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Wike’s Achievements: Obuah Knocks Nigerian Press

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From Right: Pdp National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo, Pdp National Chairman, Dr Ali Modu Sheriff, and Acting Chairman Of The Pdp NationalcWorking Committee, Uche Secondus, during the inauguration of Pdp Special Committee for the coming National Convention in Abuja recently

From Right: Pdp National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo, Pdp National Chairman, Dr Ali Modu Sheriff, and Acting Chairman Of The Pdp NationalcWorking Committee, Uche Secondus, during the inauguration of Pdp Special Committee for the coming National Convention in Abuja recently

Exasperated by what he
described as vestiges of Westernisation in news reporting and coverage by the Nigerian Press, the Chairman of People Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Bro Felix Obuah has chided the media for their failure to highlight the remarkable achievement recorded under the present democratic dispensation.
In a statement to mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day in Port Harcourt, Bro Obuah noted  that though the Nigerian press has performed impressively well over the years, it has been reluctant in highlighting the development projects and landmark achievements as in the case in Rivers State under Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.
He regretted that rather than dwell on the dividends of democracy being enjoyed by Rivers people the Nigerian Press “prefer to promote those things that tend to threaten the unity of our people”.
According to Bro Obuah, the massive developmental projects and the near magical turn around of the situation in the state from the partons and precarious  state left behind by immediate past regime under Rotimi Amaechi ought to attract media searchlight for global attention than they have recorded.
He enjoined media practitioners to be “wary of enemies of progress in whatever guise who revel in distracting them from objective and impartial reportage which is the fulcrum of Journalism”.
Recalling the opening of the courts after the unusual clampdown by the Amaechi administration for one full year, the face-lift being given to the judiciary for optimal performance, giving life back to the moribund state legislature, massive infrastructural development across the 23 local government areas of the state, payment of all the back log salary arrears and pensions  owed civil servants by the immediate past administration, positive changes aimed at repositioning institutions of higher education in the state, Youths and Women Empowerment Programmes, Judicial  Commissions of Inquiry to expose incidents of fraud and looting of state treasury, violence before, during and after elections at all levels  and security measures with a view to protecting lives and property of citizens in and around the state by Governor Nyesom Wike’s administration are good topics for editorial analysis and discourse for public enlightenment and not only the Rocket of youth restiveness and sponsored protest by aggrieved politicians”, Bro Obuah stated.
Obuah however advised practicing journalists to reflect on their past mistakes and weaknesses, make amends and come back stronger, forcefully, more reliable and representative of the true happenings in society.

 

Victor Tew

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Govs To Hold Virtual Meeting On Judicial, Legislative Autonomy

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The Governors of the 36 states of the federation will hold a virtual meeting today to further discuss the issue of financial autonomy to judicial and legislative arms in states.
This is contained in a statement by NGF Head of Media and Public Affairs, Mr Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo on Monday in Abuja.
Bello-Barkindo said efforts were already being made in all states to either constitute State Accounts Allocation Committees (SAAC) or inaugurate them.
This, according to him, is preparatory to the granting of full autonomy to the two arms of government at the subnational level.
The Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) had since embarked on a nationwide strike on the issue.
He said the governors had been working day and night to establish modalities for the autonomy in conformity with the provisions of the Constitution.
He said that the governors would also be updated on the activities of the Presidential Steering Committee on Covid-19 by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, who headed the governors’ interface with the committee.
Bello-Barkindo said that the meeting would also review the agenda of the National Executive Council (NEC), which would take place a day after.
“Other items on the agenda include the regular update on the States’ Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability for results (SFTAS) to provide states’ status on their DLI’s and upcoming deadlines.
The meeting would also receive presentation from the Director General, Bureau of Public Enterprises, regarding unlocking liquidity through sale/optimisation of state-owned redundant/sub-optimal assets,” he said.
He added that the Policy Development Facility (PDF) bridge programme would also discuss diversification and non-oil export opportunities for states in post Covid-19 era.

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2023: PDP Flexes Muscle Over C’ River

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Leading members of the main opposition PDP converged in Calabar, Cross River at the weekend to strategise on how to retain its grip on power in the state.
This is contained in a statement e-mailed to newsmen in Abuja, yesterday.
The Tide source reports that the PDP has been in power in Cross River since the return of democracy in the country 22 years ago but the defection of the current governor appears to mark a turning point.
Political pundits argue that the defection of the state Governor Ben Ayade from the PDP to the ruling APC may affect the fortunes of the PDP in the years ahead.
The governor’s departure is now seen as a major test for the PDP in what is now seen as a game of wits between the PDP and the APC.
Addressing the party’s chieftains, the National Chairman of the party, Mr Uche Secondus, declared that Cross River would “remain the stronghold of the PDP, in spite of Gov. Ayade’s defection.
“PDP will work to retain the confidence the people of Cross River State reposed in our party and retain its dominance in the state.
“Our party has governed since the return of party politics in 1999.
“Cross River will remain the stronghold of our party well after 2023,’’ said Secondus, flanked by other chieftains of the party, including Sen. Bukola Saraki and Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State.
Secondus told PDP members in the state to remain resolute to make the party retain power in the upcoming general elections.
Also speaking, a former governor of the state, Sen. Liyel Imoke, gave assurance that no other party would take the state from the PDP, “being the dominant party in the state.
“PDP is the only party known to our people. I assure the leadership of our party that we will deliver victory in 2023,’’ he stated.
Imoke governed the state from 2007 to 2015 when he handed over to Ayade now of the APC.
Other PDP chieftains, who were present at the event included former Governor Peter Obi of Anambra, former Gov. Donald Duke of Cross River and the Chairman of the party’s Caretaker Committee, Mr Efiok Cobham.
Also present were Hon. Daniel Asuquo, Hon. Etta Mbora and Hon. Essien Ayi, all serving members of the House of Representatives among other party’s chieftains.

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…Vows To Take Over Anambra

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The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra, Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu, says the party remains focused to take over the state in the upcoming governorship poll.
Nwobu said this in an interview with newsmen in Awka yesterday, adding that he would not be distracted by those trying to destabilise the party in the state.
He lauded the National Executive Committee of the party for organising successful ward congresses in the state.
He described the success of the exercise as a sure step to the party’s free, fair and credible primary election.
“We want to conduct our primary election, where party people will freely vote and produce a candidate that will be acceptable to Anambra people at the November 6 poll.
“This is not time for distractions. We are focused on taking over government from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
“The party has shortchanged millions of Anambra people in terms of governance.
Nwobu said he remained the valid chairman of PDP in Anambra, having emerged from a valid process that was upheld by a Federal High Court in its May 24, 2018 judgment.
He said the judgment had not been reversed by any higher court and was “unfazed by any court judgment”, which purportedly removed him.
“My leadership is still subsisting, no superior court has set that judgment aside and a court of coordinate jurisdiction cannot do that.
“Our team of legal experts is taking care of that. The decision to appeal will be advised,” the PDP chairman said.
The Tide source reports that Chief Chukwudi Umeaba at the weekend announced that he had taken over the party in the state as the Acting Chairman of the Caretaker Committee.
Umeaba, who announced the suspension of the ward congresses, said his action was predicated on the judgment of an Abuja Federal High Court.
According to him, the judgment delivered on June 9, nullified the process that produced Nwobu’s leadership.

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