For former Rivers State
Commissioner for Special Duties and a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya has lent his support for the zoning of the governorship position to the Rivers South-East Senatorial District.
Hon. Ikanya who stated this in a telephone interview with The Tide said his party was yet to take decision on the matter as it had not concluded arrangements for the constitution of State Working Committees in the 36 states of the country.
He however expressed optimism that he party would maintain the zoning of the governorship position among the three Senatorial districts in the state.
He said, the next governor of the state should come from Rivers State South-East Senatorial District of the State for the sake of equity and fair play.
He noted that, Dr. Peter Odili comes from Rivers-West Senatorial district, while the incumbent Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi comes from Rivers East Senatorial district.
On APC structure in the state, Chief Ikanya said, presently, there was no executive structure in any of the 36 states including Rivers State, apart from Anambra State where temporary executive was selected in respect of the State gubernatorial election coming up in November 2013.
Chief Ikanya also announced the using of pilot group in Rivers State into APC party.
Chief Ikanya, who is also the leader of group, said the group joined the newly party APC, because of its keen observance that APC would take over the leadership of country from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He called on Rivers people to join the party, as PDP lost its glory in all most all the states across the federation.
Also speaking the former State Chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) Mr. Esuku E. Essuku said, the governorship position should be zoned to Rivers South-East Senatorial District since the other two had had their slots.
Meanwhile, Mr. Esuku has called on the public to disregard any group or persons parading themselves as the leadership of APC in Rivers State saying that presently APC has no executive structure to be called State Working Committee (NWC) in all the State, apart from Anambra State, where temporary Committee was set up for gubernatorial election.
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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