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.
Rivers LGA Gets Substantive Female Chairman
Mrs Alaso Obi has been sworn-in as the substantive Chairman of Asari-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, following the death of the former Chairman, Chief Odiari Princewill.
Obi, who was the vice chairman of the council, was sworn-in on Wednesday by Governor Nyesom Wike at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
Wike charged the new council boss to use her new position to make a difference for the people to feel the council’s impact.
He said: “Go and put your local government together. Do not allow busybody politicians to distract you. Use this opportunity you have to make a difference.
“We never thought that Chief Odiari Princewill will die but as God will have it, he is dead and we have to abide by the Constitution.
“That is why you, as the deputy, has to step in as the substantive chairman of Asari-Toru Local Government Area today.
“In choosing your Deputy, you must consult widely with all the stakeholders of the Party. As election is coming up next year, you have an opportunity to sell yourself.’’
Wike also used the occasion to direct the closure of the accounts of the Joint Account Allocation Committee from banks that allegedly gave unauthorised loans to some local government chairmen in the state.
He also directed the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice to take legal action against the affected banks.
According to the governor, both the banks and local councils will “suffer the consequences of the illegality’’.
He noted that the banks should not seek refund of the loans because they contravened extant laws of the state.
“We have taken a decision that for all those loans taken without approval, the affected accounts must leave the defaulting banks.
“I have told the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice to take necessary steps.
“The banks cannot go and seek for refund from the local governments. When you default the law, you suffer for it,” Wike said.
Edo Assembly: Buhari Pushing Nigeria Towards 1983 Crisis – CUPP
The Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, to stop pushing Nigeria towards the 1983 crisis that led to collapse of democracy.
Describing Adams Oshiomhole as a disgraced former APC factional Chairman, the coalition said Buhari must call the former Governor to order before his actions instigate electoral violence that will consume democracy.
CUPP said the attempt to use former members of Edo State House of Assembly whose seats have been declared vacant to take over the House is an invitation to anarchy and an act of treason.
The Coalition urged the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki to mobilise the citizens to resist political bandits using provision of Section 20 of the criminal code.
CUPP praises Obaseki for showing maturity in the face of unwarranted provocation but says the red line must be drawn.
In a statement signed by Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, the spokesman for the Opposition Coalition and made available to our source, yesterday, CUPP said it was disturbed by the news of forceful takeover of the Edo State House of Assembly by men of the Nigeria Police Force.
“Opposition Coalition views this development taking place in a democracy as an affront to all our past and present heroes who fought hard for the enthronement of democracy in the country,” the statement added.
“The attempt to use former members of Edo House of Assembly whose seats have been declared vacant to take over the House is an invitation to anarchy and an act of treason.
“We, therefore, call on President Muhammadu Buhari and his men to halt all actions and inactions capable of pushing the nation towards a crisis like the 1983 crisis that led to collapse of democracy.
“We also urge the President to call the disgraced former factional chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole and his desperate followers, to order before his actions in Edo State instigate electoral violence that will consume the nation and its hard-won democracy.
“The CUPP also calls upon the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, to mobilise the citizens of the state to resist these political bandits.
“In doing so, the governor is urged to invoke the provisions of Section 20 of the Criminal Code and mobilise the citizens to exercise their constitutional right to stop people flouting the laws or carrying out criminal activities in their presence
“We however praise the governor for showing maturity so far in the face of unwarranted provocation. We advise him that while he is displaying maturity, the red line must be drawn,” the statement added.
INEC To Clear Materials For Previous Elections
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has directed that used and unused materials for 2019 general elections be disposed of the commission’s stores nationwide.
Yakubu spoke with our source in Nasarawa when he inspected election materials for the Nasarawa Central State Constituency, bye-election.
He told the National Commissioner, Mohammed Haruna, to find a way in ensuring the materials were properly disposed of.
He said there was need to clear the materials for the previous elections since there was no longer litigations on them.
Yakubu in a sideline interview said that there was need to clear them to create space in the commission’s offices.
”It has been part of the traditions of INEC that after elections, we have a large number of election materials from the elections.
“So, after litigations, we normally clear these materials. That is a protocol.
“Not only the unused materials or some of the used materials like ballot papers, but ballot sheets are preserved for eternity.
”Unused materials lying in the INEC offices and those in the state branches of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) around the country. We have a protocol for disposing these materials.
“That is why when I saw the heaps of such materials used for the general elections in Nasarawa State, I said that they should find a way of disposing them. Not only in Nasarawa but across the nation.
“Otherwise, our stores will be filled up with used and unused materials from previous elections,” Yakubu said.
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