The Chairman, Rivers Caucus in the House of Representatives, Hon Honourable Osita, has vowed that majority of members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State would not recognise the new executive of the party which a High Court in Abuja has caused to be inaugurated
Hon Osita, who represents Ahoada West and Ogba/ Egbema/ Ndoni Local Government Areas of Rivers State, said majority of members of the party in the state were not happy with the Abuja High Court judgement.
The lawmaker, who was speaking on Focus Nigeria programme on AIT yesterday said the Abuja court failed in many parameters while delivering her judgement, adding that the controversial judgement last Monday had caused division among the party members.
Hon Osita who was in company of the state Vice chairman, ALGON, Mr Oji Ngofa, said the Godspower Ake-led state PDP executive will appeal the judgement.
He believed that the court aired in many ways, especially, when it refused to address a motion of forgery before it, or examine a video clip of the state PDP congress as evidence, but went ahead to give judgement on the matter, based on affidavits tendered in court.
According to him, the National Working Committee of the party went ahead to inaugurate a team whereas only the Chairman, Mr Felix Obuah’s name was in the suit.
“How would the party inaugurate other persons when they were not part of the suit. It is only Felix Obuah who contested, now they have sworn in a team which were not included in the suit”,he said.
He noted that he and other members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would not recognise the new executive led by Felix Obuah because, he was not voted for at the last state congress.
Also speaking, said the action of the court posed serious moral questions, adding that the leadership of PDP at the National level needed to address the moral burden thrown up by the ugly development.
He asked how the youth who participated in the election of Ake received the inauguration of an executive they did not elect at the party state congress.
Apart from Honourable Osita, traditional rulers in the state, Association of Local Government of Nigeria(ALGON) and the state Government had all said they would not recognise the new executive of the party in the state.
It would be recalled that, a High Court in Abuja, the nation’s capital on Monday ruled in favour of Felix Obuah, who dragged Chief Godspower Ake to court.
It was also learnt that the Obuah along with 23 others were last Tuesday in Abuja sworn in as the recognised executive by the national executive of the party.
Meanwhile, Arising from the recent Abuja High Court judgement that sacked the Chief G.U Ake led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, the Association of Local Government of Nigeria of Nigeria (ALGON) Rivers State Chapter, says it will not recognise the newly inaugurated Executive of the PDP in the State.
ALGON stated this Wednesday during a press briefing addressed by the mayor of Port Harcourt, Hon. Chimbiko Akarolo with 16 council chairmen in attendance.
Hon. Akarolo said: “as the third tier of government and leaders of our great party in the council areas, we shall not accept or condone any illegal executive council to be foisted upon us.
He described the decision of an Abuja High Court as unfortunate and “bad luck” to democracy in country, stressing that they took part and voted for the Chief Godspower Ake led executive council of the party in the State and would not do any business with any other except one duly elected by the accredited by the accredited delegates.
The chairman said after a thorough analysis of recent political developments concerning the sustenance of democracy in the state resolved that there exist a calculated plan by a group of individuals to cause breakdown of law and order in Rivers State.
the elected council chairman further argued that the climax of the plot was executed by the sack of the duly elected PDP State Executive council and the illegal swearing in of a group that never contested election as the new executive members, relying on an Abuja High Court Judgment on whether they would leave the PDP the chairmen said they would not abandon their house for the sake of an intruder and denied engaging in anti party activities since an earlier court judgment on the matter has not been vacated.
We declare our unflinching support for Governor Amaechi and the Chief G.U. Ake led executive council while appealing to their supports to remain calm and law-abiding as the judgment is being contested at the High Court of Appeal.
90% Of Money Laundered Via Real Estate, EFCC Reveals
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says about 90 per cent of money laundering is done through the real estate sector.
The commission’s Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, stated this while featuring on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily, yesterday,
According to him, although the sector is monitored via the special control unit, more needed to be done.
According to Bawa, “One of the problems we have now is the real estate. 90 to 100 per cent of the resources are being laundered through the real estate.”
He said there are so many issues involved, but that they were working with the National Assembly to stop what he called “the gate keepers” as there would be reduction in looting if there is no one to launder the money.
Bawa, the EFCC boss, gave an example of a minister who expressed interest in a $37.5million property a bank manager put up for sale.
He said, “The bank sent a vehicle to her house and in the first instance $20million was evacuated from her house.
“They paid a developer and a lawyer set up a special purpose vehicle, where the title documents were transferred into.
“And he (the lawyer) is posing as the owner of the property. You see the problem. This is just one of many; it is happening daily.”
The EFCC chairman also revealed that he receives death threats often.
Asked to respond to President Muhammadu Buhari’s frequent “Corruption is fighting back” expression, Bawa said he was in New York, USA, last week, when someone called to threaten him.
“Last week, I was in New York when a senior citizen received a phone call from somebody that is not even under investigation.
“The young man said, ‘I am going to kill him (Bawa), I am going to kill him’.
“I get death threats. So, it is real. Corruption can fight back,” he said.
