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Rivers PDP Crisis Deepens As Another Faction Emerges

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Senate President David Mark (right) speaking at the breaking of Ramadan fast by Senators at his residence in Abuja last Wednesday Night. With him are Sen.Ganiyu   Solomon (left), and Leader of Senate, Sen. Victor Ndoma-Egba.

Senate President David Mark (right) speaking at the breaking of Ramadan fast by Senators at his residence in Abuja last Wednesday Night. With him are Sen.Ganiyu Solomon (left), and Leader of Senate, Sen. Victor Ndoma-Egba.

The crisis in the Rivers State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday deepened following the emergence of a factional camp, which has secured an office in the state capital.
The Tide gathered that the new faction of PDP will soon commence activities, with the inauguration of its local government party chairmen ahead of the party primaries.
The new development is a follow up to the suspension of some founding members of the party who were rumoured to be nursing the ambition to contest the governorship ticket in the forthcoming primary of the party.
The Tide learnt that two members of the party, former transport commissioner in Rivers State, Hon Elemchukwu Obowu and former administrative officer of PDP in the state, Chief Lolo Ibieneye were suspended two months ago by the Brother Felix Obuah-led leadership of the PDP due to their position on zoning of governorship in the state.
The duo had kicked against an Ikwerre candidate in the next primary of the party, alleging that the party has been hijacked by the Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike, and his stooges.
Since their suspension, things have not been normal in the party in the state.
Our investigation shows that both Obowu and Ibieneye have demanded for an Ijaw or Riverine candidate after the present tenure of Governor Chibuike Amaechi, who they said emerged as an upland governor.
But in reaction to this, the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday said that the Obuah-led leadership is still in charge, describing the move to factionalise the party as a criminal and crude attempt to blackmail the party.
The state Chairman of the PDP, Bro Felix Obuah, who stated this in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Jerry Needam, yesterday, said such plot cannot succeed because the PDP is democratically intact and does not have any internal squabbles.
Obuah, in the statement, warned against any act aimed at causing crisis in the state, stressing that both High Court and Appeal Court judgements recognizing him as the only constitutionally elected PDP chairman in the state still subsist.
The PDP state chairman stressed that the only State Secretariat of the party still remains No 23, Aba Road, Port Harcourt, warning that any person or group of persons parading as PDP state executive members except the one he superintends will be visited with the full wrath of the law.
He urged security agencies to be alive to their responsibilities by nipping any clandestine act aimed at  plunging the party and the state into another round of crisis in the bud to stave a political storm in the state.
“The PDP as a law abiding party will not succumb to blackmail and will stop at nothing to suspend members working against the interest of the party”, he said, warning “those behind the plot to desist forthwith’’.

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RSG Alerts On Orchestrated Media Campaign

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The Rivers State Government has raised alarm over alleged moves by some critics of the government to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the state government.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, yesterday, reads, “The Rivers State Government is aware of clandestine plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the government of Governor Nyesom Wike.
“This is as a result of the intimidating sterling performance of Governor Wike in infrastructure, healthcare, education, agriculture, rural transformation, housing development, administration of justice, social welfare and sports development.
“This orchestrated campaign spearheaded by a defeated and dumped governorship aspirant of the APC, Dr. Dakuku Peterside is designed to portray the government of Governor Wike as one that is not meeting the developmental aspirations of Rivers people.
“However, the uncommon transformation of the 23 local government areas as witnessed during the last six years of projects commissioning and flag off shows clearly that Governor Wike is actually meeting the yearnings of the people.
“The fact that Rivers people that turn out en mass at the various projects sites to heartily welcome their beloved governor and his guests drawn from all political divides is a clear indication that Rivers people can no longer be swayed by cheap politically induced blackmail.
“The truth of the matter is that the APC government that boasted that Governor Wike will not see money to pay workers’ salaries and execute projects has been humbled by the revolution in governance currently witnessed in the state.
“Instead of people like Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his acolytes to eat the humble pie, they are busy looking for cheap popularity through sponsored appearances in the media.
“No matter how hard these detractors push their propaganda, Governor Wike will never be distracted in executing his social contract with the people of Rivers State.
“In the next few weeks, more projects that have direct bearing to the lives of Rivers people will be unveiled.
“Governor Wike’s promise to continue working as if this is his first tenure and not abandon any project remains sacrosanct.
“Rivers people are watching those whose stock in trade is to dance naked and pray that they continue as merchants of mischief, falsehood and baseless allegations.”
“The people of Rivers State love Governor Wike whose outstanding achievements in salvaging the state from the dearth of basic infrastructural development required for speedy socioeconomic transformation has received national and international applause.
“Therefore, no amount of negative propaganda by the failed APC can diminish the legacy of Governor Wike in Rivers State.
“Rather than launder the thoroughly battered image of the APC, such media appearances by Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his cohorts will further expose APC’s penchant for lies and deception which is now a public knowledge.
“The former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, has confirmed that Governor Wike is the best Rivers State has produced.
“’I have been there. And I make bold to say Governor Nyesom Wike, you are the best,’ Dr. Odili said.
“Odili’s comment serves as an answer to those masquerading as informed commentators with puerile and suffocating commentaries”, the statement added.

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Bandits In Trouble As Super Tucano Aircraft Arrives

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The first batch of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft has arrived in Kano, yesterday, at about 12.34 pm.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed the arrival of the fighter aircraft in a statement.
“On hand to receive the aircraft were the Hon. Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen Bashir Magashi (rtd); Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Farouk Yahaya; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao”, he said.

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We’ve No Patience With Failure, Oyedepo Lashes Out At Sacked Pastors

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The General Overseer and Founder of The Living Faith Church International also known as Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has reacted to the recent sack of over 40 pastors by the church.
One of the affected Pastors, Peter Godwin, took to social media, claiming they were sacked for not generating enough income.
Godwin, who was in one of the church’s branches in Ekiti State, had claimed, “I was told by the management that the church doesn’t operate at a loss.
“They also told me that the total income that is being generated from my station should be able to cater for my welfare and accommodation, so as a result of low income, I’m hereby dismissed.”
Reacting to the allegation in a video posted on the social media, Oyedepo said the sack of the pastors was not about money, adding that the latter were sacked as a result of their failure and the church “has no patience with failure.
“Money? Nonsense! We have never lacked it, and yet, we have never prayed for it.
“We are just simply obeying God, and He is backing up what He is asking us to do. Awesome God,” he noted.
On those criticising the sack, the GO said, “People are confused about our ministry. I learnt some fellows said, you know, they are not bringing income, that is why they asked them to go”.
He added, “We asked you to go because you are unfruitful. Unfruitful! Blatant failure. Doing what there? We have no patience with failure here.
“When we employed 7,000 people at a time, social media was dead.
“We have more employees in this organisation than most of the states. No one is owed a dime salary and we don’t borrow, we don’t beg. Ask our bank whether we take overdraft.
“We are covenant bound, working in the light of God’s word, enjoying an open Heaven.”

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