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Re-Run Polls: Wike Woos Rivers Voters …As PDP Trains 5,000 LG, Ward Agents



Secretary to Rivers State Government, Hon Kenneth Kobani (left) and Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr Musa Kimo, during the ground breaking ceremony of the new Law Centre of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Port Harcourt branch in Port Harcourt, recently

Secretary to Rivers State Government, Hon Kenneth Kobani (left) and Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr Musa Kimo, during the ground breaking ceremony of the new Law Centre of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Port Harcourt branch in Port Harcourt, recently

The Executive Governor of Rivers State, Chief  Nyesom  Wike, has warned Rivers people never to make mistake of not returning the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the next re run elections in the state.
Governor Wike who gave the warning at the Ground-Breaking ceremony of Rumuwoji Market,(Mile One Market) Phase two said the present administration must make progress in all its projects in the state.
The Governor assured that his administration would fulfill all promises made during his electioneering campaign, and appealed for support from those who can help him move the state forward.
According to him,’’ You have to help and vote PDP candidates who can influence me to execute more projects. Hon. Mrs Blessing Charles Nsiegbe has been able to prove that she will do better. She has done more than others who represented the constituency in the past’’.
He urged the Contractor handling the project, Mourier Construction Company (MCC) to ensure that the project is completed on time, stressing that he would want the traders to go back to their shades.
Wike however commended the Rumwoji Community for their support and assured that the state government would always protect their interest.
Earlier, the Chairman and Chief Executive of MCC, Senator John Mbata said the project is private partnership, while the state government is providing the land; the company is funding the project.
Mbata said the company is proposing a car park that would contain about 256 cars opposite the market and also construct over head foot bridge from the car park to the market.
He also urged the government to acquire the two adjoining buildings to ensure that more facilities are in place.
Meanwhile, ahead of the forthcoming state and national assembly re-run elections in Rivers State, the Peoples Democratic Party has started training its local government and ward agents in the state.
The training, which is targeted at the role of polling agents in democratic elections, is expected to train over 5,000 PDP agents in the state.
The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Felix Obuah, charged the trainees to always be law-abiding and follow the electoral guidelines in the coming rerun elections in the state.
The Rivers East senatorial candidate, Senator George Thompson Sekibo, said the training is put in place by the party to update the agents.
Some of the participants at the training workshop told our correspondent, that the training has impacted positively on them.

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Obasanjo, Abdulsalami, Sultan, Others Brainstorm On Insecurity



Rising insecurity and agitations for secession by different ethnic groups across Nigeria has attracted the attention of elder statesmen and other national leaders to a meeting in Abuja.

The meeting was organised by Interfaith Initiatives for Peace jointly led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, and Emeritus Cardinal John Onaiyekan, and the National Peace Committee chaired by Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd).

Reporters were barred from taking part in the closed-door meeting, expected to proffer solutions to the ongoing security challenges threatening the peace and unity of the country.

It was also an exploratory meeting on pressing issues of national unity, security, peace, integration, economic revitalisation and development, women and youth welfare and general progress.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd); Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; Tor Tiv, Prof Ortese Iorzua James Ayatse, Emeritus Cardinal John Onaiyekan; President General (Ohanaeze Ndigbo), Prof George Obiozor; and Afenifere leader, Ayo Adebanjo; were all in attendance.

Others sighted at the meeting are President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba; CAN General Secretary, Joseph Daramola; JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede; Etsu Nupe, Yahya Abubakar; former Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, among several political and traditional rulers at the meeting.

Elder statesmen, Chief Edwin Clark, also attended the event at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, but could not participate in the meeting because he could not climb the staircase to the meeting room.

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Fighting Corruption Difficult In Democratic Setting, Buhari Laments



President Muhammadu Buhari says fighting corruption in democratic setting is a difficult task to accomplish.

The president disclosed this during an interview with Arise Television which was televised, yesterday.

According to him, the war against corruption has not been easy for him since he became a democratically elected president six years ago.

He, however, stressed that his administration had succeeded in easing out corrupt public officials without making noise about it.

Buhari recalled that much was achieved in the fight against corruption when he was military Head of State in the early 80s “when a lot of people were sent to prisons before I was also booted out”.

The president frowned at the way and manner local government system was being managed, saying the local government administration was almost non-existent in the country.

He cited situation where state governors continued to starve the local governments of funds saying “in a situation where N300million is allocated to local government and they are given N100million is not fair”.

On activities of bandits and kidnappers particularly in the North-West and North-Central zones, Buhari said he had given the police and Armed Forces the instructions to be ruthless with bandits and vandals terrorising innocent citizens across the country.

He stated that he had told the security agencies to treat bandits and other criminals in the “the language they understand.

“Problem in the north-west; you have people over there stealing each other’s cattle and burning each other’s villages.

“Like I said, we are going to treat them in the language they understand.

“We have given the police and the military the power to be ruthless. You watch it in a few weeks’ time there will be difference.

”Because we told them if we keep people away from their farm, we are going to starve. And the government can’t control the public.

“If you allow hunger, the government is going to be in trouble and we don’t want to be in trouble.

“We are already in enough trouble. So, we warn them sooner than later you’ll see the difference,’’ he said.

On farmers/herders clashes, the president said the problem had persisted because old cattle routes and grazing areas had been violated by development, adding that those who had taken over such traditional arrangements would be dispossessed.

On the fight against insurgency, Buhari dismissed the assertion that majority of Boko Haram members were foreigners.

According to him, the majority of the Boko Haram members are Nigerians, saying this was further corroborated by Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum.

The president stated that his administration had done a lot to fight the terrorists and insurgents but the problem in the “North-East is very difficult.”

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Igboho Declares June 12 Day Of Protest, Warns Buhari



Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has declared June 12 as day of protest for Yoruba nation agitators.

The self-acclaimed Yoruba activist said the agitators will hold ‘peaceful rallies’ across the South-West region on Saturday, June 12.

Igboho, who spoke through his spokesman, Olayomi Koiki, in a live video programme aired, last Wednesday night, called on South-West governors to cooperate with the peaceful protesters during the exercise.

He warned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration not to attack the agitators.

He said, “Let us warn the Federal Government that if there is bloodshed this weekend, the international community is watching, if the military kills any Nigerian this weekend, it is going to be very hot.

“The Yoruba nation rally will go ahead in every part of Yoruba land and the rest of the country where it will hold.

“Red alarm will begin on Friday. People should stock up food Items from Friday night.

“We are not backing down this weekend; we are ready to take back what belongs to us.”

He also enjoined agitators to ‘fast’ on Friday.

This is coming after NANS under the leadership of its National President, Comrade Sunday Asefon, had declared June 12 as National Day of peaceful protest to call on the government to act decisively towards addressing insecurity.

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