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Ex-PDP Councillors Endorse Wike

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The success of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) non-elective convention penultimate Saturday reverberated in Government House with Governor NyesomWike leading top party stalwarts to Abuja. The party ratified the Senator Ahmed Makarfi’s Caretaker Committee and thereafter extended its tenure by three months for a final convention in December 2019.
Returning to the State after the Abuja Convention, Chief Wike played host to the National Executive Council of Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN) in Government House.
The Rivers State Governor during the visit underscored the need for science and technology education in the country. He said, “Nigeria cannot develop unless the nation invests in the teaching of science and mathematics at all levels.”
He also used the visit to call for better governance in the country as he reasoned that the recent clamour for restructuring was as a result of bad governance, lack of equity and fairness.
Later on the same Tuesday, Chief Wike took time off to inspect ongoing projects in the state. Among projects visited were the ongoing reconstruction of Court of Appeal, Akpajo/Elelenwo road, the remodelled State Produce House, the National Industrial Court Complex and Woji/Akpajo Link road.
Last Wednesday, the governor played host to thousands of ex-PDP Councillors on a solidarity visit. Chairman of the body, Mr. Love-God Nweze declared that members of the forum were satisfied with Governor Wike projects and achievements so far in the state. He said, “we commend the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike for the execution of people-oriented projects across the state.”
Also within the week, the deputy governor commended the security agencies in the state for their efforts at curbing security threats in the state. Dr. Ipalibo Harry-Banigo spoke through her Special Assistant on Security, Elder Emmanuel Ibama during a security meeting between the Joint Task Force (JTF) commander and the Chairmen of Caretaker Committees of Ahoada East, Ahoada West and Akuku-Toru Local Government Areas.
Last Friday, the governor through his Special Assistant on Electronic Media Simeon Nwakaudu announced the dissolution of Panel to Review Classification of Chieftaincy Stools. In the statement, the governor urged the chairman and members of the committee to hand over all documents in their possession to the office of the Secretary to the State Government.
Also in a statement last Friday, the governor announced the reinstatement of suspended Caretaker Committee Chairmen of Ogu Bolo and Gokana Local Government Areas. The CTC Chairmen were directed to resume immediately.
The Chief of Staff to Governor Wike, Engr. Emeka Woke, led PDP stakeholders in Emohua Local Government Area on a condolence visit to the family of late Bright Ikonwa, a former CTC Chairman of Emohua LGA.
Woke said the PDP in Emohua had lost one of its pillars and assured the family of the party’s support. Earlier, Chief Emmanuel Wonodi described late Ikonwa as a trusted party faithful and assured the family that the party will stand with them in this period of pain.

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2023: VON Boss Lauds El-Rufai Over Support For Rotational Presidency

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The Director General, Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr Osita Okechukwu, has commended Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State for his support for continuation of the rotation of presidency from North to South.
Okechukwu, in a statement yesterday in Abuja, said that El-Rufai’s support for the sustainability of the rotation convention which midwifed the 4th Republic Nigeria, was a vital plus.
Okechukwu however said that although the governor did not mention what part of the south the rotation should go to, “the most important thing is that Malam El-Rufai is a major political actor and a foremost northerner.
“Joining the agitation for the continuation of the rotation convention of presidency from North to South is a vital plus,” he noted.
The VON boss said that the Southeast deserved a Falae and an Obasanjo model, where the two main candidates would come from the two dominant political parties, that is the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He said that the southern belt, ‘Ndigbo’ or the southeast in particular is the only geopolitical zone that had not presided over Nigeria since the advent of the rotation convention.
According to him, all equity and good conscience perspective agrees that it is the turn of the Southeast.
Okechukwu noted that although it was unwritten, but everyone understood it and that in some parties like the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), it was even written in its constitution, but that the norm was breached in 2015.
He, however, urged all politicians to honour and understand and abide by the consensus, except there was an extenuating circumstance compelling them to set it aside.
“To me, this is a patriot statement from the most qualified northerner who ordinarily could have placed personal interest above the equity, natural justice and good conscience, which the rotation convention engenders.
“His selfless stance is why one commends him for his uncommon patriotism. Malam El-Rufai, no doubt, is eminently qualified as one of the most performing governors in this dispensation,” he said.

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Ajulo Tasks Senate Constitution Review C’ttee On Federal System

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Constitutional lawyer, Kayode Ajulo, has advised the Senate Constitution Review Committee to review all aspects of the federal system by consensus of the committee members.
In a statement issued yesterday, Ajulo said that a general consensus was crucial for the social harmony, political stability and general well-being of the nation, commending the inauguration of the committee.
Our source reports that on February 6, Senate President Ahmad Lawan inaugurated a 56-member Constitution Review Committee.
The committee is headed by the Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege and the committee consists of all the eight principal officers, one senator each from the 36 states and two members from each of the six geo-political zones.
“The contents of the constitution should be widely discussed, generally understood and genuinely acceptable to all ethnic groups in the country.
“This will enable the people to make their views known to their representatives on specific provisions in the draft before it is debated in the state houses of assembly and the National Assembly.
“It will also enable knowledgeable contributions to be made to the debate from individuals who feel concerned about any aspects of the constitution as well as on the document as a whole.
“Issues such as revenue allocations from the Federation Account to the three levels of government, the position of local government in the federal system, the Sharia and customary laws under the constitution and the power and functions of the National Judicial Council, among others,” he said.
Ajulo also advised the committee to look into the resolutions and recommendation of the 2014 National Conference as it could be of assistance.

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Security Expert Backs Bill For Federal, State Police

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A security expert, Dr Uche Chukwuma, has backed the proposed bill by the National Assembly for the establishment of State Police, saying it was coming at the right time.
The Tide reports that the Senate is expected to debate on the State Police bill today (Tuesday), sponsored by former Deputy President of the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Ike Ekweremadu.
The bill which is being reintroduced in the Senate had failed in 2018 when it was first brought before the national assembly.
The bill seeks to establish a State Police, Federal Police, National Police Service Commission as well as the Federal and State Police Service Commission, among others.
Chukwuma, who is the Director General of the Rivers State Neighbourhood Safety Watch Agency, while speaking on a live Radio programme in Port Harcourt monitored by The Tide said the present centralized policing system has outlived its usefulness.
He said such a bill was long overdue, but that it was better late than never, just as he lauded the national legislature for summoning the courage to come up with it at this time.
According to him, “This is very apt, coming at the right time. The bill is very much in order. Like I said earlier, the present centralised policing system has outlived its usefulness and this time, Nigerians through the National Assembly go into restructuring the policing architecture of this country.
“And talking about State policing at this point in time, it must have been well overdue. But there is no time to do the right thing that is not right. So I quite appreciate and applaud the National Assembly for being courageous enough to pick up this all important issue.”
Asked if some of the powers given to the State Governors will not lead to politicisation of the proposed bill, he said “No, I don’t think it will bring the issue of politicisation. Let me be very frank to you, I have always said that even the appointment of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) as it is now should have the voice of the National Assembly in ratifying it.
“Therefore the issue of appointing State Police Commissioner in a State Police Command by the Governor should also have the voice of the State Assembly on it.

 

By: Dennis Naku

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