Since the judgement of Justice Ishak Bello of Abuja High Court on Monday, April 15, which sacked the executive of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State,led by Chief Godpower U Ake,the people have protested in many ways.
The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) was the first to condemn the judgement,followed by the members of House of Representatives from the state,traditional rulers,Niger Delta Youth Leaders Council (NDYLC) and majority of members of the party.
Those who protested and condemned the judgement alleged that it fell short of being an empty judgement borne out of sycophantic wisdom designed to lure and lull the unwary into a false complacency and unprincipled expectation.
While majority of party members in the state vowed not to recognise the new party executive led by the former Ogba/ Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Chairman,Mr Felix Obuah,Chief G.U Ake said he would appeal the judgement.
Political analysts say they see the voice of Jacob but the hand of Esau in the whole political saga unfolding in the state, insisting that there are greater forces fighting behind the scene.
Some of the protests came to the fore last Friday,five days after the judgement was delivered when Chief Godpower U.Ake spoke as the chairmen of the 23 local government areas of the state visited him to identify with him and pledge their support.
Chief Ake informed them that he was not the target but Governor Chibuike Amaechi.
Ake noted that the plot was to remove and destroy the political structures built by Governor Amaechi whom he believed had done well in office.
The embattled PDP chairman regretted that some people who helped build the house are joining enemies to destroy the house they built.
According to him,”it is disheartening for people to build a house and turn round to destroy it.
“I met “Go Round”, Felix Obuah sometime in the past and he told me that Wike invited him to destroy Amaechi’s political structures. Wike is however, not alone in the fight against Amaechi. There are others at the top conspiring to destroy Amaechi’s structures”, he said.
He faulted the action of the National Executive Committee of the party for swearing in the Obuah-led exco in Abuja.
“The swearing in of an exco in Abuja is wrong, it has always been the responsibility of the governor to maintain peace. I’m not a violent man and I urge PDP supporters in the state to remain calm”.
He however, said the party was actually not the target but the Rivers State governor whom the arsenal was targeting at.
The Mayor of Port Harcourt, Mr Chimbiko Akarolo, who led other council chairmen to register their solidarity as members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON),said they were with Chief G.U Ake as the chairman of the PDP in the State.
Akarolo disclosed that they were very much concerned about the issue at stake in Rivers State, adding that they were aware that there was a judgement in Ake’s favour which had not been set aside and were also aware that the Ake-led executive had appealed the matter.
“As concerned PDP members, we frown against the unbecoming activities of disgruntled elements within the party who are bent on derailing the party. We have always seen you as a role model in the party, and in the present circumstance, we will remain calm and allow the law to take its course”,he said.
The Ogu Bolo Local Government council Chairperson,Hon Maureen Tamuno expressed confidence in Chief G U Ake as the chairman of the party in the State and pledged that members of ALGON would continue to stand behind the truth and always defend the mandate given to Ake and the Governor the Rivers State.
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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