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S’Court Victory Excites Wike

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The special thanksgiving to celebrate the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Supreme Court Victory, penultimate week, led other activities in Government House last week.
Speaking at the interdenominational  service held at the Ecumenical Centre, the state governor, Chief  Nyesom Wike said Rivers State is dear to God hence the judgement went in favour of senator Makarfi led caretaker committee. Wike noted that Rivers State was in the forefront of the fight to get justice, hence there was need to thank God for his mercies.
The Rivers State Governor described Senator  Sheriff as an agent of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to destabilize and destroy the party.
He expressed gratitude to God for giving PDP leaders the wisdom to discover Sheriff’s ploy early in order to save it from doom.
Last Monday, Governor Wike played host to the House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education and Services. He used the visit to announce that the State will flag off the total rehabilitation of 175 primary schools across the state.
The governor held that rather than establish another commission to cater for the infrastructural needs of senior secondary schools, the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) should be empowered by law to handle such issues as it will be more economical for the country.
In Rivers State, he stated that his administration was re-positioning basic education to secure the future of the state. He regretted that though some states claim they have made primary education their top priority, it is worrisome that such states leave UBEC fund un-accessed.
Also last Monday, the governor was represented by his deputy, Dr Ipalibo Harry-Banigo at the 2017 France National Day Celebration in Port Harcourt.
The governor expressed regrets that while French Nationals were out in the streets and beaches celebrating democracy of several –centuries and good memories last year, terrorists struck to cut short the celebration.
He urged French Government to partner with the Rivers State Government in its development quest, “we want you to be our ambassador to bring in more companies, more investors to the state”.
Last Wednesday, the governor attended a special expanded caucus meeting of the PDP at Abuja. The meeting was held to chart a new  course for the party after leadership tussle was laid to rest by the country’s Supreme Court.
The state first lady, Justice Eberechi Nyesom Wike issued a statement Wednesday over activities of fraudsters using her picture and name on social media. She urged members of the  public to disregard requests by these fraudsters, urging them to report any further fraudulent requests in her name.
Last Thursday, the governor flagged off the reconstruction and furnishing of 175 basic schools across the 23 Local Government Areas of the state before now, the school were in deplorable condition abandoned by the immediate past administration.
At the event, Chief Wike announced that his administration had awarded contracts for the equipping of laboratories of selected secondary schools and re-stocking of libraries.
The governor took time off last Friday to inspect ongoing projects. He visited the Bonny/ Bille Jetty, judges Estate site, Sani Abacha Round reconstruction and assured that he would not be deterred by the rains to complete the projects.
At the weekend, the governor through, his deputy attended the wedding of Miss Member at Christ Church Port Harcourt.

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CUPP Cautions NASS On Party Primaries

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The Coalition for United Political Parties (CUPP) has said that direct or indirect primaries should be left at the discretion of the leadership of political parties. 
A statement on Wednesday by CUPP’s National Secretary, Chief Peter Ameh, said the All Progressives Congress (APC) should not use its majority in the National Assembly to manipulate the Constitution in its favour and force its decision down the throat of other parties.
Ameh added that “this authoritarian will of APC majority is not good for our democracy.”
He further stated, “Why should the method of selecting/electing political party representatives be forced down their throat? It is totally absurd and uncalled for. 
“This direct primaries is a direct assault on parties to freely determine the most suitable means of conducting its internal affairs. 
“This is interference in the affairs of the parties by taking away the right of party organs to make decisions for the smooth running of party activities. What party ‘A’ wants is different from party ‘B’. 
“APC is using it’s majority in the National Assembly to manipulate the constitution in their favour and force the decision of APC down the throat of other parties, this authoritarian will of APC majority is not good for our democracy.
“They can’t dictate for political parties their means of party nomination. Do they give political parties grant? No!, So they should allow political parties to look for the most cost effective ways to manage internal issues as it relates to the conduct of party primaries. 
The CUPP scribe urged them to use their legislative powers “to approve ‘Option A4’ as the means of voting in an election, if truly they want things to work in Nigeria.” .
“As for the approval of electronic transmission of election results, we should not applaud the Senate for doing the right thing after so much public outcry, this is why I have insisted that only mass action from citizens can give our democratic process needed growth..
“Citizens must continue to engage the process to protect our democracy or else those elected to serve their interest will remain self serving senators..
“The hallubaloo over the amendment of Section 53 to give INEC the rights to determine the rightful mode for the transmission of election results was expected but unnecessary because if not that the senators were to be clouded by their own need for self-preservation, this wouldn’t have dragged for so long..
“It was wrong to have reduced the independence of the commission to that of consultation commission when the former amendment required that the commission seek approval from NCC before  applying technology that will aid the improvement of our elections.”

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State Congress: Kano Announces Drug Test For APC Contestants

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The Kano State Government, has announced that all contestants vying for positions in the All Progressive Congress (APC)’s executive council position must undergo a mandatory drug test.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Mr Muhammad Garba, on Wednesday in Kano.
According to Garba, interested persons should report to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the state for the screening.
“The directive is part of government’s policy to rid Kano of illicit substances,” he said.
He warned that no contestant would be screened without undergoing the mandatory drug test ahead of the October 16 state congress of the ruling party.
“Similar tests were carried out for contestants into local government election, as well as political appointees including members of the state executive council before offering them a portfolio,” Garba said.
He further noted that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje mandated the state office of the NDLEA to ensure thorough conduct of the tests.
The commissioner reaffirmed Ganduje’s commitment to riddle drug abuse among political leaders.
“The government will not hesitate to issue necessary disciplinary measures against anyone found with the trace of illicit substances, including a compulsory recommendation for rehabilitation,” the commissioner said.

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PDP Mocks APC On Bad Governance

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the All Progressives Congress (APC) to accept their mass failures in party management and governance and stop bothering Nigerians with their regular lamentations.
The PDP said that its position was predicated on a statement by the APC in which it claimed to have improved on electoral process in the country, whereas what abounds in the nation is a painful story of how the APC has destroyed the economy, the electoral process and the national unity, to the extent that life has become despondent to the average Nigerian.
The party, in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan said, “we accept the fact that the APC lacks the capacity for feedback mechanism, however, the PDP wishes to bring to the attention of the APC that all Nigerians today would wish this administration had come to its end.
“Notwithstanding, our party counsel is that the APC should begin to prepare their handover notes because Nigerians are not ready to endure this anguish beyond May 29, 2023.”
The PDP urged Nigerians to continue to rally with PDP as “we collectively prepare to rescue our nation from this incompetent, divisive and thoughtless APC and its administration.”

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