On corruption in the civil service, he said there were a lot of gaps, especially in contracts processing, naming “emergency contracts” as one.
Bawa said, “A particular agency is notorious for that. They have turned all their contracts to emergency contracts.”
However, he said, EFCC has strategies in place to check corruptions, one of which is “corruption risk assessments of MDAs”.
According to him, “I have written to the minister and would soon commence the process of corruption risk assessments of all the parastatals and agencies under the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to look at their vulnerability to fraud and advise them accordingly.”
Asked if the scope of corruption in the country overwhelms him, Bawa, the EFCC boss said, “Yes, and no.”
We’ve Spent N9bn To Upgrade RSUTH, Wike Confirms
The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, says his administration has spent N9billion in upgrading structures and installation of new equipment at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH).
He said the fact that 40 per cent of the 2021 budget of the state is dedicated to provision of quality healthcare delivery was a further demonstration of the priority placed on the sector.
Wike made the explanation at the foundation laying ceremony for the construction of a Renal Centre at RSUTH, last Friday.
The governor said he made promise to Rivers people that the best would be provided to them in all sectors of the society within his capability because of the mandate they gave to him.
“As we came on here, I just looked around and I see the changes in this teaching hospital. I can say that we have put not less than N9billion in this teaching hospital.
“If you look at the budget, the health sector alone, what it’s taking from the Rivers State Government is not less than 40 percent of the 2021 budget.”
Speaking further, Wike said the state government cannot afford to implement free medical service programme in the present economic circumstance.
While dismissing the request for a subvention for RSUTH, Wike, however, commended the chief medical director and his team for their commitment to turnaround the fortunes of RSUTH.
“I have never seen anywhere that health services can be totally free. They’re telling me that people who come here can’t pay. I have never declared that this state is going to take over the health fees of anybody.”
Also speaking, the former Minister of Transport, Dr. Abiye Sekibo, who performed the flag-off, noted that Wike’s achievements in the health sector in particular, surpass what former governors of the state had done.
Sekibo said that the governor has given equal attention to every section of the health sector by providing complete health infrastructure that was positioning the state as a medical tourism destination in Nigeria.
Earlier, the Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Prof Princewill Chike, lauded Governor Nyesom Wike for his interest in the health of Rivers people.
He noted that the renal centre, when completed, would become another landmark development project in the health sector that would handle and manage all kidney-related ailments.
In his remarks, the Chief Medical Director of the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Friday Aaron, commended Wike for approving the renal centre.
Aaron explained that chronic kidney disease was a major burden globally with estimated 14 million cases in Nigeria.
According to him, over 240,000 of these cases require renal replacement therapy in the form of dialysis and renal transplant.
The CMD said the building that would house the centre was expected to be completed in six months and consists of two floors.
The ground floor, according to him, would house the haemodialysis unit with eight haemodialysis machines.
He further explained that the first floor of the centre would house the surgical component where most of the sophisticated equipment for kidney transplant would be installed.
Aaron said Wike has released the funds required to build, equip the centre as well as for the training of personnel locally and internationally.
Power Generation Falls 23% To 3,172MW
Power supply in Nigeria has failed to improve on last week’s performance, as it fell by 22.9 per cent from peak generation of 4,115Megawatts on Saturday to 3,172.20MW as at 5pm, yesterday, latest data from the System Operator has shown.
According to the data, most power plants were operating far below capacity due to gas shortage with Olorunsogo Power Plant 335MW capacity; and Sapele Power Plant, 450MW capacity; completely out.
Egbin was generating at 746MW; Omoku 37.20; Omotosho (NIPP) at 105MW; while Afam was generating at 80MW.
The data showed that on the average power generation in the past seven days were 4,120.9MW on Sunday, June 6; 4,249.4 on Monday, June 7; 4,000.9MW on Tuesday, June 8; 3,720.7 on Wednesday, June 9; 3,517 on Thursday, June 10; 3,765MW on Friday, June 11; and 4,115MW on Saturday, June 12.
The International Oil Companies (IOCs), had last warned that despite Nigeria’s huge gas reserves a lot needs to be done to attract investment to the sector to develop gas reserves to boost power generation in the country.
Speaking at the just concluded Nigeria International Petroleum Summit, the Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria/MD SPDC, Osagie Okunbor, said with 203trillion Cubic Feet of gas reserves, what was needed in the country is to deliver projects that would produce the gas.
“The challenge is not just growing the reserves but in producing these reserves for the benefits of our country. Essentially growing the reserves and delivering on the production is a function of two or three elements.
“I like to see infrastructure that is required for the development of these resources at two levels. Soft infrastructure is often the one that is more important than and that is the one that is actually drives most of what you see at site.”
“Soft infrastructure refers to the enabling environment and nothing pleases me as much seeing both the Senate President and the speaker of the house give very firm commitments about trying to pass the PIB this month.
“That is probably the big one of the enabling environment to provide the kind of stability we also need all sorts of other issues we need to that we have discussed severally in terms of sanctity of contract, stable policies and collaboration and I think we are well on our way there”, he added.
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