“We must not do anything that will jeopardise his life, a lot has been done, we are observing some restraints so that he is not killed and his perpetrators brought to book.”

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