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Wike Commends Security Agencies For Peaceful Polls

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Preparations ahead of the State and National Assemblies
re-run elections in the State took the front burner among other events last week in Government House.  Of the other events that dominated the week was Senatorial campaigns by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by Governor Nyesom Wike.
On Sunday, the Special Adviser on Electronic Media, Mr Simeon- Nwakaudu had through a statement condemned an earlier broadcast by former  Governor Chibuike Amaechi.  According to the statement “there is nothing in Amaechi’s  conduct to depict that he had been educated.
On the same Sunday, the Deputy Governor, Dr Ipalbo Harry-Banigo lent her voice for a peaceful elections during 2016 Mothering Sunday Service at Mary Slessor Memorial Presbyterian Cathedral, Borokiri in Port Harcourt.
The deputy governor recalled that the State Government  in September  last year, dedicated the State to God when women and widows prayed fervently and the result was the January 27th Supreme Court judgment that gave victory to Governor Wike.
On Monday, Governor Wike was at Bori, headquarters of Khana Local Government Area for the Rivers South- East Senatorial District PDP rally for the re-run elections.  Wike assured that the army of Rivers voters will defeat any army or troops by the opposition at the re-run elections, and therefore urged the people to defend their votes.
On Tuesday, before attending the final rally for Rivers East Senatorial Campaigns, Governor Wike played host  to the new State Director of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), Mr Henry Enyendhi in Governor House.
The Rivers  State Chief Executive noted that over 6,000 corps members were serving in the state hence the need not to bring students from other institutions to substitute bonafide corps members.
Speaking at the Rivers East Senatorial Campaign rally at Elele, the Governor warned against ploy by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to bring fake result sheets at the polls.  He stressed the need for corps members not to be used by the opposition to rig the elections.
On Wednesday, shortly after the weekly Executive Council meeting, Governor Wike made a statewide broadcast during which he declared Thursday and Friday as work-free days.  He stated that the work free days will enable workers in the private and public sectors to fully participate in the re-run polls.
Ahead he alleged plans by the opposition to arrest PDP leaders in the state, Governor Wike through his Special  Assistant on Electronic Media raised alarm of the ploy on Thursday.  By declaring the chairman of Asari-Toru Local Government Area Sebomabo Jackrich wanted few days to the elections, he opined that the police may have been compromised.
Later on the same Thursday, the State Government condemned the killing of soldiers along the Sombreio River.  The State Commissioner for Information Dr Tam-George,  in an interview expressed shock at the ungodly act aimed at causing violence.
Playing host to the Consul-General of the United States Mr John Bray in Nigeria on Friday, Governor Wike condemned the death of soldiers in a gun battle with sea pirates, saying it has nothing to do with the re-run elections.
On Saturday, the Rivers State governor participated in the re-run State and National Assemblies elections.  He cast his vote at Ward 9 Unit 7 in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area. He however deplored poor logistics by INEC that marred the elections, but praised security agencies for ensuring peace.

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Yakassai Wants North To Cede Presidency In 2023

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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.

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Pastor Rejects Ortom’s Car Gift

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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.

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Ogun: PDP’ll Produce Next Gov – Ayu

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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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